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Can a Wet Property Dry By Itself?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment in warehouse You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property so you can return safely after a water incident.

The Impact of Water Intrusion on a Residential Property can be Dramatic. SERVPRO is an El Centro Water Damage Restoration Provider for Efficient Drying.

How is the water restoration time frame and equipment calculated?

The main pieces of equipment that we use to dry your El Centro home is air-movers and dehumidifiers. Air-movers promote air circulation, which speeds up evaporation. Dehumidifiers draw evaporated moisture from the air. The timeframes and equipment needs we calculate are rarely exact because there are too many variables. However, these approximations can help to reduce inconvenience and provide a workable structure for the restoration. If there is standing water in the property, it may be necessary to pump it out before setting up a drying protocol. SERVPRO technicians also calculate these timeframes by understanding how much water there is, in cubic feet, then multiplying that number by 7.48 to convert into gallons. Most submersible pumps remove a certain amount of gallons per hour, where we can derive an approximate time-span. 

How many air-movers should I use to dry a property?

Significant water damage restoration in your El Centro home relies on ensuring all surfaces have a steady and consistent air-flow. We can create this air-flow by setting up air-movers throughout the property. SERVPRO technicians use the institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC) guidelines to calculate the number of air-movers a room requires. The IICRC S500 standard recommends at least one air-mover per affected room. However, the placement of air-movers must be balanced with dehumidifiers. If there are too few dehumidifiers, then air movers permeate moist air throughout the affected area, which can condensate and lead to further damage.

When should I add extra drying equipment?

- One air-mover per room

- Plus one air-mover for every 50 square feet of floor in each room

- Plus one air-mover for every 100 square feet of ceiling

How useful are dehumidifiers for drying wet properties?

Several factors can affect the usefulness of dehumidifiers. SERVPRO technicians typically calculate the number of dehumidifiers by inspecting the home and comparing it to the dehumidifier's capacity. One of the most significant factors affecting water restoration is the type of materials in the house. Water can permeate into porous materials quickly. Equally, these materials are quick to dry due to their porous nature. Like woods, semi-porous materials can be much trickier to dry as they have a slow rate of evaporation. Our technicians are likely to use desiccant dehumidifiers when drying slow evaporation materials. These equipment use a silica gel to reduce indoor humidity to 40 grains per pound. Any moisture absorbed by semi-porous materials is drawn out at this level, thereby returning the moisture content to its average level. 

What factors lengthen drying times?

- Water that is trapped inside cavities such as walls

- The water behind fittings or cabinets

- Smaller spaces that may prevent adequate air circulation

How do I balance drying equipment for wet residences?

A balanced drying system in your El Centro home is one that evaporates and dehumidifies moisture at the same rate. Our crew chiefs create a balanced drying system by analyzing your property's shape, material, and layout then acting accordingly. However, the measure of a drying system is always taken eventually from the response of the property. Production technicians may return to the property after a set amount of hours using a thermo hygrometer and a moisture probe or sensor. The results may require small adjustments, such as using larger dehumidifiers or bringing in extra air-movers to encourage air circulation. 

Can heating equipment dry a property?

The critical factors in drying a property are temperature, air circulation, and humidity. Residential properties typically lack the necessary power to heat a space to the required temperature for efficient drying. In these situations, our technicians can use drying equipment like portable heaters or external furnaces. We calculate the type of heater required by measuring the space's size and the necessary British Thermal Units (BTU) needed to heat it. Raising the temperature of air allows it to hold more moisture. This can significantly aid drying but must be balanced with dehumidification correctly to avoid potential mold growth. SERVPRO recommends using qualified water restoration technicians (WRT) to dry a property safely and efficiently.

What is the process of establishing efficient drying in a wet property?

- Initial inspection and calculation of equipment requirements

- Setting up necessary equipment and providing the requisite power for this equipment

- Monitoring the effect of drying equipment on materials in the building

Efficient drying techniques can reduce secondary damage in your property and lower your claim's expense. Contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. 

A Malfunctioning Heater Left Me Dealing With Water Damage in My El Centro Property. Who Can Help?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home Water damage can not only destroy your property but also cause severe health effects to your family if not handled on time.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians in El Centro to Help You Perform Water Damage Restoration in Your Property.

