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Virtual Monday Meditation with Don Cadora in Los Angeles, CA

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Street view of library Storm damage is stressful. Let SERVPRO remediate your damage while you enjoy Virtual Monday Meditation with Don Cadora.

Los Angeles Public Library Presents Online Monday Meditation with Don Cadora

People like to use different meditation styles for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to stress-relief, balance, calm, inspiration, and more. If you are missing out on meeting with others in the Los Angeles area for in-person meditation, you now have the chance to enjoy online classes with Monday Meditation with Don Cadora. Each Monday, people can participate in guided meditation via Zoom classes hosted by the Los Angeles Public Library. Get in touch with the library for registration and link information before class start.

  • Date: Monday, January 18th, 2021
  • Time: Noon to 1 pm
  • Where: Online with Don Cadora via Zoom, sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library
  • Cost: Free class for adults

Here at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo supports the local community and all efforts to maintain health and wellness. There may come a time when high winds and rain from a storm-front wreaks havoc on your property. Should you have a storm come through that leaves your home damaged, our team is ready to assist. Call us 24/7 for emergency storm and debris removal service at (310) 333-0654, and we can send out our Green Fleet within hours. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Certified Farmers’ Market in Marina Del Rey

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fruits from MDR Farmers’ Market. Bullet points overlaying with safety tips We hope to see you at the Farmer’s Market.

Enjoy Fresh Local Produce and Other Goods at the Marina Del Rey Farmers’ Market

Community, local goods, and fresh air are all things that are excellent for the soul. Even during social distancing, you have the chance to enjoy the Marina Del Rey Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday, this open-air farmers’ market is the best place to go when you want to look for a variety of vendors offering everything from locally grown produce to pre-packaged foods and other items. Of course, face masks are required, and a maximum of 40 patrons will be allowed in the market area at any given time.

  • Date:Saturday, January 16th, 2021 (Held every Saturday)
  • Time:9 am to 2 pm
  • Location:14101 Panay Way, Lot #11, Marina del Rey, CA

More details available on the Southland Farmers’ Market Association website

Grab local produce and other incredible products at this open-air farmers’ market! Here at SERVPRO, we are always available for the community for emergency service. If you need assistance with fire damage removal, you can reach our team by calling (310) 333-0654. We will send out a crew as soon as possible to restore your interior to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

You Never Want Flooding in Your Marina Del Rey Retail Space to Hinder Business

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of commercial apartment building No matter the size of your commercial property, SERVPRO can handle the damage.

Call SERVPRO to Your Marina Del Rey Shop When You Require Rapid Water Removal and Flood Damage Assistance

Located in Los Angeles County, California, Marina del Rey is a lovely little unincorporated seaside community. Also, a census-designated place (CDP), this community had a population of 8,866 when the 2010 United States Census was taken.

Within this fisherman's village, you will find striking views of the Marina as well as the most sizable man-made harbor for small crafts in the world. Here, the Marina features eight basins that can dock 5,300 boats and is also the home port for about 6,500 watercraft at various times. In 1997, the Los Angeles Times said that this harbor might be the most valuable resource in the entire county.

Marina del Rey Carries a Unique Backstory

Before Marina del Rey, California, was developed as a harbor for small crafts, it was salt marsh fed land by freshwater entered from Ballona Creek. The region was frequented by duck and fowl hunters, and more. It used to be referred to as mudflats by a member of the LA County Board of Supervisors by the name of Burton W. Chance. However, the area today is generally referred to as wetlands.

During the mid-19th century, Louis Mesmer and Moye C. Wicks had ideas of turning this area into a commercial-style port. The Ballona Development Company was formed in 1888 to develop the site, but the company went bankrupt just three years later. Moses Sherman bought the port and 1,000 acres of land all around Port Ballona and Ballona lagoon in 1902 under the Beach Land Company name and renamed Del Rey before the port took on Playa del Rey's title.

In 1887, the California Central Railway was developed and later became known as the Santa Fe Railway. It later became Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. This railroad went from the port to Redondo Junction.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers revisited the idea of having a commercial harbor here in 1916. However, it was deemed impractical from an economic standpoint. U.S. Congress set up a re-evaluation of this determination in 1936. The Army Corps of Engineers then came back with a more favorable resolution. Unfortunately, the concept of Marina del Rey harbor lost to San Pedro for a commercial harbor. Therefore, the Port of Los Angeles received the funding development.

