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Most Common Causes of House Fires (and How to Prevent Them)

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

A burning candle. Candles look and smell great. They're also the fifth leading cause of house fires. Call SERVPRO right away to mitigate damage from fire, smoke & soot.

The County of Los Angeles Fire Department responds to thousands of house fires annually, causing around $100 million in fire damage losses each year.

Suffice it to say, homeowners should try to prevent fire damage to their own home (or business). Here are the five most common causes of house fires, and tips for preventing a serious fire damage loss to your property.

Candles

Candles look and smell great. They're also a serious risk, the fifth leading cause of house fires nationwide. Avoid a fire damage disaster by following these candle safety tips:

  • Keep candles at least a foot from anything flammable
  • Use proper candle holders and place them on a flat, sturdy surface
  • Blow out candles before they burn out or before you go to sleep

Smoking

Though per capita cigarette consumption is lower than it's been in over a hundred years, over 35 million Americans still smoke. Cigarettes, cigars and pipes ignited over 17 thousand home fires nationwide in 2014.

Best way to prevent home fire damage from smoking? Quit. Otherwise, smoke outside, ensure butts and ashes are fully doused and keep lighters and matches away from children.

Electrical Fires

While only the third leading cause of house fires, electrical fires are the most costly in terms of property damage. At an annual cost of $1.4 billion, avoiding electrical fires saves both lives and money.

Always call a qualified, licensed electrician to install or repair wiring, outlets or electrical appliances. Some signs of a potential electrical problem in your home include:

  • Frequent blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers
  • Outlets that are discolored or warm to the touch
  • Flickering or dimming lights

And remember, water and electricity do not mix! If you discover water damage near an outlet or electrical appliance, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. We'll help clean up the water to ensure it doesn't create a mold problem or fire risk in the future.

Space Heaters

Obviously our dry heat makes the use of space heaters infrequent here in Los Angeles. Given that space heaters are a leading cause of house fire deaths nationwide, that's a good thing!

Still, our winter nights do get cold, so you may be supplementing your source of warmth with a space heater.

If so, be sure to keep anything flammable, like blankets or clothing, at least three feet away from the unit. And turn off the heater before you turn in for the night.

Yes, it may get a little cold in your bedroom. But that's better than waking up to a blaring smoke alarm and a house fire sparked by your space heater.

Cooking

We're cooking at home more often right now, which is great way to save money. But cooking is also the leading cause of home fires. We even wrote a separate post with tips for preventing kitchen fire damage.

But the most important thing is to be vigilant and focus your attention on the oven and stove. Keep flammable materials like dish towels and pot holders away from open flames. And don't stray to far from the kitchen while you're cooking.

What to Do if You Have a House Fire

If you have a fire extinguisher handy, you could try to put out the blaze yourself. Just be sure the type of extinguisher is appropriate for the type of fire. Different fuel sources require different methods of suppression.

If you're unable to contain the flames, get to safety and call 911 right away. House fires are no joke. Your safety, and the safety of your loved ones, is the most important thing.

Once it's out, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood as soon as possible. Our fire damage restoration specialists work quickly to mitigate property damage from fire, smoke, soot and water. The sooner we're called, the sooner we can help clean up from house fires "Like it never even happened."

Think You Don't Need Water Damage Restoration? Think Again.

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to bathroom ceiling. Paint over it? It may look better, but if the underlying source isn't fixed, this water damage may cause bigger problems in the future.

When you find water stains on your walls or ceiling, you might not think you need water damage restoration service. You might just paint over them. That dripping pipe under your sink? Stick a bucket under there. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?

Many homeowners don't think they need professional water restoration for a minor amount of damage. Maybe you think it's expensive or disruptive. Or maybe it's something you'll get around to. But minor problems can become major headaches if left unaddressed!

Here are three reasons to call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for water damage restoration if you discover water damage to your property.

