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Why You Should Not Panic When Faced With Flood Damage In Westwood

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Should Not Panic When Faced With Flood Damage In Westwood Flooding Damages Many Homes in the Westwood Area, Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Drying

With SERVPRO to Help, Storm Damage Can Be Mitigated

While most business and homeowners know the destructive effects that flood damage causes, not everyone knows the right steps to take to mitigate the associated damage. These are incidents which need immediate professional intervention to learn what is restorable and what to replace. That is why it is vital for Westwood residents to know how to act when faced with such incidents.

When disasters strike your Westwood property with storm-related flooding, fast action can mitigate damages. They bring along the water that penetrates through your possessions, equipment, and structural surfaces. When the moisture comes into contact with some contents, rotting occurs, and soon odors and mold growth occurs. When working with professionals from SERVPRO, we first stop further entry of the water and assess the circumstances to stifle further storm damage to the structure and contents.

Remember water carries along all sorts of debris, oils, and mud into a premise. When contaminated water comes into contact with metallic surfaces, oxidation occurs, and they start to rust. To prevent such eventualities, extracting the water and cleaning is necessary. Our SERVPRO team can in some cases use wet-vacuuming to remove the debris and water. Truck-mounted pumps and portable generators for a power source are readily available from our stocked Green Fleet.

We may recommend a replacement if we notice that the water contaminated your porous materials. Where necessary, our team uses detergents and water to clean hard surfaces such as wood furnishings, desks, and metal cabinets before we dry them.

To dry your property, we set up air movers and leave them in position until we achieve the desired evaporation. Since evaporation moves moisture into the air, we position dehumidifiers to lower the humidity. Dependent on the situation at hand, we may decide to use desiccant, low grain or refrigerant dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is an experienced and trusted service provider in mold, flood, storm and fire restoration. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to learn more about our services.

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Having A READY Plan Can Help In The Event Your Home Suffers Fire Damage In Westwood

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Having A READY Plan Can Help In The Event Your Home Suffers Fire Damage In Westwood When homeowners in Westwood face predicaments such as fire damage, having a READY plan from SERVPRO can help.

Having A READY Plan Can Help After A Fire

Few things in life can prepare us to cope with the effects of disasters and catastrophes. However, residents in Westwood can help prepare themselves and their families to better deal with damage their homes sustain.

When homeowners in Westwood face predicaments such as fire damage, having a READY plan from SERVPRO can help. With one in place before a catastrophic event, homeowners can reduce the trauma their families experience while reducing the extent of the damage to their property.

To make things especially convenient for residents, we developed an app that you can download onto your phone or tablet. Taking the few minutes needed to complete the questionnaire provides us with crucial information whenever disaster strikes at your home. Gathering this information at the time of a fire damage event takes time that we could devote to other activities instead, but a READY Plan ensures this information already exists.

Because we know that some questions do not pertain to all homes, you can add as much information as you desire. Phone numbers and other contact information provided by you enables us to contact others who can also assist us in providing the services your home needs as soon as the fire department finishes.

Once extinguished, we can then begin to assess the damage and the work required to restore your home. Even small fires that did not necessitate a call to the fire department, smoke damage can ruin a home because of its widespread coverage. Charred pieces of belongings and construction materials, smoke and soot, and water all combine to form a hazardous jumble.

Electricity may not work inside your home after a fire due to burnt wires and outlets. SERVPRO can provide the necessary electricity to run our equipment inside your home. We can still mitigate both interior and exterior damage, so your home's restoration happens quickly.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood's customer service professionals can help you with your development of a READY Plan. Call us at (310) 390-7540 for assistance. We are here to help you with our 24-hour services.

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Reliable Water Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Century City

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reliable Water Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Century City SERVPRO technicians treat both sides of your carpets and floors to eliminate mold and mildew from growing.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Access to Professional Equipment and Training to Restore Your Home after Water Damage

As a resident of Century City, you should always be ready for water damage incidents. Any disaster requires immediate attention to lessen the losses and further damage. However, what are your options when you do not have the right tools and the necessary restoration skills?