In 1953 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set up a $2 million loan to fund marina construction and broke ground shortly after. However, the Marina was in danger during a winter storm in 1962-1963 when construction was nearly complete. The storm brought millions in damage for both the watercraft anchored in the area and the Marina itself. Because of this, a breakwater was built at the Marina's mouth as a safeguard. Marina del Rey was then formally dedicated in April of 1965.

Staying and Playing in Marina del Rey, California

There are many things that Marina del Rey is known for, including incredible lodging and unbelievable attractions. Due to the proximity to LAX, it makes traveling to and from easy. It is a stunning coastal location within the Westside of Los Angeles, so it is no wonder why it has turned into a Southern California getaway destination for many. Anyone visiting the area will find many popular tourist attractions within a short driving distance. Once you have experienced a day filled with recreation and exploration, you will then have plenty of waterfront hotels to rest your head – many of which come with stunning harbor views.

When it comes to attractions and must-see locations, some of the top options in the area include:

Burton W. Chace Park – Located on Mindanao Way, this is a 10-acre park that juts into the main channel, rich with the harbor's views. There is a paved walking path that you can enjoy around the perimeter, or there is a beach where you can sit to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

Marina "Mother's" Beach – When you want a peaceful place to relax, this is a 12-acre lagoon on Admiralty Way just right for bringing the family. Lifeguards staff the beach on a seasonal basis, and you will find various amenities on-site, including sheltered picnic tables, playground equipment, and access to restrooms.

Yvonne B. Burke Park – This is a park located within the Marina's heart on Admiralty Way. Here, you will find a free parcourse fitness circuit as well as a bike trail that runs straight through the park.

Flood Damage to Your Commercial Location is Stressful – Count on SERVPRO Technicians to Handle the Cleanup and Restoration in Marina Del Rey

Seeking assistance quickly when you notice flooding in your Marina del Rey retail space helps to avoid further damage. Many water incidents get covered by your insurance, and our team here at SERVPRO is available to help each step of the way. Because of the risk of electric shock and other hazards with a water emergency, it is best to let trained technicians assess the space and proceed with the cleanup.

When you call us for flood damage in Marina del Rey, we are here to tackle:

  • Commercial Water Removal –We utilize powerful extraction tools and pumps to remove water rapidly. We also have generators available should power not be readily accessible.
  • Content Removal and Structural Drying –Our technicians will handle all saturated contents within your retail space, including documents that can be dried and restored. We also ensure no area is left unaddressed, including potential moisture lurking behind walls and other tight crevices.
  • Controlled Demolition –Any unsalvageable materials get removed and properly disposed of using controlled demolition techniques. All building materials get replaced and finished off to bring your retail location back to preloss condition. California State License Board (CSLB) #: 837225

We know that you may have questions or feel overwhelmed when faced with flood damage in your place of business. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo is available 24/7 to get the job done and give you the peace of mind you need. Call us for emergency service at (310) 333-0654.

Have a Laugh at the Famous J Spot Comedy Club in Los Angeles

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of three tacos Fire damage is no laughing matter. We restore your home so you can enjoy laughter at the J Spot Comedy Club.

Cut Loose for the Evening with Friends and Family on West Manchester Avenue in Los Angeles

The J Spot Comedy Club has been a hot spot for comics and up and coming talent since it opened its doors. On Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, Taco Tuesday returns, beginning at 6 PM with safe, distanced fun.

Enjoy some delicious food and hilarious stand up with your closest friends. The cover charge for the event is only $10.00 with a two-drink minimum. Take an evening and appreciate some of the comics growing in popularity throughout Los Angeles County and all of California. You can contact the J Spot Comedy Club at (310) 337-9057.

Recent kitchen fires can have you seriously considering taco Tuesday events all over the city. When you need fire and smoke cleanup for your Los Angeles residence, let our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team help by calling (310) 333-0654.

Marina Del Rey Residents Can Catch an Exclusive Showing of Elf

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of movie theater popcorn box We are available 24/7 to handle any water damage you might have so you can enjoy holiday events. We hope to see you at the drive-in!

With a Drive-in Setting, Families can take in a Classic Holiday Film

With so many events and gatherings canceled this year, The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles has repurposed the valet parking lot into a drive-in movie theatre so that families have events to look forward to this holiday season. On Sunday, December 6th, 2020, from 7 PM to 10 PM, carloads of up to 6 can take in Elf for the base of $45.00.

The parking lot is open at 5:30 so that everyone has plenty of time to get parked and set up. Tickets come with complimentary popcorn. Everyone can also order off the full menu of the restaurant for the length of the film. For more information, contact phansen@journalhotels.com.

