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Flooded Basement Due to Heavy Rain

5/14/2024 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Heavy rains flooded underground basement at a hills side residence.

Heavy rainstorms can transform a peaceful neighborhood scene into a watery nightmare, especially when your basement falls victim to flooding. 

It's a result of overwhelmed drainage systems, poor lot grading, or cracks in the foundation, basement flooding is very common during heavy rain storm. Cracks in the foundation walls or floors provide entry points for rainwater, allowing it to seep into the basement.

Try to determine the source of the flooding. Is it coming from surface water seepage, sewer backups, or foundation cracks? Understanding the source can help in addressing the issue effectively.

Call SERVPRO of Malibu to assist you with the water extraction and drying of the structure.

What to Do If Your Apartment Unit Is Flooded by the Unit Above

5/11/2024 (Permalink)

Ceiling Water damage Unit was affected by a water damage from unit above.

Discovering that your apartment unit is flooded due to an incident in the unit above can be a distressing experience.

As alarming as it may be, staying calm is crucial. Assess the extent of the flooding and determine the source if possible. Is the water still flowing, or has it stopped? Identifying the cause can help you take appropriate action. Find out if the source of water is a category 1- clean water(e.g., burst pipes) or category 3 water - sewage (e.g., toilet over flow or drain line)

Contact your property management or landlord immediately to report the flooding. They may need to take action to stop the water source or assess the damage if the owner in the unit above is not present. 

Take photos or videos of the flooded areas!!! Take pictures of any damages to your belongings. This documentation may be necessary for insurance claims or disputes with your landlord or property management.

Familiarize yourself with your lease agreement and understand your rights and responsibilities regarding maintenance, repairs, and insurance coverage. If the flooding was due to negligence or misconduct by the tenant in the unit above, you may have grounds for compensation or legal recourse.

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to seek temporary accommodations while repairs are underway. Keep receipts for any additional expenses incurred due to displacement, as these may be reimbursable through renter's insurance or by your landlord.

Call SERVPRO of Malibu to assist you with the drying of the structure or removal of the affected material  and Pack out of contents.

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Fire in the Kitchen -What should you do?

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in the kitchen By staying calm, acting quickly, you can protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from harm.

A kitchen fire can escalate rapidly, posing a serious threat to life, property, and peace of mind. However, with quick thinking and the right response, you can mitigate the danger and minimize damage.

In the event of a kitchen fire, it's crucial to remain calm and act swiftly. Panic can hinder your ability to make rational decisions and exacerbate the situation. Take a deep breath, and remember that your safety and the safety of others is the top priority.

Before taking any action, assess the severity of the fire. Determine if it's a small, manageable fire or if it poses an immediate threat to safety. If the fire is spreading rapidly, or if you feel overwhelmed, evacuate the area immediately and call emergency services.

If the fire is beyond your control or if it poses a significant risk, call the fire department immediately.

If the fire is small and contained, and you feel confident in your ability to extinguish it safely, use a fire extinguisher. Ensure you have the appropriate type of fire extinguisher for the fire (e.g., Class K for kitchen fires involving cooking oils or fats).

A kitchen fire can be a terrifying experience, but by staying calm, acting quickly, and following these steps, you can protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from harm. Remember to prioritize safety above all else, and never hesitate to call for help if you need it. With the right response, you can prevent a kitchen fire from turning into a catastrophic event.

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Can water damage lead to mold?

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

Water damage inside the wall cavity The porous nature of building materials like drywall and insulation provides ample nutrients for mold to feed on, exacerbating the problem.

Water damage is often visible and alarming, but what about the damage we can't see?

When water infiltrates the walls of our homes, it can create the perfect breeding ground for mold, hidden from sight but lurking within wall cavities.

Water damage inside wall cavities occurs when moisture infiltrates the walls through various means, such as:

  1. Leaking Pipes: Burst or leaking pipes within walls can release water into the surrounding cavities.
  2. Roof Leaks: Roof leaks can allow water to seep down into walls, especially in multi-story homes.
  3. Poorly Sealed Windows or Doors: Improperly sealed windows or doors can allow rainwater to penetrate the walls during storms.
  4. Foundation Cracks: Cracks in the foundation can permit groundwater to seep into the walls from below.

Once water infiltrates the wall cavity, it can saturate insulation, drywall, and other porous materials, creating an environment ripe for mold growth. Remember, early detection and prompt action are key to mitigating risks and preserving the integrity of your home.

SERVPRO of Malibu is ready to assist you with any water damage or mold remediation needs.

Call us 310-456-2135

Devastation of House Fires

4/25/2024 (Permalink)

House fires are one of the most devastating and traumatic events that can occur in anyone's life. They not only cause physical damage to property but also emotional distress and, tragically, sometimes loss of life.

House fires can start from various sources, with some of the most common being:

  1. Cooking Accidents: Unattended stoves, grease fires, and malfunctioning appliances in the kitchen are leading causes of house fires.

  2. Electrical Malfunctions: Overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, and damaged electrical cords can spark fires.

  3. Heating Systems: Space heaters, furnaces, and chimneys can ignite if not properly maintained or used.

  4. Smoking: Carelessly discarded cigarettes and smoking materials can ignite furniture, curtains, or bedding.

  5. Flammable Materials: Combustible materials such as candles, matches, and lighters can lead to fires if left unattended.

By understanding the common causes, implementing prevention strategies, and being prepared, you can reduce the risk of a fire occurring and minimize its impact if one does occur. Remember, safety should always be the top priority, and seeking support during the recovery process is essential for healing and rebuilding. 

