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How to Apply for A Construction Permit in Torrance, CA

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Picture this: You are cooking buffalo chicken wings for your beautiful family of four. It’s their favorite meal, and you are so excited to see the look on their faces when they see the fine dining you’ve prepared. You are just about done coating the wings with batter, and plop them into the fryer. You walk away for two seconds to watch on TV which bachelor Hannah has sent home this week, and when you come back to your kitchen you notice……. IT’S IN FLAMES! EEEK!

The fire department came and everyone is safe. You call SERVPRO to remediate the damage, but your beloved kitchen is gone. What was once full of happiness and buffalo chicken wings, is now black soot and lung burning ash. But, need not to worry young padawan, for this is the perfect recipe to build an entire new kitchen to take your buffalo chicken wings to the next level!

SERVPRO will help you reconstruct your damaged property! To reconstruct a part of your home, you must obtain a permit from the city to do so. This is necessary for the city to make sure your reconstructions adhere to safety codes and any other restrictions they may have. These codes vary from city to city, and you can find the ones for Torrance here. Specifically for the city of Torrance, you must create an account with their Online Permit, Request and Licensing Center to apply for a building permit. Before you apply for a permit, you must have a detailed plan of your construction to show that everything done is adhering to your city’s codes. Our construction workers here at SERVPRO have the experience and training to help you with this step so your permit is approved. This is what the building permit application looks like for the city of Torrance. 

Once you have submitted your application, it will take a few weeks to hear back while they are reviewing the application. In the case your permit is denied, all that needs to happen is a revision of the plan to make sure again that all codes are being met, and then resubmit! After your permits have been approved, the city’s interference is not finished yet. There must be scheduled inspections during the period of construction for the city to make sure the progress of work is adhering to all city codes.

Obtaining a permit may seem like a hard thing to do, but with the help of our SERVPRO technicians the process will be smooth and stress free. If you have any more questions about the permit process, call our 24 hour service line. We’d be more than happy to serve you in any way possible!

"Faster to Any Disaster!"

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

This motto is taken seriously here at SERVPRO, because we understand that a fast response is crucial for emergency disaster situations. Take water damage for example. An old pipe breaks and gallons of water start to pool in the basement or garage of your property. Every minute that passes, the damage worsens and grows into a more dangerous situation. This is why we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays so our community of Torrance has the help it needs when in crisis. Our technicians are trained to respond quickly and keenly in all damage predicaments. Having a professional on sight would also keep you and your family safe, with knowledge that the water pooled in the property poses a risk to electrical shock and shortage. You may have not known this, and that’s why we are here! 

In fire damage cases, do not call us first but of course, the fire department which can be reached under the emergency number, 911. The first responders will extinguish the fire, and we come in after to clean up all the ash, soot, and even water damage from the hoses used to put out the fire. We understand that fire damage is an incredibly intrusive feature of natural disaster that is felt in all senses. Upon first call, we will make it a point to visit your property for inspection as soon as possible. Burnt areas are susceptible to collapse due to the weakening of the property’s structural integrity. Every disaster situation has its own reasons why a quick response is essential to minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency. To dive deeper into each category of damage, visit our blog page. And don’t forget that when confronted with damage, SERVPRO is “Faster to any disaster!”

What you need to know about Construction Permits

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Imagine you live in a neighborhood where every house looks the same, and every block matches the one that came before. The neighborhood is organized into perfect symmetry, then one day the annoying guy down the street builds a hot pink addition to the front side of his property. The roof is a sickening green-yellow, and the edges protrude out onto the sidewalk. The window trimmings are a gaudy royal blue, and the front door to this weird forward addition is a bright fire engine red.

I bet you think that scenario is excessive and unrealistic, and that’s because it is! The reason you’ve never seen/heard of something like this is because of construction permits. Construction permits are official approvals for projects/remodels to homes and commercial buildings which are issued by the local government. A specific example would be adding some concrete to your driveway. The design and land usage must be approved by the association if you have one, and the local building department.

