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Can Professional Water Damage Restoration Eliminate Highland Park Home Water Leaks?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Highland Park SERVPRO Technicians Implement Water Cleanup and Odor Control Strategies

Residential water damage disasters are among the most frequent in the United States. Supply line leaks, old plumbing components, and damaged appliances are common culprits. This moisture can leave Highland Park properties with more than just wet walls, floors, or furniture to clean. Mold can grow from 24 to 72 hours of moisture exposure and spread to form colonies in less than two weeks in ideal conditions.

Highland Park SERVPRO water damage cleanup ensures that damaged property is returned to a pre-disaster condition, emphasizing restoration and repair when feasible. Water mitigation teams are deployed with sophisticated tools that thoroughly clean structural materials, carpets, upholstery, and other belongings. SERVPRO emphasizes the value of both tried-and-true water cleanup methods and sophisticated technologies and combines both for the optimal outcome during mitigation.

Highland Park Home Inspections Can Lessen Water Damage Impact

While some disasters occur without warning in areas that would be difficult for homeowners to inspect without removing structural materials, that does not make water damage prevention a fruitless effort. Highland Park residents can keep an eye on the following areas in their homes to lower the risk of water damage:

  • Check refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher door gaskets for signs of cracks or tears that water could seep through.
  • HVAC condensate lines are another frequent source of water damage leaks that can impact walls and ceilings
  • Pinholes or loose hookups on supply lines for refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines can be prevented with periodic inspections and occasional replacement of parts.
  • Water heater leaks are another type of disaster that can occur, typically from damage to the tank, valves, or plumbing.

SERVPRO Water Cleanup Services Extend Beyond Moisture Mitigation

Regardless of the damage’s source, SERVPRO water removal technicians respond to cleanup calls 24/7. This fast-responding service prevents water damage from further impacting a property or proliferating potential microbial growth.

After an initial consultation and inspection, crew members begin the water cleanup process by inspecting surfaces with various moisture measurement apparatuses. Penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters calibrated for different materials determine surface-level and internal moisture levels. Thermal imaging cameras visualize temperature changes consistent with moisture exposure behind wall cavities and other hard-to-reach surfaces so that crews can build a more accurate and comprehensive water restoration plan.

The primary water removal mechanisms that SERVPRO teams use include portable extraction units, carpet extractor wands, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Odor control can be achieved with EPA-registered biocides and solvent-based deodorizers, among other malodor removal solutions. SERVPRO professionals can also demolish structural materials when necessary for water mitigation services and make repairs to return a Highland Park property to its pre-disaster state. These services are rendered with coordination and approval from homeowners and insurers.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, whether it happens during the day, late at night, or during a weekend or holiday. SERVPRO of Highland Park’s cleanup service is a phone call away at (323) 255-1001.

Is Highland Park Fire Damage Cleanup Possible with DIY Solutions?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Emergency-Response Fire Damage Restoration Saves Highland Park Homeowners Time and Money

Home structure fire damage causes billions in damages across the United States each year. While Highland Park property owners can take steps to lower fire damage risk, unforeseen circumstances, like cooking accidents or electrical fires, can still occur. Fast-responding mitigation services from trained professionals can reduce the impact on structural materials and belongings.

Highland Park SERVPRO fire damage cleanup technicians receive thorough training in soot removal, odor control, and structural drying after fire suppression. Regardless of whether the disaster is a small-scale kitchen stove fire damage or a disastrous bathroom exhaust fan fire that requires extensive cleanup, this fire damage remediation crew can return the affected property to a pre-fire condition.

Understanding How Fire and Smoke Damage Affect Surfaces

Smoke and fire damage leave behind residues that can be tough to remove with consumer-grade solutions alone. In some cases, they can even spread or smear residues.

  • Unfinished wood and paper emit dry smoke from high-heat, fast-burning flames. Soot removal for this type of debris is among the easiest, depending on what materials are affected.
  • When rubber and plastic burn, they melt into a thick, gooey char resulting from low-heat, slow-burning flames. Conventional cleaning methods can unintentionally smear this residue or create additional stains instead of removing it.
  • Fibers, upholstery, and other porous surfaces can absorb copious amounts of soot and become stained without care specifically tailored to the affected material. Synthetic fiber blends, for example, require a different cleanup method compared to silk, cotton, linen, or leather.
  • Burnt solvents, oils, and proteins can complicate cleanup that requires specialized care to maximize restoration potential.

