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We Arrive Quickly To Your West Hollywood Home After A Fire

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the necessary equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home right away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (310) 572-6132 can we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is Carpeting Salvageable After Commercial Water Damage in West Hollywood?

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Often carpet padding has to be replaced after water damage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tailors the drying process to your home's needs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storms with high winds can also cause flying debris, which can break windows.

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

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

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

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

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

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Let Us Put The Flames Of Worry Out After Your West Hollywood Fire

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke from a fire can penetrate into your belongings. Once the fire is put out call us right away to prevent further damage. We are here for you 24/7.

Fire Damage Crews From West Hollywood Discuss Potential Dilemmas After The Blaze

Fires are a reality, and they can happen to anyone one in West Hollywood when they least expect it. One minute you can just be cooking dinner like every other night and then the next you could be calling in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Nobody ever plans on having something burn on their property, but it occurs more often than you may think. It may be surprising but, the statistics show that firemen in the country respond to a home fire about every one and a half minutes. This being known, it is wise to be prepared to handle a fire damage situation.

The number one cause of structural burns is that they start due to cooking inside your home. Therefore, one minute you could be preparing your dinner, and then the next you find yourself dealing with a fire damage situation in West Hollywood. There are over 350,000 house blazes in the U.S. every year, and they cause over $6 billion in property issues. When your dwelling sets ablaze, many different problems with your contents and building materials are likely to occur. Heat, flames, smoke, and possibly the water used to extinguish the inferno can create different types of complications to the components that make up the structure of your residence.

When things get torched inside a building, there are three main types of dilemmas that can occur. The first one is the heat that gets produced once a fire breaks out can burn and destroy your building materials and contents. Next, partially combusted particles, better known as smoke, get released into the air and can cause surfaces in your structure to get coated with soot residues. The third problem our SERVPRO technicians work to mitigate when arriving at your residence after the flames flare up and get put out, is the presence of unpleasant aromas as a result of fire damage.

Smoke can penetrate deep into items inside your home causing them to hold onto malodor particles. If you ever suffer from an inferno igniting anywhere on your property, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 seven days a week.

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Protect Your Bel Air Home Against Water Damage Caused By Seepage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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 in Bel Air caused by seepage or groundwater 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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SERVPRO Provides Cleanup Services In Your Bel Air Home

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our trained technicians are available 24/7 to help with your water damage restoration. We have the right equipment for any job big or small.

Signs of Failing Gutters and Water Cleanup Services for Your Bel Air Home

Keeping your gutters on your Bel Air home clean and free of debris might seem like a menial task, but not doing so can create significant issues for your structure. From roof leaks to problems with the foundation, clogged gutters can lead to costly repairs if they are left untreated.

If you are seeing signs such as shingles with curled up ends, missing shingles, gutters which are pulling away from your home in Bel Air, or mold or excessive staining, these are clear warning signs that your gutters are failing. When they have created water damage to your Bel Air home, you need water cleanup services from a professional remediation company. SERVPRO can take a look at your home to see where the damage is and how extensive it is, plus clean it up and restore your home.

Cracks in your gutters lead to water leakage and water damage to your home. If you do not deal with it right away, this leads to larger cracks. In this instance, water staining and even mold can be seen on your interior walls, which might be your first indication there is a problem. SERVPRO techs have moisture meters we use to find any hidden moisture inside your walls or ceilings so we can find all water damage and find where the leak is originating. If mold is present as well, we use antimicrobial cleaners to remove it thoroughly.

Peeling or flaking paint or watermarks located right below your gutters and near the base of your home are a huge indicator that your gutters are failing and leaking water. If this has been going on long enough and you have water seepage into your home, we need to dry out any walls and flooring that were affected. We have industrial fans and dehumidifiers which can speed up the drying process and remove excess water from the air. These machines are monitored daily and rotated around the affected area to ensure the fastest drying time and avoid additional damage.

SERVPRO of Bel Air/West Hollywood wastes no time getting to your home in Spaulding Square, Weho, or Central Hollywood when you reach out to us for help. Water damage from your gutters can escalate quickly, so call us at (310) 572-6132 as soon as you find the problem, and we can have your home restored in no time.

