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Our Crew Can Necessitate Soot Cleanup Services In Your Los Angeles Home After A Fire

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Crew Can Necessitate Soot Cleanup Services In Your Los Angeles Home After A Fire We have the tools and expertise to deal with the aftermath of a fire and restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

Fire Damage In Your Los Angeles Residence Can Necessitate Soot Cleanup Services

After a fire, homeowners commonly find soot on ceilings, walls, and other objects or materials in their homes. Most wall surfaces, including painted drywall, brick, or wallpaper, are porous. Soot consists of fine particles that can penetrate deeply into porous surfaces, causing lingering odors and stains.

Most of the time, it's possible to remove soot from ceilings and walls, but in serious cases, it may be necessary to remove, repaint or reinstall affected materials like wallpaper and drywall. To get the best outcome from soot cleanup after fire damage in your Los Angeles residence, you should hire a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO. Our fire restoration experts are equipped to handle the smoke, ash, and soot cleanup process quickly and effectively. We begin soot cleanup by removing most of the dry soot using a duster, HEPA vacuum or dry cleaning sponge.

When cleaning some surfaces like wallpaper, the appropriate method to use is dry cleaning. Other surfaces can respond well and tolerate wet cleaning procedures. Using a chemical-dry sponge or a dry-cleaning sponge is appropriate when a high oxygen fire has caused soot to build up in a particular area. The soot can smear and leave an unsightly stain if one attempts to use a wet cleaning method. Before we perform any wet cleaning procedures, we test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous, small area like behind a switch plate to see if it causes any staining.

Soot can cause further damage in your home if it is ground and smudged into paint, plaster, wallpaper, walls, upholstery, and carpets. The odor that soot can cause is difficult to eradicate with typical cleaning methods and household products. Normal household vacuums are inefficient in removing soot and ash for they redeposit the particles around a house which can contaminate previously unaffected rooms and areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can use HEPA vacuums to remove soot from the affected areas, including sockets and light switches. If you do not clean these fixtures before use, short-circuiting can occur. HEPA vacuums trap the particles, preventing them from redepositing.

For help in removing soot from your home, contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540. We have the tools and expertise to deal with the aftermath of a fire and restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Beverly Hills Home To Pre-Damage Condition

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Beverly Hills Home To Pre-Damage Condition We strive to provide every customer with effective and efficient drying services, especially when contending with the effects of a flood.

Protecting Tilework In Flooded Beverly Hills Homes

Many of the homes and mansions throughout Beverly Hills feature large spreads of marble and tilework. Terrazzo specialists worked to meticulously place thousands of pieces of ceramic and porcelain veneer to make elaborate tapestries of the floors of many homes throughout our area. When water loss incidents and flooding occurs, these are often the areas of the property that contend with the standing water and the greatest of the saturation. Protecting these elements and flooring options requires a fast response and reaching out to trained professionals with extensive training in flood recovery.

Flood damage to your Beverly Hills home does not happen instantaneously. While there are many concerns with what standing water can do, tilework is often among the most impervious materials when it comes to penetration and saturation into the subflooring. While it can resist penetration for a time, it cannot do so indefinitely. Our SERVPRO experts understand the importance of efficient and effective extraction work in these circumstances, as it takes the pressure off of vulnerable points in the flooring such as the grouted joints.

Often to address the standing water that commonly follows a flood, our SERVPRO professionals must utilize our array of extraction tools from wet-vacs to gas-powered pumps. We strive to have the right tool for the damage, and so we bring many of these units and helpful tools along with our Green Fleet when it rolls out from our warehouse.

With grout joints being the likely point of penetration for water damage, drying out the flooring material is important. We work to have this starting immediately to prevent moisture reaching the subflooring, as this would require more specialized equipment and approaches. With the right response to the disaster, our professionals can prevent costly water damage.

We strive to provide every customer with effective and efficient drying services, especially when contending with the effects of a flood. You can depend on the fast response and the advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood technicians to protect your intricate flooring. Give us a call anytime at (310) 390-7540.

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Our Advanced Equipment Will Restore Your Home In Century City To Pre-Damage Condition

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Advanced Equipment Will Restore Your Home In Century City To Pre-Damage Condition SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help you to recover from the effects of fire damage in your home.

