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How Can Eagle Rock Homeowners Prevent Water Damage from Impacting Their Property?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Removal Services Mitigate Eagle Rock Residential Disasters

Whether cracked pipes or excess pressure are the culprits, dealing with plumbing leaks can be tricky without the right tools and equipment. Fortunately, homeowners can watch for signs that allow them to catch the damage early and minimize water damage repair and replacement costs.

Certified SERVPRO restoration technicians specialize in water removal services in Eagle Rock, including leaky and burst pipes, for many disaster situations. Water cleanup services can lessen damages and minimize the risk of other problems, like mold contamination, impacting a home’s structural integrity, contents, or indoor air quality.

Tracing Plumbing Leak Water Damage

While SERVPRO IICRC trained water damage restoration technicians are ready to deal with plumbing leaks 24/7, there are steps homeowners can take to expedite the water mitigation process while lessening the impact of a potential leak. SERVPRO can then assess the leak’s extent with calibrated sensors and meters and establish a drying plan unique to the affected structure.

To confirm that the water source is a plumbing leak:

  • Examine appliances for water exposure or check walls, ceilings, and floors for these signs
  • If a visual inspection does not reveal the leak’s location, shut off all appliances and faucets and log the reading on your water meter
  • Consider taking a photo or marking the needle location with a piece of tape
  • Leave water fixtures off for eight hours or overnight, then reread the meter before turning fixtures back on
  • A plumbing leak is likely if the needle on the water meter has moved from its prior location

Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common areas for plumbing-related damages to occur. During an inspection in these areas of the home, homeowners should examine faucet pipe joints and sink P-traps for signs of moisture. Rusty valves and supply line fittings can indicate an appliance leak, regardless of whether the source is a dishwasher, refrigerator, or toilet. Cabinetry may also exhibit visible water stains, warped materials, or a damp odor.

How SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Saves Structures and Appliances

SERVPRO water mitigation covers everything from initial inspection to repair and renovation services after a plumbing leak. Water cleanup typically entails careful sanitation and drying after extracting moisture with specialized units. Extractors typically only need one of their three built-in systems to perform water cleanup unless fibers, carpet, or upholstery are involved.

Structural drying with air movers and dehumidification units works by pulling moisture out of surfaces and into the air for dehumidifiers to collect. Refrigerant coils or desiccants, like silica gel, collect water from the air and store it for removal while expelling warm, dry air. Sanitation for water damage restoration can be applied with various EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions, including proprietary SERVPRO cleaners tailored to address multiple aspects of water damage.

Property owners can call (323) 255-1000 for water cleanup services from SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, making it “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Structural Fire Damage Impact Eagle Rock Home Surfaces?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Restoration Returns Eagle Rock Homes to a Clean, Safe Condition for Occupants

In the United States, a home fire occurs approximately every 93 seconds. This figure includes fires that leave behind only a small amount of damage. However, Eagle Rock homeowners can benefit significantly from quickly removing even small-scale fire damage from their properties.

Highly-trained SERVPRO restoration technicians can remedy fire and smoke damage in Eagle Rock homes with fast-responding 24/7 service. This commitment to constant availability ensures that homes can be restored as thoroughly as possible. 

Common Types of Fire Damage Residues

As differing substances burn, they produce varying soot and stains that require equally varied mitigation methods for cleanup.

  • Dry smoke stems from substances like unfinished wood, paper, and similar dry goods burning. These substances produce high-heat, fast-burning fires. The chalky, dusty soot left behind by these fires is much easier to clean than other types of smoke damage.
  • Wet smoke, meanwhile, comes from burning rubbers and plastics. These residues are odorous, sticky, and smear when wiped off a surface.
  • Protein residues typically left behind by burnt meat, poultry, or fish, pose a unique challenge compared to wet and dry smoke. Proteins require more specialized fire odor removal, and their lack of visible staining can make it easy to unintentionally spread pungent malodors throughout a home.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO Teams Perform Fire and Smoke Damage Removal

SERVPRO technicians can focus on mitigating fire damage with a combination of manual debris disposal, EPA-registered sanitation solutions, and odor control tools. Fire damage residues are removed from ceiling to floor and lightest to heaviest to ensure the process is as efficient as possible. Structural drying may be necessary if moisture from fire suppression is present.

Dry soot is typically the easiest for SERVPRO technicians to remove. Dry cleaning sponges, Crumbly Cleaner, and agitation tools can eliminate a significant portion of this type of fire damage from a property. Heavier charring on surfaces like wood cabinets is removable with the help of fire restoration tools like abrasion blasting. Gentle but effective blast media, such as soda ash or dry ice, can save structures and contents and lessen repair and replacement costs for homeowners.

