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Protect Your West Hollywood Home from Possible Flood Damage the Right Way

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your West Hollywood Home from Possible Flood Damage the Right Way Severe rainstorms can leave significant damage to your home, call SERVPRO to properly and quickly remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO for Quick and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services

It is more common than you might think for severe rainstorms to cause significant damage to your West Hollywood property. High-winds and massive amounts of water easily penetrate roofing materials, light fixtures, and make their way into lower levels of your home. 

Whether you have experienced flood damage in your West Hollywood area home before or not, you can benefit from having a local restoration expert inspect your property. Our technicians are IICRC certified and provide you with solutions to help protect or restore your home.

Your local SERVPRO has access to a variety of equipment that makes removing a large volume of water as quick and efficient as possible. With experience dealing with events like this in all shapes and sizes, our personnel can have your home water-free, safely returning water levels to normal sooner than you might think possible.

SERVPRO technicians inspect your entire home from top to bottom. Starting with the outside, ensuring that the grading and drainage are adequate for your property. We check your rain gutters, downspouts, and roofing materials for defects. As well as make recommendations that help keep water away from your home. We have several years of experience providing homeowners just like you with the help you need to protect your property. 

SERVPRO checks for immediate hazards and helps you locate hidden dangers. It is our job to help you avoid costly repairs, limiting your losses before tragedy strikes. However, if you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, needing immediate help, our technicians are available 24/7 to assist.

We can take control of existing damage, perform any necessary repairs, and get you on the road to recovery fast. With access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes, advanced drying equipment and professionals trained in cleaning and odor removal methods our cleaning and restoration services help you make the most of a dangerous situation.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has qualified professionals ready to assist. Contact us for additional information or to schedule your home’s restoration, today. (310) 572-6132

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When Your Belongings Suffer Mold Damage In Your West Hollywood Apartment

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Your Belongings Suffer Mold Damage In Your West Hollywood Apartment Almost any materials can become damaged by mold, including personal belongings, in your apartment.

Mold Damaged Belongings

Homeowners in West Hollywood are not the only ones who should understand the damage that microbes can do to materials. Almost any materials can become damaged by mold, including personal belongings, in your apartment.

When an apartment complex in West Hollywood contains more than one level, water from leaky pipes in another apartment can spread down into yours, creating mold damage and other messes. Infestation of mold can happen when water drips behind a sink and saturates a wall, even in your own apartment. SERVPRO works with renters when personal belongings become damaged by mold or sustain other types of damage, much like we do property owners. Preserving your possessions is important to us, regardless of your home ownership status.

When mold attacks a material, it sends out root-like appendages, called hyphae, to anchor itself down. Being so small, it must do this to prevent itself from becoming airborne whenever an air current comes near. These hyphae leave stains behind when you clean your items from mold. Most cleaners only remove mold from the surface.

At SERVPRO, we use the Esporta to clean damaged items of mold, soot, and other contaminants. Deep cleaning of these items with this system removes the particles, restoring food-grade cleanliness. We use this for all kinds of property, from large bedspreads and comforters to delicate heirloom garments to leather and rubber items.

Some belongings, such as furniture, glass photo frames, and metal objects, cannot use the Esporta system to become clean and we rely on hand cleaning in those situations. We clean items with embossed surfaces and fine detailing with stiff brushes that reach into the grooves and depressions to lift out the mold growing there. We treat furniture with an agent that kills the mold by crushing it and rendering the surface inhabitable to microbes of all kinds.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood can box up your personal belongings suffering from mold damage or treat them at your apartment. We understand that life holds many responsibilities and we aim to make this challenge as painless and stress-free as possible for you. Contact us, 24/7, any day of the week, year-round, by calling us at (310) 572-6132. We want to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Remediation Of Long-Term Water Damage In West Hollywood

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediation Of Long-Term Water Damage In West Hollywood Water Drips, Slow Leaks in West Hollywood Properties Lead to Water Damage

