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The Dangers of a Sink Overflow in Your Boyle Heights Home

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

overflowing sink SERVPRO's technicians have what your home needs after a water incident. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess the Scene Before Beginning the Water Damage Remediation Process

Sometimes, a sink can overflow. Usually, this happens from a clogged drain, leaving the water nowhere else to go but over the lip of your sink. Even with the vent of the sink open, it might not contain the water that is backing up. 

An overflowing sink is one danger that can occur in your home that probably does not concern you regularly. It is a race to grab towels to soak up the water when the sink overflows, but there is additional water damage in your Boyle Heights home that is going on under the floor, which towels cannot reach. You need a professional water damage restoration company in this case who can find the hidden damage and restore your home to its proper condition. SERVPRO has the training and experience to help you. 

Weakening Floor Joists 

Water from an overflowing sink can weaken the integrity of floor joists. Once water gets under the floor covering, it sits on the joists and subfloor. It does not evaporate since there is nowhere for the vapor to go, so the wood continues to rot. 

Mold and Mildew Growth 

Perhaps the most significant danger of a sink overflow is mold and mildew growth. With the right environment, mold can grow quickly. Mold is a dangerous fungus that can cause adverse health effects. Once it starts to grow, mold can spread fast if not stopped. 

Ceiling Leaks in Rooms Below 

Another danger is damage done to rooms underneath the overflow. If the problem starts in a second-floor bathroom and your kitchen is under it, the problem is doubled. You wind up with ceiling damage in your kitchen, plus various bacteria and germs have access to your kitchen. 

Repairing the Hidden Dangers 

Since there are so many possible dangers from an overflowing sink, you must call SERVPRO right away. Our technicians have the tools to find hidden water damage and mold growth. We can also repair the damage, so your home is back to its previous condition. 

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is always ready to help you in an emergency such as a sink overflow. You can reach them quickly anytime, day or night, by calling (213) 628-2000.

Flood Damage and Worse can be Caused by Water in Your Los Angeles Home's Basement

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in flood water Los Angeles homeowners know to call SERVPRO for flood damage mitigation and rescue of possessions.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Flood Damage Restoration

Flooding in your basement might not seem like it can affect your entire home, but it can cause problems even in your attic space. Humidity that starts with a flooded basement can be carried through the air and also through the very fibers of your home's structures. Gravity isn't enough to keep water down below when it can find its way upwards by wicking through microscopic channels in drywall, wood, and concrete. 

Basement Flooding Cleanup

For homes with standing water in the basement, the first step in warding off flood damage in Los Angeles and subsequent secondary water damage is to have the water pumped out. After the standing water has been eliminated, we can begin to work on the drying process. Returning your home to a dry state is vital to ensuring that all repairs can be long-lasting. It also helps ensure that mold and secondary water damage won't be a problem later on. 

In addition to secondary water damage, the possibility of mold growths taking over your home remains higher than usual as long as humidity levels are allowed to be raised. There is also the possibility of higher than normal levels of bacterial and pathogenic activity where mold exists. With sewer backups and flooded basements, this is especially true. This can lead to dangerous contamination in your home, but we're trained to combat this type of problem. At SERVPRO, we know what to do when things go awry in your home. 

From repairing walls, floors, and ceilings, and everything in between, we also know how to get things returned to a sanitary state. While we're drying out your home, we also disinfect it. Some of these methods, such as using ozone machines, not only remove airborne pathogens but can also deodorize your home. 

When you've found your home flooded, even if it's not in the basement, call us. The professionals at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 are available 24/7 to get your home back to normal fast.

Does SERVPRO Offer Water Mitigation Service in Los Angeles?

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO has the tools and reliability you need after a water incident in your Los Angeles home.

Need Water Removal Service in Los Angeles – Call SERVPRO

Many residents in Los Angeles are unaware of the amount of processed wood used in the construction of their homes. Plywood used as subfloors and roof supports, particleboard used in cupboards, and OSB(Oriented Strand Board) is held together with water-soluble glues. Exposure to water during a pipe break or water leak can cause swelling, warping, and buckling. When this occurs, structural strength is lost, and these areas must be replaced.

SERVPRO provides complete water mitigation services to Los Angeles homeowners. We respond in less than four hours which can significantly reduce the damage. Limiting the exposure of wood products to water reduces the absorption and the associated damage it can cause.

