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If the Mold is Removed, will it Return to properties in Wilmington / Lomita / S. Harbor City

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

indoor mold Call SERVPRO of Wilmington / Lomita / S. Harbor City (424) 263-9065 for help with mold damage to your residential home.

When consumers find a mold infestation in Wilmington/ Lomita / S. Harbor City many ignore it or wash the surface they find it on with soap and water or vinegar. They are not too worried about the mold or the damage that it might cause to the structure or even their health.

SERVPRO has provided mold and water removal services to homes and companies in Wilmington/ Lomita/ S. Harbor City and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Our experience has been that where there is mold, there is usually a moisture problem. The combination of mold and water can, over time, destroy structures, drywall, and cupboards made from pressed wood, and yes, it will return as long as there is a source of moisture.

Mold is always present in the air outside as well as inside our homes and businesses. Maintaining a clean and dry space prevents mold from growing. Once you smell that stale, musty odor, there is a mold/moisture issue.

SERVPRO has found that proper way to manage a mold situation is:
• Remove the source of the moisture – small leaks or condensation are common
• Remove damaged materials and structures supporting mold colonies
• Apply anti-fungal and antimicrobial chemicals before restoring the area.

Can’t We Ignore the Mold?
Many clients do ignore small patches of mold or perhaps attempt to wash the affected surface. Unfortunately, as long as there is a moisture source, the mold will continue to remain, and grow. Clients who ignore the situation may have to deal with the following:
• Mold can cause health effects.
• Ongoing moisture or water leaks can compromise the structural integrity of building structures
• There may be an unpleasant stale, musty odor

Our SERVPRO IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can help track the origin of moisture, supporting mold growth in your home or business. We provide mold remediation and restoration services to prevent the return of mold infestations.

Call SERVPRO of Wilmington / Lomita / S. Harbor City (424) 263-9065 for help with mold damage to your residential home.

Can a Tankless Water Heater Limit the Potential for Water Damage?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water heater damage to wood floor and walls. A hot water heater issue in your home can become a bigger issue than most realize. Let SERVPRO help you through.

SERVPRO techs know plumbing issues can arise with any device and have the skills and equipment to get the water out of your Wilmington home

The average service life of a hot water heater in a Wilmington home is around eight to twelve years on average. If the tank fails, it can dump a sudden thirty plus gallons of water in your home. Once free of the tank, the water spreads and migrates down and seeps under floors, affecting floor joists and can penetrate under the foundation in some cases. Tankless water heaters have some definite perks such as:  

  • They do not require a tank to hold the hot water for use 
  • Minimal potential for a catastrophic water damage event  
  • No waiting for the water to heat up; it arrives hot
  • Uses 30% to 50% less energy for hot water since no tank needed   

What is the Best Way to Get Rapid Water Removal?

After a large scale damage event in your Wilmington home requires water removal, the best action a homeowner can take is to bring in outside help. SERVPRO techs have multiple types of equipment to get the water out of your home quickly. A mere inch of water can do numerous types of damage to your home in a short period, including:  

  • Destruction to carpet and tile flooring 
  • Water may cause the carpet to shrink, deteriorate, or dyes to bleed  
  • The subfloor may warp due to seepage and require replacement  
  • Sheetrock may buckle or fall apart after wicking water 

Commonly Seen Cleanup Needs for a Home 

When SERVPRO techs work on a home post-water tank failure, there is often a lot of water to extract. Fifty gallons of water does not look like so much when it is sitting compressed in the tank. It can seem overwhelming about where to start the cleanup. Some actions homeowners can take before the arrival of the crew is to remove items off the wet floor such as magazines in baskets, decorative pillows, and porous items that can absorb water or have the potential to bleed inks or dyes onto carpet or laminate flooring. 

The flooring of all types takes a beating after a water spill of this size in a home. SERVPRO techs have comprehensive training in handling damage from water for all kinds of flooring, and they know after inspection if your floor covering has restoration potential or not. 

Laminate flooring, particularly on floating floors, fares poorly when exposed to copious amounts of water. This is due to the composition of most of the floorboards, having a melanin and fiberboard core. Once it has excessive exposure to moisture, the fiberboard swells and causes deterioration for the board. Usually, this type of flooring needs removal and replacement after a massive water damage issue. 

Ceramic and laminate (resilient) tile usually have two very different outcomes. While ceramic tile has one of the best potentials for a full restoration, if the grout line seal remains intact, laminate tile may float up and off when the adhesive loses its grip. 

