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Quick Water Damage Restoration in Azusa Beats Hidden Fungi

3/12/2023 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage issues can be stressful. Partner with SERVPRO for certified technicians and effective equipment for the task.

SERVPRO Combats Hidden Dangers with Fast Water Damage Restoration

The first step in the Azusa water damage restoration process is to assess the damage. Our SERVPRO team of certified professionals will inspect the affected areas, determine the source of the water, and evaluate the severity of the damage. The worst danger from an unexpected water event isn't what you can see. It's what you can't see that poses the biggest threat. If there is a crack or seam anywhere in the area, you can bet water will find its way in. A customized action plan is necessary to remove the water and dry the affected areas properly and thoroughly.

Next, SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment to extract the water. We have various tools and machines designed to remove water quickly and effectively, including powerful submersible pumps, truck-mounted water extraction units, and portable water extraction units.

Once the water has been removed, our team will focus on drying the affected areas. We use state-of-the-art drying equipment, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial-grade fans, to ensure that every inch of the affected area is completely dry. This helps prevent mold growth, which is often hidden inside walls and other structures in the affected area, which can lead to long-term health and structural issues.

Finally, we'll work to restore the affected areas to their pre-damage state. This may involve repairing or replacing flooring, drywall, and other building materials and cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas. Our team of skilled technicians has the experience and expertise necessary to complete these tasks quickly and effectively.

At SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, we understand the importance of providing fast, effective water damage restoration services. That's why we're always ready to respond to your call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So, if you're dealing with water damage in Azusa, don't hesitate to contact us today. Our certified professional team is here to get your life back on track. Call (626) 387-4111

Professional Water Restoration Technicians Tackle Commercial Water Damage in Covina

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

Regardless of how your commercial space came to be affected by water damage, team SERVPRO can help. Call us 24/7 for services.

Safety and Loss Mitigation Dictate Water Removal and Restoration in Covina Businesses

Residents of Covina know that water incidents can damage their homes. A burst pipe, a faulty appliance, or a leaky sink can cause extensive damage in a home, leaving a slew of problems behind. But the stakes can be very high when water damage happens in a commercial setting. Damaged inventory, disrupted operations, and a compromised location can significantly negatively impact your business and the lives of your employees. To be as efficient as possible in controlling the water intrusion, reach out to a professional team.

In Covina, water damage repairs in commercial establishments are possible thanks to the expertise of our team at SERVPRO. Our field experience and thorough training prepare us to handle even the toughest jobs, regardless of their size. If you aren’t sure how deep the water damage goes, call our 24/7 hotline and let us assess the problem and identify potential complications. Before you explore a do-it-yourself solution, consider the following advantages of calling SERVPRO:

  • We have at our disposal advanced imaging tools to detect water residue beyond what is visible to the naked eye. Failure to remove standing water can leave your business vulnerable to mold spread and its consequences. It can also weaken your drywall and compromise flooring materials.
  • Our SERVPRO team can perform some repairs, including controlled demolition and drywall replacement, which helps minimize downtime for your business operations.
  • Very often, removing and discarding damaged goods is essential to restoring your business. Our team can identify which items are not salvageable and discard them following environmental regulations.

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is more than a service provider. When you call us at (626) 387-4111, you have our whole team as a partner in making your business a success.

Covina Families Rely on Experienced Fire Damage Restoration Teams

1/5/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damage restoration services are the best in the business. Call us for fast and immediate service.

Making Houses Livable with Fire Damage Restoration 

A fire can start in almost any area of your home. Covina residents often decorate for the winter months, and some of these newly placed items can play a role in a house fire. Additionally, the winter brings other challenges to a home that can require fire damage restoration services.

Electrically-powered decorations are only one seasonal fire risk facing homeowners in Covina. Our fire damage restoration crew works fast to make it all "Like it never even happened." Our ability to match your home's needs perfectly helps decrease the time involved and saves you money.

Fire can affect your home in different ways. SERVPRO's restoration services can handle all of them for you. Here are some aspects of a house fire that can make your home temporarily unlivable:

  • The odors now within your home,
  • Soiling from soot and other contaminants, and
  • Remnants of destroyed belongings.

Often, the lights do not function right after a fire, making the experience of checking on your property less visual and more of a scent-based experience. Air that is dense with soot can cause health effects, especially in more sensitive individuals. This type of odor clings to anything absorbent because it comes from the by-products of the fire. Part of our fire damage restoration work includes odor control.

Soot comes in two types – loose and powdery and oily and sticky. Both kinds end up everywhere, including on things brought into the home during cleanup. Distribution like that occurs because the powdery soot is fine enough to end up in the air, and the oily type sticks to everything that touches it. We use proven methods to get these removed from surfaces and the air and out of your house.

Fire spares very little, and a family's personal belongings often become casualties. Our crew members work in teams to sort through what is salvageable and what's not, all while making lists to keep you informed.

When your family experiences a house fire, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 507-9438.

There's No Reason to Let Flood Damage Ruin Your Azusa Home

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damage remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO provides fast and immediate service for your home.

SERVPRO can Eliminate the Effects of Flood Damage

Ever-changing weather events make it difficult to recognize where floodplains currently exist. What the authorities considered low-risk last year might now have a higher chance of becoming flooded by a heavy storm. We want Azusa residents to know we can help with the task of cleaning up flood damage.

Heavy rain alone can cause flooding, and a street drain with a lot of debris preventing water from entering, and leaving the street, can cause a neighborhood to flood. If this happens in Azusa, SERVPRO's flood damage mitigation team is on standby, waiting for your call.

When we need to help someone with flood damage in their house, we show up with the required equipment to get the job done right away:

  • Pump trucks,
  • Buckets and shovels, bags and mops, 
  • Air movers and desiccant machines, and
  • Antimicrobial agents.

Our pumps remove the water and get your floors to a passable state where we can move around more freely. Trash pumps also remove solids.

Other debris that won't fit in our trash pumps ends up in either a bucket or a double-layered bag placed by a shovel. Mops clear off smooth floors to make them easier to clean and safer to walk on in the meantime.

Getting the interior dry might seem impossible with so much water, but SERVPRO can do this for you. We use state-of-the-art air movers that we can angle in precise directions, increasing their effectiveness. Desiccant machines remove water from the air, keeping it from getting reabsorbed by anything in your home.

Once cleaned and dried out, we (again) apply antimicrobials to surfaces. A fresh application ensures a clean environment for your family.

SERVPRO of Azusa has a great deal of experience helping families restore their homes. Our contractor license is CSLB: 976913. We understand the stress this can cause your family, and our hard work can help get you and your loved ones back inside their home.

Call us, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, at (626) 602-8275, for flood damage mitigation and restoration.

Why is SERVPRO a Trusted Name in Mold Damage Repairs in Azusa?

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

Our team is IICRC trained to handle all of your mold remediation needs.

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Technology to Restore Mold Damage in Azusa Homes

Mold damage in your Azusa home can ruin its aesthetics and create structural issues. Unmitigated mold can proliferate in conducive environments, and it is essential to act quickly to prevent the situation from becoming a disaster. 

SERVPRO techs ensure that the containment of the mold damage in your Azusa home is as close to the source as possible. When mold spores aerosolize, they become increasingly difficult to capture and eliminate. Hence, it is crucial to prevent the aerosolization of the spores by establishing containment between the affected and unaffected areas of the structure. 

Containment during Mold Remediation

SERVPRO mold specialists begin the restoration process by thoroughly inspecting your property for visible signs of mold. We also identify problem areas with high moisture content that have the potential for contamination.

If visible mold is present, our IICRC-certified techs use the following three types of containment zones depending on the extent of the contamination.

  • Source containment: SERVPRO techs use source containment if visible mold is present in a relatively small area and hidden mold is not present. Taping polyethylene sheeting or using self-plastic on a moldy surface is a type of source containment. 
  • Local containment: Is used when a moderate level of mold is present. It involves creating an enclosure with 6-mil polyethylene sheets, PVC pipes, and wooden frames to separate contaminated and uncontaminated regions of your home. 
  • Full-scale containment: An entire room or portion of the building serves as a containment area, and SERVPRO techs establish critical barriers to separate affected and unaffected areas. 

For assistance with mold Inspections, remediations and removal, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111.

New Plumbing Fixtures Can Cause Water Damage in Azusa Homes

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for all water damage restoration services. We are here to help.

SERVPRO For All Your Water Damage Restoration Services in Azusa

Upgrading individual fixtures or your entire plumbing system in your Azusa home is not without the potential for loss incidents. Often you cannot tell there is a leak or a damaged connector or compression fitting without pressurizing the line. Even then, a temporary seal of the line could break loose when a pressure fluctuation occurs around the new hardware. While you cannot prepare for these potential disasters, you can determine the ideal restoration team to help clean up the mess.

While multiple areas could get affected by a fluctuation in system pressure, water damage in Azusa homes requires a fast response to prevent further property loss. Our SERVPRO professionals have READY trailers stocked with air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and wet vacuums to ensure that we can quickly manage water loss emergencies and get to thoroughly drying areas of your home where water has migrated.

Extraction is not always necessary, but when it is, we can pull wood trim from the base of affected wall cavities to drill holes in the drywall and weep out standing water. We can cut out a space to access the damaged portion of the line or malfunctioning connector if there is no box to access this area directly. Water leaking out of the holes at the base of the wall can get collected using wet vacuums with squeegee wands. These same drilled holes can allow our Injecti-Dry system to force heated air into the cavity to dry out lingering moisture.

With a team of in-house residential contractors that can join our water restoration technicians at the worksite, we can immediately address the issues with the plumbing alongside mitigation tasks. Our contractors have years of building trades experience. We can identify the malfunction in the new hardware and replace connectors, gaskets, or portions of the pipe as needed to fix the issues at hand.

New plumbing can be a necessity for many older homes, but it is not without the potential risk of malfunction or improper installation. No matter what causes water damage in your home, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team is standing by to help at (626) 387-4111.

Hire Covina Professional Commercial Restoration Before Damage Sets In

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe bursts in your business are no match for SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Gets to Work on Water Mitigation and Restoration Fast in Covina

No matter the business you are in charge of, prompt action is paramount with any emergency that can cause damage and hazards for your building, staff, and clients or customers. SERVPRO can be at your Covina commercial property within hours of your call to begin water mitigation, so your restoration is shorter and less expensive. Rapid action and professional methods to the rescue to help you restore your business and limit loss, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Have you had a pipe burst overnight or a machinery failure causing water damage? Commercial water restoration in Covina with SERVPRO gets you back on your feet. Our crew handles the cleanup, addressing any possible safety hazards, and looking for hidden moisture that could bring secondary damage or mold growth.

Mold mitigation with moisture detection services

Once water removal services begin, our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians employ moisture detection methods. This helps us find areas where moisture migrated so we can quickly achieve our drying goals. We go through each site where the water emergency took place using specialized tools, including:

  • Moisture detectors, sensors, and meters
  • Borescopes
  • Thermal imaging cameras with infrared technology

While we look for moisture and all standing water is getting pulled up with pumps and extractors, drying and dehumidification coincide. We set up industrial fans and dehumidifiers to restore relative humidity (RH). The team adjusts the number of equipment placed and their location so that we can get the best results.

What about musty odors?

We know your business cannot have any lingering odors from the water emergency. Our odor control technicians (OCT) have specialized products that work to eliminate all odors rather than masking them.

Calling (626) 387-4111 puts you in touch with the customer care team for SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina. We are available 24/7 for an emergency response to handle all your commercial water restoration needs!

Charring is Not the Only Aspect of Fire Damage in Irwindale Dwellings

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is here to help you and your home recover from a house fire.

Learn How SERVPRO Cleans Up Fire, Smoke, and Soot From Your Irwindale Home

House fires can cause many problems for a family. Several of these issues can continue long after Irwindale firefighters leave the scene. Cleaning up and restoring your home often requires professional technicians with specialized skills.

Irwindale residents who choose professional mitigation of fire damage find a resolution for their situation very quickly. At SERVPRO, we know that many of the items destroyed by a fire hold sentimental value to the occupants. Many possessions that would have been unrecoverable can now receive specialized care that restores them completely.

Instead of replacing everything lost in a fire, special cleaning units can restore almost anything. We can box everything up, transport it to our facility, restore each item, and then return everything to you. More oversized items, such as upholstered furniture, can remain at your home while our Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) restores them or, if you prefer, accompany your other items.

Your personal belongings do not burn without affecting the interior of your home. Even if your home's structure does not catch fire, smoke and the subsequent soot become deposited almost everywhere. Soot can carry carcinogens, trigger breathing difficulties, and become a mess whenever touched or disturbed. Because it settles on everything, cleaning can spread soot more than eliminate it from your home and belongings. Our SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) have extensive experience and can perform this work efficiently so you can relax instead of worry.

For more extensive fires, gutting a home can be the only option. New floor plans can often be realized and make your home seem like a brand new one at the same time. Working closely with other professionals in restoring your home to you, we strive to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina values your privacy and respects your wishes regarding all matters involving your home's contents. Fire damage is never pretty, and we can offer professional guidance regarding the most efficient ways to restore your home. Contact us at (626) 387-4111for our 24-hour services.

Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians will restore your water damaged walls "Like it never even happened.

Don't Let Water Damage Ruin Your Irwindale Family Holiday Gatherings

When preparing for the holiday season, Irwindale residents often include friends and family in their plans. Making seasonal desserts and other treats to follow traditional meals usually brings about a happy feeling in those involved in the activities.

As people clean up their homes before entertaining, uncovering hidden water damage in your Irwindale home sometimes happens. Water damage can spread fast. As an eyesore, slight water damage might seem easier to cover than to mitigate. Draping a festive fabric section over the wall under a leaky window frame might seem like a creative fix, but water damage can occur in much more difficult to camouflage locations.

When guests arrive at your home, you want it to reflect your taste and style while being spotless. Water damage in bathrooms and kitchens can keep you from achieving your goals. Bubbling paint and chipped wallpaper borders can detract from the overall look of these two areas. While most photos in the kitchen focus on baking and cooking skills and accomplishments, the background counts, also.

SERVPRO wants your family to have a beautiful interior throughout your home every day of the year. We help homeowners accomplish this through IICRC-approved techniques and methods. We earn certificates in related fields, such as Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Odor Control (OCT). Removing areas impacted by water saves your home from further damage, reduces odors that you may have become accustomed to, and restore your home quickly so your plans can remain unchanged.

One thing about water damage is that we can prevent it from happening again by locating the water's source. Eliminating water from where it does not belong can help save you thousands of dollars in future damages, so we make this a priority at each home where we work. Moisture meters help us in this task. Homeowners are sometimes surprised that they have tiny leaks in water pipes they never suspected.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants your family to live in a home free of water damage and other problems. If you find signs that water has caused problems in your kitchen or bathrooms, call us at (626) 387-4111. We answer our phones every day of the year, regardless of when we call.

Irwindale's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Keeping Track of Your Contents During Pack-Outs

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

For Help with Pack-Outs and Fire Loss Restoration to Your Irwindale Property Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Hi-Tech Programs and Equipment for Efficient Cleaning and Storage Off-site after a Fire Loss in the Irwindale Area

The results can be devastating whenever a fire ignites inside a building in Irwindale. The longer the blaze burns, the worse the fire damage can get. Elements of a fire, including heat and smoke, can both cause several different problems to the contents and building materials inside your home. Smoke can travel throughout a structure and leave behind soils and soot residues. The heat and flames created can cause fire damage by burnt or charred structural components.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage of items by either being your structural materials or your contents, our SERVPRO technicians keep track of affected items based on whether they are attached to your house or not. During any fire damage mitigation in Irwindale, we often separate your contents and building materials by packing up your possessions and moving them out of affected areas of your home. Moving contents into a location that did not get affected by the burn helps keep the restoration of contents from negatively affecting building materials and vice versa.

Whenever we conduct a pack out on a property, we use a specialized computer inventory system to keep track of all of your items. Our CCIS Customer Content Inventory Service system produces consistent, professional pack-out inventories in electronic format. The program helps our SERVPRO restoration team keep track of what items of yours we have and where we have them. By using the CCIS, we can offer extra services to you and your insurance adjuster.

The CCIS software can help us retrieve items out of our storage warehouse. Sometimes you may need some of your possessions before the scheduled date to move things back occurs. The CCIS system helps us find exactly where your contents are and record that we have given them back to you.

Our computer software also helps track how much money was saved by cleaning items instead of replacing them. If you ever need assistance after a burn inside your house, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 any day of the week.

Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

When water damage threatens your home, do not panic call SERVPRO.

Successfully removing water damage from your home

Four fundamental factors lead to successful drying after a water damage event. These four factors are temperature, humidity, air movement, and the quantity of moisture in the structure. Conventionally, drying occurs when wet materials or air loses moisture to drier air or materials, and the entire process seeks to establish an equilibrium. 

In this article, we see how these factors interact during the water restoration of your Irwindale property.

Our SERVPRO technicians usually heat the affected areas to 70° to 90° since, at such a temperature, the hot air cannot hold additional moisture. Where no heating appliance is available at the site, we can use portable heaters to do the job. Since much water evaporates into the surrounding during the first drying days, secondary damage can occur. To counter that, we set up enough dehumidifiers.

When there is a lot of standing water in the structure, dehumidification is not the best option for extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians can use submersible pumps and portable truck-mounted extractors for smoother and faster removal. Extracting the water by physical means is advisable since it saves drying time in the long run. We also remove any damaged pad from the affected areas and ensure we do not drip the water on dry areas.

As materials and surfaces lose moisture to the surrounding, the relative humidity increases, and it is necessary to ensure it stays within 30% to 50%. The drying time slows down at a higher relative humidity since the air is entirely or almost saturated. That is why our SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to remove the evaporated water from the surrounding air. By correctly positioning air movers in the room, it is possible to blow the damp air out and bring in the warm and dry air, thus speeding the drying speed.

At SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, we are committed to ensuring your home appears “Like it never even happened” after Any Size Disaster. Call us at (626) 387-4111 to benefit from our industry-proven restoration procedures.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation Services in Covina

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Having an issue with flood damage in your Covina home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Need Mold Remediation and Removal of Infested Materials – Call SERVPRO

Residents of Covina may notice a strong, musty odor in an area of their home but do not observe any signs of mold on walls or even under cabinetry. A persistent musty smell is usually a sign of a substantial mold colony. Mold needs moisture and may reside inside walls where condensation or a small leak from plumbing has provided sufficient moisture. Another common location for mold colonies to grow is under kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation services to clients and residents of Covina. We use moisture meters to detect high levels of moisture inside walls or under cabinets to assist in identifying and locating the source of the odor. Once the location has been found, we remove drywall or wallboard to access the area. Bathroom cabinets and even flooring materials may need to be removed to reveal the mold infestation fully. We can assist in identifying and removing moisture sources to prevent further infestations.

We also advise on the required inspection and documentation protocols requested by local and state laws. Reporting requirements are based on the size of the affected area.

Removal of affected contents and structure under controlled conditions is considered the best method to remove mold. Many experts believe using disinfectants such as bleach against mold spores is less effective. Mold remediation experts believe the best approach is to eliminate the source of moisture, remove affected elements and dry the area. Depending on the location, replacing structures such as drywall, insulation, carpeting, or cabinets is the best approach to remediate a mold infestation.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation services to our local clients, including:

  • Mold inspection, mold removal protocol, and restoration
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina for mold remediation services. We cover Covina and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

Professional Water Cleanup at a Warehouse in Covina with SERVPRO

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged facilities may be vulnerable to significant losses, severely impacting organizational performance.

Warehouse Water Damage Cleanup in Covina

Water damage to warehouse environments can be devastating or disruptive by affecting the structure or the stored merchandise. Shuttering operations until the building has been restored is not suitable for business or your employees. Whether a frozen pipe burst or a broken fire sprinkler causes water damage in your Covina warehouse, ensuring the facility is safely and quickly restored is crucial.

Water cleanup at a warehouse in Covina should be carried out as soon as the issue is discovered. Otherwise, the facility may be vulnerable to significant losses, severely impacting organizational performance. SERVPRO crews respond fast, locating the water source and shutting it off if there is an active leak, thus preventing more water from getting into your facility.

Why Professional Restoration is Recommended

  • Due to the vastness of the warehouse
  • Need for special attention to stored things
  • Need for pack-outs or containment
  • Minimal interruption to your business

Warehouses are large spaces tightly packed with stored goods, meaning water damage recovery is often complex and requires enough workforce. Also, all items should be handled with care, especially those marked fragile. There may be a need for pack-outs, containment, and movement of large things; hence we come equipped sufficiently to tackle these needs. 

Steps that control warehouse water damage

Actions Towards Proper Restoration

  • Immediate water extraction
  • Structural drying and deodorizing of the facility
  • Water-damaged material tear-outs and replacements

SERVPRO technicians help remove any standing water. Depending on the amount of water, mops, wet/dry vacuum, or submersible pumps can be used. A pump can generally remove up to 90% of the water. However, surfaces are still wet to the touch. These surfaces need to be thoroughly dried.

Moisture in the air affects materials, equipment, and inventory in the warehouse, leading to mold formation or spoilage of merchandise. By setting up dehumidifiers, we can dry out the remaining wet areas and remove moisture from the air.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina has the technology, workforce, and experience to perform water damage cleanup "Like it never even happened." Call us at (626) 387-4111.

Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

You can trust the highly trained and certified technicians at SERVPRO for all your restoration needs.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified and Prepared for Every Job

One of the most significant damage repair and restoration issues is uncertified contractors taking on projects they are not qualified to handle. Every year, thousands of homeowners fall victim to predatory companies that lack the equipment and training to handle damages properly. At SERVPRO, however, our technicians undergo a rigorous training regimen to prepare them for anything and everything related to fire damage in Covina. Here are just a few of the IICRC certifications our technicians carry to your home.

FSRT (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)

The most important certification for any technician sent out to our Covina fire damage restoration projects is the FSRT. This certification ensures that technicians understand the equipment, planning methods, cleaning techniques, and safety procedures related to fire restoration work. This course also teaches some odor control, although there is an entirely separate certification for that task.

OCT (Odor Control Technician)

The longest-lasting and the least-visible element of most fires is smoke residue. Smoke particles are microscopic and can easily embed in wood, fabric, wallpaper, drywall, and other materials around your home. This course teaches our technicians how to remove smoke and other odors quickly and efficiently using the advanced technology at our disposal.

Employee Certification Training

Most SERVPRO technicians also undergo our in-house Employee Certification Training, which consists of numerous modules to help train and inform our technicians in their line of work. This training is standardized across hundreds of SERVPRO locations nationwide, allowing for a high and shared standard established for every individual going through the training.

On-the-Job Training

Training does not stop at certifications for our employees. Even after they have gone through many classes and weeks of training, technicians still have room to learn in the field. We pair up veteran employees and newer charges to ensure that every job has the experience it needs and that less-experienced technicians gain knowledge quickly.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina brings the training, equipment, and quality of service to your home that no one else can. For our restoration and repair services, call us at (626) 387-4111.

Deodorizing Your Home After Flood Damage in Irwindale

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Don't let flood damage leave your home smelling foul. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Use More Than One Deodorization Method for Tackling Odor After Flooding

When flooding occurs in your home, the first step after the damage has been done is to contact a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. They can extract all the standing water, dry out your home and possessions, and salvage what they can. However, the last steps they need to take have to do with deodorization. Water damage like this likely leaves smells behind, and if they are not taken care of, you do not have a sense that your home is clean again. 

Many flood damage issues face when your Irwindale home has suffered from flooding. It can be overwhelming, but our team at SERVPRO can take care of all the cleaning and restoration steps for you. The last one is combating smells, and we do all that is needed so that the odors are gone when we complete the restoration. 

Remove the Source 

The first step in removing the odor is eliminating what is causing it. Sewage in a home, for instance, smells. Unless you get rid of it, you cannot get rid of the smell. Some of the most common odor sources from flood damage include dirt, sewage, moisture, dead animals, trash, pet waste, and mildew. 

Multiple Methods 

In most situations, odors come from various sources, so our technicians use multiple deodorization methods. We might never know which process did the job, but the smells are gone. 

Deodorant Types 

One type of deodorization agent does not work on all odors, so we use more than one kind of deodorant to treat the various odors we encounter. We also make sure that you like the smell of the professional product that we choose to apply. 

Masking Agents: These cover foul odors with a pleasing scent. They are used for present odors, and they come in the form of product additives or time-release beads. 

Filtration and Absorption Agents: These absorb moisture, some oils, and humidity. They come in the form of activated charcoal for air filtration systems. 

Pairing Agents: These are products that combine with odor particles, causing them to fall onto surfaces that can be cleaned. These come in the form of an ULV wet fogger. 

Disinfectants and Sanitizers: These inhibit fungal and bacteria growth and are used when microbial growth is present or to stop microbial growth. They come in liquid form, which can be sprayed on with a sprayer or pump. 

At SERVPRO, we realize that just one deodorization method might not necessarily be enough, so we work until we get rid of all the odors. We completely dry all wet materials as soon as possible and find the source of any foul smell. 

Flooding of any kind requires odor removal, so you need SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina to help you clean up the mess and deodorize your home. If you have experienced a flood in your home, you can reach us at any time by dialing (626) 387-4111.

Printing Contractor Suffers Water Damage in Irwindale

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Your print shop needs quick action to recover from water damage. Contact SERVPRO for a plan of action to get you back to printing.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on the Precise Tasks Ahead of Them to Get Your Business Quickly Back to Operational Again

All businesses have connections within their communities. Some commercial enterprises perform tasks that affect other companies and residents more profoundly when a disaster affects their physical plant. SERVPRO helps companies large and small when water flows uncontrolled, committed to the well-being of every member, residential or commercial, of our neighborhoods.

Even in this age of virtual connection, people and businesses truly rely on local papers and publications to share information. When a burst pipe stops the presses, professional commercial water removal is essential to clear your Irwindale printing shop fast. News waits for no one, and our efforts do all that is necessary to get the printer back online.

Modern printing operations rely upon electronics as well as vast stores of paper and ink. When the SERVPRO team arrives, safety is first. The various pieces of electrical equipment must not threaten the lives of our workers or the employees of your business. We make certain the power is off and then use our truck-mounted submersible pumps and water extractors to remove the water. The inks and products used to keep the presses in working order may mix with the floodwaters. Knowing this, we consult with local authorities to dispose of the water properly.

The computerized work areas need assessment by electronic water damage specialists. We work with you and your insurer to communicate with these professionals as we move from water removal to drying out the area. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers assist in the reduction of the remaining moisture. Only after we receive the okay do we re-engage the electricity and wait while you put your equipment through its paces.

A real challenge during this job is dealing with the massive quantities of newsprint within the building. Any paper out of the reach of the flooding depends upon our ability to reduce ambient humidity in the work area to remain usable. The soaked paper is probably unsalvageable but needs removal and appropriate disposal to avoid secondary water damage. Mold growth is a distinct possibility with wet rolls of paper.

Be sure that all the news fit to print is soon in the hands of our local community after SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina removes the water flooding your premises. Call (626) 387-4111 day or night for a prompt and professional

Toaster Fire Damage in Your Azusa Home

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, toaster fires happen quickly and more often than you think. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and for tips to prevent home fires.

Checking to Make Sure That Your Appliances are Damage-Free is Key to Fire Prevention

Many people start their day with their morning toast. The standard two or four-slice toaster remains a staple in kitchens, but its safety has been under question. Toasters cause many fires each year and untold amounts of property damage. The danger appears in many forms, and it makes you think twice about using a toaster in your own home.

There are things to consider so you can avoid fire and fire damage from using a toaster in your Azusa home. First, do not neglect the power cord, as it performs a vital function. Not only does it transfer power to the appliance from the wall socket so it can work properly, but it contains the wires which hold this power safely. When the cord gets melted, the protection is compromised, and a lot can happen, including a fire. Crimped, melted, or damaged cords should alert you that the appliance is unsafe to use. Damaged cords may cause fires even when the appliance is not in use, so you should no longer use it.

If your toaster cord has caused a fire, SERVPRO, professional remediation specialists, can be to your home quickly to assist you in repairing and cleaning your home. Our technicians have been thoroughly trained and can restore your home to its pre-damaged condition.

Even the best housekeeper does not empty their toaster every day. Crumbs that are sitting down in the elements are a potential fire hazard. These dry bread crumbs are thought to be fuel for a fire. Combine them with how close the hot element is; they can smoke or even flame. Your toaster must be kept free of debris and crumbs so it continues to work at its best and safest.

Some toaster fires are caused by people, the toast being buttered before it is placed in the toaster. When this is done, the butter drips onto the hot element. The greasy juice creates a flare-up, so you should always toast and then put the butter on the hot toast.

Accidents can quickly happen even when you are careful with your toaster, so contact us at SERVPRO if your toaster starts a fire in your home. We understand that the quicker the damage, soot, and smoke get cleaned up, the less damage your home sustains.

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is standing by always to assist you when you have had a fire at your home. We are easily reached by dialing (626) 387-4111, so do not hesitate to call us when you are in need.

Professional Mold Remediation Services in Covina Turn Difficult Situations into a Distant Memory

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Don't let mold damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111.

Mold Removal in Covina Benefits from Local Experts

Mold growth in a Covina home is a problem far bigger than its cosmetic consequences. Dark spots in ceilings and walls, debris from peeling paint, and musty odors are disagreeable. Still, the potential health effects of mold in your home can be even worse. A simple attempt to clean the damage with a generic cleaning solution is insufficient when dealing with mold growth. Although some level of bacteria is natural in our environment, controlling its spread and removing the damage it leaves in its wake is crucial to homeowners.

In Covina, tackle mold remediation with the help of our SERVPRO staff. Our professionalism and job expertise are evident from the minute you call our 24/7 hotline and share the details of your problems. Upon arrival, we conduct a thorough inspection of all areas of your home, even those that appear untouched by mold. Using the latest technology to detect the spores themselves and factors contributing to a widespread problem, we attack the issue with one goal: leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”

Mold remediation in the hands of our professional SERVPRO staff entails the use of chemical and physical cleaning methods. Our team manages the use and application of each equipment and solution, keeping in mind the type of mold and level of contamination. Some approaches we might take include:

  • HEPA vacuuming to remove mold particles from most surfaces. It is among the first steps we take, and we follow it with more targeted cleaning efforts.
  • Wet cleaning methods are suitable for deeper cleaning of surfaces, particularly when stains exist. 
  • The application of antimicrobial solutions throughout the home keeps mold growth in check and discourages its spread.

When you call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111, you access a team of experts focused on your specific needs. Let our professional staff show you why we are known for our mold remediation work, and let us take care of it all.

What Needs to Happen to Remove Mold Colonization from the Attic?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Many Covina Homes Can Contend with Higher Relative Humidity and Moisture Concerns in the Attic, Leading to Mold Development. 

The presence of mold and microbial threats in Covina homes requires immediate action to prevent these harmful organisms from spreading to the rest of the property. With multiple organic matter types to feed newly developing colonies, the organism can rapidly move from surface to surface, creating a hazardous environment. This can be especially problematic for unfinished attic spaces with little to no materials between the open space and the floor below. 

Attic mold removal for Covina homes means much more than removing the colonies themselves during our remediation practices. Several staples of attic construction become damaged or compromised during microbial colonies' development, such as the insulation. Conventional roll-out insulation can get inspected for damage to the paper that suggests mold growth. Even when elements like blown-in cellulose insulation are not visibly damaged, they still must get vacuumed out to apply antimicrobial products and other inhibitors to the structure. 

What Remediation Practices Work for Attic Sheathing? 

In unfinished or partially finished attic spaces, exposed sheathing for the roof supports are a common element to see. This organic matter can be a magnet for developing mold colonies, especially the plywood backing. Careful consideration must get made into effective practices to remove this active colonization. Ultimately, the choice comes down to one, or a combination of, these approaches: 

  • Sanding 
  • Soda Blasting / Dry Ice Treatments 
  • Antimicrobial Cleaning
  • Controlled Demolition

With environmental testing and thorough inspections, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team can identify mold threats and work quickly to resolve them. You can count on our team's fast response to these emergencies with the appropriate products and tools to help. Give us a call when you need us at (626) 387-4111.

Some Water Damage Mistakes in Irwindale That You Should Avoid

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

When the carpeting in your home soaks up a lot of water, you need quick acting remediation specialists to remove the water and restore the damage.

Why Choosing Water Damage Mitigation Specialists from SERVPRO can Save Your Home in Irwindale.

Water is one of our most precious resources, and without it, life would end for all of us. When it ends up in places that should always stay dry, that same water can create extensive damage.

Your home's interior can also experience this type of problem. There are many reasons why your home might suffer water damage in Irwindale. SERVPRO technicians can help mitigate everything and make your house "Like it never even happened." quickly and efficiently. We can do this because of our thorough training, extensive experience, and the full range of our equipment. Newly discovered water standing inside your home means you must react quickly, calling us so we can remove the water as soon as possible and start the drying process without any delays.

When you call, giving as many details regarding the situation can help us arrive prepared for your specific case. Mold and other microbes can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after exposure to water. We want to prevent this from happening to your residence. While we can remediate such situations, prevention always saves the homeowners money and aggravation.

Many floor types can handle water, and rapid drying restores it to an acceptable or better condition. Some floor coverings, however, fall apart when soaked in water for more than a few minutes. These typically come in wood by-products, compressed into tiles that we can easily replace with more durable coverings. We pull these up and prepare the floor for new covers by smoothing the surface and drying it out completely. Carpeting's survival rate after exposure to water depends significantly on the type of water and its source, as well as the age of the carpet and the duration of the water's presence. Many times it becomes less expensive to replace the carpeting and pad instead of attempting to restore it. Not only does waterlogged carpet hold debris that escapes vacuuming, but any place exposed to water for more than a short time almost always falls apart, and we must replace it with new.

Once your flooring becomes exposed to water, the damage can become extensive. We beat the effects of water damage regularly by putting our knowledge and experience to work for you. Our ability to scale our equipment and teams to your exact needs means we always have the precise approach needed to mitigate your situation successfully.

You can always contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by calling our 24-hour service line at (626) 387-4111, day or night, any day of the year. Water damage requires your immediate attention to prevent it from worsening. We can help mitigate it and prepare your home for restoration to make it whole again.

Importance of Air Quality After Fire Damage in Covina Homes

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Let our fast response team at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina eliminate your fire damage.

We Prioritize Indoor Air Quality After Fire Damage in Covina Properties

A fast and efficient restoration and cleaning of your home after the fire damage is the presence of contaminants and potential toxins in the environment. Circulating airborne threats are severe enough to warrant immediate action before other restoration actions can get underway. In most cases, filtration products from our inventory are sufficient to trap even microscopic particles before impacting the health and well-being of customers or responding technicians.

Safe and Stable Environment

Indoor air quality is a primary concern of fire restoration in Covina homes. Circulating microscopic carcinogenic particles are hazardous for breathing, but additional circulating solids from combustion or aerosolized substances can negatively affect structural surfaces and contents. Filtration getting underway quickly can help to make the area safer.

Airborne Contaminants

There are multiple types of contaminants, and harmful particles circulating in the air after a fire gets extinguished. While soot and smoke residues account for a large portion of the threatening environment after a fire, additional concerns include toxins or biohazardous substances aerosolized by the combustion process. 

Filtering Equipment

To respond to these airborne threats, we must deploy multiple filtration products in the house. HEPA 500 air scrubbers make the greatest immediate impact on eliminating circulating threats in the environment. We also use hydroxyl generators throughout the house to capture these microscopic solids and begin the deodorization process.


Another obstacle to comfortable living conditions being restored in the house is overcoming harsh malodors generated by combustion. Volatile compounds from burning materials create harsh and offensive smells that require several types of equipment to neutralize. Some of these include:

  • Thermal foggers
  • ULV foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines

It is a top priority of responding technicians to provide safe and clean home environments after fire exposure. Filtration products improve indoor air quality, and this is a considerable step in the fire damage restoration process to come. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team a call now at (626) 387-4111.

How SERVPRO Covers All Bases for Widespread Flood Damage in Irwindale

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

After a storm has damaged your home, quick action is required to prevent secondary damages. Contact SERVPRO to come out and assess the storm damage.

You Can Rely on SERVPRO When Your Home is Affected by Flood Damage

SERVPRO is the first place many homeowners go to in the aftermath of a major storm for our reputation of reliability, speed, and care in even the strongest and most severe natural disasters. When storms and flood damage hit Irwindale, we are ready to respond and help the community to the fullest extent of our abilities, covering dozens of homes at a time. Many wonder how we can cover so many bases at once with our services, especially in a time of crisis for the region. The secret is our organization and teamwork, on the team, local, statewide, and national level.

The core of SERVPRO's response strategy to flood damage in Irwindale and other local communities is team cohesion. Our teams are exclusively staffed by certified, professional technicians who are trained to respond to any situation with expertise and precision. We value our employees and retain individuals who have proven track records of reliability in major disasters, allowing our workforce to consistently be filled with veterans of the response and restoration process. Watch our technicians work, and you should see a fluid, well-trained unit working to fix your home.

The key to our ability to cover many homes at once in the same area, however, is to utilize SERVPRO's network of over 1700 franchises across the nation. Other franchise locations around the state and even from out of state can be called in to assist and lend their equipment to mitigation and cleanup efforts here. Also, we may utilize specialized Disaster Recovery Teams in the event of a major disaster like a multistate blizzard or hurricane. These teams come in from around the country to provide extra materials and advice to our personnel and ensure that all homes in the area receive the care and attention they deserve.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to handle the damages of any major storm or natural disaster. If your home has been damaged in a flood, give us a call at (626) 387-4111. 

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Azusa

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

Bathroom plumbing failures at your business location need to be attended to right away. Call our team to assess and remediate the water damage.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Removes Water and Dries Out Large Commercial Spaces

Most Azusa businesses face a plumbing failure at one time or another. Most are minor problems, like a leaky pipe under a customer bathroom sink. In larger facilities, like a big box store or a warehouse, a plumbing failure can spill an incredible amount of water across a showroom floor. Overnight, the entire facility can be under an inch or more of water.

In a business like this, the concentration on alleviating Azusa commercial water damage is water removal and floor drying. Since the floor is primarily concrete, SERVPRO technicians know that this reduces the types of water damage, but it does not eliminate them all. What we want to prevent is cracking and other damage to the surface and below.

We start by opening every entrance or exit possible. SERVPRO technicians then engage commercial grade pumps to bring down the water level. With several of these pumps working together, we can clear even a large area in a single day.

Once they have it down just covering the surface of the floor, we switch to using extraction wands and squeegees. The extraction wands are a more powerful version of a water-vac found in most garages. For areas in the store which have just a trace of water left, we use long-handled squeegees to push the water out the nearest exit. It takes us another day or two using these devices and hand tools to complete drying the floor. 

A second concern is reducing the humidity inside the building. At each of the major entrances and exits, our IICRC-certified technicians place large exhaust fans to draw the damp air inside the building outside. If there are corners inside the building that we cannot get to, under storage racks for example; we set up air movers to force warm air underneath to dry them.

Concrete is resistant to damage, but water can find its way into the smallest crack or fissure. If you do not have a professional service quickly remove it, the results can be thousands of dollars in repair costs. If your business is underwater, then you need our help. Call SERVPRO at Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 today.

SERVPRO - Commercial Fire Restoration for Irwindale Rental Homes

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO at (626) 387-4111.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup for Different Types of Commercial Fires – Call SERVPRO

Commercial fires in Irwindale cover all types. Every fire is different depending on the fire, the building, commercial factories, warehousing, strip malls, and large rental buildings housing a combination of residential units and small stores. The smoke residues from the fire often create more cleaning requirements than the actual fire. Smoke residues and odors travel into other rooms and units, along with inter-room plumbing systems, open doors, and even through small holes. Machinery, tools, products, carpet, fabrics, clothing, and flooring materials are affected.

SERVPRO provides commercial properties in Irwindale with fire restoration and clean-up for all types of fires. We remove charred materials, perform controlled demolition of the structure and provide repair and restoration services to our commercial clients. We work closely with the client's insurance adjuster and the client to meet their needs.

Our SERVPRO fire technicians also assess the type of fire and the smoke residue produced to determine the appropriate cleaning methodology. For example:

  • Low heat fires produce a wet sooty smoke residue
  • Fast burning high heat fires produce a dry smoke residue
  • Grease fires produce protein soot which has a high pungent odor
  • Furnace fires produce an oily smoke residue

Our technicians often encounter two or more types of residues and odors while cleaning up after a fire. We use a combination of vacuuming, water, and detergents along with solvents to clean porous and non-porous surfaces. Applying the wrong cleaning agent to a fabric can cause the residue to be pushed further into the material, cause smearing on non-porous surfaces, and make it difficult to clean.

SERVPRO's experience cleaning up after a fire along with repair and restoration services make us the number one company to call for assistance recovering from a commercial fire.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup Services to Azusa Commercial Clients

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

When water incidents happen at your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

Does a Delay in Water Removal Cause Mold Infestations in Azusa Commercial Buildings?

Many commercial customers perform water cleanup after a water incident in their Azusa buildings. They may ask employees to mop up the excess water after a leak to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. However, unless humidity levels are brought to normal levels and moisture removed from crevices, flooring materials, and inside walls, mold colonies can form in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause health effects in employees and customers exposed to mold spores.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup and removal for commercial customers in Azusa. Our teams are available to respond to any water incident in less than four hours from your call, and we are available on a 24/7 basis. We also have the equipment to remove all of the water, moisture, and humidity to prevent mold spores from growing into colonies, damaging structure and contents, and producing that robust and musty odor common to mold infestations.

When mold infestations occur, we also know that it is important to keep as much of your day-to-day operations operating. Our containment plans prevent mold spores from contaminating other areas of your building and allow your employees to continue doing their jobs in those areas.

SERVPRO building containment may include the following actions:

  • Establish containment barriers with plastic sheeting
  • Installing negative air pressure in the contaminated area
  • HVAC vents are sealed to prevent the distribution of spores to other uncontaminated areas
  • Clean rooms are established for decontamination when entering, leaving, and for materials and equipment

Calling SERVPRO immediately after a water leak to remove water can prevent secondary damage to contents, structure, and mold infestations.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Repair & Restoration in Covina

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

All you need is SERVPRO for all your flood damage needs.

Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Repairs & How Can Flood Damage in Covina be Mitigated?

