Recent Storm Damage Posts

Caught up In a Storm? No Worries...

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Don't get caught in the storm...

Do you need immediate Storm Restoration Services? If so, then you should give us a call here at SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades. Our crews are dedicated, hardworking, experts who are organized and ready to enter your property and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our franchise has been in existence for more than 11 years which has a great reputation for superior service and has gained many happy customers. We are locally owned and operated for a fast response and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

We will handle any job big or small. We want you to feel at ease and put your worries to rest about the damages to your property so our services are conducted in a professional and compassionate manner.

We always offer the best quality workmanship for storm restoration and various other services that are needed after an emergency, such as a flood. You deserve to have your home or place of business looking as good as new. You'll be pleased with the quick, efficient work that we do.

Contact us for information today.

A Strange Storm

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Snow in Northridge, Ca.

This was a strange storm! This backyard in Northridge Ca went from a tropical oasis to a mountain getaway in a matter of minutes.  

Southern California properties have surely taken a beating with all these storms we’ve experienced in the last 3 months. While we need the rain, it has been causing all kinds of damage to property roofs, slabs, and structures.

Roof leaks are the most common calls we have been receiving.  A leaking roof is a problem in any weather, but when a roof suddenly begins to leak during a heavy rainstorm, it can quickly turn into an emergency. Water may start seeping through an area that has damage that you did not know about and drip onto the ceiling. By the time you notice water dripping in the house, the drywall has likely been saturated and might start to break apart.

If you see this, do not wait. Give us a call.

310-456-2135

The Rainbow After the Storm

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

A beautiful rainbow

A storm is when air cools as it rises in the atmosphere.  Water vapor condenses and forms cumulus clouds. When condensation occurs, heat or energy is released and helps the thunderstorm grow. At some point, condensation high in the cloud (which is now in the form of water droplets and ice) fall to the ground as rain. After this occurs it is common to see a rainbow.

What causes the rainbow?

The rain droplets serve as a type of reflector of light. ... Without millions of rain droplets, a rainbow would not occur. If you only had a few rain droplets you would only see a few colors. This is typically why the rainbow appears after a rainstorm. It is truly miraculous and proves there is beauty after a devastating storm.

Mudflow in Malibu CA

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mudflow in Malibu

Malibu has been hit hard these last few months. First, from the Woolsey Fire and now with these heavy rains causing mudflows and mudslides.  Don’t confuse mudflows with mudslides as there are distinct differences. Mudslides occur when a mass of earth or rock moves downhill, propelled by gravity. They typically don't contain enough liquid to seep into your home, and they aren't eligible for flood insurance coverage. In fact, mudslides are not covered by any policy as stated by the multiple insurance agents we work with.

Aside from the danger of flooding, heavy rainfall can also lead to mudflow, basically creating a river of mud; and landslides, which are caused by the movement of the destabilized land—due either to gradual erosion or an accumulation of water.

Mudflow is covered by flood insurance which is available from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Federal flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters, and business owners; policies cover overflow of inland or tidal waters and unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source. NFIP flood policies can be purchased directly from the federal government or through FEMA-authorized insurance companies and agents.

Myths and Facts about Lightning

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Myths and Facts about Lightning

Myth: It’s not raining here, and skies above me are clear, therefore I am safe from lightning.

Fact: Lightning can strike many miles away from the thunderstorm. If storms are in your area, but skies happen to be clear above you, that certainly does not imply you are safe from lightning. Though these “Bolts from the Blue” are infrequent, lightning strikes 10 to 15 miles away from the storm are not out of the question.

Myth: Since I am inside my house and out of the storm, I am completely safe from lightning.

Fact: Just because you have taken shelter inside, you are not automatically safe. While inside waiting out a storm, avoid using the telephone or electrical appliances and do not take showers or baths. Also stay away from doors and windows. Telephone lines, cords, plumbing, even metal window, and door frames are all lightning conductors and pose a threat.

Myth: The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect you from being struck by lightning.

Fact: Rubber soles of shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may still be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

Myth: People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and should not be touched.

Fact: Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately. Cardiac arrest and irregularities, burns, and nerve damage are common in cases where people are struck by lightning.

Woolsey Fire: Storm Event

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Hillside burned

We want to thank all the franchises, both near and far, who came out to help us with the Woolsey Fires. 

