Recent Water Damage Posts

‘Scoping’ the Damage Before Working in Your Salton City Home or Business

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A tool bag on a toilet tank. Note the black tool bag on the toilet. It contains moisture detecting meters and other tools to locate moisture hidden in structural building material

SERVPRO Assists in Water Mitigation

A water leak in your kitchen or bathroom plumbing is an emergency. SERVPRO trained agents can help mitigate further damages.

Flooding events are something many homeowners face, that’s why SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to help with the mitigation, cleanup, and restoration. When we arrive on scene, our first step is to scope the damage before creating an action plan. While scoping, our technician must be mindful of any present dangers to ensure safety for both the workers and residents. Wet building materials can present electrical hazards and wet floors can cause slips and falls.  

Here are some necessary scoping procedures for water emergencies:

  • Identify the water quality; clean, gray, or black. 
  • Technicians explain a plan of action to the  homeowner
  • Request signatures for the appropriate work authorization documents.
  • Document details such as types of materials needed.
  • Test walls, cabinets, crawl spaces, carpets, subfloor, and other surface areas for hidden moisture. 
  • Photograph the damage for job-planning and insurance payment purposes.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO El Centro & Salton City at (760) 337-5858. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and we present a scope (plan) to you for your approval.

El Calor No Es Suficiente Para Remover Las Aguas Estancadas

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tiene La Habilidad para Eliminar de Manera Adecuada y Efectiva el Agua Estancada de su Hogar en El Centro

Cuando piensa que su hogar está en peligro de un evento de agua, puede imaginar la devastación de las inundaciones repentinas, donde los escombros y el lodo se abren paso a través de su hogar. Por abrumadora y real que pueda ser esta amenaza, en realidad, puede enfrentar daños por agua de una fuente más pequeña que igual lo deja con la necesidad de un equipo professional para resolverlo. Incluso una pequeña fuga puede causar un daño tremendo si el agua se deja desatendida durante un período de tiempo significativo.

Si necesita servicios de eliminación de agua para su hogar en El Centro, puede contar con SERVPRO para guiarlo a través del proceso de restauración y dejar su hogar en perfecto estado. Muchos propietarios no se dan cuenta de que el agua puede causar estragos en los elementos estructurales de su hogar, incluso cuando no el agua no sea de gran caudal. El aumento de humedad puede filtrarse en los materiales de construcción, incluidos los pisos y las paredes, y comprometer la integridad estructural de su casa. Esto es particularmente cierto para los pisos de madera y otros materiales orgánicos y porosos que absorben la humedad y terminan por deformarse o deformarse bajo estas condiciones. Si este es el caso en su hogar, nuestros técnicos saben cómo abordar el problema para minimizar el daño. Estamos orgullosos de contar con las certificaciones del Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), lo que implica un marco teórico para dar forma a nuestro plan de acción y lograr resultados óptimos.

El exceso de humedad no es tan simple como parece. El propietario común tiende a intentar secar el área con calentadores y ventiladores, pero eso puede no ser suficiente. Por el contrario, la eliminación excesiva de agua puede causar otros problemas en su hogar. Mientras que la evaporación es clave para el proceso, no puede lograrse de manera agresiva. En cambio, nuestro equipo de SERVPRO adopta un enfoque gradual utilizando técnicas avanzadas para configurar los equipos que fomentan el secado en un área específica a la vez que protegen el resto de su hogar. Mediante el uso de tecnología de punta de nuestra industria, controlamos los niveles de humedad hasta que alcanzan la lectura óptima para su hogar. Nuestro enfoque metódico nos prepara para el éxito y nos permite preservar sus pisos y paredes tanto como sea posible.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City es sinónimo de ayuda professional cuando más la necesita. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y permítanos aplicar nuestro conocimiento y experiencia para su beneficio. Juntos, podemos trabajar para dejar su hogar "Como que nada hubiera pasado."

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Plumbing Failures Can be a Problem for Homeowners

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

Angry homeowner Don't let a property damage control your life. Call SERVPRO of El Centro for assistance.

Homeownership has its rewards, but when bursting pipes leave your home flooded, it’s normal to panic.

No one is expecting to see water gushing from a broken pipe into a previously dry room.  How do you stay safe and sane after a pipe breaks?

The best thing to do when a broken pipe causes water damage in El Centro, CA is to call a professional. Remember, a flooded room can cause the following:

  • Water damage to walls, furniture, and belongings
  • Damage to insulation, which must then be replaced
  • Growth of mold and bacteria hazardous to your health

Standing water can also attract insects, so it is important to address the broken pipe and flooding as soon as possible. The following tips will help you stay protected throughout the process while providing you with peace of mind.

Stay Calm and Turn Off the Water

It can be easy to panic, but try to stay calm and remember that the first step when you have bursting pipes must be to stop the flooding. To turn off the water, you’ll need to find the stop valve on the water main. You can usually find this where the main water service line connects to your house. You should make sure everyone in your family knows where the individual shutoff valves are located for sinks, toilets, and all indoor water features to reduce or stop continued flooding quickly in an emergency. Then call SERVPRO for cleanup help.

Trust the Professionals to Dry the Area

Even if the water damage from bursting pipes initially seems minor, you should contact a professional water restoration company when you have water damage in El Centro, CA. There may be hidden damage inside walls and under floors. Professionals will ensure the area is dry and free from mold and bacteria keeping you and your family safe.

Visit SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City for more information about water restoration, or better yet, call us at 760-337-5858.

Almost Every Homeowner will Experience a Water Damage

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Nice tile floor and bathroom Bathrooms are the portion of a home that presents the most water damage problems.

SERVPRO Assists in Water Mitigation

A water leak in your kitchen or bathroom plumbing is an emergency. SERVPRO trained agents can help mitigate further damages. The first step is to scope the damage before creating an action plan.

Water Mitigation in Salton City or any other town in the area is something most homeowners will face during their homeownership. SERVPRO technicians are available to take the emergency damage report anytime, 24/7. Then they jump into action by scoping the damage. While scoping, they have to be mindful of any present dangers to ensure safety for both the workers and residents. 

Here are some necessary scoping procedures for water emergencies:

  • Identify water quality; clean, gray, or black. 
  • Technicians explain what they are doing while they do it and have homeowners sign the appropriate documentation.
  • Document details such as types of materials needed.
  • Test walls, cabinets, crawl spaces, carpets, subfloor, and other surface areas for hidden moisture. 
  • Photograph the damage for planning and insurance purposes.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Long Does it Take to Dry a Wet Structure?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water flooding a wood floor Our goal is to dry a structure in four days whenever possible.

SERVPRO Technicians in El Centro Can Help You Dry a Wet Structure Quickly

When water gets into unwanted areas of your property, it can be a traumatic experience. Secondary damages such as odors, warping wooden flooring, and mold growth can occur within 48 hours of being wet. That is why the EPA recommends that mitigation begins with 24 hours of a flood whenever possible.  


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 will take several days to dry your home. However, we can hasten the drying process by using our advanced equipment. We begin the process by extracting the excess water. Next, we install air movers (fans) and dehumidifiers to dry down the interior environment.  Our experts can determine when the drying is complete by way of daily evaluation of the drying process using sophisticated meters and monitoring equipment.

Is water damage "dangerous?"

Standing water inside a structure can be a slip hazard and it can present a risk of electrocution. If the water is from groundwater flooding or a sewage backup there is a potential for gross bacteria contamination. 


How do certified restorers handle water damage?


We assess the damage when we get to a property. Our SERVPRO team can remove wet or damaged materials that need to be salvaged or discarded. After removing the damaged items, our technicians can begin drying and disinfecting the area. During this process, we use advanced equipment to speed up our restoration process. We can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area effectively. Also, we can disinfect and clean the area to prevent it from spreading.

Water damage can not only damage your property it also causes potential health effects. To protect your property and the health of the occupants during a property damage event you are welcome to contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City for advice and fast, professional water cleanup services or any other type of property damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.  Our phone number is: (760) 337-5858.

Handling Structural water Loss in El Centro

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Technician in PPE We are prepared to help 24/7.

Here we are in a desert, but we aren't free of worry concerning water damage to our homes and commercial buildings.

