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Why Is Professional Upholstery and Fabric Cleanup Necessary During Fire Damage Restoration in Los Angeles?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fires damage all areas of your business, from drywall to upholstery. SERVPRO has the know-how, equipment, and experience to restore your property.

SERVPRO Ensures Testing and Advanced Cleaning Is Done for Satisfactory Restoration of Your Fabric Items

Upholstery items and fabrics such as draperies are significantly affected during a fire. Even when they survive the flames and heat, they are likely to end up heavily soiled. You can save some upholstery items at your premises with a thorough cleaning.

The sensitivity of fabrics and upholstery items to factors like heat, chemicals, and moisture makes cleaning them during fire damage restoration at your Los Angeles property challenging. However, a professional team from SERVPRO can complete the task faster and safely.

Cleanup by professionals is unique because:        

  • Several methods can be used to clean an item
  • The materials are pretested before cleaning
  • Specialized cleaning equipment is available

The level of soiling and the materials that make up an upholstery item are the two main factors influencing the outcome of a cleaning exercise. Although you can read labels to determine the materials used to make an item, sometimes you might not get accurate information since labels mostly describe the filling material rather than the fabric. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome this by testing the fibers before starting cleaning. With the correct details, it is possible to expedite cleaning.

Some Practical Evaluation Procedures Before Cleaning Fabrics Include:

  • Doing a burn test
  • Doing a chemical test
  • Confirming dye stability

How the cleaning is performed also influences the outcome. For instance, deciding to wet-clean a fire damaged item might not be ideal since water can dissolve the loose soils like soot on the surface of an item, causing them to set. Professional cleaning is done in stages preventing such outcomes. Our SERVPRO technicians first pre-vacuum draperies and upholstery items before starting other cleaning procedures to remove loose soils. We also have specialized upholstery cleaning machines that do thorough cleaning without over-wetting or aggravated agitation.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo can help with the advanced cleaning resources needed to restore your upholstery or draperies after fire damage. Call us at (310) 333-0654. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Which Mold Remediation Approaches Help Marina Del Rey Properties When Contamination Recurs?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

If not properly remediated, mold growth can recur. Don’t DIY. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Delivers Long Term Results by Focusing on the Sources That Keep Triggering Mold Growth in a Property

If the mold problem in your Marina Del Rey property keeps recurring, there is a chance the problem is failure to identify the mold triggers. So even if you keep changing remediation approaches, it might be challenging to get long-term results.

Mold manifests differently, so it is essential to note all the signs before implementing mold remediation in your Marina Del Rey property. You may be dealing with a musty smell, dark patches on surfaces such as walls and ceilings, or even stains on fabrics. Whatever the sign is, it is crucial to note that mold grows in an indoor environment with favorable conditions, so SERVPRO focuses on early identification.

The main conditions that favor mold include:

  • Abundant moisture
  • Minimal natural light
  • Sufficient organic food sources

When mold keeps recurring, there is a chance that the remediation procedures you are using are not drying materials thoroughly. Leaving heavily contaminated porous materials in place after remediation can also cause problems since the mold hyphae penetrate deep into such materials minimizing the effectiveness of cleaning and other procedures to eliminate them.

You can only realize long-term results if you investigate what triggers mold in your property before starting remediation processes. Our SERVPRO technicians use different tools to confirm there is no moisture problem in your house. For instance, thermo-hygrometers help ensure that relative humidity levels in all your rooms do not exceed 60%. Thermal cameras help establish hidden moisture or leaks in wall, ceiling, or floor cavities.

After dealing with moisture, it is essential to perform the other necessary remediation processes, such as removing mold debris. Our SERVPRO technicians use thorough methods such as HEPA vacuuming and damp-wiping surfaces with antimicrobial products.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo prioritizes long-term outcomes of mold remediation processes, thus addressing the contamination in your house, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (310) 333-0654.

Why Does Water Mitigation Depend on the Materials in Los Angeles Properties?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water damages areas far from the leak. SERVPRO's training allows our techs to handle any unexpected outcomes.

SERVPRO Looks Out for Materials That Exhibit Peculiar Water Damage Signs

You may notice many peculiar things in the aftermath of water intrusion in your home. A wet ceiling when the leak is at the floor level is puzzling. Wet wall materials might take longer than you expect to dry, which frustrates you. Such cases require unique water damage mitigation approaches.