After a flood damage event to homes in Covina, many homeowners wonder what they could have done differently to minimize the damage from floodwaters entering their homes. While flooding cannot be prevented, the amount of damage can often be controlled, especially if you are prepared. Homeowners can consider steps that are acceptable in terms of cost, appearance, and livability.

SERVPRO provides the residents of Covina with flood damage mitigation, repair, and restoration services. We can help you deal with the current flood damage to your home and work closely with your insurance adjuster to manage all of the associated costs.

Now is the time to consider action that homeowners can take to minimize the damage from subsequent flooding. As your home is restored after a flood, make changes to protect it from future flood events. In addition, the insurance company may adjust flood insurance premiums to reflect the precautions you take to protect your home.

Evaluate every situation and local environment to determine the best approach to take; however, consider these suggestions for flood-prone homes:

  • Assess your risk of flooding where you live and work
  • Dry flood-proof your home to prevent floodwater from entering
  • Raise utilities above projected flood levels – hydrometer, water heater, furnace, etc.
  • Utilize flood damage-resistant materials during the restoration of your home
  • Prepare your home when flooding is imminent
    • Move all important documents and valuable content to higher levels
    • Maintain an up to date inventory of your home's contents
    • Purchase flood insurance – discuss how to reduce your insurance costs with the insurance agent

SERVPRO can always help restore your home after a flood event. We respond in less than four hours from your call, and we are available 24/7 to respond to flood damage emergencies.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

Can Storm Damage in Azusa Severely Damage a Home?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Winds, wear, and tear can cause loose shingles. Make a visual inspection of your roof often to help prevent water damage.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Property After a Storm Has Damaged Your Structure

Storm damage is not just water damage that has been dumped in your home. It can also be leaves and other debris that can be carried inside. Roof damage can also fall under storm damage, as can screens and storm door that are damaged by the wind's tugging on them. Leaves may not seem to be a cause for concern, but they can stain your carpets, as well as harbor insects of all kinds. Twigs and small branches may have landed all over your yard, but larger limbs may be resting on power lines overhead, creating electrical hazards if they cause a line to snap. Limbs in this sort of position are especially dangerous and should only be removed by professionals who are skilled in such delicate work.

If your property in Azusa is in an area where storm damage is severe, knowing who to call that is professional, skilled, and certified in the many different aspects of storm damage clean up can bring you a bit of comfort. Nobody can prevent storms, but undoing the damage is simple when you know who to call ahead of time. Ask your local SERVPRO about the mobile app called ERP which provides you with instant communication to our franchise if you have an emergency. It also offers suggestions and tips to help prevent or mitigate emergency situations.

Even if you have had your siding professionally installed recently, it often happens that high enough winds can peel this off a home. While the construction underneath it, vapor barrier, insulation, and the framing provide a minimum of protection, the siding should still be re-installed as quickly as possible. Laying it out to keep it from becoming creased and unusable as soon as the storm is over should help reduce the siding that needs to be replaced.

Shingles can also come loose. If you have noticed any pieces, even small ones, lying in your yard, you should have your roof inspected. Loose shingles will not allow just rain to enter your attic and ruin your insulation – small openings can also provide a way for rodents and other small animals to enter your home and contaminate your crawl space with droppings. They will most likely have a nice time burrowing into your insulation, adding to the damage even more. Remember that our SERVPRO technicians can also offer a tarp service to protect your roof and home from the elements and vermin. Even if you do not see any shingles in your grass or elsewhere on the ground, periodic inspections are an excellent idea.

Rainwater that enters through your roof can take months for it to make its first appearance on your ceiling's surface. This can also cause mold growth within the attic.

If you have had your share of heavy storms, we can help you get your house back in shape. We are experienced in both winter preparation and spring cleaning, both of which are perfect times to spruce up after storms have passed by. Call us, SERVPRO of Azusa /Covina at (626) 387-4111.

Making Fire Restoration Easier in Your Covina Home

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage is overwhelming. But no worries! SERVPRO is on the job and will make it "Like it never even happened."

Certified SERVPRO Staff Will Quickly Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Home

One of the most devastating forces to affect Covina homes is a fire. If you get faced with these unfortunate circumstances, you might find yourself at a loss of how to contend with the damages the incident left behind. Effects of a fire can be widespread and abrasive, making it difficult to continue living in your home even if it remains structurally sound. Professional fire restoration services can help you to overcome these effects and restore your home back to preloss conditions quickly.

Regardless of how the incident started in your home, once the blaze has gotten extinguished, you get faced with multiple variations of fire damage in Covina. While this might feel overwhelming at first, especially dealing with the insurance company that covers your home from such unfortunate events, you are anything but alone in the process. With SERVPRO, our team of professionals can not only work quickly to bring your home back to the way it used to be but also works to take the headaches and struggles of working with your insurer to get the restoration accomplished.

Part of the role of our estimator is to go over all of the fire damage and begin assessing what must occur to restore your home to its original conditions. This process details the kind of service that must get performed, the equipment necessary, and the manpower required to accomplish each part of the overall restoration.

This assessment is both for our team to understand the scope of the job and for you and your insurance company to better understand what has to happen to restore your property fully. Our SERVPRO estimator and project manager can speak directly with your insurance adjuster about the job and what is necessary to prevent legwork on your end and the added stress in an already traumatic time.

Fire damage is nothing that any homeowner wants to have to deal with, but it is an unfortunate certainty for some properties. If you face the effects of a fire in your home, you can trust our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina fire restoration specialists to help you overcome these effects and restore your home. Give us a call anytime at (626) 387-4111.

Where is Flooding Likely in Covina Homes?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Recent flooding brought mudslides into the area. SERVPRO has the equipment to restore your home.

Flood Damage Can Swiftly Impact Covina Properties, Making it Vital for Mitigation to Start Immediately

Flash flooding and adverse weather conditions have seen area homes and businesses suffer the impacts of rapidly developing disasters. As leading storm damage responders with experience and knowledge of what restoration and recovery your property needs, our SERVPRO team is Here to Help.  

The Impact of Natural Flooding

Flood damage to Covina homes and businesses requires several post-damage restoration and recovery solutions. Natural flooding introduces threats like contaminants and pathogenic microbes into the property, making swift emergency services to prevent the spread of water and the exposure of contents and structure a primary focus. Some of the actions we can take upon arrival include:

  • Disinfection
  • Water Removal
  • Drying
  • Content Relocation
  • Hazard Resolution

Crawlspaces and Foundational Damage

The space beneath a home can also be significantly damaged by intruding water. Not only can standing floodwater in the opening beneath the main floor of a residence be potentially destructive to the subflooring and supports, but elements of the home's foundation are also at risk. Professionals must prioritize our tools and approaches to removing pooling from this confined space. 

Attic Flooding After Storm Damage 

Severe weather events can have a dramatic effect on the attic of homes. Hail, wind, and torrential rains can all destroy portions of aging roofs and expose vulnerabilities in the shingles, underlayment, and plywood in the construction of the building's envelope. Structural damage allows for runoff and direct water penetration into the connected attic space. 

As you can see, flood damage can impact many homes and businesses in specific ways. Knowing where to expect this disaster shows how valuable a fast response from our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team is to protect the house. Give us a call now at (626) 387-4111.

What Dries a House During Water Removal in Irwindale?

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

Water removal techniques by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service for your home.

SERVPRO Understands the Role Air Movements Play Thus Utilizing Them in Expediting Drying

Wetness creates many problems, including soiling and the physical deterioration of materials. However, one thing that is certain about wetness is that over time it dissipates, leaving the affected material dry. Understanding how the drying process works is crucial if you are engaged in water removal at your property. You cannot rely on time passage as your strategy to dry your wet home.

Some aspects of water removal from your Irwindale property are readily understandable. For instance, extracting pooling water with a wet vac or mopping surfaces is easy to understand. However, drying wet materials is different and especially when you want to expedite the process. SERVPRO water restoration technicians are trained to gain a deeper understanding of the drying process and thus use simple or advanced techniques to control it. 

Drying occurs when moisture evaporates from materials and depends on:

  • The air currents circulating over the wet materials
  • Temperatures levels in the property
  • The state of water absorbed by materials

Of the other factors, air movements influence the drying process by a significant margin because they act as a sweep that pushes humid air away from the wet materials. Without air movements, the air around wet materials would be heavily saturated with humidity within a short time, thus preventing further moisture from escaping into the air. 

Facilitating air movements helps improve the drying process. The resources available determine what you can do to improve air currents. SERVPRO teams have commercial-grade air movers that can create enough air currents for fast drying. Apart from merely increasing air currents, it is also possible to channel the movement for better outcomes. For instance, when drying a wall, creating a circular airflow vortex improves the outcome. Our professionals angle air mover units at 15° to sustain this.

Various systems can be established to manage air movement, including:

  • Open drying system where outside air is allowed inside the property
  • Closed drying whereby all openings to the outside are closed
  • Drying zones whereby containment barriers are set up over specific areas

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina provides IICRC-certified technicians to help manage water removal from your property. Call us at (626) 387-4111

Does the Cleaning Process Chosen Matter When Addressing Flood Damage in Covina Homes?

12/18/2021 (Permalink)

You have to be careful with the different types of water from a flood. SERVPRO storm damage mitigation team has you covered.

SERVPRO Chooses Methods That Work Fast and Do Not Cause Secondary Damages to Materials or Contents

One of the main effects of flooding is the extensive soiling of properties. Soiling can come from the filthy groundwater that breaches the property or various effluents discharged as various materials within the property deteriorate—cleaning a property after flood damage helps for aesthetic and sanitary reasons. The choice of cleaning methods is therefore critical.

There are unlimited soils left after flood damage affects Covina properties. So several cleaning methods may be necessary. When you hire a professional restorer like SERVPRO, you do not have to worry about all the individual cleaning methods needed, provided your property is left sanitary and looking clean.

Cleaning processes can be categorized based on the flood damage aspect they address like:

  • Removing water 
  • Remove thick soils like mud or silt
  • Addressing deteriorated materials

Water removal requires extractive processes that can lift water from surfaces. They can range from mopping to using wet vacuums. The main question when choosing the method is the period it might take to complete the process since leaving water pooling creates other problems like microbial growth, humidity issues, and material deterioration. SERVPRO teams are fully kitted with extractive cleaning resources, including portable and truck-mounted pumps.

If there is groundwater in your house, you can expect silt, mud, or even raw sewage deposits on floor surfaces. The cleaning method chosen should remove all traces of these residues. The typical solution is to shovel out the materials after the water recedes. However, SERVPRO technicians offer superior options such as extracting the water using self-priming trash pumps, thus easing the work and limiting delays. 

Material deterioration is common during flooding. Some common forms of deterioration include staining and mold development. When addressing damage, the main concern is whether a cleaning method might make a bad situation worse. Our technicians help evaluate materials to determine what to avoid, whether it is high pressure, heat, or even moisture in case of mold.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina provides sufficient cleaning resources to match the problems created by flood damage in your property. Call us at (626) 387-4111. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Developing an Action Plan Helps During Fire Damage Restoration in Azusa Properties

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs have a set game plan for every fire damage restoration job. We have IICRC certified technicians that have the experience needed.

SERVPRO Relies on Vast Industry Experience to Ensure Smooth Fire Restoration

Several problems develop in a property after a fire, including odor issues, soiling, and deterioration of materials. Fire damage restoration helps fix or manage all of the problems, restoring the property to its preloss conditions. However, the varied nature of the issues can overwhelm you leading to unsatisfactory results.

One way to ensure fire damage restoration in your Azusa home meets expectations is to develop an action plan at the beginning. The plan helps in time and resources management. It also helps in tracking progress at any stage of the restoration. SERVPRO helps develop and execute action plans for homeowners affected by fires.

The typical focus areas for a fire restoration action plan include:

  • Realistic budgeting
  • Identifying work activities
  • Setting project timelines

Restoring fire damage costs money. Apart from the cost of replacing damaged items, there are other expenses involved. One such cost that you might overlook is labor which is mainly influenced by the time taken to finish the project. Time, on the other hand, depends on how extensive the damage spreads within the property or the complexity of the restoration tasks involved. Our SERVPRO technicians establish these factors during evaluation, thus coming up with appropriate budgets.

Since the effects of fire vary, restoration requires different work activities. Identifying the activities necessary in a specific loss site is essential. For instance, it is necessary to establish whether the affected contents require pack-outs or just manipulation with the loss site. Identifying the necessary cleaning methods and work areas is also essential.

An action plan also needs to establish timelines and can be influenced by:

  • Customer expectations
  • External factors such as fire investigations
  • The resources available to handle the restoration

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina has sufficient experience handling fire damage restorations in residential properties. Therefore, we can help you in addressing fire, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (626) 387-4111.

We are the Best Choice in Covina After Water Damage

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the tools to remove water and dry your hardwood flooring.

Water Damage to Your Hardwood Floors in Covina

Having your living room hardwood floors soaked by a water leak from a nearby bathroom may cause a mild panic attack for any homeowner. Chances are you took a lot of time and effort choosing just the right floors for your California home and having your mind jump to the worst possible conclusion of having to replace them causes anxiety.

With proper care and treatment, the water damage sustained by your Covina flooring may not mean the end of your beautiful hardwood. By controlling airflow, humidity, and temperature, SERVPRO technicians may be able to mitigate further damage such as warped flooring or the growth of mold infestations.

Restorers first address any remaining surface water impacting the hardwood floors by extracting the liquid found on the surface of the material. If there are minimal amounts of standing water, restorers use portable extraction equipment, including long wands, to remove the water from even the hardest to reach places. Any remaining moisture evaporates quickly off of the surface of the wood with the use of warm, dry air.

Water Damage Restoration

Next, the SERVPRO technicians take care of the free water absorbed into the floors. Free water has not yet chemically bonded with the wood molecules in the flooring. As the surface water damage comes out of the wood through extraction, the free water migrates through capillary suction toward the top of the surface. Free water is more challenging to remove than surface water; however, it can be done through the use of air movers that create airflow across the wet flooring. To be the most effective, technicians use higher air temperature and a lower humidity ratio through the use of dehumidifiers.

Bound water is the moisture that is absorbed into the wood flooring and then chemically bound itself with the wood molecules. For bound water to effectively leave the flooring, technicians heat the material with portable heaters. By placing drying mats to create suction, this liquid can then be forced up to be released as water or vapor. Polyethylene sheeting can be placed over sections, large or small, of the hardwood boards to focus the forced drying and evaporation to a specifically targeted area. This method can also pull bonded or free water out of the underpinnings in a crawlspace home to mitigate secondary water damage through rotting or mold infestations. At this point, the bound water becomes free water, and the process continues until the floor is dry.

For assistance dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111

Is it Safe to Perform Fire Restoration?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire always have experts inspect a property for safety, no matter how small the blaze.

Properties that Need Fire Damage Restoration can be Unsafe. SERVPRO Helps Covina Residents Overcome Housefires Safely

What are the Dangers of a Fire-Damaged Home?

A house fire in Covina can exert significant pressure and temperature onto the structure and its contents. There may be airborne soot or dust that can be unhealthy to ingest. Equally, the structure itself should be tested to assess the likelihood of collapse. Even in minor fires, there can be significant hazards. These could include building materials like asbestos or lead-based paint, which can be dangerous if disturbed. There may also be electrical hazards and sharp edges such as exposed mattress springs, nails, or splintering from wooden parts of the structure. Establishing proper safety controls in your property is essential to protecting staff and avoiding inadvertently causing further harm to your home- for example, by an electrical fire.

How do Technicians Establish a Safe Work Site?

Before fire damage restoration in your Covina residence gets underway, we first need to establish safety for both you and our workers. To set up a safe working site, we need to cooperate and communicate directly. These can be discussions about securing the place out of working hours, navigating security systems, or whether we need to board up parts of the property. Inside your home, technicians can establish a staging area to store equipment. If you remain in the property during the fire damage restoration, we can place warning signs and barriers over the parts of the property needing repair. SERVPRO technicians prioritize high-use spaces like kitchens or bathrooms and can perform restoration in these areas first to minimize inconvenience.

What do I Need to Consider for Safety in a Property Undergoing Fire Restoration?

  • OSHA regulations for safe working spaces
  • Thorough hazard assessment of electrics, structure, and respiratory issues
  • Occupant risk or unauthorized trespass on the property

Establishing safe work conditions is an essential part of the restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111.

What Factors Impact Moisture Damage in Covina Homes?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water can damage drywall. Sometimes we need to make flood cuts along the wall to completely dry the structure of your home.

Understanding Drying Principles Shows the Objectives and Obstacles of Water Cleanup in Covina Homes

Moisture inevitably impacts different building materials and contents in different ways and at different rates. Knowing what to expect from present water damage and the exposed areas can express the priorities of our responding restoration technicians.

The Permeance of Affected Materials

Among the first factors influencing the ease of water cleanup in Covina are the porosity and permeance of the structural materials and the contents in the affected areas. Hundreds of surfaces exist in a single room of your house, many of which absorb or resist water at different rates. Those most sensitive to absorption should be prioritized.

The Exposure of Damaged Elements

The period of time that materials remain exposed to moisture and standing water impacts the damage they ultimately experience. While we prioritize water removal services and thorough drying, customers and homeowners can wait days or longer before notifying our team about a potential problem. Water continually damages and changes directly exposed materials, so we must act fast to overcome this.

The Right Tool for the Job

Removing moisture from the materials where it is trapped means having the right equipment and devices at our disposal to complete the job right. Removing water is one thing. Still, we also must monitor the rate of evaporation to avoid over-drying more sensitive elements like hardwood that can become permanently damaged. Some of our tools include:

  • Drying mats
  • Positive pressure
  • Negative pressure units
  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ventilation

Cleaning up after a water loss event can involve several tools and a firm understanding of the behavior of water and moisture in a living space. We are leading restoration professionals with advanced equipment to help. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team a call today at (626) 387-4111.

SERVPRO of Azusa Offers Flood Damage Mitigation Solutions

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Intense storms can cause floodwaters to enter your home. SERVPRO is on call 24/7 to handle any water damage your home incurs.

Clogged Storm Sewers Can Flood Azusa Homes

Storm sewer systems and catch basins provide the necessary removal of runoff water that affects Azusa neighborhoods. As effective as these systems continue to divert damaging water away from structures and homes, they are not impervious to failures or malfunctions. Debris, garbage, and leaves can all play a role in clogging the grates that allow the water to get into the diversion system and safely away from structures. During torrential rainfall and in the hours after that storm, a clogged catch basin can allow high volumes of water to rush beyond these fail-safes and towards homes in the area.

As intricate as these systems can be to prevent water damage to your Azusa home, they can quickly reach the point of malfunction under the right conditions. While personnel are responsible for keeping these grates clear of this debris, severe storm systems can provide enough blockage in a single incident to flood homes. Our water damage restoration professionals can respond quickly in emergencies like this to provide effective mitigation solutions to protect what matters most and limit your damage.

Water Clean Up

Our professionals can respond quickly amid an emergency to help protect your home from invading water. With an incident like this, contamination and debris are significant factors that our technicians must prevent as much as possible. We can help reduce the spread of this damage to new areas of your home through our fast extraction techniques like truck-mounted pumps and gas-powered pumps. Limiting the spread can help to prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction later.

Drying out the damage is critical to allow our team to assess the structural concerns that exist. With Category 3 damage like this, we must remove exposed materials to prevent contamination and bacteria, which promote mold growth and hazardous conditions.

With fast response to emergencies like flooding in your home, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina water restoration technicians can restore your residence quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (626) 387-4111.

How to Remove the Stress from Fire Damage Restoration in Covina

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are devastating and destructive force. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO Takes Care of the Restoration Process from Start to Finish

Your spouse is trying to talk to you from the other room while you prepare an evening meal and distracts you for just a second. When you turn back to concentrate on what you are doing, it is already too late. Somehow the oil in your pan causes the stove hood that you meant to clean to catch fire. The fire quickly gets out of control, moving to your kitchen drapes, and begins to produce smoke, ash, and heat that scares you beyond measure. Get your loved ones out and get help immediately.

After The Fire is Out

After the firefighters finish their job, you are left looking at a mess that used to be your kitchen and the emotional scars of a tragic event; things can happen fast. Our professional fire damage restoration staff in Covina can help. Not only do we offer quality services to help restore your property, but we also provide you with some assistance in dealing with the mounds of paperwork that your insurance company requires for your claim.

With additional damage from the heat, smoke, and soot the fire produces, it is not hard to understand that you may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the event. SERVPRO technicians go beyond their training to explain our restoration process to you, what steps are needed to perform the repairs correctly and which of our services can assist in returning your kitchen to its pre-fire condition.

Our local staff will treat you with the respect you deserve and work closely with you throughout the fire restoration process. You will enjoy the fast, efficient work of our technicians and how knowledgeable our staff is in assisting you during this entire process.

We provide our technicians with the proper training and equipment to help you with every aspect of your restoration, giving you the ability to settle in and relax after using a single source for all of your fire restoration services.

Contact our offices at SERVPRO of Azusa - Covina today for access to professional, caring services that'll help you get things back to normal. We are available 24/7, including holidays. (626) 387-4111

What Can Prevent Water Damage Restoration at My Azusa Home from Going as Expected?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water seep into nooks and crevices. Fortunately, SERVPRO is trained and equipped to completely restore your home.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Loss to Establish Issues That Might Prevent Faster Conclusion or Better Outcomes

Water spills happen all the time, and luckily it is possible to mop up the water quickly in most incidents. However, you might encounter difficulty when dealing with water intrusion at your Azusa home for various reasons. Professional restoration can help you in such situations.

The issues that complicate water damage restoration in your Azusa home range from limited access in affected areas to high volumes of water that might overwhelm your removal efforts. SERVPRO has the resources to overcome those unique challenges.

The Most Useful Resources When Dealing with Water Intrusion Include:

  • Access equipment to reach elevated or concealed areas
  • Cavity extraction and drying equipment
  • Power water extractors and equipment

Proper access to the areas affected by the spilled water is crucial for complete moisture removal. Better access also helps in other ways, including preventing accidents and reducing the damage done to the structure during restoration. 

Various Types of Equipment Help Provide the Necessary Access:

  • Elevated access equipment like ladders or cherry pickers
  • Powered or manual drills and cutting equipment 
  • Lay-flat or reinforced ducts

Elevated access equipment is essential when the leak originates from the roof or the ceiling. In such a case, water is trapped within the ceiling leaving the panels soaked or sagging. Restoration tasks such as drilling or cutting the panels can be more complicated if you have trouble reaching the affected area. That is why a ladder is crucial. Our SERVPRO teams have a variety of ladders, including platform, trestle, and extension ladders.

Water restoration requires the circulation of air around the property. However, air circulation is not an issue in open rooms since setting up air movers and dehumidifiers takes care of the problems. However, the house might have some smaller areas where such equipment cannot fit. Our SERVPRO teams use ducts to supply the air.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can help you tackle any challenges that arise during water damage restoration. Call us at (626) 387-4111. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our Technicians Can Restore Your Azusa Hotel After A Water Damage Incident

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO. Call now for fast and immediate work.

Managing Different Aspects Improves Commercial Water Removal in Azusa Hotel

Water can easily reach unwanted areas in your Azusa hotel, inconveniencing your guests and interrupting your normal operations. Burst plumbing lines or driving rain forcing its way in through spaces in windows or other openings are common ways water can damage your hotel. You can involve professional restorers in the removal because they use their skills to handle various aspects of the restoration better.

Water Removal and Restoration

For successful commercial water removal in Azusa hotels, it is essential to manage the temperature, humidity, and air movement because these aspects determine the drying rate. Thorough extraction of any standing water is also crucial because extracting more water in liquid form minimizes the evaporation efforts needed for drying. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians understand that physical water extraction is 1200 times more effective, which is why we use a variety of water extraction equipment, including truck-mounted water extractors, for better efficiency.

In a hotel, many materials, including carpets, beddings, towels, and draperies, can absorb and hold water during the spill. While it is possible to remove some of them for drying, it is a huge undertaking, especially if the hotel has many rooms. One way to ensure proper in-place drying is by raising the temperature in the affected areas. Temperature levels around 70° to 90° are optimum since warmer air holds moisture better. Our SERVPRO technicians can use portable heaters where necessary. The dehumidifiers we use also exhaust warm air into the rooms when drying, helping raise the temperature.

Faster drying of floor and wall materials is possible with better airflow. Increasing the rate of air movement improves the evaporation rate, drying the materials faster. Our SERVPRO technicians use air movers to improve air movements. We also change their position from time to time to ensure even drying. We also use moisture meters throughout the drying process to ensure the materials are dry and not just the surface.

For efficient water removal in your Covina or Irwindale area hotel, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to assist. You can reach us at (626) 387-4111 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our Specialists Can Help You Handle Fire Damage In Your Covina Home

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Structural fire damage is no DIY project. Let the professionals of SERVPRO handle all the work for you and your family.

Expert Restorers Can Help You Handle the Fire Damage in Your Covina Residence Efficiently

After a structural fire, what usually comes to the mind of property owners is the devastation that the flames cause. However, smoke can also be just as harmful to a house as the blaze. Many of the compounds of smoke are acidic, toxic, or odor-causing.

Smoke and soot residues can cause surfaces like walls, ceilings, and upper cabinets to look blackened and burned. Cleaning up your Covina home after fire damage can be challenging. Smoke residues can attach to soft goods, furniture, and carpeting, among other surfaces, and they can be difficult to remove. Smoke particles travel through ductwork and the open air. They can get far from the areas where the flames affected and settle mostly in cooler areas such as behind draperies and inside building cavities.

Proper fire damage cleanup and restoration is a technical effort that gets more difficult with time, even for professional restorers because smoke’s compounds penetrate more deeply into affected surfaces. One of the things that SERVPRO technicians do during the fire restoration process is to protect individuals from toxins. Our team can set up isolation barriers between ruined and occupied areas, use fans to ventilate the home and wear personal protective gear like goggles, nitrile gloves, respirators, face masks, and full clothing to stay safe. We can take some steps to restore your property to its pre-damaged condition, including:

Physical Cleaning

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can physically remove smoke residues from hard surfaces using dry or wet cleaning procedures depending on the type of affected surface and the residues present. We can also use specialized alkaline detergents to clean curtains and clothing. If there are smoke residues in finished wood surfaces like chairs, dressers, and tables, our technicians can use wood oil soaps to remove them.

Odor Removal

When materials burn, they produce different odors. It is necessary to use specialized cleaning equipment and strategies to ensure effective removal of the smells. Our SERVPRO team often combines several deodorization techniques to produce the desired results. We can use water-based odor counteractants to neutralize odors.   These products can mix with water instantly in various dilution ratios and applications. We add them to cleaning solutions to control smoke smells and other unpleasant odors. Another process we rely on to remove smells is thermal fogging.

If you are dealing with fire damage in Azusa, Irwindale, or the nearby areas, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. Our crew can handle the fire and smoke damage and remove odors from your house. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Does Water Mitigation Help Wet Covina Carpets?

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size water damage to your property. Call now!

SERVPRO Has an Array of Professional Water Damage Remediation Equipment to Help Covina Property Owners

A carpet with water damage in a Covina home is not automatically in need of replacement. Several factors determine if it indeed has restoration potential, such as:

When SERVPRO handles water mitigation of Covina carpets, the technicians do a careful inspection. Some carpets can shrink when exposed to water and others have dyes that can bleed. The techs perform fiber tests to narrow down the type of construction materials. 

Water Detection Equipment

There are different kinds of devices used during the initial inspection to determine the water's origination point and migration path. The moisture sensor detects moisture in both carpets and padding. The unit has a needle-like probe that penetrates the carpet and can tell the SERVPRO tech if the moisture affected the subfloor underneath. 

When this device comes into contact with moisture, it alerts by displaying a blinking light and an audible signal—the more moisture present results in faster blinking and beeping from the device. 

Handling Water Damage in Carpets

For large-scale water damage in a carpet, the techs extract and set up drying equipment. When only a portion has received the effects of water, SERVPRO techs can use specific drying applications such as floating or tenting to focus drying on a single area. It is not uncommon for the techs to use the moisture meters throughout the drying phase to ensure the carpet and pad are dried completely.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 serves the Covina community for any water mitigation services needed. The trained and certified techs are available 24/7.

Mold Damage Remediation in Your Covina Home or Business Is Critical

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial mold damage can literally shut down business. Contact SERVPRO immediately to investigate and remediate the damage.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation

Removing water from a flooded building is often an easy task for restoring a home or office. Clean-up crews need to ensure that excess moisture has been removed from any place that mold might take hold and grow. If they do not rid the structure of all dampness, the resultant contamination can be much more costly than water removal.

Mold remediation standards are determined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). When it comes to remediating mold damaged Covina homes, four principles provide SERVPRO guidance for every job, no matter how large or small.

Provide for Health and Safety

Since mold spores may cause health effects, our remediation teams do everything possible to protect not just our technicians but also the occupants of the building. This means unique safety practices to limit and expectedly prevent exposure from the mold as it is disturbed during the cleaning process. And stop it from spreading to uninfected areas of the building. This containment technique depends on the circumstances of the infestation.

Document Conditions and Processes

In the beginning, our inspectors record the extent of the mold contamination and the moisture saturation level in the affected area. Once our technicians have finished remediation, our report may be provided to an independent inspector to ensure the building is safe to inhabit. This report disclosure is dependent upon the agreed-upon procedures.

Control the Mold Containment at its Source

Isolate the mold growth and the spores. One of our most important actions is to place negative air pressure machines wherever drywall demolition occurs. This treatment method captures the mold and spores that go airborne and makes removing infected drywall more efficient.

Remove Contamination

When mold grows past the point where the items or building materials can be cleaned, it must be removed. The damaged material is removed in as few pieces as possible to prevent additional exposure or mold spreading. The debris is wrapped and discarded according to codes and regulations. Once that is accomplished, we use commercial vacuums with HEPA filters to remove loose mold and wipe down every surface with anti-fungal and other cleaning products. Air scrubbers may be placed to capture errant mold spores circulation within the structure.

As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is proud to serve our neighbors. If you believe you may have a mold damage problem, call us today at (626) 387-4111. We're ready to help.

Expert Flood Damage Services Available For Your Irwindale Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage remediation requires effective water removal equipment. Contact SERVPRO for more information as to how we can help.

SERVPRO Offers Solutions in Irwindale for Flooding Problems

Flooding in your home comes in various forms. Anything from a natural disaster to a broken appliance may cause damages that develop over time if not handled correctly. A quality restoration company can provide you with the services you need to gain control quickly.

Time is a significant factor when dealing with flood damage in your Irwindale home. Taking too long to decide what to do gives water free reign over your entire structure, leading to secondary damages developing or the possibility of contaminations to develop.

SERVPRO has a practical, proven approach to dealing with flood damage situations of all sizes. Our IICRC certified technicians take pride in delivering the services you need to return your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition quickly and efficiently.

Equipment for Flood Damage Restoration

SERVPRO technicians have access to both hand-held, and truck-mounted water extraction equipment that makes removing water from any size area seem easy. Other extraction tools include submersible pumps that remove standing water within a structure over two inches deep.

While the air moving equipment we use may be somewhat noisy, they are essential to our drying process. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to float carpeting by blowing air under the carpet to assist with drying. We can also attach a shroud to an air mover that allows it to push dry air into wall cavities or under cabinets to help remove hidden moisture pockets.

SERVPRO technicians also have experience in using wall cavity ventilation systems and venting box fans for various tasks. Axial fans involve using heavy-duty venting fans to rid an entire room of noxious odors developed during a flood or exchanging indoor air after applying fog deodorizers. A venting fan is more efficient at exchanging air than a centrifugal fan designed for carpet or structural drying.

All air movers require thermally protected motors, inlet, outlet screens, three-pronged plugs for use in GFCI sockets during operation, and a clear venting area for optimum utilization. These high-velocity airflow systems increase the rate of moisture evaporation by removing moist air next to a wet surface and replacing it with drier air. Still, they should not be confused with a dehumidifier.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today for help with restoring your home after being affected by floodwaters. (626) 387-4111

How Does Smoke Damage Covina Homes?

8/8/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke can spread quickly throughout. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation that includes dealing with smoke residues.

Smoke Can Require Multiple Cleaning Steps to Restore Covina Homes After a Fire

With how quickly a fire can spread and overwhelm materials and contents, the decomposition of these elements can be disastrous to properties and the families that reside in them. With our fast response to fire loss emergencies, we can begin mitigation to protect the property from greater destruction by soot or smoke damage.

How Can Smoke Become a Threat to the House?

Because of the severity of smoke when fire damage in Covina homes exists, immediate cleaning and mitigation strategies are necessary. Smoke can be a threatening presence in a property. These residues and particles are created as materials decompose during the combustion process. The combination of gas, solids, and aerosols makes the volatile smoke that can deposit soils on encountered surfaces and products. Even though gases are not as considerable of a concern after the fire gets extinguished, circulating soot particles can cause health effects without appropriate containment and HEPA air scrubbing/filtration.

How Can Smoke Residues Get Cleaned from Ceiling and Drywall Materials?

When dry or wet smoke damage impacts materials like drywall and ceiling tiles, there are specific approaches to remove it. Understanding the best method for the situation often relies on the experience of administrators in our ranks like the production manager. Our team leaders walk through the property to initially inspect the grounds and identify structural concerns or areas where focused smoke damage removal would be needed. Some of the approaches for this include:

Smoke and soot damage are considerable obstacles to restoring a home or business after a fire. With leading professionals experienced in the cleaning and recovery of fire-damaged residences, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team can help. We are ready 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.

What Is Restoration and What Can It Do for Water Damage in Covina Businesses?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

The first step in water damage restoration is removing the water. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your water damage restoration needs.

Don't Let Water Damage Impact Your Commercial Enterprise

If you’re dealing with a significant commercial water damage incident, you may be feeling a little pessimistic about how much of your business can be saved. Breakdowns and failures like a burst pipe or a faulty restroom are quite common, but they can cause all kinds of damage. Fortunately, there is a way to minimize the severity of the situation and rescue as much of the affected area as possible.

Restoring commercial water damage in Covina businesses is no easy feat. Still, it can be achieved with the help of SERVPRO. Our expert team is highly experienced in dealing with flooding of all shapes and sizes. They can be onsite fast to start water extraction quickly and reverse the destruction caused by standing water.

This quick guide to the restoration process will help you learn all about what the technicians at SERVPRO can do for you.

What Is Water Damage Restoration?

The term ‘restoration’ is a simple one to define, but it involves a wide variety of different methods and techniques. Essentially, it is the job of putting a business back together after a flood or other water-related incident. Some classic examples include broken pipes, fire sprinkler systems gone awry, cracked gutters or failed flat roof pooling containment, overloaded appliances, and faulty faucets and boilers.

A team of restoration professionals is called out to the damaged site – in this case, your business – and they use a selection of industrial-strength tools to remove the water. The array of water pumps can vary from a handheld portable wet vac to sump pumps to large truck-mounted equipment. After water removal, our SERVPRO technicians can start taking steps to salvage as many items as possible.

Why Is a Speedy Restoration Important?

Getting the restoration process started quickly is important for some reasons. The longer that your employees cannot work from the affected area, the more money you’ll lose. It can also be a health hazard to leave the water to sit and stagnate and degrade into contaminated Black Water.

Consider that SERVPRO works with over 315 management companies, municipal and federal entities, and many insurance companies to expedite time and save you money. 

There is also a great risk to the structural integrity of the building, as moisture creates mold that slowly destroys organic materials like wood, drywall, or even fabrics in a boutique. We understand that nobody wants to have to call a water damage restoration team. If you do, it means that something has gone wrong.

Most commercial water damage is not permanent. With the help of SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, you can get restoration started as soon as the problem becomes apparent. Our experts are highly trained and can assess the building for dangers so that you don’t have to put yourself at risk. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.

Locating A Fire Damage Restoration Company in Covina

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that water damage often accompanies fire damage? SERVPRO can handle all of the damage the blaze causes.

Consider a Proven Track Record Company Like SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration

A home is a major investment for you and your family. It offers safety, security, and fond memories that you hopefully never forget. Along the way, accidents happen as well. How you respond and whom you call during an emergency plays a rather significant role in how well you recover.

Finding a qualified fire damage restoration company in Covina can produce fantastic results. However, unless you know what to look for, you may choose the wrong one, which makes it vital for you to remain cautious when selecting a company to perform your restoration services.

It never hurts to call around, get advice, and build a relationship with the business you want to use; before you need their help. If you have a hard time finding a starting point, ask your insurance company to refer you. They can provide you with local contact information for restoration companies, like SERVPRO, located in your area.

Trained Fire Damage Restoration Technicians

You want access to the business that can do the most for you, with IICRC certified professionals, years of experience, and knowledge in dealing with a wide variety of tasks. SERVPRO technicians, for example, offer to manage your entire restoration, performing all tasks associated with fire and water damage in your home, along with any cleaning or repairs necessary to complete the job correctly.

SERVPRO also keeps you informed throughout the process, helps manage insurance claim paperwork, and has an excellent reputation for exceeding customer expectations while performing services in their home. Not to mention they also give homeowners the advice they need to help avoid future situations and work tirelessly to protect other members of their surrounding community.

There are very few companies in existence that provide a full-service solution to environmental or emergency situations that may occur on your property. Some only offer limited solutions, while others deliver shoddy work. Make sure that anybody working on your property has the proper qualifications, certifications, and experience to provide you with services you deserve.

Companies like SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina offer homeowners valued solutions to both existing and potential problems found in your home. Learn more about what services our technicians can provide for you today. Just call (626) 387-4111.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Removal for Covina Commercial Buildings

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is common in our area, in homes and businesses. SERVPRO is always on call to respond your mold damage remediation needs.

Need Mold Removal in Covina Commercial Structures – Call SERVPRO

The first hint that mold in your Covina commercial building may be a problem is a strong, musty odor in the air. It may emanate from only one area of your facility; however, the musty smell can be noticed throughout your commercial structure. Your employees and customers may also be worried about the mold since mold can cause health effects.

SERVPRO offers mold removal services to commercial offices and structures in Covina. Once the source of the mold is identified, our mold removal technicians can advise on the remediation plan required to resolve the infestation. It is also essential to remove the source of moisture that led to the formation of the mold in the first place.

Nonporous materials can be cleaned and removed to a staging area until the entire area has been cleaned. Porous materials such as fabrics, drywall, insulation, and carpeting infested with mold must be removed in many situations. Large infestations may require clean rooms, containment rooms, and decontamination rooms to house equipment and protect the remainder of the commercial building.

SERVPRO can discuss the following services with you and what may be required for mold removal in your commercial structure:

  • Mold Inspections
  • Mold Remediation and Removal
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for mold removal in Covina and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

A Unique Perspective on Flood Damage Affecting Covina Residents

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Regardless whether flooding came from outside or inside sources, how you remediate is the same. Contact our team for water removal efforts.

Why SERVPRO for Professional Restoration of Flood Damaged Properties

Living in a community known for severe storm and flood damage like Covina gives us a unique perspective when tragedy hits. We live in this community; our business operates daily to assist our customers throughout the state, county, and city. We supply additional support personnel to help during rescue operations and are there for you when you need help after the danger has passed. Even with family, friends, and neighbors on the very street where we live, all recovering property is affected by flooding.

Flood Damage Restoration

SERVPRO staff is expertly trained to handle many aspects of a flood damage emergency in Covina. We inspect the entire property affected by the event and assess your unique situation, making a plan to deploy various services to help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition. Our technicians take the time to address your concerns and answer all of your questions while performing your restoration. Your satisfaction and understanding of the process are as important to us as it is to you.

SERVPRO technicians deploy various water extraction equipment to remove any standing water that may still exist. We can move all contents of your home to a safe, dry location, offsite if necessary, to begin proper drying procedures that are unique to each kind of item we address. We make sure that any electrical items recovered are handled by a qualified professional. We also give particular attention to personal belongings you feel are important.

Equipment for Flood Damage

SERVPRO drying technicians go to work placing air movers, dehumidifiers, and other specialized drying equipment into the affected area with the additional water removed. We even locate and remove water hidden in crawl spaces or other hard-to-reach areas. With everything dry, our repair technicians move in to repair any damages that exist and restore your property, "Like it never even happened."

When a flood damages your property, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today, (626) 387-4111.

Why SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration Services In Azusa

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your bathroom is something that needs to be handled quite quickly. Talk to our certified technicians about remediation.

SERVPRO Offers Ancillary Services When Damage in Azusa Is Fire Related

You are busy running back and forth, getting ready for work, when a fire breaks out in your bathroom. After the authorities are finished dousing the fire, they explain that it started due to an electrical short in the socket where your hairdryer and curling iron plugged into the wall.

There are many different ways that fire damage can happen in your Azusa home. Some situations you can plan for; others are unimaginable until they happen. We find that every case is different and requires a unique solution; regardless, we are here to help.

What you are left looking at after a fire happens in your home may appear devastating. In addition to fire, heat, smoke, soot, and chemical residues, you are likely to see additional water damage caused by the type of suppression system you have installed or firefighting efforts themselves. This can create a particularly upsetting or destructive scene for you and your family to witness.

SERVPRO restorations services are designed to provide you with peace of mind during a trying time. We can assist you with finding temporary housing if your situation requires you to relocate until repairs are complete. While making all of the professional restoration services you need available to help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition and save as many of your belongings as possible.

Inspection and Assessment of Fire Damage

The SERVPRO team that arrives at your home performs an initial inspection and damage assessment to determine which services and equipment to deploy to address your situation properly. Once we have addressed all of your concerns and answered any questions you may have, we begin the restoration process.

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians go to work immediately, protecting your home. Your situation may require board-up and roof tarp services to prevent exposure to outdoor elements. Holes in your ceiling and walls, broken windows or doors, need the proper attention before moving on to our water removal services.

Our water restoration specialists remove any excess water on your property, while other technicians ensure that all of your household contents get moved to a dry, secure location for specific handling. We deploy various moisture detection, air moving, and drying equipment to avoid secondary damage from developing.

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today; we always treat you and your home with care. (626) 387-4111

Why Source Out Water Removal and Cleanup Within Your Covina Home?

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

Any excess moisture or water can cause problems in your home. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Features Certified Water Removal Technicians Providing Efficient Water Removal Services

Something any Covina homeowner should know is that avoiding a water issue within the home leads to higher costs and the potential for more damage. In addition to secondary damage festering, there is also mold and mildew growth to worry about. Any water intrusion can bring significant destruction, but the SERVPRO team knows how to restore your home to pre-event condition “Like it never even happened.”

Why act quickly to call SERVPRO for water removal in Covina? Excess moisture leads to tremendous issues over time. However, proper extraction, drying, and decontamination limit loss and the long-term effects. Our advanced products and industrial-grade equipment ensure fast, efficient, and smooth water removal services throughout your home.

Our water damage remediation efforts often include:

  • Water extractors and submersible pumps
  • Fans and air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Broad-spectrum detergents to battle fungi, bacteria, and viruses

Of course, our water clean up team is always careful to follow strict protocols for all of our projects. We remain cautious through each phase:

  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Never spraying cleaners or agents when HVAC systems are in use
  • Ensuring the safety of all inhabitants, including pets

While SERVPRO works on all water and flood restoration projects with the promise to restore versus replace, there are many situations where controlled demolition is unavoidable. Should various materials and structural elements require removal and replacement, we offer high-quality controlled demolition services. California State License Board (CSLB) #: 976913

Why call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina for water removal and restoration? Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! Call us 24-hours a day for emergency response at (626) 387-4111.

Can SERVPRO Help Locate and Remove Attic Mold in Covina?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Mold will spread like wildfire within 24 to 48 hours. Call SERVPRO for the mold remediation services for your property.

SERVPRO Offers Attic Mold Inspections, Mold Remediation, and Mold Removal in Covina

Mold colonies can be growing for a long time before they are noticed, especially in little-used rooms or the attic. Mold needs warmth, food, and moisture for colonies to begin growing and sustain growth. Attics are a perfect location, especially if there is a small leak in the roof or a water pipe that runs through the attic.

SERVPRO offers attic mold removal services to clients in Covina. Many clients first notice a small stain on the ceiling or smell a strong, musty odor. If there is a stain, it usually means that there is water leaking from the room above or, in this case, the attic. If it is a slow leak, there is a high probability that a mold colony will have begun growing.

There could be a mold issue to be concerned about if you smell a musty odor as soon as the door to the attic is opened. Mold can cause health effects in some people. Now is the time to call SERVPRO for a mold inspection. We can also offer:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold Removal
  • Black Mold Removal services.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for attic mold removal in Covina and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

Does SERVPRO do Water Restoration in Commercial Buildings in the Evening in Azusa?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. We have all the equipment and knowledge for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Water Clean Up and Restoration to commercial Buildings in Azusa

Water leaks in water pipes, overflow of sinks, or leaks in a roof in Azusa do not choose the best times to occur. Emergency services are needed 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Many commercial customers would prefer the work is completed in the evening or overnight, or on weekends to reduce the impact on production in their businesses.

That’s why SERVPRO offers water restoration services for Azusa commercial customers 24/7 and responds in less than 4 hours. We can match your schedule requirements and work around your daily operations while respecting any safety concerns that may occur due to water leaks.

Our services include:

  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Restoration

3rd party clients operate many commercial buildings in Azusa with their schedules, clients, and services. SERVPRO works closely with the building owner, the owner’s clients, and insurance companies to provide emergency services and water damage restoration on your schedule.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for water restoration in Azusa and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

Does SERVPRO Provide Emergency Services Flood Damage Restoration in Covina?

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage caused by a storm is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Clean-Up in Covina

The population of Covina is approximately 50,000 people, and it is 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The city is part of Los Angeles County. Covina was founded in 1882 and named by an engineer hired to survey the area. He liked the way the San Gabriel Mountains formed a cove around the vineyards planted by early pioneers. He combined cove and vine to come up with the name Covina. The vineyards gradually gave way to orange and grapefruit trees. For many years the area was the largest producer of oranges in the world. Since the 1950s, the farmland has gradually been transformed into houses and apartment dwellings.

Residents of Covina have many activities to choose from in the metro LA area. However, our list includes some of the local activities that are enjoyed in the area.

  • Alosta Brewing Co
  • Covina Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Lakes Mall Offices
  • Glendora Historical Society Museum
  • Galster Wilderness Park
  • Baldwin Park Historical Society Museum
  • Arcadia Wilderness Park
  • Cortez Park
  • Palm View Park

The Lakes Mall Offices

Fans of the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can visit The Lakes Mall Offices to view the show's set and provide a perfect backdrop for photos.

Galster Wilderness Park

The Galster Wilderness Park covers 42 acres providing many trails to view nature and get some exercise. There is an educational center and museum in the park. 

Volunteers provide information about fossils, animals, and minerals indigenous to the area. 

The Galster Wilderness Park is a great place for hiking, jogging, and cycling. Call ahead for access to the museum and educational center, programs, and opening hours.

Arcadia Wilderness Park

The Arcadia Wilderness Park is located in Arcadia, about 15 minutes from Covina. It is known for dynamic trails, a nature center, and the best hiking in the area. 

Facilities available at the park include archery, barbeques, nature trails, shelters, and tables for picnics and restrooms.

Cortez Park

Cortez Park is a great place for all age groups, with an outdoor gym, playgrounds, and picnic areas. There are also cycling trails surrounding the park.

Palm View Park

Palm View Park has something unique to other parks in the area. Located in West Covina, the park has several aircraft parked within the park, arranged and set up for children to play on. There are also two playgrounds, picnic tables and sports fields to enjoy. The aircraft provides a unique experience for many local children to enjoy.

Can SERVPRO Repair a Leaking Roof from Storms in Covina?

Wind storms in the Covina area of California can rip shingles and tiles off a roof, leaving it exposed to rainwater leaking into the house through the ceiling. Without protection, rainwater can damage the insulation and spread into the home's living area, flooding walls, flooring, and contents.

SERVPRO provides board-up and tarp services to protect against this type of flood damage. Broken windows are boarded up, and tarps are placed over the roof to protect from additional water damage. Storms can also cause flooding, bringing contaminated floodwaters into the home.

SERVPRO can help with:

  • Emergency Services Water Damage
  • Flood Restoration
  • Leaking Roof from Storms

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for flood damage in Covina and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (626) 387-4111.

Will Prompt Covina Fire Damage Restoration Get Your Business Back on Track?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for any size disaster.

SERVPRO offers comprehensive fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup for Covina’s commercial buildings

Businesses suffering from smoke and fire damage must act decisively, arranging quickly for professional restoration of fire damage in Covina. When a store, restaurant, or office shuts down to cope with fire or smoke remediation, it risks losing customers permanently. Partnering with a reputable fire damage restoration firm like SERVPRO demonstrates that your business commits to resuming operations rapidly, giving your market base confidence that you can meet their needs again within a reasonable amount of time.

Water and Fire Damage Restorations of Covina Commercial Properties Are SERVPRO Core Services

Both your business and the Covina community benefit when cleanup and restoration of fire and smoke damage proceeds fast. SERVPRO fire and smoke damage recovery technicians are ready to deliver emergency services after the safety assessment and planning phase. Most commercial fire restoration scenarios involve mitigation of fire control consequences, including firefighting water damage management. SERVPRO crews have training and experience in all water and fire damage recovery phases to get you back in business serving your Covina base. We help assess, mitigate, and remediate all aspects of:

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina 24/7 for a fast and expert response to fire and smoke damage. Call (626) 602-8299 immediately, so we arrive as the firefighters make their exit.

Contractor Licenses:

CSLB: 976913 

Why Hire Professionals for Basement Flooding Cleanup in Azusa?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage is no easy task. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for any size disaster.

SERVPRO handles sewage cleanup and stormwater damage remediation after Azusa basements flood

When heavy rains fall near Azusa, basement flooding cleanup is often the next event. Nestled south of the San Gabriel Mountains, the homes in Azura can require water emergency services during the stormy season. Water damage and worse occur as the accumulated rains pummeling the peaks rage down canyons, saturating the ground and roar through anything in their path. Debris suspended in the storm waters cause significant harm when they slam into and create basement flooding in Azusa homes. Materials mixed in the floodwaters include:

  • Dirt and mud
  • Sand, gravel, rocks, and boulders
  • Vegetation, branches, and trees
  • Landscaping and pavement chemicals
  • Infectious waste from overwhelmed municipal sewers and residential lines

Cleaning Up After an Azusa Basement Sewage Backup Requires SERVPRO’s Expertise

The water, sludge, and sewage left behind after storm-based basement flooding in Azusa are hazardous to remove. SERVPRO workers master flood restoration best practices during IICRC certification, including specific strategies that keep homeowners and workers safe during flooding and sewage cleanup. Containment methods and water removal services need SERVPRO’s inventory of heavy-duty equipment operated by skilled technicians. SERVPRO pledges to clear the dirt and debris during basement flooding cleanup, as well as to perform professional, licensed, and certified:

  • Water Clean Up
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Flood Restoration
  • Water Damage Repairs

The aftermath of storm activity can endanger homes because of basement flooding and sewage. Cleanup by the pros at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is a call away at (626) 602-8299.

Contractor Licenses:

CSLB: 976913 

Looking for Water Damage Repairs for Covina Commercial Property?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Water removal services by SERVPRO are second to none. We have IICRC certified techs and no job is too big or small. Call now!

SERVPRO is ready to provide immediate water damage restoration for Covina businesses

Covina and nearby Los Angeles-region communities such as West Covina have a long history of periodic flash flooding. Although the annual average rainfall in the areas is only roughly 15 inches, it is crucial to understand that the calculation of the number uses 125 years of data and does not take into account the storms in the surrounding highlands. Actual yearly rainfall totals vary widely, exposing the towns in the Santa Monica, Santa Susana, Verdugo, and San Gabriel Mountains’ watershed to the consequences of much more intense rainfall at higher altitudes.

How Do Mountain Storms Impact Covina’s Lowland Flooding? 

Because Covina business owners generally find the local climate to be dryer than the national average, structural and basement flooding issues would seem unlikely. Unfortunately, seasonal weather events miles from Covina can impact commercial properties, causing significant water damage needing repairs and preventing business operation. During the winter storm season, heavy precipitation falling in the surrounding upper elevations gathers and flows in torrents downhill from peaks as high as 7000 feet, draining through the countless canyons and dry washes. The greater Los Angeles Basin, upon which its founders built Covina, is made of ancient sediments and rock debris eroded from the encircling mountains over millennia. This process continues today, and in extreme cases, after mountain storms, the flatlands in Covina can suffer from a sudden onslaught of property-destroying:

  • Floodwater
  • Debris and contaminants
  • Mud and silt
  • Rocks and gravel

Can Tropical Cyclones Create Flooding Risks in Southern California?

Remnants of Pacific hurricanes can move inland with resulting water damage potential. Although the storms typically are past their peak, they often generate localized heavy rainfall. If several storms “train” or recur over Covina, water damage risks arise when the surrounding ground eventually saturates, exacerbating the risk of seepage or flooding into stores, warehouses, production centers, restaurants, lodgings, and other business properties.

What Is “Asphalt Creep,” and Does It Increase Water Incursion in Covina?

Every time repairs involving additional paving material complete on Covina streets, a fraction of their water carrying capacity is lost. Overflows during storms or flash flooding become more common, causing water damage to lower levels of commercial properties nearby. The pressure inflicted by rising water on sanitary waste systems can lead to businesses coping with cleaning up after a sewer backup.

What Water Damage Remediation Challenges Must Covina Business Owners Overcome?

Whether business owners in Corvina need water damage repairs after the devastation of flash floods or because of disastrous appliance breakdowns or burst pipes, the solution is the same. The SERVPRO team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians arrives promptly to manage a broad range and intensity of water emergency services. SERVPRO offers to complete needed repairs and build back as a California licensed contractor in addition to water cleanup, streamlining your business recovery. Water damage assessment and project planning by SERVPRO experts focus on:

  • Water Removal Services
  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Sewage Cleanup

When you need commercial water damage remediation and recovery, count on the specialists from SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina. Our flood restoration team is available 24/7 at (626) 602-8299.

Contractor Licenses:

CSLB: 976913 

Do Gutters Protect Covina Homes from Flood Damage?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Our skilled technicians arrive with state of the art equipment you need after a flood takes place in your home.

Gutters can Help Drain Water When Heavy Rains Fall on Covina, but May be Insufficient.

Despite preparing for periods of drought, homeowners must also prepare for heavy rainfall and storms. Not surprisingly, both extreme drought and extreme rain can cause damage, and property owners have to resort to professional restoration services. When stormwater abounds, your gutters may be insufficient and leave your home vulnerable to the elements.

In Covina, flood damage can prove catastrophic, but SERVPRO is here to add a layer of protection to your home. As soon as you encounter water damage, you should reach out to our 24/7 hotline and invite our certified professional water restoration technicians to assess the situation. Our state-of-the-art equipment helps us detect problem areas where water may be accumulating without your knowledge. Very often, attics and basements take on moisture and excess humidity for some time before property owners notice. As our team surveys the property, you will see us focus on the following-

  • Installing water extraction equipment, including pumps and vacuums
  • Normalizing humidity levels with the help of desiccants and air movers
  • Spraying and applying anti-microbial solutions

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is available by calling (626) 387-4111. Let our expert team succeed at restoring your home to pre-storm conditions.

How Can an Azusa Home be Fully Cleaned after a Sewer Backup?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Call the experts at SERVPRO for safe and effective clean up in your home after a sewer backup.

Only Products and Techniques Administered by a Professional Team in Azusa can Clean a Home Thoroughly.

Water leaks in your home can be troublesome, but a sewer backup elevates the issue to a higher level. When the risk of bacteria and microorganisms exists, it is best to reach out to a reputable team with a proven track record in water cleanup and restoration. The time you invest in finding the right crew will translate into a successful restoration job.

In Azusa, cleaning up after facing a sewer backup can be delegated to our SERVPRO team. As homeowners, we need to know when to handle simple tasks ourselves and when to let the professionals take over. One look at sewage flowing through your home is enough to convince anyone that technicians with the proper equipment, including personal protective equipment, are the right choice for the job. At SERVPRO, we concentrate not only on water extraction but also pay close attention to the following-

  • Any residue in subfloors, under cabinets, and even floorboards
  • Necessary dry-wall repairs and fixture removal as appropriate
  • Application of antimicrobial solutions by using foggers and other specialized equipment

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina shines in the most complicated scenarios. Let our certified crew show you what industry best practices dictate is the best approach to water cleanup and restoration by calling (626) 387-4111 as soon as you need us.

From Orange Groves to the Mountains, Covina has it All

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

Covina Homeowners Enjoy California Weather in an Old-Town Setting

When you arrive in Covina, you may encounter the slogan “One Mile Square and All There,” which is a remnant when the city was first incorporated and was a mere square mile. 

Over the years, this city in Los Angeles County has grown significantly along with neighboring towns in the San Gabriel Valley. In 1965, a new motto solidified to embody the values of the community- “Where Friendship is Traditional.”

Covina owes its name to Frederick Eaton, who recognized the beauty of the cove formed by the San Gabriel Mountains that embraced the existing vineyards in the valley. Combining the words “cove” and “vine,” Eaton coined the term Covina in 1885. In 1901, the city was incorporated and adopted its first slogan in 1922.  Despite its origin, it was not the vineyards that gave Covina an economic head-start. Instead, grapefruit and orange groves allowed the city to be recognized as one of the world's top orange producers in the early 1900s. 

The area continued to grow oranges until the mid-1900s, when housing developments began to replace the orange groves. Visitors can reach out to the Covina Valley Historical Society to consult its archives and see pictorial evidence of the evolution of Covina.  Despite its growth, Covina leaders have paid close attention to preserving the small-city feel, especially in its downtown area. As a result, a plan was developed to keep the city center's pedestrian nature and highlight those small and family-owned businesses that make up the community. Vintage clothing stores, restaurants, and antique shops line up the streets. At its core, one can find the Center for the Performing Arts, which anchors the downtown area as a gathering spot for Covina residents.

Aside from the charms of Covina itself, it sits in a privileged location to explore the greater Los Angeles area. The Metrolink and numerous freeways can have you in places like downtown LA in short order. Some places you may want to explore include-

Covina residents have much to take advantage of and enjoy. From the mountains to the beach, it is all within driving distance and waiting for you.

Protecting the Basement of your Covina Home

California has it all in terms of geography, but that also comes with the consequences Mother Nature may bring with it. For example, copious rains in Covina and its surrounding areas may saturate and overwhelm our sewage systems and spillover into our homes. It is not uncommon for storm damage to make its way into a basement, along with the debris and contaminants. To counteract the storm damage effects, call SERVPRO for a professional assessment of the situation and a restoration plan for your home. Among the processes you may see take place in your home, you can expect-

  • Water extraction with the help of submersible and truck-mounted pumps
  • Application of antimicrobial solutions
  • Removal of unsalvageable items such as carpets and other upholstered furniture

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is here to make your life easier when disaster strikes. Call us at (626) 387-4111 and entrust us with the restoration of your basement and home. You will feel safe with us at your side.

What are Signs of Needing Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages in Covina?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage to your home is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help needed.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Repair in Covina

Whether it is from a leaking roof, pipe break, or another home disaster, water damage brings its own way of letting a property owner know there is a problem. 

The need for ceiling repairs from water damages in Covina homes has various ways of announcing its presence, such as: 

  • Paint bubbles 
  • Warped or deteriorated sheetrock
  • Visible water spots or stains on the ceiling

The technicians use their equipment, including moisture meters and infrared cameras, to determine the water problem's true scope within the ceiling area. This action gets taken, so the minimum amount of sheetrock and insulation gets removed. The drying of a ceiling may occur from above and below to ensure the floor joists get addressed. The use of custom-created plastic tubing concentrates the airflow exactly where needed. This SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license #CSLB: 976913, and after the cleanup concludes, the techs can repair and restore the damaged areas in the ceiling, including any painting or texture application needed. 

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 is ready to handle ceiling repairs from water damages in Covina properties 24/7 and arrives quickly after the call for assistance.

What are Special Problems Seen With Basement Flooding Cleanup in Azusa?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Storms may cause extreme damage with flooding. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Has the Right Tools for the Floodwater Cleanup in Azusa Homes

When floodwater enters a home, it follows the path of least resistance and runs downward. Once it hits the basement, it has nowhere further to go and begins to collect. The drainage and sump pump can get overwhelmed, and the need for additional help is not uncommon. 

SERVPRO has specialized water removal equipment  for handling basement flooding cleanup in Azusa properties such as:

  • Portable pumps
  • Submersible extractors for deeper water
  • Truck-mounted units for large-scale removal

Removal of items in the basement up and away from the water and raised air moisture levels is crucial. The techs can quickly pack out the worksite area and make detailed notes of each item and its location, so when after the cleanup project concludes, they can return each article to its original spot. Particular issues are commonly seen include ruined items from exposure to the water, the establishment of mold infestations, and warping and deterioration of wood furniture. 

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 brings the tools and experience to handle basement flooding cleanup in Azusa properties. The techs are available 24/7 to help with any size water damage situation. 

Need Post House Fire Clean-Up in Covina?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

California fires are no joke. Especially when it comes to your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for fire restoration services needed.

SERVPRO Has the Experience for Successful Fire Damage Mediation in Covina

With a population under 50,000 residents, the city of Covina might get described as tiny but mighty. The township was initially created on a 2,000-acre tract in 1882 by J.S. Phillips. An engineer named Frederick Eaton came up with the city's name by taking in the view of the adjacent San Gabriel mountains that created a natural cove around the lush landscape of vineyards and foliage and combined the words "cove" and "vine" to come up with: Covina. A few years after the city's establishment, J.S. Phillips laid the historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church plans, which began in his living room and is in operation in a beautifully constructed building in the present. 

Citrus Center of Southern Cali

The city of Covina once had bragging rights as the top producers of citrus for the state, such as: 

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruits

However, after over fifty years of production, the industry began to wane. Citrus Avenue still stands as a reminder of the large groves of oranges that once lined the streets. 

Covina Firehouse and Jail Museum

In 1911, one of the first civic buildings to get commissioned was a combination firehouse and jail by maverick builder Clarence Allison and remained in use until the city commissioned a new fire station in 1930. The jail remained in the original building until a new building for the police and jail got built-in 1976. The following year, the city designated the former building as a community museum. 

What is the Best Way to Handle House Fire Clean-Up in Covina?

When a home fire occurs, the Covina house fire clean up that happens afterward should be handled by a professional firm. One of the main reasons is to limit the spread of soot throughout the home. Actions that the technicians from SERVPRO take to limit additional problems post-fire include:? 

  • The positioning of containment to restrain the soot
  • Removal of undamaged items outside the worksite
  • Determination of what can get restored through cleaning
  • Inspection and cleaning of the ductwork

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 stands ready to handle any size house fire clean up in local Covina properties and make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Play Safely in Azusa

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your property so you can return safely after a fire incident.

Nature-Based Play for Kids in Azusa

Local Azusa parents and caregivers can bring their kids out for a safe, outdoor, and nature-based playgroup. The ratio allowed is five students per teacher, and groups are limited. During their time together, the students get encouraged to participate in outdoor activities that develop socializing, emotional well-being, and cooperative learning. Children 6 years old and older are welcome to be a part of this fun event. This learning group asks parents not to bring children if their child has a fever or signs of illness. The parents drop off, and at the time of acceptance, the teachers will make visual wellness checks for each participant before the event's kick-off to ensure all have a safe and fun time. Along with the other fun planned, the teachers will go over COVID protocols for staying safe and keeping other students safe through good hygiene and sneezing protocols. 

  • Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Time: 1 PM to 4 PM
  • Cost : $285
  • Location: The Knowing Garden, 1101 Camino Real

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina stands ready to help local property owners with the fire restoration of their homes and contents. The techs are available 24/7 by calling (626) 387-4111 and arrive quickly at your Azusa home.

Learn To Be A Healer in Azusa

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Learn about the power of healing and the opportunities that could be waiting for you.

Azusa Locals Can Become Part of a Healing Family 

Azusa residents that stayed home and thought they might want to branch out in a new direction in life should get in on this workshop for the healing arts. The courses cover 14 certifications for energy healthy and give attendees the basics of starting their own healing practice. 

Participants have access to a 12-month online course and the Earth Angel collective group on Facebook for support. Individuals get encouraged to practice healing and also work on others as needed. For anyone who wants to start simple, there is a one-year oneness energy healer workshop perfect for stressed, busy families during this time. The hands-on demonstrations and patient teaching methods make this course one that goes at the student's speed.

  • Date: January 23, 2021
  • Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 performs water removal for local properties. The technicians have comprehensive training and are available 24/7 to make the water damage in Azusa homes, "Like it never even happened."

Covina Residents Rely On The Pros From SERVPRO For Water Damage Restoration

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Don't let water take over your home. Let the professionals at SERVPRO help restore your water damaged home back to its original state.

The Trained SERVPRO Techs Can Handle Any Size Water Damage in Covina Properties

Covina is about 22 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and this small town gets eclipsed by the much larger city. However, this city has a lot to offer both visitors and residents. When first founded, the city's motto was "One Mile Square and All There," and folklore says it got coined when the town's incorporated area was merely one square mile, and the city held a contest in 1922 to come up with a new tagline. In the present, an estimated 46,837 residents. 

The area was home to the indigenous Tongva people for an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 years. This Uto-Aztecan-speaking tribe got documented by the Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 and found two main groups of the tribe living on both the mainland and the island. The Native Americans on the island used sea mammals primarily in their diet, with the mainland tribespeople hunted animals such as deer. 

One well-known Tongva woman was Toypurina. She was a medicine woman who eventually was the center of a revolt against the Spanish in 1785. the rebellion got quashed, and Toypurina put on trial for instigating it. She got sent into exile, and later in life, she converted to Christianity and married a Spanish soldier. 

As it is known today, the city was founded in 1882 by Joseph Swift Phillips and originally spanned 2,000 acres. The name that Covina is known by today got coined by an engineer hired to survey the area named Frederick Eaton. He merged the words "cove" and "vine" due to the number of mountains and vineyards in the area. And those were not the main cash crop grown in the vicinity.

Even though the area got named for the vineyards, the primary foliage blanketing the city was citrus such as: 

  • Orange 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Lemons 

By the early 1900s, this area was the third-largest producer of oranges in the world, which continued through the 1950s. However, in the 1960s, the real estate and building boom began, and the grove owners began selling off their property to the contractors who built single-family homes and apartment buildings. 

Covina has been the sister city of Xalapa, Mexico, since 1964. To connect the two towns, a replica of the sizable Olmec head was carved from a stone and was given to the city as a gift from Veracruz's state. The carving originally got placed in front of the police department but later moved to Jalapa Park, where it remains today. 

There are several great places to visit for both tourists and residents of Covina. One of the biggest draws in the area is The Lakes Mall Offices. The smash-hit show on the CW network, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and the mall offices are where many of the characters on the show work, including the main character, Rebecca Bunch, who works as an attorney. The mall also holds a large number of shopping opportunities, including 

  • High-end shops 
  • Local brands
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops

Is It Possible To Drain Walls In Covina Homes After Water Damage? 

After water damage happens in a Dallas home, there are multiple strategies for locating the migration path. SERVPRO technicians use their trained eyes for visual inspections of properties and an array of advanced moisture detection equipment. These devices enable the techs to "look" behind walls and under flooring to determine if wicking or seepage occurred, so building materials do not get removed that do not need it.

When there is a leak due to storms or a pipe break within a wall, the water must get removed, or the potential for more significant damages is a possible outcome. The techs use various techniques to remove the water from the structure during the extraction phase of the restoration services, including: 

  • The drilling of weep holes that allow water to drain with minimal invasion
  • Cutting away ruined sheetrock above the water line to open up the wall cavity for drying
  • Opening of a small area and forcing an air mover into the gap to concentrate the drying power (also into weep holes)

After extraction and drying of the walls, the technicians prepare the area for the needed repairs. This SERVPRO location has a contractor license #CSLB: 976913. The technicians can perform any necessary reconstruction actions, from filling weep holes and sanding them down for repainting to the installation of whole new sheetrock on the walls as needed, including sanding and painting. 

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covin at (626) 387-4111 brings the equipment and experience to every water damage cleanup job. The trained technicians have the skills to handle any size or type of restoration services needed. 

Learn How to Engage in Various Aspects of Wellness in the Comfort of your Azusa Home

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Healthy lifestyles are important. We look forward to Wellness Wednesday events!

Azusa Inhabitants Can Participate in the Monthly Online Wellness Wednesday Event

It is now more essential than ever to ramp up or maintain our self-care regimens. Join Talbot for the monthly Wellness Wednesday on December 16th, 2020, an online event that lasts from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. It is devoted to training participants about the different components of wellness. Each month the event focuses on other aspects of fitness, such as:

  • Spirituality
  • Physical health
  • Emotional well-being
  • Social health

The event's presenter is Jana Burbato, a certified yoga instructor, a certified holistic health practitioner specializing in nutritional counseling concerning whole foods, and a certified Pilates reformer instructor. Jana has 11 years of experience working in the healthcare industry and over eight years of experience working with experts seeking treatment.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is pleased to welcome you to the monthly Wellness Wednesday event. We know the importance of performing quick water removal in affected Azusa homes. Call us anytime at (626) 387-4111.

Discover How to Attract Your Ideal Clients in a 5-day Workshop in Covina

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is available 24/7 to restore city hall or your home.

Covina Dwellers Can Discover a Simple Formula for Gaining More Clients

During these uncertain times, many events are taking place online. If you are a business owner in Covina, you can learn how to attract your ideal clients in the comfort of your home. This event takes place beginning from December 7, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PST. Here are the things you can learn during the 5-day workshop:

  • How to make your potential clients feel excited, understood, and confident you can assist them.
  • Get clear on the vital elements of your message and brand to resonate with the prospects who want to work with you.
  • Banish self-doubt and be more confident so that your potential clients can like, know, and trust you.
  • The mindset blocks, which prevent you from creating the desired income and how you can rewrite your beliefs to attract clients and increase revenue.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina welcomes you to the Client Attraction Formula Workshop. If you need water damage restoration in your Covina home, our reliable restorers can help. We can save as much property as possible using hi-tech water removal and drying equipment. Call us any time at (626) 387-4111.

Fast and Reliable Assistance When Fire Impacts Azusa Homes

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

We live in a beautiful area that includes year round outdoor activities. Let us worry about fire damage so you don't have to.

SERVPRO is a Reputable Company that Offers Effective Fire Restoration Services to Azusa Residences 

Azusa is located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, in the San Gabriel Valley. The town reflected a population of 46,361 in the 2010 census. The population increased over the ten years, as the community in the year 2000 numbered 44,712. The town is situated along the historic Route 66 that passes through Alosta and Foothill Boulevard Avenue.  

To the North, the San Gabriel Mountains border the city, while Citrus, an unincorporated community, is in the east, and Covina to the south. Vincent, an unincorporated community, borders the town to the southwest, and Irwindale is on the west border.  

The history of Azusa City 

Azusa is known as the town that represents "everything from A to Z in America." Azusa's name comes from the 19th century during the Mexican Alta California era when Azusa referred to the San Gabriel River and Valley. The city's name originates from the Tongva homeland of Gabrieleno Indians, a place called Asuksagna.  

The first Mexican settlers at Azusa settled at Rancho el Susa in 1841. Henry Dalton, a wealthy English immigrant, later bought rancho's land for $7,000 in 1844 and named the area Rancho Azusa de Dalton. He later built a:  

  • Flourmill
  • Meat smokehouse 
  • Distillery
  • Winery 
  • Vinegar house 

He planted a vineyard to keep his winery running. Henry also owned the large properties adjacent to Rancho Santa Anita and Rancho San Francisquito. Dalton later bought a tract of land that stretched from San Dimas to the edge of Pasadena. Azusa was part of the west of the San Gabriel River adjoining Rancho Azusa de Duarte. 

The Mexican-American War, which led to California's surrender to the US, also led to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 that led to the land grants' honor. The Public Land Commission filed a claim in 1852 for Rancho San Francisquito as the Land Act of 1851 required. However, in 1855, the US District Court rejected the request because Dalton was not a citizen of Mexico at the grant time. In 1867, the US Supreme Court reversed the decree and patented the grant to Henry Dalton. 

In the 1860 census, Azusa was listed as a township, including Azusa de Duarte and Dalton, that recorded 363 people. In the 1870 US Census, the area was listed as an Azusa – El Monte Township, and later in the 1880 US Census, it was listed as San Jose and Azusa Township. On most census pages, there were several changes to be made to the San Jose name. However, the officials did this occasionally, and several index errors remain in the online census. 

Jonathan S. Slauson, a Los Angeles banker, had loaned Henry Dalton some money to fund the 24 years of legal action. The agreement was that he hand over the land to the banker in 1880. The banker laid out the city's plan in 1887 and was incorporated officially in 1898.  

The superfund site of Azusa 

Between World War II and the year 2001, Aerojet, which is a rocket engine manufacturer, had a plant in Azusa. In 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that the groundwater under the facility had TCE contamination. The plume entered the aquifer under San Gabriel Valley and Azusa city's groundwater basin. The aquifer in San Gabriel Valley is essential since it provides a cheaper drinking water source than water imported by aqueducts. The US EPA declared San Gabriel Valley aquifer a Superfund Site.  

However, additional chemical contamination in 1997 of ammonium perchlorate and NDMA was found in the groundwater. The manufacturer was the responsible party for the groundwater restoration process and expenses. In 2001, the company sold the property to Northrop Grumman Corporation but was still the Responsible Party for the cleanup.  

In a court decision in 2002, seven San Gabriel Valley groundwater polluters and Aerojet decided to fund six water-treatment facilities. Perchlorate, a carcinogenic component of rocket fuels that Aerojet produced, was among the primary contaminants.  

The area's climate 

The region of Azusa experiences warm, dry summers with average temperatures of 22.0 degrees Centigrade. The Koppen Climate Classification system indicates that the area has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. On climate maps, it is abbreviated "Csb." 

Fire incidents in Azusa 

Fires are a relatively common occurrence in Azusa. One of the notable fires near the area in the recent past is the Ranch2 Fire, which scorched approximately 4,237 acres. The blaze's cause was arson, and the suspect was Osmin Palencia, who lived in a tent close to the Mountain Cove community. Other fires in Azusa occur because of various factors, including electrical faults and cooking accidents.  

After any fire incident, quickly restoring the affected property is a priority. Fire damage restoration requires more than just cleaning the affected area. Property owners need to involve certified restorers with all the equipment and options needed to get your property to its pre-damage condition.  

How do SERVPRO restorers help property owners with fire damage restoration? 

Secondary fire damage can occur shortly after the unfortunate incident. Smoke can leave residues on walls and other surfaces of the unaffected area, odors can linger in different rooms, and yellowing of surfaces can occur, among other severe damages. These require a thorough cleanup conducted by a professional restorer with decades of experience in fire damage restoration. 

At SERVPRO, we have an organization of highly trained and experienced technicians who have attained overseas training and successfully handled various fire damages. Our team of restorers uses advanced products and equipment and cutting-edge techniques to minimize damage and get your property to its preloss state. With our experience, skilled workforce, unique restoration techniques, and hi-tech equipment and tools, we can handle the magnitude of fire damage.  

Our fire damage restoration process includes: 

  • Conducting a thorough property assessment to determine the damage extent 
  • Trap and sealing services: This helps prevent more damage from occurring. We can board up windows or any other opening to protect your property from intruders and harsh climate.
  • Thorough cleanup: Using our advanced products, we can clean away dirt, smoke, and soot residues from various surfaces. 
  • Water damage restoration: Our technicians can extract any standing pools of water using extractors. We can also dry the affected area using air movers and dehumidifiers to avoid further damages from occurring. 
  • Deodorization: Various odors can continue to linger in the property even after a thorough cleaning. We can use effective and safe deodorizers to do away with the smells.  

SERVPRO technicians take the restoration process beyond what you can see at a glance. After an unfortunate incident of fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina immediately to ensure your property looks and feels, "Like it never even happened." Talk to us today at (626) 387-4111.

Explore Unique Art with the Feminist's Guide to Botany from Your Covina Homes

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the different botanical art creations by talented artists in Covina.

Learn the Unique Approaches of Renowned Female Artists to Create Your Unique Blend of Covina Art 

You may be spending considerable time indoors because of the need to maintain social distance or other reasons such as redundancy. Finding something interesting to occupy your time can be an excellent way to make the long hours bearable. You can try botanical art since it offers the challenge of depicting plants scientifically correct and producing aesthetically pleasing artworks. You can join other people in Covina for a virtual lecture on 26th November, organized by the London Drawing Group.

The event explores different angles of the magical world of Botany, including:

  • Exploring the history of renowned female artists, scientists, and explorers
  • Examining works by famous artists like Marianne North, Maria Sybilla Merian, and Rachel Ruysch
  • Learning basic water coloring techniques and doing various botanical painting exercises

The lesson begins at 9.30 AM and includes a short visual lecture before you embark on practical exercises. You should prepare watercolors, a variety of brushes, paper, and a few plants.

Issues like mold can develop in workplaces when no one is around for lengthy periods. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina helps with black mold damage repairs, restoring sanitary conditions. Call us at (626) 387-4111.

Budding Project Managers in Azusa Can Polish Up Their Skills with a 4-Day CAPM Class

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing growth within residents and our community over the years to come.

An Intensive Classroom Experience to Instill Best Practices in Azusa Project Managers

Project management is one of the highly demanded skills, with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) forecasting up to 22 million job openings by 2027. One great way to rake up skills such as the key concepts, emerging practices, and considerations when working in an adaptive environment is attending an intensive classroom training course. You can attend a four-day event, starting from 17th November 2020, organized by Flintstone Learning in Azusa, CA. 

The event starts at 9 AM and features regular training and exam prep with:

  • 23 contact hours, spread over the 4 days.
  • Access to high-quality course materials, including the 6th Edition PMBOK® Guide
  • Two CAPM simulation tests
  • Free access to e-learning materials for 180 days after the event

Complimentary gifts and discounts are available depending on your booking.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina eases the burden of fire restoration in Azusa homes after such incidents occur in the Canyon City, saving the homeowner time, money, and the hassles of dealing with insurance companies and local authorities. Call us at (626) 387-4111.

Local Skills and Resourcefulness Help Maintain the Homely Reputation in Covina

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is available around the clock to assist the residents in Los Angeles and surrounding areas with water damage remediation services.

SERVPRO of Covina Relies on Advanced Equipment and Training for Effective Water Removal Services

The city of Covina, in the county of Los Angeles, has a rich history that emphasizes convenience for its inhabitants right from its incorporation in 1901 when the slogan "One square mile and all there" was coined. In its formative years, orange production was the mainstay considering it was the third-largest producer of this citrus in the world and laid a claim for the "best oranges in the world."  Although the agricultural origins are long gone, with the orange groves replaced by single-family dwellings and apartments, the fruit has never been forgotten. It is currently used as the symbol of the City.

It is easy to access anything your family might need in Covina because of readily accessible amenities, including several renowned retailers, education centers, entertainment spots, and cultural centers. Some of the notable establishments include:

  • The Home Depot improvement store on West Badillo Street
  • IKEA furniture store on South Barranca Avenue
  • Szechwan kitchen, a Chinese restaurant 
  • H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum

There are also numerous "mom and pop" shops providing everything from antiques, clothing, food, and confectionery to satisfy the vast array of needs residents might have.

Although North Azusa Avenue is the only major highway cutting across Covina, moving around is easy.  For anyone wanting to save time and money, the Metrolink system provides a convenient way to reach downtown Los Angeles in the south and San Bernardino in the North at all hours between 5 AM and 11 PM. Students, in particular, find the service indispensable since the schedules mostly tally with their lessons. 

A Culture of Self-Sufficiency and Resilience All-Around Covina

It is incredible to think of the rail as a solution to man made problems such as traffic jams considering that in the late 1800s, sheer will power was necessary for people to overcome an almost insurmountable challenge of tunneling through solid granite, high in the Sierra Nevada, to complete one of the most challenging railroad projects that connected California to the east – the western section of the First Transcontinental Railroad constructed by the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR). 

In the absence of sophisticated equipment, human virtue played a crucial role in making the project viable. The workforce mostly made up of Chinese immigrants who were extolled as industrious, peaceable, patient, and economical by Leland Stanford, the CPRR president, labored during two of the worst winters and tunneled various sections for two years to accomplish the herculean task. The company had hired as many as 10,000 to 20,000 Chinese laborers between 1863 and 1869.

Today you can experience a different version of the Chinese resourcefulness when you enjoy a meal at a Chinese establishment such as the Szechwan kitchen, Panda Wok, or Red Lantern among others, which offer a wide range of Chinese cuisine, including: 

  • Po-Po Platter
  • Wonton Soup
  • Kung Pao Chicken, beef and shrimp
  • Moo Shu

Anyone who has ever tried preparing such Asian delicacies understands it requires unique techniques, preparation, and the right ingredients to get the right flavors. For the more traditional dishes, no shortcut can replace the experience.

The Convenience in Covina Extends Beyond the Amenities

Covina lies 22 miles to the east of downtown Los Angeles, which offers additional benefits to homeowners apart from access to amenities. For instance, it is hot all year round, so homeowners rarely have to worry about frozen pipes bursting and creating water damage in their properties. The temperatures rise to as high as mid-60's °F around June and July then dip to lows of mid-40's °F in the coldest months from November to February.

The risk of flooding is also moderate in the area. According to statistics from Flood Factor, only 4.4% of properties built here are classified as having a Major Flood Factor. Over 15% of properties in the area fall under the moderate flood factor rating, while the severe and extreme categories have 1.1% and 0.4% of properties, respectively. The flood factor is an indicator with a numeric value ranging from 1 to 10, showing the likelihood of flooding in a specific jurisdiction or property. A rating of 5-6, which is the median point, is designated as Major. The chance of flooding in the area is projected to increase by a small margin of about 1.7% over the next 30 years, mostly due to environmental changes. 

The Water Removal Services that SERVPRO Provides in Affected Homes

Even though the general risk level in Covina might be minimal, incidents of flooding or other sudden water releases still occur. Such intrusions can affect any section of the house, requiring a wide range of skills and tools to manage the water removal process.  SERVPRO is well suited to handle any aspect of the extraction, whether it requires:

  • Moving items

Content move-outs help create space to perform other restoration processes with ease. They can also protect items by limiting exposure to moisture. We handle everything from packing to transfer of items to external storage facilities. 

  • Demolishing parts of the structure

Water extraction can be hindered by physical obstacles such as wall panels, trim, and floor coverings. Our SERVPRO technicians make the necessary demolitions, whether it involves drilling holes or removing wall coverings to release water or create room for using extraction equipment. 

  • Extracting water from open or hidden areas

We bring a wide range of equipment, including regular water extractors, to remove surface water or specialized equipment such as drying mats and injecti-dry systems for extracting water trapped below floor surfaces.

Coordinating the different removal processes is easy because SERVPRO restoration teams are made up of professionals certified in different fields, including Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD), Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT), and Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation Certification (RRRP).

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina embraces the culture of resourcefulness and delivery of service beyond expectation when dealing with unwanted water intrusion. Call us at (626) 387-4111 for a restoration of your home to its preloss state. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Property Owners Handle Flood Damage Caused by a Heavy Storm?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

When storm flooding causes damage in your Covina property, call SERVPRO right away for assistance.

Storm Flood Damage Restoration in Covina Requires an Experienced and Certified Restorer Like SERVPRO.

Stormy weather is a common cause of flooding in homes, and it can lead to significant damage. Some homeowners in Covina may choose to remove the water themselves, but this is not advisable. Floodwater usually contains contaminants that can affect the health of the people living in a home, and poor restoration techniques can cause further damage like mold infestation to occur. 

When is the best time to contact a professional restoration company?

It is essential to contact SERVPRO technicians immediately after flooding takes place. Failing to deal with the flood damage in your Covina home quickly can lead to huge repair expenses. For instance, the materials used to make drywall and ceiling are porous. The joints, as well as cracks, allow water to access hard to reach areas spreading the destruction further.

Even if the flooding happens during the night, do not wait until sunrise. Our experienced  technicians are always available to respond to our customer’s emergencies. Since water travels fast and leaves significant damage behind, we respond within a brief period to minimize the damage.

What happens when upholstery is damaged by floodwater?

Several problems can occur if water gets to your upholstery. They include:


Water spots

Color bleeding

How do restorers extract water trapped in the ceiling?

