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After a Fire: The Benefits of Boarding Up Your Property

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

A boarded up, fire damaged home in Los Angeles. One of the most important first steps to restore your home after a fire is to board up your property. Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for help 24/7.

The aftermath of a fire is a confusing and stressful time for any property owner. With luck, you won't have to deal with fire damage in your lifetime. But if a fire does strike your home or business, knowing who to call and what to do is crucial to effective disaster recovery.

One of the most important, but overlooked, first steps is to board up your property. Damage to windows, doors and walls, whether by the fire or the first responders fighting the flames, is common. If your property isn't secure, it can become vulnerable to animals, thieves and weather. Dealing with fire damage is stressful enough. Having to clean up vandalism or animal waste only adds more time, expense and stress to the restoration process.

Plus, after any disaster, it can take insurance companies time to assess the damage and determine what they will, and won't, cover. Properly securing your property with boards and tarps protects your valuables before and during the inspection, clean up and repair process. It may even be required, so be sure to consult with your insurance carrier soon following a fire.

And because disasters happen at all hours, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help, 24/7. For example, these photos are from a 1,600 square foot home damaged by an electrical fire. The homeowner wisely called us to board up and secure their property at 10 p.m. at night.

To ensure the best possible fire restoration service in Los Angeles, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood day or night. We'll make fire, smoke and soot damage "Like it never even happened."

How do Wildfires Start? What Can You Do to Limit Wildfire Damage?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire burning a forest. Wildfires can be devastating natural disasters. If you need wildfire damage cleanup for your home or business, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood 24/7.

Wildfires are devastating fire disasters that can damage houses and commercial buildings and destroy forests. They can be a terrifying experience for any Los Angeles homeowner. And wildfires are getting more frequent and more intense with climate change. They are a regular occurrence across California, since it is one of the drier and warmer states in the country.

What causes these roaring infernos to ignite and burn everything in their path? And what can a responsible resident do to protect their belongings and reduce the risk of fire, smoke and soot damage to their home?

How Do Wildfires Start?

To light and spread, wildfires need three essential components, known as the fire triangle.

1. Heat

Heat sources from nature and human beings can be responsible for igniting a wildfire. Lighting strikes are a frequent source, and they're often larger and spark greater damage than human caused fires. However, humans are mainly responsible for them, accounting for "nearly 85 percent."

A range of human activities drives wildfires. Some examples are:

Campfires – People fail to extinguish fire pits. Or they build fires in dry or inappropriate locations. In both scenarios, sparks from the pit may blow onto leaf litter, setting it on fire.

Power Lines – Wind gusts and car accidents can knock down electricity lines. Those sparking power lines ignite a flame that spreads further with strong winds. Mitigating this risk is one of the reasons California's utilities enact controversial planned blackouts.

Cigarettes – Because it's a hazard to public health, California cities began banning smoking indoors in public places over 30 years ago. The state added state parks and beaches to the list of restricted areas in 2019. Of course, people don't always follow the rules and often discard their cigarette butts with little care to their surroundings. Plus, California's national parks, including Yosemite and Joshua Tree, do not currently have similar smoking restrictions.

Machinery Usage and Malfunctions – Believe it or not, lawnmower blades, weed whackers and other metallic machinery can create sparks, which fall on parched vegetation. A metal grinder sparked the Zaca Fire, a wildfire that remains the 10th largest in California's history.

Arson – Unfortunately, people do start wildfires on purpose. The Los Angeles Police Department detained multiple arson suspects accused of starting the Palisades Fire earlier in 2021.

2. Fuel

Wildfires burn hottest in dry, arid regions and drought-stricken places with dry, dead grass, leaves and trees for fuel. As a result, woods, meadows, and forested regions are susceptible to flames. For most of the year, thanks to limited rainfall in our area, they're a literal hotbed of flammable material. With enough heat, fires can also use living foliage as a fuel source. Pine trees and other evergreen trees also have combustible oils that burn when exposed to an intense heat source.

3. Oxygen

Fires need heat and fuel to ignite, but it's wind that spreads the flames to burn millions of acres. How quickly can wildfires spread? The stronger the wind, the faster the blaze spreads. Believe it or not, a wildfire can move up to 14 miles per hour, a threat to everything, including homes, in its path.

