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Commercial water/fire damage

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial water/fire damage Water Damage in the ICU in a hospital.

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.

What you should know about Water Damage

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What you should know about Water Damage A flooded family room caused by a storm.

Most of the time it’s easy to think only about water’s life affirming properties especially during the heat of summer when rain means relief from the blistering temperatures. However, like the other essential elements of nature, water both sustains life and it can destroy it as well. For this reason, insurance companies recognize water as one of the forces – along with fire, wind, etc. – that can damage your home and property and even endanger the safety of your family. Here are some things homeowners should keep in mind about water and the damage it can cause.

Water fuels mold growth: Oxygen, moisture and organic materials are all essential to the growth of mold. In fact, mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours under the right conditions. If your home has excessive moisture present, then your home is likely to also be a breeding ground for mold.

Water is a “universal solvent”: Water is known to capable of dissolving more materials than any other liquid. This means that when it comes to your home, all materials in it are susceptible to water damage.

There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage: As far as insurance companies are concerned, damage caused to a policyholder’s home by a flood and water damage caused by other sources is different. Thus, when reporting water damage to your insurance company, be sure to specify whether the damage was caused by water, e.g., a burst pipe, etc. or by a flood.

There are three categories of water contamination: Our industry has three classifications of water contamination: categories 1, 2 and 3. Water from category 1 is from clean water sources such as an overflowing bathtub. Water from category 2 contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, and/or physical contamination. This is known as grey water. Water from category 3 is highly contaminated. This water is known as black water.

Water damage gets worse not better: Once water damage begins it usually gets worse unless professionals are called. Water damage repair must be done by professionals. Homeowners should never take the DIY approach to this task.

So, know who to call, us at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach. 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.

Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 562-506-4992

The Dangers of Letting Smoke Go Untreated

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Dangers of Letting Smoke Go Untreated A fire in a garage cause by an electrical shortage.

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

Restoration cost increases

If smoke goes untreated for a long time then the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize and will make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Major damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element that will slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. It requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely.

Soot Residue

Neutralizing the soot residue and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and invade rooms that weren't affected by the fire.

Permanent damage

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 562-506-4992

Christmas Tree And All Other Fires Move Fast

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Tree And All Other Fires Move Fast In Less Than 20 Seconds This Room Can Not Be Entered

If you are ever faced with a fire, CALL 911!  This film was produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and presents how seconds count in protecting human life.  We first watched this film for our Community Emergency Response Team Training from FEMA.  Fire moves at amazingly fast speeds, and must be extinguished properly based upon materials burning... in less than 20 seconds the room pictured can not be entered because of temperatures and air quality. 

Always call for emergency services 1st. Keep a fire extinguisher in key locations throughout your house.  Train everyone on escape routes and where extinguishers are located... and yes, how to use the extinguisher. 

Hopefully, none of us will ever have this experience, but if we do these tips can save lives.  For additional information call us at 562 506 4992, we will provide you an excellent brochure on the Do's and Don'ts of emergencies... sometimes what you DON'T do is even more important than what you do.   

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Fire Can Affect Multiple Lifes

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Can Affect Multiple Lifes Attached Housing, Home Owner Associations, and Commercial Property Pose Special Challenges When Emergencies Occur

The expansion of attached housing, large Commercial/Apartment buildings, and Homeowner Associations have added many important considerations to safety and fire prevention/containment.  A neighbors fire may create substantial smoke and water damage to neighbors. 

It is highly beneficial to know what steps Associations have take... if none, it is very wise to open that discussion.  Establish what has been done for fire containment, what prescribed and alternative escape routes are in place... And tested all.  Know what insurance is in place for the Association, what individual insurance exists, what plans are in place if cleanup and repairs are ever needed... under any circumstance. 

Then call SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach and ask about the benefits of SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plans.  A no charge service performed to help provide a plan for when emergencies occur.  562 506 4992