Our fast response team can begin extracting water before it has time to penetrate wood floors, drywall materials, and other wood products. Once the water is removed, air movers and dehumidifiers are deployed to reduce moisture and humidity further.

Our SERVPRO general contractor license ensures that we can provide complete service to our customers. Our full-service contracting division can manage all of your repairs. We offer a one-stop service for recovery and restoration in emergencies.

Our water mitigation services include:

  • Emergency services water damage recovery
  • Water clean up
  • Water damage restoration

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park for water mitigation in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (213) 628-2000.

From Water Extraction to Full Restoration, SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Flooding in LA

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

bathroom demolished wall Contamined flood water wicked into the walls of this Los Angeles bathroom. SERVPRO provides a controlled demolition for storm damage mitigation

Flood Damage Situations in Los Angele

Removing the standing water alone is not enough to prevent further problems. To restore the effects of flood damage to your Los Angeles home, it needs to be adequately dried. SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of equipment designed to do just that and a trained, 24-hour response team to ensure the job is done correctly.

One of the key items used during flood damage in Los Angeles is an air mover. These are not fans but machines that push a concentrated mass of air across the wet surface of a wall, ceiling, or carpet. The concentrated air forces moisture out of the structural property. To maximize the effect in drywall or other wall paneling, technicians place air movers at a 45-degree angle to the surface. This positioning removes the most moisture possible, replacing it with drier air.

Drying out walls is further complicated by the presence of baseboards. Since the moisture trapped in them is typically wicked up from the floor, baseboards seal off the very part that needs drying the most. Our technicians carefully remove baseboards using a claw hammer or small crowbar and a small piece of paneling or plywood. This technique ensures we cause as little damage as possible to the affected area. If necessary, they also drill holes in the wall to increase airflow and accelerate drying. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians could also rig shrouds and tubes to channel directional air movement and dehumidifier actions to dry out wetted cavities further.

To dry out ceilings, we place air movers against the wall with the vent pointed up. Besides its directed air, the air mover also circulates the warm air next to the ceiling to further speed up the drying process. If it has removable panels or tiles, several are removed at crucial points to dry out the surrounding air above it.

Carpets quickly begin to degrade in a day or two if not adequately dried. Technicians measure the size of the carpet to determine where to place the air mover(s) vent underneath it and where to carefully pull up a section of the carpet to ensure airflow properly without stretching or tearing it. The industry term is "floating" the carpet. There are instances where the soaked carpeting is contaminated and must be discarded.

Drying out your home and restoring it from the other effects of flooding is not a simple process. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is here to help you through every step and place you back into your home as quickly as we can. Call us today at (213) 628-2000 to get started.

Any Size Leak Can Necessitate Water Removal in Los Angeles

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

equipment drying office wood floor SERVPRO provides drying equipment to mitigate water damage in Los Angeles properties

Quick Action after Water Damage Can Help to Prevent any Secondary Damage

It doesn't need to be a gushing line break that floods part of your home. It can be a small drip that is the source of accumulation in your living room ceiling that suddenly breaks open from above. When a small leak goes unnoticed, the water must go somewhere or build up. Because water is heavy, and it's also able to soak into your semi-porous living room ceiling, it can give way when you least expect it.

Los Angeles homes with standing water or other water damage problems need water removal experts to begin the work necessary to fix the issues causing the leak or other situation. Not all water problems are from leaks and can be from sump pump failures, overflowing bathtubs and sinks, malfunctioning dishwashers, water heaters that have rusted, and many other sources. SERVPRO has professionals who can stop the flow of water, remove the standing water, assess the damage, and begin the drying process.

If your home is experiencing problems with standing water of any depth, we can use submersible water pumps that remove the water to an outdoor location so it can drain safely away. Having a home full of what might have started as clean water has now mixed with sewage because the sump pump burnt out from a short can create a bio-hazard mess throughout your home. In situations like this, water removal is only the first step. Cleaning and decontaminating are both essential.

In typical situations, excluding those with bio-hazard issues, water removal is followed by water extraction from saturated materials. This is then followed by restoration, from repainting to the removal of damaged materials. When we're finished, it'll be "Like it never even happened."

