Where Do Homeowners Go to Restore Their Residences After a Water Intrusion?
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?
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?
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?
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
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?
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?
SERVPRO Can Offer Storm Damaged Los Angeles Properties Water Extraction, Drying, Controlled Demolition, and Build Back--Just Call Us!
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.
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?
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
- 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.
What Services Do Restoration Companies in Los Angeles Provide?
Fires and leaks can happen in your home without warning. Call SERVPRO for water and fire remediation services.
If You Live in Los Angeles and Need Fire or Water Damage Restoration SERVPRO Can Provide That and More
Every day in Los Angeles, fires break out, homes experience burst pipes, and mold is a problem somewhere. You do not have to contact different companies for each situation. SERVPRO can handle it all.
Do Restoration Companies Only Deal with Big Issues?
While restoration companies in Los Angeles, such as SERVPRO, do deal with serious problems such as house fires and commercial flooding, a good bit of our business centers on more minor matters like toilet overflows, carpet cleaning, and mold mitigation. But even the smaller incidents can cause significant disruption in our customer's lives. We take any size problem seriously.
Is There Special Training for Your Technicians?
Our technicians undergo intense training to prepare them for professional fire and water restoration. They undergo specific training for things such as content cleaning. Their education includes:
- Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – This sets the industry standards. Our techs learn how to best deal with everything, from general water and fire restoration to mold remediation.
- Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP) – Technicians learn in-depth ways to perform water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, and upholstery cleaning.
- Initial Franchise Training – Hands-on training that provides the needed knowledge to tackle the restoration customers need.
- Continuing Education & E-Learning – Ongoing training keeps the staff updated on cutting-edge technology and new cleaning and restoration methods.
Besides providing professional fire and water damage restoration, SERVPRO also offers carpet and upholstery, HVAC cleaning, and anti-viral disinfectant applications. We are licensed and bonded. You can trust your home and possessions to our professional technicians.
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- CSLB: 999460
Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628 – 2000 for all your restoration and cleaning needs.
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What Damage Can Result from a Broken Sink Fixture in Your Los Angeles Cafe?
SERVPRO knows how serious a bathroom leak can take over your Los Angeles Cafe. Call us today, we can have you back up and running in no time.
Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to water losses, helping to begin repairs, restoration, and recovery efforts as soon as possible.
With a steady flow of patrons coming into your Los Angeles cafe every day, unexpected loss incidents like a broken fixture in one bathroom can be destructive. Not only can shutting your doors harm your reputation, but it can also make it more challenging to open them again after restoration and recovery. Choosing a team like SERVPRO is choosing a fast and reliable response to these water emergencies to ensure that the appropriate steps get taken immediately to recover the damage.
Because the bathrooms are directly connected to your building's main floor where customers gather and enjoy their coffee, water restoration in your Los Angeles cafe must begin immediately. You cannot stall the progress of migrating water without the appropriate equipment and expertise, and that is why securing our professionals right away can help. In many situations, we can offer thorough drying and recovery solutions in contained areas to allow you to continue operating at a limited capacity while restoration continues.
Should Repairs Happen Right Away?
There is no mistaking the damage that migrating water can do, especially to the structural elements immediately surrounding a water loss' origin point. Fortunately, with a team of in-house contractors at our command, we can offer restoration and repair solutions for properties. The assessment of your property can happen alongside mitigation and the installation of containment barriers, allowing you to continue serving your customers throughout even the earliest stages of restoration. Our contractors can help in several ways after a water loss beginning in the bathroom, including:
- Replace broken plumbing
- Repair damaged fixtures
- Begin controlled demolition
What Is Troublesome About Standing Water?
Substantial water loss incidents can be made even worse by the presence of standing water. This pooling on the surface can spread quickly into neighboring spaces like the main floor of your cafe. Migrating loss effects can be threatening to your customers, making it vital to address these situations before they infiltrate communal areas where your patrons gather. There are multiple concerns with standing water and its effect on the exposed materials around it. Some of these include:
- Saturation – The absorption of water into specific sensitive materials such as carpeted floors, wood plank flooring, or furniture and cabinetry around preparation areas in your cafe can have permanently damaging effects.
- Migration – The spread and severity of water loss effects vary from one location to the next, but failure to address standing water from the bathroom can lead to these same issues and more heavily trafficked areas of your business.
- Structural Deterioration – The presence of water trapped in specific materials like drywall and wood flooring can lead to deterioration and degradation. There is a finite timeline to address these concerns with the appropriate drying tools.
Can Water Move to Inaccessible Areas?
Knowing where water migration has occurred, and the path that it continues to take throughout the property can allow our technicians to get ahead of this evolving threat. When the water reaches inaccessible areas, we must utilize specialty drying tools to promote evaporation once extraction efforts become more challenging. Water trapped within flooring systems can often get overlooked without the appropriate technologies to determine where migration has happened. We can breakdown the recovery of engineered wood flooring and hardwoods into three phases:
- Surface Moisture Meter - We utilize moisture meters to identify moisture pockets and dampness within structural elements like flooring and subflooring materials.
- Floor Mat Drying Systems - When water gets located within these materials, it is possible to remove this moisture with our floor drying mats positioned appropriately throughout the structure.
- Controlled Demolition - When physical damage exists in the flooring after prolonged exposure to moisture, the only solution is controlled demolition. We can perform this within our containment area to reduce cross-contamination and any other detrimental effect on your customers.
What Materials and Fixtures Require Replacement?
Many structural elements and fixtures exist within the bathrooms of your cafe. As you look to upkeep the appearance and aesthetic qualities of these necessary facilities, you can recognize how quickly elements like vanities and flooring might become too compromised to preserve. Many of the vanities used in even commercial applications are a particleboard construct, which can be overly sensitive to water absorption. In many situations, it is more cost-effective to remove it and replace this structural fixture rather than to attempt to dry it.
Water loss incidents can happen without notice and spread rapidly through your business. Our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team can help with the fast response featuring experienced professionals and efficient recovery tools. Give us a call today at (213) 628-2000.
How Do I Clean My Walls After a Fire?
You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.
SERVPRO Uses Various Techniques and Products to Clean Your Los Angeles Home
After a fire in your Los Angeles house, the two most significant issues you face are cleaning and deodorization. Cleaning each item and surface within your home presents a unique challenge depending on its composition and the type of fire and the kind of residue coating each surface. Most homes have different surfaces as wall coverings, such as wallpaper and tile in the bathroom and kitchen. Our trained restoration specialists access the damage to your walls and design a plan to clean your walls properly.
Can I Save My Wallpaper?
SERVPRO Uses Dry Cleaning Methods to Clean Wallpaper
It may be possible to clean fire damaged walls depending on the type of fire, residue, and kind of wallpaper. If your Los Angeles fire produced dry residue instead of greasy, our trained professionals could use a dry-cleaning sponge to remove residue from your wallpaper. Paper wallpaper tends to absorb cleaning agents due to their porous nature. Vinyl wallpaper has a protective layer, allowing technicians to use water mixed with our Wall and Surface Cleaner and rinse with our specially formulated Wall Rinse.
How do Technicians Clean Tile?
- They take into consideration the type of tile, ceramic, plastic, or painted.
- Ceramic tiles tend to be easier to clean since they are less porous.
- Plastic tiles often attract and absorb excessive residue.
- Technicians carefully scrub painted tiles, so they do not ruin their texture.
- They inspect to see if cracks or porous grout absorbed additional residues.
- Technicians use a strong acidic cleaner such as Tile and Grout Cleaner or bleach to attack grout stains.
For assistance cleaning your home after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000. We make it "Like it never even happened."
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