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Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood

3/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood Flooding can cause major damage to your commercial property.

Commercial Flood Damage

Convenience stores and other small businesses have different priorities and concerns than homes after flooding. There is no furniture loss, and the amount of personal property lost is negligible. Commercial property such as refrigerated and freezer cases are the largest replacement costs in this situation.

Whether it is a convenience store or another commercial structure, flood damage costs in Westwood result primarily from two sources. There is the loss of business due to damaged property and how long doors remain closed to the public. SERVPRO has extensive experience in restoring businesses to a pre-flood state and getting their doors open again.

Our first step is to remove the water so that technicians can begin their inspection and restoration work. Our office maintains a series of pumps to remove water from any size building and generators to ensure continuous power. These same generators also provide emergency lighting and temporary power for other services. Items in refrigerator and freezer cases (milk and other perishables) must be disposed of when the power goes out; that is an immediate loss. Our response team removes and disposes of the perishables while also removing items (beer and candy bars) while cleanup is accomplished and then returned to the shelves. If the water has risen high enough to affect the customer areas, technicians also remove sale goods from display racks. They work with the store owner to determine what is recoverable and what is not; we also provide dumpsters for all items that must be thrown out.

Next, we dry out the cases, display racks, and the structure itself. The first step is setting up dehumidifiers to reduce the overall air moisture levels. As these machines work, technicians use extractors to draw out more water from around the property. To speed up drying time, they also install heaters at key points to dry out the compressor motors and electronics to return power to the refrigerator and freezer cases. Other team members wipe down and dry display racks by hand where needed. They also clean and sanitize the cases to allow food to be stocked for sale once more.

Reopening doors to customers after a flood is a long process. Disposing of damaged or ruined property alone can take a day or two if owners rely on their employees. The only safe, quick option is to bring in a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood stands ready to help you reopen those doors. Call us today at (310) 390-7540 to get started.

What Causes Mold Damage in Westwood Village Homes?

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold Damage in Westwood Village Homes? Mold Expands with Humidity in a Westwood Village Property

Westwood Village Properties with Excessive Humidity Can Develop Mold Problems

For a remediation technician, mold is a familiar challenge. It is stubborn, remarkably versatile, and it comes in a huge variety of forms. Ultimately, mold is a natural part of life. Wherever there are warmth and moisture; dormant fungi spores begin to grow. However, this does not mean that it has to be a part of your home.

At SERVPRO, we use cutting edge drying and restoration techniques to control the spread of mold damage in Westwood Village. First, we identify the source of the moisture. Once eliminated, it is hard for spores to survive. Then, we get to work on repairing compromised materials and cleaning walls and other surfaces.

Where Does Mold Originate?
Mold spores are everywhere, invisible to the naked eye. It is also harmless in most situations because it only propagates in particular conditions. For example, it stops being harmless if a leak or flood occurs in the home and the water is not dealt with very quickly. Then, the spores start to feed on organic materials and develop into large mold patches and colonies.

Why Is Mold Such a Big Problem?
The most urgent risk is to your home and possessions, particularly your furniture and structural materials like drywall and floorboards. Mold breaks down wood, wool, and other natural substances. It produces very unpleasant odors, and it severely degrades the quality of the air, so you do not want to be around it.

How Is Mold Remediated?
Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO certified IICRC remediators, have plenty of experience dealing with mold. Even the most severe cases have the potential for restoration and repair. The first stage is to dry out all excess moisture. It is the lengthiest part of the process and can take a week or more, depending on the extent of the damage. Other situations may be rectified within a day or two.

We set up carefully controlled drying chambers in the affected area. Within these ‘zones,’ the humidity is manipulated to create optimal drying conditions. As homeowners tend to feel most comfortable at a relative humidity of 45%, this is usually our goal. It is a safe, acceptable humidity and, once we achieve it, the air starts to feel noticeably drier.

Desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers are the most common form of humidity regulators. They alter the amount of water in the air and, when combined with air scrubbers, they generate a clean and safe atmosphere. Crucially, mold spores cannot propagate when humidity levels are between 30-55%.

If you need a local mold remediation service, SERVPRO of Beverley Hills/Westwood is the ideal choice. We cater to homeowners in the Westwood Village area. Our technicians carry out inspections, dry properties, redecorate damaged rooms, and put a stop to the spread of mold. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

Does Mold Damage in Century City Homes Need to Be Fully or Partially Contained?