Water problems caused by plumbing issues are always a concern. Statistics prove that almost every home will suffer water damage in its' lifetime. The average water damage in a house costs about $7,000. Then there are natural causes that cause flood damage, such as our monsoon rains. These rains can cause roof leaks and torrents of groundwater flooding. Groundwater flooding can be costly. Fast-moving water is a powerful force that can knock building off their foundations and cause all sorts of structural damage. Also associated with groundwater flooding is gross bacterial contamination. Often gound water and sewage drainage systems will mix to spread unsafe, dirty water through downtown and residential streets. The costs to repair these kinds of water problems can be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The purpose of this article is not to scare you. We want you to know that our company can help you if ever you suffer water damage. We want you to know that if we can get to work right away to dry a wet structure, we can reduce the overall repair costs and protect your help. In a commercial setting, we have experience in keeping businesses open during the recovery process or returning them to business as soon as possible. We know how important it is for companies to be open and operating.

Please, call us right away if your home or business suffers any kind of water damage, small or large. 

Even a Small Amount of Water Can Damage a Structure!

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO service vehicle We perform inspections in the Imperial Valley and also in the Yuma area.

Most People Have the Impression only Major Flooding Causes Serious Property Damage

Certainly, a major flood event can totally destroy a home or commercial property. Flooding can sweep building off their footings and foundations. We are conditioned to watch the news and see major flooding catastrophes and those become our standard of judgment.

The truth is, even a small water moisture problem if left unattended can grow into a huge problem. Over time, wet structures can be badly damaged by dry rot, mold, and bacteria. Buildings can become unlivable for health reasons. This is referred to as "secondary damage."

In some situations, standing water will compromise concrete foundations and wood support members. And moisture attracts insects including termites Floors and walls have collapsed because a little bit of moisture was ignored.

The remedy is to have a structure inspected by a professional after a suspected water intrusion. Experts use special moisture meters and infrared cameras to locate excess moisture. They are also able to locate potential mold problems. If moisture is discovered they have the means to safely solve the problem.

At SERVPRO of El Centro, we have the experts and equipment to perform moisture inspections. We also are associated with sub-contractors that provide California-certified home inspections and who perform termite work. Call us at 760-337-5858. 



Will a Wet Structure Dry By Itself?

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

A man extracting water with a vacuum Thorough drying requires professional assistance with the right equipment.

The Impact of Water Intrusion on a Structure can be Dramatic.  

In time a wet structure if left unattended will "dry" however, dry rot and mold will develop and the structure will deteriorate. Wood and sheetrock will suffer the most damage and it will begin to happen within days of the initial flooding event.

Unless a person has access to professional restoration drying equipment and a great deal of understanding about the science of drying a wet structure, it is nearly impossible to properly mitigate the damage at a wet structure.

Can't a heater dry a wet structure?

No, not by itself. In a wet building, heat will only increase indoor humidity and that will usually cause mold growth and other environmental problems.

The main pieces of equipment that professionals use to dry wet buildings are restoration air-movers and dehumidifiers. Air-movers promote air circulation which speeds up evaporation. Dehumidifiers are designed to evaporate volumes of moisture from the air. The timeframes and equipment requirements for any drying project are calculated using scientific formulas that consider the variables at each job site. 

SERVPRO technicians use the institute of inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines to calculate the number of air movers and dehumidifiers are required at each job location. They also study the IICRC S500 Standard and take a certification class to ensure they understand the details of the science of drying and how it applies to their everyday work. 

If your home, office, church, or any other structure is impacted by water damage it is always best to hire professional services. Here are the benefits of using professionals: Damage will be reduced. The drying time will be shortened. Costs will be less. The work will come with guarantees.

When you need consultation or help, contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. 

Is There A Company That Will Work Around My Busy Schedule to Take Care of My Home Water Removal Need?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged home No matter the scope of your water damage, we arrive equipped and prepared.

SERVPRO’s Flexible Water Damage and Removal Services Prove Convenient for the Busy Homeowners in El Centro!

Water damage can, and does, occur at the most inopportune times. With most families in El Centro being so busy, it can be challenging to find a service provider that will work with your schedule to provide restoration services. When a house or building becomes flooded it is important to have standing water extracted as soon as possible. When a structure gets wet In our southwest desert climate mold can grow quickly. (When a structure gets wet In our southwest desert climate mold can grow quickly.) That's another reason why SERVPRO of El Centro offers 24/7 service. We even work on holidays to extract water and begin the drying process.

  • Our El Centro location is locally owned and operated; this means we care about our community.
  • We offer 24-hour emergency service; no waiting until the next day to work out scheduling. We are always accessible, even in the middle of the night!
  • We have highly trained, experienced technicians who will get the job done right and quickly so you can get back to your routine.

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton also provides commercial service.

We are part of the community and that means we take care of El Centro's business too. 

Now you have a friend in the mitigation and restoration industry that can take care of property damage events such as water damage from start to finish. Call SERVPRO of El Centro at (760) 337-5858 for all of your water removal needs.

Do Restoration Companies in El Centro Offer Specialty 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'S Comprehensive Services Includes Many Specialty Cleaning Skills 

Various cleaning challenges can arise after a property damage incident involving water intrusion. In such a case, you might be left wondering whether you need separate service providers to handle the cleaning and renovation of various damaged items.  Would you require an individual carpet cleaner, upholstery cleaner, window washer, HVAC cleaner, etc.?

SERVPRO assists El Centro property owners by providing a comprehensive list of specialty cleaning designed to be a one-stop solution. These services can be used to maintain a property, or restore one that has been water damaged.

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 present challenges because of soiling and deterioration to various structural materials during and after a flooding event. Some of the commonly needed cleaning actions include: 

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

Odors often develop because soil accumulates in the moist area and because of 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 odor is the stagnation of air and water (moisture). Stagnant air contains airborne particles like mold spores and dust, while stagnant water leads to accelerated microbial growth. As many materials dry they "gas-off". That's a term that describes how tiny odor particles become airborne during the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians will locate areas of hidden moisture and will use air movement and rapid evaporation to dry the structure. At the same time, they will counteract the off-gassing and odor problems.

How challenging is upholstery cleaning after water loss incidents?  

Upholstery materials include a variety of natural fabrics such as silk, cotton, wool, leather; and man-made synthetic fibers such as nylon and others.  Each type of fabric requires a unique cleaning approach, some favoring deep wetting, while others require minimal water application. Our SERVPRO cleaning technicians undergo thorough training concerning upholstery cleaning standards for each type of material including leather.

How common is staining after water loss incidents in properties? 

Water staining commonly affects textiles, upholstery, carpets, draperies, wood, and latex painted surfaces. Staining does not usually affect tile, cement, or enamel surfaces.  

Metal furniture legs or file cabinets can leave rust marks on carpets. Wooden furniture legs can stain the carpets by way of dye transfer. Wood contains nature colors (dyes) that can bleed out of the wood when they get wet. Rust is easy to remove, wood furniture stains are more difficult.

Stain removal services are offered by water restoration companies. We also do our best to prevent stains from happening during a water damage event. Upon arrival at a wet job site, our SERVPRO technicians will identify all possible issues that might lead to staining. For instance, we move furniture items away from carpets to eliminate rust or wood dye stains. We also separate different types of items. 

A quality restoration company is also an experienced "specialty cleaning company." That's exactly what we are at SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City. We can help you address all issues that arise after a water damage incident and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (760) 337-5858.

Who Can I Call for Water Restoration Services After a Water Heater Failure?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

white rusty water heater damaged Water damage woes from a heater? El Centro Property Owners Usually Call SERVPRO!

El Centro Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Offer Rapid Mitigation 24/7

Across the United States, including El Centro, an estimated 40% of homeowners have experienced home water damage. Much of this damage happens behind walls and underneath floors, which renders DIY cleanup solutions a challenge to successfully implement in full. Access to a fast-responding cleanup service is especially crucial for water heater damage, which can spill copious amounts of water in hard-to-clean areas in your home.

SERVPRO is among the premier water restoration companies in El Centro, with mitigation and restoration services available to homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This firm’s training ensures that technicians and franchise owners alike receive a comprehensive education in water damage mitigation, mold remediation, and cleaning carpet and upholstery to minimize property loss for homeowners.

