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Learn How To Protect Your Los Angeles Area Basement Against Fire Damage

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Learn How To Protect Your Los Angeles Area Basement Against Fire Damage The ERP from SERVPRO https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram Helps Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage to Los Angeles Properties

SERVPRO Can Offer the ERP Plan to Help Prevent Fires in Your Home

When you think about emergency situations that might occur in your Los Angeles basement, you likely lean towards floods or water damage. However, your basement is also susceptible to fires, as most of us use them for storage.

You can help prevent fire damage in your Los Angles area home by installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, keeping them active, and learning how to store materials responsibly. When all else fails, contact a qualified professional for answers and suggestions that could save your home.

Your gas furnace, water heater, oil burner, wood stove and other heating equipment reside in your basement. Make sure to store paper, textiles, and other debris at least 3-ft away at all times, placing oily rags in an airtight container, and keeping your basement trash-free. If you have a burner, always secure the doors to prevent sparks or flames from jumping to stored items.

Install arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) in your basement to prevent electrical surge fires and always plug major appliances directly into wall sockets. Perform regular maintenance on your clothes dryer and washing machine, clean ducting, check feed lines, and check electrical plugs. Remember to keep your stairs and aisles free of clutter and perform cleaning whenever possible to avoid buildup.

If you experience a fire in your basement or home at any point, SERVPRO can help you get things back to normal quickly. We provide fire, smoke, and water restoration services, cleaning and deodorization, as well as much needed support during emergency situations for homeowners throughout our local community.

Our IICRC-industry certified technicians are available 24-7, 365-days a year, providing you with quality home restoration services you can trust. SERVPRO has access to highly trained personnel, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make it possible to handle any size problem you may face.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for additional information about services available throughout the West Los Angeles, Ocean Park area and see what advantages we offer our customers. Limit your losses and learn how to prevent future problems, today. (310) 395-9050

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Why Did Mold Damage Take Root in My Marina Del Rey Home?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Did Mold Damage Take Root in My Marina Del Rey Home? It is not uncommon to find mold growing on old carpet. Keeping your home updated can help reduce the risk of a mold problem in the future.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Efficient Mold Damage Remediation Services

If you have found mold damage in your Marina Del Rey home, you should immediately seek treatment and professional advice. Mold can spread quickly and, in some cases, cause health effects for you and your family. You may wonder why mold has begun to grow in your home, and if you could have done anything to prevent that. While mold damage can happen to anyone, there are some ways that mold could have been introduced to your home beyond natural processes.

Someone Tracked It In

Mold damage to Marina Del Rey homes can result from a family member, pet, or visitor accidentally carrying in a large quantity of spores from the outside. This can happen when the individual in question works in unsanitary conditions or has recently spent time in a natural area. Most commonly, stepped-on spores attach to a foot or shoe and are later shaken off inside your home, but they can attach themselves to almost any surface for transport. A welcome mat outside your front door coupled with feet-wiping habits can be enough to protect your home from this cause in the future.

There is a Moisture Leak

Most mold colonies cannot thrive without a steady stream of moisture. In some cases, humidity in the atmosphere may be enough to spur growth, but most infestations also have a source of liquid water. SERVPRO technicians have access to advanced moisture detection tools such as thermohygrometers to identify and track down sources of water in the home to cut off growth at the source.

Materials May Be Due for an Upgrade

It might not come as much of a surprise when your fifty-year-old carpeting is the first material in the house to start growing mold. As some materials age, they can become more susceptible to opportunistic fungal spores. Giving your home a facelift may significantly reduce your chances of developing a mold problem in the future.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach provides expert mold remediation services to a broad local area. If you suspect mold has found its way into your home, give us a call at (310) 395-9050.

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Common Commercial Spaces Lead to Shared Water Damage in Los Angeles

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Common Commercial Spaces Lead to Shared Water Damage in Los Angeles Because many businesses share one building, the mistakes of neighboring businesses could affect your commercial space, including water damage.

SERVPRO Restores the Damage and Assists with Necessary Insurance Claims

Often more than one business occupies the same commercial building in Los Angeles, making the poor decisions or bad luck of one enterprise an issue for all. Pointing fingers and assigning blame fails to evade the reality that when a water incursion traced to another business damages your retail, office, dining, or other space, the damage must be remediated fast. Our experience and skilled crews make all the difference.

If an adjoining business suffers a broken water pipe or appliance malfunction, your Los Angeles commercial space can sustain water damage. Common walls, abutting floors, and suspended ceilings absorb and transfer the moisture into your space. Not only do you need the expert services of our water damage restoration technicians to recover from the harm, but also our comprehensive documentation services can assist with claims made to the insurance companies to sort out the financial responsibility for this unfortunate event.

