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The Woolsey Fire Eventually Gives Way to SERVPRO Cleanup for Our Beverly Hills Neighbors

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Woolsey Fire Eventually Gives Way to SERVPRO Cleanup for Our Beverly Hills Neighbors SERVPRO Cleans Up the Smoke, Odors, and Ashe to Help Save Your Possessions in Beverly Hills After a Fire

24-Hour Service for Fire Damage in Your Beverly Hills Home

When your Beverly Hills home gets threatened by a natural disaster or some unforeseen emergency within the house that ignites, you depend on services designed to respond quickly in these situations. We strive to be available for our customers the moment that they need us, offering 24/7 responses to emergencies that threaten the properties of our customers.

With fire in or around your Beverly Hills property, many widespread effects can impact the home. Having a team of professionals that can respond quickly within these unfortunate circumstances can help to preserve structural elements threatened by these fire damages and protect the contents of the property from irreparable damages as well.

Our highly-trained SERVPRO technicians offer fast response times regardless of when disaster strikes. With the recent widespread wildfires, homes became damaged and affected at all hours of the day, and our professionals were there to help. We understand that the timing of the response to a fire can affect the extent of the damage if the structure is left standing. The Woolsey Fire now raging has already forced the evacuation of about 200,000 residents. There will be, unfortunately, many homes leveled from the conflagration. Our Green Fleet remains available 24/7 stocked and ready to respond to all of the victims of this current wildfire and emergencies yet to be seen. We are standing by to help relieve the stress from our neighbors with salvaging whatever is possible.

Trusting our SERVPRO professionals to respond to your fire-damaged home is a wise choice because of the extensive training that each of our technicians undergoes to obtain their IICRC certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration. Each of these employees continue that education and improvement of their craft with ongoing opportunities for in-house training and e-learning coursework to give them skillsets for mitigation, water restoration techniques, and other niches that can prove useful on fire recovery jobs.

While avoiding the damage from a widespread wildfire seems impossible, recovering from this disaster is not something that you have to face alone. Let our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood fire restoration technicians put our expertise and industry-leading equipment to work for you. Give us a call today at (310) 390-7540.

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How to Minimize the Extent of the Water Damage Even if Your Beverly Hills Home was Affected by a Storm

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Minimize the Extent of the Water Damage Even if Your Beverly Hills Home was Affected by a Storm If water damage affected your home, the best recourse is a call to SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Water Recovery for Your Beverly Hills Home After Severe Weather

Severe weather systems are common to the Beverly Hills area, and homes and businesses fall victim to the harsh effects of these passing events regularly. The region is susceptible to occurrences like high-winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding under the right conditions. Even with homes and properties throughout the area getting reinforced to withstand this possibility in modern construction, homes throughout the immediate area become adversely affected by damaging storms.

A problematic outcome of storm effects to your Beverly Hills home is the water damage that these vulnerabilities allow for the interior of your residence. Areas like your roof are only as strong as their weakest point, and once a portion of this defense becomes compromised, the damage continues to widen and worsen until the water can pass through the penetration point unabated.

The trouble with flooding and substantial water loss incidents that originate from the roof and attic area of your home is that homeowners often do not realize there is an issue until it has reached the level beneath the attic. By this point, our SERVPRO technicians must not only contend with the source of this water damage but work to overcome its effects that have spread throughout the attic and floors below.

Our restoration teams arrive equipped with the latest technology and equipment to make the process as efficient as possible. From truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps for fast extraction to moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras for dampness identification, we have the necessary tools to make a difference quickly. Drying the area thoroughly can help to limit the possibility of irreparable damage to construction materials, flooring, and ceiling tiles/materials.

While you might not be aware of a potential hazard from a weakening roof, you can remain assured that the right professionals with the top equipment can arrive quickly to help lessen this water loss blow to your home and lifestyle. Our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood restoration crew works quickly to minimize our impact and presence on your life and to get the job done as promptly as possible. You can reach our technicians anytime by calling (310) 390-7540.

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We Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage Disaster And Restore Your Beverly Hills Home

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage Disaster And Restore Your Beverly Hills Home Cleaning a fire damaged property can be a tedious task.

Cleaning Different Surfaces After Fire Damage In Beverly Hills

Fires deposit a lot of soot and other smoke debris on various surfaces. Most of this debris concentrates on walls and the ceiling of the Beverly Hills property affected by the fire. When a fire burns, smoke-filled air rises because it is less dense than the cold air in the surroundings. This forces cooler air near the ceiling to flow downwards creating convection currents. This explains why most of the smoke residue settles on the ceiling and upper sections of the walls. By following the right procedures, removing such debris becomes easier.

Different approaches can help when cleaning fire damage in Beverly Hills. The method chosen might depend on the kind of finish on the surface. Typical finishes include paint, acoustic plaster, acoustic tile, textured plaster or metallic tile. Walls might also have fabrics, wallpaper, carpeting or flocking as covers but these are rarely used in ceilings. To ensure good results from the cleaning exercise, our SERVPRO technicians pretest the affected area for cleanability. We consider the soiling type to decide whether it requires wet or dry cleaning.

If a moderately soiled ceiling with non-greasy residue, dry cleaning is sufficient. This works for all types of ceiling materials. If there is heavy dry ash or medium-to-heavy oily residue on the ceiling, wet cleaning is the best. This method works well especially for metal and wood ceilings, or those with a paint finish. Our SERVPRO technicians also use peroxide active cleaning on textured, blown ceilings because highly aggressive wet cleaning can dissolve such finishes.

When choosing the cleaning process, it is crucial to put into account the steps that follow. If the surface requires repainting once the cleanup process is complete, the procedure followed is different from cleaning as a final step. When "cleaning for paint" our SERVPRO team focuses on removing all loose residues and neutralizing the acids in smoke deposits.

Cleaning a fire damaged property can be a tedious task. Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Determines the Water Cleanup Processes for Your Century City Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Determines the Water Cleanup Processes for Your Century City Home Various methods are used to clean up water damage in your home. Sub-floors, dry-walls, and carpet all have different cleaning processes.

Determining the Water Cleanup Needs of Different Items in Your Century City Home

Water cleanup is a necessary process when we are restoring your property after the unfortunate water event. Usually, there are different types of items in a building, and we have to select a cleaning method which does the work efficiently. For instance, the method we use to clean a carpet may be different from the one that we use when cleaning items such as subfloors and walls. We aim to return your Century City property to its former condition, if not better.  

Let us start by looking at the cleanup techniques we use when cleaning carpets in your Century City water damaged property. To choose an appropriate cleaning method, we have to begin by checking on the soiling level. In some instances, the dirt may be resting on the fiber tips, and in some situations, it might penetrate deep into the fibers. We also have to check whether the fibers are stiff, sticky, or matted. Remember, we have to clean the entire room, even if it is a small section of the carpet that is affected.  

The carpet's soiling level can be heavy, moderate, or light. When our SERVPRO technicians are dealing with deep or heavy soiling levels, we may use rotary jet extraction and a deluxe pre-conditioner to rinse the area. We may use hot water extraction when cleaning moderate soiling levels and shampoo when we are attending to low pile carpets. For light soiling levels, we may use hot water extraction, bonnet and shampoo to clean.  

While at the site, our SERVPRO technicians make a list of materials to clean. The degree of exposure to water and humidity determines the cleaning needs of a material. Once we clean the closets, we may come across clothing and other contents that require deodorizing and cleaning.  

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers a stress-free cleaning and restoration process to residential and commercial property owners. Have a chance of working with our highly experienced technicians at any time of the day by calling (310) 390-7540.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Water Damage To Your Beverly Hills Commercial Property

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Things You Need To Know About Water Damage To Your Beverly Hills Commercial Property Water plays a large role in your commercial property.

Five Unbelievable Things Beverly Hills Commercial Property Owners Do Not Know About Water Damage

Water plays a large role in your commercial property. For instance, cleaning, laundry, pools, restroom, landscaping, kitchen, heating, and cooling. Although water is a useful resource, it is one of the most destructive elements. How? It can cause physical damage to your commercial property. What you need to know is that water damage can interrupt your business operations without warning. This can result in massive losses. Besides, occupants are exposed to mold spores and other health risks.

Commercial water damage in Beverly Hills is as a result of an overrun bathroom/sink, faulty plumbing, damaged appliances, malfunctioning sprinkler systems and backed up sewers. To prevent mold spores from spreading and allow occupants to resume their normal operations, immediate action is required. SERVPRO technicians are trained, experienced and equipped to handle any water damage emergency. Our experts respond quickly to mitigate the damage and save your property.

As a commercial property owner, there are five things you must know about water emergency.

It Is Unavoidable
Plumbing, sprinkler systems, sewers, and appliances are manufactured and so, they are prone to damage. A surprise leak can soak your floors, walls, basement, and ceiling.

Damage Spreads Fast
Depending on the leak and when it started, the amount of water seeping through the walls, floors, and ceiling quickly becomes a big problem. This leads to mold growth and further damage to your property.

Getting Electrocuted Is Possible
Chances of getting electrocuted are very high when the floor, carpet, and walls of your commercial property are soaked with water. To prevent this, cut the power by shutting off the breakers to the affected rooms.

Slipping On Wet Floors And Stairs Is Also Possible
Getting electrocuted is not the only problem you are exposing your office occupants too. Slipping and falling down can lead to serious injuries.

Never Wait To Get Help
The moment you detect water damage in your commercial property, contact our experts. The sooner you call, the faster our experienced team of restoration experts will respond and save your property.

SERVPRO technicians can start by clearing and moving out office furniture, appliances, and equipment. Using high powered truck mounted pumps, standing water is removed before drying begins. Cleaning your property using antibacterial products is then done to prevent contamination. Thereafter, office furniture plus equipment are moved back in.

Count on SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood for fast, responsive and professional services. If you need us, call our 24/7 line at (310) 390-7540 today.

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SERVPRO Walks You Through The Basics Of Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Beverly Hills

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Walks You Through The Basics Of Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Beverly Hills After a house fire, putting the pieces back together is a difficult task, especially if it is a first-time occurrence.

Guiding You Through Restoration After Fire Damage In Beverly Hills

Personal property damages can be emotionally draining. After a house fire, putting the pieces back together is a difficult task, especially if it is a first-time occurrence. It is not just a case of cleaning away soot or smoke, often secondary water damage from firefighting efforts can be just as damaging to your property or possessions. Taking action may be tough, but that is why professional services are here to guide you through the rebuilding process.

When properties suffer from fire damage in Beverly Hills, the most important thing is to mitigate loss. Porous surfaces can become permanently damaged if not treated quickly. Equally, moisture residing in carpets can saturate the subfloor and become a breeding ground for mold spores. Our team has a 24-hour emergency call line and a team of trained technicians to lead a remediation effort on your behalf.

SERVPRO technicians conduct a pre-test at arrival on site. Although it is understandable that a homeowner is nervous about the condition of their possessions and wants immediate action, a pre-test is an essential step. We can't fix something if we do not know precisely how it is broken. Using a range of equipment we can test for the type of smoke, whether it is wet or dry, trace smoke patterns to areas you may not have seen yourself and decide the best course of action.

Synthetic materials when burnt can release toxins into the surrounding air. SERVPRO is adept at preparing indoor air-quality to ensure the right working conditions for tradespeople and contractors to be brought in. We achieve this by using ozone generators, chemical foggers, and desiccant humidifiers to alter the air itself or neutralize odor particles.

The majority of the work our experts carry out for our communities involves cleaning away damage from carpets, infrastructure, and possessions. Replacing possessions can be costly, making for an expensive claim and increasing the likelihood of your insurance rates rising. SERVPRO work toward a restore over replace method. We can even pack-out your possessions to a restoration facility to save items you may have thought were beyond repair.

Property damage is never easy to deal with, but it does not have to cause extreme or lasting harm. Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 for a restoration service.

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Our Mold Damage Team Can Restore Your Century City Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Mold Damage Team Can Restore Your Century City Home Whether you find a small or large patch of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation and containment services.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Contain the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold can be visible or can present a stale or musty odor. If you notice mold in your home, call a professional right away to remediate any damages. Mold can cause health effects, which makes it imperative for homeowners to deal with it as soon as possible.


SERVPRO mold damage teams in Century City are highly trained to use industrial grade disinfectants and specialized equipment to get rid of mold inside your home. Our crew works quickly and efficiently to contain and reduce mold levels inside your home. Also, our crews take proper precautions to ensure they do not spread mold spores to any other areas inside your home. Our techs can use plastic sheeting and tape to seal and contain mold. Plus, our crews can set up areas to clean and sanitize items and any equipment they employ during restoration.
 
Since mold spores are microscopic, there can be thousands of airborne spores inside your home. Our technicians use commercial grade air scrubbers to clean and to purify the atmosphere inside your residence. Specialized HEPA filters catch and trap mold spores, push them through a hose and contain them inside a bag outside of the residence. These machines can also get rid of stale mold odors. Our techs may also use professional grade anti-fungal sprays to clean areas and to stop mold growth. It is not possible to eliminate every mold spore inside your home, but our techs can get them down to a safe level.
 
After our technicians remove mold spores and clean surfaces inside your residence, they begin to dry the structure. Drying helps prevent mold re-growth. Our technicians may also use air movers to eliminate moisture. Also, they may use axial fans to force damp air from your home and to speed up drying.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers mold damage restoration services that can restore your home when possible. Contact us at (310) 390-7540 anytime. We are nearby and here to help.

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What You Can Do When Your Child Floods Your Century City Bathroom And Hallway

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Can Do When Your Child Floods Your Century City Bathroom And Hallway In order to prevent further damages, such as microbial growth, it is wise to call a professional restoration company.

Flooding In Your Bathroom And Hallway

Children are known to be curious, but sometimes that curiosity can leave you needing professional water cleanup services inside your home. When your child allows your bathroom tub to flood the floor of your bathroom, as well as the hallway, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the mess. However, it is essential for you to call for professional help.

It may be unwise to try and handle the water cleanup inside of your Century City home by yourself, though it may seem tempting. While it is not always the case that you cannot clean up the mess yourself, it is wise to call for professional services when it comes to your carpeted hallway. It may even feel almost impossible to dry out your hallways by yourself because carpets can absorb so much water. In order to prevent further damages, such as microbial growth, it is wise to call for professionals who can make sure the moisture levels in your home are adequate.

Upon receiving your call, SERVPRO can send a team of our technicians to your home as fast as possible. Our professionals understand how important it's to handle water spills as quickly as possible to prevent further damages. We also know that the quicker we get the job done, the sooner you can get back to your everyday life.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, our team of IICRC-certified technicians can begin the remediation process by using advanced trade tools. To address the puddles of water left behind in your bathroom, we can use wet/dry vacuums to remove the excess. To handle your soaked carpeting in the hallway, SERVPRO can use a tool called an extractor to simultaneously remove water while also providing heat to dry the fibers.

Should the walls inside your bathroom be damp from the water, SERVPRO can use further tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers. Using the tools together allows us to create an ideal environment that fosters evaporation. Once the moisture levels in your bathroom are back to an acceptable rate, we can leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."

Should your child cause your home to need urgent water cleanup services, never wait. Dial the number (310) 390-7540 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. Day or night, we're here to help.

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SERVPRO's Fire Damage Team in Westwood Village Talks About Contents

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Fire Damage Team in Westwood Village Talks About Contents When your home has been affected by fire damage, the situation can seem insurmountable. Contact SERVPRO right away for fire damage remediation.

Our Technicians Understand That Fire Damage Claims Need to be Separated Between Building Materials and Contents


If a fire ever ignites inside your Westwood Village home, your possessions and building's structural components can get ruined. Depending on how big the fire gets and how long it burns, fire damage can occur in different parts of the home. When first assessing the issues, our SERVPRO crew inspects the entire home including rooms near and far away from the initial source. Our estimators bring in test kits and other tools to figure out the extent of the fire damage.
 
During a blaze, there are several conditions created that can cause damage to your property. Our SERVPRO team has experience in dealing with both smoke and fire damage problems in Westwood Village. When items get burnt or charred, we can sometimes repair the items with sanding and refinishing. When smoke coats an object's surface with soot residues, our crew can often clean the items with specialized techniques and detergents.
 
As a part of the initial estimate, our SERVPRO team goes through the house and figures out what we can save and what we think has been ruined and must be discarded and replaced. Most insurance companies separate coverage based on what it will cover of your building materials and your contents. Since insurance companies separate the two types of items, we record the damage in the two different categories as well.
 
In many cases, our crew will conduct the cleaning and repair procedures separately as well. When this happens, we move out all of your damaged possessions and either move them to an unaffected area in your house or to a separate location. By moving your contents out of the damaged building, we can clean your possessions without causing more damage to building materials.
 
As a part of the estimate, we always use visual documentation for several reasons. When we have videos and pictures of the damage that occurred, we can better justify our work procedures to your insurance adjuster. Taking pictures and video of the damage also makes sure that we do not miss any areas that got affected. Any time your home suffers from issues related to smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians in Century City Talk about Structural Drying

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians in Century City Talk about Structural Drying The ABC's of Water Removal in Century City Commercial Buildings Is Spelt S-E-R-V-P-R-O

Rapid Water Removal Helps Keep the Daycare Center Safe for the Tots

If water ever leaks into your Century City daycare, the situation can be disastrous. Excessive moisture causes unsafe conditions for the children attending your business. If building materials get saturated, they can fall apart and create hazards. Structural components can also weaken making your building unsafe for any occupants. If a water leak goes unnoticed for longer than 48 hours, mold growth can occur. Once a fungus forms it can quickly put out spores that get into the air. Mold can cause health effects in some people. Therefore microbes that exist in a structure's airflow system can create air quality issues for your little customers.
 
Any time excessive moisture affects your pre-school, our SERVPRO technicians know that it is vital to mitigate issues promptly. We use extractors and advanced drying equipment to reduce the extent of commercial water damage inside your Century City company. The quicker a structure dries, the less likely mold and other secondary issues can occur.
 
Depending on how wet materials inside your place of business are, there are a variety of different types of equipment and techniques our SERVPRO remediation team can utilize to remove moisture. The first step is to extract or vacuum up all of the water our specialized extractors can pull out of your building's materials. Once the powerful vacuum can no longer suck up water out of carpet, upholstery, and other things, we start the drying process.
 
When drying out a structure, several different conditions come into play. For one, the affected room must have air circulation so that water that evaporates into the air from wet substances gets pushed away from the affected surfaces. Next, we reduce humidity levels with dehumidification systems so that water vapor does not cause secondary damage. Lastly, we raise the temperature in the affected regions of the structure because warmer air can hold a larger amount of vapor than cold air. If the drying area is kept relatively warm, then the entire process can go much quicker. Monitoring and controlling the Relative Humidity RH can speed up the drying process.
 
