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Get Moving in 2021 in Santa Monica

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Come to WinterLit the Day After Christmas in Santa Monica

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica Gets Transformed

It does not snow in Santa Monica, but that does not stop the Winterlit celebration from bringing the holiday spirit into a one-stop immersive experience. There are tens of thousands of lights throughout the Promenade illuminating the area. Each of the eleven storefronts has been creatively decorated, turning the windows into an art installation with a seasonal theme. Local artists were asked to create murals for what the holiday season means to them, mainly since 2020 has been very different for everyone. The free holiday-themed app allows guests to experience the event through augmented reality. The event organizers ask that attendees observe social distancing protocols and other safety measures. 

  • Time: 7 PM until 12 AM
  • Date: December 26, 2020
  • Location: Third Street Promenade

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 supports the local community with water cleanup needs in residential and commercial properties. Our team is always on call and arrives quickly after the initial call. 

Improve Your Memory in Venice Beach

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Venice Beach Attendees Learn Techniques for Cognitive Development

Many people struggle with balancing what they learn and read and recalling that information. Iris Reading, one of the largest providers of courses to enhance reading speed, memory, and productivity, has a virtual event for cognitive development that can benefit both professionals and students and help them focus. After the live recording, attendees can watch a recording of the event. 

  • Date: December 21, 2020
  • Time: 8 PM
  • Fee: Free

Participants will learn techniques to remember better what they read. Memory improving exercises make it easier to have more significant comprehension for what gets read and remembered. These techniques can also get applied to memorizing small daily tasks such as passwords, important dates such as birthdays, names of people newly met, or to-do lists. 

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 performs water mitigation for local properties and can remove the water and handle any reconstruction necessary to bring the structure to its pre-water damage condition.

SERVPRO Supports the Local Santa Monica Community with Fire Damage Restoration Services

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

People walking and biking on sidewalk; beach and ocean in background. Santa Monica is rich in culture, and history, and recreation. Don’t let fire damage spoil your fun. Call SERVPRO!

Residents of Santa Monica Can Count on SERVPRO to Arrive for Fire Damage Restoration 24/7

Santa Monica has a rich cultural history from its inception in 1542 when Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo dropped his anchor in the Santa Monica Bay. Later in 1769, Father Juan Crespi named Saint Monica, patron saint of abuse victims, wives, alcoholics, and widows. In the present, over 90,000 residents call the city home. Locals refer to the area as "SaMo."

Famous Residents of Santa Monica

Around the 1920s, Hollywood stars started buying up Santa Monica property for themselves, and the population grew to over 37,000. Well-known names frequently sighted in the city were: 

  • Humorist Will Rogers who owned 345 acres that he left to the city upon his death
  • Actors Spencer Tracy and Robert Montgomery 
  • Creator of the magical kingdom, Walt Disney

Santa Monica: Home of the Fitness Craze

In the 1950s, Muscle Beach ignited the 90-lb weakling into becoming built like fitness icon Charles Atlas. Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed exercise equipment on the beach in the late 1930s, and gymnastics activities were primarily performed on the beach initially; since the 1950s, the area has been the hub of fitness and bodybuilding. 

The Weather in Santa Monica is Beautiful

The overall climate in Santa Monica is excellent weather for outdoor activities year-round. This area of California averages just 14-inches of rain per year, and the US average is around 38-inches of rain yearly. It does not snow beyond flurries that happen rarely. Residents can count on around 281 sunny days per year, far surpassing the average for the rest of the United States having 205 days. The summer heat tops out at about 74 degrees Fahrenheit in July, and the coldest it gets on average is about 49 degrees in January. 

Best Things to Do in Santa Monica

Tourists and locals both have many activities and venues to visit besides the beautiful Santa Monica Beach. One of the most famous is the Santa Monica Pier. The pier is home to Pacific Park, a small-scale amusement park with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and other rides. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has a convenient location inside the area, and in the summer, live music is a frequent event.

Third Street Promenade is alive with activity as a pedestrian shopping area. There is an abundance of street performers and the best viewing times are in the evenings and weekends. The venue was once home to many unique shops and food kiosks; in the present, many of these local businesses lost out to large chain stores and franchise restaurants, but there are numerous shopping and dining opportunities. 