The Woolsey Fire started on November 8, 2018, and burned for 13 days before it was contained. This was an unprecedented, fast-moving brush fire, 14 miles wide, with a footprint of 150 square miles, driven by gusts of up to 70 mph—the most destructive fire L.A. County has ever seen. Three canyons were affected and 70,000 homes, businesses, and other structures lay in the fire’s path. A quarter of a million people were evacuated. 

The outpouring of support we received was overwhelming and we are grateful that we have such an amazing corporate office. SERVPRO really is an amazing brand and we are grateful to be part of it.

What Exactly Is A Storm

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Definition of a Storm

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noun

  1. a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.

synonyms:          windstorm, tempest, whirlwind, gale, strong wind, high wind, squall; More

  1. a tumultuous reaction; an uproar or controversy.

"the book caused a storm in South America"

synonyms: uproar, outcry, fuss, furor, brouhaha, rumpus, trouble, hue and cry, controversy; More

verb

  1. move angrily or forcefully in a specified direction.

"she burst into tears and stormed off"

synonyms: stride angrily, stomp, march, stalk, flounce, stamp

"she stormed out"

  1. (of troops) suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force.

"Indian commandos stormed a hijacked plane early today"

synonyms: attack, charge, rush, assail, descend on, swoop on

"police stormed the building"

Rain Overflowing Your Swimming Pool

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Pool overflowing from rain

It seems that Mother Nature has certainly been giving us some much needed rain this last week. We have been inundated by torrential storms, with several inches of rain within a few hours. Make sure your pool does not overflow as the damage could be exponential. Here is some great advice we got from a pool guy.
Lower the water level in your pool to keep proper skimming action, and to avoid contamination from planters and deck area flooding. For most pools with a sand or DE filter, the simplest way to lower the water level is to place the multiport valve onto the waste position and roll out the backwash hose. If you have a slide(push-pull) valve, backwash the filter to lower the water level. Some pools have a hose spigot plumbed after the pump, or on the filter valve, which you can connect a garden hose, to lower water level. Or, you can use a submersible pump, aka pool cover pump, to keep the pool from overflowing. Finally, there is the siphon method. A pool vacuum hose works best. Prime the hose in the pool, to fill it full of water, and attach a vacuum head or use a heavy item to hold the hose on the first or second step, the pool ladder, or swim out. Cap the other end of the hose with your palm and quickly pull the hose away from the pool and a few feet below the level of the pool water. Uncap the hose at ground level and let it flow!

Playing in the Rain

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

A little water never hurt...

Spring 2018 has most definitely been a really wet one that is affecting outdoor sports. Chances are wherever you live the weather is probably subject to change at a moment's notice. Squalls, tornadoes, or electrical storms can occur with little warning. If your child is playing or practicing in less than ideal weather conditions, you need to be aware of the possible hazards and have a plan worked out ahead of time to avoid the kind of potentially dangerous situation that can develop.
Make sure that your child's team or club establish and enforce the policy to follow at every practice and game in the event of rain, thunder or lightning storms.
It is important to remember that rain and lightning are not the only weather hazards Heat on a sunny day can cause illness so make sure the heat index is not too high.
If the club or league won’t set a policy, you can always suggest to the coach at the first team meeting to put a plan in place to protect the kids. You not only need to educate your son's or daughter's coach, club and league, but your own kids as well.

Flash Floods Information

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Damage

One of the greatest places to live is in Southern California! The weather is great throughout the year and people come from all over to enjoy the climate. However, even the best climates have Mother Nature to contend with. Fast and furious storms have been known to hit Southern California causing flash floods.
Here are some flood facts from SERVPRO corporate:
Flash floods can bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.
In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, gallons of water, battery-operated electronics, extra batteries, and personal hygiene necessities.

10 MOST COMMON STORM TYPES - BLOG 1

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

There are many types of storms that we experience living in different parts of the country and thankfully not all States are burdened with each kind. 

This blog will touch on the Derecho Storms. 

A Derecho is a large series of storms following each other over a path of at least 240 miles with wind gusts of at least 58mph. Derechos are associated with bands of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms variously known as bow echoes, squall lines, or quasi-linear convective systems. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to that of a tornado, the damage typically occurs in one direction along a relatively straight path. As a result, the term straight-line wind damage sometimes is used to describe derecho damage. 

Because Derechos are most common in the warm season, people who are involved in outdoor activities are especially at risk. Campers and hikers in forested areas are vulnerable to being injured or killed by falling trees, and those at sea risk injury or drowning from these storm winds and high waves that can overturn boats.

