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

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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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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What Few People Know About Fire Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Managing Fire Damage to Personal Possessions after a Los Angeles Residential Blaze

Harm to structures after a Los Angeles fire must be addressed for your home to be safely habitable again. Our team arrives with the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle the cleanup needs for the spaces and building materials in your home. We can remove contaminated firefighting water, evaluate and dissolve residues, deodorize spaces, and disinfect as needed according to industry best practices.

Can We Also Restore Contents?

The “bones” of your Los Angeles home suffers fire damage, necessitating deep cleaning and potential structural repairs and rehabbing. On the other hand, the “heart” of your home is comprised of household goods and possessions, often holding deeply personal value to you or your family. Part of our job is to evaluate the contents, making recommendations to discard or to attempt restoration. Some decisions are clear, and others inhabit a middle ground.

What to Expect 

SERVPRO utilizes a detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track items we remove for further assessment and possible restoration efforts. Remain confident that we use hard works and our training and experience to bring your fire damaged articles back to their previous appearance and function. We might work on items in an unaffected space in your home or garage. Often, we use our production facility for fire damage treatments and storage. 

We Approach Contents Restoration with Integrity and Compassion

Our technicians do their best, but sometimes items do not come through specialized treatments as we hoped. Other times, SERVPRO might suggest that an item is too damaged to expect a satisfactory outcome, but you want us to try because of its significance to you. We follow a protocol to document situations where the unanticipated happens, or a valiant try was not enough to obtain the result you desired.

Communication Is the Key

You can rely on SERVPRO employees to act with integrity. Our communications with you about all of the items we packed-out are transparent and dynamic, reflecting the last steps taken. If you need access to a document or other item mid-project, we can find it for you to review and use if appropriate. 

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo provides comprehensive fire damage management, including items like furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions we pack-out for safety and additional restorative actions. Call us at (310) 333-0654 for a fire damage assessment and plan.

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SERVPRO Recommends Rapid Water Removal to Mitigate Damages to Los Angeles Condos

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Water Damage in Los Angeles Must Get Addressed Quickly

In emergencies that require fast actions to reduce loss from water migration from plumbing breaches in your Los Angeles condo, you might have many people telling you the importance of getting the damage dried out right away. While you want to return to routine life as quickly as possible, there are other vital reasons why our commitment to arriving fast after a damaging water loss incident is what you need.

No matter how severe damage can become, even to the point of needing water removal for Los Angeles properties, securing professional restoration and recovery services is a wise choice for your property. Our SERVPRO team can get to work quickly on our mitigation process, which is a phase of our restoration services designed to reduce the cost and severity of losses in your house during a crisis. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can offer benefits you are unlikely to experience even with DIY methods.

Structural Deterioration

One of the areas of grave concern for property owners working with substantial losses that require extraction is the effect this standing water can have on structural elements and construction materials. With the premier construction and expensive materials used to construct the top-tier condominiums throughout the Los Angeles area, reducing this saturation and ultimate deterioration is one of the main objectives of our SERVPRO mitigation team. In a building constructed with common walls and floor levels, protecting the property of your neighbors can not only be the right thing to do but also keep you out of legal jeopardy.

Mold Colonization and Growth

Along these same lines, prolonged moisture and dampness can have even more detrimental effects when you have passed the critical 48-hour threshold from initial exposure. Present mold spores in the environment germinate with the moisture and find the food source necessary to colonize. Most building materials have some cellulose base, they are organic materials, and the fungi develop. Remediation is an added expense that can often get avoided by a prompt response to the property by our experienced restoration technicians.

There are many reasons that a fast reaction to a water incident can better protect your home from substantial losses. From water removal to rapid drying, you can count on our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (310) 333-0654.

Firefighters from the Air and SERVPRO Restoring Homes in the Santa Monica Area from the Ground Battle Wildfires

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Recommends Careful, Strategic Landscaping to Minimize Impact from Wildfires to Homes in Los Angeles

All fire needs some kind of fuel to continue burning, regardless of how powerful the blaze might seem. Wildfires are no exception. They cause damage to homes and businesses, and unfortunately, this can happen in Los Angeles, just like it does in more out-of-the-way locations.

The research data provided by the USDA's Forest Service is why SERVPRO recommends homeowners check their Los Angeles home's current landscaping. Certain arrangements, as well as a few specific items, can significantly increase your residence's risk of succumbing to a wildfire. Other items can minimize the risk to your property. Knowing the difference and acting on that knowledge can keep your home protected. Many families have returned after an evacuation to find their home undamaged while their neighbors fared much worse.

The Forest Service explains that there are three zones outside your home. Each zone provides a buffer against wildfires. Increasing the number of protective elements in each zone and decreasing the ones that permit fire to cone closer to your property.

In Zone 1, which spans directly next to the house and other buildings on the property to five feet away, At this close proximity, nothing combustible should exist. This includes welcome mats and many flower boxes or plant containers. These small objects can ignite the door, its frame, or other objects near the house. Mulched areas or spots with wood chips can also ignite and catch the siding of the house on fire. Embers can travel a long way because of their source. As the uppermost branches of taller trees burn, segments fall downward, still burning, with the fall causing them to grow even hotter. Large enough pieces can still burn after hitting the ground, breaking into smaller pieces.

