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Water Restoration in Covina Demands Expert Assistance

5/2/2024 (Permalink)

drying gear in water damaged home After water extraction, SERVPRO positions air movers and drying equipment to complete water damage restoration to your Covina property. Here to Help®

SERVPRO® Performs Water Restoration in Covina Homes

Water has intruded into my home; what steps should I take?Water damage may have a lasting impact on your home. Handling the mishap can help prevent costly repairs. 

Restoration is something you should let experts handle. You can trust SERVPRO to conduct water restoration in your Covina home. The process we can follow to repair and restore your residence includes these steps:

  • A thorough inspection
  • Water mitigation
  • Cleanup
  • Sanitization
  • Drying
  • Repair and reconstruction

Extraction ensures quick water removal. Our SERVPRO technicians can use portable extractors and carpet wands to remove the standing water. Water can seep out of isolated areas. In that case, our crew can repeatedly extract the water from the affected materials. We can perform additional detailed inspections after removing most of the water to determine if removing some ruined structures is necessary before the drying process starts.

Standing water can cause microbial buildup, which requires disinfectant treatment. Our SERVPRO team can clean and sanitize affected surfaces by applying biocides to eliminate microbes. Taking steps to remove all the moisture is vital to prevent potential mold infestation. It requires the use of air-moving and dehumidification equipment. We do not take any chances regarding this step. Our technicians can run the equipment for as long as necessary to eliminate all the excess moisture. 

The goal of water restoration is to save as much of the impacted structures and contents as possible. Yet, in some cases where hours of exposure to stagnant water have occurred, it is necessary to replace affected materials like saturated sheetrock and delaminated carpets. Our SERVPRO team can perform reconstruction to restore your residence to its preloss condition. 

After removing all the water and moisture and conducting the final drying and dehumidification steps, we can perform a thorough inspection that includes testing with thermal imaging technology to ensure your home is dry. 

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 when you need water damage repair services. We’re Here To Help®.

Timely Water Mitigation in Azusa

11/3/2023 (Permalink)

When you discover water damage in your Azusa home, call SERVPRO. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® Offers Effective Water Restoration Solutions

Water issues in a home can be disruptive and damaging. It's not just about the visible puddles or dampness; untreated water problems can have longer-term consequences. Thankfully, with the expert water mitigation services provided by SERVPRO technicians, homeowners can have peace of mind. Our certified techs use expert solutions to ensure that water-related problems are addressed promptly and thoroughly.

In Azusa, a common cause for water mitigation is unforeseen incidents such as burst pipes, leaking roofs, or appliance failures. Recognizing and addressing these issues quickly can be the key to minimizing damage. Homeowners should turn off the water main and contact SERVPRO to begin the cleanup. The sooner the remediation starts, the better the outcome.

Problems caused by unchecked water in homes include:

  • Weakening of structural foundations and walls.
  • Staining and discoloration of floors, carpets, and furniture.
  • Development of mold and mildew due to prolonged dampness.
  • Electrical hazards and potential short circuits.

To tackle these challenges, SERVPRO implements the following water mitigation strategies in Azusa:

  • Immediate assessment of water damage extent.
  • Extraction of standing water using specialized equipment.
  • Dry and dehumidify affected areas to prevent mold growth.
  • Restoring damaged items, when possible, to their original state.

Azusa residents can trust that when they count on SERVPRO, the immediate water issue is resolved, and preventive measures are implemented to avoid future complications. The technicians use their advanced imaging equipment to locate all areas of the property where water could be found. Additionally, the techs use their air measuring equipment to ensure the interior humidity levels are normal and indicate no remaining moisture. This attention to detail is another reason SERVPRO remains one of the strongest names in post-water damage restoration.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina stands ready to assist area residents with any size water mitigation need; call us when you need us (626) 387-4111. Here to Help®

The Importance of Drying Wet Items after Azusa Water Damage

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the tools to remove water and dry your property in Azusa.

SERVPRO Dries Contents and Structure During Azusa Water Restoration

If you have ever suffered water damage in your home, you know how quickly liquid spreads and soaks into materials. Even a simple kitchen spill or a leaking faucet can swiftly lead to wet carpets, damaged appliances, or sodden wallpaper. Drying wet items as soon as possible is key to water damage restoration. 

SERVPRO technicians are waiting to assist after water damage in Azusa. The sooner we arrive, the sooner we can dry your home. Call us as soon as you can. We are here 24/7.

What Steps Do We Take to Deal with Water Damage?

The first thing we must do is remove excess liquid. 

A mop might do the trick in the case of a small spill or leak. However, we need to use more powerful equipment when standing water is present.

We use free-standing or truck-mounted pumps to draw water out of your house. These pumps are equipped with a heater, pump, and vacuum system and are also used for cleaning carpets and upholstery. During water evacuation, we only use the vacuum action.

Free-standing pumps let us access multiple levels of your home. Truck-mounted pumps are less flexible but can handle larger volumes of liquid. Truck-mounted machines also have their own power supply, so we can use them even if there is no power in your house.

