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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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Avoid Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Area Home

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Area Home Make sure that you always pay attention to the stove and/or oven when you are cooking. Contacts SERVPRO if the fire gets away from you.

Paying Attention to What is Going On is Key to Preventing Fires in Your Home

Over the last sixty-two years, there have only been five major events that involved fire with death tolls of 100 or more people. The majority of fires luckily fail to claim victims, which thankfully proves how aware we have become as a society. However, accidents, neglect, and misuse still occur quite frequently.
Some of the most common causes of fire damage throughout the Los Angeles area involve arson. A crime of intentional, reckless, malcontent, starting large fires or causing explosions on purpose. As the leading cause of property damage throughout the United States, most fire-setters avoid incarceration because fires go unreported, or authorities lack evidence to prosecute.
The majority of all other fires involve human-made devices that if misused, not maintained properly, or neglected, lead to fires that often occur when you least expect them. You can protect your family against these types of issues by having an expertly trained fire damage restoration technician from SERVPRO inspect your home and provide you with solutions that fit your lifestyle.
Smokers, or more accurately, cigarettes, are the leading cause of fatal fires. Past incidents lead to the invention of fire-retardant materials, which has resulted in a significant reduction in accidents involving abandoned or carelessly discarded smoking materials near trash, bedding, or upholstered furniture. If you have fire damage caused by this type of problem, SERVPRO can help you recover quickly and efficiently.
Portable heating equipment plays a major role in home fires as well. Some residents draw heating sources too close, leading to heat-related fires due to misuse, or improper placement. It is also common for users to overfill wood stoves or fireplaces, making it impossible for the devices safety features to handle the load.  
There are those that use candle light as a source of comfort, enjoying an evening bath to candlelight, with many of us using candles for lighting during a power outage, causing severe damage when left unattended. Becoming distracted while cooking can cause tragic events, no safe point allows you to turn your attention away from the kitchen while cooking a meal.
SERVPRO technicians can provide you with repairs and restoration services necessary to recover from any of these situations. However, it is never a bad choice to learn more about how to protect yourselves before a problem occurs.  
Learn more about what SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo can do for you, give us a call today. (310) 333-0654

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Flood Damage Woes in Los Angeles

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Woes in Los Angeles Don't let the devastation that comes with a storm keep you out of your home for long. Contact SERVPRO right away to start the remediation process.

SERVPRO Handles the Storm Damage Quickly So that YOU can Get Back into Your Home

California is the ideal location for many people. It is why they come here every month by the thousands, pursuing every dream imaginable. Now and then, however, the weather or our old water and sewer system decides to nudge us all awake.

Los Angeles is one of the nicest areas to live in this county, not to mention expensive. That does not prevent flood damage to homes, no matter what some residents might hope.

Regardless if the water comes from a sudden rain or a broken water main, SERVPRO is ready to take care of our neighbors with a highly trained, 24-hour response team. No matter if you live a mini-mansion, duplex, or a trailer court near the beach, there are some emergency services that every home needs when disaster strikes.

First, we remove any standing water from your home. It may mean bringing in portable pumps and extractors, or we may be able to force out the water with push brooms and squeegees.

Next, we place furniture and other items that might stain carpets up on blocks or pallets. If necessary, our technicians relocate the items to our facility or put them in another storage area temporarily. We also take out anything that might be damaged as we restore your home to its pre-flooded condition.

Now, we dry the carpets. For large rugs, we lift them off the floor and place air movers underneath to dry them. For smaller rugs, we remove them to hang outside on specially designed frames or bring them to our facility to dry there. If there is a pad underneath, we recommend disposal as it is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry one.

Lowering the humidity is the next step. For smaller homes, we can accomplish this by opening the doors and windows and setting up exhaust fans to force out the damp air. In larger homes, technicians install dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air. We pair these devices with air movers and exhaust fans to force the damp, inside air out and replace it with drier air from outside.

Living here is the dream and SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo does everything we can to keep it that way. If you need us, call us today at (310) 333-0654 for an inspection or to immediately get started.

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Some Bathroom Habits can Increase the Chances of Mold Damage in Your Marina del Rey Home

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Some Bathroom Habits can Increase the Chances of Mold Damage in Your Marina del Rey Home Mold in a bathroom can spread quickly. Call SERVPRO to be your ally during the remediation process.

Certified Technicians Quickly Get the Mold Situation Under Control in Your Home

Having teens and young adults in the home always presents challenges. Many of these involve differences of opinion, such as clothing choices but others are based on pure fact. One of these facts has to do with mold.

In Marina del Rey, mold damage can happen in even the nicest of homes. All mold requires is a bit of cellulose, which is found in almost everything in your home (including the dust on shelves!), some moisture, and a bit of protection from the sun. Because mold can grow so quickly and out of control so easily, it is crucial to any home that care is taken not to allow these situations to develop.
However, cellulose is not something that can be eliminated from your home, as it is not merely in your home, it is a large part of what makes up the building materials used in the construction of your home. What we can control, and we can inspect your home for pertinent factors, is humidity levels. When we can control this, we eliminate one of the three things that mold requires, thereby shutting down its ability to grow, and damage things, in your home.
One of the sources that are often overlooked or downplayed by younger family members is their bathroom habits. Showering and bathing are necessary parts of good hygiene, but doing so haphazardly can provide mold the moisture needed. Bathroom routines, done daily, can end up providing mold an ongoing source of moisture.
Curbing this behavior can be a difficult habit to break, but it is crucial to do so if mold growth is to be kept under control. The use of ventilating fans can help a great deal, but if water is allowed to accumulate on the floor, these fans are rendered useless. They can only disperse and carry away airborne moisture, not pools of water left on the floor.
Towels and floor mats that are left where they land by rushed teenagers can cause carpeting or tile to develop mold. Towels left in a dark hamper can also grow mold themselves. The best route is to always hang these damp or wet items up and allow the fan to run until at least all of the steam from the shower has been cleared away.
At SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo, we are local and have families of our own. We know that some of the dangers faced by families today are in our own homes, and mold damage is one of them. We can help remediate mold and eliminate mold damage in your home, quickly and professionally. Just call us at your earliest convenience, any time of the day or night, at (310) 333-0654, and we can explain how we can help you with your specific situation.

