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Seeking Solutions for Water Damage at Your Los Angeles Property?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe in home Water damage done by a pipe burst can be troublesome. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size water damage restoration service needed.

SERVPRO Tailors Solutions to Match Water Damage Outcomes in Los Angeles Properties

Most people know Los Angeles for its contributions to the entertainment world. However, there are many sides to the city. For instance, many people from other areas would not associate the city with oil production, yet in the early 1920s, it was producing a quarter of the world's oil supply. Oil was discovered in 1892 near where the Dodger Stadium stands currently. Even today, there is still limited oil production within the city. For instance, an oil derrick at Beverly Hills high school still produces over 400 barrels of oil per day. 

The Growth of the Entertainment Industry 

Entertainment, and especially the film industry, plays a key role in the economy of the city. However, Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic economies powered by different industries, including manufacturing, advanced transportation, and hospitality. 

Although today Hollywood is synonymous with the film industry, the shift from the east to the west only happened because filmmakers were trying to avoid Thomas Edison, who held a majority of the country's film patents. Edison lived in New Jersey at the time, so the physical distance from Los Angeles offered sufficient protection. Various museums in Los Angeles help provide insights into the various changes in the film industry over the years.

  • Hollywood Heritage Museum

It is located in the first Stern Family Barn, the first silent movie production studio in Hollywood, run by Jesse L. Lasky and Cecile B. DeMille. It offers a wide range of artifacts, including the photo history of old Hollywood.

  • Hollywood Museum

It is located in the heart of Hollywood and features a significant collection of movie props, costumes, set decorations, and other memorabilia. It features famous artists' exhibits, including Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and others.

  • The Grammy Museum

It features the history of recorded music and the different technologies used in recording at different times.

Torrential Rainfall in Los Angeles

Although California is famous for its extended droughts, it does experience torrential rainfall. For example, Los Angeles has a long history of torrential downpours. Back in 1926, a rain gauge placed in the San Gabriel Mountains measured over an inch of rain in just a minute. Even in recent times, bouts of rainfall are recorded from time to time. For instance, on April 6, 2020, a slow-moving storm unleashed heavy rainfall in southern California, breaking a rainfall record in downtown Los Angeles that stood for 62 years. Such rainfall not only floods roads but might also cause damages inside buildings.

What Type of Assistance is necessary when dealing with water damage in Los Angeles?

After the water reaches the interior of your home, it can cause a wide range of problems, including staining fabrics; materials such as drywall become soggy, while wood might swell or warp. Water damage from ingression of moisture after heavy rainfall might be similar to what develops in other situations such as:

  • Emergency services water damage
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks

SERVPRO helps address various issues, including water extraction, cleaning, drying wet materials, and deodorization, to combat various damages. For instance, we have powerful water extractors that can remove several gallons of standing water within a short while, minimizing the chances of extreme material deterioration.

SERVPRO of Highland Park is always eager to assist homeowners affected by water damage incidents. Call us at (323) 255-1001.

Can SERVPRO Clean Bedding After Water Cleanup?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technician When water damage happens, contact Call SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001, no matter how big or small the problem.

We Help Highland Park Families After Water Incidents

Some water spills, such as from appliances, mostly affect the floor and carpets. However, sometimes a home suffers from a burst pipe or leaking roof, which causes more widespread damage.

If you are concerned about your bedding after water cleanup in Highland Park, call SERVPRO. Our professional teams do not stop after removing water and drying your home. We also take care of water-damaged belongings, such as blankets, pillowcases, sheets, comforters, and even towels.

We take care of your bedding by:

  • Using steam cleaning and spot cleaning to tackle stubborn odors and stains.
  • Sending bedding to our facility for ESPORTA (hydraulic) washing.
  • Deodorizing items to leave them smelling fresh, “Like it never even happened.”

We train our technicians to assess the fibers before cleaning for the most efficient results and to minimize the risk of damage. Cleaning rather than disposing of bedding is cheaper and less stressful for you. Your insurance company will also be pleased, as insurers favor restoration over replacement.

Let us handle the stress of cleaning water-damaged bedding. Call SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001.

Four Considerations When Cleaning Fire Damage to Your Salon

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire line Business owners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away for assistance.

SERVPRO Helps Los Angeles Business Owners With Fire Damage

A blaze can quickly leave your salon looking and smelling dingy and smoky. Even after the fire is out, you might find yourself in need of professional help.

