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What is involved in Water Remediation

11/7/2020 (Permalink)

Material Removed Drywall and flooring removed from area in order to dry the structure completely

When a customer ends up in the unfortunate situation of needing water remediation, whether it be from a pipe leak, water over flow, or roof leak, it can be quite confusing on the steps that are needed to get your home back to its original state.

Here at SERRVPRO of Palos Verdes we begin our work with the initial phone call. After we have received the information pertaining to the loss, we send out our professional technicians to assess the affected areas and determine the work that is needed to be performed. Often, our technicians will begin drying the affected areas the same day of the inspection by placing the proper equipment which is then monitored over a period of days to achieve the necessary drying specifications. In some instances, demolition and reconstruction services are needed in order to properly dry any area that may have been affected in order to prevent mold or further damage to the structure. It is extremely important to contact our office as soon as you notice any type of water leak so you can be one step ahead of the disaster.

Ready to Weather the Storm

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Winter Season Weather!

Ready for any size disaster and ready to weather the storm.  Although heavy rains may impact our neighborhood and often challenging, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is powered and equipped to 24/7. The winter season is here and here are a few tips of staying warm at home: 

  • Invest in thermostat radiator valves.
  • Maximize you insulation.
  • Block out the draughts.
  • Use timers on your central heating.
  • Wrap up warm
  • Use your curtains.

Keep the heating systems clear. A radiator wont produce maximum heat unless air can flow through it.  If your room feels chilly, make sure furniture or other items aren't restricting airflow. If you have any questions or concerns in keeping your home warm do not hesitate to give our skilled technicians a call at (424) 570-9900.

Understanding Covid 19

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

As we are returning to our normal lives we still need to continue to practice safety from washing our hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, covering the nose and mouth with the face mask and social distancing. SERVPRO of Palos Verdes offers a state of the art disinfectant service known as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC).

Businesses all over the world are taking precautions to protect the people and SERVPRO is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If this is something that you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a call.  

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is here to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

For a quote please contact (424) 570-9900.

Mold Vs. Mildew

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on Furniture Mold Growth on Furniture

Let’s face it – nobody likes to live in dark and dank conditions, where both mold and
mildew abound. It is not only unhealthy for the inhabitants, but it also wreaks a
destructive path across the structure as well as the items within the home like food,
leather shoes and coats. Both mold and mildew are considered types of fungi and it will
help if you are able to tell the difference so that the proper and effective treatment can
be dispensed. Mildew is a type of mold, but the same does not apply in the opposite
direction as not all …

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even in your clothing or family pet.
  • Mold spores live on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow when exposed to water. These mold spores may produce allergies.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be taken care of. Otherwise, the mold will return.
  • Mold has a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Also high indoor humidity can cause mold growth. Always try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes         

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Cleaning Contents

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes cleans your furniture, decorative items, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.


Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes understands mold and mold growth and has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

How to Bounce Back

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Fire Fire that took place at a Downtown Los Angeles Commercial Building

With the world as it is right now, we must be more conscientious than ever. Whether you are at home right now or are an essential business, it is important to keep in mind the wellbeing of your place of work. Recently many were victims to looting and property damage leaving many commercial buildings affected by vandalism and even fire damage. So how to you come back from such a set back and where do you even begin?

When it comes to commercial building fires SERVPRO has dedicated their efforts to ensuring that the process is smooth from start to finish. The first step is to give us a call right away after the incident.  We then send out a team of dedicated technicians who will arrive and assess the damage to the property while putting together a plan to begin the cleanup. With most fire jobs reconstruction is needed and SERVPRO provides extensive professional restoration services while helping to keep your recovery costs down.

The New Norm

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Outside dining Restaurant posting for outside dining

Even though you might not be able to dine in your favorite restaurant, they are still open for take out or outside dining which means they still need us to back them up. Restaurant kitchens are extremely busy and have many large appliances that can cause some serious damage. Oil build up can cause some nasty fire damages and those huge dishwashers and sinks are just waiting for the perfect moment to burst a hose or pipe. Here at SERVPPRO of Palos Verdes our trained and professional technicians are equipped to handle everything a restaurant might need to get them back up running for all of those who are stuck at home ordering in. Staying safe and helping our customers get back to normal is our number one priority here at SERVPRO.  

Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Leak from a water pipe water pipe that has begun to leak

We at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes are the best to call when you have any kind of water related issue in your home. Usually we are called once the problem has occurred, but how can you prevent the issue from happening to start? Many times, a water loss occurs because of faulty valves or even a crack in a water pipe. By following these few tips, you could possibly save your home from some major damage.

  • If you notice you have a sink clog, contact a professional right away
  • Make sure to check and replace if needed any faucet supply lines
  • Test all water valves often to make sure they are working properly
  • If you notice any brown colored stains on the drywall there could be something wrong with the hidden pipes
  • Make sure to upgrade washing machine hoses
  • Know where your water main is located
  • Install water detection devices

Of course, there are just some circumstances that can not be avoided and when those situations arise SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is here with our trained and professional technicians ready to help as quickly as possible.

More Than Just Restoration

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Packout Packout done and taken to on site storage

While much of our efforts here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is geared to getting your home or business back up and running after any disaster, we also focus on the little things needed during the process. Often, customers do not think of where my belongings are going to go during water mitigation after a pipe burst or how they might get that smoke smell out of their valuable paintings after a fire. Our trained and professional technicians are equipped to help in every aspect of the restoration process to make sure it is like the disaster never even happened.

We offer onsite storage for any belongings that may need to be stored during the job and even box it up for you while taking inventory of every item. We transport your belongings to and from our storage facility to make everything as easy as possible for you during such an already difficult time.

When your belongings need that extra care like throw rugs that might have been soaked or paintings that smell of smoke, we bring them to our facility to care for them in the proper and careful way. We want to make sure they are back to the state they were in before the disaster happened.

More Than Just Restoration

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Packout Packout done and taken to on site storage

While much of our efforts here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is geared to getting your home or business back up and running after any disaster, we also focus on the little things needed during the process. Often, customers do not think of where my belongings are going to go during water mitigation after a pipe burst or how they might get that smoke smell out of their valuable paintings after a fire. Our trained and professional technicians are equipped to help in every aspect of the restoration process to make sure it is like the disaster never even happened.

