Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tree Damage that leads to water damage in your home.

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

With the severe weather that can affect your Malibu home throughout the year, homes have become more and more reinforced against the gale-force winds and potential hazards of these often intense events. Even with reinforced construction and precautions designed to help protect your home against severe weather events, there are variables like weakening trees that can pose the same level of risk. If a tree falls into your home, or large branch damages your roof, you can welcome detrimental effects like flooding into your property.

Storm damage can take many paths to lead to flood damage in your home. As challenging as flooding can be to clean up and remove from your home, professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team have efficient equipment and approaches to help this process go faster and prove more efficient overall. From extraction to high-efficiency drying solutions, we have the industry-leading equipment to make a difference quickly in your flooded home.

With our licensed contractors, we can work quickly to provide emergency board up and tarping services to prevent further flooding to your home. These solutions can also come simultaneously with our other restoration technicians working on setting up the extraction equipment to remove standing water from affected areas of your home. Once the storm has passed, these same contractors can work to fully repair the damage to your home from the fallen tree, remove the tree and its remnants from your property, and assess the rest of the house for any storm damage.

Cleaning up the flood damage inside begins with the extraction of standing water, but rests most heavily on the effective drying equipment that our technicians use. With a high volume of air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty drying equipment, our SERVPRO team can effectively reduce all present moisture and saturation to prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction inside.

Tree damage is more common than many area homeowners might believe. With the high winds expected in severe weather systems throughout the year, knowing whom to call in an emergency can save you time and money on the restoration

Driving during a Flood is not ideal

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Why You Should Avoid Driving During a Flood

During a storm in Pacific Palisades, it can be frustrating to be stuck inside your home, particularly if it has been damaged. However, it is important that you keep your safety in mind. Driving on a flooded street can be incredibly dangerous and the risks far outweigh any possible benefits. The following are just a few reasons why you should avoid driving during a flood.

1. You Can’t See What’s In Front of You

Some flooded roads might look safe to drive on, but that doesn’t mean that they are. In some cases, the water might be much deeper than it appears. Potholes and road damage are often hiding underneath those waters. There might also be debris that could affect your ability to drive safely.

2. You Could Lose Control

Even experienced drivers cannot predict everything that may happen on the road. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your car. If the flooded street has more water than this, then you are even more likely to have trouble. For most cars, a foot of water is enough to cause it to float. Two feet is enough to do the same to larger vehicles. If this happens, you are likely to be carried away with the water.

3. You Might Damage Your Vehicle

If the safety risk is not enough to deter you, then perhaps the potential damage to your car is. Your vehicle is not made to operate in water, so it does not have anything to protect its components in this situation. If water from the flooded street gets inside the engine, your car will no longer be able to function and you will have a pricey repair bill on your hands.


One of the best travel tips for driving in a flood is to avoid it. However, if you must drive, be sure to do so only on streets that are confirmed to be safe for travel. If the storm has caused damage to your house, a water damage restoration company can perform cleanup and repairs.

Give us a call for your inspection today! SERVPRO MALIBU HERE TO HELP! 310-456-2135    

How to prepare for power outage after a storm

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm preparation can make all the difference. A Severe Weather Plan can help you and your family be as ready as possible for approaching severe weather. Make sure everyone in your household understands the Severe Weather Plan.

How to prepare for power to be out:

  • Cool or heat your house. In warm weather, turn your air conditioning down. In cold weather, turn your heat up. During and after the storm, keep doors and windows closed. You can hold onto inside temperature for as long as 48 hours.
  • Charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.
  • Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food will keep two to three days in a well-filled freezer.
  • Leave a porch or front light on. This help the electric company know when repair work is successful.
  • Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored. Why? If several appliances start at once, it may overload circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard. Check these appliances:
    • Electric space heaters
    • Stoves
    • Washers and dryers
    • TVs
    • Microwave ovens
    • Computers
    • Refrigerators and freezers

More Tips

  • If your power goes out, turn off large appliances and air conditioners. Wait 15 minutes after power is restored before you turn them back on.
  • If your home or business floods, SERVPRO of Malibu may not be able to go in and perform services until power is restored
  • Please be patient. Our crews work as fast as safety allows.

If your home is affected by storm weather and you have flooding or a fire, please feel free to contact us at 310-456-2135 with any questions.

Storm weather preparation

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Storm preparation can make all the difference. A Severe Weather Plan can help you and your family be as ready as possible for approaching severe weather. Make sure everyone in your household understands the Severe Weather Plan.

