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Fire Damage in Highland Park can Affect Your Home's Security

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Highland Park can Affect Your Home's Security Making sure that you can get in and out of your home by checking how doors close and even lock is crucial after a fire damage event.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess the Damage After a Fire in Your Home


One thing about house fires that is true in almost all situations is that some damage is not as visible in some parts of a home as it is in others. Some damage is in the loss of utility. A door may seem undamaged, along with its frame, but after a fire, no longer open and close correctly. Windows can also be affected this way. Heat and moisture from fighting that fire can cause wood to swell. Even after remediation has been completed, small things like this can pop up.
 
Situations that affect a Highland Park area home's level of security after fire damage has been remediated still needs to be remediated. Security needs to be restored. These types of fire damage-related issues can appear weeks or months after a fire. Having a situation such as this develop does not mean that the remediation immediately after a fire was unsuccessful. Wood that expands can become more porous, which in turn allows more moisture in the future to be retained, leading to swelling.
 
Restoring openings to your home that have become impossible to close and open correctly and quickly pose risks to your security. Intruders can gain easier access, and in the event of another disaster, leaving your home might be more difficult, resulting in the loss of precious seconds when they count the most.
 
Many locks on the market today are made of highly durable plastics. While these are suitable to keep out most burglars, the plastic components can melt during a fire. Some of these locks remain functioning for a while, but then stop working and fall apart internally. If this is the case in your situation, replacement of the lock is a simple enough process.
 
We can repair these conditions and restore the safety your family deserves. Working to restore homes of our neighbors, family, and friends, we know a safe and secure feeling is important to every family. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale can help you with the latent and hidden effects of fire damage. No matter when you need us, we are always available at (818) 244-6005.

Get Control Of Flood Damage In Your Glendale Area Home

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Get Control Of Flood Damage In Your Glendale Area Home Unwanted Water in Your Glendale Home? Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

SERVPRO Is Equipped for Glendale Flood Services

Having a huge water issue penetrate your living space causes several problems that make life hard. Failing to take action immediately, causes secondary damages to develop and creates even bigger issues. Often leaving you with devastating damages that you simply do not understand how to fix.

A broken appliance, leaky pipe, or natural disaster in your Glendale area home, leaves you exposed. Flood damage and all of the problems that accompany having water in your home, often lead to possible structural damage, loss of contents and personal belongings, or even mold contamination when handled incorrectly.
 
Having access to a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO means the difference between getting the help you need to return your home to a quality pre-loss condition or having to deal with problems that occur regularly over the next few months or even years.
 
Performing your restoration on your own, or having an unlicensed company come to your aid during a disaster leads to additional problems. They many not have access to the correct equipment or take far too long to perform the repairs. Avoid taking chances, get the help you deserve, contact SERVPRO today.
 
As soon as it is safe to enter your property after an event occurs, SERVPRO can provide you with the assistance you and your family need to get things back to normal quickly and efficiently, making problems disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Our professional technicians work hard to provide you with the services you deserve, often exceeding any expectations you have and saving a variety of items you thought lost forever. We have access to industrial-grade water extraction equipment of all sizes, used to fully remove standing water and other hidden pockets of moisture found on your property.
 
Everything from infrared moisture detectors, to hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors, make locating and removing water from your home easy. While moisture meters, air movers, and dehumidifiers help provide you with a drying process designed to assist technicians in saving furniture and structural components of your home.
 
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock – South Glendale has quality technicians available 24-7, 365 days a year, including holidays. Whether you currently have a flooding issue or need suggestions on how to prevent damage in your home, call today. (818) 244-6005

How Serious is the Fire Damage in Your Highland Park Home?

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Serious is the Fire Damage in Your Highland Park Home? Let SERVPRO restore your damaged space after a fire. Call for quick action.

SERVPRO Separates Fire Damage Cases into Three Categories

Residential fires are more common than you might think, particularly in suburban areas with lots of timber framed houses. Illinois is one such area and its residents often experience accidents and mishaps in the home. In most cases, these incidents are minor and result in moderate fire damage which can be cleaned up in days.

