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Keeping Your Los Angeles Building Secure During Commercial Wildfire Damage Cleanup

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

closeup of large wildfire Commercial wildfire damage can shut your business down. SERVPRO stands ready to handle your fire damage restoration needs.

Let us Help you Get Your Los Angeles Building Secure After a Fire

Wildfires are an unfortunate event that happens across California, causing property owners billions in claimed damages. It is tough to turn around the damage, but with professional help, you can get the best possible outcome in this type of adverse situation.

In Los Angeles, commercial wildfire damage requires fast action. With the recent El Sereno fires, residents got a slight reprieve in that the winds did not pick up, and the fire did not spread as fast as many wildfires have in the past. However, evacuations happened, and that leaves properties unattended.

Security Fences

As soon as it is safe to do so, SERVPRO technicians put up protective barriers around the property to halt unauthorized persons from entering the premises. It is a sad fact that there are individuals who risk their safety to take advantage of unoccupied structures during fire evacuations, and a secured perimeter is an excellent first line of defense.

Cleanup is the First Step

Wildfire is a high heat blaze and moves slowly, leaving destruction in its wake. SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect both the structure and contents to determine if their equipment and cleaning methods can return the fire damaged items to their pre-damage condition. Technicians utilize containment on-site to limit cross-contamination and remove valuable and restorable items to a secure location for storage and cleaning in some cases.

Odor Control Applications

Before any reconstruction occurs, the property must be odor-free. This may involve actions such as using sealants on salvageable walls to stop pungent odors from embedded soot or the use of equipment such as air scrubbers or hydroxyl generators to capture and neutralize airborne particulates. If the ductwork remains intact, it may require cleaning before reuse.

Quick Rebuilding is Crucial

The building must be safe to reopen for business. Repairs and reconstructions are a standard part of fire damage cleanup. Charred and smoke-damaged building materials require removal. SERVPRO has a general contractor license #999460 and handles not only the cleanup and restoration but any needed rebuilding necessary for the organization to resume business as usual.

Commercial wildfire damage can shut your business down. Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for fire damage cleanup and restoration. The certified technicians work hard to return your property to its pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened."

Our Professionals Discuss Carpet Spot Removal Procedures in Los Angeles

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

closeup view of carpet on office floor Water loss events easily damage and stain carpet. SERVPRO has the drying tools and cleaners to restore your carpet.

Commercial Water Cleanup Technicians in Los Angeles Discuss Carpet Spot Removal Procedures

If any type of water pipe ever breaks inside your Los Angeles sales office, the moisture can cause many problems with your carpet. Any time we conduct commercial water cleanup, our SERVPRO crew starts by inspecting your carpet for damage. Depending on how long moisture has been leaking, a large area of your carpets could get saturated. When carpet gets wet, its fibers can pull away from its paper backing, ruining its structural integrity.

Water Cleanup

In most situations, the pad underneath your carpet must be removed. However, if it is possible during your commercial water cleanup project in Los Angeles, we save your carpet and pad. If the problem is noticed soon enough, we can sometimes remove all moisture from your carpets using extraction and drying procedures. During the extraction phase, we use heavy-duty extractors and specialized tools to compress your carpet and pad to remove as much moisture as possible. Then, we can "float" your carpets by putting an air mover underneath them to create airflow on your carpet's backside and your subflooring material.

In many situations, even if the source of the leak inside your sales headquarters is a clean water pipe, your carpet can get stained after it is dried out. After our SERVPRO team removes all of the moisture from your carpet and puts it back together, we conduct cleaning procedures. To help remove dark stains, we often conduct spot removal procedures as a part of the fabric cleansing process.

The first step to spot removal is to remove as much of the material that caused the stain as possible. Next, we figure out what type of substance caused the stain. Sometimes other stains from other substances besides water could be present.

Once we know what caused the stain, we then figure out what type of fibers make up your office carpet. The type of stain and fibers dictate which kind of spot remover we decide to use on your tough stains. Once we pick the best option at our disposal, our SERVPRO technicians apply the remover and let it set. If it is required, we can agitate the stain while the spot remover is soaking into the carpet. Lastly, we steam clean and rinse your carpets once the spot remover has had time to soak into your carpet fibers.

If your sales office in Chinatown, Elysian Park, Boyle Heights, or Silver Lake ever suffers from a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Repairing and Restoring Los Angeles Homes After a Wildfire

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

'fire danger' sign outside; wild, dry brush in background Wildfires are common in California. SERVPRO can make your home "Like it never even happened."

