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Weakened Materials in a Home are Classic Signs of Water Damage in Glendale

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Weakened Materials in a Home are Classic Signs of Water Damage in Glendale SERVPRO has the tools to find the source of the water and remediate the damage.

Water Damage in your Home

Water affects building materials in a manner that is generally adverse. Even metal, which is non-porous, can suffer rust and corrosion after exposure to water. Rust can take a few days to develop, but porous items show the effects of contact with water much more quickly.

When your Glendale home suffers from water damage, both the safety and the interior aesthetics of your home decrease. Water damage can create ugly stains on walls and ceilings, soggy spots in floors, and unpleasant smells and odors that permeate and fill the air. Getting rid of these problems and others which water creates is what the technicians at SERVPRO train for, resulting in certifications and skills that benefit you and your family.

Water damage has a source, and an important part of mitigating damage related to water includes locating that source and ensuring that it no longer poses a threat. Our use of hygrometers and infrared scanning equipment can reveal these hidden sources to us. Once we have this information, stopping the influx of water in the future is easy to accomplish.

Water can create problems anywhere it is found in a home, including carpeting and other textiles. Drapes can lose color, and eventually, dry rot, crumbling when touched. Carpets and rugs can unravel when the glue in their backing dissolves. Stored clothing can become inundated with mildew spots. Moreover, these are only the problems that textiles can experience.

Your home's structure must be solid and strong to protect your family. SERVPRO technicians know how to restore this strength to your home's structure, piece by piece. Each type of material must be restored according to type, and also in keeping with current building codes. We always stay current with these requirements, assuring our customers that the finished work passes final inspections when required.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is locally owned and operated, making us Faster To Any Size Disaster, including the ones that threaten your home. Call us at (818) 244-6005 whenever your home suffers from water damage or other catastrophes.

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Highland Park Kitchen Mishap Mitigated By SERVPRO Fire Damage Team

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Highland Park Kitchen Mishap Mitigated By SERVPRO Fire Damage Team If water put out the fire, SERVPRO’s first job is to remove and dispose of the moisture.

Our SERVPRO Has the Best Fire Damage Team in The Restoration Industry 

Busy lives are full of missteps, some more dangerous than others. Walking away from the stovetop happens when kids call or the doorbell rings, but so then do kitchen fires. SERVPRO experts help put your cooking areas, and other affected areas of your home, back together after fire damage.

Sorting out a disagreement between a pair of siblings took you away longer than expected from a pot of water boiling, waiting for some pasta. Instead of cooking dinner, the pot boiled dry and superheated, igniting some potholders, causing fire damage to your Highland Park home. Our fire damage restoration crews are always on standby for situations such as this. We are ready to assess and begin the cleanup and restoration as soon as the fire department gives the go-ahead.

National statistics point to unattended cooking as the most common cause for the 62 percent of home fires attributed to ranges or cooktops per year. SERVPRO team members train on a regular basis to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to be prepared in industry best practices. A project manager assesses the extent of the damage in the kitchen and other areas of the house and develops a plan to meet your specific needs.

If water put out the fire, SERVPRO’s first job is to remove and dispose of the moisture. Drying techniques begin if the area is very saturated. Then cleanup of soot, chemical residues from fire extinguishers, and smoky odors ensues. The coatings left by fire damage is highly acidic and corrosive. Waiting even a few hours before starting the cleaning process permanently discolors and etches plastics, glass, and metal.

High on the SERVPRO’s checklist is turning off your HVAC system if it is still running as it will spread soot and other residues throughout your home. If smoke sucked into the vents duct cleaning is on the agenda. We match building materials and the character of the sooty coatings when cleaning. Lighter dustings of ash and soot vacuum or dry sponge off well. We use HEPA filtration in our professional vacs. Stickier damage often responds to a spray and wipe technique. Items with many bevels or surfaces like cut glass dishes or window blinds need immersion or even ultrasonic cleaning, requiring a certified technician to operate.

If charring or melting is severe in the kitchen, some materials or appliances may need replacement. Otherwise, we strive to proceed with a restoration mentality, saving you time and money and minimizing disruption to your daily routine.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale awaits your call to (818) 244-6005 if you need fire damage restoration. Immediate action is necessary and we answer calls 24/7.

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When Water Damage Happens Inside Your Glendale Residence

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Happens Inside Your Glendale Residence When a Glendale home has a spot where water is leaking, water damage can accrue steadily, day after day.

Water Damage Inside Your Home

The average American uses significant amounts of water on a daily basis for washing, preparing food, bathing and showering, watering pets and plants, and much more. The number of water-using appliances in many homes is much higher than what it has been in the past. Water must always be contained because otherwise, it can become just as damaging as it normally is beneficial.

