Recent Posts

Fire Damage Restoration: Why You Should Leave It to the Professionals - SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is a serious concern; the restoration work following it even more so. The extent of the damage from a blaze can set back both private homeowners and companies alike, though peace of mind can indeed be achieved by hiring the right team to do the restorative work. 

In the unfortunate event that your home or business establishment of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA or nearby areas gets ravaged by a fire, never even once think that the subsequent restoration work is something worth a DIY approach, and the same goes for water damage restoration endeavors. The following passages will explain why.

A good reason involves the damaging elements. If you think that the flames alone do all the destructive work, you’re quite mistaken. Much of the smoke from a fire can indeed settle, but it leaves considerable amounts of smoke particles behind. These can embed into walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and other belongings. Left uncleaned, they can lead to foul odors and even result in health problems over time. 

In addition, smoke can also damage electronics. Almost all gadgets aren’t specifically created to withstand high humidity and heat very well, let alone a smoke film. When smoke gets into your electronic equipment, they can short circuit. Smoke residue also acts as a kind of insulating cover over the gadgets’ heat-producing components, making the devices more prone to overheating and premature failure. Smoke’s extremely corrosive nature makes all these possible. 

This is where fire damage restoration pros from companies like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA which serves your area and other close communities, come in. Most DIY tips on removing lingering smoke and soot involves the use of harsh chemicals, as well as a special piece of equipment called an ozone machine, which is perhaps the best solution available. Ozone machines are made to run for days at a time inside a fire-damaged home that’s been sealed, but using them yourself poses several risks—ozone itself is very toxic, and ozone machine rentals are expensive. 

Note that it’s not just smoke that can damage your home in different ways. The resulting ashes can, as well. This is because the ash produced by fire is acidic—everything it touches will suffer discoloration over time. Acid from ash is so potent that nearby plastic items can start deteriorating in mere minutes. Should the ash stay for more hours, other items such as fiberglass and appliances will also start to turn yellow, and metals will tarnish. Lastly, pros can effectively get rid of lingering odors and prevent further damage by removing any more unwanted contaminants.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel - Professional Restoration Services for Water and Fire Damage Repair

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water and fire are the two most common disasters to befall a home. Fire damage is usually easy to see, but fire leaves behind smoke damage even in places the fire never touched. Water damage is also easy to spot if your home had been flooded or you have a serious plumbing problem.t However, it can also be hidden behind walls, in flooring and the attic or basement, which is just as dangerous.

Dealing with Water Damage

Water damage restoration in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is often required after a fire because of the liberal use of water to extinguish the fire. This water may cause even more damage to the property and belongings than the actual fire caused. Carpets, upholstery, clothing and other absorbent material may have become soaking wet and would need to be removed and replaced. Only a professional water damage restorer, such as SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/ Laguna Niguel, can determine what items can be cleaned to their pre-damaged condition and what items need to be replaced.

It is recommended that action be taken immediately, because the longer the damage is left unattended, the bigger the chances of it eventually becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungus and mildew, much sooner rather than later. The excess water needs to be removed and the area completely dried. A professional will also have the expertise and equipment to detect hidden moisture that could develop into toxic mold.

Putting Out Fire Damage


Fire damage in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA, meanwhile may consist of blistering on the walls, soot settling on everything and the odor of smoke on clothing and furniture. This odor is not removable by standard means and requires the special equipment of professional restoration experts who use ozone neutralizers and other means.

When looking for a water or fire restoration company in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, it’s recommended to approach a company that will give immediate help. As with dealing with water damage, the longer you wait for restoration, the more difficult the job will be.

You can expect highly trained technicians to use the latest restoration equipment. Whether you have a small kitchen fire or a completely destroyed room, it’s worth calling a professional to examine the area. It’s the same for flooding. Even the most minute exercise of due diligence can help save your house from an even bigger damage. It’s a simple step to make, with little cost attached to it, especially when you look at it from the perspective of saving your home as much as you possibly can.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

3 Steps After a Pipe Break - SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/ Laguna Niguel

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

A pipe break can happen during any time of the year but is more likely to occur during the winter if the pipes are in an uninsulated area of your commercial property in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA. Be advised that bursting pipes can cause extensive water damage which is why it’s important to call a restoration company as soon as possible. Here are the three steps to take after a pipe break.


1. Stop the Water Flow


Turn off the water immediately. After you shut off the main water supply, you need to drain the pipes. To do this, turn on the cold water on every faucet on your property and flush every toilet at least once. Then turn off the hot water heater and run the hot water on every faucet. Taking these crucial steps ensures the leak will stop. But you’re not done yet.


2. Reduce and Fix the Damage


At this point, it’s best to reach out to the professionals so they can fix the broken pipe. However, you might be able to locate the broken pipe yourself. Don’t walk in water as this increases the risk of getting electrocuted. It’s recommended that you turn off the electrical power no matter if the water is one foot or only one inch high. Furthermore, unplug appliances and turn off the furnace. If safe, you can move valuable items, electronics and fabrics to higher ground. 


3. Call a Water Restoration Company


Opening the windows and running fans run won’t prevent mold growth from bursting pipes. No matter how extensive you think the damage is, contact a water restoration company as there might be damage you are not able to spot. Mold and mildew begins to grow only 24 to 48 hours after such an event. You don’t want to risk your health and more damage to your property. 

When your plumbing breaks, there’s little time to spare. Take these three steps immediately to reduce the water damage in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel due to bursting pipes. 

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel - 2018 IICRC Certified

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC Stands for - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC -certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, and remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return. 