Water damage mitigation for Marina Del Rey homes can sometimes feel like holiday magic when completed by the professionals of our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team. We have experienced technicians available 24/7 for water removal, cleanup, and thorough drying when you call (310) 333-0654.

Some of the Most Famous Structures in Los Angeles Sometimes Need Mold Removal

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Iconic Hollywood Sign Hurray for Hollywood and SERVPRO! We continually train so that we can resolve any mold issues quickly and effectively.

Take Some Tours Through one of the Largest Cities in the World to Learn About the History of L.A.

As the second-most populated city in the country and the third-largest in all of North America, Los Angeles undoubtedly has more than a handful of alluring attractions for visitors and long-standing residents alike. There is always something occurring in the city to appeal to all tastes. Because of its sheer enormity, it can be overwhelming to navigate L.A. to get to where you want to be and to take in all the sights that you hope to in the time that you are here. Tours provide a condensed look at some of the top-tier attractions and historic properties for the region without the stress of driving from point to point.

Major Attractions and Stops on the Tours 

There is always a lot to see for anyone traveling to Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. As one of the largest metropolitan areas on the continent, tours regularly depart to showcase some of the most iconic locations and memorable spots throughout the city. While there are hundreds of places that fit these criteria, many of the overlapping sites seen on guided tours include:

  • Hollywood Sign – Iconic lettering on a hillside visible from many areas of Los Angeles County
  • Capitol Records Building – A 13-story recording studio and headquarters for the Los Angeles branch of Capitol Records. Often referred to as the 'House that Nat Built' based on the profitable records for Nat King Cole produced in the building
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall – This structure was built in the 1980s to commemorate the love of the arts for the late Walt Disney. This state-of-the-art structure continues to be a preferred venue for many performing arts mediums
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre – Perhaps one of the most replicated iconic buildings globally, the famous Chinese Theatre is often the backdrop for new stars getting placed on Vine 
  • Hollywood and Vine – One of the most globally recognizable intersections and served as a central point between a flurry of radio, television, and film production studios in Los Angeles

Types of Tours You Can Take Through Los Angeles 

Just considering a guided tour is not typically enough to narrow down your potential options in the city. You can choose the kind of information and stories you hope to hear from the experts who know it best for most visiting the municipality. You can wander around the city in hopes of coming across landmarks and historic structures. However, you are relying on the internet's inconsistencies to give you the information you need. No matter what kind of guided tour you hope to find, it is waiting for you in Los Angeles.

Star Tours 

Perhaps the most profitable and widely replicated niche of the guided tours in Los Angeles are those taking paying guests through neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and the prominent areas above L.A. to view the homes of some of the most well-known celebrities in the world.

History of Los Angeles 

Many people choose to equate Los Angeles with so many things, from sports championships to a mecca for film and television production. There is much more to this city's growth and development than many people know. Some stories have shaped how the world would come to know people and companies born out of Los Angeles County.

Iconic Vistas 

You may not expect Los Angeles to be a place where you can get extensive and unhindered views of nature, but multiple parks and reserves surround the city designed to protect some of its inherent beauty. Walking and hiking tours can take you to some of the observation points around Los Angeles, and many give you a close look at the iconic Hollywood sign.

The Macabre 

You might not be surprised to learn that multiple tours depart from various city areas fixated on the deaths of celebrities or famous murder cases from the often-sordid history of Los Angeles. There are numerous tours, one even hosted by a clown, detailing some of the most recognizable murder and unexplained phenomena from L.A.'s past. These cases include the infamous Black Dahlia or the Manson Family murders. There are some stories that fewer people know about – many ultimately leading to small museums showing some of these cases' artifacts.  

Overcoming Mold Concerns in Los Angeles Homes 

Mold can be one of the most difficult concerns for those exposed, which makes it vital to remove from homes and primary tourist attractions throughout the city. A simple persistent leak can be responsible for the rapid degradation of hosting materials and organic matter. In these situations, a primary culprit is a wooden framework, fixtures, carpeting, and the gypsum board's porous composition.

The suspicion of mold should be enough for property owners and families to conduct a proper inspection and evaluation. We have experienced remediators and hygienists on staff to conduct thorough air sampling. Environmental testing can identify higher-than-normal concentrations of mold spores and microbes in the structure that indicates active colonization.

