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Why Should Property Owners Hire Professionals to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Seal Beach Homes?

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with furniture floating and water covering the floors Regardless of how the excess water gained entry into your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians right away for effective services.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Your Seal Beach Home is Efficient and Cost-Effective

When your property experiences flood damage, it is crucial to employ experienced restorers promptly. The flooding can cause structural damage and weaken the foundation of your property if ignored for a lengthy period. Attempting to rehabilitate the afflicted region without the necessary knowledge and tools can result in significant damage.

Storm flood damage in your Seal Beach home requires professional skills to avoid more damage in the long run. It is critical to enlist the help of certified experts to minimize damage and restore your property to its preloss state. SERVPRO specialists have access to the equipment and resources they need to repair a customer's property quickly and effectively.

Our restoration process includes:

  • Emergency flood water removal: Since speed is of the essence during restoration, our team of restorers uses advanced equipment. If the floodwater in your basement does not contain substances such as rocks and tree branches, our restorers can use an electric submersible pump. The equipment is fast and efficient in extracting excess water. 
  • Flood clean-up and waste removal using unique but approved products.
  • Drying process: Our SERVPRO restorers can use portable desiccant units that produce negative air pressure in the affected area.

Restoring a flood-damaged property only takes SERVPRO restorers a few days. A team of skilled professionals and state-of-the-art equipment helps us speed up the process and ensure your family is safe.

Performing storm flood damage restoration can help save as much property as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for professional restoration “Like it never even happened.”

Starting Water Restoration in Cypress Offices on Your Schedule

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

We Offer Quick Water Restoration for Your Business

Water damage incidents occur without warning and can rapidly overwhelm the rooms where they are. Your business needs to get restoration and mitigation started as soon as possible. 

Identifying the Source of the Damage

When starting water restoration in Cypress offices, SERVPRO professionals must first determine the source of the loss. A careful inspection of the property can show where the water comes from and help determine the ideal approach to clean up the damage. Some options include:

  • Broken fixtures
  • Leaking pipes
  • Damaged sprinkler system
  • Leaking HVAC
  • Flooding

How Can We Contain the Migration?

Migrating moisture is a substantial concern. As water can freely move through the property, it can damage more of your office and overwhelm new areas previously unaffected. Containment occurs in multiple ways, from starting services like extraction to creating physical barriers water has a difficult time passing.

Can the Business Continue to Operate?

Our responding SERVPRO team hopes that we can help your business to continue operation during restoration and recovery through containment and early cleaning actions. While you might not be at total capacity, limited production can keep the vital office services going. Still, the rest of the structure gets returned to pre-damaged condition.

What Services Cannot Wait?  

Emergency services cannot often wait for the complete restoration plan to be formed and approved. Particular pressing concerns present real-time issues for your business, so mitigative action is necessary. Among the chief focuses for restoration and recovery services is water removal. Extraction is vital to prevent excessive absorption and moisture migration in the structure.

You cannot wait for business-saving services in your office when water damage occurs. We understand the severity of water damage or flooding and how rapidly irreparable harm can occur. We prioritize whatever you need to get your doors back open. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call at (714) 236-9599. 

A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause Fire Damage Inside Of Your Seal Beach Home

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Coming From An Outlet Faulty wiring inside of your walls, or within the plug of your slow cooker, can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home.

A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause A Fire

Slow cookers are an attractive cooking option for people who work long hours and don't want to have to return home to cook a full supper, but the problem is that leaving them unattended could cause fire damage inside of your home. In many ways, these devices are advertised as something you can leave to cook your food for long hours while you are away. However, that doesn't necessarily make it safe to do so.

Faulty wiring inside of your walls or within the plug of your slow cooker can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home. Fortunately for your house, you used this device while staying home for the day, and you were able to extinguish the fire on your own. However, the device did manage to leave fire damage around the outlet it was plugged into and on your walls, countertop, and cupboards.

In situations like these, promptly getting a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, to your home can make the difference between successful remediation and a not-so-successful one. Soot adheres to various surfaces at extremely high temperatures and reacts with them differently. Depending on what it attaches itself to, it can cause discoloration. Should the issue not be addressed immediately, the discoloration can increasingly grow to be far worse over time. Plastics can be yellow, and glass can turn brown. To prevent discoloration, call for help swiftly.

SERVPRO can bring the necessary trade tools to deal with the fire damage inside your kitchen. To remove the soot from your cupboards and walls, SERVPRO can use lubricating cleaning methods to try and lift the soot away from the wood and drywall. On your countertops, glass, and plastics, we can try chemical cleaners to break down the soot and allow it to be wiped away.

As well as dealing with the soot, SERVPRO can clean up any burnt bits of plastics or kitchen utensils. We aim to leave your home feeling like it did in its pre-fire state. However, cleaning up the physical signs is not always enough, as fire often leaves an odor behind. We can use thermal foggers to combat the particles that cause the malodor in the first place and neutralize them, leaving your kitchen smelling "Like it never even happened."

If faulty equipment causes a fire inside of your house, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress by calling (714) 236-9599.

Mold Damage Affects Various Materials In Cypress Homes In Different Ways

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in Corner When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage.

Mold Damage Affects Various Materials

Your home in Cypress contains many different materials. These might include standard drywall, a variety of flooring types, wooden trim, natural stone or brick, rough or smooth cement, and concrete blocks, among many others. Keeping them in good condition helps extend their lifespans and reduces the need for repairs.

When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage. While small rooms or an individual item can often come clean with a bit of elbow grease, more extensive areas or multiple items should receive professional remediation. SERVPRO’s technicians can provide the services necessary to make everything “Like it never even happened” for you. We not only remove damaged areas, but we also clean mold away from other surfaces before damage can begin.

On hard surfaces, mold feeds on dust and dirt that builds up over time. On porous items, the same also occurs, but the make-up of the item in question can also feed microbes. Such microbial activity leads to the destruction of such materials, albeit at a relatively slow but steady pace in most situations. Because soil, dirt, and cellulose alone cannot provide a suitable environment for mold damage to happen, we know that moisture also plays a vital role in its occurrence. Existing moisture can also increase the destruction of different materials inside your home.

Carpeting, wood floors, drywall, and paneling are only a few of the more common porous materials in your residence. Those with fibers might seem to experience dry rot and reveal an abundance of dust when disturbed. Other materials might experience the development of holes and stains. When we must replace materials, we remove only the damaged area, keeping costs as low as possible for our customers.

Clothing, stuffed toys, books, and furniture, in addition to many other contents found inside, can also become host to microbial infestation. Mold and mildew damage to these items can leave them unusable because of the tiny holes made by the infestation, as well as staining. Laundering these items can leave your washing machine contaminated.

Damp areas of your home, especially in dark places with little airflow, can harbor mold colonies that continually spread spores to other areas of your property. Professional remediation of these and other contaminated areas by our qualified technicians protects your entire property. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599, so we can remediate mold damage before it can worsen.

Hire SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration in Your Seal Beach Home

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of matches burning House fires mean smoke and soot residues. SERVPRO is your fire damage restoration one-stop-shop.

Fire Damage Restoration in Seal Beach Entails Skill

It is an emotionally wrenching experience to see your home burn. Despite the trauma, you must act fast after extinguishing the fire to prevent further damage like rainwater getting into your house and mold growth. 

SERVPRO is ready to assist you with all aspects of fire damage restoration in your Seal Beach residence. We can restore your home safely and effectively. Save money, time, and the headache of attempting to navigate through the fire repair process alone. We offer various services, including:

  • Securing the property
  • Assessing the damage
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Cleaning 
  • Reconstruction

Securing the Property

To prevent weather damage and vandalism, or SERVPRO crew can board up your home using plywood and install roof tarps. 

Assessing the Damage 

Our technicians can inspect all the rooms to assess the fire, water, ash, and smoke damage

Water extraction and drying

It is critical to dry your home quickly to prevent additional damage like mold growth and deterioration of porous materials. We can use extraction equipment to remove the water. Our SERVPRO crew can dry affected surfaces using air movers and dehumidifiers. The air that flows from air movers reflects off surfaces and walls, circulating air and enhancing evaporation. As moisture evaporates from the home into the air, dehumidifiers eliminate it from the air. 


Performing cleaning and repair means eliminating smoke residues and smoke odors. Smoke residues can cause the discoloration of walls and appliances, among other surfaces. Continued permanent damage might also occur because of the acidic residues a fire leaves behind. Our SERVPRO team can use air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Fluids and air carry suspended particles within them upon contact. Our team can use dissolving and vacuuming to contact soils and carry them off for disposal. We can use thermal foggers to neutralize smells. 


We can take steps to repair or replace damaged structures. For instance, we can replace damaged wallboard and carpeting. 

When you need fire damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 for help. We can make the fire damage seem “Like it never even happened.” 

How Our Restoration Process Will Help You Recover from Flood Damage in Your Los Alamitos Home

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of water Our team at SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to address the needs of your office or home after the disaster.

Cleaning And Restoration Procedures to Fix Flood Damage Basement in Los Alamitos

The items in your basement are likely to deteriorate when your property experiences flood damage. We can divert the water from the basement to a safe location where possible. Before entering the area, we ensure power is switched off from the mains to avoid electrocution since water is a good conductor of electricity. We also advise Los Alamitos residents not to walk in standing water.

Our SERVPRO technicians can extract standing water from your Los Alamitos home using submersible pumps and other appropriate water extraction tools. We understand that flooding carries many contaminants, so our SERVPRO technicians wear suitable personal protective equipment such as overalls, waterproof gloves, and boots. If we suspect mold in the basement, we wear protective face masks to stay protected from the mold spores.

At this point, our SERVPRO technicians can take your items to a safe location and prepare the area for cleaning and restoration. We can also determine what is salvageable and what is not. If a carpet is in the area, we can pull it back and remove the underneath padding. Usually, we discard the carpet and padding after exposure to floodwater. It is essential to reduce the moisture in the basement by using fans and dehumidifiers. Opening the windows can also help in ventilating the site.

Now that the basement is empty, we remove all the paneling, sheetrock, and insulation that came into contact with the contaminated water. By shoveling, we can remove the mud and other debris from the room. We then choose appropriate cleaning agents to clean the site. Through deodorization, we can address the odor problem, introduce space heaters, and use other suitable drying techniques to dry your property. It is necessary to disinfect the area to limit the chances of mold growth.

Our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress has the skills and equipment to address the needs of your office or home after the disaster. If you experience fire, water, mold, or storm damage, call us at (714) 236-9599 for a stress-free restoration process.

Wet Conditions in Homes Under Construction in Seal Beach Call for Mold Removal Professionals

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

studs of home being built SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations--Even at New Seal Beach Construction Sites

SERVPRO Provides First Rate Mold Remediation for All Types of Construction

Before being listed for sale, every newly constructed home must pass several inspections. Whenever microbial activity exceeds normal levels, regulations require eliminating the problem. Wet conditions from rain, plumbing mishaps or accidents, or even vandalism can all cause problems from exposing your new home's building materials to water.

A professional company experienced in internationally accepted mold removal procedures in Seal Beach can help keep the construction of your new home on schedule. Falling behind schedule can significantly increase building costs and impose unexpected hardships. We at SERVPRO are devoted to helping those in our community. One way we do this is always to restore the homes we work on to a safe condition. One of the ways we do this is by removing mold and other microbial problems found in homes, both established and those still under construction. 

Our IICRC trained team is Faster To Any Size Disaster; we know that speed in our arrival time and the rate we work saves our customers money and inconvenience. While mold removal entails different steps, we can usually concentrate on the wooden beams in homes still under construction without the need to attend to any finished walls. However, if some do exist, we can easily handle those. Just as the mold is exceptionally persistent, we are unrelenting in achieving our goals of protecting your home. 

The mold removal methods depend on how deeply the mold's hyphae penetrate the wood. For new infestations, brushing off may suffice. Deeper penetrations require blasting with dry ice pellets or manual removal with wire brushes. Treating the wood with an antimicrobial agent provides the framework of your home with long-lasting protection. 

We always clean up afterward, so construction crews can get back to work immediately after we finish. We can provide your builder with before and after readings of microbial activity. We can also make some assessments on-site if you desire. Doing so can put your mind at ease and detect possible mold or water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to partner with all new and established homeowners in our community. Together, we can ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable place to live for years to come. Call us for our services, which are always available, at (714) 236-9599.

SERVPRO Is The Best Choice For Water Damage Restoration In Los Alamitos

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floor and things floating everywhere Washing machine hose failures tend to dump a large amount of water on your floor. Contact our SERVPRO team right away for water removal services.

Remediating The Effects Of Water Damage In Los Alamitos

The average rainfall does not concern Los Alamitos homeowners usually. The water that floods their homes more often comes from a split washing machine hose or a cracked pipe connection underneath a sink.

When that happens, water can damage Los Alamitos structural and personal property. SERVPRO restoration teams work to clean up, restore, or replace both types, returning homes to their original, pre-flooded condition.

They start by removing any water standing on floors or pooled in carpets. If the water is high enough, they use commercial grade pumps to remove it. In most homes, the water is perhaps just an inch or so above the surface, so extraction wands work effectively. Technicians can adjust the speed up to quickly draw water off kitchen linoleum to prevent waters and air bubbles from forming underneath.

They can also lower the speed to remove water from carpets without damaging the nape, pulling fibers out of the top layer. It also helps to prevent delamination if the water sat long enough to loosen the glue holding the top and bottom layers together.

As SERVPRO team members protect the floors, others begin work on the furniture. Once we enter the home, they raise any items sitting in the water on blocks in a dry part of the home. Now, one of our inspectors examines the wood to determine if the kitchen table can dry on its own, or if an easy chair needs assistance to prevent warping or cracking.

To speed up the drying process, technicians install a dehumidifier to draw water from the affected furniture which slowly removes water without causing further damage. If the items absorbed much water, team members might also use air movers to direct warm, dry air over the wood to carefully force out the moisture so the dehumidifiers can more quickly absorb it from the air.

Other team members use more air movers to remove water that may have seeped into the walls from the standing water. As the air movers start to work, technicians set up fans in windows and doorways to remove the damp, cool air inside from home. If the drywall panels absorbed too much water and have begun to crumble, they remove them for disposal.

At SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, our goal is to stop water damage and then remediate the effects in each home. If you have a flooding problem in your residence, call us at (562) 431-9400 today to schedule a visit or inspection.

What Few People Know About the Extent to Which a Seal Beach Fire can Affect Your Home

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

a kitchen counter on fire Kitchen fires can quickly overtake your home. Make sure your family is safe and contact SERVPRO 24/7 for effective fire damage remediation services.

How Fire Damages Disturb Your Seal Beach Residence

Among the most devastating of situations that your Seal Beach home can experience is a disaster when you are away. While the effects continue to worsen, you are unaware that a problem even exists. Often in cases like fires, first responders and firefighters become aware of a blaze long before the occupants of the house. Returning to the damages that a widespread fire can cause can seem impossible to overcome.

However, overcoming fire damages that occur in your Seal Beach home is what our technicians get trained to do. From the moment that we arrive at your house, we assess the full extent of the damage and develop a plan to treat each of the effects that we encounter. With our commitment to responding as quickly as possible, our SERVPRO emergency response team can ensure the damages to your home do not need to continue to worsen.

While you can speculate about the type of damage that fire in your home could do, it might be better to know about how penetrative and destructive a disaster like this is. From the initial combustion, wherever the fire originated, the flames spread out quickly over construction materials, fabrics, flooring, ceilings, insulation, and carpeting. These reactions cause smoke and soot, two of the effects that are often challenging for even highly trained IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals to overcome.

Beyond the structural damages that are clear to see, a homeowner also has to worry about the atmosphere in their residence once flames have gotten extinguished. Fires do not discern what they burn, and therefore, chemicals and toxins could be throughout the air in your house that could pose a hazard to those without the appropriate personal protective equipment.

There are many effects that you have to concern yourself with when you are attempting to recover from the damage fire can do to your house. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of experts has the equipment and the expertise to help you through every step of the restoration process. Give us a call when disaster strikes at (562) 431-9400.

Seal Beach Office Elements That Need Water Damage Restoration

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO truck and van parked by an office When your commercial space has water damage, SERVPRO is the company to call. Our fast response and effective services are key to good remediation.

Full-Service Water Damage Restoration for Offices

From broken sprinkler heads to a leak in the plumbing above the main office floor, water damage can affect a commercial structure rapidly. The spread of flowing water impacts several structural elements of the property and the contents. Responding SERVPRO technicians must focus on specific objectives to efficiently restore an office after water damages.

The Damage Wall Systems

Wall systems can often take the biggest hit before water damage restoration in Seal Beach offices begins. Even with the metal track framing that does not rust or absorb moisture trapped in wall cavities, surface elements like drywall can get ruined. There are many reasons that we can remove wet drywall, including:

  • Dry the structural cavity
  • Reach damaged plumbing
  • Prevent mold growth
  • Eliminate ruined building materials

Sagging or Ruined Ceilings

The plumbing network is typically contained in wall cavities like the space between the ceiling and the next floor above. High porosity building materials like ceiling tiles become heavily burdened from absorption with leaks. Many of these tiles will collapse from the thin framing structure under the weight. We must clean up these materials and remove any other damaged tiles.

Saturated Carpets

Short pile carpeting is common in office buildings. Without the padding, the fibrous surface material fully absorbs water to its capacities. Extraction removes surface water, and tools like our carpet wands can help pull out the trapped moisture in the carpet.

Water-Damaged Contents

Whether it is the electronics, desks, or personal touches to office space, water can be destructive to individual areas of the structure. We evaluate all impacted items for their need for surface cleaning, mold prevention, and drying.

Water emergencies can damage several areas and items within an office building. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can help with our rapid response when you call (562) 431-9400.

Using Solvents for Commercial Fire Restoration in Seal Beach

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

several matches ignited Don't let smoke and soot damage close your business. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Can Help Your Business

Businesses can fall victim to property damages in the same way as residential homeowners. A fire outbreak can cause problems at your workplace that include but are not limited to malodors, smoke residues, and physical charring. Most premises managers resort to professional restoration services to help their business return to normal in these situations.

Our commercial fire restoration services in Seal Beach have experience helping local businesses overcome property damages. We operate a fast call-out policy that is guaranteed to arrive in as little as four hours. We are also well-versed in dealing with various commercial insurance adjusters and can help you with your claim. Our number one goal at SERVPRO is to use our equipment and resources to help return your business premises to their preloss condition. We achieve this through meticulous inspection, cleaning, and, if necessary, restoration of the structure and contents at your premises. In commercial projects, we usually employ a larger workforce to aid with:

One problem facing businesses after a property fire is wet smoke. Wet smoke can be challenging to remove from walls and has an oily, odorous texture. This type of smoke is oil-based and does not respond to water-based cleaning agents. Applying a standard detergent to wet smoke residues can further spread the damages than clear them away. To combat a greasy or oily residue, it is necessary to apply an oil-based solvent. Our technicians frequently use these solvents applied directly to the wall surface and allowed to dwell for the recommended time. The cleaning product actively dissolves soot particles during dwell time and suspends them in the solvent. Our technicians can then wash away both the solvent and the suspended soot using a rinsing agent.

  • Solvents have unique dwell times, which require the careful following of instructions to administer.
  • Some materials such as metal can have an adverse reaction to solvents and require traditional abrasive cleaning products to avoid corrosion.
  • Rinsed solvents cannot be disposed of in conventional sewer networks and must be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

If your business suffers from wet smoke residues, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for fire restoration at (562) 431-9400.

Tree Maintenance Can Prevent Flooding In Your Cypress Home

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged tree, fallen on house Storm damage happens quickly. SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop to restore your home.

SERVPRO Is the Answer to Water Removal After Storm-Damaging Events 

Trees add a certain look and feel to your Cypress property, but they can threaten your home if they do not get well maintained throughout their lifespan. While often a tree only requires simple pruning or occasional limb removals, understanding what you should look for to encourage this maintenance can save you significant damage to your home. 

A single limb falling from a full-grown tree has enough pressure and weight to collapse a roof or even tear a hole in the side of your home. During the storm that likely caused the tree damages, the unabated runoff or torrential rains flow into your Cypress home and allow for flooding damages to occur. In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to help you temporarily seal off the damaged area and mitigate your damages by extracting the present water.

You can take precautions to reduce this unnecessary risk of flood damages our SERVPRO technicians must restore, namely, to keep an eye on the trees that stand a chance of falling into or affecting your home in some way. In these regular inspections, you want to look for visible damage to limbs or the tree's trunk. This occurrence could be natural damage or caused by something environmental like animals and insects.

 You should take a moment to inspect the limbs and the tree trunk for discolorations. Often a dying or dead tree looks much paler than the trees of the same type. It is unlikely that multiple trees die out at once, so you can use them comparatively to see which ones require attention. 

Trees are often a welcome addition to the yard and property you maintain but can cause a serious problem if they are not well kept. If you have already experienced storm damage to your home, resulting in flooding, give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of technicians a call at (714) 236-9599.

A Fast Water Removal Service in Seal Beach

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equpment being used in water damaged hallway No two water damaged events are the same. But SERVPRO is trained to handle them all.

Water Damage in Seal Beach, Call SERVPRO: We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

It could be caused by your upstairs neighbor, an aging pipe system, or something as simple as rainfall. Potential water emergencies are hard to spot and even harder to stop. Using a localized emergency service with a 24-hour call line could be the difference between saving your possessions and throwing them out. 

Water damage needs to be treated straight away. SERVPRO has a franchise nearby to provide emergency water removal to Seal Beach properties quickly and efficiently. Extraction, treatment, and cleanup of a property after water damage is a professional job that requires both expertise and equipment. 

In the first instance, we send a trained technician from SERVPRO to your property for a visual inspection. We are looking for the amount of water and possible contamination of that water. No two water damage cases are the same, so we can ensure the best course of action on a case-by-case basis by tailoring our approach. 

After the assessment, we can provide you with a quote and begin work upon securing an agreement in writing. The equipment we can use depends on the size and level of damage determined by the initial inspection. In many cases, looking beyond the affected areas and into wall spaces or sub-floors is part of the process.

Truck-mounted, submersible gas pumps are sometimes needed to rapidly remove large amounts of water. In other cases, industrial strength wet/ dry vacuums can offer a more precise approach. 

As part of the SERVPRO service, our team can remove any possessions from the affected area before work begins. As necessary, we can remove any moisture that could cause long-term mold or mildew damage with our dehumidification devices. During the water removal process, we may cordon off areas of your home for your safety and allow us to work as quickly as possible. We promise to put it back as we found it, "Like it never even happened." 

So if your property falls victim to water damage, SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress is here to help. Call us 24/7 at (714) 236-9599.

Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Smoke Detectors Help Mitigate Fire Damage to Ceilings and Homes--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property After a Severe Fire

Some homes in Cypress contain sections with tiled ceilings. Many types of ceiling tiles help reduce noise inside the area and provide a low-maintenance but beautiful look to a home. The frames the tiles rest on generally come in two types of materials - lightweight aluminum or vinyl.

Fire damage in Cypress can come from the generated heat, which can melt or warp structures such as suspended ceiling frames in your home. SERVPRO can help restore your home in many ways, including structural aspects. We know that it is essential to your family that we work quickly but thoroughly as we make it "Like it never even happened" inside your home.

Along with the framework, the ceiling space often contains other components, many of which are vital to your home's comfort level. The ducts for your HVAC system often run through the ceiling. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FST) must clean these and the vents from smoke and soot deposits. Until then, smoke residue and soot can travel within your home and continue damaging your belongings.

Plumbing often runs through the area between one story and another. Some attics now hold the water heater to save space on lower floors. We can remove damaged sections in a partial demolition so the plumbing in your residence can be repaired by the proper contractor. Ceiling frames and tiles provide easier service access to these and other parts of your home than different ceiling types.

SERVPRO technicians also clean the contents of homes suffering from fire damage. We perform this at your home or our secure site. We can discuss the options with you so you fully understand the details of how we operate. Our purpose is to serve you, our customer, so that your family can more easily recover and move forward after tragic events such as a significant house fire.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can answer the questions you may have after a catastrophic event. Fire damage can seem impossible, but we can help you overcome all the obstacles facing your family. Call our local number for 24-hour service. We can be reached at (714) 236-9599, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How To Deal With Flood Damage Effects On Your Cypress Home

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Living Room If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long time of exposure, then more damage is likely to occur to your property.

How To Deal With Flood Damage

During a flood damage event, the exposure time, together with the permeance of materials, usually determines the extent of the damage which results. Permeance is the ability of a material to resist moisture penetration. If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long exposure time, then more damage is likely to occur to your Cypress property. If you act fast and get the water removed, there are high chances of having less damage and salvaging several items.

Let us start by looking at the effects of flood damage in Cypress, particularly on wood flooring, and the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians employ during the restoration process. Typically, wooden floors expand when they absorb moisture, and with time warping and buckling may take place at the point where the boards meet. The buckling rate is usually determined by the type of wood and the amount of moisture present.

Crowning and cupping also occur when the wood absorbs water. If the moisture permeates the wood from the lower sides, its edges are likely to rise, which is what we call cupping. Our SERVPRO technicians can sand out cupped areas where necessary. In cases where the top regions in the wood hold more water than its bottom and sides, the wood usually curves in what is known as crowning. When crowning occurs, sanding out sections is not an option.

Wooden floors usually have several infiltration points through coating breaks, between seams, and under baseboards, which may not necessarily be on their top layer. If the water seeps in and combines with dirt, it can lead to mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters to identify any hidden moisture. Also, to enhance the drying process, we might remove the laminated floor since they may act as moisture barriers.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is a trusted industry leader in water, mold, fire, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (714) 236-9599 and receive trusted services from our highly trained restoration team.

Restoring the Effects of Water Damage in Los Alamitos

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor; planks removed SERVPRO knows how to restore water damaged wood. Call us today!

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by, Ready to Help With the Remediation Process in Your Home

Summer is here, and Los Alamitos residents can stop worrying about the rains flooding the area for a few months. We often forget that most residential flooding is the result of broken pipes and failed appliances like dishwashers and water heaters. 

Most Los Alamitos water damage of this kind is not too expensive when it comes to the home itself. The majority of the costs are cleaning and restoring personal property like furniture and carpets. SERVPRO technicians take immediate actions to reduce these costs and the time involved by elevating furniture on blocks or pallets and tent cushions. 

Elevating the furniture prevents water from breaking down the finish and swelling the wood. Keeping the finish intact and on the item prevents the water from transferring it onto and staining the carpets. The intact finish also helps protect the wood from swelling, which can crack or split it. Our technicians use three machines to reduce the time to dry an item: air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans. 

Team members set up air movers to gently blow warm, dry air over surfaces to force out moisture trapped just below the surface. As they work, other team members set up fans to pull the cooler, damp air out of the affected area and help increase air circulation. More SERVPRO specialists set up dehumidifiers to augment both devices to draw moisture from the surrounding air, lowering the interior humidity

Tenting the cushions means our technicians stand them on end and lean them one against the other after placing a sheet of waxed paper between them. This method allows water to drain out of them slowly and reduces the chance of color bleeding from the material onto other pieces or the carpet. 

If there are zippers or metal buttons, those can rust quickly, so our technicians immediately dry them by hand. Then, they place a cloth around the buttons to prevent the transfer of moisture from the fabric and put sections of waxed paper between the zippers and the cushion inside for the same effort. 

Preserving personal property after water intrusion requires a professional service with the right equipment. If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 today. We are here for you. 

Experts Provide Fire Restoration Services in Seal Beach

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Seal Beach SERVPRO Is Always a Phone Call Away for Fire Damage Restoration

When a fire breaks out at your house, you need to work with someone who cares about you and your home. Effective remediation services are not just about using advanced technology and getting the job done. You deserve people who care about you, your family, and your happiness during your time of need. 

Fortunately, here at SERVPRO, our fire restoration experts in Seal Beach care about giving you the best service we practically can. Our goal is always to feel like a neighbor you can rely on. When it comes to us, you can expect: 

  • Compassionate services, understanding of your unique situation. 
  • Industry-grade equipment and highly trained technicians.
  • Our help no matter what time you need it: 3 PM or 3 AM

For example, your kitchen had a small stove fire while cooking supper. A grease fire began, and like many people are told to, you tried to put it out using water. However, grease fires become worse with water involved. The fire burned for several more minutes before you used an extinguisher, and damages were left behind. At SERVPRO, our technicians can use advanced technology to: 

  • Remove caked-on soot from your stove, countertops, cupboards, and exhaust range.
  • Use thermal foggers and carbon-filtered air scrubbers to remove scent-causing particles from the air. 
  • Clean up the remnants of the fire extinguishment. 
  • Use priming paints to lock odors and seal them away.

Our SERVPRO team wants to make sure that you don't have to think about the fire that happened in your home again. "Like it never even happened."

If you need fire restoration help, call us now! Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress by calling (562) 431-9400. We're ready to help you

Why Cleaning Structural Components After Water Damage in Los Alamitos Is Key

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

ceiling water damage; part of ceiling removed Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7/365 to take care of your water damage emergency needs.

Let SERVPRO Tackle Water Damage in Your Los Alamitos Home

There is a need for remediation services after experiencing water damage. The primary goal is to choose appropriate procedures to allow the materials to dry. If there is any form of contamination, there is a need to deodorize and perform other remedial processes to put the situation under control. In this article, we will bring to your attention some of the procedures we perform to remediate your Los Alamitos home. 

When our SERVPRO technicians are working to address water damage in Los Alamitos, we access hidden areas like crawl spaces, ceiling, and wall cavities to determine the degree of the destruction. We dispose of ceiling tiles within 24 -48 hours from when water intrusion took place. We only retain them if the source of moisture is clean and it just got into contact with a small steam or water leak. 

Our SERVPRO technicians also remove insulation and drywall within 24 hours. To investigate the extent of the damage, we use a moisture meter. In most cases, mineral wool, cellulose, and wet fiberglass lose part of their insulation capabilities and appear to compress. Where necessary, we can decontaminate foam insulation through cleaning and drying, and after that, we apply a bleach detergent. 

We dry lathe and plaster before minerals, typically present in the wall leaches, form white patches. If it were a black or gray water source, we would evaluate the degree of contamination and physical damage. In cases of penetration, removal is necessary. Otherwise, we use a biocide or a disinfectant to clean the area. The same applies when we are dealing with concrete floors and wall paneling. 

There is a need to remove debris and excess water from the structure, and to do this, we perform wet vacuuming. If we need to clean and dry content, a HEPA-filtered vacuum is an option. The good thing about this process is that there are no chances of fungal spores getting dispersed during collection since the filtration system is so efficient. We then put the particles in sealable plastic bags and dispose of them.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

At SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. That is why we have established ourselves as leaders in the restoration industry. Call us at (714) 236-9599 at any time of the day and leave everything to us. 

A Guide to Performing Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Seal Beach

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen Floor Drying Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress when your pipes burst.

Commercial Water Damage Repair in Seal Beach Demands Help from Experts Like SERVPRO 

Water intrusion in a restaurant can result from plumbing leaks, appliance malfunctions, and broken pipes, causing unexpected destruction. Getting it repaired to its pre-damaged condition is a priority. SERVPRO is ready to assist you in restoring your business premises so that you can get back to business within a short time.

Once our team arrives at your property, we can assess the damage and develop a plan of action to prevent further damage. We can use proper techniques and equipment to perform commercial water damage restoration in your Seal Beach restaurant. With SERVPRO’s restoration services, you can:

  • Prevent microbial growth.
  • Reduce operational downtime.
  • Avoid permanent destruction to the building’s structure.

Timing is vital in reducing further damage. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) work quickly and professionally to contain the water first. Our commercial water restoration services include:

  • Emergency water removal
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Odor removal
  • Reconstruction

Water Removal

Our SERVPRO technicians use extraction equipment to remove water from a structure. Many extractors have a heater, a vacuum system, and a pump. Only the vacuum component is required in water damage mitigation because we only use the extractor to remove water.

Drying and Dehumidification

We can use air movers and low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry your commercial property. High-capacity air movers create a vortex similar to a tornado’s motion, and they help speed up the drying process. Low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers draw in damp, cool air and blow out dry warm air.

Odor Removal

We can remove odors through wet fogging. This involves using ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to dispense solvent-based and water-based deodorizers. ULV foggers generate tiny deodorants or particles that can penetrate most areas where odor particles hide.


Our SERVPRO team can repair the structures of your restaurant like hardwood floors and drywall to get them to their preloss state.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to handle water damage in your restaurant at (714) 236-9599. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Who Can Homeowners Trust for Fire Restoration in Cypress?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling After Fire Call (714) 236-9599 to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help with fire restoration on your property.

Fire Restoration in Cypress Should be Completed by a Reputable Restorer Like SERVPRO

The destruction that fires cause is more than meets the eye. Apart from the visible damage that the flames cause, your property can be doused with water and covered in soot and ash. It is vital to hire SERVPRO restorers to immediately begin the fire cleanup process to prevent discoloration from soot residues and permanent damage.

The longer you delay corrosion control, neutralization, and cleaning process, damage and restoration expenses increase. Efficient fire restoration in your Cypress residence can reduce the cost of your fire damage claim. Our SERVPRO technicians know the importance of attention to detail and professional services. We work quickly to:

  • Take inventory and determine what is salvageable or unsalvageable.
  • Remove water and dry the building.
  • Eliminate smoke damage.
  • Rebuild the areas with unrecoverable damage.

The smoke resulting from a fire can penetrate the cavities of a building, causing odors and hidden damage. It can also flow through the plumbing system and travel throughout the property. Our SERVPRO team can assess your home and determine how much smoke damage is present. We can provide a plan to remove smoke residues and deodorize smoke odors. It is necessary to capture smoke residues before eliminating them. We use fluids and air to release soils and carry them away.

Air and fluids carry suspended particles with them upon contact. The two strategies we use for contacting soils and carrying them away for disposal are vacuuming and dissolving. Smoke residues contain solid particles that mainly consist of carbon. We can use vacuum cleaners to remove the dry particles loosely attached to surfaces. We dissolve soils and residues that are not loose particles before removing them.