Can a Water Heater Really Cause That Much Water Damage?

Water heater leaks can create large amounts of water damage in your El Centro home very quickly. These repairs can quickly become costly cleanup projects without undertaking proper precautions, maintenance procedures, and identification of problems with appliances.

  • Slow leaks might take several days to become apparent, by which time gallons of water have been unleashed into your home.
  • Even a 30-gallon tank can release thousands of gallons’ worth of water and cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
  • Without regular maintenance, water heaters can experience critical failures well before the eight- to 12-year service life expires.

Worried that your water heater might leak? Check for such signs as:

  • Hot water does not reach the same high temperatures that it once did.
  • Rust-colored or metallic-tasting water is coming from fixtures.
  • Your unit’s anode rod is corroded, burner units are clogged, or the tank is rusty.
  • When heating water, the appliance makes noticeable popping or cracking sounds.
  • Your water heater has a visible puddle underneath it.

To minimize your water damage risk, practice the following:

  • Flush the tank once or twice a year to remove sediments.
  • Have a licensed professional inspect and service the tank as needed yearly.
  • Replace the anode rod if it is corroded.
  • Check supply line connections and hoses regularly and replace hoses as required.
  • Keep a drip pan under the water heater to prevent damage from accumulating underneath.

When Should I Call a Water Restoration Company?

Contact a restoration company if you notice the following:

  • Wall damage. Swollen, warped, or crumbly drywall with bubbled, cracked, or peeling paint is a relatively consistent indicator of water damage. This type of structural malady typically indicates that a wall has been slowly accumulating and attempting to drain water.
  • Floor build-up. Floor damage can take many different forms depending on the materials used in your El Centro home. For example:
    • Laminate and hardwood floors can swell, warp, or even buckle
    • Grouted tiles may become loose, or the grout itself may show signs of swelling or discoloration.
    • Linoleum and vinyl flooring may begin to peel as moisture eats away at your flooring adhesive.

If you notice any of these signs, take a look at your subflooring as well. If water is coming from the floor, the subflooring is likely to need structural drying and microbial remediation.

  • Mold growth. Where there are heat, moisture, and organic materials, you are sure to find some kind of mold. Look for a characteristic musty odor, particularly in damp, dark areas of the home. Closets and cabinetry tend to accumulate mold quickly if they are in or near the kitchen or bathroom. Mold can grow on your property in as little as 24 hours, so do not delay if you notice it on your property.

How Does SERVPRO Prepare My Home for Water Restoration?

SERVPRO techs take several steps to mitigate water damage before restoring a property. One of the most important of these steps is structural drying.

  • Air movers are placed every 10 to 16 linear feet, or 150 to 300 square feet, of the affected area.
  • Dehumidifiers work in tandem with air movers using a variety of mechanisms, including desiccant materials and refrigerated coils.
  • Structural drying is much faster and less likely to create secondary water damage if extraction is performed first.
  • Establishing drying goals relies on making accurate calculations based on such factors as relative humidity, equilibrium moisture content for various materials, air temperature, and the area in square feet of affected space.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City can keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (760) 337-5858 to have a fast-responding team at your home within hours of your initial contact.

Why Should I Call for Professional Water Removal Services in El Centro?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Prompt Water Removal to Bring Your El Centro Interior Back to Normal Faster

Having a pipe burst out of the blue sends a massive amount of water out into your home in minutes. Not only is there the initial shock and panic to deal with, but you also have the stress of trying to shut off the water and make sure that you can salvage your belongings. Hiring the experts in the field of water removal and restoration allows you to breathe a sigh of relief, feeling confident that everything will be taken care of quickly and efficiently.

What Do Skilled Technicians Do to Remove the Water?

For our cleanup and removal efforts to be successful, it requires proper equipment. When you call SERVPRO for water removal in El Centro, we come to your home with industrial-strength tools, equipment, and cleaning agents to facilitate the job. Some of the tools that we use most often include:

    •    Pumps to help remove water from your interior. We have submersible pumps as well as truck-mounted extractors that have the ability to handle thousands of gallons of water and debris.
    •    Light wands to remove water from your carpeting, as well as the carpet pad below.
    •    Moisture detection tools that allow us to find hidden moisture where water may have migrated.
    •    EPA-registered cleaning and sanitizing agents that we apply to various surfaces to inhibit bacterial and microorganism growth.

Our team of skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) can be on the scene and ready to start working in as little as four hours. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! This gives you the peace of mind you need in knowing that your home and daily routine can get back to normal quickly.

Call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City today at (760) 337-5858, and we can deploy a team to your location to start the water removal assessment.

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Remove Standing Water in your Home Requires Prompt Action

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water flooding on a floor Even small water damage spills can present challenges. It always makes sense to consult a professional.

SERVPRO of El Centro Has the Tools and Skills to Remove Standing Water  

When you think about your home being on the receiving end of a water event, you may picture the devastation of flash floods, where debris and sludge make its way through your home.  As overwhelming and real as this threat can be, in reality, you may face water damage from a much smaller and more common source such as a sink overflow or pipe leak. Even a pinhole pipe leak can cause tremendous damage if the water is left standing for a significant amount of time. 

  • Mold may develop
  • Dry rot can affect wood materials
  • Staining on a variety of structural surfaces
  • Deterioration of sheetrock

If water removal services are needed for your El Centro home, you can count on SERVPRO to guide you through the restoration process and leave your home in tip-top shape.  Many homeowners do not realize that even small amounts of water can wreak havoc on the structural elements of your home, even when it is not the result of torrential monsoon rain.  Increased interior moisture levels that are in excess of 65%RH can create threats to health especially in regards to mold, bacteria growth, and secondary damage. An example of secondary damage would be elevated interior humidity damaging artwork, paper goods, and textiles.

Small amounts of moisture can be a threat to hardwood floors and other organic and porous materials that absorb the added moisture and warp, buckle, or swell. If this happens in your home, our technicians know how to reverse the damage in most cases. (Please be aware that not every damaged material can be salvaged.

We stand ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (760) 337-5858. We will assess the damage and present a plan of action for your consideration. 

How SERVPRO uses Dehumidifiers to Dry Your El Centro Home

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO dehumidifier in water damaged room This is one of our low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers that we use to speed the drying process.

Dehumidifiers Play A Role in Water Removal in El Centro

Several different mishaps can cause building materials and contents inside your house in El Centro to get wet. Once items in your home start retaining moisture, it is wise to get water removal conducted by professional restoration technicians such as SERVPRO. The first step we take is to extract any H2O present while it is still a liquid. Once the moisture spreads across your structure, it starts to soak into your possessions and structural components.

After we extract your house during the water removal process in El Centro, our SERVPRO technicians then begin the applied structural drying or ASD process. During this phase, we attempt to create an environment inside your house that speeds up the natural evaporation and drying process. We can often accomplish establishing such an atmosphere by setting up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. We place air movers so that they push air towards your wet walls at a 45-deree angle and create circulation in a counterclockwise motion. The dehumidifiers then work towards pulling moisture from the air and dispensing it into a liquid while exhausting out warm, dry air to be used in the circulation created by the air movers.

Dehumidifiers create dry air that gets pushed towards wet surfaces so that the air acts like a sponge and speeds up evaporation. We always set up the dehumidifiers towards the center of the water damaged area. We then make sure the drain hose on the machines is clear and appropriately secured.

When operating a dehumidifier, we make sure that air movers are not pushing air directly onto the coils. We also make sure to shut all of your doors and windows because dehumidifiers work best in enclosed areas. The process works by the machines drawing wet air across cooler metal coils. Once the wet air hits the cold coils, condensation occurs, and the water turns back into a liquid.

If you ever notice wet building materials or contents inside your residence, call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage In El Centro

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home A more extensive skillset means better service in the restoration industry.

Advanced Structural Drying for El Centro Residents with Water Damage

Domestic water issues often peak during the winter months of the year. There are many ways you can guard your home against water issues by taking action ahead of time. These actions may be keeping your gutters bright and clean regularly throughout autumn to avoid blockages from leaves. You may also want to set a timer for your boiler to ensure that pipes do not freeze. Setting boiler times is essential if you are spending a few days out of the property. You may also want to consider running maintenance tests on your sump pump, faucets, and appliances.

