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How SERVPRO Can Help Turn Your Water Back on in West Hollywood
Close-up of water leaking from a sink pipe in a home.
Restoring Service Can Hurt Water Lines in West Hollywood Homes
While many people consider their water service getting shut off as a significant inconvenience, sometimes this process is necessary to install new hardware in your West Hollywood home or to repair a damaged component of the plumbing system. The trouble with removing the water from the pipes moving through your residence is that this space now gets filled with air instead. While many experienced plumbers know to bleed out this air when refilling the lines when the job is complete, human errors happen more readily than you might think.
To understand how air in your lines can ultimately cause water damage to your West Hollywood home, you have to imagine that this air has filled up the pipes in your home entirely. Filling it with water, causes the two to have to share the same space and pressure builds within the line at the highest points in the house. Water forces the air to the peak of the lines, and without relief to the growing pressure by turning on a faucet or fixture, can cause a separation at a weak joint.
Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to not only identify the source of the break when we first arrive through our leak detection equipment, but we can work to mitigate your loss from the flowing water throughout this affected area of the property. Our licensed contractors on staff can reconstruct the damaged line with new components as our other technicians set out to remove contents from the wet areas and set up equipment for efficient drying.
Once the water is ready to get turned back on to the house after we have repaired the plumbing and mitigated the situation, we can bleed the pressure from the line as we resupply the pipes to prevent a recurrence.
Human errors and mishaps can account for many of the water damage disasters that our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood rapid response team works to resolve. You can count on our team to be there any time you need us with the tools and expertise to make a difference quickly. Give us a call today at (310) 572-6132.
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How Our Team Of Professionals Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Hollywood
Common issues our technicians face are flooded carpets, wood floors, and drywall panels that begin to absorb water the moment any first touches it.
Remediating Water Damage To Hollywood Homes
Fall is here, and with it comes much of the rain that we get in each calendar year. Hollywood residents know, however, that broken or faulty plumbing can be just as damaging when it floods across the floors and carpets of their homes.
Storms and plumbing cause much the same types of water damage to Hollywood homes. Common issues SERVPRO technicians face are flooded carpets, wood floors, and drywall panels that begin to absorb water the moment any first touches it. Each requires immediate removal and drying of the material to prevent permanent damage and to replace them.
To start with, and help all three items, our restoration specialists bring in commercial pumps. These devices can remove large amounts of water in a few hours. That means our personnel can remove a large percentage of the water in a home within a day or two in most cases. Removing the water prevents further absorption, especially for drywall, and helps to start the drying process for all three.
Next, specialists switch out the pumps for extraction wands. These smaller devices still remove water, but operators can adjust the speed and suction power. They also have a heating element we use to accelerate drying. These options enable us to remove water trapped in carpets and between floorboards without accidentally separating the layers of the carpets or over drying the floorboards which cause splitting and cracking.
As SERVPRO crew members operate the extraction wands, others set up a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and exhaust fans to increase the rate of water extraction. The dehumidifiers pull water from the air and nearby property. They work on carpets and wood floors but are especially effective on drywall and wood paneling.
The air movers force warm, dry air across damp surfaces which forces out moisture. Technicians can adjust the speed, temperature, and direction of the air to maximize drying without causing any secondary damage. The moisture is then pulled out by the exhaust fans with the cooler air in the home or captured by the dehumidifier and removed at a rate of about 25 gallons every 24 hours, depending on the amount of water present.
At SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, we want to help every owner return to their home as soon as it's safe to do so. If you need our expertise and experience, call our office today at (310) 572-6132. We are here for you.
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SERVPRO - Water Removal Procedures For Hollywood Homes
When water emergencies strike your precious home, our SERVPRO team will help.
Water Restoration Options For Homes in Hollywood
Water can quickly damage Hollywood homes and much of the property inside them. Effectively restoring them begins with getting the water out of the house as rapidly as possible. Doing it correctly, without accidentally damaging the home in the process, requires training, specialized equipment, and experience.
Most Hollywood water removal requirements occur due to a failure in plumbing. Once SERVPRO personnel have the water turned off, or the actual leak stopped or repaired, they begin operations with either commercial grade pumps for deeper water or a smaller device called a water extraction wand for levels less than around ankle-deep.