People driving cars and trucks also are vulnerable during these storms to falling trees and utility poles. High profile vehicles such as semi-trailer trucks, buses, and sport utility vehicles may be blown over as well. Outside events such as fairs and festivals, people may be killed or injured by collapsing tents and flying debris.                Mobile homes, in particular, may be overturned or destroyed, while barns and similar buildings can collapse. People inside homes, businesses, and schools are sometimes victims of falling trees and branches that crash through walls and roofs; they also may be injured by flying glass from broken windows. Finally, structural damage to the building itself can pose danger to those within. 

Because insufficient advanced notice is often not sufficient for one to take protective action these are considered one of the most dangerous of storms.

Storm Mudflows VS. Mudslides And Insurance Coverage

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mudflow in Malibu

Aside from the danger of flooding, heavy rainfall can also lead to mudflow, basically creating a river of mud; and landslides, which are caused by the movement of the destabilized land—due either to gradual erosion or an accumulation of water.

Don’t confuse mudflows with mudslides as there are distinct differences. Mudslides occur when a mass of earth or rock moves downhill, propelled by gravity. They typically don't contain enough liquid to seep into your home, and they aren't eligible for flood insurance coverage. In fact, mudslides are not covered by any policy as stated by the multiple insurance agents we work with.

Mudflow is covered by flood insurancewhich is available from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Federal flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters, and business owners; policies cover overflow of inland or tidal waters and unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source. NFIP flood policies can be purchased directly from the federal government or through FEMA-authorized insurance companies and agents.

Summer Storms

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Summer Storm Damage

Today is the perfect time to take steps to protect your home from summer storms and other weather damage. The following steps can help you be prepared before a weather emergency strike.

Update your home inventory

  • Take pictures of your rooms, closets, attic, and your backyard. Open drawers and cupboards so everything gets photographed. Keep the photos and copies of receipts for valuable items online or outside of your home, that way, you can provide the information to your insurance carrier immediately after the damage is done.

Make sure you have the right insurance

  • Let your insurer know if you've made any major home improvements -- it usually doesn't cost a lot to add tens of thousands of dollars for extra coverage. Know your deductible and try to have an emergency fund. You may have no insurance coverage for some storm damage expenses.  Such as the cost to haul away a fallen tree that didn’t actually hit your home's structure but lays on your property.

Take precautions to protect your home.

  • This is a good time of year to trim trees with low-hanging or unhealthy branches that could fall and damage your own or your neighbor's property.
  • Sign up for weather alerts and put together an emergency kit.
  • It is always good to stock up on water and nonperishable foods. Don't forget about your pets and medications. Have a portable radio and extra batteries for the radio and flashlight.

For any questions you can always call us…

What to do in a Wind Storm

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fierce Winds

High wind storms swept the mountain, valley, coastal and urban areas of Los Angeles these last few days have caused all kinds of damage to homes, businesses, and automobiles. Driving through a two-mile radius I saw: a tree toppled over a car, a big billboard in the middle of a busy intersection, a tree laying in the street, and one side of a street with no power.
During these wind storms if you can shelter in a building:
1. Take refuge in your house, preferably in the basement.
2. Take refuge in a solid building that can withstand strong winds.
3. Stay far away from doors and windows and keep your back to them.
4. Do not use the elevator in a building.
5. Evacuate in a timely manner your mobile home or any other shelter that the wind could sweep away. Also, evacuate your home if you receive evacuation instructions from the authorities.

If you cannot take shelter in a building:

1. Take refuge in a ditch or other depression in the ground, lie face down on the ground and protect your head with your hands. Avoid taking shelter under a bridge, viaduct or overpass, since winds are more intense there.

After a Windstorm, Make Your Environment Safe.

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Check your roof after a storm

Make sure that your home is safe after a windstorm.
Inspect the premises for damage.
1. Check the roof for broken slats, debris and other
2. Check structures that might have been weakened, such as a shed, detached structures
3. Pick up debris scattered by the wind. Never touch downed power lines or electrical installations.
If windstorms have damaged your home, you must inform:
1. Your insurer, to have the damage recorded
2. The financial institution that granted you a mortgage loan, to declare the damage
Increase the security of your home to keep away looters and inquisitive individuals if extensive work must be carried out before you can return to your home. Be sure to:
1. Barricade the windows
2. Lock the doors
3. Cover damaged areas

If you have questions call us at 310-456-2135

The Calm Before the Storm

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Calm before the Storm

In the last few months, Los Angeles has been hit hard by water, wind, and freezing temperatures. Are you sure we're not on the East Coast? This has been along time coming and we really need the water but, it's been too much, too fast and the properties all over Southern California are paying the prices. 


