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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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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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What to do in the Event of Flood Damages to Your West Hollywood Residence

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do in the Event of Flood Damages to Your West Hollywood Residence Flooding can be devastating if it happens in your home, regardless of the cause. Contact SERVPRO if facing flooding or other damage.

Team SERVPRO is Ready Should Your Home Face Flooding

As surprising as flooding might seem to most of the homeowners in West Hollywood, this occurrence happens more often than you might think. While flooding in the traditional sense is not an entirely typical occurrence for the area, you might find that other causes for flooding provide the same level of devastation and destruction to the houses that get directly affected.
 
While there are always causes for internal flooding in your home, such as defective appliances or plumbing concerns, homes are still at risk for flood damages in West Hollywood from external sources as well. With severe weather systems that pass through the area, your home’s exterior can become compromised and vulnerable to water penetration. Typically this often occurs through the foundation and basement walls of your home, where blockwork degrades and weakens over time, but it can also occur through a damaged roof or siding on your home.
 
Regardless of where it is coming from specifically, a puncture in the armor of your house can allow the storms passing through the area to flood your home with the torrential rainwater often expected. Once this situation starts, you should contact SERVPRO immediately to give our technicians a chance to stop the damages before they can get worse. When we arrive at your home, we work to quickly seal up areas of penetration to keep further water from entering the damaged areas.
 
An assessment of the damage can help us to determine the full scope of the damage that your home faces, as well as the equipment and appropriate strategy necessary to restore this damage. Extraction is often the start of this process, as it poses the most significant initial threat to the structural components of your house as well as materials used in your flooring, walls, and ceilings. This process gets completed with the use of truck-mounted pumps from the SERVPRO fleet (if the damage is severe), or could also get accomplished with a combination of portable pumps and wet-vacs.
 
Extraction is one of the key components to a successful flood damage restoration plan, but there are several steps beyond this to bring your home back to the way it used to be. While you might never expect to experience flooding in your home, if you do face a water emergency of any kind, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood. Our experienced restoration specialists are available 24/7 by calling (310) 572-6132.

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Why It is Essential to Deal With the Mold Growth In Your West Hollywood Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why It is Essential to Deal With the Mold Growth In Your West Hollywood Home SERVPRO can also address areas water may be entering your home causing mold.

Count on SERVPRO to address mold damage at the first signs.

Mold damage in your home is something that can become pretty serious swiftly. Mold spores are everywhere and are not harmful. The truth of the matter is that there is no magic solution to destroy all of the molds that are in your home, as the spores are so small and relatively undetectable. In this state, the mold spores are not an issue. When they discover a damp surface in your home and can feed off of the moisture, they can become a problem. Fortunately, there are specialists in the area who can remediate the problem for you.

The prime reason to rid your West Hollywood home of mold damage is that it can cause health effects in the people who live there. While there is no way to rid your home of mold spores, an excellent way to prevent mold from growing into large and problematic patches is to address any water damage that happens immediately.

SERVPRO can send technicians to your home to deal with the mold infestation quickly after your call. Before we agitate any of the spores, we set up containment, so they may not spread. Our employees can then remove any porous surfaces that the mold has grown from, as they cannot be cleaned, and then clean any non-porous ones. SERVPRO can set up air scrubbers to run while we work, which can help remove any foul smells from the area by filtering the particles out.

Should there be any lingering water damage on your property that caused the mold to break out in the first place, our technicians can also dry out the area with tools like dehumidifiers and axial fans. Ensuring that no water damage remains in your home is a good measure to help decrease the chances of regrowth.

If your house is struck with mold damage, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132. We strive to return your home to its preloss condition.

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When Your Bel Air Home Is Ravaged By Significant Fire Damages

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Your Bel Air Home Is Ravaged By Significant Fire Damages When a fire threatens this house, it can often be enough to make clean up, and restoration seems impossible, or at the very least overwhelming.

