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Being Prepared For Flooding In Your Azusa Basement

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flooding In Your Basement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Specialists Can Handle Any Size Mold Infestation That Has Taken Over Your Covina Home

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Specialists Can Handle Any Size Mold Infestation That Has Taken Over Your Covina Home Professional solutions to property damages are just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 today.

Why Discovering Mold Damage Is Not A Reason To Panic In Your Covina Home

Mold is a natural part of the home environment. They reside within wall-spaces, attics or other less frequented areas of the home and travel primarily through air currents. We make an effort to educate our community about mold, pointing out that there are many positive aspects, penicillin, for example, is derived from these microscopic fungi. It is only when mold comes into contact with damp spots in a warm, humid environment and form colonies that they can become a problem for the homeowner.

A typical call out to assess mold damage in Covina properties is not a reason to panic. At SERVPRO, we have heard horror stories of lengthy laboratory testing or extensive replacement and remodeling. These are a minority of cases, and usually, mold can be dealt with efficiently with minimum expense. If you notice a moldy odor or visible colonies on walls or ceilings a professional service like ours can usually remediate the damages without a drawn-out procedure.

The primary goal in a job like this is to find the source. A loose pipe leaking water or high humidity levels can both contribute. Failure to remedy the problem at the source makes any work carried out cosmetic with the issue likely to return after a few weeks. SERVPRO uses specialized mold assessors with IICRC qualifications to identify the source and deal with it first and foremost.

IICRC qualifications are not cheap or easy to complete, but by investing in our technicians, we offer superb value for money service. Once the source of mold is dealt with appropriately, we can get to work removing the unpleasant colonies. Our methods involve applying agitative cleaning methods to scrub away the mold.

These methods can cause mold spores to become airborne and spread to other areas of the home. For that reason, we can use physical barriers or negative air-pressure to create a robust quarantine while work is in progress. Once removed anti-microbial paints and treatments can be applied to your carpets, curtains, ceilings, and walls to guard against recurring issues.

The essential parts of a mold remediation service are trained technicians armed with the right equipment. SERVPRO leverages our national scale resources to ensure we provide both to the community, providing a leading restoration service in the process.

Professional solutions to property damages are just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 today.

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The Real Story Behind Water Damage Remediation in Azusa

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Real Story Behind Water Damage Remediation in Azusa When your reliable washing machine springs a leak, the whole laundry room can face damage. Contact our certified team for remediation.

Removing Water Damage From Azusa Homes

Azusa residents do not usually worry about massive floods, but a broken pipe or a faulty washing machine can affect nearly everyone. The effects can be just as expensive if the water is poorly dealt with or goes unnoticed for a longer period.
 
That is why SERVPRO needs to be your choice to remove the effects of water damage in Azusa and restore your home to its original state. As part of a nationwide network, our office has access to every piece of equipment needed to restore both the structural and personal property to a clean, dry condition.
 
If the water continued to leak overnight, our teams might have to start by removing the excess water. They use pumps to draw outstanding water and then switch to extraction wands and other devices to remove water trapped in carpets and from between floorboards. The sooner our teams remove the water, the less damaging it is to furniture and floors.
 
As specialists remove the water, other team members raise furniture out of the way and set it on pallets or other stands outside so that water can drain without staining the carpets or wood floors. They set up fans to increase air circulation to dry the items without causing further damage. For very soaked chairs or sofas, team members may also use air movers to force warm air over a surface and push out moisture trapped inside them.
 
After specialists finish extraction on carpets and floors, they raise the carpet and remove the pad which decays quickly after exposure to water. To dry the carpet, specialists raise an entry and an exit point and use an air mover to force warm air over the floor and underside of the carpet to dry it along with a fan at the exit to draw out the damp air. Specialists use the same air movers and fans to dry wooden floorboards without causing secondary damage as well. Once done, team members replace the pad and then reattach the carpet.
 
At SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, our goal is to help every owner return home as soon as possible. If you need us immediately or have a question about what we can do for you, call today at (626) 387-4111.

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How is Water Removed From Your Covina Drywall?

