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How Our Team Of Professionals Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Hollywood

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Team Of Professionals Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Hollywood Common issues our technicians face are flooded carpets, wood floors, and drywall panels that begin to absorb water the moment any first touches it.

Remediating Water Damage To Hollywood Homes

Fall is here, and with it comes much of the rain that we get in each calendar year. Hollywood residents know, however, that broken or faulty plumbing can be just as damaging when it floods across the floors and carpets of their homes.

Storms and plumbing cause much the same types of water damage to Hollywood homes. Common issues SERVPRO technicians face are flooded carpets, wood floors, and drywall panels that begin to absorb water the moment any first touches it. Each requires immediate removal and drying of the material to prevent permanent damage and to replace them.

To start with, and help all three items, our restoration specialists bring in commercial pumps. These devices can remove large amounts of water in a few hours. That means our personnel can remove a large percentage of the water in a home within a day or two in most cases. Removing the water prevents further absorption, especially for drywall, and helps to start the drying process for all three.

Next, specialists switch out the pumps for extraction wands. These smaller devices still remove water, but operators can adjust the speed and suction power. They also have a heating element we use to accelerate drying. These options enable us to remove water trapped in carpets and between floorboards without accidentally separating the layers of the carpets or over drying the floorboards which cause splitting and cracking.

As SERVPRO crew members operate the extraction wands, others set up a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and exhaust fans to increase the rate of water extraction. The dehumidifiers pull water from the air and nearby property. They work on carpets and wood floors but are especially effective on drywall and wood paneling.

The air movers force warm, dry air across damp surfaces which forces out moisture. Technicians can adjust the speed, temperature, and direction of the air to maximize drying without causing any secondary damage. The moisture is then pulled out by the exhaust fans with the cooler air in the home or captured by the dehumidifier and removed at a rate of about 25 gallons every 24 hours, depending on the amount of water present.

At SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, we want to help every owner return to their home as soon as it's safe to do so. If you need our expertise and experience, call our office today at (310) 572-6132. We are here for you.

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West Hollywood Restaurant Fires Are Not Special Effects, But Real Dangers--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage West Hollywood Restaurant Fires Are Not Special Effects, But Real Dangers--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration All West Hollywood Signs Lead to SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Recovery

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your West Hollywood Restaurant

A fire in your West Hollywood restaurant can bring your business to a standstill. As the most stressful and overwhelming experience, it can leave your premises with charred and burned furniture, fittings, and appliances, not to mention comprised food products. When a fire starts, it can spread everywhere in your restaurant. No room or area is immune and that includes above ceilings, behind walls and other structural components. While dealing with the fire is scary, dealing with the damage afterward is also stressful. So, how do you deal with fire damage?

Do not enter your restaurant right away
After the local fire department has put out the fire, it is wise not to enter the premises before fire damage technicians in West Hollywood have assessed the damage. Doing so means you can expose yourself or your employees to smoke and soot, slip and fall, cuts from shards of glass, and other hazards. When fire burns furniture, fittings, appliances and other items, smoke is released. This smoke contains minute particles from the burned elements and includes volatile gases. As the fire continues to burn, a substance called soot coats and stains the ceiling, walls, appliances, carpeting and flooring among others.

Breathing in the air inside the burned building can lead to illness. Noxious odors are also an issue, and that is why you should not re-enter the burned restaurant immediately after the fire. Wait, be Safe.

Do not touch or remove anything
Fire damage is a serious situation. Touching or even removing anything from the premises before your insurance adjuster has assessed the damage is not wise. Doing so can void your insurance coverage.

SERVPRO technicians have water and fire damage training and experience. To restore your restaurant to its pre-fire conditions, we inspect and compile a fire damage assessment report. Our experienced technicians can board up if necessary. Afterward, the water removal process begins followed by drying, cleaning, and repair. Note that often fire-suppressant systems in restaurants coat the kitchen cooking area with a powder to smother the flames without splashing grease fires to other locations. This requires skillful cleanup to mitigate the losses.

At SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, we work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process. Not only can we help you with the paperwork but we also provide a detailed report of the fire damage to fast-track the claims process. If you have any questions, call our 24/7 emergency line at (310) 572-6132 today!

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration Goes "Hollywood" with a SERVPRO Leading Role in Removal

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration Goes "Hollywood" with a SERVPRO Leading Role in Removal Introducing SERVPRO in the Starring Role of Water Damage Cleanup in Hollywood

Going Local for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Hollywood

Unforeseen closures result in a loss of revenue for business owners. At times these can be impossible to avoid due to health and safety concerns for staff or customers. The important thing is to remedy the situation as quickly as possible to ensure any potential losses are kept to a minimum. That means using professional services to treat, restore and clean the affected area.

