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Glendale Bulk Grocery Store Deals With Appliance-Based Water Damage

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Glendale Bulk Grocery Store Deals With Appliance-Based Water Damage If your freezer ever fails and allows the contents to melt, the expert water damage technicians at SERVPRO are only one quick phone call away.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly and Bring Water Removal Equipment to Begin Drying Out Your Property Right Away

Whether a high-end specialty food store or your everyday grocery, the spots where you shop for the ingredients for your daily menus are always at risk for water damage. The many coolers, freezers, water and ice tanks, food prep areas, and even restrooms all have the potential to cause devastating water losses that you may need a professional restoration company to abate.
Your bulk grocery shoppers suffer if commercial water damage in Glendale causes even a brief closure. Perhaps the live fish tank breaks and sends contaminated water across the floor. Prep chefs in your deli may fail to turn off a faucet and a sink overflows and floods. A freezer malfunctions and an entire truckload of ice melts, damaging other food in the freezer and leaking out into the main customer areas. Once the source of the damage is eliminated, we move on to water removal and damage control.
We arrive with truck-mounted pumps and extractors to make short work of removing standing water. SERVPRO project managers create a personalized plan to restore damage linked to the water event. If flooring is dislodged or waterlogged, we restore the integrity of the surface with a thorough cleaning and the positioning of air movers and dehumidifiers. Tile or vinyl floor usually restore reasonably easily, but if there are areas with hardwood or laminate flooring, or carpeting, our technicians use techniques learned during IICRC training to restore the spaces.
Carpeting is dried in place with SERVPRO crew members employing our powerful wet vacuums and weighted wands that express as much moisture as possible, finishing with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Hardwood and laminate flooring is treated with drying mats, pulling moisture from both the top and subfloor layers. If water is trapped beneath we may remove and prop up planks, or drill holes or remove sealants to improve evaporation and movement of water vapor out of the floors.
If a freezer or tank is involved, we evaluate it, sometimes with the assistance of other contractors, for its suitability to be placed back online. We examine for mold growth and clean up and dispose of spoiled products. At all times SERVPRO is careful to avoid the risk of electrical shock and other hazards while attending to the water damage.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale can get your food store back in business quickly after a water loss. Call us at (818) 244-6005 immediately, as water damage remediation cannot wait.

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Dealing with Mold Damage in Glendale

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing with Mold Damage in Glendale SERVPRO Mold Remediation Methodology in Glendale Works

Many Factors Dictate the Direction of Mold Remediation

Since there is little seasonal change around Glendale, many residents and homeowners forget about routine maintenance. Some mistakenly believe that with no significant drop in temperature and the damp that goes with it, their house is safer from mold than in other parts of the country. That belief is just not accurate.
Glendale mold damage can happen as quickly here as in a dank basement in the mid-west. Mold spores grow and thrive in temperatures as warm as 85 degrees. Some species live at even higher temperatures. To stop active mold growth and prevent future expansion from starting, SERVPRO has developed a process that finds the source of the mold, isolates it, kills active spores and then removes the rest.
First, is sealing off the mold infested area. Our response team blocks hallway openings, doors, and windows using plastic sheeting to isolate the mold and prevent it from contaminated more of the home. Team members also seal the HVAC vents to prevent mold from getting into the ductwork. If we found mold already in the ducts, we seal off all vents in the house to prevent mold spreading to other rooms.
Second, we wipe down surfaces to begin cleaning mold off the personal and structural property. For nonporous surfaces like glass and metal, we use either a dry or wet cloth depending on how thick the mold is on a glass table or refrigerator for example. If the surface is porous, like a carpet or sheetrock panel, then we usually recommend disposal and replacement as that usually is more cost-effective than cleaning. After finishing, SERVPRO technicians may use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter attached. These filters are designed to trap even a single mold spore.
After cleaning, we wait for the dust to settle. Our actions disturb mold, so some of it temporarily escapes to the air. When enough time has passed, we wipe down each surface again and repeat the process until we are satisfied your home is clean.
Finally, we bring down the air moisture content of your home, also called humidity, to lower the risk of mold returning after we leave. Technicians set up space heaters to carefully warm the air while installing dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the surrounding air and property.
Remediating mold damage is not a short or easy process. With SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale on your side, it gets done correctly to put you back into your home as quickly and safely as possible. Call us today at (818) 244-6005 for more information or to schedule a preliminary inspection.

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Equipment And Inventory Concerns After Glendale Commercial Water Damage

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Equipment And Inventory Concerns After Glendale Commercial Water Damage We store supplies, and your paperwork either in a dry area of your building or offsite if water damage is pervasive.

Water Damaged Equipment And Inventory

Some Glendale businesses survive water damage with only minor issues. Other damages risk the ruining of specialized machinery and extensive stores of raw materials and finished products. Finding a restoration company that is willing to learn about the challenges your industry faces from water damage is the key to recovery.

Your family business boasts several generations of satisfied customers, and you now need help to keep water damage from destroying this history and disappointing clients. A water main burst and gallons of water threaten to ruin your machines and your extensive inventory. Our fast-acting team of water damage experts commits to walking you through every step of the process from waterlogged to dry and restored for both the structure and contents of your shop.

SERVPRO crews arrive to assess the situation and plan for the recovery as soon as possible. We outfit our vehicles with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors, allowing our technicians to begin water removal immediately, even if the power is off. Your equipment poses a risk of electric shock until the area dries, so our ability to evacuate the water without using your power sources is crucial.

Advanced training in material management supports the ability of our crews to pack out your inventory quickly and with an accurate listing that identifies what we moved. We store supplies, and your paperwork either in a dry area of your building or offsite if water damage is pervasive. Throughout the process, we maintain an evidence chain so you can reconstruct customer orders and provide documentation for your insurance company. Our training in drying technologies helps us advise which materials respond to drying and what items may need to be discarded.

Electronic and other equipment needs expert evaluation before it can be cleared for future operation. SERVPRO works with professionals who are trained to determine whether and how water damaged equipment specific to your industry can be dried successfully. We then take all steps necessary to reach that result.

While decisions are reached on your inventory and equipment, other members of the SERVPRO team work to dry out the structure of your business. Air movers and dehumidifiers achieve the drying goals after the standing water is removed, with constant moisture monitoring guiding the duration.

The technicians from SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale work persistently to restore your business after unexpected water damage. Call us at (818) 244-6005 to get our team in place and on task.

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Storm Water Removal in Highland Park

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Water Removal in Highland Park Waterlogged Rooms in Highland Park Need Rapid Water Removal to Mitigate Damages

SERVPRO Provides Experienced Technicians and Equipment for Successful Flood Water Extraction

It has been a year of recovery from the statewide drought, not just the Highland Park area. We expect the same type of storms we had this Spring even stronger in the Fall and coming Winter.

If you are not familiar with the water removal process in Highland Park, it starts with hiring the right restoration service. SERVPRO has decades of experience in California and enjoys access to a nation-wide network of equipment and the latest training in removal, repair and restoration techniques.
Our response teams start with an inspection to determine the character of the water and if the home’s electricity is operational. Most stormwater is relatively clean if it is runoff from the roof that entered the property and does not present a health risk though it may require additional cleaning equipment and chemicals. If flooding compromised the electrical system, we bring in a generator from our equipment inventory to provide continuous power support.
Now that we know more about the problem, our SERVPRO  technicians set-up equipment to start removing standing water. For levels about two inches and higher, we start with portable pumps. These machines can clear the average sized, three-bedroom home in less than a day. For larger homes, we may use multiple pumps to speed up the process.
After we have extracted the bulk of the standing water, SERVPRO IICRC certified response teams may switch to "Rovers" rideable extractors or water extraction wands with wet vacs. These smaller devices are designed to lift water trapped in carpets and between wood floorboards. Our personnel is extensively trained on the extraction wands to prevent causing secondary damage to the floors and carpets.
As we start with the carpets, other team members examine the walls that were partially under water. If they suspect there is water trapped behind the walls, technicians remove the floor trim and drill a set of holes into the wall to allow it to drain. Once the water is gone, we can insert tubing that appears like octopus tentacles as we circulate warm air to hasten the evaporation. We patch the holes and reattach the floor trim after moisture sensors indicate that normal levels have been achieved.
If the drywall has absorbed a significant amount of water, we use two methods to remove it. The first is to set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surface to slowly dry it. The other option is to set-up dehumidifiers next to the affected panels to draw out moisture from the drywall and the air surrounding them. In many cases, we use both methods to hurry the process. There are circumstances when the building materials are non-salvageable and must be discarded, initiating a replacement rather than a restoration process.
We are proud, at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, to support our neighbors and community recover their homes from disaster. Flooding is a very stressful and trying experience, but we are here to make you feel "Like it never even happened." For more information, call us today at (818) 244-6005.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Eagle Rock

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Eagle Rock Fires can be devastating. After ensuring your safety and the safety of your family, contact SERVPRO to inspect the property right away.

Comprehensive Remediation Efforts Take Experience and Training

Homeowners often are reluctant to leave their homes when local wildfires threaten residential enclaves like Eagle Rock. If evacuation looms, know that professional help is available round the clock from our seasoned fire damage restoration crews. Modern fire recovery practices transform sooty and odoriferous homes back to preloss condition successfully and quickly.
The hot, dry summer encourages fire damage too near the Eagle Rock neighborhood for comfort. The vibrant mix of businesses and homes is irreplaceable, but safety must come first. Fortunately, our local restoration company has all the tools, training, and strategy necessary to transform your home to “Like it never even happened” condition if charring, smoke, and soot take their toll.
Let the local firefighters do their jobs while you and your family retreat to safer spaces. Then partner with SERVPRO to sort through the aftermath of the blaze. Fire damage restoration is at the heart of what we do, using tactics developed in conjunction with our training resource -- the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification.
Expect SERVPRO to complete a thorough assessment of the condition of your home. The safety of the restoration crews and your family are paramount, so electrical hazards, slip and fall issues, and any instability to the floors or structure inform the development of the recovery plan. Fire damage restoration often starts with water damage abatement. Water is as or more destructive than the flames, and a failure to attend to water removal, drying, and specialized services like electronic or document drying must happen fast or the harm increases. Mold growth is a real concern, especially if water is allowed to remain for more than 48 hours.
Once our SERVPRO team completes water remediation, we move on to cleaning and restoring damage done by flames, soot, and smoke. Fire residues are corrosive, etching metals and glass, discoloring fabrics and plastics, and destroying the finishes on wood and laminates. The longer the soot coats and infiltrates surfaces and objects, the more likely deterioration entrenches and odors persist. Light ash and soot vacuums and dry sponges successfully. Stickier residues require spray and wipe techniques, and sometimes solvents. Superficial charring and severe soot coverings may need an abrasive cleanser and a textured sponge or scraper.
SERVPRO’s focus is restoration, and our technicians master methods that return the beauty of your home without the expense, mess, and disruption of demolition and repair. We also achieve odor elimination using progressively more technologically advanced methods.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale offers fire damage restoration based on proven procedures and the industry’s best practices. Call (818) 244-6005 for our support and a recovery plan that covers all the issues.

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Use Water Removal Strategies to Save Your Glendale Home from an Overflown Tub

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Use Water Removal Strategies to Save Your Glendale Home from an Overflown Tub Leaving the water running in your tub is a very common accident that can happen to any busy person. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Available Around the Clock to Dry Out Your Property Because Accidents Happen

Sometimes, bad days start out as a rushed morning from oversleeping and then grow progressively worse. Finding yourself pressed for time in the morning can make you skip certain steps to get out the door of your Glendale home on time. Skipping the kids' bath after turning on the faucet can lead to water pouring over the side of your tub - water that flows all day long.
Whenever water-related emergencies arise and threaten a home, correct water removal methods in Glendale help set the stage for the additional steps needed to dry out the residence. While carrying out the steps follows a certain pattern, rushing through to save time can become detrimental later on. Each step has its own equipment, making teamwork easy and highly streamlined.
Saving time by adhering to the steps outlined as we earned our IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) decreases the amount of time water remains present and able to damage your home's interior. By speeding up the process as much as we feasibly can, SERPVPRO can also decrease the time your family might need substitute shelter with friends or family members. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened” so your family can get back to normal activities and routines.
The steps used begin with eliminating standing water and then progress toward extraction and elimination of the humidity in the air within your home. Applying low, steady heat to flat surfaces such as walls and floors, the evaporation rate is accelerated. We measure the moisture levels within the ceiling in homes when the tub's location is on the second floor. We use dehumidifiers until the moisture level returns to normal. Drying carpets according to the best methods for their design and manufacture helps raise our success rate. Padding is salvaged when possible, with more recent installation meaning a higher success rate. Older padding, however, generally disintegrates when saturated.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale can assist with any size water removal task. Our equipment's design and technology help us provide our customers with fast work conducted by professional employees. Contact us at (818) 244-6005 for water emergencies whenever they happen in your home.

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How Glendale Mold Damage Spreads So Quickly and Effectively

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Glendale Mold Damage Spreads So Quickly and Effectively Mold can spread quickly in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate and prevent any further mold growth.

Mold can spread easily when left untreated in your home

Mold damage in Glendale is incredibly difficult to treat and remove once it has taken root in a home. Resistant to heat, cold, chemicals, light, darkness, and physical abrasion, mold is near impossible to deal with without specially-designed tools and equipment like those used by SERVPRO. So, why is mold so difficult to work with? The answer starts in its biology: mold is adapted specifically to be as hardy as possible, not relinquishing its grasp on a surface until the bitter end.

All colonies, even those causing the most extensive mold damage in Glendale, start from tiny, microscopic spores. Whether it is one spore or a handful, it does not often take much for a full-force infestation to spring up. These spores mature quickly, and once they have reached maturity, they produce thousands more of their kind. These children, equally tiny and hardy as their parent organism, then mostly spread around the immediate area, taking root and growing hundreds to thousands of children of their own. In this way, mold reproduces at an extraordinary exponential rate, quickly consuming the entire surface surrounding the origin of growth.

However, if this was the only way mold could spread, the fungus would not be nearly as ubiquitous as it is in modern America. The organisms also respond to physical stimuli: should an animal or object brush against the mold, millions of spores are liable to brush off and get carried to an entirely new location. SERVPRO technicians take great care to ensure this happens as little as possible, with regular self-sanitization processes and changes of clothing. Mold can also spread due to HVAC systems, as air is circulated at a rate fast enough to pick up spores and swirl them about the home, infecting multiple rooms at a time. Keeping mold under control is almost impossible for the unprepared, but luckily, we equip our technicians with a thorough retinue of instruments and equipment for keeping mold contained.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale has helped local homeowners to overcome mold damage for years, with as little time taken and money spent as possible. Give us a call at (818) 244-6005.  

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Water Removal from Glendale Recording Studio

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal from Glendale Recording Studio SERVPRO will work quickly to save your equipment, floors and walls from water damage.

Water removal services for your specific business

Standing water in any commercial building is a problem needing an immediate solution. Some businesses simply need the water extracted and a straightforward drying assessment and implementation for relatively water resistant materials. Others may face complications if the building materials used are more susceptible to water damage. We offer the skills and experience to provide the level of water removal and restoration needed for every situation.

The custom-designed floors and baffle walls of your Glendale recording studio require fast and expert water removal services when a broken pipe filled the performance area and control room with water. We remove the water with speed and caution due to a significant amount of electronic equipment present at your business. While experts clear the recording gear, power within the building may not be operational. Our trunk mounted pumps and extractors are on-site within hours of your first call, local electricity service is unnecessary to get the water evacuated.

Sound engineers chose exotic woods and precise geometric angles when designing the room. Particular types of wood and a complex arrangement of interior building materials are crucial to the proper acoustics musicians demand. Hardwood floor and wall material restoration are within the skill set of our highly-qualified SERVPRO technicians. Expect us to take moisture baseline measurements of floors, walls, and other materials and to use those numbers to establish drying goals for each type of structural component.