Sometimes an unforeseen event can cause water damage to your El Centro home. It is therefore vital to check your insurance is up to date and that you have coverage for water emergencies. It is also prudent to check your local area for restoration companies in-case of an unforeseen water incident. Our company, SERVPRO, offers qualified water restoration technicians who are local to the city. We have the equipment to deal with any size disaster from municipal buildings to single, private residences.

Restorers of SERVPRO undergo basic training to allow us a support roster during busier times of the year. However, many of our water technicians go the extra mile to gain qualifications in applied structural drying (ASD) or Mold Remediation. Having a broad skillset means we can promise a better service to our community. There are also overlaps in the skill requirements for restoration. A flooded first floor, for example, may need both microbial growth control and cavity drying to make a full recovery.

Cavity drying is a necessity when there are high volumes of water or where migration is a possibility. Leaving residues of moisture inside cavities can result in exponential mold growth, odors, yellowing or discoloration, and rot. SERVPRO ASD technicians can address cavities by drilling small holes beneath the baseboard of your walls. We can then attach injectidry nozzles to each hole circulating warm air inside the cavity. Using moisture sensors placed directly onto drywall, our technicians can accurately assess when a wall cavity is safe and dry.

A more extensive skillset means better service in the restoration industry. Contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858.

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¡Mis Electrodomésticos Me Están Atacando!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Siempre controle sus electrodomésticos para asegurarse de que no funcionen mal.

Mal Funcionamiento del Electrodoméstico en El Centro

Cuando uno escucha las palabras “servicios de limpieza de agua” probablemente se imagina ríos de agua corriendo sobre escaleras y empapando muebles y alfombras. Quizás también tenga visiones de uno mismo chapoteando por su casa mientras sus pertenencias flotan a su alrededor. En realidad, los servicios de limpieza de agua son necesarios en situaciones mucho menos dramáticas. Un simple desperfecto en su lavadora de platos automática puede causar que se desborde, permitiendo que agua y jabón se cuelen por su cocina, gabinetes y rodapiés. Por suerte, existen servicios professionales para ayudarle a resolver su emergencia.

SERVPRO es el servicio de limpieza de agua para su casa en El Centro. Nuestros técnicos están disponibles las 24 horas del día, 7 días a la semana para tomar su llamada y comenzar el proceso de restauración. Nuestro equipo está entrenado para ejecutar trabajos independientemente de la magnitud de la emergencia, y estamos aquí para aplicar nuestra experticia para su beneficio. Lo único que usted tiene que hacer es llamarnos y dejar que nos encarguemos del asunto.

Nuestra primera prioridad es proteger su hogar y le recomendamos tomar algunos pasos mientras nuestro equipo se traslada a su casa. Acción rápida y decisiva es importante para mitigar sus pérdidas, asi que tome los siguientes pasos-

-Controle la fuente de filtración cerrando el suministro de agua.

-Absorba la mayor cantidad de agua posible utilizando toallas y trapos.

-Retire sus pertenencias en buen estado del área afectada para evitar que se conviertan en daño colateral.

-Abra puertas y ventanas para promover la circulación del aire. Si tiene ventiladores, utilícelos también.

Una vez que nuestro equipo de SERVPRO llegue a su casa, podemos tomar control y extraer el agua utilizando bombas sumergibles y extractores portátiles. A la vez que hacemos esto, monitoreamos los niveles de humedad hasta que lleguen al punto óptimo y luego procedemos a desinfectar las superficies. Por suerte, los electrodomésticos tienden a filtrar aguas blancas, por lo que agentes contaminantes no tienden a ser un problema. Sin embargo, la restauración de los niveles óptimos de humedad es esencial en evitar la proliferación de moho y bacterias. 

No deje que el agua los abrume. SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City está aquí para ayudar. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y permítanos dejar su hogar como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Do You Have the Right Equipment to Restore Water Damage?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO crew has the proper equipment to clean up and restore your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Using the Right Equipment For Water Damage Restoration

Until you go through a water event, you cannot fully comprehend the peculiarities of restoring your home. When you visit the nearest home improvement store or even your local supermarket, you see people renting water extraction equipment, wet/dry vacuums to dry out their homes. However, much like humans, water damage comes in different sizes and shapes, and there is not a universal solution to treat it. Reaching out to a team used to dealing with water extraction and drying is the best decision you can make. 


In El Centro, SERVPRO is your best resource to address water damage to your home. Our team of water damage restoration technicians (WRT) is available 24/7 for your convenience. Our formal instruction, as well as our on-the-field experience, come together to create a plan specific to your needs and your damage. Although we also employ wet/dry vacuums and dehumidifiers, these are only a portion of all the tools and techniques available to our technicians.

A variety of equipment makes a difference when there is water in your home. Failure to address its presence completely and quickly can threaten your structure by saturating building materials such as drywall. It can also seep even further into your belongings, resulting in a total loss rather than their recovery. This is why at SERVPRO, we have available industry-grade extractors, drying mats, and injectidry technology, among others. This group of equipment focuses on reaching the most remote corners of your home. As we return humidity levels to normal, we guide ourselves with moisture meters and infrared technology that can detect water deposits even when they are not evident to the naked eye.

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City is fully equipped to handle the water damage to your home. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and let us customize a plan that addresses your specific needs, so your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

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Tiene Usted el Equipo Correcto Para Restaurar los Daños Causados por el Agua?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

En SERVPRO, tenemos el equipo correcto para limpiar y restaurar los daños causados por el agua.

Usando El Equipo Correcto es Beneficioso Para Restaurar el Daño del Agua

Hasta que usted pasa por un evento de agua, no puede realmente comprender las peculiaridades que implica restaurar su hogar. Cuando usted visita su tienda o supermercado local, ve aspiradoras para agua y otros electrodomésticos diseñados para la extracción de agua. Sin embargo, al igual que los humanos, no todos los daños causados por el agua son iguales y no hay una solución universal para resolverlos. Llamar a un equipo professional que está acostumbrado a la extracción de agua es su mejor decisión.

En El Centro, SERVPRO es su mejor recurso para tratar los daños causados por el agua. Nuestro equipo de técnicos especializados está convenientemente disponible 24 horas al día, 7 días a la semana. Nuestra educación formal y experiencia laboral se unen para crear un plan específico a sus necesidades y el daño que ha sufrido. Aunque también utilizamos los equipos disponibles en las tiendas, incluyendo aspiradoras y deshumidificadores, estos son apenas una parte de todas las herramientas y técnicas a la disposición de nuestros técnicos.

Una variedad de equipos hace la diferencia cuando hay agua en su hogar. La demora en remover completa y rápida mente el agua puede agravar los daños al saturar materiales de construcción, como los paneles en sus paredes. El agua también puede saturar aún más sus muebles y alfombras, causando una pérdida total en lugar de una simple restauración. Es por esto que en SERVPRO contamos con extractores industriales, tapetes de secado y tecnología de inyección de aire, entre otros. A la vez que devolvemos los niveles de humedad a la normalidad, monitoreamos el progreso con medidores especializados y tecnología infrarroja que nos ayudan a descubrir depósitos de agua en los lugares más recónditos.

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City está completamente equipado para resolver el daño causado por el agua en su hogar. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y permítanos hacer un plan específico a sus necesidades para que su casa luzca como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Water Cleanup Big and Small - SERVPRO Does it All

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Protect your home with the help of our SERVPRO team.

Water Restoration in Residential Homes in El Centro

Diligent El Centro homeowners protect their homes from the elements as much as possible. You clean your gutters, make sure that your appliances are in working order and are generally vigilant of anything that could compromise your house. However, accidents happen. Take for example a broken water heater that leaks all over your floors while you are away for a long weekend, leaving you in need of help.

Luckily, residents of El Centro can count on SERVPRO for their water cleanup services. Whether there seems to be a lake in your kitchen or just excess humidity creeping up your walls, our team is available 24/7 to take action and protect your home. As we arrive, we assess the damage while making sure that the source of the leak is under control. Even if this sounds like a simple task, it requires our specialized team to discover any hidden damages that might not be evident at first glance. Our experience and preparation allow us to anticipate complications to mitigate your losses.