Why Drying Matters During Restoration

 Effective extraction is the first step in remediation. However, we are still left with a damp structure and contents once we finish extraction. We need to dry wet items to prevent further damage, mold, and smells, leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”

Our technicians decide on the best setup for drying your home, including:

  • Setting up fans and air movers to create evaporation
  • Using dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air
  • Bringing in axial fans if needed

Equipment positioning is critical. We can use air movers to direct airflow across the floor, into the air, or up towards the ceiling. Air movers encourage water to evaporate from wet surfaces. We can even position them to create a vortex of airflow that gets behind baseboards and takes care of damp inside wall cavities. 

The best place for dehumidifiers is in the center of the water-damaged area. As the air movers increase moisture evaporation, the dehumidifiers draw moisture from the air. The air movers must not blow air across the dehumidifier coils because this prevents the dehumidifier from working efficiently. 

We have both refrigerant and desiccant humidifiers at our disposal. Refrigerant units can remove more significant amounts of moisture per day, which is helpful for larger incidents. Desiccant units work better at lower temperatures: Even Azusa can get quite cool at some points of the year.  

What About Deodorization?

There can be multiple odor sources in a water damage situation, and without treatment, the damp smell can linger for days. Odor sources include:

  • Wet rugs or drapes
  • Damp patches behind furniture
  • Moisture damaged drywall.

Air scrubbers remove odors from the air and pump out fresh air in their place. Ozone machines generate ozone molecules that react with odor-causing particles and reduce the smell. These machines require vacated premises since ozone is a hazardous gas that is typically used following house fire extinguishing. ULV foggers generate a fine mist of odor-fighting products that we can direct into nooks and crannies or use on upholstery and furniture. 

Swift action is best in cases of water damage. Do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for assistance.

Quick Water Damage Restoration in Azusa Beats Hidden Fungi

3/12/2023 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Combats Hidden Dangers with Fast Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

New Plumbing Fixtures Can Cause Water Damage in Azusa Homes

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO For All Your Water Damage Restoration Services in Azusa

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

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

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

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

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

Water Damage can Ruin Holiday Gatherings in Irwindale

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Factors to Take Into Consideration for Successful Water Restoration in Irwindale

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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

Successfully removing water damage from your home

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Dries a House During Water Removal in Irwindale?

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Drying occurs when moisture evaporates from materials and depends on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are the Best Choice in Covina After Water Damage

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage to Your Hardwood Floors in Covina

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

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

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

Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

What Factors Impact Moisture Damage in Covina Homes?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

The Permeance of Affected Materials

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

The Exposure of Damaged Elements

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

The Right Tool for the Job

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Azusa Offers Flood Damage Mitigation Solutions

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

Clogged Storm Sewers Can Flood Azusa Homes

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

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

Water Clean Up

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

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

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

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

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

The Most Useful Resources When Dealing with Water Intrusion Include:

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

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

Various Types of Equipment Help Provide the Necessary Access:

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

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

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

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

How Does Water Mitigation Help Wet Covina Carpets?

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Water Detection Equipment

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

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

Handling Water Damage in Carpets

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

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

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

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Repair in Covina

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

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

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

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

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

Learn To Be A Healer in Azusa

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

Azusa Locals Can Become Part of a Healing Family 

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

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

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

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

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

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Orange 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Lemons 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

Azusa Inhabitants Can Participate in the Monthly Online Wellness Wednesday Event

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

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

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

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

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

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

Covina Dwellers Can Discover a Simple Formula for Gaining More Clients

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

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

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

Local Skills and Resourcefulness Help Maintain the Homely Reputation in Covina

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Convenience in Covina Extends Beyond the Amenities

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

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

The Water Removal Services that SERVPRO Provides in Affected Homes

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

  • Moving items

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

  • Demolishing parts of the structure

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

  • Extracting water from open or hidden areas

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

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

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

Quick Tips when Your Property in Covina Floods

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to stay calm when you experience flood damage in your home.

Handling Flood Damage from Failed Appliances in Your Home

Whether it is a contained leak or a massive, multi-room disaster, flood damage in Covina often comes from a malfunctioning appliance. Everything from sinks to dishwashers to showerheads can cause flooding, and while damage sustained from these sources is typically much easier to clean up and handle than from storms and disasters, it still presents a significant challenge without the aid of a professional company like SERVPRO. Here are a few tips for when worst comes to worst, and an appliance starts to soak your home.

Keep Calm

One of the most important things to consider when responding to flood damage in your Covina home is your reaction. Are you panicking, or perhaps overreacting to the damage? Staying calm should help you to gain a stronger, more rational grip on and understanding of the situation. If something breaks in your home, do not panic. A smooth, appropriate reaction should help you more than anything else, and probably mitigate a good chunk of the potential damage to your home.

Try to Shut Off the Water

One of your top priorities should be to turn off the water source by any means necessary. More water invariably correlates with more damage and rising costs. Stopping pipes and patching leaks helps to avert further damage and get the situation under control. For larger jobs, our technicians prioritize arriving quickly to shut off the water themselves, but if you can do it, this only makes our work easier and more effective.

Do not Overthink Things

While flood damage should indeed be treated with appropriate caution and professional care, minor scenarios can sometimes be inflated and elevated to the same status in a homeowner's mind. If the damage is unlikely to be permanent, try to clean it yourself with a mop and rags. For larger floods, however, calling in SERVPRO helps to ensure that as little damage occurs as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is a local provider of home restoration services. If a flood or water damage have hit your home, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Steps You Can Take When Water Floods Your Azusa Property

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can set you into a frenzy wondering what you can do to help the situation. Contact SERVPRO to discuss with our team.