If you've found a watery situation in your home, you need to call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 fast. We can be there as quickly as possible to begin working on getting the situation under control.

Hire Expert Restorers for a Stress-Free Flood Damage Restoration Los Angeles

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

various shots of injecti-dry systems Why do homeowners in need of storm damage recovery in Los Angeles rely on SERVPRO? We have the skills and the equipment--fast and complete.

Professionals Like SERVPRO Offer Fast and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration in Los Angeles

When your home suffers flood damage, it is important to clean up the excess water as soon as possible to avoid more damage and higher costs. Involve IICRC-certified restorers like SERVPRO for fast and successful restoration.

How SERVPRO technicians handle restoration

When handling flood damage restoration in your Los Angeles home, we use innovative skills and advanced equipment and tools for a fast and effective process. We have a team of repair professionals with specialized expertise and access to the equipment needed to clear contaminated floodwater. We are available 24/7 to respond to any size of flood damage emergency on our customers' property.

SERVPRO flood damage restoration involves:

  • Detailed property inspection using state-of-the-art equipment. We can use penetrating moisture meters to inspect porous materials such as carpeting and furniture.
  • Our restorers can use a self-priming trash pump to drain excess floodwater from your basement.
  • Clean furnishings and various affected surfaces using proprietary but approved products
  • Drying the area, including hard-to-reach places using air movers, injecti-dry systems, and dehumidifiers.

Problems caused by flood damage

Flooding can cause more problems than just water damage. If ignored for more than 24 hours, it can cause mold growth, odors, and rust on metallic surfaces. However, if you contact us on time, our experts are thorough and complete and can mitigate the storm damage.

The longer you take to seek assistance, the greater the risk of severe damage. Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000 for excellent restoration “Like it has never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Helps Los Angeles Businesses in Water Damage Repair

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment When the water comes inside, we have the equipment to take it out. Call us today!

Los Angeles Businesses Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

A quick and efficient water damage restoration of your Los Angeles business can save you time as well as money. Professional water damage remediation experts of SERVPRO have years of experience, training, and the right tools to expedite the process. 

Water cleanup, whether due to ceiling leaks, burst pipes, or any other reason, requires meticulous planning to execute. SERVPRO water restoration experts of Los Angeles focus on drying the affected areas as quickly and efficiently to prevent any secondary damage. We use a combination of equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to accomplish this goal. 

Why SERVPRO Techs use Air Movers During Water Cleanup in Los Angeles businesses? 

Residual moisture can be tricky to eliminate during the water damage remediation process. Air moving equipment can enhance the rate of evaporation and reduce the drying time significantly. Some of the most common types of air moving equipment that SERVPRO techs use in Los Angeles establishments include the following:

  • Centrifugal Air Movers: These work best if air needs to be directed at a specific point. SERVPRO techs use these to introduce dry air into wall cavities and under kitchen cabinets. 
  • Axial Air Movers: These work best when a wider area needs drying after water cleanup

We use positive and negative pressure systems to dry cavities within walls and other hard-to-reach places. 

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for a 24/7 service. 

Need Fire Damage Restoration of Your Los Angeles Home? Call SERVPRO

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire with SERVPRO logo After a fire in your property, you will need a team of experts by your side for the build back. Call SERVPRO for assistance.

How SERVPRO Eliminates Odors After Fire and Smoke Damage?

Fire damage restoration of your Los Angeles property is a complex task. The removal of lingering odors from fire-damaged homes can be especially challenging. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to understand how odor molecules permeate various structures and utilize multiple methods to eliminate them. 

Odors in a fire-damaged Los Angeles home can be one of the following two types:

  • Real Odors: Caused by smoke and soot residue that interacts with olfactory sensors of the nose
  • Imaginary/Psychological odors: Circumstances, such as smoke damage, dictate the sensation of these odors though non-existent. Phantosmia is the clinical term.

SERVPRO technicians of Los Angeles address both these odors for an efficient restoration during a house fire cleanup. The first with our advanced equipment and protocols, the second with a simple explanation that there are no odors. (We may still do a light spray or set up another unit for a short time.)

What Types of Deodorants do SERVPRO Techs use During House Fire Cleanup in Los Angeles?

