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Smoke Residues That Can Affect the Cleanability of Your Fire Damaged Los Angeles Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Residues That Can Affect the Cleanability of Your Fire Damaged Los Angeles Home Los Angeles Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Many Smoke & Soot Problems in Properties

A fire can leave your home covered in smoke and soot residue that can cause permanent damage to your Los Angeles home. The cleanability of these residues depends on the type of the residue and the extent of the damage. While some coatings are relatively easy to clean, others may be a bit difficult.

Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage to your Los Angeles home requires experienced and expert professional restorers. SERVPRO technicians use specific strategies to combat different types of smoke and soot damage.

Wet and Dry smoke residue  
Most fires produce both wet and dry smoke residues. While some fires produce a predominantly dry residue, others can produce predominantly wet residue as well. Eliminating these residues requires different cleaning methods. The heat of the combustion and the fuel used to generate that heat dictate the nature of the smoke or soot.

Material damaged by dry smoke residue is easier to restore compared to the material damaged by wet residue. In general, dry residue does not penetrate deeper into the surfaces. The wet smoke residue, on the other hand, is more harmful to the surfaces and can penetrate deeper. As a result, it is more difficult to clean up, and the ability to restore an item is lower if it is damaged by this type of smoke.

Protein residue  
Kitchen fires often involve burning meat, fish or other protein. The residue generated after burning protein is amber in color and can coat cabinets and walls with a thin film. Besides, protein residues have a pungent smell that can linger on long after the fire is extinguished. If this type of residue is involved in a fire, deodorization is often a significant part of the restoration process.

Fuel oil soot
This type of soot is common if the house is heated using an oil burner. Fuel oil soot is easier to get rid of when it is fresh. If the soot is allowed to set, it can form crusty deposits that can be very difficult to clean. Furthermore, the soot particles can even bond to the walls and permanently damage the surface to the extent that it can not be cleaned, but must be replaced. Typically, in colder climates oil furnace "puff-back," basically belching of oils and smoke can cover walls and corners with soot tags. Often these are mistaken as dirty spider webs.

Professionals here at SERVPRO are equipped with the technical knowledge and expertise to tackle any smoke and soot residue.
Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for a free consultation and a cleanup.

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The Devastation of Hidden Water Damage in Los Angeles

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Devastation of Hidden Water Damage in Los Angeles Discovering water damage can be particularly overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO so that we can help you restore the damage.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Water Detection Tools to Thoroughly Dry Out Every Nook and Cranny of Your Property

No competent Los Angeles homeowner allows obvious spills and leaks to put his or her dwelling at the mercy of water damage. Mops and shop vacs take care of the occasional accident, but it is the trouble you do not see within the walls that is the real problem. Our crews and equipment are there to assist when the concealed damage reveals itself.
All it takes is for an old pipe to crack or a newer connection to work itself loose, and water finds the breach and flows. Your home is then well on its way to water damage in Los Angeles, possibly severe. Although the moisture may be minimal at first, just a drop or two, eventually the walls, ceilings, and floors saturate with water. Your first sign was peeling paint or a bulge in the ceiling. Now you need our assessment and a restoration plan.
A SERVPRO crew chief inspects the now-visible damage and uses both training and experience to determine the next steps. We use advanced technologies such as infrared scanners and moisture meters to locate pockets of water. Portions of wallboard may be cut out or holes drilled in bricks or mortar joints to release the water. Suspected reservoirs of water in a ceiling are removed with the careful punching of holes or removal of tiles.
Floors and subflooring are evaluated for moisture and added to the list of areas that require drying. Air movers and dehumidifiers draw water vapor out of the structural materials, the moisture moving naturally into the drier air. Floors need slightly different strategies. SERVPRO technicians use drying mats after extractors to continue reducing the moisture content in all layers to its normal level of 6 to 12 percent.
If carpeting covers any of the water damaged areas, it is crucial to dry the carpet and padding. We may decide to remove the padding as it is inexpensive to replace. Weighted wand extractors vacuum the water out, and SERVPRO technicians may detach areas and prop them up so that air movers can be directed beneath.
Thoroughly extracting and drying the water protects your home from additional secondary damage. Because the water had time to start the deterioration of structural elements, the SERVPRO crew makes some decisions to remove crumbled drywall or ceiling tiles. If any mold is found, microbial remediation is added to the list of tasks and infested materials might need to be pulled out and discarded.
Rely on SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo to help you find and manage hidden water damage. Restoration services are just a call away at (310) 333-0654.

