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SERVPRO is Here to Help Your Office Space

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

The equipment in the break room has been protected with fitted 6 mil plastic so work can begin. The equipment in the break room has been protected with fitted 6 mil plastic so work can begin.

Life happens, and unfortunately sometimes it happens at work.

We here at SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel have years or experience dealing with and hanling commercial jobs.

When your break room is down for the count and needs some love, call SERVPRO. We will make sure that you and your coworkers are set and ready to go as soon as possible, because we understand the importance of a break room.

Time is money, and we know that just as much as you. So if you experience water damage in your work space or if you think you may have mold growing, give SERVPRO of Laguna Hills / Laguna Niguel a call!

Give your staff a clean and safe place to work again.

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How SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel Can Help!

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Having a restoration plan in place can save you a lot of money and grief after any damage has occurred 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.

What do professional restoration services do?

As soon as you call in the experienced IICRC-certified business such as SERVPRO professionals, they assess the situation and develop a plan. Once the plan is finalized, they get to work.

Who covers the cost? 

Most 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.

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Let SERVPRO Help You With Water Damage

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Drywall in need of repair after water damage Drywall in need of repair after water damage

A burst pipe in your home can cause significant water damage especially to your drywalls. When that happens, you can’t just wait it out and then slather on a fresh coat of paint because the damage might be bigger than it looks. What you need to do is to call Laguna Hills water damage restoration experts, particularly if your drywalls are severely damaged.

Assess the Damage

The first thing you should do is assess the extent of the damage on your drywall. You may misjudge how much water has leaked and that could lead to bigger problems. Look for signs of depressions on the wall. These look like small dimples around nails or screws. If you see them, immediately move all your valuables away from the wall as they might be a sign of imminent collapse. Even if the situation appears less serious than this, you should still call a professional for proper damage assessment.

Look for Mold Damage

Another problem you should watch out for in times of water damage is the formation of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in wet and damp environments, especially water damaged spots in your home. The first thing you’ll notice if you have mold problems is the dank smell. Use the distinct odor of the mold to find the source. If you see black spots on water damaged drywalls, immediately call Laguna Hills mold damage restoration professionals, like those at SERVPRO of Laguna Hills. They will help you contain the growth and prevent them from coming back through proper cleaning and disposal of contaminated areas.

Patch Up the Drywall

Significant damage to a drywall should be fixed properly to avoid any more problems. If some portions are still sturdy enough, you may not need to replace everything. A water damage professional can tell you whether a paint job will be sufficient. If repainting is not a safe option, you’ll need to have the water damaged parts removed and replaced with fresh sheets. The new drywall has to be properly sealed and painted, not only to make it look as good as new, but also to give it better protection from moisture.

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Your HVAC and Air Duct System Need Cleaning

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

before and after air duct cleaning Before and After Air Duct Cleaning

SERVPRO isn't just for fire, water, and mold remediation, we can also help you clean your vents and give you work space clean air.

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,

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How to Protect Your Business and Employees During a Storm

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

When bad weather comes to Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, protecting your business from the elements can reduce the risk of costly accidents and damage. From heavy rainstorms to flood waters and high winds, bad storms can be powerful enough to freeze your building’s pipes, damage your roof and cut off your power lines. However, there are a few actions you can take to shield your building and employees from harm once temperatures start to plummet. 

1. Allow Employees To Work From Home 

Shutting down your business due to bad weather can negatively impact your business’ finances. However, you can keep operations humming by allowing your employees to work remotely.

Data wranglers, researchers and website designers can all work from the comfort of their homes and do not have to put themselves in danger in the event of a bad storm. Especially after the events of the pandemic, many workers are able to work safely and effectively from home. If you don't already, you may want to have a remote contingency plan in place beforehand so work can continue smoothly upon notice of a work from home day. 

2. Be Aware of Weather Warnings 

Using weather apps and streaming news services can keep you ahead of any possible bad storms and allow you to take action when it comes to protecting your business. For example, if temperatures are projected to drop into the single digits, a pipe burst in your building’s basement or bathrooms could cause a serious flood. Being aware of upcoming weather conditions can give you time to install additional insulation or contact a storm damage and flood cleanup service to retain their services as a precaution. 

