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Storms in Malibu Ca, How to prepare

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

A storm is different from a severe thunderstorm in several ways: thunder, lightning and strong winds. It is advised to find shelter and stay indoors when severe weather strikes, but what else should a business be doing to protect its assets, employees and customers.

1. Keep Trees and Shrubs Trimmed

The exterior of your building can become extremely dangerous during high winds and severe weather, especially with unkempt trees and shrubs. While many plants and trees appear fine in normal weather conditions, long branches or otherwise innocuous bare limbs can become projectiles in certain instances. It is best to keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent any possible issues.

2. Have an Emergency Plan

A rain storm mild enough to continue with your day-to-day operations, but a severe storm changes things. With lightning and strong wind gusts, it is best to stay indoors and preferably away from windows and doors. As a business owner, it is best to create an emergency plan for all employees. You should find a designated storm shelter within the building away from the exterior.

3. Know First Aid

In an emergency situation, it pays to have knowledgeable people present. For instance, it is wise to have employees who are aware of basic first aid practices, including CPR. This way, you ensure that there are people present who can safely apply aid while waiting for rescue if it comes to that.

4. Install Lightning Rods and Other Defensive Measures

Beyond planning and first aid, you can install lightning rods and generators to prevent damage to electrical systems. A disaster restoration specialist in the Malibu area can help you come up with a specific plan for your business and building.

While a rain storm may not cause the greatest concern, a severe thunderstorm should not be taken lightly. These storms can wreak havoc on electrical systems and may even cause physical harm to you or your employees. Know your options and plan ahead.

How we handle soot and smoke removal after a house fire

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Here Is How Professionals Remove Soot And Smoke After A House Fire

Home fires in Malibu CA, have the potential to substantially damage your residence. Unfortunately, the harm to your house may not be over once the fire goes out. If not properly eradicated, soot and smoke damage can continue to hurt a building. While you should have fire restoration experts take care of the cleanup process, it's still helpful to know what needs to be done. 

Smoke
Purifying the air in your house is a vital step in the restoration process. Smoke has a tendency to linger in the air and cause multiple issues. Even if the structure is completely stable, it likely isn't safe to stay in until the smoke cleaning is done. One of the first tasks restoration professionals may complete is using air movers and scrubbers. These devices help to circulate your home's air and clean the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) system. This prevents the smoke from staying put. Another task is cleaning any areas that were affected by smoke damage. These are some supplies that might be used:

  • Tri-sodium phosphate cleaners
  • Sponges
  • Vacuums
  • Hot water
  • Rubbing alcohol

This process doesn't just apply to furniture and walls. Be sure to check items like your clothes for damage as well.

Soot
Soot is a black powder made up of carbon. It can be found all over your house after a fire, particularly in the air. The particles may leave the air and stain your furniture, which tends to result in permanent discoloration. These items can be cleaned thoroughly by professionals, with the first step often being the use of vacuums. Utilizing wet materials is likely to make the soot damage less removable, so this is usually avoided. However, the cleaning method depends heavily on the furniture's material.
Dealing with a home fire is harrowing enough without having pervasive damage. Remediation companies may ensure that your home is safe to reside in once more. If you make sure that these tasks are undertaken, any soot and smoke damage they have little chance of affecting you much longer.

Any questions on your recent house fire? Give us a call 310-456-2135 SERVPRO MALIBU IS HERE TO HELP! 

The friendly shower mold

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold thrives in damp, dark locations, making your shower the perfect place for it to take up residence. There's no need to panic if you do happen to discover a patch of shower mold; This is an extremely common occurrence that the majority of homeowners do have to tackle at some point. Luckily, there's an easy solution to help expunge your home's mold problem.

Create a non-toxic mold cleaning solution using equal parts white vinegar and water. Pour this solution into a spray bottle.
Spray the moldy area with the cleaning solution, making sure to fully saturate the area. Let the cleaning solution sit for approximately 30 minutes.


Use a clean, dry rag or towel to wipe the cleaning solution off of the shower tiles. Most of the mold should come off with the cleaning solution. If your hand towel becomes oversaturated, grab a fresh one.


