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How Hydroxyl Generators Deodorize Your Westwood Home After Flood Damage From A Clogged Drain

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Hydroxyl Generators Deodorize Your Westwood Home After Flood Damage From A Clogged Drain Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified staff comes equipped with professional water extraction pumps and tools to assist during your time of need.

Do You Know How Hydroxyl Generators Deodorize Your Home?

A clogged drain can quickly cause a significant amount of flood damage. Indoor drains might be clogged up by grease or by flushing non-flushable items down the toilet. Outdoor drains can become clogged with gunk and leaves or compromised by tree roots growing into them.

Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that a clogged drain has the potential to cause flood damage to your Westwood home. SERVPRO is on hand to help any householder following a blocked drain – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified staff comes equipped with professional water extraction pumps and tools, along with air movers and dehumidifiers to assist with drying out your home after a leaking drain. However, there is one final step that is vital to restoring your home, and that is odor control.

Flooding from a clogged drain might leave your home smelling musty and unpleasant. Naturally, you want to get rid of smells as quickly as possible so your house can be fresh once more. There is also the consideration that you do not want to move out of your house during this process. That is why SERVPRO does not use ozone generators in situations where moving out of your home is not an option – ozone generators are effective for odor control, but they are not safe for people, pets or plants to be around.

Thankfully we have another powerful tool at our disposal – hydroxyl generators.

To understand how hydroxyl generators work we need to understand hydroxyl. When light interacts with water in the air, it creates byproducts known as reactive oxygen species. Hydroxyl is a reactive oxygen species, and it is very unstable which means that as soon as it is formed, it binds with other molecules in the air and breaks them down. In fact, it is a bit like a natural detergent!

Hydroxyl Generators generate UV light and usually a metal surface to produce hydroxyl, which then interacts with the odor molecules in your home, breaks them down, and deodorizes the air by doing so.

Because the generators are safe for use around people, pets, and plants, our experts can set them up and leave them running while you go about your daily business, so there is minimum disruption to you.

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Do not let unpleasant water odors spoil your enjoyment of your home. Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 for help.

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Beverly Hills Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beverly Hills Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine One of the most well-known causes of water damage in your home, washing machines can cause costly damage.

Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine

One of the most well-known causes of water damage in your home, washing machines can cause costly damage. After the deductible is paid, the average claim nationally for water damage from washing machine malfunction is more than five thousand dollars.

Since washing machines have various ways of creating water damage to your Beverly Hills home, many homeowners do not totally understand the prevention options, risks, or cleanup options. Knowing just a bit about how your washing machine can create water damage, you can save thousands of dollars and many headaches. When your washing machine does malfunction, SERVPRO, a professional water damage restoration company, can come to your rescue to fix the problem and clean up the water and damages.

Supply Hose Leaks
Over fifty percent of claims from washing machine water damage can be traced to the failure of your supply hose. It can be caused by an aging hose, a poor connection to the wall or machine, or the hose being pinched while it is installed, causing a hairline break. Intake hoses are high-flow lines and can put out more than six hundred gallons of water in one hour. If the supply hose on your machine is over five years old or is not steel braided, get it replaced as soon as you can.

Drainage Issues And Flooding
If there is a clog in your drainage pipe, the sewer backs up, or your drain pipe is not properly lined up, the drainage system of your washing machine causes some water damage at least. Most importantly, avoid a clog in the sewer line. When this backs up, you can be faced with water damage that is filled with contaminates and poses serious risks to health. You most definitely need the help of the professionals at SERVPRO if this happens to you since they have the proper equipment and training to clean up the mess safely.

Internal Leaks
Your washing machine doesn't have to be incorrectly installed, old, or built poorly to create an internal leak. Overloading your machine on a regular basis can cause valves, gaskets, and bushings to crack or loosen. Smaller loads, even if it takes longer to do the laundry, keep your machine from shaking itself apart.

Identifying Your Leak
If you have a leak that is constant, you likely have an issue with the supply hose. It is probably an internal leak if it happens during the wash cycle but before the spin cycle. With water on the floor during the spin cycle or right after the machine turns off, you probably have a drainage issue.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood can handle any washing machine leak in a timely and efficient manner. You can easily reach them at (310) 390-7540, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them if your washing machine is leaking.

