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Safety Precautions During Flood Damage Remediation in Your Glendale Home

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Precautions During Flood Damage Remediation in Your Glendale Home Long-term exposure to water can cause structural damage to your home making it unsafe for everyone.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after a Flood

Flooding can occur no matter where you reside. Being prepared ahead of time in Glendale is the best way to prevent flood damage to your home. Floods can happen when the capacity of the existing drainage system is overwhelmed by water runoff. Heavy rains can also enter buildings through windows, doors, or cracks in the foundation. You may not be able to prevent floodwaters from getting into your home entirely, but there are actions you can take to minimize the damage.

Investing in a sump pump, rain gutters and sandbags for your Glendale home are just a few precautions you can use. When the floodwaters still get in, however, you need to have the flood damage handled right away. The longer the water sits, the more damage is done, so reach out to our professional SERVPRO staff. We have the tools and experience to get the water out of your home promptly.

Since floods can cause significant damage to a building, storm-damaged structures can pose hazards. Long-term exposure to water can weaken materials like drywall and flooring, which creates a danger for everyone. We look for structural hazards before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration. We have you and your family stay out of the home until we are sure it is safe. In cases that are extreme, an engineer may need to inspect the building.

If there is any sign of a gas leak, we leave and call the local gas company or fire department right away. If water was able to enter from above, we check for trapped water in the ceiling. Drywall softens when wet, and ceilings could fall onto you or our workers. We drill weep holes to free the water that is trapped in the ceiling.

Particleboard floors which have been exposed to water might not support the weight of people or machines. We examine the subfloor to figure out what it is made of and how stable it is. We also watch out for any exposed nails, broken glass, splinters, or other sharp objects that could be present in the water and the water damaged structure.

Above all else, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale wants to make sure you and our workers are safe as we restore your home in Atwater Village, Highland Park, or Eagle Rock. Give us a call at (818) 244-6005 as soon as floodwaters have invaded your home so we can help you dry out again.

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What You Should Do When Your Eagle Rock Property Sustains Fire Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Should Do When Your Eagle Rock Property Sustains Fire Damage Fire damage can be a grave nightmare in any home.

When Your Property Sustains Fire Damage

Fire damage can be a grave nightmare in any home. For example, the cleanup process can still be immense even if the physical loss in the wake of a minor kitchen fire is relatively small. A blaze can leave behind greasy soot, char, stains, and odors. When it comes to these types of messes, the truth is that every one of them requires a different solution to correct. There is no one fix-all solution to the damage that is left behind, which can be overwhelming when it comes to the remediation process. Fortunately, professional help is close at hand and equipped with all of the necessary tools to clean up after your small house fire.

Upon receiving your call, our technicians strive to arrive at your Eagle Rock residence to remediate the fire damage as soon as possible. Once there, we can inspect the damage done to your property and take inventory of any of your belongings that may have been lost. Once cataloged, we can begin the remediation process.

There are many ways that SERVPRO can address the messes left behind by fire damage. Our technicians can address soot that has adhered itself to the surfaces of your belongings in three different ways; agitation through mechanical means, lubrication, and chemical solutions. We can address cleaning your walls through wet cleaning or dry sponging.

When it comes to odors, SERVPRO technicians can use air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and ozone machines to neutralize scents depending on the severity of the fire in your home. In most cases, ozone machines do not need to be used unless necessary as they require a vacated home. Most of the time, using a combination of air scrubbers and ventilation box fans can rid your home of the unwanted odors.

When your home sustains fire damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (818) 244-6005. 24/7, we can take your call and send our technicians to your home to start the remediation as soon as possible.

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Water Damage Professionals Based Out of Glendale

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Professionals Based Out of Glendale Call on the certified professionals at SERVPRO to restore your water damaged home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Professionals Thoroughly Dry Out Your Home after Water Damage

During any water-related issue that takes place inside your Glendale home, the drying process is vital. Materials could lose structural integrity if they stay saturated for an extended period. Mold growth could also occur if organic materials get left with a high moisture content for more than 48 hours.

However, though essential, the drying stage is not the first step taken during the restoration process. First, SERVPRO's water damage technicians in Glendale stop the problem from its source and make sure the work area is safe for all occupants. Next, we extract any standing water and pull any moisture out of carpet or upholstery.

After our IICRC certified technicians extract as much water as possible, the drying process begins. When completing a structural dry-out, we attempt to create the ideal environment for evaporation and drying. We speed up the natural evaporation process by using air movers to create circular air flow. The air movers accelerate evaporation by replacing moist air coming off of contents into warm, dry air.

If a water-damaged structure has an interior relative humidity of 60% or higher, dehumidifiers often get used in the drying process. Dehumidifiers get implemented to pull water vapor from the air and lower the building's relative humidity. As water coming from saturated materials evaporates into the air, the dehumidifier removes the water from the air until the structure and contents are dry.

Dehumidifiers are rated by how many gallons of water they remove from a given space in 24 hours at a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 60%. As a general rule the higher the temperature and relative humidity in a building are, the more efficiently the dehumidifier works. Often we turn the heat up inside your home when drying so that the air is in between 68 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Refrigerant dehumidifiers are the most common type used and efficiently drop the relative humidity in a structure to 40 gpp. Low-grain refrigerants or LGR's are refrigerant dehumidifiers that drop humidity levels below 40 gpp. Desiccant dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels much lower than refrigerant ones but possibly dry out wood to the point that it cracks.

Depending on the specific drying situation, the best type of dehumidification equipment gets used. For help from the professionals when drying out problems with water inside your home, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (818) 244-6005 any time of the day.

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Get Your Basics Right When You Face Mold Damage in Glendale

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Get Your Basics Right When You Face Mold Damage in Glendale SERVPRO technicians are highly trained and skilled in mold remediation techniques, call us if when you discover mold in your home.

Call on SERVPRO to Help Remediate Mold Damage

If you fail to act fast and employ the right techniques to deal with mold damage, then any organic materials they come into contact with is likely to decompose. Apart from the possible permanent damage that your property may suffer, decomposition may lead to unpleasant odors and compromise the quality of air in a room. Learning the basics can get you out of trouble by mitigating such disasters when they strike your Glendale home.

We are going to cover some of the primary steps that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to mold damage incidents in Glendale. To begin with, if mold spores are allowed to move to uncontaminated places, they are likely to contaminate the clean area. To prevent that, we contain the contaminated areas by introducing negative air pressure in the area. Sealing HVAC vents as well as the installation of plastic sheeting to act as a barrier can also help in curbing the unwanted contamination.

In most cases, discarding porous materials with extensive mold contamination is one of the procedures that our SERVPRO team employs. However, when the surface is hard, we can perform HEPA vacuuming or damp wipe such areas. If the materials are semi-porous, we can choose an abrasive method such as wire brushing or sanding. That means the surface we have to deal with dictates the procedure we use.

After performing the removal, it is time to prevent possible future mold growth by drying the materials to acceptable moisture content levels. Equipment like a moisture meter is helpful when measuring such readings. We can decide to put in place heaters or air movers - since our SERVPRO technicians are already through with the removal and containment processes. Removing contents that have much moisture can also enhance the drying process.

It is common to see our SERVPRO technicians with full body suits, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection, and full-face respirators. It is crucial to wear the right protective gear during the remediation process because mold damage can cause health effects.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is a leader in commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Call us today at (818) 244-6005 if you want us to make it “Like it never even happened."  

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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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