It is calm and warm right now and the perfect time:


 - to clean your gutters, downpipes, and drains


 - Replace broken shingles and check for damage.


 - Re-apply the weather stripping and caulking to your windows and other areas where it's applied. 


 - Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber


 - make sure to check your flashlights, batteries and see that they are in good working order. 


Enjoy the warm weather...

Storms Hitting Pacific Palisades, CA Hard

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Standing Water Next to a Home

These last few weeks, Los Angeles, CA has been hit really hard by these storms. Pacific Palisades has been hit hard and the damages have been all over the map. Some are as simple as a leaking window where the caulking has been stripped to major mudslides taking out entire residences. Mostly we have seen leaking roofs and clogged drains outside causing standing water to seep into homes. During this respite, while the sun is shining, check your outside drains and make sure they are free of debris. you should also check your home's rain gutters and clear them of any debris as well. You can also check with your local fire departments for sand bags if you have water seeping in from under your doors. 

Mudslides Due to Heavy Rains

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mudslide in Malibu

 It is important to protect yourself mudslides after your recent bout of wildfires.

Protecting yourself during storms and rainfall:

  1. Listen to the radio or watch TV for warnings about intense rainfall or for information and instructions from local officials regarding slides.
  2. Be aware of any sudden increase or decrease in water level on a stream or creek that might indicate debris flow upstream. A trickle of flowing mud may precede a larger flow.
  3. Look for tilted trees, telephone poles, fences or walls, and for new holes or bare spots on hillsides.
  4. Listen for rumbling sounds that might indicate an approaching landslide or mudslide.
  5. Be alert when driving. Roads may become blocked or closed due to collapsed pavement or debris.

If you see a landslide or mudslide starting, quickly move away from the path of the slide. Getting out of the path of a mudslide is your best protection. Move to the nearest high ground in a direction away from the path. If rocks and debris are approaching, run for the nearest shelter and take cover (under a desk, table or other piece of sturdy furniture).

Protecting yourself after a Landslide or Mudslide:

  1. Stay away from the site. Flooding or additional slides may occur after a landslide or mudslide.
  2. Check for injured or trapped people near the affected area, if it is possible to do so without entering the path of the landslide or mudslide.
  3. Listen to the radio or TV for emergency information.
  4. Report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.

With our Large Loss Response Team, we are specialists and the most trusted name in disaster recovery. There are a lot of issues to deal with in regards to mudslide repair. This can range from broken pipes and debris removal to electrical hazards and insurance companies. Leave everything to our professionals. SERVPRO of Malibu has IICRC-certified experts and commercial-grade equipment to deal with mudslide repair problems. Get back on your feet faster by contacting our experienced mudslide disaster team right away.  

A Storm After a Fire

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

When California residents hear "Storm Watch" we residents, look forward to the rain unless we are the ones who live in an area that was affected by recent fires. Residents that live in these burn areas now need to worry about mudslides and flooding hoping not to experience another loss.

Los Angeles County residents needing sandbags can pick them up from most L.A. County fire stations.  Call your local station to see what the availability is.

Last minute preparation -  

  1. Try and clear your rain gutters, drains, and down spouts
  2. Move what you can: rugs, furniture, electronics and other favorite items up off of the floor.
  3. Know where your electricity panel is locate

For the future, call us for a free Emergency Ready Profile on your home and have everything you need at your fingertips when disaster strikes.

Storm Damage Cleanup Brentwood CA

7/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup Brentwood CA

When a storm strikes and causes severe damage to your home, you need to have a fast solution. You do not need to panic when you need such services in the Brentwood CA area – SERVPRO of Malibu is a reputable cleanup and restoration company that is dedicated to serving the challenging and unique needs of families and businesses after a storm, flood, or fire. If you need these types of services in a pinch, it is important to reach out and have a quick response. This is always what you will get when you are dealing with SERVPRO of Malibu. We are a locally owned and operated company that has a great deal of resources to be able to handle even the largest mold and mildew issues, among other complications that can afflict your house or commercial property.