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Professional Water Removal in Los Angeles Keeps the Good Times Rolling

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Water Removal in Los Angeles Keeps the Good Times Rolling Even if your business is mainly outdoors, pooling water can cause significant damage and require professional water removal services.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough and Safe Water Removal Services

Excess water is a problem even when much of your Los Angeles business is conducted outdoors. Regardless of the source of the water, heavy rains, a broken pipe, appliance malfunction, or another unexpected event, you need to accelerate the drainage and evacuation of the water to avoid secondary damage. We have strategies for water removal of all kinds.

Mini-golf, arcade games, race or bumper cars, and a well-equipped snack bar are attractions in need of water removal at your Los Angeles play center. A nearby water main cut by workers sent thousands of gallons of water throughout your park, both inside and out. We pump and extract water from any area of your business so that your customers can resume their long-planned birthday parties and family outings.

The indoor arcade and racetrack have many areas where water collects and hides. It is crucial that SERVPRO removes all moisture from these recesses as your play areas may develop mold or experience deterioration of the underlying support structures if water remains in place. Our work crews use moisture meters and thermal scanners to identify the location of pockets of water and to devise drying goals and timetables.

After the truck-mounted pumps and commercial water extractors complete their work, SERVPRO positions powerful air movers to hasten the drying. Interior areas also may see the use of refrigerated or desiccant humidifiers to lower the ambient humidity to below 50 percent. Raised humidity levels risk the creation of mold colonies even without added spills or flooding, so constant monitoring of humidity levels is essential.

As we remove the water, we assess it for quality. Clean water requires little more than drainage into the city’s wastewater system. Water deemed contaminated may need to be collected and disposed of according to local hazardous waste rules. As the areas your playland covers may be subject to chemical runoff, animal, and even human waste you rely on SERVPRO’s experience to ensure gray or black water is managed appropriately. Our IICRC-certified technicians pledge to follow the proper protocols to keep your business and your customers safe and dry.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is ready for any water removal project you send our way. Call (310) 333-0654 to schedule an assessment as soon as you can because water damage is best cleaned and dried immediately.

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The Real Risks of Flood Damage To Your Los Angeles Home

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Real Risks of Flood Damage To Your Los Angeles Home At SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo, we say no to flooding!

Your Los Angeles Home Can Suffer Significant Flood Damage If Not Professionally Taken Care Of 

When people think of natural disasters in Los Angeles, earthquakes and other significant events like this come to mind. However, you might not know that the Los Angeles area is home to several different low-lying floodplains, and those who have built their own houses within these areas are statistically more likely to experience flooding through torrential storms.

As with almost every other major city in the country, flash flooding remains one of the most devastating and unpredictable destructive force. It can happen with little to no notice, and it can leave an untold amount of flooding damage to your Los Angeles home. Given its almost instantaneous creation, there is little in the line of precautionary measures that you can take to prevent the damage they can do.

If you have a compromised foundation (even something as simple as the erosion of a few mortar joints), you have an entry point for flood waters to get into your home. With the force and pressure that this high volume of water can bring with it, even small penetration cracks in your foundation can result in catastrophic amounts of water to end up in your basement area. The substantial water is even more devastating if you are among a large number of Los Angeles area homes with a finished lower level. In the event of any water getting into your home from the outside, you should be contacting our SERVPRO team of professionals.

