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The Benefits Of Hiring A IICRC Certified Restoration Company For Commercial Water Damage Clean Up In Los Angeles

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Benefits Of Hiring A IICRC Certified Restoration Company For Commercial Water Damage Clean Up In Los Angeles Water infiltration as a result of a roof leak, faulty plumbing or faulty appliance can lead to mold growth.

Saving Your Los Angeles Business: Why Hiring IICRC Certified Commercial Water Clean Up Experts Matters

What if water infiltrates your Los Angeles business? Well, the first step most business owners take is to try and clean the mess with the help of the employees. It makes sense that a business owner resorts to DIY in an attempt to save his or her business. Problem is such measures may result in extensive damage and complete loss. To save your business and provide a safe environment for your customers, choose IICRC certified commercial water cleanup technicians. Here are the reasons why.

Quick Response
When water damage affects your business, time is of the essence. To prevent extensive damage, commercial water cleanup in your Los Angeles property is necessary. At SERVPRO, we respond fast to your water emergency. By doing so, we help to prevent further damage to your business. Also, it helps to save you money.

Prevent Mold Growth
Water infiltration as a result of a roof leak, faulty plumbing or faulty appliance can lead to mold growth. Actually, it takes 72 hours for mold to start growing on affected surfaces. This can create health effects for you, your employees and customers. You do not want your restaurant or café to be shut down because of a health violation. To prevent mold growth, our experts use advanced equipment to dry and restore your business.

Fast Track Your Insurance Claim
SERVPRO commercial water cleanup technicians track and document the whole process. Not only do we note the damage done to your belongings and home but we compile a damage assessment report. Also, we provide all the details needed by your insurance adjuster. By doing so, we fast-track the insurance claims process for you.

Work With Professionals
Whether you need a water damage restoration expert or an applied structural drying technician, we are here to help. We also have the training and experience to handle any commercial water cleanup emergency.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is a trusted leader in commercial water damage and restoration. As IICRC certified professionals, we use advanced restoration and cleaning equipment to prevent further damage to your business. For immediate assistance, call our 24/7 emergency line at (323) 255-1000.

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Why Flooding can Cause Secondary Damages in Los Angeles

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Flooding can Cause Secondary Damages in Los Angeles In the event that your home is affected by flooding, contact SERVPRO to efficiently dry out your property.

How to Fight Against Flood Damage in Los Angeles

Floods that are out of your control can wreak havoc on your possessions and property. Unfortunately, cleaning up the mess is your responsibility. Whether it is an overflowing road, a result of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster the harm caused to your home can be hard to fix yourself.

We serve hundreds of homeowners suffering from flood damage in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. Using up to the minute techniques and over thirty years of experience means we can get your home back to how it was with minimum fuss. "Like it never even happened".

The first step on the road to recovery is removing any excess water. We can do this using a portable extractor for smaller affected areas and truck-mounted pumps for larger jobs. When flooding occurs, the water itself can become contaminated by raw sewage, pesticides or any other toxins that come into contact with it.

Water that has become contaminated is referred to as black water and requires a sustained sanitization effort to ensure comprehensive restoration. The reason black water is so severe is that any remnants left behind can become breeding grounds for bacteria, produce unpleasant odors or encourage mold growth.

We have the expertise and equipment to remove areas of drywall, clear contamination as well as deep cleaning your contents at a specialized facility. In situations where a pack-out is the only way to restore your possessions to their preloss conditions, we utilize Esporta washing machines that are capable of restoring items you may have thought were beyond repair.

After flood damage, the last thing you want is secondary damages. These can occur by leaving behind moisture or overlooking areas where contaminated water may reside after extraction. To ensure a thorough cleaning procedure, we use wet/dry vacuums and cleaning wands for targeted drying and sanitization. We can restore your indoor air quality by using ozone generators or chemical foggers to remove, neutralize and clear odors away.

Get a professional cleanup service today by calling SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park 24 hours a day at (323) 255-1000.

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How To Do Water Clean Up Properly In Los Angeles

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Do Water Clean Up Properly In Los Angeles Water can seep through the carpets and cause offensive odors and growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi.

How To Do Water Clean Up Properly

Water damage from a flood is a painful experience, but water cleanup can also be as painful as well. Water can seep through the carpets and cause offensive odors and growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi. If you ignore these problems, it can destroy the foundation and structural integrity of the house. That means, your real estate can lose significant value. With all these problems, we often panic and strive to clean up the damage on our own.

