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When Your Tub Causes Flood Damage in Your West Los Angeles Home

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Tub Causes Flood Damage in Your West Los Angeles Home Left for hours, flooding can become extensive.

Tub Causes Flood Damage in Your Home

Accidents can happen to anyone, although some create more problems and have higher financial costs than other accidents. A forgotten and soon overflowing tub is one of the more expensive problems that happen in life. Left for hours, flooding can become extensive. Total costs increase the longer a homeowner waits before calling for restorative experts like SERVPRO to begin mitigation work.

In West Los Angeles, waiting to call for experts to restore a home after flood damage first happens can not only become more expensive but also become much more damaging to areas that were originally untouched by the water. These places that suffer later are a result of the increased moisture within the home.

Even though it may not seem possible, moisture easily travels from one vicinity inside a home to another in a search for equilibrium. Dryer areas experience an increase in humidity, and this can affect stored photo albums, clothing, and other fragile items, belongings, and accessories in closets, and so many other locations inside a home.

Our goal is to restore the humidity level inside your home after a flooding event. We begin by removing as much of the water as we can extract with different pieces of equipment. When things feel dry, we start with the removal of the extra moisture. Dehumidifiers, vast and powerful air blowers, and even heaters when conditions warrant their usefulness help remove moisture from materials inside your home quickly, minimizing damage.

Carpets and flooring such as hardwood and parquet can suffer greatly when there is a delay in these efforts. The implementation of heating mats increases the rate of evaporation from these horizontal surfaces so that the dehumidifiers easily remove the moisture. This process can help save carpets and floors that were damaged by clean water. Even with structural damage halted and kept at a low level, any flooding can create a stagnant odor that is present in almost every area of the home. Whenever this occurs, we use special deodorization techniques that effectively eliminate the scent.

For catastrophes that occur inside your home, do not hesitate to call us. We are SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach and answer our phone at any hour and every day of the year. Our number is (310) 395-9050. We want to assist you and your family by restoring your home so that it is “Like it never even happened.”

For more about West Los Angeles visit https://www.lacity.org/.

Contacting The Right Company To Handle Fire Damage In Your West Los Angeles Home

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Contacting The Right Company To Handle Fire Damage In Your West Los Angeles Home SERVPRO technicians help remove smoke odors from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles.

SERVPRO is The Company to Call When Tackling Residential Fire Damage 

Having a fire in your home can lead to a long, painful recovery process, there are so many different people and organizations to contact or notify, and you should be ready for changing circumstances as events unfold. However, contacting the right company can help remove stress from the equation.

The company that provides you with fire damage insurance for your West Los Angeles home can give you contact information for professional restoration services used in the past. A quality restoration company provides you with hints to prevent further damage, helps determine which of your belongings are restorable, and gives accurate estimates concerning cleaning, deodorizing, and repairing your entire home.

A fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, offers expertly trained technicians, advanced equipment, and years of experience for the restoration services you require. Their services might seem expensive. However, they are far less than the cost of replacing damaged furnishings or structural components and often lead to restoring many items that you simply did not want to lose.

SERVPRO can also help prevent you from doing further damage, causing bigger problems adding to your losses. They understand how to respond to various circumstances, have all of the equipment necessary to perform their services, and understand how much your home means to you. You can avoid having to deal with the rigors of fire remediation and leave your issue in the hands of expertly trained fire damage professionals who care, by making a single phone call.

SERVPRO technicians help remove smoke odors from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles. Our teams also use various methods to clean soot stains from your walls, ceiling, and other surfaces, along with deodorizing the entire area to remove smoke odor. Thermal fogging equipment allows warm chemical fog to penetrate household surfaces, just like the fire did, to help neutralize odors throughout your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach stands ready to assist after tragedy strikes. Give us an opportunity to provide you with the fire damage restoration services you deserve. (310) 395-9050

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Correct Water Damage in Your West Los Angeles Home the Right Way

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Correct Water Damage in Your West Los Angeles Home the Right Way Living on the beach can present you with unique water damage issues. Contact SERVPRO to inspect your home and remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained on How to Deal With Damage From Many Types of Water Sources

Sunny days and local shops can provide you with a fantastic life, full of non-stop adventure. However, these conditions also present you with water damage issues that expose your home to salt, leading to dangerous, expensive damages that are difficult to repair.
 
