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How SERVPRO Keeps the Water Leak in Your Beverly Hills Home From Creating Secondary Damage
A small crack in a pipe releases a lot of water. Inspect your pipes often for signs of leaks.
How Water Extraction Professionals Help Protect Beverly Hills Properties from Secondary Damages
After a Beverly Hills residence takes on water from a water leak, restoring a dry interior becomes essential to protecting the home's structure and contents from additional harm. Because water quickly evaporates and turns to water vapor, and then, soon after, condense on other surfaces, it is almost impossible to contain lost water.
If your property is holding water where it should be dry, SERVPRO's water extraction team in Beverly Hills can get things dry, check for current damaged areas, and carry out preventative measures that enhance the work we do. Different materials absorb and retain water, as well as exhibit different ways in which exposure to water affects them. The drying rates also differ between various elements. Knowledge of this information helps us determine the best methods to use while working on your home.
Water extraction begins with an assessment of the area which provides us with valuable information about the materials involved and the amount of water we need to remove. Part of our water extraction work includes removing waterlogged sections of carpet and drywall. Sometimes we can restore carpeting, but this depends on several factors.
Removing the moisture that microbes need to grow and destroy materials inside your dwelling, as well as stain clothing and other personal belongings, happens when we remove the water vapor these microorganisms require. Without this extra source of moisture, your home's interior structures and contents remain safe from the effects of microorganisms.
Mold damage is not the only type of secondary water damage that homes face when water exists in living areas. Stained sections of ceilings in levels below where the accident took place can appear later. The stains are not because of mold, but the discoloration happens when minute particles leach through the drywall and paint. Other problems that can affect a ceiling include warping. Warped ceilings can become highly risky, as they can collapse from the weight of any trapped water. SERVPRO knows how to rectify both situations and make your home “Like it never even happened.”
Wooden floors and edging that gets wet can become permanently damaged. SERVPRO knows how to dry such aspects of your home, so existing damage decreases in scope. We use industry-accepted procedures, helping these natural components of your home regain their original look as much as possible.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can help you get your home restored after a disaster involving water with our water extraction experts. Holding IICRC certificates in several different areas, we are prepared to take care of every aspect of your home saturated by the water. Contact us by calling our 24-hour service line number, (310) 390-7540, 365 days a year.
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How SERVPRO Determines the Water Cleanup Processes for Your Century City Home
Various methods are used to clean up water damage in your home. Sub-floors, dry-walls, and carpet all have different cleaning processes.
Determining the Water Cleanup Needs of Different Items in Your Century City Home
Water cleanup is a necessary process when we are restoring your property after the unfortunate water event. Usually, there are different types of items in a building, and we have to select a cleaning method which does the work efficiently. For instance, the method we use to clean a carpet may be different from the one that we use when cleaning items such as subfloors and walls. We aim to return your Century City property to its former condition, if not better.
Let us start by looking at the cleanup techniques we use when cleaning carpets in your Century City water damaged property. To choose an appropriate cleaning method, we have to begin by checking on the soiling level. In some instances, the dirt may be resting on the fiber tips, and in some situations, it might penetrate deep into the fibers. We also have to check whether the fibers are stiff, sticky, or matted. Remember, we have to clean the entire room, even if it is a small section of the carpet that is affected.
The carpet's soiling level can be heavy, moderate, or light. When our SERVPRO technicians are dealing with deep or heavy soiling levels, we may use rotary jet extraction and a deluxe pre-conditioner to rinse the area. We may use hot water extraction when cleaning moderate soiling levels and shampoo when we are attending to low pile carpets. For light soiling levels, we may use hot water extraction, bonnet and shampoo to clean.
While at the site, our SERVPRO technicians make a list of materials to clean. The degree of exposure to water and humidity determines the cleaning needs of a material. Once we clean the closets, we may come across clothing and other contents that require deodorizing and cleaning.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers a stress-free cleaning and restoration process to residential and commercial property owners. Have a chance of working with our highly experienced technicians at any time of the day by calling (310) 390-7540.
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What You Can Do When Your Child Floods Your Century City Bathroom And Hallway
In order to prevent further damages, such as microbial growth, it is wise to call a professional restoration company.
Flooding In Your Bathroom And Hallway
Children are known to be curious, but sometimes that curiosity can leave you needing professional water cleanup services inside your home. When your child allows your bathroom tub to flood the floor of your bathroom, as well as the hallway, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the mess. However, it is essential for you to call for professional help.
It may be unwise to try and handle the water cleanup inside of your Century City home by yourself, though it may seem tempting. While it is not always the case that you cannot clean up the mess yourself, it is wise to call for professional services when it comes to your carpeted hallway. It may even feel almost impossible to dry out your hallways by yourself because carpets can absorb so much water. In order to prevent further damages, such as microbial growth, it is wise to call for professionals who can make sure the moisture levels in your home are adequate.
Upon receiving your call, SERVPRO can send a team of our technicians to your home as fast as possible. Our professionals understand how important it's to handle water spills as quickly as possible to prevent further damages. We also know that the quicker we get the job done, the sooner you can get back to your everyday life.
When SERVPRO arrives at your home, our team of IICRC-certified technicians can begin the remediation process by using advanced trade tools. To address the puddles of water left behind in your bathroom, we can use wet/dry vacuums to remove the excess. To handle your soaked carpeting in the hallway, SERVPRO can use a tool called an extractor to simultaneously remove water while also providing heat to dry the fibers.
