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What Everyone Ought to Know About Mold Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Everyone Ought to Know About Mold Damage Remediation in Los Angeles When you see visible signs of or smell mold in your home, contact team SERVPRO to investigate and then remediate the damage.

Mold Damage Remediation for Your Los Angeles Home

Mold is a kind of fungus which can grow in your Los Angeles home from spores. It is essential for the breaking down of animal and plant matter outside. Inside, it can commonly be found growing in bathrooms and showers, crawl spaces, basements, attics, and laundry rooms. Active mold growth is fuzzy or slimy and generally is black, green, purple, or orange. Mold which is inactive is usually white and dry and powdery.

When you suspect mold and mold damage in your Los Angeles home, you should contact our professionals at SERVPRO. We have the experience and training needed to clean your home from a mold infestation so that it does not keep spreading to clean areas of your home. Since mold can cause health effects and grows quickly, it is essential to let us know of the issue as soon as you find it.

Once we assess the damage, we need to contain the mold contamination to make sure it won’t spread to any areas of your home that are uncontaminated. We are careful not to introduce airflow to mold spores which haven’t been contained, so we avoid spreading the contamination to clean areas. SERVPRO technicians install plastic sheeting for containment barriers and establish negative air pressure in the affected area. We also seal HVAC vents to stop the duct system from being contaminated.

The method of cleaning up the mold depends on the surface it is on. Non-porous materials can usually be cleaned, but porous materials many times must be removed and discarded. Porous materials which are extensively contaminated are removed. The active mold growth on materials like drywall, fabrics, insulation, and carpeting is removed by getting rid of the actual material. Non-porous materials like metals, glass, and plastics can be HEPA vacuumed if the surface is dry or we damp wipe them using a detergent solution. If mold has been present for a long time, wood with mold growth might have to be removed if the structural integrity has been weakened by rot.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park can clean your home in Elysian Park, Echo Park, or Boyle Heights when you find mold and mold damage. It is essential that you call us at (213) 628-2000 as soon as you recognize there is an issue, as the mold continues to grow and cause more damage until we get it cleaned up.

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Some Simple Steps to an Effective Commercial Water Removal Strategy in Los Angeles

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Some Simple Steps to an Effective Commercial Water Removal Strategy in Los Angeles Water line problems require a quick shut off and water removal. Remediation is also key to preventing mold. Call SERVPRO immediately.

Commercial Water Removal Solves Flooding from a Broken Water Line in Los Angeles

Water lines often receive very little maintenance compared to other components in a Los Angeles business. Daily maintenance activities in a hotel suite typically include necessary cleaning, vacuuming, and dusting, but ignore checking for structural or equipment deficits. The pressure in a water line leading to washroom facilities or drinking fountains can break open along the line at any joint or at its attachment.
 
Water use remains regulated, making it crucial to repair even small leaks immediately as soon as you know about the situation by calling for commercial water removal services in Los Angeles. At SERVPRO, we diligently train our employees in understanding the most effective methods in mitigating situations involving lost water and how to get buildings experiencing crises under control again. Incidents involving multiple levels, as in a hotel, become increasingly devastating the longer the situation remains.
 
We often use open windows for the reclamation of water saturating carpets on a hotel's upper floor, with attached extraction units cleaning up peripheral areas. Once we eliminate the bulk of this water from each floor, we can put our efforts into completely drying the carpets in hallways, common areas, and any affected suites or rooms. We also address the more humid air that occurs with highly effective desiccant machines. These rapidly remove water vapor and help our air movers work more efficiently in pulling moisture out of materials throughout the affected area.
 
We continually monitor the area to ensure that our equipment recaptures all lost water and leaves your hotel dry, “Like it never even happened.” As we work in your hotel, we understand that guests' needs often require a quiet environment, so we use a muffler-like set-up on our louder equipment. This dramatically reduces the noise inside the hallways that might carry into rooms and suites and affect your guests. Affected rooms require our attention simultaneously, so we discuss with you the best approach to guests and help you make any changes in room assignments, so we impose as little inconvenience as possible.
 
SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park works with local businesses in Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, and Silver Lake, including hotels, to mitigate damages caused by water losses and other disasters. Many of these require the fast removal of lost water and the drying out of structures to protect the building from secondary damages. We have the skills and equipment you need during a crisis. Faster To Any Size Disaster, we are always ready to take your call at (323) 255-1000, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Why Ceiling Water Stains in Your Los Angeles Home Need Immediate Attention

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Ceiling Water Stains in Your Los Angeles Home Need Immediate Attention Stains on the ceiling can indicate water damage.

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Your Los Angeles Home

If you believe you see signs of water damage to the ceiling of your Los Angeles home, the source of the water needs determining before restoration begins. A major mistake that people make is attempting to patch it themselves without solving the root of the problem first. A professional remediation company needs to be called in to check the situation out. 

As a property owner, it is essential that you can identify water damage in your Los Angeles home since signs can sometimes be neglected or unnoticed. Don't underestimate the water's ability to create significant damage to your structure. SERVPRO Brand has the professionally trained staff and tools you need to fix an issue like this in your home, which is why SERVPRO Franchise professionals are the right choice to restore your home. 

One of the most visible signs of a ceiling which is water damaged are water stains. These usually look brownish or rusty in color and can suggest a previous or ongoing leak. It is always best, either way, it is always the best decision to have SERVPRO Franchise professionals look and help you find the source while repairing any damage. We have moisture meters which can find any hidden moisture that is creating the staining to resolve the issue, and the damage stopped. 

Another indication of a water damaged ceiling is bubbling or swelling. If your ceiling appears to be bulging out, it means there is an accumulation of moisture in the drywall and wood. It can at times be dangerous because as the water continues to collect, it can cause the ceiling to collapse. We can alleviate the situation before it becomes dangerous. 

Sometimes, a water damaged ceiling looks like it is sweating, with the discoloration looking a bit darker than the paint and showing up at the start of a water leak. The excess humidity or moisture creeps into walls and the ceiling and turns in bubbling or stains. It is a clear sign you need to act before the problem worsens immediately. 

Mold is another clear indicator there is water damage, and it needs to be handled right away since mold can cause health effects. Mold can start growing in as little as 48 hours and continually spreads until it cleaning occurs. SERVPRO Franchise professionals are equipped to handle mold as well if it has begun to grow in your home due to a water leak. 

SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is trained and experienced to handle ceiling water damage in your home in Silver Lake, Chinatown, or Elysian Park. As soon as you realize there is an issue, reach out to us by dialing (323) 255-1000, so we can stop the leak and restore your home. 

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Los Angeles Fire Damage, the Nuances of Smoke, and SERVPRO Cleanup

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Los Angeles Fire Damage, the Nuances of Smoke, and SERVPRO Cleanup When the Red Fire Trucks Leave, the SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives--Ready for Fire Loss Cleanup in Los Angeles

Some Fire Damage is Caused by Firefighters when Saving a Home in Los Angeles

When a fire happens in Los Angeles, temperatures soar inside a home's enclosed space. Smoke grows thick and prevents firefighters from seeing any more than a foot or two directly in front of them. Even during the day, this can make things nearly pitch black.
 
When firefighters respond to a call in Los Angeles, they often make ventilation holes in the exterior to help control the amount of fire damage to interior structures. These holes in the roof and exterior walls help reduce the temperature inside the home. Quite often, firefighters decide to break windows instead of making holes in the structure, as this can happen faster and with less permanent damage to the home.
 
Ventilation holes also allow smoke to exit the home so firefighters can see more easily to contain the flames and rescue anyone trapped inside. During a fire, it is very common for residents who know their home well to become disoriented and confused about the layout of the house. Firefighters do not have prior knowledge of the home and clearing smoke from the house helps them do their work in less hazardous conditions.
 
After the firefighters leave, these holes in your home remain. SERVPRO can get these covered with heavy-duty tarps or plywood boards protecting the interior of your home from invasive pests and rain. The glass from broken windows also remains. We get these hazards cleaned up, as well as the debris that making the holes created. Broken glass and splintered wood pieces can cover your belongings, as well, so we mark these items accordingly. This information helps protect the next SERVPRO technician who handles or cleans any of the affected items.
 
