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SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea Cleans Up For Church!

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/  Brea Cleans Up For Church! On this project, our strengths in storm and water restoration as well as in mold remediation made SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea the right choice!

It’s not exactly like the headline sounds, but we’re still proud of how things came out.

During our last round of rain, the roof over the daycare center that’s annexed to a Christian church in Anaheim Hills started to leak and four about four days, the rain just built up inside the building, overflowing into four adjacent rooms.

The custodian at the daycare center reached out to their insurance company, and as often happens, was promptly referred to SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea.

Our Project Manager, Jonathan, was on-site within forty-five minutes of our receiving the call.  Jonathan is one of our best Project Managers.  He can identify the most efficient path towards a restored building as well as he can comfort a worried custodian.  His patient, methodical, step-by-step explanation of our approach was very effective in helping the customer understand that the worst was already over. 

We began by extracting the pooled water.  Then we removed the base boards and removed drywall in most of the daycare center.  Four days of standing water had saturated the drywall, soaking the wood studs.  Unfortunately, in that amount of time, mold had begun growing as well.

Mold remediation is also an area where we excel, and we often encounter this work in water damage or storm damage situations.  Mold remediation is not something that should be done by people who have not been trained.  It’s more complicated than what ‘meets the eye’.   Perhaps the trickiest thing about mold is that unless the right precautions are taken, its tiny spores (part of the reproductive stage of its life-cycle) will go air-borne through the air currents present in any structure.  As soon as they find the right environment (wood fibers and moisture)  the spores take hold and mold begins growing on the new surface.  Second, special protective clothing and masks must be worn by the person/ people doing the remediation work.  Coming into contact with mold, or inhaling mold may affect your health.  We have the experience and training and very importantly, the right chemicals and machines.

Another major task was pulling the water from the carpeting that was in part of the daycare center.  Because of its placement in the center, it had not received as much water as the rest of the structure.  Using a LAM/ floating floor we were able to pull the water out of the carpeting and it was salvageable.

In total, this job took us about four days to complete.  During that time, the church was intent on keeping its daycare service operating so as not to disrupt the lives of the parents and children who depend on that service.  Our workers were very careful to plan the work and stage the equipment in ways that allowed concurrent restoration work with their operations.

SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea is the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California.  We got this way because we’re very good at two things.  One is restoration work.  The other is caring for our customers.  We approach every job with our six company values firmly in mind.  They include:

  • Knowledge: Our training and experience instills trust and confidence.
  • Integrity: Faithful execution of our commitments. Our word is our bond.
  • Relationships: Earning your trust t every opportunity through compassion, fairness and excellence.
  • Consistency: We’re only as good as our last job.  Our high standards set your expectations.
  • Urgency: We are there when disaster strikes and you need us now.
  • Cleanliness: Committed to restoring safety and health to your environment, giving you peace of  mind.

Need more confirmation?  Check out our customer testimonials at https://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

Testimonial Letter - Hurricane Michael

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Testimonial Letter - Hurricane Michael Photos from Mrs. Gonzalez' restoration project. Rain and mold damage meant demoing all the drywall and stripping out all the carpeting and padding.

This fall, like many people across the nation, we were watching the news with concern as news of Hurricane Florence and the damage it did to North Carolina and Florida was shown on the news.  SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has sent our team members to hard-hit regions before.  We knew that our talents and expertise would be important this year, too.

As soon as we could, we packed up several trucks, and sent our licensed, certified and crew of technicians on a cross-country trek to bring a little sunshine to these hard-hit areas.  We were able to help a lot of people during the month that we were there.  The following letter is a testimonial from someone who wanted to share her gratitude with us.  We wanted to share it with you.