Small Steps You Take Make a Big Difference for Water Damage in Azusa

SERVPRO Recommends Actions That You can Take Before Our Technicians Arrive

In the event of water damage to an Azusa home that involves staining, filthy water, or other unclean and potentially unsafe conditions, we typically recommend that you exercise restraint in your actions before our technicians arrive on-scene. However, there are some things you can do and begin to clean on your own before we get there. These small acts could save valuable time and money later on in the restoration process, and help to avoid replacement expenditures for some objects.
Drying Out Fabrics and Cushions
One of the most substantial single costs from any variety of water damage in Azusa often comes from furniture. Most furniture sets are made from fabric, leather, and other materials that may be highly sensitive to the effects of water. Without fast action, an entire couch, lounger, bed, or other pieces of furniture may become so damaged that it must be thrown out and replaced at the cost of hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, you can help to avoid this by acting fast to separate sheets, cushions, pillows, and other components of modern furniture sets to help them dry out faster and avoid bleeding colors.

Cleaning Off Hard Objects
Small, hard objects may benefit significantly from a hose-down outside before any dirt and debris they have accumulated can dry out and set in. Take care to select only those objects composed of materials that cannot sustain further damage from moisture and to especially avoid electronics. Electronics in a water damaged area should never be touched, as they may pose an electrocution hazard.

Opening a Window
Opening windows and doors in your home helps to get air currents circulating hours before our technicians arrive with air movers that specialize in creating stronger artificial airflows inside the building. This small head start on drying could make the difference for many parts of the home sensitive to prolonged exposure to moisture and high humidity. Make sure to use common sense and only open windows and doors when you can be sure that the weather is clear at least until our technicians arrive.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in the local area. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Got Water Damage In Your Azusa Home? It is No Match for the Experts At SERVPRO!

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the experience and skills to attend to any size of restoration or cleaning emergencies in your home or business.

How To Speed Up Drying When Restoring Water Damaged Structures In Azusa

Whether we are drying a wet wall or fiberglass insulation during water damage restoration, the management of airflow is essential. There is a correct way of positioning air movers to dry surfaces or speed up the drying process. We are going to look at some of the drying techniques that we use when addressing moisture problems in Azusa.

The angle at which the air mover is positioned relative to the wet surface plays a significant role when we are attending to water damage incidents in Azusa. It is a mistake to let the air mover blow directly into the wall since the pressure from the air forces the wetness into the surface and at the same time the air bounces back. For optimum results, we place the device at a 45-degree angle. At such a position, the air currents bounce off the wet area carrying along moisture. If it is necessary to set up several air movers in the structure, our technicians arrange them in a clockwise pattern.

We must open a few panels when drying drop ceilings and direct dry air into the openings. By ventilating the hard-to-dry areas, we can increase the rate of evaporation. If we use a moisture sensor and detect the presence of water in the walls, we may decide to remove the baseboards and drill a 1.5-inch hole between the studs. We can then direct air into the walls through the holes by using a venting system which is attached to an air mover.

There are instances where the paint of the walls can act as a moisture barrier and slow the drying process. Our technicians peel the paint to address such challenges. If the humidity of the room increases as the surrounding surfaces loose moisture, we install dehumidifiers to absorb the water vapor.

Water Damage in the Walls of Your Covina Home

Being a homeowner means being vigilant about the safety and integrity of your home. You work hard to avoid harm's way, but sometimes dangers escape your careful eye. If a pipe bursts even slightly, your home can face water damage behind its walls, alerting you when it is already too late. As soon as you discover standing water, it is time to reach out to a team of experts to return your home to its original condition and avoid further damage.

If you encounter water damage to your home in Covina, this is the moment to reach out to us. To assess the severity of what lurks behind walls and under the floor, our team is here. Our rapid access team is available 24/7 to attend to your emergency, even if it appears to be a simple repair. Our expertise allows us to carefully review the immediate and potential dangers standing water can have on your home. For example, a small but long-lasting water leak may weaken your home's foundations over time. Although water pockets may not be evident at first sight, our team carries specialized monitoring equipment that can detect water deposits in hidden places that could weaken the structure or compromise your dry-wall. Our training and on-field expertise allow us to survey your home and identify areas of risk.

When the leak has been small, our SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina  technicians work to extract water with dehumidifiers, wet/dry vacuums and other handheld tools. When the amount of water damage is more significant, we might incorporate powerful air movers and submersible pumps to complete the job. In the process we monitor all appropriate levels of humidity until the atmosphere in your home has returned to normal. In some cases, we may drill small holes in your baseboards and inject warm air into your walls to speed up the drying process. This technique is commonly known as injectidry.

Our work is not complete until the threat for mold is addressed. Often a by-product of standing waters, mold spores can spread quickly throughout your home. Our team tests for the presence of mold and makes recommendations based on our findings. Like you, our goal is to keep you and your family safe.

Whether you encounter a small leak or an overwhelming amount of water, reach out to SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina at (626) 387-4111. Allow our professional staff to help you leave your home like nothing ever happened.

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At Last, the Secret to Water Extraction in Covina Is Revealed

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service.

