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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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Mold Damage in West Los Angeles - Why Detergent is Not Enough

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in West Los Angeles - Why Detergent is Not Enough SERVPRO professionals not only wipe away the visible mold, but work to reduce the risk of regrowth.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-Certified Technicians Have the Skills and Knowledge to Properly Remediate Mold Damage

Mold damage is one of those things that can strike any home, at any time. All fungus needs to grow is moisture and a food source, which means that any slightly damp environment such as a bathroom or laundry room is susceptible to growth. A leaky roof, a humid summer, even a flash flood, can all cause damp and help mold sprout. SERVPRO regularly answers calls from West Los Angeles homeowners who are struggling with mold.

There is much information out there about what to do to combat mold damage in West Los Angeles. Unfortunately, some of the information available is misinformation and might even do more harm than good. One rumor that we see a lot is the old chestnut about how you can combat mold by wiping it with detergent.

The problem with using detergent to clean away mold is that the visible part of the fungus is not its only part. The bit you can see is called the mycelium, or vegetative part of the organism. However, the colony you see is not the only mold that is present in your home. There are also mold spores, which are microscopic and therefore invisible to the naked eye.

Each mycelium is composed of tiny hair-like cells from which new spores grow and are released. After release, the spores can drift through your home, or get carried on your clothes or even your pets’ fur, and then find new places with food and moisture to set up additional colonies.

We recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of mold. We train our IICRC-certified technicians in all aspects of mold remediation. Part of our job is to wipe away patches of black or green mold. However, we also work hard to reduce the risk of regrowth. We use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity in the area, and use probes to check for hidden pockets of moisture hidden within the structure of your home. A combination of cleaning and reducing moisture is the only practical way to remediate fungal growth.

For help with fungus in West Los Angeles, Ocean Park, Marina del Rey and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Marina Del Rey

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Marina Del Rey SERVPRO technicians are trained to restore your kitchen cabinets after they have been affected by flood damage.

Quick Remediation for Flood Damaged Cabinets and Furniture

Most flooding does not result in a total or even significant loss of the structure. Marina Del Rey residents find themselves dealing with much smaller issues such as replacing cabinetry and furniture after a storm blows through.

Since most of these items are wood or a wood composite, the flood damage Marina Del Rey homeowners usually have to worry about is swelling, cracking, and weakening of the joints where the pieces fit together. SERVPRO personnel is trained to understand and remediate these effects.

We start with carefully removing the excess moisture trapped in the wood. Since raising the temperature too quickly can cause secondary damage, our technicians first set up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the furniture and the surrounding air at the same time. Once we determine an improvement to the wood, the next step is to use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surfaces to increase drying without splintering or fracturing the item.

The other problem with wood is it develops spotting, which damages the finish. Usually, we can remove or hide spotting with a wood care liquid or crème we have on-hand. For excessive spotting, technicians transfer the item to our facility to strip the finish and apply a new one. If the furniture piece is considered high-value, we may recommend using a professional refinishing service.

Wood composites like particleboard are more vulnerable to water exposure. Since they are cheaper than solid wood, replacing them is more cost-effective. However, since the exposed side is usually out of sight, minor damage can be treated. If there is no warping visible on the laminated side, technicians lower the moisture content as with the solid wood and the cabinet under the sink or the basement bookcase can be left in place.

Dealing with a flood can be frustrating, but when the damage is limited, we can accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has the experience to put you safely back into a dry home and works with your insurance company to keep costs low. If you need our help, call us today at (310) 395-9050.

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Can Furniture Be Saved After Water Damage To A Santa Monica Hotel?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Furniture Be Saved After Water Damage To A Santa Monica Hotel? Water causes headaches for business owners.

Furniture Saved After A Water Damage Incident

Water damage happens quickly and often without warning. It only takes one leaking appliance or one burst pipe to cause extensive damage to a hotel or guesthouse. Water causes headaches for business owners. First, there is the potential loss of earnings from closing doors while everything is sorted out. Then there is the direct cost of filing guest refunds or replacing damaged items. It all adds up to frustration for Santa Monica hotel owners.

One of the first questions hoteliers ask us after water damage to their Santa Monica hotel is whether or not we can save their furniture. Hotels have many beds, tables, chairs, sofas and upholstery within their walls. Upholstery colors might run or become water-stained, while wooden chairs and tables warp under the influence of water. Replacing furniture is expensive, and naturally, guest house owners want to avoid that if at all possible.

Thankfully SERVPRO is available to help with water damage cleanup. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to mitigate water damage quickly and restore furniture if possible. The key is removing as much water as practicable, as quickly as we can. We use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to extract water from the premises. Then we set to work tackling each piece of furniture.

We use professional cleaning products and techniques to spot clean stains, and we use wax paper to prevent rust spreading from metal buttons to the rest of the upholstery. We expertly tent sofa and chair cushions so the air can circulate more freely around them. Our teams use dehumidifiers and air movers to hasten the drying process.

