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Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Los Angeles Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Los Angeles Home SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Damage from Flash Flooding in the LA Area with Rapid Water Removal

SERVPRO Extracts High Volumes of Storm Water and Dries and Restores Your Property

A flash flood in Los Angeles is not only unexpected but can be dangerous for its residents. These floods are appropriately named  as they can happen in just minutes after heavy rainfall, or a levee or dam breaks. It is dangerous not only for its volume and speed but also because the water in a flash flood can be carrying rocks and other debris.
If you have been the victim of flash flooding and your Los Angeles home has been flood-damaged, it is an overwhelming event that can leave you not knowing what to do next. With your structure taking on water, fast action is essential to avoid additional harm.Our SERVPRO staff is always standing by ready to help you.
Once we have pulled all the standing water from your property, we need to finish drying it. We do this by placing air movers and dehumidifiers around the affected area. To calculate the requirements for the dehumidifiers, we need to think about the nature of the environment being dried and the capacity of the dehumidifiers. Too rapid a drying can actually split and damage furniture.
One factor which defines the nature of an environment is how much absorbent or porous materials are present, such a clothing, carpets, unfinished wood, upholstered furniture, and paper produces. The more of these that are present, the more moisture that has to be absorbed and the more moisture that evaporates when air movement is applied. When there is much water affecting porous materials, it increases the need for SERVPRO crews to place additional dehumidifiers to balance evaporation.
Water damage classification is determined by several factors, like the degree of degradation to your structure, and whether water has accumulated inside wall and ceiling cavities. To calculate how many dehumidifiers we need for the initial setup, we factor in the above information. The category is determined by the number of porous items that are wet, rather than by the cleanliness of the water.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Ray/Westchester/El Segundo takes the proper steps to ensure your home in LAX, Playa Vista, or Loyola Village is thoroughly dry after flooding. Calling us at (310) 333-0654 for prompt service to stop additional flood damage.

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration Experts In Marina Del Rey

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration Experts In Marina Del Rey Water Damage Restoration to Marina Del Rey Businesses Keeps the Ships Afloat

SERVPRO Offers Minimized Disruptions to Businesses During Water Removal

Accidents not only occasionally happen at home, your place of business is possibly at risk of mishaps as well. There is always the possibility one day of a pipe breaking inside your Marina Del Rey beauty salon. Anytime a pipe leaks inside a business different procedures must be taken to remediate the problem.
A pipe rupture inside your beauty salon sometimes gets expensive, especially if any revenue gets missed. To get the best job done while causing the least amount of strain on your business as possible, it is smart to call SERVPRO's commercial water damage specialists in Marina Del Rey. Our technicians are trained to know what to do in mitigating a loss at a commercial property compared to  residential one.
When working with commercial properties the same mitigation procedures get followed as do any other type of damage. The only difference is that when fixing the problem, our crew keeps the operations of your business in mind. The technicians often change the way they do things so that your beauty salon gets negatively impacted as little as possible.
The first thing our SERVPRO technicians do when entering a workplace is secure the area. Our specialists post warning signs and fix or remove any visible hazards within the work area. Our team makes sure throughout the cleanup and restoration process that our work does not cause any safety hazards for you, your employees, or your customers.
Next, our crew moves and blocks any furniture so that the drying process begins. The technicians move everything inside your beauty salon to places where the business does not get disrupted. Any furniture that does not get moved gets put up on styrofoam blocks so that air flows underneath it.
Once the area gets effectively prepared, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up in the area to bring moisture levels back to normal. Sometimes our crew changes the way they set up the equipment so that it is not in the way of any of your beauty salon's customers.
To make sure a water damage problem gets dealt with correctly it is smart to get a hold of the professionals. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for help at your place of business 24/7.

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Recovery Solutions for Mold Damage in Your Marina del Rey home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Recovery Solutions for Mold Damage in Your Marina del Rey home Mold can lurk behind your cabinets or furniture for some time before it is visually found or smelled. Contact SERVPRO for mold remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold can appear anywhere in your Marina del Rey home at any time, all it needs is a food source, moisture, and oxygen to begin growing. Unfortunately, it takes complicated procedures to get things under control again once mold takes hold.

