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After a Flood Event in Azusa, You Need the Experts to Repair the Damage

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded home Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Our Teams at SERVPRO are Trained and Certified to Properly Handle Your Properties Flood Damage

Flooding is something that can happen without warning due to a storm that gets out of control. If a large amount of water outside your home starts to infiltrate the structure, it is essential to have trained technicians on your side to help mitigate the damage. This is an area where our team at SERVPRO shines, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all emergency calls.

After moisture makes its way into your structure, it starts to soak into the building materials, and your home may suffer from flood damage in Azusa. Water entering your home from outside may include contamination, which then classifies it as gray water or a Class II scenario. With any category two projects, SERVPRO technicians employ special measures that help prevent bacteria and harmful parasites from spreading. This is a process that often begins with the removal of any carpeting or other porous materials that became saturated.

Extraction Methods

Once the soaked, porous items and materials are removed from your interior, we then work to extract any standing water. We come equipped with truck-mounted pumps and vacuums that allow us to remove hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water in a short time. 

Drying Methods

Initial measures for drying a structure includes taking readings for moisture levels, noting the indoor humidity levels, and paying attention to the air temperatures. Constant testing is performed to ensure that all of our drying procedures are working as they should be. If subfloor testing shows that moisture levels are not dropping as quickly as they should, we may use other methods to speed the drying process.

Air movers and dehumidifiers strategically placed enhance airflow and foster fast drying to pull moisture from saturated materials. Certain situations may also call for the use of plastic sheeting to concentrate our drying efforts on any area drying slower than usual.

With careful monitoring and tried-and-true methods for water removal and restoration, SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina makes the flood damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call our team today at (626) 387-4111, and we will come out for an assessment as quickly as possible.

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SERVPRO, Covina, Fires, Cleanup, Restoration--The Solution is SERVPRO

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

burned tire and rubble from a garage fire SERVPRO Can "Re-Tire" Your Covina Garage after a Fire--Full Cleanup and Restoration

Detached Garage Sparks Fire Damage in a Covina Home

Fires can start anywhere, and if unchecked, they spread quickly, causing widespread damages. An incident that affected a Covina home started in a detached garage then spread to the main house before it was controlled. The cleanup and debris removal necessary after the incident required assistance, so they called SERVPRO.

The case was no different from other fire damage incidents in Covina since the intensity of damage left in different parts of a property differed. In the garage where the fire started, it consumed everything, including a car that was parked inside, leaving mountains of debris to remove. Damage to the main house was minimal and restricted mostly to the outer wall facing the garage and the attic. Soot, ash, and other deposits had also spread to various rooms inside the house, necessitating cleaning and deodorization.

On scoping the loss site, our SERVPRO team realized that a thorough clean-up of the loss site was crucial. The house would regain its preloss state after the replacement and restoration of some materials on the walls, but the garage needed a complete rebuild. We also had to help with the disposal of dangerous wastes such as synthetic materials and fuel residues from the burnt car. Our crews are prepared to handle such challenges. We have different trash receptacles, including trashcans on wheels, which can hold solid wastes and even liquids. We also use advanced cleaning products to help remove stubborn residues.

After addressing the areas ravaged by flames, we embarked on cleaning the residues deposited inside the main house. Although the residue clean-up is simpler than other aspects of the restoration, it presents some challenges too. For example, fine residues penetrate all nooks and crannies in the house, making removal a challenge. Our SERVPRO technicians use different cleaning approaches, including vacuuming and wiping surfaces with cleaning sponges to remove residues, which helped us remove most of the dry residues. We also used wet cleaning procedures combining standard cleaning products and deodorizers to remove soils and bad odor.

Fire incidents leave a wide range of damages. Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to help clean up and restore all affected areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO Effectively Restores Water Damage and Prevents Mold Growth

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

mold growth on ceilings and walls Water damage not properly remediated can lead to mold growth. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Commercial Water Removal Covina – Avoiding the Growth of Mold

Most commercial tenants and owners arrange for cleaning staff to clean their premises every day, usually in the evening. After dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down everything, the cleaning staff locks up for the night. Many owners often consider using the same firm to help with water removal after a leak in the plumbing or an overflowing toilet.

