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How SERVPRO Removes Residual Odors From Your Glendale Home After a Flood

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Removes Residual Odors From Your Glendale Home After a Flood Strong odors are a byproduct of flooding.SERVPRO has the equipment to remove the odors and make your home "Like it never even happened."

Eliminating the Odor Left Behind by Flood Damage in a Glendale Residence

Clean water from broken lines or overflows in your Glendale home can cause an odor to begin developing. When highly contaminated water from flooding invades your home, the smell can become exorbitantly stronger. When your home contains such odors, the scent can transfer to clothing, books, shoes, and anything else porous enough to absorb the particles causing the smell.  

Glendale residents carry the smell of flood damage out of their homes every time they wear clothing that picked up that scent. Because odors can persist for lengthy periods, SERVPRO uses high technology to eliminate the particles that cause such smells. After we place your belongings inside the deodorizing chamber, hydroxyl generators fill it with hydroxy gas.  

When the weakly bonded H – O – H molecule breaks down and releases an H atom, this now-free atom bonds with the microscopic materials that cause flood damage odors. Once bonded, the particles become too heavy to waft back into the air and create an odor.  

This process works for other items, also. Stuffed toys, porcelain collectibles, fine art, fragile items, and a lot more. Deodorizing after or during the more physical aspects of flood damage mitigation can help make things genuinely feel “Like it never even happened.” Not only is your home's restoration making it possible for you and your family to return home, your newly cleaned and deodorized belongings hold no traces of the ordeal you recently experienced.  

SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands that odors can seem stronger to one individual while at the same time another person does not notice anything. Because we want you to be satisfied with our work, we discuss the options regarding this aspect of flood damage mitigation. We are not satisfied until you are happy with the results. Reaching this point requires that we form a partnership with you and keep communication lines open the entire time we perform the mitigation work. We are always happy to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you have about your home's condition.  

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale can help you and your family get everything back to normal after an event involving flood damage. If your home in Atwater Village or Highland Park suffers through flooding, call us at (818) 244-6005. Our 24-hour service line is open every day of the year.

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Due To The Geographic Location Of Los Angeles, Your Home May Suffer Flood Damage During A Storm

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Due To The Geographic Location Of Los Angeles, Your Home May Suffer Flood Damage During A Storm Storms can gain sudden traction and size, sometimes rendering the predicted severity of the rain and wind useless.

Your Home May Suffer Flood Damage During A Storm

Seaside cities are always hit harder by ocean-based storms than inland cities, and this could leave your home vulnerable to flood damage. Storms can gain sudden traction and size, sometimes rendering the predicted severity of the rain and wind useless. Intense winds and rains can cause flooding in the streets, and this flooding can carry debris along its currents. Large rocks, tree branches, or even street signs that are being carried along with the storm waters can break the basement window of your home. Suddenly, there is open access to your home, which allows the floodwaters to rush in and settle there.

The flood damage inside of your Los Angeles home impacted your basement entertainment room. The carpets are soaked through, the entertainment stand is waterlogged, and your furniture has been exposed. Upon finding the damage in your basement, and four inches of water, it is essential for you to call for professional help as soon as possible. The quicker professionals can address the damage, the more likely that remediation may be successful.

Upon calling SERVPRO, our team quickly gets ready and drives to your home. Our technicians can bring advanced technology with them that is made for remediating flood damage. Without these tools, removing the standing water from your home would be a much slower process.

SERVPRO can use pumps and wet/dry vacuums to remove the majority of the stagnant water in your basement. Once it is gone, SERVPRO can focus on removing as much moisture as we can from your furniture and carpets with an extractor. The tool has a heating element as well as powerful suction, making it an excellent tool for the job. Once as much moisture as possible has been removed, our technicians can set up air movers and dehumidifiers to handle any remaining moisture levels that need to be brought down.

If a severe ocean-based storm brings flood damage to your home, never wait to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale by dialing (818) 938-2985. Day or night, we're here to make it easier for you.

