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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.

Does SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Reconstruction in Marina Del Rey?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the trusted resource for all your storm damage repairs.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Mitigation and Reconstruction in Marina Del Rey

Most homeowners want to deal with one company after a storm causes flood damage to their Marina Del Rey home. Many become very frustrated at dealing with a flood damage removal company to remove floodwaters and debris, dry their home and find contractors to restore their homes. All the damage, such as drywall replacement, new floors, new windows, doors, or perhaps a new roof, involves many different contractors. The list goes on and on.

SERVPRO not only provides flood damage mitigation in Marina Del Rey, but we are also a fully registered licensed and bonded construction company. Our team can clean up the flood damage, remove the water and moisture, dry your residence, and complete all the required repairs, “Like it never even happened.”

Our fast response team can be onsite within four hours of your call providing emergency services to reduce further damage from rain and flooding.

We provide:

  • Emergency board up and tarpaulin service for broken windows and punctured roofs
  • Removal of debris, water, bacterial, virus, and chemical-laden material from your home.
  • Restoration and rebuild as needed for your storm-damaged home.

Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo for flood damage in Marina Del Rey and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (310) 333-0654.

SERVPRO Provides Repairs for Flood Damaged Homes in Los Angeles

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

When storm damage happens, SERVPRO is there. We quickly mobilize to be at your home quickly to begin the restoration process.

We Have Special Flood Damage Teams on Standby in Case of Emergencies

High winds and torrential rains can cause a great deal of damage to homes in Los Angeles. Broken windows, roof punctures caused by debris blown by high gusts can damage your home and allow rain to penetrate your home. Floodwaters pick up sand, silt, bacteria, viruses, biological and chemical materials. In addition to the health risk, the structure of your home may also be compromised.

SERVPRO can help with flood damage in Los Angeles and damage caused by high winds. Our team can evaluate the structural damage and verify if it is safe to enter the building. We can also board up windows and spread tarps over a damaged roof to prevent additional moisture from entering the building.

Floodwaters can carry a great deal of debris inside the house. Our team evaluates the damage and the presence of biological or chemical agents before entry. We also check for water trapped in ceilings, inside walls, and cavities.

We can remove the water and debris and restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.” Our services include:

  • Biohazard remediation
  • Flood damage restoration
  • Emergency Services storm damage repairs and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo for flood damage in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (310) 333-0654.

Does SERVPRO Help When Flood Damage in Marina Del Rey Causes Tiles to Delaminate?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Addresses All Water Damage Repairs after Flooding in Marina Del Rey Homes

Although many cases of flooding in Marina Del Rey only leave pools of water and soiled materials, sometimes the damage is more adverse. Physical deterioration such as delamination of tiles or other conspicuous changes might happen, messing up the recovery process.

Hiring a professional restorer like SERVPRO to handle the flood damage in your Marina Del Rey home is the right move. Our restoration teams are made up of different professionals, including Stone, Masonry, and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technicians who can handle the restoration of the damaged tile floors. 

Our Technicians Also Address the Other Aspects of Flood Restoration, Including:

  • Water cleanup
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Sewage cleanup

Since floods deposit a significant amount of water on the floor of your property, it creates the right conditions for some to seep through the joints reaching the subfloor. Whether the excess moisture affects mortar or some underlayment such as wood, the outcome could be tiles lifting off the floor surface. 

Repairs for a Damaged Floor Include:

  • Drying of underlayment
  • Controlled demolition
  • Decontamination

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo offers comprehensive flood damage restoration, ensuring homeowners do not have to worry about the challenging tasks. Call us at (310) 333-0654. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Don't Let Flood Damage Fester Within Your Los Angeles Interior

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Even in sunny California, storms can happen at any time. SERVPRO is on call to restore you home.

Call SERVPRO to Your Los Angeles Home Right Away Once You Notice Flood Damage During or After a Recent Storm!

Often referred to in short as L.A., Los Angeles is the City of Angels and known for being the commercial, financial, and cultural epicenter of Southern California. The Greater Los Angeles area is home to tens of millions of people, boasting one of the more populated metropolitan and urban areas in the country.

Los Angeles – Home of Hollywood

Los Angeles, California, is the home of the entertainment industry of the United States. As a leader in the entertainment world, Los Angeles has created a broad range of television productions, motion pictures, musical recordings, live performances, and more. The region is also well-known for a diverse economy bursting with fashion, sports, science, technology, and much more.

Did You Know? Los Angeles Was Home to the Summer Olympics!

In 1932 and 1984, the city of Los Angeles was the host of the Summer Olympic Games. The city is also in the bidding for the host position for the 2024 Summer Olympics, making it the second, after London, England, to have been the host for the games three times.

Throughout history, Los Angeles is also known to host various athletic events, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup (men's) and the 1999 FIFA World Cup (Women's).

There is No Such Thing as a Dull Moment in Los Angeles

There are indeed plenty of attractions, restaurants, and dining establishments throughout Los Angeles. No matter what you are looking to experience, there is something for everyone. Suppose you are visiting and want to get the whole experience. In that case, there are also several Hollywood tours that you can take part in that will point out historical sites and give insight into some of the city's rich history and intriguing stories and its past and current residents. Some of the top tours include:

  • Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus
  • Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike
  • Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
  • The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour
  • Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Storm and Flood Damage Do Not Have to Devastate Your Los Angeles Property – Call SERVPRO for Help!

Water intrusion can lead to extensive damage to your Los Angeles property, but these problems worsen depending on the type of water present. Whether you have discovered a leaking roof from storms or floodwater coming into your ground level, SERVPRO has the processes to address it carefully and efficiently.

With one call to SERVPRO, we will come out to assess the flood damage in Los Angeles that you are experiencing. Our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) are ready to tackle the flood damage to return your home to preloss condition.

Some things you could expect when you call us for emergency services water damage after a storm include:

  • Coordination/communication with your insurance provider
  • Rapid 24-hour service, 365 days a year
  • Water removals and extraction
  • Moisture monitoring and dehumidification
  • Photo documentation of all damage
  • Sanitization and deodorization
  • Climate control and temporary power, as needed
  • Controlled demolition services - California State License Board (CSLB) #: 837225

When it comes to flood damage after a storm rolls through, nothing beats our team at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/Westchester/El Segundo. Call us 24/7 for emergency response at (310) 333-0654.