Keep in mind, a construction permit is not needed for simple repairs around the house. You don’t need to submit an application to patch a wall, or fix a leaky faucet. The construction permit is used for major mechanical or structural changes to a house, like space additions or work on gas lines. The whole point of the construction permit is to make sure that the annoying guy down the street doesn’t ruin the aesthetic of the neighborhood with his hot pink front addition. It’s also for the crazy lady next door that thinks she can reconfigure all her electrical wires by herself, even though she’s never done anything even remotely close to it before. The permits are used to keep everyone safe, and to allow the neighborhood to look its best.

How fire and water damage can go hand in hand

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can spark in your home for various reasons. The top causes of home fires are from kitchen appliances, heaters, smoking, candles, and faulty wiring. Some of these are uncontrollable circumstances, so it is best to be prepared for such a situation.

When a fire does spark in your home, immediately call the fire department. They will come and extinguish the fire using water and sometimes foam. This method pulls the oxygen away from the fire in turn extinguishing it. During this process, water gets into your home and can cause additional damages.

Fire can damage your home in many ways. It can burn the walls of your home, damage the structural integrity of your home, and the smoke and soot can travel through the vents making the air dangerous to breathe.

Water can damage your home by leaving moisture left in places meant to be dry, making your property more prone to mold growth. Water can also damage the structural integrity of your property, making it dangerous to be in close proximity of.

In the event of a fire, damages can be vicious. Here at SERVPRO, we have the experience necessary to make your property look “Like it never even happened.” We understand the stress that comes with damage restoration… no need to worry, SERVPRO will be there in a hurry!

Importance of Having Regular Gutter & Air Duct Cleaning

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Our home is where we recharge ourselves and prepare for another day. We often try to décor up the place and make it as comfortable as possible. However, there are some integral components of our home that we tend to miss out on. It’s not the paint, furniture or other superficial components. The gutters and air ducts are often the most overlooked parts of our house. Perhaps it’s because their function is underestimated. Here are a few pointers to remind you why regular air duct and gutter cleaning is important.

Regular gutter cleaning

Moisture is a common enemy when it comes to the building’s structural support. Having blocked gutters can potentially cost you a lot in repairment and fixes especially in the rainy season. Overflowing water from the room moves into the gutters, but when it’s blocked, it has nowhere to go but deep down into the building’s base through the smallest cracks.

Water might go away, but it’s where it escapes to that’s important and where the problem starts. Over time, this collective water absorption can damage your building’s foundation. The idiom “out of sight, out of mind” unfortunately prevails amongst the common public when it comes to escaping water and gutter system health. Additionally, the accumulation of excess water due to clogged gutters is often the primary reason for damp basement conditions.

People neglecting their gutters leave their house more susceptible to pest invasion too. Damp rotting wood is ideal for all kinds of pests such as wood termite, rats and even mosquitoes. A bi-annual servicing and inspection of your gutters keeps you safe from hefty costs, saving you money in the long term.

Regular air duct cleaning

Air ducts have their own benefits, mostly unknown to the common people. Air conditioning systems regulate the indoor air quality of your home. This means any persisting fungal spores and bacteria, won’t loiter around in your living vicinity in the presence of a well maintained air conditioning system.

It is a common misconception that high efficiency windows and doors can serve as a good substitute for air ventilation. They may reduce your power bill by reducing the amount of internal and external air transfer, but they do not provide adequate ventilation. There might be pollutants, potentially pathogenic in nature, present inside your home and a properly functioning air conditioning system can solely ventilate these hazards out of your home.

Regular air duct cleaning is therefore, directly correlated with indoor air quality. Furthermore, warm air ducts can also harbor thermophilic bacteria. A thorough air duct cleaning including a disinfection process fogged through the system eliminates such dangers and removes any remaining mold, bacteria and dust mites.

SERVPRO is here to serve and inform during California’s devastating wildfires

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

The California fires have been ravaging the state for quite some time now. The South Bay has experienced dangerous AQI recently in light of the natural winds blowing smoke into the skies of this region. During days of dangerous air quality it is always best to stay indoors, limiting the risk of PM 2.5 inhalation. Also living in California, we must be vigilant when confronting the force of fire. We can do this with preparation and awareness of all the things related to the element. 

SERVPRO does our job in contributing to fire preparedness and prevention by providing services and information to the general public. You can schedule an inspection of your property by our technicians to make sure it is up to date with standard fire prevention codes. We also provide blogs on how to protect your property from fire damage to the differences in how fires are classified on our website. And in the unfortunate case your property does encounter a fire, we provide both restoration and reconstruction of the affected areas. More information about this can be found on our website under the fire damage tab. 

