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How to shut off the water at your work?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

How to shut water ? Its important to know where the water or gas shut off are located.

When something goes wrong at work usually our first instinct is to call the boss or maintenance. What happens if they happen to be in a meeting or out of the office if you suddenly find yourself with water going everywhere and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you even start?

SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades can help commercial properties in preplanning for a water, fire or storm disaster. By having a plan of action in place prior to any event and including it into your regular training at your office you can help minimize the damage and cost if an unplanned water or fire event happens.  SERVPRO, as a free service to any commercial property in Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades, would love the opportunity to work with you and create an Emergency Ready Profile.  It will contain all the critical information to help minimize damages and provide the resources for the employees of the company with property details and information.

Call your local SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades to set up an appointment to meet with one of our highly trained representatives, we are always here to help!

Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Important Do's and Don'ts for Fire and Smoke Damage

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Fire caused by electrical issue in the bathroom

  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape.
  • If area is safe, list vital contents for emergency restoration/priority service. 
  • Be sure your staff wears proper personal protection equipment. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • Wash off both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting your local SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, computers, television, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.

Tips to stay safe after the storm

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mudslide Storm created a mudslide that caused damages to the structure

A storm can be a devastating experience but the aftermath can be equally destructive. Even after the tumultuous winds have subsided, the torrential rains have ceased, and the lightning has died, the danger remains. There are unimaginably harmful situations that persist until the restoration work is not over, inside homes as well as outside.

Avoid stagnant water

Standing water is a common phenomenon after the hurricane has passed. Flash flooding commonly accompanies a hurricane and can knock down power lines. This allows for electrical currents to pass through the ground and standing water. It is imperative to avoid wading or driving through stagnant water as it could be hiding a sinkhole trap or an electrocution threat. These puddles of standing water are also breeding grounds for bacteria and mosquitoes and may contain sharp objects that can be seriously harmful. 

  1. Switch off gas connection

Ideally, gas pipes should be turned off in anticipation of mudslides, especially if it’s unlikely to be used. Any smell of leaking gas must be followed by an immediate switching off of the home’s main gas valve. A burst gas pipe could lead to highly toxic air inside the house and entails severe damage to life and property. 

  1. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning

After a storm dissipates, there may be power outages lasting for a while. The use of generators is not uncommon. However, carbon monoxide (CO) is a threat that homeowners must watch out for when the use of generators is rampant. CO can replace the oxygen in the air quickly and can lead to suffocation and death. It is crucial to keep the generators at a safe distance from windows, doors, vents, and garages that are attached to the house. A CO detector comes in handy as it can raise an alarm before CO could pose a threat. 

  1. Use clean water

There is a likelihood of power loss after a hurricane. This means that the electronic filtration system that cleans the district or city’s water is non-operational. Therefore, the tap water is no more safe to drink, clean, or cook with. One of the main items on a hurricane preparedness checklist is storing bottled water. If the list has been followed, the availability of clean and safe water would not be an issue. 

  1. Avoid hazardous debris

After a hurricane, debris such as fallen trees, roof tiles, window panes, and many other materials pose a hazard. Sharp edges or rusty nails in these items can prove dangerous. If the debris has been spotted, it's advisable to steer clear of it and not take any risks, especially as all medical centers will be overwhelmingly crowded and busy. 

  1. Return home when it’s safe

Homeowners must return home after an evacuation only when it is deemed safe by the authorities. Stay updated about the evacuation procedures on local news channels, the status of the areas of concern, and the return of power. After a hurricane, returning to normal life takes time. 

  1. DIY repair

In case the homeowners remain in the house during the hurricane, they must check for damages and protect themselves and the house from any further harm. For instance, a broken window or a leaking roof can be temporarily repaired by the homeowners to the best of their ability. Any material procured for these repairs can be claimed during insurance. Keep a record of all the receipts of expenses made during this time.

SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

Call SERVPRO Malibu/ Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades today at 310-456-2135 or email at office@SERVPROmalibu.com

Mold

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall and floor Mold growth on a drywall

Mold, mildew, fungus is a universal problem that affects our environment. There are many species of mold, however, some are more  concerning then others. Mold feeds on the host surface while releasing spores. These spores can attach on wet surfaces, carpets, clothing or any surface exposed to moisture. Mold, mildew and fungus can easily grow into colonies which pose a health concern to occupants in the house or the business.

Another sign of mold, mildew or fungus is black patches. These are often seen in bathrooms and basements. Mold in home and mold in business can also be seen on the window sills, shady areas and humid places. It is wise to take action before the mold escalates. Mold, mildew and fungus replicate easily and the situation can get out of hand. Timely mitigation is the best strategy to address the mold situation.

Mold in home or business should not be ignored. If you are dealing with black mold and other forms of mold damage, it is wise to bring in commercial mold damage companies.  It is therefore evident that mold removal and remediation needs to be done immediately. Mold mitigation services need to be sought once the mold is spotted. While a smelly odor can help detect the presence of mold, most of these spores are not visible.

The major benefit of seeking mold removal services early is that you save costly repairs in future. If the mold damage is extensive, expensive repairs are needed to deal with the damaged items. Extensive deodorization is also needed to deal with the smelly odor. To restore the indoor air quality, mold removal is paired with deodorization.

Visit www.SERVPROMalibu.com for more information all call 3104562135

Mold, Mildew, and Microbial Growth

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Growth Upon removal of build in cabinet underneath the stairs mold was found. The source of water damage that created the mold was next door unit .

Most homes and businesses are exposed to bacteria and fungus growth, such as mold, mildew and other microbial growth. These growths can be harmful as they destroy building materials, cause a bad odor, discolor leather and fabrics, as well as cause fabrics to rot. They can also cause adverse health problems. It is, therefore, necessary to be equipped with the right knowledge of developing mitigation strategies for getting rid of mold when it occurs. The services of an environmental hygienist come in handy during the process of conducting an effective mold clean up and treatment.

Characteristics

Mold is a plant that belongs to fungus group. When exposed to some levels of temperature and moisture or dampness, they cause mildew. Mildew manifests itself in the form of a thin black or white discoloration. They grow on practically anything they can get the required nutrients, such as fabrics, wood, and paper among other places. The growth thrives in humid weathers mostly in closed houses. Microbial growth is the growth of harmful bacteria. They commonly grow in areas that are often wet in the house, such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry areas. They manifest in the form of water spots on walls and ceilings, cracked paints, and a yellow discoloration. Though they display almost similar characteristics, the presence of microbial growth does not denote that it is mildew. After conducting mold cleanup, you should have your home inspected by an environmental hygienist.

Mitigation

Bacteria and fungus that bring about mildew causing microbial growths are found anywhere. Therefore, preventing them from entering the house can be a difficult task. Materials used for building such as wood and papers provide the necessary conditions for the growth. The oxygen they require is freely available in the air. These growths cannot occur in the absence of moisture. In addition to mold cleanup, controlling moisture in homes is another important mitigation strategy for these growths. The following measures can be taken to keep the homes dry.

1. Control moisture levels in the air

You can control moisture by using exhaust fans in the areas where moisture is mostly formed like the bathrooms and kitchens. Ensure also that the air coming from the clothes dryer is directed to the outside.

2. Do not use a humidifier unless necessary

Using a humidifier can increase the level of humidity in the house, which can provide an appropriate environment for these growths. Use the hygrometer to measure the humidity level before using the humidifier. Also, ensure that the relative humidity doesn’t rise above 35 percent when using a humidifier.


3. Be on the lookout for leaks

Sometimes windows, roofs, and plumbing pipes leak and cause dampness and wet spots, which cause these unwanted growths in a very short time. It is important to note these leaks on time for repair. A proficient environmental hygienist will look for signs of leaks when inspecting a home for fungus growth.

In case a home is infested by fungus growth, appropriate mitigation measures should be adopted to keep the homes clean. First, determine the extent of the mold growth. If the microbial growth has affected an extensive area, enlisting the help of a qualified environmental hygienist is important.

What is Mitigation

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

In -place drying Inplace drying of a commercial theater

Mitigation and restoration are drastically different. Mitigation concentrates on minimizing how much damage there is after a disaster. Restoration concentrates on repairing what has been damaged. Whether it is in your home or at your business, a disaster due to water or fire is devastating. It is vital to start mitigation immediately in order to preserve the property. The loss information should be sent to the insurance company's mitigation vendor if the client hasn't called for services themselves. That vendor should arrive within 4 hours and have their crew begin emergency work. By the 8 hour mark, the insurance company should have all updates on the work being completed. We work hard to clean up a loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

Broken pipe in your Malibu business?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® MALIBU responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year. You never know when a broken or burst pipe will wreak havoc on your commercial business or home. Our restoration technicians have the advanced training, state-of-the-art equipment, and experience to mitigate any size water loss in the Denver area quickly and efficiently and with minimal disruption to your family or employees, and customers.