Should the walls inside your bathroom be damp from the water, SERVPRO can use further tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers. Using the tools together allows us to create an ideal environment that fosters evaporation. Once the moisture levels in your bathroom are back to an acceptable rate, we can leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."
Should your child cause your home to need urgent water cleanup services, never wait. Dial the number (310) 390-7540 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood. Day or night, we're here to help.
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What Level Of Clean Should You Expect During Water Cleanup in Century City?
SERVPRO Removes Water and Freshens Up Properties in Century City
Century City Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Water Removal and Cleaning Procedures
Water cleanup services can help in achieving any of the three levels of clean: sanitary, disinfected and sterile. Environments which are entirely free from contamination are considered to be sterile. Achieving this state of clean during restoration is difficult - sterilization usually takes place in hospital operating chambers. That means we do not perform sterilization when attending to water events in Century City.
Our SERVPRO technicians perform water cleanup in Century City when sewer backups burst or in instances where blood exists. Ideally, the disinfected level of clean - remove 99% of contaminants and soils - could have been the best solution to control the viruses and bacteria which might cause health effects after exposure. Still, our routine cleaning procedures do not attain this level of clean.
Attaining the sanitary level of clean means the removal of contaminants is within the limits where protection of health is guaranteed. Though some soil contamination may still exist at the site, this state of cleanliness is acceptable. When our SERVPRO technicians are working for you, this is the minimum level of cleanliness that we always achieve. Though it sounds easy to achieve, it can be difficult without the right products and equipment.
Deodorization is one of the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform to address the odor problem which usually comes up after a water damage incident. The deodorization technique we choose depends typically on the situation at hand and the surface we are cleaning. For instance, we can use pump sprayers or ULV foggers to dispense deodorants when neutralizing the smell on ceilings and walls. When dealing with carpets, we use an appropriate disinfectant to treat both the floor and the two sides of the carpet. It is important to remember that before removing the odor source is always the first thing we perform before we can apply the scent neutralizing deodorants.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood offers 24-hour emergency services that address storm, mold, fire and water damage incidents. Call us at (310) 390-7540 for our highly experienced and trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Beverly Hills Carpet
SERVPRO Rolls Out the Red Carpet When It Comes to Water Removal in Beverly Hills
Professionally Cleaned and Dried Carpets When SERVPRO Responds forWater Removal
The supply line to the downstairs toilet sprung a leak and water flowed to your Westwood home office. To minimize damage to the carpet, we suggest shutting off the valve on the commode as soon as the leak is noticed. Next, it is a good idea to move any furniture in the office such as the desk and chairs to another room, if it can be done safely, so that when the crew arrives, they can quickly start extracting the water from the carpet.
We can take on various water damage situations in your Beverly Hills home, which means you can depend on our certified SERVPRO technicians to use our top-quality extractors to clean your carpet and to remove excess water. For this job, either our truck-mounted or portable extractors are used. In addition, air moving equipment is utilized to enhance the drying process. Air movers are strategically placed to cover the entire affected area, which speeds evaporation and decreases drying time.
Our SERVPRO technicians set up a daily drying goal that is designed to fully dry your wet carpeting. Moisture meters are used to determine the amount of drying time needed to bring your carpet back to complete dryness. Unaffected dry areas in the home are compared with the affected areas so that our technicians get accurate readings to restore the carpet. We check the drying progress daily to make certain the goal is being achieved. Typically, it takes a day or two for wet carpeting to dry completely.
If needed, and it usually is, dehumidification equipment is used to lower the moisture levels in the room and to increase evaporation levels. Dehumidifiers work by pulling in moist and damp air and then in turn releasing dry and warm air. Dry air soaks in the moisture from the carpet and consequently accelerates the drying process. SERVPRO water damage repair offers fast water extraction, commercial grade air movers as well as top quality drying equipment to restore wet carpet.
When water damage occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540. We can be contacted day or night and dispatch our expert technicians to your place of residence in a matter of hours.
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Water Damage From a Ceiling Leak in Your Century City Home
Water Stains on Your Century City Ceiling? Better Call SERVPRO for Drying and Restoration
Century Village Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration
When you see the dreaded water stain on the ceiling of your home in Century City, it is not something that is welcome. It should not be too complicated to figure out the source of the water. Whatever is above the ceiling is the source of the moisture problem. When you cannot identify the possible water source above the stain, you could have a leaky pipe. It is not uncommon for water to run along piping or rafters before dripping onto your ceiling.
A leaky pipe may have been this way for a while before it is apparent to you, meaning there could be a good deal of water damage to your Century City home that you cannot see yet. It is something you want to handle right away before even more damage is done. A professional remediation company such as SERVPRO can help you get everything cleaned up. Our technicians are trained and have the right equipment for the job.
In a situation like this, we find the areas of your structure that are wet and define precisely how wet they are compared to regular moisture levels. We use various devices to help us track moisture within your home. Our goal for drying is to return materials affected to their normal moisture content levels. These tools are used to find the actual moisture content of different materials and help us figure out if your structure is dry.
SERVPRO techs also use thermo-hygrometers which measure both relative humidity and temperature. Some even do more, like measure dew point. We allow the thermos-hygrometer to adapt to air conditions in the room before we take a reading. We then use these readings in conjunction with a psychrometric calculator or chart. We do so to determine the specific humidity.
