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Mold Testing and Inspection

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

How Does Mold Testing and Inspection Work?

Once you see signs of mold and contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach for an appointment then a qualified inspector from a 3rd-party lab is then scheduled to perform the mold testing and inspection. We will schedule him at a date and time that is convenient for you.  

The Inspection Begins                                                

Once he has the information he needs, the inspector will begin a thorough investigation of the area/surrounding areas that shows signs of mold, he will also take samples for two mold tests. The tests could be a swab of a surface that has visual mold, samples taken from the air, or a combination of both. The inspector will decide which would be more beneficial in diagnosing any possible mold issue in your home.

On To The Lab

Once the mold testing and inspection is complete, the test results will be sent to SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach within 24 – 48 hours after they receive them.

And The Result Is: We Are Here For You

Upon receiving your lab results and the inspector’s completed report, we at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach will contact you. We will offer suggestions on how to deal with any moisture issues and help you put together a plan for the mold removal. The SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach team will be with you every step of the way. We will be there from beginning to completion and anytime you need us after that. We are truly dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992.

Five Tips To Prevent Mold and Water Damage When You Go On Vacation!

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Tip #1: Shut Off The Main Water Valve!

Tip #2: Don’t Just Shut Off The Main Water Valve, Make Sure It Is Done Properly With A Test!

Tip #3: If You Don’t Want To Shut Off The Main Water Valve, Shut Off Valves To The Most Common Sources Of Water Damage!

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Sump Pump Works!

Tip #5: Check The Outside Of Your Home For Potential Problems!

Got Flood Prevention Or Mold Removal Questions?

Have questions? Contact us today. If you come back to a flooded property, the first step is to call a professional such as SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach to remove the excess water and dry the area properly. If there is mold we can also professionally remove the mold from your home to restore the fungal ecology. Once the mold is removed and the third party testing is done, then and only then should you begin the rebuild process.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/employee-photos

Calls us – 562-506-4992

Common Misconceptions about Mitigation & Restoration

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

There are many misconceptions regarding the mitigation and restoration of property damage. However, professional restoration companies are trained to see beyond these myths and to apply the right course of action to mitigate the damages.

Common misconceptions and the truth behind them:

  1. Replacing costs less than restoring. A trained restoration company should be able to successfully clean and remove contaminates, avoiding the high costs of replacement.
  2. If you clean your carpets, they’ll get dirty more quickly. This was true in the past, when the techniques, equipment and materials that were used left a soap residue that attracted dirt more than before cleaning. Nowadays, the cleaning process prevents that from happening.
  3. Drying a home is complete when the carpets are dry. The drying process is complete only when all the structural items, such as cement floors and walls, are totally dry. To measure the moisture levels, professionals use advanced meters and sensors.
  4. A home that has been damaged by fire will always smell like smoke, so cleaning it fast is unnecessary. If you don’t clean the smoke residue immediately after a fire, the valuables in your home may suffer irreversible damage, due to the acidic nature of the smoke particles.
  5. It’s cheaper to do it yourself rather than hire a restoration company. This holds true in some cases, but you must be extremely careful, since a botched repair can cost you more in the long run.

There are other misconceptions that could hinder the mitigation and restoration of property damage after a disaster. When in doubt, always consult a trained professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach.

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew: http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/employee-photos

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Sewage Backup Dangers & What to Do

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a sewage backup. It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of potentially terrible things that can happen to your home, but having sewage backup flood your home is truly dangerous. Sewage back up dangers effect not just to your home, but primarily to your health.

Sewage backup, which can occur following a flood or if your home’s sewage system gets backed up, can cause various diseases and be hazardous to your health.

So what is it that causes sewage backup? There are various factors at play, but plenty of things can result in your home having a sewage backup problem. Structural defects, root infiltration, improper flushes, which means items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, wet weather, flooding around and under your home, planning problems with sewage lines, pipe blockages and broken or leaking pipes can all be responsible. So being aware of these things can help prevent possible sewage backup in your home. So be sure to keep an eye out for these things, and be sure not to flush anything strange down the toilet.

Should the worst happen and you do find yourself with a sewage backup situation, it must be handled by a professional in a timely manner.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Damage at ICU in LB Hospital! Can you imagine this happening in your home? Unfortunately, it happens all the time!

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage at ICU in LB Hospital! Can you imagine this happening in your home? Unfortunately, it happens all the time! Water Damage in the ICU in a hospital.

Unexpected incidents do not have to ruin your life. A Ready Team is ALWAYS only one call away! 

This was the case with our client “We Manage Property Management” in Long Beach, CA.

LEAKY CEILING! FLOOD!

But, a rapid response from “We Manage” saved the day!

Check-out the story on The Video Blog. 

70% of businesses go out of business after mayhem in their business including water and fire damage.

You need help from professionals to restore your place of work to original condition as soon as possible.

Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have commercial fire or water damage.

Some of the works may including; water extinction, content manipulation, drywall removal, content cleaning, in some cases documents restoration.

Here are some tips can help during water damage:

1- The source of the water damage must be located and terminated. If the source is not apparent you need to call a plumber.

2- Try to extract the standing water as much as you can.

3-Take as many as photos you think it is necessary in case you need to open a claim with your insurance company.

