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SERVPRO can ALWAYS be of help

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Black and white city image Any time, Any place, a SERVPRO franchise is a available!

SERVPRO can ALWAYS be of help

SERVPRO is one of the biggest franchise systems with more than 50 years of leadership in restoration and remediation.

Why should you trust us? We have earned trust of multiple insurance companies, homeowners, and business owners.

SERVPRO specializes in:

RESTORATION

  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Move Outs/ Pack-outs and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying and Moisture  
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Fire, Smoke and Soot

CLEANING

  • Carpets, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard and Disinfecting
  • Crime Scene and Vandalism
  • COVID19 Proactive Disinfecting 

Regardless of your restorations needs, SERVPRO Malibu/Pacific Palisades is available 24/7, Commercial and Residential. Call us today, we’re HERE TO HELP.

One of the most common Commercial damage loss is water damage!

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

classroom Commercial learning center had a toilet backup, the water traveled into the classroom and offices.

The Most Common Types of Water Damage

During regular inspections in your property, a commercial water damage event can occur anytime. The top five most common reasons your business can experience water damage and be in need of restoration services are:

  • Toilet backup
  • Fire suppression system malfunction
  • Plumbing or supply line break
  • Leaking from a roof or around a window
  • HVAC

SERVPRO technicians ascertain the scope of work and services needed if a business needs to close during a commercial water loss. Even if the water extraction and drying needs were minimal, the danger of slip and fall accidents or the need to remove stock or business furniture for water removal purposes could make it difficult to conduct normal daily activities. 

Some water damage loss, where the water within the structure contains sewage or other harmful elements, has our techs generally recommend closure of the building during the cleanup. The type of water is not only hazardous to come into contact with but it can cause issues if it is aspirated.

SERVPRO techs wear professional-quality protective gear that includes a respirator, so they do not breathe in biohazard materials. Air scrubbers or the creation of negative air chambers may be necessary to improve the air quality during the restoration services.     

Afterward, the techs clean the structure with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents to ensure that the surfaces get left sanitary and ready for safe reuse by both employees and clients.   

When you need expedited commercial water damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Malibu/Pacific Palisades at (310) 456-2135. Our trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to take your call and perform any needed restoration services on your property to make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Let's talk about house fires..

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

After Care Our tech dressed in full PPE on a fire loss.

The scope of a house fire can be overwhelming with the amount of damage that is the outcome. House fires can be intense for many homeowners. We always advise homeowners that they are better off staying elsewhere during the time their home gets restored. Not only is there odorous soot and debris that gets tracked through the house, but there is the potential for breathing in harmful air pollutants and smoke residue.

Many airborne soot particles can be invisible to us. A significant element of fire loss mitigation is the use of advanced equipment that helps to capture all particulates. Some of the methods that we use include actions like: 

  • Odor-control equipment that helps to neutralize odors from the fire
  • Total removal and disposal of debris and charred items to cut back on odors
  • Place our air scrubber technology, which helps to improve air quality while mitigation takes place 

Prevent debris and grime from the rest of your interior to limit cross-contamination. It is vital to remove charred building materials and any non-salvageable items carefully and meticulously to prevent tracking. Our crew also wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and foot coverings to cut back on the amount of cross-contamination from one room to the next. 

On the bright side SERVPRO Malibu/Tapanga/PacificPalisades/Brentwood are trained and IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7 to address any fire emergency you may have.

Fires happens; here are some helpful tips to know

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Most common house fires start in the kitchen

Small flames can turn into major fires in less than 30 seconds. Black smoke only takes minutes to fill your house and overwhelm in flames.