Strong winds also blow embers and ash to fresh fuel sources, creating new hot spots and flames. The Thomas Fire in 2017 is an excellent example of the way high winds can increase a wildfire's spread. The largest California wildfire at the time spread fast, with reports of it moving at the pace of a football field per second!

What Can You Do to Limit Wildfire Damage?

Weather satellites have made it easier for firefighters to anticipate the path of existing fires by tracking smoke and heat signatures. This gives communities a chance to plan evacuations, so emergency responders can work on containment while reducing the risk to human life.

However, there are several things you can do to both reduce the risk wildfire and help your community recover from one:

Be Careful With Fire – Being fire smart and fire safe is the main thing you can do to limit wildfire damage. When breaking camp, smoking a cigarette or dousing a fire pit, take extra care to fully extinguish the heat. One careless act and one small ember can literally destroy acres of forest and threaten lives, buildings and more.

Prepare Your Home or Business - Creating a defensible zone around your property. Draw up an evacuation plan. There are many things you can do today to prepare your home or business for wildfires.

Reduce Your Impact on the Climate – Human-caused climate change is increasing and exacerbating natural disasters, including wildfires. Consider carpooling, avoiding single-use products, saving water and engaging in other environmentally beneficial activities to help reduce the impact of climate change.

Give Back – Choose a charity and donate money or items to areas impacted by wildfires. You can also support relief efforts by volunteering your time with a national recovery organization, such as the American Red Cross.

Need Wildfire Damage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

Should you become the victim of wildfire damage, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for LA's best fire damage restoration service. We're here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an emergency response to any size fire disaster. Let us clean and restore your home or business from fire, smoke and soot damage "Like it never even happened."

P.S. Twitter is a great resource for staying informed whenever wildfires threaten Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Follow @LACoFDPIO and @NotifyLA for real-time incident updates. You can also follow us @SERVPRONoHo for water, fire and mold damage mitigation tips.

Sewage Cleanup Is a Difficult Job (but Someone's Got to Do It)

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Crawl space flooded with 500 gallons of sewage. This crawl space was flooded with over 500 gallons of sewage. Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood to clean & restore it "Like it never even happened."

We don't often think about what's going on under our home, and not in a creepy, haunted house movie kind of way. If all is as it should be, your crawl space is out of sight and out of mind. But what if there's a sewage leak under your home? Or worse, what if you need sewage cleanup under a 21,620 square foot multi-family condo? Well, with an unforgettable odor permeating the property, you certainly can't ignore that forgotten area of your home anymore!

Enter SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We answered the call of a property manager with a big, stinky problem at their Los Angeles multi-unit condo. An individual is responsible for about 50 to 70 gallons of wastewater per day. Multiplied by all the occupants of a large, multi-family residential property and this number quickly increases. It should come as no surprise that a sewage pipe leak flooded this crawl space with over 500 gallons of sewage and blackwater!

The Sewage Cleanup Process

First, with any size sewage backup or leak, call the professionals. All sorts of bacteria and other microbes contaminate blackwater. For safety reasons, experienced and highly-trained restoration technicians wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) should clean it up.

Second, sewage cleanup, especially on this scale, requires specialized equipment. In this case, the restoration process included water extraction, moisture detection, air movers, dehumidifiers and SERVPROXIDE, our hospital grade disinfectant. We needed to remove the contaminated water, clean up the affected area, dry the support structure and disinfect everything. Any dampness or moisture left behind provides the perfect conditions for mold growth.

Of course, crawl spaces, by their nature, are difficult to access. And with numerous residents displaced from their homes, this job required immediate attention.

If this sounds like a dirty and difficult job, well, it is. Of course, there are things you can do to decrease the risk of costly water damage repairs. Inspecting toilets, pipes and plumbing fixtures regularly can help prevent a disaster in the future. But sometimes, well, poop happens.

And when it does, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. We respond immediately, 24/7, with an experienced cleaning and restoration team capable of handling any size sewage damage emergency. In most cases, we can be onsite anywhere in Los Angeles within an hour. So call us at (818) 754-0050 and our damage restoration and cleanup service will make even the dirtiest disaster "Like it never even happened."