Call SERVPRO When Your Home Is Ravaged By A Fire

Your Bel Air home holds all of the things that you hold most dear in the world from the possessions that you have acquired to the family that you love. When a fire threatens this house, it can often be enough to make clean up, and restoration seems impossible, or at the very least overwhelming. Fortunately, even with severe fire damages, you are never alone in helping to set things right again and get your home back to the way it was before this traumatic event occurred.

With the dry air that is common to southern California, structure fires can take a lot of extinguishing efforts to quell. The fire damage that gets left after this long-running blaze can be hard to look at, let alone make sense of how to set it right again and continue living in the house. When it comes to restoring your house after an instance like this, there is a lot that SERVPRO can do to remove the effects of the recent fire or to prepare the area for the reconstruction work that it likely needs.

When our team first arrives at your home, we do a preliminary look at all of the damage to see the full scope of the restoration process we are asked to perform. Inside of this process, we prioritize sealing up any holes or exposed areas where further elemental damage can occur from the outside and make restoration efforts more difficult. We then set our sights on determining what can get salvaged and what materials and structural components must get removed.

Ideally, we would like to preserve as much of your home as we can through the restoration process, but sometimes the severity of the fire causes damages too considerable to get repaired. In these cases, we remove the profoundly damaged materials from the ceilings, walls, and floor to make way for reconstruction efforts to follow. This process involves controlled demolition from our SERVPRO professionals, which is a concise process that seeks only to remove the portions of materials that are too damaged and retain the rest.

You might not ever get fully prepared for the destructive nature of a fire in your home, but fortunately, SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood can help you through every step of this process. You can reach our experienced restoration specialists anytime by calling (310) 572-6132.

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What To Do When A Leaking Washing Machine Causes Water Damage

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When A Leaking Washing Machine Causes Water Damage A leaking washing machine can cause water damage to the floor of whatever room it is in if it is routinely unnoticed and goes unfixed.

Water Damage Repair

A leaking washing machine can cause water damage to the floor of whatever room it is in if it is routinely unnoticed and goes unfixed. It is easy to put a load of clothes in and then forget about them, giving plenty of time for the water to absorb into your flooring, walls, or surrounding flooring. By the time you get back to your machine, it may seem like your washer only leaked a small amount of water.

If left for extended periods of time, that water could even evaporate, and you might not notice the leak in your West Hollywood home at all until it is too late. However, little by little, the washing machine can damage the area around it. There is even the possibility of continuously saying to yourself that you should get the leak fixed but forgetting time and time again. Fortunately, when water damage has become a problem, help is not far away.

SERVPRO can send IICRC-certified technicians to your home as soon as possible after receiving your call. Upon arriving at your home, we can inspect the level of damage to your walls, floors, and surrounding belongings. Once establishing what is damaged and determining the ideal tools for the job our technicians can implement a drying plan.

SERVPRO uses advanced drying technology like air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to produce the best environment through encouraging evaporation. Keeping the air devoid of moisture around the spaces that need drying can make it so extracted water cannot travel to other surfaces instead. We strive to reverse the water damage that has set into your floors, belongings, and on your walls as soon as possible so that your laundry space can return to its preloss condition.

When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood area at (310) 572-6132. After receiving your call, we can send our technicians to your home swiftly to return it to pre-damage condition.

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The Commercial Fire Damage Experts of Bel Air

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Commercial Fire Damage Experts of Bel Air SERVPRO studies the air flow in your salon to locate where smoke has gone to properly remediate the fire damage.

Rely on SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

If a fire ever takes place inside your Bel Air beauty salon, there are three methods professionals use to mitigate the problem. Sometimes when items get burnt severely inside your business, they get replaced. Other times items get resurfaced. Many times, cleaning works for restoring items containing soot residues.

