Recent Storm Damage Posts

Risky Areas

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Storms are a large variety of atmospheric disturbances and can be devastating, to say the least. They range from rainstorms and firestorms, to snowstorms and thunderstorms.  The risk for each of these depends on the areas in which you live. For example: If you live in coastal areas, flood damage is going to be the most likely cause of concern. Damage from flooding rains can penetrate every part of your home or business, leaving the possibility for mold and other issues to arise.  SERVPRO of Palos Verdes specializes in water and storm damage restoration and can help repair your home, office or commercial property. We know that you have been through a traumatic experience, so the last thing you need to worry about is cleaning up. Let our team of experts evaluate the damage, discuss a drying and cleaning plan with you, and commence to getting your property back in great condition. Call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes today. We are here to help!  

Mother Nature

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Mother Nature is another cause of loss at a property/business… unfortunately it is devastating and out of any one’s control. Central America is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, etc., but that does not mean SERVPRO of Palos Verdes will not take the claim head on. In the past, we have traveled out of state to assist with the overwhelming storm jobs. Our team assist home and business owners in restoring the situation back to normal in a rapid manner. Catastrophes such as these are stressful for everyone, but here at SERVPRO we strive to make the process as smooth and quick as possible.

                Our most common type of loss would be a water loss. Unfortunately, all properties with plumbing are susceptible to being damaged. If materials are saturated long enough then mold will begin to grow, which is of course hazardous to humans and animals. We strive to make sure all jobs, including water, are done quickly and efficiently to avoid these types of situations. The sooner a water mitigation is completed, the sooner your home/business is back to normal. All equipment we use to dry the affected areas are fast acting.

                Our billing team will work on keeping communication up to date with your insurance provider, if applicable, making sure the insurance gets payment issued soon so the customer does not need to stress on repair expenses.

Navigating the Loss

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

While a water loss can be devastating enough a storm loss can cause significant damage to a home. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes we have participated in many storm events assisting families across the country in their time of need. It can be hard dealing with any loss in your home and knowing where to start first can be very confusing. We help our customers navigate through such a difficult time by assisting them in reaching out to their insurance company and communicating the scope of the repairs needed as well as ensuring the customers know who they can communicate with in case they have any questions regarding coverage. We get many different questions throughout the process and our trained and professional technicians are prepared to assist in answering every concern. We take our time to explain the why behind every action we take so you know what to expect during the process.

Prepping For The Future

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

A storm can come through unexpectedly and because of this it can be hard to prepare. As a home owner we can always prep the best we can, but we can’t always foresee the future. It is definitely not a small topic all of the major storms that have hit across the country. It can be hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the damage a hoe can incur from a storm. We have assisted with multiple storm losses and have helped many families get back into their homes after the extensive damage. A small water loss can be difficult alone, but a storm water loss can affect the entire home and we want to make sure we help families as quickly as possible. We do our best to help each family know that we are there to serve them in every way we can while providing them with the comfort of knowing their home is in good hands.

Into The Storm

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Damage to homes as a result of a storm

SERVPRO is widely known for our bright green trucks and while we are hard to miss around town, did you know that we also aid other SERVPRO franchises around the country? When it comes to major catastrophes such as hurricanes, we all come together as one team for one focus and that is helping those affected by the disaster.

Late August of last year Louisiana was hit by multiple storms back-to-back. As one team SERVPRO was called out to the location ready to assist in the restoration of the many homes that had been affected. Our trained technicians went straight to work and aided dozens of families during the midst of a pandemic and the ongoing storms. We were able to bring relief to those who were bombarded by the many issues the hurricane brought and gave them hope for a new beginning in such trying times. Our team spent months restoring homes all around Louisiana working closely with other local SERVPRO technicians.

The Storm brings us!

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Photo Photo of a storm

Lately our country has unfortunately been the victim of many large storms, hitting both the east and west coast and even in between. Louisiana has experienced a large amount of the effects and to aid with the damages, our trained and professional technicians here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes sent a team to assist in the matter. We truly believe in helping our neighbors whether that be 2 miles away or 500. We take our time to analyze the situation and the needs of each customer regarding what is needed to fix their home and get it back to before the disaster even happened.

From the start we with work with the insurance companies to make sure we are communicating all facets of the job. We want to ensure that there are no surprises when everything is said and done. Assisting others outside of our current community has been a great pleasure and knowing we are helping others in their great time of need is all we can ask for as a growing company.

Certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

LLCRC Certified

Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes, we are proud to say that we are LLCRC certified! But what does being LLCRC certified actually mean? LLCRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration where they have developed the standards for the industry. They have also developed the language and the terminology that has enabled the industry to communicate more effectively as well as ensuring the correct procedures are being followed when it comes to any loss.

At SERVPRO of Palos Verdes, we feel it is absolutely necessary to make sure you are confident in the work we are providing. Being LLCRC certified helps you as the customer feel secure in the decision you have made by entrusting us with your home restoration needs. It can be stressful when it comes to any kind of loss in your home and you want to be sure that the correct steps are being taken and that everything is being completed correctly and in a timely manner.  

The Sizzle of the Storm

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

What to do when your home has been affected by a storm.

Normally, we receive calls about a pipe burst or maybe a toilet leak that has caused water damage to a home. Lately our technicians here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes have been assisting other teams in Louisiana with hundreds of homes that have been affected by the multiple storms that have hit that area. Unfortunately, mother nature has a mind of its own and as much as we prepare and anticipate for the next “Big One”, we cannot always foresee the amount of damage that may be caused from such catastrophes.

From the moment you contact our office we are prepared to help every step of the way to ensure you feel supported in such a crazy time. Our technicians are trained and certified to inspect your home for damage that has been caused by the storm, prepare an estimate for the work needed on your home, and complete the work that has been estimated. We work side by side with your insurance company to make sure we remain on the same page to get your home back to the way it was before the disaster even occurred.

Trot for the Troops!

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Trot for the Troops!

Accompany the USO for our debut of the Trot for the Troops fundraiser and express your thanks and gratitude for the servicemen, women and families that sacrifice so much for this great nation. 

We are asking for your assistance in spreading the word and raising money for the USO to support our troops. Register and join Team West at gonforarun.com/uso. They will be providing a custom music playlist and warm-up video to pump you up. The race registration deadline is November 28, 2020 and for those who register after November 16, 2020 you will receive your medal, and t-shirt post-race, but will be able to download your race bib for the run.

So put your health efforts toward a good cause and become part of the Force Behind the Forces.  November 21 through November 28: log your run, jog, bike, swim or walk. Your support helps service members stay united.

23rd Annual Peninsula Parade of Lights 2020

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

23rd Annual Peninsula Parade of Lights - Drive Thru

The popular annual Palos Verdes Peninsula Parade of Lights traditionally features floats, marching bands, Santa and other community partners making their way though a brightly lit commercial area of Rolling Hills Estates.  This year a reverse celebration is modified to allow spectators to drive through a festively lit Ernie Howlett Park's parking loop to enjoy beautiful holiday vignettes.

Sponsoring this event  is the California Water Service, the City of Rolling Hills Estates will hos a family friendly drive through parade on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm to help ring in the holiday season. 

Location:  Ernie Howlett Park

25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is available 24 hours a day 7 days week and can be contacted at (424) 570-9900.

The Cleanup

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

What happens when there is a need for biohazard cleanup?

When we think of a home cleanup and restoration, we often think of fire or water damage.  Many individuals do not realize that it also encompasses biohazard cleanup, which can be quite dangerous when it comes to the pathogen threat.  Depending on the spill, like blood, remediation could be more than just a cleanup of using hospital grade cleaning agents.  Often, blood leaves a stain which means it might be3 possible that our technicians would have to remove and replace the affected section of wall, floor, or ceiling. 

Our trained professional are discreet and do not go into any details other than what is needed in order to het your home back to its original state.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is available 24/7 and if there are any questions can be reached at (424) 570-9900. 

Restoring Damages of a Loss

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fastest response to disaster: Any fire or storm damages can be the most devastating accidents that can ever happen to anyone. We here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes ensure that each of our customers are treated with care and compassion through these difficult times.  We educate and also assist with guiding our customers each step of the way.  SERVPRO is recognized as a leader in recovery of fire losses and we strive to keep that reputation.   

Here are a few tips if any disaster should happen:

  1. Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible. 
  2. Ask for a copy of a fire report (if applicable)
  3. Keep a record of all damaged items
  4. The restoration process

Services that SERVPRO of Palos Verdes provide: water remediation, fire restoration, mold remediation, storm damage and commercial services. 

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.

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. 

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

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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. 

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.

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.

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.