How to prepare for power to be out:

  • Cool or heat your house. In warm weather, turn your air conditioning down. In cold weather, turn your heat up. During and after the storm, keep doors and windows closed. You can hold onto inside temperature for as long as 48 hours.
  • Charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.
  • Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food will keep two to three days in a well-filled freezer.
  • Leave a porch or front light on. This help the electric company know when repair work is successful.
  • Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored. Why? If several appliances start at once, it may overload circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard. Check these appliances:
    • Electric space heaters
    • Stoves
    • Washers and dryers
    • TVs
    • Microwave ovens
    • Computers
    • Refrigerators and freezers

More Tips

  • If your power goes out, turn off large appliances and air conditioners. Wait 15 minutes after power is restored before you turn them back on.
  • If your home or business floods, SERVPRO of Malibu may not be able to go in and perform services until power is restored
  • Please be patient. Our crews work as fast as safety allows.

If your home is affected by storm weather and you have flooding or a fire, please feel free to contact us at 310-456-2135 with any questions.

How do Storms affect your property?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

One of the reasons why prompt storm damage remediation is so critical is because a storm may damage your home in ways that aren't always obvious. A professional can help you identify and solve any storm damage to the structural portions and other inner workings of your home.

Discover some of the ways a storm could damage your home's structural integrity. Let's get into it!

Roof Damage

Your roof can have obvious structural damage if a tree falls on it. However, that's not the only way that a storm could damage the structure of your roof. For example, large tree branches that fall on the roof can also cause damage even though they don't cause an evident cave-in.

Another way a storm can structurally damage your roof is by overloading it with weight. Too much snow can have this effect, especially if it's very wet snow or accompanied by ice.

Foundation Damage

One type of storm damage that can affect your foundation is flooding. Another is erosion. Localized flooding can increase the pressure of water against your foundation wall, which could result in cracks, shifting, sinking, and bowed foundation walls.

Erosion can be more insidious. Rivulets of water from the storm can wash away dirt from around your home's foundation. At first, this may not seem like a big deal, but the ground around your foundation is what holds it in place. And erosion can eventually result in similar types of foundation damage as it allows water more access to your home's foundation.

Interior Water Damage

Whether it enters through a broken window or a roof leak or rises up from the ground, water can be one of the biggest forces of storm damage. Although water may not destroy literally everything it touches, it can come close. Water can cause structural failure in commonly used building materials in your walls, ceilings, and floors.

Drywall can soften once it's been soaked in water and will need replacing. Other building materials such as particleboard may swell up and need replacing as well. Water can also cause plywood to delaminate and make other types of wood crack or split.

Floors, sub-floors, structural beams, rafters, and other significant structural components of your home could be susceptible, depending on what they're made of.

Mold Damage

Mold can be a byproduct of storm damage. Because the visible growth of mold exists on the surface of a wall, floor, or other object, homeowners may think of mold as more of a staining problem than a structural problem. But mold has deep-reaching roots that can also eat away at the interior of the object it infests.

Mold uses the organic substances in the wall or other structure as food, so a more severe mold growth may mean a faster deterioration of structural stability. Fortunately, this damage doesn't occur quickly. But mold growth does begin quickly; the EPA recommends remediating any moisture problems in under 48 hours to prevent mold.

As you can see, your home's structure is susceptible to many other types of damage than just large falling objects. For more information on storm damage, how you can prevent storm damage, and what to do if you suspect your home has sustained damage from a recent storm, get in touch with SERVPRO of MALIBU today. 

Is your roof ready for the rainy days?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

When flooding occurs in our area in Malibu, the water forcefully pushes against anything in its path. This includes neighborhood homes and businesses. Additionally, the effects of such intense forces that weaken the structural members are compounded by elevated humidity that can leave a property susceptible to secondary damage.

Property owners might notice cracks in upper story walls or that the roof now leaks in their home after flooding transpires in the Malibu area. The flooding may have twisted the frame, and humidity and an abundance of interior flooding often cause issues with fixtures, plaster, drywall, and paneling. These two conditions can intensify each other, making any pre-existing deficits even more pronounced. SERVPRO’s crew is skilled in mitigating the damages to walls and roofing. The integrity of your roof is crucial to the fitness of your house, especially during the winter months. The risk of developing increases when gaps exist between the outside and your home’s interior.  

SERVPRO performs various types of services on homes damaged by flooding. These include both internal and external repairs.

  •   Opening walls makes framework structures accessible to brace areas, so they no longer move out of alignment.
  •   We repair cracked areas and replace wallpapered or paneled sections. This can include ceilings.
  •   Repairs to the roof can include more than shingles. We may need to dry the attic crawl space with heaters and dehumidifiers or replace insulation before removing the protective tarp. 

