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Best Water Damage Restoration Company in The Redondo/Manhattan Beach Area
Water Damage Experts
A water main breaks and causes your basement to flood, so much water is coming out and you have no idea what to do?! TURN OFF your water main valve, (usually located outside near your water faucet) and call SERVPRO!
Water Damage Service Process and How it Works?
- A certified technician will arrive at your property and assess the situation. They will do some moisture readings to detect how much moisture you're dealing with and conduct a comprehensive analysis.
- We'll provide you with an itemized estimate to determine a plan of action and expenses to get your property back to pre loss condition.
- We are preferred vendors for most major insurance carriers. We can help you with your insurance claim. We work directly with your assigned adjuster to get a rapid response, getting you, your family, or employees back inside your property.
- Our franchise offers reconstruction making it convenient for the consumer and insurance. We are a one stop shop who does it all, restoration and reconstruction.
SERVPRO Storm Damage Restoration Services
Storm Damage Services
The severity of mother nature is unpredictable and can catch us unprepared, especially when living in Southern California. We tend to be unprepared when it comes to storms thinking it won't be as severe as a storm would be in the east coast. It's best to be prepared for the worst and always have a plan of action to execute when mother nature hits us hard.
What Storm Services to Expect From SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach
We specialize in storm damage restoration services and repair of your belongings. If you need emergency water extraction services, digital damage content inventory for your insurance, fallen tree removal, decontamination of sewage or microbial growth, or even provide roof tarping services when your insurance gets involved. We are here to assist and make it "Like it never even happened."
What to Know About Different Categories and Classes of Water Damage
Water Damage Services
Water damage can occur in a variety of different ways at any given time of the day. You could be dealing with water intrusion from different sources like a roof leak, cracked windows, flooding from rain, broken/leaking pipes, dishwasher malfunction, busted refrigerator supply line, toilet overflow, and the list goes on...
Not all water damage is the same. You have different classes and categories of water damage that need to be considered when dealing with damages to your property.
- CAT1: Classified as a clean water source. Water that has no threat to human contact. This water is coming from water supply lines, kitchen sink overflows, ice maker machines, etc.
- CAT2: This water source contains biological, physical, or chemical contaminants that expose threat to illness or discomfort if consumed or exposed to. Examples would be toilet bowl water with urine, washing machines, dishwashers, and rain water.
- CAT3: Is the worst of all categories known as "Black Water". This source of water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria, and a threat to human health if exposed to and not handled properly. This source is coming from sewage backups, feces water, rising seas, rivers, lakes, water in crawlspace.
CLASS1: Slow rate of evaporation, small portion of the room was affected, low % of moisture detected in the materials.
CLASS2: Fast rate of evaporation, entire rooms carpet is affected, walls may have a bit of moisture, no more thank 24 inches of moisture on wall. Class 2 indicates when 5% to 40% of of the room is affected (ceiling, walls, floors)
CLASS3: Fastest rate of evaporation. Water source comes from overhead affecting the entire area, ceilings, walls, floors, carpet, cushion, etc. Class 3 indicates when 40% or more of the room is affected.
CLASS4: When a specific drying approach is needed due to the saturation of materials. Low specific humidity is needed to dry materials, especially porous materials like hardwood floors, concrete, plaster, all in which require low humidity levels like mentioned, to properly dry out.
Can Bleach Be Used to Kill Mold?
This is a very common question and the answer is yes and no! Bleach can very well be effective on mold for a quick fix if anyone is dealing with a minor mold infestation smaller than 10 square feet.
Bleach can kill mold that grows on non porous surfaces like counter tops, glass, and bathtubs. It's the porous materials like wood, carpets, and drywall that can be a problem.
You see, bleach isn't able to penetrate these surfaces. This will then cause the surface mold to be killed, tricking people to believe that the bleach worked. Next thing you know the mold starts to regrow because the bleach can't fully penetrate these porous materials. This then causes confusion for most people doing the remediation on their own and end up calling for a professional opinion.
Using Natural Chemicals For Mold Removal is Key.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach has always used safe natural chemicals for mold mitigation. We follow the EPA protocols on using safe natural chemicals. The reason SERVPRO doesn't use bleach is because bleach is highly corrosive, it deteriorates materials and fibers which is never good!
If you need a professional opinion on your mold issues, please don't hesitate to call us and ask us questions as we are always here to help.
Restaurant Disinfecting Services
Restaurant Disinfecting Services.
We started the new decade off with some unprecedented times in 2020. We are just now starting to see a bit of normalcy and its April 2021. While everyone is waiting patiently to get vaccinated, we are still living under a pandemic, hopefully soon to be an ENDdemic. Our new journey moving forward once everything starts to open back up is just the beginning.
People will still be hesitant to eat indoors when restaurants start to open back up. A recent survey indicated that 89% of consumers will still be hesitant to return to indoor dining, of those 89%, 40% say that cleanliness is a major factor for concern.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach is excited to be here and help our local restaurants be cleaned and disinfected. Our goal is to give consumers peace of mind when they see that SERVPRO stamp of approval at the front of your restaurant doors. We have window decals and table toppers to let the consumers know that you've chosen a higher standard of clean for their safety.
As SERVPRO being America's #1 cleanup and restoration brand, we can help give your customers peace of mind knowing that they're safe when eating at your restaurants. You can always call us for free quotes on weekly defensive cleaning and disinfecting services at (310) 939-9293.
Fire Safety Tips
Studies show that you may only have two minutes to act when a fire starts in your home. If the time ever comes, you'll want to make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to make it out alive.
Here are the top tips for prevention and safety:
1. Install smoke alarms on every floor of your house. This includes bedrooms and hallways! An early warning can be the difference between life and death.
2. Test these alarms every month or so. They'll do you no good if the batteries are dead.
3. Discuss a fire escape plan with anyone living in the house and practice where you would go.
4. Call for help immediately and never go back inside the burning building!
For fire cleanup and restoration - call SERVPRO to make it, "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Cleaning Services
With the COVID pandemic still raging across the country, countless businesses have closed due to sanitation issues. Recently, businesses have been allowed to reopen with some restrictions.
Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way to provide your employees and customers with a safe environment as businesses return to normalcy.
We follow the 3 C's when providing our services. Consult, Clean, and Certify. You'll be glad you went with SERVPRO with your restoration needs.
We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. No matter how big or how many buildings, we can offer you a fair solution to your problems.
Remember to call SERVPRO so we can make it, "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Water Damage Mitigation
Water Damage Mitigation Services
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach provides fast and efficient restoration services for commercial structures and contents. Water can cause a significant amount of damages if not properly mitigated.
This is why its important to hire a professional with a good track record of helping property owners, and business owners, get their lives back on track. If the situation is not resolved in a timely manner, you can be dealing with secondary damages, like mold. Our team is ready to respond around the clock, 365 days out of the year to help you when you need us most!
Responding Faster Than Any Other Restoration Company
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach will arrive at your property within the hour of your first initial call. We deliver high quality water damage services conducted by certified professionals who actually care about helping you in your situation.
Call us 24/7 at (310) 939-9293
No matter where you're living in the United States, you're still at risk for potentially dangerous weather. Preparing for such a disaster and knowing what actions to take will help reduce the chances of injury or property damage.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with storms:
1. Develop an evacuation plan with transportation routes
2. Gather emergency supplies such as water and nonperishables
3. Stay out of flooded areas especially with downed power lines
4. Unplug all electrical appliances
5. Stay away from openings such as windows where debris can fly through
6. Remain calm and do not return home until authorities say it is safe
If you or anyone you know has suffered from any sort of property damage, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO to help make it, "Like it never even happened."
24/7 Emergency Commercial Water Damage Services
Emergency Commercial Flooding Services
Being a commercial property owner/manager comes with big responsibility. Disasters strike all the time, and when they strike it can be devastating if you don't have a plan of action set for the unexpected.
Property owners should have a trusted emergency service restoration company like SERVPRO on speed dial to help with a rapid response when things go south.
Commercial property owners/managers got big shoes to fill when dealing with commercial facilities. Not only do they have to take care of the facility and maintain it, they also need to ensure a healthy environment for employees and customers to be allowed in the premises.
Commercial Restoration Services
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach has helped countless commercial property owners and managers get back in business. Not only do you need the best restoration company to help clean and repair the structure step by step, you also need a company who understands the importance of the health and safety of the occupants.
SERVPRO is a IICRC certified firm. All of our techs are certified to offer the best and quickest most effective restoration protocols to help eliminate business interruptions and customer downtime.
24/7 Emergency Commercial Restoration Services Dispatch# (310)939-9293
Biohazard Cleanup Services in Los Angeles County
Crime Scene/Biohazard Cleanup
We've all see how nasty and messy a crime scene can be on television, you can only imagine how these crime scenes look in reality. Better to hire a certified professional to do your dirty work.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach Remediation Services
Sad to say, everyday in society we hear or witness accidents, suicides, or homicides. With that being said, these situations can lead to trauma cleanup at an individuals residential or commercial property.
It's important to consider hiring a certified professional like SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach to take great care in doing a thorough job of properly cleaning, disinfecting, and disposing of materials after biohazard remediation.
24/7 Biohazard Cleanup
Call us today to set up an appointment to assess the damages and prepare an estimate at
LA Storm Bringing Some Rain In Tuesday 3/9/21
Rain Damage Roof Leak
Los Angeles hasn't had much rain to start off the new year in 2021. Brace yourselves as we welcome in gusty winds and heavy rain starting this Tuesday and continuing to Thursday night. Los Angeles is expecting up to 1 to 1.5 inches of rain in most areas.
Rain itself usually doesn't cause structural damage; it's the water that gets in through roof damages, opened or damaged windows, uneven foundation, gaps in between doors, etc.
When rain water makes its way into your home is when things start to get serious. This water can lead to damages to your walls, floors, ceiling, causing water damage and even mold and mildew issues, all of which are very cost effective.
Having a roof tarp and sand bags stored in your garage for emergency purposes is a great way to be ready for heavy rain. Stay ready, have your roof inspected a few times out of the year to avoid any damages and secondary damages when the rain falls.
Storm Damage Response Team
Our wonderful team at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach is working around the clock, 365 days out of the year to be ready when you need us most! As the preferred vendor for most major insurance carriers, our track record of results has given us a trustworthy reputation to help our locals or anyone in need of help in the Los Angeles County.
Emergency Water Extraction Services In Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, & Manhattan Beach
Our wonderful team at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach is always ready to respond when you need us most. As a trusted national fire & water damage restoration company, we strive on being their for our community around the clock, 365 days out of the year. Our dispatchers are ready to respond to your emergency service needs with a rapid response.
Purpose Of Water Extraction
Water extraction services should be performed quickly, but should be done professionally and effectively. The purpose and goal is to reduce secondary and extensive damages to your property. We want to avoid mold and mildew growth as this can be a health and finance concern, and sometimes can even keep you from living in your own house.
24/7 Emergency Water Extraction Services (310)939-9293
After The Fire
Dealing with unexpected disasters is devastating. It can change your life forever; water, fire, sewage, mold, whatever it may be, it's always going to be an inconvenience and change you in many ways. Knowing where to start and who to reach out for help is important.
Contact Your Insurance Agent For Help
Call your insurance Agent and let them know your situation and how they can help. Usually they'll recommend to contact SERVPRO to help with cleanup and restoration services, along with proper documentation of everything for your insurance claim.
If you don't have insurance. You can reach out to local organizations who might be able to help.
Family first. Make sure you and your loved ones are safe and out of danger. Contact your local disaster relief services, The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, ETC. They can help provide shelter, food, clothing, medicines, and almost anything you need after an event of a disaster.
Help Your Pets
Try to leave your pet with a family member, or a friend during the process if possible. Comfort your pet as they can be in shock just as much as you are. Avoid keeping your pets at the location where the loss occurred, show them love and keep them safe.
The Fire Damage Restoration Experts
You can always call our office for help when dealing with the aftermath of a fire. We work with countless homeowners after suffering from fire/smoke/soot damages to their properties. We are ready to respond 24/7/365 when you need us most.
CALL US TODAY!
Damaging Wind Storms Across Southern California
Storm damage restoration
Through the first couple of weeks in February, Southern California has been experiencing severe winds causing damages to our properties.
During the winter time no matter where we live, we will always experience some type of storm damage. We should always be prepared with a plan of action for the unexpected. Whether we're dealing with damages to our roofs, a fallen tree, or fallen tree branches across our property, we need to stay ready for the worst and execute with a rapid response to avoid secondary damages.
Our team at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach stay ready to respond to disasters 24/7/365! We have knowledgeable certified storm damage restoration technicians prepared to offer assessments, cleanup and repair services.
Our team is ready for any challenges and ready to execute when you need us most. We have experience working with massive storm damages to minor wind damages helping homeowners get their property back to pre loss conditions.
Have Storm or Flood Damage?
For more information on recovering from water damage caused by weather related disasters, or any other related causes, contact us 24/7/365 at
Inspecting properties for mold
Over 50% of houses have mold in their attics and homeowners have no idea. Most homeowners share the same reaction and concern, What type of mold is it? SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach can save you extra money in repair costs or even prevent you from being unable to sell your home on the market when dealing with mold.
Being Proactive is Key
Being a property owner its your responsibility to be proactive and inspect places in your home that are not usually inspected on the regular. Leaving mold unnoticed is a dangerous gamble for homeowners and very cost effective.
What Causes Attic Mold?
Poor ventilation can lead to condensation in your attic causing mold to build up and feed on. The water vapor in your property must go somewhere, and if it's not ventilated properly outdoors, you can end up with gathered moisture in your attic. You can get attic mold in warm or cold weather, always good to check for mold in your attic a couple times a year.
One of the most common causes of attic mold is a bathroom fan or dryer vent that runs directly to the attic. Directing the air straight to the attic is a red flag. Always avoid doing this if you're a homeowner. Feel free to reach out to us on any questions at (310) 939-9293.
What to Expect From SERVPRO Mold Remediation Services
If you suspect mold in your office or home you're more than likely to call different companies to see what the process is and how much it's going to cost...
Here at SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach we have our certified technicians that deal with mold remediation on the daily, helping countless property owners with their mold issues.
What Exactly Is Mold Remediation?
Mold remediation has different steps depending if there's visible mold or suspicion of mold.
Suspected Mold: If you suspect mold but can't see it with the naked eye, we would get a third party company involved to provide air samples within the suspected areas to be tested for mold spores.
Visible Mold: For visible mold, we would schedule an assessment with our certified technician to provide an estimate and a plan of action.
- Assessment: SERVPRO tech will perform moisture check in suspected areas, thoroughly search your home for mold, looking at areas that most commonly have issues with mold.
- Testing: Test for non visible mold to get a report and the correct treatment from the lab results.
- Results/Plan of Action: When the results come back with the suggested plan of action, our team of professionals will come up with a treatment plan based on their findings during the assessment, and the lab results from the third party company.
- Treatment: Leakes and pipes must be fixed, windows must be sealed, anything that caused moisture to build and cause mold growth must be situated before mold remediation begins. Drywall or wood foundations may be replaced, wallpaper or flooring materials may be replaced. Antimicrobial solution will be used to deep clean the area, and then some time to properly dry out the area to prevent it from happening again.
- Final Process: After a few days if mold hasn't grown back, reconstruction can begin.
Dealing With Water Damage In Your Manhattan Beach Home
Whether you're dealing with a flood, sewage backup, or extreme weather conditions at your Manhattan Beach property, we must work together as a team to ensure our loved ones, businesses, and neighborhoods are prepared and ready for the unexpected.
Are you prepared financially if a disaster strikes? Do you and your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or sewage backup?
It's best to have a plan of action financially and ensure you have the right coverage in your policy with your insurance carrier.
5 Tips Dealing With Water Damage...
- Turn off the water source: Usually water damage is caused by a broken pipe, broken water heater, etc. Knowing where your water main shut off is located is critical. Do you know where your water main shut off valve is located?
- Safety First: Shut off the breakers, or unplug electrical devices in the affected areas. Make sure your kids, pets, or partner is away from any standing water.
- Contact your insurance: Call to inform your insurance the situation and see how they'll approach the water removal and restoration process.
- Protect your valuable possessions: Protect your valuable possessions first. Raise or set your furniture legs on aluminum foil or wooden blocks from the water as this can lead to mold or rot.
- Work with SERVPRO: It's so important to work with a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach. We have the proper industrial equipment to get the job done right and make it "Like it never even happened."
