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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.

Water Damage: A Parting Gift From Your Guests In Marina Del Rey

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: A Parting Gift From Your Guests In Marina Del Rey Expert technicians are ready to inspect the damage and take the steps necessary to restore both structure and keepsakes.

Water Damage To Your Property

Your family and friends love to visit you seaside, and you love to host gatherings and long weekends. Unfamiliarity with the logistics of the tubs and showers in the guest wing left you with water damage caused by loved ones after the Spring holidays this year. A call to SERVPRO assesses the damage and devises a plan to restore the bathroom to preloss condition.

The last thing you expected when the final guest left at the end of the weekend was your first view of the water damage in your Marina Del Rey villa. Enthusiastic use of the whirlpool tub and the failure to latch the shower door properly caused water to flood across the tiles. Your office/craft room below the guest wing shows leaking through the ceiling and down one wall, unfortunately, the wall you lined with family pictures. Do not delay calling our office. Expert technicians are ready to inspect the damage and take the steps necessary to restore both structure and keepsakes.

A tiled bath may appear impervious to water, but moisture wicks through unsealed or cracked grout to the floor and ceiling below. Joints at the base of a wall are not always tightly caulked and let the water drop through. Since your houseguests failed to alert you SERVPRO shows you how the water traveled and what to do to reverse the harm. The floors in the bath itself receive a thorough going-over with our powerful suction extractors. Then we inspect the subfloor for weakness or damage because of the water. Air movers and dehumidifiers finish that part of the job on the floor and wall surfaces.

Our crew moves to the lower level room and determines how to dry the ceiling and walls. Ceiling tiles pop out and are easily replaced if damaged beyond repair. Removing them while aiming air movers at the ceiling help complete the drying of the bath's subfloor and assist in bringing the air moisture count lower. Drywall goes one of two ways -- replaced if crumbling and if signs of microbial growth are present, saved through the use of air flow, heat and dehumidifiers if solid and clean. Insulation, if present, is inexpensive to replace if drying seems impossible. As our techs move through the rooms periodic moisture readings guide their steps.

Finally, the pictures and other mementos on the walls receive an inspection and plan for restoration. Our technician's complete classwork in the science of drying documents and pictures, using techniques like freezing, freeze drying and blocking to restore your treasures as much as possible. Some of the items leave your premises for these specialized methods.

When the hostess gift you receive from careless guests damages your home SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo knows how to help. Contact us at (310) 333-0654 to assist with the cleanup.

Higher Than Normal Rates of Rainfall Bring Unexpected Visitors Into Your Marina Del Ray Home

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Higher Than Normal Rates of Rainfall Bring Unexpected Visitors Into Your Marina Del Ray Home Mold can spread like a wild fire. Call SERVPRO at the first sign to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly to Prevent the Spread of Mold

The Los Angeles region is not precisely a desert, but much of the water that fuels lush botanical growth comes from distant aquifers, not from the sky. Recent weather patterns brought record rainfall to the area, causing a variety of water damage issues including mold. SERVPRO offers mold remediation services, fast and efficient, for LA homeowners.
Finding mold damage inside your Marina Del Ray home after the heavy rains may be shocking. Mold spores lie dormant for years until moisture gives them the nourishment needed to breed. Homeowners who go decades without seeing any evidence of mold suddenly smell the unmistakable odor and see the characteristic colonies, often on walls and ceilings where overtaxed roofs and neglected gutters let the rain seep in during the unprecedented storms. Normal cleaning techniques are not suited to remedy mold. Consult us immediately for our expertise.
Mold infestation defies description, particularly if you have no or little experience with it. The colonies sweep across walls, seeking water and an organic surface upon which to grow. Attacking it with scrub brushes and common cleaning agents risks spreading spores, taking an isolated outbreak and moving it throughout the home. SERVPRO professionals train extensively to learn to manage mold according to EPA standards. Let our experts get to work as soon as you suspect mold has taken hold.
Containment is key, sometimes requiring specialized negative pressure machines and plastic sheeting barriers while our staff operates to remove the mold. If it grows on a solid surface, cleaning and disinfection usually make the area safe. Mold that infiltrates porous articles like sheetrock and upholstery cannot be removed completely, necessitating a careful tear out, disposal, and replacement. SERVPRO works with you and your insurer every step of the way, minimizing your expenses while ensuring your family’s health and welfare.
No mold remediation process completes without a search for the moisture that encouraged the growth. We detect the source or sources and share comprehensive advice on how to stop the water from invading your home. Follow our recommendations and ready yourself for the next “storm of the century,” this time without the mold problem.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo has the trained staff and experience to conquer your mold damage. Time matters when dealing with this complex issue, so call (310) 333-0654 to get the process moving.

Factors Affecting Drying After Flood Damage To Your Marina Del Rey Home

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Factors Affecting Drying After Flood Damage To Your Marina Del Rey Home Marina Del Rey Flooding Requires Powerful Pumps for Water Extraction

SERVPRO's Equipment and Expertise Mitigate Flood Damage

Flood damage occurs much more easily than many people think. Certainly, flood damage from burst rivers or torrential rain is a real risk in California. The news so far this year tells the story of many people evacuated from their California homes because of flooding. However, even if you are not affected by floods, your home can still be damaged due to a burst pipe or even a leaking appliance.
After flood damage to your Marina Del Rey home, it is important that your home and possessions are dried out as quickly as possible. Drying articles efficiently are vital for the prevention of mold growth. Thorough drying is a key part of making your home pleasant to live in again - “Like it never even happened." Knowing where to start with drying your home seems impossible. That is why a call to SERVPRO is the first step you need to take.
Our IICRC-certified teams are equipped with the most efficient equipment for rapid drying of your home and belongings. The first step is a thorough assessment of your house to determine the extent of the flood damage. Once we know what we are facing, we can decide on the best course of action to restore your home.
There are several factors which affect drying:
Amount of water to be evaporated. It is a fact that removing standing water is much more efficient than tackling moisture in the air. That is why our IICRC trained professionals have access to truck mounted and submersible extraction equipment. We remove all the water we can before bringing in powerful dehumidifiers.