If your roof leaks due to storm damage, the ceiling can become soaked. If restoration is delayed, water may soften the drywall and your ceiling may fall. SERVPRO technicians use approved techniques to restore affected ceilings. We can drill small weep holes to free the trapped water in the ceiling cavities. To reduce the chances of perforating the ceiling, we avoid drilling the holes in a row. 

How do restoration specialists dry cavities, and porous materials?

After water extraction, the humidity level in the property may be high due to moisture in cavities and porous surfaces. To dry the area effectively, we have to use our innovative equipment. We can use indirect-fired furnaces that use a heat exchanger to heat the building’s airspace. The equipment heats the dry outdoor air and introduces it into the affected property. The heated air speeds up evaporation in cavities and porous surfaces leading to faster drying. After drying the area, we can use thermal imaging cameras to check for moisture. Our technicians prefer using this equipment to:

Inspect difficult areas

Inspect more sites in less time

Inspect the property without ruining the affected materials.

Floodwater can affect your property’s stability if not handled by professionals on time. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to restore your home effectively. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

How Fast Can A Homeowner in Covina Reoccupy Their Premises After A Fire Incident?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can eliminate the stresses you face in the aftermath of fire by organizing all restoration process on your behalf.

SERVPRO helps Review Fire Damage Incidents in Covina, Informing Homeowners of the Expected Restoration Timelines

Your house may not be habitable in the aftermath of a fire. In most cases, it is due to the physical deterioration of items and building materials in the house. In other cases, though, hidden issues can keep you away from your house. You may desire to know how long it might take for you to reoccupy or use various amenities. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians that can evaluate your Covina home providing precise estimates.

What determines the time a home remains unusable?
When trying to determine what it would take for successful reoccupation after fire damage affects your Covina home, you need to consider the effects fires have on different materials and items. After all, it is the inability to use such materials and contents that makes your home uninhabitable. In addition to consuming structural materials on the walls, ceilings, floors, and other parts of your house, the fire also affects:
    •    Electrical circuits
    •    Air ducts and other HVAC components
    •    Appliances and other electronics
    •    Furniture

How does damage to electrical circuits affect reoccupation timelines?
Fire can cause obvious physical damages such as melting of wire insulations or slight issues such as accumulation of soot residues within the systems. Both issues can lead to short circuits within the cables if power is turned back on. Therefore, full inspection, cleaning, and repairs where necessary must be done. Our SERVPRO technicians help open up sockets, switches, and regular or recessed lighting fixtures to clean up the smoke residues that accumulate during the fire. We can also check for signs of frayed wires or molten insulation. Since physical damages may necessitate replacing the wires or other fixtures, we involve a professional electrician to make the necessary repairs. Unlike cleaning and other routine maintenance, repairs might take a couple of days to complete days, increasing the time property might be unusable.

How long does fixing HVAC systems take?
Faulty heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems make a house uncomfortable because of extreme temperatures or air quality issues. Fires affect HVAC systems differently, including causing accumulation of smoke residues in the ducts and filters, compromising the air quality if the system is turned back on before cleaning. If the fire was scorching, it could also burn some of its components, making the system ineffective for heating or cooling purposes.

Since staying in such a house is not ideal, SERVPRO technicians help clean up your HVAC system or find a licensed subcontractor to do a full restoration. The decision is made based on:
    •    The location of the HVAC vents or furnace unit
    •    The duration the fire burnt
    •    Whether the blower was operational during the fire

A physical inspection of the system helps reveal the types of smoke residue within the system, the intensity of such residues, or the presence of smoke odors. Inspection can take time since the restorer must understand the operation and design of the HVAC system. If the system requires repairs, the technicians must source and replace parts such as:
    •    Turning vanes
    •    Dampers
    •    Cooling coil

Completing all tasks, from the inspection to replacement of parts, can take time, thus delaying a comfortable stay at your house until everything is addressed.

What needs to be done to use furniture and appliances after fire incidents?
Unless fire causes significant physical damage to your appliances and furniture, you should be able to reuse such items after the incident. Such items require inspection and cleaning before you can continue using them. Our SERVPRO technicians wet clean the surfaces of these items choosing appropriate cleaning products for wood, plastic, or metal.

Appliances may need extra work because smoke penetrates the interiors where it can damage critical components. Smoke causes problems in three main ways:
    •    Depositing a black film on interior components
    •    Depositing acidic soot
    •    Creating a magnetic charge

The black film left on interior components has an insulating effect, causing your appliances to overheat if you use them without addressing the issue. Acidic soot deposits can corrode the internal components over time, causing permanent damage, while the magnetic charge from the residues can short the devices.

A home is hardly useful without the contents and utilities you need for daily activities. Taking time to clean and renovate items is crucial before thinking of moving back into your home.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can eliminate the stresses you face in the aftermath of fire by organizing all restoration process on your behalf. Call us at (626) 387-4111 today. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Factors Should Business Owners Prioritize During Water Mitigation at Azusa Furniture Store?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Should your business become water damaged, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Can Help Take Care Any Aspect That Might Force Your Business to Close Down  

Water intrusion at a furniture outlet can impact your business in many ways, apart from temporary closure or other limited interruptions that happen as you seek a solution. The way you respond to the incident impacts the outcome significantly. Therefore, knowing what to prioritize is crucial. SERVPRO helps Azusa businesses perform mitigation processes correctly to bounce back from an incident, “Like it never even happened.”  

What actions define correctly done water mitigation exercises in Azusa?  

  • Quick action 
  • Exercising caution 
  • Verifying moisture levels  

For water to significantly impact materials, many factors play a role, but the exposure time matters. Faster water removal or other protective steps in Azusa can prevent a wide range of issues, including stopping the spread of damages when taken in time. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you take quick action. For instance, we have both portable and truck-mounted water extractors that expedite water removal.   

What sort of vigilance is necessary for businesses after water intrusion?  

  • Prevention of accidents 
  • Protecting contents  
  • Checking electrical systems  

When surfaces are wet, they tend to be slick, so slip and fall accidents are highly likely. With vast open areas such as the showroom or the reception section in your store, accidents might happen, hurting your staff members or members. Our SERVPRO team can help you avoid such outcomes by setting up warning signs or creating barriers to separate the affected areas from the rest of the facility. We also take precautions to prevent electrical shocks, including circuit checkers and GFCI, when operating electrical equipment.  

Why is it necessary to verify moisture levels? 

The items you have at your furniture store interact with moisture differently. For instance, upholstery items absorb water and become saturated immediately. Wooden items, however, may take some time to absorb significant moisture. Other materials might be hygroscopic, leading to the absorption of water from the air. With such disparities, there is a need to confirm, rather than assume, that items are dry. It is also crucial to establish the level of moisture absorbed by materials.  

It is crucial to know the steps to take when mitigating water damage. Otherwise, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

What Should I Do If the Sprinkler System in My Restaurant Goes Off During a Fire?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

If fire damages your restaurant, contact SERVPRO for fire damage restoration.

For Commercial Fire Damage Restoration After You Suffer From a Fire in Your Covina Restaurant Call SERVPRO

Since cooking is the most common activity that causes structural blazes, your eatery in Covina is at risk of having a kitchen mishap. Once something goes wrong, and flames ignite, your building's sprinkler system may go off and pour several gallons of water into your restaurant's structure in attempts to put out the fire.

How can I turn off my sprinkler system once it is activated?

If the sprinklers have gone off when working with your commercial fire damage restoration project in Covina, our SERVPRO technicians first ensure that no more water is coming from the sprinkler system before any work begins. Most sprinklers can only be shut off by the main valve leading to the system. In many cases, the fire department will disengage the sprinklers or instruct you on how to do so after they deem your building safe.

What happens to the burnt items in my restaurant if they get wet from the sprinklers?

Problems Associated with Soot: Sometimes, if the water is added to an item covered in soot residues, the moisture can cause the soot to soak deeper into the material, making it tougher to remove. Water can also cause bleeding stains where it pulls soot down in drips to previously unaffected places.

Structural Integrity Issues: When items like your tables and chairs get wet, the moisture can weaken their structural integrity, forcing them to be removed and replaced. If one of your items is burnt and structural components are already damaged, the addition of moisture could make the problems worse.

Secondary Damage: The addition of moisture can also increase the chances of facing secondary issues such as humidity problems and mold growth. Since mold can cause health effects, we always work towards drying out any of your organic contents or building materials in less than 48 hours.

If you ever need help with fire and water-related problems, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 24/7.

Can I Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate My Mold Problem?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Covina Has NO chance after SERVPRO arrives for remediation

Covina Residents Need to Know Their Home Is in Safe Hands During Mold Remediation

Anyone living in Covina is used to hot summers and mild winters. It is not an area associated with the cold or rain, and so many residents do not consider the possibility of dampness or fungi causing a problem in their home.

As anyone who needs mold remediation in Covina knows, the California climate does not keep mold from growing. A damp room or corner of the house is adequate for fungi to propagate. Mold can grow in your laundry room or bathroom regardless of the weather outside. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to help with spore germinations – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Who needs mold remediation?

If you have signs of mold growth in your home,  whether visible or odorous, you need a mold remediation specialist. As soon as you spot patches of fungi growing or notice damp stains on your floors or ceilings, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina. The EPA recommends to always call in professionals for cleanup of mold infestations that are greater than 10 square feet.

Many home remedies for mold do not work, and some, like bleach, can even make the problem worse. Mold grows down into materials, so you cannot always see the extent of the damage. These hyphae, if deeply anchored to the substrate of drywall or cellulose materials like raw wood framing, are often not eradicated with home remedies. Spores can quickly become airborne and set up a new home elsewhere in your house.

For thorough remediation and to decrease the chance of a resurgence, call in the experts. We have experienced many mold remediation jobs as follow-ups after a customer failed to eliminate the colonies or the moisture points which invited fresh mold blooms.

Can mold damage my home?

Unfortunately, yes. Mold grows wherever it finds a food source and enough water and oxygen. Food sources for mold include:

  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint-covered walls
  • Paper
  • Natural fibers, including some carpets and drapes

That means mold can grow on walls, ruin wallpaper, and set up colonies in rugs and curtains. It can spread over photographs and art. You might find blooms of mold over drywall surfaces.

Is cleaning enough, or will I need further restoration?

In many cases, we can clean mold using techniques like scrubbing and HEPA vacuuming. When larger areas show mold stains that are on the surface, we can employ a method called soda-blasting to gently abraid and remove the growth. The added advantage to this technique is that no moisture or water is needed. We also use dehumidifiers to dry your home and air scrubbers to pull spores out of the air. We monitor damp levels throughout the remediation process and use infrared imaging and moisture meters to check for hidden sources of moisture that might encourage mold to re-grow.

However, in some cases, we need to carry out more extensive repairs. For example, we might need to remove moldy drywall or re-apply caulk. Our team can assess your property and agree on the best course of action before we begin.

What can SERVPRO do to restore my home after mold damage?

Our teams can help you with a range of restoration projects, including:

  • Removing and replacing drywall (California State License Board (CSLB) #: 976913)
  • Replacing plaster
  • Hanging fresh wallpaper
  • Laying down new carpets
  • Scraping out and replacing caulk and grout

We can also clean wooden furniture and upholstery, and restore damaged papers and documents. Our teams can clean up hardwood and linoleum floors that have mold growing on them. Our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians follow the best practices guidelines of the IICRC--the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to ensure a successful outcome.

Our SERVPRO technicians also handle deep cleaning your belongings. We use a range of dry and immersion cleaning techniques to clean carpets, drapes, throws, and cushions. Our policy is to salvage your belongings wherever possible – we dispose of things only as a last resort.

When mold remediation is complete, we deodorize your home to get rid of the musty mold smell and leave it fresh.

When will SERVPRO call in temporary workers?

Our team can call in temporary workers if a job is big enough that we need extra hands on deck. We can also call in expert tradespeople if we need them for specific tasks such as re-hanging wallpaper.

How does SERPVRO supervise temporary staff?

Our teams are aware that we cannot send temporary labor on the same rigorous fifteen-day course we send our franchise owners. That is why we follow strict guidelines for these workers regarding demolition and cleanup details. It is our priority to ensure an expedient solution to the mold remediation, only calling in outside help when it is beneficial to the final result.

For mold remediation you can trust, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111.

How Long Does It Take to Restore a Flooded House?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a variety of equipment, like drying mats, available to restore your home.

SERVPRO is an Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Company for Residents in the Covina Area

How do I clean up my home safely after flooding?

The safest way to return your Covina home to its preloss condition is to enlist a qualified restoration service. Floodwaters can make it tough to sanitize a home effectively because they carry contamination in the water supply. Pollution in flood water negatively affects the walls, floors, surfaces that it encounters, often requiring replacement of these materials. If porous surfaces have exposure to floodwaters, they can absorb contamination. Common building materials like drywall are porous materials that can be significantly affected by floodwaters. If drywall becomes soggy, SERVPRO technicians must cut the drywall two feet above the water level and remove the lower levels. We can also install safe, clean drywall to restore your home to a preloss condition.

What should I do if flooding affects my mains water supply?

In situations where there is widespread flood damage in the Covina area, you may find that your mains water supply is affected. Typically, these issues require temporary relocation from home. SERVPRO can perform a pack-out service for you and your family in these challenging times. We use professional removers to transport your contents to a secure, climate-controlled warehouse. Packing-out possessions can speed-up the flood damage restoration service by allowing technicians direct access to the structure of the property. We ensure your content and record them in a digital inventory during the pack-out and storage process before returning them to their home's original positions.

What should I include for a personal flood plan?

  • Medicines and devices like hearing aids
  • Essential phone numbers as well as documents like insurance policies, bank cards, and cash
  • A week’s supply of clothes, a toothbrush, baby food and other day-to-day necessities in case of temporary relocation

Floods can be a stressful and emotionally taxing experience. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111.

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A Pipe Has Been Slowly Leaking in My Covina Kitchen, Why Should I Call SERVPRO?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

If you take care of water damage by yourself you could miss some hidden water and moisture in your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle Water Damage Restoration to Bring Your Covina Property Back to Pre-Loss Condition

Water leaks can happen from time to time, and it is a matter of how you address them that counts most. You want your interior back to normal as quickly as possible, but trying speed-dry methods may not ensure adequate results. SERVPRO knows that everything within your Covina home is precious to you, so we work under the idea of restoring versus replacing whenever possible. These preservation efforts go well beyond protecting your walls, flooring, and other building materials from secondary damage.

If you are a homeowner seeking skilled help with water damage restoration in Covina, you can trust the SERVPRO team for helpful advice and expert techniques. Our staff knows how to work best within your structure and adjust accordingly to ensure the utmost efficiency and results. This gets done by taking the time to re-evaluate our water removal and drying efforts periodically so that we are on track with meeting our goals. Proper water damage restoration should never mean a cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all type of approach.

Water damage in your Covina home can be caused by water leaks. There are many different types of interior causes of water leaks, which start with some of the appliances often found in the home. Some of the more common causes for water leaks that we see at SERVPRO includes:

  • Plumbing – Whether a shift in the piping caused a slight fracture or the piping material corroded, plumbing can cause a slow leak that may not be detectable until the damage is done.
  • Refrigerators and ice makers – A break in the water line or failure can cause water to leak behind your fridge, and even under the baseboards.
  • Dishwashers – There might be leaking in the door seal, which can send water across the floor. There might also be a problem with the wastewater hose.
  • Water heaters – A failing water heater could cause a leak that results in water damage around the unit.
  • Sinks, tubs, and toilets – Overflowing tubs, leaky sink shower drains, and toilet issues can be cause for alarm that must be addressed by trained professionals.
  • Washing machines – The hose connecting your washing machine can crack due to age; you may have a failed gasket that causes a water spill.
  • HVAC systems – Improper maintenance or malfunction can lead to a leak.

What Should I Do Right After Noticing We Have a Leak?

The longer that water and hidden moisture lingers within your walls or under flooring and cabinetry, the more damage it brings. This secondary damage can become costly, and you run the risk of mold development. Our advice is to contact SERVPRO right away. We are skilled water damage restoration technicians with the proper methods and tools to quickly and efficiently get the job done. We will:

  • Assess – We evaluate the area where the water is coming from to pinpoint the leak and formulate a plan of action.
  • Extract – We use water extraction tools and thermal drying technology that target with heat and dehumidify the wet surfaces. 
  • Document – We take the time to document all damage, including items packed out for cleaning or things that we dispose of. This helps your insurer to have all of the necessary information for your insurance claim.
  • Prevent – With any water loss situation, mold prevention is critical. We use EPA-registered anti-microbial agents that help to inhibit the onset of mildew and mold. 
  • Restore – We always work to repair or restore rather than replace whenever possible. In some situations, controlled demolition and replacement is necessary to achieve the best results.

What Steps Do You Take During the Project?

If you have an area that is small or limited to one room, you may become tempted to clean it on your own. However, you never know where moisture may have migrated. No moisture should be left behind, which calls for professional techniques. For any size or scope of a water damage restoration project, we use specialized equipment and water mitigation methods that get the job done fast.

  • Safety first! We assess the space, ensuring there are no slip-and-fall hazards or electrical dangers. This may require shutting off the power to that area of your home while our technicians work.
  • Address soaked materials and furnishings. This will include carpets, carpet padding, furniture, and other removable items from the water loss zone. We assess each item to determine salvageability, which is dependent on how much water was absorbed.
  • We use mops, squeegees, wet/dry vacuums, pumps, and other tools to pull up any standing water. 
  • Weather permitting, our crew may open up windows and doors to help facilitate drying with natural air movement. This gets used in conjunction with our dehumidifiers, air movers, and industrial fans.
  • We adjust our equipment and approach as often as necessary throughout the project to achieve the best results. 
  • Any building materials removed and disposed of due to excessive water damage get replaced with brand-new materials. Everything gets finished off to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”
  • All surface areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using our EPA-registered cleaning agents.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111 if you require prompt, reliable water damage restoration. You can reach our crew 24/7 for emergency service!

What Remediation Strategies Are Necessary for Black Mold in Azusa Homes?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth is common in California homes. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Mold Growth Can be a Challenging and Threatening Presence, but Our Experienced Remediation Professionals Can Help 

Mold growth and microbial threats in your Azusa home can be threatening to its occupants and the structure. While thousands of fungus varieties and mold can grow in residences here in Southern California, black mold is often given the most threatening stigma for exposure. In truth, these varieties of mold growth can be as severe as any other organism in the house regarding their deterioration of hosting materials and health hazards.  

We strive to provide both effective remediation strategies and black mold damage repairs for Azusa homes quickly upon its discovery. Situations like microbial growth can spread fast throughout the property, infiltrating porous surfaces such as drywall, flooring, ceilings, and your contents. Depending on the severity of the present mold conditions, there are multiple approaches to remediating and removing active mold colonization. There are no specific strategies involved for black mold events, so our remediators choose the appropriate removal tactic based on present damage and the affected material. Some of these methods include:

  • Sanding
  • Soda Blasting
  • Antimicrobial Treatments
  • Controlled Demolition

Is Controlled Demolition the Best Route with Black Mold?  

There are many situations in which mold damage becomes too severe to protect the exposed material. In these situations, our contractors work fast to remove the damaged portions of wall systems or flooring to decrease the possibility of more widespread tear-out and demolition. Careful consideration of controlled demolition can ensure that later reconstruction becomes more efficient and cost-effective for the customer because many home insurance policies do not cover the full spectrum of mold damage recovery required after a loss incident. 

When black mold is in your home, you can depend on the fast and reliable responsiveness of our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team. We have experienced remediators available 24/7 at (626) 387-4111. 

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What Damage Can Flooding Do to My Covina Basement?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

The experience of our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team with flood recovery can help this process to be more efficient and less costly for our customers.

Finished basements in Covina can quickly absorb substantial flood damage, making the restoration a blend of reconstruction and professional SERVPRO cleaning

Floodwater that can find its way into the basement of your Covina home can cause substantial damage to this level of your property. Because many of the houses throughout our communities have finished basements for added living space, the threat of flooding finding this lower level can be even more costly and damaging. The effects must get addressed as soon as possible by our competent professionals.

There are many efforts blended under the heading of basement flooding cleanup for Covina homes. Because finished basements feature many sensitive materials to water absorption, migrating flood effects can penetrate these flooring, wall, and ceiling systems to allow irreparable damage. We have several cleaning practices that can begin quickly if widespread controlled demolition is not required. Removing damaged materials and content can often be inevitable for natural flooding situations, but specific methods can help restore the remaining elements, such as:

    •    Carpet Cleaning
    •    Wood Floor Refinishing
    •    Antibacterial and Antimicrobial Treatments
    •    Deodorization

Can SERVPRO Handle Repairs and Reconstruction?

The removal of materials like drywall, carpeting, and wood flooring is not uncommon after flood damage occurs. Our in-house contractors can work quickly to ensure that only the damaged portions of these materials get removed so that reconstruction and reinstallation are more efficient and cost-effective. With a roster of building trade professionals, we can not only oversee the repairs and rebuilding necessary after controlled demolition has occurred but also can address other conditions such as damaged utilities and even remodeling when desired.

Cleaning up after a flood loss event in your basement requires debris removal, surface cleaning, and potent antibacterial products applied to the right exposed surfaces. The experience of our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team with flood recovery can help this process to be more efficient and less costly for our customers. Give us a call at (626) 387-4111.

What Damage Can a Leaking Roof Cause My Covina Home?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage can affect your home without you even realizing it. Once you figure it out, call SERVPRO quickly for remediation services.

Severe storms can compromise the structure in many ways, but our in-house contractors and experienced restoration technicians can offer full-scale support from the time we arrive.

When storm losses impact your Covina home, it could have devastating effects on the property. Wind and rain damages can compromise the roof on the house, leading to penetration of floodwater and the continued decline of structural integrity. Even smaller portions of vulnerability in your home's defenses could welcome some catastrophic conditions without immediate action by accredited professionals like our SERVPRO team.

Whether it is a complete collapse of your roof system or a leaking roof from storms around your Covina residence, our professionals can help. We have a team of in-house contractors that can arrive along with our restoration technicians to offer real-time construction solutions to accompany water removal and drying. Before we can begin with the restoration work that your property needs, we must first determine the extent of the damage through a thorough inspection.

How Bad is the Structural Damage?

Compromise to the roof of your Covina home might not be detectable initially, especially if you are not familiar with some of the red flags that you might be looking for in the inspection. If you suspect that some degree of damage exists, you can rely on our fast-responding SERVPRO technicians to conduct this evaluation on your behalf. With sophisticated tools and technologies, we can identify the physical damages that exist throughout the property and track the migration of water.

Determining how bad the structural damage is to the roof and other areas of your home involve a thorough inspection conducted by our project manager and crew chief. This job scoping dictates the necessary actions, equipment, and personnel to make it "Like it never even happened." This inspection of the property determines several things, including:

  • The extent of the damage
  • Where water damage exists
  • What processes are needed to seal openings temporarily

What are Emergency Services?

Emergency services are the actions that our professionals take when we first arrive. In some situations, these approaches are so immediately needed that they precede job scoping and mitigation phases. The implementation of these specific services can help to limit the spread and severity of flood loss incidents throughout the property by sealing up damage points and quickly identifying standing water threats to pave the way for successful drying. While there are multiple emergency services, here are some of the most common after roof damage:

  • Board up services - If the roof is damaged, it is not far-fetched to believe that other areas of your home's defenses are compromised as well. Board up focuses on sealing overexposed openings in your house, such as broken windows and missing siding.
  • Tarping damaged roofs - With roof damages, it is essential to get the breach sealed up as soon as possible to prevent continued water penetration from runoff and other sources. Tarping over the roof is an effective method of avoiding this flooding.
  • Controlled demolition - There are some materials in flood events that become too damaged to protect and restore. In these situations, a suitable solution is to remove and discard these damaged materials to maximize the efficiency of reconstruction at a later date. 
  • Extraction - Removing standing water is a vital step in the emergency services that we can provide your home after a flood. Surface damage can quickly get absorbed by flooring materials and other exposed elements, making it essential to remove it with specific tools such as wet vacuums and submersible pumps.

Can a Damaged Roof Allow for Widespread Flooding?

Depending on the damage to the roof itself, any potential flooding in your home could vary significantly. Different approaches are required to address each of these situations from a slow leak that results in a persistent drip to lower levels of your home to complete breaches where runoff moves freely through the attic space. Determining what method works best for the current condition means a visual inspection targeting specific points. When any of these conditions get discovered, the amount of drying and restoration effort should increase:

  • Standing water
  • Trapped water
  • Moisture concerns

There is no mistaking that roof damage can lead to flood loss in your home or business. Addressing these conditions as quickly as possible can reduce how much of your home suffers the spread and migration of these flood effects. No matter what your home needs, from structural repairs to extraction and restoration, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team can help by calling (626) 387-4111.

Is Expert Water Removal Best for My Business?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the right equipment when it comes to your Covina business water damage.

SERVPRO Adapts Our Water Removal Methods to Fit the Needs of Your Covina Commercial Space

Water incidents can happen at any time, and how they get handled determines the severity of damage and loss. When your Covina business suffers from a water loss, you need to facilitate proper cleanup and restoration quickly. This is where our team at SERVPRO shines, including the latest technology, methods, and products to restore your commercial space and make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Water Extraction Take Place?

You know that you need water removal in Covina immediately so that you do not lose furnishings or inventory. We come in to assess the level of damage so that we can make the best choice in terms of equipment and the proper manner to proceed. We provide both pack-out services as well as in-place drying to achieve optimal results. 

How Does In-Place Drying Work?

If your place of business has wall-to-wall carpeting, it might be impractical to remove it all without immense disruption. Our crew may recommend in-place drying to clean water for a variety of reasons. Some of the top reasons we use in-place drying methods include:

  •   Wet carpet tends to be very heavy when saturated
  •   Handling dense, wet carpet can become prone to delamination where the backing and carpet fibers separate
  •   Detachment of the carpet to move it can lead to stretching or tears
  •   All of the inventory within your commercial space will have to be packed up and moved out for removal to take place

During the in-place drying of carpets, our team raises furnishings, shelving, and equipment carefully. This gets done to facilitate drying and limit the transfer of rust, stain, or paint onto the carpet. We then employ the use of light wand extraction tools to control migration during the water removal process. 

SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is the team to call when you need professional water removal in your place of business. Call us today at (626) 387-4111 to have a crew deployed to your location.

Can One Contractor Complete Fire Restoration Start to Finish in My Azusa Restaurant?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Call us at (626) 387-4111 to discuss how we can help.

Seamless Attention to All Aspects of Restoration After Fire Damage in Your Azusa Restaurant Is on the Menu at SERVPRO Everyday

Multitasking caused your Azusa restaurant to confront a kitchen fire when short-staffing resulted in a few moments of inattention at the grill. Can finding a restoration company that offers multiple disaster recovery specialties provide high-quality services to help you recover? Or should you instead hire a different contractor for each phase of the project for the best results?

How Can One Company Manage Different Aspects of a Fire Emergency in My Restaurant?

Our team prepares to perform the various tasks required for Azusa commercial fire restoration through mastery of course work offered by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is an international standards-setting organization in the vanguard of establishing best practices for all disciplines within the restoration industry. We also have a general contractor license, permitting our construction division to swing in after mitigation and remediation of water, smoke, and soot damage for necessary build-back services.

What Water Damage Is Common After a Restaurant Fire?

SERVPRO expects at least some water damage in any commercial fire restoration. Chances are good that your business installed a sprinkler system to snuff out flames quickly. When the fire department responds, water is the intervention most used to eliminate lingering smoldering and hot spots. Water creates safety hazards that we must manage first.

How Do Professionals Move to the Fire Residue Removal Phase?

While a crew of Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) extract contaminated water and dry out your space, our crew chief matches the smoke and soot damage seen in your restaurant to cleaning products and techniques we know work. A one-size-fits-all response to fire damage is impossible because the residues and the surfaces affected vary. Our team considers that as we move from space to space within your dining establishment.

Can you rely on SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to handle all of your commercial fire restoration needs? We look forward to answering your questions and concerns. Call us at (626) 387-4111 to discuss how we can help.

How Do I Remove Water From the Room Where My Server Racks Are in Covina?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

When your data center needs the attention of professional commercial water removal services, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina.

SERVPRO technicians have the expertise to clean up the water in your Covina data center

Whereas once the file room filled with necessary paperwork and documents was the lifeblood of a Covina business or organization, in the present, a data center performs the same function and so much more. When a water loss occurs, it is vital to get the equipment out of the area of elevated humidity and extract the water as rapidly as possible.
Water has naturally occurring minerals that behind residues with the potential to deteriorate circuit boards.
Other possible loss situations are:
    •    Loss of ability to perform daily operations as needed over the network
    •    Loss of client data
    •    Corruption of stored data
    •    Failure of internal ecosystems

What is the Best Process for Commercial Water Removal Services in a Data Center?

SERVPRO techs have decades of experience in handling sensitive electronic equipment in need of commercial water removal services in Covina properties.

In a data center, commonly found equipment includes server racks, switches, and routers for network communications. The technicians most often remove the equipment out of the work-site environment to lessen the exposure to humid conditions that could potentially damage the equipment.

The most turned-to type of water extraction equipment is the portable pump. This easy-to-maneuver machine allows the tech to move rapidly around the structure and get into corners and along walls to remove the maximum amount of moisture.

What Actions Should Happen First After Commercial Water Damage in a Company Server Room?

There are some things that property owners can do before the arrival of SERVPRO technicians on the scene for the mitigation.
    •    Turn off electricity
    •    Move server racks out of the loss area if there is no danger entering the area
    •    Avoid the urge to test the equipment as it can cause permanent damage

If there is the danger of slip and fall accidents or water has compromised outlets, wait until the technicians arrive on-site and inform them of the situation. They can safely remove the equipment to a dry, secure area during the mitigation.

Commonly Seen Tactics Used During Data Center Restoration Services

While the equipment may get removed without a hitch, it is not uncommon for structural elements of the building to require removal due to water loss. Sheetrock that wicked too much moisture and shows signs of warping or deterioration that requires disposal as a loss. Tiles may lose adhesion after exposure to moisture and need removal to dry the substrate underneath. Shock-absorbing industrial carpeting usually has rubber construction and has a design made to repel liquids. This type of floor covering needs removal for drying and cleaning to be suitable for reuse.

Drying Methods to Bring Down Interior Air Moisture Levels Rapidly

SERVPRO technicians dry loss areas quickly through the smart use of different types of equipment used in tandem. While air movers deliver highspeed airflow over wet surfaces, the dehumidifiers capture this water vapor. This cycle continues, and the interior humidity levels lower in less time than traditional drying methods. When the subfloor or substrate requires drying, the techs deploy multiple drying mats to force the air into the wet area.

Why Monitoring the Drying Process is Important

High air moisture conditions are bad for computer equipment, and while the drying process is on-going, the SERVPRO techs set drying goals and use their detection devices to monitor the process from start to finish. This attention to detail ensures then the equipment gets moved back in, the environment is optimum for the best operation.

Final Steps in the Water Loss Restoration Process

If the business owner does not have anyone certified to test their computer equipment, the techs can arrange for a local professional to look it over and recommend any needed repairs before reuse. Then, the SERVPRO technicians walk the property owner through the loss area to go over the actions taken and the repairs that need to get made to bring the data center to its preloss condition. With their general contractor license #CSLB: 976913, the techs can offer any rebuilding that needs to occur as part of the restoration services to save property owners the hassle of finding and researching local contractors. There is also a detailed report compiled during the mitigation of the loss area that includes photos to expedite the filing of any insurance claims.

When your data center needs the attention of professional commercial water removal services, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. The techs can extract the water and get your server room up and running again as fast as possible.

Why is Flood Water in Covina Unsafe When Rainwater is Not?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

If your house is dealing with flood damage, it can be a struggle. Contact SERVPRO immediately to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training to Remove Water Safely From Your Covina Home That May Contain Chemicals, Bacteria, or Sewage

A mere inch of water does not seem like much, but when it is bacteria-laden or smelly sewage water with the addition of mud or debris, it can do serious damage to your Covina home. Because this situation has the potential to be dangerously unhealthy unless you have protective clothing and professional equipment, it is best to bring in a professional restoration services company as quickly as possible to try to lessen the loss to the home and contents.

What Should Get Handled First After Flood Damage in My Home?

If the flood damage in your Covina home gets contained in a single room or area that can be closed off, move people, pets, and valuables out of the area and do not enter until SERVPRO team members arrive. In cases where the water loss is widespread throughout the home, it is best to vacate the premises until mitigation efforts complete. When it is not feasible to enter the loss area, tell the crew chief upon arrival items that you want out of the house and their location. Commonly requested items are:

  • Important documents such as deeds, marriage licenses, and birth certificates
  • Artworks and photos, including photo albums
  • Sentimental objects that have no real cash value but are priceless to the homeowner

Is It Safe to Leave My Property After It Got Flooded?

The technicians have experience in securing properties during storm damage mitigation in Covina. Sturdy plywood gets used over doors and windows to keep unauthorized individuals out of the home when the technicians are not on-site working. Security tape may also get used to further deter anyone from entering.

Why Does the Sheetrock Get Removed Partially During Flood Water Removal?

Sheetrock is sturdy and leaves a smooth appearance on a wall, takes primer and paint readily, and is the foundation for a good room design. However, once exposed to water, it wicks it rapidly and begins to buckle or warp as the core pulls the moisture upward. SERVPRO technicians use their moisture detection equipment to "see" inside the sheetrock and determine how far up into the material water is present, the highest point, known as the "waterline."  Then they measure several inches above the waterline and cut the damaged portions away. The goal is to leave as much of the original building materials as possible to make repairs a breeze.

Common Loss Situations After Flood Water Enters a Home

Although SERVPRO techs test the water to determine the nature of any harmful elements such as bacteria or pathogenic agents and have professional cleaning solutions to handle anything present, some things in the home will still be a loss.

Carpet and area rugs that take on floodwater require extraction to make them safe to handle and reduce their weight, but each requires disposal as a biohazard as there is no way to sanitize them for reuse. The backings to the fibers frequently disintegrate after prolonged exposure to water, making repairs impossible.

Low-sitting upholstered furnishings generally absorb the water and need disposal. Furnishings made from composite wood, mainly where the core gets constructed from a cardboard-like material, often split and get destroyed after an encounter with a water loss event.

As each piece gets removed with the approval of the homeowner or insurance adjuster, documentation is vital. The techs photograph, sometimes video, and include the imagery in a detailed report that gets provided to the homeowner and adjuster to assist with expediting insurance claims for reimbursement on lost home contents.

Rebuilding After Flood Loss Does Not Have to Be a Stressful Situation

After SERVPRO technicians finish the extraction of the water, drying the home, and the application of disinfection and odor control needed, the home will be ready for repairs. If the homeowner chooses, the same team that performed the restoration services can also handle the required reconstruction. With their general contractor license #CSLB: 976913, the techs can provide homeowners with:

  • Rebuilding structural elements to code
  • Installation of carpet or flooring
  • Priming and Painting

Guaranteeing the Job Meets Approval

Happiness with the job done is one of the hallmarks of each SERVPRO team member's commitment to service. Once the restoration services and repairs are complete, the homeowner and adjuster get taken for a walk-through with a description of the actions taken during the cleanup and reconstruction. This is to ensure the job done met expectations and hopefully exceeded them.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 can handle any size flood damage in local properties. The certified technicians bring years of experience and the latest equipment to ensure your home gets returned to its preloss condition.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Covina, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today at (626) 387-4111 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Tips for Homeowners About Hazards After a Flood

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO When A Flood Causes Significant Damage to Your Azusa - Covina Home

Understanding Your Flood Hazard After a Flood Damage in the Covina/Azusa area.

Even though we have the best meteorologists and weathermen to report when a storm or a hurricane is coming, but we cannot stop them from entering our establishment. It can be frustrating knowing that you cannot blow hazardous weather away from your location. All you can do is evacuate and make sure that everybody is safe. The most challenging part about flood damage is dealing with the aftermath. It can be stressful thinking about the extent of the issue. If you understand the flood principle that you should consider in determining your residential area exposure, you might be able to mitigate the issue.

You can predict the extent of the flood damage in the Covina location by knowing the flood principal. It is essential to understand that flood water is expected to recede quickly. Keep in mind that the longer the area is in the flood damage, the more costly the repair would be. Another thing is that any flood that is greater than 3 feet can create a hydrostatic pressure on the walls. This pressure can lead to cracks which can result in a significant collapse or destruction of the foundation of your home. When you measure the depth of the flood water, it is best to include a safety factor to account for any inaccurate or approximate estimation. Also, flood water is extremely filthy. They contain a variety of chemicals and microorganism. These floodwaters originate from sewage, pesticides, toxic chemicals, industrial waste, and wastewater. Because of these contaminants, it is essential to call in the expert to adequately disinfect your place.

SERVPRO restoration technicians specialize in restoring your home after flood damages. They can identify and eliminate offensive odors with advanced equipment such as industrial air scrubber or fogging tools. This equipment can get rid of persistent odors that are plagued by contaminant water. There are also sanitizing treatment such as anti-microbial, disinfect, and antibacterial. Because Flood water contains a lot of toxins and debris, it is crucial to call in the SERVPRO tech to adequately sanitized, clean, and deodorize your place after the flood damage.

What To Do After A Flood In Your Azusa Home

While you might understand that some disasters that affect your Azusa home are inevitable, how you respond to these situations determine the amount of money you tie up into restoration and how severe the damages get permitted to become. Our crew can respond quickly in the event of flooding in your home, giving you a better opportunity to protect the things that you value the most and offer effective mitigation solutions to prevent the damage from getting worse once we arrive.

Knowing what to do once flood damage has affected your Azusa home can be challenging, especially since a natural disaster like this comes with an overwhelming number of concerns. The best choice that you can make is to reach out to our team immediately at the first sign of flooding so that we can mobilize both our estimation department and mitigation team. This personnel can help to keep your restoration costs to a minimum and preserve contents within your home from irreparable damage from the rising waters.

Assessment of the damage on your own might seem like a good idea initially, but flooding can cause many structural concerns from weakening flooring to ceiling collapse. Your best choice is to wait until our local team arrives to provide an accurate inspection of the damage, complete with cataloging all the affected areas, materials, and items. We can provide this information to your insurance provider to help to get a claim approved for full restoration while our professionals continue mitigation work such as extraction and pack outs.

Our objective with our rapid response is to help homeowners to get their properties fully restored without excessive cost. We can even provide estimations of the work directly to you to determine on your own whether it is wiser to pay out of pocket for the restoration rather than covering a deductible and likely contending with a rate increase for the future.

Flooding is something that can affect area homes from time to time, but knowing what to do in these situations is critical to making the restoration as efficient as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team a call as soon as soon as flooding begins at (626) 387-4111.

How We Remove Soot and Smoke Particles after Fire Damage

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team to arrive quickly with the personnel and equipment to make a difference

No matter how small or huge a fire damage incident is, the smoke and soot that results can cause damage to your property. The various soot or smoke particles that need to be cleaned off your property are reliant on the type of substances that the fire consumed. Soot is usually produced when incomplete combustion takes place and depending on what the fire burned it can contain a mixture of dust, soils, metals, chemical and even acids. It is small in size and can float in the air and travel throughout your Covina property.

The smoke particles that a fire produces in your Covina home can contain ash, oils, tar, carbon, and different kinds of chemicals. Our technicians perform appropriate cleaning and restoration procedures to prevent secondary damage. The soot and smoke particles which float in the air may lead to health effects, which is why our team uses appropriate personal protective equipment such as full-face masks, goggles, gloves, and footwear when carrying out restoration procedures.

Our local technicians use advanced equipment to make work efficient. For instance, we can install dehumidifiers to address the moisture problem that results from the water that was used to extinguish the fire. We have the skills of determining what is salvageable and removing the unsalvageable items from the building. When we are removing smoke and soot particles from a carpet, we avoid impact when it is likely to embed the particles into the materials. For instance, we use HEPA vacuuming to lift the particles from the surface. For efficient results when we are using HEPA vacuums, we make sure there is a considerable distance between the nozzle and the surface.

Fire incidents are associated with odor problems. We must identify and remove the odor-causing particles, or our fire damage restoration technicians perform processes such as thermal fogging as a way of addressing the odor problem. Deodorants that can neutralize the odors are emitted into specific areas.

Air Purification Is Critical For Fire Damaged Covina Homes

After a damaging fire in your Covina home, there are threats present even in the atmosphere that a homeowner and their family need to monitor from a distance. Indoor air quality concerns can allow for respiratory concerns from lingering smoke, airborne debris and dust, and soot particles. Overcoming these effects is almost impossible for a homeowner to handle on their own, but our professional restoration team has equipment and expertise to remove this potential hazard.

When you consider all of the ways that fire damage in your Covina property can present itself, many homeowners might find themselves most concerned with structural elements and less about airborne threats. However, with the combustion of multiple materials including plastics, aerosols, chemicals and more commonly found in the average home, this environment could be dangerous to breath unfiltered. Our technicians have experience and training with the use of a full range of personal protective equipment from respirators to SCBA tanks for initial mitigation work when we first arrive at a fire-damaged property.

These threats only get more exasperated with the removal of debris and damaged components from the property in the earliest stages of restoration. Controlled demolition and cleanup by our  specialists can circulate more smoke residue, debris, dust, and even harmful organic compounds present in the air to cause potential health risks to those exposed without breathing protection.

We set up and begin using hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers as soon as possible to begin filtering out harmful substances and particulates in the air. The HEPA filter installed in the machines can trap even microscopic debris, improving the air quality more the longer that these machines continue to run in the affected environments.

These 3 Specialty Cleaning Agents Help Us Handle Fire Damage In Covina Homes

Many aspects of fire damage in Covina require more power than other household messes to clean up and remove safely from your home. While technicians sometimes make use of conventional glass and surface cleaning products, specific circumstances may require us to bring out more specific chemicals and cleaning agents that are designed for a specific task and purpose. Depending on the extent of the damages and what specific parts of your home the fire has impacted, we may need to use some of these cleaning agents in addition to more generalized solutions.

Strong Acid Cleaners
Some residues from a fire damaged home may be best treated with the use of strong acid cleaners. These products are highly effective at washing away soot and ash from rough surfaces, and can even remove longstanding mineral deposits that may be unaffected by any off-the-shelf cleaning supplies. However, these chemicals can be hazardous without appropriate protective equipment and may cause damage to some surfaces in your home, so only certified SERVPRO technicians should apply them.