3. Inspect Your Roof 

Knowing whether your building’s roof could withstand a powerful wind storm can help you avoid a costly repair bill in its aftermath. Heavy rains can cause weak sections of the roof to collapse, and missing shingles may cause moisture to seep into the attic. It is wise to have the roof inspected before bad weather arrives. 

Bad weather and frigid wind can affect your business in a variety of ways. However, being prepared in the face of an ice or snow storm may help you protect your property and employees.

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We Are IICRC Certified!

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

What is IIRC? Click here to watch a short video IICRC Stands for - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

SERVPRO IICRC -certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to dry a home or facility after water damage breaks out (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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What to do After a Flood

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flood in Laguna Hills Canyon Flood in Laguna Hills Canyon

After a flood, the cleanup can be over whelming. Luckily there are ways you can prepare for a content cleaning without adding on extra stress.

Here are four steps to dealing with the impact of a storm on your home. 

How To Remove Water 

Content cleaning can’t begin until after you have removed the water from your home. Keep in mind that you should never try to remove the water yourself. A specialist can do this safely and effectively without you having to worry about handling every drop of moisture. 

How To Assess Damage 

With the water extracted, it’s time to take stock of what’s been damaged or lost in the flood. Look for signs of mold and mildew on walls and furniture. You should make two separate lists: one for what should be tossed out and another for what can be saved. 

What To Throw Away 

If the item has a porous surface or has sat in black water for too long, you may have to throw it away. Contents typically on this list include: 
• Cardboard 
• Stuffed animals 
• Mattresses 
• Carpet 

Additionally, you will probably have to throw out all paper products. 

What To Keep 

While paper products should almost always be discarded, if you have an item of significant or sentimental value, you can have a freeze-drying contractor preserve the item. Aside from that, the kinds of items that you can save are generally the ones with non-porous surfaces or that weren’t touched by the flood waters. If it can be cleaned, you may be able to save it. 

A home flooded with black water can be stressful and difficult to deal with. It’s important that you don’t hesitate, however, when it comes to content cleaning. After all, damage can become worse if you let it sit. It’s best to deal with it as quickly as you can.

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Is it Allergies or is it Mold?

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, CA  recongnizes that residents who are allergic to pollen can take a breath in the winter, when there isn'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 SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel water damage restoration experts when these wet domestic crises take place.

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 knowledge to thoroughly dry affected areas and thus prevent mold from thriving.

If mold has started to spread, homeowners and business owners 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.

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How to Know if You Need Professional Mold Restoration

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Homes nowadays are more energy efficient than ever, mainly due to the efforts in promoting renewable energy and energy conservation. 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.

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Things to Know About Mold

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is becoming more and more prevalent in homes and commercial buildings in Orange County, CA. It may be the musty odor you notice under your sink. Or the green, black, blue or even pink spots that begin forming on the wall. However you are alerted to the presence of mold, proper action is needed. But before you go call your handyman, contractor or neighbor there are a few things you should know.

Fungi and mold occur naturally in our environment. In fact over 100,000 different kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used for bread, baked goods and some alcoholic beverages. The flavor in Blue Cheese is a result of mold. Even life saving Penicillin is a product of mold.

However, when a water intrusion caused by a pipe leak, weather, storm, plumbing failure, pin hole, toilet overflow, leaky dishwasher or washing machine are not taken care of immediately, problems can get worse. The types of building materials that are used in construction today tend to be prime for mold growth to occur. Even high humidity in a home can result in mold growth occurring on some of these materials. This type of mold growth is not good for humans. This grows when mold amplification occurs which increases the amount of mold spores (seeds) in the air. Mold spores are microscopic and invisible to the human eye. Proper equipment, training, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), certification and experience is required in order to remediate the mold problem. Most handymen, contractors or neighbors do not have this type of training.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel carry all the applicable certifications, equipment and know how to get the job done properly the first time. If you are experiencing mold in your home or business or have had recent water damage don’t hesitate to the Professional’s at SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel.

