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

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

microscopic view of mold spores SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

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 damage, 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 safely reduce mold 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 crewmembers 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 Can Eagle Rock Homeowners Prevent Water Damage from Impacting Their Property?

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

gray dehumidifier rigged with manifolds on a hardwood floor SERVPRO restores homes in Eagle Rock to preloss condition with advanced equipment, "Like it never even happened."

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?

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

siding home with severe fire damage, melted siding, and burned roof. Fires can be devastating. After ensuring your safety and the safety of your family, contact SERVPRO to inspect the property right away.

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.

Eliminating Odor after Fire Damage in Eagle Rock

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged corner of a room with soot covering the walls and ceiling Fire damage often encompasses both remediation and odor control. Call SERVPRO 24/7 as our team handles all aspects of the situation at hand.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Incorporates Odor Control

Housefires require extensive cleanup. Most of the home needs to be carefully sorted into salvageable and non-salvageable materials. Charred materials relating to structure or belongings are thrown away in large dumpsters, while replacement materials must be sourced and installed. These processes can be difficult to manage alongside work and other commitments, which is why most homeowners rely on a professional service to help with:

  • Fire debris removal
  • Fire Restoration
  • Fire damage restoration

One ever-present challenge of fire damage restoration in Eagle Rock is odor control. The rule of thumb when it comes to odor control is to eliminate all odor-causing materials. These can include porous parts of the building assembly or the removal of smoke soils from appliances and furniture. General deodorization steps can help curtail odors, but in some situations, the smell remains after completing these tasks. 

Step-by-step odor removal

  • Removing non-salvageable charred materials from the home and preventing the spread of ash by sealing items in polyethelyne bags.
  • Saturating remaining charred materials with water-based deodorants using direct spray application.
  • Cleaning parts of the home that are most heavily contaminated with soot and smoke residues before drying the structure and surfaces.

Sometimes odors can remain after completing removal steps. These situations often result from odor particles reaching confined areas. The solution to stubborn malodors in confined spaces is to provide assisted ventilation using venting fans or air movers. If that fails, deploying an activated oxygen unit or fumigating the entire structure can eliminate smoke odors for good. 

Odors come from various sources, making it difficult to pinpoint a single method solution. SERVPRO technicians rely on multiple restoration methods to control odors and often repeat the same process several times to ensure that odors are managed appropriately. 

Fighting odor requires expertise and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale for fire damage restoration at (323) 255-1000.

We Will Help You Get Back To Business In Glendale After Water Damage

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a father and daughter walking down an aisle in the grocery store Make sure to tackle any water damage incidents in your grocery store with haste. Contact team SERVPRO for equipment to mitigate the situation.

Necessary Steps during Commercial Water Cleanup in Glendale

Various incidents can lead to water discharge in your grocery store. One of the main effects of such incidents is soiling, which can happen from contents dissolved in the water or debris swept by the water as it flows. People walking on wet surfaces can also spread soiling to other areas not affected by the initial water spill. Fast and thorough cleaning after water loss incidents is therefore necessary. Our professional cleaning crews can help you deal with any incident, “Like it never even happened.”

Proper commercial water cleanup in Glendale requires the right resources to achieve good results. Although the focus might be on the lift capacity to handle the water pooling around the premises, there is a need to ensure safety and timeliness is realized. Some problems like mold, which complicate the cleaning process, can develop within 24 to 48 hours, so fast action is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians use high capacity equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors to fast-track the process. We also use the right accessories to avoid causing more damage. For example, we use squeegee attachments for our water extractors when removing water from hard surfaces.

In a grocery store, the excess moisture that results from evaporation can ruin your stock. Cleaning procedures too, can have a negative effect, especially when they involve the use of chemical agents. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent such items by covering products with plastic sheets. We can also move them to unaffected areas of the property, removing any hindrance they might have on the cleaning process, and protecting them from water damage.

Moisture management is another crucial aspect of the cleanup in a grocery store because humidity levels exceeding 50% can have detrimental effects on the products. Drying the wet materials helps protect them from further deterioration. With proper placement of air movers and dehumidifiers, it is easy to restore normal humidity levels. Our SERVPRO technicians place air movers around the perimeter of the room at a 45° angle facing the walls to facilitate better evaporation. We also use different types of dehumidifiers such as LGR or trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air restoring normal humidity levels.

To restore normalcy faster after water loss at your Eagle Rock, Northeast Los Angeles or Atwater Village grocery store, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale. You can reach us at (323) 255-1000 any time.

