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

3/20/2023 (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?

3/20/2023 (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?

3/20/2023 (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.

Commercial Water Restoration Situations in Eagle Rock

3/19/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded office with chairs and furniture on the ground When water damage affects your business, time is of the essence. Contact team SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians and equipment.

SERVPRO Provides Help with Commercial Water Damage at your Business in Eagle Rock

Nobody likes walking into your office complex for work in the morning to find out that a disaster had occurred overnight. When water enters your structure during off hours when nobody is working inside your office, the issues can worsen until work gets conducted. A rainstorm that strikes in the middle of the night or a pipe break can cause your office complex to get flooded. And since water follows gravity, your floors could be affected the most.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians conduct commercial water restoration in Eagle Rock, we can check the carpeting in your entire building to determine where the H2O went. We can use a moisture sensor with two prongs on the bottom that will light up and beep wherever it senses wet carpeting. Once we figure out which sections of your office complex got wet, we can formulate a plan of attack to restore your building to its preloss state.

If your carpets get saturated, the fibers can start to separate from the backing. If delamination like this occurs, your carpets and pads will get removed and replaced. If delamination has not occurred, then we can take steps to remove moisture from the carpets.

First, we can use heavy-duty extractors to remove liquid water from carpets. We can place a fan underneath your carpets if the subfloors get wet. Next, we can set up fans and dehumidifiers to conduct applied structural drying (ASD). And since wet carpets attract dirt, we can conduct restorative carpet cleaning after the drying and other cleaning procedures are completed.

Ways to dry out other types of floors:

  • Set up a desiccant dehumidifier to dry concrete floors
  • Set up drying mats for hardwood floors to prevent buckling
  • Use a mop or squeegee for laminated floors
  • Create circulation inside the building and increase the heat to speed up drying

If you ever walk into work one day and notice wet carpets, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000.

Water Restoration for Torrential Rain & Flooding in Eagle Rock

2/13/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with furniture floating everywhere Regardless of how the storm damage entered your home, quick action is required for water removal and drying to be effective. Call SERVPRO 24/7.

You Can Rely on Our Water Restoration Services

Flooding in Eagle Rock becomes a serious risk after only a few inches of rain accumulate. Changes to the climate increase the possibility that this may happen, increasing the need for homeowners to check their flood insurance policies to ensure they have adequate coverage. Flood insurance helps alleviate the burden of costs following a groundwater incident.

Heavy rain easily creates problems for homeowners in Eagle Rock, but our water restoration crews are highly trained. They understand the ways that precipitation can harm your property. We hold IICRC certificates in different restoration areas, creating a powerful and efficient restoration team ready to work on your residence's restoration.

After a bad weather incident, either a thunderstorm or flooding, you can depend on us to:

  • Inspect for dampness in hidden areas,
  • Dry-out affected structural elements, and
  • Use controlled demolition and rebuilding methods.

Our equipment is used for different tasks – drying, cleaning, restoring, and detecting. After water breaches your house's exterior, we need to locate all instances of it. We use moisture meters, infrared imaging devices, and other equipment to find such water. As the project progresses, we also use air movers to take readings regarding how much water vapor is currently in the air.

These same air movers are important in drying out your home's interior. Keeping that water vapor moving also means it is not finding its way back into porous materials, allowing us to direct it outside and away from your family's belongings. Other types of equipment raise the temperature (heaters and one component of our InjectiDry system), clean the air of mold spores and other microbes (air scrubbers), and trap moisture as air passes through it (our desiccant machines).

Our California State License (#999460) covers general contracting for both residential and commercial projects. You can rely on us to approach your restoration needs efficiently and cost-effectively.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is always ready to help with the restoration services you need. Call us at (323) 255-1000, 24/7, year-round.

SERVPRO Is a Trusted Name for Mold Remediation in Eagle Rock

1/6/2023 (Permalink)

containment in room with air scrubber SERVPRO prevents mold contamination by setting up containment barriers in your Eagle Rock house.

It Pays to Hire SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Eagle Rock

Mold can have a lasting aesthetic and structural impact on your property if not handled promptly. Professionals like SERVPRO have the necessary tools and training for safe and effective mold remediation of your Eagle Rock home. 

SERVPRO’s scientific approach to the mold remediation process in Eagle Rock homes ensures effectiveness. Our technicians also collaborate with experts like Environmental Professionals (IEP) and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals to make the process safe for the occupants and restorers.

How SERVPRO Ensures an Effective Mold Removal?

The biggest challenge for the SERVPRO mold specialists during the remediation process is preventing the contamination from spreading to the unaffected parts of your Eagle Rock home. Hence, the remediation process begins with the erection of a containment zone using high-strength 6-mil polyethylene sheeting and wood or PVC framing.

The containment zones are also equipped with negative air machines and HEPA filters to ensure that airborne particles or mold spores don’t escape. In the next step, the techs carefully remove the containment using special equipment to avoid generating aerosolized particles.

Engineering Controls to Limit Spread of Contamination

SERVPRO techs employ the following engineering controls to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the mold restoration process.

  • Techs use special vacuums to eliminate visible contamination and secure it in 6-mil heavy-gauge poly bags.
  • SERVPRO techs monitor the humidity within the affected area and the contaminated area and take steps to dry the environment as quickly as possible
  • If required, we dispose of the contaminated material safely and according to local laws and regulations.

If you suspect that you might have mold in your home and need help dealing with it, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fast Water Mitigation can Rescue Your Watery Eagle Rock Residence

12/18/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded room with two people in rain boots standing in it Dealing with water damage after an event can be challenging. Partner with SERVPRO during this time for effective services. Our team is standing by.

Our Expert Water Mitigation Team is Always Ready

SERVPRO has extensive experience in water mitigation. We know that every second increases the amount of restoration work needed later. We respond as rapidly as possible to keep the costs related to recovering after a disaster in Eagle Rock low and reasonable.

Water mitigation of your Eagle Rock dwelling keeps costs manageable through proven reliable methods. We approach mitigation from different angles to ensure that we prepare your property for the next step, the removal of destroyed materials and their subsequent replacement. 

Another part of keeping costs low involves repairing materials instead of replacing them. Some materials are much more cost effective to repair, allowing us to avoid the expense required to purchase replacements. Some of these everyday household items include:

  • Hardwood furniture,
  • Soft toys, including plushies, and
  • Clothing and blankets.

Success with keeping the option to repair over replace often requires us to remove such items from the home’s interior. Once outside, they can remain dry or dry more quickly if damp.

We can also set up cleaning stations where we can apply antimicrobials, reducing the risk of secondary water damage like mildew or mold from discoloring surfaces. While made from synthetic compounds, the surface of many plastics still often harbors organic substances, providing nutrients to the microbes, which allows them to grow. Colonies on such surfaces can cause plastic degradation in addition to staining.

Other materials that we can often save from destruction with prompt and rapid water mitigation services include flooring. One of the components in any house to receive the worst of a water-related disaster is carpets, and wood flooring can withstand clean water for short periods. By extracting the water and drying it until the flooring reaches optimal moisture levels, many times, we can restore the flooring and save the customer from making a significant expenditure.

Call us, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, at (323) 255-1000 so we can provide you with the water mitigation services your property needs.

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)

SERVPRO Equipment Afraid your home has been damaged by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

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.