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Fire Damage Should Not Be The End For Your West Hollywood Business

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Should Not Be The End For Your West Hollywood Business Don't let fire damage be the end all for your coffee shop. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage is Not on Your Coffee Shop's Menu!

When you live in a place like West Hollywood, you find a sense of community and commonality with your neighbors. Imagine that you own a coffee shop where your patrons stop for their morning java, but also set up for extended periods, working and chatting while enjoying your service and locale. Now imagine that there is a fire that sets off the sprinkler system and leaves you with wet furniture and inventory as well as smoke residue and a lingering smell.

In a place that is always on the go, SERVPRO is your best ally when it comes to the restoration of your business. When there is fire damage to your coffee shop in West Hollywood, our team is ready to jump into action 24/7, putting our expertise to your service as soon as we receive the call. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies that our technicians have the knowledge to help restore your business and mitigate losses as much as possible.

Being mindful of any restrictions placed by the building or neighborhood regarding work in your storefront, our SERVPRO team develops a targeted plan to extract any remaining water and speed up the drying process. When time is of the essence, we incorporate advanced moisture sensors, such thermal imaging cameras with the goal of detecting even the most hidden water residue. We also have at our disposal industry-grade dehumidifiers and air circulators to aid with the drying process. Extraction and drying are both necessary in completing a thorough restoration job.

Our SERVPRO crew is well aware that there may be additional health requirements you need to comply with before reopening. Working together we focus on making the process as efficient as possible while protecting your inventory and investment.

SERVPRO of Bel Air/West Hollywood wants to protect your coffee shop as much as you do. Call us at (310) 572-6132 and let us leave it "Like it never even happened."

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Little Fires Can Cause Big Smoke Odors In Your Bel Air Home

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Little Fires Can Cause Big Smoke Odors In Your Bel Air Home SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is ready 24/7 to tackle any level of fire damage to your home.

Bel Air Fire Place Causes Little Fire Damage And Big Smoke Odors

A crackling fire can set the mood, make a room feel cozy, and fire damage is probably the furthermost from your mind. Sometimes mistakes happen when inexperienced homeowners light fires for the first time.

SERVPRO responded to a call from a homeowner in Bel Air regarding little actual fire damage throughout a living room and a lot of smoke and soot in the living room. The homeowner recently purchased the home and used the fireplace with the damper closed. He had also used an accelerant to get the fire going assuming an indoor fireplace log needed assistance to light much like a charcoal grill. The result was a large amount of smoke filling the room until he put out the fire using a home fire extinguisher and a bucket of sand.

He contacted SERVPRO, and our technicians arrived a short time later. We moved the upholstered furnishings and area rug out of the room to our local facility for cleaning and deodorization to remove the strong smoke smell each item retained.

Then we used both wet and dry sponges for cleaning away the smoke residue on the brickwork and wall around the fireplace and worked on picking up the extinguisher powder, sand and visible soot with our handheld vacuums fitted with HEPA filtration. We then deployed air scrubbers also with HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles that caused odor and were smaller than the human eye can see.

Our SERVPRO technicians undergo a rigorous continuing education in the restoration sciences and hold several certifications, including Odor Control Technician (OCT). We have both the professional equipment and expertise to neutralize any level of smoke odor in a home. Because a small, detectable smoke odor prevailed after the deep cleaning, we used thermal fogging to eradicate the remaining smell that remained. Leaving the room without a trace of the homeowners' fireplace use learning curve. Afterward, we walked the homeowner through the steps for safely using his fireplace in the future to avoid this scenario.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is ready 24/7 to tackle any level of fire damage to your home. Call us at (310) 572-6132, and our certified technicians arrive in hours to make your fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Bel Air Residence

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Bel Air Residence Pipe bursts can wreak havoc on your home. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Reasons Why Water Removal from Your Bel Air Home is Not a DIY Project

When water damage happens in your home, it can feel overwhelming. The sooner the cleanup begins, the more potential for saving both building materials and contents.

SERVPRO answered a call from a homeowner in Bel Air for emergency water removal from a pipe burst late at night. Because we are available 24-hours, our technicians arrived a short time after the call to begin mitigation of the water loss.

We bring all the equipment we need to job sites, so there are no delays in remediation efforts. The longer water is in contact with carpet and padding, building materials or contents-the more damage it is doing. It is crucial to locate all areas in the property the water has migrated into.