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The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in West Hollywood

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your restaurant does not have to mean closing your doors. Contact SERVPRO right away to come out and assess the situation.

Mold Damage Restoration in Your West Hollywood Restaurant

Finding mold growing in your West Hollywood restaurant is not the kind of discovery you want to make. Because mold can cause health effects, this means that the health of you, your employees and your customers can be affected. Therefore, getting the mold infestation cleaned up right away is essential to keep your business running smoothly.

When you need commercial mold damage restoration in your West Hollywood business, you only want to trust a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. All our staff is trained and equipped to handle the issue in your restaurant efficiently and quickly. We understand that disrupting your normal daily operations means lost money for you and may even be able to do the work while the restaurant is usually closed.

SERVPRO technicians first need to identify the source of the moisture which created the mold and dry the area entirely with industrial equipment and specialized tools. Fans and dehumidifiers can be used to speed up this process. We then seal off the affected area with plastic sheeting to stop mold spores from spreading to clean areas of your restaurant.

We use air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to clean the air of any mold spores which are airborne and stop the unintended transfer of the contamination. HEPA filters are specially designed to capture tiny particles like mold spores. Regular filters do not work and can make the problem worse.

The area is then totally sanitized with antimicrobial chemicals and industrial-strength disinfectants. While we clean, we run the HEPA air scrubbers and air exchangers so the moldy air can be replaced with fresh, clean air.

If there are any porous building materials like wood or drywall that cannot be salvaged and sanitized, we dispose of them and replace them. The industry standard of removing any drywall that is two feet from any appearance of mold is strictly followed.

The HEPA air scrubbers are used again for another 24 hours to ensure all the air is free of any remaining mold spores. The whole area is treated and sealed with antimicrobial chemicals to stop any future mold from growing.

SERVPRO of Bel Air/West Hollywood wants to help you clean the mold from your business in Spaulding Square, Weho, or Melrose District so you can get back to business as usual as soon as possible. As soon as you think you have an issue with mold, give us a call at (310) 572-6132 so we can help.

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Rainstorms, Compromised Window Seals, Wet Walls? SERVPRO Can Help West Hollywood Home Owners with Rapid Cleanup

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage from Roof, Foundation, and Window Leaks? West Hollywood Property Owners Call on SERVPRO for Water Loss Mitigation

West Hollywood's Flood Damage Technicians Talk about Problems with Leaky Window Seals 

The rain in West Hollywood can sometimes get intense and come down very hard. These vicious thunderstorms can cause water to leak into your home from weak spots in the structure requiring you to get a hold of a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Common ways water and moisture can enter a building after a rainstorm include, seeping in from a leaky roof or from apertures that are built into the structure like doors or windows. The seals of your doors and windows can wear over time and lose their ability to keep out moisture. If water gains entry into your house, flood damage can result.

In some cases, windows that are set high up in your entranceway or living room area can be a place where moisture enters. When the window is set high up, the water will follow gravity and cause flood damage in your West Hollywoodhome as it makes its way to your floor. Any moisture that made its way in could get behind your drywall and into your wall' cavity. Once this occurs, your wooden studs and the paper on the back of your drywall are both at risk for mold contamination. If organic materials like these stay wet for more than 48 hours, mold can form inside these voids.

Water coming from the top of your house down can create many issues with your window frame, drywall, and other structural components. If the drywall got saturated, then our SERVPROtechnicians might have to remove it around your leaking window. In some situations, we can use injection drying methods to pump air into your wall cavities so that it dries out the back of your drywall and wooden studs. If other materials get wet and the relative humidity level inside your house is high, then we set up air movers and dehumidifier to rapid dry out your contents and building materials.

If you ever notice a leak in your window after a heavy rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132. We are available 24 hours a day.

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SERVPRO Uses State-of-the-Art Equipment to Remediate Flood Damage in Hollywood

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can bring flooding to Southern California. Call SERVPRO when unexpected water invades your home.

