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Azusa's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Sprinkler Systems

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Azusa's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Sprinkler Systems If the sprinkler system ever floods out your restaurant call SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Damage

In every restaurant in Azusa, there are several appliances that use water and many waterpipes running throughout the building. The relatively high number of areas that use water in a restaurant increase the possibility of commercial water damage occurring. Some eateries have multiple dishwashers for their bars and their kitchens. Many cafeterias also have several sinks that have both temperatures of the water and drain lines running to and from them. Both sinks and appliances can malfunction and spray water into your building causing excessive commercial water damage.

Anytime a water leak happens at your place of business; our SERVPRO technicians know that keeping your restaurant open is essential to prevent loss of revenue as much as possible. Our team will change the way they complete a commercial water damage project in Azusa to save you and your insurance company money from loss of business. Many times we restore affected contents and materials while your business is not open so that we do not distract your hungry customers. In other situations, we complete the mitigation work a small section at a time so that parts of your dining room can still stay open.

One common problem that can flood out restaurants is if the sprinkler system for the building goes off. Sprinkler systems are designed to repress fires if they start and usually consist of water pipes running throughout your building. Excessive heat or small kitchen fires can set off the sprinklers which will flood out your structure. Sometimes sprinklers can also leak or malfunction creating excessive moisture issues. If the problem occurs while your business is closed, it is possible that much water will pour into your building before the disaster gets noticed.

If enough water gets into your dining room, building materials and contents like your chairs and tables can get ruined. If wooden items stay wet for too long, mold growth can develop. Whenever water floods out your cafe, our SERVPRO team begins work immediately to reduce primary damage and prevent secondary issues.

If the sprinkler system ever floods out your restaurant, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 any day of the week.

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Irwindale's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Keeping Track of Your Contents During Pack-Outs

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Irwindale's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Keeping Track of Your Contents During Pack-Outs For Help with Pack-Outs and Fire Loss Restoration to Your Irwindale Property Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Hi-Tech Programs and Equipment for Efficient Cleaning and Storage Off-site after a Fire Loss in the Irwindale Area

Whenever a fire ignites inside a building in Irwindale, the results can be quite devastating. The longer the blaze burns, the worse the fire damage can get. Elements of a fire including heat and smoke can both cause several different problems to your contents and building materials inside your home. Smoke can travel throughout a structure and leave behind soils and soot residues. The heat and flames created can cause fire damage in the form of burnt or charred structural components.
 
Since insurance companies separate their coverage of items by either being your structural materials or your contents, our SERVPRO technicians keep track of affected items based on whether they are attached to your house or not. During any fire damage mitigation in Irwindale, we often separate your contents and building materials by packing up your possessions and moving them out of affected areas of your home. Moving contents into a location that did not get affected by the burn helps keep the restoration of contents from negatively affecting building materials and vice versa.
 
Whenever we conduct a pack out on a property, we use a specialized computer inventory system to keep track of all of your items. Our CCIS  Customer Content Inventory Service system produces consistent, professional pack-out inventories in electronic format. The program helps our SERVPRO restoration team keep track of what items of yours we have and where we have them. By using the CCIS, we can offer extra services to you and your insurance adjuster.
 
The CCIS software can help us retrieve items out of our storage warehouse. Sometimes you may need some of your possessions before the scheduled date to move things back occurs. The CCIS system helps us find exactly where your contents are and record that we have given them back to you.
 
Our computer software also helps keep track of how much money was saved by cleaning items instead of replacing them. If you ever need assistance after a burn inside your house call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 any day of the week.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Irwindale

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Irwindale Mold Removal and Remediation Needed? Call SERVPRO for Swift Service in the Irwindale Area

Irwindale Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Safe Mold Remediation

Mold spores are present in every Irwindale home. They are in most room, closet, attic, and probably in every piece of HVAC ductwork. Usually, mold spores are non-threatening to property and residents. It is only when they come into contact with a source of moisture, do they pose a threat of expansion into colonies.
 
