Recent Water Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina Offers Mitigation Solutions in Irwindale

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

Clogged Storm Sewers Can Flood Irwindale Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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Quick Tips when Your Property in Covina Floods

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

woman on phone after appliance causes flooding It is important to stay calm when you experience flood damage in your home.

Handling Flood Damage from Failed Appliances in Your Home

Whether it is a contained leak or a massive, multi-room disaster, flood damage in Covina often comes from a malfunctioning appliance. Everything from sinks to dishwashers to showerheads can cause flooding, and while damage sustained from these sources is typically much easier to clean up and handle than from storms and disasters, it still presents a significant challenge without the aid of a professional company like SERVPRO. Here are a few tips for when worst comes to worst, and an appliance starts to soak your home.

Keep Calm

One of the most important things to consider when responding to flood damage in your Covina home is your reaction. Are you panicking, or perhaps overreacting to the damage? Staying calm should help you to gain a stronger, more rational grip on and understanding of the situation. If something breaks in your home, do not panic. A smooth, appropriate reaction should help you more than anything else, and probably mitigate a good chunk of the potential damage to your home.

Try to Shut Off the Water

One of your top priorities should be to turn off the water source by any means necessary. More water invariably correlates with more damage and rising costs. Stopping pipes and patching leaks helps to avert further damage and get the situation under control. For larger jobs, our technicians prioritize arriving quickly to shut off the water themselves, but if you can do it, this only makes our work easier and more effective.

Do not Overthink Things

While flood damage should indeed be treated with appropriate caution and professional care, minor scenarios can sometimes be inflated and elevated to the same status in a homeowner's mind. If the damage is unlikely to be permanent, try to clean it yourself with a mop and rags. For larger floods, however, calling in SERVPRO helps to ensure that as little damage occurs as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is a local provider of home restoration services. If a flood or water damage have hit your home, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Steps You Can Take When Water Floods Your Azusa Property

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

SERVPRO Recommends Actions That You can Take Before Our Technicians Arrive

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

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

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

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

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Got Water Damage In Your Azusa Home? It is No Match for the Experts At SERVPRO!

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

suds emitting from dishwasher and woman on phone 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 is necessary to set up several air movers in the structure, our technicians arrange them in a clockwise pattern.

We must 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 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.

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 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 of Azusa / Covina  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 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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At Last, the Secret to Water Extraction in Covina Is Revealed

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

damage caused by water leakage Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service.

Avoid Damage to Carpets and Flooring in your Covina home

Most consumers realize that it is essential to remove water from carpeting and flooring as soon as possible. Consumers understand that mold may appear if the moisture in a home or business is not reduced to acceptable levels within a few days after a water event. Carpets can be further damaged if the laminated layers separate. Homeowners and business owners may not realize just how much water a carpet can hold and the process required to remove all of this moisture.

SERVPRO understands water extraction processes in Covina. Our technicians utilize appropriate equipment to avoid future mold, structure, and carpet delamination problems. Certifications include AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician and ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician.

Extracting Water and Moisture from Carpeting
SERVPRO utilizes water extraction machines that compress and squeeze the moisture out of the carpet and under pad. Our technicians ride on these machines, adding their weight to compress the carpet and extracting the water and moisture at the same time. The majority of the water has been removed, after several passes.

Next, we deploy air movers in strategic locations to drive dry air across the carpet. Dry air can be brought in through open doorways or windows from unaffected areas. After absorbing some of the moisture, the air may pass through another exit location. In addition, dehumidifiers are brought in to help remove additional moisture.

Some situations may require carpeting to be lifted, exposing the under pad, and subfloor. Air movers are positioned to blow dry air under the carpet to expedite moisture removal and drying.

Our SERVPRO crew chief and technicians have a great deal of experience and training in these areas and can deploy the most efficient and effective methods required to extract all water and moisture from your home or business. We also use moisture meters and infrared cameras. These devices confirm all moisture has been removed after a water event.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Spaulding Square, Melrose, Central Hollywood, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How to Recover from a Water Damage Emergency in Your Azusa Property

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating furniture 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 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 meets 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 exist, 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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We Are The Best Choice In Covina After A Water Loss

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

A giant hole in the ceiling of this home after water damage The ceiling in this home gave way requiring the help of our professional company to dry the affected area and replace the drywall.

Water Damage to Your Hardwood Floors in Covina 

Having your living room hardwood floors soaked by a water leak from a nearby bathroom may cause a mild panic attack for any homeowner. Chances are you took a lot of time and effort choosing just the right floors for your California home, and having your mind jump to the worst possible conclusion of having to replace them causes anxiety.

With proper care and treatment, the water damage sustained by your Covina flooring may not mean the end of your beautiful hardwood. By controlling airflow, humidity, and temperature, SERVPRO technicians may be able to mitigate further damage such as warped flooring or the growth of mold infestations. 