Ask These Questions Before Hiring a Fire Restoration Company

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fire & smoke damage on a home's walls. Dealing with fire damage to your property is stressful. Let us clean and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

A fire disaster is one of the most devastating things that could happen to your home or business. In an emergency, things move quickly, and you may find yourself with unanswered questions. Whether you need fire restoration services, or are preparing yourself for the worst case scenario, you've come to the right place.

Before you hire a fire damage restoration company, here are five questions you'll want answered before anyone sets foot on your property.

1: Do I have to hire whatever restoration service my insurance recommends?

In short: no. While your insurance company may recommend a service provider, you are under no obligation to hire them. Some service providers, including SERVPRO of North Hollywood, work closely with insurance companies to streamline the cleanup process. But ultimately you should be comfortable with your restoration provider. Choosing an experienced, professional team helps to ensure your peace of mind in a difficult time.

2: Do I have to file an insurance claim?

In most cases, we recommend filing a claim and working with your insurance company throughout the restoration process. Fire damage restoration can be costly, after all. But we will work with a property owner if they choose to pay for the cleanup and restoration services out of their own pocket. That said, it is impossible for us to estimate the cost of our service over the phone. A technician will need to inspect the damaged area to understand the full extent of equipment, manpower and time necessary to do the job.

3: How long will the restoration process take?

Like estimating the cost, it can be tough to determine how long the fire damage restoration process will take. It depends on the extent of the damage. But here are some of the factors that can affect the length of the cleanup and restoration process:

  1. Is there water damage? If first responders used water or fire suppression chemicals to put the fire out, you'll need water damage restoration services. We'll need to dry out your carpet, floors and furniture to reduce the risk of mold growth.
  2. How big is the affected area? Cleaning smoke and soot off walls, ceilings, floors and furniture takes time. The bigger the affected area, the longer it takes.
  3. Are there lingering smoke odors? We'll need to deploy air scrubbers, ozone generators and other tools to remove it.
  4. Are construction services required? If the fire damage is serious, we may need to tear out, repair and restore walls and other structural elements.

4. Can you give me some references?

Every professional damage restoration company should be able to provide you with references. SERVPRO of North Hollywood proudly displays testimonials on both our website and Google. But if you'd like to speak with a former customer about their satisfaction with our damage restoration service, we'd be happy to arrange it.

5: Can I enter or occupy my property during the restoration process?

Sometimes. It depends on the extent of the fire damage. Our first priority is your safety. There could be any number of hazardous places in your home or business as we clean and restore it to it's preloss condition. So it may be possible, but we would evaluate it on a case-by-case basis.

Need Fire Restoration? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

Dealing with fire damage to your property is stressful enough without feeling left in the dark. Since 2007, SERVPRO of North Hollywood has been the local damage restoration provider of choice for thousands of home or business owners across Los Angeles. We're here to help with an emergency response, 24/7. Let us clean and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

How to Inspect for Leaks & Avoid Costly Water Damage Repairs

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Broken sewer pipe in a trench. Some water leaks are really hard to spot. Knowing what to look for is the key to mitigating costly water damage repairs to your commercial property.

Water damage can happen as a result of rainstorms and flooding. But there are many places inside your commercial property where water damage can occur. Small water leaks may seem more of a minor inconvenience than a major problem. But, over time, a small leak can cause significant damage and require costly water damage repairs.

You can mitigate damage from small water leaks by inspecting the areas where water damage is likely to occur. Where should you look?

Toilets

In a commercial property, toilets get a lot of use. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that toilets, including key parts like the gaskets, valves and flanges, suffer from wear and tear.

These components typically last for years, though they will wear out faster with more frequent use. Keeping track of the date of plumbing repairs will help you know when it's time to replace worn parts.

Of course, if your toilet is running, failing to flush, or you find dampness around the toilet, call a local plumber ASAP. An unexplained spike in your water bill could also be the sign of a problem with your toilets.