Eagle Rock Homes Can Deal with Flood Damage in Crawl Spaces

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage in Crawl Spaces Happens in Many Ways

Rapid weather changes can bring severe storms and flash flooding to Eagle Rock and the Greater Glendale areas. When these threats occur, homes built with crawl spaces instead of slabs are at risk of damage from intruding and lingering floodwater.

Pooling Water Threats

The immediate concern of flood damage for Eagle Rock crawlspaces is the standing water in this confined area. Conventional extractors are not always feasible or sites accessible enough to use these approaches. In most cases, mitigation is a combination of several water removal tools like:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • High-pressure pumps

Absorption and Saturation

Exposed building materials can absorb flood water. From the structural supports to joists under the main floor of the residence, this type of moisture damage can deteriorate structural integrity. This water exposure can damage even concrete masonry units used for columns and piers.

Persistent Moisture Concerns

Moist confined spaces create an ideal environment for mold development. With many exposed organic surfaces suitable for supporting organisms, mobile spores infest rapidly with the additional likelihood of microbial threats where bacteria or contaminants are present. Treating surfaces with antimicrobial products can deter developing colonies. 

Should You Encapsulate?

If a crawlspace or your home floods once, it is not impossible to happen again. Protecting your property from the destructive capabilities of active flooding in the crawlspace could require encapsulation procedures. SERVPRO professionals can cover exposed surfaces and the concrete or dirt flooring of the area beneath your home with thick plastic sheets. Vents are covered, and drainage tools are installed. The combination of efforts can help prevent flood recurrences.

The impact of flooding on your crawl space can be a considerable challenge for restoration and cleaning. With the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale professionals, we can provide long-term solutions to help. Call us at (323) 255-1000.

We Can Help If Your Glendale Home Experiences A Flood

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water Mess On Floor Reach out to SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale by dialing (323) 255-1000.

A Pacific Ocean-Based Storm Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Glendale Home

Living in a city located on or near the coast always puts you at risk of suffering flood damage. A storm-gone-wrong could bring rushing tides, heavy rains, and intense winds to your door. Usually, most residents of the area can get a fair warning before the storm hits, but sometimes the weather can take a dangerous turn and unexpectedly cause damage to your home. Whenever a storm hits your home and causes damage, always reach out for help as soon as possible.

In the case of your home, the flood damage got into your Glendale home through a smashed window. Torrential rains poured throughout the night and washed into your home through the broken window, shattered when a small tree fell onto your home from the intense winds. Luckily for your home, only the window suffered the consequences of the fallen tree.

Here at SERVPRO, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Intense flooding, or just a secluded room, our Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration-certified (IICRC) techs can rush to your home as swiftly as possible. Once there, our technicians can immediately begin to extract the stagnant water using advanced technological devices, such as extractors and wet/dry vacuums, to minimize the water damage inside your home. Getting the water out can reduce the chances of mold damage developing, as well as other problems.

When the water has been extracted, we can make flood cuts along the walls to remove any damaged material. Doing this can ensure that the chance of microbial growth is further squashed. Afterward, SERVPRO can then set up drying equipment to draw any excess moisture out of the structure of your home, using devices such as dehumidifiers, heaters, and axial fans to do so. Once the remediation is finished, we hope to return your home to you “Like it never even happened.”

If you need fast help with the flood damage in your home, call for it immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale by dialing (323) 255-1000. Night or day, we’re ready to help.

Did You Discover Mold in Your Glendale Home? Call SERVPRO!

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Under Wall Paper Often mold colonies are hidden behind things like wall paper. Inspect your home often for signs of mold damage.

Drying and Mold Removal for Glendale Homes

When moist and damp conditions persist in specific areas of your Glendale home, various types of damage can result. While saturation of structural elements can lead to weakening and erosion on its own, a more significant concern is the possibility of mold and microbial growth. Finding a way to battle this organism once it has begun to colonize the property is nothing the average homeowner can handle on their own. Our remediation professionals can help to remove these colonies and restore the damage that the destructive organism can cause.

While you might understand the severity of finding mold damage in areas of your Glendale home, you might not understand the process of removing it entirely and returning the property to its original condition. Our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive training and ongoing education to be leading experts in restoration and remediation, offering modern solutions to effectively and efficiently restore properties impacted by mold growth.

Moist conditions allow for these situations to occur in the first place. Hence, as part of the containment and mitigation strategies for mold-damaged homes, our professionals work on drying out affected areas quickly. With a wide range of available equipment at the disposal of our highly-trained SERVPRO technicians, we utilize machines like air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels far below acceptable parameters to eliminate the ideal conditions for further colonization.

Removal of the mold growth itself can happen in many ways as well. The choice between approaches like sanding, soda blasting, an antimicrobial solution, and removal of the material depends on the damage and the type of material affected by the organism. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly, 24 hours a day, to assess the right approach to remove mold growth from your home fast.

The discovery of mold growth in your home can be alarming and leave homeowners quickly searching for answers. Our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale remediation technicians can arrive quickly, 24/7, to provide our expertise and industry-leading equipment. Give us a call today at (323) 255-1000.

Common FAQs about Restoring Storm Damage in Glendale Homes

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded homes Flood damage can be particularly devastating. Call SERVPRO after you have gotten to safety.

Knowing the Steps that will be Followed During the Remediation Process Can Help You with Expectations

If you are dealing with the horrible aftermath of flooding caused by heavy weather or storms, the last thing you want is to worry about repairs. You need a restoration company that is knowledgeable, sensitive, and willing to get the job done quickly while also keeping you in the loop when needed.

This is what the experts at SERVPRO can offer you. We have many years of experience dealing with storm damage in Glendale homes, and we can get repairs started fast. You can be as involved as you like. Our technicians will keep you informed, but they can also work reliably and independently if you are busy handling insurance claims and filing papers.

Here are some common questions from homeowners to give you an idea of what to expect from the SERVPRO restoration team.

How Is the Water Removed from My House?

We have access to industrial-sized pumping devices. They can be used to extract large amounts of water from flooded areas so they can be disposed of safely. This process is essential as repairs can only begin once the affected area is free of standing water. Our pumps come in all shapes and sizes, so even awkward areas like crawlspaces can be emptied and prepped for restoration.

Why Do You Need to Lift My Carpet?

This is called ‘floating’ the carpet. The SERVPRO technicians gently lift the material up by a small amount so that they can slot a blower underneath. It circulates clean, dry air and helps the carpet to dry faster. Crucially, it also dries out any subflooring underneath the main carpet. If this isn’t done and the subflooring remains damp, the moisture will only reappear and cause further damage.

What Type of Dehumidifier Will You Use?

We utilize four different types of dehumidifiers that are all suited to particular jobs. For instance, desiccant varieties are highly effective in cold climates but don’t work as well around high temperatures. For this reason, they are better used in mostly uninhabited areas like crawlspaces and basements. The type of machine that we use will depend entirely on what materials are being dried and their current condition. The final decision can be made after a thorough inspection.

Do You Monitor the Drying Process?

The dehumidifiers and other drying machines will be regularly checked for drying progress. Often, the technicians have to wait for the affected space to be entirely dry before they can start cleaning and repairs. They may leave you for several evenings with instructions about working around the blowers and dryers while they are not onsite.

These are just some of the basics of storm and water damage restoration. There is lots more to learn if you want additional information. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is based in your local area. We respond to requests for emergency restoration as soon as we receive them. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.

Better Understanding of Mold Remediation in Your Glendale Residence

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on ceiling above window Moisture causes mold in Glendale homes--contact SERVPRO for remediation and cleanup

Mold Growth Is a Problem That Needs a Remedy--Call SERVPRO

Realizing that many sources of moisture could adversely affect your Glendale home, action should be taken. Once you start to see how the smallest of things could bring about lasting dampness and a moist atmosphere, it starts to make sense of how readily mold growth can occur in your residence. While this might not be uncommon, you must address this problem at its initial discovery.

Fighting mold damages in your Glendale residence is often thought of as a problem exclusively for a homeowner to contend with alone. Worse still, some homeowners do not believe the problem is pressing, leaving the mold colonies to grow and thrive with no remediation efforts. While this might be a widespread misconception, mold remediation must happen quickly and thoroughly. The best way to accomplish this is through professional restoration services like what our SERVPRO technicians can provide.

From the moment our specialists arrive at your home, we walk through the damaged and affected areas to get a complete scope of the issues we face when remediation begins. Locating the source of the moisture that affects this area is a part of this initial inspection, as repairing this vulnerable area or appliance can prevent water from feeding future mold spores to make new colonies.

While removing the colonies plays a critical role in our work for your home, another essential component is drying out the area to remove the food source for the mold spores to continue to sit and thrive. This process typically gets accomplished using industrial strength dehumidification equipment, air movers and scrubbers, and negative air pressure to ensure containment.

Mold remediation is a positive step that you can take when you find fungal growth in your home. Trust in our professionals at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale. You can reach us anytime by calling (323) 255-1000.