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Fire Damage and Smoke Cleanup in Your Glendale Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Smoke Cleanup in Your Glendale Home If an overloaded outlet causes an electrical fire in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO for help.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

The electronics you use every day in your Glendale home can cause fires. One example is an outlet that is overloaded with power cords. All your appliances also need proper ventilation. If they do not, they can overheat, and in turn, create a house fire. Also, make sure your electronics are not out of date. Antiques are beautiful, but it is not worth burning your home down to use them. Any old electronics should be inspected by a licensed technician to make sure they are still functioning safely and adequately.

As with any other fire, electrical fires of any kind can be very destructive to your home in Glendale. As soon as the fire is out, it is vital to address the fire damage quickly, so your home does not sustain additional damage. The soot and smoke left behind are acidic and continue to harm your structure and belongings. Plus, if water was used to put out the fire, mold growth can begin in a short period. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you in a situation like this.

When dealing with fire damage cleanup, one crucial step for us is cleaning up the soot, and smoke left behind. As burning materials decompose, they release solid particles, aerosols, and gases which become suspended in the air. Oxides of nitrogen are made when organic compounds burn, and sulfur dioxide is made when inorganic compounds burn. Smoke also consists of fine particles of aerosols and matter. Solid particles are of unburned material are usually carbon. Aerosols are very fine liquid or solid particles suspended in the gases. These particles are what makes the smoke visible, and they also absorb odors, making a soot smell. 

SERVPRO staff clean and sanitize your home of the soot and odors along with cleaning up the other fire and structural damage. Soot residues contain different kinds of acids, which can cause discoloration and corrosion if they stay on the materials over time. Therefore, damage continues to be done to your home until the soot is cleaned.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is trained to thoroughly clean and repair your home in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, or Glendale after fire damage has occurred. Reach out to us at (818) 244-6005 as soon as the fire is out so that we can avoid more damage being done to your home by the soot.

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Calling SERVPRO To Handle Water Damage To A Grocery Store In Glendale Helps You Avoid These Issues

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Calling SERVPRO To Handle Water Damage To A Grocery Store In Glendale Helps You Avoid These Issues Water damage, even in limited intensity and scope, can be a significant detriment on your profits and future outlook.

Calling SERVPRO To Handle Water Damage

If left unrepaired, water damage to your grocery store in Glendale could drastically reduce the number of customers coming in and even possibly shutter the store. Water damage, even in limited intensity and scope, can be a significant detriment on your profits and future outlook, and these effects only worsen as time goes on. Calling a company like SERVPRO early on helps to keep your business running optimally and avoid many of these detrimental effects over time.

Worsened Public Perception
One of the most challenging effects of grocery store water damage in Glendale to detect is public reaction. While it may be clear how people perceive more severe disasters such as floods or fires, smaller issues such as leaks and pipe breaks can also negatively impact public perception of your business. If a customer notices a leak coming from a ceiling or wall even once in your store, he or she may be unlikely to return to what is now seen as a run-down establishment that does not care for maintenance. If the leak persists over just a few hours, this negative impression may be left on hundreds of individuals. Call SERVPRO as soon as you identify the problem to keep your store shining in the public eye.

Accruing Costs
While most cases of water damage are relatively easy and inexpensive to clean up and repair early on, they can quickly develop into problematic and costly thorns in your side. Even a small wet spot on a ceiling or wall can develop into a significant mold problem within only a day or two. Be proactive in tackling these issues to prevent them from growing worse.

Partial or Full Closures
While it may be difficult to allow the business to close doors for a short period to allow us to conduct necessary restorations, that period can become far longer if you wait to solve the issue. As the situation grows more complicated and damage sets in, it becomes more difficult for us to reopen doors quickly and minimize your profit loss. To keep doors open and your business alive, do not be afraid to close them first.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale provides fast, priority care to local retail stores to ensure their survival in the face of a water disaster. Call us at (818) 244-6005.