Los Angeles Flood Damage Help When You Need It

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know how to restore flood damaged carpeting? SERVPRO does!

Flood Restoration with SERVPRO Ensures Your Los Angeles Property Gets the Damage Repair it Needs

Much can happen with a storm, including ceiling leaks and the need for emergency services water damage assistance. When the wind begins blowing, and water starts to enter your Los Angeles home, the panic may start to set in. Just know that SERVPRO has emergency crews on standby to tackle all your water clean-up needs.

Because flood damage in Los Angeles could come without warning, it is best to have our contact information handy. If your carpeting is saturated, we always perform pre-testing to determine the right way to proceed. Our pre-inspection includes:

  • Colorfastness of the carpeting
  • Style and type of fibers
  • Any existing damage
  • Overall stain resistance
  • Soiling – both the type and level
  • Care instructions and manufacturer warranty

You can trust us to quickly remove water from your ground floor and go through all the motions of water damage remediation. If your carpeting and the subfloor below get damaged beyond repair, we offer controlled demolition services to replace all unsalvageable materials - California State License Board (CSLB) #: 837225.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is the team to call when you require rapid flood damage assistance after a storm. You can reach our flood restoration professionals 24/7 by calling (310) 333-0654.

Virtual Monday Meditation with Don Cadora in Los Angeles, CA

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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!

What Should Homeowners Do When Their Home Floods?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Don’t let water ruin your family treasures. Call SERVPRO!

A Professional Service Can Address Most Aspects of Restoring a Los Angeles Home After a Flood

In a flood zone in Los Angeles, homeowners may be watching the devastation from afar while staying in a safe place. Alternatively, floodwaters may enter the home with no warning, leaving no time to prepare. Regardless of how floodwaters make it into a residence, the result is disruptive. Experts need to coordinate and articulate the necessary steps following the entry of water into the home.

In Los Angeles, flood damage and its consequences can be left to our SERVPRO team to handle. Our water restoration technicians are ready to receive your call 24/7, and we jump into action as soon as it is safe to do so. Before you jump to conclusions and mourn the loss of family pictures and important documents, let our team take a look at the damage and develop a plan focusing on mitigating your loss and preserving what is near and dear to your heart.

Should homeowners discard all personal items after a flood?

Flood waters carry bacteria and debris, so many items won’t remain in your home once our SERVPRO crew arrives. However, our technicians have at their disposal some options to restore items such as photographs, which may prove invaluable when you consider the damage in front of you. As we arrive with industrial-grade extractors and cleaners to remove excess water and remnants from your home, we can already start sorting those items we may want to preserve by using specialized techniques such as the ones below-

  • Freeze-drying to preserve paper products through the principle of sublimation
  • Drying chambers to remove moisture from electronics
  • Ultrasonic technology to loosen the dirt by using sound waves

When you call our team of SERVPRO of Marina del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo at (310) 333-0654, you gain access to expertise and the latest technology in the industry. Let us be your trusted advocate through the restoration process and let us work hard to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Call in Skilled Help to Clean Up Property Flooding?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Storms happen. SERVPRO can restore any damage to your home.

Your Marina Del Rey Property Deserves Fast Action to Remedy any Flood Damage – SERVPRO Can Help!

Once floodwater overtakes your Marina Del Rey home, the last thing you should do is wait too long before beginning cleanup efforts. Whether you had a burst pipe, or a significant storm rolled through, you need reliable restoration technicians on-site to handle the water treatment, followed by extraction and drying. SERVPRO features highly skilled and IICRC-certified technicians ready to take care of your cleanup and drying needs.

When you have flood damage in Marina Del Rey, you cannot wait. The longer you take beginning cleanup, the higher chance of secondary damage becoming both devastating and costly. During a flooding event, water begins to seep through all cracks to saturate your:

  • Carpets and carpet padding
  • Floorboards
  • Furnishings
  • Walls

Why Call SERVPRO for Cleanup Efforts?

We have all the appropriate certifications to take on any level of restoration job. You can trust in us for:

  • Prompt, reliable service: We arrive within a few hours of your initial call to assess the flooding and start on treatment and extraction.
  • Safety and health: Contaminants and microorganisms run rampant within floodwater, so it calls for precision and care during cleanup. We work carefully to limit the spread of contaminants and protect your Marina Del Rey interior's unaffected areas.
  • Limit the loss: Beyond the initial damage and floodwater saturation, prompt action cuts back on secondary damage festering in your home. We work to repair rather than replace, helping to cut back on out of pocket costs.
  • Insurance claim assistance: You already have a lot to deal with during this uncertain time, but SERVPRO also helps with your insurance claim's paperwork, including a detailed inventory of all loss as well as the processes involved in the restoration project.

When you call (310) 395-9050 to talk with us at SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach, you can have a crew ready to start flood damage cleanup in as little as four hours.

What Is Spot and Stain Removal After Flood Damage?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding damages upholstery and carpet fibers and leaves stains. SERVPRO techs are trained in flood restoration. Call us today!

SERVPRO Helps Los Angeles Homeowners Restore Delicate Materials After Flood Damage

Everyone living in the Los Angeles area has at least one carpet or a rather delicate furniture item. Maybe you have a fancy rug or a chair with delicate upholstery, or perhaps your favorite drapes are made of a material that stains easily.

After flood damage in Los Angeles, the initial cleanup focuses on healing the significant problems such as waterlogged rooms or soaked drywall. However, there are other, smaller but no fewer essential concerns, too. For example, if contaminated floodwater has left your prized Persian rug damaged or left a stain on the sofa you inherited from your aunt, you will want to get that resolved as soon as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO of Marina Del Ray / Westchester / El Segundo is here to help.

How does spot and stain removal differ from regular cleaning?

Spot and stain removal are a more specialized techniques than general cleaning. Spot and stain removal always occur before cleaning the rest of the surface because spot cleaning can cause some discoloration or changes to the affected area. Cleaning the entire item after spot cleansing reduces any changed areas' appearance and helps the spot or stain disappear.

Which parts of my home might need spot and stain removal?

The most common areas that need help with water damage stain removal are:

  • Upholstery on chairs and sofas
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Antique furniture such as a chaise or a day bed
  • Drapes and especially drapes made of delicate material like silk or velvet

Are there differences between spots and stains?

