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Preparing for Rain!

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a wet hallway. Collect as much water to help prevent more damage.

Southern California tends to be sunny and dry through most of the year. Now that the rains are coming
down in Los Angeles, it is important for homeowners and business owners alike to take precautions that save can save you time and money in the long run. 

A Leaky Roof
It is easy to forget about in southern California, but a roof leak can turn things sour quick, causing
damage to the ceiling, carpets, hardwood floors and furniture. As a safety precaution, we suggest
tarping your roof with a thick plastic and weighing each of the 4 corners down with weights.

Prepare with Sandbags
If a heavy rainfall is predicted, it is a good idea to line your front entryway, back and crawlspace with
sandbags. This will block the water from flooding your home and minimize the chance of water damage.

Mop Up and Blot Excess Water
If water has already found its way into your home, do mope it up and dry quickly with towels (microfiber
towels absorb even more moisture). Collecting as much moisture as possible as fast as possible will help
from further damage.

If you experience water damage from the rain, give us a call at 1 (714) 622-5096 and speak to
one of our water specialists to schedule an appointment.

SERVPRO Techs Are Fast, Experienced and Certified

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of placed SERVPRO drying equipment. Our technicians are highly trained to know what is exactly needed for any damage.

It may seem like an easy task to restore and clean after a water flood or fire, but our techs are
professionally trained to make it look easy. The truth is, each person on our production team has gone
through extensive training. In order to be a technician, they must attend classes for each of the services
that we offer.

Did you know there is a science behind drying? There are many techniques of how to dry say, hardwood
floor or even behind drywall (if it can be saved, that is). There are certain aspects to look out for when
extracting water. Does the job require our water extracting wands? Or is it going to need something
bigger? By being certified by the IICRC, it guarantees you expertise and quality work.

Be Storm Prepared with These Helpful Tips

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of smoggy mountains Be prepared for the next storm that hits, our tips can be helpful.

As busy as we are every day, the last thing on anyone’s mind is storm damage. From our experience,
when business and homeowners are storm prepared, they usually avoid watery situations. Imagine
stepping into a puddle of water inside your building in complete darkness! Follow these storm damage
tips and be prepared for the next rainfall that comes.
-Have a battery powered radio handy for the latest news
-Keep a flashlight handy with spare batteries
-Check for any storm warnings and weather advisories
-Be sure there is a good amount of canned and packaged food available
-Always keep a two-week water supply for every person in your household
If the storm has already hit your business or place of residence, reach out to us and give us a call at
(714) 622-5096

Important Water Damage Tips you Need to Know

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a damaged wall due to water damage with a technician facing his back. If you come across a major water leak due to a pipe burst, try to shut the main water line off immediately.

When you walk into your place of residence or business and see that there is a watery mess everywhere, it is understandable to panic, be confused and not know where to start. Our best advice to you is to remain calm and give SERVPRO of Garden Grove West Stanton a call. After this important phone call has been made, here are a few things to keep in mind when water damage has happened.

Water Damage Tips You Need to Know

  • Stop the source of the leak if possible. If a major water leak happened due to a pipe burst, shut the main water line off and give a plumber a call
  • If your home is completely flooded, the safest thing to do is to turn the power off to avoid any real danger. Remember, water and electricity do not mix.
  • Be careful when picking up cardboard boxes, coats, rugs and anything else that maybe on the floor. Water makes adds a lot more weight, making them extra heavy
  • While waiting for our crew to get there (usually within the hour) try to soak up some of the moisture with towels, brooms or squeegees. The longer the water settles, the more damage it can cause

If you have more questions about water damage tips or are experiencing water damage right now, give us a call at (714) 622-5096 and we will be more than happy to assist you. 

Why Ash is Messy When Cleaning

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Technician on top of a scaffold cleaning the windows. All of our technicians have received the best training and knowledge to get the job done.

When a water or fire damage strikes, the aftermath can be stressful and a whole lot of messy. Did you know fire and water emergencies require major cleanup by specialists?

When a fire occurs, it is burning not only wood but everything else that makes up a structure. This includes insulation, paint, drywall, vinyl and plaster to name a few. Because these materials are not meant to be burned (the components can be harmful), the ash, soot and debris requires a specialist to handle it.

