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Why Does SERVPRO Use Chemicals for Water Damaged Houses in Los Angeles?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

biohazardous spraying man in tyvek suit SERVPRO Provides safe cleanup and disinfecting after flooding or other events in your Los Angeles property

Homes Needing Restoration Often Face Hazards at the Microscopic Level

When flooding happens, or a toilet or sink overflows, water carries contaminants into your home’s living area. Drying a home in Los Angeles with water damage is not enough in these situations. We also need to destroy as much of the microbial population as possible that is now existing in your residence. We often use spraying and fogging, as these methods ensure an even application, and the fine mist can penetrate tiny areas.

Which kind of spray might my home need?

SERVPRO’s water damage technicians (WRT) might use more than one type of chemical inside your Los Angeles home. Dirty water often contains contaminants that can cause health effects. Because of the more direct air currents, we might not need to spray an antifungal to prevent mold on your kitchen floor while we recommend the same treatment for the area below your home. Some of the sprays that we use include
•    EPA-registered disinfectant sprays (which kill pathogens on contact or shortly thereafter),
•    antifungal sprays (that shrink around microbes like mold and its spores, leaving them encapsulated),
•    cleaning agents that help loosen soil and debris, and
•    deodorizing agents (that combat odor by binding with odor-producing substances at the molecular level.)

Do I have options regarding the sprays used inside my house?

Yes! We use several different types of chemicals, including those for families with sensitive individuals or those who want a greener experience. Just ask about this, and we can provide you with technical information sheets on each (MSDS), as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each option you are interested in us using.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park wants to be your go-to restoration team, for water damage, as well as other disasters that happen unexpectedly. Call us at (213) 628-2000 for certified professionals who can make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Los Angeles, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Los Angeles Commercial Properties that Will be Reopening Must Earn Consumer Confidence

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

blue and red view of corona virus SERVPRO can Prepare your commercial site for reopening with advanced cleaning services that include disinfecant applications.

When the public returns to businesses and especially restaurants that have been closed, they will have concerns about the establishments’ cleanliness. Cleanliness is associated with good health, and soil and grime are related to poor health. A business that is reopening must look, smell, and be clean.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps Businesses Re-Earn the Los Angeles Public Trust

We have been in the cleaning and property damage restoration business for a long time. Our team of expert specialty cleaning technicians has worked on sewage spill remediation, mold and microbial removal, and biohazard crime & trauma scene cleaning. Having this experience makes our team more than qualified to perform virus cleanup. Because we offer core services such as carpet cleaning, HVAC cleaning, power-washing, and others, we are able to make a building sparkle. And, the sparkle is what will convey to consumers that you are concerned about protecting their health.

Currently, our cleaning teams are helping businesses and others with preventative cleaning measures. Once again, when the public sees professionals working at a location that is open, they have a better impression of that company.

Please contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake and Echo Park to discuss your current or future cleaning needs. We offer flexible hours of service with specific plans for different types of business and all for a reasonable cost.  We are also continuing to perform mold, fire, and water damage cleanup 24/7 for our clients that have those emergency needs. We are pleased to speak with you about ways we may be of assistance at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Can SERVPRO Tell Me Why Ceiling Water Stains in My Los Angeles Home Need Immediate Attention?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

A white ceiling with a light brown water stain. Stains on the ceiling can indicate water damage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is trained and experienced to handle ceiling water damage in your home in Silver Lake, Chinatown, or Elysian Park. As soon as you realize there is an issue, reach out to us by dialing (213) 628-2000, so we can stop the leak and restore your home. 

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How Does SERVPRO Remove and Mitigate Mold Damage in My Los Angeles Home?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall. It is tempting to want to paint over mold, but doing this can cause the paint to peel. Let SERVPRO eliminate the mold before repainting.

Practical Ways to Attend To Mold Damaged Walls in your Los Angeles Home 

To safely remediate your business or home after a mold damage event, you need to work with professionals who understand everything about mold. After arriving at your property, we look at the affected materials and surfaces before coming up with appropriate cleanup methods. One method cannot solve all mold issues, which is why we use several techniques when we are remediating your Los Angeles property. 