The more severe cases present a bigger challenge, but remediation experts like SERVPRO are trained to find long lasting solutions. We provide fast, efficient repairs for fire damage in Highland Park properties and the surrounding regions. No matter the severity of your fire, our technicians are ready to help reverse its effects.

Keep reading for information on the various fire damage categories to understand more about the severity of your situation.

Category One (Least Severe)

Usually, Category One damage is the result of something like a small kitchen fire. It is identified quickly and extinguished before items have started to burn. The biggest priority for SERVPRO is the fine layer of soot and ash which covers the affected area. Often, it makes the damage look much worse than it is because electrostatically charged smoke clings to surfaces.

Category Two (Moderately Severe)

If parts of walls or ceiling get burned, the damage is more serious than Category One. Consequently, a structural assessment is required before the clean-up begins. It will determine whether there any weaknesses to the building. Damaged ceiling trusses need replacing and this is not possible until the safety of the area is assured.

Category Three (Most Severe)

Category Three is the most serious type of fire damage. It involves extensive damage to ceilings and the primary roof structure. There is severe staining on the floor and walls. High powered jet wash equipment is needed to remove large areas of oily, greasy soot. Damage this serious can take a long time to remediate, but our experts work closely with homeowners to put together a tailored repair schedule.

If a fire has caused damage to your home and you need a reliable clean up service, talk to the technicians at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale. We are the helping hand that can bring your property back to life. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Where Maintenance can Keep Your Eagle Rock Home Free of Floods

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Where Maintenance can Keep Your Eagle Rock Home Free of Floods Washing machines can quickly dump large volumes of water on your floor. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians can Protect Your Home from Water Damage with Timely Inspections

Keeping certain objects and systems in your home clean, repaired, and modern is the first step in securing the structure from future floods and disasters. Most floods start not from storms or natural disasters but from failures within the home, many of which are easily preventable with regular checkups and maintenance. Having SERVPRO or another qualified company evaluate these critical systems could end up saving you thousands of dollars in restoration costs and weeks of headaches from restorations.
 
Water Pipes and Lines
 
One of the most easily preventable sources of water damage in Eagle Rock comes from the water pipes that run through and around your home. These pipes, typically made of copper, steel, or other non-oxidizing metals, can be prone to cracks, leaks, and outright bursts if left without maintenance for too long. Potential triggers include freezing temperatures, physical dents and impacts, or simple degradation over time. Having a trained eye running through and checking in on these systems once every few years can prevent most of the catastrophic failures we deal with regularly.
 
Washing Machines and Dishwashers
 
Large appliances that use high volumes of water such as washing machines, dishwashers, and some refrigerators are also common sources of flooding in homes nationwide. Again, water lines can rip or break, or the machines themselves can malfunction and spill water across the floor. SERVPRO inspectors know where to look for potential signs of failure, and these items usually don't take long at all to service.
 
Gutters and Drainage Systems
 
Gutters and drainage systems can get clogged up and bogged down by packed debris, potentially causing light to moderate water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home. Gutters can be checked and cleaned with just a ladder and some gloves, but some drains might take specialty equipment and more thorough work to analyze thoroughly.
 
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is a locally-owned company with national resources, ready to respond at a moment's notice to water damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Fire Damage to a Highland Park Furniture Showroom

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage to a Highland Park Furniture Showroom Fire Damage Can Cause a Hot Sale in Highland Park

Call SERVPRO After a Damaging Event to Your Business in Highland Park

Damage from smoke and soot can cost a business thousands of dollars and time spent in a hotel or other temporary housing. Damage to a business such as a furniture store can shut it down after just a couple of weeks due to the loss of the income that pays for remediation and insurance.

Restoring a Highland Park business after commercial fire damage is not quick or simple. Just starting the process requires a large crew of trained personnel to examine the damage and determine what property is restorable and what is now suitable only for a landfill. Attempting to use untrained employees puts them at risk and causes further costly damage.

Upholstery is stained almost immediately and becomes permanent in less than a week. SERVPRO technicians use special vacuums and agitators to loosen smoke and soot residues to remove them. Crew members use water and chemical cleaners to accelerate the process and hopefully restore the property to its pre-damaged condition.