Water cleanup in Los Angeles can be very tricky. This process is not an easy DIY type of job. It requires extraordinary skills and expertise to properly remove the water from your residential area and restore your house. You might have to purchase expensive tools and gadgets to help you with the process. Plus, the whole repair process can be hazardous. If you are not careful, you can easily receive a shock or worse from wet appliances.

Fortunately, with SERVPRO, we can send our skilled technicians to your residential area. Our techs can use state-of-the-art equipment to get rid of the water, detect moisture content, and deodorize your home. They often start with the mitigation process to clear out excess water to minimize additional property damages. Then they can use tools like the moisture sensor to detect water in carpets and walls. The thermohygrometer measures temperature and humidity to create an optimum drying condition.

After these processes, the technicians can use an extractor to help clean the carpet and remove excess water from the floor. The air movers can enhance evaporation to reduce the drying time. After that, the skilled technicians can use an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Fogger to penetrate odor causing residues that have accumulated from the water damage. We also have a thermal fogger to emit tiny particles to neutralize the scent left behind from the water damage. That way, your home can be smelling fresh again. After completing the whole restoration process, our techs can have a complete final walk-through with you to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.

If you are ready to get rid of water damage, then give SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park a call at (323) 255-1000 for a consultation with our skilled technician.

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How We Help Homeowners By Giving Initial Estimates Of Fire Damage In Los Angeles

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How We Help Homeowners By Giving Initial Estimates Of Fire Damage In Los Angeles Once a home sustains fire damage, the homeowner needs to contact our team right away.

Fire Damage In Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps residents in Lincoln Heights and Chinatown maneuver the complexities brought on by fire damage. Call us at (323) 255-1000 to start the process of restoring your home and your life, so everything is once again “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleaning Up Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Residence

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Up Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Residence Any color of mold can create substantial damage to materials.

Cleaning Up Mold Damage

Many people have heard about black mold and how much harm it can cause. One thing that this seems to downplay is that any overgrowth of mold in your home in Los Angeles can cause damage to your residence's interior regardless of the visible color.

When your home in Los Angeles sustains mold damage, a color other than black does not mean it is okay to ignore its growth. Any color of mold can create substantial damage to materials. Mold colonies give off spores to reproduce, and these can cause your home to smell musty and unpleasant. This process can also cause health effects in people.

Mold spores can travel anywhere in your home that contains air. Furnaces, air vents, heating and cooling ducts, crawlspaces, attics, and even the interior of walls can hold spores and mold colonies. One thing to know about where mold can grow is that this microorganism requires water. SERVPRO technicians use this requirement to find locations in your home that are the most likely to harbor mold and mildew.

Moisture detectors help us locate damp areas. We use these small but powerful tools to help us determine which areas hold mold damage as well as damage from water. Locating the source of this water can also help you find slow leaks from pipes or drains or breaks in your home's roof or other exterior locations.

Remediating the mold damage and leaving your home with a fresh start can make things feel cleaner, as well. Mold spores often feel dusty and cover everything when a heavy infestation occurs. We carry out the proper set-up and then quickly take care of the messy work. Our specialists are certified by the IICRC and stay up-to-date on recent developments and the newest techniques. We want to serve our customers to the best of our ability and provide them with the most value possible.

Residents of Chinatown, Echo Park, and Silver Lake can call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000, 24/7, every day of the year for assistance with mold damage and its related problems.

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Water Cleanup To Your LA Office When The Plumbing Bursts

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Cleanup To Your LA Office When The Plumbing Bursts Many Los Angeles Offices Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Water Loss in Your Office? Contact SERVPRO for a Swift Recovery in the Los Angeles Area

Some offices in Los Angeles might pose a unique set of stresses concerning water problems. While you keep pace with the demand of your clients and customers, many business owners fail to see the legitimate threat of aging components of their building that could put them at risk for damages without any warning. A great example of this is the plumbing network throughout the facility.

One of the gravest concerns for significant water loss situations in your Los Angeles office building is cleaning up the mess. With so many sensitive documents and records kept as hard copies throughout storage areas of your facility, getting to the water mitigation as quickly as possible is of critical importance. That is where you can forgo the custodial staff of your building and trust in the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals. We can do the heavy lifting.

