Recent Storm Damage Posts
Returning Home: How to Remove the Smoky Smell from your Property
Deodorizing and sanitizing a home or business after a fire is not an easy task, and you should not have to be forced to do it yourself.
If you’ve ever been around a campfire or experienced an indoor fire, you’ll know exactly what that lingering smoky smell is like after the fire’s been put out. When you suffer from a home or business fire, it’s important to minimize as much of the remaining odor as possible before SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills arrives. These tips will be helpful in maintaining the healthiest living conditions as possible after a fire occurs.
Tip 1: If safe, open any windows to increase airflow and circulation. Additionally, keep doors open to allow air to flow through and out of the structure.
Tip 2: Replace air filters. Toxic smoke particles and soot can become trapped in air filters, which results in unhealthy air being released after a fire. Replace the filters to avoid the spread of the odor.
Tip 3: Deep clean the affected areas. Kitchen counters, curtains, windows and carpets are commons places for smoke particles to stick after a fire. Target these areas to remove the remaining odor from smoke damage.
SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills is the expert fire restoration team for you! Deodorizing and sanitizing a home or business after a fire is not an easy task, and you should not have to be forced to do it yourself. Here at SERVPRO®, we have a team of experienced professionals with advanced odor removal products and equipment that will take care of your fire-related needs. Let our team make your home or business look like the fire “Never even happened.” Call SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills at (310) 558-9422, we are 24/7/365.
Flooded Property? Act Fast!
The sooner you begin the recovery process to stop the flood, the more likely you will be to save damaged items and foundation.
When you experience a flood in your home or business, it is important to act fast and not delay. Water damage quickly builds up and will become more devastating as time goes on. The sooner you react and clear the contents from the flooded area, the more likely they are to be restored to previous conditions. Your items and possessions are important to you, and that’s why SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills is here to help!
The sooner you begin the recovery process to stop the flood, the more likely you will be to save damaged items and foundation.
To prevent further damage and the potential for widespread mold build-up, call SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills within the first 48 hours that you notice flooding. After giving us a call, take these steps to prevent a greater problem:
- Turn off the electricity. It can be extremely dangerous if your property is flooded and there are items with electrical current nearby. Do not touch flood waters or any surrounding electronics until you’ve turned off the power first.
- Contact your insurance company. Each insurance policy may differ, but homeowner’s insurance typically covers damages due to water leaks and plumbing malfunctions.
- Remove water as fast as possible. By now, SERVPRO® will be on their way to begin the water extraction and restoration process. Until then, and if safe, you can try removing water with a shop-vac, “floor sucker” or bucket.
Once SERVPRO® has arrived, our experienced team will take over and determine the next steps to ensure your home or business is dry and safe. Don’t hesitate, call SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills as soon as you notice flooding or additional signs of water damage. Our number is (310) 558-9422, we are 24/7/365.
Catching Water Damage Before It's Too Late
To avoid severe damage after weeks or even months of water buildup, the key is to act fast in getting expert help.
Often, water will create problems in a building without being noticed in the slightest. Water damage can accumulate fast, the longer a leak goes on the higher the affected cost will be. To avoid severe damage after weeks or even months of water buildup, the key is to act fast in getting expert help. Water can ruin flooring, furniture and walls, but it can also cause more severe damage to structural components within the property.
There are many causes of water damage:
- Leaky roof: An old or damaged roof may suffer from rainfall leakage, leading to the accumulation of damage over time.
- Broken pipe or gutter: Broken plumbing can cause leaks or gushes of water when not handled properly. You may notice a broken pipe due to backups in the toilet or sink, but bursts are not always apparent.
- Condensation: Over time, air conditioning units can leak if not properly maintained. When this happens, small water droplets penetrate the foundation of buildings, leading to mold.
By responding quickly to water leaks, you increase the chances of preventing further damage. Water damage can become significantly worse in a matter of hours, but taking the proper steps will put you in the right place to stop the problem. Call SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills at (310) 558-9422, we are 24/7/365.
Steps to Take After Smoke Damage from a Wildfire
Even if it's not visible, smoke damage still remains following wildfires.
Wildfires are all too common in Southern California, and smoke and ash damage cause devastating damage to a home if not addressed properly. Contact SERVPRO of Culver City / Baldwin Hills, as well as your insurance company, and provide information about the damage that has occurred. Most of our work starts off by first contacting your insurance with you or on your behalf and scheduling an inspection of the property. We will go through the difficult process of returning your business or home to its preloss condition. Since smoke damage can be invisible to the naked eye, it is important for qualified experts like SERVPRO of Culver City / Baldwin Hills to conduct the inspection.
While the inspection takes place it will benefit you to do the following:
- Take note of any damage you observe. Make sure to photograph any noticeable damage due to smoke and ash. The more you can document from the damage, the more it will assist you for insurance claims purposes.
- Move children, pets and anybody else away from the home and to a smoke-free area. Stay away from the residence until restoration is complete.
