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How Can Professional Fire Restorers Stay Ready to Help My Beaumont/Banning Home

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Fires might be devastating for many structures, but it does not have to indicate a total loss.

Professional Fire Restorers In Beaumont/Banning

Our SERVPRO team has a fast response to get mitigation work started quickly in your fire-damaged Beaumont/Banning home or apartment.

Preparedness is one of the main focal points of effective restoration and recovery that our SERVPRO team can provide to fire-damaged homes and businesses. Despite how overwhelming and severe these conditions might seem, staying prepared to mobilize to these emergencies can help us to begin mitigation and emergency services at critical times.

Regardless of how widespread fire damage in Beaumont/Banning homes might be, our fast response in emergencies can help to limit the time that restoration takes and the out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. We can ensure that we have a prompt response to crises that threaten your residence by encouraging more and more of our technicians to pursue Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certification. Qualified technicians available 24/7 ensures a fast response to your emergency and that mitigation and emergency services get started as soon as possible. Some of these include:

    •    Temporary construction solutions (board up, tarping)
    •    Extraction and drying of extinguishment water damages
    •    Clearing airborne contaminants (soot, ash, debris)
    •    Removing fire debris and damaged structural elements

What Does it Mean to Chase Fires?

While this term has taken on a negative connotation in some circles, to our restoration team, it means staying ahead of changing conditions in the city to be ready for whatever customers might need. We ensure that we learn about active fires in the area to begin preparing to respond to them as though we have already been called. This ‘chasing’ often occurs when insurance providers notify us of an active blaze and their intention to get our team involved in both the damage assessment and the restoration of the residence. There are advantages to our professionals chasing emergencies and staying ahead of severe conditions, including:

    •    Preparedness
    •    Faster Mitigation
    •    Effective Content Management
    •    Less-Costly Restoration

What Does My Insurance Company Need to Approve a Claim?

In many ways, insurance companies look to the expertise of restoration professionals to provide the necessary information about a loss incident. This effort begins with job scoping. Our SERVPRO project manager, crew chief, and the customer can all work together to determine vital information that can help with the restoration and recovery of the fire-damaged structure. This job scoping involves unique practices such as identifying pre-existing conditions and potential health hazards for restoration. In addition, all job scoping after a fire loss entails:

    •    Cataloging Damage
    •    Assessing Contents
    •    Estimation

We share this information with your insurance adjuster directly. After a fire, the last thing that you need to do is run around trying to jump through insurance hoops and meet the often-lofty demands of your insurance provider to secure a damage claim. We can work directly with the company to make the entire process more efficient.

Give us a call anytime you need us at 951.922.2900.

SERVPRO Can Help with Minor and Major Flood Damage

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damaged job.

Damage from flooding to homes can be catastrophic for many families. Even minor flooding can ruin your contents and cause permanent damage to porous materials, e.g., drywall and flooring. Floodwaters also introduce contaminants to your home, for example, bacteria, viruses, biological material, chemicals, and debris picked up by the raging water along the way. Water and moisture left in place can also create the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold infestations can occur in forty-eight hours or less.

SERVPRO provides flood damage restoration services for Beaumont/Banning homes and surrounding areas. We respond in less than four hours from your call. Our franchise has access to a large loss recovery team and can martial the resources needed to respond to large flood damage incidents.

High winds can damage roofs and walls, breaking windows and doors, letting in tremendous amounts of wind-blown rainwater along with floodwaters that cascade through your neighborhood. We provide emergency services such as board-up services to cover broken windows and doors and wall punctures. Tarps are placed on damaged roofs to prevent further damage from rainwater and animals.

Our team quickly assesses the situation and begins removing excess water, drying, and dehumidification. Since the floodwaters may be contaminated, we also clean and sanitize all items that can be restored, including structural components. 

Our Flood Damage Services Include:

  • Flood Water removal services
  • Flood Water damage restoration
  • Temporary emergency storm damage response – Tarps and board up

Call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning for flood damage. We can help 24/7. Call 951.922.2900.

What to do When You Have Flood Damage from a Storm in Your Home

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

When storm damage impacts your property, call on our skilled experts at SERVPRO for assistance.

Standing Water in Your  Home Can be a Shock, Call SERVPRO Today.

It is critical to move quickly when standing water gets discovered in your home. Strong storm systems can raise creeks, streams, and other bodies of water. When you find standing water in any volume in your property, you must work to get the right personnel involved in implementing mitigation tactics that can save areas of your home yet to become affected by the migration of this damage.

Flood damage in homes presents a substantial threat to the structural integrity of the property. Also, standing water can allow for threats many homeowners might not expect, like conducting electricity from outlets in the affected area or spreading bacteria and microorganisms throughout the property. You should never enter flood water in your home because health hazards and the risks of injury are too severe for those untrained or ill-equipped. Our SERVPRO professionals have personal protective equipment and extensive training to overcome these threats as they get discovered.

When you first find flooding in your home, the first thing that you should do is to contact our rapid response team. We have dedicated professionals standing by 24/7 to reach your home with effective extraction and drying processes. Our equipment and potent cleaning products can protect more areas of your home from the potential contamination of natural flooding.

Storm Flood Removal

Contacting your insurance provider is another crucial step to take, as we can often coordinate efforts between our SERVPRO management and your insurance adjuster. You need the right information about what services are covered and what out-of-pocket expenses you might expect moving forward.

As unnerving as it might be to find a lower level of your home contending with several inches of standing water, our SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning team has powerful extractors like our sump pumps and truck-mounted options to help. We also have rapid drying solutions to help us get to cleaning and disinfecting contaminated areas of your home as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at 951.922.2900.

Are You Aware of These Types of Mold Lurking on Your Property?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Damage? Call SERVPRO Today!

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Commercial Mold Remediation for Local Businesses

Beaumont/Banning business owners may be well aware that mold exists in some form in every indoor space. Still, they may be surprised at both the variety of indoor molds as well as the tenacious nature of this microbial growth. All molds need to thrive in any given environment are moisture and oxygen. Without thorough professional remediation, mold can cause health effects, affect indoor air quality, and damage assets and structural materials.

SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist businesses in Beaumont/Banning with emergency-response commercial mold remediation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. SERVPRO technicians receive extensive training and education on dealing with mold damage per restoration industry standards and use sophisticated technologies to this end, including:

  • HEPA filter vacuums that can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns in size.
  • OSHA-approved, EPA-registered biocides that mitigate both mold and odors.
  • Air movement and dehumidification equipment used in tandem with moisture measurement tools to return surfaces to normal humidity levels.
  • Odor control equipment handled by certified technicians to mitigate odors from mold and water damage.

Common Types of Mold in Residential Structures

  • Acremonium. This mold goes from small, moist deposits to becoming a widespread powdery pink, gray, white, or orange. Acremonium tends to thrive in small spaces like cooling coils, drain pans, window seals, and humidifiers. It can also grow alongside other strains of mold, including black mold.
  • Alternaria. Alternaria is easily one of the most common indoor molds to be found in residential buildings. It tends to accumulate in sinks, bathtubs, and similarly wet areas. Sometimes the presence of this furry dark green or brown mold can indicate water damage in your facilities.
  • Ulocladium. This black-colored mold, which is not what we know as “black mold,” tends to live in high-moisture areas that have previously suffered water damage, including basements and bathrooms. Contact a professional to inspect the mold on your property.
  • Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys is the name given to black mold, a microbial growth indicative of severe or long-term water damage. Black mold is slimy and can vary in color between dark green and black.
  • Penicillium. This blue-green, velvety mold spreads easily through the air and in ventilation systems but tends to proliferate the most in porous surfaces that have endured water damage. Common locations for penicillium growth include wallpaper, mattresses, and upholstery.

If you notice a proliferation of these or of other types of mold on your property, professional remediation is a must for preventing the spread of spores and keeping tenants and staff safe. Keep in mind that many buildings typically contain more than one type of mold, and careful inspection and remediation is necessary to keep each one from spreading.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold While Preventing Spores from Spreading

SERVPRO’s mold remediation techniques focus on the following:

  • Establishing containment measures such as sealing entryways and implementing negative air pressure machines to limit mold’s ability to travel through the air or to other areas of your property.
  • Removing unsalvageable, mold-affected materials from the property. These items are typically porous, including carpeting and drapes.
  • Cleaning mold off of nonporous surfaces and other salvageable items with EPA-registered biocides and removing large, solid mold deposits.
  • Eliminating settled mold spores of surfaces until there is no risk of them spreading through the air during drying.
  • Drying the mold-affected structure with air movers and dehumidifiers to eliminate the moisture that allowed the mold to thrive in the first place.

