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Why is Flood Water in Covina Unsafe When Rainwater is Not?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

the bottom floor of a house that is flooded If your house is dealing with flood damage, it can be a struggle. Contact SERVPRO immediately to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training to Remove Water Safely From Your Covina Home That May Contain Chemicals, Bacteria, or Sewage

A mere inch of water does not seem like much, but when it is bacteria-laden or smelly sewage water with the addition of mud or debris, it can do serious damage to your Covina home. Because this situation has the potential to be dangerously unhealthy unless you have protective clothing and professional equipment, it is best to bring in a professional restoration services company as quickly as possible to try to lessen the loss to the home and contents.

What Should Get Handled First After Flood Damage in My Home?

If the flood damage in your Covina home gets contained in a single room or area that can be closed off, move people, pets, and valuables out of the area and do not enter until SERVPRO team members arrive. In cases where the water loss is widespread throughout the home, it is best to vacate the premises until mitigation efforts complete. When it is not feasible to enter the loss area, tell the crew chief upon arrival items that you want out of the house and their location. Commonly requested items are:

  • Important documents such as deeds, marriage licenses, and birth certificates
  • Artworks and photos, including photo albums
  • Sentimental objects that have no real cash value but are priceless to the homeowner

Is It Safe to Leave My Property After It Got Flooded?

The technicians have experience in securing properties during storm damage mitigation in Covina. Sturdy plywood gets used over doors and windows to keep unauthorized individuals out of the home when the technicians are not on-site working. Security tape may also get used to further deter anyone from entering.

Why Does the Sheetrock Get Removed Partially During Flood Water Removal?

Sheetrock is sturdy and leaves a smooth appearance on a wall, takes primer and paint readily, and is the foundation for a good room design. However, once exposed to water, it wicks it rapidly and begins to buckle or warp as the core pulls the moisture upward. SERVPRO technicians use their moisture detection equipment to "see" inside the sheetrock and determine how far up into the material water is present, the highest point, known as the "waterline."  Then they measure several inches above the waterline and cut the damaged portions away. The goal is to leave as much of the original building materials as possible to make repairs a breeze.

Common Loss Situations After Flood Water Enters a Home

Although SERVPRO techs test the water to determine the nature of any harmful elements such as bacteria or pathogenic agents and have professional cleaning solutions to handle anything present, some things in the home will still be a loss.

Carpet and area rugs that take on floodwater require extraction to make them safe to handle and reduce their weight, but each requires disposal as a biohazard as there is no way to sanitize them for reuse. The backings to the fibers frequently disintegrate after prolonged exposure to water, making repairs impossible.

Low-sitting upholstered furnishings generally absorb the water and need disposal. Furnishings made from composite wood, mainly where the core gets constructed from a cardboard-like material, often split and get destroyed after an encounter with a water loss event.

As each piece gets removed with the approval of the homeowner or insurance adjuster, documentation is vital. The techs photograph, sometimes video, and include the imagery in a detailed report that gets provided to the homeowner and adjuster to assist with expediting insurance claims for reimbursement on lost home contents.

Rebuilding After Flood Loss Does Not Have to Be a Stressful Situation

After SERVPRO technicians finish the extraction of the water, drying the home, and the application of disinfection and odor control needed, the home will be ready for repairs. If the homeowner chooses, the same team that performed the restoration services can also handle the required reconstruction. With their general contractor license #CSLB: 976913, the techs can provide homeowners with:

  • Rebuilding structural elements to code
  • Installation of carpet or flooring
  • Priming and Painting

Guaranteeing the Job Meets Approval

Happiness with the job done is one of the hallmarks of each SERVPRO team member's commitment to service. Once the restoration services and repairs are complete, the homeowner and adjuster get taken for a walk-through with a description of the actions taken during the cleanup and reconstruction. This is to ensure the job done met expectations and hopefully exceeded them.


SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 can handle any size flood damage in local properties. The certified technicians bring years of experience and the latest equipment to ensure your home gets returned to its preloss condition.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Covina, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today at (626) 387-4111 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Can Storm Damage in Azusa Can Severely Damage a Home?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Restore Your Property After a Storm Has Damaged Your Structure

Storm damage is not just water damage that has been dumped in your home. It can also be leaves and other debris that can be carried inside. Roof damage can also fall under storm damage, as can screens and storm door that are damaged by the wind's tugging on them. Leaves may not seem to be a cause for concern, but they can stain your carpets, as well as harbor insects of all kinds. Twigs and small branches may have landed all over your yard, but larger limbs may be resting on power lines overhead, creating electrical hazards if they cause a line to snap. Limbs in this sort of position are especially dangerous and should only be removed by professionals who are skilled in such delicate work.

