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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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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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