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What is the biggest concern with water damage

6/4/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage It's crucial to address water damage promptly by stopping the source of water intrusion, removing excess water, and initiating drying and restoration

The biggest concern with water damage is its potential to cause extensive and long-lasting damage to both the structure of a building and its contents

Structural damage: Water can weaken the structural integrity of a building by seeping into walls, floors, and foundations.

Damage to belongings:Water can ruin personal belongings, including furniture, carpets, electronics, documents, and sentimental items

Mold and mildew growth: Moisture from water damage creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew growth

Health risks: Water damage can introduce contaminants and pollutants into the environment, such as bacteria, sewage, chemicals, or harmful substances from construction materials.

Electrical hazards: Water can come into contact with electrical systems and equipment, posing a significant risk of electric shock or fire.

Increased repair costs and insurance implications: The longer water damage goes unnoticed or untreated, the more extensive and costly the repairs become.

Asbestos and water damage

6/1/2023 (Permalink)

Asbestos Structure build prior 1979 require to be tested for asbestos.

Water damage and asbestos are two separate issues that can cause significant health hazards when combined.

The Risks of Water Damage

Water damage in a home can lead to mold growth, structural damage, and the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. Water damage can also weaken building materials, making them more susceptible to damage and failure.

The Risks of Asbestos

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were once widely used in building materials for their fire-retardant and insulating properties. However, exposure to asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.

Asbestos-containing materials that are commonly found in homes include:

  • Insulation (pipe insulation, duct insulation, and attic insulation)
  • Vinyl flooring and adhesive
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Roofing materials
  • Textured paint and patching compounds
  • Drywall joint compound

What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos in Your Water-Damaged Home

If you suspect that your water-damaged home contains asbestos, here are some steps you can take:

  1. Contact a professional: Contact a professional asbestos abatement contractor to test for asbestos and safely remove any contaminated materials.

  2. Avoid disturbing suspected asbestos-containing materials: Do not attempt to remove or disturb suspected asbestos-containing materials yourself, as this can release asbestos fibers into the air.

  3. Limit access to the affected area: If you suspect that asbestos-containing materials are present, limit access to the affected area and prevent anyone from entering the area until it has been properly tested and treated.

  4. Repair water damage promptly: Promptly repairing water damage can help prevent further damage and reduce the risk of asbestos fibers being released into the air.

California has strict asbestos laws. Please visit  for more information.

If you are in a need of environmental hygienist to see if your house has an asbestos call SERVPRO Malibu at 310-456-2135

Why Dishwasher Leaks Can Cause Mold Growth

5/14/2023 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Leaks Inspect your dishwasher for any signs of leaks or cracks and have them repaired immediately.

A dishwasher can be an incredibly convenient appliance in any household, saving time and effort in cleaning dishes. However, like any other appliance, it can develop problems over time. One of the most common issues with dishwashers is leaks, which can lead to mold growth inside the casing of the machine

A leak in your dishwasher can be caused by several reasons, such as a faulty seal, a cracked or broken part, or a clogged drain hose. When water leaks out of your dishwasher, it can seep into the casing of the machine and create a damp environment, which is a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold thrives in moist and dark environments, and once it begins to grow, it can spread quickly, causing health problems and unpleasant odors.

How to Detect Mold in Your Dishwasher

It's essential to detect mold growth in your dishwasher as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading and causing further damage. Here are some signs that your dishwasher may have mold:

  1. Foul odors: If you notice a musty or unpleasant smell coming from your dishwasher, it's likely that mold is growing inside.

  2. Visible mold: Check the interior of your dishwasher for any signs of mold growth. Look for black, brown, or green spots or stains on the walls, racks, and door gaskets.

  3. Allergic reactions: If you or your family members are experiencing allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, or itchy eyes, it could be a sign of mold growth in your dishwasher.

Causes of Water Damage from Roof Leaks

5/11/2023 (Permalink)

Roof leak Ceiling collapsed due to water damage.

Water damage caused by a roof leak can be a significant problem for any homeowner. If left unchecked, it can lead to significant structural damage, including ceiling collapse. In this blog, we will discuss the causes and signs of water damage from roof leaks and how to prevent it from causing a ceiling collapse.