Both machines remove massive amounts of water in a fairly short amount of time. Once they accomplish this part of the removal process, then property formerly underwater begins to dry, and further damage to it stops for the most part.
Now that they can physically access the floors and carpets, SERVPRO specialists examine both for moisture trapped in both. They hang area and smaller rugs outside to dry in the sun, but wall-to-wall carpeting requires more effort to dry them. Most residential carpets have a pad that absorbs water and quickly breaks down after it becomes wet, so technicians roll the carpet up to remove it. If water soaked wood flooring for more than a few hours, there is often moisture trapped between floorboards and usually some water absorbed as well.
With carpets and floors both, our technicians use air movers and box fans to dry them quickly. They lift entry and exit points for each carpet and then force warm, dry air under and over the carpet to speed up the drying process while the box fan draws out the cooler air trapped underneath. For wood floors, they direct the air mover across the surface, moving it at regular intervals to avoid over drying a particular section of the floorboards.
If water came in from a higher point such as a leak in a second-floor bathroom, technicians some of the same tools to dry damp or soaked walls. They remove the affected panels and use an air mover to force warm air into the exposed cavities. If the drywall is simply damp, they drill holes behind the baseboard to allow water to drain and then insert a hose connected to an air mover to dry the space behind the panels.
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Our goal at SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is to return every home to its original condition. If you are dealing with failed plumbing in your residence, call us today at (310) 572-6132 to set up an inspection visit. We are here for you.
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Expert Restoration Of Water Damage In A Residence In West Hollywood
Regardless of where undesired water comes from in a home, it can damage any interior structures unlucky enough to come into contact with the water.
Expert Water Damage Restoration
Regardless of where undesired water comes from in a West Hollywood home, it can damage any interior structures unlucky enough to come into contact with the water. When we restore homes that sustained loss because of water or excess moisture, our teams carry out the necessary mitigation procedures to eliminate current damages. We also take measures to decrease the chances of future problems.
The unwanted water's source in your West Hollywood house helps SERVPRO professionals determine the steps needed to resolve water damage issues. When water originates from a clean source like pipes leaking, cleaning up the water and drying out your home as quickly as possible can often prevent any other damage from occurring. We can do this because Category 1 water contains few microbes that can create problems.
Categories 2 and 3 require much more effort to mitigate fully. Water classified as Category 2 contains many more microbes than clean water, but not nearly as many as what Category 3 holds. Both require we remove the water, of course, but decontamination of affected materials that remain otherwise undamaged must take place quickly. Microbes can include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, mold, and mildew. Other contaminants include solid waste, chemicals and oils, silt, and plant matter.
SERVPRO uses a biocidal agent to eliminate any disease-causing microbes from your home's environment. The first application renders a majority of these pathogens inert, which makes the area safer so we can more efficiently and effectively clean everything. Afterward, we apply a second treatment to make it safe for you and your family.
Removing odors caused by water damage also can affect the comfort level of your home. Using deodorization methods early resolves the situation for many smells experienced, but in some cases, re-treatment becomes necessary. We are here to help you by making your home “Like it never even happened,” no matter how much damage your home sustains.
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood mitigates water damage in Weho and Spaulding Square, making homes safe once again. Call us at (310) 572-6132 when water threatens your home.
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Hollywood's Water Removal Experts Explain Problems with Insulation
SERVPRO Says--We Remove Wet Insulation In Hollywood Homes After Water Intrusions to Help Prevent Mold and High Electrical Bills
SERVPRO Can Identify Hidden Moisture and Re-Establish Acceptable Dryness with Measuring and Treating
It is always possible that things can go wrong inside your Hollywood home and water leaks into an area that was not designed to handle moisture. Water can cause many problems to the interior of a house. Moisture can ruin building materials and contents if enough water is present in an area for too long.
If water does not get removed from all organic materials in the home, mold growth can occur. To prevent future fungal problems water removal in a Hollywood residence should take place within 48 hours. In some cases, structural contents can get damaged requiring replacement so that future issues do not arise.
One structural component that is susceptible to damage if it gets wet is insulation. Moisture can lessen the insulating power of the insulation material. Some types of insulation get ruined quickly when they get wet while other kinds can be saved by drying.