Avoiding Mold Growth In Commercial Buildings
Commercial mold remediation services
Mold can be found all around us, its a necessary component in life but should not be necessary in our homes or working spaces. Prompt mitigation is crucial to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under the situation you're dealing with.
Ways To Keep Your Facility Mold Free
- Inspect the roof for leaks, windows, building cracks, and any other areas where water can make its way into the structure.
- Inspect all your plumbing and appliances for leaks and maintenance issues.
- keep the humidity levels between 30 to 60%.
- Always have proper drainage away from building foundations.
- keep all gutters and drains free of debris.
- Always have a rapid response to water intrusions to avoid secondary damages.
- Always have SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach on speed dial at
Fire Extinguisher Cleanup In Los Angeles and Beach Cities.
Fire/Smoke/Soot Cleanup Services
The month of October is Fire Prevention Month and a perfect time to ensure safety for your home or business, including knowing the best type of fire extinguishers for your property.
Here at SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach we stand on over 15 years of experience and expertise to help ensure you stay safe, informed, and ready for any disasters that come your way. We offer emergency services 24/7/365 if you deal with fire/smoke/soot damage or need some cleanup services after putting out some flames using your fire extinguisher.
We can be reached at (310) 939-9293 for any questions or quotes on cleanup.
Different Fire Extinguishers and Their Purpose...
- ABC Powder Fire Extinguisher is one of the most common and multi purpose extinguishers on the market. This is a chemical powder that acts to suffocate the fire but leaves lots of residue.
- Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher is very eco friendly and safe to use around humans. Best part about this extinguisher is that it doesn't leave any residue and no need for cleanup. (Best for offices filled with electronics/computers/server rooms)
- Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers is another cleaner type of extinguisher that leaves no residue and requires no cleanup.
The past few months have been trying for many of us. And while it is not suggested to meet in large groups, we should still seek council from the community for the many issues we face.
The rise of Zoom has created an online community in which we can ask questions and find information without having to directly interact with people. This has changed the way businesses operate and will continue to aid us in the future.
We used to hold meetings and have community gatherings, but now we are advised not to do so. This doesn't mean we can't uphold a strong communication with the people around us.
If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding property restoration or Covid-19 disinfecting, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Redondo Beach. We are happy to be of service! 310-939-9293
With the COVID-19 pandemic still sweeping through the nation, it's never a bad time to do a thorough cleaning of your commercial buildings.
The first step is to do a basic cleaning with disposable gloves. This includes cleaning surfaces with soap and water and then using a disinfectant.
Make sure to use skin and eye protection while performing these tasks. Read the instructions on the disinfectant to ensure safety.
Once a proper cleaning has been done, you'll want to vacate the area and let it breathe. Make sure there's adequate ventilation throughout the building.
If any area was previously contaminated, close it off for at least 24 hours before going into clean it.
These are just a few tips while cleaning and disinfecting your commercial building.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO Redondo Beach 310-939-9293!
Keep Fall in Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach Fire Free
The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, the holidays, and great memories with family and loved ones. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.
Fire/Smoke/Soot Damage Cleanups In Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach.
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise to help ensure you stay safe, informed, and ready for disaster that comes your way. The time to prepare is now. Call SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach franchise professionals to make sure your home and business are " Ready for whatever happens."
24 Hour Emergency Dispatch for Fire Damage Cleanup.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach can be reached around the clock, 365 days out of the year at (310) 939-9293
Avoiding Commercial Water Damage
We all know how disastrous commercial water damage can be, and how it can impact your business. Acting quickly to mitigate water damage is crucial, which is why it’s important for all businesses to know the common causes of commercial water damage. Here are some major causes of commercial water damage:
1. Broken pipes. Look for any signs of water stains in your walls, it may be from a broken pipe.
2. Leaking sprinkler systems. This is similar to a broken pipe, but at a much larger volume.
3. Damage roof. This requires regular maintenance and inspection of your roof for any damage.
4. Unsealed windows. This will allow moisture to creep into unwanted areas. Like the roof, this requires regular inspection.
If you or anyone you know has a commercial building that needs water damage mitigation or just an inspection...Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Redondo Beach!
We will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage Services
24/7 Emergency Water Damage Restoration
There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your home or 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 to make it.... "Like it never even happened."
What type of water damage are you dealing with?
Category 1..2..or 3?? When dealing with water damage its crucial to know what category you're dealing with for proper mitigation.
This is defined as water that originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk from ingestion, or inhalation exposure.
Sources of water: Water heater bursts, falling rain water, ice maker lines, Supply lines, etc.
Sources of water: Drain lines from dishwashers Washing machines, toilet overflows, broken aquariums, etc.
Gray water losses can pose a hazardous situation to occupants. SERVPRO recommends to call a trained certified technicians to assess this type of loss.
This is defined as water that is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents.
Sources of water: Toilet/sewage backups, rising river water, etc.
24/7 Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Services in Manhattan Beach.
When you are dealing with fire & smoke damage, always remember that SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach has the track record of results to help anyone get their properties back to pre loss conditions. As a preferred vendor for most major insurance carriers, SERVPRO is ready to help you with your insurance claim and make it...
"Like it never even happened."
Caution Asbestos Hazard
Safety precautions for workers and occupants is our number one priority. Before we can start any demolition after a fire loss, its always important to check to see what year the house was built.
Anything prior to 1986 is required to be tested for lead and asbestos by California State Law. When materials containing lead-asbestos paint are demolished or lead based paint is sanded or scraped, the chips and dust particles from the paint can pose health hazards to anyone breathing or contacting the debris. Materials that are believed to contain asbestos or lead should be tested by a qualified lab. Be sure to consult the insurance adjuster if you suspect asbestos or lead containing materials are present.
Flooding At The Beach
Just last weekend, Balboa Peninsula suffered a surprise flooding as a result of a full moon and high tides. By 6 PM, huge waves were crashing over the oceanfront community. It's times like these that remind us why we need to be prepared for the worst.
Here are a few quick tips if you ever find yourself in a flood situation:
1. Evacuate early if possible. Your safety is more important than any property damage that may ensue.
2. During a flood, stay off bridges or other unstable structures and move to higher ground!
3. Avoid submerging yourself in floodwater as it may contain dangerous debris.
Floods can be scary, but being unprepared is even scarier. Be sure to contact your local SERVPRO for any questions or concerns.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach is available 24/7!
24/7 Sewage Water Damage Services In Manhattan Beach, CA
Category 3 Sewage Water Loss Services.
Dealing with water damage is a nightmare for property owners, especially when dealing with polluted water. Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damages to your property.
There are 3 categories of water damage:
Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a refrigerator line. This water will not cause illness or any health effects.
Category 2: "Gray Water" this type of water damage carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when exposed or consumed.
Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.
Water damage can be dangerous and expensive, preventing water damage is an important part of property maintenance.
It's always important to react fast and clean up as best as you possibly can. When dealing with sewage water we highly suggest to immediately call the professionals over at SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach to help make it "Like it never even happened." Our highly trained certified technicians will even help you with your insurance claim process to ensure that you get the help you deserve.
If you need immediate assistance you can call SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach at any time. We are available 24/7/365 to assist with your emergency situation.
CALL US TODAY! (310)- 939-9293
While the country has been focused on pandemic safety, it's always a good idea to remember what you will do in an emergency situation such as a storm.
During storm season make sure your doors and windows are secure to prevent any damage from wind or debris. Some damage may be unavoidable, but you can save yourself some time and money by simply closing shutters or covering openings with plywood if the situation calls for it.
Weatherproofing can also be a valuable asset while dealing with a violent storm. Make sure your gutters have been cleaned recently and that your drains aren't experiencing any problems.
If the power goes out, be sure you have a backup generator as well as candles to use. These tips are pretty simple to accomplish but have a lasting effect in the long run.
Stay safe out there and remember to contact your local SERVPRO if you have any questions! We're here for you 24/7.
Los Angeles County 24 Hour Emergency Fire & Water Damage Services
SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach provides 24 hour emergency fire & water damage restoration services in the Los Angeles County.
SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach is available 24 hours, 7 days a week for emergency fire & water damage services, big or small, we stay ready to make it "Like it never even happened." When dealing with fire & water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the fire & water damage.
Our 24/7 dispatchers are ready to respond to your emergency calls.
Call us today (310)939-9293
When you call, we will ask you a series of questions regarding your emergency situation. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO representative will ask several questions...
- Name and contact info?
- Your insurance info?
- Address where the incident occurred?
- When did the incident occur?
- What caused the damages you're dealing with?
- Is their electricity available on-site?
When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back!
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let Us Help You Get Back to Business.
As our communities re-open, we're getting ready to return to a new kind of normal. The expectations our employees, and customers who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern for us all.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we've developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we're offering to business and commercial locations to address the current COVID - 19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning.
By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you've selected a higher cleaning standard - you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive Training and Specialized Products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers of Disease Control and prevention and other local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
The Three C's: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult - Every business is different, which is why you'll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touched points, foot traffic and congested points.
- Clean - Based on our specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set fourth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you've selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees, and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guest will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call Today For a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Consultation.
We're are here to help - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach today at (310) 939-9293 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
MAY IS NATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH
The general public may not be aware of how codes and code officials " improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play, and in the month of May, it can certainly improve the awareness.
Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include storm disaster preparedness, construction professionals, and innovations in building safety. This month serves as an opportunity to educate the insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public on, " what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy sufficient homes and building," according to ICC website.
SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach offers emergency planning at no cost, a highly beneficial tool for any property/ business owner when dealing with the unexpected during a storm disaster, water loss, fire loss, etc. Call for more information at (310) 939-9293
SERVPRO Can Help Reopen America
With all the emotions, frustrations, fear of unknown, confinement, quarantining our elder parents, keeping our kids at home and trying our best to still keep going during this past month, we all knew that this will pass too, and it will soon.
Our beautiful community is one that survived the disaster with the least amount of loss thanks to proactive confinement ordered by our state officials.
In less than 2 weeks we will slowly get back to normal step by step; following guidance from our city, county and state officials.
CDC has published some interesting documents to help facilities plan their reopening respecting safety and health of occupants.
If you are managing a facility whether it's a retail business, a car dealership, a restaurant or a hospitality, a childcare or a recreation center, it is a good idea to review CDC publication regarding cleaning an disinfection decision tool, and reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting.
Businesses in our community are calling us to schedule preventive professional disinfection in a regular basis to reduce pathogen contamination of occupants.
Call us today to have your facility schedule setup, so when America Reopens, you get busy with your work and we take care of wiping high touched areas, and disinfection of your facility according to CDC, EPA, and California Department of Public Heath guidance and updates.
SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach Providing COVID - 19 Cleanup & Disinfecting in The Los Angeles County
SARS- CoV- 2 Cleanup/ Disinfecting Preventative Cleaning
We would like to start off by thanking every single fearless healthcare worker around the world risking their lives so we can continue with ours. To all the first responders, to all the truck drivers delivering fresh food to our local stores, to our SERVPRO TEAM for following our protocols and wearing the proper personal protective equipment to keep our clients and staff safe during these unprecedented times.
We are together as one and should continue to do our part to help our communities. Feeling secure in these times of uncertainty is about preparation, and you can trust the SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach professionals to adhere to CDC standards and safely clean and sanitize your home or businesses.
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Let SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach help keep your employees and loved ones safe.
Tips For Restoring Damaged Photos
Sometimes our valuable belongings can be affected by water damage. When precious photos become wet, this can cause some panic. The initial reaction tends to be that they are completely ruined, but this is not the case!
Mold will start to grow within 72 hours of contact with water so you will have to act fast. The ideal scenario is that you are able to air dry photos with some sort of fan or blowdryer. If this is not possible, you'll want to freeze the photos instead.
If there are any photos inside glass or metal frames, remove them before placing them in the freezer. Before you start freezing the photos, make sure to put waxed paper between each photograph. This will help ensure they don’t stick together.
Knowing what to do when valuables get damaged is important to salvaging them!
If you are interested in learning more or would like a professional opinion, don't hesitate to contact us today! We're ready to make it "Like it never even happened."
Be Prepared For Spring Storms
Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup
SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach has been dealing with lots of phone calls in regards to rain water coming in through their damaged roof. Luckily our technicians are ready to respond to our local residents and businesses with their water damage properties.
Because spring storms can occur at any given moment and get really wet, we advise that you save our contact information since SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach is available for emergencies 24/7/365. The faster we make it out to your situation, the more money you save on claim expenses and customer downtime/ business interruptions.
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialist
As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
SERVPRO COVID19 Preventive Cleaning
Coronavirus outbreak which quickly became a pandemic, is causing a suspension of most public activities. This is an unprecedented event in our modern era. Some places of business and government agencies are considered essential and thus operational at reduced staff need to be cleaned and disinfected properly to reduce risk of contamination for our community
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended use hospital-grade disinfectant for preventative measures in public places.
Only essential businesses are still operational in our cities; Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.
Here at SERVPRO we thrive to help essential businesses keep their indoor environment healthy and free of traces of COVID19, by following all guidelines of CDC.
Our certified crew, highly trained in the field of disinfection, and equipped with PPE ( Preventive Protection Equipment) are here to perform 24/7 and respond for any need of preventive cleaning and disinfection. The facilities can be treated overnight by our team, so that during business hours our community's places of essential business are safer and infectious free.
To schedule an overnight preventive treatment of any essential business location, during this unprecedented era of COVID 19, call SERVPRO at 310-939-9293. As always, we're here to make it "Like it never even happened."
Recent California Storm During COVID19 and Residual Moisture has Preventable Undesired Consequences
Here at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach we stay open and operational 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week during the Stay at Home order to respond for any emergency water damage cleanup and drying of the structure of your home.
It is a fact that any untreated water damage to a structure of a building is in favor of development of mold and other microorganisms harmful to our general health. It is advised to cleanup and to dry the structure of the building as soon as possible to mitigate future damage.
Recent stay at home and social distancing during the COVID19 pandemic may prevent many to consider this important fact and ignore the importance of mitigating the loss that moisture of this storm caused to our residences and businesses.
Here at SERVPRO we would like to inform all members of our community, and assure them that when you call us, our highly trained, certified, and dependable crew that is screened everyday for safety and health everyday, before start of their work. They will show up at your loss site with PPE (preventive protective equipment). Which means they are wearing clean uniforms, mask and gloves, an overall if necessary. Our equipment is being disinfected at every job site before taking them back to our vehicles, which those too, as well as our warehouse, are disinfected on daily maintenance schedule.
Our crew respects social distancing during work and will take every precaution for our customers and their own safety.
To prevent development of unwanted mold after this storm, treat every water damage as early as possible by SERVPRO at 310-9399293.
We Are Here To Help During COVID19 Shutdown.
The COVID19 Pandemic is causing many businesses to shutdown so that our hero healthcare providers can manage their valuable time and resources to save lives.
Likewise our hero certified technicians are continuously making sure the hazardous infectious disease causing COVID19 pandemic doesn't stop our preventive measures of cleaning and disinfecting for our community's precious indoor environments.
At SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach, our staff and crew is being screened at the beginning of every shift for their health, for their own, and for our customer's safety.
They are required to work with adequate PPE (preventive protective equipment), respecting social distancing inside every home or business location that is in need of mitigation, weather it's an emergency water damage cleanup, a critical mold remediation situation, or a fire damage restoration, as well as for the repair of properties.
We want to make sure our customers and our crew are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented modern world shutdown.
If you are in need of any mitigation, for disinfection of COVID19, water damage, fire damage cleanup and mold remediation please call us at our 24/7 emergency response number and we will be there to help. Call 310-939-9293.
Spring Cleaning and Mold Inspecting.
Spring Cleaning and Mold Control
We are almost a month into spring and we all know that summer is just around the corner. With warmer days ahead and higher humidity, mold growth will rapidly increase. If you haven't started your spring cleaning this year, be sure to check for mold as part of your routine.
Where Do I Look
- Attics and Basements are always great places to inspect for mold.
- Underneath your bathroom and kitchen sinks.
- Closets or dark areas
Why Should I Call SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach for Mold Removal???
SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach is an experience mold service provider with countless successful mold remediation projects in the Redondo/ Hermosa / Manhattan Beach areas. When it comes to mold issues, we make it "Like it never even happened," while keeping it from returning. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.
Structural Cleaning, Contents Cleaning, Deodorization For Fires
After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Our experienced team will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.