Liquid Creme Cleaners
Some of the most useful equipment in our arsenal of cleaning supplies are our liquid creme cleaning agents. These mixtures contain both standard cleaning products and small, mildly abrasive particles that can remove many types of stains and residues from hard and smooth surfaces in your home. These cleaning agents are especially useful for kitchen fires thanks to their ability to stick to smooth vertical surfaces without damaging them.

Wood Creme Cleaners
Similar to liquid creme agents, wood cremes are mixtures of cleaning chemicals and tiny particles that can scrub away smoke residues and other particles. These cremes, however, are much more gentle than most cleaning agents, making them one of our most effective tools for wood surfaces and smoke-damaged appliances that may be sensitive to other chemicals and cremes.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina has every cleaning agent and tool you can imagine to help you recover from a house fire as quickly and smoothly as possible. Call us at (626) 387-4111 for our 24/7 services.

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Quick Tips when Your Property in Covina Floods

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to stay calm when you experience flood damage in your home.

Handling Flood Damage from Failed Appliances in Your Home

Whether it is a contained leak or a massive, multi-room disaster, flood damage in Covina often comes from a malfunctioning appliance. Everything from sinks to dishwashers to showerheads can cause flooding, and while damage sustained from these sources is typically much easier to clean up and handle than from storms and disasters, it still presents a significant challenge without the aid of a professional company like SERVPRO. Here are a few tips for when worst comes to worst, and an appliance starts to soak your home.

Keep Calm

One of the most important things to consider when responding to flood damage in your Covina home is your reaction. Are you panicking, or perhaps overreacting to the damage? Staying calm should help you to gain a stronger, more rational grip on and understanding of the situation. If something breaks in your home, do not panic. A smooth, appropriate reaction should help you more than anything else, and probably mitigate a good chunk of the potential damage to your home.

Try to Shut Off the Water

One of your top priorities should be to turn off the water source by any means necessary. More water invariably correlates with more damage and rising costs. Stopping pipes and patching leaks helps to avert further damage and get the situation under control. For larger jobs, our technicians prioritize arriving quickly to shut off the water themselves, but if you can do it, this only makes our work easier and more effective.

Do not Overthink Things

While flood damage should indeed be treated with appropriate caution and professional care, minor scenarios can sometimes be inflated and elevated to the same status in a homeowner's mind. If the damage is unlikely to be permanent, try to clean it yourself with a mop and rags. For larger floods, however, calling in SERVPRO helps to ensure that as little damage occurs as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is a local provider of home restoration services. If a flood or water damage have hit your home, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Steps You Can Take When Water Floods Your Azusa Property

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can set you into a frenzy wondering what you can do to help the situation. Contact SERVPRO to discuss with our team.

Small Steps You Take Make a Big Difference for Water Damage in Azusa

SERVPRO Recommends Actions That You can Take Before Our Technicians Arrive

In the event of water damage to an Azusa home that involves staining, filthy water, or other unclean and potentially unsafe conditions, we typically recommend that you exercise restraint in your actions before our technicians arrive on-scene. However, there are some things you can do and begin to clean on your own before we get there. These small acts could save valuable time and money later on in the restoration process, and help to avoid replacement expenditures for some objects.
Drying Out Fabrics and Cushions
One of the most substantial single costs from any variety of water damage in Azusa often comes from furniture. Most furniture sets are made from fabric, leather, and other materials that may be highly sensitive to the effects of water. Without fast action, an entire couch, lounger, bed, or other pieces of furniture may become so damaged that it must be thrown out and replaced at the cost of hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, you can help to avoid this by acting fast to separate sheets, cushions, pillows, and other components of modern furniture sets to help them dry out faster and avoid bleeding colors.

Cleaning Off Hard Objects
Small, hard objects may benefit significantly from a hose-down outside before any dirt and debris they have accumulated can dry out and set in. Take care to select only those objects composed of materials that cannot sustain further damage from moisture and to especially avoid electronics. Electronics in a water damaged area should never be touched, as they may pose an electrocution hazard.

Opening a Window
Opening windows and doors in your home helps to get air currents circulating hours before our technicians arrive with air movers that specialize in creating stronger artificial airflows inside the building. This small head start on drying could make the difference for many parts of the home sensitive to prolonged exposure to moisture and high humidity. Make sure to use common sense and only open windows and doors when you can be sure that the weather is clear at least until our technicians arrive.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in the local area. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Got Water Damage In Your Azusa Home? It is No Match for the Experts At SERVPRO!

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the experience and skills to attend to any size of restoration or cleaning emergencies in your home or business.

How To Speed Up Drying When Restoring Water Damaged Structures In Azusa

Whether we are drying a wet wall or fiberglass insulation during water damage restoration, the management of airflow is essential. There is a correct way of positioning air movers to dry surfaces or speed up the drying process. We are going to look at some of the drying techniques that we use when addressing moisture problems in Azusa.

The angle at which the air mover is positioned relative to the wet surface plays a significant role when we are attending to water damage incidents in Azusa. It is a mistake to let the air mover blow directly into the wall since the pressure from the air forces the wetness into the surface and at the same time the air bounces back. For optimum results, we place the device at a 45-degree angle. At such a position, the air currents bounce off the wet area carrying along moisture. If it is necessary to set up several air movers in the structure, our technicians arrange them in a clockwise pattern.

We must open a few panels when drying drop ceilings and direct dry air into the openings. By ventilating the hard-to-dry areas, we can increase the rate of evaporation. If we use a moisture sensor and detect the presence of water in the walls, we may decide to remove the baseboards and drill a 1.5-inch hole between the studs. We can then direct air into the walls through the holes by using a venting system which is attached to an air mover.

There are instances where the paint of the walls can act as a moisture barrier and slow the drying process. Our technicians peel the paint to address such challenges. If the humidity of the room increases as the surrounding surfaces loose moisture, we install dehumidifiers to absorb the water vapor.

Water Damage in the Walls of Your Covina Home

Being a homeowner means being vigilant about the safety and integrity of your home. You work hard to avoid harm's way, but sometimes dangers escape your careful eye. If a pipe bursts even slightly, your home can face water damage behind its walls, alerting you when it is already too late. As soon as you discover standing water, it is time to reach out to a team of experts to return your home to its original condition and avoid further damage.

If you encounter water damage to your home in Covina, this is the moment to reach out to us. To assess the severity of what lurks behind walls and under the floor, our team is here. Our rapid access team is available 24/7 to attend to your emergency, even if it appears to be a simple repair. Our expertise allows us to carefully review the immediate and potential dangers standing water can have on your home. For example, a small but long-lasting water leak may weaken your home's foundations over time. Although water pockets may not be evident at first sight, our team carries specialized monitoring equipment that can detect water deposits in hidden places that could weaken the structure or compromise your dry-wall. Our training and on-field expertise allow us to survey your home and identify areas of risk.

When the leak has been small, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina  technicians work to extract water with dehumidifiers, wet/dry vacuums and other handheld tools. When the amount of water damage is more significant, we might incorporate powerful air movers and submersible pumps to complete the job. In the process we monitor all appropriate levels of humidity until the atmosphere in your home has returned to normal. In some cases, we may drill small holes in your baseboards and inject warm air into your walls to speed up the drying process. This technique is commonly known as injectidry.

Our work is not complete until the threat for mold is addressed. Often a by-product of standing waters, mold spores can spread quickly throughout your home. Our team tests for the presence of mold and makes recommendations based on our findings. Like you, our goal is to keep you and your family safe.

Whether you encounter a small leak or an overwhelming amount of water, reach out to SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111. Allow our professional staff to help you leave your home like nothing ever happened.

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At Last, the Secret to Water Extraction in Covina Is Revealed

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service.

Avoid Damage to Carpets and Flooring in your Covina home

Most consumers realize that it is essential to remove water from carpeting and flooring as soon as possible. Consumers understand that mold may appear if the moisture in a home or business is not reduced to acceptable levels within a few days after a water event. Carpets can be further damaged if the laminated layers separate. Homeowners and business owners may not realize just how much water a carpet can hold and the process required to remove all of this moisture.

SERVPRO understands water extraction processes in Covina. Our technicians utilize appropriate equipment to avoid future mold, structure, and carpet delamination problems. Certifications include AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician and ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician.

Extracting Water and Moisture from Carpeting
SERVPRO utilizes water extraction machines that compress and squeeze the moisture out of the carpet and under pad. Our technicians ride on these machines, adding their weight to compress the carpet and extracting the water and moisture at the same time. The majority of the water has been removed, after several passes.

Next, we deploy air movers in strategic locations to drive dry air across the carpet. Dry air can be brought in through open doorways or windows from unaffected areas. After absorbing some of the moisture, the air may pass through another exit location. In addition, dehumidifiers are brought in to help remove additional moisture.

Some situations may require carpeting to be lifted, exposing the under pad, and subfloor. Air movers are positioned to blow dry air under the carpet to expedite moisture removal and drying.

Our SERVPRO crew chief and technicians have a great deal of experience and training in these areas and can deploy the most efficient and effective methods required to extract all water and moisture from your home or business. We also use moisture meters and infrared cameras. These devices confirm all moisture has been removed after a water event.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Spaulding Square, Melrose, Central Hollywood, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How to Recover from a Water Damage Emergency in Your Azusa Property

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants to help keep your home free of water damage no matter where it occurs.

Resealing Of Shower Walls And Tub Surrounds Prevents Water Damage In Azusa Residences

It is crucial for Azusa's homeowners to make repairs before small amounts of damage worsen. One place that can quickly experience extensive damage spread it within walls, and continue to remain hidden is in the bathroom.

When the fiberglass walls in your bathroom begin to loosen from the wall and tub in your Azusa residence, water damage can start ruining the wall behind the shower. Water from showering or bathing can seep under the tub, also, and weaken the floor. Soft spots around your shower stall can indicate the floor directly underneath it is also soft. The extra weight of water and an individual can make this a dangerous situation.

SERVPRO technicians can help you protect your home by getting all the moisture out of these spaces before they can spread further and affect additional areas. We use machinery that quickly dries everything out while extracting the water vapor that rapid evaporation produces. Because we want to perform an excellent job for you, we measure the amount of moisture in adjacent areas.

Water does not always seep downhill. Seeping water can flow horizontally and then downward, or even wick upward. When water meets an exterior wall, this can compress and ruin insulation. This can increase your heating and cooling costs. It can also permit mold to grow within your walls.

Wherever SERVPRO discovers water damage and waterlogged materials, we remove these and get any undamaged sections dried out. We clean these and wipe them down making them like new again. New materials can then restore the area, so everything is “Like it never even happened.” When mold and mildew exist, our IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can give you expert guidance on available options. Our highly trained employees work together as a team to ensure all of our customers' needs are met while keeping restoration expenses as low as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to help keep your home free of water damage no matter where it occurs. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 when you notice signs of damage to your residence.

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What Should I Do if My Commercial Dishwasher Malfunctions and Overflows with Water?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Professional Water Removal by SERVPRO Gets Your Covina Kitchen Back Up and Running

When you have a commercial kitchen in Covina, the chances are good that you rely on your large-scale dishwasher to run regularly. However, if this major appliance malfunctions, it becomes a hassle and leaves you with the need for prompt cleanup. Whether there is an issue with the plumbing connections or something else happened, how you proceed right after you notice the problem makes all the difference in the scale of your water loss even. Failing to act soon enough leaves your interior subject to exponential damage that becomes costly and hazardous before long.

Do I Need Professional Water Cleanup?

Calling in the help of expert cleanup services to assist with water removal in Covina limits the amount of damage within your commercial space. Whenever there are standing puddles of water, quick action helps to inhibit them from seeping into the cracks and crevices of tile flooring, behind baseboards, and other tight spaces. If the water is left to permeate for too long, it can cause damage to tiles, and the subfloor beneath starts to warp and expand after taking on the excess moisture.

What Might Have Caused My Dishwasher Leak?

There are several causes for a commercial dishwasher to leak, which includes:

  •   The dishwasher is not level
  •   The gaskets are worn 
  •   The wrong dishwashing agent was used
  •   The door to the dishwasher is broken
  •   The dishwasher tub is defective, and more

When you have a dishwasher leak in Covina, you need to call in the help of skilled technicians before exponential damage occurs with materials like:

  •   Wood
  •   Tile
  •   Drywall
  •   Wallpaper
  •   Paint
  •   Laminate
  •   Electrical Wiring
  •   Appliances

How SERVPRO Can Help

With a phone call to us for emergency response, we arrive at your place of business as quickly as possible to begin the assessment phase. We know that your kitchen is unable to operate safely or effectively without total water removal, so we are available to work around the clock, seven days a week. You can count on us to ensure your kitchen is back to work fast, and your employees can work uninterrupted.

There are a couple of factors that come into play with each water removal job that we perform:

  •   The scope of the loss determines how much cleanup is required. Multiple factors go into water restoration planning, and the size of the kitchen is a significant element. Our team uses a formula involving the amount of water in the room and the size of the room to determine the kind of equipment that should be used for extraction. If the space is smaller-scale and the mess is slight, we may use a wet/dry vacuum and industrial fans. If the space is larger-scale and the mess is substantial, we may use submersible pumps or truck-mounted extractors. 
  •   We leave no water behind. Our technicians work diligently to ensure that no moisture is left behind in your business. We utilize moisture detection technology that tells us what moisture is left and where it is located. Failing to pull out all moisture from the walls or flooring could result in mildew or mold growth. 

How Can I Tell if Water Crept Under My Tile Flooring?

This depends on whether you have ceramic tiling with grout lines or if there is laminate tile in the kitchen. Each has its own set of issues when involved in a water loss situation. With laminate tiles or glue-down tiles, they can become loose after losing grip on the substrate below. The materials the tiles are made from will also play a role in whether or not they can be cleaned and reused. 

If you have ceramic tiles with grout lines, there is usually a sealant in places that helps to prevent damage in a water loss incident. If SERVPRO technicians find that the seal is nonexistent or worn, the grout may be porous and then has the potential for harmful mold growth.

Fast, Efficient Cleaning and Disinfecting

We understand how important it is that your commercial kitchen is clean and sanitary to resume regular operation. When we come in for water removal and restoration, you can count on us for:

  •   Methods set forth through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to facilitate professional cleanup. 
  •   Cleaning solutions that are fully EPA-approved and applied by skilled teams wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for both your safety and theirs.

When you have an unexpected leak in your business, you should never hesitate to call in the help of trained professionals for water removal. Get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina today at (626) 387-4111, and we can send a team out for emergency service to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is Causing Foul Odors in My Covina Kitchen?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today at (626) 387-4111 if you need help with professional fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Technicians Address Fire Damaged Materials That Create Pungent Smells in Your Covina Home

A significant problem that many homeowners deal with after a fire in their Covina kitchen is burnt odors that linger. This is why it is best to contact the professionals to start professional mitigation to lessen the onset of foul odors after a fire.

When your home suffers fire damage in Covina, our skilled SERVPRO technicians put a plan of action in place to start the cleanup process.

    •    Removal: We remove charred materials, separating what is to restored and what is not salvageable. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians dispose of all materials in a safe, efficient manner.
    •    Cleaning: The next step for deodorizing your home after a kitchen fire is a thorough cleaning to remove all soot and smoke residues that have settled on various surfaces.
    •    Sealing: While sealing is not called for in all situations, painting the walls to seal in odors can be helpful when other options are not viable.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina today at (626) 387-4111 if you need help with professional fire damage restoration.

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Why We Are The Best Choice For Your Speciality Cleaning Services In Azusa

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Count on SERVPRO to support your in-house janitor.

How Can Grocery Stores and Other Open Establishment Get Help With Specialty Cleaning? 

SERVPRO Provides Specialty Preventative Cleaning Services 

Many business owners are finding themselves in need of specialty cleaning services for their establishments. Even businesses that are closed are requiring disinfection services. Businesses that remain open such as stores, grocery markets, medical/dental facilities, and food pick-up locations, have remained open to the public. 

How can SERVPRO help me keep my Azusa grocery store clean during the pandemic? 

  • We use only EPA-Approved Cleaning Agents: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed many cleaning agents as effective at eliminating pathogens on various surfaces. SERVPRO technicians know the list thoroughly and have access to them. Each surface to be sanitized is unique and may require a different cleaning solution. You can trust our technicians to know the differences. 
  • Protective Equipment: Our technicians use personal protective equipment, such as hazmat suits, while cleaning your location. You can trust our employees to know what measures must be taken to avoid bringing new germs inside.
  • Excellent Training: Our SERVPRO techs are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Our team knows how to deep-clean and we have the industrial-grade equipment for each task.

If you require one-time professional sanitization and preventative services, or maintenance program, get in touch with SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by calling (626) 387-4111. 

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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After a Flood Event in Azusa, You Need the Experts to Repair the Damage

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Our Teams at SERVPRO are Trained and Certified to Properly Handle Your Properties Flood Damage

Flooding is something that can happen without warning due to a storm that gets out of control. If a large amount of water outside your home starts to infiltrate the structure, it is essential to have trained technicians on your side to help mitigate the damage. This is an area where our team at SERVPRO shines, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all emergency calls.

After moisture makes its way into your structure, it starts to soak into the building materials, and your home may suffer from flood damage in Azusa. Water entering your home from outside may include contamination, which then classifies it as gray water or a Class II scenario. With any category two projects, SERVPRO technicians employ special measures that help prevent bacteria and harmful parasites from spreading. This is a process that often begins with the removal of any carpeting or other porous materials that became saturated.

Extraction Methods

Once the soaked, porous items and materials are removed from your interior, we then work to extract any standing water. We come equipped with truck-mounted pumps and vacuums that allow us to remove hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water in a short time. 

Drying Methods

Initial measures for drying a structure includes taking readings for moisture levels, noting the indoor humidity levels, and paying attention to the air temperatures. Constant testing is performed to ensure that all of our drying procedures are working as they should be. If subfloor testing shows that moisture levels are not dropping as quickly as they should, we may use other methods to speed the drying process.

Air movers and dehumidifiers strategically placed enhance airflow and foster fast drying to pull moisture from saturated materials. Certain situations may also call for the use of plastic sheeting to concentrate our drying efforts on any area drying slower than usual.

With careful monitoring and tried-and-true methods for water removal and restoration, SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina makes the flood damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call our team today at (626) 387-4111, and we will come out for an assessment as quickly as possible.

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SERVPRO, Covina, Fires, Cleanup, Restoration--The Solution is SERVPRO

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can "Re-Tire" Your Covina Garage after a Fire--Full Cleanup and Restoration

Detached Garage Sparks Fire Damage in a Covina Home

Fires can start anywhere, and if unchecked, they spread quickly, causing widespread damages. An incident that affected a Covina home started in a detached garage then spread to the main house before it was controlled. The cleanup and debris removal necessary after the incident required assistance, so they called SERVPRO.

The case was no different from other fire damage incidents in Covina since the intensity of damage left in different parts of a property differed. In the garage where the fire started, it consumed everything, including a car that was parked inside, leaving mountains of debris to remove. Damage to the main house was minimal and restricted mostly to the outer wall facing the garage and the attic. Soot, ash, and other deposits had also spread to various rooms inside the house, necessitating cleaning and deodorization.

On scoping the loss site, our SERVPRO team realized that a thorough clean-up of the loss site was crucial. The house would regain its preloss state after the replacement and restoration of some materials on the walls, but the garage needed a complete rebuild. We also had to help with the disposal of dangerous wastes such as synthetic materials and fuel residues from the burnt car. Our crews are prepared to handle such challenges. We have different trash receptacles, including trashcans on wheels, which can hold solid wastes and even liquids. We also use advanced cleaning products to help remove stubborn residues.

After addressing the areas ravaged by flames, we embarked on cleaning the residues deposited inside the main house. Although the residue clean-up is simpler than other aspects of the restoration, it presents some challenges too. For example, fine residues penetrate all nooks and crannies in the house, making removal a challenge. Our SERVPRO technicians use different cleaning approaches, including vacuuming and wiping surfaces with cleaning sponges to remove residues, which helped us remove most of the dry residues. We also used wet cleaning procedures combining standard cleaning products and deodorizers to remove soils and bad odor.

Fire incidents leave a wide range of damages. Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to help clean up and restore all affected areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO Effectively Restores Water Damage and Prevents Mold Growth

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage not properly remediated can lead to mold growth. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Commercial Water Removal Covina – Avoiding the Growth of Mold

Most commercial tenants and owners arrange for cleaning staff to clean their premises every day, usually in the evening. After dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down everything, the cleaning staff locks up for the night. Many owners often consider using the same firm to help with water removal after a leak in the plumbing or an overflowing toilet.

SERVPRO provides commercial water removal services in Covina and the surrounding areas. We are available 24/7 and can take over from the regular cleaning staff to remove water from floors and walls if needed. Not only do we vacuum up all of the moisture, but we also check for moisture inside cavities, under the carpet, in the walls, and under heavy furniture and equipment. Cleaning staffs often miss these areas and are excellent locations for mold to grow.

Moisture Reduction and Mold Growth

Many customers mop up the excess water, open the doors and windows to let the area dry out and resume business operations after a water leak. Mold spores are everywhere, and the spores love warm, dark locations with high humidity. Typically, people miss moisture inside walls, under carpets, and even under heavy storage cabinets after a leak. Mold infestations can begin in these areas, eventually affecting the health of your employees, creating a musty smell, and even weakening the structure.

SERVPRO uses moisture sensors and meters to detect moisture in materials and hard to reach spaces. We also measure the relative humidity in your space. Once detected, we can utilize several devices to remove the moisture and dry the area without causing significant damage to floors and walls.

Depending on the situation, we arrange for an access point to the area. We can blow dry air into the cavity or under floors. Dehumidifiers can collect the increased moisture in the air and return the humidity levels to normal. Our objective is to remove moisture sources and the growth of mold infestations after a water leak.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Irwindale and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Covina Water Damage Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

A leak in this home led to the ceiling giving way and the homeowner called us right away so we could come out and began restoration.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Restore Your Covina Home After Water Damage

Apart from being an inconvenience, a water intrusion incident is also severe and stressful. Several factors can cause water damage in your home, many of which you are not adequately prepared for. Every minute matters when it comes to inspecting, extracting, and cleaning up a water-damaged house.

You need the right water restoration team and a systematic restoration plan to manage the water damage in your Covina residence. Proper assessment and prompt restoration can give you peace of mind. That is what you can expect when you call SERVPRO to assist you in restoring your home to its preloss condition.

We have a commitment to guide our customers through the crisis to resolution. For many decades, we have held firm to our value of offering restoration services with understanding and integrity. We work collaboratively and directly with our customers to provide the right solution.

When dealing with a water loss problem, you need to remove the water and moisture fast. Our technicians use specialized equipment to achieve this. The devices meet some objectives during the water removal and drying process, including:

  • Extracting as much water as possible
  • Increasing air circulation in the home to speed up drying
  • Discouraging the growth of mold spores and bacteria
  • Reducing humidity levels in the affected areas.
    Keeping the temperature suitable for quick drying
  • Promoting drying beneath the visible surfaces.

If water has pooled in your home, our technicians can use electric submersible pumps to extract it. These pumps eliminate the suction lift limitations and offer continuous, quiet operation. To dry a house properly, it is also essential to look for hidden moisture. Our team can use non-penetrating moisture meters to locate abnormally high levels of moisture in materials such as plaster and drywall, where minimizing surface damage is vital.

Our SERVPRO crew also uses air movers to improve air circulation. The equipment helps prevent water vapor from settling on surfaces. Air movers usually have to stay on for several hours or days to dry a property effectively. We may, therefore, leave the equipment in your home, and it should remain in operation.

Mold growth can occur as humidity rises. Therefore, our technicians keep humidity levels as low as possible in a water-damaged home. We can use desiccant dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels. These devices produce drier air than other dehumidifiers, meaning that the air has the lowest vapor pressure. Like air movers, it takes some time for dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. Therefore, our restorers can ask you to let the dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity reaches acceptable levels.

When a water intrusion incident happens in your property, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. Our well-equipped and trained professionals respond to the emergency needs of homeowners around the clock.

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Water Damage In Your Covina Home

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for appraisal and repair.

Repairing Laminate Floors with Water Damage in your Covina Home

Wet rooms in your home are at a high risk of suffering from water-related problems. These can be especially true in bathrooms with vinyl or laminate flooring. Unlike natural woods, laminate flooring requires immediate attention. The cheaper, porous materials used in a laminate can store onboard significant amounts of water in a short space of time. This water absorption can lead to cupping, warping, or bubbling on the floor's surface, making doors tight to open or likely to get stuck.

If you notice the floor becoming inconsistent in your bathroom, there is a strong chance that water damage in your Covina home is the culprit. Shower curtains are often inefficient at preventing all water from escaping, while enclosed showers may still leak or suffer blockages. Over a year, the steady transition of small amounts of water onto a laminate floor can result in long-term water issues. Our team here at SERVPRO can access both the flooring and the ceiling below to understand the extent of harm.

When porous materials become oversaturated with moisture, they expand. This expansion means that a laminate floor may sustain increasing pressure against the baseboard and walls of your bathroom. When pressure levels get too high, the boards begin to bend upwards in the middle in response. Homes with laminate flooring should have sealant beneath them to prevent water from passing between floors. However, SERVPRO technicians often find that the sealant is insufficient or worn away beneath the laminate, which can lead to water migration problems in the story below.

Repairing a laminate floor is a big job. Porous materials like these are often tough to recover. SERVPRO technicians can remove the laminate flooring to gain access to the subfloor beneath. Here, we can apply direct airflow and temperature to ensure that moisture is dried correctly, and there are no microbial growth concerns. Once the subfloor is approved, we can inexpensively replace and install more suitable vinyl boards to replace laminates. Vinyl boards are water-tight, which makes them a superior choice instead of laminates for wetrooms like bathrooms or toilets.

Warping and cupping in laminate flooring are only going to get worse rather than better. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for appraisal and repair.

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SERVPRO has the Training to Perform Crime Scene Cleanup in Azusa

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Trauma scene cleanup requires trained professionals. SERVPRO has the specialized training to remove biohazards.

Highly Competent and Compassionate Technicians Are Why SERVPRO Offers Reliable Azusa Crime Scene Cleanup  

Responding to the aftermath of a crime in your Azusa crime evokes strong emotions. Fear, stress, and grief add to the loss of the comfort and security you and your family felt in your home. It would help if you had not only practical assistance in cleaning your dwelling but also the restoration of both your refuge and your peace of mind. Our commitment and comprehensive training are why we can bring both to your post-crime crisis.  

Specialized Set of Skills 

When the authorities complete their work, you, as a homeowner, are left to cope with crime scene cleanup in Azusa. The residues and debris can pose significant challenges while eradicating the damage. If not cleaned appropriately, lingering substances and evidence-gathering materials also expose your loved ones to biohazards such as blood-borne pathogens and toxic chemicals. Extensive hazardous waste removal and management coursework and on-the-job experience are why we meet or exceed expectations. 

Competence in an Exacting Field 

Crime scene cleanup must adhere to state and local laws and regulations, including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We attend strictly to the requirements for training and certification of our employees, which is why SERVPRO immediately comes to the assistance of members of our community. Cleaning up a crime scene can include handling the removal and disposal of the following biohazards: 

  • Blood and tissue
  • Drug lab chemicals
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Tear gas or pepper spray
  • Fingerprint power and evidence collection chemicals 

Collaboration with Insurance 

Most home insurance covers crime scene recovery. In addition to removing the residues and debris, we also work with your carrier to provide necessary deep cleaning and disinfection and help arrange for needed repairs and rebuilding. Our efforts to streamline insurance coverage and to return you to a fresh and sanitized space as quickly as practicable is why SERVPRO is an excellent solution. 

Sensitivity and the Personal Touch  

We are proud of our ability to clear away the physical signs of the crime and to make your residence look “Like it never even happened.” At the same time, we realize the damage after trauma does not affect only the structure and contents of your home. Appreciation of the difficulty of personal recovery from a crime committed in your home entails is why SERVPRO employees treat you and your family with sensitivity and respect during the project. 

Compassion and discretion are why SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina’s professional resolution of the trauma and confusion of crime scene cleanup goes beyond expectations. One call to (626) 387-4111 mobilizes our crews at your time of need.  

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Water Damage in Corvina is Undiscriminating. Be Selective and Choose SERVPRO to Cleanup.

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

There are some emergencies where your cleaning company may not be able to manage all aspects of the water damage.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Water Removal Specialists for Commercial Buildings in Covina

Like many owners of a multi-business commercial space in Covina, you made the decision long ago to contract with a building cleaning service. Although the company you hired does an excellent cleaning job, there are some emergencies where they may not be able to manage all aspects of a crisis. Particularly when a water loss is involved, the responders must have all the experience, training, tools, and equipment necessary to locate, remove, contain, and dispose of the water.

Common Spaces Share Water Damage

Your many retail and foodservice tenants reap the benefits of communal business practices, but when something goes wrong, the need for shared water removal services in Covina poses some challenges. Water that spills in one store or a supply line that bursts between the walls separating a couple of stores can spread far and wide. Establishing the perimeter of the water movement is crucial because if any moisture goes unaddressed, secondary damage is likely.

Locating the Water Spread Requires Training and Tools

When SERVPRO managers and technicians complete the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework, they receive a solid foundation in the theory and operation of moisture detection and monitoring devices. Because water is undiscriminating as it moves through the many spaces of your commercial building, we must find and follow its path. Our employees use the following tools to locate the wet areas of the structure. Further, they help define how much they vary from normal moisture levels in unaffected areas of your building.

Moisture Sensors

Uses sharp probes to detect moisture in soft materials. These are an excellent aid to detect the presence of moisture in excess of 17 to 19 percent but do not measure the amount of moisture.

Moisture Meters

These implements determine the moisture content of various materials. Penetrating moisture meters use probes to test within wall cavities and underneath wood flooring. Penetrating meters also test individual layers. Nonpenetrating moisture meters use sensors to produce readings when the meter is placed on the surface of materials. The sensors test the conductivity of the material, so we can get false readings when measuring steel studs, foil back insulation, nails, and other metals.


This tool measures temperature and relative humidity. Advanced models also record dew point.

Removal Proceeds After We Determine the Extent of Water Migration 

SERVPRO positions pumps and extractors once we know the outline of the water migrations. The measurements used to locate the water form the basis of our drying goals. Our team continues to use the specialized tools to monitor drying after we bring in air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to complete the commercial water removal.

The focus of SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is sharpened to water removal when your commercial property suffers from a water loss. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 to arrange an inspection and plan to get all your tenants back in business fast.

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Covina SERVPRO Professionals Talk About Water Removal Equipment

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

This is just some of our equipment that we use for water damage restoration. This picture shows the drying phase after the water was extracted.

Why Professional Water Removal Works Best in Covina Properties 

Nearly every home experiences some form of water damage during its service life. Whether it is from an appliance failure, plumbing problem, or from storm damage, it is not an uncommon issue. FEMA estimates that water damage and the often-resulting mold cost the insurance industry just over $2.5 billion yearly.  

When a Covina home needs water removal, it is best to have the task performed professionally. The reason is simple; most consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums and fans do not have the power to extract the water like the specialized equipment SERVPRO technicians use. 


The access to a diverse selection of extraction equipment, and the extensive training each technician undergoes makes the difference for giving each job site they work on for restoration service, the best outcome from any water damage. 

Why Specialized Equipment Matters

When there is a water loss within a home, the water migrates downward, the attraction to gravity is part of the reason why water causes so much damage. Water damage events that occur on upper levels often see water dripping through the ceiling below. This is why SERVPRO technicians have different types of extraction and drying equipment for varied kinds of surfaces.  

For example, they use weighted extraction heads on carpet and padding to push out the maximum amount of water. This action assists homeowners in saving carpet saturated by clean water, so they no worry about the cost of installing an all-new carpet. Squeegees work well on tile and hardwood flooring, and for drying, the technicians rely on their air movers and different types of dehumidification equipment to bring down the moisture levels in the room. 

Monitoring the Drying Process

The technicians determine the air moisture levels within the home before drying and set drying goals, which is an essential step in avoiding issues such as mold. Most drying goals are set below 50% humidity to inhibit mold growth, and they carefully monitor the process to completion. 

When your home needs water removal, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for fast action on the extraction and cleanup, so it is "Like it never even happened." 

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We Act Fast In Covina When You Are Facing Flood Damage

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

We have state of the art LGR dehumidifiers and double stacked air movers ready to handle any size flood damage job.

How We Prepare Immediately for Covina Home Flooding

While you might have heard the slogan that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, our commitment to this statement can help your Covina home during an emergency. With so many potential reasons that flooding could occur in your home, we have to get the facts straighter before we dispatch the right personnel and equipment to your address. The way that our SERVPRO team prepares can help get boots on the ground more quickly to your home, and ensure that when we arrive, that the right steps get taken immediately to help.

When you first reach out to our emergency response line that we staff 24/7, you can answer questions about the severity of the damage to your home and if flood removal for your Covina home is necessary. With the answers you provide, and any additional commentary, our crew chief and production manager can work with this information to divulge the right equipment and approaches to overcome the pressing concerns at the site. This initial communication with our team is known to us as the First Notice of Loss (FNOL.)

By reading over the information collected in the FNOL, our flood damage restoration specialists, as well as our in-house general contractors, can have a better understanding of the work to get performed upon arrival. It is our commitment as an emergency service provider to reach a damaged home within 4 hours of this initial contact with our customer, regardless of when this call gets received. In flooding scenarios, every second counts. Our prompt arrival increases the chance of stopping further damage and provides peace of mind to our customers and their respective insurance providers

No matter what time of the day or night flooding damages can occur, you can count on the full measure of restoration professionals and reconstruction specialists to arrive within hours to help. We have dedicated crew chiefs capable of managing the information you provide in your FNOL to get technicians, the right equipment, and the appropriate accessories on the way quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team a call anytime you need us at (626) 387-4111.

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How Our Water Removal Services Protect a Family and Their Property in Covina

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the cause SERVPRO can help you remove water damage from you home.

SERVPRO has various tools and methods to remove water from your home

Water can end up inside a residence in Covina because of many different situations. A tree might open up an area in the roof and let rain into the attic. A hose might slip off from behind the washing machine. The water heater might rust out on its underside. Many other kinds of accidents happen on a regular frequency to homes everywhere. 

When a disaster strikes a home in Covina, water removal services can protect the interior and its contents from devastating damage. Water can bring about ever-expanding damage that changes not only structures, but also affects your personal belongings, furnishings, and even the safety of your house. Water removal services from SERVPRO are designed to stop the spreading water and start the drying process.

Water removal also helps with reducing the ability of substances creating odors in your house. Many of the odors associated with damp conditions come from both deteriorating materials and increased microbial activity. Removing the water that activates microbes, leading them to begin rapidly reproducing, helps control them and the damage they create. Soils trapped in your flooring are also capable of giving off odors when left damp for too long. 

The IICRC trained technicians at SERVPRO do not rely on the presence of odors to know we need to locate and measure water. Our moisture meters tell us how high the moisture content is in any item we test, and our imaging cameras show the areas with excessive dampness. Being able to concentrate on these particular areas means we can also continuously monitor these places to ensure they become adequately dry on schedule. 

When damp materials and contents become dry, the damage slows down enough that we can begin restoring things. Furniture, for instance, requires tenting of cushions to allow air to circulate around them. A soft but sturdy brush renews the pile on upholstery and removes topical soils, including mold that might have flourished. Wood components quit swelling when dry again, and our building department can help with restoring these when needed. The same approach works well for carpets saturated with clean water. 

Removing the water and circulating the air within your residence helps dry out personal belongings, also. For large-size events, we often box up and bag items for drying at our facility. We can also build drying chambers at your house if space permits. Doing this keeps your items available to you, but we do ask that the chamber remain sealed to achieve optimal results.

The wiring in your home can sustain severe damage wherever water encroaches into wiring, sockets, or switch plates. After removing saturated drywall and other materials, our building specialists can test the electrical system, so any risks get taken care of before anyone in your family experiences a shock. Fire also becomes a hazard when wires become corroded. 

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to help with water removal services, starting the restoration process needed after a disaster strikes. Call (626) 387-4111 for the fastest service.

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Our Technicians Discuss Steps For Handling Your Flood Damaged Home In Azusa

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Steps for Handling Flood Damage in Your Azusa Residence Safely

The climate in Azusa is temperate and warm, and the average annual rainfall is 470mm. Therefore, flooding incidents may not occur often. However, heavy rain can cause flooding in low lying areas. When flooding occurs, you should act diligently and quickly to safeguard your property and possessions from extensive damage.

To deal with flood damage in your Azusa residence, you should take several steps. You can enter your home if it is safe to do so. Watch every step because you can easily slip and fall. Be careful around electrical equipment and gas lines. Avoid using electrical appliances to avoid short-circuiting incidents. Some things you can do to limit costly damage to your possessions include:

    •    Remove furniture and other movable items from the flooded house. You can salvage these items if they have not soaked in a lot of water.
    •    Move valuables, pets, cars and essential documents to safety.
    •    Use a shop vac to extract the water.
    •    Open the windows and doors to let fresh air enter the house.
    •    Buy or borrow a dehumidifier and place it in the area that was flooded to remove excess moisture from the air.

Cleaning up and repairing a flood-damaged home is exhausting and usually requires advanced equipment and a team of experienced professionals. You can let SERVPRO help you restore your home to its normal condition. Our certified crew can handle the restoration process efficiently.

Dealing with flood damage and preventing further harm is more involved than you may think. For instance, there are sanitation concerns. The floodwater in your property could have viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Furthermore, water can seep under floors or migrate upwards in walls within minutes. It can penetrate so deeply that it can take several weeks for it to evaporate under natural conditions. During that time, the moisture could cause wood to warp, swell or crack or drywall to deteriorate.

Our technicians can use powerful water extraction equipment such as the Kleenrite Mega 4 Flood Removal unit to remove the water. The Mega 4 provides the power of a truck-mounted pump in a portable flood removal unit. Our crew can also locate the areas of your home where water has intruded and determine if the structures and contents have absorbed lots of moisture. Moisture detection equipment like the Flir BR200 Video Boroscope Wireless Inspection Camera enables our technicians to capture pictures in hard-to-see locations. Our SERVPRO crew can remove moisture from deep within the structures and contents of your home using air movers and dehumidifiers. Besides water damage repair, we also offer disinfecting and odor neutralization services.

When dealing with flood damage, you need fast and effective professional help. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can help you remove the floodwater and clean up your home. Call us any time any day at (626) 387-4111.

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Some Ways to Avoid Water Damage in Covina

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen quickly. Be just as fast to react by contacting Team SERVPRO for water damage remediation services right away.

Experience and Training of Our Water Restorers for Covina Homes

We understand how stressful and traumatic water loss incidents can be in a Covina home, and that is why so many of our staff have taken the time and effort to gain their certification as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), many with additional endorsements in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) This experience and education have produced a skilled team of professionals capable of assessing damage quickly and applying the appropriate response to minimize loss and get your property back to preloss condition as promptly as possible.

While there are restoration companies to choose from in the area, few have the experience and training available to our SERVPRO technicians to address water damage in Covina homes. We have worked closely with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to develop our professionals into the best possible assets for emergencies. The curriculum of coursework at this institution sets the bar of quality standards for the restoration industry.

Because so many of our team have taken the provided opportunities to obtain WRT certification through the IICRC, we are more prepared than you might think for even widespread disasters that can affect several thousand square feet simultaneously. Large loss scenarios are not uncommon, especially with appliance and plumbing failures, and they can migrate quickly to affect many areas of a damaged home.

Hands-on training is something that you cannot replicate with coursework and continued education in our facility. Each experience presents something new for our technicians and staff that makes them more attuned to disasters and more aware of the best responses when every moment counts. Each project that the team works on provides our entire SERVPRO brand with a clearer image of what our customers expect and how to obtain that.

As premier restoration professionals in the region, we have built a reputation that hinges on the satisfaction of our customers after our water restoration efforts complete. We have efficient drying and extraction tools to make the process fast and cost-effective. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team a call today at (626) 387-4111.

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The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Fire Damage in Covina

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

After fire damage strikes your home call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Fire Damage Professionals In Covina Talk About Refinishing Charred Materials

When something burns inside your Covina home, the flames can spread, and the heat created can ruin your building materials and contents. Many types of fire damage exist in the form of partially burnt items. In some situations, objects inside your house get burnt so badly that the have to be removed and replaced. In other cases, many of the burnt and charred items can get refinished and saved from being removed and replaced.

The first step to saving burnt or charred items by refinishing during a fire damage situation in Covina is to remove the burnt materials. When dealing with wooden items, the general rule is that if the charring goes into the material deeper than a quarter-inch, then the object must be replaced. However, if the charred material is less than a quarter inch deep into the item, then we can remove the soot and refinish the item. Refinishing your building materials and contents can be much cheaper than having to replace everything that got burnt. Therefore, our SERVPRO technicians always strive towards cleaning and refinishing items to help save you and your insurance company money.

Sometimes, the best way to remove charred materials is to use a brush or sander to agitate the burnt surface. When using hand sanders, our SERVPRO crew then uses a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to vacuum up all of the soot so that it does not soil any other previously unaffected area. But, sometimes the burnt area is large, and sanding and brushing methods can become too time-consuming.

In cases where we are dealing with large areas, more abrasive blasting methods can help us save time and money. Two methods often used to help restore burnt items are soda blasting and dry ice blasting.

Dry ice blasting uses carbon dioxide pellets that change from a solid to a gas as soon as they contact the affected surface. This rapid change in chemical states causes a miniature explosion when the volume instantly expands by 800 times. Soda blasting uses baking soda as its blasting medium. The baking soda getting blasted onto affected surfaces removes soot by agitation, and the baking soda particles also react with odor-causing soot particles and help neutralize them.

The more items you can save after a disaster, the better off you will be. If you call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at, (626) 387-4111 because we can help you find the cheapest methods to restore your home to its preloss state "Like it never even happened."

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Professional Flood Damage Cleanup & Restoration In Irwindale

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

We as a restoration company know how important getting your Irwindale home cleaned after a flood damage.

Let SERVPRO handle your flood damaged Irwindale home.

It might be rare to face floods in Irwindale. However, the threat remains real and often leaves lasting effects long after the event itself ends. As a homeowner, you need to keep in mind that a flood can bring many hazards along with it, that you are not capable of handling. It takes a trained professional to recognize all of the problems that may exist.

