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Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Talk About What Is Involved In The Restoration Process

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Talk About What Is Involved In The Restoration Process Whenever a fire burns on your property, the restoration process can be extensive and involve several different parties.

Fire Damage Technicians Talk About The Restoration Process

The risk of having a fire start inside your Los Angeles home is bigger than you think. According to NFPA, public fire departments across the country respond to more than a million fires per year. More than a third of these blazes are structural fires. Many of the structural fires are house fires that are most often caused by cigarette smoking, heating equipment, electrical systems, and cooking.

Whenever a fire burns on your property, the restoration process can be extensive and involve several different parties. During fire damage mitigation in Los Angeles, our SERVPRO restoration crews work with your insurance agent and adjuster when repairing the problems. In some cases, there are different companies that complete different parts of the project.

During any restoration process, our primary goal is to satisfy you the property owner. Our SERVPRO technicians work directly with you from the minute we provide immediate response to the end of the job. We take special care to explain each step of the restoration process to you.

Our next major goal is to minimize the extent of the loss. We respond promptly so that the original problem does not create secondary damage. Then, we determine what can be restored. Our SERVPRO team pre-tests areas in the home to figure out what must be replaced, what can be cleaned, what is questionable, and what does not need cleaning.

Another goal of ours is to save the insurance adjuster time. We work hard to get testing, loss detail, and scope of loss information to them expediently. When we work closely with the insurance company and adjuster, it allows the entire restoration process to run more smoothly.

After we conduct our initial inspection, we report the scope of loss to the insurance company. Our inspection and reporting process allows the adjuster to review the estimated services and prioritize the work schedule.

In the end, our final goal is complete quality restoration. Our IICRC certified professionals work closely with the homeowner to make sure you are happy with the process. If you ever need help with fire or smoke-related problems, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 any day of the week.

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Ridding Your Home Of The Problems Brought In By Flood Damage In Los Angeles

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ridding Your Home Of The Problems Brought In By Flood Damage In Los Angeles Homes with flood damage in Los Angeles no longer can provide shelter to homeowners.

Ridding Your Home Of Flood Damage

Your residence in Los Angeles gives you a safe and secure place from all the problems in the rest of the city. Keeping unwanted intruders out means having the best possible locks you can buy and using them to keep the door closed. Floodwaters pay no attention to this security measure as this murky invader merely slips right past all of your defenses.

Homes with flood damage in Los Angeles no longer can provide shelter to homeowners. SERVPRO has experience successfully mitigating such damage from both homes and businesses. Our employees receive certification for the IICRC and engage in ongoing training and education to keep their knowledge current. SERVPRO can help you restore your home to its previous, livable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Our crew shows up prepared to start working as soon as our initial inspection and consultation with you conclude. As we work, we continually clean items. Cleaning and drying items can mean they sustain minor overall damage. For instance, in your kitchen, we remove all of your cookware, tableware, and anything else used for preparing or eating meals so we can sanitize everything that came into contact with the water.

Food products can carry highly toxic pathogens and other debris in minuscule grooves on the containers' exterior surfaces, so we always dispose of these potential health hazards. This disposal eliminates the possible mixing up of contaminated items with newly purchased food.

For similar reasons, carpets and the padding underneath them require removal. The process of drying these items out creates an almost impossible task and one that would most certainly not succeed. However, we can satisfactorily clean and decontaminate many area rugs and other things that may have become saturated in floodwaters by soaking them in unique solutions. Doing so can help preserve the overall pre-flood character of your home.

Drying out the interior of a home suffering from flood damage takes time, but SERVPRO technicians know how to use the equipment in our Green Fleet in the most efficient manner possible. SERVPRO works hard to get you and your family back in your home as soon as possible. We understand the devastating effects a flood can have on a family.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is always on standby to help your family after flood damage by mitigating the situation. Call us at (310) 333-0654 so we can start working on making things safe again in your home.

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Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles May Include Moisture Removal Behind Cabinets

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles May Include Moisture Removal Behind Cabinets Los Angeles Water Removal Gets the Best Equipment Available from SERVPRO

Drying Hidden Moisture Is Key to Preventing Secondary Water Damages

The pipe burst in the kitchen left a mess, and there is water behind and under your kitchen cabinets. Mopping up the water on your own may remove surface moisture, but it takes professional expertise to extract all excess water and to dry inaccessible areas such as the floors and walls under and behind the cabinetry. It is imperative to remove hidden pockets of water because if it is left behind mold can develop and possibly cause health effects.

Our experienced SERVPRO water damage technicians in Los Angeles have the skills to remove moisture in those hard to reach areas behind and under your cabinets. Drying moisture behind the cabinets can be a lengthy process due to drywall, framing, and multiple layers of the cabinet back. The construction of your kitchen cabinets can affect drying time. If the cabinets are backless, our crew may be able to drill holes in the wall so air can circulate inside the wall cavity.
 
