Types of Emergency Home Services and When You Need Them

Restorerz is a leading provider of flood damage cleanup and other emergency home services in the Los Angeles area.  Knowing what to do and who to call before an emergency occurs is best.  In describing the types of emergency home services, we’ll identify subtle and obvious signs to look for. The following descriptions will also help you decide when to call for help (and avoid panicking).

Flood Damage Cleanup

Flood damage can occur due to a burst pipe or excessive rainfall. Water can do an overwhelming amount of damage in a short time, from soaking furnishings and building materials to causing mold and structural damage. Contaminated water, or “Category 3” water, can contain bacteria, chemicals, and other hazards. A professional can help with flood damage cleanup, perform structural drying, remove debris, and salvage the contents of your home.

Call a professional when:

  • The Ceiling Is Leaking: The source can be a leaky pipe above or a damaged roof. Place buckets and plastic sheets under the leak and call for help.
  • A Plumbing Fixture Overflows: If a toilet overflows, turn off its water valve and look for issues in the tank. Turn off any sink or bathtub that overflows or the main water valve if necessary. Call a professional if you can’t stop the flow.
  • The Basement Floods: Never enter a flooded basement. Instead, call your electrical and gas companies and a flood damage cleanup professional. 
  • A Pipe Bursts: Common and potentially devastating, a burst pipe can unleash a torrent of water. Shut off the main water supply and call for help from a plumber and cleanup expert. But don’t ignore a dripping faucet either; it can precede bigger problems.

Emergency Plumbing Services

The above situations constitute plumbing emergencies. Another reason to call for help is if your water heater is not working. If you’re only getting cold water or your water heater is leaking, rusty, or releasing rusty, muddy, or orange-colored water, you’ll need a professional to address it ASAP. Bad odors in the water, strange noises from the unit, or standing water around it are also emergencies.

Another emergency is a gas leak. Natural gas can cause illness or an explosion. Call a plumber for immediate help if your house smells like sulfur, there’s standing water with bubbles, dirt is blowing around near a gas line, or there’s a roaring or hissing sound. If you suddenly feel nauseous, dizzy, or have a headache, this is a sign of a gas leak, so call for emergency help. Restorerz can then help with any pack-out/storage, board-up, or restoration services you need.

Sewage Cleanup

A sewage backup can cause expensive damage and contain hazardous pathogens. It’s a smelly situation you can’t ignore. In addition to an immediate resolution to the cause, you’ll need a professional cleanup crew to clean and sanitize floors, carpets, furniture, and any belongings that come into contact with wastewater. At Restorerz, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified team is available 24/7 to provide safe, code-compliant sewage cleanup.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Fire causes extensive damage and destruction, but smoke can lead to more damage than many think. The residue in soot is acidic. It can stick to any surface and cause corrosion and permanent staining. Odor elimination is an important part of the process, as smoke molecules can embed in carpets, furniture, clothing, and air ducts. After a fire in your home, our technicians have various ways to remove odors and restore your property and belongings.

Crawl Space Cleanup

Homeowners often overlook their crawl space, but an issue here can spread to other parts of your home. Call a crawl space professional if your ground floor plumbing leaks, musty odors are present, or after a heavy rain storm or flood. Flood or rainwater collecting in a crawl space can lead to odors, high humidity, rotting, foundation damage, and increased heating and cooling costs.

Pack-Out Services

We’ll remove items from your home, take a detailed inventory, and place everything safely in our climate-controlled storage facility during the restoration process. Water damage, a fire, landslide, or other disasters can require emptying your property until restoration is complete. Pack-out must be done quickly to ensure as much as possible is salvageable. 

Board Up Services

Exposure to the elements can further damage your home following a disaster. Board-up service and tarping protect your property before windows can be replaced and roofs can be repaired. It can also prevent storm damage, vandalism, and property abandonment or foreclosure.

Contact Restorerz Today

We use the latest tools and technology to handle any type of emergency home service. No matter the size or scope of your emergency, our technicians and customer service staff will ensure your home receives prompt and effective care. The sooner you receive help, the more likely subsequent damage can be minimized. Therefore, our team arrives in 60 minutes or less. To request immediate assistance, call 323-402-6156.

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