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The Importance of Drying Wet Items after Azusa Water Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

wood floor in a home with water damage and SERVPRO equipment set-up SERVPRO has the tools to remove water and dry your property in Azusa.

SERVPRO Dries Contents and Structure During Azusa Water Restoration

If you have ever suffered water damage in your home, you know how quickly liquid spreads and soaks into materials. Even a simple kitchen spill or a leaking faucet can swiftly lead to wet carpets, damaged appliances, or sodden wallpaper. Drying wet items as soon as possible is key to water damage restoration. 

SERVPRO technicians are waiting to assist after water damage in Azusa. The sooner we arrive, the sooner we can dry your home. Call us as soon as you can. We are here 24/7.

What Steps Do We Take to Deal with Water Damage?

The first thing we must do is remove excess liquid. 

A mop might do the trick in the case of a small spill or leak. However, we need to use more powerful equipment when standing water is present.

We use free-standing or truck-mounted pumps to draw water out of your house. These pumps are equipped with a heater, pump, and vacuum system and are also used for cleaning carpets and upholstery. During water evacuation, we only use the vacuum action.

Free-standing pumps let us access multiple levels of your home. Truck-mounted pumps are less flexible but can handle larger volumes of liquid. Truck-mounted machines also have their own power supply, so we can use them even if there is no power in your house.

Why Drying Matters During Restoration

 Effective extraction is the first step in remediation. However, we are still left with a damp structure and contents once we finish extraction. We need to dry wet items to prevent further damage, mold, and smells, leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”

Our technicians decide on the best setup for drying your home, including:

  • Setting up fans and air movers to create evaporation
  • Using dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air
  • Bringing in axial fans if needed

Equipment positioning is critical. We can use air movers to direct airflow across the floor, into the air, or up towards the ceiling. Air movers encourage water to evaporate from wet surfaces. We can even position them to create a vortex of airflow that gets behind baseboards and takes care of damp inside wall cavities. 

The best place for dehumidifiers is in the center of the water-damaged area. As the air movers increase moisture evaporation, the dehumidifiers draw moisture from the air. The air movers must not blow air across the dehumidifier coils because this prevents the dehumidifier from working efficiently. 

We have both refrigerant and desiccant humidifiers at our disposal. Refrigerant units can remove more significant amounts of moisture per day, which is helpful for larger incidents. Desiccant units work better at lower temperatures: Even Azusa can get quite cool at some points of the year.  

What About Deodorization?

There can be multiple odor sources in a water damage situation, and without treatment, the damp smell can linger for days. Odor sources include:

  • Wet rugs or drapes
  • Damp patches behind furniture
  • Moisture damaged drywall.

Air scrubbers remove odors from the air and pump out fresh air in their place. Ozone machines generate ozone molecules that react with odor-causing particles and reduce the smell. These machines require vacated premises since ozone is a hazardous gas that is typically used following house fire extinguishing. ULV foggers generate a fine mist of odor-fighting products that we can direct into nooks and crannies or use on upholstery and furniture. 

Swift action is best in cases of water damage. Do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for assistance.

SERVPRO Removes Soot from Surfaces after Azusa Fire Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

a plume of smoke from a fire Fires are a devastating and destructive force. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your home in Azusa to its preloss condition.

Azusa Homeowners can Rely on Us for Thorough Fire Cleaning 

Unfortunately, a house blaze can leave your home looking worse for wear. Smoke has a way of coating surfaces, so you are left with blackened walls, ceilings, and floors. Thankfully, SERVPRO is here to help.

Azusa fire damage restoration is a complex process. We must consider everything from the initial security and safety of the structure to cleaning and deodorization. We train our technicians to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. You can rest assured our teams have a thorough understanding of cleaning products and processes.

What Does Fire Damage Restoration Include?

Fire damage restoration is a carefully-planned process to return your home to its preloss conditions. 

Our teams arrive promptly and start with assessing the situation. We look at:

  •  How far the smoke damage has spread
  • What kind of residues does the fire leave behind
  • Whether there are any safety issues

Soot migrates from hot areas to cold, which means soot damage to your home can be extensive. Your home might also suffer structural damage during the fire, so we must secure the site before beginning restoration. We can tarp up the roof, board up windows or doors, and clear dangerous debris. We equip our teams with personal protective equipment to ensure safety throughout the fire restoration process. 

After assessing the situation, we decide on the best methods to restore your home. We keep our customers informed throughout the restoration, so you know what to expect and in what timeframe. 

