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Commercial Water Damage Restoration

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration Restaurant Water Damage

Water damage can impact the profitability of a business for weeks, even months to come. With commercial properties, immediate inspection, mitigation, and remediation go a long way in preventing further damage, the associated costs, and disruptions. There is a brief window of opportunity to have everything cleaned and safely dried, and technical expertise is essential for restoring your business.
The immediate removal, drying, and replacement of damaged materials are imperative to restore day-to-day operations.
Our licensed and certified commercial water damage restoration commercial water damage restoration crews are experienced in everything from small retail and restaurant overflows to commercial flood services for complexes and a lot more. We’re the single-source solution for building owners, business owners, and property managers. Understanding all the risks — health and safety, downtime, and losing customers allows us to be here 24/7 for you and your business.

Electrical and Fire Safety Tips

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical and Fire Safety Tips Electrical Fire Damage in Santa Monica CA

Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions

Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

Test smoke detectors and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.

Establish an evacuation plan that can be used in case of an emergency, and practice with your family.

Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.

In homes with young children, install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns.

Conduct a basic assessment of your home electrical system, electrical cords, extension cords, power plugs, and outlets.

Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.

Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.

Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed.

Mold Remediation Company

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Company Mold in a home

Having mold in your workplace is a serious problem. If you leave it and don’t take the proper steps to properly remediate it, it will damage the property and can cause health issues. For these reasons, mold remediation should be treated as an emergency. As soon as you discover or anticipate that you have a mold problem you should contact a company for mold remediation in your local area or a company that you know and trust. There will be many benefits to having the mold remediation done as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Malibu/Pacific Palisades/Topanga and Brentwood have highly trained mold remediation technicians, who go through rigorous training and certification courses, will help you remove these toxins from your home or business. Free consultations are a bonus. Please call us today at (310) 456-2135.

Finding a Fire Damage Restoration Company

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Finding a Fire Damage Restoration Company Fire Damage Repair Companies

Disasters can occur at anytime, anywhere, anyplace, hence the name. They come in the form of earthquakes, floods, and fire and can happen at any given moment at any given time.  Regardless, it is essential for you to repair the damage and bring your life back to normal.

As such, if you experience a huge loss due to a fire that damaged your home, it would be in your best interest to call a proper repair company. Here are a few ways you can find the best fire damage repair company:

Surf The Web - search by using relevant search terms like “ Fire Damage Repair “ and noting the names of trusted and certified companies that are popular for rendering quality repair services at affordable rates.

Ask for Referrals - you can always ask for referrals from your friends, family, and/or acquaintances. People who previously hired a company to fix their damage will certainly come handy in this matter. However, make sure to obtain detailed quotations from each referral company.

Ask Coworkers - When all else fails, seeking help from colleagues or coworkers is a great idea. This is because if any of these people are familiar with a renowned company, you know that your home is in good hands and all your fire damage will be cleared.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Summer Storms

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storms Summer Storm Damage

Today is the perfect time to take steps to protect your home from summer storms and other weather damage. The following steps can help you be prepared before a weather emergency strike.

Update your home inventory

  • Take pictures of your rooms, closets, attic, and your backyard. Open drawers and cupboards so everything gets photographed. Keep the photos and copies of receipts for valuable items online or outside of your home, that way, you can provide the information to your insurance carrier immediately after the damage is done.

Make sure you have the right insurance

  • Let your insurer know if you've made any major home improvements -- it usually doesn't cost a lot to add tens of thousands of dollars for extra coverage. Know your deductible and try to have an emergency fund. You may have no insurance coverage for some storm damage expenses.  Such as the cost to haul away a fallen tree that didn’t actually hit your home's structure but lays on your property.

Take precautions to protect your home.

  • This is a good time of year to trim trees with low-hanging or unhealthy branches that could fall and damage your own or your neighbor's property.
  • Sign up for weather alerts and put together an emergency kit.
  • It is always good to stock up on water and nonperishable foods. Don't forget about your pets and medications. Have a portable radio and extra batteries for the radio and flashlight.

For any questions you can always call us…

Right After a Fire

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Right After a Fire Fire Damage

Most homeowners go to great lengths to practice fire prevention in their homes. However, if a fire does occur most people have little idea of what to do afterward. Most often after a fire in your home, you are unable to stay there due to fire and smoke damage. If leaving your home is the only option you do not want to leave it in an open condition and risk burglary.

First things first, make sure to lock up all doors and windows that you can. If doors and windows do not lock properly in the result of the fire be sure to board them up with wood and nails. You should also be sure to board up any holes in the walls and the roof. This should help prevent looting from your home while you are away.

Any valuables you can take with you do it. You can keep them on you, store them with a trusted friend or even rent a storage unit.

If you have fire damage and need help feel free to give us a call.

Water, Water and More Water

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water, Water and More Water Flooring Water Damage

There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and finding your flooring soaked with water

First, DON'T PANIC! 

It is important to try and find where it is coming from. Once you know, turn off the water. 

So many people think that once the water is off the damage is done. This is not the case. It is important to fix the source so the damage can be remediated properly. It is common for a remediation company to come out and start the dry-out process but once the water is turned back on the source can re-leak and cause the damage to happen all over again. 

Please make sure you communicate with your remediation company where you are in terms of fixing the source so they can determine how to help.

Home Full of Water

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Home Full of Water Containment and Equipment

This is a common story...

Jackie and her family returned home from a trip to find standing water all over her downstairs. Her wood floors were soaked.

Our certified technicians arrived within an hour and began extracting the water in the home.  The technicians moved all of the client's contents and prepared two drying zones. Plastic barriers were placed to promote quick and efficient drying for the structure. The wood floor was removed where it was damaged and unsalvageable. Baseboards and drywall were also removed to prevent mold growth. Air movers and dehumidifiers were used for 3 days to dry the rest of structure, inside cavities and flooring. 

We limited the damage by acting fast and 40% of the floor was saved. The family was allowed to stay at their residence during the drying process and we used barriers to separate working/drying areas. 

Mold Growth From Water Damage

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth From Water Damage Active Mold

Mold growth requires water so no water, no mold!

Mold is the result of a water problem so, fix the water problem, clean up the mold and you have fixed the mold issue.

In order to avoid mold problems, you need to avoid water problems. That is easier said than done especially if you have no idea you have a water problem. 

Mold also requires food to grow. The food it likes best is cellulose – (A carbohydrate that is a polymer composed of glucose units and that is the main component of the cell walls of most plants. It is insoluble in water and is used to make paper, cellophane, textiles, and other products the more processed the better.)

Mold really likes wet paper. It kind of likes wet wood, but not as much as it likes wet paper. It likes processed wood better than it likes real wood.  

Because it usually takes time for mold to grow, you need to be prompt in drying the structure after a water damage event. Acting fast will help prevent a mold problem from developing. Of course, make certain that the underlying problem that caused the water problem is also corrected.

If you suspect mold in your home or business, give us a call. 

Know When to Call a Professional.

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Know When to Call a Professional. Water Damage in 90049

Water damage can happen anywhere in a home. While there are certain areas inside of the home that is more prone to water damage, anywhere can fall under attack. Depending on the surface type that is affected greatly determines the appropriate actions to take. did your walls get wet? If they’re interior walls, it may be possible to use a wall cavity drying system to dry out the cavity (and surface). But if it was an exterior wall, it probably means your insulation got soaked. At that point, insulation is ruined, so a portion of the drywall will need to be cut out so the insulation can be removed before drying can take place. 

It is important to call a professional company who knows how to handle your situation. We are here to help!