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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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Remediating Flood Damage in Glendale

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Glendale Don't deal with flood damage alone. Contact SERVPRO for a quick reply and remediation.

Team SERVPRO Dries Out Your Flood Damage Carefully to Prevent Any Secondary Damages From the Event

Glendale is one of the preferred areas to live in around this part of California. The community is well-planned, friendly, and enjoys the best weather on the west coast; usually. This year saw the end of the drought, but the same rains brought problems for many homeowners.
 
Glendale flood damage is usually concentrated on the ground, specifically carpets and wood flooring. There is often some damage to the bottom level of drywall as well. If not dealt with quickly, a SERVPRO remediation team can spend more time and effort in demolition than in restoring your home to its pre-flood condition.
 
Since most of the water drains quickly after the rain stops, our technicians do not need a large pump but go directly to water extraction wands. These commercial devices look like a large water-vac, but we can determine the rate of suction to draw out water from wood floors without damaging the surface or pulling up the nape of the carpeting.
 
The real work needed to prevent permanent damage to either is careful drying. After we remove the water, one of our inspectors checks surfaces by feel for moisture and also uses moisture content meters to check for water trapped under carpets and floors. If we find excess, our action for carpets is to carefully lift entry and exit points in the room or hallway.
 
If there is no carpet pad underneath, SERVPRO technicians place one or more air movers at the entry point to force warm, dry air over and underneath the carpet. At the exit point, we place exhaust fans to draw out the cold, damp air trapped under the carpet. If there is a pad, we lift and roll the carpet out of the way to dispose of it. Replacing a pad is always cheaper than spending time and resources attempting to dry it.
 
We use the same air movers to dry wood floors and any affected drywall. Technicians can adjust the speed and temperature of the air movers to force slightly warm air across a surface or blow hotter air faster several inches above it. We can also direct the devices to force air up walls to dry them. In each affected room, we also set up an exhaust fan to draw out the damp air and improve air circulation. Both actions result in faster drying without causing any secondary damage.
 
If you are still dealing with the results of the last flood, contact our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale offices today. Call (818) 244-6005 to schedule an inspection. We are here for you.

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Unique Artwork Requires Specialized Fire Damage Restoration in Glendale

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Unique Artwork Requires Specialized Fire Damage Restoration in Glendale Neon light installations can be difficult to clean after a fire. Contact SERVPRO immediately to achieve best remediation results for your gallery.

Our Certified Technicians Remediate Many Types of Items After a Fire at Your Gallery

Museums and galleries contain items that cannot be replaced or replicated. When fire strikes in Glendale, restoration is the goal in many commercial situations, but artistic installations are in a class of their own. Highly-qualified restoration technicians pursue advanced training in smoke and soot mitigation to return works of art to their previous glory.
 
Southern California is no stranger to the captivating glow of light as art, and our area features neon offering vulnerable to commercial fire damage in a Glendale eclectic museum and gallery. A fire may result from the lighting of a poorly maintained neon sign, not appropriately rated or conforming to listing and labeling criteria. Alternatively, a fire may ignite due to other causes in the museum. Either way, the sparking may smolder, coating the vivid neon installations with a thick and difficult to remove residue that is highly corrosive. Our technicians are familiar with methods that can remove even tough and lacquer-like coatings that otherwise ruin glass like that containing the inert gases comprising neon art and signs.
 
The most critical thing to keep in mind when arranging for a response to fire damage of keepsakes, antiques, and artwork is soot and smoke begin to damage almost all materials immediately. Delaying a response almost ensures permanent harm of objects exposed to the acidic ashes and smoke. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is the fire damage recovery industry’s standard-setting organization on an international level. SERVPRO soot and smoke abatement experts train to these standards, receiving certification only when they demonstrate mastery through testing and monitoring.
 
Cleaning soot and smoke from one of a kind glass and gas artwork require a finely tuned understanding of the types of cleaning solutions and solvents available and singular techniques that restore the delicate surfaces without disturbing the seal. Depend on SERVPRO to use all the resources at its disposal to ensure that the recovery is complete and does not damage the effect intended by the neon artist.
 
A museum must remain inviting to patrons, so the final task SERVPRO technicians address is any lingering odors. Smoldering fire creates an oppressive smell. Our deodorization specialists remove charred materials that emit odor molecules and then move on to sealing areas and items that cannot be cleaned further. The ultimate answer may be thermal fogging, which recreates the heat and combustion of the fire, or hydroxyl generators. Both of these methods produce tiny odor seeking particles that neutralize the equally minuscule odor-bearing bits that cause continuous smoky smells. The byproducts of these methods change the chemical composition of the odiferous materials, rendering them inert and inoffensive.
 
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is up to the challenge of restoring fire damaging any property’s structure or contents. Call (818) 244-6005 to arrange for our skills, equipment, and dedicated workforce to return your commercial enterprise to preloss condition.

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Flood Damage Restoration Services That Glendale Residents Can Trust

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Services That Glendale Residents Can Trust If you have experienced the aftermath of a flood damage incident, then you know the expensive and devastating damage your property gets.

Flood Damage Restoration Services

If you have experienced the aftermath of a flood damage incident, then you know the expensive and devastating damage your commercial property or home gets. If you are a resident of Glendale, there is more reason to be familiar with the many proven methods that can help you ward off the adverse effects associated with too much water.

It is worth noting that this is the time when you need flood damage restoration services to address every concern professionally. When in Glendale, such professional services can be offered by a company like SERVPRO. The work of trained restorers is made simple by using monitoring and detection devices. We are going to let you know how some of these tools work towards solving the problem.

When water damage technicians want to find out the far water has moved, they use a moisture sensor. It is a tool that detects the presence of moisture in materials. Once they identify moisture, the work of drying the structure to its earlier state begins. Since we now know that your property has moisture, another tool to detect the amount of moisture has to be used.

To determine the actual moisture content of a material, SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters. With that, it is possible to find out whether a structure is dry or not. We have two types of moisture meters, namely: penetrating meters and non-penetrating meters. There are probes in penetrating meters that enable the device to test whether there is moisture content within wood flooring and wall cavities. On the other hand, the non-penetrating types have sensors that do the job.

Our SERVPRO technicians also use a thermo-hygrometer to measure specific humidity. It is a device that measures both relative humidity and temperature. Before taking a reading when using a thermo-hygrometer, the tool is left to adapt to the surrounding air conditions. In a nutshell, all these tools are used to locate the damaged areas, before the actual restoration work can begin.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is a proven leader in the restoration industry. Call us at (818) 244-6005 and learn the different options.

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