Different types of odors due to smoke damage require a different kind of deodorizing action. SERVPRO restorers in Los Angeles use some of the following deodorants to combat odors after a fire and smoke damage:

  • Masking Agents: Used to combat odors in fire-damaged homes, especially during the project of cleanup and odor removal
  • Pairing Agents: Combine with odor particles, physically or chemically, and render them odorless. They work either by changing chemical property or precipitating the odor particles 
  • Enzyme Digesters: Used to combat odors arising from organic or protein material. The enzymes break down the molecules into odorless fragments.

For 24/7 assistance with fire and smoke damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000. 

SERVPRO Remains the First Choice Amongst Los Angeles Residents for Water Damage Mitigation of Their Homes

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Water is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home.

Local Los Angeles Residents Look to SERVPRO for Water Cleanup and Restoration

Los Angeles is perhaps the most well-known city in the world, let alone the United States. Often dubbed as the 'Creative Capital of the World', it is estimated that one in every six residents of the city is employed in the creative industry. The performing arts have a special place in the cultural history of the city. The Los Angeles Music Center attracts more than 1.3 million patrons every year. The Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles is the epicenter of the motion picture and television industry. Most renowned film studios and record labels call the city their home. 

Museums and art galleries are also a part of the city's cultural identity. The city holds the record of having the highest number of museums per capita than any other US city. The Getty Center, Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art are famous worldwide. 

Professional Sports in Los Angeles

As many as 11 professional sports teams use Los Angeles in their name. The city has a team in all major professional sporting events, including baseball (MLB), football (NFL), basketball (NBA and WNBA), soccer (MLS), and hockey (NHL). Los Angeles is all set to host the 2028 summer Olympics as well. The city also has some of the most iconic sports venues, including:

  • The Dodger Stadium: Home of the MLB's LA Dodgers; it is the world's largest baseball stadium by capacity and can accommodate as many as 56,000 fans. 
  • The Staples Center: A multipurpose sporting arena, it is home to the LA Kings of the NHL and LA Lakers and LA Clippers of the NBA. The arena seats about 20,000 people each for hockey and basketball games. 
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: A multipurpose outdoor stadium and home to the University of Southern California (USC) and Trojans Football team (Pac-12 conference). It has a seating capacity of 77,000 people. Before its renovation began in 2018, it had the distinction of being the largest football stadium by capacity in NFL history. 

Why do SERVPRO's Water Cleanup Experts in Los Angeles use Dehumidifiers? 

Water damage at your Los Angeles home can occur due to many reasons, including:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding

Whatever the cause, restoring the moisture level to preloss condition is the top priority during water damage restoration. The lingering moisture can lead to serious secondary issues if the restorers don't remove it efficiently. SERVPRO experts use dehumidifiers to remove this excess moisture during the water cleanup process. The three types of dehumidifiers we use include the following:

  • Conventional Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: Work similar to an air conditioner. A refrigerant cools the dehumidifier's coils, and as the moist air moves over these coils, the moisture condenses, and liquid water is collected in a tank and pumped out of the building. 
  • Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers: Can dry a place to a lower humidity ratio as it contains a pre-cooling component. The LGR units are also more energy-efficient compared to the conventional units. 
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers: Use chemicals (Desiccants) that can absorb moisture from the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers are more efficient than refrigerant dehumidifiers. 

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for water damage mitigation in your Los Angeles home. 

Mold Removal for a Los Angeles Eatery

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in window If your business is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Keeps Los Angeles Restaurants Running During Mold Remediation

Recently, the owners of a local Los Angeles restaurant noticed the telltale signs of black mold and sought assistance remediating it. This was when they enlisted the help of SERVPRO, a company skilled at black mold damage repairs. 

Upon encountering foul odors and discolored drywall and ceiling panels, the restaurateurs realized that their Los Angeles establishment had mold damage. SERVPRO, once contacted, quickly arrived on the scene and determined that the fungal issue was the result of a roof leak. In performing their work, our skilled technicians:

  • Performed a complete mold inspection on the business using visual methods, moisture sensors/meters, and infrared cameras
  • Completed mold removal, including attic mold removal, services by disposing of severely impacted materials, treating other affected surfaces with antimicrobials, and drying interior air with air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Deodorized the restaurant with high-tech foggers that use EPA-approved deodorants 

With all that said, if you think your business has suffered mold damage, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for an inspection or remediation services.