Recent Posts

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

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

Different Types of Smoke Damage to Your Venice Beach Home

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

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

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

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

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

More than just a pier here.

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage in Santa Monica Gets Worse without Professional Mitigation

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

Visit the world-renowned pier right here!

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

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

The Importance of Flood Loss Preparation in Santa Monica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts HERE.

Oppressive Smoke from the Woolsey Fire Gets Removed from Your Santa Monica Home with SERVPRO's Fast Service

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Oppressive Smoke from the Woolsey Fire Gets Removed from Your Santa Monica Home with SERVPRO's Fast Service Fire Trucks Leave, Green SERVPRO Trucks Arrive--Time for Fire Loss Cleanup in Santa Monica

Improving Air Quality in Santa Monica Homes After Fire Damages

From the pressing wildfire bearing down on the Santa Monica area to the persistent threat of fires inside of your home, you need to act quickly to preserve your property in the face of an emergency. Among the chief concerns for homeowners with smaller scale fire situations is the air quality inside of their house which can make it challenging to remain at home even without structural damages. Our professionals can help.

Indoor air quality should be a top concern for Santa Monica homeowners working to overcome fire damages to their property, even without direct contact with the wildfire sweeping through the region. Many homes have become affected by the dense smoke penetrating their homes and require cleaning and deodorization services to return their properties to original condition. Our SERVPRO rapid response mitigation team can help you overcome these effects.

From the moment that our professionals arrive at your home, we work to assess both the scope of the fire and smoke damage to the property and also determine the quality of the breathable air within your home. Indoor air quality is crucial to a healthy and wholesome interior environment. You should know whether that air is unsafe to breathe without the appropriate measures getting taken by our SERVPRO technicians on-site. We arrive with the tools needed to improve the state of this environment through cleaning machines like our air scrubbers which can remove harmful particulates from the air. Inspecting and cleaning the HVAC system, especially the ducts, is critical to the IAQ.

Cleaning services are also often necessary when recovering from the effects of a fire in your home, even one that does not cause structural damages. Our premier equipment can deep clean carpets, upholstery, and surfaces affected by the presence of soot in the atmosphere. Powerful vacuums for duct cleaning and surface cleaning of carpets and other surfaces is an indispensable tool for our SERVPRO technicians. Deodorization equipment like our thermal foggers can get used on open areas and soft materials throughout the affected regions of your home to neutralize foul odors on contact.

We strive to provide a comprehensive approach to cleaning and restoration following a fire inside or in the vicinity of your home. Trust in the fast response of our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach fire restoration technicians to return your property to preloss condition whenever possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (310) 395-9050.

Woolsey Fire Alerts right here.

Avoid Creating Additional Damage After a Fire in Your Venice Beach Home

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Creating Additional Damage After a Fire in Your Venice Beach Home Both fire and smoke can create damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the fire damage.

The Behavior of Smoke Determines the Fire Damage Restoration Procedures We Use at Venice Beach

Cleaning and restoring a building after a fire damage incident requires a good understanding of how smoke behaves during combustion. Such an understanding helps us to know where to find the heaviest and lightest residues. Usually, the temperature of the smoke particles and that of the surrounding areas determines how far the smoke residues move. It is important to note that the procedures we use to clean heavy residues may be slightly different from those we use when cleaning light residues in your Venice Beach home.
 
The transfer of heat in your property causes part of the destruction that results from a fire damage incident in Venice Beach. Usually, heat moves in the air by a process known as convection. During the process, hot air, which is less dense, rises and gets replaced by the dense cold air. As combustion goes on, the process repeats itself, and it reaches a point where even the cold air around the ceiling area gets replaced. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that convection currents are responsible for the soot deposits that appear on walls and ceilings, even when there is a significant distance between them and the source of the fire.
 
Smoke has a way of moving around obstructions and cannot be stopped by closed doors. In most cases, our SERVPRO technicians find heavy residue concentrations around or under closed doors, cracks, and around carpet edges. Such deposits form as the smoke attempts to go through the cracks or around obstructions. The concentration of smoke residues is less in areas that are far away from the fire source. However, if the fire is not put off as soon as possible, the residues become evenly distributed within the building.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians perform an assessment that helps us to determine the best cleaning techniques to use. Some cleaning needs may force us to use dry cleaning techniques, and some may require wet cleaning methods. Certain surfaces may withstand abrasive cleaning procedures such as sanding, and in some, such procedures may cause further damage.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can clean and restore your property after it faces mold, storm, fire, or water damage. Call (310) 395-9050 at any time of the day and get instant response from our highly trained technicians.

Click here for more about Venice Beach.