The air alone carries salt and moisture into your West Los Angeles home, causing water damage. Even if a storm surge, severe weather system, or hurricane never enters your area, water damage can occur from other sources. Salt suspended in water is highly reactive, carrying an electrical charge that penetrates a variety of materials.
 
SERVPRO understands how electrical components exposed to salt causes corrosion in metal, leading to shorts that cause a fire hazard as well. A home flooded by seawater requires special handling, using fresh water to flush electrical systems, followed by a full inspection that determines whether your wiring in your walls, electrical box, appliances, and other devices require replacement.
 
Never hesitate to call for help, SERVPRO puts expertly trained technicians, advanced equipment, and years of experience to work for you. Often restoring your home, cleaning your contents and furniture in a manner that far exceeds any expectations anyone might have had before work began.  
 
Performing these repairs yourself may be dangerous, an experienced disaster professional can spot hazards that you may miss and catch repairs that often go unnoticed by others that lead to future problems. The last thing you need is something creeping up on you that you could have avoided.
 
SERVPRO performs a full inspection of your property, checking all concrete surfaces and the foundation of your home. We check your carpet, paneling, furniture, appliances, drywall, roofing, and floors. Our technicians even check your ventilation system to ensure everything works correctly and provides you with the safe, secure home you deserve.
 
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach gives customers access to uniformed professional water damage specialists, who respond immediately to minimize your losses. We use the latest cleaning technology, advanced extraction and monitoring equipment to provide you with a fast, effective drying process. (310) 395-9050

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Aging Plumbing Unleashes A Laundry Room Flood

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Aging Plumbing Unleashes A Laundry Room Flood The IICRC approved coursework our technicians receive ready them to provide the highest-quality service to you.

Plumbing Malfunction Can Lead Water Damage in Your Home

Historic homes receive updating in public spaces, but often the utilitarian areas of the house feature decades-old plumbing. Out of date fittings and rarely maintained connection provide unpleasant surprises, rusted through pipes or missing washers causing gallons of water to flood. An SERVPRO flood team removes the water and discovers the source of the leaks, helping homeowners to plan proper repairs.

Elderly plumbing risks flood damage when a pipe bursts or faucet fails in your stately West Los Angeles home. Limit the threat to structures and the contents of your home from this incursion of water by engaging our services as soon as practical after the leak is noted. Water damage remediation is far more successful when begun immediately. Waiting just a day or more significantly increases the possibility of mold growth or permanent damage to walls, floors, equipment, and contents.

From the moment our SERVPRO team enters the affected area expect quick and sure action, based upon industry-vetted training leading to certification in water damage restoration, mold remediation, and more. The IICRC approved coursework our technicians receive ready them to provide the highest-quality service to you, following protocols that return your home back to you clean, dry, and comfortable in a timely fashion. Our workers are expert operators of high-efficiency pumps and water extractors. The also understand the science of positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture from structures, fixtures, and contents.

The washer, dryer, and water heater in the flooded area require evaluation as to their safe use after the flood. SERVPRO techs inspect the machinery and electrical connection, calling in experts if necessary to ensure putting your appliances back in service is appropriate and unlikely to put you or your family at additional risk.

Our crew inventories items stored in the flooded area and suggests we move them to a staging area for a more thorough assessment. Depending upon the types of property stored we employ different strategies to dry things out. Replacing stored items without looking for moisture and designing a drying plan is an invitation for mold and mildew to proliferate, ruining the items and endangering other articles and structures nearby.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Your beautiful estate hides potential plumbing disasters due to aging pipes and fixtures. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is reachable 24 hours a day at (310) 395-9050 if a leak becomes a flood. We are ready with the plan to restore your classic home.

For more information regarding the city of Los Angeles, click here: https://www.lacity.org

Why HEPA Filters Are Important In Cases Of Mold Damage To Your Santa Monica Laundry Room

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why HEPA Filters Are Important In Cases Of Mold Damage To Your Santa Monica Laundry Room HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air.