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO® Extends PGA Tour Sponsorship through 2020

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

GALLATIN, TN--(Marketwired - January 22, 2018) - SERVPRO has extended its sponsorship with the PGA Tour through the 2020 season, retaining its designation as the official cleanup and restoration company of both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour according to Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. SERVPRO's first event of the 2018 PGA Tour season tees up this week with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

"The entire SERVPRO family is proud to be associated with the prestigious and well-respected PGA Tour," said Steen. "This sponsorship allows us to showcase our capabilities not only to the communities where PGA events are held, but also to the huge television and online audience that follows the Tour. Both individual property owners and commercial facility owners will have the opportunity to learn about SERVPRO and the services offered as they enjoy watching the world's best players compete on the world's most beautiful golf courses."

Steen reveals that SERVPRO will have a presence at several PGA Tour tournaments in 2018, including The Players Championship and The TOUR Championship. "In addition, we plan to be involved with First Responder events throughout the PGA Tour year," said Steen.

"SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, but each SERVPRO Franchise is a local business, operated by a local business person with ties to the community he or she serves," says Steen. "The wide and growing audience the PGA Tour commands will learn a SERVPRO professional is available in their local community, ready to respond at a moment's notice if things go wrong at their home or business."

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened" for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO please visit SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

Why SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel uses Air Movers?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

What are Air Movers?: Air Movers are fans, industrial fans. They come in different sizes for different uses. One thing they all have in common is that they move or blow air around a job sight. The result of that moving air allows the wet areas to dry.

Why Are They Important?: Air Movers are crucial to the drying process of a job. More fans doesn't necessarily mean faster drying. These fans are placed strategically for optimal drying time. After 3-5 days of constant use, the wet area will be dry.

Though they don't work alone. Dehumidifiers carry a heavy responsibility on the job sight by removing any moisture in a room. A separate post will be available regarding dehumidifiers and their functions.   

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a water leak can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel - What is a dehumidifier and how does it work?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier is essentially a refrigerator that forgot to get fully dressed. Really. The basic mechanical function of a dehumidifier is the same as a refrigerator. Compression and expansion of a gas is used to lower the temperature of metal coils to freezing temperatures.

However, instead of the cooling action being directed into a closed box, a dehumidifier is designed to blow warm moist room air over these cold coils. The moisture in the room air condenses on the coils to become liquid water. The water then drips into a drip collection pan, or to a drain. The room air, now freed of much of its moisture, returns to the room slightly warmer than it was.

Dehumidifiers are controlled by a device known as a humidistat. This is an adjustable rotary switch which detects moisture in the room's air. It automatically turns the dehumidifier on or off as it is needed, based on the setting you choose. If you wish, you can set the dehumidifier to the maximum setting for continuous operation.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is Grateful - Local Police Force in Orange County, CA

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is so grateful to work alongside first responders every day. This month we’d like to thank our local police force for keeping our community safe!

Criminals are looking for an easy opportunity with the lowest risk; if you provide it, they will take it! There are simple preventative steps you can take to eliminate crimes of opportunity and reduce the frequency of burglaries and thefts in our community. 

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a fire can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is Grateful - Local Firefighters in Orange County, CA

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel would like to thank our local firefighters who work so hard to keep our community safe and our homes intact. #Heroes

Cooking Safety

"Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame. 

Smoking Safety

Never smoke in bed.

Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc

"3 feet from the heat." Furniture, curtains, dish towers and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets

Smoke Alarms

  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month. If they're not working, they can't get you out the door.

Cooking Safety

"Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame. 

Smoking Safety

Never smoke in bed.

Children Playing

Matches and lighters are locked away.

Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc

"3 feet from the heat." Furniture, curtains, dish towers and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

Large and small applicances are plugged directly into wall outlets
Smoke Alarms
  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month. If they're not working, they can't get you out the door.

Home Fire Escape Plan

  • At least twice a year, practice your fire escape plan with all family members.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher

What's Your Escape Time?

  • Make sure everyone can escape in two minutes or less

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a fire can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

Like us on Facebook

Water Damage Restoration After a Fire is a Job for Professionals - SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

There are many reasons why California is one of the most desirous of all of the states to live in but it does have its drawbacks, too. The Orange County, CA is a unique geography that can result in fast moving and devastating natural disasters like wildfires and flash flooding. In the aftermath of such a catastrophe, it's understandable that a homeowner would want to roll up his or her sleeves and personally take on cleanup duties to save both time and money. Cleanup after such disasters is risky business which is why it is best left to professionals. Attempting to clean up and restore properties on your own can lead to disasters of a very different kind.

Why Fire Cleanup Is Not a DIY

When authorities allow homeowners to return to properties in the aftermath of fire, it's understandable that they would quickly want to begin the process of cleaning up and restoring their home. Unfortunately, in many cases, amateur cleanup and restoration efforts result in additional damage to these homes. Insurance companies will not cover such damage, no matter how inadvertent. What these companies will do however, is supply homeowners with information on how to contact professional fire restorers. Fire damage restoration is a good deal more than airing smoke out of rooms or sweeping up soot. Homeowners in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA should take advantage of available professional services.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restores can:

•    Conduct professional assessments to determine what is salvageable
•    Correct damage caused by ash and soot residue
•    Remove lingering odors
•    Clean fabrics and upholstery
•    Repair water damage

   
After a fire is extinguished, water damage also becomes a problem. Pressure from the water used to put the fire out could have weakened a home’s structure. Homeowners are often advised to stay out of their properties until it has been deemed safe by professionals. In addition to the risks they run of invalidating insurance policies, there are health risks associated with post-flood cleanup, ranging from exposure to harmful chemicals to electrocution. Damage could also be extensive, affecting everything from carpeting to drywall to glassware. Water damage restoration professionals in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel can:

SERVPRO Water Damage Restores can:

•    Do property damage assessments and evaluations
•    Remove excess water
•    Dry out interior walls and electrical damage
•    Detect and prevent mold infestations

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a fire can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090