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How Can I Prevent or Limit Potential Water Damage in My Venice Beach Home?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

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There Are Several Measures You Can Perform to Prevent or Limit Water Damage

If you live in your Venice Beach home long enough, chances are you will suffer the effects of water damage. This damage can result from any of several issues and usually requires the assistance of trained remediation professionals.

In Venice Beach, water damage is a genuine concern but, according to the experts at SERVPRO, much of it can be prevented or mitigated. Over the years, our water damage remediation technicians have discovered various ways to lower your risk of experiencing a water-related catastrophe. These risk-reducing measures include:

  • Having your roof inspected regularly and repaired to avoid future ceiling leaks.
  • Routinely having your appliances serviced to avert water-related problems.
  • Periodically inspecting your storage containers for corrosion to prevent or catch water leaks early.
  • Properly checking and maintaining fire extinguishing systems to avert malfunctions.
  • Regularly having your home inspected for water damage to prevent or limit it.

If you take these actions, your residence may escape unscathed from water-related issues or, at least, avoid suffering the worst of them. On the other hand, your home could require extensive water removal services and costly water damage repairs if you fail to.

With all that said, your friendly neighbors at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach are always ready to help you. Call us anytime at (310) 395-9050 for water damage services.

What Are the Greatest Long-Term Flood Damage Threats to Your Santa Monica Home?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water and mold damaged floor and drywall; drywall and flooring needs removal Mold damage is often a result of flooding. Inspect your property after a storm for signs of leaks, and call SERVPRO to completely remediate the damage

Microbe-Related Issues Are the Most Significant Long-Term Flood Damage Threats.

Although invisible to the naked eye, the microbes in floodwaters are what impact your Santa Monica residence the most in the long run. These destructive microorganisms can undermine the structural integrity of your home, foul its air, and eventually render it unlivable.

Suppose your Santa Monica home’s flood damage is not effectively cleaned up by a competent biohazard remediation company like SERVPRO. In that case, harmful flood-borne microbes could proliferate throughout your residence and wreak havoc on it. Some of the costly problems these microscopic troublemakers can cause are:

  • Dry rot that can destroy or undermine the integrity of ceilings, walls, and floors.
  • Hazardous bacterial growths on surfaces, resulting from human/animal excrement and other organic deposits that may cause health effects.
  • Discoloration/damage arising from thriving mold colonies and mildew.
  • Foul persistent odors that are nearly impossible to eliminate without commercial-grade tools and deodorants.

Fortunately, SERVPRO provides highly effective emergency water damage services that can usually resolve whatever flood-related issues your home may have. We perform everything from water removal services and sewage cleanup to complete water damage repairs. After all our work is complete, homeowners often have difficulty believing their home was ever flood damaged.

Keeping all this in mind, remember that your helpful friends at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach are always prepared to assist you. Contact us at (310) 395-9050 whenever you need flood damage remediation.

My Venice Beach Home Suffered a House Fire. Now What?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen; smoke and soot on walls; charred cabinets Kitchens are a common source of fire damage each year. You can count on the SERVPRO team to repair the damage.

How SERVPRO Can Help You with Fire Damage Restoration in Venice Beach

Your home is typically the most important investment you have, and the mere imagination of fire is enough to ruin your day. Fire damage is often devastating, no matter the size. SERVPRO realizes that over half of these fires start in the kitchen in most homes, not just in Venice Beach.

At SERVPRO, because we respond within hours to emergency house fires, we can mitigate the fire damage – “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.” Our slogan takes on a profound meaning when your Venice Beach house suffers fire damage. We also understand that every fire and smoke damage event is different, and in most cases, we may need to work with your home insurance company to solve the problem. Our technicians are highly trained to handle fire and smoke damage in Venice Beach, and we only leave the job site after our customers are happy with the final walkthrough. 

Our skilled SERVPRO teams follow the standard practices of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), including for:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT)
  • Odor Control (OCT)
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
  • Water Damage Restoration (WRT)
  • Microbial Remediation (AMRT)

When we first enter your Venice Beach home, our primary focus is to reduce the severity of the fire damage. Next, we clean the interior of the house to remove soot from surfaces, eliminate smoky odors, and then repair and restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Not sure what to do after fire damage? SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has the solution. Call us at (310) 395-9050 today.

What Does an Emergency Water Clean-Up in Santa Monica Involve?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow caution sign reading ‘Safety First’ with blue sky in background Water damage creates safety hazards. SERVPRO is trained and equipped to restore your home safely.

Santa Monica Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Standing water can be risky to your health and your property. To protect your family and property, you need to act immediately and hire exceptional emergency water extraction services to remove standing water and dry out the structure as soon as possible. At SERVPRO, we recognize that rapid water extraction in Santa Monica homes mitigates the damage by stopping ongoing migration of the water into more and more of the building materials and keeps you and your family’s health at an optimal level.

