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Get Prompt Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services in Venice Beach

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Large or small blazes can cause your office to close. SERVPRO can completely restore your office.

SERVPRO Can Provide You with Commercial Fire Damage Repair Services in Venice Beach

Fire is a significant threat to commercial property such as an office building, and it can ruin possessions and assets of incredible value. If a fire has affected your business, SERVPRO has what it takes to assist you to recover. In a typical fire, the property also sustains smoke damage and water damage. If office equipment becomes heavily destroyed, your team can be out of work or limited in the amount of work they can do, which can affect your revenue stream.

Due to the complexity of the different types of destruction, we take time to analyze the severity of the building. Before offering commercial fire damage restoration services in your Venice Beach office, we can generate a customized solution quickly to prevent further destruction from taking place. We can examine the equipment, structures, and furniture to determine which ones can be salvaged. Our SERVPRO technicians also identify the items that do not require restoration and estimate the odds of restoring questionable items.

We also identify the conditions that may have existed before the fire for you and your insurer since fire restoration does not involve cleaning a structure to a better condition than before the fire. Our technicians also recognize and document pre-existing destruction. Our SERVPRO team can then use expert techniques to restore the affected surfaces. Our fire restoration process may include: 

  • Evaluating the loss site for any health or safety hazards.
  • Boarding up the structure and tarping the roof if necessary.
  • Removing charred materials.
  • Cleaning affected structures and contents.
  • Deodorizing the building.

Our SERVPRO team takes care of the destruction that can make the office uninhabitable after a fire so that you can get back to business. The cleaning method we choose to clean structural items is based on the surface we are cleaning. We can wet clean or dry clean surfaces. Wet cleaning involves using water-based cleaning products, and dry-cleaning uses rubber sponges devoid of chemical products. The sponges remove smoke residues from surfaces through absorption and filtration.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is equipped to offer emergency fire damage repair services. Call us any time at (310) 395-9050 to make the damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Where Can Property Owners Get Water Damage Repair Services in Santa Monica?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Equipped? Yes, we are! SERVPRO has the tools to manage all of your water damage restoration needs.

They Can Call SERVPRO to Perform Water Damage Repair in Santa Monica

Many complex systems feed into a home and keep all things running smoothly; an example is water supply lines. Unfortunately, a pipe can burst in the middle of the night, and the resulting destruction can spread and worsen. If you notice such a problem, call SERVPRO immediately for water removal services. We provide 24-hour emergency water removal and drying services. 

Our team has a clear and systematic process for performing water damage repair in Santa Monica homes. SERVPRO uses advanced restoration equipment for water extraction, including wet vacuums and pumps. We also use moisture detection tools like moisture sensors to detect moisture in carpeting and padding. Moisture sensors have sharp probes which penetrate through carpeting and padding to determine if the subfloor under them is saturated. If there is moisture, the sensor offers a visual signal through a blinking light and an audible indication of beeps. For other items apart from carpet and pad, we use moisture meters to detect moisture. Our water restoration services may involve: 

  • Cleaning and drying the carpets.
  • Structural drying.
  • Odor control.
  • Interior sealing and painting.

Our SERVPRO team can supervise different restoration services that can bring your home to full functionality. Throwing away valuable furnishings, possessions, or family treasures is not the only option with our restoration services. Our technicians know how to restore delicate items and hard contents using the latest technologies such as ultrasonic cleaning. We can safely clean silver, antique ceramics, tools, and blinds, among other things, to eliminate dirt, water stains, odors, and mold.

Throughout the water repair process we handle and move contents carefully. If the water intrusion came from above, we could wipe extra moisture from the contents using towels. Eliminate materials from the floor, which could transfer stains like area rugs, papers, books, and shoes, among others. We take care not to ruin hardwood and vinyl flooring while moving contents like furniture and appliances. Our SERVPRO technicians are also careful not to tear, scratch, or gouge ceilings, floors, and walls when restoring a home. 

If you need efficient water repair services, contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. Our hotline is (310) 395-9050.

Don’t Let Hidden Water Damage Fester in Your Venice Beach Property

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that bubbling paint is a sign of water damage? SERVPRO stands ready to restore your home.

SERVPRO Will Help Venice Beach Residents Locate Water Damage and Get to Work Fast on Repairs

After any water emergency, you may have water damage within your Venice Beach property that remains hidden from the naked eye. In addition to moisture left after a DIY cleanup, there could be issues like slow leaks or drips that go unnoticed until the damage already settles in.

SERVPRO is available for professional leak detection followed by drying and restoration so that you can get your home back to normal fast. You only need to contact us, and we can have our Green Fleet at your door and ready to begin within hours.

For water damage in Venice Beach, some problems will escape you until tell-tale signs begin to develop. We instruct residents in the area to look for some of the following evidence that water damage might be lurking within their homes:

  • Foul, musty odors could be an indication of mold and mildew growth
  • Visible mold colonization in the form of blotches, black spots, and discoloration
  • Ceiling and wall staining
  • Bubbling or peeling wallpaper or paint
  • Sagging, soft drywall or ceiling tiles
  • Warping, lifting, or bowing of flooring materials

No matter what the signs might be, SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment to address water damage repairs to restore your interior completely. Our crew also has access to advanced moisture detection tools to ensure nothing gets left behind during the drying and restoration phases. We also offer pack-out/move-out services to relocate contents to reach our goals as quickly as possible during the project.

When you need a qualified restoration team on the job with local ties to the community, SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is here for you 24/7. Call us at (310) 395-9050, and we will send a crew out as quickly as possible.

Why Should Santa Monica Residents Hire Professional Mold Remediation Companies?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere in your home. When you see the first signs of mold, call SERVPRO!

For Mold Remediation Companies, SERVPRO Has the Skill and Training You Need in Santa Monica!

Mold is designated as a fungus, and it can grow just about anywhere within your Santa Monica home – and it is present just about everywhere you go. The best thing you can do is know precisely what to look for and what to do if you feel as though you have mold growing. SERVPRO offers customers in the area a detailed approach to mold remediation. We can come by to tackle your bathroom mold removal, attic mold, and any other potential mold problem you may have. Your space will be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned when we get done!

Mold remediation companies in Santa Monica often see mold development in areas that store food and where water gets used. SERVPRO handles the cleaning of your bathroom and kitchen mold, as well as other hidden areas where moisture allows mold to colonize. The truth is that a lot of molds may go unnoticed and spread rapidly. Once this happens, it has the potential to cause numerous health effects.

Different Types of Mold

When SERVPRO gets called to handle mold remediation or mold damage repairs, some of the most common mold types we encounter include:

  • Allergenic molds –These can cause a variety of health effects
  • Pathogenic molds –Known for causing health effects
  • Toxigenic molds –Can be high risk for health effects

SERVPRO wants all customers to know that you should never spray anything on areas where you suspect mold or disturb it in any way, causing spores to dislodge, leading them to become airborne. Our mold specialists arrive to assess all mold-infested areas, determine the cause, and begin careful cleaning with vacuums, HEPA filtration, and EPA-registered antimicrobial agents.

When looking for mold remediation companies, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach first by dialing (310) 395-9050.

You Need Fire Damage Restoration from the Best for Your Santa Monica Business

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

No matter the size of the fire, SERVPRO is there. We are always on call for complete fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Acts Fast with Fire Damage to Limit Downtime and Loss in Santa Monica – Call Us 24/7!

There is a lot that must go into running a business, including making sure you remain prepared in the event of a fire. Commercial fire damage can be costly, especially when you factor in equipment, office supplies, furnishings, and the potential for lengthy downtime. SERVPRO acts within hours of your initial contact so that we can get to work on the fire and smoke remediation process. Once we get done, your business will be “Like it never even happened.”

Your business needs to be up and running during all scheduled hours. Because of that, our team works diligently to handle your need for restoration and cleaning up fire damage in Santa Monica. We work with all businesses in the area, including:

  • Bakeries, restaurants, bars, and cafes
  • Bike shops
  • Salons
  • Watersports shops
  • Office buildings
  • Production facilities
  • Boutiques, and more

We are available 24/7, to handle water & fire damage restorations. Whether you get a call about a fire at your place of business in the early morning hours or the weekend, you will have our Green Fleet ready and at your door within hours.

Controlled Demolition and Reconstruction Services

There are times when even the smallest fire creates immense damage. Along with detailed smoke remediation, we also offer controlled demolition to restore your business interior fully. While we work to repair and restore versus replace, there are sometimes when drywall, ceilings, fixtures, and other elements must get completely removed and replaced. California State License Board (CSLB) #: 837225

Call our fire and smoke damage technicians when you need assistance at (310) 395-9050. SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is your go-to team for quality results!

Should Homeowners Agree to a Pack-Out After Flood Damage in Venice Beach?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Sometimes it is necessary to relocate personal possessions to our facility for cleaning and drying.

SERVPRO’s Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) Keeps Everything Organized in the Aftermath of Venice Beach Flooding

After Venice Beach flood damage, the smartest way to manage the restoration of your home and possessions might include allowing professional removal of your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. Clearing the decks of your water-logged house: 

  • Permits aggressive pumping and extraction of floodwaters from all areas of your dwelling
  • Eliminates the need to move cumbersome items around repeatedly as spaces receive water damage mitigation and remediation
  • Simplifies determination of drying goals, affecting only structures and fixtures
  • Reduces the humidity load inside your damaged Santa Monica home, speeding structural drying
  • Enables the skills of specially trained contents technicians to focus on flood-damaged furniture, textiles, papers, electronics, and other items

How Does the SERVPRO Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) Work During Flood Restoration?

Our team takes on the heavy lifting, literally, of packing up and moving your property. SERVPRO crew members use the following to ensure strict accounting of the items removed:

  • Traditional lists
  • Barcoding memorialized on a software app
  • Digital photographs to note items’ conditions and placement in your home 

Where Does SERVPRO Bring the Packed-Out Property?

If you have a secure and dry area in or near your home, SERVPRO can stage the items there for safekeeping and assessment. We also frequently recommend transport to our production facility instead. The benefits of transporting the pack-out boxes and protectively wrapped large items to our facility include:

  • Careful assessment and documentation of flood damage to each item
  • Real-time consultations with your insurance carrier to help substantiate claims for replacement or restoration
  • Options for a wide range of interventions including specialized laundering, contained and monitored drying, freeze-drying of papers, immersion and ultrasonic tub cleaning of durable items, and more.

Feel secure in your decision to allow SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to pack up and move out your possessions during flood damage restoration. Call (310) 395-9050 to learn how we safeguard your property while giving wet items the treatment required to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Can Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Monica Eliminate Malodors?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke odors are hard to remove. Call SERVPRO’s IICRC trained professionals for complete fire damage restoration.

Move Beyond Air Fresheners --SERVPRO Uses Strategies to Eradicate Santa Monica Fire and Smoke Damage Stenches

Homeowners in Santa Monica needing fire damage restoration prioritize general house fire cleanup immediately after the devastation of a blaze. Backing away from the premises while water and fire damage restoration proceeds is sensible, allowing technicians the time and space needed to remove water, debris, and residues.

Does Basic Smoke Remediation Clear All Smells from Your Santa Monica Home?

A high hurdle for SERVPRO’s professional fire and smoke damage crews is malodor removal. Even after cleaning and disinfecting, lingering odors interfere with our goal of making it “Like it never even happened.”

Why are Smoky Smells so Hard to Erase?

  • Odiferous debris can hide in building cavities
  • Chemical changes during combustion load soot particles with foul-smelling compounds
  • Tiny particles are jagged-edged, permitting them to grind into soft surfaces and settle into cracks and crevices
  • Porous structural components absorb fire smells, and those odors can vaporize under certain conditions

How Does SERVPRO Achieve Fire Odor Elimination?

Baseline odor elimination parallels routine fire damage mitigation and smoke remediation:

  • Use of air scrubbing technology
  • Debris removal
  • Deep cleaning of residues 
  • HVAC filter changes and cleaning

Tenacious malodors respond to:

  • Oxidizers such as hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide, and others, carefully used to protect occupants and avoid damaging surfaces
  • Ozone machines, operated by experts and excluding unprotected humans and pets
  • Hydroxyl generators reacting with many pollutants, decomposing them and their odors without risk to occupants
  • Fogging with ULV (ultra-low volume or cold) fogging/misting or thermal (hot) fogging -- thermal fogging recreates the conditions of the fire, combusting substances that pair with and neutralize odor bearing particles
  • Absorbents like activated charcoal or newer chemical mixes
  • Sealing wood or hard to clean spaces with a broadcast encapsulating spray

Rely on SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to get rid of lingering fire-related odors. Call (310) 395-9050 to review your options.

Can Professionals Save Wet Hardwood Floors After Flood Damage in Santa Monica?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

It’s tempting to DIY water damage hardwood floors, but that can often lead to failure. SERVPRO has the tools to dry and restore your floors.

Restore Flooded-Out Santa Monica Hardwood Floors by Engaging SERVPRO Quickly

When you first view your Santa Monica flood-damaged hardwood floors swimming in rainwater and overland runoff, it can be hard to believe they can survive the onslaught. Worries about the disruption and cost of replacing them are natural. Still, genuine hardwood flooring choices are durable and withstand flooding if you choose the correct professionals to help as soon as it is practical.

How Does SERVPRO Mitigate and Remediate Santa Monica Flood Damaged Hardwood Floors?

The SERVPRO team uses research-based interventions mastered during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Water damage repairs after leaking roofs from storms require professional walk-out level and basement flooding cleanup. Here are the basics of flooring recovery delivered by our technicians:

All Hard Floors

SERVPRO uses submersible pumps to evacuate water deeper than two inches and then truck-mounted and portable extractors for remaining standing water removal services. Squeegees help move fluids toward the extractors. Moisture detectors and meters plus infrared imaging technology permit the team to sketch out the extent and severity of the lingering moisture for additional interventions.

Hardwood Floor Specifics

  • Drying mats firmly adhered to the surface pull liquid water from several layers using negative air pressure exerted through hoses connected between the mats and powerful extractors. 
  • Selected planks or strips loosened and propped up allow warm, dry air directed from low-profile air movers to accelerate restoration.
  • Aiming air movers up towards the bottom of the hardwood subfloor from a lower level of your Santa Monica home can also facilitate the structural drying needed to bring flood-damaged hardwood back to preloss condition.
  • Dehumidifiers positioned strategically slowly reduce the ambient humidity, important as hardwood must dry gradually to avoid distortion and cracking.

Contact the pros at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach promptly to discover your flooded flooring options. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to schedule an assessment.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Damage Restoration in Santa Monica?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

There are many ways for water to enter homes. SERVPRO is prepared to remediate the damage, no matter the source.

Need Water Damage Restoration Help in Santa Monica – Call SERVPRO

Anytime water from a storm or a leak is allowed to dry in Santa Monica slowly, there is a chance of permanent damage to many wood products used to construct structures. Water and moisture can penetrate subfloors, kitchen cupboards, and wall materials, causing swelling, separation, and disintegration.

SERVPRO can provide water damage restoration and mitigation in Santa Monica to homes and business structures after a water leak from plumbing, broken windows, or storm damage to your roof. Reacting quickly to water leaks can make a massive difference in the amount of damage caused by the water and high humidity.

Our water mitigation team responds in less than 4 hours from your call, and we urge homeowners to call us as soon as they experience water in their homes. We can mitigate damage by quickly removing the excess water and installing air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent additional moisture absorption by fabrics, wood products such as hardwood flooring, subfloors, drywall, and cupboards. Fast action prevents mold infestations which can begin in less than 24 hours with the right conditions.

SERVPRO provides the following services:

  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Damage Mitigation
  • Water Damage Repairs and Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for water damage restoration in Santa Monica and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (310) 395-9050.

Can SERVPRO Help with Flash Flood Damage in Venice Beach?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

When storms come, SERVPRO is there. We always have a team ready to dispatch to handle any restoration services you might need.

SERVPRO Provides Flash Flood Damage Restoration in Venice Beach!

Flooding can occur within minutes in Venice Beach after a storm rolls through and dumps inches of water on our streets and properties. With so much water from the downpour cascading down streets, storm sewers can't handle it all. Floodwaters find their way into homes, leaving debris, contaminated water and causing additional damage as porous materials absorb the water.

SERVPRO responds within 4 hours of your call about flood damage in Venice beach. We can also call on other local franchise teams to assist in significant flooding events. We have the equipment and the skilled technicians to react quickly to remove water, begin cleaning, and remove humidity before permanent damage is caused to flooring materials and your contents.

Floodwaters carry debris, chemicals, biological materials, viruses, and bacteria. Our technical team is equipped to deal with all these contaminants to protect your home and your family. Every item is cleaned and disinfected whenever possible. We have specialized equipment to access cavities to remove water and dry the area. We use hardwood floor drying mats to remove water from hardwood floors before they absorb moisture and begin swelling, causing permanent damage.

These are a few of the services we can deliver after floodwaters cascade through your home or business. Our services include:

  • Emergency Services Water Damage Removal
  • Water Damage Remediation
  • Tarpaulins for Leaking roof from Storms

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for flood damage restoration in Venice Beach and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (310) 395-9050.

Does SERVPRO Provide Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Monica?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

When you see our Green Fleet around town, you know that we are always ready to tackle your fire damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Restoration and Reconstruction in Santa Monica

The shock of dealing with a fire in your commercial operation in Santa Monica is terrible enough. Then there is the cleanup after the fire, and the restoration adds recovery time and stress to your employees, which impacts the company's financial bottom line. Finding companies to help with the cleanup and then rebuilding and quickly restoring the damage is intimidating for many. Finding available companies to reconstruct and repair can take time.

That's why SERVPRO offers fire damage restoration services in Santa Monica. We take steps to mitigate the damage by providing board-up service and placing roof tarps on damaged areas of the roof; we also help with the cleanup and the restoration.

We remove all of the material and contents damaged by the fire. We clean those items that can be cleaned and saved. They are held in a staging area until your commercial building is restored. We clean and deodorize the affected areas of smoke residues and odors. We also coordinate rebuilding the affected areas saving you time and keeping total costs low.

Our services at SERVPRO include:

  • Water and Fire Damage Restoration and Clean Up
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Building and Reconstruction Services

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for fire damage restoration in Santa Monica and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (310) 395-9050.

Why is SERVPRO Better at Mold Removal than Other Santa Monica Services?

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

The climate that we enjoy is ideal for mold growth. Don’t DIY mold removal. SERVPRO knows how to remove the mold safely and effectively.

SERVPRO’s Advanced Training and Skills at Mold Removal Make It Better

Mold is, perhaps, the most common problem Santa Monica homeowners ever experience. Because its spores are omnipresent, they can lie dormant until favorable conditions exist for their development, and the resulting mold needs remarkably little to survive.

SERVPRO is uniquely suited for handling mold removal jobs in Santa Monica. Our mold specialists are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in a wide variety of advanced mold remediation skills like:

  • Effectively dealing with mold-related microbes
  • Drying moisture-rich interiors that have fostered mold growth
  • Eliminating microbes from carpeting
  • Cleaning impacted fabrics and upholstery
  • Restoring water and mold-damaged homes
  • Controlling odors associated with fungal growths

All this specialized training enables SERVPRO to return your residence to its normal condition in less time than other local services can.

The Specific Mold Cleanup and Restoration Work SERVPRO Does

When selecting a mold cleanup and restoration company, finding one that can perform all the work your home needs is crucial. Fortunately, our expert technicians can do most mold-related jobs. Some of the work they can do is:

  • Mold inspection to locate hidden and less obvious issues
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

So, considering our expertise, we are ready and able to help you with mold removal whenever you need it. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for assistance.

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

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage comes from a variety of sources. Don’t go it alone! Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Does Your Santa Monica Beach-Side Property Need Water Cleanup?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Small leaks can create large issues. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture and water leaks.

SERVPRO Helps Remove Water and Reduce Humidity

Santa Monica is a charming beach-side resort town of 89,736 people. Santa Monica is conveniently placed for the best Los Angeles has to offer. It is direct neighbors with the famous Los Angeles neighborhoods of Brentwood, West Lost Angeles, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, and Venice. However, Santa Monica also has a unique vibe all its own.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Santa Monica was famous as a beach resort, with its beaches often crowded with visitors. During the first few decades of the twentieth century, an amusement pier craze brought more visitors to the area. Although the Great Depression hit Santa Monica hard, it has now bounced back and is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant community, and dedication to green initiatives. 

Santa Monica has also served as a filming location for hundreds of movies and TV shows, including Demolition Man, Rocky III, Forrest Gump, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Iron Man, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. 

Fun for All the Family in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is the perfect location for a family vacation or a family home. With plenty of outdoor spaces and a wealth of amusements, Santa Monica offers something for everyone to do. Some popular family locations include:

  • Santa Monica Pier includes an amusement park with a brightly lit solar-powered Ferris wheel, an aquarium, arcades, and plenty of spots to sit and admire the ocean. There is even a trapeze school here!
  • Tongva Park has scenic ocean views and plenty of amenities, including fountains, a playground, gardens, and picnic areas.
  • Looff Hippodrome is a striking historic building that houses a lavishly detailed carousel from the 1950s. There was initially an even older carousel here, and the building itself is an architectural treasure.

Enjoy the Best of Santa Monica Shopping

Santa Monica is well known for its shopping districts, and those who love to shop will not be disappointed by the range of stores. Some popular shopping places include:

  • Santa Monica Place is a large three-story outdoor mall that features well-known brands such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
  • Main street boasts a variety of shops and restaurants, including both chain stores and unique independent stores.
  • Montana Avenue has boutique stores and high-class restaurants for an upscale shopping experience. 

Third Street Promenade is a pedestrianized mall esplanade with a vibrant atmosphere. Come and enjoy the shops and eateries or find a place to watch the many street entertainers. The promenade also has multiple movie screens if you want to rest and enjoy a movie.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Water Cleanup?

There are many reasons to need water cleanup services, such as a broken pipe, a storm, or a malfunctioning appliance. Whatever the issue, SERVPRO is here to help. We can handle every phase of water cleanup, from water evacuation to drying and deodorizing. 

We also check humidity levels while drying your home. Living by the sea can mean higher humidity, and it is essential to monitor humidity while drying your property because: 

  • Damp atmospheres provide a breeding ground for mold.
  • Damp textiles can smell.
  • Moisture can seep into walls, drywall, insulation, and baseboards.

We use thermo-hygrometers to monitor humidity levels and ensure they are optimal.

For help drying your home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

What Determines the Correct Water Restoration Equipment?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

We are equipped to quickly dry and restore your commercial water damage.

SERVPRO Identifies the Type and Number of Equipment when Restoring Santa Monica Properties

After a water loss incident affects your business premises, you have to make tough decisions to salvage your operations. One often overlooked aspect is choosing the resources to use during the restoration. For instance, if the incident leaves pools of standing water, you need fast extraction tools for efficient removal. However, the quickest extraction equipment might be too cumbersome, so you have to strike a balance.

When SERVPRO embarks on water restoration in Santa Monica business premises, we take a holistic approach to determine what to use. For example, if drying wet surfaces and materials is the goal, we consider how different equipment types contribute towards establishing a dry environment. A typical drying exercise requires:

  • Water extraction equipment
  • Heating sources
  • Drying equipment
  • Air filtration devices

Choose equipment that handles its intended job and helps with other aspects is the appropriate approach. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians choose water extractors with sufficient vacuum lift to minimize the amount of moisture drying equipment has to remove. We also calculate the affected areas' surface area to determine the proper equipment size to use.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has access to various equipment to handle any water restoration needs. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to help restore your store to its preloss state.

Is Mold Damage in Santa Monica Properties Difficult to Address?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know how to locate hidden mold in your home? SERVPRO does!

SERVPRO Helps Address Any Issues that Arises After Mold Damage in a Property

Mold infestations are easy to detect in most properties because they show signs such as dark patches on surfaces or the development of a musty smell. However, easy identification does always lead to easy resolution of the problem because the surface mold may recur soon after removal. Simultaneously, the growth in hidden areas may require extensive tear down to remove.

Addressing mold damage in Santa Monica properties is only convenient if the right resources are utilized. Since SERVPRO technicians have considerable experience handling such situations, it is easy to identify problematic areas. For instance, we check:

  • For the likelihood of penetration of mold hyphae beyond the surface of a material
  • The presence of moisture in hidden sections of the house
  • The level of deterioration in affected materials

Such evaluations from our SERVPRO technicians help guarantee a positive outcome in different ways. For instance, we can remove all the porous materials instead of cleaning their surfaces. If the evaluation reveals hidden moisture pockets, we can tear up the areas to reach the wet materials. Also, since mold plays a role in natural decay processes, we remove materials affected by the mold over long periods since they are likely to be structurally compromised.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can help ease the challenges of addressing mold damage. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to assist you.

Does Flood Damage Stop After the Initial Water Intrusion?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

When this property flooded, SERVPRO was there. We can remediate any storm damage you may incur.

SERVPRO Can Help You Avoid Secondary Damage after Your Santa Monica Property Floods

When looking for an exciting place to live or visit, Santa Monica can be a great choice considering in 2010 it was listed number 7 in the National Geographic "Top 10 Beach Cities in the World" list. TIME magazine also recognized it as one of the "Best Places to Live." The beachside city is 8.3 square miles, located on the westside of Los Angeles County.

Some of its main attractions include its unparalleled natural beauty, such as the broad sandy beaches stretching approximately 3.5 miles. The fresh ocean breeze is welcoming to visitors who enjoy various activities, including Volleyball at the beach, looking for sea lions, or just watching the crashing waves.

Historically Santa Monica has always been an excellent getaway for many people, including the affluent ones such as Hollywood celebrities who patronized Club Casa Del Mar and other entertainment spots in the 1920s. Club Casa del Mar was constructed by brothers Jack and Til Harter, and they opened it on May 1, 1926, as a private beach club. Currently, some of the top hotels in the area include:

  • Shutters on the Beach
  • The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica Beach
  • Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Museums in Santa Monica 

The city was incorporated and named for Saint Monica in 1886. Its favorable weather made it a great resort city by the early 20th century. Currently, it attracts over 8 million tourists annually. Apart from the traditional attractions in the area, museums also draw in many people. Some of the top museums include:

  • Santa Monica History Museum- The facility exhibits regional historical artifacts such as rare photos. The facility located on 7th street in downtown Santa Monica began in 1975. Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, purchase historical photo reprints, free lectures, and research services.
  • Museum of Flying- The private museum was initially opened in 1974 by Donald Douglas, closed in 2002, and reopened in 2012. The facility displays many artifacts associated with the Douglas Aircraft Company. Apart from exploring exhibits, there is an observation deck where visitors can also observe planes taking off and landing.
  • 3DAR Trick Art Museum- The facility located on 3rd street Promenade is one of the city's more recent attractions. The exhibitions are interactive, allowing you to step into the artworks and create your own story with various paintings, including dolphins, 3D zombies, and other paintings that come to life. It is highly rated as a place to spend time with family.

How Does SERVPRO Help Prevent Secondary Flood Damage in Santa Monica?

Finding your property inundated with filthy floodwaters is an unpleasant experience. While the damage from such intrusion is already done, you should not abandon your property since other unnecessary issues can develop. Typical secondary complications include:

  • Mold development
  • Irreversible moisture damage
  • Vandalism 

SERVPRO can help you avoid secondary obstacles by taking immediate steps to protect your property. For instance, boarding up the property helps seal all openings keeping vandals and small animals out. We also help perform move-outs to protect your valuables from overexposure to floodwaters. We can also extract water from the house fast if the floodwaters outside the structure have receded.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has sufficient experience dealing with flood damaged properties. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to help resolve the problems you face.

Local Venice Beach Residents Learn to Craft Cocktails and Dinner

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO restore your fire damage so you can enjoy cooking in your home.

Master Bartender and Chef Teach Venice Beach Locals to Level Up Mealtime

The past year has seen substantial changes in how we do everything, but participants can learn to make a great dinner and unique cocktails through this workshop in Venice Beach. Learn skills from a French-trained chef and a master bartender to make your next meal a real event. Attendees learn the secret to making great pasta with a velvety sauce and pair it with a port reduction and bourbon. The instructors supply all ingredients needed, including the Italian wine and whiskey for the pasta sauce and cocktails. The kits will be available at a to-be-determined location the day before the event. Contact the organizer at losangeles@womenwhowhiskey.club with any questions about this event.

  • Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 PM PST
  • Price: $99
  • Location: Virtual class - link given after registration

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 supports the local Venice Beach Community with fire restoration services. The trained techs can handle both the cleanup and any reconstruction needed. 

Get Moving in 2021 in Santa Monica

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore your water damage so you can enjoy Zumba!

Santa Monica Residents Can Come to a Virtual Zumba Class 

Participants can kick-off Black History Month by getting in shape at a virtual Zumba class filled with fun with Miss Debi. The session contains a mix of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dance and fitness party. Pick a space in your home, get a drink to stay hydrated, and get ready to sweat. Persons of all ages are encouraged to participate. This event is for individuals new to Zumba and seasoned pros with this type of workout. Your instructor, Miss Debi, has training as a fitness professional and dancer. She focuses on improving health, wellness, and quality of life. 

  • The event is free, but you will need a ticket.
  • RSVPs will receive the event link on the day of the event.
  • Contact Ms. Debi at 323-709-7929 with any questions.
  • Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
  • Time: 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM EST

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 is available 24/7 to residents for any size groundwater removal in Santa Monica homes.

Santa Monica Residents Know to Call on SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Santa Monica has so much to offer. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your fire damage so you can enjoy all the area’s beauty.

SERVPRO Techs Bring the Latest Technology for Fire Restoration in Santa Monica Properties

There are two schools of thought for how Santa Monica got its name. The first tells the tale of how the town got named for the feast day of Saint Monica, patron saint of wives, alcoholics, and abuse victims. The second way this town may have gotten its name is because the dripping spring reminded early settlers of Saint Monica's tears. No matter how it got its name, in 1886, the citizens voted to incorporate the town and founded the first town hall in a small, brick building that later served as a saloon and in the present is a portion of the Santa Monica Hostel.

The railroad is why Santa Monica grew, and the line received regular use until 1933. The residents did not want the noise and commotion that came with being a major stop along the railroad line. Instead, they leaned towards investing in the entertainment industry, specifically amusement piers. This type of venue became wildly popular in the first half of the 20th century. Competing parks repeatedly tried to one-up each other by creating ever faster and larger roller coasters. At one time, the city had five amusement piers in operation; in the present, only the Santa Monica Pier, constructed in 1909, remains on the north bay. 

One of the most famous amusement piers was the Pacific Ocean Park, which opened in 1958. It was more popular than Disneyland for a while, and then attendance began to fall off. By 1967, the park ceased to function and got foreclosed due to unpaid taxes, and it sat empty until removed as a hazardous property and nuisance in 1974. Besides local businesses, the economy also depends upon tourist revenue. 

An Unlikely Contributor to Santa Monica

Hollywood noticed the amenities the city of Santa Monica offered, and one of the first people to buy a large parcel of land was comedian Will Rogers. He built a ranch in the Santa Monica Canyon in 1922 and created a polo friend where he played with friends such as Spencer Tracy, Robert Montgomery, and Walt Disney. After an untimely death in an Alaskan plane crash, the residents found that Rogers deeded his ranch land to the public. In the present, the area got split into three main places known as: 

  • Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • Will Rogers State Park
  • Will Rogers State Beach.

Famous Residents in Santa Monica

While many celebrities reside in nearby Los Angeles, some famous names call Santa Monica home. Four well-known names that live in the city are:

  • Christian Bale - starred in "American Psycho," The Dark Knight. He also lost a lot of weight for his role in "The Machinist." 
  • Tom Cruise - Well Known action and drama star, Tom Cruise also calls the city home. He is a common sight on the streets when he is not filming. 
  • Sandra Bullock was a resident of Texas for years and, after her divorce from Jesse James, moved to the city with her son and is a frequent visitor to the pier. 
  • David and Victoria Beckham - are transplants from England to the city. He has retired from soccer, but her clothing line is still going strong. 

Santa Monica Weather

The year-round climate in Santa Monica is warm and classified as a moderate Mediterranean climate. The temperature tends to range from 70s F throughout the year, with summertime temperatures occasionally hitting in the 80s.

A phrase locals use to describe the month of June is "June Gloom." While the city sees an average of 310 sunny days per year, the month of June often brings morning fog and overcast skies that do not burn off until around noon. 

As far as bad weather, the city is in one of the lowest risk groups for Pacific hurricanes, only experiencing three since storms began getting recorded in 1930. Consequently, the city has a high risk of earthquakes. Over 3700 earthquakes have occurred since 1931, according to the USGS (United States Geological Survey) database. According to the USGS research, the area has a 94.99% chance of a significant earthquake within the next fifty years. The last major earthquake recorded in Santa Monica had a center just outside the city and measured a magnitude of 6.7 in 1994.

How Can Fire Restoration Techniques Help Against Smoke Damage and Odor

Different types of smoke damage need fire restoration services in Santa Monica homes post-fire. The two main types are wet and dry smoke. Depending on the materials burned during the fire, these residues are produced. SERVPRO technicians perform tests on the smoke and the surface to determine the best cleaning method to lift away the smoke without marring the surface. Incorrect or some DIY techniques for fire cleanup can lead to issues such as: 

  • Shrinkage of fibers in carpets 
  • Bleeding of dyes in fabric and rugs
  • Damage to wood surfaces
  • Driving soot residue into sheetrock

SERVPRO technicians use their advanced cleaning agents and methods to clean surfaces. Hardwood furniture and countertops covered in soot may look ruined, but on a case, by case basis, they have restoration potential. 

Odor control is a large part of the fire damage cleanup that needs to happen. If there are elements such as smoke webs and charred building materials, strong odors remain in the home. The need for controlled demolition, where the techs carefully remove only the materials too damaged for restoration, helps lower the pungent smells. Follow up treatments with different odor control applications work to eradicate any remaining smoke odors in the house. 

This SERVPRO location holds contractor license #837225. Once any needed controlled demo actions get taken, the techs can also perform the repairs to return the home to its normal condition and remove all signs of damage from the flames and smoke. 

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for a fast response to fire restoration needs in local Santa Monica homes.

Come to WinterLit the Day After Christmas in Santa Monica

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can clean up your water damage so you can enjoy WinterLit.

Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica Gets Transformed

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

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

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

Improve Your Memory in Venice Beach

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the only name you need to commit to memory for any water damage restoration you might need.

Venice Beach Attendees Learn Techniques for Cognitive Development

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

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

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

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

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

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Santa Monica is rich in culture, and history, and recreation. Don’t let fire damage spoil your fun. Call SERVPRO!

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

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

Famous Residents of Santa Monica

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

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

Santa Monica: Home of the Fitness Craze

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

The Weather in Santa Monica is Beautiful

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

Best Things to Do in Santa Monica

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

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

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

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

Many Businesses and Industries Call Santa Monica Home

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

Wildfires in Santa Monica

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

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

What Happens During Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Monica Homes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

What Type of Cleaning Agent Do I Need to Use After Water Damage?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

When water damaged this home, SERVPRO made it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Assesses Each Damage Situation in Santa Monica Individually to Determine Cleaning Goals

Our Santa Monica-based technicians use multiple cleaning products, machinery, and techniques to attack the potentially long-lasting water damage effects. While we have various cleaning agents, one of our most popular is our Green Cleaner since it is environmentally friendly, free from scents, and PH neutral.

Someone in My Home is Sensitive to Smells, Can SERVPRO Accommodate?