In Zone 2, lawn furniture and shrubs placed between five and 30 feet away from structures on your property can give wildfires a pathway up to your house. Many ornamental plants are more likely to ignite because of the amount of wax, oil, or resin in their leaves and branches. Wood piles often catch fire during a wildfire, and it is recommended that homeowners place them at least 30 feet away from the house. This also helps to keep the termites away. The California lilac is one example of a fire-resistant plant that can help homeowners build an effective fire break around their home. Others include replacing fruit trees for conifers or pines, and water-loving ground covers, and shrubs like honeysuckle or sumac, instead of paving a walkway with wood chips or other materials that can burn, pave with concrete. Rubber chips or pellets under playground equipment can also ignite and burn much hotter than the wildfire. SERVPRO understands that these are stringent precautions and not easily accomplished, but SAFETY first.

Farther away from the structure, but still relevant is Zone 3. Starting at 30 feet away and reaching out to a hundred feet, the larger trees found on your property should occur in groups of three or less, and at least 30 feet apart. Shorter trees planted singly and spaced 20 feet apart have the same effect at minimizing risk. Regardless of where trees are located on your property, any branches that overhang the house or garage need to be trimmed.

Brush, dead leaves, dried grass clippings, pine needles that accumulate under trees are considered fine fuels and they can allow a wildfire to spread rapidly across your property and engulf your home. Eliminating these regularly protects your family, as well.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo knows how important your family's safety is to you. We hope you use these tips to ensure your Playa del Rey or Playa Vista's property remains unaffected by wildfires. Contact us at (310) 333-0654 if you need help restoring your house or other property.

How Professional Assistance Helps After A Fire in Los Angeles

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Ways Professional Assistance Helps During Fire Damage Incidents in Los Angeles

A fire incident might not be that severe but still lead to widespread damages in your Los Angeles property. Such outcomes are common after incidents such as stove flare-ups and grease fires in the kitchen or incidents caused by malfunctioning electrical appliances. Calling a professional restoration service to help you clean up and restore your property after fire damage presents many benefits.

A Deeper Understanding of an Incident

When you look at the outcome of a fire damage incident in Los Angeles, you probably only see the blackened surfaces and charred materials. With such an outlook, you might not prepare well for the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site to establish the types of residues left and how far they spread throughout the property to determine the best response plan. The following types of residues left by fires are difficult to clean:

  • Protein Smoke Residues
  • Wet Smoke Residues Especially From Synthetic Materials
  • Fuel Oil Smoke Residues
  • Invisible Smoke Residues

Moving Resources

Cleaning a fire-damaged property involves considerable levels of movement of items and contents. There is a need to remove items from affected rooms to create room for cleaning and other restoration steps. Damaged materials also form debris that requires moving out of the facility. Our SERVPRO crews have resources to address all the moving needs that arise. We have hand trucks that help ease the movement of massive contents around the property. We also have heavy-duty plastic bags and other temporary storage materials to ensure the safe transfer of demolished materials from the house.

Best Deodorization Solutions

Bad odor is likely to linger in your property after a fire incident requiring elaborate deodorization efforts. Several approaches can help deodorize the affected property. However, some might not be very effective or might cause additional damages. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the types of odors and materials present to determine the best deodorization solution. In many cases, we use pairing agents and masking agents. The most common solutions are humectants, which combine with airborne odor particles leading to precipitation on surfaces. We also use neutralizers, which chemically change the odor particles.

A better understanding of fire damage helps produce better results. Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 to help restore your property. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Act Fast In Los Angeles To Restore Your Home

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Steps that Help During Water Removal from Affected Los Angeles Homes

Presence of water in unwanted areas of your home can cause great inconvenience or damages. Removing the water fast and adequately helps prevent severe damages and reverses some of the adverse effects. To accomplish such an outcome when your Los Angeles home is affected, several steps might be necessary.

Use of Light and Deep Extraction Tools

Using different types of tools can help ease water removal from your Los Angeles home. Depending on the source of the leak and configuration of your house, the water might pool in some areas. Light wands can help lift such water fast. In carpeted areas, the wand might not be handy because the fabric absorbs and holds on to water. Our SERVPRO technicians can use weighted tools such as Water Claws or Ride-on High Volume Extractors, which boost traditional extraction by adding weight, which squeezes out water from the carpet fabric.

Content Manipulation

Most of the areas in your home have heavy or bulky contents such as couches, beds, and even appliances. Unfortunately, when water spills, the spread patterns are indiscriminate so the contents can hamper the removal process. Moving the contents out of the way is not easy because of the weight and bulkiness. Our SERVPRO technicians help ease content movement in many ways. For example, we have hand trucks, which simplify the process of moving heavy items around the house. If the water damage is significant, we can also move out all contents to an external storage facility.

Controlled Demolition

Building materials such as drywall, wood, and others absorb water when there is a spill. Apart from that, they might conceal wet areas. Removing the wet materials or opening up cavities is essential, but it requires the right approach to achieve the appropriate outcome. Our SERVPRO technicians perform various controlled demolition steps including making flood cuts, punching vent holes, removing door and window trims among others, based on the specifics of the loss site.

Recovery from a water spill requires deliberate steps, performed promptly. Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 when your property is affected. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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