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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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Understanding The Real Risks of Flood Damage To Your Los Angeles Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding The Real Risks of Flood Damage To Your Los Angeles Home Los Angeles Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Stormwater Removal and Cleanup

Water Damage Does Happen in Los Angeles Properties After Storms

Among all of the natural disasters that tend to pose risks for Los Angeles homeowners, flooding is often not considered among the top of this list. What you might get surprised to learn is that it can and does happen often enough to make it something you should try to prevent in your house if possible. Many times, the construction of your home has included provisions to prevent the intrusion of water from the outside both in the blockwork of your foundation and it exterior area. However, these defenses wear and degrade over time.

Many homeowners are not aware that their house is at risk for possible flooding until the water is pouring into cracks and gaps in the foundation and filling up the lower levels of their home. Flood damages to your Los Angeles home require immediate attention and are rarely something that you can contend with on your own. The best choice to make is to seek out professional restoration services to help you stop the flooding, mitigate potential secondary water damage, and restore the harm that it has caused.

Our SERVPRO professionals work to quickly stop the flow of water through the blockwork in your home by applying hydraulic cement to these compromised areas. This process stops the leakage and can allow our technicians to get to work on extracting the present pooling water.

Depending on the severity of the volume of water, our professionals can utilize portable sump pumps or wet-vacs with extraction wands, but more severe damage requires a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet. Once the water has gotten removed, and this could be in a matter of hours or days, the team can focus their efforts on the best approach to dry the area and prepare it for the remaining stages of restoration.

While flooding is something that you might not actively prepare for around where you live, it just might surprise you how often it can occur. Have a plan in place to get the damage restored quickly. If you already are experiencing flood or water damages, trust our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to help you clean up the mess efficiently. Give us a call today at (323) 255-1000.

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Fire Damage Experts In Echo Park Explain The Cleaning And Deodorization Of Contents

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts In Echo Park Explain The Cleaning And Deodorization Of Contents SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can restore your contents from soot and smoke damage.

Learn About SERVPRO's Cleaning And Deodorization Of Contents Process

If a fire ever starts on your property in Echo Park, various types of problems are likely to occur. The heat coming from the flames can burn building materials to the point where reconstruction is necessary. Smoke coming from a blaze can also spread through your house and cause damage.

Partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can travel throughout the building leaving behind foul odors and soot residue. When mitigating fire damage in Echo Park, dealing with contents is essential to get rid of unpleasant aromas. Malodor particles can penetrate deep into porous materials and be difficult to remove.

In many cases, our SERVPRO technicians move out damaged contents so that they can get treated for smoke damage in a clean and disinfected environment. Before anything gets moved out of your home, we make an inventory list of all of your possessions we displace. The list specifies what was moved out of the house, which location it went to and how severe the item is damaged. After creating the list and sorting the items they all get gently packed into labeled boxes for relocation.

Contents that are made from porous materials such as fabric, can be cleaned in a washing machine using specialized detergents. When handling non-porous items, our SERVPRO technicians remove soot one item at a time. After each of your possessions is individually cleaned with specialized chemicals designed for smoke removal, they are marked as clean on the inventory list and stored in a storage location that has been previously cleaned and disinfected.

In some cases, pungent fragrances still exist after all soot is removed from the contents. When odors remain after the cleaning process, further deodorization steps can be taken. The best way to eliminate malodorous particles is to use chemicals and procedures to neutralize the smell.

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Ultra low volume foggers can be implemented to recreate how smoke traveled through the building and into your possessions. Ozone generators can also be used to cause a chemical reaction with the odor-causing substances and neutralize them. If you ever need help with possessions that got affected by soot residues, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 any day of the week.

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Seaside City Homes Have a Greater Chance for Flood Damage Due to Seasonal Storms

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seaside City Homes Have a Greater Chance for Flood Damage Due to Seasonal Storms Los Angeles Residents Get the Red Carpet Treatment from SERVPRO Regarding Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Reduce Flooding Effects by Calling SERVPRO for Fast Extraction and Drying

The action of founding a city on the coast automatically causes the risk of flood damage resulting from intense storms to rise. California is no stranger to intense storms from the Pacific Ocean. However, this does not mean that you should sell your home and move inland to avoid any possible home-damage. Doing what you can to prevent damage to your home is one of the soundest things you can do in the beginning; for example, if you know your roof has a spot that is getting weaker as it ages, having it fixed as soon as possible is a helpful way to prevent further loss during a storm.
 
Being smart about preventative measures is not the only thing you can do for the benefit of your Los Angeles home when something like flood damage occurs. A severe storm can roll in from the ocean, and the intense winds can cause debris to break a window, allowing water to seep into your home. Despite your best efforts, there are things you cannot prevent and the best way to ensure the longevity of your home is to call for help as soon as possible.
 
Once you call, our top priority at SERVPRO is to get a team of our IICRC-certified technicians to your home. The first thing we can do upon arriving is investigated the water and let you know if it is safe to be around. Sometimes storms can cause chemicals and harmful bacteria to leach into the water. When this occurs, the water is not safe for human contact.
 
SERVPRO starts the remediation of the flood damage in your home by removing the excess water with tools like extractors and portable pumps. After the water is gone, we can do general cleanup and throw away any carpets that have been contaminated by black water, as their safety cannot be guaranteed. After cleaning, SERVPRO can bring more trade tools in to dry out any excessively moist areas of your home, so further damage to your home is blocked.
 
Do not stop to consider your options when your home suffers flood damage. Reach out to SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park by phoning (323) 255-1000. We strive to get the water out fast and return your home to its pre-flood state.

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Why You Should Call For Professionals Immediately After Your Los Angeles Home Suffers Flood Damage

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Should Call For Professionals Immediately After Your Los Angeles Home Suffers Flood Damage Flooding can affect any part of your home. Contact SERVPRO immediately for great service and best results.

SERVPRO Quickly Remediates Flooding in Your Home

When a storm hits your home and causes flood damage the night before you are due to return from a work-related trip, it can leave you in a panic. Finding your bedroom, bathroom, and hallway flooded with inches of water is never a good thing. The harsh winds of a storm can easily blow a window open and leave your home susceptible to damage.
 
When you find your Los Angeles home suffering from flood damage, it is imperative for you to reach out for help immediately. As the water has already been sitting for a night, the damage has had plenty of time to grow worse; leaving it any longer is inviting unwanted additional damage, such as mold. The structure of your home can grow weaker over time, and the carpet can become ultra-soaked, leaving the floor underneath constantly exposed to moisture. Not only is the structure of your home in danger, but your belongings too.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we make it our goal to arrive at your residence as soon as possible. Our skilled techs can bring trade tools with them that help accelerate the process of the water removal. Equipment like extractors, portable submersible pumps, and wet/dry vacuums were all designed to draw water out as quickly as possible. Depending on the volume of water that SERVPRO needs to remove from your home, some of our tools can even be truck mounted and operated.
 
After removing the water, our next goal is to deal with the excessive moisture the flood damage left behind. We can set up more equipment to dry out the floors and your belongings, including dehumidifiers and ventilation box fans. Because the water sat for a night, we can even spray disinfectant and antifungal agents to help prevent mold growth.
 
If water has invaded your home during a storm and caused flood damage, do not consider your options. Dial (323) 255-1000 to contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park. Time is everything in these situations.

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Overflows and Pool Malfunctions Could Mean Water Removal Action For Your Los Angeles Residence

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Overflows and Pool Malfunctions Could Mean Water Removal Action For Your Los Angeles Residence Call SERVPRO to Extract the Pool Water from Your Los Angeles Residence

SERVPRO Extracts Water and Mitigates Damage to Structures and Belongings

There are many features of your Los Angeles home that work to make your life a little bit better, but also indirectly pose a threat to your home at the same time. An excellent example of this would be an inground or above ground pool very close to your house. With a bout of severe weather or some other significant damage to the structure of the pool itself, you could be dealing with a substantial amount of water pouring into your home in a brief period.

While you cannot always foresee the precautionary measures you could take to protect your house from an instance like this, often these occurrences happen with next to no warning. Now you find yourself in need of water removal services for your Los Angeles house, and a way that you can restore the damages that it has caused once the water gets extracted.

Our SERVPRO professionals work quickly in extracting the water throughout the entire affected area of your home. Once this water has gotten removed, a better assessment can get conducted determining the full extent of the damage that your home has experienced and what has to happen to restore it back to its original conditions.

While many homeowners would assume that these instances would get considered a loss for both the property and the contents of your home, our SERVPRO technicians can work quickly to pack out the house and remove these items to our nearby facility for item-specific cleaning and drying. All items are tagged for inventory control and insurance purposes. Once these items are safe from the dangers of the water and present moisture, concentrated efforts can begin to dry your home.

There is no telling what kind of damage that substantial volumes of water can do to your home, but our technicians can help you address them all. From extraction and drying to preparing for remodeling and rebuilding, our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team is ready to help you. Contact us anytime at (323) 255-1000.

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Even Small Water Damage Situations Can Use a Professional Touch in Your Los Angeles Residence

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Even Small Water Damage Situations Can Use a Professional Touch in Your Los Angeles Residence Even small leaks should should be cleaned up by SERVPRO professionals to prevent further damage such as mold growth.

SERVPRO Can Help Cleanup Water Damages Big and Small

You might not realize it, but several different sources could allow for minor to substantial water losses in your Los Angeles home. While you assuredly work to keep everything in your home running smoothly, there are unavoidable instances or accidents which can result in the same type of disaster.

For example, a pipe beneath the sink which supplies water to the faucet could rupture under the right conditions, even with the appropriate maintenance. Fortunately, these types of incidents can get stopped rather quickly when you familiarize yourself with the location of shut off valves in your home. Even with a fast reaction to the break, your Los Angeles home is likely to experience localized water damages.

Instead of believing that these situations can quickly get remedied with a little bit of elbow grease and some towels, you should consider subbing out the work with licensed, professional restoration specialists like what you find at SERVPRO. Our team has the experience and equipment to make short work of water damage like this often and can ensure that the job gets done thoroughly enough to prevent further damages or incidents.

While these situations offer a clear point of origin for the damage, it is often unclear the full extent of how far it has spread until specific equipment gets used. Our SERVPRO technicians get to work on sopping up the water and drying out the visible moisture and dampness in the area, but also rely on thermal imagery and infrared technology to penetrate through surfaces that cannot get seen with the naked eye. This process prevents dampness getting overlooked, and further damage from ensuing.

Much of the drying process gets completed via dehumidification equipment and air movers, sometimes specialized tools are a requirement for deeper penetration into problem areas.

Every type of water emergency in your home might not present severe damages to overcome. To prevent structural concerns or compounding damages (such a mold growth), getting the damage cleaned up by professionals is highly advisable. Our experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park are available 24/7 by calling (323) 255-1000.

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Commercial Water Damage can Cut Your Barbeque Business Sales in Los Angeles

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage can Cut Your Barbeque Business Sales in Los Angeles Food trucks are not immune to water damage simply because they are mobile. Contact SERVPRO for remediation should your truck suffer water damage.

Team SERVPRO Deals With Water Damage in Buildings Large and Small

Serving real food to hungry patrons at various sports games and other large events in Los Angeles can provide a family business with substantial income. However, even though your business might rotate its location, there remain risks that can still affect you.
 
Barbeque businesses and other mobile prepared food ventures can end up facing commercial water damage in Los Angeles. Made of metal structures, rusted grills and other components of a restaurant-on-the-go can create risks for employees and patrons equally. At your site where food preparation happens, water damage can also cause problems. Health violations involving water damage can also lead to other citations involving microbial growth. Even with metal structures, water problems can lead to other problems like mold.
 
SERVPRO helps all businesses, of all types and sizes, including those on wheels. Refurbishing your stand's interior can go a long way in making your business look and feel clean, professional, and healthy. Public perception can significantly affect overall profits, and social media can further increase how your future customers perceive you. We can help you make a better impression wherever you go by working with you to creatively solve any problems water damage from either rainfall or broken water lines caused.
 
Our professionals hold certificates from the IICRC in restoring all types of structures with water damage and other severe deterioration. If your barbeque business needs repairs to waterlines, we can help you. If your roof seems leaky during the slightest rain shower, we can help by fixing it and making it weather-ready again. The interior work might also include reinforcing the flooring and installing new flooring. Small details like this can make everything look and feel new, and affordably, as well. Fortunately, such improvements often increase profits and satisfied customers.
 
Call us for information on how we can help restore your barbeque stand to its former glory. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park enjoys being a part of our community, and we want to help you share in your role. Our number is (323) 255-1000, and we answer 24/7, every day of the year.

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The Measures To Fully Restore Your Silver Lake Home After Fire Damages

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Measures To Fully Restore Your Silver Lake Home After Fire Damages House Fires from a Spark Can Damage Your Home in Silver Lake

SERVPRO Tip--Be Diligent in Preventing House Fires

Those who own homes in Silver Lake are often acutely aware of the dry heat that can be attributed to areas all throughout the state. However, what you do not often think of, is the toll that this dry heat can take on the materials of your home. When the slightest of unfortunate events occur which could ignite a spark, these overly dry materials and the environment where they are found work together to amplify the speed and destructive power of the fire.