Our SERVPRO team can use hydroxyl machines to remove odors. Hydroxyls abstract hydrogen atoms, thereby dismantling the molecular structure of volatile organic compounds and odors.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress if your home has Fire Damage at (714) 236-9599 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Homeowners Deal With Storm Flood Damage in Seal Beach?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Man on Couch in Flood We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call SERVPRO at (714) 236-9599 for fast and efficient service.

To Handle Storm Flood Damage in Seal Beach, Call SERVPRO

A hailstorm, thunderstorm, or hailstorm can cause devastation for several miles. Some storms can cause significant property damage, including wind damage and flooding. After your home sustains damage, call SERVPRO immediately to limit secondary damage.

Every storm flood damage project in Seal Beach homes presents unique challenges to overcome. The damage varies in severity, and it can affect different parts of your home, such as the roofing, ceiling, flooring, frames, and walls. SERVPRO’s expert restorers can fix any storm damage. The repair process may include the following steps:

  • Debris removal.
  • Pumping out stagnant water.
  • Cleaning and deodorizing surfaces.
  • Drying affected areas.
  • Replacing rotted or warped wood.

We can work tirelessly to restore your home to its original state. Our SERVPRO team is experienced and certified in providing comprehensive restoration support. Getting floodwater out is one of the initial steps in the storm damage repair process. We use efficient self-priming trash pumps to remove the water. These pumps are most applicable when transferring water horizontally or when little lift is required. For instance, after a hurricane, self-priming trash pumps are suitable for removing water from single-story structures.

Our SERVPRO team also uses air movers to increase evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time. Dry air is a vital tool for drying damp materials. The drier an air pace is, the less moisture there is in the air. The lower the humidity, the faster moisture is likely to evaporate from materials and surfaces into the surrounding air. Ventilation or dehumidification helps us to achieve a low humidity.

You do not have to face the hazards of handling storm flood damage on your own. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress guarantees fast services that can meet your needs. Call us at (714) 236-9599 for help.

If the Mold Is Removed, Will It Return to Properties in Seal Beach?

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO advises contracting professional mold remediation

Mold Removal in Seal Beach

When consumers find a mold infestation in Seal Beach, many ignore it or wash the surface they find it on with soap and water or vinegar. They are not too worried about the mold or the damage that it might cause to the structure or even their health.

SERVPRO has provided mold and water removal services to homes and companies in Seal Beach and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Our experience has been that where there is mold, there is usually a moisture problem. The combination of mold and water can, over time, destroy structures, drywall, and cupboards made from pressed wood, and yes, it will return if there is a source of moisture.

Mold spores are always present in the air outside as well as inside our homes and businesses. Maintaining a clean and dry space prevents mold from growing. Once you smell that stale, musty odor, there is a mold/moisture issue.

SERVPRO has found the proper way to manage a mold situation is:

  • Remove the source of the moisture – small leaks or condensation are common
  • Remove damaged materials and structures supporting mold colonies
  • Apply anti-fungal and antimicrobial chemicals before restoring the area.

Can’t We Ignore the Mold?

Many clients do ignore small patches of mold or perhaps attempt to wash the affected surface. Unfortunately, as long as there is a moisture source, the fungi can continue to remain and grow. Clients who ignore the situation may have to deal with the following:

  • Mold can cause health effects.
  • Ongoing moisture or water leaks can compromise the structural integrity of building structures
  • There may be an unpleasant stale, musty odor

Our SERVPRO IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can help track the origin of moisture, supporting mold growth in your home or business. We provide mold remediation and restoration services to prevent the return of mold infestations.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (714) 236-9599 for help with flood damage to your residential home.

How Do I Rid My Home of the Smell of Smoke after a Seal Beach Fire?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Talks About Removing House Fire Odors in Seal Beach

Fires release stubborn malodors into Seal Beach homes in the form of smoke. These odor particles are invisible to the naked eye and tough to remove. SERVPRO operates with special odor control technicians to help homeowners overcome air-quality Issues after a fire.

Why Are Smoke Odors Hard to Remove?

When materials in Seal Beach burn, they release gases into the surrounding environment. Odor particles are volatile molecules that can attach to the air. While smoke odors do disperse naturally into the air, they become unnoticeable in an enclosed environment, and they can linger for much longer. Microscopic particles can enter wood grains, surfaces without appropriate finish, fabrics, furniture, and carpets. Once bonded to material, they can continue to cause unpleasant odors into a home, which may persist after regular cleaning methods.

Is it Safe to Stay in My Home After a Recent Fire?

Fires can release harmful emissions and noxious gases into the environment. These can be very risky after inhalation or ingestion. However, most harmful gasses like carbon monoxide dissipate quickly, meaning that home is usually safe to return to a few hours after extinguishing the flames. You should wait to receive an all-clear from a fire marshal before re-entering the property and bring in professional restorers quickly who can inspect for further structural damage or other high-risk areas in the home. Most house fire restoration focuses on removing smoke, soot, and odors rather than structural problems, although a severe house fire may require remodeling or reconstruction.

What Steps Can I Take to Reduce Further Losses in a Fire-damaged Structure?

  • If the fire in Seal Beach is confined to a single area, make efforts to contain that area from the rest of the home by closing doors or putting up old fabrics to block the movement of odor particles.
  • Place old sheets or fabrics over surfaces and furniture. Covering surfaces can reduce further loss by stopping falling soots from bonding with the surfaces below.
  • Opening windows and ventilating the space can encourage the dispersal of unpleasant odors.
  • Try to reduce foot traffic over the affected area. Soot spreads around the home on shoes or clothing.
  • Light vacuum walls, ceilings, surfaces, and floors to remove dry soot deposits from the surface.

What Are Dry Soots, and How Can I Remove them from my Property?

Natural materials like wood generally produce dry soots. Dry soots tend to be easier to remove from surfaces because they are less likely to bond with them. Wet cleaning methods can push dry soot deeper into a surface or spread them around. Avoid introducing moisture until a SERVPRO technician arrives. Instead, you can brush or vacuum surfaces with smoke damage to remove dry soots. Switch your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) off until a technician arrives. Dry soots can quickly enter venting ducts or supply-side ducts and spread through the home on air currents. HVAC systems can also spread odors to other rooms in the house.

Can I Remove Wet or Greasy Soot Deposits Myself?

Wet smokes are odorous and are likely to bond with surfaces. The burning of synthetic materials like plastics creates soot deposits. Finishes on appliances and wood finishes can release wet smoke into the home when they burn. Unlike dry soots, wet soot requires expertise to remove them efficiently. SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) may need to use oil-based solvents to dissolve and eradicate wet smoke. We always pre-test surfaces to ascertain how well the surface responds to a cleaning method. Pre-testing can limit further damages.

What Kind of Items Should I Pre-test Before Performing Fire Restoration?

  • Soft furnishings can shrink, bleed, or suffer watermarks when applying cleaning solutions.
  • Sensitive materials like leathers, velvets, or other fabrics
  • Ceiling and upper wall smoke deposits should be pre-tested to define whether smokes are wet or dry
  • Carpets can also lose color, or fibers can become damaged when introducing cleaning agents without pre-testing

All smoke deposits should be tested for pH balance to ascertain whether to introduce alkaline or acidic cleaning products

How Can I Restore My Indoor Air Quality After Fire Damage?

Indoor air quality can include odors or other gases that may remain in a property after a fire. Microscopic soots or dust can be harmful to ingest or inhale and should be removed entirely from your home to return it to its original state. Our technicians can deploy air filtration devices (AFD) to filter the air within your property. AFDs use layers of filters to pass indoor air and remove particles. A fan element pushes clean air back into the room. These can be useful tools for controlling and dealing with odor as well as microscopic soots.

When a fire strikes your property, it can be tough to return to its original condition without professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599.

Protect Your Bottom Line in Seal Beach with Expert Water Restoration Services

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

storage units drying equipment From Seal Beach offices to commercial storage facilities SERVPRO provides professional water damage cleanup and restoration

Water Damage Can Threaten Your Seal Beach Business When Left Unattended

A water incident can wreak havoc in your Seal Beach business. Your inventory, furniture, fixtures, and equipment within your place may be in peril. Water restoration services from a reputable company can help you minimize your loss by addressing the specific needs of each area of your enterprise, from electronics to shelving to flooring. All you need to do is reach out and let the experts intervene.

In Seal Beach, water restoration services are accessible by calling SERVPRO’s 24-hour hotline and allowing our team of experts to design a work plan specifically for you. Water damage mitigation involves much more than drying the floors. When our team of experts arrives with heavy-duty equipment recommended by authorities in the water damage and remediation field, you can quickly see why we are leaders in our field. Our goal is to work efficiently, so your daily operations remain uninterrupted as much as possible.

SERVPRO technicians have several water extraction options to assist in the remediation process.Removing excess moisture from cabinets, closets, and hard-to-reach crevices is as important as the overall extraction of standing water. To restore humidity levels, we can employ some of the following-

  • Submersible and truck-mounted pumps, ideal for larger volumes of water
  • Air movers to control water vapor, along with desiccant machines that help absorb excess airborne moisture
  • Handheld devices such as wand extractors for smaller spaces

We support water extraction efforts with advanced measuring technology that detects remaining water deposits and confirms that humidity levels are back to normal.

When protecting your business is the priority, SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress is at your service. Call us at (562) 431-9400 and let our team of experts work for you. Pretty soon, your business will feel “Like it never even happened.”

How Crucial Is Water Cleanup in Seal Beach Properties?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech removing water from hardwood floor; SERVPRO restoration equipment seen on tile Water damage happens. SERVPRO's water cleanup services can quickly remove any water.

SERVPRO Uses Cleanup as a Tool for Restorative and Protective Purposes

Water leaks may not seem that serious, especially when they involve clean water. You might only factor in the extraction processes and drying of wet areas. However, thoroughly cleaning up your Seal Beach property is essential and can help address many unexpected issues, including deterioration of materials.

The need for water cleanup in your Seal Beach home likely arises because of the spilled water's interaction with the local materials. A professional restorer like SERVPRO readily understands how different content and structural materials react after water exposure. Therefore, we can advise you on the expected cleaning tasks.

Some of the materials that can develop issues include:

  • Resilient tiles that develop white or chalky residue
  • Ceramic tiles which change along grout lines
  • Concrete which flakes or blisters
  • Fabrics that bleed or develop patches

The different effects on materials can be attributed to various things, including trace minerals left on the surfaces after a material absorbs water. This problem is common in porous materials like concrete. The reactions from a material interacting with water can also cause problems. Stains and patches on fabrics are typical examples of such issues. 

Although water cleanup may sound like something done after the problem has already developed, SERVPRO professionals can also do it preemptively. For instance, when dealing with concrete surfaces, we fast-track water extraction to limit the amount absorbed by the material. After extraction, we rinse the surface and perform controlled drying, such as directing airflow with air movers over the area. That limits any chances of mineral deposits, flaking or blistering.

For other materials such as fabrics, powerful cleaning techniques are necessary to remove any soils or residues that might adhere to the fibers leaving patches or stains. The cleaning approach must also be gentle to prevent physical damage to the material. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress understands the varied nature of water cleanup and tailors it to match the conditions in your property. You can reach us at (714) 236-9599 when you need assistance. 

What Does It Take to Restore Cypress Property After Flood Damage?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof SERVPRO has the training and equipment to restore your flood damaged property.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Evaluate and Resolve Most Problems Associated with Flooding

An informal assessment of a property affected by flood damage is not likely to paint a clear picture of the restoration actions needed. You might easily overestimate or underestimate the work or costs of restoring your home. Unlike you, a professional has significant experience dealing with such incidents, making it easier to gauge the damage levels.

Apart from experience gained handling other incidents of flood damage in the Cypress area, professionals like SERVPRO also have many tools that simplify evaluation. After a few minutes of the assessment, our technicians can tell the level of moisture migration, the type of hazards in the property, and the level of structural deterioration.

Several tools help reveal such crucial flood damage information, including:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Luminometers
  • Borescopes
  • Voltage detectors

A tool like a thermal camera makes it easy to tell whether pooling water only requires extraction or other procedures such as demolition may be necessary to reach deteriorated materials. Such information instantly reveals the kind of timeline we should assign a task. 

Other tools reveal the risks that restoration might involve. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians use luminometers to evaluate the level of contaminants in water or a non-contact voltage detector to check whether there is an electric current flowing through a circuit material. Such issues pose hazards to restoration workers and might delay or halt restoration. 

Problem identification is the first step towards restoration. However, it takes the right resources to restore the property to its preloss condition. Resources include technical skills, equipment, and supportive infrastructure. SERVPRO provides fully staffed teams with different technical experts, including Water Restoration technicians, Applied Structural Drying Technicians, and Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation professionals. We also have a litany of equipment for extraction, cleaning, and rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is always prepared to address any flood damage incident, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (714) 236-9599.

How Does Cleaning Help Professionals Resolve Mold Damage in Seal Beach Homes?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth above baseboard along wall Proper planning is essential to guarantee the right outcome when remediating mold.

SERVPRO Cleans Properties to Remove Residues and Manage Air Quality Among Other Things

After noticing mold contamination in your Seal Beach property, you need to take different steps, including cleaning to restore to the preloss conditions. It is easy to misunderstand the role cleaning plays in the process, leading to unsatisfactory results. 

Knowing the cleaning needed helps you address mold damage in your Seal Beach home property so that we can utilize the right resources. It also allows for better scheduling of the other remediation processes. When Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) from SERVPRO inspect your property, we establish contamination levels and, thus, what else needs to be done apart from cleaning contaminated areas. 

Cleaning Moldy Surfaces Takes Care of:

  • Mold colony masses
  • Settled spores
  • Dust and other light residues

Proper planning is essential to guarantee the right outcome because of the wide variety of residues to remove from the contaminated areas. If the contamination is light, removing settled spores and light mold colonies is the main task. Cleaning procedures like HEPA vacuuming surfaces are sufficient. In severe contamination, there is a need to remove any heavily infested porous materials. 

The approach used when cleaning matters. Unlike regular soils, mold requires unique methods for maximum effectiveness in removing it from the property in all its forms.

Helpful Cleaning Techniques Include:

  • Cleaning in the direction of airflow
  • Cleaning surfaces starting from the top towards the bottom
  • Scheduling different cleaning rounds with a pause between each session to allow particles to settle

Taking such deliberate steps helps remove all mold residues from the structure. SERVPRO helps improve the outcome by providing the necessary resources to address any challenges. For instance, negative air machines help establish one direction of airflow. On the other hand, air filtration devices remove particulate matter from the air, reducing the number of cleaning rounds needed. We also have dehumidifiers with limited airflow that help dry contaminated areas without blowing residues all over the property.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress cleans properties after mold damage making it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (714) 236-9599.

Should Seal Beach Businesses Rely on Commercial Water Cleanup Companies?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

outside corner view of multistory office building Don't go it alone! Call SERVPRO for your commercial water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Has Access to a Diverse Array of Water Damage Equipment for Seal Beach Business Properties

After a pipe break, toilet backup, or other water damage event in a Seal Beach commercial property, business owners should not rely on the regular maintenance staff for the cleanup. While the janitorial crew may do a fantastic job keeping the company clean and dust-free, water cleanup may be beyond their scope of abilities.

SERVPRO brings an array of equipment to ensure the best outcome possible for commercial water cleanup in Seal Beach business properties. Another consideration is how long the water had degraded before the mitigation began and if the water contains sewage or other harmful elements.

Some business owners try to save money by having their regular cleaning crew mop up the water, use wet-dry vacs to remove moisture, and set up fans to dry wet carpets and walls. However, this can be a huge error as water can migrate behind baseboards, wick into walls, and there may be areas that require controlled demo to halt any further damage from occurring. Wet-dry vacs cannot match the pulling power in the professional pumps and other equipment that SERVPRO has access to. The portable pumps are some of the most relied-upon water removal tools as they allow the techs to move quickly around the work-site.  

Industrial box fans only dry the surfaces, leaving moisture below. The high-velocity air movers the techs use to dry wet areas cause embedded water vapor to rise to the surface where dehumidification units capture it and port it offsite. Other types of drying equipment include:

  • InjectiDry system
  • Drying mats
  • Self-created tubing to force air onto a targeted area

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 supports local Seal Beach business owners with all types of commercial water cleanup services available 24/7.

What are Signs of Flood Damage to a Seal Beach Hardwood Floor?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood Hardwood boards tolerate limited exposure to water, but permanent damage occurs if the extraction of moisture and drying does not begin quickly.

SERVPRO Techs Have Specialized Equipment for Handling Flooring Damaged by Floodwater

Seal Beach property owners that know the early warning signs of water damage to hardwood flooring can stay ahead of the situation by bringing in a professional cleanup service. This can occur from heavy rains leaking through a roof or coming in around windows that need repair.

When floodwater enters a Seal Beach property, flood damage can result. Flooring can be the most affected, and the signs to look for include:

  • Discoloration and obvious water stains
  • Cupping or buckling of the boards
  • Raised nails in the boards due to warping from moisture

Hardwood flooring SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in handling flood damage to the flooring in Mt Airy properties. The techs look for visible signs of water migration and map out the worksite using their moisture detection equipment such as infrared cameras and probes. These two devices assist in confirming what the visual signs show the techs.

Among types of flooring, most homeowners consider the installation of hardwood flooring an investment in the look of their property. Solid hardwood boards can tolerate limited exposure to water, but permanent damage can occur if the extraction of moisture and drying process does not begin quickly.

A key element in the restoration of floorboards is knowledge of the proper moisture content. SERVPRO technicians learn during extensive training that the floorboards do not need to get taken down to zero percent moisture content. Once the water is removed, and the board is dried, the technicians typically look to achieve six to twelve percent moisture content. To force embedded moisture to rise, the technicians usually rely on specialized equipment such as drying mats.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 cleans up and restores Seal Beach properties with flood damage. The trained and certified technicians are available 24/7.

Why Hire a Professional Cypress Fire Restoration Company?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall and ceiling SERVPRO has a large selection of professional equipment and the experience to handle Cypress fire restoration of any size or type

SERVPRO has Trained and Certified Technicians to Handle All Phases of Cypress Fire Damage

It can be tempting to self-clean after fire damage occurs in a Cypress property, particularly if the fire and smoke residues are limited in scale. However, this decision can wind up costing more money in terms of secondary damages or the unintentional spread of soot to other home areas. 

SERVPRO technicians have a large selection of professional equipment and the experience to handle Cypress fire restoration of any size or type. One of the smartest things a property owner can do is hand off the job to a professional company because:

  • SERVPRO can work one on one with an insurance carrier to ensure no actions taken are done out of the scope of coverage
  • The use of professional equipment makes a difference in the outcome, such as using dry cleaning sponges to lift away dry smoke damage as opposed to rags and household cleaning products
  • Limits exposure to potential health hazards from airborne soot or structural dangers

The reason contents in the home have a covering of soot is because items such as upholstery, textiles, plastic, and wood do not burn cleanly. Because soot can irritate and cause health effects, SERVPRO technicians wear PPE (personal protective equipment) to limit their contact during the cleanup process.

When a homeowner sees a table that has been a part of their home for years covered in soot, they may be thinking about where to get a replacement. SERVPRO technicians can inspect the piece, determine if it has damage from water or heat, and determine the restoration potential. The technicians have access to wood-specific formulas that can clean wood grain without causing damage to the surface.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 brings certified technicians with compassion, professionalism, and years of expertise in fire restoration to every Cypress job.

A Faulty Water Heater Has Caused Water Damage in My Cypress Property. How Can I Restore the Ruined Areas?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Seek Professional Help from SERVPRO to Ensure Effective Water Damage Cleanup in Your Cypress Property

Seeping water in your property can cause significant damage to drywall, floors, and valued items. As certified restoration experts in Cypress, we use high-tech equipment and products to restore affected homes. We also apply systematic approved practices that we developed within the years we have been in business.

What does water damage cleanup entail?

Our water damage cleanup services include cleaning the mess caused by the faulty water heater and restoring the affected areas to their preloss state. You can trust us to perform water damage cleanup in your Cypress residence. SERVPRO experts use advanced equipment to speed up the drying process. If the emergency response is delayed, we can clean, dry, and treat the affected area to eliminate disease-causing fungi, bacteria, and viruses to protect the residents of the property. Our technicians can also remove persisting odors in the property, including in the confined areas.

Can water damage lead to mold growth?

Water intrusion incidents are the leading cause of mold infestation. Mold needs water to grow. Removing the water and moisture is an excellent way to prevent mold infestation. Mold develops when there is:

  •   Moisture
  •   Warm temperatures
  •   A food source like carpet, drywall, and organic dust

SERVPRO can help you with water damage cleanup and mold removal services.

How do you clean mold in a specific area?

When we get to your property, we begin by inspecting the area thoroughly. If we determine mold growth in a specific area, we can construct containment. We can build a small enclosure by wrapping 6-mil polyethylene around a frame of PVC pipe. The enclosure is enough for one restorer to remove contaminated materials and clean the area. We can use Microban, which is a quaternary compound, to disinfect the affected area. The product acts against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.

How do you dry the contained area?

The contained area is only safe after it is dried effectively. We can use devices that create conditions that dehumidify the area and filter the air. These devices may include an air mover, negative air scrubber, and a desiccant dehumidifier that uses chemicals called desiccants to absorb moisture. Once we remove mold, it is necessary to clean the air to eliminate airborne mold spores. An air scrubber enables us to remove mold spores and other pollutants that could be still in the air.

Even an insignificant amount of water can cause damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for prompt water damage cleanup services.

Can My Home in Seal Beach Be Restored After Fire Damage?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged home Smoke residue from fire damage is a job for SERVPRO. Our fire damage restoration techs have the training and experience in all phases needed.

For Professional, Thorough Restoration of your Seal Beach Home, Call SERVPRO. What Is The Biggest Threat To My Home?

Physical fire damage to Seal Beach homes is often limited. SERVPRO technicians understand that the smoke residues if left on surfaces too long, can pit, stain, and cause other damage, which can be more expensive than what the heat and flames did.

Where Do Technicians Begin?

They start with two basic principles to thoroughly clean fire damaged property in Seal Beach and restore it for the best possible result.

Find and identify the type of residues: One of our estimators determines the extent of the damage, the type of residues (dry and powdery versus wet and sticky, for example), and the surfaces where they adhere. This first principle allows the estimator to determine what cleaners and tools are needed to complete the task of restoring the home. 

Capture and remove residues: It is necessary to suspend or capture residues before removing them. Capturing them using air or fluids allows our technicians to quickly suspend them for safe removal off surfaces without causing further damage to any personal or structural property. 

How Exactly Do Technicians Capture And Remove Them?

SERVPRO technicians primarily use vacuuming and dissolving the residues to pull them off and out of everything from ceiling tiles to carpets.

  • Vacuuming – Since smoke residues contain particles of primarily carbon, many of the residues we remove are dry and powder. That means they merely rest on the surface or are only loosely attached at best, making them easily removed by a vacuum or even by wiping down surfaces like glass and metal with a cloth or dry sponge. 
  • Dissolving – Wet or sticky particles adhere far more tightly to surfaces and require water or a cleaning agent to remove them. Water and cleaners surround the residues in a suspension so that technicians can wipe them off with sponges, squeegees, or mops, depending on the type of surface. 

To schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress today at (562) 431-9400. 

Why Hire SERVPRO in Seal Beach to Handle Flood Damage Cleanup and Repair?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech removing storm damaged drywall Storm and flood damage mitigation is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower and experience for every phase in storm damage restoration.

SERVPRO Has the Training and Skill to Ensure Your Seal Beach Property Is "Like it never even happened."

When you have any flood damage to your Seal Beach home, you may wonder whether or not you can handle the cleanup on your own. Rather than taking more time than necessary with DIY, which could lead to costly damage or mold growth, hiring skilled restoration professionals gets the job done faster. Why SERVPRO? Because our team knows that flooding is stressful and leads to challenges that everyday homeowners do not know how to address. We can get to work right away so that you have less worry and your home gets back to normal – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why Rely on Our Skill and Experience for Handling Flood Damage in Seal Beach?

Emergency flood damage assistance for your Seal Beach home is flooded calls for a multi-step process that has to start right away for you to get the best results. Our crew knows how to:

  • Craft a workable process to help avoid secondary damage
  • Begin water removal services with powerful pumps and extraction tools
  • Treat surface areas for contamination
  • Work on the placement of industrial fans and air movers to facilitate drying and restore relative humidity (RH)
  • Address the potential for structural damage that may have developed during the flood
  • Perform flood cuts and other controlled demolition to repair and replace unsalvageable building materials. 

When dealing with flood damage and waiting for us to wrap up the flood restoration project, the last thing anyone wants is the additional headache of dealing with your insurance company. We take the time to handle all inventory, paperwork, and communication with your insurance provider to ensure everything goes smoothly with your claim from start to finish. 

If you want to know more about flood damage restoration or why you should work with our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress, give us a call at (562) 431-9400.

When A Malfunctioning Sprinkler Damages Your Seal Beach Office Documents

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler system When a water mishap strikes in your office, call SERVPRO for assistance right away. We are always here to help.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration for Your Documents in Your Business

When a sprinkler has malfunctioned in your office building in Seal Beach, it can leave behind quite a bit of wreckage. With all the computers, papers, and other electronics present, there is much cleaning up and restoring that has to be done so you can have your business up and running again.  

Commercial water damage in Seal Beach can halt your operations unexpectedly. Searching for a professional restoration service is the last thing that you want to do. Knowing ahead of time whom to call is essential. At SERVPRO, our professionally trained staff are standing by to help you any time you have a water emergency at your place of business. 

When it comes to saving wet and damaged documents and books, SERVPRO staff can stop further water damage. However, we cannot reverse the existing problems. Our focus in document and book drying is to halt additional damage and dry the items to the best condition possible. Five methods that we use include air-drying, dehumidification, freeze-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.  

Drying documents frequently relies on a process of sublimation or changing a solid directly into a vapor without going through a liquid state. We factor in many considerations when selecting the appropriate method for document drying, including the kind of water involved, the value of the documents, the length of time exposed to moisture, the extent of damage, and funds available for recovery. Document drying can be time-consuming, as well as expensive. 

Thorough Drying After Water Damages

SERVPRO technicians can store the wet documents and books in a freezer facility. Doing so stops damage from worsening and lets us determine what procedure for drying is going to work best. We also take a thorough inventory of documents that are removed from the business and ensure you are present when the inventory and pack-out phase begins so you can determine what is essential to dry. A log of all stored items is also kept so anything that needs to be retrieved can be easily found.  

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress understands that time is of the essence when it comes to waterlogged documents in your business in Cypress, Seal Beach, or Surfside. Contact us right away at (562) 431-9400 when your building has undergone a water damage emergency so we can aid you in getting back to work.

The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Seal Beach Home

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold can happen out of sight Mold can be a serious issue in your home. Don't let mold take over. Call SERVPRO for help today.

Need Help Removing Moisture and Mold from Your Property? Call SERVPRO

You might not be surprised to learn that your Seal Beach home is almost constantly at risk of mold and fungal growth. Spores of mold exist in the air you breathe, and these microscopic invaders are merely waiting for conditions to exist that allow them to thrive and grow. While this might not initially seem like that significant of a threat, the more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more linked it becomes to health effects that could impact your family.  

Finding a way to combat this mold damage in your Seal Beach residence is nothing that you should tackle on your own. From the need for personal protective equipment to the general ineffectiveness of conventional cleaning methods, mold remediation specialists are the best bet for conquering the present threat to your household. This process not only rids your home of its current growing mold colonies but also helps to find the source of the moisture that allowed the spores to thrive in the first place and correct this issue.  

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, we begin immediately sectioning off the affected areas where mold grows and working to prevent the spread of these spores to new areas of your home. This procedure typically gets achieved with the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  

Locating the source of the moisture in the area is a critical component of mold remediation for your home. By repairing these vulnerable areas, dehumidification is successful, and the conditions are no longer met to allow more mold spores to activate and grow in your home. There may be situations where the source cannot be determined by our SERVPRO technicians or is not simple to repair; dehumidification can be the process to prevent moisture through this area of your home.  

Mold remediation does not have to be an overwhelming or complicated experience. When you trust the specialists at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remediate the damage, you can take a firm step towards reclaiming your home. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

How Can SERVPRO Save Seal Beach Properties from Extensive Flood Damage?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water Seal Beach residents can depend on SERVPRO's experienced technicians to mitigate any level of flood damage.

Can Seal Beach Residents Rely on SERVPRO to Repair Flood Damage? 

Water damage due to floods can be costly to restore and repair. If left unmitigated, flood damage in your Seal Beach home can cause extensive structural damage as well. SERVPRO is committed to preventing this from happening by offering you fast and efficient service.  

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive experience in restoring flood damage to Seal Beach properties. The floodwater in and around your home impacts building materials' structural integrity, such as wood and concrete. Apart from that, floodwater can also deposit soil and other contaminated sediments on your property. Even if the water recedes, the building can remain waterlogged unless SERVPRO techs take immediate steps to dry the structure. The hydrostatic pressure created by the groundwater can push against foundation or basement walls, weakening them. Hence, you must wait for the SERVPRO professionals to arrive before taking any restorative steps. 

Why SERVPRO Techs Spend so Much Time and Energy on Controlling Humidity During Water Cleanup of Your Seal Beach Home? 

Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, is one of the most important factors determining the drying rate. SERVPRO techs try to create conditions such that the amount of water vapor in the air (or its humidity ratio) is always lower than that of the material. Technicians achieve this in two ways-

  • Actively removing the moisture from the air using dehumidifiers, and
  • By replacing the moisture-laden air near the surface of a drying material with warmer, drier air using air movers

It is equally important to use the right type of equipment and placement during this process. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to talk to industry experts regarding your restoration needs.  

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice In Seal Beach After Flood Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water in home SERVPRO knows how your flooring can be damaged from flooding. We come prepared with the equipment your home needs after a flood occurs.

Identifying Hazards After Flooding in Seal Beach Homes

Flooding can create hazards out of otherwise normal circumstances and utility services present in your Seal Beach home. Recognizing these threats as they develop can help to reduce the severity of these conditions and their direct effect on the occupants of the house. When flooding situations are bad enough, it is unlikely that families can remain in their homes until some level of restoration is completed, which can often help these individuals to avoid the physical harm of encountering damaging hazards after this disaster.  

Safety is a genuine concern of our SERVPRO team for both our technicians and our customers, as recovering flood damage in Seal Beach homes rarely comes without potential pitfalls and dangers. Recognizing these threats is part of our initial scoping process for the job, meaning that we can develop strategies to address these concerns directly through restoration and cleanup or to avoid them until the appropriate time where cleaning and recovering the area would be a safer venture.


Contaminated water is always a potential threat to natural flood damage scenarios. Rising waters can bring in mud and sediment, but also bacteria, germs, and other substances and solids deemed bio-hazardous. Muck-out after extraction can help address the bulk of these concerns, but more intricate cleaning is necessary to remove the threat entirely.

Structural Failures

When our SERVPRO estimator and project manager walk through the property, it is critical to notate saturated ceiling materials, drywall, and wet flooring materials. All of these could indicate areas where structural components could fail under the weight of heavier elements or after deterioration and decomposition.

Electric Shock

Electricity is one of the services that many homes could not do without, but it can also be one of the most harmful threats to a flooded house. Our professionals often sever all power to the property until we can manage standing water and moisture concerns enough to restore the electrical services safely.

Bystander Threats

Other people pushing their way onto the work area, such as the residents of the property who have been temporarily displaced or even intrusive neighbors, can not only hinder the process but become safety concerns, as well. To prevent this, we can install temporary fencing around the job site until restoration and reconstruction efforts complete.

Flooding can come with multiple hazards for a residence, but our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can work through these conditions safely to get you back to preloss conditions fast. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

How SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Homes in Seal Beach

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO technicians come equipped with state of the art equipment and skill to wipe out any trace of water damage in your property.

Protect Your Seal Beach Property with Expert Water Cleanup Services 

Should you find that your dishwasher malfunctions and soapy water begins to overflow throughout your kitchen, what do you do? Instead of panicking, calling the professionals to address the water cleanup is the best way to ensure you limit the amount of damage to your interior. SERVPRO arrives quickly and puts together a plan of action that involves pulling up water and then seamlessly transitioning into water restoration steps.  

Any resident that fails to start water cleanup in Seal Beach as promptly as possible sees that the damage to their belongings gets worse with time. Water from a faulty appliance begins seeping into everything, slowly causing damage. The further that water gets into porous materials, the more difficult the restoration process is. While the water damage progresses, water moves from areas of saturation to dryer sections, sometimes migrating upward. 

How Quickly Can Water Damage Impact a Home?

Did you know that it can take less than 24 hours for drywall to start swelling after exposure to a significant leak? Once SERVPRO has the chance to mitigate the impacted area, we usually can salvage most or all of the drywall. In some situations, pulling out baseboards and using drying equipment to force air into the wall cavities fosters drying on both drywall surfaces. Proper airflow significantly reduces water damage, often cutting back on the amount of tear-out work on your property. Whenever our team has the chance to deconstruct less, the amount of reconstruction required is also a lot less. 

With flooring, there is a bit of a window before the water damage turns into something much more involved. After that time passes, it is vital to remove the current flooring to have it replaced with new materials. The warm water escaping from your faulty dishwasher disintegrates adhesives used with linoleum or tile floors. Luckily, SERVPRO features a building and reconstruction department to address flooring restoration to get your kitchen back to normal.  

From the prompt response to the latest technology for locating and eliminating moisture, our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is here to help with your water cleanup needs. Contact us anytime you need us at (562) 431-9400, and we can send a team out as soon as possible to start the assessment.

Can SERVPRO Help in Restoring Fire Damage to Furniture in Seal Beach Homes?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Chair on fire Regardless of the type of furniture in the room which is facing fire damage, calling SERVPRO will help to remediate the situation. Call today!

SERVPRO Helps Seal Beach Residents Get Their Homes Back in Order After a Fire Damage Incidence 

Fire and smoke can damage various contents of your home, including wooden furniture. The restorability of furniture after fire damage to your Seal Beach home depends on both the type of finish and the extent of smoke damage. 

