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Fire Safety for Kids of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel Area

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Make an escape plan

It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

  • Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.
  • It is important to find two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
  • Choose a meeting place outside your home. Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.

Keep children safe from fire and burns

Some children are curious about fire. There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safer from fire and burns.

  • Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot. Space heaters and stove-tops can cause terrible burns. Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters or anything that gets hot.
  • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place. Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them.
  • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children. Children may try to do the same things they see you do.


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3/16/2018 (Permalink)

How SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel Can Help

Having a restoration plan in place can save you a lot of money and grief after flood damage has caused damage at your Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel  at (949) 472-8090 today to discuss your options.

Prevent Home Fires: Dryer Vents

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

For most of us, convenience is everything. This is especially true in our homes. Imagine where we would be without the Air Conditioner, Dishwasher, or Microwave. You may remember the days of collecting all your quarters and going down to the Laundromat to do laundry. However, there was a benefit to that.

The benefit: not having to clean your Dryer Vents. Hardly any of us think about cleaning our vents or even know we should be. The fact of it is Lint accumulates in our dryer vents overtime. We can see a sample of this when we reload our dryer and clean out the small vent trap. Now imagine that on a larger scale. Say you've lived in the same home for 10-15 years+ and never had the vents cleaned...They'd be clogged!  

The truth of the matter is we sometimes take convenience for granted. That mistake could cost us our home, or even our life. Around 2,900 Dryer Fires are reported each year. How can we bring this statistic down? Clean our Dryer Vents.

How do you know if you need your vents cleaned?

  • Your laundry may take longer to dry. 
  • The dryer may be hotter to the touch than usual. 
  • A burning smell may be present when the dryer is running. 

Where do you start? Professionals. Although DIY kits are sold, nothing beats the expertise and assured safety of a professional. Find out more Dryer Vent information here:

Contact Us: 949-472-8090

How to Protect Your Home from Rainwater Damage

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

It looks like the rainy season here in Southern California is beginning. Will your house be safe during a heavy downpour? Here is what SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel recommends you can do to help protect your home from rainwater damage.

1. Maintain your roof. Neglecting the care of your roof could lead to some serious damage when the rain comes. Inspect your roof for damaged, missing, or loose shingles. Keep in mind that roods have a lifespan of 20-30 years. 

2. Seal windows and doors. If windows and doors are not properly sealed, water can seep in through the cracks. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks. They can be sealed with caulking or with sprayable insulating foam. 

3. Maintain your homes's exterior finish. Water may be able to enter your home through holes in your exterior walls, resulting in mold, peeling paint, or discoloration. Repaint and repair exterior areas as needed. 

4. Ensure proper drainage. If water isn't properly diverted away from the home, the foundation could possibly be at risk. Make sure that there is no standing water available. 

5. Clean your gutters. They should be free of any debris. Blocked gutters cause the water to flow down the side of your house and collect at the base.

6. Check your downspout. Downspouts should extend to at least two or three feet from the house. If it doesn't extend far enough, then it could actually be channeling the water directly into a puddle at the base of your house.

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Fight Mold through Laguna Hills Water Damage Restoration Services

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

As spring approaches, (with summer close at its heels), flowers are soon to be all a-bloom. The downside of this mild weather is the chance that you might find yourself uncontrollably sneezing even inside your home. 

Mold can grow anywhere inside your home, particularly in places where there is water damage.

Mold exposure is also a major concern for homeowners who live in climates with more months of precipitation and rain. Mold is useful as an agent that breaks down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but having them inside your home is another story. 

Black mold is actually greenish black found on materials that have been damaged by water, such as wood, straw, wicker, hay, and cardboard. With mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds) When you suspect the presence of mold, act immediately by signing up for Laguna Hills mold damage restoration services.

Where can Mold be found?

Mold can grow anywhere inside the house, but most especially in high-moisture areas, or in spaces damaged by water or where water tend to pool. The usual spots are damp, dark spaces, such as the cellar or basement, as well as in bathrooms, kitchens (particularly under the sink) and on windows. Mold will also thrive unnoticed in damp, wet places, such as your dishwasher, particularly when this appliance is not maintained properly by leaving it clean and dry.

If you suspect a mold problem in your home, find the source by looking for telltale signs of mold infestation, such as visible mold growth, musty odors, and excess moisture or humidity. Mold growth caused by water damage should be immediately addressed. Get help from companies such as SERVPRO, which offers water damage restoration in Laguna Hills, to save you from the detrimental effects of rampant mold growth in your home.

(Source: Mold has many ill health effects, Pensacola News Journal)

Mold Damage Restoration Keeps Homes Safe After a Crisis

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA residents who are allergic to pollen can take a breather in winter, when there aren’t enough of the allergen going around. 

If pollen is the major culprit of allergies in spring, what could be triggering the condition in winter? Experts point to three main sources: dust mites, animal hairs, and mold.

Mold, in particular, can be a major concern in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel during winter when precipitation is at its highest. Mold needs water and air to survive and thrive, and the dampness that winter rains bring certainly provides this.

Moreover, it is not only the elements that can leave moisture around a home. Domestic disasters, such as basement flooding and burst pipes, can leave behind enough wetness to promote mold proliferation. With this in mind, residents should immediately call us at Laguna Hills water damage restoration experts when these wet domestic crises take place.

It is very easy for amateurs to believe they can perform any needed restoration after such an event. What they may fail to understand, however, is that water can seep into cracks and crevices, and linger long enough to give mold spores the breeding ground they need to grow. The professionals use high-power equipment and proper knowhow to thoroughly dry affected areas and thus prevent mold from thriving.

If mold has started to spread, households can also rely on our team of experts to save their properties from total loss. Technicians from companies like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel will conduct tests to determine where and to what extent the infestation has taken place, and perform the necessary remediation and decontamination procedures.

Residents who are unsure if mold has already taken root in their homes should watch out for signs of allergy. It could be coming from undetected mold growth, which should be removed before it causes a bigger disaster and winter illnesses.

Laguna Hills Water Damage Restoration Good for Educational Facilities

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage does not discriminate in targets; even academic facilities are fair game for its ability to do long-term deterioration. This requires effective repairs to ensure that educational services continue with minimal risk to either students or teachers. In an article for Ohio University’s The Post, staff writer Megan Henry said water damage affected one of the school’s centers.

The academe in California may be familiar with leaks in buildings within their campuses. For example, one of Biola University’s dorm buildings had a small crisis back in December, 2013 when its cast iron water pipes went very close to a full burst. The pipes were eventually replaced with ABS piping per building code but the place had to be shut down for them to be installed. When places of learning are badly affected by water inundation, it’s time to have it fixed through water damage restoration by Laguna Hills companies like SERVPRO® of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel.


A thorough inspection of the subject location with a preferred restoration crew must give ample clues as to what happened. Henry said a return steam line at the basement of OU’s Hudson Hall was damaged and later triggered a small flood. University administration was forced to shut down the building’s power supply and reroute a generator to it while the steam line was replaced.

Molded Business?

Water-damaged basements often carry the danger of mold growing, particularly when some water ls left after pumping out the place. Your preferred remediating contractor can use special heating methods to fully dry out the affected area and apply anti-microbial solutions. OU officials are not worried, however, about the potential for molds at Hudson Hall.

Under Fire?

There are situations where the water can prompt a short circuit and result in a fire, such as limited drips touching connections and triggering a spark that starts a fire. Although there was no indication of such materials at Hudson Hall, Henry said that the cable linking the generators and the building were “underwater.” A Laguna Hills, CA fire damage remediation team can be called in to assist after the flames have been doused and assess the level of repairs.

Water or fire damage of any kind should never be downplayed for they can affect the safety of facility occupants in the long run. It’s never too late to seek help from damage remediation professionals like those from SERVPRO®, so make that call today.