SERVPRO provides commercial water removal services in Covina and the surrounding areas. We are available 24/7 and can take over from the regular cleaning staff to remove water from floors and walls if needed. Not only do we vacuum up all of the moisture, but we also check for moisture inside cavities, under the carpet, in the walls, and under heavy furniture and equipment. Cleaning staffs often miss these areas and are excellent locations for mold to grow.

Moisture Reduction and Mold Growth

Many customers mop up the excess water, open the doors and windows to let the area dry out and resume business operations after a water leak. Mold spores are everywhere, and the spores love warm, dark locations with high humidity. Typically, people miss moisture inside walls, under carpets, and even under heavy storage cabinets after a leak. Mold infestations can begin in these areas, eventually affecting the health of your employees, creating a musty smell, and even weakening the structure.

SERVPRO uses moisture sensors and meters to detect moisture in materials and hard to reach spaces. We also measure the relative humidity in your space. Once detected, we can utilize several devices to remove the moisture and dry the area without causing significant damage to floors and walls.

Depending on the situation, we arrange for an access point to the area. We can blow dry air into the cavity or under floors. Dehumidifiers can collect the increased moisture in the air and return the humidity levels to normal. Our objective is to remove moisture sources and the growth of mold infestations after a water leak.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Irwindale and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are The Best Choice In Covina After A Water Loss

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

A giant hole in the ceiling of this home after water damage The ceiling in this home gave way requiring the help of our professional company to dry the affected area and replace the drywall.

Water Damage to Your Hardwood Floors in Covina 

Having your living room hardwood floors soaked by a water leak from a nearby bathroom may cause a mild panic attack for any homeowner. Chances are you took a lot of time and effort choosing just the right floors for your California home, and having your mind jump to the worst possible conclusion of having to replace them causes anxiety.

With proper care and treatment, the water damage sustained by your Covina flooring may not mean the end of your beautiful hardwood. By controlling airflow, humidity, and temperature, SERVPRO technicians may be able to mitigate further damage such as warped flooring or the growth of mold infestations. 

Restorers first address any remaining surface water impacting the hardwood floors by extracting the liquid found on the surface of the material. If there are minimal amounts of standing water, restorers use portable extraction equipment, including long wands to remove the water from even the hardest to reach places. Any remaining moisture evaporates quickly off of the surface of the wood with the use of warm, dry air.

Next, the SERVPRO technicians take care of the free water absorbed into the floors. Free water has not yet chemically bonded with the wood molecules in the flooring. As the surface water damage comes out of the wood through extraction, the free water migrates through capillary suction toward the top of the surface. Free water is more challenging to remove than surface water; however, it can be done through the use of air movers that create airflow across the wet flooring. To be the most effective, technicians use higher air temperature and a lower humidity ratio through the use of dehumidifiers. 

Bound water is the moisture that absorbed into the wood flooring and then chemically bound itself with the wood molecules. For bound water to effectively leave the flooring, technicians heat the material with portable heaters. By placing drying mats to create suction this liquid can then be forced up to be released as water or vapor. Polyethylene sheeting can be placed over sections, large or small, of the hardwood boards to focus the forced drying and evaporation to a specifically targeted area. This method can also pull bonded or free water out of the underpinnings in a crawlspace home to mitigate secondary water damage through rotting or mold infestations. At this point, the bound water becomes free water, and the process continues until the floor is dry.

For assistance dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 

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Our Specialists Can Help You Handle Damage After A Fire In Your Covina Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and fire damaged home Our crew can handle the fire and smoke damage and remove odors from your house.

Expert Restorers Can Help You Handle the Fire Damage in Your Covina Residence Efficiently

After a structural fire, what usually comes to the mind of property owners is the devastation that the flames cause. However, smoke can also be just as harmful to a house as the blaze. Many of the compounds of smoke are acidic, toxic, or odor-causing.

Smoke and soot residues can cause surfaces like walls, ceilings, and upper cabinets to look blackened and burned. Cleaning up your Covina home after fire damage can be challenging. Smoke residues can attach to soft goods, furniture, and carpeting, among other surfaces, and they can be difficult to remove. Smoke particles travel through ductwork and the open air. They can get far from the areas where the flames affected and settle mostly in cooler areas such as behind draperies and inside building cavities.