Before attempting water damage mitigation in your Los Angeles property, understanding the characteristics of different materials in the house is crucial. That way, it is possible to direct the appropriate efforts towards specific restoration tasks. 

SERVPRO's training allows our techs to handle any unexpected outcomes. The instruction psychrometry, which explains how water, air, and temperatures interrelate with wet materials.

Some of the unique characteristics in materials that cause the unusual outcomes include:

  • Vapor barriers
  • Hygroscopic properties
  • Permeance

A vapor barrier occurs when a material with low permeance covers a porous material. You may notice the impact of vapor barriers if some of your walls are covered in gloss paint or wallpaper. While the bare walls dry faster, drying those with the gloss paint layer or wallpaper can take too long. Our SERVPRO teams find ways to neutralize the barrier, such as perforation or stripping off.

Another noticeable aspect of permeance is the changes to the affected materials. While carpets and wood are all porous materials, wood tends to exhibit physical changes such as swelling and warping, but carpets retain their physical form. Carpets have higher permeance and thus release water fast. Wood, on the other hand, tends to accumulate water, thus leading to swelling. When wood no longer absorbs water, different sections on the same piece may release moisture at varying rates unless drying is controlled, thus leading to warping.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo provides trained technicians to handle any unexpected water damage outcomes. Call us at (310) 333-0654 for solutions that manage the loss, "Like it never even happened."

The Benefits of Zoning Marina Del Rey Homes During Water Restoration Processes

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs adjust the temperature, humidity, and airflow, to promote faster drying of wet materials and prevent other issues.

SERVPRO Creates Separate Drying Zones for Better Management after Water Intrusions

Water intrusions rarely affect an entire home. Even when damage is widespread, the intensity in each section of the house is likely to differ, so the restoration efforts needed still vary. Zoning the damage helps ease some restoration processes, such as drying your Marina Del Rey home.

Performing water restoration in Marina Del Rey homes means adjusting various things, including temperature, humidity, and airflow, to promote faster drying of wet materials and prevent other issues like aerosolizing contaminants. Our SERVPRO crews zone your property by erecting physical barriers separating the different sections.

Zoned restoration has many benefits, including:

  • Improving the efficiency of drying equipment
  • Better control of processes needed in each section
  • Allowing utilization of unaffected areas of the house

To realize the full benefits of this approach, you need to do it right. Our SERVPRO technicians help establish the different dynamics at your loss site and determine which areas need to be separated. The factors we consider include the type of materials and the level of wetness.

Some crucial aspects of zoning a water-damaged property include: 

  • Identifying rooms that share the same airspace
  • Sizing each zone appropriately for better control
  • Creating airtight barriers

Within each zone, it is possible to circulate sufficient air for sustained evaporation. Exhausting warm air from dehumidifiers into the area also keeps temperatures at appropriate levels. Another unique advantage is the assurance that the humidity levels in the zoned area cannot be diluted by humidity from other sections of the house. Therefore, whether the goal is speedy drying of upholstery or controlled drying of wood, it is possible to achieve the desired goals.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo offers superior water restoration services by focusing on better management and advanced technologies. Call us at (310) 333-0654. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Are Common Issues Faced by Marina Del Rey Residents Affected by Flood Damage?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is your complete flood damage restoration team. We can handle the entire process from water extraction to reconstruction.

Local Residents Impacted by Flood Damage Often Deal with Several Serious Problems

Although Marina Del Rey generally has much less severe weather than the East Coast, it still experiences some coastal storms and a rainy season between December and March. During this period, local inhabitants sometimes must contend with flooding and its life-changing effects.

Every year, SERVPRO helps homeowners in the coastal community of Marina Del Rey restore their flood damage. Our emergency water damage services include water cleanup, biohazard remediation, and water damage repairs. The flood victims we assist often have suffered one or more of the following problems:

  • Persistent, foul, flood-related odors that permeate every part of their homes and could make them unlivable
  • Small-to-massive pools of standing floodwaters that need extraction from their residences
  • Large amounts of hazardous waste that a professional remediator must cleanup
  • The loss of prized personal possessions and furnishings because of floodwater inundation and moisture-laden air
  • Mold growths on their walls, deteriorated wall coverings and drywall, warped walls, and buckled or sagging floors
  • Completely collapsed parts of their residences that need to be reconstructed

In helping to clean up and restore such damage over the years, SERVPRO technicians have gained invaluable, wide-ranging experience that has enabled them to perfect their skills. As a result, SERVPRO has become both faster and more effective at what it does.