In a flooding scenario, time is always of the essence. You want to be able to stop the water that is still coming into the area, and this can happen with concentrated efforts from our technicians. Assessment of the source of the flooding can allow our SERVPRO restoration specialists to stop the water flow using hydraulic cement until the area can be cleaned and restored. The restoration process begins with removing the excess water with submersible pumps and pump trucks we bring to your home. Once the area has the water removed from it, air movers can help to dry the affected region entirely. Then a more permanent solution can be determined based on what needs to be reconstructed, and whether this requires a residential contractor to get involved.

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Los Angeles is not a stranger to flooding by any means, and if you are the victim of such an event, you can always count on SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. You can reach us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Los Angeles

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Los Angeles If you are facing water damage in your club, contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services so that you can prevent a mold infestation.

Our Technicians Quickly Assess and Dry Out Your Flooded Center

The snack bars at local Los Angeles recreation centers are popular places, but as with any space, when plumbing snakes are used to clear up clogs, they can have a great deal of damage if the pipes accidentally burst or are cut. Fast and thorough service from an IICRC trained restoration company fixes the immediate problem and keeps the rec center open for the health and enjoyment of city residents.
A remodeling project in the locker room behind the concession stand inadvertently cuts through pipes, causing commercial water damage to your Los Angeles health club. The common area in front of the food area has carpeting which is soaked, and the wall separating the lockers and the food prep area is saturated. We have tools and techniques that remove water fast, and dry out both the floor covering and the shared wall.
Your staff no doubt shut off the water in the affected area, but we make certain this is done when we arrive. If more than two inches of water is on the floor, we choose pumps to remove the water and then move to high-efficiency extractors to suction up moisture in the tiled snack bar area and the locker room. One of our experienced SERVPRO managers then assesses the condition of the saturated carpeting. It is quite disruptive to pull carpeting up, so we may try to extract the water in place.
A weighted wand is used by trained SERVPRO employees to extract the water from both the carpeting and the padding below, section by section. Because of the weight of the wand and the intensity of the suction risks harm to the carpet, it is essential that one of our experts complete this job. Stretching and tearing of the carpeting is possible otherwise, and the carpeting also risks suffering from delamination, where the fibers pull off the backing if an inexperienced operator does the task.
Other members of the SERVPRO water damage team set up air movers and dehumidifiers to accelerate drying. A health club or rec center is already at heightened risk of mold development because of the humidity level. The last thing needed is to feed mold spores with the excess moisture caused by this accident. We pledge to bring moisture levels down to below 30 to 50 percent within 48 hours, significantly diminishing the possibility that microbial activity flourishes.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo has the resources necessary to restore the water damage in your recreation center. Place just one call to (310) 333-0654 to have an expert team dispatched to take care of the problem.

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Mold Damage in Los Angeles Meets Its Match With SERVPRO

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Los Angeles Meets Its Match With SERVPRO Finding or smelling the presence of mold in your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for fast remediation efforts.

Our Technicians Understand Mold Infestations and How to Prevent Their Recurrence

Mold growth is a hot-button topic in the media, keeping people on edge every time they think they see or smell evidence of an infestation. The tiny fungi that cause so much concern are always in our environment, but homeowners have much control over the conditions that favor their growth if they focus on proaction rather than panic. A quick response from our mold remediation team is the ticket.
Although Southern California experiences long arid periods, we also see severe storms and heavy rainfall that can cause water to invade areas of your home. Decorative fountains and inviting swimming pools are common amenities, and HVAC systems keep things cool, but can also harbor hidden sources of water. Water is the catalyst that transforms dry, benign mold spores into greedy, food seeking colonies that rapidly spread across walls, in bathrooms, or under cabinets. Los Angeles mold damage cannot be ignored, but it can be mitigated by our trained technicians and limited in its future growth by following commonsense recommendations.
If you suspect mold growth because you smell something musty, or see feathery or leathery looking growths, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our mold remediators follow the protocols of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to contain, remove, and discard mold growth. We then use effective antimicrobials like Concrobium to inhibit further growth and catch and encapsulate any mold debris we may have overlooked.
All of the above steps are for naught if we do not take the time and make an effort to locate the source of moisture that activated the mold spores in the first place. As discussed earlier, water exists in many forms in our Los Angeles homes, as it does everywhere. Keeping water away from the mold spores is the only way to reduce the chances of mold damage reasserting itself, and SERVPRO project managers and work crew are thoroughly trained to avoid that outcome.
Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry is a required continuing education course mastered by our employees. The SERVPRO approach to mold remediation is holistic and based on the science of the tiny organisms' reproductive process. Our remediation services followed by your acceptance of our proactive and practical advice to limit moisture is your best chance to put mold damage behind you.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is always ready for a mold remediation. Call us at (310) 333-0654 to manage a current mold issue, and then follow our straightforward tips to protect against a future problem.

