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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)

SERVPRO equipment inside SERVPRO vehicle Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment for any fire damage restoration situation that you incur.

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.

Can SERVPRO Save Wall Insulation after Flood Damage?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation roll lying on attic floor Insulation is easily damaged by water. We can tell if the insulation is salvageable.

Santa Monica Homeowners Concerned about Flood Damage to Insulation

The insulation in your Santa Monica home is probably not something you think about often. Yet it is a critical part of your home’s structure and necessary for keeping it warm in winter and cooler in summer. Just like any other space in your home, insulation can need to be repaired or replaced after a disaster.

If your Santa Monica home suffers flood damage, water can seep into the walls and damage the insulation. Checking for water damage inside the walls is an essential part of the SERVPRO water remediation process.

What happens when insulation gets wet?

Before working through this question, we need to understand the various types of insulation:

  • Spray foam insulation is a rigid, white foam that creates an airtight seal within the walls
  • Fiberglass insulation is made of thousands of tiny glass strands
  • Cellulose insulation is often made of recycled newspaper and consists of lots of loose, gray strands of material

Each type of insulation reacts differently to water. 

Spray foam insulation acts as a water barrier and so is not likely to get water damaged. However, plaster, wood, or other building materials around it can still get damaged. Fiberglass insulation is quite durable, being made of fine glass strands. Cellulose insulation is the most susceptible to water damage, and we cannot usually salvage it.

What are the risks of wet insulation?

Wet insulation causes several problems:

  • Damp insulation cannot do its job effectively, which impacts both your comfort and the energy efficiency of your home
  • Soaked materials can lead to warping or other damage inside wall cavities
  • The presence of moisture, and possibly bacteria depending on the source of the water, creates a rich breeding ground for fungus

How does SERVPRO assess insulation after a flood?

You cannot usually see your insulation – so it is easy to forget it is there. However, SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach understands the importance of assessing every aspect of your home after flood damage, including inside the walls.

We have several tools available we can use to help us assess the state of the insulating materials: 

  • Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters help us compute the amount of water present in various materials
  • Thermo-hygrometers measure the humidity in the air
  • Thermal imaging allows us to trace the movement of moisture through building materials

We can also look for visible signs of damage, such as a water line on a wall. Once we open the wall cavity, we can see whether insulation materials are wet.

 Can SERVPRO dry insulation?

Sometimes, it is possible to dry fiberglass insulation after water damage in Santa Monica. However, there is always the risk of contamination from bacteria, microbes, and even sewage in flood damage situations, so it is better to dispose of it. However, we always aim to repair property rather than replace it, so if it is possible to dry the insulation, we will do so.

Cellulose insulation is difficult to save due to its plant matter nature, and we will dispose of it for you.

What about the wall cavity?

Once we have removed the damp insulation, we need to dry inside the wall cavity. Trapped moisture could lead to structural damage or mold growth, so drying is vitally important. We use air movers, fans, dehumidifiers, and sometimes portable heaters to dry inside wall cavities.

 In some cases, we might need to drill small holes through the wall or the baseboards to increase airflow inside the cavity and speed up the drying process.

We monitor moisture levels during drying to ensure the cavity is completely dry before replacing the insulating material.

We also clean and dry the surrounding area, including the floors and ceilings, if necessary. 

Will SERVPRO put your house back the way it was?

We always aim to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” That includes repairing any damage to the wall cavities, supports, or baseboards, and re-painting or re-hanging wallpaper if needed. If our Franchise team does not have someone who specializes in a specific task, such as re-decorating, we will always hire a trusted local contractor and supervise them.

We also take care of deodorizing your home because we understand that leftover damp smells from flood damage are very unpleasant. We have air scrubbers, wet and thermal foggers, and odor-eating pellets on hand to remove foul odors.

How can you protect your insulation in the future?

Unfortunately, by the time a wall gets wet, you cannot do much for the insulation. However, there are procedures you can take to secure your home, and therefore your insulation, from floods. Ensure the door and window frames are in good order and keep your roof in a good state of repair. Deal with damaged pipes, down-pipes, and gutters immediately. You can also seal basement, attic, and crawl space walls to guard against moisture.

