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Using Commercial Water Removal Methods to Protect Your Hollywood Hair Salon

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Using Commercial Water Removal Methods to Protect Your Hollywood Hair Salon Keeping any water spills dry on a daily basis is an effective way to manage your salon. Should a larger water damage event occur, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Effective Drying Services After a Water Damage Incident in Your Beauty Salon

Making a great first impression helps to start off many business and entertainment ventures in a favorable light. Hollywood celebrities are not the only ones who care about their appearance. Many want to try out new hairstyles or prepare themselves for an important meeting.
 
Hair salons use water as an integral part of their operations, sometimes making commercial water removal in Hollywood necessary. It only takes a small leak to create a mess inside your salon. SERVPRO technicians can get things back to normal again, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Removing excess amounts of water before it can seep into cracks along the corner between your floors and walls or other areas keeps secondary water damage risks low. Microbial growth does not take much space, nor does deterioration under floor coverings. These can develop and worsen without you realizing the harm taking place under your feet. This is why we use devices to detect moisture and hidden water within your business.
 
When SERVPRO technicians inspect your property, we use infrared devices that show us the locations of hidden moisture. Because of the different stations in your salon, each has its own water supply, water can leak anywhere along the feed lines to any of these. Sprayed water can also accumulate behind counters, where they can seep into walls and create weak spots.
 
Depending on where the water spreads to, we use various types of equipment to collect it and remove it from your premises. For walls retaining water, we drill small weep holes behind mop boards and allow the excess water to drain away. As we collect this water and dispose of it, we begin airing out the interior space of the wall with flexible tubing that allows us to force warm, dry air into the cavity and elevate the temperature. This makes the water evaporate so we can extract it more efficiently. This procedure might save wall that otherwise would require us to replace several sections.
 
We can also dry out floors that contain water below them and above the basement ceiling in a similar manner. However, when the floor itself retains water, we use heated mats that extract the moisture hiding there. When carpets cover such floors, we often float the carpet, so stretching remains minimal and drying time does not become extensive.
 
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood adheres to standard water removal services protocols as established by the IICRC. We serve Spaulding Square, Melrose District, and Weho, making your business's restoration a priority. Call us at (310) 572-6132, and we can begin drying out your business, so your clients never miss an appointment.

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Cleaning Mold Damage From West Hollywood Homes

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold Damage From West Hollywood Homes Stopping mold damage in West Hollywood homes requires much more than a handful of cloths, some brushes, and a gallon of bleach.

Cleaning Mold Damage

Our community of West Hollywood is known worldwide, but not for mold. Despite the bright sunshine and usually ideal weather, an infestation of mold can occur here just as easily as on a damp, dark day somewhere along the northeastern seaboard.

Stopping mold damage in West Hollywood homes requires much more than a handful of cloths, some brushes, and a gallon of bleach. SERVPRO restoration specialists know that every surface on the personal or structural property is different, and may need a special cleaner to remove mold without damaging it safely. The five categories of cleaners we use are approved by the EPA and the state environmental agency.

Commercial Disinfectants
These cleaners destroy about 98 percent of mold spores and many other contaminants found in area homes. Specialists primarily use chlorine, formaldehyde, phenols, and cleaning alcohols. Disinfectants cannot be used on every type of surface, however.

Mildewstats and Fungistats
These slow the rate of growth of natural materials like wool, paper, leather, and cotton. The advantage of using these cleaning agents is that fungistats and mildewstats do not stain or damage these materials.

Sanitizers
These mold cleaners are efficient at reducing microbial infestations to levels determined as safe by federal and state health agencies. It makes them especially useful in residential and commercial bathrooms and kitchens. The only drawback with sanitizers is they require a regular application, or mold spores can again begin growing thanks to the regular, damp environment.

Sporicides
These cleaners are exceptional anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. In large concentrations, however, they can be far more hazardous than mold to the health of the person applying them to growth. SERVPRO specialists use them strictly to manufacturer instructions.

Sterilants
The strongest agents in our chemical inventory. They kill every microorganism on contact, so specialists do not use them without donning protective gear. Sterilants do not pit surfaces despite their strength, which makes them ideal for porcelain sinks and faucets in bathrooms.

Stopping mold growth can be difficult and hazardous. To do it correctly, you need a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. If you think there is mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 today. We are here for you.

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Bel Air's Fire Damage Technicians Describe What Happens During The Initial Inspection

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bel Air's Fire Damage Technicians Describe What Happens During The Initial Inspection When a fire starts on your property in Bel Air, there are several different conditions created that can cause problems in your home.

Fire Damage Technicians Describe The Initial Inspection

When a fire starts on your property in Bel Air, there are several different conditions created that can cause problems in your home. Every blaze is unique and burns different fuels at different rates creating various types of damage throughout a building. Not only can both the heat and smoke produced by the fire cause damage, but they can also both create several different issues. Heat can burn building materials and contents differently throughout the house. Smoke can leave behind several different types of soot residues throughout the structure as well.

