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Vacation Time

10/21/2022 (Permalink)

Mold 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 for 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 a 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 buildup.
  • 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 an 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.

Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Home

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

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

The first step would be to identify the problematic areas in your home and correct them. A hygienist can do an initial mold assessment and detect the spore counts and determine if there is an area that will require mold remediation. Most of the time mold grows in a sealed-off area. The moisture and humidity in the sealed-off area create an easy environment for mold to grow. If your home has water damage make sure to call out a professional to mitigate the water properly to prevent mold growth. If an area has not dried out properly the mold can spread in all the areas that hold moisture. Here at SERVPRO of Mar Vista, we can do a visible mold inspection and advice if mold remediation is in need or not. We will then be to remediate the mold and mitigate the moisture to drastically decrease the chances of the mold growing back.

Be Ahead of The Game!

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Work Vans SERVPRO of Mar Vista (310) 822-7800

If in the event of having water damage in your home and it consists of clean water, there are a few steps you can take to help with the start of the drying process.

  • If safe, turn off the circuit breaker. If the standing water is over the electrical sockets on the floors or walls, do not touch the water. Once the power is off, unplug all electronics to avoid shock.
  • Stop the water source. Locate where the cause of water damage is and try to stop or minimize the flow. If the leak is caused by a broken pipe, you will have to contact a plumber beforehand.
  • Once you have stopped the water source, you will then want to contact SERVPRO of Mar Vista and your insurance company. If the damage by water is large you will, you will, of course, want to call as soon as you can.
  • To help with the process of the claim, you can take pictures of the damages right away. Starting with the cause of loss and any areas or items that have been affected.
  • While SERVPRO makes its way over, you can help by removing any light items or furniture from the affected area so that the technicians can have a faster start of cleaning and drying the area.
  • To help decrease the amount of water, you can attempt to dry the flooring by mopping or blotting until the professionals arrive.

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.

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.

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.