Water Damage Causes Mold

Mold requires four things to grow. The first is oxygen, which is in ample supply. Second, mold needs warmth. Living in Los Angeles, warmth isn't a problem, especially during the summer.

Third, mold needs an organic surface, something that is biodegradable because it was alive. Guess what? Most of the materials in your home qualify. Wood flooring, ceiling tiles, drywall, doors, window frames... all are capable hosts for mold spores.

Last but not least, mold needs moisture. It doesn't rain much in Los Angeles, but mold doesn't need much. Just a high level of relative humidity, which is highest in Los Angeles during these summer months, is enough.

Of course, rain isn't the only source of dampness. A leaky pipe, condensation from an air conditioner or an overzealous sprinkler can provide an ample supply of moisture for mold to thrive.

Mold growth can begin within 24-48 hours. And if your home has central air, mold can also quickly spread. Mold exposure may cause health effects, so the sooner a water restoration and mold remediation tech fixes the problem, the better!

Increased Risk for Fire Damage

H2O and electricity shouldn't mix. If you find water damage to your walls, near an outlet or electrical appliances, finding, and stopping, the source of dampness is vital.

If moisture does come in contact with wiring or other electrical components, it can cause corrosion. Over time, the damage stops the outlet or appliance from working, necessitating a visit from an electrician.

Plus, water conducts electricity, which means if a human or animal comes in contact with it, they may get an electrical shock. While a shock may not be lethal, it is painful! If you or anyone in your family suffers an electrical burn, seek medical help right away.

Lastly, damp wires can cause a short circuit. While modern homes and appliances have circuit breakers or fuses to mitigate shorts, they are still a serious fire risk. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires caused 6.3% of all residential fires between 2014 and 2016.

It Gets Worse With Time

Covering up water damage doesn't fix it. If the problem's source isn't addressed, it will get worse over time. In fact, less than 24 hours is all it takes for water to cause significant damage to your property.

Besides being an eyesore, water damage could cause structural weaknesses. In other words, that little bit of discoloration may lead to a hole in your ceiling, floor or wall. Or worse, if moisture seeps into a crawl space or basement, it can erode support beams and cause cracks in the foundation.

The average cost to repair your home's foundation is over $4,000 according to HomeAdvisor. As Benjamin Franklin once advised, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Don't take the chance that a minor expense or inconvenience becomes a major problem. SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond fast to any size water damage disaster.

Our water damage restoration techs are IICRC certified with advanced technology for moisture detection, extraction and drying. Call us to clean up and restore your property from water damage “Like it never even happened.”

What is California Doing to Prevent Wildfires This Summer?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Defense zones to prevent wildfire damage. One thing you can do to prevent wildfire damage is establishing defense zones around your property.

Every California summer brings with it the threat of wildfires. This summer is no different. Right now, there is a lot demanding our immediate, and understandable, attention. But we still should take steps to prevent fires from risking lives and damaging property this wildfire season.

What You Should Do to Prepare

First, we can do our part to prepare for wildfire season in Los Angeles. Create defensible perimeters around our properties by trimming overgrown trees and cleaning up dead leaves or debris. Review evacuation plans, test smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Take precautions around BBQ grills and fire pits to keep them from sparking fires in the first place.

Businesses should also consider creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Should a disaster occur, an ERP provides SERVPRO of North Hollywood with key information about your business. Our fire damage restoration specialists will respond quickly to mitigate and restore the damage, minimizing your costs and downtime.

Statewide Prevention Efforts

However, we can only do so much. With that in mind, Governor Gavin Newsom recently said that statewide efforts to prevent wildfires remain a priority.

“I want folks to know that we have been preparing for the upcoming wildfire season, and we’re not stepping back our efforts. We’re in fact stepping them up,” Newsom said at a press conference in May.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 2020 has already been a bad year for wildfires across California. Fires were up 60% through May, compared with the same months in 2019.

At the Cameron Park Fire Department, Newsom announced a 106-person wildfire safety commission as a division of the California Public Utilities Commission. In addition, his proposed state budget includes an additional $127 million for monitoring wildfires and other hazards.