Although wooden floors survive water well in many cases, these unique floors are part of the equipment you promise your recording clients. To avoid any deterioration in sound quality, they must be restored precisely to the original specifications. SERVPRO technicians receive advanced training in hardwood floor restoration and use those skills to detect and remove any hidden pockets of water using a range of strategies. Floor drying mats, removing or lifting planks to direct air movers under and above, and even the drilling of small holes to permit evaporation are tools and methods that remove stubborn moisture.

Our SERVPRO team also checks for water trapped in the walls and ensures all excess moisture exits the studio before the job is complete. Warping or swelling of the walls may distort sound, so we work with your engineers to restore or remove and replace wall sections as appropriate.

Count on SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale to personalize the water removal protocol for your particular commercial space. Call (818) 244-6005 to schedule an inspection and consultation that begins the road to recovery today.

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Preventative Measures For Flood Damage In Glendale

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventative Measures For Flood Damage In Glendale It is essential to address the situation as soon as possible after your home has sustained water damage.

Flood Damage Prevention

It is essential to address the situation as soon as possible after your home has sustained water damage following a natural disaster such as a flood or storm. Without the proper water damage restoration services to restore your home and bring it back to its pre-damaged condition, mold can begin to grow and create unpleasant odors, plus it can be detrimental to your health. Every water damage and removal project is unique, but the universal idea is to do a complete and thorough drying before any necessary rebuilding can be done.

You need to be aware as a homeowner how to protect your Glendale home from flood damage. Depending upon the risks of floods in your area, there are many options you can consider, some which are easy to implement and not costly, while others could require professional flood damage restoration services from an experienced and specially trained company such as SERVPRO. Our technicians have professional grade equipment which can rid your home of all the standing water, plus dry your home back out.

Installing drainage systems, sealing low windows, building flood walls and levees or elevating buildings are all things you might consider, depending on your budget. Remember that the height of the electric panel inside your home is regulated by a code and must be a minimum of a foot above the flood elevation. If it is not, call a licensed flood damage contractor so that all your outlets and wiring can be elevated to the correct height.

A floating floor drain plug can help a flood damaged home when the drain pipe backs up. In the case of flood waters going into your sewage system and cause a sewage backup in your home, you need to install a backflow valve.

You should also have an extra insurance policy for flood damage, as homeowners’ policies do not cover the cleanup or repair of flood damage. When an emergency arises, SERVPRO can assist you in talking to your insurance company so you can worry about more pressing things, like your family.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is standing by to help you at any time which is needed. We understand how stressful a flooding situation can be, so call us as soon as possible at (818) 244-6005.

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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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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.

Get Control Of Flood Damage In Your Glendale Area Home

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Get Control Of Flood Damage In Your Glendale Area Home Unwanted Water in Your Glendale Home? Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

SERVPRO Is Equipped for Glendale Flood Services

Having a huge water issue penetrate your living space causes several problems that make life hard. Failing to take action immediately, causes secondary damages to develop and creates even bigger issues. Often leaving you with devastating damages that you simply do not understand how to fix.

A broken appliance, leaky pipe, or natural disaster in your Glendale area home, leaves you exposed. Flood damage and all of the problems that accompany having water in your home, often lead to possible structural damage, loss of contents and personal belongings, or even mold contamination when handled incorrectly.
Having access to a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO means the difference between getting the help you need to return your home to a quality pre-loss condition or having to deal with problems that occur regularly over the next few months or even years.
Performing your restoration on your own, or having an unlicensed company come to your aid during a disaster leads to additional problems. They many not have access to the correct equipment or take far too long to perform the repairs. Avoid taking chances, get the help you deserve, contact SERVPRO today.
As soon as it is safe to enter your property after an event occurs, SERVPRO can provide you with the assistance you and your family need to get things back to normal quickly and efficiently, making problems disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
Our professional technicians work hard to provide you with the services you deserve, often exceeding any expectations you have and saving a variety of items you thought lost forever. We have access to industrial-grade water extraction equipment of all sizes, used to fully remove standing water and other hidden pockets of moisture found on your property.
Everything from infrared moisture detectors, to hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors, make locating and removing water from your home easy. While moisture meters, air movers, and dehumidifiers help provide you with a drying process designed to assist technicians in saving furniture and structural components of your home.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock – South Glendale has quality technicians available 24-7, 365 days a year, including holidays. Whether you currently have a flooding issue or need suggestions on how to prevent damage in your home, call today. (818) 244-6005

How Serious is the Fire Damage in Your Highland Park Home?

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Serious is the Fire Damage in Your Highland Park Home? Let SERVPRO restore your damaged space after a fire. Call for quick action.

SERVPRO Separates Fire Damage Cases into Three Categories

Residential fires are more common than you might think, particularly in suburban areas with lots of timber framed houses. Illinois is one such area and its residents often experience accidents and mishaps in the home. In most cases, these incidents are minor and result in moderate fire damage which can be cleaned up in days.

The more severe cases present a bigger challenge, but remediation experts like SERVPRO are trained to find long lasting solutions. We provide fast, efficient repairs for fire damage in Highland Park properties and the surrounding regions. No matter the severity of your fire, our technicians are ready to help reverse its effects.

Keep reading for information on the various fire damage categories to understand more about the severity of your situation.

Category One (Least Severe)

Usually, Category One damage is the result of something like a small kitchen fire. It is identified quickly and extinguished before items have started to burn. The biggest priority for SERVPRO is the fine layer of soot and ash which covers the affected area. Often, it makes the damage look much worse than it is because electrostatically charged smoke clings to surfaces.

Category Two (Moderately Severe)

If parts of walls or ceiling get burned, the damage is more serious than Category One. Consequently, a structural assessment is required before the clean-up begins. It will determine whether there any weaknesses to the building. Damaged ceiling trusses need replacing and this is not possible until the safety of the area is assured.

Category Three (Most Severe)

Category Three is the most serious type of fire damage. It involves extensive damage to ceilings and the primary roof structure. There is severe staining on the floor and walls. High powered jet wash equipment is needed to remove large areas of oily, greasy soot. Damage this serious can take a long time to remediate, but our experts work closely with homeowners to put together a tailored repair schedule.

If a fire has caused damage to your home and you need a reliable clean up service, talk to the technicians at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale. We are the helping hand that can bring your property back to life. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Where Maintenance can Keep Your Eagle Rock Home Free of Floods

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Where Maintenance can Keep Your Eagle Rock Home Free of Floods Washing machines can quickly dump large volumes of water on your floor. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians can Protect Your Home from Water Damage with Timely Inspections

Keeping certain objects and systems in your home clean, repaired, and modern is the first step in securing the structure from future floods and disasters. Most floods start not from storms or natural disasters but from failures within the home, many of which are easily preventable with regular checkups and maintenance. Having SERVPRO or another qualified company evaluate these critical systems could end up saving you thousands of dollars in restoration costs and weeks of headaches from restorations.
Water Pipes and Lines
One of the most easily preventable sources of water damage in Eagle Rock comes from the water pipes that run through and around your home. These pipes, typically made of copper, steel, or other non-oxidizing metals, can be prone to cracks, leaks, and outright bursts if left without maintenance for too long. Potential triggers include freezing temperatures, physical dents and impacts, or simple degradation over time. Having a trained eye running through and checking in on these systems once every few years can prevent most of the catastrophic failures we deal with regularly.
Washing Machines and Dishwashers
Large appliances that use high volumes of water such as washing machines, dishwashers, and some refrigerators are also common sources of flooding in homes nationwide. Again, water lines can rip or break, or the machines themselves can malfunction and spill water across the floor. SERVPRO inspectors know where to look for potential signs of failure, and these items usually don't take long at all to service.
Gutters and Drainage Systems
Gutters and drainage systems can get clogged up and bogged down by packed debris, potentially causing light to moderate water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home. Gutters can be checked and cleaned with just a ladder and some gloves, but some drains might take specialty equipment and more thorough work to analyze thoroughly.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is a locally-owned company with national resources, ready to respond at a moment's notice to water damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Fire Damage to a Highland Park Furniture Showroom

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage to a Highland Park Furniture Showroom Fire Damage Can Cause a Hot Sale in Highland Park

Call SERVPRO After a Damaging Event to Your Business in Highland Park

Damage from smoke and soot can cost a business thousands of dollars and time spent in a hotel or other temporary housing. Damage to a business such as a furniture store can shut it down after just a couple of weeks due to the loss of the income that pays for remediation and insurance.

Restoring a Highland Park business after commercial fire damage is not quick or simple. Just starting the process requires a large crew of trained personnel to examine the damage and determine what property is restorable and what is now suitable only for a landfill. Attempting to use untrained employees puts them at risk and causes further costly damage.

Upholstery is stained almost immediately and becomes permanent in less than a week. SERVPRO technicians use special vacuums and agitators to loosen smoke and soot residues to remove them. Crew members use water and chemical cleaners to accelerate the process and hopefully restore the property to its pre-damaged condition.

As long as the damage to wood furniture is not from direct flames or heat, much of it is salvageable and, although state law requires all restored furniture advertised as such before returning it to the showroom floor. The key factor in saving an item is the veneer on the wood. If it has not bubbled or ran from the heat, it can usually be cleaned safely by either wiping it down with a dry or damp cloth. Technicians use either water or a mild cleaner designed not to penetrate the veneer or the wood surface underneath.

Bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances are equally as vulnerable. Uncoated metal in sink handles and faucets tarnish in less than a day. Fiberglass and plastic fixtures begin to yellow just as quickly. Refrigerators, stoves, and freezers are vulnerable to the pitting of their surfaces from soot. All of these items require immediate cleaning as soon as it is safe to enter the structure. The structure itself is also a source of concern and cost. In three or four days, smoke and soot destroy paint and wallpaper, pit vinyl flooring and wall coverings. These items cannot be cleaned and require replacing. For a large building like a furniture store, this alone can run into thousands of dollars.

Recovering your business as a source of income requires patience and a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale has been a leader in restoration services for decades in California and is ready to support you now. Call us today at (818) 244-6005 to begin.

Preventing Mold Damage in Your Atwater Village Home

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold Damage in Your Atwater Village Home Your home’s exterior should be inspected once a year, and any roof flashing, caulking and all breaches in the building envelope need repairing.

Your Atwater Village Home Mold Damage Prevention

Even though many molds are beneficial and harmless, there are some molds which can be toxic and pose health problems to you and your family. Some people are even more sensitive to mold than others are. Mold growth happens when there is moisture from water damage, water leaks, excessive humidity, water infiltration, condensation, or flooding. Mold needs constant moisture to be able to grow, and it can grow and spread quite quickly.

Discovering mold damage in your home can be disconcerting. However, it is possible to get rid your Atwater Village home of the mold by calling in a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. We have all the skills, tools, and training to be able to find the source of the moisture and clean up all the mold so that your home is a safe and healthy environment for you family to live in once again.

Minimizing Mold Growth

A natural byproduct of the fungi family, mold thrives when water and organic substances combine under particular circumstances. Mold grows by spores which can stay dormant, but viable, for years. They come alive again when there is moisture present.

Your HVAC system does not generate mold, as it is metallic surface does not give the organic matter needed for mold to grow. The system, however, if not well maintained, could support the growth of mold. It is important that your system is made and installed properly, is regularly and correctly maintained, controls the moisture in your home, and uses proper filtration methods to keep the air in your home clean.

Preventing Mold

Think about pairing your air conditioner with a dehumidifier. It pulls moisture from your home, which minimizes mold growth. Do not turn off your air conditioner for long periods during the summer. Especially in humid clients, moisture levels can get very high inside, permitting mold to have a foothold. Install vapor barriers and insulation as well to stop condensation on cold objects like beams, water pipes, and plumbing fixtures.

Keep standing water out of your showers, sinks, tubs and any other areas that are frequently wet. When building a new home, ensure you have design, architectural, and methods of construction which keep water from getting into your home. Areas of concern include poorly designed balconies, doors, and windows, improperly pitched roofs, inadequate vapor barriers, improperly installed flashing, and thin stucco.

Your home’s exterior should be inspected once a year, and any roof flashing, caulking and all breaches in the building envelope need repairing. Have a professional thoroughly inspect your HVAC system regularly, including the filters and duct work, and schedule any needed repairs.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you suspect any mold in your home, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale right away. We can be to your home quickly to check for mold, the sources of moisture, and to make a plan of remediation if you have a mold problem. We can be contacted anytime at (818) 244-6005.

Fire Damage Restoration Services In Atwater Village

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services In Atwater Village Smoke Detectors in Atwater Village Save

SERVPRO Offers Many Atwater Village Damaging Solutions Post Fire

Many people assume that once the fire is out, that the damage accumulating in their home has stopped. Unfortunately, that is not the case; both the acidic residues left behind by the fire and the water used during suppression efforts cause damages to continue even when the flames disappear.

We understand how difficult it is to deal with fire damage and the aftermath it causes in your Atwater Village home. Which is why we provide you with an experienced team that is ready to assist you through this challenging time. Providing expert guidance and professional restoration services you and your family need to reclaim your home successfully.
The choice between restoration and replacement may not be as clear as you think. However, SERVPRO technicians are highly trained, and IICRC certified in several relevant areas including, fire and smoke restoration, upholstery cleaning, odor control, and fabric cleaning, along with any water damage restoration services you might need.
Each and every situation that SERVPRO deals with requires a unique solution to address. However, we use specific information gathered during your initial phone call to ensure that you receive the right team for the job, fully prepared to begin your restoration as quickly as possible.
Once the SERVPRO technicians arrive on your property, we start by inspecting the affected area on site to help identify potential hazards while also determining the extent of any fire, smoke, soot, and water damages that exist.
With all of the futuristic advances in technology, many synthetic materials involved in a fire cause chemical reactions that continue after the fire ends. Therefore, the impacted area needs the proper assessment performed to help pinpoint the damaged areas and develop a safe, effective restoration plan to address your situation properly.
Our technicians perform emergency board up and roof tarp services when necessary to protect your building's envelope and limit additional damages from forming. While utilizing professional-grade equipment such as water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove standing water that exists and dry the entire area completely.
Any restorable items or structural materials receive a thorough cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization, often helping restore a wide array of articles, including some of the things you may have thought unsalvageable like, electronics, papers, or fabrics found in your home.
Our entire restoration process is designed to make it seem as though the situation never happened, which may involve repair, replacement, or reconstruction efforts as well.
Make the call to SERVPRO of Eagle Rock - South Glendale for access to the expertise and resources you need to begin your home's restoration today. (818) 244-6005

What does Mold Consume in Eagle Rock?

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What does Mold Consume in Eagle Rock? Leaking Spigot Leads to Mold Damage in Eagle Rock

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home or Business

When mold damage gets severe enough, it may cause permanent and noticeable damage to materials in your home. Carpeting, wood, structural components, drywall, paint, and more frequently require significant restoration efforts after they have been affected by a mold colony. Mold does not just grow on top of these materials - it feeds off of them, literally eating away at their surfaces and compositions. These are some of the most common materials SERVPRO has to replace during or after a mold remediation project.