All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. Additionally, all of the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, etc. ... The best part is , we can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for agents and their policyholders.
We specialize in services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. Please call us today for any questions, (310) 939-9293
Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools & Education Facilities:
Cleaning and Disinfecting School Facilities
When disaster strikes an education facility it can disrupt the learning environment, costing students and their educators valuable time and resources.
Learning shouldn't be paused or canceled due to a disaster, especially when you have SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach available 24/7/365, ready to make it, "Like it never even happened."
Cleaning up the aftermath of a flood, fire, storm, or other tragic events requires an efficient, timely response. Whether you have a smaller school building or higher education campus, SERVPRO professionals will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so that normal operations can resume while we restore your facility.
Types of Facilities
- Early Childhood - Preschool and Nursing Schools
- Primary - Elementary and Middle Schools
- Secondary - High School and Academies
- Higher Education - College and universities
Water Damage Prevention
Water damage can happen at any time, but there are some steps you can take to minimize the chances.
1. Become familiar with your indoor plumbing. Check in on your hoses and faucets for any leaks. Or consider investing in a leak detection and shut off system!
2. Be sure the outside of your home is secure as well! This means checking on window seals, possible roof leaks, and any other water prone areas.
3. Reduce moisture in your room to avoid mold buildup. Proper ventilation and cleaning of affected areas (usually the bathrooms/kitchen) can be essential to fighting mold growth.
These are just a few tips to prevent water damage, but they can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about how to properly prepare your home, don't hesitate to reach out! We're open 24/7 @ 310-939-9293.
Commercial Space Cleaned For COVID-19
COVID-19 Preventative Cleaning
Dealing with biological hazards such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi is nothing new for SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach. We have safely and successfully proven ourselves with countless mitigation projects within environments that posed potential hazards.
SERVPRO franchises has performed cleanup services due to viruses like norovirus and bacteria like MRSA. These historic viruses/or pathogens have not had the worldwide attention and sense of urgency of COVID-19.
Transmission of Coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through contaminated items. Current evidence suggest that the Coronavirus may remain viable for hours to DAYS on surfaces made from a variety of materials.
What You need to Know
Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 along with other respiratory illnesses in households and public environments.
If you need to get a residential or commercial space cleaned by our certified technicians, please give us a call at (310) 939-9293. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Tips on Protecting Your Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach Property From Heavy Rain
SERVPRO Available 24/7/365
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach stays ready for the community 24/7/365. We stay open for the Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach community, along with the rest of Los Angeles County when you need us most!
In today's blog we will be providing great TIPS on how to prevent damages to your property from heavy rain.
Now it may be impossible to stop every water issue, there are preventative measures you can do to protect your home or business from heavy rain. They include:
- Buying Sandbags. Sometimes your property may have certain areas that can accumulate lots of water due to poor drainage. Water can seep into your home and become a costly problem. Sandbags can be the cheapest and fastest solution until further action is taken.
- Install a sump pump. Sump pumps are very beneficial because they drain water from the interior of a structure to the outside when it comes in contact with water.
- Roof inspection prior to rain fall. We get so many calls during a storm because of a minor roof leak. Fixing issues as they arise can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.
- Installing a backwater valve. This device is very beneficial because it prevents city sewers from backing up into your plumbing fixtures.
- Clean your rain gutters. Leaves, twigs, and other debris get cause and cause water damage issues. Always check to be safe.
Having The Right Insurance Coverage is key. Here's what to Know:
Emergency Storm Response For Insurance
We've responded to thousands of water/storm damage claims that were denied due to not having the right coverage. Don't be this person! Please talk with your local insurance agent on getting the proper coverage for your properties.
Please take to consideration that your homeowners insurance policy doesn't automatically include flood insurance. Always remember that flood insurance must be purchased as a separate policy. With water/storm damage being one of the most expensive claims in the insurance industry, we highly recommend to set up that appointment with your local agent.
Have your agent explain your options for flood insurance, don't be afraid to ask questions. Insurance agents are very helpful and can help you understand everything you need to know about coverage.
To be on the safe side, ask your local agent for drain backup or sewage backup coverage on your homeowners policy. Insurance can be tricky sometimes, adding this to your homeowners policy will provide coverage in case you have water or sewage backup into your property through sewers or drains.
Communication is everything, be sure to do some research and set up that appointment with a local insurance agent to help you purchase the right coverage policy.
Commercial Sanitizing and Cleanup During This Pandemic:
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach has been putting in the work to stay in service for our community.We are keeping up with our safe protocols in order to keep our clients and staff safe by providing our team with the recommended personal protective equipment.
During these difficult times caused by the pandemic, SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach has been experiencing a large amount of phone calls on commercial cleaning/sanitizing.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach is prepared for this unprecedented time to properly clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.
We have the resources and years of experience dealing with biological contaminants. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens as the Coronavirus.
Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.
Take note that there is no tested product against this particular corona-virus strain, SERVPRO is following the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.
How To Get a Quote
You can call our office and speak with one of our team members on how we can provide a quote at (310) 939-9293
If you can provide us with the square footage and possibly email us some pictures of the areas you wished to be cleaned, we could do our best to provide you with a verbal quote.
Fire Damage Restoration in Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach
Fire Restoration in Manhattan Beach
Fire, smoke, and soot damage is not something to cut corners in. This is simply not the job for a do it yourself property manager or maintenance staff. Returning the property to preloss condition requires professional restoration expertise.
Here at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach we got what it takes to get you back on your feet after a fire. With more than 50 years of industry experience, SERVPRO is a leader in fire, water, mold, and other specialty cleanup and restoration services.
Our staff is up to date with specialized training. The SERVPRO team is IICRC certified, along with numerous certifications for health and safety. We are a top vendor for most major insurance carriers, we've help countless property owners get their lives back on the road by staying ready when the community needs us most!
Available 24/7/365, our team is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO's EMERGENCY DISPATCH#
Southern California Rain Storm
During the month of March, Southern California received a well needed rain storm that brought us over 3 inches of rain.
Most of us were sheltered at home and at the first sign of water intrusion SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach received calls from residents around our communities to get help for cleanup of water and mitigation of the damage.
At the same time we would like to remind all members of our community who own or manage commercial properties, and especially the ones that currently had to close due to the current COVID-19 stay at home order, that for the future convenience and health related workplace issues please do inspect inside the closed facilities and make sure there is no water intrusion from the rain storm of the last few days.
It is a good idea to mitigate and repair any damaged area now than to face a delayed discovery of water which can become mold if it stays unrecognized.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach responds 24/7 to all storm related emergency calls in this lockdown situation of Los Angeles County.
We are pleased to announce that we are taking all possible precautionary measures to keep our job site, employees and customers safe and free from contamination of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
For any emergency water or flood damage please call our 24/7 emergency number at 310-939-9293.
What Can SERVPRO Do to Protect Against the Spread of COVID-19?
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach can help the community to maintain Infectious disease free stores, hotels, airports, airplanes, movie theaters, gyms, schools, libraries, senior centers and other community gathering centers while stay at home order in enforced.
During the critical time of Covid-19 pandemic as well as immediately after this period it is crucial that we learn from the disastrous experience and keep our public places as clean and as sanitized as possible
According to the announcement of CDC (Center for Disease Control) as well as WHO (World Health Organization), the current Coronavirus causing the pandemic is said to survive on surfaces and even fabric for many hours, even several days.
All commercial facilities should consider a professional cleaning and disinfecting service to prevent further spread, and a brand new germ free beginning for near future:
We at SERVPRO have professionally developed protocol by scientists to clean, sanitize and also disinfect any commercial building.
Our protocol can be customized to different conditions of our client's need.
All of our highly trained, IICRC certified technicians on site will use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while they perform cleaning work, inside any facility. This means they are wearing N-95 masks, gloves at the minimum.
When they complete a work at a job site, all tools and equipment are disinfected professionally before being stored in our vehicles to assure that no virus or other infectious particle will intrude in your building once you work with SERVPRO professionals.
With the facts in mind it all commercial facilities in our community in Los Angeles South Bay area and surrounding are invited to call for scheduled overnight cleaning if your business is operational during the Shelter in place or lock down period, or to proactively clean and sanitize workplace for not so far away future use.
Call SERVPRO. We are always here to help.
Our Response to Covid 19
The Intensity of the Current Pandemic of Covid 19, also known as the worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus, makes us all wonder how to help limit the spread of infection.
City managers, schools, public gathering facility managers, every business and retail store, and restaurants owners and managers are trying to protect members of our communities. It is indeed a collective effort.
We at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach pledge to be the best and do the best.
We would like to assure all members of our communities, in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach that we are continuously staying operational in this critical time to provide professional preventive sanitizing and disinfecting services to all facilities.
We are ready to help sanitize and make the areas clean in all and every place of public gathering, schools, churches, office buildings, transportation facilities and stations, airports, cruise ships, shopping malls, stores, restaurants, professional offices, childcare facilities, and more.
Our headquarters worked hard to develop an extensive protocol to use adequate personal protective equipment, sanitizing products and materials, as well as modalities to scope any public place.
We at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach are an essential business at this critical times. Operational and working 24/7 as usual. Our certified technicians are here to help, sanitize our community churches, schools, and other public places, according to protocols developed by and respecting every CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendation.
Please call our 24/7 dispatch line 310-939-9293 for any cleaning and sanitation need.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach is here to help in this time of need
During this unprecedented time due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, by following the protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of highly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, table/counter tops, keyboards, light switches, toilets, bathroom fixtures.
Other spaces mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food areas
- Fitness EQ
- Water Fountains
- Counter tops
- Playground Equipment
- Sales Counters
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the Corona-Virus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims.
While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the Corona-virus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your residential or commercial building needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today- SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach (310)939-9293
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness on a range of levels. Authorities around the world are now responding to a new coronavirus that was recently discovered in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
The CDC has recommended that we use a hospital-grade disinfectant to minimize transmission of the coronavirus. If you or anyone you know would like more information on preventative cleaning, don't hesitate to call us now! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We can be reached 24/7 at 310-939-9293. Help us make it "Like it never even happened."
Mold Inspection Before Buying Property.
When you're in the market to purchase property its always important to know what setbacks the property has. The last thing you want is to purchase a home and come across mold in hidden places throughout the property.
You would want to purchase a safe home for your family and loved ones to live in and not worry about health concerns. Mold isn't always easy to detect and can sometimes be difficult to see with the naked eye. Down below are some common areas to inspect for mold growth.
- The attic/basement are well known areas for mold growth.
- Look around sink pipes, underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks and other plumbing pipes.
- Crawl spaces (underneath the house)
- Rooms with poor ventilation
- Underneath/behind refrigerators
- Around air conditioning units
- Underneath carpet if carpet got wet.
What To Do If You Do Come Across Mold Before Buying Property???
So you fell in love with the property, its perfect for your family and you're really considering to purchase the home. The only problem is that you came across or suspect that the property might have mold growth.
We would highly recommend to not waste time and hire a professional to contest the home. Spending money to hire a professional can save you $thousands$ of dollars in mold remediation work in the future.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach has responded to countless mold inspections. Our team has helped various families with peace of mind knowing that their family is moving into a healthy environment.
We would be happy to take a look at your potential home and inspect it for any signs of mold growth. Please call our team to schedule inspection and see how we can help!
Emergency Water Extraction Services in The Cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach & Manhattan Beach
Emergency Water Extraction in The South Bay
If you are ever in need of water extraction services we are available to help 24/7! You will receive an immediate response from our IICRC certified technicians if a situation arises after hours. We are ready to respond at (310) 939-9293
We understand these situations can be overwhelming, but we're prepared to make it "Like it never even happened."
For the quickest recovery, be sure to keep our contact information at the ready. Any delays could result in more property damage.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to be of service!
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach
811 N Catalina, Redondo Beach CA, 90277
Attention Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach Residents: Spring Is Just Around The Corner! Are You Ready To Plan For Your Spring Cleaning??
Spring Cleaning 2020
Living in beautiful Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, or Manhattan Beach... or should I say MANHAPPY BEACH, is always an honor.
It's a tradition to spring clean. People feel the need to deep clean their homes once they feel the warm air arrive and can open their windows to welcome the new season.
If you were thinking of a deep clean this spring, please call our office and ask for Adrian on how we can set you up for a free estimate. If you need your living room, bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, outdoor areas, or the whole house cleaned, call us today!
We are also available 24/7/365 for your emergency needs. We specialize in emergency services for water, sewage, fire, mold cleanup and restoration.
Our 24/7 dispatch number is (310)939-9293
Tips for Water Damage Emergencies
Happy Holidays everyone!
In case of an emergency, follow these tips to help make it seem "Like it never even happened"
1. Gather local contacts including the fire department, your insurance company, and your local SERVPRO. This is the first step to take after an emergency occurs.
2. Next, locate your water shut off valve. This is critical to mitigating water damage.
3. If water is coming from light fixtures or electrical outlets, shut off your electrical box/circuit breaker.
4. Safely gather valuable belongings.
5. Identify the source of water damage and begin to remediate if possible.
These are some of the best practices when it comes to your safety and reducing damage. With some preparedness, we can bounce back from disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Cigarette Smoke Odor Removal
Cigarettes have been around for hundreds of years and they continue to be a source of harmful odors. Not only do they contaminate the air, but they will discolor surfaces with a yellowish-brown tint.
Some short term solutions include:
1. Using a vinegar spray and wiping surfaces
2. Using scented candles or air fresheners
3. Buying indoor plants
To fully eliminate cigarette smoke odor:
1. Clean/replace air filters
2. Clean walls/ceilings with ammonia and glycol, then repaint
3. Hire a professional cleaning company (SERVPRO). The professional process involves a thorough cleaning followed by the use of ozone generators that destroy the smoke particles that are hiding deep within a surface.
Cigarette smoke can be a nuisance, but there's ways to fight back!
Emergency Commercial Building Water Damage Services
Commercial water damage
When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back!
SERVPRO's network of more than 1,700 franchises is ready to respond 24/7 in the event of a fire, water, or mold loss to help you get your lives back on track.
When being a property owner, or property manager, its always important to have a plan of action and vendors you can count on and trust.
At SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach we believe in helping others and take every job serious.
There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and serious damage to your property.
Always call a certified professional rather than doing things on your own to save money. Usually you end up paying more $$$ on the long run when things are done incorrectly.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach can be reached around the clock 365 days out of the year at (310) 939-9293.
Save our 24/7 emergency contact# in your smartphones to be ready for whatever happens, so SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened"
California Fires: SERVPRO Here To Help!
The past several of weeks California has been dealing with wild fires and putting the California residents in danger. Evacuations has been issued in certain areas throughout California until further notice.
SERVPRO has grown steadily for years because of top quality service. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of countless homeowners dealing with fire/smoke/soot damage.
If you are a homeowner/property owner who has been a victim of the fires, we can help! We have the resources and man power to deal with the aftermath of these California Wild Fires.
If you would like SERVPRO to help get you back in your home or commercial facilities... please give us a call to schedule an inspection with our certified technicians.
Call us at (310) 939-9293 so we can get down all the information needed to schedule inspection.
The insurance industry has complete trust in SERVPRO. We have national accounts with all major insurance carriers to help with your claim process.
Call SERVPRO today so we can make it...
"Like it never even happend"
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach Giving Back To The Community
SERVPRO Here To Help Relay For Life
Attention all Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach residents... Join us on April of 2020 to help for a good cause. Our community will come together at the 2020 Relay For Beach Cities and collectively work toward defeating cancer.
Being able to witness cancer survivors tell their stories, seeing the supporting families, and BEING a supporting family member just makes you think about what is super important in life.
The funds raised through Relay For Life will help us to not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also provide free services that cancer patients and caregivers rely on every single day. This years event is expected to bring together more than 400 people... With your help we can spread the word and all come together as one!
Please feel free to contact our marketing manager for more information at 310-939-9293
Redondo/Manhattan Beach Residents Rely On SERVPRO For Fire & Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration
Fire, smoke, and soot damage repair
The Residents of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach have been relying on SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach for the past 15 years!
Our track record of results has earned us the trust of our local residents to respond to any unexpected emergencies with a rapid response.
Our certified technicians are are ready to respond and constantly taking the streets to be there when you need us most!
SERVPRO Employees receive training and certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and follow IICRC guidelines for water/fire and smoke damage repair.
This includes following emergency clean-up procedures and making necessary arrangements for other services that may be required, such as board up, pack outs, testing, etc...
