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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 Out of date fittings and rarely maintained connection provide unpleasant surprises, rusted through pipes or missing washers causing gallons of water to flood.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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

Dealing With Water Damage In West Los Angeles

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Water Damage In West Los Angeles West Los Angeles Wall Damaged from Water Leakage, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

SERVPRO Assesses and Restores Your Home in West Los Angeles

When it comes to water, it does not take a massive amount to cause severe problems in your home. Small quantities of water in the wrong place can create huge issues that plague your home for years if not taken care of correctly.
 
What made water an enemy? Water has always been capable of dissolving more substances than any other liquid, almost the "universal solvent." It works fast, making its way through a sheet of drywall within minutes, affecting the entire wall of your West Los Angeles home within hours. Water damage becomes apparent rather quickly when the intrusion is sufficiently pronounced.
 
Even when your situation develops slower over time, such as a small puddle under your water heater, can lead to devastating damage if you wait too long. Water heaters operate under pressure, so, when they fail, they fail big.
 
What you need is a company near here like SERVPRO to provide you with the restoration professionals necessary to address various categories of water intrusions in your home, while maintaining safety requirements to provide you and your family with a healthy indoor environment.
 
SERVPRO technicians specialize in water damage restoration methods to help restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently. They understand how to handle different kinds of water events in your home and help restore as many of your belongings as possible throughout the process.
 
When it comes to water intrusion into your living space, it pays to be wary. Attempting to address these concerns on your own may end up causing more harm than good. It is smarter to rely on the expertly trained professionals that are available to you through SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified team members provide you with years of experience, the proper training, and equipment to address any size issue plaguing your home. With time as a major factor in preventing additional damage from developing, they respond quickly and get to work immediately.
 
Working with water extraction and drying equipment such as hand-held and truck mounted extractors, thermo-hygrometers, air movers and dehumidifiers that make it possible to locate, remove or dry any standing water, even those water pockets hidden away within your walls.
 
Never hesitate to contact us when you need our help. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica – Venice Beach for additional information and support you can count on during emergency situations. (310) 395-9050

Commercial Water Removal for Your Flooded West Los Angeles Home Daycare Center

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal for Your Flooded West Los Angeles Home Daycare Center Don't let water damage close down your dependable home daycare. Call SERVPRO to remediate ASAP!

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Water Damage at Your Business


Providing services to other families' children in your home can seem like a work-at-home dream, but it is filled with many responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is always to have a safe and clean area for the children who are brought there while their parents work. When accidents happen, children can be put at risk of injury or illness.

Home daycare centers in West Los Angeles have regular messes, but water from a broken pipe or overflowing tub can close your business - you need to call SERVPRO for commercial water extraction. We can help get your business dry and safe again so you can quickly return to normal operations.

Water inside your home is clean and drinkable as it leaves the tap. Contamination happens when the water comes in contact with different substances. This assorted contaminants can include items that were previously out of the reach of the children in your care, such as cleaning chemicals stored in otherwise inaccessible locations. We can stop the flow of water and then use either a truck or a portable unit to remove standing water.

While many of the containers on the market come in bottles with caps, not all are like this. Some powder cleansers come in cardboard or paperboard containers, boxes, and even bags that are easily infiltrated with water. Other containers that might have lost their caps or only partially close can present other problems with contamination.

The technicians at SERVPRO have been trained according to IICRC standards. They can mitigate any damage that flooding from internal and external sources creates. This damage, in a daycare setting, can include contamination of children's toys, play areas, equipment such as strollers and high chairs, nap time pads and cots, and much more. These things are directly used in caring for children and babies and must be brought back to a sanitary condition.

Other aspects of contamination in your home daycare include items that affect your family, too. These include the carpets, walls, appliances, furniture, and personal belongings that comprise your business's 'home' aspect.

Everything needs to be dried as soon as possible to lessen the effects. Upholstery is often sufficiently air dried with the assistance of air movers, but walls and other surfaces need to be subjected to increased temperatures in addition to increased ventilation and air currents. Carpeting and other flooring types benefit from large pads that extract any moisture that other methods cannot.

When your home daycare has sprung a leak, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to get everything clean and dry again. We operate 24 hours a day, every day of the week because we know that emergencies happen around the clock.

Recovery After an Ocean Park Home Sustains Fire Damage

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovery After an Ocean Park Home Sustains Fire Damage Ocean Park Damages from Fires Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Damaged Properties in Ocean Park Caused by Fires

The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than one-third of fires are structural in nature. Many fires are caused by smoking, electrical systems, or cooking food. Your home or business is an investment. After a structural fire, you need help to manage this disaster.

When you survive a fire, you may not feel like doing anything at all. You feel down, alone, and not sure what to do next to pick up the pieces from this life altering event. Your Ocean Park property may have sustained fire damages, and priceless mementos may have been lost in the blaze. Do not despair after this catastrophe;  SERVPRO can restore your property to its preloss condition under normal circumstances.

In restoring fire damage, you must consider the different types of destruction caused by fires. Materials may be partially or entirely consumed in the combustion event. Heat and smoke residue impact structural materials. Finally, water and chemical agents left behind during the extinguishing process can cause further problems with your home. Materials in your home may be burned, charred, smoked, or even damaged by intense heat. Rapid cleanup can mitigate secondary fire damage.

There are several levels of fire damage requiring different responses from our fire restoration technicians. The disaster is classified from minor to major. At each level, various restoration services are available.

Minor
With minor fire damages, you may see some smoke residue in certain rooms or areas. Few spots may need to be repainted and surfaces may require minor dry sponge cleaning or wet cleaning of interior hard surfaces and walls. Non-salvageable elements are few or none.

Medium
In a medium fire disaster, smoke damage is moderate, water damage is more significant and requires a professional service for removal. Large areas may need repainting or replacement of building materials.

Major
Major fires include severe and prolonged intense heat and fire damage, with significant smoke residues. Major structural repairs and rebuilds may be needed after the initial clean up. Smoke, soot, and ash demand remediation to prevent ongoing damage and to eliminate odors. These restoration tasks are best left to the professional Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians from SERVPRO. Our team can use hydroxyl generators and ozone machines to capture and eliminate most of the airborne smoke particles. Fogging is a technique to finish the sanitizing and disinfecting of the restored area.

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Rely on SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for any water or fire damaging event to your property. We are available 24/7 by dialing (310) 395-9050