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We Offer Reliable Flood Damage Services In Glendale

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Offer Reliable Flood Damage Services In Glendale When your Glendale home floods from a storm, it is best to call a professional to assess the damage as soon as possible.

Reliable Flood Damage Services

When your Glendale home floods from a storm, it is best to call a professional to assess the damage as soon as possible. Flood waters contain harmful contaminants such as sewage, rodents, and chemicals and should be dealt with right away. Our team prides itself on making sure homeowners are safe after storm waters enter their home. We can restore your home and can preserve many of the items in your home when possible.

SERVPRO flood damage crews in Glendale are well trained and are ready to get to work when you need them. First, the team stops the source of water flowing into the home and then begins to extract the water. In most cases, they employ a truck-mounted extractor or a portable extractor to remove water from the structure quickly. The equipment that we use depends on the level of water in the home.

In flooding situations, our technicians may need to remove items from the structure. If so, we inventory all the contents before we pack and take them from home. Typically, your furniture, curtains, clothing, artwork and paper documents are sitting in inches or even a foot or more of water. When this happens, microbes can contaminate them, and our crew can remove, clean, disinfect and dry any items that are deemed salvageable and can discard contents that are unsalvageable. Our techs use industrial cleaning products, and EPA registered antimicrobials to clean toxic materials from your furniture and other items before they bring them back into your home.

Our crews can also utilize air scrubbers to clean the air as well as axial fans and air movers to help dry the structure. The team may also utilize dehumidifiers to force moisture from the area. Working fast to get you back into a safe home environment is our priority and objective.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale flood damage restoration services are close by, and our team is available 24/7 to assist you. If you experience a flood in your house, call us at (818) 214-7958 to schedule an appointment with us today.

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Possessions Need Protection And Restoration When Flood Damages Homes In Glendale

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Possessions Need Protection And Restoration When Flood Damages Homes In Glendale SERVPRO Pumps Out Floodwaters Swiftly to Mitigate Storm Damage to Your Glendale Property

SERVPRO Follows Storm Damage Control Protocols to Mitigate Harm

The people, the building, and the possessions -- these are the three major concerns when flooding damages your Glendale home. Without a doubt, the priority is ensuring that you and your loved ones are safe and dry after the waters begin rising. Restoring and preserving the integrity of your building’s structure is the second priority. Providing for the recovery of fixtures, furnishings, documents, and personal possessions is also a pressing issue. Our trained flood damage crews can assist with all three.
 
Glendale homes risk flood damage when pop-up thunderstorms occur locally or to the east in the San Gabriel Mountains. Although our climate is generally dry, flash flooding periodically challenges residents. Your duty as a homeowner is to respond to the reality of weather conditions, not the probability. Our crews are ready to remove water and dry the structure of your home regardless of the cause as quickly as we can schedule an assessment.
 
One of the services SERVPRO offers customers is a systematic inventory and pack out option. When your home floods, the contents are trapped in sometimes feet of water. Upholstery saturates, furniture joints swell and separate, paperwork and pictures face ruin, and clothing and linens collect filth. All of the above possessions can develop microbial contamination if not removed from the water, cleaned, and dried out.
 
Our crew members make through lists of the items removed, including pictures of items in some cases. Undamaged items are bubble-wrapped and taken to our production facility or a dry area on your property. Items showing water damage are protected and packed for further evaluation and restoration by specially trained SERVPRO production technicians. We have resources available like freeze drying for books and papers and access to laundry and dry cleaning facilities for factors and clothing.
 
We evaluate the condition of your furniture and rugs and use a variety of techniques to clean and dry them once moved off your property. SERVPRO uses professional cleaning products and EPA registered antimicrobials to bring your furnishings and other possessions back to a fresh and dry condition. We establish the proper drying equilibrium in the space chosen to restore the articles, using heat, air movers, and dehumidifiers to force the moisture to follow the laws of physics and migrate out of your belongings.
 
SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale earns your confidence with industry-leading flood damage restoration for both your home and its contents. Call (818) 214-7516 to schedule an assessment as soon as you notice the waters rising in your home.