Avoid Damage to Carpets and Flooring in your Covina home

Most consumers realize that it is essential to remove water from carpeting and flooring as soon as possible. Consumers understand that mold may appear if the moisture in a home or business is not reduced to acceptable levels within a few days after a water event. Carpets can be further damaged if the laminated layers separate. Homeowners and business owners may not realize just how much water a carpet can hold and the process required to remove all of this moisture.

SERVPRO understands water extraction processes in Covina. Our technicians utilize appropriate equipment to avoid future mold, structure, and carpet delamination problems. Certifications include AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician and ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician.

Extracting Water and Moisture from Carpeting
SERVPRO utilizes water extraction machines that compress and squeeze the moisture out of the carpet and under pad. Our technicians ride on these machines, adding their weight to compress the carpet and extracting the water and moisture at the same time. The majority of the water has been removed, after several passes.

Next, we deploy air movers in strategic locations to drive dry air across the carpet. Dry air can be brought in through open doorways or windows from unaffected areas. After absorbing some of the moisture, the air may pass through another exit location. In addition, dehumidifiers are brought in to help remove additional moisture.

Some situations may require carpeting to be lifted, exposing the under pad, and subfloor. Air movers are positioned to blow dry air under the carpet to expedite moisture removal and drying.

Our SERVPRO crew chief and technicians have a great deal of experience and training in these areas and can deploy the most efficient and effective methods required to extract all water and moisture from your home or business. We also use moisture meters and infrared cameras. These devices confirm all moisture has been removed after a water event.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Spaulding Square, Melrose, Central Hollywood, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How to Recover from a Water Damage Emergency in Your Azusa Property

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants to help keep your home free of water damage no matter where it occurs.

Resealing Of Shower Walls And Tub Surrounds Prevents Water Damage In Azusa Residences

It is crucial for Azusa's homeowners to make repairs before small amounts of damage worsen. One place that can quickly experience extensive damage spread it within walls, and continue to remain hidden is in the bathroom.

When the fiberglass walls in your bathroom begin to loosen from the wall and tub in your Azusa residence, water damage can start ruining the wall behind the shower. Water from showering or bathing can seep under the tub, also, and weaken the floor. Soft spots around your shower stall can indicate the floor directly underneath it is also soft. The extra weight of water and an individual can make this a dangerous situation.

SERVPRO technicians can help you protect your home by getting all the moisture out of these spaces before they can spread further and affect additional areas. We use machinery that quickly dries everything out while extracting the water vapor that rapid evaporation produces. Because we want to perform an excellent job for you, we measure the amount of moisture in adjacent areas.

Water does not always seep downhill. Seeping water can flow horizontally and then downward, or even wick upward. When water meets an exterior wall, this can compress and ruin insulation. This can increase your heating and cooling costs. It can also permit mold to grow within your walls.

Wherever SERVPRO discovers water damage and waterlogged materials, we remove these and get any undamaged sections dried out. We clean these and wipe them down making them like new again. New materials can then restore the area, so everything is “Like it never even happened.” When mold and mildew exist, our IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can give you expert guidance on available options. Our highly trained employees work together as a team to ensure all of our customers' needs are met while keeping restoration expenses as low as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to help keep your home free of water damage no matter where it occurs. Contact us at (626) 387-4111 when you notice signs of damage to your residence.

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How Our Water Removal Services Protect a Family and Their Property in Covina

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the cause SERVPRO can help you remove water damage from you home.

SERVPRO has various tools and methods to remove water from your home

Water can end up inside a residence in Covina because of many different situations. A tree might open up an area in the roof and let rain into the attic. A hose might slip off from behind the washing machine. The water heater might rust out on its underside. Many other kinds of accidents happen on a regular frequency to homes everywhere. 

When a disaster strikes a home in Covina, water removal services can protect the interior and its contents from devastating damage. Water can bring about ever-expanding damage that changes not only structures, but also affects your personal belongings, furnishings, and even the safety of your house. Water removal services from SERVPRO are designed to stop the spreading water and start the drying process.

Water removal also helps with reducing the ability of substances creating odors in your house. Many of the odors associated with damp conditions come from both deteriorating materials and increased microbial activity. Removing the water that activates microbes, leading them to begin rapidly reproducing, helps control them and the damage they create. Soils trapped in your flooring are also capable of giving off odors when left damp for too long. 

The IICRC trained technicians at SERVPRO do not rely on the presence of odors to know we need to locate and measure water. Our moisture meters tell us how high the moisture content is in any item we test, and our imaging cameras show the areas with excessive dampness. Being able to concentrate on these particular areas means we can also continuously monitor these places to ensure they become adequately dry on schedule. 

When damp materials and contents become dry, the damage slows down enough that we can begin restoring things. Furniture, for instance, requires tenting of cushions to allow air to circulate around them. A soft but sturdy brush renews the pile on upholstery and removes topical soils, including mold that might have flourished. Wood components quit swelling when dry again, and our building department can help with restoring these when needed. The same approach works well for carpets saturated with clean water. 

Removing the water and circulating the air within your residence helps dry out personal belongings, also. For large-size events, we often box up and bag items for drying at our facility. We can also build drying chambers at your house if space permits. Doing this keeps your items available to you, but we do ask that the chamber remain sealed to achieve optimal results.

The wiring in your home can sustain severe damage wherever water encroaches into wiring, sockets, or switch plates. After removing saturated drywall and other materials, our building specialists can test the electrical system, so any risks get taken care of before anyone in your family experiences a shock. Fire also becomes a hazard when wires become corroded. 

