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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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Reduce Moisture To Guard Against Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Office

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reduce Moisture To Guard Against Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Office Moisture Leads to Mold Affecting Your Los Angeles Property

Los Angeles and Mold Remediation--Prevention is Best

A home office is ideal for anyone who runs a business from their home, or even for someone who is studying or running a part-time concern in addition to their main job. Los Angeles home office owners know that a lot of necessary paperwork and books are stored on the shelves and in the cabinets there. That is why it is important to be mindful of the risk of fungal growth. Mold colonies indoors cause mold damage, which can be hard to repair.
One of the most common places for mold damage to occur in a Los Angeles home office is among the books. Fungus needs an organic food source to grow. Paper counts as an organic food source, and so do wood, parchment, linen, leather and some adhesives. It is easy to see how mold finds food for growth in any home office.
SERVPRO understands that you cannot remove all your books, just in case mold grows on them! However, fungi need other things to increase as well, and if you minimize its access to this stuff, it is harder for it to proliferate.
Fungus needs moisture as well as food. That is why SERVPRO focuses much of our remediation efforts on reducing moisture in the affected area. Damp corners in your home office offer the fungi an ideal breeding ground, especially in areas where books and papers are stored.
We recommend you check for damp corners in your home office and do what you can to dry them out. If the moisture is the result of a leak such as, for example, from an old window frame, get it repaired. Make sure the room has adequate ventilation year round, and be vigilant about checking for signs of mold.
Our IICRC-certified technicians have air movers, dehumidifiers and fans on hand to dry out your home office and discourage mold growth. We also use moisture meters and penetrating moisture probes to check for damp in hidden places, so you can rest assured that your office is properly dried out.
For help reducing moisture and fighting fungus in Playa del Ray, Lennox, Loyola Village and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Ray / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 today.

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Flood Damage in Los Angeles and the Moisture Factor

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Los Angeles and the Moisture Factor Storm Winds and Water Damage Homes in Los Angeles--Call SERVPRO for Help

Removal of Water and Humidity Mitigate Storm Damages

Rainfall this year surprised nearly everyone. It filled the nearby Los Angeles reservoirs, water channels, overflow areas, and kept coming down. At first, we welcomed every drop, but that changed after a few weeks.

Despite the last few years of drought, Los Angeles County has seen more than its usual share of flood damage this year. Spring and Summer rains have flowed over the hard-packed earth and directly into area homes. Standing water usually drains quickly in our area but that does not eliminate flooding problems; it just reveals them to our SERVPRO technicians.
One of the contributing factors to slowing cleanup and restoration efforts is excess moisture. As we work to clean carpets, personal property and repair your home, our team also determines if an Open or Closed system is the best option to lower the humidity to support those actions.
The Open system is efficient for larger areas like atriums and sunrooms. We establish fans at entrances and exits to draw out the inside, damp air and replace it with the warmer, dry air created by the air mover devices we set-up inside the affected areas. The Open system requires higher, outside temperatures to work at its most efficient but if the humidity is not sufficiently lower outside the home, the process slows.
If the affected area is a smaller room (bedroom for example), then our technicians choose the Closed system. We isolate the affected rooms (bedrooms, living rooms) from the rest of the home by securing the doors and windows and sealing entrances with plastic sheeting. Our first action is to set-up dehumidifiers to start drawing water from the air at a rate of 20–25 gallons every 24 hours. Next, if the home’s air conditioning system is usable, we adjust the temperature and air flow to increase the effectiveness of the dehumidifiers.
There are drawbacks to both options. Engaging the air conditioning at the level we need increases energy consumption (and cost) at a much higher rate than normal using the Closed system. With the Open system, a change in weather can stop all work unless the homeowner wants to attempt to switch to the Closed system.
Lowering the humidity in your home is a necessary part of returning your home to its original state. To learn more about this and other aspects of the restoration process, contact us here at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. Call today at (310) 333-0654; we are here to help.
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Prevent Kitchen Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Kitchen Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home SERVPRO recommends to never leave cooking food unattended in your kitchen.

Taking these precautions can help prevent your kitchen from a fire

Kitchen fire damage is a risk in any house. Cooking is something many of us take for granted and we are quick to switch on the oven or hob without a second thought. However, the kitchen is a high-risk area for home fires, which is why SERVPRO recommends taking precautions to prevent a blaze. We are on hand to help with cleanup after any home fire in Los Angeles, but of course, it is better to avoid a fire if possible.

There are several easy steps you can take right now to protect your Los Angeles kitchen from fire damage. Let us look at the most important ones.

Do not leave cooking food unattended. It is so easy to go and answer a text or see what your kids are doing, but do not do so. Stay in the room whenever you are cooking.

Be mindful of trailing sleeves and other clothing. It only takes a second for a loose piece of cloth to catch fire and cause lots of damage, including the risk of burns. Change into something with short or close fitting sleeves before cooking.

Keep kids away from the kitchen. Enforce a kid-free zone near the kitchen and do not let them in while you are cooking. If you wish to teach children to cook or bake, it is important to supervise them at all times.

Use a timer. Use a timer, so you do not forget that you left food cooking. Although SERVPRO recommends staying in the kitchen at all times, it is still a good idea to use a timer, so you do not lose track of how long pans and ovens are switched on.

Keep surfaces clean. Grease build up is a genuine fire risk. Clean surfaces regularly to remove buildup and reduce the possibility of a grease fire starting.

Install a smoke alarm. A smoke alarm in or close to your kitchen ensures that in the event of a fire, you are alerted quickly.

Switch everything off. Check your kitchen every night and switch off all appliances before going to bed.

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, a fire starts unexpectedly. In the event of a blaze in your home, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup and odor removal.

