Recent Storm Damage Posts

Southern California Fire Season is Considered Storm Season too!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

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:

http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Ready-Set-Go-Campaign/

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.

EVACUATING Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

STORM READY

 

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...

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Ready

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.

Preparing Your Pets For Mother Nature

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

10 Day Forecast in Redondo Beach, CA 90277

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Los Angeles Stay Ready For The Next Storm!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Document Restoration

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know... SERVPRO has the technology to restore your valuable document's

Document Restoration

 

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

Our Technology

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
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

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.

Digitizing Services

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.

Be Ready For The Next Storm!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

STORM PROOF
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!

Not All Water Damage is The Same

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

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.

The Storms of 1952-53 in Redondo/Manhattan Beach

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

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 

Steps To Take Immediately After a Storm Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

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.

Storm Damage Repair

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

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"

Wildflowers are in full bloom thanks to recent SoCal rain

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Credits:

http://abc7.com/weather/after-intense-rain-snow-and-flooding-socal-braces-for-2nd-round-of-storms/1711276/

Drive safe SoCal! - From your friends at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach.