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Flood damage after big storm?

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

Storm Storm can create o lots damages.

Rain and storm surges are nothing new in Malibu, but when you experience flooding at your Malibu home, it is natural to feel a sense of panic. Once your interior floods, you might be tempted to assess the situation on your own. However, it would be helpful if you remembered that floodwater contains outside contaminants, and you never want to run the risk of electrical shock. Never enter flooded areas of your home if you are unsure. Call skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO to handle the process from start to finish.

Du it your self is usually a significant mistake after a storm. SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, and our team knows how to perform water removal services and thorough drying. Our restoration process ensures no moisture remains that could bring on expensive secondary damage and potentially harmful black mold. There could also be structural issues that the untrained eye would not detect if there is a decent amount of floodwater intrusion – but SERVPRO will.

Some quick facts all Malibu residents should know about floodwater:

  • Floodwater is known as black water, which falls into the category of a biohazard.
  • Floodwater is best handled by trained professionals that follow strict safety guidelines.
  • Many porous materials and contents that come into contact with black water must get disposed of.

Once SERVPRO arrives at your property, we assess the flooding and begin water extraction to remove as much standing water as we can as quickly as possible. We bring professional-grade, high-powered fans and air movers to start the drying process. Our Green Fleet also comes stocked with dehumidifiers to pull remaining moisture from the air.

Further inspection of your property is crucial to determine if there is additional damage to drywall, flooring, and more. With controlled demolition, we can remove unsalvageable materials to replace everything with new materials and then finish off to eliminate any signs of flooding.

Call 310-456-2135 or request help online to have our SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades at your door to begin flood damage restoration.

Are you ready for the next storm?

1/30/2023 (Permalink)

Tree damages the property Tree fell on a property during a recent winter storm

A winter storm can be a life-altering event—especially if you lose power to your home for several days or even longer. You can’t change the weather, but you can prepare for a power outage by laying in supplies and planning ahead.

Beyond the important tips listed in this article, it’s a good idea to have a fully-fueled vehicle and extra cash on hand when a storm is imminent.

Food and Water

You may need to feed your family for several days or more. Stay energized and healthy with some preparation.

  • Water for three days or more (one gallon per person, per day)
  • Food for three days or more (fresh fruits and vegetables, high-energy non-perishable foods)
  • Baby formula and food (if needed)
  • Pet food (if needed)

Heating and Lighting

Plan ahead to avoid the darkness and cold while you wait for your power to return.

  • Flashlights, lanterns, head lamps and extra batteries
  • If you have a generator: 24-hour or more supply of gasoline (run the generator outside only)
  • Wood fireplaces or wood- burning stoves, coal for coal-burning stoves
  • Extra blankets
  • Candles
  • Fire extinguisher

Medical and Personal Hygiene

Having a family medical kit and extra prescription meds on hand can make a big difference in a protracted outage.

  • Necessary medications (at least a seven-day supply)
  • First aid kit
  • Other necessary medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, etc.)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Baby diapers and wipes, if needed

Important Information

Take a few minutes ahead of time to locate and set aside essential papers in a safe place.

  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Copies of personal documents, such as passports and Social Security cards
  • Medical information and medical insurance card
  • Phone numbers of your insurance company and agent

The team at SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades has specialized training and experience in storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services. Call SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades at 310-456-2135

Bio Hazard Contamination

1/30/2023 (Permalink)

Bio Hazard Clean up Commercial Bio Hazard Clean up

If you own or manage a business, you know what a balancing act it can be. There are predictable challenges to be met and then there are situations that occur without warning. Having a sudden biohazard contamination at your facility is one of those situations, and being able to deal with it quickly can make a huge difference to your operations and your profitability.

Maybe your sewage backed up. Maybe there’s a chemical spill. Perhaps there was an accident or crime, and now you have bloodborne contamination in your building. Whatever happened, it’s essential that you get the biohazardous substances cleaned up fast and completely, all while following safety and cleanliness regulations. And, you have to prevent ongoing contamination while you protect the health of your employees and customers.