Flood damages electrical systems in Hudson Hall, The Post 12 April 2015

Pipes in Sigma dorm ready to burst, The Chimes

Three Basic Water Damage Restoration Tips in Laguna Hills

10/9/2016 (Permalink)

It’s one thing to deal with water damage if a pipe broke or a water source overflowed. However, if it’s an unexpected event like severe flooding, it doesn’t give a property owner like you enough time to salvage your important valuables. In its wake will lie a path of irreversible damage and destruction.

There’s still hope, though, because there are ways for you to have a successful water damage restoration in Laguna Hills.

  1. Post-Damage Evaluation

The first thing you have to do is examine what are the damages incurred by your property and how severe they are. It’s advisable that you do not barge in the house without ensuring that it’s clear for you to go in. Inundations like flooding can weaken the structure, which can cause it to fall down. Fires may also start if electrical sources get wet or if a live wire breaks and touches the damp house material.

Once you’re inside, document everything inside. Take notes of sections of the house that were damaged the most, the items that were affected, and the extent of their damage. Take photos if you can. This should help you point out to professionals what are the areas you would want to prioritize. More importantly, this documentation will serve as proof for your insurance company when you make your claims.

  1. Recover What You Can

There’s no telling just how bad the situation is until you see it for yourself. If you want to have a head start on the clean-up while damage restoration service providers such as SERVPRO aren’t around yet, pick out and separate items according to their material. Separate the books and other documents in a box so that you can lay them out to dry somewhere safe. Handle with care so that you don’t risk any more damage to them.

Electronics also need proper handling following water damage. Before touching any electronics—or before going inside, actually--make sure that the main source is already turned off to avoid electrocution or unwanted fires.

  1. Leave it to the Pros

As much as you would want to oversee the recovery and restoration process yourself, you’ll have to concede that some jobs are simply meant to be undertaken by professionals who have the skills, knowledge, and tools. You’d need someone who isn’t just a pro in water damage, but also a service provider for mold damage restoration in Laguna Hills, because this is the next problem that usually comes up following water damage.


4 Ways to Deal with Residential Water Damage. WikiHow.

Flooded with Water Damage? Here’s What to Do. Chicaco Tribune.

Immediately Seek Out Water Damage Restoration to Avoid These Issues

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Unexpected flood, burst and leaked pipes are just some of the scenarios that can cause water damage to your property. While it’s true that water is important and has many uses in everyday life, its sudden inundation can cause problems to your health and property.

Effects of Water to Your Property

Water affects various kinds of materials in different ways. Paper, for example, gets soggy or, at worst, disintegrate when soaked for too long. Wood, upon exposure, can become dry and mossy. Varnished furniture, for example, can also end up being discolored. Metal gets rusty, and even plastic materials are prone to the disintegration upon prolonged exposure to water..

The longer you wait it out to get professional help, such as SERVPRO, for water damage restoration in Laguna Hills or elsewhere, the bigger the difficulties will be in preserving or saving your personal effects. Restoration isn’t as simple as drying out the water damaged items, too. It requires utmost care in handling and treatment in order to ensure that it’s not going to be ruined for good.

These processes normally require high tech equipment, not only for the cleanup process but also to ensure that your home or office are safe from any health-threatening elements that may come up as an effect of the water’s presence.

Effects of Water Damage to Your Health

You may not realize it, too, but water damage in your property can also lead to serious health problems for you and your family. As mentioned earlier, water exposure can lead different types of materials to react.

Wood, in particular, not only becomes mossy, it can also potentially become a breeding ground for mold and other types of fungi. The humidity indoors brought about by the water damage also makes the environment more susceptible to dust mites and other allergens that can trigger respiratory illnesses.

Among the notorious by-products of exposure are bronchial asthma, rhinitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, hives, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, or even hypersensitivity pneumonitis. If you think they sound serious, it’s because they are.

The same measures should be taken in case your property instead suffers from fire damage in Laguna Hills, CA. Make sure to get the help of professionals at the soonest possible time to avert any further damage or issue.


Effects of Water Damage. The Water Page.

5 Things You Need to Know About Water Damage. Porch.

Get Professional Restoration Services for Water and Fire Damage Repair

10/6/2016 (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 restorationin Laguna Hills 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, 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, 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.


Water Damage. IIRC.