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Commercial Water Damage Technicians in Century City Talk about Structural Drying

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians in Century City Talk about Structural Drying The ABC's of Water Removal in Century City Commercial Buildings Is Spelt S-E-R-V-P-R-O

Rapid Water Removal Helps Keep the Daycare Center Safe for the Tots

If water ever leaks into your Century City daycare, the situation can be disastrous. Excessive moisture causes unsafe conditions for the children attending your business. If building materials get saturated, they can fall apart and create hazards. Structural components can also weaken making your building unsafe for any occupants. If a water leak goes unnoticed for longer than 48 hours, mold growth can occur. Once a fungus forms it can quickly put out spores that get into the air. Mold can cause health effects in some people. Therefore microbes that exist in a structure's airflow system can create air quality issues for your little customers.
 
Any time excessive moisture affects your pre-school, our SERVPRO technicians know that it is vital to mitigate issues promptly. We use extractors and advanced drying equipment to reduce the extent of commercial water damage inside your Century City company. The quicker a structure dries, the less likely mold and other secondary issues can occur.
 
Depending on how wet materials inside your place of business are, there are a variety of different types of equipment and techniques our SERVPRO remediation team can utilize to remove moisture. The first step is to extract or vacuum up all of the water our specialized extractors can pull out of your building's materials. Once the powerful vacuum can no longer suck up water out of carpet, upholstery, and other things, we start the drying process.
 
When drying out a structure, several different conditions come into play. For one, the affected room must have air circulation so that water that evaporates into the air from wet substances gets pushed away from the affected surfaces. Next, we reduce humidity levels with dehumidification systems so that water vapor does not cause secondary damage. Lastly, we raise the temperature in the affected regions of the structure because warmer air can hold a larger amount of vapor than cold air. If the drying area is kept relatively warm, then the entire process can go much quicker. Monitoring and controlling the Relative Humidity RH can speed up the drying process.
 
Our SERVPRO team knows that your daycare customers deserve to feel safe and healthy even during the restoration process. We always take extra measures to make sure anyone in the building is safe while mitigation procedures commence. If you ever notice wet areas inside your pre-school, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any day of the week.

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What Level Of Clean Should You Expect During Water Cleanup in Century City?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Level Of Clean Should You Expect During Water Cleanup in Century City? SERVPRO Removes Water and Freshens Up Properties in Century City

Century City Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Water Removal and Cleaning Procedures

Water cleanup services can help in achieving any of the three levels of clean: sanitary, disinfected and sterile. Environments which are entirely free from contamination are considered to be sterile. Achieving this state of clean during restoration is difficult - sterilization usually takes place in hospital operating chambers. That means we do not perform sterilization when attending to water events in Century City.

Our SERVPRO technicians perform water cleanup in Century City when sewer backups burst or in instances where blood exists. Ideally, the disinfected level of clean - remove 99% of contaminants and soils - could have been the best solution to control the viruses and bacteria which might cause health effects after exposure. Still, our routine cleaning procedures do not attain this level of clean.
 
Attaining the sanitary level of clean means the removal of contaminants is within the limits where protection of health is guaranteed. Though some soil contamination may still exist at the site, this state of cleanliness is acceptable. When our SERVPRO technicians are working for you, this is the minimum level of cleanliness that we always achieve. Though it sounds easy to achieve, it can be difficult without the right products and equipment.
 
Deodorization is one of the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform to address the odor problem which usually comes up after a water damage incident. The deodorization technique we choose depends typically on the situation at hand and the surface we are cleaning. For instance, we can use pump sprayers or ULV foggers to dispense deodorants when neutralizing the smell on ceilings and walls. When dealing with carpets, we use an appropriate disinfectant to treat both the floor and the two sides of the carpet. It is important to remember that before removing the odor source is always the first thing we perform before we can apply the scent neutralizing deodorants.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers 24-hour emergency services that address storm, mold, fire and water damage incidents. Call us at (310) 390-7540 for our highly experienced and trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Remediating Mold Damage in Beverly Hills

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Beverly Hills Whether mold is visible or you just smell the musty odor, contact SERVPRO to investigate the infestation and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

In Beverly Hills and the rest of our county, air quality is an issue for every homeowner and resident. Airborne mold is not a dangerous threat to most people, but it can cause adverse health effects in many.
 
Remediating Beverly Hills mold damage and improving air quality requires more than a spray bottle of bleach and a scraping tool. SERVPRO restoration teams use specialized equipment and materials to kill active mold, remove it from the home surfaces, and reduce the levels in the air.
 
Once a mold infestation spreads across walls and ceilings, the mold content in the air around them increases as well. Individual mold spores are microscopic, so there can be thousands of them in the air as a homeowner walks into the kitchen and he never sees them.
 
SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers to remove the spores and clean the air inside a home. Each commercial grade device has multiple stages of filtration and uses specialized HEPA to catch even a single mold spore from the air, trap it in the scrubber or send it through a hose to a containment bag outside the home. The air scrubbers are also very useful in removing pollen, dust, and pet dander.
 
As technicians set up air scrubbers, other team members spray anti-fungal agents on mold covering structural and personal property surfaces. Once they dry, team members use commercial-grade vacuums with the same type of HEPA filters to remove spores. If the mold layer is very thick, team members wipe down surfaces using sponges or a scrub brush with a mild cleaner if needed and then vacuum again.
 
Although it is not possible to remove all mold, bringing down the level of spores in a home to a safe level can be done. The goal of SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is to return each home to its original, pre-infestation condition as quickly as possible. If you need us, call (310) 390-7540 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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Microbe-Filled Silt, A Part Of Flood Damage In Century City Properties

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Microbe-Filled Silt, A Part Of Flood Damage In Century City Properties Property owners in Century City with homes sustaining flood damage need a professional company to mitigate the problem correctly.

Flood Damage

When flooding events happen, many times it affects entire neighborhoods or cities. However, flooding can occur on a single street in Century City and affect only the homes in that specific area. Flooding makes any home unlivable. SERVPRO can help you make it safe again by restoring things back to how you want and need.

Property owners in Century City with homes sustaining flood damage need a professional company to mitigate the problem correctly. The longer dirty water sits in your home, the more productive microbial activity becomes. Silt carried into your home by the floodwater contains not only pathogens and other microbes, but also the nutrients they feed on to survive. When we arrive at your home to mitigate flood damage, we have with the tools with us to remove the silt revealed when we extract the water.

Silt can end up in the tiniest nooks and crannies inside your home's furnishings and structure. Carpeting and padding become destroyed, requiring its removal. Once we pull up both carpets and the pads underneath, we can clean and dry everything. Even though the floorboards never came in direct contact with the water, they can still contain silt in between and under them. Removing this keeps your home from harboring microbes that could cause illness.

Air scrubbers use HEPA filters, and so do the vacuums we use to extract the silt. This ensures that the finer particles of sediment do not end up in the air, but instead end up trapped where we want. Keeping the air cleaner protects your family and our IICRC-certified employees from inhaling prospectively harmful contamination.

Flood damage also creates strong and unpleasant odors, many times caused by these same unwanted microbes. Organic debris can also contribute to this odor. Higher temperatures outdoors also make such scents more noticeable than on colder days. We use highly effective techniques that sufficiently eradicates odor-causing contaminants. SERVPRO works closely with you to ensure that we resolve this situation to your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood knows how to mitigate the worst flood damage, making your home safe and pleasant to live in again. Contact us at (310) 390-7540 to start your home's restoration in the right direction.

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Grease Fires and Fire Damage in a Century City Home

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grease Fires and Fire Damage in a Century City Home Fire and smoke can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO for effective and thorough remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow the Path that BOTH Fire and Smoke Took Through Your House For Effective Remediation

Even if a cooking fire involving grease never spreads and catches other things on fire in your Century City kitchen, the greasy smoke can continually cause occupants problems. Many people are discovering that burned food contains carcinogens, and greasy smoke does, also. SERVPRO technicians can remove this unwanted substance from your home.
 
We assist homeowners by mitigating both smoke and fire damage in Century city wherever it may occur. Heat rapidly spreads soot and other components produced by the fire's heat to other places in your home. While some of our crew members work to clean your kitchen area of greasy residues before they harden, other members of our team locate places where smoke traveled inside your home. Wherever we encounter it, we remove this horrible substance.
 
Grease carried on hot air currents can end up anywhere in your home. We often find it stuck to walls, ceilings, around doorways, and windows that were open during the fire. Air intake vents, if the heat or central air system was running at the time the accident took place, can also hold copious amounts of greasy substances. One other location, over the stove, especially if it has an exhaust fan, can become particularly filthy. This all produces an acrid, bitter smell, and this can become even more pronounced during hot, humid days over the summer. SERVPRO can put a stop to it for good and make your home smell “Like it never even happened.”
 
After cleaning everything, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can perform thermal fogging. This procedure removes the scent by chemically altering the smoke particles. We find this technique very effective at reaching into areas that we would otherwise be unable to clean. This works so well because the heated fog acts just like smoke does during a fire.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help you get your home back to normal again and in a safe condition. Call us at (310) 390-7540 for assistance in mitigating smoke and fire damage from your home.

