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Los Angeles Homes Hit by Fire Can Depend on SERVPRO to Help

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Flowers at Exposition Park Los Angeles has lots to offer, including Exposition Park.

Fire Restoration is Our Specialty – Let Us Help You Get Your Home Back to Normal 

Los Angeles is an ultra-modern city that is packed with history. From Spain and Mexico claiming it and onwards to it becoming one of the United States, it has had a colorful past. Over the years, landmarks have developed that are worth the trip. Thousands of visitors each year visit these attractions – some are historical, some are modern, but they all represent some aspect of Los Angeles. 

An Iconic Sign Everyone Recognizes 

Towering above Los Angeles is the Hollywood Sign with lettering that is 45 feet tall and 350 long. It began life as a Hollywoodland and was an advertisement for a new housing development. Over time it would be repaired and shortened to the current sign. Although it no longer serves its first purpose, a local real estate advertisement, the area of Santa Monica Hills wouldn't be the same without it. Visitors from around the world hike to see this sign each year. 

Venice Canal Historic District 

This residential suburb of Venice is home to this historic district. It was created to have the appearance and ambiance of Venice, Italy. Abbot Kinney began these man-made wetlands canal in 1905. It was complete with arched bridges and gondoliers and trips through the lit canal. It was designed to draw buyers for residential lots. Interesting facts about the Venice Canal District include: 

  • It was 3 to 4 times bigger than today before 1929
  • The canals were reduced down to 6 from the original 13
  • The seven canals that were destroyed became roads
  • Many attempts were made to restore and repair the canals over the years
  • Changes were made for improvement in the 1980s 

Walt Disney Concert Hall 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall doors opened on October 24, 2003. It is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and can seat over 2,000 people. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is also based out of the concert hall. The venue was a gift to Los Angeles by Lillian Disney as a tribute to Walt Disney. It is a impressive work of architecture and has a concert organ that is second to none. 

USS Iowa Battleship 

A retired battleship, the Iowa is the last lead ship of battleships of any kind. In her vessel class, she was the only one who saw duty in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled on her when he crossed the Atlantic headed toward Algeria. The president was meeting with Churchill and Stalin to discuss important issues of the day.  

In 1944 the Iowa was moved to the Pacific Fleet, where she was active in the war measures. She was flying Admiral William F. Halsey's flag as the Third Fleet flagship during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo bay. She took part in the Korean War and was later decommissioned to the Navy reserve fleets. In 1982 she was reactivated only to be permanently decommissioned in 1990. Today visitors can tour the battleship for a glimpse back into time. 

Grauman's Chinese Theatre 

In 1922 Grauman's Egyptian Theatre was opened and successful enough to open the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Its branded title is TCL Chinese Theatre, and it is located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is a movie palace that opened on May 18, 1927, where the King of King's of Cecil B. DeMille fame debuted. Since then, it has seen many premiers of blockbuster movies, including Star Wars. Another main attraction is the handprints, footprints, and signatures in the concrete blocks in the forecourt. Today it is also an IMAX theater. 

Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles 

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument includes Olvera Street. It has been the main square of LA since the 1820s when the city still belonged to Mexico. The street has had several names over time and became Olvera Street in 1877. One of the Plaza Districts' historic buildings, the Avila Adobe, is on the street. It dates back to 1818, along with Pelanconi Street established in 1857 and Sepulveda House in 1887. Today restaurants, craft stores, and troubadours line the street. It was designated as a "Top Five" street by the "Great Streets of America." 

Sightseers Dream Spot 

There is so much to experience in the City of Angels. The above does not begin to put a dent in the landmarks in LA. Some other well-known ones include: 

  • Capital Records Building
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Angel Flight
  • Dolby Theatre
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Getty Center
  • Getty Villa
  • Stahl House
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • LA Live
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Bradbury Building
  • S. Bank Tower
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Watts Towers
  • Dodger Stadium 

SERVPRO Restores Homes with Fire Damage 

Homes and businesses alike in Los Angeles can be subject to fires at any time. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is there to provide emergency mitigation. Even small fires can do extensive damage as smoke residue and soot move throughout the home. Our technicians know how to intercede and deliver fire restoration in Los Angeles.  

