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SERVPRO Removes Soot from Surfaces after Azusa Fire Damage

9/8/2022 (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.

The Importance of Drying Wet Items after Azusa Water Damage

9/8/2022 (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.

Remediating Mold Damage in Azusa Homes

9/8/2022 (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.

New Plumbing Fixtures Can Cause Water Damage in Azusa Homes

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO For All Your Water Damage Restoration Services in Azusa

Upgrading individual fixtures or your entire plumbing system in your Azusa home is not without the potential for loss incidents. Often you cannot tell there is a leak or a damaged connector or compression fitting without pressurizing the line. Even then, a temporary seal of the line could break loose when a pressure fluctuation occurs around the new hardware. While you cannot prepare for these potential disasters, you can determine the ideal restoration team to help clean up the mess.

While multiple areas could get affected by a fluctuation in system pressure, water damage in Azusa homes requires a fast response to prevent further property loss. Our SERVPRO professionals have READY trailers stocked with air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and wet vacuums to ensure that we can quickly manage water loss emergencies and get to thoroughly drying areas of your home where water has migrated.

Extraction is not always necessary, but when it is, we can pull wood trim from the base of affected wall cavities to drill holes in the drywall and weep out standing water. We can cut out a space to access the damaged portion of the line or malfunctioning connector if there is no box to access this area directly. Water leaking out of the holes at the base of the wall can get collected using wet vacuums with squeegee wands. These same drilled holes can allow our Injecti-Dry system to force heated air into the cavity to dry out lingering moisture.

With a team of in-house residential contractors that can join our water restoration technicians at the worksite, we can immediately address the issues with the plumbing alongside mitigation tasks. Our contractors have years of building trades experience. We can identify the malfunction in the new hardware and replace connectors, gaskets, or portions of the pipe as needed to fix the issues at hand.

New plumbing can be a necessity for many older homes, but it is not without the potential risk of malfunction or improper installation. No matter what causes water damage in your home, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team is standing by to help at (626) 387-4111.

Hire Covina Professional Commercial Restoration Before Damage Sets In

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water bursting from leaking pipe Pipe bursts in your business are no match for SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Gets to Work on Water Mitigation and Restoration Fast in Covina

No matter the business you are in charge of, prompt action is paramount with any emergency that can cause damage and hazards for your building, staff, and clients or customers. SERVPRO can be at your Covina commercial property within hours of your call to begin water mitigation, so your restoration is shorter and less expensive. Rapid action and professional methods to the rescue to help you restore your business and limit loss, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Have you had a pipe burst overnight or a machinery failure causing water damage? Commercial water restoration in Covina with SERVPRO gets you back on your feet. Our crew handles the cleanup, addressing any possible safety hazards, and looking for hidden moisture that could bring secondary damage or mold growth.

Mold mitigation with moisture detection services

Once water removal services begin, our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians employ moisture detection methods. This helps us find areas where moisture migrated so we can quickly achieve our drying goals. We go through each site where the water emergency took place using specialized tools, including:

  • Moisture detectors, sensors, and meters
  • Borescopes
  • Thermal imaging cameras with infrared technology

While we look for moisture and all standing water is getting pulled up with pumps and extractors, drying and dehumidification coincide. We set up industrial fans and dehumidifiers to restore relative humidity (RH). The team adjusts the number of equipment placed and their location so that we can get the best results.

What about musty odors?

We know your business cannot have any lingering odors from the water emergency. Our odor control technicians (OCT) have specialized products that work to eliminate all odors rather than masking them.

Calling (626) 387-4111 puts you in touch with the customer care team for SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina. We are available 24/7 for an emergency response to handle all your commercial water restoration needs!

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

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Two firemen on ladder putting out 2nd story fire SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is here to help you and your home recover from a house fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged wall; peeling paint Our SERVPRO technicians will restore your water damaged walls "Like it never even happened.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Box Over Mans Head With Help All Over It For Help with Pack-Outs and Fire Loss Restoration to Your Irwindale Property Call SERVPRO

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

The results can be devastating whenever a fire ignites inside a building in Irwindale. The longer the blaze burns, the worse the fire damage can get. Elements of a fire, including heat and smoke, can both cause several different problems to the contents and building materials inside your home. Smoke can travel throughout a structure and leave behind soils and soot residues. The heat and flames created can cause fire damage by burnt or charred structural components.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage of items by either being your structural materials or your contents, our SERVPRO technicians keep track of affected items based on whether they are attached to your house or not. During any fire damage mitigation in Irwindale, we often separate your contents and building materials by packing up your possessions and moving them out of affected areas of your home. Moving contents into a location that did not get affected by the burn helps keep the restoration of contents from negatively affecting building materials and vice versa.

Whenever we conduct a pack out on a property, we use a specialized computer inventory system to keep track of all of your items. Our CCIS Customer Content Inventory Service system produces consistent, professional pack-out inventories in electronic format. The program helps our SERVPRO restoration team keep track of what items of yours we have and where we have them. By using the CCIS, we can offer extra services to you and your insurance adjuster.

The CCIS software can help us retrieve items out of our storage warehouse. Sometimes you may need some of your possessions before the scheduled date to move things back occurs. The CCIS system helps us find exactly where your contents are and record that we have given them back to you.

Our computer software also helps track how much money was saved by cleaning items instead of replacing them. If you ever need assistance after a burn inside your house, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 any day of the week.

Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Man Holding Bucket for Water When water damage threatens your home, do not panic call SERVPRO.

Successfully removing water damage from your home

Four fundamental factors lead to successful drying after a water damage event. These four factors are temperature, humidity, air movement, and the quantity of moisture in the structure. Conventionally, drying occurs when wet materials or air loses moisture to drier air or materials, and the entire process seeks to establish an equilibrium. 

In this article, we see how these factors interact during the water restoration of your Irwindale property.

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation Services in Covina

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Need Mold Remediation and Removal of Infested Materials – Call SERVPRO

Residents of Covina may notice a strong, musty odor in an area of their home but do not observe any signs of mold on walls or even under cabinetry. A persistent musty smell is usually a sign of a substantial mold colony. Mold needs moisture and may reside inside walls where condensation or a small leak from plumbing has provided sufficient moisture. Another common location for mold colonies to grow is under kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation services to clients and residents of Covina. We use moisture meters to detect high levels of moisture inside walls or under cabinets to assist in identifying and locating the source of the odor. Once the location has been found, we remove drywall or wallboard to access the area. Bathroom cabinets and even flooring materials may need to be removed to reveal the mold infestation fully. We can assist in identifying and removing moisture sources to prevent further infestations.

We also advise on the required inspection and documentation protocols requested by local and state laws. Reporting requirements are based on the size of the affected area.

Removal of affected contents and structure under controlled conditions is considered the best method to remove mold. Many experts believe using disinfectants such as bleach against mold spores is less effective. Mold remediation experts believe the best approach is to eliminate the source of moisture, remove affected elements and dry the area. Depending on the location, replacing structures such as drywall, insulation, carpeting, or cabinets is the best approach to remediate a mold infestation.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation services to our local clients, including:

  • Mold inspection, mold removal protocol, and restoration
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina for mold remediation services. We cover Covina and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.