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How Light Rain Leads to Flood Damage in Glendale

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Light Rain Leads to Flood Damage in Glendale Stormwater Damage in Glendale Often Results from Runoff

Various Factors in Glendale Can Lead to Flooding after a Storm—SERVPRO Has the Solutions

Contrary to popular belief, colossal rainfall does not need to occur for homes in Glendale to face the prospect of flood damage. Rain in any amount can lead to flooding as soil saturation, sewer overflow, terrain abnormalities, and other factors allow a relatively small amount of water to snowball into a much bigger problem. SERVPRO prepares after every major storm to respond to widespread flooding in the area, but we also maintain readiness year-round to make sure we can help whenever and wherever disasters happen in the local area.

Soil Saturation
A major contributing factor to many cases of flood damage in Glendale is the amount of water in the soil before rainfall. While water use restrictions have helped to reduce average soil saturation in recent years, the area can remain wet for extended periods of time for a variety of reasons. In some situations, even a relatively mild bout of rain may not be able to find any space in the soil and can directly convert to a flowing sheet of floodwater. Water percolation to eventually reach the aquifer may be too slow to avoid flooding.

Road and Drainage System Damage
Drainage systems along roadways are essential in cities worldwide because all types of pavement can absorb little to no water before developing flood-like conditions. When roadways become damaged or undergo heavy maintenance, their drainage systems may sometimes be temporarily compromised, creating isolated problems when the weather turns out unfavorable. These cases are rare but can happen almost anywhere along a paved street.

Open Windows and Doors
Leaving a window open during a storm can subject the immediate room or area to enough water to soak materials and cause long-term damage without proper attention. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians make sure not to over-extend their operations and keep a low profile to prevent a relatively minor flood incident from becoming a major inconvenience.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale provides flood damage mitigation and restoration services for affected homes in the area. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

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Safety Precautions During Flood Damage Remediation in Your Glendale Home

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after a Flood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Right People to Trust for Flood Damage to Your Glendale Residence

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Right People to Trust for Flood Damage to Your Glendale Residence Flooding happens after even the best preventative efforts. Should you experience flooding at your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO's Highest Priority is Drying Out Your Flooded Property

Dealing with the aftermath of severe weather is not always an easy thing to do. Depending on the longevity of the storm that your Glendale house endured, you might be dealing with a significant amount of damage from both the storm itself and the water that it allowed to enter your home and flood specific areas. Regardless of the nature of this intrusion, the only solution is to work quickly to restore the damage before it has an opportunity to get worse.
 
Flood damage to your Glendale home is among the hardest of natural disasters to endure and see, primarily if it has affected areas where you were storing valuable and irreplaceable things. Resolving and restoring the damage requires fast action on your part, and calling our experienced SERVPRO team can be a step in the right direction. Our professionals have all of the tools and expertise to bring your home back to the way it was before the water came in, as well as work to ensure that similar situations do not happen again.
 
Flood prevention is something that many residents already have invested in, or at the very least have taken mild precautions such as french drain systems around their homes to prevent penetration of water on the exterior of their residences. Unfortunately, even the best of these preventative actions can sometimes fail, or extenuating circumstances can bypass these measures to find a new way into the area that became flooded.
 
Our experienced SERVPRO technicians can assess the situation from the moment we arrive to determine the source of the water and prevent this problem from reoccurring from that same point of entry. Typically, this sealing gets done with the use of hydraulic cement applied to the areas where moisture is still detected.
 
Extraction and drying are two primary components to a flood damage restoration plan, and extraction comes first. Through the use of vacuums, portable pumps and even truck-mounted equipment, water is pulled expediently from the floors. Drying is a process that usually combines our air movers along with dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the entire region.
 
Do not become overwhelmed at the sight of flood damage in your home. Our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale emergency response team is available anytime you need us. You only have to call (818) 244-6005.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Glendale

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Restoration Services That Glendale Residents Can Trust

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Restoration Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Cleanup
    •     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