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Some of the Biggest Problems With Storm Damage in Los Angeles

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking copper pipe Flood damage from a broken or leaking pipe can go unnoticed while wreaking havoc on your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

The Effects of Flood Damage on Drywall in your Los Angeles Home

Most flooding restoration scenarios are category two or category three level contamination projects. Category two contamination may include microbial infestations, bacteria growth, unpleasant odors, or other dirt, grime, and mud that is present in the water intrusion. Category three contamination is severe, and damages may include human pathogens, viruses, or other materials that pose a significant threat to your health. Considering the level of contamination as well as the severity of water intrusion it is safe to say that most residential properties need professional restoration after a water emergency. 

Building materials can be adversely affected by flood damage in your Los Angeles home. Drywall is present in almost all residential homes, which is a naturally porous barrier between your rooms and the framing, which makes up the structure of your property. When large amounts of water intrude into a property, drywall can soak up significant amounts. These may be in walls, beneath staircases, or on the ceiling. SERVPRO technicians conduct comprehensive investigations of a property to assess drywall damages before remediation takes place.

When drywall takes on excess amounts of water, the typical signs of damage are swelling at the joints as well as falling apart at the seams. Ceiling drywall may begin to sag under the weight of additional moisture- known as hydrostatic pressure- and becomes at risk of collapse. SERVPRO technicians use non-penetrating moisture meters to find out how far a drywall installation is waterlogged and whether or not the materials are restorable. 

In most flooding emergencies, drywall is cheaper, and faster, to remove and replace. Complete removal can also reduce the likelihood of microbial fungi or contamination. One of the reasons drywall is better to replace is that removing it all together allows for better ventilation and more comfortable drying of the upper stories in your home. Before performing a controlled demolition of any affected drywall, SERVPRO technicians can inspect for harmful materials such as lead-based paint or asbestos and act following strict abatement guidelines. 

Replacing large sections of your home can maintain structural integrity, safety, and guard against microbial growth. Contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 now. 

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When Smoke Rises to the Attic of Your Los Angeles Home

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage on roof and attic of two-story home Smoke rises, and a fire in any part of the home can spread fire damage to the attic. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Fire Damage is the Minor Part of Los Angeles Home Restoration

When fire damage occurs in a home, in many cases, the fire gets put out before it levels the property. This cleanup is particularly challenging when the fire occurs in a confirmed space such as an attic or closet.

A homeowner with fire damage in Los Angeles called SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup of his unfinished attic. A small electrical fire had charred the exposed wood framework and left behind significant odors.

Containment to Stop Any Further Soot Spreading

The technicians put up plastic barriers over the attic doorway to stop any dust or soot from entering the home any more than it already had before the homeowner brought in the techs.

Cleanup of Charred Items

The homeowner cleaned up the initial fire loss in the attic but left behind many items with burn damage. The insulation in the attic remained and smelled strongly of smoke. SERVPRO technicians used a specialized vacuum attachment to collect the ruined insulation in a bag for disposal. 

Smoke Damage 

SERVPRO techs identified a large area of smoke damage on the attic ceiling and walls near the place the fire started. They tested the residues to confirm it was dry smoke and used dry cleaning sponges to lift it off the surface. This action helped to reduce the pungent odor in the attic substantially. 

Specialized Cleaning for Wood

The wood beams in the attic had carbonized buildup from the fire and needed removal. The techs chose to use an application known as "dry-ice blasting." This treatment uses CO2 pellets fed into a hopper, and then compressed air forces them out with great force. They rasp away the charring without marring the raw wood and leaves no moisture since the dry ice sublimates directly from the solid into a gaseous state. Our SERVPRO techs eliminate additional wetness to the treatment area.