Professional Technicians Get the Job Done 

When your home experiences a fire, the extent of the fire determines the steps that are taken. There are specific actions that are basic to even small fires. These can include: 

  • Doing a scope of the area
  • Removing charred remains if needed
  • Determining the type of soot present
  • Using the appropriate cleaning methods
  • Water extraction if required
  • Deodorization
  • Restoration of home and content 

When we leave your home, SERVPRO wants you to feel, "Like it never even happened." We encourage homeowners to let our professionals handle the job as attempting to clean on your own can worsen the situation.  

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park prides itself on providing quality fire restoration services to LA. You can contact us at (213) 628-2000 and talk to our friendly staff. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Spend Time Watching Animals in Los Angeles at the Zoo

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A big building with the words Los Angeles Zoo on it. Animals are the best, go out and safely support your local zoo.

Visit the Los Angeles Zoo by Making a Reservation Today

The Los Angeles Zoo is open and ready to take individual ticket reservations.  Each time slot has maximum capacity limits for safety measures. Keeping this in mind, it is important to plan ahead since time slots often sell out.  The zoo closed first due to the virus and then because of poor air quality during the local Bobcat and El Dorado wildfires. Although the zoo suspended their in-person talks to limit gathering in crowds, guests are still free to enjoy the zoo animals. 

Here's What You Should Know About Zoo Visits

  • Reservations are required for all visits.
  • The zoo reserves the right to close certain attractions to allow for appropriate social distancing. 
  • While eating and drinking without a mask, stay stationary to limit possible exposure. 
  • High-touch areas and equipment such as drinking fountains are closed for safety. 
  • Tickets range from $17 to $22. 

If you need water removal in the greater Los Angeles area, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park for 24/7 Emergency Service at (213) 628-2000.

Can You Prepare Kids for a Flood Damage Event in Boyle Heights?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home For flood damage remediation, you can call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

Boyle Heights Residents Concerned about Family Safety after Flood Damage?

Boyle Heights is a diverse and vibrant community situated close to the Los Angeles River. These days the river flows through concrete channels built after catastrophic floods in the early 20th Century. Unfortunately, that does not mean residents are entirely safe from floods, as California still suffers from storms and flooding.

It is better to be prepared for possible flooding to your Boyle Heights home. Then if disaster does occur, it will not take you by surprise. One way to prepare is talking to your kids about flooding and what to do if it happens.

How can you prepare your kids for flooding?
The best way to prepare your kids for potential flood damage in Boyle Heights is to talk to them about it:
    •    Bring up the subject in a way that allows space for questions
    •    Talk in terms of how to stay calm and safe, so it is less frightening
    •    If you do not know the answer to a question, look it up together

You can also involve children (and the rest of your family) in flood preparedness activities such as:
    •    Having a grab and go bag ready for if you need it
    •    Storing valuable papers away from the floor and in watertight boxes
    •    Making sure you have pet medicine, food, toys, and carry cases ready to grab in an emergency
    •    Ensuring you have a stock of any regular medicines stored in watertight containers

What about protecting your home?
You cannot prevent a storm, but you can take steps to protect your home from the effects of one.

Make sure your home is structurally sound. If you have leaky windows or doors or a missing roof tile, take care of it now, before disaster strikes. You should also check your gutters and downpipes and make sure they are clear.

If you have a sump pump, ensure it is functioning correctly and have backup power. You should also check your yard – in the event of a flood, would the water run away from your house or toward? You can employ a landscape gardener to direct water away from your home.

Consider adding flood barrier seals or storm doors if storms are a particular concern. You might also make sandbags to protect your home in an emergency.

What should you do with flood-contaminated materials?
Flood water from storms is sometimes classified as blackwater, meaning it could contain dangerous contaminants, raw sewage, or dead animals or fish. That is why SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park recommends calling us immediately after a flood. Do not try to handle flood-damaged materials yourself.

There may be some cases where you can safely manage materials if you are confident the water is from heavy rain, not a flooded river. In that case, you can:

    •    Remove colored items such as books or magazines from rugs and carpets
    •    Remove sofa cushions and tent them to encourage drying
    •    Pick up bulky items like rugs, furs, sheepskin rugs, or leather clothes, and hang them to dry
    •    Blot water from surfaces using a mop and wipe down furniture with an absorbent cloth

It is essential to keep your kids away from flood-damaged areas and not let them play with flood-damaged toys. Our team will assess what is safe to keep, what is not safe, and what we can clean.

How can SERVPRO help?
We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, so they are up to date on the latest and best flood remediation techniques.