Readings for four areas are compared including the unaffected areas, the areas affected by moisture, outside the home, and the exhaust being processed through the dehumidifier into the area affected to make sure dehumidification is contributing to a drying process that is effective.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood has the tools to ensure that your home in Century City, Westwood Village, or Beverly Hills is dry again after a water loss. Give us a call at (310) 390-7540 as soon as you realize there is a problem.
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Professional Restoration for Any Water Damage Event in Your Beverly Hills Home
Water Removal in Beverly Hills--Always Call SERVPRO
Water Intrusions Big and Small Lead to Damage--Call SERVPRO
When people consider professional restoration services for their homes, the things that come to mind are often catastrophic and traumatic. The truth of the matter is, there are plenty of lower scale water incidents that can require restoration but do not necessarily force you out of the house while the work gets completed. If you are dealing with any level of water incident to your Beverly Hills home, you should plan out whom you intend to call to help you set things right.
While water damage to your Beverly Hills home might not always seem like a traumatic event, it also is not something that should persist for long. Many effects could result from improperly cleaned water damages or present water that did not dry sufficiently. Calling restoration specialists not only saves you the trouble of having to deal with this issue on your own but also ensures that the job gets completed to the highest of standards.
Our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists get thoroughly trained in the latest strategies for water damage restoration and possess the skills and equipment necessary to complete the job in a timely and professional manner. From our arrival at your home, our experienced team assesses the extent of the damage throughout the affected area and begins to formulate a site-specific restoration plan to remedy the situation.
Wet vacuums get used for pulling up any pooled water on the floor, and pave the way for drying efforts to begin upon completion. The drying process typically consists of air movers strategically placed to dry the entire affected region entirely. If the water has been present for some time, dehumidification equipment also gets used to pull moisture from the air and prevent it from interacting with mold spores to cause mold damage on top of the water concerns that you have.
Emergencies do not come in a particular shape and size. If you are dealing with any level of a water emergency or struggling to combat water damage to your home, give our SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood team a call. Our experienced professionals are available 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.
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Reliable Water Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Century City
SERVPRO technicians treat both sides of your carpets and floors to eliminate mold and mildew from growing.
SERVPRO Technicians Have Access to Professional Equipment and Training to Restore Your Home after Water Damage
As a resident of Century City, you should always be ready for water damage incidents. Any disaster requires immediate attention to lessen the losses and further damage. However, what are your options when you do not have the right tools and the necessary restoration skills?
Air movers are among the tools that our SERVPRO technicians use to address water damage disasters in Century City. When put in position, they increase the rate of evaporation and shorten the drying time since they move drier air in to replace the moist air. Where necessary, we direct the air into cavities by the use of wall cavity drying systems.
There is a chance of tripping or slipping during the restoration process and hurting yourself. We observe safety measures when working for you and have the right gear even to protect us from chemical effects of the deodorizing agents. When dealing with sagging ceilings, we make holes to reduce the imminent danger. Additionally, we will not turn on lights if we notice there is water in the light fixtures.
SERVPRO technicians use various deodorization agents when working on your property. Usually, different deodorizing agents address different sources of odor, and an appropriate one is selected. For instance, the masking agent act by covering the smells with a pleasant aroma. Disinfectants and sanitizers on the other hand work by inhibiting fungal and bacteria growth.
During the restoration process, we treat both sides of your carpet and floor with appropriate disinfectants that are approved by EPA. After cleaning and treating your upholstery for mildew, our SERVPRO technicians apply a suitable deodorizer on your furniture. For severely damaged large surface areas, our technicians use a ULV fogger to apply the deodorizer. On walls and ceilings, we use a pump sprayer or a ULV fogger to apply the deodorant.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood is a trusted leader in water, fire, storm and mold restoration. Call us at (310) 390-7540 to learn more about the services we offer.
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Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall in Century City
SERVPRO technicians understand the process it takes to dry out a basement constructed of cinder blocks.
SERVPRO Technicians Have the Skills and Training to Properly Dry Out Your Flooded Basement
When you happen upon a wet basement in Century City, it can be particularly heartbreaking. So many possessions are now potentially ruined, and there could be several structural repairs as well. Drying the basement out is a big task, as it does not include just taking out the water and moisture, but also could include getting the mud out and in the end sanitizing everything, including ductwork, to avoid mold and other contaminants in your home.
For such a big task as water removal from your Century City basement, you need the professionals at SERVPRO to help you out. We have the equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, plus the training needed to understand how to do the job efficiently and thoroughly. We also realize time is a factor in a case like this since mold can start growing in just one to two days.
When your basement is constructed of cinder blocks, one of the most critical factors of drying out the block walls is the contents of the open cells. If enough time has passed for the cells to have equalized with the surrounding environment, they hold a certain amount of water or moisture. We examine the surface to figure out whether paint has been applied as well. Gloss or semi-gloss paints create a vapor barrier to limit the transfer of moisture from the inside to the outside of the wall. We may need to drill holes near the bottom of the wall in a mortar joint to let water drain from the cavity of the wall. Holes in the mortar joint are easily patched once drying is complete.
Some block walls contain insulation like vermiculite, cellulosic, fiberglass, or foam. Drying insulation in cavities of walls can be difficult since it requires large amounts of dry air and circulation which are challenging to maintain inside the block cavity.