As long as the damage to wood furniture is not from direct flames or heat, much of it is salvageable and, although state law requires all restored furniture advertised as such before returning it to the showroom floor. The key factor in saving an item is the veneer on the wood. If it has not bubbled or ran from the heat, it can usually be cleaned safely by either wiping it down with a dry or damp cloth. Technicians use either water or a mild cleaner designed not to penetrate the veneer or the wood surface underneath.

Bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances are equally as vulnerable. Uncoated metal in sink handles and faucets tarnish in less than a day. Fiberglass and plastic fixtures begin to yellow just as quickly. Refrigerators, stoves, and freezers are vulnerable to the pitting of their surfaces from soot. All of these items require immediate cleaning as soon as it is safe to enter the structure. The structure itself is also a source of concern and cost. In three or four days, smoke and soot destroy paint and wallpaper, pit vinyl flooring and wall coverings. These items cannot be cleaned and require replacing. For a large building like a furniture store, this alone can run into thousands of dollars.

Recovering your business as a source of income requires patience and a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale has been a leader in restoration services for decades in California and is ready to support you now. Call us today at (818) 244-6005 to begin.

Preventing Mold Damage in Your Atwater Village Home

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold Damage in Your Atwater Village Home Your home’s exterior should be inspected once a year, and any roof flashing, caulking and all breaches in the building envelope need repairing.

Your Atwater Village Home Mold Damage Prevention


Even though many molds are beneficial and harmless, there are some molds which can be toxic and pose health problems to you and your family. Some people are even more sensitive to mold than others are. Mold growth happens when there is moisture from water damage, water leaks, excessive humidity, water infiltration, condensation, or flooding. Mold needs constant moisture to be able to grow, and it can grow and spread quite quickly.

Discovering mold damage in your home can be disconcerting. However, it is possible to get rid your Atwater Village home of the mold by calling in a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. We have all the skills, tools, and training to be able to find the source of the moisture and clean up all the mold so that your home is a safe and healthy environment for you family to live in once again.

Minimizing Mold Growth

A natural byproduct of the fungi family, mold thrives when water and organic substances combine under particular circumstances. Mold grows by spores which can stay dormant, but viable, for years. They come alive again when there is moisture present.

Your HVAC system does not generate mold, as it is metallic surface does not give the organic matter needed for mold to grow. The system, however, if not well maintained, could support the growth of mold. It is important that your system is made and installed properly, is regularly and correctly maintained, controls the moisture in your home, and uses proper filtration methods to keep the air in your home clean.

Preventing Mold

Think about pairing your air conditioner with a dehumidifier. It pulls moisture from your home, which minimizes mold growth. Do not turn off your air conditioner for long periods during the summer. Especially in humid clients, moisture levels can get very high inside, permitting mold to have a foothold. Install vapor barriers and insulation as well to stop condensation on cold objects like beams, water pipes, and plumbing fixtures.

Keep standing water out of your showers, sinks, tubs and any other areas that are frequently wet. When building a new home, ensure you have design, architectural, and methods of construction which keep water from getting into your home. Areas of concern include poorly designed balconies, doors, and windows, improperly pitched roofs, inadequate vapor barriers, improperly installed flashing, and thin stucco.

Your home’s exterior should be inspected once a year, and any roof flashing, caulking and all breaches in the building envelope need repairing. Have a professional thoroughly inspect your HVAC system regularly, including the filters and duct work, and schedule any needed repairs.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


If you suspect any mold in your home, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale right away. We can be to your home quickly to check for mold, the sources of moisture, and to make a plan of remediation if you have a mold problem. We can be contacted anytime at (818) 244-6005.

Fire Damage Restoration Services In Atwater Village

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services In Atwater Village Smoke Detectors in Atwater Village Save

SERVPRO Offers Many Atwater Village Damaging Solutions Post Fire

Many people assume that once the fire is out, that the damage accumulating in their home has stopped. Unfortunately, that is not the case; both the acidic residues left behind by the fire and the water used during suppression efforts cause damages to continue even when the flames disappear.