We assess your home and contents to ascertain what is salvageable and to draw up a drying plan. Our assessment includes moisture level and humidity monitoring, which we continue to do throughout the remediation process.

Can SERVPRO clean your kids' favorite belongings?
Depending on the category of water and contamination level, it is possible to clean many kinds of belongings. We can wipe down plastic toys and furniture. We can use ultrasonic cleaning machines for many toys, soft toys, and textiles, or we can send them to our facility where we have Esporta hydraulic washing systems. We can also send clothes and shoes to our Esporta washers for a thorough but gentle cleaning process.

We can apply microbial treatments where needed to make items sanitary again.

When we have finished cleaning your home and belongings, we will deodorize to leave them fresh, “Like it never even happened.”

We understand that you are concerned about your family and their belongings. That is why we treat your loved ones and your possessions with the same care we treat our own.

For flood damage remediation, you can trust call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

Where Do Homeowners Go to Restore Their Residences After a Water Intrusion?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and equipment SERVPRO of Los Angeles is ready to tackle your water restoration needs.

For the Best Choice in Restoration After Flooding, Los Angeles Residents, Call SERVPRO.

Is a Professional Response Always Necessary?

Yes. Every Los Angeles home needs a professional agency like SERVPRO to not only remove water but to also eliminate moisture trapped in the floors, walls, and other parts of the structure. 

Why Should Homeowners Choose SERVPRO Over Other Companies?

Other water restoration companies simply do not have an extensive equipment inventory compared to what we have available at SERVPRO. With over 700 items ready to go, our teams are trained and prepared with everything from air movers to water extractors to restore local homes from nearly any type of water intrusion. 

Extractors – Our team specialists use a variety of devices. They have small extractors, designed to wear as a backpack for tight spaces such as closets. For larger parts of a home, specialists use pumps that range in size from models used in apartments to truck-mounted pumps with extensive hoses that have attached generators or can be run directly off the truck’s engine. 

Air Movers and Fans – After removing the standing water and any trapped in carpets or flooring, specialists install these devices to force moisture out of structural properties like drywall and other paneling, then draw it out of the interior to disperse outside. Where needed, they also use Dehumidifiers to augment the actions of the other devices. 

If There Is Damage, You Cannot Restore, What Happens Next?

Our restoration teams also have construction experienced technicians. Except for major repairs that require a licensed contractor, team members can accomplish the tasks needed to return each residence to its pre-intrusion condition, ready for occupation once more. 

To schedule a visit from one of our response teams or to learn more about what we can do for your home here or in Boyle Heights, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000. We are here for you. 

How Do Wildfires Damage Nearby Homes?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

wildfire in pines of CA Los Angeles Homeowners are concerned about wildfires close to Los Angeles. SERVPRO Offers fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Los Angeles and California contends with wildfires that can stretch for miles and impact thousands of homes in varying ways.

As devastating as wildfires can be to Los Angeles area homes in the path of this moving natural disaster, households in the vicinity can also be impacted in other ways. Odors, soot, and embers can all have overwhelming effects on your property's look and function. Contending with these conditions often requires professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team. We have experience in fire recovery, as well as potent cleaning products and efficient tools to get your property back to preloss condition.

What Are the Most Common Threats to a House During a Wildfire?

Wildfires feed most on structures and forestry, making fire restoration for Los Angeles homes impacted a challenge. Soot is one of the most substantial obstacles, and it is generated by the incomplete combustion of fuels like wood. Creosote concerns can also be a concern from this burned material, much like the hazards from allowing this substance to build up in chimney flues. While your home might not always be in the direct line of a spreading wildfire approaching the city, there are several ways it could require professional cleaning and recovery, such as:

  • HVAC Damage – The intake of your air conditioning that often runs most days throughout the year can quickly pull in contaminated air from the outside and potentially spread soot particles, ash, and smoke throughout the house. 
  • Exterior Soot Damage – Siding and brickwork on the outside of your home has a textured surface, allowing soot particles to collect quickly. The thicker these coatings, the more challenging they can be to remove before staining and marring occur.
  • Structural Compromise – While ash and soot particles can travel for miles on the air surrounding a wildfire, direct structural damage in the moving fire's path must also get addressed. We have contractors to help in these situations where demolition and reconstruction are necessary.

As unfortunate as wildfires can be for thousands affected, our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team can help you manage the emergency with a fast, knowledgeable response. Give us a call at (213) 628-2000.