Damage from Drip, Drip, Drip Results in a Call to SERVPRO

When you imagine West Hollywood water damage, the picture that comes to mind may be a dramatic flood from a torrential downpour or a spectacular plume of water from a massive break in a pipe. Although these water events would undoubtedly cause damage inside your home, our experience is that water incursions you did not even know were happening cause significant harm to local homes.
Over time your West Hollywood home has suffered significant water damage, drop by drop. A small leak under a sink or within a wall slowly saturates your home’s structure or fixtures. A line of dried caulk in an upstairs shower allows a bit of water to run through the seam between tub and wall, eventually deteriorating the ceiling below. A sagging gutter allows rainwater to push its way into the siding. These and other types of steady but silent damage need a professional restoration company to remediate.
Often the first you realize that water is leaking is an unexplained uptick in the water bill or a stain on the wall. The moment you connect the dots on hidden water leakage you need SERVPRO to evaluate the situation. Water is tremendously destructive, capable of weakening or destroying the framework of your home and fueling secondary damage like mold growth.
SERVPRO technicians receive advanced training in moisture measurement and scanning technology, useful to located pockets of water and saturated areas. We arrange for the repair of leaks in plumbing, poorly maintained waterproofing, and damaged or aging outdoor drainage systems. Our crews get to work releasing trapped water, suctioning it out or removing sections of drywall or paneling to drain it.
Once standing water is no longer a problem, we continue to monitor moisture levels as we employ air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out damp cavities and wet cabinets. SERVPRO technicians establish drying goals according to information learned in IICRC coursework and continue the strategies that shown success on other jobs until the ambient humidity measures in the 30 to 50 percent range and the structures and fixtures affected by water show moisture contents lower than 10 percent.
Restoration and repair of surfaces damaged complete the job, leaving your home free of the evidence of the slow leaks and water collection. SERVPRO aims to return your home to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood takes calls at (310) 572-6132 round the clock. Do not delay a request for assistance, and get your home restored as quickly as possible.

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Flood Damage Where You Might Least Expect It - West Hollywood

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Where You Might Least Expect It - West Hollywood When heavy rains cause damage in your basement, attic or other parts of your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Removes Excess Water From Your Property Before Drying the Contents Out

Although West Hollywood does identify a rainy season during the winter and early spring, the amount of precipitation is lower than average when compared with the rest of the country. Expectations are made to be broken, however, and there are times when this area of Southern California experiences torrential rains. Flooding follows, and that is where we can help our community recover.
When heavy rains pound the area, flood damage in West Hollywood follows. Urban areas, pavement-heavy, cause substantial amounts of runoff to flow quickly, sometimes into your crawlspace or foundation. Even if the waters recede relatively fast, steps must be taken to ensure no lingering water pools within hidden recesses. In addition, saturated building structure and contents require a thorough drying. Tackling flood damage is at the core of what we do, and with our help, your home returns to pre-flood condition.
A mistake first-time flooding victims make is assuming that the worst is over when the water disappears. SERVPRO technicians start with removing the flood waters, but they then move on to an equally important job. Drying the spaces recently soaked with water is just as if not more important than pumping or extracting the floodwaters. Building materials, commonly wood or wood-based products like drywall, absorb quantities of moisture. If moisture levels are not reduced to normal, usually less than 10 percent, the cellulose swells, warps, and buckles.
Hardwood floors appear wavy and uneven when too much moisture remains. Finishes peel, and floorboards may completely pop out. Walls bow out and disintegrate, crumbling and requiring replacement. Perhaps the most dreaded possibility of unabated moisture is mold growth. If moisture is allowed to remain at high levels, surfaces can become hosts to microbial infestations within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO’s trained technicians master a wide range of strategies to dry out spaces entirely after flooding, a task that is hard to accomplish without our industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers.
Flood waters almost always carry contaminants, so a final step is to ensure surfaces are sanitized. SERVPRO vehicles stock professional antimicrobials that work to limit the spread of bacteria or viruses that might have been present in floodwaters. Our crews know how to apply these products for the most efficacious results.
Call (310) 572-6132 to team with SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood after flooding. Expect a fast and professional response.
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Commercial Water Damage Creates Different Problems for Bel Air Factory Owners

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Creates Different Problems for Bel Air Factory Owners Small amounts of leaking water can cause big damage, call SERVPRO to remediate and fix the problem to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO’s IICRC Certified Technicians Have the Skills and Training to Tackle Your Commercial Water Damage

When protecting your Bel Air facilities from developing problems that can adversely affect production, not thinking small enough can cause you to disregard threats that you should consider. Smaller problems can grow out of control quickly when least expected.