West Los Angeles Property Soaked?? Call SERVPRO for Great Response and Results

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage West Los Angeles Property Soaked?? Call SERVPRO for Great Response and Results Water Damaged West Los Angeles Home--Not the End of the Line--Call SERVPRO for Help

Mitigating Any Size Incident of Unwanted Water with Extraction Services in West Los Angeles

Water can intrude on your West Los Angeles home in many ways. While we attempt to conserve as much water as possible in our area of the country, we still must use it on a daily basis for laundry, cooking, washing, cleaning, and bathing all require the use of water in our homes. When water gets away from its constrained place, within pipes and drains, and inside tubs and sinks, it can ruin our homes.

 
In West Los Angeles, water removal service professionals like those at SERVPRO help families in these situations on a steady basis. Accidentally leaving the tub or sink running and broken pipes can cause water to run all over your home. A smaller spill from a dishwasher with a blocked drain line can also create a mess. We can scale our services to the size of every situation we mitigate, and this is no different.
 
We believe you should not have to pay for services not required, while still receiving the services that your property does need. Using hand-held units to remove smaller amounts of water and then following up with the use of an air mover or two, plus a dehumidifier usually produces excellent results. More extensive problems, such as those found by homeowners when they return after a vacation to discover their residence has a broken water line, require substantially more work than others do.
 
After completing water removal tasks, we continue getting dry conditions restored. We pay attention to every component in your home. Leaving anything as-is can set your residence up for future problems. We work hard to prevent this from becoming a reality. While some materials may experience a level of harm that renders it impossible for us to restore through various methods, we aim to keep this to a minimum at all times. Restoring through cleaning, drying, and deodorization handles most of a home's waterlogged contents adequately. With the right equipment, manned by trained and skilled SERVPRO technicians, you can rest assured that you will feel "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach makes getting your home back to normal quick and efficient. We are available to those in Venice Beach and Ocean Park who have problems requiring water removal services. Call us at (310) 395-9050, and we can answer any questions you have about how we can help you and your home.

More about this CA area by clicking.

Fire Suppression Sprinklers can Quickly Hose Your Los Angeles Commercial Property With Significant Water Damage

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Suppression Sprinklers can Quickly Hose Your Los Angeles Commercial Property With Significant Water Damage SERVPRO can get your business back in business after water damage.

Common Issues During Cases of Commercial Water Damage in Los Angeles

Damage from water spills or slow leaks affects businesses in many ways. The most obvious is the disruption of normal operations since some of the equipment or other resources used to serve customers are affected. The difficulty or ease of restoring normalcy depends on the actions you take after water spills in your Los Angeles workplace. We offer professional restoration services that can help your business bounce back faster.  

Commercial water damage in Los Angeles can affect almost every business. In an office environment, water might be the last thing that crosses your mind. However, if someone were to hit an overhead fire suppression sprinkler during activities such as moving bulky furniture items, the head can be damaged flooding the entire area. A similar outcome can happen in several other ways, so having a mitigation plan is an effective way to limit the effects such an event has on your business.  

In most cases, the plumbing systems likely to cause flooding are located inside walls, floors, ceilings and many other hard to reach places. Since restoration cannot be complete without fixing the source of the water, parts of the structure must be torn out. After handling many such cases in the past, our SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the best approaches to carry out such teardown without causing too much damage, and this helps reduce some of the costs involved.

Depending on the water source, various items might be damaged. For example, a sprinkler system is likely to spray water indiscriminately on walls, furniture, and electronics within the area. Although salvaging such items is possible, they require specialized drying efforts to avoid problems in the future. Walls behind cabinets can be particularly hard to deal with because of the extra layers of the cabinet back, and the drywall. Our SERVPRO team is well versed with such situations. We might drill holes in the cabinet back to allow air circulation behind the walls, quickening drying.  

The downtime your business suffers should not extend for too long that you lose customers. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Los Angeles got its first schoolhouse in 1855.  Click here for a historical timeline of Los Angeles.

The Impact of Blackwater in Your Santa Monica Home

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Impact of Blackwater in Your Santa Monica Home Floodwater can produce dangers including Blackwater. SERVPRO can safely remove the water and restore your property.

Watching for Secondary Flood Damage in Santa Monica

As September draws to a close, people across the US are repairing and restoring their homes following hurricanes, high winds, and storms. The government-sponsored National Preparedness Month is about thinking ahead and preparing for every eventuality to help yourselves and your community. One of those preparations could be for secondary damages following extreme weather conditions.

The impact of flood damage in Santa Monica properties can be dealt with quickly if you use a professional service. Excess water from blocked storm drains or overflowing roads can become contaminated by raw sewage, animal carcasses, pesticides or other substances. We call this Blackwater, and it carries with it dangerous diseases like e.coli.