How Many Budgets Does a Homeowner Need for Water Restoration in Los Angeles?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

water droplets leaking in bucket from ceiling, damaged roof, house renovation Regardless of how the excess water gained entry into your home, our technicians can help. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Services to Los Angeles Residents That Help to Keep Expenses Under Control.

What is the most expensive part of flood restoration?

Protecting your Los Angeles home from water intrusion requires a budget. The most expensive aspect of any restoration project is the cost of labor. Water mitigation may require significant amounts of work. These may include demolition of certain building materials, transporting non-salvageable materials out of the property, and into skips, or reconstruction of certain parts of the home. All of these duties require human resources. Keeping the expense of restoration down focuses on having expertly trained staff capable of handling large amounts of responsibility within the project. SERVPRO employees undergo hundreds of training hours to become production technicians, while crew chiefs have many years of experience in restoring water loss sites.

What ways can I increase efficiency at a restoration site?

Preparation is essential to efficient water mitigation in your Los Angeles home. Mitigation is a time-specific task that focuses on preventing further harm. These techniques can manifest as removing contents from the affected area, setting up a drying procedure to guard against mold, or pumping water out of the property. To complete any of these duties requires efficient planning. Our crew chiefs review the scope of the project with managers before arriving on-site. Reviews can be time-efficient by ensuring that the necessary services are met, that the correct equipment is loaded onto the van. That water restoration technicians (WRT) can be briefed on the requirements of the job.

How can I speed up water restoration in my home?

  • Staging areas can increase efficiency by avoiding long trips to get equipment supplies
  • Using highly trained technicians 
  • Perform inspections at the end of each day to stay ahead of potential changes or improvements

How should I handle water removal equipment?

Most Los Angeles water mitigation relies upon equipment. These machineries are typically complex with many moving parts. Production tools should be handled with the utmost care. Unloading equipment could potentially damage a device. That damage, in turn, can make drying times less efficient, or you may need to spend time replacing the tool. Most equipment runs on electrical power, which may sometimes be sourced from a portable generator. These generators run on fuel, and steps should be taken to ensure that they are not left on beyond their necessary usage. If you are attempting to perform home restoration, keeping an eye on equipment and energy usage can help keep your expenses under control.

How can I protect my possessions from water damage?

Possessions, or contents, can often be cleaned and dried in the property. Techniques like covering or blocking furniture can reduce the amount of water exposure that occurs to larger pieces of furniture. SERVPRO technicians may also deem it necessary to take items from the affected area and remove them from an unaffected site. We take extra care when moving possessions to ensure that no further damage occurs. Equally, we photograph the possessions before transferring them to provide transparency and a record of item condition. Moving contents out of harm's way can be an effective solution to potential water damage. Any clean rooms are prepared by placing polyethylene sheets directly onto the floors to avoid cross-contamination.

What are the additional services available during water mitigation?

Are there additional costs in water restoration?

In the immediate aftermath of a water emergency, it can be tough to calculate costs accurately. There are many factors to consider before a workable estimate is produced, and it is not uncommon for restoration technicians to begin work before an assessment. Los Angeles homeowners may be able to benefit from additional services that SERVPRO provides during water restoration. Carrying out lead-based paint activities and renovation (RRRP), for example, may help to ensure that your property is safe and inhabitable after a water emergency. We can provide these services with qualified technicians ready to help abate and renovate properties that may use lead-based paint. A crew chief can recommend special services during the restoration that could help to return your home to a better than preloss condition.

What steps are necessary for water mitigation?

  • Cleaning and decontaminating salvageable material
  • Transporting and disposing of waste safely 
  • Cleaning equipment and workers to avoid cross-contamination in the home

Preparing and executing water restoration can be tricky, but it is essential to keeping your expenses under control. Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for assistance.

An Intense Storm Broke Windows and Left Flood Damage in a Property. Who Should Be Called For Assistance?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

broken windows Contact SERVPRO today for assistance with storm related damages. We are always available!

Contact SERVPRO Technicians to Handle the Flood Damage in a Los Angeles Residence.  

When flooding occurs in your property after a storm, there is no time to waste. Act fast by contacting SERVPRO technicians in Los Angeles to mitigate the damage and prevent costly losses. We can get your property to its pre-incident state as soon as possible.

What if a confined space is flooded?