The methods that SERVPRO techs use to clean wooden furniture after fire damage to your Seal Beach home depend on the type of surface. Unfinished wood is porous and can easily absorb smoke residue and odor, making it difficult to clean. SERVPRO techs use dry cleaning methods for such surfaces. On the other hand, wood surfaces finished with varnishes, shellac, lacquer, or paint can withstand wet cleaning. SERVPRO restorers use alkali surface cleaners or mild detergents to clean such surfaces.  

Can Professionals Restore all Furniture in Fire Damaged Homes in Seal Beach? 

Restoration may not be possible if the surface of the furniture in your Seal Beach home is heavily blistered or permanently stained. In such cases, the SERVPRO technicians recommend refinishing the damaged surfaces. 

  • Blistering: Heat from fire damage can result in the blistering of wooden surfaces allowing the smoke to penetrate the finish and discolor it. Consequently, it might not be possible for SERVPRO experts to restore such surfaces. 
  • Staining: Dry smoke damage can be easily cleaned, while wet smoke particles (often containing aerosols) can permanently stain the surfaces. Refinishing might be the only option in such situations. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 with any questions regarding fire and smoke damage to your home. 

How Can SERVPRO Help Mold-Damaged Seal Beach Shops?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold on office cabinets When mold strikes your commercial building. Call SERVPRO and let them handle all the commercial mold damage remediation.

With Fast and Knowledgeable Action, Remediators Can Prevent Greater Mold Damage in Seal Beach Structures. 

Shops along the coast are susceptible to higher humid conditions, not to mention flooding surges that impact the shops and restaurants on the main drag. When mold conditions develop, our team can help.

What Initial Steps Does SERVPRO Take for Mold-Damaged Businesses?

Being among the leading mold removal companies for Seal Beach, we are a trusted name for mitigation and remediation, including:

  • Content Relocation – Professionals of our SERVPRO team pull possibly affected items from the damage path. 
  • Containment – Containing the spread and severity of mold events can be critical for a business. Plastic sheeting on doorways, openings, and the HVAC system can prevent the migration of active spores to establish new and destructive colonies.
  • Deodorization – A common obstacle for mold and microbial threats that could impact your customers is a harsh, musty odor. We can employ several tools to neutralize these effects. 
  • Cleaning – Surface cleaning can be beneficial in multiple ways. Not only can this process help to reduce foul odors, but it might also eliminate light mold damage developing when antimicrobial products are used. 

Mold can be a devastating situation for even small shops and businesses near the beachfront. Despite how destructive the organisms can be, our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team's fast responses can help protect the structure and its contents from irreparable harm. We are available 24/7 at (562) 431-9400.

The Many Faces of Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases of storm damage restoration. Save your home and money, call us now!

SERVPRO's Thorough Investigation and Remediation Can Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Forming

It is a typical misconception that flooding is only caused to Seal Beach homes from a handful of different things occurring. In fact, there are nearly infinite scenarios that your home could experience during torrential storms or severe weather events that could dramatically compromise its structural integrity and ability to keep the elements (like rainfall or floodwaters) outside where they belong. Regardless of how it happens, you need to know whom you can call to help you fix the damages and restore your home to the way it was before the water could get in.  

Leaking Roof from Storms

With the varying degrees of storm damages that could potentially occur, flood damage to your Seal Beach home might not always happen in your basement or lowest level. Even though basement flooding can be traumatic enough as it is, when something like your attic gets flooded, the possibility of significant structural damage to the other floors of your home becomes a real threat that must get addressed as quickly as possible. That is where our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists comes in. 

When you call our experienced and professional team of technicians, you can expect that we are going to respond quickly. We can appreciate the gravity of the situation and understand that the threat of lingering or worsening structural damage is on the rise as time passes. With our tools and expertise, our team is uniquely able to overcome any obstacle and successfully restore your home to preloss conditions.  

Water Removal Services

With storm damage to any area of your home, sealing up these entry points for floodwaters is critical to restoring the damage. That is the priority when we arrive at your home, preventing the problem from getting worse as our SERVPRO technicians begin extracting the pooled water. Drying follows this process, allowing our team to assess potential structural concerns and damage extensively once the water and lingering moisture have gotten removed. 

Flood damage is not something that looks the same from house to house, so you want a restoration company that can treat your disaster quickly and thoroughly, regardless of the circumstances. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of qualified restoration specialists can help you get your home back after flood damage. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400. 

Seal Beach Campers and RVs with Water Damage Progressively Decay Without Proper Mitigation

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage to your RV or camper is a job for SERVPRO. Save time and money with the most trusted water restoration company.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Camper or RV for a Safe and Stress-Free Vacation

Many families around Seal Beach choose a camper or RV to help their family spend more quality time together while saving money over the years. However, during the months it remains unused, problems can go undetected. When water from rain or leaking pipes remains in contact with the materials inside your home away from home, damage can accrue at an alarming pace.

When water damages such structures, they quickly become unusable for trips out of Seal Beach. SERVPRO restores more than homes and businesses. We also can restore other structures “Like it never even happened.” When we perform water damage restoration services in Seal Beach, we reduce the aggravation and disappointment that our customers experience.

Without a solid, watertight roof on your vacation vehicle, rainy nights can end up as horrible experiences. Water that seeps behind walls can develop soft, mushy areas. The slightest pressure can permit holes to open up, exposing insulation and other substances that can cause health effects. Worrying about such possibilities can ruin your enjoyment on your vacation. Preparing now, long before vacation time arrives, by having our experts restore your RV or camper can keep water damage from increasing and spreading.

Water Removal Services

Drying everything out and replacing any saturated materials can make everything right again. Hydroxyl gas can quickly make things fresh-smelling again inside your camper. We know how water can affect carpeting, also, and if we begin restoration efforts soon enough, we can restore your carpet. We test the fibers and how much deterioration exists and then go deeper into the flooring underneath. 

From the roof to the floor, SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can restore your camper or RV so your family has reliable, safe shelter during your next vacation. No job is ever too large, nor too small for SERVPRO professionals. Call us at (562) 431-9400, so we can help ensure your next adventure goes smoothly and without any unexpected difficulties.

How Professionals Combat Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Seal Beach Property

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of water damage, Including the odors that follow. Call us today, we are always available.

Professional SERVPRO Technicians Remediate ALL Aspects of Water Damage at Your Office 

A water damage incident on your commercial property, whether a warehouse, a building or an office, can cause significant damage if not correctly handled. One of the biggest problems in the aftermath of such damage is the problem of odor. 

If water damage has affected your Seal Beach property, chances are, it needs deodorization treatment. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods at a professional's disposal to tackle the problem of odor. 

Injection Methods 

It is a method that works the best if lifting up the carpet from an office or a similar commercial enterprise is not possible. In this method, small amounts of deodorants are injected directly into the spots on carpet or upholstery with a needle and a syringe. SERVPRO professionals use some of the most potent odor masking deodorants while employing this method. 

Direct Spraying 

As the name suggests, direct spraying involves spraying deodorant directly onto the affected area. This method is also often used to apply disinfectants after water damage as well. 

Wet fogging 

SERVPRO technicians use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to dispense tiny microscopic particles of a deodorant. These foggers can be used to distribute water-based as well as solvent-based deodorizing agents. As the particles dispensed by foggers are small, they can penetrate deeper into the pores of various surfaces and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

Dry Fogging (Thermal Fogging) 

Thermal fogging involves breaking down the deodorant into smaller particles using heat. Only solvent-based deodorants are used during the thermal fogging. As the deodorant particles are broken down by the application of heat, the dry fog can penetrate deeper than the wet fog. 

Air Scrubbers 

Air scrubbers remove the airborne odor-causing particles and neutralize them. The device draws air in through a series of filters that filter off most odor-causing particles from the air. HEPA filters used in this equipment can eliminate 99.97% of odor-causing particles that are as small as 0.3 microns in size. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to talk to one of our experts and discuss your deodorization options after water damage to your commercial property. 

Remodeling vs. Restoring after Fire Damage within Your Los Alamitos Residence

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Home after a fire Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after a fire.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Damage After Fire Damage in Your Home

After a house fire in Los Alamitos, some homeowners decide that restoring their home to the same floor plan does not suit the needs of their families. What may have worked out wonderfully at purchasing time can become much smaller for a growing family. Empty-nesters might find that their homes now offer too much living space and desire to change it so it can serve other purposes. 

After fire damage affects their Los Alamitos home, residents have different options regarding restoration. A new floor plan is an option if a home sustains enough damage that gutting the interior walls and other structures took place. Some homeowners choose this option to make their homes suit their current needs better and save on rebuilding costs. 

Fire Damage Restoration

The professionals at SERVPRO are here to serve our customers' needs after a disaster, including going the extra mile in preparing fire damaged homes for such extensive restoration work. Ensuring that a clean slate, free of all debris and non-essential or burned structures, no longer can impede rebuilding efforts, we help make sure that reconstruction efforts can proceed on schedule. Part of proceeding along this journey includes insurance agents and gaining their approval. As a neutral third party, we often help homeowners by providing written assessments of the damage. 

When a home's floor plan remains primarily unfazed by a fire, significantly changing it should come only after careful consideration of the factors involved. Costs can rise considerably in such cases, and homeowners should factor in possible complications involving electrical wiring, plumbing, and other issues. Removing a wall may seem simple enough to carry out until builders determine that the wall in question provided structural support to the second level of the house. 

Other damages, such as personal belongings, furniture, household furnishings such as carpets, draperies, blinds, and big-ticket items, are listed on our inventory sheets. We place each one in the appropriate category as salvageable, destroyed, or uncertain, helping you complete claims involving replacement costs. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress strives to help the people in our area continue their lives after disastrous events. Locally owned and operated, we want to help families affected by fire damage return home. We are always ready to help you, regardless of the hour, 365 days a year. Our services are available 24 hours a day by calling us at (562) 431-9400.

Is It Possible to Restore Wood Furniture After Seal Beach Flood Damage?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Homes in flood waters We understand how seriously flood water can impact your home. SERVPRO has the technicians who can assist you.

Seal Beach SERVPRO Professionals Restore Furnishings After Flood Damage

Seal Beach’s location ensures that its residents are no strangers to the occasional heavy storm or flood. Even the most arid parts of the United States are at risk of flooding. The average flood claim for U.S. homeowners is approximately $43,000.

SERVPRO responds to calls for Seal Beach flood damage mitigation and restoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Highly-trained technicians implement a combination of cutting-edge technologies and reliable cleaning methods per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Inspection Tools

Inspection of flood damage to a Seal Beach property requires many tools and an understanding of the science behind water damage and microbes. This process is repeated before mitigation, during flood cleanup, and after drying is finished.

Tools used during SERVPRO’s inspection process include:

  • Thermal imaging cameras to detect the extent of water damage inside or underneath wall cavities and subfloors
  • Thermo-hygrometers, which can detect temperature and relative humidity in a given space. Some even measure dew point
  • Penetrating moisture meters with Teflon-coated probes, which can test moisture levels inside walls and flooring

Should a property not have access to power after flooding, SERVPRO professionals can bring power sources for equipment.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for a Faster to Any Size Disaster cleanup.

Remodeling vs. Restoring after Fire Damage within Your Los Alamitos Residence

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Home after a fire Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after a fire.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Damage After Fire Damage in Your Home

After a house fire in Los Alamitos, some homeowners decide that restoring their home to the same floor plan does not suit the needs of their families. What may have worked out wonderfully at purchasing time can become much smaller for a growing family. Empty-nesters might find that their homes now offer too much living space and desire to change it so it can serve other purposes. 

After fire damage affects their Los Alamitos home, residents have different options regarding restoration. A new floor plan is an option if a home sustains enough damage that gutting the interior walls and other structures took place. Some homeowners choose this option to make their homes suit their current needs better and save on rebuilding costs. 

Fire Damage Restoration

The professionals at SERVPRO are here to serve our customers' needs after a disaster, including going the extra mile in preparing fire damaged homes for such extensive restoration work. Ensuring that a clean slate, free of all debris and non-essential or burned structures, no longer can impede rebuilding efforts, we help make sure that reconstruction efforts can proceed on schedule. Part of proceeding along this journey includes insurance agents and gaining their approval. As a neutral third party, we often help homeowners by providing written assessments of the damage. 

When a home's floor plan remains primarily unfazed by a fire, significantly changing it should come only after careful consideration of the factors involved. Costs can rise considerably in such cases, and homeowners should factor in possible complications involving electrical wiring, plumbing, and other issues. Removing a wall may seem simple enough to carry out until builders determine that the wall in question provided structural support to the second level of the house. 

Other damages, such as personal belongings, furniture, household furnishings such as carpets, draperies, blinds, and big-ticket items, are listed on our inventory sheets. We place each one in the appropriate category as salvageable, destroyed, or uncertain, helping you complete claims involving replacement costs. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress strives to help the people in our area continue their lives after disastrous events. Locally owned and operated, we want to help families affected by fire damage return home. We are always ready to help you, regardless of the hour, 365 days a year. Our services are available 24 hours a day by calling us at (562) 431-9400.

How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Service to Deal with Water Damage in Your Seal Beach Property

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer Call in the professionals for water cleanup, to avoid additional water loss in your home. Our SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7.

Our Certified Technicians Make Remediation of Your Water Damaged Property a Top Priority

Water damage is a home maintenance disaster that catches most of the homeowners off guard. If you are not prepared for it, the situation can quickly get out of hand and cause irreparable damage to your property. However, if you act fast and seek professional help, the damage can be minimized. 

When it comes to handling water damage to your Seal Beach property, one of the first things to do is hire a professional water damage restoration service. Unfortunately, many homeowners find it challenging to pick the right water damage restoration company after a water damage event. Here are a few things to look for when selecting a water damage restoration service. 


Round-the-clock emergency services are among the most important things to look for in a water damage restoration company. Thankfully, SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service, and we are here to help whenever you need us. 


Look for a company that has certified technicians working for them. Water damage restoration is a job that requires skill, technical know-how, and experience. SERVPRO has a team of IICRC certified technicians trained to handle any size disaster with ease. Our technicians know how to handle water damage restoration to minimize the damage and get your home back to pre-damage conditions in no time. 

Superior drying services 

Water removal is just the first step toward water damage restoration. Removing the residual moisture and drying your home is equally important, if not more. Look for a company that understands how to remove the residual moisture and gets your home dried as fast as possible. SERVPRO technicians utilize state-of-the-art technology to minimize secondary damage after a flooding event. We use high-efficiency pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to get your property dry in no time. 


Use online reviews to learn more about the experience of others with the restoration company you are picking. Please read what others say about the company and what they like and do not like and make an informed choice. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress at (562) 431-9400 today to talk to one of our water damage restoration experts. 

Identifying Mold Damage in Your Cypress Home

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy wall Mold damage presents in many colors and grows very fast. Call SERVPRO at the first sight. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Our Trained Technicians Determine the Root Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Many people have been universally led to believe that mold inside of your Cypress house is a common thing to see. While you are likely to encounter several instances of growing mold throughout your life, this is not something that you want to take too lightly when it comes to your own home. As common knowledge that mold can cause health effects, it stands to reason that leaving it around you could make you susceptible to them as well. 

Worse still, some people have no idea how to identify mold damage to their Cypress houses. While there are circumstances in which the presence of mold colonies is easy to see with the naked eye, this is not always the case. Colonies can grow quite large without drawing any attention whatsoever because the entirety of the organism (or hyphae) is still rooted deeply in the organic material or surface that the mold spore initially seated inside. 

A good indication of the presence of mold, whether you can physically see it or not, is the smell. There is an unmistakable musty odor that comes along with the presence of a mold colony. The scent only gets more formidable and robust the more massive the colonies grow and the farther they spread. If you smell this somewhere inside your house, the colony has already started to grow beyond what you can see. 

Our SERVPRO remediation specialists are IICRC Certified and know all about removing mold colonies and how to prevent the spread of spores, allowing the problem to continue in new areas. Our technicians can neutralize individual spores with negative air chambers and prevent them from reaching new colony sites. 

To prevent the smell from lingering in the area, our SERVPRO professionals utilize a deodorizing fogger to break down the foul odor molecules and leave no scent behind after the chemical reaction. 

While there are many ways that you can identify the presence of mold in your house, you can trust the SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you get it under control. You can call us anytime at (562) 431-9400.

Do Ceiling Leaks Require Water Damage Repairs in Seal Beach Properties?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo/ Leak from ceiling When your home suffers water damage, call in SERVPRO's experts for swift action.

Damaging Leaks and Plumbing Issues can Cripple the Structural Integrity of Seal Beach Home Building Materials. 

After ceiling leaks or other water damage events, the property seeks to find a moisture equilibrium where damp areas spread to dry materials and regions of the house to have similar humidity levels in all available space. During this process, many materials can become damaged, such as:

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Flooring
  • Insulation
  • Plumbing

Does SERVPRO Conduct Needed Repairs in Seal Beach? 

We appreciate how likely the need for water damage repair in Seal Beach homes is after a disaster. From burst pipes to leaking roofs and the subsequent damage caused, repairs and reconstruction fall under multiple steps and stages. Controlled demolition is an early action, though any removed materials require replacement, and damaged utilities need reinstallation as well.

When water damage incidents occur, reconstruction and repairs can be necessary. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can help with efficient water removal services and clean up and use our contractor license for reconstruction and build-back. Call us today at (562) 431-9400.  

Burst Pipes in Seal Beach Call for Immediate Water Cleanup

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry inside of office We know the importance of keeping your business open. SERVPRO is always on call to handle your commercial water damage restoration.

Seal Beach Restaurant Owners Need Rapid Water Extraction and Restoration – Contact SERVPRO Today!

Regardless of the business that you run, water damage is never good. When you run a restaurant, bakery, or café, you need to handle water cleanup as soon as possible. Not only can it turn out dangerous for your staff or customers, but you also run the risk of secondary damage to your Seal Beach commercial location.

Whenever you have water flooding into your business, there can be contaminants involved. Even if freshwater from burst pipes mix with cleaning agents or other elements, you need professional water cleanup in Seal Beach to handle it properly. Once we arrive at your location, we:

  • Assess the damage and level of contamination in the water
  • Spray affected surfaces and the standing water with anti-bacterial agents
  • Begin extraction efforts to limit migration and secondary damage

Throughout the cleanup, our water removal services include total drying with the help of dehumidifiers, air movers, industrial fans, and other advanced equipment. We will also remove all unsalvageable carpeting or building materials if these items are unable to get returned to a clean, safe state. Our team will perform water damage repairs and controlled demolition as needed. Everything gets sanitized and deodorized to ensure your dining establishment is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

When it comes to water cleanup and restoration, nothing beats our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress. Call us whenever you need assistance at (562) 431-9400.

Cypress Residents Deserve Efficient Deodorization and Fire Damage Restoration

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room through under door Smoke and soot can reach the remote areas of your home. We can remove the odors. Call SERVPRO today!

Fire Damage Restoration Must Include Deodorization to Get the Best Results Throughout Your Cypress Home!

Dealing with fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup is a multi-layered process. SERVPRO handles each aspect with precision to ensure your Cypress property gets back to pre-fire condition. We get called to fire damaged homes all the time that have substantial smoke and soot throughout. With our specialized processes and innovative technology, we handle smoke remediation so that your interior is “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage restoration in Cypress should also include detailed sanitization and deodorization. Any lingering soot particles allow foul odors to resurface over time. During a fire, the heat will enable odorous elements to get into porous materials, and particles like ash, tar, and soot get deposited on various surfaces. We take deodorization steps to:

  • Remove the source of the odor.
  • Neutralize any volatile molecules present.
  • Use specialty sealants to seal in the molecules.

Our IICRC-certified technicians have access to various equipment like HEPA filtration, air movers, and foggers to battle stubborn smoke damage to achieve the best results. Rather than leaving traces of the fire left behind with DIY methods, we can remove all signs of the fire damage event with our house fire clean-up measures.

Call (562) 431-9400 when you need fire damage restoration. SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is available for emergency service 24 hours a day!

Seal Beach Storms Often Bring Substantial Flood Damage

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood flooring; flooring being removed Sometimes, we need to remove water damaged materials in your home that cannot be savaged. SERVPRO knows how to dry and restore your home.

Don’t let Your Seal Beach Home Succumb to Costly DIY Mistakes – Call SERVPRO to Handle Flood Damage!

Located in Orange County, California, Seal Beach is nestled between San Pedro Bay and Long Beach. The city was initially known as Anaheim Landing due to the local boat landing named after nearby Anaheim. Today, Anaheim Landing is now fully registered as a historical landmark of California.

During the beginning of the 20th century, Seal Beach was known as Bay City, although there was another location by that name in Northern California. When the town became incorporated in 1915, it officially took on the name of Seal Beach. Due to the beautiful surroundings and proximity to the water, Seal Beach quickly became a popular recreation spot and tourist destination.

Experiencing the Flavors and Food Finds Around the Seal Beach Area

Not only is Seal Beach a lovely waterfront area, but you also have plenty of incredible restaurants, small eateries, and watering holes to explore. Whether you are looking for a day out with friends or a quiet place to enjoy a snack and local scenery, there is something for everyone. Some top options to check out when in Seal Beach, CA, include:

  • The Crema Café –When you need a great breakfast, brunch, or lunch location, this eatery on Main Street fits the bill. Local favorites on the menu include Strawberry Nutella Crepes, Breakfast Burritos, and Chilaquiles. There is also an outdoor seating area where patrons are free to bring their leashed dogs. 
  • Spaghettini Italian Grill and Lounge –Located on Old Ranch Parkway, this restaurant is known for an extensive wine selection and impeccable service. Top menu offerings include Caramelized Scottish Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Braised Prime Short Ribs, and Valrhona Chocolate Cake.
  • O’Malley’s On Main –Located on Main Street, this Irish pub and bar is well-known for its lively atmosphere and a fun food selection. Some favorites on the menu include Sausage Rolls, gourmet burgers, Whiskey Chicken Boxty, and Bangers and Mash.
  • The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar –Whether you want a quick burger for lunch or late-night eats, this hangout on Ocean Avenue is an excellent choice. People rave about dishes like Country Fried Chicken, BBQ ribs, and the best Bloody Mary in town!

When You Have Flood Damage, You Need Experts at Cleanup – Call SERVPRO to Your Seal Beach Property!

Flood restoration also calls for prompt remediation to lessen damage to your Seal Beach property. SERVPRO can halt water flow to allow efficient water removal services to address any standing water already inside.

Some of the steps we take for water removal and flood damage in Seal Beach include setting up plastic sheeting to create barriers or a temporary seal. We can also provide board-up and tarping services if you have a leaking roof from storms. Other steps we take to handle water clean up after flooding include:

  • Use powerful extractors to remove standing water, including attachments for carpeting and furniture
  • Use wet/dry vacuums
  • Use moisture meters, moisture sensors, and infrared camera technology to find any hidden pockets of moisture

Skilled water damage restoration technicians best handle flood damage. Call us at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress when you have concerns after a recent storm – (562) 431-9400.

Are Mold Issues in a Home Permanent?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working to fix mold issues Mold damage presents in many colors and grows very fast. Call SERVPRO at the first sight. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Can Dramatically Reduce Mold Issues in your Seal Beach Home through Expert Remediation

Coastal properties are more likely to be exposed to moist air and heavy rainfall. These factors can lead to mold growth in your home, which starts as microscopic spores and grows into larger colonies. Molds colonies can cause odor problems and use enzymes to break down organic compounds like sheetrock. 

The purpose of mold remediation in your Seal Beach home is to reduce spores' growth rate and remove infested materials. It is impossible to remove mold spores from the house altogether as these are a natural part of an indoor environment. The key is to reduce the growth rate of spores, which is most achievable by correcting your home's moisture problem. 

  • Finding the source of damp spots is essential to reducing mold growth. These can be insufficient insulation, structural exposure, or plumbing issues.
  • Correcting the moisture problem can involve controlling humidity using desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Removing and disposing of infested materials is vital to controlling an overall microbial growth issue.

Protect your home from mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for mold remediation at (562) 431-9400.

What Type of Smoke is Common in Housefires?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged wall outlet Smoke and soot can settle on the walls of your home. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians to help remediate your home.

Smoke Has Varying Chemical Composition and Impact on your Cypress Home. SERVPRO Carefully Analyze Smokes to Find the Right Cleaning Solution.

The chemical composition of smoke can differ significantly in two different housefires. Materials that combust during a fire greatly influence the type of smoke deposits, while temperature and pressure can also play a significant role. 

When we assess fire damage in your Seal Beach home, we are looking to find the exact type of smoke. By identifying the kind of smoke, we can then select the most efficient and effective cleaning methods. Some smoke deposits may require light vacuuming, whereas others may require the introduction of solvents or alkaline-based cleaning products. 

  • Locating smoke residues is completed by tracing soiling from the source and working outward across the property. 
  • Identifying the smoke and the type of materials it is bonded to is vital to selecting the right cleaning products and methods.
  • Once a careful assessment is complete, technicians can use their analysis to capture and remove the smoke residues. 

Smoke deposits can spread around or cause odors in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for fire damage at (562) 431-9400.

Is it Possible to Prevent Damages from Long-term Water Exposure?

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside of a building Commercial water damage problems can quickly thwart your business success. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services to help open the doors.

SERVPRO Has Expert Water Mitigation Teams to Help Recover your Seal Beach Business

Seal Beach is a city that lies close to Los Angeles's border but is incorporated within California's Orange County region. The relatively small population of Seal Beach is primarily associated with the nearby military base, the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Historically, this area was known as Anaheim landing and was a key trading outpost for imports and exports, most notably Californian wine. The pleasant climate in the region further grew the population of Anaheim Landing as holidaymakers from nearby Los Angeles would take regular vacations in the area. 

By the nineteen-forties, the region of Anaheim Landing was purchased by the United States military, who used its ideal geographical location to restock supplies on numerous Navy boats stationed across the Pacific. While military bases strongly influence Seal Beach in terms of its local economy, it still retains a strong, Californian surf culture and plays host to two annual cultural events. These events include the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and a Fish Fry. The current largest employer is the Boeing company that has offices in Seal Beach.

  • Seal Beach Pier is among the longest on the Pacific Coast. The pier has a long history as an amusement center and arcade, but today is a much quieter, peaceful pier with sights of natural wildlife and local surfers along the landing. The entranceway to the dock is at the end of Main Street.
  • National Wildlife Refuge on Seal Beach is a wetland preserve and conservation effort open to the public throughout the year. Many rare species of birds frequent this area of the bay alongside aquatic species. Tours of the refuge run on the last Sunday of every month.
  • On the borders of Long Beach and Seal Beach is M&M Surfing School. The center offers a safe, instructor-led introduction to the rich surfing scene at the heart of Seal Beach. A family-owned business, the surf school has been running successfully for nearly twenty years. 

SERVPRO Can Reduce Losses from Water Intrusion Using Advanced Mitigation Techniques

Slow leaks can cause buildups of moisture in the home, which over time degrade and cause water damage. Introducing water to a building assembly can cause materials to break-down, lose their structural integrity, or become hotbeds for microbial growth, including fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Often, the adverse effects of water intrusion can lead to costly repairs in the future. SERVPRO technicians can mitigate the potentially damaging consequences of water damage and exposure in the workplace. 

  • Assessing a building assembly is possible using non-invasive moisture sensors to detect potential water exposure.
  • Our team is capable of quickly removing and replacing affected drywall or insulation in the warehouse or other  areas of large or small commercial buildings.
  • We can often restore fabrics, flooring, or furnishing that may otherwise be expensive to replace.

Mitigating damage in your commercial property is crucial to preventing long-term expenses which can compound lost revenues. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for water mitigation at (562) 431-9400.

SERVPRO Looks After Wood Furniture during Water Damage Restoration

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home When water invades your Seal Beach home, you need the experts! Call SERVPRO at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Furniture in Seal Beach

One of the most frustrating parts of water damage is the cost of replacing ruined furniture. Thankfully, it is often possible to save furniture with a little help from professionals.

Our customers who need help with water damage restoration in Seal Beach often ask if it is possible to restore water-damaged furniture. They are also concerned about whether they should do anything while waiting for our team to arrive.

While you are waiting, if it is safe to do so, you can:

  • Remove all items from wooden tables, such as books or lamps.
  • Gently blot the water from the wooden furniture’s surface using mops or rags.
  • Place squares of aluminum foil, or wooden blocks if you have them, between furniture legs and the carpet.

The key to successfully drying wooden furniture is monitoring humidity and moisture levels to ensure we do not dry it too quickly or slowly. The pace of drying is essential if we want to avoid warping or cracking the furniture.

For a water damage restoration service that takes care of your furniture, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

When Should You Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with equipment SERVPRO has the tools and skill you need for your home after a flood incident. No matter how big or small the damages, call SERVPRO right away.

The Help you Need is on Hand in Seal Beach

Even if you are well prepared, you cannot always prevent a storm from causing flood damage to your home.

If your Seal Beach home suffers flood damage, of course, you want to clean it up as quickly as you can. There may be some situation where it is safe to do so – for example, if there is only a small puddle on the floor. However, you most certainly need to call in the professionals if:

Our teams come equipped with several kinds of monitoring equipment, along with pumps, wet vacs, spot cleaners, antimicrobial treatments, and deodorizing agents to deal with flood damage in your home.

We can also check for hidden damp patches and measure humidity levels to track down hidden potential problem areas.

If you notice flood damage in your home, it is better to call professionals. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Helping the Coastal Community of Seal Beach Deal with Mold

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for assistance today.

SERVPRO Keeps Fungus at Bay in this Charming Town

If you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway, look no further than Seal Beach. This tiny town of just 25,000 residents is situated close enough to bigger cities to give access to all the amenities, but far enough away that you will feel like you are on a seaside vacation.

Seal Beach dates back to the mid-nineteenth century when farmers and merchants from nearby Anaheim decided they wanted a port closer to where Anaheim Creek joins the Pacific Ocean. They built a landing, Anaheim Landing, that eventually grew up into a prosperous port town. The town was initially called Bay City, but after it fell on hard times, the mayor re-branded it as Seal Beach.

Even after the re-brand, the area had a somewhat checkered reputation. After the first World War, the town’s proximity to the sea and lack of strong police presence made it a favorite haunt of gamblers and rum smugglers.

These days, Seal Beach is a prosperous and popular town that combines old-world beachside charm with good eats, independent stores, a lively atmosphere, and a strong surfing culture. It is the ideal place to take a break away from it all.

There is Always Plenty to See and Do in Seal Beach

When you visit Seal Beach, you will not be short of things to enjoy. Why not start with:

  • The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, where you can enjoy more than 900 acres of unspoiled wild land, including wetland and salt marshland. You might spot osprey, stingrays, sea turtles, monarch butterflies, and even endangered species such as Belding’s Savannah Sparrow and the California Least Tern.
  • Seal Beach, where you can lounge on the sand and enjoy the sun or get active with windsurfing and diving. Amateurs and experienced surfers flock here, and if you need lessons, you will find M&M Surf School nearby.
  • Brita’s Old Town Gardens is a small garden center and nursery – and it is well worth a visit. The tiny gated location is brimming with old-fashioned charm, and it is worth visiting just to stroll around and see all the unusual plants they keep here. Of course, if you are looking to buy some plants, advice is close at hand.
  • Main Street, where you will find small boutiques, antique stores, and eclectic independent shops galore.

Do not forget to take a stroll down the Seal Beach Pier. It is free though you will need to bring coins if you want to use the periscopes. You can pass a peaceful hour here admiring the view and watching the fishermen at work.

Does Seaside Living Encourage Mold Growth?

No doubt living in a coastal community has many advantages, and the sea air and views are good for the soul. However, it is unfortunate that seaside living often means a more humid atmosphere, which can encourage fungal growth.

In order to grow, mold requires a food source, the correct temperatures, and light levels, oxygen, and moisture. Food sources include many household materials such as drywall, wood, carpets, and drapes.

When you call SERVPRO, we do not just look for visible signs of mold. We also:

  • Measure humidity levels in the air.
  • Look for damp patches on ceilings.
  • Use probes to measure moisture in walls or under wooden floors.

For thorough mold remediation that relies on proper measurement and data, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Enjoy International Cuisine In and Around Seal Beach.

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage to your property may become a hassle. SERVPROs team of professionals are trained for any size water damaged property.

Participate in Orange County’s Restaurant Week in the Seal Beach Area.

Seal Beach residents can come and enjoy food from around the world while supporting local restaurants at Orange County’s annual Restaurant Week.  This year, the tasty gastronomic event is being held from March 7th through the 13th.  Those taking part in Restaurant Week can enjoy, among other things, specially priced dine-in or takeout meals, family-friendly dining options, and unique event-specific cocktails.  The following are a few of the local restaurants taking part in this tasty tradition:

  • 320 Main Restaurant in Seal Beach
  • Amorelia Mexican Café in Costa Mesa
  • Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine
  • Brunos Italian Kitchen in Brea
  • Casablanca The Restaurant in Costa Mesa
  • Gyu-Kaku in Huntington Beach

So, this March, take a break from cooking and enjoy the diverse food offerings of Orange County’s best restaurants.

The helpful professionals at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress are pleased to announce this year’s signature Orange County restaurant event.  With that said, we would also like to remind you that we are always here to help local business owners with all of their water damage restoration needs.  Call us anytime at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

Seal Beach and Orange County’s Other Cities are Exciting Places for Active People.

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Their IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damaged job.

Throughout the Year, the Seal Beach Area Offers a Wide Variety of Fun Things to Do.

Residents and visitors of the Seal Beach area can enjoy the region’s fun events, festivals, and other activities. These offerings include everything from foot races to music concerts, art and food festivals, parades, and fireworks displays. In other words, throughout the year, Orange County offers entertaining things for just about everyone. There are seasonal events, activities for those seeking to challenge themselves physically, concerts for music lovers, festivals for art aficionados and gastronomes, and various activities appropriate for families with children. So, as you can see, there are many reasons to appreciate life in this part of Southern California.