If your property in Azusa is in an area where storm damage is severe, knowing who to call that is professional, skilled, and certified in the many different aspects of storm damage clean up can bring you a bit of comfort. Nobody can prevent storms, but undoing the damage is simple when you know who to call ahead of time. Ask your local SERVPRO about the mobile app called ERP which provides you with instant communication to our franchise if you have an emergency. It also offers suggestions and tips to help prevent or mitigate emergency situations.
 
Even if you have had your siding professionally installed recently, it often happens that high enough winds can peel this off a home. While the construction underneath it, vapor barrier, insulation, and the framing provide a minimum of protection, the siding should still be re-installed as quickly as possible. Laying it out to keep it from becoming creased and unusable as soon as the storm is over should help reduce the siding that needs to be replaced.
 
Shingles can also come loose. If you have noticed any pieces, even small ones, lying in your yard, you should have your roof inspected. Loose shingles will not allow just rain to enter your attic and ruin your insulation – small openings can also provide a way for rodents and other small animals to enter your home and contaminate your crawl space with droppings. They will most likely have a nice time burrowing into your insulation, adding to the damage even more. Remember that our SERVPRO technicians can also offer a tarp service to protect your roof and home from the elements and vermin. Even if you do not see any shingles in your grass or elsewhere on the ground, periodic inspections are an excellent idea. Rainwater that enters through your roof can take months for it to make its first appearance on your ceiling's surface. This can also cause mold growth within the attic.
 
If you have had your share of heavy storms, we can help you get your house back in shape. We are experienced in both winter preparation and spring cleaning, both of which are perfect times to spruce up after storms have passed by. Call us, SERVPRO of Azusa /Covina at (626) 387-4111.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina Offers Mitigation Solutions in Irwindale

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from gutters After flood damage has affected your home you need to start the restoration process as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 so call us today.

Clogged Storm Sewers Can Flood Irwindale Homes

Storm sewer systems and catch basins provide necessary removal of runoff water that affects Irwindale neighborhoods. As effective as these systems continue to be to divert damaging water away from structures and homes, they are not impervious to failures or malfunctions. Debris, garbage, and leaves can all play a role in clogging the grates that allow the water to get into the diversion system and safely away from structures. During torrential rainfall and in the hours after that storm, a clogged catch basin can allow high volumes of water to rush beyond these fail safes and towards homes in the area.

For as intricate as these systems can be to prevent flood damage to your Irwindale home, they can quickly reach the point of malfunction under the right conditions. While personnel are responsible for keeping these grates clear of this debris, severe storm systems can provide enough blockage in a single incident to flood homes. Our water damage restoration professionals can respond quickly in emergencies like this to provide effective mitigation solutions to protect what matters most and limit your loss.

Our professionals can respond quickly amid the emergency to help protect your home from invading water. With an incident like this, contamination and debris are major factors that our technicians must work to prevent as much as possible. We can help to reduce the spread of this damage to new areas of your home through our fast extraction techniques like truck-mounted pumps and gas-powered pumps. Limiting the spread can help to prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction later.

Drying out the damage is critical to allow our team to assess the structural concerns that exist. With a Category 3 loss like this, exposed materials must get removed to prevent contamination and bacteria that promote mold growth and hazardous conditions.

With a fast response to emergencies like flooding in your home, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina water restoration technicians can quickly restore your home quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (626) 387-4111.

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Tips for Homeowners About Hazards After a Flood

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

water flooding a living room Call the Professionals at SERVPRO When A Flood Causes Significant Damage to Your Azusa - Covina Home

Understanding Your Flood Hazard After a Flood Damage in the Covina/Azusa area.

Even though we have the best meteorologists and weathermen to report when a storm or a hurricane is coming, but we cannot stop them from entering our establishment. It can be frustrating knowing that you cannot blow hazardous weather away from your location. All you can do is evacuate and make sure that everybody is safe. The most challenging part about flood damage is dealing with the aftermath. It can be stressful thinking about the extent of the issue. If you understand the flood principle that you should consider in determining your residential area exposure, you might be able to mitigate the issue.