Just as firefighters follow a set of protocols that help all of them know what others are doing and how their actions affect the home, SERVPRO technicians receive training that allows them to work effectively and efficiently as team members. Teamwork significantly reduces the amount of time involved in mitigating fire damage caused by both the firefighters and the fire itself, and gets your family back home, “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park knows emergencies happen at all hours of the day and night, so we offer those in and around Lincoln Heights and Elysian Park emergency mitigation services for fire damage and other disasters. Call us at (323) 255-1000, 365 days a year, whenever you need help making your home safe again.

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Don't Put Mold Into Your Own Hands Call The Professionals

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Put Mold Into Your Own Hands Call The Professionals Mold needs to be treated by the professionals.

Why Disinfectants are a Secondary Solution in Mold Remediation of Los Angeles Homes

Controlling the growth of microbial fungi is primarily about drying structures. Although a chemical cleansing agent may seem like a quick fix, professional services with qualified technicians can pay dividends in the long run. Mold has a nasty habit of returning particularly during wet or humid times of the year. By investing in a professional service now, you could save yourself several unpleasant situations over the year.

Working on mold remediation in Los Angeles properties is something we have done time and time again. It begins with a simple phone call to our 24-hour emergency line. From there, we can arrange a service within an hour of notification of loss. SERVPRO uses technicians with qualifications in both mold assessment and mold remediation from the IICRC. We all live and work here in this community which reduces our call-out times significantly. We can promise to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss.

The presence of moisture is the reason mold prospers which is why professional products should never be used as the primary method for removal. SERVPRO uses a two-step solution which is efficient and straightforward. The first step is to remove contaminated materials from the affected area. The second step is to dry the affected area using fast-drying methods.

Removal of contaminated materials requires a designated clean area. In large scale jobs, we may decide to use a clean room off-site. It is cost efficient to use a clean room on site so, where possible, we opt for this method. The fast-drying procedure involves deploying advanced equipment like rapid air-movers, desiccant dehumidifiers or water extraction units with heated wands that remove residual moisture fast.

Once a SERVPRO technician achieves both these steps, they use professional cleaning products. We use EPA-registered broad spectrum disinfectant to soak the affected area. In some cases, we may control the temperature and PH levels to ensure maximum effectiveness. Disinfectants do show some success in removing and preventing mold growth but, their impact is questionable, which is why removal and fast-drying is our priority.

Hiring a professional is the most critical step in remediation, Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 today.

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How Does Soda Blasting Remove Mold From Your Los Angeles Home?

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Does Soda Blasting Remove Mold From Your Los Angeles Home? Soda blasting and dry ice pellets are two of the methods that we use to remove mold from areas where scraping would mar the surface.

Scraping and Removal of Materials:  Two Parts of Mold Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

Microbial activity never stops completely. The absence of water significantly slows things down, and the majority of microbes become dormant. Dormant microbes do very little damage to homes in Los Angeles. However, it only takes a little bit of moisture to reactivate dormant mold and mildew.

The continued presence of moisture significantly increases microbial activity and can lead to large areas of your home succumbing to mold damage in your Los Angeles residence. When we find a home with mold damage, we first locate the place where the microbes are finding moisture, which requires the use of infrared thermal imaging cameras.  Materials that retain moisture show up as being cooler than surrounding materials that do not contain any moisture.  

The location of moisture-laden materials often reveals other areas containing mold, as well. We advise the property owner about the location of these additional areas as we find them. Different materials require different techniques to rid your home of mold damage and excessive spores.  

Many times, we find drywall to contain such extensive damage that we must cut the affected areas away from the wall, place the cut-up pieces in double bags, seal them, and then dispose of them safely. We cut away as little as possible to reduce the amount of waste, but often find mold growing on the inside of the wall, which requires that we remove additional drywall that may seem unaffected by mold on the exterior of the wall.  