We offer onsite storage for any belongings that may need to be stored during the job and even box it up for you while taking inventory of every item. We transport your belongings to and from our storage facility to make everything as easy as possible for you during such an already difficult time.

When your belongings need that extra care like throw rugs that might have been soaked or paintings that smell of smoke, we bring them to our facility to care for them in the proper and careful way. We want to make sure they are back to the state they were in before the disaster happened.

Summer Time Fun

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is here!

Summertime in California can be an exciting time, even during a pandemic we are managing to still enjoy the little things we used to. Swimming, Barbecues, and bonfires are amongst the best pastimes enjoyed here in SoCal. While that all seems quite fun, it is important to remember that being cautious is still part of that fun. When participating in such activities like a backyard bonfire or BBQ remember these few tips to ensure a safe and memorable experience:

-Make sure the fire pit is far enough from any home dwelling in an open area (same for the BBQ)

- Make sure only a knowledgeable adult is tending the fire or BBQ

-Do not overexert the fire more than is needed keeping the pile at 5’x5’ to keep the flames containable

- Make sure to have some water source nearby in case the fire gets out of hand

- Do not throw anything into the fire such as aerosols, canisters, or anything that contains foam or paint

- Make sure the wood you are using is dry and seasoned with no coating or anything attached to it

- When done with the bonfire make sure to douse with water and turnover the charred material with a metal shovel

While summer memories are usually great, sometimes there are unexpected situations. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes our trained and professional technicians are equipped to help you during those summertime mishaps.  We want to make sure we get you and your loved ones back at it and having fun as quickly as possible after any kind of unplanned home disaster.

Keeping up with COVID-19

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here our technician is taking the proper steps to sanitizing Disinfecting for COVID-19

Cleanliness is key during this pandemic. COVID-19 seems to be spreading fast through our communities and people are looking for ways to keep safe and clean.  SERVPRO of Palos Verdes proudly offers COVID-19 cleaning services to both commercial and residential areas. Our highly trained professionals will clean and disinfect your home and/or business and dispose of waste. We use medical grade chemicals that follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. The CDC encourages cleaning surfaces that are frequently used.

Our focus centers on sanitizing everything; from the structure of the building to the porous and non-porous surfaces within it.  Our staff is even equipped to handle cases in which homes and business have been directly affected by the virus. Call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes and schedule an appointment to clean your property today!  

Why SERVPRO for Commercial Buildings?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water Remediation in Commercial Building This commercial building was heavily saturated by a water leak.

Often, we find ourselves in unpredictable situations at home such as the toilet overflowing, mold damage, and even fire accidents. But what happens when we have these issues occur at our place of work or when a commercial building has been affected? Whether it be a storm disaster or water leak, our professionals here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes are highly trained to handle such situations and have years of experience in commercial and residential restoration services. We understand that getting back to normal operation as quickly as possible is a huge concern for businesses regarding revenue and productivity. That is why, when a disaster emergency arises, its best to give us a call as soon as possible.

SERVPRO Is widely known for our fast and high-quality restoration services as well as providing excellent customer service. We know that dealing with such matters can be incredibly stressful, which is why we offer a range of services directly through SERVPRO to help alleviate any anxiety. These services include emergency service mitigation, insurance claim assistance, reconstruction, disaster planning, and much more.

Every Minute Counts!

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Orange colored bachground with an overflowing sink, with yellow and orange towels under the sink Water Loss Rules!

In each and every emergency loss SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is enforced that we follow the industries standard of 1 - 4 - 8. The essence of:

  • 1 - Within 1 hour from the time SERVPRO of Palos Verdes receives a loss notice, we will call you or the point of contact to schedule services.
  • 4 - In a period of 4 hours from receiving the loss, our technicians will be on-site to start mitigation services.
  • 8 - Not beyond 8 hours we will have a preliminary report of the loss back to the appropriate person (claims representative, property manager, customer etc.)

In majority of cases many losses can definitely be reduced both in size and cost of the claim with fast and adequate response.

Call and schedule for a quote at (424) 570-9900. 

Palos Verdes Homes Tour 2020

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water painting of the mountainside filled with beautiful flowers surrounding a home. Things To Do In Rancho Palos Verdes!

The Circle of the Palos Verdes Art Center is extremely excited to present this years:  Palos Verdes Homes Tour 2020

Come and enjoy the beautiful and refreshing homes and gardens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Opening the doors to the a fabulous art and fun collections during the Palos Verdes Homes Tour.  Sponsored by the Circle of the Palos Verdes Art Center. Come and take a break during your self paced, self driving tour of this year's featured homes and enjoy an included leisurely lunch at the Art Center and shop the unique boutiques and our own Collected Treasures. 

Date and Time: Fri. & Sat. March 20-21, 2020

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Location:  Palos Verdes Art Center

5504 Crestridge Road

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Homes Tour:  $65


Waterfront Town Square and Promenade

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

A councilman standing in front of a podium ready to do a speech with 3 suited genltmen behind him overlooking the waterfront. Things to See in San Pedro!

The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction the San Pedro Promenade and Town Square Project.  San Pedro Public Developer Wayne Ratkovich gathered with Port and public official for a ground breaking project.  The project begins at 6th Street, just east of Harbor Boulevard and then ends at Berth 74 in San Pedro.  

After years of p[planning, two components of San Pedro's long-awaited new waterfront were feted Monday, Jan 26 as port and city officials joined with developers to break ground on a town square and the next portion of the promenade.  First phase for the project will begin with the promenade along the waters edge, visitor restrooms and additional public landing for recreational boaters. 

Korean Friendship Bell

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Friendship Bell with the blue skies in the background. Beautiful Act of Friendship!

This beautiful act of friendship was a gift by the South Korean government to the United States to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. This is to symbolize friendship between the two countries. This was dedicated on October 3, 1976, and declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.  