One of the most critical areas of concern for our technicians is the proliferation of mold. Whenever water pools on or around carpet, upholstery, flooring, and drywall, there is a possibility that mold and bacteria will thrive, causing even more significant issues in the future. Our SERVPRO team extracts all water by using a combination of powerful truck-mounted pumps, portable submersible ones, wet/dry vacuums, and handheld wands. Our monitoring tools, including those with infrared technology, help us identify problem areas and return moisture levels to normal.

As our SERVPRO crew extracts water, we also focus on drying your home. Dehumidifiers and air movers help encourage the evaporation of water particles promptly. Each surface we dry has its own pace for drying, and we pay close attention to this to avoid further damage.

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City is your ally for water cleanup and restoration. Just call us at (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Trabajos Grandes y Chicos - SERVPRO es la Solución

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Protege tu hogar con la ayuda de SERVPRO.

Daños Causado Por El Agua en Casas De El Centro 

Los propietarios de casa en El Centro son diligentes en proteger sus hogares lo más posible. Limpian los desagües, se aseguran que los electrodomésticos funcionen bien y están alertas a cualquier cosa que pueda afectar su hogar. Sin embargo, los accidentes pasan. Imagínese por ejemplo, que su calentador de agua se reviente mientras usted está fuera por el fin de semana, dejándolo con la necesidad de ayuda professional.

Por suerte, los residentes de El Centro pueden contar con SERVPRO para limpiar los residuos de agua. Independientemente del tamaño del desastre- un lago en su cocina o humedad excesiva en sus paredes, nuestro equipo está listo 24 horas al día, 7 días de la semana para tomar acción y proteger su hogar. Al llegar, evaluamos los daños a la vez que controlamos la fuente de agua. Aunque parezca una tarea sencilla, estos pasos requieren de nuestro equipo especializado para detectar los daños que no saltan a la vista. Nuestra experiencia y preparación nos permite anticipar complicaciones y mitigar sus pérdidas.

Una de las mayores preocupaciones para nuestros técnicos es la proliferación de moho. Siempre que hay depósitos de agua sobre alfombras, tapicería, pisos y paredes, existe la posibilidad que el moho y las bacterias se reproduzcan, causando un mayor problema en el futuro.

Para evitar complicaciones, nuestro equipo de SERVPRO extrae toda el agua utilizando una combinación de bombas extractoras instaladas en nuestros camiones, bombas sumergibles, aspiradoras y extractores portátiles. Nuestro equipo de monitoreo, incluyendo tecnología infrarroja, nos ayuda a identificar áreas problemáticas y a devolver los niveles de humedad a la normalidad.

A la vez que nuestra cuadrilla de SERVPRO extrae el agua, también nos enfocamos en secar su casa. Deshumidificadores y sopladores de aire ayudan con la evaporación de las partículas de agua en el tiempo correcto. Cada superficie que secamos tiene su propio paso para secarse, y lo tenemos muy en mente para evitar daños subsecuentes.

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City es su aliado para la extracción y limpieza de agua y restauración. Solo llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y déjenos dejar su hogar como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Water Damage Can Happen Fast, But SERVPRO Can Restore Faster!

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

You can trust our professional team and our state-of-the-art equipment to get the job done!

Dealing with Water Removal in your Home in El Centro

There are some events that are very clear- a flood, torrential downpours, a broken pipe. These events can leave your home filled with water and you and your family in immediate need for a solution. However, sometimes water can invade your home gradually before you even realize it. Even if it looks like clean water, it is important that you take definitive action in removing it as soon as possible.

When dealing with water removal in your home in El Centro, our specialized team at SERVPRO is ready to help you through the service. Even though sometimes the need for specialists is evident, fewer water accumulations can also require the work of water damage remediation technicians to prevent further damage and to protect you and your family from any health hazards. After contacting us, we can send a team of trained technicians to your home to assess the damage and formulate a specific plan towards extracting the remaining water, drying the home's structural components, and contents. Much like you, our goal is to restore your home to its original condition while preventing further damage and the possible growth of bacteria resulting from water deposits. "Like it never even happened."

Our SERVPRO team is not only specifically trained to inventory the damage, but it also arrives with industry-leading devices designed to identify problem areas, act upon them and verify that the water removal process has been completed effectively. Some of these instruments are thermo-hygrometers, infrared camera imaging, and moisture meters. Throughout this process, our technicians can also be a resource when coordinating with insurance claims or contractors as part of the restoration. The most critical step in setting it all in motion is to reach out to us as soon as you identify the unwanted water in your home, regardless of how small the damage may look. An unattended water flood or spill can become the source of more significant damage and health concerns, all of which can be avoided by placing a timely call to our office.

At SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City, we are ready to help you 24/7 through our rapid response team. Just call us at (760) 337-5858 so we can help you avoid further disruptions to your home and family.

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Qué Hacer Cuando Hay que Remover Agua de su Hogar en El Centro

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Llame a SERVPRO de El Centro/Salton City cuando necesite servicios inmediatos de daños por agua.

SERVPRO Está Aquí Para Ayudar Cuando Se Producen Daños Por Agua En Su Hogar

Hay eventos que son muy claros- una inundación, una lluvia torrencial, una tubería rota. Estos eventos pueden dejar a su hogar rebalsado de agua y a usted y a su familia con la necesidad de una solución inmediata. Sin embargo, el agua también puede invadir su hogar gradualmente sin que usted se dé cuenta. Aun si luce como agua limpia, es importante que tome acción y la remueva de su hogar lo más pronto posible.

Cuando hay que remover agua en su hogar en El Centro nuestro equipo especializado de SERVPRO está listo para ayudarlo con sus servicios. Aunque hay veces que la necesidad de un especialista es evidente, acumulaciones de agua menores también pueden requerir el servicio de técnicos de remediación de agua para prevenir mayores daños y proteger la salud de su familia. Después de contactarnos, podemos enviar un equipo de técnicos entrenados a su hogar para evaluar el daño y elaborar un plan específico para extraer el agua restante, secar la estructura del hogar y sus contenidos. Al igual que usted, nuestra meta es llevar a su hogar a su condición original a la vez que evitamos más daños y la proliferación de bacterias debido a los depósitos de agua. "Como que nada pasó."

Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO no sólo está entrenado para hacer inventario de los daños, pero también llega a su hogar con tecnología de avanzada diseñada para identificar las áreas problemáticas, actuar sobre ellas y verificar que el agua ha sido removida completamente. Algunos de estos instrumentos son termo-higrómetros, cámaras con tecnología infrarroja y medidores de humedad. A lo largo de este proceso nuestros técnicos también pueden ser un recurso en la coordinación con agentes del seguro o contratistas para lograr la restauración de su casa. El paso más importante en este proyecto es llamarnos tan pronto usted identifique la presencia de agua en su hogar, aun cuando el daño parezca pequeño. Un depósito de agua desatendido puede convertirse en fuente de daños extensos y afectar su salud. Todo esto se puede evitar con una llamada a tiempo a nuestra oficina.

En SERVPRO de El Centro/Salton City, estamos listos para ayudarlo las 24 horas del día, 7 días de la semana por medio de nuestro equipo de respuesta rápida. Sólo llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y permítanos ayudarlo a evitar mayores inconvenientes para usted y su familia.

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A Primer on Water Removal for Your Yuma Home or Property

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers drying a wet office wall. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment for water removal.

The Benefits of Contacting SERVPRO’s Water Removal Experts In Yuma

Did you know that one of the most significant issues regarding improper water removal during flooding in Yuma homes is mold growth? Homeowners that neglect to take immediate action or mishandle water removal can often experience unnecessary damages, lowered property values, or even severe risks to their health. Mold can be a big part of those problems. 

Yuma area water removal technicians handle a variety of situations every day. A quality company sends trained personnel that understands the three categories of water damage and how they affect your property and the health of the residents.

The first water category is "clean water" which is water that comes from a potable water source. The second category is "grey water" which contains some measure of containments, although not at a level that could cause severe illness or death. The third category is very harmful, it is "black water."  Sewage is an example of black water.

Each category of water requires specific actions because even clean water can transform into black water over the course of time as bacteria begin to infect the water. The EPA says that standing clean water can become as dangerous as black water within 48 hours.