Some of the issues that are created by something burning can be subtle and go unnoticed at first. During fire damage mitigation in Bel Air, our SERVPRO experts first inspect the entire home to figure out precisely what areas and items got affected during the blaze. The initial inspection is conducted before any work takes place and serves as a guide for the overall scope of the project and the original estimate.

The initial inspection first includes determining how badly an item got burnt. In some cases, burnt structural components get ruined and must be replaced. If charring on an item is less than a quarter inch deep from the surface, then it can often get sanded down and refinished.

The goal with smoke-damaged items is to attempt to clean off the soils and soot instead of repainting or replacing the item. To determine an item's cleanability, our SERVPRO technicians first conduct a cleaning pre-test. During a pre-test, we use a combination of chemicals and methods to test clean one section of each item. The pre-test helps us decide whether we think we can remove the soot by cleaning or if other more expensive methods have to take place.

In some cases, there are some items that can be cleaned and some that cannot. As a part of the initial inspection, our SERVPRO crew uses pre-testing to label which items are cleanable and which are not. Remediating as many things with cleaning and soot removal as possible lowers the overall cost of the project. If you ever need help determining how severely fire and smoke damaged your home, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 seven days a week.

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Expert Restoration Of Water Damage In A Residence In West Hollywood

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Expert Restoration Of Water Damage In A Residence In West Hollywood Regardless of where undesired water comes from in a home, it can damage any interior structures unlucky enough to come into contact with the water.

Expert Water Damage Restoration

Regardless of where undesired water comes from in a West Hollywood home, it can damage any interior structures unlucky enough to come into contact with the water. When we restore homes that sustained loss because of water or excess moisture, our teams carry out the necessary mitigation procedures to eliminate current damages. We also take measures to decrease the chances of future problems.

The unwanted water's source in your West Hollywood house helps SERVPRO professionals determine the steps needed to resolve water damage issues. When water originates from a clean source like pipes leaking, cleaning up the water and drying out your home as quickly as possible can often prevent any other damage from occurring. We can do this because Category 1 water contains few microbes that can create problems.

Categories 2 and 3 require much more effort to mitigate fully. Water classified as Category 2 contains many more microbes than clean water, but not nearly as many as what Category 3 holds. Both require we remove the water, of course, but decontamination of affected materials that remain otherwise undamaged must take place quickly. Microbes can include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, mold, and mildew. Other contaminants include solid waste, chemicals and oils, silt, and plant matter.

SERVPRO uses a biocidal agent to eliminate any disease-causing microbes from your home's environment. The first application renders a majority of these pathogens inert, which makes the area safer so we can more efficiently and effectively clean everything. Afterward, we apply a second treatment to make it safe for you and your family.

Removing odors caused by water damage also can affect the comfort level of your home. Using deodorization methods early resolves the situation for many smells experienced, but in some cases, re-treatment becomes necessary. We are here to help you by making your home “Like it never even happened,” no matter how much damage your home sustains.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood mitigates water damage in Weho and Spaulding Square, making homes safe once again. Call us at (310) 572-6132 when water threatens your home.

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When Your Hollywood Retail Store Needs Water Damage Restoration

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Hollywood Retail Store Needs Water Damage Restoration Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to remove the water present in the affected area of your shop.

When Your Store Needs Water Damage Restoration

Hollywood is known for all of its illustrious shopping centers and high-end retail markets. With the world's premier lines of clothing and accessories, your store has an incredibly high total value of stock items at any given time. When a water loss incident (even on a smaller scale) threatens your business, it does not only pose a threat to your ability to stay open and available to your customers. This high-end stock you have in store becomes a concern as well, and it is now critical to get these items out of harm's way to save your investment.

Of course, you cannot prepare for water damage to affect your Hollywood store. These situations are notorious for happening with no warning and requiring immediate attention before turning into substantial problems for the entire building. Fortunately, you always have professional restoration services only a phone call away.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to remove the water present in the affected area of your shop. While this might require the removal of many of the contents of where the problem existed, our specialized equipment can help you to overcome the problems you face quickly. Tools like our weighted extractors can force water out of the saturated carpets, for example.

Locating the source of the problem that allowed the water damage typically is not challenging. Our SERVPRO technicians can work to repair this damage if we have the expertise to do so. For more significant plumbing issues or structural concerns, you might need to seek out the services of a commercial construction contractor, as they would have more experience in more substantial repairs and getting that part of the job done more efficiently for you.

With the high value of stock and the traffic that you expect in your store every day, getting this water damage situation resolved is a high priority. You should trust our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood restoration specialists to respond right away and work quickly to get your doors back open to your loyal customer base. Give us a call today at (310) 572-6132.

