Recent Water Damage Posts

Buckled Floor

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Caring for hard wood and laminate flooring can be difficult at times. You must limit the amount of water used when mopping the surface of the floor and you should immediately clean up any spills that may occur. One of the reasons it is important to avoid any type of liquid, is because leaving a liquid on the surface for an extended period of time can lead to “buckling” also known as “edge-warping. Floor “buckling” or edge- warping” is very noticeable. You can tell that a floor has buckled when you begin to notice a rugged or bumpy feeling as you walk or feel the floor.

Ways to prevent floor “buckling”

  • Limit water usage when wiping or mopping the floor
  • Clean spills immediately
  • Avoid using cleaning products that can saturate the floor
  • Do not place plants that must be watered on a daily basis on the floor
  • Be cautious of pets urinating on the floor

Are you prepared?

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

No one ever expects to experience water damage in their home or place of business. Unfortunately, disasters happen when you least expect them. At SERVPRO of Pasadena North we understand that water damage can be stressful on you and your family. That is why we do our best to take that pressure off of you, by providing you with an Emergency Ready Profile.

You do not except a pipe to burst in your home or place of business. However, you can be proactive and stay prepared in the event that it does. At SERVPRO of Pasadena North we can help you in your efforts of staying prepared by providing you with a FREE Emergency Ready Profile.   

What is a  SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile?

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is designed to provide you with all the critical information needed in order to begin mitigation and recovery services. 

The advantages of having an Emergency Ready Profile are:

  1. A no cost assessment of your facility or home. (FREE)
  2. An easy access profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  3. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  4. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. (HOA ,property managers, insurance agents, etc...)
  5. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve location, priority areas and priority contact information.    

So now is the time to let us help you prepare for a disaster. 

For more information please call SERVPRO of Pasadena North at (626) 447-4111.

Restore vs. Replace

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Pasadena North we strive to, "Restore vs Replace" whenever possible. One of the ways we achieve this is by drying in place. Instead of removing hardwood flooring that has sustained water damage, we use the Floor Mat System to quickly and effectively dry the affected material.

When water seeps into hardwood flooring if not addressed immediately and properly, this will result in floor buckling. The next steps of drying the hardwood floor are crucial because this determines whether or not we can salvage the floor.To avoid this from occurring we place drying floor mats and tent the affected area with our state of the art drying equipment. 

The benefits of having our equipment set up as soon as possible allows for us to restore instead of replace. Our goal at SERVPRO is to leave it, "Like it never even happened."

Flooded Basement

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

A homeowner in Pasadena, CA called SERVPRO concerning a water loss due to a fire sprinkler pipe that broke. As a result, four feet of water flooded the basement, affected the walls and content that were also in the basement. Our SERVPRO technicians knew exactly what to do. We first endured the customer that we had everything under control and we restore all content and completely dry out the basement. We did exactly that! Extracting the water comes first, we must then cut and dry the walls to make sure there is no moisture left, because then mold can start to grow. While the walls are being dried, we move onto to the contents. The contents were papers that had value to the homeowner. With extreme caution and the right equipment, we were able to restore all the content with out destroying it.

SERVPRO of Pasadena North just wants to remind you that we do water remediation services as well as content drying. 

Faulty Fire Sprinkler System

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Imagine coming home after being on vacation with the family just to be given this horrible surprise! Well, that's exactly what happened to our customer. This loss was caused by a faulty fire sprinkler system. To make matters worse the homeowner had just purchased the home prior to leaving to their destination however, they acted swiftly and contacted us. Our crew was able to be onsite within the hour of being notified of the loss and quickly jumped into action.

With the home having high moisture levels, our crew was able to effectively dry the structure within 5 days. By doing so we were able to save the structure from experiencing secondary damage such as mold. We at SERVPRO of Pasadena North do our best to achieve the industry standard of  drying within 3-5 days.

Discovering a Leak

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Having a leak in your home or business can be very stressful, especially when the leak has gone unnoticed for an extended period of time.

Our technicians here at SERVPRO of Pasadena North have special thermal imaging equipment  that can detect the non-invasive moisture in your home or business. This helps find the main source of the leak without creating unnecessary damage to the structure. 

Water damage that you can not see is the most dangerous because it can spread without your knowledge. Pipes usually aren't exposed, making it difficult to detect when there is a leak.

Trying to identify where the problem is on your own may be difficult, as well as attempting to mitigate the damage without any help from a professional. Here are some tips on what you can do before SERVPRO heroes arrive:

    • Shut off the water valve leading to the pipe.
    • Stop the leak until you can repair or replace the pipe.
    • Turn on the faucets, to drain water left in the pipes.
  • Call SERVPRO of North Pasadena (626) 447-4111

Commercial Building Sewage Loss

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

This loss was caused by a sewage backup that originated from a floor drain in the janitor's closet. The water migrated to a vacant office adjacent to where it started, and it also seeped through the flooring, affecting a kitchen and hallway in the lower level. Our SERVPRO technicians, who are trained and certified, arrived onsite and quickly assessed and addressed the situation. The first step in dealing with a sewage backup is extracting all standing water. Following the extraction of all water, any porous materials that is affected must be disposed of. Carpet, walls, and contents are a few examples of materials that need to be discarded. Using dehumidifiers and air filtration devices, We facilitate dry down of the structure and  minimize further contamination. This process may take anywhere from 3 to 5 days, but this job specifically, reached our drying goal in only 3 days. Make sure to contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Pasadena North, to feel confident that every issue, regarding sewage backups, is taken care of.

If a water or fire damage ever happens in your home or place in business, call us for a free inspection at (626) 447-4111. Our team at SERVPRO of Pasadena North are more that glad to lend a hand.