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How to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Irwindale Properties

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Irwindale Properties Mold can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO to safely remove mold spores from your home.

Do Not Let Mold Damage Bring Your Irwindale Property to Its Knees

The focus of this year's National Preparedness Month is to let citizens learn the importance of planning and be in a position to handle incidents such as mold damage that happens when they are unexpected. Whether you are in business or not, it is essential to prepare for emergencies and coming up with an action plan does not require a lot of money or time. If you live in Irwindale, begin by looking at the hazards your property is likely to face and give them a priority in your planning.

If you are facing mold damage in your Irwindale property, there are practical procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform to restore the mold-contaminated structures. We start by looking at how large or small the affected area is before coming up with the remediation plan. There are chances of the mold problem causing health effects, so we have to provide for the safety and health of the occupants and our team. That is why you always see our SERVPRO technicians some eye protection gear, chemical resistant gloves, and full-face or half-face respirators.

For mold to grow, moisture must be present at the site. We have to determine the source of the moisture and work towards stopping it. If our SERVPRO technicians fail to do that, then it means there are chances of the mold problem reoccurring. The remediation process may also involve drywall demolition, a process that is likely to make the mold spore airborne. To reduce chances of mold exposure when we are working, we put in place containment measures. For instance, the use of negative air machines can reduce the quantity of airborne mold and prevent its spread to clean areas. Sealing the HVAC vents and setting up plastic sheeting to act as containment barriers is part of the containment process.

If we are dealing with non-porous dry surfaces, we may perform HEPA vacuuming to remove any loosely attached mold. We can also damp wipe using a detergent that has anti-microbial properties to sterilize surfaces. Discarding porous items which are extensively contaminated is necessary.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina responds immediately to all fire, water, storm, and mold damage incidents. Contact our highly trained team by calling (626) 387-4111 and let our 24-hour emergency services return your property to its original condition.

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How To Recover From A Water Damage Emergency In Your Azusa Property

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Recover From A Water Damage Emergency In Your Azusa Property SERVPRO wants to help keep your home free of water damage no matter where it occurs.

Resealing Of Shower Walls And Tub Surrounds Prevents Water Damage In Azusa Residences

It is crucial for Azusa's homeowners to make repairs before small amounts of damage worsen. One place that can quickly experience extensive damage spread it within walls, and continue to remain hidden is in the bathroom.

When the fiberglass walls in your bathroom begin to loosen from the wall and tub in your Azusa residence, water damage can start ruining the wall behind the shower. Water from showering or bathing can seep under the tub, also, and weaken the floor. Soft spots around your shower stall can indicate the floor directly underneath it is also soft. The extra weight of water and an individual can make this a dangerous situation.

SERVPRO technicians can help you protect your home by getting all of the moisture out of these spaces before they can spread further and affect additional areas. We use machinery that quickly dries everything out while extracting the water vapor that rapid evaporation produces. Because we want to perform an excellent job for you, we measure the amount of moisture in adjacent areas.

Water does not always seep downhill. Seeping water can flow horizontally and then downward, or even wick upward. When water comes into contact with an exterior wall, this can compress and ruin insulation. This can increase your heating and cooling costs. It can also permit mold to grow within your walls.

Wherever SERVPRO discovers water damage and waterlogged materials, we remove these and get any undamaged sections dried out. We clean these and wipe them down making them like new again. New materials can then restore the area, so everything is “Like it never even happened.” When mold and mildew exists, our IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can give you expert guidance on available options. Our highly trained employees work together as a team to ensure all of our customers' needs are met while keeping restoration expenses as low as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to help keep your home free of water damage no matter where it occurs. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 when you notice signs of damage to your residence.

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

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Water Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Remediating Mold Damage in Irwindale

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

Irwindale Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Safe Mold Remediation

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

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Flood Damage Technicians In Azusa Discuss Problems With Skylights

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Skylights

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

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

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

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

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Stained Walls – A Sign Of Water Damage In Irwindale Properties

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage In Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Irwindale

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

Successfully removing water damage from your home

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

What You Should Do When A Storm Floods Your Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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Making Fire Restoration Easier in Your Covina Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Making Fire Restoration Easier in Your Covina Home 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 restoration services can help you to overcome these effects and restore your home back to preloss 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.

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When Over-watering causes Commercial Water Damage In A Irwindale Nursery

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Over-watering causes Commercial Water Damage In A Irwindale Nursery After a nursery in Irwindale sustains commercial water damage in this manner, water can continue to spread via evaporation and condensation.

Commercial Water Damage

Sprinklers used to prevent fires from spreading can malfunction and cause problems, and watering systems in Irwindale garden shops and nurseries can experience similar issues. Incorrectly setting the timer can cause planters and trays to overflow after becoming saturated.

After a nursery in Irwindale sustains commercial water damage in this manner, water can continue to spread via evaporation and condensation. Water-permeable bags of fertilizer and other inventory items can become damaged, upsetting customers and a string of returns for refunds. Water-damaged materials can allow other problems to develop, including mildew growth. SERVPRO's professional Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) helps protect area businesses by removing the misplaced water from the building.

Removing water can include the moisture that now saturates porous materials and increased humidity. Because nurseries typically maintain higher humidity than the outside air, we might not need to perform dehumidification except in areas such as offices or non-nursery areas of your business. Situations such as this make it essential for communication lines to stay open between SERVPRO technicians and our customers during the mitigation work.

The removal of water from your building can prevent this, but the introduction of water from over-zealous sprinklers can kill your more fragile living merchandise. At your direction, our employees can help rescue saturated plants by working with your employees in placing seedling containers in a designated area to allow for more rapid draining away for the water.

Plants and seedlings that already perished can still provide some cost-cutting savings when we remove and set aside potting soil and planters. These can still drain away extra water and then, after recycling and minor cleaning, re-enter your inventory to save your business money, helping to keep it active and healthy.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina helps businesses recover faster after any disaster including water damage from both interior and exterior sources. When businesses have a READY Plan in place, our response becomes even more specific to the problem, starting at the moment we arrive to begin mitigation. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 to make your READY Plan for such emergencies or our assistance with a disastrous situation currently affecting your business.

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

5/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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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How SERVPRO Move-Outs Can Restore Fire Damages to the Contents of Your Irwindale Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Move-Outs Can Restore Fire Damages to the Contents of Your Irwindale Home SERVPRO thoroughly inspects your items after fire damage to assess what restoration process is best to restore them to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Personal Items after a Fire

Fires in your Irwindale home do not offer warnings or notice to give you a chance to preserve all of the contents of your home. Instead, these items (beyond what you might have been able to carry out on your own in your evacuation) get left to the mercy of the fire that swept through your home. While there are inevitably going to be instances where some items are irreparably damaged or unable to get salvaged, many of these items can get restored successfully in the right environment.

Move-outs by our team are a typical response to help you to restore the contents of your home following significant fire damages in your Irwindale residence. This approach helps us to take more individual care of each of these items while providing our team space and access needed to restore the rest of the damaged house.

When contents of your home get removed for restoration, they get transported to a nearby facility for thorough inspection and detailed cleaning to help prepare them for their return to your house at the completion of the fire restoration to the structure. The process begins with cleaning, which primarily involves various approaches to remove soot damage present in fabrics, materials, and textiles.

Deodorization plays a crucial role in this process as well, allowing for thermal foggers to break apart smoke odor molecules and remove the noxious scent of the fire that has embedded itself into the contents of your home. This process ensures that while restoration occurs at your home, you are not bringing an old symptom back into the affected area for recontamination.

While move-outs might be a small part of the overall restoration process for your home following a fire, it can show our level of dedication and commitment to a thorough and quality job. You can rely on SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to help you through every challenging aspect of home restoration following a fire, and our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (626) 387-4111.

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Mold Damage Remediation for Your Irwindale Home

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation for Your Irwindale Home If your damaged roof was providing access to water into your attic, you could have a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Investigates a Mold Infestation in Your Home Before Starting the Customized Remediation Process

High winds and rains are a recipe for roof damage in Irwindale and can create a leak. Since you are likely not up in your attic that often, or at all, a roof leak can go undetected for a very long time. Mold, in the meantime, can start eating away at your roof decking, plus the structural beams that hold up your attic roof, the insulation, and anything else that is edible.
 
Mold needs moisture to be able to grow, and it does not take much time to begin – as little as a couple of days. When you realize there is mold damage in your Irwindale home, it is imperative that you act quickly. Mold continues to grow and eat away at materials of your structure until it is cleaned up. At SERVPRO, our staff has been trained to handle mold growth correctly, so you do not have additional damage.
 
Mold begins as a tiny spore which functions like a seed only smaller and more straightforward than actual seeds. A mass of mold spores can include thousands, but still be smaller than a pinhead. When something disturbs the mass of spores, thousands of mold spores are set free. Airflow carries the spores off, and they stay in the air until gravity helps them to settle. Very gentle air movement is all that is needed to lift spores again and keep them aloft.
 
The airborne spores eventually land and settle on a surface. SERVPRO staff understand how to clean these spores off of surfaces when possible. Spores are made for survival and might or might not start growing right away. Mold spores might lie dormant sometimes, waiting for the right conditions for growth.
 
Moisture makes spores swell as they absorb water. They start growing by sending out a network of structures, known as hyphae. Some hyphae might grow, like roots, into the material that is under the spores. Other hyphae spread out over the surface. Some can grow upright and make spores on top.
 
SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is experienced at cleaning mold colonies so that we can take care of the growth in your home in Azusa, Covina, or Irwindale expertly. Give us a call at (626) 387-4111 when you realize you have an issue.

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Commercial Water Damage Projects in Irwindale

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Projects in Irwindale When possible, SERVPRO will remediate damage during your business's closed hours in order to not interfere with normal operations.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Get Your Business Back to Operating Normally after Water Damage

Sometimes appliances or pipes break inside your Irwindale bakery that causes water to leak everywhere. It is never a good thing when you go to open your bakery in the morning, and it is flooded. Many times a water damage problem can cost your business money if your bakery cannot function.

When mitigating issues at a business, we try to complete work without costing you even more money. SERVPRO's commercial damage technicians in Irwindale have experience in mitigating problems in a way that negatively affects your business as little as possible. Often we change how we complete our processes so that our work does not get in the way of your company's daily operations.

As soon as our IICRC certified technicians enter your bakery, keeping your business operating is the number one goal. We first fix the source of the problem so that water stops entering the building. Next, we take measures to ensure the safety of our workers, your workers, and customers.

Any hazards that we can repair such as falling down drywall or trip hazards we fix. Any other hazards such as electrical shorts we call in professionals to fix so that the work area is safe to begin restoration procedures. We block off and post "danger" signs around the areas that remain unsafe for workers without protective equipment.

Any areas that are wet pose slip hazards and we make sure we post "caution wet floor" signs. We then begin extracting water sometimes a small section at a time so that your customers can still order from your bakery. We block off one part, extract all of the water we can from that area, then move our ropes over to another area so that people can still walk through your business.