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Mold Damage in Century City Homes Need to Be Fully or Partially Contained? Movement dislodges spores and makes it easier for them to travel to unaffected parts of the property.

Does a Mold Infestation Need to Partially or Fully Contained in a Home? 

When dealing with extensive mold, it is common for restoration teams to work within the perimeter of a specialist containment zone. It is an area which is set up to isolate affected materials and prevent mold from spreading around the home. Residents are not allowed within this zone until repairs are complete.

Movement dislodges spores and makes it easier for them to travel to unaffected parts of the property. The SERVPRO team prevents this from happening by making sure that mold damage in Century City properties is always carefully controlled. They wear PPE suits, disinfect before exiting, and use negative air machines to keep compromised air inside.

Keep reading to find out why full and partial containment are different and which option is likely to be used in your home.

Partial Containment

If the mold damaged area is between 10-100 square feet, the containment zone is usually limited. In very large rooms, this often means that the space gets divided across the middle. The technicians delineate the treatment zone, by stapling polyethylene sheets to the floor and ceiling. Alternatively, if this does not provide enough stability, they erect temporary frames for hanging the sheeting.

All doors, risers, chases, and supply and air vents inside the containment zone are sealed. It minimizes the risk of mold contamination for the rest of the building. SERVPRO uses HEPA filtered fan units to maintain negative pressure and ensure that compromised air stays under strict control. Any object that requires removal gets disinfected first.

Full Containment

Full control is appropriate in areas that are larger than 100 square feet. Total containment comes recommended for all properties where there is a considerable risk of accelerated spread. Double layers of polyethylene create a barrier between the moldy area and unaffected parts of the building. Normally, an airlock chamber is set up.

It is the most intensive form of containment, so anything which exits the zone must be thoroughly cleaned or bagged up first. Many of your possessions may need to be sealed in airtight containers and removed to a safe place for further restoration. The aim of containment is to ensure that contaminated items never come into contact with undamaged materials.


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At SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood, we tailor the restoration to the situation. So, your mold remediation plan is unique to your home. Mold is a tricky problem, but with the right procedures, it can be safely disposed of or neutralized. Call us 24/7 on (310) 390-7540.

Surviving Flood Damage In Your Century City Home

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Surviving Flood Damage In Your Century City Home SERVPRO Provides Flood Support for Century City with the ERP

Century City Homes Can Benefit from SERVPRO's ERP Flooding Prep

If a natural disaster struck your home today, would you have the ability to recover? For most homeowners the answer to this question is no; only a small percentage of the property owners in the United States have flood insurance for their homes.

There are a variety of different disasters that can strike your Century City home. However, flood damage is the only type of disaster that can include water, fire, mold, and storm-related issues, contributing to the costs associated with your restoration. Preparing for the unexpected is important.
With the sheer amount of damage possible during a flooding situation that happens on your property, it becomes necessary to prepare yourselves before an incident strikes. Having a technician out to your home from a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, helps you identify potential risks that exist on your property and prepare yourselves correctly.
Sure, natural disasters happen, and when they do, the damage is rather devastating. However, believe it or not, the majority of flooding incidents that SERVPRO technicians respond to have nothing at all to do with natural disasters. We often get calls involving broken water lines or broken appliances that cause extensive flood damage to homes throughout the area.
Consider the possibility of identifying the risks that your home may face and gain the knowledge to anticipate problems that may occur. Put together a preparedness plan to assist with getting you and your family to safety, should a disaster occur, and make initial contact with a company, like SERVPRO, which can provide you with the proper recovery services before you need them. Ask us about our mobile app the ERP, Emergency Ready Profile, that get store contact numbers, inventory of your belongs, shut-off valve locations, and a host of other useful information.
That way, when a disaster finally strikes your property, you have access to a company that can provide you with any of the services you need to tackle different kinds of damage affecting your home. Remember, a quality restoration company offers various services to protect your home and family during a flood and should be willing to help you prepare.
Our technicians respond quickly to your request for help and have access to all of the equipment necessary to perform your restoration quickly and efficiently. Including water extractors designed to remove standing water fast, drying equipment that gets damage under control, as well as cleaning and reconstruction services that return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
Make the call to SERVPRO of Beverly Hills - Westwood for assistance with surviving natural disasters or other events today. (310) 390-7540

Water Damage Affecting Westwood Homes

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Affecting Westwood Homes We often face burst or leaking pipes, as a water damage culprit.