Carpets sometimes attract Eagle Rock mold damage like a magnet, soaking up water and providing a sheltered place for mold to start growing. Within your carpet's fibers, mold can grow quickly and easily if it has enough water. Mold can then wrap around fibers and attack them from all sides, eating away at the material much faster than flat surfaces like drywall. Due to the speed at which it is destroyed and its ability to harbor deep-rooted mold growth, carpeting is one of the most common replacements SERVPRO has to make in a home.
Drywall and Plaster
Some types of mold may eat through drywall by consuming the cardboard backing and plaster, creating a challenging and delicate restoration task. Thankfully, we only need to need to remove and replace a limited portion of drywall in most cases, but this still may require some amount of construction work. Other insulating materials and hidden wall constructs may also need replacement or restoration, determined by SERVPRO's mold detection equipment.
Wooden Elements
Wood takes some of the heaviest damage from long-term mold growth. Although special finishes sometimes protect the wood, it also has high potential to rot and deteriorate if mold is allowed to grow around it. At risk are everything from support columns to floorboards to building materials, so this mold threat should not be taken lightly.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is an experienced local resource for combating mold and its disastrous effects. If you have found signs of mold damage in your home, call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

You Need Commercial Water Removal Professionals for Your Glendale B&B when Water Lines Burst

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial You Need Commercial Water Removal Professionals for Your Glendale B&B when Water Lines Burst Call SERVPRO When Your Bed & Breakfast Home in Glendale is Water Damaged

SERVPRO Helps Keep Your Business Open After a Water Intrusion

Having a Bed and Breakfast is a dream for many, and when that goal is achieved, the daily tasks involved center around providing guests with the comforts they expect. This anticipation often leaves little time for maintaining appliances and other aspects of the building 'for later.' This can lead to a multitude of problems, and several of those can include water and the damage that it causes. Not only is it against common sense to rent out rooms when there is unwanted water, it can also be against health code regulations. Even a small leak can create legal liabilities that you'd rather not face.
You might have your bed and breakfast business in your Glendale home, as many do, but because it is used as a business, when there is a water leak or a broken line, you'll need commercial water removal, and not residential. Our certified technicians can ensure that the safety of your guest rooms are up to par for health regulations and also structurally safe when the repairs are completed. Because we know that your ability to serve guests directly affects your profits, we strive to complete the required work as quickly as possible.
Returning your business to a state of dryness must be done as quickly as possible. Allowing moisture to settle in can only lead to problems in the future with secondary water damage. We know that you've placed a huge investment into your B&B, and want to explain a little of what we do. The simple version is that we raise the temperature in areas that had water, and at the same time, we increase the movement of the air. Warmer temperatures will cause moisture to evaporate, and air currents will keep that moisture from settling on other surfaces. This allows our dehumidifiers to pick up the humidity and remove it from the air.
Walls with a dead space in their interior are not as easy to dry as some other materials in the typical B&B. They can be dried more rapidly when baseboards are removed, and tiny holes are made so that air can be forced inside. SERVPRO professionals have the experience needed to determine which type of dehumidifier is best for each individual situation. Because all of these pieces of equipment work together and altering their position can affect their drying capabilities, we ask our customers not to change the placement of any equipment nor to turn any of them off unless it is specifically requested.
If the affected area is not near guests' quarters and you remain open during completion of the work, we will always take their comfort and privacy into consideration. We don't want your guests to feel displaced or uncomfortable. Someday, they may be our customers, and although we never wish anyone to have an emergency themselves, we hope to impress them with our professionalism.
Call us at the first sign of water trouble. We're SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, and we can be reached at (818) 244-6005. We're available for any emergency, at any time.

Early Warning Signs of Danger in Highland Park Flood Damage

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Early Warning Signs of Danger in Highland Park Flood Damage Don't let flooding permanently damage your property. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

Important Factors to be Aware of After Flooding

Flood damage is both dangerous and unpredictable, and together, these qualities can create high-risk scenarios in your home even after the disaster has run its course. Homes are susceptible to gas leaks, fires, structural collapse, and other additional disasters even when damage is relatively light, as floodwaters may combine with other prior issues to create much more dangerous situations. One must be alert at all times when entering or inspecting a flood damaged area, so be sure to watch for these early warning signs of serious danger.
Doors that Catch on the Ceiling
One of the most dangerous and difficult to detect dangers in Highland Park flood damage cases is structural instability. It can be difficult to spot where a ceiling or wall is ready to buckle, and too often, it is only after the area has collapsed that anyone realizes the problem. One of the most critical signs of imminent structural collapse may be when doors get stuck on the tops of their frames. As weight causes the frame to sag slightly, the door will not be able to swing as usual. If a door scrapes the top of its frame, don't try to force itself open and be sure to alert a SERVPRO technician.
Unusual Odors
If you have encountered an area with an especially strong smell emanating from within, be sure to tell a SERVPRO technician right away and describe the odor. Smells are the easiest way to identify a potentially deadly gas leak, or perhaps a long-festering spot of mold growth. These odors will usually be foul, but most importantly, they stand out from others. A flooded home does not often smell good in the first place, so what you are mostly looking for is a sudden change in smell.
Cut Cords, Pipes, or Gas Lines
Any sort of line or pipe may be susceptible to oxidation or physical harm during a flood, and these can create serious hazards in your home. If you spot slashed cables, pipes, or anything that might contain a hazardous substance, exercise extreme caution and alert any nearby technicians.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is a local damage restoration company with award-winning customer service and cleanup capabilities. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Winning Against Mold Damage in Highland Park

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Winning Against Mold Damage in Highland Park Mold can appear anywhere in a home. Call SERVPRO quickly to investigate.

Steps that SERVPRO Takes When Dealing With Mold and Mold Damage

Often, removing the water from flooding is the easiest part of the restoration process. If accomplished in less than 24 hours, most home can be safely reoccupied very quickly. It is often the secondary effects of the excess moisture that lead to more extensive (and expensive) problems caused by a mold infestation.

Removing mold and mold damage from your Highland Park home is a procedure that SERVPRO is very familiar with. Our firm has been in the business for decades and has the knowledge needed to return your home to its pre-affected state.

First, our response team will remove any standing water. They do this to immediately reduce moisture levels and help stop further mold growth. If the source is damaged plumbing that we can repair, our technicians will do that as well. If it is beyond our capability, we can still turn off the water outside of your home in order to get started.

Second, our team members will isolate the affected areas from the rest of your home. All rooms and hallways found to have mold growth will be covered and sealed off with only a slit left to allow access by the technicians. Air exchange vents will be sealed off to prevent mold from spreading to your HVAC system during cleaning.

Third, we will remove all furniture and other materials that are wet or covered in mold already. Once outside the affected area, one of our inspectors will help you determine what needs to be thrown out or can be put aside for cleaning. All affected material will be bagged and properly disposed of without violating local and federal regulations.

Fourth, the response team will clean all property of mold. Non-porous surfaces (marble and most metals for example) will be sprayed and wiped down. Porous surfaces (i.e. wood and cloth) will be cleaned with a wire brush to remove mold growth from grooves and cracks and then sprayed and wiped down. For curtains and some clothing items, we maintain special washers designed to remove and trap mold from your property.

Finally, technicians will thoroughly clean the affected areas. In most cases, this will mean spraying and wiping down walls and ceilings. Carpets will be shampooed and dried to prevent further growth. Once this is completed, one of our inspectors will make sure there is no active mold growth remaining.

Removing mold and restoring your home to its original state is not a simple process. It is, however, what we specialize and have decades of experience in. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is ready to help get you back into your home as soon as we can. Call us at (818) 244-6005 today to get started.

Water Removal From Businesses In Highland Park

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal From Businesses In Highland Park Highland Park Water and Flooding Can Hurt Your Business, Call SERVPRO Fast!

Trust SERVPRO to Keep Your Business Up and Running After a Water Emergency

As business owners arrive early this morning at their building, they all realize they have a much bigger problem than they were hoping for today. Damaged lines in the laundry mat at the end of the row of offices caused flooding, not to just their area, but every office space on this side of the building, this is a classic example of how different businesses have the chance of affecting others. Now the owners need to work together to get their businesses back up and running. All of this caused by a single accident from occurring.
Whether you have issues in your business in Highland Park and need water removal services, or are involved in a major event that affects multiple businesses, we can help. Keeping your company running without disruption is our primary concern. We have emergency services available to assist with making your situation go away, "Like it never even happened." We can handle any size situation, from small office space to large manufacturing facilities.
SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience and are expertly trained to handle any situation you face. Significant flooding events or water removal emergencies get our immediate attention, quickly responding to mitigate the damages and manage the restoration of your business through to completion. Our technicians are qualified to handle every stage of the repair process.
SERVPRO uses a simple water removal process with a focus on our quality of work and the relationships we form with our customers. We'll evaluate the scope of work that is needed to protect the structure and contents of your building, establish a safe environment and extract all excess water from the surrounding areas. We'll even set up a station used for drying all of the contents of your business efficiently.
After our water removal services are complete, we even have a variety of cleaning services available at SERVPRO. Using the latest technology and advanced equipment available in the industry, we handle your belongings with care and provide you with services that restore items you may have thought lost to you. We'll remove all of the moisture from the affected items and help mitigate damages to any furniture, flooring or additional items and get your business doors open again as soon as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock - South Glendale and receive an immediate response. (818) 244-6005

SERVPRO Commercial Flood Damage Glendale

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Commercial Flood Damage Glendale Even the smallest flood can keep your business from operating at fullest potential, Let the experts at SERVPRO repair any flood damage you may have.

Even with minor flooding, the potential for damage to a business can be much more than first understood. Water cannot be allowed to just simply evaporate; it penetrates the surface it covers and gets into sub-flooring too quickly. It absorbs through paint and into walls even faster.

Flood damage to Glendale businesses starts completely out of sight. SERVPRO restoration technicians know from experience that wood floors begin to warp and split in just a day or two. Sheetrock (drywall) that has absorbed water begins to disintegrate just as quickly; even worse, it becomes a perfect food source for mold spores to expand and grow.
To restore your business to its original state, our technicians are trained to strict IICRC standards. Each office has an extensive inventory of equipment to ensure every possible source of damage is cleaned. We keep a team of professionals on call 24-hours a day to ensure we can get to work within hours or even minutes after you call us.
Once on-site, we handle every aspect of the damage. This includes:

- Securing your building
- Inspect and determine a restoration plan
- Pump out all standing water
- Remove and store unaffected property
- Extract water from carpets and floors
- Clean or replace soiled carpets
- Dry areas of the building of excess moisture
- Replace structure drywall that has been compromised by mold
- Repair and reconstruction of building structure and property that has sustained minor damage
- Eliminate odors that result from mold or water-soaked cloth such as curtains, drapes and furniture
- Sanitize property contaminated by sewage if the plumbing or septic system has been compromised
- Return property to the building once all actions have been completed.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale understands just how extensive water damage can be. If a business does not deal with it quickly enough, the cost can run into thousands of dollars. For a small business, this can mean shutting the doors permanently. If you have or even just suspect you have a problem, call us today at (818) 244-6005. We're here to help.

Common FAQs about Restoring Storm Damage in Glendale Homes

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Common FAQs about Restoring Storm Damage in Glendale Homes Flood damage can be particularly devastating. Call SERVPRO after you have gotten to safety.

Knowing the Steps that will be Followed During the Remediation Process Can Help You with Expectations

If you are dealing with the horrible aftermath of flooding, caused by heavy weather or storms, the last thing that you will want is to have to worry about repairs. You need a restoration company that is tactful, sensitive, and willing to get the job done quickly, while also keeping you in the loop when needed.

This is what the experts at SERVPRO can offer you. We have many years of experience dealing with storm damage in Glendale homes and we can get repairs started fast. You can be as involved as you like. Our technicians will keep you informed, but if you are busy handling insurance claims and filing papers, they can also work reliably and independently.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the SERVPRO restoration team, here are some common questions from homeowners.

How Is the Water Removed From My House?

We have access to industrial sized pumping devices. They can be used to extract large amounts of water from flooded areas so that it can be disposed of safely. As repairs can only begin once the affected area is free of standing water, this process is essential. Our pumps come in all shapes and sizes, which means that even awkward areas like crawlspaces can be emptied and prepped for restoration.

Why Do You Need to Lift My Carpet?

This is called ‘floating’ the carpet. The SERVPRO technicians gently lift the material up by a small amount, so that they can slot a blower underneath. It circulates clean, dry air and helps the carpet to dry faster. Crucially, it also dries out any subflooring that is underneath the main carpet. If this isn’t done and the subflooring remains damp, the moisture will only reappear and cause further damage.

What Type of Dehumidifier Will You Use?

There are actually four different types of dehumidifier and they are all suited to particular types of jobs. For instance, desiccant varieties are highly effective in cold climates, but they don’t work as well around high temperatures. For this reason, they are better used in mostly uninhabited areas like crawlspaces and basements. The type of machine that we use will depend entirely on what materials are being dried and their current condition. The final decision can be made after a thorough inspection.

Do You Monitor the Drying Process?

Yes, the dehumidifiers and other drying machines will be checked on a regular basis, if it does turn out that they need to be left operational for some time. Often, the technicians have to wait for the affected space to be entirely dry before they can start cleaning and repairs. It may be that they leave you for several evenings, with instructions about how to work around the blowers and dryers while they are not onsite.

These are just some of the basics of storm and water damage restoration. There is lots more to learn if you want additional information. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is based in your local area. We respond to requests for emergency restoration as soon as we receive them. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

We Clean Up Commercial Water Damage in Eagle Rock, Keeping Your Business from Sinking

11/5/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial We Clean Up Commercial Water Damage in Eagle Rock, Keeping Your Business from Sinking An Eagle Rock Fitness Center Get Help from SERVPRO to Extract Water

Businesses Stay Afloat with SERVPRO' Water Damage Restoration

Finding commercial water damage in your business can be hard to swallow, and when it's significant damage to not only your building, or to your inventory, but to both, it can be particularly challenging to grapple with. Business operations can be difficult enough to manage under normal conditions without adding unforeseen problems.
Business owners should know that we are experts in finding solutions to cleaning up and preventing commercial water damage in Eagle Rock, as well as restoring buildings from top to bottom. Your inventory is important to you, and your business, so we also understand that special care must be taken to prevent any extra losses from occurring. Our experience and training can help prevent this from happening, and we will also work with you while we restore your business and your inventory.
Water extraction, drying, cleaning, and restorative work are our strengths. We work as a team, so that our work is completed as quickly, but also as thoroughly, as possible. Communication with you during the entire process is highly important to us, and we will always keep you updated on any developments that affect your business. We're here to answer your questions, so please don't ever hesitate to ask us when you need more information.
When completing work that commercial water damage requires, we often encounter problems that have remained hidden. Problems can include electrical hazards, a discovery of pest problems, mold or bacterial growths, and many other situations that we commonly find. These are often unknown to business owners when water damage has been a slowly but steadily developing problem in a building. Your safety and that of your employees and customers are important and restoring things to an acceptable condition are paramount. Defects in building materials, such as gaps in insulation (sometimes discovered when a wall is opened so that damaged paneling or drywall can be replaced) can be filled before installing the new wall, preventing heat loss.

We strive to make things like new, and better than before the damage happened. This is why communication is so important to the entire process. Start the process by calling us, the professionals at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock. Our number is (818) 244-6005, and it's answered 24/7.

Plumbing Problems Can Cause Water Damage In Glendale

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plumbing Problems Can Cause Water Damage In Glendale Rusted Garbage Disposal in Glendale Leads to Water Damage

SERVPRO Professionally Restores Your Water Damaged Property

If your dishwasher or garbage disposal springs a leak, you can be looking at water damage within cabinets and across your flooring in addition to compromised plumbing. Areas below your kitchen or wet bar can also sustain soaked walls and ceilings. SERVPRO can stop the leak and began the recovery effort within hours of contacting us any time of the day or night. When you place your plumbing leak problem in our hands, we act fast, assessing the situation and making a plan that will have you back in the kitchen enjoying good times with friends and family, rather than mopping and dealing with unpleasant odors.

