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Let SERVPRO Help You With Your Fire Damage

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Batman Slappying Robin For Not Calling SERVPRO Don't Hesitate to Call SERVPRO After Experiencing Fire Damage. Get Proffessional Help Now!

There are many reasons why California is one of the most desired of all of the states to live in but it does have its drawbacks too. The state does have 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 even more disasters.

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, like SERVPRO. Fire damage restoration is 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. Fire restorers 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. Damage could be extensive, affecting everything from carpeting to drywall to glassware. Water damage restoration professionals in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel can: 

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

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Take Care of Commercial Storm Damage Right Away with SERVPRO

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold effects on Wood What Mold can do to Wood

For a suburban city like Laguna Niguel, CA, water damage in homes and commercial buildings is a problem that should be dealt with immediately. Whether it’s caused by flooding due to natural occurrences or water pipes bursting, the damage will get worse the longer it’s not acted upon. As the damage gets worse, so does the consequences it brings. That’s why water damage restoration experts, like SERVPRO, recommend immediate action.

Mold and Mildew Buildup

One of the most concerning problem that may arise from water damage is the growth of mold and mildew, which usually starts 48 hours to one week after the water damage incident. It can affect the building and, consequently, its occupants, in many aspects.

What Happens to your Wood

Mold easily grows on wooden structural material and when they do, the material starts to deteriorate. Buildings or homes that have a lot of wooden materia can get eaten up by mold. They lose the qualities they had in the beginning that made them ideal as building materials and it may lead to further large-scale home damage.

Furniture and other items made of wood also have the same vulnerability. At best, they’d sustain some stains. At worst, they might just no longer be usable.

Costs Pile Up

As the mold spreads and damage worsens, the repair costs would also climb. Add to that the possible medical bills. All these just show that water damage should be addressed as soon as possible. The same is true for other types of damage, such as storm and fire damage.

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Signs Your Bathroom has a Leak or Mold Problem

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in the Corner of a shower Mold in the corner of a shower

Bathroom plumbing leaks often do not become evident until damage has been done to the walls or ceiling. Subtle signs of water leaks in your bathroom often indicate the need to seek professional water damage restoration, like SERVPRO in Laguna Hills.

Subtle Signs: Keeping your Sight and Smell Alert

Though pooling water and other telltale signs of faulty plumbing may be absent, you only need to use two of your senses to detect potential water damage: sight and smell.

First, check for any changes in wall paint or wallpaper adhesion in and around the bathroom that could signify the presence of moisture in the walls. You might also notice an earthy smell emanating from the bathroom, however this can be hard if you recently cleaned it.

Another potential sign of a damaged wall is if there are stains or warped textures. If so, you can suspect that the walls had already been subjected to water leaks from your bathroom. Plumbing problems could also affect the ceiling, which then cause it to sag and leak with water that has accumulated around it.

The biggest sign of a water leak in the bathroom is the presence of mold and mildew.

Ever wondered why, despite all your efforts to clean your bathroom, mold and mildew simply won’t go away? While you might think it normal for mold to accumulate inside your bathroom, especially around the corners, it is not. Be alarmed the moment you see mold on wall surfaces located in or outside the shower area.

What to Do?

Deal with them as soon as possible! You can start by shutting off the water supply to identify where the leak might be coming from, then have a plumber take care of the problem. At the same time, be sure to consider the kind of Laguna Hills mold damage restoration services offered by a company like SERVPRO

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Fire Safety Tips For You and Your Children

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Make an escape plan

It is important to have a plan especially when there are children in your home. Children most likely need help getting out of the house in the case of a fire. 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.
  • Practice the plan. Once you have established a plan for you and your children in the event of an emergency, practice what it would be like. That way if anything is to happen, they are more prepared.

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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What to do After a Fire - SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

House of Fire and Firemen Putting Out a Fire Firemen Putting Out a Fire

There is nothing quite as devastating as a house fire. Once the smoke clears, and the fire trucks drive away, the real work begins: rebuilding. It may be a daunting task, especially when there is such a mess left behind, but it is possible to rebuild.