You might not know that there is a difference between a spot and a stain. Let us look and see what makes them different from one another.

Adding something to the fiber such as wax, sugar, food spills, or gum, produces a spot. A stain means the grain has been discolored, such as with spilled wine or Kool-Aid or coffee. When color leaches out of the fibers, materials become tarnished. For example, a bleach spill can discolor fibers.

SERVPRO trains our technicians to recognize the different kinds of spot and stain and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for flood damaged Los Angeles properties.

Are there different kinds of soil?

Several different kinds of soil can dirty fabrics. Types of soil include:

  • Water-soluble soils such as sugars and starches which are removable with a water spotting product
  • Oil-soluble soils such as greases and tars which can are removable with an oil-based spotting product
  • Protein-based soils such as egg or milk break down with an enzyme-based product
  • Color-adding soils such as toner or tannins require dry brushing followed using an appropriate spotting product
  • Discoloring soils with products like bleach are ineffective with existing damage
  • Insoluble soils such as sand or skin cells are best removed by vacuuming and sometimes by suspension and extraction

What is the SERVPRO spot and stain removal process?

SERVPRO trains our technicians to follow an effective spot and stain removal process. The first step is to extract excess soil if possible. Most stains can be dealt with more effectively if they are dealt with immediately. It is best to do this first step when fibers are dry – your SERVPRO team will point out the best course of action, depending on the extent of the flood damage and whether the material is wet.

The next step is to assess the soil type. As we have discussed, there are six main soil types, and ascertaining, which kind we are dealing with is essential. Before cleaning commences, we must determine the type of fiber. Different materials respond differently to cleaning methods, so it is essential to know what kind of fabric we are cleaning. We use burn tests, chemical tests, and specific gravity tests to figure out your drapes or upholstery fiber composition.

After our initial assessment, we will liaise with you to ensure you understand which cleaning method is best for your water damaged possessions and what the results are likely to be. Once we have the groundwork established, we choose from the full range of solvents and spot cleaning products at our disposal and beginning the spot cleaning process.

When spot and stain cleaning is complete, our teams rinse and then thoroughly dry the material. Our aim is always to leave your furnishings as clean and fresh as possible - "Like it never even happened." Restoring delicate or antique materials after a flood is a tricky process. Do not tackle spot and stain removal yourself. Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for assistance.

Flooding Caused Me to Be Temporarily Removed from My Home. What's Next?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Storms can cause local flooding. When water invades your home, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Emergency Flood Damage Technicians Are Available to Displaced Los Angeles Residents

Storms in Los Angeles typically cause flooding through heavy rainfall, which can raise water levels and overload your home's drainage system. High-speed winds can also damage the roof and structure of your home allowing rain to pour in. It is not uncommon for residents to evacuate their properties during violent storms, but this can create massive amounts of anxiety for a homeowner who has no idea of its condition or possessions. SERVPRO emergency response teams work all over the country, restoring the enormous damage that storms cause. We can look after your home on your behalf and get it ready for your home.

What do flood emergency teams do?

Homes that are unsafe due to storms can suffer significant amounts of flood damage in Los Angeles. SERVPRO technicians can protect your home in the aftermath of a flood by performing vital security services and emergency mitigation, such as removing water contamination, cleaning, drying, and sealing the property. Once the mitigation is complete, we can control the humidity of your home to prevent microbial infestation and deodorize it to return it to a clean-living space. Restoration begins once the property is correctly dry, and we can repaint, refinish, or restore your structure and contents.

What are the security services available during a storm?

  • We can cordon the property off using temporary fencing to deter the unlawful entry
  • Board-up windows, doors, or roofing smashed by the storm and secure the property against trespass
  • Post clear signage both in and outside of the property to warn of safety hazards
  • Shutoff mains electricity

Storms can be debilitating experiences for homeowners. Contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for secure restoration.

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We Address Your Los Angeles Flood Damage Right Away

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

No matter the size or scope of your water damage, SERVPRO is always available to restore your home or business.

Reconstruction Needs After Flooding in Los Angeles Homes

Flooding can cause much stress for homeowners and destruction to Los Angeles properties. As much as our professionals can offer real-time mitigation to slow the movement of water damage effects in a house, little can stop the water flow when structural breaches are to blame. To reduce water penetration into your residence from roof damage or missing veneer material, you need contractors to offer temporary construction solutions.

Flood damage in Los Angeles homes can spread to become out of control without the appropriate preventative measures. In most cases, water extraction and drying efforts for gray or clean water loss incidents can be sufficient to protect exposed structural elements and most construction materials. These damages can persist without addressing the damage to your house’s exterior allowing the water penetration. Our SERVPRO professionals have a full crew of licensed general contractors capable of handling structural compromise on both homes and businesses throughout the region.

Our team offers full support for recovery after a loss incident, especially one as destructive as flooding. We minimize our presence in your property through our fast tactics to overcome most obstacles that we face upon arrival. Contractors can offer emergency construction procedures, including temporary fencing to protect your vulnerable property from predators or animals. We can also set our contractors on the task of boarding up broken windows and tarping over openings nature causes to the roof.

Between May and September, the summer months bring about many of the worst storms homeowners are likely to experience throughout the year. Our professionals stay prepared for storm and flood damage. We have ready trailers stocked with our cutting-edge extractors, specialized equipment like light wands and disinfectants, and qualified personnel all accredited in various facets of the industry through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Storm damage can be a challenging situation to contend with on its own, but when these structural breaches are allowing flooding to occur, it is vital to address them as soon as possible. You can count on our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Call (310) 333-0654 today.

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Can SERVPRO Explain Flood Damage Remediation For Los Angeles?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Whether your home is flooded from an outside cause or an inside occurrence, contacting SERVPRO is the most effective recourse. Call right away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can SERVPRO Remove Odors From My Los Angeles Home After A Flood?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

If you're ready to get rid of disastrous odor from the flood damage, then give SERVPRO a call.

We Can Get Rid Of Nasty Odor From The Flood Damage In Los Angeles

Mother nature is unpredictable. She can send you rain, storms, hurricanes, or anything that causes a massive flood that ripples through the foundation and structure of your home. Surviving the wave is just a small part of the challenge, but having to deal with the repair and restoration process can be a major nightmare. After all, flood damage can be very costly and can have a detrimental side effect that can leave you covering your nose.