We understand how difficult it is to deal with fire damage and the aftermath it causes in your Atwater Village home. Which is why we provide you with an experienced team that is ready to assist you through this challenging time. Providing expert guidance and professional restoration services you and your family need to reclaim your home successfully.
 
The choice between restoration and replacement may not be as clear as you think. However, SERVPRO technicians are highly trained, and IICRC certified in several relevant areas including, fire and smoke restoration, upholstery cleaning, odor control, and fabric cleaning, along with any water damage restoration services you might need.
 
Each and every situation that SERVPRO deals with requires a unique solution to address. However, we use specific information gathered during your initial phone call to ensure that you receive the right team for the job, fully prepared to begin your restoration as quickly as possible.
 
Once the SERVPRO technicians arrive on your property, we start by inspecting the affected area on site to help identify potential hazards while also determining the extent of any fire, smoke, soot, and water damages that exist.
 
With all of the futuristic advances in technology, many synthetic materials involved in a fire cause chemical reactions that continue after the fire ends. Therefore, the impacted area needs the proper assessment performed to help pinpoint the damaged areas and develop a safe, effective restoration plan to address your situation properly.
 
Our technicians perform emergency board up and roof tarp services when necessary to protect your building's envelope and limit additional damages from forming. While utilizing professional-grade equipment such as water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove standing water that exists and dry the entire area completely.
 
Any restorable items or structural materials receive a thorough cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization, often helping restore a wide array of articles, including some of the things you may have thought unsalvageable like, electronics, papers, or fabrics found in your home.
 
Our entire restoration process is designed to make it seem as though the situation never happened, which may involve repair, replacement, or reconstruction efforts as well.
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Eagle Rock - South Glendale for access to the expertise and resources you need to begin your home's restoration today. (818) 244-6005

Flood Damage Due To Inland Flooding In Highland Park

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Due To Inland Flooding In Highland Park Hurricanes make tornadoes, storm surges, and many times the deadliest thing of all – inland flooding.

Flood Damage


Wind speeds do not tell everything when it comes to hurricanes. Hurricanes make tornadoes, storm surges, and many times the deadliest thing of all – inland flooding. Even though storm surge is always a possible threat, more people have perished from inland flooding over the last three decades years. Heavy rainfall is not related directly to the speed of the wind of tropical cyclones. Some of the greatest amounts of rain have, in fact, happened from storms that are weaker and stall or drift slowly over an area.

Flooding can occur beginning at the coast as far as several hundreds of miles inland because of the tropical downpours from hurricanes. Therefore, it can affect your Highland Park home, causing flood damage which you must deal with quickly. At a time like that is when you need someone like SERVPRO to help you clean up and repair the damage. There is additional friction after tropical storms or hurricanes push inland. It causes the circulation of the tropical system to start collapsing, high results in more rising air, towering clouds and then heavy to excessive rainfall. Flash flooding causes torrential rains which can fall in just a few hours.

What You Can Do
When you hear about a hurricane in your area, think flooding inland. Figure out whether you live in a potential flood zone. If an evacuation is in order, do so right away and keep aware of the road conditions through the local news. Make sure to have an evacuation plan drawn up for you and your family ahead of time. Then if you do need to evacuate during an emergency situation that involves flooding, you are ready and can get your family to safety in a calm fashion. You need to move to an area which is safe before you lose access to it because of flood water. Don’t try to cross water which is flowing. You can lose control of your vehicle in just six inches of water. Most cars can be carried away in two feet of water.

Create an action plan for flood emergencies with the leaders of your community, which helps the entire community to evacuate when the need arises, plus let everyone know where the safe shelters to go are. Something else everyone should be aware of is having a flood damage remediation company they can trust after the danger of the flooding has passed. Again, SERVPRO is the one to contact, as they have the experience and the equipment to get the job done.

Massive storms like this can cause great disruption in your life. With flooding, much of your home can be affected, so it is the reason to get in touch with SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale as soon as you can. We understand that this is a stressful time and have a caring staff member standing by at all times to take your call at (818) 244-6005.

What does Mold Consume in Eagle Rock?