It is important that we are in a state of readiness for the natural disasters that impact human life. We still are settlers on this land that thrives, even despite our formidable urbanization, with a diverse ecosystem paired with a sundry climate. In light of this, we are at the mercy of the natural world even in the comfort of our own homes. We must trust professionals and science to protect and harmonize us with the feats of nature to foster a safe and informed society. With this, make sure to read up on natural disaster preparedness. Resources for this information can be found on our SERVPRO website or other sources. Stay safe and ready!

Where We're From. SERVPRO Here to Serve Since 1967

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO industries have been serving the US since 1967. The company started out in Sacramento, California as a painting business by Ted and Doris Isaacson. Their experience with damage restoration led them to create the business into a franchisor for damage clean up and restoration. They sold their first franchise in 1969, and SERVPRO began to grow rapidly, becoming one of the leading disaster restoration services by 1979.

In 1988, SERVPRO moved its headquarters to Gallatin, Tennessee “to be within 600 miles of 50 percent of the U.S. population.” At this time, SERVPRO consisted of 647 franchises, continuing its exponential path of growth. By 2000, the 1,000th franchise was sold and SERVPRO remained a top competitor in damage restoration.

SERVPRO has taken part in the restoration following the largest natural disasters in America. SERVPRO was contracted by the government after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, the Tennessee floods in 2010, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Now, SERVPRO has more than 1,800 franchises across the United States and Canada. We have over 50 years of experience in disaster recovery, so you know you can trust us to get the job done correctly. We have come a long way, and are more than happy to be serving the United States and Canada with impeccable restoration work!

Why SERVPRO is your best bet for damage recovery

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

You can search online as much as you want and you won’t find a single thread why hiring a disaster recovery service is not a good idea. We dare you to try it! The same falls for SERVPRO Industries because when it comes to cleaning up the mess left by a disaster and restoring your house back to its former glory, no one can beat us!

With more than 1,700 franchises all over the world, we have been in the disaster recovery business for quite a few decades now. During this time, we have scouted the best of the best professionals and created a team that works hard on making sure that people get their house back after a storm.

So, what sets us apart?

The professionals we send to your house are no strangers to damages caused by natural disasters. We have tackled it all from water damage, storm damage, fire damage, to mold remediation and commercial service that include cleaning, repair and restoration.

So, why us?

Trained Professionals

Every person that we employ is thoroughly trained in the art of disaster recovery, so they have a clear idea of what to expect and how to perform under pressure. This allows them to assess the damage by just looking at the damage. They inspect every area of the house to find out which parts of the house are habitable, so that they can start the restoration process without any disturbances.

Best Technology and Equipment

When it comes to mold, water and fire, special equipment is required to spot the damage and then catch any lingering damages after the restoration process. This is especially important in the case of fire damage because a small mishap can reignite fire in certain areas of the house. The technology we use is state-of-the-art and the team is trained on how to use them. This gives us an advantage over other disaster recovery services because not only do we have high-tech gear but we also make sure that safety is the first priority when it comes to dealing with damages caused by high scale disasters.

Knack of Locating Hidden Damages

In one of our previous blogs “How to Recognize Hidden Signs of Storm Damage”, we provided you with tips on how to spot hidden damage signs. By hiring SERVPRO, you can rest easy while we professionally check every nook and cranny of your house to make sure that there are no more surprises that might spring up on you in the future. We bet that you never thought checking the vents or the HVAC system for mold or underneath the floor boarding for water damage. Let us take care of this, so that you pay onetime cost for the repairs.

As mentioned earlier, we take great safety measures to make sure that during the restoration process, no one is harmed. For this we corner off the damaged areas, so that the process goes smoothly and faster. We even offer 24/7 emergency service, so call us now and get the restoration process started.

How We Can Help

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician in PPE Here is our SERVPRO technician geared up in PPE to make it "Like it never even happened!"

Our beloved community Torrance is slowly reopening as we still face the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is eager to be able to enjoy life again as if it were normal. But as we know, the new normal is very different from life before the pandemic. The CDC has drawn out guidelines for businesses and cities to re-open, but with strict health guidelines to keep infections as low as possible. You can find these guidelines on the CDC website. To keep your business or even home as safe as possible read up on these guidelines and enforce them in your environment to not only protect yourself, but others as well. 

