Mold in Winter
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When temperatures start to drop, homeowners tend to stop worrying about mold and direct their attention toward household issues that are more commonly associated with cold weather. However, mold can develop in winter as well. While mold thrives in warm, humid environments, the primary contributor to mold growth is moisture, which can get out of hand at any time of year.
Excessive indoor moisture can be caused by a number of issues; water damage, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs, high indoor humidity, and condensation are potential concerns.
Condensation on and around windows, in particular, is normal and may seem harmless, but it is one of the biggest moisture culprits when it’s cold outside but warm inside—as is typically the case during winter.
Window condensation occurs when moisture in the warm air inside your home liquefies upon contact with glass or other surfaces that are drastically cooler due to freezing outdoor temperatures. High humidity contributes to this process because there is excess moisture in the air.
While minor condensation doesn’t usually lead to problems, it is important to dry window surfaces regularly to keep condensation from accumulating and being absorbed by the wood and drywall around the windows. Mold feeds on such organic materials and can develop in as little as 24 hours. Mold Prevent specializes in attic mold remediation. If you are in need of mold removal services, SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood can help!
Fire Clean Up & Restoration
The aftermath of a major fire in a N.Hollywood home. SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood was called out to complete the fire clean up & restoration
Quality Service You Can Trust. Fire can strike at any time. From small house fires to warehouse infernos, the effects can be devastating. Damage caused by smoke and soot accumulation can render any building uninhabitable. Our SERVPRO 24 hour emergency crew can help you recover from the extensive damage that fires can cause and get any building back up to your standards. We use an approach that doesn’t just take into account the safety and usability of a building. We move to stop ongoing damage and restore the property to pre-fire conditions.
If the building has taken heavy fire damage, then the process of restoring it might be more extensive. Often, in cases of severe damage, some level of demolition is necessary. SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood will keep the demolition as safe and as contained to the affected area as possible. After that, we will move ahead with the repair and reconstruction process.
During our work onsite, including the clean-up and pack-out, we will be conducting assessments across the entire home, office or industrial building. This helps us develop an understanding of where simple smoke and soot damage cleanup is appropriate, or where we need to begin a more serious reconstruction strategy. Damage assessments and estimates are provided alongside photographs so you understand what work is necessary. If the roof has suffered damage, this might also include a temporary roof repair so that the interior is kept covered and insulated from any environmental damage. From there, we can begin rebuilding the structure and restoring it.
Fire damage can lead to further water damage due to burst pipes and potential mold damage as a consequence. If any further damage is discovered, you will be informed and be given the option to restore these, as well. SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood is always, “Ready for Whatever Happens”.
Water Damage & Restoration
SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood extracting water in a commercial building in Hollywood, CA.
Water damage is a common occurrence for homeowners and business owners alike. SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood is available around the clock to respond to any water damage emergency. We will work to ensure that the area is dried completely and the threat of mold and pathogen growth is eliminated. SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood uses proper procedures, techniques, products and equipment to help restore the property to its pre-Ioss condition as safely and as rapidly as possible.
In addition to removing the water, SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood will go on with the contents pack out/pack back. Any items that can be moved out of immediate danger will be moved first. After that, belongings will be listed in an inventory and removed entirely from the home. If there are any items you would not like removed but returned to you immediately, simply let our team know. From there, a process of damage inspection and drying will begin. You will receive photos to go with your inventory so you know the condition of any items removed from the building.
SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood has access to an expert team of water damage restoration experts with industrial-level equipment that dries, sanitizes, and restores the building to the condition it was in prior to the emergency. Your building and possessions will be back in the state you want them. Most importantly, you’ll be kept updated every step of the way. Every item removed, every piece of damage recorded, every estimate and every course of action will be presented to you giving you the information you need to make the right choice.
