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How We Dry Your Home After Water Damage!

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

First a detailed assessment must be performed onsite to confirm the extent of water damage which has occurred. Depending on the building materials that are affected our team will provide a detailed scope of work and dry out/mitigation scope of work for your review and that of your insurance adjuster.

Sometimes, the damage is minimal and the dry out plan can happen very quickly with minimal cost. If this is the case an insurance claim may not be required as it the cost of mitigation will be less than your deductible amount possibly. In other instances where the damage is more significant, we are able to communicate all aspects of the scope and cost in a timely fashion. We divide the process into (3) phases. Phase (1) initial moisture mapping, and or fire mapping, stabilization through the use of engineering controls and equipment. Phase (2) is to assess our client’s contents such as furniture, artwork, clothing. Phase (3) is a detailed reconstruction estimate itemizing the building repair scope of work and cost to be performed.  

There are many different types of equipment that can be needed for a significant loss. Some of this equipment includes:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers
  • Water extraction vacuums
  • HEPA vacuum, both backpack and canister type
  • Submersible pumps
  • Moisture detectors
  • Hygrometers
  • Infrared
  • Floor mat drying system
  • Desiccants

Certified Commercial Restoration Specialists

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician wearing proper PPE cleaning a commercial office Sometimes our technicians have pretty cool views while cleaning.

We are your trusted restoration technicians and when it comes to commercial restoration we are #1. Our size and scalability give us the ability to handle multiple projects at once, so we can move with maximum efficiency.

It's our business to keep yours moving forward, from minor delays to major disasters. Unforeseen events can have serious consequences for your business. That’s where we come in. We respond immediately, so we can maximize mitigation.

From minor delays to major disasters, unforeseen events can have serious consequences for your business. That’s where we come in. We respond immediately, so we can maximize mitigation. Operating with urgency allows us to help our clients in the face of disaster. 

If your business suffers water, fire, or microbial growth damage call SERVPRO for an immediate response.

Lightning Strike Warnings

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips from SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills:

  • Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected. Lightning can hit trees and split them into the roads or onto cars.
  • If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle. 
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone and consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

It is rare to see lightning in a storm in Southern California but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for it. 

Leave it to the Professionals

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

We have been busy disinfecting to make a clean and safe environment for our customers!  Not all heroes wear capes.  We just try to do our part for the community.  Our SERVPRO team follows the process of proper donning and doffing of PPE when entering and exiting the decontamination chambers. The decontamination chamber is a three-stage chamber consisting of; clean room, decontamination chamber and equipment/dirty room. We used hospital-grade disinfectants called SERVPROXIDE.  


Our SERVPRO team utilized foggers for the decontamination of areas before cleaning was performed. 5-10 minute dwell time for high contact, non-porous surfaces. 60 minute dwell time for all porous surfaces. Our team decontaminated up to 8 feet of high contact areas. We cleaned and removed containment upon completion of cleaning.

Fire Restoration Can Ruin Your Personal Belongings

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Every fire is different and even a small fire can ruin the most precious of your belongings.

With all the soot and the ash coming down it can seem like a total loss but that is not always the case, by calling a professional fire restoration company you can expect they will do their best to restore your items to preloss condition.

Fire restoration teams are essential, and SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills can be there the minute the fire department clears it for our technicians to enter.

We will begin assessing your property immediately to determine what we can save and what needs to be replaced.

After the fire is out that’s where the team of SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills comes in to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Earthquake Safety with SERVPRO

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Earthquakes are one of the most destructive of nature’s forces and Southern California knows them well. Due to their unpredictable nature and the amount of damage they can cause, everyone should be prepared for an earthquake. 

Creating an earthquake safety checklist can keep you, your family and pets, as well as your home more safe. Having emergency kits that last up to 3 days or practicing the "stop, drop, and hold" protocol can always become of use. 

After an earthquake sometimes home can experience broken pipes or kitchen machines and that brings water damage into the home, or outside forces come indoors. If your home suffers water, fire, or storm damage from an earthquake call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills (once it is safe to do so).

Stop The Spread of Germs with SERVPRO

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Here are some helpful tips to prevent the spread of germs.  This is to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.  The first tip is to avoid close contact with people who are sick.  If you feel any ill symptoms, make sure to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Another helpful tip to avoid getting germs to attack into your immune system is to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Also, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  Some more tips include staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the important ways to spread germs.

Another way to fight germs in your home or business is to call SERVPRO to professionally disinfect and clean it for you.  Call us anytime!  We are here to help! 

