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FOUR COMMON STEPS FOR MOLD ASSESSMENT AND REMOVAL

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

If significant mold is detected in your home, it is important to deal with it immediately. Assessing mold growth involves more than just a visual inspection, however. Mold acts as a hidden intruder, growing in spaces out of sight. Should you discover mold in your house, you can expect these four common steps for professional mold remediation.

Documentation

The first step is to document the situation with writing and photos. The documentation will be used to develop a remediation plan, which describes when work is slated to begin, when that work is scheduled to be completed, who will be performing the remediation, any testing that should be done, and if homeowners will be temporarily relocated.

Inspection

Next, it is important to calculate the extent of the mold contamination. Since mold may not always grow in one area, determining the precise amount and its specific location(s) will lead to effective mold removal. Once an exact assessment is made, mold remediation may proceed.

Remediation

Remediation will always involve cleaning up existing mold, avoiding exposure to oneself and homeowners, and preventing new growth by addressing the moisture source. After repairing the water or moisture problem, cleaning can begin. All contaminated, non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy can be cleaned at the professional's discretion.

Follow-Up

Just because the mold is gone and there's no dirt or dust doesn't mean that the job is done. The last step is to inspect the home soon after remediation and make sure there is no sign of visible mold, mold-damaged materials, or moldy odors. Homeowners should be able to occupy the home without aggravated health complaints.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood for cleanup, restoration, and repair at 562-420-0030. We are available to take your call 24/7!

THE MOLD CLEANUP PROCESS

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold often thrives undetected due to water or moisture damage. It is important to identify the extent of mold growth before it reaches a hazardous level by reaching out to a remediation team. If you require mold cleanup in your home, you can expect a professional to perform an assessment and devise a plan for your situation. Typically, they will perform the following steps for safe and effective removal.

Before cleanup can begin, it is important to fix the cause of the mold to prevent additional spores from growing. This process may involve fixing a leak, drying down a room, or pumping out water. Next, a professional will isolate the contaminated area by closing all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home, based on their discretion.

Once cleaning begins, a remediation specialist will usually suppress dust by misting the contaminated areas. All wet and mold-damaged porous materials should be removed, since contamination has already permeated throughout. They should be discarded in durable plastic bags, tied, and disposed.

Generally, non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy can be cleaned based on the extent of damage. A wire brush can be used on all moldy surfaces and then wiped with disposable wipes.

A mild contamination can be cleaned with a damp cloth or mop with detergent solution, while a more severe area may require special HEPA vacuums designed to trap extremely small, micron-sized particles. All areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris, and cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. Fans and dehumidifiers will help speed up the drying process, and materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.

If you require mold cleanup, call SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood at 562-420-0030. We are available to take your call 24/7 and develop the correct course of action.

THE LEVELS OF MOLD DAMAGE

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Often, it is difficult to determine the extent of mold damage, and there can be negative consequences caused from prolonged growth. When a contaminated area of any size is detected, a professional should be called to determine the best course of action to ensure the safety of those occupying the home. Here we will discuss the 5 levels of mold damage and typical actions for cleanup and removal.

Level 1 (0-10 Square Feet)

When addressed quickly and properly, level 1 mold is unlikely to cause a serious problems. A professional is likely to wear protective gear, remove contaminated materials in a plastic bag, and leave the area dry and free of mold contamination.

Level 2 (10-30 Square Feet)

Level 2 mold involves the same steps as level 1 with a few extra precautions. Moldy materials should be covered with double plastic sheets and sealed with tape before any handling or removal of materials to contain dust and debris. When the mold removal is finished, the area should be cleaned with a damp cloth and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum, depending on the situation.

Level 3 (30-100 Square Feet)

Mold level 3 usually indicates an underlying problem in the plumbing or air conditioning system. In addition to steps for the previous two levels, a professional may seal ventilation ducts in the work area and areas directly adjacent with plastic sheeting. Those residing in adjacent areas should be vacated as an extra precaution based on the discretion of the remediation professional.

