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The Rooftop Cinema Club is Back in Los Angeles

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Drive in theater animation Drive in movies are a great way to enjoy your evening while staying socially distant from others.

Los Angeles Can Enjoy Drive-in Movies During This Shutdown Time

The movie fun began in December and continues through January. If you are looking for something for the entire family, head over to the Santa Monica Airport. They have drive-in movies set up of all genres. Family-friendly films take place on Wednesdays, and the cost is only $5 per car. Other nights the prices begin at $32 per couple. 

Upcoming movies include:

  • Trolls World Tour - January 18 @ 5:30 PM
  • Love & Basketball - January 18 @ 8:15 PM
  • The Incredibles – January 19 @ 5:30 PM
  • Pulp Fiction – January 19 @ 8:45 PM
  • Tangled – January 20 @ 5:30 PM
  • E.T The Extra-Terrestrial – January 20 @ 8:15 PM
  • Love Jones – January 20 @ 11:15 PM
  • Kung Fu Panda – January 21 @ 5:30 PM
  • Jurassic Park – January 21 @ 8:00 PM
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark – January 21 @ 11:00 PM
  • Captain Marvel – January 22 @ 5:30 PM
  • Pretty Woman – January 22 @ 8:30 PM
  • Friday the 13th – January 22 @ 11:30 PM
  • The Sandlot – January 23 @ 5:30 PM
  • The Lion King (2019) – January 23 @ 8:15 PM
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space – January 23 @ 11:15 PM

The movies continue on through the end of January. 

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Los Angeles. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration to Los Angeles

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Los Angeles skyline If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Highland Park is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Los Angeles Communities Count on Us to Restore Their Homes When Fire Strikes

Highland Park is a beautiful historic neighborhood where a diverse number of people live. As part of the city of Los Angeles, it is a thriving community. Today over 56,500 residents are living, working, and playing in the area.

Home to Native American Indians

The first people group to settle there were the Paleo-Indians thousands of years ago. They lived during the Late Pleistocene period and were also known as the Lithic people. They were hunters and wore clothing made from animal hides. They also used the hides for shelters. Pleistocene mammals that lived at the same time included:

  •   Giant beaver
  •   Steppe wisent
  •   Musk ox
  •   Mastodons
  •   Woolly mammoth
  •   Ancient reindeer

The Tongva tribes would settle in the region later. Their village names mainly identified them during the pre-colonial period. As the area was colonized, they were known by the names of the Spanish missions constructed on their land, so they became known as Fernandeño and Gabrieleño. The Tongva were a significant influence when the Europeans began to arrive. The Chumash were another local tribe. They built plank-built boats that allowed them to establish an extensive trade network. 

The Founding of Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles was founded in 1874. Not long after that, Jose Maria Verdugo was granted Rancho San Rafael. He was the Corporal of the Guard at the San Gabriel mission. This piece of land was over 36,000 acres and included what is Highland Park today. The ranch was eventually put up for auction in 1869 after a drought caused financial difficulties for the Verdugo family. Albert J. Chapman and Andrew Glassell purchased the tract of land. They then leased it to sheepherders. The land changed hands again in 1885. Albert Judson and George Morgan became the owners, and they combined that tract with other parcels purchased from the Verdugo family. With the combined pieces of land, Highland Park was born in 1886. 

Highland Park Becomes Part of Los Angeles

One of the things that allowed Highland Park to move forward after the land boom of the 1880s ended was the railroad. The railroad built two lines through the community. In 1895, Highland Park was annexed to Los Angeles. 

Artists & Intellectuals Settle In

The early 20th century would see the beginning of the Artsy movement, and Highland Park, along with Pasadena, would be where the movers and shakers of the movement would settle. By the 1950s, many of them would move on. Today the influence is back. Artists love the area and have opened:

  •   Trendy shops
  •   Bars
  •   Galleries
  •   Restaurants
  •   Tech startups
  •   Boutiques

It is also home to Stones Throw Records, a recording studio.

A Strong Jewish Community

Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock established a group in 1923, and the building was constructed in 1930. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, built in 1929, is the oldest still-functioning synagogue in Los Angeles. Temple Beth Israel is the second oldest.

Gang Violence

Gangs became a serious problem for Highland Park in the last part of the 20th century. Street gangs took over various parts of the neighborhood, and major raids took place to route out the gang members. Due to law enforcement efforts and community awareness, much of the crime had decreased by 2010.