After we clean and restore fire-damaged structures and contents, we deodorize your home to get rid of the smoky smell.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Soot Damaged Surfaces?

The key to successfully cleaning soot-damaged surfaces is understanding which cleaning products and methods best suit the situation. 

Simple abrasion (scrubbing) combined with the use of powerful HEPA vacuums can loosen and shift dry soot odors. We also use industry-standard cleaning products: 

  • General surface cleaners
  • Heavy-duty cleaners
  • Wood Crème cleaners
  • Strong acid cleaners

General cleaners, such as Wall and All Surface Cleaner, are suitable for most painted and washable surfaces. We can use them to clean walls, ceilings, and appliances. Heavy-duty cleaners can help shift greasy soot residues but are unsuitable for highly polished surfaces. Strong acid cleaners are suitable for cleaning fire damaged wood and brick, such as an open brickwork fireplace or a basement with exposed brick walls.

Not every surface is suitable for wet cleaning. We can also use dry cleaning methods, such as dry cleaning sponges. These are not your average household cleaning sponges. They are rubber sponges designed to clean via a combination of friction and absorption. Dry sponges are suitable for cleaning up fire damage, although it takes some elbow grease to erase soot from surfaces this way. 

Sometimes, the best way to clean smaller items such as kitchen equipment or toys is to immerse the item in a solution. Our ultrasonic cleaning machines use sound waves to create millions of tiny bubbles, which dislodge residues as they burst. Ultrasonic cleaning penetrates deeper than simply soaking in water.

If you are worried about the effects of fire damage, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can arrive at your home within hours of your call.

Remediating Mold Damage in Azusa Homes

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE working on wood framing Mold can spread in 24 to 48 hours. Call SERVPRO for mold damage remediation services at your property in Azusa.

SERVPRO Tackles Mold Remediation Throughout Your Home

It is not always easy to spot fungus in your house. Sometimes you see a colony of mold that appears as a dark patch of fungus. Other times, your first clue is a distinctive moldy smell. 

SERVPRO is available to remediate the mold damage in your Azusa home. Even a tiny patch of fungus can release spores that become airborne and find other places to grow in your home. That is why it is better not to wait: Call us as soon as you suspect a problem so we can get to work.

How Do We Prepare for Mold Remediation?

The initial inspection and scoping of the service are crucial so that our IICRC technicians follow the proper guidelines for mold remediation. 

Assessing the Damage

Upon understanding the issues with mold cleanup, we may erect containment barriers constructed of poly sheeting, tape, and tension poles to isolate mold spores, dust, and debris. This step is essential if a controlled demolition is required to remove non-salvageable building materials, contents, or assemblies. Our SERVPRO technicians can sometimes clean wood if it has not rotted and drywall if the colony has not eaten too deeply into it. We strive to preserve and restore mold and water damaged materials rather than remove and replace them.

Removing Mold from Surfaces

Thankfully, there is better news regarding nonporous surfaces such as metal, glass, varnished wood, and ceramic. We can use a range of cleaning techniques to scrape off the surface mold.

  • Damp wiping with EPA-approved products
  • HEPA vacuuming
  • Soda blasting

HEPA vacuuming uses genuine HEPA filters, which trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. Our technicians adhere to IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards, which recommend cleaning in the same direction as the airflow towards the negative air machine for maximum efficiency.

Soda blasting is effective against mold on wood and brick, including exposed timbers, doors, exposed brickwork walls, and storage spaces. Soda blasting uses sodium bicarbonate to remove visible fungal growth. Our technicians direct a lightly pressurized stream of particles to the area to be treated. Soda blasting is gentler than other blasting methods such as sand or grit and offers a non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning option. It also helps to deodorize the area. This technique does not introduce more water or moisture into a treatment surface.

Moisture Fuels Mold Proliferation

The initial visit and inspection can reveal water leaks or poor circulation, leading to excess moisture buildup. Water is essential for mold growth; thereby, repairing leaks or enhancing circulation prevents mold development during remediation.

Drying and Discouraging Further Growth

Several species of fungus can grow inside your home simultaneously, but they all have one thing in common: They need moisture to proliferate. We dry out your home to discourage further fungal growth. 

We position air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry out damp areas and monitor moisture levels as we go so you can rest assured your home is thoroughly dried before we leave. Water vapor can also damage electronic devices, fabrics, furnishings, and paper products like books, so reducing the RH relative humidity in the home can mitigate water damage.

