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Fire Damage In Glendale Often Requires Cleaning Appliances

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with a full blazing fire. SERVPRO knows how serious a kitchen fire can be in your Glendale home, let us help you.

A kitchen fire can take over, let us help you get back to your Glendale kitchen.

The majority of fires, even those that start in the Glendale region, are caused due to accidents while cooking. For example, leaving items on the stove unattended is a major cause of residential fire damage in the United States. When items you are cooking get too hot, they can create problems with smoke or cause an inferno to ignite.

If an item you are cooking burns in your kitchen, the smoke alone can cause several major issues. During fire damage losses in Glendale, smoke residue cleanup can be a significant part of the restoration process. Whenever a professional mitigation company such as SERVPRO arrives at your property, we first start assessing the problems that were created near the source. If the blaze was large, we could test your building materials like your cabinets for charring to see if we can refinish and clean them or if they have to be removed and replaced. During minor burns, we test clean affected surfaces to figure out how much soot residue cleanup is required.

During blazes in the kitchen, one item that gets affected by either charring from heat or excessive residues are your appliances. Especially since appliances like your refrigerator and freezer have cooler surfaces, smoke residues can often stick to these items first. Whenever working towards cleaning your kitchen appliances, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized products and techniques to restore these particular contents.

Most appliances are constructed out of hard non-porous materials such as metal, plastic, and glass. Usually, when cleaning these surfaces, we use water-based detergents like a wall and all-surface or a glass cleaner. In cases where soot is thick and has adhered well to the affected surfaces, we can add to the strength of the detergent by adding alkalinity to the cleaning solution. We can accomplish this by adding an industrial cleaner or Fire Star to the wall and all-surface water-based detergent.

In some situations, the electrical components could have also been affected by soot residues. When this occurs, we unplug the device and clean all of the electrical plugs and wires. Before we plug the appliances back in, we get them inspected by a certified appliance technician.

If you ever suffer from even light smoke damage inside your home after something burns, it is wise to call in the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Carpet Cleaning After a Water Loss in Glendale Homes

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway carpet after water extraction After a proper cleaning, your carpet will look good as new.

Leave it to SERVPRO to take care of water clean up in your home

Part of the full-service solutions that we can offer Glendale homeowners includes the premier cleaning of flooring materials to revitalize their appearance or following loss incidents. Our SERVPRO team has multiple maintenance approaches for carpeting, including bonnet cleaning and hot water extraction, but do the most for your flooring with restorative cleaning techniques like deluxe precondition and rinse.

Water cleanup in Glendale homes can take many forms, but restoring carpeted areas is an essential goal for our team after a loss incident. Carpets are highly absorbent, which can make them a challenge to thoroughly dry and recover after standing water threats. With Category 1 or 2 water losses, the danger of residues and other soiling demands restorative cleaning practices to make the effects “Like it never even happened.”

Much like the effective maintenance cleaning solutions like hot water extraction that our SERVPRO professionals can offer to homes looking for revitalization and improved appearances, deluxe precondition and rinse also utilizes supporting equipment like our portable or truck-mount extractor. Instead of immediate removal, however, we can loosen soiling and residues with the application of a pre-cleaning agent that sits in the carpet for up to 15 minutes before removal.

Once this period has passed, we can rinse away emulsified soils and residues and extract it from the carpeted areas of the house. When treated quickly, this cleaning method can not only save your carpeting from staining and ultimate removal, but can also reduce the presence and spread of contaminants, bacteria, and microbes following a substantial water loss incident.

Effective drying and carpet cleaning always begin with extraction and preliminary drying efforts that play a role in water restoration mitigation. With the appropriate placement of extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers, our team can gain control of humid or damp areas of the property. Once we have brought relative humidity levels and moisture content to acceptable parameters, we can begin work on recovering areas like the carpets.  

After a water loss incident, soils, residues, and contaminants can exist that threaten the property and its contents. Our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale team can help with effective drying and cleaning techniques, including restorative carpet cleaning. Give us a call today at (323) 255-1000.