Final Odor Control Measures

To ensure the attic has no residual odors, the technicians use air scrubbers during the cleanup to capture airborne soot particles. Afterward, the use of thermal fogging ensures that any remaining odorous molecules get neutralized. Odor-masking of surfaces with special primer paint can prevent the escape of airborne molecules.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 has specialized equipment and advanced restoration methods to bring homes back to their preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Accurate Detection and Professional Application of Drying Theory Are Why SERVPRO Succeeds at Water Removal in Marina Del Rey

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Need Knowledgeable Professionals By Your Side After a Water Incident in your Marina Del Rey Home

When water invades your Marina Del Rey home, it is natural to react by trying to manage the onslaught yourself. Mopping up spills is a housekeeping skill passed from generation to generation. If the quantity of water is minimal, using towels, mops, and buckets might do the trick. Relying on a do-it-yourself approach has its limitations, however, particularly when the water seeps into building cavities or absorbs into structural components. Our training and experience in tracing water migration are why we can ensure no lingering moisture remains.

Household Losses Can Involve Significant Amounts of Water

Common water removal scenarios in Marina Del Rey include burst pipes and appliance malfunctions. Either of these circumstances can involve hundreds of gallons of water pouring into your home. Any relief you feel if the water appears to drain away can transform into despair when you discover much of the water is still in your residence, now trapped beneath floors, between walls, above ceilings, or in porous structures or contents. You need to determine whether your dwelling is at risk of progressive deterioration is why partnering with our skilled team is essential.

Water Detection and Measurement: A Job for Professionals

We invest in a range of sensitive devices to locate and evaluate the quantities of water remaining in your structure. Our managers and technicians complete multiple courses offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), many focus on psychrometry, or the science of drying. Mastering detection techniques is critical to determining where to concentrate water removal efforts and how to determine appropriate drying goals. Accuracy and consistency are why SERVPRO tries as much as possible to use the same tools operated by the same technician throughout the entirety of the water removal project.

What Are the Risks of Forgoing Professional Mitigation and Remediation?

If you decide to handle a water loss on your own, what is the worst that could happen? The following are some devastating consequences of underreacting to a water emergency, why SERVPRO involvement is a wise decision:

Undetected water soaked into structural components causes progressive deterioration including but not limited to:

  • Crumbling drywall
  • Compacted insulation (diminished R-value/efficiency)
  • Warped and weakened wooden framing
  • Rusted metal supports 

Secondary damage such as mold infestation is nearly guaranteed if moisture levels do not return to normal within 24 to 48 hours.

Helping homeowners avoid the disruption, and long-lasting effects of unresolved water damage is a principle reason why SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo exists. Let us assist with a thorough assessment and proven project plan, scheduled with one call to (310) 333-0654.

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Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home after a fire.

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Water from Guest Rooms in Marina Del Rey Hotels

To provide control for the guests of your Marina Del Rey hotel, you have stationary air conditioning wall units installed beneath the windows of each room. While this can accommodate the specific tastes and desires of the guests, it also has the potential to become mismanaged or tampered with by destructive individuals using the rooms. When these appliances malfunction, it can leave a watery mess on the floors of the room that might exceed the abilities of your custodial staff and housekeeping.

Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the timeline of reaching water loss incidents, even situations that require limited water removal for Marina Del Rey hotels, as quickly as possible. Within 48 hours of the initial incident, moist conditions can facilitate more troublesome effects such as mold growth and colonization. This secondary damage could pose a more direct and substantial risk to exposed guests, so our professionals work quickly to get dampness and water loss threats under control before these organisms can develop.

While you might not feel the gravity of losing one room to restoration processes, even smaller water loss incidents could migrate to affect multiple rooms on either side of the damaged area or a floor below. Wood subfloor can take days to dry completely when thoroughly saturated, so our technicians must get to work quickly on setting up centrifugal air movers to begin drying out the carpet, padding, and subfloor levels simultaneously.

In some cases, our SERVPRO professionals might only need to remove moisture from the carpet floors with our light wands, while other situations might be more involved. We have an in-house team of licensed general contractors capable of performing tasks like carpet removal and replacement for your units, or more complex rebuilds when subfloor must get reinstalled from prolonged moisture exposure.