When the SERVPRO team arrives to assess the damage to your business space, we observe the issues and devise a detailed plan of action to remove the water and dry out the structural components saturated by the neighboring emergency. We note every task planned and completed to insurers to limit your out of pocket cost.

Our IICRC certified technicians use pumps for water more than two inches deep, and follow with extractors, weighted to remove moisture from any carpeting. Once the obvious water is gone, moisture meter readings set a baseline for drying goals. The SERVPRO crew positions air movers and dehumidifiers to draw the remaining dampness out of walls and floors. If hardwood comprises some of the floorings, we can use drying mats that normalize moisture over broad surfaces on several layers.

We evaluate the soundness of drywall and fixtures such as shelving and cabinets. SERVPRO is a full-service disaster recovery company focused on restoration, but when it appears that some materials cannot restore completely we arrange for appropriate repairs or replacement of items.

Throughout the entire process, SERVPRO realizes that it is crucial to shorten any closure of your business. If possible, we strategize with you to determine a way at least a portion of your business can remain open while we manage the series of procedures necessary to bring your damaged business space back to full use for you and your customers “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is ready to help you restore water damaged premises as well as work with your and other insurance companies when the cause is outside of your control in a commercial setting. Call (310) 395-9050 to start the process of getting your business back on track.

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Water Damage Restoration Services in Santa Monica

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Services in Santa Monica SERVPRO technicians have the proper training and experience to restore your home after water damage leaving it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Water Damage Strikes

In the case of an emergency in your Santa Monica home, it is important that you get the help you need as soon as possible. If there is much water inside your property, then you may not know where to begin. The best choice is to get a professional company to assist you.

SERVPRO ensures that all of our technicians have all the training and guidance that they need to carry out the highest standard of service on your property. We have a number of techniques that we can use to remove water from your property and you can contact us as soon as you notice water damage at your Santa Monica property. When you experience an emergency at home you want everything to be back to normal as quickly as it can.

After an emergency has occurred, SERVPRO uses moisture meters and other tools to see how much water we are dealing with. Our highly trained technicians then select the water removal method that is most appropriate to your situation. This usually involves using pumps to remove the majority of the water and then air movers and dehumidifiers would be used to get rid of any remaining moisture.

We can begin water damage restoration as soon as all the moisture has been removed from your property. We can also remove any of your possessions that are too badly damaged to restore if necessary. The restoration work that SERVPRO technicians carry out on your property is guaranteed to meet the standards that are required by the IICRC. We work in all types of residential properties including houses, apartments, and condos.

If you notice any signs of water damage in your residential property then you should call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach as soon as possible. We can be contacted at (310) 395-9050 and are available 24 hours a day. We also serve the communities of West Los Angeles and Ocean Park.

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Remediating Fire Damage in Los Angeles

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Fire Damage in Los Angeles The fires in Los Angeles have left many homes damaged, SERVPRO is here to restore your fire damaged property.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Remediation Techniques for All Surface Types

The recent, massive fire in Los Angeles cost hundreds of residents their homes and frightened almost everyone else. Thousands of homes and millions of dollars in personal property not lost were still affected by the incredible amounts of smoke and soot generated by the conflagration.

To clean and restore the different types of fire damage to Los Angeles homes, SERVPRO studies the surface of the homes and the property inside as well as the type of smoke and soot residues left by the heat and burning property. Once we know these factors, technicians apply the correct techniques, tools, and products.

Most of our actions involve surface techniques, specifically spray and wipe and foam cleaning. Both methods give us control over how much cleaning solution we use to prevent over-wetting property and accidentally causing secondary damage.

With spray and wipe, our IICRC-certified technicians use a spray bottle to apply either water or one of our cleaning agents. It allows them to target the points of damage without affecting the entire sofa, wall, or another piece of personal or structural property. We then wipe off the dampened residue.

Foam cleaning is a similar technique that uses even less moisture. It is our preferred method on upholstered furniture and other delicate items like sheer drapes. SERVPRO restoration specialists use a pump-up sprayer to apply foam and then work it into the residue with a dry or dampened sponge. We then use another sponge or cloth to wipe off the agent and the residue.

Some surfaces are too fragile for any water-based cleaning agent though. For these surfaces, we use the absorption technique. Technicians cover the surfaces with absorbent powders and then wait until the residue has bonded to them. Next, we use sponges or dry cloths to wipe off the powder or a vacuum if the surface is porous like brick or concrete.

When the item is not fragile and can handle the moisture, we use saturation. The technique allows us to soak cleaning towels in a bucket of the agent, wring it out, and then lay it on the affected surface. Specialists leave the towel in place as long as necessary, then remove it and replace it with a towel soaked in a rinse agent. It removes the residue and cleaning agent completely, and then we allow the surface to dry. If the item is an upholstered surface, we agitate it using a soft brush before applying the cleaning agent towel.