To Whom it May Concern:     I would like to tell you what a wonderful, kind, considerate and professional crew you have. My name is Stephanie Gonzales. My family was one that was impacted by Hurricane Florence. I am a nurse who was locked in during the hurricane at NHRMC. After spending a week locked in at the hospital, I returned home to discover that my house had been damaged by wind driven rain. My husband and sons had gone to my parents house to ride out the storm and stayed there because of the power outages. When I went to inspect the damage, we discovered that mold had already begun to grow on the master bedroom wall. I took all the right steps, I immediately went to my insurance company to start a claim, I went to the storm recovery area and signed up to get someone to come tear out the damaged part of my house. Now, I waited, and waited and waited. The company originally contacted by my insurance company called me once and I never heard back from them. It took more than another week to get power back on because our substation was under water. The tear out teams were back logged, so I waited some more. I finally heard from the tear out team from Missouri only to find out that because I had insurance they would not do my tear out. I was devastated. I asked my insurance agent what to do next and was given another company for tear out and also permission to get whoever I needed to get my house repairs started. After finding out the latest recommended company was not taking on new clients I saw the SERVPRO truck parked across from BB&T. I made the best call of my life! I gave my information to the call center who would give my information to the project manager working in our area. I was to relieved to get a call back in just a couple of days!    This is the beginning of my experience with Cesar Arcila.  Cesar and I exchanged a couple of phone calls as we arranged our schedules to meet up at the house to survey the damage and get an idea of the work ahead. When we met at the house I was wearing a respirator mask because I am allergic to the mold and had already had a very bad experience from the mold exposure with a lesser mask. Cesar was very understanding and we even moved the post survey conference outside so I could remove my mask. Cesar listened to all my concerns and fear about the mold. He was very compassionate and understanding and addressed every concern. When we met Monday to arrange payment and sign papers Cesar again conducted the business outside to limit my exposure to the mold. I was very touched by his concern and understanding. I hung around because I wanted to see that the tear was finally going to happen, not because I doubted Cesar, but because I had waited for seemed an eternity to get anyone to help me. Cesar seemed very understanding and even made sure to introduce me to the team that would be taking care of our home. The men on the team were Edgardo, Santiago, Raul, Angel and Moses. All of them men smiled, shook my hand and reassured me that everything would be ok. When I would stop by to get the mail, if any of the crew was there, they would always stop and smile and greet me.    There was a miscommunication with my insurance company but I gave then Cesar's contact information so they could speak to each other. Cesar made sure to reach out and let me know that he had a discussion with the adjuster and that they agreed the work being done was standard operational procedure and that I was being taken care of.    After the work was completed, I went and inspected and am very comfortable with the work done and that my house is now dry and mold free. I even walked around in the house with no mask. I signed the completion form on line but it would not let me fill-in the rating of SERVPRO but you would have gotten all 10's from me. I had already planned to write a letter to express my thanks to these 6 men. I know they are 3000+ miles from home to help me get back into my home. I do not have the words to fully express what I feel. But I pray for heaps of blessings for each man. I pray for continued success for SERVPRO.    Please make sure a copy of this letter gets into each man's file so they can know the impact they have made on my family's lives. Know that these men and the company they represent turned a feeling of despair and abandonment into one of happiness, gratitude and hope as I start to plan what the finished product will look like. I will have to take after photos so you can see the house fully restored.                                                                                                                                                    Thank you again,                                                                                                                        Stephanie Gonzales

Commercial Damage Restoration Following a Rain Storm in Ranch Cucamonga

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Damage Restoration Following a Rain Storm in Ranch Cucamonga Are you facing water damage in your commercial structure? SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has over a dozen years in restoration.

SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea recently had an opportunity to serve a client in Rancho Cucamonga following a heavy rain storm.

The rain had been so bad that it had actually gone through the structure’s exterior wall, flooding the office.  Cubicles were wet, so was the carpeting, and the drywall.

We sent one of our best project managers, Gilbert, out to meet with the business owner.  We were awarded the business because of the personal touch Gilbert takes with each client.  Like all our technicians, we know that panic can easily set in during a time like this.  We know that the business is what an owner wants to focus on, not a flood.  Certainly, there was no time in the busy owner’s schedule to be shut down for any length of time.  Gilbert won the owner’s confidence that we would quickly and professionally provide the restoration services that he needed.  Within the hour, our team was on site and we were fast at work.

We use only the best technology in our work.  On this project, we used a water extractor and a group of air movers to dry the structure.  Our customer was relieved when we told him we could salvage his carpeting.  However, it was necessary for us to open several walls in order to completely dry out the inner wooden studs.  Failure to do that usually leads to a mold problem as well as additional costs.

Another thing that the business owner remarked about was the care we took of the office equipment, cubicles and tiled walkways where we had to walk in order to perform our work.  We always lay runners down on the floors so as not to track dirt in.  Likewise, wherever necessary, we hung plastic sheeting  to further ensure nothing got dirty.  In cases where we had to move certain equipment, we also carefully moved everything so that it was safe as well as out of the way.

It was definitely a long work day for us.  We arrived at 8:30 in the morning, and finally drove off at 10:30 pm, taking all the demo’d dry wall we’d removed earlier in the day.