Yes, SERVPRO Uses Specially Formulated Green Cleaners

Water-damaged homes in Santa Monica require cleaning to mitigate secondary damage like malodors and mold growth. The longer the water sits, the more thorough the cleaning should be. It is essential to use reliable, effective cleaners. However, not everyone can handle the odor of strongly perfume-scented cleaning agents. Unscented cleaning options are critical to best suit everyone's cleaning needs. SERVPRO has its own line of Green Cleaners that is an environmentally friendly alternative to more traditional cleaners. It is PH neutral and does not have any dye or fragrances.

What Type of Green Cleaners Do SERVPRO Technicians Use?

  • #249 Window Green Clean: This is a specially formulated cleaner as an alternative to regular window cleaners.
  • #250 All Surface Green Clean: An all-around surface cleaner for water damage, safe for floors, ceilings, walls, and counters.
  • #251 Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean: This formulation works as both a carpet and upholstery cleaner. It is an all-in-one cleaner but can also be a spot-cleaner for hard-to-remove stains.

All SERVPRO's Green Cleaners have the Green Seal meet the EPA environment guidelines. It is not toxic and is phosphate-free. Another environmental benefit is that the Green Cleaners quickly biodegrade, ensuring a small ecological footprint.

For 24/7 assistance, Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

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Where Do I Turn for Help with Cleaning a Trauma Scene in Santa Monica?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes traumatic events invade our homes. SERVPRO is equipped and trained to clean and restore your home.

Skill, Care, and Compassion Are Why SERVPRO Is a Professional and Comforting Resource for Santa Monica Residents Coping with Trauma Scene Cleanup

During the grief and confusion suffered after discovering a trauma scene in your Santa Monica home, you need a professional partner upon whom you can depend. Your obligation to arrange for the cleanup after traumatic loss is often a final unexpected blow to an already incredibly stressful situation. The risk of exposure to hazardous substances adds to your angst, why we make responding to these calls a priority.

What Are the Dangers of DIY Trauma Scene Cleanup?

The distress of coping with trauma scene cleanup in Santa Monica can make the next steps feel quite demanding. First responders wrap up their work at the scene and then leave the homeowner to manage the aftermath. As you face the mess and residuals, you might consider cleaning the scene yourself. Experts do not recommend a do-it-yourself approach because of the training and precise protocols needed to handle the cleanup wholly and appropriately, following legal requirements for the hazards involved:

  • Bloodborne pathogens present in human tissues and fluids
  • Crime response chemicals such as pepper spray and teargas
  • Evidence gathering substances like fingerprint power and luminol (reacts with blood traces)
  • Drug residues 
  • Molds and vermin (in hoarding or unattended death scenarios)

How Do Professionals Prepare to Manage Trauma Scene Cleaning?

SERVPRO ensures that the technicians assigned to biohazard cleanup after a trauma event have the specific training and certification required by governmental entities. We provide the EPA-registered products needed to deep clean and disinfect. The technicians seek out the migration of the fluids and other substances into structures and fixtures, including cavities, subfloors, insulation, padding, and carpeting. Then research-based strategies remove the hazards even if hidden.

We take responsibility for providing critically needed trauma scene cleanup seriously, and this is why SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is a valued resource for those in need of it. Call us anytime, day or night at (310) 395-9050 for help with a delicate and challenging situation.

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A Pipe Burst in My Santa Monica Home – What Can I Expect from A Professional Water Damage Company?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet is always ready to go to restore your water damaged home.

SERVPRO is Your One-Stop Source for Water Mitigation – Our Expert Crews Will Clean, Repair and Restore Your Santa Monica Home

A burst pipe sends gallons of water flooding into your home in minutes. Understanding what to expect from the Santa Monica water damage professionals you hire to take care of the problem will prepare you. 

What are the steps for water damage cleanup?

The first step is always to ensure the source of water intrusion is stopped and scope out the damaged area. Reducing the loss of materials and preventing secondary damage is the primary goal. A thorough scope will provide the technicians working on water removal in your Santa Monica home with the data to get started. Then the next steps fall in place:

  • Water Extraction – removing any standing water in the house. Using moisture sensors and infrared lights to detect hidden water.
  • Drying Out – After removing the water, the drying out process begins. Heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers are a vital part of this step.
  • Content Management – Protecting content from further damage and repairing and restoring items such as furniture, clothing, books, and even papers.
  • Cleaning – Everything gets thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Repairs and Replacement – Taking care of any repairs to the home and structure. With a burst pipe, this often involves repairing sink fixtures, plumbing, or cabinets.

Are You Available Whenever Needed?

SERVPRO is available 24/7 to provide emergency water removal. Catastrophes do not take a holiday, and neither do we. We understand what water intrusion can do to your everyday life. Our crews help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for expert water removal service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Should I Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in My West Los Angeles Home?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Restoring fire and smoke damage is difficult. SERVPRO has the tools and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.”

West Los Angeles Residents Profit from the Specialized Scientific Training and Certification in Fire Damage Restoration Obtained by the SERVPRO Team 

After a household fire in West Los Angeles, the soiling left on structures, fixtures, and contents seems hardly related to even the most challenging dirt or grime seen in your home previously. Water and charred debris complicate matters. Property owners do well to wait for a thorough assessment of the soot by professional restorers before proceeding with the cleaning. Why chance any additional damage when our team is trained and experienced in effective fire damage cleanup?

Are There Physical Dangers for Individuals Cleaning Up Fire Damage Residues?

Ordinary, untrained cleaning attempts to achieve fire damage restoration in your West Los Angeles residence are likely to smear, spread, or otherwise make the soiling worse. The ground in soot and staining will need more intensive and expensive cleaning, and removal and replacement of materials in severe cases. Although the possibility of permanent structural damage is troubling, more concerning is that the residues are highly toxic. Skin contact with surface contamination or inhalation of airborne soot, gasses, and other substances potentially exposes you and your family to risks that could impair health or well-being. Certified fire restoration technicians are trained in safe and effective methods to remove soot and leave surfaces free of contaminants. We continuously train to manage these dangers so you can attend to your calendar's responsibilities and the needs of your family.

What Precautions Do Professional Restorers Take to Ensure Safety During Restoration?

When SERVPRO crews arrive, a safety assessment is a top priority in determining the fire damage restoration plan. We are familiar with most fire sites' typical safety issues but are also aware that each scenario is different and inspect accordingly. Some of the concerns we address include:

  • Firefighting water: 
  • Contains contaminants, including fire extinguishing chemicals and fire residues
  • Can collect in building cavities that might threaten collapse
  • Needs release, extraction, and drying before soot cleanup can begin
  • Structural integrity: 
  • Firefighting water load combined with extensive charring and even burn through structural supports weakens everything from ceilings and walls to floors and framing
  • Heat-shattered windows and doors and decisions made during firefighting to cut into structures to locate hot spots affect the home's supporting structure
  • Air quality:
  • Smoke contains an endless list of potentially hazardous now-airborne substances
  • Odor-bearing particles disperse, setting up conditions for persistent stenches to affect your home even after it looks clean and sanitized
  • Cleaning of unsafe residues and substances:
  • Soot covered surfaces and contents need evaluating for the types of residues deposited or absorbed and the best products, tools, and techniques to clean them
  • If any biohazardous materials crop up during inspection, we arrange for certified technicians to remove and dispose of them legally -- examples include:
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Lead (often found in homes constructed or remodeled in the 1970s or earlier as paint)  
  • Health and well-being of restoration workers
  • Health and well-being of you and your family:
  • During the project, we safeguard our customers and other occupants of affected property through containment efforts, including wrapping work areas in 1.6 mil polyethylene and negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent the drift of harmful substances.
  • Health and well-being of restoration workers:
  • Because of our technicians and managers' proximity to a broad range of hazardous materials and substances, we provide and require them to wear personal protective equipment during the restoration project.

What About the Restoration of My Home's Contents?

Our recommendation for a pack-out of either or both fire damaged or unaffected furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions are possible after a West Los Angeles fire. Moving some or all your belongings away from your residence permits us to:

  • Sequester unaffected contents to prevent smoke, soot, or other residues from damaging them
  • Evaluate fire-damaged materials to determine if and how our specially trained production facility technicians can clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize everything from clothes to books to electronics and more
  • Use unique equipment and processes to restore items:
  • Freeze-drying for papers, books, and photos
  • Ultrasonic tanks to utilize sound waves to dislodge embedded soot and other residues on nonporous items
  • Small chambers to use deodorization equipment and manage the drying process 
  • Industrial washers and dryers for textiles, and access to dry cleaners and electronic cleaning specialists

Hire SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach with confidence to assist with restoration during the aftermath of a home fire. Our highly qualified and equipped team can be at your service with one call to (310) 395-9050.

Will Water Damage Cleanup at My Packing Facility Take a Long Time?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Are you equipped to handle a water loss emergency? SERVPRO is!

SERVPRO has a Skilled Team and Advanced Equipment to Ensure Your Santa Monica Business Gets the Water Damage Repair It Needs

Whenever a plumbing issue or a burst pipe sends a mass of water throughout your Santa Monica Business, you need prompt action from trained mitigation and restoration professionals. The last circumstance you want is for your business to halt or for secondary damage to set in. No matter the scope or breadth of the venture, our team at SERVPRO is ready to spring into action with water removal and drying services.

How Quickly Does Water Extraction Work?

When called for commercial water damage repair in Santa Monica, we take the time to scrutinize the loss zone. Each job is unique, so the time that it takes depends on a variety of factors:

  • The amount of standing water present
  • The surface area of all impacted spaces
  • The total of all semi-porous and porous materials affected
  • Placement of fixtures and equipment within your commercial space

Because secondary damage and the onset of mildew and mold growth happens in as little as 24 to 48 hours after the loss, we get to work fast on cleanup and moisture detection. Crews get to work quickly to remove standing water so that we can use a pre-determined amount of airflow and dehumidification equipment to execute the drying phase.

For a packing facility or warehouse with large open floorplans, water is known to collect even without noticeable pooling. Our IICRC-certified technicians precisely know what to look for so that we never underestimate the depth of the water loss or the amount of equipment necessary to facilitate drying.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach has you covered when you need water damage repair in your commercial space. From extraction and drying to controlled demolition and sanitizing, we get to work fast to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050.

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What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfires are common to Southern California. SERVPRO has the know-how to remove and soot and smoke damage from your home.

Fire Damage Restoration Services in West Los Angeles Focus on Cleaning Up Harmful Soot Residues and Eliminating Unpleasant Smells

The hot, dry late summer and early fall months in Southern California often mean an increased risk of wildfires. These fires are especially troublesome in the brushy hills just to the north of West Los Angeles. As brush fires in this wilderness area burn, winds can quickly spread the flames into neighboring communities. Also, since residential zones are quite dense in this part of the state, fires often spread rapidly from house to house once they reach local neighborhoods. Fortunately, when such natural disasters occur, there are area services that can help. 

How are Interior Surfaces and Personal Property Affected by a House Fire?

Fire damage restoration in West Los Angeles primarily involves cleaning soot residues off affected surfaces and neutralizing odors related to them. The burning process is a chemical reaction that produces and deposits multiple smelly compounds on surfaces around your home. These foul-smelling gaseous and solid mixtures are responsible for most damage to materials remaining after a fire. They often impregnate structural elements and household items with odorous particles. Many of these particles are acidic and can, over time, discolor materials and corrode metallic surfaces. Some of the many things affected by such damage are:

  • HVAC systems
  • Structural elements like floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Various household fixtures
  • Attic rafters and insulation
  • Furnishings and other personal property

To prevent further harm to these affected parts of your home, you need the assistance of a proper fire-damaging cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO.

What are the Ways SERVPRO Cleans Up Fire-Related Residues?

As previously explained, fire-related residues are responsible for most of your home’s post-fire issues. Therefore, to fully restore your residence to its original condition, they must be appropriately cleaned up. SERVPRO employs a variety of means to do just that. These include:

  • Removing non-grease residues by pressure washing impacted structural elements
  • Using dry cleaning sponges to wipe away non-grease smoke deposits
  • Cleaning up greasy residues with white vinegar solutions or tri-sodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Employing the peroxide active cleaning technique when remediating delicate, heavily soiled surfaces
  • Eliminating charring and heavy residues with scrapers, wire brushes, or abrasive blasting methods

In these various ways, our trained technicians can often successfully remove most types of damaging odorous residues from your home.

What Other Gear is Used to Remove Airborne and Material-Embedded Odors?

Neutralizing the unwanted smells of fire damage usually requires the use of advanced tools. This equipment is not readily available to the public and requires the right training to use it effectively. Some of the professional-grade gear SERVPRO employs to eliminate fire-related smells includes:

  • Deodorant injection devices that neutralize odors in upholstered items and carpeting
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to deodorize affected areas of your house
  • Thermal foggers that aerosolize deodorants to counteract foul smells
  • Pressure sprayers for eliminating odors emanating from structural elements
  • High-velocity box fans and air movers to rapidly ventilate your residence and remove airborne smells
  • Ozone generators that counteract odor-causing particles with ozone gas
  • Scrubbers that filter out odorous indoor particles and pull in clean outdoor air
  • Vaportek systems that aerosolize natural oils to neutralize fire-related smells
  • HVAC cleaning systems to remove soot residues from various ventilation conduits

Our technicians, using all these high-tech tools, are generally able to remove the most harmful odorous residues from your home. In doing so, they help prevent fire-related smells from continuing to circulate throughout your residence.

As you experience the seemingly endless hot sunny days of Southern California, remember that they come with a cost. Months of dry, cloudless days eventually lead to brush fires in the hills surrounding West Los Angeles. These blazes can start without much warning and rapidly spread into the densely populated nearby communities. Once in these residential areas, fires can quickly engulf multiple residences and do extensive damage in minutes. The destruction caused by these natural disasters is unpredictable and can vary significantly within an impacted zone. Some homes may be total losses, while other neighboring properties are minimally affected.

Although it is rarely possible to prevent a wildfire from damaging your home, companies like SERVPRO can help you clean up in their aftermath. Our experts can effectively remove smell-producing soot residues that can cause adverse health effects and harm household surfaces. In eliminating these substances, SERVPRO protects your home’s interior and its contents from discoloration and corrosion. We also help prevent the future recirculation of unpleasant fire damage odors throughout your home.    

With all that said, if a wildfire ever impacts your residence, help is available. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

I Need Help to Restore My Home After Storm Flood Damage. Who Do I Call?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Did your home flood? Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Call SERVPRO to Eliminate the Storm Flood Damage in Your Venice Beach Residence

Flooding is a big deal in Venice Beach and other parts of the United States. The National Severe Storms Laboratory reports that flooding causes damage worth more than 5 billion dollars per year in the U.S.A. Flooding causes more destruction than any other event related to severe weather, and after such an incident, you need the help of SERVPRO to recover.

What are the consequences of flooding in homes?

Storm flood damage in your Venice Beach residence can have severe consequences to the building’s overall structure. Therefore, it is imperative to determine the full extent of the destruction because misdiagnoses can cause additional expenses and future problems. Floodwater poses various health and safety risks if not extracted quickly. They include:

  • Electrical damage and risks
  • Contaminated drinking water
  • Disease and sanitary hazards from standing water
  • Defunct sewage and drainage systems
  • Dry and wet rot
  • Mold infestation

Standing water can start soaking into the construction of your home, and this can increase the complexity, the time frame, and expense of drying your home.

How can you provide a solution to the flooding issue in the home?

You can trust SERVPRO technicians do their best to restore our home to its preloss state. The issue with flood restoration involves more than clearing up the water and drying a house. Water can cause additional problems like deterioration of building fabric. We can extract all the water from your home using powerful pumps before we strip out affected materials. After removing water and affected materials, we start the drying process using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. We also use moisture detection tools to monitor the drying process and stop precisely at the right time.

How can you sanitize my home effectively?

Flood restoration projects involve contaminated water. When dealing with category three water damage, our team wears suitable personal protective equipment like full-body suits, waterproof boots, nitrile gloves, and heavy-duty work gloves to stay safe from exposure to contamination. We also establish engineering controls to prevent contamination from spreading to the areas of a home that are not contaminated. Our technicians can use antimicrobial agents such as germicides and disinfectants to prevent the development of microorganisms or to stop or limit their growth. Germicides and disinfectants destroy about ninety-nine percent of the organisms they contact.

After the unfortunate event of storm flood damage in your Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, or Marian Del Rey home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to offer remediation and restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Santa Monica, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach today at (310) 395-9050 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Let the Professionals Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Santa Monica Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Even when contained to a small area, fire damage can be extensive.

Fire Damage Experts in Santa Monica Talk About the Importance of Cleaning and Restoration

One of the most recurrent types of insurance claims that occur in Santa Monica has to do with restoring your property after something burns. Even the smallest blaze can cause your house to suffer from extensive fire damage. Even with small fires, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can travel throughout your building. Calling in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help you when mitigating smoke-related issues.

When working with you on your fire damage project in Santa Monica, our SERVPRO technicians know that cleaning and restoration services can reduce your insurance claim costs. The most expensive option for your insurance adjuster is a replacement. When an item is extremely damaged, it must be disposed of and replaced with a new one at the expense of your insurance provider. Cleaning and restoring things can help save them from having to be replaced, thus saving you and your insurance company money in the long run. 

Another option when restoring your burnt building materials and contents is resurfacing or refinishing. In certain situations, it is possible to remove the charred section of an item with sanding or sandblasting and resurfacing by staining or painting the object. We can repaint structural surfaces, and we can recover upholstered contents. Your wood contents are restorable. However, resurfacing and refinishing items can also become very costly if there are many affected items.

On the other hand, cleaning and restoration services are usually only a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing. Our SERVPRO technicians often can apply the principles and elements of cleaning to restore materials to preloss condition and lessen the loss expense of the fire claim.

The first step we can take when mitigating your fire and smoke-related issues is to inspect your entire structure for potential problems carefully. Once we locate all of the smoke residues present, we can then figure out what type of soot and soils exist. Next, once we know what kind of residue we are working with, we identify the various surfaces that are affected so that we can pick the best cleaning procedure.

If your house Spaulding Square, Central Hollywood, or Weho ever gets affected by smoke residues call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050. We can restore your home to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

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Can Commercial Water Damage Ruin Pawn Shops' Reputations in West Los Angeles?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Customers rely on your pawn shop to purchase items or to provide them with cash when the need arises. Call SERVPRO right away after damage.

Team SERVPRO Professionally Remediates Your Water Damaged Shop

At times, West Los Angeles residents rely on the money gained from placing valuable items into pawn at your shop. While many intend to use this as a way to sell their items, others plan on returning later to claim their possessions. Protecting these items from damage until other customers buy them or their original owners return for them protects your investment and your reputation.

When businesses sustain accidents that cause commercial water damage in West Los Angeles, they can easily lose their inventory. Such a loss can easily make many businesses fail, but when that inventory's ownership partially belongs to others, the need to protect that inventory significantly increases. SERVPRO hires individuals who then dedicate substantial amounts of time to learning the latest restoration techniques and methods, which prepares them for the task of earning different IICRC certificates.

Being a business with customers who hold responsibilities to their own clients, we understand your position when water damage or other problems threaten to bring harm to the inventory within your facility. Our staff receives training that prepares them to handle a variety of situations. Restoring a business' interior while working alongside any employees present and protecting the inventory is our purpose when mitigating water damage in a business setting.

After we arrive and before we can begin working, we must determine the cause of the water damage. Wherever water entered your building in the past can continue to happen, negating any of our efforts. We remove the possibility of any additional moisture gaining entry and begin working. We use moisture meters to determine the wetness of a section of material, and when possible, dry these things out. However, when a building's water damage began months or years ago, many materials become unsuitable for restoration. Only replacements can suffice, both for aesthetics and safety.

The display cases and shelving units can become affected by water, much in the same manner that it can affect the structure of your building. We carefully detail these, ensuring they come clean and ready once again for holding any saleable inventory. While much of your stock most likely comes from recent years, whenever our technicians encounter possible antiques, they know to discuss their care with you or your designated staff.

Cleaning carpeting can remove much of the odors related to water damage, as well, but when they persist, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses either hydroxyl or ozone generating machines, and at times, relies on thermal fogging for powerful smells. When dry rotting affects carpeting, our Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) helps advise our customers on the available options to protect their floor covering.

Restoring businesses in our communities, including Ocean Park and Marina Del Rey, SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach wants to help your pawn shop flourish and maintain its flawless reputation as a trusted business. If water damage seems to affect your transactions, contact our 24-hour service line at (310) 395-9050 so we can assist you.

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Can SERVPRO Find, and Remove Water That Has Damaged My Santa Monica Home?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

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 escapes 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.

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Is Water Damage in West Los Angeles Restaurants Staining Profits?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is available 24/7 to remove water from your business.

Do Not Let Permanent Water Damages Stain Your West Los Angeles Restaurant

When water damage hits a restaurant in West Los Angeles, it can sometimes be a race against time to get the issue repaired and damages restored before losing any extra business. Customers notice the signs of water damage quickly in most service sector businesses, even if any leaks or floods are long taken care of and any water has dried up. The damages left behind can be a permanent reminder of what may have happened in the past and, to customers' eyes, a sign of a less trustworthy business. SERVPRO can help to repair and reverse these damages and more to stop your establishment from bleeding business.

Carpet Warping

One of the most long-lasting and apparent signs of water damage in many West Los Angeles restaurants is the presence of shrunken or warped carpets in the business. Water causes most types of carpeting to expand when wet then shrink back when drying, sometimes creating bubbles or tearing on seams and tacks strips as they do so. We can help you to repair the damages or mitigate costs by keeping replacements to a minimum.

Staining and Discoloration

Many things cause discoloration from water damage, including the presence of contaminants in the water and the ability for colors to bleed from one material to another when both surfaces are soaked. Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO technicians are trained to help restore original colors or refinish a surface to eliminate any visible damages caused by the water incident.

Mold Growth

Santa Monica's Commercial Flood Damage Technicians Explain Drying Principles

Unlike most other consequences of water damage, mold growth can pose a direct threat to your business. Health codes may sometimes be tight when spores are found in a local restaurant, since the presence of some fungal species may cause health effects for employees and customers alike. We conduct full mold remediation treatments and can implement preventative measures to keep mold out of your establishment in the future.

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 when 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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Take Time to Understand Commercial Cleaning and Sanitizing Options in Santa Monica

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Remind employees to wipe down their computers. Rely on SERVPRO to clean your lobby and bathrooms.

What is the Best Method to Disinfect Offices in Santa Monica?

The response to this question is contingent upon whether the office is currently open or closed. A Santa Monica office that is functioning should be frequently cleaned at touch points throughout the day while people are working, and then a deep cleaning at the end of each day. Offices that are closed should have at least one deep cleaning in preparation for reopening. 

Contact SERVPRO Today for Help with Cleaning Services 

SERVPRO technicians have advanced equipment and years of experience in Santa Monica with cleaning the workplace in the presence of pathogenic microbes. SERVPRO is also able to assist your in-house cleaning crew with questions and safety concerns. If you have an employee or two performing cleanings during the work period, you might consider using one of our technicians in a support role.

This downtime for closed businesses is an ideal time to deep clean your building in Santa Monica. The Center for Disease Control continues to release information daily as scientists learn more about the virus and how spreading occurs. The latest information from researchers shows the virus spreads via airborne droplets from coughing. Since a cough spreads as it moves forward through the air, a wide area in an office many require disinfection. Common tactics used include:

Open or closed, it is a good idea to contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to see how we may of assistance at (310) 395-9050 

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Can SERVPRO Deal With My Santa Monica Storm Damage?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can and will help you through the storm Santa Monica.

SERVPRO Deals With Storm Damage Daily

Storms happen all over the United States and can damage buildings and homes. Left unrepaired, storm damage can create additional hazards. Rainwater that enters during a storm is only one way that storm damage can adversely affect you and your family's home.

Storm Damage – After the Storm has Passed

After the storm has passed, lightning is no longer present, and rains have at least dissipated, you can look to see what has been damaged more easily and more safely. Care should still be taken to make sure you are not at risk for falling debris from above, and from protruding items that can be harmful on the ground. In Santa Monica, storm damage debris on the ground, your home, and power lines should be removed and damage repaired by professionals who are experienced in this type of work.

If walls have been destroyed, extreme care must be taken to avoid electrocution. Wires may be hidden behind wet paneling or drywall. SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in dealing with such catastrophes and can quickly begin rebuilding your home. We want to assure you that we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Equipment Needed is on Hand at Our Warehouses to Get the Job Done Quickly and Efficiently

When you've had a disaster that has ripped your safe abode apart, it can leave you without a home. We understand that this is a major concern for those who have been through one of Mother Nature's violent episodes. Because of this, we have the latest equipment that uses state-of-the-art technology to remove the debris that can pose health threats to you and your family, and to begin the repairs that will have your family able to return home.

Our backhoes and bulldozers are able to remove ruined materials and place these in our waste bins. We clean up, and our technicians will measure the humidity levels in adjoining areas of your home to ensure that mold will not be a future hazard. Other members of our team will take the measurements required for building materials to be purchased in correct amounts. Our team members have varied skills and have been trained to work together as a team to get in, complete the work, and get out.

If you've had storm damage, call for our professionals to help you get back into your family home again safely. We are here 24/7 year-round. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica and Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 and we'll be at your home at your earliest convenience.

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How Do I know If My Santa Monica Home is Prepared for A Flood?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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 moment's 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

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Can SERVPRO Restore Fire Damages in My Marina Del Rey Home?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise professionals have the equipment, training and experience to help restore your fire damaged possessions.

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

Residents in Marina Del Rey 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 Techniques for Eliminating Dry and Wet Smoke Left by Fire Damage in Santa Monica Blaze

Fire damage from flames is terrible enough, but the residue and odor from smoke and soot linger on well after extinguishing the blaze. The time that elapses between the fire and the cleanup is critical as the longer smoke and soot are allowed to linger on furnishings and possessions, the deeper they penetrate. 

It's stressful enough to find out the fire damage in your Santa Monica home has been so significant that drywall or flooring needs replacing, but what about furnishings or heirlooms with sentimental value that are irreplaceable? SERVPRO has developed numerous cleaning methods that can often restore personal possessions to their pre loss condition. The cleaning techniques we employ are dependent on the type of smoke left by the fire. 

When fires burn, they go through different levels of smoke production. We typically diagnose the amount of smoke damage left by the primary type present. That is why SERVPRO conducts a pre-test to determine the type of smoke left by the fire, so the correct cleaning methods are applied. Dry smoke primarily comes from organic materials such as wood and leaves a powdery residue that does not easily smear when wiped and is generally easier to clean and deodorize. Slow-moving fires which burn synthetic materials and plastics produce wet smoke. Because of the slowness in the burn pattern, wet smoke generally penetrates more deeply and is often more difficult to clean and deodorize. 

Often, we need to combine multiple cleaning-disciplines to eradicate the smoke residue. Including wet and dry cleaning as well as foam cleaning for upholstery that is prone to shrinkage or bleeding is inappropriate for wet cleaning methods. Vapor control works to remove odors with gel pellets and is an effective way to control odors. For furnishings and possessions that require deep deodorization, SERVPRO has thermal foggers that disburse solvent-based deodorants that overtake smoke odors, neutralizing them, leaving home and contents smelling fresh and clean.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can restore your home. You can rely on our fire damage services to return your residence to its pre loss 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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What Happens to My Carpet After Fire Damage In My Santa Monica Home?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Seeing the damage that a fire caused to your home can be quite devastating. Contact SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Become Familiar With Santa Monica Fire Damage Remediation Services

One is never ready to deal with fire damage in your home. The aftermath of a fire can be quite traumatic not only because of the disaster itself, but also in dealing with the remnants of your home and its contents. Aside from determining whether your home is structurally sound, you also need to consider how to revert the fire's damage, which includes wiping everything clean from soot and smoke traces as well as dealing with the effects of water or other chemicals used in extinguishing the fire. It may all seem a bit overwhelming and look like a complete loss, but in reality there might still be many salvageable items.

When there is fire damage to your home in Santa Monica your carpet may be one of those items that may look like it needs to be completely removed and replaced. Even though this might be the case, our fully trained team of SERVPRO specialists can help you make that decision. Very often the damage you are seeing to your carpets may be the result of soot and not because the carpet is actually burnt itself. If this is the case, and there has not been any significant ancillary damage from water or debris resulting from the fire, our team may still be able to help you save the carpet in your home.

There are several ways to approach the post-fire cleanup of the carpet in your home, and our SERVPRO team is knowledgeable of these options. For example, if it is a short pile carpet, our team may use a technique which essentially dry cleans the fibers, allowing for strict control of unnecessary humidity to the area. In other cases, our technicians may decide to use hot water to help extract the soot from your carpet. Depending on your specific needs, our team of experts will be able to make a decision on the best course of action and avoid the need for full replacement of your rug.

Whenever you think of fire damage to your home, make sure to reach out to SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach for a comprehensive approach to remedying the damage. Our team is available 24/7 and able to make a full assessment of your home and the steps to be taken to resolve issues directly caused by the fire, and those that come as collateral damage. Just reach out to (310) 395-9050 and allow us to use our wealth of experience for your benefit.

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Will SERVPRO Help When Water Damage Becomes a Problem in My West Los Angeles Home?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Yes, SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

A leaky tub in your bathroom can cause water damage to your home, and it can go unnoticed for an extended period. However, just because you cannot see the damage at first does not mean it is not slowly getting worse. An unchecked leak in your bathroom plumping can cause erosion, mold, and rot to the structure of your home.

The longer the water damage in your West Los Angeles home goes without remediation, the more damage your house can sustain. After all, time does not make water damage go away. It only allows it to grow. Suddenly, the damage has spread, and it is entirely apparent that it is not small. Fortunately, there is help nearby waiting for your call.

Here at SERVPRO, we make it a priority to get to your home as soon as possible to start the restoration process. We can remove the damaged structure to your home and help you find a contractor to reconstruct areas that have completely rotted away. Meanwhile, our IICRC-certified technicians can work to identify what can be saved and establish a drying plan.

We use advanced equipment to make an environment ideal for drying out the tile, walls, and shelving in your bathroom. Through the assistance of dehumidifiers, axial fans, and air movers, we create a moisture free environment that promotes evaporation. Depending on the extent of the water damage, this environment is what can return your belongings to their pre loss state. Once we are through with the remediation process, our skilled team can help you create an inventory of what you lost and get a claims process going to send to your insurance provider.

When your bathroom plumbing leaks and causes extensive water damage to your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the Santa Monica / Venice Beach area at (310) 395-9050. We are ready to take your call 24/7 and reach your home as soon as possible to return your bathroom to its pre loss state.

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How Do I Clean Up After a Flood in My Beachfront Shop?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to keep your business up and running during a water loss event. Let SERVPRO do the heavy lifting and keep your business open.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Use Practical Cleaning and Restoration Approaches to Get Your Santa Monica Business Back to Normal Quickly. 

Flooding can be a dramatic situation for your business, especially when you are not sure all the steps involved in cleaning it up properly. While many have chosen to trust our SERVPRO team to help, many more do not fully appreciate or understand how extensive flood cleanup and recovery can be for a business. We have unique tools, potent products, and experienced technicians that can help to make your flood loss “Like it never even happened.”

Flood damage to Santa Monica businesses can affect the building in many ways. While you prioritize the protection of your wares and goods for sale, you must also consider the potential deterioration of the building, its construction materials, and other contents. Cleaning up after a flood involves much more than a mop and bucket, but our cleaning technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can help.

How Fast Can Professionals Arrive When I Notice Flood Damage? 

The speed with which technicians like our SERVPRO team can respond to your damaged business can make a significant difference and how easily contents and the structure can get protected and restored. We understand that conditions can continually worsen with every passing minute your business remains exposed to the flood damage effects.

Stocked Trailers Ready to Mobilize 

One of the ways that we can stay prepared for emergencies like flood losses is to keep trailers and production vehicles stocked with our cutting-edge extractors and drying tools. The faster that we can manage standing water and moisture concerns within the property, the shorter your time with your doors closed to the public.

Educated and Well-Trained Technicians 

Fast response in emergencies hinges on experienced and educated technicians, as you find on our restoration teams. With hands-on experience spanning years, we can utilize certified Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Water Restoration (WRT), and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) technicians to get the job done.

Staffed Emergency Line Running 24/7

We understand that speaking to a real person after an emergency can be a calming experience. Still, it also helps to provide pertinent information to our responding technicians, so we arrive with the appropriate tools, personnel, and production vehicles to make a difference quickly.

Can I Wait to Secure Professional Flood Cleanup? 

Many property owners delay the restoration and recovery of their business after a flood for one reason or another. Some are looking for the best price, while others mull over the possibilities of restoring on their own. Regardless of how severe flood losses might initially appear, it is always in your best interest to act quickly to repair and clean up these damages. Allowing prolonged moisture exposure and possible contamination of exposed contents and structural elements can lead to hazardous conditions. These might include:  

  • Structural Degradation
  • Ruining of Contents and Wares
  • Contamination Threats

Can I Stay Open for Flood Recovery? 

There are some instances in which flood effects to your business can get contained by our responding technicians if they reach the property fast. While there are no guarantees for your situation, it is always one of our priorities to keep businesses open during disaster recovery. We understand that in some circumstances, when businesses close their doors because of an emergency, they might never open them again. We can often accomplish this task of keeping your doors open through effective containment and decontamination protocols.

What If the Flooding Damages My Building? 

Flooding can often have a detrimental effect on the structural integrity of your building as well. To address this concern, we have in-house contractors that can oversee many phases of the recovery and reconstruction that your building might require after destructive flood losses. These might include:

Temporary Construction Solutions 

One way we can assist damaged businesses when we first arrive is through temporary construction solutions like roof tarping, board up services, and temporary fencing. These efforts keep foot traffic out of the shop and help to eliminate continual flood water penetration.

Full-Scale Reconstruction

The same technicians that can oversee temporary solutions can also help with the full-scale build back and reconstruction that a building needs after controlled demolition or structural collapse. By seamlessly transitioning between mitigation and this construction phase, we can save customers time and money.

Repair and Recovery 

Your building might require construction and general repairs. From damaged plumbing elements to the reinstallation of portions of your floor, our experienced contractors can help.

After a flood affects your shop, you need professionals that can help. Our team can arrive quickly and have extensive experience in flood recovery for commercial properties like yours and residences as well. Give our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team a call today at (310) 395-9050.

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Does SERVPRO Have Time to Talk About Water Damage Remediation in My Marina Del Rey Home?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Whether it's a HVAC malfunction or pipe leak your home will need SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has time to talk about Water Removal From a Kitchen Ceiling Pipe Break in Marina Del Rey

Plumbing pipes that run along the ceiling can cause a large amount of damage to your home if there is a leak or seal failure that allows water to flow into the room. Water removal needs to happen as quickly as possible and if there has been a slow leak that was happening for a period of time before the break, you may already have mold growth in the vicinity that needs to be removed.

Turn off the water and have our technicians access the damage as soon as possible in your home so cleanup and restoration in Marina Del Rey can begin. SERVPRO techs are highly trained, certified and use the latest technology, such as digital moisture detectors, to determine the actual area that has been affected by water. Materials that are in drywall and carpet padding can absorb water much like a sponge and spread to areas that were not in the vicinity of the initial water damage.

SERVPRO can utilize portable wet/dry vacuums for small scale removal or truck mounted industrial pumps for large-scale projects. Once the standing water is eliminated, the affected rooms in the home will be thoroughly dried, with powerful air movers and dehumidifiers if necessary. Once the rooms and furnishings are confirmed dry, the cleanup begins.