When water dries up from the flood damage in Los Angeles, they can leave unbearable odors. The unpleasant smell usually comes from the growth and development of bacteria, mildew, mold, and other microorganisms. Plus, the moisture from the air can create odor-causing particles that can spread throughout the house. You can work very hard to extract or wipe out all the water, but at the end of the day, the smell still lingers around your residential area. You can also spray perfume, cologne, and air freshener, but that only masks the odor. In situations like this, you might need some high tech tools to get rid of them. However, this can be a costly and dangerous solution if you are not a professional.

Fortunately, with SERVPRO, we can send our technicians to inspect the area. The techs can utilize advanced technology to deodorize the environment. For example, the ultra-low volume fogger can produce a fine mist that can penetrate locations where the odor-causing residues might have accumulated. The device can also inject fungicide and disinfect into wall cavities and other places that are difficult to access. Another tool is the thermal fogger which dispenses a large amount of solvent-based fog to a confined area. The mist contains tiny particles of deodorant solution that can help neutralize the odor-causing particles. Once all the odors are gone, the SERVPRO tech can walk you through your entire home to ensure that you're satisfied with the work.

If you're ready to get rid of disastrous odor from the flood damage, then give SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo a call at (310) 333-0654 for a consultation with our skilled technicians.

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Some of the Biggest Problems With Storm Damage in Los Angeles

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

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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Our Flood Damage Experts Can Restore Your Los Angeles Kitchen

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew will save your home after a flood

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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Our Experts Discuss Why Cleaning Is Essential For Your Flood Damaged Los Angeles Apartment

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Cleaning Is Critical In Flooded Los Angeles Apartments

Contamination is always a concern when flooding affects Los Angeles structures. With how quickly these water loss incidents can spread when flooding occurs in apartment buildings, it can be a very destructive presence. When combined with the threat of contaminants and bacterial risks that could exist in natural floodwater, cleaning by professional technicians becomes a critical need.

Flood damage in Los Angeles apartments can be problematic enough without the added concerns of contamination. We classify water into three potential categories based on suspected threats. These classifications help to steer how restoration and recovery efforts occur in an apartment, and what precautionary protective equipment or cleaning practices must get utilized along with our traditional extraction, drying, and recovery.

Class 1

Water deemed to be a class 1 threat poses little to no risk to our SERVPRO team or the property itself beyond the typical saturation and exposure concerns of a water loss incident. This classification is considered in the same level of plumbing breaches, as there are no immediate threats of contamination or bacterial presence.

Class 2 

Gray water is another way to describe flooding classified at this level. While not as potentially toxic and dangerous as the next level, the threat of contamination and bacteria cannot be entirely ruled out. The water must get treated with a degree of precaution, and cleaning must reflect a need for disinfection.

Class 3 

Class 3 water loss incidents can also get called black water losses. These situations come with a substantial risk of bacterial presence and contaminants. Natural flooding can often get immediately deemed Class 3 when foreign contaminants, including sewage, cannot be entirely ruled out.

With a classification designated, we can utilize the appropriate disinfection processes, or even controlled demolition techniques to reduce the present threat in your unit. Our high-capacity extraction and rapid drying solutions can also help to prevent other neighboring apartments from contending with this same damaging water loss incident.

Our restoration specialists understand how to navigate even substantially hazardous conditions to make flood losses in your apartment and adjacent units “Like it never even happened.” You can count on the expertise and the fast response of our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo team to help however you need. Give us a call today at (310) 333-0654.

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LA Folks Rely on SERVPRO for Safe Stormwater Cleanup and Restoration

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

For Storm-Damaged Properties in Los Angeles--SERVPRO Is at Your Service

Dealing with Water Contamination after Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence

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Road overflow or flash flooding can result in a contaminated supply of water entering your property. Overnight, these problems can intensify, causing lasting damage to your home and contents. Our large loss recovery team is here to help protect your home from further losses and restore it to a pre-flood condition. We employee local technicians that are available on-call to perform out-of-hours emergency services for residents in this community that has been afflicted by flash flooding.

Black Water Can Contain Pathogens, Chemicals, and Pesticides
One of the main challenges a technician faces when restoring flood damage in your Los Angeles home is contaminated water. Floodwaters may have traveled several miles before reaching your property and have picked up all kinds of pathogens along the way. These may include animal carcasses, raw sewage, chemicals, pollutants or other pathogens that have entered your property in floodwater.

The safety precautions against contaminants may require some regions of the house to be cordoned off using physical barriers. To prevent the spread of toxic materials, SERVPRO technicians can establish clean rooms as well as laying down pathways between areas of the home to avoid pathogens being transported on shoes, clothing, or equipment.  

Solid waste must be sealed up in waste bags and taken with us for safe disposal at a Biohazardous waste facility. SERVPRO must also carry out controlled demolitions of the drywall as well as the removal and disposal of porous materials like carpeting or fabrics. With contaminated materials thoroughly removed, we can then thoroughly disinfect the area to return your home to a safe, liveable environment.  

To Improve IAQ Indoor Air Quality
Malodors are common in flood restoration services with powerful disinfectants adding to the issue. Once a SERVPRO technician is satisfied, the property is clean; we can use pressure spray equipment to thoroughly deodorize the affected area with odor masking solvents to remove malodors. Box fans may need to be placed overnight to exchange the air and restore natural indoor air quality.  Depending on the source of the odors, we also used air scrubbers to trap particles or hydroxyl generators to alter the foul-smelling compounds chemically.

Contaminated floodwaters require specific procedures to return your home to a sanitary condition. Contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo for emergency assistance. (310) 333-0654

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The Ultimate Guide to Storm Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Los Angeles can wreak havoc. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

A Strong Wind can Topple Your Favorite Tree and Let the Elements and Pests Enter Your Los Angeles Property

Landscaping your property in Los Angeles enhances your outdoor living space dramatically and can increase the value of your property. Tall trees provide shade for both people and more delicate, smaller plants. Erosion, as well as sporadic episodes of drought mixed with substantial rainfall, can cause weakened root systems to develop. Trees in such condition can send branches through a roof when one gets pushed over by the wind.

