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Reducing Humidity and Lessening Risk of Mold Damage in Your Azusa Property

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reducing Humidity and Lessening Risk of Mold Damage in Your Azusa Property Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage found in your home.

Rely on Professional Mold Remediation Specialists

Humid areas of the country are more susceptible to battling mold growing in specific areas. Azusa is no stranger to humid conditions, and this scenario adds significant amounts of moisture to mold-prone areas of your house. By the time you smell mold, characterized by an unmistakable musty odor, colonies have already begun to grow in the area. This same smell could also indicate that it is time to seek the aid of professionals fully equipped to deal with colony removal and mold remediation.

If allowed to go undisturbed, the mold damage in your Azusa home that would ensue could require quite a lot of treatment to restore. In more extreme cases, the mold has caused such damage to organic materials in fabrics and surfaces that they cannot be salvaged by the restoration process. Since the moisture in the air is the catalyst to the problem you are facing, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians work quickly to diagnose the source of the moisture.

Once we have located the source of the humidity and moisture in the affected area, our specialists work with dehumidifying equipment to pull in the water from the air. We do not use heating fans for this process, as this is likely to spread spores around and allow them to seat into new areas and form new colonies. Instead, negative air chamber devices are used to neutralize airborne spores and prevent them from forming into the colonies that require further removal.

Once the colonies get eliminated with the use of scrubbers and other techniques, our SERVPRO technicians get to work on removing the threat of future problems by correcting the primary cause of the moisture in the first place. With this threat pacified, our remediation efforts extend to the restoration of the contents and structure of your home. The process begins with cleaning and disinfecting all of the affected surfaces and materials, working to completely restore the area to the condition it was in before the fungus grew.

While the process might seem simple, our licensed IICRC specialists at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina are well educated in mold remediation techniques. Call us today at (626) 387-4111.

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Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale Our SERVPRO technicians will restore your water damaged walls "Like it never even happened."

Don't Let Water Damage Ruin Your Irwindale Family Holiday Gatherings

When preparing for the holiday season, Irwindale residents often include friends as well as family in their plans. Making special desserts and other treats to follow traditional meals usually brings about a happy feeling in those involved in the activities.

As people clean up their homes before entertaining, uncovering hidden water damage in your Irwindale home sometimes happens in the process. Left alone, water damage can spread fast. As an eyesore, slight water damage might seem easier to cover up than to mitigate. Draping a festive fabric section over the wall under a leaky window frame might seem like a creative fix, but water damage can occur in much more difficult to camouflage locations.

When guests arrive at your home, you want it to reflect your taste and style while being spotless. Water damage in bathrooms and kitchens can keep you from achieving your goals. Bubbling paint and chipped wallpaper borders can detract from these two areas' overall look. While most photos in the kitchen focus on baking and cooking skills and accomplishments, the background counts, also.

SERVPRO wants your family to have a beautiful interior throughout your home, every day of the year. We help homeowners accomplish this through IICRC-approved techniques and methods. We earn certificates in related fields, such as Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Odor Control (OCT). Removing areas impacted by water saves your home from further damage, reduces odors that you may have become accustomed to, and restore your home quickly so your plans can remain unchanged.

One thing about water damage is that we can prevent it from happening again by locating the water's source. Eliminating water from where it does not belong can help save you thousands of dollars in future damages, so we make this a priority at each home where we work. Moisture meters help us in this task. Homeowners are sometimes surprised to find that they have tiny leaks in water pipes they never suspected.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants your family to live in a home free of water damage and other types of problems. If you find signs that water has caused problems in your kitchen or bathrooms, call us at (626) 387-4111. We answer our phones every day of the year, regardless of when you call.

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Assisted Living Home in Pathway of Flood and Mud in Azusa

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Assisted Living Home in Pathway of Flood and Mud in Azusa Allow SERVPRO to worry about flood damage cleanup, while you focus on the residents of your assisted living facility.

Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Flood Damage in Your Commercial Space

The cycle of wildfires and recent heavy precipitation interrelate in many ways in Azusa. Still recovering from the effects of raging fires a little more than a year ago, the flow of water and mudslides are not moderated by forested areas as was true before the blazes. Heavy rains and snowmelt can mean damage requiring our skilled workers and industrial sized equipment to remedy.

Located to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, properties in Azusa are at risk of flood damage if the trend of heavy rains continues. Assisted living facilities face an enhanced threat as the residents served are vulnerable, physically unable to protect themselves or get to safe areas quickly. When flooding is imminent, your focus must be on the residents under your care. Leave the cleanup to us.

Floodwaters carry a range of contaminants into your property, making professional cleanup, containment, and disposal a necessity. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in contaminated water management, ensuring that at the end of the project your residence’s staff and guests are at no risk of the hazardous waste-laden water that moved through the building.