So, when looking for a good flood damage remediator, remember that your friendly neighbors at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo are always around to help you overcome your flood-related troubles. Considering this, don’t hesitate to contact us at (310) 333-0654 when you need emergency flood services.

How Can Fire and Smoke Cleanup Services Help Restore My Marina Del Rey Home?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fires start from many sources. No matter the size or scope of damage, SERVPRO can handle all your fire damage restoration needs.

Fire and Smoke Cleanup Removes Airborne Particles and Residues from Your Residence

Every year, various mishaps cause residential fires around the Marina Del Rey area. These fires are often caused by failing to keep a watchful eye on cooking food or simply falling asleep with a lit cigarette. Whatever their cause, though, rest assured that our restoration team can overcome the effects of these accidents.

SERVPRO precisely knows what fire and smoke cleanup in Marina Del Rey require. Our highly skilled smoke remediation and fire damage restoration experts have successfully remediated thousands of fire damaged homes around the local area. Moreover, they have all the most advanced tools to do house fire cleanup and fire restoration work the right way.

A few of the ways our technicians help restore your residence are by:

  • Clearing smoke particle-laden air from your interiors with air movers and high-velocity box fans
  • Further cleaning impacted air with sophisticated air scrubbers and ozone machines
  • Preventing the further spread of airborne smoke particles around your home by using specialized HVAC cleaning systems to sanitize air ducts
  • Employing dry, wet, abrasive, and innovative techniques to remove damaging acidic residues from materials and surfaces throughout your home
  • Reconstructing irreparably damaged structural elements, rooms, and other interior areas
  • Fully deodorizing your living areas and household contents with powerful, fogger-dispensed, EPA-approved deodorants

It is clear to see why your neighbors at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo are among the best fire and smoke cleanup experts in the region. So, regardless of the severity of your fire-related issue, remember that we are always just a phone call away. Call us anytime at (310) 333-0654 for assistance.

What Types of Mold Can Mold Remediation Cleanup Eliminate in Los Angeles?

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO mold specialists are trained to locate and remove fungal growths from your business. Call us today!

Mold Remediation Cleanup Services Like SERVPRO Can Remediate Most Types of Mold

Various types of airborne mold spores are naturally present in Los Angeles, and they are just waiting for the appropriate conditions to grow in your business facilities. Fortunately, effective remediation services are available nearby whenever these spores find the right conditions for growth and impact your commercial enterprise.

SERVPRO, a commercial mold remediation cleanup service in Los Angeles, has skillfully dealt with most types of mold that impact local businesses. Our mold specialists have been expertly trained to look for and successfully address the excess interior moisture that fosters these troublesome fungal growths. Moreover, they have ultimately been able to perform mold removal on different types found on affected structural elements and contents.

Some kinds of mold SERVPRO has been able to remediate are:

  • Aspergillus (the most common indoor mold) - appears in many different colors and can be found in HVAC systems, crawlspaces, ceilings, walls, and subflooring
  • Alternaria (often resulting from water damage) - is brown or dark green and can often be found under leaking sinks, bathtubs, or showers during bathroom mold removal efforts
  • Aureobasidium - starts as a black, brown, or pink growth that turns dark brown as it develops under wallpaper or on wooden surfaces
  • Cladosporium (capable of growing in either cold or warm conditions) - is often found on indoor materials like carpets, fabrics, and upholstery
  • Stachybotrys (popularly known as “black mold”) - proliferates in areas that sustain high humidity levels for long periods and it often requires extensive black mold damage repairs

So, if you ever need commercial mold remediation cleanup, don’t hesitate to call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo. We are always ready for your call at (310) 333-0654.

A Small Kitchen Causes Big Fire Damage in a Marina del Rey Home

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

A small fire still produces a lot of smoke and soot. SERVPRO has the tools and cleaners to tackle any size fire damage restoration.

Fires of all Sizes Require Fire Damage Restoration Services in Marina del Rey

Homeowners in Marina del Rey may find themselves needing fire damage restoration services after a seemingly small kitchen fire erupts. Cabinets, food items, and personal belongings all suffer when flames and smoke make their way into every crevice. The smoke damage may even be exacerbated following the arrival of firefighters and the use of fire extinguishers, leaving the kitchen and its surrounding rooms in disarray.