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How SERVPRO Can Help with Water and Mold Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

It can be a trying experience to say the least when a home has received water damage. In addition to this, people can be shocked when they discover they have mold in a bathroom or laundry room. Fortunately, there are a few things that can enable homeowners to deal with mold and water damage effectively.

When there has been water damage, there can be a temptation to wait for a period in order for an insurance inspector to visit as well as to determine how much damage has been done. Water damage needs to be dealt with quickly. Fortunately, water damage restoration companies in Laguna Hills can help citizens with the process. A professional from a certified company like SERVPRO can stop by and investigate the damage.

Perhaps there is an electrical hazard that a homeowner overlooked. Perhaps the damage is far worse than expected. Whatever the situation may be, a professional has the tools that are needed to remove water from a home. Furthermore, they are experienced in getting a home back to the way it was before the water damage occurred.

Mold damage is another factor that can be the result of water damage. Furthermore, a home that has mold may have a difficult time being sold. A professional technician in Laguna Hills understands how to remove living or dead mold in a safe manner. Keep in mind that household methods of removing mold are not completely thorough or adequate. Bleach and other types of household cleaners do not remove all mold from a building. Also, it is important to note that mold spores can spread through the air and make the mold damage restoration needs more challenging.

Although water and mold damage occurs at various times, homeowners can contact professionals who can address the situation quickly, safely and professionally. Technicians are able to provide helpful information about how they will remove the problem and ensure that it is not a factor in the future. After professionals have completed their work, homeowners can have peace of mind that their home is restored.

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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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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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What to Expect After a Fire

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

living room after a fire Living room after a fire

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.

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Fire Damage Restoration: Why You Should Leave It to the Professionals

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Caved in Roof After a Fire Caved in Roof After a Fire

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 in Laguna Hills 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. 

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, which serve the Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel 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, 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.

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Why It’s Important to get Mold Damage Restoration in Laguna Hills

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy vacation home Mold from floor to ceiling

Busy Californians often take their home’s maintenance needs for granted until they are confronted by disrepair and some organic outgrowths, such as molds, showing up in places that they’ve become too disturbing to ignore.

Molds grow slowly and proliferate in dark and damp places and surfaces. At this point, a homeowner can resolve this best by calling for mold damage restoration in Laguna Hills.

An Unseen Danger

For mold to grow, moisture is the most important player in the mix.  Its spores spread airborne,  absorbing moisture until the mold spores stick to a surface and propagate. Sunlight kills them, thus molds ideally thrive in darkened and dank cracks and crevices in your house. 

Mold and your Home

Mold organisms seep deep into the structure that they cling on, which, based on how tough they are to remove, can pretty much determine how long the mold has been in place. In time, mold can compromise the integrity of materials they contaminate.

Prevention and Cure

To keep mold away, always clean your home thoroughly, especially on humid days. Moreover, if you fear that some form of water damage might have taken a toll on the indoor air quality of your basement, attic, or room, or on the integrity of your drywall or carpets, call professionals like SERVPRO for water damage restoration in your Laguna Hills home, immediately. You can also do your part by scrubbing off any mold infestation before they fester and become too much to handle.

Don’t let mold get the best of you and your home – look for signs of infestation and snuff any mold growth immediately, while rectifying the cause. Not only will you be keeping your home sound and intact, but you’ll also be securing a safe and clean refuge for you and your family to cherish for a long time. 

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Laguna Hills Water Damage Restoration Essentials: for Bathroom Leaks

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Bathroom Main water line burst and flooded the bathroom

Bathroom plumbing leaks often do not become evident until the 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 in Laguna Hills, where humidity levels can remain high despite low precipitation levels, before your home suffers further damage.

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, which could signify the presence of moisture in the walls. You might also notice an earthy smell emanating from the bathroom, however hard you might have cleaned it.

Another potential sign a damaged wall. Unless you’re aware of how your walls came to be stained or warped, you can suspect that the walls had already been subjected to water leaks from your bathroom. Worse, 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, be alarmed the moment you see mold on wall surfaces located outside the shower area.

What to Do?