For this job, techs use hole saws, which come in various sizes. After the wall is dry, crews patch or cover the holes. When cupboards have a backing, drying times may take longer because of the multiple layers. Technicians may drill in the cabinet back to speed up drying and then patch the holes with comparable material. Our SERVPRO technicians check with homeowners to gain permission to drill holes. Plus, we follow codes and abide by regulations on disposing of any items. Our techs are also careful and take precautions when working around and near plumbing and electrical wiring inside the walls.
 
The area under the cabinet, which often contains a void and is trimmed with a toe-kick, is often made of a less expensive material than the cabinet. If there is this base molding on the front of this area, crews may remove it and drill holes in it to allow airflow under the cabinet. Before crews drill holes, they treat the toe-kick area with a biocide and use a vent system to force dry air into the cavity. Once the drying process is complete, techs put the base molding back in place when possible.
 
SERVPRO of Mariana Del Ray/Westchester/El Segundo provides water damage restoration 24/7. Contact us at (310) 333-0654 if you need our services in the Los Angeles area.

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Entrusting Your Los Angeles Business to Our Water Damage Restoration Specialists

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Entrusting Your Los Angeles Business to Our Water Damage Restoration Specialists Water damage emergencies can wreak havoc on your profitable store. Contact SERVPRO to get back to business fast.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Take Great Care in Effectively Remediating Your Store After a Water Damage Event


When a water loss incident occurs in your Los Angeles retail store, several immediate concerns must get addressed. Depending on where the source of the water emergency originated, several areas of your store could get affected by the issue before the water flow can get shut down. With every area of your building likely housing something of importance to your business running smoothly, cleaning up the water quickly is a way to ensure that you do not have to keep your doors closed to the public for long.

When you first discover the commercial water damages in your Los Angeles store, you might consider all of the contents of the affected area that are now in harm's way. The right restoration team for the job can help you to ensure that these at-risk items can get removed from the area until the restoration process completes. This service can save you money in the long run and prevent any future hiccups in serving your customers once the water damages have gotten resolved.

Regardless of the source of this water damage, repairs are often necessary to prevent this same occurrence once the water flow gets turned back on. Smaller repairs and general fixes can happen with the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO technicians. More elaborate repairs and intricate replacements are best in the competent hands of the appropriate tradecraft.

From extraction to drying, removing the water and lingering moisture is of the utmost importance when restoring a business. Not only can persistent dampness allow for mold growth, but it also prevents customers from shopping comfortably in your business. Our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment to dry the entire affected area thoroughly, even the parts you cannot see with the naked eye.

When you have to care for a business and make decisions to determine the qualified hands that work to restore it in the event of water damage, our professionals should be the team you consider. Our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo water restoration specialists can work quickly to get your business back to full capacity. Give us a call anytime at (310) 333-0654.
 
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How to Establish a Drying Goal during Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Establish a Drying Goal during Water Damage Restoration in Los Angeles Devices like this can assist our technicians in coming up with a drying plan for your home.

Our technicians use several devices to determine the best plan of action in removing water damage.

Creating a drying goal is critical when attending to water damage incidents. With the goal in mind, a restoration service provider is in a position to monitor whether the drying procedures that are in place are working towards attaining the goal. This goal usually shows the conditions the contents and areas should indicate, once they return to their preloss state. We are going to show you how we establish such goals when attending to water events in Los Angeles.

Measurements of humidity are key during water damage restoration in Los Angeles. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that an effective drying process requires the relative humidity (RH) to be lower than 40%. By being lower than 40%, it means the air can readily take in more moisture from the wet materials. Never make a mistake of assuming that a lower RH implies that the structure is dry. When we are taking the RH measurements using a hygrometer, we usually compare the reading of the affected area with those of the unaffected area. We know our processes are working when it keeps on decreasing over a duration of time.

Our SERVPRO technicians also establish moisture content goals during the restoration process. Here, we create the dry standard and the normal EMC (equilibrium moisture content.) By measuring the moisture content of items in the unaffected area, we can come up with the dry standard. We use moisture meters when measuring the items' moisture content, and from those readings, we can find out whether drying is taking place.

In case the moisture content of the materials is not decreasing, and the humidity is still high, our SERVPRO technicians examine the drying system and come up with a more efficient one. For instance, we might increase the number of dehumidifiers at the site or create smaller drying chambers. A drying chamber refers to the size of the area that we are drying. We usually demarcate drying chambers by using 6-mil polyethylene partitions.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is a trusted industry leader in water, fire, storm and mold damage remediation. Call us at (310) 333-0654 if you need a service provider that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO can restore fire Damage caused by electrical equipment

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO can restore fire Damage caused by electrical equipment After a fire, soot can be left on the walls and floor. Count on SERVPRO to remove all of the fire damage.