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop has been in business for over 100 years. It began, in 1897, as an Italian grocery store owned by Galioto and Corto Passi. It was moved from Downtown Los Angeles to Highland Park in 1955. In 1995 the store began its unique history of independent sodas. John Nese decided to go this route as the grocery store was going downhill due to big-box stores' impact. He had inherited the store from his father. Today you can find over 700 soda types, sandwiches, candies, and beer. Some of the more well-known brands they carry include:

  •   Afri-Cola
  •   Bubble Up
  •   Dad’s Root Beer
  •   Faygo
  •   Fentimans Curiosity Cola
  •   Green River
  •   Jolt Cola
  •   Jones Soda
  •   Kickapoo Joy Juice
  •   Manhattan Special
  •   Moxie
  •   Mr. Q Cumber
  •   Nesbitts
  •   Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer

If you want to design your own soda, you can do that too at their Soda Creation Station. Just choose your flavors and how much carbonation you want. Then cap and label your own bottle. During warmer weather, the Soda Shop hosts the annual Summer Soda Tasting attraction.

Take Me Out to the Movies

Many television shows and feature films have had portions filmed in the Los Angeles Police department building. Highland Park has been the location for several motion pictures, including:

  •   The Lincoln Lawyer
  •   Reservoir Dogs
  •   Yes Man
  •   Gangster Squad
  •   Cyrus
  •   Tuff Turf

The neighborhood is home to Smith Estate, also known as El Mio, a historic hilltop Victorian home. It is a Queen Anne style home constructed in 1887. Judge David Patterson Hatch had the house built, and it was finished in 1890. Charles Warren Smith bought the home in the 1890s. It would stay in the family until the 1960s. Several horror films have been filmed there, including Silent Scream, Spider Baby, and Insidious: Chapter 2.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Services in Los Angeles

Any home can be subject to fire damage at any time. Older homes can be especially vulnerable. If a fire strikes your home, SERVPRO can provide immediate mitigation. We offer emergency services such as:

  •   Boarding up
  •   Dealing with safety issues
  •   Helping with utility concerns

Once we are permitted to enter the building and ensure all safety concerns are dealt with, our technicians do a scope of the home. A plan gets put in place, and the head of the crew sees that everyone gets moving. There are specific steps that are common to most situations, including:

  •   Removal of charred debris and unsalvageable items
  •   Water extraction if needed
  •   Smoke residue and soot removal
  •   Cleaning and sanitizing
  •   Deodorizing
  •   Repair and restoration

If you need fire damage services in Los Angeles, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001. We understand the impact even a small fire can have on a home. SERVPRO is here to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Better Holiday Present for Los Angeles Dodger Fans than the 2020 World Series Championship?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Los Angeles signs SERVPRO provides restoration services around the clock, nights holidays and weekends. Call the moment you see water damage on your property.

Celebrate both the Holiday and Baseball Seasons with a Drive-Thru Event at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium Nightly Until December 24, 2020

Take a spin through Lot 10 at Chavez Ravine to experience the thrills of the Dodger’s 2020 winning season and enjoy festive holiday lights. Pre-purchased tickets are a must for each vehicle to view the: 

  • Light Show
  • LED Video Displays
  • Snowy decor

Schedule an appointment for your drive-thru but prepare for a bit of a wait in line during peak times. Ticket charges vary depending on the day of the week and as the days dwindle before Christmas.

  • Venue name: Dodger Stadium
  • Address: 1000 Vin Scully Ave

Los Angeles CA 90012

  • Price: $55–$115

Enter through the downtown gate and remain in your car during the tour. As the experience draws to an end, you exit through the Sunset gate.

The disaster recovery champs manage water damage mitigation in Los Angeles at SERVPRO of Highland Park. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster -- our highly-skilled team responds promptly to your call to (323) 255-1001.

How Can Highland Park Residents Support a Worthy Cause and Get In a Fun Run Just Before the Holidays?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Woman jogging Get out and enjoy some fresh air. Sign up for the 2020 Virtual Jingle Bell Run today.