Level 4 (Greater than 100 Square Feet)

For level 4 mold damage, every worker involved should be equipped with full face respirators and disposable protective clothing. Workers should completely isolate their work area from the rest of the home with sheeting sealed with duct tape. Air monitoring should be conducted prior to moving back into your home to determine if it is fit to reoccupy.

Level 5 (Air Conditioners and HVAC Systems)

Remediation procedures for air conditioning units and HVAC systems usually involve shutting down the system prior to remediation. Growth-supporting materials that are contaminated should be removed and sealed in plastic bags. Antimicrobial agents may be employed for greater mold removal as well.

SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood is ready to help you with any project, big or small. Call us 24/7 at 562-420-0030 if you detect mold in your home.

MOLD: CERTAIN TYPES CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD: CERTAIN TYPES CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS Mold in a Long Beach home's crawl space.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood, we deal with a lot of mold issues. We've learned that it’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 562-591-1788. 

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood for mold remediation services.

ULTRASONIC-THE WONDER MACHINE

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO ULTRASONIC-THE WONDER MACHINE Ultrasonic Machine - Works wonders on your fire, water or smoke damaged possessions

Fire or water damage affects more than just the physical property. When disaster strikes,  treasured possessions or important contents can also suffer from the effects of smoke, fire, mold or black water. Did you know that SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood and our Ultrasonic Machine, with it’s heavy duty cleaning capability, can restore your object back to near new condition?! From electronics to jewelry, from home décor to antiques, items both fragile and durable  may be saved by this technological wonder machine! Simply put, the process involves pressure waves, utilizing an implosion of bubbles occurring millions of times per seconds and producing tremendous vacuum energy. This breaks up the dirt and gently lifts the build up away, reaching every nook and cranny that has been damaged.

Don’t despair that your prized possessions can’t be saved. Look to SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood and our Ultrasonic technology to help make damage “Like it never even happened."

COMMERCIAL LOSS AFTERMATH

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood is ready to handle all types of commercial loss. Whether you own a small business or large corporation, our team is ready to repair damage resulting from, but not limited to, water, fire, storm, and mold. Depending on the size of your facility, we will categorize it into one of three categories.

The first category involves small commercial losses involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space, including a stand-alone retail establishment, a daycare facility, or a portion of a larger structure. The second category involves midsize commercial losses ranging from 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space, including multi-family properties, a midsize school, or a small shopping center. The third category involves a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings will likely be large structures including a hospital, school, or university.

Moreover, claims involving commercial structures can present a number of challenges to the claim professional, especially since no two commercial building losses are ever the same. When examining commercial losses, adjusters must take into account three major considerations.

The first is multiple stakeholders. Multiple property owners and tenants, primary leases and subleases, mortgages, and liens all impact the investigation of a building loss and become essential considerations in the adjusting process. After confirmation of policy information, an adjuster will need to analyze the lease agreement between landlord and tenant, which often contains provisions that outline the rights to make improvements to the leased space.

The second major consideration is construction uniqueness. Each type of occupancy is comprised of different construction principles and methods and can vary in terms of size, alarm and fire systems, interior finishes, and tenant improvements. Because of the range of characteristics, familiarity with commercial building structures and alternative repair methods will contribute to the proper overall loss assessment.

Lastly, adjusters must be aware of commercial policies that may have coverage for business interruption, including business income and extra expenses. After a full assessment, the claim settlement amount should be based on the cost of repair or replacement at the time of the loss. The adjuster also must calculate for depreciation based upon age, usage, and obsolescence of building items. Coming full circle to the start of the adjusting process, the claim settlement needs to take into account the insurance policy of the property.

In the event of a commercial loss, repair and recovery depends on the size of the facility, the parties involved, the construction of the building, and existing policies. SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood will do its best to help you in the aftermath of a commercial loss by working with adjusters and getting you back on your feet. Call us anytime, day or night, for fast and professional service.

BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage can impact your local Long Beach business in a variety of ways. Some of the most evident ways include infrastructure damage, property damage, employee injuries, and loss of revenue. How can you ensure that your business continues running smoothly, even in the event of a sudden emergency? We at SERVPRO of NE Long Beach / Lakewood have compiled information to create a business continuity plan that will keep your businesses running in the event of a disaster.

Business continuity planning is the creation of an emergency plan by recognizing threats facing the company and ensuring that personnel and assets are protected and functioning in the event of a disaster. For example, a finance company based in a major city might back-up its computer and client files offsite, providing satellite offices access to important information in the event of an emergency. Once critical business functions are identified and a recovery system is in place, it’s a good idea to coordinate a trained team to manage business disruption.

An area that is often overlooked is damage to a business from a fire within the supply chain. If your business relies on a sole supplier for goods or services, a fire within their building is likely to have an adverse effect on your business. As a supplier, dividing operations will lead to partial damage instead of total loss.

Businesses can protect themselves in the following ways:

  • Securing vacant or easily accessible areas to prevent thieves from breaking in
  • Implementing a safety team to prevent accidents caused by neglect, poor housekeeping, hot work equipment, hazardous chemicals, or unsafe work practices.
  • Providing fire safety training and routinely checking fire alarms and fire extinguishers
  • Practicing an evacuation plan

A business continuity plan offers several benefits. It improves public perception and acceptance of the company. By displaying a proactive attitude and preparedness, the public will have a positive impression of the organization, leading to more trust and business. Additionally, it will boost your employees' morale and command loyalty by offering them more assurance and stability. Shareholders and partners will gain added security by investing and collaborating with a business that makes every effort to prepare for the unexpected. Lastly, overall efficiency improves, allowing the company to respond quickly and keep losses to a minimum.

With a well-designed plan, we hope to see your Long Beach commercial business running smoothly, regardless of the circumstances. Even with preparation, SERVPRO of NE Long Beach / Lakewood recognizes that emergencies happen routinely, and we are here to help restore your commercial building and keep your business flowing.

JOIN THE RED CROSS "SOUND THE ALARM" CAMPAIGN

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of NE Long Beach / Lakewood, we do our best to advocate emergency preparedness and safety. Our professional restoration services will help aid you when disaster hits, but did you know that you can also promote safety and make a difference in your community?

Every day, seven people die in home fires and 36 suffer injuries, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately become the victims. The American Red Cross sought to improve the odds and save lives by creating the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. A critical part of the campaign is “Sound the Alarm”, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers canvass at-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and provide fire prevention and safety education.

The Red Cross will install a limited number of free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford them or are unable to install them, including specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. To identify your local region office, please visit RedCross.org (or call 1-800-REDCROSS). Depending on where you live and other factors, partner organizations may assist in creating an appointment for your house alarm. If you are able to purchase and install your own smoke alarm, but would like information on home fire safety and smoke alarm installation, you can visit redcross.org/homefire.

In just three years, the home visits have installed more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against house fires. So far, 472 lives have been saved and 600,000 homes have been made emergency ready. In the LA region alone, the Red Cross and its partners have accomplished the following:

  • Served 29,396 people
  • Canvased 19,148 homes
  • Conducted 8,017 home visits
  • Created 6,694 evacuation plans
  • Witnessed 3,854 volunteers attend events

There are five ways you can get involved.

1. Get Prepared at Home: Learn how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover after a home fire. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, test smoke alarms every month, and talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

2. Teach Fire Safety in Your Classroom: The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3 - 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. You can contact your local Red Cross to find out more.

3. Volunteer to Help Others: Join your local Red Cross to install smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help others after a fire. Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.

4. Make a Donation: Help families prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires by making a small donation. A little goes a long way.

5. Sound the Alarm. Save a life: You can help this spring by installing free smoke alarms in your community. In 2018, 100,000 smoke alarms were installed and 28,000 volunteers raised $15,000,000!