Wet cleaning with OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions or heavy-duty alkaline solutions may be necessary for heavier fire damage stains. Proteins, meanwhile, can be addressed with the help of enzyme digesters that encourage fire odor removal by eating protein residues and converting them into water-soluble byproducts. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can then implement dry foggers, which use solvent-based deodorizing solutions to remove smoke odors.

HVAC cleanup is another essential aspect of fire mitigation. SERVPRO trucks are outfitted with augers, brushes, and whips designed to remove odorous debris from vents and stop the spread of unpleasant smells throughout an Eagle Rock home. HEPA-filter vacuums are also instrumental for soot removal.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is ready to return homes to a “Like it never even happened.” After fire damage to your property, call (323) 255-1000.

What Tools Can Eagle Rock Homeowners Use to Address Structural Mold Damage?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Eagle Rock SERVPRO Professionals Implement Steps from Mold Inspection to Remediation

While Eagle Rock homeowners may be familiar with mold damage’s potential to cause health effects, they may also be surprised to find that mold damages more wood each year than fires or termites. This quality can prove costly for repairing wood fixtures, furniture, and valuables in a given residence without careful remediation.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO technicians’ mold damage cleanup can reduce mold to safe levels using EPA-registered antimicrobials and personal protective equipment (PPE). SERVPRO professionals cannot implement total mold removal because all buildings contain some number of mold spores. Still, they are available 24/7 to remediate contamination until the affected property returns to a pre-contamination state.

Common Species That Cause Mold Damage

Mold damage, regardless of the species that causes it, tends to prefer similar conditions: humid or dusty environments with stagnant air and relative humidity levels above 50%. Species that homeowners might encounter can include:

  • Alternaria, a prevalent greenish mold that prefers to linger around bathrooms, leaky windows, and similarly damp areas
  • Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys, prefers to hide in humid indoor areas and ventilation systems
  • Mucor, also known as “pin mold,” is a light-colored fungus that likes to colonize in wet carpet, drywall, and wood

Homeowners can lessen the likelihood of extensive mold proliferation spreading by circulating dry air through clean ventilation systems. However, the air movement may spread spores if the fungi are present.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO Mold Remediation Reduces Microbes to Safe Levels

Mold damage mitigation from SERVPRO technicians is a careful process that emphasizes occupant safety and a restoration-focused approach. Restoration crew members focus on sanitizing structures and contents with OSHA-approved biocides. Mold inspection is also crucial to success and is implemented before, after, and during cleanup. Thermal imaging cameras, for example, can locate potential mold growth in a home by identifying changes in temperature consistent with elevated moisture.

Drying affected spaces, like subfloors and wall and ceiling cavities, with air movers and dehumidifiers are crucial to remediating the conditions that cause mold to spread in the first place. SERVPRO professionals can also carefully remove non-salvageable debris and contents that exacerbate mold growth. We can perform controlled demolition and discard contents following local codes.

Wood wall studs and ceiling joists, which can prove vulnerable to mold growth, can be cleaned, sanded, and primed with an odor-suppressing product to prevent further mold proliferation. Restorative processes such as these can reduce the likelihood of potentially costly home repairs being necessary during cleanup.

Odor Control Technicians can use water or solvent-based deodorizers to eliminate residual malodors from mold damage. Powerful ventilation fans clear the air after mold damage remediation by circulating over 3,000 cubic feet of air per minute throughout the home before and after odor control measures are implemented.

When homeowners need a team that has a track record of proving that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, they can call (323) 255-1000 for mold remediation from SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale.

How to Perform Commercial Water Damage Mitigation in Eagle Rock

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Hiring SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Water Damage Mitigation in Eagle Rock is Vital

Commercial buildings like warehouses are at risk of experiencing water damage. Water damage can wreak havoc in such premises and may lead to loss of revenue. SERVPRO is a specialist in water damage restoration and can assist you in bringing things back to normal to minimize disruption.

Commercial water damage mitigation in your Eagle Rock warehouse can help prevent destruction to structures and stored materials. The materials stored in warehouses are valuable for the parent company that owns the facility. Destruction of such materials can have a large economic impact. SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to handle water damage of any magnitude. Our commercial water repair process can involve the following steps:

  • Thorough inspection
  • Cleaning out the damaged area
  • Removing standing water
  • Drying and dehumidification

Assessment

Our SERVPRO team can assess the scope of the issue and take photos to document the loss. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) can use non-penetrating moisture meters to measure the actual moisture level or content of affected materials. Non-penetrating moisture meters detect moisture using capacitance, conductivity, or radio-frequency emissions. They do not ruin the materials that restorers are testing.