Our SERVPRO team knows that your daycare customers deserve to feel safe and healthy even during the restoration process. We always take extra measures to make sure anyone in the building is safe while mitigation procedures commence. If you ever notice wet areas inside your pre-school, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any day of the week.

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What Level Of Clean Should You Expect During Water Cleanup in Century City?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Level Of Clean Should You Expect During Water Cleanup in Century City? SERVPRO Removes Water and Freshens Up Properties in Century City

Century City Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Water Removal and Cleaning Procedures

Water cleanup services can help in achieving any of the three levels of clean: sanitary, disinfected and sterile. Environments which are entirely free from contamination are considered to be sterile. Achieving this state of clean during restoration is difficult - sterilization usually takes place in hospital operating chambers. That means we do not perform sterilization when attending to water events in Century City.

Our SERVPRO technicians perform water cleanup in Century City when sewer backups burst or in instances where blood exists. Ideally, the disinfected level of clean - remove 99% of contaminants and soils - could have been the best solution to control the viruses and bacteria which might cause health effects after exposure. Still, our routine cleaning procedures do not attain this level of clean.
 
Attaining the sanitary level of clean means the removal of contaminants is within the limits where protection of health is guaranteed. Though some soil contamination may still exist at the site, this state of cleanliness is acceptable. When our SERVPRO technicians are working for you, this is the minimum level of cleanliness that we always achieve. Though it sounds easy to achieve, it can be difficult without the right products and equipment.
 
Deodorization is one of the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform to address the odor problem which usually comes up after a water damage incident. The deodorization technique we choose depends typically on the situation at hand and the surface we are cleaning. For instance, we can use pump sprayers or ULV foggers to dispense deodorants when neutralizing the smell on ceilings and walls. When dealing with carpets, we use an appropriate disinfectant to treat both the floor and the two sides of the carpet. It is important to remember that before removing the odor source is always the first thing we perform before we can apply the scent neutralizing deodorants.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers 24-hour emergency services that address storm, mold, fire and water damage incidents. Call us at (310) 390-7540 for our highly experienced and trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Remediating Mold Damage in Beverly Hills

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Beverly Hills Whether mold is visible or you just smell the musty odor, contact SERVPRO to investigate the infestation and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

In Beverly Hills and the rest of our county, air quality is an issue for every homeowner and resident. Airborne mold is not a dangerous threat to most people, but it can cause adverse health effects in many.
 
Remediating Beverly Hills mold damage and improving air quality requires more than a spray bottle of bleach and a scraping tool. SERVPRO restoration teams use specialized equipment and materials to kill active mold, remove it from the home surfaces, and reduce the levels in the air.
 
Once a mold infestation spreads across walls and ceilings, the mold content in the air around them increases as well. Individual mold spores are microscopic, so there can be thousands of them in the air as a homeowner walks into the kitchen and he never sees them.
 
SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers to remove the spores and clean the air inside a home. Each commercial grade device has multiple stages of filtration and uses specialized HEPA to catch even a single mold spore from the air, trap it in the scrubber or send it through a hose to a containment bag outside the home. The air scrubbers are also very useful in removing pollen, dust, and pet dander.
 
As technicians set up air scrubbers, other team members spray anti-fungal agents on mold covering structural and personal property surfaces. Once they dry, team members use commercial-grade vacuums with the same type of HEPA filters to remove spores. If the mold layer is very thick, team members wipe down surfaces using sponges or a scrub brush with a mild cleaner if needed and then vacuum again.
 
Although it is not possible to remove all mold, bringing down the level of spores in a home to a safe level can be done. The goal of SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is to return each home to its original, pre-infestation condition as quickly as possible. If you need us, call (310) 390-7540 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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Microbe-Filled Silt, A Part Of Flood Damage In Century City Properties

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Microbe-Filled Silt, A Part Of Flood Damage In Century City Properties Property owners in Century City with homes sustaining flood damage need a professional company to mitigate the problem correctly.

Flood Damage

When flooding events happen, many times it affects entire neighborhoods or cities. However, flooding can occur on a single street in Century City and affect only the homes in that specific area. Flooding makes any home unlivable. SERVPRO can help you make it safe again by restoring things back to how you want and need.

Property owners in Century City with homes sustaining flood damage need a professional company to mitigate the problem correctly. The longer dirty water sits in your home, the more productive microbial activity becomes. Silt carried into your home by the floodwater contains not only pathogens and other microbes, but also the nutrients they feed on to survive. When we arrive at your home to mitigate flood damage, we have with the tools with us to remove the silt revealed when we extract the water.

Silt can end up in the tiniest nooks and crannies inside your home's furnishings and structure. Carpeting and padding become destroyed, requiring its removal. Once we pull up both carpets and the pads underneath, we can clean and dry everything. Even though the floorboards never came in direct contact with the water, they can still contain silt in between and under them. Removing this keeps your home from harboring microbes that could cause illness.

Air scrubbers use HEPA filters, and so do the vacuums we use to extract the silt. This ensures that the finer particles of sediment do not end up in the air, but instead end up trapped where we want. Keeping the air cleaner protects your family and our IICRC-certified employees from inhaling prospectively harmful contamination.

Flood damage also creates strong and unpleasant odors, many times caused by these same unwanted microbes. Organic debris can also contribute to this odor. Higher temperatures outdoors also make such scents more noticeable than on colder days. We use highly effective techniques that sufficiently eradicates odor-causing contaminants. SERVPRO works closely with you to ensure that we resolve this situation to your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood knows how to mitigate the worst flood damage, making your home safe and pleasant to live in again. Contact us at (310) 390-7540 to start your home's restoration in the right direction.

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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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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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Commercial Water Damage Cleanup In Your Century City Deli

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Cleanup In Your Century City Deli A leaking sink in your Century City deli can go unnoticed at first.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

A leaking sink in your Century City deli can go unnoticed at first. There are various reasons why the sink can start leaking. The water supply valves, for instance, are always under pressure. If a connection loosens or the line is punctured, even without the faucet being on, water will leak under your sink. Drain pipes constructed of metal such as copper, brass, or galvanized steel can corrode over time and develop a leak, or if the P-trap under the sink is clogged, it causes water to build up all the way up the drains and make a leak.

Any leak or commercial water damage in your Century City business can be devastating. Depending on how severe it is, your operations can be halted. It is best to have professionals from SERVPRO help you clean up the mess and any related damage before it becomes worse. SERVPRO wastes no time in getting to your business so we can help you get everything back in order.

In the end, it does not matter what caused the water damage. When we arrive at your business, we determine the cause and start working on your facility and its contents right away. Once we address the cause, we can start removing and salvaging anything possible. Then we start to remove any standing water with pumps so we can continue the drying process.

To ensure your building is thoroughly dry, we then use dehumidifiers and air-movers. These machines are monitored on a daily basis, so if they need to be moved, they can be. In this way, the drying process goes as quickly as possible. Removing all the humidity and water can prevent further damage to your facility, such as the growth of mold.

If we suspect any hidden water, we make use of moisture detectors which can find any moisture we cannot see inside your walls, your flooring, or underneath the sink cabinet. Once everything is dry again, the affected area is cleaned and sanitized.

We understand at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood that time is money, so when your business in Century City, Westwood Village, or Beverly Hills has a water damage emergency, we work fast to help you. Just give us a call at (310) 390-7540, and we can get your business back in working order fast.

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The Discovery of Mold Damage in Your Century City Residence

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Discovery of Mold Damage in Your Century City Residence Seeing or smelling mold in your home need not cause a panic situation. Contact SERVPRO and we will assess and remediate the damage.

Our Certified Technicians Respond Quickly to the Sighting of Mold in Your Home

Your Century City home is a place that you take pride in, so you want to take care of it. With so many things that could potentially threaten your home, its occupants, or its overall value, a homeowner is continuously in a mindset of preventative maintenance. Even with the most diligent of owners, fungal growth is a situation that can arise at any time of the year and for several different reasons. Regardless of what might have caused this issue in your home, it needs to get resolved quickly.

You might have heard about some easy to do home remedies for the removal of mold damage to your Century City household. The trouble is, not all mold that is growing is the same or responds to the same measures that you take to rid your house of its colonies. With the understanding that mold can cause health effects, you should look to professional remediation services to help resolve the issue and give you back your home.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified remediation specialists are available 24/7 to handle any degree of mold damage to your home. With our tools and expertise, we are an excellent choice to restore any present or possible damage to your home from the presence of mold. While our team dresses in various levels of PPE, we also strive to prevent the spread of active mold spores throughout your home and to those who live in it.

Air scrubbers or negative air chambers can get used to isolate the affected area and prevent the spread of these spores to new areas of your home. This isolation allows our SERVPRO professionals to clean walls and surfaces currently hosting mold colonies thoroughly. Our process ensures that each organism is entirely removed, allowing our team to focus on removing the moisture from the area.

Removing the moisture from the affected area is most typically accomplished with the use of air movers and dehumidification equipment. Depending on the source of the moisture, you might get encouraged to continue this dehumidification indefinitely to prevent conditions which allow mold growth.

Our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood IICRC certified remediation technicians are available anytime that you might need us. Call us today at (310) 390-7540.

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Understanding the Levels of Clean After Commercial Water Damage to Your Century City Clothing Boutique

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Understanding the Levels of Clean After Commercial Water Damage to Your Century City Clothing Boutique SERVPRO Works Hard with Rapid Water Removal to Keep Your Century City Business in Business

Fast Water Removal, Cleanup & Restoration Are What SERVPRO Can Do to Protect Your Business

Water damage to a clothing boutique is any storeowner's worst nightmare. The dirty water can damage the inventory and the store as well. Cleaning up after a water intrusion incidence is not a DIY job for Century City business owners.

Thankfully, restorations experts for water damage can get your Century City clothing boutique clean so that you are back in business in no time. That said, technicians often categorize cleanliness into three distinct levels. This identification helps to set up the most expedient means of extraction and drying.

Sterile level  
A sterile environment is one where there is no contamination whatsoever. Such type of cleanliness is only required in healthcare facilities such as hospitals. It is not possible to eliminate a 100% of contamination during routine cleaning. SERVPRO technicians do not sterilize any facility after water damage cleanup. Besides, you do not need the sterile level of cleaning for your clothing store.

Disinfected level
This level of cleaning requires the elimination of 99% of pathogens and other microbes such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores. In situations where there is water damage due to sewer backup, technicians can use EPA-registered disinfectants. However, routine cleaning is not able to achieve this level of cleanliness.

Sanitary level
A sanitary level is said to have achieved if the environment is clean to the point that general health is protected. There might be some soil contamination at this level of cleaning. It is a level of cleanliness that is desirable after water damage to a clothing store. The term 'clean' indicates to this ranking of cleanliness.
 
SERVPRO technicians use some of the best cleaning equipment and can achieve this level of cleaning during the restoration of the aftermath of flood damage to your commercial property. Clean water from a plumbing break within the structures is potable water, and is the least complicated process for extraction and drying.

Regular cleaning is required to maintain the sanitary level of cleanliness. If the areas are not regularly cleaned, they can become unsanitary.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/ Westwood today at (310) 390-7540 today to discuss your commercial after damage restoration needs. Remember, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why You Should Not Panic When Faced With Flood Damage In Westwood

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Should Not Panic When Faced With Flood Damage In Westwood Flooding Damages Many Homes in the Westwood Area, Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Drying

With SERVPRO to Help, Storm Damage Can Be Mitigated

While most business and homeowners know the destructive effects that flood damage causes, not everyone knows the right steps to take to mitigate the associated damage. These are incidents which need immediate professional intervention to learn what is restorable and what to replace. That is why it is vital for Westwood residents to know how to act when faced with such incidents.

When disasters strike your Westwood property with storm-related flooding, fast action can mitigate damages. They bring along the water that penetrates through your possessions, equipment, and structural surfaces. When the moisture comes into contact with some contents, rotting occurs, and soon odors and mold growth occurs. When working with professionals from SERVPRO, we first stop further entry of the water and assess the circumstances to stifle further storm damage to the structure and contents.

Remember water carries along all sorts of debris, oils, and mud into a premise. When contaminated water comes into contact with metallic surfaces, oxidation occurs, and they start to rust. To prevent such eventualities, extracting the water and cleaning is necessary. Our SERVPRO team can in some cases use wet-vacuuming to remove the debris and water. Truck-mounted pumps and portable generators for a power source are readily available from our stocked Green Fleet.

We may recommend a replacement if we notice that the water contaminated your porous materials. Where necessary, our team uses detergents and water to clean hard surfaces such as wood furnishings, desks, and metal cabinets before we dry them.

To dry your property, we set up air movers and leave them in position until we achieve the desired evaporation. Since evaporation moves moisture into the air, we position dehumidifiers to lower the humidity. Dependent on the situation at hand, we may decide to use desiccant, low grain or refrigerant dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is an experienced and trusted service provider in mold, flood, storm and fire restoration. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to learn more about our services.

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Having A READY Plan Can Help In The Event Your Home Suffers Fire Damage In Westwood

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Having A READY Plan Can Help In The Event Your Home Suffers Fire Damage In Westwood When homeowners in Westwood face predicaments such as fire damage, having a READY plan from SERVPRO can help.

Having A READY Plan Can Help After A Fire

Few things in life can prepare us to cope with the effects of disasters and catastrophes. However, residents in Westwood can help prepare themselves and their families to better deal with damage their homes sustain.

When homeowners in Westwood face predicaments such as fire damage, having a READY plan from SERVPRO can help. With one in place before a catastrophic event, homeowners can reduce the trauma their families experience while reducing the extent of the damage to their property.

To make things especially convenient for residents, we developed an app that you can download onto your phone or tablet. Taking the few minutes needed to complete the questionnaire provides us with crucial information whenever disaster strikes at your home. Gathering this information at the time of a fire damage event takes time that we could devote to other activities instead, but a READY Plan ensures this information already exists.

Because we know that some questions do not pertain to all homes, you can add as much information as you desire. Phone numbers and other contact information provided by you enables us to contact others who can also assist us in providing the services your home needs as soon as the fire department finishes.

Once extinguished, we can then begin to assess the damage and the work required to restore your home. Even small fires that did not necessitate a call to the fire department, smoke damage can ruin a home because of its widespread coverage. Charred pieces of belongings and construction materials, smoke and soot, and water all combine to form a hazardous jumble.

Electricity may not work inside your home after a fire due to burnt wires and outlets. SERVPRO can provide the necessary electricity to run our equipment inside your home. We can still mitigate both interior and exterior damage, so your home's restoration happens quickly.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood's customer service professionals can help you with your development of a READY Plan. Call us at (310) 390-7540 for assistance. We are here to help you with our 24-hour services.

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Reliable Water Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Century City

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reliable Water Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Century City SERVPRO technicians treat both sides of your carpets and floors to eliminate mold and mildew from growing.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Access to Professional Equipment and Training to Restore Your Home after Water Damage

As a resident of Century City, you should always be ready for water damage incidents. Any disaster requires immediate attention to lessen the losses and further damage. However, what are your options when you do not have the right tools and the necessary restoration skills?

Air movers are among the tools that our SERVPRO technicians use to address water damage disasters in Century City. When put in position, they increase the rate of evaporation and shorten the drying time since they move drier air in to replace the moist air. Where necessary, we direct the air into cavities by the use of wall cavity drying systems.

There is a chance of tripping or slipping during the restoration process and hurting yourself. We observe safety measures when working for you and have the right gear even to protect us from chemical effects of the deodorizing agents. When dealing with sagging ceilings, we make holes to reduce the imminent danger. Additionally, we will not turn on lights if we notice there is water in the light fixtures.

SERVPRO technicians use various deodorization agents when working on your property. Usually, different deodorizing agents address different sources of odor, and an appropriate one is selected. For instance, the masking agent act by covering the smells with a pleasant aroma. Disinfectants and sanitizers on the other hand work by inhibiting fungal and bacteria growth.

During the restoration process, we treat both sides of your carpet and floor with appropriate disinfectants that are approved by EPA. After cleaning and treating your upholstery for mildew, our SERVPRO technicians apply a suitable deodorizer on your furniture. For severely damaged large surface areas, our technicians use a ULV fogger to apply the deodorizer. On walls and ceilings, we use a pump sprayer or a ULV fogger to apply the deodorant.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a trusted leader in water, fire, storm and mold restoration. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to learn more about the services we offer.

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Mold Damage Embarrassment in High-End Century City Salon

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage Embarrassment in High-End Century City Salon SERVPRO quickly, thoroughly, and discreetly remediates mold damage in your salon with no interruption to your clients.

SERVPRO Treats and Prevents Mold Damage in Your Commercial Space

Century City is a prominent business district in Los Angeles County’s Westside. Built on land that previously formed the backlot of 20th Century Fox, the area began to house commercial enterprises in the early 1960s catering to the local film industry. Entertainment, shopping, and cosmetic and spa outlets are the draw. Business owners need reliable service providers who can quickly restore damage without inconveniencing clients.

The humidity and continuous water usage in your Century City salon and spa present challenges with commercial mold damage. You need expert assistance to manage any current microbial outbreaks and to help you adapt your practices to ensure that ongoing mold issues do not harm your reputation as a desirable hair and nail care establishment. Discretion and highly qualified technicians are a must. We offer the skill set and the professional approach to assist with this problem.

Mold spores are a constant companion to humans, even if they are invisible to the naked eye. Interior spaces are no exception, but the spores cause few problems unless they absorb water. They then begin to grow and multiply, creating colonies that produce more spores and sometimes mycotoxins that may cause health effects. Also, the colonies emit a musty smell that is noticeable and unpleasant -- certainly not a part of the soothing ambiance your salon strives to achieve. SERVPRO dispatches trained mold remediation teams to relieve your space of the mold damage now and to pinpoint the source of moisture feeding the mold infestation.

Using protocols approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SERVPRO remediators contain the moldy areas with physical barriers like heavyweight plastic sheathing and further prevent the spread of mold particles with negative pressure air scrubbers that vent outdoors during the removal process. The colonies and any porous materials contaminated with mold are then removed, bagged, and disposed of following local hazardous waste codes. We sanitize the affected areas with appropriate antimicrobial solutions, and workers vacuum using HEPA filter-equipped tools.

We identify the moisture source and work to eliminate it. If you skip this step, your salon will suffer mold damage again. Likely culprits are leaky plumbing, including both pipes and connections, or spills and overflows you failed to dry out immediately and thoroughly. High humidity levels feed mold outbreaks as well, so we monitor your air moisture levels and recommend ways to keep them in the 30 to 50 percent range.