The first thing you should do after a fire is contact your insurance company within the first 24 hours. Your insurance company will advise you on how to handle the aftermath of your fire, and possibly be able to recommend a professional fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel. A fire restoration company provides services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished, and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. They provide estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages, and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning, and repairing your home.

Things to remember after a fire:

  • Don’t use any electrical appliance that was in or around the fire.
  • If the ceiling or floor above is wet, do not use any ceiling lights or fans.
  • Don’t touch anything to prevent soot from getting everywhere.
  • Don’t wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning.

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

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Tips to Prevent Mold

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Growing on the wall Mold Growing on the Wall

Mold growth in your home can cause a lot of trouble. It can damage the structure of the house and weaken its appearance by discoloring drywall, creating black spots on siding, darkening decks, and causing grout lines in the shower.

You can deal with mold infestation with the help of companies specializing in mold damage restoration like SERVPRO in Laguna Hills. However, in order to prevent it from happening again, you need to take steps to ensure that there’s no place for mold to breed in your home.

Find the Source of the Problem

The first step to addressing any problem is to determine its source. Check every corner of your home and see where mold could be growing. Because mold thrives in moisture, find the areas that are exposed to water. If the basement gets flooded or if there’s a leak in the roof, then those can be a breeding place. Once you determine the source of the problem, address it immediately so that mold doesn’t have time to breed and grow.

Keep Areas Dry

Mold will only grow if there’s moisture. So, make sure that you dry wet areas immediately. Clean and dry the basement after a heavy storm, fix leaky pipes, and avoid leaving a spill on the carpet. When you take a shower, dry the floor and walls as much as possible. Also, don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine because this is a perfect place for mold to spread. If you don’t have a drier, hang the clothes outside and let the sun or air circulation dry them.

Ventilate

Proper ventilation is key to having a mold-resistant home. Activities such as cooking, doing the laundry, and taking a shower can encourage the growth of mold because of the moisture these activities create. Given this, make sure that there’s enough ventilation in high-moisture areas like the bathroom, laundry room, basement, and kitchen.

A home that is mold-resistant provides a more comfortable and healthier home environment. Sometimes though, the presence of these organisms is inevitable. This is why the moment mold growth becomes too much and uncontrollable, call a professional trained in mold and water damage restoration in Laguna Hills immediately.

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SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is 2022 IICRC Certified

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC Stands for - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Water damage can be deceptive, it can happen when you least expect it. At any moment a pipe could burst or a much more subtle problem occurs when water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. In the event that something a bit harder to find happens, the detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage and worsen the structural integrity of your business or home and at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage can surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required. Here at SERVPRO we have the tools to detect such hidden horrors.

More than just removing excess water, SERVPRO IICRC -certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. "Like it never even happened." Through a timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other issues can be prevented which is the best case scenario. If water damage has been present for too long without treatment, mold will occur, in the event of mold occurring we here at SERVPRO can also help with that.

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.

If you have any questions or think your business or home are in need of any water damage restoration, mold removal, or a check up give us a call! As certified professionals we are here and available to help.

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How to Protect Your Home From Rainwater Damage

5/13/2022 (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' 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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Prevent Home Fires: Dryer Vents

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Dirty Vent Vent in need of cleaning

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. 

For professional clean up and help

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No More Explanation Needed

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Thesaurus matches A breakdown of "Like it never even happened."

When you go through a stressful time with your property, why call SERVPRO? SERVPRO will ensure that your property will be restored to peak condition - "Like it never even happened."

That right there is the operative phrase! Everyone hopes to get through whatever issue they may be having - water damage, fire damage, pesky mold that may have snuck up on you - and the light at the end of the tunnel in each of these situations is the promise of return to normalcy once everything is done. No more loud equipment, no more people in and out of your home, no more stress.

So call the PRO's - we will make sure it will be "Like it never even happened."

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