Mold removal for Los Angeles homes is possible through the remediation process exclusively. While modern practices cannot remove naturally occurring mold spores, eliminating active colonization is the foundation of successful remediation. There are multiple approaches for this phase, and it varies based on the severity of the damage and the accessibility of hosting materials. Remediation often involves several of these techniques:

  • Surface cleaning with antimicrobial solutions
  • Sanding
  • Media/dry ice blasting
  • Controlled demolition

The elimination of active colonization in your home is only complete when moisture and water damage allowed the growth are resolved. Our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team can help with each phase, from remediation to repairs. Give us a call at (310) 333-0654.

Help Support Black-Owned and Operated Businesses in the Greater Los Angeles Area

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech standing behind open SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO is here for your fire damage restoration needs so that you can enjoy the area’s attractions, like “Black in the Valley Marketplace.”

Visit Los Angeles County’s “Black in the Valley Marketplace”

Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley is home to a large, thriving African American community.  This community has culturally enriched our county, and its several fine businesses have contributed significantly to our region’s overall economic prosperity.  On December 19, help support this vital element of our area by visiting the Zawadi Cultural Collective’s “Black in the Valley Marketplace.”  The marketplace, which takes place on the third Saturday of December, showcases the best local black-owned and operated businesses have to offer. Essential details about the event include:

  • It is being held at the Reseda Church of Christ at 7806 Reseda Blvd. in Reseda.
  • The event commences at 10 AM and ends at 3 PM.
  • It has offerings from about thirty different vendors, including those from local business-minded children.
  • Drinks, food, clothing, health & wellness services, arts & crafts, and jewelry are all available for purchase at the marketplace.

As fellow community members, SERVPRO of Marina Del Ray/Westchester/El Segundo welcomes you to this enriching activity.  We also would like to remind people in the community that we are always here to help whenever you need fire damage remediation.  Call us anytime at (310) 333-0654 for assistance.

Enjoy Holiday Lights on the Waterfront near Los Angeles.

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of beach We are always on call to handle any emergency restoration needs so you can enjoy the holidays.

Experience the "Lighting of the Bay" Event Southeast of Downtown Los Angeles.

Enjoy a lovely Southern California holiday season evening at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. The bayside resort, located to the southeast of downtown Los Angeles in Newport Beach, is hosting its 30th annual "Lighting of the Bay" event. Attendees can witness a spectacular sunset followed by a beautiful seaside Christmas light display, all while taking in this luxurious venue's ambiance. Some important details about this activity include:

  • The event is held nightly between November 27th and New Year's Eve
  • It starts at 5 PM and is free to attend
  • The display boasts more than forty LED-illuminated Christmas trees, floats, and decorations

Your neighbors at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo are pleased to announce this festive light display. We would also like to mention to be careful of fire hazards when decorating your own home for the holiday season. With all that said, if your home ever suffers a fire and you need fire damage restoration work done, call us at (310) 333-0654.

How Do Carpeted Floors Get Restored After Water Damages?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Man removing carpet backing on water damaged floor Water can quickly damage carpet and floors. Sometimes it is unsalvageable, and needs removing to dry and restore your home.

Flooring is Often One of the First Areas of Your Marina Del Rey Home Impacted by Water Disasters

Overflowing bathtubs or broken plumbing fixtures are just a small portion of the possible ways that water disasters can impact your Marina Del Rey home. Becausewater often collects on the house's flooring, materials like hardwood and carpeting become susceptible to saturation by absorbing the pool. The fibers and underlayment carpeting materials are among the most porous of all the flooring installed in modern homes. 

While restoration is the foundation of our SERVPRO team's work, we also strive to help customers with water damage repair for their Marina Del Rey homes. With carpeting so susceptible to water damage effects, the faster that competent technicians like ours can begin working on drying and extraction, the more affected materials do not require removal. Releasing trapped moisture from carpets involves multiple tools used in the appropriate order, including: 

  • Carpet wands 
  • Wet vacuums 
  • Weighted extractors
  • Centrifugal air movers 

How Can Contractors Help with Severely Damaged Carpets? 

Oversaturation is a considerable concern with water disasters in the home, especially when mitigation does not begin as quickly as it should. In some situations, drying decisions must get made regarding the salvageability of impacted materials to determine the viability of original construction elements. 

If mold or deterioration has started on the carpet or the fibers' backing, it is often more cost-efficient for the customer to remove this surface layer. Likewise, tear out might also consist of the padding layer when carpet wands remove trapped moisture in the fibers but not the pad underneath it. Controlled demolition provides a stable foundation to reinstall new materials "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo technicians are ready 24/7 to help with water disasters that damage your home. Contact us today at (310) 333-0654.