Highland Park SERVPRO teams methodically handle fire damage residues and debris by working from top to bottom in affected areas and from the lightest soils to the heaviest.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Focuses on Comprehensive Cleanup, Odor Control, and Rebuilding Services for Highland Park Properties

SERVPRO’s Highland Park smoke and fire damage crew can start the cleanup process within hours of a homeowner’s call. This service would include debris removal, moisture extraction after fire suppression, and any necessary demolition that SERVPRO is approved to provide. From there, technicians can focus on careful fire damage removal from surfaces and the air. Specialized EPA-registered antimicrobials, enzyme digesters, and alkaline solutions provide considerable aid in more challenging situations.

After removing soot, debris, and soils from the property, fire odor removal technicians can deploy a diverse array of odor control methods tailored to the materials and space affected. A room filled with fire damage odors, for example, may require solvent deodorization with a thermal fogger. Sheet metal vents can be disassembled as needed and manually cleaned, while flex ducts can be replaced with ease. SERVPRO cleanup and odor control emphasize optimal indoor air quality so that homes feel as clean as they look after disaster cleanup.

SERVPRO of Highland Park can be reached at (323) 255-1001 to provide homeowners with fire damage and smoke relief.

How Can Highland Park Home Mold Remediation Eliminate Odors?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mold Damage Mitigation Technicians Perform Odor Control in Highland Park

Mold remediation tends to come after other disasters have occurred, such as water damage. However, mold can grow in Highland Park residences even after the water has dried. Insufficient air circulation and plentiful organic material can sustain mold populations to the point that their presence can have a noticeable impact on indoor air quality.

SERVPRO mold damage mitigation professionals in Highland Park can respond to calls 24/7. This crew’s commitment to “round-the-clock responsiveness” can lessen the overall damage caused by microbial growth, which can save homeowners on repair and replacement costs.

How Mold Damage Creates and Spreads Unpleasant Odors

One of the telltale signs of a home in need of mold inspection and remediation is a characteristic unpleasant, musty smell that permeates living spaces. These microbes emit odorous gases as they spread spores. These gases are often called microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs).

Sanitation with consumer-grade products can reduce the presence of mold. Still, it is not a suitable substitute for mold damage mitigation. Manual cleaning without careful containment, decontamination, humidity control, and disposal processes in place can unintentionally spread spores.

While total mold removal from any space is not possible, SERVPRO professionals can reduce the presence to normal levels for residences and eliminate microbe-related odors.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Processes Safely Restore Highland Park Structures and Contents

Successful mold damage cleanup requires a high standard of care and attention to detail to prevent the unintentional spread of microbes through doorways, vents, and contact with objects.

Steps taken to achieve thorough mold remediation include:

  • Sealing doorways and vents with polyethylene sheeting to prevent spores from escaping
  • Establishing negative air pressure with air scrubbers makes microbes fall to the ground instead of floating toward other surfaces. HEPA-filter vacuums can collect spores as small as 0.3 microns.
  • Clean rooms allow mold inspection and mitigation technicians to safely clean and remove tools and personal protection equipment, minimizing the risk of spreading spores.
  • Lowering humidity levels in affected spaces by introducing air movers and dehumidifiers makes environments less conducive to mold spore reproduction. The drying process also reduces the cohesiveness of mold clusters for ease of pickup.
  • Mold damage cleanup with EPA-registered biocides prepares indoor spaces for odor control and rebuilding services that return Highland Park properties to a pre-disaster condition.

Odor control for mold damage mitigation utilizes a combination of high-powered air circulation and deodorizing solvents, granules, and other solutions to remediate residual musty odors from microbes. Damaged structural materials, such as sheetrock, insulation, wall studs, and fibers, can be treated per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. SERVPRO crew members can also clean residential HVAC to pre-mold contamination levels to ensure air circulation and quality are restored to normal levels.

Homeowners seeking “Like it never even happened.” restoration quality can reach SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001 for emergency-response mold remediation services.

How Should You Handle Water Damage from the Second Floor of Your Los Angeles Hotel?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Bring in The Professionals at SERVPRO With the Tools and Experience to Better Assist You

Guests are the lifeblood of your 4-Star Los Angeles hotel, but these needed guests can also be a costly and damaging element to your business. When accidents or negligent activities occur in the upper rooms of your building, like overflowing sinks or clean water toilet threats, the resulting immense volume of water can penetrate flooring systems. When interior flooding moves beyond subflooring, it can get into areas like the main lobby beneath that room. 

As much as you might want this water damage in your Los Angeles hotel to get resolved quickly, penetration into lower levels of the building can indicate a need for controlled demolition and reconstruction on top of plumbing repairs, drying, and extraction. In each of these areas, our qualified SERVPRO team can help. We have experienced water restoration technicians and in-house contractors that can oversee both controlled demolition and the later build back that the property needs.