After fire damage to your Los Angeles business, you must not try to clean away soot. It is far better to call in a professional remediation company like SERVPRO, which has the necessary skills and tools.

During combustion, smoke particles bond with surfaces. We train our teams to assess the type of surface and residue for the most efficient cleaning. Four things we always consider are:

  • The best product temperature for the material we are cleaning.
  • How and when to use agitation, such as hydraulic cleaning, wiping, or scrubbing.
  • When to use chemical cleaners, and which ones are best suited to the job.
  • The correct amount of time to leave the product on the surface before removing it.

We offer comprehensive training to ensure our techs know how to choose the right technique and products to restore your salon "Like it never even happened."

For a knowledgeable fire damage service, call SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001.

Do You Need Help with Flood Damage in Los Angeles?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm Don't let flood water take over your Los Angeles home, Call our certified storm damage technicians for assistance.

SERVPRO Helps The Local Community With Flood Damage Repairs

Los Angeles is a large, iconic, and bustling city of nearly four million people. Los Angeles is known for its arts and culture, including, of course, Hollywood and the rich history of the silver screen. Los Angeles has an unusually high number of museums per capita, a thriving sports culture, and a wealth of theater and arts programs.

With so much to see and do, Los Angeles is the perfect vacation spot. If you are stuck where to begin exploring the city, you might like to start with a trip to Venice Beach.

Enjoy The Fresh Air and Laid Back Vibes by the Beach

Venice is a popular area of Los Angeles that used to be a town in its own right. The Hollywood connections are strong here, too – the area partly influenced the design in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet movie.

Venice has a long history. Abbot Kinney founded the town in 1906 as a seaside resort. Kinney was a conservationist and developer, and his Venice development garnered a lot of attention. The series of canals, based on Venice, Italy, drew plenty of visitors. Kinney even brought in gondolas and gondoliers from Italy for an authentic experience. Although these days they are simply known as “the canals,” the waterways once had dramatic names such as Venus, Aldebaran, Cabrillo, Comet, and Lion. The addition of ornate businesses, an amusement pier, and an ocean aquarium made Venice so famous that it became known as “The Coney Island of the Pacific.”

Today, Venice is an artsy and bohemian area, where you can watch street performers, enjoy street food, or have your fortune told as you wander its boulevards. Some must-see Venice stops include:

  • Venice Public Art Walls have been around since 1961. Over the years, many famous graffiti artists have made use of the walls. The council restored the walls in 2000, and they provide a place for budding artists to practice and for experienced artists to paint legally.
  • Muscle Beach Gym is an outdoor gym once frequented by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The gym holds regular events and displays, or if you want to get fit, you can purchase a day pass for just $10.
  • The Venice Canals provide a lovely tranquil walk beside calming waters, with quaint pedestrian bridges and beautiful waterside homes. Go at the right time of year, and you might even spot some ducklings.
  • Small World Books is a must for any book lover. This oasis of literary calm has an impressive range of independent and hard-to-find books, plus a selection dedicated to local authors.

SERVPRO Helps With Repairs After Flood Damage

Some areas of Los Angeles are unfortunately prone to floods. In 1938, a flash flood claimed 115 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and caused $78 million of damage.

If you are dealing with a flood’s aftermath, you do not want to liaise with lots of different contractors. That is why it is best to call SERVPRO. We can oversee repairs such as:

  • Fixing holes in the roof.
  • Replacing flood-damaged wallpaper and carpets.
  • Removing damaged drywall or insulation.
  • Rebuilding structural elements.

If our team does not have the specific expertise required, we will bring in contractors. Contractors are held to the same high standards as our permanent staff, so you know your home is in good hands.

For reliable water damage repair, call SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001.

Do You Have Dirty Cobwebs Plaguing Your Los Angeles Apartment?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fires may start in any fashion and spread extremely fast. Call SERVPRO with their IICRC trained technicians they are ready for any size fire, 24/7.

These indicate fire damage, not poor housekeeping habits.

Because of the heat, smoke particles become slightly magnetized. During mitigation of fire damage to a Los Angeles property, SERVPRO cleans all surfaces and contents, removes destroyed materials, and leaves everything like it was before the fire. We also use air filters to remove soot and thermal fogging to further eliminate the odors caused by soot particles in the air. 

