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How Fire Damage Can Cause Water Damage (and Vice Versa)

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke triggering fire alarm sprinkler system When fire & smoke trigger sprinkler systems, you may need water damage restoration as well as smoke & soot cleanup. Call SERVPRO for a fast response.

Fire and water. Water and fire. They are natural enemies, the yin to the other's yang. Yet when your residential or commercial property suffers either water damage or fire damage, you should know that one can actually increase the likelihood of damage from the other.

Fire Causes Water Damage

There are two ways fire damage can cause water damage to your home or business: directly and indirectly.

First, and perhaps most obviously, if the fire department extinguishes the fire with a hose, it soaks your belongings with water. Likewise, if a fire alarm triggers the activation of a sprinkler system, your floors, carpets, walls and furniture are dowsed with gallons of water.

Less obvious is how nearby wildfires can also increase the risk of water damage to your property. Even if your home is spared by flames, a wildfire can burn out so much vegetation that the land is unable to soak up the water from subsequent rain storms. Large amounts of water from rain runoff can seep into your basement, crawl space and foundation, causing water damage and also increasing the risk of mold growth.

Following a fire, it is important to have a certified water damage specialist thoroughly inspect your property. Left unaddressed, water damage can spread and become both a bigger safety risk as well as more expensive to repair. Further, mold thrives in damp areas that are not properly dried and disinfected.

If you find water damage following a fire, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away to inspect your property, extract the water and expertly dry, clean and disinfect the affected areas of your home or business.

Water Causes Fire Damage

When it comes to the risk of wildfires, it's the lack of water that creates the dry conditions that can lead to a fire sparking and rapidly spreading. On the other hand, water itself can actually spark a fire in your home, often completely unaware to the homeowner. How?

Both plumbing pipes and electrical wires usually run in close proximity to each other inside your walls. So a leaky or burst pipe can drip water on those wires. A leaky roof can send water flowing towards light fixtures. The water in a flooded room might rise dangerously close to live electrical outlets.

When water comes in contact with exposed wires or sockets, it can cause a short circuit. If the affected appliance or fixture is protected by a fuse or circuit breaker, it will protect against overheating by "blowing," e.g. breaking the circuit. However, if there is no fuse or circuit breaker to stop the electrical current, the wiring or appliance will continue to heat up and, if it comes in contact with combustible materials like wood or carpet, could start a fire.

To prevent this, have a licensed plumber check your plumbing system for leaks. Likewise, clear your roof of debris and inspect for damage before the rainy season. And make sure that blown fuses are replaced, older appliances are upgraded and circuit breakers are working as specified.

And if your property suffers fire, smoke or soot damage, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood anytime, 24/7. Our highly-trained restoration technicians will help you clean up, deodorize and restore your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Why Los Angeles Homeowners Need Flood Insurance

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water damage to a staircase Just one inch of water can cause over $10,000 of damage to your home. Having flood insurance is vital to protect against a serious flood damage loss.

Following a dry and hot summer, most Los Angeles homeowners have one eye on the handful of wildfires burning nearby, and the other on Red Flag Warnings that portend increased wildfire risk.

But believe it or not, now is also a good time to get ready for wet weather, because, when rain storms do arrive following wildfires, they'll carry an increased risk for flooding and mudslides.

Every rainy season, yes, even in Los Angeles, brings the threat of flood damage to your home or business along with it. But following our spate of wildfires, the risk of flooding grows greater as the fires burn away vegetation that would normally soak up the rain.

Of course, most homeowners, and some renters, do carry insurance to protect themselves against property losses. However, flooding is one natural disaster that is not typically covered in an insurance policy.

This is in spite of the fact that flooding is, historically, the most common natural disaster in the world, surpassed only recently by wildfires across the U.S. And in California, the frequency of both wildfires and floods is only expected to increase.

Enter the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Established in 1968, the FEMA administered program "aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations."

You can purchasing an NFIP policy through an affiliated insurance agent, though they are only available if you live within a participating community (which appears to include most, if not all, cities in Los Angeles County).

Keep in mind that most flood disaster policies only cover flooding damage from a natural event. If the flooding was caused by a sewer back up or an overflowing toilet, it may not be covered by this particular type of policy.

There are also private flood insurance options, which can be less expensive and may provide higher levels of coverage. However, as private flooding insurance plans were rare prior to 2014, they are also somewhat untested in their response to a flooding disaster.