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Choosing The Right Water Damage Service In Los Angeles

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Choosing The Right Water Damage Service In Los Angeles SERVPRO Removes Water and Preserves Properties and Customers from Unsafe Conditions

Water Removal in Los Angeles Is Best Served with the Help of SERVPRO

If you find your property damaged by water leaks or flooding in Los Angeles, you need help from a professional service provider. That is because you have to make sure your property is dry and adequately clean. However, which criteria should you use to pick the right water damage service?

Los Angeles is not new to water removal problems, and as a resident, you have to be always prepared. When dealing with these issues, you need the right company with the right equipment including chemicals, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Finding this state of the art equipment on your own is not an easy task, and that can eventually lead you into seeking for water removal services like those offered by SERVPRO.
 The chemical products used need to be environmentally friendly and robust enough to ensure good results. Not all cleaning chemicals are active enough to kill all bacteria and fungi. In water damage removal we utilize disinfectants that result in a 99% germ-free environment.of all impurities removed. Of course, they are safe for our water damage technicians to use as well as for your family members.
You need to fix these water damage concerns fast, and our extraction equipment is key to doing this. The first thing we do is getting rid of the water. An excellent tool to do this is the portable extractor which is handy in accessing all the hard to reach areas. When dealing inches of pooling water, then we need the truck-mounted to suction out large volumes of water quickly.

Most people do not know precisely how to identify a water damage issue in Los Angeles, and it always leads to more complicated problems. Overflowing toilets and sinks, leaking plumbing and flooded basements are all examples of water damage issues. You need to deal with these difficulties as soon as possible and treat them with urgency. At SERVPRO, no water damage issue is too small, and we can restore your home to its preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is here to help you with all your water damage needs. Give us a call at (310) 333-0654; we are always available and ready to help at any time.

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Combating Leftover Smells after Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Bungalow

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Combating Leftover Smells after Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Bungalow The odors left behind by a fire can be very pungent, allow SERVPRO to restore your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Help to Make Your Home Safe and Inviting Once Again after Fire Damage

When your Los Angeles dwelling sustains a fire, smokey smells linger afterward. Because smoke and soot permeate deep into absorbent materials, they can release particles back into the air for a very long time. Whenever you breathe these particles in, your nose's olfactory system interprets them as sharp, stinging smells.

The climate in Los Angeles can make the odors caused by fire damage seem even stronger than usual. Sunlight that hits an area in your home heats up, accelerating the movement of the particles from the smoke and soot. When these particles become more active, the odors experienced by people in the home become unmistakably pungent.

A significant part of SERVPRO's response to mitigating fire damage includes controlling the odors brought on by soot and smoke. While we remove as much damage as we possibly can, odors can continue. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) knows which methods work best in the many diverse situations we encounter in homes and businesses and puts these to work for you, the customer.

Managing odor ranges from spraying upholstery and other textiles with encapsulating agents that neutralize odor-causing particles. Placing deodorizing packets in inaccessible locations helps keep rooms smelling fresh. Similarly, we can inject deodorizers into carpeting in a pattern, giving large areas long-term protection.