Cleaning out affected areas

We can remove stored products or inventory from the affected areas. To prevent the chances of inventory sustaining damage, we can use pallets to raise the items above the water line off the flooring.

Water removal

Our team can use electric submersible pumps to remove water from the floors. These pumps eradicate suction lift limitations and provide quiet, continuous operation. They have different capacities. Small portable units can move about 100 to 18,000 gallons of water per hour through a ¾″ to 4″ hose.

Drying and dehumidification

Our SERVPRO team can use air movers and Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to dry your warehouse. LGR dehumidifiers are specifically designed to reduce the relative humidity beneath the levels of conventional dehumidifiers. They can pull up to 170 pints daily out of a water-damaged structure.

When you need commercial water mitigation services, you can trust SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale to restore your property. Call us at (323) 255-1000.

How to Perform Fire Restoration in Eagle Rock

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Property Owners to Perform Fire Repair in Eagle Rock

A fire has the potential to ravage a home and damage its structures and contents within a short time. People spend thousands of dollars on buying and maintaining their homes. Therefore, a fire can cause expensive losses. Fortunately, fire repair services from a reputed firm like SERVPRO can restore your home and possessions to their pre-incident state.

The process of performing fire restoration in your Eagle Rock residence can eradicate soot, smoke, and water damage. Efficient restoration helps prevent aesthetic problems like discoloration of affected surfaces and serious issues like structural damage to the house. SERVPRO begins the fire repair services with a full risk survey and property assessment. Our fire repair process involves:

  • Removal of burned materials
  • Removal of smoke residues
  • Water damage repair 
  • Odor removal

The smoke damage from a fire is often difficult to eliminate because it can sink into materials and fabrics. This can leave your home with unappealing odors. Smoke can be free-floating or driven. Driven smoke is pressurized and propelled by fire's energy, and it tends to affect vertical surfaces. After it cools down, it becomes floating smoke, which is heavier than air and tends to settle on horizontal surfaces because it is cooler. Regardless of the kind of smoke that has ruined your property, SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to remove the smoke smells and sights.

Our SERVPRO teams can use air scrubbers to clean and deodorize the affected areas. These machines are portable filtration systems that work by removing gases, particles and chemicals from the site. They use 3-stage filtration, which includes a carbon adsorption filter, two particulate filters, and an HEPA filter. They also have powerful blowers that pull high volumes of air through dirty filters.

Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000 when you need fire restoration services. We can make your fire damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

The Importance of Hiring Water Restoration Companies in Glendale

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Repair Companies in Glendale Like SERVPRO Provide Effective Services 

Water intrusion incidents in homes commonly arise from burst water pipes and appliance malfunctions. It is critical to treat water damage with a great deal of attention. You can seek SERVPRO’s help to handle the water damage in your home.

As one of the major water restoration companies in Glendale, our water restoration technicians (WRT) can devise a repair plan based on the magnitude of the destruction. Our SERVPRO team can take your situation into account and make the water repair process less stressful from the beginning to the end. Our water repair services involve:

  • Content inventory
  • Infrared imaging to detect water and moisture
  • Water extraction
  • Drying

Content inventory

This procedure involves evaluating the contents that have sustained water damage. Our SERVPRO team separates the salvageable items from the unsalvageable ones.

Infrared imaging

Our technicians can use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in affected building materials. These tools enable us to quickly evaluate the extent of humidity in a home when beginning the water restoration project. When we complete the project, these devices offer perfect documentation that the drying process was successful.

Water extraction 

We can use portable extractors to remove standing water from your residence. We can also attach stationary tools to extractors to remove water from the carpet and pad using the weight of the water damage technician standing on the device. Restorers connect a vacuum system to the device, and it pulls water through several tiny holes at the unit’s base.

Drying 

Our SERVPRO team can use indirect-fired furnaces to supply heat to the water-damaged areas. These devices are larger than electric heaters, and restorers place them outside a structure to dry affected materials. Diesel fuel creates the heat, and we duct the hot air into the building through a door or window. These units are useful for drying wet subfloors over crawl spaces and crawlspaces.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is committed to customer satisfaction when handling water damage. Call us any time at (323) 255-1000.

Eliminating Flood Damage In Glendale

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Two people in rubber boots standing in a flooded home It is essential to address the situation as soon as possible after your home has sustained flood damage.