Mold is a big concern and our technicians use professional-grade antifungal and antibacterial cleaners to prohibit mold and mildew growth. SERVPRO technicians can do a thorough cleaning by hand, if additional deodorization is necessary, they can use industrial fogging machines to overtake and eliminate any odors left in the home or furnishings. When the cleaning is completed, our technicians can begin the final step of the restoration of your home. This may involve fixing or replacing drywall, carpeting or painting. Our goal is to return your home to its pre loss condition and get your life back to normal.

HVAC System Can Cause Water Damage to Marina Del Rey Homes

Nearly every day of the year, many Marina Del Rey homes condition the indoor air temperatures to remain at a constant comfort level. While these modern conveniences can help to make your home life better, the HVAC system can sometimes not function properly, and it can lead to damages that require professional restoration technicians like ours to overcome. Understanding how you can prepare for this possibility can help to keep your home and its occupants safe.

While there are many different ways that your Marina Del Rey home could suffer water damages, many residents do not consider their HVAC systems to be a contributing factor. In truth, these appliances often produce substantial condensation and moisture, which when improperly discharged or pooled in points throughout the duct network, can allow for a steady leak or consistently damp area of your home to restore.

When our SERVPRO professionals get informed about the situation in your home, we can get our technicians together quickly with the tools necessary to dry up the damaged areas and assess for structural concerns. Through our initial inspection, we can determine the source of the water damage and where the water originates. In some instances, the HVAC system has become sluggish and ineffective because of a buildup of debris, dust, and other particulates. Our technicians can clean out this essential component to your home, which can help to identify further problems that lead to water damage and also improve the efficiency of the air circulation appliances.

With equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers, we can quickly dry up the saturated materials within the vicinity of the HVAC system. We can use moisture detection equipment like our thermal imagery cameras to determine further moisture pockets to ensure that no lingering moisture is left behind to develop secondary conditions like mold growth.

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Many homeowners might not consider their HVAC system as a source of water damage to the house, but it happens more often than many might believe. Give our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach rapid response team a call anytime that you need us at (310) 395-9050.

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What Is The Correct Way to Deal With Water Damage in Our West Los Angeles Home?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Living on the beach can present you with unique water damage issues. Contact SERVPRO to inspect your home and remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained on How to Deal With Damage From Many Types of Water Sources

Sunny days and local shops can provide you with a fantastic life, full of non-stop adventure. However, these conditions also present you with water damage issues that expose your home to salt, leading to dangerous, expensive damages that are difficult to repair.

The air alone carries salt and moisture into your West Los Angeles home, causing water damage. Even if a storm surge, severe weather system, or hurricane never enters your area, water damage can occur from other sources. Salt suspended in water is highly reactive, carrying an electrical charge that penetrates a variety of materials.

SERVPRO understands how electrical components exposed to salt cause corrosion in metal, leading to shorts that cause a fire hazard as well. A home flooded by seawater requires special handling, using fresh water to flush electrical systems, followed by a full inspection that determines whether your wiring in your walls, electrical box, appliances, and other devices require replacement.

Never hesitate to call for help, SERVPRO puts expertly trained technicians, advanced equipment, and years of experience to work for you. Often restoring your home, cleaning your contents and furniture in a manner that far exceeds any expectations anyone might have had before work began. 

Performing these repairs yourself may be dangerous, an experienced disaster professional can spot hazards that you may miss and catch repairs that often go unnoticed by others that lead to future problems. The last thing you need is something creeping up on you that you could have avoided.

SERVPRO performs a full inspection of your property, checking all concrete surfaces and the foundation of your home. We check your carpet, paneling, furniture, appliances, drywall, roofing, and floors. Our technicians even check your ventilation system to ensure everything works correctly and provides you with the safe, secure home you deserve.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach gives customers access to uniformed professional water damage specialists, who respond immediately to minimize your losses. We use the latest cleaning technology, advanced extraction and monitoring equipment to provide you with a fast, effective drying process. (310) 395-9050

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Cleaning Low-Permeance Flooring in Santa Monica Condos

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you get your Condo back in order after Water Damage occurs. We are available 24/7.

Thorough Water Damage Restoration in Your Santa Monica Condo Can Prevent Further Damage

Laminate floors and tile are both everyday staples to the construction of many Santa Monica condos with open floor plans. While this can initially be beneficial for situations like water loss incidents, it can also allow the water to migrate farther than it might have otherwise. Addressing the cleanup and drying of your condo involves the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO professionals.

After water damage in Santa Monica condos, you often do not have the time to combat the spreading effects on your own, especially with breaches in the plumbing. Reaching out to our technicians can have us arrive with practical water removal tools and drying equipment that can protect low-permeance flooring like tile and reduce the prolonged exposure to more sensitive surfaces.


Removing standing water from flooring with low porosity involves a combination of our extraction tools like submersible pumps and wet vacuums. In many situations, clearing off the pooling water on these materials can utilize specialty attachments like squeegee wands. Not only can these tools corral water to the high-powered vacuum in the wand, but it can leave very little moisture behind as it moves across the floor.


Any lingering moisture needs to get addressed quickly before laminate flooring can absorb it. Once delamination begins, it is often more costly than it is worth to restore installed flooring rather than to remove and replace it. Without penetration into exposed materials, drying can often fall to multiple air movers positioned throughout the damaged area.


Residues and water staining can occur on ceramic tiling, engineered flooring, and other hardwoods. Cleaning these surfaces involves several products from our line of potent cleaning agents. Using cleaners with thymol or citric oils, we can offer a pleasant-smelling finish that returns the sheen to formerly damaged flooring.

Water losses that encompass most of the open floor layout of your condo can be highly disruptive to your life. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team can help to protect installed flooring and structural elements with a fast and confident response. Give us a call anytime that disasters strike. (310) 395-9050.

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Minimizing the Impact of Water Damage in Retail Spaces in Santa Monica

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Don’t let water damage interrupt your retail space. Call SERVPRO today for fast, effective remediation.

Planning for Continued Commerce While We Respond to Your Business’s Water Damage in Santa Monica

Management of a water event in your Santa Monica retail space does not necessarily mean that you need to close completely. The reality is that shutting your doors even briefly to recover from a disaster can do significant harm to your business. Customers can panic if they feel you are unavailable, seeking out alternatives for the services and products you provide. We work with you to adapt your retail space during water mitigation and remediation so that you maintain a presence during the crisis. 

Call Us Immediately

Let go of any concern you have about regular business hours when you call about retail water damage in Santa Monica. Our phone answers your inquiries 24/7 for two connected reasons. First, we know that water emergencies respect neither the workday nor the workweek. Second, any delay in responding can impact the success of water damage mitigation and remediation strategies negatively. 

Flexibility Is Crucial

Open your mind to unusual short-term interventions that permit us to work faster and more efficiently. For example, allowing our team to proceed with some controlled demolition might be scary or upsetting if it ruins the decor of your shop. But the access it provides for our crew to reach and remove water trapped in cavities means we wind up the project more quickly. Containment of the water damage remediation space might require the erection of otherwise unsightly partitions. The progress we make behind the six mil polyethylene means a swift return to business as usual.  

Always Have a Plan B

If your business model has you stocking a comprehensive inventory, prepare long before any disaster to protect your goods. Consider options carefully, keeping shelving and other inventory storage hardware away from plumbing lines and appliances and above the floor. Invest in waterproof storage pods or units that provide continuous protection. Raise equipment on blocks and use digital storage for business records.

Have a Customer Service Alternative in Mind

If you can manage most of your customers’ and the public’s inquiries online or over the phone during mitigation and remediation, follow that course. Identify spaces in your retail store that could stand-in for your regular checkout or ordering areas and swap them out if we must work on your retail floor. 

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is always willing to be creative as we provide top-notch water damage restoration services to local businesses. Contact us immediately after a water emergency at (310) 395-9050.

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How SERVPRO Cleans Flood Damage in Santa Monica

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Scene from a science fiction movie? No. Just SERVPRO equipment doing its job. Call us today to restore your home.

What Does Proper Cleanup of Flood Damage in Santa Monica Involve?

After a flooding incident, your home may be full of mud, silt, and other debris. The water that pools on the floors also contains a cocktail of contaminants, including insecticides, biohazards such as raw sewage and industrial chemical traces. Cleaning up your home thoroughly after a flooding incident is therefore mandatory. We offer professional cleaning services within Santa Monica that help your home attain the sanitary preloss conditions.

Debris might pile up when there is flood damage in Santa Monica homes. Such debris may originate outside the home or could be part of the contents damaged during the incident. Removing debris improves the battered look of the premises and paves the way for other restoration steps. Our SERVPRO technicians pick debris strewn all over your property and use heavy-duty plastic bags or trash cans on wheels to hold them before disposal.

Porous materials in the house, including carpets and pad, absorb water and the dissolved contaminants it holds. Cleaning such items to remove all traces of the contaminants is not possible, so the best solution is to remove them. Such materials are also considered hazardous, thus requiring specialized disposal. Our SERVPRO technicians remove the carpet and pad, cutting it into small square pieces for proper disposal. We also make flood cuts to access insulation and other porous materials on the walls for removal.

Apart from removing affected building materials and contents, cleaning up all areas reached by the floodwaters is essential. Such cleaning should remove visible soils and contaminants, some of which may be invisible to the naked eye. Our SERVPRO technicians use pressure washers and multi-surface scrubbers to remove soils from different surfaces. We also use various professional cleaning products, including antimicrobial agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers, among others to remove contaminants or limit their development.

For thorough cleaning to restore the sanitary preloss conditions in your San Tan Valley, Higley, or Gateway home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to assist. You can reach us at (310) 395-9050 at any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Fires Occur in Santa Monica Homes

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

No matter the size, scope or location of the fire damage, SERVPRO can restore your home.

Fire Damage Santa Monica – Garage Fire and Smoke Damage

Even a garage fire can cause smoke odors inside a person's home. While the fire department usually has the fire under control quickly, the hot flames may damage the siding on the house, and smoke can enter through open windows. Your neighbor’s home may also suffer smoke damage depending on how long the fire burns, temperature, and wind direction.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in Santa Monica and surrounding areas. We are available on a 24 / 7 basis and can be at your home or business within four hours of your initial call. No matter if it is a storm, fire, or water damage, we know that quickly responding to an event can limit the amount of damage and place the homeowner's mind at ease.

Safety Concerns

Whenever there is a garage fire, everyone is concerned about the chemicals stored in the garage. A fire might start due to a bad electrical connection, spread and ignite the structure and endanger adjacent buildings. Even more threatening is the potential for chemicals stored inside the building to ignite. Fuel containers, paint, and cleaning supplies may ignite, causing a fire full of chemicals that become part of any smoke residue that enters your home.

Whenever you become aware of a fire, move your family to safety. Call 911 and close all the windows if it is safe to do so. Our SERVPRO highly trained crew focuses on all aspects of recovery and restoration from a fire, including removing a variety of odors caused by fires burning chemicals found inside your garage.

If the smoke from the fire has managed to leave odors inside your home after a garage fire, SERVPRO can evaluate the type of chemicals found in the residue, the surfaces where residue deposits, and recommend the appropriate approach to clean and remove the odors. We wash some items, while we send others out for cleaning. We can quickly assess the situation and advise you and your insurance company regarding the best approach to take.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve West Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Removing Kitchen Flood Damage in Venice Beach

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will break down all you need to know when it comes to your Venice Beach kitchen flood.

Your Venice Beach kitchen flood will be hard to wrap your head around, here's what we can do.

Flooding is easily the most costly natural disaster in the United States, as well as the most common one that homeowners face. All it takes is two inches of floodwater to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Flooding not only penetrates flooring, but it can also saturate drywall and compromise internal components of your home like electrical wiring and insulation.

If your Venice Beach home needs flood damage mitigation that can act quickly, SERVPRO technicians can arrive within hours of your call to remove contamination and restore your home to a preloss condition. This team uses cutting-edge technologies and a consistent set of cleanup standards to eliminate flood damage and restore your home. They even use tablet-based documentation software to catalog damage and take inventory of possessions, which can aid you in filing your claim after a flood.

What Happens to Your Floor Tiles When Flooding Occurs?

  • After floodwaters have spread through your kitchen, ceramic floor tiles may come loose. The tiles themselves may not be damaged, but the water can loosen adhesives, penetrate grout, and saturate your subfloor.
  • While floodwaters may not directly damage tiles, they can be damaged by saturated grout that expands, which can cause tiles to warp or crack.
  • Plywood subflooring can soak up water and expand, which can make flooring buckle or loosen tiles. Technicians make sure to examine your flooring and subflooring for signs of moisture absorption to prevent the risk of further damage to your home.

SERVPRO's Disinfection & Deodorization Techniques

When flooding has affected your kitchen, SERVPRO technicians work quickly to remove any remaining water or moisture. Before drying can commence, disinfection is necessary to prevent the spread of microbes and contaminants. To address this, restoration technicians can use EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocides to address potential microbes and eliminate them from your home.

If you have odors from flood debris and water damage on your property, technicians can deploy ultra-low volume foggers to combat odors. ULV foggers penetrate surfaces with water or solvent-based deodorizers to chemically alter odor-based particles to remove unpleasant smells.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can ensure that your next home disaster looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (310) 395-9050 for rapid cleanup from an experienced team.

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Our Appreciation of Safety Considerations Are Why SERVPRO Is the Only Choice for Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Monica

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Let us show the safety ropes when it comes to your Santa Monica Fire damage.

SERVPRO knows everything, even the safety when it comes to your Santa Monica fire damage.

The heat and smoke of fire are rivaled only by the water used to combat the blaze when it comes to destructive forces in your Santa Monica home. Speed and skill in managing the aftermath of a house fire are essential. Knowledge and experience are the keys to efficient and effective cleanup, why the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and hands-on seasoned crews deliver on our pledge to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Safety First as a Best Practice

Safety during Santa Monica fire damage mitigation and remediation is not an afterthought. It is the foundation of every project, and the process of accurately assessing the risks and implementing controls is why engaging the services of a certified fire restoration company is vital.

Identifying Hazards

The definition of a hazard is broad -- anything that may cause harm or pose a threat to life, health, property, or the environment. Expect to discuss your concerns about hazards as no one knows your home better, why SERVPRO Crew Chiefs rely on homeowner observations before inspecting for:

  • Overhead hazards, including partially burned or waterlogged ceilings that could collapse
  • Electrical shock hazards stemming from damaged or wet wiring and boxes
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards because of wet floors or debris
  • Inadequate lighting hazards

Throughout the project, we also look out for occupant, worker, or bystander safety as we complete tasks, and if the building is open to unauthorized entry.

Implementation of Controls

The answer to hazards is not to walk away, but to manage the circumstances by putting in place controls that keep both occupants and workers safe. Our approach after identifying the hazards is to use care and research-based strategies to obviate their potential undesired effects, why SERVPRO is a fire restoration leader in our region. Possible controls include:

Elimination/Substitution—Can we work around the hazard? Is there an alternative technique that achieves our fire damage objective without putting anyone in harm’s way?

Example: Using submersible pumps to remove the bulk of firefighting water without requiring direct employee operation.

Engineering—Can we reduce exposure to the hazard or remove the hazard through design?

Example: Installing braces to shore up unstable structures.

Administrative—Can we work “smarter” by training technicians to accomplish a task safely? Or can we use preemptive measures or timing to reduce the risk of contact with hazard?

Examples: Obtaining advanced training in hazard management for our workers. Pretreating contaminants with disinfectants or clearing airborne hazards with air scrubbers before sending crews into contained spaces.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)—Can clothing or equipment shield our workforce from hazards, including residues and cleaning solutions?

Examples: Using full body or other clothing configurations to cover exposed skin. Splash goggles, helmets, and respirators are essential. Boots and gloves complete the protection.

Our emphasis on safety is why SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is known for keeping everyone’s best interests in mind. Call us at (310) 395-9050 as soon as the fire marshal gives you the approval to move forward.

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Use of Techniques that Limit Costs of Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Monica

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home after a fire.

How Our SERVPRO Team Handles Santa Monica Fire Damage Restoration 

Any incident of fire damage is inconveniencing, but it is the costs that accumulate during the restoration that worsen the situation. When called to a loss site, SERVPRO strives to work fast and also minimize expenses where possible.

Using surface cleaning techniques

The time taken to complete fire damage restoration in Santa Monica can have an impact on the cost involved. Using surface cleaning techniques such as spray and wipe and foam cleaning limits the quantity of cleaning products used, reduces saturation, and quickens the drying process. All these aspects help speed up the process and in one way or another to reduce cost. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site to establish which contents or surfaces we can restore successfully by applying surface cleaning techniques.

Protecting materials during cleaning

Some of the cleaning processes and agents used can damage materials increasing the cost of fire loss. For instance, aggressive agitation or oversaturation of materials can damage them. Our SERVPRO technicians choose cleaning approaches such as absorption, which remove residues from surfaces safely. The use of absorbent powders is one way to remove soils. After applying the powder to a surface, it absorbs residues and soils. Vacuuming helps remove the powder and all the soils. The method is useful in cleaning marble, concrete, brick, upholstery, and even fabrics.

Use of specialized techniques

Some items in the house, such as chandeliers, are not only delicate but also costly. If left caked with soot and other fire residues, cleaning them to satisfaction is challenging. Regular cleaning processes can also ruin their shiny surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to advanced cleaning equipment such as ultrasonic cleaners, which use sound waves to remove residues from the affected items. The sound waves form and implode millions of tiny bubbles that remove soils without causing physical damages.

Limiting the cost of restoring fire damage is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Santa Monica Relies on SERVPRO to Dry Water Damaged Bookstores

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water quickly damages books. SERVPRO has the training and equipment to dry and restore your water damaged bookstore.

Experienced Commercial Water Removal Crew Saves Santa Monica Bookshop

A water loss incident at a bookshop in Santa Monica almost ended up in catastrophic financial loss. A pipe installed through the ceiling leaked at a joint, releasing a significant volume of water into the ceiling cavity. Luckily, the management immediately turned off the mains and informed SERVPRO.

Unlike other cases of commercial water removal in Santa Monica, a loss site involving books presents a higher risk of loss.  Books easily damage by direct exposure to water or even elevated humidity levels since most papers have hygroscopic qualities. Our SERVPRO technicians arrived at the site before most of the water breached the ceiling so we could save most of the books and the ceiling panels as well.

Although the employees at the bookshop had removed the books from the shelves, they had not found a perfect storage point. We brought storage pods that could hold the books safely onsite as we worked to restore the damage. We also helped move the heavy shelves around the room, creating a better workspace.

Releasing the water trapped in the ceiling cavity fast helps limit the amount absorbed by joists and other structural supports, as well as ceiling panels, therefore, avoiding permanent damage. By drilling small weep holes starting close to the wall, our SERVPRO technicians let the water drain out through gravity. Later we removed the panels to expose the underlying support system to speed up drying.

Since most of the water ended up on the floors, we had to wet vacuum it before drying the store. With a considerable percentage of the floor being ceramic tiles, a quick run through with portable extractors did the job. We had to ensure all wet materials were dry and the humidity levels back to normal levels to ensure the books did not develop mold once returned to the shelves. We set up a couple of dehumidifiers and run air movers over 24 hours, returning all materials to their preloss state.

Saving a store and most of the contents is a satisfactory outcome in a water loss situation. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to help save your business. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Remove Water Damaged Drywall in Santa Monica

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet is always on call and ready to go to restore your water damaged home.

Clearing Out Deteriorated Materials After Santa Monica Water Loss

Debris removal and damage assessment are vital steps that your Santa Monica home needs after a water loss incident. While water damage can often originate from a single location in the house, it can quickly spread through wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and across the flooring to damage a broad area. Within 24 hours, sensitive materials like drywall can become irreparably damaged to the point of structural collapse.

Water cleanup for Santa Monica homes begins with a thorough scoping of the work to get done by our SERVPRO project manager. Our experienced professionals can provide an honest assessment of the work to get done to restore the damaging effects present in your home. The inspection hinges on an understanding of water migration and requires sophisticated tools in our inventory, such as surface moisture meters and probing detection devices.

With deteriorated materials like crumbling drywall and other rubbish that can exist after prolonged saturation exposure, our professionals can begin cleaning up the damage by shoveling out this debris. It is impossible to successfully clean and thoroughly dry a compromised home without addressing concerns like heaps of saturated drywall on the floors.

With controlled demolition completed in the water-damaged address, our SERVPRO team can better access structural cavities for drying. With units like centrifugal air movers, we can direct blasts of heated air at specific points for concise drying to protect as much of the framework and other exposed materials as possible. To prevent the deterioration of wood plank flooring, we can utilize specialty drying equipment like drying mats to remove moisture at a controlled rate.

As with almost every loss incident that can impact your home, the recovery of these situations hinges on the application of experienced restoration technicians, and state-of-the-art-equipment. As challenging as water losses can become, our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team has an extensive inventory of extraction, drying, and cleaning equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (310) 395-9050.

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New Step by Step Roadmap for Storm Damage Remediation in Venice Beach

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless whether the flooding in your home stems from the outside or the inside, calling SERVPRO is your best bet.

Drying Venice Beach Residences to Restore Flood Damage using Indirect Fired Furnaces

To dry a property after flooding, you need heat, but rising temperatures can be tricky for a homeowner. Turning on the central heating to warm rooms throughout the house may seem like a solution, however in a wet, enclosed space raising the temperature also raises relative humidity. There is a limit to how much moisture air can hold, so by filling the room with warm, humid air, you risk slowing the drying process. Hot, wet indoor environments can also promote rapid mold growth. 

We offer professional flood damage restoration here in Venice Beach and have the equipment to speed up the drying process. Flooding issues can often affect the entire first floor of a structure. This can happen quickly as the result of flash flooding or with water migration over-time. You are not always likely to be at home when a flood occurs, and even a period as little as a few hours can result in standing water throughout the ground levels. Here at SERVPRO, we can pump out standing water and perform quick drying of the internal structure. 

To dry quickly, you need to raise the air temperature. Hot air can carry more moisture than cold air, which means the evaporation rate increases. But you also need dry air to maximize the effect. For significant flooding in your home, SERVPRO can deploy indirect-fired furnaces. These large pieces of equipment can be set up outside the house and use a duct to blast hot air into an indoor structure via windows. This equipment is capable of drying tools because they use dry air from outside, heating it, and then pushing it into the humid indoor area creating an air exchange. 

While indirect-fired furnaces are capable, they need constant monitoring. SERVPRO technicians can use a thermal hygrometer to measure the incoming air. At the exhaust point, air measurements are retaken. An adequate system is when the incoming air is significantly drier than the exhausting air. A good reading means that hot, dry air enters the structure, picks up moisture and is then exhausting humid air out of the property. While these machines are large and noisy, they can be incredibly efficient when it comes to drying your property. 

Sometimes using industrial equipment is necessary to get your home back as quickly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

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Carpet Drying Basics After Water Damage in Santa Monica

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can and will get you through your Santa Monica water damage.

Santa Monica, let SERVPRO save your carpets after a water damage.

A break in a supply pipe spews relatively clean water throughout affected areas of your Santa Monica home. The cleanup can be relatively straightforward, especially when we arrive on the site quickly. If your home features wall to wall carpeting affected by the loss, we have a proven track record of removing the water and drying the carpet thoroughly to industry standards. Sharing how we assess, plan, and implement carpet drying helps our customers understand the process and why we follow specific protocols.

Assessing Water Loss Management of Carpeting and Padding

Santa Monica water damage often includes mitigating and remediating the effects of saturation of both carpeting and padding. We consider how to manage the padding separately from the carpet. Clean or Category 1 water losses, on the one hand, present circumstances where in-place drying of carpet and pad is feasible. On the other hand, where some contamination is evident (Category 2 or 3 water), removing and replacing the pad can be a necessity to avoid secondary damage. Padding is relatively inexpensive to replace. Removing it can reduce the time it takes to dry out the carpeting. New, dry padding minimizes the risks of delaying the prompt drying of the underlying flooring structure.

Carpet Drying Challenges

Two fundamental issues can complicate carpet drying for the SERVPRO crew. Latex deterioration happens over the life of a carpet, causing the adhesive material securing the carpet fibers to degrade, loosening their grip on the fibers. SERVPRO technicians look for signs of this wear during water extraction, taking care that our mitigation and remediation efforts do not further damage the carpet. Lower-grade latex uses more fillers to hold the fibers, leading to delamination. Delamination, the second issue posed during carpet extraction and drying, occurs when the primary and secondary backings separate.

Delamination Cannot Be Repaired

When the SERVPRO crew inspects your carpeting before extraction, we check for evidence of the “bubbles” that often signal delamination. Delamination causes include:

  • High traffic areas prior to the water loss
  • Excessive folding
  • Improper carpet or pad installation
  • Overly aggressive extraction in the past

Delaminated carpeting must be removed and replaced. We work with the insurance adjuster and the customer when delamination becomes a concern, always trying for the best resolution.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has the trained workers and equipment to manage wet carpeting after a water loss. Call us for an assessment and to plan for the project at (310) 395-9050.

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Why Air Filtration Equipment is Necessary for Remediating Fire Damage in Santa Monica

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot particles become airborne, leading to inhalation. We have the filtration equipment to safely remove these particles from your home.

Air Filtration Equipment for Fire-Damaged Santa Monica Homes

After a fire loss incident in Santa Monica homes, contaminants and debris can circulate throughout the environment. Particles do not immediately settle on surfaces and contents to create soot residues and smoke effects, which can allow for many of these threats to remain in the air inhaled by those working to restore the damages or clean up after the loss. The use of professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team can ensure a safe approach to manage these situations. 

Though there are dozens of tools and machines that play an intricate role in the restoration of fire damage to Santa Monica homes, air filtration and cleaning equipment can help to reduce health hazards and threats as soon as they get deployed. If pollution of the indoor air is too considerable, direct filtration is advisable over the dual-purpose units that can help to limit odors in the affected areas as well. The determination of the best tool for the task gets established during the initial scoping and inspection of the job. 

Filtration Tools 

Removing contaminants in the air that can cause health effects, like carcinogens and soot, begins with the right tools. Direct filtration can help to pull higher volumes of air through stationary units like our air scrubbers and negative air chambers. These machines run this compromised air through HEPA filters inside to grab particles as small as 0.3 microns. 

Dual-Purpose Units 

While it is vital to remove debris and harsh particulates from the environment, it can also be efficient and cost-effective to combine efforts and begin deodorization as well. Hydroxyl generators and ozone machines both can filter out physical particles from the damaged regions, but also neutralize the harsh smoke odors present. 

Clearing the air is one of the priorities of our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team after a fire loss incident. With how damaging soot can be to the structure and its occupants, we have multiple strategies to filter air and help to gain control of the situation. Give us a call anytime at (310) 395-9050.

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Why Safety is the First Step in Removing Water from Santa Monica Homes

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water loss events present hazards that must be addressed before restoration begins. SERVPRO always puts safety first!

Safety Considerations During Water Removal in Santa Monica

Understandably, you want immediate action when large quantities of water expose your Santa Monica home to the chance of significant damage. Before we commence water extraction efforts, however, we must evaluate and address any safety concerns. Water damage can present a range of dangers to homeowners and the crew members who arrive to help recover from the crisis. Some safety issues threaten not only workers and occupants but also can result in further severe destruction to the structure of your house.

Safety Concerns Must be Taken Seriously

Before beginning water removal in Santa Monica, we evaluate the scene and circumstances of the water damage your Santa Monica home to protect your family, our workers, and the structure itself. No matter how skilled our team is or how innovative our methods and equipment, unaddressed safety concerns can lead to injury, illness, structural destruction, and even death.

Common Hazards 

The water inside your house poses the following risks SERVPRO addresses before commencing extraction:

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Underwater debris
  • Live electrical lines or leaking oil, gas, or chemicals
  • Biohazards including infectious waste and mold

Site by Site Evaluation

The hazards your home presents are unique, requiring SERVPRO to scope out the structure, utility line layout, and building materials used during construction. We also need to consider the source of the water and the length of time since it entered your structure. Even clean water rapidly becomes contaminated if it sits for hours to days before recovery efforts begin.

Health, Welfare, and Structural Integrity

Setting up containment systems, using personal protective equipment (PPE), and considering evacuation of occupants during water removal activities all actively promote the safety of humans touched by the water removal crisis. Shutting down electricity, securing other utility lines, and clearing the work site of dangerous debris is also mandatory. In addition to protecting you and the SERVPRO team, safety awareness prevents worsening the damage to your home’s structure. The collapse of ceilings and walls, fires due to utility line damage, and mold growth are just some of the secondary disasters we avoid when managing safety risks.

Safety must be the first concern during water removal. You can rely on SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to prioritize appropriately during your project. Call (310) 395-9050 to schedule an evaluation.

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How SERVPRO Restores Protein Fire Damage in Santa Monica

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires are a common occurrence. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Eliminating Protein Fire Damage in a Santa Monica Kitchen

A fire department in the US responds to a fire somewhere every 24 seconds, with home fires occurring every 87 seconds. Not only are these types of disasters highly damaging, but they damage structures quickly, leaving homeowners with a huge mess to clean up after the fact. Without proper mitigation, this can cause additional stress for homeowners to endure. Worse still, if the fire results from cooking proteins, there can be long-lasting odors that are challenging for homeowners to clean.

If fire damage in your Santa Monica home throws a wrench in your Thanksgiving dinner plans, SERVPRO technicians can be at your property within hours of your call to start mitigating the damage. This way, you and your family can enjoy a safe and comfortable home that is free of odors and residues. Your local SERVPRO dedicates itself to bring you the service that you expect from an IICRC-certified team that handles a variety of fire-related disaster specialties, including odor control.

How Protein Residues Affect Homes

Almost two-thirds of all house fires result from food or other cooking items catching on fire. The visible damage might not be significant, but protein smoke leaves other things for homeowners with which to worry. This substance is a colorless residue that sits on walls and can slowly break down structures, including paints and varnishes. On top of that, burnt proteins have a very distinct and unpleasant odor that needs thorough mitigation to eliminate. The longer this film sits, the more the protein odor can spread, even traveling through ventilation systems, which can make it even more difficult to root it out at the source.

SERVPRO Eliminates Protein Fire Odors

When combating odors from fire damage and proteins, we use a variety of methods. Thermal fogging, or counteractant deodorization, is one of the most common techniques for addressing fire damage. This method implements solvent-based deodorizers that work in the same way as smoke penetrates surfaces during a fire. These solvents then chemically combine with odor-causing particles to destroy them. Commercial-grade ventilation fans can exchange indoor and outdoor air before and after deodorizing to ensure maximum safety for technicians and homeowners alike.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (310) 395-9050 today for rapid-response disaster cleanup.

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Containment Strategies Prevent Damage After A Water Incident Santa Monica

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts will work quickly to save your hotel after a water damage disaster.

Containment Strategies Prevent Lost Reservations During Hotel Water Cleanup in Santa Monica

Although the stress, worry, and expense of coping with a water event in your Santa Monica hotel are significant, failing to honor reservations during the crisis can lead to even more substantial and long-lasting tension due to loss of business. We know how devastating even temporary closure of a business can be. Consequently, we work hard with our commercial customers to contain the mitigation and remediation areas during the project to permit your operations to continue as we provide services.

Fast Action to Limit the Harm Is a Joint Effort

Your pool and spa area experienced flooding during a malfunction in the pool water recycling system, requiring urgent water cleanup in your Santa Monica lodgings. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, focusing on a quick assessment and speedy implementation of a research-based plan to mitigate the effects. You can help limit the migration of the water by immediately shutting down the supply lines to the pool area as you await our arrival.

Physical Barriers Plus Extraction Equals Successful Mitigation

Creating a perimeter around the affected area while halting the further spread of the water is critical to your ability to keep other spaces in your hotel open and welcoming for your guests. SERVPRO might use flood barriers to prevent flow across flat surfaces. Commercial grade submersible pumps and wanded extractors remove water fast. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training also supports erecting a containment partition to seal off the work area entirely from the rest of your hotel to prevent humidity or airborne contaminants from spreading. A negative pressure air scrubbing system assists with this, exhausting air to the outdoors after forcing it through HEPA filters as we work.

Locating Water Migration Pathways

Even solid surfaces like tile can provide places for water to migrate into building cavities or soak porous materials. Poorly sealed joints, hardware openings, and cracked or unsealed grout can allow water to move into hidden spaces or saturate structural components. SERVPRO uses moisture detection probes and thermal imaging to follow any movement of water out of the pool and spa. Once found, we use controlled demolition strategies like flood cuts, drilled holes, or removal of selected tiles or other building materials to access, release, and clean up the water.

Comprehensive Structural Drying

SERVPRO uses commercial-grade air movers and heaters to facilitate the evaporation of lingering moisture. Once the water vaporizes, our high-efficiency dehumidifiers capture the last of the moisture for disposal.

Water cleanup in your hotel is a hassle, but the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can help. Call (310) 395-9050 if you want a partner who can complete water loss recovery while you remain open for business.

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SERVPRO’s Technicians and Equipment Excel at High-Rise Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Throughout the Los Angeles Area

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Vehicle Arrives Swiftly to Mitigate Smoke and Odor Damage in Santa Monica Properties

Dealing with Odor in Unusual Places after Fire Damage Incidents in Santa Monica

Fire leaves a wide range of problems in the properties it affects. While some difficulty is expected when dealing with results like charred materials and soaked contents, issues like odor might seem easy to fix. However, if such smells are concentrated in unusual places within your house, it might be hard to eliminate.

Odor in Confined Areas

Smoke and other gases readily spread around the house during fire damage incidents in Santa Monica, which can leave residuals and particulates, concentrated in confined areas such as closets. General deodorization of the property might not reach such odors. Our SERVPRO technicians perform various deodorization steps. Ventilating the area helps improve air movements and quality while running a hydroxyl unit in the area helps break down odor particles. If it is an attic, we remove the contents in the area to determine whether the lingering odor is on the contents or structural materials such as rafters and insulation.

Deodorizing Structural Elements

Smoke odor penetrates deep into insulation because of the higher air pressure during combustion. In such situations, the answer is to tear down and replace the insulation. In the case of low air pressure during combustion, the odor particles concentrate on the surface of the insulation. Procedures such as ULV fogging with a counteractant or thermal fogging can help eliminate the smell. These agents can mimic the path of the smoke and neutralize the offensive molecules. For the rafters, we remove charring and heavy smoke residues through abrasive blasting, wire brushing, or scraping. We also spray or apply an odor counteractant.

Odor in Automobiles

If the fire occurs, when your vehicle is in the garage, smoke odors can affect many surfaces, including under the dashboard, ventilation system, and inside door cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians remove components ruined by the fire. We then carry out various deodorization steps, including direct-spraying durable surfaces with water-based cinnamon, then thermal fog the interior of the car. We can also run an air scrubber with ducting to create negative air pressure and purge the ambient air inside the vehicle.

An odor from hidden locations can be stubborn to eliminate. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to perform deodorization, eliminating any traces of the smell, "Like it never even happened."

Santa Monica Area Properties, Potential Wildfire Damage, and SERVPRO Help

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Firefighters from the Air and SERVPRO Restoring Homes in the Santa Monica Area from the Ground Battle Wildfires

Methods and Equipment Used for Wildfire Cleanup in Santa Monica Homes

Due to the prevalence of wildfire damage in Southern California, most recently with the Saddleridge, Sayre, and Senson fires, many homes installed sprinkler systems to get an edge on the fire damage.