Cleaning up the mess is rarely as simple as mopping up the water and drying the area. Most of the time, we have first to isolate the source of the problem. Our professionals have specific equipment to help them pinpoint water breaks in the plumbing system within the walls. Thermal imaging with infrared cameras and moisture meters are several of these devices. This accurate assessment reduces the need for extensive material removal and replacement but helps the technicians to access the source and repair it as an initial step to restoring the damage.

Our SERVPRO professionals also look to preserve and protect the contents of your facility from further damage through our pack-out process. This service removes at-risk contents in the building to a safe location nearby, or to our facility for cleaning and drying. Saturated documents can get recovered when possible through freeze-drying applications off-site, and all of the items get returned upon the completion of the cleanup services.

In the realm of being available to your clients and customers, our team of professional restoration technicians can help you to keep your doors open and restore the damage that the defective plumbing may have caused. You can reach our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park professionals 24/7 by calling (323) 255-1000.

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Removing Mold Damage in Los Angeles

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage in Los Angeles Finding mold lurking in any part of your home can be disconcerting. Contact SERVPRO to locate the source and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven Process When Remediating Mold Damage in Your Home

For Los Angeles residents and homeowners, mold is the quiet problem. It does not get underfoot like water or announce itself like a fire, but mold still causes millions of dollars in damage and restoration costs each year.
 
Many owners first notice mold damage in their Los Angeles home by the ‘musty’ odor. It is a good indicator, but not every mold has it. Since mold can rapidly grow before anyone sees it, SERVPRO restoration teams try to clean, dry and remove mold from each home quickly and thoroughly to prevent additional damage to each home.
 
They start by determining the origin point and extent of the infestation. Teams use air content meters as they perform visual inspections in each room, the garage, and attic. By using both, technicians can quickly find the origin point and trace the mold colony as it expanded through the home.
 
Next, SERVPRO teams isolate the infested areas. They seal off doors, windows, and air conditioning vents with plastic sheeting. If needed, technicians also create a separate area for tools and to change into protective clothing. They do this to prevent accidentally spreading mold spores to unaffected parts of the home during cleaning and removal operations.
 
Our teams start by wiping down every surface with dry sponges and cleaning cloths. This action removes most mold spores. Once completed, technicians vacuum all spores using special HEPA filters designed to catch and trap even a single spore. With the majority of the spores now removed, team members remove the cleaned property from the contaminated area to an unaffected part of the home.
 
After allowing any spores stirred by cleaning operations to settle, technicians repeat the process until testing with an air content meter shows mold levels at a safe level. They use a different meter to examine carpets for mold content and clean it with an anti-fungal agent mixed into a shampoo solution. If the mold penetrated most of the carpet surface, the team leader also gives the homeowner the option of removing the carpet for disposal.
 
The goal for SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is to return every home to a clean condition without the threat of further mold growth. If you need our services, contact us today at (323) 255-1000 with any questions or to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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Tiny Amounts Of Moisture Can Create Water Damage In Silver Lake Properties

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tiny Amounts Of Moisture Can Create Water Damage In Silver Lake Properties If you are concerned about your Silver Lake home suffering from the effects of water damage, contact the team at SERVPRO.

Tiny Amounts Of Moisture Can Create Water Damage

Moisture in the air varies greatly, but you can control the amount found in your Silver Lake residence by controlling other aspects. One way to reduce the amount of moisture within your home is to just keep the air at a colder temperature. Using a dehumidifier can also keep things drier in your residence.

If you are concerned about your Silver Lake home suffering from the effects of water damage, our technicians can help you determine the most effective techniques to protect your residence during an inspection. When our team arrives at your home to inspect for signs of water damage, we use infrared thermographic devices. These show fluctuations in temperature caused by the presence of moisture. We use these readings to pinpoint the locations of moisture in your residence's structure.

SERVPRO technicians also use these readings to locate the sources of unwanted water and moisture. Preventing water damage is usually much less expensive than what it costs homeowners to repair and restore their homes once it occurs. Minor leaks can quickly create significant damage, especially if a leaky pipe breaks.

Also, tiny leaks can allow water damage to slowly but steadily develop, making the damage less noticeable while it steadily worsens. Either variety makes your house suffer in ways it should not, and we can help you prevent this damage from happening. If discovered during our inspection, we can remediate any water damage we uncover.

