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The Real Risks of Flood Damage To Your Los Angeles Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Real Risks of Flood Damage To Your Los Angeles Home At SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo, we say no to flooding!

Your Los Angeles Home Can Suffer Significant Flood Damage If Not Professionally Taken Care Of 

When people think of natural disasters in Los Angeles, earthquakes and other significant events like this come to mind. However, you might not know that the Los Angeles area is home to several different low-lying floodplains, and those who have built their own houses within these areas are statistically more likely to experience flooding through torrential storms. 

As with almost every other major city in the country, flash flooding remains one of the most devastating and unpredictable destructive force. It can happen with little to no notice, and it can leave an untold amount of flooding damage to your Los Angeles home. Given its almost instantaneous creation, there is little in the line of precautionary measures that you can take to prevent the damage they can do. 

If you have a compromised foundation (even something as simple as the erosion of a few mortar joints), you have an entry point for flood waters to get into your home. With the force and pressure that this high volume of water can bring with it, even small penetration cracks in your foundation can result in catastrophic amounts of water to end up in your basement area. The substantial water is even more devastating if you are among a large number of Los Angeles area homes with a finished lower level. In the event of any water getting into your home from the outside, you should be contacting our SERVPRO team of professionals. 

In a flooding scenario, time is always of the essence. You want to be able to stop the water that is still coming into the area, and this can happen with concentrated efforts from our technicians. Assessment of the source of the flooding can allow our SERVPRO restoration specialists to stop the water flow using hydraulic cement until the area can be cleaned and restored. The restoration process begins with removing the excess water with submersible pumps and pump trucks we bring to your home. Once the area has the water removed from it, air movers can help to dry the affected region entirely. Then a more permanent solution can be determined based on what needs to be reconstructed, and whether this requires a residential contractor to get involved.

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Los Angeles is not a stranger to flooding by any means, and if you are the victim of such an event, you can always count on SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. You can reach us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.

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Reduce Moisture To Guard Against Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Office Mold Remediation

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Reduce Moisture To Guard Against Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Office Mold Remediation Moisture Leads to Mold Affecting Your Los Angeles Property

Los Angeles and Mold Remediation--Prevention is Best

A home office is ideal for anyone who runs a business from their home, or even for someone who is studying or running a part-time concern in addition to their main job. Los Angeles home office owners know that a lot of necessary paperwork and books are stored on the shelves and in the cabinets there. That is why it is important to be mindful of the risk of fungal growth. Mold colonies indoors cause mold damage, which can be hard to repair. 
 
One of the most common places for mold damage to occur in a Los Angeles home office is among the books. Fungus needs an organic food source to grow. Paper counts as an organic food source, and so do wood, parchment, linen, leather and some adhesives. It is easy to see how mold finds food for growth in any home office. 
 
SERVPRO understands that you cannot remove all your books, just in case mold grows on them! However, fungi need other things to increase as well, and if you minimize its access to this stuff, it is harder for it to proliferate. 
 
Fungus needs moisture as well as food. That is why SERVPRO focuses much of our remediation efforts on reducing moisture in the affected area. Damp corners in your home office offer the fungi an ideal breeding ground, especially in areas where books and papers are stored. 
 
We recommend you check for damp corners in your home office and do what you can to dry them out. If the moisture is the result of a leak such as, for example, from an old window frame, get it repaired. Make sure the room has adequate ventilation year round, and be vigilant about checking for signs of mold. 
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians have air movers, dehumidifiers and fans on hand to dry out your home office and discourage mold growth. We also use moisture meters and penetrating moisture probes to check for damp in hidden places, so you can rest assured that your office is properly dried out. 
 
For help reducing moisture and fighting fungus in Playa del Ray, Lennox, Loyola Village and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Ray / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 today.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Explain Cord Safety In Your Los Angeles Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Damage Specialists Explain Cord Safety In Your Los Angeles Home SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo wants to help you restore your home in LAX, or Loyola Village after any size fire.

Fire Damage Restoration And Cord Safety For Your Los Angeles Home

Most people in Los Angeles are lost without the electrical appliances which fill their homes. We use them every day and, and most people do not stop to consider how dangerous they could be. Electrical cord safety is essential since a broken or frayed cord can easily spark a fire.