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Restoration Of A Bookstore's Inventory Suffering From Commercial Water Damage In Marina Del Rey

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Of A Bookstore's Inventory Suffering From Commercial Water Damage In Marina Del Rey Bookstores combating commercial water damage from broken or leaky water pipes should realize they are fighting time, also.

Bookstore's Suffering From Commercial Water Damage Should Call A Professional Restoration Company

Books are an important part of most American's lives, and almost everyone has a favorite book, author, or genre they love to indulge in from time to time. Many tourists also make it a part of their packing to bring along a book or even several to read when relaxing by the pool at their hotel or a nearby beach. Sometimes, books are bought on site, and this is where area bookstores come in handy.

In Marina del Rey, bookstores combating commercial water damage from broken or leaky water pipes should realize they are fighting time, also. Even though bookstores are not thought of as being 'real' tourist destinations, a high percentage of their patrons are often from out of the area and on vacation, meaning that seasonal highs and lows most likely already affect profit margins. When inventory is at risk of being damaged so badly it cannot be sold; then preventative measures need to be taken immediately.

Water can damage a bookstore's structure, from the interior walls all the way to the exterior facing. Much of the damage experienced is dependent on where the water is coming from and at what rate it is entering. Even slowly dripping connections that could use a bit more Teflon tape have been known to bring about saturated gypsum board, stained ceilings, rotted carpeting, and musty odors. Standing water can be non-existent, but water damage may still be present.

Water-damaged bookstores, however, often present unique challenges, and at SERVPRO, we are ready for them. We are skilled expert professionals who have experience restoring damaged buildings of all types. We also have access to lyophilization equipment, which can save your inventory.

Lyophilization, or freeze-drying, has shown its benefits many times in restoring different types of media, including rare books. With lyophilization, your inventory is frozen. Frozen books experience no more wicking of water into dry parts of pages, stopping the damage and keeping mold from growing. When at the appropriate temperature, a process called sublimation begins with the assistance of a created vacuum. This vacuum is a vital aspect of lyophilization because it is what draws the moisture out of the frozen materials. These items go from wet or damp to frozen to dry with this process, and the result is books that are still in saleable condition.

When you need help with water damage in your bookstore, give SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo a call at (310) 333-0654. We can restore any size establishment affected by water or any other malicious element and keep your business thriving.

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Fire Prevention Tips For Your Marina Del Rey Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Tips For Your Marina Del Rey Home Keeping your home and family safe from fires involves focusing on preventing a fire in the first place.

Fire Prevention Tips

Keeping your home and family safe from fires involves focusing on preventing a fire in the first place. Almost 400,000 homes catch on fire each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Prevention involves the steps needed to ensure fires do not start in your home.

If you do experience a fire in your Marina Del Rey home, remember that you can lessen the damage done by the fire by getting in touch with a professional fire damage remediation company, like SERVPRO, as soon as you can after the fire is out. There are steps you can take in the meantime to help prevent a fire from ever happening. There are household danger areas to be more aware of including:

The leading cause of household fires, cooking needs to be practiced with care, especially when cooking on the stovetop. The accumulation of grease can be dangerous. Keep your oven and stove clean, and regularly check your vent goods, clean your filters and ensure if there is an exterior vent that nothing is impeding the airflow to the outdoors. If you own a gas stove, check that your system does not have any fittings that are loose, broken pilot lights, leaking valves, or flammable materials which are improperly stored in places nearby. Keep all flammables like curtains and dish towels a safe distance from the stove, and do not leave it unattended.

Heating is the second most common reason for home fires. Space heaters, furnaces, wood stoves and fireplaces all can present a risk for fire. Ensure your furnace gets a yearly inspection and cleaning. With space heaters, make sure they are three feet or more away from anything flammable. Turn them off before leaving the area or going to bed. Have wood or coal stoves and fireplaces inspected each year and do not store flammables nearby.

The third common cause of fires in the home, smoking is also the top cause of fire deaths at home. Use caution when smoking in your home. Do not put yourself in a position where you might fall asleep while you have a lit cigarette, and douse the butts with water before putting them in the trash. Even better, do not allow smoking in your home at all.

Matches, Candles, And Lighters
Do not leave candles unattended, or let children light them without supervision. Use stable candle holders constructed of materials that are non-flammable and extinguish candles if you are going to leave the room. Keep lighters and matches stored in a safe place where children cannot reach them. SERVPRO has plenty of experience in cleaning up after candle fires and making necessary repairs, so if this occurs to you, don’t hesitate to have their technicians help you get your home back.

Incorrectly installed wiring or overloading of circuits and extension cords also pose a fire risk. Check power cords on all your appliances and look for missing grounding prongs, frayed wires and damage to insulation. Replace or repair them before you use the appliance again.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is thoroughly trained to handle any house fire damage. They understand that time is of the essence in these matters, and that you have a lot on your plate after an event like this, so they do all they can to take the stress off you when you call them at (310) 333-0654.