We also know that a biohazard crisis can occur at any time of day or night. That’s why, 24/7, our crews are ready to come out promptly to evaluate the situation. Because every minute counts in a biohazard emergency.

The team at SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades has specialized training and experience in bio hazard damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services. Call SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades at 310-456-2135

How Do We Remove Mold?

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

Mold growth Water damage resulted in a mold growth behind the bathroom vanity

Removing mold is the primary function of the IICRC-certified remediation team arriving at the house to help. Without removing the surface mold found throughout the house, the situation worsens, and microbial colonization spreads to sensitive hosting materials of the property. There are multiple remediation options based on factors like the severity of the infestation and the location of damaged construction materials. Approaches include:

  • Surface Treatment
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Controlled Demolition

Both signs that mold damage might exist, and one of the more challenging obstacles of remediation is the harsh, musty smell generated by active colonization. Spore activity can create a discernible odor that is strongest closer to the infestation. For this reason, homeowners can often use this sign to indicate hidden mold growth. Remediation professionals utilize deodorizing equipment, oxidation, and masking products to help.

Microbial growth overwhelms and destroys organic matter used as a host. Over time, these structural elements degrade and deteriorate, requiring replacement to restore integrity. Moreover, controlled demolition is often a more direct and proven method for removing set-in mold colonies from porous materials.

Ways To Continue Working When You Lose Power

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

Generator Alternative solution when no power is available

Storm season in Malibu,Topanga Canyon, Pacific Palisades or surrounding areas can cause unplanned interruptions in your utility service. When power lines are down, you need a way to continue your business without losing important information. A power outage doesn't have to bring your operations to a halt. Here are three ways you can continue working even if you are temporary without your normal power or internet sources.

1. Seek Alternate Locations

One convenient thing about the internet is that you can access it from almost anywhere. If you know your business is going to be without power for a few hours, use some creative restructuring to get work done. Allow employees to work from home until power is restored in your building. Take a working lunch to a restaurant with a strong Wi-Fi signal. There are many places where you can work comfortably while technicians are repairing power lines and restoration experts are fixing anything wrong with the building.

2. Use Backup Power

If you are able to stay in the building to work, a backup power source can help you do so. A portable generator or battery backup can get you through a temporary power outage. Use an uninterrupted power supply to avoid losing data on an unsaved document during a sudden outage.

3. Follow Internet Tips

If you have a data plan on your phone, you can use your plan as Wi-Fi by turning on the personal hotspot. This can help you finish what you have started if you experience a momentary lapse of service in your building. If power is limited, make sure that you only use the essential services you need. You may be tempted to log on to check social media or play games while you are waiting on the power to come back, but this can drain the small reserves you have quickly. Conserve energy by only using what you need until you have full service again.

A power outage can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to be devastating. Having a backup plan can save data and allow your business to continue functioning.

Contact SERVPRO Malibu,Topanga Canyon, Pacific Palisades or surrounding areas, call us at 310-456-2135 for assistance.

Fire Extinguisher should be in every home!!

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A fire extinguisher can suppress a small fire before it spreads throughout the home.

Home fire safety should start with a working smoke detector and a fire safety plan. If you already have those in your home, you may consider a fire extinguisher as the next step in fire preparedness!
A fire extinguisher works to put out a small fire by removing one of the three components of the fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The most common fire extinguisher removes oxygen from fire by smothering it in dry chemical foam. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose extinguisher that works to suppress fires from ‘ordinary combustibles,’ grease fires, and electrical fires. On the market, this translates to a fire extinguisher that is ABC rated, such as a unit with a 3A:40-B: C rating, or the slightly smaller 2A:10-B: C rating. These units with these ratings can be found at almost any home improvement store.

Also, just as important is having a working smoke detector in each room of your home should be your priority in home fire preparedness. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends checking the batteries in your smoke detector once a month, changing them once a year, and replacing the unit once in a 10-year period.

Contact SERVPRO Malibu,Topanga Canyon, Pacific Palisades or surrounding areas, call us at 310-456-2135 for assistance.

Mold remediation

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

Retail Store Mold remediation Neglecting of water leakage can lead to mold growth in some spaces in a home.