Commonly know as the Korean Friendship Bell this massive bronze bell housed in a stone pavilion in Angels's Gate Park, in San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  Located at the corner of Gaffey and 37th Streets, the section of the park is alternatively called the "Korean-American Peace Park" and occupies part of the former Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur. 

Fire Safety for Kids 2020

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon figure of a mother scolding her child for holding matches, also with the text of 10 Fire Safety Tips for Kids at Home Fire Safety for Kids 2020

Every year kids under the age of five have a much higher risk of dying in a residential fire compared to children in other age groups, according to the US Fire Administration.  Majority of these fires occurred in homes without smoke detectors.  

To protect your kids and family safe, the following are recommended for each home:

  • Reduce clutter
  • Do Not overload electric outlets, extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Hide all matches and lighter out of reach of children.
  • Make sure all fire extinguishers are conveniently located in your home.
  • Replace any electrical outlets.  
  • Do not use really old appliances.
  • Keep an eye on Garage safety.
  • Keeping your clothes dryer system proper maintenance.
  • Replace circuit breakers with arc-fault circuit interrupters. 

2020 Women in Restoration

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Half body shot of a woman holding a hard hat with a tool belt, with the text of Recognizing Women in Restoration Honoring the Best of the Best in Restoration!

Women are taking more remarkable roles in the restoration industry every year. This year's 2020 Recognizing Women in Restoration campaign is the award's fifth anniversary.  This is all about finding and recognizing leading ladies in all positions within the restoration industry.  

Women are creating a new voice in the restoration industry and generating new ideas and ways restoration companies should be run. 

Here are the requirements to this years campaign:

  1. Women have to have at least 10 years experience in the restoration business.
  2. Women can nominate themselves or by a colleague.
  3. Include any images, references and so on you feel will help strengthen the profile submission. 
  4. Any questions to email the R&R Editor Michelle Blevins at: blevinsm@bnpmedia.com

Deadline for entries is: Friday, February 28, 2020

Grand Opening: Halo of Hope Cancer Foundation

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Text of Halo of Hope with a heart, side angel wings and a halo above. Cancer Patient Support Group!

Come join Moderator Angelica Roxas, Breast and Lung Cancer Survivor and Founder/President of Halo of Hope Cancer Foundation along with Life Coach, Dr. Elise Ho, for this FREE south Bay support group.  

Grand Opening Event

Date:  February 5th, 2020, Saturday

Time:  6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Location: Peninsula Center Library

(3rd floor - Conference Room)

701 Silver Spur Road

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Inviting all Cancer Patients, Survivors, Caregivers and family members and ask any questions that they may have. Share their stories, knowledge, experiences and feeling with others while receiving encouragement, support and guidance.  Most importantly help to give HOPE.

Beverages & Appetizers will be served

  • Fun activities
  • Guest speakers
  • Making connections
  • Resources provided and much more.

Stay or Go

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

2 firemen's shadow ablaze is a large wild fire in front of them Evacuate of Shelter in Place?

In a wildfire or earthquake, do you evacuate or shelter in place?  Palos Verdes Peninsula CERT is sponsoring a free talk on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm covering a "Stay or Go."  An open forum for a Q & A mainly geared mainly toward the inexperienced Peninsula resident who is unprepared, which is unfortunately includes many of us.  

Topics will include what it takes to be ready to Evacuate your family as well as what you need to do to be ready to Shelter in place.  Learn simple steps you can take today to protect yourself, your family and your home.  

Location:  Hesse Park

29301 Hawthorne Blvd.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. 90275

This event is FREE for all Peninsula residents. 

Nature Walk at Abalone Cove

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Pacific ocean view of the shoreline. Nature Walk!

Docent Guided Nature Walk at Abalone Cove

Enjoy a guided tour of Abalone Cove on Saturday January 25th, 2020 at 3:00 pm.  Location:  Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Preserve.  Hike past the unique native flora and fauna and explore the tide pools teeming with fascination marine life.  The hiking difficulty is moderate to strenuous.  The trail to and from the tide pools is approximately 1 mile and involves about a 120 ft change in elevation. This is a kid-friendly hike but the trails and rocky beach are unsuitable for baby stroller.  Sorry, no dogs allowed on the beach.  The hike is free and the rain cancels a hike.  Parking fee  applies to all the Nature Walk participants.  Car pooling or ride sharing is strongly suggested.  

For more information, please call (310) 544-5366.

SoCal Museums Free-For-All

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

2 children and a father looking at ducks through a window. Southern California Weekend Events!

SoCal Museums Free-For-All 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

With wonderful and sunny southern California weather this is an event that will fulfill you and your family's weekend.  Over 40 museums presenting art cultural heritage natural history, and science will open their door and invite visitors to attend FREE of charge.

This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.  Regular parking fees apply at each museum.  

List of Participating Museums:

  • The Broad
  • The Museum of Tolerance
  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center
  • Getty Center Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Kid Space Children's Museum
  • LACMA 
  • Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Multicultural Film Festival 2020

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Multi Colored movie reel with the date of April 3-5 on the reel. Things to do in Palos Verdes, Ca.

The 2020 Universal Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF)

The 2020 Multicultural Film Festival will take place from April 3- 5 at the RHCC Community Center, Promenade on the Peninsula, Peninsula Center Library and Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes, California.  This event, organized by Maeya Culture Exchange Group LLC, will present a wide variety of films, including original shorts, documentaries, and animations created by those selected filmmakers from all over the world.  This festival will offer an amazing opportunity for all visitors to find out and learn in an outstanding way about different cultures, lifestyles, traditions and beliefs.  

Location:  735 Silver Spur Rod, Rolling Hills Estates, CA. 90274

Parking is FREE on the lots outside of the venue as well as in the parking structure of the Promenade on the Peninsula. 

Century-old Vanderlip Mansion - For sale on Palos Verdes Peninsula

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Front structure photo of the Vanderlip mansion. Palos Verdes Peninsula Home For Sale!

The patriarchs of the Vanderlip family is now looking for a buyer who wants to take on the challenge of maintaining the historic property.  But now just how much the potential buyer retains of the original house and its collections has yet to be determined.  The house is under no official preservation requirements, and the siblings have placed no preconditions on the sale, they said.  Discussions are now percolating about finding a home on the peninsula to house a museum to preserve the Vanderlip legacy and artifacts, but nothing has been decided. 