Get fast, discreet, and reliable mold damage remediation services from SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. Call (310) 390-7540 day or night to schedule an appointment for an assessment and planning session.

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

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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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Prevent from Mold Damage in Your Century City Home’s HVAC System

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent from Mold Damage in Your Century City Home’s HVAC System You can help to prevent mold growth in your HVAC system by regularly changing your air filter.

SERVPRO’s Recommended Steps to Reduce the Risk of Mold Growth

An HVAC is a valued part of many Century City homes – after all, who does not appreciate clean, fresh air in their home thanks to the wonders of air conditioning. However, even the best HVAC system can develop problems or need maintenance, and one regular cause of air conditioning system problems is mold damage.

Mold damage occurs readily in any home, in any location from Century City right across the country. The fungus is present throughout nature and inside your home – it is brought in on clothes, shoes, and even pet fur, and the spores are microscopic, so they can spread without you seeing them. Fungal growth occurs wherever there is a moisture plus an organic food source, and this includes inside your HVAC system. SERVPRO recommends the following steps to reduce the risk of fungal growth in your air conditioner.

Dry any wet areas immediately. If you see water in or around your HVAC system, dry it. It is also important that you empty drip pans and keep them dry. The reason you must keep everything dry is that mold needs moisture to grow, so if you leave moisture, you leave the fungus what it needs.

Change your filter regularly. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filter every three months. Mark it on your calendar and do not skip it. Make sure you always use the correct filter for your unit.

Run a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier reduces the humidity of the air, thus reducing the amount of moisture and the risk of mold growth.

If you notice numerous issues with water or damp around your system, or if you see signs of mold (usually dark green or black patches), call SERVPRO at once. Our mold remediation experts are skilled in cleaning visible mold from HVAC systems and are also equipped to check moisture and humidity levels in the surrounding area. We equip our technicians with the latest protective equipment, air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, and dehumidifiers to ensure a quick, safe, thorough job.

For help with fungal growth in Beverly Hils, Century City, Westwood Village and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 today.

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Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall in Century City

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall in Century City SERVPRO technicians understand the process it takes to dry out a basement constructed of cinder blocks.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Skills and Training to Properly Dry Out Your Flooded Basement

When you happen upon a wet basement in Century City, it can be particularly heartbreaking. So many possessions are now potentially ruined, and there could be several structural repairs as well. Drying the basement out is a big task, as it does not include just taking out the water and moisture, but also could include getting the mud out and in the end sanitizing everything, including ductwork, to avoid mold and other contaminants in your home.

For such a big task as water removal from your Century City basement, you need the professionals at SERVPRO to help you out. We have the equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, plus the training needed to understand how to do the job efficiently and thoroughly. We also realize time is a factor in a case like this since mold can start growing in just one to two days.

When your basement is constructed of cinder blocks, one of the most critical factors of drying out the block walls is the contents of the open cells. If enough time has passed for the cells to have equalized with the surrounding environment, they hold a certain amount of water or moisture. We examine the surface to figure out whether paint has been applied as well. Gloss or semi-gloss paints create a vapor barrier to limit the transfer of moisture from the inside to the outside of the wall. We may need to drill holes near the bottom of the wall in a mortar joint to let water drain from the cavity of the wall. Holes in the mortar joint are easily patched once drying is complete.

Some block walls contain insulation like vermiculite, cellulosic, fiberglass, or foam. Drying insulation in cavities of walls can be difficult since it requires large amounts of dry air and circulation which are challenging to maintain inside the block cavity.

Depending on local codes, some block construction has bond beams inside the walls. These affect airflow inside the cavity and slow down drying time considerably. SERVPRO staff can usually determine if bond beams are used in a wall by tapping on it.

We use a nonpenetrating moisture meter to figure out when drying is complete. A material is dry only when it has gone back to its natural moisture content, so we use an area which is unexposed to the water as a control for figuring out this level of moisture. We can also take readings from materials in the control area as a target reference for drying wet materials.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood takes care to ensure that your basement is completely dry before saying the job is complete. Residents in the areas of Westwood, Century City, or Beverly Hills with a flooded basement for any reason should reach out to us right away by dialing (310) 390-7540.

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SERVPRO Retouches and Refinishes After Fire Damage in Beverly Hills

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Retouches and Refinishes After Fire Damage in Beverly Hills Our technicians can present you with some options that may include restoration after a fire. Contact us right away for best results.

Restoration Services can Offer You the Option of Keeping an Item that Has Sentimental Value Rather than Replacing it After a Fire

With permission from your insurance adjuster, we can help to retouch and refinish materials that may have been damaged in the fire. Smoke, ash, soot, and staining can all harm your belongings, and may sometimes require specialized treatments such as chemical polishes and dry cleaning techniques. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with a range of certifications that allow them to handle many different materials and their respective fire damages in your Beverly Hills home professionally. These are some of the most popular refinishing services we offer.
 
Metals
 
Many metals can be visually or chemically tarnished by the effects of fire damage in your Beverly Hills home. In most cases, our technicians can restore the materials to their former conditions with only light cleaning and buffing, and perhaps some polishing work if we are granted permission by you and your insurance adjuster. Some metals may also require chemical treatments, which we may provide or request from our list of contractors.
 
Floors
 
We use industrial mops and cleaning solutions to scrub hard floors free of smoke and ash. Some fires and floors may warrant more severe stripping, sealing, and refinishing work, but we wait for an opinion from your insurance adjuster before delving into these more involved and time-consuming treatments. If approved, we can help to refinish any flooring with careful and practiced hands.
 
Clothing and Fabrics
 
Different fabrics require different cleaning approaches, and we have access to and knowledge of many so that we can treat your fabrics and clothing with optimal methods. For most garments, we use Epcor industrial washers to quickly and thoroughly process many articles of clothing at once. However, if need be, we may also explore ultrasonic and foam cleaning options, or recommend local contractors and experts that can do the job at a lower cost.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a local provider of professional damage mitigation and restoration services. We work around the clock to bring strong and smart repair solutions to local homeowners in need. Call us at (310) 390-7540.

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Fashionable Feedback to Flood Damage in Century City - Plan Ahead With SERVPRO

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fashionable Feedback to Flood Damage in Century City - Plan Ahead With SERVPRO Your clients depend on the fashions in your particular store. Don't let them find a new favorite location after flooding. Contact SERVPRO fast.

Our Quick Response After Flooding can Save You Time and Money

The chic boutiques of Century City cannot afford the devastation of flooding after the record downpours seen in the past year. Flash flooding following heavy rains can be a retail crisis, especially since severe weather patterns causing harm are more common today. Fast and professional flood remediation is crucial to the health of your business when the risk becomes a reality.
 
Potential commercial flood damage to your Century City specialty clothing store is a constant worry. The intriguing and beautiful lines of women’s wear you feature are unique, one of a kind creations. Cleaning up after a deluge and simply reordering stock is an unsatisfactory option for this type of artisan endeavor. What you need is a flood recovery plan that caters to your needs, and we have the knowledge and experience to make that happen.
 
When your business relies upon exclusivity as a selling point, it is more important than ever to anticipate problems and solve as many as you can before a disaster strikes. SERVPRO offers commercial clients the opportunity to create an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. One phone call to our office dispatches an experienced project manager to your store long before flooding or other water damage occurs. A thorough assessment of your operation and space inform our advice to you and helps us sketch out how we respond if you need our assistance in the future. We also recommend ways to protect your structure, fixtures, and inventory in case of a flood emergency.
 
You use our mobile app to enter information about your business, including your priorities should flood damage threaten your show floors, dressing areas, offices, customer service area and stock rooms. A diagram of your store’s physical layout and the names of your key staff and suppliers are archived for the SERVPRO team that arrives on the scene when flooding happens. To ensure that our efforts are not hampered by your absence, you are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who can direct the restoration effort should you be out of town or otherwise unavailable when the heavy rains create a problem.
 
If flooding does invade, SERVPRO crews arrive ready to follow the detailed plan devised with your input. Speedy, personalized approaches remove the water and get the structural drying on track while ensuring little if any of your special fashion inventory is destroyed.
 
Call (310) 390-7540 to initiate the design of an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. We work with you to be ready just in case flooding, or other catastrophes, affect your business.

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Professional Water Removal Services Make Getting Water Out of Your Century City Home Easier

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Removal Services Make Getting Water Out of Your Century City Home Easier Water damage in your home can leave you at a loss as to who to call for help. Contact SERVPRO and we'll help you with the whole process.

SERVPRO Technicians Help You Successfully Deal With Water Damage on Your Property

You might experience water problems on your Century City property from a broken appliance, damaged water heater, or plumbing issues that often lead to a flooded basement. When this happens, you need access to certified professionals that can respond to your situation quickly and begin working towards your home’s recovery immediately.

A professionally trained Century City water removal service makes your home look new again. With our 24-hour emergency response, we can help you limit your losses and prevent additional damages from forming. It only takes mold spores a short time to form on wet or damp organic materials such as carpet, wood, and drywall used to construct your home, which makes it even more important to act quickly.

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated by IICRC-industry certified technicians that perform quality water removal and other emergency services for homeowners on a daily basis. We are trained to explain services to customers in detail, keeping you informed about our progress as the process advances. We use a variety of advanced equipment and years of experience to return your property to normal after a flood.

SERVPRO technicians use water extractors, moisture detectors, and drying equipment of all shapes and sizes to assist with water extraction in your home. All of our methods and equipment are designed to produce quality results while maintaining a safe, healthy working environment. We communicate with your insurance company, providing all of the information needed to take the stress out of the process.

The training, both in-house, and formal certifications that each of SERVPRO’s technicians experiences before entering the field provides us with a unique perspective to home repair and restoration. If you are looking to gain access to experts who can help you make the most of the unfortunate situations you may face, call us.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood stands ready to deliver quality, expert solutions throughout Westwood as well. Our staff can handle anything you throw our way, contact our office at (310) 390-7540 to get the help you deserve, today.  

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Seek Professional Care of Mold Damage in Westwood

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Seek Professional Care of Mold Damage in Westwood When you see or smell mold in your home, it's time to contact SERVPRO for their remediation services. Cal quickly to contain the spread.

Quick Acting SERVPRO Technicians Find the Cause of Your Home Mold Infestation Quickly

A busy lifestyle distracts you from subtle signs that mold may be taking hold in one or more areas of your home. You may first notice a darkening of the wood under a cabinet or a musty smell in the bathroom. Small leaks add up to a growing problem. Eventually contacting a mold remediation company is your next step.
 
Mold damage in your Westwood home surprises you. When you see pictures in the media of mold colonies, they cover whole walls and hang down from ceilings. Typically the storyline concerns the aftermath of a major flooding event or a post-storm scenario. The more common manifestation of mold problems may not be so dramatic, but the concerns you have are just as real. We handle mold abatement whether it involves large area or one or multiple smaller spaces you desire professional assistance to solve.
 
Although a homeowner might attempt to eliminate mold growth with do-it-yourself strategies, there are many ways successful mold remediation is out of the reach of all but professionals. SERVPRO technicians spend hours learning about the lifecycle of molds and the challenges posed when remediating outbreaks. They practice careful containment and thorough removal, all the while pondering the source of the moisture that fueled the initial growth, and how to eliminate it.
 
First, our crews suit up in personal protective gear to ensure that no moldy debris irritates skin or interferes with breathing. Then they use proven methods to contain the moldy areas with plastic sheeting or an efficient high-tech negative pressure air scrubber. This type of equipment and setup makes the remediation proceed much faster and more safely, but is costly and difficult to replicate with supplies from the local hardware store.
 
Next SERVPRO technicians determine whether the mold can be cleaned off the surface without leaving a residue. Training and experience help us identify mold that has infiltrated a surface with a root-like system called hyphae, indicating it must be removed as well.
 
We then apply a professional antimicrobial matched to destroy further fungal growth. A homeowner might try a bleach mixture without realizing it does not penetrate far enough, and be fooled temporarily into believing it worked because it lightens the stain. Bleach is more than 90 percent water, more so when diluted, and can feed the mold it is supposed to kill making home remedies ineffective or counterproductive.
 
The key to a successful SERVPRO remediation is to eliminate the moisture that activated the mold spores. Our workers have vast experience in finding and stemming water incursions. Mold has a tough time regenerating if wetness dries completely.
 
Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 for the latest and most efficacious mold remediation services. We take mold abatement seriously.

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Torrential Rains Cause Flood Damage To Your Westwood Home

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Torrential Rains Cause Flood Damage To Your Westwood Home After unusually heavy rains the ground around your home saturates, and flood damage occurs in your Westwood home.

Flood Damage To Your Home

Unprecedented rains earlier this year prove that no place is immune to the power of flood damage after a severe storm. Westwood homeowners must prepare for the damage flooding does as weather patterns continue to change and storms intensify. Our crews are trained in advanced water restoration techniques, and our equipment is second to none.

After unusually heavy rains the ground around your home saturates, and flood damage occurs in your Westwood home. Although the rainwater itself is fairly clean, storm sewers in the area are unable to handle the runoff, and you risk sewage backup as part of the flooding. Anytime large amounts of water, clean or contaminated, invade your home we respond quickly with powerful tools and the know-how of a company that values up to date training in industry best practices for all our workers.

The water that seeps into your lower level may carry landscaping chemicals into your home. Adding to the toxic mix is human and animal waste from the sewer back up. The substances in the flood waters can be infectious and offer a rich growth medium for unwanted microbial activity. SERVPRO’s truck-mounted pumps and extractors collect the contaminated water for disposal according to local regulations. Our staff takes baseline moisture measurements after extraction to locate hidden pockets of water and to help set drying goals.

We position commercial grade air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce ambient humidity and move moisture out of walls, ceilings, and floors. Water trapped behind walls or within cinder blocks is suctioned out from above or through holes drilled in mortar joints or drywall. Floors must also have subflooring wetness eliminated, and we use drying mats, holes, or even the removal of planks or tiles temporarily to gain access and reduce moisture. SERVPRO technicians assess for any microbial growth during cleaning and drying and apply appropriate antimicrobial treatments to ensure mold, and other unwanted growth does not take hold.

Belongings stored where flooding risks soaking them are inventoried and removed to a dry area in your home or off site. SERVPRO workers help you make tough decisions if items are saturated beyond redemption, but we also have a range of methods, including a freezing drying or “lyophilization” technique that can restore documents and pictures in some cases. Throughout the restoration process, we work with your insurer to provide evidence for claims and keep your out of pocket expenses low.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is your partner for post-storm flood damage control and restoration. Call at (310) 390-7540 to set up an inspection and consultation.

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Get Professional Help Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Westwood Area Home

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get Professional Help Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Westwood Area Home If your home is devastated with fire damage, SERVPRO is here to help with every step of the restoration process.

You can trust SERVPRO’s experienced and certified technicians to restore your home after a fire

Every emergency situation can be devastating. However, among all of the possibilities, fire damage is usually the most severe. After a fire on your Westwood property, you have an increasingly larger area to restore the longer you wait, adding pressure to the entire situation.

If you are researching for information on how to deal with a fire damage situation in your Westwood area home before one occurs, make sure to contact your insurance company to discuss available coverage and take reasonable steps to limit the losses you might experience. However, if you are among those homeowners caught off-guard by unforeseen circumstances, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you get the most out of your current situation.

Immediately after a fire occurs, notify your insurance agent and begin itemizing your losses. You want to consider your options carefully and make clear, concise decisions. You need to secure your property before entertaining the idea of getting some rest. At SERVPRO, our technicians respond, “Faster To Any Disaster.” It is entirely possible for us to respond, secure your property, and have you setup in temporary housing within just a few hours after a fire.

Calling SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC-industry certified technicians, who have several years of experience assisting homeowners just like you with recovering after a fire. Repairing fire damage on your property can be a lengthy process, you need professionals that are on your side to assess damages properly and perform necessary repairs.

We can help you with filling out insurance paperwork and manage your entire restoration from start to finish, making things easier. Your SERVPRO team does everything possible to help you recover, making it possible for you to get the fire damage in your home under control as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Our team at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood services the entire Westwood area, ensuring that members of our local communities have the help they need during emergency situations that occur. Call us for access to highly trained personnel, advanced equipment, and people who care. (310) 390-7540

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Beverly Hills

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Beverly Hills Soot and smoke may cause damage to your home, but SERVPRO restores it.

SERVPRO is The Company To Trust When Dealing with Fire Damage in Beverly Hills

You hear about fires occurring in a variety of situations through countless homes, entire counties, or full states at different times throughout the year. There is no such thing as being immune to fire, every home, in every location is susceptible, whether they want to be or not.

If you are already facing fire damage in your Beverly Hills area home, make contact with a restoration company you trust as soon as possible. The longer you take to make a decision about which company to use, the more damage you may have to deal with on your property. A professional can help you remove any hazards that may exist and help get your recovery off on the right foot.

Every fire includes both water and fire damage, as well as some form of repair. Firefighters use water to douse the flames and do everything they can to get the flames out fast, including ripping a hole in your wall or ceiling to get the water to where it needs to be. SERVPRO has a variety of water location and extraction equipment that makes removing this water easier.

Fire damage begins at the source, flames cause scorching and charring, destroying most materials that make contact. However, smoke, soot, and ash use air to travel throughout your home, creating damage in its wake. Each surface that these residues come into contact with require special attention. SERVPRO fire damage, cleaning, and deodorization technicians use a combination of methods to produce quality results for you and your family.

Regardless of how the fire begins or what materials exist in the affected area, you want to know that you have the right company for the job working at your side. SERVPRO has fully certified IICRC technicians, advanced industrial-grade equipment, and several years of experience providing homeowners just like you with the restoration services they need.

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Call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood for full-service solutions to problems associated with fire damage in your home. Make the call, receive the help you deserve, today. (310) 390-7540

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Flood Damage Restoration Services In Westwood Performed The Right Way

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Services In Westwood Performed The Right Way SERVPRO Interfaces with You and Your Insurance Agent for the Best Results After Flooding in Westwood

Damage Caused by Water, from Malfunctions or Storms, Get Cleanup from SERVPRO

There are a variety of websites showing a simple 10-step do-it-yourself fix for protecting your structure after a flood. However, they often promote their products that fail to meet EPA specifications and even forgo mentioning other important factors involved in the process.

It is hard to receive quality results while attempting to repair flood damage in your Westwood home alone, without proper training, years of experience, and access to vital resources. Using a variety of home products and household tools does not provide you with the services you deserve.  