Replacement gets expensive for your insurance company, so it is wise to clean as many of the building materials and contents as possible. SERVPRO's commercial fire damage technicians in Bel Air have experience in many different ways of cleaning soot residues left behind by a fire. Cleaning not only is the cheapest form of restoration, but it is also the best to minimize adverse effects on your business.

Whenever restoring smoke-damaged material, our goal is restoring the items to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO restoration crew applies many different principles of cleaning to accomplish this task. The cleaning process always gets completed in a way that causes minimal strain to the operations of your business.

First, we locate all smoke residues present inside the building. We inspect the building thoroughly by following the smoke from the source. We trace where the smoke went inside the salon based on how the air flows inside the structure.

Next, we identify the types of smoke residues present. When various materials get burned, they leave behind different types of residues. By figuring out what exactly got burned, we have a better idea of which chemicals are most useful when cleaning.

Then, we identify the types of surfaces that got affected by smoke. Soot adheres to surfaces differently. Knowing the type of soot and surface helps us choose the right chemicals and methods for the job.

After that, we capture and remove all residues possible. Soot particles often bond to the surfaces they contact. We always use various wet and dry cleaning methods to remove the soot from the surface.

The final principle of cleaning is to dispose of residues. We always properly dispose of any burnt debris and cleaning waste found inside your beauty salon. For professional help with a fire at any commercial building, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 for assistance 24/7.

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Safety During Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Hollywood Home

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety During Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Hollywood Home If your home experiences flood damage, it is important to proceed with caution and call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home,

SERVPRO’s Certified Technicians Use Caution When Working around Flood Damage

Anytime there are more rains than drainage systems in Hollywood can handle, there can be flooding. The rain is sometimes heavy for a very short time, which can also result in floods. Other times, there can be light rain for several days or weeks that can cause area flooding. The rains can also cause rivers to overflow their banks. It is common when there is more water upstream than normal, and when it flows downstream to the low-lying areas next to it, there is a burst, and water goes onto the surrounding land.

If your home in Hollywood has become flooded for any reason, it can be a very overwhelming event. Your once safe and cozy home has become a saturated mess that is also probably unsafe because of debris or contaminants in the water. Our professionals at SERVPRO need to be called to help you get your home back to its preloss condition.

Water damage can contain organisms which are a health threat to you and our workers. Dangerous water can include floodwaters, sewage, and condensation from air conditioners. Even water that is clean can pose a problem if it's left in your home long enough. Excessive moisture and water provide just the right environment for the growth of fungi, viruses, and bacteria.

SERVPRO staff treat floodwaters as waste material that can cause health effects. Anytime we are working in environments which contain hazardous waste we have to follow all safety precautions.

Mold can also grow in a wet environment such as a flooded home, and if we find any mold growing, we need to protect ourselves by wearing personal protective equipment. We wear full-body suits with hoods, latex and rubber gloves, and eye protection that includes goggles or full-face masks. We may also wear full or half-face respirators or powered air-purifying respirators which supply air to the full-face mask. Before we begin working, we make sure we are trained and comfortable using all of the equipment.

Since working in a flooded environment can cause health effects, staff at SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood use all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe while restoring your home in Weho, Spaulding Square, or Bel Air. Just reach out to us at (310) 572-6132 as soon as possible after a food so we can help.  

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Kitchen Fire Damage In Your Bel Air Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Damage In Your Bel Air Home Distracted cooking is a huge problem which causes many kitchen fires in Bel Air.

Kitchen Fire Damage

Distracted cooking is a huge problem which causes many kitchen fires in Bel Air. Whether your doorbell rings or a child needs your help, you can easily walk away and forget that you left something on the stove. It does not take long for a fire to start, or for it to spread. Making sure you take precautions like having fresh batteries in your smoke detectors, staying in the kitchen while cooking, not cooking while you are tired and setting cooking timers are all good things to help you stay safe.

A kitchen fire, even if small and put out fairly quickly, can leave behind a lot of fire damage plus smoke damage. You need to get it cleaned up as fast as possible, so your Bel Air home does not sustain additional damage. Our SERVPRO staff can help you clean everything up and make any needed repairs so you can get back to your regular way of life.

