Recent Water Damage Posts

Do This Before the Water Restoration LA Team Arrives

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Simple steps to save money on potential water damage restoration costs. Water damage restoration costs can quickly get out of hand. Let's make your insurance pay!

Water has entered your home. Your kitchen, living room, and basement are all flooded. While most of the damage has already been done, there are many steps you can take to prevent your water damage from turning into a disastrous large loss. 

Of course, the first step to take is contacting SERVPRO of Park la Brea, as they can guide you on tips and tricks to ensure insurance coverage for your water damage loss. However, until help arrives, consider these tips. 

Before The Water Restoration Team from SERVPRO Arrives:

  • If at all possible, stop the water damage at its source. There are a few key places to check in your home for potential water damage
  • Remove loose items from floors.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture to avoid any damage.
  • Remove colored rugs and other items that may stain floor coverings.
  • Take out wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Pin up any draperies or furniture skirts to keep them as dry as possible and to prevent staining.
  • Position plastic blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on and open windows for maximum drying in summer.
  • Move art and other decors to a dry place.

Most importantly, make sure that you and your family are safe and out of harm's way. If any of these tasks put you or your family at risk of being harmed, don't do it! While these steps may help alleviate some of the damage, it is always better to let the professionals handle it. The SERVPRO of Park la Brea expert water restoration team and Insurance Claims Professional team in Los Angeles is always here to help.

Intrusion Leads to Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water restoration prevention tricks around the home. Common entry points for water damage within a home. When is the last time you've had a water restoration team inspect your home?

Water damage from storms can cause extensive and expensive damage if not noticed and fixed quickly. Water ingress into your home can result in damaged items, damp walls, and unpleasant condensation and humidity.

Well, I have insurance for that, right? When considering an insurance claim, if any signs of negligence or pre-existing conditions are discovered, you are almost certainly going to have your claim denied. Notice a drip? See signs of staining? Unusual odors? Hear a strange sound? Well, these are some of the top signs of existing water damage you may have in your home. Moreover, there are many entry points within a home that should be checked regularly to ensure protection against unwanted water flooding and to better guarantee insurance coverage. 

In the event that you do suffer a water damage, these steps can help Secure and Maximize your Water Damage Insurance Claim. 

Here are three common ways water can sneak into your home:

  1. Roof Leaks - A roof leak during a storm can allow gallons of rainwater to seep into your home and cause extensive damage. If not fixed quickly, it can affect multiple levels of your home and result in thousands of dollars spent in repairs.
  2. Foundation Crack - A foundation crack can allow water to seep into your home and cause serious damage, especially if the crack is large. If you notice water coming up through your floor after a rainstorm, it's likely that you have a foundation crack.
  3. Windows and Doors - Windows and doors are common entry points for water damage during a storm. If these areas are not properly sealed, water can easily enter your home and cause extensive damage to floors, walls, and items within your home. 

While there is no way to fully prepare for the unknown associated with flooding or water damage, ensuring that these areas of your home are secure may help prevent an unwelcomed guest. Our highly trained water damage restoration team in Los Angeles is prepared to respond to any size loss, 24/7, 365.

Signs You May Need Water Damage Restoration Services

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration expert inspecting for small signs of water damage. 14,000 Americans require Water Damage Restoration services a day. While we cannot help all, we will always be there for Los Angeles.

In the United States, approximately 14,000 people experience a water damage restoration emergency at home or work each day.

Unfortunately, they cannot always be predicted or prevented, but instead, we can better prepare ourselves to learn how to respond in the event that water damage does strike. First and foremost, ensure your home has valid homeowners insurance coverages and know how it works. These claims are often denied for a variety of reasons leading to thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

Insurance claims can be tricky, but SERVPRO can help you secure insurance coverage for your water damage claim. 

After ensuring your home is protected on paper, here are some signs that may be an indication of water damage in your home:

  1. Staining on walls, ceiling, or other structural items. 
  2. Dripping unusual sounds of running water.
    • That little dripping noise should not be ignored, listen to your home! 
  3. Bubbling, flaking, or peeling paint. 
    • This is common in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. and can reveal elevated moisture in the drywall materials. 
  4. Significant increases in your water bill. 
    • Increases in your water bill may help you determine if that drip, stain, or bubbled paint truly is associated with an internal water damage. 