Smoke released in the air contains an array of toxins, and these toxins may persist if not treated correctly. Let us work with your insurance company to help with your home’s wildfire recovery. Call SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills at (310) 558-9422, we are 24/7/365.
Water Mitigation or Restoration?
Water damage restoration is the process of restoring your property to its preloss condition.
Restoration and mitigation are the two most important process to be carried out as soon as possible. There are some who would argue that water damage restoration and water mitigation are the same, however, this is not always true.
Water mitigation refers to any and all services involved in reducing and/or preventing additional damages resulted from leaking pipes or flooding. This can include moisture mitigation between walls after a storm event.
Water damage restoration is the process of restoring your property to its preloss condition, even after being damaged by leaks, sewage, floods, and storms. Water damage can affect your property from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Request assistance from the water damage experts at SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills to help prevent further property damage from developing.
SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills tackles the tough issues from start to finish. We have experienced franchise professionals and the infrastructure to handle any sized loss 24/7/365. We are fully insured and bonded, so you can rest assured that your property is in good hands. Call us today – (310) 558-9422 – for more information on how we can help with all your water damage needs.
3 Facts About Water Damage
Additional inspections are performed after the water extraction process to confirm the extent damage has occurred.
Dealing with water damage is a nightmare. Uneasy questions about what to do, what insurance will cover, and what to save first will begin to pile up. When a pipe bursts or fire suppression system fails, life is put on hold until everything is dried and secured. That is not always the easiest of tasks.
Here are a few facts about the water restoration process to help educate you, and help in securing your property should a water damage disaster occur.
1. Water Type
Generally, water damage invades a property in (3) types: sewage, rainwater, and freshwater. Depending on the water type invading your property, it may need the expertise of a professional remediation company like SERVPRO®. It is critical when dealing with water damage to understand the source of the issue so as to safely remediate current damage and limit any potential future damage. If sewage water damage is suspected, a professional and experienced water damage restoration company will have the appropriate tools to return your property to it’s preloss condition safely and effectively.
2. Water Damage Continues After Extraction
It may be tempting to breathe a sigh of relief once water has been extracted from your property, however, be wary and know that moisture likes to hide. Additional inspections are performed after the water extraction process to confirm the extent damage has occurred. This helps to remove the potential for mold growth. Mold can cause damage to the structural components of a home, leading to serious consequences. Make sure a mold prevention expert inspects your property post clearance to ensure no mold growth has transpired.
3. Attic Spaces Are Cause for Concern
Most common water damage sources include roof leakage and gutters malfunctioning, meaning your attic is at a higher risk for water damage. Have your attic space inspected regularly by water damage professionals to make sure any small leak doesn’t turn into a serious problem.
If your home is flooded, or suspect of water damage, call SERVPRO® of Culver City / Baldwin Hills (310) 558-9422. All forms of water damage require immediate attention to minimize further losses. We will help you stay safe and protect your assets.
Recovery After a Storm
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Storm damage wreaks destruction on buildings as well as surrounding area. Wind damage can loosen the shingles or tiles on a roof which can allow moisture such as rain or snow to infiltrate the roof itself. This can allow said moisture to enter the protective surface of the roof, which will result in swelling wood with later disintegration, and sometimes becoming mold ridden. This outcome leads to a sagging ceiling and further problems. The elements such as wind, rain, lightning, or hail can result in catastrophic losses, turning lives upside down.
This is what you can expect from SERVPRO of Culver City / Baldwin Hills storm restoration service professionals.
- Regardless of whether it is a business or residence, our company will come to your property with trained experts and perform a thorough inspection of your loss. This helps us to understand and discover the full extent of damage.
- Once the scope of work is confirmed and agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment SERVPRO of Culver City / Baldwin Hills will use.
- Generators may be brought in to operate the dehumidifiers and air movers to combat potential mold and mildew to not have a change to make matters worse.
It is important to reach out immediately to reduce the extent that damage may occur. Once contacted and scheduled we will work tirelessly to rescue your building from greater structural issues.
Essential 4 Steps Towards Storm Damage Restoration
Warehouse showing stored equipment.
- Guarantee your safety. If your dwelling experiences storm damage you may be forced to pack up and leave your home.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.
- Emergency Supplies
- Go kit: (3) days of supplies
- Stay at home kit: (2) weeks of supplies for home confinement/stay
- 1-month supply of medication in child proof container
- Keep personal, financial, and medical records in safe, fireproof container.
- Communication Plan
- Sign up for local government emergency alerts
- Obtain back up battery/ies for any mobile devices
- Obtain a battery-powered radio
- Monitor weather conditions near you
- Emergency Skills
- First-aid training
- CPR training
- Be ready for no power. Plan for your needs, including cell phones and medical equipment.
- 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
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.
- Create a plan.
- Understand your coverage.
- Get prepared.
- Make SERVPRO of Culver City/Baldwin Park your remediation partner.
Lightning Strike Warnings
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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.
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
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.