Neat Seasonal Things to Do

Regardless of what time of the year it is, there are always festive seasonal activities for locals and tourists to experience. These help everyone get into the mood for different times of the year and present people with an opportunity to celebrate them. A few of the more notable seasonal things to do are:

The Cherry Blossom Festival - the free annual celebration of Japanese culture, during which attendees can enjoy Japanese music, dance, cultural performances, arts & crafts, and food, that usually takes place the second week of March in Huntington Beach
La Habra’s Spring Citrus Fair - free three-day fair generally held the first week of May that features a citrus market, bubble parade, thrill rides, kiddie rides, music from local bands, and delicious food
Fourth of July Fireworks Displays and Parades - occur throughout Orange County and are often free to the public
Trick or Treating on Main Street - Halloween activity during which Seal Beach’s Main Street merchants dress in costumes and greet local children
Seal Beach’s Holiday Parade - annual holiday parade during the first week of December that has creative floats, local dignitaries, and Santa

Athletic Competitions for Those Looking to Exert Themselves

If you are a fan of exercise that enjoys a good walk, foot race, or swim, Orange County has just what you need. Communities in the county, including Seal Beach, host various athletic events throughout the year. Some of these include the:

Surf City, USA Marathon & Half Marathon in Huntington Beach - Foot races along the Pacific Coast Highway, ranging from a one-mile run to a full marathon that takes place the first week of FebruaryMS Walk in Irvine - fundraising event held the first week of April (for multiple sclerosis research) that consists of entertainment, food, and a two-mile walk

 Huntington Beach Pier Swim - competitive half-mile swim around Huntington Beach Pier during the second week of June that costs $25 to enter and gives awards to the top three finishers of each division
Summer of Mud Run - 5K run through muddy, wet trails and obstacles that take place in Silverado in June
Fit Expo - diverse series of fitness competitions, including those in martial arts, bodybuilding, weight lifting, and arm wrestling that is held in Anaheim in August

Concerts and Festivals for Music Lovers

Concert enthusiasts can rejoice in knowing that the Seal Beach area hosts several live music events every year. These cover a wide array of musical genres and are readily accessible to the public. A brief listing of these is:

Seal Beach’s Free Concerts by the Pier - Concerts occurring every Wednesday evening, June through August
Huntington Beach’s Like Totally Music Festival - held in May and features the music of famous 1980’s bands
Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival - a May festival filled with live blues music
Corona’s Baroque Music Festival - takes place the last week of June and presents live Baroque Era style music with and without vocal accompaniment

Art & Food Festivals

Those residents and visitors looking for artistic stimulation or gastronomic experiences should check out some of the many art and food festivals hosted by local communities. The most popular of these are:

Irvine’s Family Music & Arts Festival - fun, kid-focused event lasting through the first week of April
Yorba Linda’s Celebration of the Arts - a free, family-friendly event that happens the first week of June and features, among other things, paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, and wood carvings
The Taste of Huntington Beach - occurs the last week of April and gives those in attendance a chance to taste local restaurant offerings
A Taste of Greece - takes place in Irvine and showcases Greek food, drink, and dance

It is always good to know what your entertainment options are. More importantly, though, you should be aware of what flood damage cleanup and restoration services are available if you ever suffer a flooding event. With this in mind, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress want you to know that we are always here to help. Call us at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help You Recover from Flood Damage?

The skilled professionals at SERVPRO have all the necessary advanced industry training and state-of-the-art tools to effectively mitigate, clean up, and restore most flood damage. Also, as a result of our expertise and equipment, we are often able to return your home to its pre-flood condition faster than other companies. Some of the particular methods and tools that make this possible are:

Using wet vacs and powerful extractors to swiftly remove standing floodwaters from your home
Employing EPA-approved methods to professionally remove hazardous, flood-related wastes
Thoroughly drying out your home’s interior with air movers, Injectidry systems, and dehumidifiers
Treating flood-affected surfaces with foggers that disperse industrial-grade antimicrobials around your residence
Tackling strong flood-related smells with powerful deodorizers.
In each of these innovative ways, our technicians work toward resolving the various problems arising from flooding events. Most times, these efforts save you time, money, and future headaches.

With all that said, it certainly pays to do your research and select the best flood damage remediation service for your particular needs. So, if flooding ever impacts your home, remember to select a quality remediator like SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress. Call us at (562) 431-9400 for help.

Listen to the Music of Internationally Renowned Artists Near Seal Beach.

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When a fire strikes a home SERVPRO should be the team to call upon. Their IICRC certified and trained techs are experienced with fire damage.

Seal Beach Residents Can Attend the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival.

Presented by the Philharmonic Society and Laguna Beach Live!, the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival is being held this year from March 24th to the 28th and is readily accessible to Seal Beach residents. This exciting musical event features the talents of the following internationally acclaimed artists:

  • Pianist and composer Conrad Tao
  • The JACK Quartet
  • The Westerlies Quartet
  • Violinist Stefan Jackiw
  • Dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher

Visit the Philharmonic Society website or call (949) 553-2422 for additional information or purchase tickets. If the concert cannot be held in-person, it may be held virtually.

Regardless of whether you are a fine music lover or not, the potential for a residential fire is an ever-present concern. This is especially true in our region, which is particularly prone to wildfires. So, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress want you to know that we are always here to help. Whenever you need fire damage restoration services, call us at (562) 431-9400.

Join Other Residents of Seal Beach And Enjoy Your Favorite Meal

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked outside of SERVPRO vehicle This is just some of the equipment we have available for water emergencies. We are alway on call to restore any water damage your home incurs.

Judy's Kitchen Welcomes Everyone Visiting or Residing in Seal Beach to Enjoy a Wide Range of Meals 

Mingling with friends and family during this period of uncertainty is quite a challenge for everyone. However, We Care of Seal Beach has organized a recurring event that meets all health department guidelines, including maintaining social distance. Held at Community Congregational Church 4111 Katella Avenue on 16th January 2021, the event is open to everyone residing in or visiting the city. 

The event takes place every 3rd Saturday of every month, and begins at 11 AM and ends at 1 PM. Attendees can expect: 

  • Professionally prepared meals of all kinds
  • Different types of drinks
  • A great time with community members 

All meals in the event are cooked from Judy's Kitchen with the skilled chefs who prepare the delicious meals from scratch. Do not be left out. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress warmly welcomes you to Judy's Kitchen. If there is a water intrusion incident in your home, we can help. We are experienced in performing water remediation in affected Seal Beach homes. Talk to us today at (562) 431-9400.

Get Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at the Seal Beach Farmer’s Market in Cypress

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

baskets of fruit and vegetables at farmer's market We look forward to seeing you at the Cypress Farmer’s Market.

Come Enjoy Shopping for all Kinds of Vegetables and Fruits in Seal Beach 

Since the beginning of the year, the health department has laid strict measures, including limiting interactions and total lockdowns. These measures have made it impossible for most residents across the city to shop for fresh vegetables and fruits. However, you can shop for fresh groceries at Seal Beach Farmer’s Market on December 19th, 2020. 

Held near the Katella Avenue corner and Lexington, the recurring event follows all the set guidelines to ensure attendees are safe. Stop by the Farmer’s Market and see what farmers and other vendors have to offer. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress affectionately welcomes you to the Cypress Farmer’s Market. If you need fire restoration services for your Seal Beach home, contact our professional restoration team. We can get your property to its preloss condition. Talk to us today at (562) 431-9400.   

Professional Water Damage Assistance to Affected Seal Beach Homes

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

View of Seal Beach; building and street in foreground; beach in background Seal Beach has so much to offer. Don't let water damage spoil your fun, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Provides Seal Beach Property Owners with Professional Water Damage Restoration Services  

Seal Beach, a coastal city in Orange County, California, is home to 24,168 people according to the 2010 census, up from 24,157 in the 2000 census.

From the mid-1860s, the eastern area of the current Old Town Beach was known as Anaheim Landing, which became a convenient port to ship wine and receive supplies to build homes. The local government had created a warehouse and wharf on a bay where the Anaheim Creek joined with the Pacific Ocean. Merchants and farmers established the Anaheim town and settled there. After a few years, Anaheim Landing had increased its shipping volume, and it got close to rivaling San Pedro. In 1875, the railroad arrived at Anaheim. It made it easier to ship products compared to hauling wagons over 12 miles to the Landing.       

However, Anaheim's beaches and its landing surroundings had become popular by this time, and most people used it as a getaway from the hot summer days. According to Los Angeles newspapers, the area records an average permanent population of more than 400 during the summer and more on special days. The Landing also hosts several fishing boats throughout the year that fish in local fishing areas. The authorities registered the Anaheim Landing site as a California Historical Landmark.

The U.S Navy bought a massive chunk of land around Anaheim Landing during World War II in 1944. The Navy constructed a weapons station for unloading, storing, and loading ammunition on U.S Navy warships around San Diego and Long Beach. Since the area is closer to Northern California Concord Naval Weapons Station, it is the primary source of munitions for most U.S Pacific Fleet. After the arrival of the Navy, the population began to grow eventually.

Surfing in Seal Beach

Since 1913, Seal Beach has been the home of surfing. The town hosted the first mainland surfing competition in 1913, which at that time was a private annual Minnesota Picnic gathering. The popularity of surfing in the area took off when Blackie August, the legendary surfer, arrived after the war. He taught interested local kids how to surf. The legend's son Robert was among the surfers featured in "Endless Summer," the classic surf film. The first two national surfing championships went home with local legends Mike Haley and Jack Haley. 

The home of arts and culture

Among the most significant events in Seal Beach are the April Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and the Fish Fry event, which began in 1943. Since the 1960s, the Rough Water Swim event has been taking place the same weekend as the Fish Fry. Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors several occasions, including:

  • Summer Concert series
  • Classic Car show
  • Christmas Parade
  • Kite Festival

Since the year 2001, the Taste for Los AI, which takes place in October, has benefited activities at Los Alamitos High School. It is among the largest silent auction in the country, with over 100 tables.


Seal Beach is also home to the record label Mash Down Babylon Records, operated out of The Elizabethan garage. Matt Embree, a lead vocalist and a guitarist in RX Bandits rock/post-hardcore band, founded the label.

Other places to visit in Seal Beach

On Electric Avenue, where the former railroad used to run, is a Red Car Museum. Included is a rehabilitated Red Car from the Pacific Electric Railway.  Back in the day, the Red Car trolley tracks passed through the town heading south to Newport Beach.

The town also hosts Bay Theatre, a popular place for revival screenings and independent film. However, the theater was shut down in 2012 and later purchased by Paul Dunlap in 2017.

Part of the U.S Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach hosts the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. The 911 acres refuge facility is home to three different endangered species, including:

  • Belding's Savannah sparrow
  • California least tern
  • Ridgway's light-footed rail

The degradation and loss of the California coastal wetlands, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and Newport Beach habitats are vital for migrating and wintering waterfowl, seabirds, and shorebirds. However, since it is part of the weapons station, visiting the area is limited to once every month.


Seal Beach hosts many tourist attraction sites, including the second-longest pier in California, used for sightseeing and fishing. The wooden pier has endured severe damage caused by storms, which lead to extensive construction. At the pier's entrance, there two plaques. One memorializes the Federal Emergency Administration of 1938 that rebuilt the dock after the 1935 storms. The other honors businesses and groups that helped rebuild the pier after the March 2, 1938 storm destroyed several sections.

The best and safe surfing locations in the town include the river "Stingray Bay" and Seal Beach pier. The Ray Bay is also a popular surfing spot at the San Gabriel River's mouth. Unfortunately, water intrusion incidents can ruin properties of any type in Seal Beach.

Why trust SERVPRO for your water damage restoration needs

Water damage from a slow leak or malfunctioning water heater can cause thousands of dollars' worth of property damage if not handled by restorers from reliable water damage restoration companies in Seal Beach. After the unfortunate incident happens, water begins to seep into various surfaces, and mold growth occurs within 24 hours. If ignored for an extended period, odors can linger in the property; corrosion takes place on appliances, and the home's structural stability may weaken.

Thankfully, when you contact a reputable water damage restoration company like SERVPRO on time, we can minimize the damage and restore your residence to its former glory. We have a team of skilled and certified restorers who use innovative techniques to mitigate the damage.

We also have the most up-to-date tools and equipment that help us speed up the restoration process. We can use structural cavity drying equipment to drive airflow into hard-to-reach areas such as wall cavities. The machine extracts moisture in confined spaces and replaces it with dry air.

We use approved products to clean, decontaminate, and deodorize your home during the restoration process. We have a large selection of products that also help us clean sensitive surfaces. Before calling the job 'done,' we always ensure that we have met or exceeded our customer's expectations.    

Water damage can develop at any time of the day or night. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for prompt restoration. We are available around the clock. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Take a Free Holiday Tour Around the Seal Beach Area

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

equipment We hope to see you at the Holiday Lights Tour!

Holiday Lights Tour Assembles in Seal Beach on December 17th

The holidays are almost upon us, so it is time to start planning seasonal activities. With a plethora of options in the Seal Beach area, this can be a daunting task. However, the Lorico Legacy Group, a local real estate agency, offers one of the most popular activities during December. This year, the firm is hosting its fourth annual Holiday Lights Tour. In order to avoid disappointment, please remember the following details about this festive outing:

    •    Event meetup starts at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 17th in the Glory Days Seal Beach Parking Lot, located at 620 Pacific Coast Highway
    •    Since there is limited seating, RSVP by December 4th
    •    Photos with Santa, as well as cookies and hot chocolate, can be had starting at 6:30PM
    •    Tour starts at 7:00 PM sharp, returns at 7:45 PM, and showcases the decorative lighting of the nearby seaside communities

Seasonal displays invigorate everyone with the holiday spirit, but your neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress encourage you to remain mindful of fire hazards. If your business is ever impacted by fire and its related odors, call us at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

Learn How to Transition Home-based Workers into Seal Beach. Area Office Environments

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

trucks We are looking forward to seeing you at the Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast on Zoom

Attend the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast on Zoom

The recent Covid-19 crisis has disrupted work environments in Seal Beach. Starting several months ago, as a result of state guidelines, local businesses instructed their employees to work remotely from home. At that time, these measures were necessary to protect everyone from potential infection. Now that the crisis appears to be ending, many companies want to know how they can safely and legally return their employees to the workplace. In order to help provide this information, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual Networking Breakfast. The event’s guest speaker, Human Resources expert, Chuck Landon, is knowledgeable in all the necessary transition procedures. Important things to remember about this Networking Breakfast are:

    •    It takes place on December 8th between 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM PST
    •    Registration for the event ends at 10:00 PM PST on December 7th
    •    The session can be accessed through the Zoom link sent following registration
    •    Admission is free

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, a local water damage restoration service, understands the difficulties caused by Covid-19. We also have the training and tools to complete whatever remediation work you may need to have done. So, if you ever need our help, call (562) 431-9400.

Seal Beach is Beginning to Feel the Effects of Climate Change

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property Call our crew when your property is damaged by a storm

In Recent Years, Seal Beach Has Increasingly Suffered Flooding Events

The coastal community of Seal Beach, like many of Orange County’s other seaside areas, offers residents comfortable suburban living with easy access to numerous beautiful beaches. This luxury, however, does not come without its risks. In Seal Beach, these risks tend to involve flash floods and are seemingly becoming greater as the years go by. Notable inundations happened in January of 2017 and 2019, but flooding generally occurs every year during storm season. There are several potential causes of these often sudden deluges, which include:

    •    The heavy rains that fall during the area’s rainy season between October and May
    •    Storm surges resulting from strong coastal weather patterns
    •    “King tides” that are produced several times a year when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in such a way that their gravitational pull on the oceans is substantially increased
    •    Tsunamis generated by land and sea-based earthquakes and their shockwaves
    •    Overwhelmed local pump stations and stormwater drainage networks
    •    Rising sea levels and intensified storms related to climate change

One or more of these issues usually contribute to our community’s annual stormwater problems.

How Climate Change May Impact the Future Seal Beach
In July of 2019, the City of Seal Beach presented their climate change impact findings to local residents during a community workshop. These findings were based on the city’s extensive “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment,” which attempted to project how much the sea level might rise over the next eighty years, what the impacts of the sea level rise might be, and how these could be prevented or mitigated.  Ultimately, the assessment found that:

    •    The sea level would likely rise between a half-foot and a foot by 2050
    •    This rise would probably increase to between 1.3 and 3.2 feet by 2100
    •    The likely projected sea-level rise (SLR) was unlikely to cause much damage by 2050 but could substantially harm the area by 2100, especially during 100-year storm conditions
    •    By 2100, the projected SLR would likely impact about 800 properties during non-storm conditions and nearly 1,450 during 100-year storm scenarios
    •    In about eighty years, SLR had a good chance of causing around $122 million in structural damage during normal, calm weather, while 100-year storm conditions nearly doubled this figure to about $241 million
    •    By 2100, there was a good possibility that around 18.8 acres of shoreline would be lost to erosion, costing the city about $1 million in revenue per year

Although the city presented inflated figures during its workshop presentation, the assessment its presentation was based on fostered some important and troubling realizations about the seaside community’s future.

What Can Be Done to Mitigate the Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Seal Beach?
The municipality’s study considered various ways in which the coming crisis could be mitigated.  Moreover, it facilitated the city’s development of a Local Coastal Plan to better manage coastal development and protect resources.  The formal plan includes state Coastal Act requirements and prevents any new development without the city’s final approval.  Some of the various ways Seal Beach hopes to reduce the potential future destruction caused by SLR are:

    •    Denying new developments in areas deemed to be at a moderate-to-high risk of SLR-related issues
    •    Taking structures severely troubled by SLR through eminent domain and demolishing them
    •    Erecting high seawalls to keep rising seawater from flowing into the town and inundating homes and businesses
    •    Constructing a series of sand berms to divert water away from essential or important areas
    •    Placing homes and commercial buildings on stilts to allow high waters to flow under them
    •    Building more pump stations and improving the community’s drainage network

Over the next eighty or so years, a combination of a few or all of these measures should greatly help our beautiful coastal city avoid the worst effects of SLR.

Seal Beach faces what many other oceanfront municipalities face. Every year, it is battered by strong storms, has periods of heavy rains, experiences drainage system failures, and suffers tidal effects related to celestial bodies and their gravitational pull. The community is also vulnerable to the insidious products of climate change, which can exacerbate the previously mentioned issues. On top of all this, it has to deal with the unique problems of the Pacific Rim region, namely earthquakes and tsunamis. With all this said, the city does have methods of ameliorating its situation. These include preventative planning, controlled development, and various engineering tasks to block or divert water away from vulnerable structures.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress are masters at flooding cleanup.  We have routinely and successfully dealt with flood cleanup in this area. Moreover, our skilled professionals are equipped with the right training and tools to get the job done right. So, if your home is ever flooded, call us at (562) 431-9400.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Clean Up Flooding?
SERVPRO experts waste no time when it comes to cleaning up your flooded home. Generally, within four hours of your initial call, we are at your residence and ready to get the job done. Using our wealth of knowledge in cleaning and remediation topics, as well as our cutting-edge equipment, we work to resolve your flood-related issues as effectively and efficiently as possible. The measures our workers take include the following:

    •    Extracting large amounts of standing water with industrial-grade extractors and smaller pools of liquid with wet vacs
    •    Using air movers and various types of dehumidifiers to dry out your home’s interiors
    •    Drying out hidden, difficult-to-reach spaces beneath flooring and behind walls and ceilings with Injectidry systems
    •    Fogging impacted surfaces and contents with EPA-approved antimicrobials and deodorants
    •    Restoring flood-affected structural elements with various state-of-the-art tools
    •    Fully rebuilding destroyed areas of your residence

Whatever damage your home has suffered, our methods are usually able to successfully remediate it.

So, whenever your home is inundated in contaminated floodwaters, remember that expert assistance is available.  If you ever need to have flooding cleanup work done, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Can a Tankless Water Heater Limit the Potential for Water Damage?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

A man ripping wood flooring up. A hot water heater issue in your home can become a bigger issue than most realize. Let SERVPRO help you through.

SERVPRO techs know plumbing issues can arise with any device and have the skills and equipment to get the water out of your Seal Beach home

The average service life of a hot water heater in a Seal Beach home is around eight to twelve years on average. If the tank fails, it can dump a sudden thirty plus gallons of water in your home. Once free of the tank, the water spreads and migrates down and seeps under floors, affecting floor joists and can penetrate under the foundation in some cases. Tankless water heaters have some definite perks such as:   

  • They do not require a tank to hold the hot water for use 
  • Minimal potential for a catastrophic water damage event  
  • No waiting for the water to heat up; it arrives hot
  • Uses 30% to 50% less energy for hot water since no tank needed 

What is the Best Way to Get Rapid Water Removal?

After a large scale damage event in your Seal Beach home requires water removal, the best action a homeowner can take is to bring in outside help. SERVPRO techs have multiple types of equipment to get the water out of your home quickly. A mere inch of water can do numerous types of damage to your home in a short period, including:  

  • Destruction to carpet and tile flooring 
  • Water may cause the carpet to shrink, deteriorate, or dyes to bleed  
  • The subfloor may warp due to seepage and require replacement  
  • Sheetrock may buckle or fall apart after wicking water 

Commonly Seen Cleanup Needs for a Home 

When SERVPRO techs work on a home post-water tank failure, there is often a lot of water to extract. Fifty gallons of water does not look like so much when it is sitting compressed in the tank. It can seem overwhelming about where to start the cleanup. Some actions homeowners can take before the arrival of the crew is to remove items off the wet floor such as magazines in baskets, decorative pillows, and porous items that can absorb water or have the potential to bleed inks or dyes onto carpet or laminate flooring. 

The flooring of all types takes a beating after a water spill of this size in a home. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs have comprehensive training in handling damage from water for all kinds of flooring, and they know after inspection if your floor covering has restoration potential or not. 

Laminate flooring, particularly on floating floors, fares poorly when exposed to copious amounts of water. This is due to the composition of most of the floorboards, having a melanin and fiberboard core. Once it has excessive exposure to moisture, the fiberboard swells and causes deterioration for the board. Usually, this type of flooring needs removal and replacement after a massive water damage issue. 

Ceramic and laminate (resilient) tile usually have two very different outcomes. While ceramic tile has one of the best potentials for a full restoration, if the grout line seal remains intact, laminate tile may float up and off when the adhesive loses its grip. 

Since a water tank cleanup has a rating as a clean water restoration job, as long as the cleanup starts within 24 hours, the water poses no hazards, and on a case by case basis, the techs can extract the water from the carpet and dry it in place. This is usually welcome news to homeowners who have an investment in their wall-to-wall carpeting. 

Wood floorboards react differently to water as even sealed boards still naturally absorb some water resulting in bowing or crowning. Until the boards get dried, there is no way to gauge the true restoration potential. Often with the use of drying mats, the boards return to their original shape, although in some cases, they may need refinishing. 

Once the property dries, the techs use their equipment to ensure that there are no areas of moisture that got missed. They look for:   

  • Cold areas indicating moisture behind walls as seen through the use of infrared cameras  
  • The use of penetrating probes to determine if any water remains within the subfloor  
  • Interior humidity readings to ensure drying goals got attained

After the water gets extracted and the work-site dried, SERVPRO techs work on manual cleaning and prepping the area for any needed repairs. The Crew Chief walks the homeowner through the actions taken and goes over any controlled demolition that needed to occur for drying. Homeowners get encouraged to ask any questions, so everyone is on the same page when the restoration services get completed. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 when you need assistance with water removal in your home. The technicians have the training and equipment to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Remain on Premises Following a Fire?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

biohazard warning and suit SERVPRO protects its technicians from biohazardous airborne smoke particles in Seal Beach area homes

SERVPRO Assesses Seal Beach Area Fire Damage for Safe Living Conditions

After enduring a fire in your Seal Beach home, you may not wish to leave, especially if you feel your property is vulnerable due to the extensive damage. However, it is vital to prioritize your safety, ensuring your home is safe before deciding to return permanently. Often, technicians use strong deodorizers and fogging techniques that require residents to vacate the property. They also may need to turn off your power for safety purposes. Our goal is to quickly and effectively restore your home to preloss conditions so that you may return.

Why are Slip and Falls a Hazard After a Fire?

Firefighters Often Use Water to Extinguish a Fire

Surprisingly, one of the major factors impeding fire restoration for your Seal Beach home is water usage during firefighting efforts. Excess moisture on top of fire damage makes the cleanup and restoration tasks even more challenging. Our trained SERVPRO technicians employ OSHA required Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), which shuts off power as a safety precaution if it senses too much electrical current in a wet environment.

What are Some of the Most Common Safety Hazards After A Fire?

  • Electrical Hazards: If the electricity is still running, it is essential to inspect for damaged wiring. It may be necessary to terminate power from the fuse box to ensure safety.
  • Structural Hazards: Fire can cause loose building materials and other debris to fall. Technicians wear hardhats as personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Slip, Trip, and Fall: Excess water may cause slipping, while debris, electrical cords, and poor visibility can cause a fall.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Control Water Damage in a Property?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

green dehu and containment barrier SERVPRO's Dehumidifiers and Skilled Technicians Can Cut, Contain, and Dry Water Damaged Seal Beach Properties, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Water Mitigation Techniques to Ensure your Seal Beach Home Suffers Minimal Permanent Damage.

How can I prevent water issues from spreading?

It can be easy to spread water issues around your Seal Beach home without realizing it. Not only does water naturally migrate, but it also contains microbes that can contaminate unaffected areas of the house. SERVPRO technicians work hard to establish engineering controls when using a property with water exposure. Engineering controls may include preventing the spread of contaminants on clothing by setting up decontamination rooms. But it also includes building containment to avoid microbes from spreading from space to space. Usually, we can set up an air filtration device to remove humid air from the building and exhaust it outside.

  • Why is humidity control important in water restoration?
  • Reduces the chance of water migration
  • Limits secondary damages typically associated with water
  • Prevents microbial amplification in the affected area

How is humidity control provided in water restoration?

Rising humidity levels are essential to bringing under control when performing water mitigation in your Seal Beach home. SERVPRO technicians use thermal hygrometers to take readings from the affected area, unaffected areas of the house, and outdoor humidity levels. By comparing the results, we can set a dry goal for the affected area then use dehumidification equipment to bring down the relative humidity to an average level. It may be necessary to take several readings within a property and apply negative air pressure to prevent humidity from spreading throughout the house.

What materials may need to be removed during water mitigation?

Water mitigation is a challenging task that requires expert training and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

How Do I Control Mold on a Waterfront Business?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO portable air scrubber working in demo SERVPRO Offers Advanced Equipment Like this Air Scrubber to Improve IAQ Indoor Air Quality during Mold Remediation in Seal Beach Structures

Mold is Common in Oceanside Businesses on Seal Beach. Contacting Commercial Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Can Return your Business to a Pre-loss Condition.

Why is the mold more prominent in waterfront businesses?

Mold is an organism that requires moisture to grow and reproduce. Like those found on Seal Beach's waterfront, humid climates can create ideal conditions for spontaneous mold growth. These organisms can be unsanitary and have health effects. For ensuring you maintain your staff's safety, it is essential to reach out to professional mold remediators. Mold remediators not only remove the current issue but can address the underlying cause of the problem. In short, using a professional service could save expenses in the longer term. SERVPRO is available twenty-four-hours a day for business clients.

What conditions does mold need to thrive?

  • Temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees
  • Moisture can come from the humidity
  • A food supply which consists of organic matter frequently found in building materials

How can I restore indoor air-quality following mold growth?

One advantage of using mold removal companies in Seal Beach is access to professional equipment. Mold organisms can be as small as 1 micron, invisible to the naked eye, but can be ingested or inhaled. When entering a mold site, SERVPRO technicians use N95 respirators to protect themselves from airborne spores. Restoring indoor air-quality is usually undertaken once contamination is removed. We use air-scrubbing equipment fitted with filters that are capable of removing contaminants as small as 0.3 microns. It is advisable to use air filters rather than natural or fan ventilation to prevent spreading mold spores from room to room during restoration.

Who is involved in professional mold remediation?

  • Industrial hygienist or an indoor environmental specialist
  • An insurance adjuster to assess the claim and provide an estimate
  • Mold assessment and remediation technician with IICRC accreditation

Protect your ocean side business by using professional mold remediators. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

What Is The Process For Water Removal In a Flooded Residence?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

crawlspace with water and plastic covering the ground and an insulated pipe tied to the wood joist SERVPRO is Here to Help if your home needs water removal.

Flooding in a Seal Beach Home Requires Emergency Water Mitigation and SERVPRO has the Professionals Who Can Do It

Catastrophes such as flooding turn your world upside down. Choosing the right water damage company in Seal Beach is vital.

What happens once I place an emergency service call?

No one wants to make an emergency service call to a water removal cleanup company in Seal Beach. But if flooding has occurred, you have no choice. You want a company that puts you at ease and brings you along every step of the way. SERVPRO does precisely that. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians always have several main goals when they arrive:

Working closely with the customer to ensure they understand the cleanup and restoration process.

  • Protecting the structure and contents from further damage.
  • Removing as much water as possible.
  • Getting the drying process started.
  • Avoiding as much disruption to the customer as possible.

Scoping Out the Area

The whole process starts with scoping. This can allow the technicians to ascertain what they are dealing with in regards to water damage. They will decide what type of water is involved – clean, gray, or black. The team will check for safety hazards so the work can begin safely. Then they move onto determining what is wet, where the water has migrated, and what materials need drying.

Restoring Your Home

Once the above occurs, the Green Team gets to work restoring your home, “Like it never even happened.” Wet vacs, powerful pumps, and other water extraction tools remove water. The drying process is followed by repair, restoration, or replacement of contents. 

There is no need to panic if you need water removal cleanup. Our professionals provide you with peace of mind knowing you are in good hands. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (582) 431 - 9400. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

I Live In A Coastal Town – What Do I Need To Know About Being Prepared For Flooding?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Homes in flood waters Coastal flooding can cause a variety of water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Understanding the Risks Can Help You Better Prepare Your Seal Beach Home.

Over the past 90 years, Seal Beach has experienced approximately 3” of sea-level rise. The projection is an increase in that number over the next century, mainly due to climate change. This means coastal flooding can increase along with the severity of the storms. The local National Weather Service sets flood standards for the area. Since 1960 there have been 166 days where those levels were exceeded.

What Causes Sea Levels to Rise?

While factors can vary from location to location, certain elements impact rising sea levels in coastal towns. These include:

  •   Oceans Getting Warmer – Oceans have been warming for over a century satellite, and thermometer measurements show. Water expands as it warms. Since seas have nowhere to go when they expand, they go up and go out. 
  •   Ice Shrinking – Global glaciers and ice sheets in places like Greenland and Antarctica are slowly melting. Some are breaking off into the ocean as a result. This adds large amounts of land water and ice into the oceans, significantly impacting rising sea levels.
  • Land Sinking – Coastal land is sinking in many places. Often it is the result of nature and time, but industry-related pumping can have an impact as well.

When sea levels rise, the starting point for tides, waves, and storm surges rise as well, according to Riskfinder.org. This is why the storms could increase. This can lead to flood damage in Seal Beach.

Are You Prepared for Storms?

Storms can hit any city at any time and cause untold damage. If you live in a coastal town, the risk is more significant for rough weather and flooding. The lower your home is, the more of a chance there is of floodwaters intruding on your residence. Many factors can contribute to increased flooding, such as rainfall, topography, tidal and river flow data, and new construction. 

You may never have experienced storm damage. But that does not mean you won't have a problem in the future. SERVPRO is here to help if you do.

How Can I Protect My Home & Family?

There are certain things that any family who lives in a coastal town should be doing. If you are unsure of the risk in your neighborhood, flood hazard maps can assist. This is important when it comes to homeowners insurance. Coverage can vary, and you want the flood insurance you need for your situation.

Spring and fall are often the time of year when hurricanes, tornadoes, and tropical storms make themselves known. Having an emergency kit on hand is wise, especially during the stormy season. Consider putting together a backpack for each family in your home. It should contain things like:

  • Change of clothes
  • Medication
  • Snacks 
  • Bottled water
  • Special toy (for kids)
  • Flashlight

At SERVPRO, we recommend having a family plan in place should you need to evacuate. This is a smart move, even in the case of fire. Once you have it set up, then practice, especially if you have little ones. Consider the following:

  • What is the meeting place for everyone?
  • Which person is responsible for what little one?
  • What members are at school or work?
  • Who is your out-of-town emergency contact?
  • Where are the essential documents located?

How Can SERVPRO Help if My Home is Flooded?

SERVPRO can be on the scene within hours of an emergency flood damage call. Floodwater is considered Category III or blackwater. It is highly contaminated and not safe. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians are ready to provide emergency mitigation such as roof tarping, safety assessment for entering, and dealing with electrical issues. The crew posts signs and wears the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Once everything is secured and it is safe to do so, our team provides the following flood damage controls:

  • All affected areas are sprayed with an EPA registered disinfectant. 
  • Prevent the floodwater from spreading to unaffected areas with containment measures.
  • Remove and dispose of standing silt and debris.
  • Water extraction with powerful pumps, including trash pumps, truck-mounted, and portable pumps.
  • Evaluate the structure and contents for decontamination or disposal. 
  • Discuss with the owner and insurance adjuster what stays and what goes. 
  • Antimicrobial and anti-fungal products get used throughout the process.
  • Dry the home using air movers, industrial fans, and dehumidifiers.
  • Clean and disinfect throughout the various stages as needed.

The restoration process then begins. This can include controlled demolition for walls and ceilings. Our goal is always restoring the content of the home when possible. Providing pack-out services for off-site cleaning of the contents often takes place as well. 

Don’t let coastal flooding take you and your family by surprise. Be proactive! You cannot stop the waves from hurtling toward your home. But you can have a plan in place for when it happens, and SERVPRO is an integral part of that plan.

Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Protect My Merchandise After a Fire?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire line do not cross" SERVPRO is quick to get your fire damage under control. Call us for swift action recovering your business property after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Clean Both the Building and Its Contents.

A fire immediately evokes thoughts of lost merchandise, time away from your Seal Beach shop, and ultimately no incoming revenue for your business. When your livelihood is at stake, it is vital to take quick action to mitigate further long-lasting damage. A fire can be particularly devastating to an antique shop because of the unique nature of the merchandise. Classic wooden mirrors and frames, upholstered furniture, beautiful lampshades, and books are all susceptible to retaining smoke odor because of their age and porous surfaces. It is crucial to get these valuable items out of the smoke-ridden environment quickly and carefully as possible.