Proper fire damage cleanup and restoration is a technical effort that gets more difficult with time, even for professional restorers because smoke’s compounds penetrate more deeply into affected surfaces. One of the things that SERVPRO technicians do during the fire restoration process is to protect individuals from toxins. Our team can set up isolation barriers between ruined and occupied areas, use fans to ventilate the home and wear personal protective gear like goggles, nitrile gloves, respirators, face masks, and full clothing to stay safe. We can take some steps to restore your property to its pre-damaged condition, including:

Physical cleaning
Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can physically remove smoke residues from hard surfaces using dry or wet cleaning procedures depending on the type of affected surface and the residues present. We can also use specialized alkaline detergents to clean curtains and clothing. If there are smoke residues in finished wood surfaces like chairs, dressers, and tables, our technicians can use wood oil soaps to remove them.

Odor removal
When materials burn, they produce different odors. It is necessary to use specialized cleaning equipment and strategies to ensure effective removal of the smells. Our SERVPRO team often combines several deodorization techniques to produce the desired results. We can use water-based odor counteractants to neutralize odors.   These products can mix with water instantly in various dilution ratios and applications. We add them to cleaning solutions to control smoke smells and other unpleasant odors. Another process we rely on to remove smells is thermal fogging.

If you are dealing with a fire loss in Azusa, Irwindale, or the nearby areas, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. Our crew can handle the fire and smoke damage and remove odors from your house. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Covina Water Damage Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

A large hole in a ceiling after a leak A leak in this home led to the ceiling giving way and the homeowner called us right away so we could come out and began restoration.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Restore Your Covina Home After Water Damage

Apart from being an inconvenience, a water intrusion incident is also severe and stressful. Several factors can cause water damage in your home, many of which you are not adequately prepared for. Every minute matters when it comes to inspecting, extracting, and cleaning up a water-damaged house.

You need the right water restoration team and a systematic restoration plan to manage the water damage in your Covina residence. Proper assessment and prompt restoration can give you peace of mind. That is what you can expect when you call SERVPRO to assist you in restoring your home to its preloss condition.

We have a commitment to guide our customers through the crisis to resolution. For many decades, we have held firm to our value of offering restoration services with understanding and integrity. We work collaboratively and directly with our customers to provide the right solution.

When dealing with a water loss problem, you need to remove the water and moisture fast. Our technicians use specialized equipment to achieve this. The devices meet some objectives during the water removal and drying process, including:

  • Extracting as much water as possible
  • Increasing air circulation in the home to speed up drying
  • Discouraging the growth of mold spores and bacteria
  • Reducing humidity levels in the affected areas.
    Keeping the temperature suitable for quick drying
  • Promoting drying beneath the visible surfaces.

If water has pooled in your home, our technicians can use electric submersible pumps to extract it. These pumps eliminate the suction lift limitations and offer continuous, quiet operation. To dry a house properly, it is also essential to look for hidden moisture. Our team can use non-penetrating moisture meters to locate abnormally high levels of moisture in materials such as plaster and drywall, where minimizing surface damage is vital.

Our SERVPRO crew also uses air movers to improve air circulation. The equipment helps prevent water vapor from settling on surfaces. Air movers usually have to stay on for several hours or days to dry a property effectively. We may, therefore, leave the equipment in your home, and it should remain in operation.

Mold growth can occur as humidity rises. Therefore, our technicians keep humidity levels as low as possible in a water-damaged home. We can use desiccant dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels. These devices produce drier air than other dehumidifiers, meaning that the air has the lowest vapor pressure. Like air movers, it takes some time for dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. Therefore, our restorers can ask you to let the dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity reaches acceptable levels.

When a water intrusion incident happens in your property, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. Our well-equipped and trained professionals respond to the emergency needs of homeowners around the clock.

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Water Damage In Your Covina Home

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for appraisal and repair.

Repairing Laminate Floors with Water Damage in your Covina Home

Wet rooms in your home are at a high risk of suffering from water-related problems. These can be especially true in bathrooms with vinyl or laminate flooring. Unlike natural woods, laminate flooring requires immediate attention. The cheaper, porous materials used in a laminate can store onboard significant amounts of water in a short space of time. This water absorption can lead to cupping, warping, or bubbling on the floor's surface, making doors tight to open or likely to get stuck.

