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

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO’s Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Add-on Bay Window Causing Mold Damage in Century City

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Add-on Bay Window Causing Mold Damage in Century City Moisture Reduction and Mold Remediation in Century City by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tip--Call Us If You Smell a Musty Odor

Remodeling projects cause headaches for homeowners when contractors fail to take adequate steps to protect the new area from water damage. Excitement about the rehabbed area becomes dread when you note musty smells for the first time. SERVPRO helps find and stop the source of water feeding the mold and remediates the current problem.
 
You added some mold damage along with architectural interest in your Century City bungalow with a bay window and window seat. Before the remodeling, no unpleasant smells bothered you or your family. Since the work completed a musty odor is noticeable. Whenever you fear mold may be growing, we can help locate any colony and determine the reason for the outbreak.
 
SERVPRO follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol when abating mold growth. Our highly trained technicians first contain obvious mold growth, using plastic sheeting to protect the rest of your home during the remediation phase. If the mold growth is extensive, we use negative air pressure scrubbing equipment to ensure no mold particles leave the area. We remove the colonies and any porous material to which it adheres. The crew follows local rules and regulations as to disposal.
 
Workers then disinfect the area, seeking any additional evidence of mold growth. The mold inhabited an area on an exterior wall, making the space between the outdoor siding or stucco and the plaster or drywall inside of particular interest. We may remove some of the building materials temporarily to assure you that all the current mold growth is gone. Demolition is carried out only if it is deemed necessary.
 
Mold remediation is not complete until the source of moisture is discovered and eradicated. In this case, the tearing out a portion of the living room wall for the new window required proper flashing and sealing to protect your interior. Even a tiny seam inadequately caulked or space, where the new roofing pulls away from the flashing, allows water to intrude. SERVPRO mold remediation teams look for this type of mistake when investigating. We work with you, your insurance company, and the original contractor, if possible, to troubleshoot any problems in the rehabbing job that led to the water intrusion. We are a stand alone company and do seek the cooperation of other parties that may be involved in the total picture, but we can offer no guarantee of mutual coordination.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood awaits your call to (310) 390-7540 when you fear mold is active in your home.

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Is a Broken Pipe Causing Water Damage in Beverly Hills?

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is a Broken Pipe Causing Water Damage in Beverly Hills? This looks like a project for SERVPRO.

A Roadmap to Water Removal Services for Your Home in Beverly Hills

Life in Beverly Hills can seem straight out of a movie. It is vibrant, diverse and always in action. However, even in the best of places, homeowners can find themselves in need of water removal services. A faulty appliance or a broken pipe can leave your home flooded with water, soaking your belongings and saturating flooring and furniture alike. You may also find unexplained discoloration on your walls, or a wet spot to indicate the presence of leaks. Whether your home has already flooded, or you want to be proactive in preventing more damage, reaching out to a professional team can help you avoid further complications.

At SERVPRO we are set up so your call is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We recognize the emergency status of water removal services for your home in Beverly Hills and are ready to act upon receiving your call. Our expert team of technicians boasts the tools and experience to tackle problems of any size and repair the damage caused by water. Time is of the essence, and we encourage you to reach out as soon as you detect the leak.  

Our infrared equipment helps us identify the source of the water leak if it is not evident. It also helps us pinpoint any problem areas not visible to the naked eye. By monitoring humidity levels, we can ascertain when an area is being affected even if you have not noticed yet. Knowing the source of the issue allows us to work effectively to shut it down and commence the drying process. As our well-trained SERVPRO team moves air handlers, dehumidifiers and other drying equipment, we also take steps to protect your home from further damage and the proliferation of mold and bacteria.  

Upon meeting our team, you discover a great group of supporters. We document each step of the remediation process and coordinate with the homeowner for further repairs. Our expertise also helps us determine which of your contents need removing and which can be salvaged. The quicker we get to your property, the more we can save.  

Do not be discouraged by water leaking into your home, and do not let it linger. Make a call to SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood at (310) 390-7540 and put yourselves in the hands of our expert team. We work with you and leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Don't Wait Call SERVPRO When You Are Faced With Water Damage In Beverly Hills

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Wait Call SERVPRO When You Are Faced With Water Damage In Beverly Hills As soon as you notice a leak or any water damage give our trained team a call. We are available 24/7 so don't wait.

