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What Does Performing a Flood Cut Involve?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flood season is never a great time in Whittier, CA. In the best-case scenario, residents are prepared for this season, and it’s only a mild annoyance when preparations for flooding are tested. However, in the worst-case scenario, water damage can result in intensive repairs to a home. Sometimes these repairs involve getting a flood cut. And since “flood cut” isn’t a well-known term, here is more information about what’s involved.

1. What Is a Flood Cut?

A flood cut is a fairly simple process. The definition is in the name. A flood cut is when a professional cleanup service comes into a home after the flooding has been drained away to tear out the drywall that has been damaged. While this does mean that a large portion of the drywall is removed, it also means that mold growth and other structural issues may be avoided. In this way, a flood cut can be an important step in ensuring the recovery of a home after heavy rain, sewage bursts, or other sources of water damage.

2. When Is It Used?

Considering drywall replacement can be costly and time-consuming, it’s a good thing that flood cuts aren’t always necessary. Often, there are ways to simply dry out the drywall without having to tear out the damaged portion. However, the times when flood cuts are used are generally the most crucial. When the water has high levels of contamination, or has concerning levels of bacteria or other growths, it may be important that this step is used. The drywall that was soaked, even once it looks dry, may contain traces of the bacteria or other substances that were present in the water.

Cutting out drywall after flooding may seem like a time-consuming task, but it is generally worth it. It may remove the chance of a home retaining contaminants after the residence is dried out, and it may lead to something worth its weight in gold: safety and peace of mind. Visit http://www.SERVPROofwhittier.com for more information on storm damage. 

How To Get the Smoke Out

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

The smell of smoke permeates your clothes, curtains, sofas and walls. After a fire at your home in Whittier, CA does the odor ever come out? Yes, there are steps you can take to get rid of that unwelcome scent. Through a combination of dry-cleaning, wet-cleaning and other techniques, a professional fire restoration specialist can help you enjoy your home again.

Content Cleaning

The smell of smoke sticks to the majority of your belongings. What contents of your home can be cleaned, and how?

• Smoke odors are removed from clothing using professional dry-cleaning.
• Fabrics and upholstery including furniture, rugs, curtains, and bedding are tested to see which method of cleaning is most appropriate. Cleaning may be wet or dry, depending on the item.
• Electronics can break down over time from exposure to smoke. The outside of these items are cleaned using proper techniques to prevent further damage.
• If your possessions must be removed from your home, the professionals categorize, inventory and pack items before transporting the boxes to content storage. Content cleaning and deodorizing occurs before you retrieve your belongings.

Structural Cleaning

Smoke and grime coat the interior spaces of your house. What surfaces need cleaned?

• Smoke adheres to walls, carpeting, wood floors and ceilings. These surfaces are tested and matched with the proper cleaning method.
• Many times, soot can be successfully cleaned. Other times, surfaces will be primed for painting or refinishing instead.

Deodorizing

The smell of smoke remains in the air, even after the rest of the contents and structures are clean. How does the air get refreshed?

• The source of the odor is identified and targeted, rather than covered up by a fragrance.
• Two professional methods used include Ultra Low Volume (ULV) and thermal foggers.

The last thing you want after a fire in Whittier, CA is the daily reminder of smoke in your home. Through proper wet and dry-cleaning procedures, smoke and soot are eliminated. Partner with your homeowner’s insurance agency and a fire restoration company to return your home and contents to pre-fire condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROofwhittier.com for more information on fire damage. 

Four Fast Steps To Speeding Up Mold Remediation

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Black mold can be disastrous for a business or property owner. The effects of this kind of mold can last long after the moisture problem has been contained; the mold must also be removed entirely from the space to avoid recurrence. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to limit the amount of mold cleanup you’ll have to do.

1. Locate and remove the source of the moisture causing the problem. Water travels quickly, and into the smallest of spaces. Every moment that additional water floods into your home is additional mold remediation that may have to be done. Finding and eliminating the source is vital to a quick cleanup.

2. Contain the area as quickly as possible to avoid further contamination of the property. By shutting off the air conditioning system, putting plastic over doorways, and ridding the building of all standing water, you’ll quickly and decisively minimize the square footage of space you’ll have to decontaminate. That can save you both time and money.