Here is a small look at what technicians face when providing services involved in your home’s restoration process. First, you should never enter a building deemed unsafe, always wait for a professional to tell you everything is okay. Next, protect yourself; it takes protective gear for everyone who wants to enter. Before you re-enter your property, inspect it for known hazards. You might cause significant damage, start a fire, or end up in the hospital if you fail to get it right.The best thing you can do is check about flood insurance coverage.

After checking everything, all contents including furniture, personal belongings, and any object not directly connected to the structure of your home needs moved to a safe, dry location. Be careful and avoid any additional damages, each of these items could be restorable. SERVPRO does all of this for you. This is an extreme scenario of what you can face after a flooding from a ruptured plumbing line, appliance, or storm related reason.

You need to remove mud and any other debris from carpeting and flooring. Rip every section of carpeting and any other flooring out of your home. Once done, an EPA-registered disinfectant, sanitizer, and virucide should get applied everywhere. The entire process includes cutting drywall on every wall down, at least 2-feet above the highest water line to allow for proper disinfection and drying. Leaving exposed wiring, pipes, and framing materials that require cleaning and drying. Sounds like a ton of work, but SERVPRO technicians train for this.

So far we have only covered steps 1-4 of someone’s 10-step online guide to flood damage recovery in your home. Do you still want to tackle these incidents on your own, or would you rather have an expertly trained restoration specialist from SERVPRO on your side?

Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood for qualified flood damage restoration services you can count on to get you back on track. (310) 390-7540

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Add-on Bay Window Causing Mold Damage in Century City

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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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Ignoring A Slow Drain Has Serious Repercussions In Your Westwood Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ignoring A Slow Drain Has Serious Repercussions In Your Westwood Home A clogged drain can cause major problems in your home.

Flood Damage Caused By A Slow Drain

A shower or bathroom sink normally does not seem like a huge flood risk. Each has a drain, and the water does not collect unless the stopper is engaged. When the drain’s efficiency has slowed without the homeowner’s notice or attention, however, even a few minutes of inattention can result in water spilling everywhere. SERVPRO is ready to solve the case of the slowly clogging drain.

Quick showers are the rule at your home, and no one notices that the drain in the guest bathroom’s freestanding unit has become clogged. When an overnight visitor takes a more leisurely shower than the immediate family, the clogged drain in that bathroom sends water pouring across the low lip, causing flood damage in your Westwood home. Everyone is embarrassed, you are frustrated, and we are on the way to make things right away.

The average shower uses just less than 18 gallons of water and lasts just over 8 minutes. If that water flows into the bathroom rather than down a clogged drain, damage to floors and the walls and ceiling below are possible. If the 8 minutes is exceeded, the damage can become more widespread. SERVPRO offers experienced technicians who wade right in to deal with this surprisingly devastating scenario.

Any water remaining in the bathroom gets first attention, extracted with powerful wet vacuums. Then our crew searches for the path taken by the rest of the water. Moisture absorbed by carpeting in the hallway or rooms on the same floor receive the proven extraction followed by in place drying approach. We loosen the carpet, remove the padding, and position air movers to get under the floor covering.

We also follow the water down a level, looking for saturation of nearby walls and the ceiling immediately under the guest bath. The large rush of water channels in unexpected directions, following internal structures like studs, joists, plumbing, and electrical lines in the walls. SERVPRO crew members vacuum up puddles and position air movers and dehumidifiers for soaked wallboard and ceilings. We stress restoration but recommend replacing crumbling drywall or bulging ceiling tiles. Our technicians are proficient in using moisture meters to locate hidden water and determine and meet drying goals.

A clogged shower drain is no match for the skills of SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to arrange for one of our flood damage teams to help solve the problem.

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Put the Nightmare Behind You in Westwood

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Put the Nightmare Behind You in Westwood It is traumatic dealing with a crime scene that happened in your home. Call SERVPRO technicians to clean up so that you can get back to normal.

Professional SERVPRO Technicians Are Certified in Cleaning Up Biohazard Emergencies

Dealing with the aftermath of criminal activity prevents you from moving on with your life after a tragedy or frightening experience. Many different substances, odors, and dangerous contaminants remain, most requiring very specific remediation not easy or safe for a typical cleaning crew to complete. SERVPRO offers clients discrete, certified trauma and crime scene cleanup.
 
You already experienced considerable trauma during illegal activity playing out in your home. The authorities completed their investigation, and you now need fast and efficient crime scene cleanup in your Westwood home. In addition to bodily fluids, a broad variety of evidence-gathering and preserving chemicals and substances contaminate the place you used to treasure as a haven and refuge from the world. Put your trust in our well-trained team of specialized cleaning experts. We value the confidence you feel for our services and wish to restore both your home and your sense of peace.
 
If a standoff occurred inside your house, the smell and physical residue of tear gas, pepper spray, or other topical irritants fills the air and the area. You need the skills of our crime scene team to remove the substances, and especially the smells, from your home. Because of the chemicals utilized, there is a special methodology followed to clear them away completely. Likewise, if investigators lifted prints or other physical evidence from the surfaces inside your house, SERVPRO staff know how to make these powders, liquids, or gels disappear for good.
 
The debris remaining after the production or distribution of illegal drugs or other substances are tricky to contain and remove. We make certain our staff receive up to date schooling on the proper methods recommended by federal and state agencies to remove all dangerous and volatile materials.
 
If the worst happened and death or serious accident occurred within the walls of your home, SERVPRO technicians follow OSHA and EPA directives to ensure that human or other tissues, blood, or bodily fluids are managed safely. Removal without any trace is the goal, permitting you to move forward in a safe and protected manner.
 
For professional, compassionate, and comprehensive crime scene cleanup services contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. One simple call to (310) 390-7540 puts you on the road to recovery from a life-altering experience.

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

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

Do You Know How Hydroxyl Generators Deodorize Your Home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beverly Hills Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Discreet, Professional Trauma Scene Cleanup Services Available In Beverly Hills

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

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

Rely on SERVPRO for Thoughtful Restoration of Beverly Hills Trauma Events


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

Fire Damage Restoration Processes in Westwood Village

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

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

The Six Cleaning Methods Utilized by SERVPRO After Fire Damage

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The Effects Of Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood Fitness Centers

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

Slab Leak Causes Water Damage to Flooring

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

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

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


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

Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood

3/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage In Westwood Flooding can cause major damage to your commercial property.

Commercial Flood Damage


Convenience stores and other small businesses have different priorities and concerns than homes after flooding. There is no furniture loss, and the amount of personal property lost is negligible. Commercial property such as refrigerated and freezer cases are the largest replacement costs in this situation.

Whether it is a convenience store or another commercial structure, flood damage costs in Westwood result primarily from two sources. There is the loss of business due to damaged property and how long doors remain closed to the public. SERVPRO has extensive experience in restoring businesses to a pre-flood state and getting their doors open again.

Our first step is to remove the water so that technicians can begin their inspection and restoration work. Our office maintains a series of pumps to remove water from any size building and generators to ensure continuous power. These same generators also provide emergency lighting and temporary power for other services. Items in refrigerator and freezer cases (milk and other perishables) must be disposed of when the power goes out; that is an immediate loss. Our response team removes and disposes of the perishables while also removing items (beer and candy bars) while cleanup is accomplished and then returned to the shelves. If the water has risen high enough to affect the customer areas, technicians also remove sale goods from display racks. They work with the store owner to determine what is recoverable and what is not; we also provide dumpsters for all items that must be thrown out.

Next, we dry out the cases, display racks, and the structure itself. The first step is setting up dehumidifiers to reduce the overall air moisture levels. As these machines work, technicians use extractors to draw out more water from around the property. To speed up drying time, they also install heaters at key points to dry out the compressor motors and electronics to return power to the refrigerator and freezer cases. Other team members wipe down and dry display racks by hand where needed. They also clean and sanitize the cases to allow food to be stocked for sale once more.

Reopening doors to customers after a flood is a long process. Disposing of damaged or ruined property alone can take a day or two if owners rely on their employees. The only safe, quick option is to bring in a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood stands ready to help you reopen those doors. Call us today at (310) 390-7540 to get started.

What Causes Mold Damage in Westwood Village Homes?

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold Damage in Westwood Village Homes? Mold Expands with Humidity in a Westwood Village Property

Westwood Village Properties with Excessive Humidity Can Develop Mold Problems

For a remediation technician, mold is a familiar challenge. It is stubborn, remarkably versatile, and it comes in a huge variety of forms. Ultimately, mold is a natural part of life. Wherever there are warmth and moisture; dormant fungi spores begin to grow. However, this does not mean that it has to be a part of your home.

At SERVPRO, we use cutting edge drying and restoration techniques to control the spread of mold damage in Westwood Village. First, we identify the source of the moisture. Once eliminated, it is hard for spores to survive. Then, we get to work on repairing compromised materials and cleaning walls and other surfaces.

Where Does Mold Originate?
Mold spores are everywhere, invisible to the naked eye. It is also harmless in most situations because it only propagates in particular conditions. For example, it stops being harmless if a leak or flood occurs in the home and the water is not dealt with very quickly. Then, the spores start to feed on organic materials and develop into large mold patches and colonies.

Why Is Mold Such a Big Problem?
The most urgent risk is to your home and possessions, particularly your furniture and structural materials like drywall and floorboards. Mold breaks down wood, wool, and other natural substances. It produces very unpleasant odors, and it severely degrades the quality of the air, so you do not want to be around it.

How Is Mold Remediated?
Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO certified IICRC remediators, have plenty of experience dealing with mold. Even the most severe cases have the potential for restoration and repair. The first stage is to dry out all excess moisture. It is the lengthiest part of the process and can take a week or more, depending on the extent of the damage. Other situations may be rectified within a day or two.

We set up carefully controlled drying chambers in the affected area. Within these ‘zones,’ the humidity is manipulated to create optimal drying conditions. As homeowners tend to feel most comfortable at a relative humidity of 45%, this is usually our goal. It is a safe, acceptable humidity and, once we achieve it, the air starts to feel noticeably drier.

Desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers are the most common form of humidity regulators. They alter the amount of water in the air and, when combined with air scrubbers, they generate a clean and safe atmosphere. Crucially, mold spores cannot propagate when humidity levels are between 30-55%.

If you need a local mold remediation service, SERVPRO of Beverley Hills/Westwood is the ideal choice. We cater to homeowners in the Westwood Village area. Our technicians carry out inspections, dry properties, redecorate damaged rooms, and put a stop to the spread of mold. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

Does Mold Damage in Century City Homes Need to Be Fully or Partially Contained?

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Mold Damage in Century City Homes Need to Be Fully or Partially Contained? Movement dislodges spores and makes it easier for them to travel to unaffected parts of the property.

Does a Mold Infestation Need to Partially or Fully Contained in a Home? 


When dealing with extensive mold, it is common for restoration teams to work within the perimeter of a specialist containment zone. It is an area which is set up to isolate affected materials and prevent mold from spreading around the home. Residents are not allowed within this zone until repairs are complete.


Movement dislodges spores and makes it easier for them to travel to unaffected parts of the property. The SERVPRO team prevents this from happening by making sure that mold damage in Century City properties is always carefully controlled. They wear PPE suits, disinfect before exiting, and use negative air machines to keep compromised air inside.


Keep reading to find out why full and partial containment are different and which option is likely to be used in your home.


Partial Containment


If the mold damaged area is between 10-100 square feet, the containment zone is usually limited. In very large rooms, this often means that the space gets divided across the middle. The technicians delineate the treatment zone, by stapling polyethylene sheets to the floor and ceiling. Alternatively, if this does not provide enough stability, they erect temporary frames for hanging the sheeting.


All doors, risers, chases, and supply and air vents inside the containment zone are sealed. It minimizes the risk of mold contamination for the rest of the building. SERVPRO uses HEPA filtered fan units to maintain negative pressure and ensure that compromised air stays under strict control. Any object that requires removal gets disinfected first.


Full Containment


Full control is appropriate in areas that are larger than 100 square feet. Total containment comes recommended for all properties where there is a considerable risk of accelerated spread. Double layers of polyethylene create a barrier between the moldy area and unaffected parts of the building. Normally, an airlock chamber is set up.


It is the most intensive form of containment, so anything which exits the zone must be thoroughly cleaned or bagged up first. Many of your possessions may need to be sealed in airtight containers and removed to a safe place for further restoration. The aim of containment is to ensure that contaminated items never come into contact with undamaged materials.


 


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At SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood, we tailor the restoration to the situation. So, your mold remediation plan is unique to your home. Mold is a tricky problem, but with the right procedures, it can be safely disposed of or neutralized. Call us 24/7 on (310) 390-7540.

Surviving Flood Damage In Your Century City Home

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Surviving Flood Damage In Your Century City Home SERVPRO Provides Flood Support for Century City with the ERP

Century City Homes Can Benefit from SERVPRO's ERP Flooding Prep

If a natural disaster struck your home today, would you have the ability to recover? For most homeowners the answer to this question is no; only a small percentage of the property owners in the United States have flood insurance for their homes.

There are a variety of different disasters that can strike your Century City home. However, flood damage is the only type of disaster that can include water, fire, mold, and storm-related issues, contributing to the costs associated with your restoration. Preparing for the unexpected is important.
 
With the sheer amount of damage possible during a flooding situation that happens on your property, it becomes necessary to prepare yourselves before an incident strikes. Having a technician out to your home from a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, helps you identify potential risks that exist on your property and prepare yourselves correctly.
 
Sure, natural disasters happen, and when they do, the damage is rather devastating. However, believe it or not, the majority of flooding incidents that SERVPRO technicians respond to have nothing at all to do with natural disasters. We often get calls involving broken water lines or broken appliances that cause extensive flood damage to homes throughout the area.
 
Consider the possibility of identifying the risks that your home may face and gain the knowledge to anticipate problems that may occur. Put together a preparedness plan to assist with getting you and your family to safety, should a disaster occur, and make initial contact with a company, like SERVPRO, which can provide you with the proper recovery services before you need them. Ask us about our mobile app the ERP, Emergency Ready Profile, that get store contact numbers, inventory of your belongs, shut-off valve locations, and a host of other useful information.
 
That way, when a disaster finally strikes your property, you have access to a company that can provide you with any of the services you need to tackle different kinds of damage affecting your home. Remember, a quality restoration company offers various services to protect your home and family during a flood and should be willing to help you prepare.
 
Our technicians respond quickly to your request for help and have access to all of the equipment necessary to perform your restoration quickly and efficiently. Including water extractors designed to remove standing water fast, drying equipment that gets damage under control, as well as cleaning and reconstruction services that return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Beverly Hills - Westwood for assistance with surviving natural disasters or other events today. (310) 390-7540

Water Damage Affecting Westwood Homes

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Affecting Westwood Homes We often face burst or leaking pipes, as a water damage culprit.

Westwood Residential Homes Being Affected by Water Damage 


When homeowners hear water damage, they most likely think of flooding or roof leaks caused by various types of natural disasters, like wind or rain storms. However, there are many other ways for water to enter and cause damage to your home.

You can take precautionary measures to help reduce or even prevent water damage in your Westwood home. In most cases, homeowner preparation saves time and reduces many of the costs associated with repairs. The quicker you notice problems that exist, and the faster you contact someone for help, the higher the chance is that you limit your home's exposure and prevent losses.

We experience quite a few different kinds of water damage situations in homes just like yours on a daily basis, all of which have SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians performing quality solutions for our customers. Using the services provided by expertly trained, professional restoration technicians gives you several advantages.

We often face burst or leaking pipes, as a water damage culprit. A clogged drain attached to a toilet or garbage disposal causes pressure to build up, creating cracks or breaks in piping that can leak for a long time before being discovered. However, SERVPRO technicians have access to detection equipment to assist in locating and removing these kinds of water problems before they can cause excessive damage.

While SERVPRO also deals with many issues associated with your plumbing system, where hoses and pipe joints become weak and cause damages to your walls or ceiling that are also hard to detect until water has the time to cause enough damage to present visual signs. We have services available to clean, restore and repair the affected area to a quality pre-damage condition.

We have experienced water build-up in crawl spaces, attics or basements, generally caused by broken appliances, or improperly maintained ventilation system issues. Regardless, if not cared for properly, washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration and need proper attention.

Leading us back to natural disasters or weather-related problems that cause flooding and other intrusion situations that you initially thought of when this topic was presented. While these situations do exist, they happen far less frequent than most of the others described above.


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Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills - Westwood today for additional information or professional services for your home. (310) 390-7540.

Mold Can Cause Significant Damage Your Century City Home

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Can Cause Significant Damage Your Century City Home Mold can damage any surface it grows on.

Mold Damage


Even as dry and hot as California can be, mold can still find enough moisture in your home to grow. When it grows, it is likely to cause damage, stains, and a musty odor that is often the first sign that mold is an unwelcome guest. Cleaning it out is your goal, but SERVPRO can help you find it. Mold loves to hide, and this can make it difficult to find. Science and technology have worked together to develop tools that can help us, though, making it easy for us to locate areas where mold is most likely to develop.

Century City residents should understand that mold can create damage in their home anywhere, including outdoor areas. This can include decks with or without pools, although shorter decks are more likely to be affected than taller ones when there is no pool present. This is because they are closer to the ground where moisture, and microbes, particularly mold, can more easily accumulate.

Mold can damage any surface it grows on. It can also cause health effects in some people. This is because mold, as tiny as it is, is an organism with a complicated life cycle. This life cycle causes it to give off spores to reproduce. These spores can contain chemicals that can create those health effects. As mold grows, it spreads rapidly across the surface of whatever it is on. While mold, when it is dry, can be brushed off easily, the hyphae, or roots, penetrates below the surface, staining the area permanently. This is why clothing is so difficult to clean successfully after mold or mildew has been growing on it.

As these hyphae penetrate the surface, it also allows the mold to absorb the cellulose the material contains. Cellulose is actually the smallest building block in materials such as wood. When mold eats away at these, the wood will deteriorate, and become fragile. Rotting can also happen, and quickly does when water is found nearby, such as in a pool or a sprinkler system. The top of your deck may seem dry, but underneath can still be wet, dripping into the ground, and easily accessible to any mold present.

At SERVPRO, we are highly experienced in finding mold growth and remediating it to safe levels. After materials that cannot be cleaned safely enough are removed, we restore everything to pre-mold conditions for you. Nobody wants to have excess mold in their home, or around it, as it can easily be carried in on shoes or even pets' feet. Remediating is the key to preserving the integrity of your home's outdoor areas.

If you believe your deck needs to be examined for mold growth, or any other area of your home, call us. You can always call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540, 24 hours a day, all year. We will discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment that suits your schedule.