Depending on local codes, some block construction has bond beams inside the walls. These affect airflow inside the cavity and slow down drying time considerably. SERVPRO staff can usually determine if bond beams are used in a wall by tapping on it.
We use a nonpenetrating moisture meter to figure out when drying is complete. A material is dry only when it has gone back to its natural moisture content, so we use an area which is unexposed to the water as a control for figuring out this level of moisture. We can also take readings from materials in the control area as a target reference for drying wet materials.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood takes care to ensure that your basement is completely dry before saying the job is complete. Residents in the areas of Westwood, Century City, or Beverly Hills with a flooded basement for any reason should reach out to us right away by dialing (310) 390-7540.
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Professional Water Removal Services Make Getting Water Out of Your Century City Home Easier
Water damage in your home can leave you at a loss as to who to call for help. Contact SERVPRO and we'll help you with the whole process.
SERVPRO Technicians Help You Successfully Deal With Water Damage on Your Property
You might experience water problems on your Century City property from a broken appliance, damaged water heater, or plumbing issues that often lead to a flooded basement. When this happens, you need access to certified professionals that can respond to your situation quickly and begin working towards your home’s recovery immediately.
A professionally trained Century City water removal service makes your home look new again. With our 24-hour emergency response, we can help you limit your losses and prevent additional damages from forming. It only takes mold spores a short time to form on wet or damp organic materials such as carpet, wood, and drywall used to construct your home, which makes it even more important to act quickly.
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated by IICRC-industry certified technicians that perform quality water removal and other emergency services for homeowners on a daily basis. We are trained to explain services to customers in detail, keeping you informed about our progress as the process advances. We use a variety of advanced equipment and years of experience to return your property to normal after a flood.
SERVPRO technicians use water extractors, moisture detectors, and drying equipment of all shapes and sizes to assist with water extraction in your home. All of our methods and equipment are designed to produce quality results while maintaining a safe, healthy working environment. We communicate with your insurance company, providing all of the information needed to take the stress out of the process.
The training, both in-house, and formal certifications that each of SERVPRO’s technicians experiences before entering the field provides us with a unique perspective to home repair and restoration. If you are looking to gain access to experts who can help you make the most of the unfortunate situations you may face, call us.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood stands ready to deliver quality, expert solutions throughout Westwood as well. Our staff can handle anything you throw our way, contact our office at (310) 390-7540 to get the help you deserve, today.
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Beverly Hills Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine
One of the most well-known causes of water damage in your home, washing machines can cause costly damage.
Water Damage From A Malfunctioning Washing Machine
One of the most well-known causes of water damage in your home, washing machines can cause costly damage. After the deductible is paid, the average claim nationally for water damage from washing machine malfunction is more than five thousand dollars.
Since washing machines have various ways of creating water damage to your Beverly Hills home, many homeowners do not totally understand the prevention options, risks, or cleanup options. Knowing just a bit about how your washing machine can create water damage, you can save thousands of dollars and many headaches. When your washing machine does malfunction, SERVPRO, a professional water damage restoration company, can come to your rescue to fix the problem and clean up the water and damages.
Supply Hose Leaks
Over fifty percent of claims from washing machine water damage can be traced to the failure of your supply hose. It can be caused by an aging hose, a poor connection to the wall or machine, or the hose being pinched while it is installed, causing a hairline break. Intake hoses are high-flow lines and can put out more than six hundred gallons of water in one hour. If the supply hose on your machine is over five years old or is not steel braided, get it replaced as soon as you can.
Drainage Issues And Flooding
If there is a clog in your drainage pipe, the sewer backs up, or your drain pipe is not properly lined up, the drainage system of your washing machine causes some water damage at least. Most importantly, avoid a clog in the sewer line. When this backs up, you can be faced with water damage that is filled with contaminates and poses serious risks to health. You most definitely need the help of the professionals at SERVPRO if this happens to you since they have the proper equipment and training to clean up the mess safely.
Your washing machine doesn't have to be incorrectly installed, old, or built poorly to create an internal leak. Overloading your machine on a regular basis can cause valves, gaskets, and bushings to crack or loosen. Smaller loads, even if it takes longer to do the laundry, keep your machine from shaking itself apart.
Identifying Your Leak
If you have a leak that is constant, you likely have an issue with the supply hose. It is probably an internal leak if it happens during the wash cycle but before the spin cycle. With water on the floor during the spin cycle or right after the machine turns off, you probably have a drainage issue.
SERVPRO of Beverly Hills/Westwood can handle any washing machine leak in a timely and efficient manner. You can easily reach them at (310) 390-7540, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them if your washing machine is leaking.
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Slab Leak Causes Water Damage to Flooring
Water damaged wood flooring can be repaired by trained technicians who react quickly after damage.
SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage to Flooring From Both Above and Below the Floor Surface
Dealing with multiple plumbing leaks in a slab foundation is a daunting task. Making sure that the water damage done to expensive exotic hardwood flooring disappears requires a professional restoration team. SERVPRO proudly specializes in wood flooring restoration, protecting both your investment and decorating scheme.
The extent of water damage done to your Beverly Hills home from below the flooring can be astonishing. Even though no moisture floods over the floorboards, a significant amount of destruction occurs because of the high humidity and possible wicking of water into the subfloor and then into the actual hardwood. Our technicians train extensively to understand the harm water and water vapor do to your precious hardwood floors. After mastering the ways water damages flooring, they learn how to respond to the destruction. We emphasize restoration over tear outs and replacements, necessitating a creative and tenacious approach to these difficult problems.