The Tools SERVPRO Uses For Smoke And Fire Damage In Century City

One of the most noticeable effects of fire damage in Century City is the presence of smoke odors in the home long after other signs of damage have been repaired or covered up. Smoke particles cannot be masked or neutralized by store-bought air fresheners and deodorizers and typically require the help of a certified restoration company like SERVPRO to remove from your home permanently. We arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster with the appropriate tools and chemicals necessary to eliminate smoke odors from a variety of different types of fires. With these tools in hand, our crews can take care of odors permanently and leave your home without a single scar to show from the fire.

Some of the most high-tech tools SERVPRO technicians use to take care of fire damage in Century City are solely dedicated to the task of neutralizing smoke odors. Our thermal fogging devices create thick fogs of odor-eliminating compounds that mimic the spread of smoke throughout your home and target even the most deeply embedded smoke particles. For tight spaces and smaller areas, we also carry smaller Ultra-Low Volume fogging devices that perform the same functions in hard-to-reach places that may contain smoke residues.

These machines send out specialized mixtures of odor-neutralizing agents that can sometimes be designed for specific types of smoke damage. Fires that burn through wet materials can often produce different residues than dry fires, and if kitchen grease is added into the mix, this may force us to use even more specific chemicals. Our inspectors carefully evaluate the scene of the disaster to determine which mixtures should be used to eradicate all traces of odor from the area. When combined with our extensive cleaning work, HVAC system clean outs, and other restorative procedures, we leave your home looking like the disaster never even happened.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help you to recover from the effects of fire damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

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Call Us 24/7 After A Flood Has Damaged Your Beverly Hills Home

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Us 24/7 After A Flood Has Damaged Your Beverly Hills Home Contact us now at (310) 390-7540 for flood damage restoration services in Beverly Hills, Westwood and Century City.

Get Effective Flood Damage Cleanup Services Your Beverly Hills Home

Flooding can be one of the most disastrous things homeowners can experience. Household flooding can occur if heavy winds tear the roof, causing rainwater to enter your property. When a roof leak occurs, the attic and the items stored there sustain damage. If a house does not have an attic and the hole is significant, it can damage the interior ceiling. Ceiling plaster can bubble and expand while ceiling paint can darken. The leaking water can also ruin plaster and paint on nearby walls.

In the long term, the most severe consequence of flooding caused by a torn roof is mold growth throughout the home’s structure, including the HVAC system and vents. To prevent costly flood damage to your Beverly Hills home, you can hire a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to clean it up. Our technicians have the expertise and equipment required to clean up, disinfect and dry a property to return it to its preloss condition.

Upon arriving at a water damage job site, SERVPRO technicians pre-inspect the area and then begin the mitigation process. The flood may have already receded when our technicians come to your property. If that is the case, our crew can use industrial strength wet/dry vacuums to remove the remaining water to minimize the drying time and prevent secondary water damage. If structural items like subfloors and walls need cleaning, we choose the appropriate cleaning method to clean them.

Our technicians also evaluate all contents exposed to high humidity or water for cleaning needs. We check clothing, closets and storage areas for materials, which need cleaning and deodorizing. We also check if wall hanging and photos have sustained damage from high humidity and condensation. We use different types of dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air, including the low-Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier. This dehumidifier moves air over a cold coil to transform water vapor into liquid. It features a double cooling system, which lowers the temperature of air containing moisture, once it gets into the machine.

When your home has flooded, SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is ready to assist you with the cleanup work. We're a leader in the restoration industry. Contact us now at (310) 390-7540 for flood damage restoration services in Beverly Hills, Westwood and Century City. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Best Way to Dry Your Flooded Century City Home

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Best Way to Dry Your Flooded Century City Home Flooding can happen, even in Century City. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and restore your home.

Flood Damage Restoration in Your Century City Home

Groundwater flooding can cause a host of issues for homeowners in Century City. Spring rains and spring flooding can cause your sewer system to back up, damage to your structure, plus damage appliances. There are fortunately some remedies that can help you to minimize the damage.  

When the groundwaters have entered your home and caused flood damage to your Century City structure, you need the help of the professionals. At SERVPRO, we train and equip our technicians to handle these situations so we can get the water out of your home and get everything dry again as soon as possible.  

When groundwater flooding is not as severe, you can block or raise your appliances, furniture, or other items which could be affected by coming into direct contact with the water for an extended time. Also, you could install a false floor over the slab of your basement, as it lets water drain under the false floor so it can drain to a sump pump.  

