Restoration Company Red Flags for Laguna Beach/Dana Point Residents

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point recently had the opportunity to go out to a job site in Newport Beach as a consultant for an insurance company. We arrived at the customer’s home to inspect the work of another restoration company that on been on site for several hours. The customer had a supply line to the toilet in the upstairs bathroom burst earlier that day. The water flooded the bathroom and a family room below. The carpet on both levels was soaking wet. The furniture was sitting on the soaking wet carpet.

The restoration company (Service First Restoration) had not even bothered to extract the water from the carpet or move the furniture from the carpet itself. When I asked them why, the technician in charge on site stated that the extractor was too heavy for him to lift by himself.  They had sent over only one technician to the job site. I recommended to the customer to get extraction immediately. Then the story changed. The technician said he didn’t even have an extractor on his truck. He said he would use a “shop vac” to extract the water from the carpet. These “shop vacs” are cheap and inexpensive and never get the job done properly, especially for the large loss this customer was going through at this time. That should have been the first red flag for the insured. The “restoration company” didn’t even have the correct tools to correctly remove the water.

The customer also had an extensive collection of displayed fine China and figurines worth thousands of dollars each. This is where the second red flag was waved. The restoration company didn’t do contents handling. They were going to call another company to handle it for them instead of having their own employees be trained and handle it right away.

Red Flag number three came as an extension to red flag #2; the “contents company” (Alpha) that was being brought on started talking about taking all the contents off site and wanted to bill thousands of dollars to store goods that the homeowner could have stored right on site.

After all of these red flags the customer decided she had enough and asked the other restoration company to leave. SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point took over the project, started extraction of the moisture from the carpet straight away with the correct equipment.  Expertly packing the fine China and figurines and leaving them on site in the customer’s care and to the customer’s liking. We minimized the amount of damage and cost involved. Then we set up containment for drying and dust control and properly dried out the structure. Once this was complete, the restoration and repairs estimate was prepared and executed on time and on budget so as to benefit the customer entirely.

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Laguna Beach Multi-unit Complex Gets the SERVPRO Treatment

Recently SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point responded to a water damage caused by a plumber working on a separate area of the building. The building was a multiunit apartment complex. This plumber was fixing a pipe that had burst in the slab. They had rerouted the line through the walls and had just turned the water back on, when disaster struck. Immediately after he turned the water back on a supply line under the kitchen sink burst, causing it to flood the upstairs apartment and cascaded down into the two apartments below.

The plumber, who also performs water damage restoration, tried to send their crews out and bill the owners insurance company. However, when the claim was reported SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point was dispatched immediately. The restoration crew that the plumber had sent out was not capable of performing the job correctly. They gave no consideration to possible asbestos testing or abatement being needed. In addition, they did not have the correct tools to properly diagnose the extent of the water damage. They simply wanted to cut out all the dry wall in the entire unit and set up lots of equipment to dry the framing. Doing so would have displaced the families in all three affected apartments.

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point was able to help avoid an even larger disaster. We were able to dry most of the affected areas in place as well as prevented the families in the apartments from having to be moved out. This saved the insurance company and the building owner THOUSANDS of dollars in unnecessary expenses. Every day we see plumbing companies trying to start a division which does water damage restoration. Most of these companies do not have the first clue as to how to properly dry down a structure, minimize damage and prevent any further environmental exposures. They seem to think that all you have to do is set up air movers and dehumidifiers and bill the insurance company large amounts of money. So the next time you have a slide of water damage in your building, call the people who know how to get the job done right the first time and don’t have dollar signs in their eyes.

Call today at 949-831-6201 or contact us online here.

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Clean Air Ducts Means Healthier People in Laguna Beach/Dana Point

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. It either is too clogged to get proper ventilation or it is pushing around things that can cause more harm than good throughout the office or home. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating a number of things that cause employees to be at health risk, such as: dust, pollen, odors, dirt/debris and other contaminants.

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point can help with routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment and the people who work or live in the building.

Whenever a cleaning isn’t required, we will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (949) 831-6201 or feel free to contact us here.

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Laguna Beach & Dana Point firefighters: Thank You!