3. Dehumidifying is important to stifling the growth of black mold. You can undertake that yourself, or contact a qualified contractor in Whittier, CA to handle it for you. If you opt to manage it on your own, be sure that you leave the dehumidifier in place for the proper amount of time to attain the full benefit. Too much drying out can lead to damage to the constituent materials, but too little can lead to mold.

4. Dry out, repair, and replace the damaged items as required. While some portions of your property and some belongings can be easily dried out and reused, others will require replacement. Knowing ahead of time what can be saved and what cannot may keep you from wasting time on things that will need to be thrown out.

Cleaning up and repairing your property after a flood can be a costly, time-consuming process. However, a few small steps can make a big difference in the time and money you spend to right your space and eliminate black mold. Visit http://www.SERVPROofwhittier.com for more information on commercial mold. 

Tips for Preventing Water Damage While You’re Away From Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you’ve got an older home or you recently built a place in Whittier, CA you’re not immune to finding water damage. One of the worst nightmares homeowners have is returning to town after a vacation to find a flooded area at home. If you’re not around to address the problem when it starts, you could be in for expensive repairs and recovery. If you plan on leaving your home for several days or longer, make sure you guard against the possibility of flooding.

Inspect for Leaks

Water pipe repair is a common remedy for flooding issues. Before putting yourself in the position where you have to do this after the fact, check before you leave town to ensure the pipes under your sinks and in and around appliances such as your dishwasher, water heater and washer aren’t leaking. A broken pipe can spill gallons upon gallons of water onto your floor.

Look at the Hoses

Water pipe repair isn’t the only concern you have to prevent flooding. You must also inspect hoses:

• Check the hose connection to your refrigerator and ice maker.
• Make sure the hose that connects your water supply to the dishwasher is secure.
• Look for problems in your washing machine hose connection.

Assess Your Rain Gutters

This job may take some more effort, but it’s just as crucial. If your rain gutters have debris clogging them, that can prevent precipitation from properly draining off your roof and away from your foundation. Water could then pool up window wells and enter your basement.

Get Some Help

Find a trusted neighbor to check on your home a few times while you’re away. Show the person where to find the main water shut-off. Also, give this person the phone number for a reputable water cleanup company in case there is flooding.

If you take these preventive measures, you shouldn’t have to worry about flooding or water pipe repair. You can then rest easy on your vacation knowing all is well at home.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofwhittier.com for more information on water damage. 

When Lightning Strikes - Keeping Your Business Safe in a Thunderstorm

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that a thunderstorm can be more deadly than a hurricane or a tornado? Aside from the direct risk of lightning, a heavy rain storm can produce significant water and wind damage that can affect the productivity and safety of your business. Even before a watch notifies you of a potential storm or a warning alerts you of immediate danger, ensure that you have prepared your company with these seven steps.

1. Have a system for alerts. Find out how you can best receive notifications in Whittier, CA. Often there are email alerts to which you can subscribe so that you can easily communicate with your employees.

2. Plan for a safe room. Ideally, identify an interior room without windows within your place of business. Clearly mark this room with a sign, and train all staff members for emergency preparedness.

3. Assign a staff member. This person can be responsible for gathering any items that are outside in preparation for a storm. Having a list of items to collect is ideal to ensure timely preparation.

4. Regularly inspect trees and shrubbery. Limbs surrounding your building pose a risk during a storm. Removing dead limbs can reduce the risk of damage caused by high winds.

5. Implement a schedule for inspecting the roof. This will help to ensure that it is structurally sound. After a rain storm, be sure to check that rain spouts and drainage systems are working properly.

6. Consider the need for lightning rods. These can be vital to further protect your place of business. Lightning rods redirect the electricity and can be helpful even in a steel building. Consult your local fire company for advice on placement.

7. Be prepared to respond to flood damage. Have a reputable company in mind to call immediately in case of water damage sustained in a heavy storm.

Thunderstorms can be an underestimated source of property damage as well as a tremendous safety risk for your business. Even a substantial rain storm can cause lasting damage. With the proper preparations, your company can be ready.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofwhittier.com for more information on storm damage. 

