Recent Water Damage Posts

Prevent Flooding in Your Home or Business

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

  • Close windows 
  • Make sure downspouts extensions are connected 
  • Check to see that the rain gutters are clear of leaves and debris
  • Make sure the sump pumps are plugged in and operational 
  • Make sure window well covers are in  place 
  • Keep water flowing or running near the foundation

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals are able to work around unaffected areas and after hours, allowing you to keep your doors open. Our expert teams have the experience of working with retailers to make sure surfaces, displays and merchandise are restored to preloss condition. 

We are Water Damage Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Does Your Los Angeles Home Have Water Damage Problem?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Have Questions about Water Damage?

Call Today - 213-315-5136

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Westlake and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.


We are Water Damage Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Faster To Any Size Disaster

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides restoration services for water damaged residential structures and affected contents. Water can enter and damage homes from numerous sources. Most residential water damages are caused by water pipes breaking or defective appliances. Cold weather causes pipes to freeze and burst, flooding homes. A washing machine hose can break or the water heater can spring a leak. If not resolved quickly and properly, water can even cause secondary damages, like mold.

About SERVPRO of Westlake 

SERVPRO of Westlake  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flood Tips

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Tips And Actions Steps 

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.


Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:


Flood Prevention Tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain. 
  • In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are necessary to keep for the business operating. 
  • plan what you would do if your building, plant or store is not accessible.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. 

24 Hour Emergency Service

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westlake provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Los Angeles. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 


If your home has been damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at 213-315-5136. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Westlake will be there to help you restore your home. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Westlake at 213-315-5136 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency tips

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Have Questions? Call Us Today 213-315-5136

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westlake is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 213-315-5136

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Westlake has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Westlake

SERVPRO of Westlake specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Damage Timeline

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 213-315-5136

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Westlake 

SERVPRO of Westlake specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Los Angeles, Call SERVPRO of Westlake

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westlake provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Los Angeles. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 213-315-5136

Residential Services

Whether your Los Angeles home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Faster to your Los Angeles Water Damage Event

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westlake provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Los Angeles 

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Westlake provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 213-315-5136

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration cost. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 213-315-5136

Los Angeles 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westlake is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 213-315-5136

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Westlake has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

About SERVPRO of Westlake

SERVPRO of Westlake specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water and Fire Damage Restoration

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the industry leader in the cleanup and restoration industry. Whether is your home or business, we provide emergency mitigation services. If your property experiences a water or a fire loss. With nearly 1,700 U.S and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned throughout the nation to be faster to any size disaster. This allows us to restore properties faster and get you back into you home or business quicker. 

Flooded basement in Los Angeles

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below grown level. There are a number of reasons why your Los Angeles basement could flood. including:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure 
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure 
  • And many more

We use advance inspection and monitoring equipment to determine your home structure is actually dry. 

If water damage is not handle quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today- 213-315-5136 

Service Response Guidelines

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 

  • Within one hour from a notice of a loss, a SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals will contact you to arrange for service. 
  • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Westlake Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
  • Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you by SERVPRO of Westlake Professional. 

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. 
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletops items. 
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion for even drying. 

Do not do:

  • Enter room with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards. 
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining. 
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall to wall carpets to cause staining. 
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 

Mold in Air Vents?

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. 

Mold in air ducts most commonly occurs when there is moisture inside the ductwork. As cool air flows through the vents on hot days, the moisture in the air can condense inside the air vent. Mold spores are generally air borne, or spread through air.

Take Precautions 

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals handles water damages every day and now prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold. 
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth. 
  • Excessive humidity. 

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.  

Timing is everything!

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Timely response in a crisis can :

  • Minimize business interruptions and associated loss revenue. 
  • Save thousands of dollars in reduced secondary damage.
  • Time and mitigation minimizes the effects of water and fire damage allowing your property and business to be restore at an advanced rate with minimal downtime. 
  • With the proper planning, you can better recover from disasters after they occur.