Depending on the type of flood damage that occurs in your Irwindale home, floodwaters can contain dirt, debris, and harmful pathogens. Any water that passes through or overland can transport debris over vast distances — bringing with it disease-causing pathogens that infect individuals who come into contact with affected materials without the proper protection. 

SERVPRO has all of the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to address flood damage in and around your home. With that in mind, all of our restoration technicians use a variety of personal protective equipment, including boots, masks, gloves, and full-body suits wherever necessary. It is our goal to both protect ourselves and prevent secondary contamination while working to restore your property to a quality preloss condition. 

SERVPRO’s flood damage restoration technicians can help you identify existing problems and avoid exposure after a flood. Our specialists evaluate the threat level in your home and make quality recommendations that provide solutions to your unique situation. Whether your toilet, sink, bathtub, shower, or dishwasher overflowed, a pipe burst, washing machine malfunctioned, or your hot water tank broke, we can help. 

SERVPRO has teams of expertly trained cleaning and restoration specialists available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, to help limit any losses you might experience. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (IICRC), water removal, drying, and deodorization services are all designed to adjust to fit your specific situation. We have years of experience helping homeowners recover after a flood and use everything at our disposal to ensure you receive the results you deserve.

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina any time, day or night for access to skilled restoration professionals determined to provide you with quality solutions you can trust. We can help make your flooding incident disappear, “Like it never even happened.” and work hard to meet or even exceed your expectations. (626) 387-4111

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Extraction Tools Used For Commercial Water Removal In Covina

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Covina business owners, don't fear we will be there for your water damage.

We have the tools that do it all for your Covina water damage.

Sometimes mishaps take place and one day you can get cursed with bad luck when you suffer from an overnight plumbing failure in your Covina furniture store. If you ever walk into your store in the morning and realize that moisture has been pouring into the interior of your building all night, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to conduct commercial water removal.

Once your contents and building materials start to get wet, they can quickly become damaged if the moisture is not promptly removed. The first step to commercial water removal in your Covina furniture sales store is to extract as much liquid H2O as possible. Moisture is easier to remove while it is in the liquid form before it soaks into your structural components and evaporates into the air. To complete a successful extraction process, our SERVPRO technicians know that using the right extraction tool for the job is vital.

The best way to remove water is to utilize a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor. An extraction tool then gets attached to the extractor vacuum hose for the device to be applied to the wet surfaces. For situations where the amount of water is minimal, light, hand-held wands can be used to extract moisture from damp carpet.

During the more difficult situations, deep extraction tools can be implemented. One type of deep extraction tool is a self-propelled extraction device. These units have an independent motor that moves over the carpet at a consistent rate. These tools use the weight of the operator to compress the carpet so that the vacuum pulls out as much water as possible.

Another commonly used deep extraction machine is a stationary tool. Stationary tools also use the weight of the operator to compress the carpet. These, however, get used one section at a time. The operator stands on the device for ten to fifteen seconds and then moves on to the next section.

If your furniture store in Irwindale ever gets flooded out by a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. We are available 24/7, and the word on the street is that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Covina

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

All you need to do is call (626) 387-4111 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Carpet By Calling The Specialists After Water Damage In Covina

Some prefer renting to owning a home, and a reason for doing this is the need for upkeep of the property.  All owners can attest to the fact that repairs pop up continuously, requiring attention and resources to resolve them.  Not surprisingly, plumbing issues can arise at any point, including a broken water heater that leaks all over your carpet.  Once you discover the water damage, it is hard to determine whether you can fix the issue on your own or if you need to call a specialist.  Reaching out to a professional team tends to be quicker and less disruptive than tackling the issue yourself.

If this sounds like your experience with your home in Covina, leave the water damage restoration to our SERVPRO team.  Our skilled technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle situations like yours.  Just call our 24/7 number so our Green Fleet can travel to your home and lend a helping hand, regardless of the size of the damage.

When our water restoration technicians (WRT) assess the damage to your carpet, they also consider their options in the drying process.  Even though some equipment such as dehumidifiers and water extractors are clear choices, understanding how they work is essential to optimal results.

Close monitoring of temperature and air moisture keeps our SERVPRO crew informed of the progress.  Occasionally, the best outcome is possible by floating your carpet or allowing hot air to flow underneath it.  This specialized technique is hard to achieve for the average consumer, who can inadvertently stretch the carpet or compromise its integrity.  Our team can help by coordinating available tools and techniques to reach the goal.

Do not let the burden of drying your home fall entirely on you.  Let our experts at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina do their best by allowing them into your home.  Our expertise in planning, executing, and monitoring the results of a successful drying job is for your benefit.  All you need to do is call (626) 387-4111 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Leader At Providing Irwindale Fire Damage Restoration Services

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

We will arrive quickly and begin the restoration process so your home life can go back to normal after a fire.

Damage Assessment and Insurance Claims After Irwindale Fires

Many Irwindale homeowners can concede that fire loss incidents present too many effects and symptoms that they have gotten ill-equipped to handle. With these same property owners seeking the experience and fast response of professionals like our SERVPRO team, you should take a moment to appreciate the relationships between restorers and the home insurance companies providing coverage for your property. Our team has a close working relationship with area providers so that we can expedite claims processes and get your home back to preloss condition as promptly as possible.

With the higher volume of hazardous fire damage effects to Irwindale homes, addressing these conditions must happen right away. Because many of the insurance providers that we work with want to have a professional opinion on the damage and documentation to support the claim getting filed, we encourage potential customers to reach out to our team before they even contact their insurance company about the loss incident. We can mobilize our SERVPRO management and estimator to arrive and begin our thorough assessment and cataloging of the present damage for the needed evidence in your insurance claim.

Fire damage claims are never guaranteed, though as a trusted name in the restoration field in California, we can help our customers to find the satisfactory result they need. Damage assessment is a crucial part of that equation, as this helps to spell out the full measure of the work that must occur, the personnel required to accomplish it, and a general expected cost of this restoration. Our commitment to providing this information quickly can help to reduce the red tape and waiting when handling matters with the insurance.

We can work alongside your insurance adjuster to meet the demands of both our customers and their providers. We have sophisticated and advanced tools that can help to quickly reduce damaging hazards in properties and reduce continued damage of the house should there be an unexpected delay in the green light to begin working.

We strive to provide unparalleled service when fire loss incidents occur because we know how stressful and overwhelming these circumstances can be for our customers. No matter when disasters strike, you can count on our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team to help. Call us today at (626) 387-4111.

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Hire Out or DIY? How to Determine if Your Covina Home Needs Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

We have the tools and equipment to thoroughly dry your home.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Do DIY Water Removal in Your Covina Home 

There is a correct time and place for DIY cleanup of water damage in your home. Water emergencies often happen without warning such as a supply line hose to a washing machine failing or a leak within a wall you had zero knowledge of until it dripped through the ceiling.

There are five essential questions to ask about the water removal needs in your Covina home to determine if you need a professional restoration services company.  

How much water is there?

The amount of water in the home is a crucial factor. While you are emptying your home wet/dry vac for the tenth time, the water in your home continues to migrate on the floors and become absorbed into the carpeting. When the damage is on an upper floor in your home, it is finding its way into the lower levels via the floor joists and ceiling. SERVPRO technicians have multiple portable pumps for fast water extraction in several areas of the home at once. 

What type of water needs removal?

In the first 24 hours after a water spill, it is considered "clean" with little to no danger of bacteria or contaminants. If the water in your home has the potential to contain sewage or has sat in the open for over 24 hours, it becomes safe to handle, and you need professional water removal.  

Do I have the right equipment?

If you are going into battle against a water spill and your tools are a mop and wet/dry vac, the outcome may not be what you envision. Water migrates swiftly following the path of least resistance and gets into subflooring quickly. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to extract water from all kinds of surfaces and furnishings. 

Is there a danger of mold?

Did you know mold only requires warmth, moisture, and food such as sheetrock, paper or wood to flourish? If you leave moisture behind during a DIY water cleanup and the ambient temperature is over 70F-degrees, you could potentially have a costly mold infestation issue in the future.  

Can I eliminate the water odor?

That familiar musty odor that remains means there is still an excess of moisture somewhere in your home. SERVPRO technicians possess a diverse array of moisture detection equipment to ascertain the exact location of all water, whether it is visible on the surface or not along with professional-level odor control applications. 

When your home needs water removal, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. The experienced, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the water damage in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Eliminate Water Damage From Covina Property with SERVPRO’s Help

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Covina restaurant can be difficult to deal with alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Even Small Water Damages to Restaurants in Covina May Require Professional Help

One of the most commonly overlooked types of damage to restaurants in our area is water damage. It can be easy just to mop up the water or patch a leak and call the problem fixed, and in many situations, that may be all that you need to handle the issue. However, when damages start to add up and resist stopgap efforts, that may be a sign to call in a professional mitigation company. SERVPRO stays ready 24/7 to respond to any type of damage since We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Problems Can Start

Some of the most common water damages to restaurants in Covina involve long-term leaks that grow to monstrous proportions. Appliances, water lines, fire sprinklers, and more can all create small flows of water that start to pool up in hard-to-reach areas. These pools of water can cause a wide variety of problems, including damage to the foundation of your building and mold growth around the entire restaurant. Less commonly, we also get calls when appliances or water lines encounter a significant malfunction and flood the area. Regardless of the source of the water, you should call SERVPRO any time you think that the situation may be too much for a few mops and towels to handle.

Calling for Help Sooner Rather than Later

Small-scale water damages can be tricky to deal with since they may not seem severe enough to warrant a call to a company like SERVPRO. However, if you neglect to handle the problem with the appropriate level of care, far more severe problems can start to develop. Mold growth can be avoided through fast drying aided by our industrial-strength equipment but may be inevitable in some situations where we might not get called in. While we carry a wide variety of certifications to handle problems like mold damage, we strongly prefer that you call us as soon as possible after finding signs of damage. Most of our water removal projects take up only a few hours and may not impede even a single day of your normal business operations.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina stays ready 24/7 to respond to disasters large and small at business locations in the area. Call us at (626) 387-4111 to learn how we can help.

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Call Us Right After A Storm Has Occurred In Your Covina Home

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

If storm damage has occurred make sure you take action fast. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Hire Experts to Mitigate Storm Flood Damage in Your Covina Home 

Shifting weather patterns have caused record-breaking rainfall amounts and storms that cause flooding in many parts of the nation. Water, wind, downed trees, and hail are some of the things that can damage your Covina home. Floodwater can leave you with damaged drywall, furniture, flooring, and clothing, among other items.

When your Covina residence has storm flood damage, you need to act quickly to minimize the damage, protect your possessions, and restore the property. That means working with a reputed restoration firm like SERVPRO. We can arrive fast to your property and get to work immediately to clean it up. We offer immediate services that can secure your property and prevent further destruction from occurring, such as boarding up openings and tarping a ruined roof. This can protect your house from the elements and intruders.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) use portable pumps or wet/dry vacuums to extract standing water from affected surfaces. Water can flow into seemingly unlikely places and cause future problems if it remains undetected. We can identify all damp materials through moisture inspection that involves using moisture detection devices such as:

  •       Infrared cameras
  •       Thermo-hygrometers
  •       Moisture meters
  •       Moisture sensors

Mold is also an issue when water gets into a home. Although mold is useful for breaking down dead matter in nature, it is not something you want growing in your home. After water intrusion incident, it takes only 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow on water-logged items like drywall, upholstered furniture, clothing and draperies, ruining them in the process. It can also cause health issues for the people living in your home. We can dry your home and its contents thoroughly to prevent mold infestation.

If your home has hardwood floors or plywood subflooring, determining if they are dry can be difficult. Often, a padding layer is present between the subflooring and other flooring materials like carpeting. The padding layer can trap water, leading to more water damage. Wood floors that remain damp for lengthy periods can sustain permanent damage. Our technicians can reduce the relative humidity in your home and then position air movers strategically to apply airflow on top of and below the wood floor. Our drying strategy for wood floors concentrates on preventing cupping, buckling, or warping from becoming permanent.

Our SERVPRO technicians also have expertise in dealing with black water that could contain pathogens, animal, and human waste as well as pesticides. We can remove and discard porous items like the carpet and pad to decontaminate your house. Our technicians also disinfect affected surfaces using EPA registered disinfectants. 

Restoring a home after storm flood damage can be a tiresome and time-consuming process. That’s why you should call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for help. Our emergency helpline is (626) 387-4111. We have the workforce, equipment, and experience to make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage in Your Covina Residence Calls for Thorough Drying

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians are ready to break down the water damage in your Covina home.

We know our steps for water damage in Covina are thorough.

A water loss incident in your Covina home can occur because of an overflowing sink that causes water to pool in your kitchen. It may also happen because of a pipe burst that causes water to pool on the floor or run down the walls.  Regardless of the cause of the water damage, you need to act quickly to prevent secondary destruction. The first thing you should do is to turn off the water source and electricity.

To begin cleaning up your water damaged Covina residence, you can wear protective items that prevent your skin from coming into contact with the water. If the amount of water is small, you can use a wet vacuum to extract it.  Since mold can grow within 24 hours, you need to be proactive in drying out the affected areas by setting up several fans.

Hiring professionals to help you dry your home and restore it to its original condition is also essential. SERVPRO can respond quickly to your emergency and mitigate the damage properly using advanced water extraction and drying equipment. Our technicians have multiple certifications, including Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD). We can use shop vacs to remove the standing water and then dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. We may use an open or closed system to dehumidify the air. An open drying system exchanges the moist air in a house with the drier outside air, while a closed system closes off the affected areas from the outside air and from the unaffected areas of the building.

Knowing how moisture affects different materials is crucial because it ensures effective drying. For instance, wood expands if it absorbs excess moisture. At times, the boards can warp. If expanded boards push against each other, buckling may occur at the joints where they meet or at the walls. The amount of buckling depends on the type of wood and the moisture it has absorbed. If the wood dries, warping and buckling may become permanent. Another issue you may deal with is crowing, which happens if there is more moisture in the top of the wood than the bottom and sides. Crowning usually happens because of over-drying the bottom of the wood. Our SERVPRO technicians can dry your wood flooring properly to prevent these problems.  We also monitor the drying process to determine if the affected surfaces are drying using equipment like:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Most of the time, homeowner’s insurance covers for water losses. We can take photographs of the damage and work with your insurance company to ensure a hassle-free claims process.

If a water intrusion incident has occurred in your home in Azusa, Irwindale or the neighboring areas, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for help. We are available around the clock and can respond to your emergency immediately.

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The Simple Way to Fix Your Water Damaged Business in Covina

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mishaps can happen anywhere in your Covina business. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Protecting Saturated Short Pile Carpets in a Covina Office

Short pile carpeting is not something offices throughout Covina have installed for their plush feel and appearance, but they do serve a practical purpose in being easy to clean and inexpensive to replace or initially install. Whenever disasters like water loss incidents occur, the carpeting becomes one of the first materials affected as even the thinner short pile variety can still become heavily saturated and allow permeation to the subfloor padding and poured concrete base flooring material underneath. 

As much as you want to protect all areas of your business when water damage affects your Covina office building, starting with the areas most likely to become the most significantly damaged can reduce out of pocket expenses and keep your doors open despite widespread recovery efforts. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast and confident response to commercial properties affected by water loss incidents, as we have a leading inventory of tools, equipment, and products to quickly gain control of these situations. 

With the right response, even during the spreading water crisis, the right preventative steps can get taken to reduce saturation and ultimately save the carpets. With these same carpets featured in every open area of the entire office building, this can save substantial tear out and replacement if you cannot obtain the precise matching design and color scheme for the flooring material. 

Padding and the concrete beneath are also at risk for water damage if the carpet itself holds this damage for extended periods. Padding is also porous, allowing for substantial absorption which can allow the concrete beneath to begin leeching this moisture slowly with direct exposure. If this damage becomes too extreme, the carpets might require partial removal so that drying mats and other specialized recovery equipment can get installed by our SERVPRO professionals. 

Whenever water loss incidents occur in your office, you have a finite amount of time to secure the right personnel to make the situation less costly and dramatic to your business. Our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina team can arrive quickly with the experience to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (626) 387-4111.

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How To Prevent A Fire In Your Covina Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina restoration specialists a call at (626) 387-4111 to help you make fire emergencies “Like it never even happened.”

Reducing Your Risks Of Fire Damage In Covina Homes

As you might have imagined, many fire loss incidents that have affected Covina homes since our restoration team first started serving the area were entirely preventable. Unfortunately, many of these situations were wholly destructive, compromising the entire house or business with effects that got out of control. There are ways that you can reduce your chances of experiencing fire loss emergencies, and also limiting their severity and destructiveness if they do arise.

When you consider how harmful fire damage in Covina residences is both to the structure and its occupants, homeowners want to do whatever possible to reduce these potential hazards. Even the fast response of our SERVPRO team is rarely enough to reduce very costly restoration and recovery efforts when ignition sparks and fire effects begin to spread wildly throughout the property. There are methods to reduce potential fires or to reduce the damage they can cause, however.

Check Aging Components in Your Home
Electrical systems, in particular, might have been state-of-the-art decades ago when they first got installed, but now they do not have the insulation or protection that is the standard of modern wiring. Exposed areas could superheat and lead to combustion.

Smoking Inside
Many fire incidents occur from accidents caused by careless smoking, often an unattended cigarette or the smoker falling asleep. While many brands have changed the composition so that cigarettes do not continually burn, it is still a risk that homeowners take - and one that our SERVPRO team must combat.

Installation of Fire Suppression System
Many homes have smoke alarms, and a small number of fire extinguishers tucked in convenient locations, but these can do little for fires away from these areas or when homeowners are in a panic. A suppression system reacts to the change in the environment and deploys retardant.

Fire loss incidents can get out of control quickly, especially without any provisions in place to slow the spread of effects. If disaster strikes, you are not alone. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina restoration specialists a call at (626) 387-4111 to help you make fire emergencies “Like it never even happened.”

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We Provide Fast Action To Your Azusa Flood Damage Restoration Needs

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Many of these LGR dehumidifiers and double stacked air movers are shelved in our vehicles, ready to help when the call comes out for flood damage.

Flood Damage in Your Azusa Residence Could Necessitate Board Up and Restoration Services

Many communities both inland and coastal are finding themselves flooded because of extreme weather. Water from heavy rain can make its way into your home, particularly if there’s existing damage like a leaky roof or broken windows. When flood water enters your house, the priority is your safety and that of family members and pets. 

It can take several days before you repair your Azusa home after flood damage. As you wait for restoration experts to repair your house, you can take several steps to prevent additional destruction. One of these steps is cutting power because flood water can carry an electrical current, which may spark a fire or shock a person. Locate the circuit panels and shut off the power circuits.

You should also inspect the exterior of your property and check for signs of potential danger such as a collapsed hoof. If you are not sure if your house is safe to enter, avoid going inside. You also need to gather vital documentation that you can use during the insurance claims process such as proof of ownership, personal identification, documentation of flood insurance and homeowner’s policy records.

If severe weather has destroyed several parts of your home like the roof, windows or walls, it is crucial to seal them to prevent secondary destruction like an animal intrusion, moisture intrusion, and vandalism. A restoration company like SERVPRO can board up any openings in the structure properly. Insurance policies usually require homeowners to protect their homes after any kind of damage. If you do not take measures to prevent further destruction to the house, your insurance firm could account for any secondary destruction to the building as negligence.

Removing the flood damage from your house quickly is imperative because it can ruin the floors, drywall, and furnishings. It can also introduce microbes into your home, which could cause health problems. Our SERVPRO crew can restore your house after flood waters have ruined its structure and contents. We have sophisticated water extraction equipment like submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums, which can remove most of the water to speed up the drying process. We also use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from a building and its contents. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) also use equipment like moisture meters to monitor the drying process. Once your home is dry, we can perform restoration services like cleaning and deodorizing its contents.

If your home in Covina, Irwindale, or the nearby areas has sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for board up and restoration services. Our goal in every restoration job is to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are Equipped With The Necessary Tools To Handle Your Covina Water Damage

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 to restore your preschool after a water damage emergency. We have the equipment, expertise and tools to handle any disaster.

Help from the Experts Prevents Commercial Water Damage from Closing Your Covina Preschool

Businesses of all kinds in and around Covina trust SERVPRO because our trained employees earn different certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We know how important your business is to you, your students, and their families. We can help you keep classes in session, with regular activities intact by mitigating things properly.

When your preschool gets more than a little wet, commercial water damage in Covina can start to cause you problems with your building. Children sometimes flush things down the toilet or plug the drain in bathroom sinks, leading to overflows. Other causes of water damage include windows that leave gaps when closed, leaks in the kitchen plumbing, and deficits in the building's structure.

Our first goal when we show up to a site with water damage involves locating the place where the water comes from, and then getting it stopped. We cannot do anything else until the water no longer comes into your building. One-time incidents that you know to have caused the disaster can save us this step.

We then use our infrared cameras to view in real time where the water spread. Water behaves differently in different situations. Different sources also leave behind different categories of water, clean, gray, or black, and the amounts vary considerably, as well. While we can calculate an estimate of how much water affected your building, the amount rarely matters as much as the percentage of moisture content inside of the structure's materials. We use the numbers from our moisture meters to help us gauge our progress in drying and mitigating the interior environment of water and the damage it causes.

We also clean the carpets wherever needed to make sure that they end up clean and dry before your students return. We wipe down the surfaces that became wet and apply disinfectants and sanitizing agents in a spray to ensure even and thorough application. When larger areas need this treatment, we often use a fogger for its penetrating action.

Because we work as efficiently as possible from the very beginning, we can finish the job soon, keeping interruptions to a minimum. Our high level of efficiency gets a great head start because we are Always Faster To Any Size Disaster, including yours.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 when you need help with water damage that threatens your preschool. We serve all sizes and types of businesses.

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Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration for Your Damaged Covina Home

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Covina Homeowners Looking for Restoration Services--Say HELLO to SERVPRO!

Whom Should a Covina Property Owner Call for Restoration Services Following House Damage by Water, Wind or Fire?

A home emergency could involve damages to contents, structural components, or both. In rare cases, the structure itself is impacted substantially in which case you may need to combine restoration with third-party general contractors, remodelers and architects. However, in the vast majority of situations, a professional restorer can mitigate against further losses and repair or remediate home and contents. In short, restoring your property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage

One vital restoration service we provide to residents with water damage in Covina is the extraction of excess moisture in combination with proper drying techniques. SERVPRO technicians are adept at recognizing potential causes as well as methodically remediating the affected area to ensure losses are kept to a minimum. We use the term extraction for the removal of pooling water; remediation is for the cleaning, drying, and protecting of the property's contents, fittings, and cavities.

Limiting immediate loss is about ensuring large quantities of water are removed efficiently to prevent further damage in your Covina home. We achieve this using specialized portable extraction units. Each unit uses a combination of industrial vacuum power, a heating element and a targeted wand to draw water from fabrics, synthetics and natural materials. The water is collected in large 40 to 60-gallon tanks that prove sufficient for anything but the most severe water issues.

Proper drying techniques are a method SERVPRO use to guard against future losses. Water naturally migrates from wet to dry and can enter wall cavities, crawlspaces or subfloor. Hidden in the recesses of your Covina home, the migrated water can become a breeding ground for bacteria or microbial growth. Using thermal imaging cameras alongside moisture sensors and meters, SERVPRO can detect moisture pockets or damp spots that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. By introducing structural cavity drying equipment, like our injectidry systems, we can remove that moisture and reduce the likelihood of secondary property problems caused by unchecked microbial growth.

Mold Remediation

Mold spores are a natural part of any home environment. These microscopic fungi exist in wall spaces, air ventilation systems, carpets, fabrics, and just about anywhere in the home. We make a point of informing our customers here in Covina that microbial fungi are not in of themselves a health risk. There are many beneficial elements to microbial bacteria, including medicinal ones like the antibiotic, Penicillin. It is only when these tiny spores come into contact with moisture at ideal temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit or above that it can become an unpleasant issue for a homeowner.

Since mold spores are standard in a home environment, SERVPRO uses the term remediation rather than restoration. Remediation of mold damage in Covina properties means locating the source of the issue and removing colonies, soiling, and odor from it. We often find that microbial issues occur as a result of older plumbing or a previous property issue such as a water leak that was not restored comprehensively. Our restoration service aims to tackle both the source of the problem and its result.

One of the challenges in remediating microbial growth is that the source tends to be located in trying to reach areas like ventilation shafts or cavities in the property. We circulate hot air into these areas to ensure the cause is thoroughly dried before moving on to the effect. Placing barriers like plastic sheeting or negative air pressure is essential to ensuring microbes remain confined to the affected area. SERVPRO technicians can then set to work using chemical agents as well as deodorizing equipment to bring your Covina home back to its preloss condition.

Fire Damage

As a premier restoration service provider here in Covina, we aim to provide a professional solution to all types of property damages. House-fires are an unfortunate event for a homeowner but can usually be contained to one room where they cause extensive but non-permanent harm. We use local technicians who can professionally restore your home by removing soots, smoke residues, and odors after fire damage in Covina.

SERVPRO technicians are not only trained to identify different types of smoke residue but can also use a range of odor control methods to return your property to its preloss condition. We adapt our approach depending on the type of materials burned. Most commonly, these include protein fires, synthetic fires, and natural fires.

The first two produce thick, wet smoke that is stubborn, odorous, and challenging to remove without chemical cleaning agents. Natural fires, on the other hand, produce a dry smoke which spreads further but can usually be removed relatively quickly — both types of fire cause malodors which serve as an unwanted reminder of the event. SERVPRO can deploy thermal fogging equipment which vaporizes chemical pairing agents to find, neutralize, and clear your home from odors.

Storm Damage

A severe weather event can cause extensive harm to your Covina property. First responders typically deal with the immediate dangers, shutting off power to prevent electrical fires or removing debris such as fallen trees. Remodelers or general contractors deal with the aftermath of the event replacing windows, doors, tiling or other aspects of the structure. The restorer operates in between first responders and general contractors, performing vital tasks to mitigate losses and prevent permanent problems.

A professional restoration service could help save your property and reduce your claim after storm damage in Covina. SERVPRO uses local technicians available around the clock for emergencies. We can carry out crucial procedures like inspecting the property for safety hazards, restoring power, and board ups to ensure the entire property or affected area remains secure while it is vacated.

Onsite, SERVPRO can prepare the property for third-party contractors by deodorizing and clearing away debris or excess quantities of water that may have entered the property. We can prevent further losses by performing emergency drying of contents to prevent mold growth or pack out contents to an external facility for deep cleaning. You can reach us anytime by dialing our twenty-four emergency call line to arrange a service.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is here to assist with restoration services of any scale or type. Contact us right away at (626) 387-4111.

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Performing Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Irwindale Home is Easier With Professionals

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO put your mind at ease while restoring your fire damage.

Don’t let fire damage take over your home.

Fires are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Although you have taken many precautions to prevent a fire, it can still occur. Electrical faults are a leading cause of fires, and they can occur because of faulty wiring or overloading a plug with many appliances like washers, dryers, fans, and heaters.

If an electrical fire occurs, it can ruin many places in your home. Thankfully, you can deal with fire damage in your Irwindale home by contacting a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. We have the equipment and expertise to restore your home to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

When we get into a home, we walk through the job with the homeowner to determine which areas have been affected. Our technicians then pretest the cleanability of surfaces to identify the items that can be restored. We also make a detailed inventory and scope of the affected areas. We then provide the property owner with a summary of our findings and explain the right steps to take to restore a home to its pre-fire damage condition.

Here at SERVPRO, we know that it is heartbreaking to see your possessions ruined whether it is a much-loved kitchen table or items with sentimental value like photos. Dealing with the mess that a fire makes of a residence is also daunting. That’s why we have a trained team of restoration specialists who can carefully comb through the debris and clear away what cannot be restored while carefully preserving the restorable items.

We also perform structural restoration, which includes eliminating charred contents that might seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation and evaluating floor coverings and carpets that may need to be removed. We also use equipment like hydroxyl generators to remove smoke odors from affected surfaces. We can also seal affected surfaces to prevent leftover odors from leaking into the home. If fire sprinklers or other firefighting efforts introduced water into your home, our crew performs water mitigation.

If you are looking for someone who can help you deal with the aftermath of an electrical fire, look no further. The professionals at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can help you clean up your home and fix the damage. Contact us through our helpline at (626) 387-4111 for speedy restoration services.

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If Your Sink Overflows In Your Covina Home, Our Experts Are Ready 24/7!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our helpline is (626) 387-4111, and you can reach us at any time for help.

Where To Get Water Cleanup Services In Covina After A Sink Overflow

Most homeowners never expect water damage to occur in their home, and few are prepared for the day when it happens. If you discover the sink overflowing and spilling water down the counters and across the floor, you can panic. This is understandable but unhelpful.
When your sink has overflowed, the first step should be to turn off the water supply. You should then seek water cleanup services for your Covina home to prevent further damage. Apart from the faucet, your dishwasher can also make the sink to overflow. In most kitchens, the dishwasher and sink share the same drainage pipes. If a clog occurs in the drainage pipe, the water pumped out of the dishwasher can go back into the sink instead of draining properly. If you are not lucky enough to notice this problem early, the water can flow over the top of the sink and onto the floor, causing damage to the cabinets and floors.
If you do not clean up the water quickly, it can lead to mold growth, odors, and stains. Once mold grows, it may spread fast throughout the area if not abated. To get out of such a problem, you can count on the restoration specialists from SERVPRO. We have the equipment and water damage experience required to clean up your home to stop the destruction from worsening. We can also work with your insurer to ensure that you are properly covered and repair any damaged structures promptly and professionally.
Our technicians can remove the stagnant water from your kitchen using wet/dry vacuums. If necessary, we can move large appliances away from the walls to remove the water and moisture. We can set up fans and dehumidifiers in your kitchen to help dry it completely. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use moisture meters to find hidden moisture in hard-to-reach places like behind cabinets. We can use powerful vent systems to force dry air under the cabinets to expedite the drying process.
If there’s water loss in your home, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can assist you to clean it up and bring it back to pre-damage condition with little hassle. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our helpline is (626) 387-4111, and you can reach us at any time for help.

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Don’t Let Extreme Weather Cause Damage To Your Covina Home, Call Our Crew!

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (626) 387-4111 for a consultation as the waters rise.

Extremes Of Weather Can Result In Covina Flood Damage

Heavy rains even in areas that recently experienced drought are not uncommon in this time of extreme weather patterns. If your home in Covina experiences flooding, you are not alone. Our skilled workforce has both the training and the experience to halt the harm flood water can cause to your residence. We also have the commercial quality water removal and drying equipment needed for our team to exceed your expectations.

Flood damage in Covina can include mudslides and debris-heavy water invading your home. Recovering from this type of loss is not a do-it-yourself proposition. Our employees master the coursework from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and gain on-the-job familiarity with the most effective strategies for flooding abatement in preparation for your disaster. We adjust crew size and add equipment as needed to clear the contaminated waters, clean and disinfect the affected area, and dry out your structure.

Flooding is considered black or Category 3 water. Soil, chemicals, dead animals and insects, and sewage are common contaminants. SERVPRO crews know how to contain and then dispose of the tainted water and debris according to local regulation. Once our pumps and extractors have removed the majority of the flood waters, we clean residual soiling with products and tools matched to your circumstances. We inhibit the proliferation of microbial growth, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens with EPA-registered disinfectants.

Once the flooded spaces are cleared, cleaned, and sanitized, SERVPRO moves on to structural drying. We use thermal imaging to locate any hidden water pockets and measure moisture levels to inform our drying goals. Structural drying requires a balance of air movement and temperature to be struck, causing water absorbed into building materials to release into the air as vapor. Our evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers capture the airborne moisture for disposal outside of your home.

All steps must complete or at least begin within 24 to 48 hours of the flooding event to prevent secondary damage like mold growth and crumbling or warping of structural components. SERVPRO employees keep this timetable in mind as we look forward to returning your property to you “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready for the challenges of flood damage remediation. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 for a consultation as the waters rise.

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We Will Remove Any Odors Left Over After A Fire In Your Azusa Home

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and can start the odor removal process quickly to minimize your discomfort.

Fire Damage In Your Azusa Home Can Make It Necessary To Use Odor Removal Services

If you have recently had a non-life threatening or non-emergency fire in your home, you may have extinguished it with minimal damage. However, you may be left with a persistent smoke odor throughout your property that is difficult to remove, especially if the fire burned synthetic materials.

Removing smells is a complex part of soot and smoke damage restoration after a fire because it is invisible and it takes training to know how to remove them quickly and efficiently. If there is smoke odor caused by fire damage in your Azusa home, you can contact the professionals at SERVPRO to provide you with odor removal services. We can mitigate a significant amount of smoke and soot odor damage by using several techniques.

Odors result from airborne gases, chemicals, or small particles. The temperature and size of the fire determine how easily the smoke odor can be eliminated. Higher temperatures cause the pores of the surrounding materials to open and absorb the odors. Fire odor removal requires cleaning, deodorizing and sealing some materials.

Our technicians can remove all the soot and dust using a shop vac. Once we remove the larger particles, we can use dry-chem sponges to clean the affected areas. We also inspect a building to check for charred and burned materials. Removing these materials from your home is critical for helping eliminate the smell. If we come across materials that are impossible to remove, we can apply a sealant on them to lock in the smoke odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians can spray deodorizers throughout the affected areas so that the deodorizing agent can penetrate the pores of the affected surfaces. Our goal is to neutralize the odors you consider unpleasant. Our technicians can eliminate both real and heightened awareness odors. Odors can reappear after several days or months when the weather becomes humid again. If this happens, we can perform additional deodorization procedures.

If there is smoke damage after a fire in your home, you can call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. We have the training and expertise to deal with different kinds of fire damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and can start the odor removal process quickly to minimize your discomfort.

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We Have The Latest Technology And Advances In Covina Water Damage Restoration

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

We have specialized tools such as the suction mat which will suck water from the cracks in the joints of slat flooring.

How Correct Use of Water Removal Methods Protects Homes in Covina

When high humidity exists inside a home, wood floors can become damaged. This damage can present itself in several ways. Slight damage often shows up as boards cup or drown, depending on the location of the moisture affecting the flooring.

SERVPRO technicians carefully apply water removal techniques to protect wood floors in Covina properties, as over-drying of the boards in a wood floor can also create additional problems. When cupping or crowning show up on a floor, we can tell by looking at them where the hidden moisture exists.

When boards become higher on their edges, the floor suffers from cupping. We can resolve this with sanding that reduces the height of the sides without creating a possible problem when the humidity in the area falls back to a lower amount. Cupping can happen when humidity becomes trapped underneath a floor. Sanding eliminates tripping hazards while also keeping the floor from suffering from possible over-drying, which can crack the boards.

Crowning, the opposite of crowning, occurs when water rests on the surface and penetrates the wood. We can more easily perform water removal methods in this type of situation by drying the surface. Because the bottom area of such boards remains closer to the desired moisture level in most cases, we do not need to perform more extensive work. Also, sanding in this type of situation can create damage that only appears when the floor becomes dry again. We never sand a floor that exhibits crowning.

Because warped wood signifies unwanted and harmful dampness, we do need to dry the affected area slowly. Rapidly drying can lead to problems, as well as misdirected air flows. We take care to not over-dry the bottom area. However, we do use moisture detection units to determine if moisture is present in the underlay of the flooring. If so, we can carefully dry this with mats that extract moisture from that area while continually monitoring the progress.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to provide homeowners in the Covina area with services based on the latest technology and advances in restoration and mitigation technology. Call us for water removal and drying professionals who apply IICRC-approved methods in protecting your residence. Our 24-hour services line, (626) 387-4111, is always available so we can provide you with the additional information you need for your unique situation.

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Has a Broken Pipe Burst the Fun in Your Azusa Home?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fast extraction is necessary to minimize water damage. Call SERVPRO to remove the water from your home.

Has a Broken Pipe Flooded Your Azusa Home With Water?

Sudden accidents and damages can plague your home without warning, and you may find your home in critical need of water removal services. A broken pipe inside of your home can leak hundreds of gallons of water if left unchecked, and all of that water has nowhere to go once it is flooding inside of your home. While this problem may seem intimidating or overwhelming, it is essential for you to act immediately.  

The best thing you can do for your Azusa house is to call for water removal services as soon as possible. Getting professional help quickly to your home can prevent severe water damage from taking root inside. The quicker that the mess is cleaned up, the better it is for the longevity of your home.  

Here at SERVPRO, we have a reputation for being swift, efficient, well-trained, and providing excellent customer service. We pride ourselves on our IICRC-certified technicians, and our use of advanced technology to get the job done as quickly as possible. No matter the time, SERVPRO is always ready to come to your aid and remediate the damages inside of your home.  

When the volume of water inside of your home is significant, SERVPRO can bring truck-mounted equipment, such as extractors and wet/dry vacuums, to remove the excess. Using truck-mounted equipment allows us to remove a higher volume of water faster than the independent units do. The sooner that SERVPRO can get the water out of your home, the less likely it is that further damage can develop.  

After extracting the water, we can use thermal imaging technology to ensure that there are no remaining pockets of water hiding in your home, be it between walls or under floors. After being sure there are no more puddles to clean up, SERVPRO can use drying mats, dehumidifiers, and air movers to remove any remaining moisture from the floors in your home and the base of your walls. Once finished, we can return your home to you in its pre-water loss state.  

If a broken pipe leaves your home in need of water removal services, call for them right away. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by phoning us at (626) 387-4111. No matter the time or day, SERVPRO can quickly help you.

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What to Do When Water Damage Happens in Covina

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Drips Lead to Water Damage in Covina Properties--SERVPRO Can Help with the Cleanup

Covina Homeowners Often Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

Water damage can be a catastrophic experience that usually catches many off-guard. You need to be well-prepared in case it happens in your household or business to minimize destruction and stay out of harm’s way. As a resident in Covina, it helps to have contacts of an expert and reliable water restoration company that can come to your rescue in such a situation.

When a leak causes water damage in your Covina home, you may not know what to do at first. Note that water spreads quickly; thus, you need to act fast. It is advisable that you immediately try and locate the source of the leak and try to turn off the valve to stop water from spreading. Remember to be safe at all times especially when electricity is involved to avoid shocks or even electrocution.
The company you should run to during such a scenario should be SERVPRO. We have been offering top-notch services to all our clients for many years. We come highly recommended thanks to our professional team of ICCRC certified technicians who arrive on time to help you recover from your loss. We always follow all the proper steps to complete the task at hand in the appropriate manner. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Our team starts working even as we thoroughly access the situation to get the best possible solution. We only use high-tech equipment that helps us to complete the job fast in a satisfactory manner. Our professionals take time to clean, dehumidify, and dry out your property meticulously. Additionally, we assist in the prevention of mold growth and eliminating dangerous bacteria and pathogens present in water masses.

You can trust SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina to come to your rescue when facing water damage issues. We also serve Irwindale and Azusa. Just call us at (626) 387-4111.

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Being Prepared For Flooding In Your Azusa Basement

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most destructive events which can happen in your home is a flooded basement.

Flooding In Your Basement

One of the most destructive events which can happen in your home is a flooded basement. Unfortunately, many people have gone away for a weekend, only to come back to find that their basement is flooded. The flooding of your basement can occur in a very short time, many times overnight after a storm brings a heavy rain, a pipe breaks, or a washing machine overflows.

When you encounter a situation like this, you want to call a water removal specialist, such as SERVPRO, to assist you in removing the water from your Azusa home. Our technicians are available at any time you need and use industrial truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to get your house dry again as soon as possible.

If you have never experienced your basement flooding, it is helpful to know that there are some steps to take which are important before the SERVPRO team arrives. Most people are not ready for an event like this ahead of time, but you should have supplies on hand such as water-resistant clothing and boots which are appropriate for wading in deep water. If the water is close any electrical outlets, however, do not wade into the water.

Having a sump pump in your home helps redirect the water out of your basement. When purchasing one, know that there are different types such as gas, battery, and electric powered sump pumps. It is important to pay attention to the kind you purchase since many times your power might be out when you need to use the pump. In such a case, an electric pump obviously won’t do you any good. Mops, shovels, sponges, and other cleaning supplies are good to have on hand as well.

We at SERVPRO realize that a water damage event can be very stressful, which is why we work swiftly to come up with a plan of remediation after arriving at your home. We go over it with you before starting any work, so you are comfortable knowing what is going on. Our professional pumps get rid of the standing water, then we can use our other equipment to complete the drying process.

SERVPRO of Azusa is experienced and professionally trained to be able to help you with your water removal emergency at any time. Just get in touch with us when you need by dialing (626) 387-4111.

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We Will Restore The Odor In Your Covina Restaurant After Water Damage Has Hit

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Stains in your business caused by water damage need to be restored by our technicians right away. We are available 24/7.

Turning Around Commercial Water Damage in a Covina Restaurant

Signs of water damage in your restaurant can hurt your business. When customers see the water stains and smell the odor left behind, they may choose not to frequent your establishment. Also, another problem besides unsightly water spots and unpleasant odors can permeate your space, and that is mold. Where there are moist conditions and something organic to eat such as wood or drywall, mold can spread quickly and set up an unhealthy environment for both workers and customers.

When you discover commercial water damage in your Covina restaurant, it can feel overwhelming. First, fix the source of the water intrusion, then contact us to remediate the visible damage and any secondary damage that has occurred. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have the knowledge and resources to remove the odor and ensure your restaurant is a healthy place to work and serve food with no mold growth in the affected areas. Best of all, we can schedule the remediation efforts at times that are convenient for you, so your business is disrupted as little as possible.

SERVPRO technicians first use moisture detectors and thermal imagery if necessary to determine that both surfaces and interior areas are dry and retain little to no moisture to inhibit mold growth. If necessary, rapid drying techniques are employed to eliminate moisture that has collected behind walls or under flooring. Damaged drywall or ceiling tiles that cannot be restored are removed as they can harbor both odors and mold. Powerful antifungal and antibacterial cleaners are used to disinfect all non-porous surfaces.

Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) are certified in the removal of all types of odors. Often residual odors are due to incomplete drying. Once thoroughly dry, if the odor remains, the technicians may choose to utilize a powerful odor neutralizing method such as hydroxyl generators. These machines utilize the same broad UV spectrum as the sun to safely neutralize odors in indoor areas.

Keep your restaurant free from commercial water damage issues and contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina as soon as you notice a problem. Our emergency services are available 24/7, and the restoration can begin as soon as you call us at (626) 387-4111.