Westwood Residential Homes Being Affected by Water Damage 

When homeowners hear water damage, they most likely think of flooding or roof leaks caused by various types of natural disasters, like wind or rain storms. However, there are many other ways for water to enter and cause damage to your home.

You can take precautionary measures to help reduce or even prevent water damage in your Westwood home. In most cases, homeowner preparation saves time and reduces many of the costs associated with repairs. The quicker you notice problems that exist, and the faster you contact someone for help, the higher the chance is that you limit your home's exposure and prevent losses.

We experience quite a few different kinds of water damage situations in homes just like yours on a daily basis, all of which have SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians performing quality solutions for our customers. Using the services provided by expertly trained, professional restoration technicians gives you several advantages.

We often face burst or leaking pipes, as a water damage culprit. A clogged drain attached to a toilet or garbage disposal causes pressure to build up, creating cracks or breaks in piping that can leak for a long time before being discovered. However, SERVPRO technicians have access to detection equipment to assist in locating and removing these kinds of water problems before they can cause excessive damage.

While SERVPRO also deals with many issues associated with your plumbing system, where hoses and pipe joints become weak and cause damages to your walls or ceiling that are also hard to detect until water has the time to cause enough damage to present visual signs. We have services available to clean, restore and repair the affected area to a quality pre-damage condition.

We have experienced water build-up in crawl spaces, attics or basements, generally caused by broken appliances, or improperly maintained ventilation system issues. Regardless, if not cared for properly, washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration and need proper attention.

Leading us back to natural disasters or weather-related problems that cause flooding and other intrusion situations that you initially thought of when this topic was presented. While these situations do exist, they happen far less frequent than most of the others described above.

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Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills - Westwood today for additional information or professional services for your home. (310) 390-7540.

Mold Can Cause Significant Damage Your Century City Home

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Can Cause Significant Damage Your Century City Home Mold can damage any surface it grows on.

Mold Damage

Even as dry and hot as California can be, mold can still find enough moisture in your home to grow. When it grows, it is likely to cause damage, stains, and a musty odor that is often the first sign that mold is an unwelcome guest. Cleaning it out is your goal, but SERVPRO can help you find it. Mold loves to hide, and this can make it difficult to find. Science and technology have worked together to develop tools that can help us, though, making it easy for us to locate areas where mold is most likely to develop.

Century City residents should understand that mold can create damage in their home anywhere, including outdoor areas. This can include decks with or without pools, although shorter decks are more likely to be affected than taller ones when there is no pool present. This is because they are closer to the ground where moisture, and microbes, particularly mold, can more easily accumulate.

Mold can damage any surface it grows on. It can also cause health effects in some people. This is because mold, as tiny as it is, is an organism with a complicated life cycle. This life cycle causes it to give off spores to reproduce. These spores can contain chemicals that can create those health effects. As mold grows, it spreads rapidly across the surface of whatever it is on. While mold, when it is dry, can be brushed off easily, the hyphae, or roots, penetrates below the surface, staining the area permanently. This is why clothing is so difficult to clean successfully after mold or mildew has been growing on it.

As these hyphae penetrate the surface, it also allows the mold to absorb the cellulose the material contains. Cellulose is actually the smallest building block in materials such as wood. When mold eats away at these, the wood will deteriorate, and become fragile. Rotting can also happen, and quickly does when water is found nearby, such as in a pool or a sprinkler system. The top of your deck may seem dry, but underneath can still be wet, dripping into the ground, and easily accessible to any mold present.

At SERVPRO, we are highly experienced in finding mold growth and remediating it to safe levels. After materials that cannot be cleaned safely enough are removed, we restore everything to pre-mold conditions for you. Nobody wants to have excess mold in their home, or around it, as it can easily be carried in on shoes or even pets' feet. Remediating is the key to preserving the integrity of your home's outdoor areas.

If you believe your deck needs to be examined for mold growth, or any other area of your home, call us. You can always call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540, 24 hours a day, all year. We will discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment that suits your schedule.

