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Did the Fire in Your Santa Monica Home Leave Your Possessions Smoke Damaged?

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did the Fire in Your Santa Monica Home Leave Your Possessions Smoke Damaged? SERVPRO Franchise professionals have the equipment, training and experience to help restore your fire damaged possessions.

SERVPRO Techniques for Eliminating Dry and Wet Smoke Left by Fire Damage in Santa Monica Blaze

Fire damage from flames is terrible enough, but the residue and odor from smoke and soot linger on well after extinguishing the blaze. The time that elapses between the fire and the cleanup is critical as the longer smoke and soot are allowed to linger on furnishings and possessions, the deeper they penetrate.  

It's stressful enough to find out the fire damage in your Santa Monica home has been so significant that drywall or flooring needs replacing, but what about furnishings or heirlooms with sentimental value that are irreplaceable? SERVPRO has developed numerous cleaning methods that can often restore personal possessions to their preloss condition. The cleaning techniques we employ are dependent on the type of smoke left by the fire.  

When fires burn, they go through different levels of smoke production. We typically diagnose the amount of smoke damage left by the primary type present. That is why SERVPRO conducts a pre-test to determine the type of smoke left by the fire, so the correct cleaning methods are applied. Dry smoke primary comes from organic materials such as wood and leaves a powdery residue that does not easily smear when wiped and is generally easier to clean and deodorize. Slow-moving fires which burn synthetic materials and plastics produces wet smoke. Because of the slowness in the burn pattern, wet smoke generally penetrates more deeply and is often more difficult to clean and deodorize.  

Often, we need to combine multiple cleaning-disciplines to eradicate the smoke residue. Including wet and dry cleaning as well as foam cleaning for upholstery that is prone to shrinkage or bleeding is inappropriate for wet cleaning methods. Vapor control works to remove odors with gel pellets and is an effective way to control odors. For furnishings and possessions that require deep deodorization, SERVPRO has thermal foggers that disburse solvent-based deodorants that overtake smoke odors, neutralizing them, leaving home and contents smelling fresh and clean.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is nearby and ready to mitigate the fire damage to your Santa Monica home. Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050 for an immediate response and cleanup of your home and possessions.  

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Is It Time to Talk More About Water Damage Remediation in Your Marina Del Rey Home?

2/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is It Time to Talk More About Water Damage Remediation in Your Marina Del Rey Home? Water damage needs your immediate attention to help prevent the possibility of mold. Contact our certified team for water removal.

Water Removal From a Kitchen Ceiling Pipe Break in Marina Del Rey

Plumbing pipes that run along the ceiling can cause a large amount of damage to your home if there is a leak or seal failure that allows water to flow into the room. Water removal needs to happen as quickly as possible and if there has been a slow leak that was happening for a period of time before the break, you may already have mold growth in the vicinity that needs to be removed.

Turn off the water and have our technicians access the damage as soon as possible in your home so cleanup and restoration in Marina Del Rey can begin. SERVPRO techs are highly trained, certified and use the latest technology, such as digital moisture detectors, to determine the actual area that has been affected by water. Materials that are in drywall and carpet padding can absorb water much like a sponge and spread to areas that were not in the vicinity of the initial water damage.

SERVPRO can utilize portable wet/dry vacuums for small scale removal or truck mounted industrial pumps for large-scale projects. Once the standing water is eliminated, the affected rooms in the home will be thoroughly dried, with powerful air movers and dehumidifiers if necessary. Once the rooms and furnishings are confirmed dry, the cleanup begins.

Mold is a big concern and our technicians use professional-grade antifungal and antibacterial cleaners to prohibit mold and mildew growth. SERVPRO technicians can do a thorough cleaning by hand, if additional deodorization is necessary, they can use industrial fogging machines to overtake and eliminate any odors left in the home or furnishings. When the cleaning is completed, our technicians can begin the final step of the restoration of your home. This may involve fixing or replacing drywall, carpeting or painting. Our goal is to return your home to its preloss condition and get your life back to normal.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for quick water removal from your home. Our expert technicians are on hand to assist you 24/7, just call (310) 395-9050 to get started immediately.