When water gets into unwanted areas of your El Centro property, it can be a traumatic experience. Secondary damages such as odors, warping wooden flooring, and mold growth can occur within 48 hours if professionals do not handle the situation on time. Act immediately by talking to SERVPRO technicians to prevent further damage and get your property to its normal state.

Is water damage dangerous?
Water from any source can cause severe damage and contamination issues if the remediation process is delayed. It is vital to let professionals handle the water damage in your El Centro property within the first 48 hours to prevent costly repairs. Water leaks that infiltrate your property can cause damage that can spread fast in the affected areas.

How long can it take to dry my property?
Several factors determine how long it can take to dry your property, including:
    •    Temperature
    •    Humidity
    •    Amount of saturation
    •    Materials affected

It can take several days to dry your home. However, we can hasten the drying process using our advanced equipment. If the water levels in your property are still high, we can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the excess water. Since the equipment only extracts excess water, we can use several venting box fans to eliminate the moisture. Our experts can determine when the drying is complete through consistent evaluation and monitoring of the drying process.

How do certified restorers handle water damage?
We assess the damage when we get to a property. Our SERVPRO team can remove damaged materials that can be salvaged or discarded. After removing the damaged items, our technicians can begin the drying and disinfecting the area. During this process, we use advanced equipment to speed up our restoration process. We can use air movers and low grain dehumidifiers to dry the area effectively. Also, we can disinfect mold-infected surfaces and restore the area to prevent it from spreading.

How do you know the property is dry?
Just because the surface may look and feel dry, does not mean that it is dry. Our technicians can analyze the area using infrared cameras and penetrating moisture meters. Also, our decades of experience help us determine if your property is dry to its preloss state.

Water damage can not only destroy your property but also cause severe health issues to your family if not handled on time. Contact for SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City fast water cleanup services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Talk to us today at (760) 337-5858.

¿Puedo Restaurar mi Alfombra Después de un Incendio en Mi Casa?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

 44/5000 casa muy dañada por fuego, humo y hollín. SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City está aquí para ayudarlo cuando ocurra un desastre.

Confíe en un Técnico Profesional de Restauración de Incendios para Restaurar o Remover La Alfombra de su Casa de El Centro después de un Incendio

Vivir en El Centro puede ser una experiencia única, pero sus propietarios enfrentan muchos de los mismos desafíos que enfrentan otros propietarios en el resto del país. Proteger su hogar de los elementos y del riesgo de incendio y filtraciones es simple, pero no necesariamente fácil. Cuando se produce un incendio eléctrico y su casa sufre por las llamas, es posible que se encuentre con daños más allá de lo que hubiera imaginado y se pregunte cuál es su primer paso en el proceso de restauración.

El tratamiento de los daños causados ??por el fuego en El Centro puede delegarse a nuestro equipo SERVPRO tan pronto como ocurra la emergencia. Nuestro personal está listo para visitar su hogar poco después de comunicarse con nuestra línea directa de emergencia, la cual opera las 24 horas para su conveniencia. En lugar de perder tiempo y permitir que el agua y el hollín se asienten en sus muebles y paredes por mucho tiempo, llame a nuestro equipo y permítanos hacer lo que mejor hacemos: mitigar su pérdida y regresar su hogar a perfecto estado.

¿Puedo salvar mi alfombra si las llamas no la tocaron?

El daño por fuego va más allá de lo que está o no en contacto directo con las llamas. Específicamente, las alfombras pueden resultar severamente dañadas por el personal de emergencia que ingresa a su casa para controlar el fuego, así como el agua y los agentes extintores rociados por toda la casa para controlarlo. Además, el hollín y los escombros pueden asentarse rápidamente y contaminar todas las áreas de su hogar. Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO sabe que estos desafíos existen y nos preparamos para superarlos. Nuestro conocimiento y experiencia pueden ayudarlo a tomar una decisión informada en cuanto a preservar o descartar su alfombra. Algunas de las condiciones que consideramos al realizar este análisis son las siguientes:

¿Se ha despegado la base de la alfombra debido a la exposición prolongada a la humedad?

¿Hay decoloración en su alfombra?

¿El hollín y el polvo se asentaron profundamente en las fibras de la alfombra?

Las respuestas a las preguntas anteriores ayudan a determinar qué equipo y técnicas debemos aplicar para restaurar su hogar. Por mucho que intentemos mitigar su pérdida, a veces es más saludable quitar la alfombra por completo que correr el riesgo de condiciones insalubres en el futuro.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City está aquí para ayudarlo cuando ocurra un desastre. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y déjenos salir de su casa como si nada hubiera sucedido.

