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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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

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.