In the event that you do suffer from water damage, there are many simple tasks you can do to greatly minimize damage. With these proactive water mitigation efforts, you can avoid costly problems in the future. The SERVPRO of Park la Brea team is here 24/7 to help you with any water damage restoration emergency that may arise in your Los Angeles, CA home.  

Water In Your Basement After a Rain Storm? Take These Steps Now

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of dark basement with SERVPRO logo header Water damage experts able to work in any size space. Yes, even in those dark and creepy flooded basements.

If you find water leaking into your basement after heavy rain, you may not have a problem with your foundation or drainage.

There are many possible causes of water leakage in a basement, and the source of the water should be identified before any repairs are attempted. Some sources of water leakage may include cracks in the foundation, improper drainage around the house, faulty gutter and downspout systems, ice dams on roofs, malfunctioning sump pumps, poor flashing around doors and windows, or even improperly sealed chimneys.

A proper diagnosis is needed to determine where the source of water entry is before repairing or installing any waterproofing system. 

Basic Checks to Identify Water Leakage in Your Basement:

Take these steps right now to keep your basement water from becoming a real problem.

STEP 1: Look for the source of the water in your basement.

STEP 2: Move wet or damaged items away from the area of basement leakage.

STEP 3: Check for any water damage to your flooring or walls.

STEP 4: Examine window sills for gaps around the inside frame. 

STEP 5: Inspect the gutter and downspout system.

Just like with rain, snow falling on your roof melts into a liquid that then runs off the roof and down the sides of the house. If the ground is frozen, this melted snow will refreeze along the foundation wall and can then cause water damage to your home. You can prevent this type of water damage by ensuring that your downspouts are clear of debris and draining away from your home.

At SERVPRO, we know that water damage can be a headache. Contact our team of expert technicians for help in repairing storm damage and preventing future issues!

Water Damage Experts, Equally as Vulnerable | SERVPRO of Los Angeles

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Collapsed ceiling from a recent water damage. Are you ready? Water damage can strike anytime.

With the amount of experience working through water damages, you would think that our crews would be less shocked if a water damage ever knocked on their door. Well, unfortunately for Monica, this was the case for her about 3 months ago.

After returning from a long day of water damage restoration, she entered her bedroom only to discover an inch of water covering her bedroom carpet flooring. While she has completed over 500 jobs in water damage restoration, she had a very normal reaction, and panicked. She began trying to move her items, including electrical items, and eventually went to determine the source of the loss. Monica, before doing these things, remember these key steps in Water Restoration:

  1. Safety First - The water may have penetrated an electric outlet, or an electronic item, and may hold an electrical charge. Ensure that the power is turned off, if any of these circumstances pertain to your loss. 
  2. Removing Content - While it is good to remove items after a water damage from the area, to prevent secondary damage, ensure that you are doing so in a safe manner, and that you are not attempting to carry your 85” TV out alone. 
  3. Determine the Source - If possible, correct the source of the loss to prevent any further flooding. Otherwise, turn off the water shut off valve to the home until professionals arrive on site.

Once these items are taken care of, it's time to call SERVPRO of Park la Brea, your local restoration team based in Los Angeles, CA. Our expert technicians will take it from there, assisting with your insurance claims

Water Damage Restoration, Simplified | SERVPRO of Los Angeles

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Home in background with statistic reading 14,000 people experience water damage a day. Alarming statistic, but Water Damage can strike at anytime. Are you Prepared?

In the United States, approximately 14,000 people experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day. Unfortunately, they cannot always be predicted or prevented, but instead, we can better prepare ourselves to learn how to respond in the event that this type of damage does strike. Here is a simplified version of the events that should transpire in the event of a water damage emergency. 

  1. Make yourself familiar with the location of the emergency water shut off valve - In the event of a water damage emergency, quickly turning off the shut off valve can significantly minimize the damage created by the water intrusion. 
  2. Ensure that the home is safe - If any electrical appliances or wires are affected, be sure to turn off the electricity to the home until a professional can assess the risk. This can be more dangerous than the water damage itself! 
  3. Contact SERVPRO - Before proceeding with an insurance claim, SERVPRO can help you make the determination if a claim is right for you. 
  4. Trust the SERVPRO of Park la Brea Experts - With over 500+ completed water damage losses, we feel confident and comfortable calling ourselves professionals in the industry. 