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How SERVPRO gets the Water Removal Job Done in Glendale

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians loading boxes into SERVPRO truck Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is fully stocked with equipment to dry your home.

The Right Team for The Right Job in Glendale

Glendale is a beautiful place to live, whether you are young, old, or while raising a family. Its hills, quaint restaurants, and coffee shops make it ideal if you want to enjoy everything Los Angeles has to offer with less hustle. As homeowners, we can purchase properties that show character and great architectural detail. The downside of an established city like Glendale, is that older construction can pose challenges to the homeowner in terms of upkeep and repairs, and it is not uncommon for electrical and plumbing issues to arise.

When your home in Glendale requires water removal services, there is no better option than calling SERVPRO. Our company has technicians certified in water restoration and is ready to answer your call for help around the clock. Professional assistance can make all the difference between a quick repair and a long-lasting consequence, such as mold. Drying and disinfecting following a water leak is essential to preserving the structural integrity of your home, so do not hesitate to call our Green Fleet for assistance.

One of the hardest aspects of water extraction is knowing exactly when the humidity in your home is at acceptable levels. Our SERVPRO technicians have at their disposal a variety of industry-grade tools, including infrared technology, to help monitor humidity throughout your home. This access to top of the line equipment helps us spot any water accumulation, even if it hides within hall cavities or in crawl spaces. The information we glean from measurement tools informs our next steps in terms of the appropriate pumps and extraction wands we need to eliminate excess moisture. When we arrive at your home, we apply both a theoretical framework and our job expertise to achieve the most efficient and thorough results. This methodology applies to whether the water leak is overwhelming or just a simple puddle on the floor. Regardless of size, excess moisture can pose a threat to you and your family by providing a suitable environment for bacteria to thrive.

Many homeowners want to take a do-it-yourself approach to water leaks and water restoration. When you call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale, you partner with reputable professionals who can enhance your efforts and anticipate future repercussions. Reach out at (323) 255-1000 and invite our team to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Reducing Flood Damage Aftereffects in Glendale

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm Dehumidification is an essential part of flood restoration services.

Reducing Flood Damage Aftereffects in Glendale using Dehumidification

Being overwhelmed by a flooded household is an entirely natural circumstance. With water around your ankles, it can be tough to figure out where to start rebuilding your home. Floodwaters can become contaminated, make floors slippery, or bring in debris from outside. In the immediate aftermath, you should take stock of what is necessary but avoid trying to save all your possessions. Often professional recovery teams can restore damaged contents providing that exposure to moisture is kept to a minimum.

As a homeowner dealing with flood damage here in Stockton, your first move should be to collect essential documents, medicine, and communication devices. Contacting a professional restorer like SERVPRO can help you to recover much more over the coming days and weeks. However, the mitigation of loss is vital as consistent exposure over 72 hours can cause irreparable harm. Reducing water levels, blocking furniture, and securing the structure is essential to mitigating losses.

One aftereffect of flooding is rising humidity levels. Large bodies of the water dissipate into the surrounding atmosphere increasing humidity. Humidity levels over 60 grains per pound (GPP) can cause mold growth, condensation in electronics as well as water damage inside wall cavities. These issues can make a flooding issue a lasting problem and need addressing as soon as possible.

Dehumidification and raising the temperature in the space is essential to drying a structure properly. Warm air holds more moisture and can speed up the drying process. We use refrigerant (LRG) dehumidifiers in the first stage of restoration to lower the relative humidity of the structure efficiently. However, porous materials dry faster than structural materials. To combat this, SERVPRO can bring in desiccant dehumidifiers that use silica gel to draw moisture from the air. The exhausts deposit moist air outside of structure, replacing it with drier indoor air that significantly speeds up evaporation.

Dehumidification is an essential part of flood restoration services. For assistance, contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000.

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Contact Our Professionals When You Face A Fire Disaster In Glendale

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A burnt cabinet in a home after a fire Our SERVPRO team setup a hydroxyl generator to purge the air of fire damage odors and then wiped down the soot to prevent smearing.