Humidity. If the air in a room is too humid, it will slow down the drying process. Once water extraction is complete, we position dehumidifiers for the swiftest and most effective reduction of moisture in the air. The lower the RH, the less chance of secondary water damage.

Temperature. It is easier to dry out a room if it is heated to between 70° and 90°. Our team has heaters to generate the necessary temperature. This temperature range allows low grain refrigerated dehumidifiers to work at a full capacity of capturing up to 30 gallons of water per day from the air and soft surfaces. We understand that raising the temperature too rapidly worsens the damage. That is why we raise the temperature steadily and monitor the situation to ensure there is not too much moisture in the air.

Air movement. Air in the flood-damaged home quickly becomes humid. This slows down drying time. Our technicians use air movers to push out the humid air and bring in warm air to speed drying. We reposition the air movers and powerful axial fans as necessary to ensure even drying of every surface.
If you have suffered flood damage, let SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo assist you. Put in a call to (310) 333-0654 and get the help you need.

Handling Commercial Water Damage In Your Marina Del Rey Recording Studio

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Handling Commercial Water Damage In Your Marina Del Rey Recording Studio Water can penetrate any space and takes advantage of every crack, causing damage to your structure.

Water Damage In Your Recording Studio

As a business proprietor, you likely realize that moisture is the enemy for your recording studio, especially when it has the capability to shut your business down. Water can penetrate any space and takes advantage of every crack, causing damage to your structure. No matter how moisture has seeped into your building, the response needs to be the same. Bringing in a professional commercial water damage specialist like SERVPRO can help you make sure there are no lingering health threats for you or your employees after the moisture is gone.

Hazards To Health
A lot of sewage backup and floods can have deadly bacteria in them, and even the smallest amount of skin contact can leave someone very ill. A certified technician from SERVPRO not only has the tools to get rid of the moisture, but they also have the knowledge needed to get your building up and running again after commercial water damage has occurred, giving your employees a safe environment to work in the Marina Del Rey area. It can be surprising how much damage water can cause, and many times it is underestimated by business owners. However, when your commercial building is hit with a burst pipe or a flood, the situation can get out of hand quite fast, which is why these accidents are easily the most expensive problems you face as a business owner. Contaminated water creates more than structural problems, as it can leave serious threats once it is taken out of your property.

Water Damage
A lot of sewage backups, floods and other water which is contaminated usually causes the worst damage to your business. Contaminated water usually contains toxic materials from animal feces, chemical residues, and even parasites. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can grow quickly in water which is contaminated, and severe health risks are also present. The problem can get worse from the composition of your commercial building, which can fill with organic materials like wood, drywall, and material which is trapped in carpet fibers, allowing may pathogens room to grow. In the first 24 to 48 hours, mold can start building up behind the walls, spores are released, and any organic materials which are soaked from fluids which are contaminated usually have to be thrown away and replaced since repairing is not an option.

That is why at SERVPRO, we dry your building quickly and then apply antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agents to every surface which had contact with the water to ensure that we eliminate all contaminants in the air. In this way, you and your employees can return to a safe working environment, and you don't have to worry about inhaling any contaminated air. If your commercial building is in need of water damage cleanup and repair, contact our team at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. We are always available to help you get your business back on track in a timely fashion – just give us a call at (310) 333-0654.

If You Found Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Home, Keep Calm

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If You Found Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Home, Keep Calm Mold in Los Angeles? Call SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO to Restore Order When Mold is Discovered

Despite the strong stigma attached to it and its real potential to cause damage to your home, you should avoid sudden knee-jerk reactions should you ever find mold growing in your home. While it is important to start treatments quickly and get the problem taken care of as soon as possible, it is also equally important to gain a solid understanding of the situation and take appropriate initial steps toward mold removal. Here are a few things to look for and steps to take before you call SERVPRO or before our technicians arrive.
Find the Source of Growth
One of the most important things you can tell us on the phone is where mold damage to your Los Angeles home has occurred. While you may find the signs and symptoms of mold in one specific area, this could just be an extension of a larger problem elsewhere. After finding a patch of mold growth, check around the area to make sure there aren't larger patches or additional spots of damage. Our inspector checks the entire home thoroughly, but having solid knowledge of the situation helps our technicians with mitigation efforts.
Don't Attempt a Hasty Cleanup
Some residents may be tempted to try a fast cleanup job, especially if the mold damage is in an isolated area. However, unless preventative measures are taken, this can end up causing more harm than good. Mold requires complete sanitization and must be dehydrated before cleanup, or else it grows back with a fervor and spreads. Also, some types of mold can cause health effects, making it not only inefficient but also hazardous to clean up mold on your own. SERVPRO suggests professional remediation when mold is uncovered.
Call a Professional
Mold is a difficult beast to grapple with and requires extensive training and equipment to remediate. Be wary of cleaning and remediation services without proper certifications, as they may take your money and do an incomplete job. Calling SERVPRO ensures that your home receives full service from a qualified, certified company with years of experience. Our in-house training, on-going classes, and IICRC certifications testify to our expertise.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is a fully certified local damage restoration company with national resources to back up our service. Call us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.