While Los Angeles and the surrounding area is not considered a high-risk flood zone, FEMA notes that "more than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside high-risk flood zones." Further, repairing flood damaged property is quite expensive. A single inch of water can cause upwards of $10,000 worth of damage.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help! Our certified restoration specialists respond faster, 24/7, to any size flooding disaster with the training and technology necessary to quickly mitigate a flood damage emergency. We not only dry, clean and deodorize your water damaged property, we also rebuild and restore damaged areas to make a flooding disaster "Like it never even happened." And we also work directly with your insurance company, reducing stressful bottlenecks and bringing you much needed peace of mind.

Signs You May Have Water Damage (And Don't Even Know It)

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Technician using an infrared moisture detector SERVPRO technicians have advanced technology, like infrared moisture detectors, to determine how far water has traveled within a damaged structure.

Some signs of home water damage are obvious. If you notice discoloration on your ceiling or walls or feel damp spots under sinks, near washing machines, water heaters or air conditioners, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. We're available 24/7 to inspect, repair and restore any size water damage emergency.

Some signs of water damage, however, are more subtle. So here are a few signs you may have water damage in your home and don't even know it.

What's That Smell?

When water seeps into a permeable surface, such as carpeting, drywall or wood, it creates the perfect conditions for mold and mildew growth. If you smell musty, earthy odors upon entering your bathroom, kitchen, basement or any room that's often warm and damp, there's a good chance you have water damage and, likely, mold.

However, the source of the smell may be difficult to spot with the naked eye. SERVPRO of North Hollywood has specialized technology, like infrared moisture sensors, to help us detect damp areas that may be hidden in walls, ceilings and floors, even when there's no visible damage.

If you do discover mold, don't try and clean it up yourself or, worse, paint over it. If not cleaned properly, you may accidentally spread mold spores to other rooms in your house. It's also important that the source of the moisture be addressed as part of the mold remediation process. Otherwise you may find you've only temporarily addressed the symptoms without a more permanent cure.

We Used How Much Water Last Month?

Another potential sign of water damage is a spike in your utility bill. It's normal to see an increase during the hotter, drier months when you might be watering your lawn or running the air conditioning more frequently. But if you notice a sudden jump, or the increase doesn't have an obvious explanation, you may have a leak in your plumbing system.

Plumbing leaks can be found around fixtures like sinks, showers, bathtubs and toilets. There could also be a burst or leaky pipe in your walls or irrigation systems. A licensed plumber with leak detection technology can help you find and repair plumbing leaks, while our restoration specialists can help you fix the water damage they cause.

Brr! Is it Cold in Here?

It's not often that Los Angeles homeowners feel the urge to kick on the heat. But if you find yourself struggling to warm up a room, even with the heater running, that could be another sign of water damage. Water absorbs heat better than air, so if you feel a chill, particularly near walls but away from drafty doors or windows, there could be moisture build up inside the walls, damaging your insulation.

In fact, a significant difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures can cause condensation to build up on the barriers between them. Condensation is, of course, water, which can then damage window and door frames, walls, ceilings and floors. So if you're noticing condensation on any of these areas, or your walls or floors are unusually cold to the touch, have us inspect your insulation for rot, mold and water damage. Because even a little water can cause a lot of damage.

Do You Hear That?

Obviously if you hear the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet or shower head, you should have it repaired or replaced by a plumber near you.

But sometimes you can also hear less obvious sources of water leaks. Maybe your faucets are fine but you still hear a dripping sound that you just can't find. It could also be a hissing or rushing sound coming from your pipes. Or, still less obvious, it could be the creaky floorboards you've been meaning to fix.

Whether the signs are visible or not, if you suspect your home has water damage, don't wait, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood any time, day or night, for a thorough home water damage inspection. And if we do find damage or mold, you can count on our team of certified restoration specialists to repair and restore your water damaged property "like it never even happened."

What is a Red Flag Warning?

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Palm tree on a windy day Sustained high winds, coupled with dry heat, increase the risk for wildfires in LA. Help prevent fire damage to your property with these tips.

As wildfires burn across California, several areas, including Los Angeles County, have also been given a Red Flag Warning. But what does that really mean for LA residents and property owners? And are there things you can do to help prevent fires from spreading in your area?