Avoid Water Damage During Rainy Season

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Raining hard on roof. Water pouring out Avoid water damage by checking for leaks and cleaning out your gutters!

Welcome to 2021! We are happy to have you as our customers for another year! SERVPRO of Park La Brea is always here to give you tips to prevent any damage to your home. That includes water, fire, and mold damage. With the rainy season, it’s best to do a quick inspection of your home to prevent any water damage, later turning into mold damage! Here are a few tips to avoid water damage during the rain!

  1. Check your gutters! Inspect your gutters to make sure it’s not clogged or it will lead to an overflow.
  2. Roof maintenance! Take care of any leaks or cracks that you think might be a big problem for your home. The damage can ruin your walls and floor then leading to mold damage!
  3. Check your windows. Make sure they can tightly shut to avoid any rain coming in, then damaging your walls, floor, and even furniture.

Whether it’s light rain or a heavy rainstorm, we want to prevent ANY type of rainwater from entering your home! If you need any more water damage tips, visit us online at www.SERVPROparklabrea.com

Storm Water Damage Can Create Mold Damage in Los Angeles, CA!

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

House with snow damage. Here to help with any water damage or mold damage, 24/7, 365! Trust the SERVPRO Experts!

Water damage can be an extremely stressful situation, especially if it is not handled well. However, when the SERVPRO experts are called to the job there shouldn't be any worry about how the situation will be handled. As the experts in the water damage restoration industry, we can promise you that our advanced technology, state-of-the-art equipment, and highly trained technicians are prepared to handle any size water damage. However, what some people fail to understand is the sense of urgency that comes with treating any type of water damage. For example, within 48 to 72 hours of the water intrusion, bacterial growth will begin to form. In order for mold damage to develop the bacteria requires three things:

  • An Active Source of Moisture
  • Organic Materials
  • Oxygen

Given the 3 necessary ingredients for mold damage to develop it is no surprise that mold often forms in bathrooms, kitchens, or any room that is near or next to an active source of moisture. When treating water damage and mold damage early the costs are very minimal. However, with each day delayed, the size of the loss and the necessary remediation becomes more and more intense. If you are in Los Angeles, California, and are looking for an expert mold remediation team call SERVPRO of Park la Brea today!

Water Damage Restoration in Your Los Angeles, CA Home!

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Kitchen with chairs underwater. SERVPRO's tips to be best prepared for an emergency. Be prepared for water damage or fire damage today!

In 2017, according to the Insurance Information Institute, 6% of insured homes had a property claim opened. Based on this statistic, it is safe to assume that most of us have never experienced water or fire damage in our homes. With this being said, we want to provide some tips on how to be best prepared in the event of water damage or fire damage:

  1. Create an inventory of your belongings. In the event of a disaster, it can be very beneficial to have a documented list of your items, including the year purchased, amount purchased for, brand, and receipt if available. 
  2. Have an evacuation plan or emergency plan in place. In the event of fire damage, have an evacuation plan in place. Also, rehearse this plan annually with your family. In the event of water damage, create an emergency shut of guide to direct whoever is home to the water shut off valve and the electricity shut off breakers. 
  3. Don’t wait to call for help. We instinctually think to call our insurance providers immediately upon discovering a water or fire damage. While this is a great choice, calling SERVPRO first is the better option! Our team can help you determine whether an insurance claim is a right move for you based on the loss and deductible amounts. 

We are here to help you become better prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency. If you ever have water damage in your home we hope that SERVPRO of Park la Brea will be the first call! Check out what these people said who called SERVPRO first! 

Water Damage Restoration for Basement Flooding

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded home with all of a persons belongings damaged by the water damage. Trust the SERVPRO Experts with your Water Damage Restoration needs!

