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Removing Mold Damage In West Hollywood

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In West Hollywood Stopping the growth and removing mold damage in West Hollywood homes takes more than a fresh coat of paint.

Mold Damage Removal

Mold is not a problem West Hollywood residents tend to think about; fires yes, but no one thinks about mold until they see or smell it. When they do, many residents think it means they do not clean house often enough and then try to spray bleach or paint over an obvious smear of mold in a bathroom or under a kitchen sink.

Stopping the growth and removing mold damage in West Hollywood homes takes more than a fresh coat of paint. SERVPRO also knows that poor housekeeping has nothing to do with mold growth. Spores are inert and harmless until, at the right Temperature range, they encounter enough Moisture to expand then find a large enough Food Source to expand the new colony.

Most molds grow and thrive from 68 to 86 degrees. That makes stopping mold growth by manipulating the temperature extremely difficult since this is also the comfort range for workers. In the cases where we can, our teams use the home’s heating and air system if it is functioning or a series of space heaters for small rooms like a bathroom.

Mold spores have to have a source of water or very humid surroundings just to expand, let alone begin to grow and replicate. Removing the source of moisture stops mold growth and the spores soon return to their natural, inert state. SERVPRO teams can accomplish this by finding the source of the water, stopping the leak, and then drying up any drips or puddles. If the problem is the humidity, we can lower that to normal levels using dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and exhaust fans to force damp air out of the affected home.

Food Source
Once mold begins to grow, it extends hyphae. These structures resemble root structures and serve the same purpose; to find food. Unfortunately, nearly every type of building material in a home can serve as a food source. Mold quickly compromises more fragile materials like drywall, and it is both easier and cheaper to remove and replace them. For sturdier materials like wood framing, we can remove the mold with sandpaper or a power sander as long as the infestation is not too deep.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has helped our neighbors restore their homes after a disaster for more than twenty years. If you need our help with a mold problem, call us today at (310) 572-6132 to schedule an inspection.

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How Can You Prevent Water Damage Disaster to Your Bel Air Home?

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Can You Prevent Water Damage Disaster to Your Bel Air Home? Regularly cleaning your gutters, keeping them free of debris can prevent water damage to your home.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

Water damage due to clogged drains, busted pipes or leaky faucets can cause significant damage to your home. It is crucial for a homeowner to remedy the water damage as soon as possible to avoid a possible catastrophe. That said, if you are vigilant and attentive, you can prevent water damage from turning into a full-blown disaster.

The first and arguably the most important thing to do in case of water damage to your Bel Air home is to seek professional help as soon as possible. Experienced SERVPRO technicians can get the problem under control should you face any water damage issues. The following tips can help you prevent water damage in the first place.

Clean Your Roof and Gutters

Cleaning gutters is a chore that most homeowners neglect. If the gutters are not cleaned properly, the clogged water can leak through the roof, into the basement or even reach the foundation of your home potentially causing massive damage. SERVPRO technicians strongly suggest homeowners schedule an inspection of their gutters and look for any signs of clogging to prevent any potential water damage issues.

Avoid Cleaning Clogged Drain with Chemicals

Every home experiences clogged sinks every once in a while. It can be tempting to get the damage rectified by using the much-advertised drain unclogging chemicals. However, the fact is that these chemicals can cause more harm than you may realize. The caustic chemicals present in these unclogging liquids can rot away your drain pipes and make them leaky amplifying your water damage problem. Call in experts to deal with clogged drains and try to fix the underlying cause of the clogs rather than look for a quick fix.

Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Sink

Pouring grease down your sink is the worst thing you can do to your plumbing. No matter whether you flush it down with hot water or not, it is a bad idea. The grease can congeal and cling to the plumbing increasing the rate of clogs. Letting it harden and chucking it in the trash, is a better way to dispose of grease than pouring it down the drain.

Again, despite taking all precautions, water damage can still occur and when it does, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 as soon as you can!

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Cleaning Commercial Fire Damage in Bel Air

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Commercial Fire Damage in Bel Air SERVPRO has the experience and training to properly restore your business after fire damage.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Cleaning Methods

Restoring property in a Bel Air business is usually cheaper than the cost to replace it. Many insurance companies prefer to pay for restoration, and often require an inspection and an attempt to clean the item before agreeing to write it off and writing a check for replacement.

Consideration must be given to restoration of commercial fire damage to your Bel Air business whenever it may be an option. SERVPRO has extensive experience in Southern California using multiple cleaning methods. Each one is an option when it comes to remediating the effects fire has on furniture stores and other shops in our area.

Dry cleaning is our initial method, and we can use it on nearly every surface. For light-to-medium, non-greasy residues, we can use dusting cloths or dry sponges to wipe off dry particles from surfaces. For heavier residues and light debris, we may bring in specially designed vacuums to remove most of it.

