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What Makes SERVPRO Better at Mold Remediation than Other Santa Monica Services?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy mold growth on walls and ceiling Our climate is ideal for mold growth. SERVPRO can locate the source of hidden mold and restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians' Extensive Training Makes Them Better at Mold Remediation

Mold is a natural part of the environment found nearly everywhere, but some areas like Santa Monica are more prone to it than others. The fungus thrives on the consistently warm and moist air of our seaside city. It, therefore, poses a significant threat to local homes, especially those with water leaks or poor ventilation. Mold feeds on organic materials like the cellulose in wooden building materials and comes in various forms. Different types generally appear in different settings and under disparate conditions. Over time, if left unaddressed, these harmful microbes can severely damage your home and may cause health effects.

Types of Mold Common to Santa Monica

There are numerous types of mold common to Santa Monica and the rest of Greater Los Angeles. Some of these appear naturally due to moist air and poor ventilation, while others indicate a water leak. Some mold varieties result from clean water damage, and others usually develop on materials impacted by polluted floodwaters. Some of the most often encountered of these microbes are:

  • Aspergillus - the mold most commonly found indoors.
  • Penicillium - blue or green microbial growths that form in damp areas.
  • Chaetomium - a fungus that usually indicates clean water damage.
  • Ulocladium - is often a sign of a water leak and usually found in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.
  • Geotrichum - generally results from sewage and polluted floodwaters.
  • Stachybotrys - a dangerous type of black mold that has been in the headlines recently.

These microbes' effects range from material discoloration and musty smells to substantial damage and potential health issues.

Recent Concerns about Black Mold in Greater Los Angeles

Stachybotrys, often called "toxic" or "black" mold, has made national headlines in recent years. The most notable case involved Ed McMahon, the legendary sidekick of "The Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson, and his ordeal following a botched water damage remediation. As a result of this failed cleanup effort, black fungus spread throughout McMahon's Beverly Hills mansion. Many other Southern California residents have had similar experiences with these harmful, aggressive microbes, prompting California to formally recognize that the presence of mold severely impacts a residence's habitability. It is, therefore, essential to hire the right remediators to address all water and mold-related damage effectively.

Why is SERVPRO Better than Other Santa Monica Mold Remediation Companies?

Specialized training and experience make SERVPRO technicians better than those of other companies. Our professionals have been educated in all aspects of mold remediation and have successfully resolved mold issues resulting from just about every scenario imaginable. Specifically, our technicians are formally trained in:

  • Bio recovery
  • Microbial remediation
  • Structural drying
  • Water damage restoration
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery & fabric cleaning

After they complete their courses, SERVPRO mold specialists are certified by both the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) and the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

So, regardless of whether you need a mold inspection or black mold damage repairs, call the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for assistance.

How to Prevent Fire Damage Worsening

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage possessions on fire damaged dresser Soap and water won’t effectively clean smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO is equipped to handle your fire damage.

What to do While Waiting for Help in Venice Beach

Our customers often inquire what steps they can take to and avoid doing while waiting for their SERVPRO team to arrive.

It is natural to want to start cleanup immediately after fire damage in Venice Beach. However, there are some things that you can do and some things that you should avoid. While you are waiting for our technicians, please do not:

  • Wash the walls, upholstery, or carpets.
  • Touch or try to clean electrical items that have signs of fire or heat damage.
  • Turn on the ceilings lights or fans if there is any risk that the wiring is damaged, or the ceiling is wet.

Why do we recommend you not wash the walls or carpets? Because soot can easily stain surfaces, and if you attempt to wipe soot away, it might smear and cause more damage. We train our technicians to identify the type of soot and the kind of surface for the best cleaning result. Remember, if in doubt, it is always better to wait for the experts.

If your home has fire damage, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

Can You Protect Your Santa Monica Business from Flood Damage?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Make a Flood Damage Plan to Help Your Business

If you are a business owner in Santa Monica, you do not want to deal with flooding. Flooding can close your business and leave you unable to serve your customers and turn a profit. 

Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to minimize flood damage to your Santa Monica business. For example, you can:

  • Store all vital paperwork above floor level and use watertight storage cabinets where you can.
  • Ensure fuse boxes and wiring are above floor level – talk to an electrician if you are worried.
  • Make sure your building is structurally sound with no leaks.

Although you can take precautions, you cannot always prevent floodwater from entering your premises. SERVPRO recommends signing up for a SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan (ERP.) An ERP is a free guide to what to do in the case of an emergency, including who your staff should contact and any steps they should take. You can link your ERP to your local SERVPRO franchise to make it easier to contact us if you need us.

If you need help preparing for flood damage, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

Does Your Santa Monica Beach-Side Property Need Water Cleanup?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe Small leaks can create large issues. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture and water leaks.

SERVPRO Helps Remove Water and Reduce Humidity

Santa Monica is a charming beach-side resort town of 89,736 people. Santa Monica is conveniently placed for the best Los Angeles has to offer. It is direct neighbors with the famous Los Angeles neighborhoods of Brentwood, West Lost Angeles, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, and Venice. However, Santa Monica also has a unique vibe all its own.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Santa Monica was famous as a beach resort, with its beaches often crowded with visitors. During the first few decades of the twentieth century, an amusement pier craze brought more visitors to the area. Although the Great Depression hit Santa Monica hard, it has now bounced back and is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant community, and dedication to green initiatives. 

Santa Monica has also served as a filming location for hundreds of movies and TV shows, including Demolition Man, Rocky III, Forrest Gump, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Iron Man, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. 

Fun for All the Family in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is the perfect location for a family vacation or a family home. With plenty of outdoor spaces and a wealth of amusements, Santa Monica offers something for everyone to do. Some popular family locations include:

  • Santa Monica Pier includes an amusement park with a brightly lit solar-powered Ferris wheel, an aquarium, arcades, and plenty of spots to sit and admire the ocean. There is even a trapeze school here!
  • Tongva Park has scenic ocean views and plenty of amenities, including fountains, a playground, gardens, and picnic areas.
  • Looff Hippodrome is a striking historic building that houses a lavishly detailed carousel from the 1950s. There was initially an even older carousel here, and the building itself is an architectural treasure.

Enjoy the Best of Santa Monica Shopping

Santa Monica is well known for its shopping districts, and those who love to shop will not be disappointed by the range of stores. Some popular shopping places include:

  • Santa Monica Place is a large three-story outdoor mall that features well-known brands such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
  • Main street boasts a variety of shops and restaurants, including both chain stores and unique independent stores.
  • Montana Avenue has boutique stores and high-class restaurants for an upscale shopping experience. 

Third Street Promenade is a pedestrianized mall esplanade with a vibrant atmosphere. Come and enjoy the shops and eateries or find a place to watch the many street entertainers. The promenade also has multiple movie screens if you want to rest and enjoy a movie.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Water Cleanup?

There are many reasons to need water cleanup services, such as a broken pipe, a storm, or a malfunctioning appliance. Whatever the issue, SERVPRO is here to help. We can handle every phase of water cleanup, from water evacuation to drying and deodorizing. 

We also check humidity levels while drying your home. Living by the sea can mean higher humidity, and it is essential to monitor humidity while drying your property because: 

  • Damp atmospheres provide a breeding ground for mold.
  • Damp textiles can smell.
  • Moisture can seep into walls, drywall, insulation, and baseboards.

We use thermo-hygrometers to monitor humidity levels and ensure they are optimal.

For help drying your home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

What Determines the Correct Water Restoration Equipment?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Identifies the Type and Number of Equipment when Restoring Santa Monica Properties

After a water loss incident affects your business premises, you have to make tough decisions to salvage your operations. One often overlooked aspect is choosing the resources to use during the restoration. For instance, if the incident leaves pools of standing water, you need fast extraction tools for efficient removal. However, the quickest extraction equipment might be too cumbersome, so you have to strike a balance.