Water damage, more specifically, a flooded basement, can be quite difficult to manage. Often, families use their basements as storage areas to keep old photo books, antique furniture, or other cherished items. Walking into a flooded basement with standing water reaching 6 feet high can feel extremely overwhelming, however, our team is here to help! We also have a great blog to help you determine if you have had any recent water damage

SERVPRO of Park la Brea has a highly trained water restoration team on staff to handle any and every water damage loss. However, we are also equipped with some of the most talented content and document restoration staff. Your belongings are just as important to us as your home! Check out our content restoration page here

Here are a few ways our team assists in restoring your belongings:

  • Move-Outs/Pack-Outs - Moving all items out of an affected area into a safe, climate-controlled storage space in our highly secured warehouse. Fully insured and bonded. 
  • Electronic Cleanup - DO NOT attempt to remove compromised electronics from water damage! Our highly trained staff can help restore water damaged electronics! You would be surprised how efficient this process can be! 
  • Document / Photograph Drying - Utilizing one of many methods, we are able to restore photographs, yearbooks, important documents, and more! 
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service - Before moving your items for storage or restoration, our team will thoroughly inventory each item to ensure its safekeeping and return. We also assist with providing an assessment of items for your insurance provider! 

All in all, our job is to make the water damage restoration process as stressfree as possible. Our expert team will handle all onsite restoration and can even assist with managing your insurance claim. SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here to help 24/7, 365

Water Damage Restoration Tips to Prevent Secondary Damage

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged office with a number for our expert water damage team. Home or Office, our expert water damage team is here to help!

When experiencing water damage, it is important to be proactive in order to minimize the extent of the damage. For example, once the water is discovered, it is important to immediately turn off the water valve to prevent any additional water from entering the area. This video helps understand where a water shut off valve could be found in your home. Additionally, you should try and remove as many of your belongings as possible to prevent damage to your items.

At this point, it is time to call 323-552-5600 to have our crew dispatched to the loss site. We will arrive within the hour!

While we make our journey to your home, also keep in mind these tips of what NOT to do:

  • Do not enter a room with any compromised electrical equipment.
  • Do not attempt to remove the water with a standard vacuum.
  • Do not try to clean raw sewage.
  • Do not call any other company aside from SERVPRO of Park la Brea.

We are here 24/7 to help you through any size water damage! Here are some helpful tips to help you through any type of water damage. 

Water Damage Restoration in Your Los Angeles Home

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

A washing machine leaking water into a home. SERVPRO Experts called to help manage the water loss. There are many sources for water damage but only one team to call to handle water damage restoration.

Water damage can happen at any time. A pipe could burst. A toilet may overfill. The dishwasher may leak. Regardless of the source of damage, our water damage experts are trained to handle any type or size of water damage. Here are the steps we follow to fully restore your home:

Emergency ContactWithin the first hour of receiving the lead, our crews immediately contact and schedule an inspection with the property owner or representative. We are always onsite within 90 minutes!

Inspection and Damage AssessmentOur highly trained technicians will inspect the damaged areas, determine the extent of the damage, and propose a scope of work. We communicate all steps of the process to the client upfront!

Restoring the Property: Water Extraction & DehumidificationUsing advanced technology, our crews will quickly and professionally remove any unwanted moisture to prevent bacterial growth or secondary damage. Our goal is to keep the loss under 5 days!

Once these steps are completed, the water restoration work is almost complete! We will perform final reviews of the mitigation services provided ensuring that our clients are 100% satisfied with our services. Contact us today for a free inspection and quote.

Categories of Water Damage

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

Visible signs of Water Damage in a Home Visible signs of Water Damage in a Home.

Water damage can be common in a home. Determining the category of water damage is important as well. Here at SERVPRO, we determine the category of the water depending on if the water is considered sanitary or contaminated. Category 1 water is known as clean water. This water can come from an overflow from a sink, bathtub, or other appliances. Category 2 water is considered significantly contaminated. Also known as ‘greywater’. This water may contain bacteria or fungi, but typically no feces. The water damage may be discharged from your washing machine, dishwasher, toilet, etc. Category 3 water is considered grossly contaminated. This is also known as “Black Water”. This type of water damage most often comes from sewage backups which can be distributed through many sources in the home. This water does contain harmful bacteria and fungus, and even fecal matter. With these three categories, it helps us easily determine what kind of water damage we are dealing with and how to properly remediate it. Count on us here at SERVPRO of Park la Brea to protect your home, your family, and your health. 

Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is more than unsightly. It can be expensive, and it can pose a serious health risk. At the SERVPRO of Park la Brea, we always have competitive prices for top quality work. But until we are on site, we cannot help! So, for the health and safety of your family, it’s important that you treat water damage as soon as you become aware of it. Water damage, water cleanup, or any water remediation needs, SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here. Water restoration and water damages are our specialty! Water damage restoration isn’t easy, but SERVPRO is here to help! SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the water damage team to call!