Prevent Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Business

Water damage emergencies are one of the most common reasons for business insurance claims in Beverly Hills. Water is not only expensive, but it can bring the operations of your emporium to a halt. There are fortunately a variety of preventative measures which are low cost that can help you lower the threat of water damage to your business.

When you are facing water damage in your business in Beverly Hills, it is something that you want to deal with right away. Not only might it mean having to shut your doors for a time to clean it up, but that, of course, means lost money and disappointed customers. SERVPRO understands this, and we are ready to help you in a situation like this anytime you need us. As a professional remediation company, we are fully trained and equipped to clean and restore your structure in a short amount of time.

HVAC systems are one thing that need to be regularly maintained and checked. These systems are necessary to keep a working and shopping environment that is comfortable. They can, however, cause cost water damage if you aren’t paying attention. Most HVAC systems produce condensation which needs to drain. Excess accumulation in drain pans can lead to corrosion and overflowing water.

When this has happened, SERVPRO techs can clean up water with truck-mounted pumps if it is over two inches deep. We can then use industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry the rest of the area out. These devices are monitored and moved around daily to ensure that we are getting the fastest drying time possible. If any building materials like drywall were too far damaged to salvage, they are removed and replaced.

Water heaters are continuously holding and transferring water. When they fail, they release a considerable amount of water which can cause a significant amount of property damage. Deposits accumulate on the bottom of the tank over time and corrode the tank liner. Moving water also causes much wear and tear on the piping and tank of a water heater. Regularly inspecting your water heater for signs of failure is essential, and make sure to replace the unit every ten years.

Other things such as leaky windows or a damaged room can create water damage inside your structure. Proper maintenance of your building can prevent these water damage emergencies from happening.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood wants to help you get your business in Century City, Westwood, or Beverly Hills back on track after water damage of any kind. Give us a call right away at (310) 390-7540, and we won’t hesitate to help make your business look as if it never happened.

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If You Find A Mold Infestation In Your Beverly Hills Pool House, You Need To Contact Our Experts Immediately!

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If You Find A Mold Infestation In Your Beverly Hills Pool House, You Need To Contact Our Experts Immediately! You can reach our team 24/7!

Removing Mold Growth From Your Beverly Hills Pool House

The pool house of your Beverly Hills home gets exposed to a considerable amount of moisture and dampness from foot traffic of swimmers and its proximity to the pool itself. Combating this moisture is not always as easy as you might think, and persistent dampness can prove disastrous for this part of your property. Among the chief concerns would be mold growth, and to get rid of the forming colonies, you need professional remediation professionals like ours.

Mold damage in your Beverly Hills home can spread quickly, not only posing significant risks to your home's structure. When you discover mold growth, you need a fast response from our SERVPRO team to ensure that as much of the construction materials get preserved as can be. Our priority is to make remediation as cost-effective as possible for our customers, especially considering that many homeowners’ insurance plans do not offer coverage for damage from fungal or mold growth.

The priority of our rapid response team is to isolate the growth by beginning with a full inspection of the affected areas to set up containment barriers. We can also utilize equipment like our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, both of which feature HEPA filters that can capture many of the active mold spores throughout the exposed areas of the property.

Remediation for our SERVPRO professionals focuses on protecting the areas of your house that can get saved through the use of sanding, soda blasting, an antimicrobial solution, and lastly material removal. Tear out and demolition only occurs with materials and surfaces too severely damaged by the spreading organism to get preserved through our removal tactics.

While your pool house might see a lot of foot traffic throughout the year from wet feet and saturated towels, these conditions do not have to lead to out-of-control mold growth. Let our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood remediation specialists help you to remove the active organism and restore the damage it can cause to your home. You can reach our team 24/7 by calling (310) 390-7540.

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If Your Century City Home Is Hit By A Flood, You Need To Contact Our Team

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If Your Century City Home Is Hit By A Flood, You Need To Contact Our Team Call us at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day or night, 365 days a year to explore your options.