There are Many Steps to Making a Fire-Damaged Los Angeles House Feel Like Home Again

Over the years, Los Angeles County homes have experienced many disasters from mud damages, flooding, and wildfires. Having qualified professionals available 24/7 to help when disasters strike can be critical to getting mitigation started as soon as we first arrive.

Assessment When It Is Safe to Inspect

It is not often immediately safe to begin fire restoration in Los Angeles homes after wildfire damage. Once the environment is deemed safe enough to form a damage assessment, this vital effort can catalog damages and impacted contents/exterior building materials. This inspection finds:

  • Exterior damage
  • Soot soiling
  • Air quality threats
  • Structural weaknesses

Surface Cleaning and Soot Removal

After wildfire damage, we clean the structure with wet and dry cleaning approaches to remove soot and smoke soils from building materials. Where these solids might have infiltrated a residence through openings or outside intakes for the HVAC system, cleaning is necessary for the house's interior and exterior.

Reconstruction and Building Envelope Repairs 

Rebuilding after wildfires often means addressing the concerns on the house's exterior, such as damaged siding, roofs, or other pieces of a structure's envelope. With a general contractor license and years of experience working in one of the largest counties in the country, this build-back can occur seamlessly after restoration and cleanup.

Because wildfires can be a significant issue for area homes and businesses, our local restoration team must prepare for these possibilities with fast mitigation solutions. Our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park professionals provides water cleanup, surface cleaning, repairs, and odor removal to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (213) 628-2000.

Why Does SERVPRO Use Chemicals for Water Damaged Houses in Los Angeles?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

toilet overflowing When water damage appears in your home. SERVPRO water damage restoration techs are true to their work. Call now!

Homes Needing Restoration Often Face Hazards at the Microscopic Level

When flooding happens, or a toilet or sink overflows, water carries contaminants into your home’s living area. Drying a home in Los Angeles with water damage is not enough in these situations. We also need to destroy as much of the microbial population as possible that is now existing in your residence. We often use spraying and fogging to ensure an even application, and the fine mist can penetrate tiny areas.

Which Kind of Spray Might My Home Need?

SERVPRO’s water damage technicians (WRT) might use more than one type of chemical inside your Los Angeles home. Dirty water often contains contaminants that can cause harmful effects. Because of the more direct air currents, we might not need to spray an antifungal to prevent mold on your kitchen floor, while we recommend the same treatment for the area below your home. Some of the sprays that we use include

  • EPA-registered disinfectant sprays (which kill pathogens on contact or shortly thereafter)
  • antifungal sprays (that shrink around microbes like mold and its spores, leaving them encapsulated)
  • cleaning agents that help loosen soil and debris
  • deodorizing agents (that combat odor by binding with odor-producing substances at the molecular level.)

Do I Have Options Regarding the Sprays Used Inside My House?

Yes! We use several different types of chemicals, including those for families with sensitive individuals or those who want a greener experience. Just ask about this, and we can provide you with technical information sheets on each (MSDS) and the benefits and downside of each option you are interested in us using.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park wants to be your go-to restoration team for water damage, as well as other disasters that happen unexpectedly. Call us at (213) 628-2000 for certified professionals who can make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Will SERVPRO Help When It Comes To Dealing With Odors After Fire Damage In My Los Angeles Home?

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire background Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate services.

The Tools For Odor Removal After Los Angeles House Fires

Finding the right professionals to help overcome fire effects in your Los Angeles home after a disaster can feel like an overwhelming task. While there might be many options that you can choose from, you want to make sure to focus your efforts on the team that can arrive quickly and who has the right tools and expertise to make a difference for your property. Our professionals have a 24 hour response time every day of the year and come equipped with industry-leading equipment designed to make restoration as efficient and effective as possible.

While fire damage in your Los Angeles residence can appear in many ways, often one of the most challenging aspects to returning to normal life is a lingering and persistent harsh odor. With the widespread nature of this effect, traditional fragrance sprays and cleansers cannot remove the odor, but will only mask it for a short time. Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC-certified in fire restoration and recovery and arrive with equipment and tools that can quickly neutralize foul scents from your property.

Our hydroxyl generators are among the most commonly used machines in our arsenal to overcome harsh odors throughout your home. During mitigation work, these units get set up to begin filtering out dust, debris, smoke particulates, soot, and ash from the environment while debris removal and pack-outs are underway. The onboard HEPA filter can also help noticeably reduce smoke odor throughout the affected areas.