 Treating water damage immediately lessens the chance of that damage turning into mold. Mold spores grow and thrive in standing water. They can even thrive in areas where water has dried up, but the resulting damage has not been treated or was not treated correctly.

 Water damage can get crazy expensive if it’s not treated right away. It can move from water rings to corroded drywall to the ruined carpet to mold in the blink of an eye. As much as we depend on water, it can be a destructive force when mishandled or contaminated. Highly trained technicians for water damage restoration needs are available 24/7. Water damage of any sizes are welcomed!

 Don’t let water damage go from a minor annoyance to a major catastrophe. Call in SERVPRO today to get your home clean, dry, and safe as soon as possible.

Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles, CA should be treated NOW!

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

As much as we would like to avoid water leaks, broken pipes, rain coming down our roof or sudden and unexpected bursts of water, sometimes water damage is unavoidable. However, it’s not impossible to deal with. Water damage is something that, on average, happens approximately 14,000 times a day in the United States. SERVPRO is here to help with any and all of these losses. Water damages are serious and should be treated by a professional water damage team in Los Angeles!

   Dealing with water damage will depend on where the damage was done. If we’re talking about our roofs leaking water through our ceilings, the best way to deal with it is by restoring the roof and waterproof it right away to avoid any future leaks. SERVPRO is here to help and provides excellent services in regard to water damage clean up, water remediation, and all other water removal needs.

   When it comes to indoor places inside your home getting flooded, make sure to call in SERVPRO to get all the water out and properly dry it and ventilate the area. We do this to avoid moisture and any kind of humidity that could set in and create mold. We are the leading providers for water damage clean up, water restoration, water damage, and water extraction.

   The same procedure applies for bathrooms and broken pipes or sinks. The most important thing to do is to get all the water out (and repair the leak immediately) and ventilate it right after. SERVPRO of Park la Brea can help you through any situation, from beginning to end! We step in right after water damage may occur and provide a certified water damage team to help through the tough times.

   Last, but not least, do not forget to also dry whatever got wet during the water damage. Furniture, clothes, books… These things can damage pretty quickly and even get mold too if you don’t take care of them as quickly as possible too. Ask SERVPRO about the different resources we have available to clean furniture, clothing, or even save damaged or wet documents! All this in addition to our premier water damage team, water cleanup skills, and water remediation work in the Los Angeles area.

Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles, CA? Call SERVPRO!

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a serious problem to anyone. Whether it comes from a leaking roof, an old pipe, or even sewage overflow, it’s not a nice thing to experience. This is why you should consider calling SERVPRO during a water damage you may encounter. SERVPRO is the number one provider for water damage, fire damage, and mold damage. SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the best choice for your water damage needs, including water clean-up and mold clean up! Water damage of any sizes are welcomed!

   A restoration team is a team of professionals prepared to assist you during any kind of water damage. They don’t only have the knowledge to do so, but all the implements necessary to successfully get the water out of your home. Water restoration and water damages are our specialty!

   Restorations teams offer way more than just plumbing services. They assist you all the way from getting the water out, evaporate any remaining water, and avoiding any kind of humidification that could potentially happen. Water damage is a serious problem in a home which can lead to mold damage or can cause structural damage. SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the team to call!

   In the case of a flood, they’ll run a quick evaluation of the situation before starting to act not only to get the water out but to stop the leaking. SERVPRO would also save as many of your belongings as possible and restore the damage that was done. Water damage, if not treated immediately, can make the water damage go from a small loss to a large water damage loss very quickly! But SERVPRO is here to help! Highly trained technicians for water damage restoration needs are available 24/7.

   They know how to deal with water, whether it be rain, pipe leaks or any other kind of water damage, they will restore the part of your home that was damaged by it. By the time SERVPRO is done, they will leave things better than it was before! While there are many restoration teams in the market, we'd hope you'd consider calling SERVPRO, the most trusted, professional company in the market! Water damage, water cleanup, and any other losses, SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here! Water damage restoration isn’t easy, but SERVPRO is here to help! SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the water damage team to call!

Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles, CA is more common than you think!

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water can seriously damage your whole house in a matter of seconds. Sure, a little bit of water doesn’t seem like much, until a pipe leaks and you’ve got your whole house flooded with water! Now it’s time to call in SERVPRO. But before that, check this out! Water Water damage, water cleanup, or any water remediation needs, SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here.