Sign Up for the 2020 Virtual Jingle Bell Run from December 11 - 13 to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation's Work in Highland Park California

The Arthritis Foundation's 2020 Jingle Bell Run presses on, but this season each runner decides the route to take and the time for completion. We embrace the pandemic's constraints, urging runners to discover new socially distanced outdoor runs or pound out 5K on the treadmill.  

Why do we jingle? The virtual Jingle Bell Run keeps its eyes on the prize -- battling the number one cause of disability, arthritis. Feel good about doing good, proud that the Foundation is undeterred, helping 75 percent more people now than at the beginning of the virus's challenge. 

Spread the Spirit of Yes!:

  • Yes, to celebrating the arthritis community!
  • Yes, to living life to its fullest!
  • Yes, to conquering arthritis completely!

For more details about the 2020 Jingle Bell Run in Los Angeles from December 11 through 13, call 213-634-3772 or contact Shannon Marang Cox at smarangcox@arthritis.org.

Hire the team that perseveres when circumstances require commercial mold remediation. SERVPRO of Highland Park awaits your inquiries at (323) 255-1001.

How Can Homeowners Choose Wisely Among Los Angeles Fire Mitigation and Remediation Companies?

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle If your property is affected by a fire incident, Call the experts at SERVPRO right away. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Offers Wrap-Around Fire Damage Restoration Services for Los Angeles Residents, Streamlining What Can Otherwise Become a Disjointed Process

New visitors to Los Angeles can be caught by surprise both by the prominent and obscured presence of current oil extraction throughout the city's neighborhoods and business and industrial areas. Although those uninitiated to the area expect only a sunny paradise, with citrus and palm trees vying with the movie sets and mansions of entertainment industry titans, the derricks and pump jacks are also ubiquitous.

How Was Oil Discovered in the Los Angeles Region?

Long before European explorers and immigrants from around the world moved into the area, indigenous peoples living nearby were aware of the surface seep of natural asphalt, also known as asphaltum, bitumen, pitch, or tar. This matter has bubbled up for tens of thousands of years. Spanish for tar is "brea," hence the naming of the famous La Brea tar pits located in Hancock Park. Pre-contact, indigenous groups used the surface seepage from La Brea and other similar seeps for lubrication. In addition, the malleable asphalt proved incredibly useful to seal holes and seams in canoes made from coastal redwood and driftwood pulled from the waters of the Pacific coat. Spanish explorers arriving in the 16th century observed the repairs and other uses of the tar and employed the oily substance to patch their ships and make the roofs of their dwellings and other buildings waterproof. 

When Did Oil Drilling Begin in the Region Now Considered the LA Metropolitan Area? 

When the community numbered only about 50,000 in the 1890s, the fledgling oil drilling industry began in earnest. A prospector originally from Wisconsin, Edward Doheny, bought a lease in what is currently Echo Park with $400 of borrowed money and dug for asphalt from which he intended to refine oil. He began in the fall of 1892, using the following rudimentary tools to dig down 155 feet: 

  • Picks
  • Shovels
  • Windlass

Doheny then sharpened a 60-foot eucalyptus tree trunk and drilled down to 225 feet. The completed well finally was a success, producing 40 barrels per day. His achievement led to the development of the Los Angeles City Oil Field, a long and narrow deposit extending from Vermont Avenue on the west to just south of Dodger Stadium on the east. By 1896 this field pumped out more than 50 percent of California's oil.

How Did California's Oil Output Compare with Other Suppliers Globally?

Los Angeles sprouted oil wells throughout the city over the next decades. The downtown area and the beach near Venice were steady producers. For quite a while, the city and its environs held the title of the world's most prolific oil source. By 1923, the region provided twenty-five percent of the global oil supply. Some notable wells and fields, some still in operation, include the following:

  • Pico Canyon Oil Field -- North of the city in the Santa Susana Mountains, an oil strike here in September of 1876 was the precursor of the coming boom. 
  • Signal Hill Oil Field -- A gusher in 1921 at its Alamitos No. 1 Well, opened the Signal Hill Oil Field in Long Beach. This field pushed Los Angeles to worldwide oil industry prominence. 
  • Wilmington Oil Field -- The largest oil field in California and the third-largest in the lower 48, this oil field started production in 1932. The Phillips 66 refinery onsite paints a storage tank orange every Halloween and "masked" the mural in 2020.
  • THUMS Islands -- Planners recommended these artificial islands in 1965 to camouflage the drilling offshore at Long Beach. Several oil companies built the islands with trees, waterfall, boulders, and other landscaping to buffer the noise and hide the activity. The finished products are so convincing that they are mistaken for luxury homes or resorts. 
  • Venice Oil Field -- This field began operation in the 1930s, and derricks were right next to the beach and the canals. Significant pollution of the ocean occurred, but production continued into the 1970s. Owners capped the wells by the 1990s. Marina del Rey occupies some of the Venice Oil Field today.