The moisture from a slab leak rises into the supporting subfloor and then into the decorative finished surface supporting the contents of your home and your family’s activities. Unlike water spills or flooding from appliances or overflowing tubs and basins, this damage is stealthy and goes unnoticed, sometimes for extended periods of time. The damage done to the flooring ranges from slight warping to severe cupping, a problem that is difficult to restore. Cupping happens when the center of a plank swells, pulling the edges away and up from adjoining planks. Each length of flooring looks like a “u” if viewed in a cross section.
SERVPRO technicians always work toward restoration rather than removing and replacing expensive or unique structures or fittings. A mix of air movement, dehumidification, and heat is the most effective treatment for cupping caused by underfloor leaking. This method takes time, as does any attempt to smooth out the floor because water is difficult to move out of the pores of hard or softwood. Our staff determine a drying goal and measure moisture content frequently. Drying out a wet floor is not uncommonly a two to three-month process. The slow and steady drying needs a try first before sanding or other leveling techniques join the menu. Ultimately some areas of flooring might need replacement if the damage was severe.
The damage suffered by hardwood flooring from a slab foundation leak needs the professional touch SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood brings. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation by our flooring damage specialists by calling (310) 390-7540.
Water Damage Affecting Westwood Homes
We often face burst or leaking pipes, as a water damage culprit.
Westwood Residential Homes Being Affected by Water Damage
When homeowners hear water damage, they most likely think of flooding or roof leaks caused by various types of natural disasters, like wind or rain storms. However, there are many other ways for water to enter and cause damage to your home.
You can take precautionary measures to help reduce or even prevent water damage in your Westwood home. In most cases, homeowner preparation saves time and reduces many of the costs associated with repairs. The quicker you notice problems that exist, and the faster you contact someone for help, the higher the chance is that you limit your home's exposure and prevent losses.
We experience quite a few different kinds of water damage situations in homes just like yours on a daily basis, all of which have SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians performing quality solutions for our customers. Using the services provided by expertly trained, professional restoration technicians gives you several advantages.
We often face burst or leaking pipes, as a water damage culprit. A clogged drain attached to a toilet or garbage disposal causes pressure to build up, creating cracks or breaks in piping that can leak for a long time before being discovered. However, SERVPRO technicians have access to detection equipment to assist in locating and removing these kinds of water problems before they can cause excessive damage.
While SERVPRO also deals with many issues associated with your plumbing system, where hoses and pipe joints become weak and cause damages to your walls or ceiling that are also hard to detect until water has the time to cause enough damage to present visual signs. We have services available to clean, restore and repair the affected area to a quality pre-damage condition.
We have experienced water build-up in crawl spaces, attics or basements, generally caused by broken appliances, or improperly maintained ventilation system issues. Regardless, if not cared for properly, washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration and need proper attention.
Leading us back to natural disasters or weather-related problems that cause flooding and other intrusion situations that you initially thought of when this topic was presented. While these situations do exist, they happen far less frequent than most of the others described above.
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Dealing with Water Damage in Beverly Hills
Don't let water damage keep you out of your home for long. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!
SERVPRO will Follow Procedures to Help Prevent Secondary Damage when Dealing with Water Damage Restoration
When water or flood damage happens, there is a small window of time when remediation is essential to stop larger problems from occurring. If the damage is left partially treated or untreated, mold growth can occur. This can cause long-term problems and be a health danger to you and your family. If steps are taken within the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the damage has happened, it’s possible to avoid problems with mold.
First Steps to Clean up
Once your home has been exposed to water from leaking or flooding, there are a few steps to follow to prevent mold damage. The first thing to do with water damage remediation is to stop the source of the water if possible unless you are dealing with a flood in Beverly Hills. Then the excess water will need to be removed, and our SERVPRO technician will do this with heavy duty fans and vacuums, plus dehumidifiers to assist in removing the moisture from the air.
It may be necessary as well to pull up carpeting or other flooring which were affected by the water. Ceiling tiles, insulation and other surfaces that are porous could need to be removed and replaced as well depending on the damage which has happened. If they are not replaced, they can be the perfect breeding ground for mold since they will keep holding moisture for a long time.
In the first 24 hours, we may be able to salvage some of the items in your home. Certain kinds of electronics, for example, could be useable like medical equipment, computers, printers, fax machines and the like. When these things are taken from a flood site, they need to be turned off and kept off for several days. Corrosion can be stopped by lowering the humidity by letting the equipment dry out.
When Mold Starts to Grow
It can take around 48 hours for mold to start growing, and if areas in your home have been wet in this time period, we will need to take additional steps in our water damage remediation so we can stop the mold damage. This time frame is a general rule of thumb, and mold could start growing faster if your home is in a humid area.
Even if there is no visible mold, don’t be fooled. It can still be present, and the only way to know for sure is for our professionals to do testing in your home to determine if there is mold growth.
If our technicians at SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood can come out to your home and take immediate action, this can lower the cost of repair and replacement. If you have water damage in your home, call us right away by dialing (310) 390-7540, and we will take care of you.
Regular Appliance Maintenance Can Help Prevent Water Damage
Septic tanks require regular maintenance. If yours should leak, call SERVPRO!
Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped to Handle Damage to Your Home or Business
While California has been known more recently for their droughts and lack of rain, homes on the West Coast are still in danger of experiencing water damage from within the home. Did you know that the average home containing two bathrooms and three residents will produce over 85,000 gallons of wastewater every year?
Water removal in Westwood is often necessary due to internal pipe leaks, overflowing bathtubs, leaking toilets, and catastrophic pipe bursts. If you have suffered any of these water events, SERVPRO can help you with your water emergency and restore your home. First, consider some simple helpful tips so you can prevent such damage from devastating your home.
The Unusual Suspects
Your household appliances are often disregarded as threats against your home. However, household plumbing, septic tank damage, broken drain hoses, and other water events make up a large part of homeowner water damage claims. Neglecting these parts of your home can make these vital areas a ticking time bomb ready to devastate your home.
It is well worth it to prevent damage through maintenance. One of the most disregarded parts of a residence is the septic tank. Inspect yours at least once a year and have the septic tank pumped every three to five years. This crucial tank is essentially a living filter that separates all of the wastewater before it flows out into the drain field for final purification.
A septic tank leak is one of the most dreaded events a homeowner can face. However, this is nearly always preventable, if the proper maintenance is done. A septic tank is a large, watertight container beneath the land around your home. All of the wastewater from your shower, bath, laundry, kitchen, and toilets flow into this tank. Heavy solids inevitably settle to the bottom, where bacteria reduces them to gas and sludge. Lighter solids such as grease from your kitchen rise to the top as a layer of scum.
Septic Tanks: Prevention through Maintenance
One of the best ways to prevent disaster is to have your septic tank pumped by professionals every three to five years. There are cheap and effective ways to help along your septic tank between cleanings, from inside your home, too! Simply use a septic tank treatment as a preventative measure. All there is to this method is purchasing these extremely affordable water soluble sachets online or in-store and dropping one into your toilet and flushing it.
These bio-active septic tank treatments contain billions of bacteria and septic-specific enzymes per dose that help to prevent backups. Once flushed down the toilet, it makes its way to your septic tank, and the live bacteria dissolves away solids. Done once a month, this treatment can cost you around $25 a year and is readily available online and in the store. Simply commit to simple preventative measures, and you can save yourself much money, headache, and future damages in the long run.
Water removal inside your home is nearly always unexpected, but it does not have to be a nightmare. Contact SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills at (310) 390-7540 if you have experienced a water emergency. We are available to take your call 24/7, with our day and night Emergency Services.
Yes, It Is Possible to Save Flood Damaged Documents
Rely on SERVPRO to Recovery Your Flood Damaged Books and Documents
Water Damaged Books May Be Salvaged by SERVPRO
One of the biggest losses after a flood or water emergency is documents. Not only is the cost of getting new ones a factor, but the emotional value as well -- loosing favorite books or family heirlooms can be tough to handle. Fortunately, it's possible in many instances to save documents affected by flooding.
Many homeowners with flood damage in Century City are often surprised to learn that their treasured books and important documents don't have to be tossed out automatically. By calling us as quickly as possible after a flood, you'll increase the chances that your documents can be dried and salvaged. Here are some ways that we work to dry books and papers after a flood.
SERVPRO often uses equipment that efficiently air dries books and documents. This process works well for items that have not sat in water for extended periods of time, those made of more resilient paper, and documents with sturdy covers or binding.
Humidity will break down paper over time, which is why it's important to dehumidify homes with flood damage. Our team will set up equipment to get rid of excess humidity in combination with other techniques to increase the chances of saving your documents and books.
Sometimes a rush of cold air helps prevent irreversible damage to papers and books, and this works best when done soon after a flood. Freeze drying is an option with photos and vintage documents as well as books.
SERVPRO has advanced equipment capable of vacuum freeze-drying and thermal drying documents within homes with flood damage. Using these two methods, even older materials and those that are valuable or fragile can have a chance of being restored. Our expert training and a large inventory of equipment offer the best opportunity to recover water damaged documents, photos, and soft materials.
If you've experienced a water emergency, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills to get your home and possessions back in good shape. Whenever possible, we'll dry out your documents to prevent the expense and hassle of getting replacements. For a quote or to learn more about our flood damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (310) 390-7540.
Los Angeles Water Damage--Steps You Can Take
SERVPRO Says Water and Electricity Can Be a Dangerous Pair in Your LA Home
SERVPRO Can Complete Your Water Damaged Los Angeles Property Restoration Service
Water damage can result from problems such as flooding or a burst pipe in your Los Angeles home. It is important to have a Los Angeles water damage company clean out for you as soon as possible. The water can ruin your possessions, cause waterborne and vector-borne diseases and weaken the structural integrity of your house. Here are a few tips for cleaning your house after the damage.
Inform Your Insurance Company
Before you do anything, call your insurance agency and tell them about the water damage. You also need to inform them about what you plan to do to mitigate the damage. Doing this saves you time and makes it less hectic when you decide to claim any money for damages.
Disconnect The Power And Unplug All The Electronics
Water is an electricity conductor. If you enter a house where it has come into contact with live wires, you are likely to get shocked or even electrocuted. Switch off the power that leads to the affected area, particularly if the water is above the electrical outlets. Alternatively, you can turn off the power at the main switch that is often located at the entrance of the house. Additionally, remove all electronics, furniture, and other movable items. The quicker these items are out of the water’s harm, the higher your chances of salvaging them.