Luckily for you, you can prevent water damage from happening in your home with just a few upgrades and little investment:

  1. Waterproof your roof. A leaking roof can mean a leaking ceiling, which can transform into ugly patches and even mold. To avoid this, simply waterproof your roof before the raining season begins.
  2. Check any old or leaking pipes. These are most likely to break and cause a huge flood, make sure to check them and change them or repair them as soon as you possibly can.
  3. Keep an eye out for humid spots. Dark spots on your walls or floors can mean there’s a pipe broken or a leak happening. If you spot any, make sure to call a restoration team or a plumbing service.
  4. Check your sewer system. A black water leak can easily happen too if you don’t take care of the pipes that create the sewer system of your home.

As you can see, preventing water damage can be done by taking proper care of your house every other month, and avoiding any kind of possible water leak. Water restoration and water damages are our specialty! Water damage restoration isn’t easy, but SERVPRO is here to help! SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the water damage team to call! Highly trained technicians for water damage restoration needs are available 24/7. Water damage of any sizes are welcomed!

Water Damage In Los Angeles

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

We've all used one. I bet you have more than a few in your house right now. But don't be mistaken! A Towel is NOT a Restoration company! While it may seem as though you are removing water efficiently from the surface of the flooring, water tends to travel in places most people have never thought of. Typically, moisture can be found in drywall, baseboards, flooring, subflooring, and even in the air! SERVPRO has all the essential tools to accurately measure, monitor and determine the extent of the damage. Removing the water at the moment may seem like a 'quick-fix', but without professional examination, a simple fix could turn into a very large and expensive problem. Next time this happens to you, put Mr. Towel on hold and call SERVPRO of Park la Brea! Water damage, water cleanup, or any water remediation needs, SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here. Water restoration and water damages are our specialties! Water damage restoration isn’t easy, but SERVPRO is here to help! SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the water damage team to call! Highly trained technicians for water damage restoration needs are available 24/7. Water damage of any sizes is welcomed!

Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles, CA

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Ugly brown rings on the ceiling are a sure sign of water damage. Here are three unusual things you might not know are indicators of water damage. Highly trained technicians for water damage restoration needs are available 24/7. Water damage of any sizes are welcomed!

  1. The Nose Knows
    If you notice a musty smell, don’t cover it up with air freshener or Damp Rid. Track it down and you’re likely to find invisible water damage.
  2. A Surge In Water Bills
    If your water bill skyrockets and your water consumption doesn’t, it’s a sure sign of a leak. Follow the money to find a hidden leak that could be causing major damage.
  3. Loose Tiles and Grout
    If the tiles and grout in your shower are impossible to clean or are loose or jiggly, there’s probably a leak caused by water damage in the wall behind the tiles.

Be on the lookout for these hidden clues and you’ll save yourself time and money. Don’t ignore them because the longer they go unchecked, the worse the problem gets. Water damage, water cleanup, or any water remediation needs, SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here. Water restoration and water damages are our specialty! Water damage restoration isn’t easy, but SERVPRO is here to help! SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the water damage team to call!

Water Damage Restoration In Los Angeles

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials. Water damage, water cleanup, or any water remediation needs, SERVPRO of Park la Brea is here. Water restoration and water damages are our specialty area!

Water damage restoration isn’t easy, but SERVPRO is here to help! SERVPRO of Park la Brea is the water damage team to call for your needs!

Steps You Can Take Before The Professional from SERVPRO Arrives:

  • If at all possible, stop the water at its source.
  • Remove loose items from floors.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture to avoid any damage.
  • Remove colored rugs and other items that may stain floor coverings.
  • Take out wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Pin up any draperies or furniture skirts to keep them as dry as possible and to prevent staining.
  • Position plastic blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on and open windows for maximum drying in summer.
  • Move art and other decors to a dry place.

Most importantly, make sure that you and your family are safe and out of harm's way. If any of these tasks put you or your family in harm, don't do it! While these may alleviate some of the damage, it is always better to let the professionals handle it. Highly trained technicians here for water damage restoration needs are available 24/7 for any need. Water damage of any sizes are welcomed, call us today!!

How Water Travels to Your Home

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Is the water that travels to your pool the same as the water that travels to your sink?