To limit the stress and hazards to your guests, areas of your facility can get sectioned off with containment barriers and temporary construction solutions. These barriers eliminate foot traffic underneath openings in the floor where removed flooring systems and ceiling materials used to be.

Drying out damp areas of your hotel room where the problem originated involves centrifugal air movers positioned at saturated materials. While tile flooring is typically less affected by standing water, the movement of this water damage to the main body of the room can expose trim, carpeting, and wood subflooring to direct moisture damage. Within the drying zone established by containment barriers, our SERVPRO professionals can regulate temperature, humidity, and airflow to maximize the drying of materials that do not require removal and replacement.

Some water loss incidents can be devastating for your business and, if not treated quickly, can be equally destructive to your status as a 4-star accommodation. From drying and extraction to demolition and building back, our SERVPRO of Highland Park team can help you make these losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (323) 255-1001.

Is My Home Restorable After A Severe Flood?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Restore Most Highland Park Homes After A Flood

Any amount of water can cause problems for a Highland Park area home. Flooding from outside is far worse than a split inlet pipe, however. The water entering your home contains soil, pesticides, animal waste, and many more contaminants, which can be just as or more damaging than the water itself.

What do You Remove First?

Regardless of the source of the flooding, SERVPRO removes the water as quickly as the situation allows. Flood damage in Highland Park homes means our technicians have to start within minutes after arriving on site. We gather as much information as possible from you, including smartphone pictures, before departing our offices.

How does your team get started?

We begin with a quick inspection to determine the physical risks. Suppose there is even a hint of a biological threat. In that case, team members put on the appropriate PPE, then spray the water and any affected surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to neutralize the problem. After that, technicians bring in the pumps and other equipment needed for immediate water removal.

For deeper flooding in your home, they use commercial-grade water pumps. These devices can draw out water quickly, but if there is a large amount of debris in the water, technicians cover the hoses with a screen and reduce the vacuum speed, slowing removal.

If the water has already started receding, what is left in your home may only be a small amount that barely covers the floors. For that, technicians use extraction wands and other devices designed for this task. They have more physical control over these smaller machines, and can quickly move them from spot to spot, wherever they need to draw water off the surfaces. Technicians also use these for drawing water out of carpets and the pads underneath them.

With the Water Gone, What Happens Next?

Debris removal. Team members begin this task as the pumps finish their work. They start with the soil, other contaminants, and any items soaked and ruined by the floodwater. Where possible, technicians use push brooms to clear out small items after putting on gloves and other PPE. We cannot guarantee the carpet is safe for reuse with outside flooding, so team members quickly dispose of them and the carpet pads.

If the water sat for very long in your home, there is often a decaying or musty odor. Quickly removing the debris helps reduce this odor, reducing the risk that it penetrates deeper into the home's structure. All waste is deposited into a portable dumpster for removal.

After removing enough debris to examine the structure, an inspector looks at the flooring, trim, and drywall panels. If there is only surface contamination, they clean everything using a robust anti-bacterial agent. For significant damage to the trim and drywall, team members remove it from the structural supports and place them in the dumpster with the other debris.

Can my Wood Floors be Restored?

Cleaning is relatively simple, but fully restoring them depends on how much water the floorboards absorb. They begin to swell and buckle if there is too much water, pushing themselves out from between the other floorboards. The individual boards then start to split and crack from the swelling. If caught quickly enough, our technicians use several devices to help draw out the water, reducing the damage enough to allow them to repair the flooring.

  • Box Fans – Team members set these up at exit points to pull the damp air out of the affected rooms. This lowers the humidity level and helps the following two devices work more efficiently
  • Dehumidifiers – Technicians set these up to draw water out of the air and nearby property. They work without touching the flooring, furniture, and other items, so they cause no secondary damage to the surfaces.
  • Air Movers – Team members direct the airflow of these machines to gentle force warm air across damp surfaces. The action pushes out moisture where it is captured by the dehumidifiers or caught on an air current and pulled out of the area by a box fan.

Is That All?

No. SERVPRO teams can also perform minor furniture repairs, including stripping and coating wood furniture with new paint or other finishes. We also maintain a complete list of all property we disposed of or restored in our Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) for your use and your insurance agency.

Each home we enter for SERVPRO of Highland Park is much more than just a job. Every customer is also one of our neighbors. Call (323) 255-1001 to get the ball rolling if you need our support and expertise. We are here for you.

