Recent Storm Damage Posts

Water Damage Repairs to Flooring After Flooding in Covina Homes

5/7/2023 (Permalink)

Different flooring types require special protocols for cleanup and drying. Call SERVPRO for trained technicians and effective equipment for the job.

What Flooring Requires Water Damage Repair? 

There is no mistaking the damage flooding can do to your Covina home after storms. Several building materials and structural assemblies can require repair or removal to address the direct contamination threat without stopping its progress through the property. Before we can get to work on the flooring needs in this emergency, specific mitigation strategies must first occur:

  • Clearing surface water
  • Removing affected contents
  • Assessing the presence of trapped moisture
  • Inspecting for physical flooring damage


Carpeting is standard flooring in homes and one of the most heavily damaged materials when a flood occurs. This fibrous flooring quickly absorbs water intruding into the room, overwhelming the surface rug layer and spreading to the padding and subflooring beneath it. We remove flood-damaged carpeting and padding to assess the salvageability of subflooring. If contamination is a concern, there is no preserving exposed carpets.

Hardwood and Vinyl Plank

You might have plank flooring installed to create tight seams between the individual units, but even water-resistant materials of this type can be damaged by pooling floodwater. Not only do the potential contaminants serve as a catalyst to remove exposed flooring entirely, but any moisture penetrating the seams and connections of the individual planks can lead to further exposure of subflooring and related systems.

Non-Porous Flooring

Flooding is not likely to penetrate non-porous materials like ceramic tile and concrete. Therefore, disinfection cleaning is often sufficient instead of removing and replacing these installations. This rule can include using concrete as subflooring and exposing it to potentially contaminated floodwater.

The laws of gravity make flooring one of your home's heaviest impacted surfaces and materials after storm damage and flooding. Water making its way into the house can collect on these materials, so it is vital to understand the steps SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina takes to help. Call us at (626) 387-4111.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 

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.

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 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. 

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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