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3/30/2023 (Permalink)

commercial loss Water damage in an apartment building

SERVPRO® of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades is always here to help with any size disaster to your business. There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. Our highly-trained teams respond 24/7 providing excellent service to insurance companies, building owners, facility managers and property managers throughout the area.

Whether you are a commercial business operating out of a warehouse, high rise, office park, strip mall, etc., let SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades assist with your facility management and emergency needs.  When a pipe breaks and floods an entire office, a break room fire renders adjacent offices unusable, or a biohazard incident shuts you down completely, your first thought is staff safety……the next thought is, “when can I be up and running at full capacity again?

Independently owned and operated SERVPRO® of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  is operated by a team with 15 years of experience in the restoration industry. Our experience, people, capacity and equipment uniquely qualify us to handle large jobs no matter how extensive the damage.

In the unfortunate event of a fire or water damage to your business, call SERVPRO® of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades. We will respond 24/7 with trained employees, state-of-the-art equipment and the resources required to perform emergency services to help limit property damage. 310-456-2135

Wind can cause damages to the roof.

3/17/2023 (Permalink)

Damaged Roof Windstorm can cause damages to the roofs .

When wind speeds pick up, the risk of property damage posed by any type of adverse weather becomes more severe. The roof of a residential structure is prone to all of the following types of wind damage:

  • Damaging roof fixtures
  • Detaching or loosening roofing materials
  • Tearing off flashing or sheathing

Roofing shingles and asphalt blown all over town, creating leaks in structures in various parts of our territory. Downed trees have penetrated structures causing extensive damage due to the heavy rains. Our crews have been working diligently to assist those in need with repairs and claims. SERVPRO is a preferred provider with most insurance companies and our teams can help you get back into your homes and buildings with life carrying on as normal. 

Is Wind Damage Covered by Home Insurance?

3/10/2023 (Permalink)

Windstorm Wind and water can cause lots of damages to the structure.

If your home is damaged due to wind-driven weather events, your homeowners insurance policy offers some protection. Typically, you're covered for wind damage from events like tornadoes, hail storms, rain and lightning.

What is considered a windstorm?

 A windstorm, a wind that is strong enough to cause at least light damage to trees and buildings and may or may not be accompanied by precipitation.

Property losses from heavy winds and hail storms are the most frequent cause of homeowners insurance claims. Below is how the different components of your homeowners policy covers wind damage.

  • Dwelling coverage: Pays to rebuild or repair the structure of your home if it's damaged during a windstorm.
  • Other structures coverage: Pays to rebuild or repair other structures on your property -like a shed or pool house - if any are damaged by wind.
  • Personal property coverage: Pays to replace your personal belongings if they're damaged or destroyed during a windstorm.
  • Loss of use coverage: Pays for additional living expenses  like hotel stays, restaurant meals, storage unit fees  if you need to temporarily live elsewhere while your home is being rebuilt after a windstorm.

If you have been affected by windstorm and your property has a water damage call SERVPRO Malibu at 310-456-2135 

Cleaning of Your Home After a Fire

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot removal after a fire in the structure is a must.

Both smoke and soot can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over. 

Even a small home fire can cause a great amount of damage due to soot and smoke damage.

SERPVRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon Pacific Palisades is IICRC Certified to restore your home after a fire. When called to a job, our crew members have the expertise and equipment to properly treat all surfaces of ash and soot. Because ash can reactive negatively to certain cleaning agents, possibly causing permanent damage and toxic fumes, this is not a job that can be done with store bought cleaning agents. We have a large production facility in which we clean and store personal belongings off site while the home restoration is ongoing.  


3/1/2023 (Permalink)

Black mold Mold found behind the full high cabinet. Source of damage is a roof leak

Did you know mold can start to grow in less than 48-72 hours? If water caused your basement to flood, mold can start to appear on surfaces that day!

The first step to preventing mold growth, is to identify the cause and fix the source of moisture. Mold thrives with moisture. Steam from a shower, damp basements, plumbing leaks, and flooding are examples of sources of moisture. Also, it's important to keep the humidity levels down in your home.

Mold Basics

Here's what you need to know about mold:

• Mold is a type of fungi
• Like all fungi, mold needs moisture to thrive
• Mold does not thrive in well-lit places
• Mold releases spores and can therefore multiply quickly

If your home has a moisture problem, chances are that it also has mold. Black mold, like most other fungi, thrives in moist, dark areas. Mold is involved in biodegradation, which means that it plays a key role in the breakdown of materials and objects. If allowed to spread, the mold in your home could begin to eat at your home’s structure and contents and result in costly damages.

Call SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades at 310-456-2135 to help remediate your mold issue today. Not only can our team help to identify the mold, they can help with options for removal and remediation of surfaces affected.

How Do We Find Hidden Mold?

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

hidden mold hidden mold may be present behind the cabinets in the kitchen

If you have noticed a mold smell, but do not see any signs of visible mold, hidden mold may be present. A fungus smell or mildew smell can be one of the most reliable indicators of the presence of mold that cannot be seen on surfaces. If this odor is present but you cannot find any evidence of mold, the next step is to contact a professional mold testing and clean-up service and stop searching on your own. If you disturb a colony while looking for hidden mold, it can be easy to spread spores and worsen the problem.