What You Can Expect During Mold Remediation in a Los Angeles Home

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Did you discover mold growth in your home? SERVPRO inspects areas showing mold signs to determine contamination levels and the best solutions.

Professional Mold Removal Techniques in Los Angeles

Water-related events as small as leaky pipes and as big as floods can hit nearly anywhere. If not properly addressed, they can cause secondary damages such as mold growth. Mold colonies love to grow in places such as between walls and floors, ceilings, under carpets, and in hard-to-reach areas like under lower cabinets, sinks, and basements. SERVPRO technicians are well-trained in the clean-up, removal, and proper disposal of mold-infested materials at Los Angeles properties.

Different approaches are necessary to mold remediation at a Los Angeles property depending on how much mold exists. SERVPRO offers vast mold remediation services, including inspection, drying moisture, sanitization, and restoration. We also utilize HEPA air-filtered vacuum cleaners to collect residues from surfaces, minimizing cross-contamination risk.

Indicators of a Mold Problem

  • Dark spots on surfaces
  • Musty odors
  • Bubbling on painted walls and wallpapers

Mold Repair

SERVPRO inspects areas showing mold signs to determine contamination levels and the best solutions. Our technicians remove infested items while establishing proper air filtration and restoring any damaged structures. The wall needs to be replaced if mold grows between the drywall panels or hard-to-reach areas. However, most people are hesitant to start ripping their homes apart.

SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians can perform a controlled demolition process that does not cause significant damage. Wood being porous may present difficulties when attempting to remove mold from surfaces. Moldy wood can be removed and replaced; however, SERVPRO technicians sometimes perform dry ice blasting to remove mold. The process involves using compressed air or rotary blasting equipment to blast dry ice pellets against the affected surface.

Other Ways to Manage Mold

  • Using Air scrubbers
  • Applying Anti-fungal treatments
  • Managing odors with Ozone and hydroxyl generators

SERVPRO of Highland Park guarantees professional mold remediation services. With a team of certified technicians and proper equipment, you can expect the remediation work to be conducted according to industry standards. Call us at (323) 255-1001. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration Steps for Los Angeles Commercial Spaces

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Calls for SERVPRO in Los Angeles!

DIY is great if you are working on a project over the weekend and have the time and skill to do so. However, house fire cleanup and handling commercial restorations will always be better when left to trained technicians. If your Los Angeles business has been through a fire, you can look to SERVPRO to address the cleanup and restoration. We get there quickly, but our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) v the training to adapt accordingly to formulate the best course of action to generate quality results.e 

Commercial fire damage in Los Angeles inside your office building, shop, eatery, or production facility is never pretty. SERVPRO features proven procedures that involve advanced tools and equipment so that we get results – period. In most all fire restoration projects, our process will include:

  • Inspection and careful assessment to determine the structural integrity
  • Emergency service, including mitigation with board up and tarping
  • Drying of water and moisture left from extinguishing the flames
  • Structural and contents cleaning
  • Deodorization/odor control
  • Reconstruction makes it “Like it never even happened.”

As mentioned, structural safety is paramount whenever there is a fire. We inspect your commercial property to determine if it is safe for our team to enter. Depending on the building layout and the nature of the fire itself, flames and soot may have traveled into several suits or floors. The larger the project and impact zone, the more critical it is to ensure the building gets fully cleared so that our crew can begin.

Questions About Insurance Claims?

Let SERVPRO help! We work with business insurance companies to help clients ensure all documentation is in order. We want clients to have a great experience, including having your commercial fire damage claim smoothly.

Commercial properties dealing with fire damage need the skill and proven results only SERVPRO of Highland Park can provide. Call us 24/7 for an emergency response to your door within hours – (323) 255-1001.

Mitigating Flood Damage In Los Angeles

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Mitigating Flood Damage Protects Your Family, Possessions, and Belongings in Los Angeles but Can be Risky Work

After a flood invades your residential property in Los Angeles, the entire interior becomes damp. While the floor takes the worst part of the damage, the water begins to evaporate soon after arriving, saturating the air with water vapor. Because wet goes to dry, it continually spreads to other areas, including those where your family placed belongings for safekeeping.

After a flood takes over your neighborhood in Los Angeles, starting flood damage mitigation work as soon as possible can protect everything currently undamaged from harm. An early beginning gives your family many benefits, as well, besides keeping the damage from worsening.

SERVPRO’s technicians study the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, as well as receive ongoing in-house training, and we are all committed to helping our customers and our community, as well, live in safe and sturdy homes, including after a disaster. Flooding leaves homes saturated, full of invasive pathogens capable of causing undesirable health effects, with untold destruction of the interior structure. Our training prepares us for such work, and our dedication to providing excellent service means our customers can rely on us.