Having running water at home it’s one of those things we don’t stop to appreciate enough. Sure, opening up your tap and getting water it’s great, but do you really know how water travels through your home to make that possible?

   Believe it or not, understanding the plumbing system that goes through your house and how those pipes work is actually easier than you think. If you didn’t know it by now, here’s how water gets through your house every day:

  1. The main line: This water line is connected to the city’s main pipes, that’s where you get all your water from.
  2. The Waterline: This is a huge pipe that takes the water from the main line directly to your home. It’s usually buried very deep on the ground, and you’ll never see it.
  3. The Inside pipes: Once the water is in your home, it gets split into two main pipes, one for the cold water, and the other for the hot water. They both go through your pipelines into your sink, shower, bath and more, but only the hot water lines go through your water heater.

It is easy to overlook the many things that make our lives easier, however, it is always nice to be able to appreciate these once in a while! 

Water Damages Can Get Out of Hand Quick!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

A pipe broke in a bathroom, was not promptly fixed, and required much more remediation work!

Water damages are very real and can put you and your house in danger. And they usually happen because we didn’t pay enough attention to minor problems going on in our houses.

Not all water damages necessarily have to bea full flood, but they can turn into that if you don’t take care of the leaking pipes and old plumbing system in your house. You see, something as little as a leaking pipe in your sink can become a mold problem in a matter of weeks.

Leaving water problems unattended can bring many problems to your home. Leaking pipes can lead to humid places, which can lead to mold. Not to mention, water can even corrode your old pipes, and even leak through your roof and walls.

Water damages are serious and should be treated as such. Don’t let a leaking pipe or an old plumbing system deteriorate the state and value of your home. Take care of it, restore it if you can, and save yourself from all that trouble.

Water Damages are sometimes Unavoidable!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO set up equipment to reduce the chance of bacterial growth after a water damage!

   As much as we would like to avoid water leaks, broken pipes, rain coming down our roof or sudden and unexpected bursts of water, sometimes water damage is unavoidable. However, it’s not impossible to deal with.
   Dealing with water damage will depend on where the damage was done. If we’re talking about our roofs leaking water through our ceilings, the best way to deal with it is by restoring the roof and waterproof it right away to avoid any future leaks.
   When it comes to indoor places inside your home getting flooded, make sure to call in SERVPRO to get all the water out and properly dry it and ventilate the area. We do this to avoid moisture and any kind of humidity that could set in and create mold.
   The same procedure applies for bathrooms and broken pipes or sinks. The most important thing to do is to get all the water out (and repair the leak immediately) and ventilate it right after.
   Last, but not least, do not forget to also dry whatever got wet during the water damage. Furniture, clothes, books… These things can damage pretty quickly and even get mold too if you don’t take care of them as quickly as possible too. Ask SERVPRO about the different resources we have available to clean furniture, clothing, or even save damaged or wet documents! 

Restoration Team? Choose SERVPRO

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO extracting water from tile floor that was recently installed!

Water damage can be a serious problem to anyone. Whether it comes from a leaking roof, an old pipe, or even sewage overflow, it’s not a nice thing to experience. This is why you should consider calling SERVPRO during a water damage you may encounter.
   A restoration team is a team of professionals prepared to assist you during any kind of water damage. They don’t only have the knowledge to do so, but all the implements necessary to successfully get the water out of your home.
   Restorations teams offer way more than just plumbing services. They assist you all the way from getting the water out, evaporate any remaining water, and avoiding any kind of humidification that could potentially happen.
   In the case of a flood, they’ll run a quick evaluation of the situation before starting to act not only to get the water out but to stop the leaking. SERVPRO would also save as many of your belongings as possible, and restore the damage that was done.
   They know how to deal with water, whether it be rain, pipe leaks or any other kind of water damage, they will restore the part of your home that was damaged by it. By the time SERVPRO is done, they will leave things better than it was before! While there are many restoration teams in the market, we'd hope you'd consider calling SERVPRO, the most trusted, professional company in the market!

You can Prevent some Water Damages!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

As water traveled through the roof, it needed to be opened to fully dry the area. Just make sure this is handled by a professional, like SERVPRO!