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Discreet, Professional Trauma Scene Cleanup Services Available In Beverly Hills

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Discreet, Professional Trauma Scene Cleanup Services Available In Beverly Hills Trauma Cleanup in Beverly Hills Requires a Professional Company--SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Thoughtful Restoration of Beverly Hills Trauma Events


When most people think of trauma scene cleanup services, they think homicides or suicides, thanks to popular CSI television dramas. While these incidents do require this specialized cleaning service, both industrial accidents, and circumstances involving animal biohazards also fall into this category.
 
Trauma scene cleanup specialists in the Beverly Hills area, often handle incidents where the risk of spreading diseases or infections are real. These specialists follow state and federal guidelines, as well as OSHA, CDC, EPA, and FDA regulations to disinfect potential biohazards.
 
Contacting an expertly trained trauma scene cleanup company, like SERVPRO, gives you the opportunity to avoid unnecessary risks and clean entire areas properly to prevent exposure. Whether because of loss of life, unattended or accidental death occurs on your property, or if you have potentially active airborne pathogens professional cleaning services are best to use.
 
Any incident involving bodily fluids or other tissues could lead to the spread of infectious diseases. Many viral and microbial pathogens require disinfection to eliminate risks. HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and many other viruses can exist for extended periods if handled incorrectly.
 
SERVPRO uses the proper testing equipment to identify the presence of biological contaminants on your property both before and after services are rendered to ensure removal of all existing hazards. Our technicians also receive IICRC trauma scene remediation training to assist in acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to evaluate, clean, and decontaminate sites properly.
 
SERVPRO technicians focus on health and safety procedures, while also following best practice recommendations for handling equipment, supplies, and materials that require decontamination. All members of our team consider how each situation affects surviving family members, any occupants, or workers involved throughout the process and act with the proper amount of respect and empathy.
 
We are committed to providing you with professional trauma scene cleanup services that help families recover from these stress-filled events. Obtain access to compassionate, discreet, expertly trained personnel thoroughly prepared to handle even the toughest situations.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood works hard to eliminate bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers found on your property. Call today for additional information. (310) 390-7540

Fire Damage Restoration Processes in Westwood Village

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Processes in Westwood Village SERVPRO technicians are trained to determine what can be successfully restored and what needs to be replaced after a fire damage event in your home.

The Six Cleaning Methods Utilized by SERVPRO After Fire Damage

A house fire can cause many types of damage from a structural loss to ruining paint and upholstery. It requires a professional service with experienced technicians to determine what items are restorable instead of throwing them away.

Restoring property with fire damage in Westwood Village is often much cheaper than replacing it. Even if the item has an exceptionally thick layer of smoke or soot residue, SERVPRO has the cleaning technique needed to remove the contamination and return it to your home. Our company has developed six cleaning methods supported by our trained response team and a nationwide network of equipment and cleaning agents.

Dry Cleaning uses dusting cloths and feather dusters to remove light-to-medium, non-greasy, dust from affected surfaces. If there is particulate soiling (slightly larger than dust) or tiny pieces of debris, then team members use dry sponges or specialized vacuum cleaners to remove them.

Wet Cleaning is needed to remove moderate to heavy smoke and soot residues. Technicians primarily use water to clean affected items and surfaces, saturating them completely. If the process is ineffective, they use a cleaning agent in a second try.


Spray and Wipe is a process used on materials that would be damaged if they were saturated using the Wet Cleaning method. Team members apply a cleaning agent with a spray bottle and then wipe down the area with a white towel. This ‘misting’ of the agent gives the technicians better application control to clean the surface of items such as wood tables or upholstery without harming them.

Foam Cleaning is designed for upholstered furniture to prevent fabric from shrinking or the colors from running. Team members create a shampoo in a bucket and then draw the foam on the top to apply and clean the fabric with an upholstery brush. The brush agitates the surface with the cleaning agent but uses much less liquid. Technicians also apply foam using a pump-up sprayer. This device forces more air into the shampoo than a regular spray bottle so it can be applied directly before agitating the surface.

Abrasive Cleaning uses cleaning agents with chemicals designed to agitate heavy residue or other thick contamination. Technicians use them on rough surfaces less likely to be damaged by the chemical such as stone countertops. There is also the physical abrasion team members generate with scrubbing pads or steel wool. A significant amount of cleaning agent is used to prevent scratching the surface while still cleaning the item.