Should I Remove My Items While Technicians Clean?

SERVPRO Technicians Take Merchandise for Off Site Cleanup  

For effective cleaning, the Seal Beach SERVPRO fire damage restoration team often removes items for offsite storage and cleaning. By removing items, technicians can more effectively clean both the property and the merchandise. Delicate antiques each require precise cleaning methods. With your help, our team separates salvaged and unsalvageable items before inventorying and moving to a safe, offsite location. 

How Can I Be Sure My Merchandise is Safe?

  • Technicians inventory each item during each stage of the move out, using our detailed Contents Inventory Worksheets.
  • Technicians use safe lifting techniques to prevent injuries and to protect your merchandise.
  • SERVPRO pre-cleans items, removing smoke residue, to help protect them during transport.

What Additional Measures Do Technicians Take with Inventorying My Items?

  • DPI (Digital Photo Inventory): Pictures can show serial numbers, the make of an item, and the item's condition.
  • DVI (Digital Video Inventory): Videos give an overview of the move out to document which items leave your store.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Do I Need To Do Anything After Hiring Professional Restorers To Handle A Flooding Incident In My Seal Beach Home?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

A home with standing water on the road. Let SERVPRO work with you and your flooded home. We can get your Seal Beach home back in no time.

SERVPRO Works Closely with You to Find the Best Solutions for Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home

The level of damage caused by flooding after a storm is usually extensive, necessitating assistance from a team of professional restorers to help save your home. Although a professional crew lifts the burden of handling the different renovation tasks necessary to restore your Seal Beach home to its preloss state, your input might still be necessary for some stages of the restoration to guarantee a positive outcome.

What contributions can I make while a professional crew restores flood damage at my Seal Beach home?

  • Taking protective steps while awaiting the crew
  • Identification of personal items
  • Giving approvals for various renovation tasks

Professional flood damage restorers are highly skilled from the training they receive regularly. However, there are inevitable gaps that might require your input to ensure a better outcome. For instance, during the lead-time between notifying the restorer and the time restoration crews reach your property, there are actions that you can take that might help limit the damage. Our SERVPRO technicians usually arrive within 4 hours after the initial notification. 

Our customer service representatives help you identify protective steps that you can take as you wait for the restoration crew to ensure we do not miss opportunities that lead to a positive outcome. Some of the actions you can take during this window might include:

  • Turning off power at the mains 
  • Moving vulnerable items from exposed areas  
  • Notifying your insurer of the loss

Such steps may seem trivial, but they have a significant impact on the running of the renovation process.

What is considered a personal item?

The term personal items can sound confusing, considering you own all the items in your house. However, by considering the monetary or sentimental value of the items, a clear distinction emerges. Items that have a sentimental value to you or high monetary value fall under the personal category since it might be hard to replace in case of damage or loss. Therefore, the restoration crews must consider your opinion before deciding to throw away or use specific restoration procedures to fix such items.

Even simple input, such as pointing out to the crews where you have stored highly valued items, is crucial, especially when the house is heavily flooded, making it risky for you to wade in and retrieve your items. Our technicians collect all the items then confirm from you that everything is accounted for before moving them for storage away from the site. 

What sort of approvals do I need to make?

One unique advantage of hiring restoration crews is the use of advanced skills and state-of-the-art equipment, which improve the speed of performing restoration tasks or the outcome of such processes. For instance, self-priming trash pumps automate and thus speed up the removal of water with debris such as 

  • Leaves
  • Pebbles
  • Twigs
  • Mud
  • Sand 

Despite the superior resources, they might not deliver the exact results you expect due to several reasons. Sometimes there might be pre-existing conditions in the areas that they have to renovate, or the incident might cause irreversible damage.  Some examples of these issues include:

Such issues interfere with the restoration in different ways. In some cases, crews working at your loss site may require you to make some approvals before they pursue specific actions to restore your property. The presence of ACM, asbestos-containing materials, may lead to delays in the restoration process since disturbing such materials can pose health effects. When porous materials are affected by contaminated floodwaters, cleaning is not a viable solution to remove all traces of the contaminants. Informing you about these problems so that you can evaluate the restoration decisions we make helps ensure that you are comfortable with the outcome. In the case of ACM, you need to decide which materials we should use as replacements once we remove the hazardous ones. 

Can I give deadlines for the restoration?

Knowing how long the restoration of your property is likely to take after a storm floods, it is essential. However, you cannot impose random timelines or rely on information from other restoration projects to issue deadlines to the restoration team. However, you can ask for an estimate of how long the restoration is likely to take. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach technicians perform a walkthrough with you at the loss site then we do a preliminary scope from the information we collect during the walkthrough. After that, we can give you an approximate timeline.

Restoring property to its preloss state after a flooding incident requires several steps. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to help manage an incident at your property, "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Find a Water Restoration Services Company?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans and trucks, with lights on, ready to go. Each vehicle in our green fleet is stocked with equipment and available at a moment’s notice to restore your home.

SERVPRO Stands Ready to Assist You With Any Size Water Damage in Your Seal Beach Property 

The need for a company to clean up and restore your property and contents can arrive in many forms. Good ways to find a local company is to ask friends, coworkers, or your insurance agent for a recommendation. While busted pipes and toilet backups may spring to mind, leaks can also form from an upstairs shower pan coming through a ceiling, leaking roof, or a utility closet from a boiler on a furnace or a hot water tank. All of these can cause issues from loss of building materials to creating an ideal environment for a mold infestation to take hold. SERVPRO techs have the advanced equipment to turn the damage around and return the home to how it was before the water incident happened. The key to reducing the number of items that require disposal is to begin the water cleanup in Seal Beach as rapidly as possible.  

Can Water Restoration Companies Handle Water Removal and Mold Remediation?  

When you choose among water restoration companies for handling water cleanup in your Seal Beach home, there are many considerations to help you narrow down to the best choice. Ask questions such as:    

  • Does the company work with your insurance carrier?  
  • Is there any report that shows the actions taken within the property and items removed as too damaged for repair or restoration?
  • Are the employees trained and certified? 

What Are Some Early Warning Signs of Water Damage?  

Many water problems in a home begin as small issues, like a slow leak from a pipe or appliance. Then as time goes by without any repairs happening, the problem continues to grow. There are many ways your home will tell you that there is a problem, including: 

  • Water stains on walls or ceilings
  • Blisters or bubbles in the paint from collected water
  • Signs of mold 
  • Buckling or deterioration of building materials 

What Does "Out of Scope" Mean During Water Damage Cleanup? 

Your homeowner's insurance policy spells out very explicitly what types of issues it covers. SERVPRO has communication with property owners and insurance agents to ensure that every aspect of the water mitigation in Seal Beach within the home falls under a covered action. 

we do not complete work without the permission of the homeowner or adjuster; this attention to detail keeps situations such as unexpected billing for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the policy from happening.  

One of the biggest justifications to outsource your home's cleanup is the equipment that SERVPRO has access to use. The extraction equipment has attachments for all types of surfaces, from concrete floors to the deepest pile carpet. The powerful suction pulls up even embedded moisture and lessens the time needed for drying, which helps keep mold from being part of the problem. The drying equipment gets deployed in tandem with industrial dehumidification devices, and this setup works to lower the air moisture levels rapidly.   

Mold Remediation is sometimes part of the cleanup process after water damage gets identified and mitigated. The handling of a mold problem in a home typically is a multi-layered process. SERVPRO technicians scope the property to identify all areas with colony growth and then set up containment and air scrubbers to reduce the spread of airborne spores. The techs very carefully dry existing colonies and use abatement techniques from manual removal methods to soda and ice blasting depending on the surfaces the dry matter is on. After handling the mold remediation, the techs go over the reason for the favorable environment for the infestation with the homeowner and suggest the changes or repairs that need to happen to ensure there is no return of the issue. Frequently seen issues besides slow leaks include poor ventilation and inadequate water cleanup from a previous water event. 

Post mitigation actions may include odor control to get rid of musty odors or the removal of water stains on the carpet through methods such as rewetting or using steam cleaning to lift away the discoloration. In cases where mold remediation occurred, the techs inspect and clean the ductwork in the home to assure that there are no more issues. The technicians may also rely on proactive mold preventatives such as antimicrobial sealants over areas where colonies lived previously. 

Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 when you need help from one of the top-rated water restoration enterprises in the local area. The certified, experienced technicians arrive quickly and make the water damage to your home, "Like it never even happened." 

How Do Different Forms of Water Impact My Los Angeles Home?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on wood parquet floor We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Removes Excess Surface, Free, and Bound Water in Los Angeles

There is more than meets the eye with water removal in Los Angeles. When your hardwood floors sustain exposure to moisture, the water has the opportunity to seep into your flooring in multiple ways. As a homeowner, you can mop up the excess water, but professional technicians can detect the presence of additional moisture by using moisture meters and sensors.

Can I Just Remove the Surface Water?

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques to Remove All Excess Moisture
Water mitigation in your Los Angeles home is not as simple as just removing the surface water. If you remove only the surface water from your hardwood flooring, then you may face extensive long term damage such as warped floors or provide conditions conducive to mold growth.

What is Free Water?

    •    The moisture that is in the material through absorption.
    •    Evaporates as warm air crosses over the surface and pulls the free water out.
    •    Closer to the surface than bound water.

What is Bound Water?

    •    Moisture absorbed deep into the material.
    •    Chemically bonds with the wood.
    •    To remove bound water, it must break the chemical bond.
    •    Airflow across the surface does not remove the water; the material must be heated to break the bond, allowing evaporation.

When removing bound water from material, technicians use precautions as they carefully heat the wood. If the material overheats, it could cause permanent damage to your flooring. For example, floors could change shape and buckle. Technicians typically use a mat drying system to carefully heat the wood while simultaneously removing surface and free moisture.

For assistance after a leak, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Who Can I Call to Restore My Fire-Damaged Seal Beach Warehouse?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Burning sparks flying If you ever need assistance dealing with the aftereffects of a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress.

In Seal Beach, SERVPRO is a Good Service to Call for Commercial Fire Damage Remediation

Industrial parks in the Seal Beach area are home to numerous warehouses that store products arriving at or shipping out from nearby ports. While these commercial structures and their valuable inventory are usually safe, there is always a chance that fires could one day destroy these vital business resources. This region’s long hot and dry periods only increase the risk that items stored in a cluttered warehouse could spontaneously ignite. The potential actions of careless employees and workers further increase this danger. They might spark a fire by doing something as simple as discarding a burning cigarette butt.

Why is SERVPRO One of the Better Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoration Companies?

Recovering quickly from the effects of commercial fire damage in Seal Beach is essential to maintaining your business. The speed at which recovery occurs largely determines when your business can reopen and whether or not it can remain in operation and stay profitable. Considering this, it is paramount that companies seek assistance from services with the right training, experience, and equipment to effectively remediate their fire damage as soon as possible. In terms of training and experience, SERVPRO outperforms most others as a fire damage remediation firm. It has:

    •    Over twenty years of extensive industry experience
    •    Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approval
    •    A commercial large-loss disaster recovery team that has successfully handled such catastrophic events as the 2007 and 2017 California wildfires
    •    Technicians specifically certified in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning

Our experts, using their extensive training and experience, are able to do the job right the first time and can usually restore your commercial facilities faster than other services.

What Exactly is Our Company Skilled at Doing?

SERVPRO technicians are experts at handling most things related to fire damage and, therefore, can often save you time and money on remediation efforts. Some of the various tasks we have successfully completed include:

    •    Fire damage mitigations
    •    Thorough cleanings of ceilings, walls, floors, and other structural elements
    •    Attic cleanings during which insulation and rafters are remediated
    •    Removals of soot residues from HVAC systems
    •    Restorations of household fixtures, personal property, and specialty items
    •    Reconstructions of destroyed elements

Our workers, rather than simply replacing everything, know what can be saved and what is not cost-effective to attempt to restore. This usually enables them to efficiently perform all tasks and deliver the best, most cost-effective results.

What High-Tech Tools Does SERVPRO Employ to Complete Their Work?

Successfully restoring a fire-damaged commercial property takes the right equipment. Unfortunately, not all Seal Beach area cleaning and restoration companies possess the necessary gear for every job. This is yet another reason why we are often more able to remediate your impacted property than some other services. Some of the state-of-the-art tools our technicians have at their disposal are:

    •    High-velocity box fans that quickly remove airborne odors
    •    Air scrubbers to filter out smell-producing particles
    •    Ozone machines that use ozone gas to neutralize odors
    •    Vaportek systems to deodorize your business with aerosolized natural oils
    •    Cleaning systems that clean soot residues from your ventilation networks
    •    Thermal and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers that eliminate smells in impacted parts of your commercial facility
    •    Injection devices that shoot deodorants into carpeting and upholstered furnishings

This useful equipment allows us to eliminate foul fire-related smells from nearly all kinds of structural elements and contents. The result is that, oftentimes, business properties we service are no longer burdened by odor-causing particles that are potentially harmful to their inventories, equipment, customers/clients, and employees.

Accidents and natural disasters are unpredictable, but should always be anticipated. This is especially important for business owners to realize, as they potentially face substantial long-term financial losses and could ultimately lose their business as a result of being unprepared for such catastrophes. In order to prepare for natural disasters and accidents, business operators should learn about and practice fire safety. They should always remain mindful of unsafe practices, establish procedures promoting fire safety, and set up their properties so that their facilities are less prone to catching fire. Moreover, owners of businesses should properly train their employees so that they know and can follow safe practices.

With all that said, however, there are no certainties when it comes to avoiding unpredictable catastrophes. As a business owner, you can take all the suggested precautionary measures and still suffer fire damage. There are simply some unfortunate situations that are unavoidable.  In these less common cases, rest assured in knowing that there are services that can help you quickly recover.

If you ever need assistance dealing with the aftereffects of a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Can My Hair Appliances Cause a Fire in Los Angeles?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

hair straightener and hair dryer on a bathroom sink counter Take precautions to turn hair appliances off when not in use. Should your home suffer from a fire, contact team SERVPRO.

Your Hair Dryer and Flat Iron Could Cause a Fire in Your Los Angeles Home

Appliances often have a tag reminding us to unplug them when not in use. The reason for this warning is that a fire in your Los Angeles home could quickly start if one of your hair appliances malfunctions. Regardless of the flames' size, it is best to hire a professional crew to assess the damage and identify the next steps.

Los Angeles residents in need of fire restoration services can call SERVPRO for help. Our team is available around the clock to respond to your emergency and advise you on promptly restoring your home. Identifying the source of the fire and following the path of the smoke helps us take restoration action, including your HVAC system and any structural elements such as walls and columns.

How do I get rid of the smell left behind by the fire?

Fires tend to leave soot and ash behind, but the smell of smoke is often the most bothersome. Homeowners typically try to tackle the smell themselves, releasing aroma and air fresheners available in grocery and home improvement stores. However, our SERVPRO team has more options available to us to eradicate the smell. Among the equipment, we might use at your home are the following:

  • Ozone generators to neutralize the smell of smoke. Their use requires all humans and animals to vacate the home.
  • Air scrubbers whose active ingredients attract smell molecules to a filter and eliminate them.
  • Injections to insert deodorant into your carpets and disseminate a pleasant smell.

No two situations are the same, and our SERVPRO team is ready to customize its services to your needs. As a homeowner, you only need to rely on our expertise and let us apply best practices to your home. Like you, we want to minimize the fire in your daily life.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress is your best resource when an emergency happens. Call us at (562) 431-9400 and let us leave your home smelling, "Like it never even happened."

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I Have Flooding in My Cypress Home – How Can I Start the Cleanup?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Room With Blank Frame Hanging On The Wall Flood damage does not have to become stressful when you have SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress on your side.

The Best First Step is Calling SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration Services at Your Cypress Home

Whenever you have flood loss in Cypress, it is best to act fast so you can limit the damage. Due to the nature of floodwater, calling in the help of trained technicians is the right way to go. We want you to rest assured that we can deploy a crew as soon as possible when you call SERVPRO for your flood restoration needs.

Will I Be Covered for My Flood Emergency?

Whether or not you are covered for flood damage in Cypress depends on your homeowner’s insurance coverage. Once you call our team for mitigation, a crew arrives to assess the damage and puts a plan of action in place for cleanup. We carefully log all of the work done and all damages so that you have the information you need for your insurance claim.

Can I Reduce Damages?

Letting our trained technicians handle the cleanup is one of the best ways to ensure secondary damage is limited or non-existent. We work to ensure that water migration halts to help save other areas of your home beyond the water loss zone. When handling any floodwater project, we always:

    •    Mark off the loss zone so that moisture and water droplets from potentially contaminated floodwater do not move into multiple areas of the home.
    •    Extract all standing water with powerful pumps, truck-mounted extractors, and other various equipment.
    •    Remove all saturated materials to be replaced with brand new materials.
    •    Wear protective gear, including shoe coverings, so that soiling is not tracked into other rooms.
    •    Use professional moisture detection equipment to ensure your interior is completely dry.
    •    Clean, sanitize, and deodorize your home using EPA-registered cleaning agents.

Flood damage does not have to become stressful when you have SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress on your side. Call (562) 431-9400, and we send out a team as soon as possible.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Seal Beach, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress today at (562) 431-9400 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Get My Business Quickly Reopened After A Fire?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy pad on a table Keep your business interruption insurance up-to-date in case of a fire damaging event to your Seal Beach Enterprise--Says SERVPRO

Bring in SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Teams

People are returning to the beaches. Every business along the shore is essential when it provides goods from ice to sunhats and everything else in between. Getting your doors reopened quickly after a fire is important to stay open permanently; especially now.

How are you going to do that without tearing up my business?

With sprinkler systems in even small gift shops, most commercial fire damage in Seal Beach businesses is from smoke and soot. In some cases, water used to stop the fire can result in more damage than from the heat and flames. Our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) train extensively on:

  • Removing smoke and soot particles
  • Odor elimination
  • Water removal
  • Furniture and fabric restoration

Once fully trained, FSRTs can restore most businesses without further damage.

Where do SERVPRO teams begin?

If there is any standing water, we first remove it. Doing this stops any on-going damage and reduces the chance of additional problems. It also makes the business safe to work in and for the owner and insurance, adjusters to enter for inspections. With careful use of pumps and extraction wands, FSRTs can clear small businesses in a few days.

After water removal, our technicians begin wiping down and cleaning every affected surface. If the fire burned quick and hot, most of the particles are dry and powdery and technicians can remove them with sponges, brushes, and a small amount of cleaning agent. For slower burning fires with lower heat, particles are stickier and harder to remove. Our personnel uses stronger cleaners with stiff brushes and vacuums to remove them.

What about my inventory?

SERVPRO technicians use the same cleaners and tools to restore t-shirts and other souvenirs. They also wipe down items like drink cans and bottles so they can be safely sold.

No matter how small your fire may have been, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for restoration. We are here for you.

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What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

water spraying at a man repairing sink faucet while woman watches When your home is facing plumbing failures, water damage can result. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Water Damage Experts In Los Angeles Describe Carpet Construction

If a plumbing failure ever occurs inside your Los Angeles apartment, the liquid will follow gravity and start to accumulate on your floors. Most water damage projects a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO deals with require restoring and cleaning flooring materials like your carpets. When attempting to save carpeting from being removed and replaced, it is important that the restorer knows how carpets get manufactured.

Our SERVPRO technicians study how carpets are made so that we can learn how to best restore them during your water damage mishap in Los Angeles. Knowing the basics of carpet construction allows us to come up with the best methods we can to extract and dry out wet carpets instead of removing and replacing them. How well a carpet holds up to problems depends on several factors, including the characteristics of the fiber, the type, and the quality of the carpet construction. How often a carpet gets vacuumed and cleaned can also play a major role in how well it can withstand moisture.

Most of the carpets that exist inside homes today are tufted, meaning that they are manufactured by tufting machines instead of being handwoven. Tufted carpet can be produced up to 20 times faster than woven flooring, which makes it much cheaper. This type of carpeting includes a face yarn layer, primary backing, latex adhesive, and a secondary backing.

The face yarn of carpets consists of natural fibers such as wool or synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, or polypropylene. The face yarns then get tufted into the primary backing, which consists of a woven or spun-bonded construction made of jute or synthetic materials. The tufts get woven or needle-punched into the primary backing. The primary backing then gets treated with a latex adhesive coating to lock the yarns in place. 

The latex is an adhesive material commonly used to anchor the tufts into the primary backing and to hold both the primary and secondary backings together. Once your carpets get wet, the latex holding the carpet fibers to the backing deteriorates quickly. Once the carpet starts to remove from the backing, the process is called delamination, and the flooring may have to be removed and replaced.

If your carpets ever get wet after your apartment complex suffers from a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7,

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SERVPRO is Here to Help During this time of NEED!

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today - SERVPRO of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos/Cypress (562) 431-9400 or (818) 943-0287

What is More Important in a Seal Beach Flooded Property, Your Possessions, or Your Structure?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded modern white kitchen with a circular orange lifebuoy Whether flooding came from an outside or an inside source, the result is quite similar. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

When Floodwaters Enter Your Home, it is a Race Against Time to Secure Both Property and Possessions. SERVPRO Can Provide Experience and Expertise to Recover Losses Fast. 

What constitutes an emergency mitigation procedure?

A property with large quantities of floodwater is a ticking timebomb. Water migrates quickly in Seal Beach, causing degradation contents as well as the integrity of the structure. Our team of SERVPRO technicians reacts fast to emergency water loss scenarios using the latest technology to mitigate permanent harm. In the first instance, our technicians can perform crucial emergency mitigation on your property to help limit the damaging effects of water exposure.

Emergency services for properties with flood damage in Seal Beach constitute securing the structure and removing excess standing water. By performing several mitigation tasks in a short period, we can be confident of protecting your property from immediate harm. Drying the property can take several days or weeks. However, ensuring that the situation does not deteriorate is our priority. 

How does SERVPRO conduct emergency mitigation procedures?

  • Securing the property to prevent unlawful entry using emergency board-ups
  • Extraction of standing water to below two inches
  • Tarping to seal open areas that could imbibe further rain or floodwaters
  • Scoping the property to test structural integrity and neutralize potential hazards
  • Measuring the extent of harm using meters, sensors and thermal imaging cameras
  • Creating an itinerary of contents as well as structure

How do flood waters affect the structure of my property?

Large bodies of water exert robust and downward pressure on the structure of your home. Most properties are not designed to withstand the persistent pressure of standing water, which can damage jointing at the base of walls as well as waterlogging ceilings and floors. Properties with wooden frames or floorboards can experience swelling, cupping, and buckling after persistent exposure to moisture. 

What are the signs that the structure of my home is affected?

  • Pulling apart of the baseboard or at the corners of where walls meet floors and ceilings
  • Noticeable cupping of floorboards
  • Air bubbles in laminate flooring or pdf board
  • Peeling of paintwork and dipping effect in the ceiling
  • Dripping from ceilings or upper walls

Our technicians pump water out of the property in Seal Beach quickly using electric submersible pumps to reduce the immediate impact of standing water on a property. Using dehumidification equipment or temperature, we can lower the moisture content of wooden materials. This process can be very effective at securing structural contents and lowering the effect cupping or warping has on the property. 

Can you rescue the contents of a property after flood damage?

The quickest way of securing your content is to remove them from the affected area. We can either set up a drying room onsite by placing large, polyurethane sheets into an unaffected room for the temporary storage of contents. Alternatively, for more substantial items, we can block furniture to place it out of reach of the standing water level. In some cases, a pack out of the procedure may be necessary to secure possessions effectively.

How can you protect my contents in a move-out?

We enlist the help of professional movers to transport contents from your property to a secure, climate-controlled storage warehouse. When moving contents from your property, our technicians can digitally record the condition, position, and cleaning requirements of each item. Doing so ensures that we remain accountable for your possessions during transit, storage, and return. Specialty dry-cleaning or immersion cleaning services can be organized during storage to ensure your items return in a preloss condition where possible. 

How long does it take to dry a property?

Drying times can vary depending on the type of building materials as well as the severity of the flooding situation. Generally, water can migrate from the initial source outward into the property where it can seep into cavities, waterlog the subfloor or degrade, causing a grey or blackwater emergency. Additionally, any residual moisture left behind can result in mold growth or other harmful microbial growth issues. 

Drying the property may take several weeks in severe cases. Our technicians may need to return to your home regularly to assess the effectiveness of the drying procedure. Using air-movement equipment or drilling holes into walls to dry cavities are essential aspects of the drying procedure. We may take a humidity test from an unaffected area of the home and use it to assess our drying process. 

While thoroughly drying the property may seem like a time-consuming process, it is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition. Damp spots in properties can become hotbeds for microbial activity, which can lead to further damage in your home, both materials, and cosmetics. Using a qualified drying technician gives your home the best chance of making a full recovery and returning to its preloss condition. 

Counter-attacking flooding requires a positive approach to using professional equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Can You Handle Virus Clean-Up in Your Seal Beach Business?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

male mopping a white floor with a yellow bucket and sign Count on SERVPRO to support your in-house janitor.

Using a Professional Cleaning Company Makes Sense

It is possible to perform DIY cleaning and do a reasonably good job. The government and the CDC provide plenty of material and instructions to help the self-do-it cleaner or an in-house team. One important aspect is to use EPA registered disinfectants and apply them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This current virus is reported to have an unusually long life on certain surfaces, especially on metal, so dwell time for many disinfectants is a critical factor in their effectiveness.

If you own a business, especially a food service establishment in Seal Beach that is still preparing food for take-out, you would do well to consider using a professional cleaning company as a backup and support system. Calling in professionals can help ensure the owner of any business remaining open that their premises can be thoroughly cleaned, and an EPA registered disinfectant will be properly applied.  That’s what helps keep you and your staff safe, as well as your customers.

What can a professional cleaning company like SERVPRO do?

When you call a professional cleaning company such as SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, you can count on us to:

Use the best commercial-grade equipment and applicators
Use EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning products (not consumer grade)
Use the correct applications for each situation, each surface
Schedule for your convenience and meet deadlines
Be available after hours / flexible hours of service
Offer cost-effective and one-time or repetitive cleaning plans
Provide consultation and advice

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is available to help you with efficient preventative virus cleaning, give us a call at (562) 431-9400.
Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Who Do I Call for Water Removal from My Seal Beach Salon?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Female hand hold hair scissors, cutting hair When more than hair is covering your floor, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Eliminate Water Damage from a Seal Beach Hair Salon

While weather-related damages and natural disasters account for a majority of property losses all over the United States, non-weather water damages comprise a whopping 20% of all property insurance losses. All it takes is a 1/8" crack in a pipe or a damaged water supply line to pour water into your business. Most salons are one-shop operations, many with five employees or fewer, and seldom have the necessary tools to combat these disasters.

If your business in Seal Beach requires rapid water damage cleanup, SERVPRO is only a phone call away from beginning the mitigation process. This crew uses cutting-edge technologies to restore your business to a clean, safe, and operational state. This repertoire includes infrared imaging, commercial-grade dehumidification equipment, OSHA-approved antimicrobials, and deodorization tools that kill odors at the particle level. 

Protecting Your Assets With Salon Insurance

  • Property coverage. This coverage works whether you lease or own the building, and covers all of the essentials for your business in the event of a disaster. You may have to purchase additional coverage for plate glass walls and large mirrors.
  • Liability coverage. This type of insurance is essential for covering yourself in the event of an accident or injury in your business. If you hire contractors, you can protect your customers and staff by having them carry professional liability coverage. Consider product liability insurance for hair care and styling products you may have for sale on the premises.
  • Workers compensation. Not only does this type of coverage protect your employees in the event of an accident or injury on the job, but it can also protect you from being sued for the damages in question. 

SERVPRO's Deep Cleaning

Extraction is the first step to completely removing water damage from your salon. If a pipe leak occurs behind large mirrors or wall-mounted styling stations, these items can be carefully removed before cleaning. Portable, back-mounted extractors are the ideal tool for hard-to-reach areas like wall cavities. During drying, specialized tubing can be used to force air into these cavities for drying. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress provides commercial cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (562) 431-9400 to have an emergency response team at your facilities within hours.

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How Do I Get Rid of the Smoke Smell After a Fire?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire After a fire, SERVPRO Removes the Soot and Smoke odors "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians Carefully Deodorize Your Seal Beach Home 

One of the most significant concerns accompanying a fire is the strong odor that inevitably stays behind. The first days are critical in tackling the odors, or they tend to permeate throughout your home and become increasingly challenging to remove.  

Why Should I Use a Professional Service to Deodorize My Home?

Our restoration team uses specific methods, equipment, and products to tackle the odor from fire damage in your Seal Beach Home. As a homeowner, you may be able to eradicate some of the smell, but it is challenging to remove all of it without the proper equipment and industry knowledge. 

What are the Steps to Remove the Smell? 

    • Remove the source 
    • Clean all impacted surfaces
  • Recreate the conditions by fogging to reach throughout the house
  • Seal surfaces by painting walls and closing off air unused air handling systems
  • Use air-purifying equipment like air scrubbers, ventilation fans, or ozone generators  

What Type of Deodorizers does SERVPRO use? 

  • Masking agents such as beads, solid cakes, or wicks to help cover bad odors as a temporary solution
  • Absorption agents such as powder and activated charcoal that soak up odors
  • Pairing agents that stick to odor particles, used with wet and thermal fogging
  • Enzyme Digesters that attack organic molecules by breaking down the material into carbon dioxide or water 

How Do I Know Which Steps to Take and Which Deodorizers to Use? 

Every situation and fire are different, requiring a unique plan. Most odors caused by fire damage do not need every removal step or every type of deodorizer. Technicians use a combination to best address the odor. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos /Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Revealed: Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Storm Damage Remediation Services in Seal Beach

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged flooring Whether it's heavy rains or an appliance failure, excess water and flooding can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Flood Damage Seal Beach – Heavy Rain Storms

Our climate in Southern California is usually dry and very comfortable. Occasionally heavy rainstorms blow into the area, causing flooding from overflowing streams as well as from streets and storm drains that cannot handle the large amount of runoff. Homes and businesses flood, causing damage to contents and structures in local homes.

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Seal Beach as well as surrounding areas. We respond in less than four hours to meet our client's needs and reduce the amount of damage as much as possible. Contents and structural items that remain exposed to high moisture levels for extended periods may become damaged beyond our restoration parameters, and mold infestations can also occur. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to meet our fellow neighbor's needs.

Rain Storms and Flooding

Our roads and storm drains are designed to handle large amounts of runoff from storms; however, sometimes, the capacity is not sufficient, and homes are flooded. The water runoff not only brings lots of water into your home, but also contamination from many sources, and some are harmful to residents and their pets.

Before entering your home after a flood, always take precautions to protect yourself from electrocution if the power is still on and the contamination which may exist in the remaining water and debris. Our SERVPRO response team can quickly assess the situation and immediately begin mitigation activity to minimize the amount of long term damage.

SERVPRO technicians wearing appropriate protective gear, begin removing debris, mud, and water from your home. Hard surface items can be set aside for cleaning and decontamination. Porous contents may need to be removed from the home. We make flood cuts above the water line to access areas inside walls to remove water and moisture, avoiding mold contamination later on.

Once your home is decontaminated and dried, contractors can begin restoration and repair activities to return your home to its original condition. We have over 50 years of disaster recovery experience to bring to every disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Surfside and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Become Familiar With Effective Fire Damage Remediation Techniques in Seal Beach

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

flames and smoke on building Fires can leave behind fire damage including soot and odor. Contact our certified SERVPRO team right after the fire fighters leave.

Common Questions Seal Beach Homeowners Have After Fire Damage

Fire damage comes from a lot of different sources and leaves behind varying levels of loss. The common factor in all of it is that it needs professional level cleanup because soot and smoke residues have the potential to be an irritant and are unhealthy to live around. 

This approach to fire damage is misleading to Seal Beach residents, particularly in the case of small-scale fires where not a lot of visible damage happened, such as in the case where a pan flames up during cooking and there is not a lot of smoke residue seen. Still, a strong, pungent odor permeates the kitchen. The reason for this is protein fires emit a nearly invisible spray that smells strong but is challenging to see as it coats surfaces in the kitchen. 

Can Homeowners Clean Up Fire Loss?

This is a case of just because you can does not mean you should. DIY fire loss cleanup often creates more damage than done by the fire. Using wet cleaning solutions on dry smoke can drive the soot deeper into surfaces, ruining the prospects for restoration. One helpful action homeowners can take is making a list of valuable or sentimental items and asking SERVPRO techs to locate them for you. Essential things to have in your possession include: 

  • Cash, credit cards and checkbooks
  • Medications
  • Personal documents 
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Expensive items

How Long Does the Restoration Process Last?

As each fire loss is a unique situation, the technicians scope the damage and then can create a timeline for the homeowner to count on for the amount of time they estimate the restoration to take. 

Do I Need to Vacate the Property During Mitigation?

When the fire loss gets contained to a single, small area in the house, homeowners may be able to stay. However, breathing soot is unhealthy, and in most cases, it is wise to make arrangements to stay elsewhere during fire loss cleanup and restoration services. 

Should Belongings Get Packed Up?

While on-site restoration is preferable when necessary, SERVPRO techs can pack out belongings. They use a comprehensive contents control system that includes the state, photo, and location of each item within the home, so after restoration efforts complete, each piece gets returned where it belongs. 

Can the HVAC Run? 

Post-fire loss, it is best to have your unit and ductwork inspected to ensure there are not odorous soot particles resident. The thorough cleaning of the ducts ensures the fire odor does not spread throughout the home. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400  has certified, trained technicians to make the fire damage to your home "Like it never even happened."

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Debris Cleanup to Begin Flood Recovery in Seal Beach Shop

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Our SERVPRO teams have the experience and expertise to help you. Give us a call at (562) 431-9400.

Why You Need Help Fixing Flood Damage in your Seal Beach Business

Natural flooding situations can be very threatening to your Seal Beach shop, especially when the floor space of your business is already minimal. You need a team of restoration professionals that can work quickly to help, as you need to protect your wares as well as remove the flood effects from the floor of the shop to get your doors back open. As challenging as this might seem, our SERVPRO team can help with effective debris removal, water removal, structural drying, and reconstruction.