We are open 24 hours, ensuring that you can reach a representative at any time. You may worry about how long it will take for any further damage to occur. At such a time, you should not be stressed about your home or place of business. We arrive at the scene within one day, in most cases. Our highly specialized equipment is used along with top notch techniques that will leave the property in as close as possible to its original condition. This includes water cleanup, applied structural drying, progress monitoring and documentation. We will keep you notified of the damage that has been done and if there needs to be any ongoing work conducted to keep you safe and healthy.

Storm Damage Cleanup CA 90049

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup CA 90049

If your home has been damaged by a storm, you should be able to get fast cleanup and repair services from a company that you can trust. SERVPRO has a full staff of highly qualified technicians who can get the job done quickly and efficiently when there is an emergency. Whether you need services at your home or place of business, we can assist you at any time of the day or night.

It can be frustrating to clean up after a storm. There may be a great deal of water damage, as well as other damages to your property and possessions. Since SERVPRO has been around since 1984, we have refined our techniques and acquired the proper specialized equipment that is necessary to restore buildings back to as close to their original condition as possible. Mold and mildew can begin to grow as soon as about 48 hours after moisture gets into the building, so you will want to have your property inspected to find such signs and have it prevented.

Here at SERVPRO, we have our technicians go through rigorous training in order to become IICRC-certified. This way, you know that you will get high quality services. We work fast, so that you will not have to wait around to get back to business or your home life. Don't let flooding or other storm damages affect your life. Give SERVPRO a call or contact us via our website to learn more about what we offer.

Storm Damage Cleanup

3/26/2016 (Permalink)

Has your property been damaged by a bad storm? Are you looking for a contractor to help clean up and restore your property back to normal? It can be hard to find a good contractor to do storm damage cleanup. No two contractors are created equal and some can cause more harm than good. If you want to find a good contractor keep reading.

Chances are if you have storm damage people you know have storm damage too. To find a company that does storm damage clean up ask your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors. Find out who they used to clean up their property. Would they recommend the company they used? Do they think you should steer clear of the company they used? Check out the work that was done on their property. Is the work good?

Research the companies you are considering. Check with consumer protection groups like the Better Business Bureau. Do they have a good rating with the BBB? Can you find any negative information about them if you search their name online?

Interview several companies. Get estimates. How much are they going to charge you to do your job? How does the price of their services compare with other companies? Do they have insurance? Can they show you proof of their work? Do they have a portfolio with before and after pictures? When can they start your job? How long do they estimate that it will take to complete your job from start to finish?

Flood Restoration in Malibu

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

If you are looking for flood restoration in Malibu you need to know what you are looking for. No two flood restoration companies are the same. Once you know what you are looking for you can find a company that does quality work.

You want to start by making sure the companies you are considering have insurance. Insurance protects you property. That way if your property become damaged during the clean up you can get compensation for your property. Without insurance you are at risk of loss.

Ask for proof that they have done this type of work before. They may have before and after pictures that they can show you of their previous work. You want to deal with someone that has experience because that will mean your job is done right.

Get a referral. You want to ask around and find out who people you know have used. Ask co-workers, neighbors, friends and family members. They can refer you to a restoration company that is high quality and that does a good job. It is the best way to find a company that is high quality.

Get estimates. Have a few different companies come in and give you estimates on how much the job will cost. You don’t want to go with the cheapest company just because they are the cheapest. Make sure you pick a company that is well rounded. Put all the factors together and decide on the company that is them most well-rounded. They should give a good price and have good references.

Flooding Damage Restoration in Malibu

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding Damage Restoration in Malibu

When you are in need of flooding damage restoration in Malibu you have many choices. There are multiple companies in the area that do flood damage restoration. Knowing more about the process will help you make an educated selection when it comes time to choose company to restore your property.

First, you want a company that is trained to do the work you are hiring them for. They should have certifications to prove they are skilled at the job. They should be able to show you proof of these certifications.

They should have insurance. You want a company that is insured so if they damage something of yours while they are cleaning up your property they can replace it without a problem. They should be able to show you proof of insurance.

You want a company that has experience. You don’t want to be their first job. Ask what jobs they have done before yours. Ask what experience they have doing jobs like yours. Ask to see before and after pictures so you can see the quality of their work.

Have them come to your property to give you a quote. If they will only give you a quote over the phone that is a red flag. To give you an accurate quote they need to come and inspect the damage. There is no way they can accurately assess the work you need done without seeing it first-hand.

Find reviews of the company you are considering. Check with consumer protection groups like the Better Business Bureau to make sure they have a good reputation. If they are on the up and up you can hire them with confidence. 