How SERVPRO Deals with Flood Damage in West Hollywood Using Advanced Equipment

Surging storm waters can reach different parts of your Hollywood property leaving contaminated groundwater, which needs immediate extraction. Taking too long before extracting creates different problems including creating an opportunity for microbial proliferation or structural deterioration. Calling a professional restoration helps fast track the process because of the use of sophisticated equipment to extract water and perform other restorative actions.  

The equipment chosen for extraction can determine the speed of restoring flood damage in West Hollywood. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on our high-capacity truck mounted water extractors, which typically have a 185.71 to 198.98 vacuum lift capacity, which is sufficient in most cases. In cases where the standing water level exceeds two inches in depth, we opt for submersible pumps, to increase efficiency.

Proper disposal of the wastewater removed is essential. Floodwaters contain a cocktail of contaminants, which if not disposed of properly can lead to other problems. The best disposal is through treated sewage systems so if a home has a septic system, an alternative disposal solution is necessary. The water extractors used by our SERVPRO technicians have storage tanks that help in the transfer of the wastewater removed. Some truck-mounted water extractors can hold over 100 gallons. In cases involving disposal of high volumes of water, we liaise with septic tank companies.  

Dealing with the contaminants left after the floodwaters recede, can be overwhelming. Floodwaters in most cases leave silt, mud, raw sewage and other debris in the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use pressure washers for fast cleanup of wet soiling from the affected areas. We also use regular tools such as shovels and rakes to remove silt and other similar debris. We understand the need to contain the spread of contamination after such incidents. Our technicians use various spraying equipment to deliver EPA-registered disinfectants directly to all affected areas.  

Recovery after a flooding incident is easier when using the right resources. Call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Some Mistakes in West Hollywood Fire Damage Prevention That You Should Avoid

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Toasters are a common point of origin for a fire. Keep an eye out while using your appliances and contact SERVPRO if your kitchen has fire damages.

Neglecting to Clean Out Your Toaster Can Cause Fire Damage in Your West Hollywood Home 

Most appliances need to be cleaned regularly, and some of them can cause fire damage if they are neglected. Usually, this is caused by bits of byproduct being left behind that can catch fire relatively quickly. When it comes to the toaster in your kitchen, crumbs that fall from the bread dry out and become the perfect kindling for a fire as they gather at the bottom of the device. Failing to clean it regularly can cause damage that may end up costing you in the long run.
Putting bread in your toaster and then going to do something while it does its job is a fairly standard way to begin your morning, but it can quickly turn into a disaster when the toaster causes fire damage in your West Hollywood kitchen. Upon detecting the smoke coming from your kitchen, you swiftly returned and used your fire extinguisher to put the small blaze out. The toaster had spread the across your countertop, impacting your cereal boxes, bread, and the plastic containers with flour and sugar inside of them. You may have put out the fire, but that is not the end of the damage, and it is essential at this point to get professional help to your home as soon as possible.
Here at SERVPRO, we always strive to travel to your home swiftly after being contacted by you. Fire damages can be overwhelming for you, as a homeowner, and we understand that they are extremely time sensitive, so we always try to arrive as quickly as possible. From the moment the fire is put out, the soot in your kitchen can begin to cause discoloration and adhere itself to whatever surface it landed on. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs can promptly do an investigation and then apply their expertise to the situation so that they may pick an appropriate method of remediation.
After throwing out the ruined toaster, cereals, and staple containers, SERVPRO can focus on removing the molten sugar from your countertop and the soot stains around it. Because of the sugar, our technicians can choose a chemical method of remediation, using a solution that eats away at the grease, soot, and sugar left behind. Fires can leave behind a foul smell in addition to soot and SERVPRO can use equipment such as thermal foggers to attack the scent on a particle level, neutralizing the scent and leaving your home fire-reminder free.
If a fire breaks out in your home and it suffers damage, never wait. Phone SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood by calling (310) 572-6132. Day or night, our techs are always ready to come to your home and help.
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SERVPRO Will Destroy Mold In Your West Hollywood Home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Only the experts know how to get rid of mold once and for all call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO - Mold Remediation In West Hollywood