Use a scrub brush or kitchen sponge to attack any remaining patches of black mold. If the mold is in the shower grout or caulking, you can use a disposable toothbrush to get into the crevices.
Rinse the affected area with warm water and use a separate towel to completely dry the shower.

Keeping your bathroom as clean and dry as possible is the key to preventing another mold problem. You can do this by properly ventilating the room every time you shower, hanging up all wet towels and bathmats to dry when you're done using them and thoroughly drying any stray puddles that have been left on the bathroom floor.


Shower mold might be a common problem, but it's also extremely easy to solve. Make sure to contact SERVPRO MALIBU mold remediation experts for further assistance if the above method does not yield results for you.

SERVPRO MALIBU we’re here to help!

Are you Emergency Ready?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Business and commercial building owners should always anticipate the worst. In the event of a fire or disaster at a structure , occupants must be prepared to evacuate. Safely executing this procedure requires prior development of a fire escape plan and arranging for the occupants of a structure to practice evacuation on a regular basis.

Make an Emergency Escape Plan

Having an evacuation plan in place is imperative. A practical plan should include all of the following aspects:

  • Potential fire causes and prevention measures
  • Emergency roles and responsibilities
  • Contact lists and roll call duties
  • Primary and secondary escape routes

Building or business owners bear the primary responsibility for developing this plan. If an escape plan is not already in place at a structure, it may be helpful to consult with building occupants fire damage specialists.

Perform Periodic Fire Drills
Schedule commercial fire drills at least twice a year. If your business or an operation that leases your building uses combustible chemicals and equipment with an elevated fire risk, more frequent drills are recommended. Owners of commercial buildings with high fire risk should rehearse the fire escape plan at least every three months.

Post Maps and Directional Indicators
Building occupants can often benefit from additional guidance in the event of a disaster. Some occupants may be guests or employees who did not have the opportunity to participate in previous fire drills. Maps that indicate primary and secondary escape routes, including accessible means of egress, are helpful, as are arrows and other directional indicators to direct evacuees toward stairwells.
Developing a fire escape plan is a preliminary step toward promoting the safety of the occupants of a commercial structure in Malibu CA. Scheduling fire drills throughout the year and ensuring that helpful directional information is posted throughout larger structures can save lives in the event of a disaster.

Safety during Mold Remediation

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

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After discovering mold growth, you have taken the proper steps to manage the situation. You've stopped water flow to the area, you've blocked it off, and you called SERVPRO MALIBU to come and handle the cleanup. Mold can be scary for people who don't know much about it. Black mold in particular looks intimidating, and only an expert knows for sure whether or not mold is actually toxic. Your employees want to know what is being done to keep them safe during work. Here are a few things that the cleanup team will do to keep you and your workers safe during the process.

Barriers: Containment barriers make sure that the mold is contained only to the work area. Heavy plastic sheeting and other materials are hung around the work area and sealed top to bottom so that the mold particles don't migrate to other areas of the office building.

HEPA Filters: HEPA filters create negative air pressure which prevents mold from dispersing to other areas. This also helps to maintain the air quality during mold removal as the air is vented outside of the containment area.

PPE: The cleanup team will wear personal protective equipment including full body suits, boots, shoe covers, gloves, eye protection, face masks with ventilators, and hoods. In addition to keeping the workers safe, it helps to contain the mold to the appropriate area as that equipment will be removed in a safe area to prevent additional mold spread.

Consider offering your team the option of working from home, if possible, if they are very concerned about the mold cleanup process. It is better for everyone to feel safe so that they can focus on their work.

When done by professionals, mold removal prevents further mold growth and is a pretty safe process. Communicate with your team to let them know that the mold cleanup is being handled with their wellness in mind.

How often do you clean your carpets?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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You are probably like most people and had carpet installed in your home because of its comfort and appearance. While carpet is an excellent choice for flooring, it is extremely important that you properly care for the carpet with routine maintenance. Along with regular vacuuming and spot cleaning, it is equally important to have the carpet in your home professionally cleaned. Not only will professional cleaning help to extend the life of your carpet, but here are just a few of the other benefits you can expect from having your carpet cleaned.

Improve Health

You carpet suffers a lot of wear and tear. It absorbs a lot of pollutants and allergens that get stuck in the fibers. Dirt, dust, chemicals and pollen can all get trapped in your carpet. These things can actually make you sick. When you get your carpets cleaned it removes all these things so the air in your home is healthier.