Heavy rain is not needed around Los Angeles for flooding passing over your yard to wash away enough soil around trees to create a hazard. Trees can seem adequately stable when soil and grass cover them. Roots can become exposed long after a tree loses its stability. While a massive trunk can crush a roof and break the framework, larger branches on smaller or mid-size trees can rip holes through shingles. 

Holes in the uppermost portions of any home can cause several issues to happen. While not all of these have to do with water from rain, they can cause detrimental issues to develop inside your property. SERVPRO can help with repairing the damage and mitigating these situations, preventing them from spreading into other areas of your house. Here is a list of a few ways we can help after lousy weather affects your home's roof.

  • Tarp the areas opened up by trees,
  • Remove insulation and replace it after we dry the area,
  • Clean the attic space's air with HEPA-filtered machines called air scrubbers,
  • Ensure that the flooring harbors no moisture, and
  • Check the ceiling and walls below for trapped water.

We offer building services that include roofing and installation of new walls and ceilings. This added service keeps costs low while helping us finish the entire project quickly. 

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We Have The Expertise And Equipment To Restore Your Los Angeles Home After A Flood Damage Disaster

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence Quickly is Critical

Flood damage can occur after it rains heavily, and the water does not drain fast enough. Flood waters can ruin your hardwood flooring, drywall, wallpaper, paint, and appliances, among other things. Although flood insurance can reduce your financial strain, the recovery process still requires a lot of work.

When there is flood damage in your Los Angeles residence, your highest priority should be to remove the water, dry out the affected areas and clean up the property to prevent additional damage. This is where a full-service restoration company like SERVPRO comes in. Our water damage specialists can respond quickly to your emergency. We respond to emergency calls 24/7 every day of the year.

Drying out a property quickly is vital because water can weaken walls and floors as the wood within them absorbs it slowly and steadily. Damp wood is vulnerable to mold, which can cause health effects and weaken the wood further. Any electrical outlets, wiring, and fuse boxes exposed to water can pose health risks. It is vital to hire a professional to inspect electrical systems exposed to water to determine if there’s any safety hazard and if so, repair them properly.

SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to handle the most challenging cleanup and restoration jobs. Our technicians focus on drying, disinfecting and deodorizing affected areas safely to minimize damage to floors, walls, and ceilings. As certified members of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we follow a set of specific procedures and standards to ensure that everything in a flooded home is completely dry with no risk of microbial growth.

If there’s standing water in your home, we can use pumps to extract it so that drying can take place much faster. We also use air moving equipment to move air around the home and then use dehumidifiers to remove the moisture that is in the air. We use moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials and moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of various materials and determine if a structure is dry.

If your home has suffered flood damage, SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo can assist you to handle it in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Contact us at (310) 333-0654 for water removal, drying, and sanitization services.

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Why it Is Important to Quickly Remove Water From Your Flooded Westchester Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy storms can bring water inside your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home.

Fast Action is Crucial for Flood Damage Cleanup in Westchester

We know storm damage to your home is unpredictable and the results can be devastating to both property and contents. That is why our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day to start restoration efforts within hours of your initial call.

Turning around the flood damage in a Westchester home, our team was challenged by both mud and water that had entered the property from a storm. Due to the long period of drought in this area, the ground is too hard for easy absorption of heavy rainfall and localized flash flooding is the result.

When SERVPRO arrived on site, the water had mostly receded. Our technicians pay particular attention to the walls when accessing the scope of work to be done. Drywall absorbs water, and our technicians use moisture detectors and thermal imaging to determine how far into the drywall excess moisture has penetrated. Flood cuts were performed at a two-foot level to discard ruined drywall and allow for airflow behind the wall cavity.

During the water extraction and clean up for mud, our technicians removed both carpet padding and insulation exposed to the flood water as it cannot be reused and poses an increased risk for mold.

During the restoration process in a cleanup such as this, carpets and furnishings are carefully inspected for the potential to restore through our proprietary methods that not only clean but disinfect. Our goal is always to restore rather than have the homeowner replace items, and nothing is removed without the permission of the property owner.

SERVPRO technicians set up air movers and positioned them to dry the floor areas and configured hoses to push air into the areas the flood cuts were made to speed drying on both sides of the wall cavities. Once dried and disinfected, our technicians made suggestions for the areas that would not be restorable. Our location offers building services, so we were able to install new drywall and restore the walls to their preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 when you need an immediate response to flood damage. Our technicians arrive on site within hours and make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Los Angeles Area Homes, The Woolsey Fire, and SERVPRO's Readiness to Always Help

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO for Fire Cleanup in Los Angeles After Woolsey Fire Is Finally Extinguished? Fast and Reliable Service

24-Hour Response from SERVPRO for Los Angeles Fire-Damaged Homes

With a wildfire threatening Los Angeles properties, homeowners and business owners alike are looking for credible solutions available to them 24/7 to protect and preserve their properties when they become affected. Even beyond the Woolsey Fire itself, properties are perpetually at risk of falling victim to smaller scale fire incidents from the kitchen, electrical systems, and other threats within the house. Overcoming these situations requires restoration expertise and the appropriate equipment, but more than this, it requires a team that can arrive fast.

Our restoration technicians have provided 24-hour assistance to our Los Angeles customers suffering from fire damages or effects from any emergency. We know that disasters do not have a convenient time to strike, and our technicians remain ready and available to help with the full measure of our equipment and experience with every new emergency that threatens our service area.

The customers that we have helped throughout the years could tell you that our franchise is a wise choice because of our fast response when disasters happen. With the recent wildfire that has affected so many homes and businesses throughout our service area, our Green Fleet gets stocked with supplies and the industry-leading equipment that can help preserve your property, and in some cases, prevent you from having to relocate at all.

From our ability to improve the overall air quality in your home with our HEPA rigged air scrubbers to the deodorization of smoke damages that infiltrate nearly every room of your home after you contend with fire, our SERVPRO professionals can help. We can provide an accurate assessment of the damage with a detailed estimation of costs to determine if filing a claim with your insurance is worth it, and provide the necessary documentation and evidence to that insurance provider if filing a claim is in your best interest. We work with you to decrease the stress you have to contend with and make this cleanup and restoration process as seamless as possible.