Dirty dishwater or food debris can swiftly change clean water to a contaminated condition. Our fast response often can contain water damage in Glendale to a moisture problem only, a straightforward issue we can resolve quickly. If the affected areas are saturated with gray water, full of decaying food, microbial growth can begin within a very short time. Our technicians are trained to follow the water trail, evaluating where the plumbing leak may have migrated so that you are not surprised by additional damage after the obvious problem seems to have been solved. Once we have completed our detective work, we will devise a plan that repairs, cleans and dries out all affected areas, ready for the final touches that will bring your house back to its pre-loss condition.
We will extract any standing water and then use proper techniques to clean and dry out cabinetry, essential to curb any mold or mildew growth. SERVPRO staff is trained to remove moisture without harming hardwood or laminated under sink cupboards. The tile, wood or laminate flooring in your kitchen will also need attention, inspected carefully for leakage into the subfloor or ceiling below. Airflow and gentle application of heat as the humidity reduces will be used to dry out flooring and the structures underneath with as little residual damage as possible. Effectively completing these steps is dependent upon the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), training that each of our technicians completes before entering your home. Reversing the effects of water damage is not a do-it-yourself proposition, and we are ready to lend our expertise to make sure it is done correctly.
When your kitchen appliances fail, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is the first call you should make. Our locally based water damage restoration team is available for appointments 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

How Restoration Experts Deal with Fire Damage in Eagle Rock

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Restoration Experts Deal with Fire Damage in Eagle Rock SERVPRO Tip: Smoke Detectors Save Lives and Protects Property in Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Fire Damage Ranges from Small to Severe

Once the immediate emotional and physical responses to a house fire have been soothed, there are all kinds of practical considerations to think about. This is particularly true if the damage is extensive. There may be severely degraded walls, soot-blackened furnishings, and the presence of residual smoke. All of these things require specialist attention if a homeowner wishes to move back into the property at some point.

If your home has been hit by fire damage in Eagle Rock, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. It is really important that you start the repair and restoration process as soon as possible. The chance of saving your furniture and possessions is much greater if you respond quickly. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO are committed to carrying out repairs in a way that is sensitive, simple, and efficient.

This guide to the three main types of fire damage will help you determine the extent of the problem and get the help that you need.

Minor Fire Damage
This category of fire damage is usually used to describe incidents that have been spotted and neutralized quickly. So, for example, a pan may have caught on fire in your kitchen, but been extinguished before it could do any permanent damage. This is the most common type of fire damage, and our technicians handle it all the time. There is only a light coating of smoke residue on the walls and ceilings. There may be slightly degraded patches on door frames and walls, but only a small amount of repainting is needed. The majority of the damage can be removed with dry and wet cleaning tools. It is unlikely that furniture or other items will need to be replaced.

Medium Fire Damage
The amount of smoke residue is greater if the fire damage is moderate. A more extensive restoration process is required to remove the effects. There is likely to be a distinct and lingering odor, which requires special attention from the technicians. SERVPRO deals with smoke smell via the use of highly effective ozone machines and deodorization equipment, including thermal foggers.

Dry cleaning is unlikely to be suitable for this task, so wet cleaning tools will be brought onsite to eradicate soot and smoke. There may be multiple spots on the walls and ceilings that require repainting. In some cases, cabinets, drywall, and floors will need urgent repairs. The likelihood is that some items and belongings close to the fire will have to be replaced.

Severe Fire Damage
The most serious type of damage is from a big fire that has been allowed to burn unchecked for a time before being extinguished. However, it may be that the severest damage is limited to one room and the rest of the house has been spared. The smoke residue will be thick and its odors strong and deeply unpleasant. In most cases, we require residents to move out of the property completely while restoration work is carried out. The process may be short or lengthy, and supplies may be used to protect the structure from the elements (boarding up the windows, and a tarp service, for example). Your furniture and other items will be transported as a pack-out to our cleaning facility so that restorers can attempt to save as many possessions as possible.

Fire damage is a really tough thing to handle. It can turn a life upside down, so our job is to get repairs started quickly and with the minimum of fuss. We’ll work closely with you to save as much of the property as we can. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is a locally based franchise, and you can get in touch with us at any time for help. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Four Cleaning Techniques To Remove Flood Damage in Glendale

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Four Cleaning Techniques To Remove Flood Damage in Glendale Removing water out of your home is only the first step when it comes to restoration.

Glendale Flood Damage - Restoration Actions

Removing water out of your home is only the first step when it comes to restoration. Just because your carpets and hardwood floors are dry, it doesn't mean it's safe to walk around on. In many cases, there is soil and other contaminants left by the water that has to be removed as well.

In order to clean up after flood damage to Glendale homes, our technicians must break the bond between your surfaces and the contaminants on them. At SERVPRO, we use four specific cleaning actions to accomplish this.

Mechanical Action - This is also referred to as agitation. It is an excellent way to dislodge soil and other contaminants from carpets, hardwood floors and the fabrics. Combined with steam, hot water or one of the cleaning solutions in our inventory, this procedure can clean most of the soil and debris left behind after flooding.

Lubrication Action - This is simply making the surface of the contaminated floor or object "slippery," so the soils slide into the cleaning solution and away from the surface. The detergents we use then emulsify or capture the soils into the solution, so they don't return to the surface.

Chemical Action - When our technicians use a detergent or other cleaning solution to break down soil or some type of residue, this is a chemical action. The altered soil or residue can now be easily removed from a carpet, hardwood floor or other surface.

Suspension and Dispersion - Once soils and other contaminants are loosened from a surface, they are extracted with the cleaning solution used to loosen them. This is accomplished by either suspending (dissolving) the soil in the cleaning solution or dispersing (emulsifying) it in the solution.

After flood waters have been removed from your home, soil and contaminants can still force you to replace your carpets and floors. Regardless of the type of contamination, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock has a method to restore just about anything back to its original state. If you require our help, contact us now at (818) 244-6005 for a free inspection and estimate.

Out-of-Control Mold Damage Can Ruin Clothing and Household Items in Glendale

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Out-of-Control Mold Damage Can Ruin Clothing and Household Items in Glendale Mold can quickly grow from even a slight rise in available moisture.

Clothing and Household Items in Glendale Can Get Ruined From Out-of-Control Mold Damage

Mold doesn't grow only on bathroom walls and under kitchen sinks. It can be found anywhere that spores land that has moisture or humidity, organic materials, and little or no sunlight. There are many places in the typical home that meet these conditions. Mold does not need much space to grow in and can grow in cracks in older wood or even concrete. It can grow on paneling or even painted walls in the back part of dark closets. Placing shoes or boots in a closet while they are still moist from either outside weather, such as snow or rainwater, or even perspiration during the summer can provide enough moisture to allow mold to start flourishing. Mold growing can quickly spread to garments hanging in your closets.

Homeowners should know that mold damage in their Glendale home can be prevented, but sometimes there is an unexpected rise in moisture in a small area that can lead to problems. If your home has started to develop an odor that you can't quite figure out, it may be indicative of mold growing somewhere in your home. Families are very busy these days, and many times, people are sidetracked, and forget to take care of things that aren't a part of their routine. Your teen daughter giving a friend a haircut in her bedroom can lead to both of them forgetting the damp towel they've used, and it being pushed under the bed. Mold can then begin to grow on the underside of her bed, and on anything else that has been left underneath, as well.

Mold can quickly grow from even a slight rise in available moisture. A dishrag under the kitchen sink can create the same situation, as can sponges. This is because there is little airflow under a sink when the cabinet doors are closed. The conditions found under beds can often be very similar to those found under sinks.

When conditions favor mold, the mold spores present in your home can quickly begin growing. Left undisturbed, they will soon begin to produce their signature scent – musky, damp, and very pungent at times. Because all homes have mold to one degree or another, even without having a mold problem, it is the control of humidity that is essential to keeping mold from growing in the first place. SERVPRO Professionals follow both EPA guidelines and IICRC protocols in the task of mold remediation. This leads to a cleaner home, that is free of excess mold and results in a healthier environment for your family. Our professionals can show you ways to control the humidity levels in your home so that mold will not return.


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Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock at (818) 244-6005 to start the process of getting your home back to a healthier condition, free of the possible risk of mold's health effects. We're available every day of the week, 52 weeks a year.

Steps to Take to Mitigate Storm Damage Before SERVPRO Arrives

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Steps to Take to Mitigate Storm Damage Before SERVPRO Arrives Storm Water in Eagle Rock Can Cause Electrical Hazards

Storm Damage Can Be Fixed By SERVPRO, Call Promptly

When storm damage hits, there is often little a homeowner can do to prevent floodwaters from entering the home. These carry immense power and can seep in through even the smallest cracks. However, when it comes to preventing damage to your home and reducing costs during the restoration process, there are a few steps you can take before a SERVPRO crew arrives. If possible, carry out these tasks before we arrive, but always be mindful of your safety and health.

Put a Barrier Between Furniture and the Floor
One of the easiest ways to mitigate harm to your furniture during storm damage in Eagle Rock is to place a small barrier between your furniture and the floor. Prop up couches, chairs, desks, tables, and anything else you can on top of wooden blocks, bricks, or some other stable object. This effort will help to keep the furniture from coming into any more direct contact with flood water.
Lay Things Out to Dry
If floodwaters have already receded from an area, you can take fabrics and objects there and place them out to dry. This placement is essential for couches and furniture with cushions/pillows because the moisture will instead become trapped inside, causing severe and often irreversible damage. Do not, however, attempt to dry items with a hair dryer or other machine. Instead, try to find a sunny or warm area to place them.
Leave Electricity Alone
Anything electrical in your home presents a major hazard following a flood, so even if you feel that turning something on is necessary, wait until a SERVPRO representative arrives to consult them. If a room is dark and you wish to enter, there may be water damage to the lights or wiring and these may present a hazard. Similarly, avoid using outlets or anything plugged in.
With expert technicians, superb materials, and a commitment to thorough work, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is ready to handle any storm damage that hits your home. Just call us at (818) 244-6005 for 24/7 service and response.

Mold Growth is Difficult to Eradicate for Do-It-Yourselfers

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth is Difficult to Eradicate for Do-It-Yourselfers Call SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Growth in Your Home

Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Problems in Your Home

Wood is an architecturally beautiful material that fits perfectly indoors and outdoors with the Los Angeles County building décor. However, the relaxing weather that mimics a Mediterranean climate is also a great breeding environment for mold. Wood is a “hygroscopic” cellulose material, which means that it can quickly soak up water, holding it like a sponge. If your home or business contains wooden furniture, walls, flooring and more and it has been damaged by water or a fire, the secondary damage is quite often mold.

What to do if you see mold damage in Glendale, whether commercial or residential. If it is starting to grow on your wood-style items, you can take immediate action and begin a cleaning intervention. Here are a few steps you can take depending on the type of wood surfaces you have. The cleaning solution for wood that is finished or painted, you need a mild solution to remove the mold. If the mold growth is embedded into an unfinished wood surface, you will need a solution that penetrates the wood to kill the mold spore roots. This is tough for the average homeowner. The following suggestions you may try, but if the mold patch is around 10 square feet, consider SERVPRO to remediate the mold growth.
For finished or painted wood items you could try:
• 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp mild liquid detergent
• Commercial mold removal product
• Distilled Vinegar
• Mixture of household detergent and water
Unfinished wood items it is highly recommended to rely on professionals. Chances are you will create more of an eyesore than already exists.
• 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp mild liquid detergent
• 1 part household detergent, and 20 parts water, do not use bleach
• Commercial mold removal product
• Distilled Vinegar
• Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured Alcohol
Remember to arm yourself with the right clothing before combining these ingredients. Wear rubber or Nitrile gloves, use safety goggles and protect any exposed skin by wearing long pants and tops with long sleeves. The EPA suggests that if using any products that has a strong smell or fumes, get rid of the mold by working in a well-ventilated area.
Before applying your cleaning solution, test a small area where the mold has begun, to make sure that it doesn't damage your wood furniture or items. When you apply your cleaning solution, let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the area then use a dry cloth or a disposable paper towel and wipe the area clean until the mold is removed. If you are working on a finished wood surface, you will probably need to sand that item lightly. You may also need to apply a protective wood coating, like polyurethane, lacquer, or a wood stain. This difficult procedure sounds like a lot of work with unknown results and possible adverse outcomes. But not for SERVPRO Anti-Microbial Remediation Technicians. We suggest that if the visible fungi patch is on a hard surface like tile, you may try and succeed at removing the unwanted fungi.
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock has experienced and highly trained technicians that can help save DIY time and effort. We are dedicated to being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Don't guess whether the mold you see in your home or office is harmful or not. Call us today at (818) 244-6005 for a professional assessment and remediation, if necessary, and to give you peace of mind!

The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage If Water Damages Your Work Place in Eagle Rock, Call SERVPRO

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Commercial water damage in Eagle Rock is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically affect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you question the stoutness of your building's
pipes, contact SERVPRO for a thorough inspection and assessment.
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO has certified AMRT technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Eagle
Rock will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (818)
244-6005 for fast help.

Tips for Choosing a Flood Damage Restoration Company

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips for Choosing a Flood Damage Restoration Company Trust SERVPRO in Glendale for Water & Flood Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO Provides Expert Flood Damage Restoration for Your Property

Going through a flood is stressful enough, but choosing a contractor to repair the resulting damage can be even more challenging. Your home may be the biggest investments that you'll ever make, protecting it by selecting a knowledgeable professional for the job is essential. The right expert will make the restoration process after flood damage as smooth and easy as possible, while a less knowledgeable contractor can make the problem even worse.
If you're dealing with flood damage in Glendale, no doubt you've seen the vast number of companies and services available in the area. Here are three important suggestions that will help you hire a skilled contractor to take care of your home's flood damage restoration.
1. Unless you plan to foot the entire bill to repair your home's flood damage, it's a good idea to hire a company like SERVPRO that has experience dealing with insurance policies. We know how to work with insurance companies, lessen your claims paperwork and stress,  and help mitigate your costs.
2. Hire an actual water damage restoration contractor, not a cleaning service. A cleaning service will be cheaper and may help your home look and smell better after it has been damaged, but they won't make any repairs. When you opt to work with a flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO, we'll prevent further problems with your home's structure, extract water, and harmful particulates, and ensure that your house is safe to occupy. After a heavy water-logging, this will also deter mold growth.
3. Flood damage companies who have a good reputation in the local area won't mind providing references. A trustworthy company such as ours can provide licensing and technicians that are IICRC certified, and able to successfully assess and restore your home.
At SERVPRO of Eagle Rock, we're always glad to answer questions and show just what makes our team of professionals qualified to handle flood damage, fire damage, mold remediation and other emergencies. If your home needs help, call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Mold Damage Behind Walls

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Behind Walls Mold is a particularly tricky substance to work with, due to the great number of hazards that accompany it.

Mold Remediation and Restoration Process

Mold is a particularly tricky substance to work with, due to the great number of hazards that accompany it. Extreme caution must be taken even by our experienced and trained technicians. One of the most common areas to discover mold in your home is behind walls and siding, as here moisture may leak in without light, creating ideal conditions for mold growth away from the watchful eyes of homeowners. By the time you smell or otherwise detect the mold, it is often too late, and we must begin the lengthy process of restoration.

Quarantining and Removing Walls
As a start to any Eagle Rock mold damage job, we quarantine off the area and make sure other sections of the home are free from mold damage. Then, we remove the outermost layers of the wall so as to fully expose the mold colony. This is essential in drying out the area and applying disinfectant or UV sanitization. If possible, we will scrub off all the mold from the wall materials and reapply it. Otherwise, we will order new materials to replace anything which can not be salvaged.

Drying and Scrubbing
After the walls are removed and the area sealed off, we dry the entire area with the help of heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifying machines. Mold needs moisture to grow, and with our thorough drying process, any further growth is quickly stopped in its tracks. Then, we thoroughly scrub the area, to make sure all traces of visible mold are gone.

Sanitizing and Deodorizing
Once all visible mold is gone, we eliminate microscopic remnants via the use of sanitizing compounds or intense UV rays (the same light waves that cause sunburn). Then, we begin the final process of deodorization, where any foul smells left behind by the mold are removed via the use of fogging devices. Then, we restore the wall as it was before, and examine our work.

