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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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The Top Priorities After Water Damage to Your Eagle Rock Clothing Store

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Top Priorities After Water Damage to Your Eagle Rock Clothing Store Calling SERVPRO quickly after a water damage disaster at your clothing store can get you on the remediation path. That will help you to re-open.

SERVPRO Crews Can Be on the Scene Quickly Starting the Remediation Process

Water damage is a real problem for any clothing store owner. Sometimes no matter how careful you are, water damage can happen. It might be due to a burst pipe in your store, or perhaps because of flooding or a storm in town. California has suffered some nasty storms in recent years, so you never know when your store could fall victim to water damage.
 
Unfortunately, your stock might not survive commercial water damage to your Eagle Rock clothing store. It all depends on how high the water level got, and how humid and wet the air is.
 
However, what about the rest of your store? When it comes to dealing with water damage, there are some top priorities. SERVPRO is on hand to help deal with those.
 
The first priority is to remove any standing water from your premises. Our teams come equipped with both truck mounted, and free standing pumps to assist. The truck mounted pumps are powerful enough to draw water uphill if need be, to leave your retail unit free of water.
 
The next thing we need to do is assess any damaged electronic items (such as your cash registers) and also any waterlogged paperwork such as files, look books or training manuals. We wipe down damaged electronics to remove excess water and liaise with an experienced electronics restoration vendor on your behalf. Irreplaceable paperwork is taken to a specialist facility if needed, for freeze drying. The freeze drying process prevents further damage and increases the chance of successful restoration.
 
We also assess all soft furnishing items such as fitting room drapes. Carpets are dried out using extraction followed by the application of air movers and dehumidifiers to encourage evaporation. There is the option to remove portable items such as drapes and take them to our dedicated restoration facility for deep cleaning.
 
The right combination of air movers, box fans, and dehumidifiers is necessary for drying out everything from store furniture to carpets and walls, but after drying there is one more vital step – odor removal. The lingering smell of damp is unpleasant for staff and customers alike. SERVPRO has several odor removal methods at our disposal. Air scrubbers clean the air of tiny particles and help deodorize, while ULV (ultra low volume) fogging pushes deodorization agents into a fine mist which is carefully and expertly applied wherever needed in your store.
 
Do not let water damage dissolve your profits. Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (818) 244-6005 for help.

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Wind Storm Damaged Roofs or a Bathtub Overflow in Your Glendale Home

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind Storm Damaged Roofs or a Bathtub Overflow in Your Glendale Home Tarp Service and SERVPRO Water Removal Rescue Properties from Storm Damage

SERVPRO Can Seal the Roof, Turn off the Faucet, and Dry Your Property


One of the most frustrating kinds of flood damage is overflows, simply because they are usually our fault. When you forgot to turn off the bathtub before you took a phone call, the drain was clogged when you thought it was working right, or your child started a bath without telling anyone and left the water running, you have major accidental water loss which can cause serious property damage. Then there is the unforeseen water damaged caused by a tree which busted a hole in your roof from a microburst storm.
 
A tub which has overflowed can create extreme damage to drywall, a subfloor, carpeting, walls or the ceiling under your tub. Depending upon how quickly you get remediation experts like SERVPRO to your Glendale home, the storm damage to many of these items can be saved. If you let the problem sit for several days, a strong odor and mold growth occur behind your drywall, creating a larger problem.
 
When water flows down through the ceiling from a storm, the trusses along with the portion of the ceiling and the subfloor need to be dried out. Our technicians at SERVPRO set up industrial strength fans, dehumidifiers and other equipment to dry the area out quickly.
 
The moisture content is checked each day with the use of moisture meters. We employ penetrating moisture meters which leave two pin-hole sized marks in the material we are checking, non-penetrating moisture meters which leave no marks and thermal hygrometers, which measure the moisture content in the air. Hydro sensors are also used to give a rough estimate of how much moisture is in porous materials like carpeting, and snake cameras to provide us with a visual confirmation of the moisture in confined areas such as under cabinets and in wall cavities.
 
When water flowed down in unoccupied areas, we dry the area using containment, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Containing the area minimizes how much air needs to be dried and speeding up the drying of the ceiling from water moving from an area with a high concentration of water to an area of lower concentration.
 
A weighted extractor takes out water from carpeting and padding in affected areas, plus we use injection drying to dry the walls from the inside out. Doing so minimizes the repair and rebuild needs and helps your home get dried out quickly with less disruption to you, at a lower cost.
 
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale has the equipment and experience necessary to come to your rescue when your bathtub overflows or a broken limb from a storm has opened up a gap in your roof. Just give us a call right away at (818) 244-6005, and we can have your home back to the preloss condition in no time. For more info on Glendale: http://www.glendaleca.gov

Repairing Water Damage in Your Glendale Ceiling

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repairing Water Damage in Your Glendale Ceiling Leaks Lead to Water Damage in Glendale Homes. Call SERVPRO for Restoration

SERVPRO Has the Technicians and Tools to Mitigate WaterDamage to Your Home

Water damage in your ceiling happens because of a pipe running in the ceiling bursting or from roof leaks. In a home with two levels or more, if an upper level is flooded, the water damage likely goes through the ceiling to the lower floor.

Water damage in your Glendale home’s ceiling can cause discoloration from the dampness to a complete disintegration of the material. If this element remains wet for a few days, mold can begin to grow, which can be hazardous to the health of you and your family. That is why it is important to handle water damage in your ceiling right away. You need to get a hold of a professional water damage remediation company, like SERVPRO, who can properly repair the damage as well as dry out your home.
 