Also, as water and moisture make the interior of a structure damp and humid, microbial such as mold can begin to grow. This is especially true in places like Yuma where high temperatures can accelerate mold growth.

Having water damage of any kind inside a home or commercial building calls for competent professional help. The technicians at SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to perform quality services throughout El Centro and the Yuma ares. (760) 377-5858

Of note, Yuma is the sunniest year-round place in the nation. Click here for other facts about Yuma.

What Is A Professional Water Damage Restorer?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

We have the tools and technology to clean and restore your Yuma home from water damage.

Learn How Our SERVPRO Team Can Restore Your Yuma Residence 

You might find specific instances or disasters that strike your Yuma residence that are out of your ability to clean up or repair. In these cases, it is often a wise decision to choose professional restoration services to help you return your property to the way that it used to be. Depending on how severe the damage is, acting quickly could help you speed up the restoration process and help to keep your costs down as well.

Water damage in your Yuma home can prove very challenging to overcome. Regardless of the source of this damage, water moves quickly and can affect many areas of your home over just a brief period. When you call in a restoration team to help you clean up the mess and dry out the damage, a small team of our SERVPRO water damage restorers gets sent out to your home. You might want to know what they intend to do when they arrive.

First, these experienced professionals are going to make their assessment of the damage that has occurred in your home. This process occurs with a thorough inspection throughout all of the affected areas and utilizes specialized equipment to see into hidden spaces and between walls to isolate moisture that must get addressed to restore the house successfully.

Another thing that you are going to be able to expect from our SERVPRO professionals is a rapid response. We strive to arrive as quickly as possible to help lessen the effects of the water loss incident and ultimately keep your costs lower. We have the experience and the equipment to offer an efficient final result.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

While you might not always see the need for professional restoration services for your home, water damages require experience and unique equipment to overcome promptly. Our SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City technicians are standing by at (760) 337-5858 to help you restore your home after the lingering effects of water damages.

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Qué Es Un Restaurador De Daños Por Agua?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Nuestros técnicos están disponibles 24/7/365 para ayudarte con daños causados por el agua.

Aprende Cómo Nuestro Equipo De SERVPRO Puede Restaurar Su Residencia en Yuma

Es posible que encuentre desastres que afecten su residencia en Yuma y que estén fuera de su capacidad de limpieza o reparación. En estos casos, es una sabia decisión escoger servicios professionales de restauración para ayudarlo a devolver su propiedad como era antes. Dependiendo de qué tan grave sea el daño, actuar rápidamente podría ayudarlo a acelerar el proceso de restauración y también a reducir sus costos. 

El daño causado por el agua en su casa de Yuma puede ser muy difícil de superar. A pesar de el origen del daño, Independientemente de la fuente de este daño, el agua se mueve rápidamente y puede afectar muchas áreas de su hogar en un corto período de tiempo. Cuando llamas a un equipo de restauración para que te ayude a limpiar el desorden y secar el daño, un pequeño equipo de nuestros restauradores de daños por agua sale a tu casa. Es posible que desee saber qué piensan hacer cuando lleguen.

Primero, estos professionales harán su evaluación del daño que ha ocurrido en su hogar. Este proceso sucede con una inspección en todas las áreas afectadas y utiliza un equipo especializado para ver espacios ocultos y entre paredes para aislar la humedad que debe abordarse para restaurar la casa con éxito. 

Otra cosa que podrá esperar de nuestros professionales de SERVPRO es una respuesta rápida. Nos esforzamos por llegar lo más rápido posible para ayudar a reducir  los efectos del incidente de pérdida de agua y, en última instancia, mantener sus costos más bajos. Tenemos la experiencia y el equipamiento para ofrecer un resultado final eficiente.

Empresa Local Con Recursos Nacionales

Aunque bien es posible que no siempre vea la necesidad de contar con servicios professionales de restauración para su hogar, los daños causados por el agua requieren experiencia y equipos únicos para superarlos rápidamente. Nuestros técnicos de SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City están disponibles al (760) 337-5858 para ayudarlo a restaurar su hogar después de los efectos del agua.

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Professional Water Cleanup in Brawley

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

After flooding caused by your washing machine, it is best to call in the professional technicians at SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Help Dry Out a Water Damage Emergency Regardless of the Source

You do not realize how much you depend on the integrity of the plumbing and appliances in your Brawley home until you suffer from a significant leak or pipe breakage. The loosening of a wax seal on a toilet, break in a supply line to a kitchen or bathroom sink, or a broken washing machine pump or hose can spell disaster, especially if it happens when you are away from home at work or traveling. We are committed to delivering expert help to you fast.
 
Water cleanup in Brawley is not a do-it-yourself task when hundreds or even thousands of gallons escape from a burst pipe or malfunctioning appliance. A shop vac might be able to suck up an accidental spill, but when the water continues to pour through the plumbing or out of the appliance, it cannot accomplish the job. Our business exists in part to help members of our community recover from unexpected water catastrophes. Investments in high-efficiency equipment and well-trained technicians support our efforts to deliver these services.
 
When we arrive, expect us to locate and turn off the water supply immediately if you have not already done so. The SERVPRO crew chief then assesses the extent of the water incursion, determining which spaces in your home need water removal and structural drying. We often suggest a pack out of belongings in the water-saturated areas, inventorying and relocating these items to a dry area on your property or at our production facility for thorough review away from the water cleanup activity in your home.
 
SERVPRO service vehicles are packed with submersible pumps, water extractors, and a range of drying equipment so the project can proceed without delay. If the electricity is disconnected because of safety concerns, our trucks carry portable power generators so we can commence and complete water removal. Our employees ensure all cavities and recesses are scanned for trapped water as we work because any lingering moisture can cause progressive deterioration of building materials and expose your dwelling to the risk of mold growth.
 
After the majority of the water is eliminated, SERVPRO employees use their IICRC training in drying science to take moisture measurements to determine drying goals. Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heat team up to create the optimum environment for rapid evaporation of water from structural components and fixtures.
 
SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City has the technicians and high-efficiency equipment to quickly and thoroughly clean up a water emergency at your home. Call our office 24/7 at (760) 337-5858 to set up an inspection and begin planning for water removal as soon as possible.

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How Water Damage Can Affect Wood Flooring In Your Calexico Home

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Even smaller-scale water damage in your Calexico residence can threaten the look and performance of the hardwood flooring.

Water Damage Can Affect Wood Flooring

As is customary in modern home construction, your Calexico residence likely has hardwood flooring through several areas of your residence. While carpeting remains a favorite for most of the rooms, high traffic areas are easier to clean and maintain with a hardwood approach. The trouble is, when water incidents occur, the integrity and functionality of these planks become compromised.

Even smaller-scale water damage in your Calexico residence can threaten the look and performance of the hardwood flooring. Better understanding the damage that water can do to this material in your house can help you to better appreciate your need for restoration services when these events occur.

Too often homeowners are encouraged to clean up their own messes and do their best to dry up water damages that have occurred. The trouble is, if the area does not get completely dried correctly, your wood flooring is susceptible to several types of disfigurement. From what our SERVPRO professionals have seen in area homes, this damage appears in one of three ways: warping/ buckling, cupping or crowning.

Warping is a result of the wood absorbing more moisture than it should. While wood flooring might always contain nearly 10% of moisture in their makeup, any more than this and the material expands beyond its average size. Once this expansion has begun, it is often an inevitability to have these newly larger planks begin to press against one another. If not addressed quickly, these newfound damages could lead to the need for replacement of the materials themselves.

Another concern that our SERVPRO professionals often encounter is cupping or crowning. Cupping involves the edges of the planks getting more saturated from a water damage event than any other part. The result with expansion is a cupped shape of the individual pieces. If caught early enough, these situations can often get resolved with sanding. This damage differs from crowning, which raises the middle of a plank up as a result of more moisture seeping into the top of the wood. This kind of damage cannot get sanded down and restored very often.

Properly cleaning up significant spills and damages to your home is critical to prevent lasting and irreparable damages to the wood flooring. You can count on our SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City water damage technicians to help you clean up and thoroughly dry up the damage quickly, so you can keep the floors you have in top form. Give us a call today at (760) 337-5858.

