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If Your Century City Home Is Hit By A Flood, You Need To Contact Our Team

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If Your Century City Home Is Hit By A Flood, You Need To Contact Our Team Call us at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day or night, 365 days a year to explore your options.

Pack Out To Protect Contents From Flood Damage In Century City

Flooding can happen in a Century City home for many reasons, some related to severe weather or external water supply or waste breaches, and some related to plumbing leaks, broken appliances, or sink and tub overflows by mistake or inattention. When a large amount of water invades, both structural components and the contents of your home are at risk. Our trained crews have many strategies to help you recover from this crisis.

When flood damage impacts your Century City home your furnishings, household goods, papers, and other personal articles are often at risk of severe harm. Leaving these portable possessions in your home during flooding remediation also can interfere with the water removal and structural drying necessary to restore soaked building materials. A pack out of contents to a dry area on your property or our secure and climate controlled production facility has many benefits.

Removing wet contents allows SERVPRO on-site crews to move through the damaged areas of your home more quickly and efficiently. Water removal, extraction, and structural drying must complete fast to avoid secondary damage and progressive deterioration of porous materials. When the spaces are cleared, our employees can concentrate on employing powerful water mitigation and drying equipment not on moving boxes and furniture repetitively around the affected areas.

Staging flood water damaged contents away from the hustle and bustle of the crews working in your home permits specially trained technicians to examine and evaluate the condition of everything from clothing to books and documents to toys and keepsakes to electronics and more. SERVPRO technicians can take the time to research the best practices for unusual items without delaying the work at your flooded home.

Wet upholstered furnishings benefit from the moisture reduction we accomplish in smaller drying chambers. Innovative cleaning or drying methods such as freeze-drying for papers and pictures or industrial-sized washers and dryers for window treatments, rugs, and other linens would be impossible to implement at your site. SERVPRO inventories and tracks the contents packed out using our proprietary Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), using bar coding, lists, and digital images to maintain order as we work on restoring items and documenting the process for your insurer.

When flood damage exposes your home and its contents to potential ruin, a pack out completed by trained SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood employees is part of the solution. Call us at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day or night, 365 days a year to explore your options.

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

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Recovery for Your Beverly Hills Home After Severe Weather

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Storms Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Home

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in Your Beverly Hills Home When your basement or main living space is under many inches of water, contact SERVPRO to dry out the property and help prevent mold.

Quick Action by Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians can Mean the Difference Between a Successful Remediation or Secondary Damages

A storm sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean can bring a storm with intense wind and rain that can cause water damage to your home. You may think nothing much of a storm staring when you are on your way to work, but if you have left your basement window ajar, it can be a problem for your home. By the time you get home, your downstairs entertainment room has been flooded, and your furniture has been soaking up water for hours. The situation can seem like a disaster at first glance, but there is help close by that can lend a hand.
 
The longer that your home sits with the water damage in Beverly Hills accumulating, the more of a problem it can become for you. Your hardwood floors can blister and swell from absorbing the water, your furniture can soak up the water and become the perfect place for mold growth, and your electronics can malfunction. The sooner that you call for help, the more likely a successful remediation can occur.
 
When we arrive, SERVPRO can immediately focus on getting the excess water out of your home. We can use tools like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your property. After, we can use extractors to pull water from your furniture and curtains. Once the excess water has been removed from your home, SERVPRO can focus on any belongings that are in urgent need of remediation.
 
We can send your electronics to a repair facility to try and draw any water out of them. Any boxes that had valuables packed in them can be emptied, dried, and repacked in new boxes. Once we are finished, we can set up tools like ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the structure of your home.
 
If a storm hits your home and causes water damage, do not pause and consider what you should do. Reach out and contact SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood by dialing (310) 390-7540. Day or night, we make it our priority to get to your home as swiftly as possible.

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Flood Damaged Homes In Beverly Hills Need Not Remain Hazardous To Your Family's Health

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damaged Homes In Beverly Hills Need Not Remain Hazardous To Your Family's Health If your Beverly Hills home suffers flood damage, for instance, many changes take place inside that create a risky environment for your family.

Flood Damaged Homes

Beverly Hills is known for some of the most beautiful residential properties in the world. However, disasters such as mudslides, flooding, and wildfires can still damage these homes and render them unfit for occupancy. Extensive knowledge and training in restoring these homes to perfect condition again remove any risks to safety and health, readying them for occupancy again after a crisis.

If your Beverly Hills home suffers flood damage, for instance, many changes take place inside that create a risky environment for your family. SERVPRO professionals hold certificates from the IICRC in fields related to the damage caused by floods. These types of harm produced to your home include both the visible damage that you see and also damage caused at the microscopic level by tiny organisms that live wherever suitable conditions exist.

The flooding that brought the water inside your home also brought the bacteria, viruses, and parasites into your home, as well as the water they need to survive. Mold and mildew often show themselves on walls, ceilings, and any other surface above the water line. These organisms most likely existed inside your home but remained under control because the lack of humidity kept them from growing wildly. The presence of mold and mildew can indicate the high amount of moisture in the air, even without any of our moisture detection equipment.

SERVPRO protects homes from flood damage by not only cleaning things up after we pump the water out and away from your home but by drying them out. Thorough drying out ensures that water damage remains under control and minimized and that any materials not already affected remain undamaged. We use equipment that efficiently dries everything out so we can get to the cleaning up and sanitize stages of your home's restoration.