Marina del Rey homes can have mold damage caused by inadequate ventilation, cheap plumbing fixtures, and pipes that get installed during construction, making your kitchen one of the most mold-prone areas of your home. Some of you may try to clean small areas of mold yourselves. However, you should know that a professional mold remediation specialist is your best bet at controlling mold found in your home.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources to stop mold growth in its tracks. We can perform a full assessment, identify any existing problems, and get mold damage under control quickly. Regardless of whether you have mold on grout, around your sink, in your cabinets, or on your ceiling and walls, our mold damage mitigation services provide the answers you need to improve your home’s living environment, fast.  

SERVPRO can answer your call for help anytime, 24-hours a day, providing members of our local communities with expert solutions you can count on to control mold growth and limit any losses you might experience. We have well-trained professionals who understand how to transport and dispose of contaminated materials according to local, state, and federal guidelines and follow strict EPA standards to clean and restore your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

SERVPRO can help you learn which areas of your home are more susceptible than others, teach you what to look for and how to react to what you might find. Making the best decisions, as fast as possible, vastly improves the chances of your home making a full recovery and reduces any costs associated with your claim. Our technicians also work with your insurance company, keeping everyone informed throughout the process to ensure you receive the quality you deserve.

SERVPRO of Marina del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo provides cleaning and restoration services throughout the Lennox, LAX, Los Angeles area, call for immediate help, today. (310) 333-0654

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How Everyday Problems Turn into Serious Water Damage in Marina Del Rey

2/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Everyday Problems Turn into Serious Water Damage in Marina Del Rey Having routine maintenance on your large appliances can help prevent failure which may cause water damage.

Call On the Professionals at SERVPRO When Water Damage Strikes Your Home 

Simple spills and accidents are nothing new for most homeowners. Every once in a while, an appliance or activity that uses water can spill some of that, and the results are usually benign. Sometimes, however, these situations can develop into a much more severe water damage problem for your Marina Del Rey home. While some of these situations are impossible to prevent, a watchful eye and mindful person can stop many of them from reaching a point where SERVPRO needs to help.

Appliance Failures

Many appliances in your home, from washing machines to refrigerators to dishwashers, can be prone to causing costly water damage in Marina Del Rey. All it can take is one small malfunction or water line rupture in any of these appliances to create a small flood or persistent leak in your home, setting the stage for a problematic restoration process in the future. While these disasters are often difficult to predict and harder to prevent, regular maintenance of high-risk objects could help to avert some of them.

Plumbing Disasters

Water fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and showers are sometimes prone to disaster, especially if they are old or go without maintenance for a long time. While some plumbing issues can be repaired with relative ease, others are large enough to cause significant flooding in part of the home. Additionally, if you do not immediately clean up any water on the floor, mold damage can spread across the floor and into the spaces behind your walls.

Spills in the Wrong Spots

If water spills from a container for any reason, it may cause noteworthy damage depending on the location of a spill. While a small amount of water over standard flooring materials is unlikely to cause additional damage if mopped up, spilling water on materials vulnerable to water damage can be a much worse problem.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo provides expert water damage restoration services to help get your home back to normal after a disaster. Call us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.

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Answering Critical Questions About Fire Damage for Los Angeles Residents

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Answering Critical Questions About Fire Damage for Los Angeles Residents SERVPRO is available day or night to assist you with your fire damage restoration needs.

Be Sure to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO for Thorough Fire Damage Restoration

As the smoke, ash, and soot settle in your Los Angeles property, some critical questions come to mind, and we want to be the company who gives you the answers. What are you looking for from your fire damage restoration company?

The first thing you should do after experiencing fire damage in your Los Angeles area home is to call your insurance company, let them know what happened, and begin your claim process right away. Right after you hang-up, your second call should be to a reliable restoration company. It takes an expertly trained professional to get things under control quickly.

SERVPRO can help you secure your property, using board-up services to prevent possible theft or additional losses due to exposure. Our initial inspection reveals immediate hazards and gives you a detailed plan of action needed to address the current damage. 

Having an IICRC-industry certified technician helps you keep your family safe, reduces your losses, and offers a variety of cleaning and restoration services that help return your home to a quality preloss condition. SERVPRO’s emergency response teams are available 24-hrs a day, year-round, including holidays, to provide you with fast, efficient restoration services. 

SERVPRO technicians can handle water removal, fire and smoke damage, remove odors, and clean the entire area, making preparations for licensed contractors to rebuild or remodel. We can also move household contents to a safe, clean area, and inspect each item for damages.

