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Water Damage from Appliances and Plumbing in Culver City, CA

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

damaged floor with a washer and drying equipment in room Water damage from appliance and plumbing leaks can cause your laminate floors to buckle or warp.

Water damage from appliance and plumbing leaks, like water heaters, dishwashers, ice makers and washing machines in your home can cause your laminate floors to buckle or warp.  Many times, these leaks are quite slow and often go unnoticed in your home or business in Culver City or even in surrounding cities like Baldwin Hills, Century City to Bel Air.  Slow leaks are not easy to identify since they are underneath the laminate where they penetrate the core material. While you might not be able to see the leak, one of our SERVPRO technicians will be able to find excess moisture by using a moisture meter. We arrive ready to protect your home with all proper equipment to do that. It is common to use dehumidifiers and air movers to help dry all affected areas. However, if it is not caught in time, your laminate floors will have to be removed because the moisture gets trapped underneath the laminate. 

Who Should You Call for Water & Fire Damage in Culver City and Baldwin Hills?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Crew standing in front of neon green truck SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is here to help!

Rarely anyone prepares for a water or fire damage in their homes, but if you were to ever experience one, SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills should be your first call for mitigation and remediation. Having a fire in your home can be a life altering event and you want your property to be restored back to the way it was before the fire. When a fire occurs at your house or commercial property, you should take swift action to handle the cleanup and restoration left behind by the fire itself and the efforts of the fire department. At SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills, we value your home and place of business business as if it were our own because we understand clients in their time of need. 

No Home is Mold Free

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall with an outlet SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills are the mold and mold removal experts in your area.

No home is mold free forever but you can take precautions. Soap and detergents can remove mold stains but do not actually kill mold, and any mold that is left behind can quickly regrow. The key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is to control excessive moisture and condensation.  Keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry is critical.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills are the mold and mold removal experts in your area. If you suspect mold in your home or workplace you should never hesitate to call. We want to take on your mold problem!

Water Damage from Concrete in Culver City, CA

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

front of a house Did you know? Moisture can enter through the stucco of your home where the concrete meets the home.

Residents living in Culver City to Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Playa Del Rey and even towards West LA would never think that water pooling in your backyard on concrete could create such damage. Moisture can enter through the stucco of your home where the concrete meets the home. Not to mention when your house sits on a slab of concrete, a whole floor can cup from the concrete being too wet. This can happen even when a vapor barrier is used under the laminate floor.

Every concrete floor should be tested for moisture before laminate floor covering is installed. Concrete that is newly poured needs to be allowed to cure for sixty days or more before the laminate is installed. There are several ways to test for moisture.

These procedures should be performed by professionals like our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills, such as electronic testing and calcium chloride testing. We have the proper equipment and training to do the job correctly and in a timely manner.

Equipment Needed for Commercial Losses

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning equipment stacked up Dehumidifiers, air movers, truck mounted vacuums, and negative air machines are the basics to commercial water mitigation.

When water damage strikes commercial properties in cities such as Culver City, Baldwin Hills, Century City, Santa Monica, or even in Venice, business owners and property managers need to act quickly to prevent more damage and restore their property back to its normal condition.  Properties we service  in the area are hospitals, hotels, medical facilities, schools, churches, tribal properties and much more.

Businesses may have to be put on hold, adding to the stress of the emergency. Business owners and property managers need to get their daily operations back to normal as fast as possible, so the use of modern cleaning equipment and procedures are vital to the prompt restoration of their commercial property. If you know what kind of assistance you need before an emergency arises, you’ll know exactly what to communicate to a restoration company or technician when you have to call them.

Dehumidifiers, air movers, truck mounted vacuums, and negative air machines are the basics to commercial water mitigation. 

If disaster or flooding strikes your commercial property, it’s vital to act quickly, and contact a reputable water restoration company with modern equipment. Effective drying of water damaged areas helps prevent the growth of bacteria and allergens. The faster everything is dried, the better.

Always call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills for any commercial restoration needs. 

Prevent Water Leaks in Your Commercial Building with these Tips

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

wet floor in warehouse Excess water can lead to extensive damage within a building, especially if it is not addressed immediately.

When water damage happens within a commercial building, it can jeopardize a business’s ability to run and function. Excess water can lead to extensive damage within a building, especially if it is not addressed immediately. Commercial buildings in Century City, Santa Monica, Venice or Culver City tend to use larger amounts of water than residential buildings do because of the amount of people who frequent the space. We have some easy tips to help prevent water leaks and water damage in your commercial space. 

Regular inspections, regular professional maintenance, outside cleaning, regular repairs and upgrades are some ways to prevent water leaks. 

By taking these steps, you can help prevent damage caused by water leaks in your commercial building. While these tips are effective for reducing the risk of leaks and water damage, there is still a chance that leaks can occur. If you do find that there’s water damage in your commercial building, then you need to act right away and call us at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills. 

Large Loss Response Team

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

commercial retail store LLRT helps retail store to open doors quickly.

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) which means we can handle just about any size of job we are given. The purpose of the LLRT is to have Franchises pre-qualified to handle Large Losses for the Commercial Large Loss Division. SERVPRO requires that Large Loss Response Teams to be detailed and complete all jobs thoroughly, as well as have the performance capabilities to perform to corporate standards. Within the last few months of SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills has completed a handful of commercial jobs with our Large Loss Response Team. Cities we have covered are Brentwood, Culver City, Baldwin Hills, Santa Monica, Westlake, Calabasas so much more.  This includes highly trained technicians, detail oriented office personnel, and hard work around the clock. Most of the time Large Loss jobs are commercial clients that need to get back to business as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."  SERVPRO is well aware of the time crunch business owners are on to open back up their doors.

Mold Attacks in Baldwin Hills, CA

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

mold on wall This mold was hiding behind cabinets that had not been moved in a while.

This Baldwin Hills company experienced two water leaks in their roof within a month of each other during a really bad rain season. With water damage comes mold, especially in a situation like this where they were hit hard with water in their offices. The mold came quietly and was hard to find, mostly hidden behind cabinets and on the walls behind decorations. It was not until our technicians started the water mitigation they realized the bigger problem at hand, mold. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills was able to handle the extensive process and remove all the mold that was encasing the office.  This before picture shows the mess left behind after all the water damage, we were able to work through the entire process and get the office ready for reconstruction. 

Dryer Fires

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

dryer machine burned You may not think of your clothes dryer as a fire hazard, but these appliances account for tens of thousands of house fires each year.

In Culver City, Baldwin Hills or anywhere in Southern California, you may not think of your clothes dryer as a fire hazard, but these appliances account for tens of thousands of house fires each year. The problem most frequently occurs when lint and dust are allowed to build up. Over time, this can cause the dryer vent to become clogged with highly flammable materials, which easily combust when exposed to high temperatures.

Even if you live in Venice, Santa Monica or in Century City, your best option for dryer safety is to clean the lint trap each time before you use the dryer, and to inspect and clean the dryer vent area to remove lint buildup and other potential blockages. Regular cleaning can ultimately make all the difference in avoiding a house fire.

Quick statistics: 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

Six Steps To Take To Avoid Costly Repairs To Your HVAC System This Winter

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Rooftop HVAC unit with view of fresh air intake vent HVAC unit on rooftop with view of fresh air intake vent.

Whether you’re living in Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, Santa Monica or even in Pasadena, Glendale, or somewhere in North Hollywood, we all need tips on taking care of our HVAC systems to avoid any issues that will cost us in repairs.

First, let’s start with what does HVAC stand for?  

Hvac - H stands for Heating. A heating element or a heater is an object with a purpose to emit heat to reach higher temperature. 

hVac - V stands for Ventilation

Ventilation is the continuous process of air exchange and air circulation within the house of building. Controlling inside temperature, removing moisture, odors, smoke, heat, carbon dioxide and replenish oxygen. 

hvAC - AC stands for Air-Conditioning

Air conditioning is in charge for heat removal and cooling of closed space, buildings and houses. 

Now, that we are up to speed on this important element in our homes and businesses.  Here are six simple steps you can take to avoid costly repairs to your HVAC system this wintertime:

  1. Have your air conditioner’s pressure checked.
  2. Clean the filters and equipment. 
  3. Replace air filters.
  4. Test your thermostat.
  5. Check for leaky doors and windows.
  6. Check your carbon monoxide detector, and change the batteries

Everyone here at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills hope these property care tips were helpful.  If you ever have any questions, please give us a call anytime! 310-558-9422  

We are always here to help!