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Introducing You to Our Equipment

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment SERVPRO of Mar Vista Equipment. Call now at (310) 822-7800

Water Extractor: 
Our water extractor is used to extract standing water. The extractor helps us greatly with removing the water from solid surfaces which allows it to dry properly. This technique pulls out most of the water which can save the carpet from secondary damage and delamination.


Dehumidifier:
This dehumidifier pulls out the moisture from the air and the affected materials and allows them to dry out. Our dehumidifiers have successfully dried out countless amounts of affected materials and have saved the homeowners and insurance companies thousands of dollars.


Desiccant: 
Similar to a dehumidifier, the desiccant takes in the air that contains moisture, dries the air, and puts back the drier air into the affected area. A desiccant is great to use in hard-to-dry areas like crawlspaces.


Air Mover: 
The air movers are commonly used to circulate the moisture particles in the room for the dehumidifier to take in. The air movers also help the dehumidifiers dry out the affected materials.


Air Scrubber: 
The air scrubber pulls in the air and filters some mold spores, odor, debris, dust, and other airborne particles.


Floor Mat System: 
The floor mat system is used to dry out hardwood flooring. We have not only saved flooring from buckling but also saved floors that already showed signs of slight damage.

Prevent Water Damages to Your Home When Your on Vacation

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Standing water SERVPRO of Mar Vista Water Damage. Call now at (310) 822-7800

If you are going on vacation it can be a good practice to follow these steps to make sure that your home is safe while you are laying out in the sun. We have gotten many jobs from families returning home from vacation only to find their entire home to be damaged and filled with mold. The problem can be stopped with a few easy steps. 

Turn off the main water valve 

- Turning off your main water line is an easy step that can go a long way. When the main water valve is shut no water can go into your home and cause a water intrusion. 

Check the supply lines 

check all your supply lines and make sure that nothing is leaking. There is nothing worse than a water loss that could have been prevented with just a few minutes of inspecting your home. 

Put your friend to work

- If you are expecting to be gone for a long period of time have a friend stop by to check on your home. 

Crawlspace Mold

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in Crawlspace SERVPRO of Mar Vista Mold Remediation. Call now at (310) 822-7800.

One of the most common places for mold growth is down in the crawlspace. Crawlspaces are one of the least visible areas of your home, but that does not mean everything is fine. Just because it is out of sight does not mean it should be out of your mind. If you might have water damage inside of your home, the water typically seeps down into the crawlspace and can expose the subfloor, beams, and insulation to moisture. The heat and humidity of the crawlspace form a perfect environment for mold to grow. You can prevent mold growth in your crawlspace by calling us out and making sure that your crawlspace has been adequately mitigated of all moisture. If you already have mold, our crew is ready to remediate the mold for you in no time. You can save your home from a lot of secondary damage if it has been appropriately treated. Do not wait until it is too late and give us a call at (310) 822-7800.

What to Do During a Fire

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

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

Fires happen daily throughout the country and unfortunately, not a lot of people have plans or proper escape plans. Here is a proper safety plan during a fire.

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit. Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along with the ceiling.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, start moving to the nearest exit.
  • If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A second route might be a window onto a roof or a ladder for escape from upper-story windows.
  • If there is smoke blocking your door or the first way out, use your second way out.
  • Before opening a door feel the doorknob and door.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll, stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, use a blanket or towel and try to lower the flames. Use cool water to treat the burn for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth and get medical help right away by calling 911 or the fire department.

Different Water Damage Categories

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Water Drop SERVPRO of Mar Vista Water Damage. Call today at (310) 822-7800

  • Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, and sub-flooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances and vertically falling rainwater.
  • Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.
  • Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, and ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water enters a building as a result of wind storm damage.

Tarp Up

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tarp on Roof SERVPRO of Mar Vista Tarp Up. Call now at (310) 822-7800.

Do not wait until the storm passes to take care of your roof leak and the damage. Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of water damage comes from roof leaks during a rainstorm. SERVPRO of Mar Vista has trained technicians that can lay out a roof tarp and prevent the interior of your home from further damage. A roof tarp is the best way to control the situation until the roof has been fixed. The common damages from a roof leak are affected ceilings, walls, floors, and contents. Leaving the affected untreated properly can cause damage and mold growth to the materials. If you notice any staining, discoloration, moisture, mold, or damage after a rainstorm set up an appointment with us to come out and do an inspection. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800 and we would love to come out and assist you with any damages you may have. 

Steps of a Water Mitigation In a Commercial Building

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded building SERVPRO of Mar Vista Commercial Building. Call now at (310) 822-7800

1. Extract all the standing water from the flooring. Since the carpet pad acts like a sponge and absorbs all the water, the carpet pad will be removed. After removing the carpet pad we will extract the water from the carpet and let our dehumidifier dry the carpet and save it from any damage. If any other floor types are affected we will place the appropriate equipment to attempt to dry in place.  

2. Conduct moisture readings on all floors and rooms to make sure all areas that are affected are marked and get the appropriate treatment. 

3. Place proper equipment to attempt to dry in place the affected walls, ceilings, and flooring.

4. If the affected materials do not dry out, the demo would have to commence. It is important to treat all areas that are wet to make sure the mold does not form. 

5. Once the cavities are open, the equipment will dry out any material that is holding on to moisture i.e., wood framing. The materials will need to reach the drying standard before the build-back can commence. 

6. Build back on all open cavities. 

"Like it never even happened."

Maintaining Your Commercial Building

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Buildings SERVPRO of Mar Vista Emergency Ready Profile. Call now at (310) 822-7800.

- Have frequent inspections. Have HVAC, roof, grounds, and interior inspections regularly. Upgrade your building with the recommendations from the inspectors. Upkeeping your building may sound like a big investment. However, repairing damages that can have been prevented can cost much more. 

- If any damage occurs to the building, make sure to properly fix them before the damage increase. Trying to cut costs and save money might sound like a good idea on paper. However, if the damages are not properly fixed you can easily spend much more on secondary damages. 

- Make sure the building is ready for any disaster. Update the building regularly with ready-to-use emergency supplies that can save lives. 

- Call us today to set up your Emergency Ready Profile. This allows you to create a profile with SERVPRO of Mar Vista and in an event of mold, fire, or water damage disaster we immediately attend to the loss site and expedite the process. 

How to Prepare for a Storm

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Storm SERVPRO of Mar Vista board up. Call now at (310) 822-7800

Interior

- Stock up on food, water, first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, portable phone chargers, toiletries, food, and medication for your pets. It is best to over-prepare for a storm than run out of supplies. 

- Make a clear exit path in case of an emergency. 

- Organize all your important paperwork in a waterproof bag or safe. Make sure that you are prepared for any damages to your important belongings. 

Exterior 

Bring in your outdoor furniture and contents. Move your contents into a shed or your garage. 

- Make sure that the trees near your home are trimmed and maintained. Branches can snap during a storm and cause your home thousands of dollars in damage. 

- Have your roof inspected to make sure there is no damage. Even the smallest roof leak can cause your home a tremendous amount of damage. 

-  Have a professional board up your windows to prevent further damage and water to enter your house.

Ways to Protect Your Home Against Flooding

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

House flooded SERVPRO of Mar Vista water extraction. Call now at (310) 822-7800

Home flooding can happen anywhere and at any time. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) floods are the most common and most expensive natural disasters in the U.S and no state or territory is safe. Here are some ways to help prevent floods in your homes and businesses.

Fix leaks immediately.

  • When it’s time to replace the roof, spend a few hundred dollars to more to install a rubber roof underlayment, a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects the roof from water interference.
  • Safeguard in home electrical and climate systems. Raise switches, sockets, and circuit breakers and write at least a foot above the expected flood in your level in your area.
  • Raise outdoor equipment. All fuel tanks, air-conditioning units, and generators should be raised above flood level.
  • Close foundation cracks.
  • Clear gutters and drains.
  • Invest in a battery-powered sump pump.
  • Move expensive items to a safer location.
  • Prevent sewer backup.
  • Install French drains.