In your Los Angeles home, mold damage can affect both porous and nonporous materials. If the interior walls of your home have mold, the surface appears unpleasant, and the problem can lead to possible health effects. If you fail to address the problem during its initial stages, it can spread to other areas and make the remediation process challenging. Never make a mistake of painting moldy surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians can clean and dry such surfaces before repainting can take place. 

Assessing the condition of the walls is the first step that our SERVPRO technicians perform. If we notice some black splotches or bowing and crumbling or the drywall, then replacing it is necessary. If the walls are in a stable condition, then we can scrub and use a disinfectant to clean the contamination. The cleaning agents have antibacterial properties that deactivate the mold to lower chances of future growth. 

There are chances of the cleaning agents spilling to surrounding areas such as floors. We have to protect such surfaces using plastic drop covering before the cleaning process starts. Our SERVPRO technicians also observe safety precautions when working on your property to limit exposure to the molds. We wear chemical resistant gloves, safety boots, and appropriate respirators. It is essential to set up decontamination areas with negative pressure so that we can use such locations to clean our tools and safety gear.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps you out in your time of need by offering industry proven cleaning and restoration services. All you need is to call (323) 255-1000 for our highly trained technicians to attend to your urgent needs.

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Need Some Help? Contact SERVPRO for Your Los Angeles Water Damage Remediation Issues

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling water leak Water damage, regardless of the source, is always unwelcome. Contact our experienced team should water damage ever affect your home.

What to Do If You Find Water Damage in Your Los Angeles House 

Finding water damage inside of your home is something that no homeowner wants to face if they can help it. Water damage can lead to all kinds of complications if left unchecked, such as mold, rot, and physical damage to the structure of your home. For this reason, it is essential to get help immediately if you were to find your home suffering from it. 

Many things inside your Los Angeles home could cause water damage. Ranging from faulty appliances to leaking pipes, there are countless ways you could suddenly find a pool of mysterious water in your home. However, the way you handle the situation matters more than how the water got there in the first place. If you call for help as soon as possible and address the problem shortly after it happened, there is a significant chance you could prevent further damage from occurring. 

Here at SERVPRO, our goal is always to provide you with fast, effective, and friendly services. Our water damage remediation technicians have gone through advanced training so that they are always prepared for whatever they find while on the job. As soon as we get your initial call, our techs are assembling and getting ready to aid you, as fast as we can. We understand how pressing, and worrisome, finding water damage in your home can be, which is why We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

Imagine a scenario where your kitchen suffered water damage, due to a dishwasher malfunctioning and leaking all over your tile floor. If left unchecked, that tile could split and crack as the water slipped between the crevices and engorged the base underneath it. Furthermore, if left to its devices, excess moisture can lead to mold damage

Our SERVPRO techs have advanced equipment that is designed to help them find every pocket of hidden water in your kitchen. From thermal imaging cameras to moisture meters, we have your back. And, once we have remediated the damages, using devices like dehumidifiers and air movers, our SERVPRO techs can leave your home confident that it feels, "Like it never even happened." 

If water damage strikes your home, act fast. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park by dialing (213) 628-2000. We're always available to help you, 24/7. 

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How SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Homes in Los Angeles

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged carpet A plumbing failure caused a water loss event in this home. We were able to quickly dry and restore the home quickly.

Water Damage Los Angeles – Full-Service Provider

Leaky plumbing, overflowing sinks, and toilets can cause a great deal of damage and often occur at the worst time. Is there a good time? Probably not, but some are worse than others. A leak, while you are on vacation or away for a few days, can let thousands of gallons of water soak everything in your home.

SERVPRO provides full-service water damage restoration and repair in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Our team of professionals can remove the water and moisture, dry your home, and fully repair or replace damaged walls and flooring. We dry and restore where possible instead of replacing everything. It is much less time consuming and less costly to restore items vs. replace damaged contents.