If you’ve recently experienced a fire at your home or business, give our team of smoke and fire restoration professionals a call at
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach is located at 811 N Catalina Avenue, Suite#1310, Redondo Beach, California 90277
Available 24/7 ready to respond to all the Redondo Beach residents, Manhattan Beach residents, and all of Los Angeles County!
Attention Business Owners In Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach... Water&Fire Damage Services Available 24/7
SERVPRO SERVICE TRUCK
When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well... that's where we come in!
After dealing with a water loss or fire loss, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.
The Professional's at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.
Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach Professional arrives on site to perform water, sewage, fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results-including lower claim expenses.
If you're a business owner or property manager, or just a Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach resident... save our 24/7 dispatch number in your cellular phones under your emergency contacts to stay ready! (310) 939-9293
The California Department of Consumer Affairs has tons of information regarding tenant laws. If your rental unit needs repairs, it's the landlord’s responsibility to complete those repairs under the implied warranty of habitability. If it is dangerous at all to stay in your home, your landlord is legally required to find a solution.
This is an important piece of information for anyone currently renting out a property. Knowing what you're responsible for is extremely valuable when disaster strikes. The last thing you want is to get swindled by a sketchy landlord!
If you do find yourself in this situation, according to landlord-tenant law, tenants may withhold rent, move out without 30 days notice, sue the landlord, call health inspectors, or exercise the right to “repair and deduct.”
Know your rights!
Should I Be Concerned About a Sewage Backup???
Sewage Backup... HELP!
When dealing with a sewage backup it is crucial to know the health effects it can cause if exposed to it.You shouldn't try and clean it yourself... you should always hire a professional to do the work properly and keep you from harm.
Sewage water is a big problem due to the fact that it holds many contaminants and hazardous materials, including... bacteria, fungus, viruses, pesticides, and other dangerous contaminants.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach has had multiple run-ins with sewage jobs and made it "Like it never even happened."
Our team will come in and help you with your situation. We come in and clean up the aftermath to keep you and your loved ones away from harm.
Available 24/7 for your emergency needs... SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach can be reached at (310) 939-9293
California Fire Damage
This year there have been multiple wildfire emergencies throughout California. The results can seem random, but really they're not. Firefighters and researchers have formed a solid understanding of why some houses are more vulnerable to catch on fire.
In California, the Santa Ana, or Diablo winds play a major role in the spread of tiny bits of ember.These embers can travel through the air and ignite almost anything it touches. Houses that are in a particularly dry or open location are even more prone to disaster.
Researchers recommend using a "coupled approach" to create a defensible space that protect from the outside world. It's not just luck that causes one house to burn, it's science.
In any event, it's best to stay prepared if the worst does happen! Think about setting up a free profile with us today!
Earthquakes Causing Damage In California
A couple days ago, President Trump declared a state of emergency in California due to a series of earthquakes originating from the Ridgecrest area. Trump ordered that additional equipment and resources be immediately sent to local authorities.
Earthquakes are one of the scariest natural disasters to experience. Sometimes there's not much you can do to avoid catastrophe. Common results of earthquakes include massive water and fire damage!
Luckily, SERVPRO is committed to helping people out in these situations. Set up an Emergency Ready Plan with us today and make sure you make the quickest recovery possible. The best thing you can do is to be prepared! Give us a call today or visit our website for more information.
SERVPRO Industries Named a 2019 Tennessee Top Workplace
For the fourth time in the past five years, Gallatin-based SERVPRO has been recognized as a top workplace in Tennessee. "We are honored to be one of the select area businesses named a Top Workplace," said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO Industries, LLC.
While every SERVPRO franchise is individually owned and operated, the Gallatin-based company is leading by example for the rest of us.
"Becoming a Top Workplace isn't something organizations can buy," said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. "It's an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It's a big deal."
Here at SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, but our employees are just as important to us!
As always, we're open 24/7. (310) 939-9293
4th Of July Festivities
This 4th of July our lovely ladies will be out in force spreading disaster awareness. You can catch them hanging out in the Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach area with our signature green SERVPRO tent.
Aside from catching some rays and enjoying the American holiday, we will be giving out exclusive beach balls while supplies last. And for those who forgot the essentials, we will also be handing out sunscreen and water because we genuinely care about you people!
We're all about safety, but we like to have fun too. Stop by and say hello. Hope to see you there!
PS: To anyone planning on using fireworks, please exercise extreme caution. In case of emergency, we are open 24/7.
https://www.SERVPROredondobeachmanhattanbeach.com/ (310) 939-9293
Neglected water damage has consequences
We just had a feedback from a student tenant in a private property close to a big university in Southern California, during last heavy rain season the roof of their unit leaked and the students reported the issue to the property management. They were informed that the repair will be done soon. It has been over a month and the repair is not initiated.
This story made us think of the importance to educate our community once more: Please do not neglect water damages, no matter small or big, and even if they are not covered by your Insurance. Recommendation, and reasoning are the following,
- Getting rid of a fresh water damage costs less. As soon as the source of damage is found and water stops the intrusion, Let a professional water remediation Company like ours, remove the porous material, dry the humidity in the damaged area and repair the structure.
- When the water stays in the structure, drywall, ceiling tile, carpet or the wooden frame of your building it continues to extend the damage, Water and humidity will sip slowly but surely to the adjacent area and after a couple of days the humidity extends to a bigger area than initially affected.
- Humidity attracts mold spores, termites, insects and even bacterial spores in some areas (around kitchen sink, or bathrooms, even in bedrooms in some cases).
- After a few days of negligence, instead of a simple water damage cleanup process, the building will need a more extensive cleanup procedure, or a mold remediation.
- Consequences are for the residents of a residential building, or workers and employees of a commercial building, may it be a simple odor or a more serious health issue.
- The cleanup process will be more complicated and need longer period of time and will then cost more for the responsible party.
We would like to emphasis the importance of the issue for all residents of our community, and insist to please call us anytime, 24/7, and we will do our best to minimize the damage, and the inconvenience.
Southern California Fire Season is Considered Storm Season too!
We are blessed! We live in the best part of the world, in our daily tasks we are brought to communicate with people around the country and as soon as we name our place of work or residence we get a complement of such beautiful weather we have.
But then we remember our fire season This is constant concern for us, let’s prepare ourselves, we cannot prevent natural disasters, but we can do our part to prevent extension of disasters to our neighborhoods.
California fires usually start with a brush fire then extend to our neighborhoods. Wouldn’t then they be considered storms?
What can we do to prevent the storm? The strong winds that blow the initial brush fire are Mother Nature’s decision but we can look around our neighborhood and report dead trees or extended areas of dry brush to authorities, like the natural park patrols or our city landscape department. If each of us does our part we may get some collective benefit.
Otherwise we need to stay informed, and prepare: California authorities have great resources to allow us to be prepared and prevent damages to our properties.
The Ready, Set, Go Compiegne is a valuable resource to checkout:
Let’s be prepared and save the number of your local SERVPRO® in your contacts. This is also part of the preparedness. Save our number and call us, because no matter how big the storm, causing fire, water or both, we are here to help.
What To Do After My Property Suffered From a Fire
We Can Help After The Fire
You are in shock and realized your property just went up in flames. You are in disbelief. The firefighters did what they had to do to contain the fire, they now have left you and your family alone. What to do now??
Your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach has specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire conditions. Here are some steps to help you and your family get back in your home A.S.A.P.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test all rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
How To Deal With Business Interruptions
You are a business owner and you get a call that one of your gymnasiums had a small electrical fire. The great news is that no one was hurt and the fire was contained.
Your customers are not happy and frowned upon the situation. They're complaining about the strong smoke smell and cannot work out properly. Some customers are even asking for a refund because the smell is so bad. You tried everything to get rid of the smell but nothing is working.
SERVPRO OF REDONDO BEACH/MANHATTAN BEACH HAS YOU COVERED!
Give us a call for help! SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach will explain the various deodorization methods available and will choose the best method that works best for your situation.
If you suffer from fire/smoke/soot damage and require deodorization services, give us a call at (310) 939-9293. We've helped countless property owners/business owners get their property back to preloss conditions. By helping our customers, we've helped them get their operations back up and running and can help you!
Safety Reminder for Independence Day
The year 2019 is racing by and we are that close to our Independence Day! With that being said, you know that Independence Day and Fireworks are synonymous...
The great news is that Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach are all cities that don't permit fireworks of any kind... YES, even sparklers! We all know that there will be a few teenagers, kids, or even immature parents who won't obey the rules and will break the law by celebrating with fireworks.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) say people report more fires on the Fourth of July than on any other day out of the year.
Children are always at risk. Those between the ages of 5-9 years old are the most likely to be hurt by fireworks. Kids 10 to 19 followed as the second most vulnerable group. In 2018 alone, firecrackers and similar explosives injured nearly 9,000 youths.
You may believe “kiddie” fireworks like "sparklers" or "bloomers" aren’t dangerous. The truth is, they can cause fires or serious injuries. In fact, sparklers caused more than a quarter of fireworks-related damage in 2015. That makes a lot of sense after you hear sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you do decide to have some fun with fireworks... Be sure to be prepared and have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
Prevent Mold Growth at Your Property
Keep Your Employees Healthy
How to Control Mold Growth
- Fix anything that is leaking. That includes pipes, windows, and roofs. A leaking structure or pipe that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture. Most people discover a leaking roof or pipe when they see secondary damage to their home, like a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.
- Control the humidity in your home. Mold likes to grow in high humidity. An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH). In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH. You can purchase a home hygrometer and temperature gauge under $20 at your local Home Depot/hardware store.
- Ventilate humid areas. Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used. After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan to prevent any damages.
- Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company.If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties. This company should extract water and monitor your property as it dries. Ask for documentation to verify your structure has been properly dried.
Finding and Repairing The Leak
BE AWARE OF THE STAIN
- Find the leak: Start at the stain and look around the area to find the leak. However, the leak might not be in the exact same area as the stain. You might have to go inside your walls or above the ceiling to locate the leak.
- Identify the source: Once you find the leak, follow the leak to locate the source. If there is a bathroom above the stain, the leak could be from a plumbing fixture or worn out caulk. Make sure you also check the pipes and water lines near the stain for leaks or damage. Determining the direction that the leak is moving will help you better identify the source.
- Consider the timing of the leak: The timing of the leak can help you identify its source. If the leak occurs after you take a shower or flush the toilet, the bathroom is the likely source. If the leak happens after it rains, there is likely a problem with the gutters or roof.
- Determine the quality of the water: The quality of the water can also help you find the source of the leak. You can tell the quality of the water from the look of the stain. If the stain is colorless and odor free, the source is likely a fresh water source such as a pipe or appliance line. If there is an odd color or odor to the stain, the leak may be from the roof or the bathroom.
EVACUATING Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach
If you live near the coast or in a flood-prone area, you may be asked to evacuate. Your PLAN should include researching your evacuation route and making moves in advance with family or friends for a safe place to stay.Area public shelters are for people who have no other place to go. If you must stay in a shelter, listen to news broadcasts for announcements of shelter openings. Shelter volunteers do their best to make you comfortable, but a shelter is not a very comfortable place. Stay with friends or relatives if at all possible.
- Those with special medical needs (oxygen, etc.) should go to special needs shelters only. Special needs shelters do not provide hands-on medical care, only medical monitoring.
- Only service animals are permitted in public shelters. Shelters that allow pets are limited, so other arrangements should be made for your pets.
- Bring food and snacks. Meals may not be available during the first 24 hours.
- Bring your identification, personal belongings and medications in their original containers.
- Bring blankets/sleeping bags, pillows. Those are either not provided or limited in supply.
- Bring cards/games/books to pass the hours.
- Bring flashlights and a battery operated radio or TV with extra batteries for all.
- Stay inside and follow directions that are given for your comfort and safety.
California Tropical Storm in 1939...
Living in Southern California we hardly-never deal with any tropical storms. Although we did have a severe storm back in 1939, better known as the great 1939 Long Beach Tropical Storm, El Cordonazo. This tropical cyclone hit Southern California in the month of September 1939.
El Cordonazo was the only tropical storm to make landfall in Southern California in the twentieth century.The tropical storm caused severe flooding, leaving many dead, mostly at sea, and caused about 2 million in damages. Starting on September 15, 1939 and ending in September 25th, 1939, El Cordonazo started South in the North Western Mexico area and made its way up north to Long Beach California.
Even though us Californians see sunny clear blue skies most of the time, we should never doubt a severe storm coming our way. We should always be prepared for the worst and have some reliable resources available for our family and loved ones.
Fiesta Hermosa 2019
Fiesta Hermosa 2019 is Back!
We can see clearly now the rain is gone, we can see obstacles coming our way, now that the dark LA storm clouds have gone away. It's gonna be a bright sun-shining MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
May 25-27, 2019 Fiesta Hermosa takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day Memorial Day & Labor Day weekend. The annual festival is located in downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier. Don't miss out on the fun, music and entertainment, along with all the delicious vendors who will be present to Fiesta Hermosa.
If you're are interested in having a booth at Fiesta Hermosa, clink on the link below...
Redondo Beach / Manhattan Beach Relative Humidity Levels
We are blessed to be living in beautiful Southern California in the beach cities of the Los Angeles County. Living along the cost is beautiful but at times can cause humidity levels to rise if you live near the coast. Due to the heat throughout the day hitting the ocean, a good amount of evaporation occurs on the surface of the ocean causing humidity levels to rise, in which causes discomfort in your property.
When seeking to drop humidity levels inside your property, SERVPRO of Redondo Beach / Manhattan Beach has the resources to help get your property back to a comfortable relative humidity level.
The ideal relative humidity for health and comfort is about 40–50%. During winter months, it may at times have to be lower than 40% RH to avoid condensation on the windows.
What Do You Do When Your Business Suffers From a Flood?
Stay Ready Business Owners
When SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach gets called in to clean up the aftermath of a flood, we can assure you that our certified technicians know the best approach to get the job done quickly! and effectively! to avoid business interruptions...
What would you do if your business suffers from a flood? Would you know what to do to get your employees back to work a.s.a.p???
Flooding, whether it occurs because of mother nature or from a plumbing issue, is a common occurrence. If you're wondering how to prepare your business for a flood, please call our marketing manager for details on SERVPRO'S Emergency Ready Profile App, for your smartphone... Stay ready with all the crucial information needed in the event of a set back in the palm of your hands!
Preparing Your Pets For Mother Nature
Keep My Pets Safe and Ready
California has been known to be sunny and warm, with clear blue skies, without any worries of severe weather. Although we have the best weather in the world! we should never doubt severe storms in the winter season. We must keep our loved ones safe and prepared for the worst, including our pets!
Pet Safety in Emergencies:
- Prepare a disaster kit for your pets so evacuation will go smoothly for your entire family.
- Plan where you and your pet will stay in case you need to evacuate your home. Pets may not be allowed in local shelters, unless they are service animal. (JFYI... Red Cross shelters don't allow pets)
- Create a buddy system in case you’re not home during an emergency. Ask a trusted neighbor who can check on your pets and can evacuate if necessary.
- Practice evacuations with your pets so they have an idea of where to go and what to do.
Do's & Don'ts: After The Fire
Once you have experienced a fire either on your business property or home, feeling lost and traumatized is always the initial feeling. Here at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach we are prepared to help with safety as our number one concern. Here are a few Emergency Fire Damage Tips to help reduce damages and speed up the restoration process:
- Keeps your hands, if soot is on the hands it may further soil items.
- To prevent soot particles being stained on any carpet or wood, limit movement.
- Do not turn on any ceiling fans or any electrical appliances if wet.
- Do not try to shampoo carpet or any upholstered furniture unless consulting with a fire cleanup professional.
Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach a call for any emergency fire, or water damage.
Equipment Needed For Fire Damage Restoration
Fire Damage Restoration Equipment
Fire damage cleanup focuses on purifying contaminated air and neutralizing odors caused by smoke. Most fire damage restoration services will use some of the following equipment to help clean and sanitize the air to bring your property to preloss conditions.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum – A high-powered vacuum with filters that trap airborne particles like soot. It can be used on surfaces including ceilings, walls and floors.
Air scrubber – This machine helps eliminate odors and clean the air by using a filtration system to suck air in and filter it before releasing it back into the house.
Negative air fan – Removes contaminated air that’s inside a home through ducts, creating negative air pressure (a vacuum effect).