You Need the Best Results When Your Business Experiences Commercial Water Damage
Water Damage to your business? Call SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood at (323) 545-6115 any time, day or night, 365 days a year
We know that your main concern is getting your business operations back to normal as soon as possible after any catastrophe, but commercial water damage is much more complex than most problems experienced by businesses today. Categories of water can quickly change from non-hazardous to very dangerous quickly. Water can spread in almost any direction, including up if conditions are right, and remaining flood waters can instantaneously ruin some certain products with even minute amounts.
Commercial water damage presents unique challenges because of the environment involved. From warehouses storing agricultural products to leather processing plants, inventory protection, and worker safety is both important to any business. Different types of water can cause damage, and even the cleanest water, category 1, can turn into the worst, category 3 when contaminants are present. These can happen when clean water is mixed or combined with another source of category 3 water, even if it is not causing any damage by itself (such as sewer water) or when bags of previously dry substances such as fertilizers or pesticides become saturated, and their contents leach into the water.
The damage to your inventory can also rapidly multiply. When products at the bottom of a stack can be a conduit for water by wicking it upwards toward other product that has not been damaged, it’s common sense to get those products on top removed to a safer location. We have team members who can provide this service while our technicians work in other areas, protecting your business from increased inventory loss.
Stacked bags of concrete and other dry products that are designed to be mixed with water, oil, or other liquid just prior to use may seem to be in saleable condition until they are examined on their undersides where water has accumulated. These ruined items need to be removed and accounted for on inventory loss sheets. For insurance purposes, all products need to be re-inventoried and noted as to their condition before the conclusion of our restoration work.
After you've made the initial call to us, we can begin the restoration process. Returning your business to normal operations is important, and we understand the complexities involved in keeping your employees safe while protecting your business's bottom line.
See How SERVPRO Can Help with Commercial Fire Damage
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us at (323) 545-6115
Commercial fire damage can cause tremendous problems for your business. Though it may start relatively small, all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences, and if you are not careful, you may end up causing significant damage to your property. Fortunately, however, you can contact reliable experts to help you get your damage under control. Being aware of the repair process can help you understand what to tell the experts when it's time to take care of the damage.
Before the professionals can begin looking into any repair procedures; they will arrive at your property and take a look at the area to determine what the damage is like. This inspection is usually thorough, but the experts may need to take their time in particularly extensive instances of wear and tear. After the inspection, the specialists begin drawing up their plans. You can ask them about the necessary procedures, and they will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the repair process.
After agreeing upon the procedures and schedules, the experts will prepare their equipment and come to your property at a later time. When they arrive, they will close off the area and make all the necessary preparations to begin the cleaning. The initial cleaning is relatively quick and paves the way for future procedures. Professionals will take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged equipment. It is strongly recommended for homeowners to clean up the area ahead of time to speed up the process for the professionals.
Often, the most difficult part of any cleanup procedure is taking care of the scent in the area. Burnt odors may linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a microscopic level. No matter the extent of the damage, experts will take care of the scent by utilizing advanced cleaning technology. They permanently remove the presence of all odors in the area, making sure that there is no moisture damage around the sections of the property that did not sustain direct fire damage.
Final Restoration Steps
Once the odors are taken care of and the surrounding area appears clean, the professional’s then move on to the last step in addressing commercial fire damage. They survey the area and make sure that they did not miss any details. If there is serious structural damage to the property, the professionals may make the necessary repairs themselves or provide you with the contact information of experts who can help. The specialists take their time to address all details because lingering smoke and fire damage may result in future problems.
SERVPRO in Hancock Park/Hollywood is a locally owned business, and our experts always strive to provide our customers with efficient work and quality service. No matter the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered, we are ready to work with you and do our best to restore your area back to its desired state.
Let the Professionals at SERVPRO Get Rid of the Mold in your Home or Business
Call us for all of your Mold Remediation needs 24/7 at (323) 545-6115
The prospect of having mold remediation specialists enter your home and set up decontamination areas is the stuff of science fiction movies for the most part. If you have never experienced extensive mold damage before, it will be an entirely new process. And yes, it can look a little strange at first.
The reality, however, is that containment booths and decontamination areas are a lot less dramatic than they seem. They are very common, and they really are not designed to protect homeowners at all. The primary purpose of mold containment is to protect the property. Mold damage in homes can spread very quickly if left unchecked.