Water Mitigation and Reconstruction

Many water damage events involve extracting water from carpets and floors, installing air movers to blow dry air into the room, and dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity to normal levels. Our team also checks for moisture inside walls and cavities that are difficult to reach. We aim to remove all moisture pockets to avoid the growth of mold and mildew infestations.

More extensive damage may require removing flooring materials, drywall, and even kitchen or bathroom cupboards. A leak in an upstairs bathroom can cause water to spread over the upstairs floors, inside walls, and down to the lower level.

Our SERVPRO franchise is thoroughly trained and licensed to deal with this type of water damage. We can remove all damaged materials, dry the structure entirely, and also complete all repair and reconstruction of your home. We have CSLB and general contractor licenses which allows our team to provide complete end to end rebuild service to our customers. Our objective is to reconstruct your home, "Like it never even happened."

Contractor Licenses: General: 999460, California State License Board (CSLB): 999460

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Elysian Park, Boyle Heights, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Discuss If DIY Recovery Is Dangerous In Los Angeles

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

fire in home causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

Is DIY Fire Recovery Dangerous for Los Angeles Properties?

Once a fire has occurred in a Los Angeles home, it can feel like a substantial amount of effort is necessary to make the property feel like home again. As challenging as this process might appear, many property owners still seek to do much of the work themselves despite a lack of training or understanding of all of the needs of a house after these disasters. While some have succeeded in restorations of smaller fire losses, more have noticed too late that the situation was direr than they realized.

One of the hazards of DIY recovery of fire damage in Los Angeles residences begins with an inadequate assessment of the damage and underselling of the present threats circulating in the structure. Homeowners often cannot determine underlying concerns they cannot immediately see, so the repairs and restoration following a fire loss incident often are exclusively superficial. Structural concerns, embedded odors, and even air quality concerns go unaddressed and presumed to go away on their own in time.

There are inherent risks with choosing to restore fire losses on your own without the appropriate training and education that our SERVPRO team has. Because safety is such a vital element to the work that we do, our team members arrive with the right personal protective equipment, including respirators, disposable coveralls, and more. These tools help us to navigate profoundly hazardous circumstances that could exist in the most concentrated areas of fire loss in your home.

Soot can be one of the most hazardous presences in your house following a loss incident, and our SERVPRO professionals address these concerns carefully as well. From HEPA-filtering air scrubbers to trap soot particles circulating in the environment to carefully cleaning surfaces to prevent these same particles from aerosolizing, inadequate addressing of this threat can be a costly mistake for the contents and occupants of your house.

DIY fire loss recovery is not impossible. However, it does come with challenges when property owners do not have the education and available equipment that our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team does. Give us a call at (213) 628-2000.

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Our Experts Provide Water Cleanup For Your Los Angeles Home

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking suspended ceiling We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why SERVPRO Can Offer Effective Water Cleanup in Your Los Angeles Home

Although water damage is a relatively common issue in homes, no one likes to deal with it. Whether the water comes from a leaking pipe, an overflowing bathtub, or a faulty washing machine, it can cause significant destruction to both furnishings and building materials. The water can continue causing havoc until you remove it. It's advisable to leave this job to SERVPRO for the following reasons.

Quick response
To ensure sufficient water cleanup in your Los Angeles residence, you need to act fast to prevent further damage. Spending too much time waiting for restoration professionals can give mold and rot more time to ruin building materials and furnishings. We provide emergency services around the clock and can get to your home within a short time after you call us.

Finding the leak source and hidden water damage
At times, finding the source of the leak is tough. For instance, it is easy to overlook a broken pipe in a wall. Such a leak can cause water to get into places you would not even think to look and cause severe destruction. Our restorers know where to check for sources of leaks and water damage. We can use thermal imaging cameras to determine where the water traveled in your home.

