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Ventilation Systems

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills / Laguna Niguel Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (949) 472-8090.

SERVPRO can Clean!

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

OPERATION : Water Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Lets handle the Storm!

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Information on Smoke Damage

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can devastating for residential owners and even business owners. As we work diligently to bring back your home or business is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We completely understand why you may feel upset and or angry. If you need any help with your Fire Damage give us a call

949-472-8090

Most of the time when people call us is when a near by brush fire has damaged their home with smoke. It is definitely frustrating time because nothing you do can take this smell away. We sometimes use a machine called an ozone generator to help remove any kind of odor. The ozone machine splits apart oxygen to generate ozone with electrical charges. Something that happens naturally through thunderstorms, where the 3 oxygen molecules in Ozone detaches and then reattaches to the odor molecule causing the smell to disappear .

As long as the ozone machine is on, we ask humans and pets to leave the home as it is not safe to breathe in. 

A word on Fire Damage

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing a disastrous event such as a fire in your home is a highly taxing and unfortunate circumstance. Now, you find that you must also deal with the aftermath of the fire in order to restore your house to its former state. However, even if the fire had already been put out, the house still poses a certain degree of danger. What you need is a fire and water damage restoration in Laguna Hills

Hidden Dangers

After a fire, the house has been damaged to an extent that it is unfit for just anybody to enter it, especially if high pressure water was used for extinguishing it. It is likely that your house has not only been damaged by the fire but the water as well, therefore, the foundation and the entire house’s structure have been weakened from its exposure to the elements. Entering the house in such a state will be dangerous.

Determine Safety

Before you check how severe the damage is, determine if the house is safe to enter by asking the fire fighters if it is safe to go inside. At this point, they should have already extinguished the fire, established a safety zone, and conducted an extensive inspection to confirm that it is indeed safe. Keep in mind, however, that if the damage is too severe, you may not be allowed to enter at all.

Get Professional Help

Now, you need to bring in the help of the experts. Contact a company that specializes in fire damage restoration in Laguna Hills, CA. Don’t attempt to undertake the restoration yourself especially if you have no experience or the appropriate protective gear. Your house could have multiple types of damage from the fire like ash, soot, smoke, charring, odor, as well as water damage. The experts should be equipped to handle all of these.

Prevent Further Damage

Leaving it to the professionals doesn’t mean that you can’t do your part to help the process of restoration. If your house is not so heavily damaged and the professionals say that it’s safe to enter, you can help prevent further damage by opening all windows to allow for air to flow freely. Otherwise, mold and mildew would have a chance to grow.

(Source: Fire or Water Damage Restoration Tips, EnlightenMe.com)

Storm at Schol

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Protect Yourself with Laguna Hills Water Damage Restoration Services

It’s a scene you often see played out in movies. Bring on the old abandoned house, cue a couple of curious kids with flashlights, and suddenly it happens—one of them falls through the floorboards. It’s a scene designed to elicit a horrified reaction from the audience, and it works perfectly. After all, who would want to see an actual person endure such misfortune? While you may think that such a scene only happens in movies, it’s a reality that many people face after their house suffers immense water damage.

Recently, the Inland Empire suffered massive flooding due to heavy rains and strong winds spun off by a Pacific hurricane. Suffice to say, many wooden floorboards suffered, one of which was the gym of Elsinore High School in Wildomar.

Some rooms had several inches of water in them Tuesday afternoon as the storm pounded the campus at the end of the school day.

“It definitely came at the worst time possible, when all the kids were out, when all the parents were here, and the buses were here to pick up students,” Principal Jonathon Hurst said. “It was definitely chaotic for about 45 minutes.”

The school’s wooden gym floor was inundated, but Hurst said the facility was fine by Wednesday. The roof was blown off a dugout on the ball field, which was left a muddy mess.

Structural inspection is necessary

Structural damage is one of the most dangerous risks people have to endure when flooding hits their property. That’s why it’s imperative to have your home’s structure checked by a Laguna Hills water damage restoration professional should you encounter flooding in your home.

It doesn’t end there

Unfortunately, structural damage is not the only problem you have to contend with when flooding strikes. When water enters your home, its moisture content is dramatically increased, thereby allowing the growth of potentially dangerous mold.

Don’t let water damage problems linger

Water damage sometimes cannot be avoided, so it is important for you to take the necessary steps to ensure it is addressed at once. If you suspect structural damage or mold growth in your home, you might want to contact a professional that restores water and fire damage in Laguna Hills, CA immediately.

(Source: Flash Flood Watch Canceled for IE; Cleanup Continues From Storm, KTLA, Sep. 17, 2014)

Commercial Experts

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Small offices, big commercial buildings, medical facilities; here at SERVPRO we do it all. When your small or big business is at stake from a water leak or mold presence and need a fast and reliable company; SERVPRO is here for you. We have mold mitigation and water restoration experts readily available 24/7 working for our team. Your business' future will be safe with us. We strive to provide you with 5 star service and excellent communication through the entire process. Our goal is to eradicate all traces of mold and to prevent any further water damage while carefully removing anything that is non salvageable. We take GREAT care in handling all your personal belongings to ensure no further damage happens like they were our own.

The how to on Water Damage

7/14/2021 (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.

The how to on Mold Damage

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Homes nowadays are more energy efficient than ever, mainly due to the efforts in promoting energy conservation among the local populace. It’s become a two-way hit, so to speak: efficient homes help keep the environment safe and prevent people from burning unnecessary holes in their pockets.

There is, however, one catch behind it all. The mere fact that homes are getting sealed to the brim means that they’re becoming better breeding grounds for molds. Mold problems typically materialize innocuously—often beginning with a tiny leak, then water works its way into the tiniest cracks in the sealing and leaks into places like the attic, basement, crawlspaces, or walls. In time, the water would sit around long enough for molds to grow, posing a danger to the home’s inhabitants.

Fortunately, dealing with indoor mold is easy enough. In order to know if you’ll need professional water damage restoration specialists real soon, you’ll have to identify the signs of an infestation first. Since molds are often hidden, you can identify it by scent. Does your home smell musty? If it does, you’re highly likely to have molds lurking within your home. If the moldy odor gets worse in certain areas, then those places have higher mold concentrations than anywhere else in the home. In addition, the mold smell that emerges when you turn on the heater or air conditioner may mean that there are molds in the HVAC system that needs to be removed.

Your next clue should be visual. Mold often develops on walls, in corners, or on objects , though sometimes they can settle where it is less obvious. They can lurk under carpets and carpet pads, behind wallpaper and draperies, behind drywall and wood, on the surface of pipes, right inside ductwork, or anywhere inconspicuous. You have to be wary when checking such places, though, since your efforts can disturb mold colonies and release spores which could contaminate other areas of your home. For that, you’d do well hiring a mold damage restoration company in Laguna Hills, CA,like SERVPRO.