Wildfire Risk: Increasing Threat to Businesses

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

Business fire prevention and safety should be of the upmost importance with unprecedented growth in wildfires. In fact, the past few years have seen both a dramatic acceleration in the frequency and intensity of wildfires in Southern California. Here are some ways to protect your business:

  • Install a fire suppression system.
  • Check your stairwells.
  • Stay aware of changes to your local fire code and update your building.
  • Make your roof fire-resistant and clear away gutter debris.

Having a simple monthly check list in place can be the difference to hopefully preventing fire damage at your commercial property. Our offices also offer an Emergency Readiness Program customized to your building so in case of an emergency your place of business understands the steps to take to keep safe. 

Wind Damage Restoration Specialists

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

No matter where you live, you’re prone to some type of storm damage, even if it’s just a little wind damage. This is why we should all be prepared, especially in Southern California with the Santa Ana winds. 

At SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills, we have knowledgeable storm-damage restoration technicians prepared to offer assessment, repairs, and cleanup services. We’re prepared for any challenge, from massive storm damage to minor wind damage. Time and time again, we’ve helped homes get back to the way they were before the damage occurred.

We are here to help you pick up the pieces of your life after wind or storm damage. Wind damage may not happen often but when it does we know it can be a headache to deal with. You can always trust the storm damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

Water Damage Knowledge

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

A pipe burst just happened in your California home and you might be wondering what to do next to avoid water damage. Here are five things you should know to prevent long term problems after flooding:

  1. Damage Can Happen Numerous Ways

A waterline may break, a storm could lead to flooding, or you might have a leaky seal around a window. No matter what type of water damage you could be worried about, a SERVPRO professional should still be able to help. Give us a call! 

  1. Repairs Should Be Taken Care of Quickly Once Discovered

Any time you have any water damage, whether, from a pipe burst or roof leak, it’s important to make repairs as quickly as possible. A quick cleanup may help save your home from more costly problems long term.

  1. Untreated Damage Can Cause Long Term Problems

Fix all the damaged areas as soon as possible. Putting off repairs can lead to additional issues like warped wood or mold growth.

  1. Affected Areas Can Be Restored

No matter how bad the damage may appear at first, a restoration company like SERVPRO can conduct cleanup and repairs. With little time and work, we can soon have the space looking “Like it never even happened.”

  1. A Professional Can Help

Anytime you think you may have flood water issues of any kind, call SERVPRO for details. We are here to help!

Why Commercial Restoration is Important

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Always seek professional help in the face of water damage.

When there is water damage in your property, there is only one thing that you should do. You should always seek to get professional help. There are two advantages to getting professional help when it comes to having water damage to your property. One is that water damage companies have the proper equipment and they employ the best professionals to do the job. With a water damage restoration professional, your home will be in good hands since you have SERVPRO professionals working with you to combat the water problem.

At the first sign of water damage call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills to deal with your issues. We will work on your residential or commercial property immediately. When it comes to water damage, your action must be quick in order to prevent further damage to your property and health.

Quickly Repair and Restore a Water Damaged Home with SERVPRO

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Proper structural drying and dehumidification is very necessary to prevent warping or rotting of dry walls and flooring in your home after a water damage. If moisture levels are not properly regulated by trained technicians, you will start to have a foul smell and mold will quickly grow in less than 24-48 hours.

Water quickly absorbs into the interior sheet rock, wall insulation and then into wooden studs of building. If interior studs or surfaces are left moist, water and mold can jeopardize the building structure integrity or cause foundational issues.

Fortunately, most water damage is caught in time with proper water extraction cleanup, dehumidify and a minor repair that prevents future structural problems. For water damage related to flooding in your home call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills.

Why SERVPRO: The Best Of The Best

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water and fire restoration companies can seem like they are a dime a dozen. It's hard to know which ones you can full trust based on a quick Google search because they all promise the same thing. But at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills we have 10+ years of experience in our community. 

When it comes to water, fire, mold, or storm restoration our crews and office staff are the best of the best. Every person is IICRC certified, has continual education courses, and is prepped for any level of damage when a call comes through to our office. We work closely with insurance companies and brokers as well as property managers who trust us completely when they have a client call up with an issue. 

You can trust SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Culver City/Baldwin Hills commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Disaster Help With SERVPRO

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO franchises offers fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

At SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

We are here to help in any way possible to get you back into doing what you do best, serving your customers. Just like our tagline states "Like it never even happened."

Removing Smoke Damage After a Fire

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Any fire restoration professional can tell you when it comes to fire damage, the fire is the easy part. There’s really only one way to get rid of most damage to building materials charred by fire: remove them. Getting rid of the sight of smoke damage is a fairly easy thing to do. You can clean it, paint over it or remove the items. Odor on the other hand is invisible and even more bothersome and must be dealt with immediately. SERVPRO uses scientific methods and quick measures to remove smoke damage after a fire.