If you suffer a fire in your Los Angeles home, you should call a restoration such as SERVPRO to help you clean up the fire damage and smoke damage left behind. Even after the flames are out, your structure and possessions are vulnerable to additional damage from acidic soot and smoke, plus water damage from firefighting efforts.

To keep you and your family safe, use extension cords when necessary, but do not connect a series of shorter cords. It can be very hazardous and raises the risk of fire. Longer cords are available if you need them, up to 100 feet long. You should also inspect your cords regularly for any signs of wear and fraying. Cords that are damaged can ignite fires. If any of your cords are broken or frayed, throw them away and get a replacement.

When cleaning smoke residues, SERVPRO techs can encounter dry or wet residue. Areas and items with dry smoke residues tend to be more restorable over wet. Dry smoke doesn’t stain surfaces as deeply, plus the odor is not as pungent. We can use less aggressive cleaning procedures to remove the residues of dry smoke properly. One problem is that dry smoke is usually the result of hotter fires, which cause more heat damage than cooler fires.

You should never staple or nail cords to walls or other items, as they can penetrate the coating of the wires and create a short circuit, leading to a fire. Avoid overcrowding outlets as well. Bluetooth technology today can help you do this much more accessible than ever before. A printer plugged into one wall can be connected to a computer which is across the room by using Bluetooth, rather than using extension cords and power strips.

Make sure you are not plugging extension cords into surge protectors, as extension cords can get quite hot very fast. Instead, use a cord that is long enough every time so it can be plugged directly into the wall. Having a few sizes on hand is a good idea to make sure you always have what you need.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo wants to help you restore your home in LAX, or Loyola Village after any size fire. We understand it's a stressful time, so when you call us at (310) 333-0654, you can be sure to get a professional, and also a caring company.

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Unwanted Water and Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence? Easy, Just Call SERVPRO!

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unwanted Water and Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence? Easy, Just Call SERVPRO! SERVPRO Says RH-Relative Humidity-Helps Measure a Successful Water Damage Restoration Service in Los Angeles

The Primary and Secondary Challenges of Water Removal in Your Los Angeles Home

Dealing with property damages can seem overwhelming. Mainly when it is the first time a homeowner has the experience of this type of situation. Large quantities of water can be challenging to deal with as most homeowners lack the specialist equipment required. Although a quick process is undoubtedly at the forefront of your mind, an approach of cutting corners can lead to long term secondary damage like mold growth or structural degradation.

Leaking water or sewage pipe in your home's plumbing system can often be the primary reason for water removal in Los Angeles. SERVPRO provides skilled technicians who can mobilize specialist equipment to help get rid of unwanted water, even when it has become contaminated by raw sewage or other pathogens. We can remove the vast body of water quickly using gas-powered submersible pumps alongside extraction units. We even use mops and buckets where needed!

The visible signs of excess water in the home can be remedied relatively quickly. However, it is the secondary steps that are crucial in getting your home back to preloss conditions. Furniture fittings like cabinets can retain moisture invisible to the naked eye. The same goes for your wall cavities or subfloor. Here, water can stagnate over time creating unpleasant odors or even mold and mildew growth.

To remedy the issue of hidden moisture pockets, SERVRPRO can use two separate methods. The first is a measurement method using moisture meters and sensors. Sensors penetrate carpets and can help assess if water has seeped into your subfloor. Meters help your technician to ascertain the actual moisture content of a material. Moisture meters help us to know which fabrics are saturated, and thus weakened so that we can adapt our approach using softer water removal techniques like air movers or dehumidifiers.

In the majority of cases, once the affected area is dry the presence of odors should disappear. Sometimes this is not the case. SERVPRO use thermal foggers which vaporize chemical pairing agents that attach to odor particles and neutralize them. We call this process odor neutralization, and it helps to eliminate water odors rather than just masking them.

When you need to remove large quantities of water from your home and guard against secondary issues, Contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Water Damage Restoration In Westchester

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Water Damage Restoration In Westchester We have an air mover and a LGR dehumidifier to dry out water damage among other equipment that can handle any job big or small. Call us right away.