Why HEPA Filters Matter When It Comes to Remediating Your Santa Monica Property from Mold

Laundry rooms are a common place for mold to grow. Laundry rooms provide many places for mold to multiply, including damp clothes, a humid atmosphere, and sometimes leaks or condensation around washers and dryers. The first step to take when you notice fungus is to put in a call to SERVPRO at once – we are trained in remediation.

There are many aspects of successful remediation of mold damage in your Santa Monica laundry room: Containment, decontamination areas, cleaning, and reducing humidity to discourage further growth. One important aspect of dealing with fungus is using air filtration to remove the spores from the air, and the best way to do this effectively is through the utilization of a HEPA filter.

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters were invented during World War Two as a way of trapping tiny particles which had become contaminated by radiation. Thank goodness we do not face anything that frightening in home mold remediation! However, HEPA filters are still very useful.

Each filter is constructed using a special glass fiber medium which is as thin and light as a sheet of paper. The filters are carefully pleated and sealed into the filtration unit.

HEPA filters trap the tiniest of particles. To be considered a true HEPA filter, the unit must be capable of trapping 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. A micron is one millionth of a meter. To give you an idea of how small a particle each filter can trap, you might be interested to know that the average human hair is between 50 and 150 microns wide. The filter does trap tiny particles indeed.

HEPA filters are used to trap dust and pollen to create cleaner air and help allergy sufferers. In the case of mold remediation, the sturdy construction of HEPA filter mesh means it can trap mold spores and prevent them from re-entering the air in any room. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to take mold spores out of the air. We also use negative air machines which combine HEPA filtration with a duct system to catch spores and vent the contaminated air outside of your home.

HEPA filters are costly to buy and operate. Save yourself the hassle and let us do the work on your behalf – our teams are specially trained to get the best possible results.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you have a problem with mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach a call at (310) 395-9050
today.

For more information regarding the city of Santa Monica, click here: https://www.smgov.net

West Los Angeles Commercial Water Damage Help

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial West Los Angeles Commercial Water Damage Help SERVPRO Provides West Los Angeles Offices with Water Damage Removal

Water Removal to Reopen Doors After a Flooding in West L.A.

Any plumbing failure results in some property damage. Minimizing the cost requires a quick, professional response. For a business, hiring the right restoration service can also mean the difference between reopening and closing its doors permanently.

Commercial water damage to any West Los Angeles business is not just costly regarding restoration and replacement. Damage also means an interruption to service which translates to a loss of income. SERVPRO understands that for many businesses, the loss of even a few days can mean the bills begin to stack up, late fees apply, and lines of credit start to disappear.

For an employment service, those problems are passed on to every person trying to find work. We do our best to reduce the impact of our actions if we can help reopen services partially and to fully reopen the business as quickly as possible so it can do the same for job seekers.

Once we have determined it is safe to work, we move every piece of furniture, electronic equipment, and boxes of records needed. Our immediate concern is to remove anything that might leave a stain on carpets, such as furniture stain, rust from metal filing cabinets and ink from books and other papers. We also move any item that might be damaged as we move in our pumps and other equipment.

Next, we pump out the standing water and then extract any remaining water from carpets and hardwood floors. Our technicians use specially designed wands and vacuums that draw out the water without damaging carpet fibers or floor finishes. We can clear most single-floor offices in a day. With the water gone, we examine the carpets for stains, no matter how small. While they are still wet, most stains come out easily using either a hand brush or a powered scrubber and one of the shampoos in our inventory.

After we finish removing the stains, we move in heaters and dehumidifiers to dry the carpets, floors and the surrounding areas. If there is a pad, we recommend removing and replacing it as the cost is much cheaper than trying to dry and lay it back under the carpet. Once we have the carpets and floors back to their normal, dry state, we move all property back in place.

Reopening a business after a plumbing failure or other source of flooding requires a rapid response. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to help our fellow businesses reopen and start serving the community as fast as we can safely do so. If you need our help, call today at (310) 395-9050.

