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How SERVPRO Extracts Water From Your Boyle Heights Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Extracts Water From Your Boyle Heights Home 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)

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

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Removes Mitigates Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Home 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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