Eliminating Flood Damage Contaminants From a Glendale Home

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, flooding leads to more than $40 Billion in damages per year. The United States alone comprises 20% of this damage at an $8 billion annual average. Many areas of California may get only half or less of the 38" rainfall average, but flooding from the Los Angeles River can still affect your home.

If your Glendale home endures flood damage and needs an emergency response team, SERVPRO technicians are ready to extract moisture, sanitize your home, and preserve its contents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This SERVPRO team is also licensed to provide general and residential contracting services to restore your home (#999460), as well as mold remediation in the event of microbial growth due to floodwaters (#CMRC-82464).

What Makes Floodwaters Hazardous

Flooding presents a diverse array of risks for homeowners to avoid, in their homes and on the road, including:

  • Damaged infrastructure, such as downed power lines
  • Sewage and livestock waste
  • Industrial by-products such as household cleaners, medical waste, and industrial chemicals
  • Displaced rodents and insects
  • Physical obstructions including lumber and vehicles

With that in mind, how can you protect yourself? The ideal solution is to stay out of the water. However, if you do have to cross through floodwaters, you can take precautions to minimize risk. These include wearing nonporous clothing like rubber boots and gloves, sterilizing wet clothes after use, and sanitizing any injuries, no matter how small, as soon as possible.

SERVPRO's Sanitation Tools & Techniques

SERVPRO techs may directly spray down surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant depending on the extent of flooding. If waters have receded and saturated walls and flooring, removing contaminants and porous materials that have absorbed floodwaters is a must for maintaining sanitary conditions. Sheetrock or drywall affected by flooding is typically cut out starting at twelve inches above water levels and is replaced during the reconstruction process.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale saves structures and contents with mitigation that keeps it looking "Like it never even happened." Call (323) 255-1000 for service that starts within hours of your initial contact.

Where Can Eagle Rock Homeowners Turn for Fire Damage Restoration?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen cabinets and vent hood covered in soot after fire damage Fire damage includes smoke, soot, water, and burned and melted items. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to restore your property after a fire.

SERVPRO Provides Services in Eagle Rock for Fire and Smoke Damage and Restoration

Fire damage to your Eagle Rock property can affect your items as well as the home’s structure. In most cases, fire damage cleanup follows a pattern that includes the removal of soot and debris as well as eliminating the smell of smoke. Although it appears simple, fire restoration and remediation require the input of an expert group of people. Any time devoted to finding the best team for your needs is time well-spent.

In Eagle Rock, the expert fire damage team to meet your needs is SERVPRO. Our certified fire restoration technicians are ready to spring into action as soon as you reach our 24/7 hotline and inform us of your situation. Armed with the latest tools and techniques available to the industry, we arrive at your home and conduct an assessment of the damage. We develop a plan tailored to your needs and focus on minimizing your losses with the information in hand.  

Many of our SERVPRO clients worry about the effects of fire damage on their wood items, including cabinets, furniture, and floors. Removing fire and smoke residue is possible when using the correct tools such as mineral spirit and other EPA-approved cleaning solutions. We also employ agitation equipment to dislodge fire remnants and ease the cleaning process. Different methods we might use to return your home to pre-fire condition include:

  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Soda blasting
  • Vacuuming 
  • Thermal foggers and air scrubbers to remove odor molecules from the air

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/ South Glendale continuously serves the community with the latest fire damage restoration. Call us at (323) 255-1000 and let our staff leave your home looking and feeling “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Glendale Properties Avoid Damage after Water Intrusion

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Hiring a Professional Water Damage Restoration Service Can Mitigate Damages. 

What does water restoration cover?

When water intrudes into your Glendale property, it can make the structure, structural components, and contents unsanitary. A lot of water loss recovery is achievable through targeted cleaning. Typical areas to focus the cleaning effort are walls, subfloors, and other restorable materials. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize and implement effective cleaning strategies for various materials commonly found in a household. We use professional products and advanced cleaning equipment to return your home to a good, sanitary condition following a water intrusion event. Our focus is on providing a speedy resolution to your water emergency.

Are carpets badly affected by water intrusions?

When performing water damage restoration in your Glendale home, our technicians' primary focus is to return the property to a sanitary state. Even a small amount of water on a carpet may require cleaning the entire component. Tiny micro-organisms can spread undetected, which is why we offer a comprehensive cleaning strategy to combat potential secondary damages from mold, bacteria, or viruses. Cleaning and deodorizing a carpet can vary in both methodology and products depending on the types of damage and fiber in the carpet construction. Where possible, SERVPRO technicians clean carpets in line with manufacturer instructions to minimize the potential for further damages. If manufacturer guidelines are not available, we can use our extensive materials and fiber knowledge to put an appropriate strategy using sensitive cleaning products to avoid causing harm.

