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How to prevent a water damage at your house

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage Source of damage caused by hot water supply line on the 2 floor in the middle of then night

Houses are a large investment, and in order to protect that investment, you should be on the look out for potential problems and fix them before they worsen and cause a potential disaster. One of the potential problems to watch out for is water damage. But how does one go about finding water damage and potential problems related to water? It’s easier than you think!

The first step is to check your floors. No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will develop signs of water damage. For tile and wood, you want to look for cracking, buckling, and warping, and for carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, and the smell of mold and dampness.

Water stains on flooring around bathtubs, sinks, and toilets or water stains on ceilings or walls are an obvious sign of water damage; and unusual stains could indicate a leaky pipe or drain in the wall. Speaking of walls, cracked drywall or areas of drywall that look swollen and feel soft to the touch could also signify trouble. Peeling paint can also signify water damage, as paint loses adhesion when drywall gets wet.

Finally, watch out for rust and mold. Inspect your water heater for rust on the tank or water on the floor, as rust spots could indicate a slow leak. Corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage as well. Visual signs of active mold growth mean there’s moisture in contact with microscopic mold spores; often in the tiny nooks and crannies of your home. But don’t rely solely on sight when looking for mold! When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, and produces a musty, unpleasant smell.

If you should find yourself in need of water or storm damage restoration or mold remediation, call the professionals at SERVPRO Malibu/ Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  today!

Water Heater Leaks

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water Heater Water heater burst caused damages to residence

One of the most problematic sources of water damage in Malibu or Pacific Palisades is a leaking water heaters. Often, a failed water heater may show significant damage due to its age or environmental factors, which could present a few safety hazards to consider when checking it for leaks. After you've stopped the water, it's time to clean up.

Checking Your Water Heater

Before inspecting your water  heater for damage or leaks, be sure that you protect yourself by taking the following safety precautions:

  • When approaching a ga water heater that you suspect has failed, make sure you do not smell any gas. Since water heaters are frequently located in unventilated and confined spaces, an accumulation of gas from a small leak could build up rapidly.
  • Turn off the water heater and its water supply.
  • Do not touch the tank itself and be mindful of the pilot light. Even a leaking water heater tank can be very hot.
  • Inspect the tank’s drain valve, which is usually located near the bottom of the tank. The drain valve should be closed and screwed on securely. If there is a leak coming from the drain valve, it might need to be replaced; this is one of the most common causes of leaks in water heaters.

Cleaning Up

Once you've stopped the flow of water , you can begin to clean up:

  • Make sure electronics and appliances in the wet area are unplugged.
  • Transfer rugs and any other movable furniture and items to a dry area.
  • Dry the floor with towels, a mop, or a shop-vac.
  • Set up fans and dehumidifiers to being circulating air and removing excess moisture.

Be sure that you consider all of the safety factors and protect yourself when beginning any cleanup procedure involving a broken water heater. Investigating, repairing and mitigating the damage caused by a leaking water heater should include basic safety precautions and thorough cleaning and drying that SERVPRO would be well-equipped to manage.

SERVPRO of Malibu/ Pacific Palisades/ Topanga Canyon should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of  Malibu/ Pacific Palisades/ Topanga Canyon is available 24/7 by calling 310-456-2135

How to prevent water damage?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged wood flooring Water damage in the kitchen

Water in the home may seem harmless enough, but when it creeps across your kitchen floors in streams and causes your linoleum floors to bubble up – or when it drips, drip, drips quietly beneath your bathroom sink and triggers mold growth – it's no longer so innocent. Water damage is a leading cause of loss for homeowners and often results in costly and extensive repairs. Some common perils of water damage include the following:

  • Mold
  • Buckling floorboards
  • Rotted drywall
  • Damaged insulation
  • Structural rot and decomposition

Fortunately, most water problems can be prevented with routine inspections and maintenance. Below are a few ways in which you can prevent water damage and loss in your home.
1. Fix General Plumbing Issues

No leak is too small and no-drip too minor. If you discover a cracked or broken pipe, shut off the water valve and make the necessary repairs before the leak becomes a burst. Any water remediation team will tell you that damage from a leaking pipe is much easier to clean up than damage from a burst supply line.

2. Inspect and Maintain Appliances That Use Water

Cracked hoses, faulty connections and aging materials can all cause leaks and lead to excess water in the home if not caught in time. It doesn't hurt to check behind your washing machine once a week and before starting a load for pools of water, or to check behind your dishwasher for moisture. The two minutes it takes you to check can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in pipe cleanup costs.

3. Get Your HVAC System Inspected and Maintained

Many homeowners don't think about their HVAC systems being the cause of water damage in the home, but the truth is that these systems are a huge culprit of moisture build-up and damage. You can keep your system in good working order and prevent costly issues by having a professional come in once or twice a year to inspect the unit and make any necessary repairs.

Water in the home can be costly and damaging. You can prevent water damage and the need to hire a SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades, water damage cleanup team by following the above advice.

Is there a water damage or not?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture Readers Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

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. SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We  will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used :

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor- causing particles.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is the most common cause of commercial water damage?

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Office Water damage Supply line in the bathroom flooded work space

It's crucial to take care of any signs of water damage immediately. Commercial restoration services can be more challenging than residential. The size and structure of the property, the extent of the water damage, and the number of occupants will greatly affect the restoration process. Two commercial spaces with the same square footage could have completely different mitigation plans. While some issues are inevitable, many issues leading to water damage are preventable. 

1. Damaged pipes/plumbing- look for drippy, or leaking pipes. Check ceiling for dark areas indication water damage. Toilets also seem to be a major cause of commercial water damage.  

