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Storm Event: Woolsey Fire

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Storm Event: Woolsey Fire SERVPRO of Mar Vista fire clean up (310) 822-7800.

SERVPRO of Mar Vista is honored to announce that we have joined the SERVPRO storm team, which will allow us to help you with your fire clean up. There has been 57,000 structures affected from this tragic catastrophe. We will be walking each and everyone one of you, step by step through the process of restoring your home. If you have noticed that your home has soot and/or odor, we will be able to perform a deep cleaning of the interior and exterior of your home as well as any contents. SERVPRO of Mar Vista has the knowledge, experience and equipment to help restore your home. We work closely with your insurance and take care of any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800 and we will be happy to help you 24/7. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected from the Woolsey Fire.

No Job is Too Big or Too Small

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial No Job is Too Big or Too Small Commercial Building Water Damage. Call now at (310) 822-7800.

When owning a commercial property, you want to be able to maintain a professional look. With any source of damage, it can ruin the appearance that appeals to your associates and customers. With the water needing to be mitigated, and the amount of time it usually takes to fully restore the property, it can cause a loss to the business and start to effect revenue if it isn’t handled properly. There had been a recent water loss at a commercial building caused by a failing sprinkler system. The caller had been slightly unsettled with the situation and was not sure on how to handle it. Here at SERVPRO of Mar Vista, we make sure to take great care of our customers. We assured them that we were here to help and take the matter into our own hands. Being a commercial building, many of the tenants were worried about cancelling appointments and losing clients. With that in mind, our experienced technicians mitigated all the water off the property without disrupting day to day business. No job is too big or too small. With any emergency situation, SERVPRO of Mar Vista will be ready 24/7, 365. Our friendly team will be here, ready to assist you when needed. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800.

Pack Out Services

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pack Out Services SERVPRO of Mar Vista Pack Out Services. Call now at (310) 822-7800.

Dealing with a home disaster can be quite devastating. It becomes more overwhelming when you lose your personal belongings due to the damages of a fire or water loss. In an event of a water or fire loss, contents may be affected. With this, our content specialists will professionally inspect all contents that might have been affected. At times, some of the items may be identified to be “non-salvageable” or “total loss” which means that those items cannot be cleaned or restored. For proper water mitigation, mold remediation or fire restoration, these unaffected belongings need to be moved out of the home. SERVPRO of Mar Vista wants to insure that your home and personal belongings are in good hands. We don’t only offer restoration services, we also help with any pack-outs that are needed in such events. Our trained pack-out technicians will take appropriate measures to minimize loss or damage of contents by carefully inventorying, packing, transporting, cleaning, storing, and delivering your belongings. With any emergency situation, SERVPRO of Mar Vista will be ready 24/7, 365. Our friendly team will be here, ready to assist you when needed. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800.

Vacation Time

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Vacation Time SERVPRO of Mar Vista Mold Remediation. Call now at (310) 822-780

Getting ready for a vacation is exciting but can be very stressful at times. Being focused on packing and trying to be on time to the airport can cause you to forget your toothbrush, your phone or more importantly, turning off the sink or unplugging the hot iron. SERVPRO of Mar Vista has encountered many damages within the last few months that occurred while the tenant or homeowner was out of town on vacation.  To enjoy a stress-free, fun vacation we advise that you take few precautions before leaving your home.

  • Check pipes, hoses, faucets, water heaters and bathrooms for any type of leak.
  • Clear excess debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent water build up.
  • To avoid electrical fires or power surges, unplug all unnecessary appliances.
  • Check all the smoke detectors in your home to ensure that they are properly working.

Asking a friend or a family member to house sit while on vacation, is always a great option. You would have a faster response to any unfortunate event that could have possibly happened. Here at SERVPRO of Mar Vista, we want you to be able to enjoy your vacation and be able to come back to your home as you left it. Remember, with any emergency situation, SERVPRO of Mar Vista will be ready 24/7, 365. Our friendly team will be here, ready to assist you when needed. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800.

Fire Facts

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Facts SERVPRO of Mar Vista fire clean up. Call today at (310) 822-7800

The National Fire Association has collected the data from the years 2011-2015 in order to make the following conclusions.

- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47% of home fires that resulted in 20% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.

- Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

- Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 18% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.

- Ranges or cooktops account for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.

- Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and half (43%) of the associated deaths.

- Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.

- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

How a Storm Forms

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How a Storm Forms SERVPRO of Mar Vista Inspection. Call now at (310) 822-7800.

Although a rainstorm is not always fun, learning about them sure is. So how does a storm form? The following is a summary made by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research on how a storm is formed. "The action of warm air rising and cold air sinking (convection) plays a key role in the formation of severe thunderstorms. If the warm surface air is forced to rise, it will continue to rise, because it is less dense than the surrounding air. In addition, it will transfer heat from the land surface to upper levels of the atmosphere through the process of convection. Two of the most important ingredients for thunderstorm formation is instability (unstable air) and moisture". Make sure your home is prepared for a storm and if needed, treat your home after one. Cleaning up after a storm can be a tedious task. If not done properly, your home can have secondary damages that could have been prevented. Make sure to consult your questions and concerns with a professional and have your home inspected. 