When SERVPRO embarks on water restoration in Santa Monica business premises, we take a holistic approach to determine what to use. For example, if drying wet surfaces and materials is the goal, we consider how different equipment types contribute towards establishing a dry environment. A typical drying exercise requires:

  • Water extraction equipment
  • Heating sources
  • Drying equipment
  • Air filtration devices

Choose equipment that handles its intended job and helps with other aspects is the appropriate approach. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians choose water extractors with sufficient vacuum lift to minimize the amount of moisture drying equipment has to remove. We also calculate the affected areas' surface area to determine the proper equipment size to use.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has access to various equipment to handle any water restoration needs. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to help restore your store to its preloss state.

Is Mold Damage in Santa Monica Properties Difficult to Address?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Address Any Issues that Arises After Mold Damage in a Property

Mold infestations are easy to detect in most properties because they show signs such as dark patches on surfaces or the development of a musty smell. However, easy identification does always lead to easy resolution of the problem because the surface mold may recur soon after removal. Simultaneously, the growth in hidden areas may require extensive tear down to remove.

Addressing mold damage in Santa Monica properties is only convenient if the right resources are utilized. Since SERVPRO technicians have considerable experience handling such situations, it is easy to identify problematic areas. For instance, we check:

  • For the likelihood of penetration of mold hyphae beyond the surface of a material
  • The presence of moisture in hidden sections of the house
  • The level of deterioration in affected materials

Such evaluations from our SERVPRO technicians help guarantee a positive outcome in different ways. For instance, we can remove all the porous materials instead of cleaning their surfaces. If the evaluation reveals hidden moisture pockets, we can tear up the areas to reach the wet materials. Also, since mold plays a role in natural decay processes, we remove materials affected by the mold over long periods since they are likely to be structurally compromised.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can help ease the challenges of addressing mold damage. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to assist you.

Does Flood Damage Stop After the Initial Water Intrusion?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on hardwood floors When this property flooded, SERVPRO was there. We can remediate any storm damage you may incur.

SERVPRO Can Help You Avoid Secondary Damage after Your Santa Monica Property Floods

When looking for an exciting place to live or visit, Santa Monica can be a great choice considering in 2010 it was listed number 7 in the National Geographic "Top 10 Beach Cities in the World" list. TIME magazine also recognized it as one of the "Best Places to Live." The beachside city is 8.3 square miles, located on the westside of Los Angeles County.

Some of its main attractions include its unparalleled natural beauty, such as the broad sandy beaches stretching approximately 3.5 miles. The fresh ocean breeze is welcoming to visitors who enjoy various activities, including Volleyball at the beach, looking for sea lions, or just watching the crashing waves.

Historically Santa Monica has always been an excellent getaway for many people, including the affluent ones such as Hollywood celebrities who patronized Club Casa Del Mar and other entertainment spots in the 1920s. Club Casa del Mar was constructed by brothers Jack and Til Harter, and they opened it on May 1, 1926, as a private beach club. Currently, some of the top hotels in the area include:

  • Shutters on the Beach
  • The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica Beach
  • Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Museums in Santa Monica 

The city was incorporated and named for Saint Monica in 1886. Its favorable weather made it a great resort city by the early 20th century. Currently, it attracts over 8 million tourists annually. Apart from the traditional attractions in the area, museums also draw in many people. Some of the top museums include:

  • Santa Monica History Museum- The facility exhibits regional historical artifacts such as rare photos. The facility located on 7th street in downtown Santa Monica began in 1975. Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, purchase historical photo reprints, free lectures, and research services.
  • Museum of Flying- The private museum was initially opened in 1974 by Donald Douglas, closed in 2002, and reopened in 2012. The facility displays many artifacts associated with the Douglas Aircraft Company. Apart from exploring exhibits, there is an observation deck where visitors can also observe planes taking off and landing.
  • 3DAR Trick Art Museum- The facility located on 3rd street Promenade is one of the city's more recent attractions. The exhibitions are interactive, allowing you to step into the artworks and create your own story with various paintings, including dolphins, 3D zombies, and other paintings that come to life. It is highly rated as a place to spend time with family.