We want to ensure that it not only looks "Like it never even happened" but also that your home's interior poses no risks to you, your children, guests, or pets. The floodwaters contain silt that can contain chemicals, many of which can cause illness. We utilize unique cleansing agents that leave your home with a pleasant scent and a highly reduced microbial population.

SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help your home survive flood damage and come out beautifully once again. Our expert technicians are ready 24/7, every day of the year to provide the services your family needs after a horrific crisis. Call us at our local emergency service line whenever you need us by phoning (310) 390-7540. We are here for you.

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Westwood's Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Structural Drying Procedures

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Westwood's Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Structural Drying Procedures Westwood Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal After Flooding

SERVPRO Can Provide Prompt and Effective Flood Damage Control

When a severe thunderstorm hits Westwood, the weather conditions surrounding it can cause extensive property damage. If the storm brings enough rain, flooding can occur possibly causing water to enter your house. High-speed winds can break exterior walls or blow tree branches into your windows leaving a gap for rainwater to come into your structure.
 
If there is a significant amount of water present in the home, moisture gets pulled out of materials using a specialized extraction system. After water removal, the next step in mitigating flood damage in Westwood is the rapid drying process. Drying out structural components promptly can happen with the use of drying equipment.
 
Air movers and dehumidifiers get placed by our SERVPRO technicians in the affected area to create an environment that speeds up the natural evaporation process. The number of air movers and dehumidifiers used depends on the size of the affected region and how much water got into the home from the thunderstorm. The amount of dehumidification needed is calculated by how many porous materials inside the house got wet.
 
Once the amount of dehumidification is figured out the number of dehumidifiers needed to start drying get set up. Each day our SERVPRO technicians return to the site and check moisture levels and humidity inside the affected area. If the region is not drying quickly, then more equipment can be set up to improve drying. If drying has been successful and the levels have dropped, then dehumidifiers get taken out.
 
In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians set up a drying chamber around the affected area to help speed up drying. A drying chamber consists of thick plastic sheeting that is set up with poles around the affected region. This "tent" targets the damp areas needing additional drying. The smaller the chamber is, the less cubic feet of air the dehumidifier has to turn over.
 
Specific methods and techniques can help reduce drying time so that microbial growth should not occur. Monitoring the work site every day helps us make a change to ensure rapid drying. For professional help with drying out moisture after a storm floods your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day.

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The Flood Damage Experts Of Beverly Hills

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Flood Damage Experts Of Beverly Hills Sometimes when enough rain hits an area, flooding occurs.

Flood Damage Experts

Sometimes when enough rain hits an area, flooding occurs. Even if there isn't enough rain to cause a flood, it is possible that water still damages your Beverly Hills home. Storms bring about high-speed winds that sometimes also cause damage.

Often, winds blow a rock or other object into a window causing rainwater to pour inside your house. Anytime rain finds its way into your home; it is wise to call SERVPRO's flood damage specialists in Beverly Hills. It is always a possibility that rainwater damages contents and building materials once it enters through a broken window.

Any time rainwater damages an area inside your home the water gets tested for contamination levels. If the water has a high level of contamination many of the contents and building materials inside the home get discarded. If the contamination level is low, many times the contents and materials get saved by drying them out.

SERVPRO's skilled restoration team not only mitigates problems with your building materials and structure, but we also handle damage to contents such as furniture. Water can cause several issues to different types of upholstery. Wooden framing inside upholstered furniture sometimes swells causing joints to loosen. Moisture also causes glues to break down which damages the furniture.

Often, water causes spots to form on fabrics requiring that our crew wets the entire piece of fabric evenly so that lines and spots do not stay permanently. Dust covers sometimes bleed colors into other materials. Metal objects on furniture at times rust causing rust stains on the cloth. Wooden legs on furniture possibly stain your carpet if left sitting on top of it while the furniture is still wet.

Our restoration crew knows the particular procedures that minimize damage to your furniture. We lift the furniture off of your carpet and put foam blocks underneath the furniture's wooden legs. Cushions get taken off the couch and get placed in a tent formation. Wax paper gets placed between any metal and fabric while the drying process takes place. Then, we put in air movers and dehumidifiers that lower moisture levels within the furniture and help prevent mildew growth.

Any time a storm breezes into your neighborhood and damages your home, it is wise to call in the experts to handle the situation. We at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood are a call away at (310) 390-7540, and we are here to help you with problems at your house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

With SERVPRO to Help, Storm Damage Can Be Mitigated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Torrential Rains Cause Flood Damage To Your Westwood Home

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage To Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Restoration Services In Westwood Performed The Right Way

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ignoring A Slow Drain Has Serious Repercussions In Your Westwood Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Caused By A Slow Drain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

Do You Know How Hydroxyl Generators Deodorize Your Home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Surviving Flood Damage In Your Century City Home

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

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

Many Precautions Can Be Taken to Prevent Flood Damage

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


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


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

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

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

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

Property Damage Restoration Begins and Ends With Certified Professionals

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Creates a Plan To Deal With All Aspects of Remediation

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

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

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


Rebuilding Your Property and Life

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

Storm Damage is No Match for Us!

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

Your Single Solution for Storm Damage

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

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

Many Types Of Storms Leave Damage In Their Path

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Water Damage from Plumbing Failures

6/4/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Storm Damage Beverly Hills: Avoiding Further Damages

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

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

Tips to prevent or reduce storm or flood damage:

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

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

What To Do After Flooding

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

What NOT To Do After Flooding

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