SERVPRO of Malibu knows how to work with you to restore roofing and other structural damage and make everything "Like it never even happened." Ensuring that your home’s structure becomes stable and secure is as important to us as it is to you. Call (310) 456-2135 for an evaluation of your house and expert guidance on your options.

Storms in Malibu Ca, How to prepare

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

A storm is different from a severe thunderstorm in several ways: thunder, lightning and strong winds. It is advised to find shelter and stay indoors when severe weather strikes, but what else should a business be doing to protect its assets, employees and customers.

1. Keep Trees and Shrubs Trimmed

The exterior of your building can become extremely dangerous during high winds and severe weather, especially with unkempt trees and shrubs. While many plants and trees appear fine in normal weather conditions, long branches or otherwise innocuous bare limbs can become projectiles in certain instances. It is best to keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent any possible issues.

2. Have an Emergency Plan

A rain storm mild enough to continue with your day-to-day operations, but a severe storm changes things. With lightning and strong wind gusts, it is best to stay indoors and preferably away from windows and doors. As a business owner, it is best to create an emergency plan for all employees. You should find a designated storm shelter within the building away from the exterior.

3. Know First Aid

In an emergency situation, it pays to have knowledgeable people present. For instance, it is wise to have employees who are aware of basic first aid practices, including CPR. This way, you ensure that there are people present who can safely apply aid while waiting for rescue if it comes to that.

4. Install Lightning Rods and Other Defensive Measures

Beyond planning and first aid, you can install lightning rods and generators to prevent damage to electrical systems. A disaster restoration specialist in the Malibu area can help you come up with a specific plan for your business and building.

While a rain storm may not cause the greatest concern, a severe thunderstorm should not be taken lightly. These storms can wreak havoc on electrical systems and may even cause physical harm to you or your employees. Know your options and plan ahead.

The benefits of storms….are there any?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

storm water This property in Malibu had a new unwanted pond after the storm.The homeowners called us and our SERVPRO technicians arrived onsite ready to go.

When people talk about storms they always mention the bad facts about storms. When the news reports the weather and announce a storm advisory, they fail to mention the benefits that will come from these storms. However, many storms start with hard rain or high impacted winds that destroy anything in its way. Now that’s typically the general idea of a storm when people discuss them. There are some interesting benefits we never knew  about storms; despite the forcefully and suddenly attack a storm may start. The significant disruptions are over looked with a rainbow after every stormy day.

- Let’s review one of the many definitions of a storm;

  • Violent heavy rain and wind due to moisture in the air. A storm is associated with severe weather.

Here are a list some of the different types of storms

  • The most common storm is heavy rain
  • Hail
  • Blizzards and Ice storms
  • One very common thunderstorms
  • So now let’s look into the benefits of storms.
  1. The storms bring rain to the areas that need it the most. In areas with droughts, these storms are welcomed.
  2. Storms also help break up bacteria and wash away pollutants out of the air
  • We also benefit from the heat, pressure, nitrogen, and other gases produced after storms
  1. According to NSSL at any moment about 2,000 storms occur around the world

-Humans, animals, and plants all benefit from storms. We need the water and clean air to maintain a balance on earth.

We’re always here to help, call SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/Pacific Palisades for any storm 310-456-2135

How to deal with Floor Water

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mud slide after a storm When storms affect our house it by a major even and help is needed as soon as possible.

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Please  call 310-456-2135  for any emergency situations that arise. We are the trusted name in safely and properly restoring homes and businesses in Malibu.

Cleaning Up Flood

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

Mud slide after a storm Cleaning after a storm can take a days or weeks. Some times even the access is limited to the residence

Cleaning Up Flood Damage

When your residence is in danger of flooding from local flash storm, it is good to be able to prepare your residence as much as possible before the waters reach you. Doing what you can ahead of time helps your home suffer less damage than if you did nothing, and it can make the aftermath of the floodwaters a lot easier to handle.

No matter what, after flooding single residence, apartment or condo has occurred, you need the professional help of a flood damage remediation company to help you restore your home as quickly as possible. At SERVPRO, we understand the direness of the situation and that the longer the water sits, the more damage is done, so we do not waste any time getting to you after you contact us.

Your primary line of defense when you know the floodwaters are making their way to your residence is to use sandbags. Building a wall with these sacks can slow the water down enough so that it is more manageable. Old style sandbags work; however, they slow to fill and are heavy before they even get wet. There is a newer style that are pretty much flat bags filled with an absorbent material. Then, when wet, they sell up and present a barrier that is as good as the old-fashioned type.