Causes of Water Damage from Roof Leaks

There are several reasons why a roof may leak, including:

  1. Damaged or missing shingles: Shingles can become damaged or missing due to severe weather or general wear and tear, which can allow water to penetrate the roof.

  2. Clogged gutters: Gutters that are clogged with debris can cause water to back up and overflow, which can then seep into the roof.

  3. Cracks in the roof: Cracks in the roof can develop due to age, weathering, or poor installation.

Signs of Water Damage from Roof Leaks

It's essential to look out for the signs of water damage caused by a roof leak to prevent a ceiling collapse. Here are some of the most common signs of water damage:

  1. Water stains: Look for water stains on your ceilings or walls, especially near the top of the wall, which can indicate that water is seeping down from the roof.

  2. Sagging or bulging ceilings: Ceilings that are sagging or bulging are a clear sign of water damage and should be addressed immediately.

  3. Musty odors: The presence of a musty odor can indicate that there is mold growing in your home, which can thrive in damp conditions caused by water damage.

Preventing a Ceiling Collapse from Water Damage

Preventing a ceiling collapse from water damage caused by a roof leak requires immediate action. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Find the source of the leak: Locate the source of the leak and have it repaired immediately. This may involve patching a damaged area of the roof, replacing damaged shingles, or fixing a clogged gutter.

  2. Address water damage: If you have any signs of water damage, address it promptly. This may involve replacing damaged drywall, insulation, or flooring.

  3. Prevent future leaks: To prevent future leaks, make sure your roof is properly maintained. Regularly inspect your roof for any signs of damage, keep your gutters clean, and have your roof inspected by a professional.

In conclusion, a roof leak can cause significant water damage to your home and lead to a ceiling collapse if left unchecked. It's essential to be vigilant for signs of water damage and address any issues promptly. By taking the necessary steps to prevent future leaks and maintain your roof, you can protect your home from water damage and avoid a ceiling collapse.

Do you have a working fire extinguisher ready at your home?

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Never leave a candle unattended: Always extinguish candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

Candles are a common household item used for their decorative and mood-setting properties. However, candles can also be a fire hazard if not used properly.

Causes of Fires Caused by Candles

Fires caused by candles are usually the result of one of the following factors:

  1. Unattended candles: Leaving candles unattended is one of the most common causes of candle-related fires. It only takes a few seconds for a candle to ignite nearby objects and cause a fire.

  2. Placement of candles: Placing candles near flammable objects such as curtains, paper, or furniture can lead to a fire.

  3. Lack of candle maintenance: Failing to trim the wick or remove debris from the candle's surface can cause the candle to burn too hot, increasing the risk of a fire.

Preventing Fires Caused by Candles

Preventing fires caused by candles is crucial for ensuring the safety of your home and family. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Never leave a candle unattended: Always extinguish candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

  2. Keep candles away from flammable objects: Place candles on stable surfaces, away from curtains, paper, or furniture.

  3. Trim wicks and keep candles clean: Trim wicks to 1/4 inch and remove debris from the surface of the candle to prevent it from burning too hot.

  4. Use candle alternatives: Consider using flameless candles or other alternatives, such as battery-operated candles or diffusers, to create the same ambiance without the risk of fire.

    It's essential to be aware of the causes and signs of fires caused by candles and take steps to prevent them from happening. By following the tips above and using candles responsibly, you can enjoy their ambiance safely and avoid the risk of a candle-related fire.

    SERVPRO  Malibu is here to help 310-456-2135.



5/1/2023 (Permalink)

Sewage sewage backup is a serious problem that requires immediate attention. It can cause significant health risks and property damage

Sewage backup is a messy and hazardous problem that can occur in any home or building. It's a serious issue that needs to be addressed promptly to prevent health risks and property damage.

Sewage backup can be caused by several factors, including:

Clogged pipes: Pipes can become clogged by various materials, such as grease, hair, food waste, and soap scum, leading to a sewage backup.

Tree roots: Tree roots can grow into pipes, causing blockages and backups.

Heavy rain or flooding: Heavy rainfall or flooding can overwhelm the sewer system and cause backups in homes and buildings.

The signs of a sewage backup can include:

  1. Foul odor: A sewage backup can produce a foul odor that is noticeable throughout the home or building.

  2. Slow drains: Slow or gurgling drains are a sign that there is a blockage in the pipes.

  3. Sewage backup: The most obvious sign of a sewage backup is when sewage starts to back up into toilets, sinks, or other drains.

