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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:

Cooking
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
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.

Smoking
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.

Wiring
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.

Water Damage in Los Angeles from Leaks

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Los Angeles from Leaks Drips Lead to Water Damage in Los Angeles Homes and Business

SERVPRO Restores Damage in Los Angeles Properties Caused by Water

Despite the rain coming down now and recently, most problems with water are a result of plumbing failures. If unnoticed or ignored for too long, a leaking pipe can cause just as much damage as several inches of flood water.

If water damage happens to your home in Los Angeles, call us today at SERVPRO. Each of our offices has extensive experience and training in finding and dealing with many different kinds of plumbing failures as well as any damage that may have occurred already. Leaks and damage that goes unnoticed are usually under a bathroom or kitchen sink. Few of us ever look underneath except to check for regular supplies such as dish soap. Even then, almost no one looks all the way to the back of the cabinet. These are simply areas that few renters or homeowners check even if they do their best to perform a monthly inspection.

A problem goes unnoticed unless water is seen coming from the cabinet frame, if the lamination used on the frame begins to peel, or if the carpet surrounding the sink squishes underfoot. In a kitchen, a problem is unnoticed until the surrounding linoleum starts to come loose in front of the sink.

First, our technicians turn off the source of the leak. Stopping it usually, means just tightening up a loose pipe or connection. Replacement happens if corrosion has compromised either one or both. Next, technicians check to see if there is mold. For a small area, one of our anti-microbial cleaners is sufficient to stop the mold from growing further. With the obvious threat neutralized, our team members use air moisture meters to determine if the levels are above normal.

If the moisture levels are too high, our employees use a combination of dehumidifiers and exhaust fans to draw high humidity air out of the affected room. Moisture levels are checked again after a certain amount of time (usually 24 hours). In most case, this is enough, but one of our inspectors may recommend placing the cabinet frame if the wood is still moisture-rich.

Cleaning up after a plumbing disaster can quickly become expensive. To ensure a rapid and professional response, rely on SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. Contact us today at (310) 333-0654 to begin.

Getting Rid of Ash after Fire Damage in Los Angeles Family Homes

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting Rid of Ash after Fire Damage in Los Angeles Family Homes Ash and Smoke Cause Fire Damage to Your Los Angeles Home

SERVPRO Mitigates Fire Loss with Rapid Remediation


Contrary to popular belief, it is not burning which leaves the most damage after a typical house fire. In severe cases, it is not always possible to extinguish the fire before it spreads. Consequently, charred materials are a big problem. However, most emergencies do not progress this far, and the main challenge is stains, odor, and discoloration.

Ash is the key culprit here. It can cause all kinds of problems for homeowners. In fact, it only takes a few hours for residues to begin yellowing surfaces. Finishes on appliances, fiberglass, vinyl, wood, and fabrics are all vulnerable. For this reason, SERVPRO uses a combination of techniques to eliminate ash after fire damage in Los Angeles properties.

Cleaning the Ducts
Despite being some of the most vulnerable areas of a home, HVAC ducts are routinely neglected by many fire restoration services. At SERVPRO, we make ductwork a priority and our technicians always inspect A/C units and fans for damage. If ash has made it into the ducts, we can use a combination of fans and deodorizers to eliminate debris and odors. In severe cases, we may also recommend encapsulating the duct surfaces. It involves the application of a sealing chemical. The chemical covers the walls of the duct and traps toxic particles inside.

Dealing with Dirty Items
Ash is particularly damaging for brass and copper items. So, if you have antiques in your home, it is important to remove and store them somewhere safe. If they require cleaning, we can send them to a specialist offsite facility. Assessing the condition of metals and fabrics is an integral part of the restoration process. The faster we respond, the better the chance of saving them. When ash reacts with different materials (particularly wood and metal), they start to produce unsightly substances. For instance, wooden furniture may leave dark stains on a carpet. Metal is likely to rust and create brown and yellow blemishes. For this reason, it is common for fire damage restorers to lift furniture off the ground and onto foam blocks.

Vacuuming
A powerful vacuum makes the successful removal of soot and ash much easier. It has to be powerful. Otherwise, it simply moves the debris around and may rub it into the carpet. After cleaning, the technicians cover all remaining furniture with plastic sheets. The sheets protect them from further damage until air scrubbers have been brought in to clear out the last of the toxins and chemicals in the atmosphere. If soot and ash have already become embedded in the carpet, we can bring in steam extractors and rotary scrubbers for more heavy duty cleaning.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is a locally based service. We can respond quickly to emergency situations. Our technicians are on hand to help you rescue your property from fire damage. Call us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.
 

Flood Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation in Los Angeles Flooding can greatly affect your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Remove Water From Your Flooded Property


This last month has much of California going from drought to flood. The new rainfall is now threatening to overflow banks and dams in some areas. To make it even worse, after the last few years of dry weather, any water will also carry more dirt and other soils with it.

If you suffer flood damage to your Los Angeles home, do not try to remove it yourself. SERVPRO has extensive experience in removing flood waters and restoring a property to its original state. Regardless if the flooding results from rainfall or damaged plumbing, proper clean-up needs a trained crew.

Just an inch of water in a three-bedroom home comes out to cubic yards of water total. Trying to remove it with a 10-gallon water-vac and a push broom is a multiple day effort. Our technicians use commercial grade pumps that can remove the water in an afternoon.

Once that is done, the next step is to deploy extractors to pull water out of carpets and wood flooring. These devices are designed to remove as much water as possible without causing further damage. Each team member goes through extensive training to use this and all other equipment in our inventory before using it on a restoration job.

Now, our technicians use moisture meters to check the floors and walls for higher than normal levels. If the numbers are still over 10-12 percent, additional equipment will be needed. Heaters and dehumidifiers will be setup in the highest measured points to raise the temperature which helps lower the humidity level more quickly.

The desire to step in and take care of a problem is overwhelming for some people. If you absolutely have to do something, we recommend only these steps after you contact us: Turn off the power and the water leading into your structure. These two things need to be done and it will allow our inspector to immediately begin determining what equipment and number of personnel will be needed. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is here to help you put it all back together. Call us today at (310) 333-0654 to get started.