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Handling Mold Damage to Your Glendale Residence Right Away

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Handling Mold Damage to Your Glendale Residence Right Away Whether you see or smell mold in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly for Mold Remedation to Prevent Secondary Damages

There is a common misconception going around that mold can “run its course” and improve conditions over time. While there are probably some situations in which once you cut off the food source for the mold spores and colonies alike that you may see a reduction in activity, this is hardly something that you want to leave to grow or thrive in your Glendale home. With the often humid and hot conditions relative to the better part of the year, it is a virtual breeding ground for fungal growth and something that you should always be mindful of as a homeowner.
When you discover mold damage in your Glendale home, it is best to call professional remediation services to help you correct the problem. The knowledge that mold damage can cause health effects notwithstanding, it is still something that can damage the contents of your home to irreparable levels. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists get specially trained to identify all types of mold and fungal growths, and also get trained in the most efficient means of colony removal for each type.
There are specific effects relative to the growth of mold in your home that both aid in helping the colony to thrive and also make it difficult for you to live comfortably in your house. One of these is the moisture in the affected area that allowed the mold to grow (and continue to thrive). While colony removal is taking place, our team is also simultaneously pulling the moisture from the region using dehumidification equipment.
The lingering musty odor is something that many homeowners find challenging about the presence of mold in their homes, as it is an invasive smell. Remedying this foul scent is relatively easy with the right tools and equipment, and our SERVPRO remediation professionals put equipment like our dense fog machine to work as part of the restoration process. This odorless chemical compound neutralizes noxious smells, leaving nothing detectable to the nose behind.
When you discover mold damage in your home, finding the right remediation services can vastly reduce the time you have to combat this scenario. Trust the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale for all of your restoration needs. You can reach us anytime by calling (818) 244-6005.

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The Right People to Trust for Flood Damage to Your Glendale Residence

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Right People to Trust for Flood Damage to Your Glendale Residence Flooding happens after even the best preventative efforts. Should you experience flooding at your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO's Highest Priority is Drying Out Your Flooded Property

Dealing with the aftermath of severe weather is not always an easy thing to do. Depending on the longevity of the storm that your Glendale house endured, you might be dealing with a significant amount of damage from both the storm itself and the water that it allowed to enter your home and flood specific areas. Regardless of the nature of this intrusion, the only solution is to work quickly to restore the damage before it has an opportunity to get worse.
Flood damage to your Glendale home is among the hardest of natural disasters to endure and see, primarily if it has affected areas where you were storing valuable and irreplaceable things. Resolving and restoring the damage requires fast action on your part, and calling our experienced SERVPRO team can be a step in the right direction. Our professionals have all of the tools and expertise to bring your home back to the way it was before the water came in, as well as work to ensure that similar situations do not happen again.
Flood prevention is something that many residents already have invested in, or at the very least have taken mild precautions such as french drain systems around their homes to prevent penetration of water on the exterior of their residences. Unfortunately, even the best of these preventative actions can sometimes fail, or extenuating circumstances can bypass these measures to find a new way into the area that became flooded.
Our experienced SERVPRO technicians can assess the situation from the moment we arrive to determine the source of the water and prevent this problem from reoccurring from that same point of entry. Typically, this sealing gets done with the use of hydraulic cement applied to the areas where moisture is still detected.
Extraction and drying are two primary components to a flood damage restoration plan, and extraction comes first. Through the use of vacuums, portable pumps and even truck-mounted equipment, water is pulled expediently from the floors. Drying is a process that usually combines our air movers along with dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the entire region.
Do not become overwhelmed at the sight of flood damage in your home. Our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale emergency response team is available anytime you need us. You only have to call (818) 244-6005.

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Could You Need Light Water Removal from Your Glendale Home?

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Could You Need Light Water Removal from Your Glendale Home? A single leaking pipe can cause extensive damage, it is always a good idea to call SERVPRO to assess your water damage situation.

