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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."

When Should You Call a Water Damage Restoration Company?

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on ceiling. Is that water spot getting bigger? Time to call the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

Let's face it: hiring a water damage restoration company is a big deal. First, it can be costly. Your homeowner's insurance may cover the cost of the damage to your property, but there could be out-of-pocket expenses or increased premiums. Second, it can be a time-consuming and disruptive process for your family or business.

For these reasons, you may decide you don't need water damage restoration and to deal with the issue yourself. However, here are a few times you should put concerns about cost or disruption aside and call a water damage restoration company right away.

The Damage is From Gray or Black Water

There are three categories of water damage: clean, gray and black. Clean water still requires extraction and drying to prevent mold and other microbial growth. But cleaning up gray and black water damage also requires decontamination and disinfection. Unseen pathogens in your home can cause illness, so calling in a professional water damage restoration company is highly recommended.

The Damage is Getting Worse

Rain is an infrequent guest in Los Angeles. So that water spot on the ceiling? It may be something you're tempted to ignore. But what if you notice the spot is getting bigger? Or if it's size increases even when it's dry outside? You should have a water damage restoration service inspect the affected area. Finding the source of the damage, and repairing it, is essential to prevent a bigger, and more expensive, problem in the future.

You're Not Sure of the Cause of the Damage

Sometimes you may not even be sure you have a problem that requires water damage restoration. A pipe leak, for example, can hide inside your walls. Following a rainstorm, mold can grow under carpets or in crawl spaces, leaving an odor that you just can't pinpoint. A professional water damage restoration company has the advanced technology, like infrared moisture detection units, to locate and rectify the problem.

But Wait! What if I'm a Tenant?

Ultimately, the decision to call a water damage restoration company for water cleanup or mold remediation is yours. But there is one time when calling us may not be your first step. If you're a tenant, and you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, we'll advise you to call your landlord or property manager next. Why? Because, for liability reasons, we can't inspect the property without the owner's permission.

By law, you are entitled to a habitable space. California state law does provide renters with recourse for necessary repairs. And if you have any questions about what our water damage restoration team can do and when, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

Need Water Damage Restoration? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

To best mitigate water damage, fast action is crucial. Our water damage restoration specialists are available 24/7 to respond quickly to any size water damage disaster. We offer emergency restoration service and can be on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as one hour.

So when you're ready get professional water damage restoration help, contact SERVPRO of North Hollywood at (818) 754-0050 anytime, day or night!

Stop Damage From Flash Flooding in Los Angeles

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Clogged storm gutters. Do your gutters look like this? Clean them out to help prevent storm water runoff from flooding the ground floor rooms of your home.

Rainstorms are rare in Los Angeles. Over a full year, we get about a month's worth of rainy days. Most of that rainfall comes between December and March. So with the summer months approaching, why write about rainstorms?

With the Palisades Fire still fresh on our minds, we're reminded that California's wildfires are a year-round concern. Between the large scale loss of vegetation and the near drought, dry conditions, heavy rain could bring the threat of flooding. And with floods so rare in sunny LA, homeowners might be uncertain how to handle one when it does happen.

Here are a few steps to take before and after a storm to prevent water damage to your property from a flash flooding event.

Before a Rainstorm

Before rain is in the weather forecast, there are a few things you can do around your home while it's still sunny and dry.

First, inspect and clean out your gutters. Experts recommend doing this at least twice annually to remove leaves, branches and other debris. It's a dirty and dangerous task, so you may want to hire a professional cleaning service instead of scaling a ladder yourself. Or consider installing gutter filters to keep larger debris from clogging them up.

Clean gutters help prevent water from pooling around your foundation and leaking into basements and crawl spaces.

Second, test your sump pump. "A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin." It is a valuable tool to stop your basement, crawl space or garage from becoming flooded by rain water. But only if it's working!

Plumbers recommend testing your sump pump every 3-4 months. It's easy to test a sump pump yourself. But you should call a licensed plumber to repair or replace your sump pump if you do find a problem.

Don't have a sump pump? Depending on the type, you should be able to have one installed for less than $2,000.00. That may seem expensive, but if it saves you from a flooded basement, you'll be happy you made the investment in your home.

After a Rainstorm

After the storm clouds part and the rain stops, be sure to check ground floor areas for signs of flooding. It's important to remove standing water in your basement or crawl space to prevent mold growth. Damp areas can dry without intervention, but fans and dehumidifiers may be needed to ensure a thorough dry out.

Circle the grounds and look for pools of water and soft spots around your foundation. Gutters and water spouts in good shape? Then you may want to make changes to your landscaping to soak up or help the water flow away from your home.

This is also a good time to look up for signs of water damage as well. Check for water spots on your ceiling, which is a sure sign of a leak in your roof. Inspect your roof for missing shingles, debris and other signs of disturbance and wear.

Flooding Disaster? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood!

Flooding disasters happen, even to the most prepared property owner. If you discover a flood in your home or business, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood ASAP. We provide an emergency response to any size flooding disaster.

We've been serving North Hollywood and the surrounding Los Angeles community since 2007. As a local, family-owned company with national resources, we're here 24/7 to serve you and your family in your time of need. Call (818) 754-0050, and we'll make a flooding disaster "Like it never even happened."

Restoration and What We Mean When We Say "Like it never even happened."

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after photos of a fire damaged kitchen. Sometimes photos do a better job of explaining our restoration process and what we mean when we say "Like it never even happened."

If you find water, fire or mold damage to your property, you should call a restoration company for help. But maybe you don't quite know what a restoration service does. And as you search and compare, you find that SERVPRO of North Hollywood claims to restore your property "Like it never even happened." But what does that claim really mean?