SERVPRO's Lineup of Water Removal Tools in Westwood

1/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO's Lineup of Water Removal Tools in Westwood Don't let damage to the walls of your business steer customers away. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

Many Critical Steps are Followed for Proper Water Removal

Nothing spoils the atmosphere of an eatery like water damage, which, if left untreated, can cause warping in materials, create pungent odors, and drive away customers. This water damage can originate from something as seemingly benign as a spilled pot, or as violently apparent as a large flood. Regardless, fast water removal is critical for a business with regular customers, which is why SERVPRO carries a wide array of tools and techniques for removing water of any volume as fast as possible.
Standing Water Extraction
The heaviest commercial water removal from Westwood restaurants comes in the form of standing water extraction. Usually, the result of a heavy flood, standing water is a time-critical factor that can cause damage in massive proportions if not quickly and properly attended to. SERVPRO uses water extractors, a type of motorized pump designed specifically for the task, to remove these volumes of water quickly and efficiently from the building containing them. Depending on the job, we will either use lighter portable extractors to reach into back rooms and provide greater mobility, or heavy truck-mounted pumps for when time is most critical and volumes are the highest.
Soaked Materials
The next tool in our line of water-removing machines is the air mover. Air movers can be thought of as extremely powerful fans, although they are different from fans in that they are designed to move large volumes of air at intense speeds, with a definite direction, instead of simply blowing air in a general area. These are set up in careful arrangement to whisk water droplets away from surfaces and materials in their path, even the deepest and most troublesome soaks.
As a final step to most water removal operations, we bring in heavy dehumidifiers to suck any remaining airborne water out and leave the room dry. Without this step, high levels of humidity can cause long-term damage to the business, especially to sensitive metal kitchen equipment.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a local authority on damage mitigation and restoration, with a thorough lineup of personnel and equipment to deal with any disaster you may have. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

Dealing with Water Damage in Beverly Hills

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing with Water Damage in Beverly Hills Don't let water damage keep you out of your home for long. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

SERVPRO will Follow Procedures to Help Prevent Secondary Damage when Dealing with Water Damage Restoration

When water or flood damage happens, there is a small window of time when remediation is essential to stop larger problems from occurring. If the damage is left partially treated or untreated, mold growth can occur. This can cause long-term problems and be a health danger to you and your family. If steps are taken within the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the damage has happened, it’s possible to avoid problems with mold.

First Steps to Clean up

Once your home has been exposed to water from leaking or flooding, there are a few steps to follow to prevent mold damage. The first thing to do with water damage remediation is to stop the source of the water if possible unless you are dealing with a flood in Beverly Hills. Then the excess water will need to be removed, and our SERVPRO technician will do this with heavy duty fans and vacuums, plus dehumidifiers to assist in removing the moisture from the air.

It may be necessary as well to pull up carpeting or other flooring which were affected by the water. Ceiling tiles, insulation and other surfaces that are porous could need to be removed and replaced as well depending on the damage which has happened. If they are not replaced, they can be the perfect breeding ground for mold since they will keep holding moisture for a long time.

In the first 24 hours, we may be able to salvage some of the items in your home. Certain kinds of electronics, for example, could be useable like medical equipment, computers, printers, fax machines and the like. When these things are taken from a flood site, they need to be turned off and kept off for several days. Corrosion can be stopped by lowering the humidity by letting the equipment dry out.

When Mold Starts to Grow

It can take around 48 hours for mold to start growing, and if areas in your home have been wet in this time period, we will need to take additional steps in our water damage remediation so we can stop the mold damage. This time frame is a general rule of thumb, and mold could start growing faster if your home is in a humid area.

Even if there is no visible mold, don’t be fooled. It can still be present, and the only way to know for sure is for our professionals to do testing in your home to determine if there is mold growth.

If our technicians at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can come out to your home and take immediate action, this can lower the cost of repair and replacement. If you have water damage in your home, call us right away by dialing (310) 390-7540, and we will take care of you.