Without proper removal of the water, it sets the property up for additional issues such as mold growth and foul odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment for extraction. Portable pumps are a fast and efficient way to remove water, and when needed, we add weighted extraction that pushes down on carpeting and forces water out of the padding to the surface. When large areas of floor space are affected by water, our stand-on Rover units are ideal. They are highly maneuverable and use the weight of the technician operating it to push water up and out of carpeting or other floorings.

In the case of a pipe burst, often we find evidence of a long term leaking with softened sheetrock from exposure to water. Depending on the level of damage, the technicians usually either drill weep holes to allow for both the drainage of water and additional airflow for drying, or they may cut away the damaged sheetrock using a technique called "flood cuts."

In most cases, ordinary household fans do not emit enough airflow to adequately a space after a water intrusion. We use air movers, and they are the final step in water removal efforts. The high-velocity air blows across surfaces with deeply embedded water and the force of the air causes the water vapor to rise, and then our dehumidifying equipment ports it away.  

At the first sign you need water removal, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132. Whether it is one room or your entire property, we are available 24/7, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Crew Is Your Best Option When Your Commercial Property In Bel Air Experiences A Water Damage Issue

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Crew Is Your Best Option When Your Commercial Property In Bel Air Experiences A Water Damage Issue For out of hours property emergencies, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132.

Out Of Hours Service For Commercial Water Cleanup In Bel Air

Out of hours, property issues can play havoc for those working in the bar industry. An overworked appliance can start spewing out water at three or four AM, which requires immediate attention to prevent permanent damages. Our rapid response team is designed to help public service industry managers deal with out of hours property issues quickly and allows them to open the following day, “Like it never even happened.”

One of the flagships of our service for commercial water cleanup in Bel Air is having technicians available on call. You can reach SERVPRO twenty-four hours a day via our phone line and arrange an out of hours service for urgent issues. We send the necessary technicians with the right equipment to your place of work to ensure that a late night water spill does not carry over into the next day of trading.

In the bar industry, one of the challenges in removing stagnant water is the number of fittings. SERVPRO technicians can disassemble fittings behind a bar to clean behind them using chemical agents before replacing them once the affected area is dry. Where fittings are non-removable, we can drill small holes to encourage airflow, drying both inside and out.

In terms of remediating a property, the main goal is to remove the contaminating source. We can apply a range of sanitizers, bleaches, and biocides to ensure any soiling is dealt with correctly. Sometimes, odors can linger even after the soiling has been removed and sanitized. SERVPRO technicians can deploy different types of deodorizer, including sprays, pellets, and foggers to help control odor and prevent it become an issue for your staff or customers.

As a locally owned and operated company, we have much experience in helping the business community overcome minor, and significant, water issues. Our close relationship with local adjusters can make a significant difference to the ease of making your claim, and we can conduct a thorough walk-through with you at the end of service to show you what has been completed and discuss possible outcomes.

For out of hours property emergencies, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132.

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Stormy Weather in West Hollywood? Think About Calling SERVPRO for Mitigation

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stormy Weather in West Hollywood? Think About Calling SERVPRO for Mitigation Exit Flood Damage in West Hollywood with SERVPRO's Rapid Cleanup and Restoration

Flood Damage in West Hollywood Needs Fast Action

Flood damage is a situation that you can take preventative measures for, but not be entirely ready for the issues it causes. Water has the destructive potential to equal fire damage in a home and needs detailed mitigation to reverse water loss to the property and contents.

SERVPRO arrive within hours of the initial call to clean up flood damage from a storm in a West Hollywood residence. High winds caused a tree limb to break a window, and the interior of the bedroom received a large amount of rainwater while the homeowner was at work.

The mattress soaked up a good portion of the incoming water and was extremely heavy but was packed out for possible restoration. SERVPRO offers mattress cleaning and mitigation on a case by case basis in our local facility. Factors such as if the mattress had a waterproof cover, how long exposure of the mattress to water occurred and the category of the water affect the potential for restoration. If the water was deemed contaminated then the mattress must be discarded.

When the technicians clean saturated carpeting in small-scale water loss situations, our portable pumps with weighted extractors allow the tech to push the water out of the carpet using several passes.
Another piece of equipment we use is the highly maneuverable Rover that has a small floor profile but removes water from carpet and padding with fewer passes. The Rover is a ride-on device that uses the weight of the technician to do its work. The more moisture extracted at this step lowers the drying time for the structure significantly. The benefit of this is that it lessens the chances of additional water loss to property and contents from extended exposure to water. If the flooding was caused by dirty, groundwater intrusion, then it is not a SERVPRO protocol to try to restore the carpet and padding.