Recovering from a fire in or around your property is not something that a homeowner can do on their own. With the right tools and expertise, you can depend on our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo to be there when you need us. Give us a call today at (310) 333-0654.

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Overcoming Flood Damage in Los Angeles Is Easier with Professional Assistance

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Holes in a Roof Can Cause Storm Damage to Los Angeles Homes

Los Angeles Homes Benefit from Rapid Stormwater Extraction by SERVPRO to Mitigate Damages

Flooding may affect your Los Angeles property when you least expect it. Whether strong winds blow part of the roof off or tree branches fall and puncture the cover, letting rain in, you have to deal with the damage caused by the excess water in your property. Most of these cases are complicated further by confusion as property owners are not sure whom to call. With the professional services we offer, it is possible to get out of the harmful situation faster.

The primary step in the mitigation of flood damage in Los Angeles is the removal of the excess water from the property. It helps ensure no secondary damages or opportunistic problems crop up. Some secondary damages might include rotting of wood, carpets delaminating, among other issues caused by extended exposure to excessive moisture. You may consider microbial growth as an opportunistic problem, which can occur even if you remove water, but still leave enough moisture.

Depending on the point of entry of the floodwater, damages might affect many areas and not just the lower levels of the property. In the example, we talked about a blown or punctured roof in which case, damages to the walls and the ceilings are widespread. Our SERVPRO team takes different approaches to deal with the problem, restoring the property from the storm effects like it never happened.

A bit of demolition might be necessary to remove wet materials. At this stage, we remove the affected drywall, ceiling, and insulation. In case the floodwater is contaminated, we also remove the carpet and pad. In addition to the work that requires specialist skills, our SERVPRO team also helps with pack outs where necessary. Removing some contents creates room for proper placement of air movers and dehumidifiers, which are necessary for extracting excessive moisture from the affected areas. This way, we can dry the property back to its preloss moisture levels.

Involving an expert in your recovery efforts reduces the stress of restoring a flooded property. You can call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-654 for any flooding emergencies. We are available 24/7.

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Ridding Your Home Of The Problems Brought In By Flood Damage In Los Angeles

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Homes with flood damage in Los Angeles no longer can provide shelter to homeowners.

Ridding Your Home Of Flood Damage

Your residence in Los Angeles gives you a safe and secure place from all the problems in the rest of the city. Keeping unwanted intruders out means having the best possible locks you can buy and using them to keep the door closed. Floodwaters pay no attention to this security measure as this murky invader merely slips right past all of your defenses.

Homes with flood damage in Los Angeles no longer can provide shelter to homeowners. SERVPRO has experience successfully mitigating such damage from both homes and businesses. Our employees receive certification for the IICRC and engage in ongoing training and education to keep their knowledge current. SERVPRO can help you restore your home to its previous, livable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Our crew shows up prepared to start working as soon as our initial inspection and consultation with you conclude. As we work, we continually clean items. Cleaning and drying items can mean they sustain minor overall damage. For instance, in your kitchen, we remove all of your cookware, tableware, and anything else used for preparing or eating meals so we can sanitize everything that came into contact with the water.

Food products can carry highly toxic pathogens and other debris in minuscule grooves on the containers' exterior surfaces, so we always dispose of these potential health hazards. This disposal eliminates the possible mixing up of contaminated items with newly purchased food.

For similar reasons, carpets and the padding underneath them require removal. The process of drying these items out creates an almost impossible task and one that would most certainly not succeed. However, we can satisfactorily clean and decontaminate many area rugs and other things that may have become saturated in floodwaters by soaking them in unique solutions. Doing so can help preserve the overall pre-flood character of your home.

Drying out the interior of a home suffering from flood damage takes time, but SERVPRO technicians know how to use the equipment in our Green Fleet in the most efficient manner possible. SERVPRO works hard to get you and your family back in your home as soon as possible. We understand the devastating effects a flood can have on a family.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is always on standby to help your family after flood damage by mitigating the situation. Call us at (310) 333-0654 so we can start working on making things safe again in your home.

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The First Steps to Take After Flood Damage in Los Angeles

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding from any source, when left unattended, can cause a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO immediately for best results.

Quick Reaction By the Homeowner After Flooding can Help With the Results

The first few hours after flood damage hits a Los Angeles home are critical to ensuring that cleanup and restoration costs remain as low as possible in the coming weeks. Taking the rights steps can help to prevent additional damage from happening on the property, start the drying process earlier, and get your family moved back in sooner. If flood damage hits your home, be sure to keep these essential steps in mind as you plan out your next actions.

Call Your Insurance Provider
One of the first calls you should make after sustaining flood damage in Los Angeles is to your home or flood insurance provider. In the event of a disaster, most local insurance companies prefer to receive notice of damages as soon as possible to start organizing mitigation and restoration efforts through a trusted company like SERVPRO as fast as possible and avoid unnecessary expenses. Some insurers may provide benefits or better coverage if you call sooner rather than later on top of expenses saved later on in the restoration process.

The other important call to make in the earliest hours after a disaster should be to a professional restoration service like SERVPRO. Our efficacy relies on our timeliness, and while we work hard to arrive quickly regardless of the situation, every minute can count after a severe flood. Failing to get our technicians on-scene quickly can result in mold growth, foundational and structural damage, and other expensive consequences for your home.

Start the Drying Process
You can help to start the drying process early through some simple measures. Separating out fabrics, upholstery, paper, and other water-sensitive materials can help to prevent further damage to them and potentially make the difference between restoration and replacement of many items in the home. Always take care to avoid potentially dangerous objects and surfaces in this stage, especially electronics and other belongings connected to power outlets.

SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo stands ready after every major storm to help local homeowners recover from the effects of flood damage in their homes. Contact us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.