This guide to the containment procedures used by SERVPRO will tell you a little more about what to expect.
What Does Containment Look Like?
The level of containment will depend entirely on the extent of the problem. Usually, however, we only set up small areas and cause minimal disruption to daily routines. If the mold damage is spreading across a bedroom wall, for example, the SERVPRO team may need to establish a containment perimeter around the room.
While this does mean that you will not be able to enter, there is no danger to worry about. Containment prevents mold spores from being carried out of the space and into other areas of the home. The technicians will wear special PPE suits and footwear, which are treated to neutralize spores every time that they exit the perimeter.
There will be clear polyethylene sheets set up around the affected area. They may be hung over doorways, across carpets, and along ceilings in some cases. If items or materials are removed from the containment space, they will be wrapped in this plastic first. Once again, it can look a little strange, but the SERVPRO team will discuss any concerns that you might have.
What Happens Inside the Containment Area?
The processes carried out inside the containment area are no different to those that are used on any other mold remediation job. The use of polyethylene sheets simply helps to maintain certain drying conditions. The technicians will set up dehumidifiers, negative air movers, and possibly ozone generators to deal with the source of the damp.
It may be necessary to keep some of the machines (such as fans) running constantly over a period of days. You will be informed of this, and the experts will be on site regularly to check progress.
Don’t let mold and mold damage take over your home. Get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood. We are experienced, highly skilled, and provide excellent customers service.
Facts on Toxic Mold
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Mold is just a fact of life. It can't completely be escaped, as there's always a little bit around in the air where we go. With that said, there are risks associated with mold, as you well know for things like food and wood. While these are troublesome, there's also a type of mold that contains something called mycotoxins that can actually cause some severe health problems for people such as memory loss or a pulmonary hemorrhage. Common sense is generally the best way to prevent mold from growing and to deal with any problems associated with existing mold, but let's take a closer look at some common mold questions to see what the proper course of action is.
It's very normal for a home or even a business to be inhabited by mold. It grows just about anywhere as long as there is moisture.
How Do Molds Get There?
Molds are a natural part of just about any indoor environment. They generally enter into the premises through windows, doors, or even ventilation systems. Spores that come from outside can easily attach to both people and animals, which makes excellent vehicles to get inside.
Understanding Stachybotrys Chartarum
Stachybotrys Chartarum is a dark green or even black colored mold that will generally grow on things such as gypsum or fiber board, paper, dust, or even lint due to its preference for materials with high cellulose and low nitrogen. It requires regular moisture such as from leaks or high humidity.
Do I Have to Leave My Home?
If you think you are sick because of mold present in your home, then you may consider vacating until the problem is resolved.
Am I at Risk?
Generally, people with allergies can be a bit more sensitive to mold, but anyone can be affected by it.
How to Check for Mold
Mold is oftentimes identified by simply being seen or smelled.
The Potential Risk to Health
Just because you've been exposed to mold, it does not mean that you may be at risk for health problems. There are some people that are more sensitive to standard mold and some mold that is much more harmful than other types, however.
If your home or business has been affected by a land slide, who do you call?
SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood will be there to make it “Like It never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood, of course. Our technicians are highly trained in damage restoration and can clean just about anything.
Many parts of a home or business may be damaged during a landslide. Whether it's a priceless family heirloom or important office paperwork, SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood has the specialized equipment and products to make it "Like it never even happened."
Our water damage restoration technicians are IICRC certified and readily available when emergency strikes. We also have a team of construction experts who can get your home or business up and running again.
SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood can do it all. There is no job too big or small and we make your needs our highest priority. Why deal with multiple contractors when you can work with one company that will handle everything?
If you are faced with damage to your home or business due to a landslide call SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood today.
Over the past couple years, flooding has been a major problem in and around the Hancock Park/Hollywood area. Storms can roll through bringing strong winds, thunder and lightning, and torrential rain. The large amount of rain is not absorbed by the ground quick enough, so the water runs off and accumulates in low-lying areas. Water will also run into creeks, rivers, and ponds causing them to swell, which means that the water levels to rise. Both bodies of water and low-lying areas can quickly accumulate water and the water can rise very fast.