Here is some evidence of fire damage in Los Angeles buildings. Sometimes, cobweb-like masses accumulate in upper corners of hallways and rooms. These quickly reappear whenever swept away because regular cleaning cannot eliminate the static charge that helps form them. Until we stop the static charge that built up, soot particles remain attracted to the area. These bothersome soot particles are inside your home because of either

  • Past fires that happened before you and your family occupied the residence, or
  • Smaller fires were never mitigated because the damage seemed inconsequential.

Instead of continually cleaning these ugly spider-tags away, we can help you by solving the dilemma and preventing their future return. HEPA filtered air scrubbers are a prime tool we deploy. Call SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001 for this and other methods used to mitigate fire damage.

Keeping Commercial Water Damage Away from Your Highland Park Enterprise

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

flooded out office of cubicles with furniture floating. Disaster can put a stand still to a business. Call SERVPRO their technicians will be on scene within hours of the first call.

SERVPRO assists businesses in protecting their investments from water damage.

Intrusive moisture can cause thousands of dollars, if not more, in preventable water damage to Highland Park businesses. Drips in the lavatory, fire sprinkler system, or kitchen can spread moisture, or cracks in the roofing can let precipitation inside your building. Depending on location, unwanted water can also create a safety risk to clients and employees. 

When one of our B2B customers does not know the location of the source of water or excessive dampness, we use special equipment that gives us a visual reading of slight temperature changes. As soon as we know the source, we can take the necessary steps to prevent water damage from continuing in Highland Park.

We can also assist you in creating an Emergency READY Profile, which is designed to give businesses an additional boost in recovering from disasters. There is no cost to create this profile, but it can help save you thousands of dollars in the future. Preventing future moisture protects 

  • your inventory and supplies, 
  • equipment and machinery, 
  • personnel and visiting clients, and 
  • the building itself.

Protect your investment from water damage and other risks by calling SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001. We are available 24/7 year-round.

Why SERVPRO Filters the Air during Mold Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Mold is no DIY project. Call the trained professionals of SERVPRO. They are IICRC certified technicians with the latest equipment available.

Mold can leave indoor air more polluted than exterior air.

The pollution levels in Los Angeles earned our city a less-than-stellar reputation decades ago. However, working together, we have been able to steadily reduce the number of contaminants in the air and bring pollution down considerably. Different factors helped create the intensely hazardous pollution that once plagued our area.

Pollution comes from different places.

Fresh air is not made. It comes from the absence of contaminants in the air, water, and soil. The air pollutants over Los Angeles can end up in both our drinking water and our lawns. Pollutants come from:

• Motorized vehicle exhaust, 

• Aviation travel, 

• Factory emissions, 

• The incineration of waste, 

• Wildfires, and 

• Vaporized particles from our lakes and streams.

Why pollution sticks around Los Angeles.

Los Angeles sits in a basin, placing our city lower than the nearby mountains. This bowl-like enclosure keeps the wind from expelling dirty air, trapping it over the city. This stagnation of the air becomes worse as the temperature rises. This is why the view from your vehicle during your morning commute is more precise than the view later in the day. 

Some causes of Los Angeles' reduction in pollution levels.

Our geographical layout has not changed, nor has the inability of winds to dip in and lift out filthy air. However, our air is less polluted because of the changes we have made ourselves. We still use fossil fuels but in a much more responsible manner. Newer model vehicles' exhaust systems cause less pollution. Factories also trap solids in more efficient ways and keep them from entering the air.

Some pollutants that affect our homes, like microbes, exist outdoors, but natural conditions keep such organisms under control. Where the sun's rays can make smoggy conditions worse, mold spores often die off when exposed to strong sunlight. Too much sun can harm us, but we also need it to help our bodies produce vitamin-D. Pollution, however, is another situation that holds no benefits. Avoiding it altogether is largely impossible, but we continue to hope our efforts eventually create a much healthier, cleaner environment in Los Angeles.

Mold can cause pollution-like problems in our Los Angeles homes.

Pollution causes several potential health effects and can cause property damage, as well. Microbes like mold act in similar ways:

• Mold creates stains when it invades porous materials. 

• Spores ejected by mold travel on air currents. 

• Around 360 types of mold produce mycotoxins. 

• Many varieties of mold create microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs).

Why SERVPRO uses HEPA filters with activated charcoal.