Drying is monitored with a variety of moisture measurement tools, including penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters. Infrared imaging is also used to detect moisture damage behind walls or under flooring that may also house or become an ideal environment for mold growth.

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning wants to keep your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call 951.922.2900 for emergency response mold inspection and remediation.

Signs Water Damage Repairs Are Needed In Your Bathroom

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning will help you determine what your home needs after water damage.

Water Damage Repairs For Your Beaumont/Banning Bathroom

Water damage and leaks in your bathroom can be quite costly to repair, as it takes much time to remove and reinstall things already in places such as your toilet, sink, and flooring. Signs of water damage are not always easy to spot, either, so knowing what to look for to prevent bathroom flooding and similar problems are essential. The first signs of water damage can be well hidden and overlooked easily. However, if you discover them in time, professionals like SERVPRO can fix the problem for you without a lot of headaches and costs.

Musty Smells

With no visible problems, a persistent damp smell is a big red flag that your bathroom in your Beaumont/Banning home from water home is suffering from water damage. When you can smell this odor even when the bathroom is dry and clean, be convinced that there is moisture building up behind surfaces. You probably have mold growth to go along with it as well. Therefore, you need to call in SERVPRO right away to ensure this problem does not worsen.

Suspicious Walls

Blistering paint or crumbling plaster is just the first step to a disaster that is approaching. If water is dripping behind your walls, a leaking pipe is likely the problem. Drywall feels softer and swells when it absorbs water, and the process is usually slow. If you notice any of this or any cracks or gaps in your caulk or grout, it is time to address this issue of hidden water damage.

Damaged Flooring

Bathroom floors are made to be covered in water, so they stay in good condition unless you have a leak develop. Persistent moisture below the floor, however, creates buckling, cracking, and staining, so if any of this appears in your bathroom, you should be alarmed. The subfloor of your bathroom, usually made of plywood, starts to rot if exposed to moisture, making the floor gradually softer.

Visible Mold

It is usually too late for preventative measures when you see mold growth on walls, in corners, or spreading on the ceiling. It develops from the inside out, so when you can see it, there is just one explanation – you have a leak somewhere. SERVPRO’s professionals can come in and take care of the leak and the mold with special tools and cleaners, so get them to your home as quickly as possible.

These are all reasons why you need to regularly inspect your bathroom, including the shower area, around the sink, and your toilet. Maintain valves and pipes, plus the whole plumbing system, and replace any rusty parts. If your bathroom suffers water damage of any kind, please contact SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning right away. We can be there quickly when you give us a call at 951.922.2900 to fix your bathroom up and make it a haven to wash away the stress of the day again.

What Tools Do Professionals Use for Water Removal?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water Extraction and Drying Hardwood Flooring

When Water Disasters Impact Your Beaumont/Banning Home, We Have Multiple Strategies to Remove Standing Water and Begin the Drying Process 

Removing water from surface materials in your Beaumont/Banning home requires several tools and technologies in our growing inventory of recovery equipment. After a thorough inspection of your property following a disaster, we can identify the most appropriate mitigation and restoration plan for your specific structure. Ultimately, we make these decisions based on the most efficient path to returning your home or business to its original condition. 

The tools and technologies that promote water restoration for homes and businesses can vary significantly from one property to the next. As a leading restoration company for the Beaumont/Banning area, we have a broad assortment of extractors and water removal tools to address both standing water and trapped moisture in porous materials like wood flooring and carpets. 

What Are the Best Tools to Remove Surface Water?  