Scraping materials to remove mold growing on the very top-most surface can succeed if we begin soon after the mold colony forms. Once hyphae penetrate the surface of a wall, ceiling, or other structure, more aggressive scraping might suffice, however, much depends on the texture of the surface. Textured materials or those with finishes like stained wood, painted walls, and paneling can become visibly marred by scraping techniques, even when mold growth remains very slight.  

When these two methods would produce unwanted results, SERVPRO technicians rely on blasting techniques. Dry ice pellets and soda blasting remove very little of the surface of the materials where mold grows while still removing the microbial population effectively. These two methods also work well to remove odors caused by mold.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is ready to send out a mold damage remediation team to your Chinatown, Elysian Park, or Boyle Heights residence. We are always here to take your call, answer questions, and provide you with knowledgeable guidance. Call us at (323) 255-1000, day or night, any day of the year.

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Some of the Worst Flood Damage Remediation Mistakes in Los Angeles and What They Will Cost You

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Some of the Worst Flood Damage Remediation Mistakes in Los Angeles and What They Will Cost You Having a blueprint or layout to your home can help with floodwater removal and restoration. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Two Important Factors That Can Change How SERVPRO Approaches Flood Removal in Los Angeles

Flood removal from a Los Angeles home should be fast and thorough. The longer you allow water to remain in your home, the more damage it can cause later on. SERVPRO stands ready around the clock to send out teams of trained mitigation professionals to local homeowners in need. Once at your home, our crews immediately set to work evaluating the problem and removing as much water as they can within the first few hours of work. Many factors exist that go into our water extraction work, but a few constant factors can be relied on to determine our response to the problem.

Volume of Water
Regardless of how much water entered your home in Los Angeles, we need to remove the flood waters within a few hours of your call to prevent further damage. For smaller homes dealing with less water, a single crew with standard portable extraction equipment may be appropriate. However, as the job scales upwards, we are required to bring in more and more machinery and manpower to pump out all the water in time. In extreme cases, as with a large mansion or apartment complex, we may need to use multiple truck-mounted pumps to remove the water. Try to let us know over the phone how big the problem is so we can arrive with the appropriate equipment in tow.

Building Layout
Everything about your property can help or harm the restoration process in different ways. If your home has a basement or sizable low-lying area, this can collect water quickly and make water extraction more difficult. If the damage is centered in a room behind many hallways and doors, this can add another layer of complexity to our work. If possible, provide our technicians with blueprints, plans, and other documents related to your home so that they can not only extract water faster, but also locate critical features such as water mains, electrical breakers, and valves.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is there to help with flood damage in your home. Call us at (323) 255-1000 to request or learn more about our services.

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Don't Let Water Damage Cause Your Los Angeles Hotel to Appear Inhospitable

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Water Damage Cause Your Los Angeles Hotel to Appear Inhospitable Often historic buildings have aging plumbing systems. SERVPRO is ready to restore your hotel to its preloss condition.

Dealing with Unexpected Water Cleanup in your Los Angeles Hotel

Los Angeles is renowned for its thriving tourist economy. People flock from all over the world to visit Beverley Hills, Long Beach, and the iconic Hollywood Boulevard. As a hotel owner, you need to be ready to serve throughout the year and, like any hospitality business, temporary closure or poor reviews can be a disaster for your revenues. We offer the hospitality industry a prompt, professional and expert service when unexpected damages go beyond the remit of your housekeeping team. 

Many of this city's hotels were built in the 20th century and can house aging plumbing infrastructure. If a pipe splits or bursts getting emergency water removal in Los Angeles is a necessity to get back to business as soon as possible. SERVPRO offers our hospitality community a 24 hour emergency call-line and an immediate call out on notification of loss. We do this because we recognize how vital availability and efficiency are to your business. 

We are ready to dispatch a team of highly trained technicians led by an experienced project manager. We walk you through the service every step of the way and can act on your behalf when dealing with your insurance adjuster. Our company has experience dealing with commercial insurance providers and can act in your best interest. Keeping you in the loop is as essential to us as it is to you, especially when dealing with an older building which may have unique architecture and infrastructure. 