The result in Santa Monica homes is that wildfire cleanup often entails the removal of fire debris, smoke damage, and water removal. All of these actions need to occur as fast as possible to stop the set up of mold infestations and structural issues.


It takes more than shovels and heavy-duty cleaning solutions to clean up damage from wildfires. Professional equipment for extracting water, tools for performing controlled demolition is crucial during the restoration services process. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training handling fire loss and access to numerous types of equipment to assist in the rehabilitation of both the home and contents.

Controlled Demolition is Necessary

When SERVPRO technicians cut away charred sheetrock in the home, it assists with lessening odor and also opens up the house for better airflow. This visual inspection is especially necessary to ensure there are no smoldering embers within the wall cavities and allows for complete drying when water from fire extinguishing efforts is compounding the fire loss cleanup issue.

Pack Out When Needed

On a case by case basis, when the contents of the home run the risk of cross-contamination during mitigation, the technicians may choose to do a pack out. Pack Outs safely removes undamaged items to a secure location until the fire loss cleanup efforts complete. For many possessions, the controlled environment at our facility can also provide advanced cleaning methods to restore items to preloss condition.

Prepping for Rebuilding

After the wildfire cleanup, the property requires prepping for any needed repairs or reconstruction. This makes odor control applications necessary. During the fire, the expanding hot air drives soot into surfaces and even paint. SERVPRO technicians use various methods to neutralize odors, including equipment such as hydroxyl generators or techniques such as applying sealants on the wall to stop any further odors so the repainting of the wall can happen.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 stands ready to assist local residents with wildfire cleanup and make the fire loss to the property, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO has the Know-How to Remediate Fire Damage in Santa Monica

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and training to remediate the fire damage in your home. Call us today!

Why Vast Experience from SERVPRO Crews Eases Fire Damage Recovery in Santa Monica Homes

Fire razing your Santa Monica home is an unfortunate incident. Although the fire might not consume your entire structure, it can still cause widespread damages. You need to perform a comprehensive clean up and renovation process in affected areas for your home to regain its preloss state. The process might sound straightforward, but in practice, a wide range of issues can hinder progress. Involving a team of experienced professionals like SERVPRO can help address most of the issues.

Staining is one issue that can complicate the restoration process when fire damage affects your Santa Monica home. The problem can affect both contents and building materials. For example, soot deposits on stone surfaces such as marble can lead to discoloration. The appearance of metallic items and finishes also changes if left covered in soot over extended periods because such residues are corrosive. If the fire produces significant amounts of wet smoke, it can stain most of the materials it affects. Our SERVPRO team includes IICRC certified FSRT, fire, and smoke restoration technicians, who use their knowledge to counteract stains in different ways, including:

  • Pre-cleaning stone surfaces removing residues
  • Applying oil on metallic surfaces to prevent corrosion
  • Content move-outs to avoid staining during cleaning
  • Pretesting materials to establish the right cleaning method
  • Establishing Residue Patterns

Cleaning all residues from a fire incident helps restore the preloss state of your home. It is also essential for the elimination of the smoky smell hanging in the air after extinguishing the fire. Residues spread all over the property through smoke movements even when restricting the fire to a small area. Unique issues such as ionization or magnetization can leave unusual debris patterns such as heavy concentration on synthetic materials. Our SERVPRO technicians trace smoke movements starting close to the seat of the fire then focus on unusual locations such as closets where cooler temperatures lead to soot accumulation. Establishing residue patterns helps us choose the right response, including cleaning with detergents, agitation, and controlled demolition to remove unsalvageable materials.

Responding to fire damage is rarely an easy process. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to help. Our resources and experience help deal with the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Santa Monica Buildings and a SERVPRO Solution for Water Extraction

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

For Condo Flooded Santa Monica Parking Garages—SERVPRO Has the Advanced Equipment for a Rapid Water Extraction

Using Portable Submersible Pumps in Santa Monica Condos

Extraction is a vital element to many of the recovery projects that our team undertakes for water losses in Santa Monica homes. With multiple tools that can play a role in the removal of standing water in your property, choosing the right equipment means choosing what devices work for the specific space and which can get the job done most quickly.

Portable sump pumps are standard extraction tools, and often among the best for addressing water removal for Santa Monica condos. These are often needed when large volumes of clean water from a main break in the lower level parking or storage areas occur. At times, with limited spaces for device manipulation and losses often happening several stories from the ground level, this can be a tool of choice for water removal from other levels of a building. Our SERVPRO professionals can determine the need for these or other equipment when restoring your water-damaged property during our thorough inspection of the unit before extraction, drying, and premier cleaning services begin.


Among the chief reasons that sump pumps get selected over many of the more powerful options in our arsenal are the hiccups in running larger units. For truck-mount pumps, you need long lead hoses to reach even the second story of a structure. Reaching beyond this can become a very challenging obstacle when portable sump pumps can get used instead. 


Along this same vein of thinking, our SERVPRO professionals can quickly move submersible pumps from one area of the condo to another. Because of this versatility, we can move from one affected area of the unit to another room without disassembling machines and resetting them in a new location. By removing moisture and dampness rapidly we can mitigate secondary water damage and also mold infestations.

Ease of Use

While we can use trash pumps for higher volume extractions from condos, electric sump pumps are often better for the customer and their property. If the building has not lost power, these portable pumps can run efficiently off of available power sources without the exhaust fumes from running an engine on gasoline as you experience with trash pumps.

With condos making up a large percentage of our accommodations and residences throughout our region, we model much of our response and recovery decisions on the ideal approaches for the limited access of condominiums. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to have the best solution when every second counts. Give us a call anytime at (310) 395-9050.

How SERVPRO Uses Pack-Outs Services to Clean Contents After a Santa Monica Fire

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Although fire damaged the cabinets, all was not lost. We were able to restore most of the collectibles to their preloss condition.

Contents Cleaning After Fire Damage in Santa Monica

Fire does not discriminate when harming the structural components and contents of your Santa Monica home. The heat, smoke, soot, and firefighting efforts affect all surfaces, fixtures, household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions. You need full-service fire recovery company that offers options to complete cleaning of each category of the property efficiently and professionally. Our team often recommends a pack-out to ensure that the structure, installation, and each movable item receives the specialized attention it needs to make it like “Like it never even happened.”

Pack-Outs Improve Outcomes for Structural Damage

The first moments and hours after the firefighters leave are an overwhelming and chaotic combination of water, chemical, and fire damage in your Santa Monica home. Putting remediation efforts briefly on hold to pack up and move out the contents in affected areas might seem to create unreasonable delays and cause more worry and confusion. On the contrary, clearing the damaged spaces in your house of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions permits our on-site team the freedom to focus on water removal, soot evaluation and appropriate cleanup, and odor elimination in the structure alone.

Pack-Outs Protect Your Possessions

Moving your movable property from the fire scene is advantageous for each item packed and transported. Immediate mitigation of more intense damage results as the lingering smoke and stirred-up debris residues in the house can no longer adversely impact your belongings. When viewed inside your damaged home, you might feel under pressure to throw out even treasured items. Our SERVPRO’s skilled Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) assess each item at our production facility. We consider the feasibility of using the cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and restoration products, tools, techniques, and equipment we have available. Ultrasonic cleaning immersion tanks, industrial-grade washing and drying machines, small chamber drying and deodorization, and freeze-drying are some of our resources. 

We Adhere to a Restorative Frame of Mind

We can return heirlooms, photos, papers, linens and clothing, furniture, and many other objects to function and appearance. Every step of the process, we consult with you and your insurer. Our goal is to minimize out of pocket expenses while preserving memories and the undefinable sense of home you feel when your house and possessions reunite.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach uses our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document and secure items we process at our production facility. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to arrange for full-spectrum property recovery.

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Do You Know How to Determine Which Flood Damaged Materials in Santa Monica Need Discarding?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

When we arrive at your home, we are ready to tackle the job. Vehicles are stocked with state-of-the-art equipment to address surfaces to be restored.

What Materials Get Removed When Santa Monica Homes Flood?

Flooding recovery is often a challenging and overwhelming situation for Santa Monica homeowners, especially when you assume that the entire property is a loss. Our experienced team can address these concerns with practical extraction and drying approaches, and based on the situation and its severity, might only have to remove specific overly damaged construction materials. The only instance in which excessive demolition and build back is necessary is following a Category 3 contamination situation involving Black Water with either known or unknown contaminants.

 Knowing how these situations get decided and what structural elements might need removing during the mitigation of flood damage in Santa Monica, helps our customers understand what to expect. Depending on the level of potential contamination and the severity of the spread of this water damage, our SERVPRO team can often focus our thorough inspection and potential controlled demolition tactics in specific areas of the house.


While walls are often victims of spreading water damage and standing water, baseboards in the rooms of your home are among the first points that become affected and saturated by this disaster. In some situations, the wall itself might be able to get preserved and protected while our professionals only need to remove specific portions of overly saturated baseboard, window, or door trim to discard it.


Between carpeting and hardwood, your floor can absorb substantial volumes of floodwater when it becomes exposed. Protecting these structural elements might not be possible but drying them out involves the use of specialized equipment that can help to remove moisture from carpet padding or slowly draw moisture from planks in a controlled and deliberate fashion. Unless it gets determined to be necessary for the health of those exposed, we can work to preserve these affected and damaged elements, however possible.

While we do not relish the idea of controlled demolition, as we are always a team that focuses most heavily on restoration and recovery before replacement, we have the experienced technicians and personnel to handle these tasks. You can always count on the experience of our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach restoration technicians 24/7 by calling (310) 395-9050.

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How SERVPRO Works Against Fire Damage to your Santa Monica Home's Roof

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Roof damage from a fire in Santa Monica, let us help you through the smoke today.

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The roof is often one of the most heavily impacted parts of a home that has suffered from fire damage. Many fires start and stop on the rooftops of American homes, and sometimes, even small interior blazes can cause damage to the roof despite never spreading there. SERVPRO technicians have plenty of safety equipment and experience to enable them to conduct restorations on any roofing materials, but the exact nature of our work may sometimes be puzzling without this background knowledge of why we may spend so much time on top of your home.

Smoke Damage

The most common type of fire damage to Santa Monica homes' roofs that we see is smoke damage. Smoke particles can spread throughout the entire home through air vents, but much of the worst damage happens inside attics where smoke particles collect just below the tough outer roofing materials. You may not immediately notice smoke smells unless you have a loft, but over time, the particles may seep back into the rest of your home. SERVPRO inspectors create a detailed analysis of the fire and the path it took so that we can identify and treat any potential smoke residues underneath your roofing.

Burnt Tiles

Most exterior home fires start or spread to the roof thanks to lightning strikes and the natural spread of a fire. We may be able to refinish the damaged section of roofing if the damage is light enough, but other times, you may need to replace large sections of tiling and other roofing materials. Many large house fires result in substantial repair work to the tiles and other materials used to construct a roof.


Any time that a fire burns a hole in your home's exterior, we make it a priority to set up tarps or other patches to keep weather elements out of your home. Rainwater and winds can substantially worsen any existing damages to your home, but with waterproof tarps, we can prevent these problems from developing. Tarps are especially critical for large house fires that open up sizable holes. Without fast action, you could face flooding and potentially toxic mixtures of water and fire residues in your home.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has helped local homeowners and businesses to overcome fire damage and other disasters for years. Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050 for our emergency services.

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Our Experts Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Los Angeles Home

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

We have the state-of-the-art equipment necessary to restore your home after water damage strikes.

Water Damage West Los Angeles Hidden Water Leak

Sometimes water leaks can go unnoticed for a few days or even longer. This is what occurred for one homeowner. The owner has a water faucet over the cooktop. The water pipe runs behind the wall and under the cupboards. The leak occurred at an elbow joint inside the wall. The water collected in the wall and under the cupboards until it finally seeped onto the floor. By this time, there was water flowing all over the kitchen.

The client called SERVPRO for help in West Los Angeles about this water damage situation. We asked the owner first to turn off the main water valve to shut the water off to the home. This action stopped further water leaking into the home. We arrived at the customer's home and immediately vacuumed up all of the excess water in the kitchen from the tile surface. The water had not spread beyond the kitchen onto the hardwood floors.

The next step was to assess how much water damage there was to the cupboards. Also, the floor underneath as well as fix the actual leak. The client was concerned that her brand-new kitchen, which cost thousands of dollars to upgrade, was going to be torn apart. The leak occurred somewhere in the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. With the customer's permission, we cut a hole in the drywall on the dining room side of the wall to better assess the situation.

Our technicians observed the source of the leak as soon as the wall was opened. Of course, more water had puddled on the floor and the cavity in the wall. A plumber was called in to repair the leak, and SERVPRO vacuumed up the remaining water. Since the area was still quite wet, we left the hole in the wall open for several days and placed a high-volume fan to blow air into the area. After checking with a moisture meter, we were able to complete repairs and restore the wall to its original condition. The client was delighted and relieved.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for 24/7 service. We serve Marina Del Rey, Ocean Park, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We take the customers concerns seriously.

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We Can Save Your Pet Grooming Salon In Santa Monica After A Flood

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 when your small business needs help with flood damage from any source.

Cleaning Up Your Flood-Damaged Pet Grooming Salon In Santa Monica

Regardless of your pet salon's location in Santa Monica, flooding can happen because of sewer problems, too. Shampooing pets washes a lot of fur, along with suds and water, down your facility's drains. While most fur is rather short, neighboring businesses that let hot cooking or frying grease pass through their pipes can cause clogs farther into the city's system. This can eventually cause back-ups into area businesses, including yours.

Seeing the floors in your Santa Monica covered in flooded sewage from a backed-up drain means lost appointments. If this happens during closed hours, the amount of water can cover your entire floor, just like a flood. SERVPRO technicians can extract the water, clean the area, and work on drying everything out, preventing your calendar from experiencing any unnecessary changes. We work as fast as possible, so you and your groomers can get back to normal operations.

Part of the services SERVPRO offers our community comes from our building services team. When flooding happens from backed-up drains, our expertise in plumbing helps prevent future incidents. Clearing the drains while our mitigation team works on mitigating your salon eliminates the need to call a separate plumbing service, reducing the amount of money and time involved in restoring everything.

As soon as we finish extracting the water and removing any solid or semi-solid muck from your floors, we get started on eliminating ruined carpets. We also pull up, cutaway, bag appropriately, and dispose of the padding underneath. We rinse the subfloor, if needed, and apply disinfectant with a sprayer or misting machine. When floors consist of tile or other non-carpeted types, we skip straight to rinsing the floor and disinfecting it.

Although the mess might have remained in a small portion of your salon, the odors can persist. They can also affect other rooms, either through open doors or the ventilation system. We use strong but pleasant gels to mask unpleasant odors while other methods work at killing the source of the odors. Depending on the situation, we might use hydroxyl generating machines or thermal foggers to attack odor-causing molecules.

When we finish, you can trust that your pet grooming salon's restoration is complete, including now-cleared drains and eradication of odors that might upset your clients. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 when your small business in West Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, or Ocean Park needs help with flood damage from any source.

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Are Floods Threatening Santa Monica Colleges?

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your college campuses in the business of learning. Call SERVPRO to quickly remediate flood damage.

Guidelines on Managing Commercial Flood Damage in a Santa Monica College

Powerful storms accompanied by damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and localized stream flooding can wreak havoc in an educational institution. Flooding can cause structural and nonstructural building damage, site corrosion, and the impairment of mechanical equipment and utilities. It can also lead to health threats from contaminated water and temporary closure of the campus.

After flood damage to a Santa Monica college, the campus grounds could be subject to scour and erosion with possible loss of soil and destruction to paved areas. Vast amounts of sediment and debris could accumulate on the site. Water can also ruin drywall, plaster, tile, and insulation. It may also cause metal corrosion, wood decay, and mold infestation in several buildings. The metal components of electrical equipment can also corrode. Floodwater can also damage ductwork and expensive heating and cooling equipment.

Recovery efforts after flood damage focus on restoring the infrastructure of the college and returning to normal operations quickly. However, it is vital to put safety first as recovery efforts begin. College students and staff should not get back to the affected classrooms and offices until we access the facilities for water damage. Only emergency service responders and critical personnel should access the flood-damaged buildings. It is also crucial for the management team of the institution to document the destruction carefully for insurance claims purposes.

Beginning the water removal and damage cleanup quickly is vital to a swift recovery. Saving time is critical, but you need to give careful attention to the proper cleanup and drying out the affected buildings. You can benefit from calling in SERVPRO franchise professionals to assist with the recovery. We can extract the standing water, dry the damp materials and surfaces, and protect essential equipment. We can also sanitize the areas that floodwaters entered using antimicrobial products. 

We have state-of-the-art equipment to handle the needs of several affected buildings like truck-mounted and portable pumps. Our technicians use submersible pumps if the water standing in a building is more than 2 inches deep. Our crew also uses industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from a building.

Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) also monitor the drying process to ensure that the buildings are drying properly and to expectation. We use moisture detection equipment like moisture sensors and meters to provide specific assessment and results we can track. This figure tells us how damp a surface is in a number format. Our SERVPRO technicians monitor the specific humidity of the air in the building and the air coming out from dehumidifiers. The specific humidity is the actual amount of moisture in the air, and it should decrease as the structure dries.  We remove our equipment when the numbers indicate that drying is complete.

An adequately managed flood damage restoration process can deal with the aftermath of flooding in a learning institution to make it seem “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for help.

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We Help You Get Back To Business After A Flood Disaster In Santa Monica

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call our SERVPRO experts for a commercial cleaning job in Santa Monica. We have the expertise and equipment necessary.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration In Santa Monica

With an ocean making up our entire western border, Santa Monica residents can be vulnerable to flooding with every storm that rolls up the coast. Restoring homes after such a water intrusion requires a trained team of professionals prepared to remove water quickly, and then clean and dry the home.

Since flood damage to Santa Monica comes from an outside source, it contains sand, dirt, and dozens of other contaminants. It is considered ‘black water,’ and SERVPRO uses several specialists like Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRTs) and Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) to remove the health hazard while also drying the home for occupation.

With clean water, our initial action is to bring in pumps and extractors to draw water out of a home. In these cases, an AMRT goes in first and sprays the surface of the water and nearby property with a cleaning agent that contains an anti-microbial or anti-bacterial chemical.
Now, other SERVPRO team members draw out the water. Since the water is still contaminated, removal specialists pump it directly into the nearest sewer access point. If one is not available, the equipment operators pump it into a tank or tank truck for eventual delivery to a water treatment plant.

With the majority of the water now gone, AMRTs begin cleaning every surface affected by the flood damage. Where needed, they remove furniture outside or to another area for more intensive cleaning they cannot perform in the home. Examples include upholstered chairs or curtains that may need immersion into a tank of cleaning agent to return them to a clean, usable condition again.

After cleaning the interior of the home, there is often water still trapped in building materials and behind walls. ASDs carefully remove material too soaked for restoration and then use a combination of fans and air movers to draw out damp air and use carefully directed warm, dry air to force out surface water and moisture trapped in wood such as wall framing. Where needed, they, or an AMRT, spray the area with a cleaning agent one final time to make certain the home is safe again.

For SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, our goal is to help every resident return to their home as quickly as it is safe. If you live here, or in West Los Angeles, Ocean Park, or Marina Del Rey, call us at (310) 395-9050 to begin the restoration process.

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Satisfied Santa Monica Property Owners with SERVPRO Restoration Solutions

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says All Santa Monica Households Should Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy--Then Call Us for Restoration

Experience and Compassion are Why SERVPRO Earns High Marks from Santa Monica Customers

Suffering a water, fire, mold, or storm disaster can be a low point in the lives of our Santa Monica customers. No one can prepare for the upheaval, worry, cost, and feelings of helplessness that follow a significant loss after an accident or emergency puts your property in harm's way. Working with a reliable mitigation and remediation company goes a long way toward reducing the stress stricken homeowners endure.

Water Damage 

The need for Santa Monica water removal arrives at the most inconvenient times. A phone call takes you away from a filling sink that overflows down the hall to the stairs. The grumbling water heater finally gives up the ghost -- and 50 gallons of sediment-filled liquid fills your utility room while you are at work. Automatic sprinkler systems seem like a time and money saver until they malfunction and run all night and seep mucky water through cracks in your foundation.

When you call SERVPRO for water extraction, do it with the assurance that we have your back. Providing premium water damage management is one of the foundations of our company’s mission, and we strive to exceed your expectations when we take on your project. Expect a speedy response to your call because we know the longer water has to soak into the structural components and contents of your home the more damage that results.

Each water removal job SERVPRO undertakes has a customized workflow developed in response to the individual circumstances at the customer’s residence. We arrive with an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)- crew, certified in multiple specialties to deliver restoration best practices across every task we complete. Powerful, commercial-grade pumps and water extractors are at the ready in our well-stock vehicles. To finish the remediation, the same vehicles hold the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers that bring moisture levels in building materials back to normal readings.

Fire Damage 

When an overturned pot or unattended candle causes fire damage in Santa Monica that has the potential to race throughout all spaces in your home, your priority is the safety of loved ones and pets. Returning to your house after the firefighters release the property can be a total upending of your expectations of comfort and enjoyment in what was your safe place. Surfaces, furnishings, and personal effects are almost unrecognizable, and you and your family suffer from feelings of despair and enormous loss.

Our SERVPRO family grieves with yours because the first viewing of fire devastation never grows old. Without missing a beat, however, our experienced crew chief begins assessing the situation and mapping out a plan to make sooty, wet chaos “Like it never even happened.” Each crew member jumps to assigned tasks, all the tools, products, and equipment needed with us and ready to battle back.

The tasks common to fire damage mitigation and remediation as performed by our SERVPRO team include the following:

  • Water containment, removal, and disposal following local regulations
  • Burned debris assessment and removal
  • Deep cleaning of charred surfaces with an emphasis on restoring stable surfaces if possible
  • Evaluation of soot characteristics on different surfaces and spaces
  • Ashy soot from hot-burning paper and wood
  • Thick, dark soot that sticks to surfaces from electrical fires and slow smoldering fabrics and padding
  • Protein-based soot from food and grease that adheres like a varnish
  • Matching of the varying soots to appropriate cleaning products, tools, and techniques
  • Loose, ashy soot -- cleared with dry sponges, brushed and HEPA-filtered vacuums
  • Sticky, thickly deposited soot -- cleaning products with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen the bond and agitation to clear the soot away
  • Protein-based soot -- abrasive tools or cleaning products to dislodge and solvents in challenging applications
  • Deodorization after cleaning completes, including the use of special equipment like thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation in Santa Monica reflects the reputable restoration industry’s best practices. Mold spores can never be eliminated, and any company that promises to achieve zero mold spore levels is suspect. Our goal is to remove current mold infestations, use appropriate products to minimize the return of mold colonies and work with our customers to find the sources of moisture responsible for mold growth and arrange for necessary repairs.

SERVPRO crews use a protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to locate, contain, and remove mold and materials it infiltrated. The workspace is partitioned off with durable barriers to prevent the spread of moldy material. We create a seal using negative pressure air scrubbing technology, venting the contaminated atmosphere in the moldy space through filters and then to the outside. Remediators wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to avoid tracking moldy residues through your home.

Mold responds well to mechanical removal -- scrapers and brushes. We vacuum after removal to get all particles using HEPA-filtered machines. Porous material can regain functionality after innovative techniques like soda blasting that deactivates and removes hyphae from structural components. After the visible is cleared EPA-registered antimicrobials treat surfaces. Antimicrobial paint-like sealants also might be appropriate to prepare surfaces for restoration.

Storm Damage

Flooding, roofing and siding fails, and broken windows and doors are all on the menu when Santa Monica residents experience storm damage. Heavy rains, winds, and storm surge are the enemy, but our crews are ready to stand with you against the unwanted invasion.

Adding additional destructive elements to storm-related flooding along a coastline are the dissolved minerals and salts contained in a storm surge. As SERVPRO responds to your home’s need for water removal and drying, we also evaluate the necessity of fresh water flushing to prevent defibration of wood and other cellulose-based building materials.

We also provide pre-storm water-related mitigation services when faced with diminished integrity of your home. SERVPRO offers board up and tarping when your roof, windows, siding, and other exterior elements suffer damage. In the aftermath of a severe storm, it is comforting to know that our team, from owners and managers to technicians and office specialists, are dedicated to customer needs and satisfaction. Caring, compassion, and security are guiding principles we follow at this challenging time in your life.

Feel confident that SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is on your team as we guide you from catastrophic conditions to “Like it never even happened.” Call for backup at (310) 395-9050.

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Why Fast Remediation is Necessary for Flood Damage in Santa Monica

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is available 24/7 for all of your water damage emergencies.

The Fast Response Santa Monica Owners Should Have After Flooding 

A professional team of restoration specialists can do a lot for your Santa Monica home or business during and after flooding, but many wait until some time after the storms have ended before reaching out to the professionals that their home needs. With many houses often becoming affected when flooding occurs, it may put your property on a timetable to secure reputable restoration. We have a 24/7 response to flooding emergencies, and we can work to provide effective mitigation solutions within a short period. 

It is vital to react quickly when the disaster begins to protect your home from the hazardous conditions that could result from flood damage in Santa Monica residences. While flooding can often prove unpredictable and challenging to prevent, it is essential to reach out to our SERVPRO team at the first sign of an emergency. We have a capable mitigation team that can work to reduce the spread of these damages throughout the property when we can get notified of a disaster as promptly as possible. 

One of the advantages of reaching out to SERVPRO immediately when disasters begin is that you can get the full measure of our storm relief team, including our licensed contracting specialists. These individuals can help to allow mitigation to get started successfully by providing board up and tarping services to eliminate further penetration of floodwater into the property. Additionally, these same professionals can help with portable power solutions if the storm has compromised the electricity in your home. 

Another advantage of choosing our professionals to help you through this traumatic experience is the training and education that each of our technicians brings to the table. We have a full roster of certified technicians accredited in Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), biohazard cleaning, and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) 

Storms can quickly present flooding disasters given the right circumstances. Give your house the advantages of our experienced and fast responding SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach professionals. We can be reached 24/7 by calling (310) 395-9050. 

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How to Remove the Smoke Odor From Your Fire Damaged Santa Monica Business

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Your business relies on foot traffic and fire damage can grind the traffic to a halt! Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged business quickly.

Smoke Odor and Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Monica Property

Fire damage brings several problems when it occurs in a commercial property. Even small scale fires can leave significant odors and damage that prevent a business from being open to the public for safety and health reasons. 

When SERVPRO works on commercial fire damage in Santa Monica properties, we take into consideration that every moment the business remains closed during mitigation equates to revenue loss. Therefore we streamline the process as much as possible to get the company back to normal operations as quickly as possible. 

We extract the water used to extinguish the fire to inhibit any further damages to building materials and contents from extended exposure to excessive moisture. We scope the premises using our moisture detection equipment to determine if we removed all of the water, so secondary issues such as mold are not an issue later. SERVPRO technicians remove charred building materials and items too damaged for restoration from the property as they only contribute to the strong odors. 

After drying, we address the surfaces damaged by smoke with dry cleaning sponges first to pick up soot and then wet cleaning with our professionally formulated solutions to remove stubborn, sticky residues. We test before we clean to ensure we use the correct methods for the type of residue that requires remediation. 

No one wants to frequent a business that smells like smoke, and SERVPRO employees hold certifications in Odor Control. We have numerous types of equipment specially designed to attack fire odors at the molecular level. 

One of the most effective methods is thermal fogging. Since hot air expands during a fire and drives odor-causing soot particles deeply into cracks and crevices, thermal fogging delivers an odor neutralizing fog that reaches those particles and eradicates them, leaving the property without reminders of the fire and the business ready to reopen. 

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 when you need cleanup and restoration of commercial fire damage for your property. Our certified technicians work quickly to limit the loss and make the damage to your property "Like it never even happened."

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Three Reasons Bathrooms in Marina Del Rey are the Source of Water Damage

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are common places for water damage to originate. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is always on call to dry your home.

How Marina Del Rey Homes See Water Damage to Their Bathrooms

Water damage can happen anywhere in your home but is most likely to pop up in two places: the kitchen, and the bathroom. Of these two spots, a majority of our work happens in the bathroom, because there are both more bathrooms in most local homes and more ways that the room can sustain damage. Even with tile floors and adequate ventilation, you might still someday have to contend with water damage severe enough to warrant a call to SERVPRO. Here are a few ways that might happen.

Burst Pipes or Faucets

The most unexpected way that water damage can happen to a Marina Del Rey home's bathroom is through a burst or pipe or faucet somewhere in the room. Whether through external damage or spontaneous malfunctions, these issues are uncommon but disastrous sources of damage we see throughout the year. Should one of these situations arise in your home, make sure to call for help as soon as possible from SERVPRO through our 24/7 phone lines or the Emergency Ready Profile app. The sooner we can arrive to start mitigating damage, the less costly any resulting repairs and restorations should be.

Constant Humidity

Having extra humidity in a bathroom is to be expected, but without any ventilation or ways for that moisture to escape, you may start to see signs of home damage related to condensed moisture in the room. Humidity can wear down finishes and paints in the room and can lead to potential mold infestations. Make sure to ventilate the bathroom after taking a hot shower, and you should be able to prevent these damages from happening.

Pipe Leaks

Faucets and shower heads in your bathroom probably have drains beneath them to catch any leaking water, but the pipes behind your walls and below countertops may not be as well-protected. Most leaks are easy to seal up and repair but can cause permanent damage over time that requires the help of a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to reverse.

At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster to ensure that your home receives the fastest and best treatment possible for any water damage issue you may face. Call us at (310) 395-9050.

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How Contents in Your Santa Monica Beach Could Become Fuel for a Fire

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

What's in your garage? Typical garages contain fuel sources for fires.

Fire Damage Cleanup in the Garage of Your Santa Monica Home

The kitchen is the most common room in homes in Santa Monica for fires to start, but garages run a close second. You store your cars in your garage, and many people also like to use their garage for working on them or other projects. Storing gas, oil, or other flammable materials in this enclosed place is typical. Homeowners also use garages for storage, adding clutter to the area which becomes fuel for fires.

As with any fire damage, the best thing is a good offense or being proactive to try and make your garage safe from the threat of fire. However, when a fire does break out in your Santa Monica home, you need the assistance of a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess. With our expertise and experience, we can have your garage restored to make it appear as if nothing ever happened.  

One thing to do to prevent a fire in your garage is to keep it clear of clutter. It is not only safer when you are walking around the garage, but it also lessens the chance of a fire spreading in case of a sudden spark.  

Keeping flammable liquids stored in small amounts and away from any heat sources is essential as well. Propane tanks should be stored outside, as they are sturdy and equipped for sitting outdoors.  

When cleaning the affected area after a fire, SERVPRO techs need to take safety precautions when using any disinfecting, cleaning, or deodorizing product. Chemical residues can bother some people more than others, so before using them, we listen to any comments from you, the customer, on concerns about chemical usage and odors.

We always protect your safety while we apply cleaning products and ensure that you and your family are not in the area while we are applying disinfectants and deodorizers. We adequately vent the area and give the products time to dry before we have you enter back into the garage.  

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is always available to help you restore your garage in your home in Ocean Park, Venice Beach, or Marina Del Rey after a fire. When you call us at (310) 395-9050, we can be at your home fast to clean and disinfect it, while keeping everyone’s safety in mind as we work.

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Your Santa Monica Commercial Property Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Disaster

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is available for commercial water removal 24/7.

No Stressing Over Commercial Water Removal In Santa Monica

A spa is a place to relax and rejuvenate, not stress out over commercial water damage. However, professional mitigation is vital, or there can be secondary issues that directly affect the business such as mold or foul odors.

When a commercial water removal need happened at a Santa Monica luxury spa, the owner was out of town. A water supply line to a washing machine the staff used to launder guests’ robes used at the resort broke and a good deal of water spilled before the water was shut off.

The spa owner had previously downloaded our free Emergency READY Profile app. This handy app allows both home and commercial property owners to create an emergency READY profile (ERP) that includes essential information such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas for mitigation if damage occurs along with details about the property and priority contact information. One touch on the app sent our emergency response teams the necessary information to begin mitigation efforts on the property. Call us for a free consultation.

The area of the spa where the line break occurred had a designation as a priority cleanup area in the ERP, and our technicians extracted that water using portable pumps for speed and efficiency. Once we completed the visible water removal, we scoped the room to determine if water migrated to any other areas of the property. Both probes and thermal imaging found no additional water loss issues thanks to fast action by the property owner in beginning professional cleanup efforts.

After drying the area, our technicians cleaned all affected surfaces with our professional cleaning formulas and disinfectants.  We know the aesthetic plays a large part in the perception of a spa; it needs to look relaxing and clean as well as a pleasing scent. After completion of the remediation of the water loss, SERVPRO technicians consulted with the property owner and gave her a detailed explanation of the repair on the supply line that needed to be completed to restore the spa to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is available for commercial water removal 24/7. Our team of emergency response technicians can begin mitigation for your water loss in your commercial property by calling (310) 395-9050 and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Know Who To Call for Flood Damage Remediation Help in Santa Monica

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can cause extensive damage if not dealt with properly. Contact SERVPRO for all remediation needs.

Signs of Extensive Flood Damage in Santa Monica That We Look For

When we receive a call to help with flood damage, we can never be sure how severe the damage is until we arrive on-scene to evaluate the situation. Different levels and volumes of flood waters can turn into drastically different damage cleanup and restoration processes, so we must be flexible and able to accommodate any scenario in a timely manner. We look for these signs of damage to determine how extensive the problem may be and how involved our work may become.

Standing Water

A consistent indicator of some of the most severe flood damage in Santa Monica is the presence of standing water. When water remains in your home at a measurable depth, it can begin to cause expensive and permanent damages to the structure of the building. Alert us over your first phone call if any standing water remains in the building so that our primary response teams can bring water extraction pumps and respond Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Soaked Walls

We expect flooring materials to be soaked as a result of flood damage, but when the walls of your home have sustained significant damage, this may be a sign of additional problems that require a more thorough investigation to identify. Sometimes, when water reaches a substantial depth and later recedes, it can still create pockets of moisture in the walls of your home that degrade materials and can cause mold issues later on. SERVPRO technicians use advanced moisture detection tools such as infrared imaging devices and thermohygrometers to identify these wet areas and treat them accordingly.

Exterior Damages

Although the exterior of your home may be much more resistant to the effects of flood damage than interior areas, it can still sustain significant damage during a storm. We can help with repairs and restorations that may be necessary to leave the exterior of your home looking "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can help you recover from flood damage with as little time and money spent as possible. Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050.

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Now You Can Have Your Fire Damage Remediation Services in Santa Monica Done Safely

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage take over your home. Call SERVPRO today for help.

We can Help When Fire Damage Dirties Up Your Walls and Ceilings in Santa Monica

When a small-sized fire happens inside your Santa Monica residence, putting the fire out yourself can save your family from the expenses related to a more massive, more catastrophic fire. However, some of the damage can still affect your house.

Soot deposits that leave your home's walls covered with evidence of fire damage in Santa Monica need experienced professionals to clean things up and eliminate the mess. Because we arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster as soon as we receive a customer's call, we can tackle the work immediately upon our arrival. This rapid response is essential to the efficient removal of as much soot as possible. The longer soot remains adhered to painted surfaces like walls, the tighter the bond between paint and smoke residues becomes on painted interiors.

For dry soot, we use special sponges that clean surfaces without water. Dry sponges work efficiently because they eliminate the possibility of streaking, as well as dripping onto surfaces below the area where we are working. When oily soot sticks to your walls, we use special cleaning agents that break the chemical bonds and let us more easily strip the surfaces of the residue.