Faucets and Fixtures

Leaky faucets are also common in commercial buildings, and they often go unnoticed or neglected. The drip, drip, drip of a faucet may seem like a “small thing.” But did you know a single leaky faucet can waste several gallons of water every day?

Plus, over time, the water from a leaky faucet can damage fixtures, pipes, cabinets, floors and ceilings.

Ceilings and Floors

Speaking of, if you spot, well, spots on your ceiling, you may have a faulty, or absent, waterproofing membrane. This thin material is used to waterproof concrete slabs, roofs and floors. If improperly installed, of low quality or simply missing, water from plumbing leaks will seep directly into porous wood, drywall and tile.

Take a walk through your facility and look both up and down for signs of dampness on your floors and ceiling. If you find any, but are unsure of the source, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We have advanced moisture detection equipment to help pinpoint the source of the water damage. Our highly-trained water damage restoration techs can then clean up and restore the affected area to its preloss condition. Because if you don’t address such problem areas right away, the water damage can lead to mold growth and structural damage to your property.

Pipes and Plumbing Systems

Your water pipes can burst during cold weather (yes, even in Los Angeles), while your sewer drains and pipes deteriorate over time. Like leaky toilets and faucets, they can cause serious damage to your commercial building. They may require your business to close and the building to be evacuated. But these plumbing systems are behind walls and underground, so it can be challenging to detect leaks. 

But there are signs, if you know what to look for. One common sign of an underground plumbing leak is wet soil. You may notice areas of your landscaping where plants and grass are growing faster or otherwise flourishing compared to other areas in your yard. 

Other signs are water stains, blistering paint, cracked or loose tiles, bulging walls, and grout gaps. You may also notice musty smells and a significant increase in your water bills. 

For this type of leak to be found and repaired, call a professional because specialized leak detection equipment is necessary.

HVAC Systems

Air conditioning units get a workout in the heat of a Los Angeles summer. There are also numerous places where water can build up or leak. Drip pans can fill up and overflow. Condenser coils and drainage lines can leak. Condensation can build up on nearby walls and cause mold. An annual HVAC system inspection and regular maintenance will help prevent these common issues.

Need Water Damage Repairs? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

Regular inspection of your commercial facility is crucial to mitigate these common water leaks. By doing so, you can prevent more severe water damage while keeping your plumbing systems operating at peak condition.

If you do discover water damage to your building, SERVPRO North Hollywood offers emergency water damage repair service. We're here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly-trained restoration specialists are available for any size commercial property in North Hollywood, Universal City, Toluca Lake, and Los Angeles. Call us at (818) 754-0050 and make commercial water damage "Like it never even happened."

How to Protect Your Home from Damage During Summer Vacation

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Benjamin Franklin If "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," these tips will help you prevent water, fire or mold damage from ruining your summer vacation!

There's nothing worse than returning from a relaxing vacation to find water, fire or mold damage to your home. Here is a quick checklist of things you can do to reduce that risk before you leave.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

The simplest way to avoid water damage inside your home is to shut off the water main while you're gone. If there's no water, there's no risk of a burst pipe or leak.

But if you need to irrigate your lawn or garden, shutting off the water main isn't an option. Instead, turn off the valves under sinks, by toilets and appliances like washing machines to stop leaks. Then double-check sprinkler settings to mitigate excess water from flooding around your home.

It doesn't often rain in Los Angeles during the summer months. But cleaning out gutters and downspouts helps reduce the risk of flooding during a freak storm. Got a sump pump? Test it out to ensure it can do its job should rain be in the forecast while you're away.

Turn air conditioning units down or off. This saves both electricity and money if there's no one home to enjoy the cool air. And before you go, inspect your HVAC system for leaks. Overflowing drip pans or condensation buildup can cause both water damage and mold if left unchecked.

It's also a good idea to inspect your water heater. Look for worn or loose drain valves where water can leak out. For extra peace of mind, have a local plumber check the pressure release valve and flush out sediment buildup.

Fire Damage Prevention Tips

Wildfires are a year round concern in Los Angeles and across Southern California, but especially during the dry summer months. Ensure there is a defensible area around your home by trimming trees, shrubs and other naturally flammable landscaping. Store lawn chairs, shades and other materials that can burn away from your home.