Keep Our Oceans Clean

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keep Our Oceans Clean SERVPRO of Mar Vista. Call now at (310) 822-7800

Do your part and keep our earth clean. It is important for everyone to clean our environment. Even if you do not litter in a storm drain or drainage ditch your trash can eventually end up in the ocean after a storm.

Here are a few good tips to keep our oceans clean: 

1. Only throw your trash away in a trash bin. (Remember to recycle!) 

2. Secure your trash bins before a storm. If possible, put your bins into a covered area. 

3. Properly dispose of any trash that you may find on the streets. 

4. Get involved in a ocean cleaning organization. Get your family and friends involved and plan and get involved with an organization that sounds appealing to you.  

Change does not come easy. However, little by little we can decrease the amount of marine pollution and start cleaning the 5.25 trillion pieces and counting. 

What You Should Pack in a Emergency Kit

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Should Pack in a Emergency Kit SERVPRO of Mar Vista Commercial Clean Up . Call now at (310) 822-7800

Natural disasters are unexpected and destructive. It is important to plan for the next natural disaster accordingly. You never know when a disaster can strike which is why it is important to prepare a kit for your home, work, and vehicle. According to Ready.gov you should have the following in your emergency kit:  

- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

Flashlight

- First aid kit

-Extra batteries

-Whistle to signal for help

-Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

-Manual can opener for food

-Local maps

-Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Keep Your Water Heater up to Date

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keep Your Water Heater up to Date SERVPRO of Mar Vista Water Loss. Call now at (310) 822-7800

It is surprising how many water intrusions come from a water heater. Performing maintenance on your water heater once a year can save your home of flooding and extending the life of your water heater. Although the water heater is working all year long, we rarely perform maintenance on it. Here are a few tricks to maintain your water heater: 

Step 1: Close valves 

Step 2: test pressure release valve 

Step 3: Drain Tank 

Step 4: Get the anode rod replaced 

Step 5: Open Valve 

Here are a few signs that you water heater might is about to fail. 

- A water heater that is more than 10 years can be due for replacement.

- If you see rusty water that can be a clear indication that your water heater might leak soon.

- Rumbling and noises can mean that there is sediment build up at the bottom of the tank that can eventually harden that can cause the tank from not working properly.

Although it may sound like a chore to maintain your water heater, it can end up saving you a lot of money. 

Business Fire Tips

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Fire Tips SERVPRO of Mar Vista fire clean up. Call today at (310) 822-7800

As a business owner is is very important to make sure your building and your staff are both prepared for a fire. According to ConFire they have suggested the following for a fire preparation. 

How to prepare your building for a fire: 

  • Escape route diagrams: Highlight primary and secondary exits, accessible routes for those with disabilities, and exterior assembly areas. Also, label manual fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, standpipe stations, and fire alarm controls inside the building as well as fire lanes and fire hydrants on the exterior.
  • Evacuation policies and procedures: The plan should outline evacuation routes, crowd control techniques, procedures for assisting people with disabilities, and preferred methods for reporting fires to the fire department.
  • Responsibilities of specific staff members: Decide whether to instruct employees to use fire extinguishers or evacuate immediately. Specify rescue and medical duties if any workers are designated to perform them. Assign a specified person to stay behind and conduct or shut down critical plant operations, if applicable.

How Can I Train My Employees to Prevent a Fire?


While preparedness is essential in a fire emergency, the proper preventative training may keep a fire from igniting in the first place. Teach your team to do the following:

Keep up with maintenance, such as cleaning a commercial kitchen’s exhaust hoods based on the required schedule to reduce flammable grease buildup.
Store flammable items such as paper products, linens, and boxes away from heat sources and cooking surfaces.
Ensure ample ventilation when using cleaning products and other chemicals in areas with heat sources.
Dispose of cardboard boxes and wood pallets daily so they don’t pile up.
Smoke outdoors and dispose of cigarette butts properly.
Keep hallways and emergency exits clear in case an evacuation must occur.

While preparedness is essential in a fire emergency, the proper preventative training may keep a fire from igniting in the first place. Teach your team to do the following:

  • Keep up with maintenance, such as cleaning a commercial kitchen’s exhaust hoods based on the required schedule to reduce flammable grease buildup.
  • Store flammable items such as paper products, linens, and boxes away from heat sources and cooking surfaces.
  • Ensure ample ventilation when using cleaning products and other chemicals in areas with heat sources.
  • Dispose of cardboard boxes and wood pallets daily so they don’t pile up.
  • Smoke outdoors and dispose of cigarette butts properly.
  • Keep hallways and emergency exits clear in case an evacuation must occur.