Rely on SERVPRO When Water Damage in Your Home is More than You Can Handle

Water removal from a Glendale home can happen from any amount of water, not just a big flood. Something as small as a single pipe leak could warrant a professional water removal job in your home. While some puddles and issues dry up on their own, it can sometimes be difficult to tell when you should contact a company like SERVPRO to take care of things. If you are ever feeling unsure, give us a call for our advice, or check if you meet any of these conditions.

Relative Humidity is Excessively High

Extraordinarily high relative humidity in your home in Glendale could warrant water removal services. Humidity in most American homes stays very low, ranging from complete dryness to around 40% RH. If your home feels humid, or if you can test the humidity and find it to be unusually high, objects and materials around the house might be at risk of developing severe damage if they remain exposed to water droplets in the air for much longer. SERVPRO provides fast and inexpensive dehumidification services if humidity is the only problem in your home, as well as thorough checks to make sure there are no other types of damage in the building.

Areas are Warped and Discolored

Warping and discoloring of any kind of material can be a crucial indicator of water damage. When water first soaks into a material and later dries up, it causes that material to warp, bend, and change, causing visible physical alterations to the object or surface in question. If you find inexplicable patches that match these conditions, they are probably the result of past or present water in your home.

Any Surface is Moist to the Touch

If you find a wall, floor, ceiling, or any other surface that is moist to the touch without any apparent explanation, chances are that this moisture may be related to a persistent water damage problem such as a leak. Investigate the spot a bit more to make sure it is not a temporary patch of moisture, and call SERVPRO if you feel that more water than meets the eye may be in your home.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale has provided the local community with expert water removal services for years. For our help in your home, contact us at (818) 244-6005.

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Cleaning Mold Damage from Highland Park Homes

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold Damage from Highland Park Homes If mold is concentrated in one area or room, SERVPRO will seal it off to prevent the mold from spreading to other areas of the home.

SERVPRO Follows EPA Guidelines to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Most Highland Park residents first notice mold from its distinctive odor. Not every type of mold gives off an odor though, so the spread of mold spores often goes unnoticed until it has grown to a point where it becomes a threat to the home.

To combat Highland Park mold damage, SERVPRO uses three primary EPA guidelines: Clean and dry moldy materials, discard items that are not cleanable, and dry non-moldy items within 48 hours. These precepts serve as the basis for our cleaning and removal procedures.

The initial procedure is to determine the size of the growth and find its source. We can accomplish this with an inspection of the common areas most conducive to mold growth: Bathrooms, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, and under kitchen sinks for example. In addition to visual inspections, we can also use air content meters to look for the highest concentration of airborne mold spores inside the home.

If we find the mold concentrated in one room or area, we isolate it from the rest of the home. SERVPRO technicians accomplish this procedure with plastic sheeting to seal off all points of access. That includes the heating and air vents, which also prevents accidentally spreading mold through the air ducts.

Now, we can begin the cleaning procedures. Our technicians use cloths and sponges on dry, powdery mold spores that rest on top of surfaces but have not penetrated into them. If the mold level is very thick, we can use vacuums with special filters designed to trap even tiny amounts of mold spores. These HEPA filters are very effective against the dry and wet mold. With wet mold, we can also use a cleaning agent to break up mold, separate the growth from the surface, and use sponges or cloths to wipe it off.

Next are procedures for removing property. Once it is mold free, we can remove it to either a mold free location in the home or to temporary storage to dry and wait until we finish remediating the home. If the items are very wet, we can set up air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to carefully speed up the drying process and remove water from the property. For items we cannot clean, our technicians can dispose of according to state and local regulations.

Cleaning and restoring a home after any disaster is time-consuming and often frustrating for homeowners. If you are dealing with mold, contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (818) 244-6005. We are here to help you return to a clean, safe home as quickly as possible.