Pack Out To Protect Contents From Flood Damage In Century City

Flooding can happen in a Century City home for many reasons, some related to severe weather or external water supply or waste breaches, and some related to plumbing leaks, broken appliances, or sink and tub overflows by mistake or inattention. When a large amount of water invades, both structural components and the contents of your home are at risk. Our trained crews have many strategies to help you recover from this crisis.

When flood damage impacts your Century City home your furnishings, household goods, papers, and other personal articles are often at risk of severe harm. Leaving these portable possessions in your home during flooding remediation also can interfere with the water removal and structural drying necessary to restore soaked building materials. A pack out of contents to a dry area on your property or our secure and climate controlled production facility has many benefits.

Removing wet contents allows SERVPRO on-site crews to move through the damaged areas of your home more quickly and efficiently. Water removal, extraction, and structural drying must complete fast to avoid secondary damage and progressive deterioration of porous materials. When the spaces are cleared, our employees can concentrate on employing powerful water mitigation and drying equipment not on moving boxes and furniture repetitively around the affected areas.

Staging flood water damaged contents away from the hustle and bustle of the crews working in your home permits specially trained technicians to examine and evaluate the condition of everything from clothing to books and documents to toys and keepsakes to electronics and more. SERVPRO technicians can take the time to research the best practices for unusual items without delaying the work at your flooded home.

Wet upholstered furnishings benefit from the moisture reduction we accomplish in smaller drying chambers. Innovative cleaning or drying methods such as freeze-drying for papers and pictures or industrial-sized washers and dryers for window treatments, rugs, and other linens would be impossible to implement at your site. SERVPRO inventories and tracks the contents packed out using our proprietary Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), using bar coding, lists, and digital images to maintain order as we work on restoring items and documenting the process for your insurer.

When flood damage exposes your home and its contents to potential ruin, a pack out completed by trained SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood employees is part of the solution. Call us at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day or night, 365 days a year to explore your options.

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You Can Trust Our Team When Your Beverly Hills Home Experiences A Mold Damage Disaster

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation You Can Trust Our Team When Your Beverly Hills Home Experiences A Mold Damage Disaster Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood and let us handle the mold remediation for your home.

Mold Damage In Beverly Hills Contained And Cleaned

Some of the most frequent reasons for mold damage in a home are due to leaks in the roof or plumbing you may not have been aware of until the tell-tale signs of mold growth such as a musty odor or began to appear. A home that has been flooded or drenched putting out a fire may harbor mold after the fact if affected areas are not adequately dried. If conditions are right, mold growth can begin within 24 to 48 hours and spread throughout areas where there is a favorable environment. That is why after a home disaster or as soon as you see the signs of mold, it's important to contact professionals to neutralize the mold in your home.

Each mold infestation in Beverly Hills is unique, but our general process for remediation is similar to ensure detailed attention to both removal and prevention of future mold growth. When SERVPRO technicians come to your home, they utilize their expertise and state-of-the-art technology to detect areas of mold that are both visible and not visible to determine the necessary equipment and remediation techniques to use for your individual situation.

Containment is a key component of stopping further mold damage. Our technicians use various methods to stop the spread of mold spores ranging from physical barriers to negative air chambers depending on the level of containment your mold infestation necessitates. We also clean microscopic mold spores from the air using the industrial filtration systems or air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to stop any further spread of the mold in your home.

SERVPRO technicians work quickly using antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate existing mold colonies. During the cleaning process, we try to restore rather than remove, but in the case of mold damage to porous materials such as drywall or carpeting, it may be necessary to remove these items from your home to remediate the mold. Our team removes any unpleasant odors left by mold through both cleaning and in cases where large-scale deodorization is needed, we have fogging equipment that overtakes and eliminates odors. The final restoration involves the repairs necessary to return your home to its preloss condition.

Mold damage is a situation that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Our experienced, knowledgeable technicians ready to go to work for you any time day or night. Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 and let us handle the mold remediation for your home.

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Don't Let Water Damage To Your Beverly Hills Home Get You Down Call Our Experts At SERVPRO

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don't Let Water Damage To Your Beverly Hills Home Get You Down Call Our Experts At SERVPRO Get in contact with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood by phoning (310) 390-7540. 24/7, we are always ready to help you.