Restorers first address any remaining surface water impacting the hardwood floors by extracting the liquid found on the surface of the material. If there are minimal amounts of standing water, restorers use portable extraction equipment, including long wands to remove the water from even the hardest to reach places. Any remaining moisture evaporates quickly off of the surface of the wood with the use of warm, dry air.

Next, the SERVPRO technicians take care of the free water absorbed into the floors. Free water has not yet chemically bonded with the wood molecules in the flooring. As the surface water damage comes out of the wood through extraction, the free water migrates through capillary suction toward the top of the surface. Free water is more challenging to remove than surface water; however, it can be done through the use of air movers that create airflow across the wet flooring. To be the most effective, technicians use higher air temperature and a lower humidity ratio through the use of dehumidifiers. 

Bound water is the moisture that absorbed into the wood flooring and then chemically bound itself with the wood molecules. For bound water to effectively leave the flooring, technicians heat the material with portable heaters. By placing drying mats to create suction this liquid can then be forced up to be released as water or vapor. Polyethylene sheeting can be placed over sections, large or small, of the hardwood boards to focus the forced drying and evaporation to a specifically targeted area. This method can also pull bonded or free water out of the underpinnings in a crawlspace home to mitigate secondary water damage through rotting or mold infestations. At this point, the bound water becomes free water, and the process continues until the floor is dry.

For assistance dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 

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How Our Water Removal Services Protect a Family and Their Property in Covina

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Upset Young Man Sitting On Sofa In The Living Room Flooded With Water No matter the cause SERVPRO can help you remove water damage from you home.

SERVPRO has various tools and methods to remove water from your home

Water can end up inside a residence in Covina because of many different situations. A tree might open up an area in the roof and let rain into the attic. A hose might slip off from behind the washing machine. The water heater might rust out on its underside. Many other kinds of accidents happen on a regular frequency to homes everywhere. 

When a disaster strikes a home in Covina, water removal services can protect the interior and its contents from devastating damage. Water can bring about ever-expanding damage that changes not only structures, but also affects your personal belongings, furnishings, and even the safety of your house. Water removal services from SERVPRO are designed to stop the spreading water and start the drying process.

Water removal also helps with reducing the ability of substances creating odors in your house. Many of the odors associated with damp conditions come from both deteriorating materials and increased microbial activity. Removing the water that activates microbes, leading them to begin rapidly reproducing, helps control them and the damage they create. Soils trapped in your flooring are also capable of giving off odors when left damp for too long. 

The IICRC trained technicians at SERVPRO do not rely on the presence of odors to know we need to locate and measure water. Our moisture meters tell us how high the moisture content is in any item we test, and our imaging cameras show the areas with excessive dampness. Being able to concentrate on these particular areas means we can also continuously monitor these places to ensure they become adequately dry on schedule. 

When damp materials and contents become dry, the damage slows down enough that we can begin restoring things. Furniture, for instance, requires tenting of cushions to allow air to circulate around them. A soft but sturdy brush renews the pile on upholstery and removes topical soils, including mold that might have flourished. Wood components quit swelling when dry again, and our building department can help with restoring these when needed. The same approach works well for carpets saturated with clean water. 

Removing the water and circulating the air within your residence helps dry out personal belongings, also. For large-size events, we often box up and bag items for drying at our facility. We can also build drying chambers at your house if space permits. Doing this keeps your items available to you, but we do ask that the chamber remain sealed to achieve optimal results.

The wiring in your home can sustain severe damage wherever water encroaches into wiring, sockets, or switch plates. After removing saturated drywall and other materials, our building specialists can test the electrical system, so any risks get taken care of before anyone in your family experiences a shock. Fire also becomes a hazard when wires become corroded. 

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to help with water removal services, starting the restoration process needed after a disaster strikes. Call (626) 387-4111 for the fastest service.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Covina

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Pad All you need to do is call (626) 387-4111 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Carpet By Calling The Specialists After Water Damage In Covina

Some prefer renting to owning a home, and a reason for doing this is the need for upkeep of the property.  All owners can attest to the fact that repairs pop up continuously, requiring attention and resources to resolve them.  Not surprisingly, plumbing issues can arise at any point, including a broken water heater that leaks all over your carpet.  Once you discover the water damage, it is hard to determine whether you can fix the issue on your own or if you need to call a specialist.  Reaching out to a professional team tends to be quicker and less disruptive than tackling the issue yourself.

If this sounds like your experience with your home in Covina, leave the water damage restoration to our SERVPRO team.  Our skilled technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle situations like yours.  Just call our 24/7 number so our Green Fleet can travel to your home and lend a helping hand, regardless of the size of the damage.

When our water restoration technicians (WRT) assess the damage to your carpet, they also consider their options in the drying process.  Even though some equipment such as dehumidifiers and water extractors are clear choices, understanding how they work is essential to optimal results.