The details on how utilities plan to mitigate wildfire risks this summer are available on the California Public Utilities Commission's website.

Wildfire Damage? Call SERVPRO!

Of course, it's unlikely we'll completely prevent wildfires this summer. Keep up with the latest info by visiting Cal Fire or following @CAL_FIRE and the L.A. County Fire Department on Twitter. And should your home or business suffer fire damage or smoke damage, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is ready to lend a hand.

Our highly-trained fire damage restoration team is here 24/7 to clean up, deodorize, repair and restore your property “like it never even happened.” Call us at (818) 754-0050. We're here to help!

What Does "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" Mean?

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned sign. Wherever you see this sign, you can be confident the facility was cleaned to the highest possible standard by SERVPRO certified technicians.

SERVPRO has long been an industry leader in residential and commercial cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of North Hollywood is proud to meet or exceed those high standards for all of our Los Angeles area neighbors.

But the coronavirus pandemic had changed what it means to be clean. As local businesses begin reopening, safety remains an ongoing concern. Employees and customers must feel confident that businesses are doing everything possible to defend against spreading the virus.

Therefore, we are proud to offer a new program for Los Angeles area businesses to reassure employees and customers alike.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned for Businesses

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC) is a proactive cleaning and disinfecting program for commercial facilities. It is a level that goes way beyond typical janitorial services. We clean, sanitize and disinfect to minimize harmful pathogens, including coronavirus.

Locations displaying our CSC label go through a three step process to achieve their certification.

First, we consult with the business to tailor a custom program based on several unique factors. These include the size of the facility, type of operation, foot traffic and more. Businesses are not one size fits all. Neither is our work.

Second, we thoroughly clean, sanitize and disinfect using EPA approved disinfectants. Our uniquely trained and equipped team has years of biohazard cleanup experience. We follow CDC guidance on doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, phones, desks or other high-touch surfaces.

Lastly, we certify our work and provide signage. Businesses can reassure both employees and customers that they've selected the highest standard available for their property.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned for Consumers

While CSC is primarily a commercial program, it is important that consumers understand what it means when entering a CSC location. After all, 40% of consumers cite store cleanliness as a top concern according to a recent Harris poll.

First, look for a date on CSC signage. You will always know the last time the facility was serviced by our SERVPRO technicians.

Second, while we clean, sanitize and disinfect to the highest possible standard, there are no disinfectants that protect against subsequent coronavirus contamination. Following hygiene and social distancing guidelines remains the best way to protect yourself and others from infection.

However, in the event of a suspected or confirmed infection, we are capable of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting the facility. That way employees and guests can return quickly and safely.

In short, businesses and customers can both be confident where the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned sign is displayed. Because that means the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

What to Do if You Find Water Damage to Your Property

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Support pillar with water damage. If unaddressed, water can seriously damage your facility. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for a fast response to any size commercial water damage problem.

As a commercial property owner or manager, you have your hands full. With a never ending to do list, finding water damage to your property might feel overwhelming. But rest assured that SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help! We're available 24/7 with a fast response to any size property damage disaster.

But before we arrive, here are five steps you can take if you discover water damage to your commercial property. Taken immediately, these steps will help mitigate further damage and reduce the time and cost of repairs. Quick and decisive action also reduces your downtime, limiting revenue loss from unhappy customers or tenants.

Step One: Turn Off The Water Source

Flooding from rain storms can cause property damage. Yes, even in Los Angeles. But water leaks, from pipes, fixtures and HVAC units, are a more common cause of commercial water damage.

So when you find discoloration or dampness in your facility, it is important to find the source of the moisture. And if you can find, and turn off the water source, that can mitigate further damage.

Of course, some sources can be difficult to find. If a leak hides behind a wall or ceiling, you may need help finding it. A plumber specializing in leak detection has the training and equipment to find hidden plumbing leaks.