Air movers are among the tools that our SERVPRO technicians use to address water damage disasters in Century City. When put in position, they increase the rate of evaporation and shorten the drying time since they move drier air in to replace the moist air. Where necessary, we direct the air into cavities by the use of wall cavity drying systems.

There is a chance of tripping or slipping during the restoration process and hurting yourself. We observe safety measures when working for you and have the right gear even to protect us from chemical effects of the deodorizing agents. When dealing with sagging ceilings, we make holes to reduce the imminent danger. Additionally, we will not turn on lights if we notice there is water in the light fixtures.

SERVPRO technicians use various deodorization agents when working on your property. Usually, different deodorizing agents address different sources of odor, and an appropriate one is selected. For instance, the masking agent act by covering the smells with a pleasant aroma. Disinfectants and sanitizers on the other hand work by inhibiting fungal and bacteria growth.

During the restoration process, we treat both sides of your carpet and floor with appropriate disinfectants that are approved by EPA. After cleaning and treating your upholstery for mildew, our SERVPRO technicians apply a suitable deodorizer on your furniture. For severely damaged large surface areas, our technicians use a ULV fogger to apply the deodorizer. On walls and ceilings, we use a pump sprayer or a ULV fogger to apply the deodorant.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a trusted leader in water, fire, storm and mold restoration. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to learn more about the services we offer.

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Mold Damage Embarrassment in High-End Century City Salon

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage Embarrassment in High-End Century City Salon SERVPRO quickly, thoroughly, and discreetly remediates mold damage in your salon with no interruption to your clients.

SERVPRO Treats and Prevents Mold Damage in Your Commercial Space

Century City is a prominent business district in Los Angeles County’s Westside. Built on land that previously formed the backlot of 20th Century Fox, the area began to house commercial enterprises in the early 1960s catering to the local film industry. Entertainment, shopping, and cosmetic and spa outlets are the draw. Business owners need reliable service providers who can quickly restore damage without inconveniencing clients.

The humidity and continuous water usage in your Century City salon and spa present challenges with commercial mold damage. You need expert assistance to manage any current microbial outbreaks and to help you adapt your practices to ensure that ongoing mold issues do not harm your reputation as a desirable hair and nail care establishment. Discretion and highly qualified technicians are a must. We offer the skill set and the professional approach to assist with this problem.

Mold spores are a constant companion to humans, even if they are invisible to the naked eye. Interior spaces are no exception, but the spores cause few problems unless they absorb water. They then begin to grow and multiply, creating colonies that produce more spores and sometimes mycotoxins that may cause health effects. Also, the colonies emit a musty smell that is noticeable and unpleasant -- certainly not a part of the soothing ambiance your salon strives to achieve. SERVPRO dispatches trained mold remediation teams to relieve your space of the mold damage now and to pinpoint the source of moisture feeding the mold infestation.

Using protocols approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SERVPRO remediators contain the moldy areas with physical barriers like heavyweight plastic sheathing and further prevent the spread of mold particles with negative pressure air scrubbers that vent outdoors during the removal process. The colonies and any porous materials contaminated with mold are then removed, bagged, and disposed of following local hazardous waste codes. We sanitize the affected areas with appropriate antimicrobial solutions, and workers vacuum using HEPA filter-equipped tools.

We identify the moisture source and work to eliminate it. If you skip this step, your salon will suffer mold damage again. Likely culprits are leaky plumbing, including both pipes and connections, or spills and overflows you failed to dry out immediately and thoroughly. High humidity levels feed mold outbreaks as well, so we monitor your air moisture levels and recommend ways to keep them in the 30 to 50 percent range.

Get fast, discreet, and reliable mold damage remediation services from SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. Call (310) 390-7540 day or night to schedule an appointment for an assessment and planning session.