We at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock make it a priority to work with you and ensure you understand the full process of mold remediation. If you have a case of mold damage in your home, call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005 for our restoration services or a quote.

Water Damage Professionals and Restoration Experts

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Professionals and Restoration Experts Water damage can cause severe damage to your Glendale property.

What To Do After Water Damage Has Transpired On Your Property

Sometimes in our lives, we all need to be rescued. This is true if you experience any type of water damage. Whether significant or small, we can help your home or office if it has experienced water damage. It could be a result of a sewage problem, a water heater malfunction, an HVAC leak, a burst pipe, a fire, or a devastating storm. SERVPRO professionals are available with 24-hour emergency service. Our highly trained technicians can and will respond quickly to rescue your residential or commercial water disaster. We are proud to be a locally owned and operated company. We are close by and ready to assist our community with any size water damage restoration emergency. At SERVPRO We pride ourselves on being able to respond swiftly and efficiency to prevent further water damage to your home or business, i.e., mold growth.

Remember some of the don'ts when water damage happens: don't use a vacuum to remove water, don't use any appliances; don't leave we fabrics laying around and don't turn on any electrical ceiling fixtures. As a matter of fact, leave your property for safety sake and call us immediately. When our professional technicians arrive on the scene, they will walk through the restoration process and start restoring your home or business to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. We use state-of-the-art water removal solutions, including advanced water inspection techniques, extraction, and drying equipment.

SERVPRO has the equipment to detect hidden moisture. We can extract any standing water, thoroughly clean and completely dry out your property and its contents. We then finish the restoration job with a professional deodorization and sanitizing agent for your complete safety. Restoration is our final step. Some of our restoration steps may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet. Restoration may also require significant repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Our highly trained Los Angeles County water removal and water cleanup technicians will also document the drying process. This helps to validate that your residential or commercial property has been dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is always available when water damage help is needed. Give us a call as soon as water, mold, fire, or storm emergency occurs. Call us ASAP (818) 244-6005.

How Mitigation Saves Money for Commercial Fire Damage

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial How Mitigation Saves Money for Commercial Fire Damage Call SERVPRO To Get You Back in Business After a Fire in Eagle Rock

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

Whenever possible, SERVPRO uses a strategy of mitigation to reduce costs and response times when dealing with fire damage. Mitigation involves responding quickly after a fire has run its course and making efforts to clean up and remove material sooner rather than later. This rapid response inevitably saves both time and money during the restoration process. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from our mitigation approach to fire damage in your business.

Nothing Settles
In the immediate aftermath of commercial fire damage in Eagle Rock, many materials such as ash, soot, and debris may still be loose and unsettled. Now is the easiest time to clean up these materials, and prevent them from causing secondary damage. Even if charred debris and soot appear to be settled, it often has not had the chance to compact and work its way into the nooks and crannies of furniture and electronics. The earlier we arrive on the scene and begin mitigation, the less material will settle on floors, walls, and any other surface in the building.
The Damage is Fresh and Clearer
When the fire damage is fresh, and few forces other than the fire have impacted the structure, it makes our job of evaluating damage and determining necessary procedures all the easier. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous point as well, as falling ash and soot may commonly be sources of additional damage in the hours and days after a fire. Getting your business back in business is our objective.
Water Damage can be Avoided
Water damage accompanies many fires, from firefighter hoses, burst pipes, rain, or any other source. If our technicians can arrive on-scene fast enough, they may be able to identify any damage water sources and stop their spread. Even if we arrive too late to stop water damage, such as fire hose water reaching a basement, it is important that we remove it as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth and warping of building materials, and loss of inventory.
Restoration is Cheaper than Replacement
Ultimately, any item or surface that can be restored rather than replaced is money saved for you. The earlier our crew arrives on-scene, the more items we can potentially save. This reduces costs for you, and we also make sure to sanitize and deodorize any items to restore them to pre-loss condition, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock has been helping local businesses to overcome fire catastrophes for years, and our IICRC trained technicians are ready to respond at a moment's notice to your business. Call us for 24/7 service at (818) 244-6005.

Storm Damage Restoration Experts Are Needed

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration Experts Are Needed Storm Damage In Your Glendale Property Can Be Fixed by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Expertise and Professional Storm Damage Remediation

The Greater Los Angeles area and the southeastern end of the San Fernando Valley are often hit with strong storms coming off the Pacific Ocean. Storm damages produce a myriad of devastating problems. These can include plumbing and contamination caused by storm sewer damages, downed power lines which can cause a fire and flooding which can lead to lots of structural damage and airborne infections like mold.
Homeowners who have been affected by Glendale storm damage are helped by its locally owned and operated restoration company – SERVPRO. Our 24-hour emergency service is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We are a full-service restoration company which has experienced with storm damage and the expertise, resources, and equipment to handle the job.
SERVPRO is a one-stop repair and restoration company. Using our services saves property owners from having to deal with several different repair contractors. We provide building services, such as tarping, boarding-up, temporary fencing, moving and packing and temporary warehousing. Our building repair service is designed to get property owners back to a pre-loss condition, "Like it never even happened."
Our professional technicians are experienced in all forms of reconstruction processes, including drywall removal/installation; hardwood/tile floor repair; painting and carpeting. If storm damage has caused flooding or a fire, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you. We extract large volumes of water, dry-out your property, sanitize and clean your structure and its contents.
We stand ready to help our community when disaster emergencies strike. Storm damage is an immediate event and property owners need help as soon as it occurs. Your property may be your most valued possession, why not place its restoration in the hands of a renowned storm damage restoration company?
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is staffed by IICRC certified, with comprehensive corporate training, technicians, representatives and office personnel, to handle all restoration issues. We possess the most innovative and specialized equipment to help you when you need help immediately. If you are affected by storm damage, call our professional team. Contact us and let us introduce our services and to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at (818) 244-6005.

Rental Properties are often Affected by Water Damage

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rental Properties are often Affected by Water Damage In Glendale, water damage can be quickly restored with professionals who are experienced in this type of work.

Water Damage Can Affect Your Rental Properties

If you own rental properties, you know that sometimes tenants vacate a property in less-than-perfect condition. Sometimes the damages left behind are related to water. Standing water is not a common issue, but rather instead, water that has leaked inside a wall, or down along baseboards. Other times it is water damage found on bathroom floors and the ceilings below them. Kitchen floors are also affected by water damage.

This type of work is often beyond the scope of the average technician, and professional renovations and repairs are needed. This is because many times where water damage is present, the support beams under the floor have begun to rot. Mold can be another issue that most technicians are often not qualified to handle. Mishandling mold can create severe future problems that affect additional areas in the home than what was originally affected. In Glendale, water damage can be quickly restored with professionals who are experienced in this type of work.

Making sure that the water is no longer able to enter into the living space or otherwise continue leaking is our first step. Then we will use humidity sensors to locate where humidity has accumulated nearby and along natural pathways within your home's interior structures. As we inspect for humidity, we will also check for water damage. Peeling and bubbling paint, crumbling wallboard and drywall, and warped moldings are areas that we will repair. First, we will thoroughly dry these areas out with heaters and fans. After the area is dry, we will check surrounding areas for materials to match so that we can repair as closely to the original structures as possible. We want to make your property look “Like it never even happened.”

If your rental property has experienced water damage, please call us at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock at (818) 244-6005. We will repair and restore your rental housing to pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently.

Common Places for Mold Damage

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Common Places for Mold Damage Mold is naturally occurring, and given the right conditions, will find itself a spot in almost any Eagle Rock home.

Common Places in Your Home to Find Mold Damage

Patches of mold growth are relatively common in homes across the globe. Mold is naturally occurring, and given the right conditions, will find itself a spot in almost any home. That's not to say you should tolerate its presence, and any significant patch of mold should be professionally removed by a business such as SERVPRO as quickly as possible to avoid further growth. In this blog post, we look at some of the more common places where mold can grow.

In the Bathroom
Mold damage in Eagle Rock homes often occurs in and around its bathrooms. These areas provide the perfect atmosphere for mold growth: significant amounts of water, often with humid air, and dark most hours of the day (when not in use). Mold can form in cabinets, on towels and clothes which are not dried out, on shower curtains, or even on plain wooden walls and floors. Whenever we respond to mold damage in a bathroom, we make sure to inspect the area for extra patches thoroughly.

Behind Walls and Ceilings
Many mold patches are caused when a pipe leaks or bursts and dampens the wood surrounding it, out of view and inside walls. Here, mold can grow in dark, wet, and warm conditions, and will often do so very rapidly.

In Sheds and On Exteriors
In many cases, mold growth is limited to building exteriors and exterior sheds and garages. These are typically not as well waterproofed as home interiors, and can be more prone to soaking. Mold can develop outdoors after a period of unusually heavy rain and storming.

In Pantries and Refrigerators
When food goes rotten, it often grows mold. This mold can then branch out and spread across the surfaces inside of a pantry or refrigerator. Make sure to keep food fresh and sealed to prevent mold contamination in these areas.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is ready to handle any mold disaster which befalls your home. With trained and certified technicians and industry-leading equipment, we'll respond to any home damage disaster. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

Water Damage Restoration with a Personal Touch

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration with a Personal Touch SERVPRO Fights Through Water Damage in Glendale.

SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Property with Professionalism and Compassion

Water damage requires an immediate response, and when every minute counts, you will want experienced people you can rely on to help you, such as our trained team at SERVPRO. Emergency water damage restoration requires skill and urgency. Certified and trained to the highest industry strands, our professionals will respond right away, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to mitigate your loss and meet all the challenges with reliability, professionalism, respect and compassion.

We recognize that water damage in your Glendale property creates a devastating setback for businesses or families, so we will do whatever it takes to get back your sense of security with the least amount of disruption. Our restoration and recovery process is aimed at people and property. We are a company who you can rely on to minimize the impact of water damage and flooding.

We won’t call it quits until you think we have met or exceeded your expectations. You’ll feel that we’ve come to your rescue and see us as the experts that you expect. With compassion and knowledge, our team will respond to your emergency, understanding what an emergency water extraction needs:

Sensitivity and Urgency
Timing is critical when water is on the move. We will answer your call and jump into action whenever you need us. We recognize the emotional disruption and trauma which most people suffer, and will work professionally and fast to contain the water first.

Accurate Explanations and Assessments
Our professional staff will identify to what extent your moisture damage is, both the visible and unseen, by using hygrometers and moisture detectors along with visual inspection. We will also help you as the property owner overcome any feelings of helplessness by explaining the whole process in a way which you can understand what is going on, what to expect and how you can help as well.

Respect and Thorough Treatment
We use state of the art equipment for drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and deodorizing, and will restore your business or home with the least amount of disruption possible so you can get back to your normal lives. We are always respectful in the way in which we handle your property – just as if it were our own, and we appreciate all of the contents of a home such as collectibles, handling furniture, sentimental artwork from children, with the utmost of care.

Promptness Counts!
When you call us right away, we will respond promptly, allowing you to save a high percentage of money on water damage claim costs. We work in the shortest amount of time possible to prevent further water damage and the growth of mold, which would only increase your restoration costs.

Do you have Glendale water damage? Make sure to call our professional staff at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock right away by dialing (818) 244-6005. You will feel "Like it never even happened."

Repairing Your Property After Fire Damage

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repairing Your Property After Fire Damage Got fire damage? Don't stress, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale can clean up the mess!

Repairing Your Fire Damaged Property

A Los Angeles residential fire can be difficult for a homeowner to deal with, causing significant property damage throughout the home. The fire may have caused damage to several rooms or even to the entire home. Perhaps the fire was localized to one room, but the smoke and water damage from the firefighting effort may have spread to other areas of the property. With fire, smoke and water damage spread throughout the building, you may be worried about the amount of time and effort it will take to restore your home to its former condition. 

Taking the Right Initial Steps

You can begin the repair process after a Los Angeles residential fire almost immediately after the flames have been extinguished. Initially, take the time to survey the damage and determine the type and location of the damage in the home. If you have water present in the home, the smart idea is to use professional water extraction services to remove the water and dry out the home. This will help prevent mold growth from developing because of the moisture in the space. Then, you can move forward with the cleaning and repair process. 

Cleaning the Space

If your home has been damaged by a residential fire, you may need to clean the smoke damage away. Smoke can cause odors and stain inside the home. Some areas may need to be professionally cleaned. For example, carpeting and upholstered surfaces can be professionally steam cleaned to remove the stains and odors left behind by smoke. Professionals know how to remove the smoke damage from different surfaces in the home for the best results. 

Repairing the Fire Damage

The next step to take after a residential fire is to fix the damage. Removing charred materials is necessary, and these will need to be replaced with new materials. Construction efforts may be required in some cases. In other cases, the fire damage may only be superficial or cosmetic, but with all cases, fire-damaged surfaces will need to be replaced or repaired. This process can take time and effort, so many homeowners choose to outsource the work to a professional team. 

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A residential fire can be difficult to deal with, causing destruction to your home and even causing you to relocate temporarily until the damage is repaired in some instances. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is the skilled team you want working for you when you have fire damage to contend with. Our locally owned company is available to respond to your request for assistance quickly, so call our office today at (818) 244-6005.

Fire Damage 101

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage 101 Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock take care of your Glendale electrical fire!

101 Info About Fire Damage 

Fire damage in Glendale can occur in a moment's notice resulting in substantial property damage and loss. Determining the extent of damage is critical to predicting the outcome of the fire clean up and restoration attempt. Identifying the source of the fire is necessary to understand what conditions were favorable to ignite the fire. Although there are numerous causes of an electrical fire, one of the most commonly overlooked causes is overloaded electrical receptacles.

There is a strong possibility that an electrical fire in Glendale can occur due to a combination of problems, such as an overloaded electrical receptacle with a malfunctioning appliance plugged into it. Overcrowded electrical outlets can overtax the electrical circuit and set the stage for an electrical fire. The most obvious sign of an overcrowded electrical outlet is an electrical receptacle that contains several dual, or triple outlet extenders plugged into the primary receptacle. Although this appears to be convenient to plug in multiple power cords, this increases the chances of an electrical fire. Perhaps the underlying issue surrounds the fact that the age of the home is incapable of keeping up with modern needs. Older construction adhered to the building codes that were current at that particular time. 

It is important to recognize the warning signs of a potential electrical fire in the Glendale home. If the electrical outlets appear to be emitting what feels like heat, this is a sign of a probably overloaded circuit. Anytime the outlets feel hot to the touch; the outlet is more than likely overloaded. Anytime that you smell a burning smell from the outlet, immediately unplug power cords from it and do not use it. The electrical wiring is situated behind outlet boxes in the wall, and the wiring runs behind walls. There is a significant chance that an electrical fire can lead to a house fire for these reasons. 

A related concern that may predisposition the home to an electrical fire is observing flickering lights or noticing that the lights appear to be dimmer than usual. This is a problem because homeowners may confuse this with a light bulb getting ready to burn out. While this also resembles the signs that a light bulb may be reaching its maximum capacity, it is important to monitor this to ensure electrical safety. Homeowners should never make assumptions when it comes to electrical safety and the safety of those who reside within the home. 

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The possibilities of an electrical fire are serious concerns that must be dealt with in an urgent matter. In the event of an electrical fire, contact our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock at (818) 244-6005. Our team will bring their wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership to your home. 

Full Restoration Services for Fire Damage Are Available

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Full Restoration Services for Fire Damage Are Available If Your Home in Eagle Rock Suffers Major Fire Damage, Call SERVPRO to Help You.

Fire Damaging Restoration is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO's Services

The horror of a residential fire continues even after the flames are put out and you figure out where your family will sleep at night. You also have the official inquiry from your insurance company on the horizon. It seems like nothing is going your way, but there is a road that you can take to snap your streak of bad luck. You can call upon the services of an Eagle Rock fire damage service that will get to work immediately to address your emergency and restore your property back to its original condition.