What Does a Red Flag Warning Mean?

A Red Flag Warning means take action. They are issued by the National Weather Service when the potential for fires in a given area is at its peak. Typically, that means sustained winds, high temperatures and low humidity.

Dry heat is, of course, a pretty typical Los Angeles day, which is why the threat of wildfires has become a constant. The winds are the primary variable, and when the Santa Ana winds are blowing (as they are now, thanks in part to El Niño), small sparks can easily ignite into a blaze.

What is a Fire Weather Watch?

A Fire Weather Watch means that there is the potential for wildfire conditions, but that weather is not considered "imminent or occurring." Property owners should still be prepared and vigilant.

How to Prevent Fires During Red Flag Warnings & Watches

When your area is under a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch, it is vital to prepare your property for wildfires.

Important steps include:

  • Having an evacuation plan

  • Cleaning gutters, roofs and yards of debris such as dry leaves, twigs and branches

  • Moving flammable liquids like gas cans and tanks of propane away from your home

  • Checking that garden hoses, pressure washers and fire extinguishers are functional and accessible

Be extremely vigilant with heat and open flames from BBQs, fire pits and cigarettes and never leave a fire unattended.

If wildfires are burning in your general vicinity, keep windows and doors closed and, if possible, reduce the use of HVAC systems like central A/C and heat to prevent smoke and soot from entering your home.

Ultimately, the most important thing is the safety of you and your family. Head mandatory evacuation orders and stay up to date on the latest conditions by subscribing to alerts or following the Los Angeles Fire Department on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Once the flames are out, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood anytime, 24/7, to assist with fire damage cleanup and restoration. We're here to help!

P.S. Don't forget! After a wildfire the risk of storm damage increases. Be prepared for a disaster by creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile today.

How Wildfires Affect Air Quality

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO specialist cleaning soot from a fire. To mitigate smoke and soot damage to your home (and the people in it), call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We're faster to any size disaster.

With wildfires burning across California, now is a good time to explain how such fires affect Los Angeles property owners even when their home or business is not directly threatened by the flames.

Besides heat, wildfires spew all sorts of stuff into the atmosphere. What those chemicals are, and how harmful they can be, depends on the fuel being burned as well as the duration of the fire.

Carbon Monoxide

Every fire, no matter the cause, releases carbon monoxide (CO) into the air. While we often associate the chemicals from a fire with the smell of the smoke, carbon monoxide is actually odorless. Indeed, it doesn't necessarily require an open flame to produce CO, as even contained fires, such as those in our ovens, cars and heaters, also release the chemical.

Carbon monoxide is toxic to humans and animals and exposure symptoms include headaches and dizziness, nausea and vomiting and weakness and disorientation. Anyone exhibiting such symptoms should move away from the source immediately to fresh air and be examined and treated by a medical professional.

To avoid CO poisoning, be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home or commercial property. Test and install new batteries regularly and replace older units with newer models every five years or so. You should also have your heating system, water heater and any gas or oil burning appliances serviced annually.

Smoke

As mentioned, we most often first notice a fire by smelling smoke. But the smoke released by a fire can include a wide array of chemicals depending upon what's burning. The smoke from trees, brush and untreated wood includes a mix of benzene, formaldehyde and acrolein, among others. Smoke from painted or stained wood will also release chemicals from the coating, potentially including neurotoxins like lead or mercury.

But the biggest health concern comes from fine particulate matter, a form of air pollution that is often visible during a wildfire as haze. When air quality warnings are in effect, fine particulates are often the culprit as they can cause mild to severe breathing difficulties, even with just short-term exposure.

When the air quality is poor due to a fire, stay indoors and limit the use of HVAC systems, such as air conditioners, which can draw fine particulates indoors through the ventilation ducts.

Soot

While often paired together, smoke and soot are actually two separate but related fire outputs. Smoke is comprised of the visible gases released by the fuel burned in a fire, while soot is comprised of solid carbon particles that have escaped the fire itself, resulting in black, brown or grey colored dust. However, soot is light enough to float in the air and can also be inhaled, causing respiratory distress and illnesses.

Long-term, if not properly cleaned, soot can also damage solid objects, including walls, ceilings and floors, roofing, window and door frames, decks and patios. Soot is acidic and can therefore also be corrosive, meaning that over time it can "eat away" at a surface, causing discoloration and pock marks.