Wet cleaning is the method we begin with for moderate-to-heavy smoke and soot residues. We can remove them by saturating the contaminated surface with water and allowing it to soak for a short time before removing residues with a sponge. If the residue is very heavy, we can still remove it using one of our cleaning agents mixed with water to break up the residue before wiping or vacuuming.

Spray and wipe is a method that uses a spray bottle to apply a mix of water and cleaning agent directly. SERVPRO technicians prefer using it on fabrics that are at risk for color running since it gives them more control of how much product they use on each spot of residue.

Foam cleaning is similar to spray and wipe, but it uses less moisture than spray and wipe method. Our IICRC certified technicians can use either a pump-up sprayer or agitate the mix of water and cleaning agent in a bucket by hand. We lightly spray or dip a sponge into the foam and then work it into the material. For very heavy residues, we can remove them using a soft, upholstery brush to remove residue that already worked itself into the material.

We use abrasive cleaning methods on the rocks used for outdoor patios and some marble surfaces in the kitchen. When possible, we try to use scrubbing pads with a cleaning agent, but it is necessary on occasion to use steel wool or a stiff brush to remove very thick residues.

Immersion cleaning is our method of last resort in most cases. We soak items with heavy residue in a tank of cleaning agent and then use sound waves to agitate millions of bubbles that scrub surfaces very efficiently. It is especially useful for items like Venetian blinds.

Restoring your business is not a quick task, but SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has decades of experience to help you reopen as fast as possible. If you have fire damage and need our help to remove it; call (310) 572-6132 today to get started.

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Flood Damage Can Happen to Your West Hollywood Home

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Happen to Your West Hollywood Home SERVPRO Directs Storm Water Extraction from West Hollywood Homes

Removal of Water and Disinfecting Storm-Damaged Homes in West Hollywood Are a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Services

Too much water on the ground leads to flooding incidents in West Hollywood. Sometimes flooding affects a house or two on any particular street, while during other times, entire blocks become saturated after a super-heavy rainfall.

When residences in West Hollywood sustain flood damage from any source, clearing the water away and cleaning the home inside and out become crucial activities. Without them, water from the flood continually creates more and more damage. SERVPRO wants to assist homeowners with their recovery efforts, regardless of the flood's source, severity, or level of contamination.

Rainwater poses substantial risks to homes when draining away becomes hindered, but broken water mains can flood isolated areas. Homes located downhill from a broken water main often sustain extensive damages unexpectedly. The contamination absorbed before such water enters your home can pose many risks to your health. While the water starts out as clean, it does not remain that way.

Floods carry substantial numbers of pathogens, high amounts of chemicals from the road, lawns, and other sources such as garbage and animal waste, and other particles that come from the soil. Silt and sand retain moisture, permitting any pathogens to remain active after entering your home. Chemicals and oils can stain or otherwise damage your home's interior in ways that water alone might not cause. Pathogens also end up in carpeting, lower shelves, inside cabinets, and many other low-lying spots in your home.

SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to detect high levels of moisture inside a residence. Touching walls and other porous surfaces inside your home do not tell us as accurately where dampness exists. With an electronic device, we can find areas needing treatment or removal much more quickly and accurately. This prevents your home from developing future problems like secondary water damage.

Capillary action and wicking can allow contaminated flood water to spread throughout your home. Microscopic microbes of all types can travel along with such water. However, SERVPRO technicians obtain their Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) certifications from the IICRC, ensuring they know proper and effective methods to mitigate any contamination from flood damage. In-house, on-going video and complementary training programs are also available to assure our customers of the highest level of expertise in dealing with flood-related water removal and disinfecting.

To ensure that your home's restoration happens quickly, SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood offers our community 24-hour services. Whenever your residence sustains flood damage, call (310) 572-6132 to discuss how we can help restore your home "Like it never even happened."

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Understanding Fire Damage in Bel Air Homes

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Fire Damage in Bel Air Homes If your home is facing fire damage, contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave for a quick response and best results.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Evaluate the Path That the Fire Took Through Your Home to Properly Remediate the Damage