4- Contact reputable certified water restoration company goo.gl/pNL8nx

5- It is important to check their background to make sure they are fit for your project goo.gl/BGRCKT

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have certified technicians to help 24/7 with any size water, fire, mold, and biohazard clean up. 562-506-4992

Storm Damage Remediation Checklist

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Remediation Checklist Damage caused by Storm in Signal Hill, CA.

There are many things in life that are frustrating and stressful, especially if you are dealing with storm damage. With the following storm damage remediation checklist, you may find the process a bit easier to manage.

Step #1: Call for help! You should never try to tackle the cleanup from a storm on your own. Seek help from a professional to assess the situation and determine any major and immediate dangers. goo.gl/pNL8nx

Step #2:  If you can safely do so, shut off the main controls to your home.  It should not be turned back on until the storm damage has been resolved and everything in your home has been dried.

Step #3: Contact your insurance company to file a claim. You should take photographs if you can do so safely. You can call for water removal services goo.gl/pNL8nx before the adjuster comes out as long as there are photographs to substantiate your claim. It is advisable to get the water removed as quickly as possible to avoid added damages and reduce the chance for mold. It isn’t a good idea to wait if it takes a while for the adjuster to show up.

Step #4: Work with a professional water damage restoration company to salvage what is possible and begin repairs to the property. Most companies will work with your insurance company during this process.

Make sure to hire reputable restoration company and check their credentials goo.gl/BGRCKT

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have certified technicians to help 24/7 with any size water damage remediation and clean up. 562-506-4992

What To Do In Case Of A Flood

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do In Case Of A Flood Storm damage in an apartment complex.

A flood occurs when water overflows or inundates land that's normally dry. This can happen in several ways. This can happen when river is overflow, heavy rain or tsunami causes sea to surge inland.

Damage caused by flood can be devastating, including lives lost, property damaged and negative economic effect. In 2011 total damage for flood loss was $8.41 billion including 113 flood related death.

The question is how do you prepare for such a disaster event? There are several ways you can prepare for flood.

1- Check with your local council about their flood plan.

2- Ask authorities about relocation routes and centers.

3- If you are in a flood zone consider alternative floor instead of carpet.

4- Emergency kit

5- Have household plan

Also you can get great help on FEMA website or take. This is one of many classes they offer

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-2700.

We at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have trained technicians and all the equipment’s to remediate all source of water damage 24/7, from leaky pipe to heavy flood. 562-506-4992

Mold is Hazardous for Your Health

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is Hazardous for Your Health Mold was growing inside a home.

Mold is a form of fungus that is found all around us in the natural environment. However, when there is moisture indoors that isn't dried immediately — such as when there is leakage or flooding — mold can grow inside, too. In the bathroom, mold can grow readily and easily because of the wet conditions. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mound spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks. Mold spores also produce toxins (mycotoxins) that can affect the lungs, skin, and nervous system.

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence linking exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughs and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals.                          

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have Certified Mold Technician 24/7. Call us for consultation. 562-506-4992

Dentist Office Water Damage Clean Up

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Dentist Office Water Damage Clean Up This dental office had water damage that needed to be dried quickly so work would not be interrupted.

A dental office in Lakewood called us when they had a water damage incident. Since dental offices use a variety of devices and equipment for their trade we quickly assessed the situation to make sure the equipment and patient records were extracted before any further damage could occur.

Our team was there to proficiently move out all of the important machinery and put it in a dry and safe area.  We were able to extract the existing water on the floor and bring in our equipment to start drying and dehumidification.  We monitored the drying continuously and checked for further damage in the walls and other pertinent areas.  We had the dental office back and running quickly by freeing the office of any water damage and of potential threat of harmful bacteria.

Our knowledgeable staff made this ordeal as easy as possible so that the dental office staff were able to concentrate on getting back to work as fast as possible.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water, fire, mold damage, biohazard, crime scene, hoarder and meth lab clean up. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Proper Mold Remediation

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Proper Mold Remediation Mold found in a home that needs to be remediated.

When you have a mold problem, you have a quality of life problem. Living with mold is more than just inconvenient – it’s dangerous. It’s important that you remove the mold. However, proper mold remediation is a detailed process. It requires the skill and knowledge of an experienced professional. Find out the five key steps in removing mold from your home.

  1. Connecting Your Mold Problem to Moisture

Mold thrives in the presence of moisture. A specialist needs to figure out where that moisture is coming from.

  1. Create a Proper Mold Remediation Plan

Before we can get rid of mold, your specialist will need to document the problem. He can use pictures, text, and videos to come up with a proper mold remediation plan.

  1. Determine the Contamination Level

Mold can spread quickly. Therefore, it’s important that your specialist determines how far your mold spread. The level of contamination could be much greater than you think. The level could affect the scope of the project.

  1. Begin the Work

Once the specialist knows the level of contamination in your home or business, he can start the proper mold remediation process. This process involves cleaning up mold while limiting mold exposure. Additionally, it involves preventing new mold growth.

Clean-Up

One of the most important parts of this step is the project clean-up. For a less severe mold problem, the specialist might only clean the area with a detergent cleaning solution. However, a more severe problem requires a more detailed clean-up. Your specialist would need to vacuum with a HEPA vacuum filtration and then sanitize the area.

  1. Make Sure the Project Was a Success

After everything is done, your specialist will need to double check the work. He/she will revisit the home to make sure that high elevated moisture level is no longer a problem.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992.