Before drying, SERVPRO takes moisture readings to determine if water has run behind baseboards or wicked into drywall. If necessary, removing of baseboards and a technician drilling weep- holes into the wall to allow for airflow and complete drying of the wall cavity. This can be used along with an injecti-dry device.

Once confirmed dry, our technicians cleaned and disinfected all surfaces affected by water. Our professional-grade formulas neutralize odors and have antibacterial and antifungal properties to leave the room sanitized and ready for the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood knows the quick action against flood damage means less loss for homeowners. Our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day at (310) 572-6132 to make your loss "Like it never even happened."

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We Arrive Quickly To Your West Hollywood Home After A Fire

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Arrive Quickly To Your West Hollywood Home After A Fire We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the necessary equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home right away.

Getting Rid of Odors in Your West Hollywood House after a Fire

Fires are a multi-faceted disaster that can sweep quickly through your West Hollywood home. Even in situations where the fire did not get out of control in the property, many of these lingering effects can make a comfortable living for the family difficult. One of these detrimental effects can be a harsh odor typically from the smoke and charring of the combustions and ignition of the spreading disaster. Addressing this concern has multiple steps that begin as soon as our professionals arrive at your house.

Containment is one of the greatest concerns for our SERVPRO professionals when addressing fire damage in your West Hollywood property. We strive to not only arrive quickly but to assess the damage fast to determine where containment measures should get installed and employed to prevent worsening conditions. With an effect that can move throughout the property swiftly like odors, containments are often multi-layered between effective equipment and devices that we bring and physical barriers like plastic sheeting.

With a fast response to all fire loss incidents that can occur throughout the area, our experienced professionals have years of experience with addressing the effects of these disasters in homes and commercial properties. With harsh odors like smoke, we have effective equipment like our UV and thermal foggers that can neutralize these scents on a molecular level. These machines are ideal for use on softer fabrics and open areas as well.

We also have effective equipment that can quickly and permanently eliminate harsh odors left behind after a fire like our ozone machines. While these machines are not safe to use around humans and pets without the proper personal protective equipment, it is among the most efficient tools to eliminate smoke and charring scents in widely affected areas.

While not every fire loss situation leaves your property in shambles or unable to get lived in, many of the lingering effects can make comfortable living difficult. Let our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood rapid response team make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (310) 572-6132.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Hollywood To Pre-Damage Condition

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Hollywood To Pre-Damage Condition Call us at (310) 572-6132 can we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Use Water Removal Services In Hollywood To Protect Your Ceiling From Further Damage

Water removal solutions can prevent bigger problems such as replacing the whole ceiling if the problem is a leaking roof. An indication that your roof has been leaking is mold growth or discolored spots on the ceiling. If you notice such signs, you can contact a certified service provider and request an inspection. We can inspect your Hollywood home and advise you on the best course of action.

Your Hollywood property needs water removal services when the pipe in the attic bursts and the water accumulates into a pool on the ceiling. That is where our SERVPRO technicians come in handy since we have the needed expertise. The moment you notice the leaks or its effects, you are in a race against time to stop further damage.

At SERVPRO, our first step is to identify the source of the leak by determining and the extent of the damage before we can fix the problem. We then remove the excess water and restore the site to its preloss condition whenever possible. Depending on how much water leaked, we use various methods to get rid of the water.

The wet or dry vacuum units we use are compact in size, which makes them great for getting rid of water pools in limited spaces. Once our technicians vacuum all the water trapped in the ceiling, the final step is getting rid of excess humidity. That is the final step, and it’s important because it helps to prevent warping, mold growth, and rotting of wood.

Our technicians use both the Conventional and Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifier to get rid of excess humidity from materials such as wood and insulation. In cases where the lowest levels of humidity are required, our technicians prefer to use LGR units. These units can remove water whose concentration is as low as 55 to 40 grains per pound.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood helps homeowners and businesses deal with water, fire, flood, and mold damage. If you just spotted a leak, now is the time to get help before the damage gets out of hand. Call us at (310) 572-6132 can we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Is Carpeting Salvageable After Commercial Water Damage in West Hollywood?

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Carpeting Salvageable After Commercial Water Damage in West Hollywood? Often carpet padding has to be replaced after water damage.

Restoring Carpets and Controlling Odor for Commercial Flood Damage in West Hollywood

As a property manager of an office block, you are responsible for providing clean working conditions for employees. Flooding may cause temporary closure until full restoration occurs within the property. These issues are time sensitive as closures can cause a loss of revenue. We offer an expert solution to property damages by providing IICRC qualified technicians to restore them.