The Importance of Professional Fire Cleanup

Ultimately, wildfires present a number of dangers to property owners across Los Angeles, even when the flames are miles away. Following a fire, for the safety of everyone entering the space, it is important to have the fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO of North Hollywood help you thoroughly clean your property.

Whether you own a home, apartment, office, store, hotel or restaurant, we have the highly-trained restoration team and advanced cleaning technology to completely and properly cleanse your location of smoke, soot and other chemicals to protect both your property and the people in it.

What is a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners using the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile app. Prepare your commercial property for a water, fire or mold disaster by creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile using our convenient mobile app.

While September is officially National Preparedness Month, it's never a bad time to prepare your business for a disaster emergency. Creating a free SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a good first step.

Every business owner or property manager should have a business continuity plan in the event of an emergency. Many businesses close and never reopen after experiencing damage caused by flooding, fires and other disasters. The businesses that return to full operation do so by planning ahead and being prepared. With that in mind SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help you get started.

Register Your Account

Start by visiting SERVPRO.com/ready and to create an account. Be sure to list SERVPRO of North Hollywood as your contact should your commercial property experience fire, water or mold damage.

Begin creating Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) for each property. The ERP stores important details about your property to facilitate a clear plan of action in the event of a disaster. Your ERP includes vital data, including your property's location, access details, utility and emergency contacts.

Once an account has been created, you can manage your SERVPRO Emergency READY profiles on a phone or tablet using apps available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by logging in with your account details. This will help you fully complete your profile with the necessary details covered below.

Populate Your Emergency READY Profile

As part of our overall Emergency READY Program, SERVPRO of North Hollywood offers a no cost assessment of your property to help you enter vital information in your Emergency READY Profile.

Whether you do it yourself, or we help you, be as thorough as possible. Include photos with each section of your profile. Make note of the location of water, gas and electricity shut-offs and provide details of any hazardous materials present on site. If you'd like to include anything not specified in a section, you can also add notes on the last step.

Once completed, share your ERP with key stakeholders via email or through the app. You can also email us your ERP to ensure we have it on file.

Should Disaster Occur, Get Help Fast

You can contact SERVPRO of North Hollywood directly through the app. If an ERP exists for the damaged property, some details necessary to submit a fire, water or mold loss pre-populate in the app to facilitate the submission process.

Once you've submitted your information to us, our highly-trained team of restoration specialists springs into action to respond "faster to any size disaster." Review our disaster mitigation tips within the app to guide you on things you can do immediately to mitigate the damage as you wait for us to arrive at the scene.

There are many steps a business owner or property manager should take to be prepared for a disaster. But with a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, you can feel secure knowing SERVPRO of North Hollywood is ready, willing and able to make commercial property damage from water, fire or mold "Like it never even happened."

Meet the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

The Woolsey Fire burning acres of trees The Woolsey Fire burned acres of trees and damaged thousands of homes and businesses across Los Angeles and Ventura County.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood takes great pride in the skill of our damage restoration specialists. Our local team is highly-trained and certified in water damage cleanup, fire damage restoration and mold remediation.

Homeowners, business owners and property managers across Los Angeles know that one call to SERVPRO of North Hollywood, 24/7, is all it takes. Because when we say "faster to any size disaster," we mean it.

Some disasters, however, are so big that a single team of local restoration specialists, even one with our training and advanced restoration technology, isn't enough. Major disasters require an emergency response to meet the scale of the damage. Which is where the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team comes in.

Major Natural Disaster = Major Response

When your home is threatened or damaged by a major natural disaster, such as a hurricane, wildfire or earthquake, our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team will be ready. With a nationwide network of strategically placed storm response teams, you can feel secure that we're prepared to assist you quickly when disaster strikes.

Our Catastrophic Storm Response Team recently assisted with recovery efforts across the country following California wildfires and Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Matthew.

So when you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, you not only have access to your local team of skilled restoration specialists but also the resources of more than 1,700 franchises, available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Commercial Disasters

Other major disasters are more isolated but still large enough to require a dedicated response team.

With our Commercial Large Loss division, we can scale our response to fires or flooding at commercial properties, such as hotels, multi-unit apartment complexes, office buildings or government facilities.

By centralizing communications through a commercial operations manager overseeing professional, temporary labor, we can cut costs, mitigate damage and restore operations quickly and seamlessly.