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to help with water removal services, starting the restoration process needed after a disaster strikes. Call (626) 387-4111 for the fastest service.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Covina

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

All you need to do is call (626) 387-4111 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Carpet By Calling The Specialists After Water Damage In Covina

Some prefer renting to owning a home, and a reason for doing this is the need for upkeep of the property.  All owners can attest to the fact that repairs pop up continuously, requiring attention and resources to resolve them.  Not surprisingly, plumbing issues can arise at any point, including a broken water heater that leaks all over your carpet.  Once you discover the water damage, it is hard to determine whether you can fix the issue on your own or if you need to call a specialist.  Reaching out to a professional team tends to be quicker and less disruptive than tackling the issue yourself.

If this sounds like your experience with your home in Covina, leave the water damage restoration to our SERVPRO team.  Our skilled technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle situations like yours.  Just call our 24/7 number so our Green Fleet can travel to your home and lend a helping hand, regardless of the size of the damage.

When our water restoration technicians (WRT) assess the damage to your carpet, they also consider their options in the drying process.  Even though some equipment such as dehumidifiers and water extractors are clear choices, understanding how they work is essential to optimal results.

Close monitoring of temperature and air moisture keeps our SERVPRO crew informed of the progress.  Occasionally, the best outcome is possible by floating your carpet or allowing hot air to flow underneath it.  This specialized technique is hard to achieve for the average consumer, who can inadvertently stretch the carpet or compromise its integrity.  Our team can help by coordinating available tools and techniques to reach the goal.

Do not let the burden of drying your home fall entirely on you.  Let our experts at SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina do their best by allowing them into your home.  Our expertise in planning, executing, and monitoring the results of a successful drying job is for your benefit.  All you need to do is call (626) 387-4111 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Hire Out or DIY? How to Determine if Your Covina Home Needs Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

We have the tools and equipment to thoroughly dry your home.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Do DIY Water Removal in Your Covina Home 

There is a correct time and place for DIY cleanup of water damage in your home. Water emergencies often happen without warning such as a supply line hose to a washing machine failing or a leak within a wall you had zero knowledge of until it dripped through the ceiling.

There are five essential questions to ask about the water removal needs in your Covina home to determine if you need a professional restoration services company.  

How much water is there?

The amount of water in the home is a crucial factor. While you are emptying your home wet/dry vac for the tenth time, the water in your home continues to migrate on the floors and become absorbed into the carpeting. When the damage is on an upper floor in your home, it is finding its way into the lower levels via the floor joists and ceiling. SERVPRO technicians have multiple portable pumps for fast water extraction in several areas of the home at once. 

What type of water needs removal?

In the first 24 hours after a water spill, it is considered "clean" with little to no danger of bacteria or contaminants. If the water in your home has the potential to contain sewage or has sat in the open for over 24 hours, it becomes safe to handle, and you need professional water removal.  

Do I have the right equipment?

If you are going into battle against a water spill and your tools are a mop and wet/dry vac, the outcome may not be what you envision. Water migrates swiftly following the path of least resistance and gets into subflooring quickly. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to extract water from all kinds of surfaces and furnishings. 

Is there a danger of mold?

Did you know mold only requires warmth, moisture, and food such as sheetrock, paper or wood to flourish? If you leave moisture behind during a DIY water cleanup and the ambient temperature is over 70F-degrees, you could potentially have a costly mold infestation issue in the future.  

Can I eliminate the water odor?

That familiar musty odor that remains means there is still an excess of moisture somewhere in your home. SERVPRO technicians possess a diverse array of moisture detection equipment to ascertain the exact location of all water, whether it is visible on the surface or not along with professional-level odor control applications. 

When your home needs water removal, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. The experienced, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the water damage in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage in Your Covina Residence Calls for Thorough Drying

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians are ready to break down the water damage in your Covina home.

We know our steps for water damage in Covina are thorough.

A water loss incident in your Covina home can occur because of an overflowing sink that causes water to pool in your kitchen. It may also happen because of a pipe burst that causes water to pool on the floor or run down the walls.  Regardless of the cause of the water damage, you need to act quickly to prevent secondary destruction. The first thing you should do is to turn off the water source and electricity.

To begin cleaning up your water damaged Covina residence, you can wear protective items that prevent your skin from coming into contact with the water. If the amount of water is small, you can use a wet vacuum to extract it.  Since mold can grow within 24 hours, you need to be proactive in drying out the affected areas by setting up several fans.

Hiring professionals to help you dry your home and restore it to its original condition is also essential. SERVPRO can respond quickly to your emergency and mitigate the damage properly using advanced water extraction and drying equipment. Our technicians have multiple certifications, including Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD). We can use shop vacs to remove the standing water and then dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. We may use an open or closed system to dehumidify the air. An open drying system exchanges the moist air in a house with the drier outside air, while a closed system closes off the affected areas from the outside air and from the unaffected areas of the building.