Turn Off The Water Main
It is important to know the location of the main water valve in the house, or outside nearby. In the case of any floods, turn off the water at the valve. It does not matter whether the water came from the ground runoff or a burst pipe. You are safe switching off the water and checking for the source of the flooding later.
Concentrate on Drying Your Home
Even without any industrial grade equipment like that which water damage and restoration professionals like SERVPRO have, you need to focus on making your home dry. Open the doors and windows in your house to increase the air flow. Increasing the rate of evaporation through air movement helps. In so doing, you lessen the chance of mold growth. But for more than a mere puddle.....
Call A Restoration Company
You can clean small amounts of water. However, for extensive water extraction, cleaning and restoration, consider calling a competent Los Angeles water damage restoration company. Unlike you, SERVPRO has the expertise, equipment, and tools to restore your house fast and efficiently. IICRC certified technicians competently salvage personal items, photos, and momentoes that may otherwise be lost forever. Water pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and foggers are some of the arsenal stocked within their green vans and box trucks. Professional water damage services allow you to focus on other aspects of getting your life back in order.
If you experience flooding and any other form of water damage, place your trust in a premier company that can restore your home "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills 24/7 via (310) 390-7540 for quick and professional services.
Beverly Hills Water Damage Causes
Be Watchfull So Your House Doesn't Leak Like This Bucket
SERVPRO's Tips for Avoiding Beverly Hills Water Damage
Beverly Hills water damage can show up in many different ways. There are few things as structurally damaging as a flood. And, unfortunately, even homes which are not located in ‘at risk’ areas can find themselves dealing with far too much water. If plumbing fixtures burst, the results are much the same, so steps must be taken to protect a home from plumbing failures.
We tend to take the plumbing system which moves water inside our homes for granted. However, when it breaks down, action must quickly be taken. The best solution is always prevention. Inspection and maintenance are the keys to troubleshooting and identifying problems, as well as understanding what is required to fix them. SERVPRO offers some information and suggestions to help you prevent water damage to your home in Beverly Hills.
Top Tips for Avoiding Leaks & Water Damage
Clean Gutters Regularly: it is not enough to just install high-quality gutters, they must remain free of leaves and debris. Rainwater collected in the gutters needs an unobstructed passage to reach the downspouts. It must then flow at least five feet away from the foundation and exterior walls freely.
Install a Sump Pump: if you live in a very wet or low-lying area. It is surprisingly easy for basements to become flooded during heavy rains or appliance failures. As the unwanted water collects in the sump pump catchment, it can be drained to the exterior of the building.
Appliance Malfunctions: electrical appliances like dishwashers and washing machines are supplied with water under pressure. Frequently the fittings will corrode over time initiating a pinhole leak that eventually ruptures the supply line. Plastic drainage hoses will dry out and crack after extended use. Replace them with reinforced hoses before this happens.
Invest In Shut Off Switches: if you do use your dishwasher and washing machine very frequently, it's practical to invest in a water ‘shut off’ switch. If a washing machine cannot be instantly turned off during an emergency, a shut off switch can be used to override its settings and shut everything down immediately. These switches can be applied to single appliances or installed in the main water supply line.
Treat Pipes Carefully: burst pipes are the most common cause of household floods. This means no pouring oil or grease down a drain, leaving central heating on the lowest setting when away from home in the winter, and keeping a close eye on water pressure. If the water pressure in your home is above the advised psi for your area of Beverly Hills, seek advice from your water utility.
Finding Reliable Water Restoration Services
If you have found a leak or identified the presence of water damage in your Beverly Hills property, you need to take steps to repair it as soon as possible. Easy enough. Just pick up the phone and call the experts at SERVPRO. The skilled IICRC-certified technicians will remove the water using industrial grade equipment, dry out water damaged items and restore your home to its pre-loss state "Like it never even happened."
Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists
As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Call us for fire or water damage emergencies in Beverly Hills, Westwood, and Century City for 24/7 service. (310) 390-7540
Reasons To Secure Professional Water Damage Restoration Service for Beverly Hills
Porous Drywall Required Removal and Repair Caused by a Leak
Water Damage Home in Beverly Hills Gets Help from SERVPRO
When your property is subjected to a natural disaster like flooding or an earthquake causing broken pipes, the unwanted outcome is often water damage to your Beverly Hills home. This excessive, standing water is problematic for many reasons, including the fact that it can pose health hazards, damage personal property, furniture, art, and weaken the structural integrity of your property. SERVPRO suggests that it is beneficial to secure professional water removal services. Learn more about why you should always hire a team of water damage experts to restore your property by considering the following four facts:
1. Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms, and these forms of bacteria can breed very quickly. Moisture is the driving force allowing for conducive conditions for growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria.
2. Furnishings and buildings that retain excessive levels of moisture will promote microorganism development and fungi growth, even after the visible water has been extracted. The drying process, utilizing specialized air movers, and dehumidifiers are incorporated. This drying process is on-going until moisture measurement inspections indicate the ambient air humidity is about 45 percent.
3. The materials and furniture that were exposed to excessive water have to be evaluated for saving or discarding. SERVPRO utilizes a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. Categories of not-salvageable, salvageable or questionable items and materials are listed for you and your insurance adjuster to decide how to proceed with the water damage restoration process. We will assist with our experience to "restore before replace" to control costs and expedite to completion the entire service.