Should you be concerned about flood damage to your insulation, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

Can the Standard Fire Restoration Processes Save Carpets?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged floor. Heavy ash and soot on floor Even in small fires, smoke and soot can damage flooring. Leave the remediation to the professionals. Call SERVPRO to restore your home.

Standard Fire Restoration from SERVPRO Covers All Issues Including Deep Soiling and Staining in Various Materials in Santa Monica Homes

When a fire in Santa Monica breaks out, it affects many of the contents in the house in different ways. It takes several processes, including cleaning and deodorization, to restore such materials to their preloss state. 

Sometimes the damage is too advanced for the item to be saved. When renovating fire-damaged properties in Santa Monica, SERVPRO uses simple and advanced cleaning techniques, boosting your carpets' chances of saving. 

What affects carpets most during a house fire? 

The secret for successful fire restoration in Santa Monica homes is understanding how the damages in question develop. Carpets are mostly affected by: 

  • Accumulation of soot, ash, and other residues 
  • Over-wetting 
  • Accumulation of fire extinguisher residues 

Residues like soot and ash can settle on the carpet during the fire. Alternatively, after putting out the fire, movements around the loss site can spread residues collected from other carpeting areas. Although the residues are the same, the steps needed for restoration differ because, in the second case, the soiling is deeply embedded in the carpet fiber.  

The type of soil also determines the steps necessary for restoration. Using the same procedures to remove soot and fire extinguisher residues might not work since they have different chemical compositions. Powdery fire extinguisher residues are highly corrosive and must be removed before performing regular cleaning. 

How does SERVPRO ensure adequate cleaning? 

For restorative cleaning to work, it should match the level of soiling and the carpet material's physical traits. Deep soiling and staining may require more aggressiveness. However, using an aggressive method for slight soiling can cause physical damages to the fabric. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning methods with diverse levels of aggressiveness, including: 

  • Bonnet cleaning 
  • Hot water extraction 
  • Deluxe precondition and rinse 
  • Rotary extraction 
  • Showcase 

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach takes every step possible to save your items during fire restoration. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to help you deal with any issue, "Like it never even happened."

I Think We Have Mold in Our Production Room, Now What?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Wallpaper being peeled back to reveal mold Mold can cause your customers to go elsewhere. SERVPRO is available to inspect your business for signs of visible and invisible mold.

When You Suspect Mold in Your Santa Monica Business, You Can Count on SERVPRO for Inspection and Remediation Services

Mold is never something you want to leave to chance, whether you suspect it in your home or commercial space. Once you feel as though you might have a mold infestation within your production floor, you must have the space assessed as soon as possible. SERVPRO has the training necessary to locate areas where mold is colonizing so that we can begin moisture detection and cleanup protocols. We work fast to ensure your Santa Monica business suffers little or no downtime so that you can stay on track with your production goals.

Do I Need Mold Inspection & Cleaning?

Contamination from the mold is a growing concern for all kinds of businesses. If you suspect that you have mold colonizing anywhere within your commercial space, it is vital that you contact the professionals for mold inspection in Santa Monica.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp places, known to grow in just about any area with moist conditions. When left unaddressed, mold can lead to potential health effects and harm your business's structural integrity. SERVPRO technicians have the necessary training to handle mold remediation. Our crew takes the time required to identify mold growth carefully to work on a plan for removal and sanitization.

What Should I Know About Mold?

Business owners need to know that some restoration entities will advertise their services as 'mold removal' in Santa Monica. However, the idea of completely removing mold from your business is not possible. Every building contains microscopic mold spores, so it is critical that you know some of the facts:

  • Mold is everywhere, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Mold thrives in moist environments and quickly colonizes when spores become exposed to water. When this happens, the colonies can bring on adverse health effects.
  • Microscopic in nature, mold spores travel through the air and often enter into commercial buildings through doors, windows, HVAC systems, or on the clothing of people who enter.
  • Whenever a significant amount of mold is present, you may start to notice a strong, musty odor.
  • It is elemental that moisture or standing water areas get cleared up before mold remediation services can begin. Without this step, mold can quickly return.
  • It is best to note that higher humidity levels can create the ultimate atmosphere for mold growth. It is suggested that the indoor humidity of your building is kept lower than 45%.

