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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 Rainstorms, Compromised Window Seals, Wet Walls? SERVPRO Can Help West Hollywood Home Owners with Rapid Cleanup 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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When Stormy Weather Invades Your West Hollywood Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Stormy Weather Invades Your West Hollywood Home 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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An Expert's Guide To The Risks Of Flood Damage In Your Hollywood Home

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

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

Understanding Black Water For Hollywood Properties At Risk Of Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hollywood Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Extraction Procedures

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Technicians in West Hollywood Discuss Moisture Issues Inside Attics

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians in West Hollywood Discuss Moisture Issues Inside Attics When facing flooding in your attic, it is best to contact SERVPRO right away for effective mitigation services.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Dries Out Flooding in Your Attic

If a severe thunderstorm ever strikes the West Hollywood area, damage to your home is possible. Stormy weather brings about excessive rain and other conditions that make your property at risk. High-speed winds can pick up rocks or cause branches to fall and hit your house. In some cases, items can strike your roof and cause rainwater to leak into your attic.
 
When attics get wet, the natural microbes that exist inside there can cause mold growth to occur. When dealing with flood damage in West Hollywood, prompt removal of any moisture is essential to prevent microbial growth. Attics are areas where there is a lot of exposed wood creating a prime food source for fungi. If a fungus develops inside your attic, there is a chance that microbes can get into your ventilation system and cause problems in other areas of the building.
 
Any time an attic gets affected by excessive moisture, wet insulation can become a problem. Some types of insulation can get matted, and the material's R-value gets reduced. If the insulation is made out of fiberglass, there is a chance that it can be saved by drying. Other types of insulation must be removed and replaced if it got wet.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive at your home, we inspect the attic including testing moisture levels of all the building materials present. We start by removing any wet insulation so that we can determine the overall scope of the project. If there is any standing water sitting on top of your ceiling's drywall, we use extraction equipment to vacuum up all the moisture.
 
After water gets extracted and any wet insulation is removed, our SERVPRO technicians start the rapid drying process. Depending on how much moisture is present inside the attic, a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the area. The air movers create circulation that moves wet air away from the surface of the wooden materials so that more moisture can evaporate from the wood. The dehumidifiers then pull moisture out of the air and dispense it in liquid form.
 
During the drying process, our SERVPRO technicians return to your home every day and test the moisture levels inside the attic. Once moisture levels have dropped to what they were before the storm hit your house, the equipment gets removed, and the job is finalized. If you ever notice excessive moisture inside your attic, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.

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

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

Team SERVPRO is Ready Should Your Home Face Flooding

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

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Safety During Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Hollywood Home

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Can Happen to Your West Hollywood Home

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Protect Your West Hollywood Home from Possible Flood Damage the Right Way

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your West Hollywood Home from Possible Flood Damage the Right Way Severe rainstorms can leave significant damage to your home, call SERVPRO to properly and quickly remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO for Quick and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services

It is more common than you might think for severe rainstorms to cause significant damage to your West Hollywood property. High-winds and massive amounts of water easily penetrate roofing materials, light fixtures, and make their way into lower levels of your home. 

Whether you have experienced flood damage in your West Hollywood area home before or not, you can benefit from having a local restoration expert inspect your property. Our technicians are IICRC certified and provide you with solutions to help protect or restore your home.

Your local SERVPRO has access to a variety of equipment that makes removing a large volume of water as quick and efficient as possible. With experience dealing with events like this in all shapes and sizes, our personnel can have your home water-free, safely returning water levels to normal sooner than you might think possible.

SERVPRO technicians inspect your entire home from top to bottom. Starting with the outside, ensuring that the grading and drainage are adequate for your property. We check your rain gutters, downspouts, and roofing materials for defects. As well as make recommendations that help keep water away from your home. We have several years of experience providing homeowners just like you with the help you need to protect your property. 

SERVPRO checks for immediate hazards and helps you locate hidden dangers. It is our job to help you avoid costly repairs, limiting your losses before tragedy strikes. However, if you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, needing immediate help, our technicians are available 24/7 to assist.

We can take control of existing damage, perform any necessary repairs, and get you on the road to recovery fast. With access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes, advanced drying equipment and professionals trained in cleaning and odor removal methods our cleaning and restoration services help you make the most of a dangerous situation.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has qualified professionals ready to assist. Contact us for additional information or to schedule your home’s restoration, today. (310) 572-6132

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Flood Damage Where You Might Least Expect It - West Hollywood

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage after a Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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