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Storms Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Home

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Home When your basement or main living space is under many inches of water, contact SERVPRO to dry out the property and help prevent mold.

Quick Action by Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians can Mean the Difference Between a Successful Remediation or Secondary Damages

A storm sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean can bring a storm with intense wind and rain that can cause water damage to your home. You may think nothing much of a storm staring when you are on your way to work, but if you have left your basement window ajar, it can be a problem for your home. By the time you get home, your downstairs entertainment room has been flooded, and your furniture has been soaking up water for hours. The situation can seem like a disaster at first glance, but there is help close by that can lend a hand.
 
The longer that your home sits with the water damage in Beverly Hills accumulating, the more of a problem it can become for you. Your hardwood floors can blister and swell from absorbing the water, your furniture can soak up the water and become the perfect place for mold growth, and your electronics can malfunction. The sooner that you call for help, the more likely a successful remediation can occur.
 
When we arrive, SERVPRO can immediately focus on getting the excess water out of your home. We can use tools like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your property. After, we can use extractors to pull water from your furniture and curtains. Once the excess water has been removed from your home, SERVPRO can focus on any belongings that are in urgent need of remediation.
 
We can send your electronics to a repair facility to try and draw any water out of them. Any boxes that had valuables packed in them can be emptied, dried, and repacked in new boxes. Once we are finished, we can set up tools like ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the structure of your home.
 
If a storm hits your home and causes water damage, do not pause and consider what you should do. Reach out and contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood by dialing (310) 390-7540. Day or night, we make it our priority to get to your home as swiftly as possible.

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Fireworks Create Accidental Fire Damage to Westwood Area Homes

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireworks Create Accidental Fire Damage to Westwood Area Homes Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate holidays. Sometimes they can start fires and cause damage. Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Fire Damage Issues Regardless of the Cause

Many residents in Westwood enjoy setting off fireworks during the summer months. Sometimes things go wrong, however, and cause injuries to people or damage to property. When areas outside your residence sustain damage in this manner, pests such as rodents and insects can come inside your dwelling all too easily.
 
If your Westwood house sustains fire damage in this manner, the holes burned into siding can seem minor. However, pests do not require large openings for them to set up their little nests inside your walls. SERVPRO prepares our technicians according to IICRC standards to mitigate such situations adequately. This keeps future problems with mice, termites, ants, and similar pests from ever becoming horrible nuisances for you and your family.
 
Problems with infestations are only one situation that can result from damaged areas in your home's exterior walls. Rainwater can also substantially damage insulation, wiring, and interior walls. If burnt out areas occur around second story levels, water can damage ceilings, also. SERVPRO technicians can remove affected areas of siding and help you locate matching sections.
 
Burned areas of your lawn can also become eyesores that your neighbors see, and we can also help remove any problems in the area. Discarded papers, sticks, and other debris from fireworks can quickly get sucked up into lawnmowers and become dangerous projectiles.
 
In homes where fire damage causes more extensive damage than just a few minor holes, SERVPRO employees are also able to remove the damaged materials so replacement work can happen more easily. Often, though, we find that cleaning materials first reveals minimal damage that does not require this extra cost. Saving our customers money through restoration by cleaning instead of replacement of materials means making everything "Like it never even happened" can cost considerably less than expected.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood wants you and your family to enjoy a safe and fun summer. When fire damage from any source causes your home damage, call us at (310) 390-7540 so we can help you protect your home.

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Flood Damaged Homes In Beverly Hills Need Not Remain Hazardous To Your Family's Health

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damaged Homes In Beverly Hills Need Not Remain Hazardous To Your Family's Health If your Beverly Hills home suffers flood damage, for instance, many changes take place inside that create a risky environment for your family.

Flood Damaged Homes

Beverly Hills is known for some of the most beautiful residential properties in the world. However, disasters such as mudslides, flooding, and wildfires can still damage these homes and render them unfit for occupancy. Extensive knowledge and training in restoring these homes to perfect condition again remove any risks to safety and health, readying them for occupancy again after a crisis.

If your Beverly Hills home suffers flood damage, for instance, many changes take place inside that create a risky environment for your family. SERVPRO professionals hold certificates from the IICRC in fields related to the damage caused by floods. These types of harm produced to your home include both the visible damage that you see and also damage caused at the microscopic level by tiny organisms that live wherever suitable conditions exist.

The flooding that brought the water inside your home also brought the bacteria, viruses, and parasites into your home, as well as the water they need to survive. Mold and mildew often show themselves on walls, ceilings, and any other surface above the water line. These organisms most likely existed inside your home but remained under control because the lack of humidity kept them from growing wildly. The presence of mold and mildew can indicate the high amount of moisture in the air, even without any of our moisture detection equipment.