Water Damage Restoration – Corona, CA

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration – Corona, CA It doesn't take much to water damage a house. It takes a lot to restore a home. We make our customers make them feel "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has many years of experience and proven success in water damage restoration.  Recently, we came to the aid of a home owner in Corona, CA whose plumbing had failed.  This resulted in pretty extensive flooding in his home, including the living room, entryway, hallway, and two bedrooms.

Gilbert met with the Corona home owner and after providing our estimate and going over the work-plan, we were awarded the job.

Our work at this home included moving many of the home’s contents to the garage.  After measuring the relative moisture of the walls and ceilings, we found we had a lot of drywall demolition to complete.  This work included removing the majority of the ceiling in several parts of the home.  For instance, the master bath ceiling was saturated and we had to demo the ceiling and remove the soaked insulation. 

We brought in eleven air movers and several dehumidifiers to aid us in thoroughly drying the home. 

In total, it took four days to complete our drying work in the home. 

The home owner was wise to call us out immediately following the flood.  Sometimes, owners believe they can save money by attempting to do the restoration themselves.  Unless you are an expert in restoration, we strongly advise against this.  One reason is that the longer your property stays moist, the higher the probability of mold growth.  This will put your family at health risk.  Secondly, the machines we use in our work require training to get the best results.  Third, depending on the age of your home, you may be facing an asbestos risk when you start into the drywall demolition phase. 

We give our customers the confidence and peace of mind that we’re treating their homes and their emergencies as if they were our own.  We take the time to thoroughly explain every step of the process, as we are going through them.  We’ve found that this really gives our customers confidence that we’re totally in control of the situation – even if they aren’t yet.

Mold Remediation In an Anaheim Home

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation In an Anaheim Home This ceiling mold was the tip of the iceberg. Margie Faciana was very happy she called the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea.

A few weeks ago, we had an opportunity to serve a young couple in Anaheim Hills whose home had been affected by a long term bathroom shower leak where seals had given way.  The leak had led to substantial sub-floor water retention.  Because of the long period of time that things had stayed moist, there was extensive mold growth.

During our initial inspection, we’d identified mold growth in the ceiling, and sub-floor which affected the upstairs bathroom and a downstairs bedroom and extensive work was needed to complete this project.  During the project, we had to demolish all the drywall in the bathroom and bedroom to complete our mold remediation. 

Exposure to mold can be a potential health hazard.  Because of this risk, we encourage our customers not to attempt remediation on their own.  In fact, it’s the health risk involved in mold remediation that requires our trained technicians to wear full  HAZMAT suits, complete with air cannisters to aid their breathing. 

The SERVPRO technicians at SERVPRO Yorba Linda/ Brea are all certified experts in mold remediation.  When we perform our services, we will protect your home by using techniques such as erecting negative air-flow containments around the work areas.  These containments prevent the migration of mold spores to other un-contaminated areas of your home.  Industrial HEPA filters filter the air in your home, removing all airborne contaminants (we’re mostly concerned about mold spores in mold remediation cases), to bring the air quality in your home to EPA health standards. 

We use special anti-microbial sprays and wire brushes to scrub all surfaces where mold has grown.  We safely bag all dirt and debris from the remediation in special plastic bags and take the trash with us when we leave the work site.  While we’re on the job, we are very careful to place floor runners over any surfaces where we’ll be working and we cover your furniture and other household items with plastic sheeting to protect it while the job is in progress.

One of our recent customers shared this testimonial about our mold remediation work at their home:

“We recently discovered mold growing in between our garage and a small restroom overhead on the second floor.  I reported it to my insurance company and they sent SERVPRO Yorba Linda/ Brea out to take care of it.  They were very professional and friendly and when the job was finished, everything was left extremely clean and everything put in its right place.  I would use them again.”

— Margie Faciana in Corona, CA

You can read more testimonials about our work in mold remediation as well as our other services by visiting the following web page:  https://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

Mold Remediation in Fullerton, CA

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Fullerton, CA For a dozen years, SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has been helping customers with mold, commercial, water, fire, and storm damage. We can help you too.

Talk about a wet mess!

Mr. and Mrs. Han, in Fullerton, CA had been experiencing a leak in the area behind their stairs which lead to the second floor of their home.  This leak had been running for a period of over two weeks before they realized it.  This is when they phoned in their local SERVPRO heroes at SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea. 

We sent one of our best project managers, Jonathan, to meet with the Hans and perform an inspection/ estimate.  Jonathan found out during his meeting that another restoration company had already been out to provide a quote and a work plan.  We won the job because Jonathan’s expertise and his concern for the customer’s welfare showed through.  In fact, the customer remarked that he felt he’d been well cared for from the first moment he’d spoken with our dispatch department. 