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What does Mold Consume in Eagle Rock? Leaking Spigot Leads to Mold Damage in Eagle Rock

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home or Business

When mold damage gets severe enough, it may cause permanent and noticeable damage to materials in your home. Carpeting, wood, structural components, drywall, paint, and more frequently require significant restoration efforts after they have been affected by a mold colony. Mold does not just grow on top of these materials - it feeds off of them, literally eating away at their surfaces and compositions. These are some of the most common materials SERVPRO has to replace during or after a mold remediation project.

Carpets
Carpets sometimes attract Eagle Rock mold damage like a magnet, soaking up water and providing a sheltered place for mold to start growing. Within your carpet's fibers, mold can grow quickly and easily if it has enough water. Mold can then wrap around fibers and attack them from all sides, eating away at the material much faster than flat surfaces like drywall. Due to the speed at which it is destroyed and its ability to harbor deep-rooted mold growth, carpeting is one of the most common replacements SERVPRO has to make in a home.
 
Drywall and Plaster
Some types of mold may eat through drywall by consuming the cardboard backing and plaster, creating a challenging and delicate restoration task. Thankfully, we only need to need to remove and replace a limited portion of drywall in most cases, but this still may require some amount of construction work. Other insulating materials and hidden wall constructs may also need replacement or restoration, determined by SERVPRO's mold detection equipment.
 
Wooden Elements
Wood takes some of the heaviest damage from long-term mold growth. Although special finishes sometimes protect the wood, it also has high potential to rot and deteriorate if mold is allowed to grow around it. At risk are everything from support columns to floorboards to building materials, so this mold threat should not be taken lightly.
 
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is an experienced local resource for combating mold and its disastrous effects. If you have found signs of mold damage in your home, call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.
 

You Need Commercial Water Removal Professionals for Your Glendale B&B when Water Lines Burst

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial You Need Commercial Water Removal Professionals for Your Glendale B&B when Water Lines Burst Call SERVPRO When Your Bed & Breakfast Home in Glendale is Water Damaged

SERVPRO Helps Keep Your Business Open After a Water Intrusion

Having a Bed and Breakfast is a dream for many, and when that goal is achieved, the daily tasks involved center around providing guests with the comforts they expect. This anticipation often leaves little time for maintaining appliances and other aspects of the building 'for later.' This can lead to a multitude of problems, and several of those can include water and the damage that it causes. Not only is it against common sense to rent out rooms when there is unwanted water, it can also be against health code regulations. Even a small leak can create legal liabilities that you'd rather not face.
 
You might have your bed and breakfast business in your Glendale home, as many do, but because it is used as a business, when there is a water leak or a broken line, you'll need commercial water removal, and not residential. Our certified technicians can ensure that the safety of your guest rooms are up to par for health regulations and also structurally safe when the repairs are completed. Because we know that your ability to serve guests directly affects your profits, we strive to complete the required work as quickly as possible.
 
Returning your business to a state of dryness must be done as quickly as possible. Allowing moisture to settle in can only lead to problems in the future with secondary water damage. We know that you've placed a huge investment into your B&B, and want to explain a little of what we do. The simple version is that we raise the temperature in areas that had water, and at the same time, we increase the movement of the air. Warmer temperatures will cause moisture to evaporate, and air currents will keep that moisture from settling on other surfaces. This allows our dehumidifiers to pick up the humidity and remove it from the air.
 
Walls with a dead space in their interior are not as easy to dry as some other materials in the typical B&B. They can be dried more rapidly when baseboards are removed, and tiny holes are made so that air can be forced inside. SERVPRO professionals have the experience needed to determine which type of dehumidifier is best for each individual situation. Because all of these pieces of equipment work together and altering their position can affect their drying capabilities, we ask our customers not to change the placement of any equipment nor to turn any of them off unless it is specifically requested.
 
If the affected area is not near guests' quarters and you remain open during completion of the work, we will always take their comfort and privacy into consideration. We don't want your guests to feel displaced or uncomfortable. Someday, they may be our customers, and although we never wish anyone to have an emergency themselves, we hope to impress them with our professionalism.
 
Call us at the first sign of water trouble. We're SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, and we can be reached at (818) 244-6005. We're available for any emergency, at any time.