Restoring the Effects of Eagle Rock Residential Fire Damage

The debris left behind by Eagle Rock residential fire damage needs to be cleaned up and repairs made. It's important that you contact a local fire damage cleanup and restoration service like SERVPRO to get started on addressing and correcting the emergency as soon as possible.

At first sight, you might be tempted to tear down the building and start again with a replacement, but the fact of the matter is that your insurance coverage may not permit it. Of course, this is in the extremest case of devastation.  Meanwhile, you have to stay somewhere else while waiting for the new building to be put up. It is more practical and cost saving to allow us to restore rather than replace your property if it is feasible.

We Offer Complete Fire Damage Restoration from Top to Bottom

You should realize that fire damage cleanup doesn't end when the flames are put out. On the contrary, the massive task of restoration is only beginning at that point. Debris needs to be removed, and water damage should be taken care of immediately to prevent the growth of harmful mold and bacteria. Structural damage has to be fully assessed and corrected.

These issues require your urgent attention if you are going to reclaim your property. Preserving your property is precisely why you need the services of a fully qualified and experienced professional cleanup and restoration authority. When you contact us, the first step we take is to conduct a full inspection of the building and give you a comprehensive assessment of the damage.

Once the initial assessment is complete, we will provide you with an estimate of the work required and the cost that this job will entail. You are not under any obligation until you agree to the services. At that point, we will begin our work of fire damage restoration.

Dealing Proactively With Eagle Rock Residential Fire Damage

We are a locally owned and operated franchise. We offer restoration service when you contact us at any time of the day or night. We can also serve clients throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Glendale, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Cypress Park and Washington Heights. When you need prompt attention to your fire emergency, we are here to serve you. Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/Glendale at (818) 244-6005.

Hire the Professionals for Residential Water Damage

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hire the Professionals for Residential Water Damage Water damage in Los Angeles can start as a spot in your ceiling or on your floor or wall from a leak.

Professional Residential Water Damage

Water damage in Los Angeles can start as a spot in your ceiling or on your floor or wall from a leak. This can occur anywhere in your home, and although it is tempting to fix it without calling a professional, it is not a good idea. You should instead call the professionals at SERVPRO since we have the knowledge and the special tools to take care of your water damage problem correctly. Some minor leaks might be able to be repaired, especially if the source is caught early and damage is minor. However, if you are unsure of the origin of the leakage, or if the damage has already spread or become severe, which includes the growth of bacteria or mold, it will be best to get a professional evolution of your problem instead of trying to treat it on your own. Below are a few tips:

Water Leaks are Difficult to Diagnose
If you see drips, moisture spots, or puddles of water forming in your home somewhere, it is likely that a leak is causing it. While you can see the moisture on the surfaced, the problem is that the typical homeowner might not know how to find the problem’s source. You might not get to the root of the problem by treating the visible issue, when can then lead to damage unseen behind the walls or inside your structure which can be very expensive later on to repair. The professional water restoration experts at SERVPRO know how to find the source of the problem, and then we will also fix it before more damage occurs.

Water Damage can be Difficult to Treat
The exact source of the water damage might be uncertain at first, but water leakage can happen from flood damage, a malfunctioning water pipe, or a leaky roof. Even if it is a leaky pipe and it looks like the problem is pretty clear-cut, it can be difficult to repair if you as the homeowner are not familiar with various plumbing structures and materials. If you make the wrong repair or one that is inadequate, the problem will only be allowed to continue to grow unchecked, which could lead to damage which is extensive and repairs that are very costly.

Water Leakage can Cause Serious Problems
Even Los Angeles water damage that is unseen can cause health problems for you and your family from mildew and mold. This is why it is important for professional water damage restoration specialists to catch and repair your water damage early on. Water damage restoration begins many times with thoroughly drying the materials that are wet. Sections of the wall, ceiling, or floor may need to be replaced. We complete the professional water restoration process to get your home back up and running as usual.

If you encountered water damage in your residence for any reason, don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, contact the specialists at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock by calling us at (818) 244-6005, we can get your dilemma fixed as soon as possible.

Los Angeles Mold Growth - Los Angeles Mold Growth Advice

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Los Angeles Mold Growth - Los Angeles Mold Growth Advice One of the most dangerous types of damage frequently incurred by Los Angeles homes is mold damage.

Advice About Mold Growth in Los Angeles

One of the most dangerous types of damage frequently incurred by homes is mold damage. Mold growth in Los Angeles is a relatively common occurrence, and also very dangerous. Although fires, storms, and other natural disasters can cause health effects to occupants in buildings, these are very visible and can be identified quickly. Mold growth is a much slower process and is often an unseen force in a home. As mold growth may cause adverse health effects, extreme caution must be taken when seeking to eradicate it.

Where Mold Grows
Mold will naturally grow wherever there is a biological food source, but thrives the most in dark and damp conditions. This means mold can and will grow in great patches where you have damp materials such as wood, fabric, or plant material. This often happens behind walls or in places that are openly visible. As a result, mold is often only identified from related water leaks or any odors it emits.

Why Should You be Concerned?
Mold can be extremely hazardous to a person's health. Mold can be tricky to hunt down, so consulting with a mold expert may be worth your time.

What Can be Done to Prevent Growth?
Generally, mold grows far less often and in smaller quantities when a home is dry. Fixing leaks and ensuring that all pipes in a house are sealed and in good condition are essential for ensuring that mold growth stays at minimal levels. Additionally, tools and equipment exist to help test for mold spores in the air and behind walls, and these may help you to detect hidden spots of growth.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is a locally owned and run business, and over the years, we have built a reputation among the community for quality service and thorough restorations. Call us at (323) 410-0041.

Glendale Fire Damage - Cleanup Tips

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Glendale Fire Damage - Cleanup Tips Glendale Fire & Smoke Damage Could Use Professional Clean Up from SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO for Immediate Glendale Fire Damage Restoration

Anyone who has suffered Glendale fire damage can tell you how important it is to hire professionals to help with the cleanup process. After a house fire, you may be anxious to clean your home, salvage what you can and get your life back to normal. However, getting professional advice and help can save you time and prevent you from creating further damage. Professional fire restoration services, like those offered by SERVPRO, are highly successful at restoring household items and personal belongings.

While you are waiting for the fire restoration professionals to arrive, here is what you can do to get the process started and prevent additional damage from occurring.

First, make sure you have permission from the fire marshal to re-enter your home safely. Once you can safely and legally re-enter, your first goal should be to get the air moving. If large volumes of smoke and soot have been a by-product of the fire, do not do the following unless you have been advised that it is okay. Open as many windows as you can to increase the ventilation and allow fresh air to enter the interior. If you have ceiling fans, turn them on. You can also bring in additional fans to help move more of the air around. It is important to note that your furnace filter will need to be changed daily until it shows no signs of soot. If you have called in SERVPRO, you should sit tight because they will arrive very quickly to assess the fire damage.

If your home has also suffered water damage due to the fire, you will want to dry these items thoroughly as soon as possible. Fans and dehumidifiers will be needed to help dry out carpet and draperies. If these articles are not dried thoroughly, they may become damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew. Any items made of brass or copper will need to be cleaned using a brass or copper cleaner as soon as possible. This is because smoke, acidic by nature, reacts with brass and copper within 24 hours after exposure.

Soot can easily stain carpets, draperies and other household textiles due to its oily base. Before any cleaning or deodorizing can occur on these items, any soot must be thoroughly removed. It is best to hire a professional fire and smoke restorer who can remove any soot with a heavy-duty professional vacuum, and also special dry sponges. Trying to remove soot from textiles with your vacuum or vacuum attachments can force the soot further into the fabric, making it harder to remove. These items may also need to be properly deodorized before cleaning. Hiring a professional to help you remove smoke odor from textiles is highly recommended. Experts have access to various chemical agents and equipment like thermal foggers that help break up the smoke molecules to eliminate the odors. The type of material (fuel) that burned in the fire is a factor in determining the extent of damage from smoke and soot. The experts from SERVPRO  follow the procedures as established by the IICRC in all phases of fire damage clean up.

Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is ready at a moment's notice to help you mitigate \Glendale fire damage. We have the equipment, tools, experience and knowledge to help you clean up after a house fire. Call us today for 24/7 service at (323) 410-0041.

Fire Damage Los Angeles - Los Angeles Residential Fire Damage Restoration

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Los Angeles - Los Angeles Residential Fire Damage Restoration When you have Los Angeles fire damage questions, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock has answers! Call us today!

Residential Fire Damage Restoration in Los Angeles 

In the event of fire damage in Los Angeles, problems can arise not only from the fire itself but also from smoke, soot, debris and destroyed objects, and also water damage from firefighting efforts. Ultimately, fire repair can be a long and difficult process, and potentially compromised structural integrity can even lead to injury. Because of this, Los Angeles fire damage restoration is typically best left to local professionals and carefully aligned with insurance policies. 

Fire Damage 

Fire damage to your Los Angeles residence itself can be the most difficult hurdle in many cases. Burned objects, wood, furniture, flooring, or anything else can be especially difficult to remove without specialized tools. Additionally, it can be tough to tell which objects can be salvaged and which are damaged beyond repair thanks to commonly heavy amounts of soot and ash. Depending on the intensity of the fire, this may require a full team of people to clean up. 

Smoke Damage 

In addition to darkening and staining even the hardest to reach corners, smoke can also leave a pervasive smell long after the house is visually clean. This is due to tiny and microscopic particles of smoke, which often work their way into the walls and floors of the house itself. Cleaning up smoke in a Los Angeles home typically requires special equipment and a lengthy cleaning time. 

Water Damage 

Water damage often surprises homeowners as being an even larger problem than the fire damage itself. Whether through firefighters' hoses or burst pipes, heavy water damage is relatively common among fire-damaged Los Angeles homes. Depending on the scale and intensity of the water damage, this may require extensive reconstruction efforts. 

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 If your Los Angeles home has experienced fire and smoke damage of any kind, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock at (323) 410-0041 for additional info or repair services. 

Eagle Rock Water Damage - Repairing Water Damage in Eagle Rock

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eagle Rock Water Damage - Repairing Water Damage in Eagle Rock Eagle Rock residential water damage can be caused by everything from a plumbing issue to a major flooding event and severe weather.

Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock for Water Damage Repair

Eagle Rock residential water damage can be caused by everything from a plumbing issue to a major flooding event and severe weather. When you are dealing with excessive water in your home from a minor or major event, you may wonder what it will take to restore your home to its former condition. Due to the complications that may arise from water damage, it is best to act as soon as possible to get restoration underway.

The Water Remediation Process
In order to restore your home to normal after you have suffered from Eagle Rock residential water damage, first, stop the flow of water from entering the home. This means that you must turn off the main water supply valve if you are dealing with a plumbing issue, and you may call a plumber to repair the damage. While this is an important first step to take, the next move should be to contact a water remediation company for emergency water extraction services. Powerful extraction equipment can be used to remove the standing water from the home, and additional equipment can be used to dry out the home. After all water and moisture have been removed, you can then begin the repair process so that your home is restored to its former condition.

What Happens If You Delay the Remediation Process
The longer your home remains damp from Eagle Rock residential water damage, the more likely it is that mold growth will develop. Emergency water extraction services are available around the clock to prevent mold growth from developing. Keep in mind that extensive mold growth can cause the repair process to be more costly and time-consuming, and mold can pose a health issue for the home's occupants as well as for the home's overall condition. The last item you want to grapple with is mold growth in the home, so it's wise to begin the remediation process as soon as you have stopped the flow of water from entering the home.

Why Professional Services Are Needed
Some homeowners may believe that they can remove the water from their property on their own and dry out the home with their fans. Professionals have access to advanced equipment designed to extract water and dry out the home in the fastest amount of time possible. When there is a concern for mold growth to develop, timing is critical, and professional services will yield superior results.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is a locally owned and operated company that is strategically located to provide you with the fast response for each situation. We are ready to respond to your request for service at any time of day or night. If you are dealing with Eagle Rock residential water damage, call (323) 410-0041 for a fast response from our team.

Los Angeles Fire Damage--The Importance of Restoration

4/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Los Angeles Fire Damage--The Importance of Restoration SERVPRO Tarps the Roof Damage then Starts Fire Damage Restoration and Repair

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock Handles Los Angeles Fire Damage Restoration Services

A fire can rage through your home without warning, and everything from a lightning strike to a grease fire in the kitchen can result in considerable damage from a Los Angeles residential fire. After the fire has been extinguished, your first thought may be related to how you will repair the fire damage and what steps need to be taken to restore your home to its pre-loss condition. Professional services can help you reclaim your home in the fastest time frame possible.

The Damage from a Fire
At first glance, you may consider repairing minor fire damage on your own, but you should be aware that the damage from a Los Angeles residential fire may be more widespread than you initially think. The section burned by the fire is only one of the areas that may need attention; there may be water damage from the firefighters who extinguished the flames. There may also be considerable smoke damage throughout the home because smoke circulates and is generally not localized to the area where the fire raged.

What Professional Services Can Do for You
Professional fire damage repair services may include water remediation services as well as smoke damage repair services. Professionals from SERVPRO will take a multi-pronged approach to restoring and repairing the damage throughout the home so that life can return to normal once again.

At SERVPRO of Eagle Rock, we understand how important it is for your home to be restored to its former condition after a fire, and we also understand the urgency of the repair project. You can count on our locally owned and operated company to respond quickly and work diligently until the job is done. Call us 24/7 at (323) 410-0041 for an initial consultation for your Los Angeles fire damage repair needs.

Fire Damage Eagle Rock - Professionals for Eagle Rock Residential Fire Damage

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Eagle Rock - Professionals for Eagle Rock Residential Fire Damage SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is available around the clock to respond quickly to your fire damage emergency needs.

Eagle Rock Residential Fire Damage Calls For the Professionals 

Fire damage in Eagle Rock occurrences should be met with professional support. It is not ideal to try to take on Eagle Rock fire damage on your own. You are unable to see the full extent of the damages that the fire causes in your home. While you can assess some of the fire damages, you can miss a lot of the damages and as a result, your home is left with discoloration and other burns from the fire and smoke. This is why you should call an expert to deal with all of the damages caused by the fire. 

Dealing with fire damage in Eagle Rock is tough. For one thing, it is tempting to address the fire damage yourself. The idea of saving money is very attractive. Therefore, many try to take on their project to save money. Unfortunately, fire damage can run surprisingly deep with all of the smoke and soot that overtakes the home and various items in the home. When there is a fire, the damages occur long after the fire is put out. This is why it's important for people to hire a professional to check out the full extent of the damage. 

Even with the financial challenges, it is important to call a professional. For one thing, a professional service can save money and time. You can also go through a recovery process that is much more simple. The fire damage restoration professionals know how to restore the property and find all of the damages that the fire has done to the home. They have a procedure that they go through to make sure that the house is fixed and restored in a way that makes it safer. 

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The process that the Eagle Rock fire damage professionals go through is very simple. They start with the cleaning process. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock contractors ensures the cleaning of every bit of debris, soot, smoke and other issues caused by the fire so that they can get to the restoration process. They use special equipment to clean out everything. Of course, before cleaning, the professionals go through the assessment process. They then go to the repair process. After that, they go through the restoration process so that they make sure that your home is safe. Give them a call at (323) 410-0041. 

Mold Damage and Minimizing Costly Damages

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage and Minimizing Costly Damages SERVPRO has the expertise and training to remediate the mold in your Glendale home.

Minimizing Costly Damages From Mold Damage 

A homeowner is responsible for keeping up the maintenance in their homes and taking care of any Glendale mold damage removal problems that may occur. Dissimilar from apartment dwelling, small and big repairs are handled by the landlord and those that assist them with the upkeep. Therefore, it is essential for homeowners to learn as much as they can about mold and mold removal if they want to avoid costly damages that quickly add up. 