Businesses with commercial water damage in Hollywood could benefit from using a local service. At SERVPRO we can send a cleanup team directly to your location after receiving a notification of loss. One of our project managers can communicate with you every step of the way including predicting the potential outcomes of each step.

We usually begin with a rapid clean up of any pooling water. We achieve this by using truck-mounted extractors with fully submersible gas-powered pumps. After excess water is removed, we can then move in using industrial grade wet/ dry vacuums to remove any surface moisture left behind.

Pooling water can often cause secondary damages if left unchecked. Although, drying the surface areas may seem simple, checking the subfloors, underneath carpets or behind fittings is essential to reduce the risk mold growth. Using wands, SERVPRO can dry water from in-between floorboards or other tough to reach areas. Using moisture meters, we can accurately detect the levels of moisture in the air as well as saturation levels.

Once a SERVPRO project manager is satisfied that all water has been removed we can bring in technicians to clean, sanitize and restore structure as well as contents. Dehumidifiers can be placed in the affected area to reduce humidity levels and with them the risk of mold growth. Finally, we can provide a walkthrough tour to show you the work carried out and any areas that needed special attention.

If your business is experiencing problems with pooling water, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at our 24/7 emergency line (310) 572-6132.

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An Expert's Guide To The Risks Of Flood Damage In Your Hollywood Home

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage An Expert's Guide To The Risks Of Flood Damage In Your Hollywood Home When we deal with flood damage in Hollywood, the priority is to identify and neutralize potential hazards.

Understanding Black Water For Hollywood Properties At Risk Of Flood Damage

National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Red Cross, kicks off this month. Their goal is to ensure Americans take vital steps toward helping themselves and their communities by preparing for potential disasters ahead of time.

When we deal with flood damage in Hollywood, the priority is to identify and neutralize potential hazards. These can be signs of structural damage, contaminated water or electrical equipment. In short, anything that could pose a lethal threat to yourself, or those brought in to help restore your home.

SERVPRO has become a household name in dealing with property damage. The majority of our work involves extracting, drying and restoring homes. Unfortunately, the procedure when dealing with contaminated water which is common in flood restoration becomes more complicated.

Black Water is what we call water that has come into contact with debris, pesticides or raw sewage and becomes contaminated. Contamination in water can damage anything that it comes into contact with and poses a severe health risk. In these circumstances, we may have to remove sections of drywall as well as inspecting sub-floor or crawl spaces for infection.

Intensive cleaning methods using chemicals and sanitizers may be necessary. We would also look to bring in industrial deodorization equipment like ozone generators. These powerful machines use 03 gas to alter the surrounding atmosphere and permanently remove odors or harmful particles in the surrounding air.

Once a SERVPRO technician is satisfied that all traces of black water have been removed we can begin to restore your home. Since cross-contamination is an issue, cleaning of contents may be done off-site. Alternatively, we can remove items to a designated clean room where they can be intensively treated.

The last step in restoring your property is drying. Here, a SERVPRO technician can use a moisture meter to measure the humidity in an unaffected area of your house. The humidity becomes a dry level that we can work towards using air movers and dehumidifiers. Reaching the right dry level is crucial in guarding against secondary water damage such as mold growth.

National Preparedness Month is about being ready for all eventualities. Add SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, (310) 572-6132, to your phone book now.

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West Hollywood's Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Treating Contents in a Separate Location

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation West Hollywood's Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Treating Contents in a Separate Location SERVPRO Mold Remediation in a West Hollywood Home

Cross-Contamination Safeguards During Mold Remediation in West Hollywood Properties

Once a fungus develops inside your West Hollywood home, the problems can get worse very quickly. It only takes between 48 and 72 hours for mold damage to form after water gets inside your house. However, once a fungus sprouts up, it forms structures called hyphae that allow it to grow in size at a rapid rate. These hyphae then release seed-like, microscopic particles called spores that are used in the fungal reproduction process. These tiny spores float around in the air until they decide to settle and land causing mold damage to occur in a new part of the building.
 
Since fungi can cause health effects, prompt mitigation is a necessity. A major piece in restoring mold damage in West Hollywood is preventing the contamination from spreading to unaffected areas. As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence, we take measures to prevent secondary damage caused by spores. We often spray the contaminated region with an antimicrobial solution to inhibit the release of spores. We also contain the contaminated area with heavy-duty plastic and attach an air scrubber that provides negative air pressure to keep particles from leaving the affected part of the house.
 
In some situations, it may be too late, and the mold has already spread all throughout your home. Anything that has items that are made out of organic materials is at risk for contamination. Building materials such as carpet, walls, and wooden studs are places where fungi can develop. Any of your possessions such as furniture can also be prime places for fungal growth to occur.
 