This property is 7,700 square-foot main home, built in 1926, and surrounding gardens, swimming pool, tennis court and 10 guest houses, went on the market this month for $12.995 million. 

Brand New Homeless Shelter in San Pedro

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Street Corner with blue tents set up for the homeless New Shelter for the Homeless!

This new temporary shelter in the middle of San Pedro's growing homeless encampment will soon come online, after it received unanimous approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  The $300,000 county-funded project will re purpose the vacant public health building at 122 W. 8th Street, to house 40 people for 120 days, after which the goal will be to move them into more permanent housing.  the shelter use will be restricted to three years.  

The 14,500 square-foot facility on the corner of 8th and Beacon streets, which will house 20 men and 20 women in separate quarters with privacy dividers, will include 24 hour supervision and security, services provided by medical and social case worker, and 3 meals a day to be brought in from the outside to the inside. 

Bridged Makeover

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Aerial view of the Vincent Thomas Bridge with the Desmond Bridge in the background. Bridges Unite!

Two iconic structures that connect Long Beach and San Pedro, as well as the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, have both received much fame for their attention lately.  The Gerald Desmond Bridge the 515 foot tall bridge will be completed later this year.  The new bridge will ease congestion and allow larger ships to pass underneath it.  

The replacement for the Desmond Bridge is said to be costing a $1.5 Billion budget and slated for completion this year.  The Vincent Thomas Bridge on the other hand will be closed periodically  for Caltrans repairs over the next couple of weeks. The $4.8 million project to replace finger joints on the bridge and is scheduled for completion by 2021.

Sunshine Trails

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

A group of local citizens waving at the camera with a ocean blue background. Ocean Trails

Hiking with Friends:  Ocean Trails

Save the Date:  February 2, 2020

Family Day Hike (Ocean Trails) 

Location: 3287 La Rotondra Drive

Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. 90275

Sunday, February 2,2020

Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm.

All hikes are subject to change due to weather or trail condition.  Meeting time is at 8:00 am

Length of the trail is 2.74 Miles (Round Trip)

Hike Level:  Beginner - 2

Duration:  3 Hours

Please be advised that the address is an apartment complex, just follow Rotonda Drive until it ends and you will see the parking lot at the very end. 

Departure time is 15 minutes after the meeting time. 

This event is FREE but you will still have to RSVP at:  www.eventbrite.com

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Red flyer with a smiling rat holding a sign "Free Admission" for Lunar New Year Festival Year of the Rat 2020!

Lunar New Year Festival

Join us for a Cultural Festival and bring the whole family for some entertainment, Face Painting, Crafts, Petting Zoo and the best Fireworks Finale in Southern California.  

This is the 6th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival.  It is the lucky year of the Rat.  For the chinese zodiac those born in the years of: 1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008 this will be your year! 

When: Saturday January 25th from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Where: Cabrillo Way Marine Promenade (corner of 22nd and Miner St) 2293 Miner Street, San Pedro CA 90731.

Christmas Chills 2019

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Empty los angeles street with no traffice but has wet concrete floor. SoCal Christmas!

Christmas Day of Chills

This winter storm slammed the Southland with heavy rain, the city will see a brief break before the wet weather returns Christmas Day.  The rain will continue thought showers will mostly be scattered and light.  But more rain and snow is expected to roll into the Southland on Christmas Day. Expected is heaby downpours on Thursday.  Snow levels could be as low as 3,500 feet in some areas.  

Los Angeles and Orange counties will see a high of 55 degrees and 90% change of showers.  

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for any emergency damage.  (424)-570-9900.

Consoles n' Kicks Tournament 2019

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Football player in the throwing stance position.  In a red #15 Jersey.Left side saying Consoles N Kicks, Street Soul Presents Things to do in San Pedro!

Charity:  Boys and Girls Club of the Port of Los Angeles

Consoles N Kicks Presented by Street Sole

Created and Produced by A2Z eSports

ConSoles n' Kicks presented by Street Sole brings together Los Angeles sneaker Culture and eEsports/Gaming Lifestyle for an event that's first of the its kind. 

Gamer will compete for cash and kicks while the live stream will feature special guest appearances from influences in the sneaker and gaming community like San Pedro's own, Wallychamp.

There will be exclusive sales and giveaways of kicks, clothes and art to raise money for the Boys and Girls club. 

Registration is Free Online until December 13, Late registration is anytime after December 14: $50

All players that enter to play in the tournament get a free pizza from Big Nick's Pizza!

Location:  Street Sole 

317 West 6th Street

San Pedro Ca. 90731

City-Wide Brush Clearing Event

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Large tree with leaves in a very large area of land of grass. Prevention to Fires!

Brush Clearing-Fall Season 2019

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes holds a bi-annual brush clearing event.  The goal of the event is to assist homeowners to dispose (free of charge) excess brush, hedges, tree branches in order to comply with the fire safety guidelines.  This event is most helpful to the property owners with large properties or canyon properties.  Also will provide homes that need trimming.  

Waste that is acceptable may be in tied bundles of in the EDCO carts.  Loose Material, trash or construction and demolition material will not be collected.  Schedule your brush clearing work with your gardener and landscapers in advance.  

Collection this week will be for Friday, November 9, 2019

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes serving the locals of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Miraleste and Palos Verdes Estates. 

Veterans Day Celebration: Film Festival & Family-Friendly Activities

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Movie poster with the titles:THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD and THE LAST SIGNAL Veterans Day Festivities!

Veterans Day Celebration and Film Festival

This Veterans Day, the Battleship of IOWA Museum will host a FREE Veterans Day Film Festival from 10 am- 4 pm.  With a live Q & A by Emmy Award winning director Kyle Olson.

These documentaries will debut their film The Last Signal and They Shall Not Grow Old at the Veterans Film Festival in San Pedro at 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro Ca. 90731

Locally owned and ready to help our community SERVPRO of Palos Verdes (424) 570-9900


The event is FREE but RSVP is required

Family-Friendly event throughout the whole day including mural painting and Vicky the Dog story time with author Carole Hershman.  Food and drinks will also be available for purchase from Mike Caccavella Catering. 

Tips to Preventing Water Damage to your Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Grey Loveseat with white wooden chair that is engulfed in about a foot of standing water. Water Damage Prevention!

A Few Easy Tips in Keeping your Home Away from Water Damage 

Water damage can be costly so in order to protect yourself from any losses or claims:

  1. Clean Gutter and Downsprouts- At least clean your gutters from any blockage twice a year.  Unmanageable overflow may create puddles that could damage the foundation of your home.
  2. Maintenance of trees and vegetation- minimize landscaping near utility pipes of if necessary to remove trees and shrubs that have grown too much. Trees roots can wrap around your pips and break them.
  3. Check your appliances regularly- Check appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturers directions.
  4. Know your Water Main- Find out the location of your main and shut if off if you leave for an extended amount of time. If no water goes in the house means no faucet drips that can lead to havoc. 

West Nile Virus: Do's and Dont's

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon picture of a mosquito being sprayed by a spray can.  Text writing of the 3 R's:  Reduce, Repel and Report Mosquito's and other stinging insects prevention!

This time of year brings nasty and unwanted insects into our community.  In recent months there have been issues regarding the West Nile Virus from mosquitoes in the LA County. Below are a few tips to prevent being bitten by a mosquito. 

Prevention Tips :

  • Eliminate any standing water on your property- mosquitoes breed in standing water.
  • Avoid activity at dawn and dusk.
  • Apply repellent containing the active ingredient DEET when outside.
  • Wear protective clothing (loose, light colored, long sleeve shirts and pants. 

We as a county can significantly contribute to the fight against the West Nile Virus by following the above prevention tips.  We have to remember, if they cant breed, they cant bite.  

The California West Nile Virus website is a great resource for tracking any activity within the state: http://westnile.ca.gov/

Housing Units in Development

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Large Housing Structure of about 7 stories high. Downtown San Pedro's Development in Progress!

In the past couple of years San Pedro, Ca. is seeing a tremendous increase in development.  There are over 3,400 new housing units that are in developmental process.  Mostly are apartments above a first floor commercial in the downtown San Pedro.  10 percent is designated for low-income individuals and families. 

Calling the new development including the designation of downtown San Pedro as the Opportunity Zone that brings significant tax incentives for investment.  

Construction will begin in early 2020 on the town square of 6th St with its public boat dock and connection to the Public Market.  

For more information on these and other development projects go to: http://nwsanpedro.org/

For any water or fire cleanup give SERVPRO of Palos Verdes a call at 424-570-9900

Dormant Fault Underneath Los Angeles

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Map of Southern California empasizing with red arrows pointed from which city to city the fault lies. Sleeping Giant Underneath the Harbor!

Known as the Wilmington Blind-Thrust fault scientist have believed this fault to be dormant. But researchers have declared that this is active and can devastate Los Angeles. 

The fault stretched from about 12.5 miles staring from Huntington Beach, exactly right under the Los Angeles/Long Beach harbors towards the east side of Palos Verdes Peninsula to Santa Monica Bay. 

Franklin Wolfe, a doctoral student in the structural modeling and earth resources from Harvard declare the fault, "like a sleeping giant beneath the harbor."

Earthquake preparedness in every household should be planned and rehearsed if such seismic disaster may occur.  Strategies of the duck-cover and hold tactics and knowledge of evacuation procedures.  For additional information on earthquake preparedness visit:  https://www.osha.gov/dts/earthquakes/preparedness.html.

Ponte Vista Development- San Pedro

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Overview of San Pedro city with the vincent thomas bridge in the background.  Work in Progress!

In late April 2019 this year locals have noticed some movement and progress known as the Ponte Vista Project. This is a master planned development adjacent to the exclusive communities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates, down in San Pedro. 

This 61.5 acre land is in development for a 662 for-sale housing and as of status of this development have made Western Ave much wider.  By mid November have the road available for the public by Mary Star High School. Landscaping for the median will begin in December.  

Construction of the homes will begin within 2-3 months.  Ponte Vista is divided into six planning areas each with specific design guidelines.  The developer is currently marketing these areas for potential builders.  

Small Brush Fire in Palos Verdes Estates

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Helicopter pouring water over the hillside of Palos Verdes Estates dousing a brush fire. Palos Verdes Brush Fire!

On the 2700 block of Paseo Del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates, a brush fire broke into flames but was doused quickly burning less than two acres.  Fire and police officials quickly on the scene of the fire a little after 6 am.  Road closure was needed in the area while the firefighters battled the blaze. 

Fire helicopter were on site within ten minutes along with the Palos Verdes Police Department. A little after an hour the fire was then declared 100 percent contained.  

It is safe to notify the Lunada Bay area and its surrounding areas that there were no structure damaged and all the local citizens are safe along with pets.  

For any fire damage cleanup call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes for a quote at 424-570-9900.

Fire Clean Up in Los Angeles!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

2 firefighter spraying down a very large fire with foam. Cleaning up after the fire!

As most of the fires from Simi Valley, Ca to Ventura county are mostly contained, and the ashes have settled.  The realization of building or cleaning up after fire effects can be stressful. 

With SERVPRO of Palos Verdes always ready to help available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to our nearby locals.

Here are some tips that you need to know about any Fire Damage Cleanup:

  • Fire causes reactions that release noxious and even deadly chemicals that can contaminate other parts of the building. A MUST is top always protect and decontaminate yourself with personal protective equipment. 
  • Try not to pose yourself for any risk by gutting or or cleaning up any debris. Please refer to any professionals for any cleanup.

Update: Los Angeles Getty Fire

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Freeway with the hillside a blazen. The freeway direction of Getty Ctr Drive, Sunset Blvd and Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles Getty Fire 2019

Los Angeles was engulfed with the Getty Wildfire and is till this date 79% contained. With the cause of the fire being from an accident start, caused by a tree branch that broke off and subsequently landed in nearby power lines during the high winds of Santa Ana.  Thankfully there were no civilian injuries. 