SERVPRO understands that furniture is essential to your business. Although not every piece is salvageable after water damage, you can rely on our skilled technicians for honest advice about what to restore, and what to replace.

Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. That is why we recommend every hotelier take advantage of SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, a free app that helps you plan what to do in the event of damage to your business. For help with water cleanup in Marina del Rey, West Los Angeles, Ocean Park and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today.

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Slow Leaks Need Attention to Prevent Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Slow Leaks Need Attention to Prevent Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home Broken or cracked pipes within walls can create water damage which can soon transition to a mold infestation. If you suspect a leak, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped With Detection Tools to Help Find Leaks in Your Home

The drought in the area around Los Angeles affects us on a daily basis. To conserve water, you might make it a habit always to take a shower that is as short as possible and to wash clothes only when the washer has a full load. Making sure that your home's plumbing is free of small, slow leaks can boost these and other water conservation efforts.
 
Eliminating leaks in your plumbing can protect your wallet from higher utility bills and your residence from water damage in Los Angeles. Many times, leaks are in hidden locations, such as under sinks or floors. Finding leaks when you can not see them is often next to impossible. This is a task that SERVPRO can help you conduct in your home. We have moisture meters and thermographers that easily detect any escaped water. After finding locations containing errant water, repairing the problem and protecting your home becomes much easier.
 
Not only does lost water pull unnecessary money away from your bank account, but it must go somewhere. If it evaporates, your dehumidifier must work harder to remove it from the air. If your home's walls absorb it, they can begin to disintegrate. Some leaks can happen so slowly that they stain your walls or ceiling, even though they may seem otherwise unharmed. Mold also becomes a much more likely problem.
 
The professional mitigation experts at SERVPRO hold certificates from the IICRC in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and can restore your home fully. We are experts who can make your home look and feel “Like it never even happened,” regardless of which areas in your home suffer from water damage. Our other professional certifications include Odor Control (OCT), which can remedy any odors left behind or created by water after escaping from small cracks or leaky joints.
 
Always ready to take your call, SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach's local number is (310) 395-9050. Prepared to mitigate water damage no matter how severe or seemingly minor, our professionals can help you protect your home.

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Kitchen Fire Damage in Santa Monica Needs Expert Clean Up

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Damage in Santa Monica Needs Expert Clean Up Santa Monica Calls on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration--We Have No Peer!

SERVPRO Restores Your Santa Monica Property Post Smoke & Fire Events

Kitchens are warm, inviting, a place for good conversation and wonderful cooking smells. They are also the place where most home fires start. The grease, fats, and oils so common around cooking add to the intensity of these fires. According to SERVPRO technicians, they also make cleanup more difficult.

The Red Cross advises that the best way to avoid kitchen fire damage in Santa Monica is to always stay in the house, close to the kitchen, when food is cooking. This especially true if you are grilling, roasting, boiling, baking or frying. Remind yourself to check how the food is doing by setting a timer.

Children love to see what is cooking for dinner but keep them away from the stove and hot surfaces. Store a fire extinguisher in a convenient location to put out small fires. However, never hesitate to call the fire department.

To clean up the damage, call the experts here at SERVPRO. Trained to the standards of the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, we have learned best practices and industry standards for all types of fire restoration work, including difficult kitchen jobs.
 
As restoration professionals, we take a scientific approach to fire cleanup. During our initial inspection and assessment, we locate both evident and hidden smoke residue, figure out what caused it, and decide on the best cleaning agents and methods to remove the soot and the smell. To thoroughly remove residue, we use:
• The right temperature for both the surface we are cleaning and the cleaning agent
• A combination of brushes, towels, water pressure, sonic vibration and air to dislodge the soot
• Chemicals to dissolve, bleach, emulsify or otherwise remove the residue
• The proper amount of time for the products and tools to do their job
 
We can get your kitchen back to usable condition, ready for more great family meals. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience to do a thorough job.
 
When your home suffers from kitchen fire damage, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, (310) 395-9050. We are available to help 24/7, centrally located to serve Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Ocean Park.

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Take Mold Damage Seriously in Los Angeles

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take Mold Damage Seriously in Los Angeles If you discover mold in your home, call SERVPRO to properly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO provides expert mold remediation services

Although you need not panic when you notice mold in your Los Angeles property, take the time to have an expert inspect the area and provide recommendations. Often if a homeowner tries to respond to mold damage with a DIY treatment, the problem becomes bigger and harder to resolve. Our mold remediation team is well trained in the industry’s preferred and proven approach.

Mold damage begins as a minor irritation in your Los Angeles home. You buy an over the counter mold spray or use a homemade concoction like diluted bleach, hoping that manages the situation. Unfortunately, the mold seems to come back repeatedly and you are now unsure how to proceed. Reach out to our team of mold remediation specialists for a solution that works.