While you are waiting for them to arrive, check to see if the water is running close to any electrical wiring. Shut the supply to the power off to avoid being shocked. Be cautious when walking under a ceiling which might be holding sufficient water to collapse on you. If possible, avoid the area altogether. A ceiling that is water damaged is soft and cold to the touch.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, we first take a moisture reading to determine the extent of the damage. If a leak in the roof has caused the damage, the roof needs to be repaired right away, weather permitting. For small repairs, we can handle this step, or we tarp the damaged area as necessary and work with other professionals who can properly repair your roof.
 
After the leak is repaired, no matter the source, cleanup begins by removing all materials that are wet such as insulation and sheetrock. Any swelling, loose, or peeling plaster and drywall is scraped away. Any elements of the damaged area which are salvageable are dried with dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers from our arsenal of equipment.

With SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale, you can be sure that your home is dried out and repaired thoroughly and efficiently after ceiling water damage. You can easily reach us when you dial (818) 244-6005.
 

Mold Damage In Your Highland Park Home

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Your Highland Park Home Even a small, ‘soft’ spot in the roof can mean a large source of moisture for mold damage in a home.

Mold Damage And Your Home


The flooding rains of the past few months have finally stopped in our county. Many residents finally have the chance to go out, climb on the roof, and check for damage. In most cases, a ‘soft’ spot on the roof does not mean much to the average homeowners; they may not even see or feel it as they walk around. It is what might be underneath that is the concern.

Even a small, ‘soft’ spot in the roof can mean a large source of moisture for mold damage in a Highland Park home. With decades of experience in mold remediation, SERVPRO has developed a set of procedures that stops mold growth and allows us to clean and remove mold spores safely.

Our first procedure is to set up containment. Response team members hang thick, plastic sheets over doorways, windows, and other openings around the affected area. They serve as an effective barrier against contamination spreading to unaffected parts of the home. At the same time, other technicians seal the HVAC vents to prevent duct contamination and accidentally spreading mold spores to the entire house in less than a minute. They also set up negative air machines to direct contaminated air outside of the structure.

Next, comes physical removal. Structural materials like drywall and ceiling tiles are cheaper to dispose of and replace rather than attempting clean them or cut away affected sections. Carpets are particularly challenging to clean mold from and the labor hours involved restoring them exceed the value of simply replacing it. Technicians use specially designed HEPA filters and commercial vacuums to remove mold fragments from the surfaces of furniture, walls, and floors.

After the vacuuming, the response team allows disturbed dust and spores to settle and then begins wiping down surfaces. Dry or wet, they accomplish all surface wiping in the direction of the negative air machines to speed up removing them from your home. Finally, we dry the affected area to prevent new growth. We use a combination of dehumidifiers and room heaters to raise the temperature and lower the humidity.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale understands that mold can be just as damaging to a home as a flood or even a house fire. Removing mold is not a simple process, but we are here to explain and walk through every step with you. Call us today at (818) 244-6005.

Maintain Your Gutters to Prevent Water Damage to your Highland Park Home

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Maintain Your Gutters to Prevent Water Damage to your Highland Park Home Yearly gutter cleaning can prevent damage both inside and outside of your home. If you have water damage, SERVPRO can quickly remediate.

Regular House Maintenance can Help the Homeowner Avoid Damage in the Long Run


The cleaning of your gutters is one home maintenance project which should never be overlooked. Not maintaining your gutters can cause major problems for your home. Clogged gutters lead to expensive water damage repairs when left untreated.
 
Foundation Damage
 
The main purpose of your gutter system is to channel water off your roof and away from the foundation of your home to avoid water damage. A blockage can make water pour over the sides of the gutters and pool around your Highland Park home’s foundation. The water can create cracks in the foundation over time, potentially resulting in collapse. If the foundation does not fail, however, the water can still cause the growth of mold. If this happens, you need the professionals at SERVPRO to fix the damage from the overflowing water, including any possible mold growth.
 
Wood Damage
 
The fascia boards which hold the gutter system together are usually made of wood. When your gutters clog and fill with water, the boards begin deteriorating and rotting. If your home has wood siding, clogged gutters also can cause water to overflow out and down the sides of your home.
 
Landscape Damage
 
When gutters clog and spill over with water, it can land in flower beds, shrubbery, or small trees surrounding the base of your home.
 
Cleaning your gutters is a simple task, but many homeowners skip over it, which can be dangerous since your gutters are the first thing defending your home against water damage. If you have mistakenly neglected your gutters and are facing water damage to your home because of it, our professional technicians at SERVPRO can help you to correct the problem, plus dry out your home and fix the damages.
 
When you choose to clean your gutters yourself, be careful when going up or down a ladder and walking on your roof. The right size ladder is needed to make the job safer, but also be sure you know how to use it correctly.
 
You can also hire a professional to clean the gutters for you if you are not comfortable going up and doing it yourself. It is a job that is rather affordable, especially compared to the water damage you could suffer from if you do not clean your gutters.
 
A professional cleaning of your gutters should include the removal of all debris from the gutters, roof, and downspouts, plus an overall check of the condition of your gutters and repairing any gutter spikes which have become loose.
 
When your gutters do cause water damage to your home, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is standing by to help. We are easily reached at any time by dialing (818) 244-6005, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

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.