With that being said,  prevent expensive Glendale mold damage problems by contacting professional mold services to handle their problems immediately. On the other hand, if the homeowner delays addressing these issues, they may be required to pay from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. So, here’s three facts that the homeowner must remember about mold if they want to save money. 

 #1- Mold Problems do not remain dormant they spread. 

It is important for homeowners to know that mold problems do not remain dormant since they can spread over time. For example, if there is a leak in the roof that is not repaired properly, every time it rains the potential for more mold to grow and get much worse over time is very high. Therefore, the mold problems can spread from one area of the home to another. 

 #2 – Lead to Structural Problems 

When cleaning the Glendale mold up thoroughly early on, the family can avoid costly financial obstacles that stem from the mold compromising the structure of the home. Mold discovered in the home is recommended, to be removed by mold remediation professionals immediately. For instance, the mold can spread into the walls, the floors, and the roofing. 

 #3 - Hire a Professionals with the skills 

In addition to understanding the structural damage that can occur, it is also important for people to know that these jobs are meant for the professionals. When a professional agency comes in, the role that they play is critical to cleaning up the mold damage and addressing all of the essential repairs to the home. 

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Because mold can spread quickly and lead to unnecessary structural damage, homeowners should make sure that they contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock representatives at 323-410-0041. These professionals can assess the problems and then get started with the removal process. Call us today!

Los Angeles Flood Damage - Learn About Flood Damage In Los Angeles For Your Safety

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Los Angeles Flood Damage - Learn About Flood Damage In Los Angeles For Your Safety Our team at SERVPRO can quickly respond to your flood damage in Los Angeles, day or night. We are faster to any disaster!

Learning About Your Residential Flood Damage In your Los Angeles Home

Flood waters can come from a number of sources. The cause of this dangerous condition can be by a local stream or river, a broken sewer connection or even a dishwasher or kitchen faucet that has come loose while you are away from home. No matter what caused your particular Los Angeles Home flood damage, you should be prepared for it ahead of time. 

The basics of flood damage preparation could be called the ABC’s of flood preparedness. It is summed up in the following way: 

A is for Always Stay Prepared: When flooding in Los Angeles occurs, it may impact more than just your home, and that can be dangerous for several reasons. You may not be able to get out of the house to get to the store. The electricity may be turned off because of the disaster or because the damage to your home is so severe it had to be shut off. The cause of the flooding could be from a weather system that can prevent you from even considering going outside. 

Being prepared means having emergency supplies including first aid gear and all of the phone numbers you need. This also includes food, plenty of water because all of the water around you could be contaminated. Store dry and canned food above the level that water can easily rise in a ground floor or upper level of the home. 

B is for Backups: Two of those phone numbers you should have stored away are the insurance company and one for a water/fire/disaster restoration company. Some of the things that can and often do happen, when there is a lot of water present, are molds and a lot of Los Angeles flood damage. It does not take long for the presence of molds to make themselves known. 

It is not at all uncommon for molds to begin their growth to begin within 24 to 48 hours and it can accelerate fairly quickly. If the water is coming into your home from a sewer or septic tank backup, the water you have is contaminated with more than just whatever dust and dirt it can pick up on the way inside. The backups that this letter represents means having a backup to all of the efforts you can supply to the task of reclaiming your home from the water and the damage it brings. 

C, of course, is for clean up: Know where the main water shut off is because if the water is coming from somewhere in the house, it may be up to you to get it shut off. C could also be for Calling a restoration company that can come in and do the important tasks involved in restoring your home back to a clean, safe and healthy condition. 

The appropriate cleanup entails a complete inspection of all damage, including looking for molds, mildews and failing building materials because of the absorption of water or the deterioration of them by that mold. 

Following the cleanup is the repair work that must occur due to the damage as well as the painting and replacing of anything that had to have been removed and disposed of. 

Flood damage is not an event to take lightly, nor is the work involved in making everything right again. 

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If you have experienced water, mold or other disasters in your Los Angeles home, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock at (323) 410-0041 for help with your ABC’s.

Water Damaged Los Angeles Homes- Get Rapid Help

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damaged Los Angeles Homes- Get Rapid Help Leaks That Cause This Much Water Damage Need Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Quickly Restore Your Water Damaged Home in Los Angeles

Do not treat water damage to your Los Angeles home as an afterthought. The Los Angeles area does not usually get much rain. That means the ground is dry and any flooding that does occur, from local streams or broken sewer connections, flow right into the closest home if it cannot find a culvert. Regardless of how often it does or does not occur, you need the professional services of a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO, which has a reputation for getting the job done.

The water damage that can beset Los Angeles homes can affect many things including the walls, carpets, furniture and if a burst pipe caused this damage on upper levels, ceilings, floors and inside of walls which make some of this damage invisible.

An inspection gives trained technicians the ability to find all of the water damaged areas, based on the skills and equipment maintained. While a water damage expert is inspecting the property, coordinating of the entire process is beginning.

The evaporation process, using air movers and dehumidifiers-possibly chemical and refrigerant, helps remove moisture while powerful pumps and wet vacuums are working. In the lower levels with standing water, submersible pumps (sump pumps) extract large volumes of water rapidly. The fast removal of standing water and moisture will mitigate the damages caused by secondary water damage.

After the removal of the water, SERVPRO technicians begin the cleaning and sanitizing of all affected areas of the Glendale home. Cleaning is critical as the water has left a layer of residue on it. This residue consists of dust and dirt as well as any debris it picked up on its travels. Hardwood furniture has a tendency to spot from water and needs fast attention. Our IICRC certified technicians are expert in minimizing damage by thorough cleaning using specially formulate agents developed for SERVPRO and other products.

It is recommended to dispose of anything that cannot be cleaned, completely. This consists of severely damaged throw rugs and carpets, although most of these can be saved through the use of carpet cleaner machines and skilled technicians. In the case of Black Water intrusion from groundwater or a sewage backup, these possessions must be safely wrapped and discarded to prevent cross contamination. Removal of parts of the deteriorating wallboard is essential since this porous material cannot be dried properly. SERVPRO, after the water extraction and cleaning, always attempts to restore water damaged materials rather than replacing them to expedite your return to normalcy and to lessen costs. We return your home to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

It is critical to call us as soon as you know that Los Angeles water damage is ruining your property. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is ready 24/7 and is awaiting your call at (323) 410-0041 for prompt service.

Commercial Fire Restoration in Los Angeles

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Restoration in Los Angeles Commercial Fire Restoration, Smoke Cleaning and Deodorization in a Los Angeles Hair Salon

Los Angeles Hair Salon Receives Fire Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

If Los Angeles fire and smoke damage have occurred in your home or place of business, your life as you know it will come to a grinding halt. Restoring your home or business and its contents after a fire damaging event can be a monumental undertaking, that can only be accomplished by well-equipped, trained professionals. Contact the experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock right away to have your home returned to its pre-fire condition.

As soon as your place of business or home is declared safe for re-entry, SERVPRO technicians will begin removing debris and non-restorable materials, then cleaning and deodorizing areas that can be restored. We will complete the restoration of your home or place of business and everything in it, including reconstruction.

Most of your personal items and equipment will need to be cataloged, packed, and taken off-site for cleaning. Cleaning smoke residue from delicate clothing, artwork, fine china or electronics requires properly formulated cleaning products, equipment, and processes. SERVPRO Professional Products are formulated by SERVPRO Industries for removing specific types of soils from specific materials and fabrics, such as fine leather, delicate oil paintings or computer equipment without damaging them. Once cleaned and deodorized, your items will be re-cataloged and re-packed in clean, new boxes and stored at SERVPRO’s secure storage facility until your home or business is ready for re-occupancy, or at any time you request them.

We are also the approved vendor for nearly every major insurance company, so the billing process will be smooth and seamless for you. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is uniquely qualified to handle any size of disaster from fire, water, mold, or trauma. If your Los Angeles business suffers from fire damage, we can make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us 24/7 for immediate service at (323) 410-0041

The Importance of Cleaning Up Water Damage in Atwater Village

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Importance of Cleaning Up Water Damage in Atwater Village Don't Allow a Leak to Become a Major Water Damaging Event

Call SERVPRO for Atwater Village Water Damage Repair

Getting the help of Atwater Village water damage cleanup services is crucial right after an emergency occurs so that everything can be cleaned up quickly and efficiently. If you have experienced flooding, a speedy cleanup is imperative to prevent further damage to the structure of your building as well as the furnishings and other contents inside. Whether your flooding occurred because of a storm, a toilet overflow, a leak in your water heater or from another grave problems, getting it fixed quickly can help you salvage as much as possible from the situation. It is important to watch out for safety concerns after any flood, and it takes special tools and skills to get rid of contaminated water.

Get Help for Atwater Village Water Damage Cleanup

The first step in removing your water is finding the source of it. Specialized test equipment can find hidden water sources so that no standing water is left behind to cause future damage. Extractors can also be used. This type of machinery is designed to remove water from your flooring and upholstery promptly. Dehumidifiers can also get rid of excess moisture, and there is professional-strength drying equipment available to help make sure that your property is dried as quickly as possible.

It can also be a good idea to have your home neutralized of any odors in your carpets or furnishings. If gray or black water was involved in the water emergency, it is essential to have your property disinfected to be certain that there are no germs or bacteria left behind. It can be helpful to move furniture to prevent rusting from occurring, and it will be necessary to check your carpet padding to see if it needs to be removed to save your subfloor from further damage. You should keep checking on parts of your home that may be susceptible to water damage. Try to notice any water leaks or problems coming from your roof, bathroom, kitchen, basement or any other place in your home. The quicker you find the problem, the sooner it can get resolved. Once your home is cleaned and sanitized, you will be able to return to your normal life. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock can handle your water damage cleanup needs as quickly as possible. As a locally owned and operated company, we understand the importance of a fast cleanup schedule. If a flooding emergency happens to you in Atwater Village or the surrounding areas, we are ready to remove water and clean up your property and get you back to your routine. Call us at (323) 410-0041 for reliable water damage cleanup services.

Recovering from Home Fire Damage in Los Angeles

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering from Home Fire Damage in Los Angeles According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

What To Do After A Los Angeles Residential Fire

What Can A Fire Damage Restoration Company Do For You?

One of the most difficult enterprises for a homeowner is recovering from a Los Angeles fire damage. Typically, these damages entail thousands of dollars in recovery services. Additionally, fire damage can result in the loss of personal possessions, thereby causing emotional scars and compromising the residential property owner's well-being. Despite the challenges that result from fire damage in Los Angeles, attaining professional restoration services can shorten and simplify the recovery process. Learn more about how fire damage restoration contractors make it happen by reviewing this short outline:


 One of the most important services that a restoration professional will provide is cleaning your home. This is a multi-faceted process that involves the use of specialized equipment to ensure that your home is restored to its original safe, sanitary condition. Before starting the cleanup process, contractors will complete a thorough assessment of your property to determine the extent of your damages. Once the assessment is complete, the contractors will know exactly which methodologies to implement throughout the restoration process.


 Once contractors have cleaned your property, they will address any damages that require repair. This can include plumbing damage, carpet and drywall damage, and structural damage. To ensure that the repair process can be completed quickly, most firms will send multiple contractors to your property. The length of time it will take for them to complete the repair process is contingent upon the extent of the fire damage in your Los Angeles home. This means that the project could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

 Mold Prevention And Elimination

 The excess water that is oftentimes left on the property following fire extinguishing efforts creates the ideal breeding ground for mold. However, contractors will use several methodologies to prevent the mold from surfacing on your property. In the event that you already have a mold issue, they will eradicate the fungus with skill and speed. 

When you find that your residential property is impacted by fire damage, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians work with diligence and orientation to detail to ensure that the restoration process is completed thoroughly and correctly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Los Angeles, Glendale, or Washington Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (323) 410-0041

How Glendale Mold Affects Homeowners

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Glendale Mold Affects Homeowners Residential property owners in Los Angeles can call SERVPRO when they first spot mold damage.

How Mold Affects Homeowners in Glendale

One of the most serious household occurrences that residential property owners can encounter is Glendale mold damage. Learning how to attain high-quality remediation services can help you prevent headaches, expedite the restoration process, and save money. With that idea in mind, be sure to review the quick reference guide provided for you below:

Mold Basics
Glendale mold is a fungus that flourishes in natural settings. However, mold can also start to live and grow in residential properties if the conditions are right. The ideal setting for mold is one that is moist and wet. For this reason, mold growth and water damage go hand in hand. In order to grow and spread, mold releases spores that circulate in the air and then settle on cracks and surfaces while they are dry. Once enough moisture is present, the mold can reproduce and proliferate throughout your property.

Here is how the mold growth process typically unfolds:
Mold starts to grow within 24 hours of exposure to sufficient moisture.
• Once mold grows, its reproductive spores are released into the air, thereby spreading the infection. 
• The mold releases an organic compound that creates a musty smell. This smell penetrates the property and remains present as long as the mold continues to grow and thrive.
• Initially, mold is a surface phenomenon. With time, however, the fungus starts to penetrate building materials like drywall and wood.

Finding The Right Mold Remediation Company
In recognizing all of the adverse effects that Glendale mold damage can have on your property, you may be wondering what the solution for such invasions is. The answer is simple: find the right mold remediation company to eradicate quickly and correctly the unwanted fungus. The ideal company will employ IICRC-certified technicians, have extensive industry experience, and offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that your mold issue can be addressed and resolved immediately.

Call SERVPRO For Effective Mold Remediation Services
If you find yourself suffering from a mold invasion, there's no need to suffer any longer. The professionals of SERVPRO of Eagle Rock can eradicate all unwanted mold with expedience and excellence.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is strategically located to respond quickly to your mold emergency event. When mold damage occurs in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock or Highland Park we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (323) 410-0041.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration for a Los Angeles Business

10/16/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration for a Los Angeles Business SERVPRO Can Remove the Water from your Office

The SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Restoration for your LA Business

Water damage is a serious issue that some commercial property owners in Los Angeles will have to deal with at some point. Many business owners lack basic knowledge regarding commercial water damage and its consequences. The importance of securing professional water damage restoration services from a team of trained specialists like SERVPRO is essential. To get the advice and information you may need to overcome water damage and restore your commercial property, review this short informational outline.

Water Damage Restoration Steps

The source of the water intrusion--leaky plumbing or appliance, structural failure, or large volumes of pooling water from flooding or fire extinguishing efforts--will dictate immediate first steps even though the general process is standard operating procedures.

*Inspect and assess the property to ascertain the scope of the water damage and moisture migration.
*Water Extraction utilizing powerful pumps, some truck-mounted, and portable wet-vacs to remove rapidly as much standing water as possible to aid in preventing secondary water damage and mold growth.
*Install air movers and dehumidifiers-- chemical, mechanical, or refrigerant--according to our protocol, after measuring for humidity, temperature, and surface area.
*Clean furniture, office equipment, building materials like drywall or ceiling tiles, document drying and remove unsalvageable items. This process, along with sanitizing, and deodorizing the water damaged areas, is executed utilizing our IICRC training.
*Restoration may include major reconstruction to the structure or suite, or simply replacing drywall and carpeting.

SERVPRO adheres to the philosophy of restoring damaged goods and furnishing, whenever possible, in a water damaged commercial structure. This restoration process, as opposed to replacement, will lighten the financial burden to the owner and more quickly reopen the doors for business. SERVPRO also has a working relationship with over 300 insurance companies, adjusters, government agencies, and property management companies. This cooperation lessens paperwork, time with no revenue flow, and out-of-pocket-expenses for the water damage restoration.

Mold Growth

Mold growth in your commercial property can become problematic. This mold growth may be a by-product of secondary water damage. It illustrates the urgency needed for water extraction. Many commercial infrastructures contain large HVAC systems. We have the measuring devices to discover any potential mold colonization within the ductwork.