How Does SERVPRO Help Prevent Secondary Flood Damage in Santa Monica?

Finding your property inundated with filthy floodwaters is an unpleasant experience. While the damage from such intrusion is already done, you should not abandon your property since other unnecessary issues can develop. Typical secondary complications include:

  • Mold development
  • Irreversible moisture damage
  • Vandalism 

SERVPRO can help you avoid secondary obstacles by taking immediate steps to protect your property. For instance, boarding up the property helps seal all openings keeping vandals and small animals out. We also help perform move-outs to protect your valuables from overexposure to floodwaters. We can also extract water from the house fast if the floodwaters outside the structure have receded.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has sufficient experience dealing with flood damaged properties. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to help resolve the problems you face.

Local Venice Beach Residents Learn to Craft Cocktails and Dinner

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Master Bartender and Chef Teach Venice Beach Locals to Level Up Mealtime

The past year has seen substantial changes in how we do everything, but participants can learn to make a great dinner and unique cocktails through this workshop in Venice Beach. Learn skills from a French-trained chef and a master bartender to make your next meal a real event. Attendees learn the secret to making great pasta with a velvety sauce and pair it with a port reduction and bourbon. The instructors supply all ingredients needed, including the Italian wine and whiskey for the pasta sauce and cocktails. The kits will be available at a to-be-determined location the day before the event. Contact the organizer at losangeles@womenwhowhiskey.club with any questions about this event.

  • Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 PM PST
  • Price: $99
  • Location: Virtual class - link given after registration

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 supports the local Venice Beach Community with fire restoration services. The trained techs can handle both the cleanup and any reconstruction needed. 

Get Moving in 2021 in Santa Monica

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged floor. SERVPRO can restore your water damage so you can enjoy Zumba!

Santa Monica Residents Can Come to a Virtual Zumba Class 

Participants can kick-off Black History Month by getting in shape at a virtual Zumba class filled with fun with Miss Debi. The session contains a mix of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dance and fitness party. Pick a space in your home, get a drink to stay hydrated, and get ready to sweat. Persons of all ages are encouraged to participate. This event is for individuals new to Zumba and seasoned pros with this type of workout. Your instructor, Miss Debi, has training as a fitness professional and dancer. She focuses on improving health, wellness, and quality of life. 

  • The event is free, but you will need a ticket.
  • RSVPs will receive the event link on the day of the event.
  • Contact Ms. Debi at 323-709-7929 with any questions.
  • Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
  • Time: 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM EST

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 is available 24/7 to residents for any size groundwater removal in Santa Monica homes.

Santa Monica Residents Know to Call on SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

View of California beach, birds on beach, hills in background. Santa Monica has so much to offer. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your fire damage so you can enjoy all the area’s beauty.

SERVPRO Techs Bring the Latest Technology for Fire Restoration in Santa Monica Properties

There are two schools of thought for how Santa Monica got its name. The first tells the tale of how the town got named for the feast day of Saint Monica, patron saint of wives, alcoholics, and abuse victims. The second way this town may have gotten its name is because the dripping spring reminded early settlers of Saint Monica's tears. No matter how it got its name, in 1886, the citizens voted to incorporate the town and founded the first town hall in a small, brick building that later served as a saloon and in the present is a portion of the Santa Monica Hostel.

The railroad is why Santa Monica grew, and the line received regular use until 1933. The residents did not want the noise and commotion that came with being a major stop along the railroad line. Instead, they leaned towards investing in the entertainment industry, specifically amusement piers. This type of venue became wildly popular in the first half of the 20th century. Competing parks repeatedly tried to one-up each other by creating ever faster and larger roller coasters. At one time, the city had five amusement piers in operation; in the present, only the Santa Monica Pier, constructed in 1909, remains on the north bay. 