After two weeks of a steady leak, it was necessary to remove an extensive amount of drywall in order to thoroughly dry the hidden studs.  Additionally, the heavy saturation of the carpeting had led to its delamination and we had to tear it out and dispose of it.

Mold grows well in areas that are moist and where wood fiber can be found. Of course, when we exposed the studs, we found a serious amount of mold had already grown.   In order to avoid spreading the mold to other unaffected areas of the home, we set up several containment areas.  A containment is built from special 6 ml plastic sheeting.  Adding a HEPA vacuum filter to the contained area creates negative airflow which prevents any air-born mold spores from traveling through the homes airways where they can colonize other areas.   These HEPA filters scrub the air to safe levels as defined by the EPA.

Since mold is a potential health risk, our technicians wear special HAZMAT outfits which completely cover all exposed areas of their bodies and latex gloves.  They breathe with the assistance of masks and air cannisters.  Most homeowners don’t have this kind of gear, and this is just one reason why we strongly suggest that mold remediation not be something they tackle on their own.

Actual mold removal is done with the use of special anti-microbial sprays and wire brushes which are used to remove mold from all surfaces. 

Once our work is complete, we carefully bag all materials, remove them from the home and deliver them to land fill. 

Like nearly all of our customers, Mr. and Mrs. Han were very content with the work we did for them.  We actually received the following testimonial about their experience with SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea:  “I discovered a mold problem in my HVAC air return and my landlord said to use SERVPRO to do the remediation. This involved not just the remediation, but also completely replacing the furnace, ducting and attic insulation. And it had to be done in a highly compressed five days, with SERVPRO and the contractor working together in a choreographed fashion. It was important for each to do their part at the right time so the other could continue the project. SERVPRO (and Total Comfort, the contractor) did an absolutely fantastic job, and were extremely thorough and professional. I would use (hopefully won't need to!) or recommend them without hesitation. They were also excellent about keeping up communication as the project progressed, so I always knew what was happening.”  You can read more testimonials like this at our website.  Follow this link:  https://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

Water Damage Restoration in Yorba Linda, CA

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage Restoration in Yorba Linda, CA Storm damage at a day care center was no match for your neighborhood restoration team at SERVPRO, Yorba Linda/ Brea.

Recently we got a nice reminder about the old saying regarding rain in California, “It never rains.  It pours.”   For most of us, the rain was a welcome gift – it’s been so dry!  However, for one of our customers in Yorba Linda, it was an example of ‘too much of a good thing.’

A community church and daycare center had suffered some water damage when the roof leaked and the seals around their door frame and windows failed.  Ultimately, four rooms and a hallway were damaged due to the rain. 

Our restoration work included the use of several water extractors, removal of base boards, dry wall demolition, removal of damaged carpeting as well as their laminated, floating flooring.

While we were at work, it was not possible for the church to continue its daycare operations and we knew that this was impacting not just the church, but also the parents who relied on the day care services to care for their children during work hours.  We took a job that easily could have taken six days to complete and finished the work in three days.  Sometimes customers face a choice between speed and effectiveness.  That was not true in this case.  We applied some unique approaches to this project, such as using containments in order to seal off rooms so dehumidifiers and air movers could do their work in less time.  We also used water extractors on this job. 

When it comes to water damage restoration, there are a few things home owners can do to mitigate the damage.  In the event of a plumbing disaster, the first, and most important thing to do is get the water shut off.  Immediately phone your insurance company and start the process of getting a licensed, certified, reliable restoration team to your home ASAP.  SERVPRO has established the reputation for being the premier service firm in its industry over the past thirty years.  Here locally, SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has been in continuous operation for the past twelve years and over that time we have established ourselves as the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California.  Our success demonstrates the exceptional results and how loyal the community has been to us because we always exceed expectations.

Don’t take our word for it though!  Here’s what a recent customer had to say about the water restoration work we did at his home:  “At the end of May, we had a flood in our hall bathroom when a pipe broke.  I couldn’t believe the mess we had.  We had damage in our hallway, bathroom, and a bedroom and bedroom closet.

My neighbor had recently experienced something similar and had a good experience with SERVPRO so I called them too.

Would definitely recommend them to anyone.  Quick, professional, and they went the extra mile to take care of us.”  Phil Meditz, La Mirada.