These mycotoxins are extremely small – around 0.1 microns. NASA has discovered that HEPA filters trap contaminants smaller than the 0.3 microns often stated through the diffusion filtration mechanism, meaning they can trap mycotoxins. 

However, because of the MVOCs (which also produce much of the musty odor associated with mold infestations), we increase our filtration process's strength with activated carbon inserts. When we perform mold damage remediation, we want your home restored "Like it never even happened," including how it smells when you walk in the door.

SERVPRO of Highland Park can help make your Los Angeles home safe and healthy again by addressing mold damage with our highly effective methods. Call (323) 255-1001 to make an appointment with our team of specialists.

The Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience in Los Angeles

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

"Stranger things" If you are a fan of Stranger Things, enjoy a change in scenery while you watch in a different way then before.

Los Angeles Get Ready for Something Different!

Stranger Things is a Netflix series that has quite a following. Now you can become immersed in an adventure that will take you on a trip to 1985 and the Starcourt Mall. It is a drive-thru experience that takes about an hour to complete. Groups of 24 cars go through at a time and get to enjoy this wild ride. There are sets with actors in costume and lots of special effects. Cruise on through:

  • Starcourt Mall
  • Russian Labs
  • The Upside Down

Vehicles will be allowed to stop and watch different scenes as they travel through this one-of-a-kind experience. 

The event will take place through March 7, 2021. Tickets start at $69. There are standard access tickets and VIP access. Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday sessions fun from 6 – 9:45 PM. Weekend sessions, Friday and Saturday, start at 6 PM and runs through 10:45 PM. It all happens at Skylight ROW DTLA. Recommended for 13 years old and up.

SERVPRO of Highland Park provides water damage repair service. If your home experiences a water intrusion, contact us at (323) 255-1001. We can mitigate the problem safely and professionally.

The Rooftop Cinema Club is Back in Los Angeles

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Drive in theater animation Drive in movies are a great way to enjoy your evening while staying socially distant from others.

Los Angeles Can Enjoy Drive-in Movies During This Shutdown Time

The movie fun began in December and continues through January. If you are looking for something for the entire family, head over to the Santa Monica Airport. They have drive-in movies set up of all genres. Family-friendly films take place on Wednesdays, and the cost is only $5 per car. Other nights the prices begin at $32 per couple. 

Upcoming movies include:

  • Trolls World Tour - January 18 @ 5:30 PM
  • Love & Basketball - January 18 @ 8:15 PM
  • The Incredibles – January 19 @ 5:30 PM
  • Pulp Fiction – January 19 @ 8:45 PM
  • Tangled – January 20 @ 5:30 PM
  • E.T The Extra-Terrestrial – January 20 @ 8:15 PM
  • Love Jones – January 20 @ 11:15 PM
  • Kung Fu Panda – January 21 @ 5:30 PM
  • Jurassic Park – January 21 @ 8:00 PM
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark – January 21 @ 11:00 PM
  • Captain Marvel – January 22 @ 5:30 PM
  • Pretty Woman – January 22 @ 8:30 PM
  • Friday the 13th – January 22 @ 11:30 PM
  • The Sandlot – January 23 @ 5:30 PM
  • The Lion King (2019) – January 23 @ 8:15 PM
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space – January 23 @ 11:15 PM

The movies continue on through the end of January. 

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Los Angeles. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration to Los Angeles

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Los Angeles skyline If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Highland Park is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Los Angeles Communities Count on Us to Restore Their Homes When Fire Strikes

Highland Park is a beautiful historic neighborhood where a diverse number of people live. As part of the city of Los Angeles, it is a thriving community. Today over 56,500 residents are living, working, and playing in the area.

Home to Native American Indians

The first people group to settle there were the Paleo-Indians thousands of years ago. They lived during the Late Pleistocene period and were also known as the Lithic people. They were hunters and wore clothing made from animal hides. They also used the hides for shelters. Pleistocene mammals that lived at the same time included:

  •   Giant beaver
  •   Steppe wisent
  •   Musk ox
  •   Mastodons
  •   Woolly mammoth
  •   Ancient reindeer

The Tongva tribes would settle in the region later. Their village names mainly identified them during the pre-colonial period. As the area was colonized, they were known by the names of the Spanish missions constructed on their land, so they became known as Fernandeño and Gabrieleño. The Tongva were a significant influence when the Europeans began to arrive. The Chumash were another local tribe. They built plank-built boats that allowed them to establish an extensive trade network. 