While there might not be any way that you can completely safeguard your Silver Lake home from fire damages, there are preventative measures that you can take to prevent the fire from ever starting. Many structure fires result from negligence and forgetfulness, so being more aware of things happening in your house can help you to stop a fire before it ever actually starts.
 
Unfortunately, this revelation is often an afterthought once a disaster has already struck your home. SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained to handle both the restoration of your house following a fire of any magnitude, but also the subtle aspects of working with your insurance company to get your claim through and the work started as quickly as possible.
 
This process begins with our SERVPRO technicians going through your home and getting a full scope of the damage that it has sustained throughout the fire before it could get extinguished. Once our professionals have an idea of all of the damages that they face from a restoration standpoint, this information can be passed along to the assessor for the insurance company to help expedite the process of filing the claim to bring your home back to preloss conditions.
 
No instance of a fire in your home is easy to deal with or manage. You often get left with an overwhelming set of effects and symptoms and no real method of cleaning up the mess on your own. Fortunately, you can trust SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to help you through every step of this process to bring your home back to the way it used to be. Give us a call anytime you need us at (323) 255-1000.

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What To Expect During The Mold Damage Restoration Process In Your Los Angeles Home?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Expect During The Mold Damage Restoration Process In Your Los Angeles Home? Mold damage restoration is a job for the experts.

The Mold Damage Restoration Process

Mold damage restoration is a job for the experts. The damage can quickly spread to the uncontaminated area and mold can cause health effects as well. Restoration experts have the necessary safety equipment, training, and technical know-how to remedy the situation.

The remediation process for mold damage restoration to your Los Angeles home can be time-consuming. It can help if you know what to expect when the SERVPRO technicians arrive at your premises. Here is an overview of the remediation process that can help you prepare.

Establishing Containment
One of the first steps in mold damage remediation process is establishing a containment zone. The spores can become airborne during the cleaning process and can find their way to the uncontaminated parts of your home if the area is not properly sealed off. SERVPRO Professionals can install plastic sheets to create a containment zone before they begin cleaning. Negative air pressure is often used as well to keep the spores from going out of the containment zone. The professionals can also seal off your HVAC vents and can also establish areas for storage of equipment.

Removing The Contamination  
Once the damage is contained, the next step is to eliminate the contamination itself. The restorability of an item is determined by the extent of contamination and the type of surface. If the surface is porous and it is impossible to clean the damage within the pores, the item often needs to be eliminated. Drywall, fabric, and upholstery can be a few examples of porous surfaces that might need elimination. The non-porous and semi-porous surfaces are cleaned using a detergent solution and HEPA vacuuming. SERVPRO professionals can use a variety of cleaning agents to eliminate the mold as entirely as possible.

Cleaning The Settled Spores
It is also crucial to clean the settled spores once the cleaning has been finished. The airborne spores can quickly settle in favorable areas if not eliminated and start the damage again. SERVPRO professionals use HEPA filtration to eliminate these settled spores. The process is often repeated multiple times to ensure that there is the as complete elimination of the settled spores as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 today to learn more about the restoration process from our experts.

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Flood Damage Issues In Los Angeles

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Issues In Los Angeles When the Storm Clouds Leave Unwanted Water in Your Los Angeles Property--Call SERVPRO

Water Extraction, Decontamination, Drying, and Deodorizing Are Offered by SERVPRO'S Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Whenever horrible weather comes into the area, there are many ways that your Los Angeles condominium gets damaged. Sometimes excessive rains flood the area causing water to enter the ground level floor through bottom door seals. Other times high-speed winds cause rocks, branches, or other objects to break holes in windows or exterior walls that allow water to enter a structure.
 
Rainwater coming in from the outside may have a high contamination level. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Los Angeles test the water to see if it is contaminated or not. If the water has a high contamination level, then most porous materials get replaced. If the contamination level is low, then sometimes the problem gets mitigated through drying and deodorization.
 
After all of the water gets extracted using specialized equipment, the drying procedure begins. Using structural drying equipment helps us create the ideal environment for water evaporation and drying. Air movers get set up inside the affected area and push air in a circular motion that replaces moist air with dry air. The air movers speed up the process of water evaporating from inside materials and contents by pushing the moisture into the air.
 
Meanwhile, a dehumidification system gets set up to pull water out of the air lowering the room's relative humidity. If a building has an indoor relative humidity of 60% or higher, then dehumidifiers get used to lower the humidity percentage. Different types of dehumidifiers get used in various situations.
 
Refrigerant dehumidifiers lower humidity by pushing air through a set of refrigerated coils. As the moist air inside the machine cools, water condenses and drops out of the air. A desiccant dehumidifier pushes air over unique materials such as silica gel. The gel attracts and captures water molecules pulling them from the air.
 
Refrigerant dehumidifiers dispose of water by dropping it into a collection tray that sits below the refrigerated coils. The liquid then gets drained or pumped out of the dehumidifier's collection tray and gets disposed of in a sewer drain. Desiccant dehumidifiers use heat to evaporate water out of the silica gel. The moist air is then vented and pumped outside of the building.
 
Desiccant systems can drop humidity levels to much lower grains per pound values than refrigerant systems do. However, sometimes desiccant dehumidifiers drop the relative humidity level too much causing wood inside the home to crack. Dehumidification is an exacting technique that our technicians are well-versed in for attaining positive results.

For professional help with damage created by a flood or severe rainstorm call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 any time of the day, any day of the week.

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Common Causes of Water Damage Los Angeles Residents Should Watch Out For

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Causes of Water Damage Los Angeles Residents Should Watch Out For SERVPRO's expert team can dry out your property quickly to prevent further damage and mold growth.

SERVPRO Can Help Assess Damage and Restore Your Property

One of the most damaging situations your property can ever experience is water damage. Water is corrosive by nature, and that means prolonged exposure can have a negative impact on your home's structural integrity. With that in mind, you can prevent your Los Angeles property from such incidents by discovering signs of household leaks beforehand and acting fast whenever you face related challenges.

Whether the cause of water damage in your Los Angeles home is storm flooding or a broken pipe, our SERVPRO technicians can help you restore your contents to their preloss state. The moment we arrive at your property, we assess the level of damage and then define the scope of the restoration work. That may include performing water extraction, controlling odors, air quality, bacteria contamination, as well as drying surfaces and contents.

Let us begin by looking at the leading causes of water intrusion and the best ways to prevent them. First, plumbing pipes which are usually located directly below the sink can cause hidden plumbing challenges. They in most cases lead to a piping network, which runs around the structure and passes through ceilings, floors, and walls. Our SERVPRO technicians can identify lead problems if they notice a stain starting to establish itself on the wall. Such situations need water damage repair, and delaying can be costly.

Another pointer to look out for is the development of mysterious roof leaks. If your roof has clogged gutters, broken flashing, and missing shingles, there is a possibility of a water pathway developing. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you fix the leaks as soon as they appear to prevent possible mold and mildew growth. If left unattended to, the moisture can steadily eat away the entire roof and cause substantial losses and probable accidents.

Once our SERVPRO team extracts water from the area using wet-dry vacuums and pumps, it is time to dry your property. We can use fans together with dehumidifiers to increase the rate of drying. While fans make surfaces lose water to the surrounding air, the dehumidifiers absorb the excess moisture from the air.

At SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it happened on your residential or commercial property. Call us at (323) 255-1000 and be served by an industry leader.  

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Skilled Mold Damage Technicians in Los Angeles

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Skilled Mold Damage Technicians in Los Angeles Mold can spread quickly and needs to be removed following industry standards. Contact SERVPRO for questions and remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow the Highest Standards When it Comes to Mold Remediation

Anytime water gets inside a building; mold growth becomes a possibility. If water spills into your Los Angeles home and it does not get dried out quick enough, fungi growth is inevitable. Sometimes a fungus develops due to a slow water leak that goes unnoticed for a long time.
 
Whenever mold is present in your dwelling, it is crucial to get the issue mitigated because it sometimes causes health effects. SERVPRO's team of mold damage experts in Los Angeles are IICRC certified and have experience in fungi remediation procedures. Our crews always follow strict industry guidelines and standards when dealing with mold inside a structure.
 
As soon as our technicians arrive at your house, we develop a work plan based on industry mold remediation guidelines and standards. All SERVPRO technicians use resources that come from the EPA and IICRC. The two resources put out by these organizations relating to fungi are the EPA Mold Remediation Guidelines and the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard.
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has guidelines set for mold remediation projects in schools and commercial buildings. The guidelines used for these properties also get followed by restoration crews working on residential buildings. The EPA's guidelines provide a flowchart with critical steps to remediating mold that our specialists follow during any project.
 
The EPA suggests three main steps when dealing with fungi-infected areas. First off, we clean and dry any moldy materials present. We use anti-microbial chemicals that get rid of a fungus and the spores it creates to prevent future growth. Then we discard any mold-infested items that cannot get clean. Lastly, we dry out any materials that are wet but not affected by mold within 48 hours.
 
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) came out with the first standard for mold remediation. The IICRC published the S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation that guides restoration professionals in both large and small projects. The IICRC standard provides detailed principles for our experts to follow when restoring mold-contaminated structures.
 
Anytime a fungus develops inside; it is essential that the restoration process gets completed correctly. To ensure the remediation of your mold problem is completed by the book, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 for assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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Commercial Fire Damage and Your Echo Park Hotel

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage and Your Echo Park Hotel SERVPRO will restore your fire damaged hotel so that is safe and suitable for your guests.

SERVPRO Has the Training and Expertise to Thoroughly Restore Your Hotel with Little Disturbance

Guests coming to Echo Park expect a certain ambiance in their surroundings, and we know you strive to deliver the best our community offers. Accidents can happen in almost any area of a hotel, leading to fire damage or other problems. The fire department may order part or all of your hotel closed to the public in such an event, but we can help minimize the amount involved in such a closure.

Hotels with fire damage need several services before they can function normally. Before this, the number of risks to the public remains exceptionally high. At SERVPRO, we receive intensive training on how to minimize these risks and eliminate them from your building. Individual guestrooms receive the attention needed, so they become suitable and safe for guests once again.

Other areas, such as kitchens, lobbies, and dining facilities require specialized care after a fire. Carpeting may hold copious amounts of water from firefighting efforts, while charred materials, including furniture and free-standing counters, may need sections removed. At times, entire pieces of equipment and other items sustain too much damage for successful restoration.

Our technicians can expertly handle any size fire damage in your hotel and of any type. Greasy fires from cooking or cigarette burns in carpeting from unruly guests can make the next guests' experience less than thrilling. We aim to ensure that this does not happen and that all of your guests enjoy their stay.

When parts of your hotel may remain open, per the fire department, we understand the need to minimize our impact on your guests. Our technical training also includes such issues and how to not only perform our work as unobtrusively as possible but to also work alongside your employees when necessary. Our goal is always to do the work needed to make everything "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park serves the local area, including Angelino Heights and Elysian Park. Contact us for fire damage mitigation of any size at (323) 255-1000, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Los Angeles Homes

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Los Angeles Homes SERVPRO technicians are able to identify the different types of residue smoke leaves behind and clean your items properly.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained and Experienced in Fire Damage Restoration

Most Los Angeles house fires do not cause major damage in terms of burned or scorched material. The bulk of the restoration work and cost comes from the smoke and soot residues generated by the heat and burned property.

Restoring the effects of fire damage in Los Angeles homes demands a company that understands the basic principles of cleaning to return a home to its original condition. SERVPRO trains its restoration teams to ensure the best possible outcome when applying them to each home.

Our principles center around location, identification, capture, and disposal. We begin an exhaustive inspection to determine both the original location or source of the fire and how far the smoke and soot residues have expanded into the home.

Once we do that, our task is to identify the types of residues and the surfaces on which they settled. Doing this helps us select the best cleaning method to use that does not harm the property item, be it a wall, piece of furniture, or even clothing.

As an example, a metal, kitchen countertop is a non-porous surface on which our teams can use every cleaning agent in our inventory. A living room sofa is very porous, however, and at risk for secondary damage to the leather or upholstery if we use too strong cleaners.

Now, we capture and remove the residues. Speed is important since smoke residues bond quickly with many surfaces, so if simply wiping down the surfaces fails to clean them, we use a cleaner to loosen the residues. Next, we use commercial vacuums to remove the residues if wiping down the surface still does not completely clean the surface.

Finally, we dispose of them. SERVPRO specialists carefully bag captured smoke and soot residues and get rid of them according to EPA and state regulations.

Understanding each of these principles allows SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to quickly determine what we need to restore your home to its pre-fire state. If your home has suffered from any type of fire damage, call our offices today at (323) 255-1000 for more information or to schedule a visit.

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Answers to Flood Damage on Your Los Angeles Area Property

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Answers to Flood Damage on Your Los Angeles Area Property SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians can perform a full inspection of the flood damage in your home and advise you in the right direction.

SERVPRO Can Safely and Thoroughly Remediate Flood Damage

Naturally, as soon as water, storm, or flood damage occurs on your Los Angeles area property, you want to take immediate action to rectify the situation. However, you might not understand that while your initial choices might give you a first-hand view of the condition of your home, walking on, touching, or moving items can lead to additional damage or even injury.

After experiencing flood damage in your Los Angeles home, it is imperative for you to contact your insurance agent and call for help before re-entering your home. Next, make sure to call an IICRC-industry certified restoration company that can provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to address a variety of situations that may exist in your home.

SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians can perform a full inspection of your property and help you avoid taking unnecessary risks. We help you make intelligent, informed decisions regarding the direction you should take to protect your home correctly and perform flood damage mitigation services that help make your house a home again.

SERVPRO technicians ensure the safety of your property, helping you avoid common hazards or contaminants that often accompany flood water in your home. We wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, boots, eyewear, and respirators, use high-performance water extractors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, advanced drying techniques, along with cleaning and fogging equipment.

SERVPRO puts customer satisfaction first, providing professional cleaning and restoration services you can trust. Whether a flood affects a single room or your entire structure, we can return your home to a quality preloss condition you and your family can enjoy. Our entire team takes pride in providing you with the answers and services necessary to get you back on track after an emergency strikes.

Visit SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park for full-service solutions throughout Elysian Park, Boyle Heights, and Chinatown. We serve everyone in our local community, proudly providing emergency response services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Call today for an answer to all of your cleaning and restoration needs. (323) 255-1000

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Water Damage Restoration Services For Electronics Used to Operate Your Los Angeles Business

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services For Electronics Used to Operate Your Los Angeles Business Electronics and water are not a good mix. Should your office space suffer a water damage event, contact SERVPRO for a fast response.

Team SERVPRO Helps Your Business to Quickly Recover After Damage

As many of you already know, water and electronics just do not respond to one another well. Whether you have experienced this problem first-hand by spilling coffee onto a laptop or having desktops ruined by water intrusions at your Los Angeles office, we can all agree that water is not so good for electronics.

Explaining how commercial water damage in Los Angeles can affect the electronics provided to employees in your office is somewhat complicated. There are several different ways water can damage your electronic devices; some reactions are instant while others take much longer to take effect.

Direct contact with any water can short-circuit a variety of devices. Since water conducts electricity, water can create new pathways, causing electricity to flow where it does not belong, leading to damage to your device along the way. When this happens, regardless of your desired outcome, restoration is nearly impossible, as restoration services required to repair the device usually cost more than replacement.

While SERVPRO technicians can dry exterior cases of electronics and relocate them to a dryer environment to help with their recovery, we also partner with a company that can do specialized restoration work on all of your electronics. A full inspection can help prevent corrosion, and other damages from setting in that could drastically reduce the life of your devices. Any electronics caught in a water incident requires the attention of a trained restoration expert to recover correctly.

SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources 24-hours a day. Our entire team works hard to help you recover quickly, should a water incident occur on your property that affects the productivity of your employees. We use a variety of water extraction equipment, water detectors, and hygrometers to return water levels to normal on your property as quickly and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park works with fellow members of our local community to help keep businesses running, regardless of the size of the incident you currently face. Call for immediate help, today. (323) 255-1000

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Preventing Small Mold Damage In Los Angeles From Spreading Further

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Small Mold Damage In Los Angeles From Spreading Further One of the first tasks we undertake in most mold damage restorations in Los Angeles is to sanitize the area and kill off any living spores.

Preventing Mold Damage

While all mold damage in Los Angeles has the potential to cause permanent and costly damage to your home, larger and more mature colonies typically pose a far more significant threat than younger ones. Calling SERVPRO helps to ensure that a fledgling infestation never gets the chance to bloom into a much larger problem. We institute a rigorous set of treatments, machines, and safeguards to protect your mold from present and future mold growth.

Sanitization
One of the first tasks we undertake in most mold damage restorations in Los Angeles is to sanitize the area and kill off any living spores. We stock an extensive array of tools for this purpose that allows us to sanitize infestations large and small in short order. For more extensive patches of growth, we use ultraviolet light generators to fry the fungus off without the use of chemicals or other cost-intensive options. For smaller spot colonies where large UV arrays would be inefficient, we can use chemicals and other sanitization options in limited amounts.

Air Filtration
While sanitization prevents a colony from producing additional spores or spreading across a single surface, it can still grow around the home unless existing spores are filtered from the air. We use advanced air filtration technology to catch mold spores of all common sizes and species, simultaneously improving air quality within your house and eliminating any additional risk of mold spreading out.

Preventative Measures
We can also help you to implement some preventative measures around your home to ensure that no further damage occurs in the near future. We offer mold-resistant paints and finishes that can help to protect many materials from mold growth on their surfaces. Also, we repair and improve any lagging water lines and systems in your home to reduce excess moisture in the area and stop further mold colonies from appearing.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park provides expert care for local homes afflicted with mold damage. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.

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Choosing The Right Restoration Company For Fire Damage In Los Angeles

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing The Right Restoration Company For Fire Damage In Los Angeles Our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists have the tools and the expertise to successfully assess all damage to the entire property.

Choosing The Right Restoration Company

One of the most troubling things about a fire in your Los Angeles home is assessing the damage for yourself once it has gotten successfully extinguished. You look through the affected areas of your home and see the destruction, but might not understand how to begin with putting the pieces back together. Choosing restoration services to come and assist you in the cleanup efforts and restoring your home to preloss condition should be a consideration that you make, and there are several reasons for this.

Following fire damage to your Los Angeles home, you start to notice compromised areas that you just do not know how to overcome or repair on your own. Our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists have the tools and the expertise to successfully assess all damage to the entire property and work out a plan to restore it entirely. This process is one that might take some time but gets primarily created based on your priorities for what must get repaired right away for you to live in your home comfortably.

Our SERVPRO team works closely with your insurance claim specialists to keep you from incurring out of pocket expenses while your home gets restored. This direct communication helps you to worry less about the work that is getting done to your home and what it might cost you, and more about handling the stresses and trauma associated with a significant fire in your home and the toll it has taken on your family.

To successfully restore your home to preloss conditions our experienced SERVPRO staff utilize some state of the art tools and equipment. Dry and wet scrubbing equipment removes smoke and soot damage while simultaneously preventing this debris from circulating in the air with the use of attached HEPA filters. Ozone machines and foggers can eliminate the noxious odor that smoke damage leaves behind in the affected areas. Handheld steam cleaning tools can restore damaged furniture, drapes, and upholstery.

Our objective as your restoration company is offering you peace of mind in a trying time. Our experienced staff at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park are available whenever the need arises at (323) 255-1000.

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Water Removal Includes Reduction of Elevated Humidity That Can Damage Los Angeles Homes and Apartments

1/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Includes Reduction of Elevated Humidity That Can Damage Los Angeles Homes and Apartments A trained water damage remediation team can save your carpet if the pad is removed and carpet dried out quickly. Contact SERVPRO after damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Act Quickly to Restore Your Property After Water Damage

Los Angeles property can sustain different kinds of damage. Professional water restorers and mitigation experts help owners get their properties back to normal. Water can invade any property from the least expected sources. Too much rain, a broken valve in a water line, quakes, overflowing tubs, and water from the fire department can cause you problems with water inside your home.

If a property in Los Angeles needs water removal services, hiring a professional company can prevent continued and extensive problems. Every minute that water remains in your home, damage continues. Because evaporation begins as soon as water intrudes, no matter the source, SERVPRO does more than just remove the water you see. We also use equipment that collects the moisture that seeped into other areas of your home.

We must work quickly because as materials and belongings absorb water, they rapidly 

  • become stained from colors bleeding and transferring,
  • contaminated with microbes and pathogens,
  • swell, warp, and distort, and
  • begin to produce bad smells.

Our methods can help prevent these from happening in your home when we begin soon after the event initially took place. Pumps mounted on large trucks pull the standing water out of your home, but we also must continue the process with other equipment. Desiccant machines and air movers work together to rid your property of the extra humidity in the air, keeping further condensation to a minimum. As the interior dries, we also use air scrubbers to minimize the spreading of airborne pathogens.

We can save saturated walls at times, but most often we need to remove the lower section of a wall. When water comes from overhead, ceilings can trap it and hold it overhead. To counteract this, we drill small weep holes into overhead panels of drywall to permit any trapped water to drain into buckets underneath. So air can circulate above the ceiling, we place an air mover, so air forces its way into the space above the ceiling. To fully ensure dryness, we test with moisture meters before, during, and after the job. When readings confirm that we have eliminated all moisture, we do a final walk-through with the customer.

Hiring SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to perform the water removal work your home or apartment needs helps ensure that complete dryness once again protects your home and belongings from ongoing damage. Our number is local and is always answered to meet the needs of those in our community better. Call us 365 days a year at (323) 255-1000, so we can help protect your property.
 
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Removing Mold Damage In Echo Park

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Echo Park Mold damage in Echo Park is not possible unless spores come into contact with enough moisture to allow them to expand and become active.

Removing Mold

Almost every structure in Echo Park contains mold. It is almost as common as dust and just about as harmful when its spores are in their inert state.

Mold damage in Echo Park is not possible unless spores come into contact with enough moisture to allow them to expand and become active. The spores then extend hyphae, which resemble root structures that seek out more moisture and a food source to increase the size of the mold colony. SERVPRO technicians are trained to trace the source of a mold growth and take steps to stop it and prevent more.

Most spores grow in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the range for nearly every home in Illinois, stopping mold by raising or lowering temperature is just not possible. Spores feed on common building material, so it also not possible to remove all drywall, ceiling tiles, wood trim, or insulation from the home. The best way to stop mold is to concentrate on removing the source of water which forces the spores back into an inert state.

SERVPRO inspectors use visual inspections and air content meters to find mold concentrations. The highest levels are usually the beginning point of the growth, which means the source of moisture is nearby as well. In most cases, the source is a minor leak from a pipe. We have also found pools of water under a pipe that was improperly insulated, and changes in the outside temperature resulted in condensation which dripped down from the attic into the home. We can usually dry up any standing water and fix the water source in a single morning or afternoon.

If the mold we find is on the surface, our restoration specialists clean and remove it using dry cloths and sponges. If the layer is fairly thick, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to break it up and then wipe it off. For thicker amounts, we deploy commercial vacuums with HEPA filters. These filters are specially designed to capture and trap even a single spore, which by itself is too small to be seen unaided.

If the hyphae penetrated the surface of the building material to use a food source, the only option is to remove it. Drywall and other building materials are cheaper to replace than it is to attempt to clean them or cut out the affected sections.

If you suspect mold in your home, you need to have a professional service examine your home. For any questions about what SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can do for you and your home, call us today at (323) 255-1000. We are here to help.

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Why You Need to Be Ready for Water Damage to Your Echo Park Business

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why You Need to Be Ready for Water Damage to Your Echo Park Business It is important to keep commercial dishwashers and refrigerators in good working condition and clean them regularly to prevent water damage.

How to Best Prepare for a Water Damage Emergency

Water damage is something no business owner wants to face. However, it is far better to be prepared than to run the risk of being caught unprepared. Water from a leaking pipe, broken appliance, or even an ill-fitting door or broken gutter, has the potential to cause much damage. That is why SERVPRO recommends entrepreneurs in Echo Park prepare now and do not leave anything to chance.

We understand that Echo Park businesses want to avoid water damage if at all possible. After all, a leak can quickly lead to problems including waterlogged carpets or rugs, damaged soft furnishings, unusable electronics, or even mold in cases where the problem is not treated quickly enough. Thankfully there are many things you can do now to prepare.

Keep an eye on potential water sources. That means making sure all appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators are kept in good working order and cleaned regularly. Check hoses and pipes to be sure there are no leaks. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on windows, doors, gutters, and damp areas such as basements. If you spot a problem, call a professional and get it dealt with straight away.

Know what to do in the event of water damage. For example, restaurants might plan to move foodstuffs to a sister location. Libraries need an action plan for protecting as many books as possible. Salons might think about moving furniture out of harm’s way. It is also essential to decide whom to call should the need arise. We certainly recommend getting in touch with SERVPRO at the first sign of problems.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is a helpful tool for any size business to use. Download our free app and use it to create an emergency profile for your organization, including lists of phone numbers, actions to take in an emergency, and more. Encourage all staff to become familiar with the plan, so they know what to do when disaster strikes.

For help with water damage remediation in Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown, and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 for assistance.

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A Flood Damage Plan in Los Angeles

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Flood Damage Plan in Los Angeles Heavy rains can quickly bring large amounts of water into your home. Develop a pre-emptive ERP plan with SERVPRO to help remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Ready and Equipped to Remediate Your Home After Flooding

After years of drought, the Los Angeles area and the rest of the state experienced what meteorologists call “atmospheric rivers.” Over 30 of these Pacific-based storms occurred during the winter of 2016-2017. Many hundreds of miles wide and carrying as much water as the delta of the Mississippi River, these storms cause flash flooding. If you are in their path this year, we can help with the aftermath.
 
Heavy rains directly overhead and in the canyons surrounding Los Angeles spell flood damage for homeowners. It is difficult to do much to avoid the massive runoff other than being aware of its possibility and partnering with our highly qualified team of flood damage remediation experts. Consider working with us ahead of this season’s potential devastation to develop an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to minimize the effect of flooding on your home’s structure and contents.
 
An experienced SERVPRO crew member walks through your property looking for areas of your home and foundation that are likely to suffer the most flood damage if heavy rains revisit. The assessment aids you in making commonsense adaptations to ensure that you are as ready as possible for flooding. For example, items stored in areas of your home that are most vulnerable to damage from standing water should be relocated. Other suggestions such as clearing gutters and downspouts and making sure that the ground immediately around your foundation slopes away also help limit water incursion during rains and flooding.
 
You fill out an Emergency Ready Profile, so SERVPRO is familiar with your priorities if flooding occurs. Share information about utility shut-offs, the names of contractors familiar with your HVAC and other systems, and nominate trusted family members or friends to act on your behalf in the event you are out of town when a flooding event happens.
 
If your home experiences flood damage because of a future atmospheric river storm system, developing an ERP gives you a firm grasp of what to expect when SERVPRO arrives. Our crews pump out water, extract moisture from porous materials like carpeting, and then use air movers, heat, and powerful commercial-strength dehumidifiers to reduce ambient humidity and pull residual water out of flooring, wallboard, and other structures, fixtures, and decor in your home. Throughout the process, we measure and monitor moisture levels and search for pockets of hidden water with sophisticated technology. Our team members have professional training and experience second to none in the flood damage industry.
 
Reach out to SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile that helps us assist you with potential flooding and other issues. Our phones at (323) 255-1000 are answered day or night.

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Water Removal From Water Damaged Furniture In Los Angeles

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal From Water Damaged Furniture In Los Angeles In every home water damage situation, SERVPRO professionals begin by identifying the risk factors present in the water.

Water Damaged Furniture

Most homeowners in Los Angeles are usually careful about using coasters, but sometimes a glass or dish that is accidentally placed on a wooden table may collect water and create an unsightly stain. Removing this stain is challenging and can be disastrous if not done well. You may even have to dispose of the furniture altogether.

If your furniture has sustained any form of water damage, SERVPRO can help restore it to its original state. Our water damage restoration experts are available in Los Angeles 24/7, every day of the year. We follow IICRC guidelines in every project to ensure that our methods are up to scratch with industry standards. Our aim is to return all water-damaged items to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

In every home water damage situation, SERVPRO professionals begin by identifying the risk factors present in the water. This refers to the level of pathogens in the water as well as the risk level of contracting a disease from the water contamination. From this end, there are three main types of water damage: clean, gray, and black water damage (from least dangerous to most dangerous respectively).

Upholstered couches and chairs are particularly tricky to clean and dry. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians may have to use a pressure treatment to the pieces using extremely high-temperature water, subsequently killing any pathogens present. After eliminating the disease-causing agents, we proceed to dry the furniture properly. This involves placing them in a room that is fitted with a dehumidifier and air movers.

The air movers should be placed strategically to pass dry (hot) air over the furniture. This causes the moisture to dissipate into the air, where it is captured by the dehumidifier and released outside the house. Certain circumstances may require us to remove the upholstery entirely to ease the process of cleaning, treating and drying.

Wood furniture is similarly hard to clean. Often, the glue or bindings holding most wood furniture together succumb too easily to water damage. SERVPRO technicians can remove those pieces and then clean and dry them before putting them back together. This includes stripping, cleaning, and drying out the finish, and then reapplying it on the furniture. If the piece stays in the water for too long, it may sustain permanent water damage and force you to throw it out.

The best way to deal with water-damaged furniture is contacting an experienced water damage restoration expert. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park has a wide range of experience in restoring different types of furniture, and we have the resources to return your piece to its original condition quickly and efficiently. Call us today at (323) 255-1000.

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What Can Hurt Me in a Fire Damaged Home in Los Angeles?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Can Hurt Me in a Fire Damaged Home in Los Angeles? The structural walls and framing of your home could be weakened by a house fire.

The Dangers of Fire Damage in Your Home

The inside of a burned building can be a very dangerous place after medium to large fires have swept through the area. Failing structures, exposed hazards, and dangerous substances are all common sights in recently fire damaged Los Angeles homes. Exercise extreme caution around a burned home site, and if emergency responders or SERVPRO technicians do not advise you to go in, try to avoid entering at all costs. Otherwise, these hazards could cause health effects.

Structural Collapse

One of the most disastrous effects of fire damage in Los Angeles homes is structural weakening and collapse. Fires can torch walls, floors, supports, and virtually anything else in an average American home, and more substantial fires may engulf the entire building in flames at once. Once the flames have died down, a considerable risk factor likely remains in the form of weakened structural components. Some key indicators such as bowed door frames or open holes may signal at weak points in the structure, but others may be completely invisible. Avoid entering heavily-burned areas without heavy precautionary measures.

Exposed Hazards

Fires may sometimes strip away materials covering up hazards around the home. Some examples of this effect include rubber melting off of electrical wires, wood panels burning away to expose sharp objects behind them, and metal warping into sharp and troublesome shapes.

Harmful Substances

Burn sites commonly carry multiple dangerous and harmful substances, ranging from simple air quality reducers such as dust and light smoke to carcinogenic compounds and chemicals. You should never be near the site of a fire without a protective filter or mask on. Also, you may also want to consider safety options such as safety goggles, gloves, long sleeves, hoods, and readily-available disinfectant to ensure that no harm befalls you in your home.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is a local damage mitigation and restoration company that brings high-quality solutions to homeowners in need. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.  

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Removing Mold Damage in Los Angeles

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage in Los Angeles SERVPRO technicians follow procedures to thoroughly remediate mold damage found in your home.

Four Steps of Mold Remediation

Every Los Angeles home has mold. Spores are in the air and on nearly every surface from attic crawlspaces to garage floors. Mold only becomes a growing problem when the right mixture of food, moisture, and temperature occurs.

When mold damage in a Los Angeles home goes undetected for an extended period, then it becomes a threat. To stop this threat and remove the effects, SERVPRO has developed some procedures over the last thirty years which return a family to its residence while keeping the cost as affordable as possible.

First, we contain it. The goal is to prevent mold spreading to areas of the home still mold-free. Technicians seal in the mold to the affected areas using plastic sheets across doors and windows. We also cover the HVAC vents to prevent mold from getting in or if mold is found in them, to prevent accidental transfer to a clean area of the home.

Next, we remove it. While we try to clean everything on site, some items are often heavily infested and require a larger area to clean them without spreading the mold or accidentally causing secondary damage to the home with our equipment. Depending on the weather, we might relocate the sofa or another large piece to the backyard for cleaning and restoration. If the weather is poor or the item needs a unique cleaning device, SERVPRO restoration specialists transport it to our offices.

Third, we clean it. Moving property around disturbs spores, so we wait until they have settled out of the air onto the now clean counters and other surfaces. Technicians wipe everything down and repeat the process until our air content meters show levels are back to normal.

Finally, we dry everything. To prevent mold returning, we measure the moisture content in the surrounding air. If it is too high, we use dehumidifiers to remove up to 25 gallons of water daily. For a damp property like kitchen or bathroom cabinets, we use air movers to blow warm, dry air carefully across surfaces without damaging them.

Returning a home to normal and removing mold means getting a professional. At SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, we have been helping our Los Angeles neighbors get their homes and lives back in balance for over two decades. If you suspect a problem or have questions, call us at (323) 255-1000 today.

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Plan Ahead to Reduce the Risk of Fire Damage on Your Los Angeles Construction Site

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan Ahead to Reduce the Risk of Fire Damage on Your Los Angeles Construction Site You can prepare for a fire disaster on your construction site by taking advantage of SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan app.

Ways to Prevent Fire Damage on Your Construction Site

Anyone in the construction industry in Los Angeles knows that a blaze can easily get out of control and put both their staff and the project itself at risk. Managers in building offices cannot always be on site to supervise, and there are many variables on any building site that make it harder to predict risk. That is why SERVPRO recommends planning to reduce the possibility of fire damage on any commercial site and keep staff and visitors alike safe from harm.

There are many ways fire damage gets started on Los Angeles construction sites. Anything from a broken gas line to an accidental spark might set a blaze that quickly burns out of control. The risks are even greater when renovating existing older properties that do not have the same fire safety measures built in as their newer counterparts.

Flammable waste such as wood or paper provides fodder for flames. Make sure all staff members regularly remove and safely store or dispose of waste before it becomes a hazard.

Some building sites have flammable liquids or highly combustible materials in storage. Make sure that all dangerous or hazardous materials are stored safely and in such a way that a blaze cannot easily spread.

Always have appropriate fire extinguishers on hand. Make sure there are extinguishers available that cover all the potential types of a blaze, from wood or paper to electrical or gas.

All construction firms in America must comply with the U.S Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) guidelines and standards. Double check your familiarity with OSHA guidelines and make sure they are strictly adhered to on all sites and by all staff.

Do not wait until a fire erupts to take action. Make sure all employees know what the fire protocols are, how to safely use extinguishers, how to evacuate the site in the event of a blaze, what to do, and whom to call. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan, a free app that helps you assess your business and plan what to do in the event of a blaze.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are fully equipped to deal with fire aftermath and are on hand to help secure your site and clean it up.

For help with fire damage in Angelino Heights, Boyle Heights, Elysian Park, Chinatown and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 today.

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Poor Installation of Equipment on the Roof can cause Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Poor Installation of Equipment on the Roof can cause Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence If amenities are incorrectly installed on your roof, mold damage can develop and easily spread to other parts of your home.

Mold Remediation Services for Improper Installations on Your Roof

Modern living calls for the amenities available to most of us. Television programming is available from around the world if only a satellite existed on your roof. Additional power is easily generated in sunny climates like Los Angeles when you equip your home with solar panels. Other amenities that require installation on the uppermost parts of your residence increase both the worth and the risks placed on your home.

When installing equipment on roofs in Los Angeles, mold damage can develop if the installer performed the job poorly. Rainfall does not need to occur in copious amounts to seep into openings in a roof caused by poor installation work, and mold can begin to grow when only a minuscule amount of water enters any given area.

Hiring a professional and experienced installer to perform the work you need around your home can prevent such a problem from developing in your attic, which can then spread easily to the rest of your home. However, even the best installation professionals can make mistakes when drilling holes in your roof.

SERVPRO technicians can remediate any mold damage that your home sustains. The fact that mold already exists everywhere is behind both why complete and total elimination of mold cannot occur and why mold multiplies whenever water enters an area. Understanding these two principles and many others helps our technicians perform mold damage remediation that restores your home to its previous state.

Removing damaged material happens only when necessary. It is always less expensive to restore than it is to replace those same items. SERVPRO employees understand that while each job should follow basic protocols, creativity and ingenuity can also help resolve many issues. Sealing your attic with Concrobium, an antimicrobial agent, can help keep any future growth from occurring. It can also kill any remaining mold that escaped because it remained hidden in cracks or grooves within the attic's materials.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park trains our employees, resulting in certificates from the IICRC. Mold damage can affect every area of your home after mold spores spread out from one focal point. Contact us today at (323) 255-1000 to help regain control of microbes in your home before they can cause more damage.

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Mitigating Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Bathroom Can Protect the Rest of Your Residence

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Mitigating Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Bathroom Can Protect the Rest of Your Residence If you experience water damage in your bathroom, call SERVPRO to fix the problem and prevent future damage.

Hiring Professional Water Damage Specialists Can Prevent Future Problems

Water damage in bathrooms is a common feature of many homes in Los Angeles. Often, homeowners try to cover it up to avoid embarrassment when guests visit. Some of the methods used, though, can make matters worse over time instead of fixing the problem.

Sealing up the seams in your bathroom in Los Angeles to prevent additional water damage can backfire. Instead of preventing the problem, water already present behind the shower doors cannot escape. As it evaporates through any available opening or seeps into other places in your home's structure, this moisture is free to cause damage wherever it travels.

Professional water damage restorers can help remedy the problem, eliminating both current challenges and future ones that can develop elsewhere in your home. Water and moisture do not disappear. It evaporates and then condenses in other areas when environmental changes happen. The moisture behind the walls in your shower can eventually make its way into your attic, crawl spaces, or other locations and the make a mess of things there.

Applied heating to the entire surface of your shower walls, in conjunction with an extraction unit designed to remove any evaporated moisture, thoroughly dries the interior wall space around your bathroom. After completely dried on the interior, then it is safe to apply new sealants and keep future showering activities from creating additional damage.

Without correct mitigation of a situation involving water damage, problems can spread to areas that seem unrelated and unconnected to the source. Many believe that water only flows downhill, so only areas below might suffer problems. However, with evaporation and condensation actively occurring in an ongoing manner, water can travel upwards to higher levels or areas of any home.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park wants to help ensure that water damage does not have a chance to spread inside your home. Contact us today at (323) 255-1000 to rid your bathrooms of unsightly problems. We are always available to answer your call and to perform any needed work.

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Why Water Damage Is Dangerous For Los Angeles Electronics Stores

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Water Damage Is Dangerous For Los Angeles Electronics Stores Our quick response to water damage at your store can help to minimize cost. Contact SERVPRO right after water damage for best results.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Remediate Water Damage at Your Store

No business wants to suffer water damage, but the problem is even bigger for electronics stores. If you sell computers, TVs, cameras, phones, or any other appliances, you know that getting your wares wet is a sure route to costly replacements. It is a fact that water and the electronics in your Los Angeles store simply do not mix, but have you ever wondered why?
 
It does not take much for your retailer to suffer commercial water damage in Los Angeles. A faulty appliance can do it, or a leaking pipe, broken faucet, or even inclement weather. Anyone who has spilled coffee on their keyboard or dropped their iPhone in the sink knows that dampness and electrical items are a recipe for disaster.
 
Water kills electronics in one of two ways: Short-circuiting, or corrosion.
 
A short circuit is what happens when an appliance gets wet and immediately stops working. Water short-circuits the delicate hardware inside the appliance by causing it to overload. The components cannot handle the amount of current passing through them and subsequently blow.
 
SERPVRO knows that sometimes it takes longer for damage to become apparent. At first, you rescue an appliance from water, and it seems to be working ok. Then, over the course of a day or two, it simply ceases to work. If an appliance appears ok and then subsequently breaks, it is because water caused corrosion inside it. Corrosion is a chemical reaction, often with water and oxygen, that damages the parts inside the appliance. For example, the rust you see on old vehicles is a type of corrosion.
 
How long a device lasts after damage depends on how wet it got, how long it was wet for, the humidity of the surrounding environment and the components inside it. One thing is certain though – it is not usually possible to repair a phone, TV, or computer after water damage.
 
Because it is usually impossible to rescue water damaged electronics, SERVPRO recommends you plan. For example, check pipes and faucets in your facility regularly, do not let your staff have drinks near items in your store, and put your stock on shelves so if the floor gets wet, it is protected.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup and drying operations. We also recommend SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan, a free app that helps you create a plan of action in the case of water damage. Start using it today and help protect your store from stock and profit loss.
 
For help with water extraction in Los Angeles, Chinatown, Angelino Heights and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 today.

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How Well Seasoned Wood Prevents Fire Damage In Los Angeles Wood Burning Stoves

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Well Seasoned Wood Prevents Fire Damage In Los Angeles Wood Burning Stoves Wood burning stoves can add a warm look and a great amount of heat to your home. But there are some cautions with them as well.

Preparation and Prevention can Help Avert Fire Damage in Your Home

Wood burning stoves are popular with many Los Angeles homeowners. A traditional stove looks beautiful and provides a lovely, cozy ambiance in your home. However, because flames are burning in the appliance, there is always a risk of fire damage. SERVPRO recommends all homeowners who have a wood stove be aware of the risks of a blaze and take steps to prevent an incident.
 
One way homeowners can prevent fire damage in Los Angeles is by always choosing well-seasoned wood for their fireplace or stove. Also, the choice of timber is also important. For example, red oak, apple, beech, hickory, ash, and ironwood are all hard enough to burn well. It is important to choose hardwoods because softwoods do not burn as well.
 
SERVPRO warns customers against using green wood. Recently cut branches and trunks are “green,” that is to say they have not had sufficient time to dry out. Damp timber does not burn well, and even worse than that, it contributes far more to creosote build-up than properly dry wood.
 
Greenwood does not burn well because it is still damp. Incomplete combustion causes the formation of creosote, a sticky, oily substance that builds up inside the chimney and stove pipe, and can even drip down the outside of the burner. Creosote is highly flammable, and one spark can ignite a dangerous blaze that puts a home at risk.
 
Well-seasoned means that wood is properly dry. Choose timber that was cut and split (splitting helps it dry faster) at least a year ago. Proper storage is also important – a shed or even a tarp provide cover and help with the drying process. Properly seasoned wood has cracks at the end.
 
Choosing the right fuel for your fire keeps you safe, and also gives you a cleaner and more efficient burn.
 
If a fire gets out of control, SERVPRO is on hand to help with cleanup. We scrub and clean away soot and residue and take care of deodorization to leave your home feeling like your own again.
 
For help with fire cleanup in Los Angeles, Chinatown, Elysian Park and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 today.

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Flood Damage from Sudden Storms Leaves Residents in Los Angeles with a Complex Situation

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage from Sudden Storms Leaves Residents in Los Angeles with a Complex Situation Yes, Storms Cause Flooding in Los Angeles--Call SERVPRO for CleanUp and Restoration

SERVPRO Offers High-Quality Storm Damage Restoration and Clean Up

Storms that douse the Los Angeles area with huge quantities of water can flood an area rapidly. After levees break or partially fail, homes in the once-protected areas can find themselves swallowed up by the water flowing where dry land used to exist.

Los Angeles residential neighborhoods can suffer extreme flood damage because many of them lack the preparation to stop the movement of the water coming toward them. SERVPRO professionals hold the certificates showing they have the knowledge necessary to restore homes after flooding and related catastrophes. Experienced with the complexities inherent in the entire restoration process, we can answer your questions, so you better understand the scope of the work involved.

From removal of soil and mud covering your floors to silt and organic debris inside your cabinetry to repainting walls and reinstalling wall trim and moldings, the technicians at SERVPRO can make everything “Like it never even happened” once again. This makes it much easier to put the memory and trauma of flooding behind you and your family, so you can all move forward.

Using highly advanced equipment, we clean and sanitize everything that came into contact with floodwaters. Our Esporta washing system helps ensure that your belongings are once again usable, without fear that microbes still linger. We can save clothing, most items made from leather, and other belongings that the cleaning industry would not consider salvageable years ago. A considerable percentage of a family's losses after a flood are classified as soft goods or personal belongings. Saving these items reduces the financial burden your family faces, which is crucial for helping recover after any flooding event. This cleaning also saves precious personal possessions.
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SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park employs understanding and professional restoration experts who want to help you and your family quickly recover after flood damage affects your home. Our local number, (323) 255-1000, is answered 24/7, 365 days a year. Call us so we can help you when you need us most.

Hurricane Harvey--Storm Damage Help from SERVPRO

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey--Storm Damage Help from SERVPRO Hurricane Harvey Water Removal and Restoration by SERVPRO

Storm Water Removal and Restoration Testimonial After Texas Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey left many homeowners in the Southeast area of Texas with flooded properties, destroyed belongings and no power. Our SERVPRO team answered the call for help and drove out 22 hours straight from Southern California to assist our distant neighbors. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team and travel far and wide to natural disasters. Below is a verbatim testimonial that illustrates the value of helping others in their time of need.

Testimonial of David Holloman 9/26/17

Describe your experience during Hurricane Harvey.

My family and I moved to Texas about three years ago. We lived in the Carolinas before for about 15 years. We heard about the storm coming and how flooding occurred in our areas. I felt alright for having insurance. That night was something else though. We lived in a one-floor house when the water started to drift inside. Our neighbor fled his home because he had two young children, but left us his key. The water really started to rise to our knees, and so we went to his house on the 2nd floor.  I have never experienced a flood before, and I hope I never will again.

How did you hear about our company?
I heard about the Company SERVPRO from an adjuster I was working with. I called corporation to find a franchise to work on my property.

What was the reason that you chose us?
I received a call from the owner Bert of this SERVPRO, and I decided to hire his team. He was very welcoming when he answered the phone call. I was dealing with a tough time, so it was nice to hear some positive attitude.

Tell me what your experience has been with our products/services?  
The whole experience was very depressing. My family and I have been going through a hard time losing most of our things. On the brighter side, we have new drywall up, and we are expected to move back in the next 6-8 weeks. The crew was very considerate and passionate of our situation. I felt very comfortable with the crew chief Jake. He answered all my questions to the best knowledge he could.

Can you think of a word or phrase that best describes your relationship with us?  HELPFUL.

Why that particular word or phrase? These workers drove out 22 hours to help a state in need. I'm very grateful for their service.

Would you recommend us to someone else?
Absolutely.

If someone called you and said "Why should I do business with SERVPRO," what would you tell them?
The company works right with your insurance which takes a lot of pressure off of the customer. No one can plan a disaster such as a flood, so it's nice to know that there are companies to help like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park not only restores storm-damaged homes in our local area of Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Los Angeles, but we range far afield to help others in need. Just contact us 24/7/365 to hear a friendly voice and positive action. (323) 255-1000

Fire Damage in Your Echo Park Bathroom can be Eliminated Easily and Correctly

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Your Echo Park Bathroom can be Eliminated Easily and Correctly If your relaxing bath turns to disaster, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

The Importance of Restoration Services for Any Size Disaster

Taking time to pamper yourself after working on your latest project is one way to keep yourself well-cared for and healthy. Many decide a relaxing bath with a few spa treatments fit the bill perfectly and proceed to fill their Echo Park bathroom with candles, incense, and a bubble bath. Loose candle holders can let lighted candles slip out, which can quickly start a fire.

When your Echo Park apartment's bathroom suffers fire damage, the smaller size of the room can make the catastrophe seem extremely severe. A bathroom's enclosed area often holds many personal things as well as installed cabinetry. Even if these items never burn, the smoke damage can still ruin them. While you might be tempted to clean them yourself, doing so can spread the soot instead of removing it from wherever you try to clean. SERVPRO technicians can clean the soot away while other employees examine the fire damage.

Having earned certificates from the IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), our staff skillfully removes all of the damage, preventing it from progressing. Damaged areas can disintegrate and only become worse. It cannot resolve itself, and most fire damage situations, even ones that seem straightforward and uncomplicated, can hold hidden problems. Professional mitigation can make everything “Like it never even happened” quickly and keep it that way.

Any water you used to extinguish the fire can also cause damage, but we have training in this, as well. No job is ever too large for us, nor too small. Your home is important to you, and we treat it like we would treat our own. Attention to the details and thoroughness in completing each step remain aspects of our work in every job we perform.

When a small token of self-care turns out badly, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, at (323) 255-1000. We can help make sure that your bathroom is once again a haven of peace and tranquility for you by erasing any degree of fire damage.

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Aging Kitchens often Indicate Ongoing Water Damage in Silver Lake

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Aging Kitchens often Indicate Ongoing Water Damage in Silver Lake Damage that stems from your kitchen sink can cause problems in your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate, remediate and restore.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Cause of Damage Before Starting the Remediation Process

Attempts at gaining better organization in the home often center around the busiest part of a house in Silver Lake – the kitchen. Clutter, like in other areas of the home, can detract from aesthetic beauty, as well as hide problem areas. In the kitchen, water damage can make areas look gray and dull, especially around the sink.
 
Cleaning up to improve a kitchen's appearance can reveal water damage in Silver Lake. This kind of harm can pose more problems than simply ugliness. When water damage forms, it often creates small areas that are rife with microbial activity. Cleaning an area does not always eliminate these pathogens. The space needs restoration, instead.
 
The employees at SERVPRO hold Applied Structural Drying (ASD) certificates from the IICRC, ensuring that they know the best practice methods for performing restoration work in all areas of a home. We also realize that sometimes water damage remains hidden until remodeling work happens, at which point the project stalls until after correction of the situation. Our intensive training prepares us well, so we handle each job skillfully. We know you want to live in a beautiful home that is also healthy, stable, and secure.
 
Water damage can prevent you from attaining your goals regarding your home's state. All life requires water, but your home is not alive and needs to remain dry, instead of wet. The growth of microbes, the decay of materials, ugly staining of walls and ceilings, and a musty odor can all trace their origins back to water damage. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) knows the best ways to eliminate odors water damage causes.
 
Fire might damage a home in a short time and produce immediately visible damage, as can flooding, but water damage sneaks up slowly in many cases, sometimes going for years without anyone noticing. Water spreads easily, so we use moisture detectors to track water down and locate other areas that can harbor water-related problems.
 
SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park's technicians live in our community and remain dedicated to helping homeowners enjoy their homes to the fullest. By performing mitigation services that effectively remove all types of damage and restore a home's beauty and integrity, we help homeowners protect their investment. Call us for any degree of water damage, 24/7, at (323) 255-1000.

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Evaluating Your Silver Lake Home's Risk Of Flood Damage

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Evaluating Your Silver Lake Home's Risk Of Flood Damage Every home has different risks and damage hotspots in a major storm.

Flood Damage

Every home has different risks and damage hotspots in a major storm. Your home is likely very different from that of your neighbor, even if they share the same floor plan. Perhaps the most pronounced differences in Silver Lake often come in the form of flood damage, as homes in very close proximity to each other can have vastly different levels of flood risk and potential for damage. To determine if your home is at high risk for flooding you likely need to contact an expert like SERVPRO, but for a quick evaluation, check for these potential indicators.

Low Relative Elevation
The largest deciding factor in whether or not your Silver Lake home is at risk for flood damage in a storm is its elevation relative to surrounding homes. Is your home at a somewhat lower elevation than most of the neighborhood? Even if it is on higher ground, you may also be placed at risk by proximity to dips and potential waterways in a major rainstorm. Ideally, your home should be on high ground or the slope of a hill to be at the lowest possible flood damage risk.

Construction Quality And Materials
Not all homes are built alike. If your home was built of quality materials and solid construction, it is likely to weather a flood much better than a home of somewhat shoddier build quality. Be honest with yourself and with any appraiser, as any attempt to make your home out as anything other than what it truly is could give you a false sense of security and complacency.

Natural And Artificial Barriers
Strong barriers around your home can significantly reduce the chance of floodwaters reaching your doorstep. Even if your home does get flooded, barriers can help to interrupt the flow of water and decrease the severity of flooding in your home. Look around your home for potential barriers, and use your judgment to determine if they actually may stop a flood.

When things go south, SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is ready to respond within hours of your first call. Contact us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.

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Plumbing Problems Create Commercial Water Damage In Silver Lake

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plumbing Problems Create Commercial Water Damage In Silver Lake Plumbing problems at your deli can delay or halt operations altogether.

Plumbing Problems Create Commercial Water Damage

Plumbing problems at your deli can delay or halt operations altogether. These issues can be frustrating. They can also make your business unsafe for your employees and customers. As a well-trained and experienced restoration company, our experts at SERVPRO understand this well.

One way to prevent costly repairs from commercial water damage in your Silver Lake deli is by having a regular schedule for maintenance. Since many issues with pipes sneak up on you, having a thorough inspection done is the key to finding small problems before they grow. Leaks in drains which are hidden or water under heaters are more than just an annoyance. Over time, they create structural damage. Water seeps into plaster or sheetrock, contributing to mold growth. Porous wood flooring or tile can warp and discolor when wet.

Common Plumbing Problems
Dripping Faucet
Just one faucet which is dripping can send many thousands of gallons of water down your drain a drop at a time each year, driving your water bill higher. Water entering your business is under pressure to move through your pipes. When the tap is off, rubber or silicone washers form a seal which is water-tight and stop additional water from pushing through the pipes and out your faucet.

These washers can become torn, stiff, or dislodged over time, letting a tiny trickle of water through, making that annoying drip. It may take the work of a professional plumber to help you repair the drip, rather than doing it yourself. SERVPRO can help when your deli has sustained water damage from the drip. We have the industrial equipment needed to get the standing water out, and then the air movers and dehumidifiers required to get your business thoroughly dry again.

Leaky Pipes
Leaks happen at the joints of your piping. You may find a puddle under a pipe, and these leaks can be a costly nuisance. When the water is spraying from your pipe, you are dealing with more substantial water damage which needs to be handled by our technicians at SERVPRO.

Other problems include clogged or slow drains, low water pressure, and running toilets. If you notice any of these early enough, get them checked out by a professional plumber before they cause damage.

When water damage from plumbing occurs in your business, it is essential that you contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park right away. The longer any standing water sits, the greater the chance is for more damage, including mold growth. Therefore, don't hesitate to contact us at (323) 255-1000 when you have a problem.

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SERVPRO - Los Angeles Fire Damage

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Los Angeles Fire Damage Smoke odors are minor and fairly easily cleaned.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Home in Los Angeles 

Fire is the most frightening disaster that can happen to a home. Even when the structure is left standing, the blackened walls, soot covered property, and melted plastics leave many homeowners at a complete loss on what to do next. It is why a professional restoration company is needed.

Before we can begin to restore a home to its original condition, SERVPRO technicians must determine the level of the damage. Since fire does not burn evenly, each one generates smoke, heat, and flame which can leave a bedroom nearly untouched while consuming the bathroom next to it. To put Los Angeles homes back together from fire damage, we have established three categories to determine our response and efforts.

Minor Damage – This level includes smoke and soot residues. At this category, the damage is not structure-wide but limited to two or three rooms usually. The residues are light to moderate so that we can restrict our restoration efforts dry and wet cleaning (primarily by hand) of the affected property and structure (walls and ceilings). The need to repaint is limited, and only minor items such as books and small lamps may require replacement.

Smoke odors are minor and fairly easily cleaned.
Medium Damage – In this category, the residues affect more of the home, possibly the entire structure. The thickness is more pronounced which means that dry cleaning may no longer be an option. It is still possible to clean all or most of the affected property at home. The amount of assets which need replacing is higher and may now include large pieces like chairs and mattresses. Smoke odors are stronger and may require multiple methods of cleaning to remove them. This category is also where technicians find the first instances of heat damage. Wood floors and kitchen cabinets need refinishing as will other items.

Major Damage – This is the category of actual fire (flame) damage. At this level, structural supports must be replaced to prevent collapse and further damage. The entire structure must be cleaned and deodorized. The amount of property requiring replacement is much higher, and everything inside can be written off as a total loss by most insurance companies. Our SERVPRO efforts include our entire inventory of cleaning and deodorization products as well as every piece of construction equipment and skill we have. It may even be necessary to hire a general contractor to complete some repairs.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Restoring a home after even a minor fire takes time, patience and a professional service. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is here to assist you to put your house back in order. If you need our services and want to schedule an inspection, call us today at (323) 255-1000.

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Know How Mold Grows To Help Reduce Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Know How Mold Grows To Help Reduce Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Mold is a type of fungus, and like most things that grow, it requires water and a food source to thrive.

Let SERVPRO Tackle The Mold Damage For You

Mold is one of those things you read about everywhere online. There are lots of scare stories about fungus and plenty of tips for how to deal with it. Mold looks unsightly, frequently smells musty and unpleasant, and has the potential to cause damage to your walls or furnishings and even cause health effects. It is easy to see why homeowners want that fungus gone and why they call on SERVPRO for help.

The unfortunate truth is that you cannot completely eradicate mold from your home because it is present in many environments and so even if you clean it thoroughly there is a good chance of it coming back. The good news, however, is that by understanding how mold grows, you can reduce the number of potential breeding grounds in your house and decrease the risk of mold damage in your Los Angeles home.

Mold is a type of fungus, and like most things that grow, it requires water and a food source to thrive. There are many potential food sources in your home – organic materials on the buffet include carpets, drywall, clothes, drapes, wood, and even the food in your kitchen.

It is not possible to remove all food sources from your home. However, it is possible to cut down on the other thing fungi needs for growth: Moisture. There are many sources of moisture in any home, including leaking faucets, condensation, leaky pipes, and poor ventilation. Cut down the moisture sources, and you give mold less chance to grow. It is important to get those leaks fixed, get rid of that condensation, and get better ventilation if possible. Consider investing in a dehumidifier to bring down the humidity of rooms, especially damp areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and even kitchens.

It is helpful to be aware that visible mold is not the end of the story. Damp patches on walls, or under or inside carpets are hidden places where fungus can grow. That is why we recommend you get in touch with SERVPRO. Our mold remediation experts have hi-tech testing equipment on hand to assess the moisture levels in your home and give you advice on what to do. We handle mold infestations on your behalf with careful cleaning and powerful antibacterial agents, and we reduce the humidity and dry out any wet areas or furnishings.


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For help with fungal growth in your house, give SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park a call at (323) 255-1000 today.

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

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contact A Professional Restoration Company For Water Removal In Your Los Angeles Home A flooded home here in California usually results from failing appliances or a damaged water line.

Water Removal

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

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

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

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

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

One of the most important factors in removing water from your home is speed. At SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, we maintain a 24-hour response team to make sure we arrive and begin working as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us today at (323) 255-1000 to begin.

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SERVPRO Of Silver Lake/Echo Park Is A Commercial Large Loss Response Franchise!

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let disaster keep you and your business from opening it's doors. The team at SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park understand your frustrations at this time and are here to provide you with solutions.

We offer a fully trained and knowledgeable staff, along with all of the necessary equipment to rectify the situation. Allow us to show you why we are one of the top recommended and trusted companies for water, fire and mold restoration.

Give us a call today at (323) 255-1000 and we will get you back open for business "Like it never even happened."

Four Steps To Take After A Burst Pipe Causes Flood Damage To Your Silver Lake Attic

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Four Steps To Take After A Burst Pipe Causes Flood Damage To Your Silver Lake Attic The frozen water puts pressure on the pipe and causes it to crack.

Steps To Take Following A Burst Pipe

Attic pipes are in an at-risk area. Attics are often colder than more lived-in areas of your home which puts pipes at more risk of freezing and bursting. A burst pipe happens when a pipe freezes. The frozen water puts pressure on the pipe and causes it to crack.

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

1. Shut Off The Water
Locate your water stopcock and switch it off. Shutting off the water is important as it stops more water entering the plumbing system, getting out through the broken pipe and making the flood much worse. Even if you do not know for sure if a pipe has burst, or where in your home the accident has happened, shut off the water straight away.

2. Move Important Items Out Of The Way 
Act quickly and remove important items from your flooded attic if it is safe to do so. However, do not touch or move any electrical items that might have been affected. Remove items, so they are not subject to further flood damage, which makes the drying process easier.

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

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

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

Do not panic if a burst pipe floods your attic. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 for help.

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The Dangers of a Sink Overflow in Your Echo Park Home

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Dangers of a Sink Overflow in Your Echo Park Home Professional restoration technicians do much more than just dry out after damage. They follow the water path to make sure that mold is prevented.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess the Scene Before Beginning the Remediation Process

Sometimes, a sink can overflow. Usually, this happens from a clog in the drain, leaving the water nowhere else to go but over the lip of your sink. Even with the vent of the sink open, it might not be able to contain the water which is backing up.
 
An overflowing sink is one danger which can occur in your Echo Park home that probably does not concern you on a regular basis. It is a race to grab towels to soak up the water when the sink overflows, but there is additional water damage that is going on under the floor which towels cannot reach. You need a professional water damage restoration company in this case who can find the hidden damage and restore your home back to its proper condition. SERVPRO has the training and experience to help you.
 
Weakening Floor Joists
 
Water from an overflowing sink can weaken the integrity of floor joists. Once water gets under the floor covering, it sits on the joists and subfloor. It does not evaporate since there is nowhere for the vapor to go, so the wood continues to rot.
 
Mold and Mildew Growth
 
Perhaps the biggest danger of a sink overflow is mold and mildew growth. With the right environment, mold can grow quickly. Mold is a dangerous fungus that can cause adverse health effects. Once it starts to grow, mold can spread fast if not stopped.
 
Leaks in Rooms Below
 
Another danger is damage done to rooms underneath the overflow. If the problem starts in a second-floor bathroom and your kitchen is under it, the problem is doubled. You wind up with ceiling damage in your kitchen, plus various bacteria and germs have access to your kitchen.
 
Repairing the Hidden Dangers
 
Since there are so many possible dangers from an overflowing sink, it is important that you call SERVPRO right away. Our technicians have the tools to find hidden water and mold growth. We can also repair the damage, so your home is back to its previous condition.
 
SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is always ready to help you in an emergency such as a sink overflow. You can reach them easily at any time of day or night by calling (323) 255-1000.

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Fast Fire Damage Recovery For Music Venues in Silver Lake

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Fire Damage Recovery For Music Venues in Silver Lake Your patrons don't want to miss a show. Call SERVPRO to remediate your club after fire damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Create an Effective Plan to Remediate Your Commercial Fire Damage

Closing for even a handful of days devastates any business. Your audience has opportunities to move on to other clubs when you shutter the doors for the restoration of damage done after a fire. Work with SERVPRO during the recovery phases to minimize the downtime for your live music venue and keep your customers happy.
 
The tangle of wires on and behind the stage caused an electrical fire, damaging your Silver Lake indie performance destination. You need a swift response, and we deliver a team of commercial fire damage specialists well trained and rehearsed in all tasks necessary to return your dance club to the popular and lively neighborhood location you worked hard to create.
 
Our project manager arrives to inspect and design a plan that transforms your soot covered entertainment site back to preloss condition. SERVPRO has the capability to handle all aspects of the fire damage, from the removal of debris to deep cleaning to the replacement of charred structures to the elimination of smoky odors. The fire damage restoration blueprint crafted by our supervisory staff lists all tasks necessary in the order needed for appropriate completion. Technicians begin work immediately after a determination that it is safe to work within the burned structure.
 
The plan includes designation of the proper types of cleaning approaches to differing types of fire damage. Ashes and friable soot sweeps or vacuums up well, safe methods particularly if our staff uses the HEPA-filtered equipment. Sticky, greasy coatings need solvents for removal, and our employees hold certifications in their professional use from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC). These international standards ensure efficient and safe methodologies govern our efforts and we require our employees to maintain current in best fire restoration practices.
 
The skill and experience of SERVPRO technicians support cleanup procedures that are swift and complete, preparing your business for reopening sooner than later. Walls, floors, tables, chairs, and the stage area quickly go from dirty to clean and ready for the show when our staff is on the job. If heat or residue damaged electronics, we work with other contractors and your insurance company to arrange for the replacement or repair the components of your sound systems.
 
The efforts of our fire damage experts extend to the issues of persistent odors post-fire. No music fans or artists want to experience the harsh, unpleasant smells of smoke, burned wiring, and other odors traceable to the fire. We use state of the art deodorization techniques matched to the way the odors were originally generated. We use a multi-step procedure to stop odors from emanating, counteracting odor vapors already in the air, and thermal fogging that permanently changes the chemical components of odors. Covering up the odors is an inadequate response. Professional odor defusing is a SERVPRO specialty.
 