To deal with the flood damage in your Los Angeles residence, our technicians can inspect the area using our advanced equipment to determine how severe it is.  Our technicians can use inspection cameras and borescopes to check for visible contamination. The equipment records still images and takes videos that help us determine the best restoration techniques to use.

What are the effects of flood damage?

The common effects of flood damage include:

Chipping of wallpaper and paint

A decrease in property value

Warping wood floors

Destroyed carpeting

Mold growth in hidden areas

You can minimize the above effects if you take immediate action. We respond fast to emergency calls to minimize and stop further damage. We can also rebuild the affected areas after restoration. Our general contractor’s license number is 999460.

How long does drying take in an affected property?

The contents in your property are made of different materials. The amount of moisture and the time the material has been exposed to the moisture determines how long the drying process can take. Other factors are the drying techniques and equipment used. We can use dehumidification and other proven techniques to dry your home and its contents.   

Where is the odor coming from?

Manufacturers design building materials to absorb some degree of moisture. However, when moisture levels exceed the limit, the materials start to corrode and release small organic compounds in the air. Decay is an ongoing process that continues until the moisture is removed. That means that odor can linger for an extended period if the drying process is not done correctly.

After drying the affected area, our SERVPRO technicians can use advanced equipment to combat the odors. We can use air scrubbers that pull air in the affected property through charcoal filters to capture odors and recirculate the fresh air back into the indoor environment. 

If your property suffered flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 to ask about our restoration services or to schedule a visit. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Remove Unpleasant Water Odors From my Home?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

woman covering her nose Our water damage experts are trained in a wide variety of restoration needs, even upholstery and fabric cleaning and odor control. Call us today.

SERVPRO Can Perform Deodorization at your Los Angeles Property as Part of our Water Damage Restoration Service.

Why do water odors occur?

Odors can come from multiple sources. When there is a water leak or intrusion at your Los Angeles home, microbes present in water can begin to proliferate, causing degradation and unpleasant odors. Water intrusion may also dislodge pre-existing grime, dust, or bacteria in the home, releasing odor. Finally, our perception of smells is heightened when there is proximity to moisture or at high levels of humidity. Our urgent priority is to clean and dry your home, thereby removing microbes or other odor-causing bacterias altogether. In some cases, drying and cleaning the property is the only odor-control method needed.

What should I do if odors remain after cleaning and drying?

Stubborn odors can undermine the water damage restoration in your Los Angeles home. It may be necessary to employ more aggressive odor control methods to return your home to its preloss condition. These methods use powerful equipment to disperse liquid or gas deodorants into the affected area. These deodorants can chemically bind with tiny odor particles and neutralize them. Using a gaseous deodorant can help us reach small areas like jointing cracks, light fittings, or venting ducts that may otherwise be inaccessible. When using an ultra-low volume fogger, it is essential to switch off pilot lights or other open ignition and inform the fire department ahead of time- many deodorant solvents can trigger fire alarms. 

What are other pieces of equipment and methods useful for odor control?

- Textiles and upholstery can often respond well to deodorant injections

- Hand-spraying liquid deodorant droplets directly onto fabrics like draperies or surfaces

- Venting Box Fans that can exchange indoor air rapidly

Effective odor control is essential to returning a home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

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How Does Moisture in Materials Get Resolved for Flooded Los Angeles Homes?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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After a flood, water removal techniques can be vital to protect more of the damaged areas of your residence.

Flooding can present some immediate concerns for Los Angeles homes. When natural flooding is happening, these concerns often gravitate towards contaminants and cleaning, though with clean water events, this emergency can have disastrous impacts on a property. The fast movement of standing water and water flow from structural breaches can be the worst for the most sensitive materials installed in your house. Elements like drywall and carpeting, for as common as these are, can be among the hardest hit by flood conditions.

Removing water and other flood mitigation for Los Angeles homes and businesses does not exclusively refer to pooling on the property's floors. While standing water must get addressed with the appropriate mitigation equipment, trapped moisture can be just as destructive and detrimental to the house. Careful considerations must get made about the affected materials and the best approaches to remove moisture and trapped water. From concrete masonry units in the foundation or surrounding the crawlspace to gypsum and carpeting, our strategies vary based on the severity of the exposure.

Do Emergency Services Help?