Fire Damage in Your Glendale Home

After even the smallest fire, you may not know how to begin with the cleanup. The strong odor of smoke and soot covering the contents of your home may be very overwhelming. Cleaning after a fire properly is essential, or you may have difficulty recouping your losses.

If you have experienced fire damage in your Glendale home, contacting the professionals at SERVPRO as soon as possible to begin the cleaning and restoration process may save you both time and expenses. This prompt emergency service helps to minimize any secondary damage within your home. Restoring the contents of your home, rather than replacing, whenever possible, is the goal to save both money and indispensable items within your home.

There are three critical aspects of fire damage restoration services. They include structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and lastly deodorization. Trained SERVPRO technicians create a plan that addresses your specific cleaning needs, depending on the type and severity of the fire within your home.

The meticulous cleaning of structural components of your home include walls, carpeting, and floors. In some cases, technicians may clean soot deposits off walls and ceilings restoring them to preloss conditions. In more severe cases, technicians clean the walls and ceilings to prepare for painting. They clean soot from the walls and ceilings, but the walls may be painted to restore them to preloss condition.

Contents cleaning is a crucial part of restoring a home after a fire. Any restorable items within the impacted areas of the home should be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes drapes, rugs, furniture, and upholstery. Technicians formulate a plan to clean the contents, so they return them to the preloss condition.

The professionals deodorize the home after the removal or cleaning of the home's contents. Often SERVPRO technicians use foggers such as an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogger to distribute a fine mist, penetrating any remaining odor-causing residues within the home. The fine mist can get into even the smallest crevices and attacks the odor rather than just masking it.

Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale (General Contractor: 999460) at (323) 255-1000 for help cleaning after a fire. We are available every day of the year, 24/7. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Steps SERVPRO Takes to Remediate Water Damage in Glendale

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged library No matter if the water damage is commercial or to your home, SERVPRO has the equipment for fast and effective restoration.

Action by SERVPRO Helps Reassure Homeowners after Water Damage Incidents in Glendale

Water intrusion may happen within a few minutes but have severe implications in your Glendale home. Apart from the financial loss, the incident might take an emotional toll, especially if you lose items with sentimental value. Part of the remediation process that SERVPRO offers also involves actions meant to reassure you.

Limiting Further Damage during Restoration

On discovering water damage in your Glendale home, your biggest worry might be whether you can find the right people to help. However, when help arrives, your worry might shift to the likelihood of a restoration team, causing damages to your property in the process of restoration.

Reassurance takes many forms and not necessarily, what the restorer says — our SERVPRO technicians wear removable shoe covers when venturing into the house to inspect the damage. We also use non-penetrating moisture detection tools to take readings, which immediately indicates the team is keen not to cause additional damages.

Providing Sufficient Resources

Restoration of water damage takes several distinct steps, including water extraction, cleaning, moisture control, and movement of contents. After checking the loss site, it can be hard to believe restoration is possible. When our SERVPRO visits your property, the wide variety of equipment that we bring along gives some assurance that we can tackle the job. Some of the equipment includes:

  • Moisture detectors including moisture meters and thermal cameras
  • Water extraction pumps including submersible and truck-mounted ones
  • Inspection cameras such as Borescopes
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers

Keeping the Homeowner Informed

The feeling of uncertainty after water damage mostly stems from a lack of information. Apart from handling the restoration, our SERVPRO technicians provide clear information on what to expect based on the training and experience they have. For instance, we can give a rough estimate of how long the drying process might take. We also indicate which contents need replacing and which ones can be salvaged based on the damage.

Feelings of uncertainty can blow the implications of water loss out of proportion. Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000 to get quality service and reassurance throughout the remediation process. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Speed And Technology Are SERVPRO's Top Resources for Eagle Rock Fire Damage Situations

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Walls and roof rafters charred and burned in a home SERVPRO restored this home after a destructive fire.

The Tools and Training to Remove Fire Damage from your Home

Thanks to modern advances in rapid response technologies, disasters such as fire damage that might have once caused homeowners intense stress and financial hardship can be dealt with in a more timely and cost-effective manner than ever before. Decades of service have helped SERVPRO to master the art of fast, capable responses, and our ability to control and reverse damages to your home continues to improve as our technological advances accelerate.