But there was about 15 homes that have been damaged and 10 homes that have been destroyed.  Realizing that the remediation to these properties will be stressful SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is ready to help.

To make life easier for our fellow LA residents, give us a call and request for a quote at (424) 570-9900. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Serving the Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates area.

Tips to Prepare your Property for the Fall Season

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Wood colored Mansion with plenty of windows and a large front yard. Preparation for your mansion!

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is located locally and covers such territories of Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes Estates and San Pedro area. Surrounded by beautiful landscaping and mansions.

Here are a few suggestions to prepare your mansion for the fall season. 

  1. Cleaning out of the gutters before the winter season arrive. 
  2. With colder weather arriving, cleaning up overgrown plants from the summer months should be removed. 
  3. Assessment of the following: furnace, how water heater and duct work.  Making sure to replace any filters and light bulbs are all working. 
  4. Total inspection of the whole house from the outside checking all windows that no hot air is escaping.

Unexpected Events to Cleanup/Board up

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Front store door and window that boarded up with plywood. Vandalism? Graffiti? Board up?

Locally owned and available to help with any size disaster that may come, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is never to busy for any unexpected cleanups that is needed.  Our skillful crew and will step by step inform the customer of any questions regarding the clean up process.  

Vandalism to a property is something we are unable to avoid and can be very stressful. One of our services that we provide is the clean up and possible board up using our special chemicals and machines for this service.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule with one of our office administrators for a quote at (424)n 570-9900.  

Are You Prepared?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro green text:  READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS. ARE YOU? Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What exactly is an emergency response plan?  We all must understand that within minutes of an emergency from a fire or water is extremely critical. when an emergency happens, the first priority is safety and the protective actions for life safely.  Second is the stabilization of the emergency and how to minimize any potential damages.  of the Knowledge of all emergency exits, location of fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is ready for any emergency disaster and help with planning an emergency response plan. Give us a call and schedule an Emergency Response Plan to prepare you and your fellow workers, or family members to any situations that can happen.

November Chills 2019

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mountainside of Griffith Park Observatory under dark clouds. Stay Warn Los Angeles!

NovembeRRR 2019

As Los Angeles cools down, are we really ready for the coldness that is upon us. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert from the Antelope Valley to Los Angeles. 

Resident in those areas were advised to stay indoors and take steps to protect themselves from the cold, including dressing in warm clothing and putting on hats, scarves, gloves and socks.  

For those who do not have any warm place to say in can visit indoor public facilities or call 211 for help finding the nearest shelter. 

Locally owned and franchised SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is ready to help in any way.  

Art Walk- Downtown San Pedro

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Crowded corner street with a large gathering entering the street art fair. San Pedro things-to-do November 2019

Art Walk- Downtown San Pedro 

Every 1st Thursday of the month

Date:  November 7,2019 between 6 pm-9 pm.

***If you enjoy live music on the streets, in galleries, restaurants and shops, this is the best place to be.***

The First Thursday Art walk tour is different every month- new artist in town, galleries with rotating exhibits, and artist that have been apart of the Arts District for years.  Each month the tour lasts about one hour and visits different artist and galleries providing an overview and introduction of San Pedro's lively Arts District. You can walk to the shops, eat at the restaurants or enjoy the variety of gourmet food trucks. The cuisine ranging from English Pub to Mexican Cafes, Mediterranean to Italian.  The event is open air and for free.  

Palos Verdes Celebrates Fall Festival 2019

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Grassy area with white portable chairs and tables under an array of trees and christimas lights with lots of community people Fall Festival 2019

Fall Festival 2019

Palos Verdes homeowners have a new fall activity to enjoy at the South Coast Botanic Garden 2019.  October 12 and 13 from 11 am- 5 pm.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate all things Fall.   this would include garden themed jewelry, artwork, food and drinks (available on purchase)  The Festival will be featuring pieces from "Hide and Seek: Art Meets Nature," The Garden's new art exhibit.  This is a special season  at the Garden and will include games and activities for all ages, fall wares, and seasonal harvest beer and wine. 

Also for fun you will be able to hop on the tram for a free ride to and from the tram of the festival.  There will be a Garden Craft sale and will feature a pumpkin beer for sale.  

This event is free with your paid Membership or you can purchase a general admission ticket for $9 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children 5-12 and anyone under 4 is free.  

Located at South Coast Botanic Garden at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. 

Dia de Los Muertos Festival 2019

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Colorful skull surrounded by flowers with a banner in the middle that says, Dia de los Muertos Festival San Pedro San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos Festival 2019

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead Festival 2019 in San Pedro, Ca. 

Dating back to the Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs, the modern holiday is a synthesis of Aztec and Spanish traditions.  It is not a sad occasion or a time for mourning, rather it is when family and friends gather to remember and celebrated departed loved ones.  In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a national holiday, though it is celebrated in other parts of the Latin America and the Philippines as well. 


398 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731


October 27, 2019


3 pm - 9 pm


Topaz Building Parking Lot

568 South Centre St.

Cross Streets:  6th and Centre St.

$10 Parking 

Admission is FREE!

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is locally owned and proud to serve the community. For a quote please call (424) 570-9900.

LA Harbor Boat Show 2019

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Collage of boats on the water and citizens of the community standing on the boats. Events in San Pedro 2019

Come and Join the Festivities!!

LA Harbor Boat Show (In-Water)

The 4th annual LA Harbor In-Water Boat Show at the Cabrillo Way Marina in the heart of Los Angeles Harbor is back.  Come aboard and compare a large selection of new boats, as well as some of the finest brokerage vessels on the Pacific Coast.  Whether you're a buyer, a seller or just evaluating the market, this is the premier boat show for a side by side comparison.  If you love boating and sailing, don't miss this show. 

Entrance is FREE

Parking Fee: $10 is available at the end of Miner Street, Berth 46

When:  Thursday, Sept. 19, 12 noon-7 pm

           Friday, Sept. 20 12, noon- 7 pm

           Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 am-7 pm-7 pm

            Friday, Sept. 22, 10 am- 7 pm

Before SERVPRO Arrives

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Left side of couch where one side has soot from fire damage,and the right side is clean after our services. Fire Preparedness

Once SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is dispatched for a fire emergency service here are a few tips before we arrive:


  • Place any dry towels in all carpeted walk ways to prevent any secondary soiling. 
  • Limit any kind of movement at the location to prevent any sediments in growing.
  • To protect any chrome trim to provide a light coat of lubricant. 