How SERVPRO Works When You Call Them for Water Clean–Up Services

Whether it’s a burst pipe, leak through the roof, or broken appliance, SERVPRO’s emergency water clean-up in Santa Monica may vary from one household to another. However, the process remains the same. Not all water spills are large, but we have available truck-mounted extractors, portable extractors with unique wands, and immersible electrical pumps to remove the water.

What to Do Before SERVPRO Arrives

While the SERVPRO water damage restoration team acts fast to mitigate damage, you can do things to stop the water flow before we arrive, but only if it is safe and the standing water is not too deep.

  • Stop the source of the water damage  by turning off the water main or using plastic bags and tape to close the tap or the burst pipe)
  • Turn off the electricity
  • Call your home insurance provider
  • Document the damage - we can help

Need water damage clean-up in Santa Monica? Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today.

Warehouse Flood Damage Must Get Addressed Fast in Santa Monica

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of SERVPRO restoration equipment lined up on floor. Equipped? Yes, we are! SERVPRO is ready to tackle your commercial flood damage.

If your warehouse is underwater and flood damage is a concern, call SERVPRO to your Santa Monica business!

When you walk into your Santa Monica warehouse, the last thing that you expect is burst pipes or a failed water supply line to leave you with flooded floors. However, freely flowing water can pose challenges that your cleanup crew cannot handle alone. SERVPRO is available for water damage emergency assistance to ensure you get results.

Is everything saturated on your warehouse floor? Calling us for help with flood damage in Santa Monica gets you the results you need, starting with documentation to help with your commercial insurance claim. Count on SERVPRO for flood restoration that includes:

  • Prompt arrival – we have crews on standby 24/7 for emergency service.
  • Immediate assessment to locate the source of the water damage.
  • Rapid cleanup and extraction of water so that we can begin water damage repairs.
  • The use of powerful extraction tools, pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to restore humidity levels within your warehouse.
  • Moving of all warehouse shelving units to ensure no moisture gets left behind.
  • Total cleaning, sanitization, and deodorizing of the building – leaving no musty odors as a reminder.

Never leave flood damage to fester so that it brings on even costlier secondary damage! Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for professional water removal services.

Who Does Good Fire Damage Restoration Work in Santa Monica?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire danger sign. Should the smoke or flames of wildfires damage your home, SERVPRO is there for all your restoration needs.

SERVPRO is Among the Best Fire Damage Remediators in Santa Monica

Although not the area most prone to wildfires in Southern California, Santa Monica has been the site of some notable recent blazes. Therefore, it is wise for residents to know how to limit potential fire and smoke damage.

Santa Monica fire damage restoration companies like SERVPRO recommend that local homeowners protect their homes and possessions from potential wildfire damage. Some preventative actions they can take include:

  • Routinely clearing away yard waste and other rubbish from around your residence
  • Keeping your trees well-trimmed and removing those that are too close to your house
  • Always keeping fire extinguishers on hand at your home
  • Spraying water on your roof and areas around your house when forest fires approach
  • Turning off your utilities before evacuating
  • Removing the most valuable items in your home before evacuation orders come

The steps listed above also help facilitate house fire cleanup at fire damaged homes.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is always here to help you with all your fire damage restoration needs. Call us anytime at (310) 395-9050.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Up Flood Damage in Santa Monica?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room. Our highly trained SERVPRO team is always ready to restore any storm damage in your home.

SERVPRO Employs Several Different Methods to Handle Santa Monica Flood Damage

Most flooding in Santa Monica occurs during the area’s rainy season, which runs from mid-October through the end of April. During this time, homeowners need to know whom to call if they are impacted.

Only certain Santa Monica flood damage remediation companies like SERVPRO have the right tools and methods to offer effective flood water removal services, biohazard remediation, and complete flood damage restoration. Some of the things our trained technicians do to restore your home to its pre-flood condition are:

  • Use powerful extractors to remove gallons of floodwater from your residence rapidly.
  • Professionally remove and dispose of hazardous, flood-related wastes.
  • Employ air blowers, dehumidifiers, and state-of-the-art Injectidry systems to dry your interiors.
  • Disinfect your home with advanced foggers and EPA-approved disinfectants.
  • Deodorize your residence with professional grade deodorants.

Considering our expertise, tools, and methods, you can easily understand why we are one of the highest-rated emergency water damage services and disinfecting companies.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 whenever you need flood damage cleanup and restoration services.

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 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 effects.

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 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)

Inside of clothing store, displays on clothes on table and racks. Did you know that just a little water can damage your store? Call SERVPRO to develop an Emergency READY Plan for your business.

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.