Knowing how moisture affects different materials is crucial because it ensures effective drying. For instance, wood expands if it absorbs excess moisture. At times, the boards can warp. If expanded boards push against each other, buckling may occur at the joints where they meet or at the walls. The amount of buckling depends on the type of wood and the moisture it has absorbed. If the wood dries, warping and buckling may become permanent. Another issue you may deal with is crowing, which happens if there is more moisture in the top of the wood than the bottom and sides. Crowning usually happens because of over-drying the bottom of the wood. Our SERVPRO technicians can dry your wood flooring properly to prevent these problems.  We also monitor the drying process to determine if the affected surfaces are drying using equipment like:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Most of the time, homeowner’s insurance covers for water losses. We can take photographs of the damage and work with your insurance company to ensure a hassle-free claims process.

If a water intrusion incident has occurred in your home in Azusa, Irwindale or the neighboring areas, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for help. We are available around the clock and can respond to your emergency immediately.

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If Your Sink Overflows In Your Covina Home, Our Experts Are Ready 24/7!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our helpline is (626) 387-4111, and you can reach us at any time for help.

Where To Get Water Cleanup Services In Covina After A Sink Overflow

Most homeowners never expect water damage to occur in their home, and few are prepared for the day when it happens. If you discover the sink overflowing and spilling water down the counters and across the floor, you can panic. This is understandable but unhelpful.
When your sink has overflowed, the first step should be to turn off the water supply. You should then seek water cleanup services for your Covina home to prevent further damage. Apart from the faucet, your dishwasher can also make the sink to overflow. In most kitchens, the dishwasher and sink share the same drainage pipes. If a clog occurs in the drainage pipe, the water pumped out of the dishwasher can go back into the sink instead of draining properly. If you are not lucky enough to notice this problem early, the water can flow over the top of the sink and onto the floor, causing damage to the cabinets and floors.
If you do not clean up the water quickly, it can lead to mold growth, odors, and stains. Once mold grows, it may spread fast throughout the area if not abated. To get out of such a problem, you can count on the restoration specialists from SERVPRO. We have the equipment and water damage experience required to clean up your home to stop the destruction from worsening. We can also work with your insurer to ensure that you are properly covered and repair any damaged structures promptly and professionally.
Our technicians can remove the stagnant water from your kitchen using wet/dry vacuums. If necessary, we can move large appliances away from the walls to remove the water and moisture. We can set up fans and dehumidifiers in your kitchen to help dry it completely. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use moisture meters to find hidden moisture in hard-to-reach places like behind cabinets. We can use powerful vent systems to force dry air under the cabinets to expedite the drying process.
If there’s water loss in your home, SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can assist you to clean it up and bring it back to pre-damage condition with little hassle. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our helpline is (626) 387-4111, and you can reach us at any time for help.

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We Have The Latest Technology And Advances In Covina Water Damage Restoration

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

We have specialized tools such as the suction mat which will suck water from the cracks in the joints of slat flooring.

How Correct Use of Water Removal Methods Protects Homes in Covina

When high humidity exists inside a home, wood floors can become damaged. This damage can present itself in several ways. Slight damage often shows up as boards cup or drown, depending on the location of the moisture affecting the flooring.

SERVPRO technicians carefully apply water removal techniques to protect wood floors in Covina properties, as over-drying of the boards in a wood floor can also create additional problems. When cupping or crowning show up on a floor, we can tell by looking at them where the hidden moisture exists.

When boards become higher on their edges, the floor suffers from cupping. We can resolve this with sanding that reduces the height of the sides without creating a possible problem when the humidity in the area falls back to a lower amount. Cupping can happen when humidity becomes trapped underneath a floor. Sanding eliminates tripping hazards while also keeping the floor from suffering from possible over-drying, which can crack the boards.

Crowning, the opposite of crowning, occurs when water rests on the surface and penetrates the wood. We can more easily perform water removal methods in this type of situation by drying the surface. Because the bottom area of such boards remains closer to the desired moisture level in most cases, we do not need to perform more extensive work. Also, sanding in this type of situation can create damage that only appears when the floor becomes dry again. We never sand a floor that exhibits crowning.

Because warped wood signifies unwanted and harmful dampness, we do need to dry the affected area slowly. Rapidly drying can lead to problems, as well as misdirected air flows. We take care to not over-dry the bottom area. However, we do use moisture detection units to determine if moisture is present in the underlay of the flooring. If so, we can carefully dry this with mats that extract moisture from that area while continually monitoring the progress.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina wants to provide homeowners in the Covina area with services based on the latest technology and advances in restoration and mitigation technology. Call us for water removal and drying professionals who apply IICRC-approved methods in protecting your residence. Our 24-hour services line, (626) 387-4111, is always available so we can provide you with the additional information you need for your unique situation.

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Stained Walls – A Sign Of Water Damage In Irwindale Properties

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

When a home in Irwindale suffers from displaced water or extreme accumulations of moisture, water damage can mar and stain walls and ceilings.

Water Damage In Your Home

Protecting your property in Irwindale from different problems is easier to do when you know which mishaps to expect. However, when a problem develops slowly, many homeowners do not notice the damage, even when it happens in a visible area of their house.

When a home in Irwindale suffers from displaced water or extreme accumulations of moisture, water damage can mar and stain walls and ceilings. Bubbled up wallpaper can also happen slowly, worsening over time. SERVPRO technicians can help homeowners successfully deal with the situation by regaining control of the moisture or water's source and mitigating the existing damage.