SERVPRO's Lineup of Water Removal Tools in Westwood

1/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO's Lineup of Water Removal Tools in Westwood Don't let damage to the walls of your business steer customers away. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

Many Critical Steps are Followed for Proper Water Removal

Nothing spoils the atmosphere of an eatery like water damage, which, if left untreated, can cause warping in materials, create pungent odors, and drive away customers. This water damage can originate from something as seemingly benign as a spilled pot, or as violently apparent as a large flood. Regardless, fast water removal is critical for a business with regular customers, which is why SERVPRO carries a wide array of tools and techniques for removing water of any volume as fast as possible.
 
Standing Water Extraction
 
The heaviest commercial water removal from Westwood restaurants comes in the form of standing water extraction. Usually, the result of a heavy flood, standing water is a time-critical factor that can cause damage in massive proportions if not quickly and properly attended to. SERVPRO uses water extractors, a type of motorized pump designed specifically for the task, to remove these volumes of water quickly and efficiently from the building containing them. Depending on the job, we will either use lighter portable extractors to reach into back rooms and provide greater mobility, or heavy truck-mounted pumps for when time is most critical and volumes are the highest.
 
Soaked Materials
 
The next tool in our line of water-removing machines is the air mover. Air movers can be thought of as extremely powerful fans, although they are different from fans in that they are designed to move large volumes of air at intense speeds, with a definite direction, instead of simply blowing air in a general area. These are set up in careful arrangement to whisk water droplets away from surfaces and materials in their path, even the deepest and most troublesome soaks.
 
Dehumidifying
 
As a final step to most water removal operations, we bring in heavy dehumidifiers to suck any remaining airborne water out and leave the room dry. Without this step, high levels of humidity can cause long-term damage to the business, especially to sensitive metal kitchen equipment.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a local authority on damage mitigation and restoration, with a thorough lineup of personnel and equipment to deal with any disaster you may have. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

Dealing with Water Damage in Beverly Hills

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing with Water Damage in Beverly Hills Don't let water damage keep you out of your home for long. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

SERVPRO will Follow Procedures to Help Prevent Secondary Damage when Dealing with Water Damage Restoration

When water or flood damage happens, there is a small window of time when remediation is essential to stop larger problems from occurring. If the damage is left partially treated or untreated, mold growth can occur. This can cause long-term problems and be a health danger to you and your family. If steps are taken within the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the damage has happened, it’s possible to avoid problems with mold.

First Steps to Clean up

Once your home has been exposed to water from leaking or flooding, there are a few steps to follow to prevent mold damage. The first thing to do with water damage remediation is to stop the source of the water if possible unless you are dealing with a flood in Beverly Hills. Then the excess water will need to be removed, and our SERVPRO technician will do this with heavy duty fans and vacuums, plus dehumidifiers to assist in removing the moisture from the air.

It may be necessary as well to pull up carpeting or other flooring which were affected by the water. Ceiling tiles, insulation and other surfaces that are porous could need to be removed and replaced as well depending on the damage which has happened. If they are not replaced, they can be the perfect breeding ground for mold since they will keep holding moisture for a long time.

In the first 24 hours, we may be able to salvage some of the items in your home. Certain kinds of electronics, for example, could be useable like medical equipment, computers, printers, fax machines and the like. When these things are taken from a flood site, they need to be turned off and kept off for several days. Corrosion can be stopped by lowering the humidity by letting the equipment dry out.

When Mold Starts to Grow

It can take around 48 hours for mold to start growing, and if areas in your home have been wet in this time period, we will need to take additional steps in our water damage remediation so we can stop the mold damage. This time frame is a general rule of thumb, and mold could start growing faster if your home is in a humid area.

Even if there is no visible mold, don’t be fooled. It can still be present, and the only way to know for sure is for our professionals to do testing in your home to determine if there is mold growth.

If our technicians at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can come out to your home and take immediate action, this can lower the cost of repair and replacement. If you have water damage in your home, call us right away by dialing (310) 390-7540, and we will take care of you.

Be Proactive When Planning For Commercial Flood Damage To Your Westwood Apartment Complex

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Proactive When Planning For Commercial Flood Damage To Your Westwood Apartment Complex SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage to Your Business with the ERP App

SERVPRO's ERP Mobile App Initiative Can Mitigate Water Damage to All Types of Enterprises

Whether you are catering to students, who attend UCLA or the young professionals who are making Westwood an exciting and vibrant neighborhood you need to take steps to ready your property for accidental flood damage. SERVPRO recommends rental property owners consult with us far in advance of any flooding disaster. We want to plan with you in anticipation of water damage to your commercial structure so you can safeguard your tenants and their property as well as your investment in the rental units. Developing a comprehensive plan is a partnership between you and our flood damage restoration experts. You supply the pertinent details about your apartments, and we use our experience and training to put in place a series of responsive steps that swiftly will restore both common areas and individual units to their pre-loss condition. Your Emergency Ready  Profile will be available to our technicians should flooding occur, permitting our team to react immediately after we receive notice from you or your designated staff that an emergency situation is present.

Any of an array of events can lead to commercial flooding potentially displacing your Westwood tenants or damaging their personal belongings. Distracted renters can cause flooding within their own and others’ units by letting a sink overflow or failing to report a clogged toilet to you or your property manager until the contaminated water overflows into a bathroom and through ceilings or down a wall. Seasonal heavy rains can overwhelm your gutters, and flat roof drains causing water to cascade throughout both upper and lower levels of your multiple rental units, posing a risk to common areas and mechanical systems that serve the entire building. Tenants affected by the flooding may try to break their leases or seek a reduction in rent or monetary damages if you cannot restore their apartments to a habitable condition quickly, reducing the profitability of your rental business.
 
Take the time to download the SERVPRO  Emergency Ready Profile Mobile App as well as working directly with our pre-disaster inspection staff. Follow the app’s lead to answer the questions essential to helping us prepare to restore your apartment complex after flooding damages it. Designing a restoration and a mitigation plan before a crisis strikes is smart business, permitting you to share the layout of your building and the location of key water, heating, cooling and electrical systems with us, so we waste no time verifying these essential details. We also recommend sharing with us the contact information of staff members designated by you to make decisions for your business if you are unavailable.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills- Westwood today at (310) 390-7540 to start the process of developing a Ready Plan and Profile for your rental units. We are eager to work with you to prepare for the worst rather than have commercial flooding ruin your business.

Fire Damage To Your Westwood Home

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage To Your Westwood Home It comes down to three things that were part of the fire: The materials that were burned, the amount of oxygen and the speed of combustion.

Fire Damage

Say the words 'house fire, ' and an image of blackened walls reaching up to a missing roof comes to most people's minds. Thanks to smoke alarms and a quick fire department, that's not the reality in most cases. Most of the damage and clean-up comes from smoke and soot.

Depending on how much of it is left from the fire damage, much of the property in a Westwood home can be cleaned and restored. SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience needed to make sure you return to your home with as many of your personal items and furniture as possible. It comes down to three things that were part of the fire: The materials that were burned, the amount of oxygen in the fire and the rate or speed of combustion.

Natural materials (paper, dry wood, and natural fibers) in an oxygen-rich, fast burning fire generate dry smoke and residue. It's usually powdery and isn't a greasy feeling residue that smears when touched. Synthetic materials (foam rubber and plastic for example) in an oxygen poor, slow burning fire will generate a wet smoke. The residue left from this fire has a greasy feel and smears easily.

Wet smoke residue usually has a varnish or solvent as a component. This is why it so simple to smear and makes it difficult to clean. The only advantage to dealing with the results of a slow burning fire is that smoke does not penetrate as deeply. Property covered in a wet smoke residue will require us to use more aggressive cleaning equipment and at least one cleaning agent to remove it. This type of cleaning is very effective, but there is a much higher chance of the color in fabric (curtains, drapes, and furniture) fading or bleeding out of the material.

Dry smoke residue is much simpler to clean up. It does not stain property as deeply as wet smoke and our restoration teams can often use dry sponges, cloths, and vacuums to quickly remove this residue and return the property to its original state. Regardless of the type of residue, if we can begin the process within 24 hours of the fire, we can save most property.

Our community is one of the most stunning in L.A. County. Dealing with the aftereffects of a fire can be a frustrating journey, but at the end of it, you're still living here. SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is ready to help you make the restoration process as painless as possible. If you need assistance, contact us now at (310) 390-7540.

Commercial Water Damage In Century City

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In Century City Books must be dried within 48 hours once they are discovered.

Water Damaged Documents

Despite so much of our daily life moving online, some parts will continue to require signatures on contracts. One of those parts is the real estate business.

A Century City real estate office that suffers commercial water damage can quickly find itself losing millions. SERVPRO has a number of methods to dry documents, books, and other paper products. We won't be able to return your documents completely to their original state, but we can get your office back up and running. Time and type of water are the key factors here. Books must be dried within 48 hours once they are discovered. The water must be clean water such as from a fire suppression system. Gray or black (contaminated and dirty) water can be dried, but the damage may be too extensive to recover any useful information. That will depend on your decision as the business owner or office manager.

If you do choose to save your documents, our technicians will use five methods depending on just how long they have been exposed to water. Each method uses the process of sublimation, where we force moisture trapped in the paper directly into a vapor state. This removes the moisture from the documents by getting it out of its liquid state as quickly as possible or bypassing it completely.

Air-Drying - Used for items that are damp or have not been exposed for very long.

Dehumidification - Damaged documents are placed in a room or container with a dehumidifier or a desiccant to draw moisture from the items.

Freeze Drying - Items are placed in specialized freezer units that use intense cold to remove moisture.

Vacuum Freezer Drying And Vacuum Thermal Drying - These methods use cold or heat together with a sealed chamber to draw water from items that are either very soaked or have been exposed for an extended amount of time.

No document or other paper product can be returned 100% to its original state. A little curling at the edges or a few water marks is much better than losing revenue. SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills has the equipment and methods to keep your real estate office in business when disaster strikes. Call us today at (310) 390-7540 to schedule an inspection and get the restoration process started.

How can I Assist with the Fire Damage Cleanup Process in Beverly Hills??

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How can I Assist with the Fire Damage Cleanup Process in Beverly Hills?? Call SERVPRO after the fire department leaves to evaluate the damage!

Let SERVPRO Assess and Evaluate Your Fire Damaged Household Items

Most homeowners are eager to get into their homes again after a fire event, which is perfectly understandable. However, many people are not aware that once they call a restoration professional, there are key actions they can take to help the process along.
 
After you are called SERVPRO to handle your home's fire damage in Beverly Hills, there are several important things that you can do to make cleanup and restoration go more smoothly. Here's how we can work together to quickly get your home back in great condition.
 
Gather pertinent information about your home insurance policy.
 
We have years of experience mitigating insurance claims and working with homeowners to ensure that their claims are approved. If you keep your policy details and contact information for the company handy, we will be able to work with the adjuster more quickly.
 
Be careful not to throw away any items.
 
One of the primary benefits of working with the professionals at SERVPRO is that we have the ability to restore and clean a wide variety of items affected by fire damage. This does not just include surfaces and fixtures in your home, but furnishings, appliances, rugs, window treatments, and even documents. Rather than automatically tossing things and deeming them to be a total loss, let us evaluate it first. We will also take care of properly disposing of any debris and unsalvageable items in a way that minimizes the risk of health hazards.
 
Stay safe -- we will handle the tough jobs.
 
It may seem like a helpful thing to go back to your home and try to physically assist with cleanup and repairs, but our first concern is the safety of your family. There are some lingering hazards that go along with fire damage, and until we have determined that your home is safe to occupy again, it is important to be careful when you are on-site.
 
The team at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills is ready to help get your home back in order so you can start enjoying it again and have peace of mind. For more information about our fire damage restoration services or to obtain a quote, call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

Regular Appliance Maintenance Can Help Prevent Water Damage

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Regular Appliance Maintenance Can Help Prevent Water Damage Septic tanks require regular maintenance. If yours should leak, call SERVPRO!

Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped to Handle Damage to Your Home or Business

While California has been known more recently for their droughts and lack of rain, homes on the West Coast are still in danger of experiencing water damage from within the home. Did you know that the average home containing two bathrooms and three residents will produce over 85,000 gallons of wastewater every year?
 
Water removal in Westwood is often necessary due to internal pipe leaks, overflowing bathtubs, leaking toilets, and catastrophic pipe bursts. If you have suffered any of these water events, SERVPRO can help you with your water emergency and restore your home. First, consider some simple helpful tips so you can prevent such damage from devastating your home.
 
The Unusual Suspects
Your household appliances are often disregarded as threats against your home. However, household plumbing, septic tank damage, broken drain hoses, and other water events make up a large part of homeowner water damage claims. Neglecting these parts of your home can make these vital areas a ticking time bomb ready to devastate your home.
 
It is well worth it to prevent damage through maintenance. One of the most disregarded parts of a residence is the septic tank. Inspect yours at least once a year and have the septic tank pumped every three to five years. This crucial tank is essentially a living filter that separates all of the wastewater before it flows out into the drain field for final purification.
 
A septic tank leak is one of the most dreaded events a homeowner can face. However, this is nearly always preventable, if the proper maintenance is done. A septic tank is a large, watertight container beneath the land around your home. All of the wastewater from your shower, bath, laundry, kitchen, and toilets flow into this tank. Heavy solids inevitably settle to the bottom, where bacteria reduces them to gas and sludge. Lighter solids such as grease from your kitchen rise to the top as a layer of scum.
 
Septic Tanks: Prevention through Maintenance
One of the best ways to prevent disaster is to have your septic tank pumped by professionals every three to five years. There are cheap and effective ways to help along your septic tank between cleanings, from inside your home, too! Simply use a septic tank treatment as a preventative measure. All there is to this method is purchasing these extremely affordable water soluble sachets online or in-store and dropping one into your toilet and flushing it.
 
These bio-active septic tank treatments contain billions of bacteria and septic-specific enzymes per dose that help to prevent backups. Once flushed down the toilet, it makes its way to your septic tank, and the live bacteria dissolves away solids. Done once a month, this treatment can cost you around $25 a year and is readily available online and in the store. Simply commit to simple preventative measures, and you can save yourself much money, headache, and future damages in the long run.
 
Water removal inside your home is nearly always unexpected, but it does not have to be a nightmare. Contact SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills at (310) 390-7540 if you have experienced a water emergency. We are available to take your call 24/7, with our day and night Emergency Services.

Yes, It Is Possible to Save Flood Damaged Documents

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Yes, It Is Possible to Save Flood Damaged Documents Rely on SERVPRO to Recovery Your Flood Damaged Books and Documents

Water Damaged Books May Be Salvaged by SERVPRO

One of the biggest losses after a flood or water emergency is documents. Not only is the cost of getting new ones a factor, but the emotional value as well -- loosing favorite books or family heirlooms can be tough to handle. Fortunately, it's possible in many instances to save documents affected by flooding.
 
Many homeowners with flood damage in Century City are often surprised to learn that their treasured books and important documents don't have to be tossed out automatically. By calling us as quickly as possible after a flood, you'll increase the chances that your documents can be dried and salvaged. Here are some ways that we work to dry books and papers after a flood.
 
Air Drying
SERVPRO often uses equipment that efficiently air dries books and documents. This process works well for items that have not sat in water for extended periods of time, those made of more resilient paper, and documents with sturdy covers or binding.
 
Dehumidifying
Humidity will break down paper over time, which is why it's important to dehumidify homes with flood damage. Our team will set up equipment to get rid of excess humidity in combination with other techniques to increase the chances of saving your documents and books.
 
Freeze Drying
Sometimes a rush of cold air helps prevent irreversible damage to papers and books, and this works best when done soon after a flood. Freeze drying is an option with photos and vintage documents as well as books.
 
Vacuum Drying
SERVPRO has advanced equipment capable of vacuum freeze-drying and thermal drying documents within homes with flood damage. Using these two methods, even older materials and those that are valuable or fragile can have a chance of being restored. Our expert training and a large inventory of equipment offer the best opportunity to recover water damaged documents, photos, and soft materials.
 
If you've experienced a water emergency, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills to get your home and possessions back in good shape. Whenever possible, we'll dry out your documents to prevent the expense and hassle of getting replacements. For a quote or to learn more about our flood damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.

Tips for Preventing Mold Damage

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips for Preventing Mold Damage Controlling the flow of water into your home is essential in keeping out mold damage.

Advice to Prevent Mold Infestation

Mold damage, unlike water and fire damage, can often be prevented in a home if the proper precautions are taken. Although a few things in your home such as temperature and humidity can't be efficiently controlled so that mold will be discouraged to grow and you won't be uncomfortable, the most important factor in mold growth - water - can be monitored. Additionally, other methods such as improving ventilation and airflow are entirely possible for the average homeowner, and preventing future mold growth might be easier than you think. 


Seal Out Water

Controlling the flow of water into your home is essential in keeping out mold damage in Beverly Hills. Sealing cracks, making sure windows close correctly and re-tiling roofs once they begin to outlive their average lifespan are all important factors in keeping your home's interior dry and mold out of your hair. These aren't typically expensive renovations, requiring sealant and mold-retardant paint, and you can always hire SERVPRO technicians to ensure that the materials are applied correctly. It's a small price to pay to ensure that mold stays out of your home.

Try and Improve Airflow

If possible, make efforts to improve airflow in your home. Stuffy, stagnant rooms are suitable for mold growth, so opening windows and allowing airflow will always help to protect against mold. Be mindful, however, that you don't leave windows open permanently. If rainwater comes in through those openings, it can cause mold damage and a heap of other problems for you as well. An SERVPRO representative may be able to meet with you to help to discuss ways to improve airflow and ventilation in your home, safely.

Clean Regularly

Whether you prefer to clean yourself or hire a service, ensuring that the whole of your home is regularly and thoroughly cleaned is a critical step in ferreting out mold early on and preventing it from finding a suitable surface. Regular cleaning deprives mold of a food source, helps to wipe away moisture, and most importantly gets someone looking at dark corners.

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If mold does end up getting into your home, SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills is trained and equipped to help deal with it with as little time and money spent as possible. Call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540 for our services or a quote.

Fire Damage Restoration Company

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Company Westwood Village Smoke & Fire Damage Starts with a Flame

SERVPRO Is the Answer for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Historical items, the entertainment industry, famous educational institutions and more are what makes up much of the Los Angeles, California communities. To think that any one of them could be damaged by fire is unthinkable. However, fires do occur! Whether natural or from a storm, a property fire can be the result of arson, electrical cord malfunctions, or human error. We are your go-to fire restoration company.
 