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Unmonitored Space Heaters Can Cause Fire Damage in a Century City House

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Unmonitored Space Heaters Can Cause Fire Damage in a Century City House SERVPRO recommends never leaving a portable heater unattended in your home.

SERVPRO’s Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Home

Space heaters can be a great way to warm up the coldest areas of your house throughout the harshest of winter months. They are not without their potential threats, however. Monitoring them carefully and not leaving these heaters running unattended can help prevent unnecessary damage to your Century City home, let alone those who live inside of it.

Electric and gas space heaters offer a great deal of warmth and can completely transform the coldest areas of your house into the most comfortable. They also put out lots of concentrated heat, and many of them feature grills or open flames that burn hot enough to scald a person or to catch loosely hanging fabrics or drapes on fire. There are some words of caution about these heaters if you want to virtually eliminate the possibility of fire damages to your Century City residence.

The first step is to consider the placement of your heater very wisely. While it might require being close enough to an outlet to plug in, you should be mindful of the furniture and other objects in the room that could inadvertently make contact with the heater. With the excessive heat and open design of many of the small room heaters, something left too close to the heat could catch on fire (even without directly touching).

As many of our experienced SERVPRO team would tell you, preventing fire damage is often as simple as walking yourself through all of the scenarios that might happen. People do not intend to set their homes on fire, but these accidents can happen with a lack of foresight. As an added precaution, you should not leave these types of heaters on unattended in a room that you are not currently occupying.

While regrettable, house fires and small incidents do occur when using space heaters. While it might not be significant enough to force you to leave the house, sometimes the remains of the soot or the lingering odor of burned materials can be more than you can repair or remedy on your own. Our fire restoration team is equipped with deodorizing equipment to neutralize smoke and foul odors, and our commitment to mitigating your loss ensures that we restore the damage promptly.

No matter what degree of fire damage you might have to deal with, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood to make it right. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

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Prevent from Mold Damage in Your Century City Home’s HVAC System

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent from Mold Damage in Your Century City Home’s HVAC System You can help to prevent mold growth in your HVAC system by regularly changing your air filter.

SERVPRO’s Recommended Steps to Reduce the Risk of Mold Growth

An HVAC is a valued part of many Century City homes – after all, who does not appreciate clean, fresh air in their home thanks to the wonders of air conditioning. However, even the best HVAC system can develop problems or need maintenance, and one regular cause of air conditioning system problems is mold damage.

Mold damage occurs readily in any home, in any location from Century City right across the country. The fungus is present throughout nature and inside your home – it is brought in on clothes, shoes, and even pet fur, and the spores are microscopic, so they can spread without you seeing them. Fungal growth occurs wherever there is a moisture plus an organic food source, and this includes inside your HVAC system. SERVPRO recommends the following steps to reduce the risk of fungal growth in your air conditioner.

Dry any wet areas immediately. If you see water in or around your HVAC system, dry it. It is also important that you empty drip pans and keep them dry. The reason you must keep everything dry is that mold needs moisture to grow, so if you leave moisture, you leave the fungus what it needs.

Change your filter regularly. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filter every three months. Mark it on your calendar and do not skip it. Make sure you always use the correct filter for your unit.

Run a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier reduces the humidity of the air, thus reducing the amount of moisture and the risk of mold growth.

If you notice numerous issues with water or damp around your system, or if you see signs of mold (usually dark green or black patches), call SERVPRO at once. Our mold remediation experts are skilled in cleaning visible mold from HVAC systems and are also equipped to check moisture and humidity levels in the surrounding area. We equip our technicians with the latest protective equipment, air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, and dehumidifiers to ensure a quick, safe, thorough job.

For help with fungal growth in Beverly Hils, Century City, Westwood Village and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 today.

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Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall in Century City

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall in Century City SERVPRO technicians understand the process it takes to dry out a basement constructed of cinder blocks.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Skills and Training to Properly Dry Out Your Flooded Basement

When you happen upon a wet basement in Century City, it can be particularly heartbreaking. So many possessions are now potentially ruined, and there could be several structural repairs as well. Drying the basement out is a big task, as it does not include just taking out the water and moisture, but also could include getting the mud out and in the end sanitizing everything, including ductwork, to avoid mold and other contaminants in your home.