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Tips for Staying Safe and Sane When a Pipe Breaks

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Homeownership has its rewards, but when bursting pipes leave your home flooded, it’s normal to panic.

No one is expecting to see water gushing from a broken pipe into a previously dry room.  How do you stay safe and sane after a pipe breaks?

The best thing to do when a broken pipe causes water damage in El Centro, CA is to call a professional. Remember, a flooded room can cause the following:

  • Water damage to walls, furniture, and belongings
  • Damage to insulation, which must then be replaced
  • Growth of mold and bacteria hazardous to your health

Standing water can also attract insects, so it is important to address the broken pipe and flooding as soon as possible. The following tips will help you stay protected throughout the process while providing you with peace of mind.

Stay Calm and Turn Off the Water

It can be easy to panic, but try to stay calm and remember that the first step when you have bursting pipes must be to stop the flooding. To turn off the water, you’ll need to find the stop valve on the water main. You can usually find this where the main water service line connects to your house. You should make sure everyone in your family knows where the individual shutoff valves are located for sinks, toilets, and all indoor water features to reduce or stop continued flooding quickly in an emergency. Then call SERVPRO for cleanup help.

Trust the Professionals to Dry the Area

Even if the water damage from bursting pipes initially seems minor, you should contact a professional water restoration company when you have water damage in El Centro, CA. There may be hidden damage inside walls and under floors. Professionals will ensure the area is dry and free from mold and bacteria keeping you and your family safe.

Visit SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City for more information about water restoration, or better yet, call us at 760-337-5858.

What Not To Do After a Pipe Breaks

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Panic: It's the one thing that business owners around El Centro, CA, need to stop doing when they see bursting pipes on their property. That doesn't mean that you should take it easy if you have water damage in El Centro. Wet conditions are the precursors to all kinds of nasty problems, including:

• Black mold
• Unpleasant smells
• Rotting material


Don’t Put Off Cleanup


Act quickly to reduce your risk of falling prey to these persistent undesirables. If there's even a sliver of a doubt regarding the completeness of your cleanup and drying processes, take a second or third look at your site to prevent these issues.


Don’t Forget to Check Everywhere


Unfortunately, black mold is one of the trademark issues with flooded buildings. Even after you fix a broken pipe and dry up the area, this mold can pop up seemingly out of nowhere. The issue with black mold is that it requires very little moisture to propagate its spores and create massive toxic colonies. Bursting pipes spray, drip and soak, creating a larger footprint than you might imagine. All affected materials should be removed to avoid mold. It is also prudent to dry any crawlspaces or wall cavities thoroughly, by cutting ventilation holes if necessary. Most good water cleanup companies will know just how much needs to be done to get you back to business as usual.


Don’t Ignore Odors


The issues surrounding most secondary water problems pale in comparison to the health hazards and persistence of black mold. Nasty smells can be just as damaging to businesses, however: driving away customers and making workers uncomfortable or unhappy. Rotting material, apart from producing odor, also provides habitats for pests and potentially weakens your building's structure.

The bottom line is that it's better to get your water issues cleaned up as soon as you have a chance. Secondary damage from bursting pipes is costly, both in terms of cleanup invoices and diminished stakeholder confidence.

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What You Need to Know About Asbestos And Lead Abatement

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need to Know About Asbestos And Lead Abatement

Lead Abatement and Asbestos in Calexico CA and Imperial CA is an extremely serious condition. A test must be conducted to insure the health of the residents is insured. The dangerous substances must then be removed. We often see the issue of Asbestos after a water loss needs some demolition.

Once the owners of the property become aware of a potential problem the issues must be addressed and action must be taken quickly. This problem can occur in both residences and commercial locations. The best way to start is to contact professionals with the experience, expertise, skills, training and equipment required to deal with the problem immediately.

The owner of the property should not waste any time and a reputable company needs to be contacted. There are numerous companies in El Centro and Salton City with excellent reputations who are familiar with the test required. They are capable of removing the abatements as well as any bad odor.

Due to the seriousness of this particular issue companies offering low prices are questionable. The licenses of companies in Calexico CA and Imperial CA need to be verified. You should also verify the personnel's qualifications. Most companies have reviews on their websites that will give you a good general idea regarding the experience and efficiency of the company and their qualifications in testing for Lead Abatement.

When the professionals first arrive at your property they will begin by using several different types of protocols. Keeping all the individuals who live in the home as well as everyone in the neighborhood safe from any danger should be the top priority. The professionals will be prepared and wearing protective clothing and protective gear to ensure their safety while they complete the job.

These workers are easily recognized in El Centro and Salton City CA because it is a requirement that their faces are covered so dangerous materials are not breathed in during the testing and procedures for removal.

When asbestos abatement and lead are removed from an old home or business property the process can be responsible for both a bad odor and hazardous materials to enter to atmosphere. The professionals in CA have also been trained to completely remove all of the lead from the site that has been affected. This can't be properly accomplished unless the individuals have received the correct training.

The law states that even construction works are not able to legally remove this type of waste from any site that has been affected. The owner of the business or home is responsible for making certain everyone involved is following the law. Companies specializing in the removal of abatements will inspect the location and give you an estimate for the services required to resolve the situation. This will be done before they go to work.

The estimate you receive will vary depending on the way the situation needs to be treated. A lot of experts will recommend that buildings and homes in Salton City and El Centro be inspected each year. This helps in the avoidance of a hazardous situation. Material will seep from the same locations and only the experts can truly understand the situation.

Recovering From Water Damage as a Property Owner

9/28/2017 (Permalink)


Recovering From Water Damage as a Property Owner

Property owners can be faced with different types of losses. Some losses, such as water damage, are more common than others. Many property owners have never been faced with water in a home or water in a business. However, these losses do occur. It's important for owners to know what to do and expect to have the best flood damage restoration possible.

The first step is to find the water source and shut it off to prevent additional flood damage. Two common culprits involved in a flooded home or business include supply line breaks and pipe breaks. Stopping the water may be as simple as turning off a faucet when there is a supply line break. With pipe breaks, a plumber may be needed.

With the water off, personal property should be removed from affected areas. Items may need to be discarded if they cannot be saved from flood damage. Salvageable items should be cleaned and stored. Water in a home or water in a business follows the path of least resistance. Make sure that affected items are thoroughly inspected.

The next step involves water cleanup and drying. For water extraction, call a water restoration company. While a ShopVac can be used initially in a flooded home or business, water restoration companies have professional equipment to expedite the water cleanup.

Flooring and walls may not be salvageable. Drying them may not be possible. Soggy, wet carpet can delaminate. Soggy, wet drywall can lose its integrity. With non-salvageable items cleaned out, a restoration company can continue with water cleanup.

Fans and dehumidifiers are critical to drying and mitigation. This process can take several days or weeks depending on the degree of water damage present. Without water cleanup, additional restoration is a waste of time when working to recover from flood damage.

Professional water mitigation companies check moisture levels using devices that measure the moisture percentage. Once the moisture is at an acceptable level and drying is complete, additional mitigation can begin.

Sanitizing the affected areas and preventing mold and mildew are important steps. Not treating can result in unsightly reminders of the loss in addition to health concerns that can develop from water in a home or water in a business. Professionals have the products needed to prevent such occurrences.

Now, water damage mitigation is complete but there may be a need for further restoration. A restoration company can assist with reconstruction that needs to take place or will have partnering companies to handle the reconstruction. Estimates should be prepared. Agreement should be reached on the scope of work and the materials. Once an agreement is reached, reconstruction can begin.

Reconstruction from water damage typically involves replacing and refinishing drywall. With drywall restored, surfaces can be painted. New baseboard can be installed and painted. Paneling and wallpaper may also require replacement in a flooded home or business.

With the walls back in place, flooring can be addressed. Subflooring may require replacement. Finish flooring can be installed whether it be carpeting, hardwoods, tile, or laminate.

With walls and floors complete, fixtures and appliances can be moved back and reinstalled. Plumbers or electricians may be needed to deal with certain items. Now, would be a good time to see what can be done to prevent future pipe breaks or supply line breaks.

Finally, it's time to move back in. Furnishings removed when the water damage was first discovered can be returned. Porous items that took on water and moisture should have already been discarded if they were not salvageable.