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Can I Salvage my Carpet After a Fire in my El Centro Home?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Big fumes of smoke coming out of the second floor of a residential building SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is here to help you when disasters happen.

Trust a Professional Fire Restoration Technician to Salvage or Remove the Carpet in your El Centro Home After a Fire

Living in El Centro can be a unique experience, but its homeowners face many of the same challenges other homeowners face throughout the country. Protecting your home from the elements and the risk of fire and leaks is simple but not necessarily easy. When an electrical fire breaks out and your home burns for a while, you may find yourself with damage beyond your imagination and wonder how to kick off the restoration process.

Addressing fire damage in El Centro can be delegated to our SERVPRO team as soon as the emergency happens. Our crew is ready to visit your home shortly after reaching out to our emergency hotline, which operates around the clock for your convenience. Rather than wasting time and allowing water and soot to sit on your furniture and walls for long, call our team and let us do what we do best: mitigate your loss and restore your home to mint condition.

Can I save my carpet if the flames didn't touch it?
Fire damage goes beyond what is or isn't in direct contact with the flames. Carpets specifically can be severely damaged by emergency staff trampling into your home to control the fire, as well as the water and extinguishing agents sprayed throughout your home to control it. Furthermore, soot and debris can settle quickly and cross-contaminate every area of your home. Our SERVPRO team knows that these challenges exist, and we prepare for them accordingly. Our knowledge and expertise can help you make an educated decision between salvaging and removing your carpet. Some of the conditions we consider in making this call are the following:

    •    Is the backing separated from the rug due to exposure to excessive moisture?
    •    Is there discoloration on your carpet?
    •    Did soot and dust settle deep into the carpet fibers?

Answers to the questions above help guide the equipment and techniques we must apply to restore your home. As much as we try to mitigate your loss, sometimes it is safer to remove the carpet entirely than to risk leaving conditions that could threaten your health in the future.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is here to help you when disasters happen. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Mi Casa se Inundó; ¿Qué hago ahora?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Inundación en el piso de una casa. ¿Daños por inundaciones por tormentas en su casa de Salton City? Llame a SERVPRO de inmediato.

Llame a un servicio professional para eliminar el olor causado por el agua que inundo su casa de Salton City

La necesidad de limpiar después de una inundación es bastante evidente. El lodo, la suciedad y los escombros pueden estar esparcidos por su casa, y usted sabe lo que debe hacer para restaurarlo. A medida que realiza un inventario del daño y determina lo que puede conservar y lo que necesita eliminar, considere también llamar un servicio professional para garantizar que su ambiente no se haya convertido en un caldo de cultivo para las bacterias. Desinfectar y desodorizar con soluciones industriales es esencial para protegerlo de futuras complicaciones.

Cuando el daño por inundación afecta su hogar en Salton City, debe llamar a SERVPRO para que lo guíe en el proceso de restauración. Nuestros técnicos se especializan en la eliminación de agua y el saneamiento de su hogar y prestan mucha atención a las amenazas que se esconden detrás de un desastre natural. Cuando nos permite entrar a su hogar, usted cuenta con nuestra experiencia y sabiduría sobre los pasos necesarios para proteger a su familia y comenzar la reconstrucción después de la tormenta.

¿Por qué hay un mal olor en mi casa después de que se inunda?

La mayoría de las veces, el olor es consecuencia de las bacterias que invadieron su hogar. Aunado a su absorción por superficies porosas, el olor a humedad puede hacerse insoportable. En algunos casos, nuestro equipo de SERVPRO descubre que el moho ya se está formando en su hogar debido al exceso de humedad, lo cual también desprende un olor. En todos los casos, el tiempo es esencial. Cuanto más rápido elimine los rastros de la tormenta, más mitigará su pérdida. Entre los métodos utilizados por nuestro equipo para limpiar el aire y eliminar los olores residuales, podrá ver los siguientes-

  • Depuradores de aire: interactúan con las moléculas de olor y las neutralizan
  • Capsulas desodorantes: las dispersamos por su casa para contrarrestar los olores.
  • Generadores de ozono: aplican partículas eléctricas en el aire para ayudar a descomponer las moléculas de olor.

SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City es más que un equipo de limpieza. Somos líderes en abordar todos los aspectos del proceso de restauración después de una inundación. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 e invítenos a dejar su casa como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Do Water Restoration Companies in El Centro Offer Cleaning Services?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipoment being used in water damaged bathrooms No matter the location of your water damage, we can completely restore your home.

SERVPRO Comprehensive Cleaning Restoring Any Part of Your Property Affected by The Water Spill to Its Pre-loss State 

Various cleaning challenges can arise in your house after an incident involving water intrusion. In such a case, you might be left wondering whether you need separate service providers to handle the cleaning and the renovation of damaged areas. SERVPRO helps eliminate the dilemma for El Centro homeowners, by washing, drying, and performing other restoration processes needed at their homes.  

Which cleaning processes are typically associated with water damage?

Experienced water restoration companies operating in El Centro should be comfortable handling any cleaning exercise. Water leaks necessitate cleaning because of the soiling and deterioration of various materials. Some of the commonly needed actions include: 

  • Odor removal 
  • General upholstery and carpet cleaning 
  • Stain removal 
  • Microbial or biohazard removal  

Odors can develop because of the soils accumulating in the wet areas or microbial growth, which later results in mold development. In most cases, odors tend to be more concentrated in hidden sections of your house. The main factor that leads to smells after water intrusion is the stagnation of air or water. Stagnant air traps airborne particles like mold spores and dust, while stagnant water leads to accelerated microbial growth and, thus, a higher rate of decomposition of the surrounding materials. When our SERVPRO technicians trace all areas with hidden water and use air movers to boost air circulation in your house, it is easier to deal with any odors.  

How challenging is upholstery cleaning after water loss incidents?  

Upholstery is a general term for the soft padding and fabrics layered as covers on furniture items. Such materials include textured fabrics, silk, or leather. Each type of surface might require a unique cleaning approach, some favoring deep wetting, while others require minimal water application. Our technicians undergo regular training on upholstery cleaning standards equipping them with sufficient information on how to treat different materials.  

Naturally, dust and other loose soils tend to accumulate on the surface of items. When the spilled water splashes on the surface of such furniture, it dissolves such soils leaving the components dirtied heavily. Upholstery items also absorb significant amounts of water within a short time, which necessitates fast removal to forestall some problems, browning or dyes running, which can result in staining, discoloration, or other long-term issues.  

Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of cleaning methods to manage any cleaning challenges that arise when cleaning wet upholstery items, including: 

  • Bonnet cleaning 
  • Haitian cotton shampoo 
  • Hot water extraction 
  • Showcase   

We choose the cleaning method based on what we discover from evaluating the level of soiling and the type of material. In most cases, we choose milder cleaning approaches such as bonnet cleaning before we opt for aggressive options such as showcase.  

How common is staining after water loss incidents in properties? 

Stains commonly affect textiles, upholstery, carpets, and draperies. Various issues that develop during water loss incidents in El Centro can lead to such outcomes. For instance, metal or wooden furniture legs can stain the carpets they rest on when metal rusts or wood releases resins. Patches of discoloration can also appear on sections of the fabrics, primarily when cleaning processes utilize alkali products or bleaches. Spots can also develop when materials fade. Common reasons for fading include:  

  • Exposure to UV rays especially when sun drying items 
  • Fume fading from trapped gas in contact with fibers  

Stain prevention and removal fall within the services offered by water restoration companies. Our SERVPRO technicians combine various methods to overcome the staining problem. We try to identify all possible issues that might lead to staining immediately on arrival at the loss site. For instance, we move furniture items away from carpets to eliminate rust or resin stains. We also separate different types of items. For example, we ensure there is no direct contact between separate upholstery items or draperies to prevent dye transfer.  

In case we notice any stains on any item, we fast-track removal to prevent setting. We establish the type of soil that causes the stain and the physical properties of the affected material since some removal options can worsen the situation instead of resolving it. Spot removal helps address the specific area affected by the stain rather than attempting to clean the entire item. We apply unique stain removal products such as stain absorbing powder, Brown Out, or Rusticide to counter the effects of the soil. Regular cleaning processes such as rinsing, extracting, and neutralizing follow to finalize the process.  

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City can help you address all issues that arise after a water damage incident, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (760) 337-5858.

Who Can Provide A Thorough Inspection After A Fire In El Centro?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Burned furniture and charred walls in black soot After a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858.

You Should Leave Clean Up To The Professionals After A Fire In El Centro

A fire in your El Centro home can leave you at a loss of what to do. Fortunately, professionals from SERVPRO are well-versed in dealing with the effects of a fire, and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Are Inspections Performed?