Why SERVPRO Uses Mats that Prevent Water Damage in Westchester via Steady Extraction of Hidden Water

When the construction of your Westchester home's hardwood floors took place, the workers installing it placed each new board close to the last one. These boards nearly touched along their edges but not quite. Minor gaps in between them let the boards contract and expand as needed when temperatures change.

These gaps in your Westchester home's floor are why SERVPRO specialists use dual purpose mats to stop water damage from ruining a significant portion of your Westchester property. When your sink overflows and floods your dining room, you need someone who is Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO's teams are always ready, day and night, every day of the year. Accidents happen at all hours, and we can help you protect your home when one happens.

As our powerful truck-mounted pump pulls the water out of your floor, the water travels up from underneath the boards and into the tubing. The gaps between floorboards help to channel the water along their lengths, acting like straws. This channeling action occurs for a distance of about a yard from the edge of the mat. Laying them so their length crosses over as many boards as possible means extraction occurs over a larger area for each mat. Increasing our efficiency in as many areas as possible helps us finish faster, saves you money, and minimizes secondary damages in adjacent areas of your house.

We regularly check to make sure that your floors become drier at a steady pace. Drying out too rapidly can cause cracking to happen in your floor's upper sections and result in the floor needing replacement sections. These can pose difficulties in matching them, as well as increase the cost of restoration. Our specialists have extensive training and hold IICRC certificates, giving us the skills and knowledge to prevent such mistakes. Our goal, as always, is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Complete extraction of lost water helps prevent water damage from taking place in the immediately affected area and also other sections of your property. Mold infestations occur only in the presence of lost water. Electrical fires can happen when corrosion from water seeping into electrical conduits takes place. Dry rotting of support beams can allow your home's frame to weaken and shift. Preventing water damage also helps keep these and other situations from affecting your home.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo performs water damage prevention and mitigation in Loyola Village, Playa del Rey, and Lennox. Call us at (310) 333-0654 when your home needs trained specialists who know how to protect your property.

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What Are The Preventative Steps For Mold Remediation In Los Angeles Homes

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Are The Preventative Steps For Mold Remediation In Los Angeles Homes We have the right techniques to get rid of mold 24/7. Our dehumidifiers and other equipment will restore your home so you can get back to living.

Priming and Repainting Interior Surfaces Completes Mold Remediation in Your Los Angeles Condo

While prevention of microbial infestation does not always include remediation work, remediation of ruined materials in your Los Angeles condo should include effective preventative steps. When SERVPRO works on your dwelling, we go on a fact-finding mission to discover the cause of the problem. This information helps us eliminate the environmental aspects that lead to the situation, so similar problems do not happen again.

When your condo in Los Angeles needs mold remediation, we always look at the amount of humidity in your dwelling. Dehumidifiers work well for long-term use, but we often rely on more powerful desiccant machines. These work quickly at pulling water vapor out of the air and preventing condensation from forming. Keeping porous materials from absorbing any more moisture, and actually pulling any moisture they do retain, makes things drier faster.

Once we bring this back into a normal range, we can work on removing damaged materials, cleaning up debris, and getting things restored. Many times, slight abrading of painted surfaces works to remove mold. However, this mars the painted surface, so we need to repaint. Before we do this, we mix a small amount of antifungal inhibitor into the primer. Once applied and dry, we can then repaint the walls and ceilings in affected rooms.

When environments seem humid all of the time, we often add the same mold inhibitor to the paint. Painting this way can keep mold from reappearing and keep your walls looking clean for a long time. Wooden surfaces, like baseboards and stair railings, can attract mold because of their porous texture and composition. Microbes need cellulose, and wood fulfills the requirements. Wiping down with a gentle cleanser and then spraying or brushing on antimicrobial liquids keeps any microbes or their spores from finding these surfaces as inviting.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is always here, 24/7, every day of the year, to help restore your house, apartment, or condo with effective mold remediation techniques that get rid of mold and mildew and help keep it from making a comeback. Call us at (310) 333-0654 to get professionals who care about your Loyola Village or Lennox area residence.

