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Water damage can be caused by a burst pipe, a backed-up drain, a leaking roof, or a natural disaster such as a mudslide or flooding. In whatever way it occurs, water can cause untold damage to your property and requires immediate action.

Time is of the essence in water damage situations. The first 48 hours are crucial to stop the damage from spreading. At Quality Environmental, Inc., we respond quickly to provide emergency water damage removal in Los Angeles.

Causes of Water Damage

Water damage to a home or commercial building can occur in any number of ways, including:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Leaking water heaters and appliances
  • Sewage backups
  • Overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
  • Flooding from firefighting
  • Mudslides
  • Flooding and storm damage
  • Heavy rainfall

How Serious is Water Damage?

The harmful effects of water damage may go far beyond what meets the eye. Water can break down carpeting and wood flooring. If it is left standing for too long, mold will begin to flourish and spread on wood framing.

Mold can break down fibers further and cause wood to rot, compromising the structural integrity of a building. It can also cause health problems for occupants of the building in the future. Water damage can cause rusting and weakening of foundational metal structures, leading to further structural damage.

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Microscopic mold spores exist nearly everywhere, indoors and out. For this reason, it would be impossible to remove all mold from a home or building. Mold remediation focuses on making a building or home safe from the presence of toxic mold.

Categories of Standing Water

Standing water can be dangerous. It is important to have it professionally removed as soon as possible after flooding occurs. There are 3 categories of standing water:

1st Category

A rare and aggressive from of lung cancer, the sole cause of which is exposure to asbestos

2nd Category

Contaminated water (from a backed-up drain, for example) may contain organic materials or chemicals that pose a serious health risk.

3rd Category

Damage caused by grossly contaminated water is the most dangerous category. This is water that carries harmful bacteria, pesticides, metals, or other hazardous materials. Category 3 water damage requires immediate attention and should only be handled by a certified professional.

Water Damage

Water is essential to our survival, and the extended California droughts have made us realize more than ever how much we depend on it. Ready access to water is a luxury that we can take for granted – more than two billion people in the world do not have clean water at home.

However, as welcome as water is there are places it does not belong. Sinks, pipes, toilets, bathtubs, drains and other fixtures are safe zones. Once water begins to find its way to other places in your home, trouble can follow.

Principal Causes of Water Damage

What are the most common causes of water damage in homes? In some communities in Southern California, the combination of drought and wildfires has destabilized the soil and resulted in devastating damage when rain finally does arrive, as water and mud flood homes.

Even though we’ve seen far too many such incidents in recent years, natural disasters are not the primary cause of water damage. Serious problems can result from every day events, including:

  • Bursting or leaking pipes: These can result from blocked or backed up toilets, malfunctioning garbage disposals or even (rare in California) freezing.
  • Other plumbing problems: A bad joint connection, a small leak that goes undetected for a long period, or other similar issues can lead to damage. Sinks, toilets and bathtubs have the potential to overflow and release large quantities of water that are absorbed by floors, carpets, ceilings, etc.
  • Household appliance malfunctions: Pipes in appliances can rust or crack. Washing machines, hot water tanks and refrigerators can leak, or in worst cases, release large quantities of water.
  • Air conditioning: Your air conditioning system can cause a buildup of moisture if it is not serviced regularly.

Prompt Attention is Vital

No matter what the extent of the water damage to your home may be, once you recognize the problem you can’t afford to wait.

If you have been a victim of a flood or mudslide, it’s vital that you clean and dry your home environment as quickly and thoroughly as possible. You can’t afford the risk of dangerous chemical or biological contaminants remaining in your home, or proliferating in stagnating water.

This is a job for a trained and certified professional who has the equipment and training necessary to restore your home to order. Taking shortcuts in the aftermath of such an event has the potential to set the stage for years of problems in the future.

Any event that releases a significant quantity of water into your home deserves an inspection. Everything make look fine to an untrained eye, but it’s much more cost effective to pay to be sure than to discover months or years later that, unknown to you, a mold colony was formed or wood began to rot.

Quality Environmental Can Help

The technicians at Quality Environmental, Inc. are specialists in building health and remediation of toxic and structural risk. Their training and experience allow them to operate at a level of professionalism and thoroughness that reflect the highest standards for their industry. As a result, they have earned trust and appreciation from homeowners, government facility managers and hospitals throughout California.

Contact us to find out what we can do to address all the issues of home water damage.

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Water Extraction

The water extraction step of the water damage restoration process removes most of the water from your home or commercial building. Our team performs thorough water extraction using powerful pumps to reduce drying time and help prevent secondary damage and mold.

What Is Involved in the Water Damage Restoration Process?

No two situations are exactly alike. At Quality Environmental, Inc. in Los Angeles, we custom-tailor a water damage restoration plan for each individual client.

The first step is a full assessment to determine the type and extent of water damage to your property. Some of the damage may not be immediately visible; however, we highly recommend a 3rd party certified environmental consultant to perform environmental testing with the technology, and equipment to uncover hidden damage.

We will determine what needs to be repaired or replaced and help you process a claim with your insurance company. We will also help you pack up and remove your belongings for safekeeping during the water removal and restoration process.

Once the water has been removed and the damaged areas have been cleaned, our professional team will work quickly and efficiently so you can return to working productively in your place of business or living comfortably in your home as soon as possible.

Trusted Environmental Professionals for Water Damage Restoration

Quality Environmental, Inc. has been in business and expanding for more than 13 years. We are a family owned and operated business that specializes in neutralizing environmental hazards, including fire, lead, asbestos, water damage, and mold.

Our team of environmental professionals has more than 50 years of combined experience in the industry. While the safety and quality of our service is our top priority, we take it one step further to implement safety protocols to help our clients avoid hazards in the future. If your commercial building or home has been damaged by water, we can provide high-quality, professional water damage repair in Los Angeles.

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