So what can SERVPRO do to help during the pandemic? Well, we have a wide range of services that can instill confidence in both business and homeowners during the pandemic. Our technicians here have PPE approved by the CDC. This PPE is usually used in category 2 and up water damage cases and biohazard clean-up. But now as a business that provides in-person services for our clients, this PPE will be used in almost every job we do. To see photos of our technicians in PPE, check out our photo gallery. SERVPRO can help you during this pandemic by providing disinfecting services for your commercial business or home property. We have several chemicals and disinfectants approved by the CDC to kill bacteria and viruses on all types of surfaces. These clean-ups can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, or maybe even just once. Let us know and we can be there to provide impeccable disinfecting services for your property! To schedule one, call our 24 hour emergency service line at (310) 320-2112. We pick up the phone 24 hours a day to be there for our Torrance community at all times. To learn even more about what we can do for you, read our blogs.

How SERVPRO Can Help Amid COVID-19

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

woman wearing surgical mask SERVPRO is still here to serve amid Coronavirus

SERVPRO has been providing you with top of the line restoration services since 1967. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we are still here to serve you in your property’s needs. Essential business is still underway to keep our country moving forward despite the setbacks. If during these times, your essential commercial property is affected by any type of damage be it water, fire, mold, or biohazard, we are able to come out and make it “Like it never even happened.” Our workers have professional class PPE gear that is required to wear when working with black mold or category 2 and up water damage. 

To schedule an inspection for your property, call us at our 24 hour 7 days a week emergency service line (310) 320-2112. It is essential that the homes and businesses of America stay intact and damage-free. Our homes and commercial properties are needed more than ever now to provide us with safe spaces to socially distance, isolate, or be on the front lines saving lives. Call today for any more questions you may have on the extent of our services. We are here to help in these times!

How to Prevent Coronavirus

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus Coronavirus

In light of the current spread of novel coronavirus, SERVPRO of Torrance would like to share a few methods to help you stay healthy in these concerning times. First, it is important to provide some background on what the virus is, and how it can affect you. It is important to note that the coronavirus is a virus, not bacteria, so it won’t be killed by antibiotics. The virus is also airborne, meaning you can contract it if you are within 6 feet from an infected person. 

The best way to prevent a rapidly spreading illness like this is to keep clean and keep your immune system up. This means eating clean, healthy foods that will fuel a healthy immune system. Proper nutrients are essential when preventing any illness so try to particularly stay away from fast/processed food. Try to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds under warm water. If soap isn’t accessible at the moment, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Also avoid touching the face and eyes with unwashed hands.

It is essential to stay home as much as possible. The less person-to-person contact you have, the better chances you have of evading the virus. Try to work from home as much as possible. If you work in a service/retail job, avoid touching your face and eyes throughout your whole shift. Wear a mask whenever you are in close contact with sick people and avoid physical contact like hugs and handshakes. It would also benefit to keep your home clean as well. A healthy environment will reflect in your mood and productivity. 

SERVPRO of Torrance wishes you all the best during this unpredictable situation with the coronavirus. If you find that common household cleaning items are not in stock at your local store, don’t hesitate to call our phones that are open 24/7 to ask about our deep cleaning services. Be well; stay happy and healthy!

Why SERVPRO?

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in formation SERVPRO, serving the community since 1967.

Lots of people stumble upon our website every day and see that we provide construction and restoration services. You might be thinking “so what?” Why would I decide to choose this company over any of the other restoration companies out there? 

The phones at SERVPRO of Torrance are open 24/7. This means that no matter the time of day, if you have an emergency, we will respond and quickly execute a plan for repairs to get under way. Even if it’s not a disaster and you just discover a bunch of mold in your garage at 2 a.m., we will gladly send a technician out to assess the problem and quickly shut off the source to prevent growth. This is just one example of how SERVPRO can be a convenient help in a sticky situation.

SERVPRO doesn’t only deal in residential buildings. We have the manpower and equipment for commercial building that need that TLC and a good scrub down to get them back and running in no time. 