Ozone machine – Neutralizes odors and should only be used after a house is cleaned, emptied of all contents and vacated. The machine is typically used for a couple of days and the home must be ventilated for an additional 24 hours before reentry.
The First 24 Hours
What to do within the first 24 hours of emergency water damage is crucial. Whether it is caused by a broken pipe, overflowing toilet or even a sewage backup SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach is available to extract the water and dry out your property rapidly.
In order to prevent any secondary and permanent damages to any water emergency follow these steps to make certain that your water damage is managed accurately:
- Schedule for an inspection
- Extraction of water for preparation of drying.
- Monitoring the drying process to make sure the process is to appropriate industry standards.
- Final Walk-through with the property owner to certify that our drying process is to make them feel, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach will step-by-step help you have a stress free emergency situation.
Please contact us anytime at: (310) 939-9293
Flu Season Continues
Flu season is still in effect until the month of May. With Southern California's changing weather patterns from day to day, still taking precautions for this seasonal flu virus is important. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends flu vaccinations for everyone between 6 months to older.
Here are some pointers in fighting the flu virus:
- Be sure to cover your nose and your mouth with a napkin when coughing.
- Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available to wash your hands. Wash your hands often.
- Abstain any close contact with anybody who is sick or has flu-like symptoms.
If you have any type of questions regarding the flu, do not hesitate to get in contact with your health care provider.
With the summer season approaching soon, protecting ourselves from the extreme heat need to be considered. Most especially the elderly, children and overweight persons. In order to prepare and prevent high heat temperatures to stay indoors with the air conditioning, pets should also be kept inside and mainly keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water.
Preparing your home for extreme heat is also important. Here are some tips in keeping your home from extreme heat:
- Cover your windows with drapes, the windows where the morning and afternoon sun enter.
- Make sure HVAC duct and insulation are intact.
- Install window air conditions tightly.
For any water, fire, clean up emergency do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach a call any time of the day, any day of the week at (310) 939-9293.
10 Day Forecast in Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Fun Weather Coming
Los Angeles County had a great raining season in which we needed. The last couple of months it actually felt like winter here in Los Angeles. Living in the beach cities we expect to see clear skies and the sun beaming on us everyday!
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach had their hands full by answering your emergency phone calls for help, due to the wet season. Our team was working around the clock 7 days out of the week to insure we had you covered.
Now with the calming of the storm, SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach can recharge and stay ready for your needs. Until then, we have an amazing 10 day forecast coming ahead of us. Expect cool temperatures in the mid 60's- low 70's, partly cloudy, in the next 10 days... With Coachella this weekend and the Long Beach Grand Prix 2019, we are sure of great weather coming our way for fun in the sun!
Why Call SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach For Fire Restoration
The Best Fire Damage Restoration Company
Guiding our customers is what we do... We listen patiently to our customers knowing the stress and discomfort that they're going through after a fire.
We stay actively listening, taking notes, asking permission to conduct our examination, explaining test results, and answering all the questions you may have for us. Our goal is to get your home back to preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened".
One, Four, Eight...
The 1, 4, 8,is our protocol to our emergency damage process overview.
Within one hour from notice of loss, one of our members will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way!
Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO technician will be on-site to start the inspection/mitigation. The key to reducing damage and saving money is to respond quickly to your damage.
Within 8 business hours of on site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.
Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup June 2019
Save The Date!
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
10:00 am- 12:00 pm PDT
Location: Redondo Beach Pier s/s, Tower Ruby
George Freeth Way on the beach next to Veteran's Park
Redondo Beach, Ca. 90277
NOTHIN' BUT SAND BEACH CLEANUP JUNE 2019-By Heal the Bay
Protect What You Love
We provide the supplies, all you need to do is register, sign a waiver, and show-up! FREE to Sign up.
- Individuals under 18: Reserve a ticket and bring a signed waiver form to the cleanup.
- Group Leaders: Register groups of 2-100 people under the Youth Group ticket type. All participants are required to sign the waiver form.
- Families: Reserve a ticket and write the names of partner/children.
- Each volunteer registers individually unless they are with a youth group or family.
SIGN a WAIVER: Sign a virtual waiver through Eventbrite.
- Help us make Nothin' But Sand a zero-waste event by bringing your own buckets, garden gloves, and reusable water bottle.
- Be prepared to be outside 2-3 hours. Beach weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers.
If you have any questions or concerns please email the Beach Programs Manager at email@example.com
24/7 Water Extraction Services
24/7 Water Extraction Available
unexpected things happen to everyone at unexpected times. When you have a business to run and get a phone call from your staff stating that you have 2 feet of standing water in your warehouse, what do you do?
You call the best water mitigation company in town with the fastest response time, that's what you do!
At SERVPRO of Redondo/ Manhattan Beach we stay committed to helping our clients achieve the best results on every restorative drying project. We have the knowledge and resources to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Extraction is often said to be 1,000 times more effective at removing water than just dehumidification and evaporation. We always have the best plan of action for the right situation here at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach!
Los Angeles Stay Ready For The Next Storm!
RAIN IS ON ITS WAY LOS ANGELES
Its Friday April 5th, 2019! and if you live in the Los Angles County, you got hit with light rain overnight. Nothing outrageous, just a baby storm moistening our streets. This unexpected round of precipitation was just the tip of the iceberg before this weekend's storm heading our way.
Southern California we hope you're ready! SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach stays READY! We should be expecting another storm coming in tonight, Friday April 5th 2019, expected to drop one third to an inch of rain in our beaches over the weekend.
If you were planning on going out, you might want to think twice since this LA weather is on shuffle! Expect minor flooding, winds of 30-45 mph, possible debris/tress down.
If you're in need of water damage repair call us at 310-939-9293 SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach can help with a rapid response to help eliminate any secondary damages to your property.
Commercial Cleanup Available 24/7
When owning your own business comes along with a huge roles of responsibilities and stress.
Some unexpected interruptions will occur at times and can become difficult to handle on your own. Your focus needs to be on other important things that need to be handled for your operations.
When seeking for professional help due to some business interruptions can be a huge decision.
You can call a company who has a bad work reputation. You can call a company who hires cheap labor, now you have people working in your facility without any knowledge on how to provide the best and fastest approach to get the job done right in a timely manner.
You can hire a company without the proper documentation who wont take responsibility if another incident occurs.
We always encourage our local facility/property managers/owners to have a solid relationship with a local SERVPRO representative for situations like this.
Here at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach we stay ready to relive you with a breath of fresh air during a difficult experience.
Call us at 310-939-9293 available 24/7
Commercial Odor Removal
Odor Removal Services
ODORS ODORS ODORS! Our noses only love the good odors. You can have bad odors from, skunks, burnt food, fires, water damage, sewage, rotting, etc, the odors you don't want in your home or commercial facility.
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected area are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage to your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent issues.
When dealing with odors its important that professional action is taken as soon as possible. The residue and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manahttan Beach provides the best solution for odor removal. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration(IICRC) We can provide the best method for your situation and make it...
"Like it never even happened."
Springtime Duct Cleaning
Duct not Duck!
Spring has arrived but riding along her tail are also springtime allergens. To improve air quality and reduce allergy symptoms is to have your ducts in your home or building service. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach uses portable ventilation and air duct system in removing any grime in the duct system.
Cleaning your ducts will prolong the HVAC system and to always perform at its best. In time, foreign objects may collect in the air ducts such as pollen, dust, mold, dirt and even rodents. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach is equipped and ready for any type and size the service. We are available 24/7 and can be reached at 310-939-9293.
St. Patrick's Day 5k Run in Redondo Beach
RUN SERVPRO RUN!
It's that time of the year again! Mark your calendars South Bay! The annual St. Patrick's Day 5k Run in Redondo Beach California is this Sunday...
So make sure you gather your family and friends and join us this Sunday March 17th, 2019 at 8am! The Southern California sun was taking a break, letting the thunderstorms take over in January and February. THE SUN IS BACK!!! Don't miss out this weekend and soak up that sunlight with a run/walk at the St. Patrick's Day 5k run...
All participants will receive a St. Patrick’s Day Run t-shirt. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5k run. All kids dash finishers receive medals too!
You may still register in person, Info below...
Dates and Times:
Saturday, March 16th, Noon - 7 p.m. at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach or Sunday, March 17th, 6:30am until the start of the race near the race start in the Riviera Village Village Runner in Redondo Beach is located at: 1611 S. Catalina Ave. #105, Redondo Beach,
Emergency Planning For Pets
Keep pets safe
Pets are the new kids these days. They have become just as important as any family member to most of us, so why would you not have a plan of action set up for them in case of the unexpected.
While practicing fire escape or evacuation plans, be sure to include your pets. If an evacuation happens, don't leave pets behind as they can be lost or injured.
Most veterinary clinics and shelters have scanners that will read the microchip information to help find a pet's owner. Look into chipping your pets as it can be beneficial in the long run.
Pet Emergency Kit
- Food- 3 day supply in waterproof container
- Water- 3 days worth of water for your pet
- Medicines and medical records
- Collar and harness with ID tags and leash
- Crate or pet carrier
- Sanitation- Litter,newspapers,towels,plastic trash bags,etc...
- Familiar items such as...
Treats, toys, bedding can help reduce stress for your pets.
Redondo Beach Presents... Spring Fest 2019
Things to do in the month of March
SAVE THE DATE!!! Our favorite Spring Fest in the city of Redondo Beach is happening at Aviation Park near the Redondo Beach performing art center, AND YOU'RE INVITED!!!
March 28-31, 2019! FREE Parking, FREE Admission, just bring your family and friends for a great time, ride the Carnival Rides, experience our awesome Kids’ Zone, a variety of delicious food to choose from, Gourmet Food Trucks, Petting Zoo, and of course Music & Entertainment.
Saturday: 11am- 11pm
Sunday: 11am- 9pm
This is a great event to come out with your loved ones in the beautiful City of Redondo Beach California. Every year this event gets better and better, so be sure to join us and don't miss out on all the action that takes place at SPRING FEST!!
Woosley Fires 2018
Fire Damage Help
In the Month of November of 2018 California had one of its most destructive wildfires in California history.
As the inferno started to spread the panic got more serious for the residents. Over 250,000 people were evacuated from their homes.The inferno burned 96,950 acres of land. The fire destroyed 1,643 structures, in the results of 3 deaths, in which our hearts go out to the families who lost a loved one.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach had the honor of helping those who were affected from the wildfires, whether it was helping with smoke/soot damage, fire/water damage, or structure cleanup.
God only knows if we have to go through these devastating fires again. Until we do, know that SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach will be here to HELP!
Is Mold Making You Sick?
SICK OF MOLD
We've all witnessed mold appear in our homes sometime in our live's, whether its in our attics, basements, bathroom's, we see it everywhere.
When we see mold, we are disgusted and worried for our loved ones health. The last thing you want is your new born baby girl/boy breathing in these toxic microscopic mold spores while taking a nap.
Should you find a little mold in your home that's under 10 square feet, we have some home remedies to properly get rid of your mold issue.
- The best way to eradicate mold is to clean and dry the surface properly.
- In case of green or black mold removal on wooden surfaces, place those wooden objects in the sunlight.
- Few cleaning agents used for mold removal affects your wall and wooden surfaces. So use wood polish after mold removal process.
Vinegar is a great fungicide to remove mold from any surface. The best part about vinegar is that it does not stain the walls. There will be no side effects if you treat a particular surface with vinegar. Add Vinegar in a spray bottle,spray surface and wipe down with a damped towel. Repeat applying vinegar to the area until molds disappear from the area entirely. Use white distilled vinegar for the best results.
investing in a good dehumidifier is recommended. Get the best dehumidifier available at the market and use it regularly to control mold growth.
Should you come across a large amount of MOLD... Call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach (310) 939-9293
Stay Disaster Ready With Commercial Property Insurance
If you’re running a business, and haven’t taken Commercial Property Insurance in consideration, you’re taking a huge risk. And here’s why:
- Most insurers offer comprehensive, business pack insurance bundles – it’s never been simpler to cover your property’s entire contents. You’re missing out on protection for your materials, tools and other operational equipment.
- Today’s business environment is far too unpredictable – With the nature of 2018’s economic environment becoming significantly less predictable by the month, can you really afford not to be covered?
Never assume that every aspect of your small business is covered. When consulting a Commercial Property insurance professional, you will be able to ask questions and they will look deeper into the fine print. An insurance professional will be able to confirm that there’s a mutual understanding of inclusions and exclusions, and what you need protected is specifically mentioned in the cover.
With a general business insurance policy, there will often be categories such as flood damage and sensitive conditions to look out for. For example, things like whether your building is classed as residential or not.
Commercial Property Emergency Plans
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
PPE FOR MOLD (Personal Protective Equipment)
Skin and Eye Protection
Gloves protect the skin from contact with mold, as well as from potentially irritating cleaning solutions. Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended. The glove material should be selected based on the type of substance/ chemical being handled. If you are using a biocide such as chlorine bleach, or a strong cleaning solution, you should select gloves made from natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC. If you are using a mild detergent or plain water, ordinary household rubber gloves may be used.
To protect your eyes, use properly fitted goggles or a full face piece respirator. Goggles must be designed to prevent the entry of dust and small particles. Safety glasses or goggles with open vent holes are not appropriate in mold remediation.
Respirators protect cleanup workers from inhaling airborne mold, contaminated dust, and other particulates that are released during the remediation process. Either a half mask or full face piece air-purifying respirator can be used. A full face piece respirator provides both respiratory and eye protection. Please refer to the discussion of the different levels of remediation to ascertain the type of respiratory protection recommended. Respirators used to provide protection from mold and mold spores must be certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). More protective respirators may have to be selected and used if toxic contaminants such as asbestos or lead are encountered during remediation.
As specified by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.134 individuals who use respirators must be properly trained, have medical clearance, and be properly fit tested before they begin using a respirator. In addition, use of respirators requires the employer to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program, with worksite-specific procedures and elements.
While conducting building inspections and remediation work, individuals may encounter hazardous biological agents as well as chemical and physical hazards. Consequently, appropriate personal protective clothing (i.e., reusable or disposable) is recommended to minimize cross-contamination between work areas and clean areas, to prevent the transfer and spread of mold and other contaminants to street clothing, and to eliminate skin contact with mold and potential chemical exposures.
Disposable PPE should be discarded after it is used. They should be placed into impermeable bags, and usually can be discarded as ordinary construction waste. Appropriate precautions and protective equipment for biocide applicators should be selected based on the product manufacturer's warnings and recommendations (e.g., goggles or face shield, aprons or other protective clothing, gloves, and respiratory protection).
You can always call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach at (310)939-9293 if you ever have any questions or concerns about mold.
7 Common Fire Starters
Stay Fire Proof
House fires have a pattern—they start in some places more than others. Based on research from fires that occurred between 2010 and 2018, here are the most common places fires begin:
Half of all house fires start in the kitchen. That’s no surprise since it’s where you do the most cooking and house many appliances. This is an easy place to prevent fires since they’re normally man-made. Just keep an eye on the oven, combustible items away from the stove, and you’ll already be safer.
About 7% of all structure fires start in the bedroom. The amount of objects in bedrooms has something to do with it. Mattresses for one, can be very flammable unless they’re new. If you have a mattress that was made before 2007, it probably doesn’t abide by the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. All mattresses made after 2007 are flame retardant and held to a higher safety standard. Do yourself a favor and go buy one!
Like everything else, chimneys need to be cleaned. We suspect 6 percent of all house fires happen in chimneys because people neglect to have them serviced. Every time you have a fire, sap and ash from whatever you’re burning coats the inside of your chimney. Determine if your chimney needs to be cleaned by doing a scape test. Open the flue, put on protective glasses, and get a flashlight. Then, shine a light up the chimney and scrape the inside with something sharp. If the residue is 1/8 inches thick, schedule a cleaning. If residue is closer to 1/4 inch, don’t have another fire until your chimney is professionally cleaned.
#4: Living Room
Living rooms or family rooms often contain candles, fireplaces, electronics, and heating equipment. They also contain couches and other flammable items. Since 4 percent of house fires start in living rooms, we can assume these factors have something to do with it.
#5: Laundry Room
Laundry rooms are where 3 percent of all house fires begin. Dryer lint is a main cause of laundry room fire. If you don’t clean vents and filters regularly, the heat could cause lint to catch fire. Try not to run the washer or dryer when you’re not home in case something gets overheated and you need to act.
