Steps for water damage
Do you have damage in your home or business from a flood? For anyone that does, you need to understand the steps that need to be taken to help you get the flood damage in Orange County cleaned up and your property restored to the way it was before the damage happened.
The following are the most important steps to follow to help you get the damage from the flood cleaned up and your property restored as soon as you can.
Step #1: Call your insurance company
The first step that you need to take is to call your insurance company to let them know about the damage. If you have flood insurance, they will help you pay for the cleanup and restoration. That is going to make it much easier for you and more affordable.
Step #2: Call SERVPRO of Huntington Beach 714-841-1695
Your second step needs to be a phone call to a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Huntington Beach. They will get the cleanup and restoration done for you in a timely manner. They will also ensure that all the damage is cleaned up, so that no damage is left behind to cause you problems in the future.
Plus, it will be more affordable for you to get your property cleaned up and restored with the professionals because they have the equipment and supplies already to get the job done effectively. If you tried to get everything needed to do this big job, it would become expensive very quickly.
The sooner you make the call to get the professionals into your home or business, the sooner you will be able to put the flood damage behind you in the past.
Step #3: Remove all the belongings that you can
Before the professionals get to your home or business, it is a good idea for you to remove all the belongings that you can, especially the ones that have not been damaged. This will ensure that they are not damaged during the cleanup and restoration process.
It will also help to save time, so the professionals can concentrate on the cleanup and restoration of the damage and the belongings that were damaged. Once the professionals get to your home or business, get out of their way, but until then, do all you can to make their job easier because it will be better for them and you in the long run on time and your budget.
Now that you have the steps to follow, you will be able to easily and effectively get the flood damage in Orange County cleaned up and your property restored to the way it was before the damage happened. Just be sure that you utilize all these steps, so you can get back to your life and the important things you need to do without this damage being a problem for you anymore.
Water Heater Damage
Your water heater is a valuable piece of equipment in your Huntington Beach home. It provides hot water for bathrooms and your kitchen for a variety of uses. However, routine water heater maintenance prevents possible issues. Otherwise, they can leak, rust, and cause a great deal of damage to your home. Many people think flooding is the primary method of loss that a broken water heater can cause, and there are additional problems which can also cost you lots of money in repairs and even affect the health of you and your family.
Even a slow leak can cause a good deal of water damage to your Huntington Beach home while raising your utility bill from the wasted water. If your home has been the victim of such an incident, you want to have professionals help you clean it up and repair the damage. At SERVPRO of Huntington Beach, we have expert training and plenty of experience in handling water damage emergencies just like this.
Whether your water heater has caused a flood in your home or has caused other water damage, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals inspect the damage upon arriving at your home, so we know the best way to proceed. If there is standing water, we extract that first with a pump, and then we can dry your property back out using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. We want to finish this process as efficiently and quickly as we can so we can avoid mold growth.
If your water heater has flooded your home, it is usually created by the unit bursting and spilling vast amounts of water onto the floor. The water can seep into cracks in your baseboard, seep into floorboards, and get under carpets and more. Water that gets under flooring can warp the wood and create much damage which requires replacing the affected wood.
Water which flows behind walls can warp the support system and wooden studs, which means it needs replacing. It can also damage vulnerable drywall and other items. Water released from a poorly maintained water heater makes the moisture content of the air to rise, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold grows at a tremendous rate and can cause health effects.
SERVPRO of Huntington Beach knows that when your home has a water damage emergency, it is essential not to waste time. Give us a call at (714) 841-1695 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can help you clean it up and get your home back to the way it was before the water invaded.
Fire Safety Tips
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.
- Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
- In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
- Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
- Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
- Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets
From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of Huntington Beach knows there's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare often tenants and the revenue of the property owner. Have you developed a thorough contingency plan? Is the emphasis on the first 24-48 hours to help you get back in your building as quickly as possible?
SERVPRO of Huntington Beach can provide you assistance in developing and Emergency Ready Profile. As part of a well thought-out contingency plan, your ERP will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs.
SERVPRO professionals can manage the damage with
-Over 45 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry
-More than 1800 franchises
-Detailed communication throughout the cleaning and restoration process to help keep you informed and in control
-Experience and training in mitigating damages ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! SERVPRO of Huntington Beach will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition.
Wildfire Damage Event
The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Huntington Beach we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Huntington Beach is Here to Help®.
When Storms or Floods hit Huntington Beach, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Huntington Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre- storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we able are to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Possible causes of Flooding: Sprinkler system
* Broken sprinkler heads
* Cracked or broken pipe
* timer malfunction
Steps to take for prevention:
While it is important to know how to handle an ongoing issue, the best plan is usually to prevent an incident from happening in the first place. Regularly inspecting the sprinkler heads, valves and pipes and checking them before turning the system on is a good preventative measure. So is adjusting the irrigation schedule based on the seasons. In the winter, you should do a winterization process that includes draining out water, putting hoses in storage and insulating pipes.
IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Huntington Beach is an IICRC firm. The Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.( IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restorations companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms Must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honest and integrity.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
Hiring any restoration company is up to the individual homeowner but it is important that the restoration company follows industry standards and the IICRC has set these standards very high
Call Us 24/7 – 714-841-1695
Whether your Huntington Beach home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depends on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property looks its best. Learn about out residential services.
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage
All office staff and technicians that have been with us over 1 year have a minimum of WRT training from the IICRC. Most have additional training including ASD.
We are hear to help no matter the circumstance. We provide free inspections during normal business hours.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Huntington Beach provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Huntington Beach has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
From there, SERVPRO of Huntington Beach will assign the correct technician to be onsite ASAP to further help.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – [[714-841-1695]]
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.