The Annenberg Community Beach House welcomes the public with a community center, public swimming pool, and a gallery located centrally at Santa Monica State Beach. This house was originally the site of a 100-room mansion that publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst built for Marion Davies in the 1920s. The property became a hotel and club before deteriorating, and the structure, except the beach house, was torn down in 1956. The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 caused tremendous damage to the club, and the city lacked the funding to repair it. Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation provided the funding to restore the structure and reopened in 2009 as the Annenberg Community Beach House with the pool and Marion Davies Guesthouse restored fully. 

For anyone looking for something off the beaten path to check out, The Camera Obscura remains a quirky destination in Santa Monica, drawing in photography buffs and science enthusiasts. The Camera Obscura is a large, dark room that essentially works as a camera's interior, allowing only a small amount of controlled light to enter. The beam of light projects an image as seen through a periscope onto a plate within the darkroom and creates a photo. 

Many Businesses and Industries Call Santa Monica Home

Many influential businesses call Santa Monica their home base. A few notable names include Beachbody, the burger franchise Fatburger, streaming service Hulu, Illumination Entertainment, and Lionsgate Films. There are also many game developers with headquarters in the SaMo area, such as Activision, Naughty Dog, and Riot Games. The number of tech companies using the site as a central location has led to the nickname of "Silicon Beach" getting used more often. 

Wildfires in Santa Monica

While Santa Monica does not get threatened directly by wildfires in the region regularly, wind-driven blazes have occasionally impacted the city, with red flag warnings telling residents to prepare being a familiar sight for most locals. Residents of the area often receive the secondary effects of the fires such as: 

  • Poor air quality due to smoke
  • Freeway closures
  • Disruptions in power

What Happens During Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Monica Homes?

Whether wildfires caused it, an interior electrical issue, or human error, post-fire, the need for fire damage restoration to begin quickly in Santa Monica homes is enormous. SERVPRO technicians have numerous techniques to limit spreading soot and odor to other areas of the house.

After determining the scale of the damage to the home from the fire, the technicians set up any areas that may be dangerous due to structural damage and add signage and security tape to keep unauthorized parties out for their safety. 

Containment is another common tactic using either heavy gauge plastic or a negative air chamber.

SERVPRO technicians use multiple methods to improve air quality within the structure by using:

  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Removal of smoke residues on the walls, ceilings, and contents
  • Disposal of charred building materials and articles too damaged for restoration

Once the cleanup gets completed, the technicians prep the structure for the needed repairs, such as replacing hardwood or tile flooring, sealing and repainting walls, or installing new carpet. This SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #CSLB: 837225 and can make the seamless transition from remediation to reconstruction as the client chooses. 

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for any size fire damage restoration in local Santa Monica properties. The certified technicians bring the knowledge and experience to handle every phase of the mitigation and make the home disaster "Like it never even happened."

Learn from a Rock Legend from the Comfort of Your Venice Beach Living Room

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech with SERVPRO restoration equipment standing behind SERVPRO van parked on residential street When water damage strikes, we ‘rock and roll.’ We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Partake in a Live Q&A and Masterclass from Rock Legend Joe Elliott from Your Venice Beach Home. 

Many events have had to change to a virtual form, and masterclasses with rock and roll's top performers are no different. On November 28th, 2020, the Fantasy Camp Masterclass features Def Leppard's frontman and founding member, Joe Elliot. Participants in the masterclass can expect one-of-a-kind stories from the road, tips on honing their musical craft, and techniques that made them famous.

Each session features an exclusive Q&A session that allows each of the virtual attendees to ask at least one question each to the artist. With only 20-25 people allowed in one of these Zoom events, exclusivity is an understatement. Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp series will also feature many more artists and bands for upcoming classes.

A need for water extraction in your Venice Beach home can be devastating to your rock and roll dreams. Give our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team call today at (310) 395-9050.

Main Street Santa Monica Plays Host to a Local Farmer’s Market

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Picked strawberries in boxes for sale We look forward to seeing you at the Farmer’s Market.

Stroll Through the Fresh Food Offerings of Main Street in Santa Monica This Weekend.

Fresh and crisp fruits, vegetables, and seasonal offerings are available each week on Main Street in Santa Monica. These events welcome some of the area’s top produce farms to present their freshest foods for sale. In addition to ingredients buyers can purchase, many restaurants along Main Street also contribute dishes prepared with these locally sourced ingredients to appeal to any appetite.

Even if you are not on the market for fresh fruits and vegetables, there is still fun and excitement for the whole family. Live music and performances, coupled with free balloon designs, face painting, and cooking demonstrations, can offer something for everyone heading out to the Farmer’s Market Sundays.