Our technicians receive training in how to locate moisture at its source. Many times, a slightly loose joint in a pipe permits water to seep out, while other situations involve precipitation that finds a way in through a small break in the house's exterior. Water from flooding or overflowed tubs or sinks can also cause problems. How water sprays on the back-splash of a kitchen sink can also create problems for homeowners. Not only can this create water damage but it can also lead to the overgrowth of mold and mildew.

Repairing these problems might require a professional plumber, roofing contractor, or other specialists. When the repair is small and involves a necessary tightening of a water hose on an appliance, we inform the homeowner about the importance of a timely repair.

SERVPRO's goal is to mitigate the home's existing damage so your family can live in a house free of the associated problem of water damage. Removing only those materials that we cannot restore through other methods succeeds in keeping costs manageable while also making it possible to finish quickly. Cleaning surfaces might not remove stains, however, so painting can provide the results we desire.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can be reached at (626) 387-4111 for water damage situations as well as emergencies involving other disastrous situations that can make your home unlivable. Call us so we can help you protect your property from such situations.

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How to Know if You Have Water Damage in Your Irwindale Home

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

If you discover stains on your ceilings or walls, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO for water damage restoration services.

Call on SERVPRO If You Discover Water Damage in Your Home

Whatever might be the reason, water damage can spell a disaster if not handled promptly. A leaky faucet, a backed-up drain or a slow sink, all are signs of potential water damage. If you are not prompt in dealing with such incidences, the damage can get out of hand before you know it.

SERVPRO professionals are here to help you detect and fix any water damage to your Irwindale home. That said, the best chance of a successful restoration is when we spring into action at the earliest stage possible. The following signs indicate that you may have water damage in your home.

Stains on Walls or Ceilings

Stains on walls or ceilings are first to appear in the case of water damage. If you see any newly formed wet stain on a wall or a ceiling, it is time to seek professional help. The excessive moisture in the surfaces can prove to be breeding ground for mold and can cause secondary damage if not treated promptly.

Peeling of paint is also a good sign of water damage. Excessive dampness in the walls may cause the paint to peel off. If you are experiencing such a phenomenon in any of the rooms in your home, seek professional help.

SERVPRO technicians can help you identify and treat the cause of the staining and prevent mold damage as well.

Unpleasant Odors

Another sign of potential water damage is an unpleasant odor. If you have backed up drains, the water can stink, and you should be able to perceive that smell. Such incidences are more common in bathrooms, kitchens, and sinks than other places in your home. Such smells should not be ignored in any case. If you experience any weird smell in your house, call SERVPRO, our technicians can help you get to the bottom of the odor problem.

Obstructed Drains

Do you have a drain or a toilet in your home that keeps clogging? If the answer is yes, you need professional help. Repeated clogging can be a result of a more significant problem that needs to be eliminated at its source. Ignoring such incidences can lead to a bigger problem that may require more time and money to fix.

Call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an appointment and a free consultation.

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How To Handle A Leaky Fish Tank in Your Irwindale Home

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

If you realize that your fish tank is leaking, it is important to act right away to avoid severe water damage in your Irwindale home.

A Leaky Fish Tank Can Lead To Significant Water Damage

A fish tank that bursts or breaks for any reason can cause a considerable amount of water damage in your home. It can include having to replace carpeting, dry out subflooring, replacing hardwood flooring, replacing areas of drywall, and repairing or replacing any possessions that were nearby. Plus, there is the issue of the replacement costs of the aquarium itself and the filters, heaters, any live plants or coral, and livestock.

If you realize that your fish tank is leaking, it is important to act right away to avoid severe water damage in your Irwindale home. A leaky aquarium can be a massive issue. Many leaks spill only a bit of water at a time, but if the problem is not repaired, the whole aquarium can result in breaking and spilling all the water all over your home.

When an emergency like this arises, SERVPRO is the one to call to clean up the water, dry your home out, and repair damage that was done to your home. We are certified and specially trained water damage remediation specialists, and we can be to your home quickly after we receive your call.

If you think your tank is leaking, first look around it for moisture if the leak is not evident. Look for metal corners which seem separated from the glass and any sealant that extends in the corners. Feel the edges. If they are wet, move up from that area until the surface feels dry, then mark the area of the leakage or where you think it is, with a felt pen.

Proceed to drain the water low enough, so you have space to clean and dry the area around the leak. If it is very low in the tank, you need to remove aquatic plants and fish to another container while you are doing the repairs. Scrape off the old sealant and do not let any old sealant drop into the tank.

Wipe the area with acetone and a clean cloth to get rid of any residues. Let it completely dry and then apply fresh, nontoxic silicone sealant. It needs to dry a minimum of twelve hours, preferably twenty-four. Fill the tank and examine for leaks. When ready, you can put your fish and plants back in the tank.

Our SERVPRO technicians have special equipment to help dry out your home quickly in the event of a disaster with your fish tank. These include gas-powered and submersible pumps for continuous pumping of higher levels of water. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina knows that when your fish tank breaks or has a significant leak, it is stressful for you for many reasons. We want to take the pressure off you where we can, so call us right away when you need at (626) 387-4111.