Not all soot and smoke residues are the same. Some are easier to clean than others. The four types that are most often seen are wet smoke, dry smoke, fuel oil, and protein smoke residues. The kind of materials that burned affects the aerosols and smoke particles made by the fire. Natural materials like cork, wood, natural fibers, and paper produce dry smoke. Synthetic materials like foam rubber, plastics, and other polymers produce wet smoke.

Kitchen fires usually involve burning poultry, meat, or fish. These materials leave protein residues when burned, which could be amber or yellow, or practically invisible, causing just a slight discoloration of cabinet surfaces and painted walls. SERVPRO techs understand that protein smoke odors are very pungent, so odor removal is the most significant problem in these kinds of fires. The odors in protein fires cannot be controlled without us thoroughly cleaning every surface that is contaminated with greasy protein residue. Sometimes, the whole home can need cleaning even though residue concentrations are not apparent.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood are the ones to call to clean your home in Weho, Spaulding Square, or Melrose District after a kitchen fire. We make sure to thoroughly clean all the soot and smoke residues so your home can be like it was before the fire when you give us a call at (310) 572-6132.

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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.

Temperature
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.

Moisture
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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When Your Belongings Suffer Mold Damage In Your West Hollywood Apartment

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damaged Belongings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remediation Of Long-Term Water Damage In West Hollywood

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Where You Might Least Expect It - West Hollywood

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Removing Mold Damage From Your Bel Air Property

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage Removal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

Fire-Resistant Materials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Handling Water Damage Issues in Bel Air

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Restoration Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Restoration After a Storm in Bel Air

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage after a Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mold Damage In Your Bel Air Home

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Your Bel Air Home The truth is that mold can expand and grow with even a tiny amount of moisture.

Mold Damage

Most residents do not associate mold with homes in our area. The weather is too perfect and maybe even too hot and dry. The truth is that mold can expand and grow with even a tiny amount of moisture.

At SERVPRO, we understand that mold damage can happen in Bel Air as easily as it can elsewhere. Spores need just a thin layer of moisture to begin growing a colony that can spread across an entire home. To stop the growth, clean the affected area, and remove the spores, we have developed a procedure which works for any amount of mold, no matter where we find it.

Our first action is to establish containment. Technicians set-up plastic sheeting across doors, windows, and other entry points to seal off affected areas from the rest of the home. They also block all air vents to prevent duct contamination or, if we found mold, prevent it from reaching unaffected areas. Finally, they put air movers and fans in place to force loose spores from the air and out of the home.

Next, we remove the contamination. How we accomplish this depends on the material contaminated. Structural property like drywall is porous, and mold can grow into it. It makes the material very difficult to clean, and in most cases, it is cheaper to remove the entire section and replace it. Glass and metal surfaces (bathrooms and kitchens) are resistant to mold penetration. Spores stay on the surface and technicians clean them using a variety of wet and dry techniques with cleaning cloths and anti-bacterial cleaners. If the growth is very thick, we use commercial-grade vacuums with HEPA filters to remove all loose mold and then begin cleaning. All spores removed with the cloths or the HEPA filters are double-bagged and disposed of outside the home per EPA and State regulations.

Next, we give any remaining spores time to settle. Any motion in the contaminated area can stir up mold, and by waiting, we increase the number of spores we can capture out of the air and wipe off surfaces. We repeat this step until our testing devices show that the air content is back to normal levels.

Our final task is to lower the air moisture level and dry material in the contaminated area. We use dehumidifiers to accomplish this by drawing up to 20 gallons of water from the surrounding air each day. If needed, we also deploy space heaters to raise the temperature and speed up the process. This last part is essential to prevent a return of mold growth. If we do not, our other actions are a short-term fix at best.