Your home can contain both types of soot, so we test each quickly to determine which method we need to use in particular areas. Different soot types come from a variety of things that burned. Areas around and above doorways and windows often hold increased amounts of smoke deposits from a fire. This happens because of the air currents that pull and push smoke through these openings.

We can also check your air systems for smoke damage, and also provide you with highly effective odor control solutions if needed. We can restore homes in Venice Beach, Ocean Park, and Marina Del Rey after sustaining any amount of smoke or fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach by calling (310) 395-9050, at any hour of any day, year-round, for professional restoration and mitigation services.

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SERVPRO Will Restore Your Carpets In Santa Monica

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our trucks are stocked and ready to go on a moment’s notice twenty-four hours a day to restore your home after water damage.

Mitigating Water Damage in Your Santa Monica Home

A leaky pipe can seem like a trivial issue, but if left unchecked, can cause a slew of problems for homeowners and renters alike. An unexpected pipe leak allows water to seep into your carpet, leaving you with more issues from water damage than one person should have to handle alone.

If you find water damage in your Santa Monica home, such as wet carpet from a wall leak, SERVPRO technicians are here to mitigate water damage and restore your home to its preloss condition.

Upon arrival, our certified technicians can determine precisely where the moisture has spread under carpeting using tools such as moisture detectors and probes. Our moisture detection relies on the science of psychometry, which allows our team to evaluate temperature and humidity to remove moisture and dry surfaces effectively.

Through the use of air movers, which pull moisture out of surfaces and into the air, and industrial-grade dehumidifiers, which absorb this air moisture and expel dry air, carpet and walls are made dry. Wet carpet can be lifted from the floor by our technicians and tented in place to dry the surface as well as padding. Once drying is finished, a disinfectant is applied and subsequently dried to eliminate the risk of bacteria and fungus growth.

In "clean water" situations, where contamination is minimal, carpet and padding are salvageable. In "gray water" situations, where moisture has affected carpet for less than 48 hours, padding may need replacement, but carpet can often be dried and cleaned. In situations where the carpet has had exposure to otherwise clean water for more than 48 hours, carpet must first be evaluated in order to ascertain if it can be salvaged.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is here to serve the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Let us know what our team can do to help you at (310) 395-9050 today.

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Get the Most Out of Flood Damage Remediation in Santa Monica With SERVPRO

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless of whether your home was damaged from an external or internal source flooding, team SERVPRO can help. Call right away.

Be Quick to Act - Flood Damage in Santa Monica

Watching the news can fill you with dread as the weather threatens the integrity of your home. Santa Monica, with its beautiful movie-setting ambiance, is not immune to the effects of storms and mudslides, leaving homeowners at a loss and in need of a quick response. As you prepare for a possible emergency, knowing whom to call when extensive areas are being affected is extremely important. Experience and technical knowledge are your greatest assets in combating the effects of flooding in your home.

When there is the threat of flood damage to your home in Santa Monica make sure to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible. Our crew is at the ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and trained to work when disaster strikes. Being among the first to contact our technicians helps mitigate your losses as well as the disruption to your daily life. Making a call to our team is the first crucial step in restoring your home to normal.

Floodwaters are treacherous and typically bring debris and unwanted organisms into the sanctity of your home. Our SERVPRO team is IICRC-certified to handle the toughest emergencies, and our equipment is commensurate to our education. For tough jobs, we use both submersible and truck-mounted pumps to extract unwanted water from your home. Our field experience and preparation allow us to dispose of wastewater while respecting local ordinances appropriately. Local regulations also play a role in the removal and disposal of contents that cannot be salvaged.

Once we can extract all the water from your home, we proceed with drying and disinfecting. Keeping in mind the nature of each surface, we can tailor each cleaning agent to address its specific needs. Our SERVPRO technicians closely monitor all aspects of the process to ensure no further threat of bacteria remains in your home.

Do not let flood damage overwhelm you. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 as soon as possible to help restore your property. With our help, your Santa Monica home will look “Like it never even happened.”

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Take Mold Damage Seriously in Los Angeles

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you discover mold in your home, call SERVPRO to properly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO provides expert mold remediation services

Although you need not panic when you notice mold in your Los Angeles property, take the time to have an expert inspect the area and provide recommendations. Often if a homeowner tries to respond to mold damage with a DIY treatment, the problem becomes bigger and harder to resolve. Our mold remediation team is well trained in the industry’s preferred and proven approach.

Mold damage begins as a minor irritation in your Los Angeles home. You buy an over the counter mold spray or use a homemade concoction like diluted bleach, hoping that manages the situation. Unfortunately, the mold seems to come back repeatedly and you are now unsure how to proceed. Reach out to our team of mold remediation specialists for a solution that works.

Mold spores are constantly in our environment, both inside and out. This is why you cannot trust a mold removal company that assures you their services rid you of mold permanently. SERVPRO stresses we provide mold remediation, a process whereby we remove colonies currently in your home as a first step. The second and more important step is our promise to find the moisture that encouraged the mold growth initially. When we locate the water source, we help you eliminate that, greatly minimizing the chance that mold will grow in your home again in the future.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlines our mold remediation procedure. Moldy areas are contained to prevent the spread of spores and debris to other areas of your home. We sometimes use physical barriers, like plastic sheeting. A more advanced technique involves using an air scrubber, a device that uses negative pressure to keep the mold in one place and filters the air as our technicians work. After appropriate containment, the mold and any porous material it infests is removed and disposed of according to local codes. A professional antimicrobial treatment limits the chance of regrowth.

Moisture control is the EPA’s final step, as it is ours. Ironically, when you try to knock out mold damage with a bleach solution you feed the mold as the mixture you use is over 90 percent water. All it does is lighten the mold’s stain, and then provides the nourishment for the damage to return and perhaps increase.

Take mold remediation seriously by contacting SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. One call to (310) 395-9050 results in an experienced mold abatement team assessing and solving the problem, including arranging for elimination of the water source.

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Call Us For Professional Water Removal In Your Los Angeles Condo

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts respond quickly to your call and we are available 24/7. We have equipment such as rolling extractors that can restore your carpets.

Carpet Water Removal for West Los Angeles Condos

While something always seems to be getting constructed or remodeled throughout bustling West Los Angeles, your condo might not be one of these residences getting upgraded. As indoor plumbing ages, stress on the pipes and rust can weaken connections, elbows, and joints to create vulnerabilities over time. A small burst of air through the lines or fluctuation in the pressure of the pipes can open up these points, causing considerable water loss that continues until the water supply can get shut down.

While there are many potential areas of your West Los Angeles condo that can become adversely affected by water damage from the pooling water, your carpets can absorb much of this damage quickly, requiring professional water removal services to overcome. When a disaster like this strikes, you need a team like our SERVPRO professionals that can respond right away to the emergency with the equipment that can help.

Carpets already have a natural magnetism to collect dust, dirt, and debris from the foot traffic they receive regularly. When you combine this sediment with over saturation from the water damage incident, carpeting throughout your condo can quickly become irreparably damaged and need removal. Our experts can arrive with the tools to not only remove the water from these affected areas but also thoroughly clean them as well for a professional and polished finish.

We have weighted rolling extractors that can force moisture out of the fibers and subflooring of carpeted areas of your home to allow our high-velocity air movers to be effective at removing lingering moisture. With the right response, our drying efforts can ensure that this flooring does not need to get replaced.

We also have premier cleaning services for these affected areas of your condo including our pre-rinse conditioning, steam cleaning, and dry-cleaning approaches. All of these cleaning services penetrate to the base of the material to break sediment loose and bring back vibrancy and improved feel to the fibers.

While there are often many steps to recovering your property after a water loss incident, protecting existing material is a top priority of ours. Let our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach rapid response team get to work quickly for you by calling (310) 395-9050.

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How Does Flooding Affect Your Marina Del Ray Home?

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Advanced Skills are Necessary when Fixing Flood Damage in Marina Del Rey

Flooding incidents can leave you with a plethora of damages like soggy drywall, insulation and other building materials, as well as contaminated carpets or soiled upholstery. Restoring the property to its preloss state takes more than just water extraction and cleanup. For example, there is a need to demolish some building materials after evaluating how the incident affected them. Rebuilding and refinishing such areas is also essential at a later stage. Choosing a professional restorer helps give you access to a highly skilled team.
One issue that makes advanced skills a necessity after flood damage in Marina Del Rey is creating estimates. Estimating how long the project is likely to take, helps homeowners make proper plans, especially if they have to move out from their property after the incident. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on our extensive experience dealing with similar projects to give reasonable estimates. For example, we can tell if restoration is likely to take days, weeks or months and relay that information at the beginning of the project. Informing the client helps manage expectations and make plans accordingly.
Frustrations build up quickly after an incident, primarily if it is not appropriately managed. Part of proper management is fast and clear communication from the restorer to all the parties involved in the project including the insurance adjuster. Issues like what materials require removal need discussion and especially if such removal is not done because of physical deterioration but other reasons such as contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians always strive to involve the insurer and the homeowner in any serious decision making. We also have different crewmembers who handle different aspects of the project. The crew chief coordinates the whole process and ensuring structured communications.
Some processes such as cleaning soiled upholstery items require expertise. The items are bulky, and they are also made from different materials, which might necessitate different cleaning techniques for a single item. Our SERVPRO technicians can manage such specialized tasks because of advanced training and vast experience.
In case of flooding, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica /Venice Beach to help restore your property to its preloss state. You can reach us at (310) 395-9050 any time.

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Our Team Has A Rapid Response Time And Will Restore Your Santa Monica Water Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO utilizes many cutting-edge technologies to expedite the moisture removal from homes. We are at your service 24/7 so call us right away.

HVAC Malfunctions Can Allow Water Damage in Santa Monica Homes

Every Santa Monica resident can appreciate conditioned air and the difference it has made for comfortable living in the often hot and muggy environment. Unfortunately, many do not realize the strains and wear that these systems can endure when they are asked to run for most of the year without breaks. For all of the ways that your HVAC system could degrade and fail, one of the most problematic for your home is when water pools in elbows of the ducts or leaks from the appliance itself, causing damages to the immediate area.

Many homeowners do not even realize they have reached the point of allowing water damage into their Santa Monica property until the effects have already occurred. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to emergency damage situations to provide fast drying efforts, effective restoration strategies, and repair and cleaning of the HVAC system causing the problem.

A great deal of the issues with an HVAC system can get avoided with the appropriate servicing and inspections occurring regularly. Even without the threat of breaking down, your HVAC system can run more efficiently with cleanings every 3-5 years. Without servicing the system at all, debris, dust, dander, bacteria, and contaminants can collect within the system to prevent the flow of cool air. These blockages can attribute to excessive condensation in the ducts that become pools of water that ultimately damage nearby construction materials.

Our SERVPRO team arrives with the tools and equipment necessary to fully inspect this system for these blockages and throttling, as well as the moisture detection and drying machines necessary to restore the water damage that has occurred. The faster that our technicians can get notified of the issue, the more likely it becomes to preserve the saturated structural elements affected by the malfunctioning HVAC system.

There are many potential causes of water damage to your home, but at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give our rapid response team a call today at (310) 395-9050.

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Is a Water Leak Draining Profits at Your Santa Monica Restaurant?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water from seemingly small leaks can cause damage.

Commercial Water Removal Services a Leaky Sink in Your Santa Monica Business

Besides the annoyance it creates in your Santa Monica restaurant, a leaky sink is also a colossal waste of water that you as the business owner have to pay. Plus, the longer it is left alone, the more damage it creates to your structure. It can even promote the growth of mold, which can cause health effects for you, your employees, and your customers.  

A sink leak can cause the need for commercial water removal services for your Santa Monica business. At SERVPRO, we employ the latest in leak detecting technology and have professional equipment that our trained technicians use. We have been in business for years and have the knowledge needed to restore your business to its previous condition quickly.  

When a faucet is leaking, the wasted water is a tap on your bank account. Even though it may only be a few cents here and there, it all adds up quickly. No matter why the sink is leaking, SERVPRO techs can come to your business and fix the problem and dry your building back out. The sink bowl or the counter piece can become damaged over years of use or even an accident. Wear areas and cracks are primary sources for leaks, and we have the tools that can make quick work of your problem.  

Another possible leak source is your sink drain. It is relatively easy to test for this type of leak. Just plug the drain of your sink and fill the basin with water. If there is no dripping water under the sink, your sink drain is okay.  

The piping under your sink can also spring a leak and need repairing. If you think you might have a leak in the plumbing under the sink, try to trace the water that is leaking back to its source, which is usually around the P-trap or the fittings. Over time, the fittings can war out and need replacing.  

At SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach, our goal is to help you restore and dry your business in Marina Del Rey, Ocean Park, or Venice Beach back out again so you can return to normal operations as soon as possible. As soon as you notice a problem, give us a call at (310) 395-9050, and we can take care of the issue for you.

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The Worst Flooding Mistakes in West Los Angeles and What They Will Cost You

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

When flooding has affected your home, time is of the essence in order to prevent mold from setting in. Contact SERVPRO immediately for services.

Falling Trees Can Allow Flooding in Your West Los Angeles Home

Storms can cause a lot of troublesome effects for your West Los Angeles home. These high-powered systems can carry the capability of damaging your roof, removing siding from your home, or even uprooting trees or breaking their limbs. With direct impact from a weighty limb from a tree, or an entire tree falling against your home, the structural elements could buckle and break, causing an avenue for water penetration throughout the storm.

While the initial damage to your home might be bad enough to contend with, the potential West Los Angeles flood damages that could occur in your residence requires you to react quickly and secure the appropriate restoration company. Our SERVPRO team can help you through all aspects of this traumatic experience, from mitigating the loss from the flood damages to rebuilding your damaged exterior.

Our technicians can quickly assess the full measure of the damage that your property has sustained and the appropriate steps required to restore it entirely. Our estimator can determine not only the cost of the restoration but also catalog damages to your home and its contents to provide the appropriate information to your insurance provider should you decide to file a claim.

With our building services, our SERVPRO team can make the entire restoration process as efficient and streamlined as possible. We have licensed residential and commercial contractors in our franchise that can work alongside our restoration technicians to ensure that your home gets returned to you promptly. This comprehensive approach is critical to minimizing our impact in your life and reducing the cost of the work to get done by removing the need to subcontract rebuilding and reconstruction requirements.

Flood damages can spread quickly throughout your home once a storm has damaged the exterior of the house. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach water restoration technicians and specialists can respond quickly to the situation to begin preserving your property and returning it to preloss conditions fast. Give us a call whenever you need us at (310) 395-9050.

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Did You Know That SERVPRO is IICRC Certified for Water Damage Remediation in Santa Monica?

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

When water trickles into your living area, finding the cause is key to remediation. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate water damage.

Choosing the Right Water Removal Team in Santa Monica

Where there is standing water, there is the risk of extensive property damage to both structure and possessions. The need to rectify an issue like this quickly can lead homeowners to rush their decision in choosing a restoration specialist. As experienced professionals who complete hundreds of cleanup operations each year, we feel in the right place to offer advice on how to choose the right service.

Homeowners that need water removal in Santa Monica should look to local services. These reduce call out times which are essential to mitigating the losses associated with water damage. Water can damage wallpaper, paintwork, furniture as well as sheetrock inside the wall cavity. Local services like SERVPRO offer a shortened call out time because we use technicians that live and work in the local area.

A comprehensive cleanup service requires expertise. The second thing you should look for in your restoration provider is qualifications. Removal of water using pumps or extraction units is a relatively simple task. However, learning how to mitigate secondary damages like mold or mildew growth as well as ensuring all elements of the structure are appropriately dried requires training. SERVPRO technicians hold IICRC certificates in a range of areas including applied structural drying, odor control, and mold assessment & remediation.

Equipment is just as necessary as expertise when it comes to completing a thorough job. SERVPRO uses its national resources to supply our technicians with the latest technology. It is a considerable investment but one that we choose to make to ensure our work remains at the highest possible standard.

In water removal, being able to access crevices beneath floorboards or inside wall cavities is essential. We use injectidry systems that use injectors to blast hot air inside your walls. This equipment is effective at drying sheetrock that may otherwise have to be discarded. The deployment of drying mats can help to draw moisture from beneath hardwood surfaces without needing to pull up floorboards.

Our investment in the best equipment, as well as investment in the best training for our technicians, is why we are a premier provider of water cleanup. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to arrange a service.
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Venice Beach, SERVPRO, and the Art of Smoke Damage Cleanup

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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The Impact of Blackwater in Your Santa Monica Home

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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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Mold Damage Remediation in Los Angeles Involves Several Steps

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Removal and Remediation in Los Angeles Needed? Call SERVPRO for Great Service

SERVPRO Provides Skill, Equipment, and Know-How for Mold Removal

When mold growth is present in your Los Angeles home, it may be necessary for you to call trained professionals. Mold can cause health effects, which is why it is a good idea to let an experienced team handle mold clean up and removal from your home. They have quality equipment and take the proper steps to ensure your safety during the mold remediation process.

Containment is the first step SERVPRO mold damage technicians in Los Angeles take to make sure mold does not spread to other areas in your home. Plus, doing so protects residents in the house. Technicians may use plastic sheeting over a door to contain affected areas. Also, they may seal HVAC vents to prevent mold spores from entering and contaminating the duct system. Our technicians may also set-up “clean rooms“ and decontamination areas for entering and leaving and for sanitizing equipment and materials.
The method our crew implements to get rid of mold depends on the type of surface. When possible, our techs remove mold from nonporous materials by cleaning. Nonporous materials include metals, plastics, and glass. However, we often remove or discard porous materials and items if we cannot clean visible mold. Porous surfaces include carpeting, drywall, fabrics, and insulation. We may clean semi-porous materials in your home by sanding, damp wiping, wire brushing, or by other abrasive methods. Semi-porous materials include wood and concrete. When rot weakens the structural integrity of wood materials, our crew can resort to a partial demolition at times. Often, a general contractor should deal with large projects of this nature.
SERVPRO uses HEPA filtered vacuuming in some cases to trap and remove mold if the surface is dry. If mold is growing in layers, techs may use damp wiping with water or with an anti-fungal detergent solution to remove mold spores. Techs may have to repeat the process several times before the surface is clean and sanitized.
Once mold remediation is complete, our technicians dry the structure and contents to prevent mold from growing back. Techs may use air movers to pull in warm, dry air and to push out moisture. The team may also use axial fans to force out damp air and to speed up the drying process. Dehumidifiers may also be put in place to remove moisture, and typically are utilized. Air scrubbers can also capture airborne spores and particles.
If mold is present in your home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 right away.

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Drying Out Your Los Angeles Home After Flood Damages

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has the expertise and technology to find the source of your flooding woes.

When Floods Strike Your Los Angeles Home, SERVPRO Will Be There To Help

Your Los Angeles home can take much abuse from Mother Nature in the form of severe weather patterns and systems that roll through the area. The unfortunate truth about these occurrences though, is that your home can begin to weaken in the areas most affected and in direct line with the harsh weather conditions. It is not uncommon to see houses in the area weakening to the point of failure or creating a pressing concern with an immediate need for professional restoration services to protect property and its contents.

When homeowners consider the possibility of flood damages in their Los Angeles properties, many deem the basement to be the likeliest of culprits. While this lower level of your home might be susceptible to these harsher conditions, your roof and siding can also play an instrumental role in allowing rainfall to penetrate the exterior of your house and ruin the contents of your house.

One of the first things that you can expect from our experienced SERVPRO technicians is the location and repair of vulnerable areas. This practice helps to limit the possibility of the same thing happening again after a short period. Once this penetration point gets remedied, our professionals get set out to accomplishing other critical components of the restoration.

Extraction is typically one of the jobs that take multiple tools to achieve. Ideally, the work gets accomplished with pumps and wet-vacs. For larger projects, a truck-mounted pump from our fleet is necessary. Once the pooling water has gotten removed, our team can set their sights on thoroughly drying the area with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. For sources that have no immediate cause to get found, our team might recommend continued use of the dehumidifier after restoration completes.

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Flooding in your Los Angeles home might seem like something that you can handle on your own, but the kind of restoration required is always best left to the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. Our experienced team can respond quickly and help you to overcome the mess and obstacles standing in the way of your restoration Give us a call anytime at (310) 395-9050.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Explain The Theory Of Fire

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Lights, Action, Fire & Smoke Damage in Los Angeles--The Star is SERVPRO

Smoke & Fire Restoration by SERVPRO Technicians Assures a Satisfied Customer in the Los Angeles Area

Whenever something burns on your property in Los Angeles, various types of damage can occur. The heat and flames coming from a fire can burn building materials and contents using them as fuel to spread. Partially combusted substances get released from the fire in the form of smoke and fumes.
Smoke created by a blaze can also cause many problems with contents and structural materials. When mitigating fire damage in Los Angeles, knowing the theory of fire helps diagnose and find issues. Materials burn and behave differently based on many diverse conditions that take place.
Our SERVPRO technicians learn the theory of fire meaning that they understand the components of smoke and how fire, smoke, and heat affect a structure and contents. Knowing how a fire behaves helps us better restore damage when it occurs. When we become experts on fire behavior, we can have a better idea as to what can be restored and what cannot.
One significant part of fire restoration is repairing, replacing or refinishing burnt or charred items. When a blaze burns inside a structure, it uses any materials that are close to the source as fuel. Many structural items such as drywall or wooden studs can get burnt to the point where they need to be treated or removed and discarded. A general contractor should be called in for restabilization of a structure.
The other part of any restoration project is the removal of soot residues. When smoke travels through your home, it can leave behind soot. Soot residues can be composed of many different types of materials based on how the fire burns. Some soot residues can be easily wiped off by our SERVPRO restoration team, whereas others are extremely difficult to clean.
Any time something burns, combustion takes place. Combustion is when a solid turns into gas with the application of heat. During a fire, not all of the materials affected combust completely. Partially combusted particles turn into smoke that when cooled will turn back into a solid in the form of soils and soot. The acidic content of smoke and soot can damage glass, metal, plastics, and organic substances and possessions.
The different stages of a fire and the different things it burns affect the type of smoke and soot present. If you ever have to deal with smoke damage on your property, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 any time of the day.

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How to Professionally Control Water Damage in Los Angeles

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Any water line break incident that goes unnoticed can leave your home facing a water damage emergency. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Has the Training and Experience to Properly Deal With Your Water Damage Emergency

If the reason of water damage in your building is a broken plumbing system, a drain back up, flooding, or any other related causes, serious challenges are likely to occur if you do not take the right actions. Getting everything back to normal is supposed to be your top priority, but you are likely to encounter a lot of challenges if you decide to do the restoration by yourself. Though some of the mitigation procedures look obvious, some solutions are not straightforward, and a simple mistake may compromise the integrity of your Los Angeles home.
Our SERVPRO technicians investigate different types of water damage in Los Angeles before devising a restoration formula. We understand the three categories of water - clean, gray, or black water - may lead to different levels of damage, and we know how to recover your contents from a specific category. The most significant challenge when dealing with these types of incidents is that your naked eye cannot show the actual degree of damage. Moisture always penetrates into hidden areas, and it is likely to lead to mold growth. We use moisture sensors and meters to detect the presence of moisture and then use appropriate restoration procedures.
Though opening windows may seem a good practice when establishing proper airflow in the structure, this may not always be the case. By opening the windows, you may introduce excess coolness, humidity or heat to areas that are under mechanical ventilation systems. Remember some ventilation systems need constant pressure to function correctly. After taking out wet materials and drilling holes into walls where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians usually introduce air movers in the area to enhance drying.
When surfaces dry, they lose moisture to the surrounding air, and that raises the relative humidity (RH). When the RH is high, the rate of evaporation is likely to decrease and establishing an equilibrium through dehumidification is necessary. Our SERVPRO team uses Desiccant Dehumidifiers or Refrigerant Dehumidifiers during that process.
At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, be it water, fire, mold, or storm-related damage. Do not panic when you face such events, call us at (310) 395-9050 and allow us to take control.

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Removing Evidence of Flood Damage Protects Your Los Angeles Property from Further Damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

When the ground is dry and there is heavy rainfall, the ground can act as a barrier causing flooding in your home.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Los Angeles neighborhoods often experience severe dry spells. While this might seem to stave off the horrific effects of flooding, the super-dry ground can act as a barrier and keep any water covering it from seeping in while keeping it flowing across into lower areas.

When a Los Angeles home experiences water flowing in from the outside, flood damage quickly occurs. This water can contain microbial populations, chemical run-off from nearby agricultural activities and roadways, silt, mud, and small debris. Removing this water and everything it brought into your home can protect it from ongoing damage that can steadily become more severe.

The professionals from SERVPRO can perform the different aspects of mitigation after any flooding disasters that your home needs, getting it back to its pre-flood condition. Because we know your family most likely must temporarily relocate while your home still contains damage from the flood, we work as quickly as possible while still performing the necessary mitigation services.

Our goal, minimizing any losses experienced by our customers, always keeps safety in mind. During a flood, any food items that came into contact with the water can cause health effects if consumed, including cooked food that came from canned goods. This remains possible because some microbes not only hide in the smallest nicks and grooves, but many pathogens found in floodwater can also survive normal cooking temperatures. Before disposing of these items, we discuss with you any concerns you might want to address.

Removing the flood water and drying out your home helps protect it from secondary water damage and the ability of microbes to infest your home with abnormally high populations. This process takes time, but as we steadily reduce the amount of moisture in your home, humidity levels dwindle back to normal. We use Injectidry equipment that can reach into the smallest spaces inside your walls, as well as heat floors while simultaneously extracting the evaporated moisture.

Once we remove all the water and your home once again contains no filth from the flood, your family can safely return home. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach would like to make this a reality for your family. Helping those in our community after disasters like flood damage extends to those in surrounding areas, including Venice Beach and Ocean Park. Contact us at (310) 395-9050, and our 24-hour service line technicians can answer any questions you have about your particular situation.

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How Our Professionals Can Address Mold in Your Los Angeles Residence

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you see or simply smell the telltale musty smell of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Certified Technicians Expertly Remove a Thriving Mold Infestation From Your Home

You might not know what to look for when it comes to finding mold growing in your Los Angeles home. While it often has a very distinct and recognizable smell to accompany thriving mold colonies, this growth might occur out of your immediate line of sight and be challenging to track down. Fortunately, you have the experience of IICRC-certified mold remediation technicians that are only a short phone call away.
Too often homeowners are under the impression that mold damage in their Los Angeles residence is not worth getting overly concerned about, or that the problem can get fixed quickly with any one of multiple DIY methods that you can locate on the internet. While this might be a typical thought process for the average homeowner, it, unfortunately, does not make it one that is correct. The longer that mold gets permitted to grow and thrive, the more widespread and potentially hazardous it can become.
When our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists arrive at your home, one of our primary concerns is sectioning off the affected area to prevent the spread of spores to new areas in your house. With the understanding that mold can cause health effects for you and your family upon exposure, time is of the essence to get the situation resolved.
Removal of the colonies often requires several different approaches, from sanding/soda blasting to a chemical spray to penetrate porous materials that house colonies. Dehumidification is vital to the immediate remediation process but could be something that you get asked to continue once the work completes ensuring that the affected area remains dry and does not allow further damages.
While there are many steps to help restore and remediate the mold damage to your home, you cannot find more experienced professionals that what we have at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. If you happen to discover mold damage of any kind throughout your home, do not hesitate to call. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 to handle any disaster, just call us at (310) 395-9050.

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When Your Los Angeles Recreational Center Requires Water Removal

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water from Commercial Buildings in the Los Angeles Area

SERVPRO Responds Fast to Mitigating the Water Damage to Your Building

Recreational centers are commonplace all throughout the Los Angeles area. They are a respite for those that need something positive to do and offer comradery and exercise for the youth and young adults of the communities they serve. When significant water damage threatens facilities like yours, you should respond to the situation quickly to give our professional restoration team the time and opportunity to resolve this issue before it closes your doors for an extended period.

While you might not envision there is a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, requiring water removal services for your Los Angeles rec center may be one of these instances. With the substantial damage that pooling water can do to floors and walls, not to mention the different flooring required for certain courts you have installed, time is of the essence.

Fortunately, at SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. From the moment that our experienced team arrives at your facility, we can begin assessment into what has to happen to remove the threat of further damages and to restore the current issues you have to face.

With water removal, extraction and drying the area is the foundation of the work that we do. Unfortunately, with substantial water damage, part of our job description is also removing severely impacted construction materials, flooring, walls, ceilings, and structural components for replacement.

Drying and extraction, followed by cleaning and deodorization are often sufficient approaches when the damage to the materials are not overwhelming. If it is, our SERVPRO technicians utilize their training in controlled demolition to prepare the area for replacement and reconstruction with a commercial contractor.

When you are working to keep the doors open at your rec center, a water emergency is often the last thing that you need to have happened. You can always trust in the dedication and experience of every technician from SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to ensure that the job is getting done as quickly as possible in the right way. Whenever you are facing an emergency with your business or building, give us a call at (310) 395-9050.

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Treating Flood Damage to Wood Features in Los Angeles

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO as soon as possible to begin restoration work on flood damaged hardwood floors and help minimize the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Right Tools to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

When flood damage hits homes in Los Angeles, it can cause irreversible damage to hardwood floors, paneling, staircases, and other wooden features common in local construction. Most of these consequences can be avoided by calling a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to handle damage reversal and restoration procedures, but even in optimal circumstances, we often have our work cut out for us when contending with wood features.

One of the most visible signs of flood damage in a Los Angeles residence may be bending and warping of wood on the property. Many types of wood used in home interiors are not built to withstand inundation in water, stretching and contracting with enough force to sometimes rip nails out of their sockets and tear up other materials along the way. SERVPRO stocks specialized tools and equipment designed to target hardwood floors and other surfaces from both the top and bottom to avoid bending and warping as one side dries out before the other.

While we must work quickly to prevent additional damage from mold or standing water from occurring, we also carefully monitor the area to ensure that nothing goes wrong with the process. If moisture levels fall outside of an ideal range or something starts to go wrong, we can apply targeted, compartmentalized treatments to the area to rectify its problems without affecting the room as a whole. Many types of wood require specific moisture levels to avoid long-term damage, and we must sometimes alter our treatments with these numbers in mind. We rely on both SERVPRO technicians' expertise and highly accurate moisture detection tools to get an accurate reading of the situation at all stages in the process. If you have any questions or concerns about how things are going, feel free to ask us about the situation so that we can fill you in. Our representatives are always happy to help and keep you up-to-date on the project status.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has helped local homeowners to overcome flood damage for years. Call us at (310) 395-9050 for our help in restoring your home back to the way it was before.

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Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage In West Los Angeles

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are in or around every home.

Cleaning And Removing Mold

Mold spores are in or around every home in West Los Angeles. Most of the time, they are inert and no more harmful than the dust on top of the television. When spores have the right amounts of moisture and food and are in the right temperature range, they damage homes at the cost of millions every year.

Restoring a West Los Angeles home after mold damage takes a series of actions which clean the mold out, protect unaffected property, and prevent spreading the mold contamination to other parts of the home. SERVPRO has developed a four-step method that does this and returns a clean, safe home to its owners.

To start with, we establish containment. It isolates the affected areas to prevent spreading the mold. Our technicians use plastic sheeting to block entrances and seal off the air conditioning vents to preserve the ductwork. For large areas, we also set up ‘clean rooms’ where we can keep tools and protective clothing on-site without accidentally tracking active spores across carpets or along walls.

Next, we remove the mold. Our first step is to clean every surface with industrial vacuums and special HEPA filters designed to trap mold spores. This action removes the majority of loose spores and then SERVPRO technicians wrap and remove large items so that we can clean off the mold spores outside the home if weather permits, or we take them to our facility. If we cannot clean an item, we dispose of it immediately.

Now, we clean the surfaces of dust and any settled spores. Technicians wipe down every surface using dry cloths and sponges and then repeat the process with water or anti-fungal cleaning agents if needed. We allow time for disturbed spores to settle and then repeat as needed.

Finally, we dry everything to prevent new mold growth. Our teams set-up air movers to force warm, dry air over damp surfaces, carefully pushing out any moisture. As these devices work, we also set-up fans to draw damp air out of the affected area to augment them. If the air is very humid, we install one or more dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air and nearby building materials.

Eliminating mold damage is not a quick or easy process. If you have mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today. SERVPRO can assist you through every step and place you back in your home as quickly as possible.

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The Fire Damage Experts of Los Angeles

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Different surfaces require different cleaning methods, the expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO can properly remove soot from your items.

The Expertly Trained Technicians at SERVPRO Carefully Clean Every Surface of Your Home after Fire Damage

Recently California has been riddled with forest fires. Sometimes wildfires only burn part of your Los Angeles mansion before it gets extinguished. Even if the burn damage is not severe, smoke possibly ruins contents and building materials.

After any severely burnt items get removed from your home, the next step is cleaning soot residues off of contents and materials inside the building. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Los Angeles equip specialized chemicals made for cleaning soot residues. Cleaning soot can get complicated and requires knowledge of how to apply the chemicals.

Our IICRC certified restoration specialists vary their cleaning aggressiveness by controlling the application of chemicals. Some surfaces get ruined if specific chemicals are too concentrated when they get applied. Other surfaces get ruined by aggressive scrubbing if cleaning products are not concentrated enough.

Some surfaces cannot get scrubbed without damaging them. When dealing with fragile materials sometimes chemicals that absorb soils work best. Absorption powders often get applied so that they absorb soot, preventing the items from getting ruined by cleaning or scrubbing.

If a surface could possibly get damaged by concentrated cleaning products, there are surface cleaning techniques we use to prevent the saturation of chemicals. When we use specific techniques, we save many materials from getting destroyed during the cleaning process.

Many times the cleaning product gets lightly sprayed onto hard-surface contents and furniture. Then, the chemicals get wiped away with a dry cleaning towel. When cleaning appliances, we always use a specialized glass cleaner to produce a shiny finish.

If items could possibly get damaged when too much moisture from cleaning solutions gets applied, then foam cleaning products get used to remove soot residues. When cleaning products generate foam, less moisture gets applied than other types of chemicals. Many times, foam cleaning products successfully clean carpet and upholstery.

Fires always burn different types of sources that create various kinds of soot residues. To make sure the correct type of cleaning methods get used for the various types of soils call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for help 24/7.  

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Water Removal Services in Los Angeles From Experts You Can Trust

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to contact SERVPRO as soon as you find standing water in your home as the damage gets worse the longer you wait.

Rely on the Trained Professionals at SERVPRO for Fast and Efficient Water Removal

If you are currently experiencing water intrusions anywhere on your property, our quick and efficient water removal services can help. We respond to your call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, making it easier to reduce many of the costs associated with water exposure in your home. 

Making quick, decisive decisions is essential when dealing with water removal in your Los Angeles area home. Water leaks only take a few hours to get entirely out of hand, not to mention the possibility of corrosion, rot, or mold, depending on how long it takes to remove excess moisture.

SERVPRO can give you access to advanced equipment, highly-trained personnel, and a vast amount of resources that help restore many of your personal belongings, furniture, appliances, and electronics affected by water. Our restoration technicians can work with you and your insurance company while performing quality extraction services on properties of all shapes and sizes. 

SERVPRO can help you understand the problem occurring in your home, find and repair the source causing the problem and dry your wet structure without delay. We have infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to help locate water hidden anywhere on your property, along with water extractors and drying equipment necessary to return moisture levels to normal in a quick, efficient manner.