If you notice the floor becoming inconsistent in your bathroom, there is a strong chance that water damage in your Covina home is the culprit. Shower curtains are often inefficient at preventing all water from escaping, while enclosed showers may still leak or suffer blockages. Over a year, the steady transition of small amounts of water onto a laminate floor can result in long-term water issues. Our team here at SERVPRO can access both the flooring and the ceiling below to understand the extent of harm.

When porous materials become oversaturated with moisture, they expand. This expansion means that a laminate floor may sustain increasing pressure against the baseboard and walls of your bathroom. When pressure levels get too high, the boards begin to bend upwards in the middle in response. Homes with laminate flooring should have sealant beneath them to prevent water from passing between floors. However, SERVPRO technicians often find that the sealant is insufficient or worn away beneath the laminate, which can lead to water migration problems in the story below.

Repairing a laminate floor is a big job. Porous materials like these are often tough to recover. SERVPRO technicians can remove the laminate flooring to gain access to the subfloor beneath. Here, we can apply direct airflow and temperature to ensure that moisture is dried correctly, and there are no microbial growth concerns. Once the subfloor is approved, we can inexpensively replace and install more suitable vinyl boards to replace laminates. Vinyl boards are water-tight, which makes them a superior choice instead of laminates for wetrooms like bathrooms or toilets.

Warping and cupping in laminate flooring are only going to get worse rather than better. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for appraisal and repair.

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SERVPRO has the Training to Perform Crime Scene Cleanup in Azusa

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Scene of crime, crime scene tape, bloody knife and blood on floor Trauma scene cleanup requires trained professionals. SERVPRO has the specialized training to remove biohazards.

Highly Competent and Compassionate Technicians Are Why SERVPRO Offers Reliable Azusa Crime Scene Cleanup  

Responding to the aftermath of a crime in your Azusa crime evokes strong emotions. Fear, stress, and grief add to the loss of the comfort and security you and your family felt in your home. It would help if you had not only practical assistance in cleaning your dwelling but also the restoration of both your refuge and your peace of mind. Our commitment and comprehensive training are why we can bring both to your post-crime crisis.  

Specialized Set of Skills 

When the authorities complete their work, you, as a homeowner, are left to cope with crime scene cleanup in Azusa. The residues and debris can pose significant challenges while eradicating the damage. If not cleaned appropriately, lingering substances and evidence-gathering materials also expose your loved ones to biohazards such as blood-borne pathogens and toxic chemicals. Extensive hazardous waste removal and management coursework and on-the-job experience are why we meet or exceed expectations. 

Competence in an Exacting Field 

Crime scene cleanup must adhere to state and local laws and regulations, including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We attend strictly to the requirements for training and certification of our employees, which is why SERVPRO immediately comes to the assistance of members of our community. Cleaning up a crime scene can include handling the removal and disposal of the following biohazards: 

  • Blood and tissue
  • Drug lab chemicals
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Tear gas or pepper spray
  • Fingerprint power and evidence collection chemicals 

Collaboration with Insurance 

Most home insurance covers crime scene recovery. In addition to removing the residues and debris, we also work with your carrier to provide necessary deep cleaning and disinfection and help arrange for needed repairs and rebuilding. Our efforts to streamline insurance coverage and to return you to a fresh and sanitized space as quickly as practicable is why SERVPRO is an excellent solution. 

Sensitivity and the Personal Touch  

We are proud of our ability to clear away the physical signs of the crime and to make your residence look “Like it never even happened.” At the same time, we realize the damage after trauma does not affect only the structure and contents of your home. Appreciation of the difficulty of personal recovery from a crime committed in your home entails is why SERVPRO employees treat you and your family with sensitivity and respect during the project. 

Compassion and discretion are why SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina’s professional resolution of the trauma and confusion of crime scene cleanup goes beyond expectations. One call to (626) 387-4111 mobilizes our crews at your time of need.  

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Water Damage in Corvina is Undiscriminating. Be Selective and Choose SERVPRO to Cleanup.