For help with flame and soot damage remediation in El Segundo, Lennox, Westchester, Playa Vista and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 today.

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Water Damage and How It Affects Homes in Los Angeles

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and How It Affects Homes in Los Angeles At SERVPRO we have professional carpet specialists who can mitigate and save your carpet to help keep your home safe and looking its best.

How Water Damage Affects Your Home

Misplaced water can come from different sources. The damage left behind can create various problems and hazards within a home's interior. The visible ones, such as staining of ceilings, often make a home seem much older and dated than it is, while invisible damage can decrease your home's ability to provide a haven for your family.

Many homes in Los Angeles are architecturally beautiful, but this quality can also increase how much water damage a home suffers. Water spreads out on a surface, absorbing into porous items touched by the water, and traveling downhill due to gravity while seeping uphill when wicked upwards. Even the smallest, microscopic openings allow water to enter.

Drywall is quickly affected by water's presence. Painted drywall can become discolored when moisture exists in tiny amounts, while larger amounts of water cause swelling and inevitable disintegration and crumbling away of drywall sheets' interiors.

Carpeting also fares rather poorly when exposed to water, as does the padding underneath. The water damaged padding cannot sustain its compression. This can create an uneven floor, highly visible traffic patterns, and increased deterioration of the carpet above. The professional carpet specialists at SERVPRO are IICRC-certified in caring for carpets. Slight water damage can often be mitigated and save your carpeting, making it crucial to call for assistance as soon as you realize there is a problem with water. Waiting can result in a destroyed carpet and the loss of a valuable investment.

When non-structural items in your home suffer from damage by water, such as drapes and furniture, SERVPRO can help return these belongings to like new condition once again. We have access to advanced equipment that can restore these items for you again. We can box these items up and transport them, then return them as soon as possible.

Water may be a vital substance for life, but when it affects homes adversely, SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is there to help you. Water damage causes loss whenever it remains unmitigated, but we are only a phone call away. Contact us anytime, day or night, at (310) 333-0654 to prevent this type of damage from happening in your home.

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Water-logged Art Galleries can Benefit from Commercial Water Removal in Los Angeles

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water-logged Art Galleries can Benefit from Commercial Water Removal in Los Angeles For standing water, pump trucks and hand-held water-extracting devices begin the restoration process.

Learn How SERVPRO Can Help Your Art Gallery

Displaying local artists' masterpieces holds responsibilities toward both the artists and those viewing their work. Making sure that your gallery is a safe place for both people and the many mediums that artwork comes in can be a task that only seems simple on the surface.

When any amount of excessive moisture, from high humidity to a broken water line over an extended period, threatens your Los Angeles gallery's ability to function as it should, commercial water removal can act as a reset button. SERVPRO can restore your facility, so comments focus on how it is once again “Like it never even happened” instead of how bedraggled your gallery makes the art look haphazard and uninspired.

Our SERVPRO technicians do this by assessment of the moisture content in different sections of your location, and then working to minimize any water or moisture discovered. From the floor up to the ceiling, and between each wall and corridor, and everything in between, we can restore normal dryness levels.

For standing water, pump trucks and hand-held water-extracting devices begin the restoration process. Heating mats finish the process on floors, ensuring that warping is not an issue in the future. Air circulation is of vital importance so that canvas and other fabrics in your artists' crafts are not at risk of developing microbial growth later, so air blowers and dehumidifiers are part of our methodology.

Because we employ those who understand that each of our customers must support their respective clientele, we can assure you that your job receives the care and attention it should. Our technicians train and study, so they receive IICRC certifications, keeping them up-to-date on the latest in textile care, carpet repair, and prevention of the many types of damage water can create.

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For artwork of various types, we can discuss their specific requirements, ensuring that your situation always receives the best results possible. When your gallery needs water removal services, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. Our number is (310) 333-0654, and we are available whenever you call.

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Experienced Water Damage Restoration Specialists Available Throughout Los Angeles

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Experienced Water Damage Restoration Specialists Available Throughout Los Angeles There are many times when calling in professionals to dry out your property is the best idea. Quick response can help prevent the formation of mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Experience to Make Sure that the Job is Done Right

It can be hard to understand the amount of devastation water leaves in its wake, especially if you have yet to experience this kind of situation yourself. Unexpected water can destroy carpeting, furniture, and stored belongings, often damaging items such as photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms.
Experiencing water damage in the basement of your Los Angeles home for the first time can leave you exhausted. However, after you get things under control, it is important to determine whether you face recurring water issues or if this was a one-time event.
Decide whether you need help with your current problem. You may have problems relocating stored items to a safe location, tracking down the source of water causing the problem, or even getting water out of your home. In these situations, SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians ready to assist.  
You have to determine what caused your problem in the first place. Surface water may run down, or even through cracks in your foundation walls, pushing groundwater into your basement by what professionals call hydrostatic pressure. A local storm sewer can cause water to backup, filling your basement with hazardous water.
SERVPRO can help you avoid these types of situations, fully inspecting your foundation for cracks, performing necessary repairs, and installing solutions that limit any losses you might experience. We can also install submersible pumps, backflow valves, and additional drainage to assist with future problems that may arise.
Believe it or not, improper grading and damaged downspouts play a major role in keeping water away from your home. Gutters and downspouts can become clogged or damaged, causing significant damage during rainstorms. SERVPRO technicians take the time to check each of these areas and provide you with recommendations to prevent damaging incidents.
Attempting to perform repairs without the proper equipment and experience can lead to additional symptoms, causing further damage to your home. It is easy to get the help you deserve to get water issues on your property under control quickly and efficiently.
Contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at the first signs of water intrusion into your home. (310) 333-0654

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