Mitigating a house of flood damage can be dirty work, often involving buckets, shovels, and the removal of heavy, bulky, and soaking-wet materials. Because of the likelihood of coming into contact with hazards, we always wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including full suits, gloves, boots, face masks, and even respirators. These items protect us from sharp objects that can cut or puncture the skin, germs that can cause health effects, and microscopic particles in the air.

Instead of attempting to perform flood damage mitigation yourself and putting your health and safety on the line, SERVPRO is ready to do the hard work for you. During a disaster like this, the stress caused by disruption of your normal activities, worry about pets, belongings, and the future, as well as the displacement of your family, can make performing the job all that more difficult.

You can rely on our mitigation and restoration expertise, knowledge of local building codes, and creativity in making things “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Highland Park is always near neighboring areas, including Montecito Heights, CA, Lincoln Heights, CA, and Monterey Hills, CA. Call our 24-hour services line, (323) 255-1001, for service any day of the year.

We Need Emergency Water Removal, How Soon Can I Get Help In Highland Park?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is available 24/7 in Highland Park – We Can Have a Crew On-Site for Water Removal Within Hours

When you need emergency water removal, you need a crew that will arrive fast and gets to work right away. All of our technicians at SERVPRO have the training to handle real-life water loss situations to handle the restoration needs that you have at your Highland Park property.

When you call on us for emergency water removal in Highland Park, you can count on us to arrive promptly. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – usually having a crew on-site and ready to get to work within four hours or less of your initial call. Once you call, we will:

  • Offer guidance on anything you can do until our arrival that will help minimize water damage.
  • Send out our Green Fleet with IICRC-certified technicians and all of the equipment for the job.
  • Assess the level of water damage to determine what tools and equipment will work best.
  • Begin pumping out freestanding water, followed by extraction of water from any carpeting, behind walls, etc.
  • Utilize specialized moisture detection tools crafted to locate hidden moisture pockets.
  • Adjust accordingly to achieve our drying goals.
  • Ensure the structure of your home and all contents are completely dry based on industry standards.

Do I Have to Worry About Potential Risks from Water Damage?

The longer that water and moisture linger, the more damage sets in. Additionally, excess moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for microbial and bacterial growth. Calling in the help of trained technicians ensures you have mold and mildew mitigation efforts before it turns into a much larger problem.

Never wait to handle water removal in your home. Call SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001 to safely and efficiently restore your interior to pre-damaged condition.

How Do I Clean and Deodorize My Clothes After a House Fire?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Deodorize and Clean Your Clothing after a Los Angeles House Fire

Nearly all fire damage is traumatic, but finding a closet full of smelly, sooty clothes can be especially personal and demoralizing. Consider using an expert located in the Los Angeles area who can help you take the necessary steps to salvage damaged clothing.

Why is Cleaning Clothing Especially Urgent and Important?

Wearing clean clothing is something we take for granted in daily life. Getting clothing organized and cleaned can be especially difficult after a fire in your Los Angeles home. Many cleaning issues require specialized solutions, and additional procedures are sometimes necessary.

What is the First Step in Dealing with Clothing Damaged by Smoke?

The first step is to organize the clothing into three groups, usually:

  • Apparel that will be worn immediately
  • Clothing to be worn at a later time
  • Seasonal clothing

What are the Initial Steps to Clean and Deodorize Clothing?

There are many varying procedures for cleaning smoke and odor-damaged soft materials, often on a case-by-case basis. Like other household contents, we can do a pack-out and perform cleaning services at our warehouse under controlled conditions.

All clothing should be removed from metal hangers, and the hangers are generally discarded. The acidic nature of soot can result in secondary fire damage to the items. After that, compressed air can get rid of odor molecules and blow off smoke particles.

What are Some of the Cleaning Products Used on Clothing After a Fire?

SERVPRO professionals typically spray garments with solvent-based products to counter the effects of smoke odors on clothing. These sprays come in different scents, and they can also be used on garment bags. We carry a large inventory of citrus-based cleaning products.

What about smoke odors on clothing that can’t be removed by dry cleaning or laundering?

SERVPRO can recommend a reputable dry cleaner in your area to attempt restoring some of your clothing to pre-damaged condition. There is always the option to donate items to charitable organizations.

Count on SERVPRO of Highland Park to clean and deodorize your clothing after a fire. Call us right away at (323) 255-1001 to get an assessment.