Does Some LA Oil Industry Activity Hide in Plain Sight?

Many pump jacks are visible in Los Angeles. They are seen in road medians and parking lots and can operate next door to both residential and commercial buildings. But even more run invisibly, with edifices constructed around them. What might look like an office building could be hiding a derrick or pump jack. The machinery is sometimes painted or decorated to obscure its true calling. Even Beverly Hills High School had a functional derrick pumping near athletic facilities until 2016, providing funding for the staff and programming. 

Who Can Help Los Angeles Residents with Smoke and Soot Abatement?

Fire damage in Los Angeles needs professional attention, not just a coverup. When you reach out for help, SERVPRO responds with a plan that handles every aspect of a fire disaster recovery. Our workers are trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and international disaster restoration standards development and education organization. Have confidence that our crew can deliver outstanding results through: 

  • Firefighting water removal, including containment and lawful disposal of contaminated fluids
  • Residue and debris removal evaluation
  • Implementation of cleaning and deodorization best practices, including matching soots and odors with the most effective products and methodology for elimination of residues and lingering smells

Why Should Homeowners Look for a Restoration Company with a Construction Background?

Our SERVPRO team can take care of your fire loss from an initial safety inspection through any repairs or build back interventions needed. Our owner's and managers' experience in the construction industry permits us to secure unstable structural components skillfully. We also can complete mitigation and remediation efforts that require planned and controlled demolition strategies and then provide the reconstruction needed without you needing to hire additional contractors.

The crew at SERVPRO of Highland Park dedicates our efforts to making residential fire damage "Like it never even happened." Call (323) 255-1001 to arrange an assessment and subsequent emergency mitigation, remediation, and restoration services.

Los Angeles Presents Great Leap’s FandangObon 2020

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center It will be exciting to see the community come together to learn and celebrate together at The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

Celebrate Los Angeles Cultural History with This Free Event

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is hosting the 8th annual Arts. Culture. Ecofest. The center is located in the historic Little Tokyo area in downtown LA. The entire family will enjoy a celebration of the cultural influences that impacted the area of the years. Artist will be celebrating our ancestors and include artists of the following descent:

  • Japanese American
  • African American
  • Chicano

It is a 2-day outdoor event that features:

  • Live participatory music and songs
  • Circle dances
  • Environmental education
  • Cultural celebrations

So head on over to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Noguchi Plaza for a day of celebration and education. Understanding the past is key to securing the future for the upcoming generations. It all starts on November 15 at 1:00 PM.

SERVPRO of Highland Park is proud to not only provide storm flooding removal services but to join our neighbors in celebrating the extraordinary diversity that makes up Los Angeles. We hope to see you at this unique event. Contact us at (323) 255-1001 for more information.

The Magic Begins Nov. 12 in Los Angeles County

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Red Holiday Candle SERVPRO is starting off the holiday season with the Elf on the shelf's magical holiday journey. We look forward to seeing you there!

Take a Trip to The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey – 8 Weeks Only in Los Angeles

This delightful holiday kick-off starts November and is sure to be a family favorite. It seems Santa’s sleigh had to land suddenly in Pomona at the Fairplex. Join the Scout Elves as they attempt to repair the sleigh. It is a magical expedition that includes:

  • Toy-repair workshops
  • Gingerbread villages
  • Holiday sights & sounds
  • High spirited fun
  • Drive-through event
  • Scavenger hunt

Brought to you by world-class artists of film, TV, and theater, visitors travel through an elf-sized world full of wonder and enchantment.  Tickets start at $24.95 per person; a minimum of 2 people per car is required with a maximum of 8. Children 2 and under are free. Call (213) 267-8786 for more information.

Here at SERVPRO of Highland Park, all of our elves are getting ready for this delightful event. In the meantime, our grown-up sized elves are busy providing stormwater extraction in Los Angeles. It is one of the many services we provide to our customers. Contact us at (323) 255-1001.