Open flames make for great news, but they are rarely the biggest source of damage to Bel Air homes. Heat affects structural and property surfaces more, but smoke residues are the primary sources of concern and restoration cost.
Cleaning the effects of Bel Air fire damage takes not just tools and cleaning agents, but a thorough knowledge of how it happened. That means understanding, among other factors, how hot the fire burned which generated the smoke and how hot were the surfaces the smoke penetrated or settled onto during the fire. SERVPRO inspectors and technicians learn everything we can about these factors before we start each task.
Temperatures are necessary to know because they determine convection. It is how smoke moves through a home. Simply put, hot air rises which forces cooler air downward, usually back to the heat source. The air heats again, pushing its way back and forcing the now cooler air back down. Smoke is carried with the air, spreading it across ceilings and walls as long as the fire has enough oxygen and material to burn.
The heat from the hotter air expands or ‘opens’ the surfaces, allowing smoke to penetrate farther into the material and leave residues deeper than at lower, cooler areas of the home. That makes smoke residue left on ceilings and upper walls more difficult for a SERVPRO restoration team to clean.
The surfaces in the cooler areas of the home are more ‘closed’ to smoke penetration than hotter areas, but they attract more hot smoke than warmer surfaces. Windows, for example, have a greatly cooler temperature outside the home. Closets, if closed, have a cooler, inside temperature that partially insulates them. Both surfaces usually have a very thick layer of residue, but they rarely have more than minor damage.
Knowing these factors provide us the knowledge to properly clean the affected surfaces. For surfaces that remained ‘closed’ to smoke residues, our technicians use cloths and sponges to remove the majority of it with perhaps a small amount of water or cleaning agent to remove everything. If the surface was more directly affected by the heat, we might need to use some agitation device like a wire brush with a cleaning agent to remove every trace of residue.
Restoring a home with fire damage is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has the knowledge, tools, and cleaning agents to make it a successful one. If you need our services for your home, call us today at (310) 372-6132.

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Mold Damage In West Hollywood

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In West Hollywood Restoring your home to normal after a mold infestation is a complicated process.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Few residents and homeowners in West Hollywood think about mold. Flooding and especially fire right now, are what they think about when the words ‘home disaster’ is mentioned. Not every mold produces that distinctive musty odor, and since it usually grows out of sight, a colony of mold spores can be huge before being noticed.

Cleaning mold damage from West Hollywood homes requires an experienced restoration company. To return a residence to its pre-mold condition, SERVPRO technicians determine the extent of the growth, what it is covering, and how to remove it without spreading mold spores further.

First, we isolate the mold. Regardless if the mold is in large part of the home or a small area like one or two rooms, we seal them off to prevent spreading to the rest of the home. Technicians use plastic sheeting to cover doors, windows, and other points of entry and exit. That includes sealing off the central air system.

Next, we examine the surfaces in the infested rooms and other areas. An inspection allows us to determine which cleaning methods, tools, and cleaners are needed. Every surface from ceiling tiles to the carpets fall into three categories: porous, non-porous, and semi-porous.

Examples of porous surfaces are drywall, carpets, and upholstery. Drywall and other building materials we wipe down using sponges and dry cloths. If the layer of the mold is thick, we use water and cleaners sparingly to avoid damaging them. For carpets and upholstery, we often start with commercial grade vacuums using special HEPA filters. These filters are designed to capture even a single, tiny spore.

If there is mold still trapped on the surfaces, SERVPRO technicians use spray bottles to apply water or anti-fungal cleaning agent to dampen them. A small amount of moisture loosens mold so we can remove it with dry or wet sponges and cloths. After the surfaces dry out, we may use the vacuums again.

Non-porous surfaces include glass, metal, and some marble countertops. On the majority of jobs, we remove mold with dry cloths and sponges. For very thick layers, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to dampen and break them up before wiping the mold away. For extreme infestations, we may use vacuums to remove the mold safely.

Outside decks and concrete pads are examples of semi-porous surfaces. These are rough surfaces and often require tools like wire brushes to remove mold spores from every surface crack. The cleaners we use would scratch, mar, or otherwise damage other surface types. If mold has grown down into the wood decks, our technicians use powered sanders to remove the upper layers to get to the mold.

Restoring your home to normal after a mold infestation is a complicated process. SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has helped our neighbors put their residences, and lives, back together for almost twenty years. If you need our team, call today at (310) 572-6132.

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Water Removal In Your Bel Air Home After A Washing Machine Leak

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal In Your Bel Air Home After A Washing Machine Leak Washing machines are one of the most common causes of water damage, and the costs can be high for the homeowner.

Water Removal After A Washing Machine Leak

For homes in Bel Air, washing machines are one of the most common causes of water damage, and the costs can be high for the homeowner. Since each machine has various ways of creating havoc in your home with water, many people do not realize the actual risks or the options for prevention and cleanup.

From bad hoses to drainage leaks, your washing machine can throw out hundreds of gallons of water into your Bel Air home at once, and very quickly. The water damage left behind by such an event can be overwhelming, which is why you need the expert help of SERVPRO staff for water removal and to get your home dry again.

With our rapid response, your walls, floors, and valuable possessions can many times be restored and preserved. Our technicians are certified and come to your home backed by experience and proven water damage remediation techniques. SERVPRO is with you every step of the way and explains all of our processes before proceeding, so you are comfortable and know what is going on at all times.

Water damage restoration requires us to use specialized equipment and supplies. Our technicians are trained in operating the equipment correctly and how to choose the right tool for each job.