Experts rely on several tools and methods to locate hidden mold including:

• Borescopes
• Moisture meters and hygrometers (humidity)
• Thermal cameras
• Confirming mold smell
• Making test cuts or pulling up small sections of carpet
• Checking for signs of leaks

These methods may vary in effectiveness depending on the length of time since water damage created conditions conducive to mold growth. If a commercial property has recently experienced flooding or a severe leak, it is a good idea to contact a mold testing, clean-up and remediation service as soon as you suspect that mold may be growing. Mold can quickly develop on drywall, masonry or ceiling tiles that have been exposed to moisture. Some of these methods are more reliable once the source of the leak has been addressed but while there is still evidence of water damage.

If you are experiencing a persistent mildew smell or mold smell in a commercial or residential property in Malibu/ Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades, without any visible indications of mold growth, you should contact a reputable mold testing and clean-up service as soon as possible. These specialists can identify the source of a fungus smell and use the most effective tools and methods to confirm whether mold is present and start the clean-up process.

How to prevent HVAC Fires

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

HVAV If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help.

Clean around the furnace. Do a quick clean-up, making sure no insulation, paper, boxes or anything else is stored within three feet of the furnace.

Clean the furnace itself. Dirt can cause motor overheating, and it can prevent you from seeing problems with wiring or other issues.

Look at Your Air Filter

Is your air filter clean? Dirty air filters can reduce air flow and lead to overheating, increasing the chances of fire.

Check Chimney Flues and Outside Vents

Check for buildup inside the vents, as well as outside obstructions such as birds’ nests.

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working?

It’s a good time to check both your smoke and CO alarms. If you don’t have them—get them.

For Some Things, You Need a Professional

Every year, it’s a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional. They can check for items such as a cracked heat exchanger, incorrect pressure in the furnace and even flame color, which can indicate how well your furnace is functioning. If you haven’t had your furnace serviced lately, this is a good time to make an appointment with your HVAC professional


3/1/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® was once again named the #1 cleaning and restoration franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s 2022 Franchise 500. This marks nineteen consecutive years of winning the title. SERVPRO® ranked #8 in overall franchise opportunity as well. Our SERVPRO® family is honored to receive this recognition as it emphasizes our commitment to both the brand and our customers.

Did you know there are over 1,900 SERVPRO® franchises across the United States and Canada? We also have large loss disaster recovery teams strategically placed throughout the U.S. to ensure our professionals are faster to any size disaster. From catastrophic storm response to a small kitchen fire, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Choosing SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon and Pacific Palisades as your cleaning, restoration  vendor means choosing a locally owned and operated company that is available 24/7/365 with a network of unlimited national resources. Since 2008, we have proudly served homeowners and business owners Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades, and the surrounding cities. Please call our office to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection today.

Flood and Carpet

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

Carpet damage Water damage can damage carpet.

Floods can bring contaminants, dirt, and soil into your home. Even after removing the standing water and drying a property, these stains can remain on surfaces, particularly those porous materials like carpets.

Performing flood damage restoration in Malibu/Topanga Canyon and Pacific Palisades area home relies on expertise and effort. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize different carpet damage types from absorption to agglomeration and water exposure. Using tried and tested methods, we can often return carpets and textiles to an original condition. At the end of service, one of our crew chiefs can guide you through the property to explain the outcomes of restoration and effective restoration of materials.

  • Burn tests and chemical tests are performed as standard to avoid further damage.
  • Our hot water extraction techniques are effective at removing soils from carpets, textiles, and other porous materials.
  • Roto machine buffering can restore the luster of wet carpets in the property.

Restoring rather than replacing materials is more cost-effective.

Contact SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon and Pacific Palisades for flood damage restoration at 310-456-2135

Asbestos testing and mold

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

Acoustic Ceiling Asbestos is Highly Toxic and Inhaling its Fibers can cause lung scarring and cancer over time.

Do you have Mold or Water and Fire Damage that requires Demolition to Affected Materials?  Is Your Home Built before 1979?  If so, Testing for Asbestos and Lead will be required.  

Asbestos and Lead is no longer used in Homes; however, many older structures still contain the Substances.  Asbestos is Highly Toxic and Inhaling its Fibers can cause lung scarring and cancer over time.  

California Law has strict Regulations for Removing Asbestos and Lead contaminated Materials.  Asbestos is found in Blown-In Insulation, Drywall Joint Compounds, Furnaces, Ductwork, Pipe Insulation, Vinyl Tile Flooring and Roofing Materials.   Lead is usually Found in the Paint.  

Only Licensed Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, with Specialized Equipment are allowed to Test, Detect and Report Asbestos and Lead Presence.  The Testing is Completed Prior to Any Demolition or Disturbance of the Substances.  Identifying Asbestos and Lead is your Responsibility.  

Prior any demo in the residence environmental testing shall be performed using a certified hygienist.

Should you need a help to find an environmental company give us a call 310-456-2135