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Some Tips to Help Recover Your Los Angeles Home From Flooding

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Some Tips to Help Recover Your Los Angeles Home From Flooding Whether flooding occurs from an outside situation or your house floods from an appliance malfunction, contact SERVPRO for effective water removal.

Flood Removal and the Importance of Removing Debris Professionally in Los Angeles

Flash flooding can be devastating to your home or personal possessions. Not only do they live behind standing water, but they can also damage the structural integrity of your home. Water that comes from road overflows or heavy rainfall can drag debris along with it and into your home. Some of this debris may even be considered harmful, like animal carcasses or herbicides, sewage, and trash. A professional service can help you to clear away debris in line with EPA, federal and state laws.

When you need flood removal in Los Angeles, you need two things. A local service, which can reduce call out times, and a professional with the right qualifications. SERVPRO uses technicians local to the area who have experience in dealing with the type of damages you face. We also train our technicians and encourage them to gain IICRC certificates for home restoration services including applied structural drying for property owners suffering from flood water in the home.

An aggressive case of water damage can result in areas of the home being damaged. Windows, for example, can be cracked or broken. At SERVPRO, our rapid response team runs an emergency board service using tarpaulin or wood panels to ensure your home is patched up immediately. Taking a step like this can be invaluable in mitigating against further damages that could occur from exposure.

Debris left behind can often be toxic or contain harmful pathogens. Any debris that is left behind they could be dangerous to your health. SERVPRO can mobilize the proper equipment to remove these issues safely. That could include, a hazmat suit alongside high pressure jet washing systems to blast away damages and debris.

We are capable of both removing the primary and secondary damages associated with flooding in the home. We also have truck-mounted water extractors, submersible gas pumps and rapid air movers to help dry your property and prevent the risk of mold or mildew buildup.

For a comprehensive solution, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 today.

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

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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.

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.