When you’re facing a Los Angeles home or business water damage disaster, know that you are not alone. You need professional water damage restoration services to take care of the overwhelming number of things that need to be done. Many are highly technical and insurance policies require proper mitigation treatments, otherwise they won’t cover potentially expensive secondary damage. We’re a fully licensed locally owned and operated highly experienced in full damage service restoration, A-Z. Our damage restoration technicians are highly trained, experienced, and hold numerous specialist certifications such as IICRC , CRA .
We are the experts when it comes to water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and mold remediation services in Los Angeles, California. We also provide 24 hour leak detection services to track down those hidden problems. With one call you can regain some peace of mind knowing that countless tasks are being taken care of properly and professionally. Delayed or improper treatment can make matters worse. That’s why we provide fast dispatch and swift arrival throughout the Los Angeles area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as in Riverside and Ventura.
Without a doubt the kitchen is probably the wettest room in your home, and, most prone to water damage. More so than even the bathroom, which sees sporadic use, the kitchen faces an almost constant onslaught from spills, sink overflows and appliances. Many people adhere to the idea that prevention is the best way to nip problems in the bud and this is never more true than it is in the kitchen. Here we will review five simple do it yourself steps that you can use every day to monitor the water in your kitchen and take care of minor water damage problems before they become a major crisis.
1. Check the Fridge. A study by Home energy magazine found that the average refrigerator door gets opened a staggering 42 times per day. While you may not open your fridge quite that often, take a few minutes while you’re there to examine the floor around the base of the refrigerator. Once a month or so take the extra time to pull the unit away from the wall and check the connections. Many people do this while they are cleaning the floor behind the refrigerator. All in all, the entire process only takes 15 minutes and those few minutes a month will help you check for any potential problems. If connections are loose, tighten them. If the hose that runs from your water to your ice maker looks worn with age, replace it.
Step 2: Monitor the oven. The oven or stove is usually the last place you think to look when it comes to possible water damage. But pots boil over and other accidents happen. Because the stove is flush against the wall, and usually surrounded by countertop, any water that does leak down the side or underneath it is usually unnoticed until it begins to do some damage. Routinely make a point of pulling out your oven and examining the floor and surrounding areas. Looking at the floor surrounding the oven when it is in place will also allow you to see any potential problems. Just as with the refrigerator, you are looking for warped or discolored tiles which can indicate that water has become trapped between or underneath them.
Step 3: Clean Those Countertops! At the end of the day, once the dinner is done and you are putting the kitchen back together, many people make a habit of wiping down the counters. Here again, it is easy to allow for a few extra minutes to thoroughly clean and dry the area directly around the sink. Pay special attention to the backsplash area located directly behind your sink. If the grouting, sealant or tiles look discolored, warped or degraded by age dry the area thoroughly and repair or replace anything with evidence of water damage.
Step 4: Get the Air Moving. Most kitchens are equipped with ventilation fans, usually located over the oven. If you have them, make sure to use them, especially when you are cooking. This will help to keep air circulating and prevent condensation from the steam of boiling pots and pans. Clean the grate and blades regularly to minimize wear to the motor.
Step 5:Take Care of Your Dishwasher. If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher in your kitchen, make sure to maintain it regularly. As with your other appliances, visually inspect the flooring and cupboards directly around the dishwasher and look for any areas that appear to have been damaged by water. Also watch the seals on the dishwasher itself, which can often get old more quickly than the rest of the machine and are usually fairly easy to replace yourself.
By following these simple steps to spot and address water damage repair before it becomes a bigger problem you will be saving yourself an amazing amount of hassle and money down the road. Each step only adds a few minutes to your daily routine and even monthly checks and maintenance account for an hour or so of your time. All in all it accounts for next to nothing when compared to the amount of time large scale water damage can do.
It never fails here in Los Angeles CA, we always get several days in the year when we get a torrential down pour. It seems as if that is always the day the power goes out and the sump pump fails. Water restoration is a large part of restoration services provided by companies like ours. Many homeowners think that they can clean up water damage by themselves without thinking about how the dampness will affect the area. What many people don’t understand is that water can stick around and create mildew and mold. Even after it feels dry to the touch areas can still be damp. When not thoroughly dried through water restoration techniques, severe damage can occur.
If your home or business is affected by water damage the best first step is to call your insurance company and have a water cleanup company come out and assess the damage. Here are some tips to help you as a homeowner to help in the restoration of your home.
It cannot be overemphasized that water damage will usually require the services of a professional cleanup crew. Till such time, here are some things to do, and not to do:
1) The first step is to dehumidify the area. As long as the area is no longer submerged in water and has been cleared to be safe by an electrician you may start running dehumidifiers.
2) Open up the house and have fans circulating the dry air.
3) It is important to soak up as much water as you can. Use a mop or old towels to sop up as much water as you can. Blotting carpet is also an effective way to remove large quantities of water.
4) All furniture pieces should be dried off. Wood and fabric both should be thoroughly dried. Items such as cushions and knick knacks removed and safely stored until a professional has checked the furniture to make sure it has thoroughly dried. Remember the touch test does not work. Often furniture will feel dry to the touch because the surface is dry. This does not mean the inner parts are completely dry.
5) Wood blocks should be made that will be used to prop up furniture while it is drying. If you wrap the blocks in aluminum foil this prevents staining on carpet.
6) All floor coverings that are loose should be removed taken to a professional to be cleaned and dried. Bacteria will find a host in these areas and should be cleaned properly to prevent any bacteria from the flood water to grow and reproduce in your rugs.
7) All drapery should be lifted from the floor. If it has become wet it is best to take it down and allow a professional to clean them.
8) All furniture, cupboards and drawers that can be opened should be. It is important to let those areas thoroughly dry out by removing all the contents and letting them air out.
9) Books can be dried out by laying them out open and making sure the air is circulating in the area that they are drying in.
10) It is important not to use a normal household vacuum to remove the water. You will ruin your unit. It is best to leave the water extraction to the professionals. If you need to remove a small bit of standing water and it cannot be done with a mop or towel and wet/dry shop vacuum is the best tool for the job.
11) Electrical units should not be plugged in any area that is still wet or that has standing water.
12) Leave carpet that is tacked down in place. Professionals have equipment that can clean and dry your carpet thoroughly.
Damage can occur through water and bacteria settling in to your household items. Do not wait to call water restoration professionals in to your home to begin working on getting your home restored and functioning normal. Bacteria starts forming within minutes so it is important to call your insurance company and have them send someone out immediately to get your home dry. Water restoration professionals can ensure that your property is secured and restored.
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