Professional Water Damage Remediation Services In The Beverly Hills Area

Water damage can strike any home at any given time. Perhaps a pipe burst, or a water supply line was cut. A washing machine could leak, or your bathtub could overfill. There are countless ways that water damage can come to affect you and your home. What matters is that you take steps to ensure that the damage does not worsen through neglect.

In the case of your home, it was your dishwasher leaking during its rinse and drain cycle that caused water damage inside of your Beverly Hills kitchen. Having faulty appliances can be annoying, but it is essential for you to call for help to get them fixed when they cause problems like this. If your dishwasher begins to leak continually, that means that your wooden flooring is being constantly exposed to moisture and this can lead to further problems, such as mold damage.

Thinking ahead and laying out a towel under your dishwasher may seem like a good temporary solution, but the problem is that it does nothing to take the moisture away from your flooring. The wood still has plenty of time to absorb the moisture, and it can begin to bubble, crack, and swell as the water causes it to expand. It is in times like this that it is essential to call for a water damage remediation company, such as SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has a well-earned reputation of being Faster to Any Size Disaster. We always make an effort to arrive at your home swiftly, within a couple of hours of your initial call. However, beyond just fast service, our doors are always open, and SERVPRO can come to your home at any time. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and expertly trained to handle any damage that we come across.

When it comes to your water damage, our SERVPRO technicians can arrive with advanced equipment to begin the restoration process. We can lay drying mats on your floor and then also search for a way to get air movers, or air-blasting tubes, under your flooring so that we may expose both sides of the wood with dry air. Once we're finished drying the water damage in your home, the last thing SERVPRO can do for you is to give you the number of a reputable appliance service company that can fix your leaky dishwasher.

If a leaky appliance causes water damage in your home, never wait to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood by phoning (310) 390-7540. 24/7, we are always ready to help you.

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How SERVPRO Keeps the Water Leak in Your Beverly Hills Home From Creating Secondary Damage

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Keeps the Water Leak in Your Beverly Hills Home From Creating Secondary Damage A small crack in a pipe releases a lot of water. Inspect your pipes often for signs of leaks.

How Water Extraction Professionals Help Protect Beverly Hills Properties from Secondary Damages

After a Beverly Hills residence takes on water from a water leak, restoring a dry interior becomes essential to protecting the home's structure and contents from additional harm. Because water quickly evaporates and turns to water vapor, and then, soon after, condense on other surfaces, it is almost impossible to contain lost water.  

If your property is holding water where it should be dry, SERVPRO's water extraction team in Beverly Hills can get things dry, check for current damaged areas, and carry out preventative measures that enhance the work we do. Different materials absorb and retain water, as well as exhibit different ways in which exposure to water affects them. The drying rates also differ between various elements. Knowledge of this information helps us determine the best methods to use while working on your home.  

Water extraction begins with an assessment of the area which provides us with valuable information about the materials involved and the amount of water we need to remove. Part of our water extraction work includes removing waterlogged sections of carpet and drywall. Sometimes we can restore carpeting, but this depends on several factors.  

Removing the moisture that microbes need to grow and destroy materials inside your dwelling, as well as stain clothing and other personal belongings, happens when we remove the water vapor these microorganisms require. Without this extra source of moisture, your home's interior structures and contents remain safe from the effects of microorganisms.  

Mold damage is not the only type of secondary water damage that homes face when water exists in living areas. Stained sections of ceilings in levels below where the accident took place can appear later. The stains are not because of mold, but the discoloration happens when minute particles leach through the drywall and paint. Other problems that can affect a ceiling include warping. Warped ceilings can become highly risky, as they can collapse from the weight of any trapped water. SERVPRO knows how to rectify both situations and make your home “Like it never even happened.”  

Wooden floors and edging that gets wet can become permanently damaged. SERVPRO knows how to dry such aspects of your home, so existing damage decreases in scope. We use industry-accepted procedures, helping these natural components of your home regain their original look as much as possible.  

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help you get your home restored after a disaster involving water with our water extraction experts. Holding IICRC certificates in several different areas, we are prepared to take care of every aspect of your home saturated by the water. Contact us by calling our 24-hour service line number, (310) 390-7540, 365 days a year.

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