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Drying Out Your Los Angeles Home After Flood Damages

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Out Your Los Angeles Home After Flood Damages Our SERVPRO team has the expertise and technology to find the source of your flooding woes.

When Floods Strike Your Los Angeles Home, SERVPRO Will Be There To Help

Your Los Angeles home can take much abuse from Mother Nature in the form of severe weather patterns and systems that roll through the area. The unfortunate truth about these occurrences though, is that your home can begin to weaken in the areas most affected and in direct line with the harsh weather conditions. It is not uncommon to see houses in the area weakening to the point of failure or creating a pressing concern with an immediate need for professional restoration services to protect property and its contents.

When homeowners consider the possibility of flood damages in their Los Angeles properties, many deem the basement to be the likeliest of culprits. While this lower level of your home might be susceptible to these harsher conditions, your roof and siding can also play an instrumental role in allowing rainfall to penetrate the exterior of your house and ruin the contents of your house.

One of the first things that you can expect from our experienced SERVPRO technicians is the location and repair of vulnerable areas. This practice helps to limit the possibility of the same thing happening again after a short period. Once this penetration point gets remedied, our professionals get set out to accomplishing other critical components of the restoration.

Extraction is typically one of the jobs that take multiple tools to achieve. Ideally, the work gets accomplished with pumps and wet-vacs. For larger projects, a truck-mounted pump from our fleet is necessary. Once the pooling water has gotten removed, our team can set their sights on thoroughly drying the area with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. For sources that have no immediate cause to get found, our team might recommend continued use of the dehumidifier after restoration completes.

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Flooding in your Los Angeles home might seem like something that you can handle on your own, but the kind of restoration required is always best left to the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. Our experienced team can respond quickly and help you to overcome the mess and obstacles standing in the way of your restoration Give us a call anytime at (310) 395-9050.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Explain The Theory Of Fire

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Explain The Theory Of Fire Lights, Action, Fire & Smoke Damage in Los Angeles--The Star is SERVPRO

Smoke & Fire Restoration by SERVPRO Technicians Assures a Satisfied Customer in the Los Angeles Area

Whenever something burns on your property in Los Angeles, various types of damage can occur. The heat and flames coming from a fire can burn building materials and contents using them as fuel to spread. Partially combusted substances get released from the fire in the form of smoke and fumes.
 
Smoke created by a blaze can also cause many problems with contents and structural materials. When mitigating fire damage in Los Angeles, knowing the theory of fire helps diagnose and find issues. Materials burn and behave differently based on many diverse conditions that take place.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians learn the theory of fire meaning that they understand the components of smoke and how fire, smoke, and heat affect a structure and contents. Knowing how a fire behaves helps us better restore damage when it occurs. When we become experts on fire behavior, we can have a better idea as to what can be restored and what cannot.
 
One significant part of fire restoration is repairing, replacing or refinishing burnt or charred items. When a blaze burns inside a structure, it uses any materials that are close to the source as fuel. Many structural items such as drywall or wooden studs can get burnt to the point where they need to be treated or removed and discarded. A general contractor should be called in for restabilization of a structure.
 
The other part of any restoration project is the removal of soot residues. When smoke travels through your home, it can leave behind soot. Soot residues can be composed of many different types of materials based on how the fire burns. Some soot residues can be easily wiped off by our SERVPRO restoration team, whereas others are extremely difficult to clean.
 
Any time something burns, combustion takes place. Combustion is when a solid turns into gas with the application of heat. During a fire, not all of the materials affected combust completely. Partially combusted particles turn into smoke that when cooled will turn back into a solid in the form of soils and soot. The acidic content of smoke and soot can damage glass, metal, plastics, and organic substances and possessions.
 
The different stages of a fire and the different things it burns affect the type of smoke and soot present. If you ever have to deal with smoke damage on your property, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 any time of the day.

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How to Professionally Control Water Damage in Los Angeles

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Professionally Control Water Damage in Los Angeles Any water line break incident that goes unnoticed can leave your home facing a water damage emergency. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Has the Training and Experience to Properly Deal With Your Water Damage Emergency

If the reason of water damage in your building is a broken plumbing system, a drain back up, flooding, or any other related causes, serious challenges are likely to occur if you do not take the right actions. Getting everything back to normal is supposed to be your top priority, but you are likely to encounter a lot of challenges if you decide to do the restoration by yourself. Though some of the mitigation procedures look obvious, some solutions are not straightforward, and a simple mistake may compromise the integrity of your Los Angeles home.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians investigate different types of water damage in Los Angeles before devising a restoration formula. We understand the three categories of water - clean, gray, or black water - may lead to different levels of damage, and we know how to recover your contents from a specific category. The most significant challenge when dealing with these types of incidents is that your naked eye cannot show the actual degree of damage. Moisture always penetrates into hidden areas, and it is likely to lead to mold growth. We use moisture sensors and meters to detect the presence of moisture and then use appropriate restoration procedures.
 