Ozone generators and chambers are two pieces of the same technology. The generators are mobile, meaning that we can bring them into your home, while the chambers are an area of our facility designed to deodorize contents, furniture, and other affected items. These machines cannot get used around humans and pets, which can limit their use in specific scenarios.

While there are many tools and machines instrumental in restoring your home after fire odors, a couple get used often to do this task efficiently. 

How We Help Homeowners by Giving Initial Estimates of Fire Damage in Los Angeles

After experiencing a fire in your home, the chaos seems to become overwhelming. SERVPRO professionals understand that this period in your life can become stressful even on good days, and we are here to help make sense of things. Our estimator begins by explaining how to work with your insurance company to help smooth the rest of the obstacles you are most likely to encounter.

Once a home in Los Angeles sustains fire damage, the homeowner needs to send the insurance adjuster lists of damaged items claimed as destroyed beyond repair for compensation. The SERVPRO estimator explains before you compile these lists how to do so quickly while still retaining the accuracy your adjuster requires. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service helps you easily accomplish this goal.

While we always try to clean items on-site instead of moving them out, sometimes we need the extra space. However, items that you need to claim on your insurance forms do not get moved to our facility. Your adjuster might want to inspect the items to satisfy the agency's documentation requirements. In situations where we have enough space to work inside your residence without performing a move-out, we separate damaged items from others that we need to clean and restore.

Your insurance pays for many services in addition to replacing belongings and restoring your home to preloss condition. Many of your home's furnishings also require cleaning and minor repairs to restore them. Moving them to our facility or storage while we work incurs fees, as does moving these items back to your home. Your insurance adjuster takes all of these costs into consideration. We help you by giving them estimates of these costs, keeping the amounts as accurate as possible.

Working with you and your insurance company's adjuster can help make everything go as smoothly as possible, easing you and your family through this hectic and stressful time. We want to help our customers as much as possible and in a variety of ways. Our expertise in these situations helps make sense of tragedy when it affects your family.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps residents in Lincoln Heights and Chinatown maneuver the complexities brought on by fire damage. Call us at (213) 628-2000 to start the process of restoring your home and your life, so everything can once again be "Like it never even happened."

What Damage Can Flash Flooding Cause Los Angeles Homes?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech repairing ceiling When flood damage strikes your home, SERVPRO should be the first call. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

With Fast-Occurring Disasters Like Flooding, Los Angeles Homes Can be Heavily Damaged. 

While flooding is not an everyday occurrence in the city, when flash flooding and natural disasters happen, our SERVPRO team is fast to respond. We can reach damaged homes quickly with our pre-stocked Green Fleet of service vehicles and production trailers ready to mobilize as emergencies occur to area residences. 

Structural Damages and Penetration Points

Flash flood damage for Los Angeles homes can be overwhelming when penetration points and vulnerabilities that provide access to the house exist. With a general contractor license, we can track the property's vulnerabilities and provide the needed repairs beginning with board-up and tarping. 

Removing Standing Floodwater from the Property

Flood removal is not a process suitable for all of the extraction devices in our inventory. Natural flooding can often bring in solids and debris, much of which cannot pass through electric submersible pumps with a one or two-inch intake and discharge. Instead, a combination of our most powerful extractors is necessary, beginning with: 

  • Truck-mount pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums

Thorough Cleaning After Flash Flood Damage

Disinfection and surface cleaning is a critical post-flood cleanup process for Los Angeles properties. From the installed building materials to the contents throughout the house, our cleaning technicians can evaluate the grounds and these items on a case-by-case basis for on-site or off-site restoration and recovery. Powerful sporicidal and disinfection cleaning processes can prevent excessive tear-out and reconstruction. 

Flash flooding moves in quickly and can overwhelm a structure with almost no warning. Considering the devastating nature of these events, our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team is standing by to help when homes and businesses experience the ruinous impact of floods. Our team is standing by 24/7 when you call (213) 628-2000.

Four Steps to Take After a Burst Pipe Causes Water Damage to Your Los Angeles Home

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

a broken silver pipe with water leaking from it Quick action is necessary after a burst pipe or a pipe break. Contact Team SERVPRO to arrive quickly on the scene and remediate the water damage.

Steps to Take Following a Burst Pipe

Swift action is necessary after a burst pipe causes water damage in your Los Angeles home. Acting quickly minimizes the possible damage and makes it easier to get your attic dried out. SERVPRO recommends taking the following four steps.