Whether you are experiencing a category 1 problem that includes a fresh-water flood from a broken plumbing line or water heater, a category 2 problem that involves dealing with grey-water from a leak in your washing machine, or dishwasher, or a category 3 problem such as a sewage backup in your home, SERVPRO can help. 

You just need to remember that the longer you take to get the help you need, the worse things can get. Simple water intrusions can quickly escalate into category 2 or 3 problems given enough time. It takes less than 4-hours to fill a basement, damaging your floor, walls, ceiling, insulation, and possibly affecting the structural integrity of your building. Imagine what 24 to 48-hours of exposure can do in the form of corrosion, rot, or mold.  

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for full-service solutions provided by IICRC-industry certified technicians you can trust. We are proud to serve the entire Ocean Park, Marina del Rey area, giving community members the peace of mind they deserve, call today. (310) 395-9050

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Learn How To Protect Your Los Angeles Area Basement Against Fire Damage

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

The ERP from SERVPRO https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram Helps Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage to Los Angeles Properties

SERVPRO Can Offer the ERP Plan to Help Prevent Fires in Your Home

When you think about emergency situations that might occur in your Los Angeles basement, you likely lean towards floods or water damage. However, your basement is also susceptible to fires, as most of us use them for storage.

You can help prevent fire damage in your Los Angles area home by installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, keeping them active, and learning how to store materials responsibly. When all else fails, contact a qualified professional for answers and suggestions that could save your home.

Your gas furnace, water heater, oil burner, wood stove and other heating equipment reside in your basement. Make sure to store paper, textiles, and other debris at least 3-ft away at all times, placing oily rags in an airtight container, and keeping your basement trash-free. If you have a burner, always secure the doors to prevent sparks or flames from jumping to stored items.

Install arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) in your basement to prevent electrical surge fires and always plug major appliances directly into wall sockets. Perform regular maintenance on your clothes dryer and washing machine, clean ducting, check feed lines, and check electrical plugs. Remember to keep your stairs and aisles free of clutter and perform cleaning whenever possible to avoid buildup.

If you experience a fire in your basement or home at any point, SERVPRO can help you get things back to normal quickly. We provide fire, smoke, and water restoration services, cleaning and deodorization, as well as much needed support during emergency situations for homeowners throughout our local community.

Our IICRC-industry certified technicians are available 24-7, 365-days a year, providing you with quality home restoration services you can trust. SERVPRO has access to highly trained personnel, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make it possible to handle any size problem you may face.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for additional information about services available throughout the West Los Angeles, Ocean Park area and see what advantages we offer our customers. Limit your losses and learn how to prevent future problems, today. (310) 395-9050

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Why Did Mold Damage Take Root in My Marina Del Rey Home?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

It is not uncommon to find mold growing on old carpet. Keeping your home updated can help reduce the risk of a mold problem in the future.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Efficient Mold Damage Remediation Services

If you have found mold damage in your Marina Del Rey home, you should immediately seek treatment and professional advice. Mold can spread quickly and, in some cases, cause health effects for you and your family. You may wonder why mold has begun to grow in your home, and if you could have done anything to prevent that. While mold damage can happen to anyone, there are some ways that mold could have been introduced to your home beyond natural processes.

Someone Tracked It In

Mold damage to Marina Del Rey homes can result from a family member, pet, or visitor accidentally carrying in a large quantity of spores from the outside. This can happen when the individual in question works in unsanitary conditions or has recently spent time in a natural area. Most commonly, stepped-on spores attach to a foot or shoe and are later shaken off inside your home, but they can attach themselves to almost any surface for transport. A welcome mat outside your front door coupled with feet-wiping habits can be enough to protect your home from this cause in the future.

There is a Moisture Leak

Most mold colonies cannot thrive without a steady stream of moisture. In some cases, humidity in the atmosphere may be enough to spur growth, but most infestations also have a source of liquid water. SERVPRO technicians have access to advanced moisture detection tools such as thermohygrometers to identify and track down sources of water in the home to cut off growth at the source.

Materials May Be Due for an Upgrade

It might not come as much of a surprise when your fifty-year-old carpeting is the first material in the house to start growing mold. As some materials age, they can become more susceptible to opportunistic fungal spores. Giving your home a facelift may significantly reduce your chances of developing a mold problem in the future.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach provides expert mold remediation services to a broad local area. If you suspect mold has found its way into your home, give us a call at (310) 395-9050.

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Common Commercial Spaces Lead to Shared Water Damage in Los Angeles

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Because many businesses share one building, the mistakes of neighboring businesses could affect your commercial space, including water damage.

SERVPRO Restores the Damage and Assists with Necessary Insurance Claims

Often more than one business occupies the same commercial building in Los Angeles, making the poor decisions or bad luck of one enterprise an issue for all. Pointing fingers and assigning blame fails to evade the reality that when a water incursion traced to another business damages your retail, office, dining, or other space, the damage must be remediated fast. Our experience and skilled crews make all the difference.

If an adjoining business suffers a broken water pipe or appliance malfunction, your Los Angeles commercial space can sustain water damage. Common walls, abutting floors, and suspended ceilings absorb and transfer the moisture into your space. Not only do you need the expert services of our water damage restoration technicians to recover from the harm, but also our comprehensive documentation services can assist with claims made to the insurance companies to sort out the financial responsibility for this unfortunate event.

When the SERVPRO team arrives to assess the damage to your business space, we observe the issues and devise a detailed plan of action to remove the water and dry out the structural components saturated by the neighboring emergency. We note every task planned and completed to insurers to limit your out of pocket cost.

Our IICRC certified technicians use pumps for water more than two inches deep, and follow with extractors, weighted to remove moisture from any carpeting. Once the obvious water is gone, moisture meter readings set a baseline for drying goals. The SERVPRO crew positions air movers and dehumidifiers to draw the remaining dampness out of walls and floors. If hardwood comprises some of the floorings, we can use drying mats that normalize moisture over broad surfaces on several layers.

We evaluate the soundness of drywall and fixtures such as shelving and cabinets. SERVPRO is a full-service disaster recovery company focused on restoration, but when it appears that some materials cannot restore completely we arrange for appropriate repairs or replacement of items.

Throughout the entire process, SERVPRO realizes that it is crucial to shorten any closure of your business. If possible, we strategize with you to determine a way at least a portion of your business can remain open while we manage the series of procedures necessary to bring your damaged business space back to full use for you and your customers “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is ready to help you restore water damaged premises as well as work with your and other insurance companies when the cause is outside of your control in a commercial setting. Call (310) 395-9050 to start the process of getting your business back on track.

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Water Damage Restoration Services in Santa Monica

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have the proper training and experience to restore your home after water damage leaving it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Water Damage Strikes

In the case of an emergency in your Santa Monica home, it is important that you get the help you need as soon as possible. If there is much water inside your property, then you may not know where to begin. The best choice is to get a professional company to assist you.

SERVPRO ensures that all of our technicians have all the training and guidance that they need to carry out the highest standard of service on your property. We have a number of techniques that we can use to remove water from your property and you can contact us as soon as you notice water damage at your Santa Monica property. When you experience an emergency at home you want everything to be back to normal as quickly as it can.

After an emergency has occurred, SERVPRO uses moisture meters and other tools to see how much water we are dealing with. Our highly trained technicians then select the water removal method that is most appropriate to your situation. This usually involves using pumps to remove the majority of the water and then air movers and dehumidifiers would be used to get rid of any remaining moisture.

We can begin water damage restoration as soon as all the moisture has been removed from your property. We can also remove any of your possessions that are too badly damaged to restore if necessary. The restoration work that SERVPRO technicians carry out on your property is guaranteed to meet the standards that are required by the IICRC. We work in all types of residential properties including houses, apartments, and condos.

If you notice any signs of water damage in your residential property then you should call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach as soon as possible. We can be contacted at (310) 395-9050 and are available 24 hours a day. We also serve the communities of West Los Angeles and Ocean Park.

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Remediating Fire Damage in Los Angeles

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

The fires in Los Angeles have left many homes damaged, SERVPRO is here to restore your fire damaged property.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Remediation Techniques for All Surface Types

The recent, massive fire in Los Angeles cost hundreds of residents their homes and frightened almost everyone else. Thousands of homes and millions of dollars in personal property not lost were still affected by the incredible amounts of smoke and soot generated by the conflagration.

To clean and restore the different types of fire damage to Los Angeles homes, SERVPRO studies the surface of the homes and the property inside as well as the type of smoke and soot residues left by the heat and burning property. Once we know these factors, technicians apply the correct techniques, tools, and products.

Most of our actions involve surface techniques, specifically spray and wipe and foam cleaning. Both methods give us control over how much cleaning solution we use to prevent over-wetting property and accidentally causing secondary damage.

With spray and wipe, our IICRC-certified technicians use a spray bottle to apply either water or one of our cleaning agents. It allows them to target the points of damage without affecting the entire sofa, wall, or another piece of personal or structural property. We then wipe off the dampened residue.

Foam cleaning is a similar technique that uses even less moisture. It is our preferred method on upholstered furniture and other delicate items like sheer drapes. SERVPRO restoration specialists use a pump-up sprayer to apply foam and then work it into the residue with a dry or dampened sponge. We then use another sponge or cloth to wipe off the agent and the residue.

Some surfaces are too fragile for any water-based cleaning agent though. For these surfaces, we use the absorption technique. Technicians cover the surfaces with absorbent powders and then wait until the residue has bonded to them. Next, we use sponges or dry cloths to wipe off the powder or a vacuum if the surface is porous like brick or concrete.

When the item is not fragile and can handle the moisture, we use saturation. The technique allows us to soak cleaning towels in a bucket of the agent, wring it out, and then lay it on the affected surface. Specialists leave the towel in place as long as necessary, then remove it and replace it with a towel soaked in a rinse agent. It removes the residue and cleaning agent completely, and then we allow the surface to dry. If the item is an upholstered surface, we agitate it using a soft brush before applying the cleaning agent towel.

These are only a few of the techniques and tools that SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach uses to restore your home and property to its original condition. If you need our services, call today at (310) 395-9050. We are here for you.

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How Flood Damage Can Hurt Furniture in Los Angeles Homes

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding from a storm can wreak havoc on your priceless home and its contents. Contact our trained SERVPRO technicians to restore the property.

Knowledgeable Technicians Can Help Restore Rather Than Replace Your Unique Property

Some of the costliest losses for many homes in Los Angeles after flood damage can come from furniture, as many homes in the area are well-decorated with expensive and fragile furniture sets. Floods care little for the contents of your house and can cause severe damage to anything in their path. Furniture is no exception. Here are a few ways that your furniture could fall victim to flood damage.

One of the most common signs of flood damage to Los Angeles homes is often the presence of staining on walls, floors, and furniture around the home. Floods that enter the home from the outside often carry with them dirt, mud, and debris that can stain any surfaces in your home they come across. Some furniture sets may be resistant to the effects of staining, such as objects with metal legs or hard bases. However, others may require lengthy dry cleaning regimens hand-applied by SERVPRO technicians to entirely clean.
Physical Damage
Larger pieces of debris in the flood may cause some physical damage to your furniture as they crush, bend, tear, and scratch all sides of your belongings. Fabrics and leather are highly liable to rip open in a flood, and materials of all types are vulnerable to other forms of physical damage. We can repair most of these effects but may have to relegate more delicate tasks to local specialists.

Mold Growth
If you do not respond quickly to flood damage in your home, you may be liable to develop mold damage across the home. Furniture often presents a prime target for mold and other fungi, as furniture pieces commonly contain adequate food sources and environmental conditions for growth. Calling SERVPRO early on makes sure that your home can dry out quickly and avoid damage from fungi if possible.
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is ready around the clock to respond to your call and protect your belongings. Contact us at (310) 395-9050 for our services or a quote.

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How to Cope with Fire Damage in Los Angeles

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO begins the restoration process by covering your roof and boarding windows to prevent outside elements from entering your home.

Fire Damage Restoration Services for Any Size Disaster

Fire damage incidents never give a warning before they strike and that is why you need to know the various options you have as a Los Angeles resident. Whether the fire you are dealing with is a Christmas tree fire, one from a furnace, or a candle, you cannot underestimate its risk. Once you are safe, the next thing to know is whether there is something to recover and the various steps to restore your property. 

Fortunately, some practices can help you to deal with the fire damage incidents in Los Angeles. We advise you to contact a restoration service provider like SERVPRO as opposed to trying to fix the mess on your own. Movements within the premises can disturb the soot particles. You may not have the skills to deal with the different types of smoke.

Assessing the extent of the fire damage is our first task. By checking how much your property has been affected by the fire helps us to come up with a better approach to restore your property. If your property has some wet smoke, dry smoke, or oily smoke, it is the work of our trained technicians to choose the most appropriate approach to control it. In some situations, we may use a drapery cleaning system, a duct cleaning system, or deodorizing agents together with degreasers.

If your roof is damaged, we cover it with tarpaulin to protect further accidents when cleaning. We are aware water can get into contact with electricity and cause electrocution. That is why our SERVPRO technicians use drying techniques when restoring your property. The processes assist in getting rid of all the water and systematically clean and dry your property making it safe again.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to help you deal with all types of fire, storm, water and mold damage. Call us today at (310) 395-9050 and let us restore your home. We can overcome any disaster regardless of its size.  

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Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services For Los Angeles Residents

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Thorough drying out of your property can prevent secondary damages including mold. Contact SERVPRO right after damage for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Techniques to Properly Dry Out Your Property After Damage

If your Los Angeles home suffers a water damage disaster, certain effects are likely to affect your property. For instance, your upholstery's wooden framing might swell, leave some stains on your floor or carpet, and conditions for mold growth may result. These can cause further damage to your property, and therefore, we advise you to contact professional restoration service providers.
As an IICRC certified company that operates in Los Angeles, SERVPRO can help you dry your property. For example, when drying your upholstery, our technicians may decide to put a waxed paper between the zipper and the cushion to prevent rusting. Covering metal buttons with furniture pads can also prevent the transfer of rust.
To speed up the drying process, we identify and remove the source of the water. At this point, specialized tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers come in handy. The work of the dehumidifiers is to remove moisture from the air and decrease the relative humidity. Remember, when drying property, moisture evaporates into the surrounding air, and it is the role of the dehumidifier to remove this additional water vapor. These devices work within a given temperature range, and our SERVPRO technicians observe the necessary standards.
When our technicians are using an air mover, they position it at an angle that ensures the wall does not absorb any water vapor, but in its place ensure drier air replaces the wet air that comes off the surface. Where necessary, we may drill holes or pull off baseboards to ventilate the walls. When drilling the holes, a thin board is used together with the drilling device to protect the wall from damage. In some cases, technicians can place an air mover under the carpet to increase the rate of drying.
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to attend to all fire, storm, mold and water damage disasters. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to discover the many commercial and residential restoration services that we offer.

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Commercial Water Damage In Los Angeles

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Most Los Angeles commercial water damage comes from some failed plumbing.

Commercial Water Damage

Smaller communities around Los Angeles have shops selling every type of novelty that a tourist could imagine along their beachfront. T-shirts, posters, and postcards are perennial favorites. These items provide good memories, but they and so many others are difficult to clean and restore when damaged.

Most Los Angeles commercial water damage comes from some failed plumbing. For novelty and tourist shops along the beach, there is not much to the structure, so most of the damage involves items on the shelves and inventory behind the counter. They can be a wide variety of items, each one having special concerns to remediate the damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the training and tools to do this.

If the water was clean, the process is simpler. By clean, we mean no dirt or another kind of soil mixed in with it. The most clothing we can remove from the inside and hang out in the sun on drying racks we bring with us. If the weather is not cooperating, restoration crew members bring the items to our facility and hang them up to dry inside. This simple process takes less than a day and makes up much of the remediation, sometimes over half.

Paper items like guidebooks, posters, and postcards are more difficult to restore. Thin paper curls if heat is applied too quickly. SERVPRO technicians try to hang and spread out items so that we can take advantage of the warm weather and then use a combination of fans and air movers to increase air circulation and force warm, dry air across the surface of the affected items. If we cannot pick up any of these items without causing secondary damage, then the cost-efficient option is to dispose of them immediately.

As our water restoration specialists work on the inventory, other technicians dry the structure. Most of our work is lowering the humidity and replacing soaked drywall. Once again, we take advantage of the California weather and set up fans at entry and exit points to force out the damp air. If any of the walls absorbed too much water, it is much more cost-efficient to have us remove the damaged panels and replace them instead of attempting to dry them.

At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, we know exactly how important tourist shops and businesses are to our economy. If you need to reopen your shop quickly; call us today at (310) 395-9050. We are here to help.

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Flood Damage in West Los Angeles Possible With Little Warning

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO if you experience flood damage from either inside or outside sources.

Our Technicians Understand the Climate and Quickly Remediate Damage From Flooding

During the past year, extreme weather systems endangered the homes of residents in the West Los Angeles area. Torrential rains rushing down nearby elevated areas and into canyons decimated during earlier wildfires cause flooding issues that risk significant damage to homes. Be sure to have our contact information available; we are ready to assist you with any flooding concerns.
Living in our area can mean drought, wildfires, and flood damage in West Los Angeles all within a few weeks of each other. When your home is likely to endure so many extremes, partnering with a restoration company that handles a broad range of destructive events just makes sense. Our technicians train for all the curves Southern California weather can throw at you.
The flood damage experienced in our area often is accompanied by mudslides with all its complications. Dirty water is typical in many flooding events, but the thick slurry of mud and other debris that exacerbates flash flooding in the LA area requires specialized equipment and training. This type of flood damage can affect the integrity of your home’s structure, and we use proven strategies to recover your home successfully.
Our commercial grade equipment is a match for flood damage. Heavy-duty pumps and extractors remove water and contaminants, containing them until our team disposes of the mixture off-site according to local codes. Using professional cleansers and antimicrobial treatments, SERVPRO workers clean up the flood water residue from all surfaces. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers positioned properly by our crews reduce the moisture content of structures, building components, and contents. Our sensitive moisture metering probes and scanners search for hidden pockets of flood water as the drying continues. If recesses filled with water are an issue, we release the moisture by removing sections of wallboard, drilling holes in concrete or mortar joints, or inserting extraction wands from above when possible.
Possessions damaged by flood waters must be assessed for drying options. If severely contaminated with sewage or runoff debris, we may counsel discarding items. Important papers may respond well to lyophilization, a form of freeze drying, but may need an antimicrobial treatment as well to be safe to read and retain. Clothing and window treatments can be laundered or dry cleaned by professionals familiar with flood damage. Carpeting often responds to our commercial cleaning techniques, although the saturated padding is frequently better removed and replaced.
Rely on the expertise of SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach to make the best decisions and obtain the most favorable outcome after flash flood damage. Call (310) 395-9050 for 24-hour service, every day of the year.

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Mold Damage in West Los Angeles - Why Detergent is Not Enough

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals not only wipe away the visible mold, but work to reduce the risk of regrowth.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-Certified Technicians Have the Skills and Knowledge to Properly Remediate Mold Damage

Mold damage is one of those things that can strike any home, at any time. All fungus needs to grow is moisture and a food source, which means that any slightly damp environment such as a bathroom or laundry room is susceptible to growth. A leaky roof, a humid summer, even a flash flood, can all cause damp and help mold sprout. SERVPRO regularly answers calls from West Los Angeles homeowners who are struggling with mold.

There is much information out there about what to do to combat mold damage in West Los Angeles. Unfortunately, some of the information available is misinformation and might even do more harm than good. One rumor that we see a lot is the old chestnut about how you can combat mold by wiping it with detergent.

The problem with using detergent to clean away mold is that the visible part of the fungus is not its only part. The bit you can see is called the mycelium, or vegetative part of the organism. However, the colony you see is not the only mold that is present in your home. There are also mold spores, which are microscopic and therefore invisible to the naked eye.

Each mycelium is composed of tiny hair-like cells from which new spores grow and are released. After release, the spores can drift through your home, or get carried on your clothes or even your pets’ fur, and then find new places with food and moisture to set up additional colonies.

We recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of mold. We train our IICRC-certified technicians in all aspects of mold remediation. Part of our job is to wipe away patches of black or green mold. However, we also work hard to reduce the risk of regrowth. We use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity in the area, and use probes to check for hidden pockets of moisture hidden within the structure of your home. A combination of cleaning and reducing moisture is the only practical way to remediate fungal growth.

For help with fungus in West Los Angeles, Ocean Park, Marina del Rey and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Marina Del Rey

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are trained to restore your kitchen cabinets after they have been affected by flood damage.

Quick Remediation for Flood Damaged Cabinets and Furniture

Most flooding does not result in a total or even significant loss of the structure. Marina Del Rey residents find themselves dealing with much smaller issues such as replacing cabinetry and furniture after a storm blows through.

Since most of these items are wood or a wood composite, the flood damage Marina Del Rey homeowners usually have to worry about is swelling, cracking, and weakening of the joints where the pieces fit together. SERVPRO personnel is trained to understand and remediate these effects.

We start with carefully removing the excess moisture trapped in the wood. Since raising the temperature too quickly can cause secondary damage, our technicians first set up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the furniture and the surrounding air at the same time. Once we determine an improvement to the wood, the next step is to use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surfaces to increase drying without splintering or fracturing the item.

The other problem with wood is it develops spotting, which damages the finish. Usually, we can remove or hide spotting with a wood care liquid or crème we have on-hand. For excessive spotting, technicians transfer the item to our facility to strip the finish and apply a new one. If the furniture piece is considered high-value, we may recommend using a professional refinishing service.

Wood composites like particleboard are more vulnerable to water exposure. Since they are cheaper than solid wood, replacing them is more cost-effective. However, since the exposed side is usually out of sight, minor damage can be treated. If there is no warping visible on the laminated side, technicians lower the moisture content as with the solid wood and the cabinet under the sink or the basement bookcase can be left in place.

Dealing with a flood can be frustrating, but when the damage is limited, we can accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has the experience to put you safely back into a dry home and works with your insurance company to keep costs low. If you need our help, call us today at (310) 395-9050.

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Can Furniture Be Saved After Water Damage To A Santa Monica Hotel?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water causes headaches for business owners.

Furniture Saved After A Water Damage Incident

Water damage happens quickly and often without warning. It only takes one leaking appliance or one burst pipe to cause extensive damage to a hotel or guesthouse. Water causes headaches for business owners. First, there is the potential loss of earnings from closing doors while everything is sorted out. Then there is the direct cost of filing guest refunds or replacing damaged items. It all adds up to frustration for Santa Monica hotel owners.

One of the first questions hoteliers ask us after water damage to their Santa Monica hotel is whether or not we can save their furniture. Hotels have many beds, tables, chairs, sofas and upholstery within their walls. Upholstery colors might run or become water-stained, while wooden chairs and tables warp under the influence of water. Replacing furniture is expensive, and naturally, guest house owners want to avoid that if at all possible.

Thankfully SERVPRO is available to help with water damage cleanup. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to mitigate water damage quickly and restore furniture if possible. The key is removing as much water as practicable, as quickly as we can. We use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to extract water from the premises. Then we set to work tackling each piece of furniture.

We use professional cleaning products and techniques to spot clean stains, and we use wax paper to prevent rust spreading from metal buttons to the rest of the upholstery. We expertly tent sofa and chair cushions so the air can circulate more freely around them. Our teams use dehumidifiers and air movers to hasten the drying process.

SERVPRO understands that furniture is essential to your business. Although not every piece is salvageable after water damage, you can rely on our skilled technicians for honest advice about what to restore, and what to replace.

Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. That is why we recommend every hotelier take advantage of SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, a free app that helps you plan what to do in the event of damage to your business. For help with water cleanup in Marina del Rey, West Los Angeles, Ocean Park and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 today.

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Slow Leaks Need Attention to Prevent Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Broken or cracked pipes within walls can create water damage which can soon transition to a mold infestation. If you suspect a leak, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped With Detection Tools to Help Find Leaks in Your Home

The drought in the area around Los Angeles affects us on a daily basis. To conserve water, you might make it a habit always to take a shower that is as short as possible and to wash clothes only when the washer has a full load. Making sure that your home's plumbing is free of small, slow leaks can boost these and other water conservation efforts.
Eliminating leaks in your plumbing can protect your wallet from higher utility bills and your residence from water damage in Los Angeles. Many times, leaks are in hidden locations, such as under sinks or floors. Finding leaks when you can not see them is often next to impossible. This is a task that SERVPRO can help you conduct in your home. We have moisture meters and thermographers that easily detect any escaped water. After finding locations containing errant water, repairing the problem and protecting your home becomes much easier.
Not only does lost water pull unnecessary money away from your bank account, but it must go somewhere. If it evaporates, your dehumidifier must work harder to remove it from the air. If your home's walls absorb it, they can begin to disintegrate. Some leaks can happen so slowly that they stain your walls or ceiling, even though they may seem otherwise unharmed. Mold also becomes a much more likely problem.
The professional mitigation experts at SERVPRO hold certificates from the IICRC in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and can restore your home fully. We are experts who can make your home look and feel “Like it never even happened,” regardless of which areas in your home suffer from water damage. Our other professional certifications include Odor Control (OCT), which can remedy any odors left behind or created by water after escaping from small cracks or leaky joints.
Always ready to take your call, SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach's local number is (310) 395-9050. Prepared to mitigate water damage no matter how severe or seemingly minor, our professionals can help you protect your home.

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Kitchen Fire Damage in Santa Monica Needs Expert Clean Up

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Santa Monica Calls on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration--We Have No Peer!

SERVPRO Restores Your Santa Monica Property Post Smoke & Fire Events

Kitchens are warm, inviting, a place for good conversation and wonderful cooking smells. They are also the place where most home fires start. The grease, fats, and oils so common around cooking add to the intensity of these fires. According to SERVPRO technicians, they also make cleanup more difficult.

The Red Cross advises that the best way to avoid kitchen fire damage in Santa Monica is to always stay in the house, close to the kitchen, when food is cooking. This especially true if you are grilling, roasting, boiling, baking or frying. Remind yourself to check how the food is doing by setting a timer.

Children love to see what is cooking for dinner but keep them away from the stove and hot surfaces. Store a fire extinguisher in a convenient location to put out small fires. However, never hesitate to call the fire department.

To clean up the damage, call the experts here at SERVPRO. Trained to the standards of the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, we have learned best practices and industry standards for all types of fire restoration work, including difficult kitchen jobs.
As restoration professionals, we take a scientific approach to fire cleanup. During our initial inspection and assessment, we locate both evident and hidden smoke residue, figure out what caused it, and decide on the best cleaning agents and methods to remove the soot and the smell. To thoroughly remove residue, we use:
• The right temperature for both the surface we are cleaning and the cleaning agent
• A combination of brushes, towels, water pressure, sonic vibration and air to dislodge the soot
• Chemicals to dissolve, bleach, emulsify or otherwise remove the residue
• The proper amount of time for the products and tools to do their job
We can get your kitchen back to usable condition, ready for more great family meals. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience to do a thorough job.
When your home suffers from kitchen fire damage, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, (310) 395-9050. We are available to help 24/7, centrally located to serve Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Ocean Park.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water from Los Angeles Stores Faster and More Effectively

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Using a mop to clean up water damage can leave behind hidden structural damage, be sure to call SERVPRO to thoroughly remove water from your business.

Rely on professional mitigation for your commercial water damage

In the aftermath of a water disaster, it can be tempting to try to conduct water removal from your Los Angeles retail store on your own, especially if there is no standing water. Many see the absence of standing water as a sign that a mop and wringer suffice to clean the place up and end up saving a few dollars in the short-term at the expense of considerable structural damage in the long run. Business owners trust SERVPRO not just for our famous customer service and restoration work, but also for our unique ability to properly mitigate and remove water from a commercial location without leaving any extra water behind.

If you attempt water removal in your Los Angeles store on your own, you most likely have no way to avoid leaving behind humidity, surface moisture and soaked in water. Getting these tougher, more ingrained spots of water requires specialized industrial equipment, like the machines carried by SERVPRO. Our array of thermal and chemical dehumidifiers, directed air movers, and industrial cleaning supplies help us to absorb water throughout the building, even in spots no human could normally reach. Furthermore, whether from mold or the water itself, severe water damage also tends to create strong odors in the building. Our advanced fogging deodorizers work to eliminate odors permanently, even those ingrained deep into woods and construction materials.

As part of our mitigation process, our inspectors will also thoroughly examine the establishment to find additional signs of damage or compromised structural integrity. Using thermal imaging technology coupled with critical information on the building, they are typically able to identify serious safety hazards and get treatment to them before larger problems develop. By calling SERVPRO, you ensure that your store gets a full, well-balanced treatment process, with no stone left unturned and no eventuality unplanned for.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach helps local companies large and small to get back in shape after taking water damage. With an expert staff and specialized equipment, we are capable of overcoming a disaster of any size. Just call us at (310) 395-9050.  

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Finding and Stopping Mold Damage in West Los Angeles

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture, Mold Spores, Mold Colonies All Invade West LA Homes, SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation is a Proven Methodology

The weather we enjoy most days helps to keep most people outside and enjoying life. The warmer, dry climate also helps stop many problems that West Los Angeles home owners deal with when it comes to extreme storms or snow found in other parts of the country. Some people mistakenly believe that it also keeps mold from being a problem.
Mold damage can occur in a West Los Angeles home as long as there is enough food, moisture, and the right temperature. SERVPRO understands that the moderate weather keeps our area in the perfect range almost year round. The favorite food source of mold is the very material that makes up the walls and ceilings in most homes, and the amount of moisture need for mold spores to expand and grow can be as little as the drops collected below a leaking pipe after just a day or two.
Most residents in West Los Angeles never suspect there is a problem until it has grown large. SERVPRO gets called only when someone detects that typical ‘musty’ odor in their bathroom or sees a spread of mold under the sink when looking for a bottle of dish detergent.
Once called, however, we do everything possible to determine the source of the mold, stop it, clean up the infestation, and prevent it from recurring. We have found, over our three decades in California, the best way to do all of this is to remove the moisture.
Drying up the source of moisture forces mold spores into their dormant state. In this form, the mold is harmless to people and property. It is little more than dust at this stage and can be simply cleaned up by wiping down surfaces with dry cloth and sponges. For larger amounts, our technicians use commercial grade vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters. To pull loose spores out of the air, we place negative air machines at key locations to draw them out and either catch them in HEPA filters for disposal or blow them directly out of your home.
Discovering mold in your house can be a frustrating experience. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach knows that this is not just a building to you, so we do everything possible to put our neighbors in Ocean Park and Marina Del Rey back in their homes as quickly as we can. If you have seen mold or suspect it might be a problem where you live, call us at (310) 395-9050 today.

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When Your Tub Causes Flood Damage in Your West Los Angeles Home

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Left for hours, flooding can become extensive.

Tub Causes Flood Damage in Your Home

Accidents can happen to anyone, although some create more problems and have higher financial costs than other accidents. A forgotten and soon overflowing tub is one of the more expensive problems that happen in life. Left for hours, flooding can become extensive. Total costs increase the longer a homeowner waits before calling for restorative experts like SERVPRO to begin mitigation work.

In West Los Angeles, waiting to call for experts to restore a home after flood damage first happens can not only become more expensive but also become much more damaging to areas that were originally untouched by the water. These places that suffer later are a result of the increased moisture within the home.

Even though it may not seem possible, moisture easily travels from one vicinity inside a home to another in a search for equilibrium. Dryer areas experience an increase in humidity, and this can affect stored photo albums, clothing, and other fragile items, belongings, and accessories in closets, and so many other locations inside a home.

Our goal is to restore the humidity level inside your home after a flooding event. We begin by removing as much of the water as we can extract with different pieces of equipment. When things feel dry, we start with the removal of the extra moisture. Dehumidifiers, vast and powerful air blowers, and even heaters when conditions warrant their usefulness help remove moisture from materials inside your home quickly, minimizing damage.

Carpets and flooring such as hardwood and parquet can suffer greatly when there is a delay in these efforts. The implementation of heating mats increases the rate of evaporation from these horizontal surfaces so that the dehumidifiers easily remove the moisture. This process can help save carpets and floors that were damaged by clean water. Even with structural damage halted and kept at a low level, any flooding can create a stagnant odor that is present in almost every area of the home. Whenever this occurs, we use special deodorization techniques that effectively eliminate the scent.

For catastrophes that occur inside your home, do not hesitate to call us. We are SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach and answer our phone at any hour and every day of the year. Our number is (310) 395-9050. We want to assist you and your family by restoring your home so that it is “Like it never even happened.”

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Contacting The Right Company To Handle Fire Damage In Your West Los Angeles Home

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians help remove smoke odors from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles.

SERVPRO is The Company to Call When Tackling Residential Fire Damage 

Having a fire in your home can lead to a long, painful recovery process, there are so many different people and organizations to contact or notify, and you should be ready for changing circumstances as events unfold. However, contacting the right company can help remove stress from the equation.

The company that provides you with fire damage insurance for your West Los Angeles home can give you contact information for professional restoration services used in the past. A quality restoration company provides you with hints to prevent further damage, helps determine which of your belongings are restorable, and gives accurate estimates concerning cleaning, deodorizing, and repairing your entire home.

A fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, offers expertly trained technicians, advanced equipment, and years of experience for the restoration services you require. Their services might seem expensive. However, they are far less than the cost of replacing damaged furnishings or structural components and often lead to restoring many items that you simply did not want to lose.

SERVPRO can also help prevent you from doing further damage, causing bigger problems adding to your losses. They understand how to respond to various circumstances, have all of the equipment necessary to perform their services, and understand how much your home means to you. You can avoid having to deal with the rigors of fire remediation and leave your issue in the hands of expertly trained fire damage professionals who care, by making a single phone call.

SERVPRO technicians help remove smoke odors from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles. Our teams also use various methods to clean soot stains from your walls, ceiling, and other surfaces, along with deodorizing the entire area to remove smoke odor. Thermal fogging equipment allows warm chemical fog to penetrate household surfaces, just like the fire did, to help neutralize odors throughout your home.

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SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach stands ready to assist after tragedy strikes. Give us an opportunity to provide you with the fire damage restoration services you deserve. (310) 395-9050

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Aging Plumbing Unleashes A Laundry Room Flood

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

The IICRC approved coursework our technicians receive ready them to provide the highest-quality service to you.

Plumbing Malfunction Can Lead Water Damage in Your Home

Historic homes receive updating in public spaces, but often the utilitarian areas of the house feature decades-old plumbing. Out of date fittings and rarely maintained connection provide unpleasant surprises, rusted through pipes or missing washers causing gallons of water to flood. An SERVPRO flood team removes the water and discovers the source of the leaks, helping homeowners to plan proper repairs.

Elderly plumbing risks flood damage when a pipe bursts or faucet fails in your stately West Los Angeles home. Limit the threat to structures and the contents of your home from this incursion of water by engaging our services as soon as practical after the leak is noted. Water damage remediation is far more successful when begun immediately. Waiting just a day or more significantly increases the possibility of mold growth or permanent damage to walls, floors, equipment, and contents.

From the moment our SERVPRO team enters the affected area expect quick and sure action, based upon industry-vetted training leading to certification in water damage restoration, mold remediation, and more. The IICRC approved coursework our technicians receive ready them to provide the highest-quality service to you, following protocols that return your home back to you clean, dry, and comfortable in a timely fashion. Our workers are expert operators of high-efficiency pumps and water extractors. The also understand the science of positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture from structures, fixtures, and contents.