Standing water is a health and safety issue, but it can also cause permanent damage to your subfloor. SERVPRO has IICRC certificate holders in applied structural drying and carpet cleaning. We use submersible gas-powered pumps to remove water quickly before going in with water extractors to remove any residual moisture. In larger spaces, we can deploy rapid air movers alongside dehumidifiers to control humidity levels and prevent mold growth. 

When your business needs professional assistance to get back to its best, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000.

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When a Broken Water Pipe Becomes the Main Event in Your Los Angeles Property

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When a Broken Water Pipe Becomes the Main Event in Your Los Angeles Property Do you know if the pipes bringing water into your house are in good working order? When the water main breaks, call SERVPRO!

Water Main Breaks Can Flood Multiple Los Angeles Properties

There are enough natural disasters that occur in and around Los Angeles to keep homeowners on the defensive to prevent unnecessary damages to their property. Even without the potential possibilities for wildfires or damaging wind storms, chance events like water main breaks on supply lines feeding neighborhoods can pose a threat all on their own. As the composition of the ground around the lines changes over time, strains begin to emerge and eventually rupture the main line, which can cause water to flow freely up and out of the ground with significant pressure.

Any homes that find themselves in the path of this emerging water is likely to experience some flood damages throughout their Los Angeles property. Even before the city officials can get there to shut down the valves and begin the necessary steps to repair this broken water main line, you can reach out to dedicated professionals that can arrive quickly to help you begin the mitigation process and protect your property from continued damages.

Something that sets our SERVPRO franchise apart from some of the competition that we have throughout the region is our ability to remain available to our customers 24-hours a day, even on weekends and holidays. We cannot tell you when disaster could affect your home, so we want to make sure that you have the full volume of our resources available to you at any time of the day. Within a short period, water damage can saturate into the materials it becomes exposed to, adversely affecting them and causing them to bloat, distort, and eventually fail.

With your home falling into a timeline of degradation and a potential hazard in hours to days following a significant water loss incident like this, our SERVPRO team can offer our industry-leading equipment and experienced technicians to overcome the damages promptly.

While you cannot account or prepare for water main breaks throughout your neighborhood that could adversely affect your property, you should now have an idea of whom to call if it does happen. Give our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park a call anytime that you need us at (323) 255-1000.

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Los Angeles Property Owners Ask SERVPRO to Help with Woolsey Wildfire Recovery and Clean Up

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Los Angeles Property Owners Ask SERVPRO to Help with Woolsey Wildfire Recovery and Clean Up Woolsey Wildfire, Los Angeles, and SERVPRO's Help with Restoring Properties

Cleanup and Restoration for Wildfire Damage in Los Angeles Homes

The greater Los Angeles area has gotten ravaged by the destructive Woolsey Wildfire, and this destructive force continues to threaten homes and businesses throughout our service area. Hundreds of homes and commercial structures have gotten destroyed in the wake of this wildfire, and this assessment is limited to only 15% of reports at this time. Even with some homes experiencing complete destruction, other properties only contend with some of the effects from the wildfire without a full loss to the home.

Recovering from a disaster like this is what many Los Angeles homeowners currently face or expect to face in the immediate future. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can help with the crisis by offering fast assessments of the damage to your property so that you can provide the appropriate information that your insurance company requires to file a claim for restoration work to begin.

From the moment that our professionals arrive at your home, we can begin work on our effective mitigation strategies to preserve structural elements and the contents of your house. Many homes that are not directly in the line of damage from this wildfire can still expect to experience smoke and soot effects throughout their property. Our SERVPRO professionals have the industry-leading equipment to make short work of these effects within your home, including deodorization tools like thermal foggers and environment cleaning machines like our air scrubbers.

For those homes with some degree of structural damages, our franchise can offer you controlled demolition solutions to prepare your home for the reconstruction or rebuilding required to return to normal. This approach can make the transition between our mitigation practice and the licensed contractor seamless to reduce the length of time you get kept out of your house.

While you cannot anticipate the effect of the wildfire on your property, and with more properties getting affected every day, having the right restoration team to help you recover is critical. You can always depend on the fast response, expertise, and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park fire restoration technicians. Let us help you through this disaster by calling (323) 255-1000.

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