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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.

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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.

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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.

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Detecting And Treating Areas With Mold Damage In A Marina Del Rey Property

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Detecting And Treating Areas With Mold Damage In A Marina Del Rey Property Professional remediation teams use specialized equipment to perform their work in Marina Del Rey.

Detecting And Treating Areas With Mold

Professional remediation teams use specialized equipment to perform their work in Marina Del Rey. Inspecting areas visually often show us where damaged areas exist, but we also use equipment that can detect areas most prone to suffering damage.

Our equipment detects the most likely spots to contain deteriorated materials quickly for Marina Del Rey property owners who call about possible mold damage. The equipment we use does not search for mold and mildew, but rather these devices search for the moisture that these microbes require to continue their activities. Without moisture, they eventually become dormant.

After we locate areas with mold damage in your home, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) explains the most effective remediation methods for you. These can vary depending on the materials involved and their location. Space limitations can also create situations that call for specific methods.

In enclosed spaces, blasting with either tiny dry ice pellets or baking soda often provides excellent results that we can also easily clean up once we finish. In other areas, using plastic sheeting, we construct temporary enclosed areas to keep mold from spreading. HEPA filters on vacuums and air scrubbers add to our fight against mold damage.

Many homes experience mold damage in one area or another. These develop because of leaky pipes, small tears in a shingle on your roof, or other sources of water. The technicians from SERVPRO can repair many of those that involve ongoing situations permitting water to enter your home. Some require the expertise of other professionals. However, having such situations repaired is crucial to protect your home from future problems with mold and mildew. Successful remediation requires a continuously dry environment.

When you suspect mold damage is occurring in your home, contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach by calling (310) 395-9050. We have a 24-hour service line where you can ask questions, schedule an appointment, or request information about our services. We're here to help you protect your home from disasters. We also serve West Los Angeles, including Ocean Park.

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Roof Damage Could Allow Flooding In Your Los Angeles Home

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof Damage Could Allow Flooding In Your Los Angeles Home One of the most detrimental effects possible from a degrading or damaged roof on your Los Angeles home is flood damages.

Roof Damage Could Allow Flooding In Your Home

Many Los Angeles homeowners know enough about their property to appreciate the role that their roof plays in keeping out the elements and protecting the interior of their residence from harm or disaster. While this might be widely understood, many homeowners are still getting caught off guard by the weakening or dysfunction of their roof due to wear or acute damage on account of severe weather. While annual inspections can help to reduce this possibility of getting surprised by the failure of this external defense, even these measures are not full proof.

One of the most detrimental effects possible from a degrading or damaged roof on your Los Angeles home is flood damages. This high volume of water can spread quickly and affect multiple areas of your home as it spreads through the attic space. In just a brief period, you can have significant saturation throughout the property and find yourself in need of the professional expertise and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO technicians.

One of the most pressing effects once flood waters penetrate through holes or seams in your aging roof is the oversaturation of construction materials used for ceiling support and insulation. The wetter these materials become, the heavier they become as well. This situation can lead to structural failure of these elements if the area is not thoroughly dried and extracted quickly.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand that flood damages require immediate attention to help lessen the detrimental effects to your home. The faster that professionals like ours can begin the restoration process, the less irreparable damage to material and time spent having to restore more areas of your home affected by the persistent runoff or torrential rainfall.

Flood damages rarely provide a warning before you start experiencing them in multiple areas of your home. It's best to have a plan to notify our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach technicians as soon as you recognize a problem has begun. Our rapid response team is standing by 24/7 at (310) 395-9050.

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Preserving Your Santa Monica Bank After Water Damage Incidents

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preserving Your Santa Monica Bank After Water Damage Incidents If your bank lobby has suffered through a water damage incident, call SERVPRO and we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Specialize in Effectively Drying Out Your Business After a Water Damage Event

As the operator of a branch of a major bank in Santa Monica, you know better than anyone the kind of high volume of traffic that you can expect throughout the day. The last thing that you need to put a hitch in that traffic into your building and prevent the transactions that your customers need is an emergency.

Even smaller-scale water damage events in your Santa Monica business can prove challenging for your limited staff and maintenance crew to handle on their own. Often, it is much easier to choose to reach out to professional restoration outfits that can arrive quickly and get to work immediately on correcting the problems that you face. As you well know, there is far more at stake with lingering water damages in your building than the inconvenience.