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Is a Water Leak Draining Profits at Your Santa Monica Restaurant?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Is a Water Leak Draining Profits at Your Santa Monica Restaurant? Water from seemingly small leaks can cause damage.

Commercial Water Removal Services a Leaky Sink in Your Santa Monica Business

Besides the annoyance it creates in your Santa Monica restaurant, a leaky sink is also a colossal waste of water that you as the business owner have to pay. Plus, the longer it is left alone, the more damage it creates to your structure. It can even promote the growth of mold, which can cause health effects for you, your employees, and your customers.  

A sink leak can cause the need for commercial water removal services for your Santa Monica business. At SERVPRO, we employ the latest in leak detecting technology and have professional equipment that our trained technicians use. We have been in business for years and have the knowledge needed to restore your business to its previous condition quickly.  

When a faucet is leaking, the wasted water is a tap on your bank account. Even though it may only be a few cents here and there, it all adds up quickly. No matter why the sink is leaking, SERVPRO techs can come to your business and fix the problem and dry your building back out. The sink bowl or the counter piece can become damaged over years of use or even an accident. Wear areas and cracks are primary sources for leaks, and we have the tools that can make quick work of your problem.  

Another possible leak source is your sink drain. It is relatively easy to test for this type of leak. Just plug the drain of your sink and fill the basin with water. If there is no dripping water under the sink, your sink drain is okay.  

The piping under your sink can also spring a leak and need repairing. If you think you might have a leak in the plumbing under the sink, try to trace the water that is leaking back to its source, which is usually around the P-trap or the fittings. Over time, the fittings can war out and need replacing.  

At SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach, our goal is to help you restore and dry your business in Marina Del Rey, Ocean Park, or Venice Beach back out again so you can return to normal operations as soon as possible. As soon as you notice a problem, give us a call at (310) 395-9050, and we can take care of the issue for you.

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Become Familiar With Santa Monica Fire Damage Remediation Services

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Become Familiar With Santa Monica Fire Damage Remediation Services Seeing the damage that a fire caused to your home can be quite devastating. Contact SERVPRO to make it "like it never even happened."

What Happens to Your Carpet After Fire Damage to Your Home in Santa Monica

One is never ready to deal with fire damage in your home. The aftermath of a fire can be quite traumatic not only because of the disaster itself, but also in dealing with the remnants of your home and its contents. Aside from determining whether your home is structurally sound, you also need to consider how to revert the fire's damage, which includes wiping everything clean from soot and smoke traces as well as dealing with the effects of water or other chemicals used in extinguishing the fire. It may all seem a bit overwhelming and look like a complete loss, but in reality there might still be many salvageable items.
 
When there is fire damage to your home in Santa Monica your carpet may be one of those items that may look like it needs to be completely removed and replaced. Even though this might be the case, our fully trained team of SERVPRO specialists can help you make that decision. Very often the damage you are seeing to your carpets may be the result of soot and not because the carpet is actually burnt itself. If this is the case, and there has not been any significant ancillary damage from water or debris resulting from the fire, our team may still be able to help you save the carpet in your home.
 
There are several ways to approach the post-fire cleanup of the carpet in your home, and our SERVPRO team is knowledgeable of these options. For example, if it is a short pile carpet, our team may use a technique which essentially dry cleans the fibers, allowing for strict control of unnecessary humidity to the area. In other cases, our technicians may decide to use hot water to help extract the soot from your carpet. Depending on your specific needs, our team of experts will be able to make a decision on the best course of action and avoid the need for full replacement of your rug.
 
Whenever you think of fire damage to your home, make sure to reach out to SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach for a comprehensive approach to remedying the damage. Our team is available 24/7 and able to make a full assessment of your home and the steps to be taken to resolve issues directly caused by the fire, and those that come as collateral damage. Just reach out to (310) 395-9050 and allow us to use our wealth of experience for your benefit.
 