One of the most famous amusement piers was the Pacific Ocean Park, which opened in 1958. It was more popular than Disneyland for a while, and then attendance began to fall off. By 1967, the park ceased to function and got foreclosed due to unpaid taxes, and it sat empty until removed as a hazardous property and nuisance in 1974. Besides local businesses, the economy also depends upon tourist revenue. 

An Unlikely Contributor to Santa Monica

Hollywood noticed the amenities the city of Santa Monica offered, and one of the first people to buy a large parcel of land was comedian Will Rogers. He built a ranch in the Santa Monica Canyon in 1922 and created a polo friend where he played with friends such as Spencer Tracy, Robert Montgomery, and Walt Disney. After an untimely death in an Alaskan plane crash, the residents found that Rogers deeded his ranch land to the public. In the present, the area got split into three main places known as: 

  • Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • Will Rogers State Park
  • Will Rogers State Beach.

Famous Residents in Santa Monica

While many celebrities reside in nearby Los Angeles, some famous names call Santa Monica home. Four well-known names that live in the city are:

  • Christian Bale - starred in "American Psycho," The Dark Knight. He also lost a lot of weight for his role in "The Machinist." 
  • Tom Cruise - Well Known action and drama star, Tom Cruise also calls the city home. He is a common sight on the streets when he is not filming. 
  • Sandra Bullock was a resident of Texas for years and, after her divorce from Jesse James, moved to the city with her son and is a frequent visitor to the pier. 
  • David and Victoria Beckham - are transplants from England to the city. He has retired from soccer, but her clothing line is still going strong. 

Santa Monica Weather

The year-round climate in Santa Monica is warm and classified as a moderate Mediterranean climate. The temperature tends to range from 70s F throughout the year, with summertime temperatures occasionally hitting in the 80s.

A phrase locals use to describe the month of June is "June Gloom." While the city sees an average of 310 sunny days per year, the month of June often brings morning fog and overcast skies that do not burn off until around noon. 

As far as bad weather, the city is in one of the lowest risk groups for Pacific hurricanes, only experiencing three since storms began getting recorded in 1930. Consequently, the city has a high risk of earthquakes. Over 3700 earthquakes have occurred since 1931, according to the USGS (United States Geological Survey) database. According to the USGS research, the area has a 94.99% chance of a significant earthquake within the next fifty years. The last major earthquake recorded in Santa Monica had a center just outside the city and measured a magnitude of 6.7 in 1994.

How Can Fire Restoration Techniques Help Against Smoke Damage and Odor

Different types of smoke damage need fire restoration services in Santa Monica homes post-fire. The two main types are wet and dry smoke. Depending on the materials burned during the fire, these residues are produced. SERVPRO technicians perform tests on the smoke and the surface to determine the best cleaning method to lift away the smoke without marring the surface. Incorrect or some DIY techniques for fire cleanup can lead to issues such as: 

  • Shrinkage of fibers in carpets 
  • Bleeding of dyes in fabric and rugs
  • Damage to wood surfaces
  • Driving soot residue into sheetrock

SERVPRO technicians use their advanced cleaning agents and methods to clean surfaces. Hardwood furniture and countertops covered in soot may look ruined, but on a case, by case basis, they have restoration potential. 

Odor control is a large part of the fire damage cleanup that needs to happen. If there are elements such as smoke webs and charred building materials, strong odors remain in the home. The need for controlled demolition, where the techs carefully remove only the materials too damaged for restoration, helps lower the pungent smells. Follow up treatments with different odor control applications work to eradicate any remaining smoke odors in the house. 

This SERVPRO location holds contractor license #837225. Once any needed controlled demo actions get taken, the techs can also perform the repairs to return the home to its normal condition and remove all signs of damage from the flames and smoke. 

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for a fast response to fire restoration needs in local Santa Monica homes.