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If Your Sink Overflows In Your Covina Home, Our Experts Are Ready 24/7!
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Where To Get Water Cleanup Services In Covina After A Sink Overflow
Most homeowners never expect water damage to occur in their home, and few are prepared for the day when it happens. If you discover the sink overflowing and spilling water down the counters and across the floor, you can panic. This is understandable but unhelpful.
When your sink has overflowed, the first step should be to turn off the water supply. You should then seek water cleanup services for your Covina home to prevent further damage. Apart from the faucet, your dishwasher can also make the sink to overflow. In most kitchens, the dishwasher and sink share the same drainage pipes. If a clog occurs in the drainage pipe, the water pumped out of the dishwasher can go back into the sink instead of draining properly. If you are not lucky enough to notice this problem early, the water can flow over the top of the sink and onto the floor, causing damage to the cabinets and floors.
If you do not clean up the water quickly, it can lead to mold growth, odors, and stains. Once mold grows, it may spread fast throughout the area if not abated. To get out of such a problem, you can count on the restoration specialists from SERVPRO. We have the equipment and water damage experience required to clean up your home to stop the destruction from worsening. We can also work with your insurer to ensure that you are properly covered and repair any damaged structures promptly and professionally.
Our technicians can remove the stagnant water from your kitchen using wet/dry vacuums. If necessary, we can move large appliances away from the walls to remove the water and moisture. We can set up fans and dehumidifiers in your kitchen to help dry it completely. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use moisture meters to find hidden moisture in hard-to-reach places like behind cabinets. We can use powerful vent systems to force dry air under the cabinets to expedite the drying process.
If there’s water loss in your home, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can assist you to clean it up and bring it back to pre-damage condition with little hassle. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our helpline is (626) 387-4111, and you can reach us at any time for help.
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We Have The Latest Technology And Advances In Covina Water Damage Restoration
We have specialized tools such as the suction mat which will suck water from the cracks in the joints of slat flooring.
How Correct Use of Water Removal Methods Protects Homes in Covina
When high humidity exists inside a home, wood floors can become damaged. This damage can present itself in several ways. Slight damage often shows up as boards cup or drown, depending on the location of the moisture affecting the flooring.
SERVPRO technicians carefully apply water removal techniques to protect wood floors in Covina properties, as over-drying of the boards in a wood floor can also create additional problems. When cupping or crowning show up on a floor, we can tell by looking at them where the hidden moisture exists.
When boards become higher on their edges, the floor suffers from cupping. We can resolve this with sanding that reduces the height of the sides without creating a possible problem when the humidity in the area falls back to a lower amount. Cupping can happen when humidity becomes trapped underneath a floor. Sanding eliminates tripping hazards while also keeping the floor from suffering from possible over-drying, which can crack the boards.
Crowning, the opposite of crowning, occurs when water rests on the surface and penetrates the wood. We can more easily perform water removal methods in this type of situation by drying the surface. Because the bottom area of such boards remains closer to the desired moisture level in most cases, we do not need to perform more extensive work. Also, sanding in this type of situation can create damage that only appears when the floor becomes dry again. We never sand a floor that exhibits crowning.
Because warped wood signifies unwanted and harmful dampness, we do need to dry the affected area slowly. Rapidly drying can lead to problems, as well as misdirected air flows. We take care to not over-dry the bottom area. However, we do use moisture detection units to determine if moisture is present in the underlay of the flooring. If so, we can carefully dry this with mats that extract moisture from that area while continually monitoring the progress.
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to provide homeowners in the Covina area with services based on the latest technology and advances in restoration and mitigation technology. Call us for water removal and drying professionals who apply IICRC-approved methods in protecting your residence. Our 24-hour services line, (626) 387-4111, is always available so we can provide you with the additional information you need for your unique situation.
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Our Experts Will Restore your Covina Home From Water Damage
Our team is ready to help you with any water damages you may encounter big or small and restore your home to its original condition.
Water Damage in the Walls of Your Covina Home
Being a homeowner means being vigilant about the safety and integrity of your home. You work hard to avoid harm's way, but sometimes dangers escape your careful eye. If a pipe bursts even slightly, your home can face water damage behind its walls, alerting you when it is already too late. As soon as you discover standing water, it is time to reach out to a team of experts to return your home to its original condition and avoid further damage.
If you encounter water damage to your home in Covina, this is the moment to reach out to us. To assess the severity of what lurks behind walls and under the floor, our SERVPRO team is here. Our rapid access team is available 24/7 to attend to your emergency, even if it appears to be a simple repair. Our expertise allows us to carefully review the immediate and potential dangers standing water can have on your home. For example, a small but long-lasting water leak may weaken your home's foundations over time. Although water pockets may not be evident at first sight, our team carries specialized monitoring equipment that can detect water deposits in hidden places that could weaken the structure or compromise your dry-wall. Our training and on-field expertise allow us to survey your home and identify areas of risk.
When the leak has been small, our SERVPRO technicians work to extract water with dehumidifiers, wet/dry vacuums and other handheld tools. When the amount of water damage is more significant, we might incorporate powerful air movers and submersible pumps to complete the job. In the process we monitor all appropriate levels of humidity until the atmosphere in your home has returned to normal. In some cases we may drill small holes in your baseboards and inject warm air into your walls in order to speed up the drying process. This technique is commonly known as injectidry.
Our work is not complete until the threat for mold is addressed. Often a by-product of standing waters, mold spores can spread quickly throughout your home. Our team tests for the presence of mold and makes recommendations based on our findings. Like you, our goal is to keep you and your family safe.
Whether you encounter a small leak or an overwhelming amount of water, reach out to SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111. Allow our professional staff to help you leave your home like nothing ever happened.
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Got Water Damage In Your Azusa Home? It's No Match For The Experts At SERVPRO!
SERVPRO has the experience and skills to attend to any size of restoration or cleaning emergencies in your home or business.
How To Speed Up Drying When Restoring Water Damaged Structures In Azusa
Whether we are drying a wet wall or fiberglass insulation during water damage restoration, the management of airflow is essential. There is a correct way of positioning air movers to dry surfaces or speed up the drying process. We are going to look at some of the drying techniques that we use when addressing moisture problems in Azusa.
The angle at which the air mover is positioned relative to the wet surface plays a significant role when we are attending to water damage incidents in Azusa. It is a mistake to let the air mover blow directly into the wall since the pressure from the air forces the wetness into the surface and at the same time the air bounces back. For optimum results, we place the device at a 45-degree angle. At such a position, the air currents bounce off the wet area carrying along moisture. If it's necessary to set up several air movers in the structure, our SERVPRO technicians arrange them in a clockwise pattern.
We have to open a few panels when drying drop ceilings and direct dry air into the openings. By ventilating the hard-to-dry areas, we can increase the rate of evaporation. If we use a moisture sensor and detect the presence of water in the walls, we may decide to remove the baseboards and drill a 1.5-inch hole between the studs. We can then direct air into the walls through the holes by using a venting system which is attached to an air mover.
There are instances where the paint of the walls can act as a moisture barrier and slow the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians peel the paint to address such challenges. If the humidity of the room increases as the surrounding surfaces loose moisture, we install dehumidifiers to absorb the water vapor.
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina has the experience and skills to attend to any size of restoration or cleaning emergencies in your home or business. Call (626) 387-4111 and allow a trusted industry leader to return your property to its preloss state.
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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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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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Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale
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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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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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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What To Do If Your Azusa Business Suffers Water Damage
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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.
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.
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.