Shut Off The Water 

Locate your water valve and switch it off. Shutting off the water is important as it stops more water from entering the plumbing system, getting out through the broken pipe, and making the water damage in your Los Angeles home much worse. Even if you do not know for sure if a pipe has burst or where the accident has happened in your home, shut off the water straight away.

Move Important Items Out Of The Way  

Act quickly and remove important items from your flooded home if it is safe to do so. However, do not touch or move any electrical items that might have been affected. Remove items so they are not subject to further water damage, making the drying process more manageable.

Call A Plumber 

You need a professional plumber to assess damage to the broken pipe and the surrounding area. Contact a plumber as soon as you can so they can take a look at your home and the pipe and get to work mending it straight away.

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Our IICRC-certified professionals are on hand to dry your home as quickly as possible. Professional drying gives you a much faster and more consistent result than trying to dry the area yourself.

First, we extract water from the flooded area using free-standing and truck-mounted pumps as needed, along with extraction tools. Next, we assess the damage to your floor, walls, the adjacent rooms, and the carpet. We direct air movers across the floor, and if necessary, we position air movers to blow across the ceiling of the space below. In some cases, we need to drill holes in wall baseboards to better dry inside water damaged walls. Our fully trained technicians take great care when ventilating or removing baseboards, and we restore your home when drying is complete.

Do not panic if a burst pipe causes water damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for help.

Contact A Professional Restoration Company For Water Removal In Your Los Angeles Home

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

water covering the tile floor of a kitchen Has your family home been affected by recent flooding? Team SERVPRO can help with water removal equipment and certified technicians.

Water Removal After an Appliance Malfunction

A flooded home here in California usually results from failing appliances or a damaged water line. Often, many people try to remove it with a Wet-Vac from their garage and then let everything dry by opening all the windows and putting wet furniture and other property outside in the sun. Doing this is never a good idea and leads to additional problems with water or even mold.

Water removal in Los Angeles can mean pumping out a flooded basement in a home with ruptured plumbing or extracting water from the carpets after the dishwasher failed to drain correctly. SERVPRO has the experience and training to handle these situations and hundreds more.

Water Removal Services

When there is standing water deeper than two inches, our technicians start with commercial-grade pumps. If the power is out, we maintain a set of generators and generator trucks to ensure continuous electrical support. Once the water is brought down, or if the amount is less than two inches, we bring in smaller water extractors to draw out the water trapped between floorboards or in carpets and carpet pads.

Next, we use moisture meters to determine if water has penetrated the drywall or other structural property. We establish air movers to blow warm air across the surface to force out the moisture. To complement the air movers, technicians also set up dehumidifiers in every room where the surrounding air has tested high. These devices draw moisture directly from the air at a rate of over 20 gallons per day, depending on the humidity and size of the dehumidifier.

As the air is drying out, technicians examine the carpets and floors for remaining water. We remove the carpet pads and dispose of them, then use the water extraction wands to remove any remaining moisture underneath. Once completed, we set up more air movers to dry out the surface before laying down a new pad and stretching the carpet back in place.

One of the most essential factors in removing water from your home is speed. At SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, we maintain a 24-hour response team to ensure we arrive and begin working as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us today at (213) 628-2000 to start.

Can Fire Damage Impact a HVAC System?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged air conditioning unit outside of a house Making sure that your HVAC is inspected after a fire is critical when dealing with fire damage. Contact Team SERVPRO and we can help you.

Fire Damage Inspections and Evaluations Determine the Extent of the Damage to Los Angeles Properties

Fire damage might be an unexpected and high-tension event, but our SERVPRO professionals can help. We can clean up debris and sooty surfaces, as well as clear buildup and debris caught in the HVAC system.

Inspecting the HVAC System After a Fire

Because fire damage restoration for Los Angeles homes can impact many rooms of the house and contents, it is logical to assume that a running HVAC unit has been compromised to some extent as well. This evaluation of duct and equipment conditions can showcase where glaring issues in the residence exist after a fire. Some of the focal points of this inspection include:

  • Structural weaknesses
  • Fire debris
  • Strong odors
  • Soot and soil deposits

Air Duct Cleaning and Air Quality Improvement

Once tools like the borescope get used to inspect the ductwork, we can begin the necessary steps to clear debris and deposits in this network. We position our leading equipment like our Dri-Eaz HEPA 500 unit where circulation occurs most to trap particles and spores before greater harm results.

Fire damage can be a violent and dangerous situation for homeowners and families. Getting the building cleaned and cleared falls to the capable hands of our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team. We can help with everything from mitigation to air duct cleaning when you call (213) 628-2000.

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.