California based natives have to endure hot sweaty summers with the sun blazing down on long hot days while the night’s heat is still smoking throughout the long May through September months. It is too often that we forget that there is some one our community who fight the heat all year round and do so at any given moment. We at SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point would like to take a moment to thank all of our local Firefighters for their hard work, sacrifice and endless effort throughout the year. It is through them and their resources that we are able to better understand fire safety for our community.  Be sure to take a moment to visit the Laguna Beach local Fire Department page here or the Dana Point Fire Department webpage here.

Based upon information from our local heroes, there are four main fire stations in Laguna Beach and two in Dana Point. These six stations work year round to be ready at a moment’s notice in case an emergency should arise, but to be better prepared, these stations went that extra step to care four our community by providing to us a Disaster Preparedness cheat sheet. It does more than cover Fires. It covers earthquakes, emergency safety kits, floods and even those wild fires that happen from time to time. They even make learning safety fun with a special kids zone here.

The Fire Departments in Dana Point take it further to keep us informed on information such as smoke alarms and just what we need to be on the look out for when it comes to use and maintenance. It is all too often that the disasters we encounter are a direct results from the steps in safety not taken. Also through the Dana Point Fire Website you can access information about SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations), which covers health and safety in Dana Point and in the surrounding cities as well such as San Clemente or San Juan Capistrano.

After all is said and done, with all the information provided to us as a community, what it boils down to is that we wants to say THANK YOU! Thank you to all involved in helping our community stay safe. To the fire fighting crews, the dispatchers who take the emergency calls, to the first emergency responders, the volunteers and the online information teams…THANK YOU! We are proud to work with you those endless hours to help keep our communities safe and disaster ready.

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SERVPRO of Laguna Beach Called to Water Damage Site

When a large property manager had a fire sprinkler line crack in a building they manage, they knew to call SERVPRO of Laguna Beach. The pipe had cracked on in the ceiling of the third floor flooding the third level. The water then followed the path of least resistance and found the pipe chases in the concrete floors in between levels. This allowed the water to quickly travel down to level 2 and eventually level 1. As the water reached the ceiling of the level below it quickly began to spread out across the firewalls. It also used the piping from the plumbing and electrical conduit to quickly transport it to other areas of the building. The water cascaded into light fixtures, AC duct manifolds and registers. From there it landed on computers, desks and furniture damaging work product and sensitive documents that were the work of professionals like doctors and attorneys. Fortunately the building engineers were able to shut off the fire sprinklers within 10 minutes of the break.

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach responded in force. Within 20 minutes of getting the call our crews arrived with 9 extraction units to quickly remove the standing water from the carpet and terrazzo flooring systems. Once the major water was removed the electrical systems were checked for safe operation. Fortunately the buildings electrical system was not compromised and we were able to pull auxiliary power from a nearby electrical panel. Once the electricity was secured a project manager walked the job with the building engineer showing him the building materials that had soaked up the water and needed to be thoroughly dried to prevent and inhibit mold growth. A drying plan was constructed and the equipment began to make its way to the building.

Initially refrigerant dehumidifiers and air movers were used to quickly remove the excess humidity in the building. However once they reached their maximum drying efficiency, they were quickly replaced with desiccant dehumidifiers. In addition air movement was reduced as materials reached their moisture equilibrium (fancy word for dry normal).

The property manager was shocked. You see, not too long ago they used to use a company that would always demolish any wet building materials, this would result in expensive demo bills, prolonged restoration projects and upset tenants. The property manager would then have to discount rents in order to appease unhappy tenants. Some were even released from their leases. But why was this job any different? This time they selected SERVPRO to perform the mitigation and drying. At the end of the day, once everything was dry and the repair process was to begin, all that was needed was a few drywall patches and to replace the baseboard. The carpets were then cleaned and the final walk through completed.

How long did it take? From the initial call to completion of the restoration was only 7 days. The tenants were happy, the property manager was happy and the building owners were happy. The property manager remarked “from now on I will only call SERVPRO”.

Here at SERVPRO it’s a pleasure to be part of a team dedicated to making customers happy! Check out our crew here or better yet, see what other happy customers had to say about us here.