To add, the beauty of the franchise system means that the owner is directly involved in all proceedings of work done on your property. Any question you have will be answered not by a machine, but by the person that is directly connected to corporate and overseeing all the work that is being done by our skilled technicians. 

SERVPRO franchises are run by caring, and hardworking people; SERVPRO of Torrance is no exception.  We understand that navigating through a disaster can be a difficult time, and we’ll make sure to guide you to the best possible outcome with safety as the top priority. Don’t hesitate to call for all your restoration needs.

Emergency Bag for Unexpected Natural Disaster

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Bag Keep you and your family safe by being #prepared

In the face of natural disaster, all we can do is stay safe by being prepared. It’s hard to predict when or how a natural disaster will occur, or if it even will. But, it will get you at the most unexpected time, which is why it’s smart to have an emergency bag in an easily accessible place in your home for a time you may need it to save your life!

So, what items should you have in your emergency pack? Here are some key things to invest in for your emergency bag:

  • Water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Matches
  • Toiletries 
    • Wet wipes, toothbrushes/paste, travel size soap, roll of toilet paper, garbage bags
  • Whistle
  • Local maps
  • Phone charger/Portable Battery 
  • Dust masks
  • Flashlight
  • Small fold-able emergency blanket
  • Necessary medicines and prescriptions
  • Spare keys for your home and car
  • Copy of identification cards
    • ID, driver’s license, passport, SSN, insurance cards
  • Emergency contact list
  • Change of clothes
  • Shoes

Now, what should hold all of the emergency items? Well, the items can be placed in a bucket, plastic bag, backpack, or any other method of carrying things easily. Some emergency packs even have special bags that can fold out into an emergency blanket. Specialized ones like these can be bought at stores or online.

Every home should have one of these emergency packs in case of any unexpected disaster. It is always best to be prepared. For any questions you may have regarding natural disaster and the damages it can do to your property, call our 24 hour emergency service line at (310) 320-2112. SERVPRO is here for you!

5 Outrageous Ideas for Home Remodeling

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

A conversation pit artistically decorated with pillows.

From hidden doors to a tree guest house for Sunday family dinners, these outrageous home remodeling ideas will capture everyone’s attention.

Have you ever had an idea that was so outrageous that it made you giddy and all excited? When it comes to home remodeling, we all tend to react the same. The wistful sighs when you see a home remodeling magazine or that absolutely beautiful and cute book corner your friend has in her house is everything you dream about.

So, why not act on your ideas? Make your home the oasis you have always pictured and enjoy in the comfy and artistic arms of your creation.

Following are five truly unique ideas for home remodeling:

  1. Window Seat - Trundle Bundle

Who doesn’t love a window seat? We all fell in love with it watching Vampire Diaries and seeing Elena Gilbert tucked in a throw blanket on the window seat, righting her thoughts about the two hunky brothers. So how do you take this design up a notch? With a trundle bundle!

A trundle bundle is a drawer that transforms into a small comfortable seat underneath the window seat. It’s cozy and gives you the perfect place to sit and write your thoughts in a journal.

    2. A Conversation Pit

You might have seen these on every show of the Big Brother. A conversation pit gives the room a comfortable look. A bi-level sofa set with plush carpet and dozens of throw pillows… what’s not to love? The best thing about this remodeling idea is that you can decorate the conversation pit any way you want. Swap the sofas set with extremely large pillows and bean bags for a more intimate look.

    3. Hidden Room Under the Kitchen Counter

A fallout shelter tends to have this generic look that we just need to save ourselves from a natural disaster. Instead of designing a hidden room and creating the access door to the fallout shelter, why not combine these two and come up with something different? Here’s what we suggest: place the door to the fallout shelter under the kitchen island and design this underground space with all the luxury. Channel your Harry Porter side and get creative.

    4.  Tree-Guesthouse

How about a guestroom outside the house? Trust us when we say this that your guests will have the night of their lives. It’s a tree house and guest room that gives you the “Tree-Guesthouse”. Get creative and use glass walls and ceilings for a starry night.

    5. Ceiling Hammock 

We are not talking about attaching a hammock from the ceiling, but making the ceiling a hammock! If you have a really tall ceiling, then stretch a hammock from wall to wall and enjoy!

So, there you go… five outrages home remodeling ideas, which we are pretty sure that you want to implement now. What’s stopping you? Get on with them already!