Sometimes if the area is safe for you to keep your business operating but it is challenging to stay operating while we work, then we complete our duties after business hours. During extraction, we secure the area and post wet floor signs then complete the work when the bakery is closed. During the drying process, we sometimes set up equipment when your business is closed then remove the drying equipment right before you open the next day.

Often we can dry out a structure during the closed hours of your business. For professional help mitigating problems while keeping your business operating, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 24/7. 

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Mold Growth and Mold Damage in Your Irwindale Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth and Mold Damage in Your Irwindale Home Moisture in a Wall Cavity Can Lead to the Need for Mold Remediation--Contact SERVPRO

Irwindale Property Owners Often Turn to SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Mold can be a smelly fungus which can lower the value of your Irwindale home and create health effects for you and your family. It can be found in any moist area and can grow on walls, floors, and ceilings. Mold is most likely to grow in your kitchen or bathroom. However, there are no areas in your home which are immune to an infestation of mold. When you find it, it has to be dealt with quickly to stop it from spreading to clean areas.

It does not matter where you find the mold growing in your Irwin home. Mold damage keeps spreading and deteriorates whatever it is growing on if it is left alone. Professional help is also needed; it is not recommended for you to clean it on your own with regular household cleaners. Our technicians at SERVPRO are specially trained and certified to handle mold and remediate the growths.
 
The critical factor in the development of mold is moisture. There are always millions of spores in the air. Sometimes, they attach themselves to a surface to form a colony if the conditions in the environment are right. Unventilated areas of your home with stale air and moisture are breeding grounds for mold. It can even form in cold temperatures.
 
There is no way for you to prevent mold spores from infiltrating your home. It is possible, however, to control the amount of moisture and lower the chance of the spores forming colonies of mold. Fix any water leaks and let SERVPRO techs help you clean water-damaged areas within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. After this, mold can begin growing. We advise keeping the humidity level in your residence between 45-55 percent.
 
 If a colony of mold has intruded into your home in Irwindale, Covina, or Azusa, let SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina take care of it. Get in touch with us at (626) 387-4111, and we waste no time arriving and helping.

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How to Know if You Have Water Damage in Your Irwindale Home

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Know if You Have Water Damage in Your Irwindale Home If you discover stains on your ceilings or walls, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO for water damage restoration services.

Call on SERVPRO If You Discover Water Damage in Your Home

Whatever might be the reason, water damage can spell a disaster if not handled promptly. A leaky faucet, a backed-up drain or a slow sink, all are signs of potential water damage. If you are not prompt in dealing with such incidences, the damage can get out of hand before you know it.

SERVPRO professionals are here to help you detect and fix any water damage to your Irwindale home. That said, the best chance of a successful restoration is when we spring into action at the earliest stage possible. The following signs indicate that you may have water damage in your home.

Stains on Walls or Ceilings

Stains on walls or ceilings are first to appear in the case of water damage. If you see any newly formed wet stain on a wall or a ceiling, it is time to seek professional help. The excessive moisture in the surfaces can prove to be breeding ground for mold and can cause secondary damage if not treated promptly.

Peeling of paint is also a good sign of water damage. Excessive dampness in the walls may cause the paint to peel off. If you are experiencing such a phenomenon in any of the rooms in your home, seek professional help.

SERVPRO technicians can help you identify and treat the cause of the staining and prevent mold damage as well.

Unpleasant Odors

Another sign of potential water damage is an unpleasant odor. If you have backed up drains, the water can stink, and you should be able to perceive that smell. Such incidences are more common in bathrooms, kitchens, and sinks than other places in your home. Such smells should not be ignored in any case. If you experience any weird smell in your house, call SERVPRO, our technicians can help you get to the bottom of the odor problem.

Obstructed Drains

Do you have a drain or a toilet in your home that keeps clogging? If the answer is yes, you need professional help. Repeated clogging can be a result of a more significant problem that needs to be eliminated at its source. Ignoring such incidences can lead to a bigger problem that may require more time and money to fix.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an appointment and a free consultation.

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Finding Your Way Back From Flood Damage To Your Azusa Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Finding Your Way Back From Flood Damage To Your Azusa Home SERVPRO Extracts Water from Your Azusa Flooded Home Fast

Being Prepared Can Reduce Shock, Stress, and Storm Damaging Effects

As much as everyone understands about flash flooding and its occurrences following specific weather patterns, it is still unnerving how many Azusa homes poorly prepare for impending potential floodwaters. With that said, sometimes even the most thorough of precautionary measures cannot eliminate the risk of falling victim to a natural disaster like this with the right conditions, so being prepared with a mid-emergency plan can prove a frugal and responsible approach.
 
Even the most detrimental of circumstances can ultimately get cleaned up and restored if you provide the right opportunity for the professional restoration specialists dispatched to your water emergency. When you are amid flood damages to your Azusa home, immediate reactions can aid in preventing the effects of the water from getting worse and keeping the contents of your home from suffering irreparable damages.
 
From the time that our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, the source of the water is often still bringing more and more into the affected areas. Locating the vulnerable areas of the foundation walls, or other sources that might have allowed the water to penetrate your home is a critical component of both the restoration process as well as preventing future recurrences.
 
Extraction is another crucial aspect of our tailored restoration plan. This process helps to pull the high volumes of water from the floor following the sealing and repair of the damaged areas that allowed the floodwaters into your home in the first place. With flooding, it is a typical choice for our SERVPRO technicians to use pump trucks from our fleet of vehicles for fast extractions. More precise actions get accomplished with the use of wet vacs.
 
Drying the area is not something that can be taken lightly, as failure to remove all of the moisture from the affected areas of your home could allow for compounding conditions like mold growth. Instead, while air movers and other equipment get used to begin drying the areas that were previously underwater, thermal imagery gets used to spy behind walls and into inaccessible areas to ensure that no moisture remains untouched.
 
Our thorough restoration following flood damage to your home makes SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina an excellent choice for any water emergency that you might experience. You can reach our experienced and courteous restoration specialists anytime by calling (626) 387-4111.

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Deodorization After Flood Damage in Your Irwindale Home

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Deodorization After Flood Damage in Your Irwindale Home SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Irwindale with a Fresh Scent

SERVPRO Has the Resources and Crews to Neutralize Foul Odors Post Storm Events

Heavy rains in the Irwindale area can create flash floods, affected many homes and families. These kinds of floods gather momentum within six hours of the storms that caused them and are distinguished by a rapid rise of water that is fast-moving. Water like this is hazardous and can move massive rocks. Flash floods also carry debris which raises their potential to injure people and damage structures.
 
Your home in Irwindale can suffer from a lot of flood damage when the heavy rains enter into your structure. What was once your home can suddenly become a sopping, wet mess very quickly. In a case like this, you need professional help cleaning it all up, and our technicians at SERVPRO are always standing by to assist you. With our specialized training and tools, we can help restore your home back to its previous condition.
 
One of the steps of flood damage remediation, typically in the final stages, is deodorizing all the affected areas. The first step to getting rid of odors is to remove the source. Sewage in your home, for instance, would smell. Until we get rid of it, the smell remains no matter what we do. Some of the most common sources of odor in flood damage include moisture, sewage, dirt, mildew, dead animals, and pet waste.
 
To make these smells go away, SERVPRO technicians remove the cause. Odor issues from water damage usually happen because wet materials have not been dried. As the level of moisture returns to usual, a lot of the odor problems go away as well.
 
In most situations of deodorization, the scents are coming from multiple sources. To find all of them and figure out the specific methods to fight each of the of them requires technical equipment and a vast amount of knowledge. Instead, we use multiple methods in a majority of deodorizing situations. Using multiple methods keeps the odors from coming back.
 
Different deodorant types that we use include filtration and absorption agents, masking agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers, pairing agents, and electrically generated deodorizers. We also work with you to ensure that you like the smell of the professional products we choose to apply.
 
Getting your home in Irwindale, Covina, or Azusa back to its normal condition after a flood is our priority at SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina, which includes doing proper deodorization. Reach out to us at (626) 387-4111 as soon as possible after a flooding emergency.

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Handle Fire Damage Caused by Grease Fires in Your Irwindale Home Safely

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handle Fire Damage Caused by Grease Fires in Your Irwindale Home Safely Keeping a clean and safe cooking environment can prevent grease fires in your kitchen.

SERVPRO’s Tips for Preventing and Minimizing Fire Damage in the Kitchen

It is not hard to believe that cooking presents lavish opportunities for mistakes that often lead to household fires. Using too much grease or leaving a pan on the burner too long can ignite causing a fire that gets out of control fast. Before you know it, a small mistake leads to significant repairs in your Irwindale home.

All you have to do to get ahead of fire damage that may occur in your Irwindale property is to contact the expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO. We can help you understand how good habits and a few safety measures can help prevent grease fires altogether. Learning how to react to situations can make a significant difference in the losses you might experience when a fire occurs in your home.

While SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians go through extensive training to provide you with quality solutions to fire damage found on your property, our goal is to help you prevent fires through education. The more you learn, the easier it can be to protect your family and household items.

Remember, maintaining a clean, safe cooking environment helps prevent a variety of fires, so keep your stovetop clear of excess grease, oils, or flammable cooking materials. Heating oil for deep-frying or pan-frying requires individual attention, remaining diligent, refraining from being distracted and leaving cooking unattended on your stove. 

Always read warning or instruction labels on cooking oil products. Heat ratings help you maintain a proper temperature, avoiding fires and preventing disaster. Using a thermometer, long-utensils, and splash guards can help eliminate fire hazards and injuries. Always wait for the stove to cool off before carefully wiping away oil spills.

If grease catches fire, baking soda, covering the pan with a lid, or using a class “K” fire extinguisher can help get small flames under control. However, you should always remain safe. Avoid putting yourself in harm’s way at all costs and get everyone in your home to safety immediately, then call 911 and your local SERVPRO for help getting things under control. 

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for fire damage restoration throughout the area, 24/7, “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.” (626) 387-4111

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How do Professionals Establish a Drying Goal After Flood Damage to You Irwindale Home?

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How do Professionals Establish a Drying Goal After Flood Damage to You Irwindale Home? Flooding after a storm can be devastating. Pick up the phone to contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best drying results.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Damage Before Drying Out Your Flooded Property

Flood damage due to heavy rains or storms can leave your home in utter chaos. There is water everywhere, and even when the standing water is removed, there is the residual moisture that can continue to cause damage. It is crucial to eliminate this residual moisture to avoid any secondary moisture.

SERVPRO experts can establish what is called a drying goal during the flood damage restoration of your Irwindale home. Simply put, it indicates the conditions that material and contents are expected to display when the drying is complete. Once these conditions are reached, the home and its contents can be deemed dry, and there is no risk of any secondary damage due to the residual moisture.