Poorly ventilated kitchens can take your new culinary skills and turn them into potential microbial growth. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach remediators can help with mold removal for Santa Monica kitchens. Give us a call today at (310) 395-9050.

Bringing Your Business to Santa Monica

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Walkway along beach Should water damage your business, call SERVPRO. We offer fast, stress-free restoration services

No Matter Your Business or Product, there is Likely an Audience for it Somewhere in the Diverse Environment of Santa Monica. 

Many see California in general as a land of opportunity for those looking to rise above their current stations and take on new challenges to improve their lives. Santa Monica is an excellent place to start. The reason the city and neighboring areas like Venice Beach are so ideal for whatever you try to do is the area's diverse culture. People of all ages share this space, bringing new ways of thinking and general gentrification to the region that continues to evolve and shape the landscape of businesses, shops, novelty locations, and industries. You can find that you can begin this journey in Santa Monica no matter what you hope to achieve.

Home is What You Make It 

The residential housing market is one of the most reliable industries for Santa Monica and its surrounding smaller coastal communities. Beachfront properties to condos can continually exchange hands as people look to the area as both a great place to settle down for the first time or older generations living out their lives with the ocean's shoreline in the background. For those interested in real estate, rentals, and developing housing, the area is ideal for these ventures.

The success of this type of business and company in Southern California is how many types of accommodations and residences that exist. People are not always just looking for a house with a backyard. Instead, they want a condo with a view of the ocean, a two-story townhouse a few blocks from the main strip, or affordable apartment units to purchase and rent to students attending Santa Monica College, Loyola, or the University of California Los Angeles, a short commute away.

Authentic and Unique Coastal Cuisine

Food is always a way to capitalize on the high tourism expectations throughout the year and the city's steady 90,000 residents. The restaurant market is saturated along the beachfront and the piers, choosing what potential restauranteurs create and offer vital to their expected customer base. Seafood is a staple in many established eateries throughout the region, as fresh fish from the coast is one of the area's greatest exports. Some of the most caught fish are from the larger schools found more than a quarter of a mile from the shores, such as mackerel, white sea bass, leopard shark, and perch.

Organic offerings and fresh farm-to-table menus are in abundance throughout Los Angeles County, especially those catering to eaters with dietary restrictions like vegans and vegetarians. Creating an eatery for these individuals is an increasingly popular option. In the past, the availability of single menu items was challenging to come by, let alone entire establishments devoted to these restrictions or convictions. Quick eats are a popular form of business along Ocean Avenue and streets near the Santa Monica Pier. These restaurants simplify fast service for customers not wanting an elaborate menu. Vendors near the ocean specialize in specific dishes and perfect their taste, presentation, and cost. 

Entertainment to Suit Everyone 

You can never avoid the abundance of live entertainment when you visit the beach in Venice or Santa Monica. Street performers and skilled craftworkers showcase their talents to the bustling crowds and droves of beachgoers that flock to the warm sands almost every day of the year.

This commitment to the entertainment of the thousands of residents and the millions of tourists every year brings talents to stages like the Bank of America Performing Arts Center. Santa Monica is also recently gaining the title Silicon Beach for being the site for hundreds of new venture capital-funded startups.

The Sun and the Sand 

The climate of southern California has always been conducive to many types of business opportunities. Beyond street performers lining the walkways of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, people have also managed to capitalize on tourism and travelers. Rentals and convenience services like Uber, DoorDash, and more keep travelers appreciating the beachfront accommodations' amenities without navigating the city.

Farming is another avenue that stems from capitalizing on the favorable weather conditions of the region. With a steady rainfall through particular seasons of the year mixed with plentiful sunshine and warmth, subtropic conditions make it possible to produce vegetation from gardens and trees year-round.

Is Professional Restoration Necessary After Water Disasters? 

After a water disaster, you might not always be considering the water restoration companies near me in Santa Monica. As alluring as DIY restoration might be for cleaning up surface water concerns for your business, this is rarely the extent of the damage. Allowing moisture to exist unchallenged can ultimately lead to the degradation of exposed materials, the development of mold growth, and other potentially costly restoration needs.

Professional water restoration happens in several stages, beginning with job scoping and mitigation. Mitigation serves as actions designed to lessen losses for the customer. With water damages, this typically involves tasks like content relocation, containment, and extraction. Surface water can be among the most compromising conditions for your facility, as this provides constant exposure to materials like flooring, baseboards, and drywall systems.