  • Fire is extremely hot – In fact the heat from a fire is more threatening than the flames. Temperature in a room from a fire can reach 100 degrees at lower leveled but higher levels can reach up to 600 degrees. So in case you find yourself in a fire, stay low.
  • Gases and toxins is the leading cause of death in fires. They harm more people than actually flames and burns.
  • How important are fire alarms?
  • VERY! Having fire alarms increases chances of surviving a deadly home fire
  • Keep track of your fire alarm maintenance, make sure the batteries work, make sure to have smoke alarms in all the common areas of the house
  • Even in the kitchen, the kitchen is the most common room most fire start, be sure you have a plan in place if a fire were to start.
  • If your clothes catch on fire?
  • Stop immediately if your clothes catch on fire. Drop to the ground and roll but be sure to cover your face with your hands. However you can also grab a blanket or towel to help put the fire out.
  • If you have any burns use cold water to treat them and cover with dry cloth and seek medical care.

SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades/Brentwood is trained in fire restoration and available 24/7 for all fire needs.

The benefits of storms….are there any?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

storm water This property in Malibu had a new unwanted pond after the storm.The homeowners called us and our SERVPRO technicians arrived onsite ready to go.

When people talk about storms they always mention the bad facts about storms. When the news reports the weather and announce a storm advisory, they fail to mention the benefits that will come from these storms. However, many storms start with hard rain or high impacted winds that destroy anything in its way. Now that’s typically the general idea of a storm when people discuss them. There are some interesting benefits we never knew  about storms; despite the forcefully and suddenly attack a storm may start. The significant disruptions are over looked with a rainbow after every stormy day.

- Let’s review one of the many definitions of a storm;

  • Violent heavy rain and wind due to moisture in the air. A storm is associated with severe weather.

Here are a list some of the different types of storms

  • The most common storm is heavy rain
  • Hail
  • Blizzards and Ice storms
  • One very common thunderstorms
  • So now let’s look into the benefits of storms.
  1. The storms bring rain to the areas that need it the most. In areas with droughts, these storms are welcomed.
  2. Storms also help break up bacteria and wash away pollutants out of the air
  • We also benefit from the heat, pressure, nitrogen, and other gases produced after storms
  1. According to NSSL at any moment about 2,000 storms occur around the world

-Humans, animals, and plants all benefit from storms. We need the water and clean air to maintain a balance on earth.

We’re always here to help, call SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/Pacific Palisades for any storm 310-456-2135

Fires happens; here are some helpful tips to know

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen This house fire stated with bowling water on the stove till the pot caught fire

Small flames can turn into major fires in less than 30 seconds. Black smoke only takes minutes to fill your house and overwhelm in flames.

  • Fire is extremely hot – In fact the heat from a fire is more threatening than the flames. Temperature in a room from a fire can reach 100 degrees at lower leveled but higher levels can reach up to 600 degrees. So in case you find yourself in a fire, stay low.
  • Gases and toxins is the leading cause of death in fires. They harm more people than actually flames and burns.
  • How important are fire alarms?
  • VERY! Having fire alarms increases chances of surviving a deadly home fire
  • Keep track of your fire alarm maintenance, make sure the batteries work, make sure to have smoke alarms in all the common areas of the house
  • Even in the kitchen, the kitchen is the most common room most fire start, be sure you have a plan in place if a fire were to start.
  • If your clothes catch on fire?
  • Stop immediately if your clothes catch on fire. Drop to the ground and roll but be sure to cover your face with your hands. However you can also grab a blanket or towel to help put the fire out.
  • If you have any burns use cold water to treat them and cover with dry cloth and seek medical care.

SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades is trained in fire restoration and available 24/7 for all fire needs.

What to do when you have water damage?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet Overflow Toilet overflows are very common and can cause damages to your house.

SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  is an emergency team here, available to you 24 hours a day for storm, fire, mold and water emergencies. there is no job too large or small for our team. The first step one needs to take when they realize they may have water damage is to take immediate action. Our crew is very experienced and have all witnessed numerous water damage jobs. If there is one word of advice is would be to call as soon as you notice a leak/water damage. Waiting just a couple of hours can increase the severity of the water secondary damages.

SERVPRO of  Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We understand that when something like this happens, you may be overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions. Let us take the stress and worry off your hands. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

Call SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades for any water needs today!!