We also spray an antimicrobial agent on affected areas to discourage further spore growth. 

If you are worried about mold damage, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is here to help. We aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (626) 387-4111. 

Printing Contractor Suffers Water Damage in Irwindale

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Printers in a commercial setting Your print shop needs quick action to recover from water damage. Contact SERVPRO for a plan of action to get you back to printing.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on the Precise Tasks Ahead of Them to Get Your Business Quickly Back to Operational Again

All businesses have connections within their communities. Some commercial enterprises perform tasks that affect other companies and residents more profoundly when a disaster affects their physical plant. SERVPRO helps companies large and small when water flows uncontrolled, committed to the well-being of every member, residential or commercial, of our neighborhoods.

Even in this age of virtual connection, people and businesses truly rely on local papers and publications to share information. When a burst pipe stops the presses, professional commercial water removal is essential to clear your Irwindale printing shop fast. News waits for no one, and our efforts do all that is necessary to get the printer back online.

Modern printing operations rely upon electronics as well as vast stores of paper and ink. When the SERVPRO team arrives, safety is first. The various pieces of electrical equipment must not threaten the lives of our workers or the employees of your business. We make certain the power is off and then use our truck-mounted submersible pumps and water extractors to remove the water. The inks and products used to keep the presses in working order may mix with the floodwaters. Knowing this, we consult with local authorities to dispose of the water properly.

The computerized work areas need assessment by electronic water damage specialists. We work with you and your insurer to communicate with these professionals as we move from water removal to drying out the area. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers assist in the reduction of the remaining moisture. Only after we receive the okay do we re-engage the electricity and wait while you put your equipment through its paces.

A real challenge during this job is dealing with the massive quantities of newsprint within the building. Any paper out of the reach of the flooding depends upon our ability to reduce ambient humidity in the work area to remain usable. The soaked paper is probably unsalvageable but needs removal and appropriate disposal to avoid secondary water damage. Mold growth is a distinct possibility with wet rolls of paper.

Be sure that all the news fit to print is soon in the hands of our local community after SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina removes the water flooding your premises. Call (626) 387-4111 day or night for a prompt and professional

Toaster Fire Damage in Your Azusa Home

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Toaster with Flames Unfortunately, toaster fires happen quickly and more often than you think. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and for tips to prevent home fires.

Checking to Make Sure That Your Appliances are Damage-Free is Key to Fire Prevention

Many people start their day with their morning toast. The standard two or four-slice toaster remains a staple in kitchens, but its safety has been under question. Toasters cause many fires each year and untold amounts of property damage. The danger appears in many forms, and it makes you think twice about using a toaster in your own home.

There are things to consider so you can avoid fire and fire damage from using a toaster in your Azusa home. First, do not neglect the power cord, as it performs a vital function. Not only does it transfer power to the appliance from the wall socket so it can work properly, but it contains the wires which hold this power safely. When the cord gets melted, the protection is compromised, and a lot can happen, including a fire. Crimped, melted, or damaged cords should alert you that the appliance is unsafe to use. Damaged cords may cause fires even when the appliance is not in use, so you should no longer use it.

If your toaster cord has caused a fire, SERVPRO, professional remediation specialists, can be to your home quickly to assist you in repairing and cleaning your home. Our technicians have been thoroughly trained and can restore your home to its pre-damaged condition.

Even the best housekeeper does not empty their toaster every day. Crumbs that are sitting down in the elements are a potential fire hazard. These dry bread crumbs are thought to be fuel for a fire. Combine them with how close the hot element is; they can smoke or even flame. Your toaster must be kept free of debris and crumbs so it continues to work at its best and safest.

Some toaster fires are caused by people, the toast being buttered before it is placed in the toaster. When this is done, the butter drips onto the hot element. The greasy juice creates a flare-up, so you should always toast and then put the butter on the hot toast.

Accidents can quickly happen even when you are careful with your toaster, so contact us at SERVPRO if your toaster starts a fire in your home. We understand that the quicker the damage, soot, and smoke get cleaned up, the less damage your home sustains.

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is standing by always to assist you when you have had a fire at your home. We are easily reached by dialing (626) 387-4111, so do not hesitate to call us when you are in need.

Professional Mold Remediation Services in Covina Turn Difficult Situations into a Distant Memory

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Tech Cleaning Moldy Wall Don't let mold damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111.