The washer, dryer, and water heater in the flooded area require evaluation as to their safe use after the flood. SERVPRO techs inspect the machinery and electrical connection, calling in experts if necessary to ensure putting your appliances back in service is appropriate and unlikely to put you or your family at additional risk.

Our crew inventories items stored in the flooded area and suggests we move them to a staging area for a more thorough assessment. Depending upon the types of property stored we employ different strategies to dry things out. Replacing stored items without looking for moisture and designing a drying plan is an invitation for mold and mildew to proliferate, ruining the items and endangering other articles and structures nearby.

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Your beautiful estate hides potential plumbing disasters due to aging pipes and fixtures. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is reachable 24 hours a day at (310) 395-9050 if a leak becomes a flood. We are ready with the plan to restore your classic home.

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Why HEPA Filters Are Important In Cases Of Mold Damage To Your Santa Monica Laundry Room

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air.

Why HEPA Filters Matter When It Comes to Remediating Your Santa Monica Property from Mold

Laundry rooms are a common place for mold to grow. Laundry rooms provide many places for mold to multiply, including damp clothes, a humid atmosphere, and sometimes leaks or condensation around washers and dryers. The first step to take when you notice fungus is to put in a call to SERVPRO at once – we are trained in remediation.

There are many aspects of successful remediation of mold damage in your Santa Monica laundry room: Containment, decontamination areas, cleaning, and reducing humidity to discourage further growth. One important aspect of dealing with fungus is using air filtration to remove the spores from the air, and the best way to do this effectively is through the utilization of a HEPA filter.

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters were invented during World War Two as a way of trapping tiny particles which had become contaminated by radiation. Thank goodness we do not face anything that frightening in home mold remediation! However, HEPA filters are still very useful.

Each filter is constructed using a special glass fiber medium which is as thin and light as a sheet of paper. The filters are carefully pleated and sealed into the filtration unit.

HEPA filters trap the tiniest of particles. To be considered a true HEPA filter, the unit must be capable of trapping 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. A micron is one millionth of a meter. To give you an idea of how small a particle each filter can trap, you might be interested to know that the average human hair is between 50 and 150 microns wide. The filter does trap tiny particles indeed.

HEPA filters are used to trap dust and pollen to create cleaner air and help allergy sufferers. In the case of mold remediation, the sturdy construction of HEPA filter mesh means it can trap mold spores and prevent them from re-entering the air in any room. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to take mold spores out of the air. We also use negative air machines which combine HEPA filtration with a duct system to catch spores and vent the contaminated air outside of your home.

HEPA filters are costly to buy and operate. Save yourself the hassle and let us do the work on your behalf – our teams are specially trained to get the best possible results.

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If you have a problem with mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach a call at (310) 395-9050

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West Los Angeles Commercial Water Damage Help

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides West Los Angeles Offices with Water Damage Removal

Water Removal to Reopen Doors After a Flooding in West L.A.

Any plumbing failure results in some property damage. Minimizing the cost requires a quick, professional response. For a business, hiring the right restoration service can also mean the difference between reopening and closing its doors permanently.

Commercial water damage to any West Los Angeles business is not just costly regarding restoration and replacement. Damage also means an interruption to service which translates to a loss of income. SERVPRO understands that for many businesses, the loss of even a few days can mean the bills begin to stack up, late fees apply, and lines of credit start to disappear.

For an employment service, those problems are passed on to every person trying to find work. We do our best to reduce the impact of our actions if we can help reopen services partially and to fully reopen the business as quickly as possible so it can do the same for job seekers.

Once we have determined it is safe to work, we move every piece of furniture, electronic equipment, and boxes of records needed. Our immediate concern is to remove anything that might leave a stain on carpets, such as furniture stain, rust from metal filing cabinets and ink from books and other papers. We also move any item that might be damaged as we move in our pumps and other equipment.

Next, we pump out the standing water and then extract any remaining water from carpets and hardwood floors. Our technicians use specially designed wands and vacuums that draw out the water without damaging carpet fibers or floor finishes. We can clear most single-floor offices in a day. With the water gone, we examine the carpets for stains, no matter how small. While they are still wet, most stains come out easily using either a hand brush or a powered scrubber and one of the shampoos in our inventory.

After we finish removing the stains, we move in heaters and dehumidifiers to dry the carpets, floors and the surrounding areas. If there is a pad, we recommend removing and replacing it as the cost is much cheaper than trying to dry and lay it back under the carpet. Once we have the carpets and floors back to their normal, dry state, we move all property back in place.

Reopening a business after a plumbing failure or other source of flooding requires a rapid response. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to help our fellow businesses reopen and start serving the community as fast as we can safely do so. If you need our help, call today at (310) 395-9050.

Storms and Flooding Causes of Your West Los Angeles Property Take Many Forms

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Not Just Storms, But These Appliances Cause Flooding in West LA Homes

Inventions and Appliances With The Potential To Lead To Flood Damage

It was not very long ago that a variety of devices changed how we live, bringing with them convenience through modern living. All of us drink water to sustain life, we use it in our food, feed our animals with it, bathe in it, and use water to start the morning off right.  

Your West Los Angeles home likely contains flood damage, caused by modern inventions that have the potential of wreaking havoc on your living environment. However, if you think about it, these devices have not been around very long.
An English inventor, Maughan, created the first instant water heater in the 1870’s, influencing Edwin Ruud to design the first automatic storage water heater in 1889, only 120-years ago. Bringing large water storage tanks into your home for the first time.
The first dishwasher in recorded history was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887; the hand-powered washing machine she reportedly developed to stop her servants from chipping her fine china. This device was officially introduced at the Chicago World Fair in 1893, 124-years ago.
H. Sidgier of Great Britain designed the first washing machine in 1782. However, a hand-operated device, first patented in the United States by Nathaniel C. Briggs in 1797, lead to Alva J. Fisher designing the first electric washing machine in 1906, 111-years ago. This has provided many flood damage cleanups through the years for SERVPRO.
Automatic ice makers joined the array of mechanical home conveniences in 1953, introduced by Servel, adding a luxury feature to refrigerators found in nearly every home, another invention that adds connections, feed lines, and opportunity for water to enter. And enter it does along with SERVPRO for water removal and cleanup. More than just storms lead to water damage to our properties.
These inventions, along with indoor plumbing introduced in 1596 and sewage systems invented by the Romans, our homes flirt with tragedy, daily. This makes restoration services, like those offered by expertly trained SERVPRO technicians, necessary.  
Next time you make a pot of coffee, take a shower, wash your car, or use one of the inventions mentioned above, think about how many connections water passes through to get to you and how many opportunities water has to intrude on your home along the way.  
SERVPRO technicians can locate hidden pockets of moisture before they cause major harm to your home. Give us an opportunity to check your home for water issues and provide you with the services you deserve. Natural storms produce floods, but so do these devices we have come to accept as part of everyday living.
Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach today for more information. (310) 395-9050

How Mold Can Harm The Unprepared In Marina Del Ray

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Every mold colony produces millions or even billions of individual spores.

Dangers Of Mold

We recommend keeping clear of mold damaged areas of your property until SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the situation themselves and give an all-clear. This is primarily a safety precaution - your safety is our foremost priority in any restoration job. There are many aspects of mold that can create a health or safety hazard for unsuspecting people, and only those with specialized training and equipment should attempt to remove the offending fungus. These are a few reasons why we recommend keeping away from mold without proper safety equipment.

Chemical Emissions
Some types of mold damage in Marina Del Ray can release toxic fumes and compounds, creating a toxic situation that may cause permanent health effects if someone is exposed and unprotected for too long. The potential chemicals that different species of mold can release are too numerous to list out, but some rare cases can even be fatal. Chemical waste from mold is the chief reason why SERVPRO technicians wear protective masks when evaluating and treating mold.

Every mold colony produces millions or even billions of individual spores, which can be thought of as microscopic seeds allowing mold to spread to other areas and continue growing. Many types of mold release these into the air, where they can be breathed in and out by people nearby. Some people may have allergic reactions or other health effects depending on the specific species, but the point remains simple: spores can be bad news and are best left undisturbed.

Additional Damage
Mold damage does not often come alone in a home. Usually, some other form of damage is present, most typically some degree of water damage. This other damage source may carry a more immediate and grave risk of bodily harm, necessitating further safety equipment and protection to prevent such catastrophes as electrocution and slips/falls.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is a local provider of mold remediation and renovation services with national resources backing us. Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050.

Avoiding Water Damage from a Malfunctioning Water Heater in Your West Los Angeles Home

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Keep an eye on your water heater to prevent it from leaking a large amount of water. Call SERVPRO should it leak to prevent further damage.

Prevention and Maintenance Can Go a Long Way in Eluding Water Damage

Many times, when water affects your home, it comes from an outside source. However, sometimes a leak from inside your home can cause just as much damage, or even more. A leaking water heater can cause lots of damage, as one thirty-gallon water heater can unleash a couple of thousand gallons of water.
A leak that has developed in your water heater may not cause the water to come rushing out into your West Los Angeles home all at once. Most of the time it is a slow leak which could go unnoticed for several days and cause even more water damage. If the water heater is situated in an attic or upper floor, the damage is even more extensive, since water flows downhill. At a time like this, you need the professional help of SERVPRO, an experienced water damage remediation company.
To avoid a malfunctioning water heater, it is a good idea to flush it at least two times a year to get rid of any sediment which has built up. You can also put in an inexpensive drip pan under the water heater which drains outside your home, helping to prevent thousands of dollars of damage in many cases.
Age is a significant factor as well. Many manufacturers of water heaters estimate these appliances to have a lifespan of eight to twelve years, so you should replace your unit when it is nearing this age to ensure you have one which is properly working and won’t fail you.
Unfortunately leaks still happen, and if a small leak goes unnoticed, perhaps while you are away on vacation, the damage quickly escalates into a larger claim. SERVPRO can help you here as well, as they not only help you clean up the water and fix the damages, but they can converse with your insurance company, too, so you get the compensation you need.
There are signs to look for that indicate your water heater is failing. These include rust in your water coming out of faucets or winding up on your clothes, the water not getting as hot as it used to, or a metallic taste in your hot water. If your water heater is making popping and cracking sounds while it is heating, a puddle is forming under your heater, or rust is forming on the outside bottom of the heater, these are also signs there is a problem. When the burner units are becoming rusty or clogged, this is also a sign your water heater needs attention. Any of these signs require a call to your water heater specialist or plumber.
As soon as you realize you have a leaking water heater, you also need to get in touch with SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach, since we can get to your home quickly to fix any damages done to your home. We can be reached any time that you need at (310) 395-9050, so do not wait to call us. The longer you do, the more damage is done by the leaking water.

Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On Available For Your Santa Monica Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Protect Your Santa Monica Home Against Fire Damage with Good Insurance--SERVPRO Tip

Just Call SERVPRO for Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property

Getting the courage to make the repairs necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition after a fire happens can take considerable effort on your part. A fire can cause you to feel uncomfortable, with stress and anxiety filling your days after an event.

What would help is having access to a company that you can count on to deliver the fire damage restoration services that your Santa Monica home needs. One that also considers how stressful these type of events can be, providing you with the respect and understanding you deserve during a rough time.
You should consider making the call to SERVPRO. We give your situation priority from the start, asking the right questions to help you get what you need to normalize the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our technicians respond promptly, thoroughly explain the services we intend to provide and address any personal concerns you may have during the restoration process.
We also communicate issues to your insurance company and help you with the paperwork involved in your claim, making the process as stress-free as possible. Many of our services include a personal touch, recovering many of your belongings that you may have thought lost forever.
SERVPRO technicians undergo rigorous IICRC certification training and follow strict safety guidelines set by the EPA and OSHA. Providing you with a safe, clean environment during our restoration process is of utmost concern, using personal protective equipment (PPE) and taking other safety precautions to protect everyone involved.
SERVPRO uses the latest technology, including infrared moisture detectors, water extractors of all sizes, and advanced air moving equipment with various attachments to effectively dry areas affected by fire fighting efforts. Helping remove the possibility of developing secondary damages or mold growth from occurring on your property.
Depending on how rapidly you respond to your situation, our cleaning technicians have proven successful in the removal of smoke, soot, and heat residues that develop on a broad range of materials found in your home. Often producing amazing results on various surfaces and restoring walls, ceilings, cabinetry, and many other contents found in your home after a fire strikes.
Our services, provide you with a quality solution to emergency situations in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach immediately, to have the best chance of restoring your home after a fire. (310) 395-9050

Dealing With Water Damage In West Los Angeles

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

West Los Angeles Wall Damaged from Water Leakage, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

SERVPRO Assesses and Restores Your Home in West Los Angeles

When it comes to water, it does not take a massive amount to cause severe problems in your home. Small quantities of water in the wrong place can create huge issues that plague your home for years if not taken care of correctly.
What made water an enemy? Water has always been capable of dissolving more substances than any other liquid, almost the "universal solvent." It works fast, making its way through a sheet of drywall within minutes, affecting the entire wall of your West Los Angeles home within hours. Water damage becomes apparent rather quickly when the intrusion is sufficiently pronounced.
Even when your situation develops slower over time, such as a small puddle under your water heater, can lead to devastating damage if you wait too long. Water heaters operate under pressure, so, when they fail, they fail big.
What you need is a company near here like SERVPRO to provide you with the restoration professionals necessary to address various categories of water intrusions in your home, while maintaining safety requirements to provide you and your family with a healthy indoor environment.
SERVPRO technicians specialize in water damage restoration methods to help restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently. They understand how to handle different kinds of water events in your home and help restore as many of your belongings as possible throughout the process.
When it comes to water intrusion into your living space, it pays to be wary. Attempting to address these concerns on your own may end up causing more harm than good. It is smarter to rely on the expertly trained professionals that are available to you through SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified team members provide you with years of experience, the proper training, and equipment to address any size issue plaguing your home. With time as a major factor in preventing additional damage from developing, they respond quickly and get to work immediately.
Working with water extraction and drying equipment such as hand-held and truck mounted extractors, thermo-hygrometers, air movers and dehumidifiers that make it possible to locate, remove or dry any standing water, even those water pockets hidden away within your walls.
Never hesitate to contact us when you need our help. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica – Venice Beach for additional information and support you can count on during emergency situations. (310) 395-9050

Commercial Water Removal for Your Flooded West Los Angeles Home Daycare Center

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage close down your dependable home daycare. Call SERVPRO to remediate ASAP!

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Water Damage at Your Business

Providing services to other families' children in your home can seem like a work-at-home dream, but it is filled with many responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is always to have a safe and clean area for the children who are brought there while their parents work. When accidents happen, children can be put at risk of injury or illness.

Home daycare centers in West Los Angeles have regular messes, but water from a broken pipe or overflowing tub can close your business - you need to call SERVPRO for commercial water extraction. We can help get your business dry and safe again so you can quickly return to normal operations.

Water inside your home is clean and drinkable as it leaves the tap. Contamination happens when the water comes in contact with different substances. This assorted contaminants can include items that were previously out of the reach of the children in your care, such as cleaning chemicals stored in otherwise inaccessible locations. We can stop the flow of water and then use either a truck or a portable unit to remove standing water.

While many of the containers on the market come in bottles with caps, not all are like this. Some powder cleansers come in cardboard or paperboard containers, boxes, and even bags that are easily infiltrated with water. Other containers that might have lost their caps or only partially close can present other problems with contamination.

The technicians at SERVPRO have been trained according to IICRC standards. They can mitigate any damage that flooding from internal and external sources creates. This damage, in a daycare setting, can include contamination of children's toys, play areas, equipment such as strollers and high chairs, nap time pads and cots, and much more. These things are directly used in caring for children and babies and must be brought back to a sanitary condition.

Other aspects of contamination in your home daycare include items that affect your family, too. These include the carpets, walls, appliances, furniture, and personal belongings that comprise your business's 'home' aspect.

Everything needs to be dried as soon as possible to lessen the effects. Upholstery is often sufficiently air dried with the assistance of air movers, but walls and other surfaces need to be subjected to increased temperatures in addition to increased ventilation and air currents. Carpeting and other flooring types benefit from large pads that extract any moisture that other methods cannot.

When your home daycare has sprung a leak, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to get everything clean and dry again. We operate 24 hours a day, every day of the week because we know that emergencies happen around the clock.

Recovery After an Ocean Park Home Sustains Fire Damage

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Ocean Park Damages from Fires Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Damaged Properties in Ocean Park Caused by Fires

The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than one-third of fires are structural in nature. Many fires are caused by smoking, electrical systems, or cooking food. Your home or business is an investment. After a structural fire, you need help to manage this disaster.

When you survive a fire, you may not feel like doing anything at all. You feel down, alone, and not sure what to do next to pick up the pieces from this life altering event. Your Ocean Park property may have sustained fire damages, and priceless mementos may have been lost in the blaze. Do not despair after this catastrophe;  SERVPRO can restore your property to its preloss condition under normal circumstances.

In restoring fire damage, you must consider the different types of destruction caused by fires. Materials may be partially or entirely consumed in the combustion event. Heat and smoke residue impact structural materials. Finally, water and chemical agents left behind during the extinguishing process can cause further problems with your home. Materials in your home may be burned, charred, smoked, or even damaged by intense heat. Rapid cleanup can mitigate secondary fire damage.

There are several levels of fire damage requiring different responses from our fire restoration technicians. The disaster is classified from minor to major. At each level, various restoration services are available.

With minor fire damages, you may see some smoke residue in certain rooms or areas. Few spots may need to be repainted and surfaces may require minor dry sponge cleaning or wet cleaning of interior hard surfaces and walls. Non-salvageable elements are few or none.

In a medium fire disaster, smoke damage is moderate, water damage is more significant and requires a professional service for removal. Large areas may need repainting or replacement of building materials.

Major fires include severe and prolonged intense heat and fire damage, with significant smoke residues. Major structural repairs and rebuilds may be needed after the initial clean up. Smoke, soot, and ash demand remediation to prevent ongoing damage and to eliminate odors. These restoration tasks are best left to the professional Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians from SERVPRO. Our team can use hydroxyl generators and ozone machines to capture and eliminate most of the airborne smoke particles. Fogging is a technique to finish the sanitizing and disinfecting of the restored area.

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Rely on SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for any water or fire damaging event to your property. We are available 24/7 by dialing (310) 395-9050

Residents of Marina Del Ray Turn to SERVPRO for Mold Damage Mitigation and Restoration Services

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let mold damage take over your home. Call SERVPRO today to quickly remediate.

Keep an Eye Out for the Tell-Tale Signs of Mold Damage

A recent storm caused damage to your roof. The damaged areas allow moisture into your attic, walls, and other crawl spaces, developing the right conditions for mold contamination throughout your home.
There are many early warning signs you can become familiar with to help prevent excessive mold damage from developing in your Marina Del Ray home. However, when mold remediation and damage mitigation become a concern, you would benefit from contacting a quality company with the experience you need to deal with the cleanup and repairs required to return your home to a quality preloss condition.
SERVPRO technicians describe the common signs associated with mold contamination that you may experience in your home, every day, to customers just like you. Some signs are obvious, while it takes a proper mold inspection to locate others that hide from plain sight.
You usually notice a very distinctive odor in particular areas during the early stages of mold growth. It smells like wet, yet airborne dirt, kind of like the odor that emanates after opening a fresh bag of potting soil while gardening. If the smell gets worse while running your ventilation system, it usually means that your air conditioner or heater are also infected and require professional services to remove the contamination.
Water stains on walls and ceilings, stains around windows or crawl space openings, peeling or bubbling paint, wood or drywall that causes warped walls or saggy ceilings, basically deterioration developing in various materials throughout your home are all signs of possible mold damage.
Even if you are dealing with a rather small area, it is best to obtain quality professional services, like those offered at SERVPRO. It is unlikely that you have the right equipment or experience to remove a mold infestation properly on your own. While most homeowners find that trying to do so, causes additional damages or even further contamination.
SERVPRO services provide you with professional services to locate and repair the source of moisture causing the contamination, a quality containment, and cleanup service to limit exposure, as well as advanced drying methods to help prevent secondary damages from forming.
Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica - Venice Beach today for all of your mold damage mitigation and restoration needs. (310) 395-9050

Mold Damage Within Your Marina Del Rey Boutique

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Moldy Fabrics Get Remediation in Your Marina Del Rey Boutique from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Protects Your Business with Skilled Mold Remediation

One of the downsides to being seaside is the constant risk of water build-up within your niche store when the ocean gets a little wild. Rising water levels can mean unexpected moisture in your shop, and even that relatively clean water can breed a mold infestation, threatening to damage your inventory and make your retail store uninviting because of its musty odor. SERVPRO knows how to help you get a handle on your mold damage issues before you have a real crisis on your hands. If you smell that telltale unpleasant odor but do not see any evidence of an infestation contact us right away as remediating mold damage can be tricky if its source is hidden. The same advice to call quickly holds if you do locate a mold colony; since when spores are activated the fungi grow fast into spreading colonies.

Mold damage may be hidden within your Marina Del Rey Boutique especially if you have many nooks and crannies where a little bit of moisture can encourage a large infestation in a short time. Whether you invite us in to inspect because you think you smell mold or because you see it our procedure will be very similar. Expect us to check in cabinets, your staff bathroom, dressing rooms, behind tables, dressers, and chests. We are looking for water sources, so windows, air conditioners, walls, and ceilings will be checked after sinks and toilets. There is no point in using chemicals to try to eradicate mold if the water that feeds it remains available. It will simply come back so that we will be relentless in our search for water. We can utilize different moisture meters and thermal hygrometers to locate those secretive pockets of moisture.
Once we find the mold colony or colonies, our SERVPRO techs contain the areas and then assess the material it grows upon to determine if we can disinfect it. Solid, non-porous surfaces usually can be manually cleaned and disinfected. We then have a good chance of the item remaining mold-free if we eliminate the moisture. Other contents within your business can become so intertwined with the fungus that we may recommend discarding them by local hazardous waste codes. If your inventory includes vintage clothing or furniture you may be more at risk of mold as those items can be carriers of dormant spores. Talk with our technicians about ways to limit mold exposure going forward. Our IICRC certified technicians in Applied Microbial Remediation can be of great assistance to helping you preserve your inventory and keep the revenue flowing.
If your fun and quirky boutique is smelling musty, take charge of that potential mold damage by teaming with SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. One call to (310) 395-9050 brings our experienced team members to your store promptly.

Water Removal Complicated By Asbestos in West Los Angeles

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO quickly when dealing with asbestos in your water damage emergency.

SERVPRO Has the Training and Experience to Handle Complicated Cases of Water Damage

Homes that contain asbestos may pose little hazard to their occupants if the mineral is contained within well-maintained fixtures or structures. If water damages your home, the previously secured substance may spread throughout areas of your home, potentially becoming a serious health hazard. If your home contains asbestos in fireproofing, decorative, or acoustical materials, it is essential that a qualified water removal company be retained to safely deal with both removing the moisture and the mineral. SERVPRO is experienced in water removal complicated by the presence of asbestos. The technicians assigned to mitigate water damage in a home with known asbestos presence will have special training and constant support from the home office to ensure the safety of water removal personnel.
Health and safety issues of residents will also be addressed when water containing asbestos needs removal from a West Los Angeles home. The water pumped out will need to disposed of according to local hazardous waste standards particular to asbestos. Only professionals in protective gear can safely handle asbestos-contaminated water. Residents of the house must stay away from areas containing the mineral until testing determines the substance in no longer present in forms that are harmful.
Further water extraction and drying will need to proceed very carefully after the first pumping and waste disposal, ensuring that asbestos is not spread further throughout the home via water or air migration. Because asbestos can be absorbed through contact, mouth, or breathing, the addition of this substance to the water removal puzzle will be taken seriously by SERVPRO. Any porous materials saturated with asbestos-laden water must be contained according to applicable protocols and removed from the home. Drywall, ceilings, carpeting and furnishings are just some of the items that may be ruined and need to be removed because of asbestos exposure. Only when all loose asbestos and asbestos waterlogged items are gone can we begin to use air movers to dry out non-contaminated structures and surfaces. We will work closely with you as we abate the asbestos problem, the health and safety of your family of paramount importance.
When asbestos in heating or cooling systems or as part of other structures or fixtures in your home complicates water removal, SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach will adapt to keep your family safe. Call (310) 395-9050 to begin the process of water and asbestos removal immediately after disaster strikes.

Steps to Take after Fire Damage in Ocean Park

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly to help with the recovery.

SERVPRO can Remediate Fire Damage at Your Home or Business

After experiencing a fire in your home, not only are you likely going through a range of emotions that are overpowering, such as anger, frustration, and sadness, you are probably at a loss of what to do next. Even though it does not seem fair, and it truly isn’t, you will now need to make some important decisions that are life-altering, and the sooner you make them, the sooner you can build your life back up and get back to some kind of normalcy. First and foremost, you will need to have a fire remediation company come check out all the damages and to see what can be restored. SERVPRO is the perfect choice for this, as our staff is professionally trained and has the experience and equipment needed to do the job right.

You should not enter your home after the fire until you have permission from the fire department, even if there is only minimal cosmetic fire damage, as essential structures could have been compromised in your Ocean Park home. Fires could possibly reignite as well, even after it looks like they are extinguished. You will also need to contact your insurance agent right away. They can advise you of the best steps to take in the hours and days after the disaster.

There are things you should do to minimize any additional damage to your property, such as covering doors, and windows, plus pumping out excess water from firefighting efforts. You may also need to put up temporary fencing around your property to stop any theft and vandalism. Do not turn on any utilities, either, until the fire department has advised you that it is safe to do so, and make a list of items which were damaged by the fire, followed by what you paid for them.

You will next need to find temporary housing while SERVPRO takes the time to properly clean up and repair any damages to your home. This could include family or friends, or to find a hotel or apartment complex which offers special rates for people displaced by disasters. Your home will need to be assessed to check for any structural damages as well, so having our team of professionals come into your home as soon as possible is a good idea.

Make sure you understand everything that the insurance company will and will not cover. Keep track of your expenses while you are out of your home, such as paying for your temporary housing. SERVPRO can also work with the insurance company to help get the damages repaired more quickly.

Fires are never convenient. They disrupt your life and they can really shake you up and take you off guard. By calling SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach right away, we can help take a lot of the stressors away by taking care of all the damages. Plus, we are on call 24/7, so feel free to give us a call at (310) 395-9050 anytime you need us.

How Walls and Cabinets Are Affected By Water Damage in Ocean Park Homes

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Kitchen cabinets can sustain water damage. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

SERVRPO Has Training and Experience with the Whole Process of Water Damage Restoration From Inspection to Repair

When water damage hits a home, there are all kinds of challenges to confront. One of the trickiest is working out where to start repairs and how to prioritize the many drying and restoration tasks which suddenly need your attention. In cases of flooding, rather than just extensive dampness, the natural priority is soft furnishings.

Things like sofas, curtains, and carpets are porous, so they degrade more quickly than materials like tile and painted drywall. However, once high-risk items have been addressed, you will need to formulate a plan for things like cabinets and decorative features. Cupboards and cabinets can be a tricky prospect when tackling water damage in Ocean Park homes, because they may require loosening or full removal.

Fortunately, SERVPRO has many drying different tools and techniques at our disposal. Keep reading for more information on how we can repair your cabinets after domestic flooding.

Inspecting the Damage

The first step, once our technicians arrive onsite, is a full inspection. Often, homeowners expect water damage teams to start repairs immediately. It is imperative, however, that they determine the unique needs of your property. Once they know what type of cabinet or cupboard they are dealing with, they can form a practical plan of action.

For instance, the easiest cabinets to dry are those with no back panel. The technicians can drill directly into the wall, behind the structure, and get clean, dry air circulating inside. Once the cupboard is fully restored, the holes are patched up again. You’d never even know they were there.

High Quality Repairs and Restoration

Usually, a similar method is used to dry out cabinets and cupboards with back panels as well. The difference is that this takes a little longer. SERVPRO is committed to delivering high-quality repairs, so we will only use comparable, appropriate materials to carry out the work. The aim is to leave your home looking as close to its original condition as possible.

The SERVPRO team may need to bring air movers and fans into your home. These powerful devices are great for speeding up the drying process. They also help technicians to access awkward areas like the ‘toe kick,’ which exists directly under most full-size cabinets. The majority contain a hollow space, behind a thin façade. In a flooded area, this can fill with stagnant water. It needs to be emptied, dried, and cleaned.

Whether you are dealing with domestic flooding, creeping damp, or recurring moisture problems, SERVPRO of Santa Monica Venice Beach can help. We are a locally based water damage repair and remediation company. Our experts are very experienced and provide excellent customer service. Call us 24/7 on (310) 395-9050.

The Proper Steps For Fire Restoration In Santa Monica

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

The longer the items in your home are underneath smoke and soot, the more difficult it is for them to be cleaned and restored.

Fire And Smoke Damage

Once you’ve gone through the devastation of a fire, you will probably be emotional. However, it is important to go through the proper steps for fire restoration, which is why you need to hire the professionals at SERVPRO. Doing these steps will lead to less damage and lower the costs which are associated with clean up. There are things that need to be specifically done when it comes to soot and smoke damage, and that is what makes it even more important to hire a professional and experienced smoke, fire, and soot damage restoration company.

We will take special care when cleaning up your fire damage to clean up any soot and smoke damage from clothing, carpeting and everything else in between from your Santa Monica home. However, before we start, we will make sure to have the proper safety equipment and clothing. Face masks and gloves are the most important pieces of clothing. Protective coverings for shoes to stop debris from being trampled through your home and a jumpsuit are also vital.

When cleaning your house, ventilation is essential. The best ways for ventilation to be done includes opening windows and using fans. It is, of course, importune that the soot isn’t blown through the home into unaffected areas, and we always keep this in mind. Everything is better when it is well aired out. At SERVPRO, we also realize that it is a lot more efficient to get rid of soot and smoke damage if we can start the process earlier rather than later. The longer the items in your home are underneath smoke and soot, the more difficult it is for them to be cleaned and restored.

We will also use a HEPA vacuum cleaner, as it is perfect for sucking up the soot. The nozzle attachment on the cleaner can be put close to the soot while sucking it up. We do not advise you to use your upright vacuum, as it will only push the soot into your carpeting. Using the HEPA vacuum will be done before we do any other cleaning.

SERVPRO technicians will also use disinfectants for cleaning up your appliances. The soot and smoke can cause different problems with electrical appliances, so they’ll need to be cleaned before use again. Do not try and use an appliance before we clean and disinfect it, as this could cause problems. It is best to have any electrical appliances professionally tested before using them again. We also advise you to throw away any food which was exposed to soot or smoke.

When your property has experienced a fire, you will need professional cleaning and restoration help. At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, we will come to your home and make a plan for remediation in a timely fashion when you call us at (310) 395-9050.

Proper Flood Damage Services In West Los Angeles

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

We'll even assist you with filling out the paperwork that your insurance company requires during a proper claim process.

Flood Damage Services

There are many causes of flood damage within your home or commercial property. None of which are very appealing or "fun" to deal with, ever. When a serious event like this happens to your property, you want to know that you have the professional services on your side that can help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition as soon as possible.

Our expertly trained technicians in West Los Angeles specialize in flood damage restoration services. We respond quickly and assess the situation properly to provide you with the services that are required to get your repairs done right. We'll have technicians at your door within four hours of your initial phone call and begin work immediately. The SERVPRO franchise in your area is locally owned and operated by people just like you. We could be your neighbors, friends, bowling partner or colleague and want to provide you with the services that you deserve to get back on your feet after a disaster strikes your home or commercial property.

SERVPRO technicians start by performing a full-service inspection on the affected areas of your property. We'll fully explain all of our intentions to you and work with your insurance company; performing only those services that are a necessity for your particular situation. We'll even assist you with filling out the paperwork that your insurance company requires during a proper claim process, crossing all of the T's and dotting all of the I's.

Our SERVPRO teams work hard to supply a hazard free working environment that doesn't encroach onto your living areas. We want to give you a safe, professional, efficient experience that is as unobtrusive as possible, limiting our interruptions to your daily routine. Which means that we'll provide you with the quality services that you need, while working as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Keeping your family or the occupants of your property safe during the process is only the beginning. We also cover the removal of any standing water, efficient drying procedures, advanced cleaning methods and restoration services to get the job done right without the need to call anyone else to complete certain aspects of your repairs. We handle it all ourselves. Find out more, contact our office at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach today, 24/7 - (310) 395-9050.

How to Rescue a Hardwood Floor from Commercial Water Damage in Marina Del Rey

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Mat Pulls Water From Commercial Flooring in a Marina Del Rey Office

SERVPRO Specializes in Restoring Water Damaged Commercial Flooring

Your business represents an investment not just in your future but in your present too. If you have a family, it is a part of their inheritance, so its wellbeing is essential. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and protecting a business from every possible hazard simply isn’t feasible. Sometimes, the worst does happen, and you find yourself facing a watery disaster.

Whether your flooding was caused by a burst pipe, a broken boiler, or a dysfunctional appliance, the first response should be to call a good repair team. SERVPRO specializes in commercial water damage in Marina Del Rey,  so we can help put your business back together. Our state of the art equipment and years of expertise are all you need to solve the crisis.

This guide to restoring one of the most important features of your business – the floor – will give you some information on what to expect.

The Wonders of Hardwood Flooring
At SERVPRO, we love it when a business invests in solid hardwood floors. These materials are some of the most robust on the market, and they rarely succumb to permanent water damage. This is a useful thought to remember if you’re trying to ‘flood proof’ your company or you need to pick out a new floor following a flooding incident. The wood is very dense, so it doesn’t soak up moisture in the same way that a soft wood might. The SERVPRO team can use all kinds of clever methods to reverse things like warping, cupping, and buckling as a result of exposure to water. See the accompanying photo of a wood suction mat. This increases the surface area and draws moisture and hidden water from the joints of the planks. You’ll be pleased to know that it is relatively rare for hardwood floors to be deemed non-salvageable.

Preparing the Wood for Refinishing
No direct repairs can be started, however, until all excess water in the air has been eliminated. If the technicians try to sand the wood while the atmosphere is still thick with moisture, it won’t remain level. Typically, the moisture content in the room must be below 12% before a restoration can be attempted. This is achieved with the use of high-powered dehumidifiers, negative air movers, and HEPA filters.

If the underlay or subfloor is also wet, the entire thing may have to be lifted. It is crucial that all sources of moisture are eradicated. Otherwise, the problem will return. The team may erect a polyethylene tent or seal in the affected room, as a way to speed up the drying process. This method is common in workplaces like offices, which have a large floors space and lots of flooring materials that may dry at different speeds. It also lessens any downtime or inconvenience to customers or clients.

Rely on SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. For more information about commercial water damage restoration to hardwood flooring or any other issue in your business, call as at (310) 395-9050.

How are Two-Story Homes in West Los Angeles Damaged in a Flood?