To view upcoming volunteer opportunities, in the Los Angeles area, you can visit https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/about-us/our-work/home-fire-safety.html

JOIN THE RED CROSS "SOUND THE ALARM" CAMPAIGN

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of NE Long Beach / Lakewood, we do our best to advocate emergency preparedness and safety. Our professional restoration services will help aid you when disaster hits, but did you know that you can also promote safety and make a difference in your community?

Every day, seven people die in home fires and 36 suffer injuries, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately become the victims. The American Red Cross sought to improve the odds and save lives by creating the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. A critical part of the campaign is “Sound the Alarm”, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers canvass at-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and provide fire prevention and safety education.

The Red Cross will install a limited number of free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford them or are unable to install them, including specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. To identify your local region office, please visit RedCross.org (or call 1-800-REDCROSS). Depending on where you live and other factors, partner organizations may assist in creating an appointment for your house alarm. If you are able to purchase and install your own smoke alarm, but would like information on home fire safety and smoke alarm installation, you can visit redcross.org/homefire.

In just three years, the home visits have installed more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against house fires. So far, 472 lives have been saved and 600,000 homes have been made emergency ready. In the LA region alone, the Red Cross and its partners have accomplished the following:

  • Served 29,396 people
  • Canvased 19,148 homes
  • Conducted 8,017 home visits
  • Created 6,694 evacuation plans
  • Witnessed 3,854 volunteers attend events

There are five ways you can get involved.

1. Get Prepared at Home: Learn how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover after a home fire. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, test smoke alarms every month, and talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

2. Teach Fire Safety in Your Classroom: The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3 - 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. You can contact your local Red Cross to find out more.

3. Volunteer to Help Others: Join your local Red Cross to install smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help others after a fire. Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.

4. Make a Donation: Help families prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires by making a small donation. A little goes a long way.

5. Sound the Alarm. Save a life: You can help this spring by installing free smoke alarms in your community. In 2018, 100,000 smoke alarms were installed and 28,000 volunteers raised $15,000,000!

To view upcoming volunteer opportunities, in the Los Angeles area, you can visit https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/about-us/our-work/home-fire-safety.html

NO STORM IS TOO LARGE

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

What happens if you find your Long Beach business or home in the middle of a storm? At SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood, we recognize that buildings are not always adequately constructed to handle changing weather conditions. We are here to help with damage caused by wind or water in the event of a storm.

In September of 2015, the remnants of Hurricane Linda brought localized downpours from Santa Barbara to San Diego, California. That month, Los Angeles received 2.39 inches of rain, making it one of the wettest September days since 1877. Many older homes and businesses in L.A. County found themselves overwhelmed and unprepared.

In a storm such as this, torrents of black water, sewage water containing bacteria, mold, and viruses, begin to devastate businesses by first permeating through the floors, walls, and ceiling. Here the water can infiltrate through coating breaks, between seams, and under baseboards. If combined with dirt, mold may even begin to develop. When exposed to this kind of water, complete removal and replacement of contaminated areas is recommended. If restoration is an option, it is important to note how the wooden floor boards begin to expand and warp. Cupping occurs when the edges of floorboards begin to rise and can be sanded down by our SERVPRO technicians. Unfortunately, if the floor boards begin to crown due to an oversaturation of the top layer of wood, sanding is not an option and complete removal might be the best course of action. 

Strong winds can cause adjacent trees to become a hazard to your home. A single branch from a large tree could have enough weight to collapse a roof or create an opening in the side of your house. As a result, runoff of torrential rains may begin to flow into your Long Beach home. In this situation, SERVPRO technicians can use penetrating moisture meters and special equipment to recommend the best course of action based on the amount of damage incurred.

Across the nation, SERVPRO has you covered with the Commercial Large Loss Division and the Disaster Recovery Team. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. If you find yourself in a situation too big to handle, call SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood for immediate and professional service.