If the forecast is calling for heavy rain, it is a good idea to stay up-to-date on the threat level. A flood or flash flood warning means that flooding is possible and you should be prepared to possibly carry out your emergency plan. A flood or flash flood watch means that flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If your home or business is prone to flooding, you will be told to evacuate the area.
When planning for an emergency, the first step is getting basic supplies together. Some of these items include water, canned food, first aid supplies, and batteries for radios and flashlights. These items should be kept together in a separate area from where they would usually be stored, and everyone in your home or office should know where it is located in the event that an emergency were to occur. It is also a good idea to keep important documents – birth certificates, medical records, insurance cards - in this box/area. If a flood warning is issued, fill your gas tank and move your emergency items into your car. If you do not own a car, make arrangements with family, friends, or neighbors for transportation. Gather family and pets, if possible. If your pets will not fit in a car with you, or if you own livestock and are unable take them, find a safe area to move them to. You should also adjust refrigerator thermostats to the coolest possible temperature in case the power goes out.
If you are told that you need to evacuate your home or business, you should leave as soon as possible; never ignore this order! It is advised to turn off your water, electricity, and gas and to unplug appliances, if you have time, to reduce the possibility of additional damage occurring to your home. Those of us who have grown up in the area, have heard the saying a thousand times – “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. Don’t ever attempt to walk or drive through flood waters. You cannot be sure of how deep the water actually is, nor can you properly gauge the strength of the moving water.
Flooding is common in our area and being prepared is essential to avoid making a bad situation worse. If your home or business experiences flood or water damage, call our team in green!
With spring showers on the way, experts say local homeowners should start looking into how to prevent water damage now
If you have any further questions/concerns or if you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood 323-545-6115
SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood has released these tips on how to protect homes from heavy rain and flooding:
- Inspect sump pumps – a sump pump removes water that accumulates underneath a home and is one of the best defenses against flooded basements and subsequent costly repairs. All too often, though, homeowners don’t find out their sump pump is not working properly until it’s too late and spring showers are already wreaking havoc on your home. It is recommended that you inspect your sump pump each spring to ensure it’s working properly.
- Clean gutters and downspouts – leaves and debris from spring storms can lead to clogged gutters and downspouts, and the number one cause of basement flooding is roofs not draining properly. Cleaning your gutters each spring is an inexpensive way to make sure your home is ready for the rain to come. Also, check that downspouts extend away from the home’s foundation by at least three feet, this will help effectively move rain water away from the home.
- Consider back-flow valves – sewer back-flow valves are small, inexpensive parts that are installed in sewer drainage lines to help regulate water flow. These small valves can save big headaches by preventing sewer water from entering a basement during heavy rain and go a long way to making your basement flood proof.
- Check for basement leaks – take a few minutes this weekend to inspect both the interior and exterior of your home’s foundation, walls, floors and windows for any cracks that may have developed during the winter months. Even a minor crack can lead to major water damage during a heavy spring shower. You can use a basic waterproof epoxy and a paintbrush or putty knife to patch any small cracks you find.
Safety Precautions Following Residential Water Loss
When disaster strikes in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Hancock Park/Hollywood!
When disaster strikes in your home, it is essential to be safe when dealing with damaged items in your household.
The effects of water damage in a residential home can both be controlled OR worsened depending on the actions taken. Here are a few tips on how to safely control the situation before help arrives:
- Remove any undamaged items away from the contaminated area
- Prop up any upholstery items to avoid further damage
- Place aluminum foil or blocks of wood under wood furniture to prevent damage to personal items
- Stay out of rooms that have sagging and wet walls
- Attempt to remove water using personal vacuum or hepa-vac
- Leave any paper items on wet surfaces such as books or magazines
- use any electrical outlets or appliances In the affected water area
- Leave standing water alone for an extended period of time as it could cause mold to grow