4. Attempting to remedy water damaged possessions and materials on your own can cause physical stress and unwanted, unknown exposure to health hazards such as category 3 water (highly contaminated sewage is one example). Safety clothing, gear, equipment, and know-how are essential aspects leading to a safe and effective water damage restoration process.
What Should You Look For In A Water Removal Company?
• Industry experience and leadership
• A stellar reputation for professionalism and customer service
• 24/7 emergency services, always available
• IICRC-certified technicians, with extensive supplemental training
• Free estimates, action plan, work with your insurance agent
Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Effective Water Removal Services
Once standing water is damaging your residential property in Beverly Hills, it must be removed. To ensure that this process is completed correctly, trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We possess all of the attributes of a winning team, and we work for you to get your home back to pre-water damage condition. "Like it never even happened."
Locally Owned and Operated
We are proud to be an active member of Beverly Hills. SERVPRO of Westwood/Beverly Hills is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Westwood and surrounding communities with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies. Call us. (310) 390-7540
Protect Your Los Angeles Home From Water Damage Induced Mold
Mother Nature and Water Damage
A Los Angeles Home Can Suffer Many Consequences from Water Damage
Water can cause severe damage to both the inside and outside of a home. One of the most serious consequence of water damage is the development of mold within a Los Angeles home. When water damage occurs, it is important to take the following steps to prevent mold from developing:
1. Remove Excess Water
The most important step to take when water damage occurs is to stop the water flow and remove all excess water. This may require turning off a home's water supply or repairing the home plumbing system. To speed up the removal of excess water, open the home's doors and windows to help air circulate and remove water. Installing fans throughout the home will also help with removing excess water and moisture from the home. Running a dehumidifier aids in the removal of moisture from the home. If there are any appreciable quantities of water in the house, then it is time for professional assistance.
2. Consult a Water Damage and Restoration Professional
Following any damage caused by water, it is important to consult a professional who can ensure that your home's water supply is safe for consumption. A water remediation professional from SERVPRO can perform a purification process that will remove harmful bacteria that might be in the home's water supply.
3. Remove Wet Furnishings from the Home
After attempts have been made to remove all excess water and possibly cut off the water supply, next remove any wet furniture from the home, including carpeting. These efforts on your part are probably too difficult to execute quickly and safely. A suggestion, let the professionals enter and do the heavy lifting, is noted. The water damage technicians from SERVPRO can expeditiously salvage waterlogged items and personal possessions.
4. Consult a Water Restoration Professional
A professional technician will do an assessment and inspection of the Los Angeles house to identify any potential hidden dangers. These may include items such as loose boards, wet electrical outlets or appliances. While using dehumidifiers and fans are helpful to prevent mold, there might be areas within the home's structure that are still holding water. Wet drywall can lead to a serious mold problem. Porous materials like drywall should be removed from the premises to stem the proliferation of mold growth. SERVPRO has extensive experience in dealing with this health issue.
Making repairs on homes suffering from mold damage can be very expensive and stressful. Count on the professional at SERVPRO to ensure that the proper steps are taken to prevent your home from being overrun by mold caused by water damaged building materials or furniture. This mold remediation is performed in conjunction with the cleanup, repair, and restoration of your personal property and home.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Westwood/Beverly Hills is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the West Beverly Hills community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
We proudly serve Beverly Hills, CA, Westwood, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding areas.
If you have flood or water damage call us today and we will respond immediately. (310) 390-7540
Signs that you Might Have Mold in your Beverly Hills Home
Black mold growing on floors, ceilings or walls, there is already a serious contamination problem in the home
Mold in your Beverly Hills Home
For any homeowner, having black mold on visible or underlying areas of a home is a serious concern that requires fast action to avoid additional problems. Many varieties of mold are able to grow in hidden areas of a home for long amounts of time, leading to extensive growth that requires a mold removal specialist to find and remove. A trained and licensed mold remediation company in Plano, Texas is able to assess the level of mold damage in a home and offer several mold removal services. To help homeowners determine when it is time to call a professional remediation team, everyone should understand the most frequent signs of mold.
Seeing Excessive Moisture
Noticing excessive moisture in a home indicates the possibility of mold growth caused by leaking water pipes in the walls or high humidity levels throughout a home. Hollywood Black mold requires a constant moist and dark environment to continue growing, thriving and spreading. A home with old or defective plumbing fixtures located inside walls and ceilings creates the perfect condition for mold to grow in a damp and hot environment. Homeowners must contact a water restoration professional for assistance with a home’s mold problem.
Constantly Noticing Musty Odors
Black mold growth has a distinctive musty odor that remains in a home constantly. If a homeowner smells strange aromas in certain areas of a home such as a basement or kitchen, then this is frequently a sign that there is mold growth in hidden areas. The most common places to notice musty odors are in damp and dark spaces such as crawl spaces or cellars that are particularly susceptible to having mold growth and damage. As soon as a homeowner notices a musty and moldy smell anywhere in a home, they should contact mold remediation professionals.
Noticing Visible Mold Growth
In addition to musty odors, a homeowner should inspect for visible mold located on areas such as windowsills, bathroom ceilings and attic insulation. Black mold typically begins as tiny dark spots that are arranged in clusters on drywall or wallpaper. When a homeowner notices black mold growing on floors, ceilings or walls, there is already a serious contamination problem in the home. A mold remediation expert understands how to remove all traces of mold from a home.
Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.
We proudly serve Beverly Hills, CA, Westwood, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding areas.