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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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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Beverly Hills Carpet

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Beverly Hills Carpet SERVPRO Rolls Out the Red Carpet When It Comes to Water Removal in Beverly Hills

Professionally Cleaned and Dried Carpets When SERVPRO Responds forWater Removal

The supply line to the downstairs toilet sprung a leak and water flowed to your Westwood home office. To minimize damage to the carpet, we suggest shutting off the valve on the commode as soon as the leak is noticed. Next, it is a good idea to move any furniture in the office such as the desk and chairs to another room, if it can be done safely, so that when the crew arrives, they can quickly start extracting the water from the carpet.

We can take on various water damage situations in your Beverly Hills home, which means you can depend on our certified SERVPRO technicians to use our top-quality extractors to clean your carpet and to remove excess water. For this job, either our truck-mounted or portable extractors are used. In addition, air moving equipment is utilized to enhance the drying process. Air movers are strategically placed to cover the entire affected area, which speeds evaporation and decreases drying time.

Our SERVPRO technicians set up a daily drying goal that is designed to fully dry your wet carpeting. Moisture meters are used to determine the amount of drying time needed to bring your carpet back to complete dryness. Unaffected dry areas in the home are compared with the affected areas so that our technicians get accurate readings to restore the carpet. We check the drying progress daily to make certain the goal is being achieved. Typically, it takes a day or two for wet carpeting to dry completely.

If needed, and it usually is, dehumidification equipment is used to lower the moisture levels in the room and to increase evaporation levels. Dehumidifiers work by pulling in moist and damp air and then in turn releasing dry and warm air. Dry air soaks in the moisture from the carpet and consequently accelerates the drying process. SERVPRO water damage repair offers fast water extraction, commercial grade air movers as well as top quality drying equipment to restore wet carpet.

When water damage occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540. We can be contacted day or night and dispatch our expert technicians to your place of residence in a matter of hours.

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What You Can Do When a Fire Breaks Out in Your Beverly Hills Garage

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Can Do When a Fire Breaks Out in Your Beverly Hills Garage After fire damage, SERVPRO is the one to call

SERVPRO can help you recover from fire

When fire damage plagues the primary storage area of your home, it can quickly unravel into an unfavorable situation. Sometimes when a fire breaks out in your home, precious and sentimental items exposed to soot and extreme heat cannot be saved. However, if the damage is manageable, there are ways to clean and restore your items. Fortunately, qualified help is close at hand to assist you.

Our IICRC-certified technicians can come to your Beverly Hills home to investigate the fire damage and begin the restoration process. To start, we can sort through your damaged items with you and pick out what is most likely salvageable and what is not. We strive to work with you to get everything sorted, and a claims list started early on. After sorting, we may begin cleaning the damaged items and restoring your garage to its pre loss condition.

Once sorted, SERVPRO can take your storage boxes out of your garage and to our facilities for cleaning. It is necessary to note that sometimes the extreme heat these items have faced make them structurally weaker. Articles that are fragile can break during cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO can inform you when this happens and add it to the list of items to be claimed. Us believe that communication with our customers is fundamental.

SERVPRO can repack all of your cleaned items in new boxes with new packing paper after the deodorization process. We use advanced technology like thermal foggers and ozone machines to neutralize smelly particles so your things can return to you in their pre loss condition. We can also use these same machines in your garage where the fire happened after cleaning to help ensure that space more smells clean. After the restoration process has is completed, we can return your items to your garage.

When a fire breaks out in your house and causes damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians as soon as possible.

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What You Can Do When a Broken Pipe Causes Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Restaurant Kitchen

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Can Do When a Broken Pipe Causes Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Restaurant Kitchen Drips Leak to Water Damage in Beverly Hills Restaurants-Call SERVPRO to Get Things Dry

Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Damages and Keep the Tables Filled with Customers

Restaurant kitchens are a busy place, and sometimes accidents can happen that lead to water damage. This damage can happen in a variety of ways, but perhaps one of the most common is a leak from a kitchen sink. Professional kitchens are large and can become a dangerous place when water is leaking everywhere. It is essential to address a leak when it happens and then the water damage that can follow. After the pipe has been dealt with, you may need reliable professionals to examine the extent of the water damage and then clean it up afterward. Luckily, qualified help is not far.

Depending on the extent of the damage, our technicians can arrive at your Beverly Hills storefront and remediate the water damage promptly. The strength of outsourcing the task to our team is that we are flexible with your schedule. We can work to dry your kitchen during closed hours during the late hours of the night. Our technicians can be out of your way, and your business can continue as usual during the day if the slip hazard is not great.
 
SERVPRO uses a variety of tools to isolate water damage. We can use thermo-hydrometers to measure the moisture content in the air and the structure of your kitchen. Using this tool allows our technicians to determine the specific humidity level and track which areas of your property are in need of drying. Infrared cameras are also useful during the entire service to monitor the drying process.
 
Depending on the severity of the damage to your property, we can select the correct tool for the job. Most often, our SERVPRO technicians can use a combination of dehumidifiers to dry out the air, wet vacuums to remove small pools of water, and air movers to keep the flow of air fresh and encourage evaporation.
 
When water damage happens in your restaurant kitchen, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540. Day or night, we can take your call and get our technicians to your business as swiftly as possible.

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Water Damage From a Ceiling Leak in Your Century City Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From a Ceiling Leak in Your Century City Home Water Stains on Your Century City Ceiling? Better Call SERVPRO for Drying and Restoration

Century Village Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration

When you see the dreaded water stain on the ceiling of your home in Century City, it is not something that is welcome. It should not be too complicated to figure out the source of the water. Whatever is above the ceiling is the source of the moisture problem. When you cannot identify the possible water source above the stain, you could have a leaky pipe. It is not uncommon for water to run along piping or rafters before dripping onto your ceiling.
 
A leaky pipe may have been this way for a while before it is apparent to you, meaning there could be a good deal of water damage to your Century City home that you cannot see yet. It is something you want to handle right away before even more damage is done. A professional remediation company such as SERVPRO can help you get everything cleaned up. Our technicians are trained and have the right equipment for the job.
 
In a situation like this, we find the areas of your structure that are wet and define precisely how wet they are compared to regular moisture levels. We use various devices to help us track moisture within your home. Our goal for drying is to return materials affected to their normal moisture content levels. These tools are used to find the actual moisture content of different materials and help us figure out if your structure is dry.
 
SERVPRO techs also use thermo-hygrometers which measure both relative humidity and temperature. Some even do more, like measure dew point. We allow the thermos-hygrometer to adapt to air conditions in the room before we take a reading. We then use these readings in conjunction with a psychrometric calculator or chart. We do so to determine the specific humidity.
 
Readings for four areas are compared including the unaffected areas, the areas affected by moisture, outside the home, and the exhaust being processed through the dehumidifier into the area affected to make sure dehumidification is contributing to a drying process that is effective.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood has the tools to ensure that your home in Century City, Westwood Village, or Beverly Hills is dry again after a water loss. Give us a call at (310) 390-7540 as soon as you realize there is a problem.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Beverly Hills

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Beverly Hills Beverly Hills Shops Rely on SERVPRO to Get the Water Out and the Customers In

SERVPRO Strives to Keep Your Business Open During Water Damage Cleanup

If a pipe happens to break inside your Beverly Hills clothing store, many steps require completion to return to normalcy. When water leaks into your building, many items and building materials possible receive damage. Water problems are bad for business and sometimes cause your company a loss of revenue.
 
Accidents get expensive when loss of business and property get combined. SERVPRO's commercial water damage experts in Beverly Hills always take in mind the operations of your business when completing the initial scope of the project. Often procedures and methods get changed to mitigate damages in a way that negatively impacts your business functions as little as possible.
 
SERVPRO's technicians always start a project whether commercial or residential by securing the area. Any obvious hazards get removed, and signs get posted inside the store warning occupants of various dangers. The area gets secured and made safe for your employees and customers before any work begins.
 
Next, all furniture gets moved out of the work area. All of the items inside the store get placed in an area that does not hinder business processes. Any items that are not feasible to move get foam blocks placed underneath them.
 