These are only a few of the techniques and tools that SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach uses to restore your home and property to its original condition. If you need our services, call today at (310) 395-9050. We are here for you.

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How Flood Damage Can Hurt Furniture in Los Angeles Homes

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flood Damage Can Hurt Furniture in Los Angeles Homes Flooding from a storm can wreak havoc on your priceless home and its contents. Contact our trained SERVPRO technicians to restore the property.

Knowledgeable Technicians Can Help Restore Rather Than Replace Your Unique Property

Some of the costliest losses for many homes in Los Angeles after flood damage can come from furniture, as many homes in the area are well-decorated with expensive and fragile furniture sets. Floods care little for the contents of your house and can cause severe damage to anything in their path. Furniture is no exception. Here are a few ways that your furniture could fall victim to flood damage.

Staining
 
One of the most common signs of flood damage to Los Angeles homes is often the presence of staining on walls, floors, and furniture around the home. Floods that enter the home from the outside often carry with them dirt, mud, and debris that can stain any surfaces in your home they come across. Some furniture sets may be resistant to the effects of staining, such as objects with metal legs or hard bases. However, others may require lengthy dry cleaning regimens hand-applied by SERVPRO technicians to entirely clean.
 
Physical Damage
 
Larger pieces of debris in the flood may cause some physical damage to your furniture as they crush, bend, tear, and scratch all sides of your belongings. Fabrics and leather are highly liable to rip open in a flood, and materials of all types are vulnerable to other forms of physical damage. We can repair most of these effects but may have to relegate more delicate tasks to local specialists.

Mold Growth
 
If you do not respond quickly to flood damage in your home, you may be liable to develop mold damage across the home. Furniture often presents a prime target for mold and other fungi, as furniture pieces commonly contain adequate food sources and environmental conditions for growth. Calling SERVPRO early on makes sure that your home can dry out quickly and avoid damage from fungi if possible.
 
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is ready around the clock to respond to your call and protect your belongings. Contact us at (310) 395-9050 for our services or a quote.

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How to Cope with Fire Damage in Los Angeles

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Cope with Fire Damage in Los Angeles SERVPRO begins the restoration process by covering your roof and boarding windows to prevent outside elements from entering your home.

Fire Damage Restoration Services for Any Size Disaster

Fire damage incidents never give a warning before they strike and that is why you need to know the various options you have as a Los Angeles resident. Whether the fire you are dealing with is a Christmas tree fire, one from a furnace, or a candle, you cannot underestimate its risk. Once you are safe, the next thing to know is whether there is something to recover and the various steps to restore your property. 

Fortunately, some practices can help you to deal with the fire damage incidents in Los Angeles. We advise you to contact a restoration service provider like SERVPRO as opposed to trying to fix the mess on your own. Movements within the premises can disturb the soot particles. You may not have the skills to deal with the different types of smoke.

Assessing the extent of the fire damage is our first task. By checking how much your property has been affected by the fire helps us to come up with a better approach to restore your property. If your property has some wet smoke, dry smoke, or oily smoke, it is the work of our trained technicians to choose the most appropriate approach to control it. In some situations, we may use a drapery cleaning system, a duct cleaning system, or deodorizing agents together with degreasers.

If your roof is damaged, we cover it with tarpaulin to protect further accidents when cleaning. We are aware water can get into contact with electricity and cause electrocution. That is why our SERVPRO technicians use drying techniques when restoring your property. The processes assist in getting rid of all the water and systematically clean and dry your property making it safe again.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to help you deal with all types of fire, storm, water and mold damage. Call us today at (310) 395-9050 and let us restore your home. We can overcome any disaster regardless of its size.  

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Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services For Los Angeles Residents

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services For Los Angeles Residents Thorough drying out of your property can prevent secondary damages including mold. Contact SERVPRO right after damage for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Techniques to Properly Dry Out Your Property After Damage

If your Los Angeles home suffers a water damage disaster, certain effects are likely to affect your property. For instance, your upholstery's wooden framing might swell, leave some stains on your floor or carpet, and conditions for mold growth may result. These can cause further damage to your property, and therefore, we advise you to contact professional restoration service providers.
 
As an IICRC certified company that operates in Los Angeles, SERVPRO can help you dry your property. For example, when drying your upholstery, our technicians may decide to put a waxed paper between the zipper and the cushion to prevent rusting. Covering metal buttons with furniture pads can also prevent the transfer of rust.
 
To speed up the drying process, we identify and remove the source of the water. At this point, specialized tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers come in handy. The work of the dehumidifiers is to remove moisture from the air and decrease the relative humidity. Remember, when drying property, moisture evaporates into the surrounding air, and it is the role of the dehumidifier to remove this additional water vapor. These devices work within a given temperature range, and our SERVPRO technicians observe the necessary standards.
 