Hotel accommodations make up much of the commercial properties throughout our region, and when disasters strike, you need fast and confident recovery solutions. Water losses can happen without warning, but with the experience of our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team, we can get you back to business as usual quickly. Contact us today at (310) 333-0654.

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Fire Damage In Your Los Angeles Kitchen

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Up Fire Damage in a Los Angeles Kitchen

Kitchen fires are the most common variety of home fires in the United States, and also one of the least reported, depending on their severity. However, without professional mitigation from trained technicians, kitchen fire damage can leave behind much more than soot deposits on walls and ceilings. The chemical changes that occur during a kitchen fire can affect your food supply, textiles, furniture, and much more.

If your Los Angeles kitchen needs a reliable fire damage mitigation service, you can count on the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO to assist you. This team's state-of-the-art fire damage mitigation equipment includes EPA-registered antimicrobials as well as industrial-grade drying equipment to tackle water damage after firefighting efforts. SERVPRO is dedicated to restoring possessions whenever possible to help save homeowners time and money.

What to Dispose of After a Kitchen Fire

  • Nonperishable food items. One reliable rule of thumb after a kitchen fire is to get rid of items stored in cardboard, thin plastic bags, or cloth. Canned or jarred foods can also become inedible when heat activates bacteria inside the packaging.
  • Room temperature perishables. A well-sealed refrigerator can maintain safe temperatures for perishable food for as long as four hours without power. However, if you notice any unusual odors, visible soot penetration, or if food has been stored above 40°F for more than two hours, it may be time to throw it out.
  • Burnt clothing. Any clothing that is burned should be thrown away, particularly if fire damage has affected children's clothing.
  • Cosmetics and medication. After a fire occurs, carefully inspect first aid items, prescriptions, and cosmetics for signs of heat exposure, soot residue, or other damages, and dispose of them as needed.

How SERVPRO Restores Homes

The most crucial part of fire damage mitigation is forming a plan of action tailored to the situation. SERVPRO technicians work with homeowners and insurance adjusters to figure out which items are salvageable and which ones may need replacement, restoration, or removal. This team's goal is to save as much of your possessions as is feasible through cleanup, repair, or refinishing.

Sometimes demolition is necessary to save a structure if it has heavily charred or contaminated structural materials like drywall and wood. Removed materials are stored in plastic to prevent odors from spreading throughout the rest of your home. Essential architectural items, like subflooring or wooden studs, may require removal after a fire, but they can often be restored if soot penetration is no more than 1/4" past the surface of the wood.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (310) 333-0654 today for a fast disaster cleanup service from an experienced team.

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Why Fast Water Removal from Your Marina Del Rey Home is Necessary to Minimize Damage

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged room We use air circulating and dehumidifying equipment to quickly dry water damage.

Substantial Water Removal from the First Floor of your Marina Del Rey Residence

High volumes of water entering the home are usually the result of adverse weather conditions, structural inconsistency, or plumbing issues. Typically, the nature of water dictates that water loss events affect more than one room, which presents a massive challenge for homeowners. Dealing with large scale water intrusion relies upon managing airflow as well as temperature. Pumping water out is efficient and effective at controlling losses. Still, the real work of a restoration service technician is to ensure that moisture residues do not cause lasting damages to the home.

Reaching out to established water removal services in Marina Del Rey may be your best chance of securing a full recovery. Specific equipment like pumps or extractors may be accessible to a private residence. However, equipment to control psychrometrics does require expertise to both operate and use effectively. Psychrometry refers to the relationship between moisture, air, and temperature. These three factors govern evaporation, and by manipulating them, we can speed up the drying process throughout your home.

The principle of drying after a water loss event relies on air movement using a constant exchange of dry for wet air to increase the speed of evaporation. Raising the temperature of the air can also be beneficial in speeding up evaporation, much like how a radiator or heater works to dry clothes. SERVPRO has experience working in residences where residual moisture affects the entire first floor and thus requires significant effort to create an air exchange.