Experts achieve this goal by establishing a few parameters during the restoration process. As a reference, they take the moisture content readings from a dry part of the home that is unaffected by the flood waters. This reading serves as a baseline. Next, they also establish the moisture in wood items regarding percentage and non-wood items regarding points.

Measuring the humidity of the air  
The humidity is often expressed as a percentage value called relative humidity (RH). The SERVPRO technicians can establish an RH goal to expedite the drying process. An RH value of 40% or less is ideal for rapid drying of the contents and structures affected by the floodwater.

The technicians use a variety of instruments to measure the moisture content of the air and the RH. While moisture meters can tell the amount of water vapor in the air, thermohygrometers can calculate both the temperature and RH of the air. Technicians use the information from this equipment to establish ideal drying conditions to get the fastest drying rates possible.

Once the technicians establish the drying goal, they can discuss the remediation methods with you and implement the agreed upon plan. As ‘dry’ is a relative term, the drying goals help the technicians to achieve the desired level of drying that ensures that there is no secondary damage to your home after the cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/ Covina at (626) 387-4111 today to talk to one of our flood restoration experts.

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Commercial Water Damage Experts in Azusa

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Experts in Azusa SERVPRO works around your schedule so that mitigation does not hinder your business.

SERVPRO Keeps You in Mind When Restoring Your Space

As all business owners know, your home is not the only place where things can break and cause problems. Your place of business in Azusa is also at risk of things going wrong. When your business suffers a water damage issue, different mitigation measures get taken.

For example, if your hair salon in Azusa suffers a commercial water damage situation, the experts at SERVPRO can help. Water restoration projects on a commercial property must get mitigated while keeping the inconveniences to the business a minimum. Our restoration crews have experience when dealing with water damage issues in commercial spaces.

Even if the issue seems minor, it is still a wise idea to let the experts at SERVPRO mitigate the damage. Sometimes water damage can cause problems that you do not notice right away, and future issues can arise.

Our restoration crews are skilled at mitigating water damage in the best way possible not to affect normal business operations. When possible, our crew changes the way they complete the project to prevent loss of revenue to your business. Our restoration team also keeps in mind any discomfort the water damage or its reparation causes to your customers.

If water gets into a rather small area of your beauty shop, our specialists can move any of your equipment out of the wet area. When the team moves the equipment, they make sure the process does not cause problems to the functioning of your business. Our IICRC certified technicians then can come in with their extraction equipment. While we extract water from the area, we make sure our extraction process does not hinder your business in any way. At times, drying gets done after business hours to keep your business open as usual.

These are just a few examples of how our crew goes out of its way to make sure our mitigation process helps your business and does not hurt it. For an efficient water mitigation team that keeps your overall business functions in mind, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 assistance.

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What to Expect During Professional Mold Damage Restoration at Your Irwindale Property?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Expect During Professional Mold Damage Restoration at Your Irwindale Property? Finding mold in your home is never pleasant. Call SERVPRO to come out and complete the mold remediation process in your home right away!

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven Process When Tackling a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Spotting mold damage in your home is never a good sign. If you do not act fast, the damage can spread quickly, and before you know it, the problem can escalate into a full-blown disaster. What you need is professional remediation, that too, as soon as possible.

It is equally important to know what are the different steps involved when professionals restore mold damage to your Irwindale home. Typically, the remediation process is a multi-stage process involving the following steps.

Calling the professionals
The remediation process begins as soon as you call the experts here at SERVPRO. We gather all the pertinent information from you to help our technicians get ready for the remediation process. Make sure that you call as soon as you spot the earliest signs of damage.

Inspection and assessment
Once at your property, the technicians look for any signs of mold. It can be hidden from plain view, and it takes time to inspect your home entirely. The technicians use hygrometers and other moisture sensing equipment to look for excessive moisture in your home during the assessment as well. Once the technicians assess the damage, they lay out a plan to tackle the problem.

Containment of the mold  
The next step is to contain the mold and prevent the spores from spreading to unaffected areas of your home. The technicians set up a physical barrier in the form of negative air pressure chambers and plastic curtains.

Air filtration
The microscopic spores in the air can remain suspended for a long time and must be removed for successful remediation. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters in air scrubbing equipment are used to filter off these spores from the air.

Removing mold infested material
It is crucial to eliminate any mold infested material as safely and as soon as possible. It is necessary to remove and eliminate porous material such as drywall and carpets that are infested with substantial growth.

Cleaning and restoration  
Our technicians clean the restorable material such as furniture, upholstery, and clothing to remedy the growth. They use various disinfecting and cleaning techniques during this process.

Final walkthrough
The remediation process ends with a final walk through to ensure your satisfaction.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/ Covina at (626) 387-4111 today to talk to one of our mold experts.

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How Mitigation Helps Hold Down Costs for Fire Damage in Irwindale

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Mitigation Helps Hold Down Costs for Fire Damage in Irwindale For Irwindale Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup Contact SERVPRO for Rapid Assistance

A Rapid Cleanup Can Reduce Hassles from Smoke & Fire Damaging Effects to Many Properties

SERVPRO uses a strategy of mitigation to prevent as much damage as possible from happening to your home in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. However, while the benefits of this service can be evident in some situations such as storm and flood damage, it may be more difficult to identify how mitigation can help with fire damage in Irwindale. Our fast responses and preventative measures can ultimately save you thousands in restoration costs if done quick enough, by preventing a few calamities from occurring.

Settled Smoke and Particles
Smoke and other microscopic particles, if given a chance, can settle over a period of hours to days in your home, significantly increasing fire damage to your Irwindale residence. Without fast action, these particles can embed themselves deep in your home's walls and floors, requiring longer and more expensive treatments to eliminate. If we arrive in time and do not have more pressing concerns such as structural stability to deal with, we can begin initial cleaning and air filtration processes to reduce the threat of smoke as much as possible. Care and diligence are needed to avoid electrical wiring damaged by the fire.

Attention to Water
A water damage threat accompanies many fires. Sometimes, the water may be the cause of the fire, or problems could develop later (such as after ash clogs a drain or flames melt a PVC pipe). Regardless of the cause or extent of the problem, water requires immediate care by SERVPRO technicians to avoid further damage from chemical compounds and staining liquids.

Structural Integrity
Once the flames have been quelled, it may be a race against time to secure the building's structural components. While there may be some cases where we cannot prevent collapses from happening, fast evaluation and action by our experts could save hundreds to thousands of dollars on restorations if we get there quick enough. Swiftly demolishing hanging drywall or fixtures can reduce the chances of secondary fire damage.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina relies on a time-sensitive mitigation strategy to keep costs and hassle as low as possible for you in the aftermath of a fire. Call us immediately after the disaster at (626) 387-4111.

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What to Do When Water Damage Happens in Covina

1/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When Water Damage Happens in Covina Drips Lead to Water Damage in Covina Properties--SERVPRO Can Help with the Cleanup

Covina Homeowners Often Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

Water damage can be a catastrophic experience that usually catches many off-guard. You need to be well-prepared in case it happens in your household or business to minimize destruction and stay out of harm’s way. As a resident in Covina, it helps to have contacts of an expert and reliable water restoration company that can come to your rescue in such a situation.

When a leak causes water damage in your Covina home, you may not know what to do at first. Note that water spreads quickly; thus, you need to act fast. It is advisable that you immediately try and locate the source of the leak and try to turn off the valve to stop water from spreading. Remember to be safe at all times especially when electricity is involved to avoid shocks or even electrocution.
 
The company you should run to during such a scenario should be SERVPRO. We have been offering top-notch services to all our clients for many years. We come highly recommended thanks to our professional team of ICCRC certified technicians who arrive on time to help you recover from your loss. We always follow all the proper steps to complete the task at hand in the appropriate manner. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
Our team starts working even as we thoroughly access the situation to get the best possible solution. We only use high-tech equipment that helps us to complete the job fast in a satisfactory manner. Our professionals take time to clean, dehumidify, and dry out your property meticulously. Additionally, we assist in the prevention of mold growth and eliminating dangerous bacteria and pathogens present in water masses.

You can trust SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina to come to your rescue when facing water damage issues. We also serve Irwindale and Azusa. Just call us at (626) 387-4111.

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Azusa

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Azusa Although concrete floors are resistant to damage, it is important to call SERVPRO to remove the water and dry out your space to avoid cracked floors.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Removes Water and Dries Out Large Commercial Spaces

Most Azusa businesses face a plumbing failure at one time or another. Most are minor problems, like a leaky pipe under a customer bathroom sink. In larger facilities, like a big box store or a warehouse, a plumbing failure can spill an incredible amount of water across a showroom floor. Overnight, the entire facility can be under an inch or more of water.

In a business like this, the concentration on alleviating Azusa commercial water damage is water removal and floor drying. Since the floor is primarily concrete, SERVPRO technicians know that this reduces the types of water damage, but it does not eliminate them all. What we want to prevent is cracking and other damage to the surface and below.

We start by opening every entrance or exit possible. SERVPRO technicians then engage commercial grade pumps to bring down the water level. With several of these pumps working together, we can clear even a large area in a single day.

Once they have it down just covering the surface of the floor, we switch to using extraction wands and squeegees. The extraction wands are a more powerful version of a water-vac found in most garages. For areas in the store which have just a trace of water left, we use long-handled squeegees to push the water out the nearest exit. It takes us another day or two using these devices and hand tools to complete drying the floor. 

A second concern is reducing the humidity inside the building. At each of the major entrances and exits, our IICRC-certified technicians place large exhaust fans to draw the damp air inside the building outside. If there are corners inside the building that we cannot get to, under storage racks for example; we set up air movers to force warm air underneath to dry them.

Concrete is resistant to damage, but water can find its way into the smallest crack or fissure. If you do not have a professional service quickly remove it, the results can be thousands of dollars in repair costs. If your business is underwater, then you need our help. Call SERVPRO at Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 today.

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How SERVPRO Covers All Bases for Widespread Flood Damage in Irwindale

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Covers All Bases for Widespread Flood Damage in Irwindale SERVPRO is able to respond to multiple homeowners in the event of a major flooding.

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.  

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Reducing Humidity and Lessening Risk of Mold Damage in Your Azusa Property

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reducing Humidity and Lessening Risk of Mold Damage in Your Azusa Property Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage found in your home.

Rely on Professional Mold Remediation Specialists

Humid areas of the country are more susceptible to battling mold growing in specific areas. Azusa is no stranger to humid conditions, and this scenario adds significant amounts of moisture to mold-prone areas of your house. By the time you smell mold, characterized by an unmistakable musty odor, colonies have already begun to grow in the area. This same smell could also indicate that it is time to seek the aid of professionals fully equipped to deal with colony removal and mold remediation.