Los Angeles Businesses Can Experience Water Loss at Any Time

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Hollyhock house Take in some of the history of Los Angeles as SERVPRO takes care of your water mitigation needs. Call us today at (323) 255-1001 for assistance.

Where Can I Find Water Mitigation Near Me? – It’s a Question Commercial Facilities Ask Often 

The City of Angels began in 1542 when Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area for Spain. Thus, began a long Spanish influence, which can still be seen today. On September 4, 1781, Los Angeles was officially established. It remained under Spanish rule until 1821 when it became part of Mexico following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848 it became part of the United States, with the rest of California. Los Angeles has a rich and colorful history. Some of the highlights include:

  • Settled by the Tongva and Chumash tribes
  • Mission San Gabriel Archangel is the first mission
  • Became a municipality on April 4, 1850
  • In the 1890s, oil was discovered, leading to rapid growth
  • Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913 to bring in water.
  • Railroads arrived in 1876 with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific Line.
  • Hollywood merged into Los Angeles in 1910.
  • By 1921, over 80% of the world’s film industry resided in LA
  • Hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 & 1984
  • A major manufacturing city during WWII

It is a huge sprawling city that invites both residents and visitors to explore all the many things there are to see and do. 

Must-See & Do in Los Angeles

Like many cities, local folk often do not spend time on local attractions. Which is a shame because L.A. abounds with wonderful sights and sounds. Some of the places no one should miss include:

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • Universal Studios 
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Grand Central Market
  • Dodger Stadium
  • The Hollyhock House - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Rodeo Drive

1994 Northridge Earthquake

On January 17, 1994, residents of the San Fernando Valley woke early morning to a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. While the quake lasted less than thirty seconds, the results were devastating. Its peak ground acceleration was the highest ever recorded on instruments in a city in North America. The peak ground velocity was the fastest ever recorded. Disaster can strike at any time and hit hard enough and fast enough; there is little time to react.

After the main earthquake, thousands of aftershocks were felt. 57 people died in the quake, and over 8,700 injuries were recorded. The property damage was estimated anywhere from $13 billion to $50 billion. The damage spread up to 85 miles from the epicenter. It would go down in history as one of the most expensive national disasters in our history.

Disasters Impact Businesses

Many homes were lost or had structural damage bad enough to prevent families from living in them. Commercial buildings were also destroyed or damaged. Some were able to remain closed for days after the earthquake, but others were not so lucky. It took months, and in some situations, years to rebuild the infrastructures. 

Commuting to Los Angeles for work was lengthened due to the damage to highways and roads. Many businesses were forced to relocate while their buildings were being repaired, and workers took up temporary shelter near places of work. Today companies like SERVPRO play a significant role in building restoration when disaster strikes. 

When Floodwaters Come Raging Through

90% of all flooding comes from natural disasters, and it was no different during the Northridge Earthquake. The flooding began at 4:30 AM, as did fires. By 6:50 AM, reports of hundreds of water mains and gas mains roll in. Balboa Boulevard in the Granada Hills region of Los Angeles was flooded as water came pouring out of a burst water main. Gas leaks and sparking electrical wires caused many businesses and homes to go up in flames. These were flooded with water from firefighting efforts. The damage to businesses from flooding includes:

  • Weakened structural elements
  • Porous materials such as drywall and carpet absorb water rapidly
  • Floodwater is highly contaminated and is a health risk
  • Mold can develop quickly
  • Food items are contaminated
  • Businesses close
  • Loss of revenue

When Disaster Strikes

Los Angeles has been home to several major national disasters since the early 1990s. For several months California has been fighting wildfires that have put businesses and homes at risk. But the city perseveres, rebuilds, and moves on. 

As L.A. residents, SERVPRO team members understand the hardship that can come when a disaster is thrown in your path. You need your business up and running. Our hearts go out to anyone impacted by flooding or fire. That’s why we are here to help. 

How SERVPRO Helps Local Businesses

SERVPRO of Highland Park has been helping businesses get back on the feet after a disaster for years. Our Emergency READY Program (ERP) enables companies to be prepared before disaster strikes. ERP benefits include:

  • Customized company profile that provides us with all the necessary information before we get called out.
  • Comprehensive information file businesses can access via the internet. No worrying about lost contacts.
  • Reduced downtime, which means loss of revenue gets reduced as well.
  • Faster response time on our end.
  • Ability to manage multi-businesses with one owner or manager.
  • Builds trust with customers and employees. They know you are prepared.