We place air exchanges using one exhaust duct, to remove wet air, and one supply duct to pump in dry air throughout the home. Depending on the blueprint of your home, SERVPRO technicians may use window or door spaces to set up supply and exhaust ducts. Often, these systems can present a security risk as doors or windows remain open. Generally, drying of this magnitude is conducted during daylight hours when staff is on-site to prevent unlawful entry. Using powerful exterior desiccant dehumidifiers alongside interior box fans can help to circulate dry air throughout the home and limit the amount of time it takes to dry your property.

When substantial water incidents occur in your home, contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654.

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Water Damage In Los Angeles

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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During Water Damage Projects In Los Angeles Wet Goes To Dry

If a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions inside your Los Angeles house, your building materials and contents could get wet. Wet materials can cause other types of water damage if the issues do not get treated promptly. For example, wet organic materials can cause fungi to form. Damp materials inside your house can also cause humidity levels to rise, which can create problems in previously unaffected areas of your building.

When restoring water damage in Los Angeles, our SERVPRO technicians study the laws of thermodynamics. We use what we know about how moisture behaves to remove it from your contents and building materials as quickly as possible. One principle of thermodynamics states that nature always seeks equilibrium.

This means that when aspects of the environment in your house change, things try to naturally go back to the way they were before. For example, the principle that states "wet goes to dry" explains to us that moisture will move from wet substances to drier ones to seek equilibrium. Therefore, if your drywall got wet, then the water vapor will evaporate out of the damp material and move into the dry air close to the surface. Moisture will then move across your structure when it seeks to find drier air.

Other thermodynamic principles our SERVPRO technicians are familiar with include one that explains temperature. "Hot goes to cold," tells us how the heat will move to cooler materials so that nature can find equilibrium. Another thermodynamic principle explains how high pressure naturally wants to move to lower pressure environments.

Using these principles during the restoration process can help the restorer with the applied structural drying or ASD process. For instance, if the walls inside your house got wet, filling the room with warm, dry air will make the air "thirsty." When the air surrounding wet materials is warm and dry, the moisture will want to evaporate out of the wet items and fill the air in the form of water vapor. The heat in the air will want to transfer to the cooler drywall material, which can also speed up the ASD process.

If you ever need help with a specialty drying situation after a water leak, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 any time of the day. Our Experts can help you restore your home to the way it was before, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Quickly Removes Flood Damage in Los Angeles

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Equipment and training to remove flood damage from your home

In California, even during the dry season, flooding can cause millions of dollars in damages per year for homeowners. It may seem like the worst is over after you have cleaned up the floodwaters. Still, these disasters can bring contaminants and the potential for mold and other bacteria to thrive, costing the community even more in repairs and cleanup costs.

If your Los Angeles home has endured flood damage, SERVPRO technicians are prepared to bring you clean up that starts within hours of your call. These technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials, contemporary moisture measurement technologies, and scientific theory to ensure that your home is restored to a preloss condition.

Equipped to Handle Any Disaster

Your local SERVPRO offers more than cutting-edge technologies and tried-and-true techniques for disaster mitigation. This IICRC-certified firm follows a specific set of cleaning standards for water damage based on the field of psychometry. This area of study revolves around the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to safely remove moisture and dry structures.

Technicians receive education on thorough water extraction, disinfection, and drying techniques, and franchise owners must also receive comprehensive training on these services. This knowledge and dedication to the community provide homeowners with a cleanup service that follows a consistent rubric of high standards.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

If your home has been affected by flooding, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within hours of your call to start the mitigation process. A pack-out may be necessary to preserve your possessions and prepare your home for disinfection and drying.

When issuing a pack-out, technicians use smart technologies and software to take careful inventory of your items. Documented information includes makes, models, serial numbers, and item condition, as well as photos. Not only does this maximize safety and comprehensiveness, but it also helps homeowners file claims with greater detail.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (310) 333-0654 any time of day or night for your cleanup needs.