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The Real Truth Behind Los Angeles Flood Damage Remediation

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Real Truth Behind Los Angeles Flood Damage Remediation Whether your home is flooded from an outside cause or an inside occurance, contacting SERVPRO is the most effective recourse. Call right away.

Act Fast to Restore Flood Damage to Your Home in Los Angeles

Recent years have shown us that weather conditions can wreak havoc on our homes. From fires to mudslides to torrential downpours, homes in Los Angeles have fallen victim to natural disasters and homeowners have needed to reach out to professional teams to recover their homes after disaster strikes. Even an otherwise harmless rain can cause flood damage to your home, and there is no better way to restore it than by reaching out to the experts.

SERVPRO works diligently with you to remediate flood damage to your home in Los Angeles. All you need to do is make a call, for our emergency team to respond rapidly. Because we recognize the long term damage water can cause, we are ready to take action 24/7 as soon as your call comes through.

As soon as we arrive at your home, we evaluate the extent of the damage and address any safety concerns. We will then work to mitigate the risk of your home becoming contaminated and quickly begin the water extraction process. For the sake of efficiency, our technicians are trained to use a variety of tools to assist them in the extraction. If the standing water is of a certain depth, submersible pumps help do the job, as do smaller extractors for water accumulated in small crevices. Speed is crucial in avoiding the breeding of bacteria that can come from long-lasting water deposits.

Regarding the contents of your home, our SERVPRO team attempts to salvage as much as possible. It is not uncommon to dispose of carpet and other porous materials after a flood, as the water residue tends to render it unsafe for your home. When this happens, our staff removes the carpet from your property and disposes of it appropriately. Our work is unfinished until the moisture levels in your home return to their optimal levels. To determine this, we use a myriad of moisture readers that inform us of humidity levels in your home, walls, and surfaces.

At SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo we share your goal of restoring your home as soon as possible after it is the victim of a flood. To reach us please call (310) 333-0654 so we may help you return to a safe and clean home.

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Los Angeles Properties Receive Rapid and Expert Cleanup and Odor Removal from SERVPRO

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Los Angeles Properties Receive Rapid and Expert Cleanup and Odor Removal from SERVPRO Yikes!! Los Angeles House Needs Help. Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Effective Air Purifying Equipment after Los Angeles House Fires

Los Angeles homes can be dangerous to enter once a structural fire has occurred. While it might be tempting to assess the damage for yourself, this inspection should get left to professionals with the experience and safety training to assess risk and determine what your home needs to get fully restored. One of the risks with entering a property shortly after a fire has gotten extinguished is air quality. From contaminants to debris and soot, entering without the proper personal protective equipment could be harmful to your health. Even SERVPRO technicians never entered a burned structure until the Fire Marshal gives the okay.

Recovering from fire damage in your Los Angeles home is something that happens over several stages, and often begins with debris removal and environmental purification strategies. Improving the air quality is one of the ways to achieve this, as this makes it easier for our experienced SERVPRO professionals to work efficiently without the need for excessive protective equipment like SCBAs and full face respirators.

Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators provide an effective way to remove contaminants and other particles from the environment over a prolonged period. We can set up these machines, and allow them to pull air through them, and through their HEPA filters inside, to catch and trap particulates, debris, dust, smoke residue, and soot. These machines continue to run throughout the earliest stages of restoration and mitigation by our professionals, which helps to reduce further debris and dust while damaged structural elements get removed.

Deodorization is another component of air quality, but this stage often happens towards the end of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians go between all of the affected areas with our thermal foggers to break apart foul odor molecules and neutralize them on contact. This procedure can eliminate these noxious odors permanently, making it “Like it never even happened.” This part of the fire damage restoration service can be very challenging.

Whenever your home suffers fire damage effects, you can count on the expertise and rapid response of our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo technicians. Give us a call today at (310) 333-0654.

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Did You Know That Faulty Appliances Can Cause Water Damage to Your Los Angeles Home?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did You Know That Faulty Appliances Can Cause Water Damage to Your Los Angeles Home? Leaking appliances can cause significant water damage to your home

Can Your Appliances be at Fault for Water Damage in your Home in Los Angeles?

