Recent Storm Damage Posts

Essential 4 Steps Towards Storm Damage Restoration

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Warehouse showing stored equipment Warehouse showing stored equipment.

  1. Guarantee your safety. If your dwelling experiences storm damage you may be forced to pack up and leave your home.
  1. Reach out to insurance. Confirm the extent of your coverage so that you get the most help already guaranteed to you. Documentation is the most pivotal part of this process and will help you receive the coverage afforded you.
  1. Secure your property. Hire a professional remediation company like SERVPRO to perform the inspection of your property post loss to confirm it is safe to remain. An experienced remediation company knows how to inspect your property and our best-in-class service will assist in returning your home to its preloss condition.
  1. Hire a local SERVPRO to perform storm damage remediation services. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Hills offers full services including inspections, cleaning, mitigation, and remediation.

We Are Number One

9/19/2021 (Permalink)

sign that says we are faster to any size disaster with servpro logo You can rely on us to be the best restoration company you ever deal with.

When you simply google "fire damage restoration", "water damage", "commercial restoration" lots of information pops up and it seems overwhelming, especially if you have never been placed in a situation like this before.

It can be an absolute nightmare if you don't deal with professionals and you should always do your due diligence check first. With SERVPRO, you'll never have to worry about what other restoration companies are doing, as a franchise, we are held to an industry-standard that holds true for the entire company and we pride ourselves in being #1 not only in the nation but in the Los Angeles County.

All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have continuous training. Our office staff is available to you 24/7 and we are known to get you back into your property as timely as possible.

If you ever suffer fire damage you should always call SERVPRO. 

Wildfire Season Preparedness Tips

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency preparedness Emergency preparedness.

Should a wildfire start in your area you will need to be able to move quickly and efficiently. You may have to leave your home to stay safe. Have different escape routes planned out from your home or community. Make sure to understand the procedure your community follows when making your emergency preparedness plan.

  1. Emergency Supplies
    1. Go kit: (3) days of supplies
    2. Stay at home kit: (2) weeks of supplies for home confinement/stay
    3. 1-month supply of medication in child proof container
    4. Keep personal, financial, and medical records in safe, fireproof container.
  2. Communication Plan
    1. Sign up for local government emergency alerts
    2. Obtain back up battery/ies for any mobile devices
    3. Obtain a battery-powered radio
    4. Monitor weather conditions near you
  3. Emergency Skills
    1. First-aid training
    2. CPR training
    3. Be ready for no power. Plan for your needs, including cell phones and medical equipment.
  4. Download American Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist: https://bit.ly/Wildfire-Safety-American-Red-Cross

Link to current California Wildfire incidents: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/.

4 Steps Towards Preventing a Complete Business Shutdown

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Side by side SERVPRO vans Side by side SERVPRO vans.

Storm damage can be serious, but it does not mean the end of the world. By creating a plan and partnering with the support and help you will need, there is no reason why you should have to shut the doors to your business. When the damage to your building is serious enough to need repairs, but not catastrophic, you may be concerned about running your business while the emergency mitigation services are being performed. SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Park works with countless various industries and are experts in commercial remediation. Our various customers’ industries include those such as: residential, hospitality, medical, manufacturing, law, and government.  

We keep a clear line of communication open with our customers. Our highly trained claims managers work in tandem with our schedulers daily to confirm and memorialize the scope of work being performed daily. By understanding to our customers’ needs our team is able to devise the proper mitigation plan to minimize business interruption. Over 60% of small businesses don’t have a plan in place, and more than one in four businesses undergo a critical or significant loss every year.

Preventative Steps:

  1. Create a plan.
  2. Understand your coverage.
  3. Get prepared.
  4. Make SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Park your remediation partner.

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. 

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).

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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. 

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.

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.