Before existing plumbing problems wreak any more havoc on your home, be sure to 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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Fight Mold Through Laguna Hills Water Damage Restoration Services

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on walls A close up of mold growing on a wall.

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. 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.

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Mold Job

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Containment Barrier This is a containment and decon chamber separating the living space from the affected area.

With big containment comes big responsibility! 

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel has YEARS of experience and expertise when it comes to mold. We are committed to making sure that your property is a healthy space for your and your loved ones to be in. We will work hard to ensure your space is a mold-free environment. 

We work hard to make sure that this is Serpvor Cleaned and to make sure that you are not alone during this frustrating process.

Call SERVPRO today and let us walk the path with you. 

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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.

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Lets Talk Cleaning

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.

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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. 

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SERVPRO During a Storm

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Protect Yourself with Laguna Hills Water Damage Restoration Services

In California how often are we hit with storms? The answer is, not often. So, when it happens most Californians are not prepared for the effects it will have on you or your home. Storms in California such as mudslides, flooding, the high winds and rain which can damage your home if things are flying around, and the occasional thunderstorm with hail. That's just a small number of things that can happen but no matter the size of the storm, if you have been effected, you should seek out resources from professionals to make sure your home is safe and sound from any further damage that may occur after a storm.

When the Inland Empire suffered massive flooding due to heavy rains and strong winds spun off by a Pacific hurricane many homes suffered and the structural integrity of buildings were in trouble.

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.

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We Are Commercial Experts

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Small offices, big commercial buildings, medical facilities; here at SERVPRO Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel 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.

"Like it never even happened"

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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.

Salvaging your documents

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Laguna Hills got its name because of its proximity to the famed Laguna Beach. Just a stone’s throw away from the shore line, Laguna Hills is popular among tourists and California residents alike. Its close proximity, however, also means that it gets more than its fair share of rainfall every now and then. When this happens, one of the things that most homeowners around this area will need to deal with is damage brought about by strong rainfall.

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There are many ways by which water damage restoration can be done, be it air drying, dehumidifying, or vacuum-freeze drying. Choosing which water damage restoration technique to use will often depend on what kind of material was damaged in the first place.

Documents, Paper and Books

If the document has been damaged by brackish water, the first thing that you need to do is rinse it with cold, clean water. If you are dealing with onion skin, vellum, or other kinds of fragile paper, it is recommended that you lay them out on a flat surface and spray the documents with clean water until the dirt has been washed off. Make sure that you do not expose them to direct sunlight as this could cause wrinkling in the paper.

Once you have laid out all the paper, use an oscillating fan in order to speed up the drying process. Make sure you do not direct the airflow towards the document itself. Instead, allow the fan to dry the room which, in turn, will dry the documents. 

If you are dealing with water-logged books, you should do inter-leaving or putting absorbent paper in between leaves. If the book has already developed a moldy smell, you might need to use an ozone gas chamber to deodorize safely the document. This is the same processed used in restoring documents that have been through fire damage.

Water Damaged Photos

Water-damaged photos should be attended to as soon as possible. Keep in mind that waiting for more than 48 hours before working on the photographs can result in growth of mold and mildew, which could damage your pictures.

If the photos are still contained inside a picture frame, do not try to separate the picture from the glass. What you can do instead is place it under running water until the picture can be retrieved.. The same is  done if you have two pictures stuck together. Take great care not to touch the printed side of a photograph, as this could result in smudges.

Drywall that is Damaged

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A burst pipe in your home can cause significant water damage especially to your drywalls. When that happens, you can’t just wait it out and then slather on a fresh coat of paint because the damage might be bigger than it looks. What you need to do is to call Laguna Hills water damage restoration experts, particularly if your drywalls are severely damaged.

Assess the Damage

The first thing you should do is assess the extent of the damage on your drywall. You may misjudge how much water has leaked and that could lead to bigger problems. Look for signs of depressions on the wall. These look like small dimples around nails or screws. If you see them, immediately move all your valuables away from the wall as they might be a sign of imminent collapse. Even if the situation appears less serious than this, you should still call a professional for proper damage assessment.