SERVPRO can restore fire damage caused by electrical equipment

Electrical appliances remain a standard in even the smallest of dwellings, but extras that help make a house, or apartment, 'home' can cause problems if left unattended. While safer than lighted candles, some small electrically-powered devices can overheat.

Your home in Los Angeles can sustain fire damage if you install bulbs of incorrect wattage into lighting fixtures. These are not the only sources that can catch fire after overheating, in any case. Clothes irons and hair styling wands and straighteners can also become problematic. Not only do they heat up immensely as part of normal functioning, if left turned on and forgotten, but they can also either heat up the area and start a fire or short circuit after reaching a specific temperature.

If you are at home when this happens, the fire damage might not spread. Putting out a fire when an electrical device is that fire's source can pose electrocution risks to you. This risk is a large part of why so many small fires become more massive and out-of-control blazes. SERVPRO technicians receive certificates in areas that help us professionally restore damaged homes and apartments, so they look "Like it never even happened" when we finish. Our IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) gives each customer's dwelling, including smaller homes and apartments, the attention needed to restore everything completely.

When electrical fires occur, SERVPRO partners with licensed electricians to help ensure that your home becomes safe again. If you used water to put the fire out, our partner assesses the damage done to wiring and other electrical components before you and your family return home after our restoration work concludes. After this electrical work is finished, restoration of your walls and other furnishings can take place. Painting and wallpapering in your choice of colors or patterns as the final touches to visible damage undoes the grimy damage left by the fire.

Odors, however, often come from seemingly nowhere distinct, but seem to permeate many dwellings with fire damage. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can determine where these odors originate from and destroy their cause. This might include injections into carpeting, gel packs placed inside wall cavities, or thermal fogging. Discussing the option available can rid you of the problem odors experienced.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo serves residents in the Playa del Rey and Loyola Village communities in mitigating fire damage. If your home suffers any degree of fire damage, give us a call at (310) 333-0654, so we can discuss how our services can help you restore your home to a preloss state before the damage worsens.

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The First Steps to Take After Flood Damage in Los Angeles

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The First Steps to Take After Flood Damage in Los Angeles Flooding from any source, when left unattended, can cause a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO immediately for best results.

Quick Reaction By the Homeowner After Flooding can Help With the Results

The first few hours after flood damage hits a Los Angeles home are critical to ensuring that cleanup and restoration costs remain as low as possible in the coming weeks. Taking the rights steps can help to prevent additional damage from happening on the property, start the drying process earlier, and get your family moved back in sooner. If flood damage hits your home, be sure to keep these essential steps in mind as you plan out your next actions.

Call Your Insurance Provider
One of the first calls you should make after sustaining flood damage in Los Angeles is to your home or flood insurance provider. In the event of a disaster, most local insurance companies prefer to receive notice of damages as soon as possible to start organizing mitigation and restoration efforts through a trusted company like SERVPRO as fast as possible and avoid unnecessary expenses. Some insurers may provide benefits or better coverage if you call sooner rather than later on top of expenses saved later on in the restoration process.

Contact SERVPRO
The other important call to make in the earliest hours after a disaster should be to a professional restoration service like SERVPRO. Our efficacy relies on our timeliness, and while we work hard to arrive quickly regardless of the situation, every minute can count after a severe flood. Failing to get our technicians on-scene quickly can result in mold growth, foundational and structural damage, and other expensive consequences for your home.

Start the Drying Process
You can help to start the drying process early through some simple measures. Separating out fabrics, upholstery, paper, and other water-sensitive materials can help to prevent further damage to them and potentially make the difference between restoration and replacement of many items in the home. Always take care to avoid potentially dangerous objects and surfaces in this stage, especially electronics and other belongings connected to power outlets.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo stands ready after every major storm to help local homeowners recover from the effects of flood damage in their homes. Contact us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Marina Del Rey

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Marina Del Rey SERVPRO has the professional training and tools to properly remediate mold damage found in your home.

SERVPRO is Here to Help With Your Mold Damage Remediation Needs

Mold spores are in every home in Marina Del Rey. They are almost as common as house dust, but many residents have the mistaken belief that mold means poor housekeeping or a “dirty” home. That is not the truth of the matter.

Mold damage happens in Marina Del Rey homes when there is the right amount of moisture and temperature, combined with a nearby food source. SERVPRO restoration teams are trained to interrupt and remove the source of moisture to stop further mold growth and then clean or dispose of any damaged property.

Spores can start to expand and grow with only a tiny amount of moisture. In most cases, our restoration teams can quickly find the small puddle of collected water, dry it up, and kill the nearby mold growth with an anti-fungal spray.