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Our Specialists Can Handle Any Size Mold Infestation That Has Taken Over Your Covina Home

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Professional solutions to property damages are just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 today.

Why Discovering Mold Damage Is Not A Reason To Panic In Your Covina Home

Mold is a natural part of the home environment. They reside within wall-spaces, attics or other less frequented areas of the home and travel primarily through air currents. We make an effort to educate our community about mold, pointing out that there are many positive aspects, penicillin, for example, is derived from these microscopic fungi. It is only when mold comes into contact with damp spots in a warm, humid environment and form colonies that they can become a problem for the homeowner.

A typical call out to assess mold damage in Covina properties is not a reason to panic. At SERVPRO, we have heard horror stories of lengthy laboratory testing or extensive replacement and remodeling. These are a minority of cases, and usually, mold can be dealt with efficiently with minimum expense. If you notice a moldy odor or visible colonies on walls or ceilings a professional service like ours can usually remediate the damages without a drawn-out procedure.

The primary goal in a job like this is to find the source. A loose pipe leaking water or high humidity levels can both contribute. Failure to remedy the problem at the source makes any work carried out cosmetic with the issue likely to return after a few weeks. SERVPRO uses specialized mold assessors with IICRC qualifications to identify the source and deal with it first and foremost.

IICRC qualifications are not cheap or easy to complete, but by investing in our technicians, we offer superb value for money service. Once the source of mold is dealt with appropriately, we can get to work removing the unpleasant colonies. Our methods involve applying agitative cleaning methods to scrub away the mold.

These methods can cause mold spores to become airborne and spread to other areas of the home. For that reason, we can use physical barriers or negative air-pressure to create a robust quarantine while work is in progress. Once removed anti-microbial paints and treatments can be applied to your carpets, curtains, ceilings, and walls to guard against recurring issues.

The essential parts of a mold remediation service are trained technicians armed with the right equipment. SERVPRO leverages our national scale resources to ensure we provide both to the community, providing a leading restoration service in the process.

Professional solutions to property damages are just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 today.

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The Real Story Behind Water Damage Remediation in Azusa

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

When your reliable washing machine springs a leak, the whole laundry room can face damage. Contact our certified team for remediation.

Removing Water Damage From Azusa Homes

Azusa residents do not usually worry about massive floods, but a broken pipe or a faulty washing machine can affect nearly everyone. The effects can be just as expensive if the water is poorly dealt with or goes unnoticed for a longer period.
That is why SERVPRO needs to be your choice to remove the effects of water damage in Azusa and restore your home to its original state. As part of a nationwide network, our office has access to every piece of equipment needed to restore both the structural and personal property to a clean, dry condition.
If the water continued to leak overnight, our teams might have to start by removing the excess water. They use pumps to draw outstanding water and then switch to extraction wands and other devices to remove water trapped in carpets and from between floorboards. The sooner our teams remove the water, the less damaging it is to furniture and floors.
As specialists remove the water, other team members raise furniture out of the way and set it on pallets or other stands outside so that water can drain without staining the carpets or wood floors. They set up fans to increase air circulation to dry the items without causing further damage. For very soaked chairs or sofas, team members may also use air movers to force warm air over a surface and push out moisture trapped inside them.
After specialists finish extraction on carpets and floors, they raise the carpet and remove the pad which decays quickly after exposure to water. To dry the carpet, specialists raise an entry and an exit point and use an air mover to force warm air over the floor and underside of the carpet to dry it along with a fan at the exit to draw out the damp air. Specialists use the same air movers and fans to dry wooden floorboards without causing secondary damage as well. Once done, team members replace the pad and then reattach the carpet.
At SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, our goal is to help every owner return home as soon as possible. If you need us immediately or have a question about what we can do for you, call today at (626) 387-4111.

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SERVPRO Will Restore Your Covina Home And Put You At Ease After A Flood

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Damage caused by a storm needs SERVPRO on the scene.

Overflowing Catch Basins Can Flood Covina Homes

 Severe weather might not always threaten your Covina home, especially with the high-quality construction of your house designed to withstand the sometimes brutal winds and conditions present with harsh storms. The culvert system or storm sewer network throughout the area are vital to protecting properties and commercial structures from flooding by moving water to safe areas, water treatment facilities, and even into the primary sewer system that travels to wastewater plants. 

Maintaining these catch basins and culverts is often the responsibility of the municipality, but without staying on top of these basins in the middle of a heavy storm, your Covina home could end up with flood damage. These diversion systems can get clogged with debris, falling leaves, dirt, and other obstructing substances and prevent them from moving water away from residences and businesses as they should. The result can be a time-sensitive flooding situation in which our SERVPRO professionals must act quickly to protect areas of your house and the occupants of the residence from potential hazards and damages. 

While anyone can clean off the top grating to help water flow resume to this diversion network, many times the problem lies in an inaccessible or challenging place within the basin itself. To correct this problem, you often must contact the owner of the catch basin, whether that belongs to the city or it is one maintained by the state. In the meantime, you need professionals that can protect your belongings from unsalvageable damage while the drying efforts begin.

Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly with the tools to quickly extract excess water and begin thoroughly drying all of the exposed areas. While often carpeting and drywall exposed must get removed and later replaced, our fast response to the situation can help move the contents of your home to a safe location for focused cleaning and drying by our experienced Contents Department. 

While you cannot predict when a catch basin on the roadway or right of way can clog or get obstructed to prevent water flow, the flood damage that a situation like this can cause is substantial for nearby properties. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team a call anytime at (626) 387-4111 to protect your belongings and restore the damage that occurred. 

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If You Discover Mold Growing In Your Azusa Home Our Team At SERVPRO Can Help!

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team a call today at (626) 387-4111.

Rebuilding Your Azusa Property After Widespread Mold Colonization

As much as Azusa homeowners want to preserve the original materials and structural elements of their property when faced with a disaster, this is not always practical or cost-effective. Many times, the extensive work that has to happen to materials to bring them back from their damaged state ultimately costs much more than to remove it altogether and replace it. This situation can get seen often with our mold remediation work.

When you discover mold damage in your Azusa home, many homeowners already know that the recovery from this scenario is too advanced for them to accomplish on their own. With our SERVPRO professionals, we can assess the situation as soon as we arrive at your address to determine the full scope of the damage including which materials are too severely damaged to save effectively. We offer comprehensive support to our customers that begins with this initial inspection and covers every step through a completed restoration and remediation of their property.

As a team with a licensed contracting division, our professionals can offer our customers time and money-saving options like a controlled demolition and build back services. With our initial assessment, we can earmark materials and areas of the home too affected by the mold growth and spread of the colony to effectively waste resources to preserve and tear these components out. This process effectively removes the colony inside of the material and leaves the area prepared for the reconstruction to follow by our dedicated licensed contractors.

Our goal as restorers is to protect the structural elements of your home as much as possible without the need for unnecessary tear outs and reconstruction. We can honestly assess the spread and damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and other affected contents of the property to decide the best course of action to make remediation and the subsequent restoration as fast as possible for our customers.

As problematic as mold damage can be for your life, we have dedicated professionals with the experience and advanced equipment to make a difference quickly in your home. Give our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina rapid response team a call today at (626) 387-4111.

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How is Water Removed From Your Covina Drywall?

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first signs of a water leak is dimpling and peeling drywall.

Why SERVPRO Manages Water Removal in Covina Perfectly

When there is water spill in a property, it presents various challenges including stain transfer, microbial growth and deterioration in parts of the structure due to rot or other issues. Fixing the source and removing the intruding water are critical steps in restoring the property to its preloss condition. Remember, as long as there is excess moisture present, it is impossible to perform other essential restoration steps correctly. Covina property owners can deal with water loss incidents better by involving professional water restoration technicians like us.  

Expediting the water removal in Covina helps in many ways including limiting the chances of microbial growth. Most materials also deteriorate in different ways if they remain submerged in water for long. For example, wet drywall can lose its structural integrity, while natural wood warps or buckles from the extended water exposure. Carpets, on the other hand, lose up to 50% of their strength when soaked increasing chances of tears and other mechanical damage. Using high-speed pumps or truck-mounted extractors, our SERVPRO technicians can extract all standing water before it causes severe damage.  

Proper moisture detection is crucial for conclusive water removal. Although most of the water pools in areas that you can readily see with your naked eye, some might filter into hidden areas such as wall cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize detection of the water source and level of migration. We have state-of-the-art equipment such as thermal cameras that enable us to check hidden spaces without tearing them down first. Using moisture sensors, we can also measure the level of water migration on different porous materials.  

Thoroughly drying property helps eliminate the effects of a water spill "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO technicians understand various challenges that affect the drying stage and therefore come up with the best strategies to tackle them. Since drying involves evaporation, it is much slower when more water is involved. We, therefore, do thorough extraction before starting the drying process. Drying also requires a perfect balance of the evaporation rate and humidity extraction from the air. We do this by calculating the number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for balanced drying.  

Removing standing water from your property with professional help is easy. Call SERVPRO of Azusa /Covina at (626) 387-4111 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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A SERVPRO Crew Is a Beautiful Thing for Removing Water from Your Salon in Azusa

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Keeps Azusa Salons Beautiful with Rapid Water Removal

What You Can Do When a Pipe Bursts in Your Azusa Salon and Causes Water Damage

It is unfortunate that old plumbing can lead to complications that can unexpectedly cause water damage inside of your business. When a pipe bursts inside of your salon, water can run the quickest path from your ceiling to yoåçur floor. From there, the longer that it sits, the water can begin to become absorbed by the tile flooring of your establishment. If it is left too long, the base of the floor underneath can swell and cause cracks in the tile above.
It is never a good feeling to open the doors of your Azusa salon and find water damage pooled around the pedicure chairs first thing in the morning. In fact, you may initially feel panic and freeze, unsure of what to do. However, it is vital for you to get on the phone and call for professional help as soon as you can. The sooner that help can arrive, the less likely it is that severe damage can set in.
Here at SERVPRO, we understand how valuable your time is as fellow business owners. Foot traffic is everything and closing your store means a loss of money. However, if you call us first thing upon finding the water damage, SERVPRO can rush to your property and begin remediation immediately. By quickly addressing the water damage on your property, it is possible that your store can reopen faster.
Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive at your salon with advanced equipment meant for remediating water damage. Our techs can use powerful wet/dry vacuums to clean up any pooled water lingering on the floor. From there, we can use moisture meters to determine where any drying needs to occur inside your shop.
SERVPRO can use equipment such as air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers in conjunction to reduce the moisture that is lingering inside of the flooring. Once we're sure that the damage has been completely remediated, we can leave your salon and allow you to reopen your doors, confident that space has been returned to its preloss state.
Do not ever wait upon finding water damage inside of your establishment. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by phoning (626) 387-4111. No matter what time you call, we're always ready to send a team out to assist you.

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You Never Have To Worry About Commercial Water Damage In Azusa Again With Help From The Professionals At SERVPRO

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO commercial water damage services in Azusa can correct the situation when possible.

We Offer Reliable Commercial Water Damage Services In Azusa

Today did not start well for you. First, you overslept and then did not arrive on time to open up your vintage clothing shop. Unfortunately, your bad day did not end with you being late. You found inches of water standing on the floor. It appears that a leaky pipe in the restroom is the culprit. Luckily, there are professionals nearby that can respond fast and help get your business back on track quickly.

Our SERVPRO commercial water damage services in Azusa can correct the situation when possible. We can dispatch a certified team to your location soon after we take your call, which can minimize your losses and damages. Our experts know that time is money and work fast so you can open your business and return to your normal daily routine.

First, our crew can remove excess water by using industrial grade portable or truck-mounted extractors. They may also employ pumps, wands or wet vacuums in this situation. These machines and tools are highly efficient at removing water from floors, carpets, and floorboards. When drying the structure, we can use air movers, heaters and axial fans as well as dehumidifiers. All these machines help speed up the drying process by decreasing moisture levels and by increasing evaporation inside the building. The team may also utilize moisture meters to find and remove any hidden pockets of moisture that can cause mold growth. The techs can also use fogging equipment and deodorizers to eliminate musty odors.

During the restoration, it may become necessary for us to pack-out contents such as clothing, jewelry, hats, belts, shoes, and accessories to prevent damages to your valuable merchandise. We tag, itemize, categorize and track all contents taken out of your store. Plus, we use a bar-code system to keep an adequate track of all items we remove. This step can be constructive in assisting with your insurance claim. You can be confident that we keep the contents of your store in a safe area until the job is complete.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina commercial water damage restoration teams are close by and can help. When possible, our technicians can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.

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How to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Irwindale Properties

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO to safely remove mold spores from your home.

Do Not Let Mold Damage Bring Your Irwindale Property to Its Knees

The focus of this year's National Preparedness Month is to let citizens learn the importance of planning and be in a position to handle incidents such as mold damage that happens when they are unexpected. Whether you are in business or not, it is essential to prepare for emergencies and coming up with an action plan does not require a lot of money or time. If you live in Irwindale, begin by looking at the hazards your property is likely to face and give them a priority in your planning.

If you are facing mold damage in your Irwindale property, there are practical procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform to restore the mold-contaminated structures. We start by looking at how large or small the affected area is before coming up with the remediation plan. There are chances of the mold problem causing health effects, so we have to provide for the safety and health of the occupants and our team. That is why you always see our SERVPRO technicians some eye protection gear, chemical resistant gloves, and full-face or half-face respirators.

For mold to grow, moisture must be present at the site. We have to determine the source of the moisture and work towards stopping it. If our SERVPRO technicians fail to do that, then it means there are chances of the mold problem reoccurring. The remediation process may also involve drywall demolition, a process that is likely to make the mold spore airborne. To reduce chances of mold exposure when we are working, we put in place containment measures. For instance, the use of negative air machines can reduce the quantity of airborne mold and prevent its spread to clean areas. Sealing the HVAC vents and setting up plastic sheeting to act as containment barriers is part of the containment process.

If we are dealing with non-porous dry surfaces, we may perform HEPA vacuuming to remove any loosely attached mold. We can also damp wipe using a detergent that has anti-microbial properties to sterilize surfaces. Discarding porous items which are extensively contaminated is necessary.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina responds immediately to all fire, water, storm, and mold damage incidents. Contact our highly trained team by calling (626) 387-4111 and let our 24-hour emergency services return your property to its original condition.

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Azusa's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Sprinkler Systems

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

If the sprinkler system ever floods out your restaurant call SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Damage

In every restaurant in Azusa, there are several appliances that use water and many waterpipes running throughout the building. The relatively high number of areas that use water in a restaurant increase the possibility of commercial water damage occurring. Some eateries have multiple dishwashers for their bars and their kitchens. Many cafeterias also have several sinks that have both temperatures of the water and drain lines running to and from them. Both sinks and appliances can malfunction and spray water into your building causing excessive commercial water damage.

Anytime a water leak happens at your place of business; our SERVPRO technicians know that keeping your restaurant open is essential to prevent loss of revenue as much as possible. Our team will change the way they complete a commercial water damage project in Azusa to save you and your insurance company money from loss of business. Many times we restore affected contents and materials while your business is not open so that we do not distract your hungry customers. In other situations, we complete the mitigation work a small section at a time so that parts of your dining room can still stay open.

One common problem that can flood out restaurants is if the sprinkler system for the building goes off. Sprinkler systems are designed to repress fires if they start and usually consist of water pipes running throughout your building. Excessive heat or small kitchen fires can set off the sprinklers which will flood out your structure. Sometimes sprinklers can also leak or malfunction creating excessive moisture issues. If the problem occurs while your business is closed, it is possible that much water will pour into your building before the disaster gets noticed.

If enough water gets into your dining room, building materials and contents like your chairs and tables can get ruined. If wooden items stay wet for too long, mold growth can develop. Whenever water floods out your cafe, our SERVPRO team begins work immediately to reduce primary damage and prevent secondary issues.

If the sprinkler system ever floods out your restaurant, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 any day of the week.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Irwindale

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Removal and Remediation Needed? Call SERVPRO for Swift Service in the Irwindale Area

Irwindale Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Safe Mold Remediation

Mold spores are present in every Irwindale home. They are in most room, closet, attic, and probably in every piece of HVAC ductwork. Usually, mold spores are non-threatening to property and residents. It is only when they come into contact with a source of moisture, do they pose a threat of expansion into colonies.
Even when Irwindale mold damage does happen, it is rarely a health issue. Mold can cause health effects in a small number of individuals. SERVPRO technicians understand that mold is a much greater threat to the structural property of a home than to its residents. After removing the source of moisture, our specialists use a variety of tools and materials to draw mold and mold spores out of the air, off surfaces, and to block further both further growth and the musty odors that mold can produce.
Technicians use an air content meter to measure the number of spores in any given room or hallway. For very high amounts, they set up air scrubbers to capture and trap these airborne spores using specially designed HEPA filters. These filters are also excellent tools for removing dander, dust, and other microbial substances from the atmosphere.
As the air scrubbers work, other technicians inspect the ductwork. If they find active, growing mold, they seal off the vents and use scrubbing brushes with an anti-microbial cleaner to kill the spores and remove them. If the mold grew far into the system, SERVPRO specialists set up a fogging machine to generate a cloud of anti-microbial particles and then set up an exhaust fan on low power to force the cloud throughout the HVAC system, covering every surface and destroying the mold. After the cloud has had enough time to cover every surface, team members open a vent outside of the home and then the fan on high, blowing every mold spores possible into the atmosphere.
For walls inside the home, technicians wipe down each surface with a dry or damp sponge, depending on the amount of mold present. Once they cannot see any further mold growth, technicians can paint over the affected surfaces with a paint that contains a mold retardant which reduces the chance of mold growing across that surface again.
The goal of SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is to remediate mold growth in each home and to reduce the risk of another infestation. If you are dealing with the effects of mold in your home, call us at (626) 387-4111 today to schedule an inspection.

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Flood Damage Technicians In Azusa Discuss Problems With Skylights

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

If organic materials inside your house stay wet for over 48 hours, then it is a possibility that microbial growth occurs.

Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Skylights

Everyone in the area knows that Azusa thunderstorms can get extreme. Excessive rain combined with hurricane-speed winds are likely to cause destruction to your property. Lightning is also an issue that can ruin structural components of your home. In this part of the country, rain can quickly turn into hail which can wreak havoc at your residence. Wind is a common culprit when it comes to exterior structural damage. High-speed winds can blow objects into your home and break things creating vulnerable gaps in the building's structure. Many water-related issues get caused by leaks in roofs and broken windows during thunderstorms. Once a hole gets created in your dwelling, the excessive rainfall can ruin building materials and contents located in the interior of your house.

One feature that is present in many custom home designs that remains at risk of getting broken during a storm is any skylight inside your residence. Our SERVPRO technicians always inspect skylights for flood damage when in Azusa working on a weather-related project. These windows to the sky are susceptible to getting broken by objects put into the air by wind and hail. Once a skylight gets broken, water can leak from your ceiling down to your floor causing many problems on its way down.

Moisture entering from a skylight sometimes flows directly into your home, but it is also possible that water flows into the ceiling cavity and goes unnoticed. However, whether the moisture that entered your house cause you an inconvenience or not, water can still ruin structural components. When building materials get saturated, they can lose their structural strength and fall apart. Water that stays in a home evaporates into the air and can cause additional issues as well when humidity levels rise. If organic materials inside your house stay wet for over 48 hours, then it is a possibility that microbial growth occurs.

When damaged, skylights pose a threat to a lot of your building's structural materials. Our SERVPRO restoration crew is IICRC certified and experienced in dealing with all types of storm-related problems. If the results of a recent thunderstorm have you and your family feeling like your home is broken, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 24/7.

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Stained Walls – A Sign Of Water Damage In Irwindale Properties

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

When a home in Irwindale suffers from displaced water or extreme accumulations of moisture, water damage can mar and stain walls and ceilings.

Water Damage In Your Home

Protecting your property in Irwindale from different problems is easier to do when you know which mishaps to expect. However, when a problem develops slowly, many homeowners do not notice the damage, even when it happens in a visible area of their house.

When a home in Irwindale suffers from displaced water or extreme accumulations of moisture, water damage can mar and stain walls and ceilings. Bubbled up wallpaper can also happen slowly, worsening over time. SERVPRO technicians can help homeowners successfully deal with the situation by regaining control of the moisture or water's source and mitigating the existing damage.

Our technicians receive training in how to locate moisture at its source. Many times, a slightly loose joint in a pipe permits water to seep out, while other situations involve precipitation that finds a way in through a small break in the house's exterior. Water from flooding or overflowed tubs or sinks can also cause problems. How water sprays on the back-splash of a kitchen sink can also create problems for homeowners. Not only can this create water damage but it can also lead to the overgrowth of mold and mildew.

Repairing these problems might require a professional plumber, roofing contractor, or other specialists. When the repair is small and involves a necessary tightening of a water hose on an appliance, we inform the homeowner about the importance of a timely repair.

SERVPRO's goal is to mitigate the home's existing damage so your family can live in a house free of the associated problem of water damage. Removing only those materials that we cannot restore through other methods succeeds in keeping costs manageable while also making it possible to finish quickly. Cleaning surfaces might not remove stains, however, so painting can provide the results we desire.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can be reached at (626) 387-4111 for water damage situations as well as emergencies involving other disastrous situations that can make your home unlivable. Call us so we can help you protect your property from such situations.

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Disaster Planning can Negate the Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Your Azusa Business

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

We are here to take care of and restore your Azusa business!

Azusa Businesses Can Bounce Back After Water Damage With The Help of SERVPRO

Running a business in any industry and of any size can be a lot of responsibility on you. Even if the number of employees in your business equals zero, running things on a daily basis requires things to remain stable, including your business's physical environment, as well.

If your Azusa-based business ever experiences commercial water damage, you might find that things can get out of hand rather quickly. SERVPRO technicians stay ready round-the-clock, every day of the year so businesses in our community can receive the services they need in emergencies like broken water lines, basins that overflowed, and leaks in roofing structures. Our crew members are experienced in large and small settings involving water damage, and we can help you at any stage of its discovery.

In our Green Fleet, we have large pumps mounted on trucks to remove water quickly, which can prevent damaged areas from worsening. We also carry the other machines needed to dry out your business, keeping moisture from spreading through materials to undamaged areas. Our air scrubbers remove microscopic debris in the air, including microbes that can start growing when they settle on surfaces.

At SERVPRO, we carry the tools to clean areas affected by water damage, as well. Getting things dry only solves part of the problem. We know that cleaning up items affected by water that might leave a film of dirt behind does not keep our customers satisfied. Specialized cleaning cloths help pick up deposits left behind after drying out your business. These deposits get picked up from the water passing through other materials in your business. Carpeting, dry materials, and other items can put things in the water that spread out and end up everywhere. We get rid of all that for you.

Protecting your business from the future effects of water damage is crucial in keeping your business running normally. We inspect your business's interior for possible problems that we can help prevent from becoming long-term problems. However, the initial phases of restoring your business's facility can go much more smoothly and efficiently when you have an Emergency READY Profile in place. This free Profile gives us the information needed to assist you more effectively and rules out the possibility that you might forget important details in the face of any type of disaster.

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SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to help our community before, during, and after disasters involving water damage and other serious events that can adversely affect a business. Call us at (626) 387-4111 to see how we can help you at any stage. We want to help your business remain a crucial part of our community.

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Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Irwindale

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damages your Irwindale home, you need to arrange for cleanup and restoration quickly.

Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

When fire damages your Irwindale home, you need to arrange for cleanup and restoration quickly. Before you grab a mop and a sponge realize that fire damage presents challenges with which the average homeowner is not familiar. Proceeding without that knowledge can result in the damage worsening rather than improving and raises health and safety issues. Our reliable fire damage restoration crews are ready to take on the tasks to protect you and your property.

Although anything that burned through or charred in your Irwindale home might seem to be the worst kind of fire damage, the smoke residues and soot must be addressed as well. The uncombusted particles in smoke are what makes up soot, extraordinarily acidic and corrosive substances that coat all surfaces it reaches. Soot damages nearly every type of building material used in the average home as well as fixtures, furnishings, and other contents. Permanent damage can develop within the first hours and progresses. We can halt the harm at an early point, limiting both the expense and disruption of recovery.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team assesses the extent and severity of the damage. We disengage HVAC systems to prevent the continuous spread of airborne soot throughout the home. Containment with physical barriers and sometimes negative pressure air scrubbers assists in keeping the damage isolated from spaces undamaged or only slightly compromised with light, ashy deposits. This approach can allow you to remain living on site during restoration. We work with your insurance company to accurately document your claims, including temporary relocations if needed for your family’s health and safety.

SERVPRO technicians are skilled in the restoration of even deep charring, using techniques mastered during IICRC coursework. Brushing and sanding reveal a solid surface we can restore, and we integrate replacement of surfaces too unstable to retain into a seamless whole. We evaluate the characteristics of the sooty residues and note if they differ from space to space. Loose soot dry sponges, dusts, or vacuums away. Stickier deposits can need cleansers with wetting agents and surfactants to break up the soiling before removal with wiping actions. Protein-based soot, often seen after kitchen fires, is thin but tenacious. Solvents and abrasives might be employed.

Fire damage is toxic, so permit SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to ensure the safety of you and our crew during the entire project. We work efficiently, so the job completes quickly, permitting you to resume your day to day lifestyle swiftly. Call (626) 387-4111 just as soon as the fire authorities release your property for our rapid response.

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Be Vigilant for Signs of Mold In Irwindale -- Even During The Dry, Warm Months Of Summer

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

For Irwindale Mold Remediation and Cleanup Rely on SERVPRO--Get It Done Right, the First Time!

Mold Remediation in Irwindale Is Only a Phone Call Away to SERVPRO

Dry and warm forecasts seem to make Irwindale an unlikely place to find significant mold development during the summer. Although the rareness of rainstorms can limit the moisture fuel source for new infestations, mold colonies hide and thrive regardless of the weather outside. If you stumble on concealed mold damage, we can help you remediate it swiftly and safely no matter what the season.
One key to managing mold damage successfully in Irwindale is understanding that mold spores find both expected and unexpected moisture sources in your home -- unnoticeable leaks, condensation, and the other key is to partner with an experienced mold remediation company when you discover mold growth. You might see what appears to be a minor infestation but once our team arrives the damage could prove to be more extensive. Mold remediation is not a process that works well done a little at a time. We can evaluate the extent of the mold infestation(s) and provide you with a plan to abate the current damage and inhibit future recurrence.
SERVPRO technicians master training in Applied Microbial Remediation through IICRC coursework and then use that knowledge to assist with your mold problem. The procedure followed by our crews mirrors the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations for effective removal of mold and mildew while protecting residents and technicians and preventing the spread of the fungal materials.
Mold spores and the mycotoxins produced as the fungi multiply are irritating to susceptible individuals with allergies or sensitivities. When remediation occurs, it is essential not to disturb and broadcast these particles. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment and contain the area affected with physical barriers (plastic sheeting) during the project. We also employ air scrubbers, equipped with HEPA filters and use a ventilation system generating negative pressure allowing air to flow into but not out of the mold-contaminated spaces.
The mold colonies on non-porous surfaces scrape off well. Porous surfaces can be restored with techniques like soda blasting, a non-aggressive abrasive method that removes mold without damaging the surface. Debris is bagged, and residues vacuumed with HEPA-equipped equipment for disposal according to local codes. SERVPRO uses EPA registered disinfectants to treat the surfaces to inhibit regrowth. The moisture sources identified must be eliminated by appropriate contractors. If the dampness returns, so can the mold.
Have confidence that SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can remediate mold damage stemming from any source of moisture. Call us at (626) 387-4111 for an inspection and consultation before we begin the work needed to abate the mold damage.

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What You Should Do When A Storm From The Pacific Floods Your Azusa Kitchen

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When your Azusa home is struck with flood damage, you may be unsure of how to react.

What You Should Do When A Storm Floods Your Kitchen

Living in California makes your home susceptible to flood damage from storms that wash in from the Pacific Ocean. While not all storms are severe, even small ones still have the capacity to flood your home with several inches of water. A window in your kitchen that you left cracked open while working is the perfect entry point for water to rush through. Fortunately, when accidents happen, there is professional help nearby that you can call to begin the remediation process.

When your Azusa home is struck with flood damage, you may be unsure of how to react. You may want to examine all of your options as many aspects of life teach us that it is unwise to rush critical decisions. However, it is truly one of the worst things you can do for your home when it comes to water damage.

The longer the flood water sits in your kitchen, the more damage it can do. Your hardwood floors can become bloated and warped from absorbing the water. Your kitchen cabinets can begin to mold if microbial growth ensues. Any metal can begin to rust when exposed to stagnant water for such a long period. In reality, the quicker you get this excess water out of your home, the better.

Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced tools to tackle flooded waters in your home. Extractors work well for removing excess water fast, and their heating element can help dry out the different surfaces of your home as they remove the moisture. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs can also use wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to help the process go even faster. Getting the water out of your property as quickly as possible allows SERVPRO to dry the area out afterward and help prevent further damages, such as mold.

When a storm that sweeps in from the ocean floods your home, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina by dialing the phone number (626) 387-4111. Our doors are open to you 24/7, and we are ready to send our technicians to your home.

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When Over-watering causes Commercial Water Damage In A Irwindale Nursery

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

After a nursery in Irwindale sustains commercial water damage in this manner, water can continue to spread via evaporation and condensation.

Commercial Water Damage

Sprinklers used to prevent fires from spreading can malfunction and cause problems, and watering systems in Irwindale garden shops and nurseries can experience similar issues. Incorrectly setting the timer can cause planters and trays to overflow after becoming saturated.

After a nursery in Irwindale sustains commercial water damage in this manner, water can continue to spread via evaporation and condensation. Water-permeable bags of fertilizer and other inventory items can become damaged, upsetting customers and a string of returns for refunds. Water-damaged materials can allow other problems to develop, including mildew growth. SERVPRO's professional Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) helps protect area businesses by removing the misplaced water from the building.

Removing water can include the moisture that now saturates porous materials and increased humidity. Because nurseries typically maintain higher humidity than the outside air, we might not need to perform dehumidification except in areas such as offices or non-nursery areas of your business. Situations such as this make it essential for communication lines to stay open between SERVPRO technicians and our customers during the mitigation work.

The removal of water from your building can prevent this, but the introduction of water from over-zealous sprinklers can kill your more fragile living merchandise. At your direction, our employees can help rescue saturated plants by working with your employees in placing seedling containers in a designated area to allow for more rapid draining away for the water.

Plants and seedlings that already perished can still provide some cost-cutting savings when we remove and set aside potting soil and planters. These can still drain away extra water and then, after recycling and minor cleaning, re-enter your inventory to save your business money, helping to keep it active and healthy.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina helps businesses recover faster after any disaster including water damage from both interior and exterior sources. When businesses have a READY Plan in place, our response becomes even more specific to the problem, starting at the moment we arrive to begin mitigation. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 to make your READY Plan for such emergencies or our assistance with a disastrous situation currently affecting your business.

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How SERVPRO Move-Outs Can Restore Fire Damages to the Contents of Your Irwindale Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO thoroughly inspects your items after fire damage to assess what restoration process is best to restore them to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Personal Items after a Fire

Fires in your Irwindale home do not offer warnings or notice to give you a chance to preserve all of the contents of your home. Instead, these items (beyond what you might have been able to carry out on your own in your evacuation) get left to the mercy of the fire that swept through your home. While there are inevitably going to be instances where some items are irreparably damaged or unable to get salvaged, many of these items can get restored successfully in the right environment.

Move-outs by our team are a typical response to help you to restore the contents of your home following significant fire damages in your Irwindale residence. This approach helps us to take more individual care of each of these items while providing our team space and access needed to restore the rest of the damaged house.

When contents of your home get removed for restoration, they get transported to a nearby facility for thorough inspection and detailed cleaning to help prepare them for their return to your house at the completion of the fire restoration to the structure. The process begins with cleaning, which primarily involves various approaches to remove soot damage present in fabrics, materials, and textiles.

Deodorization plays a crucial role in this process as well, allowing for thermal foggers to break apart smoke odor molecules and remove the noxious scent of the fire that has embedded itself into the contents of your home. This process ensures that while restoration occurs at your home, you are not bringing an old symptom back into the affected area for recontamination.

While move-outs might be a small part of the overall restoration process for your home following a fire, it can show our level of dedication and commitment to a thorough and quality job. You can rely on SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to help you through every challenging aspect of home restoration following a fire, and our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (626) 387-4111.

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Mold Damage Remediation for Your Irwindale Home

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

If your damaged roof was providing access to water into your attic, you could have a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Investigates a Mold Infestation in Your Home Before Starting the Customized Remediation Process

High winds and rains are a recipe for roof damage in Irwindale and can create a leak. Since you are likely not up in your attic that often, or at all, a roof leak can go undetected for a very long time. Mold, in the meantime, can start eating away at your roof decking, plus the structural beams that hold up your attic roof, the insulation, and anything else that is edible.
Mold needs moisture to be able to grow, and it does not take much time to begin – as little as a couple of days. When you realize there is mold damage in your Irwindale home, it is imperative that you act quickly. Mold continues to grow and eat away at materials of your structure until it is cleaned up. At SERVPRO, our staff has been trained to handle mold growth correctly, so you do not have additional damage.
Mold begins as a tiny spore which functions like a seed only smaller and more straightforward than actual seeds. A mass of mold spores can include thousands, but still be smaller than a pinhead. When something disturbs the mass of spores, thousands of mold spores are set free. Airflow carries the spores off, and they stay in the air until gravity helps them to settle. Very gentle air movement is all that is needed to lift spores again and keep them aloft.
The airborne spores eventually land and settle on a surface. SERVPRO staff understand how to clean these spores off of surfaces when possible. Spores are made for survival and might or might not start growing right away. Mold spores might lie dormant sometimes, waiting for the right conditions for growth.
Moisture makes spores swell as they absorb water. They start growing by sending out a network of structures, known as hyphae. Some hyphae might grow, like roots, into the material that is under the spores. Other hyphae spread out over the surface. Some can grow upright and make spores on top.
SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is experienced at cleaning mold colonies so that we can take care of the growth in your home in Azusa, Covina, or Irwindale expertly. Give us a call at (626) 387-4111 when you realize you have an issue.

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Commercial Water Damage Projects in Irwindale

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

When possible, SERVPRO will remediate damage during your business's closed hours in order to not interfere with normal operations.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Get Your Business Back to Operating Normally after Water Damage

Sometimes appliances or pipes break inside your Irwindale bakery that causes water to leak everywhere. It is never a good thing when you go to open your bakery in the morning, and it is flooded. Many times a water damage problem can cost your business money if your bakery cannot function.

When mitigating issues at a business, we try to complete work without costing you even more money. SERVPRO's commercial damage technicians in Irwindale have experience in mitigating problems in a way that negatively affects your business as little as possible. Often we change how we complete our processes so that our work does not get in the way of your company's daily operations.

As soon as our IICRC certified technicians enter your bakery, keeping your business operating is the number one goal. We first fix the source of the problem so that water stops entering the building. Next, we take measures to ensure the safety of our workers, your workers, and customers.

Any hazards that we can repair such as falling down drywall or trip hazards we fix. Any other hazards such as electrical shorts we call in professionals to fix so that the work area is safe to begin restoration procedures. We block off and post "danger" signs around the areas that remain unsafe for workers without protective equipment.

Any areas that are wet pose slip hazards and we make sure we post "caution wet floor" signs. We then begin extracting water sometimes a small section at a time so that your customers can still order from your bakery. We block off one part, extract all of the water we can from that area, then move our ropes over to another area so that people can still walk through your business.

Sometimes if the area is safe for you to keep your business operating but it is challenging to stay operating while we work, then we complete our duties after business hours. During extraction, we secure the area and post wet floor signs then complete the work when the bakery is closed. During the drying process, we sometimes set up equipment when your business is closed then remove the drying equipment right before you open the next day.

Often we can dry out a structure during the closed hours of your business. For professional help mitigating problems while keeping your business operating, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 24/7. 

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Mold Growth and Mold Damage in Your Irwindale Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture in a Wall Cavity Can Lead to the Need for Mold Remediation--Contact SERVPRO

Irwindale Property Owners Often Turn to SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Mold can be a smelly fungus which can lower the value of your Irwindale home and create health effects for you and your family. It can be found in any moist area and can grow on walls, floors, and ceilings. Mold is most likely to grow in your kitchen or bathroom. However, there are no areas in your home which are immune to an infestation of mold. When you find it, it has to be dealt with quickly to stop it from spreading to clean areas.

It does not matter where you find the mold growing in your Irwin home. Mold damage keeps spreading and deteriorates whatever it is growing on if it is left alone. Professional help is also needed; it is not recommended for you to clean it on your own with regular household cleaners. Our technicians at SERVPRO are specially trained and certified to handle mold and remediate the growths.
The critical factor in the development of mold is moisture. There are always millions of spores in the air. Sometimes, they attach themselves to a surface to form a colony if the conditions in the environment are right. Unventilated areas of your home with stale air and moisture are breeding grounds for mold. It can even form in cold temperatures.
There is no way for you to prevent mold spores from infiltrating your home. It is possible, however, to control the amount of moisture and lower the chance of the spores forming colonies of mold. Fix any water leaks and let SERVPRO techs help you clean water-damaged areas within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. After this, mold can begin growing. We advise keeping the humidity level in your residence between 45-55 percent.
 If a colony of mold has intruded into your home in Irwindale, Covina, or Azusa, let SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina take care of it. Get in touch with us at (626) 387-4111, and we waste no time arriving and helping.

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How to Know if You Have Water Damage in Your Irwindale Home

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

If you discover stains on your ceilings or walls, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO for water damage restoration services.

Call on SERVPRO If You Discover Water Damage in Your Home

Whatever might be the reason, water damage can spell a disaster if not handled promptly. A leaky faucet, a backed-up drain or a slow sink, all are signs of potential water damage. If you are not prompt in dealing with such incidences, the damage can get out of hand before you know it.

SERVPRO professionals are here to help you detect and fix any water damage to your Irwindale home. That said, the best chance of a successful restoration is when we spring into action at the earliest stage possible. The following signs indicate that you may have water damage in your home.

Stains on Walls or Ceilings

Stains on walls or ceilings are first to appear in the case of water damage. If you see any newly formed wet stain on a wall or a ceiling, it is time to seek professional help. The excessive moisture in the surfaces can prove to be breeding ground for mold and can cause secondary damage if not treated promptly.

Peeling of paint is also a good sign of water damage. Excessive dampness in the walls may cause the paint to peel off. If you are experiencing such a phenomenon in any of the rooms in your home, seek professional help.

SERVPRO technicians can help you identify and treat the cause of the staining and prevent mold damage as well.

Unpleasant Odors

Another sign of potential water damage is an unpleasant odor. If you have backed up drains, the water can stink, and you should be able to perceive that smell. Such incidences are more common in bathrooms, kitchens, and sinks than other places in your home. Such smells should not be ignored in any case. If you experience any weird smell in your house, call SERVPRO, our technicians can help you get to the bottom of the odor problem.

Obstructed Drains

Do you have a drain or a toilet in your home that keeps clogging? If the answer is yes, you need professional help. Repeated clogging can be a result of a more significant problem that needs to be eliminated at its source. Ignoring such incidences can lead to a bigger problem that may require more time and money to fix.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an appointment and a free consultation.

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Finding Your Way Back From Flood Damage To Your Azusa Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Extracts Water from Your Azusa Flooded Home Fast

Being Prepared Can Reduce Shock, Stress, and Storm Damaging Effects

As much as everyone understands about flash flooding and its occurrences following specific weather patterns, it is still unnerving how many Azusa homes poorly prepare for impending potential floodwaters. With that said, sometimes even the most thorough of precautionary measures cannot eliminate the risk of falling victim to a natural disaster like this with the right conditions, so being prepared with a mid-emergency plan can prove a frugal and responsible approach.
Even the most detrimental of circumstances can ultimately get cleaned up and restored if you provide the right opportunity for the professional restoration specialists dispatched to your water emergency. When you are amid flood damages to your Azusa home, immediate reactions can aid in preventing the effects of the water from getting worse and keeping the contents of your home from suffering irreparable damages.
From the time that our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, the source of the water is often still bringing more and more into the affected areas. Locating the vulnerable areas of the foundation walls, or other sources that might have allowed the water to penetrate your home is a critical component of both the restoration process as well as preventing future recurrences.
Extraction is another crucial aspect of our tailored restoration plan. This process helps to pull the high volumes of water from the floor following the sealing and repair of the damaged areas that allowed the floodwaters into your home in the first place. With flooding, it is a typical choice for our SERVPRO technicians to use pump trucks from our fleet of vehicles for fast extractions. More precise actions get accomplished with the use of wet vacs.
Drying the area is not something that can be taken lightly, as failure to remove all of the moisture from the affected areas of your home could allow for compounding conditions like mold growth. Instead, while air movers and other equipment get used to begin drying the areas that were previously underwater, thermal imagery gets used to spy behind walls and into inaccessible areas to ensure that no moisture remains untouched.
Our thorough restoration following flood damage to your home makes SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina an excellent choice for any water emergency that you might experience. You can reach our experienced and courteous restoration specialists anytime by calling (626) 387-4111.

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Deodorization After Flood Damage in Your Irwindale Home

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Irwindale with a Fresh Scent

SERVPRO Has the Resources and Crews to Neutralize Foul Odors Post Storm Events

Heavy rains in the Irwindale area can create flash floods, affected many homes and families. These kinds of floods gather momentum within six hours of the storms that caused them and are distinguished by a rapid rise of water that is fast-moving. Water like this is hazardous and can move massive rocks. Flash floods also carry debris which raises their potential to injure people and damage structures.
Your home in Irwindale can suffer from a lot of flood damage when the heavy rains enter into your structure. What was once your home can suddenly become a sopping, wet mess very quickly. In a case like this, you need professional help cleaning it all up, and our technicians at SERVPRO are always standing by to assist you. With our specialized training and tools, we can help restore your home back to its previous condition.
One of the steps of flood damage remediation, typically in the final stages, is deodorizing all the affected areas. The first step to getting rid of odors is to remove the source. Sewage in your home, for instance, would smell. Until we get rid of it, the smell remains no matter what we do. Some of the most common sources of odor in flood damage include moisture, sewage, dirt, mildew, dead animals, and pet waste.
To make these smells go away, SERVPRO technicians remove the cause. Odor issues from water damage usually happen because wet materials have not been dried. As the level of moisture returns to usual, a lot of the odor problems go away as well.
In most situations of deodorization, the scents are coming from multiple sources. To find all of them and figure out the specific methods to fight each of the of them requires technical equipment and a vast amount of knowledge. Instead, we use multiple methods in a majority of deodorizing situations. Using multiple methods keeps the odors from coming back.
Different deodorant types that we use include filtration and absorption agents, masking agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers, pairing agents, and electrically generated deodorizers. We also work with you to ensure that you like the smell of the professional products we choose to apply.
Getting your home in Irwindale, Covina, or Azusa back to its normal condition after a flood is our priority at SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina, which includes doing proper deodorization. Reach out to us at (626) 387-4111 as soon as possible after a flooding emergency.