A comprehensive fire damage restoration in your El Centro home begins with a careful inspection. After SERVPRO teams have certified that the structure is in good shape, they can begin scoping out the damage to the contents of your home. This process primarily involves:

Looking for a contrast between protected surfaces and the portions exposed to residues. This can reveal the extent of the fire damage and how much work will be needed to repair the damage.
Noting the type of surface or material beneath the residues. Some types of materials may be more difficult to clean than others, and we must note this before beginning cleaning. Communicating with you, the customer, to ensure that you are aware of what we are inspecting at all times. If packing away the contents of your home is necessary, we can give you an estimate based on our inspection of your home.

What Affects The Cleanability of My Home?

There is a wide range of factors that determine how cleanable your home is after a fire. When assessing the cleanability of your home, SERVPRO technicians will take into account:

    •    The type of surface that was damaged.
    •    The age of the damaged surface.
    •    The heat of the fire.
    •    The type of material that was damaged.

These factors all affect the cleanability of your home. Once we have fully assessed the type and extent of the damage, we can begin the mitigation and restoration process.

After a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. Our teams deliver prompt, professional services and are on standby 24/7.

My House Flooded and Now it Smells; What do I do?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Flooding" Storm flood damage in your Salton City home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

Call a Professional Service to Remove the Smell Left by Flood Water in your Salton City Home.

The need to clean after a flood is pretty evident. Sludge, dirt, and debris may be strewn around your house, and you know what you need to do to restore it. As you inventory the damage and determine what you can salvage and what you need to remove, you should also consider the need for professional services to ensure your environment has not become a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfecting and deodorizing with industrial-strength solutions is essential to protecting you from future complications.

When flood damage affects your Salton City home, you should call SERVPRO to guide you through the restoration process. Our technicians specialize in water removal and sanitation of your home and pay close attention to potential threats that are not evident to the average homeowner. When you allow us into your home, you invite the expertise and know-how necessary to protect your family and commence rebuilding after the storm.

Why does my home smell after it floods?

More often than not, the smell is a consequence of bacteria that came into your home. It is compounded by any porous surfaces that absorb water, leading to a musty smell reminding you of the flooding event. In some cases, our SERVPRO team finds mold already forming in your home due to the excess moisture, which can also create a smell. In all instances, time is of the essence. The quicker you eliminate traces of the storm, the more you mitigate your loss. Among the methods, you may see our team apply to clean your air and get rid of residual smells you may identify the following-

Air scrubbers- they interact with smell molecules and neutralize them

Deodorizing pellets- we scatter them around your home to counteract the smells

Ozone generators- they apply electrical particles in the air to help break down odor molecules

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City is more than just a cleaning crew. We are leaders in addressing all aspects of the restoration process following a flood. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and invite us to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Who Can Help Me with Trauma Scene Cleanup in El Centro?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

crew member in a tyvek suit Our SERVPRO Team Dons PPE Personal Protective Equipment for El Centro Area Trauma and Bio-hazardous Cleanups

At This Stressful Time Reach Out to  SERVPRO -- We Provide Prompt Professional and Compassionate Trauma Scene Cleanup for El Centro Residents

No one expects or can predict the need for cleanup of a residential trauma scene in El Centro. Many scenarios can result in the need for professional help to respond to a disturbing and potentially dangerous and infectious situation. The terror and stress of the shocking events leading to the need for clean up are fresh and raw, but the ultimate blow is when local first responders wind up their duties and leave their home and restore it to you. Not just any disaster recovery firm can provide you with the support and services you require at this dismaying moment.

Why Do I Need to Arrange for Cleanup of a Trauma or Crime Scene?

Your responsibility for the trauma scene clean up in El Centro comes as an unexpected jolt. It is uncommon for a property owner to have sudden death or injury occur so close to home, so every turn of the event is unforeseen. Just as you are trying to come to terms with the fear and grief you endured during or upon discovering the traumatic outcome, you receive the news that you must now manage potentially harmful debris, residues, and even structural damage on your own. Local authorities have no obligation to help with this cleaning job.

Whom Can I Call When I Have No Idea What Services I Need?