In short, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is truly capable of taking care of you and your property following any size disaster. And thanks to the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, no disaster is too big.

So call us anytime, day or night. We're always here to help.

Smoke Alarms & Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Woman installing 9 volt battery in smoke detector Change the batteries in your smoke alarm when you hear a low battery warning, or at least once a year.

Wildfires are becoming a year-round concern across California, including Los Angeles and the surrounding valleys. To reduce the risk of home fire damage, be prepared with these two important fire safety tips.

Smoke Alarms: Test, Change, Replace

Smoke alarms can save lives… but only if they're working properly. According to National Fire Protection Association, nearly three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

To ensure your smoke alarms are always in good functioning order:

  • Test every smoke alarm in your home at least once a month

  • Change the batteries when you hear a low battery warning, or at least once a year

  • Replace old smoke alarms every 10 years

Smoke alarm technology has changed and improved rapidly over the past few years. The best new smoke alarms have dual sensors to detect smoke from both slow-smoldering and fast-flaming fires. Some units can also detect carbon monoxide as well as smoke. And others can be interconnected, to each other or through a hub like Google Nest, so that when one alarms detects smoke, all of the alarms sound.

Most importantly, be sure you and your family have a fire evacuation plan, including fire exits and a meeting place to make sure all of your loved ones are safe and accounted for in the event of a fire emergency.

Fire Extinguishers: Know Your ABCs from Your PASS

Another important first defense against fire damage is fire extinguishers. But as with smoke alarms, fire extinguishers are only helpful if they work.

When you test your smoke alarms each month, you should also visually inspect your fire extinguishers for damage. Make sure the pressure gauge reads in the green or at a pressure level of at least 185 psi. If below, replace the fire extinguisher or have it recharged at your local fire station.

Of course, even a working fire extinguisher is only effective if you know how to use it. Follow the PASS method:

  • Pull the pin

  • Aim low at the base of the fire

  • Squeeze the handle to discharge

  • Sweep from side to side to extinguish the fire

Also, be sure your home fire extinguishers is classified as multipurpose and suitable for the following three types of materials:

  • A is for ordinary combustible material, like paper, wood or cloth

  • B is for flammable liquids such as gas, oil or paint

  • C is for electrical equipment

Other fire extinguishers are suitable for flammable metals (Class D) and cooking fats and oils (Class K) like those used in restaurants. You may want to have one of these specialized fire extinguishers on hand if you work with such materials in your home.

There are other things you can do to prepare your home for wildfires, but having working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are two important first steps.

And if you find your home damaged by fire, smoke and soot from wildfires, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, 24/7, and let our fire restoration specialists cleanup and recover your property "like it never even happened."

4 Common Sources of Home Water Damage

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to a home's ceiling Home water damage is sometimes hidden from view. If you suspect you have hidden water damage, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood anytime, 24/7.

Many homeowners don't even know that their home has suffered water damage. Still others may know, but don't fully realize the damage that even a little water can do.

The sooner water damage is spotted and addressed, the less costly and time consuming the repair and restoration process can be.

So call on SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away, anytime day or night, should you discover water damage in your home caused by any of the following common sources.

Clogged Drains, Sewers & Pipes

Perhaps the most common, and noticeable, source of home water damage is from overflowing sinks and toilets caused by backed up drains, sewer lines or pipes.

A licensed, local plumber can inspect and clear out the clog and get your plumbing working again. But don't forget to have us then inspect your floor and walls for signs of water damage or mold growth!

Also, if the water damage was caused by gray or black water, such as from an overflowing toilet or sewage backup, it is vital to have the affected area professionally and thoroughly cleaned by our team of highly-trained restoration specialists.

Such water often is highly contaminated and requires specialized extraction, cleaning and drying methods to reduce the risk of illness from bacteria, viruses and other microbes left behind by the water.

Leaking or Burst Pipes

Water leaks from worn or improperly installed pipe joints may be visible under sinks or hidden behind walls. If you've recently experienced any unexpectedly high water bills or a noticeable drop in water pressure, you should have a leak detection specialist inspect for hidden water leaks.

And once the source of the water leak is found and resolved, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood to repair and restore water damage to your drywall, insulation or flooring caused by the leak.

Leaky Household Appliances

Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and air conditioning units are all potential sources of home water damage.