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Flood Damage Technicians in West Hollywood Discuss Moisture Issues Inside Attics

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians in West Hollywood Discuss Moisture Issues Inside Attics When facing flooding in your attic, it is best to contact SERVPRO right away for effective mitigation services.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Dries Out Flooding in Your Attic

If a severe thunderstorm ever strikes the West Hollywood area, damage to your home is possible. Stormy weather brings about excessive rain and other conditions that make your property at risk. High-speed winds can pick up rocks or cause branches to fall and hit your house. In some cases, items can strike your roof and cause rainwater to leak into your attic.
 
When attics get wet, the natural microbes that exist inside there can cause mold growth to occur. When dealing with flood damage in West Hollywood, prompt removal of any moisture is essential to prevent microbial growth. Attics are areas where there is a lot of exposed wood creating a prime food source for fungi. If a fungus develops inside your attic, there is a chance that microbes can get into your ventilation system and cause problems in other areas of the building.
 
Any time an attic gets affected by excessive moisture, wet insulation can become a problem. Some types of insulation can get matted, and the material's R-value gets reduced. If the insulation is made out of fiberglass, there is a chance that it can be saved by drying. Other types of insulation must be removed and replaced if it got wet.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive at your home, we inspect the attic including testing moisture levels of all the building materials present. We start by removing any wet insulation so that we can determine the overall scope of the project. If there is any standing water sitting on top of your ceiling's drywall, we use extraction equipment to vacuum up all the moisture.
 
After water gets extracted and any wet insulation is removed, our SERVPRO technicians start the rapid drying process. Depending on how much moisture is present inside the attic, a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the area. The air movers create circulation that moves wet air away from the surface of the wooden materials so that more moisture can evaporate from the wood. The dehumidifiers then pull moisture out of the air and dispense it in liquid form.
 
During the drying process, our SERVPRO technicians return to your home every day and test the moisture levels inside the attic. Once moisture levels have dropped to what they were before the storm hit your house, the equipment gets removed, and the job is finalized. If you ever notice excessive moisture inside your attic, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.

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Removing The Source Of Mold Damage In Your Hollywood Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing The Source Of Mold Damage In Your Hollywood Home Once you have discovered mold growth in your Hollywood home, you often want this threat removed as quickly as possible.

Removing The Source Of Mold Damage

Once you have discovered mold growth in your Hollywood home, you often want this threat removed as quickly as possible. The more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more potential health effects that get attributed to it. This condition should not get allowed to persist in your home, and very often your conventional cleaning methods are not sufficient to remove the thriving colonies.

Regardless of how the mold damage occurred in your Hollywood home, removing the colonies and getting your home back to a position where it cannot support this fungal growth is a critical step to take. Fortunately, this is not a process that you are going to have to contend with alone. Our certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO can help you to overcome any of the obstacles that stand in the way of removing this present growth and restoring your home to its original conditions.

One of the essential components of this process is determining how the colony could form in the first place. While mold spores only require moisture and warmth to thrive, identifying the source of this moisture can help avoid recurrences in the immediate future. The search for this source is part of the extensive initial inspection and assessment to learn the full scope of the damage that our SERVPRO technicians face as they get the remediation process underway.

If a source to the moisture present in the affected area cannot get found, once drying the area completes with our air movers and dehumidifiers, you might get encouraged to continue dehumidification for the foreseeable future. This machine can ensure that moisture cannot collect in the area and allow for mold spores in the environment to seat and thrive again.

While the remediation process has multiple steps and can be intricate and concise, our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood remediation technicians is expertly trained to handle any obstacle they might face in this process. You can trust our professionals to help you reclaim your home. Give us a call today at (310) 572-6132.

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Assessing The Fire Damage To Your Bel Air Residence

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Assessing The Fire Damage To Your Bel Air Residence A fire can cause significant damage to your property.

Assessing The Fire Damage To Your Residence

While a fire in your Bel Air home can be traumatic and overwhelming to deal with, often some of the most stressful effects of the blaze come from dealing with the insurance company to file the appropriate claim. With the need for the restoration work to begin as quickly as possible, you often don't have the patience to deal with the lackadaisical timetable your home insurance team can sometimes have.

Finding the right restoration team for the fire damages to your Bel Air residence might not be something that you have considered, but fortunately, most insurance companies have just the right team of professionals in mind to help you through this challenging time. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to get right to taking the necessary precautions to preserve the contents of your home and help to prevent worsening damages.

Our initial assessment of the damage to your home is thorough for several reasons. First and foremost, we need to catalog all of the damages throughout all of the affected areas to ensure that the necessary steps get taken within the restoration plan to remedy these concerns. This assessment is also critical for relaying the pertinent information on your behalf to the insurance company adjuster to expedite the claim and getting work started.