1. Get rid of the source of smoke odor

2. Seal salvageable surfaces

3. Clean everything left behind

Having your home professionally cleaned after soot, smoke, and fire damage can impact your health. The hidden damage from smoke can be hard to detect, you should always call SERVPRO after experiencing a fire loss of any size. 

Welcoming 2021 with SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

As 2021 kicks off SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills wants to remind and assure you that we are here for you and the community. We saw COVID19 run crazy through Los Angeles county and we reacted immediately helping homes and businesses sanitize to hopefully help stop the spread. 

If your home and/or place of business suffer from water, fire, mold, storm, or COVID19 damage you should immediately call the professionals at SERVPRO. We are trained to handle crisis situations of any size and we are always here to help. Our phone lines are open 24/7, 365 days out of the year. No job is too large or too small for our teams to take on. We want to work with you to make it "Like it never even happened." Happy 2021!

The Do's and Don'ts of Dealing with Fire Damage

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.

The Do's

  • Make safety a priority
  • Call your insurance agent
  • Call SERVPRO
  • Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner

The Dont's

  • Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe
  • Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces
  • Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned

The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems if it’s not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwill Hills immediately when dealing with fire damage in your home or business.

SERVPRO Safety Work Plan for COVID-19

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

LEARN PROPER SAFETY PROCEDURES TO REDUCE RISK AT YOUR BUSINESS

Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA, and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.

DEVELOP A WORK SAFETY PLAN

• Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allows for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities

• Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines

• Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices

• Encourage frequent hand washing

• Provide hand sanitizer stations

• Develop a daily disinfection plan

• Remind employees to stay home if they are sick

HAVE YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE CLEANED AND DISINFECTED

• Disinfect spaces, furnishings, and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace

• Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks

• Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is certified to disinfect your offices for a safe return, call our offices to schedule with our crews. 

Small Leaks Aren't Always Small Problems

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Even though your home might suffer a small leak this does not always mean it's only a small damage. While you cannot always prevent water damage due to sudden, unexpected events, there are some ways you can prepare your home in advance. By practicing regular maintenance, such as checking your roof and your pipes for leaks, you can possibly prevent a significant water event. The longer a home stays wet or moist after a water event, the more likely the overall structural integrity will be compromised.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills are professionals when it comes to water damage in residential homes, we understand the headache that water damage can cause. Therefore we always put our best foot forward and offer the best services in the most stressful of times. Always call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Should I File A Claim?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

When you've had water or fire damage in your property one of the questions to ask is should I file a claim. 

A claim whether how big or small gets on your record so it is important for a company like SERVPRO to perform a FREE damage assessment to you property to determine the scope of work. Once that claim is filed there is no turning back and that is why it is important to have a SERVPRO expert inspect the property for FREE to provide you the best guidance about your damages. 

SERVPRO will perform a moisture mapping of the property to determine the extent of the damages or a fire damage inspection report to determine which areas of the property are affected. 

SERVPRO is also an insurance preferred vendor by major insurance companies like State Farm, Farmer's Insurance, AAA of Southern California, Mercury Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Travelers Insurance, The Hartford, CHUBB and many more. 

Once next steps are determined SERVPRO will do all the heavy lifting for you to help restore your property "Like it never even happened." We are a full service restoration company that does mitigation, remediation, abatement, packout and construction for all your restoration needs. We're available 24/7 every day so just give us a call and someone will be there to assist you. 

For a FREE Damage assessment please call us at (310) 558-9422.

Look for Damage Inside and Out

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what climate you live in or what time of year it is, storms are inevitable. And, the unfortunate fact is, where there are storms, there is storm damage. Storms can cause a huge variety of damage to a property, both exteriorly and interiorly. 

Exterior Damage: protect your roof! The structure of your home can suffer from wind damage, hail damage, and falling debris.

Interior Damage: water staining on walls and floors, wet insulation, water seepage in the attic or crawlspace, and cracked skylights.

Interior damage is usually easier to spot than exterior damage. Any time you experience a storm it’s a good idea thoroughly look over both the interior and exterior of your home. If you experience storm damage inside or outside of your home immediately call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hill.

Smart Devices to Protect Your Business

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, even the most cautious of business owners can experience fire or flooding in their homes. In recent years, however, it has been possible to diminish that risk with smart devices that can detect danger before it has time to wreak havoc on your business. These devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network and send you alerts via your smartphone if it detects something dangerous.

  • Smart Water Leak Detectors
  • Smart Smoke & CO Alarms
  • Smart Fire Detectors
  • Smart Batteries
  • Smart Outlets

Even with all the proper safety measures in place, disasters can still occur. If that happens, call the professionals to help you get your home and life back on track. For professional commercial damage restoration and water damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills.