Though opening windows may seem a good practice when establishing proper airflow in the structure, this may not always be the case. By opening the windows, you may introduce excess coolness, humidity or heat to areas that are under mechanical ventilation systems. Remember some ventilation systems need constant pressure to function correctly. After taking out wet materials and drilling holes into walls where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians usually introduce air movers in the area to enhance drying.
 
When surfaces dry, they lose moisture to the surrounding air, and that raises the relative humidity (RH). When the RH is high, the rate of evaporation is likely to decrease and establishing an equilibrium through dehumidification is necessary. Our SERVPRO team uses Desiccant Dehumidifiers or Refrigerant Dehumidifiers during that process.
 
At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, be it water, fire, mold, or storm-related damage. Do not panic when you face such events, call us at (310) 395-9050 and allow us to take control.

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Removing Evidence of Flood Damage Protects Your Los Angeles Property from Further Damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Removing Evidence of Flood Damage Protects Your Los Angeles Property from Further Damage When the ground is dry and there is heavy rainfall, the ground can act as a barrier causing flooding in your home.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Los Angeles neighborhoods often experience severe dry spells. While this might seem to stave off the horrific effects of flooding, the super-dry ground can act as a barrier and keep any water covering it from seeping in while keeping it flowing across into lower areas.

When a Los Angeles home experiences water flowing in from the outside, flood damage quickly occurs. This water can contain microbial populations, chemical run-off from nearby agricultural activities and roadways, silt, mud, and small debris. Removing this water and everything it brought into your home can protect it from ongoing damage that can steadily become more severe.

The professionals from SERVPRO can perform the different aspects of mitigation after any flooding disasters that your home needs, getting it back to its pre-flood condition. Because we know your family most likely must temporarily relocate while your home still contains damage from the flood, we work as quickly as possible while still performing the necessary mitigation services.

Our goal, minimizing any losses experienced by our customers, always keeps safety in mind. During a flood, any food items that came into contact with the water can cause health effects if consumed, including cooked food that came from canned goods. This remains possible because some microbes not only hide in the smallest nicks and grooves, but many pathogens found in floodwater can also survive normal cooking temperatures. Before disposing of these items, we discuss with you any concerns you might want to address.

Removing the flood water and drying out your home helps protect it from secondary water damage and the ability of microbes to infest your home with abnormally high populations. This process takes time, but as we steadily reduce the amount of moisture in your home, humidity levels dwindle back to normal. We use Injectidry equipment that can reach into the smallest spaces inside your walls, as well as heat floors while simultaneously extracting the evaporated moisture.

Once we remove all the water and your home once again contains no filth from the flood, your family can safely return home. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach would like to make this a reality for your family. Helping those in our community after disasters like flood damage extends to those in surrounding areas, including Venice Beach and Ocean Park. Contact us at (310) 395-9050, and our 24-hour service line technicians can answer any questions you have about your particular situation.

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How Our Professionals Can Address Mold in Your Los Angeles Residence

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Our Professionals Can Address Mold in Your Los Angeles Residence Whether you see or simply smell the telltale musty smell of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Certified Technicians Expertly Remove a Thriving Mold Infestation From Your Home

You might not know what to look for when it comes to finding mold growing in your Los Angeles home. While it often has a very distinct and recognizable smell to accompany thriving mold colonies, this growth might occur out of your immediate line of sight and be challenging to track down. Fortunately, you have the experience of IICRC-certified mold remediation technicians that are only a short phone call away.
 
Too often homeowners are under the impression that mold damage in their Los Angeles residence is not worth getting overly concerned about, or that the problem can get fixed quickly with any one of multiple DIY methods that you can locate on the internet. While this might be a typical thought process for the average homeowner, it, unfortunately, does not make it one that is correct. The longer that mold gets permitted to grow and thrive, the more widespread and potentially hazardous it can become.
 
When our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists arrive at your home, one of our primary concerns is sectioning off the affected area to prevent the spread of spores to new areas in your house. With the understanding that mold can cause health effects for you and your family upon exposure, time is of the essence to get the situation resolved.
 
Removal of the colonies often requires several different approaches, from sanding/soda blasting to a chemical spray to penetrate porous materials that house colonies. Dehumidification is vital to the immediate remediation process but could be something that you get asked to continue once the work completes ensuring that the affected area remains dry and does not allow further damages.
 