Look for Mold Damage

Another problem you should watch out for in times of water damage is the formation of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in wet and damp environments, especially water damaged spots in your home. The first thing you’ll notice if you have mold problems is the dank smell. Use the distinct odor of the mold to find the source. If you see black spots on water damaged drywalls, immediately call Laguna Hills mold damage restoration professionals, like those at SERVPRO of Laguna Hills. They will help you contain the growth and prevent them from coming back through proper cleaning and disposal of contaminated areas.

Patch Up the Drywall

Significant damage to a drywall should be fixed properly to avoid any more problems. If some portions are still sturdy enough, you may not need to replace everything. A water damage professional can tell you whether a paint job will be sufficient. If repainting is not a safe option, you’ll need to have the water damaged parts removed and replaced with fresh sheets. The new drywall has to be properly sealed and painted, not only to make it look as good as new, but also to give it better protection from moisture.

How to Protect yourself

6/24/2021 (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. You can easily identify the presence of mold by its musky and earthy odor.

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)

So You Were Hit With a Storm

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro answering any questions you may have SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel Here to Help You After a Storm

You have no control over what kinds of damages the weather inflicts on your home. After heavy rains or a robust snowfall, you might be left to cope with a variety of storm damage related incidents on both the inside and outside of your house.

Cleaning up flooding, repairing hail damage, thawing out frozen pipes, and removing an ice dam can be difficult and beyond your capabilities. To get your home back in livable condition after it has been hit by storm damage, you can get the best results by calling a professional home restoration company today like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel

What do the professionals do?

Many storm remediation companies are available around the clock to respond to flood water, ice damage, hurricane damage and more.

When the restoration professionals arrive, they will get to work assessing what kind of water, hail, or ice damage you might be dealing with as the homeowner. They will look all over your property for signs of damage. Once they know the full extent and have a damage report for what you're dealing with, they can then assess a home restoration plan to get your house back into safe and livable condition.

The storm restoration plan may include using equipment like a flood pump to pump out ground water left behind by river flooding or frozen pipes. A flood pump is a standard piece of equipment used by companies that specialize in thawing frozen pipes, repairing an ice dam, and other types of home remediation. Depending on how much ground water is found inside and outside of your home, the flood pump might be the only option for getting rid of river flooding and undue this type of flooding damage.

Flood water can also enter your home through a roof leak. If your property has sustained significant wind damage, you may have suffered a roof leak and roof damage. That includes loosened or missing shingles and torn away tar paper. If your house has flooding coming in through the walls, foundation, and roof, partial or full roof repair may be part of the plan put together by the company you hire for storm remediation. It may sound like a lot of work, but in the end you and your people will be much safer in the long run.

You get the final say

You have full control over the storm restoration services carried out by the contractors doing the storm remediation. The home restoration professionals will consult you every step of the way so that you are in charge of the water restoration and storm damage cleanup. Giving you full control over the home restoration process spares you from paying for flooding, hail damage, and wind damage services that you may not really need.

Most storm restoration contractors in this line of business understand how nerve wracking it can be to go through extensive storm remediation. The water restoration people you hire will not start an ice damming or roof repair project or use equipment like a flood pump without your approval. They realize that you might find the repair process easier to deal with if you have a say in how the restoration work is carried out.

Likewise, you will be kept awhere of all repair work done to the outside or inside of your house. Even if the hurricane damage done to your house is extensive and more than you can take in at first, you will have a full say in what kinds of roof repair is done and in what manner ground water is removed from the property.

After the repairs

Dealing with the aftermath of river flooding, wind damage, roof damage, or ice damming left behind by a storm can be difficult.

When you don't know how to reverse damages repairs, you need to hire storm restoration professionals trained to any and all types of storm remediation.

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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 target 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. 

Things you can do to prevent crime:

  • Buy Security cameras for your home or business
  • Place cameras in a high place so that they can't be blocked or broken easily
  • Make sure you lock the doors of your home and car
  • Secure all windows
  • Make sure you have lighting surrounding the property

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

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SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is Grateful for the fire prevention tips brought to us by our 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.

Children Playing

Matches and lighters are locked away.

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.

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