Mold Tips

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Mold SERVPRO of Mar Vista mold inspection. Call us today at (310) 822-7800.

Did you know that there are multiple, hundreds, and thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening to think about. What is more of a concern, would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant-like but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture, and water damage which was not assisted immediately. In many areas of your home where water vapor happens to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damage right away. You might be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. SERVPRO of Mar Vista is here for you 365 days 24/7. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us at (310) 822-7800. Our team will be here ready to help.

Summer Time

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Dog in front of a fan SERVPRO of Mar Vista water damage. Call now at (310) 822-7800

The rainstorms are gone and the sun is now shining! Summer is officially here! Although the rain has gone, do not let your worries about water damage go with it. With this heat rising upon us, the use of the air conditioner has increased. SERVPRO of Mar Vista is here to remind you to not forget to change your air conditioner’s filter. The air filter is important to the smooth and proper function of an AC. The air filter’s purpose is to collect any dust or debris from the air pulling from the outside. With the buildup on a filter or just not having a filter within your AC system, can cause the drainpipe to clog. With the drainpipe being clogged it can cause the condensate water pan to overflow instead of draining the water through the pipeline to the outside. A dirty filter will also cause ice to form around the unit’s evaporator coils. The ice will then melt, causing water to drip from the AC. Water damage, such as your ceiling caving in or even water puddles around your basement floor, will occur. At that point, even mold and mildew can grow within the unit due to the continual presence of water. So just a few tips, a single occupant with no pets should change their filter every 6 to 12 months. An average suburban home with no pets would be every 90 days. If you do have pets, you would want to make 60 days your mark. As for those with multiple pets and anyone with allergies, you would want to change your filter every 20 to 45 days. Remember, here at SERVPRO of Mar Vista our goal is to create a strong, healthy, and safe community. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you 24/7. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800.

Pack Out Services

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Box truck with contents SERVPRO of Cienega Pack Out Services. Call now at (323) 400-3400

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 Cienega wants to ensure 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 Cienega will be ready 24/7, 365.

Fire Facts

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Stove on fire with flames shooting out 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 a 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.

What You Should Pack in a Emergency Kit

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

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 an 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

Business Fire Tips

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Firemen putting out a fire SERVPRO of Mar Vista fire clean up. Call today at (310) 822-7800

As a business owner, it 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 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, 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, 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.

How a Storm Forms

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Palm trees in a rain storm 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 the upper levels of the atmosphere through the process of convection. Two of the most important ingredients for thunderstorm formation are 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. 

Mold DIY

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

Although DIY projects can be fun, cheap, and educational mold is not a good DIY project idea. Although there are tons of tips and tricks on how to "kill" mold, it may not always work. Wiping mold may look like it has been properly treated but the spore count can still be fairly high and can grow back. SERVPRO of Mar Vista suggests removing any pores material that has come in contact with mold. Your best option of getting rid of the mold on your drywall is to just cut out the area. There's nothing like a safer treatment for mold than just removing the source. If the mold extends over to the framing of your house, the area would need to get wiped down, dried out, and grind to make sure the layer of wood that had the spores attached to it is completely off. Mold can be very tricky and unpredictable. It is okay to ask a professional to come to take care of this DIY project. 

Our Mold Remediations Step by Step

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall SERVPRO of Mar Vista Mold Remediation. Call now at (310) 822-7800

Dealing with mold is not an easy task. Especially for a homeowner that has never dealt with mold before. If you have noticed water damage do not wait till it is too late. Water damage can lead to mold growth and if you leave your home untreated your insurance can decline your claim due to long-term mold.  

Step 1: It is important to first find the cause of the mold and fix any leaks that could have caused fungus to grow. 

Step 2: Set up containment in order to close the area that will be worked on from the rest of the space. 

Step 3: Demo out any drywall that has mold on it or is directly in front of the framing that has mold. 

Step 4: Wipe down the affected area with anti-microbial. Wiping the area down can collect a lot of the mold spores and get it prepared for the grinding. This also reduces the number of mold spores that become airborne during the grinding step. 