Bel Air factory owners and managers can find themselves faced with commercial water damage and the related crises in their facilities, often unexpectedly. Having areas where water can seep in, pool and form puddles, or continually drip from lines and joints can pave the way for future situations that can affect production.

The presence of water can make situations such as infestations by rodents and damaging insects more likely to happen. These living creatures need a continual source of water to survive. Moisture causes materials to disintegrate, allowing easier access for these pests, and additionally, water makes tearing insulation and other materials apart easier for bedding and nests or hives. 

Direct contact with water can affect both finished goods and raw materials. As absorbent materials become saturated, the water spreads increasingly farther away from where it entered. Bags of concrete harden, fertilizer becomes unusable, and water-activated materials lose their usability. More durable materials can become damaged via mildew and mold infestations. Plastic items used by microbes as a host suffer permanent stains and the development of rank odors. Metal-based products easily rust when the environment becomes too moist.

SERVPRO's technicians put their IICRC certificates in Commercial Drying (CDS) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to excellent use when restoring facilities from factories to hospitals. After a disaster involving water, these structures require skilled mitigation professionals to clean up the situation at hand and to prevent secondary water damage. The inventory inside a factory can sustain massive damage, as well, so our technicians receive training in the best methods to arrest such damage. 

Finding the source of the water ensures your factory remains protected from future problems. Sometimes this is as simple as locating a leaking pipe, while other times, sealing concrete walls is the answer. We use hygrometers to locate areas with elevated moisture levels. After drying the area out, we take additional readings to ensure the success of our work. 

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood stands ready to serve our local businesses with the latest in technological advances. Cleaning up commercial water damage and preventing future problems helps protect our economy. Call us at our local number, (310) 572-6132, for our 24-hour services, every day of the year.

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Removing Mold Damage From Your Bel Air Property

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing  Mold Damage From Your Bel Air Property Remediating the effects of mold and removing of infested material in Bel Air is not an easy process.

Mold Damage Removal

Remediating the effects of mold and removing of infested material in Bel Air is not an easy process. It takes a professional, restoration service to clean and clear out each home properly.

Since our environment is more warm and dry compared to other areas, most homeowners do not associate mold damage with Bel Air. Since mold spores need just a small amount of moisture to expand and thrive in a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees, SERVPRO understands just how quickly mold grows and how to stop it.

Our most efficient method is to block the source of moisture. Inside a home, this is usually a leaky pipe, faucet or an older hose connected to a washer or other appliance that is starting to deteriorate. Our technicians can repair these issues in just an hour or two. Once they complete repairs, it is only a matter of a few more hours to dry up and remove any water. With no moisture, mold spores return to a dormant state in two or three days. At this point, we can wipe away the mold just like the dust on top of a refrigerator.

If the mold has grown in building material like drywall, SERVPRO recommends removal. Trying to cut away sections of a panel is time-consuming, and the cost of labor quickly surpasses the cost of simply buying and installing new drywall.

After we remove infested building property, our technicians examine the rest of the home, everything from the foundation to the roof. If the mold has worked its way into support columns and beams, we try to use a series of anti-microbial cleaners to clear out the infestation. If we cannot or if the mold has already compromised the wood, we remove and replace it. SERVPRO uses temporary support columns, floor jacks and other tools to keep the roof and walls in place as we finish this task.

Cleaning out the mold and restoring your home is not a quick process, but hiring the right service can make it much less painful and expensive. If you need our help or have a question about what we can do for you, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 today.

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How Fire-Resistant Materials Can Help Reduce Fire Damage In Bel Air

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Fire-Resistant Materials Can Help Reduce Fire Damage In Bel Air Reversing fire damage in Bel Air requires an experienced and trusted restoration company.

