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

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

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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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Can SERVPRO Deal With My Santa Monica Storm Damage?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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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)

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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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How SERVPRO Cleans Flood Damage in Santa Monica

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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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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Removing Kitchen Flood Damage in Venice Beach

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged wall and ceiling around a window 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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Do You Know How to Determine Which Flood Damaged Materials in Santa Monica Need Discarding?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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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.

Flooring

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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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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Why Fast Remediation is Necessary for Flood Damage in Santa Monica

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Staining
 
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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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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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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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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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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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.
 
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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 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.
 
Odors
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.

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.

Beforehand
-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.