Then, contents that possibly receive secondary damage get removed from the work area. If left in a water damaged area clothing racks and products inside your store can get water stains or other damage after the initial problem takes place.
 
Once the work area is ready, we start the restoration process by extracting water found inside the building. Standing water gets extracted, and specialized equipment gets used to pull moisture out of carpet and upholstery. Different attachments to our extraction system enable us to vacuum water out of furniture, preventing water stains.
 
After all water possible gets extracted, we test moisture levels in the air and building materials inside the shop. We use penetrating and surface testing instruments to figure out which areas need drying. Then we set up air movers and dehumidifiers so that we create an environment that speeds up evaporation.
 
The drying equipment stays set up inside your store until moisture levels get restored back to normal conditions. For help mitigating a water loss, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 for assistance 24/7.

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The Preliminary Steps of Mold Remediation For Your Century City Residence

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Preliminary Steps of Mold Remediation For Your Century City Residence From Spores to Mold Colonies Rely on SERVPRO for Remediation to Protect Your Century City Property

Basic Steps Ensure a Successful Mold Cleanup Service by SERVPRO

When you come across mold growth in your Century City home, your first impression might be that you can handle this occurrence on your own. Understanding the cause of this growth as well as the means to remove colonies that have formed in your home officially is critical to combat the spread and recurrence of this disturbing and damaging situation.

There are several different ways that mold damage can begin and spread in your Century City home. Spores are in the air that we breathe, so they are in the environment all throughout your home already, but often do not have the appropriate conditions to be anything more than microscopic organisms . When moisture in the air combines with temperatures more than sixty-five degrees, the appropriate circumstances exist to feed these present spores and allow them to seat and grow on organic surfaces throughout this affected area.
 
Our SERVPRO team gets specially trained in mold remediation techniques. Our skills get honed to standards set in place by the IICRC. Many of our remediation technicians are IICRC-certified and adequately prepared for any level of fungal growth or variety of organism one could encounter. Our experience and training give us a unique advantage to restoring the mold damage in your home and allows us to do the job safely and efficiently.
 
Sectioning off the affected area is a priority from the moment that our SERVPRO technicians begin work on your home's remediation needs. This process ensures that active mold spores are not able to spread to new areas of your home and establish new colonies. For this reason, air circulation is shut down in your home (mainly air conditioning and heaters) for the duration of the removal plan. To quarantine the area housing the fungal organisms, our experienced technicians utilize negative air chambers and air scrubbers to capture spores in the air.
 
While this might just be a small introductory cross-section of our remediation process, our experienced and equipment ensure that SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is the best choice for any mold damage emergency you could encounter. You can reach our remediation specialists anytime by calling (310) 390-7540.

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The Flood Damage Experts Of Beverly Hills

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Flood Damage Experts Of Beverly Hills Sometimes when enough rain hits an area, flooding occurs.

Flood Damage Experts

Sometimes when enough rain hits an area, flooding occurs. Even if there isn't enough rain to cause a flood, it is possible that water still damages your Beverly Hills home. Storms bring about high-speed winds that sometimes also cause damage.

Often, winds blow a rock or other object into a window causing rainwater to pour inside your house. Anytime rain finds its way into your home; it is wise to call SERVPRO's flood damage specialists in Beverly Hills. It is always a possibility that rainwater damages contents and building materials once it enters through a broken window.

Any time rainwater damages an area inside your home the water gets tested for contamination levels. If the water has a high level of contamination many of the contents and building materials inside the home get discarded. If the contamination level is low, many times the contents and materials get saved by drying them out.

SERVPRO's skilled restoration team not only mitigates problems with your building materials and structure, but we also handle damage to contents such as furniture. Water can cause several issues to different types of upholstery. Wooden framing inside upholstered furniture sometimes swells causing joints to loosen. Moisture also causes glues to break down which damages the furniture.

Often, water causes spots to form on fabrics requiring that our crew wets the entire piece of fabric evenly so that lines and spots do not stay permanently. Dust covers sometimes bleed colors into other materials. Metal objects on furniture at times rust causing rust stains on the cloth. Wooden legs on furniture possibly stain your carpet if left sitting on top of it while the furniture is still wet.