When a Glendale home has a spot where water is leaking, water damage can accrue steadily, day after day. Fabrics, paintings, furniture, clothing and other personal belongings, and the home's interior walls and other structures can all be damaged or ruined by even small amounts of water. The longer water is in contact, the greater the damage.

Moisture that is allowed to slowly dry and evaporate naturally can increase the chances of stains developing on the surfaces of walls, ceilings, textiles, and clothing items. After these rings and water lines develop, it can be challenging, and sometimes impossible, to remove them. Preventing them before they show is much easier and cheaper than attempting to eliminate them later.

At SERVPRO, we know that the structural integrity and visual aesthetics of your home are fundamental to you and your family. Water stains can often reveal that there are hidden problems in your home's walls and ceilings. Hidden decay and deterioration can steadily grow worse and should be attended to as soon as possible.

The visual aspects, paint, wallpapers, and trim cannot be repaired and given a new look until after the interior of these structures is made complete again. We train our employees in IICRC procedures and practices so they not only know what to do, but they also know why specific processes are required.

To reduce the visible signs of water damage that can easily make your home's interior turn ugly and create grave safety concerns, make a call to SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (818) 244-6005. We are always ready to answer your call.

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Answers Concerning Mold and Mold Remediation For Your Glendale Area Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Answers Concerning Mold and Mold Remediation For Your Glendale Area Home Mold Species, Many of Them, Cause Damage. Call on SERVPRO for Remediation to Your Glendale Property

SERVPRO Can Cleanup Mold Infestations

Mold often flourishes in warm, damp, humid areas of your home, easily spreading through airborne mold spores. It can survive in even the harshest environments just waiting for the right conditions to exist that helps promote growth.  

Finding mold damage in your Glendale area home does not mean that your health is in danger. Molds and fungus can be found everywhere within our environment. No one even knows how many species of mold exist, because different species often blend, creating entirely new species that endure within the environment provided.  
 
Common forms of indoor molds that SERVPRO technicians face include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus each of which comes with a different warning.  
   
Cladosporium – One of the most common fungi, existing both indoors and outdoors. This species of mold produces olive-green to brown or black colonies, formed in simple or branching chains.

Penicillium – Otherwise known to produce penicillin, which is used as an antibiotic to kill or stop the growth of several different types of bacteria inside of the human body, a species that produces green colonies that sprout colorless hyphae.

Alternaria – Plant fungi that also often affects human allergens. If allowed to grow into colonies of sufficient size, 299 species can grow inside of your home, leading to hay fever, hypersensitivity and the development of asthma in some people.

Aspergillus – The first cataloged species of mold, often taking hold of starchy foods such as bread and potatoes. This species lives in oxygen-rich environments, an Aerobe that flourishes better when higher amounts of oxygen are present.
 
Molds do not affect all people in the same ways, mostly causing minor irritations to a fully-grown adult person, mold exists within our environment to help recycle materials back into our eco-system. Even if we could remove mold entirely, we should never attempt to do so.
 
SERVPRO supplies homeowners with the information needed to make informed decisions concerning mold damage on their property. You should understand that regardless of the amount or type of mold that exists, it can take a professional remediation specialist to get things under control properly.
 
Without the help of certified remediation technicians from SERVPRO, mold growth can return over and over, covering more of your home, and lead to continuing damage.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at the first sign of mold growth in your home. Get the help you need, when you need it, call today. (818) 244-6005

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Find Answers To Flood Damage On Your Glendale Area Property

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Find Answers To Flood Damage On Your Glendale Area Property Floods can happen anywhere, anytime, which makes it necessary to receive help before disaster strikes.

Flood Damage To Your Property

Where you are, what you do, and where your building sits on your property has a lot to do with whether you receive significant damage during a flood. With the proper attention, you can increase the chances of your home’s survival during even the worst possible situation.

Using a qualified flood damage restoration company to inspect your Glendale area home gives you access to a professional with a keen eye, someone that has the experience to point out problems often overlooked by everyone else. Floods can happen anywhere, anytime, which makes it necessary to receive help before disaster strikes.

Having a relationship with your local SERVPRO provides you with expertly trained technicians, industrial-grade equipment, and the proper certifications to handle any damage to your property. If you leave things to chance, secondary problems develop that lead to additional damage down the line. You may face situations that involve a slowly rising flood or something that gets entirely out of control within seconds. Any situation that involves water intrusion on your property must be dealt with swiftly to ensure that your contents and the structure of your home remain intact.

SERVPRO’s drying technicians use a variety of moisture detection, removal, drying, and dehumidifying equipment to return moisture levels to normal. Without these devices, you are simply guessing, causing any building materials found on your property to warp, bend, crack, or swell, leading to significant problems that require professionally trained experts to correct.