Living in Los Angeles has taught us that anything is possible. From a vibrant city to an unprecedented frequency of natural disasters, it seems like Angelenos need to always be on their toes to keep safe and healthy in this beautiful metropolis. However, many of us do not look at our appliances as a guilty party to any disasters within our home. In reality, a leaking dishwasher, a broken water heater or a burst pipe can unleash significant consequences in the form of water damage to your walls and possessions.
 
Whenever there is water damage to your home in Los Angeles, our team IRC trained and certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to deal precisely with emergencies such as those caused by broken appliances. Once you place a call to our rapid response team, which is available 24/7 and ready to spring into action, we dispatch a group of experts along with appropriate equipment to help return your home to its original condition. With safety in mind, our team accesses the situation and begins the water extraction process, including the use of pumps, should the water be deep enough to warrant this methodology.
 
Always keeping in mind that your home and belongings should be protected, our team utilizes its expertise and technology to dry the area, paying close attention to any dry-wall in your home. With water saturated drywall, there is an increased risk for its structure to be compromised and to create a favorable environment for the growth of bacteria, including mold. The use of moisture sensors is essential in this stage to identify any remaining spots that require additional drying efforts. The sensors used by our SERVPRO team are designed not only to read the moisture in the environment but also to serve as probes within your walls to ascertain their humidity. This methodical approach helps determine action steps towards the remediation process.
 
Once we can return the home to its proper moisture levels and we verify that it is thoroughly dried, we work with you to coordinate with any contractors that may need to replace faulty appliances or replace walls and flooring. With this in mind, our team deodorizes and sanitizes your home in preparation for the final touches.
 
As much as we need to be ready for the more significant natural disasters, SERVPRO of Marina del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo is here to be a resource for those smaller disasters that start in your own home. Just reach out to us at (310) 333-0654 so we may help in making your home look like nothing ever happened.

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Unattended Candles Can Cause Significant Fire Damage To Your Home In Los Angeles

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Unattended Candles Can Cause Significant Fire Damage To Your Home In Los Angeles Should a fire impact your home, never wait to get help!

A Lit Candle Can Cause Fire Damage In Your Los Angeles Home

Candles are always a fire damage hazard but, when they are attended, they can cause very little harm. However, it is when candles are left unattended that problems begin to arise. Leaving a candle on its own inside of your bedroom may seem like it is not a big deal, but if there is anything relatively flammable close by, the candle can cause it to catch fire as well. In fact, one of the most common objects inside of a bedroom to catch fire because of a candle is window drapes.

A candle caused fire damage to your Los Angeles bedroom by catching a wall decoration on fire. From there, the fire jumped to the drapes next to the decoration and then to makeup products that were on a vanity table underneath the drapes. Fires can spread very quickly, but it was fortunate that this particular one was contained before it could do further damage. However, it leaves you with the obstacle of the damage it did cause. When it comes to fire damage, it is best to reach out for help as soon as possible, as remediating it is time-sensitive. The longer that you wait, the harder it is to remediate all of the damage successfully.

When you contact SERVPRO, we make an effort to arrive at your home as soon as we possibly can. After a brief investigation of the damage, our technicians can begin the remediation process. SERVPRO can start by disposing of all of the ruined makeup products, the drapes, and the decorations that were burned up. From there, our IICRC-certified techs can use advanced cleaning techniques to tackle the mild fire damage inside of your bedroom.

Depending on the soot and how hot the fire burned when it caused it, a different cleaning technique may be required. SERVPRO can decide on rather to clean the soot from the various surfaces of your room by either using abrasive, lubricative, or chemical cleaning techniques. When using cleaning solutions, SERVPRO can start by using a spray-and-wipe method to continually remove soot from the impacted surface slowly, either by lifting it with lubrication or dissolving it chemically.

To address the foul smell in your bedroom, our techs can run an air scrubber while they work, equipped with a carbon filter. Once they are finished, they can leave your home confident that it feels like it did before its preloss state.

Should a fire impact your home, never wait to get help. Call (310) 333-0654 to speak with SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. Day or night, 24/7, our technicians are always prepared to rush to your home and assist you.

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