If allowed to go undisturbed, the mold damage in your Azusa home that would ensue could require quite a lot of treatment to restore. In more extreme cases, the mold has caused such damage to organic materials in fabrics and surfaces that they cannot be salvaged by the restoration process. Since the moisture in the air is the catalyst to the problem you are facing, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians work quickly to diagnose the source of the moisture.

Once we have located the source of the humidity and moisture in the affected area, our specialists work with dehumidifying equipment to pull in the water from the air. We do not use heating fans for this process, as this is likely to spread spores around and allow them to seat into new areas and form new colonies. Instead, negative air chamber devices are used to neutralize airborne spores and prevent them from forming into the colonies that require further removal.

Once the colonies get eliminated with the use of scrubbers and other techniques, our SERVPRO technicians get to work on removing the threat of future problems by correcting the primary cause of the moisture in the first place. With this threat pacified, our remediation efforts extend to the restoration of the contents and structure of your home. The process begins with cleaning and disinfecting all of the affected surfaces and materials, working to completely restore the area to the condition it was in before the fungus grew.

While the process might seem simple, our licensed IICRC specialists at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina are well educated in mold remediation techniques. Call us today at (626) 387-4111.

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Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale 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 as well as family in their plans. Making special 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 in the process. Left alone, water damage can spread fast. As an eyesore, slight water damage might seem easier to cover up 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 these two areas' overall look. 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 to find that they have tiny leaks in water pipes they never suspected.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants your family to live in a home free of water damage and other types of 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 you call.

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Assisted Living Home in Pathway of Flood and Mud in Azusa

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Assisted Living Home in Pathway of Flood and Mud in Azusa Allow SERVPRO to worry about flood damage cleanup, while you focus on the residents of your assisted living facility.

Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Flood Damage in Your Commercial Space

The cycle of wildfires and recent heavy precipitation interrelate in many ways in Azusa. Still recovering from the effects of raging fires a little more than a year ago, the flow of water and mudslides are not moderated by forested areas as was true before the blazes. Heavy rains and snowmelt can mean damage requiring our skilled workers and industrial sized equipment to remedy.

Located to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, properties in Azusa are at risk of flood damage if the trend of heavy rains continues. Assisted living facilities face an enhanced threat as the residents served are vulnerable, physically unable to protect themselves or get to safe areas quickly. When flooding is imminent, your focus must be on the residents under your care. Leave the cleanup to us.

Floodwaters carry a range of contaminants into your property, making professional cleanup, containment, and disposal a necessity. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in contaminated water management, ensuring that at the end of the project your residence’s staff and guests are at no risk of the hazardous waste-laden water that moved through the building.

Because of the erosion on the slopes, our crews must plan for a mixture of mud and water as well as an endless variety of debris picked up as the slurry moved down and into inhabited areas. We have accesses to resources equal to these challenges, including specialized equipment to collect and remove the watery mess.

Smooth, tiled floors clean more easily than carpeted areas, but we also use techniques taught in IICRC courses to clean and dry carpets in common areas and resident rooms. After the cleanup is complete, SERVPRO crews move on to treat all affected areas and materials with appropriate antimicrobial solutions to inhibit transmission of pathogens.

Drying is the final step, effectuated by high-power air movers and dehumidifiers. After being cleared for operation, we also re-engage the HVAC system to filter the air and help with dehumidification. Throughout this part of the process, SERVPRO workers measure and monitor moisture levels, using advanced scanners to locate any hidden pockets of water. Thorough drying is the best insurance to prevent mold growth and damage.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to assist if rainfall totals push water and debris down the mountains and onto your property. We staff our phone at (626) 387-4111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Charring is Not the Only Aspect of Fire Damage in Irwindale Dwellings 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 of the items that would have been unrecoverable can now receive specialized care that restores it completely.

Now, 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. Larger 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 on fire, smoke and the subsequent soot become deposited almost everywhere. Soot can carry carcinogens, trigger breathing difficulties, and also become a mess whenever touched or otherwise disturbed. Because it settles on everything, cleaning can seem to 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.”

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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 the professional guidance regarding the most efficient ways to restore your home. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 for our 24-hour services.

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Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes If you find mold damage on important documents or books, call SERVPRO to treat the damage.

Contact SERVPRO to Save Your Mold Damaged Documents

Mold growth on documents occurs when the relative humidity in an environment is high enough to support the fungus. Mold damage can happen in as little as forty-eight hours when the mold spores accumulate to significant levels. You can reduce the extent of the damage by contacting a professional mold remediation company to dry the wet papers.

Whether the documents are antique, business, historical, or heirloom items, it is to your advantage to call SERVPRO for professional mold remediation services. We offer emergency mold damage restoration for Irwindale residents, and we are just a short distance from your home. Our techniques are up to date with IICRC guidelines, helping us restore documents to their original state as best as possible.

Mold is everywhere and spreads quickly through the air in the form of tiny spores. If your home does not have a proper air filtration system, you are highly likely to find mold spores on walls, floors, carpeting, and even books and papers. Mold usually looks powdery when it is dormant, but can have a range of colors when it is active.

Most types of mold are not harmful as individual spores. Spores become noticeable when they form colonies on any food source containing organic materials. These materials include dirt, wood, starches, cloth fibers, dust, leaves, food, and items made from cellulose (e.g., paper). The mold becomes damaging when the colonies grow large and become a health hazard.

Before cleaning mold damage on affected documents, SERVPRO mold remediation experts must ensure that they are dry first. Depending on the extent of the damage and the types of documents involved, we may have to collect the books and dry them separately. For safety purposes, it is always advisable to wear gloves when handling mold-damaged papers.

SERVPRO technicians have adequate training on restoring all sorts of documents with mold damage, including legal, medical, library, and photographic originals. We use drying methods to clean documents. Our equipment includes HEPA filters, sponges, erasers, and soft brushes, which are handy for wiping away debris from the pages.

You cannot afford to waste time when you notice mold growing on your documents. As soon as possible, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to treat the mold damage before it gets out of control. We are available 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.  

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Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm You can help your neighbors after they experience flood damage by moving furniture, distributing supplies and offering transportation.

Three Simple Ways to Help Out Your Neighbors and Make a Big Difference

If a major storm is massive and powerful enough to cause flooding, it tends to affect entire neighborhoods at a time. If your troubles are too great to allow you any breaks, then you should focus on your property first. However, if your damage is light compared to the surrounding area, you may want to consider helping your neighbors to recover from their flood damage in Irwindale. There are a few ways you can help them out, depending on the specific circumstances and impact of the storm on you and them. Use your best judgment, and be careful not to overburden yourself if your struggles are too heavy.

Moving Furniture

Whether it is broken furniture, whole furniture, wet furniture, or dry furniture, many neighbors may need help moving large objects out of their flood-damaged homes in Irwindale. If you are reasonably strong or stocky, consider offering a helping hand around the neighborhood to those who need to move things in and out of their homes. Plus, it might make for an excellent workout.

Distributing Supplies

It can be easy for many residents to forget basic supplies when they come to inspect damage to their homes. Consider passing out cheap, helpful supplies such as bottled water, latex gloves, and paper face masks to your neighbors. Anything that would help to improve health, safety, or morale is welcome. It should not cost much, and you could end up saving someone from a nasty infection.

Offering Transportation

Flooding can sometimes prevent vehicles from working, leaving some unfortunate neighbors stranded without a car. If your vehicle is still working, consider offering short rides around town to those who need them. Anyone you service would undoubtedly be very grateful, and might even tip you for your services.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready after every major storm to respond to local calls for help. If your home flooded or otherwise has been negatively affected by a storm, call us at (626) 387-4111

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Quick Tips for Light Indoor Flood Damage in Covina

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick Tips for Light Indoor Flood Damage in Covina 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 water 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.

Don't 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 your home has been hit by a flood or water damage, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage SERVPRO can help prepare your business for a flood to help minimize potential damage.

Stayed Prepared for Flood Damage

Covina coffee shop owners are right to be concerned about the impact of flooding, especially when they have to close their business down for cleanup and restoration. No business owner wants to face flood damage, but it is better to prepare so you can minimize harm and loss of earnings.

The key to minimizing profit loss after flood damage to your Covina coffee shop is to plan and put processes in place to protect your physical property and support your staff in the event of an emergency. Do not assume that your business is safe - flood damage is a risk for many businesses, and it is better to plan.

The first step is to secure the building itself. Check for structural integrity and get any leaks, missing roof tiles, old windows, or flood-prone basements fixed straight away. Install storm shutters if you can. Prepare your building as well as you can so it has a better chance of withstanding a serious storm or flood.

Think about what to do with your supplies in the event of a flood. Coffee beans and ground blends, teabags, and ingredients such as flour do not fare well in water. Make sure your premises has plenty of raised shelving and storage, so there is less chance of food spoilage.

Think about the paperwork side of your business, too. Keep electronic backups of all invoices, payroll details, receipts and spreadsheets, and always keep a backup off the premises too. Plan so that no vital information is lost in the event of a flood.

Make sure your employees know what to do and how to get in touch with you and each other in an emergency. Prepare for the fact that phone lines and the internet might be down, and arrange alternative means of getting in touch. Consider setting up a “contact tree” so each employee reaches out to the next person until everyone is in touch. Ask your employees to get in touch during a disaster even if they are not at work that day.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to pump and extract water from your coffee shop, and we equip our team with powerful fans, air movers, dehumidifiers and moisture probes to get your premises dry and ready to re-open.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is a free app you can use to plan for natural disasters and other events such as fire, flood, water damage, and mold.

For help with flood cleanup in Azusa, Irwindale and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for assistance today.

To learn more about Covina, visit https://www.covinaca.gov/.

Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training You can trust the highly trained and certified technicians at SERVPRO for all your restoration needs.

SERVPRO technicians are certified and prepared for every job

One of the largest issues in the damage repair and restoration industry is uncertified contractors taking on projects they are not qualified to handle. Every year, thousands of homeowners fall victim to predatory companies that lack the equipment and training to handle damages properly. At SERVPRO, however, our technicians undergo a rigorous training regimen to prepare them for anything and everything related to fire damage in Covina. Here are just a few of the IICRC certifications our technicians carry with them to your home.

FSRT (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)

The most important certification for any technician sent out to our Covina fire damage restoration projects is the FSRT. This certification ensures that technicians understand the equipment, planning methods, cleaning techniques, and safety procedures related to fire restoration work. Also, this course also teaches some amount of odor control, although there is an entirely separate certification for that task.

OCT (Odor Control Technician)

The longest-lasting and the least-visible element of most fires is smoke residue. Smoke particles are microscopic and can easily embed themselves in wood, fabric, wallpaper, drywall, and other materials around your home. This course teaches our technicians how to remove smoke and other odors quickly and efficiently using the advanced technology at our disposal.

Employee Certification Training

Most SERVPRO technicians also undergo our in-house Employee Certification Training, which consists of numerous modules to help better train and inform our technicians in their line of work. This training is standardized across hundreds of SERVPRO locations nationwide, allowing for a high and shared standard to be established for every individual going through the training.