For such a big task as water removal from your Century City basement, you need the professionals at SERVPRO to help you out. We have the equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, plus the training needed to understand how to do the job efficiently and thoroughly. We also realize time is a factor in a case like this since mold can start growing in just one to two days.

When your basement is constructed of cinder blocks, one of the most critical factors of drying out the block walls is the contents of the open cells. If enough time has passed for the cells to have equalized with the surrounding environment, they hold a certain amount of water or moisture. We examine the surface to figure out whether paint has been applied as well. Gloss or semi-gloss paints create a vapor barrier to limit the transfer of moisture from the inside to the outside of the wall. We may need to drill holes near the bottom of the wall in a mortar joint to let water drain from the cavity of the wall. Holes in the mortar joint are easily patched once drying is complete.

Some block walls contain insulation like vermiculite, cellulosic, fiberglass, or foam. Drying insulation in cavities of walls can be difficult since it requires large amounts of dry air and circulation which are challenging to maintain inside the block cavity.

Depending on local codes, some block construction has bond beams inside the walls. These affect airflow inside the cavity and slow down drying time considerably. SERVPRO staff can usually determine if bond beams are used in a wall by tapping on it.

We use a nonpenetrating moisture meter to figure out when drying is complete. A material is dry only when it has gone back to its natural moisture content, so we use an area which is unexposed to the water as a control for figuring out this level of moisture. We can also take readings from materials in the control area as a target reference for drying wet materials.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood takes care to ensure that your basement is completely dry before saying the job is complete. Residents in the areas of Westwood, Century City, or Beverly Hills with a flooded basement for any reason should reach out to us right away by dialing (310) 390-7540.

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SERVPRO Retouches and Refinishes After Fire Damage in Beverly Hills

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Retouches and Refinishes After Fire Damage in Beverly Hills Our technicians can present you with some options that may include restoration after a fire. Contact us right away for best results.

Restoration Services can Offer You the Option of Keeping an Item that Has Sentimental Value Rather than Replacing it After a Fire

With permission from your insurance adjuster, we can help to retouch and refinish materials that may have been damaged in the fire. Smoke, ash, soot, and staining can all harm your belongings, and may sometimes require specialized treatments such as chemical polishes and dry cleaning techniques. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with a range of certifications that allow them to handle many different materials and their respective fire damages in your Beverly Hills home professionally. These are some of the most popular refinishing services we offer.
 
Metals
 
Many metals can be visually or chemically tarnished by the effects of fire damage in your Beverly Hills home. In most cases, our technicians can restore the materials to their former conditions with only light cleaning and buffing, and perhaps some polishing work if we are granted permission by you and your insurance adjuster. Some metals may also require chemical treatments, which we may provide or request from our list of contractors.
 
Floors
 
We use industrial mops and cleaning solutions to scrub hard floors free of smoke and ash. Some fires and floors may warrant more severe stripping, sealing, and refinishing work, but we wait for an opinion from your insurance adjuster before delving into these more involved and time-consuming treatments. If approved, we can help to refinish any flooring with careful and practiced hands.
 
Clothing and Fabrics
 
Different fabrics require different cleaning approaches, and we have access to and knowledge of many so that we can treat your fabrics and clothing with optimal methods. For most garments, we use Epcor industrial washers to quickly and thoroughly process many articles of clothing at once. However, if need be, we may also explore ultrasonic and foam cleaning options, or recommend local contractors and experts that can do the job at a lower cost.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a local provider of professional damage mitigation and restoration services. We work around the clock to bring strong and smart repair solutions to local homeowners in need. Call us at (310) 390-7540.