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Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Los Angeles Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Damage from Flash Flooding in the LA Area with Rapid Water Removal

SERVPRO Extracts High Volumes of Storm Water and Dries and Restores Your Property

A flash flood in Los Angeles is not only unexpected but can be dangerous for its residents. These floods are appropriately named  as they can happen in just minutes after heavy rainfall, or a levee or dam breaks. It is dangerous not only for its volume and speed but also because the water in a flash flood can be carrying rocks and other debris.
If you have been the victim of flash flooding and your Los Angeles home has been flood-damaged, it is an overwhelming event that can leave you not knowing what to do next. With your structure taking on water, fast action is essential to avoid additional harm.Our SERVPRO staff is always standing by ready to help you.
Once we have pulled all the standing water from your property, we need to finish drying it. We do this by placing air movers and dehumidifiers around the affected area. To calculate the requirements for the dehumidifiers, we need to think about the nature of the environment being dried and the capacity of the dehumidifiers. Too rapid a drying can actually split and damage furniture.
One factor which defines the nature of an environment is how much absorbent or porous materials are present, such a clothing, carpets, unfinished wood, upholstered furniture, and paper produces. The more of these that are present, the more moisture that has to be absorbed and the more moisture that evaporates when air movement is applied. When there is much water affecting porous materials, it increases the need for SERVPRO crews to place additional dehumidifiers to balance evaporation.
Water damage classification is determined by several factors, like the degree of degradation to your structure, and whether water has accumulated inside wall and ceiling cavities. To calculate how many dehumidifiers we need for the initial setup, we factor in the above information. The category is determined by the number of porous items that are wet, rather than by the cleanliness of the water.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Ray/Westchester/El Segundo takes the proper steps to ensure your home in LAX, Playa Vista, or Loyola Village is thoroughly dry after flooding. Calling us at (310) 333-0654 for prompt service to stop additional flood damage.

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Responding To Flood Damage Caused By Heavy Precipitation In Marina Del Rey

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

If your Marina Del Rey residence lies in the path of moving water, flood damage can cause your home serious problems.

Responding To Flood Damage

Rain clears the air and washes the plants, roads, and other outdoor surfaces of dust and grime around Marina Del Rey. However, when rain falls too fast or in amounts more significant than usual, water on the soil's surface can fail to drain away rapidly enough.

If your Marina Del Rey residence lies in the path of moving water, flood damage can cause your home serious problems. Changes near your home from road construction, new buildings, or even clogged curbside drains can all force the accumulation of too much rainwater on the ground's surface. Isolated events affecting only a few homes can devastate the individuals and families involved just as much as more widespread events.

SERVPRO is locally owned and able to respond Faster To Any Size Disaster, meaning that we handle jobs involving even slight flooding. A rapid response by our IICRC-certified team can help protect your home from other issues that flooding often causes. Water from the outside environment carries pathogens and other dangerous elements into homes. Removing the water alone cannot provide sufficient protection for residents, especially children. This is why our technicians train in learning and understanding the most effective methods for removing such dangers.

After we remove the water with our different sized pumps, we begin to remove the debris, silt, and garbage that entered your home. When these items no longer pose a threat, we can begin cleaning and sanitizing your home's surfaces. Flooding, unfortunately, often damages carpeting beyond repair. We remove both carpet and the padding underneath, and then completely dry the area so the installation of new carpeting or other floor coverings can safely proceed without risk of water damage or mold growth.

Knowing that disasters strike at all hours of the day and night, SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is always ready to take your call and start restoring your home. Flood damage can leave a lasting mark on your home if work does not begin immediately, so we as quickly as possible. Contacting us at (310) 333-0654 for this and any other catastrophe can restore and protect your property.

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Restoring Flood Damage In Los Angeles

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to Los Angeles flood damage.

Flood Damage Repair

Flooding in Los Angeles does not harm the home for the most part, but the property inside. The sudden storms we have had this year cost homeowners a few panels of drywall, but most of the cost was to replace furniture and other personal property.

SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to Los Angeles flood damage. We understand the effects it has on the interior of a home and the best methods to use when it comes to repairing and remediation of furniture. Wood is still the primary material for most furniture. When exposed to floodwater, several problems may develop: swelling, cracking, joint weakness, and spotting.

Technicians remediate problems with the first three by carefully removing excess moisture. Our first tool in the kit is a dehumidifier. We set one up to draw moisture from the furniture item and the surrounding air. If the wood can support a faster process, technicians set-up an air mover to blow a controlled amount of warm air across the surface of the affected item. If there is space beneath a large item like a bookcase, then they may use the second device to blow air underneath as well.

Spotting occurs when water damages the finish on a wood surface. Unless the water has set on the item for an extended period, we can remove the water spots with a wood care products we have on-hand. Severe spotting may require a complete stripping and refinish. If the piece is expensive, we may recommend a professional refinishing service to avoid any secondary damage.

A wood composite (particleboard) often makes up bathroom cabinets and other, similar items. It is laminated and painted on one side to give attractive appearance while the interior is exposed. Unfortunately, it traps moisture inside and results in warping. Although our technicians can remediate the effects, SERVPRO recommends replacing them since purchasing a new cabinet is often cheaper than the labor cost to restore it.

Restoring your home after a flood is something that SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo does better than almost anyone else. If you are dealing with flooded property or have questions about our methods, call (310) 333-0654 today for more information.

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Flood Damage in Los Angeles and the Moisture Factor

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Winds and Water Damage Homes in Los Angeles--Call SERVPRO for Help

Removal of Water and Humidity Mitigate Storm Damages

Rainfall this year surprised nearly everyone. It filled the nearby Los Angeles reservoirs, water channels, overflow areas, and kept coming down. At first, we welcomed every drop, but that changed after a few weeks.

Despite the last few years of drought, Los Angeles County has seen more than its usual share of flood damage this year. Spring and Summer rains have flowed over the hard-packed earth and directly into area homes. Standing water usually drains quickly in our area but that does not eliminate flooding problems; it just reveals them to our SERVPRO technicians.
One of the contributing factors to slowing cleanup and restoration efforts is excess moisture. As we work to clean carpets, personal property and repair your home, our team also determines if an Open or Closed system is the best option to lower the humidity to support those actions.
The Open system is efficient for larger areas like atriums and sunrooms. We establish fans at entrances and exits to draw out the inside, damp air and replace it with the warmer, dry air created by the air mover devices we set-up inside the affected areas. The Open system requires higher, outside temperatures to work at its most efficient but if the humidity is not sufficiently lower outside the home, the process slows.
If the affected area is a smaller room (bedroom for example), then our technicians choose the Closed system. We isolate the affected rooms (bedrooms, living rooms) from the rest of the home by securing the doors and windows and sealing entrances with plastic sheeting. Our first action is to set-up dehumidifiers to start drawing water from the air at a rate of 20–25 gallons every 24 hours. Next, if the home’s air conditioning system is usable, we adjust the temperature and air flow to increase the effectiveness of the dehumidifiers.
There are drawbacks to both options. Engaging the air conditioning at the level we need increases energy consumption (and cost) at a much higher rate than normal using the Closed system. With the Open system, a change in weather can stop all work unless the homeowner wants to attempt to switch to the Closed system.
Lowering the humidity in your home is a necessary part of returning your home to its original state. To learn more about this and other aspects of the restoration process, contact us here at SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. Call today at (310) 333-0654; we are here to help.
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Flood Damage Woes in Los Angeles

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let the devastation that comes with a storm keep you out of your home for long. Contact SERVPRO right away to start the remediation process.