On-the-Job Training

Training does not stop at certifications for our employees. Even after they have gone through many classes and weeks of training, technicians still have room to learn in the field. We pair up veteran employees and newer charges to make sure that every job has the experience it needs and less-experienced technicians gain knowledge quickly.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina brings the training, equipment, and quality of service to your home that no one else can. For our restoration and repair services, give us a call at (626) 387-4111.

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Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina There are many environments where mold can quickly grow. When you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes

There is a mistaken idea that mold only occurs in the damp and dark. The truth is that a home in sunny California is at just as much risk as a house in Wisconsin in the winter; perhaps even more.
 
Mold spores need a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees in addition to a source of food and moisture to expand and grow. Once these factors are in place, they spread out from their dormant state and then mold damage in Covina can happen in any home. SERVPRO has the equipment and training needed to remove these factors from the problem to stop further growth and begin removing the mold already present.
 
Temperature is the most difficult factor to affect. We can raise it by a few degrees in the affected areas using space heaters, but the most efficient method is to dry the affected surfaces (walls, floors, and personal property) at the same time as raising their temperature. We do this using air movers to force warm, dry air over and under property to push away damp air and force out any moisture.
 
Removing the food source is the easiest factor for our technicians to effect. Mold spores preferred food is drywall. It is in every home, but it is quick to pull down from wall framing and take out for disposal. The drawback is that while a few panels are cheap to replace, paneling an entire room can be expensive. Doing so is still cheaper than spending labor time trying to cut away pieces of mold infested panels and fit in new sections.
 
It does not solve the overall problem though. Replaced drywall can become infested in a few weeks if the moisture source is not cleaned up and stopped. Our technicians use air content meters to check mold levels and find the origin of the growth. An inspection also gives us the moisture source. In many instances of mold infestation, this is a leak behind a wall or above the ceiling.
 
We repair the leak (usually a dripping pipe or several damaged tiles on the roof) and then physically remove the water and mold. Technicians test the humidity, and if it is above normal, they install a dehumidifier to draw out moisture from the air until the percentage is back in the correct range. With no source of moisture, mold spores shrink back to their dormant state and are no longer a problem.
 
Stopping and removing mold in your home does not have a quick fix. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can, however, quickly move into your home to begin the process and help you return to a safe, clean environment for your family. If you suspect a problem, call today at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an inspection.

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Being Prepared For Flooding In Your Azusa Basement

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Being Prepared For Flooding In Your Azusa Basement One of the most destructive events which can happen in your home is a flooded basement.

Flooding In Your Basement

One of the most destructive events which can happen in your home is a flooded basement. Unfortunately, many people have gone away for a weekend, only to come back to find that their basement is flooded. The flooding of your basement can occur in a very short time, many times overnight after a storm brings a heavy rain, a pipe breaks, or a washing machine overflows.

When you encounter a situation like this, you want to call a water removal specialist, such as SERVPRO, to assist you in removing the water from your Azusa home. Our technicians are available at any time you need and use industrial truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to get your house dry again as soon as possible.

If you have never experienced your basement flooding, it is helpful to know that there are some steps to take which are important before the SERVPRO team arrives. Most people are not ready for an event like this ahead of time, but you should have supplies on hand such as water-resistant clothing and boots which are appropriate for wading in deep water. If the water is close any electrical outlets, however, do not wade into the water.

Having a sump pump in your home helps redirect the water out of your basement. When purchasing one, know that there are different types such as gas, battery, and electric powered sump pumps. It is important to pay attention to the kind you purchase since many times your power might be out when you need to use the pump. In such a case, an electric pump obviously won’t do you any good. Mops, shovels, sponges, and other cleaning supplies are good to have on hand as well.

We at SERVPRO realize that a water damage event can be very stressful, which is why we work swiftly to come up with a plan of remediation after arriving at your home. We go over it with you before starting any work, so you are comfortable knowing what is going on. Our professional pumps get rid of the standing water, then we can use our other equipment to complete the drying process.

SERVPRO of Azusa is experienced and professionally trained to be able to help you with your water removal emergency at any time. Just get in touch with us when you need by dialing (626) 387-4111.

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Avoiding Damage from Storm Flooding in Your Azusa Home

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding Damage from Storm Flooding in Your Azusa Home Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding.

Learn How to Avoid Storm Damage to Your Property

Flooding from storms can occur at anytime and anywhere. They are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States, with no state being completely safe. If you ignore the risk, you could find yourself sloshing around soaked and smelly carpeting, appliances, furniture, walls, plus ruined keepsakes and electronics. Mold follows soon after.

SERVPRO can help you with flood damage in your Azusa home, including tearing out anything that is not salvageable like flooring, insulation, and walls, and replacing it with new materials. The best way, of course, is to avoid this altogether and stay above water. There are some things you can do to offer your home a bit of protection if storm flooding occurs in your area.

Safeguarding Electrical and Climate Systems

You can raise sockets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers to at least a foot above the flood level in your area. Also, modifying your water heater, furnace, or any other anchored indoor equipment, so it is above the flood level of your property helps during a flood.

Raising or Anchoring Outdoor Equipment

Air-conditioning units, fuel tanks, and generators need to be raised over your flood level and anchored. Fuel tanks which are not anchored can break free, and supply lines which are severed contaminate the ground surrounding the area. Generators and electrical power units should also never sit on the ground.

Modifying Water Valves

A sewer system which is flooded can put sewage in your home. Install an exterior or interior backflow valve, so you do not have this happen to you. These valves should be fitted to each pipe that enters your home.

Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding. The sooner you reach out to us the better, as we can prevent additional damage, such as mold growth.

Determining the Flow of Water Around Your Home

The angle of the ground, or grading, can direct water away or to your home. It is, of course, best if water drains away from your structure. You can easily determine which way the water flows by watching it or checking how it accumulates during a typical rainstorm.

Last Minute Measures

As water is rising, you can, of course, do things such as clearing your drains, gutters, and downspouts. Take rugs, furniture, electronics, plus other belongings to upper floors or raise them off the ground. Shut your electricity off at the breaker and elevate major appliances on concrete blocks.

SERVPRO has truck-mounted pumps and industrial fans and dehumidifiers to assist you in drying out your home after flooding. We work quickly and efficiently so you can get back to life as usual.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina as soon as you can after flooding has occurred. You can reach us anytime you need just by dialing (626) 387-4111.

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Printing Contractor Suffers Water Damage in Irwindale

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Printing Contractor Suffers Water Damage in Irwindale 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 printing 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 flood waters. Knowing this, we take care to 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 professionalists 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 reengage 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 response.

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Toaster Fire Damage in Your Azusa Home

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Toaster Fire Damage in Your Azusa Home 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 the safety of it 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 an important 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 have your home back to its preloss 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, which is why 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.

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How To Handle A Leaky Fish Tank in Your Irwindale Home

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Handle A Leaky Fish Tank in Your Irwindale Home If you realize that your fish tank is leaking, it is important to act right away to avoid severe water damage in your Irwindale home.

A Leaky Fish Tank Can Lead To Significant Water Damage

A fish tank that bursts or breaks for any reason can cause a considerable amount of water damage in your home. It can include having to replace carpeting, dry out subflooring, replacing hardwood flooring, replacing areas of drywall, and repairing or replacing any possessions that were nearby. Plus, there is the issue of the replacement costs of the aquarium itself and the filters, heaters, any live plants or coral, and livestock.

If you realize that your fish tank is leaking, it is important to act right away to avoid severe water damage in your Irwindale home. A leaky aquarium can be a massive issue. Many leaks spill only a bit of water at a time, but if the problem is not repaired, the whole aquarium can result in breaking and spilling all the water all over your home.

When an emergency like this arises, SERVPRO is the one to call to clean up the water, dry your home out, and repair damage that was done to your home. We are certified and specially trained water damage remediation specialists, and we can be to your home quickly after we receive your call.

If you think your tank is leaking, first look around it for moisture if the leak is not evident. Look for metal corners which seem separated from the glass and any sealant that extends in the corners. Feel the edges. If they are wet, move up from that area until the surface feels dry, then mark the area of the leakage or where you think it is, with a felt pen.

Proceed to drain the water low enough, so you have space to clean and dry the area around the leak. If it is very low in the tank, you need to remove aquatic plants and fish to another container while you are doing the repairs. Scrape off the old sealant and do not let any old sealant drop into the tank.

Wipe the area with acetone and a clean cloth to get rid of any residues. Let it completely dry and then apply fresh, nontoxic silicone sealant. It needs to dry a minimum of twelve hours, preferably twenty-four. Fill the tank and examine for leaks. When ready, you can put your fish and plants back in the tank.

Our SERVPRO technicians have special equipment to help dry out your home quickly in the event of a disaster with your fish tank. These include gas-powered and submersible pumps for continuous pumping of higher levels of water. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina knows that when your fish tank breaks or has a significant leak, it is stressful for you for many reasons. We want to take the pressure off you where we can, so call us right away when you need at (626) 387-4111.

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Locating A Fire Damage Restoration Company In Irwindale

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Locating A Fire Damage Restoration Company In Irwindale Fire Damaged Homes in Irwindale Rely on SERVPRO after the Firefighters Leave

Consider a Proven Track Record Company Like SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration

A home is a major investment for you and your family. It offers safety, security, and fond memories that you hopefully never forget. Along the way, accidents happen as well. How you respond and whom you call during an emergency plays a rather significant role in how well you recover.
 
Finding a qualified fire damage restoration company in Irwindale can produce fantastic results. However, unless you know what to look for, you may choose the wrong one, which makes it vital for you to remain cautious when selecting a company to perform your restoration services.
 
It never hurts to call around, get advice, and build a relationship with the business you want to use; before you need their help. If you have a hard time finding a starting point, ask your insurance company to refer you. They can provide you with local contact information for restoration companies, like SERVPRO, located in your area.
 
You want access to the business that can do the most for you, with IICRC certified professionals, years of experience, and knowledge in dealing with a wide variety of tasks. SERVPRO technicians, for example, offer to manage your entire restoration, performing all tasks associated with fire and water damage in your home, along with any cleaning or repairs necessary to complete the job correctly.
 
SERVPRO also keeps you informed throughout the process, helps manage insurance claim paperwork, and has an excellent reputation of exceeding customer expectations while performing services in their home. Not to mention they also give homeowners the advice they need to help avoid future situations and work tirelessly to protect other members of their surrounding community.
 
There are very few companies in existence that provide a full-service solution to environmental or emergency situations that may occur on your property. Some only offer limited solutions, while others deliver shoddy work. Make sure that anyone working on your property has the proper qualifications, certifications, and experience to provide you with the services you deserve.
 