Fire in the house

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in the house This fire started in the garage and entire residence had to be cleaned

Having a house fire is almost one of the worst things that can happen. Not only do you lose property and other household items, you also lose personal effects that can never be replaced. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the pain, loss, and frustration, there are steps that need to be taken sooner rather than later to get the recovery ball rolling. One of those steps is to hire a professional fire damage restoration company to assess and repair the damaged areas.

First of all, in nearly every case, your insurance provider will recommend you hire a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company rather than do the work yourself. The cost to hire one of these companies may seem steep at first but the services they provide will definitely end up being well worth the price. The most obvious thing to keep in mind is that these are the professionals. They have all the knowledge and experience required to take care of the restoration in the most effective and efficient manner possible. SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/ Canyon Pacific Palisades can provide you with advice and insight into aspects such as what is and isn't salvageable. They can also help with insurance paperwork.

SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/ Canyon Pacific Palisades understand that not all fires are the same. Every fire is going to be its own unique entity. There will be differences ranging from house materials and amount of damage to how the fire was put out. Did you know that many times the smoke damage is actually the worse part of a fire? Even with a small fire the smoke can find its way into any porous material such as carpet, wood, and walls, just to name a few. There are also different types of smoke. There's wet, dry, protein, and even oil smoke. These all need to be treated in a different way.

Nobody wants to go through a house fire and hopefully this is a situation none of you will ever have to experience. But if you do, wouldn't it be beneficial to have an expert on hand that can help you begin the recovery process? You will have your plate plenty full dealing with the emotional damage as well as the insurance company. Let SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/ Canyon Pacific Palisades handle the fire and smoke damage restoration for you. Call 310-456-2135 .

Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your home.

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

Roof Leak Roof leak can cause a lots of damage to a house.

In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment. 

The task of water restoration in your home is built on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times. 

While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring. 

Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

For advanced restoration services that get your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canoyn/ Pacific Palisades 310-456-2135

We might have a water damage in our house, what can we do?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Broken pipe Broken pipe inside the wall cavity can cause a lots of damage

Staying calm and contacting professional assistance is your best chance of returning your home to a pre-incident condition. SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades is close by and ready to help.

What should I check to avoid a water loss scenario at home?

- Regular inspection, maintenance, and updating of appliances in wet-rooms around the house
- A professional inspection of the interior and exterior plumbing with a particular focus on ensuring exterior pipes have sufficient insulation
- Avoid leaving running water beyond what is necessary for use
- Being aware of changes to water pressure in the home
- Check wet-rooms at least once a year for potential sealant wear or leaking
- Be vigilant against unpleasant odors as well as discoloration in some regions of the home. These can be the initial signs of water damage.

What steps can I take to reduce loss in the home during a water emergency?

While waiting for SERVPRO technicians to arrive, you may want to consider shutting off water supply pipes at the source to prevent water from continuing to pour into your home. If the source of moisture is not immediately apparent, shutting off the water at the source can be especially useful. If possible, open windows in the affected area. Ventilating space can be essential in preventing high humidity levels and microbial growth. As far as is possible, seal the affected area from other rooms of the house. You can seal affected areas by shutting doors and placing a dry towel up against the door. Try to avoid introducing chemical agents to the area as these can interfere with the professional procedure.

 What equipment do you need to drywall cavities properly?

- Drying mats for floors that use tiles, floorboards or laminates
- Thermal imaging cameras, moisture sensors as well as boroscopes to assess the effectiveness of the drying strategy
- Air moving equipment using axial and centrifugal designs for increased efficiency
- Drills, as well as other appropriate tools.

-Injectidry systems for wall cavities as well as other restrictive spaces

 Homeowners do not need to panic when facing a water emergency. Professional restorers can help to inform you of the potentially dangerous outcome of a water situation as well as performing the necessary tasks to avoid that outcome. Mold growth can be a typical result of a water loss scenario in the home. However, homeowners that seek out professional assistance early can often reduce the impact of mold growth or prevent it entirely. Our staff incorporates mold restriction methods during water cleanup to ensure that your home gets back to its preloss condition with minimal risk of secondary damage.

Please call SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades with water emergency. 310-456-2135