Fire-Resistant Materials

Residential fires claim over 2,500 lives every year in the U.S alone. Moreover, according to FEMA, most fire-related deaths in Bel Air and the world at large occur when people are asleep, particularly due to the smoke that lulls the sleeping person into a deep slumber. Interestingly, your choice of building materials can influence your exposure to fire and smoke damage when disaster strikes. While no practical building material is 100% fireproof, a properly-constructed house can help prevent the impact by making use of fire-resistant materials.

Reversing fire damage in Bel Air requires an experienced and trusted restoration company. With many years of experience as a fire damage restoration franchise, SERVPRO lives up to its reputation of offering quick and efficient cleanup services. Our technicians follow IICRC guidelines to ensure that their techniques, products, and equipment are up to par with industry standards.

A number of structural materials in your home can influence the severity of fire damage. House windows, albeit important for light and visibility, are nonetheless a potential fire hazard. In the presence of a strong fire, the intense heat alone can cause the glass to break, making the building more vulnerable to outside flames. If the outside fire is strong enough, it can actually ignite flammable items within the structure even without direct contact.

Installing fire-resistant windows is a great way to protect your home from severe fire damage. Dual-paned glass windows, in particular, provide energy efficiency while doubling the time it takes for the windows to succumb to the fire. Tempered glass is also effective, as it is heat-treated to improve its fire resistance by about 4 times as compared to regular glass.

Glass blocks do not provide much visibility, but they are extremely effective at minimizing fire damage. Wired glass, which consists of tempered glass that has been reinforced with metal wire, is probably the best option. It offers excellent fire resistance as well as visibility.

Most structural buildings also call for underlying gypsum sheathing to enhance their fire-resistant rating. Gypsum board is commonly used to protect the interior finish from fire damage. Also known as drywall, gypsum board features two sheets of paper with a gypsum layer sandwiched in between. Additives help improve its fire-resistance qualities. The papers burn very slowly, subsequently reducing the impact of fire damage. Furthermore, gypsum board contains a noncombustible core with chemically-combined water that impedes heat transfer in the event of a fire. Using numerous layers of gypsum board can promote better fire resistance.

Structural materials are a serious concern during fire outbreaks. In the event of a fire disaster, SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood can assess and correct the fire damage. Give us a ring anytime at (310) 572-6132.

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Handling Water Damage Issues in Bel Air

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling Water Damage Issues in Bel Air Remediating water damage quickly can possibly save your carpet after the pad is replaced. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best results.

Team SERVPRO is Standing by to Tackle Water Damage Incidents in Your Home

More homes suffer damage from failed plumbing than a rising river each year. Regardless of the source, however, there are certain, joint actions that every restoration company should take to protect and clean each home.

Stopping water damage in Bel Air means stopping the water source as quickly as possible. Every SERVPRO office has an emergency response team ready around the clock to make this happen and then begin returning every home to its pre-damaged condition.

First, we secure the residence. If there is still a source of water coming into the home, we stop it by turning off the water main or blocking access with sandbags. Once accomplished, we inspect the home to determine if we need to board up any doors or windows or cover damaged sections of the walls or roofs.

Our second task is removing standing water. We start with commercial grade pumps and bring in our generators or a generator truck if the residential power supply is unavailable. Then, we inspect crawl spaces, beneath floors, and behind walls for additional water.

Third, we extract moisture trapped on floors and carpets. After removing the furniture, technicians use water extractor wands to draw out water caught in the nape of the carpet and between floorboards. These devices are designed to remove water without damaging carpet or wood surfaces.

With a dry surface underneath our feet, we move on to step four and remove water from behind walls; to be thorough, we may have to remove a section of the wall board and drill one or more holes. Drilling gives us access behind the drywall where we can insert an extractor wand or use an air mover to force dry, warm air inside to speed the evaporation process.

Finally, we examine the carpet. A wet carpet is one of the most easily damaged items in a home and is often the most expensive to replace. To hopefully prevent that, we examine it for mold, delamination, and damaged seams. If there is mold, we recommend disposal in most cases. If the carpet is particularly expensive or difficult to replace, we can clean it of course.

When there is delamination, that means the backing of the carpet has loosened, and fibers are now coming out. When it is too thin, there is nothing to do except replace it. The same goes for seams that have been under water for too long and have begun to rot.