Because of the erosion on the slopes, our crews must plan for a mixture of mud and water as well as an endless variety of debris picked up as the slurry moved down and into inhabited areas. We have accesses to resources equal to these challenges, including specialized equipment to collect and remove the watery mess.

Smooth, tiled floors clean more easily than carpeted areas, but we also use techniques taught in IICRC courses to clean and dry carpets in common areas and resident rooms. After the cleanup is complete, SERVPRO crews move on to treat all affected areas and materials with appropriate antimicrobial solutions to inhibit transmission of pathogens.

Drying is the final step, effectuated by high-power air movers and dehumidifiers. After being cleared for operation, we also re-engage the HVAC system to filter the air and help with dehumidification. Throughout this part of the process, SERVPRO workers measure and monitor moisture levels, using advanced scanners to locate any hidden pockets of water. Thorough drying is the best insurance to prevent mold growth and damage.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to assist if rainfall totals push water and debris down the mountains and onto your property. We staff our phone at (626) 387-4111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Charring is Not the Only Aspect of Fire Damage in Irwindale Dwellings

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Charring is Not the Only Aspect of Fire Damage in Irwindale Dwellings SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is here to help you and your home recover from a house fire.

Learn How SERVPRO Cleans Up Fire, Smoke, and Soot From Your Irwindale Home

House fires can cause many problems for a family. Several of these issues can continue long after Irwindale firefighters leave the scene. Cleaning up and restoring your home often requires professional technicians with specialized skills.

Irwindale residents who choose professional mitigation of fire damage find a resolution for their situation very quickly. At SERVPRO, we know that many of the items destroyed by a fire hold sentimental value to the occupants. Many of the items that would have been unrecoverable can now receive specialized care that restores it completely.

Now, instead of replacing everything lost in a fire, special cleaning units can restore almost anything. We can box everything up, transport it to our facility, restore each item, and then return everything to you. Larger items, such as upholstered furniture, can remain at your home while our Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) restores them, or if you prefer, accompany your other items.

Your personal belongings do not burn without affecting the interior of your home. Even if your home's structure does not catch on fire, smoke and the subsequent soot become deposited almost everywhere. Soot can carry carcinogens, trigger breathing difficulties, and also become a mess whenever touched or otherwise disturbed. Because it settles on everything, cleaning can seem to spread soot more than eliminate it from your home and belongings. Our SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) have extensive experience and can perform this work efficiently so you can relax instead of worry.

For more extensive fires, gutting a home can be the only option. New floor plans can often be realized, and make your home seem like a brand new one at the same time. Working closely with other professionals in restoring your home to you, we strive to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina values your privacy and respects your wishes regarding all matters involving your home's contents. Fire damage is never pretty, and we can offer the professional guidance regarding the most efficient ways to restore your home. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 for our 24-hour services.

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Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes If you find mold damage on important documents or books, call SERVPRO to treat the damage.

Contact SERVPRO to Save Your Mold Damaged Documents

Mold growth on documents occurs when the relative humidity in an environment is high enough to support the fungus. Mold damage can happen in as little as forty-eight hours when the mold spores accumulate to significant levels. You can reduce the extent of the damage by contacting a professional mold remediation company to dry the wet papers.

Whether the documents are antique, business, historical, or heirloom items, it is to your advantage to call SERVPRO for professional mold remediation services. We offer emergency mold damage restoration for Irwindale residents, and we are just a short distance from your home. Our techniques are up to date with IICRC guidelines, helping us restore documents to their original state as best as possible.

Mold is everywhere and spreads quickly through the air in the form of tiny spores. If your home does not have a proper air filtration system, you are highly likely to find mold spores on walls, floors, carpeting, and even books and papers. Mold usually looks powdery when it is dormant, but can have a range of colors when it is active.

Most types of mold are not harmful as individual spores. Spores become noticeable when they form colonies on any food source containing organic materials. These materials include dirt, wood, starches, cloth fibers, dust, leaves, food, and items made from cellulose (e.g., paper). The mold becomes damaging when the colonies grow large and become a health hazard.

Before cleaning mold damage on affected documents, SERVPRO mold remediation experts must ensure that they are dry first. Depending on the extent of the damage and the types of documents involved, we may have to collect the books and dry them separately. For safety purposes, it is always advisable to wear gloves when handling mold-damaged papers.

SERVPRO technicians have adequate training on restoring all sorts of documents with mold damage, including legal, medical, library, and photographic originals. We use drying methods to clean documents. Our equipment includes HEPA filters, sponges, erasers, and soft brushes, which are handy for wiping away debris from the pages.