Even when Irwindale mold damage does happen, it is rarely a health issue. Mold can cause health effects in a small number of individuals. SERVPRO technicians understand that mold is a much greater threat to the structural property of a home than to its residents. After removing the source of moisture, our specialists use a variety of tools and materials to draw mold and mold spores out of the air, off surfaces, and to block further both further growth and the musty odors that mold can produce.
 
Technicians use an air content meter to measure the number of spores in any given room or hallway. For very high amounts, they set up air scrubbers to capture and trap these airborne spores using specially designed HEPA filters. These filters are also excellent tools for removing dander, dust, and other microbial substances from the atmosphere.
 
As the air scrubbers work, other technicians inspect the ductwork. If they find active, growing mold, they seal off the vents and use scrubbing brushes with an anti-microbial cleaner to kill the spores and remove them. If the mold grew far into the system, SERVPRO specialists set up a fogging machine to generate a cloud of anti-microbial particles and then set up an exhaust fan on low power to force the cloud throughout the HVAC system, covering every surface and destroying the mold. After the cloud has had enough time to cover every surface, team members open a vent outside of the home and then the fan on high, blowing every mold spores possible into the atmosphere.
 
For walls inside the home, technicians wipe down each surface with a dry or damp sponge, depending on the amount of mold present. Once they cannot see any further mold growth, technicians can paint over the affected surfaces with a paint that contains a mold retardant which reduces the chance of mold growing across that surface again.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is to remediate mold growth in each home and to reduce the risk of another infestation. If you are dealing with the effects of mold in your home, call us at (626) 387-4111 today to schedule an inspection.

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Flood Damage Technicians In Azusa Discuss Problems With Skylights

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians In Azusa Discuss Problems With Skylights If organic materials inside your house stay wet for over 48 hours, then it is a possibility that microbial growth occurs.

Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Skylights

Everyone in the area knows that Azusa thunderstorms can get extreme. Excessive rain combined with hurricane-speed winds are likely to cause destruction to your property. Lightning is also an issue that can ruin structural components of your home. In this part of the country, rain can quickly turn into hail which can wreak havoc at your residence. Wind is a common culprit when it comes to exterior structural damage. High-speed winds can blow objects into your home and break things creating vulnerable gaps in the building's structure. Many water-related issues get caused by leaks in roofs and broken windows during thunderstorms. Once a hole gets created in your dwelling, the excessive rainfall can ruin building materials and contents located in the interior of your house.

One feature that is present in many custom home designs that remains at risk of getting broken during a storm is any skylight inside your residence. Our SERVPRO technicians always inspect skylights for flood damage when in Azusa working on a weather-related project. These windows to the sky are susceptible to getting broken by objects put into the air by wind and hail. Once a skylight gets broken, water can leak from your ceiling down to your floor causing many problems on its way down.

Moisture entering from a skylight sometimes flows directly into your home, but it is also possible that water flows into the ceiling cavity and goes unnoticed. However, whether the moisture that entered your house cause you an inconvenience or not, water can still ruin structural components. When building materials get saturated, they can lose their structural strength and fall apart. Water that stays in a home evaporates into the air and can cause additional issues as well when humidity levels rise. If organic materials inside your house stay wet for over 48 hours, then it is a possibility that microbial growth occurs.

When damaged, skylights pose a threat to a lot of your building's structural materials. Our SERVPRO restoration crew is IICRC certified and experienced in dealing with all types of storm-related problems. If the results of a recent thunderstorm have you and your family feeling like your home is broken, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 24/7.

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Stained Walls – A Sign Of Water Damage In Irwindale Properties

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Stained Walls – A Sign Of Water Damage In Irwindale Properties When a home in Irwindale suffers from displaced water or extreme accumulations of moisture, water damage can mar and stain walls and ceilings.