Any homeowner or resident in West Hollywood can find mold in their house, condo, or apartment. Except for surgery units and special, industrial areas, every home and business in our community has mold. Usually, they are inert and harmless, but with enough moisture, they can expand and grow into a problem that can compromise structures and cause negative health effects in some people.
West Hollywood citizens need mold remediation. SERVPRO special teams train to return each dwelling and its contents to their original, pre-mold condition. Our office keeps an extensive inventory of cleaning and disinfecting agents, and equipment to help every customer get their home, and life, back to normal.
Two of the anti-fungal cleaners we use in most homes are commercial grade disinfectants and sterilants. The disinfectants kill almost 98 percent of mold spores, as well as a host of other contaminants found in apartments, condos, and other residences. Among the types our team members use are chlorine, cleaning alcohols, formaldehyde, and phenols.
The sterilants SERVPRO technicians use are the strongest chemical agents in our inventory. They destroy every micro-organism on contact, so our teams use them sparingly, and only while wearing protective gear. Despite their strength, sterilants do not pit surfaces, making them ideal for porcelain sinks and faucets in bathrooms and kitchens.
One of the more difficult items to restore after a mold infestation is upholstered furniture. The spores can penetrate through the fabric and into the padding and wood underneath. Technicians use a shampoo combined with one of our anti-fungal agents to deep clean and destroy mold spores. After they allow the item time to dry, team members use vacuums that contain HEPA filters to remove them. These filters are designed to catch and trap mold spores, eliminating the threat of a recurrence.
Not every residence in our area has a mold problem, but SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood understands that each home can develop one. If you can see mold growing along the ceiling in your bathroom, or detect that unique, musty odor in the laundry room, call us at (310) 572-6132 today to schedule an inspection. We are here for you.

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How SERVPRO Can Help Turn Your Water Back on in West Hollywood

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Close-up of water leaking from a sink pipe in a home.

Restoring Service Can Hurt Water Lines in West Hollywood Homes

While many people consider their water service getting shut off as a significant inconvenience, sometimes this process is necessary to install new hardware in your West Hollywood home or to repair a damaged component of the plumbing system. The trouble with removing the water from the pipes moving through your residence is that this space now gets filled with air instead. While many experienced plumbers know to bleed out this air when refilling the lines when the job is complete, human errors happen more readily than you might think. 

To understand how air in your lines can ultimately cause water damage to your West Hollywood home, you have to imagine that this air has filled up the pipes in your home entirely. Filling it with water, causes the two to have to share the same space and pressure builds within the line at the highest points in the house. Water forces the air to the peak of the lines, and without relief to the growing pressure by turning on a faucet or fixture, can cause a separation at a weak joint. 

Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to not only identify the source of the break when we first arrive through our leak detection equipment, but we can work to mitigate your loss from the flowing water throughout this affected area of the property.  Our licensed contractors on staff can reconstruct the damaged line with new components as our other technicians set out to remove contents from the wet areas and set up equipment for efficient drying. 

Once the water is ready to get turned back on to the house after we have repaired the plumbing and mitigated the situation, we can bleed the pressure from the line as we resupply the pipes to prevent a recurrence.

Human errors and mishaps can account for many of the water damage disasters that our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood rapid response team works to resolve. You can count on our team to be there any time you need us with the tools and expertise to make a difference quickly. Give us a call today at (310) 572-6132.

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Is Mold Germinating Your Hollywood Residence?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Once mold starts growing, it easily spreads and can get out of control. Call SERVPRO when you suspect mold.

West Hollywood's Mold Remediation Experts Talk About Equipment Used During Mitigation

Whenever moisture enters the inside of a structure in West Hollywood, it can cause serious contamination issues if any organic materials stay wet for more than 48 hours. Once fungi forms inside your house, they could start causing health effects making mold remediation by a professional company such as SERVPRO essential. Once microbes activate by moisture contact, they start forming structures called hyphae. The hyphae grow root-like anchors that sink deep into the materials causing the structures to stick to surfaces. The formations then start releasing spores into the air to create larger colonies until professional mold remediation gets conducted.  

Once you find contamination inside your home, it is wise to call in the professionals at SERVPRO. Our West Hollywood mold remediation team can arrive at your residence quickly at any hour of the day. Once fungal problems exist they can get worse if not mitigated. A fungus can release spores that get into the air and contaminate the airflow inside your building. These spores can then float throughout your house and can affect other areas far away from the fungi's initial source.  