The SERVPRO Response Strategy

We start working from the moment we receive your call about fire damage in Eagle Rock. Once we have a basic understanding of what type of damage you are facing and how many crews and equipment pieces we need to bring, we start preparing to send out a team of mitigation professionals. These fire damage experts have been trained to implement immediate treatments, including thorough inspections and damage analyses, along with emergency drying measures if the fire was extinguished using water. Once we stabilize your home and draw up a plan to restore it to the way it was before the disaster, we work fast to clean out debris, perform restorative treatments, and wrap up the project before becoming a bother.

Enabled by Technology

Many of our advanced fire damage restoration techniques are only possible thanks to our advanced technology and tools. Many materials and belongings in your home may not react well to standard cleaning agents that use water as a base, and some types of fire residues require select chemicals to scrub away. Our technicians choose from dozens of possible cleaning products and techniques for every fire damage project, including sprays, foam-based cleaning agents, specialized abrasive cleaning solutions, and even immersion tanks that use sound waves and unique chemical mixtures to remove fire residues from the most fragile and valuable belongings in your home. 

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale works fast to clean up your home in the aftermath of a fire. Call us at (323) 255-1000 for our 24/7 emergency services.

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Why We Are The Leader In Eagle Rock Fire Damage Restoration

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A garage destroyed by a fire At SERVPRO, we offer 24-hour emergency service and pride ourselves on our fast response time after you face fire damage.

Cleaning Up Fire Damage in an Eagle Rock Home

In 2017 and 2018, public fire departments responded to well over one million fires. No matter how large or small a fire may be, it can cause extensive amounts of damage, and not just from the flames. Fire extinguisher residue, soot, water damage from firefighting efforts, and many other factors can affect the safety and quality of your living space after a fire. 

If your Eagle Rock residence requires fire damage cleanup, experienced SERVPRO technicians are ready to provide the tools and techniques that you need to restore your home to a pre-fire condition. If you need other types of disaster remediation or repairs to your home, your local SERVPRO is licensed to perform contracting work in several different capacities (General/CSLB/Residential/Commercial #999460), including mold remediation (#CMRC-82464). 

Dedicated to Education 

SERVPRO is dedicated to ensuring that its extensive learning materials are available to technicians and franchise owners alike. Not only are classes available to ensure that technicians are properly certified for the work that they do, but there are also opportunities for continuing education opportunities through online courses. 

Certification training modules for technicians include:

  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning

  • Fire and water restoration courses

  • Crew training for disaster mitigation

Franchise owners, meanwhile, undergo a 15-day course at a SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility. Restoration topics are comprehensive and cover fire and water restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, as well as mold mitigation. Your local SERVPRO crew is affiliated with BOMA / GLA, as well as the Eagle Rock and Los Angeles Chambers of Commerce.

How SERVPRO Can Help

If you have painted walls, or art hanging in your home that has been charged after a fire, technicians have equipment available to remove damage from these items. One example of note is Crumbly Cleaner, which self-destructs as it is exposed to a surface. Pieces of the cleaner absorb residues like a pencil eraser picking up graphite. Crumbly Cleaner is most compatible with dry or loose deposits on items with some amount of friction, like oil or acrylic paintings, flat painted surfaces, or paper.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is an IICRC-certified team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. For rapid disaster cleanup you can count on, call (323) 255-1000 today.

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A Guide to Drying Cabinets After Water Damage in Your Glendale Home.

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen with cream colored cabinets and drawers.  SERVPRO will get your Cabinets right back after your Glendale water damage.

We know exactly what your Glendale cabinets will need after water damage.

Cabinets in a home easily sustain water damage because of their proximity to plumbing lines and water sources. An overflowing sink in your kitchen or bathroom can cause water to get trapped under the cabinets and wall cavities. Almost all materials that water touches can sustain damage and require some restoration work.