  • Do not try to clean any furniture or upholstery unless first consulting a SERVPRO professional. 
  • Do not try to was wash or clean any of the walls and first to contact a SERVPRO professional. 
  • Last but not the lease to also not clean any electrical appliances without consulting a SERVPRO professional.

Locally owned and available 24 hours 7 days a week for any emergency services give us a call at 424-570-9900.

Water Damage Emergency Services

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A plaque with the Servpro Logo of SERVPRO Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration. Water Emergency Preparedness

Before having our technicians on site here are a few tips before we arrive on site for any water damage services:  


  1. To prevent any secondary damages to shut off the water source. 
  2. Any extra water, to remove by blotting or mopping.
  3. To discard or shore up any upholstery needed to dry evenly.  


  1. Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water. 
  2. Do not turn on any light fixtures especially if the ceiling is sagging from retained water.  
  3. Do not leave any colored items such as books or magazines on any wet carpeting. 

For any questions or concerns please feel free to call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes where our technicians have the skill and honesty io order to provide the consumer with the highest degree of professionalism possible. 

Carbon Monoxide-Be Alarmed

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Outline of an orange home that has a skull and bones in the center. Stamped right under is Carbon Monoxide: Be Aware Carbon Monoxide: BE ALARMED

Carbon Monoxide also known as CO, is the most common cause of injury and death due to poisoning worldwide. It is non-lethal and the exposure can be undetected. Here are a few facts to know in regards to the symptoms of this colorless, odorless and tasteless poison.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion

These symptoms should not be taken for granted and we as a community need to take precautionary steps in order to keep our families health in tact.  Making sure that vents for the stove, furnace or laundry area are free from debris.  Using any kind of grills inside the home and also warming up the car in the garage and to have no blocking of the exhaust pipe 

Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes we provided the skill, honesty and integrity I order to provide the consumer with the highest degree and professionalism possible. 

Avoiding Water Damage to your Building

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A washing machine with a spillage below in blue, saying Water Under Washing Machine, Is it Leaking or is it a Spill? Is it Leaking or is it a Spill?

To manage your property at its best and keep water damage clear from any costly responsibilities in the future.

1. Knowing the location of the main shut off valve is good to know especially when going on vacation and having to water coming into your property. 

2. Checking appliances a few times a month such as  maybe a loose hose or a corroded pipe. 

3. Replacing any hoses for the washer and dryer can be very helpful due to most water damage is from a washer machine leaks.  

4. Also to prevent any damages, once in a while take a look at your water bill in making sure that there are no major differences in the bill. 

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is locally owned and franchised.  Making sure that we have the skill and honesty to provide the consumer with the highest degree of professionalism possible. (424) 570-9900

Muscle Walk of Los Angeles

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Come celebrate strength and join us for our Muscle Walk of Los Angeles!

Muscular Dystrophy is a community of diseases that make muscles weaker and less flexible over time.  Caused by genetics that control how the body keeps muscles healthy. 

Our muscle walks are celebrations of giving strength.  An opportunity to recognize the members of our community. Also to come together and support of our common cause.

Time and Date: October 5, 2019

10 am-1 pm

Location:  Cabrillo Way Marine

2293 Miner St.

Los Angeles, Ca. 90731

Admission is FREE!

Create your own team or sign up for the Muscle Walk as an individual.  Ask others tio join and support you with a donation.  This is a fun experience for all ages and be a rewarding experience. 

The Drying System of Water Damage

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

The stress of having any emergency water damage to your home or business is a service that SERVPRO of Palos Verdes provides with our skilled technicians that are certified from the IICRC.  

Our system for drying are as follows:

  1. Distinguish every component that is wet to help prevent any secondary damage to occur.  
  2. All of wet materials measured for moisture to identify which equipment to use. 
  3. Set up of the professional equipment which includes also setting up in tough to reach places. 
  4. Monitoring all drying machines to verify the progress of drying.  

For any emergency services either it be water or fire cleanup SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is available 24/7 and can be contacted at 424-570-9900.  Our experienced technicians are ready to help in any way. 

The 1-4-8 Rule

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

In order to ensure that your emergency service is promptly settled, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes has an exclusive procedure for fast and definite response to keep your mind at ease. 

The 1-4-8 rule:

  • 1-Once emergency services has been arranged, SERVPRO will arrive on-site within 1 hour.
  • 4- Mitigation services will be provided by our skilled technicians within 4 hours. 
  • 8-A verbal briefing will be provided to the insurance adjuster in any procedures needed.

In any emergency, please do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Palos Verdes a call at 424-570-9900. Locally owned and franchised you can rest assure that our skilled certified technicians will provide any emergency services with professionalism, knowledge and respect to make you feel as, "Like it never even happened." 

Beat the Heat Buzz

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon sun with sunglasses Simple and Easy Tips For Beating the Heat

Southern California is in the midst of summer torridness and we all cannot forget the proper precautions needed to have a fun and safe summer. Here are a few helpful tips:

  1. Hydration- Heat makes you sweat, meaning it will cool down your body and not knowing that you will also be dehydrated. Drink lots of water to keep the body fresh. 
  2. Sunscreen- Any sunscreen rating anything above 15 SPF to prevent any sunburn.
  3. Sunglasses- Not only will you have styling summer fashion but also prevent the cornea of your eyes to block UV rays.

Try to avoid any consumption of alcohol or caffeine. Instead of replenishing your body it end in the result of being more dehydrated. 

If you have any further questions or would like to know more about any preventative tips for the remaining of the summer, please call and do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes at 424-570-9900.

Los Angeles Career Fair- Sales and Professional 2019

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Please come and join the Diversity Career Group Fairs & Job Fair for the 20th 


DATE:  Wed, September 11, 2019

TIME: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT


Hilton Hotel LAX

5711 W Century Blvd

Los Angeles, Ca 90012

Please join in this FREE admission event and sit down and interview with nationally known employers.  Please be professionals dressed and have your resume in hand. 