Make sure the show goes on after fire damage by partnering with SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park. Call our dispatcher any time of the day or night at (323) 255-1000 to schedule a consultation.

Mold Damage In Echo Park

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Echo Park Mold growth is not as obvious as fire or water damage.

Professional Mold Remediation And Restoration

Mold growth is not as obvious as fire or water damage. Unless you smell that telltale ‘musty’ odor or see a line of black splotches in the bathroom or laundry room, you will not even know it is there until it has spread throughout your home.

Why does SERVPRO care so much about preventing and stopping mold damage in Echo Park? Three major reasons make getting into your home quickly so important. First, mold slows down restoration work. Second, it raises the cost to you and your insurance company. Finally, mold can have adverse health effects on you, your family, and our technicians.

If our inspectors find mold using an air content meter, see it, or smell it, everything else stops. Our technicians now check for the extent of the growth. Water restoration tasks, such as pumping out water from a living room or basement, now only happen to determine if there is mold behind a wall or underneath a carpet. Carpets, floors, walls and other property with mold require additional cleaning and perhaps even removal. Dry spores can be wiped off surfaces with a relatively small, increased amount of labor. If the mold is wet, a chemical cleaner must be used to ensure removing all of it. If it has grown into drywall, ceiling tiles, or other structural property, then the replacement costs can grow as well into a bill for an entire room instead of just the bottom rows that were absorbing standing water. If the mold growth went unnoticed for a long time, then the sheer amount of spores in the air requires our team to wear breathing gear and our inspector may determine it is unsafe for anyone to be in the structure.

The faster SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can get into your home and get to work, the sooner we can get you and your home back to normal. As a locally owned franchise, this is our community, and we take great pride as Californians to help our neighbors. If you need our help, or maybe just suspect mold from the previous flooding, call us today at (323) 255-1000.

The Purpose of Primers and Sealers after Fire Damage in Silver Lake Homes

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Purpose of Primers and Sealers after Fire Damage in Silver Lake Homes Every fire is different. So every fire damage restoration plan should be customized by the technicians to restore the damage that is left.

Fire Damage Restoration Needs to be Customized to the Kind of Damage in Your Home


In recent years, fire damage repair teams have started to use primers and sealers more frequently. They provide an effective form of ‘contamination isolation’ for stubborn stains and lingering odors. While they are not suitable for use in lieu of other, more powerful restoration techniques (like deodorization and surface cleaning), they can be very valuable when used in combination with a full repair program.

Primers and sealers repair fire damage in Silver Lake homes by trapping smoke residues and stains beneath an impervious coating. They are particularly useful for surfaces which are damaged far beyond routine cleaning. For instance, if left to burn long enough, house fires produce soot which blackens walls and ceilings. When these residues are too deeply embedded to remove with pressurized water, the only option is for SERVPRO is to seal them.

The Difference Between Primers and Sealers

While primers and sealers do a similar job, they are different. Paint primers are designed to stick to a substrate and provide a smooth surface for an overlying topcoat. Sealers, on the other hand, are used before the primer. In some cases, SERVPRO may apply them as a substitute for primers.

Sealers are an effective way to close off surface porosity and trap stains beneath an impenetrable finish so that they do not bleed through a new coating of paint. As soot has the potential to be a very oily, greasy substance, standard paint on its own is not sufficient.

These formulations are used increasingly for the purposes of odor control after a fire. Once applied to a damaged surface, they isolate, and bond settled combustion particles, stop smoky odors from emanating, and conceal discoloration. Sometimes, sealers contain a white pigment which helps to amplify its stain-concealing properties.

The Limitations of Primers and Sealers

SERVPRO often turns to primers and sealers in situations where full removal of the stains, odors, and residues is not possible. They do have limitations, however, so we try a range of restoration techniques before deciding to seal areas of fire damage. As the dimensional stability of materials like wood changes over time, reapplication may be necessary.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is always ready to assist homeowners with professional, dependable fire damage repairs. We have the expertise you need to rid your property of stains, residues, odors, and damaged materials. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.

Flood Damage Situations in Los Angeles

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Situations in Los Angeles Los Angeles Flooding Calls on SERVPRO for Restoration

From Water Extraction to Full Restoration, SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Flooding

This year has been a bad one already for flooding in Southern California. While the end of the drought is welcomed by everyone, the amount of rainfall has not only caused problems by itself but has overwhelmed the drainage system in many parts of our city. Fortunately, it looks like we have dry weather ahead for the next week.

Removing the standing water alone is not enough to prevent further problems. To restore the effects of flood damage to your Los Angeles home, it needs to be properly dried as well. SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of equipment designed to do just that and a trained, 24-hour response team to make sure the job is done properly.

One of the key items we use is an air mover. These are not fans, but machines that push a concentrated mass of air across the wet surface of a wall, ceiling, or carpet. The concentrated air forces moisture out of the structural property. To maximize the effect in drywall or other wall paneling, technicians place air movers at a 45-degree angle to the surface. This positioning removes the most moisture possible, replacing it with drier air.

Drying out walls is further complicated by the presence of baseboards. Since the moisture trapped in them is typically wicked up from the floor, baseboards seal off the very part that needs drying the most. Our technicians carefully remove baseboards using a claw hammer or small crowbar and a small piece of paneling or plywood. This technique ensures we cause as little damage as possible to the affected area. If necessary, they also drill holes in the wall to increase air flow and accelerate drying. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians can also rig shrouds, tubes to channel directional air movement and dehumidifier actions, to further dry out wetted cavities faster.

To dry out ceilings, we place air movers against the wall with the vent pointed up. Besides its directed air, the air mover also circulates the warm air next to the ceiling to further speed up the drying process. If it has removable panels or tiles, several are removed at key points to dry out the surrounding air above it as well.

Carpets quickly begin to degrade in a day or two if not properly dried. Technicians measure the size of the carpet to determine where to place the air mover(s) vent underneath it and where to carefully pull up a section of the carpet to ensure airflow properly without stretching or tearing it. The industry term is "floating" the carpet. There are instances where the soaked carpeting is contaminated and must be discarded.

Drying out your home and restoring it from the other effects of flooding is not a simple process. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is here to help you through every step and place you back into your home as quickly as we can. Call us today at (323) 255-1000 to get started.

Commercial Water Damage in Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles Affects Profits in Diverse Ways

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles Affects Profits in Diverse Ways You can make sure that your guests never have to leave the casino when water damage occurs by calling SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO's Speedy Response May Mean that Your Hotel Does NOT Have to Fully Close During Remediation

Los Angeles is known for its beautiful resorts, and keeping tourists from all over the world is not an easy task. Hotels and casinos employ thousands of people to keep operations running smoothly. Water damage in any commercial setting can throw everything off balance, but in a hotel or casino setting, a less-than-happy clientele can create a profit loss that continues for months.
 
The fun might happen in Los Angeles, but when commercial water damage is the root of tourists' negative reviews on social media, it can take months of positive feedback to undo the damage. It is better to avoid negative reviews in the first place. SERVPRO can help quickly restore areas of a hotel that have been damaged by water. Bookings can be switched to fill other areas of your hotel that are undamaged while we work, and the affected area cordoned off. We know how to work around our customers' clients so that they only have a positive experience while visiting your hotel or casino.
 
Other ways by which water damage can affect profits are through the rusting of machinery in games. When these fail to function properly, authorities can not only pull them from the floor, but they can also confiscate these expensive pieces of equipment. Regular maintenance might not be sufficient to completely restore all of your equipment to the standards imposed by regulations. We can remove any rust that is creating a problem, and smooth out any warped wooden areas.
 
People from all over the world come to you for a quality vacation or spectacular celebration of a life event. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can assist you in creating the memories your guests desire by removing water damaged areas of your hotel and restoring affected machinery to working condition again. Give us a call at (323) 255-1000 when you need us, and we can begin working within the hour.

Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Residence

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Residence Mold damage to a home only begins when three conditions are right for growth; temperature, an available food source, and moisture.

Mold Damage And Your Home


There are two major mistaken beliefs when it comes to mold. Any mold is dangerous, and only people who keep a dirty home (e.g. Hoarders) have a mold infestation. Both are completely false. Mold spores are everywhere, outside and inside most homes and other buildings. Mold damage to a Los Angeles home only begins when three conditions are right for growth; temperature, an available food source, and moisture. SERVPRO has decades of experience in changing those circumstances to stop further loss of property.

Most molds grow between 68 and 86 degrees and temperatures above or below those numbers are uncomfortable for most people. Adjusting past that range is only temporary at best and does not stop put a permanent stop to the problem. Raising the temperature is most useful in conjunction with lowering moisture levels.

The organic materials in building materials are excellent food sources for molds. The cellulose in carpet fibers is easily fed upon as are the wood pieces in wall frames and floors. The paper material that makes much of drywall is exceptionally vulnerable. After only a few days of hosting an infestation, affected panels begin to break down.

When the mold growth is this bad, our technicians may remove and dispose of the materials. Particular care is taken with drywall panels as they sometimes disintegrate in the hands of the removal crew. Removing all affected material is expensive and time-consuming, however.

The best, permanent option to halt mold growth is to eliminate the source of moisture and lower the humidity level. Our technicians accomplish this using pumps, extractors, heaters and dehumidifiers. First, we remove standing water. Our technicians can pump out most homes in less than a day and then extract remaining moisture from floors and carpets in another day or two. Next, we use air moisture meters to determine where to set up dehumidifiers and space heaters to dry the surrounding air and structure. Drying is of particular importance to stop mold growth in drywall. Lowering moisture levels below 40 percent returns mold to a dormant state and prevents the need to remove and replace drywall or other building materials.

The sooner we can get into a house or apartment means the sooner SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can remediate the effects of mold and put you safely back in your home. As a locally owned franchise, each residence is not just a job; it means helping our neighbors. Call us at (323) 255-1000 to get started.

SERVPRO Fire Damage in Los Angeles

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage in Los Angeles Don't let the odor after a fire linger in your home. Call SERVPRO today to come out and assess the damage.

The Three Phases of Odor Control After a Fire

The damaging effects of a fire can range from total structure loss to simple smoke and soot contamination. In fact, most of the destruction to home and property comes from the effects of smoke and soot; in particular, odors.

Fire damage, especially from odors, to a Los Angeles home, is not quickly restored. At SERVPRO, we understand that setting up a couple of fans and wiping down the walls is not going to cut it. Odors left from smoke damage require the right cleaners and equipment as well a professional knowledge of multiple techniques in deodorizing any house, condo, or apartment. We use these techniques in three phases.

Chemical Containment - The goal of this first phase is to stop odor molecules from evaporating into the air. Technicians accomplish this by spraying a chemical deodorizer directly on property and building materials using a pump-up sprayer. It forms a barrier which slows or stops evaporation.

Vapor Control - The goal of the second phase is to deodorize particles that escaped into the air before containment spraying began. Technicians release deodorant vapors into the air to counteract smoke odor particles. The granular pellets we use in this phase block most remaining odors before they can be detected by your nose.

Thermal Fogging - The goal in this final phase is to pursue odor particles into the smallest possible space they have gotten into and neutralize them. Technicians dispense solvent-based deodorant chemicals through a heating element and out into the air as a fog. This combustion process breaks down the chemicals into a size of about one-half of a micron. The deodorant is now the same size as an odor particle and as a fog, can go anywhere that an odor particle has settled, pair with it and neutralize it by changing its chemical composition.

Dry fogs penetrate quickly, deodorize rapidly, evaporate within a few hours, and the process does not leave moisture stains on surfaces unless it is used in a small, confined space.  Removing odors after a fire is a complicated, multi-phase process. Not every procedure may be required depending on the extent of the contamination, but SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park has the experience and trained personnel to ensure every phase needed is accomplished. Call us at (323) 255-1000 today for an inspection and to get started.

Water Removal When Los Angeles Garbage Disposal Pipe Breaks

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal When Los Angeles Garbage Disposal Pipe Breaks Leaks Lead to Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Property

SERVPRO Cleans up the Kitchen After Water Damage

Water puddling on the floor near your kitchen sink demands quick action. An online check for “water removal near me” reveals that SERVPRO can be at your home fast, finding the source and offering a plan to get rid of the water and restore your kitchen fixtures to their pre-leak condition.

The tangle of pipes under your kitchen sink seemed to be doing their jobs until you stepped into that puddle. Reaching out to our team allows professional water damage experts to isolate the problem. Our staff checks for leaks and evaluates the pipes for cracks and unstable connections. Any evidence of blow-back of food debris from the garbage disposal into the cabinet is cause for treating the water removal in your Los Angeles home as gray or black water contamination. The presence of rotting food increases the chance of mold or other microbial growth. Tainted water may be trapped under the cabinet, soaking the subflooring. Deterioration of the floor and any ceilings or walls below the kitchen is possible. Our staff investigates for evident and hidden damage, offering you proven restoration options to return the structure to preloss condition.
 
