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The water damage you don't see....

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

floor with tile Bathroom floor looks normal and dry after a tub overflow but our moisture sensors detects highly elevated moisture.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a water loss. When time matters most, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. 

Here are a few tools used by Professional Restoration Contractors to properly mitigate a loss; 

Moisture Sensors- used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. 

Moisture Meters- used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The meter provides accurate readings to monitor the drying process. 

Thermo Hygrometers- measures temperature and relative humidity to calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When handling a contaminated loss (CAT 2 or 3), it is not only important to dry the structure, but disinfect and deodorize. 

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers- used to atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. It can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers- dispenses solvent-based products by creating a dense fog that consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles. 

The bottom line... ALWAYS treat water damage seriously. Call in a professional team like SERVPRO MALIBU We will work for you to restore your property and your life to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Shower or Bathtub leak? How do you know..

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

A shower pan leak is a common reason for finding water on the ceiling below your bathroom. What is a shower pan and why would it leak?

• A shower pan is a waterproof barricade located between the subfloor and shower tile. It catches water that leaks below the tile and funnels it into the drain. It is typically made from vinyl or lead and can deteriorate as it ages.
• If there is a shower pan leak, common indicators include separation between the bathroom wall and floor and missing grout or mold on the shower floor. The telltale sign is water on the ceiling or space directly below your shower.

First Floor Showers

When you have a shower pan leak, the key is to act immediately when you notice a wet ceiling below the bathroom. But, what happens when your shower is on the first floor and you do not have a basement? How can you tell if a shower or bathtub leak is an issue then?

• If you have a crawlspace, check the ceiling down there every once in a while for water damage. Some indications of a serious problem include black, wet wood and hanging stalactites that resemble icicles.
• For houses on a concrete slab, water from a leaky shower travels along the floors or walls of nearby areas. Be vigilant looking for wetness that does not result from an obvious spill.

The key to protecting your home from a shower or bathtub leak is to act fast. The above signs that indicate a shower pan problem. If you suspect mold or rot from water damage contact a water restoration specialist as soon as possible to obtain a thorough inspection and recommendations for next steps. Call SERVPRO MALIBU today for more information !

Let's break down commercial losses.

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Malibu specializes in both residential and commercial losses. Similar to residential losses, commercial losses have a three tier damage level that we access.

Level 1; Level 1 is a small commercial loss involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. Examples of a small commercial loss may include a stand-alone store front, a small church or a daycare facility. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2; Level 2 is a medium commercial loss involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. They are typically multi-level or greatly divided spaces. Examples of a level 2 loss may include a small multi-family property, a midsize church or a school. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure 

Level 3; Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. Examples of a level 3 loss can include, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.” 

Make SERVPRO® Malibu your first call to help you or your business and your local insurance agent assess the damage.  We will work for you to restore the property to make it "Like it never even happened."

Driving during a Flood is not ideal

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Why You Should Avoid Driving During a Flood

During a storm in Pacific Palisades, it can be frustrating to be stuck inside your home, particularly if it has been damaged. However, it is important that you keep your safety in mind. Driving on a flooded street can be incredibly dangerous and the risks far outweigh any possible benefits. The following are just a few reasons why you should avoid driving during a flood.

1. You Can’t See What’s In Front of You

Some flooded roads might look safe to drive on, but that doesn’t mean that they are. In some cases, the water might be much deeper than it appears. Potholes and road damage are often hiding underneath those waters. There might also be debris that could affect your ability to drive safely.

2. You Could Lose Control

Even experienced drivers cannot predict everything that may happen on the road. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your car. If the flooded street has more water than this, then you are even more likely to have trouble. For most cars, a foot of water is enough to cause it to float. Two feet is enough to do the same to larger vehicles. If this happens, you are likely to be carried away with the water.

3. You Might Damage Your Vehicle

If the safety risk is not enough to deter you, then perhaps the potential damage to your car is. Your vehicle is not made to operate in water, so it does not have anything to protect its components in this situation. If water from the flooded street gets inside the engine, your car will no longer be able to function and you will have a pricey repair bill on your hands.


One of the best travel tips for driving in a flood is to avoid it. However, if you must drive, be sure to do so only on streets that are confirmed to be safe for travel. If the storm has caused damage to your house, a water damage restoration company can perform cleanup and repairs.