SERVPRO techs first need to extract the standing water from your property. We do so with truck mounted pumps that can handle many gallons of water at once. Detection devices are used to identify where water could be trapped inside walls and to determine when the structure is dry.

Air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans are used to speed up the drying process. We monitor these machines every day until the drying is complete to ensure optimal drying. Lastly, we use deodorization equipment to apply professional products to treat odors from the water damage.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is equipped with the right equipment to take care of your water removal problem. Anyone residing in the areas of Melrose District, Spaulding Square, or Central Hollywood can reach us by calling at (310) 572-6132 anytime.

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Prevent Fire Damage To Your Melrose District Home This Holiday Season

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Fire Damage To Your Melrose District Home This Holiday Season Food cooking unattended on the stove or in the oven can start a fire. Don't get distracted while cooking and contact SERVPRO if you have a fire.

Our Technicians Remediate Fire Damage As Well As Offer Tips to Help Avoid the Possibility of Facing a Fire

‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, that does not mean it is the season to stop being vigilant about home fire damage. In fact, with all that wrapping paper, lots of cooking, and festive decorations in your house, it is wise to be extra careful at this time of year. Here are SERVPRO’s top tips to help Melrose District homeowners stay safe from blazes this holiday time.
Fire damage to a Melrose District home is frightening and traumatic for those who experience it. There are also after effects to consider such as soot damage, destroyed belongings, and an unpleasant lingering smoke odor. Thankfully, SERVPRO is on hand to assist with clean-up after a blaze. Our IICRC-certified technicians carefully scrub, wipe and clean away soot, and use thermal fogging and air scrubbers to take away horrible smoky smells. Of course, prevention is always best, so here are some tips to help you prevent fires this winter.
Do not leave burning candles unattended – even better, do not burn candles at all. Air fresheners, potpourri, or even natural scents like pine or cinnamon sticks all give a pleasant scent without the risk of starting a blaze.
Do not leave cooking food unattended. It is easy to get distracted while preparing a festive meal. However, unattended pans are a leading cause of home fires, so it is essential to keep an eye on them at all times.
Be mindful of the placement of portable heaters. Do not place heating units too close to festive decorations, indoor trees, or where drapes or rugs might fall across the surface.
Always switch off festive lights, along with any appliances, before you head to bed, and before you leave the house. Do not leave lights or appliances plugged in when there is nobody home.
Make sure you have a smoke alarm installed on every level of your home, and that each alarm is in good working order. If you have not done so recently, we suggest testing them after you read this article.
Stay safe at home this festive season in Melrose District, Meho, and Bel Air, and if you need fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 for help.

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Prevent the Need for Commercial Water Removal in Bel Air by Winterizing Your Business

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent the Need for Commercial Water Removal in Bel Air by Winterizing Your Business Leaving your commercial space without heat while closed can cause pipes to freeze and the potential for water damage.

SERVPRO Offers an Emergency Ready Plan App to Help You Prepare for Water Damage

Winter is a busy time for many Bel Air businesses, especially those in the retail, beauty and hospitality trades. In fact, the approach of the festive season leaves many business owners feeling worn out and eager for the end of the holidays so they can slow the pace of life down a little. Unfortunately for many entrepreneurs, winter is also a prime time for plumbing problems, burst pipes, leaks and other frustrating setbacks. One way to protect your business and prevent the need for commercial water removal is to winterize your business ahead of the holidays.

SERVPRO understands that Bel Air business are busy and do not want the cost and inconvenience of commercial water removal. That is why we recommend winterizing your business to reduce the risk of leaks, broken pipes, damaged boilers and other incidents that might leave your business water-logged.

Some businesses close for a few days in winter for a well-earned break. Although it is nice to have a break from rushing around so you can rest and spend time with your family, please be aware of the risks of leaving your premises completely unheated. No heating means your pipes might freeze or burst. Even in Los Angeles, pipes can get cold enough to suffer damage. Keep your premises heated to at least 4 degrees Celsius to ensure your pipes have background heat at all times.

Has your boiler been serviced? A faulty boiler is a prime candidate for leaks and subsequent water damage. SERVPRO recommends calling an engineer to service your boiler every year. Regular servicing allows you to spot problems before they escalate, and protect your business from leaks and floods.

Fix any plumbing problems before winter comes. It is easy to overlook a dripping faucet or running toilet, or perhaps a small pool of water around a pipe, but our advice is not to ignore any signs of damage. Some plumbing problems are easy to fix in-house while others require a professional plumber.

We recommend using our free Emergency Ready Program app to prepare your business for any eventuality. The app helps you draw up an emergency plan, and you can link your business directly to your nearest IICRC-certified SERVPRO team for ease of contact in an emergency.

For help with water removal in Spaulding Square, Central Hollywood, West Hollywood and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 today.

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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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