Here at SERVPRO, we have trained extensively on the subject of Blackwater and how best to remove it from your home. Although it can be tempting to try rescue possessions or furniture, you are best off waiting for a trained technician to arrive to avoid cross-contamination. When Blackwater comes into contact with carpets, drywall or subfloor, we may need to remove and replace, those areas permanently.

The first job for a SERVPRO technician is to extract the contaminated water and set-up a barrier around the affected area. Where damage is on a smaller scale, we may establish clean rooms to take individual items for restoration. If the damage is wide-spread, we can pack out your possessions and send them to a specialized facility for cleaning. Truck-mounted or portable extractors can be used to remove hundreds of gallons in one go. 

Blackwater, by its nature, is highly toxic. That often means our cleaning method becomes slightly more extreme. Due to the high risk of harmful diseases, we need to ensure your home remains safe. That can mean removing any structure that has come into contact with or absorbed blackwater. This routine is part of the remediation process and removed structure can be restored by SERVPRO before the end of service.

If your home is the worse for wear after extreme weather conditions, contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

Be sure and visit the Santa Monica Pier. For more information on the aquarium and walking tours, click here.

Proven Tips to Triumph Over Mold Damage in Your Marina Del Rey Home

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Proven Tips to Triumph Over Mold Damage in Your Marina Del Rey Home A mold infestation can start in any part of your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

Get Rid of Mold Damage in Marina Del Rey

After a flood, leaky roof, rain, hurricane, or anything that brings massive amounts of water to your residential area, the moisture tends to linger around your house. If that is left unmanaged, it can result in the growth of bacteria, mildew, mold, and any microorganisms out there. Mold damage can lead to unpleasant odor and damage the foundation and structure of your real estate, which can compromise the value of it.
 
If mold damage in Marina del Rey is left untreated, it can cause health effects to anyone who resides in the structure. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to identify and remove mold contamination from the site. It requires specialized equipment and experience to extract the mold thoroughly and to prevent it from spreading any further. Plus, an expert is needed to determine the extent of the mold damage and which items or belongings that you can keep or discard.
 
Luckily, SERVPRO technicians are experts when it comes to mold remediation. The method that they used to remove mold would have to depend on what type of surface that the mold is contaminating. For example, a non-porous material can be instantly clean, but a porous material would need to be removed and discarded. The techs can utilize the HEPA vacuum to remove the mold from the non-porous surface. You can successfully clean Semi-porous material such as wood and concrete by damp wiping, sanding, and wire brushing. If the mold damage has been on the wood material for an extended period, and you can witness the rotting and weakening of the structural integrity, then it would be a good idea to get rid of the wood material. Sometimes, it is hard to tell from an untrained eye, but with these technicians, you can rest assured that your residential area would be free from mold in no time.
 
If you are determined to get rid of mold damage from your home, then give SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach a call at (310) 395-9050 for a consultation with our skilled technicians.

Click here for more information on the city of Marina del Rey.

Preserving Your Santa Monica Nightclub Investment When Flood Damages Occur

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preserving Your Santa Monica Nightclub Investment When Flood Damages Occur Don't lose your nightclub patrons after flooding. Contact SERVPRO to quickly mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand that Time is of the Essence When Dealing with a Flooded Business

Running a business like a nightclub in Santa Monica requires you always to be thinking about the experience of the patrons that you serve. From the music selection to the atmosphere, the way the customer feels when they are inside of your building determines the success you ultimately have. Unexpected disasters can not only threaten your ability to have your doors open to these customers but vastly affect the elements you have carefully selected to set the right mood and experience.

Flooding in Santa Monica is not something that residents and business owners are unfamiliar with, but the damage that these disasters can cause requires immediate attention to avoid catastrophic impact on the structure and contents of your building. Regarding your nightclub, you have spent a great deal of time and money designing the right dancefloor and sound system to provide the best possible clubbing night for those that come into your establishment. Flood waters threaten these components immediately, which is why you should call right away to secure the services of our SERVPRO emergency response team.

Our SERVPRO technicians can work quickly to dry out electrical equipment, amplifier cabinets, and speakers. The approach of our team is to focus on salvaging and saving everything that we can in light of the flood. With the investment that you have in this equipment, we work to not only reduce the moisture damage to these items but to remove them from the area entirely until the restoration work completes.

The same premise applies to the specialized flooring that you have selected for dancing. Saturation can occur quickly when you experience flooding, which can begin to bloat and distort this material after only a brief period. With a rapid response, our technicians can extract pooling water and set up specialized equipment to remove the moisture collecting in the material itself.

Flood damages to any business can be a challenge to overcome, but with the right professional assistance, it can feel much less stressful for the owner. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach restoration technicians can arrive quickly and get to work on mitigating your losses and getting your doors back open again to the nightlife scene. Give us a call 24/7 at (310) 395-9050.

Click here for more information on the city of Santa Monica.