Storms and Flooding Causes of Your West Los Angeles Property Take Many Forms

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms and Flooding Causes of Your West Los Angeles Property Take Many Forms Not Just Storms, But These Appliances Cause Flooding in West LA Homes

Inventions and Appliances With The Potential To Lead To Flood Damage

It was not very long ago that a variety of devices changed how we live, bringing with them convenience through modern living. All of us drink water to sustain life, we use it in our food, feed our animals with it, bathe in it, and use water to start the morning off right.  

Your West Los Angeles home likely contains flood damage, caused by modern inventions that have the potential of wreaking havoc on your living environment. However, if you think about it, these devices have not been around very long.
 
An English inventor, Maughan, created the first instant water heater in the 1870’s, influencing Edwin Ruud to design the first automatic storage water heater in 1889, only 120-years ago. Bringing large water storage tanks into your home for the first time.
 
The first dishwasher in recorded history was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887; the hand-powered washing machine she reportedly developed to stop her servants from chipping her fine china. This device was officially introduced at the Chicago World Fair in 1893, 124-years ago.
 
H. Sidgier of Great Britain designed the first washing machine in 1782. However, a hand-operated device, first patented in the United States by Nathaniel C. Briggs in 1797, lead to Alva J. Fisher designing the first electric washing machine in 1906, 111-years ago. This has provided many flood damage cleanups through the years for SERVPRO.
 
Automatic ice makers joined the array of mechanical home conveniences in 1953, introduced by Servel, adding a luxury feature to refrigerators found in nearly every home, another invention that adds connections, feed lines, and opportunity for water to enter. And enter it does along with SERVPRO for water removal and cleanup. More than just storms lead to water damage to our properties.
 
These inventions, along with indoor plumbing introduced in 1596 and sewage systems invented by the Romans, our homes flirt with tragedy, daily. This makes restoration services, like those offered by expertly trained SERVPRO technicians, necessary.  
 
Next time you make a pot of coffee, take a shower, wash your car, or use one of the inventions mentioned above, think about how many connections water passes through to get to you and how many opportunities water has to intrude on your home along the way.  
 
SERVPRO technicians can locate hidden pockets of moisture before they cause major harm to your home. Give us an opportunity to check your home for water issues and provide you with the services you deserve. Natural storms produce floods, but so do these devices we have come to accept as part of everyday living.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach today for more information. (310) 395-9050

How Mold Can Harm The Unprepared In Marina Del Ray

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Can Harm The Unprepared In Marina Del Ray Every mold colony produces millions or even billions of individual spores.

Dangers Of Mold

We recommend keeping clear of mold damaged areas of your property until SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the situation themselves and give an all-clear. This is primarily a safety precaution - your safety is our foremost priority in any restoration job. There are many aspects of mold that can create a health or safety hazard for unsuspecting people, and only those with specialized training and equipment should attempt to remove the offending fungus. These are a few reasons why we recommend keeping away from mold without proper safety equipment.

Chemical Emissions
Some types of mold damage in Marina Del Ray can release toxic fumes and compounds, creating a toxic situation that may cause permanent health effects if someone is exposed and unprotected for too long. The potential chemicals that different species of mold can release are too numerous to list out, but some rare cases can even be fatal. Chemical waste from mold is the chief reason why SERVPRO technicians wear protective masks when evaluating and treating mold.

Spores
Every mold colony produces millions or even billions of individual spores, which can be thought of as microscopic seeds allowing mold to spread to other areas and continue growing. Many types of mold release these into the air, where they can be breathed in and out by people nearby. Some people may have allergic reactions or other health effects depending on the specific species, but the point remains simple: spores can be bad news and are best left undisturbed.

Additional Damage
Mold damage does not often come alone in a home. Usually, some other form of damage is present, most typically some degree of water damage. This other damage source may carry a more immediate and grave risk of bodily harm, necessitating further safety equipment and protection to prevent such catastrophes as electrocution and slips/falls.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is a local provider of mold remediation and renovation services with national resources backing us. Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050.

Avoiding Water Damage from a Malfunctioning Water Heater in Your West Los Angeles Home

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Water Damage from a Malfunctioning Water Heater in Your West Los Angeles Home Keep an eye on your water heater to prevent it from leaking a large amount of water. Call SERVPRO should it leak to prevent further damage.