Some types of insulation including cellulose and Rockwool can mat when they get wet. Moisture can also affect the "R" value, fire resistance, and antimicrobial properties of cellulosic materials. Rockwool has small strands of metal inside it that can rust when it gets wet. Both cellulose and Rockwool insulation types often get replaced when they are damaged by moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians can readily establish the best course of action.
It is possible to dry fiberglass insulation, but it is not always straightforward. Vapor barriers built into the padding slow down the drying of the fiberglass. Drying the insulation inside enclosed walls and ceiling cavities may prove to be extremely difficult. However, if insulation is not entirely dried out promptly, then mold can develop on wooden studs and trusses.
Before our SERVPRO technicians attempt to dry out a wall cavity, they use monitoring meters to test the moisture content. Moisture meters have probes on them that can penetrate into the wood and drywall of the affected area leaving almost invisible tiny prick holes. The meter then reads how much moisture is present in the materials.
If the moisture level of the materials in the affected area is significantly higher than the levels of unaffected regions, then drying out the wall cavity is necessary. The best way to dry out walls is to remove the baseboard and drill holes at the bottom of the wall behind it. If the moisture inside the walls is excessive, then the drywall gets removed a foot or two from the floor.
Drying wall cavities is essential in preventing future secondary water damage. For professional assistance with water-related problems, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 any time.
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What To Do When A Leaking Washing Machine Causes Water Damage
A leaking washing machine can cause water damage to the floor of whatever room it is in if it is routinely unnoticed and goes unfixed.
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A leaking washing machine can cause water damage to the floor of whatever room it is in if it is routinely unnoticed and goes unfixed. It is easy to put a load of clothes in and then forget about them, giving plenty of time for the water to absorb into your flooring, walls, or surrounding flooring. By the time you get back to your machine, it may seem like your washer only leaked a small amount of water.
If left for extended periods of time, that water could even evaporate, and you might not notice the leak in your West Hollywood home at all until it is too late. However, little by little, the washing machine can damage the area around it. There is even the possibility of continuously saying to yourself that you should get the leak fixed but forgetting time and time again. Fortunately, when water damage has become a problem, help is not far away.
SERVPRO can send IICRC-certified technicians to your home as soon as possible after receiving your call. Upon arriving at your home, we can inspect the level of damage to your walls, floors, and surrounding belongings. Once establishing what is damaged and determining the ideal tools for the job our technicians can implement a drying plan.
SERVPRO uses advanced drying technology like air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to produce the best environment through encouraging evaporation. Keeping the air devoid of moisture around the spaces that need drying can make it so extracted water cannot travel to other surfaces instead. We strive to reverse the water damage that has set into your floors, belongings, and on your walls as soon as possible so that your laundry space can return to its preloss condition.
When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood area at (310) 572-6132. After receiving your call, we can send our technicians to your home swiftly to return it to pre-damage condition.
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How Can You Prevent Water Damage Disaster to Your Bel Air Home?
Regularly cleaning your gutters, keeping them free of debris can prevent water damage to your home.
Helpful Tips to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home
Water damage due to clogged drains, busted pipes or leaky faucets can cause significant damage to your home. It is crucial for a homeowner to remedy the water damage as soon as possible to avoid a possible catastrophe. That said, if you are vigilant and attentive, you can prevent water damage from turning into a full-blown disaster.
The first and arguably the most important thing to do in case of water damage to your Bel Air home is to seek professional help as soon as possible. Experienced SERVPRO technicians can get the problem under control should you face any water damage issues. The following tips can help you prevent water damage in the first place.
Clean Your Roof and Gutters
Cleaning gutters is a chore that most homeowners neglect. If the gutters are not cleaned properly, the clogged water can leak through the roof, into the basement or even reach the foundation of your home potentially causing massive damage. SERVPRO technicians strongly suggest homeowners schedule an inspection of their gutters and look for any signs of clogging to prevent any potential water damage issues.
Avoid Cleaning Clogged Drain with Chemicals
Every home experiences clogged sinks every once in a while. It can be tempting to get the damage rectified by using the much-advertised drain unclogging chemicals. However, the fact is that these chemicals can cause more harm than you may realize. The caustic chemicals present in these unclogging liquids can rot away your drain pipes and make them leaky amplifying your water damage problem. Call in experts to deal with clogged drains and try to fix the underlying cause of the clogs rather than look for a quick fix.
Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Sink
Pouring grease down your sink is the worst thing you can do to your plumbing. No matter whether you flush it down with hot water or not, it is a bad idea. The grease can congeal and cling to the plumbing increasing the rate of clogs. Letting it harden and chucking it in the trash, is a better way to dispose of grease than pouring it down the drain.
Again, despite taking all precautions, water damage can still occur and when it does, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 as soon as you can!
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Water Removal In Your Bel Air Home After A Washing Machine Leak
Washing machines are one of the most common causes of water damage, and the costs can be high for the homeowner.
Water Removal After A Washing Machine Leak
For homes in Bel Air, washing machines are one of the most common causes of water damage, and the costs can be high for the homeowner. Since each machine has various ways of creating havoc in your home with water, many people do not realize the actual risks or the options for prevention and cleanup.
From bad hoses to drainage leaks, your washing machine can throw out hundreds of gallons of water into your Bel Air home at once, and very quickly. The water damage left behind by such an event can be overwhelming, which is why you need the expert help of SERVPRO staff for water removal and to get your home dry again.
With our rapid response, your walls, floors, and valuable possessions can many times be restored and preserved. Our technicians are certified and come to your home backed by experience and proven water damage remediation techniques. SERVPRO is with you every step of the way and explains all of our processes before proceeding, so you are comfortable and know what is going on at all times.
Water damage restoration requires us to use specialized equipment and supplies. Our technicians are trained in operating the equipment correctly and how to choose the right tool for each job.
SERVPRO techs first need to extract the standing water from your property. We do so with truck mounted pumps that can handle many gallons of water at once. Detection devices are used to identify where water could be trapped inside walls and to determine when the structure is dry.
Air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans are used to speed up the drying process. We monitor these machines every day until the drying is complete to ensure optimal drying. Lastly, we use deodorization equipment to apply professional products to treat odors from the water damage.
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is equipped with the right equipment to take care of your water removal problem. Anyone residing in the areas of Melrose District, Spaulding Square, or Central Hollywood can reach us by calling at (310) 572-6132 anytime.
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Remediation Of Long-Term Water Damage In West Hollywood
Water Drips, Slow Leaks in West Hollywood Properties Lead to Water Damage
Damage from Drip, Drip, Drip Results in a Call to SERVPRO
When you imagine West Hollywood water damage, the picture that comes to mind may be a dramatic flood from a torrential downpour or a spectacular plume of water from a massive break in a pipe. Although these water events would undoubtedly cause damage inside your home, our experience is that water incursions you did not even know were happening cause significant harm to local homes.
Over time your West Hollywood home has suffered significant water damage, drop by drop. A small leak under a sink or within a wall slowly saturates your home’s structure or fixtures. A line of dried caulk in an upstairs shower allows a bit of water to run through the seam between tub and wall, eventually deteriorating the ceiling below. A sagging gutter allows rainwater to push its way into the siding. These and other types of steady but silent damage need a professional restoration company to remediate.
Often the first you realize that water is leaking is an unexplained uptick in the water bill or a stain on the wall. The moment you connect the dots on hidden water leakage you need SERVPRO to evaluate the situation. Water is tremendously destructive, capable of weakening or destroying the framework of your home and fueling secondary damage like mold growth.
SERVPRO technicians receive advanced training in moisture measurement and scanning technology, useful to located pockets of water and saturated areas. We arrange for the repair of leaks in plumbing, poorly maintained waterproofing, and damaged or aging outdoor drainage systems. Our crews get to work releasing trapped water, suctioning it out or removing sections of drywall or paneling to drain it.
Once standing water is no longer a problem, we continue to monitor moisture levels as we employ air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out damp cavities and wet cabinets. SERVPRO technicians establish drying goals according to information learned in IICRC coursework and continue the strategies that shown success on other jobs until the ambient humidity measures in the 30 to 50 percent range and the structures and fixtures affected by water show moisture contents lower than 10 percent.