Standing water can be one of the most destructive effects left behind after a water damage incident. Without quick action, absorption can occur to exposed materials. The removal of standing water is an essential effort to prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction of areas that could otherwise be preserved. Some of the best types of tools for this action include:

  • Pumps – Electric submersible pumps and other units like high-pressure extractors and self-priming trash pumps are vital in different conditions to remove surface water. The effectiveness of these extractors hinges on the depth of the water involved. Under two inches of standing water causes the pumps to lose prime and become less effective.
  • Vacuums – Vacuums are a versatile water removal tool in our arsenal because of their portability. In addition to these units' mobility, wet vacuums are even more useful when combined with various wands and attachments for specific extraction scenarios. 
  • Wands – Special attachments for vacuums in submersible pumps can help resolve specific issues encountered in removing water. Wands are exceptionally beneficial for areas where accessibility is an issue. 

Is Trapped Water Challenging to Remove from Carpeting? 

Thousands of homes have carpeted floors, though the type of material used can vary from one residence to the next. With the likelihood of carpeted floors encountering water damage after a loss incident, our SERVPRO team must prepare for these circumstances. We have multiple tools designed to address these immediate concerns through water removal and drying practices. When approached quickly enough, it is often possible to protect and preserve the carpeting layer, even if the padding underneath must get replaced. Some of the mechanisms that we utilize to recover saturated carpeting include: 

  • Light Wands
  • Carpet Wands
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Floating Carpets 

Is Trapped Water Destructive to Wood Flooring?  

With multiple types of wood flooring, the effect of standing water and absorption on this building material can vary. Our response to these conditions determines the likelihood of preserving these installed materials and reducing the need for tear-out and reconstruction. Often, there are three types of water damage in wood plank flooring. These include surface water, free water, and bound water. The various water penetration states dictate how and if wood flooring can get dried and restored or if controlled demolition is a more cost-efficient approach. There are multiple tools used in the recovery of wood flooring, including: 

  • Floor Drying Mats
  • Tenting
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air Movers 

When Is a Material Too Damaged to Preserve?  

Water exposure can have an undeniable impact on specific sensitive materials like drywall. After only 24 hours of exposure, direct contact of water with installed drywall material promotes swelling, sagging, and collapse. It is the prerogative of responding technicians to evaluate these risks and begin implementing controlled demolition practices whenever necessary to protect the house and the team's occupants. When a material is considered too damaged to leave installed, we can quickly uninstall it and discard the sheetrock to reduce relative humidity and moisture content in the house, leading to mold growth, further water damage, and other concerns. 

It is not always cut and dry what your property needs after a water disaster, but extraction and water removal are often involved in some capacity. Understanding what measures must get taken to return a house to the preloss condition involves the data collected during the initial inspection and evaluation of the property by our project manager. You can count on our SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning team for our fast response with these efficient extraction tools to make water damages "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 at 951.922.2900.

Commercial Properties Require Excellent Water Damage Restoration Results

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of water damage.

SERVPRO Comes to Your Business to Get Started Quickly to Minimize Loss with Water Damage Restoration Services

No matter the industry you are in, commercial properties faced with water damage could be in for a hefty bill and unplanned downtime. To lessen the fallout from an overflowing sink basin or burst pipes, you can call in the help of skilled technicians from SERVPRO. We know how vital water mitigation is when you run a business, so we arrive fast with our fully-stocked Green Fleet so we can get to work. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and take the time to ensure no detail gets overlooked.

Whether you have a restaurant or run an office, operation at total capacity is always your main focus. SERVPRO comes in, ensures the safety of our crew and anyone within your place of business. We perform an assessment that tells our crew chief the best equipment to use and methods that will get to the heart of the water damage in your Beaumont/Banning property. As with any water removal services and drying, we also take time to monitor indoor air quality (IAQ) and relative humidity (RH). Some steps you may see our water restoration technicians (WRT) taking include:

    • Using submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors to pull up as much standing water as possible.
    • Setting up centrifugal air movers and high-capacity fans to control air circulation.
    • Turning on industrial-grade dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the air.
    • Locating hidden moisture pockets with sensors and meters so that we can eradicate them.
    • Performing controlled demolition on an as-needed basis

When you hire SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning for water damage restoration and cleaning services, we make your commercial space “Like it never even happened.” Call us whenever you need us at 951.922.2900.

What to Expect During Fire Damage Restoration in Beaumont/Banning

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire damage to ensure a speedy and efficient remediation process.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Advice and Mitigation of Fire & Smoke Damaged Properties

Fire damage restoration can be a stressful time for any homeowner in the Beaumont/Banning area. You have just experienced a harrowing incident, and it is understandable if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, if you know what to expect during this time, it can be a bit easier to stay on top of things.