Take for example many of the staple constructions within the main lobby area that could get protected by our SERVPRO team on the scene. You have a long row of teller stations that likely were constructed of some wood. Moisture and saturation to this wood, even over a brief period, can cause it to warp and distort. Given the polished image of your establishment, these aesthetic eyesores would need to get replaced.

Tile or carpeted floors also can showcase their own varieties of damages in just a brief period of exposure to pooling water or oversaturation. Worse still, water seeps into the subflooring and supports of the building if the extraction and drying efforts of our SERVPRO professionals do not get started when they should. This penetration often disfigures the flooring and swells the materials, ultimately requiring removal and replacement.

It might be tempting in the interest of saving money to try and get your janitorial staff or maintenance department to resolve water damages instead of hiring professional restorers. The trouble is, once these bigger concerns take hold, it ceases to be cost effective. Trust in the rapid response of our SERVPRO Santa Monica / Venice Beach restoration technicians to help you overcome this threat to your facility. Give us a call anytime at (310) 395-9050.

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How We Use Water Removal Equipment To Save Your West Los Angeles Residence

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How We Use Water Removal Equipment To Save Your West Los Angeles Residence Floods, major leaks, backed up sinks, or clogged drain lines on washing machines and dishwashers can unexpectedly soak your home.

Water Removal Equipment

Floods, major leaks, backed up sinks, or clogged drain lines on washing machines and dishwashers can unexpectedly soak your West Los Angeles dwelling. Starting the cleanup and extraction of this unwanted water can save you from seeing your personal belongings damaged further, as well as protect your home's structure from steadily worsening problems.

After an emergency involving intrusive water, SERVPRO helps homeowners in West Los Angeles dry out their homes by starting with water removal techniques. When we know that standing water remains, we arrive in our Green Fleet with pump trucks, which can quickly remove this water so we can move forward with the rest of your home's restoration. Smaller extraction wands remove additional water, but we also need to dry things that retain moisture.

Porous materials range from wood and drywall to concrete and brick, as well as many of your belonging. Furniture can also hold a significant amount of moisture, and we must remove this, as well. SERVPRO technicians use a combination of devices and machines to restore moisture levels back to within normal ranges and provide monitoring of the entire process. Meter readers that provide us with this information help us detect problems before they become serious.

Almost everything in your home normally contains some small percentage of moisture. We compare the readings we take of different items in various locations throughout your dwelling to the listed percentages of the same or similar materials on standardized listings. This is how we know when we have achieved our goals in drying out your home to the correct levels, protecting it from subsequent possible damage.

Depending on which materials we need to dry, we use different types of equipment. Some of SERVPRO's machinery elevates heat in concentrated areas to increase the rate of evaporation. Chambers attached to these devices extract the moisture for subsequent disposal. Other types of machinery direct air toward surfaces and pull the moisture out that way. Because this method increases the water vapor in the air, we pair these with desiccant machines.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach works with families in Marina Del Rey and Ocean Park when they need water removal services to get their homes dry again after a disaster. Call us at (310) 395-9050, so we can assist you in restoring your home “Like it never even happened.”

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We Can Restore Fire Damages in Your Marina Del Rey Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Restore Fire Damages in Your Marina Del Rey Home Fires can be devastating. After you and your family are safe, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Remediate Damage Left by a Fire in Your Home 

Residents in Los Angeles who experience a fire in their home should contact professionals like us right away. Fires produce heat and flames that may burn materials and items in the structure that can cause the fire to spread. Plus, fires can lead to loss of personal belongings and furniture. Also, homeowners may have to deal with offensive smoke odors. Our skilled team can adequately clean and quickly remove smoke odors from your home.
 
Our SERVPRO fire damage services in Marina Del Rey may include water removal. Often, there is excess water left in the home after the fire is put out. Our techs can use wands, pumps, vacuums or industrial grade extraction equipment during migration. The methods we use are dependent upon the amount of water in the home. Our crew may also use air movers, axial fans and drying mats to eliminate moisture from the air and the structure.
 
The team can also remove strong smoke odors from your home by employing fans, foggers or air scrubbers. Smoke, soot, dirt and fire residue can release toxic fumes in the atmosphere inside the home. We can effectively remove those odors. Smoke and soot may damage upholstery, floors, walls, and ceilings. Fire residues can be hard to remove from surfaces like kitchen cabinets, countertops, windows and items and materials in the home such as furniture and drapery. The crew can discard any charred or burnt items and can clean, treat and store salvageable items and materials when possible. We can board and tape the affected areas, but when there is significant damage, a general contractor should be contacted to repair and stabilize the structure.
 