You cannot afford to waste time when you notice mold growing on your documents. As soon as possible, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to treat the mold damage before it gets out of control. We are available 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.  

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Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm You can help your neighbors after they experience flood damage by moving furniture, distributing supplies and offering transportation.

Three Simple Ways to Help Out Your Neighbors and Make a Big Difference

If a major storm is massive and powerful enough to cause flooding, it tends to affect entire neighborhoods at a time. If your troubles are too great to allow you any breaks, then you should focus on your property first. However, if your damage is light compared to the surrounding area, you may want to consider helping your neighbors to recover from their flood damage in Irwindale. There are a few ways you can help them out, depending on the specific circumstances and impact of the storm on you and them. Use your best judgment, and be careful not to overburden yourself if your struggles are too heavy.

Moving Furniture

Whether it is broken furniture, whole furniture, wet furniture, or dry furniture, many neighbors may need help moving large objects out of their flood-damaged homes in Irwindale. If you are reasonably strong or stocky, consider offering a helping hand around the neighborhood to those who need to move things in and out of their homes. Plus, it might make for an excellent workout.

Distributing Supplies

It can be easy for many residents to forget basic supplies when they come to inspect damage to their homes. Consider passing out cheap, helpful supplies such as bottled water, latex gloves, and paper face masks to your neighbors. Anything that would help to improve health, safety, or morale is welcome. It should not cost much, and you could end up saving someone from a nasty infection.

Offering Transportation

Flooding can sometimes prevent vehicles from working, leaving some unfortunate neighbors stranded without a car. If your vehicle is still working, consider offering short rides around town to those who need them. Anyone you service would undoubtedly be very grateful, and might even tip you for your services.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready after every major storm to respond to local calls for help. If your home flooded or otherwise has been negatively affected by a storm, call us at (626) 387-4111

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Quick Tips for Light Indoor Flood Damage in Covina

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick Tips for Light Indoor Flood Damage in Covina It is important to stay calm when you experience flood damage in your home.

Handling Flood Damage from Failed Appliances in Your Home

Whether it is a contained leak or a massive, multi-room disaster, flood damage in Covina often comes from a malfunctioning appliance. Everything from sinks to dishwashers to showerheads can cause flooding, and while damage sustained from these sources is typically much easier to clean up and handle than from storms and disasters, it still presents a significant challenge without the aid of a professional company like SERVPRO. Here are a few tips for when worst comes to worst, and an appliance starts to soak your home.

Keep Calm

One of the most important things to consider when responding to flood damage in your Covina home is your reaction. Are you panicking, or perhaps overreacting to the damage? Staying calm should help you to gain a stronger, more rational grip on and understanding of the situation. If something breaks in your home, do not panic. A smooth, appropriate reaction should help you more than anything else, and probably mitigate a good chunk of the potential damage to your home.

Try to Shut Off the Water

One of your top priorities should be to turn off the water source by any means necessary. More water invariably correlates with more damage and rising costs. Stopping pipes and patching leaks helps to avert further water damage and get the situation under control. For larger jobs, our technicians prioritize arriving quickly to shut off the water themselves, but if you can do it, this only makes our work easier and more effective.

Don't Overthink Things

While flood damage should indeed be treated with appropriate caution and professional care, minor scenarios can sometimes be inflated and elevated to the same status in a homeowner's mind. If the damage is unlikely to be permanent, try to clean it yourself with a mop and rags. For larger floods, however, calling in SERVPRO helps to ensure that as little damage occurs as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is a local provider of home restoration services. If your home has been hit by a flood or water damage, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

Visit https://www.covinaca.gov/ for more information about Covina.

Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage SERVPRO can help prepare your business for a flood to help minimize potential damage.

Stayed Prepared for Flood Damage

Covina coffee shop owners are right to be concerned about the impact of flooding, especially when they have to close their business down for cleanup and restoration. No business owner wants to face flood damage, but it is better to prepare so you can minimize harm and loss of earnings.

The key to minimizing profit loss after flood damage to your Covina coffee shop is to plan and put processes in place to protect your physical property and support your staff in the event of an emergency. Do not assume that your business is safe - flood damage is a risk for many businesses, and it is better to plan.

The first step is to secure the building itself. Check for structural integrity and get any leaks, missing roof tiles, old windows, or flood-prone basements fixed straight away. Install storm shutters if you can. Prepare your building as well as you can so it has a better chance of withstanding a serious storm or flood.

Think about what to do with your supplies in the event of a flood. Coffee beans and ground blends, teabags, and ingredients such as flour do not fare well in water. Make sure your premises has plenty of raised shelving and storage, so there is less chance of food spoilage.