Be Proactive When Planning For Commercial Flood Damage To Your Westwood Apartment Complex

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Proactive When Planning For Commercial Flood Damage To Your Westwood Apartment Complex SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage to Your Business with the ERP App

SERVPRO's ERP Mobile App Initiative Can Mitigate Water Damage to All Types of Enterprises

Whether you are catering to students, who attend UCLA or the young professionals who are making Westwood an exciting and vibrant neighborhood you need to take steps to ready your property for accidental flood damage. SERVPRO recommends rental property owners consult with us far in advance of any flooding disaster. We want to plan with you in anticipation of water damage to your commercial structure so you can safeguard your tenants and their property as well as your investment in the rental units. Developing a comprehensive plan is a partnership between you and our flood damage restoration experts. You supply the pertinent details about your apartments, and we use our experience and training to put in place a series of responsive steps that swiftly will restore both common areas and individual units to their pre-loss condition. Your Emergency Ready  Profile will be available to our technicians should flooding occur, permitting our team to react immediately after we receive notice from you or your designated staff that an emergency situation is present.

Any of an array of events can lead to commercial flooding potentially displacing your Westwood tenants or damaging their personal belongings. Distracted renters can cause flooding within their own and others’ units by letting a sink overflow or failing to report a clogged toilet to you or your property manager until the contaminated water overflows into a bathroom and through ceilings or down a wall. Seasonal heavy rains can overwhelm your gutters, and flat roof drains causing water to cascade throughout both upper and lower levels of your multiple rental units, posing a risk to common areas and mechanical systems that serve the entire building. Tenants affected by the flooding may try to break their leases or seek a reduction in rent or monetary damages if you cannot restore their apartments to a habitable condition quickly, reducing the profitability of your rental business.
Take the time to download the SERVPRO  Emergency Ready Profile Mobile App as well as working directly with our pre-disaster inspection staff. Follow the app’s lead to answer the questions essential to helping us prepare to restore your apartment complex after flooding damages it. Designing a restoration and a mitigation plan before a crisis strikes is smart business, permitting you to share the layout of your building and the location of key water, heating, cooling and electrical systems with us, so we waste no time verifying these essential details. We also recommend sharing with us the contact information of staff members designated by you to make decisions for your business if you are unavailable.
Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills- Westwood today at (310) 390-7540 to start the process of developing a Ready Plan and Profile for your rental units. We are eager to work with you to prepare for the worst rather than have commercial flooding ruin your business.

Fire Damage To Your Westwood Home

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage To Your Westwood Home It comes down to three things that were part of the fire: The materials that were burned, the amount of oxygen and the speed of combustion.

Fire Damage

Say the words 'house fire, ' and an image of blackened walls reaching up to a missing roof comes to most people's minds. Thanks to smoke alarms and a quick fire department, that's not the reality in most cases. Most of the damage and clean-up comes from smoke and soot.

Depending on how much of it is left from the fire damage, much of the property in a Westwood home can be cleaned and restored. SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience needed to make sure you return to your home with as many of your personal items and furniture as possible. It comes down to three things that were part of the fire: The materials that were burned, the amount of oxygen in the fire and the rate or speed of combustion.

Natural materials (paper, dry wood, and natural fibers) in an oxygen-rich, fast burning fire generate dry smoke and residue. It's usually powdery and isn't a greasy feeling residue that smears when touched. Synthetic materials (foam rubber and plastic for example) in an oxygen poor, slow burning fire will generate a wet smoke. The residue left from this fire has a greasy feel and smears easily.

Wet smoke residue usually has a varnish or solvent as a component. This is why it so simple to smear and makes it difficult to clean. The only advantage to dealing with the results of a slow burning fire is that smoke does not penetrate as deeply. Property covered in a wet smoke residue will require us to use more aggressive cleaning equipment and at least one cleaning agent to remove it. This type of cleaning is very effective, but there is a much higher chance of the color in fabric (curtains, drapes, and furniture) fading or bleeding out of the material.

Dry smoke residue is much simpler to clean up. It does not stain property as deeply as wet smoke and our restoration teams can often use dry sponges, cloths, and vacuums to quickly remove this residue and return the property to its original state. Regardless of the type of residue, if we can begin the process within 24 hours of the fire, we can save most property.

Our community is one of the most stunning in L.A. County. Dealing with the aftereffects of a fire can be a frustrating journey, but at the end of it, you're still living here. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is ready to help you make the restoration process as painless as possible. If you need assistance, contact us now at (310) 390-7540.