SERVPRO technicians then look where the mold leads them. If the mold started in an attic or overhead crawlspace, it can grow over the entire home and then down into every interior and exterior wall. The mold can also infest every inch of insulation.

To kill the mold spores, our technicians use one or two methods. They can spray anti-fungal agents into the space behind the drywall panels, or use a fog machine to generate a cloud of cleaning particles which they then force into the wall space and cover every surface. Both are very effective at stopping mold growth.

Mold in the walls requires removal of the drywall panels to get to it. While technicians can kill the mold using anti-fungal agents, they still need to pull down the panels to both remove the inert or dead spores. If the mold was unnoticed for a long time, our technicians also need to check the wall framing for damage to the wood. Team members can replace the framing, but if they find damage to the support structure, the homeowner needs to bring in a general contractor.

Stopping mold growth and remediating the damage it causes is not a short process, and it can be costly. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is here to help you return your home to its original, mold-free condition. If you need us, call (310) 333-0654 today.

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Water Removal Services After a Broken Water Hose in Your Los Angeles Laundromat

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal Services After a Broken Water Hose in Your Los Angeles Laundromat SERVPRO Helps Keep Los Angeles Area Laundromats Open During Water Damaging Events

SERVPRO Works Fast and Hard to Removal Water and Keep Your Business Open

Water removal services are an essential solution for the aftermath of a flood of any kind. Being the owner of a laundromat, the last thing you want is one of your washing machines to have a broken hose. Without the fixed connection, gallons of water can spew everywhere. Cleaning the mess yourself can be expensive and time-costly but, fortunately, there is qualified help near you.
 
SERVPRO technicians can come to your Los Angeles establishment to remove the water when it suits you. However, it is better for your business if we come as soon as possible. If the water sits inside of your establishment for an extended period, it can become the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold causes structural damage over time and health effects, a situation that is not ideal for you. Plus, you want to keep your paying customers happy with a safe, slip-free environment.
 
When SERVPRO gets to your property, an estimator can explain the damage, the likely solution, and answer any question. They can explain how water damage impacts tile flooring and listen to any concerns you have about your equipment. They are an essential communicator between our techs and you. For more minor flooding from appliance failure, we can quickly begin the extraction.
 
Our IICRC-certified techs can use advanced technology that is designed to pull the water from your property as swiftly as possible. We use powerful industrial pumps and wet/dry vacuums to clear the area. If there is much water, we may use a  truck-mounted pump system.
 
After we extract the water, SERVPRO can begin cleaning your property and then dry out any very moist areas of the structure. If there is a concern about mold, our SERVPRO techs can spray an antifungal agent to combat the chances of growth. The goal we strive for is to keep your laundromat functioning and preserving your equipment from water damage.

When an incident like a broken hose or water main break happens, do not pause. Give SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo a call at (310) 333-0654. We can get to your business as quickly as possible to begin the extraction.

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Fire Damage Experts in Los Angeles Explain the Cleaning of Soot Residue

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Los Angeles Explain the Cleaning of Soot Residue At SERVPRO, we have the training and experience to thoroughly restore your home after fire damage leaving your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Certified Technicians are Here to Help with Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs

Any time a fire happens on a property in Los Angeles, there are many things to consider during the restoration process. A burn can cause many different types of damage to your home including burnt and charred materials and smoke damage. The cleaning of materials and contents is much cheaper than replacing. Therefore the goal of any restoration job is to restore as many items by cleaning them as possible.

When it comes to cleaning soot residues, many factors of how the fire burned can change the type residues and soils present. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Los Angeles have experience in mitigating fires that have burned many different types of fuels. The type of fuel the blaze burned and the surfaces smoke affected all change how the soot gets removed.

In severe cases, the heat and flames from the fire can burn and char materials and contents so badly that replacement is required. Some items may only get partially charred and restoring just takes sanding, resurfacing, and painting. Other items in the house that are further away from the fire's source get affected by smoke created by the blaze. When the only problem with an item is pungent odors or soot residue left behind from the smoke, cleaning and deodorization are all that is needed to restore it to preloss conditions.

Since various types of soot adhere to a variety of surfaces differently, some soot is easy to clean up while other kinds of soils are not. There are a large variety of cleaning agents available to clean different types of smoke damage. Soot can be removed from most surfaces inside a building using either wet or dry cleaning methods.

Wet cleaning sometimes is not as effective because the water can soak soot into materials such as raw, unfinished wood. On surfaces that are porous dry cleaning is many times more efficient. Dry sponges are made to attract soot and soils removing them from surfaces without applying moisture that will soak into the material.

In most smoke restoration scenarios, our IICRC certified technicians use a combination of both wet and dry cleaning during the cleaning process. Any time you have questions about professional soot damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 24/7.

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