How to Dry Out Soaked Carpeting and Padding in a Flood in Ocean Beach, CA

Technician riding a weighted extractor to remove water from carpet and pad.

Flooding on carpeting in Ocean Beach, CA occurs very frequently. Many of the homes in OB have carpeting not only on the first floor but also the second and third floors in multi-level homes / buildings. There are better ways to dry out and save the carpeting in these cases other than replacing the carpeting. And there are considerations other than wet carpeting to pay attention to when dryout out the area (i.e. perimeter wet drywall, cabinetry, furniture, etc). The first step in most flood … [Read more...]

How to Cleanup Sewage from a Backed Up Toilet in Pacific Beach, CA

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Many homes in Pacific Beach are prone to backed up toilet overflows. Some of it has to do with the age of the homes in Pacific Beach, some of it has to do with poor upkeep of the drain lines, some of it has to do with the overgrowth of tree roots into drain lines, etc. We get consistent calls from the Pacific Beach area in San Diego County, CA for cleaning up and drying out sewage water in this area of the County. The first thing to know is that there are millions of parasites, bacteria, … [Read more...]

How to Fix and Dryout a Leaky or Burst Water Heater Flood in Point Loma, CA

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Point Loma is situated in a unique area of San Diego County that makes accessing from long distances to Point Loma difficult for many companies. Our office is located just down the road and we can be on-site immediately to help customers in need. Additionally, we can monitor drying equipment daily and work around customer’s individual schedules to make sure we have access to the house and work around their needs. The first item to take care of for a leaking or broken or flooded water heater … [Read more...]

How to Cleanup a Dishwasher Flood in Coronado, CA

Water coming out of a house's garage

The first step to clean up is to shut the machine off and, if needed, turn the water off to the home to stop further flooding. Most homes have a main water shut off. Many are located in garages or near water heaters. If that can’t be located or you are part of a condo, you can also shut the main valve off from the street. It looks like a small rectangular metal cap near the curb, in most cases. The size is similar to a notebook when you are looking down on it. Open it and turn the valve … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prevent Flood Damage in Homes

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1. Water supply valves:  check your supply line valves yearly by a plumber (bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc) 2. Water supply hoses:  use metal braided supply hoses instead of lesser quality plastic hoses (toilets, washing machines, etc) 3. Drip pans:  use a drip pan with an attached drain line for hot water heaters & reverse osmosis water purifiers 4. Slab leaks:  older homes in San Diego County may have had water supply lines put into the concrete slab of the home.  These … [Read more...]

How to Build Containment for Flood Restoration & Dust Control In San Diego County

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Containing dust and debris during restoration work is a top priority for us. We realize that most times during restoration work that there are occupants of the building or home that need access while we are doing the work. Additionally, containing the area of the work eliminates contamination of the rest of the building. Containment also expedites the drying process when done correctly as well as makes for a safe work environment for workers. See the photos below of example containment areas … [Read more...]

Restoration: Detect Water Leaks, Dry Floods, & Contain Dust in San Diego

water flood dryout video overviewing containment setup and example flood issues in homes

Detecting water damage in homes can be frustrating for homeowners. Sometimes it is an issue where a pipe was placed into a slab when a home was built and a rupture happens and causes a slow or sudden flood of water from seemingly nowhere. Other times it can be a slow or fast leak around a shower supply line or drain line around the bottom and percolating to the perimeter. Water is going to seek the path of least resistance. Therefore, many times water appears in areas that don’t make common … [Read more...]

How to Detect Water Moisture in a House

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This video overviews the use of different water moisture detection meters that we use for finding, locating, and removing moisture & harmful contaminants from homes. Some example areas that can be detected with these meters but may not be seen by the naked-eye are: Wet ceiling drywall / insulation Soaked carpet Slowly moving water under walls and partitions Crawlspace flooding and high humidity Water behind walls and ceilings Source of water intrusion from a pipe or exterior … [Read more...]

Emergency Tips: What to do after a flood.

As a homeowner, experiencing a flood can be a scary and intimidating experience. If your property is experiencing the effects of a flood you can feel helpless against its damaging powers. After a flood, act quickly to minimize the long term damages and begin the road to recovery. Follow these emergency flood tips to bounce back quicker after your home has experienced a flood. Beware of Hazards Before beginning to clean up it is important to ensure that their are no potentially dangerous … [Read more...]

Dirty air ducts.

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Why you should get your home air ducts cleaned There are many reasons why it is important to have your air ducts cleaned. The air that is is flowing through all of our homes is said to be dirtier and full of more allergens and pollutants than the air outside. It is a good idea to have the ducts that carry the air through our homes cleaned regularly to ensure the health of everyone breathing the air inside the home. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why a homeowner would choose to have … [Read more...]