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Fire Damage From Damaged Electrical Cords In Your Glendale Home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage From Damaged Electrical Cords In Your Glendale Home Electrical cords which have been damaged in your Glendale home can cause devastating fires.

Fire Damage From Damaged Electrical Cords

Electrical cords which have been damaged in your Glendale home can cause devastating fires. There are some things you can keep in mind to protect yourself from this happening, such as regularly inspecting any cords for damage, and replacing them right away. Try and keep cords from high-traffic areas, so they do not sustain damage and don’t have them somewhere you or your family members can trip over them.

Fires and fire damage from frayed and damaged electrical cords is something that needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible. Your Glendale home may have other types of damage such as some and soot, plus water from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the training and the tools to assist you in fixing and cleaning up all kinds of damage.

Not all fires create the same damage levels, nor do all fires need the same restoration procedures. When the fire damage is minor, smoke residues affect just specific areas or rooms. There is light to moderate residues from smoke, and our restoration processes could include dry and wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, contents, and floors. Not many areas need to be repainted, and only a few items should need replacement.

When SERVPRO staff find damage which is medium, there are moderate smoke residues, and more items need wet cleaning to dislodge residues. We also see an increase in how many items require replacement and how many areas need repainting. We may need to refinish floors, and damage from heat to cabinets, drywall, cause additional materials to be replaced. Smoke odors are noticeable and may require additional deodorization after we finish cleaning.

When it comes to significant fire damage, heat and fire damage is more severe closest to the fire’s source. Structural finishes and framing can be charred, making structure repairs needed. Smoke residues are spread throughout a big portion of your home, and the odors are strong. We need to employ emergency services such as boarding up your home, creating a source of electricity and getting rid of charred and smoke-filled debris. Our restoration process involves extensive cleaning of your home and possibly require us to pack and move out any contents which are salvageable for cleaning off-site. We likely need to use multiple methods of deodorization as well.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale take the time to thoroughly clean and repair your home in Highland Park, Atwater Village, or Eagle Rock after fire damage. Just call us as soon as possible at (818) 244-6005 after a fire so we can help restore your property.

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Residential Water Removal in Glendale

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Residential Water Removal in Glendale After extracting standing water, SERVPRO technicians check carpet pads for damage and replace them when necessary.

SERVPRO has the Tools and Training to Properly Dry Out a Home with Water Damage

Most residential flooding in Glendale has a mundane source. A broken dishwasher or a blocked drain pipe is not as interesting as a flash flood that runs through a local neighborhood, but they can cause just as much damage.

Water removal for Glendale homes needs a professional restoration team. The actions SERVPRO has developed over the last two decades ensures we provide the best possible service for each customer, regardless of the size of the home or the amount of water inside.

Our technicians begin by removing the standing water. It is water inside the home which does not drain on its own. Depending on the shape of the home, it can just cover the carpets and floors, or it can be a foot or higher. For any amount over two inches, we start with one or more commercial grade pumps. In an average-sized home, we can remove even large amounts in a single day.

After we finish with the pumps, SERVPRO technicians switch to water extraction wands. These smaller devices draw water from surfaces that a pump is unable to remove. For trace amounts of water left on concrete, vinyl or wooden floors, other team members use long-handled squeegees to draw it out the nearest door or another exit point.

With a few adjustments to the rate of vacuum speed, we use the same extraction wands to pull water from carpets and between floorboards. Most of our wands also have a heating element, so we can also begin drying carpets and floors at the same time. Once we remove the water, one of our inspectors examines underneath the carpet. If there is a carpet pad and it has already begun to deteriorate, we remove it. In most cases, we find this necessary.

In many cases, there is also excess moisture in the air. If not removed, the high humidity can lead to floor and ceiling trim warping and pull away from the walls. We set up dehumidifiers to lower the air moisture content level. Each machine can draw over 20 gallons of water from the air and surrounding property every 24 hours.

