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No Unneeded Drama in Beverly Hills Recovery Efforts by SERVPRO

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

It's Not Our First Rodeo, Call SERVPRO for Property Cleanup and Restoration in Beverly Hills

Fast Service and Customer Satisfaction Focus: Why SERVPRO Delivers High-Quality Disaster Recovery in Beverly Hills

When our customers see their Beverly Hills home brought back to the comfort and function enjoyed before a disaster, they are satisfied they made the call to our team. We stress open communications, checking in with homeowners regularly while completing mitigation and remediation of water, fire, mold, or storm damage. Our mission is to make it “Like it never even happened,” with compassion for the stress and worry our customers endure after their homes suffer harm.

Water Damage
An overflow of a tub or sink might not seem like much of an emergency, but failure to investigate and perform professional water removal in your Beverly Hills home can lead to severe secondary damage issues. Particularly if you did not catch the spillage quickly water might already have migrated throughout many other spaces in your dwelling. Even tile floors develop cracks or have unsealed areas on grout lines that allow water to soak into subflooring or seep into the areas between walls.

It is a wise decision to call for an assessment from our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) after an overflow. Our employees have mastered rigorous coursework relating to the need for moisture detection and the operation of a variety of technologically advanced tools to complete the search. We use thermal imaging to find pockets of water and meters and probes to establish moisture absorption levels in structural components.

We employ many techniques to release and remove trapped water, including limited demotion like flood cuts into wet drywall and powerful equipment like negative pressure water extraction mats that can pull moisture from several layers of flooring. Our knowledge of industry best practices is why SERVPRO can find a solution to your water damage woes with the least disruption to your day to day life.

Fire Damage
After experiencing fire damage to your Beverly Hills home, one concern you might not have anticipated is determining what foods you can keep safe. Working with our employees can help you as you sort through pantry items and refrigerated and frozen foods. The assault on your consumables comes from many fronts, and, likely, you do not realize how easily food can spoil or be tainted by the heat and the fine sooty residues.

Boxes and bags, even if unopened, usually need disposal from your pantry. Smoke is merely uncombusted, carbonized remains of the materials burned by the fire. It deposits as soot, coating surfaces and even moving up the threads of jars and invading containers of staples like rice, flour, pasta, and foods. If canned goods heat, the contents may become nourishment for harmful microorganisms. Our familiarity with these risks is why SERVPRO can promote post-fire practices to safeguard you and your family from foodborne hazards.

If the power is out temporarily, refrigerators and freezers may warm too much to keep food safe. The heat from the fire exacerbates the problem. Even when the appliances remain in operation, soot can invade if the gaskets seal poorly. A clue is whether soot trails are visible when the doors of the coolers open. We can help assess whether some or all foods should be tossed for safety’s sake as we complete other fire mitigation and remediation tasks.
 
Mold Remediation
If spills or hidden water damage are unresolved homeowners in Beverly Hills might contend with mold damage at some point. Mold spores are extremely opportunistic, waiting on a surface or in the air for a bit of water or even high humidity to begin their growth cycle. Once moisture starts the cycle, the mold grows and multiplies, creating even more spores.

Individuals who have a sensitivity to mold spore or the toxins some strains emits can notice irritation when mold growth is active. Our mold remediation crews use protocols designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to contain and remove the active colonies. We take care to seal off the area with air scrubbing equipment and barriers to prevent the mold spores from drifting. Our employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to improve the odds that all efforts at containment keep unaffected spaces clear of active mold growth.

Our commitment to the EPA procedure is why SERVPRO can be counted on to manage mold remediation appropriately. The remediation can do just so much, however, and if the conditions persist, mold growth might as well. We check for moisture issues during the project, advising you to take precautions or action to make sure the issues resolve. If the water problem is left unaddressed, mold growth might recur.

Storm Damage
Wildfires and general erosion patterns are notable for exacerbating the effects of storms in Beverly Hills. Higher elevations and canyons north of the neighborhood can send water mixed with significant amounts of mud and silt toward your residence when torrential rainstorms fall. It is not uncommon for evacuation orders to be issued when concerns arise around flash flooding and landslides. Your property might be vulnerable, and our team is ready to help.

Beverly Hills storm damage issues were in the news more frequently than ever this past spring. When you face the potential of not only rainwater flooding but also enormous amounts of dirt and gravel invading your home, you take great care in choosing a storm recovery partner. The highly-qualified crews and state-of-the-art equipment available after just one call are why SERVPRO is recommended by homeowners who enjoyed successful results when our team responded to flooding or mudslides.