You’ll find many more quotes, just like that one when you visit our webpage:    https://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

With All Our Experience, We Serve the Community When They're In Trouble.

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage With All Our Experience, We Serve the Community When They're In Trouble. SERVPRO Yorba Linda/ Brea's reputation speaks for itself. #1 in California because we care and because we're the best at what we do.

We watched the news of the approaching nightmare for a week.  As the forecast turned into certainty and certainty turned into devastation, our team at SERVPRO Yorba Linda/ Brea felt a conviction that we had to act.  Sitting this one out was not an option so we filled our trucks with equipment and made the long, continental drive from the west coast where life is mostly warm and calm toward an east coast that was being battered by a massive storm.  

Our team spent three weeks there, helping the victims of hurricane Florence gain a foothold on lives that had suddenly turned upside down.

We met a widow named Cynthia Summerfield on that trip.  Her home had experienced overwhelming mold damage after the rain and flooding her Florida home had experienced and she was that time living in assisted living in a nearby hotel.  Cynthia's health was already compromised; she was constantly dragging on her inhaler to breathe more easily.  The extensive mold that had gripped every room in her home required that we gut her home.  Sections of her roof had been ripped off by violent hurricane winds.  

It took us over a week to complete the work we did there; demolition of nearly all the drywall, spraying all the exposed studs with microbial spray and scrubbing them clean of every last inch of mold.  We had to dry the entire structure.  Her nearly roofless home had to be tarped since the heavy demand for roofer services meant a long delay before anyone would get to her house.  

Mrs. Summerfield needed a friend who would calm her, keep her informed and reassure her that everything was going to work out all right.  

Our project manager, Caesar Arcila, ended up staying at the same hotel our customer was in and they met daily over breakfast for updates.

For us, we know that the 'people end' of the business is as important as the 'technical' side of our work.  SERVPRO Yorba Linda/ Brea has been at it for a dozen years.  We've become the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California.  Our reputation for caring, expert, prompt, and complete solutions to our customers needs has been the key.  

We specialize in restoration services in areas of commercial structures, water, fire and storm restoration and mold remediation.

Mrs. Summerfield wrote us a heart-felt letter of thanks which you can read on our website.  Follow the link.

For all your restorations, we hope you'll let us serve your family or business.  As our SERVPRO promise says, we'll make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Considerations for Commercial Property Owners

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Considerations for Commercial Property Owners Landscape maintenance and building maintenance. Two sides of a single plan to avoid water damage at your commercial property.

Here are a few water damage considerations for Orange County commercial property owners to consider.  From Anaheim to San Clemente, adopt these suggestions to avoid water damage at your commercial property!

Firstly, any water that hits or surrounds your building should have a well-planned route to follow that leads away from the building. 

Think of the grounds around your building and  the structure itself as a single unit.  The crew of people working on the grounds and the folks working on building maintenance should come together as a single team with a holistic view of the property.  If anyone on the overall team should notice a water problem, there should be a clearly known communication path.

Roof Leaks

If landscaping is not properly maintained, water from a rainstorm can actually flow clear up to a roofline by following the vegetation around the building.  This water can even leak behind the siding and flashing where it can eventually penetrate to the interior walls. 

Tree roots can clog underground drain pipes.  For example, at SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea, we’ve had clients who have experienced major sewage seepage caused by choked sewer lines. 

The point is, grounds maintenance personnel can be instrumental in avoiding this type of damage by knowing whom to communicate with and by taking pre-emptive steps to avoid this kind of structural water damage.

Avoiding Damage

Be alert for water flow around the grounds and watch your older trees to see what, if any impact their root systems may be having on the plumbing.  If necessary, take the step of removing or replacing larger vegetation if it becomes a threat to the structure.

Regularly communicate with the landscaping team and your building maintenance personnel and stay abreast of all potential water damage causing hazards.

Parking Lots

A well-planned parking lot will lead rain water away from the building and towards properly placed and maintained drains.   Drain maintenance is very important.  Dirt, leaves and other things that clog the drain pipes can foil even the best planned drainage system.  To keep your drains cleared, follow these useful tips:

Routine inspection and maintenance

Watch out for standing water.  Water that collects around a drain is a good indicator that you have blockage that needs clearing.

Irrigation Systems

Lawn sprinkler systems can be easily damaged by mower blades or other maintenance equipment.  Sprinkler systems with broken heads can create flooding, especially since a lot of these systems are timed to work at night when no one is around to notice faulty operation.  Standing water in isolated places around the lawn or other places is a red flag that you may have this problem.