Call SERVPRO Today

Water damage, on most levels, is a serious matter that requires prompt removal. Time is of the essence for effective commercial water damage restoration for your Los Angeles business. Time is money, and SERVPRO can save you both by utilizing our highly trained IICRC-certified professionals. We are faster to any size disaster.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us for help. (323) 410-0041

Water Damage Emergency Services In Los Angeles

9/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Emergency Services In Los Angeles Yes, It Will Rain Hard Again

SERVPRO is the Next Step for Water Damage Restoration to Your Los Angeles Home

When your home in Los Angeles is affected by a natural disaster, such as a flood, water damage is almost always the outcome. To ensure that you remain calm and safe in the face of water damage, it is appropriate and advantageous to obtain water damage emergency services. These services can provide you with the support and material goods necessary to ensure that you maintain your composure until your property is restored. The Red Cross is always a source to inquire about in severe water damage situation. Learn more about how securing water emergency services can assist you.

How Water Damage Emergency Services Help

Water damage emergency services can provide you with shelter, clothing and food. During this time, you will likely be hiring a team of professional contractors who will restore your property to its original state. Check with your insurance agent to see if your property is covered by the water damaging event. If it is a natural disaster such as a flood, you may not have the required coverage for reparations. Normally, water damage incurred from within the structure such as a burst pipe or sewage backup is part of your standard homeowners policy.

Restoring Your Home

Once a professional and thorough assessment and inspection have been done to evaluate the water damage, the work can begin. Professional technicians from SERVPRO will be hard at work restoring the property to its original condition.  Step one is to extract standing water from the house and eliminate residual water and moisture from the furnishing and building materials. Cleanup will remove salvageable items and trashed possessions. You will be given an inventory Utilizing Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) for documentation of your possessions. The process continues along with a complete drying and aeration of your Los Angelos home to eradicate mold and mildew. Repair of walls, ceilings, and such will be done as the salvageable personal items are cleaned according to the guidelines of the IICRC.

Getting a Referral for SERVPRO

In many cases, insurance providers can refer their clients to water damage restoration services located in their area.  SERVPRO, a nationally franchised company, has a working relationship with over 300 insurance carriers and adjusters. We will respond to your initial phone call immediately or within 5 minutes and be on the scene in Los Angeles within one hour.  We will try to make you feel "like it never even happened.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community Los Angelos too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help, whether in Eagle Rock, Cypress Park or Silver Lake. We take pride in being a part of the Los Angeles community and want to do our part in making our community the best it can be.

Call for immediate assistance. (323) 410-0041

How Fire Damage Restoration Services Improve The Safety Of Your Washington Heights Home

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Fire Damage Restoration Services Improve The Safety Of Your Washington Heights Home House fires can cause a plethora of problems, some of which include financial loss, frustration, and stress.

How Fire Damage Restoration Services Improve The Safety Of Your Home

House Washington Heights fires can cause a plethora of problems, some of which include financial loss, frustration, and stress. As a result of all these anxiety-inducing realities, many homeowners are tempted to run back to their homes right after a fire in an attempt to retrieve any valuable items that they can. This is not a reasonable course of action to take. In addition to putting your life in danger, this activity can cause further damage to your home. Rather than running back into your home, you should call SERVPRO. These professionals possess the tools and techniques necessary to return your residential property to its original condition. Learn more about how attaining professional fire damage restoration services can optimize the appearance and integrity of your home by reviewing the following information:

Assessing Your Home’s Damage
When you call SERVPRO for assistance, their first course of action will be to come to your home and perform an assessment. This assessment will help them determine the extent of the Washington Heights fire damage in your home. The assessment will involve an inspection of your entire home. The professionals will also decide which tools are necessary to restore and clean your property, how long the restoration process will take, and how much the repair process will cost. Part of the assessment will include the restoration professionals ensuring that your property is safe to enter. This portion of the assessment must be completed prior to the repair and cleanup process. In some cases, the homeowners' insurance will cover these costs.

Cleaning, Repairing, and Restoring Your Home
Once they have ensured that your residential property can be entered safely, restorative companies will go in and start the cleanup procedure. This procedure will include the elimination of any moisture that remains in your home. This part of the cleanup process is important because it helps preclude mildew and mold growth. SERVPRO professionals will also appropriate special tools to get rid of the ash, soot, and water from your house. They will also remove any flooring that has endured damages from water or fire. The length of time it takes to complete the restoration process is contingent upon the depth and scope of damage done to your property.

Although enduring Washington Heights fire damage in your home can be a challenging situation to grapple with, attaining professional restoration services can ease the burden. When you start searching for the ideal fire damage restoration company, the search stops with SERVPRO. Our company has extensive experience and education in the restoration field, and our deepest passion is providing swift services to ensure that your home is fully restored as fast as possible. Contact us immediately, so we can get your home back in its original condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Los Angeles community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (323) 410-0041

Eagle Rock Water Damage And Mold: Making The Connection

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Eagle Rock Water Damage And Mold: Making The Connection Mold and mildew can also destroy your home.

Water Damage And Mold: Making The Connection

While water damage in your home can cause a plethora of problems, one of the worst outcomes is the accumulation of Eagle Rock mold damage. Both mildew and mold can start growing just one day after a flood or fire takes place in your house. If left unattended, the growth can cause a broad range of health issues. Mold and mildew can also destroy your home. For these reasons, preventing the spread of mildew and mold is important. Luckily, you can hire a professional restoration contractor to do this work for you. Learn more about Eagle Rock mold damage as well as the restorative services available to you by SERVPRO:

House Water Damage And Mold: Making The Connection
Molds are known for thriving on organic material, including wool and cotton. They also thrive on surfaces coated by soil, grease, and food. If mold grows continually, they can start eating away at the organic material that is their food source. Additionally, textiles and wooden structural materials in your home can suffer deterioration when mold begins to grow on them. For mold to grow, it must have a moist environment. This is why individuals who suffer from house water damage find that their property becomes the ideal breeding ground for the mold to live and thrive.

Mold and Mildew: The Negative Health Impact
When your house is subjected to water damage and then becomes a breeding ground for mold, numerous adverse health effects can result. 

When your home suffers water damage, it becomes susceptible to Eagle Rock mold damage. To prevent these infestations from occurring, it's important to attain professional water damage services from a team of trained experts you can trust. That team is SERVPRO. Our restorative specialists are ready to get your home in excellent condition immediately, so contact us today and let's start the recovery process immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities:

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in mold damage and water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (323) 410-0041

What Can Highland Park Water Damage Services Do For You?

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Can Highland Park Water Damage Services Do For You? As many industry experts know, secondary water damage is often more harmful to the property than the damage done by the initial flood or fire.

What Can Water Damage Services Do For You?

Following a flood or fire in your residential property, there will almost always be Highland Park water damage. When the water damage is not addressed, your home can be transformed into a site where mildew, mold, and other forms of fungi begin to live and thrive. Additionally, the water can damage the structure of your home by causing it to warp and swell. If this happens, the repair process can become more extensive and dangerous. For these reasons, it's a good idea to attain SERVPRO services after your home has been exposed to water. Highland Park water damage specialists can start the restoration processes immediately. Learn more about the benefits of attaining professional services from SERVPRO specialists by reviewing the following information:

Cleaning Services
One of the reasons that Highland Park water damage services are so efficient is that they thoroughly dry and clean your home following the flood or fire. To restore your home to its original condition, it is important for you to attain cleaning services no more than 24 hours following the onset of water damage. As many industry experts know, secondary water damage is often more harmful to the property than the damage done by the initial flood or fire. This is why hiring SERVPRO immediately is so important.

Repair Services
Following a flood or fire, your home will likely endure structural and electrical damage. Remember that your private property is probably dangerous to enter after the flood or fire. For this reason, you should not try to enter the home without the consent of an authority. When you hire a water damage specialist, you can be confident that they'll do the restorative work necessary to make your home safe to live in. Because water damage companies employ several contractors simultaneously, the organization's experts will be able to address and resolve several of the water damage issues in tandem. This will help minimize costs for you because it eliminates the need for extensive repairs.

If your house has recently suffered water damage, it is important for you to attain professional water damage services. These services can help restore order and sanitation to your private living space. When you start looking for the ideal company, consider SERVPRO. Our professionals have been offering results-driven, customized water damage services for years, and we're passionate about optimizing and expediting the restoration process. Contact us immediately to schedule a consultation and put the restoration process in motion.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

We are here in Highland Park and are ready to help you. Just call us. (323) 410-0041

SERVPRO's Advice for Returning to a Storm-Damaged Eagle Rock Residence

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO's Advice for Returning to a Storm-Damaged Eagle Rock Residence Do not enter your home if you notice odd smells, questionable structural integrity, or external flooding.

SERVPRO's Advice for Returning to a Storm-Damaged Residence

While returning home to Eagle Rock storm damage can be stressful, it's important to show caution. Furthermore, make sure that local authorities have given the all-clear before returning home.

Coming Home
Hold off on tending to wounded parties unless they're in dire straits or at immediate risk of worsening injuries. If you encounter anyone rendered unconscious, stabilize their neck and back if the body must be moved. Call for assistance once injured parties are safe. Beyond handling the wounded, SERVPRO advises the following:
    •    Watch for animals and insects; especially poisonous varieties. Mind your footing. Use a long prod to sort through debris.
    •    Only use phones for emergencies.
    •    Always carry a battery-operated radio with new batteries.
    •    Use a flashlight when inspecting Eagle Rock storm damage. Turn it on before entering to avoid igniting the gas.
    •    Avoid streets if you can; if you can't, watch for fallen power lines, debris, and unstable infrastructure.

Precautions for Reentry
Closely assess the exterior and look for structural damage, gas leaks, and fallen power lines. Do not enter your home if you notice odd smells, questionable structural integrity, or external flooding.

Safe Entrance Procedures
Follow this checklist after you can enter:
    •    Gas Leak: Avoid fire-related activities or objects until you can confirm gas is contained. Any blowing or hissing sounds or strange smells may indicate leaking gas. Vacate gas leaks immediately, and then shut off the main line or contact your gas provider.
    •    Electricity: Watch for unsafe wiring. Avoid electrical systems when either you or your interior are wet, like from flooding or Eagle Rock storm damage. Shut off power from the main breaker, fuse box, or by contacting a professional electrician.
    •    Interior Foundation: Evacuate upon finding cracks.
    •    Food Storage: Ignore supplies that have been improperly sealed, directly exposed to flooding, or otherwise contaminated.

    •     Sewage/Water Systems: Shut off your main valve if you see damaged pipes. Avoid drinking potentially contaminated water. Wells should be pumped and tested. Don't flush toilets until you know sewage lines function.
    •    Chemical Spills: Decontaminate salvageable things with soap, water, and/or bleach. Items that cannot be disinfected, such as furniture, fabrics, and drywall; should be thrown out.
    •    Basement Flooding: Gradually drain your basement no more than a quarter of the level a day to minimize accidental collapsing.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Los Angeles community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. (323) 410-0041

Important Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires in Los Angeles Commercial Structures

8/11/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Important Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires in Los Angeles Commercial Structures In many cases, businesses overload old wiring, causing overheated systems that begin to smoke and burn.

Important Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires in Commercial Structures

Commercial Fire Damage Occurs in Factories and Stores
There are necessary steps for business owners to take to avoid the risk of a devastating Los Angeles commercial fire in their building. Factories, retail establishments and restaurants have a higher incidence of dangerous fires due to the extensive amount of electrical cables and hot machinery that are used by employees. Because of the complex nature of power distribution systems in a commercial building, a business owner must maintain certain safety protocols. SERVPRO has a few steps for owner's to protect their commercial property.

Repair Electrical Systems on a Regular Basis
Many commercial buildings have ancient electrical wiring, circuit breakers and switches that lead to hot sparks that cause fires. Electric systems are typically located inside walls and ceilings where it 's hard to inspect before adding new machinery and appliances that require more power. In many cases, businesses overload old wiring, causing overheated systems that begin to smoke and burn. However, there are things that a business manager can do to avoid Los Angeles commercial fire damage.

Hire Professionals to Inspect a Business’s Electrical System
While business managers can inspect switches and wires visually on the outside of walls and ceilings, a professional electrician is required to test many electrical components such as industrial lighting or air conditioner wiring. During the inspection, the electrician will use a building’s blueprint to find any dangerous hot spots. After an inspection, a business owner should have a list of necessary repairs to avoid Los Angeles commercial fire damage in the future.

Prevent Commercial Damage with Quality Safety Equipment
Safety laws require commercial establishments to have safety equipment located in easily accessible locations to extinguish a small fire quickly before it spreads. The safety equipment needed includes fire sprinklers on the ceilings and fire extinguishers on walls. Fire safety equipment requires routine maintenance and occasional replacement. Government inspectors maintain a regular inspection schedule to ensure safety equipment is up-to-date.

Train Employees to Prevent Commercial Fire Damage
Employees should have adequate safety training to use the equipment and also know how to use machines correctly to avoid starting a dangerous fire. Management should have a written plan in place for employees to report malfunctioning machines, frayed wires or hot components as soon as possible. If a fire does occur, then employees should understand how to leave the building immediately and contact firefighters. After a fire is extinguished, never try to make repairs but contact the professionals at SERVPRO instead. SERVPRO professionals are trained and have the expertise to repair any commercial property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Los Angeles community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

When your commercial property has fire damage, we have the experience and expertise to help.  Give us a call.  (323) 410-0041

Hello Eagle Rock

6/30/2015 (Permalink)

Nothing is more personal than being out in the community meeting the people who actually live there. This was our first community event to really interact with Eagle Rock. We used it as an opportunity to introduce ourselves and share our knowledge about our industry. The entire event was awesome, and the staff had a great time.

While we were there, Justin, one of our lead technicians, explained how our dehumidifier, air scrubber and air mover works when placed in your home or office. It was a great opportunity to see what the equipment looks like and how much space it will actually take up! 

Letting the residents of Eagle Rock know how local we really are was great. We are available 24/7 to clean up any water flooding and fire damage, and in a timely manner. Our direct phone line ensures that you'll speak with a real person, guarenteeing your call will get answered and your emergency situation will be handled. 

We look forward to many more community events!

Setting Up Tent

5/22/2015 (Permalink)

Two of our awesome crewmembers just set up our brand new tent. It looks awesome. It’s going to display our water removal and fire restoration brochures perfectly. We’re even going to display some of our equipment so you can see how everything works, like the dehumidifier and air movers. Plus we’ll be there to answer any of your questions you may have. We can’t wait to be a part of the Eagle Rock community events; we’re getting ready for the summer concerts in the park, and so much more. Look out for our tent, it’ll be that black one with the orange house on it and plenty of goodies! 

SERVPRO’s quick service means love and attention

4/29/2015 (Permalink)

143 = I love you

Sometimes well get that in a text

Sometimes someone will say it in passing

But it really doesn’t matter how we receive 143, we all know it means I love you

And for that moment it makes us feel special and cared for

That we are important

And thats what matters, the feelings invoked by those simple numbers or words.

Who doesn’t love being loved?


Well, at SERVPRO, we have our own 143. It’s our 148 Service Response Guidelines

1 - Within one hour from the notice of your loss, we will contact you to arrange for service.

4 - Within four hours of the loss notification, we will be on site

8 - Within eight business hours you will know what’s going on and what we are going to do for you.

We will not leave you waiting around after you’ve contacted us for help. We will be there as soon as we can, traffic willing, since we are in Los Angeles, but nothing will stop us from getting to you as soon as possible to help with your water damage or fire emergency. We communicate with you, so you know what is going on during the restoration process. Basically, our 148 is 143. We love our customers, and we understand that this situation is serious to you. We will give you all of our attention and care.

So when an emergency hits, call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock. We are here to help. We’ve got all the love and attention you need to feel assured that we are taking care of you and your property in a timely matter.


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