SERVPRO Handles the Storm Damage Quickly So that YOU can Get Back into Your Home

California is the ideal location for many people. It is why they come here every month by the thousands, pursuing every dream imaginable. Now and then, however, the weather or our old water and sewer system decides to nudge us all awake.

Los Angeles is one of the nicest areas to live in this county, not to mention expensive. That does not prevent flood damage to homes, no matter what some residents might hope.

Regardless if the water comes from a sudden rain or a broken water main, SERVPRO is ready to take care of our neighbors with a highly trained, 24-hour response team. No matter if you live a mini-mansion, duplex, or a trailer court near the beach, there are some emergency services that every home needs when disaster strikes.

First, we remove any standing water from your home. It may mean bringing in portable pumps and extractors, or we may be able to force out the water with push brooms and squeegees.

Next, we place furniture and other items that might stain carpets up on blocks or pallets. If necessary, our technicians relocate the items to our facility or put them in another storage area temporarily. We also take out anything that might be damaged as we restore your home to its pre-flooded condition.

Now, we dry the carpets. For large rugs, we lift them off the floor and place air movers underneath to dry them. For smaller rugs, we remove them to hang outside on specially designed frames or bring them to our facility to dry there. If there is a pad underneath, we recommend disposal as it is rarely ever cost-effective to attempt to dry one.

Lowering the humidity is the next step. For smaller homes, we can accomplish this by opening the doors and windows and setting up exhaust fans to force out the damp air. In larger homes, technicians install dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air. We pair these devices with air movers and exhaust fans to force the damp, inside air out and replace it with drier air from outside.

Living here is the dream and SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo does everything we can to keep it that way. If you need us, call us today at (310) 333-0654 for an inspection or to immediately get started.

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Factors Affecting Drying After Flood Damage To Your Marina Del Rey Home

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Marina Del Rey Flooding Requires Powerful Pumps for Water Extraction

SERVPRO's Equipment and Expertise Mitigate Flood Damage

Flood damage occurs much more easily than many people think. Certainly, flood damage from burst rivers or torrential rain is a real risk in California. The news so far this year tells the story of many people evacuated from their California homes because of flooding. However, even if you are not affected by floods, your home can still be damaged due to a burst pipe or even a leaking appliance.
After flood damage to your Marina Del Rey home, it is important that your home and possessions are dried out as quickly as possible. Drying articles efficiently are vital for the prevention of mold growth. Thorough drying is a key part of making your home pleasant to live in again - “Like it never even happened." Knowing where to start with drying your home seems impossible. That is why a call to SERVPRO is the first step you need to take.
Our IICRC-certified teams are equipped with the most efficient equipment for rapid drying of your home and belongings. The first step is a thorough assessment of your house to determine the extent of the flood damage. Once we know what we are facing, we can decide on the best course of action to restore your home.
There are several factors which affect drying:
Amount of water to be evaporated. It is a fact that removing standing water is much more efficient than tackling moisture in the air. That is why our IICRC trained professionals have access to truck mounted and submersible extraction equipment. We remove all the water we can before bringing in powerful dehumidifiers.

Humidity. If the air in a room is too humid, it will slow down the drying process. Once water extraction is complete, we position dehumidifiers for the swiftest and most effective reduction of moisture in the air. The lower the RH, the less chance of secondary water damage.

Temperature. It is easier to dry out a room if it is heated to between 70° and 90°. Our team has heaters to generate the necessary temperature. This temperature range allows low grain refrigerated dehumidifiers to work at a full capacity of capturing up to 30 gallons of water per day from the air and soft surfaces. We understand that raising the temperature too rapidly worsens the damage. That is why we raise the temperature steadily and monitor the situation to ensure there is not too much moisture in the air.

Air movement. Air in the flood-damaged home quickly becomes humid. This slows down drying time. Our technicians use air movers to push out the humid air and bring in warm air to speed drying. We reposition the air movers and powerful axial fans as necessary to ensure even drying of every surface.
If you have suffered flood damage, let SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo assist you. Put in a call to (310) 333-0654 and get the help you need.

Flood Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can greatly affect your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Remove Water From Your Flooded Property

This last month has much of California going from drought to flood. The new rainfall is now threatening to overflow banks and dams in some areas. To make it even worse, after the last few years of dry weather, any water will also carry more dirt and other soils with it.

If you suffer flood damage to your Los Angeles home, do not try to remove it yourself. SERVPRO has extensive experience in removing flood waters and restoring a property to its original state. Regardless if the flooding results from rainfall or damaged plumbing, proper clean-up needs a trained crew.

Just an inch of water in a three-bedroom home comes out to cubic yards of water total. Trying to remove it with a 10-gallon water-vac and a push broom is a multiple day effort. Our technicians use commercial grade pumps that can remove the water in an afternoon.

Once that is done, the next step is to deploy extractors to pull water out of carpets and wood flooring. These devices are designed to remove as much water as possible without causing further damage. Each team member goes through extensive training to use this and all other equipment in our inventory before using it on a restoration job.

Now, our technicians use moisture meters to check the floors and walls for higher than normal levels. If the numbers are still over 10-12 percent, additional equipment will be needed. Heaters and dehumidifiers will be setup in the highest measured points to raise the temperature which helps lower the humidity level more quickly.

The desire to step in and take care of a problem is overwhelming for some people. If you absolutely have to do something, we recommend only these steps after you contact us: Turn off the power and the water leading into your structure. These two things need to be done and it will allow our inspector to immediately begin determining what equipment and number of personnel will be needed. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is here to help you put it all back together. Call us today at (310) 333-0654 to get started.