Upon arrival to your home, SERVPRO technicians assess the extent of the damage first. Since this is a case of flooding  we always wear protective gear to protect us from possible contaminants in the water such as sewage and chemical runoff. We also have you and your family stay out of the home until we can finish restoring it so that we keep you safe. Truck-mounted pumps, industrial-sized fans, and dehumidifiers help us to remove the water from your condo and make it like nothing ever happened.

It is a good idea to purchase sandbags before you need them and store them in your garage in a high and dry location. The newer kinds are easy to store, as they do not take up much space until they are activated. For protecting a garage door or low entrance door, the sandbags are good to have on hand. The biggest problem with these newer bags is that they are not reusable.

The fire department will also provide you with bags and sand during the storm season.

Safety Tips During Storm

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Mudslide caused by storm A storm can cause floods resulting in mudslides that can affect dwellings.

Storm-Safety Tips

No matter where you live, you'll encounter storms. Most of the time these are routine, but some cause serious and dangerous problems. Here are tips for preparing for storms, and weathering them safely.

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.
  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them as needed.
  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.
  • As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.
  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.
  • A lightning-protection system should offer an easy, direct path for the bolt to follow into the ground and thus prevent injury or damage. Grounding rods (at least two for a house) should be placed at opposite corners of the house.
  • Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.
  • When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.
  • Keep an eye on large trees -- even healthy ones -- that could damage your house if felled in a storm. Cut them back, if necessary.

Until Help Arrives

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Safety is the most important After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety of the tenants and crew

What to do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What Not To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Call us today 3104562135

When You Have Flood Damage

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment SERVPRO Malibu has verity of equipment that can help with a large commercial or residential losses

Flooding that occurs as a direct result of structural breaches caused in a storm can become a challenging obstacle for homeowners to restore. While many property owners in the area have invested in forms of flood insurance through their home coverage providers, many of these plans and policies do not cover flooding that can occur from pooling water resulting from wind-driven rain or roof vulnerabilities.

Pre-existing conditions and present weaknesses in structural elements of your property can be enough to reduce or remove coverage for storm water damage in the  houses. It is essential to know the extent of your policy .Our SERVPRO professionals have become a preferred restoration vendor for many insurance companies in the area, allowing us to arrive and begin evidence and documentation collection to make the claims process as efficient as possible.

Wind-driven rain is a phenomenon in which the severe conditions of the storm can force water into your home through vulnerabilities like missing shingles, broken windows, or damaged siding. Because of how critical these conditions can become when repairs are necessary, and another storm passes through, it is vital to consider not only a team that can help you to dry and protect your investment but also repair any structural damages to the property as well. We have a team that can help with many tasks after severe weather events.

Addressing the pooling water in the exposed areas of your household falls to the capable functions of our electric sump pump, wet vacuums, and a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. Working as quickly as possible to dry out the affected region of the house reduces the need for controlled demolition and build back.

Many homeowners are unfamiliar with loopholes and shortcomings in their insurance plans that can have them paying out of pocket for restoration after severe storms. Whether you need help after a disaster strikes or want to repair vulnerable areas of your home before wind-driven rain can flood your residence, our SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  team can help. Give us a call anytime at 310 456 2135

Should You Wait For An Insurance Adjuster After Storm Damage?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damages can be severe When storm affects the interior of the structure we want to make sure our personal items do not suffer secondary damages and we have to react fast.

If you have experienced damage to your home after a storm in Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades, and you are working on filing a flood insurance claim, you might think that the best thing to do is to wait for an adjuster to arrive. However, this might not be such a good idea. Here are just a few reasons why.

  1. You Might Be Waiting for a While

During a large storm or a disaster, there will likely be many people who have suffered water damage to their homes or buildings. Because of this, it might take a while before an adjuster is able to get to you. There will be quite a few people who are in the same situation that you are, so waiting might not be reasonable.

  1. Water Damage Will Only Get Worse

While you are waiting for an adjuster to arrive, the water will continue to affect your house and belongings. If the water is not removed and the building cannot dry out, you will end up with a much larger problem to deal with. When it is exposed to water for long periods of time, wood can begin to warp and may end up rotting which can affect the structure of the building. Mold damage can occur quickly as well and may begin to spread within 24 hours.

  1. It Can Affect Your Insurance Claim

In some cases, doing nothing to prevent further damage can affect the results of your flood insurance claim. You might not be approved for as much as you would have otherwise, and your claim might be denied altogether. Paying for repairs on your own can be expensive, so you want to avoid this if possible.
Instead of waiting for your flood insurance adjuster, the best thing to do after a storm is to document the damage. Take pictures and make lists of affected areas and items to provide as evidence. Once this has been done, a cleanup and water restoration service can begin mitigation to prevent the damage from worsening while you wait to file your claim.

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

stôrm/Submit

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.