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How is Water Removed From Your Covina Drywall? One of the first signs of a water leak is dimpling and peeling drywall.

Why SERVPRO Manages Water Removal in Covina Perfectly

When there is water spill in a property, it presents various challenges including stain transfer, microbial growth and deterioration in parts of the structure due to rot or other issues. Fixing the source and removing the intruding water are critical steps in restoring the property to its preloss condition. Remember, as long as there is excess moisture present, it is impossible to perform other essential restoration steps correctly. Covina property owners can deal with water loss incidents better by involving professional water restoration technicians like us.  

Expediting the water removal in Covina helps in many ways including limiting the chances of microbial growth. Most materials also deteriorate in different ways if they remain submerged in water for long. For example, wet drywall can lose its structural integrity, while natural wood warps or buckles from the extended water exposure. Carpets, on the other hand, lose up to 50% of their strength when soaked increasing chances of tears and other mechanical damage. Using high-speed pumps or truck-mounted extractors, our SERVPRO technicians can extract all standing water before it causes severe damage.  

Proper moisture detection is crucial for conclusive water removal. Although most of the water pools in areas that you can readily see with your naked eye, some might filter into hidden areas such as wall cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize detection of the water source and level of migration. We have state-of-the-art equipment such as thermal cameras that enable us to check hidden spaces without tearing them down first. Using moisture sensors, we can also measure the level of water migration on different porous materials.  

Thoroughly drying property helps eliminate the effects of a water spill "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO technicians understand various challenges that affect the drying stage and therefore come up with the best strategies to tackle them. Since drying involves evaporation, it is much slower when more water is involved. We, therefore, do thorough extraction before starting the drying process. Drying also requires a perfect balance of the evaporation rate and humidity extraction from the air. We do this by calculating the number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for balanced drying.  

Removing standing water from your property with professional help is easy. Call SERVPRO of Azusa /Covina at (626) 387-4111 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Some Water Damage Mistakes in Irwindale That You Should Avoid

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Some Water Damage Mistakes in Irwindale That You Should Avoid When the carpeting in your home soaks up a lot of water, you need quick acting remediation specialists to remove the water and restore the damage.

Why Choosing Water Damage Mitigation Specialists from SERVPRO can Save Your Home in Irwindale

Water is one of our most precious resources and without it, life would end for all of us. When it ends up in places that should always stay dry, that same water can create extensive damage.

Your home's interior can also experience this type of problem. There are many reasons why your home might suffer water damage in Irwindale. SERVPRO technicians can help mitigate everything and make your house “Like it never even happened.” quickly and efficiently. We can do this because of our thorough training, extensive experience, and the full range of our equipment. Newly discovered water standing inside your home means you must react quickly, calling us so we can remove the water as soon as possible and start the drying process without any delays.

When you call, giving as many details regarding the situation can help us arrive prepared for your specific case. Mold and other microbes can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after exposure to water. We want to prevent this from happening to your residence. While we can remediate such situations, prevention always saves the homeowners money and aggravation.

Many floor types can handle water, and rapid drying restores it to acceptable or better condition. Some floor coverings, however, fall apart when soaked in water for more than a few minutes. These typically come in wood by-products, compressed into tiles that we can easily replace with more durable coverings. We pull these up and prepare the floor for new coverings by smoothing the surface and drying it out completely. Carpeting's survival rate after exposure to water depends significantly on the type of water and its source, as well as the age of the carpet and the duration of the water's presence. Many times it becomes less expensive to replace the carpeting and pad instead of attempting to restore it. Not only does waterlogged carpet hold debris that escapes vacuuming, but any pad exposed to water for more than a short time almost always falls apart, and we must replace it with new.

Once your flooring becomes exposed to water, the damage can become extensive. We beat the effects of water damage regularly by putting our knowledge and experience to work for you. Our ability to scale our equipment and teams to your exact needs means we always have the precise approach needed to mitigate your situation successfully.

You can always contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by calling our 24-hour service line at (626) 387-4111, day or night, any day of the year. Water damage requires your immediate attention to prevent it from worsening, and we can help mitigate it and prepare your home for the restoration to make it whole again.

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