Our restoration crew knows the particular procedures that minimize damage to your furniture. We lift the furniture off of your carpet and put foam blocks underneath the furniture's wooden legs. Cushions get taken off the couch and get placed in a tent formation. Wax paper gets placed between any metal and fabric while the drying process takes place. Then, we put in air movers and dehumidifiers that lower moisture levels within the furniture and help prevent mildew growth.

Any time a storm breezes into your neighborhood and damages your home, it is wise to call in the experts to handle the situation. We at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood are a call away at (310) 390-7540, and we are here to help you with problems at your house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Removing Mold Damage In Century City Homes

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Century City Homes Removing mold and restoring area homes is more than just a job for us.

Removing Mold

The last few months have been about the recent fires in our area, so mold is not a problem most Century City residents think about too often. While mold is not obvious like a roof fire, it can grow for weeks and months unnoticed until it spreads throughout the entire home.

As we work to restore the effects of the fires in Century City, SERVPRO technicians often find mold damage in many homes. It is a problem for restoration efforts since we have to stop other work and find the mold source. That raises the cost to the homeowner and her insurance company. Our technicians also take additional safety precautions since mold can affect the health of anyone inside the home.

Once we find the mold source, we spray it and the affected structural property with an anti-fungal, chemical agent. It destroys the surface mold, stopping the health threat, and reduces the chance of accidentally transferring live, active mold to unaffected parts of the home as we continue other restoration efforts.

If the mold is growing on an item already damaged by fire, it usually is cheaper to replace the item than to spend the dollars for labor and resources necessary to restore or repair it. Insurance companies have already calculated the cost-effectiveness in these situations and usually insist on the cheaper option. If the homeowner still wants to attempt restoration of a dining room table, for example, we can do that, but the SERVPRO team leader explains the costs involved and makes certain the customer understands the situation before continuing with the process.

In some instances, the work remains the same, and no additional effort is required. As an example, carpets require cleaning regardless if there is only smoke residue or if there is mold as well. In each case, we can use a commercial carpet cleaner to remove the contamination. The only change we make is to add an anti-microbial agent to the cleaning shampoo in the device.

Removing mold and restoring area homes is more than just a job for us. As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood understands that each of our customers is also one of our neighbors. If you need us, call (310) 390-7540 today for more information on what we can do for you.

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Professional Restoration for Any Water Damage Event in Your Beverly Hills Home

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Restoration for Any Water Damage Event in Your Beverly Hills Home Water Removal in Beverly Hills--Always Call SERVPRO

Water Intrusions Big and Small Lead to Damage--Call SERVPRO

When people consider professional restoration services for their homes, the things that come to mind are often catastrophic and traumatic. The truth of the matter is, there are plenty of lower scale water incidents that can require restoration but do not necessarily force you out of the house while the work gets completed. If you are dealing with any level of water incident to your Beverly Hills home, you should plan out whom you intend to call to help you set things right.
 
While water damage to your Beverly Hills home might not always seem like a traumatic event, it also is not something that should persist for long. Many effects could result from improperly cleaned water damages or present water that did not dry sufficiently. Calling restoration specialists not only saves you the trouble of having to deal with this issue on your own but also ensures that the job gets completed to the highest of standards.
 
Our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists get thoroughly trained in the latest strategies for water damage restoration and possess the skills and equipment necessary to complete the job in a timely and professional manner. From our arrival at your home, our experienced team assesses the extent of the damage throughout the affected area and begins to formulate a site-specific restoration plan to remedy the situation.
 
Wet vacuums get used for pulling up any pooled water on the floor, and pave the way for drying efforts to begin upon completion. The drying process typically consists of air movers strategically placed to dry the entire affected region entirely. If the water has been present for some time, dehumidification equipment also gets used to pull moisture from the air and prevent it from interacting with mold spores to cause mold damage on top of the water concerns that you have.
 
Emergencies do not come in a particular shape and size. If you are dealing with any level of a water emergency or struggling to combat water damage to your home, give our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood team a call. Our experienced professionals are available 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

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