Prevention and Maintenance Can Go a Long Way in Eluding Water Damage


Many times, when water affects your home, it comes from an outside source. However, sometimes a leak from inside your home can cause just as much damage, or even more. A leaking water heater can cause lots of damage, as one thirty-gallon water heater can unleash a couple of thousand gallons of water.
 
A leak that has developed in your water heater may not cause the water to come rushing out into your West Los Angeles home all at once. Most of the time it is a slow leak which could go unnoticed for several days and cause even more water damage. If the water heater is situated in an attic or upper floor, the damage is even more extensive, since water flows downhill. At a time like this, you need the professional help of SERVPRO, an experienced water damage remediation company.
 
To avoid a malfunctioning water heater, it is a good idea to flush it at least two times a year to get rid of any sediment which has built up. You can also put in an inexpensive drip pan under the water heater which drains outside your home, helping to prevent thousands of dollars of damage in many cases.
 
Age is a significant factor as well. Many manufacturers of water heaters estimate these appliances to have a lifespan of eight to twelve years, so you should replace your unit when it is nearing this age to ensure you have one which is properly working and won’t fail you.
 
Unfortunately leaks still happen, and if a small leak goes unnoticed, perhaps while you are away on vacation, the damage quickly escalates into a larger claim. SERVPRO can help you here as well, as they not only help you clean up the water and fix the damages, but they can converse with your insurance company, too, so you get the compensation you need.
 
There are signs to look for that indicate your water heater is failing. These include rust in your water coming out of faucets or winding up on your clothes, the water not getting as hot as it used to, or a metallic taste in your hot water. If your water heater is making popping and cracking sounds while it is heating, a puddle is forming under your heater, or rust is forming on the outside bottom of the heater, these are also signs there is a problem. When the burner units are becoming rusty or clogged, this is also a sign your water heater needs attention. Any of these signs require a call to your water heater specialist or plumber.
 
As soon as you realize you have a leaking water heater, you also need to get in touch with SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach, since we can get to your home quickly to fix any damages done to your home. We can be reached any time that you need at (310) 395-9050, so do not wait to call us. The longer you do, the more damage is done by the leaking water.

Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On Available For Your Santa Monica Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On Available For Your Santa Monica Home Protect Your Santa Monica Home Against Fire Damage with Good Insurance--SERVPRO Tip

Just Call SERVPRO for Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property

Getting the courage to make the repairs necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition after a fire happens can take considerable effort on your part. A fire can cause you to feel uncomfortable, with stress and anxiety filling your days after an event.

What would help is having access to a company that you can count on to deliver the fire damage restoration services that your Santa Monica home needs. One that also considers how stressful these type of events can be, providing you with the respect and understanding you deserve during a rough time.
 
You should consider making the call to SERVPRO. We give your situation priority from the start, asking the right questions to help you get what you need to normalize the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our technicians respond promptly, thoroughly explain the services we intend to provide and address any personal concerns you may have during the restoration process.
 
We also communicate issues to your insurance company and help you with the paperwork involved in your claim, making the process as stress-free as possible. Many of our services include a personal touch, recovering many of your belongings that you may have thought lost forever.
 
SERVPRO technicians undergo rigorous IICRC certification training and follow strict safety guidelines set by the EPA and OSHA. Providing you with a safe, clean environment during our restoration process is of utmost concern, using personal protective equipment (PPE) and taking other safety precautions to protect everyone involved.
 
SERVPRO uses the latest technology, including infrared moisture detectors, water extractors of all sizes, and advanced air moving equipment with various attachments to effectively dry areas affected by fire fighting efforts. Helping remove the possibility of developing secondary damages or mold growth from occurring on your property.
 
Depending on how rapidly you respond to your situation, our cleaning technicians have proven successful in the removal of smoke, soot, and heat residues that develop on a broad range of materials found in your home. Often producing amazing results on various surfaces and restoring walls, ceilings, cabinetry, and many other contents found in your home after a fire strikes.
 
Our services, provide you with a quality solution to emergency situations in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach immediately, to have the best chance of restoring your home after a fire. (310) 395-9050