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can restore your home. You can rely on our fire damage services to return your residence to its preloss condition whenever possible. It is the goal of our certified crew to make you feel “Like it never even happened.” We are nearby and are here to assist you. Contact us at (310) 395-9050 any time of the day or night for our professional fire damage services.
 
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Santa Monica's Commercial Flood Damage Technicians Explain Drying Principles

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Santa Monica's Commercial Flood Damage Technicians Explain Drying Principles When your coffee shop suffers a flood damage incident, contact SERVPRO for efficient technicians who know how to properly dry out your business.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Most Effective Path to Follow When Drying Out Your Shop After Flooding

If a severe thunderstorm ever hits the region, your coffee shop located in downtown Santa Monica could potentially receive damage. Several different factors and conditions created by storms pose risks to your business' property. Wind can blow rocks or tree branches into your building creating holes for rainwater to enter. Excessive rains often come down quickly causing the outside of your shop to flood. Once the water levels on the outside of your store get deep, it is possible that muddy water will find its way into your coffee shop lobby.
 
Excessive moisture inside your coffee shop can ruin business for you if the problem is not treated quickly. When mitigating commercial flood damage in Santa Monica, our SERVPRO technicians complete the required work so that we disrupt your business functions as little as possible. We know that keeping your coffee shop operating during the restoration process is essential in keeping the loss of revenue to a minimum. In some cases, we complete work during hours the shop is closed or do the work in a small section at a time so that your business is not interrupted.
 
When drying out a structure our SERVPRO restoration team uses laws of thermodynamics to speed up evaporation. One of the laws utilized is the fact that nature always seeks equilibrium. This means that wet always goes to dry. It also means that hot air travels to where it is cooler. High pressured air always moves to areas of lower air pressure.
 
If the air inside a building holds less water than the materials inside it, then water from the wet materials will move to the drier air. When drying out a structure, we use dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the air creating a warm and dry atmosphere that will make moisture move from wet materials into the air next to it. Air movers then get used to create an airflow that pushes the wet air away from the surfaces towards the dehumidifiers that remove moisture.
 
Removing moisture from the air and building materials in your coffee shop can reduce the chance of foul odors or fungi forming that could make your shop unpleasant to customers. The final stage of the restoration process is the cleaning and deodorization phase that gets implemented to make sure your coffee shop's atmosphere is just as pleasant as it was before the loss occurred. If you ever need help with excessive moisture inside your coffee shop, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 24 hours a day.

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The Real Risks Of Mold Growth In Your Marina Del Rey Residence

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Real Risks Of Mold Growth In Your Marina Del Rey Residence Mold damages to your Marina Del Rey residence are much more than an eyesore or inconvenience.

The Real Risks Of Mold Growth

Surprisingly, kitchens and bathrooms are high-risk areas for mold growth in your Marina Del Rey home. Much of the time, the situation surrounds persistent moisture created by excessive heat and steam without proper ventilation for the affected areas. The resulting colonization of mold spores poses a threat to the occupants of the house, requiring you to act fast to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Many homeowners do not realize the significance and risks of having mold growing in their house. In some ways, this even gets perceived as a regular occurrence or one that can get rectified with some hard scrubbing and bleach. Mold damages to your Marina Del Rey residence are much more than an eyesore or inconvenience, however.

One of the things that you need to be aware of are the health effects associated with exposure to active mold colonies. These risks heighten even more with those occupants of your home with breathing disorders or asthma. These potential health concerns are why our SERVPRO professionals wear coveralls and respirators when the remediate a home.

Another concern about mold growing in your home is the damage that it does to the material it seats in as well. Not only do these various materials require different approaches to remove the colony, but certain types can weaken easily under the intrusive force of this damaging organism.

There are ways that you can work to prevent this sort of occurrence, however. Areas like your kitchen and bathroom often require ventilation to the outside with a fan to pull moisture and steam out of the room and safely to the exterior of your home. It is when this dampness lingers that it can feed mold spores in the environment and allow for colonization.

It is not a common occurrence for mold to grow in your home, and it is certainly a condition that you want to address as quickly as possible. Fortunately, our mold remediation team at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is always standing by ready to respond to your call. You can give us a call whenever you need us at (310) 395-9050.

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