Close monitoring of temperature and air moisture keeps our SERVPRO crew informed of the progress.  Occasionally, the best outcome is possible by floating your carpet or allowing hot air to flow underneath it.  This specialized technique is hard to achieve for the average consumer, who can inadvertently stretch the carpet or compromise its integrity.  Our team can help by coordinating available tools and techniques to reach the goal.

Do not let the burden of drying your home fall entirely on you.  Let our experts at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina do their best by allowing them into your home.  Our expertise in planning, executing, and monitoring the results of a successful drying job is for your benefit.  All you need to do is call (626) 387-4111 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Hire Out or DIY? How to Determine if Your Covina Home Needs Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying mat on hardwood floor We have the tools and equipment to thoroughly dry your home.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Do DIY Water Removal in Your Covina Home 

There is a correct time and place for DIY cleanup of water damage in your home. Water emergencies often happen without warning such as a supply line hose to a washing machine failing or a leak within a wall you had zero knowledge of until it dripped through the ceiling.

There are five essential questions to ask about the water removal needs in your Covina home to determine if you need a professional restoration services company.  

How much water is there?

The amount of water in the home is a crucial factor. While you are emptying your home wet/dry vac for the tenth time, the water in your home continues to migrate on the floors and become absorbed into the carpeting. When the damage is on an upper floor in your home, it is finding its way into the lower levels via the floor joists and ceiling. SERVPRO technicians have multiple portable pumps for fast water extraction in several areas of the home at once. 

What type of water needs removal?

In the first 24 hours after a water spill, it is considered "clean" with little to no danger of bacteria or contaminants. If the water in your home has the potential to contain sewage or has sat in the open for over 24 hours, it becomes safe to handle, and you need professional water removal.  

Do I have the right equipment?

If you are going into battle against a water spill and your tools are a mop and wet/dry vac, the outcome may not be what you envision. Water migrates swiftly following the path of least resistance and gets into subflooring quickly. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to extract water from all kinds of surfaces and furnishings. 

Is there a danger of mold?

Did you know mold only requires warmth, moisture, and food such as sheetrock, paper or wood to flourish? If you leave moisture behind during a DIY water cleanup and the ambient temperature is over 70F-degrees, you could potentially have a costly mold infestation issue in the future.  

Can I eliminate the water odor?

That familiar musty odor that remains means there is still an excess of moisture somewhere in your home. SERVPRO technicians possess a diverse array of moisture detection equipment to ascertain the exact location of all water, whether it is visible on the surface or not along with professional-level odor control applications. 

When your home needs water removal, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. The experienced, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the water damage in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage in Your Covina Residence Calls for Thorough Drying

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians are ready to break down the water damage in your Covina home.

We know our steps for water damage in Covina are thorough.

A water loss incident in your Covina home can occur because of an overflowing sink that causes water to pool in your kitchen. It may also happen because of a pipe burst that causes water to pool on the floor or run down the walls.  Regardless of the cause of the water damage, you need to act quickly to prevent secondary destruction. The first thing you should do is to turn off the water source and electricity.

To begin cleaning up your water damaged Covina residence, you can wear protective items that prevent your skin from coming into contact with the water. If the amount of water is small, you can use a wet vacuum to extract it.  Since mold can grow within 24 hours, you need to be proactive in drying out the affected areas by setting up several fans.

Hiring professionals to help you dry your home and restore it to its original condition is also essential. SERVPRO can respond quickly to your emergency and mitigate the damage properly using advanced water extraction and drying equipment. Our technicians have multiple certifications, including Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD). We can use shop vacs to remove the standing water and then dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. We may use an open or closed system to dehumidify the air. An open drying system exchanges the moist air in a house with the drier outside air, while a closed system closes off the affected areas from the outside air and from the unaffected areas of the building.

Knowing how moisture affects different materials is crucial because it ensures effective drying. For instance, wood expands if it absorbs excess moisture. At times, the boards can warp. If expanded boards push against each other, buckling may occur at the joints where they meet or at the walls. The amount of buckling depends on the type of wood and the moisture it has absorbed. If the wood dries, warping and buckling may become permanent. Another issue you may deal with is crowing, which happens if there is more moisture in the top of the wood than the bottom and sides. Crowning usually happens because of over-drying the bottom of the wood. Our SERVPRO technicians can dry your wood flooring properly to prevent these problems.  We also monitor the drying process to determine if the affected surfaces are drying using equipment like:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Most of the time, homeowner’s insurance covers for water losses. We can take photographs of the damage and work with your insurance company to ensure a hassle-free claims process.

If a water intrusion incident has occurred in your home in Azusa, Irwindale or the neighboring areas, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for help. We are available around the clock and can respond to your emergency immediately.

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If Your Sink Overflows In Your Covina Home, Our Experts Are Ready 24/7!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our helpline is (626) 387-4111, and you can reach us at any time for help.

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

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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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Stained Walls – A Sign Of Water Damage In Irwindale Properties

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

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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Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

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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How To Handle A Leaky Fish Tank in Your Irwindale Home

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage in Irwindale

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

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

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

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.