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Property Loss from Natural Events or Human Error? In Bel Air Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Bel Air Problems with Water, Mold, Fire, or Earthquakes? SERVPRO Can Help with Property Restoration Services

Reasons Bel Air Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Restoration Services After Water, Mold, Fire or Storm Damage

Many types of damage can happen in Bel Air homes requiring restoration services. Water damage resulting from broken pipes or supply line failures are among the most common reasons, along with damage from storms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, homeowners average five residential fires during their lifetimes.  

When SERVPRO gets the calls to help a Bel Air resident mitigate water damage, we know it is vital to be on site as quickly as possible. No matter if the problem stems from a seal on a pipe breaking, hot water tank fail or appliance failure, we know the longer the home structure and contents have exposure to excessive moisture, the more damage happens.  

Our team members are Water Damage Restoration Technicians and have access to a broad range of equipment to perform professional water extraction. Two frequently used pieces of equipment are our portable pumps which work well in both large and small spaces, and the Rover are ride-on machines that use the weight of the technicians to push water out of carpeting and padding. Using the knowledge gained as certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT), on a case-by-case basis, our employees save carpeting from water loss and restore it using our proprietary methods, including specialized drying techniques.  
Subflooring, wall cavities, and floor joists present unique problems for water removal and drying. When water wicks into sheetrock, we use our moisture detection equipment to determine how far into the building material it is. Then, using a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts," we cut roughly six-inches above the waterline and remove the damaged sheetrock. This action allows for adequate airflow within wall cavities.  

When drying subflooring and floor joists, we frequently use drying mats which are flat mats with numerous hoses to direct air within difficult-to-reach spaces. Once dry, we turn our attention to creating a sanitary residence for the residents. Our technicians use our professional-grade solutions to disinfect all surfaces, which also inhibits the growth of mold and leaves the premises fresh and clean.

Like all home disasters, we approach Bel Air fire damage cleanup with both compassion and professionalism. We know dealing with the need for restoration as well as filing insurance claims may feel overwhelming. That is why when SERVPRO works on a site, we communicate with both the adjuster and the property owner to ensure everyone is on the same page from start to finish of mitigation.

SERVPRO team members go through extensive training to become certified as Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) They learn the best practices to limit fire loss for homeowners. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace, and we have the equipment and expertise to make that a reality in many cases.  

Standard fire cleanup actions include:

    Removal of charred building materials through controlled   demolition

    Use of dry cleaning and wet sponges to get rid of smoke residue and soot

    Containment in fire-affected rooms to limit the spread of soot

    Thorough cleaning of the HVAC ductwork when needed to remove soot

    Packout of undamaged possessions to secure storage at our facility or a secure on-site storage pod

Smoke odor is a significant obstacle after even a small fire in a home. Soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see with the potential to cause strong odors. SERVPRO team members undergo intense training to learn methods of removal for all types of smoke odors. Some frequently used types of odor control include time-release gel pellets to cover light smoke odors to equipment such as thermal fogging delivers a solvent heated as a fog that penetrates porous objects and stops odors from deeply embedded soot particles. Hydroxyl generators are highly useful as they utilize UV light rays to neutralize soot particles at the molecular level eradicating odors.

It is difficult to find out your Bel Air home needs mold remediation. Once discovered, it is vital to bring in professional help as mold colonies spread, and a small mold problem becomes a big one fast.

Mold damage can occur as a result of excessive moisture or ventilation problems such as an exhaust fan that poorly ports away humidity during steamy showers and the moisture gets trapped in an attic, over time if the temperatures are right and there are organic substances to consume such as wood beams or sheetrock. Any of these occurrences should be professionally mitigated to ensure secondary damages are not an issue in the future. SERVPRO team members undergo extensive training to become certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. We know the most common areas that have mold growth and the signs to find hidden colonies behind walls, in attics or under flooring.  

Though rarely needed, we use the services of an industrial hygienist to test the air quality and determine the type of mold spores present. This extreme inspection may be necessary for commercial type sterile remediations like hospitals or surgery centers. Containment is vital during mold remediation such as heavy plastic over doorways and vents in the affected rooms to stop spores from spreading the ductwork. Another common technique for containment uses negative air chambers to port away captured spores.  

While 100% of mold removal is not possible inside or outside of homes, as spores occur naturally, part of our mitigation profession involves eliminating favorable conditions for growth. After our technicians dry the excess moisture and bring down indoor humidity levels below 45%, we take measures to ensure the issue does not return and identify the root cause of the problem along with solutions. We perform the removal of dried colonies with hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to capture minute particles. SERVPRO techs often turn to soda blasting as a preferred method of abatement for stubborn, stuck-on colonies.  

Storm damage occurs in Bel Air homes in numerous ways. While sunny days occur frequently, intense storms in this region bring problems ranging from rainwater in attics from leaky a roof to flash flooding caused by the inability of the drought-hardened ground to absorb water efficiently.  

When groundwater enters a home, although in many cases it dissipates quickly, the debris, mud or contaminants brings devastation to a home. Because groundwater carries a class three biohazard rating, SERVPRO advises homeowners to not come in contact with the water until we can have it tested to determine what contaminants it contains. It this is groundwater that has flooded the property, then the assumption is always of a Black Water contamination problem. Our technicians wear full-body protective gear during remediation of flood damage.

Before we arrive on-site for flood water cleanup, one action homeowners can take to limit loss is to remove items from the area of the water intrusion if there is no danger of coming into direct contact with the water. In this way, they can get things out of harm's way.  

In cases of deep water in a home, we have submersible pumps to extract the water quickly. Our standard portable pumps with weighted extraction wands push water out of dense, saturated carpeting so it can be cut and disposed of without danger of injury. To dry the premises after flood water removal, our technicians use the science of psychrometrics to set up air movers to not only dry the property but also pull embedded moisture to the surface where the dehumidification equipment then removes it.  

Why SERVPRO? When a disaster occurs in a Bel Air home, professional restoration services are a must-have. DIY methods may clean surface issues, but it takes both training and experience to restore a property to its preloss condition. Our technicians have extensive training in the restoration sciences as suggested through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) guidelines, primarily regarded as teaching the highest level of quality methods and best practices.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood serves the local area providing home restoration services for water, fire, storm damage, or mold remediation needs. Call (310) 572-6132, and we can be on-site quickly and make your home loss of any size "Like it never even happened."

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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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 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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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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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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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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