Give us a call for your inspection today! SERVPRO MALIBU HERE TO HELP! 310-456-2135    

How to prepare for power outage after a storm

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm preparation can make all the difference. A Severe Weather Plan can help you and your family be as ready as possible for approaching severe weather. Make sure everyone in your household understands the Severe Weather Plan.

How to prepare for power to be out:

  • Cool or heat your house. In warm weather, turn your air conditioning down. In cold weather, turn your heat up. During and after the storm, keep doors and windows closed. You can hold onto inside temperature for as long as 48 hours.
  • Charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.
  • Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food will keep two to three days in a well-filled freezer.
  • Leave a porch or front light on. This help the electric company know when repair work is successful.
  • Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored. Why? If several appliances start at once, it may overload circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard. Check these appliances:
    • Electric space heaters
    • Stoves
    • Washers and dryers
    • TVs
    • Microwave ovens
    • Computers
    • Refrigerators and freezers

More Tips

  • If your power goes out, turn off large appliances and air conditioners. Wait 15 minutes after power is restored before you turn them back on.
  • If your home or business floods, SERVPRO of Malibu may not be able to go in and perform services until power is restored
  • Please be patient. Our crews work as fast as safety allows.

If your home is affected by storm weather and you have flooding or a fire, please feel free to contact us at 310-456-2135 with any questions.

Do you have Mold Issues?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 

Who are we? The Strength of SERVPRO

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO MALIBU is a locally-owned franchise. This means that we’re owned by your neighbors, we’re managed by your neighbors, and we’re staffed by your neighbors. But it also means that we have the power of a nation-wide business standing behind us.

SERVPRO® headquarters employs experts for every aspect of restoration and remediation. We have meteorologists to track potentially destructive weather events. We have chemists to develop and test our proprietary cleaning products. As a part of the SERVPRO® network, we have access to equipment and specialists that would be unavailable to most small businesses.

In addition to the support of SERVPRO® headquarters, we have the support of the SERVPRO® network. SERVPRO MALIBU is one of over 1,700 franchises. There really is no disaster too big for us to handle. When a natural disaster or large loss occurs, SERVPRO® teams from around the region can come together to help the make the community “Like it never even happened.”

Choose a restoration team that is small enough to know their neighbors, but strong enough to take care of them. 

If you’d like to talk to us about a current restoration need or would like help creating an Emergency READY Profile, CALL US TODAY !

Risk of Mold Growth

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

What can Increase the Risk of Mold Growth?

Interestingly enough, the more people in your home, the higher your risks of mold growing there. The reason for this is because we release a lot of moisture into the air when we breathe.

Also, things such as long hot showers, cooking with uncovered pots, drying clothes on an indoor clothesline, and use of humidifiers, contribute to placing moisture into the air.

Storing wet firewood, watering many plants, and keeping many vegetables like potatoes and squash can create a mold problem too.

What Does Mold Need to Grow?

Not only does Mold need that moisture, but also food sources too. By food sources I mean materials they live on.

Food sources such as drywall, wood, insulation, cardboard and paper, as well as, invisible bio-film on hard surfaces, carpet backing, wallpaper adhesive, many fabrics, leather, and especially house dust are mold havens for spores.

Can We Live in a Mold Free World?

Mold is ever present; we cannot expect to live in a mold free world. However, mold is not a problem most of the time, until you can see or smell it, or if you are having health effects that are not normally present in your home.

This is when a call to action is needed. Delay in these matters will worsen the problem at hand.

Always remember, when Mold is an issue, Deal with it promptly, do not wait. If you have any questions regarding mold, contact SERVPRO MALIBU 310-456-2135.

Do you have Mold in your Pacific Palisades home.

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Have you noticed any mold in your Pacific Palisades house. 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

 Call SERVPRO Malibu for your Mold inspection today,

310-456-2135

Smoke and Residue after a fire

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

After fire damage to your home, you can expect to smell or notice smoke and residue left behind. There are 3 main types of smoke and residues that can be left behind by fire damage in your home. 

Synthetic: These synthetic residues appear when oil based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn they will produce a thick black smoke, leaving behind a smeary residue that can create quite the mess if not cleaned up properly. In these situations avoid touching any of the residue to prevent smearing.

Protein: Fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans for example will leave behind a yellowish brown residue. The texture of which is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up. 

Natural: These type of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in color. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues. 

If you have any smoke damage that you need cleaned, call SERVPRO of Malibu 310-456-2135