The use of a hydroxyl generator helps many homes with fire damage lose their smokey odor, also. Hydroxyl is much safer than ozone, and can safely run in locations with pets, plants, and people. Unlike ozone, hydroxyl does not cause discoloration on damp carpeting. Air scrubbers, which remove particles immediately after a fire, can also reduce odors a great deal by keeping them from lodging into materials inside your home in the first place.

A large part of mitigating fire damage, odor control helps restore your home how you want it, safe and inviting for your family. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo can help you attain this after a fire, no matter how much damage exists. Contact us at our local number, (310) 333-0654, for our 24-hour services.

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Restoring Flood Damage In Los Angeles

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage In Los Angeles SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to Los Angeles flood damage.

Flood Damage Repair

Flooding in Los Angeles does not harm the home for the most part, but the property inside. The sudden storms we have had this year cost homeowners a few panels of drywall, but most of the cost was to replace furniture and other personal property.

SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to Los Angeles flood damage. We understand the effects it has on the interior of a home and the best methods to use when it comes to repairing and remediation of furniture. Wood is still the primary material for most furniture. When exposed to floodwater, several problems may develop: swelling, cracking, joint weakness, and spotting.

Technicians remediate problems with the first three by carefully removing excess moisture. Our first tool in the kit is a dehumidifier. We set one up to draw moisture from the furniture item and the surrounding air. If the wood can support a faster process, technicians set-up an air mover to blow a controlled amount of warm air across the surface of the affected item. If there is space beneath a large item like a bookcase, then they may use the second device to blow air underneath as well.

Spotting occurs when water damages the finish on a wood surface. Unless the water has set on the item for an extended period, we can remove the water spots with a wood care products we have on-hand. Severe spotting may require a complete stripping and refinish. If the piece is expensive, we may recommend a professional refinishing service to avoid any secondary damage.

A wood composite (particleboard) often makes up bathroom cabinets and other, similar items. It is laminated and painted on one side to give attractive appearance while the interior is exposed. Unfortunately, it traps moisture inside and results in warping. Although our technicians can remediate the effects, SERVPRO recommends replacing them since purchasing a new cabinet is often cheaper than the labor cost to restore it.

Restoring your home after a flood is something that SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo does better than almost anyone else. If you are dealing with flooded property or have questions about our methods, call (310) 333-0654 today for more information.

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Keeping Bars' Special Water Damage Needs in Mind for Marina Del Rey

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Bars' Special Water Damage Needs in Mind for Marina Del Rey Make sure that your patrons don't find a new hangout while your doors are closed after water damage. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians are Quick to Arrive and Begin Drying Out Your Commercial Property

Cleanup of a bar with water damage in Marina Del Rey can be a tricky affair. Los Angeles as a whole has a very diverse array of nightlife locations and fine establishments, and this is perhaps more true for Marina Del Ray than anywhere else. Every bar is different and thus requires a different approach. We work to customize our interactions with every local bar owner and manager when they run into issues through representatives who are available around the clock and integration of the SERVPRO ERP system.
We recognize the unique challenges that are inherent with bars when they sustain commercial water damage in Marina Del Rey. Other types of businesses have different priorities, needs, and budgets, but bars tend to need some of the fastest, most inexpensive service possible to reopen quickly and without significant financial loss. We take these considerations into account in all of our dealings, which is why our emphasis is on speed. Our technicians respond quickly, our machines get to work in no time, and your business should be able to reopen after as little delay as possible. But of course, we cannot go too fast: our emphasis on quality also helps to ensure that the job gets done right, the first time, sparing you of any future embarrassment.
Fulfilling these needs can be a challenge. Luckily, most bars are relatively easy to clean up. Smaller buildings are usually much faster work for our technicians, and bars tend to contain relatively few obstructing machines, safety hazards, and obstacles that would otherwise impede our work. Furthermore, the employees and owners of most bars are mature, respectable people that are easy to deal with. As a result, bars are among our most favored local businesses to deal with, as they are always a pleasure to work with and relatively easy to restore.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is ready around the clock to respond to your business' call for help. If your building has taken damage in any way, call us at (310) 333-0654.

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