While there are many steps to help restore and remediate the mold damage to your home, you cannot find more experienced professionals that what we have at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. If you happen to discover mold damage of any kind throughout your home, do not hesitate to call. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 to handle any disaster, just call us at (310) 395-9050.

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When Your Los Angeles Recreational Center Requires Water Removal

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Los Angeles Recreational Center Requires Water Removal SERVPRO Removes Water from Commercial Buildings in the Los Angeles Area

SERVPRO Responds Fast to Mitigating the Water Damage to Your Building

Recreational centers are commonplace all throughout the Los Angeles area. They are a respite for those that need something positive to do and offer comradery and exercise for the youth and young adults of the communities they serve. When significant water damage threatens facilities like yours, you should respond to the situation quickly to give our professional restoration team the time and opportunity to resolve this issue before it closes your doors for an extended period.

While you might not envision there is a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, requiring water removal services for your Los Angeles rec center may be one of these instances. With the substantial damage that pooling water can do to floors and walls, not to mention the different flooring required for certain courts you have installed, time is of the essence.

Fortunately, at SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. From the moment that our experienced team arrives at your facility, we can begin assessment into what has to happen to remove the threat of further damages and to restore the current issues you have to face.

With water removal, extraction and drying the area is the foundation of the work that we do. Unfortunately, with substantial water damage, part of our job description is also removing severely impacted construction materials, flooring, walls, ceilings, and structural components for replacement.

Drying and extraction, followed by cleaning and deodorization are often sufficient approaches when the damage to the materials are not overwhelming. If it is, our SERVPRO technicians utilize their training in controlled demolition to prepare the area for replacement and reconstruction with a commercial contractor.

When you are working to keep the doors open at your rec center, a water emergency is often the last thing that you need to have happened. You can always trust in the dedication and experience of every technician from SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to ensure that the job is getting done as quickly as possible in the right way. Whenever you are facing an emergency with your business or building, give us a call at (310) 395-9050.

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Treating Flood Damage to Wood Features in Los Angeles

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Treating Flood Damage to Wood Features in Los Angeles Call SERVPRO as soon as possible to begin restoration work on flood damaged hardwood floors and help minimize the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Right Tools to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

When flood damage hits homes in Los Angeles, it can cause irreversible damage to hardwood floors, paneling, staircases, and other wooden features common in local construction. Most of these consequences can be avoided by calling a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to handle damage reversal and restoration procedures, but even in optimal circumstances, we often have our work cut out for us when contending with wood features.

One of the most visible signs of flood damage in a Los Angeles residence may be bending and warping of wood on the property. Many types of wood used in home interiors are not built to withstand inundation in water, stretching and contracting with enough force to sometimes rip nails out of their sockets and tear up other materials along the way. SERVPRO stocks specialized tools and equipment designed to target hardwood floors and other surfaces from both the top and bottom to avoid bending and warping as one side dries out before the other.

While we must work quickly to prevent additional damage from mold or standing water from occurring, we also carefully monitor the area to ensure that nothing goes wrong with the process. If moisture levels fall outside of an ideal range or something starts to go wrong, we can apply targeted, compartmentalized treatments to the area to rectify its problems without affecting the room as a whole. Many types of wood require specific moisture levels to avoid long-term damage, and we must sometimes alter our treatments with these numbers in mind. We rely on both SERVPRO technicians' expertise and highly accurate moisture detection tools to get an accurate reading of the situation at all stages in the process. If you have any questions or concerns about how things are going, feel free to ask us about the situation so that we can fill you in. Our representatives are always happy to help and keep you up-to-date on the project status.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has helped local homeowners to overcome flood damage for years. Call us at (310) 395-9050 for our help in restoring your home back to the way it was before.

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Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage In West Los Angeles

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage In West Los Angeles Mold spores are in or around every home.

Cleaning And Removing Mold

Mold spores are in or around every home in West Los Angeles. Most of the time, they are inert and no more harmful than the dust on top of the television. When spores have the right amounts of moisture and food and are in the right temperature range, they damage homes at the cost of millions every year.

Restoring a West Los Angeles home after mold damage takes a series of actions which clean the mold out, protect unaffected property, and prevent spreading the mold contamination to other parts of the home. SERVPRO has developed a four-step method that does this and returns a clean, safe home to its owners.

To start with, we establish containment. It isolates the affected areas to prevent spreading the mold. Our technicians use plastic sheeting to block entrances and seal off the air conditioning vents to preserve the ductwork. For large areas, we also set up ‘clean rooms’ where we can keep tools and protective clothing on-site without accidentally tracking active spores across carpets or along walls.