State-of-the-art water removal equipment
Our certified technicians can use advanced equipment to remove water from affected areas and dry your home thoroughly. Water extraction equipment like electric submersible pumps can remove large amounts of standing water. These pumps have various capacities. Small portable units can move from 100 to 18,000 gallons per hour through a ¾″ to 4″ hose. We can also use different air movers, such as axial and centrifugal air movers, to increase the rate of evaporation. We also use dehumidifiers with low grain refrigerant (LGR) technology to remove water vapor from the air. The devices expedite the drying process as humidity in the affected area drops. They can dry your carpet, padding, walls, wall cavities, and hardwood floors effectively.

Reducing expenses and insurance assistance
Our services can enable you to save money in the long run. You do not have to take time off work to do the cleanup. Besides, restoring ruined structures is more cost-effective than replacing them. Our technicians can perform a comprehensive restoration the first time and also offer build back and reconstruction services. Our SERVPRO team can also help you file a claim with your insurance company. Since we work with insurance adjusters often, we know the paperwork you need and the proper way to file a claim.

When dealing with water loss, SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can help you remove the water and dry your property.  Contact us anytime at (213) 628-2000 for water cleanup services in Boyle Heights, Echo Park, and Lincoln Heights.

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Why Rely on SERVPRO's Abundant Resources after Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

A man holding pans catching water falling. Woman sitting on stairs holding a child on the phone. SERVPRO will be there for your family and Los Angeles home when water tries to take over.

We can show you why we are the best bet to assist your Los Angeles flood damage.

Flooding affecting our Los Angeles home can be a significant setback, especially if mistakes or oversights happen when handling the incident. Since flood damage is not an everyday event, you are likely not to know the best procedures to follow in cleaning up and restoring your property. A professional firm like SERVPRO, on the other hand, deals with flooding incidents regularly. Such exposure leads to accumulation of skills, equipment, and other resources that should help save your home.

Equipment Variety

Most of the tasks performed during the restoration of flood damage in affected Los Angeles homes require equipment to accomplish. The equipment can range from sophisticated machinery such as upholstery washing machines to basic tools like carpet awls without which tasks can prove difficult to accomplish or take too long. Our SERVPRO teams bring a wide variety of equipment in our green trucks including

  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Drying Equipment
  • Controlled Demolition Equipment
  • Deodorization Equipment

Following Proper Procedures 

Restoring property ravaged by flooding involves several interrelated activities. Performing these activities correctly and at the right time has a significant impact on the outcome. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site to determine all essential steps. We might establish the need for controlled demolition, which would necessitate a content move out. When moving items out, we create groups based on size or type and use storage pods to minimize the chances of further damage.

Completing the Job

The final steps during the restoration of flood damage include drying wet materials and odor control. They might not seem as significant as cleaning up and rebuilding the house, but if not done correctly, they can lead to severe problems such as mold development, which can ruin your property or diminish its value. Our SERVPRO teams use a variety of equipment to ensure proper finishing of a job. We have ULV foggers deliver deodorants, refrigerant, and desiccant dehumidifiers as well as air movers.

Dealing with flood damage incidents requires the right resources. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000. We have the means to fix flood damage in Boyle Heights, Echo Park, and Lincoln Heights, "Like it never even happened."

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Cracking the Remediation Code With SERVPRO

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

You want to make your restoration process after disaster as painless as possible. You can recover quickly and efficiency with SERVPRO.

A Look at the Restoration Services SERVPRO Provides Los Angeles

Thousands upon thousands of people live in Los Angeles and its surrounding developments and cities. With a high volume of residents, disasters from water, fire, mold, and severe weather events provide a constant threat to the communities we serve. We strive to combat this possibility with a growing roster of qualified personnel accredited in every facet of the restoration industry through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and our consistent investment in the leading equipment and products necessary to get jobs done quickly and professionally. 

Water Damage

While homes are getting constructed throughout the area all the time, often the ones at the most considerable risk for water damage in Los Angeles are those that have stood for decades or more. Aging components and faulty designs can allow for water loss incidents from fixtures, plumbing, and many other areas. We offer a comprehensive approach to water loss restoration, helping our customers to worry less about acquiring a new contractor for every phase of recovery. 