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The Worst Flooding Mistakes in West Los Angeles and What They Will Cost You

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Worst Flooding Mistakes in West Los Angeles and What They Will Cost You When flooding has affected your home, time is of the essence in order to prevent mold from setting in. Contact SERVPRO immediately for services.

Falling Trees Can Allow Flooding in Your West Los Angeles Home

Storms can cause a lot of troublesome effects for your West Los Angeles home. These high-powered systems can carry the capability of damaging your roof, removing siding from your home, or even uprooting trees or breaking their limbs. With direct impact from a weighty limb from a tree, or an entire tree falling against your home, the structural elements could buckle and break, causing an avenue for water penetration throughout the storm.

While the initial damage to your home might be bad enough to contend with, the potential West Los Angeles flood damages that could occur in your residence requires you to react quickly and secure the appropriate restoration company. Our SERVPRO team can help you through all aspects of this traumatic experience, from mitigating the loss from the flood damages to rebuilding your damaged exterior.

Our technicians can quickly assess the full measure of the damage that your property has sustained and the appropriate steps required to restore it entirely. Our estimator can determine not only the cost of the restoration but also catalog damages to your home and its contents to provide the appropriate information to your insurance provider should you decide to file a claim.

With our building services, our SERVPRO team can make the entire restoration process as efficient and streamlined as possible. We have licensed residential and commercial contractors in our franchise that can work alongside our restoration technicians to ensure that your home gets returned to you promptly. This comprehensive approach is critical to minimizing our impact in your life and reducing the cost of the work to get done by removing the need to subcontract rebuilding and reconstruction requirements.

Flood damages can spread quickly throughout your home once a storm has damaged the exterior of the house. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach water restoration technicians and specialists can respond quickly to the situation to begin preserving your property and returning it to preloss conditions fast. Give us a call whenever you need us at (310) 395-9050.


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Did You Know That SERVPRO is IICRC Certified for Water Damage Remediation in Santa Monica?

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Did You Know That SERVPRO is IICRC Certified for Water Damage Remediation in Santa Monica? When water trickles into your living area, finding the cause is key to remediation. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate water damage.

Choosing the Right Water Removal Team in Santa Monica

Where there is standing water, there is the risk of extensive property damage to both structure and possessions. The need to rectify an issue like this quickly can lead homeowners to rush their decision in choosing a restoration specialist. As experienced professionals who complete hundreds of cleanup operations each year, we feel in the right place to offer advice on how to choose the right service.

Homeowners that need water removal in Santa Monica should look to local services. These reduce call out times which are essential to mitigating the losses associated with water damage. Water can damage wallpaper, paintwork, furniture as well as sheetrock inside the wall cavity. Local services like SERVPRO offer a shortened call out time because we use technicians that live and work in the local area.

A comprehensive cleanup service requires expertise. The second thing you should look for in your restoration provider is qualifications. Removal of water using pumps or extraction units is a relatively simple task. However, learning how to mitigate secondary damages like mold or mildew growth as well as ensuring all elements of the structure are appropriately dried requires training. SERVPRO technicians hold IICRC certificates in a range of areas including applied structural drying, odor control, and mold assessment & remediation.

Equipment is just as necessary as expertise when it comes to completing a thorough job. SERVPRO uses its national resources to supply our technicians with the latest technology. It is a considerable investment but one that we choose to make to ensure our work remains at the highest possible standard.

In water removal, being able to access crevices beneath floorboards or inside wall cavities is essential. We use injectidry systems that use injectors to blast hot air inside your walls. This equipment is effective at drying sheetrock that may otherwise have to be discarded. The deployment of drying mats can help to draw moisture from beneath hardwood surfaces without needing to pull up floorboards.

Our investment in the best equipment, as well as investment in the best training for our technicians, is why we are a premier provider of water cleanup. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to arrange a service.
 
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Did You Know HVAC Systems Can Cause Water Damage to Your Marina Del Rey Residence?