Companies, like SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, offer homeowners valued solutions to both existing and potential problems found in your home. Learn more about what our technicians can do for you, today. (626) 387-4111

Mold Challenges in Covina When Watering is Overdone

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Challenges in Covina When Watering is Overdone Poor water drainage can cause a mold infestation in your foundation. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO BOTH Remediates Mold Damage and Suggests Many Preventative Tips to the Homeowner

Passionate gardeners want their homes to look like oases, the vegetation lush and green surrounding the base of the building. During drought and in dry climates frequent watering is essential. Excessive moisture moving into the structure is a food source for spores waiting inside the foundation. SERVPRO finds and remediates mold growth due to overwatering.
 
Irrigation systems or homemade alternatives like drip hoses keep the soil moist for healthy plants but contribute to mold damage to your Covina home. Whether your foundation is a slab or a basement, damp conditions hide mold colonies. You see dark stains spreading down into your utility area or musty odors wafting from the floorboards near the edge of your foundation. That sharp, unpleasant odor is a clear sign you need help in determining the location of fungal growth and then abating it. Professional mold remediation is necessary to handle the outbreak successfully and safely.
 
Our mold remediation teams took advanced certification courses in EPA approved mold removal and control. Your SERVPRO project manager lays out the general plan, all of the steps essential to managing mold safely and with lasting benefits. Locating the outbreak is the first step, and our crew members are tireless mold detectives. Leaving even small areas of mold untouched is a recipe for disaster as the areas grow.
 
We contain the identified mold infestations, limiting the chance fragments get loose and spread the problem. Barriers keep the mold in place, and air scrubbers also help, preventing spores from moving with negative pressure and heavy duty filters. The SERVPRO remediation team then removes the evident mold, and any porous structure it invaded. Sanitization procedures follow using proven disinfectants.
 
Mold prevention at the foundation level benefits from the installation of vapor barriers and a solid plan to divert the irrigation water away from the structure of your home. Increasing the grade of soil right next to the house, draining water into the yard, is a standard recommendation. SERVPRO also looks at the slope and condition of gutters and downspouts, making certain they also direct water in the proper direction.
 
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina offers effective mold remediation services. Contact our dispatchers at (626) 387-4111 to explore your options.

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Biohazard Cleanup Services Save Your Covina Area Home From Exposure Left By Unfortunate Events

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleanup Services Save Your Covina Area Home From Exposure Left By Unfortunate Events For Safe Removal of Bio-hazardous Waste in Covina Trust SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Covina Properties with Professional Cleanup of Biohazardous Wastes

While other areas of your property may be affected by a traumatic event, these kinds of incidents also cause exposure to biohazards that could have drastic effects on your health and the overall indoor living environment of your home.
 
Entering your Covina area home before acquiring the right biohazard cleanup services may expose you and your family to unnecessary health risks. Get help from expertly trained professionals to prevent exposure to dangerous chemicals or avoid the spread of contaminants left behind by pathogenic and microbiological wastes.  
 
In most cases, having local authorities allow you back onto your property, just means that they provide access for you to affect repairs. It does not necessarily mean that it is safe for you to inhabit the space again. Your children, household pets, or older members of your family should never return to your property until restoration and cleaning professionals have an opportunity to verify that your home environment is safe.  
 
At SERVPRO, we have workers wear rubber boots and gloves, chemical resistant suits, safety goggles and respirators when entering your home after a traumatic incident occurs on your property and so should you. The safety of everyone involved comes first, protecting yourselves is paramount to your families survival and recovery after disasters of this type occur.
 
SERVPRO technicians have experience involving sharps waste such as needles, glass vials, scalpels, and IV tubing, which is usually prevalent when someone converts your property into a meth lab while you and your family are on vacation or away for extended periods. These circumstances often result in exposure to various biological hazards or infectious diseases when handled incorrectly.
 
Biohazard cleanup services also involve handling animal waste, where animal carcasses, body parts, or bedding and feeding areas contain pathogenic organisms. SERVPRO can help, we have years of experience in biohazard cleanup procedures and enjoy providing our customers with the assistance they need during a disaster.  
 
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina stands ready to assist you; our services are available 24/7, year round. Make the call today for additional information on how we can help with your current situation or schedule your inspection immediately. (626) 387-4111

Maintaining Your Walk-In to Prevent Water Damage in Your Azusa Convenience Store

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Maintaining Your Walk-In to Prevent Water Damage in Your Azusa Convenience Store SERVPRO Keeps Your Water Damaged Convenience Store in Azusa Open for Business

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Restore Damages to Inventory and Business at Your Store

When you own a convenience store, your walk-in freezer or cooler is an important investment. You need to keep it properly maintained so that it gives you many years of efficient usage. A broken freezer can lead to pools of water on the floor, creating water damage to your store, your food inventory, and costly repairs. If this does happen, you want to contact a professional water damage remediation company. SERVPRO is always available in cases like this.
 
Keeping Your Walk-In Operating Efficiently helps prevent water damage to your Azusa convenience store.
When not in use, ensure the door is closed. Do not prop or block the door open for a long time. Keep it closed at all times, other than entering or leaving the walk-in. The evaporator and condensing coil need to be cleaned a minimum of twice per year. The fan blades should also be cleaned to lower the chance of drag.
 
Make sure fan motors are running at the best speed, and that the coil is free and clear with nothing stacked around it to prevent restricted airflow. Nothing should be piled on top of the walk-in, as this can damage the panels in the ceiling. A technician should check all your electrical connections occasionally to make sure they are tight. Wires which are loose can create high amperage, causing your appliance to use extra energy and possibly cause arcing.
 
The suction line insulation between the evaporator coil and condensing unit should be checked for decay, and replace when needed. Lubricate door hinges once per year to make sure they are closing properly. The door sweep should also be checked for tears to make sure it is properly sealing. Excess condensation and moisture can build up when the door is not shutting properly. Water leakage can cause employees and customers to slip and fall. Rely on SERVPRO to dry out the affected areas, reduce safety hazards, and protect your dry goods from moisture absorption.
 
Moisture problems are one of the biggest threat to your store. While most walk-ins do not regularly leak, improper maintenance can cause them to begin leaking. Water damage can quickly take its toll on flooring and other nearby fixtures. It is imperative that the problem is fixed right away, and this is where our IICRC trained technicians at SERVPRO can help you. Besides cleaning up the water and fixing any damage created by the leak, we can help repair the problem which caused the damage in the first place.
 
Don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Azusa/ Covina when you have a water damage emergency from a failing walk-in, plumbing failure or a flood. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur, including the growth of mold. We are just a phone call away at (626) 387-4111, and we arrive at your business quickly to take care of the problem for you.

Why You Should Never Ignore Mold Damage in Your Covina Home

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Should Never Ignore Mold Damage in Your Covina Home The longer that you leave the mold problem, the harder it is to remediate the affected space.

Never Ignore Mold Symptoms in Your Covina Residential House 


When it comes to residential repairs and restorations, mold is one of the most misunderstood problems. Not everybody understands that mold is a naturally persistent substance. It is always present in our homes, in many different shapes and forms.


In almost all circumstances, it poses no risk to the interiors. The only reason why mold becomes a problem is it ‘activates’ in the presence of high humidity. For instance, if you get a leak under the sink, the warm, wet conditions are perfect for the spread of mold damage in your Covina home.


Keep reading to find out why you should never ignore the signs of mold damage and where to turn for reliable, effective repairs.


Mold Damage Is Insidious


The important thing to know about mold is that it has a clear lifespan. If this lifespan is not interrupted in the right way, the problem may appear to vanish and then re-emerge later. It is the reason why household cleaners are not good enough.


The wrong kind of contact (scrubbing) just dislodges spores and send them into the air, where they spread around the house. On the other hand, an expert remediation service like SERVPRO neutralizes the spores by taking away the conditions for growth (moisture).


Mold Damage Can Be Costly


The longer that you leave the problem, the harder it is to remediate the affected space. Mold eats away at organic materials, so wood is particularly vulnerable. Fabrics are also at risk, but it is unusual not to spot the signs of mold before they make it onto carpets and curtains.


In contrast, wood and plasterboard are often quietly damaged, especially when a leak occurs inside the walls or in a hard to reach area (like the crawlspace or attic). Sometimes, the first indication of a problem is a musty, unpleasant odor. If you suspect you have mold damage, the SERVPRO team can use a variety of detection tools to find out for sure.


Mold Damage Repairs Are Effective


Mold remediation is a complex process because, as already established, spores are present in the home all the time. It means that repairs focus on ‘deactivating’ the mold so that it cannot spread any further.


The technicians may need to set up containment areas. Polyethylene sheets are attached to the walls and ceiling in order to prevent spores from being carried to unaffected spaces. At SERVPRO, we take repairs very seriously, and the protection of your home is a top priority.


 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


To find out more about the mold remediation process, you can talk to our experts. SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina has been serving homeowners in the Covina area for many years. We have a superb local reputation, and we are ideally placed to help you bring your property back to life. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.

What To Do If Your Azusa Business Suffers Water Damage

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If Your Azusa Business Suffers Water Damage Don't let leaking water keep you out of your property. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Your Water Damage Quickly and Efficiently

If you are a business owner, you know how important it is to keep your business premises in good condition. The recent storms and flooding in California have really brought to mind just how much damage water can do to a building. Even if your business is lucky enough to escape the effect of storms, there are still plenty of ways water can get into your company premises and cause problems.
 
Your Azusa business can suffer water damage due to a burst pipe, problems with air conditioning systems, a plumbing breakdown or even a faulty dishwasher should you happen to have one on site. If water is left standing in your business headquarters, it can damage the building and furnishings. This is bad news for business owners. You will need to shoulder the cost of replacing or repairing your premises and equipment, and your business could be out of action for a while until the problem is solved.
 
Should water damage become an issue for your company, it is vital that you take steps to deal with it as quickly as you can. Fast action helps to minimize damage and ultimately keeps the cost of cleanup manageable.
 
The first thing you should do before re-entering your office or warehouse is to shut off the electricity. This keeps anyone entering the building safe from the risk of electric shocks. The next step is to call in the SERVPRO experts. Our IICRC certified technicians can quickly assess the state of the premises. They can also find pockets of damp or damage that you might not have noticed.
 
Once our technicians know the extent of the problem, they can set to work drying out your business location as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO teams come equipped with everything needed to tackle the situation, including water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, fans and powerful air movers to remove water and encourage fast drying of every affected area. Each one of our staff members is highly trained to identify the best way to deal with water damage in your business, with the minimum disruption to you.
 
If your business is facing water damage, trust SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to come to your aid. We are here to help you 24 / 7. Just call (626) 387-4111 for assistance.