Our Flood Damage Experts Can Restore Your Los Angeles Kitchen

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoring a Los Angeles Kitchen After Flood Damage

California residents may be breathing a sigh of relief now that the drought is over. Still, residents may be surprised to know that most of the state is vulnerable to flooding, even during drought conditions. Every county in California has been declared a flood disaster area multiple times. One in five Californians, as well as more than $580 billion worth of structures,  are vulnerable to flood-related disasters.

If your Los Angeles home needs flood damage cleanup fast, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within hours of your call, working with you and your insurance adjuster to ensure everything is done to your specifications. This team's focus is on restoration whenever it is safe infeasible to do so. While floods pose many challenges for preserving and restoring items, SERVPRO possesses a wide variety of tools and techniques to handle these conditions.

How Flooding Can Affect Your Kitchen

  • Electrical appliances may be drenched and require repair or replacement.
  • Cabinets can swell from moisture and develop mold if left unchecked.
  • Countertops can accumulate water in cracks, which can erode counters and their adhesive.
  • Standing water can do significant damage to floor tiles, laminate, and vinyl, and affect their adhesion to the floor.

How SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO has the tools you need to mitigate flood-related damages, including those done to fixtures in your kitchen. If you have a cabinet with a back installed, drying times may take longer than cabinets without backing due to the additional layer between the cabinet and the wall. Technicians can drill holes in the back of the cabinet to allow for ventilation, as well as from underneath, after removing the toe kick. After drying goals have been met, holes can be patched up with suitable materials.

If your kitchen cabinet is on an interior wall, technicians can talk with you about cutting a hole from the other side to allow for adequate extraction and drying. They can also use a vent system to force air into the wall cavity. However, some factors can affect overall drying time, including the type of paint used on the walls. Flat paint, for example, allows water vapor to pass through quickly compared to gloss or semi-gloss paint. Holes might need to be drilled in the top of the wall to improve ventilation in the event of loosened sheetrock.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo wants to bring you disaster mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (310) 333-0654 to have a cleanup crew at your home within hours.

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We Can Save Your Home In Marina Del Rey After A Flood

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Does the Heavy Lifting After Flood Damage Incidents in Marina Del Rey

If you have been unlucky enough to suffer a flooding incident at your Marina Del Rey home, you have to work hard to restore normalcy. Some of the actions necessary to achieve this goal include:

  • Rapid water extraction
  • Content move-outs
  • Tear-down and rebuilding
  • Cleaning and decontamination

Handling Content Move-Outs

After a flood damage incident in Marina Del Rey, contents such as furniture present a two-faced challenge. Their presence at the loss site can impend other restoration actions, while continued exposure to moisture can damage them beyond what the initial flooding incident caused. Removing them from the loss site helps address both problems. Our SERVPRO teams literary do the heavy lifting necessary for such move-outs. We have hand trucks for moving heavy items conveniently and storage pods to organize smaller items during transport and storage in the warehouses. We also prepare a content inspection report, which helps straighten out issues with the insurance adjuster in case you are unwilling to take back some restored items.

Using Sophisticated Cleaning Equipment

Flooded properties usually end up heavily soiled with mud, silt, and other forms of dirt. Since the soiling is inside and outside the structure, there is a need for extensive cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians handle such cleaning with ease because we have a wide range of cleaning equipment. For removal of soils from outdoor areas of the property such as walls, we have electric or gas-powered pressure washers, which spray water at high pressure, around 2500 psi clearing any soils from surfaces. We also have upholstery-cleaning machines, and our water extractors have a pump, vacuum, and heating capabilities.

Tearing Down and Rebuilding

Replacing some of the materials affected in the flooding event with new ones is mandatory. Replacement is necessary for porous materials on the floors and walls because apart from absorbing significant amounts of water, contaminants also take root within the materials. Removing the materials safely for disposal is tedious work. Our SERVPRO technicians have abundant tools and the expertise to remove the materials. We also fit new ones and refinish the surfaces concealing any signs of the teardown, “Like it never even happened.”

The road to recovery after flooding can be challenging. Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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