Removing mold and restoring your home afterward is a task we have decades of experience with here in Southern California. For SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, this is not just a job; it means helping our neighbors return to their homes and get their lives back to normal. If you need us, call today at (310) 572-6132.

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Firefighters, Restoration Technicians, and Your West Hollywood Home

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Firefighters, Restoration Technicians, and Your West Hollywood Home When the Firefighters Leave, then Call SERVPRO for West Hollywood Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire Damage Cleanup, Restoration, and Repair--Call SERVPRO

Regardless of where you live and the age or condition of your home, fire can occur anywhere, for quite a few reasons. As a homeowner, you may already realize a variety of problems that exist and make every effort to avoid them.
 
However, fires that occur in your West Hollywood home can lead to fire damage, as well as water and mold damage, if given an opportunity to develop. Water used to douse your fire seeps into various cracks and crevices, causing additional problems. Mold alone can have a severe impact on how habitable your home remains after an event occurs. Hopefully, you can already see how one directly impacts the other.  
 
A firefighter taking too long to get to a family member, because they are too worried about damaging your furniture or a portion of your home is outrageous. We appreciate the purpose they serve and the work that they do. However, after they finish, the water and tactics used to save your family often lead to repairs to your home, which is what SERVPRO was created to address.
 
Turning to an expert restoration company that has years of experience dealing with a variety of situations can help restore your home better and faster than traditional repair companies. You can easily return your home to a quality condition that both you and your family can enjoy.
 
SERVPRO quickly answers your call for assistance after an emergency occurs. Our IICRC certified technicians help remove fire, water, and mold from your home restoring personal belongings, furniture, and household stability. We help you protect your investment when everyone else considers it a loss.  
 
Your local SERVPRO office responds 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with technicians who have the experience, equipment, and understanding to help you move forward. Your restoration team works in close cooperation with both you and your insurance company, providing you with services you can count on to restore your home.
 
Give SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood an opportunity to provide you with the outstanding home restoration services you deserve. (310) 572-6132

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Protect Your Bel Air Home Against Water Damage Caused By Seepage

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Bel Air Home Against Water Damage Caused By Seepage Foundation cracks need to be sealed in order to prevent water from entering the home. Contact SERVPRO to have an assessment of your house done.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage and Always Look Out for Ways a Homeowner can Prevent Water from Entering the Home

There are a variety of things you should learn about water damage to help protect your investment and ensure that you have the proper insurance coverage for problems that exist in your area.
 
Water damage caused by seepage or groundwater in Bel Air is real. Having your home inspected by a qualified restoration company can provide you with protection against this problem, and even get you the help you need during a disaster.
 
Having the cracks in your driveway and foundation repaired, installing a backflow valve, sump pump, or additional drainage all help prevent water seepage. The cracks in your foundation give water a more efficient way of entering your home, leading to significant damage that affects the structural integrity of your home.  
 
SERVPRO technicians can inspect your entire home for problems, make sure that everything is working as intended and save you from experiencing tragic losses. Something as simple as the gutters on your roof protects your home from having thousands of liters of water enter during months with excessive rainfall.  
 
You need to ensure that your gutters are clean, removing leaves and other debris that prevent excess water from getting to a safe location. SERVPRO technicians can inspect your gutter system for leaks, perform any necessary repairs, and protect your home.
 
SERVPRO also performs grading services that prevent rainwater or other water issues from flowing into your home. Over time, soil erosion changes the ground around your house, making it entirely possible for rain, melting snow, ground water, or other issues to gain entrance. Even a small change in grading on your property is enough to cause major problems.
 
With the installation of a backflow valve, should a sewage backup happen, a flap in the valve prevents water from backing up into your home. You have seen pictures of toilets, sinks, and even appliances overflowing, causing significant damage. Well, a backflow valve and sump pump are key performers for preventing this type of harm.
 
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood looks forward to providing you with answers for water damage issues on your property, call today. (310) 572-6132

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