Ash for example is not easy to clean. Once wiped, it will smear and make the walls or furniture discolored. It can easily be sent up into the air when wiped just to settle back onto another section of your home or office. SERVPRO of  Central Glendale‘s commercial grade cleaning products gets the ash cleaned fast and our technicians have gone through hours of training for the knowledge on how to do so. 

If you are having trouble with the aftermath of a fire, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (714) 622-5096 to speak to a specialist today.

A soggy situation

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of soggy boxes due to water damage. The after math of this water damage was tough, but not tough enough for our techs.

When this soggy situation happened at a local  clothing store, the management did not know what to do. Calling our SERVPRO of Garden Grove West Stanton team was the best thing they could have done. It turns out an old water pipe busted from the cold weather, creating a slow slab leak. When the store’s opening team opened their back storage room, they found their merchandise wet and damaged. They tried to mop the water up, but it was just too much.

When our techs arrived at the scene, they measured the water to be 2 inches throughout their 1500 square foot storage room. They immediately began to extract the category 2 water while other techs in the team searched for items that could be saved. Once the water was low enough, they plugged in air movers and got down to business. The air movers ran for 3 days and with the help of a few dehumidifiers, this retail store was back to normal in no time.   

This clothing store gave us a chance and did not regret it. If you give us a chance, you will not regret it either. Give our office a call at (714) 622-5096 and let us show you what we can do.   

Smoke and soot clean up

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of cleaning soot sponge with dirt Smoke Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Garden Grove will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –  (714) 660-0701

Water Damage in a Boutique Store

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of technician extracting water with our extracting wands. Our technicians are IICRC certified to extract water just like the our technician is doing above.

Silver lake, California is usually the place to go for good food, people watching and shopping for unique pieces of clothing. Our team’s visit to Silver Lake was a very different experience. When we arrived at the trendy boutique we were called to, the small vintage store’s floor was submerged by water. The employees were trying their best to sweep the excess water with brooms, but there was just too much water.

We got to work immediately and began extracting the water with our extracting wands. After there was less water, our techs placed 8 air movers and a dehumidifier to help dry and remove any excess water that was still there. In 2 days, they were back in business and the owner was relieved that he made the call to SERVPRO of Garden Grove West.

Water damage can happen anywhere at any time-in even the trendiest places. If you need water damage help for your business, give us a call at (714) 660-0701 and set up an inspection with us today.        

Reduce Your Risk of Mold By Repairing Leaky Appliances

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of moldy wall. Leaky Appliances Can Cause MOLD!

Leaky appliances in your home can lead to extensive water damage and even mold growth if not taken care of quickly. If the conditions are right, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to start growing. By keeping an eye on your appliances, you can help catch leaks early and reduce the risk of mold growth.

Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of leaky appliances and pipes in your home and reduce your risk of mold growth.

  • Regularly check your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, sinks and toilets for signs of leaks.
  • Routinely check for leaky pipes, appliance hoses and faucets.
  • If you see signs of leaks, such as condensation or water collecting anywhere, dry it quickly and find the source of the leak and fix it.
  • Fix plumbing problems immediately.
  • Monitor your utility bills each month. An unusually high water bill can be a sign of an unseen leak.

By keeping an eye out for leaks from appliances and other water sources in your home, you can catch leaks early and reduce the risk of water damage and mold growth. If you do encounter mold growth or other water damage, give us a call at (714) 660-0701. SERVPRO of Garden Grove can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

When Rainwater Damage Attacks

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of hallway with equipment placed on each side. SERVPRO of Garden Grove West to the rescue! Extracting water with the best equipment.

Discovering a flood in the restroom and rooms of this finance office was not making the property manager happy. After the not so common rain came to Los Angeles, it did some major damage to the carpet, drywall and baseboards. When we did our walk through with the property manager of the commercial building, our production manager suggested what should be done. After all of his questions had been answered, he was confident that we would have his building in tip top shape and the finance office back in business.

Our SERVPRO technicians began to measure every inch of the drywall to see exactly how much moisture was soaked up. After doing a sketch of the entire office and marking where the water damage was, we began to extract excess water from the carpet and dried it in place. As for the drywall, we had to do some demolition and cut about 1 foot up from the floor. This was not too bad, since we saved the rest of the wall in the office. We had a very trusted vendor do the reconstruction, while our team was closely involved.

The property manager was happy to see that we performed and completed everything that had to be done in under two weeks. If you would like to schedule an inspection for storm damage that has happened to your commercial property, call us at (714) 660- 0701 and we will explain the next step to you.