The Correct Response to a Flooded Furnace

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Correct Response to a Flooded Furnace Flooded electronics

Broken pipes can lead to extensive losses, putting your Whittier, CA business out of action for a while and causing costly damage to your property. One of the most serious types of damage resulting from a broken pipe is a furnace flood.

What steps should you take if you've got a flooded furnace?

1. Ensure employee safety. Water-damaged electronics pose significant hazards. If your furnace is powered by electricity or gas, don't attempt to turn it on. Remove yourself and employees until a professional determines that the area is safe.
2. Seek professional cleanup. After the flood water has been removed and the area is completely dry, your furnace must be cleaned and professionally maintained. This is especially true when the furnace flood affected an electric or gas appliance. Cleaning a furnace is a complicated process that is best left to professionals.
3. Assess the need for replacement. Some furnaces may have to be replaced due to irreversible repairs and an unsafe situation. If a professional has assessed your furnace and recommended replacement, take steps to complete this action as quickly as possible.
4. Schedule an air duct cleaning. The CDC recommends that all contaminated insulation and filters be removed from the HVAC system. It is also necessary to disinfect all component surfaces and to follow the disinfecting process with a clean water rinse. It may be necessary to upgrade components of the filtration system to ensure the health of your clients and employees.

Identify the Source of Damage

Addressing the cause of the broken pipe is an important step toward ensuring the disaster doesn't happen again. Work closely with technicians and recovery experts to determine why the break happened and how you can protect your business from future flooding.

The disaster that led to a furnace flood can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Working with a Whittier, CA professional can reduce some of that strain and concern. These experts can lead you through the recovery process and get your business back into action. Visit http://www.SERVPROofwhittier.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

Commercial Water Damage

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Recently, we received a commercial water job after hours. A warehouse got completed flooded, about 8000 sq ft. was affected including offices and a bathroom. The different steps that we applied for water mitigation included:

Containment to prevent spores and dust escaping to clean areas. Removal of wet drywall and insulation. Cleaned and disinfected to prevent bacteria growth. Set up equipment to fully dry the affected area. 

After the drying process is completed, a test needs to be done to ensure its dry and bacteria won't grow. Final step is construction.  

Our job is to help people restore their lives after a catastrophe. Give us a call at any time if  you or one of your clients needs our help. 


      SERVPRO of Whittier 
"Like it never even happened." 

Job Containment

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

A containment is the first step in restoration process. However, little mention is given to the first part of a disaster. According to a Restoration & Remediation magazine article

“The restoration professional is likely to encounter substances like mold, microbials, toxin-producing pathogens, meth lab residues, fire residues and friable lead and asbestos…without containing these potentially toxic substances, at the source and within a confined area, they are likely to end up creating a significantly larger mess than first encountered and quickly saturate the air being inhaled by workers, homeowners and occupants of the affected buildings” (Scott Lavelle).

Our picture shows our employee during a containment process that needed to be done to protect the non-affected areas from dust. This took place before the demolition process of drywall, insulation and floor. 

House Flooded!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage House Flooded! Equipment set up to complete the drying process.

Our heroes responded promptly after a client called us to request our services after they came home from a weekend trip to find out their house was completely flooded. Three bedrooms, hallway, bathroom, living room, entry and closet were affected. In this case, a test for asbestos and led was required before proceeding with our services. Test came back negative. The source of the problem was the toilet, which is consider category 3 meaning it came from sewage. Therefore, all materials touched by the water needed to be disposed of, causing flooring and 2 feet of plaster to be removed. After demolition was completed, the next step was to disinfect. Lastly, the equipment was set up to complete the drying process and bacteria clearance test was performed to assure air was clean.

Water heater burst! 

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Received a call on Monday morning, water heater in a commercial property burst. Water leaked all weekend and affected the main office, bathroom and 30 aisles in the warehouse. It was category 1 which means water is clean and can be dry in place. This job required a crew of six people for water extraction, also a good quantity of dehumanizers and fans to dry the warehouse as fast as possible. We also proceeded with moisture check and in place drying methods inside the office. The job was completed in two days, without the need of removing any flooring, drywall or construction.

The warehouse did not close doors and they were able to keep working while we were making it "Like it never even happened."