Water can seriously damage your whole house in a matter of seconds. Sure, a little bit of water doesn’t seem like much, until a pipe leaks and you’ve got your whole house flooded with water! Now its time to call in SERVPRO. But before that, check this out!
Luckily for you, you can prevent water damage from happening in your home with just a few upgrades and little investment:

  1. Waterproof your roof. A leaking roof can mean a leaking ceiling, which can transform into ugly patches and even mold. To avoid this, simply waterproof your roof before the raining season begins.
  2. Check any old or leaking pipes. These are most likely to break and cause a huge flood, make sure to check them and change them or repair them as soon as you possibly can.
  3. Keep an eye out for humid spots. Dark spots on your walls or floors can mean there’s a pipe broken or a leak happening. If you spot any, make sure to call a restoration team or a plumbing service.
  4. Check your sewer system. A black water leak can easily happen too if you don’t take care of the pipes that create the sewer system of your home.

As you can see, preventing water damage can be done by taking proper care of your house every other month, and avoiding any kind of possible water leak.

Steps You Can Take Before SERVPRO Arrives

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water mitigation performed after the flood on the bathroom floor. Affected porous materials must be removed as flood water is extremely contaminated.

Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.

Steps You Can Take Before The Professional from SERVPRO Arrives:

  • If at all possible, stop the water at its source.
  • Remove loose items from floors.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture to avoid any damage.
  • Remove colored rugs and other items that may stain floor coverings.
  • Take out wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Pin up any draperies or furniture skirts to keep them as dry as possible and to prevent staining.
  • Position plastic blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on and open windows for maximum drying in summer.
  • Move art and other decors to a dry place.

Most importantly, make sure that you and your family are safe and out of harm's way. If any of these tasks put you or your family in harm, don't do it! While these may alleviate some of the damage, it is always better to let the professionals handle it. 

3 Uncommon Signs of Water Damage in Los Angeles

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Discolored ceiling is clear indication of water damage in Los Angeles apartment.

Ugly brown rings on the ceiling are a sure sign of water damage. Here are three unusual things you might not know are indicators of water damage.

  1. The Nose Knows
    If you notice a musty smell, don’t cover it up with air freshener or Damp Rid. Track it down and you’re likely to find invisible water damage.
  2. A Surge In Water Bills
    If your water bill skyrockets and your water consumption doesn’t, it’s a sure sign of a leak. Follow the money to find a hidden leak that could be causing major damage.
  3. Loose Tiles and Grout
    If the tiles and grout in your shower are impossible to clean or are loose or jiggly, there’s probably a leak caused by water damage in the wall behind the tiles.

Be on the lookout for these hidden clues and you’ll save yourself time and money. Don’t ignore them because the longer they go unchecked, the worse the problem gets.

Why Its Important to have SERVPRO on site immediately!

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Making sure to call SERVPRO of Park la Brea early can save you from a lot of excess damage!

Water damage is more than unsightly. It can be expensive and it can poses a serious health risk. At the SERVPRO of Park la Brea, we always have competitive prices for top quality work. But until we are on site, we cannot help! So, for the health and safety of your family, it’s important that you treat water damage as soon as you become aware of it.

 Treating water damage immediately lessens the chance of that damage turning into mold. Mold spores grow and thrive in standing water. They can even thrive in areas where water has dried up, but the resulting damage has not been treated or was not treated correctly.

 Water damage can get crazy expensive if it’s not treated right away. It can move from water rings to corroded drywall to ruined carpet to mold in the blink of an eye. As much as we depend on water, it can be a destructive force when mishandled or contaminated.

 Don’t let water damage go from a minor annoyance to a major catastrophe. Call in SERVPRO today to get your home clean, dry, and safe as soon as possible.

Water Damage on Hardwood Flooring in Los Angeles

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

The Towel seems like a quick fix, but is it really solving my water damage problem?

We've all used one. I bet you have more than a few in your house right now. But don't be mistaken! A Towel is NOT a Restoration company! While it may seem as though you are removing water efficiently from the surface of the flooring, water tends to travel in places most people have never thought of. Typically, moisture can be found in drywall, baseboards, flooring, subflooring, and even in the air! SERVPRO has all the essential tools to accurately measure, monitor and determine the extent of the damage. Removing the water at the moment may seem like a 'quick-fix', but without professional examination, a simple fix could turn into a very large and expensive problem. Next time this happens to you, put Mr. Towel on hold and call SERVPRO of Park la Brea!