Most water damage is preventable if you can dry out your home quickly. SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has served our area for decades and is ready to help our neighbors recover from any disaster. Call us at 310) 572-6132 today to get started or to schedule an inspection.

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SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Restoration Services To Hotel Owners In Bel Air

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Restoration Services To Hotel Owners In Bel Air When water damage occurs on your Bel Air property, contact a reliable restoration company.

Water Damage Restoration Services

The majority of commercial property available in the Bel Air area is rather old, making water damage a severe issue if left unattended for very long. You may run a first-rate hotel or motel, serving customer needs on a daily basis and be unaware of small water leaks until they cause severe problems that require immediate attention.

When water damage occurs on your Bel Air property, contact a reliable, trusted member of your local community to provide you with the necessary restoration services. Avoid leaving major water issues in the hands of inexperienced maintenance staff. Our technicians are available 24/7, day or night, including holidays to provide you with the services you deserve.

You are busy running your hotel and providing guests with services they expect when visiting your business, the last thing you need is water damage issues adding to the list. At SERVPRO, your problem becomes our problem. We fully manage the entire situation from beginning to end and keep you informed of our progress on a regular basis throughout the restoration.

SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors that make locating water on your property easier. After locating the source causing problems, we can perform any repairs necessary to address the situation, remove any additional water, dry, clean, and disinfect the surrounding area, returning things to normal while your business operates like normal.

SERVPRO understands how important it is to maintain operations while your restoration is underway. We take every precaution to ensure limited interruptions to your guests and provide you with fast, effective solutions to protect any company assets exposed during the event. We offer full-service solutions designed to assist with the recovery of furniture, electronics, and important documents that might otherwise need replacement.

Our technicians maintain a restore versus replace attitude while performing restoration services on your property and make every effort to limit any losses you experience. SERVPRO of Bel Air services the entire area, including West Hollywood, providing customers just like you with emergency services necessary to recover from any size disaster, call today (310) 572-6132.

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Flood Damage Restoration After a Storm in Bel Air

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration After a Storm in Bel Air For flood damage caused by a storm, call SERVPRO to restore your property.

Flood Damage after a Storm

When dark, menacing clouds gather in the sky, it may be a sign of an impending storm and heavy rains. Rain and thunderstorms can lead to flooding, and ultimately cause extensive property damage when it reaches the house. It can cut off communications, disrupt sewage and drainage systems, and create a breeding ground for disease-causing pathogens. Unbeknown to many, flooding is actually, one of the most common causes of water damage.

In such a situation, you can count on SERVPRO to restore your property. We are locally-based and can respond quickly to your flood damage situation in Bel Air, after a storm. Our technicians are highly trained and have access to industry-leading equipment and products to ensure a seamless restoration process. We also follow IICRC recommendations to provide the most efficient water removal services.

Safety is the most important thing when responding to a flood damage emergency. As such, our first step is identifying all security hazard risks and eliminating them. The type of construction and electrical system determine our course of action thenceforth.

Depending on the kind and condition of your insulation, our water damage restoration experts may have to repair or replace it with a new one. Fiberglass is less susceptible to moisture damage than other types of insulation, for example, Rockwool and cellulose. Ventilation may also be necessary to dry wall cavities.

If the water is contaminated with disease-causing microbes, our technicians apply the appropriate disinfection procedures. Microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria are dangerous to humans, as they can cause health effects. In this case, we use EPA-registered disinfectants to decontaminate surfaces and materials.

A flood damage cleanup process is not complete without deodorizing the site. When excess water reaches your carpet, furniture, and furnishings, it can leave a foul smell even after drying. SERVPRO has effective deodorization methods to deal with those odors. These involve combining a vast amount of knowledge with technical equipment such air scrubbers, venting box fans, and ultra-low volume foggers.

Before packing our equipment, our water damage restoration experts check the structure to ensure that moisture levels are back to normal. We always strive to leave your house looking good or better than before, “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage after an overwhelming downpour can significantly diminish the value of your property. Luckily, SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is just around the corner to respond to your flood damage crisis after the storm. Call us today at (310) 572-6132.  

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