Improve Airflow

Your carpet also gets mold and mildew trapped in it. When it is wet outside and people come into your home the moisture from outside gets tracked inside and onto your carpets. Unless you dry your carpet that moisture gets trapped in your carets and it can cause mold and mildew to grow. When you get your carpets cleaned it helps remove that mold and mildew which can improve the air quality in your home.

Improved Look

Carpet cleaning also helps maintain the appearance of your carpets. It helps keep them looking fresh and new. When you don’t get your carpet cleaned the pile gets worn down from traffic. Carpet cleaning rejuvenates the high trafficked areas and lifts the pile back up so it doesn’t look worn down. It can make a huge difference in the appearance of your carpets.

Call us! SERVPRO Malibu today to schedule your carpet cleaning 310-456-2135, we’re here to help open 7 days a week 24/7. 

SERVPRO Clean, Disinfect, and Sanitize

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Disinfecting and sanitizing has become a norm to our daily routines. Practicing preventative cleaning for reopening is imperative. We are providing disinfecting services for COVID-19 as well as general detailed cleanings for unoccupied homes.

Our Disinfectant services include:

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) misting or electrostatic spray of certain affected areas with EPA approved hospital grade disinfectant. This mist will eradicate any aerosolized particles allowing for a safer entry of decontamination personnel.
  • Electrostatic spray application of EPA Approved Hospital Grade disinfectant. Positively charged ions are produced within the chemical which adhere to surfaces in the affected area. This ensures total coverage of the affected area. 
  • Surface wiping of critical contact areas. Fixtures, keyboards, phones, door handles, certain contents within the affected area are hand wiped. A 5-10 minute dwell time should be allowed post wipe down. Walls up to a height of approximately 8’ throughout traffic areas.
  • Technicians will wear full PPE gear such as: half face respirators with P100 filters, coveralls, goggles and nitrile gloves.

We encourage cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as:

  • Counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets etc.

Common spaces such as:

  • Kitchen/Food areas, Bathrooms, Schools/classrooms, Offices, Retail spaces, Water fountains, Sales counters, Carpets and rugs, Stair handrails, Fitness equipment, Elevator cars, Transportation vehicles, Shelving and racks, Markets, and so on.

For more information on our SERVPROCLEAN proactive disinfect and sanitize contact us today!

We are available 24/7, 365 days out of the year, SERVPRO MALIBU, 310-456-2135.

Have you called SERVPRO?

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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When an emergency happens, most people act immediately to try and minimize the amount of damage, which is understandable. Unfortunately, many people make the wrong choices and end up costing themselves and causing more damage than was originally there. After any emergency, your home should be inspected by a professional before making any restorations.

Fire and Smoke Damage:

  • Inspect items carefully before utilizing them again: dishes, utensils, clothing, furniture, upholstery, and carpet
  • Prop open your doors to help with air circulation
  • Call a professional company such as SERVPRO of Malibu/Pacific Palisades/Topanga/Brentwood to come board and tarp up your damaged windows, doors, or roofs.
  • DO NOT turn on any electrical appliances before having them inspected
  • DO NOT wipe or try to clean any fire damage off walls, or ceilings
  • Be care where you walk. It can initially be difficult to determine how much damage was done.

Water Damage:

  • Open all furniture drawers, closet doors, and pieces of luggage to help speed up the drying process
  • Remove valuable documents, books, and electronics to a dry space
  • DO NOT walk into any rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on
  • DO NOT use a regular household vacuum to try and suck up water

Although these tips can help alleviate initial problems, future damage can happen if you only stick to temporary fixes.

SERVPRO of Malibu/Pacific Palisades/Topanga/Brentwood is here to help, regardless of the situation. Our team are professionals and highly trained in fire, mold, and water restoration. We will be able to restore most of your property to preloss condition. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call today for your inspection 310-456-2135. We are here to help 24/7, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO can ALWAYS be of help

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Black and white city image with SERVPRO logo over top Any time, Any place, a SERVPRO franchise is available in your community!

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.

We continue to educate our staff and host trainings to improve and raise our standards. Our goal is to be the best and push ourselves to our full potential.  

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."