Every item found in your home experiences similar problems. Furniture can crack and split; electronics become inoperable; rugs or carpeting can cause staining; pictures and other valuable belongings receive massive damage, making them useless. However, SERVPRO technicians offer you a chance to avoid these problems and return your property to a quality condition you can enjoy.

Calling SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale helps you receive quality assistance when you need it, something you can rely on during emergency situations that occur on your property. Take the time to learn more about we can do for you, call today (818) 244-6005.

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When Fire Damage in Glendale Threatens to Ruin Your Family's Summer

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Fire Damage in Glendale Threatens to Ruin Your Family's Summer Take Care with BBQ Fires at Your Glendale Cookout

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home In Glendale After a Fire

Mid-summer is a time of fireworks and cook-outs, getting together with friends and family, and watching all of the kids play and explore. With all of that relaxation and summer fun comes the risk of fire. Blazes can begin small and seem to be inconsequential, but even small fires can burn out of control quite fast.
 
Glendale parties and festivities can lead to accidents that create extensive fire damage to area homes and properties. For example, if charcoal lighter fluid is placed too close to where people are cooking, or if the wind is not taken into consideration when setting off fireworks, either scenario can result in major disasters.
 
Outdoor fire damage is just as destructive as damage located inside a home, and if it affects the exterior of the roof or walls, pests and the elements may have been given a new way to get inside your home. Wiring and insulation could also have been damaged, as well as water pipes and interior walls. A small fire can result in a much larger problem.
 
The professionals at SERVPRO are skilled at assessing how much damage exists, giving them valuable insight into what needs to be done so that your home is returned to the state it was in before the accident happened. With our experience in repairs and restoration, we can make things “Like it never even happened.” We have expertise in both indoor and outside restorative repairs on homes, so no matter how big your summer disaster was, we are always able to undo the damage.
 
Fire damage is often accompanied by other distinct types of damage. These include water and smoke, and we have the experience to eliminate these kinds of problems, also professionally. With fires, scorching can be present, as can the melting of plastics and rubbers. Removing this type of debris, along with anything that was destroyed, is inventoried so you can keep track of these kinds of losses, but we do our utmost at keeping this list to a minimum. Anything that can be repaired or cleaned, and therefore restored, receives gentle but thorough restorative care, just as if the item belonged to us.
 
Sometimes, outside fire damage consists of only charred and blackened surfaces, such as stone, tile, or brick. We have pressure washers and special cleaners that can restore these surfaces back to their original appearances. Cracked sections, damaged by the intense heat that can often be produced by fire, can be replaced, leaving the area fully restored and like new once again.
 
Fire damage can happen both indoors and outside your home. When either occurs, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is always ready to help get things back to normal again. Fires are known to result in very traumatic situations, no matter the unique circumstances. We can help reduce this trauma and stress by eliminating the damage. Call us at (818) 244-6005, 24/7, and we can help your family move past this and any other kind of disaster.

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Dangers of a Leaking Toilet in Your Eagle Rock Home

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dangers of a Leaking Toilet in Your Eagle Rock Home Toilet water is contaminated and needs to be handled with care. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage quickly.

SERVPRO Handles BOTH Clean and Contaminated Water Damage Restoration

A toilet which is overflowing can present all kinds of dangers to your home and family. It is important that you quickly call an expert remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO, right away because the water coming from the toilet is moderately to highly contaminated. It is good to be aware of the risks if you do not ensure toilet overflow is cleaned up promptly.
 
When water which is contaminated seeps into places which should always be dry, it can cause a lot of water damage to metal and wood sections of your Eagle Rock home. Wood which is damp all the time attracts pests and becomes brittle, plus cracks can form, and the wood can begin to flake off. It can also absorb and retain odors from the water. On the other hand, metals are susceptible to corrosion. The rusting process goes faster with contaminated water. It weakens the iron components of your home and compromises the overall stability.
 
Mold can begin growing due to the damp and wet surfaces. It can form colonies on wallpaper, drywall, wood, and other surfaces. Mold can cause adverse health effects and needs to be cleaned up by our technicians at SERVPRO as soon as possible. We use special tools to find any hidden moisture and mold growth, plus sanitizers after the mold is cleaned up to keep it from continuing to grow.
 
Rugs and carpets are not made to be under heavy water. The water weakens latex which holds the backings together, making them susceptible to tears, rips, and delamination. Many times, our staff can use restoration methods to salvage these items.
 
When water contacts electrical outlets and wiring, you have an electrical hazard on your hands. Don’t let anyone into the area before the professionals come out if you see water close to wires and sockets. You are also dealing with a fire hazard, since water short circuits electrical systems, making sparks which can ignite close to combustibles.
 
When your toilet is overflowing, it is important to call us at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale right away since you are dealing with so many possible dangers. We can be reached anytime you need just by dialing (818) 244-6005.

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We Are Proud To Announce That SERVPRO Of Eagle Rock/South Glendale Is Now A Commercial Large Loss Response Franchise!

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale we understand that an unexpected disaster to a commercial building can mean a loss of revenue to all effected.

We hold ourselves to a high standard and are confident in our fire, water and mold restoration abilities. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is fully equipped and staffed to effectively make your loss look "Like it never even happened."

There is no loss too big or too small for the SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale team. Call us today at (323) 255-1000 and let us help you open back up for business!

Mold Damage Remediation Services Used To Protect Your Glendale Area Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services Used To Protect Your Glendale Area Home SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

Mold Damage Remediation Services

You may hear quite a bit of chatter on the internet these days about black mold and health problems associated with this type of contamination. However, you should understand that all forms of mold can eventually lead to health issues, making it necessary to seek out qualified mold remediation specialists to get the protection you deserve.

Attempting to remove mold damage found in your Glendale area home on your own involves a time-consuming process that may or may not produce any results. Without the proper tools, knowledge, and training, you can even make things worse, leading to additional or recurring growth that never seems to go away.

SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you. We can help you get mold growth under control and teach you a few things about how to prevent future contamination that just might stop you from having problems like this ever again.

SERVPRO technicians use personal protective equipment like chemical resistant gloves, boots, goggles, full-body suits and even respirators to maintain personal safety for everyone involved. We contain the affected areas and use air movers, negative-airflow machines, water extractors, moisture detectors, advanced cleaning and sanitation methods to get mold growth found on your property under control in a timely, efficient manner.

Seeing SERVPRO Professionals perform mold remediation services can truly inspire you. Our technicians use a variety of methods to get water sources under control. We extract saturated materials, following strict guidelines to handle and dispose of contaminated materials, while protecting the rest of your home and its occupants from exposure throughout the entire process.

Never hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale when facing mold damage on your property. We have 24-hour emergency services and technicians that put every effort into recovering your home quickly with the least amount of disruption possible. Call to begin your restoration process, today (818) 244-6005.

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Knocked Over Lamp Creates A Hot Mess In Highland Park

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Knocked Over Lamp Creates A Hot Mess In Highland Park The heat from many kinds of light bulbs is capable of igniting draperies, bedding, and even rugs and carpeting, among other things.

Fire Damage Caused By Knocked Over Lamp

The worst thing that happens when a light is left on is not necessarily a high electric bill. The heat from many kinds of light bulbs is capable of igniting draperies, bedding, and even rugs and carpeting, among other things. SERVPRO is a resource for the homeowner recovering from a fire set by this or any method.

Although you cannot be certain exactly how it happened, fire damaged your Highland Park home after a lit lamp overturned in a bedroom. Perhaps a pet knocked it down, or it was teetering on the edge of a bedside table, but the bed linens caught fire. Fortunately, a neighbor noticed smoke billowing out of an open window and called 911. You rushed home to find the fire out, but damage in the room, the attic and the roof above it.

A call to SERVPRO immediately has our crew arriving right after the fire department authorizes reentry. Fire damage usually poses a complex set of issues, including the obvious charring and destruction to contents and structure, and also water and chemical residue damage, depending on how the first responders extinguished the fire.

Our project manager begins ordering the crew to secure the affected areas from the elements. If the fire burned through the wall or roof to the outside, this is crucial. Then an assessment of the damage ensues. SERVPRO technicians train in safely restoring fire damage, including ensuring that flooring is walkable and that no structural supports are in danger of falling. Water and chemicals make floors slippery, demanding extra care when moving through the rooms for the cleanup crew and the residents.

Items destroyed by flames are bagged for disposal by local rules. Porous articles like mattresses rarely survive unless they untouched by charring, and even then soot and smoke damage counsel replacement in many cases. Clothing and linens clean up well through laundering or dry cleaning, a task the homeowner may take up to free SERVPRO for more technical matters.

Furniture with soot or other residue needs a dry or wet cleaning, depending on the amount and stickiness of the coating. Our staff uses the least intrusive technique that is effective. Vacuuming and dusting are good for light coverage, while spray and wipe to abrasive cleaners may be needed in other instances. SERVPRO staff checks for charred areas as they emit odors even if cleaned, and determines whether sealing or removal is the best option.

Structural charring requires replacement of key supports, and damaged ceilings and drywall replacement may be less expensive and quicker than laborious cleaning and sealing. Throughout the process of restoration, our project manager and office staff work with your insurer to limit your out of pocket expenses. We provide as much evidence, including our professional opinions, as possible to prove your fire damage claim.

Your first call, after 991, should be to SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale when a lamp starts a household fire. Our dispatchers await at (818) 244-6005.

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