Water Damage In Your Home

Protecting your property in Irwindale from different problems is easier to do when you know which mishaps to expect. However, when a problem develops slowly, many homeowners do not notice the damage, even when it happens in a visible area of their house.

When a home in Irwindale suffers from displaced water or extreme accumulations of moisture, water damage can mar and stain walls and ceilings. Bubbled up wallpaper can also happen slowly, worsening over time. SERVPRO technicians can help homeowners successfully deal with the situation by regaining control of the moisture or water's source and mitigating the existing damage.

Our technicians receive training in how to locate moisture at its source. Many times, a slightly loose joint in a pipe permits water to seep out, while other situations involve precipitation that finds a way in through a small break in the house's exterior. Water from flooding or overflowed tubs or sinks can also cause problems. How water sprays on the back-splash of a kitchen sink can also create problems for homeowners. Not only can this create water damage but it can also lead to the overgrowth of mold and mildew.

Repairing these problems might require a professional plumber, roofing contractor, or other specialists. When the repair is small and involves a necessary tightening of a water hose on an appliance, we inform the homeowner about the importance of a timely repair.

SERVPRO's goal is to mitigate the home's existing damage so your family can live in a house free of the associated problem of water damage. Removing only those materials that we cannot restore through other methods succeeds in keeping costs manageable while also making it possible to finish quickly. Cleaning surfaces might not remove stains, however, so painting can provide the results we desire.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can be reached at (626) 387-4111 for water damage situations as well as emergencies involving other disastrous situations that can make your home unlivable. Call us so we can help you protect your property from such situations.

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Disaster Planning can Negate the Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Your Azusa Business

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Planning can Negate the Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Your Azusa Business We are here to take care of and restore your Azusa business!

Azusa Businesses Can Bounce Back After Water Damage With The Help of SERVPRO

Running a business in any industry and of any size can be a lot of responsibility on you. Even if the number of employees in your business equals zero, running things on a daily basis requires things to remain stable, including your business's physical environment, as well.

If your Azusa-based business ever experiences commercial water damage, you might find that things can get out of hand rather quickly. SERVPRO technicians stay ready round-the-clock, every day of the year so businesses in our community can receive the services they need in emergencies like broken water lines, basins that overflowed, and leaks in roofing structures. Our crew members are experienced in large and small settings involving water damage, and we can help you at any stage of its discovery.

In our Green Fleet, we have large pumps mounted on trucks to remove water quickly, which can prevent damaged areas from worsening. We also carry the other machines needed to dry out your business, keeping moisture from spreading through materials to undamaged areas. Our air scrubbers remove microscopic debris in the air, including microbes that can start growing when they settle on surfaces.

At SERVPRO, we carry the tools to clean areas affected by water damage, as well. Getting things dry only solves part of the problem. We know that cleaning up items affected by water that might leave a film of dirt behind does not keep our customers satisfied. Specialized cleaning cloths help pick up deposits left behind after drying out your business. These deposits get picked up from the water passing through other materials in your business. Carpeting, dry materials, and other items can put things in the water that spread out and end up everywhere. We get rid of all that for you.

Protecting your business from the future effects of water damage is crucial in keeping your business running normally. We inspect your business's interior for possible problems that we can help prevent from becoming long-term problems. However, the initial phases of restoring your business's facility can go much more smoothly and efficiently when you have an Emergency READY Profile in place. This free Profile gives us the information needed to assist you more effectively and rules out the possibility that you might forget important details in the face of any type of disaster.

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SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to help our community before, during, and after disasters involving water damage and other serious events that can adversely affect a business. Call us at (626) 387-4111 to see how we can help you at any stage. We want to help your business remain a crucial part of our community.

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Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Irwindale

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Irwindale When fire damages your Irwindale home, you need to arrange for cleanup and restoration quickly.

Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

When fire damages your Irwindale home, you need to arrange for cleanup and restoration quickly. Before you grab a mop and a sponge realize that fire damage presents challenges with which the average homeowner is not familiar. Proceeding without that knowledge can result in the damage worsening rather than improving and raises health and safety issues. Our reliable fire damage restoration crews are ready to take on the tasks to protect you and your property.

Although anything that burned through or charred in your Irwindale home might seem to be the worst kind of fire damage, the smoke residues and soot must be addressed as well. The uncombusted particles in smoke are what makes up soot, extraordinarily acidic and corrosive substances that coat all surfaces it reaches. Soot damages nearly every type of building material used in the average home as well as fixtures, furnishings, and other contents. Permanent damage can develop within the first hours and progresses. We can halt the harm at an early point, limiting both the expense and disruption of recovery.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team assesses the extent and severity of the damage. We disengage HVAC systems to prevent the continuous spread of airborne soot throughout the home. Containment with physical barriers and sometimes negative pressure air scrubbers assists in keeping the damage isolated from spaces undamaged or only slightly compromised with light, ashy deposits. This approach can allow you to remain living on site during restoration. We work with your insurance company to accurately document your claims, including temporary relocations if needed for your family’s health and safety.

SERVPRO technicians are skilled in the restoration of even deep charring, using techniques mastered during IICRC coursework. Brushing and sanding reveal a solid surface we can restore, and we integrate replacement of surfaces too unstable to retain into a seamless whole. We evaluate the characteristics of the sooty residues and note if they differ from space to space. Loose soot dry sponges, dusts, or vacuums away. Stickier deposits can need cleansers with wetting agents and surfactants to break up the soiling before removal with wiping actions. Protein-based soot, often seen after kitchen fires, is thin but tenacious. Solvents and abrasives might be employed.

Fire damage is toxic, so permit SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to ensure the safety of you and our crew during the entire project. We work efficiently, so the job completes quickly, permitting you to resume your day to day lifestyle swiftly. Call (626) 387-4111 just as soon as the fire authorities release your property for our rapid response.

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Be Vigilant for Signs of Mold In Irwindale -- Even During The Dry, Warm Months Of Summer

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Be Vigilant for Signs of Mold In Irwindale -- Even During The Dry, Warm Months Of Summer For Irwindale Mold Remediation and Cleanup Rely on SERVPRO--Get It Done Right, the First Time!

Mold Remediation in Irwindale Is Only a Phone Call Away to SERVPRO

Dry and warm forecasts seem to make Irwindale an unlikely place to find significant mold development during the summer. Although the rareness of rainstorms can limit the moisture fuel source for new infestations, mold colonies hide and thrive regardless of the weather outside. If you stumble on concealed mold damage, we can help you remediate it swiftly and safely no matter what the season.
 
One key to managing mold damage successfully in Irwindale is understanding that mold spores find both expected and unexpected moisture sources in your home -- unnoticeable leaks, condensation, and the other key is to partner with an experienced mold remediation company when you discover mold growth. You might see what appears to be a minor infestation but once our team arrives the damage could prove to be more extensive. Mold remediation is not a process that works well done a little at a time. We can evaluate the extent of the mold infestation(s) and provide you with a plan to abate the current damage and inhibit future recurrence.
 
SERVPRO technicians master training in Applied Microbial Remediation through IICRC coursework and then use that knowledge to assist with your mold problem. The procedure followed by our crews mirrors the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations for effective removal of mold and mildew while protecting residents and technicians and preventing the spread of the fungal materials.
 
Mold spores and the mycotoxins produced as the fungi multiply are irritating to susceptible individuals with allergies or sensitivities. When remediation occurs, it is essential not to disturb and broadcast these particles. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment and contain the area affected with physical barriers (plastic sheeting) during the project. We also employ air scrubbers, equipped with HEPA filters and use a ventilation system generating negative pressure allowing air to flow into but not out of the mold-contaminated spaces.
 