Signs to Spot Water Damage in Your Home

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Quick signs that could lead to possible water damage in your home. 

1. Check your floors.

No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage.

2. Look for stains.

Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect the outside.

What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters.

4. Watch for rust and mold.

Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor.

By following these tips and being aware as a homeowner you can possibly catch water damage early on and save yourself a headache in the future. 

City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

four men standing and smiling We are proud to be serving our community!

It was such an honor to receive a Certificate of Appreciation for the work our SERVPRO has done for the City of Los Angeles, California. Absolutely privileged to have Councilman David Ryu to tour our facility.  We were also happy to be able to help and donate much-needed gloves, masks, and supplies to our front line medical workers that are fighting this pandemic.

We are professionals that are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment

Summer Heat Safety At Home

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

In sunny southern California, it's hot enough to be outside!  Beat the heat this summer and stay cool indoors with the following tips:

  • Cover windows to block extra heat from direct sunlight coming in.
  • Use fans strategically. Your ceiling fans should be turning counter-clockwise to force the air downwards. 
  • Cook with small appliances, such as a slow-cooker or tabletop grill to minimize the heat level.
  • Check on your elderly and disabled neighbors regularly. 
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water steadily; don't wait until you're thirsty.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol which causes us to lose water more rapidly.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightly colored, and lightweight clothes.
  • Do not exercise outdoors. If you must exercise outdoors, only exercise in the early morning hours, before 8 a.m.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check the local news and other outlets for important safety information.

Commercial Owners Be Prepared When It Comes To Mold Testing

1/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold becomes a problem only when there is too much of it. In commercial buildings, mold overgrowth occurs in places that collect too much moisture such as air conditioning ductwork, trash chutes, and around water leaks from pipes, fixtures, or into the building envelope. Sometimes overgrowth is obvious to the eye and nose, drawn by a moldy smell, you discover a patch of greenish mold in the bathroom under a dripping sink valve. 

Other mold problems flourish out of sight with faint or no odor clues: behind the wall, for example, fed by a failing roof. 

Always schedule professional cleaning if you suspect the following on your property(s):

  • There is no visual evidence of mold but the smell of mold is present.
  • There has been a history of leaks or standing water issues.
  • Tenants complain of allergy or health symptoms that could be caused by mold such as sneezing, coughing, and headaches.
  • Tenants suspect mold issues or are unsure whether mold may be present.

You should call SERVPRO for any mold infestation that is more than a few feet in diameter; related to flooding or water damage; inside ventilation or heating systems or inside walls.

How To Go About A Water Loss

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you, unfortunately, suffer from a water loss it’s good to know your resources. 

Two main priorities are calling your insurance company and getting a water restoration company out to you. The longer you wait the more damage you risk in your home, standstill water can lead to microbial growth and that’s another headache you don’t need on top of a water loss. 

And most importantly, even if you think you can handle it and dry out the water yourself, you should always, and no matter what call SERVPRO. We would hate for you to not be able to complete the job and create a bigger problem for your home, and it’s what we are here to do. We want to handle your water loss!

Here Are 10 Tips To Avoid Water Damage To Your Home

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

In Southern California, there are ways to protect yourself against costly water losses and claims. Follow these 10 easy tips to keep your home safe and well-maintained:

On The Outside:

  1. Maintain Trees and Vegetation

Thriving shrubs can be a beautiful thing – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them.  That’s why it’s important to minimize landscaping near utility pipes or, if necessary, remove trees and shrubs that have become too big.

  1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof, and unmanaged overflow may create puddles that could damage your foundation. Don’t forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.

  1. Disconnect Hoses

Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that may bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floor, and foundation.

On the Inside:

  1. Know your Water Main

Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.  If no water goes into the house, chances are no faucet drips can wreak havoc on your home.

  1. Check Appliances Regularly

Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to the manufacturer’s directions.

  1. Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly

If you opt to ignore moisture damage or postpone making the necessary repairs be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.  Keep in mind that homeowner’s insurance provides coverage for damage that is sudden and accidental.  Damage that results from a lack of maintenance is not covered on a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.

  1. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses

Old, brittle, or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners.  Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage.

  1. Install Water Detection Devices

A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with moisture.  Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed.  Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

  1. Check Your Water Pressure

If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 – 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100psi, install a pressure regulator (which is available at hardware stores as well.)

  1. Do Monitor Your Water Bill

Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is by taking a closer look at your water bill.  If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your “water detective’s hat” on.  Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Or, is it a pipe in your front yard? Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!  

Call us if you have any questions!  We are here to help!

Why SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

Restoration companies are a dime a dozen when doing a simple Google search. 

What makes SERVPRO different is our promise to make it "Like it never even happened," and stand by all of our work. You'll never have to worry about who you are dealing with, what technicians are coming into your home, or the headache of billing. We hold ourselves to the highest standards possible and give white glove treatment to all clients. 