When a Marina del Rey homeowner needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO is ready to help. Our reputable staff is available shortly after receiving your call and arrives at your home with equipment and knowledge of fire and smoke damage restoration. Whether the fire itself was protein-based or not, the effects tend to be larger than one would imagine, as smoke and soot travel quickly through the air and the home ventilation system. Documenting the process for insurance purposes is also essential, and you can rely on our team to assist as needed.

Critical to our success is matching each damaged surface to the appropriate cleaning solution. Also important is removing items beyond repair to curtail the spread of fire damage through unaffected areas. Our SERVPRO team applies its ample expertise and industry best practices, including the following, to protect and preserve as much of your home as possible:

  • Agitation to help dislodge soot and debris from surfaces
  • Application of EPA-approved cleaners keeping in mind the material of each item, i.e., organic vs. inorganic, and the abrasiveness of each cleaning solution
  • Use of advanced equipment such as wet-dry vacuums and ultrasonic devices to eliminate the fire’s remains

SERVPRO of Marina del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo provides premiere services to homeowners in the area. Contact us at (310) 333-0654 and let us handle your fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup needs.

Appliances Cause Water Damage to Marina del Rey Homes

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Faulty appliances are a primary cause of water damage each year. Check around your appliances often for signs of water leaks.

SERVPRO Helps Control Water Damage to Marina del Rey Properties

When we hear water damage followed by Marina del Rey, we think of storm damage and rising water levels. However, a malfunctioning appliance can be just as likely to create a water emergency in your home, leaving you in need of a reputable water restoration company. Identifying the best provider to meet your needs is the most crucial step in water damage repairs.

In Marina del Rey, SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services for those who need them. Fast to respond, our crew is used to handling the most challenging jobs while protecting your property and safety. Instead of assembling a team of workers yourself, reach out to our office around the clock and let us dispatch a crew of experts specialized in water removal services and water cleanup.

When an appliance malfunctions, the damage may go well beyond what is visible to the naked eye. 

At SERVPRO, we pay close attention to assessing the damage and identify problem areas with the aid of devices such as moisture meters and thermal cameras. With data in hand, we embark upon the actual water restoration process, including the following:

  • Water removal with extractors, pumps, and other specialized equipment such as drying mats 
  • Drying your home with air movers, dehumidifiers, and injecti-dry technology. This process may take some time to achieve optimal humidity levels in your home 
  • Anti-microbial solutions application to prevent mold growth and the spread of bacteria 
  • Drywall replacement and coordination with other necessary building contractors are also part of our water damage remediation services, as we strive to leave your home in mint condition

SERVPRO of Marina del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo is your ally when you need emergency services due to water damage. Contact us at (310) 333-0654 and let us leave your home feeling “Like it never even happened.”

How to Incorporate Fire Damage Cleanup in your Busy Life in Los Angeles

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fires leave debris and trying to clean it alone can be stressful. DIY restoration often is not effective. SERVPRO is equipped for fire damage cleanup.

Invite a Reputable Fire Restoration Company to Handle the Cleanup in your Los Angeles Home

The hectic pace in Los Angeles leaves homeowners with little time to dwell with fire damage cleanup. When an accident happens, whether in their own home or neighboring property, efficiency is paramount, as is receiving quality services. When mitigating your loss following a fire incident, relying on a certified fire restoration crew is your best option.

Residents can entrust fire damage cleanup in Los Angeles to our certified team at SERVPRO. Our staff trains under the guise of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the governing certification body in our industry. It prepares us for the most challenging jobs involving soot, smoke, and water remediation. Our fleet is readily available to procure the staff and equipment necessary to meet your fire damage and restoration needs when you reach our office.

Not surprisingly, fire damage restoration often includes addressing water damage, a by-product of the extinguishing efforts. As we arrive at your home, our SERVPRO team focuses primarily on successfully doing the following: 

  • Preventing cross-contamination throughout your home by establishing physical barriers between affected and unaffected areas. Plastic sheeting, negative pressure, and control over the ventilation system all help during this stage. 
  • Extracting water and controlling humidity levels using pumps, dehumidifiers, and extractors suitable for water volumes of varying sizes. 
  • Applying targeted cleaning solutions to each of your home’s surfaces based on their composition and pre-treatment testing results. 

At SERVPRO of Marina del Rey/ Westchester/El Segundo, we know your time is valuable, so we focus on speed and efficiency. Call us at (310) 333-0654 whenever you find yourself in need and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”