You can predict the extent of the flood damage in the Covina location by knowing the flood principal. It is essential to understand that flood water is expected to recede quickly. Keep in mind that the longer the area is in the flood damage, the more costly the repair would be. Another thing is that any flood that is greater than 3 feet can create a hydrostatic pressure on the walls. This pressure can lead to cracks which can result in a significant collapse or destruction of the foundation of your home. When you measure the depth of the flood water, it is best to include a safety factor to account for any inaccurate or approximate estimation. Also, flood water is extremely filthy. They contain a variety of chemicals and microorganism. These floodwaters originate from sewage, pesticides, toxic chemicals, industrial waste, and wastewater. Because of these contaminants, it is essential to call in the expert to adequately disinfect your place.

SERVPRO restoration technicians specialize in restoring your home after flood damages. They can identify and eliminate offensive odors with advanced equipment such as industrial air scrubber or fogging tools. This equipment can get rid of persistent odors that are plagued by contaminant water. There are also sanitizing treatment such as anti-microbial, disinfect, and antibacterial. Because Flood water contains a lot of toxins and debris, it is crucial to call in the SERVPRO tech to adequately sanitized, clean, and deodorize your place after the flood damage.

What To Do After A Flood In Your Azusa Home

While you might understand that some disasters that affect your Azusa home are inevitable, how you respond to these situations determine the amount of money you tie up into restoration and how severe the damages get permitted to become. Our crew can respond quickly in the event of flooding in your home, giving you a better opportunity to protect the things that you value the most and offer effective mitigation solutions to prevent the damage from getting worse once we arrive.

Knowing what to do once flood damage has affected your Azusa home can be challenging, especially since a natural disaster like this comes with an overwhelming number of concerns. The best choice that you can make is to reach out to our team immediately at the first sign of flooding so that we can mobilize both our estimation department and mitigation team. This personnel can help to keep your restoration costs to a minimum and preserve contents within your home from irreparable damage from the rising waters.

Assessment of the damage on your own might seem like a good idea initially, but flooding can cause many structural concerns from weakening flooring to ceiling collapse. Your best choice is to wait until our local team arrives to provide an accurate inspection of the damage, complete with cataloging all the affected areas, materials, and items. We can provide this information to your insurance provider to help to get a claim approved for full restoration while our professionals continue mitigation work such as extraction and pack outs.

Our objective with our rapid response is to help homeowners to get their properties fully restored without excessive cost. We can even provide estimations of the work directly to you to determine on your own whether it is wiser to pay out of pocket for the restoration rather than covering a deductible and likely contending with a rate increase for the future.

Flooding is something that can affect area homes from time to time, but knowing what to do in these situations is critical to making the restoration as efficient as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team a call as soon as soon as flooding begins at (626) 387-4111.

Making Fire Restoration Easier in Your Covina Home

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

fire emitting from windows of house When fire damage happens in your home, SERVPRO can help to remediate and deal with insurance. Call right away.

Certified SERVPRO Staff Will Quickly Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Home

One of the most devastating forces to affect Covina homes is a fire. If you get faced with these unfortunate circumstances, you might find yourself at a loss of how to contend with the damages the incident left behind. Effects of a fire can be widespread and abrasive, making it difficult to continue living in your home even if it remains structurally sound. Professional fire restoration services can help you to overcome these effects and restore your home back to pre loss conditions quickly.

Regardless of how the incident started in your home, once the blaze has gotten extinguished, you get faced with multiple variations of fire damage in Covina. While this might feel overwhelming at first, especially dealing with the insurance company that covers your home from such unfortunate events, you are anything but alone in the process. With SERVPRO, our team of professionals can not only work quickly to bring your home back to the way it used to be but also works to take the headaches and struggles of working with your insurer to get the restoration accomplished.

Part of the role of our estimator is to go over all of the damage and begin assessing what must occur to restore your home to its original conditions. This process details the kind of service that must get performed, the equipment necessary, and the manpower required to accomplish each part of the overall restoration.

This assessment is both for our team to understand the scope of the job and for you and your insurance company to better understand what has to happen to restore your property fully. Our SERVPRO estimator and project manager can speak directly with your insurance adjuster about the job and what is necessary to prevent legwork on your end and the added stress in an already traumatic time.