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did You Know HVAC Systems Can Cause Water Damage to Your Marina Del Rey Residence? Our SERVPRO experts are here to save the day when your HVAC system causes water damage to your residential home.

HVAC System Can Cause Water Damage to Marina Del Rey Homes

Nearly every day of the year, many Marina Del Rey homes condition the indoor air temperatures to remain at a constant comfort level. While these modern conveniences can help to make your home life better, the HVAC system can sometimes not function properly, and it can lead to damages that require professional restoration technicians like ours to overcome. Understanding how you can prepare for this possibility can help to keep your home and its occupants safe.

While there are many different ways that your Marina Del Rey home could suffer water damages, many residents do not consider their HVAC systems to be a contributing factor. In truth, these appliances often produce substantial condensation and moisture, which when improperly discharged or pooled in points throughout the duct network, can allow for a steady leak or consistently damp area of your home to restore.

When our SERVPRO professionals get informed about the situation in your home, we can get our technicians together quickly with the tools necessary to dry up the damaged areas and assess for structural concerns. Through our initial inspection, we can determine the source of the water damage and where the water originates. In some instances, the HVAC system has become sluggish and ineffective because of a buildup of debris, dust, and other particulates. Our technicians can clean out this essential component to your home, which can help to identify further problems that lead to water damage and also improve the efficiency of the air circulation appliances.

With equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers, we can quickly dry up the saturated materials within the vicinity of the HVAC system. We can use moisture detection equipment like our thermal imagery cameras to determine further moisture pockets to ensure that no lingering moisture is left behind to develop secondary conditions like mold growth.

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Many homeowners might not consider their HVAC system as a source of water damage to the house, but it happens more often than many might believe. Give our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach rapid response team a call anytime that you need us at (310) 395-9050.

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Venice Beach, SERVPRO, and the Art of Smoke Damage Cleanup

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Venice Beach, SERVPRO, and the Art of Smoke Damage Cleanup Venice Beach Fire and Smoke Wipe Downs and Clean Ups Make SERVPRO Technicians Exceptional

Different Types of Smoke Damage to Your Venice Beach Home

As you might already be aware, disasters that impact your Venice Beach property do not always occur in the way you could expect. Something as damaging as fire can spread quickly throughout your property and affect multiple areas and present many unique effects for restoration teams to overcome. Understanding how to restore your home and make the process as fast as possible requires some assessment knowledge to learn the type of damages and the full measure of their spread throughout the property.

For example, the fire damages to your Venice Beach home could present multiple types of smoke damages. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that smoke from the fire is the same regardless of the cause and location but overcoming the different types possible requires specific restoration tools and techniques. Most often, smoke damage gets classified into two categories: wet and dry smoke. Our SERVPRO professionals can handle either of these, but a thorough initial inspection is necessary to determine the full measure of damages, what equipment is necessary to overcome it, and what personnel we need to handle the situation fast.

These two primary categories of smoke damage relate to the heat with which the fire burns within the property. Dry smoke, for example, comes from excessive heat in a drier environment. This variety of smoke damage often gets categorized as thin and powdery from the effects it leaves behind on the property. Our premier cleaning services can make short work of this residue with high-powered vacuums and solvents.

Wet smoke damages can often prove more challenging for our IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals, but we have the tools and expertise to handle this efficiently as well. This variety produces much more smoke, which can leave a coating on surfaces and the contents of the affected areas, not to mention, produce a very harsh odor for our technicians to overcome with deodorizing equipment like our thermal foggers.

While not every fire in the area is going to be the same, our approach to handling these emergencies efficiently to limit our impact on your life never changes. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach fire restoration technicians have the extensive training and leading equipment to help. Give us a call whenever disaster strikes at (310) 395-9050.