When our technicians are using an air mover, they position it at an angle that ensures the wall does not absorb any water vapor, but in its place ensure drier air replaces the wet air that comes off the surface. Where necessary, we may drill holes or pull off baseboards to ventilate the walls. When drilling the holes, a thin board is used together with the drilling device to protect the wall from damage. In some cases, technicians can place an air mover under the carpet to increase the rate of drying.
 
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to attend to all fire, storm, mold and water damage disasters. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to discover the many commercial and residential restoration services that we offer.

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Commercial Water Damage In Los Angeles

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In Los Angeles Most Los Angeles commercial water damage comes from some failed plumbing.

Commercial Water Damage

Smaller communities around Los Angeles have shops selling every type of novelty that a tourist could imagine along their beachfront. T-shirts, posters, and postcards are perennial favorites. These items provide good memories, but they and so many others are difficult to clean and restore when damaged.

Most Los Angeles commercial water damage comes from some failed plumbing. For novelty and tourist shops along the beach, there is not much to the structure, so most of the damage involves items on the shelves and inventory behind the counter. They can be a wide variety of items, each one having special concerns to remediate the damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the training and tools to do this.

If the water was clean, the process is simpler. By clean, we mean no dirt or another kind of soil mixed in with it. The most clothing we can remove from the inside and hang out in the sun on drying racks we bring with us. If the weather is not cooperating, restoration crew members bring the items to our facility and hang them up to dry inside. This simple process takes less than a day and makes up much of the remediation, sometimes over half.

Paper items like guidebooks, posters, and postcards are more difficult to restore. Thin paper curls if heat is applied too quickly. SERVPRO technicians try to hang and spread out items so that we can take advantage of the warm weather and then use a combination of fans and air movers to increase air circulation and force warm, dry air across the surface of the affected items. If we cannot pick up any of these items without causing secondary damage, then the cost-efficient option is to dispose of them immediately.

As our water restoration specialists work on the inventory, other technicians dry the structure. Most of our work is lowering the humidity and replacing soaked drywall. Once again, we take advantage of the California weather and set up fans at entry and exit points to force out the damp air. If any of the walls absorbed too much water, it is much more cost-efficient to have us remove the damaged panels and replace them instead of attempting to dry them.

At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, we know exactly how important tourist shops and businesses are to our economy. If you need to reopen your shop quickly; call us today at (310) 395-9050. We are here to help.

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Flood Damage in West Los Angeles Possible With Little Warning

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in West Los Angeles Possible With Little Warning Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO if you experience flood damage from either inside or outside sources.

Our Technicians Understand the Climate and Quickly Remediate Damage From Flooding

During the past year, extreme weather systems endangered the homes of residents in the West Los Angeles area. Torrential rains rushing down nearby elevated areas and into canyons decimated during earlier wildfires cause flooding issues that risk significant damage to homes. Be sure to have our contact information available; we are ready to assist you with any flooding concerns.
 
Living in our area can mean drought, wildfires, and flood damage in West Los Angeles all within a few weeks of each other. When your home is likely to endure so many extremes, partnering with a restoration company that handles a broad range of destructive events just makes sense. Our technicians train for all the curves Southern California weather can throw at you.
 
The flood damage experienced in our area often is accompanied by mudslides with all its complications. Dirty water is typical in many flooding events, but the thick slurry of mud and other debris that exacerbates flash flooding in the LA area requires specialized equipment and training. This type of flood damage can affect the integrity of your home’s structure, and we use proven strategies to recover your home successfully.
 
Our commercial grade equipment is a match for flood damage. Heavy-duty pumps and extractors remove water and contaminants, containing them until our team disposes of the mixture off-site according to local codes. Using professional cleansers and antimicrobial treatments, SERVPRO workers clean up the flood water residue from all surfaces. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers positioned properly by our crews reduce the moisture content of structures, building components, and contents. Our sensitive moisture metering probes and scanners search for hidden pockets of flood water as the drying continues. If recesses filled with water are an issue, we release the moisture by removing sections of wallboard, drilling holes in concrete or mortar joints, or inserting extraction wands from above when possible.
 
Possessions damaged by flood waters must be assessed for drying options. If severely contaminated with sewage or runoff debris, we may counsel discarding items. Important papers may respond well to lyophilization, a form of freeze drying, but may need an antimicrobial treatment as well to be safe to read and retain. Clothing and window treatments can be laundered or dry cleaned by professionals familiar with flood damage. Carpeting often responds to our commercial cleaning techniques, although the saturated padding is frequently better removed and replaced.
 
Rely on the expertise of SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to make the best decisions and obtain the most favorable outcome after flash flood damage. Call (310) 395-9050 for 24-hour service, every day of the year.

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