Once our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we inspect your property and determine the extent and severity of the damage. Once we figure out how big the mold colonies have grown and we find all of the places that are affected, we devise a plan to treat the contamination and reduce the chances of future issues. Our technicians have many industrially advanced tools at their disposal that can help with treating contamination and reducing potential air quality problems. To eliminate spores from the air, we can use air scrubbers that pull contaminated air through a HEPA filter that traps even the smallest particles. We also often use vacuums equipped with HEPA filters to remove dust and debris created during the restoration process.  

If the contamination is severe, we sometimes use sanders or soda blasters to scrape the mold off of the contaminated surfaces. If ever you should notice the presence of black mold inside your home, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.  

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If Your West Hollywood Business Has A Flood Damage Issue, You Need Our Experts To Help!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, torrential rain storms do not wait for an invitation, passing over the landscape with a vengeance.

SERVPRO To The Rescue When West Hollywood Businesses Suffer Flood Damage

Flooding after West Hollywood storms is a challenge local businesses would rather avoid. Unfortunately, torrential rain storms do not wait for an invitation, passing over the landscape with a vengeance. Any commercial property in their path risks severe damage if the flood waters invade. Mitigation of commercial flooding is not a job for your in-house or contracted cleaning crews. You need a flood damage specialist. We can help.

Unfortunate circumstances that can complicate commercial flood damage remediation in West Hollywood are that heavy rain now flows over landscapes scoured by wildfires. Added to large quantities of water is the possibility of landslides, mud, and silt contamination. Since floodwaters always expose a property to potential chemical and pathogen hazards, the addition of rapid erosion makes a bad situation even tougher to manage.

Our flood remediation crews are well-seasoned, ready for even large commercial flooding scenarios. Our signature green service vehicles stock the pumping and extracting equipment needed. If necessary, we can scale up efforts within the SERVPRO national network. Coping with the additional “heavy lifting” of mud and other debris washed down along with the rainwater requires the skills and training of our IICRC certified technicians.

Expect a thoroughly professional and speedy response from our SERVPRO crew. An experienced project manager assesses the scene and sets the crew members in motion as soon as practicable after arrival. If areas of your business are unaffected by the floodwaters, we try to create zones for our work areas so that you can continue to reach out to clients and customers. This is crucial in maintaining their confidence that you can weather the storm.

Containment of the contaminated floodwaters and debris is where the decades of SERVPRO disaster response and success set us apart. We are familiar with the local requirements to keep all safe when extracting and disposing of floodwaters. As you move forward on your business side post-flood, you can rely on our team checking all the boxes to keep you in compliance with all applicable codes during commercial flood water cleanup.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood is the partner needed when you face the stress and hard work of recovery from commercial storm flooding. Our office accepts calls 24/7 every day of the year at (310) 572-6132.

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SERVPRO is the Trusted Choice for Mold Removal in Hollywood

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Many times, more mold is hidden below the visible mold. Inspect your home regularly for signs of mold.

Why SERVPRO Is A Trusted Mold Damage Remediation In West Hollywood

Although finding evidence of mold in your West Hollywood home is concerning, there is no need to panic. Early recognition of a mold infestation is the best scenario, but the reality is that mold can hide behind walls and above ceilings. You need a mold remediation company that can adapt its treatment as needed and that uses advanced technology to keep debris from spreading during removal. We offer that flexibility. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the protocols we use when remediating mold damage in your West Hollywood home. Locating the extent of the mold growth is step one. Although mold testing is a possibility, often the distinctive musty scent and visual verification of staining or the glimpses of feathery or leather mold growth is enough to pinpoint the problem areas. 

Containment is the next challenge. Our crew has both physical barriers made of plastic sheeting and negative pressure air scrubber configurations as options. Sealing in the mold residues during the cleaning is the key to preventing mold spores and particles from drifting into other living spaces. The use of innovative equipment like the air scrubber offers an extra level of protection, and our team also don personal protective equipment during the cleaning. The deliberate use of practical containment techniques is why SERVPRO is a trusted remediation company. 