Are There Signs for Which I Should Look?

One of the reasons that mold damage goes undetected is that it is usually hidden and hard to find. Should you have one or more of the following issues, you can contact SERVPRO to start the inspection process:

  • Problems with your HVAC system
  • Recent water damage or flooding
  • Leaks from burst pipes or machinery
  • Noticeable musty odors
  • Water stains or discoloration on ceilings or walls

In some instances, there could also be damage to the structure of your Santa Monica commercial space. Mold is known to grow on and eventually destroy materials such as:

  • Drywall
  • HVAC systems
  • Gutters
  • Foundations
  • Roofing
  • Furnishings, and more

What Equipment is Used for Mold Inspection?

SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians trained to handle a variety of moisture-related situations for both residential and commercial customers. When you call us in for mold remediation, we have a broad range of tools and equipment at our disposal. We are always upgrading our diagnostic and testing equipment to ensure we have the latest technology to help provide the best mold assessments possible, including:

  • Infrared Cameras –these tools are excellent for detecting hidden pockets of moisture, leading to toxic mold.
  • Digital Moisture Meters –this equipment provides us with the actual moisture percentage so that our crew can verify whether or not the surface in question supports toxic mold growth.
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meters –these devices help record essential air quality metrics to give us a clear picture of your indoor conditions' commercial space.

SERVPRO is the team to call when you need help with professional mold remediation services so that your business is back on track:

  • We work fast to assess the potential mold damage, then create a mold remediation plan suited for your unique situation.
  • Our crew chief keeps you informed every step of the way, letting you know if it is best to call in an Industrial Hygienist (IH) expert to test for mold spores within your structure.
  • We help by assessing, inspecting, and then remediating the mold by removing any contaminated materials. We then scrape off any thin layers of spore growth followed by the application of EPA-registered antimicrobial agents.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is available when you need mold inspection and remediation at your place of business. You can reach us by calling (310) 395-9050, and we make it "Like it never even happened."

What Are the Main Advantages to Professional Water Restoration?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in garage; possessions becoming water damaged Time is of the essence when restoring water damage. Call SERVPRO to restore your water damaged home.

Choosing Professional Water Restoration for Your Santa Monica Home has Several Benefits that can Ultimately Save You Time and Money. 

With hundreds of potential causes for water disasters in Santa Monica homes and condos, it takes a discerning property owner to determine when professional water restoration services are necessary. As simple as the situation might initially appear, failure to adequately address the full spectrum of exposed materials and contents might ultimately result in mold and microbial threats to develop. Mold remediation on top of water cleanup and restoration can often be an unnecessary expenditure.

Water restoration companies serving Santa Monica and the surrounding areas like our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team can offer a comprehensive solution to water disasters. Some advantages to professional restoration include:

  • Thorough Water Removal – With several extraction tools, including submersible pumps, high-pressure pumps, wet vacuums, and other specialty equipment, SERVPRO can quickly remove standing water concerns.
  • Sufficient Drying – Ensuring that the house is entirely dried is vital to prevent mold growth and structural deterioration. We use air movers, dehumidifiers, and moisture detection tools to get a thorough drying result. 

  • In-House Contractors – Instead of seeking third party residential contractors, our team features licensed building trade professionals to perform demolition, repairs, and build-back as your property might require after a water disaster

Are Repairs Always Necessary? 

The determination about repairs and reconstruction occurs during the job scoping phase. We can identify surfaces and materials that are too severely damaged or not worth the time and money invested in drying and cleaning versus tear-out and replacement. Drywall often falls into this category.

As tempting as DIY drying and cleaning might be after water damages, it is not always in your best interest. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team can help with thorough restoration and recovery solutions. Give us a call anytime at (310) 395-9050.