Properly drying a home takes the right tools and training. If you have excess water in your home, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (818) 244-6005 today. We are here to help.

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Approaching the Fire Damage to Your Eagle Rock Residence

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Approaching the Fire Damage to Your Eagle Rock Residence SERVPRO's trained technicians have specialized equipment to rid your home of the odors left behind by a fire.

SERVPRO's Trained Technicians Fully Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

With the often-incredible heat that pours through southern California throughout the year, it is not hard to see how so many Eagle Rock homes become susceptible to fires. Even those that did not ignite in your home might affect your entire neighborhood before it gets officially extinguished through efforts from local firefighting teams. While the panic and fear of losing everything are in the forefront of your mind when the fire is still alight and burning, the afterthoughts beyond extinguishment are heavily about what you have to do next to put your home, and your life, back on track.

Fire damage to your Eagle Rock home might take a lot of different forms, especially when you consider the magnitude of the blaze from incident to incident. When you first call our SERVPRO technicians, we can hurry out to assess the damage to your home and come up with a detailed and thorough plan to restore all of the affected areas and get your house back to preloss conditions. You are intricately involved in this step of the process, as your priorities and input allow our team to better complete their tasks according to your list of priorities.

With situations that have left very little physical damage to the house, your priorities might be something as simple as getting the bad smell out of your house where your kitchen drapes went up in flames. Our IICRC-certified technicians have specialized equipment, like dense fogging machines, which allow them to deodorize the air and neutralize molecules of foul odors. Fogging leaves behind no trace of a bad smell at all, and allows you to scent the air as you see fit.

For more complex cases with much structural damage, our team works quickly to save the things that are reparable. This restoration includes all of the contents of your home in the affected areas, but also a complete cleaning of the walls and floors where smoke and soot damage has likely left a residue. Scrubbers are used for this process and do a thorough job of either completely restoring the walls in question, or at least preparing them for a new coat of paint in the future.

Depending on the complexity of your fire damage, there are numerous approaches that our skilled professionals can take to restore the damages. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is always ready to be of service. Give us a call anytime at (818) 244-6005.

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Commercial Water Damage In Glendale

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In Glendale Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages.

Commercial Water Damage

Glendale business owners had to deal with flooding earlier this year. The rain was needed, but it surprised many of them. Fortunately, weather-related floods are rare in this part of California. What is not so rare for area businesses is when the water comes in from damaged plumbing.

Commercial water damage surprises Glendale business owners every time it happens. Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to restore an office or a kitchen back to their original state.

Sprinklers soak everything, that is what they are supposed to do to prevent the spread of fire. Paper products, like documents, cardboard storage boxes, and books quickly turn to a pulpy mush and must be thrown out. If the final condition is not an issue and the business owner needs to keep original contracts, we can preserve the legibility of our technicians can get them spread out on a dry surface. We use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the paper gently and while we cannot return the items to their original condition or look, we can preserve the image in many cases.

The item that usually catches the most damage next is the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands to draw out water without damaging the nape of the carpet. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it. Pads quickly deteriorate when they become wet, and they are cheaper to replace rather than attempt to restore. Once we remove the water, crew members use the air movers again to force warm, dry air across the surface to dry it out while preventing further damage.

In a commercial kitchen, sprinklers do not usually cause much damage to the equipment. Here, our technicians concentrate on removing water from inside equipment like fryers to safely use them again. They also dry out behind and under everything to prevent mold growth and to make the room safe to walk in again.

To accomplish this, we set up fans at exits to blow the damp air out of the kitchen as we use long-handled squeegees to push water across the floor and out of the building. Once we have the majority of the water out, we set up air movers to finish drying the floors so we can return the kitchen to the owner as soon and safely as possible.

Restoring businesses to a safe, dry condition is not something you can do with a mop and a water-vac. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale and almost three decades of experience in helping owners reopen their doors. If you have a question about what SERVPRO can do for your business; call us today at (818) 244-6005.

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