Removal is a mechanical process, our employees using scrapers and brushes to loosen the mold growth before bagging the debris for disposal. SERVPRO crews scrub non-porous surfaces with good effect, returning them to function. Porous surfaces are not all lost as we also employ the gentle abrasion of soda blasting to remove the hyphae or “roots” from objects infected below the surface. 

After the removal of the mold, SERVPRO remediators clear away any residual mold particles with HEPA filtered vacuums. We apply EPA registered antimicrobials to the surfaces to inhibit regrowth. 

Eliminating the moisture source must be done to complete the mold remediation process. Why SERVPRO technicians are a good fit as remediators are their ability to sleuth out where the water invades and migrates. The moisture might be from a leak, spill, or even excessive humidity. We help determine the problem and arrange for repair. Mold reappears quickly if the water returns. 

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood offers discrete yet efficient mold remediation services. If you suspect mold has taken hold, call us immediately at (310) 572-6132 for an evaluation.

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When Stormy Weather Invades Your West Hollywood Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Stormy skies can be beautiful to view but can cause damage to your home.

Flood Damage Experts In West Hollywood Discuss the Possibilities Of Contamination

When stormy weather blows into the West Hollywood area, elements created by the storm can negatively affect your property. When thunderstorms are severe, flood damage can quickly occur at your residence. Storms can bring about torrential downpours and hurricane-speed winds. If something blows into one of your windows or your roof, a hole can get created that can allow moisture to enter your dwelling. As soon as water gets in from the outside, prompt flood damage mitigation by a professional company like SERVPRO becomes a necessity.  

The longer moisture sits inside your home and saturates organic materials, the worse the problems can get. Our SERVPRO technicians always work as fast as they can when mitigating any flood damage situation in West Hollywood so that they can minimize the severity of the issues caused by the poor weather. If items that make up the structure of your house stay wet, they can lose their structural integrity and fall apart. If organic substances inside a building stay wet for more than two days, fungal contamination becomes a possibility.  

Whenever dealing with water coming from the outdoors, our SERVPRO team knows that it is different than dealing with problems created by clean water sources. Rainwater gets either a category two or category three classification depending on if it is just water falling from the sky or if it is muddy, murky water that has built up on the dirt outside. In both types of scenarios, we treat the water as if it contains harmful bacteria and parasites.  

When dealing with these gray or black water situations, many of the materials the water touches must get removed and replaced. In some cases, non-porous materials can be dried out and saved if they get affected by contaminated water. However, the affected materials still always get sanitized and treated with antimicrobial chemicals or, in more severe cases they get sprayed with specialized sealant paint. If you ever suffer damage to your place of residence after a storm, call SERVPRO of Belair / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24/7.

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Wildfires and House Fires in Bel Air--Why Not Call SERVPRO for Cleanup?

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Bel Air Homes and Wildfires!!! SERVPRO Is Always There to Help

The Right Tools for Fire Recovery in Bel Air Homes

Currently, Bel Air homes struggle with the devastating forces of wildfires that responders work desperately to extinguish. With so many houses and commercial properties within the path of this natural disaster, homeowners seek assurances that what has occurred to their homes can get restored and returned to original condition. You need professional restoration that can arrive quickly, and that has the expertise and industry-leading equipment to make a difference fast.  

While some properties saw the worst of the damage that the wildfires could produce, many Bel Air properties are dealing with partial fire damages. In these situations, our responders must focus our efforts on our premier cleaning services and smoke mitigation techniques. To give your home the attention that it needs in a trying time such as this, you need professionals that can arrive when you need them the most.

Just as the wildfire in this area of 1961 caused great destruction, climate conditions have increased the likelihood of more of these fire damaging events to always be a factor. That is WHY SERVPRO is here and ready to help.
Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24 hours a day to offer effective solutions for fire damaged homes and properties affected by this most recent spreading wildfire. Our Green Fleet gets stocked with the products and advanced technology that can control the smoke damage in your home and help to mitigate your losses. We also have the ability as a national organization to envelop the services of nearby franchises to pool resources and personnel to help any customer that needs us.