Mold Removal in Covina Benefits from Local Experts

Mold growth in a Covina home is a problem far bigger than its cosmetic consequences. Dark spots in ceilings and walls, debris from peeling paint, and musty odors are disagreeable. Still, the potential health effects of mold in your home can be even worse. A simple attempt to clean the damage with a generic cleaning solution is insufficient when dealing with mold growth. Although some level of bacteria is natural in our environment, controlling its spread and removing the damage it leaves in its wake is crucial to homeowners.

In Covina, tackle mold remediation with the help of our SERVPRO staff. Our professionalism and job expertise are evident from the minute you call our 24/7 hotline and share the details of your problems. Upon arrival, we conduct a thorough inspection of all areas of your home, even those that appear untouched by mold. Using the latest technology to detect the spores themselves and factors contributing to a widespread problem, we attack the issue with one goal: leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”

Mold remediation in the hands of our professional SERVPRO staff entails the use of chemical and physical cleaning methods. Our team manages the use and application of each equipment and solution, keeping in mind the type of mold and level of contamination. Some approaches we might take include:

  • HEPA vacuuming to remove mold particles from most surfaces. It is among the first steps we take, and we follow it with more targeted cleaning efforts.
  • Wet cleaning methods are suitable for deeper cleaning of surfaces, particularly when stains exist. 
  • The application of antimicrobial solutions throughout the home keeps mold growth in check and discourages its spread.

When you call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111, you access a team of experts focused on your specific needs. Let our professional staff show you why we are known for our mold remediation work, and let us take care of it all.

What Needs to Happen to Remove Mold Colonization from the Attic?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wood Structure If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Many Covina Homes Can Contend with Higher Relative Humidity and Moisture Concerns in the Attic, Leading to Mold Development. 

The presence of mold and microbial threats in Covina homes requires immediate action to prevent these harmful organisms from spreading to the rest of the property. With multiple organic matter types to feed newly developing colonies, the organism can rapidly move from surface to surface, creating a hazardous environment. This can be especially problematic for unfinished attic spaces with little to no materials between the open space and the floor below. 

Attic mold removal for Covina homes means much more than removing the colonies themselves during our remediation practices. Several staples of attic construction become damaged or compromised during microbial colonies' development, such as the insulation. Conventional roll-out insulation can get inspected for damage to the paper that suggests mold growth. Even when elements like blown-in cellulose insulation are not visibly damaged, they still must get vacuumed out to apply antimicrobial products and other inhibitors to the structure. 

What Remediation Practices Work for Attic Sheathing? 

In unfinished or partially finished attic spaces, exposed sheathing for the roof supports are a common element to see. This organic matter can be a magnet for developing mold colonies, especially the plywood backing. Careful consideration must get made into effective practices to remove this active colonization. Ultimately, the choice comes down to one, or a combination of, these approaches: 

  • Sanding 
  • Soda Blasting / Dry Ice Treatments 
  • Antimicrobial Cleaning
  • Controlled Demolition

With environmental testing and thorough inspections, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team can identify mold threats and work quickly to resolve them. You can count on our team's fast response to these emergencies with the appropriate products and tools to help. Give us a call when you need us at (626) 387-4111.

Some Water Damage Mistakes in Irwindale That You Should Avoid

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Soiled Carpet When the carpeting in your home soaks up a lot of water, you need quick acting remediation specialists to remove the water and restore the damage.

Why Choosing Water Damage Mitigation Specialists from SERVPRO can Save Your Home in Irwindale.

Water is one of our most precious resources, and without it, life would end for all of us. When it ends up in places that should always stay dry, that same water can create extensive damage.

Your home's interior can also experience this type of problem. There are many reasons why your home might suffer water damage in Irwindale. SERVPRO technicians can help mitigate everything and make your house "Like it never even happened." quickly and efficiently. We can do this because of our thorough training, extensive experience, and the full range of our equipment. Newly discovered water standing inside your home means you must react quickly, calling us so we can remove the water as soon as possible and start the drying process without any delays.

When you call, giving as many details regarding the situation can help us arrive prepared for your specific case. Mold and other microbes can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after exposure to water. We want to prevent this from happening to your residence. While we can remediate such situations, prevention always saves the homeowners money and aggravation.