Unplug TVs, ovens and other appliances and devices that won't be in use while you're gone. Test and replace the batteries in smoke detectors so that the alarm will sound should something cause a spark to flame.

Last, but not least, ask a friend or neighbor to check on your home. They can look for potential problems, pick up mail and help make your home appear occupied to deter theft or vandalism.

Got Property Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

While "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," property damage can happen to even the most diligent homeowner. If you return from your summer vacation to find water, fire or mold damage to your home, give us a call at (818) 754-0050. Our highly-trained and professional damage restoration team is here to help anytime, 24/7. We can be on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as one hour to clean up your damaged property quickly.

How to Deal With a Burst Pipe & Tips for Reducing the Risk in the Future

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Burst water pipe. Dealing with a burst water pipe sucks. Here are some tips to mitigate the damage. Then call us at (818) 754-0050 for fast clean up service!

A burst pipe is one of the worst things for a homeowner to find. The squish of a sopping wet carpet. The smell of wet drywall. And water, water everywhere! To be frank, it sucks. Owning a home can be a major headache, especially when you have a plumbing problem. Unfortunately, no matter how much you hope it won't happen to you, a pipe bursting in your home is a real possibility. Here are a few tips to help you handle the situation.

What to Do When a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

Ideally, you would spot the signs of a busted water pipe before severe water damage occurs. But who among us thinks about inspecting our plumbing system? Out of sight, out of mind, right? If you find a burst water pipe, a leaking water heater or another unexpected source of water, some damage has already been done. But you can mitigate further water damage by taking immediate action.

Turn off Your Water

First things first, turn off your water main. Cutting off the source of the water as soon as possible will help minimize the water damage. If you're unsure where to find the water shut-off valve, look around the inside and outside of your home a couple of feet up from ground level. Crawl spaces, basements and garages are other places to look for the shut-off valve.

Drain the Faucets

Once you've shut off the water, open your faucets and flush your toilets multiple times to drain the remaining cold water. This is common in areas at risk for freezing to reduce ice build-up in the pipes. But even in the warm climate of Los Angeles, doing this will also relieve any pent-up pressure inside the pipes.

Call a Plumber

As soon as you’ve reduced the risk of further water damage, call your local plumber. Plumbing systems and pipes are complicated, and you shouldn’t attempt to repair them yourself and risk making things worse. A licensed plumber will determine the cause, suggest a solution and fix the problem properly.

Once the plumber has fixed your broken pipe, it doesn’t mean this can't again. Schedule regular maintenance visits to prevent future disasters.

Clean Up the Mess

The final step of the recovery process is to clean up the affected areas. Cleaning up water damage isn’t easy to do on your own, but there are things you can do while waiting for help to arrive. And professional restoration help is just a call away! Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for water mitigation and water damage restoration services anytime, 24/7. We're faster to any size water disaster in Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Universal City.

Preventing a Water Damage Disaster

You know what they say—prevention is the best cure! It's impossible to prevent every plumbing leak, including burst water pipes. But you can take precautions to reduce the risk.

Below are some things you can do to reduce the risk of water pipe bursts:

  • Run water faucets regularly to reduce pressure build up
  • Ensure pipes and plumbing systems are properly insulated
  • If the weather forecast predicts near-freezing temps, disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets and keep things warm inside. You can also leave cabinet doors open to warm things up during a cold snap.

Once a pipe bursts, there’s little you can do but deal with it. Preventing serious water damage from a burst pipe requires fast-thinking and quick action. Every minute matters, and hesitation can result in expensive and extensive repairs.

Following these tips and preventive measures will reduce the risk of a major disaster. But if a pipe bursts, don't wait: call the water damage restoration pros to restore your property to it's preloss condition ASAP!

Our highly-trained restoration specialists are certified to IICRC standards for water damage cleanup and water mitigation. We can be on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as 1 hour. Call us at (818) 754-0050 and make a pipe burst disaster "Like it never even happened."

Do Heatwaves Increase Wildfire Damage?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Thermometer showing high temps. When it's hot and dry in Los Angeles, the risk of wildfire damage grows. Takes steps now to mitigate wildfire damage to your home or business.