Mold spores are constantly in our environment, both inside and out. This is why you cannot trust a mold removal company that assures you their services rid you of mold permanently. SERVPRO stresses we provid mold remediation, a process whereby we remove colonies currently in your home as a first step. The second and more important step is our promise to find the moisture that encouraged the mold growth initially. When we locate the water source, we help you eliminate that, greatly minimizing the chance that mold will grow in your home again in the future.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlines our mold remediation procedure. Moldy areas are contained to prevent the spread of spores and debris to other areas of your home. We sometimes use physical barriers, like plastic sheeting. A more advanced technique involves using an air scrubber, a device that uses negative pressure to keep the mold in one place and filters the air as our technicians work. After appropriate containment, the mold and any porous material it infests is removed and disposed of according to local codes. A professional antimicrobial treatment limits the chance of regrowth.

Moisture control is the EPA’s final step, as it is ours. Ironically, when you try to knock out mold damage with a bleach solution you feed the mold as the mixture you use is over 90 percent water. All it does is lighten the mold’s stain, and then provides the nourishment for the damage to return and perhaps increase.

Take mold remediation seriously by contacting SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. One call to (310) 395-9050 results in an experienced mold abatement team assessing and solving the problem, including arranging for elimination of the water source.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water from Los Angeles Stores Faster and More Effectively

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Removes Water from Los Angeles Stores Faster and More Effectively Using a mop to clean up water damage can leave behind hidden structural damage, be sure to call SERVPRO to thoroughly remove water from your business.

Rely on professional mitigation for your commercial water damage

In the aftermath of a water disaster, it can be tempting to try to conduct water removal from your Los Angeles retail store on your own, especially if there is no standing water. Many see the absence of standing water as a sign that a mop and wringer suffice to clean the place up and end up saving a few dollars in the short-term at the expense of considerable structural damage in the long run. Business owners trust SERVPRO not just for our famous customer service and restoration work, but also for our unique ability to properly mitigate and remove water from a commercial location without leaving any extra water behind.

If you attempt water removal in your Los Angeles store on your own, you most likely have no way to avoid leaving behind humidity, surface moisture and soaked in water. Getting these tougher, more ingrained spots of water requires specialized industrial equipment, like the machines carried by SERVPRO. Our array of thermal and chemical dehumidifiers, directed air movers, and industrial cleaning supplies help us to absorb water throughout the building, even in spots no human could normally reach. Furthermore, whether from mold or the water itself, severe water damage also tends to create strong odors in the building. Our advanced fogging deodorizers work to eliminate odors permanently, even those ingrained deep into woods and construction materials.

As part of our mitigation process, our inspectors will also thoroughly examine the establishment to find additional signs of damage or compromised structural integrity. Using thermal imaging technology coupled with critical information on the building, they are typically able to identify serious safety hazards and get treatment to them before larger problems develop. By calling SERVPRO, you ensure that your store gets a full, well-balanced treatment process, with no stone left unturned and no eventuality unplanned for.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach helps local companies large and small to get back in shape after taking water damage. With an expert staff and specialized equipment, we are capable of overcoming a disaster of any size. Just call us at (310) 395-9050.  

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Finding and Stopping Mold Damage in West Los Angeles

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding and Stopping Mold Damage in West Los Angeles Moisture, Mold Spores, Mold Colonies All Invade West LA Homes, SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation is a Proven Methodology

The weather we enjoy most days helps to keep most people outside and enjoying life. The warmer, dry climate also helps stop many problems that West Los Angeles home owners deal with when it comes to extreme storms or snow found in other parts of the country. Some people mistakenly believe that it also keeps mold from being a problem.
 
Mold damage can occur in a West Los Angeles home as long as there is enough food, moisture, and the right temperature. SERVPRO understands that the moderate weather keeps our area in the perfect range almost year round. The favorite food source of mold is the very material that makes up the walls and ceilings in most homes, and the amount of moisture need for mold spores to expand and grow can be as little as the drops collected below a leaking pipe after just a day or two.
 
Most residents in West Los Angeles never suspect there is a problem until it has grown large. SERVPRO gets called only when someone detects that typical ‘musty’ odor in their bathroom or sees a spread of mold under the sink when looking for a bottle of dish detergent.
 
Once called, however, we do everything possible to determine the source of the mold, stop it, clean up the infestation, and prevent it from recurring. We have found, over our three decades in California, the best way to do all of this is to remove the moisture.
 
Drying up the source of moisture forces mold spores into their dormant state. In this form, the mold is harmless to people and property. It is little more than dust at this stage and can be simply cleaned up by wiping down surfaces with dry cloth and sponges. For larger amounts, our technicians use commercial grade vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters. To pull loose spores out of the air, we place negative air machines at key locations to draw them out and either catch them in HEPA filters for disposal or blow them directly out of your home.
 
Discovering mold in your house can be a frustrating experience. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach knows that this is not just a building to you, so we do everything possible to put our neighbors in Ocean Park and Marina Del Rey back in their homes as quickly as we can. If you have seen mold or suspect it might be a problem where you live, call us at (310) 395-9050 today.

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