When SERVPRO technicians arrive, we remove any standing water in your home can be taken out with powerful, truck-mounted pumps. Upon completion, we can proceed with getting your home dry again. We may need to remove furniture and other items to an offsite location while we restore your home, then return them when finished with the restoration. Dehumidifiers and industrial strength fans help us dry the affected areas quickly. These devices are monitored by us each day to ensure we get the fastest drying time possible.  

It may be a good idea to install a drainage system around the edge of your basement floor. It allows water to channel from the walls to a sump or drain for removal. If your foundation or basement doesn’t already have a drain tile installed, think about an excavation of your home’s exterior to allow you to install washed stone gravel and a drain tile, plus waterproofing of the walls. The drain tile makes it, so water diverts away from your residence if there is a slope.  

When flooding occurs in your home in Westwood, Century City, or Beverly Hills, SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood can help you restore your home, so it was like nothing ever happened. Give us a call at (310) 390-7540 as soon as you can after the flooding so that we can help you avoid additional damages.

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Don't Wait To Call Our Experts After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Beverly Hills Home

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Wait To Call Our Experts After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Beverly Hills Home In case of a water spill in your home, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. You can reach us at (310) 390-7540 any time.

How To Get Fast Results When Restoring Water Damage In Beverly Hills

Incidents of water damage are common considering how often water is used in day-to-day activities. Even though you might panic in the aftermath of such an incident, there is a need to act quickly. Most of the severe damages associated with water take time to develop so taking quick remedial action limits the impact. We offer professional restoration services in Beverly Hills that help save items and restore the property to its preloss state.
 
Most cases of water damage in Beverly Hills involve copious amounts of water spilled when plumbing systems leak or burst. Rainwater from a leaking roof can also cause problems. Removing the water as fast as it spills is the best water to mitigate damage. Our SERVPRO technicians use high-speed pumps or truck-mounted water extractors, which can remove thousands of gallons within a short while.
 
When water spills, it migrates to different areas of the property as porous materials absorb it. Carpets, drywall and wooden materials in floors and other sections of the property easily absorb the water. Checking the level of migration helps ensure the right removal procedures can be utilized. Our SERVPRO technicians use many moisture detection tools to check levels of moisture migration. We use FLIR thermal cameras to detect wet areas, especially in concealed areas. We also have moisture sensors that we use to probe materials to check the level of moisture they hold and thermo-hygrometers, which help us, gauge the relative humidity in different sections of the property.
 
Drying the moisture from the affected property is perhaps the most daunting process because it involved evaporating which is a slow process. Various actions can help improve the evaporation rate including increasing the rate of airflow over the affected areas and content. Higher temperature also helps because it increases the amount of moisture air can hold. Our SERVPRO technicians use fast air movers and dehumidifiers for fast drying.
 
In case of a water spill in your home, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. You can reach us at (310) 390-7540 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Restore Your Century City Bookstore To Pre-Damage Condition

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Restore Your Century City Bookstore To Pre-Damage Condition Many of the books and other compositions you have in your store can immediately become at risk when water loss situations occur in your bookstore.

Quick Extraction For Your Century City Bookstore

While so many readers have already gone the way of digital formatting, you still see a great deal of foot traffic to your Century City bookstore daily. While you strive to provide a calm atmosphere for your customers with an organized display to help patrons locate what they are looking for quickly, water loss incidents can make things chaotic and require you to shut your doors until the appropriate cleanup and removal efforts have taken place.

As you might expect, beyond the immediate risks to the customers, your stock is also at risk until water removal in your Century City bookstore has taken place. With the organic composition of the average paperback and hardcover novel stocked in your store, moisture can distort the pages of these books and leave many of them within the immediately affected area in danger of facilitating mold growth and other hazardous effects.

From the time that our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your business, we must set up containment of the affected area and remove at-risk items from the damaged portion of the store. Our pack-out process can protect novels and other publications from the moisture damage and direct exposure of spreading standing water. Water removal is the most effective approach to reducing the pressing risks to the structure, shelving, and other contents of the shop.

While we have many unique tools and equipment that can remove standing water from your building, we often choose to use portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. These units are highly mobile, allowing us to move about the affected areas freely. For more severe situations, we also arrive with an extractor truck in our SERVPRO Green Fleet of service vehicles.

Many of the books and other compositions you have in your store can immediately become at risk when water loss situations occur in your bookstore. Let our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood rapid response team help you restore the damaged areas. Give our experts a call today at (310) 390-7540.

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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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