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

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Removing Mold Growth From Your Beverly Hills Pool House

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold Damage In Beverly Hills Contained And Cleaned

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Mold Damage Team Can Restore Your Century City Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

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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Remediating Mold Damage in Beverly Hills

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

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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Mold Damage from Pet Activity in Your Century City Home

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

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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The Preliminary Steps of Mold Remediation For Your Century City Residence

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

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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Removing Mold Damage In Century City Homes

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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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The Discovery of Mold Damage in Your Century City Residence

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

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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Seek Professional Care of Mold Damage in Westwood

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

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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What Causes Mold Damage in Westwood Village Homes?

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Mold Can Cause Significant Damage Your Century City Home

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Tips for Preventing Mold Damage

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Mold In Office HVAC

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Identifying the Type of Mold and Stopping Mold Growth

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Lurking Mold Damage Gets Exposed During Renovation

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Mold Damage Los Angeles: Identifying the Source

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

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.

What Causes Mold To Grow In Los Angeles Homes?

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

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.