Think about the paperwork side of your business, too. Keep electronic backups of all invoices, payroll details, receipts and spreadsheets, and always keep a backup off the premises too. Plan so that no vital information is lost in the event of a flood.

Make sure your employees know what to do and how to get in touch with you and each other in an emergency. Prepare for the fact that phone lines and the internet might be down, and arrange alternative means of getting in touch. Consider setting up a “contact tree” so each employee reaches out to the next person until everyone is in touch. Ask your employees to get in touch during a disaster even if they are not at work that day.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to pump and extract water from your coffee shop, and we equip our team with powerful fans, air movers, dehumidifiers and moisture probes to get your premises dry and ready to re-open.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is a free app you can use to plan for natural disasters and other events such as fire, flood, water damage, and mold.

For help with flood cleanup in Azusa, Irwindale and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for assistance today.

To learn more about Covina, visit https://www.covinaca.gov/.

Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training You can trust the highly trained and certified technicians at SERVPRO for all your restoration needs.

SERVPRO technicians are certified and prepared for every job

One of the largest issues in the damage repair and restoration industry is uncertified contractors taking on projects they are not qualified to handle. Every year, thousands of homeowners fall victim to predatory companies that lack the equipment and training to handle damages properly. At SERVPRO, however, our technicians undergo a rigorous training regimen to prepare them for anything and everything related to fire damage in Covina. Here are just a few of the IICRC certifications our technicians carry with them to your home.

FSRT (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)

The most important certification for any technician sent out to our Covina fire damage restoration projects is the FSRT. This certification ensures that technicians understand the equipment, planning methods, cleaning techniques, and safety procedures related to fire restoration work. Also, this course also teaches some amount of odor control, although there is an entirely separate certification for that task.

OCT (Odor Control Technician)

The longest-lasting and the least-visible element of most fires is smoke residue. Smoke particles are microscopic and can easily embed themselves in wood, fabric, wallpaper, drywall, and other materials around your home. This course teaches our technicians how to remove smoke and other odors quickly and efficiently using the advanced technology at our disposal.

Employee Certification Training

Most SERVPRO technicians also undergo our in-house Employee Certification Training, which consists of numerous modules to help better train and inform our technicians in their line of work. This training is standardized across hundreds of SERVPRO locations nationwide, allowing for a high and shared standard to be established for every individual going through the training.

On-the-Job Training

Training does not stop at certifications for our employees. Even after they have gone through many classes and weeks of training, technicians still have room to learn in the field. We pair up veteran employees and newer charges to make sure that every job has the experience it needs and less-experienced technicians gain knowledge quickly.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina brings the training, equipment, and quality of service to your home that no one else can. For our restoration and repair services, give us a call at (626) 387-4111.

Visit https://www.covinaca.gov/ for more information about Covina, California.

Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina There are many environments where mold can quickly grow. When you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes

There is a mistaken idea that mold only occurs in the damp and dark. The truth is that a home in sunny California is at just as much risk as a house in Wisconsin in the winter; perhaps even more.
 
Mold spores need a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees in addition to a source of food and moisture to expand and grow. Once these factors are in place, they spread out from their dormant state and then mold damage in Covina can happen in any home. SERVPRO has the equipment and training needed to remove these factors from the problem to stop further growth and begin removing the mold already present.
 
Temperature is the most difficult factor to affect. We can raise it by a few degrees in the affected areas using space heaters, but the most efficient method is to dry the affected surfaces (walls, floors, and personal property) at the same time as raising their temperature. We do this using air movers to force warm, dry air over and under property to push away damp air and force out any moisture.
 
Removing the food source is the easiest factor for our technicians to effect. Mold spores preferred food is drywall. It is in every home, but it is quick to pull down from wall framing and take out for disposal. The drawback is that while a few panels are cheap to replace, paneling an entire room can be expensive. Doing so is still cheaper than spending labor time trying to cut away pieces of mold infested panels and fit in new sections.
 
It does not solve the overall problem though. Replaced drywall can become infested in a few weeks if the moisture source is not cleaned up and stopped. Our technicians use air content meters to check mold levels and find the origin of the growth. An inspection also gives us the moisture source. In many instances of mold infestation, this is a leak behind a wall or above the ceiling.
 
We repair the leak (usually a dripping pipe or several damaged tiles on the roof) and then physically remove the water and mold. Technicians test the humidity, and if it is above normal, they install a dehumidifier to draw out moisture from the air until the percentage is back in the correct range. With no source of moisture, mold spores shrink back to their dormant state and are no longer a problem.
 
Stopping and removing mold in your home does not have a quick fix. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can, however, quickly move into your home to begin the process and help you return to a safe, clean environment for your family. If you suspect a problem, call today at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an inspection.

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