Part of our success in responding quickly and effectively to water damage that impacts homes through the Greater Los Angeles area is our high volume of recovery tools and equipment. Just in water restoration niches alone, our inventory exceeds 400 air movers and 300 dehumidification units. This considerable depth in equipment can help our team to handle recovery tasks of every size and severity without compromising on work happening in other areas of the city. 

Water damage can spread quickly throughout Los Angeles homes and businesses, so our SERVPRO team arrives with the tools necessary for mitigation and rapid drying. The faster compromised areas of the home can get thoroughly dried, the less of these construction materials that must get removed. While we have in house contractors, we adhere to a “restore before replacement” mentality.  This approach can save our customers time and money on water loss recovery efforts happening in their house. 

Mold Damage 

Though we have one of the most accomplished water recovery teams in the area, many still contend with mold damage in Los Angeles properties throughout the year when moist and damp conditions go unchecked. With how quickly these situations can become hazardous to those exposed, it is vital to address these damages immediately with competent professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have extensive training in mitigation and containment practices to prevent colonization from getting worse, and our accreditations as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the IICRC helps us to approach even widespread situations confidently. 

Often mold occurs in areas of your Los Angeles home that you cannot easily see. Homeowners must rely on their other senses to identify the presence of a hazardous colony, which can often get identified by a harsh musty odor and heightened environmental irritants. While we have sophisticated equipment that can help to identify the presence of mold damage on your property with certainty, these other indicators can often be enough. We work to quickly implement containment strategies as soon as colonization gets confirmed to prevent further spread of the colonies throughout your home. 

We know how detrimental colonization can be to hosting materials, and to preserve these structural elements as much as possible, our SERVPRO team must implement effective mold removal strategies. From sanding and media blasting through the application of preventative paints and antimicrobial sprays, we can help your Los Angeles home after widespread mold damage effects. 

Fire Damage 

Fire damage to Los Angeles homes often comes with a heavy emotional toll for our customers as well. We know the importance of a fast response to both the pressing physical conditions impacting the property as well as helping our customers through this traumatic experience in whatever manner they need. We have a team of professionals with IICRC certifications in multiple fire recovery facets of the industry, as well as others with certifications in cleaning strategies for carpets, upholstery, fabrics, and textiles. 

Not only is structure fire damage in Los Angeles a consistent threat, but residents must also remain aware of the possibility of natural disasters like wildfires. Even those out of the direct path of this spreading disaster contend with smoke and soot effects, so our SERVPRO team must have technicians ready to mobilize any time. Regardless of the cause of fire loss in your property, we have the experienced team to help you get back to preloss condition. 

Much of our successes in the fire recovery niche of our restoration services correlates to our substantial investments in mitigation and cleaning equipment. These machines can help to reduce the time for our customers to help them get back into their Los Angeles properties quickly. 

Storm Damage

Part of what makes our SERVPRO team so valuable for storm damage in Los Angeles is our ability to offer full-spectrum recovery. Properties often cannot afford to wait for hours – let alone days – to secure the right professionals in various industry niches needed for a full restoration and reconstruction of your house. We have a contacting team in-house that can help with emergency construction solutions like board-ups, tarping, controlled demolition, and tree removal. 

This division of our company gets guided by our owner Bert Gabledon, who has more than 35 years of experience in the building trades and oversees the work that our contractors do for Los Angeles properties. Storm damage can have a dramatic and destructive effect on houses and businesses, and the faster a confident response occurs, the more of the installed components and construction materials that can get protected and preserved. 

We also have effective solutions for when flood damage has already begun in Los Angeles properties. From our powerful extraction tools to our extensive inventory featuring hundreds of air movers and dehumidification units, we can work to limit the spread of flood effects quickly and make these situations “Like it never even happened.” 

You might have many options when it comes to restoration companies throughout our area, but our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team can help you through every phase of restoration and recovery quickly and efficiently. Give us a call whenever disaster strikes at (213) 628-2000.