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SERVPRO Seeks, Finds, and Removes Water--We Mitigate Damages to Your Santa Monica Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Seeks, Finds, and Removes Water--We Mitigate Damages to Your Santa Monica Home Santa Monica Water Damage Stops Right Here!! Says SERVPRO

Water Damage in Santa Monica Gets Worse without Professional Mitigation

When your residence in Santa Monica contains a leaking pipe, it is more than just a simple nuisance. This water must go somewhere. It does not just disappear and become a non-problem. Water that escapes a water line seeps into any absorbent materials and slowly evaporates into your home's air.
 
Excess humidity in your Santa Monica house's interior can exacerbate water damage and help it spread to other areas of your home. Moisture that ends up in your HVAC system can allow microbes to flourish and colonize in other areas of your home and not only in the ductwork. Water vapor can also make it more difficult for systems to achieve the desired effect. While reaching the temperature you set on your thermostat may occur, the way the air feels can significantly differ on your skin. RH relative humidity at below 65% offers a more comfortable interior ambiance.
 
SERVPRO technicians make sure that each home they work on receives every benefit of their training and experience. We work hard to detect every bit of water that escaped from the leaking water line and get it removed. Wherever it seeped into or condensed on, it is revealed by our water detection equipment. We use infrared imaging cameras to discover slight changes in the temperature of walls and other surfaces, and our pinpoint meters show us how much moisture content any particular structure holds.
 
When leaks still exist, SERVPRO technicians can repair smaller-scale plumbing issues and save you the added expense of a plumber's visit. When larger ones occur, we have partners who work with us, helping keep your costs more manageable. We handle each home like it was our own – with dedication and the implementation of our expertise. We want to mitigate any water damage and help get it restored to its previous condition, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Wherever materials sustain water damage, replacements are in order. We remove damaged areas and clean the area up, readying it for restoration work. Discovering microbial infestation occurs at this point in some homes, but we can remediate such problems, saving you the hassle of dealing with another situation. Often, just cleaning the area suffices. Without any water to reactivate the problem, installation of new materials can occur on schedule.
 
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach regularly serves those in the Ocean Park and Marina Del Rey areas, as well as the majority of West Los Angeles. When water damage threatens your home, and your water bill every month, call us at (310) 395-9050. Our 24-hour service line is available every day of the year.

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SERVPRO Says to Santa Monica Property Owners--Be Ready for Flooding

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says to Santa Monica Property Owners--Be Ready for Flooding Don't Let Your Possessions Go Down the Drain After Flooding in Santa Monica, Contact SERVPRO

The Importance of Flood Loss Preparation in Santa Monica

Flooding occurs throughout the country and is not limited to any particular season or time frame. Whether your home exists in a flood-prone area or not, now is the best time to prepare your Santa Monica home. It pays to look ahead and make the necessary preparations.

If you are wondering how to prepare your Santa Monica area home against flood damage, consider flood disaster planning. Even if you think your chances of experiencing a flood in your area are small, it is essential to remain vigilant. You should understand what is happening in your area. Stay informed about water level activity and develop a response. With the recent wildfires, water percolation after heavy rains and mudslides can become more prevalent.

Everyone should obtain flood insurance data specific to the area in which they live. You can always receive this information from your local insurance provider. Keep copies of important documents in a safe location, somewhere in your home that is less likely to experience flooding.

Have a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, help prepare your home. Our technicians can inspect your home’s entire layout and help you make informed decisions that could minimize potential damage. You are not alone; there are entire teams of highly-trained professionals ready to assist at a moments notice.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians put their training to work for you. We use advanced techniques and equipment to protect your property. Whether you need to have a sump pump installed, have grading issues or need to make repairs to damaged gutters or drains, our team can help. The professionals we provide can handle everything from anchoring the fuel tanks on your property to protecting valuables stored in a low-lying area of your home.

SERVPRO understands how flooding is a dangerous and costly event. It is our company's goal to spread the word about preparedness, keep you informed and help reduce flood damage losses on your property. However, should you experience flooding in your home, we are prepared to perform a variety of services that make your house a home again, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has a Green Fleet of vehicles prepared to respond to your call. We make ourselves available to service the entire area 24/7, 365, for your protection and convenience. Request help, today. (310) 395-9050

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