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What Must Happen Quickly After a Flash Flood in Santa Monica?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding from a storm; water in yard; stucco house in background Southern California experiences flooding. Should water invade your home, call SERVPRO!

Flash Floods can Destroy Homes and Condos, but with Several Steps Taken Quickly After These Disasters, there is a Better Opportunity to Lessen the Severity of the Damages

Severe weather situations are unpredictable for Santa Monica homes and businesses throughout our service area. What can begin is a beautiful sunny day here in Southern California can quickly turn into a damaging weather event. Understanding how fast storms can impact the entire region, it is not improbable for situations like flash floods to develop and compromise multiple homes and commercial properties in the city in a brief period.

Flash flood damage in Santa Monica can be widespread and involve many residences and properties at the same time. The pace of rushing water against aging structures can create vulnerabilities that allow water to get into the house and spread throughout the main floor. Because floor drains are not a standard installation in residences, floodwater has no place to go until extraction and other mitigation steps can get underway when SERVPRO professionals reach your address. 

What Information Needs Conveying with Your Emergency Call? 

When you speak with our helpful staffed emergency line, relaying the right information can ensure that these details reach the appropriate parties. Understanding the severity of the situation dictates the equipment taken and the personnel secured to respond to these disasters. From flood removal to environmental cleaning products and equipment, not every tool and device in our extensive inventory is beneficial for restoring flood damages, especially natural flooding that can bring debris and solids into the residence. When speaking with our operators, you should be able to tell them:

  • Location
  • Conditions in the house
  • Presence of standing water
  • Safety concerns
  • Any measures you have already taken to lessen damages

What Can I Do While I Wait for Help to Arrive? 

Disasters can often leave homeowners feeling powerless against the damage in their home, but there are some actions you can take while waiting on our competent SERVPRO flood restoration company to arrive. Even seemingly small tasks completed quickly can have a dramatic impact on the total losses that you experience or how readily your home and contents can be preserved after a flash flood. Because these disasters happen so rapidly and unexpectedly, preventative steps should only get taken when it is safe to do so. Some of the actions homeowners can take before our SERVPRO team arrives include:

  • Shut off utilities
  • Move valuable contents to unaffected areas of the house
  • Get everyone safely out of the house

What Can SERVPRO Do to Reduce Losses? 

Emergency services play a vital role in protecting your property and how efficiently restoration and build-back can occur. Direct restorative and protective actions started with our arrival can prevent costlier widespread damages from continued water penetration, the presence of debris and solids throughout the property, or over-saturation and deterioration of treasured contents and personal belongings. Our in-house contractors can work with our Santa Monica flood mitigation professionals to determine preemptive steps to protect the house. Some of these emergency services completed when our team first arrives include:

  • Board-up
  • Tarping
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Debris Removal/Muck-Out
  • Content Management

What Are the Effective Extraction Options? 

Flood removal and drying are the foundation of successful water and storm damage recovery in your house. From structural breaches that allow runoff into areas like the attic to the immediate damages of flash flooding penetrating doorways and other vulnerabilities of your single-story home, removing standing water and saturation is the base of successful flood mitigation and restoration. The removal of pooling in some damaged regions of your residence can simultaneously fall to many different extraction units. With the presence of debris and solids expected in natural flooding scenarios, specific water removal tools get used to overcome these obstacles, such as:

  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Extractors
  • Wet Vacuums

Likewise, drying also must be calculated and happen as soon as possible to reduce moisture migration through the property. Specialty drying tools can go above and beyond the capabilities of the standard air movers and dehumidification approach for evaporation. We use floor mat drying systems, positive pressure systems, negative pressure systems, and trailer desiccant dehumidifiers for whole-house moisture removal.

As overwhelming as flood losses might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team can help with efficient and effective water removal, drying, and cleaning practices. We can make flooding disasters “Like it never even happened.” Flash flooding happens quickly, so you can expect our professionals to respond fast to help when you call (310) 395-9050.