How Can SERVPRO Assist When a Local Cafe Experiences a Kitchen Fire?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

View of inside of Restaurant; table empty; ready for customers Fires are devastating to any business. SERVPRO can remove the smoke odors and restore the damage.

Our Technicians are Quick to the Scene and Can Provide Emergency Mitigation to Restore Your Los Angeles Cafe

In Los Angeles, local cafes do a thriving business serving early morning business commuters, the afternoon lunch group, and coffee lovers. When a fire flashes in the kitchen of one of these local dining favorites, it can significantly impact the business. Not only does the café experience downtown and a loss of revenue, but it may lose customers as well. SERVPRO provides rapid-fire mitigation to get the restaurant open and serving customers.

What is the Purpose of a Fire Restoration Business?

According to FEMA, cooking fires account for approximately 30.6% of non-residential fires. Over nine years, through 2018, the leading cause of non-commercial fires was cooking. SERVPRO assists business owners in getting their business and their revenue back on track. That’s why we provide professional fire restoration to Los Angeles businesses. Our purpose is to mitigate fire damage through clean up, repair, and restoration, including:

  • Scoping the scene to prepare a work plan
  • Removing debris and charred materials
  • Residual water, soot, and odor mitigation

The objective is to return the business to its preloss condition, if possible, and clean every area of your café. The proprietor works with our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) to decide the right course of action for rebuilding the eatery. 

Fast Response Time is Vital

One of the main things SERVPRO teams focus on whenever there is a fire is smoke odor. Water extraction is another area that requires immediate mitigation. The water and chemicals used by firefighters need to be removed, and the business dried. If left untreated secondary damage like mold can occur. The key to proper cleanup and restoration is a prompt intervention. Our technicians not only provide the fire damage restoration required for your situation, but they do it as quickly as possible. When dealing with commercial properties, our crews handle:

Residual Water – When moisture is not immediately extracted, mold can develop. Mold colonies can begin to develop in as little as 24 hours. Smoke odors are foul enough, but it can be difficult to remove when combined with the musty smell of mold. Mold can also cause health effects. 

Smoke Odors – The pungent smell of smoke can quickly permeate throughout the fire damaged Los Angeles café. The debris from the soot, fire, and firefighting chemicals contribute to the odors and affect not only the air but walls, fixtures, and furniture. The first step in lessening the smell is the removal of soot and debris. Further deodorization takes place later.

Soot Removal– A thick layer of soot is often seen in commercial fires. It can be damaging on its own, but it is even more harmful when combined with the moisture from fire hoses. Rapid soot removal is paramount to prevent surface areas from being further damaged. 

What Restoration Steps Does SERVPRO Implement?

Our Green Team gets busy mitigating soot damage, water damage, and smoke odors right away, understanding the need to work quickly. Several steps need to be implemented before the restoration begins. 

Water extraction and chemical clean up and the removal of charred and damaged debris get handled right away. Wet areas get dried with industrial air moved and dehumidifiers. Our technicians determine the type of soot involved and the makeup of surface areas impacted. They then implement the correct cleaning techniques and products. Soot removal is handled using soda blasting, agitative methods, industrial vacuums, and other techniques as needed. All areas are cleaned and disinfected. The content of the café may be removed to a warehouse or non-affected space for cleaning. 

Once the above has taken place, restoration can begin. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace whenever possible. A restaurant fire can have unique challenges. And certain things are not salvageable. When dealing with eateries, the situation may include:

  • Soot settling on food items. Fresh food is never salvageable.
  • Food exposed to firefighting chemicals (or powder from the fire suppression system in the kitchen) is contaminated.
  • Food items in a freezer or refrigeration area may be salvageable if the appliance itself was unaffected and the seal is intact.
  • Perishable items in cans and boxes should be discarded. Canned goods exposed to high heat are not safe.
  • Plasticware that has been in the heat may not be salvageable. 
  • Porous items such as linens and draperies may be cleanable if not directly impacted by the fire.
  • Glass and metal ware not directly damaged can often be cleaned.

Structural elements and the content of the café are repaired, restored, or replaced during the restoration phase. Fixtures, booths, and tables not directly impacted by the fire, or having minimal damage, can often be restored to preloss condition. Our technicians know what to salvage and what to throw away and help business owners make wise decisions. 

Our goal is to get you serving coffee, lunches, and fresh-baked muffins to your customers. To ensure that happens, contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for commercial fire restoration service. Contractor Licenses: CSLB: 837225.