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals can help minimize the amount of time you business is inactive.

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals can provide additional preparedness planning resources including a business preparation plan, employee emergency  communication plan, and emergency contact cards. 

As a Department of Homeland Security National Preparedness Month coalition member, we can also provide additional business preparation resources materials.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us Today

We’re Ready To Help 24/7 – SERVPRO of Westlake 213-315-5136

Flooded Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Kitchen A water main break caused this kitchen to flood.

A water main break caused this kitchen in Los Angeles to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded. 

SERVPRO of Westlakewas called into clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled he said " This kitchen never looked this good in the 24 years i've owned this property."

SERVPRO of Westlake

SERVPRO of Westlake specializes in flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Call Us Today 213-315-5136

Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

When water damages occur, the wrong response can cost you plenty.

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation. Technicians communicate their assessment with the property manager or owner in detail before beginning the cleanup and restoration process.

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage. Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification and contents inventory. 

Closing the event work order in a timely manner through electronic claims reporting consistent communication and professionals restoration techniques. SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals - available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Our goal is to help make it ...

Like it never even happened. 

SERVPRO Benefits

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

  • Pretesting 

SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals can determine the restorability of damaged structures and contents. They will identify which items may or may not be restored.

  • IICRC Standards Validation

SERVPRO can provide industry-standard proof that the proper amount of equipment was used on the job and that the job was dried properly. 

  • Contents Claim Inventory Service

CCIS provides itemized room by room loss inventory, allowing insurance agents and adjusters to document claim items and capture inventory items immediately. 

  • Electronic File Documentation Complete with Loss Reports
  • Large Loss Capabilities- Disaster Recovery Team

With thousands of trained crews and enormous inventory of commercial equipment and service vehicles, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team can initiate response to any size loss in any part of the country within hours.  

  • Brand Leadership Assurance and Consistency

Immediate Dispatch 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week.

2/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dispatch Sequence 

  • Home phone? Business phone?
  • Date and time loss occurred?
  • What is the source of water?
  • What is the type of water?
  • Is it clean, gray or sewer?
  • Is there structural damage?
  • Is electricity available?
  • Is there standing water?
  • How deep?
  • What areas are affected?
  • Has the source been repaired or replaced?

Emergency Water Tips 

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature. 
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceilings is wet, and keep our of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting. 

Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration Services

1/26/2019 (Permalink)

  • Uniformed Professionals will arrive on site usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation. 
  • Technicians communicate their assessment with the property manager or owner in detail  equipment to examine the extent of the damage.
  • SERVPRO Professionals utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage. 
  • Restoration services include detection, water extraction, dehumidification and contents inventory. 
  • Closing the event work order in a timely manner through electronic claim reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques.
  • SERVPRO of Westlake Professionals - available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

SERVPRO is the only national restoration company that has a consistent national advertising program. 

Our goal is to help make it... "Like it never even happened." 

Flooded Basement

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - SERVPRO of Westlake 213-315-5136

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Westlake and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 213-315-5136

SERVPRO of Westlake 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westlake provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO of Westlake is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (213)315-5136

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Westlake has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Westlake

SERVPRO of Westlake specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Emergency Flood Repair

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency kitchen flood  may not seem harmful at the time but water is the single and utmost destructive element that can extensively deteriorate the structure of your property. A flood  can cause more than just physical damage to your property it can lead to Mold that may potentially cause health risks.

When  you need it done right and done fast SERVPRO of Westlake  identify the source and types of water, which determine the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damages. Count on SERVPRO of Westlake professionals to  repair your home back to its preloss condition looking 10x better. In emergency water damages, it is important to get the water out as soon as possible to prevent any chances of microbial growth or secondary damages to unaffected areas. We will arrive at your property in a timely matter ready to inspect the extent of the damage. 

Emergency Water Damage Tips

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

- Shut off the watersource if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

-Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

- Don’t enter affected areas of electrical outlets, switches, circuits breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

- Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 

-Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures is ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water