Since a water tank cleanup has a rating as a clean water restoration job, as long as the cleanup starts within 24 hours, the water poses no hazards, and on a case by case basis, the techs can extract the water from the carpet and dry it in place. This is usually welcome news to homeowners who have an investment in their wall-to-wall carpeting. 

Wood floorboards react differently to water as even sealed boards still naturally absorb some water resulting in bowing or crowning. Until the boards get dried, there is no way to gauge the true restoration potential. Often with the use of drying mats, the boards return to their original shape, although in some cases, they may need refinishing. 

Once the property dries, the techs use their equipment to ensure that there are no areas of moisture that got missed. They look for:   

  • Cold areas indicating moisture behind walls as seen through the use of infrared cameras  
  • The use of penetrating probes to determine if any water remains within the subfloor  
  • Interior humidity readings to ensure drying goals got attained

After the water gets extracted and the work-site dried, SERVPRO techs work on manual cleaning and prepping the area for any needed repairs. The Crew Chief walks the homeowner through the actions taken and goes over any controlled demolition that needed to occur for drying. Homeowners get encouraged to ask any questions, so everyone is on the same page when the restoration services get completed. 

SERVPRO of Wilmington / Lomita / S. Harbor City at (424) 263-9065 when you need assistance with water removal in your home. The technicians have the training and equipment to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Remain on Premises Following a Fire?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO protects its technicians from biohazardous airborne smoke particles in Los Angeles area homes

SERVPRO Assesses Los Angeles Area Fire Damage for Safe Living Conditions

After enduring a fire in your Los Angeles home, you may not wish to leave, especially if you feel your property is vulnerable due to the extensive damage. However, it is vital to prioritize your safety, ensuring your home is safe before deciding to return permanently. Often, technicians use strong deodorizers and fogging techniques that require residents to vacate the property. They also may need to turn off your power for safety purposes. Our goal is to quickly and effectively restore your home to preloss conditions so that you may return.

Why are Slip and Falls a Hazard After a Fire?

Firefighters Often Use Water to Extinguish a Fire

Surprisingly, one of the major factors impeding fire restoration of your Los Angeles home is water usage during firefighting efforts. Excessive moisture on top of fire damage makes the cleanup and restoration tasks even more challenging. Our trained SERVPRO technicians employ OSHA required Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), which shuts off power as a safety precaution if it senses too much electrical current in a wet environment.

What are Some of the Most Common Safety Hazards After A Fire?

  • Electrical Hazards: If the electricity is still running, it is essential to inspect for damaged wiring. It may be necessary to terminate power from the fuse box to ensure safety.
  • Structural Hazards: Fire can cause loose building materials and other debris to fall. Technicians wear hardhats as personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Slip, Trip, and Fall: Excess water may cause slipping, while debris, electrical cords, and poor visibility can cause a fall.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Wilmington/ Lomita/ S. Harbor City at (424) 263-9065. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Wilmington's great history!

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Old town photo of original city and longest stading building Wilmington sure has come a long way and we are dedicated to help restore it one unexpected damage at a time!

If you live in the area or just visiting and love a good day of history! Here are some places you must see!

Wilmington is a city in Los Angeles County near the port of Los Angeles. It was one of the first places to introduce transportation and shipping into the region, thanks to a successful business man, Phineas Banning. A highlight to any visit to Wilmington is the Banning museum comprised of the Phineas Banning's country ranch home built in 1864. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, tours are offered by decents who take you through the history of early Los Angeles through the eyes of Phineas and his family.

A rare collection of portraits, Banning family memorabilia, the ranch barn, and gift house, and 20 acres of lush gardens & grounds grace this 23-room estate. Bringing Greek Revival architecture to L.A., the Banning family lived in the home for over 60 years. The Banning Museum 401 East M Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 Tel: 310.548.7777

Another attraction worth checking out in Wilmington include Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, the U.S. Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona territory during the Civil War era. Location: 1052 N Banning Blvd., Wilmington, CA

A museum is housed in the last remaining wooden building of Drum Barracks named after Adjutant General Richard Coulter Drum, head of the Department of the Pacific, served as the Union Army headquarters in the Southwest (Southern California and the Arizona Territory) from 1861 - 1871. Drum Barracks, which was first called Camp Drum, served as the main staging, training and supply base for military operations in the Southwest. The land was sold to the Army by Phineas Banning, and B. D. Wilson, who each received one dollar, with the agreement that the land would revert back to them after the camp was closed.

After all that history visit Wienerschnitzel fast food restaurant's first Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway east of Figueroa St!