House fires start outside 3% of the time. This is where people keep grills, smoke, have bonfires, and light off fireworks. Just know that if you have a fire outside, it could catch onto your home if you’re not careful.
Attics aren’t always accessible, so you might not know what’s going on up there. Whether it’s a crawl space or a walk-up, make sure to hire someone or check it out yourself. Not everything in homes are done to code (if people choose the DIY route), so you might find dangerous wiring that needs fixing
Are You Up To Date With The New Mattresses?
Time For a New Mattress
New Federal Mattress Standard Details
A good night's sleep – that's what most consumers want from their mattress. On July 1, 2007, new mattresses will offer an additional, lifesaving benefit: better protection from a fire.
Mattresses manufactured on or after July 1, 2007 must meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) flammability standard. The mandatory standard is designed to reduce the severity of mattress fires ignited by open flame sources such as candles, matches and lighters.
CPSC estimates that, once fully effective, the new federal flammability standard will prevent as many as 270 deaths and 1,330 injuries every year.
CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord calls the new standard an important layer of fire protection in the home.
"The new federal flammability standard limits the spread and intensity of a mattress fire," said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "That will give consumers valuable time to escape their homes if there's a fire and it will save lives."
The mandatory mattress rule, known as 16 CFR Part 1633, is a performance standard that limits the heat release in a mattress fire.
When shopping for a new mattress or mattress set, consumers should look for a label on the mattress stating that it meets the federal flammability requirement, and whether it is intended to be sold alone or with a specific foundation, such as a box spring.
Although this is an added layer of protection, consumers still need to keep in mind that increased fire resistance does not mean there is no fire risk. CPSC urges consumers to follow these important fire safety tips:
- Never smoke in bed.
- Do not allow kids to play with candles, lighters, matches or smoking materials.
- Do not fall asleep while a candle is burning.
- Extinguish candles before leaving the room.
- Have working smoke alarms on each level of the home and inside every bedroom.
- In case of fire, call 911 from a safe location.
Avoid Water Damage
Stay Dry at All Times
Water damage can be very stressful and expensive when an individual suffers from a loss. whether you have a broken pipe, water hoses, overflowing bathtubs, or broken toilets, its never a fun thing to experience. The most common causes of water damage are listed below to help avoid any water damage to your property in the near future.
- Busted Pipes/hoses is the number one source for water damage
The second most common cause of water damage? Accidents!
Overflowing bathtubs or broken toilets. The most common cause? Children! Those with kids i'm sure can relate
The third most common cause of water damage? Sewer backup!
– nasty! And the most common cause of this? Tree roots invading and clogging drain lines. Why? Because trees like the readily available fertilizer and water!
The fourth most common cause of water damage in the home? It’s long term basement humidity
What causes that? Hydrostatic pressure and aging infrastructure.
And last, but not least, the fifth most common cause of water damage? Flash flooding
This is the rarest type of water intrusion in the home. It occurs when you least expect it.
Did you know... SERVPRO has the technology to restore your valuable document's
In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.
Our Document Restoration Facility:
- Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
- Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
- Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
- Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
- Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization
Then SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
Types of content:
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
Document Cleaning and Disinfecting
In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.
In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.
How To Read a Water Meter
Learning how to read a water meter is a fairly simple task. A water meter typically consists of various easy to read dials...
New water meters are quite simple to read. They typically have three dials or indicators:
- A leak dial, which indicates if any water is running inside the property.
- A one cubic foot dial, which measures in increments up to one cubic foot.
- A cubic foot meter, which indicates the total historical water usage for the property.
An older water meter is harder to read in that it may have multiple dials. These dials each read in different increments of cubic feet, the largest registering 1,000,000 cubic feet. To understand your total water usage, you have add the totals in each dial. In the meter shown lower in this post all seven dials must be added in order to know how many cubic feet of water have been used historically, or for a certain period of time. Older water meters do not have one register that shows the complete total of use.
Be Ready For The Next Storm!
Pros and Cons of Installing Storm Windows
Winter can sometimes be a challenge—especially if your windows aren’t up to the task! To restore your comfort and drop those miserable heating costs, you might be considering window replacement this year.
What’s a Storm Window?
These are basically the same thing as, and perform a similar function to, a storm door. A storm window is an auxiliary window installed on the exterior (or occasionally interior) of your existing windows. The storm windows provide an added layer of both insulation and defense against storms and the bitter winter weather we experience once n a while in LA.
Is a Storm Window Installation the Right Choice for Me?
Well, it depends. Storm windows offer up a bunch of advantages, but they won’t fix every problem. The real answer is going to rely on a few important factors that are specific to your and your home. To help you get a better idea, let’s take a moment to look at the pros of storm windows, and the cons.
The Benefits of Installing Storm Windows
- Highly cost-effective. A storm window installation is much, much less costly than a total window replacement, making it a great option for homeowners on a bit of a budget, or looking to save up for a bigger replacement job in the future.
- A fast and easy solution. Window professionals can install storm windows in no time, making them a good “I need it now” option to reduce the chill of winter or to baffle the buffeting winds of a storm.
- Additional protection of existing windows. If you’re quite fond of your current windows and want to put off replacing/protect them against the elements, storm windows are ideal.
- Versatile. There are a lot of options for installing storm window, from track storm windows to magnetic. This means you’ve got a lot of options on what to choose, and how you want your storm windows to operate.
Living in sunny California we probably won't be in need of storm windows, but you just never know!
What is Water Damage?
The Power of Water
Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others.
When is comes to water damage, actions need to take place immediately! the longer you wait to call a professional out like SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach, the more likely you'll be dealing with a more expensive claim and causing more damage to your property.
Is Water Damage Covered By Homeowners Insurance?
In this case, your insurance policy will likely provide coverage. Most standard homeowners policies provide protection from water damage if the cause is sudden and accidental. With our experience in the past, most home maintenance issues (like a leaking roof for example) wont be covered in a water loss.
Not All Water Damage is The Same
Mother Nature at Work
When dealing with a water damage at your property, we don't really think about the different types of categories classified.
When a sewage back up causes a flood, or a storm hit your home with 3 inches of rain, or just a refrigerator main line leak, we just think its water. In this blog we will discuss the steps to be taken with dealing with the unexpected.
Restoration Depends on Water Type
Specific steps must be taken to reduce property destruction, depending on the type of water damage. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), who sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training, there are three levels or types of water involved in damages. They include:
Category 1: Clean water
This water damage is from sanitary sources, such as an overflowing sink or tub, burst water pipes, failed supply lines to appliances, drinking fountains, or vertical falling rainwater.
Category 2: Grey water
This water is from sources that could make you uncomfortable or ill if ingested. Washing machine, dishwasher, or urine-tainted toilet overflows belong in this category.
Category 3: Black water
This is the worst classification of water and could cause severe illness if ingested. Sewer backups, flooded rivers, feces-tainted toilet overflows, or stagnant liquid that has bacterial growth are all examples of black water.
Let the Experts Save Your Home and Belongings
Seeping water damage is progressive, pervasive and can mean valuable objects or keepsakes may become permanently damaged. The professionals you find at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach are trained on how to handle the various types of water damage. Once they arrive on the scene at a home or business, they quickly assess the situation and start the restoration process in these three areas:
- Aggressive cleaning: Wall cavities and other surfaces are cleaned with a detergent solution. Salvageable materials are flushed and thoroughly disinfected.
- Moisture detection: Not all water damage is visible to the naked eye. Water trapped in structural cavities may require sophisticated detection equipment to mitigate odors, prevent mold growth and minimize structural damage.
- Rapid Structural Drying: Mold begins growing on soggy surfaces within only 24 to 48 hours. Rapid drying, all the way down to the building’s substructure, is necessary to restore pre-flood conditions.
After your home floods, you may think your home and its contents are beyond hope, but many of your furnishings and belongings can be restored. With professional restoration help, your flooded home can be cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt, and reoccupied sooner than you think.
If you or your insured clients experience a water or flood disaster, look for SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach… You can count on us to answer your questions and take prompt action to save your home and belongings.
Your Commercial Facility Has Water Damage: Now What?
Emergency Water Damage Mitigation
There are numerous situations where a commercial property might suffer extensive water damage. For example, a flood from a storm or overflowing river bank might deposit massive amounts of dirty water all over the first floor of a structure. Or, a burst/leaky pipe might cause water to collect in the spaces between the walls or floors in the structure, leading to mold growth and other issues in these hidden areas.
Whether it’s flood water damage or some other form of moisture intrusion, what should you do when the commercial property you’re inspecting has water damage?
Confirming The Extent Of Damage
One of the first things you’ll want to do when you discover signs of water damage is verify the extent of the damage. However, a simple visual check probably won’t be enough to reliably establish the full scope of the problem.
Water can soak into many building materials far from the source of the moisture intrusion without creating obvious signs of damage for a long time. So, to accurately establish how far the water has spread, you need a specialized tool for measuring moisture in building materials—such as a moisture meter for building inspection.
Using a moister meter, you can measure the moisture content (%MC) of the materials near where you noticed the water damage. By continuing to make checks progressively farther from the site of the damage, you can establish how widespread the damage is as well as the severity of the moisture intrusion.
With this information, you’ll be able to determine whether you need to focus on drying out the affected materials, or simply tear them out so they can be replaced with undamaged materials.
Contacting a Water Damage Restoration Expert
If you’re inspecting your own property and do not have experience in water cleanup/restoration work, it may be a good idea to contact a water damage restoration expert to handle the task of dry-out/tear-out for you. This is because water damage remediation work can be too delicate or dangerous for someone without specialized experience or training to risk.
For example, a professional in water damage restoration is likely to have the right tools and experience to minimize their risks from hazards such as mold spores, exposure to fiberglass insulation, and weakened floors that may collapse—all of which are common hazards in water cleanup and restoration work. Additionally, an expert is more likely to be able to successfully complete dry-out tasks in a way that minimizes the overall damage and risk of future problems.
Trying to handle dry-out and tear-out work without the requisite training and experience can lead to problems— Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach at (310)939-9293 to get the job done right!
Fire Facts From SERVPRO
What is The Most Common Cause of a House Fire?
The number one source of house fires is cooking. Usually leaving pots or pans unattended on the stove while you run away to do something for “just a minute.” The NFPA says that 40% of all house fires, or an average of 156,600 per year, start this way, causing approximately $853 million in property damage.
Some Other Common Causes of Fire that Play a Big Role Are...
- Cooking Equipment. ...
- Heating. ...
- Smoking in bedrooms. ...
- Electrical Equipment. ...
- Candles. ...
- Curious Children. ...
- Faulty Wiring. ...
- flammable liquids
What are some Potential Fire Hazards?
- Waste and combustible material being stored on site. ...
- Flammable liquids and vapours. ...
- Dust build-up. ...
- Objects that generate heat. ...
- Faulty electrical equipment. ...
- Overloading power sockets. ...
- Smoking. ...
- Human error and negligence.
These are just some of the most common things that could cause a fire at your home or commercial facility.
Always make sure to test your smoke detectors before going to bed, this takes seconds and in seconds you can save yourself or a loved one from any harm.
Are You Ready?
The Redondo Beach Fire Department C.E.R.T. Academy will take place April 19 through June 16 and is now accepting applications.
The Redondo Beach Fire Department C.E.R.T. Academy began in April 1996, with overwhelming success. To date, over 1000 individuals have received training. The C.E.R.T. concept is based on increasing disaster preparedness and awareness within the community by having a core group of trained individuals capable of assisting themselves, their family and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
Although Fire and Police emergency service personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle disasters, they will not be able to help everyone in post disaster response and recovery. You can make the difference by using the training you will receive to save lives and protect property. Are you ready?
5 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in your Home
1. Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner might seem to be working just fine, but it’s important to adhere to regular service dates (at least once each year) to ensure nothing is malfunctioning behind the scenes. Your A/C removes moisture from the air, and sometimes that moisture builds up within the A/C itself. If not properly drained, that water could be slowly leaking into your home – potentially ruining the flooring and drywall and, in many cases, introducing mold.
Dishwashers are another possible culprit of water damage in your home. Your dishwasher can cause water damage if not properly sealed, meaning that the latch is broken, or if it was loaded with the wrong soap. Make sure that any leaks are immediately addressed and that your dishwasher is repaired or replaced ASAP, so you can avoid costly water damage repairs to your kitchen.
3. Washing Machine
Perform regular checks on your washing machine, inspecting beneath the unit as well as behind it. Make sure all fittings are securely connected, and that the underbelly of the washing machine isn’t leaking any water beneath the unit. If you have an older washing machine that gives you frequent issues, consider replacing it altogether.
4. Leaking Pipes
It might seem obvious, but water damage in the home is often caused by leaky pipes. Let’s pretend that you have a loose-fitting pipe under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom, and you’ve just recently noticed water pooling in that area. Don’t wait to call a plumber – a leak in one place in your home could signify leaks in other areas, too. If you notice spikes in your water bill, a leak is likely present and needs to be addressed before additional damage is caused to your landscaping, foundation, flooring, or other areas of the home.
5. Clogged Drains
Clogged drains aren’t just annoying, they also cause water damage (and mold growth) if left unchecked. If your toilet is clogged, it means that not only can you not use the toilet, but you will likely also experience water backing up into the shower, sinks, or bathroom floor. Sewer water is extremely dangerous because it contains raw sewage and bacteria, and must be cleaned up by a professional. If your kitchen sink drain is backing up, you can experience sink overflow and subsequent damages to your kitchen flooring and cabinetry. Make sure to seek professional help when experiencing frequent drain clogs so you don’t have to deal with water damage to your home on top of the clog itself.
So there you have it – the five most common causes of drain clogs in the home. Don't forget to store our emergency contact number in your smartphones, in case you ever deal with one of these situations... (310)939-9293 SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach
5 Signs Your Sprinkler System is Leaking
Keep a look out
Sprinkler system's are installed to help you save time, money, and energy. So what happens if it springs a leak? How would you even notice since the main components of the system are buried under the lawn?
A leak can cost you a lot of money. Not only can it increase your water bill, but it may also cause damage to your lawn, landscaping,concrete,or even your home. To keep an eye out, it’s important to understand the signs that indicate a leak is happening. Here are the top signs that your sprinkler has sprung a leak and what you can do about it.
- The grass is unusually wet. When you walk through your lawn on a non-rainy day, do you feel squishing under your feet? If so, this isn’t normal and probably indicates a leak. You might notice more around the sprinkler valves or areas where important connections are buried. This could just manifest as wet grass, but you may also see bubbling from the ground.
- The concrete is wet. If it hasn’t rained and you see a wet spot on your concrete walkways or patio, it may also indicate a leak from your sprinklers. If it can’t be explained rationally, it might be time to contact a professional to get a better understanding of what’s going on underground. Excess water can damage concrete over time, so getting it repaired quickly will save you a huge headache in the end.
- Erosion near your sprinkler heads. Something you might not spot right away is erosion near the sprinkler heads. If it looks like the ground is caving in or something has been digging around the sprinklers, it probably isn’t squirrels or a neighborhood dog. Check for a leak and contact a professional to take a closer look.
- Unexplainable fungus growth. Another indicator of too much moisture due to a leak is fungus. Are there mushrooms around your system? Or growing on the base of trees that might be near buried lines? Mushrooms aren’t natural in a suburban or landscaped environment and are a sure sign that something isn’t quite right with your system.
- Your water bill has spiked. Of course, your primary indication may not be physical at all. If you noticed that your water bill has increased significantly, you’ll need to look at a number of factors. Providing your daily use hasn’t spiked for an explainable reason, it could be your sprinkler. Rule out any issues within the home, such as a leak in your plumbing, toilet, dishwasher, or washing machine. If those seem normal, check out your sprinkler system for the culprit.
What Is Asbestos?
Is Asbestos Harmful?
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil.
Where Can I Find Asbestos?
Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant.
Asbestos has also been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.
- Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
- Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Textured paint and patching compounds used on walls and ceilings
- Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
- Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
- Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Automobile clutches and brakes
How Can People Be Exposed to Asbestos?
Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling.
In general, exposure may occur only when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed or damaged in some way to release particles and fibers into the air.
Health Effects From Exposure to Asbestos
Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.
Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure.
Asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify.
Healthcare providers usually identify the possibility of asbestos exposure and related health conditions like lung disease by taking a thorough medical history.
This includes looking at the person’s medical, work, cultural and environmental history.
After a doctor suspects an asbestos-related health condition, he or she can use a number of tools to help make the actual diagnosis.