The mold colonies on non-porous surfaces scrape off well. Porous surfaces can be restored with techniques like soda blasting, a non-aggressive abrasive method that removes mold without damaging the surface. Debris is bagged, and residues vacuumed with HEPA-equipped equipment for disposal according to local codes. SERVPRO uses EPA registered disinfectants to treat the surfaces to inhibit regrowth. The moisture sources identified must be eliminated by appropriate contractors. If the dampness returns, so can the mold.
 
Have confidence that SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can remediate mold damage stemming from any source of moisture. Call us at (626) 387-4111 for an inspection and consultation before we begin the work needed to abate the mold damage.

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Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale When water damage threatens your home, do not panic call SERVPRO.

Successfully removing water damage from your home

Four fundamental factors lead to successful drying after a water damage event. These four factors are temperature, humidity, air movement and the quantity of moisture in the structure. Conventionally, drying takes place when wet materials or air loses moisture to drier air or materials, and the entire process seeks to establish an equilibrium. In this article, we are looking at how these factors interact during the restoration of your Irwindale property.

Our SERVPRO technicians usually heat the affected areas to 70° to 90° since at such a temperature the hot air cannot hold additional moisture. Where there is no heating appliance available at the site, we can use portable heaters to do the job. Since much moisture evaporates into the surrounding during first drying days, there are chances of secondary damage taking place. To counter that, we set up enough dehumidifiers.

When there is a lot of standing water in the structure, dehumidification is not the best option for extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians can use submersible pumps as well as portable and truck-mounted extractors for smoother and faster removal. It is advisable to extract the water by physical means since it saves on the drying time in the long run. We also remove any damaged pad from the affected areas and ensure we do not drip the water on dry areas.

As materials and surfaces lose moisture to the surrounding, the relative humidity increases and there is need to ensure it stays within 30% to 50%. At a higher relative humidity, the drying time slows down since the air is entirely or almost saturated. That is why our SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to remove the evaporated water from the surrounding air. By correctly positioning air movers in the room, it is possible to blow the damp air out and bring in the warm and dry air, thus speeding the drying speed.

At SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, we are committed to ensuring your home appears “Like it never even happened” after Any Size Disaster. Call us at (626) 387-4111 to benefit from our industry proven restoration procedures.

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What You Should Do When A Storm From The Pacific Floods Your Azusa Kitchen

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Should Do When A Storm From The Pacific Floods Your Azusa Kitchen When your Azusa home is struck with flood damage, you may be unsure of how to react.

What You Should Do When A Storm Floods Your Kitchen

Living in California makes your home susceptible to flood damage from storms that wash in from the Pacific Ocean. While not all storms are severe, even small ones still have the capacity to flood your home with several inches of water. A window in your kitchen that you left cracked open while working is the perfect entry point for water to rush through. Fortunately, when accidents happen, there is professional help nearby that you can call to begin the remediation process.

When your Azusa home is struck with flood damage, you may be unsure of how to react. You may want to examine all of your options as many aspects of life teach us that it is unwise to rush critical decisions. However, it is truly one of the worst things you can do for your home when it comes to water damage.

The longer the flood water sits in your kitchen, the more damage it can do. Your hardwood floors can become bloated and warped from absorbing the water. Your kitchen cabinets can begin to mold if microbial growth ensues. Any metal can begin to rust when exposed to stagnant water for such a long period. In reality, the quicker you get this excess water out of your home, the better.

Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced tools to tackle flooded waters in your home. Extractors work well for removing excess water fast, and their heating element can help dry out the different surfaces of your home as they remove the moisture. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs can also use wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to help the process go even faster. Getting the water out of your property as quickly as possible allows SERVPRO to dry the area out afterward and help prevent further damages, such as mold.

When a storm that sweeps in from the ocean floods your home, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by dialing the phone number (626) 387-4111. Our doors are open to you 24/7, and we are ready to send our technicians to your home.

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