The general contractors and qualified flood restoration technicians of our SERVPRO team can ensure that the right measures are taken immediately to protect your property best. Often this process involves several direct actions getting taken as soon as our professionals first arrive. Reducing the continued flooding of the property and the migration of floodwater is a focal point of any successful flood restoration strategy. The elements of these plans often include:

  • Board Up – Structural concerns are not uncommon with flooding, especially when these conditions follow severe weather in the area that could break windows, remove siding, and leave other vulnerabilities. This phase of repair ensures that these damage points do not allow for further flood damage. 
  • Tarping – Much like board-up services, tarping focuses on breaches to the roof, which can almost be expected when monsoon season damages the Greater Los Angeles area.
  • Content Relocation – To many homeowners, personal belongings mean as much as the structure. Getting these items to a safe location during early flood mitigation can ensure that avoidable irreparable damage does not occur. 
  • Controlled Demolition – General contractors from our roster can inspect the property for weaknesses and structural concerns that must get replaced. 

What Is the Difference Between Permeability and Porosity?

Regarding the drying and water removal efforts necessary to recover damaged contents and structural elements in a flood-damaged house, understanding specific terminology can help. Permeability and porosity both involve the movement of water through materials. Permeability is water's ability to move through a material, and certain elements vary in degrees of this permeance. Likewise, porosity gauges the composition of materials to determine the likelihood of absorption when exposed to water. There are three main degrees of porosity ratings for materials and contents:

  • Porous – Materials like carpet and drywall allow the fast absorption of water when exposure occurs. These materials are also quickly irreparably damaged by oversaturation.
  • Semi-Porous – Some materials can absorb water to the point of damage, but this does not happen immediately, such as exposed hardwood flooring.
  • Non-Porous – Glass, tile, and similar materials are often impermeable for water. These materials cannot become damaged by absorbing water. 

What Are the Obstacles of Hygroscopic Materials?

Hygroscopic materials refer to a select grouping of structural elements that are highly permeable and porous, making them fast targets for floodwater exposure. Because of how quickly these surfaces and items can become damaged, a swift reaction from responding technicians can prevent the need for tear-out and reconstruction or replacement. While the finite timeline can be a substantial obstacle, these materials can often dry quickly with the right approaches, such as centrifugal air movers, dehumidifiers, and other equipment.

  • Insulation
  • Carpet
  • Upholstery
  • Fabrics

When Does Reconstruction Happen?

Reconstruction is often an inevitable outcome when restoring flood damages and effects on a house. Whether it is repairing the damage to a roof after torrential rainfall and compromising winds, or it is removing interior drywall and framing to replace it when these elements become oversaturated. With contractors (General Contractor License #: 999460)
California State License Board (CSLB) #: 999460) on our roster, we have building trade professionals that can begin these repairs and reconstruction needs when mitigation and restoration complete.

As challenging as water removal can be, understanding elements like porosity and permeability can ensure that the right equipment and strategies get implemented to restore the property as much as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team a call today at (213) 628-2000.

Is It Faster to Clean Up Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home on Your Own?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

yellow moisture meter penetrating a wall SERVPRO provides various types of moisture meters to find those hidden pockets of dampness in your Los Angeles home. "Like it never even happened."

In a city that never slows down, water damage emergencies can be an inevitable situation for many homeowners to face.

There are situations where cleaning your Los Angeles home on your own might be more cost-effective and efficient. Regarding water disasters that can spread quickly through the property, DIY approaches rarely have the widespread impact necessary to successfully remove moisture concerns and dry exposed materials and contents.

Being among the leading water restoration companies for Los Angeles, our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team has helped hundreds of homes and businesses through water disasters. With so many potential causes for these emergencies, this has become the most persistent and anticipated restoration need for Los Angeles County homes and businesses alike. Our fast response can often slow the spread and severity of water emergencies through containment and the use of air movers and dehumidifiers.

How Can Moisture Pockets Get Identified Beyond the Surface Materials?

One of the risks of DIY restoration and drying after a water disaster is the inadequate removal of moisture concerns. Exposed materials might show the worst signs of damage on the surface where contact was made, but there are often damp areas and moisture pockets that must also get addressed by evaporative drying techniques. Failure to find and dry out these wet areas can lead to worsening conditions like structural deterioration or the development of microbial threats. Locating these problem areas often falls to advanced technologies in our inventory, such as:

  • Moisture Meters
  • Hygrometers
  • Probing Detection Tools
  • Thermal Imagery

While you might find that there are situations where cleaning and restoring your home on your own seems beneficial, this is rarely the case with water damage to properties. Our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park technicians are standing by 24/7 to help at (213) 628-2000.