11/5/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in West Los Angeles Gets Rescued by SERVPRO

Flood Damage? SERVPRO's Experience and Equipment Can Restore Your Problem

Two-story homes are often safer to be inside of when a flood hits, it's true, but that doesn't mean that the home will overall take less damage. In fact, in some cases, more damage may be inflicted on a two-story home than a single story. Taller homes are often built differently and can experience a wider range of problems, in addition to the same type of flood damage that other homes receive on the first floor.
Perhaps the most glaring example of how flood damage can affect West Los Angeles homes' second floors are odors. Many gasses and odorous materials can easily get into upper floors, sometimes seeping through floors and ceilings. It can be jarring for some homeowners when they enter what was previously assumed to be a dry area, only to encounter a foul smell associated with the damage. Our deodorizing machines and foggers are designed to remove these deep-penetrating odors around the home, keeping them out of your hair (and nose).
Stair Damage
Whether from a flood that started on the second floor, such as from a burst pipe or a forgotten tub overflowing or from a particularly violent storm, stairways can take on storm damage that is often difficult to clean up quickly. This largely depends on the build quality and materials in the stairs, and some staircases may be perfectly fine in such a scenario. Only the trained eyes of our technicians can know for sure, though. We can check with moisture sensors and thermal hygrometers to ascertain the moisture content in hidden areas.
Storm Damage
If the flood came from a storm, any additional damage caused by said storm is likely to manifest on the upper levels and roof of a home. Taller houses are more exposed to high winds and flying debris, and thus are more likely to take on additional storm damage. We work to get most damage taken care of in a contemporary fashion, avoiding the need for follow-up treatments. When necessary, we can do a tarp service to protect exposed damaged roof areas from rainwater or vermin.
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is a local business with national resources dedicated to helping property owners overcome disaster, with little time or money wasted. If your home has been hit by a flood, give us a call at (310) 395-9050.

Professional Procedures for Mold Remediation in Marina Del Rey

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Methods Remediate Mold Infestations in Marina Del Rey

SERVPRO Mold Damage in Marina Del Rey - Containment Then Removal

Once we have determined that there is a mold infestation, many of our customers begin to worry about losing their home. Everyone has heard about someone who knows someone that woke up to black ceilings and then lived for months in a hotel. The truth is not quite so drastic. Typically, the storyline isn't this dramatic.

Marina Del Rey homeowners are right to be concerned about mold damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians are highly trained to deal with containing and removing any contamination our inspectors may find. These AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, are highly capable of utilizing the equipment and supplies we possess to remediate mold infestation. Our goal is to get you back into your home the moment it has been cleaned and determined to be safe again.

The first thing we'll do is isolate the contaminated areas. To contain the mold, we will take these steps:
1) Install plastic sheeting as containment barriers where applicable.
2) Establish negative air pressure in the contaminated area, evacuating airborne mold spores and debris to the exterior of the structure.
3) Seal HVAC vents to prevent contamination of the duct system.
4) Set up 'clean rooms' and decontamination rooms so that cleaning crews can enter and leave the affected areas without spreading mold spores and decontaminate equipment and materials.

Now that containment has been established; we'll take these next four steps to get rid of the mold:
1) Remove and dispose of all porous materials that have been extensively contaminated and cannot be cleaned. This includes carpets, carpet padding, drywall, fabrics, insulation and soft woods.

2) Clean mold from nonporous materials, hard surfaces of glass, metal, plastics and natural materials such as marble. If the mold is damp, our techs will wipe it off using one of the cleaning or anti-fungal solutions in our inventory. If the patch is dry, we'll vacuum that up using special HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters to prevent it from spreading.

3) Semiporous materials will be cleaned using various methods such as damp wiping, sanding down the infected surface, wire brushing it or using other abrasive methods. These surfaces include hardwoods and concrete.

4) Wood materials will have to be removed rather than cleaned if their structural integrity (wall frames, stairs, and railings) has been weakened by rot from either mold or water exposure. We strive to restore and not replace all furnishings, building materials, and belongings.

For a homeowner, mold is a threat that they don't even know is there until they either see it or smell it. SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is determined to remove that threat and its effects to put our neighbors back into their homes. If you believe you may be dealing with a mold problem, call us today at (310) 395-9050 for an inspection and to get the process started.

Safe And Effective Biohazard Cleaning

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

For Sewage Backups or Bio-hazardous Solutions contact SERVPRO

Sewage Backups Are Biohazardous Incidents Requiring SERVPRO's Expertise

If you experience a sewer backup in your home, engage SERVPRO for speedy and professional biohazard cleaning. Whether the sewer backup was caused by a stubborn clog or roots in your sewer line or blow back when heavy rains overwhelm the city waste system, you must react immediately when contaminated water invades your home. Managing this type of water damage must be done correctly as the risk to your health and the well-being of your family is a real concern until the dangerous organisms that can proliferate in dirty water are contained and properly disposed of according to local laws and regulations.
The raw sewage and gasses that can accumulate when a backup occurs in your wastewater system require expert biohazard cleaning in Santa Monica. This material must be considered potentially infectious, possibly filled with bacteria, viruses, and molds. Handling the cleanup of such a disaster requires that personal protective equipment (PPE) be used, including hoods, eye and facial protection, and, in some cases respirators during the restoration work. Only technicians trained in state of the art biohazard mitigation should undertake the task of removing and disposing of the pathogens a sewer backup can present in your home.
This type of catastrophe can be very overwhelming, well beyond the challenges of a leaky roof or overflowing appliance. Sewage is by definition contaminated, and the human waste contained within can harbor deadly bloodborne diseases. SERVPRO employees are well trained in standards and strategies that limit the danger to your household as they also take care that the cleaning team is adequately protected on the job. When assessing the situation, our staff will ensure that all precautions are taken to safely remove the biohazards, taking particular notice of any vulnerable members of your family while devising the restoration plan. Proper cleaning methods must reflect the potential for biohazards to become airborne during the scrubbing or extraction processes. Our team and supervisors will consult with you to outline the care that must be taken, including a temporary evacuation of the premises during our cleaning if necessary for your family’s health and well-being.
Speed is of the essence when investigating and responding to a biohazard contamination of your home and SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach welcomes a call to our dispatchers at (310) 395-9050 at any time of the day or night. Proud to be your local source for Black water control, we will remediate contaminated areas quickly, exceeding industry standards.

Commercial Water Damage Thorough Remediation

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO today to see if your damaged electronics can be repaired!

Damaged Electronics Can Possibly be Repaired by Professional Remediation

When electronics are damaged by water of any kind, there are steps that can be taken to restore them. If this does not work, then the commonplace thing to do is to replace your favorite electronics. Electronics that are affected by water are usually categorized by a “direct hit,” “submersion,” and “humidity.” This information helps restoration experts and repair persons know how to hopefully return your water damage electronics back to you.
In Los Angeles, any commercial water damage inflicted on electronics by a direct hit means that it was caught in the rain or was splashed by running water. Any electronics that receive a direct hit usually can be cleaned. Rainfall, running water, even dropping it into the toilet will not affect electronics, if they are removed and protected immediately.
If any electronics are left in the water too long, they will work for a little while, but they will probably soon develop problems. The minerals that are contained in water areas like a sink, a shower or even the rain can affect your electronics if they are not cleaned quickly. These minerals can also cause corrosion which can be stopped, but it can't be reversed.
Electronics that received water damage via submersion means that they were covered with standing water or some form of liquid sediment from a few minutes to hours. If your electronic device was on and powered at the time, it probably developed a short to its electrical components. This action would require that parts will have to be replaced and/or professionally cleaned. If your electronics involve computer switches, audio equipment, routers, hard drives or video devices, then repairs and cleaning are very likely.

Any electronics that remain in an area with standing water, even though it hadn't touched the water will be affected by humidity. If the electronic devices are simply sitting on a desk, a table, a shelf, etc. they are still affected. Any flooding or a rush of water that is left standing affects the atmosphere with humidity levels that can go as high as 90%. Humidity affected electronic devices can be cleaned.
The technicians of SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach California are highly trained and experienced to help in the restoration of your electronics. We begin by cleaning the exterior of your electronic devices to prevent corrosion and further damage. Our qualified electronic technicians carefully clean and inspect your valuable devices in the hope of returning them to their pre-damaged condition.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When your emergency involves damages by water, fire, mold or a storm, we will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Call us today at (310) 395-9050 and let us help restore your valuables!

Mold Damage on Tiles

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can get into the grout and behind tiles. SERVPRO has equipment to detect mold. Call Today!

Tiles Can Harbor Mold Growth that SERVPRO Detects and Remediates

Tiled surfaces are often thought (incorrectly) to be safe from mold damage. This assumption is understandable, as tiles have glossy, smooth surfaces which are indeed unlikely surfaces for mold growth, but problems can still develop in grout and behind tiles. Grout and material behind tiles are commonly made of some porous material, which can easily provide a welcoming atmosphere for mold damage. Our technicians are trained to thoroughly examine and clean mold from tiled surfaces, and to save as much of the tile as possible.
Exposed to moisture but typically lacking the waterproofing of tile surfaces, grout is the source of many cases of severe mold damage in El Segundo. Typically, affected tile surfaces will need to be ripped up and have grout reapplied after undergoing standard mold treatments. If the mold is restricted solely to grout in a room, this is a good sign, as it is not likely to have traveled elsewhere in the home.
Behind Tile and Walls
In some cases, mold can grow into large patches behind tiles or walls, creating large patches of growth out of sight. This can be dangerous, as these patches of mold typically grow to immense sizes before being noticed, and larger mold colonies may cause ill health effects. This type of mold may require thorough quarantining and large-scale retiling and wall renovations over the affected area.
How to Prevent Tile Mold Growth
Most mold growth over tiles results from cheap or damaged grout and wall materials, allowing moisture to seep in and mold to grow. Regularly applying new layers of waterproof grout and ensuring that wall materials are in good order will help to prevent future mold growth in bathrooms and kitchens.
SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is well equipped to deal with mold anywhere in the home, between or under tiles or anywhere else. If you need to get rid of your mold fast, call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050 for quick response times and quality service.

Identifying Water Damage at the Source: Why You Need SERVPRO Professional Inspections

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is no laughing matter. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach take care of you and your home!

Why You Need SERVPRO Professional Inspections in Identifying Water Damage at the Source

Your home is your castle. It's one of the first investments you make in your life, and you expect it to last a long time. That being said, there are plenty of life's little disasters that make it hard for you to continually take care of your home; especially after torrential downpours or other damage that your home may face (like flood damages or damages to floors and walls). Attics and basements suffer too; because of years and years of excess storm damage, wetness, humidity, and neglect. In fact, most of the time, your attic is your best friend when it comes to preventing water damage (but that's why it's so vulnerable to moisture damage from the elements). The first step in the process is finding out how you can restore your home from the ground up to ensure the problem doesn't happen again. 

Why Professional Inspections are Your Best Bet Against Potential Water Damage 

Venice Beach water damage is no laughing matter. High levels of summer humidity and winter storms batter houses as the seasons change. This annual moisture quickly adds up, which is why SERVPRO regularly recommends (at least annually) having your attic checked. By keeping an eye on it yourself and calling in the professionals at least once a year, you can prevent moisture damage from sneaking up on you in areas that you'd least expect. 

We've got the professional gear to climb up on your roof and inspect for wet spots on your shingles, underneath your flashing, or even dark stains in your attic. We can even uncover hidden water damages before it becomes a serious problem. 

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You probably aren't thinking about how quickly water penetrates each leak in your home. It disintegrates insulation, causes your roof to sink in, and can potentially be a hazard to your health when you aren't taking the proper precautions. In many situations, calling a professional for an inspection can help you identify small problems before they become bigger issues. This will end up saving you money in the long run. When you need an affordable, thorough examination, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica and Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050. We've got the skill and equipment to handle any inspection. 

Being Prepared for Flood Damage

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Marina Del Rey can be very damaging and dangerous.

Flood Damage Preparation and Recovery

Even though fire might be the most common concern with homeowners, you could be as many as ten times more likely to experience Marina Del Rey flood damage. Sources of water damage to your property can come from moisture that is weather-related such as flash floods, levee, dam failures, flooding due to heavy rains, mudflows, and tidal storm surges.
When you live in a high-risk flood zone, this increases your chances of experiencing a flood, however being outside these zones does not necessarily mean you are safe.

Before, During and After a Flood – Protecting Your Property
The following steps can help you to prepare and recover from flood damage which can potentially be costly.

-Know what the flood zone risk is for your property and evaluate your risk for floods.
-Make sure your water heater, furnace and other permanent equipment are elevated above the flood levels that are expected in your area.
-Regularly inspect drains and sump pumps.
-Have a certified electrician give you a transfer switch if you own a generator for your sump pump so it can be operated in the event of a flood.
-Have a plumber who is licensed install an exterior or interior valve for preventing back flows to stop sewage from backing up.
-Have sandbags accessible to assist in diverting very high water away from your foundation.
-Learn you community’s flood alert signals.
-Collect emergency building materials. This can include plastic sheeting, plywood, nails, lumber, sandbags, and shovels.
-Create and practice a route for evacuation.
-Review with the whole family where the utility shutoffs are.
-Have a survival kit with important documents including insurance documents, plus medications and other critical items.

During the Flood
-Listen to a television or radio that is battery operated for the latest in storm information. If you are told to leave, turn off your utilities and leave right away.
-Avoid rushing waters, moving to high ground and don’t walk or drive through floodwaters.
-Keep your distance from downed electrical wires and power lines.

After the Flood
-Don’t return home until authorities have indicated it’s safe to do so.
-After you are home, look for damage. Record all damages and speak with SERVPRO so that we can come out and assess your damages and make a plan for remediation.
-Look out animals that may have gotten into your home.
-Throw away any food which has made contact with floodwaters.
-Get rid of standing water as soon as possible. This is also where SERVPRO professionals can help you.
-We will also help you to remove soaked carpets and padding, and dry out anything in your home that is salvageable.

Flood damage in Marina Del Rey can be very damaging and dangerous. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach by calling them right away at (310) 395-9050.

West Los Angeles Mold Remediation--Trust An Experienced Company

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in West Los Angeles Calls for the Pros from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Safely Remediate Mold Damage in Your West Los Angeles Home

Mold remediation for mold damage in West Los Angeles includes identifying and addressing issues of mold in a structure. Mold remediation stops the spread of mold by isolating the areas which are damaged, taking out the affected material and stopping the sources of moisture so that a healthy environment can be reestablished.

What Mold Remediation Involves
When you hire a professional like SERVPRO for mold remediation, it will involve cleaning up the mold and removing it so that the health risks and damage can be assessed. Cleaning with water and bleach won’t kill mold. Material which is moldy has to be disposed of, and the area which is damaged has to be reconstructed. This is why mold remediation should be handled by a trained professional so handle the hazardous materials and stop the spread of mold to other areas of your home. Expert mold remediation includes:

Assessment – experts will visit your home to find the areas with mold, plus figure out what the source of the problem is. They will then go over a plan for mold remediation.
Containment – The source of the problem will be addressed and the area which is affected closed off to stop contamination from spreading through the rest of your home from the mold spores being stirred up during the process of removal.
Filtration – the spores of mold and other particles from the air can be cleaned by using HEPA filters. The specialist will wear protective masks and goggles to lessen their exposure to airborne contaminants.
Removal - personal belongings and building materials in your home can be affected by the mold. Since it is an organism that is living and deeply ingrains itself to survive, anything that is porous should be discarded. The most efficient and safest way to make sure mold does not return is to get rid of contaminated materials. Antimicrobial cleaning products can be used to disinfect nonporous materials, and sealants can also be used to make the treated areas resistant to mold and water damage. You might need to have your air conditioning, and heating systems cleaned professionally as well. This will help to reduce the number of mold spores existing in the duct work.

Drying – it is crucial that the repaired and cleaned items be kept completely dry. Excessive moisture, remember, is where the issue started. Because of this, our mold remediation specialist will probably go over moisture management strategies with you to make sure your home won’t encounter problems in the future.
Repair – the process of reconstruction will start after all the materials that were contaminated with mold are removed. Mold-free, clean materials will be the replacements for materials that were previously contaminated. This action is only required under severe fungi infestations.

Testing – After remediation, the company will look for any recurrent water damage signs, visible mold or moldy odors to make sure that cleanup was successful.

If you think you might have West Los Angeles mold damage, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach. The health of your family needs to be protected, so call (310) 395-9050 so your home can be evaluated for mold right away.

Marina Del Rey Fire Damage--Homes, Condos, & Apts. Need A Cooling Response

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Keep Your Marina Del Rey Home Free of Fire Damage, Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Cools Down the Fire Damage to Your Marina Del Rey Residence

Fire damage in Marina Del Rey can vary in complexity and inconvenience. Many situations occur during a fire in any home. Yours is no different. First, there are the flames, and many things may be ruined. Some gasses are generated through the combustion process that leaves a layer of oily soot or smoke permeated surfaces--both hard and soft like carpets and fabrics. Then the fire department gets to your house and puts the fire out. They use water to do this. Often, depending on the incident, they also apply foam for extinguishing the flames. Your Marina Del Rey condo, home, or apartment probably needs the cooling effect of a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO.

There are a couple of things that happened by the time the fire trucks leave the front of your house. Only one of them is good, and that is that the fire is out. Fire, water, smoke and soot damage as well as the possibility of whatever the foam, if used, produced leave a very unpleasant space behind.

First, you should call your insurance company. After, a call to a fire damage restoration company gets them there rapidly. The need to get all of the smoke, soot and foul air out of the house takes the second position of importance. Water removal is the first.

The inspector from SERVPRO goes throughout the house assessing everything that burned and all of the water damage that occurred. He will log fire or smoke damaged materials on the CCIS (Contents Claim Inventory Service) workup. This corporate generated software program will itemize, room by room, burnt, waterlogged, and soot covered materials and possessions. They will be ranked as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. You and your insurance adjuster will finalize what will be discarded and what will be saved. SERVPRO is not an insurance company, but we do mitigate damages and assist with the claim and some paperwork.

After the inspections, the removal of all of the contaminated items, and the extraction of standing water can begin. Powerful pumps and wet vacuums vacate most of the water and moisture. All fire damaged materials are removed; they are wrapped to prevent cross-contamination, this includes all results of demolition.

The cleaning of all spaces, whether in the living areas or behind the walls are critical as everything must be cleaned and sanitized to restore a healthy interior environment. Following the simple steps, the restoration process can replace everything removed with new materials and all clothing and other fabric are thoroughly cleaned. All carpets are cleaned and sanitized if disposal is not required. This company strives to clean and restore the fire-damaged property, using disposal and replacement as a last resort. The aim is to save you money and get you back home to a pre-fire loss home "Like it never even happened."

When it heats up in your Marina Del Rey home, condo, or apartment call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for a cooling response.

Santa Monica Water Damage Requires First Class Restoration

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Waves Against the Pier are Okay. Waves in Your Home Aren't. Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Santa Monica Home

Your home is where you live, love and enjoy your family and it has taken quite a bit of time and effort to make it just the way you want it. Just because Santa Monica water damage has visited your home, it does not mean that you should, at this point, hire just anyone to restore your property. You will want to have a crew that is qualified to perform this work and certified by at least one of the industry certification agencies to ensure it is done correctly and promptly.

The Internet can make your research with just the right water damage restoration company easier. You will be able to read the information presented for each company you are considering and also regard any of the credentials they present. But, only if you have the time. SERVPRO, a nationally renowned company, is an excellent first choice.

Of course, the luxury of researching for a water or flood damage restoration company to remedy your property is dependent upon the severity of the water damage. Delaying water removal and drying only adds to the secondary damages, and expenses. This search for the right company can begin with a conversation with anyone you know who has had this type of damage occur in their home. They should be in a good position of telling you who they used and what they thought of that company. A referral from a friend improves your chances of obtaining good, professional water damage restoration.

Your insurance company should be your first call after sustaining water damage. Your agent or adjuster can point you in the right direction for professional assistance. Chances are they will mention SERVPRO since we are at the head of the list of preferred providers by most insurance and property management companies.

A short list of the things to look for when hiring a water damage restoration company includes:
1. Are they local, long-term and accessible through regular communication channels?
2. Do they have appropriate certification credentials, such as from IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification) which affirms their compliance with industry standards?
3. Are references local and verifiable?
4. Do they have many testimonials on their website, aside from the references they offer, that attest to their quality of workmanship and their attention to detail?
5. Do the personnel you deal with represent themselves as professionals with ready answers to your questions and concerns?
6. Do they list the steps they will be taking to help you recover from the damages you have incurred?
7. Do they have a customer service department that is available when you need to talk to them?
The work you are asking them to do is to get your home back in shape after a dangerous situation, so you need the peace of mind that they are going to treat your home the way you always have.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach stands out as a complete water damage restoration company. From offering 24/7 service, water extraction, drying of property, cleaning possessions, sanitizing, and deodorizing, no one does it better. From arrival to final walk-through, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Your water damaged Santa Monica home will be restored to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and respond 24/7 to all water damage emergencies in Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, and West LA promptly. Call us for assistance at (310) 395-9050

Cleaning Up After West Los Angeles Commercial Fires

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Commercial Fire Ruin Your Business--Call SERVPRO for Prompt Help

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Cleanup in West Los Angeles

Commercial fire damage cleanup in West Los Angeles should always be started as quickly as possible. The sooner you address the problem of fire damage in your commercial space, the better off you will be in the long run. The longer a problem is left untreated, the more it can escalate, leading to increased costs and more property loss. The effects of smoke exposure on a commercial workplace can be amplified when the restoration process is delayed or prolonged.

Within the first few minutes after a fire, the residue from acids can cause plastic to turn yellow, small appliances to degrade, and porous materials such as marble and alabaster to be permanently discolored.

Within the first few hours, the acid residue can stain grout in bathrooms and kitchens. Also, bath fixtures made of fiberglass have the potential to yellow; metals that are not coated will tarnish, counter tops will stain yellow, and finishes on appliances, especially refrigerators, and on furniture pieces can be at risk for discoloration as one effect of fire damage.

Within the first few days, painted walls can permanently turn yellow due to the acid residue. Metal will corrode, pit and rust. Any wood furniture will need refinishing, and vinyl floors will need to be refinished or replaced. Clothing and upholstery could become permanently stained from soot or water damage.

If cleanup and mitigation of the fire damage are delayed several weeks, the restoration cost will increase significantly. Carpet fibers can be yellowed or discolored permanently, and glass, crystal, and China will likely require replacement due to extreme etching and pitting that is caused by the prolonged exposure to residues.

Soot residue after a fire must be cleaned up as quickly as possible to increase the chances of recovering many items within your commercial space. These residues are deposited throughout many areas during combustion due to the rising and expanding air. The result is the potential for many layers of residue to build up on surfaces. If the fire was prolonged, SERVPRO certified IICRC technicians can wipe down soot damaged items for more restorative cleaning or in preparation for re-painting.

In addition to the layers of soot, you should also be concerned with the smoky odors a West Los Angeles commercial fire will leave behind. The process of removing smoke odors should be left to the professionals. Attempting this project yourself can create more problems and damage in the long run. We use a four-step process to permanently and successfully remove these odors. This process includes:

• Removing the surface odors as soon as possible
• Cleaning salvageable items to physically remove odors
• Using an odor counteractant product in Ultra Light Foggers (ULF) to destroy odorous particles.
• Sealing and encapsulating surfaces that are slightly scorched or inaccessible

To increase the chances of a successful restoration and cleanup after a fire in your place of business, contact the experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach. If you are facing damage from a West Los Angeles commercial fire, call our expert staff at 310-395-9050 as soon as possible to help decrease your losses and reopen your doors for business. "Like it never even happened."

The Benefits Of Professional Water Damage Restoration Services in Venice Beach

1/6/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Leak Ruin Your Home--Call SERVPRO

How SERVPRO  Restores a Venice Beach Water Damaged Property

Once water damage in Venice Beach has befallen your property, it's important to obtain high-quality water damage restoration services as quickly as possible. Delaying the removal of standing water expands the likelihood of ever increasing damages and expenses. SERVPRO suggests that you take this important first step to mitigating costs, stress, and loss of personal property.

Restoration Companies Restore Your Property Quickly
Retaining water damage restoration services from a professional company is beneficial because the remediation process is started immediately. With severe water problems, SERVPRO can send multiple crews to target different tasks simultaneously. In so doing, the technicians can complete the water removal, cleaning, drying, and repair processes efficiently. Emphasis is placed on water extraction to limit the on-going damage through absorption or wicking.

Prevent Mold Growth
In addition to completing the restoration process quickly, contractors can prevent mold growth from becoming an additional issue. Unfortunately, the moist environment created by excessive water in your home is a conducive condition for fungi proliferation. If mold starts to grow and you are exposed to the mycotoxins and spores for an extended period, you could experience health effects. Water damage and mold remediation experts utilize air scrubbers and foggers to stymie this assault.

SERVPRO Offers Comprehensive Services
There are numerous property issues that you may need to be addressed. Once water has wetted carpets, drywall, furniture, and flooring a professional, efficient response can salvage many of these items. Some of the many services provided by our industry professionals include:
• water removal--truck mounted water pumps, sump pumps,
• moisture remediation--air movers, dehumidifiers, and hygrometers
• deodorization--final step
• sanitation--mechanical and chemical methods available
• odor removal--musty odor from mold and mildew
• air duct cleaning--if needed
content restoration--either on-site cleaning and drying or pack-out to our facilities

Call SERVPRO Immediately to Mitigate Losses
In many cases, homeowners who realize that water damage in Venice Beach has occurred to their homes, over stress. Call the friendly professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals are industry experts who possess years of experience in the dynamic water damage remediation sector, utilizing the latest equipment to maximize efficiency. We work with skill and speed to resolve all issues completely, and we offer a fast response for assessment to initiate a plan of action. A final walk-through is part of our protocol to ensure that you are completely satisfied with the results. "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. Our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end. We are proud to serve the local communities of Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and West LA and are on call 24/7. Phone us at (310) 395-9050

Why DIY Smoke Damage Cleanup Projects in Santa Monica Are Difficult

12/21/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Check Your Smoke Detectors

A Santa Monica Smoke Damaged Property Can Call on SERVPRO

Once smoke damage in Santa Monica has befallen your property, your priority is to restore order to your home. In many cases, homeowners want to complete the restoration work as a DIY project. However, attempting to remove water, clean, dry, and repair your house on your own isn't a good idea if the fire involved more than a stove-top flare-up. Hiring a professional team of fire and smoke damage restoration experts like SERVPRO is always a better option.

1. Smoke damage is as devastating as fire damage. In fact, smoke and soot can become embedded in your flooring, carpets, walls, furniture, HVAC system, and all other household structures. The smoke and soot deposits and residue, along with on-going annoying odors, can remain in your household structures for years. Health risks can arise from poor ambient air quality. Homeowners are not familiar with the professional procedures that result in effective, expedient smoke and soot removal.

2. You cannot simply wash smoke damage away. In fact, special equipment is required to remove adequately smoke and soot rather than rubbing it deeper into your property structures. Special wipers, sponges, and cleansers can lift lighter soot layers from hard surfaces and drywall. This wiping will lessen repainting and replacing damaged materials. Additionally, washing smoke-damaged clothing items in a washing machine can deepen damages and leave unwanted odors within the washer. For fabrics, special dry-cleaning techniques can restore smoke damaged items.

3. You may throw away salvageable goods. In many cases, our fire damage restoration experts can save items that looked like they were a lost cause. We utilize industry leading CCIS--Contents Claim Inventory Service technology to itemize the status of all affected household items. Easier claim satisfaction and quicker initial service are the benefits. Because they have extensive experience with the restoration process, our specialists are effective in determining which items can be salvaged and which must be discarded or considered as questionable. Specific safety procedures are utilized to discard unsalvageable contaminated goods. Homeowners will likely be unfamiliar with these procedures.

4. You may not get the return to normalcy done in a timely fashion. Effective smoke damage restoration work necessitates a great deal of manpower and job knowledge and training. Equipment like small liquid foggers (ULV) and solvent-based thermal foggers are an essential part of the arsenal to eliminate pervasive odors.

Call SERVPRO. When fire and smoke damage impact your property in Santa Monica, it's time to call the professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will utilize cutting edge tools and customized methodologies to get your residential property back to pre-loss condition as efficiently, safely, and quickly as possible. We respond immediately to assess and offer a professional and economic plan of action to restore and save your property and personal possessions.

Faster to Any Size Fire and Smoke Emergency

When fire and smoke damage strikes your home think of SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach. We are proud to serve our local communities. Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (310) 395-9050

Some Mold Tips for Your Home in West Los Angeles

11/25/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Spores in A/C Ductwork Can Be Cleaned By SERVPRO Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

West Lost Angeles Mold Remediation Advice from SERVPRO

Many homeowners are concerned about the effect that mold could have on their property. There are common sense tips and tricks that can be utilized to diminish this potential economic and health issue from arising. West Los Angeles mold remediation experts from SERVPRO are aware of the ramifications of mold and offer the following advice.

Let The Sun Shine In. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight help, in a limited manner, to destroy mold spores. The effective result of lowering the circumstances of mold infestation is the deprivation of darkness for the spores to develop. The sunlight will also reduce ambient air humidity. UV filtration devices can also be installed within the air-handler of the HVAC system to sanitize and destroy mold spores.

Don't allow leaks to persist. Leaky taps or pipes can give rise to a mold infestation. This is the case because the droplets from a leaky pipe or fixture can accumulate and create hidden puddles of water or wick into porous surfaces retaining the moisture. Fungi spores require moisture and a food source to colonize and form large mold patches. The unique musty odor or telltale signs of mold growth indicate that you are already late to the party. A mold remediation expert from SERVPRO should be called in to inspect and verify the presence of mold. And more importantly, isolate and identify the locations of the fungi for mapping a mold remediation plan.

Keep Outdoor Moisture Out. West Los Angeles mold remediation still requires limiting the humidity levels within the structure to 45% or lower. Granted, in this area, weather conditions are less conducive to large amounts of moisture accumulation and humidity within a home mitigating your efforts to maintain healthy, interior air quality. Some negative elements leading to excessive moisture include deteriorated siding, misaligned sprinkler heads, clogged gutters and structural flaws.

Get Professional Help. Stemming the opportunistic fungi from growing on your property can be aided by following the suggestions from SERVPRO. If the above tips did not prevent mold growth in your home, then turn to mold remediation to exterminate the proliferation of mold growth and restore your home to a healthy environment. Specialized safety clothing, gear, equipment, chemicals, and expertise, are needed to eradicate mold. Call a trusted team of mold remediation experts to handle the work for you. This will ensure that you don't expose yourself to health and safety hazards.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Mold Remediation Needs in West Los Angeles. Once you realize that mold has begun to thrive on your property, call for fast, friendly remediation services. Our IICRC-certified professionals have extensive industry experience and will work with skill and speed to exterminate the mold and dry your home. We will conclude our service with a walk through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction with our mold remediation service.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here in West LA and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities. Call us for a complimentary mold inspection. (310) 395-9050

Fire Damage in Venice Beach, What Next?

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

After the VBFD Extinguishes the Flames, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Let SERVPRO Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Venice Beach

Although a fire can be a difficult natural or accidental disaster to grapple with, it is often the aftermath of fire damage in Venice Beach that leaves homeowners truly troubled. Once the fire extinguishers or fire hoses douse the final flames, it is the residential property owner's responsibility to start the process of fire damage restoration. This process can be an economically and emotionally debilitating experience as homeowners deal with costly repairs and the reality of unsalvageable personal possessions that were of sentimental value. Despite the challenges that result from dealing with the aftermath of a fire, homeowners can help expedite and optimize the process by learning how to handle it correctly. SERVPRO offers the following guide and suggestions to help you along with this trying ordeal.

Fire Damage Remediation Timeline. One of the first calls (actually the third)  you should make during the aftermath of a fire is to call fire damage remediation specialists like SERVPRO. This step is important for many reasons, including the fact that the specialist will perform an assessment that helps determine the safety level of your home. In some cases, the fire can weaken the structural integrity of your property, making it unsafe for you to reenter. Your first call to the local fire department resulted in extinguished flames, and a mess left behind. The fire marshal should advise you on the safety of when you can re-enter your property in Venice Beach. In addition to completing a thorough assessment that gauges the safety level of your property, as well as the damages, our remediation specialist will determine which cleanup methodologies are most appropriate in light of your unique circumstances.

File Your Insurance Claim. Before contacting a fire remediation specialist, you will need to call your insurance agent who will dispatch an insurance adjuster to your address. This individual will provide you with information and instructions regarding how to file your claim. The insurance company will also sometimes be able to work hand in hand with SERVPRO to coordinate all the aspects of the fire damage restoration process. Fortunately, our company is a preferred vendor to over 300 insurance companies, management companies, and civil and federal government entities. We will guide you in your insurance paperwork and provide documentation for proof of loss of personal property and materials. 

Let SERVPRO'S Expert Technicians Assist You

As a company that specializes in offering expedient water, smoke and fire damage services in Venice Beach, SERVPRO will treat you fairly and always look out for your best interests. Our goal is to utilize our IICRC-certified technicians to efficiently, and with minimal cost to you, restore your home to pre-fire damage condition. We offer you the detail-oriented services you need and deserve, and we'll also provide you with a 24/7 emergency response to ensure that all of your issues can be addressed and resolved immediately. We will do a final walk-through with you to ensure that you are satisfied with our efforts to restore your property.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of Venice Beach. SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is locally owned and operated. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us. (310) 395-9050

Water Damage Restoration for a Santa Monica Property

11/16/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps You Keep the Water in the Pool, Not in the House

The How and Why of SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Service in Santa Monica

Substantive water damage in Santa Monica, whether caused by a flood or an earthquake, compromises the safety and sanitation of your living space. No one expects a natural disaster to impact their property and destroy their belongings. However, we are aware that this unwanted event can transpire at any moment. Contacting a team of trained water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO is a great way to ensure that your property is restored with skill and speed to its pre-loss condition. Read the short outline that appears below to learn more about how our water damage remediation specialists can help expedite and optimize the recovery process:

The Assessment. The first step our water damage restoration company from SERVPRO will do after arriving on your property is the completion of a thorough assessment. During the assessment, inspectors will focus on any and all signs of structural damage. The extent of the water intrusion has to be determined to lay out a practical plan for extraction and drying.  

Develop An Action Plan. Once the contractors have completed the assessment, they will move forward with the development of an action plan. This action plan will provide an outline and specific steps detailing how the company's experts will repair your damages. Our water damage restoration experts provide you with a CCIS form that details, room-by-room the damages found. They will also thoroughly explain what their repair process will include. This CCIS form will aid in your dealings with your insurance adjuster, assuming you have coverage. We will coordinate the saving or discarding of personal possessions and building materials with the two of you, mitigating your costs and expediting the repair processes. 

Complete the Restoration. Once you approve the action plan devised by SERVPRO, these well trained and certified IICRC technicians will go through water damage restoration protocol. Water extraction, drying and dehumidifying are critical first steps. Industrial grade water pumps, portable wet-vacs, (even mops and buckets), powerful air movers, several types of dehumidifiers and foggers are utilized to ensure the drying process is complete. You will also receive documentation from SERVPRO guaranteeing this result. This rapid procedure will return the ambient air quality to a safe level while removing excessive humidity, thus lessening potential mold growth.  The process can take anywhere from several days (for drying) to several weeks or more depending on the depth of the water damage. The length of the project is ultimately contingent upon the extent of the water damage. 

Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Water Damage Restoration Services

When your property in Santa Monica is affected by water damage, it's important that you hire efficient, expedient water damage restoration services. The best company to call for fast, friendly water damage restoration services is SERVPRO.  As previously stated, and of great importance, our IICRC-certified technicians have extensive industry experience, and our goal is to return your home to you in a safe and sanitary condition. Like it never even happened.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is locally owned and operated. When you have a water or flood emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of Santa Monica and surrounding communities and want to do our part in helping you. Call for assistance. (310) 395-9050

Art Restoration

10/17/2013 (Permalink)

Before and after picture of smoke damage art restoration

Anyone who suffers a loss due to fire or water damage knows all too well that is not just the home's structure that is damaged, but also the contents of the home: the sentimental items, family heirlooms, and other personal belongings. In many cases, these things can also be restored.


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