Recovering from loss within your home, from the current wildfire or otherwise, relies heavily on having the right tools and equipment to do the job as thoroughly as needed. Our SERVPRO technicians have environment cleaning equipment such as our air scrubbers that can pull particulates and debris from the affected areas. We also have multiple deodorization approaches both for on-site odor removal with our thermal fogging or to removed contents of your home at our nearby facility with the ozone chamber.

Regardless of how your property has become affected by the wildfire or any fire for that matter, our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood rapid response team can help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (310) 572-6132.

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How Our Experts Treat Smoke And Fire Damaged Items In Your Bel Air Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Soot can accumulate in tiny grooves and other fine details of your items.

Treatment Of Items Affected By Smoke And Fire Damage In A Bel Air Residence

Items you place around your Bel Air home as decorations and keepsakes become filthy when a fire occurs. Soot can accumulate in tiny grooves and other fine details of your items. SERVPRO can restore these items for you while we perform other mitigation services on your home's structure.

When adequate space exists in your residence, we can perform the work there. Many times, however, space is lacking, so we pack up the items in need of a thorough cleaning. We inventory each item as we place it in the box. Working in teams of two, one wraps the items in paper or another protective wrapping, and the other enters the item on the inventory sheet.

To maintain the accuracy of these inventory sheets, we keep them updated whenever a change occurs. To clean items, we fill bins with a solution designed to cut through the greasy soot and lift it away from the surfaces of your items while keeping the original finish untouched. Tools like brushes and special cloths help us remove the residue quickly and leave everything clean. We use other bins with fresh water where we rinse the items and then place them on racks to begin drying.

When cleaning these items, we complete the boxes we are working on at that time before going on break or leaving. When we finish cleaning them, we air dry them, taking care to keep each box's items together.

Many items, much like the house's interior, require deodorization, even after cleaning. To do this and complete the restoration of a customer's belongings, we place them in a deodorization chamber and fill the area with hydroxyl gas. This gas loses an atom which then bonds with any remaining particles and makes them odorless. It is very safe and highly effective.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has the IICRC-certified technicians needed to restore your home and the contents inside after a fire happens. You can contact us by calling (310) 572-6132, which is answered 24/7, every day of the year. Serving Weho, Central and West Hollywood, as well as Spaulding Square, we are here for you when fire damage turns your life upside down.

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Our Remediation Plan Will Stop Mold From Spreading In Your Central Hollywood Property

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

If a bacterial fungus develops inside your home, the problem may get worse if you do not act fast.

We Can Stop Mold Damage From Spreading Inside Your Central Hollywood Home

If a bacterial fungus develops inside your home, the problem may get worse if you do not act fast. Green, brown or yellow spots on surfaces inside your house indicates that there is an active fungus that must be dealt with by professionals. Calling us immediately to conduct an inspection may help save your property.

After our SERVPRO mold damage technicians arrive at your Central Hollywood home, you can expect them to get right to work. The first step we can take is to contain the affected areas. We take proper precautions to keep fungus from spreading to other sections of your home. Placing plastic sheeting and sealing it with tape helps stop mold from spreading. Plus, we can designate an area inside or outside structure for our crews to clean and sanitize the equipment they use during the cleanup process.

Since mold spores are microscopic, there may be many airborne spores floating around inside your house. Our IICRC certified techs can utilize commercial grade air scrubbers that have HEPA filters to eliminate the spores. Plus, we can use this machine to clean the atmosphere inside the home and get rid of musty mold odors. The crew can also use disinfectants to kill the fungus and anti-fungal sprays to keep mold from growing back inside the home.

After we remove the fungus, our techs can begin to dry the area with air movers or axial fans that push out dampness and pull or drag in dry air from outside the structure. This process helps speed up drying, which can help prevent further damages. Also, we can employ dehumidifiers to bring down moisture levels and to hasten the drying phase, which can stop future mold growth.

When possible, our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood offers mold damage team can restore your home to its pre-mold condition. Contact us at (310) 572-6132. We're here to help 24/7 and strive to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Common issues our technicians face are flooded carpets, wood floors, and drywall panels that begin to absorb water the moment any first touches it.

Remediating Water Damage To Hollywood Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Mold Damage Removal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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