It's July in Los Angeles. It's hot and it's dry. In fact, July is the driest month of the year in sunny LA. Add it up, and summer is the season for increased risk of wildfire damage to your home or commercial property.

But there is a difference between "normal" summer temps and a genuine Southern California heatwave. First, after the sun sets, we'll get overnight lows in the high 60s or low 70s. This includes valley areas where it's hottest. Because of this, wise homeowners irrigate their lawns at night or in the morning, when it's coolest. But during a heatwave, overnight temps can linger in the 80s or higher! And the hotter it is, the faster that water evaporates, leaving foliage dry and parched.

As you no doubt know, dried out plants are a key fuel for wildfires. During our worst heatwaves, it's difficult to ensure lawns, trees and shrubs receive sufficient moisture, so they don't become kindling.

And when Los Angeles is experiencing a drought, or drought-like conditions, the state or county might place restrictions on water usage. Less water = increased wildfire risk.

Second, hotter temps make it harder to fight wildfires. They can feed a vicious cycle where the wildfire "creates" its own weather. Remember, hot air rises. As it does, the updraft can create the conditions for a "firestorm," increasing the frequency of strong wind gusts. And, of course, it's more difficult to contain a fire when high temperatures combine with strong winds.

Last, but not least, a heatwave can drive more people outdoors and to the refuge of the beach or mountains. Campfires, barbecues, fireworks and smoking (of cigarettes or the more herbal kind) can all spark a wildfire. Once a fire starts burning out of control, it can leave serious fire damage in its wake.

Preventing Wildfire Damage

The best way to fight a wildfire and prevent property damage is to stop one before it starts. If you're going to barbecue or chill out around the fire pit this summer, be sure they're fully extinguished when you're done.

There are also several things you can do to mitigate wildfire damage risks to your home or business. Proper management of your property, like cleaning debris from roofs and gutters or creating a defensible perimeter around buildings, is vital.

Most important, we need to support each other and our community during a wildfire emergency. Heed evacuation orders and help first responders by ensuring you and your family are out of harms way. Remember, nothing is more important than your safety. We can replace or restore your belongings. We can't replace or restore you.

Once firefighters contain the wildfire, and you're ready to begin the cleanup process, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. Our highly-trained and professional fire restoration service removes smoke and soot from a structure's interior and exterior. And we can also deodorize and improve the air quality inside the building.

We offer emergency restoration service to North Hollywood, of course, but also Universal City, Toluca Lake and areas of Los Angeles. We can clean up from any size water, fire or mold disaster. Call us 24/7, to make wildfire damage "Like it never even happened."

Understanding the Factors Affecting Fire Damage Restoration

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

A home damaged by fire. Putting out the flames are only the first step in recovering from a fire. SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help with the rest, 24/7.

House fires happen unexpectedly, burn rapidly and can cause a lot of damage to your home. Hopefully your local fire department responds quickly and can prevent a total loss. But once the flames are out and your family is safe, you may have questions about the recovery process.

For example, how long does the fire damage restoration process take to return your home to its preloss condition? And what factors affect the fire damage restoration process? Understanding these factors will help us set reasonable expectations for the work that needs doing and the time it might take.

Time is of the Essence

Timing is crucial when dealing with fire damage. A matter of hours or minutes may mean all the difference. 

The first thing we need to clean up is the smoke and soot damage. As smoke and soot lingers in the area, they can discolor the walls, floors, appliances and other household items. Over time, the discoloration can become permanent if left unaddressed. The acid in soot can corrode metal, wood, drywall and other materials. Smoke can also affect the air quality. And there are potentially serious health effects associated with prolonged soot exposure.

Smoke and soot can travel, including inside your HVAC system and duct work. So it's important to have a highly-trained fire damage restoration professional thoroughly inspect your property. That ways there is less risk of an unseen problem in the future.

Water Used to Put Out Fire

In the event of a fire, many residential and commercial buildings have sprinkler systems to prevent the fire from spreading. Firefighters may also need to dowse the home with water or other fire suppressants to extinguish the flames. Stopping the spread of a fire may mean flooding your property with gallons and gallons of water. And this means water damage cleanup is also a part of the fire damage restoration process.