If there is ever a fire in the Westwood Village area, call SERVPRO! We have specialized equipment and the expertise to help you through this tough and stressful time. We believe in a “restore first” mentality to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. Our professional teams have received IICRC training in restoration techniques. We have the experience to restore your property quickly.
 
We are locally owned and operated and proud to be part of this community. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with emergency damage situations. Our remediation process involves an industry approved inspection/damage assessment, an immediate board-up and roof tarp service, removal of water if present, removal of smoke/soot from all surfaces, cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing and the final steps of restoring you back to a pre-fire condition.
 
We don't arrive on the scene of your fire, work a little bit, then leave. We will be there when the fire trucks leave, and we will be there until your property is fully restored. When your restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate your move-in according to your needs. We will treat your property as if it were ours, with respect and care.
 
As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills, our reputation is based on our customer service and our expert remediation services. The restoration process begins when you call us. We can respond rapidly because we are locally owned and operated. Call us today at (310) 390-7540 and let us explain our services and answer any questions you may have.

SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage Flood Damage Property - Natural Disaster

Many Precautions Can Be Taken to Prevent Flood Damage

Flood damage, regardless of the source, is often preventable if the right safeguards are taken. Inspection of private and commercial property is the key to keeping homes and businesses dry and secure despite what failed plumbing or mother nature can throw at us.


Our community may be the home of the Geffen Playhouse and some of the finest movie theaters in California, but that doesn't mean everything has to be a major production. At SERVPRO, we try to make flood damage in Westwood as rare an occurrence as rain itself.


Our inspectors are some of the most trained in the restoration business when it comes to keeping your structures water-free. A scheduled inspection to analyze your property before damage has occurred is free. We will identify probable sources of water such as unprotected pipes that could burst or rain gutters that are damaged and need replacing. Once finished, we will provide a list of recommendations and a complete price list of everything that our inspectors suggest.

When the worst does happen, though, we're ready for it. We maintain a 24 hour, emergency response and removal team available weekends and holidays. Our professional crews are ready to begin removing water within minutes after arriving at your property and determining both the fastest and least damaging option.

Once the water has been eliminated, our crews will begin the drying and dehumidification processes. We maintain a series of high-speed fans that increases airflow over carpets and furniture to prevent water damage by increasing evaporation. Our commercial grade dehumidifiers draw the moisture from floors and walls to prevent warping of floorboards and rot of drywall.

SERVPRO of Westwood - West Beverly Hills is locally owned and operated. Your homes and businesses aren't just a job, they are part of our neighborhood and community. Call us today at 310-390-7540 to schedule a clean-up or for a free inspection.

Mold In Office HVAC

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In Office HVAC Mold Damage Destroys Ceilings and Walls

Let SERVPRO Check Your HVAC System For Mold

Mold damage is not something anyone wants to deal with, but occasionally mold in an office HVAC system will pose a problem that needs to be handled right away, as it could cause severe health effects to the employees. If you are seeing black particles blow out of the vents, something needs to be done.

First, determine if the source is the HVAC system. In a lot of cases, something else is causing the problem. If the system is in a high traffic area like near copiers or printers or near a loading dock, a dirty supply diffuser might not be enough proof. This kind of problem can be adequately controlled by performing general housekeeping on the unit, and by keeping windows and doors closed.

If the HVAC system is the source that is suspected, it will need to be inspected by a professional at SERVPRO. Our technicians can investigate where the mold particles are coming from and check things such as the air handling units, induction units, variable air volume boxes, heat pumps, reheats or secondary units. Also, you should check the maintenance logs for the building to see if any work or cleaning that has been done on the system could have damaged insulation or loosened up any rust.

Put a white polyester media filter over the outlet so you can trap the black particles. A standard media filter is usually good enough to capture these visible, large particles. When you use the white media, you’ll easily be able to see the black particles. If you don’t trap any of them in the media, then the HVAC system probably is not the culprit. If you do, the particles can then be analyzed.

Since black particles are usually an issue for health concerns of the occupants, you will need our expert assistance to help you. We can save you time and money by performing efficient and fast mold remediation in your building. Plus, because we will be able to find the source of the mold with our experienced technicians and special equipment, you will not have to keep seeing the mold come back. We will eliminate the origin of the mold’s growth and clean up all the existing mold, making your work environment a safe one again for all your employees to work in.

If you believe you have mold of any kind, even if the HVAC unit is not the source of the problem, you need to call us as soon as possible so that the mold does not grow and spread throughout the building even more. It doesn’t take long to grow and can quickly spread as mold spores are being blown around.

For any kind of mold damage in Los Angeles, contact our technicians at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills by dialing (310) 390-7540 right away. We will come and find the source of the problem and draw up a plan for remediation so we can get rid of your mold problem.

Property Damage Restoration Begins and Ends With Certified Professionals

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Property Damage Restoration Begins and Ends With Certified Professionals Storms Can Cause Large Scale Damage To Your Property

SERVPRO Creates a Plan To Deal With All Aspects of Remediation

Mother Nature, in an instant, can deliver weather patterns which are powerful, leaving in its wake substantial storm damage to your business or home. Water, wind, hail and downed trees are just a few of the elements which can ruin your property and possessions, however big they are. This is when you need to immediately begin storm damage restoration for the safety and recovery of your property.

At SERVPRO, we will give you immediate assistance so your property can be secured and we can prevent further damage from happening. Our storm damage services include the following: 

  • Perimeter fencing
  • Emergency board-up service
  • Emergency security personnel
  • Demolition
  • Water damage repair
  • Tree removal
  • Roof tarping
  • Debris hauling


Rebuilding Your Property and Life

At SERVPRO, we have the training and experience you would expect in a professional storm restoration company. In situations like this, we combine our team’s specialized skills with understanding of the stressors you are going through. Rebuilding part of your structure is quite different than building a new construction. Design, building materials and finishes all have to be matched up to the remaining structure, while any moisture that remains in the components of the building will have to be addressed as well to prevent more damage such as mold growth.

Storm Damage is No Match for Us!

In situations after a catastrophe has hit a community and there is widespread need, SERVRPO has the ability to rally equipment and manpower quickly to respond to storm damage of any size. We will take care of damages which happen to your structure from major storms, including shutters, roofing, siding, gutters, windows, painting and doors. These are just a few of the improvements and repairs that our experienced technicians can perform. Whether it is just a couple of projects or a long list of repairs that need to be done, SERVPRO can take care of all of your restoration and remediation needs after a big storm has come through your area.

Your Single Solution for Storm Damage

When a natural disaster strikes, you’ll need to be prepared to deal with any potential storm damage to your property. This is why calling us at SERVPRO is the best thing you can do. We can handle total restoration services after storm surge flooding, thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. We have an expansive list of storm damage restoration services and can provide a fast response when you give us a call. We know that these circumstances are difficult and we will dedicate all of your resources and time to stopping any more damage to your property and getting your life back to normal.

Next time you experience any kind of storm damage in Beverly Hills, be sure to call us first at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills by dialing (310) 390-7540 so we can help you restore the damage left behind by the storm.

Identifying the Type of Mold and Stopping Mold Growth

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying the Type of Mold and Stopping Mold Growth Areas With Mold Damage Need To Be Sectioned Off From Rest Of House

Team SERVPRO Can Help With Mold Damage

Mold damage is a genuine environmental problem that introduces the chance of significant property damage to homes. Anytime there is evidence of water damage or leaky pipes, there is always a chance of mold growth. It is paramount for homeowners to respond quickly to the first signs of mold. Our specialized team of experts at SERVPRO come to your location and perform an initial mold test and inspection to assess the damage. A mold problem tends to reflect a moisture problem in the home. The source of the moisture problem must be addressed to develop a long-term solution to the mold.

Once the mold is identified, we will contain the area and section it off from the rest of the property to prevent the mold spores from becoming airborne. An air filtration system is brought to the site to filter out the air and to remove existing mold spores from the air while our team works. The indoor air quality is a measure of the air in and around the building. The goal at SERVPRO is to eliminate your mold damage problem and return the indoor air quality to a safe level so you can return home. Our team removes the mold and any mold infested building materials. Once the mold is removed, we clean the area and contents that are not damaged by the mold. We apply anti-microbial sanitizing agents to prevent a regrowth of the mold problem.

There are various types of mold that can grow in homes. One of the most dangerous types of mold is known as toxic mold. Mold can be black in color or show up in other colors such as green. All mold is potentially dangerous. However, this is best determined by our team of specially trained experts.

Any time mold is observed on building materials, on walls, under cabinets or areas with pipes, it is time to call in the experts for a professional opinion. Never try to remove the mold yourself. The experts will come in and conduct a Westwood mold damage test to identify exactly the type of mold you are dealing with in your home. The type of mold classification will be referenced to its corresponding protocol.

Our team of highly trained specialists will provide you with a timeline of the removal process and what to expect with each step along the way. When you suspect or see mold, don't tackle it yourself. Call the mold experts at SERVPRO of Westwood/West Beverly Hills to assess the problem at (310) 390-7540.

Many Types Of Storms Leave Damage In Their Path

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Many Types Of Storms Leave Damage In Their Path Damaged Home in the Aftermath of a Storm

Storm Cleanup Can Be Stressful Without the Certified Technicians of SERVPRO Leading the Way

Storm damage can lead to a catastrophic aftermath and destruction of property. The sooner our experts at SERVPRO execute the rapid storm response to your area, the quicker we can perform an initial assessment of the damage and develop a plan of action to clean up the storm damage. Extensive property damage can occur leading to expensive repairs and unknown downtime. Your team at SERVPRO values your time and understands that any delays in storm damage assessment will affect your bottom line. Dealing with storm clean up can be an emotionally taxing situation. Our goal at SERVPRO is to perform a prompt restoration to get you back to normal in the shortest amount of time possible.
 
SERVPRO is well aware of the strength of extreme storms including tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, and gale force winds. These severe storms may cause free standing structures such as sheds and trees to be uplifted. Large objects and trees have the potential to become airborne and be pummeled into houses. Large scale Westwood storm damage can occur leading to down power lines, broken windows, crushed rooftops, and damage to cars nearby. Wind lifted debris and rubble can become projectile and airborne leading to unprecedented damage and emergencies. Homeowners should realize the emergent nature of storms and remain sheltered until it is safe to come out. Storm rooms are becoming increasingly popular as a safe haven to seek shelter during a severe storm.
 
Once the storm is over, our highly skilled storm cleanup experts will assess the damage from the storm and develop a plan of action for recovery efforts. Some storms produce enough rain that flooding conditions may be favorable in low-lying areas. SERVPRO will step in immediately to begin the water extraction process.

Never walk into standing water because experts need to determine if there are any down power lines supplying an electric current to the free standing water. Our team of professionals also cautions you not to move furniture or other material objects saturated with water. These objects will be heavier than you may expect due to the water saturation.
 
Homeowners and residents should have an escape plan to leave the basement of their home if flooding occurs in the lowest area of the house. Sometimes high winds have destroyed portions of the roof leaving the dwelling susceptible to water damage if it begins raining after the storm. In the unfortunate event that a severe storm leaves you with storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills to begin your storm restoration at (310) 390-7540.

Types of Equipment Used to Remove Excess Water and Water Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Types of Equipment Used to Remove Excess Water and Water Damage Flooded Sewer Pipes Require Professional Clean Up

Team SERVPRO Has The Latest Training and Equipment To Clean Up Damage Safely

Because natural disasters like flooding can cause an extensive amount of damage to a businesses’ structure, it is important for the business owner and their staff to develop a plan for recovery well in advance. The water damage plan that the team devises must include choosing a company in the area that can provide the appropriate commercial water damage restoration services. However, before the company hires a team to do this job, it is very critical that everyone does a thorough job of researching the organization's services.  It will help the owners and their employees to know that they have the best resources on site and in the industry, especially if a natural disaster does occur.
 
With this being said, we want the businesses’ in our area to know that our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO has the expertise that is needed to restore small to midsize and large companies to their pre-flood waters condition. The training that our team receives and the equipment that we use can get these jobs done effectively and efficiently so that there will be no unnecessary delays of occupying the building safely again. For instance, here is some information about our commercial water damage clean up restoration services that everyone should know.
 
Special Mold and Sewage Cleanup Techniques are Used for Health and Safety Purposes
 
After a flood, mold and sewage problems are a particular threat that people should be aware of. Because flood waters can carry various kinds of bacteria, the water has the potential of causing different kinds of skin infections and dangerous gastrointestinal problems. Therefore, one of the most critical Beverly Hills Water Damage services needed during these times is securing technicians who are trained in microbial remediation services. These services are used to remove the contamination from the flood site.
 
Hidden Places - Water Detection
 
While particular mold and sewage removal techniques are used to protect the health and safety of the employees, it is also essential to know that water detection services are needed to ensure all of the water in the business has been extracted, especially before our team leaves the property. So, there are a least three types of innovative detection equipment that are used in identifying and getting rid of these problems. These include moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers.  All of which are used to determine the water contained in various places including the carpet, baseboards, and the walls in the business facility.

So, if your company needs a superior water damage and removal services today, you can contact our representatives at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills by calling the number 310-390-7540.

Lurking Mold Damage Gets Exposed During Renovation

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Lurking Mold Damage Gets Exposed During Renovation Mold Damage Under Tile In a Bathroom

Professionals Know How To Get Rid of Mold Safely

Mold damage can occur beneath the surfaces in many areas. The prevalent real estate flipping market among local communities is likely to discover occasional mold problems during renovations. The most aesthetically pleasing homes may look perfect on the exterior but have a hidden or unexpected mold damage beneath the surface. Mold damage left undetected can create a multitude of extensive problems and expenses.

Sometimes homeowners or contractors may not realize that mold is present in their homes until they begin a home renovation project or demolition. During a renovation project, it is not uncommon to cut into a piece of drywall or expose pipes behind walls. If there is evidence of water leaking or wet spots along the removed drywall or visible water coming off of the pipes, it is reasonable to suspect that there may be a Beverly Hills mold damage problem. Other times mold is evident as soon as the demolition begins.
 
Demolitions are an effective method of visualizing all the plumbing and building structures in the home. Mold problems may exist behind the surface and may not be discovered until a renovation project is underway. When SERVPRO's team of trained mold damage specialists identify the mold problem, we launch our rapid responders to the site to begin an assessment. We set up a containment area to block off the rest of the property from the area of mold damage. Once our team of experts begins removing the affected areas of mold damage, we will operate air ventilation systems to filter the air and improve the indoor air quality.

The goal is to remove the mold safely and effectively while filtering out the mold spores that are circulating in the air. Your safety and the air quality in the property are our number one priority. Once the mold damage has been removed, your SERVPRO team will sanitize the area with anti-microbial agents to prevent a regrowth of mold. Not only is detecting mold a significant step to providing a safe living environment, taking steps to prevent a new outbreak of mold is necessary. Mold damage removal is only an effective solution when the source of the moisture problem is identified. For this reason, the source of the problem must be fixed to prevent future outbreaks of the mold problem.

If you are in the midst of a renovation and identify water leaks or mold damage, contact SERVPRO at (310) 390-7540 to get an expert opinion. We will customize a solution for your specific needs.

Water Damage from Plumbing Failures

6/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage from Plumbing Failures Plumbing Service Call To Stop a Leak

Taking Care of Leaks Needs To Include Drying Out a Damaged Area

Even in Westwood, water damage occurs daily from plumbing failures. The large disasters are easy to spot and fix, but it is the small failures that can lead to just as much property damage and cost over time.


When a water main breaks or a sewer pipe collapses, the effects are immediate and immediately known to everyone around. Flooding happens, property is soaked, and the smell quickly gets into everything. City officials call their response teams, and homeowners call us here at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills.

Many homeowners though ignore small incidents until it is too late. For example, a leaky faucet is easily fixed within a few hours after it's noticed. In most cases, the plumber comes in and tightens things up or replaces a washer. What gets missed in the success of stopping a leak is 'where did the water go'. Most plumbers are not concerned about standing water unless they have to kneel or lay down in it. It is, after all, your home and you are responsible for the environment that person will work in.

The same situation happens with a broken water line to a dishwasher or a clothes washer. Once the water stops spraying out from a pipe or broken coupling, it's easy to think that all you have to do is lay down a few towels, and that's it. Perhaps that's true for the first time, but Los Angeles water damage effects are cumulative.

When water is removed quickly, it will not show an effect on the paint. There is no 'high water mark' like you have after an extensive flood. The other side of that piece of trim is not painted however and will absorb a much larger amount of water. This unequal water absorption also applies to any studs and other lumber that are behind a wall or underneath a bathroom or kitchen sink.

This is why drying out an area that has had standing water, even for just an hour or two, is so important. There is no one better to take care of this than SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills.

If you have had several leaks in the same area of your home and are worried about the long-term effects of water damage in Los Angeles, call our offices today at 310-390-7540. Our technicians will schedule an inspection convenient to your schedule. Once on-site, our inspector will quickly let you know if you may have a problem and how to resolve it.

Cleaning Up Fire Damage Efficiently

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up Fire Damage Efficiently Firefighter Battling A Blaze

Professionals Have the Training and Equipment To Remediate the Job Quickly

Anyone who has ever been a victim of a house fire damage Beverly Hill fire can attest to the fact that it can quickly change lives. The family may be late for work and school, or there is an excellent chance that they may not go at all. In some cases, people may be left without clothing and even shoes to wear since the fire may burn up everything in the home. Therefore, each case is different since the fire damage can vary greatly from one family to another. Thankfully, these families can get the help that they need from companies like ours because we have the expertise, equipment, supplies and tools to assist the family with getting things back to normal. From providing the supplies and the tools to board up the windows and doors to devising a Beverly Hills Fire Damage plan to jump start the job of recovery, there is a lot that our technicians can do to facilitate a smooth and efficient process. That said, what can the homeowner and their families expect?

Highly Trained Professionals to Show up at the Door

Once the owner of the home calls our number for emergency services, we will send out a team of highly qualified professionals immediately. This team will come with several purposes in mind, and that is to begin the job of recovery so that the family can occupy the home again as soon as possible. The timing, however, will depend on how much fire damage in Beverly Hills has been done.

Assessment of the Damage Made

One of the first things that the team will do is to make a quick assessment of the damage so that they will know where to start first. Because there normally is a lot of water left inside the home from the firefighter, the team will work together to ensure the excess water is quickly removed and the items in the home are completely dry. So, some of the essential equipment needed to remove the water consists of using water pumps, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers and any other equipment that will make the process of cleaning up the water an efficient process.