Typical office carpeting can present a problem when dealing with commercial flood damage in West Hollywood. If flooding has occurred overnight, the fabric in carpets can absorb moisture. Wet fabric is up to 50% weaker, so appropriate care must be taken to avoid causing further damages.

We train SERVPRO technicians in the removal and remediation of carpets. We may have to remove them temporarily to inspect the subfloor and see how far the damage goes. Using moisture meters that can penetrate the surface, we can accurately assess how much water has been absorbed and take appropriate steps to dry it. This process can be an essential part of controlling microbial growth.

Carpet pads, placed between the subfloor and the underlayer of the carpet, usually have to be removed and disposed. These porous materials break apart when exposed to water but are usually cost-effective to replace. Before we relay carpets, SERVPRO treats both sides with anti-microbial chemicals to prevent mold from appearing after the service is complete.

To completely return a property to its preloss condition, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize the affected area. Water that enters a property can loosen dirt and debris, or bring in odor-producing bacteria. It is vital to re-create the conditions in which the odor particles entered the property to mitigate against it. Using deodorant solution we can cover a large surface area and get your business ready for employees.

When a property emergency presents itself, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132.

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Which Drying System Best Removes Water From Your Bel Air Home?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Which Drying System Best Removes Water From Your Bel Air Home? SERVPRO tailors the drying process to your home's needs.

Why SERVPRO Invests Significantly in Training and Equipment used for Water Drying in Bel Air

Excess moisture can play havoc with your indoor environment. Not only can water stagnate and produce an unpleasant odor, but it can also create the ideal conditions for mold or mildew growth. Typically, these issues enter the home as the result of a flood or problem with the internal plumbing structure. Thoroughly treating the affected area can prevent secondary problems for the homeowner.

The way to complete practical water drying in Bel Air is through training and alertness to all facets of the situation. SERVPRO uses technicians with IICRC qualifications in water damages as well as drying which can help to inform their decisions in your home. Usually, drying a property or room within a property relies on two systems, an open system or a closed system.

An open system dries an affected area primarily through ventilation. By opening windows and encouraging airflow by using rapid air movers, outdoor dryer air replaces humid air. This method can be beneficial for drying furnishings or fabrics as the drier air actively pulls moisture into it. Your SERVPRO technician can decide an open system is inappropriate due to some restoration factors as well as taking into consideration the time of year and climate.

A closed system involves creating barriers in the affected zone to prevent moisture in the air from spreading around the house. Hot air is then rapidly circulated in the affected area, evaporating moisture from cavities, subfloor or soft fabrics.  After removing the moisture, dehumidifiers are deployed to draw moist air from the atmosphere. Your SERVPRO technician can decide if a closed system is appropriate based on their training and experience.

Whichever method we use, you can trust SERVPRO to tailor our approach to the demands of the situation. We can do this because we invest in our technicians as well as providing them with the latest equipment they need to remove the water from your home.

If you need a comprehensive drying service for your property, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132.

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Flying Debris During a Storm can Cause Water Damage in West Hollywood

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flying Debris During a Storm can Cause Water Damage in West Hollywood Storms with high winds can also cause flying debris, which can break windows.

Flood Damage Professionals in West Hollywood Discuss What Can Happen When Windows Break

When storms make their way into West Hollywood, many times they bring with them windy conditions. High-speed winds can cause objects to become airborne and collide into your building's structure, which can cause your extensive flood damage. If wind gusts gain enough speed, they can pick up just about any item in your or your neighbor's yard, pick it up and blow it into your house. Once any part of your building's exterior gets struck by an object such as a rock or branch, it could create a hole in the exterior shell of your house. If the interior of your home gets exposed to moisture by a hole in a wall or window during a storm, it is wise to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.  

Since the glass making up your windows is the most fragile material on the exterior of your home, it can be broken the most easily if a foreign object collides into it. Once your window breaks when it is raining, water can quickly build up inside your home forcing you to call in the experts at SERVPRO to conduct professional flood damage restoration in West Hollywood. When the winds pick up during a west coast thunderstorm, branches can break, and landscaping materials can become dislodged and break your windows. Many times rain can come down very quickly in the region, making the problem of you having a broken window much worse.  

When the rain comes into your structure, it is considered a category two or grey water situation, which is because any water getting into your home from the outside that is not from a freshwater source could be contaminated by harmful parasites or bacteria. When building materials inside your house get wet by grey water, it is still possible to dry out your carpet without removing it, but it becomes necessary to take precautions. In these situations, our SERVPRO materials use specific chemicals to kill bacteria and antimicrobial solution to prevent fungal growth.  

If you ever suffer from water-related problems after a storm, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.

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