Water damage losses are one of the most common types of losses property owners face. Water in a home or water in a business can be overwhelming and leave owners wondering if property will ever be the same again. Fortunately, a good restoration company can successfully restore a flooded home or property when a pipe break or a supply line break creates unexpected havoc.
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When Water Damage Strikes

8/16/2017 (Permalink)


When Water Damage Strikes

Water damage or flood damage can be one of the most costly expenses that we have to face when maintaining our home or business. Unfortunately, water damage and flood damage, along with being one of the most expenses that we have to account for, it is also one of the most common. Water damage and flood damage can occur suddenly, or build up steadily over time, and due to this, time is often the most imperative factor to consider. When dealing with water in a business or water in the home, time is usually not on our sides, and taking a proactive approach to dealing with the water cleanup process can save a lot of time, as well as money and residual property damage. The goal for many faced with water in the home or water in the business is to complete the restoration process, while successfully implementing full-on damage mitigation.

Mitigation of damages is a direct result of the time it takes to complete the restoration process. When seeking the mitigation of damages during an incident when there is water in the home or water in a business, the first step is to contact your insurance company. When talking to your insurance company, it is important to detail the severity of the incident, as well as to give them all of your pertinent information. The insurance company that you receive your services from will often work hand in hand with a restoration company in your area, making it easier to find a company that can handle your needs. When choosing a restoration company, it is necessary to detail the severity of the incident that you have encountered in order to gain a full perspective of the services that they are capable of delivering, as well as the costs and timetable for full restoration.

The services that a restoration company is allowed to offer may vary from state to state and many are not licensed to handle repairs that go beyond the initial water cleanup and drying. Due to the unpredictable nature of water damage and flood damage, a restoration company will usually be available to assess and handle your needs. During water cleanup, it is important to gain a full understanding of the responsibilities of your restoration company, as well as your insurance company due to the fact that they are providing you with a service that should be done to your satisfaction.

One of the major culprits when facing water damage or flood damage due to standing water in the home or water in a business is often a supply line break or a pipe break. In a flooded home, a supply line break or a pipe break can occur for a myriad of reasons. Inclement weather, such as snow that causes freezing, can often be the cause of a supply line break or a pipe break. Detailing the factors surrounding the supply line break or pipe break to the company you’ve chosen for your home’s restoration is important due to the fact that these breaks can often be hidden behind a wall, leading to long-term damage or increased costs.

When dealing with a flooded home, drying is the final step of the water cleanup process. Drying is one of the most important steps when facing a flooded home, as it wraps up the process and ensures the mitigation of further damages. During the drying process, the restoration company will bring in industrial strength pumps to completely rid your home of the standing water. The drying process, while restoring your home to its original form, will also ensure that unwanted mold or microbial life does not begin to develop. A flooded home can come out of nowhere, bringing along with it a myriad of expensive and unnecessary costs when handled incorrectly. Be sure to contact the proper company to conduct the restoration of your home or business.
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What is Water Damage Mitigation?

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

What is Water Damage Mitigation?


Once the floods subside, you might not know where to start. The only way to determine the cost of restoration is to eliminate the water from your flooded home. The flood damage will take its toll on the floor as well as the drywall, meaning that you must get rid of the water in home surfaces as soon as possible. If the water in business storage tanks starts to leak, it can cause some unsightly discolorations on the ceiling. Drying a home will also include eliminating the moist air through the ventilation system. As you start the drying process, eliminate all the contaminants in your home with the appropriate disinfectants.

Undertake a water cleanup before drying
Eliminating the foul water from the drains and sewer is vital if you want to restore the freshness in your home. Before you start drying the home, get rid of the rotten pieces of wood. If some sections of the floor in your flooded home have started to warp, discard them as well. By drying the surfaces as soon as possible, you can minimize the cost of home restoration since you can prevent the water in home floors from causing further deterioration of the wooden surfaces. As you dry the surfaces, remember to give your home a water cleanup. Cleaning up the water in home floors and walls can reduce the moisture that contributes to the disintegration of various building materials. In addition, flood mitigation can help to prevent the water in home reservoirs from getting to the floor.

Inspect the plumbing system in your flooded home

Inspecting the water reticulation system will help you to identify the supply line breaks and repair them before they start causing problems. As such, the prospect of pumping the water in home verandahs can be quite difficult for many homeowners. Even if you think that the supply line break is a trivial issue, you should not ignore it. Leakages can cause huge problems that might become costly to amend in the future if you do not act quickly. However, a pipe break can cause extensive damage when the water starts to leak. If you have a pipe break within a wall, you might have to break a portion of the wall to expose the supply line break. If you do not have the skills or gear to undertake such operations, you should leave it to the professionals. If the water in business channels is not flowing, you are likely to experience some flooding problems during a storm.

Mitigation also involves inspecting the water reservoirs

As the restoration company inspects the pipe break, it is vital to look at the reservoirs. Poorly constructed water reservoirs can cause leakages in your building. Many businesses have large reservoirs of water for their daily needs. If you have water in business floors, you should remember to inspect the plumbing system as you deal with the floods. As such, drying the home fast is a sure way to cut the cost of home restoration since you will salvage some building materials. The water in business trenches should flow smoothly during a storm. Before you start cleaning up the mess, be sure to address the source of the problem.

Minimizing the flood damage

If there is flood damage in the basement, the restoration company will investigate the possibility of a supply line break. While you can use a vacuum to extract a small amount of water, a flooded home will require professional intervention to address the problem. Beware of the risk if electrocution in your flooded home. The water damage professional has the pumps you need to eliminate the water. In some cases, you might have to dig some trenches to facilitate the flow of water. The water damage consultant will prevent the water from lingering around the entrance since it can seep into the foundation. Repairing the foundation cracks is a sure way to reduce the flood damage in your property.

Mitigation is a key part of the water damage restoration. As you undertake the water cleanup, check out for other signs of water damage such as rot or mold development. Repairing the pipe break can save the restoration company some time and effort during the water cleanup. The restoration company will undertake a comprehensive study of your home’s vulnerability to floods.
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How To Effectively Handle Property Flooding

4/22/2017 (Permalink)

How To Effectively Handle Property Flooding

For people who are faced with water damage in their home or property, the feeling can be overwhelming. The first concern always in any flood damage or water damage situation is to secure the life of all the inhabitants. Certainly, water in a home or water in a business can feel overwhelming for any property owner, but once everyone is evacuated safely the threat of preserving life is usually minimized and mitigation can begin. However, as is the case with any disaster whether it is storm related or from plumbing defects, the flood damage in the property should be inspected to ensure the building did not suffer substantial damage to the structural integrity before habitation is resumed.

After it is assessed that the structure of the property is stable then the next step is to properly address the water in the home or the water in the business is properly handled through a process known as water damage mitigation and water damage restoration. This is most often accomplished through drying and air movement accomplished with special equipment that professional water damage restoration companies utilize specifically designed to remove excess water.

While water cleanup after flooding may seem simple, proper water damage restoration and water cleanup is usually a significant process and is usually best handled by a professional flood damage and flood mitigation specialist. One of the significant health hazards that can be of concern for property owners after there has been water in a home or water in a business is mold. When flood damage is not properly attended to through drying, air movement and proper mitigation, the water that seeped into the walls and floors can become a breeding ground for mold spores which does pose a significant health risk. That is why water cleanup after any water in a home or water in a business that is substantial be as thorough as possible. Mold spores can surface even up to a year or two later if the moisture is retained in a building structure from the original flood. Often this occurs when the drying process was incomplete due to a lack of proper air movement during the clean-up process.

Most people think if their walls and floors look clean they are free from worry. However, mold spores can also often be found lurking behind walls or subflooring. Because of this, it is very important to be proactive and thorough with all rooms and areas that are affected and in need of water damage restoration. This can include basements and crawl spaces. The good news is that in many cases, if the water is removed from the property quickly and the water cleanup is handled in a comprehensive way including properly drying out all rooms and subflooring, the damage sustained can be reduced significantly. A water mitigation specialist accomplishes this by using professional water mitigation equipment that ensures there is sufficient air movement in all areas of the structure during the drying process. This will protect the building from getting any long-term mold or structural problems from the original water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on water damage restoration.