How do carpet water damages differ?

  • Inspect the carpet to determine whether dirt or soils are on the tips of fibers or pushed down to the roots as this can influence cleaning strategy
  • Check whether fibers have become matted, resulting from foot traffic over the affected area. Carpets are up to 50% weaker when wet.
  • Touch the carpet fibers to see whether they are sticky or stiff, as they can influence a cleaning approach's aggressiveness.

What types of cleaning are useful for carpets?

There is a range of cleaning methodologies and strategies for restoration. We stock our vans with a full range of carpet cleaning products, as this can often be an area of damage where the most soiling occurs due to water intrusion. We may bring typical products to a job site, such as carpet shampoos, preconditioners, and rinsing agents. Our equipment can vary from standard hot water extractors that use vacuums and heating elements to rotary machines and, in some cases, rotary jet extractors. This equipment can help return a carpet to its pre-damage condition without sourcing a replacement. 

What types of cleaning are used for water intrusion?

  • Light soiling may require a hot water extraction followed by shampooing and bonnet cleaning.
  • Medium levels of soiling may require implementing a deluxe preconditioning and rinsing agent on top of extraction and shampoo.
  • Heavy soiling with long-term exposure requires both of the above and a rotary jet extractor and showcase cleaning strategy.

Do water restoration technicians fix contents?

Content cleaning is a vital part of our services. There may be apparent materials that need to be cleaned, such as direct liquid exposure from the water intrusion event. However, it is crucial to evaluate contents within the structure at large. Certain items, like wood furnishes, can become soiled due to the high humidity in the property. We can clean or polish these materials and identify other clothes, fabrics, photographs, and hangings. Usually, we can store these contents on-site or send some of them for wet and dry cleaning services. Clothes can often be machine washed and deodorized in large quantities to return them to a pre-damage condition. SERVPRO pays special attention to high-value items like pianos, artwork, or electronics to ensure losses are kept under control.

What do the content cleanings cover?

  • Furnishings in the home as well as upholstery and draperies that may be adversely affected by a water intrusion event
  • Individual items which include a wide variety from clothing to pottery and ornaments
  • We endeavor to return your contents to their original position in the home after performing cleaning services to make water intrusion, "Like it never even happened."

When water intrusion occurs, it can lead to unsanitary conditions. Water harms the structure, structural components, and contents of your home. To ensure a full recovery, you can contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000.

Can Mold Remediation Be Needed During the Winter Months in Eagle Rock Commercial Properties?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy Mold Damage above baseboard Our techs can determine the size of the mold infestation and remediate the issue.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Mold Damage in Business Properties 365 Days Per Year

In Eagle Rock, the cooler temperatures during the winter months do not give any respite to the danger of a mold infestation. There can easily be a problem if a commercial structure has poor ventilation, unresolved leaks, and elevated humidity levels. 

SERVPRO techs can handle commercial mold remediation in Eagle Rock properties and diagnose the reason for the mold growth. The technicians frequently find mold inside insulation, which along with keeping cold air out of the building, can also harbor moisture that creates an ideal environment for mold colonies. 

The technicians will take multiple readings using infrared cameras, which show cooler or warmer areas behind walls and ceilings. Cooler regions are designated where probably collections of moisture reside. Equipment such as probes can locate water and possible mold colonies under flooring. Various devices allow the techs to rapidly scope properties rather than remove small sheetrock portions to inspect for potential mold growth. 

Once the size of the mold infestation gets determined and the technicians mitigate the issue within the structure, they can give tips for avoiding mold damage in the future: 

  • Keep interior humidity below 60% if possible. 
  • Install exhaust fans in employee/public restrooms
  • SERVPRO offers deep cleaning services, take advantage of the carpet cleaning to avoid mold growth within the fibers, particularly around entrances and high traffic areas

Keeping the structure in good repair by having the roof and gutters inspected regularly. Ask the maintenance crew to report any signs of water damage they notice so small leaks can get addressed before turning into significant water and mold damage problems. 

Even though this area of the state does not usually have deep freeze cold temperatures, with the typical range being from the 60s in the day and 40s at night, mold growth can happen. Please feel free to call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale for any mold remediation services at (323) 255-1000. We will make it look "Like it never even happened."