Water removal proceeds swiftly with SERVPRO’s state of the art equipment. Powerful extractors vacuum water from the kitchen floor and the inside of the cabinet. The trim below the base of the enclosure is removable in most cases, and checking there for water accumulation allows for thorough moisture abatement and an inspection for mold or rotting wood. We follow EPA protocol to contain and remove mold colonies safely. Once standing water and any hazardous waste is gone our technicians arrange air movers to continue the drying process. Measurements of humidity levels guide our staff, indicating when the under-sink area and flooring are ready for additional restorative treatments.
 
Final steps for our crew include cleaning and disinfecting the space under the sink after the plumbing repairs and the water removal. Our staff fixes areas weakened by the water damage with new materials. Flooring damaged is reset or sanded and refinished, depending on type. Wet walls or ceilings under the sink are cleaned, dried, disinfected, and touched up to match surrounding unaffected areas. We strive to leave your home looking as though it has experienced no water damage.
 
Let SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park answer your water removal needs after a garbage disposal plumbing failure. Operators await your call to schedule a consultation at (323) 255-1000.

An Education In Mycotoxins Created By Mold Damage Found In Los Angeles

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation An Education In Mycotoxins Created By Mold Damage Found In Los Angeles Mold Driveway in LA Needs a Pressure Washing and Topical Spray

Remediate the Mold and Reduce the Effects of Mycotoxins

Mold or Microfungi produce secondary metabolites called Mycotoxins. Some of these toxins become airborne and have a chance to affect the health of loved ones. Among them, Aflatoxin, Citrinin, Ergot, Fumonisin B1, and Ochratoxin A, are known to exist. Unless you have experience dealing with these types of fungi specifically, you should get professional help.

We have many technicians who specialize in mold damage remediation living near your home in Los Angeles. We are a single phone call away, easily arriving at your property within four hours of your initial call. We can go to work immediately providing you the services to help provide a safe, healthy environment for you and your family. We can inspect, test, use negative pressure equipment, air scrubbers, and a product specific inventory to combat mold proliferation in your home or place of business.
 
Aflatoxin - A chemical produced by certain molds that grow in soils, decaying vegetation, hay, and grains such as chili peppers, corn, peanuts, rice, sesame and sunflower seeds, tree nuts, and wheat, along with a variety of spices.
 
Citrinin - A secondary metabolite often produced by fungi that develop in long-stored foods, generally grain, and grain-based products. However, it can grow in fruits and other plant products as well.
 
Ergot - A fungus that grows on rye and rye-related products. Various versions of this fungi develop in different land grasses such as moist forests, marsh grasses, and mountain habitats.
 
Fumonisin B1 - A toxin produced by mold found in maize (corn), wheat and cereal products. Slowly affecting areas where corn products are a dietary staple.
 
Ochratoxin A - One of the most abundant food-contaminating mycotoxins in existence. Frequently found in water-damage houses and heating ducts, normally affecting grain and pork products, as well as, coffee and grapes.
 
SERVPRO technicians share this information with you to help educate you on the seriousness of properly handling a mold infestation found in your home. While these microscopic spores may play a significant role in our environment, they have no place in our living spaces, and any growth found, no matter how large, should be handled immediately.
 
The primary purpose of SERVPRO's mold remediation or cleaning services when dealing with mold damage is to remove the conditions that exist in your home that is allowing the infestation to spread. We can help you learn how to prevent these types of events from happening at all.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake - Echo Park today, for more information. (323) 255-1000

Preparing Your Los Angeles Warehouse for a Flood

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Preparing Your Los Angeles Warehouse for a Flood Call SERVPRO to assess your company's flood risk or to remediate flood damage.

Helpful Steps to Take to Minimize Damage From a Storm

Your warehouse and your stock are very valuable, so every effort needs to be made to protect it against all kinds of threats and hazards, including water damage from flooding. You can learn how to best protect your business from being put out of commission from such an event, but not everything can be avoided at all times, and you will want a professional company such as SERVPRO to come help you out in the event of such an emergency.

In the meantime, it is essential to take steps for protection against commercial water damage from flooding in your Los Angeles warehouse. Flood protection is not a legal requirement. However, many times floods come with a weather warning so you should have time to prepare.

Areas Which are at Risk
If your business operates in an area which is known to be at risk of flooding, there are steps you should take to limit water damage from the flood waters.

You should first sign up to get any flood warnings using the National Weather Service. You can also raise sockets, electrical installations, wiring and fuse boxes from ground level to help prevent water from getting into your electrical systems. Investing in guards which can be fitted to outside doors and covers which can be fitted to ventilation bricks can help stop water from seeping through.

You can also install non-return valves to drainage pipes to prevent water from backing up into your premises. Raising damp-proof courses and sealing floors can also help prevent water damage. Heavy duty high-rise racking can be installed, too, so the heavy stock can even be stored at a higher height when a flood threatens your business. Paper records should also be stored on upper levels or in filing cabinets which are sealed.

Flood Plan
You will want to draw up a flood plan as well and put it up where all employees can see it. This should include an evacuation route, plus contact information for a remediation company such as SERVPRO to help you after the flood to clean up the water damage as soon as possible. Make sure to call our professionals as soon as possible after the damage occurs to prevent further damages and reduce any health risks from things such as mold.

Dealing with water damage from flooding is not something you should attempt on your own. That is why SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is available at any time, day or night. When you give us a call at (323) 255-1000, we will come out to your property quickly to assess your damages and clean up your building as soon as possible so you can open your doors to the public again.

Flood Damage and Worse can be Caused by Water in Your Silver Lake Home's Basement

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Worse can be Caused by Water in Your Silver Lake Home's Basement Let the experts at SERVPRO help with any home flood damage that may occur in your Silver Lake home.

Flooding in your basement might not seem like it can affect your entire home but it can cause problems even in your attic space. Humidity that starts with a flooded basement can be carried through the air, and also through the very fibers of your home's structures. Gravity isn't enough to keep water down below when it can find its way upwards by wicking through microscopic channels in drywall, wood, and concrete.

For homes in Silver Lake with standing water in the basement, the first step in warding off flood damage and subsequent secondary water damage is to have the water pumped out. After the standing water has been eliminated, we can begin to work on the drying process. Returning your home to a dry state is vital to ensuring that all repairs will be long-lasting ones. It also helps ensure that mold and secondary water damage won't be a problem later on.

In addition to secondary water damage, the possibility of mold growths taking over your home will remain higher than normal as long as humidity levels are allowed to be raised. Where mold exists, there is also the possibility of higher than normal levels of bacterial and pathogenic activity. With sewer back ups and flooded basements, this is especially true. This can lead to dangerous contamination in your home, but we're trained to combat this type of problem. At SERVPRO, we know what to do when things go awry in your home.

From repairing walls, floors, and ceilings, and everything in between, we also know how to get things returned to a sanitary state that won't make you and your family ill. While we're drying out your home, we'll also disinfect it. Some of these methods, such as using ozone machines, not only remove airborne pathogens, but they can also deodorize your home.

When you've found your home flooded, even if it's not in the basement, call us. The professionals at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 are available 24/7 to get your home back to normal fast.

Any Size Leak can Necessitate Water Removal in Los Angeles

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Any Size Leak can Necessitate Water Removal in Los Angeles Water damage can quickly take over your home. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

Quick Action after Water Damage can Help to Prevent any Secondary Damage

It doesn't need to be a gushing line break that floods part of your home. It can be a small drip that is the source of accumulation in your living room ceiling that suddenly breaks open into your life from above. When a small leak goes unnoticed, the water must go somewhere or build up. Because water is heavy, and it's also able to soak into your semi-porous living room ceiling, it can give way when you least expect it to.
 
Los Angeles homes that have standing water or other water damage problems need water removal experts in order to begin the work necessary to fix the problems causing the leak or other situation. Not all water problems are from leaks and can be from sump pump failures, overflowing bath tubs and sinks, malfunctioning dishwashers, hot water heaters that have rusted, and many other sources. SERVPRO has professionals who can stop the flow of water, remove the standing water, assess the damage, and begin the drying process.
 
If your basement is experiencing problems with standing water of any depth, we can use submersible water pumps that remove the water to an outside location so it can drain safely away. Having a basement full of what might have started out as clean water but has now mixed with sewage because the sump pump burnt out from a short can create a bio-hazard mess throughout your basement. In situations like this, water removal is only the first step. Cleaning and decontaminating are both essential.
 
In normal situations, excluding those with bio-hazard issues, water removal is followed by water extraction from saturated materials. This is then followed by restoration, from repainting to the removal of damaged materials. When we're finished, it'll be “Like it never even happened.”
 
If you've found a watery situation in your home, you need to call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 fast. We will be there as quickly as possible to begin working on getting the situation under control.

Facing Fire Damage in Lincoln Heights

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Facing Fire Damage in Lincoln Heights Fire damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to assess the damage and get started on the restoration.

Historic Neighborhoods Need Certified Professionals to Deal with Damage

If you are confronted with fire damage affecting your home in this vibrant and historic neighborhood of the Los Angeles area, you need the expertise of SERVPRO’s highly trained technicians, ready to pitch in and restore your dwelling and your and your family’s peace of mind. Experiencing a fire in your own house is a terrifying event and as you try to react the work ahead of you may seem overwhelming. Our mission is to restore your premises quickly and with as little disruption to your happy family life as possible. We can offer assistance both with the actual fire damage suffered to your structure as well as the collateral water and chemical issues you may be dealing with after the fire fighters have left.
 
Because your home has personal meaning to you as well as being part of an interesting and unique neighborhood that has a history that stretches back to the 1830s, fire damage in Lincoln Heights poses unique challenges to fire restoration specialists. Surviving a fire is always traumatic but when the structure involved is more than 100 years old, an emphasis on restoration rather than tearing down and rebuilding is key. Our staff is trained in effective restoration techniques for building structures, structural components and fixtures. We realize just how precious these historic building are to you and to the community and are committed to working toward leaving your fire damaged home in this famous district just “Like it never even happened.”
 
Know that at SERVPRO, we leave nothing to chance and are able to restore fire, smoke and soot damage in your historic home from the hardwood flooring to the antique crystal chandelier. Before you attempt any cleaning on your own, consult with our technicians as your well meaning efforts may actually make things worse. We can provide you with a list of things you can do that will protect your possession yet not interfere with the methods we need to use to bring your home back to its former glory. Our staff will also consult with you as we move through the house and through our tasks so that you and your family are safe, even if we have to use chemicals to deal with odors or to contain soot and smoke staining on walls or in duct work.
 
Trust in the trained staff at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to restore your fire damaged historic home back to pre-loss condition. Call our dispatchers at (323) 255-1000 as soon as possible after the fire is under control so we can get to the work of bringing your home back to you and your family.

Mold Damage in Echo Park

11/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Echo Park Moisture Leads to a Problem in this Echo Park Home with Mold Growth

Your Home or Property Gets Remediated from SERVPRO When Mold Shows Up

An element of the natural environment, mold, when outdoors plays an important part in nature by breaking down any dead, organic material like trees and fallen leaves. Indoors, however, you will want to avoid mold growth. Mold expands by means of tiny spores which are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. When spores land on surfaces which are moist, mold can start growing indoors.

Since common building materials are capable of sustaining the growth of mold and mold spores, leaky roofs, flooding and general maintenance or problems with indoor plumbing can lead to mold damage in Echo Park. Mold can be virtually extant anywhere, and it can grow on just about any surface where there is moisture present. Many times, mold growth can go unseen, so if you suspect you have a problem, contacting our professional staff at SERVPRO is a must. Water vapor condenses on surfaces which are cooler than the air, letting mold grow. This moisture vapor will pass through walls and ceilings, condensing as temperatures fluctuate. With our special equipment, moisture sensors, infrared cameras, and traps we can find the mold so that we may begin remediation of affected zones.
 
Mold growth that is significant will require food and moisture sources and a substrate to sustain growth. Building materials that are common like drywall, plywood, furring strips, carpet padding, and carpets give food to mold. With carpeting, invisible dust and cellulose are also sources of food.

Hidden Mold
Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you find this hidden mold behind paneling or wallpaper, inside ceiling tiles, the back of drywall or underneath carpeting. Plumbing lines in walls could also be a source of moisture since they could leak.

Three things are needed for mold spores to grow and proliferate:  
Nutrients – a common food source for indoor spores is cellulose.
Moisture – this starts the decaying process caused by mold.
Time – mold growth starts between twenty-four hours to ten days after the right growth conditions are present. These fungi also prefer secreted areas away from direct sunlight.

Assessment
Our first step in assessing your mold damage is to non-intrusively determine if you have mold present in your home by examining the building visually. Mold patches can readily be treated. Sometimes, intrusive observation will be needed to assess the level of mold. This can include raising or removing carpeting, shifting furniture, checking behind paneling or wallpaper, inspecting ductwork and opening wall cavities. A detailed visual inspection will be used to find any problems and efforts will be focused on areas where any signs of water vapor or moisture are present.
 
If you suspect you have mold damage in your home, you should contact us right away at SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park. Dialing (323) 255-1000 will get you a quick response and visit to your property.

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