Of course, you may not be thinking about water damage following a fire. But heat and water are two factors that can help mold and mildew thrive on your property. And areas of your home may degrade and rot because the water used to put out the fire wasn't removed and dried out properly!

What Happens During Fire Damage Restoration?

Fire damage restoration is the process of cleaning, reconstructing and restoring a property damaged by fire. It includes assessment, cleaning, deodorizing and a restoration process to return your home to it's preloss condition. And what you do following the fire matters too. Depending on what caused the fire, its duration and spread, there may be different steps involved in your specific fire restoration process.

Conclusion

Recovering from a fire in your home is difficult for anyone. With luck, your family gets out of harms way and your most cherished mementos are saved. What remains can be assessed, cleaned, restored or replaced, if necessary. And trained professionals are here to help with the recovery process to ensure your home life returns as close to normal as possible.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is a cleanup and restoration company in Los Angeles. We take care of both residential and commercial properties affected by fire, water or mold. And as a member of the community, and your neighbors, we understand the stress and worry you feel following a disaster. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (818) 754-0050! We're here for you, 24/7 to help you recover from a fire damage disaster "Like it never even happened."

How to Prevent Mold From Growing and Spreading on Your Property

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing near a window. Mold can grow almost anywhere on your property. You may not even realize your have a mold problem right away. Call now for fast mold removal service.

Mold is a serious problem that can quickly get out of hand. Therefore, you will want to do all you can to prevent mold from growing and spreading on your property. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done; mold can be tricky to deal with! But it is in your best interests to address a mold problem before it worsens.

To help you eliminate mold from your property, we have prepared this short guide on finding and dealing with the beginnings of an infestation. Keep reading to learn more!

What Are the Elements Involved in Mold Growth?

To combat mold, we first must talk about the elements involved in mold growth. What makes mold difficult to deal with is that it can thrive nearly anywhere in a building. This is because all mold needs to grow is oxygen, humidity, a food source, and darkness. With moisture from a plumbing leak or a build up of storm water, mold may develop, and quickly. We know it's pretty dry in Los Angeles, but mold doesn't require much moisture to survive.

Another thing that makes mold difficult to manage is that it can be hard to spot. In fact, smaller mold spores may look like dirt or soot. This is why people may ignore it until their mold problem starts to progress into something more serious.

How Does Mold Spread?

Some people assume that mold sticks to the spot where it’s found. This isn’t the case. If you find mold in your basement or crawl space, the mold spores may rise and spread throughout your building. Warm air rises, providing the mold spores a vehicle to travel and spread to other warm, damp areas, like your bathroom or kitchen.

Likewise, mold spores can also travel through HVAC systems. During an LA heatwave, your central air conditioning is probably on a lot. If you have mold in your attic or around duct work, keeping cool may not be the only outcome from cranking the ac.

Upon discovering water damage or a mold infestation on your property, you will want to deal with it as soon as possible. Mold can colonize and begin to spread to other areas of your property within one to two weeks’ time.

How Do You Stop Mold?

The best way to stop mold is to prevent it from growing in the first place. You can do this by dealing with wet surfaces and material right away. This means checking for leaks and having stagnant water extracted and removed, especially from porous surfaces, like a carpet or wood floors. You will want to do this as soon as possible as mold only takes a day or two to grow.

If you manage to spot an infestation early, it may be possible to remove the visible mold using  vinegar, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide. However, many surfaces where mold resides, like walls or ceilings, are porous, so mold can spread to places that aren't visible to the naked eye. If the smell of mold lingers, or the mold returns after cleaning the surface, you may have a mold problem that requires professional mold remediation.

You can call SERVPRO of North Hollywood to  respond 24/7 to any size disaster. We offer fast water damage cleanup and mold remediation services to both residential and commercial properties. Our trained team responds quickly, in as little as one hour to anywhere in Los Angeles. In short, we'll get you up and running again in no time.

So if you need help with water, fire, or mold cleanup, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. You can rest assured that we will clean and restore your property "Like it never even happened."