Eliminating the Smoke and Ash Damage

Another critical part of the Beverly Hills fire damage restoration process is mitigating the smoke and ash damage. While some family members may think that they can handle this part of the process themselves, they may later discover that this can be a big mistake. Specifically, because our team of professionals is trained in removing the smoke and ash so that it does not cause secondary damage to escalate. So, the earliest that the owner can get our trained staff in the better. In fact, when our team of technicians begins the process of cleaning up the fire damage, the cleaning that they perform will address at least three types of cleaning, and they are structural cleaning, contents cleaning and deodorization. Structural cleaning includes the walls of the home, carpeting, floors, and the woodwork. Specific products and equipment will be used for a thorough deep cleaning of the entire premises. To clean up the fire damage and smoke, our teams are trained in using ultra low volume foggers and thermal foggers to penetrate and deodorize different items in the home.
 
Because your home IS an investment that needs to be protected at all times, you should contact our representatives for our services today. Our SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills technicians can be reached 24 hours, 7 days a week by calling 310-390-7540.

A Property Needs Help to Restore the Fire Damage

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Property Needs Help to Restore the Fire Damage Century City Smoke Alarm Can Limit Fire Damage and Increase Safety

Why SERVPRO Is the Answer to Fire Restoration in Your Home

Whenever there is a major fire in any home, the family has to adjust their daily habits quickly to accommodate these emergencies. Because the fire can be caused by a wide diversity of factors, the fire damage in Century City recovery process can vary greatly from one home to another. In some cases, the fire may move relatively quickly in the walls from the first floor of the house to the top floor so a lot of damage can be done in a short time. Meaning several levels in the home may need extensive repairs before the owner and their family can occupy their home again. Regardless of the problems that occur due to the fire, the homeowner will need to hire a professional service like SERVPRO, to assist them immediately with the recovery process. Outside help will get them back to their normal daily routines as soon as possible.

That said, here is where our professionals at SERVPRO come in. In fact, the fire damage Century City services that we provide are designed to assist the homeowner and his or her family members with their immediate fire damage recovery needs. One of our team’s primary goals is to help the owner with their responsibilities of taking care of the aftermath and offering solutions that will expedite the process.

Assess the Damage
When our team of professionals enters the site, one of their first activities usually involves getting a handle on what had to be done. Since each home in Century City's fire damage is unique, the plan is inherently different, the team will devise a plan that fits that situation. Once the scheme had been designed, this information will be communicated with everyone involved so that they can get started with the recovery.

Boards Up the Home
Another critical part of the services that we provide includes protecting the property. Besides starting the clean-up process, our team of professionals will also be responsible for providing the essential tools to board up the home. By our crew boarding up the windows and doors before everyone leaving the property, no one can enter and vandalize what is left or take expensive or memorable valuables from the home that can be salvaged.

Remove Smoke Odors
In addition to boarding up the home, our team will also begin the process of removing the smoke to salvage various kinds of items. Even though the fire damage may have been kept to a minimum, there was still significant problems that need to be taken care of quickly, especially before the family can occupy the home again. One of the most important is removing the smoke from the curtains, furniture, clothing and even the walls. Fortunately, we have the expertise, tools, and equipment to remove the smoke completely so that no unnecessary items will be discarded because of the odor or residual coating of smoke or soot.

For those of you who need a professional to visit your home for an assessment of the fire damage and a plan, you can call SERVPRO of Westwood – West Beverly Hills 310-390-7540 to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage Beverly Hills: Avoiding Further Damages

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Beverly Hills: Avoiding Further Damages A Home that Sustained Storm Damage from a Large Falling Tree

Fast Actions By Professionals Get Your Moisture Problem Under Control and Can Prevent Mold

Storm damage in Beverly Hills can come in many different forms. One common problem that could result from storms is flooding. When a house is flooded from a storm, problems such as mold can occur. In any case, it is important to make sure all of the water is cleaned out as soon as possible. Any possessions you have could be ruined and the overall structure of your house can be ruined. Everything in the area affected by flooding should be removed from the area quickly before any damage is caused by them as a result of the flood. Any power should be shut off.
 
In the case of a flood, we at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills are available to thoroughly remove every bit of water and moisture from your property. We also inspect the home to look for any occurrence of mold or bacteria in the home that could cause health problems. After we get rid of any mold or other problems resulting from excess water, then we restore your home from Beverly Hills storm damage. We have many effective techniques for drying off the property as well as the equipment available from more than 1650 franchises.
 
We not only fix the damages to your home, but we serve you in ways that save money in the long run. We understand the importance of prompt action when it comes to storm damage near Beverly Hills. After all, it is important that the home you live in is safe for the health of you and other members of the home. Our professionals of SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills are highly trained in handling storm damages. We also have a sense of urgency when it comes to answering emergency calls. We are located strategically so that we can reach anyone who has an emergency. Give us a call at (310) 390-7540 and our personnel will visit you and take care of any damages in your property.

Mold Damage Los Angeles: Identifying the Source

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Los Angeles: Identifying the Source Black Mold on a Wall

Determining the Source of Mold is Crucial to Remediation

Mold Damage in Los Angeles can be tricky to get fixed. Among the important factors to look at is what the source of the problem is. We at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills have a lot of knowledge when it comes to mold. We also know very effective ways to get rid of the mold problem. Among the things we look at in mold is the cause of mold. Mold is caused by moisture. However, moisture can come from various sources. Therefore, it is important to identify the source of the moisture and take care of it. This can be very difficult without the special equipment. We have the tools needed to find all the root causes of mold.
 
While taking care of the source of the problem, it is also important to take care of the Los Angeles mold damage problem because it could spread throughout the home and cause health problems for anyone living in the home. Therefore, it is important that we inspect the home for every occurrence of mold so that we can effectively remove the mold so that you can live in a safe environment without all of the mold. We provide testing in order to come up with the right procedure to get rid of the mold.
 
We also don't recommend trying to scrub the mold. This can just cause it to spread throughout the property. AS a result, the home can have even more mold throughout the area. Instead, we at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills can take care of the mold problem with the procedure that we have available. We are experienced with different species of mold. Among the different types of mold that could occur in your home or piece of property is black mold. However, it doesn't matter what type of mold problem you have. You should get in contact with us so that we can not only effectively take care of the mold damage, but also restore your home and return it to the condition that it was in.
 
If you suspect that you have mold or mold damage in your Los Angeles home, give us a call. We are available 24/7 and understand how quickly mold could spread. We are strategically located so that we can quickly assist every emergency in the area. Give us a call at (310) 390-7540.

Los Angeles Water Damage--Steps You Can Take

4/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Los Angeles Water Damage--Steps You Can Take SERVPRO Says Water and Electricity Can Be a Dangerous Pair in Your LA Home

SERVPRO Can Complete Your Water Damaged Los Angeles Property Restoration Service

Water damage can result from problems such as flooding or a burst pipe in your Los Angeles home. It is important to have a Los Angeles water damage company clean out for you as soon as possible. The water can ruin your possessions, cause waterborne and vector-borne diseases and weaken the structural integrity of your house. Here are a few tips for cleaning your house after the damage. 

Inform Your Insurance Company
Before you do anything, call your insurance agency and tell them about the water damage. You also need to inform them about what you plan to do to mitigate the damage. Doing this saves you time and makes it less hectic when you decide to claim any money for damages. 

Disconnect The Power And Unplug All The Electronics
Water is an electricity conductor. If you enter a house where it has come into contact with live wires, you are likely to get shocked or even electrocuted. Switch off the power that leads to the affected area, particularly if the water is above the electrical outlets. Alternatively, you can turn off the power at the main switch that is often located at the entrance of the house. Additionally, remove all electronics, furniture, and other movable items. The quicker these items are out of the water’s harm, the higher your chances of salvaging them. 

Turn Off The Water Main
It is important to know the location of the main water valve in the house, or outside nearby. In the case of any floods, turn off the water at the valve. It does not matter whether the water came from the ground runoff or a burst pipe. You are safe switching off the water and checking for the source of the flooding later. 

Concentrate on Drying Your Home
Even without any industrial grade equipment like that which water damage and restoration professionals like SERVPRO have, you need to focus on making your home dry. Open the doors and windows in your house to increase the air flow. Increasing the rate of evaporation through air movement helps. In so doing, you lessen the chance of mold growth. But for more than a mere puddle.....

Call A Restoration Company
You can clean small amounts of water. However, for extensive water extraction, cleaning and restoration, consider calling a competent Los Angeles water damage restoration company. Unlike you, SERVPRO has the expertise, equipment, and tools to restore your house fast and efficiently. IICRC certified technicians competently salvage personal items, photos, and momentoes that may otherwise be lost forever. Water pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and foggers are some of the arsenal stocked within their green vans and box trucks. Professional water damage services allow you to focus on other aspects of getting your life back in order.


If you experience flooding and any other form of water damage, place your trust in a premier company that can restore your home "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills 24/7 via (310) 390-7540 for quick and professional services.

SERVPRO is a proud member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO is a proud member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce is to EMPOWER BUSINESS TO THRIVE by MAKING CONNECTIONS WORK.

We serve the luxury capital of the world through marketing, advocacy and education for the Beverly Hills business community. The Chamber - with its committees, councils, staff and valuable members - works with city officials, local businesses and the community at large to promote the local economy. The Chamber serves as the voice of business in Beverly Hills. We are a membership organization that has been in existence since 1923, comprised of more than 800 local businesses who believe in the importance of creating a sense of community. To accomplish our mission, the Chamber relies on the efforts of our members, our Board of Directors, volunteers and the generosity of companies who sponsor our events and programs.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

If you have questions regarding water damage, fire cleanup or mold remediation in the Beverly Hills area, call us for a fast response 310-390-7540.

Fire Damage Can Be Devastating to Your Westwood Property

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Can Be Devastating to Your Westwood Property Call SERVPRO If Your Home Suffers Fire Damage

Your Westwood Fire Damaged Home is Restored by SERVPRO

Westwood fire damage is something that no one wants to experience. However, if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, here are several tips to help you get through the situation.
 
Understand that you cannot reenter the structure until it has been declared safe by the fire authorities. You may be barred from entering if the damage is too severe. While it may be tempting to try to get in and salvage things, do not do this until you have permission to do so. Once you have approval, ask if any utilities can be used.
 
Contact your insurance agency. An adjuster will be sent out within a day or two to assess the damage and offer an estimate. Press for immediate assessment. Request from the insurance company if they have a specific company they want to come out for boarding up and securing the scene before the adjuster arrives. If not, make them aware that you plan to contact one yourself. SERVPRO is a good choice though your adjuster may have suggested this to you. The adjustor will:
Clearly identify what your insurance will and won’t cover. If there is anything you are unsure about, ask.   

Bring in licensed professionals to evaluate everything from the roof to windows, electrical circuits, wiring, pipes, heating and cooling system, water heaters, and more for smoke and fire damage.   

Make a list of items damaged in the fire. Notate for yourself how old the items were and what you paid for them. Take photos of the damage, if you can gain access.
 
Help you find temporary housing, whether in a hotel, apartment complex, or even a travel trailer that is put on your property. The adjuster may be able to issue a small check to help you with personal items and clothing lost in the fire. The American Red Cross is an excellent source of assistance.
  
 If the insurance company doesn’t send one, contact a professional fire restoration company to secure the scene. This needs to be done the night of the fire to ensure no one can get into your property. This may require that your doors and windows be boarded up, and caution tape (or even some form of barrier fence) may be put up around the home’s perimeter. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for emergency service.
 
After the insurance adjuster has viewed the property, the fire restoration company can come in and begin their work. This includes moving any salvageable furniture, clothing, photos, personal items, etc. from the scene into a warehouse where it can be professionally sanitized and cleaned.
  
A decision will need to be made regarding repairing or rebuilding the property. This will depend on the extent of the damage, the scope/ cost of the repairs, whether the home carries a mortgage or is paid for, and what insurance coverage you have. In most cases, the insurance company will make the final decision regarding a total loss. Bear in mind, this is only in the case of extreme fire damage to the structure. 

Unfortunately, fires do not discriminate. If you are the victim of a house fire and your Westwood home has suffered grave fire damage use the information above to help you get through the aftermath. SERVPRO can work with you and your insurance company to expedite the fire damaging restoration and save you money. We will work to get you back home "Like it never even happened."

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As water and fire damage specialists, SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. For any emergency in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, or Westwood, call us 24/7 for prompt service. (310) 390-7540

Beverly Hills Water Damage Causes

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beverly Hills Water Damage Causes Be Watchfull So Your House Doesn't Leak Like This Bucket

SERVPRO's Tips for Avoiding Beverly Hills Water Damage

Beverly Hills water damage can show up in many different ways. There are few things as structurally damaging as a flood. And, unfortunately, even homes which are not located in ‘at risk’ areas can find themselves dealing with far too much water. If plumbing fixtures burst, the results are much the same, so steps must be taken to protect a home from plumbing failures.

We tend to take the plumbing system which moves water inside our homes for granted. However, when it breaks down, action must quickly be taken. The best solution is always prevention. Inspection and maintenance are the keys to troubleshooting and identifying problems, as well as understanding what is required to fix them. SERVPRO offers some information and suggestions to help you prevent water damage to your home in Beverly Hills.

Top Tips for Avoiding Leaks & Water Damage
Clean Gutters Regularly: it is not enough to just install high-quality gutters, they must remain free of leaves and debris. Rainwater collected in the gutters needs an unobstructed passage to reach the downspouts. It must then flow at least five feet away from the foundation and exterior walls freely.

Install a Sump Pump: if you live in a very wet or low-lying area. It is surprisingly easy for basements to become flooded during heavy rains or appliance failures. As the unwanted water collects in the sump pump catchment, it can be drained to the exterior of the building.

Appliance Malfunctions: electrical appliances like dishwashers and washing machines are supplied with water under pressure. Frequently the fittings will corrode over time initiating a pinhole leak that eventually ruptures the supply line. Plastic drainage hoses will dry out and crack after extended use. Replace them with reinforced hoses before this happens.


Invest In Shut Off Switches: if you do use your dishwasher and washing machine very frequently, it's practical to invest in a water ‘shut off’ switch. If a washing machine cannot be instantly turned off during an emergency, a shut off switch can be used to override its settings and shut everything down immediately. These switches can be applied to single appliances or installed in the main water supply line.

Treat Pipes Carefully: burst pipes are the most common cause of household floods. This means no pouring oil or grease down a drain, leaving central heating on the lowest setting when away from home in the winter, and keeping a close eye on water pressure. If the water pressure in your home is above the advised psi for your area of Beverly Hills, seek advice from your water utility.

Finding Reliable Water Restoration Services

If you have found a leak or identified the presence of water damage in your Beverly Hills property, you need to take steps to repair it as soon as possible. Easy enough. Just pick up the phone and call the experts at SERVPRO. The skilled IICRC-certified technicians will remove the water using industrial grade equipment, dry out water damaged items and restore your home to its pre-loss state "Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Call us for fire or water damage emergencies in Beverly Hills, Westwood, and Century City for 24/7 service. (310) 390-7540

Citibank fire in West Los Angeles

12/30/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Citibank fire in West Los Angeles Our team responded quickly to the large commercial fire in West Los Angeles

The team from SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills responded to a large fire inside the Citibank building in West Los Angeles. 

The fire occurred on the sixth floor of the office building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. There were several people inside the building when the blaze began and Los Angeles firefighters had to help two people out of the building.

Over 120 firefighters responded and were able to fight back the flames, approximately 30 minutes after the fire was first reported. The fire was contained to the single unit and no one was injured, according to LAFD.

Commercial fires in the Los Angeles can be very dangerous and costly. Additionally, fires in large high-rise commercial buildings can result in property loss. The shutdown of a business can cause both short and long term hardships to the property owner as well as renters/tenants.

Fire damage can be devastating for a business or commercial property. Besides fire, smoke, and soot damage, firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may led to water damage also. Every hour spent restoring your business or commercial property back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost productivity and revenue.

SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills team members have the experience, training and equipment to handle your commercial fire damage emergency. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion. To learn more about our capabilities, call us at 310-390-7540.

Four Tips To Handle The Aftermath Of A Beverly Hills Commercial Fire

11/13/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Four Tips To Handle The Aftermath Of A Beverly Hills Commercial Fire Once the fire department has doused all of the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert.

Four Tips To Handle The Aftermath Of A Commercial Fire in Beverly Hills 

When a fire strikes on your commercial property, it's quite likely that you feel yourself start to panic. This immediate reaction makes sense given all of the economic turmoil and property destruction that a fire can cause. However, knowing which steps to take in the face of a Beverly Hills commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle a Beverly Hills commercial fire successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:


1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.
Once the fire department has doused all of the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert. This individual will be able to equip you with a thorough assessment indicating the extent of the damages. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.


2. Assemble Your Records.
In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all of your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.


3. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.
Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is put out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.


4. Get Permission To Reenter The Building.
Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, Beverly Hills fires can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.


Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services
If your business caught on fire, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process, and choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at (310) 390-7540 to attain your free estimate.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Westwood Beverly Hills is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial fire emergency event. When commercial fire damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (310) 390-7540

Four Things You Shouldn't Do After Los Angeles Commercial Water Damage

11/13/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Four Things You Shouldn't Do After Los Angeles Commercial Water Damage One of the most difficult issues a property owner can encounter is commercial water damage.

Four Things You Shouldn't Do After Commercial Water Damage in Los Angeles

One of the most difficult issues a property owner can encounter is Los Angeles commercial water damage. In many cases, property owners exacerbate the problem by engaging in activities that are counterproductive and ultimately deepen the damages. However, learning more about what not to do after Los Angeles commercial water damage can help keep you sane, save you money, and expedite the recovery process. With that idea in mind, review this short outline to ensure that you don't commit any errors that could negatively impact the structural integrity or sanitation of your property:


1. Don't enter any rooms that have excess water until the electricity is shut off. This instruction is important because when live wires touch water, they can electrify the water. When this happens, the standing water in the general vicinity becomes quite dangerous. For this reason, be sure that all of your electricity is shut off or disconnected before you enter the room.


2. Don't use a conventional household vacuum to get rid of excess water. Regular vacuums are not designed to clean up large amounts of water. If you attempt to suck the water up this way, you could wind up breaking the vacuum and/or causing the appliance to short circuit.


3. Don't try to lift wet carpet without the water damage remediation specialist. Doing so is inadvisable for many reasons, including the fact that wet carpet is quite heavy. This means that you could do injury to yourself by attempting to remove the carpet. Additionally, the carpet contains several tacks that can cause you harm if you haven't attained the training necessary to pull them up correctly.