Burst water mains were one of the main problems during the earthquake. This brought about the need for water mitigation.

Typically those looking for “water mitigation near me” have smaller problems such as a burst pipe in the kitchen or a dishwater overflow. We handle any type of water damage situation. Our technicians are trained for small problems as well as the more serious ones. Contact us at (323) 255-1001 for all your water restoration needs.

What Materials are More Susceptible to Water Damage?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

water Call SERVPRO for any type of water removal and remediation efforts you need in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Know How to Treat Different Types of Materials to Provide Water Cleanup in Your Highland Park Home.

Whenever there is a water intrusion in a home in Highland Park, it can lead to structural elements and the content of the home becoming damaged. The extent of the damage involves many factors, including how bad the water intrusion is, the type of material involved, and how long the items sit in the water. Certain materials absorb water easier than others. They are called hygroscopic materials.

What Type of Materials are Considered Hygroscopic?

Burst pipes, a dishwasher overflowing, or a water heater leak can send gallons of water pouring into a home. This can lead to a serious amount of water damage in a Highland Park home. Certain materials in the home readily absorb and take up moisture. These hygroscopic materials hold water vapor that is in the air too. They have a high permeance factor, which is how water vapor flows through an item. SERVPRO technicians are well-trained in treating hygroscopic materials and water extraction. The following items are hygroscopic in nature:

  • Carpet and carpet padding
  • Particleboard, drywall
  • Upholstery
  • Unfaced insulation
  • Fabric items such as clothing, linens, and drapery

Water Restoration Experts

One of the critical factors our technicians consider when restoring materials is permeance. The good news with hygroscopic and high permeance items is they also dry well. SERVPRO has standards of drying for different elements. Their goal is to reach equilibrium moisture content (EMC). At this point, no moisture is moving from the wet content to the dry air. Our technicians understand the mechanics behind making all of this come together. They use a combination of tools and techniques to ensure your home is returned to you, if possible, “Like it never even happened.” 

 If you need water damage services, SERVPRO of Highland Park has a professional crew waiting to assist you. Contact us at (323) 255-1001 and discover why we are a premier water restoration company. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Drying the Structure of Your Highland Park Home After a Flood

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damage brown sofa For 24/7 assistance from our trained emergency response team, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001.

Why Do the Transition Phases of Water Matter While Drying in Highland Park?

Drying Materials Within Your Highland Park Home Involves a Scientific Process
It is essential to understand that drying your Highland Park home does not merely mean water extraction. Although the use of professional extraction equipment such as truck-mounted and portable extractors is critical, drying consists of so much more than just removing water from your home. To adequately dry the materials in your home, our trained technicians need to transform residual liquid water into water vapor.

Is Condensation After a Flood Dangerous?
SERVPRO Mitigates Damages Caused by Excess Moisture
After removing excess water from flood damage in Highland Park, it is crucial to keep your home free of excess moisture because it can cause secondary damage, such as mold growth and warped surfaces. Excess water in a flood-damaged environment is especially concerning because floodwater, according to the EPA S500 standard, is contaminated since it traveled over the ground, potentially coming into contact with harmful microbes. After a flood, condensation is common because warm air from the outside meets the colder air inside, causing water vapor to turn into liquid throughout your home. The moment when condensation begins is called the dew point, indicating the relative humidity (RH) in your home is 100%.

What is the Relationship Between Condensation and Evaporation?
    •    Condensation is when water vapor becomes liquid when it reaches its dew point.
    •    Evaporation is when water in liquid form turns to vapor.
    •    Warm, dry air encourages evaporation, while cool, dense air encourages condensation.

What are the Other Two Processes in Phases of Water Transition?
    •    Melting: Solid turns to liquid. For instance, when the snow melts in spring, it may cause a river to overflow and flood nearby areas.
    •    Sublimation: When solids turn directly into vapor. An example of this is "dry ice." Solid Dioxide turns instantly into vapor. Snow can also sublime directly into water vapor, skipping the liquid stage.

For 24/7 assistance from our trained emergency response team, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!