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What is a Slab Leak?

4/2/2024 (Permalink)

Slab leak in the kitchen Slab leak under the kitchen island

A slab leak refers to a leak in one of the water lines running below the concrete slab foundation of a home. These leaks can occur in both hot and cold water lines, and they can stem from various causes, including corrosion, abrasion, or poor installation.

There are subtle signs that may indicate the presence of a slab leak:

  1. Mysterious Water Bills: A sudden and unexplained increase in your water bill could indicate water loss from a hidden leak.
  2. Warm Spots on Floors: If a hot water line is leaking, you might notice warm spots on your floor, particularly on tile or wood surfaces.
  3. Damp or Discolored Flooring: Moisture seeping up through the floor can cause carpets to feel damp or hardwood floors to warp. Discoloration or mold growth may also occur.
  4. Decreased Water Pressure: A leak in the main water line can lead to reduced water pressure throughout the house.
  5. Sound of Running Water: If you hear the sound of running water when all faucets are turned off, it could indicate water escaping from a hidden source.

Ignoring a slab leak is not an option, as the consequences can be severe and far-reaching.

Specialized equipment, such as electronic leak detection devices and thermal imaging cameras, can aid in pinpointing the precise location of a slab leak without the need for invasive excavation.

SERVPRO of Malibu is here to help you with the water damage clean up. Call 310-456-2135

The Hidden Dangers of Under-Sink Water Filtration Systems

4/2/2024 (Permalink)

Water/Mold damage under the sink Visible mold growth and water damage under the kitchen sink caused by Water Filtration System

Under-sink water filtration systems are hailed for their convenience and promise of cleaner, healthier drinking water straight from the tap. However, what happens when these seemingly innocuous devices become the catalyst for water damage and mold growth lurking beneath your kitchen sink?

Like any plumbing fixture, under-sink filtration systems are susceptible to leaks and malfunctions. A loose connection, damaged seal, or faulty component can result in water seepage beneath the sink, leading to hidden leaks and moisture buildup.

Regular maintenance is crucial for the proper function of under-sink water filtration systems. Failure to replace filters on schedule or neglecting routine inspections can result in reduced efficiency, increased pressure on the system, and potential leaks or failures.

Moisture from leaks or condensation provides an ideal breeding ground for mold spores to thrive. Mold growth beneath the sink can spread rapidly, infiltrating nearby surfaces and posing health risks to occupants, particularly those with respiratory conditions or allergies.

Call SERVPRO of Malibu at 310-456-2135 to assist you with a water damage or mold caused by the water filtration system. 


3/30/2024 (Permalink)

Water damage in commercial building Removal of affected materials in medical building.

In the world of healthcare, where time is crucial and patient care is top priority, the last thing anyone wants is water damage to destroy a commercial medical building.

Yet, as countless property managers and facility administrators can attest, water damage can strike unexpectedly, posing significant challenges and disruptions to operations.

In the event of water damage, swift action is imperative to mitigate the extent of the damage and minimize disruptions to operations. Establishing an emergency response plan and designating key personnel to oversee mitigation efforts can help expedite the response process.

That's why SERVPRO® is recognized as one of the leading water restoration companies.

SERVPRO of Malibu is here to help!! 310-456-2135

Fire Damage

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage in bedroom

If your home is impacted by fire or smoke damage, your biggest worry is getting it back to a its pre-fire condition. But another common worry you likely face as a homeowner is how that fire and smoke damage has affected your property value. In fact, there are three untruths out there about what happens to fire-damaged homes. Let’s crack those myths and focus on the good news that follows a fire to your property.

  1. Smoke damage is permanent—my home will never be the same!

Not true: When you hire a professional cleaning team, they’ll thoroughly inspect all of the smoke-impacted areas (carpets, wood, drywall, etc.) and recommend a proper course of action. That action may be to thoroughly clean or replace certain fixtures to keep your home looking like it did before the fire occurred. 

  1. After a fire, my home is worthless!

This is another false assumption that homeowners have after a fire has happened. With the right repairs and cleaning techniques, it is realistic to return your home to its pre-fire condition. Trained fire restoration experts have the equipment and know-how to restore your home to the way it looked before the fire.

  1. No one will ever want to buy my home now that it’s fire damaged!

Nothing could be further from the truth in this statement! When it comes time to sell your home, prospective buyers may have questions. But if you can prove that the proper fire remediation steps were taken, that alleviates most concerns. In reality, when you’re transparent about disclosing all remodeling and new components in your home, that actually showcases the value-added improvements made to your home and its surrounding property.  

Restoring Your Home to Its Pre-Fire Condition is Possible with SERVPRO Malibu

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How Water Damage Can Lead to Mold Growth

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on wall Window or Side paneling can cause a water damage that will create a mold

Water damage is more than just a nuisance – it's a catalyst for a host of problems, with mold growth being one of the most insidious. Whether it's from a leaky pipe, a flooded basement, or a roof leak, water intrusion into buildings creates the perfect environment for mold to flourish.

Water is the lifeblood of mold, providing the moisture necessary for its growth and proliferation.

When water infiltrates building materials such as drywall, wood, or carpeting, it creates conditions conducive to mold spore germination and colonization.

Even minor water leaks or high humidity levels can sustain mold growth over time if left unchecked.

If you have a mold at your residence please let us assist you . SERVPRO of Malibu 310-456-2135