Not only are you emotionally drained and possibly fearful after a traumatic death or injury in your home, but you are also uninformed as to the many specific requirements state and local governments have to clean up a trauma scene lawfully and appropriately. SERVPRO has trained, licensed, and certified technicians prepared to step in and guide your traumatic scene mitigation in compliance with the applicable laws, regulations, and rules.

What Are Some Specific Circumstances Considered to Be Trauma Cleanup?

A wide range of events cause the need for our licensed and certified biohazard clean up services. If you are not sure if your crisis qualifies as trauma cleanup, consult with us, and we can work to meet your needs.

  • General crime scene cleanup

Includes removal of official intervention and evidence gathering residues (teargas, pepper spray, chemicals to highlight organic wastes and splatter, and fingerprint powder, among others)

  • Suicide, homicide, and unattended and accidental death cleanup

Includes removal of bodily fluids and tissue on surfaces and spaces where those substances migrated (cracks, crevices, subfloors, building cavities). It can require the use of agents to illuminate the migration of infectious and otherwise dangerous substances.

  • Airborne pathogen and blood cleanup

Includes containment with 1.6 mil polyethylene to prevent drift and installation of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment

  • Infectious disease, viral, and microbial site cleanup and disinfecting

Includes treatment with EPA-registered products to clean residues thoroughly and inhibit the rebound of pathogens

  • Illegal Drug Distribution or Manufacturer Cleanup

Includes containing and cleaning the space and residues with exceptional care as the remnants of illegally produced drugs can be deadly when inhaled or upon skin contact

Can I Try to Complete the Cleaning Myself or Use My Regular Cleaning Service?

Consumer cleaning products are inadequate for safely and thoroughly cleaning the types of residues presented during trauma scene cleanup. You can unwittingly put yourself and your family in harm's way simply by pushing up your sleeves and scrubbing without the proper training, products, and equipment. Because of the many potential dangers, our employees typically wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard against infection, ingestion, absorption (through skin contact), or inhalation of the biohazards encountered.

Who Pays for the Cleanup?

Although officials do not help arrange for or provide trauma scene clean up, local governments and agencies might connect you with funding sources for the expenses. Home insurance often covers the cleanup we provide, and our office employees and managers help with documentation and filing claims.

Do Trauma Scene Cleanup Technicians Understand How Hard This Crisis Was for My Family and Me?

As part of their training, our technicians learn about the emotional toll crime and trauma circumstances take on you and your loved ones. Expect our crew to treat you and the others living in your home with respect, empathy, and compassion during the project.

The specially trained and certified trauma cleanup team at SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is ready 24/7 to deliver professional services promptly and compassionately. Call us at (760) 337-5858 to discover how we can help at this time of stress and pain.

How Can I Save Upholstery Items After Fire Damage in El Centro?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

surge protector on fire in a home Fire damage can strike and displace you and your family from your home. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in your home.

SERVPRO Can Help Perform Dry-Wet-Dry Upholstery Cleaning During Fire Restoration in Your El Centro Home

Fire can affect upholstery items in different ways, including depositing smoke residues on their surface, staining, and accumulation of a strong stench. Cleaning upholstery items can be challenging because of the assortment of materials used to make them. SERVPRO helps find the right cleaning approaches when a fire affects your El Centro property. 

What makes upholstery restoration unique?

Although the goal of performing fire restoration procedures in your El Centro home is to reinstate everything to a preloss state, it is also possible to worsen the damages. Cleaning upholstery items deemed salvageable can present unique challenges like:

  • Fabric shrinkage
  • Bleeding dyes
  • Browning
  • Mold development

What methods does SERVPRO use to address these challenges?

Most problems that develop can be traced back to the chosen cleaning process. For instance, over-wetting an item can lead to browning or even mold development if the item is not thoroughly dried. When our technicians use a unique process such as dry-wet-dry upholstery cleaning, we can restore your item without causing secondary problems. The method involves several steps, including:

  • Pretesting the textile material 
  • Applying dry solvent
  • Shampooing
  • Rinsing and extracting the cleaning solution

We use a specialized upholstery-cleaning machine, which allows for better control of the amounts of cleaning solution we apply to the item and the temperature at which we use the cleaning solution. This approach helps prevent a problem like fabric shrinkage from the use of extreme heat.

Some parts of the upholstery, such as buttons or welting, are challenging to clean since the upholstery machine loses suction power when used over such areas. Our technicians use hand cleaning over such areas for better results.

The right action can help save your valued upholstery items. Call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 to help remove any soling, "Like it never even happened."

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