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Office boardroom with brown water halfway up the table and chairs. Windows with blinds looking outside. Little yellow duck. There are some emergencies where your cleaning company may not be able to manage all aspects of the water damage.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Water Removal Specialists for Commercial Buildings in Covina

Like many owners of a multi-business commercial space in Covina, you made the decision long ago to contract with a building cleaning service. Although the company you hired does an excellent cleaning job, there are some emergencies where they may not be able to manage all aspects of a crisis. Particularly when a water loss is involved, the responders must have all the experience, training, tools, and equipment necessary to locate, remove, contain, and dispose of the water.

Common Spaces Share Water Damage

Your many retail and foodservice tenants reap the benefits of communal business practices, but when something goes wrong, the need for shared water removal services in Covina poses some challenges. Water that spills in one store or a supply line that bursts between the walls separating a couple of stores can spread far and wide. Establishing the perimeter of the water movement is crucial because if any moisture goes unaddressed, secondary damage is likely.

Locating the Water Spread Requires Training and Tools

When SERVPRO managers and technicians complete the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework, they receive a solid foundation in the theory and operation of moisture detection and monitoring devices. Because water is undiscriminating as it moves through the many spaces of your commercial building, we must find and follow its path. Our employees use the following tools to locate the wet areas of the structure. Further, they help define how much they vary from normal moisture levels in unaffected areas of your building.

Moisture Sensors

Uses sharp probes to detect moisture in soft materials. These are an excellent aid to detect the presence of moisture in excess of 17 to 19 percent but do not measure the amount of moisture.

Moisture Meters

These implements determine the moisture content of various materials. Penetrating moisture meters use probes to test within wall cavities and underneath wood flooring. Penetrating meters also test individual layers. Nonpenetrating moisture meters use sensors to produce readings when the meter is placed on the surface of materials. The sensors test the conductivity of the material, so we can get false readings when measuring steel studs, foil back insulation, nails, and other metals.

Thermo-Hygrometers

This tool measures temperature and relative humidity. Advanced models also record dew point.

Removal Proceeds After We Determine the Extent of Water Migration 

SERVPRO positions pumps and extractors once we know the outline of the water migrations. The measurements used to locate the water form the basis of our drying goals. Our team continues to use the specialized tools to monitor drying after we bring in air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to complete the commercial water removal.

The focus of SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is sharpened to water removal when your commercial property suffers from a water loss. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 to arrange an inspection and plan to get all your tenants back in business fast.

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Covina SERVPRO Professionals Talk About Water Removal Equipment

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room This is just some of our equipment that we use for water damage restoration. This picture shows the drying phase after the water was extracted.

Why Professional Water Removal Works Best in Covina Properties 

Nearly every home experiences some form of water damage during its service life. Whether it is from an appliance failure, plumbing problem, or from storm damage, it is not an uncommon issue. FEMA estimates that water damage and the often-resulting mold cost the insurance industry just over $2.5 billion yearly.  

When a Covina home needs water removal, it is best to have the task performed professionally. The reason is simple; most consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums and fans do not have the power to extract the water like the specialized equipment SERVPRO technicians use. 

Why SERVPRO?

The access to a diverse selection of extraction equipment, and the extensive training each technician undergoes makes the difference for giving each job site they work on for restoration service, the best outcome from any water damage. 

Why Specialized Equipment Matters

When there is a water loss within a home, the water migrates downward, the attraction to gravity is part of the reason why water causes so much damage. Water damage events that occur on upper levels often see water dripping through the ceiling below. This is why SERVPRO technicians have different types of extraction and drying equipment for varied kinds of surfaces.  

For example, they use weighted extraction heads on carpet and padding to push out the maximum amount of water. This action assists homeowners in saving carpet saturated by clean water, so they no worry about the cost of installing an all-new carpet. Squeegees work well on tile and hardwood flooring, and for drying, the technicians rely on their air movers and different types of dehumidification equipment to bring down the moisture levels in the room. 

Monitoring the Drying Process

The technicians determine the air moisture levels within the home before drying and set drying goals, which is an essential step in avoiding issues such as mold. Most drying goals are set below 50% humidity to inhibit mold growth, and they carefully monitor the process to completion. 

When your home needs water removal, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for fast action on the extraction and cleanup, so it is "Like it never even happened." 

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