The Founding of Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles was founded in 1874. Not long after that, Jose Maria Verdugo was granted Rancho San Rafael. He was the Corporal of the Guard at the San Gabriel mission. This piece of land was over 36,000 acres and included what is Highland Park today. The ranch was eventually put up for auction in 1869 after a drought caused financial difficulties for the Verdugo family. Albert J. Chapman and Andrew Glassell purchased the tract of land. They then leased it to sheepherders. The land changed hands again in 1885. Albert Judson and George Morgan became the owners, and they combined that tract with other parcels purchased from the Verdugo family. With the combined pieces of land, Highland Park was born in 1886. 

Highland Park Becomes Part of Los Angeles

One of the things that allowed Highland Park to move forward after the land boom of the 1880s ended was the railroad. The railroad built two lines through the community. In 1895, Highland Park was annexed to Los Angeles. 

Artists & Intellectuals Settle In

The early 20th century would see the beginning of the Artsy movement, and Highland Park, along with Pasadena, would be where the movers and shakers of the movement would settle. By the 1950s, many of them would move on. Today the influence is back. Artists love the area and have opened:

  •   Trendy shops
  •   Bars
  •   Galleries
  •   Restaurants
  •   Tech startups
  •   Boutiques

It is also home to Stones Throw Records, a recording studio.

A Strong Jewish Community

Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock established a group in 1923, and the building was constructed in 1930. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, built in 1929, is the oldest still-functioning synagogue in Los Angeles. Temple Beth Israel is the second oldest.

Gang Violence

Gangs became a serious problem for Highland Park in the last part of the 20th century. Street gangs took over various parts of the neighborhood, and major raids took place to route out the gang members. Due to law enforcement efforts and community awareness, much of the crime had decreased by 2010.

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop has been in business for over 100 years. It began, in 1897, as an Italian grocery store owned by Galioto and Corto Passi. It was moved from Downtown Los Angeles to Highland Park in 1955. In 1995 the store began its unique history of independent sodas. John Nese decided to go this route as the grocery store was going downhill due to big-box stores' impact. He had inherited the store from his father. Today you can find over 700 soda types, sandwiches, candies, and beer. Some of the more well-known brands they carry include:

  •   Afri-Cola
  •   Bubble Up
  •   Dad’s Root Beer
  •   Faygo
  •   Fentimans Curiosity Cola
  •   Green River
  •   Jolt Cola
  •   Jones Soda
  •   Kickapoo Joy Juice
  •   Manhattan Special
  •   Moxie
  •   Mr. Q Cumber
  •   Nesbitts
  •   Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer

If you want to design your own soda, you can do that too at their Soda Creation Station. Just choose your flavors and how much carbonation you want. Then cap and label your own bottle. During warmer weather, the Soda Shop hosts the annual Summer Soda Tasting attraction.

Take Me Out to the Movies

Many television shows and feature films have had portions filmed in the Los Angeles Police department building. Highland Park has been the location for several motion pictures, including:

  •   The Lincoln Lawyer
  •   Reservoir Dogs
  •   Yes Man
  •   Gangster Squad
  •   Cyrus
  •   Tuff Turf

The neighborhood is home to Smith Estate, also known as El Mio, a historic hilltop Victorian home. It is a Queen Anne style home constructed in 1887. Judge David Patterson Hatch had the house built, and it was finished in 1890. Charles Warren Smith bought the home in the 1890s. It would stay in the family until the 1960s. Several horror films have been filmed there, including Silent Scream, Spider Baby, and Insidious: Chapter 2.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Services in Los Angeles

Any home can be subject to fire damage at any time. Older homes can be especially vulnerable. If a fire strikes your home, SERVPRO can provide immediate mitigation. We offer emergency services such as:

  •   Boarding up
  •   Dealing with safety issues
  •   Helping with utility concerns

Once we are permitted to enter the building and ensure all safety concerns are dealt with, our technicians do a scope of the home. A plan gets put in place, and the head of the crew sees that everyone gets moving. There are specific steps that are common to most situations, including:

  •   Removal of charred debris and unsalvageable items
  •   Water extraction if needed
  •   Smoke residue and soot removal
  •   Cleaning and sanitizing
  •   Deodorizing
  •   Repair and restoration

If you need fire damage services in Los Angeles, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001. We understand the impact even a small fire can have on a home. SERVPRO is here to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.