Dealing with microbial growth such as mold in your Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Topanga home is a job for professionals. Taking the appropriate steps to test for the quantity and type of mold, and then to prevent it from spreading while removing existing colonies requires proper training, professional quality products, and specialized equipment. We have the resources required to remediate mold outbreaks and provide a cleared and sanitized environment for renovations, repairs, or redecoration.

SERVPRO crews wear personal protective equipment in the work zones for safety and containment reasons.

Our mission is to leave your premises clean and sanitized, ready for repainting, repairing, and any restoration you may plan on your own or with another contractor. The techniques and products we use are effective, and you can rely on our meticulous and professional approach to remediation.

Are your ready for a storm?

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

Storm Any kind of disasters are scary, but having a plan makes them less so. Lets be ready!!!

Disasters happen. It’s frightening to think about the possibility of having to flee your home due to a widespread emergency, but it’s even more frightening to think that you would be entirely unprepared for such a situation. By making just a few considerations now, you and your family can be ready for an evacuation in the future.
If a local emergency triggers an evacuation, your family will need a place to go. That’s why the first step in your evacuation plan should be designating two or three out-of-town locations in separate directions where you could go. These locations could be hotels or houses of friends or family; if you have pets, it’s important to make sure they can shelter your pets, too. Then make sure you’re familiar with alternate routes away from your home, and means of public transportation in case driving your vehicle isn’t an option.
With many weather events and some natural disasters (like forest fires), there may be a forewarning that you’ll need to evacuate. In these cases, make sure to keep your gas tank full and to create a “go-bag” of essentials that you can pick up and take with you at a moment’s notice. When local officials give the word to evacuate, take as few cars as possible and stick to recommended evacuation routes as shortcuts could be blocked. Before you leave, it’s also best to unplug electrical equipment (though it’s only necessary to unplug refrigerators and freezers if there’s a risk of flooding), lock all of your doors and windows, and activate your family communication plan by letting an out-of-town family member know where you’re going and when you arrive. Only return home once local officials have said it’s safe to do so.
When a local emergency that necessitates evacuation has occurred or may occur, the most important steps to take are to keep updated with local news radio and to always follow local officials’ instructions. For more information on emergency preparedness, check out the other blogs in the “storm” category, and ready.gov/plan

What should you do when you find mold at your house

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on wall and lower cabinet Water damage resulted in mold growth.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

Mold can be found almost everywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, clothing, foods, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.
You cannot completely eliminate mold spores in your home, but you can help prevent mold growth by controlling moisture or controlling humidity, keeping areas free of excess moisture, etc.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Malibu/ Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Malibu/ Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 310-456-2135

Do you have mold at your house?

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

Mold inside the cabinet When you notice signs of mold growth in your home, call on our experienced professionals to take care of it.

Mold growth can be a big concern for homeowners. Although you may notice it right away, it occasionally requires a little more investigating. When checking for mold, there are plenty of common places it could be hidden, but sometimes mold may not be as easy to spot. 

Mold can grow almost anywhere if it has enough moisture and food. Moisture is key to fungal growth, so anywhere that is humid is a prime location for the spores to settle and grow. Mold also needs a food source – most organic materials work. 

A small leak under your sink can drip for days, causing moisture to build up and leading to mold growth that only continues to worsen each day. Or mold could be lingering in the dark corners of your basement without your knowledge. 

Mold has the ability to hide deep inside the surfaces of your home, only to appear after growth has gotten much worse. While each case of mold development is unique and dependent on the environment, there are some warning signs you can watch out for when checking your home for growth. 

Knowing the signs of growth makes it easier to detect mold that you might not be able to immediately identify, preventing this silent nuisance from growing any worse: 

A Musty Odor 

Excess Condensation 

Changes in Your Walls, Floors and Ceilings 

SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand for mold remediation in your home. We use a combination of scrubbing, wiping, and HEPA vacuuming to remove visible fungus. We also have negative air machines and dehumidifiers on hand to remove contaminated air and lower humidity. 

For mold remediation in Malibu, Topanga Canyon, Pacific Palisades or surrounding areas, call us  at 310-456-2135 for assistance.