4. Don't use electrical machines while the flooring or carpeting remains wet. When electrical appliances are exposed to water, they can fail or short circuit. Because these appliances are not manufactured in a way that makes them waterproof, the water can access vulnerable regions of the machines and thereby increase your susceptibility to fire or electrocution.


Call SERVPRO For Professional Commercial Water Damage Services
If you find that your property is subjected to Los Angeles commercial water damage, acting immediately and appropriately is important. By calling a team of trained water damage specialists, you can ensure that your property is restored with speed and skill. The best company to call for proficient, precise remediation services is SERVPRO of Westwood Beverly Hills. Our experts are IICRC-certified and will provide you with the detailed, thorough work that restores your office space to its original condition. We're ready to start working for you immediately, so contact us now at (310) 390-7540.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Westwood Beverly Hills is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial water emergency event. When commercial water damage occurs in Westwood, Beverly Hills and surrounding areas we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (310) 390-7540.

Reasons To Secure Professional Water Damage Restoration Service for Beverly Hills

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reasons To Secure Professional Water Damage Restoration Service for Beverly Hills Porous Drywall Required Removal and Repair Caused by a Leak

Water Damage Home in Beverly Hills Gets Help from SERVPRO

When your property is subjected to a natural disaster like flooding or an earthquake causing broken pipes, the unwanted outcome is often water damage to your Beverly Hills home. This excessive, standing water is problematic for many reasons, including the fact that it can pose health hazards, damage personal property, furniture, art, and weaken the structural integrity of your property. SERVPRO suggests that it is beneficial to secure professional water removal services. Learn more about why you should always hire a team of water damage experts to restore your property by considering the following four facts:

1. Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms, and these forms of bacteria can breed very quickly. Moisture is the driving force allowing for conducive conditions for growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. 

2. Furnishings and buildings that retain excessive levels of moisture will promote microorganism development and fungi growth, even after the visible water has been extracted. The drying process, utilizing specialized air movers, and dehumidifiers are incorporated. This drying process is on-going until moisture measurement inspections indicate the ambient air humidity is about 45 percent.

3. The materials and furniture that were exposed to excessive water have to be evaluated for saving or discarding. SERVPRO utilizes a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. Categories of not-salvageable, salvageable or questionable items and materials are listed for you and your insurance adjuster to decide how to proceed with the water damage restoration process. We will assist with our experience to "restore before replace" to control costs and expedite to completion the entire service.

4. Attempting to remedy water damaged possessions and materials on your own can cause physical stress and unwanted, unknown exposure to health hazards such as category 3 water (highly contaminated sewage is one example). Safety clothing, gear, equipment, and know-how are essential aspects leading to a safe and effective water damage restoration process.

What Should You Look For In A Water Removal Company?
• Industry experience and leadership
• A stellar reputation for professionalism and customer service
• 24/7 emergency services, always available
• IICRC-certified technicians, with extensive supplemental training
• Free estimates, action plan, work with your insurance agent

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Effective Water Removal Services

Once standing water is damaging your residential property in Beverly Hills, it must be removed. To ensure that this process is completed correctly, trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We possess all of the attributes of a winning team, and we work for you to get your home back to pre-water damage condition. "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of Beverly Hills. SERVPRO of Westwood/Beverly Hills is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Westwood and surrounding communities with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies. Call us. (310) 390-7540

How A Professional Fire Restoration Company in Beverly Hills Saves You Time and Money

9/1/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How A Professional Fire Restoration Company in Beverly Hills Saves You Time and Money Wild Fires Are An Ever Present Danger

In Beverly Hills, Hiring a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company Does It All

Unfortunately, house fires cause millions upon millions of dollars in damages to residential properties all across the country. Once a house fire has happened in Beverly Hills, it's important that you call a professional company that has extensive experience in the fire restoration industry. Because fire damage restoration is the only effective methodology through which an individual can restore damaged property following a fire, hiring a company like SERVPRO is the answer. The following information outlines how such a company can relieve you of the nuances of fire damage restoration.

A Professional Fire Restoration Company Use Special Equipment

One of the reasons for using fire restoration services is the quality and quantity of equipment that these trained technicians have at their disposal. Some of these tools include chemical cleansers, ozone generators, specialized air-moving machines, and industrial-strength dehumidifiers. Using this equipment correctly is the best way to complete the job quickly and preclude excess damage from befalling your property. Once a fire has happened, water damage is your most pressing concern. Fire restoration professionals from SERVPRO know how to make use of equipment to reduce susceptibility to deeper damage, thereby saving you time and money. 

A Professional Fire Restoration Company May Use Multiple Contractors

Another reason for hiring a professional fire restoration company is beneficial because the company has the contacts to employ outside contractors to expedite the cleanup and repair of your home, if necessary. Full effort enhances the celerity of the restoration process. SERVPRO works to coordinate separate tasks simultaneously, in this way, moving the job faster. It also enables the homeowner to focus her or his energy on different matters, including insurance arrangements. Insurance paperwork executed on behalf of you is an important aspect of the reach and professionalism of SERVPRO. Two of the tasks that homeowners need to have addressed after a fire has occurred are the securing of your home's structure and the prevention of secondary water damage. These important factors are attacked with speed and precision to optimize the home restoration process. 

Conclusion 

While homeowners in Beverly Hills will have to handle a wide range of property issues over the course of a lifetime, dealing with a fire can be particularly problematic and daunting. However, attaining professional fire restoration services can enable you to get your home back in great shape with lightning speed. To attain the most customized, contemporary remediation services, call the professionals of SERVPRO. Our staff works with unprecedented diligence and determination to solve each of your fire damage issues, and we always offer our excellent services at affordable prices. Call now and let us start the restoration process for you!

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Beverly Hills too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Westwood/Beverly Hills is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency. 

We proudly serve Beverly Hills, CAWestwood, CALos Angeles, CA, and surrounding areas.

It is critical to respond quickly when a fire strikes.  Call us for immediate help.  (310) 390-7540

Protect Your Los Angeles Home From Water Damage Induced Mold

9/1/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Los Angeles Home From Water Damage Induced Mold Mother Nature and Water Damage

A Los Angeles Home Can Suffer Many Consequences from Water Damage

Water can cause severe damage to both the inside and outside of a home. One of the most serious consequence of water damage is the development of mold within a Los Angeles home. When water damage occurs, it is important to take the following steps to prevent mold from developing:

1. Remove Excess Water

The most important step to take when water damage occurs is to stop the water flow and remove all excess water. This may require turning off a home's water supply or repairing the home plumbing system. To speed up the removal of excess water, open the home's doors and windows to help air circulate and remove water. Installing fans throughout the home will also help with removing excess water and moisture from the home. Running a dehumidifier aids in the removal of moisture from the home. If there are any appreciable quantities of water in the house, then it is time for professional assistance.

2. Consult a Water Damage and Restoration Professional 

Following any damage caused by water, it is important to consult a professional who can ensure that your home's water supply is safe for consumption. A water remediation professional from SERVPRO can perform a purification process that will remove harmful bacteria that might be in the home's water supply. 

3. Remove Wet Furnishings from the Home

After attempts have been made to remove all excess water and possibly cut off the water supply, next remove any wet furniture from the home, including carpeting. These efforts on your part are probably too difficult to execute quickly and safely.  A suggestion, let the professionals enter and do the heavy lifting, is noted. The water damage technicians from SERVPRO can expeditiously salvage waterlogged items and personal possessions.

4. Consult a Water Restoration Professional

A professional technician will do an assessment and inspection of the Los Angeles house to identify any potential hidden dangers. These may include items such as loose boards, wet electrical outlets or appliances. While using dehumidifiers and fans are helpful to prevent mold, there might be areas within the home's structure that are still holding water. Wet drywall can lead to a serious mold problem. Porous materials like drywall should be removed from the premises to stem the proliferation of mold growth. SERVPRO has extensive experience in dealing with this health issue.  

Making repairs on homes suffering from mold damage can be very expensive and stressful. Count on the professional at SERVPRO to ensure that the proper steps are taken to prevent your home from being overrun by mold caused by water damaged building materials or furniture.  This mold remediation is performed in conjunction with the cleanup, repair, and restoration of your personal property and home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Westwood/Beverly Hills is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the West Beverly Hills community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We proudly serve Beverly Hills, CAWestwood, CALos Angeles, CA, and surrounding areas.

If you have flood or water damage call us today and we will respond immediately.  (310) 390-7540

What Causes Mold To Grow In Los Angeles Homes?

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold To Grow In Los Angeles Homes?  It does not take much to survive because it feeds off of cellulose material found in products that are wood-based.

What Causes Mold To Grow In Homes?

Los Angeles mold is a natural substance that has been around for many years. It does not take much to survive because it feeds off of cellulose material found in products that are wood-based. Many buildings today are constructed out of drywall and other products that are wood-based. This can result in a number of issues, and mold may develop. What causes mold to develop inside of a home?

Water Damage

Los Angeles mold can easily grow in a home with water damage if the damage is not remedied right away. The remediation needs to include removing water-damaged cellulose material, spraying down chemicals and placing commercial dehumidifiers in order to get rid of the moisture problem. If the aforementioned steps are not taken, then mold can very quickly grow inside of the home. Areas with a high concentration of moisture are also a concern because mold can easily grow in them.

Problem Areas

The bathroom is the area in the home that is most likely to develop mold. Older bathrooms are often unventilated, and this can also create problems. The moisture inside of the bathroom can leach into the walls because it does not have anywhere to go. Water that is put in the walls and the ceiling by people who live in the home can worsen this problem. The attic and basement are examples of other areas where mold can easily develop.

Basements are typically moist because they are close to the ground and surrounded by damp soil. This is an even bigger problem for finished basement because cellulose materials are often used for insulation. The attic area may also have moisture. The moisture may come from the home itself. Additionally, if the roof has a leak, then Los Angeles mold can grow underneath the roof. What can be done to eliminate or prevent a mold problem?

Reduce Moisture And Eliminate Leaks

One of the keys to eliminating a mold problem is to eliminate the cause of it. This can include things such as placing fans in areas that have moisture, having a leaky roof fixed, having a commercial dehumidifier installed and hiring a water damage company, like SERVPRO. If your home already has a Los Angeles mold problem, then it is imperative that you hire a certified remediation contractor to take care of the problem.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

5 Action Steps to Take After a Westwood Fire

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Action Steps to Take After a Westwood Fire A house fire is one of the most frightening and disruptive events that can impact a family.

5 Action Steps to Take After a Fire 

A house fire is one of the most frightening and disruptive events that can impact a family. After surviving a fire, it is crucial to remain calm and take the steps that will help you recover from this traumatic event. Enlisting the prompt support of family and emergency service professionals, like SERVPRO, can really make a difference in the recovery process. 

The first step to take after a Westwood fire is to seek shelter for your family. In most cases, it is not safe to sleep or eat in a home where a fire has just occurred. If possible, seek shelter in the home of a supportive friend or family member. If you have pets, remember to choose a place to stay that is pet-friendly. Pets are often just as traumatized as their owners after a fire and it is important to keep them warm and comfortable. 

After finding a safe place for you and your family to stay, your home should be thoroughly examined to determine which contents should be discarded and which can be saved or restored. A professional fire restoration company, like SERVPRO, can provide a formal evaluation to eliminate any doubts about which items may be salvaged. Regardless of who evaluates your home, it is a good idea to refrain from entering the home until firefighters confirm that it is safe for you to enter your home. Upon initial reentry of your home after a Westwood fire, it is a good idea to locate and secure important paperwork and documents such as birth certificates and social security cards.  

Following an initial examination of your home, you should contact your insurance company. This will likely be the first of many phone calls about the fire that take place between you and your insurance company. This first call is important because your insurance company can provide guidance on the individual steps that you should take to ensure that you receive any applicable financial coverage for your property damage. In most cases, you will be advised to maintain all of your receipts for expenses related to the fire and to make a list of all damaged items along with their approximate values. 

After you have a safe place to stay and have contacted your insurance company, you should then notify your family and close friends to alert them about the fire. This is especially important if you have secured temporary housing in a different neighborhood. Family and friends can play a vital role in providing you with the vital emotional support that you need to recover after a Westwood fire

Finally, it is important to remember the key role that a professional fire restoration company, like SERVPRO, can play in recovery after a fire. In addition to being able to evaluate the contents of your home to identify items that can be salvaged, they have the equipment and resources necessary to safely remove ashes and soot from your valuables. They can also deodorize your home to remove any unpleasant smells that result from the smoke that infiltrated your house. By enlisting the help of a SERVPRO, you can save money and prevent your home from suffering long term structural damage that could result from a fire. 

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Tips to prevent or reduce storm or flood damage in Beverly Hills

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to prevent or reduce storm or flood damage in Beverly Hills It is not possible to prevent floods and storms from happening, but there are things that you can do to minimize the damage from these events.

Tips to prevent or reduce storm or flood damage:

It is not possible to prevent Beverly Hills floods and storms from happening, but there are things that you can do to minimize the damage from these events. The following is a list of some of the actions that can be taken:

  • Make sure to check your roof regularly and keep an eye out for worn concrete, missing or slipped tiles, or cracked or loose flashings.
  • Make sure that all of your gutters and drains are free of debris. Debris can block pathways for water to go through, which can lead to severe water damage in your home in the event of high rainfall.
  • Trim back any large branches, particularly if they are dead, that overhang the main structure of your home or any outbuildings.
  • Be aware that Beverly Hills flood damage and damage that is the result of lightning could clear out the hard drive of your computer. Back up your computer, so that you do not risk losing any sentimental material, such as family photographs, if this happens.
  • Keep all of your valuables locked away in a safe place, so that they are at minimal risk of damage in the event of a flood. An ideal container would be one that is waterproof and kept on a higher floor within the building.
  • Make sure that you keep sandbags in stock; ask your local council about sandbags, as they may be able to provide them.
  • Procure temporary flood protection equipment, including removable covers for floorboards and vents, such as air bricks, in order to assist in the protection of doors and windows that could be susceptible to damage in the event of a flood.
  • When you are in the process of refurbishing or decorating your house, make sure to use materials that would be resilient in the event of a flood. For example, you could use ceramic tiles on ground floors. An additional idea is using rugs in lieu of carpets. Additionally, you can move any electrical sockets and kitchen units above ground level.
  • Make sure that an emergency kit is ready at all times, and make sure that you keep it somewhere that will be easily accessible in the event of a storm. Any kit of this type should include the following items: first aid kit, list of local emergency numbers, insurance details, torch, bottled water, portable cooking equipment, canned food, portable radio with spare batteries, waterproof boots and clothing, and blankets.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Prevent Water Damage in Los Angeles Commercial Buildings Due to Plumbing Leaks

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent Water Damage in Los Angeles Commercial Buildings Due to Plumbing Leaks Issues with plumbing systems are a very common experience with which business owners have to deal.

Prevent Water Damage in Commercial Buildings Due to Plumbing Leaks

A business owner could have a multitude of reasons for wanting to think about getting his or her plumbing lines examined every so often. As is the case for any tangible object, a Los Angeles building is subject to wear and tear when it is regularly being used and inhabited. However, many business owners do not remain vigilant about abiding by inspection and maintenance recommendations. This is not only bad for business, but it can also lead to situations where they are breaking regulatory standards and laws. It is very important for business owners to be able to assure clients and customers that they have facilities that provide them with all of the necessary measures of health and safety.

Issues with plumbing systems are a very common experience with which business owners have to deal. There are many different components within plumbing systems that are all connected within a network that stems from one core unit. As such, plumbing systems often require constant attention; if they are neglected in terms of inspection and maintenance, they can be severely damaged, due to issues that start in one specific area of the system and spread throughout.

Pipeline leaks are a problem that can have an effect on not only the plumbing system, but additionally the surrounding materials on the property. If a plumbing leak is present in the building, the entire system could malfunction and ultimately become obstructed. Additionally, the property that surrounds the leak can be at risk of becoming soaked and ruined if the problem is not addressed. If a business owner takes the step of hiring a professional plumber, he or she can be confident that the plumbing system in the Los Angeles building can be used without having to worry about causing additional damage to the building.

There are many different factors that can lead to plumbing leaks. Some of these include: buildup of minerals and debris within pipelines, the improper use of certain amenities, corrosion, improper inspection measures, and weathering effects among others. Whatever is true in the case of the leak in question, the outcome is typically the same. The entire core could potentially collapse, requiring the building's owner to replace the whole system. The business owner can save a great deal of time and money by addressing the problem right away. It would be a great idea to contact a professional plumber to have pipelines, as well as other interconnected components, checked as soon as possible. To clean up the water damage the business owner shoud call SERVPRO.

 

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Signs that you Might Have Mold in your Beverly Hills Home

6/9/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Signs that you Might Have Mold in your Beverly Hills Home Black mold growing on floors, ceilings or walls, there is already a serious contamination problem in the home

Mold in your Beverly Hills Home

For any homeowner, having black mold on visible or underlying areas of a home is a serious concern that requires fast action to avoid additional problems. Many varieties of mold are able to grow in hidden areas of a home for long amounts of time, leading to extensive growth that requires a mold removal specialist to find and remove. A trained and licensed mold remediation company in Plano, Texas is able to assess the level of mold damage in a home and offer several mold removal services. To help homeowners determine when it is time to call a professional remediation team, everyone should understand the most frequent signs of mold.

Seeing Excessive Moisture

Noticing excessive moisture in a home indicates the possibility of mold growth caused by leaking water pipes in the walls or high humidity levels throughout a home. Hollywood Black mold requires a constant moist and dark environment to continue growing, thriving and spreading. A home with old or defective plumbing fixtures located inside walls and ceilings creates the perfect condition for mold to grow in a damp and hot environment. Homeowners must contact a water restoration professional for assistance with a home’s mold problem.

Constantly Noticing Musty Odors

Black mold growth has a distinctive musty odor that remains in a home constantly. If a homeowner smells strange aromas in certain areas of a home such as a basement or kitchen, then this is frequently a sign that there is mold growth in hidden areas. The most common places to notice musty odors are in damp and dark spaces such as crawl spaces or cellars that are particularly susceptible to having mold growth and damage. As soon as a homeowner notices a musty and moldy smell anywhere in a home, they should contact mold remediation professionals.

Noticing Visible Mold Growth

In addition to musty odors, a homeowner should inspect for visible mold located on areas such as windowsills, bathroom ceilings and attic insulation. Black mold typically begins as tiny dark spots that are arranged in clusters on drywall or wallpaper. When a homeowner notices black mold growing on floors, ceilings or walls, there is already a serious contamination problem in the home. A mold remediation expert understands how to remove all traces of mold from a home. 

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

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