SERVPRO protects homes from flood damage by not only cleaning things up after we pump the water out and away from your home but by drying them out. Thorough drying out ensures that water damage remains under control and minimized and that any materials not already affected remain undamaged. We use equipment that efficiently dries everything out so we can get to the cleaning up and sanitize stages of your home's restoration.

We want to ensure that it not only looks "Like it never even happened" but also that your home's interior poses no risks to you, your children, guests, or pets. The floodwaters contain silt that can contain chemicals, many of which can cause illness. We utilize unique cleansing agents that leave your home with a pleasant scent and a highly reduced microbial population.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help your home survive flood damage and come out beautifully once again. Our expert technicians are ready 24/7, every day of the year to provide the services your family needs after a horrific crisis. Call us at our local emergency service line whenever you need us by phoning (310) 390-7540. We are here for you.

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Mold Damage from Pet Activity in Your Century City Home

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage from Pet Activity in Your Century City Home Pets and Plants Often Cause Mold Infestations in a Century City Home, Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Offers Professional Remedies for Mold Damage

Many Century City residents enjoy the company of pets. Taking care of a pet is an excellent way for children to learn a sense of responsibility that lasts a lifetime. Quite often, though, the adults in the home end up providing a majority of a pet's needs instead.

When a Century City homeowner finds mold damage near a pet's feeding or bedding area, we can minimize long-term damage to the rest of the home by remediating early. Mold and other microbes can hide easily in the regions that you do not see, such as inside wall cavities and under carpeting. Restoring your home's interior generally costs less than replacing those same materials once they become damaged, making preventative remediation work crucial toward protecting your entire home. Pets are notorious for tracking in mold spores from the outdoors.

Without using equipment that creates an area of negative pressure, airborne particulates can contaminate unaffected rooms in the house. We direct these suspended particles outside. As we remediate, we double bag any materials we encounter that exhibit damage, but SERVPRO remediators clean everything determined to contain no damage but only covered in mold growth. Mold does not damage materials merely by its presence. Colonies can survive by consuming the organic components in the dust, along with cellulose structure bearing materials.

These microorganisms must reach into the material with hyphae to cause damaging effects. Non-porous, inorganic materials do not readily become damaged by this type of activity. However, large areas still require protective enclosures because we want to contain the spores given off by mold colonies when we begin cleaning them away from surfaces and keep them from infesting other areas of your home. Preventing further damage from fungal activity remains a crucial part of remediation. SERVPRO technicians can discuss the options regarding preventative measures with you, as well.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can send IICRC-certified technicians to your home who are skilled in providing excellent services that protect your property from microbial invasions. Our mold damage remediation experts restore homes in Westwood Village and surrounding locations to their preloss condition and make everything "Like it never even happened." Contact us by calling (310) 390-7540 whenever you find moldy areas or detect persistent musty odors that often indicate microbial growth.

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Westwood's Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Structural Drying Procedures

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Westwood's Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Structural Drying Procedures Westwood Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal After Flooding

SERVPRO Can Provide Prompt and Effective Flood Damage Control

When a severe thunderstorm hits Westwood, the weather conditions surrounding it can cause extensive property damage. If the storm brings enough rain, flooding can occur possibly causing water to enter your house. High-speed winds can break exterior walls or blow tree branches into your windows leaving a gap for rainwater to come into your structure.
 
If there is a significant amount of water present in the home, moisture gets pulled out of materials using a specialized extraction system. After water removal, the next step in mitigating flood damage in Westwood is the rapid drying process. Drying out structural components promptly can happen with the use of drying equipment.
 
Air movers and dehumidifiers get placed by our SERVPRO technicians in the affected area to create an environment that speeds up the natural evaporation process. The number of air movers and dehumidifiers used depends on the size of the affected region and how much water got into the home from the thunderstorm. The amount of dehumidification needed is calculated by how many porous materials inside the house got wet.
 
Once the amount of dehumidification is figured out the number of dehumidifiers needed to start drying get set up. Each day our SERVPRO technicians return to the site and check moisture levels and humidity inside the affected area. If the region is not drying quickly, then more equipment can be set up to improve drying. If drying has been successful and the levels have dropped, then dehumidifiers get taken out.
 
In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians set up a drying chamber around the affected area to help speed up drying. A drying chamber consists of thick plastic sheeting that is set up with poles around the affected region. This "tent" targets the damp areas needing additional drying. The smaller the chamber is, the less cubic feet of air the dehumidifier has to turn over.
 
Specific methods and techniques can help reduce drying time so that microbial growth should not occur. Monitoring the work site every day helps us make a change to ensure rapid drying. For professional help with drying out moisture after a storm floods your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day.

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