At its simplest, it means we restore your home or business to its preloss condition. Here's how:

Damage Cleanup

Yes, we extract water and dry out water damaged ceilings, carpets and furniture. We clean and deodorize smoke and soot from fire damaged walls. We remove mold from attics and crawl spaces etc. We even clean dangerous stuff that no one really wants to clean.

This is all part of the cleanup and remediation process. In other words, we remove the source of the problem to mitigate further damage to your property. As long as water is left to soak, soot corrode or mold to fester, the damage may grow worse over time.

But we're not done.

Restoration Service

The water is dry. We wiped away the soot and removed the mold. Done, right? Nope. SERVPRO of North Hollywood is a licensed contractor with the resources to help you rebuild. Because what comes next is just as important: restoration.

By definition, restoration means "a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition." In other words, the end result is that anyone who enters your home or business would be hard-pressed to know there was damage. From patching and repainting walls to rebuilding entire rooms, we'll restore your property to its preloss condition... or better.

But sometimes mere words or a definition fail to do this process justice. The photo accompanying this post is a perfect example. On the left, you can see the smoke and soot damage covering everything: ceiling, cabinets, walls and more. On the right, we've removed the fire damaged property and replaced it with shiny fixtures, counters, cabinets and paint.

Of course, not every water, fire or mold disaster requires such a wholesale overhaul. But when you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, you can feel secure knowing that when we say "Like it never even happened," we mean it!

What Happens When You Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO restoration specialist taking a call. When you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, a restoration specialist will answer your call. They're capable of answering most questions you may have.

With some property damage, the need to call a restoration company is obvious. Crawl space flooded? Sewer line backed up into your basement? Walls covered in soot from a fire? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood.

Other times, you might suspect a problem but you're uncertain whether you need professional restoration services. The signs are present. That musty odor you can't pinpoint? That drop in water pressure that accompanies a hidden water leak? Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood.

We're not suggesting you call us in every situation, of course. But for any size water, fire or mold damage, the sooner it's mitigated, the better. It may turn out to be a small problem you can resolve yourself. Either way, fast action saves you time and money in the long run!

To help you decide, here's what happens when you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for help with a water, fire or mold disaster.

During Your Call

When you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, a highly-trained restoration specialist will answer your call. They're capable of answering most questions you have about the restoration process.

They'll ask you to describe the problem in as much detail as possible:

  • What type of damage (water, fire/smoke/soot, mold, biohazard etc)?
  • What caused the damage (rain, water leak, burst pipe etc)?
  • Is the source under control (is the leak fixed etc)?
  • How large is the affected area (part/all of a room, multiple rooms etc)?
  • When did the damage happen?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Are you the property owner?

This question is key: for liability reasons, we cannot enter a property without the owner's permission. If you're a tenant, you'll need to get authorization from the owner or the property manager before we can inspect and mitigate the damage.

At this point, you may be wondering about cost. While we can quote you a minimum, we won't be able to provide an accurate estimate without inspecting the affected area first-hand. Only then can we understand the full extent of the damage and determine the level of equipment, manpower and time necessary to fix it.

In most cases, your insurance company will cover the cost of the cleanup and restoration work. We understand you may not be eager to involve them. But we work with most major insurance providers to make the process as painless as possible.

If you're authorized and decide to proceed with an inspection, our restoration specialist will gather your contact info, send you a Docusign and schedule a visit. In many cases, we can have a restoration technician on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as one hour.

After You Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood

After you call us, our restoration technicians follow a prescribed 6-7 step process to clean up and restore your property. The process is a little different depending on the type of damage:

From that first call to SERVPRO of North Hollywood to the completed restoration, we'll take good care of you every step of the way.

If you think you need help with water, fire or mold cleanup, don't hesitate! Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood and feel secure that we'll clean and restore your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Emergency? 4 Fast Steps to Prevent Further Damage.

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency water leak. If you have an emergency plumbing leak, turn the water off ASAP to help mitigate water damage to your property.

Many of our water damage cleanup jobs aren't emergencies. Caused by long gone rain or pipe leaks, some water damage isn't noticed until a new tenant moves in or it's time to renovate. It's important to address the damage when discovered, and remediate any mold, so it doesn't worsen over time. But this type of water damage doesn't require an emergency response.

However, some water damage is an emergency and should be handled as such. For example: active leaks that threaten valuables or documents, gray or black water flooding or standing water near electrical outlets. Of course, calling SERVPRO of North Hollywood is an important step in mitigating a water damage emergency. But there are a few quick things you can do before you pick up the phone to call in the water restoration specialists.

Stem the Tide

If the source is an overflowing fixture, appliance or a pipe leak, turning off the water can help stop the flow. Sinks and toilets usually have their own nearby valves. If not, or if the plumbing leak source is unknown, turn off the water at the main.

Disconnect the Power

If the water level threatens electronics or outlets, you'll want to cut the power. Unplug devices or turn off circuit breakers and steer clear of the affected area to prevent electrical shocks.

Clear the Area

Get furniture and other possessions off the floor or away from the water. The longer your valuables are exposed to water, the worse the damage can get. Restoration is often less expensive than replacing damaged items. But the more moisture is left to soak into a surface, the more likely it will need replacing.

Call Your Insurance Provider

Homeowners can be reluctant to involve their insurance company for fear of red tape, paperwork and increased premiums. But SERVPRO of North Hollywood works directly with most major insurance providers. And our experience helps ease the claims process, reducing costs and the risk of delays in restoring your property.

Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO.

Most important, get the drying and clean up process started by calling SERVPRO of North Hollywood at (818) 754-0050. Emergency water damage specialists can be on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as one hour. We'll assess the damage and place our fleet of air movers and dehumidifiers to make a water damage emergency "Like it never even happened."