When you consider the number of people affected by water damage in condo buildings and housing structures along the coast, property management must work quickly to regulate these emergencies. Spreading water loss effects can saturate building materials, contents, and irreplaceable keepsakes for tenants relying on management groups to restore disasters like water, fire, and flood losses as they happen.

We can quickly get your business back up and running with our efficient extraction solutions like submersible pumps and wet vacuums and our inventory of drying equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers, and positive pressure systems. You can rely on the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team when you call (310) 395-9050.

How Harmful Can Flooding be for Older Homes?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water pooling on living room floor; furniture in background When flooding damaged this home, SERVPRO was there. We dried and restored this home with minimal impact to the owners.

Owners of Flooded Older Homes in Santa Monica Should Call a Professional Team to Determine the Extent of the Damage

We can all agree that Santa Monica is a charming and unique place in which to live. It has all the charm of older homes, while the vibrancy of a younger city. Its picturesque qualities and life under the California sun should not suffer because flood water enters your home. Rather than go through the situation alone, let a professional team give you peace of mind and a comprehensive solution to the flood’s ramifications.

For flood cleanup in Santa Monica, our SERVPRO team is available around the clock to help. We train with industry experts to treat situations like yours, and we do so with efficiency and safety in mind. We recognize that preserving your personal belongings as well as protecting the structure of your home is essential. As we inspect the damage, we immediately begin drawing a plan that prevents conditions from worsening and compromising even more of your priceless property. We have drying solutions for virtually every situation, including electronics, paper products, and drywall.

Is deodorizing part of a flood restoration process?

Flood water can leave a musty smell behind, and our SERVPRO team may apply one or several treatments to get rid of it. However, even more important is getting rid of the cause of the problem. At its root, excess humidity left unattended creates many of the undesirable consequences following a flood. To monitor and remove excess moisture, our team uses some of the following equipment in your home:

  • State-of-the-art moisture meters, including infra-red technology
  • Injectidry equipment to access baseboards and wall cavities
  • Drying mats for suctioning excess moisture from hardwood 

Along with pumps, wand extractors, and dehumidifiers, our team works diligently to restore humidity levels in your home. Throughout it all, we set the stage for additional repairs or other contractors as relevant.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is here to help you in your time of need. Call us at (310) 395-9050 as soon as the emergency happens and invite us into your home. With our help, your home will quickly look, “Like it never even happened.”

Are Possessions Salvageable After a Housefire?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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A Good Fire Damage Restoration Service Can Often Restore Contents Damaged in a Housefire. SERVPRO is Available in the West Los Angeles Region

What happens to contents in a housefire?

Homeowners that are unfortunate enough to experience a property fire in West Los Angeles find that some items combust entirely, leaving nothing but soot behind. Other, more robust, possessions can frequently be restored to a good condition. Combustible materials tend to be of less value, except for artworks or documents. Valuable possessions like ornaments or wood and upholstery can frequently be cleaned to remove smoke residues and returned to you in a preloss condition. SERVPRO technicians are experts at planning and executing fire restoration of your contents.

What types of contents cleaning methods are used in fire restoration?

  • Dry cleaning which is used in the removal of light to medium non-grease-based soils and can be done with dusters, cloths, sponging, or vacuuming
  • Wet cleaning can help remove smoke residues from contents but should be pre-tested on a discrete area before use.
  • Spray and wipe cleaning methods are used by misting the surface with a cleaning solution then wiping with a clean, dry towel. Sensitive fabrics are best treated with the spray and wipe method.

Can cleaning agents be used on materials that are strictly dry cleanable?

When we perform fire damage restoration in your West Los Angeles home, we take extra care when dealing with sensitive materials. Some materials shrink under the presence of moisture, which makes dry cleaning the only option. Dry cleaning solvents can help to remove light soot and soils from sensitive fabrics that can withstand temperature increases. Items like draperies are typically good options for dry cleaning solvents.

What are the two types of dry-cleaning solvent for sensitive fabrics?

  • Petroleum-based dry-cleaning solvents are useful for light soiling on sensitive fabrics but can harm rubber materials, so they should be used cautiously.
  • Volatile dry solvents have quick evaporating particles that can work effectively against paint, oils, and grease.

If your home and contents sustain damages from a fire, contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.