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How SERVPRO Extracts Water From Your Boyle Heights Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

What do you do when a pipe bursts in your home? Call SERVPRO. We are ready to restore your water damaged home.

Effective Mitigation for Burst Pipes in Your Boyle Heights Home

When a pipe bursts in your Boyle Heights home, the resulting water loss incident can be catastrophic without an immediate response from competent and skilled professionals. While you might work to get the supply of the water shut down quickly, the spread of this high volume of water can be too much for you to resolve on your own. Our professionals have a 24/7 response to water loss emergencies, bringing the full measure of extraction and drying equipment to protect your property from unnecessary damages.

While there are many steps to recover damages from a burst pipe in your Boyle Heights home, water removal is where restoration must begin. Removing the standing water in areas of your house can help to reduce further absorption and saturation of construction materials and structural elements. Our SERVPRO professionals have a wide range of extraction equipment that we can begin using immediately when we first arrive at your damaged home. Our first step upon arrival is the assessment of the severity of this pooling water to determine which of these machines is necessary.

We have a wide range of extraction tools from truck-mounted pumps down to portable sump pumps and extraction wands. Our technicians work to remove the excess water as promptly as possible so that we can get drying started immediately. The faster that drying can begin in your water-damaged home, the better able we are to prevent widespread tear out and reconstruction.

Another phase of our effective mitigation is removing at-risk items from your property to keep them safe from the lingering moisture and damp conditions. Our contents department can offer focused drying, deodorization, and antimicrobial solutions to prevent mold growth. Once drying has proven successful in your home, these items can get returned to their original positions.

Effective mitigation can save you time and money on the necessary processes to return your water-damaged home to preloss condition. You can count on our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park rapid response team to showcase the full measure of our mitigation equipment and strategies for any emergency that threatens your home by calling (213) 628-2000.

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A Flood Damage Plan in Los Angeles

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Stains on the ceiling can indicate water damage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know if the pipes bringing water into your house are in good working order? When the water main breaks, call SERVPRO!

Water Main Breaks Can Flood Multiple Los Angeles Properties

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Woolsey Wildfire, Los Angeles, and SERVPRO's Help with Restoring Properties

Cleanup and Restoration for Wildfire Damage in Los Angeles Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Removes Mitigates Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

It is tempting to want to paint over mold, but doing this can cause the paint to peel. Let SERVPRO eliminate the mold before repainting.

Practical Ways to Attend To Mold Damaged Walls in your Los Angeles Home 

To safely remediate your business or home after a mold damage event, you need to work with professionals who understand everything about mold. After arriving at your property, we look at the affected materials and surfaces before coming up with appropriate cleanup methods. One method cannot solve all mold issues, which is why we use several techniques when we are remediating your Los Angeles property. 

In your Los Angeles home, mold damage can affect both porous and nonporous materials. If the interior walls of your home have mold, the surface appears unpleasant, and the problem can lead to possible health effects. If you fail to address the problem during its initial stages, it can spread to other areas and make the remediation process challenging. Never make a mistake of painting moldy surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians can clean and dry such surfaces before repainting can take place. 

Assessing the condition of the walls is the first step that our SERVPRO technicians perform. If we notice some black splotches or bowing and crumbling or the drywall, then replacing it is necessary. If the walls are in a stable condition, then we can scrub and use a disinfectant to clean the contamination. The cleaning agents have anti-bacterial properties that deactivate the mold to lower chances of future growth. 

There are chances of the cleaning agents spilling to surrounding areas such as floors. We have to protect such surfaces using plastic drop covering before the cleaning process starts. Our SERVPRO technicians also observe safety precautions when working on your property to limit exposure to the molds. We wear chemical resistant gloves, safety boots, and appropriate respirators. It is essential to set up decontamination areas with negative pressure so that we can use such locations to clean our tools and safety gear.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps you out in your time of need by offering industry proven cleaning and restoration services. All you need is to call (323) 255-1000 for our highly trained technicians to attend to your urgent needs.

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