Depending on the amount of damage present, the layout of your home, and your comfort level, you may not even have to leave your property during the restoration process. Just remember, the process can be somewhat lengthy, uncomfortable, and disrupting. You may want to consider discussing off-site housing or a stay in a hotel with your insurance agent.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo services the entire area, including Playa Vista, Lennox, and Loyola Village. Contact us for answers to any questions you may have and receive the cleaning and restoration services you deserve. (310) 333-0654

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Mold Damage Sneaks Up on Unsuspecting Los Angeles Homeowners

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Sneaks Up on Unsuspecting Los Angeles Homeowners Small leaks that go unnoticed can lead to major mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Locates and Eliminates Causes for Mold Growth in Your Home

Sometimes it is the little things that cause significant issues to your Los Angeles home’s well-being. A major flood or storm you respond to immediately is a transient disaster that a quality restoration company can completely remediate. But you may need that company even more desperately when hidden problems resulting from moisture reveal themselves.

Daily seemingly minor water damage frequently occurs without you taking any notice of it in your Los Angeles home. Mold damage links to the constant dripping of a tiny leak in a pipe or loose connection that soaks the area under a cabinet or behind a wall. The discovery of the microbial growth might occur because of a remodeling project or because a rank smell is impossible to ignore after air fresheners do not clear it. Our mold remediators are familiar with secret mold colonies and have learned the appropriate method to abate them.

SERVPRO mold remediation follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. The basic steps are location, containment, removal, and sanitization. Often the homeowner does the location step for us, although we will inspect further to ensure we miss nothing. Although we have access to the resources, it is not always necessary to test for mold if it is clear where the problem is found.

After we establish the extent of the mold infestation, we contain the area to prevent the fungi from spreading during remediation. This is an exact task as the tiniest bits can develop into full-blown mold colonies if allowed to drift or be tracked elsewhere. SERVPRO employees don full personal protection during remediation, and use physical barriers and frequently technology like negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and vent the air to the outside while they work.

The mold and any porous material contaminated is physically removed and discarded according to applicable hazardous waste disposal rules. SERVPRO crews then vacuum up any residue with HEPA outfitted equipment and treat the area with an effective antimicrobial to inhibit further growth.

All of the above efforts are for nothing if SERVPRO employees do not find and eliminate the source of moisture that fuels the original mold outbreak. We trace the water possibilities back until the leak or broken plumbing can be permanently repaired. Then we count the job of mold remediation closed, at least for this episode.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is determined to remediate even difficult to locate and access mold growth and damage. Call our office at (310) 333-0654 to schedule an appointment for a mold abatement evaluation.

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Responding To Flood Damage Caused By Heavy Precipitation In Marina Del Rey

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Responding To Flood Damage Caused By Heavy Precipitation In Marina Del Rey If your Marina Del Rey residence lies in the path of moving water, flood damage can cause your home serious problems.

Responding To Flood Damage

Rain clears the air and washes the plants, roads, and other outdoor surfaces of dust and grime around Marina Del Rey. However, when rain falls too fast or in amounts more significant than usual, water on the soil's surface can fail to drain away rapidly enough.

If your Marina Del Rey residence lies in the path of moving water, flood damage can cause your home serious problems. Changes near your home from road construction, new buildings, or even clogged curbside drains can all force the accumulation of too much rainwater on the ground's surface. Isolated events affecting only a few homes can devastate the individuals and families involved just as much as more widespread events.

SERVPRO is locally owned and able to respond Faster To Any Size Disaster, meaning that we handle jobs involving even slight flooding. A rapid response by our IICRC-certified team can help protect your home from other issues that flooding often causes. Water from the outside environment carries pathogens and other dangerous elements into homes. Removing the water alone cannot provide sufficient protection for residents, especially children. This is why our technicians train in learning and understanding the most effective methods for removing such dangers.

After we remove the water with our different sized pumps, we begin to remove the debris, silt, and garbage that entered your home. When these items no longer pose a threat, we can begin cleaning and sanitizing your home's surfaces. Flooding, unfortunately, often damages carpeting beyond repair. We remove both carpet and the padding underneath, and then completely dry the area so the installation of new carpeting or other floor coverings can safely proceed without risk of water damage or mold growth.

Knowing that disasters strike at all hours of the day and night, SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is always ready to take your call and start restoring your home. Flood damage can leave a lasting mark on your home if work does not begin immediately, so we as quickly as possible. Contacting us at (310) 333-0654 for this and any other catastrophe can restore and protect your property.

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

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Devastation of Hidden Water Damage in Los Angeles

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Professional Water Removal in Los Angeles Keeps the Good Times Rolling

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough and Safe Water Removal Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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