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

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

A blue and black open pawn shop sign. 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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Is Water Damage in West Los Angeles Restaurants Staining Profits?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of an orange building with blue awnings and palm trees in front 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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Minimizing the Impact of Water Damage in Retail Spaces in Santa Monica

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water covering the brown floor of a shoe store 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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Santa Monica Relies on SERVPRO to Dry Water Damaged Bookstores

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Opened water damaged book 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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Containment Strategies Prevent Damage After A Water Incident Santa Monica

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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."