When both your contents and your building materials get affected, we often move these items out of the affected area. We separate your possessions and your affected structural components so that mitigation on one does not negatively affect the other. During these situations, we move your items to a clean and disinfected location so that we can treat your contaminated contents. In some cases, the fungi can be cleaned or scraped off, and the item gets sprayed with antimicrobial chemicals. In other situations, our SERVPRO team must sand off the mold down to unaffected wood and spray it with a specialized sealant paint that is made to prevent future microbial growth.
 
If you ever notice fungal contamination inside your house, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.

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SERVPRO - Water Removal Procedures For Hollywood Homes

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO - Water Removal Procedures For Hollywood Homes When water emergencies strike your precious home, our SERVPRO team will help.

Water Restoration Options For Homes in Hollywood

Water can quickly damage Hollywood homes and much of the property inside them. Effectively restoring them begins with getting the water out of the house as rapidly as possible. Doing it correctly, without accidentally damaging the home in the process, requires training, specialized equipment, and experience. 


Most Hollywood water removal requirements occur due to a failure in plumbing. Once SERVPRO personnel have the water turned off, or the actual leak stopped or repaired, they begin operations with either commercial grade pumps for deeper water or a smaller device called a water extraction wand for levels less than around ankle-deep.

Both machines remove massive amounts of water in a fairly short amount of time. Once they accomplish this part of the removal process, then property formerly underwater begins to dry, and further damage to it stops for the most part.

Now that they can physically access the floors and carpets, SERVPRO specialists examine both for moisture trapped in both. They hang area and smaller rugs outside to dry in the sun, but wall-to-wall carpeting requires more effort to dry them. Most residential carpets have a pad that absorbs water and quickly breaks down after it becomes wet, so technicians roll the carpet up to remove it. If water soaked wood flooring for more than a few hours, there is often moisture trapped between floorboards and usually some water absorbed as well.

With carpets and floors both, our technicians use air movers and box fans to dry them quickly. They lift entry and exit points for each carpet and then force warm, dry air under and over the carpet to speed up the drying process while the box fan draws out the cooler air trapped underneath. For wood floors, they direct the air mover across the surface, moving it at regular intervals to avoid over drying a particular section of the floorboards.

If water came in from a higher point such as a leak in a second-floor bathroom, technicians some of the same tools to dry damp or soaked walls. They remove the affected panels and use an air mover to force warm air into the exposed cavities. If the drywall is simply damp, they drill holes behind the baseboard to allow water to drain and then insert a hose connected to an air mover to dry the space behind the panels.

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Our goal at SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is to return every home to its original condition. If you are dealing with failed plumbing in your residence, call us today at (310) 572-6132 to set up an inspection visit. We are here for you.

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Hollywood Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Extraction Procedures

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hollywood Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Extraction Procedures Flooding in Hollywood? Call SERVPRO

Stormwater Removal is Crucial to Cleanup and Restoration in Hollywood Homes--Call SERVPRO for a Fast Response

Severe thunderstorms have been hitting all around California including the Hollywood area all summer long. These storms have been bringing about excessive rains in short periods of time that can cause flood damage to your home. Flooding conditions can cause water to get into basements and crawl spaces when the water gets deep outside your home. Window wells can fill up causing seals to leak water into lower level rooms inside your house.
 
Once water gets into a structure, it can cause more problems if it stays there for too long. During flood damage restoration in Hollywood, our SERVPRO technicians attempt to remove all moisture as quickly as we can. If organic building materials stay wet for more than 48 hours, it is possible that mold can develop. Promptly removing moisture requires two main procedures which are extraction and rapid drying.
 
During the extraction process, our SERVPRO technicians have a variety of options when dealing with removing moisture from different types of materials. For more than two inches of standing water present, we use a submersible pump. The sump pump gets placed into the deep water and sucks the water out and puts it into a sewage drain. If your home has a septic tank and not a sewer drain, then we can pump the water into a waste tank.
 
When removing standing water that is less than two inches deep, we use a medium sized extraction wand attached to an extractor. If the affected area is hard to get to, then our SERVPRO technicians use a portable device. In most situations, we use our heavy-duty extractor that has a very powerful vacuum to pull the moisture out of just about any type of material.
 
If the carpet is thin or moisture levels are not excessive, we use a medium sized extraction tool to vacuum up the water. If a thick carpet is saturated, then we often use a weighted extraction tool that uses the weight of the operator to compress the carpet. Care must be given to prevent the carpet from delaminating and separating into the fiber and the backing. When we remove moisture from upholstered furniture, we use a small, hand-held extraction tool that we can utilize on most pieces of furniture without causing damage.
 
After water gets drawn out of wet materials, we set up equipment to dry out the remainder of the moisture. Air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up the natural evaporation process. For help with rapid structural drying, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 any time of the day or night.

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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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