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Fashionable Feedback to Flood Damage in Century City - Plan Ahead With SERVPRO

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fashionable Feedback to Flood Damage in Century City - Plan Ahead With SERVPRO Your clients depend on the fashions in your particular store. Don't let them find a new favorite location after flooding. Contact SERVPRO fast.

Our Quick Response After Flooding can Save You Time and Money

The chic boutiques of Century City cannot afford the devastation of flooding after the record downpours seen in the past year. Flash flooding following heavy rains can be a retail crisis, especially since severe weather patterns causing harm are more common today. Fast and professional flood remediation is crucial to the health of your business when the risk becomes a reality.
 
Potential commercial flood damage to your Century City specialty clothing store is a constant worry. The intriguing and beautiful lines of women’s wear you feature are unique, one of a kind creations. Cleaning up after a deluge and simply reordering stock is an unsatisfactory option for this type of artisan endeavor. What you need is a flood recovery plan that caters to your needs, and we have the knowledge and experience to make that happen.
 
When your business relies upon exclusivity as a selling point, it is more important than ever to anticipate problems and solve as many as you can before a disaster strikes. SERVPRO offers commercial clients the opportunity to create an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. One phone call to our office dispatches an experienced project manager to your store long before flooding or other water damage occurs. A thorough assessment of your operation and space inform our advice to you and helps us sketch out how we respond if you need our assistance in the future. We also recommend ways to protect your structure, fixtures, and inventory in case of a flood emergency.
 
You use our mobile app to enter information about your business, including your priorities should flood damage threaten your show floors, dressing areas, offices, customer service area and stock rooms. A diagram of your store’s physical layout and the names of your key staff and suppliers are archived for the SERVPRO team that arrives on the scene when flooding happens. To ensure that our efforts are not hampered by your absence, you are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who can direct the restoration effort should you be out of town or otherwise unavailable when the heavy rains create a problem.
 
If flooding does invade, SERVPRO crews arrive ready to follow the detailed plan devised with your input. Speedy, personalized approaches remove the water and get the structural drying on track while ensuring little if any of your special fashion inventory is destroyed.
 
Call (310) 390-7540 to initiate the design of an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. We work with you to be ready just in case flooding, or other catastrophes, affect your business.

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Professional Water Removal Services Make Getting Water Out of Your Century City Home Easier

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Removal Services Make Getting Water Out of Your Century City Home Easier Water damage in your home can leave you at a loss as to who to call for help. Contact SERVPRO and we'll help you with the whole process.

SERVPRO Technicians Help You Successfully Deal With Water Damage on Your Property

You might experience water problems on your Century City property from a broken appliance, damaged water heater, or plumbing issues that often lead to a flooded basement. When this happens, you need access to certified professionals that can respond to your situation quickly and begin working towards your home’s recovery immediately.

A professionally trained Century City water removal service makes your home look new again. With our 24-hour emergency response, we can help you limit your losses and prevent additional damages from forming. It only takes mold spores a short time to form on wet or damp organic materials such as carpet, wood, and drywall used to construct your home, which makes it even more important to act quickly.

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated by IICRC-industry certified technicians that perform quality water removal and other emergency services for homeowners on a daily basis. We are trained to explain services to customers in detail, keeping you informed about our progress as the process advances. We use a variety of advanced equipment and years of experience to return your property to normal after a flood.

SERVPRO technicians use water extractors, moisture detectors, and drying equipment of all shapes and sizes to assist with water extraction in your home. All of our methods and equipment are designed to produce quality results while maintaining a safe, healthy working environment. We communicate with your insurance company, providing all of the information needed to take the stress out of the process.

The training, both in-house, and formal certifications that each of SERVPRO’s technicians experiences before entering the field provides us with a unique perspective to home repair and restoration. If you are looking to gain access to experts who can help you make the most of the unfortunate situations you may face, call us.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood stands ready to deliver quality, expert solutions throughout Westwood as well. Our staff can handle anything you throw our way, contact our office at (310) 390-7540 to get the help you deserve, today.  

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