Storm Damage Cleanup in Pacific Palisades

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

If you are need of storm damage cleanup in Pacific Palisades it helps to know more about the process. You may want to get hands on and help with the cleanup yourself. It is important to note that professional storm damage cleanup services may be covered by your property insurance. The following steps will help you get the storm damage you have cleaned up right.

Give your insurance company a detailed description of the damage to your property. The agent you talk to will report the loss to your insurance company and qualified adjuster will contact you to arrange an inspection of your property. Report your losses as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.

Make temporary repairs where necessary. Cover broken windows with wood. Cover damage to the roof with a tarp. The goal is to prevent further damage from occurring while you are waiting for storm damage cleanup. Your insurance company will reimburse you for reasonable expenses you incur while cleaning up your property.

Take photos of the damage. These photos can be useful to your claims adjuster. If you have pictures of your property before the storm damage occurred these can also be useful to your insurance claims adjuster.

Prepare a detailed inventory of all your damaged and destroyed personal property. Make two copies of the list- one for you and one for your insurance company. Include a description of the items, date of purchase, approximate age, cost at the time of purchase and the estimated cost to replace the item. 

Storm Damage Restoration in Brentwood

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

If you are looking for storm damage restoration in Brentwood you need to know what you are looking for. Getting your property back in good condition after a storm can be a daunting task. Choosing the right storm restoration company can make a world of difference. Use the following guide to picking the right storm damage restoration service for your job. 

Referrals

Ask people you know what company they used when they had storm damage. Chances are good that if they liked a company you will too. You can get a referral from friends, neighbors or co-workers. Word of mouth is an excellent way to find a reputable company. 

Credentials

You want to pick a company with proper credentials. They should be licensed to do business in the state you live in. You also want to make sure they have insurance. Insurance protects you if they damage your property while they are working.  If they don’t have insurance, it may be difficult to get your property repaired if they damage your property while they are working. 

References

Ask the storm restoration services you are considering for references. They should be able to provide you with references from previous jobs they have done. They should have before and after pictures to show you. This will give you an idea of the quality of the work they do. 

Reputation

You want to make sure they have a good reputation. Check with consumer protection agencies like the Better Business Bureau. They should be in good standing and not have any unresolved complaints.

Do you need immediate Storm Restoration in Pacific Palisades services?

6/24/2015 (Permalink)

Do you need immediate Storm Restoration in Pacific Palisades services? If so, then you should give us a call here at SERVPRO. We have many dedicated experts in the field of damage cleanup and restoration who are ready and able to enter your house or commercial building to conduct speedy services.

We have been in existence for more than 30 years, so we have gained many happy customers and a great reputation for superior service. We are among the fastest on the scene. You will find that we respond right away, and because we are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, we will handle any job big or small. We are locally operated and owned in the Malibu area, though we also have franchises all over the United States. Our services are conducted in a professional and compassionate manner. We want you to feel at ease and put your worries to rest about the damages to your property.

We always offer the best quality workmanship for storm restoration and various other services that are needed after an emergency, such as a flood. You deserve to have your home or place of business looking as good as new, and that is just what you will get when you go through SERVPRO. Contact us for information today via our online form, or call and request our services if you are in the Pacific Palisades area. You'll be pleased with the quick, efficient work that we do.

How to Find a Quality Storm Damage Restoration Company

6/7/2015 (Permalink)

As the big storm passes, it damages your home completely. Now, you need to restore your entire home. The winter months are the most difficult for homeowners because the low temperatures create a brutal battle. Regardless, if your house is damaged by a storm and the weather is continuously battering what remains, you need to acquire the services of a professional storm damage restoration company. Here are a few tips that will help you find the best:

Don't Always Pick the Biggest Name

Every business excels in advertising and will make you believe they provide the best services. In reality, they don’t. Therefore, don’t always pick the biggest name and ensure to research every company prior to the hiring process.

Don't Go Cheap

“You get what you pay for” – an old adage that is true when it comes to finding a quality storm damage restoration company. Never go for the cheapest out there; always focus on quality, as you don’t want to take the chance of hiring someone inexperienced only to make matters worse.

Personal Reviews

This is the real deal breaker – read online reviews and more importantly, find details regarding previous clients. Give them a call and talk to them about their experience with the company. However, don’t make the mistake of hiring someone who isn’t certified to handle such situations.

Therefore, now that you are familiar with the abovementioned tips, finding a quality storm damage restoration Malibu company won’t be a problem.