Here at SERVPRO, our team of experts strives hard to help you get through fire damage restoration as smoothly as we possibly can. Fire recovery is a multi-step process that takes time and patience. Here are a few things that you should expect from the process.

Assessment of the Damage

Assessing the damage is one of the first steps in restoration. The SERVPRO team of experts assesses the damage by visual inspection and determines the areas that need urgent attention. The team also determines the items that are restorable and the items that are not. Once they have gathered all the information, they provide you with a summary of the findings and also explain the best plan of action. You, and your insurance adjuster, if applicable, have the final say on salvaging or tossing building materials and belongings.

Extent of Cleaning

The SERVPRO team reviews the full extent of smoke, soot, and other fire damage. Our team has the skill set and experience to guide you through every step of the cleaning process. However, you have the final say regarding the extent of the cleaning. We help you to reach an informed decision by providing all the necessary information.

Deodorizing and Ductwork

Deodorizing is a huge part of fire damage restoration. We use ultra low volume and heat foggers that can tackle even the toughest of odors. In case you have a forced air heating system, our experts also examine the ducts for smoke and soot damage and provide you with options to deal with it.

Once you agree to the terms, our skilled professionals get to work and start the process of restoration. The time required for a complete restoration depends on the extent of damage and scope of cleaning.

Call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning today to schedule an inspection at 951.922.2900. Our experts are committed to helping you get your house to pre-fire conditions as soon as possible.

We Answer the Phone, Ready to Help.

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning at 951.922.2900

Here at SERVPRO of ­­­­­Beaumont/Banning, we are available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone, Ready to Help

We understand when you call, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through. SERVPRO of ­­­Beaumont/Banning has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration as the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Here are some of the questions you may be asked:

               Your name and contact information

               Your insurance information (if applicable)

               The street address of the water-damaged home or business

               When did the flooding or water damage occur?

               What caused the water damage (if known)?

               Is there electricity available (on-site)?

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today at SERVPRO of ­­­­­Beaumont/Banning for more information.

When water damage hits your business, SERVPRO is here to help!

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning can be reached 24/7 at 951.922.2900

Water damage does billions of dollars in damage every year. Everything from small pipe leaks to water damage from firefighting efforts, to natural disasters such as floods, can do extensive damage to property. Without extensive mitigation, this can put businesses at risk of mold and other contaminants, which can affect the safety and comfort of your facilities.

If your business requires commercial water removal, the pros at SERVPRO are ready to handle it fast. Our IICRC-certified team has the tools and techniques needed to assist business owners and restoring their property after a disaster occurs. Whether the damage is caused by pipes or other infrastructure issues, this is a crew you can count on to restore your facility to its preloss condition.

Protecting Your Facilities

  • Be vigilant
    • Notice an uptick in water expenses? It may be a plumbing issue. Make sure to regularly inspect your building for damp areas and hire a certified professional to make the fixes required for your property.
  • Prepare for disaster
    • Sandbags, sump pumps, and other preventive measures can go a long way towards protecting your business. Commercial water sensors can also detect and limit the amount of water damage that occurs in your facility by quickly alerting you to damage.
  • Check openings and prepare them accordingly
    • This includes windows, doors, trim, and other gaps and cracks on your property. Use weather-stripping and waterproof caulking, as well as other measures for waterproofing your store.

How SERVPRO Helps Businesses

When SERVPRO comes to your business, they can get started right away on water extraction, drying, and disinfection for your property. If your retail store features carpet and other porous fabrics, SERVPRO back-mounted extractors and rovers can pull moisture out of the carpet and potentially prevent the need for disposal with careful drying. Carpet, in many cases, can be saved from disposal if delamination--that is, the separation of pad from the carpet--has not occurred.

Air movers can be placed every 10 to 16 linear feet at 45-degree angles to dry the walls. If the ceiling is affected, technicians can move ceiling tiles to facilitate the removal of moisture through just a couple of openings. In open areas, plastic sheeting can be used to construct chambers for more effective drying in a contained space.

If disaster does strike, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."