Despite the other essential elements of mitigation for your business, addressing flood damage to Seal Beach shops begins with a muck out procedure. In many instances, natural flooding can bring debris, sediment, mud, bacteria, and other contaminants into your small shop. While many of the items for sale in your store became directly exposed to these potential contaminants, it is still possible to remove any wares above the standing water in your business.

Debris removal must often occur along with other emergency services before mitigation can even start. In many situations, our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the immediate need for action while our administration gets the pertinent information from your insurance and approvals from other governing bodies. Our fast response to flood losses can help us to pull standing water from the shop floor with our trash pumps to get to the layer of mud and debris that must get removed from the shop.

Racks and shelves can get removed from the shop floor to make shoveling muck and sediment faster. While shoveling can take care of most of the buildup on the floors, secondary practices like wet vacuuming can handle the remaining presence. The removal of this debris can help to reduce present contamination in the shop and reduce the likelihood of widespread microbial colonization.

Muck out can help to reduce the damages that your shop ultimately faces, even when controlled demolition and replacement shelving are necessary. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can help however you need. Give us a call at (562) 431-9400.

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Find Out Now, What Should You Do For Effective Flood Damage Remediation in Seal Beach

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded garage Regardless of how your garage got flooded, contacting SERVPRO is the best way to remedy the situation. Call us 24/7 for your emergency.

Mitigating Flood Damage in a Seal Beach Garage

Garage flooding, while it might not seem as disastrous at first glance as other types of floods, can leave your home vulnerable to many structural issues.  Because the garage often has much structure material openly available for saturation, there are plenty of opportunities for microbes and water damage to proliferate and affect the structural integrity of your home.

If the garage of your Seal Beach residence has endured flood damage and requires rapid mitigation, you can count on IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians to answer the call and restore your home to a preloss condition quickly.  This team works closely with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to ensure a deep and thorough clean, as well as the removal of contaminated or unsalvageable items. The goal is to maximize safety while keeping the focus on restoration whenever it is safe and feasible to do so.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

Many home disasters require rapid response. Unfortunately, these incidents can occur any time of the day or night, much to the chagrin of many homeowners. This is why all individually owned and operated SERVPRO locations in the US and Canada—over 1700 franchise locations—are committed to providing their mitigation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This is especially crucial for flood damage, which can cause a variety of other problems besides the immediate concerns brought in by water saturation. Microbes and contaminants can introduce even more risks.

How SERVPRO Mitigates Damage

SERVPRO technicians can immediately get to work on both evacuating items, as well as extracting water to prepare your garage for drying. In a flood situation, disinfection needs to be done after extraction but before drying to prevent the spread of microbes through the air, which can have health effects. Technicians take great care to preserve the health and safety of homeowners and ensure that their property is clean and safe once more after a flood. If you have suffered a power outage, SERVPRO can provide power sources necessary to fuel sump pumps and other equipment.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (562) 431-9400 for diaster cleanup any time of the day or night.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Seal Beach After A Flood

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Three of our green machines drying the flood damage in this property Our 24-hour emergency service technicians are ready to respond quickly to your call. We have the state of the art equipment to handle any size job.

Issues That Delay Flood Damage Restoration in Seal Beach 

When flooding affects your Seal Beach property, it is ideal to start restoration immediately the water within the neighborhood recedes. However, various factors can interfere with restoration plans. Help from a professional restoration team such as SERVPRO ensures any bottleneck is identified early enough.

Extensive Demolition

When a flood damage incident in Seal Beach involves many areas with porous materials, there is a need to remove such materials. A significant percentage of porous materials in homes are located in hidden areas necessitating extensive demolition. Our SERVPRO technicians establish the extent of water migration immediately after visiting the property for the initial inspection. Early problem identification helps us devise ways to complete the demolition conveniently. For example, by making flood cuts, we only remove wall materials in affected sections rather than tearing down entire walls.

The Need for Industrial Hygienist

Flood damage incidents can contaminate property with chemicals and biohazards, among other materials. In most cases, the contamination is minimal, and thorough cleaning helps restore sanitary conditions at the property. However, in some cases, there is a need for industrial hygienists to perform tests and make recommendations. As the restoration team waits for the hygienist, the restoration process might stall.

Special Materials

The presence of certain materials in the flooded property can delay the restoration process because they require exceptional evaluation to determine whether it is possible to save them. Such materials might include hardwood floors, cabinetry, or tiles, among others. Restoring the materials might also take time. For example, hardwood floors might require specialized drying processes such as using drying chambers to prevent cracking, buckling, or other physical changes. For tiled floors, our SERVPRO technicians use of drying mats to remove water that migrates beneath the surface, thus eliminating the need to demolish the floor.

Working with an experienced team can help clear many obstacles to restoring flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Insider Secrets of Seal Beach Fire Damage Remediation 

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

burned home interior Our certified technicians arrive on the scene with state of the art tools to remediate the fire damage scenario in your home.

Air Filtration Devices Used After Fires in Seal Beach Homes 

Fires are a damaging situation for many areas of your Seal Beach residence. Because of carcinogens, carbons, soot, and ash circulating in the air after a structure fire, filtration of the entire household is a venture that should get started as promptly as possible. With advanced tools and technologies for filtration and improving air quality, our SERVPRO professionals can gain control of a potentially hazardous situation. 

Choosing the right tool for the job is universal in recovering fire damage in Seal Beach residences. Cleaning soot, for instance, requires different approaches depending on the material affected. Carefully orchestrating the best strategy involves scoping the work to get performed and choosing the best tools among our inventory to complete these tasks. Air filtration can improve the breathability of the air within a fire-damaged structure, and we have multiple devices up to this task. 

Air Scrubbers 

Air scrubbers are among the most commonly used filtration tools in our inventory of equipment. Their specific job is exclusive to reduce contaminants and debris circulating in the air. With soot particles flowing in the air, having a filtration device that can remove these contaminants can reduce potential health hazards. 

Hydroxyl Generators 

These machines are dual-purpose units that can remove circulating contaminants, debris, ash, and soot, as well as begin the daunting task of odor removal. With onboard HEPA filtration, air can get made cleaner as it passes through the system. The use of UV spectrums to clean the environment also neutralizes present odors as well. 

The effectiveness of any air filtration device hinges on the filter installed in the unit. HEPA filtration is the most thorough of all the options for our equipment, as this can remove 99.97 percent of particles/contaminants that are as small as 0.3 microns. This filter is especially effective against volatile organic compounds that can become a threat after fire extinguishment. 

Cleaning the environment is often an emergency service that our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team must perform to begin other mitigation tactics safely. No matter how we can help after a fire, give our professionals a call 24/7 at (562) 431-9400. 

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Removing Trapped Water in Ceiling Cavities of Los Angeles Homes

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A crack in a ceiling with water dripping through the crack. Los Angeles water can travel anywhere in your home. Let SERVPRO help you through.

SERVPRO knows what your Los Angeles home will need after your water damage.

You might not notice the intricacies of your plumbing system until water loss incidents occur in your Los Angeles residence. With much of this pipe contained between floors of your home, a leak could inevitably lead to a need for water removal in ceiling cavities. When approached early enough, our full-service professionals can dry moisture from this space and remove the compromised ceiling tile and other construction materials as well. 

As challenging as structural cavity drying can be, water removal in Los Angeles homes always involves a combination of our premier equipment and techniques. Ceiling cavities can show their damage when water begins to pass through this space and leak onto the floor and walls of the level beneath this area. Our professionals understand how crucial effective cleaning and recovery can be in these circumstances, so we have a division of general contractors that can help with drywall removal and other temporary construction solutions. 

Removal of ceiling tile is a common starting point to locate both the leak that needs repairing in the plumbing system and other damaged materials within this cavity. Most of these cavities have insulation and other materials that can absorb water and become a hefty threat in this space. Over encumbered insulation can become too heavy for the ceiling structural elements to hold back, leading to collapses. 

Removing water from these areas starts with allowing the cavity to drain out. Extraction approaches are less effective here, though there are potential applications for wet vacuuming depending on the circumstances. Our SERVPRO team can remove saturated insulation to help expedite this draining process and prepare the area for more direct drying efforts with air movers, dehumidifiers, and positive pressure systems. 

While the ceiling space is a favored position for your plumbing pipes, it can lead to challenging water loss scenarios. You can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team to help however you need. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (562) 431-9400.

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Give Our Professionals A Call 24/7 In Los Angeles After A Fire

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A washer and dryer covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster Our technicians are IICRC certified and highly trained and have the advanced equipment to restore your home to pre-damage conditions.

Factors that Can Hinder Post-Fire Cleaning in Los Angeles Homes

Cleaning up after a fire is one of the most significant obstacles that professional restorers face when recovering Los Angeles homes. As challenging as contaminants and even structural damages can become, the need for residue removal and debris removal present immediate risks and hazards for those exposed. Failure to address the cleaning needed in a fire-damaged home quickly can amplify effects like smoke odors, soot concentrations, and surface marring.

Debris removal and cleaning of fire damage in Los Angeles homes can be efficient and productive for our restorers when conditions are ideal. Several factors can affect the ability to clean specific materials and contents, or that might hinder the work of our SERVPRO technicians in the property altogether. A burning building can produce several complicated obstacles for our cleaning team to overcome once it gets extinguished.

  • Type of Surface – the material involved in the combustion and its related reactions affects how complicated it later is to clean. Non-porous materials and paints are easier to surface clean than how deeply affected porous materials like drywall and wood become.
  • Age of the Property/Materials – Our SERVPRO professionals have seen how challenging cleaning can become with older materials such as carpeting, wallboard, or fabrics. The older the surface, the more difficult it usually is to clean.
  • Type of Smoke Produced – Wet and dry smoke incidents both create unique challenges for fire restorers. Wet smoke occurs when fire damage smolders and move slowly throughout a property at a lower heat. These conditions produce thick residues on surfaces. Dry smoke comes from hotter fires, which can be more damaging to structural elements and spread farther but produce an easier residue for our technicians to clean.

All of these factors play a role in the difficulty our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team has with cleaning up your property after a fire. With how quickly conditions can worsen after extinguishment, give our professionals a call 24/7 at (562) 431-9400. We have the skills, cutting-edge equipment, and powerful cleaning products to make losses “Like it never even happened.”

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How Water Damages Masonry in Seal Beach Homes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking from roof pooling on stone floor. Garbage can catching some water Did you know that water damages stone, brick, and concrete? SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to restore your masonry.

Why SERVPRO Dries Out Concrete and Brick when Mitigating Water Damage in Seal Beach Houses 

After an incident involving water overflowing a tub or sink, a broken pipe, or a torn roof, water can end up in places throughout your Seal Beach residence. Water vapor's ability to move around in the air means cooler locations collect droplets of moisture. Brick, concrete, and stone fall into this category. These hard substances contain pores that tightly retain any absorbed water.  

These challenging materials are why SERVPRO makes sure these building materials become dry in our Seal Beach homes with water damage. Other materials dry comparatively quickly, often not requiring us to raise interior temperatures. Generating an airflow and running desiccant machines is often not sufficient to completely dry out denser materials. 

Before we begin, we check to see if any paint or other types of sealant cover these materials. Because these keep moisture from passing through effortlessly, we may need to drill tiny weep holes into the lowest portion of any walls made of brick. Such holes let any water out through the bottom, which is where we direct intense air currents. Moisture always travels to drier locations, so these air currents gradually pull the moisture down, and eventually out of, the wall. Our desiccant machine takes care of the rest. 

When unsealed walls made of brick, concrete, or mortared stone contain added moisture, we can dry these more directly. While they do take longer than other materials, we also monitor these specialty drying situations so our customers understand the issues involved. 

Another reason why SERVPRO technicians want to ensure complete dryness of such materials is to help prevent microbial growth in these areas. Although these materials contain much less, if any, cellulose, microbes can feed on any accumulated dust and other microscopic particles. As they live and grow on damp surfaces, many microbes cause deterioration to happen at an accelerated pace. Removing the water also prevents this problem, including any spreading that might have happened otherwise. 

One of our goals at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is helping protect our customers' property from future problems with water damage. Call (562) 431-9400 to talk to us about specialists near your residence in Compton, Los Alamitos, or Surfside who can help get your home dry after a disaster involving water. 

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We Get You Back In Business In Seal Beach After A Flood

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment machines set out in this property working to restore it after a flood Our 24-hour emergency service allows our experts to respond right away to your flood damage emergency to prevent further damage.

How Emergency READY Profile Plans Help Seal Beach Warehouses

With the involvement that warehouse property owners have with the wares and goods of companies across the globe, flooding to Seal Beach facilities can be costly in many ways. Given that the port is an ideal receiving point for international shipments and even wares traveling along the coast, staying prepared for the damage that passing storms can do better protects your facility and your reputation. The creation of an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) with our SERVPRO project manager and administration can help you stay ready for what might be around the corner.

Coastal businesses can experience a wide range of damaging storm systems, especially along the southern California shore – making flood damage in a Seal Beach warehouse likelier than you might think. Our professionals offer a free system to assess your facility to help you pre-plan for disasters like flooding that can occur. The advantages of thinking ahead can ensure that the right information is accessible during an emergency.

Research has suggested that up to half of businesses close permanently after a disaster, and this indicates that a single incident can be so devastating and unexpected that there is no foreseeable method of recovering in a cost-efficient and timely manner. Because water losses like flooding can spread so quickly throughout your main warehouse floor, having profile documentation accessible to specific employees designates a chain of command to authorize work.

By establishing our SERVPRO team as a franchise professional to oversee the mitigation and the restoration that your facility needs after a flood loss, we can do more to protect the stored wares of your facility and get your doors back open for new shipments continually arriving. This mobile application can get prepared with minimal effort under the supervision and direction of our staff, and it can be the difference between being among the half of businesses that recover from loss and the half that does not.  

Flood damage can be a costly disaster, especially with the monetary value of exposed wares and inventory in your building. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call before disasters strike to develop an efficient strategy to keep you going after a flood. You can reach us 24/7 at (562) 431-9400.

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DIY or Professionals? Why SERVPRO is Your Choice to Restore Flood Damage in Seal Beach

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Seek Expert Help to Clean Up Your Flood Damaged Seal Beach Residence

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster. A study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology states that flooding affects millions of properties across the United States because of increased rainfall that results in overflowing of rivers and streams. Seal Beach is susceptible to flooding because of rising sea levels. Each winter, a sand beam is constructed on the beach as a protection against big surf and high tides.

When floodwater finds its way into homes, it leads to both primary and secondary damage. If there is flood damage in your Seal Beach home, it is essential to contact experts from SERVPRO to clean up and dry the affected areas. We can handle category three contamination and adhere to EPA standards while cleaning and sanitizing your home.

Flood damage repair and restoration costs are the reason why many property owners do not contact professionals. They believe that they may save money if they restored the affected areas themselves. However, the truth is that hiring a restoration professional immediately after a flooding incident can significantly reduce your losses and costs. The sooner the water extraction, cleanup, and drying processes begin the less damage to which your property is prone.

Your health and that of your family is a priority. Floodwater may contain toxigenic, pathogenic, or other hazardous agents. It may carry organic matter, silt, heavy metals, pesticides, or regulated materials. Coming in contact with this water can put you and your family at risk. Without experience and suitable equipment, restoring the flood-damaged areas can be a nightmare. You can land yourself into more problems. Every porous surface in your house can become a breeding ground for pathogens.

Our team has the expertise and products required to disinfect your property to eliminate hazardous organisms. Some water damage restoration products we can use to control or slow down the growth of microbes include:

  • Sterilizers
  • Mildewstats and fungistats
  • Biocides
  • Sporicides

When applying the products, we use methods that allow physical contact of the solution with all contaminated surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO team can apply the products to walls, tackless strip, subfloor, and wall bottom plates. We allow adequate dwell time for the products to be effective. Our restoration professionals also have experience in handling insurance claims. We can help you in assessing and documenting your losses for a stress-free claims process.

When floodwaters enter your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We can handle the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Truth is You Are Not the Only Person Concerned About Fire Damage in Los Angeles

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Don’t let fire damage destroy your home. Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged home.

How Extension Cord Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home Can Be Mitigated

Every year, emergency rooms around the US can expect an average of 4,000 patients with injuries related to extension cord usage in their homes. A whopping 3,300 home fires per year are started by damaged, faulty, or misused extension cords. These items are such a regular part of everyday life that it can be easy to forget that there are risks involved in using them. However, without proper safety measures, homeowners are put at risk every year due to electrical fires.

If you have fire damage in your Los Angeles rental home from a damaged or faulty extension cord, there are services available to restore your home. SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your call to start the cleanup process. Electrical fires are one of the most common sources of fire-related damages to homes, and without professional mitigation, you may be exposed to unhealthy particles from soot. This team is dedicated to maximizing your safety while preserving your home after disasters occur.

Extension Cord Safety Tips

Here are several things to keep in mind for safe handling of extension cords in your home:

  • Inspect electrical cords before use and dispose of damaged or frayed cables. 
  • Keep in mind that extension cords are not a long-term solution for powering items. 
  • Make sure extension cords are away from high-traffic areas in the home like walkways. 
  • Always unplug and store electrical cords after use. 
  • Pull the plug instead of the cord when unplugging.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

SERVPRO can immediately get to work on cleaning your home. Once the source of the fire is removed, the goal is addressing melted rubber, soot, residues, and odors caused by the fire. Technicians can use EPA-registered cleaners to clean surface dirt on nearby items. Fire damage to carpeting, on the other hand, can be initially cleaned with vacuuming and other dry cleaning methods before applying wet cleaners. Dry cleaning sponges are also highly effective for removing surface residues.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is always available to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need swift emergency response to a disaster in your home, call (562) 431-9400 today.

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Our Experts Discuss The Common Causes For Structural Blazes In Los Angeles

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Damage Restorers In Los Angeles Report The Common Causes For Structural Blazes

Many property owners and investors do not realize that commercial fire damage occurs a lot more often than most people think. Your business owner tenants renting your Los Angeles investment properties could suffer from an inferno igniting inside their unit. Once something burns inside one of your rental buildings, it is possible that the blaze can cause issues in other units throughout the structure. Once the fire gets extinguished, it is wise to call SERVPRO.

When mitigating commercial fire damage in your Los Angeles building, our SERVPRO crew uses different methods based on the source. When different materials get burned, various issues can develop. We can choose the best mitigation techniques by identifying the exact conditions of where and how the inferno burned.

The first step to the inspection process is to figure out the cause of the fire. Knowing the common causes of structural blazes can help you identify the source as well as prevent these issues from beginning in the first place. According to Unifour Fire & Safety, the number one cause of commercial fires is cooking equipment.

Any business that serves food has to have some type of cooking equipment. Kitchens contain flammable oils and greases and use appliances that cook at high temperatures which can increase the chances of something going wrong. Cooking equipment is responsible for 65% of blazes occurring in healthcare facilities as well as 61% of restaurant fires.

Another common cause of structural infernos is heating equipment. Most buildings utilize a heating system that helps keep indoor temperatures comfortable. Furnaces, radiators, and boilers can malfunction and overheat, which can lead to materials burning. Heating equipment is accountable for 14% of fires in industrial facilities and 11% of blazes in office buildings.

The next most common cause of something getting torched in a building is lighting and electrical equipment. All structures need electrical wires to power appliances and lights. Loose connections, faulty fuses, or overloaded circuits can cause shorts that can ignite flammable building materials. Lights and electrical devices account for 10% of fire claims in retail locations.

If your investment property in Huntington Park, Walnut Park, or Surfside ever sets ablaze, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. Once we are done, your property will look “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Can Be Restored By Our Experts

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why SERVPRO Offers a Fast Response to Flood Damage in Los Angeles

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster, and it ruins homes in various ways. After flood damage, you may have to replace furnishings, drywall, and carpets, among other items. When your home is flooded, stay away from your home until government officials say that it is safe to return.

When it's safe to return to your flood damaged Los Angeles home, take cash and emergency supplies with you. You should also contact your insurer and a flood restoration company such as SERVPRO to assist you with restoring your home. Floodwater can affect the structures and contents of your home in the following ways:

Drywall and wallboard – These materials are porous and become fragile in a flood. They can remain contaminated even after the drying process ends.

Laminated wood and particle board – They can separate and weaken after becoming damp.

Floor coverings – You have to discard carpets after a flood because it is difficult to clean and dry them adequately.

Appliances – They can become shorted out during flooding and may leak harmful gases into the air. Hire a professional to inspect them before use.

Solid wood – Furniture and other wooden items can crack and warp following a flood. However, we can save them by drying them out completely.

We can clean up your home quickly after a flood to prevent secondary destruction and costly repairs. Our technicians can remove all mud, dirt, and floodwater that could be in your property. We have tools that make flood cleanup easier, such as power washers and wet/dry vacuums.

Our SERVPRO crew can also dry the affected areas thoroughly using industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. We can also use thermo-hygrometers to measure the temperature and relative humidity of the air in your home. We compare readings for air in the affected areas, unaffected areas, outside the house, and the air coming out of the HVAC system. Our technicians also take readings of the air that is being processed through the dehumidifiers and extracted into the affected areas to ensure that dehumidifiers are drying the home effectively.

If you need expert help with flood damage cleanup, call the team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for prompt restoration. Our helpline is (562) 431-9400. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have Advanced Water Extraction And Drying Equipment To Remove Water Damage In Los Angeles

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Handle Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

A water leak in your house can either be a minor inconvenience or a catastrophe you cannot handle alone. Regardless of the severity of the water loss, do not panic. Our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can help you deal with the loss. We can clean up your home quickly to prevent further problems like rot, mold growth, odor, and pests.

Whether the water damage in your Los Angeles home results from a leaking appliance, overflowing bathtub or a burst pipe that soaks your kitchen or causes water to pool in several rooms, we have advanced water extraction and drying equipment that can remove it. We can restore your home to its original condition. We are available 24/7 and can arrive at your property one hour after receiving your call. As you wait for our technicians, here are some things you can do to contain the water loss in your home.

Identify the source of the leak

Plenty of things could cause a leak. Identifying it and stopping it is the first step in containing water damage. If you cannot recognize it, shut off the primary water source. That should stop the leaking immediately and allow you to concentrate on drying your home.

Call your insurance company

Contact your home insurer to make a claim. Take photos or videos to document the damage for insurance claims purposes. By informing your insurance firm about the water damage immediately, it can compensate you quickly.

Remove the standing water

You can use a shop vac or a standard mop and bucket to remove standing water from your house.

Water can easily wreak havoc in your home even when you believe you have already handled the situation. It is, therefore, advisable to let professionals examine the damage. At SERVPRO, we use a wide range of equipment to extract water and dry a home professionally. We can use wet/dry vacuums to remove as much water as possible from the affected areas. Thorough water removal reduces drying times and limits the chance of furniture stains and rust occurring. If there are furniture stains, we can remove them when the carpet is still damp.

Our technicians also check for pre-existing damages like mold growth and delamination. If we find damage, we notify the insurance adjuster. If your carpet is ruined, we can remove it if the adjuster tells us to do so. Our WRTs also set up air movers around the perimeter of affected rooms at 45-degree angles pointing towards the walls. We also place dehumidifiers in the air to eliminate extra moisture from the air. Our team also uses moisture sensors and moisture meters to determine if surfaces and materials are dry.

When you need water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for help. We can deal with the damage to make it appear “Like it never even happened.” We serve several local communities, including Seal Beach, Huntington Park, and Walnut Park.

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Professionals Talk Flood Water Removal Safety in Seal Beach

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Maintaining Safety During Flood Damage Restoration in Seal Beach

It is unfortunate to be caught up in a flooding situation, primarily when it affects your home. Apart from the financial loss from destroyed items and the costs of restoration, the incident might also present safety issues during renovation or after finishing the job. Overcoming these challenges is as important as restoring your Seal Beach home to its preloss state.

Knowing the contents in floodwaters

When overflowing groundwater causes flood damage in your Seal Beach home, you should be cautious when handling the water. Such water flows over vast areas before reaching your home and might contain traces of infectious diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis, and tetanus, among others. If it contains traces of sewage, it might emit methane or other sewer gases. Use of protective gear can help shield you from contracting diseases or developing other health problems. Our SERVPRO technicians bring various types of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including rubber gloves and full-body suits as part of their work gear, allowing them to work safely.

Handling areas with hazardous materials

Cleaning to remove all soils from the affected property helps in restoring preloss conditions and preventing severe problems such as mold. However, some challenges might interfere with the cleaning. One challenge is cleaning areas with hazardous materials such as lead-based paint or ACM, Asbestos Containing Materials. Actions such as scrubbing, piercing, or sawing the elements can pose a severe risk. Our SERVPRO technicians receive training on how best to handle such risky materials.

Safety of the structure

The different circumstances prevalent during incidents that lead to flood damage create physical hazards for the occupants of the home or the people doing the restoration. Strong forces such as water currents, wind, or lighting can weaken sections of the structure, posing risks to those using it. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the entire loss site to establish a safe working environment immediately after arrival. We use circuit testers to ensure there is no risk of electrocution.  We also confirm that parts of the structure, such as stairs are stable enough to hold the weight of people and equipment.

Safe restoration of a flood-damaged property to its preloss state is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help. You can reach us at (562) 431-9400 any time. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Best Techniques To Restore Your Los Angles Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Drying Equipment Set Up On A Floor In A Home Drying The Floors Our crew is trained in water damage restoration, upholstery & fabric cleaning, applied structural drying, and odor control.

Tips for Performing Water Removal in Your Los Angeles Residence after an Appliance Leak 

Leaks from appliances are more than just annoying. The leaks can come from your dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine. Leaks can cause damage to the floors and the possessions that come into contact with the water. Water damage is classified according to its severity. When professionals come to your home to fix a leak from an appliance, they know that they can expect to find gray water.

If you experience water damage in your home, you need to act fast. Beginning the process of water removal in your Los Angeles residence can minimize further damage. When dealing with an appliance leak, there are some steps you need to take. It is vital to call a water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO immediately. However, before the professionals arrive, you can do the following things to salvage your possessions and avoid a big mess:

Shut off the main water supply to your house or the supply valve to the leaking appliance.
Disconnect the appliance from its source of power to prevent electrocution or fire hazards.
Remove water from the affected area using a shop-vac as soon as possible to prevent long-lasting damage.

There are varying stages of water damage depending on the level of contamination. They range from clean, to gray to black. Water from an appliance leak could be clean if it comes from the supply line to the dishwasher. However, if clean water remains standing in your home for lengthy periods, microbes like fungi and bacteria can grow in it. High humidity can result in higher concentrations of fungi and bacteria in the air. Microbial colonies expand because of warm temperatures.

Detergents, soap, grease, and food particles make water gray. Gray water is not as dangerous as black water, but extra care needs to be taken when removing it. If left to sit for too long, the gray water can damage your floors because of the chemicals found in the detergents. Gray water also becomes black water when it remains in a home for an extended period.

If the leak was significant and the water spread to different rooms of your house, you can trust SERVPRO franchise professionals to extract it effectively. We use powerful portable extractors to remove as much water as possible to expedite drying. Portable extractors enable us to access restricted areas. Our technicians also place air movers and dehumidifiers in a home to dry the affected areas to prevent mold growth. We also use advanced moisture detection devices such as infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. We know the importance of preventing further destruction to your expensive home and possessions and keeping your family safe.

Appliance leaks can happen at the least expected time. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is ready 24/7 to help you with your water loss emergency. Contact us at (562) 431-9400 for quick restoration services. We have the expertise to make your water loss incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Drip. Drip. Drip. Is There a Slow Leak Under Your Huntington Park Sink?

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Leaks under sinks can go undetected and cause and cause damage before being discovered. Inspect these areas often for signs of damage.

Water Damage Huntington Park – The Area Under the Sink Smells Bad

Water leaks under a kitchen sink or bathroom sink sometimes occur over weeks or even months. One day you notice there is a bad smell emanating from the area under the sink, and after investigation, you find that there is a slow leak which has soaked everything. The floor is wet, and the wood expanded as it absorbed the moisture. The water has also traveled along the inside of the wall. The water may have ruined the drywall and possibly the insulation on the outer walls. The first step, of course, is to repair the leak and stop the water, continuing to leak onto the floor. 

A SERVPRO technician can assess the amount of water damage in your Huntington Park home. The evaluation includes how much water has penetrated the floor, the underlying structure, along with moisture in the walls. Exterior walls are usually insulated, and the water may have damaged the insulation. We can use moisture meters to determine if there is moisture inside the walls behind your sink and cupboards. 

Depending on our findings, we may need to remove baseboards and drywall to remove wet insulation and examine just how much water damage there is. One approach is to drill holes in the drywall and use penetrating moisture probes to determine how much water has penetrated the wall. Not all water damage causes water to be present inside the walls. Before our technician’s drill holes in walls, we always discuss the possibility of water inside the walls and the necessity to check out these areas with the customer. 

SERVPRO can develop the appropriate drying solution for the floors and walls to remove all of the moisture and control the damage. In some situations, with wet conditions observed the drywall and flooring might require removal before drying can begin. Blowing air through holes drilled between each stud can also remove moisture from the insulation. Our team understands the need to remove all moisture and prevent the growth of mold.  After removing all moisture is removed, we can focus on restoring your kitchen or bathroom to its original condition. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for 24/7 service. We serve Los Angeles, Walnut Park, and surrounding areas. We’re here to help and respond Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Seal Beach After A Fire Disaster

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The hood in this kitchen caused a fire from the buildup of grease in the filter. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Fire Debris Removal for Your Seal Beach Quick Service Restaurant

As part of a franchise restaurant chain, you must appeal to a much broader audience of those both living in and also visiting Seal Beach. Your goal is to provide a universally positive experience, much like these same customers could experience in any of the other restaurant locations across the country. That requires a fast response and the acquisition of qualified restoration personnel when disasters strike the building to ensure that you do not need to close your doors to hungry patrons. 

Fire damage in Seal Beach fast food restaurants presents a widespread and challenging obstacle to overcome, especially when the damage happens in higher trafficked regions of the eatery like the kitchen or dining areas. Even something as basic as fire debris removal, which is a base service offered by nearly every insurance provider, must get handled delicately to prevent worsening conditions and to prevent the spread of these effects further through the property. 

Understanding the severity of the situation is among the first steps that our SERVPRO team must take when we first arrive at the restaurant. This assessment can help to determine the best approach to restoration and helps our crew chiefs and project management to develop an effective recovery strategy. From emergency tarping and board up to full containment solutions to reduce the spread of harmful effects to areas where you have customers eating, we have the experience to help. 

Our SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians and cleaning specialists work side by side to offer practical solutions, including controlled demolition, soot removal, and deodorization. With the fast response to these emergencies from competent professionals like ours, we can reduce the need for replacement materials and often restore and protect affected installed materials instead. 

If the doors of your fast food restaurant do have to close, our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can make sure that it does not stay that way for long. It is our business to get you back in business, and that starts with a committed 24/7 arrival time with the resources and equipment to make a difference. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Professional Hazard Assessment is Necessary After Flood Damage in Seal Beach

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm warning sign Flood damage also causes structural and electrical hazards. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate your damage.

Assessing Hazards and Restoring your Home Safely after Flood Damage in Seal Beach

A flooded property can be a harrowing experience for a homeowner. Although there is a temptation to remove as much of your furnishings, possessions, and valuables, flood water can pose severe health and safety risks. Your best bet is to reach out to a local restoration service that can scope the property for structural weaknesses, areas of specific concern, and predict potential outcomes.

We offer an emergency service for flood damage in Seal Beach. On arrival at your property, a SERVPRO technician can talk you through the process from start to finish and put your mind at ease about the work ahead. There are considerable dangers to consider when large quantities of standing water are present in a home environment. However, a professional restorer can guide you through the issues by performing a scoping task.

Scoping is essential to emergency flood damage restoration work. The process involves checking for potential hazards or structural weaknesses and deciding on the equipment required to get your home back to preloss conditions. We assess contamination levels in the water as well as potential electrical issues. Open sockets need to be fitted with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to eliminate shock hazards. Ceilings and subfloors overloaded with water are prone to collapse and require inspection during the scoping procedure.

After establishing a safe environment your SERVPRO technician can begin a Psychrometric analysis of the affected area. Psychometrics is an assessment of the mixture of water, vapor, and air in your property. By taking careful measurement of the amount of water as well as using a thermal hygrometer to measure relative humidity, a restorer can understand what equipment is needed as well as a gameplan to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Property emergencies are debilitating experiences. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for compassionate restoration technicians that communicate with you every step of the way.  

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Stop Wasting Time and Succeed at Fire Damage Remediation in Los Angeles Today

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can occur in your home at any time. Be ready by calling the remediation specialists at SERVPRO.

Minimizing Fire Damage in a Los Angeles Kitchen After a Grease Fire

Kitchen fires can happen for a variety of reasons. A grease fire, for example, can cause massive damage if not mitigated quickly. While you can use common kitchen ingredients to quell fire damage to your home, it can be easy to forget which ones work and which ones do not, which can mean you end up putting flammable baking powder on a grease fire instead of baking soda.  

If a kitchen grease fire leaves you with fire damage in your Los Angeles home, SERVPRO is ready to save the day with industrial-grade equipment and tried-and-true disaster mitigation techniques. 

If you do not have an extinguisher, you can extinguish small fires with the help of baking soda or salt. However, there are a variety of ingredients that you should not use to put out a fire, including: 

-Water, which can spread and splash drops of burning oil, making fires bigger.

-Flour can easily be ignited in exposure to flame, which can make your fire worse.

-Baking powder is not the same as baking soda and can ignite when thrown on a fire.

-Sugar, which caramelizes and eventually burns when thrown on a fire, much like putting a marshmallow over a flame.

-Wet towels can flare up the fire or knock burning pans over, which can spread the fire. 

 After you make your call, our SERVPRO team can come to you within hours to address heat damage and charring on kitchen fixtures with gentle but effective blast media, like baking soda, to both freshen the smell of your kitchen. If the damage is extensive, we can pack your home and clean out the structure as well as the contents, to minimize loss for both your home and personal property.  