Many floor types can handle water, and rapid drying restores it to an acceptable or better condition. Some floor coverings, however, fall apart when soaked in water for more than a few minutes. These typically come in wood by-products, compressed into tiles that we can easily replace with more durable coverings. We pull these up and prepare the floor for new covers by smoothing the surface and drying it out completely. Carpeting's survival rate after exposure to water depends significantly on the type of water and its source, as well as the age of the carpet and the duration of the water's presence. Many times it becomes less expensive to replace the carpeting and pad instead of attempting to restore it. Not only does waterlogged carpet hold debris that escapes vacuuming, but any place exposed to water for more than a short time almost always falls apart, and we must replace it with new.

Once your flooring becomes exposed to water, the damage can become extensive. We beat the effects of water damage regularly by putting our knowledge and experience to work for you. Our ability to scale our equipment and teams to your exact needs means we always have the precise approach needed to mitigate your situation successfully.

You can always contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by calling our 24-hour service line at (626) 387-4111, day or night, any day of the year. Water damage requires your immediate attention to prevent it from worsening. We can help mitigate it and prepare your home for restoration to make it whole again.

Importance of Air Quality After Fire Damage in Covina Homes

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Let our fast response team at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina eliminate your fire damage.

We Prioritize Indoor Air Quality After Fire Damage in Covina Properties

A fast and efficient restoration and cleaning of your home after the fire damage is the presence of contaminants and potential toxins in the environment. Circulating airborne threats are severe enough to warrant immediate action before other restoration actions can get underway. In most cases, filtration products from our inventory are sufficient to trap even microscopic particles before impacting the health and well-being of customers or responding technicians.

Safe and Stable Environment

Indoor air quality is a primary concern of fire restoration in Covina homes. Circulating microscopic carcinogenic particles are hazardous for breathing, but additional circulating solids from combustion or aerosolized substances can negatively affect structural surfaces and contents. Filtration getting underway quickly can help to make the area safer.

Airborne Contaminants

There are multiple types of contaminants, and harmful particles circulating in the air after a fire gets extinguished. While soot and smoke residues account for a large portion of the threatening environment after a fire, additional concerns include toxins or biohazardous substances aerosolized by the combustion process. 

Filtering Equipment

To respond to these airborne threats, we must deploy multiple filtration products in the house. HEPA 500 air scrubbers make the greatest immediate impact on eliminating circulating threats in the environment. We also use hydroxyl generators throughout the house to capture these microscopic solids and begin the deodorization process.

Deodorization

Another obstacle to comfortable living conditions being restored in the house is overcoming harsh malodors generated by combustion. Volatile compounds from burning materials create harsh and offensive smells that require several types of equipment to neutralize. Some of these include:

  • Thermal foggers
  • ULV foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines

It is a top priority of responding technicians to provide safe and clean home environments after fire exposure. Filtration products improve indoor air quality, and this is a considerable step in the fire damage restoration process to come. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team a call now at (626) 387-4111.

How SERVPRO Covers All Bases for Widespread Flood Damage in Irwindale

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

a tree crushing the roof of a house After a storm has damaged your home, quick action is required to prevent secondary damages. Contact SERVPRO to come out and assess the storm damage.

You Can Rely on SERVPRO When Your Home is Affected by Flood Damage

SERVPRO is the first place many homeowners go to in the aftermath of a major storm for our reputation of reliability, speed, and care in even the strongest and most severe natural disasters. When storms and flood damage hit Irwindale, we are ready to respond and help the community to the fullest extent of our abilities, covering dozens of homes at a time. Many wonder how we can cover so many bases at once with our services, especially in a time of crisis for the region. The secret is our organization and teamwork, on the team, local, statewide, and national level.

The core of SERVPRO's response strategy to flood damage in Irwindale and other local communities is team cohesion. Our teams are exclusively staffed by certified, professional technicians who are trained to respond to any situation with expertise and precision. We value our employees and retain individuals who have proven track records of reliability in major disasters, allowing our workforce to consistently be filled with veterans of the response and restoration process. Watch our technicians work, and you should see a fluid, well-trained unit working to fix your home.

The key to our ability to cover many homes at once in the same area, however, is to utilize SERVPRO's network of over 1700 franchises across the nation. Other franchise locations around the state and even from out of state can be called in to assist and lend their equipment to mitigation and cleanup efforts here. Also, we may utilize specialized Disaster Recovery Teams in the event of a major disaster like a multistate blizzard or hurricane. These teams come in from around the country to provide extra materials and advice to our personnel and ensure that all homes in the area receive the care and attention they deserve.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to handle the damages of any major storm or natural disaster. If your home has been damaged in a flood, give us a call at (626) 387-4111.