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Handle Fire Damage Caused by Grease Fires in Your Irwindale Home Safely

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping a clean and safe cooking environment can prevent grease fires in your kitchen.

SERVPRO’s Tips for Preventing and Minimizing Fire Damage in the Kitchen

It is not hard to believe that cooking presents lavish opportunities for mistakes that often lead to household fires. Using too much grease or leaving a pan on the burner too long can ignite causing a fire that gets out of control fast. Before you know it, a small mistake leads to significant repairs in your Irwindale home.

All you have to do to get ahead of fire damage that may occur in your Irwindale property is to contact the expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO. We can help you understand how good habits and a few safety measures can help prevent grease fires altogether. Learning how to react to situations can make a significant difference in the losses you might experience when a fire occurs in your home.

While SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians go through extensive training to provide you with quality solutions to fire damage found on your property, our goal is to help you prevent fires through education. The more you learn, the easier it can be to protect your family and household items.

Remember, maintaining a clean, safe cooking environment helps prevent a variety of fires, so keep your stovetop clear of excess grease, oils, or flammable cooking materials. Heating oil for deep-frying or pan-frying requires individual attention, remaining diligent, refraining from being distracted and leaving cooking unattended on your stove. 

Always read warning or instruction labels on cooking oil products. Heat ratings help you maintain a proper temperature, avoiding fires and preventing disaster. Using a thermometer, long-utensils, and splash guards can help eliminate fire hazards and injuries. Always wait for the stove to cool off before carefully wiping away oil spills.

If grease catches fire, baking soda, covering the pan with a lid, or using a class “K” fire extinguisher can help get small flames under control. However, you should always remain safe. Avoid putting yourself in harm’s way at all costs and get everyone in your home to safety immediately, then call 911 and your local SERVPRO for help getting things under control. 

Contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina for fire damage restoration throughout the area, 24/7, “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.” (626) 387-4111

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How do Professionals Establish a Drying Goal After Flood Damage to You Irwindale Home?

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding after a storm can be devastating. Pick up the phone to contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best drying results.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Damage Before Drying Out Your Flooded Property

Flood damage due to heavy rains or storms can leave your home in utter chaos. There is water everywhere, and even when the standing water is removed, there is the residual moisture that can continue to cause damage. It is crucial to eliminate this residual moisture to avoid any secondary moisture.

SERVPRO experts can establish what is called a drying goal during the flood damage restoration of your Irwindale home. Simply put, it indicates the conditions that material and contents are expected to display when the drying is complete. Once these conditions are reached, the home and its contents can be deemed dry, and there is no risk of any secondary damage due to the residual moisture.

Experts achieve this goal by establishing a few parameters during the restoration process. As a reference, they take the moisture content readings from a dry part of the home that is unaffected by the flood waters. This reading serves as a baseline. Next, they also establish the moisture in wood items regarding percentage and non-wood items regarding points.

Measuring the humidity of the air  
The humidity is often expressed as a percentage value called relative humidity (RH). The SERVPRO technicians can establish an RH goal to expedite the drying process. An RH value of 40% or less is ideal for rapid drying of the contents and structures affected by the floodwater.

The technicians use a variety of instruments to measure the moisture content of the air and the RH. While moisture meters can tell the amount of water vapor in the air, thermohygrometers can calculate both the temperature and RH of the air. Technicians use the information from this equipment to establish ideal drying conditions to get the fastest drying rates possible.

Once the technicians establish the drying goal, they can discuss the remediation methods with you and implement the agreed upon plan. As ‘dry’ is a relative term, the drying goals help the technicians to achieve the desired level of drying that ensures that there is no secondary damage to your home after the cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/ Covina at (626) 387-4111 today to talk to one of our flood restoration experts.

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Commercial Water Damage Experts in Azusa

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO works around your schedule so that mitigation does not hinder your business.

SERVPRO Keeps You in Mind When Restoring Your Space

As all business owners know, your home is not the only place where things can break and cause problems. Your place of business in Azusa is also at risk of things going wrong. When your business suffers a water damage issue, different mitigation measures get taken.

For example, if your hair salon in Azusa suffers a commercial water damage situation, the experts at SERVPRO can help. Water restoration projects on a commercial property must get mitigated while keeping the inconveniences to the business a minimum. Our restoration crews have experience when dealing with water damage issues in commercial spaces.

Even if the issue seems minor, it is still a wise idea to let the experts at SERVPRO mitigate the damage. Sometimes water damage can cause problems that you do not notice right away, and future issues can arise.

Our restoration crews are skilled at mitigating water damage in the best way possible not to affect normal business operations. When possible, our crew changes the way they complete the project to prevent loss of revenue to your business. Our restoration team also keeps in mind any discomfort the water damage or its reparation causes to your customers.

If water gets into a rather small area of your beauty shop, our specialists can move any of your equipment out of the wet area. When the team moves the equipment, they make sure the process does not cause problems to the functioning of your business. Our IICRC certified technicians then can come in with their extraction equipment. While we extract water from the area, we make sure our extraction process does not hinder your business in any way. At times, drying gets done after business hours to keep your business open as usual.

These are just a few examples of how our crew goes out of its way to make sure our mitigation process helps your business and does not hurt it. For an efficient water mitigation team that keeps your overall business functions in mind, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 assistance.

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What to Expect During Professional Mold Damage Restoration at Your Irwindale Property?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home is never pleasant. Call SERVPRO to come out and complete the mold remediation process in your home right away!

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven Process When Tackling a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Spotting mold damage in your home is never a good sign. If you do not act fast, the damage can spread quickly, and before you know it, the problem can escalate into a full-blown disaster. What you need is professional remediation, that too, as soon as possible.

It is equally important to know what are the different steps involved when professionals restore mold damage to your Irwindale home. Typically, the remediation process is a multi-stage process involving the following steps.

Calling the professionals
The remediation process begins as soon as you call the experts here at SERVPRO. We gather all the pertinent information from you to help our technicians get ready for the remediation process. Make sure that you call as soon as you spot the earliest signs of damage.

Inspection and assessment
Once at your property, the technicians look for any signs of mold. It can be hidden from plain view, and it takes time to inspect your home entirely. The technicians use hygrometers and other moisture sensing equipment to look for excessive moisture in your home during the assessment as well. Once the technicians assess the damage, they lay out a plan to tackle the problem.

Containment of the mold  
The next step is to contain the mold and prevent the spores from spreading to unaffected areas of your home. The technicians set up a physical barrier in the form of negative air pressure chambers and plastic curtains.

Air filtration
The microscopic spores in the air can remain suspended for a long time and must be removed for successful remediation. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters in air scrubbing equipment are used to filter off these spores from the air.

Removing mold infested material
It is crucial to eliminate any mold infested material as safely and as soon as possible. It is necessary to remove and eliminate porous material such as drywall and carpets that are infested with substantial growth.

Cleaning and restoration  
Our technicians clean the restorable material such as furniture, upholstery, and clothing to remedy the growth. They use various disinfecting and cleaning techniques during this process.

Final walkthrough
The remediation process ends with a final walk through to ensure your satisfaction.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa/ Covina at (626) 387-4111 today to talk to one of our mold experts.

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How Mitigation Helps Hold Down Costs for Fire Damage in Irwindale

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

For Irwindale Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup Contact SERVPRO for Rapid Assistance

A Rapid Cleanup Can Reduce Hassles from Smoke & Fire Damaging Effects to Many Properties

SERVPRO uses a strategy of mitigation to prevent as much damage as possible from happening to your home in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. However, while the benefits of this service can be evident in some situations such as storm and flood damage, it may be more difficult to identify how mitigation can help with fire damage in Irwindale. Our fast responses and preventative measures can ultimately save you thousands in restoration costs if done quick enough, by preventing a few calamities from occurring.

Settled Smoke and Particles
Smoke and other microscopic particles, if given a chance, can settle over a period of hours to days in your home, significantly increasing fire damage to your Irwindale residence. Without fast action, these particles can embed themselves deep in your home's walls and floors, requiring longer and more expensive treatments to eliminate. If we arrive in time and do not have more pressing concerns such as structural stability to deal with, we can begin initial cleaning and air filtration processes to reduce the threat of smoke as much as possible. Care and diligence are needed to avoid electrical wiring damaged by the fire.

Attention to Water
A water damage threat accompanies many fires. Sometimes, the water may be the cause of the fire, or problems could develop later (such as after ash clogs a drain or flames melt a PVC pipe). Regardless of the cause or extent of the problem, water requires immediate care by SERVPRO technicians to avoid further damage from chemical compounds and staining liquids.

Structural Integrity
Once the flames have been quelled, it may be a race against time to secure the building's structural components. While there may be some cases where we cannot prevent collapses from happening, fast evaluation and action by our experts could save hundreds to thousands of dollars on restorations if we get there quick enough. Swiftly demolishing hanging drywall or fixtures can reduce the chances of secondary fire damage.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina relies on a time-sensitive mitigation strategy to keep costs and hassle as low as possible for you in the aftermath of a fire. Call us immediately after the disaster at (626) 387-4111.

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Reducing Humidity and Lessening Risk of Mold Damage in Your Azusa Property

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage found in your home.

Rely on Professional Mold Remediation Specialists

Humid areas of the country are more susceptible to battling mold growing in specific areas. Azusa is no stranger to humid conditions, and this scenario adds significant amounts of moisture to mold-prone areas of your house. By the time you smell mold, characterized by an unmistakable musty odor, colonies have already begun to grow in the area. This same smell could also indicate that it is time to seek the aid of professionals fully equipped to deal with colony removal and mold remediation.

If allowed to go undisturbed, the mold damage in your Azusa home that would ensue could require quite a lot of treatment to restore. In more extreme cases, the mold has caused such damage to organic materials in fabrics and surfaces that they cannot be salvaged by the restoration process. Since the moisture in the air is the catalyst to the problem you are facing, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians work quickly to diagnose the source of the moisture.

Once we have located the source of the humidity and moisture in the affected area, our specialists work with dehumidifying equipment to pull in the water from the air. We do not use heating fans for this process, as this is likely to spread spores around and allow them to seat into new areas and form new colonies. Instead, negative air chamber devices are used to neutralize airborne spores and prevent them from forming into the colonies that require further removal.

Once the colonies get eliminated with the use of scrubbers and other techniques, our SERVPRO technicians get to work on removing the threat of future problems by correcting the primary cause of the moisture in the first place. With this threat pacified, our remediation efforts extend to the restoration of the contents and structure of your home. The process begins with cleaning and disinfecting all of the affected surfaces and materials, working to completely restore the area to the condition it was in before the fungus grew.

While the process might seem simple, our licensed IICRC specialists at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina are well educated in mold remediation techniques. Call us today at (626) 387-4111.

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Assisted Living Home in Pathway of Flood and Mud in Azusa

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Allow SERVPRO to worry about flood damage cleanup, while you focus on the residents of your assisted living facility.

Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Flood Damage in Your Commercial Space

The cycle of wildfires and recent heavy precipitation interrelate in many ways in Azusa. Still recovering from the effects of raging fires a little more than a year ago, the flow of water and mudslides are not moderated by forested areas as was true before the blazes. Heavy rains and snowmelt can mean damage requiring our skilled workers and industrial sized equipment to remedy.

Located to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, properties in Azusa are at risk of flood damage if the trend of heavy rains continues. Assisted living facilities face an enhanced threat as the residents served are vulnerable, physically unable to protect themselves or get to safe areas quickly. When flooding is imminent, your focus must be on the residents under your care. Leave the cleanup to us.

Floodwaters carry a range of contaminants into your property, making professional cleanup, containment, and disposal a necessity. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in contaminated water management, ensuring that at the end of the project your residence’s staff and guests are at no risk of the hazardous waste-laden water that moved through the building.

Because of the erosion on the slopes, our crews must plan for a mixture of mud and water as well as an endless variety of debris picked up as the slurry moved down and into inhabited areas. We have accesses to resources equal to these challenges, including specialized equipment to collect and remove the watery mess.

Smooth, tiled floors clean more easily than carpeted areas, but we also use techniques taught in IICRC courses to clean and dry carpets in common areas and resident rooms. After the cleanup is complete, SERVPRO crews move on to treat all affected areas and materials with appropriate antimicrobial solutions to inhibit transmission of pathogens.

Drying is the final step, effectuated by high-power air movers and dehumidifiers. After being cleared for operation, we also re-engage the HVAC system to filter the air and help with dehumidification. Throughout this part of the process, SERVPRO workers measure and monitor moisture levels, using advanced scanners to locate any hidden pockets of water. Thorough drying is the best insurance to prevent mold growth and damage.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready to assist if rainfall totals push water and debris down the mountains and onto your property. We staff our phone at (626) 387-4111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you find mold damage on important documents or books, call SERVPRO to treat the damage.

Contact SERVPRO to Save Your Mold Damaged Documents

Mold growth on documents occurs when the relative humidity in an environment is high enough to support the fungus. Mold damage can happen in as little as forty-eight hours when the mold spores accumulate to significant levels. You can reduce the extent of the damage by contacting a professional mold remediation company to dry the wet papers.

Whether the documents are antique, business, historical, or heirloom items, it is to your advantage to call SERVPRO for professional mold remediation services. We offer emergency mold damage restoration for Irwindale residents, and we are just a short distance from your home. Our techniques are up to date with IICRC guidelines, helping us restore documents to their original state as best as possible.

Mold is everywhere and spreads quickly through the air in the form of tiny spores. If your home does not have a proper air filtration system, you are highly likely to find mold spores on walls, floors, carpeting, and even books and papers. Mold usually looks powdery when it is dormant, but can have a range of colors when it is active.

Most types of mold are not harmful as individual spores. Spores become noticeable when they form colonies on any food source containing organic materials. These materials include dirt, wood, starches, cloth fibers, dust, leaves, food, and items made from cellulose (e.g., paper). The mold becomes damaging when the colonies grow large and become a health hazard.

Before cleaning mold damage on affected documents, SERVPRO mold remediation experts must ensure that they are dry first. Depending on the extent of the damage and the types of documents involved, we may have to collect the books and dry them separately. For safety purposes, it is always advisable to wear gloves when handling mold-damaged papers.

SERVPRO technicians have adequate training on restoring all sorts of documents with mold damage, including legal, medical, library, and photographic originals. We use drying methods to clean documents. Our equipment includes HEPA filters, sponges, erasers, and soft brushes, which are handy for wiping away debris from the pages.

You cannot afford to waste time when you notice mold growing on your documents. As soon as possible, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to treat the mold damage before it gets out of control. We are available 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.  

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Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

You can help your neighbors after they experience flood damage by moving furniture, distributing supplies and offering transportation.

Three Simple Ways to Help Out Your Neighbors and Make a Big Difference

If a major storm is massive and powerful enough to cause flooding, it tends to affect entire neighborhoods at a time. If your troubles are too great to allow you any breaks, then you should focus on your property first. However, if your damage is light compared to the surrounding area, you may want to consider helping your neighbors to recover from their flood damage in Irwindale. There are a few ways you can help them out, depending on the specific circumstances and impact of the storm on you and them. Use your best judgment, and be careful not to overburden yourself if your struggles are too heavy.

Moving Furniture

Whether it is broken furniture, whole furniture, wet furniture, or dry furniture, many neighbors may need help moving large objects out of their flood-damaged homes in Irwindale. If you are reasonably strong or stocky, consider offering a helping hand around the neighborhood to those who need to move things in and out of their homes. Plus, it might make for an excellent workout.

Distributing Supplies

It can be easy for many residents to forget basic supplies when they come to inspect damage to their homes. Consider passing out cheap, helpful supplies such as bottled water, latex gloves, and paper face masks to your neighbors. Anything that would help to improve health, safety, or morale is welcome. It should not cost much, and you could end up saving someone from a nasty infection.

Offering Transportation

Flooding can sometimes prevent vehicles from working, leaving some unfortunate neighbors stranded without a car. If your vehicle is still working, consider offering short rides around town to those who need them. Anyone you service would undoubtedly be very grateful, and might even tip you for your services.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready after every major storm to respond to local calls for help. If your home flooded or otherwise has been negatively affected by a storm, call us at (626) 387-4111

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Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help prepare your business for a flood to help minimize potential damage.

Stayed Prepared for Flood Damage

Covina coffee shop owners are right to be concerned about the impact of flooding, especially when they have to close their business down for cleanup and restoration. No business owner wants to face flood damage, but it is better to prepare so you can minimize harm and loss of earnings.

The key to minimizing profit loss after flood damage to your Covina coffee shop is to plan and put processes in place to protect your physical property and support your staff in the event of an emergency. Do not assume that your business is safe - flood damage is a risk for many businesses, and it is better to plan.

The first step is to secure the building itself. Check for structural integrity and get any leaks, missing roof tiles, old windows, or flood-prone basements fixed straight away. Install storm shutters if you can. Prepare your building as well as you can so it has a better chance of withstanding a serious storm or flood.

Think about what to do with your supplies in the event of a flood. Coffee beans and ground blends, teabags, and ingredients such as flour do not fare well in water. Make sure your premises has plenty of raised shelving and storage, so there is less chance of food spoilage.

Think about the paperwork side of your business, too. Keep electronic backups of all invoices, payroll details, receipts and spreadsheets, and always keep a backup off the premises too. Plan so that no vital information is lost in the event of a flood.

Make sure your employees know what to do and how to get in touch with you and each other in an emergency. Prepare for the fact that phone lines and the internet might be down, and arrange alternative means of getting in touch. Consider setting up a “contact tree” so each employee reaches out to the next person until everyone is in touch. Ask your employees to get in touch during a disaster even if they are not at work that day.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to pump and extract water from your coffee shop, and we equip our team with powerful fans, air movers, dehumidifiers and moisture probes to get your premises dry and ready to re-open.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is a free app you can use to plan for natural disasters and other events such as fire, flood, water damage, and mold.

For help with flood cleanup in Azusa, Irwindale and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for assistance today.

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Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

There are many environments where mold can quickly grow. When you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes

There is a mistaken idea that mold only occurs in the damp and dark. The truth is that a home in sunny California is at just as much risk as a house in Wisconsin in the winter; perhaps even more.
Mold spores need a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees in addition to a source of food and moisture to expand and grow. Once these factors are in place, they spread out from their dormant state and then mold damage in Covina can happen in any home. SERVPRO has the equipment and training needed to remove these factors from the problem to stop further growth and begin removing the mold already present.
Temperature is the most difficult factor to affect. We can raise it by a few degrees in the affected areas using space heaters, but the most efficient method is to dry the affected surfaces (walls, floors, and personal property) at the same time as raising their temperature. We do this using air movers to force warm, dry air over and under property to push away damp air and force out any moisture.
Removing the food source is the easiest factor for our technicians to effect. Mold spores preferred food is drywall. It is in every home, but it is quick to pull down from wall framing and take out for disposal. The drawback is that while a few panels are cheap to replace, paneling an entire room can be expensive. Doing so is still cheaper than spending labor time trying to cut away pieces of mold infested panels and fit in new sections.
It does not solve the overall problem though. Replaced drywall can become infested in a few weeks if the moisture source is not cleaned up and stopped. Our technicians use air content meters to check mold levels and find the origin of the growth. An inspection also gives us the moisture source. In many instances of mold infestation, this is a leak behind a wall or above the ceiling.
We repair the leak (usually a dripping pipe or several damaged tiles on the roof) and then physically remove the water and mold. Technicians test the humidity, and if it is above normal, they install a dehumidifier to draw out moisture from the air until the percentage is back in the correct range. With no source of moisture, mold spores shrink back to their dormant state and are no longer a problem.
Stopping and removing mold in your home does not have a quick fix. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can, however, quickly move into your home to begin the process and help you return to a safe, clean environment for your family. If you suspect a problem, call today at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an inspection.

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Avoiding Damage from Storm Flooding in Your Azusa Home

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding.

Learn How to Avoid Storm Damage to Your Property

Flooding from storms can occur at anytime and anywhere. They are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States, with no state being completely safe. If you ignore the risk, you could find yourself sloshing around soaked and smelly carpeting, appliances, furniture, walls, plus ruined keepsakes and electronics. Mold follows soon after.

SERVPRO can help you with flood damage in your Azusa home, including tearing out anything that is not salvageable like flooring, insulation, and walls, and replacing it with new materials. The best way, of course, is to avoid this altogether and stay above water. There are some things you can do to offer your home a bit of protection if storm flooding occurs in your area.

Safeguarding Electrical and Climate Systems

You can raise sockets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers to at least a foot above the flood level in your area. Also, modifying your water heater, furnace, or any other anchored indoor equipment, so it is above the flood level of your property helps during a flood.

Raising or Anchoring Outdoor Equipment

Air-conditioning units, fuel tanks, and generators need to be raised over your flood level and anchored. Fuel tanks which are not anchored can break free, and supply lines which are severed contaminate the ground surrounding the area. Generators and electrical power units should also never sit on the ground.

Modifying Water Valves

A sewer system which is flooded can put sewage in your home. Install an exterior or interior backflow valve, so you do not have this happen to you. These valves should be fitted to each pipe that enters your home.

Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding. The sooner you reach out to us the better, as we can prevent additional damage, such as mold growth.

Determining the Flow of Water Around Your Home

The angle of the ground, or grading, can direct water away or to your home. It is, of course, best if water drains away from your structure. You can easily determine which way the water flows by watching it or checking how it accumulates during a typical rainstorm.

Last Minute Measures

As water is rising, you can, of course, do things such as clearing your drains, gutters, and downspouts. Take rugs, furniture, electronics, plus other belongings to upper floors or raise them off the ground. Shut your electricity off at the breaker and elevate major appliances on concrete blocks.

SERVPRO has truck-mounted pumps and industrial fans and dehumidifiers to assist you in drying out your home after flooding. We work quickly and efficiently so you can get back to life as usual.

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Contact SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina as soon as you can after flooding has occurred. You can reach us anytime you need just by dialing (626) 387-4111.

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How To Handle A Leaky Fish Tank in Your Irwindale Home

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

If you realize that your fish tank is leaking, it is important to act right away to avoid severe water damage in your Irwindale home.

A Leaky Fish Tank Can Lead To Significant Water Damage

A fish tank that bursts or breaks for any reason can cause a considerable amount of water damage in your home. It can include having to replace carpeting, dry out subflooring, replacing hardwood flooring, replacing areas of drywall, and repairing or replacing any possessions that were nearby. Plus, there is the issue of the replacement costs of the aquarium itself and the filters, heaters, any live plants or coral, and livestock.

If you realize that your fish tank is leaking, it is important to act right away to avoid severe water damage in your Irwindale home. A leaky aquarium can be a massive issue. Many leaks spill only a bit of water at a time, but if the problem is not repaired, the whole aquarium can result in breaking and spilling all the water all over your home.

When an emergency like this arises, SERVPRO is the one to call to clean up the water, dry your home out, and repair damage that was done to your home. We are certified and specially trained water damage remediation specialists, and we can be to your home quickly after we receive your call.

If you think your tank is leaking, first look around it for moisture if the leak is not evident. Look for metal corners which seem separated from the glass and any sealant that extends in the corners. Feel the edges. If they are wet, move up from that area until the surface feels dry, then mark the area of the leakage or where you think it is, with a felt pen.

Proceed to drain the water low enough, so you have space to clean and dry the area around the leak. If it is very low in the tank, you need to remove aquatic plants and fish to another container while you are doing the repairs. Scrape off the old sealant and do not let any old sealant drop into the tank.

Wipe the area with acetone and a clean cloth to get rid of any residues. Let it completely dry and then apply fresh, nontoxic silicone sealant. It needs to dry a minimum of twelve hours, preferably twenty-four. Fill the tank and examine for leaks. When ready, you can put your fish and plants back in the tank.

Our SERVPRO technicians have special equipment to help dry out your home quickly in the event of a disaster with your fish tank. These include gas-powered and submersible pumps for continuous pumping of higher levels of water. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina knows that when your fish tank breaks or has a significant leak, it is stressful for you for many reasons. We want to take the pressure off you where we can, so call us right away when you need at (626) 387-4111.

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Mold Challenges in Covina When Watering is Overdone

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Poor water drainage can cause a mold infestation in your foundation. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO BOTH Remediates Mold Damage and Suggests Many Preventative Tips to the Homeowner

Passionate gardeners want their homes to look like oases, the vegetation lush and green surrounding the base of the building. During drought and in dry climates frequent watering is essential. Excessive moisture moving into the structure is a food source for spores waiting inside the foundation. SERVPRO finds and remediates mold growth due to overwatering.
Irrigation systems or homemade alternatives like drip hoses keep the soil moist for healthy plants but contribute to mold damage to your Covina home. Whether your foundation is a slab or a basement, damp conditions hide mold colonies. You see dark stains spreading down into your utility area or musty odors wafting from the floorboards near the edge of your foundation. That sharp, unpleasant odor is a clear sign you need help in determining the location of fungal growth and then abating it. Professional mold remediation is necessary to handle the outbreak successfully and safely.
Our mold remediation teams took advanced certification courses in EPA approved mold removal and control. Your SERVPRO project manager lays out the general plan, all of the steps essential to managing mold safely and with lasting benefits. Locating the outbreak is the first step, and our crew members are tireless mold detectives. Leaving even small areas of mold untouched is a recipe for disaster as the areas grow.
We contain the identified mold infestations, limiting the chance fragments get loose and spread the problem. Barriers keep the mold in place, and air scrubbers also help, preventing spores from moving with negative pressure and heavy duty filters. The SERVPRO remediation team then removes the evident mold, and any porous structure it invaded. Sanitization procedures follow using proven disinfectants.
Mold prevention at the foundation level benefits from the installation of vapor barriers and a solid plan to divert the irrigation water away from the structure of your home. Increasing the grade of soil right next to the house, draining water into the yard, is a standard recommendation. SERVPRO also looks at the slope and condition of gutters and downspouts, making certain they also direct water in the proper direction.
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina offers effective mold remediation services. Contact our dispatchers at (626) 387-4111 to explore your options.

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Biohazard Cleanup Services Save Your Covina Area Home From Exposure Left By Unfortunate Events

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

For Safe Removal of Bio-hazardous Waste in Covina Trust SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Covina Properties with Professional Cleanup of Biohazardous Wastes

While other areas of your property may be affected by a traumatic event, these kinds of incidents also cause exposure to biohazards that could have drastic effects on your health and the overall indoor living environment of your home.
Entering your Covina area home before acquiring the right biohazard cleanup services may expose you and your family to unnecessary health risks. Get help from expertly trained professionals to prevent exposure to dangerous chemicals or avoid the spread of contaminants left behind by pathogenic and microbiological wastes.  
In most cases, having local authorities allow you back onto your property, just means that they provide access for you to affect repairs. It does not necessarily mean that it is safe for you to inhabit the space again. Your children, household pets, or older members of your family should never return to your property until restoration and cleaning professionals have an opportunity to verify that your home environment is safe.  
At SERVPRO, we have workers wear rubber boots and gloves, chemical resistant suits, safety goggles and respirators when entering your home after a traumatic incident occurs on your property and so should you. The safety of everyone involved comes first, protecting yourselves is paramount to your families survival and recovery after disasters of this type occur.
SERVPRO technicians have experience involving sharps waste such as needles, glass vials, scalpels, and IV tubing, which is usually prevalent when someone converts your property into a meth lab while you and your family are on vacation or away for extended periods. These circumstances often result in exposure to various biological hazards or infectious diseases when handled incorrectly.
Biohazard cleanup services also involve handling animal waste, where animal carcasses, body parts, or bedding and feeding areas contain pathogenic organisms. SERVPRO can help, we have years of experience in biohazard cleanup procedures and enjoy providing our customers with the assistance they need during a disaster.  
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina stands ready to assist you; our services are available 24/7, year round. Make the call today for additional information on how we can help with your current situation or schedule your inspection immediately. (626) 387-4111

Maintaining Your Walk-In to Prevent Water Damage in Your Azusa Convenience Store

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Keeps Your Water Damaged Convenience Store in Azusa Open for Business

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Restore Damages to Inventory and Business at Your Store

When you own a convenience store, your walk-in freezer or cooler is an important investment. You need to keep it properly maintained so that it gives you many years of efficient usage. A broken freezer can lead to pools of water on the floor, creating water damage to your store, your food inventory, and costly repairs. If this does happen, you want to contact a professional water damage remediation company. SERVPRO is always available in cases like this.
Keeping Your Walk-In Operating Efficiently helps prevent water damage to your Azusa convenience store.
When not in use, ensure the door is closed. Do not prop or block the door open for a long time. Keep it closed at all times, other than entering or leaving the walk-in. The evaporator and condensing coil need to be cleaned a minimum of twice per year. The fan blades should also be cleaned to lower the chance of drag.
Make sure fan motors are running at the best speed, and that the coil is free and clear with nothing stacked around it to prevent restricted airflow. Nothing should be piled on top of the walk-in, as this can damage the panels in the ceiling. A technician should check all your electrical connections occasionally to make sure they are tight. Wires which are loose can create high amperage, causing your appliance to use extra energy and possibly cause arcing.
The suction line insulation between the evaporator coil and condensing unit should be checked for decay, and replace when needed. Lubricate door hinges once per year to make sure they are closing properly. The door sweep should also be checked for tears to make sure it is properly sealing. Excess condensation and moisture can build up when the door is not shutting properly. Water leakage can cause employees and customers to slip and fall. Rely on SERVPRO to dry out the affected areas, reduce safety hazards, and protect your dry goods from moisture absorption.
Moisture problems are one of the biggest threat to your store. While most walk-ins do not regularly leak, improper maintenance can cause them to begin leaking. Water damage can quickly take its toll on flooring and other nearby fixtures. It is imperative that the problem is fixed right away, and this is where our IICRC trained technicians at SERVPRO can help you. Besides cleaning up the water and fixing any damage created by the leak, we can help repair the problem which caused the damage in the first place.
Don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Azusa/ Covina when you have a water damage emergency from a failing walk-in, plumbing failure or a flood. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur, including the growth of mold. We are just a phone call away at (626) 387-4111, and we arrive at your business quickly to take care of the problem for you.

Why You Should Never Ignore Mold Damage in Your Covina Home

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

The longer that you leave the mold problem, the harder it is to remediate the affected space.

Never Ignore Mold Symptoms in Your Covina Residential House 

When it comes to residential repairs and restorations, mold is one of the most misunderstood problems. Not everybody understands that mold is a naturally persistent substance. It is always present in our homes, in many different shapes and forms.

In almost all circumstances, it poses no risk to the interiors. The only reason why mold becomes a problem is it ‘activates’ in the presence of high humidity. For instance, if you get a leak under the sink, the warm, wet conditions are perfect for the spread of mold damage in your Covina home.

Keep reading to find out why you should never ignore the signs of mold damage and where to turn for reliable, effective repairs.

Mold Damage Is Insidious

The important thing to know about mold is that it has a clear lifespan. If this lifespan is not interrupted in the right way, the problem may appear to vanish and then re-emerge later. It is the reason why household cleaners are not good enough.

The wrong kind of contact (scrubbing) just dislodges spores and send them into the air, where they spread around the house. On the other hand, an expert remediation service like SERVPRO neutralizes the spores by taking away the conditions for growth (moisture).

Mold Damage Can Be Costly

The longer that you leave the problem, the harder it is to remediate the affected space. Mold eats away at organic materials, so wood is particularly vulnerable. Fabrics are also at risk, but it is unusual not to spot the signs of mold before they make it onto carpets and curtains.

In contrast, wood and plasterboard are often quietly damaged, especially when a leak occurs inside the walls or in a hard to reach area (like the crawlspace or attic). Sometimes, the first indication of a problem is a musty, unpleasant odor. If you suspect you have mold damage, the SERVPRO team can use a variety of detection tools to find out for sure.

Mold Damage Repairs Are Effective

Mold remediation is a complex process because, as already established, spores are present in the home all the time. It means that repairs focus on ‘deactivating’ the mold so that it cannot spread any further.

The technicians may need to set up containment areas. Polyethylene sheets are attached to the walls and ceiling in order to prevent spores from being carried to unaffected spaces. At SERVPRO, we take repairs very seriously, and the protection of your home is a top priority.


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To find out more about the mold remediation process, you can talk to our experts. SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina has been serving homeowners in the Covina area for many years. We have a superb local reputation, and we are ideally placed to help you bring your property back to life. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.

What To Do If Your Azusa Business Suffers Water Damage

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let leaking water keep you out of your property. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Your Water Damage Quickly and Efficiently

If you are a business owner, you know how important it is to keep your business premises in good condition. The recent storms and flooding in California have really brought to mind just how much damage water can do to a building. Even if your business is lucky enough to escape the effect of storms, there are still plenty of ways water can get into your company premises and cause problems.
Your Azusa business can suffer water damage due to a burst pipe, problems with air conditioning systems, a plumbing breakdown or even a faulty dishwasher should you happen to have one on site. If water is left standing in your business headquarters, it can damage the building and furnishings. This is bad news for business owners. You will need to shoulder the cost of replacing or repairing your premises and equipment, and your business could be out of action for a while until the problem is solved.
Should water damage become an issue for your company, it is vital that you take steps to deal with it as quickly as you can. Fast action helps to minimize damage and ultimately keeps the cost of cleanup manageable.
The first thing you should do before re-entering your office or warehouse is to shut off the electricity. This keeps anyone entering the building safe from the risk of electric shocks. The next step is to call in the SERVPRO experts. Our IICRC certified technicians can quickly assess the state of the premises. They can also find pockets of damp or damage that you might not have noticed.
Once our technicians know the extent of the problem, they can set to work drying out your business location as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO teams come equipped with everything needed to tackle the situation, including water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, fans and powerful air movers to remove water and encourage fast drying of every affected area. Each one of our staff members is highly trained to identify the best way to deal with water damage in your business, with the minimum disruption to you.
If your business is facing water damage, trust SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to come to your aid. We are here to help you 24 / 7. Just call (626) 387-4111 for assistance.

Mitigating Mold Damage in a Covina Chiropractic Office

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Get a handle of the moisture level in your Chiropractic Office with SERVPRO. Call today for an evaluation.

SERVPRO Has Experience with Humidity and Mold Issues in Office Spaces

If you run a humidifier or diffuse fragrance in your chiropractic office, the added moisture in the air can feed spores, resulting in colonies of fungi on walls or ceilings. SERVPRO can remediate the current mold damage and educate you on how to monitor humidity to avoid growth in the future.
You may unwittingly be contributing to commercial mold damage in your Covina chiropractic treatment and waiting rooms. The steam from a warm or cool humidifier or fragrance diffuser can condense on a wall or other solid surface, creating the perfect conditions for many varieties of mold to grow. Because mold spores are always present in the air, a traditional water disaster does not need to occur for mold colonies to flourish. A microbial breakout can be a very concerning and confusing time. If the mold is cleaned away, but the conditions that encouraged its proliferation do not change, it will come back repeatedly. We can help you adjust the conditions in your chiropractic practice to create a soothing and spa like ambiance but also reduce the possibility of more mold damage to almost nothing. A proper moisture balance is the key to preventing more mold from invading, once the initial growth is contained and removed.
Mold damage remediation is a job for professionals, particularly when your business is serving the healthcare needs of paying clients. SERVPRO follows the EPA protocol developed for schools and commercial buildings to provide mold abatement, requiring only trained experts to take the steps to deal with the mold. Our technicians protect you, your patients, and themselves during the process. Mold damage is contained, removed, and disposed of following local hazardous waste rules. A thorough cleaning, top to bottom to contain spores, will then be performed. HEPA filtered vacuums and disinfection solutions may be used.
We then turn our attention to the water source feeding the fungi. Ambient humidity in your office will be measured with precision instruments. Bringing it down to 60 percent or lower will be a goal to prevent more mold growth. Angling diffusers and humidifiers away from surfaces that will condense the mist will also help eliminate pockets of moisture attractive to mold growth.
Mold damage in your chiropractic office can be managed successfully by SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 for a microbial growth consultation.

Mold Damage can be Prevented in Your Covina Home

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be hidden or appear in plain sight. Call SERVPRO quickly to assess and remediate!

Deep Cleaning Which Includes HEPA Vacuums Can Reduce Potential Problems with Mold

Mold damage is not something that should be taken lightly. While it is not in the media as much as it was a few years ago, the problem still exists. Mold can also cause health effects in people, especially those with compromised immune systems. The damage caused can range from unsightly stains on clothing, upholstery, and drapes to crumbling drywall sections in any area of your home.
While many of the homes in Covina experiencing mold damage have had problems with leaking pipes of interior flooding, this is not the only way that a problem with mold can begin. Mold damage may also remain hidden for months, or even years. This is because one of the requirements for mold to grow is an undisturbed location that receives little or no sunlight. Mold does not grow only under sinks. It can also grow in closets, under beds, behind larger appliances, and inside of boxes in storage.
Mold also loves to grow on books, which are rich in the cellulose that they need to thrive. Dusting books is an excellent way to clean them, but that dust can often contain mold and mold spores. Dusting them sends the mold everywhere. It is better to lightly vacuum the tops of books in a bookshelf with an attachment on a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner. SERVPRO professionals know that it is more than just simple everyday housecleaning when it comes to preventing mold damage. Having your home professionally cleaned on a regular basis a few times a year can help to avoid mold damage from ever happening.
Cleaning with a HEPA vacuum can also be carried out by SERVPRO remediation technicians in areas likely to contain substantial amounts of mold. These include areas behind and under appliances, under large pieces of furniture, on window sills, and anywhere else that mold is likely to hide. We are also expert at cleaning out ducts, central air units, and air conditioners. Prevention of mold damage is always less expensive and also better for your health than it is to remove and repair mold damage. If we detect significant quantities of mold or mold damage, we will inform you and discuss the best methods of solving the problem before it can have a chance to become worse.
For all of your mold remediation needs, fighting mold damage before it starts, call us. We are SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina, and we can be reached at (626) 387-4111 whenever you need us, no matter the time of day or night.

Water Damage in Irwindale

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen in any room of the house. Call SERVPRO at the first sign for best results!

SERVPRO Can Handle All Aspects of Water Damage From Finding the Source to Remediating

When your home suffers from water damage because of a broken pipe or flooding, the faster you take the right steps, the better chances you have of saving your belongings and your home. Water damage restoration and cleanup need to be handled by professionals, such as SERVPRO since the water can have contaminants or microorganisms that can cause problems to your health. Time is of the essence because mold can begin growing fast where there has been water present. The steps below can help you to avoid disaster when you have a problem with water damage.

Find the Source
You will fist want to find the source of the excess water. When you know where the water source is, you will hopefully be able to stop any more water damage from happening to your home in Irwindale. Shutting off the water supply when the cause is a broken pipe can help lower the amount of damage overall. If you cannot stop the water, like with a natural flood from a rainstorm or a river, you will at least know if the water is contaminated or clean. This is information that is good to have when you contact our professionals at SERVPRO for professional cleanup. Water that is very contaminated must be handled with protective gear and special equipment.

Shut Off Electricity
Next, you need to turn off your electricity. You do not want the problems of water damage to turn tragic with water and electricity mixing. If you can safely turn it off, make sure to do so. It is also a good idea to keep your pets and children away from the area that is flooded for their safety.

Drying the Area
The step that is the next highest priority is drying the affected area out. After you stop the water flow, it is important to get the flooded area ventilated. Opening windows and getting fans running will help everything to dry out faster. The professionals will now also need to come in with their professional knowledge and equipment. Within just hours, fungi and mold will start to grow in your home. Stopping health problems that are related to mold can be as easy as calling in our water damage cleanup team.

What is Affected?
Our technicians will then look at what has been affected. Carpets, furniture with padding and other textiles will retain water longer than hard surfaces will, which increases the chance of mold growth. As specialists in the field, we can save many items if you call us soon enough. Cleanup of water damage is a big job to stop illnesses and make sure your structure is sound, but we can guide you through the process and relieve any stress that comes with the flooding.

We are always ready to help you out at SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina when you have any kind of water damage. As soon as the crisis occurs, give us a call at (626) 387-4111 so that we can come out and take care of the damage quickly.

How a Homeowner in Azusa Can Help SERVPRO Technicians Directly

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Check with technicians about helping with water damage! Colors can easily bleed!

Consult Technicians Before Taking on Water Damage Restoration Tasks Yourself

Many homeowners are anxious to help during the water restoration process, preferring to be involved in some way with repairs rather than leaving it solely to our technicians. While most of the more complex and delicate tasks should be performed exclusively by our certified and trained technicians, there are a few ways you can help out SERVPRO workers. Be sure to consult a representative or technician first, however, as your honest efforts to help could end up becoming a problem if we aren't aware of them.
Separate Furniture from the Ground
When Azusa water damage affects furniture or carpeting, one of the most important steps in preventing further damage is to ensure that the two are separated. Placing wood blocks, bricks, plastic, or any other hard material between your furniture and the carpet helps to reduce or eliminate contact between them, avoiding bleed and hastening the drying process.
Pick Up Paper and Fabrics, and Separate Them
Be sure to separate any porous materials which have taken on water damage. Most commonly, the objects in question are couch and bed sheets and cushions, or paper publications which have been scattered about. Simply pick these up and leave them in the sun on a hard surface to dry. This also goes for rugs and removable carpeting, and these should be safely moved away to prevent colors from bleeding between fabrics.
Turn off Electronics, Turn On the A/C
Turning on air conditioning can help to start the drying process in warmer months, but you should also turn off other electronics, as they may present a safety hazard or take on additional damage if they are allowed to turn or remain on. Note that if you have found signs of mold damage in the home, you should keep the air conditioning and all HVAC systems off, as turning them on could spread mold spores.
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is proud to help local homes and businesses to recover and repair after a water damage disaster. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111 for our help in restorations and getting your home back to normal.


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