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is Faster to Any Size Disaster and is ready to mitigate damage to your home and property with the help of our industrial-grade materials and certified technicians. If you need a lightning-fast response to damage from a home fire, call our team today at (562) 431-9400. 

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Seal Beach Home After A Fire Disaster

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Our fire damage specialists are standing by 24/7 to respond to your call after a fire causes damage to your home.

Fire Damage Seal Beach – Smoke and Water Damage from Next Door

The house next door to our client was engulfed in flames and destroyed. The fire department was able to save our clients home. There was extensive smoke and some water damage. At one point, the roof caught fire; however, the fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The firemen verified that there were no hot spots in the attic. The owners were very concerned and overwhelmed about what to do.

After taking their call, our SERVPRO team responded to this fire damage event in Seal Beach immediately. After assessing the situation, our technicians quickly got to work. A tarp was placed over the roof to prevent any further damage and to prevent birds from entering through the hole cut in the roof of the home.

Restoral of a client’s home after fire or smoke damage follows a step by step process aimed at restoring the home, “Like it never even happened.” The process we follow includes:

  • Removal of water and drying with dehumidifiers
  • Soot and smoke is removed from all surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors
  • Clean, sanitize and disinfect all restorable items, including structures using appropriate cleaning techniques

Restoration of the home, including repairs and replacement of the roof, walls, and carpets as needed.

Many clients want to immediately begin cleaning and tidying up themselves after a smoke or fire damage event. There are a few suggestions to follow:

  • Always verify it is safe to enter the home e.g., electrical, slip and falls
  • Avoid lifting heavy wet materials
  • Avoid washing walls, carpets or furniture
  • Keep hands clean to avoid distributing soot to clean areas
  • Remove food from freezers and refrigerators if the electricity is off
  • Do not use appliances or other electrical items if wet or have been exposed to smoke or water Garments, furniture and all surfaces require specialized cleaning after smoke exposure

For more information, check our emergency tips page. Our SERVPRO client was ecstatic to have their home restored.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for 24/7 service. We serve Huntington Beach, Walnut Park, Compton, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to return items to their preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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Los Angeles Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Restoration Services

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Advanced Equipment Handles All Restoration Services in the Los Angeles Area

How Professional Restoration Services Reduce Loss from Water, Fire or Mold Damage in Los Angeles Properties

The Los Angeles area is famous for its great weather. However, just like anywhere else across the United States, its residents deal with damage to their home from storms, earthquakes, fire and water damage which can result in the formation of mold and other issues if not properly cleaned. That is why outsourcing the task to a professional restoration services company makes sense.

Los Angeles residences get water damage in many forms ranging from supply line breaks to appliance failures to simple forgetfulness. The key to avoiding as much loss as possible is a two-fold process for limiting prolonged exposure to excessive moisture and getting water extraction performed quickly. When SERVPRO technicians handle water removal in a property, we bring specialized equipment on-site in our fully stocked green service vans. Commonly used are:
?    Portable pumps
?    Weighted extractor wands for pushing out water from the carpet
?    Rover stand-on units which use the weight of the technicians to remove water

All of these tools pull up water quickly and allow technicians to remove it from hard-to-reach places. Technicians track the migration of water using various types of moisture detection equipment and spend extra time on the water removal step to lessen drying time.

For example, carpet saturated by a broken water line is not automatically a loss if it is a clean or gray water spill. If we cannot extract the moisture and dry it in the home, we can dry and sanitize the carpet in-plant for re-installation afterward.

During a water cleanup, we try to disrupt the home as little as possible, and dry furnishings in place when we can do so without causing additional issues such as stain from wood furniture bleeding onto wet carpeting. We use methods such as raising furniture up on blocks and covering the legs to allow for complete drying without packing out the home. In cases where pack out is necessary, a detailed list is taken down to the placement of items so, on move-in, our technicians return everything to its proper spot.

Fire damage runs the gamut from a little smoke damage that requires action from our certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) or a house gutted by a blaze that requires fire debris removal and controlled demolition efforts to get the property ready for reconstruction.

When SERVPRO technicians address fire damage cleanup in Los Angeles properties, we work with both the homeowner and adjuster to ensure every step of the restoration is approved. We also assist homeowners with expediting insurance claims with our Content Claim Inventory System (CCIS) that catalogs and documents the restoration service, including before and after photographs of the structure and contents.

Kitchen fires are by far one of the most common, and while protein-based blazes often have little in the way of visible smoke residue when extinguished quickly, the pungent odor requires odor control application and usually more than one method. We have different types of treatments such as thermal fogging, time-release gel pellets, or equipment such as air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to capture airborne particles or hydroxyl generators that utilize the power of UV rays to neutralize soot particles at the molecular level. Depending on the level of scent, our technicians use a multi-layered approach when necessary.

Finding out your Los Angeles home needs mold remediation is never a good thing to hear. The term "mold removal" gets tossed around but it is basically impossible since mold spores exist at all times both inside and outside your property. The key to avoiding the growth of mold colonies is to keep an eye out for leaks and poor ventilation especially of exhaust fans in bathrooms and areas of the home you do not go into often such as the attic.

SERVPRO team members are certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT). We use the same procedures as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform mold cleanup safely using techniques that include containment, drying, and lowering of humidity.

This is so we can use methods such as soda blasting for the lightly abrasive removal of dried mold colonies from the home structure. Upon the completion of remediation efforts, we also inspect the property to determine the cause of the mold and assist the homeowner in taking steps to eliminate the reason so it will not be an issue in the future.

After a prolonged period of drought, the ground is hard and does not absorb rainwater readily, leaving Los Angeles homes susceptible to flood damage.  Groundwater carries a rating as a category three biohazard sometimes referred to as "black water" and should be professionally mitigated for health and safety reasons.

When SERVPRO technicians perform storm damage cleanup, we take steps to prevent additional damages from occurring such as tarping over a damaged roof or sealing a window broken by tree limbs or high winds to prevent rainwater from entering an area in a home. In cases where a property requires large scale flood water removal, we have truck mounted pumps that can remove thousands of gallons of water quickly.  

Why SERVPRO? In the restoration services industry, it is vital to keep up with the latest developments and technology, so property owners experience less loss when home disasters occur. Our technicians go through intense training in the restoration sciences as taught through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) which includes continuing education as advancements continue in this industry.

We know dealing with a home disaster of any kind, filing an insurance claim, and submitting proof of damages can feel overwhelming. When we perform restoration services on residential or commercial properties, we communicate with both the property owner and adjuster every step of the way and do not engage in any task that is not approved. Once our mitigation is complete, we give both the homeowner and adjust a comprehensive list of our completed remediation efforts as well as the necessary repairs or reconstruction required to return the property to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 at (562) 431-9400 to assist property owners with restoration services needed after damage from water, fire, storm or mold. Using our extensive training and equipment, we can turn around loss and make it "Like it never even happened."'


Don’t Let Flood Damage Take Over Your Seal Beach Business

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your Seal Beach dental office be taken over by flood damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Get Your Seal Beach Practice Back In Business After A Flood!

Severe storms often bring flooding which can cause damage to local businesses in Seal Beach. Weather-related flooding in your dental practice can make it difficult if not impossible for you to open your doors to patients as it often consists of bacteria-ridden Category 3 groundwater.

When disaster strikes, you need professionals who can work efficiently to get your business back on its feet as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) know that your patients often cannot afford delays when it comes to their health, so we work quickly to mitigate the flood loss in your Seal Beach dental clinic. Water from heavy rains can seep into carpeting and dentist equipment such as x-ray machines. Additionally, water in your practice's office can penetrate filing cabinets and computer cases causing damage to both your paper and digital patient records.

Our WRT crew members can come to your business at times that work best for your such as during off hours when your patients are not present. Once we have arrived and assessed the damage, we can begin pumping out the flood waters with the use of industrial grade wet-vacs and pumps. When most of the standing waters are removed, we can inspect your carpeting for water damage. Commercial grade carpeting typically must be replaced after exposure to water as it permanently loses adhesive strength. Additionally, Cat 3 flood water can easily penetrate and soil carpets, forcing us to discard contaminated sections that can pose a health risk.

If the electrical equipment in your dental practice has been damaged, our techs can help prevent further damage by wiping down surfaces and spraying on a light disinfectant to prevent contamination from Cat 3 black water.

Floods can cause major headaches for business owners which is why SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available all day at (562) 431-9400 and can help you open your doors as soon as possible.

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If Your Home In Seal Beach Suffers Flood Damage From Storm Surge You Need To Call SERVPRO

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 if storm-related flood damage is a challenge.

Storm Surge-Related Seal Beach Flood Damage Requires Professional Assistance

When storms brew offshore from Seal Beach an added concern for homeowners dealing with the aftermath is storm surge. The salt or brackish water that floods into area homes during severe weather is exceptionally damaging to residences and their contents. Special procedures must occur to remediate the effects of saltwater flooding. Our team has the training and the expertise to see you through this crisis.

Flood damage in Seal Beach can be a complicated fix if the waters of the Pacific Ocean mix with heavy rainfall and harm the exterior and interior of your home. Saltwater increases the risk of electrical shock during remediation, accelerates mold growth, and corrodes all types of building and foundations materials -- wood, metal, concrete, and soil. Fast action is crucial with any flood damage, but storm surge involvement heightens the concern.

Saltwater needs flushing with fresh water before removal and structural drying. If high salt content water infiltrated the wood framing of your home delignification can occur, a process where the salt damages the wood at a cellular level, extracting portions of the cell wall, the lignin, leading to deterioration and the deposit of a fuzzy coating on the surface of the wood. SERVPRO employees have the training to identify saltwater damage and plan for the added steps needed to make sea surge flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

When a home suffers flood damage, it is vital to contain and remove the water as it is by definition, contaminated. In addition to the severe adverse effects seen with salt water, flood waters also commonly contain chemicals, dead animals, decaying organic material, and sewage. The risks to the health of your family and friends if these potential sources of pathogens are ignored or ineffectively managed can be troublesome. SERVPRO managers and employees are familiar with local regulations and industry best practices when containing and disposing of highly contaminated Category 3 or Black Water. We also use EPA-registered antimicrobials as a treatment on affected surfaces to eliminate any residual pathogens.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 if storm-related flood damage is a challenge. We can help with the complexities resulting from contaminants, including saltwater storm surge.

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Why It Is Important To Call Our Certified Professionals When You Are Facing Seal Beach Fire Damage Restoration

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

We have the fire damage experience and advanced equipment to restore your home to pre-damage conditions. Call us right away so we can get started.

The Dangers of DIY Fire Recovery in Seal Beach

As tempting as it might be to start fire loss recovery on your own for your Seal Beach home, this is not the wisest choice for many reasons. First and foremost, many homeowners do not fully understand the scope of damage that affects their property after a fire, allowing them to both underestimate the severity of these damages and to underestimate the safety of the property while cleanup and debris removal efforts get underway. It is important to reach out to restoration specialists to help start the recovery process after a fire loss incident.

Many different fire damages must get addressed and restored in your Seal Beach home after an emergency, and some property owners mistakenly believe that these effects can get recovered and restored without the efforts of trained and certified professionals. In truth, these same owners lack the expertise and the equipment to manage even the early mitigation needs of a fire-damaged property. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with a 24/7 response to these situations.

Even a step like fire damage assessment is something that homeowners should leave to trained professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have estimators and project management that can safely determine the full scope of the damage to your residence while wearing all of the necessary personal protective equipment. These items can keep our technicians safe from conditions like compromised indoor air quality, debris, and structural weaknesses.

Without the appropriate equipment to address airborne concerns and contaminants that could exist after a fire, property owners get exposed to sometimes health-hazardous conditions for prolonged periods. Our team members can set up containment equipment and air purification machines like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers to begin addressing these airborne threats with an onboard HEPA filter.

As tempting as it might sound to save money and time by doing restoration work on your own after a fire, the lack of experience and equipment homeowners have, often results in a higher cost and a longer restoration time than calling professionals immediately after an emergency. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress rapid response team a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Shoes, Clothes, Water Damage....What's in Your Seal Beach Closet?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Inspect the ceilings of your closets often for signs of water damage.

What You Can Do When a Hole in Your Roof Causes Water Damage Inside Your Bedroom Closet

Closets are a dark space and water damage, along the walls inside, can often go unnoticed. The hole in your roofing allowed water to creep inside your house, pooling in your attic and then leaking down through the gaps in your walls. It just so happens that this particular hole in your roof was directly over your closet space and the damage went unnoticed for a few days.  

The best thing you can do for your Seal Beach home after finding water damage is to call for professional help right away. The longer that the damage sits, the more damage it can cause. Water damage acts as a gateway for mold damage, as the moisture feeds the omnipresent mold spores. Avoiding additional losses to the structure of your home, and increasing the financial costs of the destruction, is the best thing you can do for both your home and your wallet.  

When you call for SERVPRO, we always make sure to assemble a team of our very best and send them to your residence as swiftly as possible. We understand how nerve-wracking water damage can be, and how time-sensitive it is, so we always go the extra mile to ensure that we arrive at your home promptly.  

After a brief investigation, SERVPRO can clean out your closet. Our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration-certified technicians can pack up your clothing and store it while remediating the inside of your room. Once everything is out, including clothing, shoes, accessories, and storage, we can begin our work.  

SERVPRO can make cuts to the drywall where the most damage has occurred, to halt the spread of the destruction as well as the possibility of microbial growth. From there, we can remove the water-damaged ceiling tiles. After removing the heavily damaged material, we can focus on drying out the inside of your closet. SERVPRO can use desiccant dehumidifiers, heaters, and axial fans to spread dry air around your closet, and encourage moisture to evaporate. After renovating the area,  SERVPRO can return your clothing, shoes, and accessories to you, so your closest can once again be in its preloss state.  

When you require water damage remediation services, never wait. Dial (562) 431-9400 to contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress. Day or night, we're always ready to assist you.

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The Quickest and Easiest Way to Water Damage Remediation Success For Your Seal Beach Business

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause serious damage to businesses like a bookstore. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Commercial Water Removal and Drying for Your Seal Beach Bookstore Can Prevent Serious Destruction

Books are great learning tools that expose readers to new information and new ways to solve problems or achieve something. Bookstores typically have many different books to meet the varying needs of their customers. These books could get ruined if water enters and pools in a bookstore.

When water from a burst pipe or roof leak has pooled in your bookstore, using the services of a professional restoration company like SERVPRO can prevent more extensive damage to the building and its contents. Our technicians are well equipped and experienced to perform quick commercial water removal in your Seal Beach bookstore. Upon arriving at a water-damaged building, our technicians assess the damage and prepare to remove the water. If a higher volume of water is involved, we can use truck mounted pumps to extract it. If lower volumes are involved, we can use portable pumps and wet-vacs to remove the water.

We can use dehumidification equipment to eliminate any extra moisture in the air to prevent issues like mold growth. Mold spores can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours after exposure to moisture. If some books are wet, prompt action can prevent further damage and dry them to the best condition possible. Even though it is impossible to reverse existing damage, saving books and crucial documents from getting lost completely is a valuable service. We can use several methods to dry your books and documents, including air drying, freezer drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal-drying, and vacuum freeze-drying.

Our SERVPRO technicians consider several factors to choose the most appropriate drying method. These factors include the value of the documents or books, the kind of water involved, the extent of damage, the amount a customer is willing to spend on restoration and time of exposure to moisture. We can give you an estimate on each drying method so that you can choose one that suits your needs and budget. Our goal in every water removal job is making the water loss appear “Like it never even happened.”

When there is water in your bookstore, acting quickly is critical. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to get the water removal and drying services you need. We are available round the clock and can meet any restoration need.

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What is That Odor the Flood Left Behind in Seal Beach?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Floods leave behind foul odors. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to remove the odors.

A Little Flood Damage, Big Odor in Seal Beach

The residents in this area of California experience the threat of flood damage from both heavy storms and river cresting from the San Gabriel River. There is not much a homeowner can do to stop floodwaters but acting quickly after a water loss event can make the difference in our ability to restore your home.

A homeowner contacted SERVPRO regarding flood damage in a Seal Beach home, but the problem was not water, it was an odor left over from flooding that occurred a short time before. Water had previously come into the kitchen area due during unusually heavy rains, and the homeowner had self-cleaned the water when it happened, but a foul odor had remained.

Looking around the kitchen, it appeared dry, but the drywall appeared to be slightly warped, which our technicians knew was a sign of probable ongoing secondary damage. SERVPRO technicians used moisture detection equipment to confirm what they thought was happening. When the water had entered the kitchen, moisture had wicked upwards into the drywall, and the area behind the walls was retaining moisture.

Technicians removed the baseboards and used an Injecti-Dry setup to force warm, dry air behind the wall cavity to dry it quickly while dehumidifiers dispelled the moisture. Once dry, the surfaces were wiped down with our professional-strength cleaners, and the odor in the room was diminished but not eliminated.

Masking or merely covering up odors is not enough. SERVPRO certifies technicians in the science of odor control, and we have many types of equipment for combating odors. We chose the hydroxyl generator for this site because of its effectiveness for capturing residual odors. This machine uses the same broad range of UV radiation as the sun and recombines odor molecules to neutralize them and deodorize indoor environments naturally.

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. Our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to mitigate your water loss and restore your home to its preloss condition.

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When Water is an Uninvited Guest in Your Seal Beach Living Room

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to restore your water damaged home.

SERVPRO Is Here When the Water Invites Itself Into Your Seal Beach Living Room

If the worst thing that happens in your life is living in Seal Beach, then you are in great shape. The weather is fantastic and having the calming effect of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep is a benefit only a few in the world have. However, it is this proximity to the ocean that poses a risk to all homeowners when rainfall causes a rise in water levels, flooding streets. When the area fills with water, your own home is affected, and you need the help of a professional team.  

When you need water removal services for your Seal Beach home call SERVPRO immediately. Our team is trained to handle emergencies of all sizes, even those affecting many homes. By reaching our 24/7 hotline, you access an experienced group of technicians who formally study industry best practices to restore your home to its original condition. Rather than attempting to salvage your home on your own and risk further damage, leave it to us.  

Addressing water damage involves resolving immediate needs and anticipating future complications. Case in point, our SERVPRO team works diligently to extract water from your home with our truck mounted pumps, or portable ones as soon as we arrive on property. Simultaneously, we are assessing and curtailing the risk of mold propagating throughout your house which is a common by-product of excessive moisture. Rest assured that we document all we do, which can help you substantiate any property insurance claim you file.  

Very often, homeowners who attempt to resolve the damage themselves fail to take into account local and environmental regulations regarding the proper disposal of materials contaminated by black waters. Generally speaking, we remove objects such as carpet and upholstered furniture since outside water brings unwanted bacteria and debris. Not knowing how to dispose of these items can pose an environmental and even financial liability, so it is best to leave it to our expert SERVPRO team.  

SERVPRO of SEAL Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is available at (562) 431-9400 to help you when the outdoors finds its way into your living room. Give us a call and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged in Los Angeles

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fires cause not only burn damage, but also smoke and soot damage. Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged home.

Even Small Fire Damage in Los Angeles Can Have Big Consequences Later

A small amount of kitchen fire damage in your Los Angeles home may not seem like a huge deal, but the consequences of even a minor incident can be far-reaching and long-lasting if you are not careful. Professional damage restoration services like SERVPRO exist to help people recover from fires without feeling their effects for years after the initial incident occurred. We scrub the area clean, implement permanent restorative measures to reverse any damages caused to your home and make sure to leave the area smelling clean and odorless when we leave.

Without professional damage restoration services, many cases of fire damage in Los Angeles are left to simmer and sometimes grow worse as time drags on. A fresh coat of paint may mask some of the damage, but odors can still seep through and remind anyone in the vicinity of the hastily covered-up damage. Worse, some types of fire residues may break down the chemicals in many brands of interior paint, leading to discoloration and an even bigger mess in time. SERVPRO technicians can still take care of the damages after these attempted fixes have taken place, but their work becomes much harder and more expensive with more time and neglect.

To compound problems, fire damage does not always stay within a single area. Smoke and ash can travel through the vents in your home to cause damage rooms away. Calling us quickly after a fire enables us to prevent many of these damages and avoid having to employ odor removal and damage restoration measures in every room of the house. Should damages reach this undesirable level, we can still keep costs to a minimum by employing only the treatments we need and directly cleaning out your HVAC system to stop any further spread of fire and smoke materials.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help with fire damage. Call us to help with fires large and small at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures.

Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services

Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures. Several challenges such as clogged HVAC systems, ruptured heaters, and broken plumbing lines arise from such situations. You have to be careful with electrical hazards which may develop in your Surfside home's attic spaces, therefore, turning of the circuits is necessary.

Our SERVPRO technicians can examine attic spaces during water damage in Surfside and determine the level of destruction. During the examination, we check if all sections of the roof are still intact, and whether repairing or replacing the damaged materials is the best option. In cases where the water is still running, we stop the flow.

While it is easy to access some attics, it is not always the case. If that happens, it may make it hard for our team to conduct the restoration. We can demolish any damaged sheetrock to get enough equipment into the area and create appropriate conditions for drying.

Insulations within the attic areas are prone to destruction after water intrusion. Sometimes we can dry and save wet fiberglass insulation, but when it is not restorable, we remove it and recommend a replacement. We have specialized insulation vacuums that help us to do the removal. Dust may result and spread to other areas within the building when demolishing the sheetrock and removing the insulation. Containment is necessary to avoid such contamination, and we achieve that by creating negative pressure.

Combating smells is also part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform, and it all starts by removing the odor's cause. In some cases, these smells come about when wet materials have not entirely dried, so drying is one of the approaches SERVPRO uses to address such instances. If the smells are coming from tiny cracks, we may perform deodorization by using thermal foggers that dispense the deodorant.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is an industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (562) 431-9400 when you face any disaster size and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Protein residue leaves behind an amber or yellow stain and usually has a very strong odor that is difficult to get rid of.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Combat all Types of Smoke Residue

A fire breaking out in your restaurant can have a substantial economic impact on your business. Not only does the fire damage your restaurant, but you also stand to lose business during the restoration process.

The amount of time required to restore fire damaged your Surfside restaurant entirely depends on the type of smoke residue generated during the fire. While some type of the residue is relatively easy to clean, others might need more time. Here are the different types of smoke and soot residues that you can expect after a fire incidence to a restaurant.

Wet and Dry Smoke Residue

Any fire produces both wet and dry smoke residues in varying proportions. Oxygen-rich fast burning fires produce a dry residue whereas oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires tend to produce wet smoke. Natural materials such as wood produce a drier residue while synthetic material produces a wetter smoke residue.

As it turns out, cleaning dry residue is easier and quicker than cleaning wet residue. SERVPRO technicians can use less aggressive cleaning methods to get rid of the dry residues while harsher methods are needed for wet smoke residue.

Protein Residue 

Protein residue can make up a significant proportion of a fire in a restaurant. This type of residue, as the name suggests, is generated when protein is burnt in the fire such as poultry, meat or fish. It is usually amber or yellow and can stain surfaces quickly. Another big problem with this kind of residue is that it has an odor which is notoriously difficult to eliminate. If the fire at your restaurant involves such kind of smoke, it might take more time to restore. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of deodorizing methods to combat protein odors after fire damage.

Fuel Oil Soot

If your establishment is using fuel oil for heat, there is a high chance that there can be fuel oil soot from fire damage. The soot can often mix with the residual oil that has not burnt correctly and can form a thick and oily residue that is quite difficult to eliminate.

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Commercial Water Damage in Seal Beach

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Renters expect their units to be dry and clean when making regular monthly payments. Should your complex have a water damage issue, contact SERVPRO.

Fast Water Removal in Your Seal Beach Rental Units

While running apartment and condo complexes in Seal Beach can be a rewarding and lucrative experience, it does not come without its fair share of potential threats and pitfalls as well. When water loss incidents occur in even a single unit, many of the neighboring properties can become affected as well. The wise solution, in this case, is to reach out to effective mitigators like our IICRC-certified professionals.

You cannot expect to prevent water loss incidents or other threats that require effective water removal and mitigation for your Seal Beach rental properties entirely, but with the right response from trained professionals, these situations do not have to be as costly or damaging. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience honing efficient mitigation tactics to save our customers money and to prevent unnecessary loss in emergencies. These solutions can work to limit the spread of water loss incidents and to repair the damage to affected areas and the source of the water damage.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your rental complex, we have to determine the spread and scope of the damage. Some units require extraction equipment while others only need efficient drying, both of which our team can start quickly. As a large loss recovery provider, we have a vast inventory of air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and mold remediation equipment to contain damage where it gets found.

As complex as water loss incidents can become in an apartment building, our SERVPRO professionals have efficient approaches to help dry out effects quickly. While some reconstruction and renovation are often required after a widespread incident like this, our fast mitigation tactics can limit the need for tear out and replacement.

With everything from pack-outs to extraction and drying, you can count on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to make water loss incidents in your apartment or condo complex “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Necessary in Seal Beach

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise professionals are ready to restore your home.

Professional Help - Preparing for Flood Damage in Seal Beach

Life in Greater Los Angeles can be fascinating. This vibrant region is continuously on the go, and its diversity is virtually unparalleled. However, its sheer allure can be a challenge when a natural disaster strikes. When there is flooding affecting a whole area such as Seal Beach, homeowners are pressed to find help in restoring their homes to their original condition. In a fast-paced environment, rapid response is key to the safety of your family.  

When your home in Seal Beach faces flood damage, our SERVPRO team is at the ready. Our operation runs 24 hours a day seven days a week precisely because emergencies can strike at any time. Time is of the essence in curtailing the extent of your loss, and we act accordingly. As we strive to save the structure and contents of your home, our Green Fleet is equipped to mobilize as soon as we receive your call.  

Our formal training allows us to assess the gravity of the situation as soon as we arrive at your home. SERVPRO technicians also have the benefit of an extensive network of experienced professionals that help ensure the safety of your home and where to focus our immediate efforts. As is natural, we begin by focusing on extracting water from your home and disposing of it appropriately. Specific regulations guide wastewater removal, and our IICRC-certified technicians know what to do.  

Flood waters also compromise the integrity of carpets and other porous materials in your home. The bacteria carried in the water can be harmful, so those materials are also removed and disposed of according to industry best practices. Our SERVPRO team knows precisely what needs to go and how to remove it from the premises. Rather than wasting time on investigating proper disposal, you can call upon our staff to make it happen.  

Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress if you are vulnerable to flood damage. Our expert team can quickly act to mitigate the loss in time and money resulting from the flood. Just reach out to (562) 431-9400, and we will leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Expert Technicians Are The Best At Handling Fire Damage Restoration In Walnut Park

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our team can handle any job big or small, day or nigh. We arrive 24/7 to help you rest easy after a fire. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

I Cleaned Up the Fire Damage, Why Does My Walnut Park Home Smell So Bad?

According to statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, a whopping 50% of residential building fires happened due to cooking mishaps. The kitchen is one of the most common areas affected by fire damage. Often the fires seem small in scale, and perhaps only minor visible damage was done, but unless the affected area is cleaned correctly, odor-causing smoke particles and residues can linger and give off a foul odor.

When SERVPRO addresses the after-effects of a fire in a Walnut Park home, often the homeowner has already attempted to clean up the mess. Our technicians clean the area with our special formulated cleaners and use both wet and dry sponges depending on the type of residue to ensure surfaces are thoroughly deodorized. Lingering odors can often be traced to porous items such as upholstered furniture, window treatments and carpeting can be a source of the odor.

Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have many resources to choose from, and they will use digital detectors to determine the type of deodorization needed based on air quality readings of the detectable smoke particles.

A very effective method SERVPRO technicians use is the ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger. This machine sends a fine mist of water or solvent-based chemicals into the air in the same manner as smoke from a fire. The chemicals get broken down much like smoke particles and penetrate porous materials just as the smoke did, overtaking and eliminating foul odors. We often use fans during this process to keep the deodorant particles suspended in air longer. In some cases, multiple techniques are needed to eradicate the odors.

You do not have to keep smelling the reminder of fire damage in your Walnut Park home. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 at (562) 431-9400, and our expert technicians can be on-site quickly to eliminate the odor and address any other issues that remain from the fire to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Huntington Park Home Owners and SERVPRO for Cleaning Up Mold

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Contains Mold Spores during Remediation to Huntington Park Homes

Remediating Hidden Mold Damage May Save the Rest of Your Huntington Park Property from Infestation

There are many areas inside houses in that no one ever sees. These places include the dead spaces of walls and ceilings, behind cabinets and built-in bookcases, and crawl spaces, including underneath porches.
When these places in a Huntington Park home harbor microorganisms, mold damage can cause problems for the homeowner. SERVPRO's technicians are always ready with the latest in equipment and techniques to remediate the damage already present and reduce the possibility of future problems. Microorganisms proliferate wherever they grow and spread quickly to other areas if left alone.
The reason for such rapid growth rests with the presence of available moisture. Where a leak, drip, or another source of lost water exists, the microbes already present quickly take advantage of their new resource. Mold and mildew find it very difficult to grow in dry environments, so our specialists work with you to get your home completely dry again, throughout the entire structure. While you might never visit your home's crawlspaces, its condition can affect the rest of your home.
After we contain the area with plastic sheeting and air scrubbers, we can begin the remediation process. Containing the region is crucial to keeping microbe and their spores from traveling to other places in your home. When mold detects a disturbance nearby, it reacts by sending out thousands of spores. We need to keep these from spreading to other areas of your home. Not only can they start new colonies in the future in different locations, but they can also cause health effects.
We use soda or ice blasting techniques for small spaces or large areas. Instead of sand, which can later retain moisture and work against us, we use either dry ice pellets (which sublimate into the air as they reach room temperature and convert into gaseous carbon dioxide) or baking soda, which is very easy to clean up with a HEPA-filtered vacuum. These gently abrade the wood down to mold-free layers while still leaving the structures intact.
Once we finish the cleanup of abraded materials that fell to the floor, we spray an anti-fungal liquid onto the surfaces. This seals the surfaces and combined with your house's dry state, helps keep microbes from coming back.
When your home smells musty, it could be mold damage that is causing the odor. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for mold remediation that fits your home's needs. Our 24-hour service line, (562) 431-9400, is answered year-round to serve the families in Walnut Park and Surfside.

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Why Routine Water Heater Maintenance is Important to Prevent Water Damage in Your Huntington Park Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Cleanup for Your Huntington Park Home

Your water heater is a valuable piece of equipment in your Huntington Park home. It provides hot water for bathrooms and your kitchen for a variety of uses. However, routine water heater maintenance prevents possible issues. Otherwise, they can leak, rust, and cause a great deal of damage to your home. Many people think flooding is the primary method of loss that a broken water heater can cause, and there are additional problems which can also cost you lots of money in repairs and even affect the health of you and your family.  

Even a slow leak can cause a good deal of water damage to your Huntington Park home while raising your utility bill from the wasted water. If your home has been the victim of such an incident, you want to have professionals help you clean it up and repair the damage. At SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, we have expert training and plenty of experience in handling water damage emergencies just like this.  

Whether your water heater has caused a flood in your home or has caused other water damage, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals inspect the damage upon arriving at your home, so we know the best way to proceed. If there is standing  water, we extract that first with a pump, and then we can dry your property back out using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. We want to finish this process as efficiently and quickly as we can so we can avoid mold growth.  

If your water heater has flooded your home, it is usually created by the unit bursting and spilling vast amounts of water onto the floor. The water can seep into cracks in your baseboard, seep into floorboards, and get under carpets and more. Water that gets under flooring can warp the wood and create much damage which requires replacing the affected wood.  

Water which flows behind walls can warp the support system and wooden studs, which means it needs replacing. It can also damage vulnerable drywall and other items. Water released from a poorly maintained water heater makes the moisture content of the air to rise, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold grows at a tremendous rate and can cause health effects.  

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress knows that when your home in Walnut Park, Compton, or Surfside has a water damage emergency, it is essential not to waste time. Give us a call at (562) 431-9400 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can help you clean it up and get your home back to the way it was before the water invaded.

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Seal Beach Reviewed: What Can One Learn From Other's Mistakes

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in a Variety Shop in Seal Beach

Months after a water line break happened upstairs, noticeable signs begin appearing down below in your shop in Seal Beach. The ceiling might start to look darker, spotty in places, while the upper portion of walls look like the paint is starting peel.
SERVPRO can restore your variety shop from these visible signs of commercial water damage in Seal Beach and prevent other types of damage from developing. We use the latest in technology to give us an accurate picture of what is going on in your shop. With infrared imaging technology, we can see where moisture exists. Our moisture meters show how much moisture a specific material contains. With these, we can mitigate the damage and concentrate on areas most at risk, saving you money and time.
Stocking your store with the different items that your customers know you for takes time, and replacing the inventory with the same merchandise can become an impossible task. Saving as much as possible, if any is in danger of loss, becomes one of our foremost goals in retail settings. Therefore, when needed, we pack up your inventory and ensure that we place it in a safe location while we work. A designated area in your shop might suffice, or you might prefer we transport it to our secure facility until our mitigation work finishes, and you are ready to restock your store.
When water damages ceilings and upper areas of walls, water has no problem trickling downward and affecting anything below. Because of this, we also check above the ceiling, in the upper level's flooring, to ensure moisture from the initial event has not caused damage there that needs mitigation to prevent additional, future damage after we finish working.
When one-time events cause water damage, and lost water is not an ongoing occurrence, we can often verify that materials are now within normal moisture content limits. If they are, our employees can then apply primer and a new coat of fresh paint. When moisture remains present, or water damage is more destructive, we take additional measures.
Removing the moisture is relatively simple with desiccant machines and our air movers. These run while we remove water-damaged materials, as do an air scrubber or two. Once these sections of ceiling and drywall no longer mar your shop's interior, we can bring in new materials and get things “Like it never even happened.”
Keeping your store open for business in Compton, Los Angeles, of Walnut Park is essential to you and the local community. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help you do this. Call us when water damage makes things seem dirty or unclean. Our 24-hour number is (562) 431-9400

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Let Our Experts Put Your Worries To Rest After A Seal Beach Fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

A home fire is devastating trust our certified professionals to come to your aid and restore your home.