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is dedicated to being the best of the best when it comes to water, fire, mold, and storm damage remediation. We know you have lots of options when it comes to restoration companies but there's a reason so many insurance agents and brokers as well as property managers trust our work.

Storm Damage Precautions

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings and homes. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems.

Even though it is still over 90 degrees outside, the winter season is rapidly approaching in SoCal and it will be here before we know it. As a home or business owner we suggest taking the time this season to double check the roof of your home for any prior damage. Taking a few minutes out of your day to check can possibly save you a headache for storm restoration needs later on.

If you experience storm damage to your property, always call SERVPRO. 

It's Not Always Obvious

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Even if you haven't had an obvious leak, water damage could indicate that a hidden pipe or joint is leaking. It could be behind a wall or under your floor. If you ignore it, not only is it doing more damage, but you'll also be paying higher utility bills for the water that is being wasted.

You should never ignore water damage, even when the cause has been eliminated. You may think that the moisture will dry out, but it can cause serious underlying problems for not only the structure of your home but also you and your loved one's health. 

If you experience water damage in your home, immediately call the professionals at SERVPRO. Never take any chances with water damage in your home. 

What Should You Do After Flooding?

9/19/2020 (Permalink)

What should you do after flooding? Are you in need of some tips for what to do after flooding?  Either way, being prepared just in case it might ever happen is helpful as well!

Here are some tips:

  • 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 the summertime.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe and dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Avoid additional risks and do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO.  We are ready and here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days all year!

Keep Your Pets Safe From Risk of Fires

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most common disaster they respond to - and also the most preventable. Planning ahead is the best way to promote the safety of the people and animals in your home. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan which should include pet safety.

Here are some steps to protect your pets:

  • They should have their own disaster supplies kit ready in advance which should include food, water, pet records, spare collars and/or leashes in case you need to control or calm them from being frightened.  
  • Have a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • Include your pets and take them with you when you practice your escape plan.  Train them to come to you when you call for them. 

Following these steps can lower the risk of harming your pets from a fire.

Coronavirus Cleaning Services

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew SERVPRO is here to help disinfect, sanitize and clean your home and business!

As we are learning new developments about the Coronavirus COVID-19, we must do our part and take advised measures to flatten the curve and protect ourselves and the ones we love.  

Need Specialized Cleaning Services? 

Call Us Today 818-730-1434

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are 10 key indicators of Coronavirus symptoms which can appear two to two weeks after exposure:

  1. Shortness of Breath
  2. Fever
  3. Dry Cough
  4. Chills and Body Aches
  5. Sudden Confusion
  6. Digestive Issues
  7. Pink Eye
  8. Loss of Smell and Taste
  9. Fatigue
  10. Headache, Sore Throat, Congestion

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.  

Tips from the CDC on stopping the spread of germs is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touch objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

As a vendor of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we are always here to help the community. For more information about our services, please contact our Executive Vice President of Sales, Genna Grinblat at Genna@SERVPROwestcoast.com or at 818-730-1434.  Let us know how we can help. 

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Home Sprinkler System for your Culver City or Baldwin Hills Property

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling with lights and sprinklers They're almost invisible and blend in with the decor of your home.

We’ve seen them in commercial and industrial properties and public buildings, but did you know you can get fire sprinklers installed inside your home? 85% of all US fire deaths occur inside the home and installing an automatic fire sprinkler could potentially save your life and your home. There is an 80% reduction in the risk of occupants dying in a fire when fire sprinklers are present. Additionally, there is a 70% reduction in direct property damage per fire. On top of reducing fire damages, fire sprinklers are cost effective. A report commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation places the average national cost of installing sprinklers in new homes at $1.35 per sprinkler per square foot, or about one percent of the total construction cost. Sometimes smoke alarms just don't cut it and if you want extra protection against fires home sprinkler systems are not a bad investment. If you or someone you love suffers from a fire loss be sure to call us at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills.

Your Commercial Retail Property

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

two project managers walking in building Our Project Managers are happy to be helping you!!

At SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills, our number one priority is getting your business back in operation as quickly as possible.

When disaster strikes your store, you need the expertise of a specialized team who is experienced in limited business interruption. At SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills, we are able to work around unaffected areas and after hours to allow you to continue your business operations.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is experienced in working with retailers to make sure that all merchandise and structure materials are restored and get your business back to normal retail operations.

Call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills for information or help with any disaster help. We are constantly available 24/7 for all of your disaster needs and/or questions.

Commercial Restoration

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

medical office with drying equipment Just one of the many medical rooms strategically placed with equipment for maximum drying.