The tasks needed range from shoveling debris, containing and removing contaminated water, disposing of hazardous materials according to local regulations, cleaning, structural drying, and disinfection of affected spaces. Speedy completion of these jobs makes all the difference between a residence we can return to you in preloss condition and property that experiences progressive deterioration and secondary damage such as microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is prepared for a broad range of disaster mitigation and remediation scenarios. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to set up an initial assessment of the challenges you face, and explore what our team can do to help you overcome them.

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

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recommends never leaving a portable heater unattended in your home.

SERVPRO’s Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified staff comes equipped with professional water extraction pumps and tools to assist during your time of need.

Do You Know How Hydroxyl Generators Deodorize Your Home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Add-on Bay Window Causing Mold Damage in Century City

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Get in contact with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood by phoning (310) 390-7540. 24/7, we are always ready to help you.

Professional Water Damage Remediation Services In The Beverly Hills Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Real Truth Behind the Connection Between Fire Damage and Water Damage in Beverly Hills

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage and water damage often go hand in hand. Should your home face either scenario, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Water Damage Recovery from Beverly Hills Wildfire Extinguishment

With the wildfires still a pressing concern for California residents, many Beverly Hills homeowners must contend with the effects of this disaster on their property. Even when the property is not directly within the path of the blaze, homes and businesses contend with firefighting efforts such as high volumes of water and aerial efforts such as fire retardant dropped from planes ahead of the fire line. Even with the fire beyond the area, many homeowners are getting their first look at the effects from the wildfire on their properties now that they can return to assess.

Once you get a look at the property, many homeowners might be relieved that the fire has mostly missed the house, but they still have water damage in Beverly Hills to contend with from area firefighting efforts and small extinguishments within the home. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly, even in this widespread disaster to offer you efficient assistance when you need it the most. With a delicate timetable to recover items and construction elements from pooling water and oversaturation, you need a team that can respond fast with the tools and equipment that can work immediately towards a resolution.

Our franchise prides itself on having industry-leading equipment designed to save our customers their time and money. We can work on improving indoor air quality immediately with the use of advanced technology like air scrubbers to reduce the presence of mold spores to limit the possibility of colonization in susceptible areas.

Our SERVPRO team understands that you put extensive work into making your home exactly how you want it. We have a range of equipment to float carpeting to dry out both this material and the subflooring beneath, we can work with air movers to force moisture out of structural elements, and we use our premier cleaning training to make the water damage in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Regardless of how water damage has occurred in your home, it is not something you need to face alone. Give our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood water restoration specialists a call today at (310) 390-7540.

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The Real Truth Behind Water Damage and How it Can Affect Your Westwood Property

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage affects part of your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for efficient water damage remediation services.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO For Water Damage In Your Westwood Home

In Westwood, damage to even a modestly sized home can run into thousands of dollars after even just a day or two. Expensive furniture, carpets, and other high-end items in the home need immediate care and restoration to begin as quickly after a disaster as possible.
 
Most Westwood water damage results from a failed plumbing issue, and not from a storm or other natural event. SERVPRO technicians and specialist train to quickly respond, removing this water from the home as fast as possible and immediately begin restoring both personal and structural property. Our office maintains a deep inventory of the latest equipment needed to stop damage and return as much of the home to its original condition.
 
After removing the water, our immediate task is to begin drying as much of the home as possible. One of the methods we can quickly set up in minutes involves dehumidifiers. These machines draw water from the air and nearby property such as curtains and upholstered furniture. Removing moisture and lowering the humidity level in the home augments our other methods as well. Drier air allows evaporation to happen more quickly which helps to save building materials like drywall panels.
 
As the dehumidifiers work, technicians begin using extraction devices to dry carpets. For most, that means using extraction wands which efficiently remove water from carpets and carpet pads. For thicker carpets, SERVPRO specialists can also use a riding extractor. The driver propels this larger device which has a platform that uses his weight to press down on the carpet and pad, allowing it to remove more water. Regardless of the cost of the carpet, most pads are cheap, and we nearly always advise replacing them than go to the expense of attempting restoration.
 
As specialist dry the carpets, team members remove furniture to either an unaffected part of the home or to a covered area outside. They place the items on blocks or pallets, and immediately set up fans to increase air circulation around them. The fans naturally speed up the drying process without the risk of cracking or splitting the damp wood.
 
If needed, team members can also use air movers to generate warm air across the surfaces to force out moisture. They monitor and adjust the level of heat and the airspeed to prevent accidentally causing secondary damage.
 
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood uses these first actions to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in area homes. If you need us to help return your home to a safe, dry condition, call us at (310) 390-7540 today.

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