    When dealing with a sewage backup, there are several steps you should take to protect your health and prevent property damage:

    1. Evacuate the area: If sewage is flooding your home or building, evacuate the area immediately and contact emergency services.

    2. Turn off the water supply: Turn off the water supply to prevent further flooding and damage.

    3. Do not touch the sewage: Sewage contains harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause serious health problems. Do not attempt to clean up the sewage yourself. Wait for a professional to arrive.

    4. Contact a professional: Contact a professional sewage cleanup company to assess the damage and safely remove the sewage.

    5. Disinfect affected areas: After the sewage has been removed, disinfect all affected areas to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

      Most of all call SERVPRO Malibu to assist you with sewage clean up. Call SERVPRO Malibu 310-456-2135.

How to prevent water damage?

4/2/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage Regularly inspect your plumbing, install a water detection system, keep your gutters and downspouts clean, maintaining your appliances

Water damage is a common problem that can occur in any home or business. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including floods, leaking pipes, and faulty appliances. Water damage can cause serious structural damage, mold growth, and other health hazards. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent water damage from occurring in your home or business. Here are some tips:

  1. Regularly inspect your plumbing
  2. Install a water detection system
  3. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean
  4. Maintain your appliances
  5. Keep an eye on your water bill

Preventing water damage in your home or business is essential to protecting your property and the health of your family or employees.

SERVPRO Malibu at 310-456-2135 can assist you with your water damage needs.

Is there a water damage or not?

4/2/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage in the basement SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to extract water from affected areas and dry the property.

Water damage can occur due to various reasons, such as floods, leaks, burst pipes, and other plumbing issues.

There are several causes of residential water damage, including:

Natural Disasters: Natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, and floods can cause significant water damage to residential properties.

Floodwater can enter homes through cracks and crevices, causing extensive damage to the structure and personal belongings

Leaks in plumbing systems, appliances, and roofs can cause water damage. Even a small leak can cause water to seep into the walls and floors, causing significant damage over time.

Burst pipes are one of the most common causes of residential water damage. Cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, leading to flooding

Sewer backups can cause significant water damage and pose health risks due to the presence of bacteria and other harmful pathogens.

That's where SERVPRO comes in - a trusted name in water restoration services.SERVPRO is a water restoration company that specializes in restoring properties damaged by water, fire, and other disasters.

Emergency Water Damage Response: SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades emergency response team is available 24/7 to respond to water damage emergencies. Call 310-456-2135

Let our team help your team

3/30/2023 (Permalink)

commercial loss Water damage in an apartment building

SERVPRO® of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades is always here to help with any size disaster to your business. There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. Our highly-trained teams respond 24/7 providing excellent service to insurance companies, building owners, facility managers and property managers throughout the area.

Whether you are a commercial business operating out of a warehouse, high rise, office park, strip mall, etc., let SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades assist with your facility management and emergency needs.  When a pipe breaks and floods an entire office, a break room fire renders adjacent offices unusable, or a biohazard incident shuts you down completely, your first thought is staff safety……the next thought is, “when can I be up and running at full capacity again?

Independently owned and operated SERVPRO® of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  is operated by a team with 15 years of experience in the restoration industry. Our experience, people, capacity and equipment uniquely qualify us to handle large jobs no matter how extensive the damage.

In the unfortunate event of a fire or water damage to your business, call SERVPRO® of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades. We will respond 24/7 with trained employees, state-of-the-art equipment and the resources required to perform emergency services to help limit property damage. 310-456-2135

Wind can cause damages to the roof.

3/17/2023 (Permalink)

Damaged Roof Windstorm can cause damages to the roofs .

When wind speeds pick up, the risk of property damage posed by any type of adverse weather becomes more severe. The roof of a residential structure is prone to all of the following types of wind damage:

  • Damaging roof fixtures
  • Detaching or loosening roofing materials
  • Tearing off flashing or sheathing

Roofing shingles and asphalt blown all over town, creating leaks in structures in various parts of our territory. Downed trees have penetrated structures causing extensive damage due to the heavy rains. Our crews have been working diligently to assist those in need with repairs and claims. SERVPRO is a preferred provider with most insurance companies and our teams can help you get back into your homes and buildings with life carrying on as normal.