Some of these tools are physical examination, chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist who treats diseases caused by asbestos.
Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:
- lung cancer
- mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart
- asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs
Information for Owners and Managers of Buildings that Contain Asbestos
Lead & Asbestos
In this Blog, you'll find information on federal requirements for the renovation and demolition of buildings that contain asbestos.
It also provides guidance on developing and maintaining an operations and maintenance program to manage asbestos-containing materials in buildings.
Public and non-profit private schools have distinct regulatory requirements for the management of asbestos.
Renovation and Demolition Requirements
The National Emission Standards for Hazordous Air polluntants(NESHAP) regulations under the Clean Air Act specify work practices for asbestos to be followed during demolitions and renovations of all structures, installations, and buildings (excluding residential buildings that have four or fewer dwelling units).
The regulations require the owner of the building or the operator to notify the appropriate state agency before any demolition, or before any renovations of buildings that could contain a certain threshold amount of asbestos or asbestos-containing material.
In addition, particular manufacturing and fabricating operations either cannot emit visible emissions into the outside air or must follow air cleaning procedures, as well as follow certain requirements when removing asbestos-containing waste.
Spring Fest Redondo Beach 2018
Springfest is a spring carnival and community festival that has become a favorite tradition for all ages.
Estimated attendance is over 40,000 local residents and neighboring visitors.
This popular 4-day event features…
FREE Admission • FREE Parking
Carnival Rides • Kids’ Zone • Food Court • Gourmet Food Truck • Music & Entertainment
Is parking available?
There is plenty of FREE parking at the event, in nearby parking lots.
What does it cost to get into the event?
Admission is FREE.
Where can I buy tickets for carnival rides?
All tickets may be purchased at the event.
Thursday ONLY, all carnival rides are just $1!
Wristbands cost $30 Each—Valid Friday from 5pm to 11pm—Valid Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm
Tickets cost $1.25 each….$25 for a book of 20….$30 for a book of 36
Small rides cost 3 tickets—Medium rides cost 4 tickets—Large rides cost 5
Will there be food?
Yes. There will be a food court and food trucks featuring classic carnival foods and some of the hottest food trucks in So Cal.
Are leashed dogs allowed?
Dogs are not permitted onsite. Aviation Park, like all City parks, has a prohibition for dogs.
Does Insurance Cover Mold Removal?
SOMETHING TO TAKE IN CONSIDERATION
If you find mold in your home the first question you are probably going to ask is, does insurance cover mold removal? A home insurance policy is purchased to cover any potential damage that may occur to a home, but the problem is that many homeowners are unaware of the fact that there are potentially dangerous situations that may occur in the home that might not be covered by your insurance policy.
Insurance policies can be cumbersome and tricky when it comes to coverage details, especially if mold is involved. Most insurance policies for homeowners do not specifically cover mold damage, although there are specific situations when they will pay for mold cleanup. The general rule is that mold cleanup will be covered if it is the result of a coverable event. So for example if a pipe bursts and it causes mold, that should be covered. If you have a humidifier built into your heating system and you set it too high and it causes mold, that won’t be covered. Mold will generally not be covered if it was caused by neglect or a lack of maintenance.
Most states have limitations on the amount of mold coverage that can be paid out by an insurance company, so it is a good idea to find out if there are limitations in the state where your home is located. Also, it is common for homeowners insurance policies to not cover flood damage, or any mold that results. If your policy doesn’t cover flooding, you might want to consider having a separate policy for flood insurance. Keep in mind that almost any water intrusion into your home at the ground level would be considered flooding and not be covered.
READ THE FINE PRINT
When you are reviewing your home insurance policy, the most important thing to do is to read the fine print and understand the coverage. Ask questions of your insurance agent, such as:
- Are there limits to the insurance payout for damage that occurs to the home?
- Will mold remediation be limited to certain types of disasters?
- Will basic insurance cover mold removal, or would a higher coverage policy be better?
- Is air testing covered to confirm that all traces of the mold have been removed.
If you suspect mold in your home and would like to speak with a SERVPRO representative...
Call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach
The Storms of 1952-53 in Redondo/Manhattan Beach
We cant always have beautiful weather...
One of the worst storms in Redondo/Manhattan Beach history pounded the city’s north coast during the period from December 31, 1952 through January 13, 1953.
At least 18 structures were destroyed, most of them houses and apartment buildings along The Strand. A section of Hermosa Avenue about 75 feet long was taken out by the surging waters. (Hermosa Avenue was the main thoroughfare through the area before King Harbor was built and the street became Harbor Drive.) Crews repairing the missing section of road encountered holes as deep as 14 feet that needed to be filled. In addition, Hermosa and other nearby streets were filled with rocks and debris from the seawall and existing breakwater that had been hurled ashore by the waves.
We never know when we might see another severe storm like the storms from 1952-53(knock on wood) But if we do... always remember that SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach
will always be available for emergency services around the clock, 365 days a year. Dont forget to store our emergency contact # in your cell phone's (310)939-9293
House Fire? Preparedness Advice
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE
What I want to write on today is how to exit a burning structure. The situation that is of most concern is waking up in the night to a fire. You are sleepy and not fully alert. If you are lucky, your smoke detector has alerted you early in the progress of the fire. With children in the home, an alarm that has a voice recording option is best.
The first thing that many people do once they realize their home is on fire is to sit up in bed. This can be a major mistake because, as we all know, heat and smoke rise. Instead, have a plan to roll out of bed and stay low on the floor, until you can determine the situation. Don’t make the mistake of sticking your head up into what could be smoke and hot gases. Smoke in a house fire can contain some very nasty poisons and should be avoided if possible. The temperature between floor level and ceiling height can be as much as several hundred degrees.
Hopefully, prior to the fire, you have planned an escape route and know your way outside. For myself, even if I am spending the night in a hotel or someone else’s home, I plan an escape route.
If you wake up in a fire, get on the floor and crawl to your exit point. If you have to open doors, use the back of your hand to feel and see if the door is hot from fire on the other side. If you live on a second floor, plan on how you will be able to reach the groundandhow your kids will reach the ground.You can buy fire escape laddersthat work well. If you are in a high rise, do not use the elevators. In some cases, the fire shorts out the elevator buttons and the elevator will go to the fire floor and the doors will open, leaving you trapped.
Set off your smoke detectors late at night and see if they will wake your children. In many cases, children will sleep through them. If this happens, talk to a local alarm company about getting a system with a louder bell. If you have children, make sure you have fire drills, teach them what to do.
If you have a fire extinguisher and make the decision to fight the fire, always make sure that someone has dialed 911 and leave yourself an escape route.
One of the most important things to do is to have a meeting place to gather to make sure everyone got out. I have seen a father die going back into a house to rescue a daughter who was standing outside on the opposite side of the house. The meeting place can be as simple as the light pole across the street.
A few minutes thought and training can be the difference between life and death for you or one of your family members.
SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach cares about our community and love's being prepared. Helping other's to consider preparation is what we love to do, whether its helping families get there home back to livable conditions, or helping with fires safety tips, SERVPRO is here to HELP!
What is Mold?
MOLD NO BUENO
Mold is an extremely small, dangerous element that belongs to the family of fungi. It can thrive on almost any surface especially cellulose-based objects. Mold reproduces very quickly, and it can take hold in your home in no time. Once mold takes over, your health and your wallet can be impacted. The sooner you identify and remediate, the lesser the impact.
Most people hear the word “mold” and cringe. They don’t realize that molds are a very normal part of our world. Molds are present almost everywhere, Though they may be harmful at times, molds are a big part of the ecological balance in the environment, as they play a major role in breaking down organic substances.
It is only when certain types of molds get into our homes that issues arise. Though there are thousands of different mold types, only certain kinds are dangerous for humans. Mold spores easily become airborne and once inhaled, they can have major impacts on our health. Health issues range from recurring allergies to severe reactions ending in death.
Molds require moisture to grow. There are many different types of moisture sources in our homes, and all of them can produce mold if they persist. From floods to roof leaks, moisture can come from almost anywhere. According to some recent studies, approximately 50 percent of homes have unknown moisture problems. And as we all know, molds thrive best in moist places. While we may notice moisture on our walls or in our bathrooms because we frequently visit these areas, mold can often hide in the areas of our homes we don’t frequently visit such as basements, attics, and behind furniture.
To a large extent, all indoor mold growth is potentially harmful and should be removed promptly, no matter what types of mold are present or whether they can produce toxins.
Awareness and sanitation should be observed to prevent the spread of molds in your home.
Call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach for any questions or concerns (310)939-9293
Steps To Take Immediately After a Storm Damage
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.
Take Safety Precautions
Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property.
Photograph the Damage
If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.
Contact Your Insurance Company and SERVPRO
Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made. SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach works with most major insurance companies, we have experience working with adjusters to get the balls rolling, so we can get your home back to preloss conditions as quick as possible. we'll make it "Like it never even happened"
Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance
The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.
When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke disaster.
Fire Safety tips for High-Rise Apartment Building
Fire safety in high rise apartment building
If you live in an apartment building, especially beyond the first floor, you should be prepared and have a plan in place in case of a fire.
About 62 percent of fires responded to by firefighters between 2009-2013 were in apartment buildings, resulting in many fatalities, injuries and millions in property damage.
Here are some important things to know for fire safety in a high-rise residential apartment building:
- Be familiar with your floor’s evacuation plan. A diagram should be posted where you can see it.
- Be aware of the location so the fire exits in your hall, especially those near your unit.
- Always have a set of house keys and a flashlight in your nightstand.
- Always be sure your smoke alarms are working.
Remediation in HVAC systems
Mold begins as a small spore in the air, and when it finds a moist place, it attaches and begins multiplying.
This process is called amplification. Bacteria, mold, and mildew can all easily live off of moist areas, making the HVAC system an excellent breeding ground. Proper and thorough air duct cleaning and HVAC component cleaning is important to prevent suspect molds from circulating within the home causing the triggering of allergies and/or respiratory ailments.
Many types of molds, fungi, and bacteria can grow inside the HVAC unit where moisture and food sources exist. The areas of the evaporator coils, drain pan, supply plenum, and air ducts downstream from these components are prime areas for mold to occur.
Often, symptoms associated with mold exposure appear before you notice that you have mold in your home, and are commonly known as the “Sick Building Syndrome.” Watch out for:
- Shortness of breath
- Skin, eye, or throat irritation
- Sinus issues
Mold growth will more than likely effect anyone in your household with sensitive immune systems, asthma, and allergies first. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have not been exposed to an illness, it’s best to call mold specialist like SERVPRO for inspection and removal.
Storm Damage Repair
Storm Damage Repair
The professionals at SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach have you covered with our full service storm damage repair service. We're a preferred vendor for major insurance companies and work with your adjuster to ensure your repairs are quickly and thoroughly completed.
I have storm damage. What do I do now?
Once you have called your family to let them know you're safe, the next phone call should be to SERVPRO. Our certified technicians will arrive at your home, ready to inspect every inch of your property, from roof to ground. After a thorough evaluation is conducted, we will sit with you and explain what we have found. We will also inform you of your rights as an insurance policy holder and list out what the next steps will be. We understand that storms are stressful. We will sit with you while you speak to your insurance company and begin the claims process. With a claim number in hand, we can go to work.
Does SERVPRO work with all insurance companies?
As a preferred vendor with all major insurance companies, we have the insurance claim process down to an art. After we conduct an initial inspection and you make a claim with your insurance company, our representative will be present when your insurance company sends an adjuster to your home. We will obtain a copy of their report and match it with our own. SERVPRO goes off the industry standard estimate software(xactimate) that ensures our bids reflect an insurance company's exacting requirements.
You will be informed every step of the way,our professional inspectors, representatives and adjuster will do the hard work for you. SERVPRO
will do whatever it takes to help our clients get their homes back to preloss conditions, we're here to make it "like it never even happened"
Saving water, recycling, helping our community and do our part for the world
Education for water recycling
Southern California Drought became a history in 2017. The blessing of rain was plenty during fall, and winter 2016 and spring of 2017, but this past fall and our present winter do not look promising and we face another lack of water in the future. The good news is we all got better in saving water usage in our homes and our yards.
Nevertheless, we can become better by being able to use rainwater with some education.
West Basin Municipal Water District is hosting an event at Redondo Beach Performing Art Center teaching residents how to harvest and use rainwater for irrigation, as well as how to legally and safely reuse water in the washer to wash 2 loads instead of one, and save!
If you missed the event there is still the book "Greywater Green Landscape" that can help catch up with the subject knowledge.
Although water shortage is already a global issue around the world, we as member of this beautiful and blessed area of Southern California even with the knowledge of the fact that our water reservoirs are still full from last year's rain, feel the importance to be involved in helping ourselves and each other, and the world to save, save and save this valuable, vital element of life.
In the past couple of decades, the fact that lots of single family homes were rebuilt to newer construction, using the land to build bigger homes already saves water. The new plumbing, bathroom and kitchen equipment and supplies help reduce wasting water. New constructions are ongoing in the area. Recent rebuilt of eastern areas of Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach where parcels have bigger land is going to be further beneficial for the cause.
Part of each beautiful home whether older or newe constructions in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach is still greenery because we all love outdoor living and green is beautiful.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Faster to any size disaster
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhatttan Beach provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home or business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline:
Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
Call SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach immediately and whatever the time of the day, or the day of the week, no matter if it's a weekend or a holiday, we will be right by your side to make it "Like it never even happened."
Upgraded SERVPRO Equipment and Vehicles
Brand new SERVPRO van 2018, ready to help
Did you know that 30% of the greenhouse gas emission in the United States come from transportation?
At SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach we care.
We care about environment and we care about our valued customers. That's why every year we review efficiency, power and performance of our specialized equipment, and estimate greenhouse gas emission of our vehicles and our equipment. We do upgrade all and every vehicle or equipment that as needed to make sure performance and cleanness of our operation is guaranteed at the best that the market could offer.
State of the art equipment paired with a set of IICRC certified technicians, highly trained and dependable, always on time, and knowledgeable in regards to all aspects of mitigation and restoration are what makes our company great to work with.
When choosing a restoration company in an emergency situation, fire, water or mold damage to a building, customers are in a rush. They may call the first advertiser on the Web.
We recommend everyone in our community to have our phone number handy. When disaster strikes you will not have to choose in a rush. Be assured that you will have help right away calling your SERVPRO a reputable, environmentally friendly, IICRC certified firm, with awesome certified crew, neat, and intensively trained who use all upgraded vehicles and equipment.
Please save our 24 hour emergency phone number 310-939-9293 in your cell phone contacts. If you need additional information about us please call or email : office@SERVPRO9310.com and let us know how we can help.
Our 24h emergency phone number will always have a live person answering your call and if needed for emergency cleanup, flood, water, leak, soot or smoke your call is patched to our on call certified technician. Always here to help.
Air Quality At Workplace.
Work in progress in an office. It will soon look like it never even happened.
The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers' students and client's comfort but also for their health. Poor indoor air quality has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
A periodic routine air quality inspection by an industrial hygienist will have positive impact on productivity of employees in workplace.
If testings are needed and then if there is any trace of microbes or mold the best thing to do is to call SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach.
Our promise is complete mold remediation with least amount of hassle and no waste of your valuable time.
IICRC certified and following all guidelines, and using state of the art equipment for commercial buildings we keep our promise consistently.
With SERVPRO recover better and faster
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach Always available to help.
California Insurance commissionaire proposed Stronger laws to protect Wildfire and mudslide victims. If you suffered property loss in California please click on the webpage bellow and read the new proposed laws. The proposed laws are supposed to make claims to be handled easier, allowing adjusters to work easier in regards to helping victims of recent California disasters.
Your insurance agent or adjuster can also help you find the answers to your questions about how to get back to your daily routine as soon as possible.
Please remember SERVPRO of Redondo Beach Manhattan Beach is available to assist with damage cleanup and rebuilt. Content cleaning and restoration, inventory and storage for the period of time that re- construction is going on.
Extreme Weather Conditions and Property Damage Claims
Extreme weather conditions
Due to extreme weather conditions insurance claims call center as well as national mitigation call centers may be overwhelmed and we would like to assure local residents and businesses of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Carson and Other Los Angeles South Bay area that our direct office number: 310-939-9293 is responding 24 hours and 7 days a week. Emergency calls are immediately redirected to our 24 hour on call IICRC certified technician.
Rest assured that our crews thrive to handle your loss and no matter how big or how small the damage to your home, you will get back to your routine in the shortest amount of time.