The Insurance Institute for Business Home and Safety suggests that businesses and homeowners:

  • Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure continuous power to the building
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.
  • Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms

Water damage happens at all times of the day and night and can become a costly repair if not mitigated quickly. Our highly trained technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and can typically arrive within four hours of your call.

Call Us!

When your commercial business or home experiences a water damage loss of any kind or size, SERVPRO® MALIBU is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 310-456-2135. We’ll restore your water damage in MALIBU, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

The great Bleach question

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

We receive this question many times from concerned callers: "Can I just spray bleach on it?" 

Using bleach to take care of mold was once recommended by agencies such as OSHA and the EPA. However, they have since been revised after research revealed that the "do-all, be-all cure" for killing microbial growth, actually had the opposite effect. First, let us take a look at how mold forms to understand why using bleach is not effective. 

Mold needs water, food and typically a warm temperature to grow. This illustrates the first reason to call SERVPRO of Malibu: If mold is growing, chances are that the materials are wet. There has likely been a water loss of some sort, and until it is properly dried, mold will continue to grow. 

The chlorine in bleach, due to its ionic composition, cannot penetrate porous surfaces. Porous surfaces include materials such as drywall, ceilings, wood, carpet and many others. Spraying bleach on the mold will only kill it on the surface. Many people do not know that mold actually has roots called hyphae. These roots will still remain in the porous material and eventually rise to the surface again. Remember that bleach contains both chlorine and water. The chlorine cannot make it below the surface - but the water can. Thus, you are actually replenishing the mold with one of the key things it needs to grow - water! Secondly, it will "bleach" the color, making it appear that the mold is gone. Again, this is only on the surface. 

At SERVPRO of Malibu we use specialized products, designed to travel deep into porous surfaces to remove mold at its roots. Sometimes we cannot remove the mold from the material and the material must be completely removed from the home for the safety of you and your family. Our technicians are trained to differentiate between what can be safely cleaned and what cannot. In addition, live mold releases spores into the air. The air in your home may need to be treated with specialty equipment to make sure that all spores are removed. 

Vandalism in Malibu?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO MALIBU mitigates vandalism damage, and our highly trained team has the specialized training, experience, and equipment to restore property damage to preloss condition quickly and with minimal disruption to your family. Here are the services we offer:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning   

When we arrive, we will quickly secure the structure to minimize further damage and immediately begin the restoration process. We can also help you with the insurance process and paperwork!

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business has a vandalism or property damage emergency of any kind, SERVPRO® of MALIBU is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call  24 hours a day and can usually be on-site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 310-456-2135. We’ll restore your property damage in Malibu, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Malibu is Independently Owned and Operated.

Why You Should Hire a Mold Remediation Company?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Mold Remediation Company

When a home in Pacific Palisades is devastated by water damage from floods, broken pipes, or leaks, a homeowner may end up having to pay for costly repairs. If you leave water damage untreated, your property becomes susceptible to mold. Mold colonies form when mold spores find optimal conditions to survive. When these colonies develop, they rot the natural construction materials of a building. You should hire a mold cleaning service if your building has untreated water damage and has become rotted due to mold. Signs of mold are:

  • Rotting wood
  • Falling bathroom tiles
  • Visible green sludge on walls and ceilings

Here are three reasons you should hire a mold remediation service:

1. They Will Help You Find Hidden Mold
Bathroom tiles will fall when mold colonies consume the grout holding them up. Sometimes, mold can hide behind these tiles. A mold remediation company will first inspect your property to find hidden mold and hidden places with higher humidity levels.

2. They Will Dehumidify Your Property
After a leak or a flood, materials that are affected can remain damp even after the water has been cleaned away. Dampened construction materials are ideal hosts for mold, especially if they are located in a dark space. A mold cleaning company will help dehumidify your property to keep mold from rotting wood, drywall, or grout.

3. They Can Help Restore Your Property
A company specializing in remediation and cleaning services will help to restore materials that have mold damage. Along with dehumidifying, they can assist with repairing drywall, carpets, and paint. Depending on the severity of the damage, they can also help reconstruct entire rooms affected by mold.
If you have water damage that has been left untreated and has become a hotspot for mold, hire a mold cleaning company to assist you in cleanup and repairs. You can prevent costs from accruing by restoring water-damaged materials immediately. Contact a local water damage restoration service today to get started.