Deodorizing Your Home After Flood Damage in Irwindale

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Deodorizing Your Home After Flood Damage in Irwindale Don't let flood damage leave your home smelling foul. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Use More Than One Deodorization Method For Tackling Odor After Flooding

When there has been flooding in your home for any reason, your first step after the damage has been done is to get in touch with a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. They can extract all the standing water and dry out your home and possessions, salvage what they can during the process. However, the last steps they need to take have to do with deodorization. Water damage like this likely leaves smells behind, and if they are not taken care of, you do not have a sense that your home is truly clean again.
 
When your Irwindale home has suffered from flooding, you have lots of flood damage facing you. It can be quite overwhelming, but our team at SERVPRO can take care of all the cleaning and restoration steps for you. The last one is combating smells, and we do all that is needed so that the smells are gone when we complete the restoration.
 
Remove the Source
 
The first thing to do in getting rid of odor is to eliminate what is causing it. Sewage in a home, for instance, smells. Unless you get rid of it, you cannot get rid of the smell. Some of the most common sources of odor from flood damage include dirt, sewage, moisture, dead animals, trash, pet waste, and mildew.

Multiple Methods
 
In most situations of deodorization, odors are coming from various sources, which is why our technicians use multiple methods of deodorization. We might never know which method did the job, but the odors are gone.
 
Deodorant Types
 
One type of deodorization agent does not work on all odors, so we use more than one kind of deodorant to treat the various odors we encounter. We also make sure that you like the smell of the professional product that we choose to apply.
 
Masking Agents – These cover bad odors with a scent which is pleasing. They are used for present odors and they come in the form of product additives or time release beads.
 
Filtration and Absorption Agents - These absorb moisture, some oils, and humidity. They come in the form of activated charcoal for air filtration systems.
 
Pairing Agents – These are products which combine with odor particles, causing them to fall onto surfaces which can then be cleaned. These come in the form of an ULV wet fogger.
 
Disinfectants and Sanitizers – These inhibit fungal and bacteria growth and are used when microbial growth is present, or to stop microbial growth. They come in liquid form which can be sprayed on with a sprayer or pump.
 
At SERVPRO, we realize that just one method of deodorization might not necessarily be enough, so we work until we get rid of all the odors. We completely dry all wet materials as soon as possible and find the source of any odors.
 
Flooding of any kind requires odor removal, so you need SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina to help you clean up the mess and deodorize your home. If you have experienced a flood in your home, you can reach us at any time by dialing (626) 387-4111.

Expert Flood Damage Services Available For Your Irwindale Home

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Expert Flood Damage Services Available For Your Irwindale Home Prevent Damage in Irwindale Homes by Keeping Storm Drain Screens Clear

SERVPRO Offers Solutions in Irwindale for Flooding Problems

Flooding in your home comes in various forms, anything from a natural disaster to a broken appliance may cause damages that develop over time if not handled correctly. A quality restoration company can provide you with the services you need to gain control quickly.
 
Time is a major factor when dealing with flood damage in your Irwindale home. Taking too long to decide what to do gives water free reign over your entire structure, leading to secondary damages developing, or the possibility of contaminations to develop.
 
SERVPRO has a practical, proven approach to dealing with flood damage situations of all sizes. Our IICRC certified technicians take pride in delivering the services you need to return your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition quickly and efficiently.
 
SERVPRO technicians have access to both hand-held and truck mounted water extraction equipment that makes removing water from any size area seem easy. Other extraction tools include submersible pumps that allow us to remove standing water within a structure over two inches deep.
 
While the air moving equipment we use may be rather noisy, they are essential to out drying process. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to float carpeting, by blowing air under the carpet to assist with drying. We can also attach a shroud to an air mover that allows it to push dry air into wall cavities or under cabinets to help remove hidden moisture pockets.
 
SERVPRO technicians also have experience in using wall cavity ventilation systems and venting box fans for various tasks. Axial fans involve using heavy-duty venting fans to rid an entire room of noxious odors developed during a flood, or exchanging indoor air after applying fog deodorizers. A venting fan is more efficient at exchanging air than a centrifugal fan designed for carpet or structural drying.
 
All air movers require thermally protected motors, inlet, and outlet screens, and three-pronged plugs for use in GFCI sockets during operation and a clear venting area for optimum utilization. These high-velocity air flow systems increase the rate of moisture evaporation by removing moist air next to a wet surface and replacing it with drier air, but should not be confused with a dehumidifier.
 
Call SERVPRO of Azusa - Covina today for help with restoring your home after being affected by flood waters. (626) 387-4111

Fire Damage Restoration Services Offered In Azusa

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services Offered In Azusa    Azusa Fires Need SERVPRO to Restore the Damaged Home

SERVPRO Offers Ancillary Services When Damage in Azusa Is Fire Related

You are busy running back and forth, getting ready for work, when a fire breaks out in your bathroom. After the authorities are finished dousing the fire, they explain that it started due to an electrical short in the socket where your hair dryer and curling iron plugged into the wall.
 
There are many different ways that fire damage can happen in your Azusa home. Some situations you can plan for, others are unimaginable until they happen. We find that every situation is different and requires the deployment of a unique solution, regardless, we are here to help.
 
What you are left looking at after a fire happens in your home may appear devastating. In addition to fire, heat, smoke, soot and chemical residues, you are likely to see additional water damage caused by the type of suppression system you have installed or firefighting efforts themselves, which create a particularly upsetting or destructive scene for you and your family to witness.
 
SERVPRO restorations services are designed to provide you with peace of mind, during a rather trying time. We can assist you with finding temporary housing if your situation requires you to relocate until repairs are complete. While making all of the professional restoration services you need available to help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition and save as many of your belongings as possible.
 
The SERVPRO team that arrives at your home performs an initial inspection and damage assessment to determine which services and equipment to deploy to address your situation properly. Once we have addressed all of your concerns and answered any questions you may have, we begin the restoration process.
 
SERVPRO technicians go to work immediately, protecting your home. Your situation may require board up and roof tarp services to prevent exposure to outdoor elements. Holes in your ceiling and walls, broken windows or doors, need the proper attention before we move on to our water removal services.
 
Our water restoration specialists remove any excess water that exists on your property, while other technicians ensure that all of your household contents get moved to a dry, secure location for specific handling. We deploy a variety of moisture detection, air moving and drying equipment to avoid secondary damage from developing.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Azusa - Covina today, we always treat you and your home with care. (626) 387-4111

Mitigating Mold Damage in a Covina Chiropractic Office

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mitigating Mold Damage in a Covina Chiropractic Office Get a handle of the moisture level in your Chiropractic Office with SERVPRO. Call today for an evaluation.

SERVPRO Has Experience with Humidity and Mold Issues in Office Spaces


If you run a humidifier or diffuse fragrance in your chiropractic office, the added moisture in the air can feed spores, resulting in colonies of fungi on walls or ceilings. SERVPRO can remediate the current mold damage and educate you on how to monitor humidity to avoid growth in the future.
 
You may unwittingly be contributing to commercial mold damage in your Covina chiropractic treatment and waiting rooms. The steam from a warm or cool humidifier or fragrance diffuser can condense on a wall or other solid surface, creating the perfect conditions for many varieties of mold to grow. Because mold spores are always present in the air, a traditional water disaster does not need to occur for mold colonies to flourish. A microbial breakout can be a very concerning and confusing time. If the mold is cleaned away, but the conditions that encouraged its proliferation do not change, it will come back repeatedly. We can help you adjust the conditions in your chiropractic practice to create a soothing and spa like ambiance but also reduce the possibility of more mold damage to almost nothing. A proper moisture balance is the key to preventing more mold from invading, once the initial growth is contained and removed.
 
Mold damage remediation is a job for professionals, particularly when your business is serving the healthcare needs of paying clients. SERVPRO follows the EPA protocol developed for schools and commercial buildings to provide mold abatement, requiring only trained experts to take the steps to deal with the mold. Our technicians protect you, your patients, and themselves during the process. Mold damage is contained, removed, and disposed of following local hazardous waste rules. A thorough cleaning, top to bottom to contain spores, will then be performed. HEPA filtered vacuums and disinfection solutions may be used.
 
We then turn our attention to the water source feeding the fungi. Ambient humidity in your office will be measured with precision instruments. Bringing it down to 60 percent or lower will be a goal to prevent more mold growth. Angling diffusers and humidifiers away from surfaces that will condense the mist will also help eliminate pockets of moisture attractive to mold growth.
 
Mold damage in your chiropractic office can be managed successfully by SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 for a microbial growth consultation.

A Unique Perspective on Flood Damage Affecting Irwindale Residents

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Unique Perspective on Flood Damage Affecting Irwindale Residents Storms and Floodings Can Devastate Irwindale Properties

SERVPRO Professionally Restores Flood Damaged Properties

It didn't look like it would get nearly this bad earlier this morning as people began heading off to work. Now, as things have had time to develop, floodwaters began encroaching on homes and have made several important roadways impassable. Emergency service volunteers, in combination with local authorities, struggle to keep up with the number of rescue calls pouring into a make-shift command center set up to serve as a jump off point for various operations. Authorities began to prioritize each rescue by severity hours ago. But at this stage, the best we can do is hope that any injuries remain minimal until we can get help out to each of them. Additional support has been coming in steadily throughout the day, and we are continually improving the process as they arrive.
 
Living in a community known for severe storm and flood damage like Irwindale gives us a unique perspective when tragedy hits. We live in this community; our business operates on a daily basis to assist our customers throughout the state, county, and city. We supply additional support personnel to help during rescue operations and are there for you when you need help after the danger has passed. Even with family, friends, and neighbors on the very street, where we live, all recovering property affected by flooding.
 
SERVPRO staff is expertly trained to handle many aspects of an emergency situation. We inspect the entire property affected by the event and assess your unique situation, making a plan to deploy various services to help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition. Our technicians take the time to address your concerns and answer all of your questions while performing your restoration. Your satisfaction and understanding of the process are important to us, as it is to you.
 
SERVPRO technicians deploy various water extraction equipment to remove any standing water that may still exist and move all contents of your home to a safe, dry location, offsite if necessary, to begin proper drying procedures that are unique to each kind of item we address. Making sure that any electrical items recovered are handled by a qualified professional, we also give particular attention to personal belongings you feel are important.
 
With the additional water removed, SERVPRO drying technicians go to work placing air movers, dehumidifiers and other specialized drying equipment into the affected area. We even locate and remove water hidden in crawl spaces or other hard to reach areas. With everything dry, our repair technicians move in to repair any damages that exist and restore your property, "Like it never even happened."
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Azusa - Covina today, (626) 387-4111

Mold Damage can be Prevented in Your Covina Home

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can be Prevented in Your Covina Home Mold can be hidden or appear in plain sight. Call SERVPRO quickly to assess and remediate!

Deep Cleaning Which Includes HEPA Vacuums Can Reduce Potential Problems with Mold

Mold damage is not something that should be taken lightly. While it is not in the media as much as it was a few years ago, the problem still exists. Mold can also cause health effects in people, especially those with compromised immune systems. The damage caused can range from unsightly stains on clothing, upholstery, and drapes to crumbling drywall sections in any area of your home.
 