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What To Do If Your Azusa Business Suffers Water Damage

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let leaking water keep you out of your property. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Your Water Damage Quickly and Efficiently

If you are a business owner, you know how important it is to keep your business premises in good condition. The recent storms and flooding in California have really brought to mind just how much damage water can do to a building. Even if your business is lucky enough to escape the effect of storms, there are still plenty of ways water can get into your company premises and cause problems.
Your Azusa business can suffer water damage due to a burst pipe, problems with air conditioning systems, a plumbing breakdown or even a faulty dishwasher should you happen to have one on site. If water is left standing in your business headquarters, it can damage the building and furnishings. This is bad news for business owners. You will need to shoulder the cost of replacing or repairing your premises and equipment, and your business could be out of action for a while until the problem is solved.
Should water damage become an issue for your company, it is vital that you take steps to deal with it as quickly as you can. Fast action helps to minimize damage and ultimately keeps the cost of cleanup manageable.
The first thing you should do before re-entering your office or warehouse is to shut off the electricity. This keeps anyone entering the building safe from the risk of electric shocks. The next step is to call in the SERVPRO experts. Our IICRC certified technicians can quickly assess the state of the premises. They can also find pockets of damp or damage that you might not have noticed.
Once our technicians know the extent of the problem, they can set to work drying out your business location as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO teams come equipped with everything needed to tackle the situation, including water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, fans and powerful air movers to remove water and encourage fast drying of every affected area. Each one of our staff members is highly trained to identify the best way to deal with water damage in your business, with the minimum disruption to you.
If your business is facing water damage, trust SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to come to your aid. We are here to help you 24 / 7. Just call (626) 387-4111 for assistance.

Water Damage in Irwindale

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen in any room of the house. Call SERVPRO at the first sign for best results!

SERVPRO Can Handle All Aspects of Water Damage From Finding the Source to Remediating

When your home suffers from water damage because of a broken pipe or flooding, the faster you take the right steps, the better chances you have of saving your belongings and your home. Water damage restoration and cleanup need to be handled by professionals, such as SERVPRO since the water can have contaminants or microorganisms that can cause problems to your health. Time is of the essence because mold can begin growing fast where there has been water present. The steps below can help you to avoid disaster when you have a problem with water damage.

Find the Source
You will fist want to find the source of the excess water. When you know where the water source is, you will hopefully be able to stop any more water damage from happening to your home in Irwindale. Shutting off the water supply when the cause is a broken pipe can help lower the amount of damage overall. If you cannot stop the water, like with a natural flood from a rainstorm or a river, you will at least know if the water is contaminated or clean. This is information that is good to have when you contact our professionals at SERVPRO for professional cleanup. Water that is very contaminated must be handled with protective gear and special equipment.

Shut Off Electricity
Next, you need to turn off your electricity. You do not want the problems of water damage to turn tragic with water and electricity mixing. If you can safely turn it off, make sure to do so. It is also a good idea to keep your pets and children away from the area that is flooded for their safety.

Drying the Area
The step that is the next highest priority is drying the affected area out. After you stop the water flow, it is important to get the flooded area ventilated. Opening windows and getting fans running will help everything to dry out faster. The professionals will now also need to come in with their professional knowledge and equipment. Within just hours, fungi and mold will start to grow in your home. Stopping health problems that are related to mold can be as easy as calling in our water damage cleanup team.

What is Affected?
Our technicians will then look at what has been affected. Carpets, furniture with padding and other textiles will retain water longer than hard surfaces will, which increases the chance of mold growth. As specialists in the field, we can save many items if you call us soon enough. Cleanup of water damage is a big job to stop illnesses and make sure your structure is sound, but we can guide you through the process and relieve any stress that comes with the flooding.

We are always ready to help you out at SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina when you have any kind of water damage. As soon as the crisis occurs, give us a call at (626) 387-4111 so that we can come out and take care of the damage quickly.

How a Homeowner in Azusa Can Help SERVPRO Technicians Directly

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Check with technicians about helping with water damage! Colors can easily bleed!

Consult Technicians Before Taking on Water Damage Restoration Tasks Yourself

Many homeowners are anxious to help during the water restoration process, preferring to be involved in some way with repairs rather than leaving it solely to our technicians. While most of the more complex and delicate tasks should be performed exclusively by our certified and trained technicians, there are a few ways you can help out SERVPRO workers. Be sure to consult a representative or technician first, however, as your honest efforts to help could end up becoming a problem if we aren't aware of them.
Separate Furniture from the Ground
When Azusa water damage affects furniture or carpeting, one of the most important steps in preventing further damage is to ensure that the two are separated. Placing wood blocks, bricks, plastic, or any other hard material between your furniture and the carpet helps to reduce or eliminate contact between them, avoiding bleed and hastening the drying process.
Pick Up Paper and Fabrics, and Separate Them
Be sure to separate any porous materials which have taken on water damage. Most commonly, the objects in question are couch and bed sheets and cushions, or paper publications which have been scattered about. Simply pick these up and leave them in the sun on a hard surface to dry. This also goes for rugs and removable carpeting, and these should be safely moved away to prevent colors from bleeding between fabrics.
Turn off Electronics, Turn On the A/C
Turning on air conditioning can help to start the drying process in warmer months, but you should also turn off other electronics, as they may present a safety hazard or take on additional damage if they are allowed to turn or remain on. Note that if you have found signs of mold damage in the home, you should keep the air conditioning and all HVAC systems off, as turning them on could spread mold spores.
SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is proud to help local homes and businesses to recover and repair after a water damage disaster. Call us 24/7 at (626) 387-4111 for our help in restorations and getting your home back to normal.