2. Poorly sealed windows and doors: Rain and snow can easily enter your business through poorly fitted windows. 

3. Roof leak: The roof is the main defense against mother nature. Check often for damaged or missing shingles. 

4. Appliances: Check appliances such as a dishwasher, refrigerator,  and commercial coffee maker to ensure the plumbing is correct and not leaking.

5. HVAC: The heating and cooling unit is a major culprit of commercial water damage. Make sure to inspect it regularly for any signs of water leaks or damage.

If you need commercial restoration services, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Malibu/ Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades. 

Winter weather in Malibu

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Missing roof tiles Damaged or missing roof tiles can cause damage to the structure and crate a water damage during storm.

With strong storms comes strong winds that can cause damage to your home.  There are a few things homeowners can do that will be helpful in the long run.  

If nothing else, maybe you'll sleep better!

Tips for avoiding wind damage:

  1. Shingles should meet or exceed the local building code, and be rated high for wind and impact resistance.
  2. Make sure shingles are snugly nailed down and fitted tightly together.
  3. Inspect the roof sheathing to ensure it is securely nailed to avoid sections being peeled off by winds.
  4. Make sure the connection between the roof and walls is tight to avoid updrafts lifting off the roof.
  5. Check that HVAC units, skylights and pipes are tightly affixed and won't be blown off.

    Outdoor areas:

    1. Storage sheds and outbuildings should be securely anchored.
    2. Evaluate everything you have stored outside, such as equipment, inventory and supplies, and make sure these are anchored or can be easily moved inside if a storm approaches.
    3. Make sure dumpsters, outdoor lighting fixtures and fencing are secured. Strong windstorms can pick up items, such as waste receptacles, and turn them into destructive missiles.
    4. Are there large shrubs and trees close to your building? Make sure they are healthy and pruned to prevent large limbs or whole trees from falling onto your building.
    5. Outdoor signage should be tightly anchored and secure, and designed to withstand the weather in your region. Check with your insurer to see if your sign is included in your property insurance or if you need an endorsement to cover it.
    6. Ensure your commercial property insurance covers any damage to your building or other business property caused by a windstorm.  If you encounter damage from wind or rain at your personal or business property, please call SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades at 310-456-2135

Cleaning Up After a Storm

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Storm caused a mudslide Excessive amount of water cased mudslide that affected the structure

No matter where you live in Malibu California  you are bound to get some storms every now and then. Usually, these storms won’t cause many problems, but the worst incidents can damage parts of your home and property. If you have water damage or other issues following a storm, you need to quickly tear out affected items. There are other steps to ensure a successful cleanup, so make sure you know what to do.

Assessment

Your best bet following a significant storm is to call an experienced cleanup or storm restoration company to evaluate your needs. A company representative will do some of the following:

  • Walk through the home and make note of damages
  • Assess what steps to take next
  • Evaluate whether cleanup or complete replacement is necessary.

Remove the Water

A technician’s first task will be to extract any standing water in your residence. The specialist will use a commercial size water extractor or other professional-grade machines to suck up the water. Drying equipment will be placed to control the environment till the affected materials will be removed.

Remove Ruined Items or Portions of Your Home

When water infiltrates your home, it can cause widespread damage, especially to furniture, walls and flooring. If this is the case at your Malibu/Pacific Palisades/ Topanga Canyon home, our team will tear out the affected areas. This will create a safe environment for you and your family and will help to prevent mold growth.

Restoration

If you and the professionals can’t salvage parts of your home, the company will work on restoring those areas. These will usually include flooring, walls and parts of your roof. This process will help ensure you can once again live in your home without suffering adverse effects or dealing with safety issues.

Should you have any question please call our office  310-456-2135

Wallpaper and Mold

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on a wallpaper Mold can grow behind the wallpaper.

Mold behind wallpaper is a big health concern. To get rid of the mold you must remove the wallpaper. First and foremost remove the wallpaper safely by wetting it with a wetting agent and water. But first wear a good cartridge-type respirator.

When removing mold behind wallpaper safely wet it first. Even if the wallpaper removes dry still wet it

A simple dust or particulate mask won't offer adequate protection. Also wear gloves and goggles, remember safety first. In a garden type sprayer add the wetting agent and water for easy application.

Using the sprayer to wet the wallpaper down will reduce the mold spores from becoming airborne. Even if the wallpaper removes dry still wet it first. Move slowly and deliberately so you don't stir up spores as you work.

Once the wallpaper is removed from the walls the next step is to wash the walls down with a water and bleach solution. This should remove the mold from the walls if it is just surface mold. If the walls are soft and spongy the mold may have penetrated deeper into the wall.

One way to tell if the walls are totally saturated with mold you can take a utility knife and cut a small square out of the wall and look at the back side of the square. If there is mold behind the wall then you should replace the walls. If you plan on wallpapering again use a Nonwoven wallpaper so you will never get mold behind wallpaper again. Nonwoven wallpapers can breath unlike vinyl wallpapers.

What is a mold ?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Ice maker created mold issue Unsuspected mold was found behind the kitchen cabinets. Source? Ice maker.

What are molds?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

To prevent Mold in your home have all water damages professionally cleaned up. If you have a water damage or suspect Mold is growing in your home call SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades 310-456-2135

Fire Damage Mitigation

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

House Fire Cleanup SERVPRO demolishes and removes non-salvageable materials. The first step in fire damage mitigation.

When beginning fire damage restoration, the number one priority is reducing losses and damages, translating into hopefully lower costs. SERVPRO has the equipment, manpower, and training to ensure your Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades  property gets the attention it needs after a fire event. Once we get done, everything will be “Like it never even happened.”

Once a fire happens, you should never waste time with DIY methods or leaving it to chance with lesser fire and smoke damage repair companies. SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades offers the best when it comes to fire damage mitigation. We even assist with the claims process to make your life even easier.