With Immersion Cleaning, the item is so saturated with residue or difficult to clean, we immerse it in a tank of cleaning solution. Technicians use this ultrasonic tank to generate millions of bubbles which are forced into the residue and across the surface of the item immersed. Ultrasound is a very efficient method that the equipment designs for each item of property, adjusting the agitation level, the number of bubbles, and the temperature of the solution.

Determining what can be restored rather than throwing it out needs to be done with a trained eye, rather than a sentimental one. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is here to help you through the process, explaining every step and method. If you need us, call today at (310) 390-7540.

The Effects Of Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood Fitness Centers

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Effects Of Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood Fitness Centers Fitness centers that have commercial flood damage can end up being hazardous to the health and safety of members and employees alike.

Commercial Flood Damage

One recurring trend that never seems to fade from being popular is being (or becoming) physically fit. Fitness centers usually have high membership numbers, and this creates a need to maintain equipment and facilities at an impeccable level. When events beyond your control threaten your center and your ability to maintain it adequately, your legal liability can also soar, and at the same time, your insurance coverage can plummet.

Fitness centers in Westwood that have commercial flood damage can end up being hazardous to the health and safety of members and employees alike. Instead of keeping people healthy, your once-popular business can put them at risk of trip and fall accidents from developing curvatures in various floor types and bubbles and gaps in carpeting.

As people exercise, their heart rates and breathing can increase intensely. Bad odors from flood damage, especially if the damage has been cleaned up, can give rise to customer complaints. As with any job we work on, we can quickly mitigate flood damage and all aspects related to this type of harm, including odor problems. A method recommended by the IICRC in occupied buildings is to use machines that produce hydroxyl. This kind of machine is safe for use in almost any setting, whereas ozone-producing machines, although better known, can be harmful to wet or damp carpeting.

Regarding physical damage to your fitness center's building, we can make repairs and restorations that protect your members from harm and keep you in business. SERVPRO provides training to employees in all types of material restoration and repair in addition to cleaning and sanitizing techniques that provide the longest-lasting protection available.

The different aspects of flood damage must be addressed fully to provide complete mitigation and restoration of any facility. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers this whenever you have a disaster. Contact us at (310) 390-7540, day or night, for professional services that can make your facility safe again.

Slab Leak Causes Water Damage to Flooring

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Slab Leak Causes Water Damage to Flooring Water damaged wood flooring can be repaired by trained technicians who react quickly after damage.

SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage to Flooring From Both Above and Below the Floor Surface


Dealing with multiple plumbing leaks in a slab foundation is a daunting task. Making sure that the water damage done to expensive exotic hardwood flooring disappears requires a professional restoration team. SERVPRO proudly specializes in wood flooring restoration, protecting both your investment and decorating scheme.
 
The extent of water damage done to your Beverly Hills home from below the flooring can be astonishing. Even though no moisture floods over the floorboards, a significant amount of destruction occurs because of the high humidity and possible wicking of water into the subfloor and then into the actual hardwood. Our technicians train extensively to understand the harm water and water vapor do to your precious hardwood floors. After mastering the ways water damages flooring, they learn how to respond to the destruction. We emphasize restoration over tear outs and replacements, necessitating a creative and tenacious approach to these difficult problems.
 
The moisture from a slab leak rises into the supporting subfloor and then into the decorative finished surface supporting the contents of your home and your family’s activities. Unlike water spills or flooding from appliances or overflowing tubs and basins, this damage is stealthy and goes unnoticed, sometimes for extended periods of time. The damage done to the flooring ranges from slight warping to severe cupping, a problem that is difficult to restore. Cupping happens when the center of a plank swells, pulling the edges away and up from adjoining planks. Each length of flooring looks like a “u” if viewed in a cross section.
 
SERVPRO technicians always work toward restoration rather than removing and replacing expensive or unique structures or fittings. A mix of air movement, dehumidification, and heat is the most effective treatment for cupping caused by underfloor leaking. This method takes time, as does any attempt to smooth out the floor because water is difficult to move out of the pores of hard or softwood. Our staff determine a drying goal and measure moisture content frequently. Drying out a wet floor is not uncommonly a two to three-month process. The slow and steady drying needs a try first before sanding or other leveling techniques join the menu. Ultimately some areas of flooring might need replacement if the damage was severe.
 
The damage suffered by hardwood flooring from a slab foundation leak needs the professional touch SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood brings. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation by our flooring damage specialists by calling (310) 390-7540.

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