Corrective Actions

Regularly inspect the irrigation system by walking the property and looking for broken heads or standing water. 

Manually run the irrigation system and watch out for ‘geysers’ that stem from broken water pipes. 

Make needed repairs on a timely basis.

Time to Re-think Your Property’s Landscaping?

Many properties in Southern California were planned in times when water was not as scarce as it is becoming in this era of climate change.   Older landscaping plans require significant amounts of water.  Reducing your watering requirements is also a good way to reduce the risk of water damage to your structure(s).  Newer landscaping plans reflect the fact that Southern California is a desert and property owners are installing more desert-scape and even decorative hardscape around their property. 

Even with the best planning efforts, accidents and disasters still happen.  When the threat of water damage becomes an actual problem, it’s important to have a partner you can rely on.  SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea has been helping commercial and residential customers with water damage restoration for over eleven years.  Over that time, we’ve become the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California.  Commitment to our core values – integrity, knowledge, sense of urgency, consistency, and cleanliness – have helped us achieve this position that we do not take for granted. 

You can learn more about what our clients have said about our work at http://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

Need immediate assistance?  Call us at 714-701-0207.

We’ll make you feel “Like it never even happened”!

Dealing with Storm Damage

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Southern Californians may be dealing with more storm damage in the winter of 2018/ 19.    Temperatures will be colder than usual this year and we’re expecting more rain. 

El Nino weather is predicted for the winter of 2018/19

The National Weather Service is predicting that 2019 will be an El Nino year and temperatures in Southern CA will be colder than usual.  In normal El Nino years, the general effect on California is increased rainfall with accompanying floods, landslides, and coastal erosion. The effects are variable across the state and are more predictable in Southern California.

So, if things hold true, we could be seeing a lot more rain than usual in communities like Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and so on.  Knowing what to do in these circumstances will be very important.

Potential Storm Damage and Water Damage

Storm Damage

With colder temperatures, hailstorms may be prevalent.  Ranging from pellet-size to softball size, hail can do expensive to correct damage.  For instance, dents and dings on cars, roofing/ shingles and other parts of the home and property. 

Often, wind storms can create more damage.  The fall is usually our windiest time of year when the Santa Ana winds can blow at more than 80 mph, damaging roofs, trees, and more.  If undetected, roofs that are damaged in the fall, can be leak problems when the rains hit and rain creates interior water damage.  Following the heavy winds property owners should check for:

  • Missing shingles, shutters or pieces of siding
  • Blown out windows
  • Cracks, chipping and splitting in siding, stucco, paint or wood
  • Dings and dents on roofing, siding, door frames and windowsills/windowpanes

Water Damage

Water damage might be harder to identify because it doesn’t always show up like we think it could.  Look for visible signs such as

  • Water spots or discoloration on ceilings
  • Walls or surfaces
  • Soggy and/or expanding wood
  • Leaks in the ceiling or roof
  • Damp, musty odor (indication of mold growth)

What to Do Next

If you suspect you’ve got storm-related damage, the best thing to do is call SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea.  We’ll come with a sense of urgency and provide you a complete consult and estimate for the restoration services.  In many cases, we’ll help you contact  your insurance provider, if you haven’t already called them.  Most of our work comes from provider references, we work with all the major carriers. 

As soon as we’re given the green light, we’ll start the drying out process.  Because mold thrives in wet or moist conditions, it’s important to act immediately.  Also, in many cases, we can avoid things like wood paneling and flooring from warping.  Water extractors are used to completely drain any standing water.  Air movers are used to thoroughly dry carpeting, walls, ceilings etc.  If the interior of your walls has become wet, we provide demo services to expose the studs and hasten the drying out time.    If mold growth has already started, we will build air-tight containments around any spaces where it exists to prevent spores from being disturbed and moving to other locations of the house through your structure’s airways.  These  containments are part of larger engineering controls which also include special HEPA filters that clean the air to EPA standards.    

SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea is the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California.  We’ve achieved this by being committed to important company values.  We treat every customer’s disaster with urgency.  Our technicians are certified; you’ll be serviced by highly experienced and knowledgeable experts in restoration services.  We are consistent in the quality of our work because we know our reputation depends on it.  Our integrity is our most valuable asset.  We don’t over-promise or under-deliver.  When we make you a promise, you can count on it.

Find out more about what our customers have said about our work by visiting our testimonials page:  http://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

Need immediate assistance?  Call us at 714-701-0207.

We’ll make you feel “Like it never even happened”!