Right After a Fire
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
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
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
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.
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!
Water Damage Inspections
Water Damage on Wood Floors
Sometimes, with the smallest amount of water damage, like a toilet overflow that you caught pretty fast, still needs to be treated fast. Because if not treated right away it's possible that more damage can or will occur. Most homeowners almost don't call when they noticed the damage because they didn't think it would be a big deal. Most of the time when our technicians arrive the problem is bigger than what the homeowner could see in plain sight. Once the scope of work is done, it then can be determined if any work even needs to be done. drying out a wood floor properly, for example, is important so that the floor doesn't buckle or have moisture trapped underneath. Moisture trapped in the wall cavities and in the floor most often will lead to mold growth and you can triple the cost of what should have been a simple dry out. Always call SERVPRO of Malibu for a free water damage inspection.
Quick Response to Water Damage
Commercial Water Loss
Quick response is necessary when it comes to saving your home from water damage resulting from leaks or flooding. At SERVPRO of Malibu, we specialize in preventing or minimizing the negative impact that water damage can have in your home. We will help save and revitalize your damaged property as well as walk you through the entire restoration process.
Our top priority here at SERVPRO of Malibu is to ensure that all damaged areas are dried, deodorized and disinfected as well as making sure you are updated and comfortable each step of the way.
We have all of the updated resources required to tackle even the most difficult water restoration jobs. Our professional team has the experience and equipment needed to provide you with the service that you need at any time of day.
Basic Weather Terms to Keep Your Commercial Property Safe
Beautiful Malibu Weather
Here are the terms that newscasters use to update people regarding how severe the weather is:Warning
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring,
imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or
property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has
increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain. It is
intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion
can do so. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a
plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should listen for later information and
possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring,
imminent or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause
significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised could lead to situations that
may threaten life or property.
What to do in a Wind Storm
High wind storms swept the mountain, valley, coastal and urban areas of Los Angeles these last few days have caused all kinds of damage to homes, businesses, and automobiles. Driving through a two-mile radius I saw: a tree toppled over a car, a big billboard in the middle of a busy intersection, a tree laying in the street, and one side of a street with no power.
During these wind storms if you can shelter in a building:
1. Take refuge in your house, preferably in the basement.
2. Take refuge in a solid building that can withstand strong winds.
3. Stay far away from doors and windows and keep your back to them.
4. Do not use the elevator in a building.
5. Evacuate in a timely manner your mobile home or any other shelter that the wind could sweep away. Also, evacuate your home if you receive evacuation instructions from the authorities.
If you cannot take shelter in a building:
1. Take refuge in a ditch or other depression in the ground, lie face down on the ground and protect your head with your hands. Avoid taking shelter under a bridge, viaduct or overpass, since winds are more intense there.
After a Windstorm, Make Your Environment Safe.
Check your roof after a storm
Make sure that your home is safe after a windstorm.
Inspect the premises for damage.
1. Check the roof for broken slats, debris and other
2. Check structures that might have been weakened, such as a shed, detached structures
3. Pick up debris scattered by the wind. Never touch downed power lines or electrical installations.
If windstorms have damaged your home, you must inform:
1. Your insurer, to have the damage recorded
2. The financial institution that granted you a mortgage loan, to declare the damage
Increase the security of your home to keep away looters and inquisitive individuals if extensive work must be carried out before you can return to your home. Be sure to:
1. Barricade the windows
2. Lock the doors
3. Cover damaged areas
If you have questions call us at 310-456-2135