Drying the cabinets after water damage in your Glendale is essential. Not all cabinets can be salvaged, depending on the materials used to build them. If your cabinets are made from particleboard, they may not be salvageable since this material crumbles and swells when saturated with water. However, if they are made of hardwood or plywood, they can withstand water exposure and can be salvaged. It is crucial to dry the cabinets using proper techniques to prevent permanent damage. To ensure effective drying of the cabinets, you can take the following steps:

  • Remove all items from the cabinets to assess the extent of damage and be able to get rid of excess water.
  • Use towels to soak up excess water in the cabinets by wiping and drying the cabinet interiors.
  • Take off cabinet doors to allow airflow into the cabinet for faster drying. Taking off the cabinet doors can also prevent the weight of the doors from pulling on wet wood, which can cause more damage.

Drying walls and floors behind or under cabinetry is difficult. The several layers of drywall and cabinet back lengthen the time it takes to dry walls behind cabinets. Seeking help from SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is advisable. We can evaluate the extent of water damage and take the right steps to remove the water and moisture. The way cabinets are constructed also affects drying. If there is no back on cabinets, our crew can make holes in the wall so that air can circulate in the wall cavity. Similarly, if the cabinets have a back, we can make holes in the cabinet back. After drying, we patch up the holes.

We can use an air mover, such as the Dri-Eaz Velo Air Mover, to speed up the drying process and allow airflow into the cabinets. It offers multiple operating positions and is suitable for drying cabinets, floors, walls, stairways, and crawl spaces. Our technicians can also use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to reduce humidity to prevent mold growth, which is common after water intrusion incidents. Our SERVPRO crew can also perform a full-scale reconstruction of the affected areas, making the destruction seem, “Like it never even happened.”

If there is water damage in your Eagle Rock, Northeast Los Angeles, or Atwater Village home, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is ready to help. Contact us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000 for prompt restoration services.

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Addressing Electrical Fire Damage in an Eagle Rock Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

A man holding electrical wire with smoking hair and smoke in the air, with burns on his shirt. Fire damage is nothing to play with especially in your Eagle Rock home. Please let us help.

Don’t let fire damage take over your Eagle Rock home, call SERVPRO today.

According to the California State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communication, 83% of residential electrical fires occurred in one- or two-family housing in 2017. While disasters like wildfires are dangerous and alarming, electrical supply failures are one of the most common sources of fire damage to homes.

If your Eagle Rock residence needs fire damage cleanup fast, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you at a moment's notice. SERVPRO can use sophisticated cleaning methods and eco-friendly cleaners to address damage from smoke, soot, and melted components. Without proper cleanup, residue from a fire can eventually corrode plastics and other items in your home and spread hard-to-eliminate odors through soot deposits in your vents.

Common Sources of Electrical Fires

  • Faulty outlets and appliances:  worn or frayed cords can be enough to spark a fire and have it spread to flammable surfaces in your home like carpets, drapes, and rugs. Avoid running electrical cords under rugs to minimize wear and tear that can contribute to fire risks. Do not remove the grounding prong from a cord for use in a two-prong outlet.

  • Light fixture failures: Always check the maximum recommended wattage on your lights and avoid using bulbs that go over that limit. Placing flammable materials like paper or cloth over a lampshade can also start a fire.

  • Extension cords: Extension cords are meant to be a temporary measure for appliance usage. If you are using an extension cord because you do not have the type of outlet you need for your appliance, talk to your local electrician about installing new outlets that are compatible.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When SERVPRO comes to your home, the team can address the source of the fire immediately. Whether an outlet caught fire or a frayed cord ignited a rug and the surrounding hardwood flooring, the focus is placed on eliminating the source of the fire and then cleaning up the ensuing damage. 

Technicians can directly spray commercial deodorizers and EPA-registered disinfectants on small areas affected by the fire to eliminate odors and residues. Wooden fixtures can be cleaned and naturally deodorized with a gentle blast medium like baking soda. If air contamination is a significant issue, specialized vacuums with HEPA filters made to capture particles as small as 0.3 microns can significantly improve air quality.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (323) 255-1000 today for thorough disaster cleanup.

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