Free attendance for candidates and please contact for any special rates.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is locally owned and is available for any emergency services 24 hours 7 days a week.  To make an appointment please call 424-570-9900

Vandalism in a Rancho Palos Verdes store

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

The hole in the wall is how the intruder broke into the store

As many people may know SERVPRO offers tons of different services, this one right here was a special type of job that many people probably have no idea that we are capable of. 

This job was caused by an intruder who broke into and vandalized a local Rancho Palos Verdes jewelry store. Detectives had a finger-printing power all over the entire store to try and pick up fingerprints to determine who the intruder was.

Our technicians went in and HEPA vacuumed everything, not only the floors but the walls and ceilings as well. A HEPA filter should trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger which makes it extremely powerful.

When SERVPRO of Palos Verdes left the store you would have never known what really went on inside, you would have never known that was just a crime scene and that means our job is finished.

Do not hesitate, call for a quote today.

Cleaning up a Palos Verdes Estates home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

shows after wiping and hepa vacuum of hallway

Not only does SERVPRO of Palos Verdes help with jobs such as mold remediation, water disasters or even storms we also provide cleaning services.

This particular job our technicians went in and started with wiping and disinfecting all of the bathrooms. They then hepa vacuumed the entire house including all walls, ceilings and floors. 

What is a Hepa Vacuum?

A hepa is a type of filter that traps a large number of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners would recirculate back into the air of your home or business. Hepa has been proven to trap at least 99.97% of particles of 0.3 microns or larger.

Some of the cleaning services SERVPRO of Palos Verdes has to offer include:

  • Clean & deodorizing carpets
  • Clean door or window openings
  • Clean walls & baseboards
  • Hepa Vacuum
  • Clean light fixtures

Our techs are available and always ready to help, call us today!

Restoring a Harbor City business after sewage back up.

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

This specific loss was caused to a Harbor City business after their neighbors had a sewage backup. SERVPRO of Palos Verdes was there to help, as always. We started this job by extracting the water from the restaurant, hallway, and the bathroom. We also lifted the carpet and tore out the carpet pad, when doing that our certified technicians found mold.

It takes only minutes for water to spread and penetrate everything in site and mold begins to grow in as little as 48 hours. Luckily SERVPRO of Palos Verdes specializes in mold restoration and has all the proper equipment needed.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes was able to complete this job and get the business back up and running in less then one week!

Essentially no job is to much for SERVPRO of Palos Verdes and we are eager to help.

Florida Storm Crew Update

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Some of the debris from a Home on there yard

Good Morning all here is a recent update that is going on in Florida. Crews have been performing 5-7 home inspections per day. Here is a picture of some of the devastation the people of Panama City Florida is dealing with. The destruction is just horrible. The Crews have been working nonstop helping the people of Panama City, Florida.

Storm Crew Update

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Crew Arriving to a job onsite in Florida

Crews have already started helping the people of Panama City, Florida. Right now we have 31 Job leads and counting from SERVPRO Corporate. Good Job guys keep up the good work. Our hearts and prayers to the people of Panama City, Florida.

Damage From Hurricane Michael

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Tree fallen over causing damage from Hurricane Michael

Here Is a Picture of the devastation from the crew of SERVPRO Palos Verdes of damage created by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida. 

Storm Response

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes has sent out crews to support the Storm Response Unit in Panama City Florida. Good Luck, Be Safe crews.

Does Your Palos Verdes Home Have A Mold Problem

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (424) 570-9900

Holiday Safety

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes wants you to keep your home and family safe this holiday season.

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without seasonal decorations such as Christmas trees and twinkling lights. These accessories make the holidays more joyful, but not being cautious when using them can lead to unwanted situations. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are more than double the amount of fires on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year. Here are some ways to prevent fires in your home during the holidays:

  • Choose an artificial Christmas tree instead of a real one, since artificial trees are less likely to start a fire. Make sure the tree is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Position trees at a good distance from heat sources, such as radiators and fireplaces.
  • If you use extension cords to light up multiple indoor lights, consider plugging them into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for extra safety.
  • If you have outdoor decorative lights, ensure that they’re securely fastened to trees, gutters and/or other parts of the home. Use secure clips to prevent the wind from whipping them and lights from breaking. 
  • Unattended cooking is the most common culprit of kitchen fires. Never leave food unattended when cooking.
  • Test your smoke detectors before the holidays and be sure to have fire extinguishers ready if a fire starts.
  • Leave one foot of space between candles and anything else and make sure the candle holders or bases are stable. Don’t leave candles burning when you leave the room or going to bed. Always supervise them.
  • If your home has a fireplace, have the chimney inspected and cleaned before using. Place a protective screen around the fireplace to prevent embers from reaching your carpet or other materials.

    For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact your SERVPRO of Palos Verdes.

Prevent Backflow Water Damage

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage - Call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes

• To prevent sewage backflows talk with a plumber regarding the installation of backflow restrictors and other such devices.

• Store items above the floor to prevent damage; using either wood blocks or shelving. Be sure down spouts from rain gutters are directing water away from the house.
• Add window well covers to the outside of your home. Adjust the grade of your property where it meets the foundation.
• Check the working operation of sump pumps and/or sump alarms.
• Have a stand-by sump pump.
• Turn off outdoor water spigots and ensure the line is drained prior to winter.
• Turn off water supply lines to washers, toilets and sinks when you take vacations.
• Arrange for frequent visits by friends while you are on vacation.

Mold 101

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated.

Mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level.

The main things mold needs to grow in a home are organic materials to feed on and moisture. Your home already provides plenty of organic materials for mold to live on such as wood, drywall and various other building materials.

Keep in mind that most molds need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Therefore if a suitable material in your home is wet for more than 24 hours then you run the risk of mold starting to grow. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today -424-570-9900

Palos Verdes Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home and walls, causing hidden damage and odor. At SERVPRO of Palos Verdes, our smoke/soot damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

 Smoke and soot facts:

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services:

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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