Fire damage is nothing that any homeowner wants to have to deal with, but it is an unfortunate certainty for some properties. If you face the effects of a fire in your home, you can trust our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina fire restoration specialists to help you overcome these effects and restore your home. Give us a call anytime at (626) 387-4111.

Take the Stress Out of Fire Damage Restoration in Covina

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

fireman looking at cookware on fire in testing enviroment Regardless of the room that it happens in, SERVPRO professionally handles the restoration process!

SERVPRO Takes Care of the Restoration Process from Start to Finish

Your spouse is trying to talk to you from the other room while you are preparing an evening meal and distracts you for just a second. When you turn back to concentrate on what you are doing, it is already too late. Somehow the oil in your pan causes the stove hood that you meant to clean to catch fire. The fire quickly gets out of control, moving to your kitchen drapes and begins to produce smoke, ash, and heat that scares you beyond measure. Get your loved ones out and get help, immediately.

After the fire is out


After the firefighters finish their job, you are left looking at a mess that used to be your kitchen and the emotional scars of a tragic event; things can happen fast. Our professional fire damage restoration staff in Covina can help. Not only do we offer quality services to help restore your property, but we also provide you with some assistance in dealing with the mounds of paperwork that your insurance company requires for your claim.
 
With additional damage from the heat, smoke, and soot the fire produces, it is not hard to understand that you may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the event. SERVPRO technicians go beyond their training to explain our restoration process to you, what steps are needed to perform the repairs correctly and which of our services can assist in returning your kitchen to its pre-fire condition.
 
Our local staff will treat you with the respect you deserve and work closely with you throughout the fire restoration process. You will enjoy the fast, efficient work of our technicians and how knowledgeable our staff is with assisting you during this entire process.
 
We provide our technicians with the proper training and equipment to help you with every aspect of your restoration. This gives you the ability to settle in and relax after using a single source for all of your fire restoration services.
 
Contact our offices at SERVPRO of Azusa - Covina today for access to professional, caring services that'll help you get things back to normal. We are available 24/7 including holidays. (626) 387-4111

How We Remove Soot and Smoke Particles after Fire Damage

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damaged interior of home SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team to arrive quickly with the personnel and equipment to make a difference

No matter how small or huge a fire damage incident is, the smoke and soot that results can cause damage to your property. The various soot or smoke particles that need to be cleaned off your property are reliant on the type of substances that the fire consumed. Soot is usually produced when incomplete combustion takes place and depending on what the fire burned it can contain a mixture of dust, soils, metals, chemical and even acids. It is small in size and can float in the air and travel throughout your Covina property.

The smoke particles that a fire produces in your Covina home can contain ash, oils, tar, carbon, and different kinds of chemicals. Our technicians perform appropriate cleaning and restoration procedures to prevent secondary damage. The soot and smoke particles which float in the air may lead to health effects, which is why our team uses appropriate personal protective equipment such as full-face masks, goggles, gloves, and footwear when carrying out restoration procedures.

Our local technicians use advanced equipment to make work efficient. For instance, we can install dehumidifiers to address the moisture problem that results from the water that was used to extinguish the fire. We have the skills of determining what is salvageable and removing the unsalvageable items from the building. When we are removing smoke and soot particles from a carpet, we avoid impact when it is likely to embed the particles into the materials. For instance, we use HEPA vacuuming to lift the particles from the surface. For efficient results when we are using HEPA vacuums, we make sure there is a considerable distance between the nozzle and the surface.

Fire incidents are associated with odor problems. We must identify and remove the odor-causing particles, or our fire damage restoration technicians perform processes such as thermal fogging as a way of addressing the odor problem. Deodorants that can neutralize the odors are emitted into specific areas.

Air Purification Is Critical For Fire Damaged Covina Homes

After a damaging fire in your Covina home, there are threats present even in the atmosphere that a homeowner and their family need to monitor from a distance. Indoor air quality concerns can allow for respiratory concerns from lingering smoke, airborne debris and dust, and soot particles. Overcoming these effects is almost impossible for a homeowner to handle on their own, but our professional restoration team has equipment and expertise to remove this potential hazard.

When you consider all of the ways that fire damage in your Covina property can present itself, many homeowners might find themselves most concerned with structural elements and less about airborne threats. However, with the combustion of multiple materials including plastics, aerosols, chemicals and more commonly found in the average home, this environment could be dangerous to breath unfiltered. Our technicians have experience and training with the use of a full range of personal protective equipment from respirators to SCBA tanks for initial mitigation work when we first arrive at a fire-damaged property.

These threats only get more exasperated with the removal of debris and damaged components from the property in the earliest stages of restoration. Controlled demolition and cleanup by our  specialists can circulate more smoke residue, debris, dust, and even harmful organic compounds present in the air to cause potential health risks to those exposed without breathing protection.

We set up and begin using hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers as soon as possible to begin filtering out harmful substances and particulates in the air. The HEPA filter installed in the machines can trap even microscopic debris, improving the air quality more the longer that these machines continue to run in the affected environments.

These 3 Specialty Cleaning Agents Help Us Handle Fire Damage In Covina Homes

Many aspects of fire damage in Covina require more power than other household messes to clean up and remove safely from your home. While technicians sometimes make use of conventional glass and surface cleaning products, specific circumstances may require us to bring out more specific chemicals and cleaning agents that are designed for a specific task and purpose. Depending on the extent of the damages and what specific parts of your home the fire has impacted, we may need to use some of these cleaning agents in addition to more generalized solutions.

Strong Acid Cleaners
Some residues from a fire damaged home may be best treated with the use of strong acid cleaners. These products are highly effective at washing away soot and ash from rough surfaces, and can even remove longstanding mineral deposits that may be unaffected by any off-the-shelf cleaning supplies. However, these chemicals can be hazardous without appropriate protective equipment and may cause damage to some surfaces in your home, so only certified SERVPRO technicians should apply them.

Liquid Creme Cleaners
Some of the most useful equipment in our arsenal of cleaning supplies are our liquid creme cleaning agents. These mixtures contain both standard cleaning products and small, mildly abrasive particles that can remove many types of stains and residues from hard and smooth surfaces in your home. These cleaning agents are especially useful for kitchen fires thanks to their ability to stick to smooth vertical surfaces without damaging them.

Wood Creme Cleaners
Similar to liquid creme agents, wood cremes are mixtures of cleaning chemicals and tiny particles that can scrub away smoke residues and other particles. These cremes, however, are much more gentle than most cleaning agents, making them one of our most effective tools for wood surfaces and smoke-damaged appliances that may be sensitive to other chemicals and cremes.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina has every cleaning agent and tool you can imagine to help you recover from a house fire as quickly and smoothly as possible. Call us at (626) 387-4111 for our 24/7 services.

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Quick Tips when Your Property in Covina Floods

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

woman on phone after appliance causes flooding 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 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.

Do not 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 a flood or water damage have hit your home, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Steps You Can Take When Water Floods Your Azusa Property

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

water dripping from acoustic tile ceiling Finding water damage in your home can set you into a frenzy wondering what you can do to help the situation. Contact SERVPRO to discuss with our team.

Small Steps You Take Make a Big Difference for Water Damage in Azusa

SERVPRO Recommends Actions That You can Take Before Our Technicians Arrive

In the event of water damage to an Azusa home that involves staining, filthy water, or other unclean and potentially unsafe conditions, we typically recommend that you exercise restraint in your actions before our technicians arrive on-scene. However, there are some things you can do and begin to clean on your own before we get there. These small acts could save valuable time and money later on in the restoration process, and help to avoid replacement expenditures for some objects.
 
Drying Out Fabrics and Cushions
One of the most substantial single costs from any variety of water damage in Azusa often comes from furniture. Most furniture sets are made from fabric, leather, and other materials that may be highly sensitive to the effects of water. Without fast action, an entire couch, lounger, bed, or other pieces of furniture may become so damaged that it must be thrown out and replaced at the cost of hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, you can help to avoid this by acting fast to separate sheets, cushions, pillows, and other components of modern furniture sets to help them dry out faster and avoid bleeding colors.

Cleaning Off Hard Objects
Small, hard objects may benefit significantly from a hose-down outside before any dirt and debris they have accumulated can dry out and set in. Take care to select only those objects composed of materials that cannot sustain further damage from moisture and to especially avoid electronics. Electronics in a water damaged area should never be touched, as they may pose an electrocution hazard.

Opening a Window
Opening windows and doors in your home helps to get air currents circulating hours before our technicians arrive with air movers that specialize in creating stronger artificial airflows inside the building. This small head start on drying could make the difference for many parts of the home sensitive to prolonged exposure to moisture and high humidity. Make sure to use common sense and only open windows and doors when you can be sure that the weather is clear at least until our technicians arrive.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in the local area. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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