When we perform mitigation services, SERVPRO technicians ensure that the work we perform addresses all areas affected by water damage. When water and moisture create secondary damage such as mold or mildew infestations, we discuss the situation with the homeowners regarding the options available to them. Then, and at any point in our interactions with customers, we are always available to answer questions regarding our services and how they benefit the property.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps homeowners around Angelino Heights, Chinatown, and Elysian Park by both preventing and mitigating water damage in homes and businesses. Call us at (323) 255-1000 for all your needs in protecting your home. We answer our emergency services line 24/7 to better serve those in our community.

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When Your Los Angeles Municipal Building Suffers Water Damage

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Los Angeles Municipal Building Suffers Water Damage Failure to adequately clean and dry the mess can lead to compounding damages like mold and mildew growth.

When Your Building Suffers Water Damage

Your municipal building in Los Angeles is one of the staples of the community, and therefore, it cannot afford to have to get shut down for any length of time due to unexpected incidents. The community that you serve expects your branch or division to adhere to your operating hours, regardless of unexpected water emergencies that could have occurred inside.

When you are a representative of the city or even of the state of California, running this business of sorts requires a lot of moving parts and each staff member doing their job. When your plumbing breaks free, or sprinkler systems degrade and malfunction, your Los Angeles facility can find itself combatting a modest amount of water damage.

Our SERVPRO team can appreciate the time-sensitive situation when you contend with water damage in your building. Not only could this pose a hazard to the high traffic of those coming into the facility, but it also poses a persistent threat to your staff and the structural strength of the material as well.

Many times smaller-scale incidents only require some concentrated mopping and light extraction followed by drying efforts, this is also something that your maintenance department might not have the resources to accomplish promptly. Ultimately, choosing SERVPRO professional restoration services can help you to get the job done efficiently and correctly.

Quality of the work is another thing that you and those responsible for maintenance of the building should consider when a water incident occurs. Failure to adequately clean and dry the mess can lead to compounding damages like mold and mildew growth, which potentially pose health hazards to those exposed to it.

There is nothing that can prepare you or your staff for even a smaller-scale water incident in your building. With the high demand of your municipal structure for the community and area you serve, you need to act quickly to keep things running smoothly and prevent your doors getting closed unnecessarily. Choose our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park restoration specialists for our fast response times and high caliber execution. Give us a call today at (323) 255-1000.

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All You Need to Know about Deodorization during Fire Damage in Echo Park

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage All You Need to Know about Deodorization during Fire Damage in Echo Park Smoke Odors Are Neutralized in Echo Park Homes with SERVPRO's Help

SERVPRO Provides Echo Park Residences with Realistic Solutions to Odor Control after House Fires

When fire damage incidents occur, there are chances of unpleasant odors developing in the structure. The odors might be coming from the soot particles or the smoke that penetrates into cracks and other hard to access areas. Deodorization is necessary to control such issues. This article looks at the two primary forms of large scale-deodorization - ozone and thermal fogging - that we do when performing restoration work in Echo Park.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians undergo training to carry out thermal fogging as a way of neutralizing the unpleasant smells after fire damage incidents in Echo Park. During this process, a fogging device dispenses solvent-based deodorants which are then broken down by heat to form small particles. Some of the deodorants are flammable, and we take precautions when working with them. We extinguish pilot lights from fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces, gas logs and wood stoves. Also, not all structural areas are candidates since the products can degrade certain plastics and rubberized materials.
 
After performing thermal fogging, there is a specific time limit that people should observe before reentering the treated building. We put in place warning signs indicating that deodorization is underway since there are chances of people thinking that the fog is smoke from a fire, and raising a false alarm. Some of the deodorants can irritate, so we remove all pets and people from the site. Our SERVPRO technicians wear respirators fitted with vapor cartridges, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles.
 
In most cases, the fog can make the floor slippery. We avoid such hazards by progressing out of the structure as we are treating the area. It is also the work of our SERVPRO technicians to ventilate the area before people can reoccupy. We can do that by setting up high-velocity air movers and exhaust fans. When we are using ozone, we follow the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations since it is a toxic gas. The O3 interacts with odors and effectively neutralizes them. Another topic can cover the use of hydroxyl generators that are also commonly used for odor removal.
 
SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park has a proven record in fire, storm, mold, and water damage restoration. To work with a dedicated and trusted leader in the industry, call (323) 255-1000 at any time of the day and learn more about the available options.

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