This fertility clinic suffered a large water loss due to a broken toilet supply line. Our technicians had to work carefully and quickly with this high-end fertility clinic because relocation of the IFV clinic was not an option nor was it allowed. The business was to remain open during business hours, which meant that our crews worked after business hours from 5PM to 6AM, to disturb the business.  Every morning when our large loss response team left, no one would have ever known they were there all night taking care of the water damage that was in the clinic.  We have the ability to accommodate any emergency circumstance such as this one where we had to work over night with a deadline in under a week to ensure that the company was able to still run smoothly and take care of their patients.

Bathroom Ceiling Caves In

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

hole in bathroom ceiling after rain Massive hole in bathroom ceiling after rain.

Late one evening this homeowner in Beverly Hills heard a loud crash in his bathroom and immediately thought it was a burglar.  Little did he realize that his roof collapsed due to all of the rain Southern California experienced one winter. The roof in his bathroom could no longer hold the weight of the water leaking through into his home and pooled over his bathroom and fell in.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills was called in to clean up the aftermath. Our trained and certified technicians removed all the debris and all the standing water from the home's bathroom.  The homeowner joked that the bathroom had not looked that clean since they bought the house two years prior. You can always trust SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills to get your home back to prime condition.  

Fire and Structure Cleaning in Brentwood, CA

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen covered in soot You don't want soot in your soup! Brentwood Kitchen covered in smoke and soot damage.

This Brentwood home was the victim of smoke and soot damage from a nearby brush fire that caught wind and entered.  The owners had left for the day and left windows open to air out the home and when they came home they soon realized what had happened.  While this may seem small and not a large water or fire loss SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills can handle it all, even structure cleanings.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills are your experts in pack out and structural cleaning.  The kitchen, living room, and dining room were all covered in soot and smoke making it hard for the customers to function in their own home. They soon realized that they wouldn't be able to handle this on their own and called SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills to come lend a helping hand. 

Keeping Your Home Safe in a Storm in Beverly Hills, CA

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

damaged roof A damaged roof after high winds in Beverly Hills, CA

While Southern California may not experience tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other natural disasters, we still do get hit with mud slides, heavy rains, and wild fires. It is always best practice to understand the area and surroundings of which you live in.  If you know that your home has been near storm damages and experiences, it is best to be knowledgeable.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills specializes in all extreme storm damages, even if you think your damage may be small, we are the best team to help you. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is also a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) and we are equipped with everything needed to handle even the largest of storm damages, we work with neighboring SERVPRO's to help them with anything that they might need a few extra hands for. 

Did Major Storms Ruin Your Roof?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

damaged wet roof with a tarp Minor roof tarp job after the rain.

Let's be honest, how often do you really climb up onto your roof and check to make sure everything is looking one hundred percent? Probably not at all for most people.  It's not until they experience a storm damage that they realize their roof may not be in the best shape to be over their head.  Storms have rolled through Southern California and a lot of unhappy homeowners in Westwood realized that their homes were not prepared for all the rain that we were receiving.  The high winds and heavy rains were not a good combination and led to most water damages within the ceiling and/or in the home. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills should be your first call when it comes to any storm damage that you may experience. 

Restoration VS. Replacement

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

boxes in large storage box Packing items away that have been saved from a water loss.

After a water and/or fire loss replacement may seem like the easiest and quickest option. We are a business of restoration rather than replacement. Some of the pros to restoration include: being more cost efficient, helping our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and saving many items with sentiment cannot be replaced. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills works seamlessly with insurance companies nationwide, providing them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome.  After the classification, cost effective remediation methods are tailored to the expected condition of the items in each conditional area. The professionals at SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills will always do their best to act quickly and restore what they can.

Garage Fire Consumes Homes

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

burned garage Fire consumes home.

An electrical fire in the garage caused this home to go up in flames in Culver City, California.  This picture shows the tragedy of all that was lost after all the flames died down and the smoke settled.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills was called onto the scene to perform a board up on all open windows, doors, holes, etc. to keep anyone from trying to break into the Culver City home.  Which would have been easily accessible otherwise because of the openings in the home.  Even though the Culver City homeowners were distraught over the damage done to their home, they were thankful SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills was able to get out there quickly and board up their home for safety, and hopefully provide a little piece of mind. Call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills for all your fire needs.  Our team has performed similar job situations in cities such as Venice, Westlake Village, Santa Monica, Westwood, Century City and Brentwood to name a few. 

Fire Remediation Team

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

dirty kitchen Watch your step or you'll track soot with you everywhere you go.