Please do not hesitate to call our direct number and we will be responding all direct emergency calls to help with faster mitigation.
Although wildfire in California is a seasonal event, it seems that this year we are facing unusually devastating human and casualty damage.
We would like to keep members of our community informed. This blog post contains useful hints to follow and links to get the latest information.
If you do not have an emergency plan, please prepare one that helps protect lives and valuables. Prepare emergency supplies ( this can be a purse with extra eyeglasses, a credit card, important emergency contact, your own information, 3 day supply of your prescription medication, water bottles and nutritious bars). Have protective clothing and footwear, Save copy of your important document in a cloud based platform.
If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.
Officials will be able to guide you with the best route to reach a safe area.
California authorities update the following map contentiously.
Map of California showing affected areas:
Areas not immediately threatened but adjacent to the wildfire may get a substantial amount of soot, smoke and haze which could affect health for some people. In this case it is recommended to stay inside with closed windows and doors.
While we care with continuous positive thoughts and prayers for the victims of this natural disaster, SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach is here to help mitigate loss, when it comes to property damaged by fire in and around the areas of our community.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach passes along tips to minimize the cost of Water Damage
We need rain in Southern California. While many will agree that the extra rain we had this season was a great change in climate… the worst part about our recent storms might be that much of the damage isn’t covered by insurance without flood coverage.
Now that the wet weather is gone, many homeowners are left wondering how to recover. If you’re dealing with flood damages, here are things you can do to minimize the costs of restoring your home.
There’s a good probability that the water affecting your home has been contaminated or is sewer water. Also, depending on how soon you get started, mold can be beginning to grow! Protective wear such as masks, gloves, & work boots should be worn.
Remove Damaged Belongings From Your Home
First, gather all damaged items & move them out to the curb. This task can be pretty nasty and time consuming, however if you feel you can get some of this done yourself, you will save some money. No time? Water mitigation professionals such as SERVPRO of Redondo Beach will do this for you.
In the event that the amount of water is minimal, you can grab a shop vacuum from your local store and extract as much water as you can yourself. If the amount of water in a home is too much to remove on your own… again, SERVPRO is here to help.
Please be advised, based on the year of your property was built, you may need to test for asbestos before you begin demo. Afterwards, if all is clear, you can personally remove affected flooring and drywall. Carpet and padding can be lifted and taken out of from your home. Affected baseboard and/or drywall can be cut out and trashed. Typically, with water loss, tile floors should be removed since its likely that water has gotten under tiles.
Clean & Disinfect
Once the water and wet contents are removed, it’s time to clean/ disinfect floors and walls. Pine Sol or Lysol mixed with equal part water will work fine. You may want to go over everything twice to be sure all remaining germs are gone from your home. It’s also common to use bleach for disinfecting, many professionals use green products that are very effective and safe to use as well. You should read the labels and wear gloves even if you are using green products.
Get the Air Moving
It only takes 48–72 hours for bacterial and mold growth to begin to spread. If a large amount of microbial growth develops, it can increase remediation costs by thousands of dollars. It’s very important that the drying process start ASAP. Although box fans and dehumidifier are no competition for professional equipment, they can definitely help. Place several fans and a dehumidifier throughout the affected area. You may still need professional such as SERVPRO of Redondo Beach to completely dry out the affected areas but the less time you need professional equipment, the more money you keep in your pocket.
Basements, closets and attics often become a place for those things that don’t get used regularly. Take time at least once a year to go through your these areas and get the old clothing and random clutter to the recycling bin. Should the time come, you’ll be glad that mess is not an issue.
Put Items Up High
Boxes and items on the floor can create one big problem when dealing water damage. It’s a great idea to invest metal or plastic shelving units. Wood is easily cleaned but may not be salvageable I affected.
Storing In Bins
Using plastic or rubber bins as a means of storage is a smart idea. They provide an inexpensive and organized option for belongings you want to save. Be sure to secure lids properly.
The best advice I can give you is to use a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO. Especially if you simply don’t have a the time to get the work done yourself.
Every day counts when dealing with water damage… you can rest easy knowing that your home will be restored properly.. “Like it never even happened.”
Wildflowers are in full bloom thanks to recent SoCal rain
Southern California wildflowers are everywhere thanks to all the rain we had this past winter. Beautiful, colorful, blooms are popping up along the side of the highways, hillsides, deserts & valleys and will continue to do so throughout the year!
Whether you’re looking to take a hiking trip or a day trip, there are many options when it comes to seeing Southern California wildflowers.
Below is a list of great locations to marvel at these delicate, blooming beauties in & near Los Angeles county:
1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve - According to the reserve's most recent wildflower report, the hills are brightly colored green and Grape Soda Lupine are beginning to bloom. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627
2. Anza Borrego Desert - Anza-Borrego Desert is expecting a super bloom thanks to the wet season. Many flowers have already began to bloom in this area, including Phacelia, Desert Dandelion, Desert Chicory, many red Pygmy Stonecrop as well as Filaree, Popcorn Flower, Poppies and Fiddlenecks. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638
3. Palos Verdes Peninsula – Here you'll see fiddlenecks on the east side of the Chandler Preserve, where monarch butterflies hang out, as well as deerweed, poppies and more. Lupines can be seen at White Point Nature Preserve, while hiking the Mariposa, Flying Mane and Basalt trails in Palos Verdes Nature Preserve will lead you to red paintbrush. You'll also find blooms of California bush sunflower, mariposa lilies and wild hyacinth
across the peninsula. - http://pvplc.org/
4. Point Mugu State Park - There are roughly 900 native plants growing on the Santa Monica Mountains, so you're bound to find wildflowers on any trail in the area. However, if you're looking for a spectacular sight, head to Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista. - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630
5.Malibu Creek State Park - There are many reasons to hike in this area! There’s an alien rock formation, the M*A*S*H site…. & now spring and early summer provide more flowery motives. You'll find goldfields, owl's clover and annual coreopsis near the legendary TV site and along the Lost Cabin Trail. But what's more exciting is what could happen along Backbone Trail between Kanan and Latigo Canyon. According to Behrens, that section of the Backbone Trail could become a spectacular site if its hummingbird sage blooms this year. If it does, expect to see that around the end of May or early June. - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=629
6. Idyllwild Nature Center - Wildflowers are such a big deal here they have an entire festival around them. The Idyllwild Wildflower and Art Show will take place this year on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28—just in time for the region's peak wildflower season.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach wishes you and you’re family sunshine and adventure this Spring & Summer. Explore safely!
SoCal Storm Watch
Series of Storms hit Southern California
The first of three storms to sweep through Southern California flooded parks and created dangerous driving conditions Thursday morning, but the second round heading to the region on Friday is expected to be even more powerful.
Thursday morning's storm flooded Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach, caused serious flooding at the Vero Lofts building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, and created cascades of water in the Laurel Canyon area.
In the mountains the storm brought snow, which created great skiing conditions but dangerous road conditions. Chains were required for vehicles heading into the San Bernardino Mountains.
The second of three storms slamming the Southland hit early Friday morning, along with temps in the low 60s and below.
Heavy rain in the morning will likely turn to steady rainfall until the late afternoon hours.
Friday evening and Saturday are expected to be mostly clear, but a third storm is expected to drench SoCal again Sunday and Monday, bringing 2-3 inches of rain and possible flooding in the burn areas.
Friday, Los Angeles and Orange counties should see 1-2 inches of rain, with a high temperature of 61 degrees.
The valleys and Inland Empire will see heavier rainfall, with up to 2 1/2 inches. There will be a high temperature of 57 degrees.
A winter storm warning has been issued for the Los Angeles and Ventura county mountain areas. The warning expires at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Beaches will also see rain Friday, with 4-7 feet surf and a high temperature of 60 degrees.
Ocean and bay water advisories have been issued for the possibility of elevated bacteria in the water connected to storm and urban runoff.
Mountains could see about 5-10 inches of snowfall at the 5,000-foot elevation, with a high temperature of only 32 degrees. More snow as well as rain is expected through the weekend.
By the time the series of storms finishes, the mountains could see a total of 2 feet or more of snow at higher elevations.
Anyone traveling to the mountains should make sure they have chains on their vehicles.
Deserts will see rain and wind with a high temperature of 49 degrees.
Drive safe SoCal! - From your friends at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach.
Vandalism Tips from SERVPRO of Redondo Beach
"Vandalism is not a victimless crime."
Regardless of which city or town you’re in, you'll likely find signs of graffiti and vandalism. It can be found on commercial property, residential property, strip malls, public transportation and billboards. Graffiti is done in all sorts of ways too; like paint, spray paint, etching and markers, which makes removing graffiti difficult.
Start by determining what type of product was used and the material of the surface that was vandalized. The following removal options work the best at removing spray paint, stencils, shoe polish and markers.
Scrape away the graffiti with a razor blade, or try paint thinner and rinse clean.
Sand blasting or power washing are the best options. You can also opt for chemical graffiti remover such as “Goof Off” Pro Strength Removers .
Apply a small amount of paint remover to the surface, then rinse with water.
Just a little bit of chemical solvents will remove graffiti. Use caution as you do not want to remove the vinyl.
Apply solvents and run it out with sandpaper or steel wool. Power washing will also do the job.
With whichever method you decide to use, test a small area before proceeding with the entire surface.
Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services? Call SERVPRO of Redondo Beach Today (310) 939-9293
House Cleaning Hacks
Clean House = Clean Spirit
House work can be the worst part of the weekend.. its time consuming, tiring and sometimes straight up gross! However, we love the freshness and satisfaction that comes from having a sparkling clean house.. there's nothing better right?
I've found some great hacks to make chores easier and maybe even a little fun! The best part? No harsh chemicals... you'd be surprised what you can do with vinegar, baking soda, toothpaste and even Coca Cola!
1. Clean a burnt pan with vinegar, water & baking soda
Fill the pan with water and one cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, turn off heat & add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Allow time to cool, then wipe the mixture out of the pan!
2. Microwave is easily cleaned with vinegar
Mix part water, part vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. you may want to include a wooden toothpick or another small peace of wood, to prevent boiling over. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Once cooled, take out the bowl and with a sponge or cloth, wipe down the inside of the microwave. No scrubbing, no chemicals, no hassle.
You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent!
3. Clean your sponge
Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, so you want to make sure you clean it frequently.
It's super easy: pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove the germs! Just wait a minute or two before pulling out since it'll still be hot.
You can also put your sponge in the dishwasher to get it nice and clean again.
4. Clean shower scum with vinegar and dish soap.
Cleaning the bathroom is the worst! The good news is there's an easy way to remove soap scum and grime building up in the shower.
Fill a bowl with half vinegar and half dish soap. Now start scrubbing! You can also use an old sponge or toothbrush and just dip into a cup of the same solution. No harsh chemicals required.
5. Clean your couch with baking soda
Baking soda can help remove odors and break up stains on the fabric. Begin by brushing off the surface of the couch, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean. Allow it sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum with attachment tool
6. Use toothpaste to clean sneakers
Grab an old toothbrush and a little toothpaste to get your sneakers looking like new again!
7. Make your rings sparkle with dish soap
The easiest, and safest, way to clean an engagement ring or other type of ring is to soak it in warm water and a small amount of dishwashing soap for 20 minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to remove left over dirt, or makeup.
8. Baking soda for brighter, cleaner laundry
Add a cup of baking soda in with your load and your clothes will be brighter and cleaner!
9. Clean cloudy glasses with vinegar
Use a paper towel and a small amount of vinegar to get your glasses crystal clear!
10. Multiple uses for dryer sheets
Even after they've been used, dryer sheets can work magic around your house. Use them to buff away water marks on bathroom and kitchen fixtures or remove that ring inside the toilet. You can even protect your baseboards from hair and dust by wiping them down with these handy dandy static eliminating sheets.
11. Cola to clean oil stains off your garage floors
Pour Coca Cola onto the stained area. Work the Coke into the stain with a nylon scrub brush. Avoid using a wire brush on concrete, this will leave noticeable scratches. Allow the soda to sit on the stain an hour or two. Then hose down with some pressure and the stain is gone!
Frankly, I found tons of great hacks for all types of chores but far to many to list here. Below you will find links to a couple of sites that helped me share these cool tricks with you, our valued customers.
Happy cleaning form SERVPRO of Redondo Beach!
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Thanksgiving is peak day for home cooking fires!
Did you know that $15,000,000.00 worth of property damage is cause by deep frying related fires every year?
Here are some important safety tips for those who want a crispy turkey on the table this Thanksgiving.
- Turkey Preparation – We all know that water and oil don’t mix right? Water will immediately cause the oil to splash or bubble out of the fryer which can rapidly develop into a dangerous fire. Your turkey should be thoroughly thawed and patted dry prior to being placed in the fryer. You should make sure that any marinades used are deep fry approved as well.
- Location - Deep fryers should be used on a flat surface at least 10 feet from away from the home. Keep away anything flammable. Make sure children and animals stay indoors or at a safe distance and never leave the frying turkey unattended. Its extremely dangerous to deep fry inside the home, on a covered patio, balcony or wood deck. Even an open garage should be off limits.
- Protective Gear – Cover up with long sleeves, oven mitts, an apron and safety goggles to protect your eyes.
- Monitoring – If the temperature of the fryer is not controlled, it may overheat and cause an explosion. Use a thermometer and follow directions and recipes as closely as possible. Remember that the handles on the fryer and its lid will be very hot and will burn if touched. Always be cautious and use well insulated oven mitts. Also, keep in mind that the fryer will be hot for hours after the turkey is done, allow time to cool off before disposing of the oil.
- Be Ready - A multipurpose fire extinguisher should be nearby and we don’t mean in the house... You will need to be able to quickly and calmly put out any fire that might occur. Have a phone close in case you need to call 911.
Following these tips 5 tips will help get dinner on the table without incident.
Thank you for trusting SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from our families, to yours...
How to decorate your home safely this holiday season
May your Holidays be Merry & Bright
We all love to drive around the neighborhood to admire the brightly lit homes around the holidays. Here are some tips that will keep your home safe while participating in the festivities.
1. Make sure cords and connections are not on the floor to avoid accidents.
2. Keep anything electrical such as light strands, away from the rain gutters.
3. Avoid using metal or tacks to secure outdoor lights, opt for tape when possible.
4. Be careful with ladders, they should not be anywhere near overhead power lines. Try to have someone available to hold the ladder steady.
5. Its best to have inflatable decorations plugged into circuit protectors to avoid shock.
6. Always turn off all lights and blow out all candles before leaving home or going to bed.
7. Last but definitely not least, lets protect our pocket books by turning on lights after 7pm!
Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach!
Why Every Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach property needs an "Emergency Ready Plan"
To face a disaster our heros and our equipment are always ready. Are you ready?
Do you know of anyone who has not experienced a water damage to their home or business? hummmm.... your answer is probably no.
No matter if the building is a commercial warehouse, office, multifamily or residential single family or condo.. at some point, that building will suffer a water damage.
This natural for any building no matter the year it was built or who designed it, or which construction company build it.
Do you have a plan to act fast and efficiently when it happens?
Besides the purchase of an insurance policy that will cover the cost, the owner needs to be prepared. knowledge is power!
These are the benefits of having our Emergency Ready Plan:
Which vendors to call? Do you trust them? Have you checked their contractor license? Do they have professional liability insurance? Are their employees working at your home covered in case of injury during work?
Water damage can be minimal and the work can last only 3 days in at your property. It can also be a flooding of the whole building making it impossible to live or to work in.
Do you know where to relocate your family, your office or your tenants while work is being done to repair the building?
This is why you need an Emergency Ready Plan. When this highly probable event happen, you're prepared to act fast. Then get your life and your business back to usual as soon as possible.
Call us today. Be prepared for tomorrow.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach: 310-939-9293
Our new office & warehouse location
Our New Location
We are excited to announce our move to our new office and warehouse location at 20830 Leapwood Ave. In Carson.
The new 8000 square feet building is located conveniently at the intersection of 4 major freeways in the heart of Los Angeles, South Bay area. Most of our local customers are at reach in less than 1/2 hour.
The office is remodeled with state of the art technology related to the restoration industry provided by SERVPRO System, and Xactanalysis building and content softwares, with capabilities to monitor, and provide support to our production crew always there to respond to any size disaster.
Our Warehouse is equipped with latest monitoring devices, organized professionally to store our speciality cleaning products, speciality equipment as well as enough storage for our customer's content.