Next, we remove the mold. Our first step is to clean every surface with industrial vacuums and special HEPA filters designed to trap mold spores. This action removes the majority of loose spores and then SERVPRO technicians wrap and remove large items so that we can clean off the mold spores outside the home if weather permits, or we take them to our facility. If we cannot clean an item, we dispose of it immediately.

Now, we clean the surfaces of dust and any settled spores. Technicians wipe down every surface using dry cloths and sponges and then repeat the process with water or anti-fungal cleaning agents if needed. We allow time for disturbed spores to settle and then repeat as needed.

Finally, we dry everything to prevent new mold growth. Our teams set-up air movers to force warm, dry air over damp surfaces, carefully pushing out any moisture. As these devices work, we also set-up fans to draw damp air out of the affected area to augment them. If the air is very humid, we install one or more dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air and nearby building materials.

Eliminating mold damage is not a quick or easy process. If you have mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today. SERVPRO can assist you through every step and place you back in your home as quickly as possible.

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When Water Damage Becomes a Problem in Your West Los Angeles Home

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Becomes a Problem in Your West Los Angeles Home Leaks can cause a great deal of water damage, even when hidden, in your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

A leaky tub in your bathroom can cause water damage to your home, and it can go unnoticed for an extended period. However, just because you cannot see the damage at first does not mean it is not slowly getting worst. An unchecked leak in your bathroom plumping can cause erosion, mold, and rot to the structure of your home.
 
The longer the water damage in your West Los Angeles home goes without remediation, the more damage your house can sustain. After all, time does not make water damage go away. It only allows it to grow. Suddenly, the damage has spread, and it is entirely apparent that it is not small. Fortunately, there is help nearby waiting for your call.
 
Here at SERVPRO, we make it a priority to get to your home as soon as possible to start the restoration process. We can remove the damaged structure to your home and help you find a contractor to reconstruct areas that have completely rotted away. Meanwhile, our IICRC-certified technicians can work to identify what can be saved and establish a drying plan.
 
We use advanced equipment to make an environment ideal for drying out the tile, walls, and shelving in your bathroom. Through the assistance of dehumidifiers, axial fans, and air movers, we create a moisture free environment that promotes evaporation. Depending on the extent of the water damage, this environment is what can return your belongings to their preloss state. Once we are through with the remediation process, our skilled team can help you create an inventory of what you lost and get a claims process going to send to your insurance provider.
 
When your bathroom plumbing leaks and causes extensive water damage to your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the Santa Monica / Venice Beach area at (310) 395-9050. We are ready to take your call 24/7 and reach your home as soon as possible to return your bathroom to its preloss state.
 
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The Fire Damage Experts of Los Angeles

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Fire Damage Experts of Los Angeles Different surfaces require different cleaning methods, the expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO can properly remove soot from your items.

The Expertly Trained Technicians at SERVPRO Carefully Clean Every Surface of Your Home after Fire Damage

Recently California has been riddled with forest fires. Sometimes wildfires only burn part of your Los Angeles mansion before it gets extinguished. Even if the burn damage is not severe, smoke possibly ruins contents and building materials.

After any severely burnt items get removed from your home, the next step is cleaning soot residues off of contents and materials inside the building. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Los Angeles equip specialized chemicals made for cleaning soot residues. Cleaning soot can get complicated and requires knowledge of how to apply the chemicals.

Our IICRC certified restoration specialists vary their cleaning aggressiveness by controlling the application of chemicals. Some surfaces get ruined if specific chemicals are too concentrated when they get applied. Other surfaces get ruined by aggressive scrubbing if cleaning products are not concentrated enough.

Some surfaces cannot get scrubbed without damaging them. When dealing with fragile materials sometimes chemicals that absorb soils work best. Absorption powders often get applied so that they absorb soot, preventing the items from getting ruined by cleaning or scrubbing.

If a surface could possibly get damaged by concentrated cleaning products, there are surface cleaning techniques we use to prevent the saturation of chemicals. When we use specific techniques, we save many materials from getting destroyed during the cleaning process.

Many times the cleaning product gets lightly sprayed onto hard-surface contents and furniture. Then, the chemicals get wiped away with a dry cleaning towel. When cleaning appliances, we always use a specialized glass cleaner to produce a shiny finish.

If items could possibly get damaged when too much moisture from cleaning solutions gets applied, then foam cleaning products get used to remove soot residues. When cleaning products generate foam, less moisture gets applied than other types of chemicals. Many times, foam cleaning products successfully clean carpet and upholstery.

Fires always burn different types of sources that create various kinds of soot residues. To make sure the correct type of cleaning methods get used for the various types of soils call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for help 24/7.  

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