SERVPRO Uses Three Treatments To Restore Your Seal Beach Home After Fire Damage

Restoring your fire damaged home in Seal Beach back to the way it was before the disaster can be a daunting task, but SERVPRO is here to help. Through decades of helping homeowners with fire damage ranging from the minor to the severe, we have developed multiple industry-leading treatment techniques to help your home recover from even the most devastating of fires within weeks. With our help, not even the smallest trace of smoke and fire residues should be left behind after we employ these treatments on your home.

Repainting and Refinishing
Most cases of fire damage in Seal Beach are stopped before significant structural damage can happen to the home, but not before a relatively large surface area comes into contact with open flames. Returning materials to their original appearance is not an easy task, as we often have to scrub the area with specialized cleaning agents before applying the paint or finish on the same way it was initially applied to your home. SERVPRO technicians are experts at identifying different materials in the average home and tailoring their methods as needed for the situation, with a wide range of IICRC certifications that allow them a flexible skill set to handle any problems that might come their way.

Odor Removal
Even small fires tend to leave behind lots of highly noticeable smoke odors throughout the home. We use a combination of thermal fogging technology and specially made odor-eliminating chemical agents to leave your home with a completely neutral smell free of any signs of a past fire.

Water and Other Damages
Damage from sprinklers, hoses, and other fire-stopping fixtures can pose their own challenges to clean up. SERVPRO uses an adaptive approach to every situation so that we can identify and take care of these issues whenever necessary and without any further headaches.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help you to recover quickly from the effects of even the most devastating fires. Call us at any time at (562) 431-9400.

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When Storms Bring Water Inside Your Cypress Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common insurance claims. SERVPRO can restore your home to its preloss condition.

Flood Removal Technicians In Cypress Talk About Extraction Methods

Whenever a violent storm makes its way through Cypress, your property is at risk for damage. Every year, flood removal is a significant portion of all insurance claims. Severe thunderstorms and other extreme weather can cause problems with your home in several ways. When rain pours down the ground outside can get saturated causing the groundwater underneath your home to make its way into your dwelling. Water can also build up outdoors and find its way into your house through your lower door seals, forcing you to call in a professional flood removal company such as SERVPRO to remove moisture from your contents and building materials.

Rainwater can also enter your house if excessive winds blow objects into your walls or windows. Any time moisture gets into the inside of your dwelling it is wise to call in SERVPRO to conduct flood removal in Cypress. We know that removing water when it is in its liquid form is much easier than pulling it out of your building materials and contents or out of the air. To accomplish this, we utilize heavy-duty extraction equipment to vacuum up moisture. If there is any standing water we remove that first and if it is more than two inches deep we use a submersible pump that puts the water into a sewage drain.  

Once all of the standing water inside your house gets removed, we begin vacuuming moisture out of your carpet and upholstered furniture. To do this, we usually use our powerful truck-mounted extractors. We hook up the vacuum motor to different types of extraction tools depending on what materials with which we are working.  Sometimes we use small handheld units that work well for removing moisture from chairs and couches.  Other scenarios require more advanced equipment is.  

When carpets get saturated, we use tools like Water Claws that use the weight of the operator to compress materials to pull out as much moisture as possible. If you ever get water entering your home after a storm, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 immediately after the storm hits.

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When A Fire Damages Your Seal Beach Property Our Experts Are Here To Help!

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever have a situation where both fire and water affected your house, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Fire Cleanup Experts In Seal Beach Discuss Problems With Heat And Moisture

When a fire burns inside a structure, it often gets extinguished using water by either you or the fire department. After a burn takes place, it is likely that you will need a fire cleanup conducted by a professional company like SERVPRO. When heat and moisture damage items, the combination of the two create different scenarios. Moisture can cause soot residues to bleed deeper into materials making them more difficult to remove. If fire cleanup does not get completed quickly, there is a chance that the excessive moisture can cause mold to develop on organic substances, creating another issue.

Moisture added to burn damage can make the problems with your contents and building materials worse. For example, if burnt wooden items get saturated, they might have to be replaced instead of being cleaned and refinished as a part of your fire cleanup project in Seal Beach. In some cases, if items do not get charred deeper than a quarter inch, then our SERVPRO technicians can sand down and refinish the materials. However, when moisture gets added to these situations, the burnt material can soak deep into an object and make refinishing impossible. A major part of any restoration project is to figure out what we can fix with cleaning and restoring, and which items we must remove and replace.

As soon as our professionals arrive at your property, our SERVPRO estimators begin testing your contents and building materials with their test kits. These kits contain a variety of cleaning chemicals for various scenarios. We test-clean the different surfaces in your home to figure out what will work and what will not. Once we figure out what we can mitigate with refinishing and soot removal, we compile an initial estimate for you and your insurance company.

Once the initial estimate gets completed, we devise a plan to restore anything inside your home that got damaged. If you ever have a situation where both fire and water affected your house, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24 hours a day.

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Save Money And Call The Experts When You Discover Mold In Your Seal Beach Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Don't try to repair more damage yourself, call the experts.

The Cost of Mold Remediation for Your Seal Beach Property

One of the greatest concerns for Seal Beach homeowners contending with fungal growth in their home is the expected cost to remediate and restore the damage the organism has caused. While you cannot get a direct monetary value through even a phone call to our professionals, you can get an idea through reading ahead about the factors that contribute to how this estimated cost gets determined. Mold growth can vary significantly from one property to the next, but many of the focal points for estimating the cost of remediation and restoration remain the same. 

While you might not consider mold damage in your Seal Beach property, to be a serious situation there are concerns that every homeowner should know. The first of these is the effect that spreading colonization can have on the structural integrity of the affected materials like drywall. Since the organism feeds on the organic material of surfaces like this, over even a brief period these materials can degrade and become damaged to the point of requiring replacement to return your home to its original condition fully. 

Another factor is the equipment that needs to get used and brought in to restore your property. Our SERVPRO team seeks to provide the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for our customers, but this also means using the equipment designed to do the job thoroughly and quickly. Transportation costs for our larger equipment like desiccant dehumidifiers become a part of the estimated cost to remediate mold from the property. 

Personnel and working hours are also going to be a factor. Our SERVPRO estimator that arrives initially can help to determine the expected time it should take to return the property to a pre-mold condition. This determination includes the personnel required and the expected time to reach set milestones in the recovery of the damaged property. 

Restoring and remediating the mold in your home might cost more than attempting to do it yourself, but our solution ensures that the job gets done correctly and removes the entirety of the mold that affects your house. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Seal Beach Water Loss!! Yikes!! Call SERVPRO

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Call Us After a Water Loss to Your Seal Beach Property- We Can Help

Why SERVPRO Helps your Insurance Claim after Water Damage in Seal Beach

As a homeowner, you probably feel secure knowing that your property insurance coverage can take care of most damages that might arise. Water damage falls among the category of issues Seal Beach property owners frequently claim from insurers. As an IICRC certified water restoration service, we help you take the right steps to avoid rejection of your claim. Though we are not, and do not claim to be, an insurance agent, we do work closely with many insurers to expedite the agreed upon services and quite often, accomplishing the tasks within the set budget.
Incidents of water damage in Seal Beach can happen in different ways including leakage from plumbing lines or overflows after taps are left running, among others. However, regarding insurance claims, what matters most is whether it is a case of sudden discharge or gradual water damage. Most home insurance policies only cover sudden or accidental discharge. Our SERVPRO crew works closely with your insurance adjuster establishing what aspects of the damage your condo, home or renter insurance covers. Just another reason to utilize our SERVPRO services.
Water spillage cases lead to instant as well as long-term damages. Some long-term issues might include mold, rot, corrosion, and deterioration of electrical wiring. Such long-term issues can arise because of delays in starting or completing the restoration process. For example, if the remedial actions such as water extraction take longer than 48 hours to start or complete, mold can develop. Our SERVPRO team relies on state-of-the-art equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors, high-speed air movers and industrial grade dehumidifiers to extract water and dry the property before additional problems develop. Fast action diminishes the chances of your claim being denied.
Moisture problems can keep affecting property long after addressing the initial spill, and since these fall under gradual damage, there is little chance of compensation. Such outcomes occur when there is a failure to establish the true extent of water migration during the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different detection devices like FLIR thermal cameras to identify moisture problems in concealed spaces. We also use thermo-hygrometers to compare readings from affected and unaffected areas as well as areas outside the structure ensuring that proper moisture control measures are taken. When we help you avoid the long-term problems, then you do not have to worry about denied claims. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
Restoring water damage can be costly, so a denied claim can be devastating. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to assist. You can reach us at (562) 431-9400 any time.

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When Stormy Weather in Your Seal Beach Home Leaves You Singing the Blues

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

The torrential rain from these clouds can cause flooding.

Slow Severe Storms Allow Natural Flooding in Seal Beach Homes

As someone who lives in the Seal Beach area, a homeowner here can retell many stories of devastating storm systems that brought all manners of damage to their property over the years. Even short passing storms can impact homes with high-powered winds and torrential rainfall, but the slower moving systems provide enough localized rainfall to overflow creeks, streams, rivers, and other water bodies to impact area homes and businesses.

Finding the right assistance for your flooded Seal Beach property in the middle of one of these devastating tropical storms or hurricanes might seem like a tall task, but our SERVPRO professionals are ready to serve our community through natural disasters 24/7. Having a team available for you in the face of an emergency is not all that our franchise provides, however.

Our team gets comprised of water restoration and mitigation specialists with extensive training to obtain their IICRC certifications in their respective niches. We encourage all of the employees within our franchise to broaden their knowledge of the restoration industry through advanced training opportunities provided to them through in-house coursework and e-learning possibilities.

Another thing that our SERVPRO franchise offers the customers that we serve in the wake of a flooding emergency is our industry-leading equipment. This equipment is updated and maintained regularly to offer an efficient approach to water extraction, drying, and preliminary mold remediation. Our gas-powered pumps can remove excess water from the affected areas fast, giving our technicians an opportunity to employ restorative practices to preserve your home in our initial visit after the damage has occurred.

Finding your footing after flooding has happened within your home can be a challenging thing to do. Once you get a look at the damage that your home has sustained, you might be unclear as to how it can ever look the same again. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team has the expertise and equipment to make short work of widespread damages. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (562) 431-9400.

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Water in Your Seal Beach Home? SERVPRO has the Know How to Restore Your Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Removal Advice, Guidance, and Expertise for our Seal Beach Community

The Californian coast is particularly at risk of flooding due to its proximity to the ocean. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, storms or high surf can all cause a headache to commercial property managers and private residents. Usually, getting rid of excess water goes beyond the reach of household cleaning products and in-house janitors. Using a professional service like ours can help to clean and dry your home while providing expert advice on how to avoid secondary problems.

Over the years, many residents have contacted us about water removal in Seal Beach. We always make the same promises: to organize a service within the first hour of your call and to arrive onsite within four hours of notification of loss. We can make that promise because SERVPRO technicians live and work in the local area making it possible to reduce call-out times significantly.

Damages caused by water can get worse the longer the water sits. The timeframe is especially pertinent with natural materials which can absorb water making it more difficult to dry and creating the perfect conditions for mold growth. We operate a 24-hour call line to make sure our community can always reach us because we recognize that these emergencies seldom happen at convenient times.

Once SERVPRO has arranged service, we can mobilize a wide range of equipment ranging from small portable units to powerful truck-mounted extractors. As a franchise, our company here in Seal Beach has access to national resources which means that we can be "faster to any size disaster."

On arrival, our priority is to thoroughly remove excess water using a combination of extractors and careful placement of rapid air-movers. We follow this procedure by deploying dehumidifiers that use desiccant chemicals to remove evaporated water from the affected area to control humidity levels. Water spills often leave behind unpleasant odors, and SERVPRO has odor control technicians who can remove or neutralize them.

For a thorough, professional and expert service call our 24-hour emergency line at (562) 431-9400 for SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress.

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Some Ways to Avoid Spreading a Mold Infestation Throughout Your Seal Beach Home

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

When you find or even smell mold in your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO to seal off the area and mitigate the situation.

Mold Remediation in Seal Beach Properties is Not as Expensive as You Think

We find that people assume the worst once they notice signs of mold in their home. However, mold spores are a natural part of the home environment and even have many beneficial properties like producing penicillin. It is only when mold spores come into contact with damp spots and begin to reproduce that mold becomes a problem.

We like to educate on mold damage in Seal Beach properties to ensure our customers feel comfortable about the process. The first thought for homeowners when seeing mold is the expense, but in most procedures, there is no need to conduct full-scale mold testing or structural removal.

SERVPRO has developed a technique that is kind to your possessions by working to a restore over replace remit. We achieve this by using IIRC trained mold technicians who are adept at finding the source of mold as well as removing it. Technicians are trained to understand how mold affects different surfaces so that they can tailor their approach to your interior.

During service, we use negative air pressure or physical barriers to prevent spores from spreading into unaffected areas of the home. Doing so allows us to agitate problem areas with chemical compounds and is wholly effective. We are also prepared to send items showing high levels of infection to a facility where they can be specially treated using Esporta washing machines.

The visible signs and smells of mold growth are enough to begin work on a mold restoration service. However, it need not be costly. At the end of service, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize your home using odor neutralizing particles. We are more than happy to help guide you through the critical preventative measures to keep it from coming back.

When there is a musty odor or visible signs of mold in and around the home, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for expert assessment and remediation.

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Become Equipped for Possible Water Damage in Seal Beach With the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Visitors to your hotel expect a clean, dry room. Contact SERVPRO to remediate your hotel should you be facing water damage.

Being Prepared for How Commercial Water Damage can Affect Your Seal Beach Hotel

Hotels in Seal Beach cater to thousands of patrons attending conferences, vacationing with family, and visiting friends. Special times in a person's life often involve a short guest stay in a hotel, and many newlyweds include the accommodations as a major part of how their honeymoon progressed.
When your hotel fails to live up to its reputation for excellent accommodations because of commercial water damage in Seal Beach, a rapid response can bring your establishment back up to par. September is National Preparedness Month and SERVPRO can help you stay prepared for disasters that might cause you and your guests serious problems.
Water damage from a broken water line in your laundry facilities can cause problems as horrendous as those stemming from a snapped sprinkler line. Water from overhead or from an obscure area of your hotel can spread quickly, requiring a quick response from a water extraction team. SERVPRO is always Faster To Any Size Disaster, helping minimize the damages from the start.
Before such incidents take place, we recommend preparing for them. Our READY Plan Profile can help you protect your property by reducing the response time involved even more. This Profile is free to businesses of all sizes and types. Having one in place can provide valuable details. Creating one takes very little time and can significantly decrease the length of time a disaster's effects last.
We know your staff works together to meet the expectations of your guests. The technicians at SERVPRO also work as a team to create a more efficient workflow. Doing so also helps us detect areas where we need to concentrate more effort to maintain our effectiveness. When we mitigate a hotel that suffers from water damage, we know that our progress must remain rapid but thorough. We also understand that minimization of disturbances that might bother your patrons remains high on your list. We always welcome any concerns or questions you have about our work and suggestions on how we can better serve you.
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help your hotel survive through any amount of water damage. Our 24-hour service line, (562) 431-9400, is answered 365 days a year.

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Contaminated Water and Flood Damage in Seal Beach

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can cause flooding in your home. Contact SERVPRO after such an event for water removal services.

SERVPRO Technicians Properly Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is about highlighting potential dangers to American citizens and reminding them to be vigilant against natural disaster. Storms are frequent in September and communities should begin preparing for potential floods, debris, and damage to limit their impact.

Guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are useful to residents suffering from flood damage in Seal Beach. Among the top priorities is to avoid direct contact with flood waters which can be contaminated by raw sewage or other toxic substances. Clearing contaminated flood water as quickly as possible is a health and safety priority for communities at risk.

Black Water, referred to as contaminated water by the EPA can carry raw sewage, pesticides, herbicides or other potentially harmful toxins in the home. Dealing with Black Water requires a different set of rules for most clean up jobs because regular methods and equipment are just not designed to deal with such widespread damage.

At SERVPRO, we have been helping communities that suffer from flooding and other natural disasters for decades. Our emergency call line is open 24 hours a day, and we have local technicians ready to be onsite within 4 hours of notification of loss. Once the presence of Black Water is confirmed, we can rapidly begin work to mitigate your loss.

The first priority when dealing with contaminated water is removal by using truck-mounted, fully submersible gas powered pumps to rapidly clear. When dealing with contaminated water, we have to remove everything that has come into contact with it. That means performing flood cuts to remove drywall and any moisture that resides within.

Unfortunately, a lot of your interior may have to be discarded. That includes carpets, carpet pads, and upholstery. Leaving toxins behind causes them to fester and can result in widespread damage or health and safety issues. Our first priority is to get your home clean. Our second is to dry it using air-movers and dehumidifiers to guard against secondary water damage or mold buildup.

Local services are vital in dealing with disasters because they can respond quicker. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help rescue your home, contact us at (562) 431-9400 now.
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Commercial Water Damage Experts in Seal Beach Talk About Humidity

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

No Store Owner "Loves" Excess Moisture in Her Seal Beach Boutique--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

Water Recovery and Humidity Levels Understanding Is Essential to Reopening Water Damaged Retail Stores Quickly

Anytime a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions in your Seal Beach convenience store, water likely pours into the structure. Excessive moisture inside a building can cause various types of damage. Water itself can soak into porous materials and saturate them. When building materials get saturated, they often lose their structural integrity. The longer an item stays wet, the more likely it can get ruined and have to be replaced. When moisture exists inside a building, it evaporates into the air and turns into water vapor raising the humidity levels in your store. Water inside the air then can make other materials not near the source of the leak get damaged as well. Problems associated with items coming into direct contact with water suffer primary damage. Issues that have to do with water vapor are considered secondary problems.
Both types of problems can ruin the structural components and contents of your business. When mitigating commercial water damage in Seal Beach, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to prevent secondary issues. Rapid structural drying helps reduce the extent of damage caused by moisture as well as lower the chances of secondary problems occurring.
When drying out a structure, our SERVPRO technicians utilize several techniques. Since things in nature always want to seek equilibrium, we use air movers to create an airflow inside the building. The air movers push wet air away from wet materials as it evaporates from them. Dehumidifiers then get utilized to pull moisture out of the air and lower the humidity.
The amount of moisture air can hold is linked with the temperature. Relative humidity (RH) is the amount of moisture the air currently is holding at a given temperature. RH is expressed as a percentage meaning that at 100% relative humidity the air is holding as much water as possible. However, if the temperature increases the amount of water air can hold goes up thus lowering the relative humidity. If condensation occurs within the airspace of a convenience store, much damage can ruin inventory and the business owner's profits.
When drying out a structure, we monitor relative humidity levels every day. Keeping the humidity as low as possible speeds up the drying process and helps prevent secondary damage at the same time. Water vapor can negatively affect products inside your convenience store if relative humidity levels are not watched closely. As soon as you notice excessive moisture inside your store, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 any hour of the day.

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Bathroom Mold in Your Cypress House

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Bathroom mold can happen fast and spreads quickly. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Understands How to Remediate Mold Growth in Your Home

You might be surprised to learn this, but not all of the mold that grows in Cypress homes is exclusively in the basement. While yes, many basements do struggle to keep from getting damp and allowing for the conditions to get met for mold and microbial growth, there are many other instances of fungal growth elsewhere in the house. This occurrence can often get attributed to poor ventilation in areas that produce steam, much like the bathroom.
Federal building codes consider construction to comply when they have a single ventilation box in the center of the ceiling pushing moist and hot air outside of the house. Surprisingly, contractors are also in compliance without ever installing ventilation at all, but only having a window that can get opened. The result is more moisture than most bathrooms can adequately handle, and the conditions get met for mold to begin growing. Soon, you are facing mold damages in Cypress throughout this high traffic area of your residence.
Fortunately, you are not alone when it comes to combatting this presence in your home. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have the unique training to give them pertinent information about all varieties of mold and the best approaches to remove active colonies of this type.
With mold growing in the bathroom of your house, this is a situation that you want to be sure to take care of as promptly as possible. Exposure to mold colonies has gotten directly linked with potential health effects. In such a heavily used area of your home like the shower and bathroom, there is a dire need to get this situation resolved as quickly as you can. That is where our SERVPRO team can help.
While you might become surprised to learn that mold is not exclusively growing in dark, damp basements throughout the area, it is something that you want to take care of immediately regardless of where it is found. You can always depend on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress mold remediation technicians to help you remove the colony and get your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.
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Fire Damage Technicians In Seal Beach Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place.

Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place. Once something burns, the fire gets hotter and hotter causing it to spread throughout the structure. When the blaze grows, it can consume various things inside your home including structural components and your valued possessions. If a fire can get hot enough, it can gain the ability to burn any type of material even if it is fire resistant. Usually, organic materials burn first then the synthetic materials go up in flames next.

When things burn, parts of items fully combust while others do not. When mitigating fire damage in Seal Beach, our SERVPRO technicians are tasked with determining which contents can be saved and which ones can be replaced. When items get severely burnt, they lose their structural integrity and must be replaced. Building materials such as drywall and wooden studs get removed and rebuilt if the charring is bad enough. The contents inside your house also get assessed for damage.

Any item that has been severely burnt or charred must be disposed of in sealed plastic bags, so that burnt dust does not get into the home's airflow. In some cases, wooden furniture can be saved by treating and refinishing. When assessing the damage with furniture the same rule applies as with wooden building materials. If the damage is more than a quarter inch deep into the surface of the item, then the piece of furniture may be ruined and get discarded. If the burnt material is less than a quarter inch deep on the object's surface than it is possible to save the item with some effort from our IICRC certified SERVPRO restoration team.

In many situations, before we refinish an item, we move it out of the building into a clean and disinfected location. Moving the item allows our technicians to work on your contents separately from your building materials speeding up the entire process. Once the items are moved we sand down the furniture so that there is no more charring present. If the piece has a stained and glossy surface, then we refinish the item and attempt to restore it to pre-damage condition. If the wooden parts of the furniture are painted, then we paint with a specialized sealant before repainting the item.

Sanding and refinishing items can save time and money with the overall project. If you ever need professional help with fire problems, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7.

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Overcoming Fire Damages To Your Seal Beach Restaurant

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates Smoke & Fire Damage in Seal Beach Area Restaurants--Let's Keep the Doors Open and Eat

SERVPRO Works Hard to Mitigate Fire & Smoke Effects to Get Your Business Back in Business

When you are a business owner, your priority is providing the best experience for your customers. For example, when your Seal Beach restaurant falls victim to a fire, you want to get the problem remedied as efficiently as possible. The longer that your business suffers the lingering effects of this unfortunate circumstance, the longer your customers cannot appreciate the service that you provide.

When it comes to restoring the fire damages in your Seal Beach restaurant, you might have a pretty good idea of what you expect to occur. What you might not realize, however, is the far-reaching damage that lies out of sight that also must get contended with before the restoration is successful. Smoke and soot damage offer the most immediate threats to positive customer experience, and these are areas where our SERVPRO fire restoration specialists can utilize their training to restore your building as quickly as possible. Bad smells make for bad tasting food.

Soot damage can have much farther reaches than you might have initially believed. While the immediate layers in highly visible areas often are priorities for our restoration technicians, soot can also spread above ceilings, into textiles, dry goods, and even through the ductwork of your restaurant. For the most part, sponges and vacuums can remove the majority of this present soot.

Smoke damage typically presents itself as a lingering odor from the fire. This nuisance can make diners uncomfortable and prevent you from being able to run your restaurant as you might like. While this is one of the final steps of restoration, our SERVPRO professionals utilize thermal fogging equipment to neutralize harsh odor molecules and leave no scent behind. This process is effective for open spaces as well as fabrics, carpets, furniture, and more. But, this service is not applicable to all food servicing establishments.

Overcoming fire damages in your restaurant can feel overwhelming at first, but with the right professional assistance, you can reopen your doors quickly. You can count on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress fire restoration specialists to help you overcome any hurdle standing in the way of full restoration. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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The Discovery of Mold In Your Cypress Home

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Count on the technicians at SERVPRO to assist with any mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO has the training and equipment to assist with mold damage in your home

One of the most unfortunate discoveries that a Cypress homeowner can make is finding mold growing in their house. Quickly you pour through the potential reasons that it may exist here, but ultimately, many homeowners are not as savvy to the causes of fungal and microbial growth as they likely should be. For spores to seat into colonies, the only essential conditions are moisture and warmth.

While the causes of moisture throughout areas of your home can occur from multiple sources, preventing these situations is critical to preventing mold growth. In fact, it takes a mere 72 hours from the exposure of spores to the moisture present in the now affected area of your home to colonize and thrive. Now, you have to contend with the mold damages to your Cypress home and seek the professional expertise of our SERVPRO remediation specialists.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your home, we get to work quickly on determining the full scope of the damage that your home faces, and what must occur to restore these damages and remove the colonies. The remediation process relies heavily on isolating the affected areas while removal is underway and drying out this region of your home to prevent recurrences.

Isolation of this area typically involves air scrubbers with HEPA filters to catch airborne microscopic mold spores from reaching new areas of your home. At this same time, our SERVPRO professionals work to identify the source of the moisture that allowed these spores to thrive. Repairing this source can prevent recurrences, though if the source is unable to get isolated to a specific place or occurrence, dehumidification efforts get recommended to continue indefinitely to remove moisture from the area immediately.

Preventing mold growth in your home is not always as simple as you might think it would be. Unless you check every area of your house regularly for moisture or musty scents, you might not recognize there is a problem until it is a widespread one. Trust our applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remove the colonies and reclaim your house from this intruder.

Give us a call now at (562) 431-9400.

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Restoring Water Damage Following A Fire In Your Seal Beach Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remove Water and Fire Damage from Your Seal Beach Home

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Both Fire and Water Damage

Fires to your Seal Beach residence might be hard for you to stomach when you first start to witness the devastation and destruction that this occurrence can cause. However, with the right professional help, you can overcome nearly any scenario and restore the damage back to how your home used to look.

While the fire damages to your Seal Beach home might be widespread and affect a variety of your senses, our experienced professionals can work to address each of these concerns based on their severity. With more massive fires to structures, high volumes of water often get used to quell the flames. While extinguishment is vital to the process, it can often leave behind considerable water damage that must get restored before work can even start on the present fire effects.

While much of this damage turns up in the initial inspection of the property by our SERVPRO professionals to assess the full scope of the fire damages, water damage in this environment poses a considerable threat to the structural integrity of your home, amongst other potential risks from allowing it to persist. If the water pooled in areas of your home, extraction begins the water damage restoration plan.

This extraction might utilize a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet if the volume is severe enough. Otherwise, portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands get used to pulling up the water. Drying follows suit after the extraction, and this is one of the most critical parts of restoring water damage. Air movers and dehumidifiers are at the heart of the job, but specialized equipment like drying mats or the injectidry system can focus drying attention underneath flooring or in wall cavities.

While you might not think about water damages in regards to a recent fire in your home, this situation requires immediate attention. Failure to completely dry the area can result in undesirable effects, such as mold growth. Trust in the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress technicians to help you set things right. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Commercial Water Removal Services Can Help Prevent Closure Of Surfside Salons And Spas

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

For salons and spas wanting to stay in business, water removal services can help whenever a water line leaks or a sprinkler problem happens.

Commercial Water Removal Services

Pampering your clientele during their visit keeps your Surfside business productive. Even if they rarely venture out to the beach, wanting a healthy glow can keep many returning for additional appointments. Running a salon requires water in many of the treatments provided, though, and one small leak can cause huge problems. Even though you might not serve food to the public, health regulations still exist, and water in the wrong place can cause trouble for you.

For salons and spas in Surfside wanting to stay in business, commercial water removal services can help whenever a water line leaks or a sprinkler problem happens. Allowing the water to dry out naturally, over time, can cause problems with mold and mildew, the formation of musty smells, water stains, and destruction of materials inside your building. Clients do not appreciate bringing their freshly washed clothing to change into after their session, only to find their items smell 'off' or worse.

Our technicians receive specialized training to work in areas that might have customers or clients, meaning your salon can remain open while we work. However, the noise generated might become too bothersome for smaller establishments. We can discuss how this might affect your clients if you desire. We can often resolve water-related problems in a concise time in the case of smaller businesses, as well, meaning a short closure for maintenance purposes could suffice in your situation. We always work to find the best answer for our customers, including small businesses. We look at you as a vital and crucial part of our community.

When leaks form in water lines, we can help you by preventing the problem from continuing. Replacing water lines with new materials helps prevent new problems while protecting new materials from becoming damaged from any humidity while we work.

Our equipment can rapidly extract the moisture from the air and make things adequately dry again. This prevents microbial growth, keeps water stains on walls and other surfaces, and keeps odors from starting. We want your business to look clean, bright, and professional. Helping you maintain this look helps keep you in business.

Call us, SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, at (562) 431-9400 to get started as soon as your salon suffers a leak or other watery disaster. We are always available, 24/7, to better serve those in the Cypress and Los Alamitos areas with professional water removal services and the latest in extraction equipment.

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How Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding In Your Seal Beach Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Looks Like the Flooding in this Seal Beach Home Needs Some Water Extraction Help from SERVPRO

Fast Cleanup and Water Removal Can Alleviate the Pain of Flooding

While you might not always think of the possibility of flooding in your Seal Beach residence, it happens more often than people care to think. With the ever-present threat of natural disasters that every homeowner in the area always has on their minds, it is difficult to prepare your home for everything that it might face in the years to come. As troubling as it might seem, one bad storm could bring a natural disaster into your home to wreak havoc.
Flooding (in the traditional sense) might be relatively rare throughout the area, but there are always exceptions to this rule. Severe weather moving in from the Pacific Ocean can test the limitations of the exterior of your Seal Beach home, and cause flood damages if your roof or building materials fail you. Apart from keeping dying trees and their limbs away from your home, you cannot account for the damage a severe storm can do before you see it for yourself.
When a roof or siding on your home gets compromised by high winds or torrential downpours, you have exposure to these elements to get inside your home and start to pool and collect. Depending on where the damage outside has occurred, the respective water inside could be in several different places. Our SERVPRO professionals stand ready to live up to our promise of
We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so you can call us whenever these emergency situations occur.
Our primary concern when dealing with heavy rainfall pouring into your home from these vulnerable points is to seal these avenues off. This process involves tarping over or boarding up exposed areas to prevent the damage from getting worse and allowing the restoration process to begin. For more robust exterior protection, an independent company can be called in for the work.  Extraction is the heart of the SERVPRO flood damage restoration plan, as pooling water can dramatically impact the structural integrity of your home or create compounding damage like mold growth.
Getting to the problem quickly can help you to contend with fewer damages overall from the flooding. While this occurrence might be traumatic at the time, you can trust the SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team to help you clean up the mess and get things back to the way they should be. Call us anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Always check with professionals to make sure it is safe to go back into your home after a house fire.

Learn About The Health Effects Fire Damage in Surfside Can Cause

Staying safe in the aftermath of fire damage in Surfside should be one of your top concerns, as even small fires can sometimes create hazardous conditions for the unprepared. While SERVPRO technicians have the safety tools and training to avoid harm from a fire, you should be wary of some of the veiled threats in your home. In particular, face masks are essential to keep your lungs and throat clear of harmful particles and substances, as they can help to filter out many dangerous contaminants. Otherwise, these airborne substances could cause adverse health effects now or down the road.

Smoke and Ash

Smoke and ash can persist for long after the Surfside fire damage has run its course. These substances can have a varied and inconsistent makeup, but always hold the risk of causing serious health effects for both those affected by a respiratory condition and individuals who are otherwise in good health. SERVPRO uses thorough cleaning procedures and industrial fogging treatments to eliminate smoke particles from the area, but these materials can still cause harm before our work is complete.

Toxic Fumes

Some fires may burn through materials or chemicals that create toxic fumes and gases after being set alight. While these gases may escape through doors and windows in your home, some may also be trapped inside the home, presenting a serious risk to anyone passing through. Many of these chemicals cannot be stopped with a simple face mask, so you should always be wary of unusual smells and sensations after a fire.

Sawdust, Asbestos, and Other Particles

A fire can alter a home in unpredictable ways, sometimes allowing building materials to become airborne and find their way into your respiratory system. Sawdust, glass, and other fragmented building materials can be a common risk, but some older homes may even contain asbestos, an even more dangerous concern. We check and filter the air thoroughly to eliminate any of these threats, even microscopic ones.

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SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is ready to respond to your call for help while keeping things safe and simple for your family. Call us 24/7 at (562) 431-9400.

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What to Do After Flood Damage to Your Seal Beach Property

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

Filing an insurance claim can be difficult, SERVPRO is here to help guide you through this step of flood damage restoration as well.

How SERVPRO Can Help You After a Flood Damage Incident

Having a restoration plan in place can save you a lot of money and grief after flood damage has wreaked havoc at your Seal Beach property. The first thing to do is seek professional help. The sooner professionals can start the restoration, the better.

It is equally important to acquaint yourself with some of the things that are going to happen after a flood damage incidence to your Seal Beach property. Here are a few things that can help you prepare better to handle the situation when it comes.

Is the water clean or dirty? 

One of the most important things to note is whether the floodwater is clean or dirty. If the water is clean, it might take less time for the professionals here at SERVPRO to get your home back in pre-disaster condition. However, if the water is dirty or contaminated, the restoration might take longer as additional disinfection steps might be involved.

What do professional restoration services do?

As soon as you call in the experienced IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals, they assess the situation and develop a plan. Once the plan is finalized, they get to work and depending on the amount of water and the quality of water (clean, dirty or contaminated), they start its removal. Apart from the floodwater removal, our professionals also remove any flood sludge and silt. Once the water has been removed, we clean the belongings and take care of the residual moisture as well. We make sure that even the last traces of residual moisture are removed from your property to prevent secondary damage.

Who covers the cost? 

Flood damage restoration can be expensive. Filing an insurance claim is not always easy. If you need help, SERVPRO professionals can guide you in filing your insurance claim as well. Our technicians have years of experience in dealing with insurance companies, and they can help you through the process.

Being prepared is one of the essential things in flood damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress  at (562) 431-9400 today to discuss your options.

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