Restoration and repair of surfaces damaged complete the job, leaving your home free of the evidence of the slow leaks and water collection. SERVPRO aims to return your home to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood takes calls at (310) 572-6132 round the clock. Do not delay a request for assistance, and get your home restored as quickly as possible.
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Handling Water Damage Issues in Bel Air
Remediating water damage quickly can possibly save your carpet after the pad is replaced. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best results.
Team SERVPRO is Standing by to Tackle Water Damage Incidents in Your Home
More homes suffer damage from failed plumbing than a rising river each year. Regardless of the source, however, there are certain, joint actions that every restoration company should take to protect and clean each home.
Stopping water damage in Bel Air means stopping the water source as quickly as possible. Every SERVPRO office has an emergency response team ready around the clock to make this happen and then begin returning every home to its pre-damaged condition.
First, we secure the residence. If there is still a source of water coming into the home, we stop it by turning off the water main or blocking access with sandbags. Once accomplished, we inspect the home to determine if we need to board up any doors or windows or cover damaged sections of the walls or roofs.
Our second task is removing standing water. We start with commercial grade pumps and bring in our generators or a generator truck if the residential power supply is unavailable. Then, we inspect crawl spaces, beneath floors, and behind walls for additional water.
Third, we extract moisture trapped on floors and carpets. After removing the furniture, technicians use water extractor wands to draw out water caught in the nape of the carpet and between floorboards. These devices are designed to remove water without damaging carpet or wood surfaces.
With a dry surface underneath our feet, we move on to step four and remove water from behind walls; to be thorough, we may have to remove a section of the wall board and drill one or more holes. Drilling gives us access behind the drywall where we can insert an extractor wand or use an air mover to force dry, warm air inside to speed the evaporation process.
Finally, we examine the carpet. A wet carpet is one of the most easily damaged items in a home and is often the most expensive to replace. To hopefully prevent that, we examine it for mold, delamination, and damaged seams. If there is mold, we recommend disposal in most cases. If the carpet is particularly expensive or difficult to replace, we can clean it of course.
When there is delamination, that means the backing of the carpet has loosened, and fibers are now coming out. When it is too thin, there is nothing to do except replace it. The same goes for seams that have been under water for too long and have begun to rot.
Most water damage is preventable if you can dry out your home quickly. SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has served our area for decades and is ready to help our neighbors recover from any disaster. Call us at 310) 572-6132 today to get started or to schedule an inspection.
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Protect Your Bel Air Home Against Water Damage Caused By Seepage
Foundation cracks need to be sealed in order to prevent water from entering the home. Contact SERVPRO to have an assessment of your house done.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage and Always Look Out for Ways a Homeowner can Prevent Water from Entering the Home
There are a variety of things you should learn about water damage to help protect your investment and ensure that you have the proper insurance coverage for problems that exist in your area.
Water damage caused by seepage or groundwater in Bel Air is real. Having your home inspected by a qualified restoration company can provide you with protection against this problem, and even get you the help you need during a disaster.
Having the cracks in your driveway and foundation repaired, installing a backflow valve, sump pump, or additional drainage all help prevent water seepage. The cracks in your foundation give water a more efficient way of entering your home, leading to significant damage that affects the structural integrity of your home.
SERVPRO technicians can inspect your entire home for problems, make sure that everything is working as intended and save you from experiencing tragic losses. Something as simple as the gutters on your roof protects your home from having thousands of liters of water enter during months with excessive rainfall.
You need to ensure that your gutters are clean, removing leaves and other debris that prevent excess water from getting to a safe location. SERVPRO technicians can inspect your gutter system for leaks, perform any necessary repairs, and protect your home.
SERVPRO also performs grading services that prevent rainwater or other water issues from flowing into your home. Over time, soil erosion changes the ground around your house, making it entirely possible for rain, melting snow, ground water, or other issues to gain entrance. Even a small change in grading on your property is enough to cause major problems.
With the installation of a backflow valve, should a sewage backup happen, a flap in the valve prevents water from backing up into your home. You have seen pictures of toilets, sinks, and even appliances overflowing, causing significant damage. Well, a backflow valve and sump pump are key performers for preventing this type of harm.
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood looks forward to providing you with answers for water damage issues on your property, call today. (310) 572-6132
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