This inspection also overviews all of the contents and structural components of your house. Our estimator and project manager work to determine what contents have become irreparably damaged, what items simply need to get stored throughout the restoration process, and what items can get salvaged and restored with some concentrated restoration efforts outside of the house. All of this information becomes a part of the claim to get filed through your insurance company as well.

While no one can get prepared for a fire in their home, it is nice to know that you have a crew of professionals working to ensure that you can return to your regular life as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood fire restoration team is available to you 24/7 by calling (310) 572-6132.

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Hollywood's Water Removal Experts Explain Problems with Insulation

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hollywood's Water Removal Experts Explain Problems with Insulation SERVPRO Says--We Remove Wet Insulation In Hollywood Homes After Water Intrusions to Help Prevent Mold and High Electrical Bills

SERVPRO Can Identify Hidden Moisture and Re-Establish Acceptable Dryness with Measuring and Treating

It is always possible that things can go wrong inside your Hollywood home and water leaks into an area that was not designed to handle moisture. Water can cause many problems to the interior of a house. Moisture can ruin building materials and contents if enough water is present in an area for too long.

If water does not get removed from all organic materials in the home, mold growth can occur. To prevent future fungal problems water removal in a Hollywood residence should take place within 48 hours. In some cases, structural contents can get damaged requiring replacement so that future issues do not arise.
 
One structural component that is susceptible to damage if it gets wet is insulation. Moisture can lessen the insulating power of the insulation material. Some types of insulation get ruined quickly when they get wet while other kinds can be saved by drying.
 
Some types of insulation including cellulose and Rockwool can mat when they get wet. Moisture can also affect the "R" value, fire resistance, and antimicrobial properties of cellulosic materials. Rockwool has small strands of metal inside it that can rust when it gets wet. Both cellulose and Rockwool insulation types often get replaced when they are damaged by moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians can readily establish the best course of action.
 
It is possible to dry fiberglass insulation, but it is not always straightforward. Vapor barriers built into the padding slow down the drying of the fiberglass. Drying the insulation inside enclosed walls and ceiling cavities may prove to be extremely difficult. However, if insulation is not entirely dried out promptly, then mold can develop on wooden studs and trusses.
 
Before our SERVPRO technicians attempt to dry out a wall cavity, they use monitoring meters to test the moisture content. Moisture meters have probes on them that can penetrate into the wood and drywall of the affected area leaving almost invisible tiny prick holes. The meter then reads how much moisture is present in the materials.
 
If the moisture level of the materials in the affected area is significantly higher than the levels of unaffected regions, then drying out the wall cavity is necessary. The best way to dry out walls is to remove the baseboard and drill holes at the bottom of the wall behind it. If the moisture inside the walls is excessive, then the drywall gets removed a foot or two from the floor.
 
Drying wall cavities is essential in preventing future secondary water damage. For professional assistance with water-related problems, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 any time.

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Commercial Fire Damage Can Mar Your Bel Air Talent Agency's Interior

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Can Mar Your Bel Air Talent Agency's Interior Talent agencies in Bel Air with any amount of commercial fire damage also need to keep prospective clients in mind.

Commercial Fire Damage

Fires produce smoke, and this can come from any sized fire. Once in the air, soot attaches to anything it comes into contact with and sticks like a heavy glue that dries slowly. As long as things in your studio remain covered in even the thinnest layer of smoke residue, the discoloration of walls, props, and other tools of your business continues to affect the quality of photos and video clips.

Talent agencies in Bel Air with any amount of commercial fire damage also need to keep prospective clients in mind. When visiting, anything less than professional appearances can adversely impact your image, as well as that of the models relying on your expertise and influence to advance their careers.

Helping you enrich the lives of so many in a cleaner environment, free of smoke or fire damage, means it occurs in a safer setting, as well. While smoke deposits might stem from non-nicotinic sources and never involve cigarettes, any smoke residue can carry carcinogens. After structures burn during a fire, replacing them with new materials helps restore things again, but much more than this must take place.

Repainting alone rarely solves the problem when it comes to walls, and smoke affects many other things, as well. At SERVPRO, our technicians receive training that results in the earning of IICRC certificates, ensuring our employees can help restore your business to preloss condition. We address each of the aspects related to the fire damage affecting your studio's interior and rectify each one.

Cleaning windows, so they once again let the sun shine through without streaks or spots, removing smoke residue from lighting equipment, and ensuring changing room areas once again glisten from top to bottom puts everyone associated with your agency in a beautiful light. We want your business endeavors to succeed, and we can help you accomplish your goals.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood knows your industry affects people from around the country and not just from our local area. If your agency's location places you in or near the areas around Weho, West or Central Holywood, or Spaulding Square, we can help you after sustaining any fire damage and the smokey leftovers remaining. Call us at (310) 572-6132 to get started in bringing your agency back to pre-event condition.

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