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills deals with a lot of fires in the area, such as Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, Ocean Park and all over Southern California.  But this specific one was located in Brentwood and it was caused by an electrical spark from bad plumbing in a heater unit. This unit covered multiple condominium units and affected many tenants and their belongings. The before picture shows the mess that the soot had left after the flames had been put out and the smoke settled.  All tenants had to evacuate because of the health hazards that are brought with fire damages. Including, but not limited to, limited ability to see and had a hard time breathing; more severe symptoms can include headaches and/or migraines. The HOA was thrilled when it was cleaned up and done.  The tenants were just as happy being able to move back into their homes. 

Flood Insurance 101: What Homeowners Need To Know

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged floors with someone on floor with a moisture meter This Baldwin Hills home had about 3 inches of flooding from their washing machine not being connected properly.

The fact is, any property can flood.  Your home doesn’t have to be under five feet of water from hurricane flood surges to suffer flood damage. Normal amounts of rainwater can drain under your home, and flood your basement or the lowest floor level, causing flood damage. This kind of flooding can cause mold, increase the risk of termites and cause electrical problems.  But the good news is that SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is able to take care of all your flooding problems with our prompt response and quick timing. 

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills works closely with insurance companies to ensure that your home and your insurance are both taken care of correctly. We are on multiple preferred vendors list as a corporation with insurance companies such as State Farm and Farmers insurance all over Southern California. 

5 Reasons to Keep Your Ductwork Clean in Culver City

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after picture of ducts Before and after of a duct cleaning.

The air quality in your Culver City home and place of business is important.  Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter.  What about the air ducts?  Contaminants collect in the duct system too, and regular cleaning of the air channel is important.

1. Improves your health- poor indoor air quality ranks among the top five environmental risks to your health. 

2. Energy consumption- clean ductwork helps lower your utility bill and helps your HVAC unit last longer. 

3. Smelly air- odors continue to plague your home long after you remove the offensive item.

4. Moldy reasons- microbial growth can grow in your duct system especially if your home suffered recent water damage from flooding or foundation cracks. 

5. Call a professional - SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills are the professionals you want to seek!

You need to know the air you breathe at home is free from contaminants. What you don't know will hurt you. Make sure you contact a certified HVAC technician for ductwork cleaning. 

Flood Facts

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flood from rain outside home Flooding is rare in SoCal, but always be prepared.

While it may not be common in Southern California to get a lot of rain but when we do it seems to come in insane amounts. 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 mud flows.

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. 

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills are your flood expert. We are always here to help.

Winter Water Damage in Culver City, CA

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

wet floors in living area Water can enter from anywhere and flood your space.

While Southern California does not have as a harsh of winters as the rest of the nation, your home or business is still at risk for water damage during the winter months.  In extreme cases, water pipes can freeze and burst.  Especially, in homes with poor ventilation and/or unresolved water leaks could even develop mold.  Most home or business owners do not think to have their roofs checked before storm season, which leads to many leaks that could have been prevented. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills is your water restoration industry professional.  Our technicians are trained and prepared for weather related water incidents.  Always call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills for any of your water restoration needs.  We operate 24 hours a day.  Call us anytime!  (310) 558-9422

3 Tips to Make Sure Your Home is Carbon Monoxide and Fire Safe

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

burned house Home fire in Culver City, CA

Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and invisible which makes it extremely deadly to those unaware of it. Most fire alarms in a home are equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. However, if yours does not come equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, here is a simple tip: you can buy a wall plug-in carbon monoxide detector to plug in anywhere in your house or place of business.  But experts suggest you place it next to your hot water heater.  The second tip to keep your home safe from a fire is to have an emergency fire extinguisher within your home but also out of the reach of small children.  The third and final tip is to know all the exits in your home and to have an escape plan.  No one can ever plan for a fire but we can be prepared whether you live in Westwood, Venice, Culver City, Baldwin Hills or in Marina Del Rey. Always call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills in case of a fire emergency because we are the trusted industry experts.

Water Damage Prevention for Commercial Buildings in Culver City and Baldwin Hills

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

uniformed workers cleaning water damage at a factory All buildings are different, but any could be at risk for water damage without a regular inspection routine.

The components of a commercial building envelope are as varied as its occupants and uses. Brick and glass, bitumen and composite panels, marble and stone, all can be used. And, all respond differently to the forces of wind, rain, snow, and ice.  Ideally, the envelope ensures that the weather stays on the outside, where it belongs, and that the people and property inside are protected. One of the best ways to minimize a building’s risk of water damage is to develop, maintain, and follow a systematic Operations and Maintenance inspection routine that includes all elements of the building envelope.

Follow a Regular Inspection Routine

Monthly:

  • Check all at-grade plumbing systems.
  • Check all at-grade drainage systems.
  • Test basement flood control and sump systems.
  • Replace any leaking fittings or drains immediately, even if small.
  • Does the irrigation system spray water against the foundation wall?
  • Are roof drain outlets clear of debris?
  • Are any water elements at-risk for vandalism?
  • Do downspouts direct water away from the foundation?
  • Investigate the source of any standing water.

About SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula

SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

IICRC - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

logo of IICRC All technicians are given an IICRC card with the logo above, detailing all of their specifications.

IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoring Certification, is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards detailing the proper procedures for safe cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills prides ourselves on having our technicians as well as office staff to be IICRC certified.  Being up to IICRC standards allows all of our employees to have the best knowledge industry standard training giving each and every one of our customers the best service.  We are constantly holding classes for employees and professionals be up to date and work towards new certifications in areas such as: Applied Structural Drying, Commercial Drying, Fire and Smoke, Mold Removal, etc. This helps us to ensure that no matter what situation clients can always rest assured that they are choosing the best restoration company.

Faster To Any Size Disaster in Culver City and Baldwin Hills, CA

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

uniformed crew meeting in a warehouse Your home or building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards.

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don't see has bacteria or causes mold.  Water damage can and will affect the value of your property. Before you try and take care of it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your home.  SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for anyone.  Our technicians are trained and equipped to manage the drying process by using equipment and moisture measuring devices. Your home or building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards. Which, in turn, will prevent secondary water damages.  With rapid response time SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills can and will help you regain control and make sure your property is protected. 

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!  We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration & cleaning needs. As a locally owned & operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service & are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs

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!

SERVPRO of Culver City / Baldwin Hills Has The Resources and Experience To Mitigate Any Size Water and Fire Damage!

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway in hotel wrapped up in plastic Westside of Southern California, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Luxury Hotel suffered fire and water damage.

Luxury hotel located in Santa Monica, Los Angeles suffered a small fire that set off the fire suppressant system causing water damage to four floors.  Our team quickly deployed our key project coordinators and water technicians to moisture map, photograph the entire loss for the insurance companies and owners, document the smoke/soot, set the proper mitigation equipment to control odor and begin to speed up the evaporation process. 

Our ownership is the first SERVPRO to utilize Matterport digital photography. This camera system provides a virtual tour of the affected areas to help all interested parties. Our team has performed work for the Ojai Valley Inn located in Ojai, California, the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake, California, the Disney Holiday Inn in Anaheim.  Rosewood Miramar in Santa Barbara was also cleaned by our team. Our team is the preferred vendor for Caruso Properties.

Got Mold? We Are The Experts In Mold Remediation!

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Man in neon green pressure washing off mold from the wall Garage platform and car lift assembly located in Calabasas, California, where our team performed detailed cleaning and disinfecting.

Garage platform and car lift assembly located in Calabasas, California, where our team performed detailed cleaning and disinfecting. Our team utilized botanical disinfectants and photo-documented before during and after for complete transparency.  Upon removal cleared all subterranean drains. Our team utilized a high-pressure steam pressure washing system.

The homeowner was referred to our office by a very prestigious and well-known luxury home builder.  We also have pressure washers that will recover the water if contaminated and/or the city requires water drainage to be in a sanitary drain. We are very cognizant of the drought that plagues California and used only the necessary amount of water when pressure-washing both residential and sophisticated commercial or industrial building structures. 

Sometimes we pressure wash inside of commercial/industrial concrete tilt-up buildings. We have performed this type of work in the city of Vernon and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We are a preferred vendor for the California Department of Motor Vehicles and perform their exterior cleanup.

What Should I Do When My Water Heater Leaks?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

There are a few reasons a water heater would leak. Here are five things to look for when finding the source of a leak:

  1. Leak at The Water Supply Lines.

It’s always important to check above the water heater first because you want to check the plumbing pipes.  A drip from the top can easily leak down making it look like it’s coming from inside the tank.

  1. Leak at The Water Heater Nipples.

These are located at the top of the water heater.  The water heater nipples connect the water heater to the cold water inlet pipe and the hot water exit pipe.  This is another common area to find a leakage.

  1. Leak at The Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve.

It is more serious when there is a leak coming from the T&P valve because it can be a few causes in itself to figure out.  For example, the leaking t & p may point out the overall water pressure in your home is too high, and that the pressure regulator is not working properly.

  1. Leak at The Drain Line.

This is located a the bottom of the water heater and it is common for the drain valve to fail to close completely after draining or flushing.

  1. Leak in The Tank.

If you’re unable to find the leak from any of the four above, it is likely the tank inside the water heater has gone bad and will need to be replaced. 

A leak will not fix itself. If you do not feel comfortable fixing it yourself, the best thing to do is to not wait for it to get worse. Call SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills here in Southern California to find and fix the source of your leak, so you can avoid dangerous damages and expensive repairs.

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