Over time, even the best appliances experience wear and tear from frequent use. Rubber seals crack, connecting pipes and hoses weaken and deteriorate.

Keep an eye out for damp areas around your appliances and have any leaks repaired quickly before the damage to your floors and subflooring gets worse.

Rain Storm Flooding

No, it doesn't rain very often in sunny Los Angeles. But when it does, your attic, basement or crawl space are all areas at risk for storm water damage.

Installing a sump pump can help mitigate storm flooding damage. Just be sure to have your sump pump tested annually to prepare for the rainy season.

Most importantly, should you discover water damage in your home, don't wait: call SERVPRO of North Hollywood immediately for a fast response, 24/7, to any size disaster.

The sooner we can get to work repairing and restoring your water damaged property, the sooner we can make it "like it never even happened."

Handling the Heat Wave: Coping With High Temps in Los Angeles

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

There are many ways to beat the heat here in LA. Keep these tips in mind to stay cool safely and prevent property damage from water or fire disasters.

It took its sweet time getting here, but there's no doubt that the summer heat arrived in Los Angeles with a bang. Of course, Southland residents, particularly those living in North Hollywood and the surrounding valley, are used to triple digit temperatures during these dog days of summer.

That said, though we're seldom phased by heat advisories, keep in mind these tips for coping with extreme heat and staying safe during these hottest months of the year.

Avoid Sunburns & Heat Stroke

How quickly can you get a sunburn? It depends on the person, but it can happen in less than 15 minutes of sun exposure. So whether you're headed to the beach, a BBQ or just working around the house, wear sunscreen. Be sure to choose one with at least 30 SPF protection and reapply as directed.

While sunburns can be painful and, over time, lead to serious illnesses such as skin cancer, extreme temperatures can also present a more immediate danger. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a risk, particularly if you're engaged in physical activity such as playing sports or hard labor like yard work or construction. Be sure to hydrate well, take frequent breaks and seek out shade. Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and how to treat and prevent it from escalating into a heat emergency.

And if you're looking for a cool place to cool off, check out this list of free air conditioned spots around Los Angeles.

Manage AC & Irrigation Systems

Speaking of air conditioning, summer heat waves always give HVAC systems a serious workout. To prevent your AC unit from going on the fritz when you need it most, adjust it to a higher temperature during the day when you're at work or otherwise away from home. Be sure to check your unit's vents and clean or replace clogged our worn out filters. Or if you have a larger, central air conditioning system, have SERVPRO of North Hollywood inspect and clean your HVAC ducts to keep it running at peak efficiency.

Another thing that may be working overtime during the heat is your irrigation system. While California is no longer technically in a drought, it's always smart to be water wise. Run sprinklers during the coolest part of the day, in the early morning or late at night, to maximize absorption. And keep an eye on your water bill. If you notice any unusual spikes, have your irrigation system inspected for leaks. Such uncontrolled sprinkler leaks can cause flooding damage to your property or sticky, slimy lawn mold.

Prepare for Storms and Flooding

Summer in Los Angeles is usually a very dry heat. However, thanks to El Nino, there's more moisture in the air than normal, and that means the potential for thunderstorms.

LA storms tend to be quick and intense, dumping lots of water on dry surfaces that are ill equipped to soak it up. Valley areas, particularly those recovering from wildfires, are at risk for flooding, which can happen very fast once the rain starts to fall. So be proactive and to prepare your home for rainstorms now while it's dry.

Of course, if you find yourself the victim of property damage from a summer storm, give SERVPRO of North Hollywood a call right away. The sooner we can begin the process of clean up and recovery from flooding damage, the more likely we'll be able to preserve or restore your valued possessions "like it never even happened."

Wildfires

It wouldn't be summer in So Cal without a warning about wildfires. Dry conditions are a fact of life here in Los Angeles, but our wet winter and spring may have even increased the risk for wildfires this summer. Already brush fires forced mandatory evacuations and snarled traffic near the Grapevine.

Don't wait. Take steps now to protect your home or business now and help mitigate the potential for fire, smoke and soot damage to your property.

However, should disaster strike, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is just a call away, 24/7, with a fast response to any size disaster. Our team of restoration specialists is highly-trained and ready to assist you in recovering from a water damage or fire damage emergency.

We also offer mold remediation and other specialty cleaning services and are happy to come out and inspect your property if you even suspect you have need of our restoration services.