While many of the homes in Covina experiencing mold damage have had problems with leaking pipes of interior flooding, this is not the only way that a problem with mold can begin. Mold damage may also remain hidden for months, or even years. This is because one of the requirements for mold to grow is an undisturbed location that receives little or no sunlight. Mold does not grow only under sinks. It can also grow in closets, under beds, behind larger appliances, and inside of boxes in storage.
 
Mold also loves to grow on books, which are rich in the cellulose that they need to thrive. Dusting books is an excellent way to clean them, but that dust can often contain mold and mold spores. Dusting them sends the mold everywhere. It is better to lightly vacuum the tops of books in a bookshelf with an attachment on a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner. SERVPRO professionals know that it is more than just simple everyday housecleaning when it comes to preventing mold damage. Having your home professionally cleaned on a regular basis a few times a year can help to avoid mold damage from ever happening.
 
Cleaning with a HEPA vacuum can also be carried out by SERVPRO remediation technicians in areas likely to contain substantial amounts of mold. These include areas behind and under appliances, under large pieces of furniture, on window sills, and anywhere else that mold is likely to hide. We are also expert at cleaning out ducts, central air units, and air conditioners. Prevention of mold damage is always less expensive and also better for your health than it is to remove and repair mold damage. If we detect significant quantities of mold or mold damage, we will inform you and discuss the best methods of solving the problem before it can have a chance to become worse.
 
For all of your mold remediation needs, fighting mold damage before it starts, call us. We are SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, and we can be reached at (626) 387-4111 whenever you need us, no matter the time of day or night.

Water Damage in Irwindale

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Irwindale Water damage can happen in any room of the house. Call SERVPRO at the first sign for best results!

SERVPRO Can Handle All Aspects of Water Damage From Finding the Source to Remediating

When your home suffers from water damage because of a broken pipe or flooding, the faster you take the right steps, the better chances you have of saving your belongings and your home. Water damage restoration and cleanup need to be handled by professionals, such as SERVPRO since the water can have contaminants or microorganisms that can cause problems to your health. Time is of the essence because mold can begin growing fast where there has been water present. The steps below can help you to avoid disaster when you have a problem with water damage.

Find the Source
You will fist want to find the source of the excess water. When you know where the water source is, you will hopefully be able to stop any more water damage from happening to your home in Irwindale. Shutting off the water supply when the cause is a broken pipe can help lower the amount of damage overall. If you cannot stop the water, like with a natural flood from a rainstorm or a river, you will at least know if the water is contaminated or clean. This is information that is good to have when you contact our professionals at SERVPRO for professional cleanup. Water that is very contaminated must be handled with protective gear and special equipment.

Shut Off Electricity
Next, you need to turn off your electricity. You do not want the problems of water damage to turn tragic with water and electricity mixing. If you can safely turn it off, make sure to do so. It is also a good idea to keep your pets and children away from the area that is flooded for their safety.

Drying the Area
The step that is the next highest priority is drying the affected area out. After you stop the water flow, it is important to get the flooded area ventilated. Opening windows and getting fans running will help everything to dry out faster. The professionals will now also need to come in with their professional knowledge and equipment. Within just hours, fungi and mold will start to grow in your home. Stopping health problems that are related to mold can be as easy as calling in our water damage cleanup team.

What is Affected?
Our technicians will then look at what has been affected. Carpets, furniture with padding and other textiles will retain water longer than hard surfaces will, which increases the chance of mold growth. As specialists in the field, we can save many items if you call us soon enough. Cleanup of water damage is a big job to stop illnesses and make sure your structure is sound, but we can guide you through the process and relieve any stress that comes with the flooding.

We are always ready to help you out at SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina when you have any kind of water damage. As soon as the crisis occurs, give us a call at (626) 387-4111 so that we can come out and take care of the damage quickly.

Take The Stress Out Of Fire Damage Restoration In Covina

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Take The Stress Out Of Fire Damage Restoration In Covina 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 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.
 
SERVPRO 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 SERVPRO 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

What Is Restoration and What Can It Do for Water Damage in Irwindale Businesses?

11/5/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial What Is Restoration and What Can It Do for Water Damage in Irwindale Businesses? Restrooms and Other Water Damage in Irwindale Calls on SERVPRO for Help

Don't Let Water Damage Impact Your Commercial Enterprise

If you’re dealing with a significant commercial water damage incident, you may be feeling a little pessimistic about how much of your business can be saved. Breakdowns and failures like a burst pipe or a faulty restroom, are quite common, but they can cause all kinds of damage. Fortunately, there is a way to minimize the severity of the situation and rescue as much of the affected area as possible.

Restoring commercial water damage in Irwindale businesses is no easy feat, but it can be achieved with the help of SERVPRO. Our expert team is highly experienced in dealing with flooding of all shapes and sizes. They can be onsite fast, to start water extraction quickly and reverse the destruction caused by standing water.

This quick guide to the restoration process will help you learn all about what the technicians at SERVPRO can do for you.

What Is Water Damage Restoration?
The term ‘restoration’ is a simple one to define, but it involves a broad variety of different methods and techniques. Essentially, it is the job of putting a business back together after a flood or other water related incident. Some classic examples include broken pipes, fire sprinkler systems gone awry, cracked gutters or failed flat roof pooling containment, overloaded appliances, and faulty faucets and boilers.

A team of restoration professionals is called out to the damaged site – in this case, your business – and they use a selection of industrial strength tools to remove the water. The array of water pumps can vary from a handheld portable wet vac to sump pumps to large truck mounted equipment. After water removal, our SERVPRO technicians can start taking steps to salvage as many items as possible.

Why Is a Speedy Restoration Important?
Getting the restoration process started quickly is important for some reasons. The longer that your employees cannot work from the affected area, the more money you’ll lose. It can also be hazardous to your health to leave the water to sit and stagnate and degrade into contaminated Black Water.

Consider that SERVPRO works with over 315 management companies, municipal and federal entities, and many insurance companies to expedite time and save you money.


There is also a great risk to the structural integrity of the building, as moisture creates mold that slowly destroys organic materials like wood, drywall, or even fabrics in a boutique. We understand that nobody wants to have to call a water damage restoration team. If you do, it means that something has gone wrong.

Most commercial water damage is not permanent. With the help of SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina, you can get restoration started as soon as the problem becomes apparent. Our experts are highly trained and can assess the building for dangers so that you don’t have to put yourself at risk. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.

Storm Damage in Azusa Can Severely Damage Homes' Exteriors

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Azusa Can Severely Damage Homes' Exteriors Yes, Call SERVPRO After Storm Damage to Your Azusa Home

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

Storm damage isn't 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've had your siding professionally installed recently, it often happens that high enough winds can peel this off of 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've noticed any pieces, even small ones, lying in your yard, you should have your roof inspected. Loose shingles won't 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 also contaminate your crawl space with droppings. They'll 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 don't 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've 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.

How a Homeowner in Azusa Can Help SERVPRO Technicians Directly

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How a Homeowner in Azusa Can Help SERVPRO Technicians Directly Check with technicians about helping with water damage! Colors can easily bleed!

Consult Technicians Before Taking on Water Damage Restoration Tasks Yourself

Many homeowners are anxious to help during the water restoration process, preferring to be involved in some way with repairs rather than leaving it solely to our technicians. While most of the more complex and delicate tasks should be performed exclusively by our certified and trained technicians, there are a few ways you can help out SERVPRO workers. Be sure to consult a representative or technician first, however, as your honest efforts to help could end up becoming a problem if we aren't aware of them.
 
Separate Furniture from the Ground
 
When Azusa water damage affects furniture or carpeting, one of the most important steps in preventing further damage is to ensure that the two are separated. Placing wood blocks, bricks, plastic, or any other hard material between your furniture and the carpet helps to reduce or eliminate contact between them, avoiding bleed and hastening the drying process.
 
Pick Up Paper and Fabrics, and Separate Them
 
Be sure to separate any porous materials which have taken on water damage. Most commonly, the objects in question are couch and bed sheets and cushions, or paper publications which have been scattered about. Simply pick these up and leave them in the sun on a hard surface to dry. This also goes for rugs and removable carpeting, and these should be safely moved away to prevent colors from bleeding between fabrics.
 
Turn off Electronics, Turn On the A/C
 
Turning on air conditioning can help to start the drying process in warmer months, but you should also turn off other electronics, as they may present a safety hazard or take on additional damage if they are allowed to turn or remain on. Note that if you have found signs of mold damage in the home, you should keep the air conditioning and all HVAC systems off, as turning them on could spread mold spores.
 
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is proud to help local homes and businesses to recover and repair after a water damage disaster. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111 for our help in restorations and getting your home back to normal.

Remediation in Your Covina Home or Business for Mold Is Critical

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation in Your Covina Home or Business for Mold Is Critical SERVPRO Captures Mold Spores During Remediation in Covina

SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Procedures in Covina

Removing water from a flooded building is many times the easy task when it comes to restoring a home or office. Clean-up crews need to make sure that excess moisture has been removed from any place that mold might take hold and grow. If they do not rid the structure of all dampness, the resultant contamination can be much more costly than water removal.

Mold remediation standards are determined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). When it comes to remediating mold damaged Covina homes, there are five principles that provide SERVPRO guidance for every job, no matter how large or small.

One - Provide for Health and Safety - Since mold spores may cause health effects. Our remediation teams do everything possible to protect not just our technicians, but the occupants of the building as well. This means special safety practices to limit and expectedly prevent exposure from the mold as it is disturbed during the cleaning process. And stop it from spreading to uninfected areas of the building. This containment technique will depend on the circumstances of the infestation.

Two - Document Conditions and Processes - At the beginning, our inspectors record the extent of the mold contamination as well as the moisture saturation level in the affected area. Once our technicians have finished remediation, our report may be provided to an independent inspector to ensure the building is safe to inhabit. This report disclosure is dependent upon the agreed upon procedures.

Three - Control the Mold Containment at its Source - Isolate the mold growth and the spores. One of our most important actions is to place negative air pressure machines wherever drywall demolition is taking place. This method of treatment captures the mold and spores that go airborne and also makes removing infected drywall more efficient.

Four - Remove Contamination - When mold grows past the point where the items or building materials can be cleaned, it must be removed. The damaged material is removed in as few pieces as possible to prevent additional exposure or spreading of the mold. The debris is wrapped and discarded according to codes and regulations. Once that is accomplished, we use commercial vacuums with HEPA filters to remove loose mold and then wipe down every surface with anti-fungal and other cleaning products. Air scrubbers may be placed to capture errant mold spores circulation within the structure.

As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is proud to serve our neighbors and fellow Covinans. If you believe you may have a mold problem, call us today at (626) 387-4111. We're ready to help.

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