Step 5: Dry out the affected area. This is the most important step by far! If the affected area still contains moisture, mold can grow back. 

Step 6: Grind down the affected materials in order to best reduce the number of mold spores on the material. 

Step 7: HEPA vacuum any debris that had been caused during the mold remediation. Final wipe down of the affected materials and containment to ensure that the chamber is ready for a post-mold clearance test if requested by the homeowner. 

Keep Our Oceans Clean

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Seahorse holding a q-tip 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 an 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. 

Keep Your Landscape Lush

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Landscaping on the front yard SERVPRO of Mar Vista fire clean up. Call today at (310) 822-7800

Keeping your landscape maintained and lush can save your home from a fire. When your landscape has dried out and is deprived of water it is an easy target for it to catch on fire. A dried-out landscape can cause indescribable damage from just a small spark. Not only would your house look nicer with a lush landscape, but it can actually save you a lot in damages. With the water that is in the grass, it is much harder for healthy grass to catch on fire. If you are looking for a new hobby or project that can increase the worth of your home consider fixing up your landscape. Working with nature can in return be relaxing and fun for you and your family to work on together. Although it will take time and money to maintain a beautiful lush landscape, the benefits that you will get out of it are priceless.    

Keep Your Water Heater up to Date

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded living room. 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 your 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. 

New Year, New Tips!

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

With the ball drop being right around the corner, this is a great time to learn more tips and tricks to practice throughout the year to prevent damages to your home.  

House Fires

-Cook with caution and never leave any turned-on stoves unattended.

-Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen

-Clean out your dryer vent often and remove any lint after each load. This will also help your clothes dry faster!

-Hire an inspector. This will ensure that your house has a lower chance of catching on fire. You might save a lot of money and time by taking safety precautions. 

Bursting Frozen pipes

-Always keep the heat on even if you are on vacation. Leaving your thermostat around 50 degrees Fahrenheit can prevent your pipes from freezing.

 -Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach the pipes.

 -Allow your faucet to drip a little during cold days to release the pressure.

Mold

-Dry out a wet area properly. If the damaged area is too large or in areas that cannot be easily accessible, you can find a professional to mitigate the damaged area.

-Add a dehumidifier to your house to remove extra moisture.

-As soon as you have found mold, call a professional to remediate the mold.

SERVPRO of Mar Vista can assist you with any of these damages. It is best to call a professional as soon as possible, to prevent the damage from increasing.

Saving Earth One Step at a Time

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repeat.

SERVPRO of Mar Vista is continuing the celebration of making Earth Day every day, by providing more tips to save energy! Reducing the use of energy helps keep more resources on Earth longer! It’s always nice to save a few bucks when given the chance. Washing your clothes in cold water can cost 5 to 10 times less than using warmer settings on your washer. Also, remember to clean out the lint trap in your dryer after drying your clothes. As lint builds up, your dryer's motor will run longer per load. Not only does the lint build up waste more energy, but it can also build up and lead to a potential fire hazard. Here at SERVPRO of Mar Vista, our goal is to create a strong, healthy, and safe community. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you 24/7. Give us a call at (310) 822-7800!

Make Every Day Earth Day

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repeat.

SERVPRO of Mar Vista is celebrating the month of April by providing some helpful reminders and tips for Earth Day! By reducing the use of energy, it helps us keep more resources on Earth longer. Hotter days are coming, and of course, we want to be able to keep cool at home. To help keep a cooler house, using less energy, keep the window shades closed where the light comes in the most. If you are using your AC, remember not to have it running all day. If possible, have it set on a timer and maintain your home at 80 degrees, when you are at work or even on vacation. Remember to close all doors and windows when AC is in use because letting that cool air escape would be a waste! Putting these easy tips into practice not only helps with saving energy, but it helps regulate humidity levels. Humidity can create condensation which can eventually lead to mold. Here at SERVPRO of Mar Vista, we want to create a strong and healthy community. Our friendly team is ready to help you 24/7 should you ever need any of our assistance, give us a call at (310)822-7800.