If the leak is from a sink or toilet, you should be able to just turn off the cutoff valve to that fixture. If the leak is a burst pipe or an unknown source, you may need to shut off the water main itself.

Step Two: Unplug

As the saying goes, oil and water don't mix. Well, neither do electricity and water. It may seem counterintuitive, but water damage can cause a fire. Even a small amount of water dripping on to an exposed wire can cause corrosion or increase the current. Both can heat the wire enough to start a fire if the wire comes in contact with anything flammable.

Did you discover moisture or standing water near electrical equipment or an outlet? It is imperative to unplug the equipment or turn off the circuit breakers to the outlet. But do it safely! Your body can conduct electricity too. Be sure to wear rubber gloves or boots if you must first touch or step into the water to disconnect the electricity. Or better yet, call an electrician.

Step Three: Take Photos

When confronted with a water damage disaster, it is natural to try and protect as much as you can. You do want to move furniture, important documents or other items away from the affected area as soon as possible. But you should document the damage first.

Photos and videos of the damaged area are valuable tools for both your insurance and restoration companies. Proper clean up, repair and remediation is dependent upon an accurate assessment of the damage. And that documentation could prove vital if there is a dispute over the cost or responsibility for it.

Step Four: Consult Your Insurance Company

As a property owner, you should always protect your investment from damage with an appropriate insurance policy. Hopefully your policy covers water damage. Regardless, and to be certain, consult with your insurance carrier as soon as possible following any disaster.

First, you want to make sure you don't do anything that might invalidate your coverage. Second, SERVPRO of North Hollywood works directly with most insurance providers. A direct line of communication between us reduces response time and the risk for miscommunication that might delay your claim.

Step Five: Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

What is the most important thing you can do to ensure your water damaged property is cleaned and restored "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood ASAP!

Our team of certified and highly-trained restoration technicians can be at your facility quickly. In a commercial water damage situation, every hour spent cleaning can mean lost revenue. Call us, and we'll take care of you and your property to get you back up and running fast.

Los Angeles Wildfire Season is Coming: Are You Prepared?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Clearing leaves from a roof and garden. Clearing leaves and other debris from your roof and yard help to create a defensible space around your property in the event of a wildfire.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is natural to focus on your most immediate concerns. That may be as simple as staying healthy or cleaning and disinfecting your property. It may be your job or the challenges of working from home.

If you have children, you may be focused on helping them keep up with school assignments. Or if you're a business owner, adapting your business to meet the changing demands of a world that's staying home is your primary concern.

In the near term, these are all vital things and deserve our undivided attention. But even in a pandemic, life continues, and now is a good time to prepare for other, inevitable things to come. For homeowners and property managers, that includes the summer heat and coming wildfire season.

Los Angeles Wildfire Risk

Because we live in such an urban area, we forget we are as susceptible to wildfires as the more remote spots in our state.

Our location in the San Fernando Valley is surrounded by woods. The Angeles National Forest is to the northeast. The Santa Monica Mountains are to the west. And the Hollywood Hills are to the south. Not to mention patches of parks and open spaces like La Tuna Canyon and Griffith Park. All provide ample fuel for wildfires during the hot and dry summer months.

In 2019, nearly 8,000 wildfires burned their way across California. October featured three large fires within Los Angeles County. The Saddleridge, Tick and Getty fires burned more than 15,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and property.

In other words, wildfires will happen. And they will impact cities like ours. The only question is when.

Preventing and Mitigating Fires

Some Los Angeles wildfires start from things that are our our of our control, like faulty power lines. But there are things we, as property owners, can do to help prevent fires in general.

The first and most obvious is preventing kitchen fires. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, so pay a little extra attention while preparing dinner.

Likewise, it's a good idea to take precautions while using your BBQ or gathered around a fire pit. And be sure to test your smoke alarms and have fire extinguishers charged and at the ready!

Preparing for Wildfires

Beyond taking care around your own fires, there are other things you can do to prepare your property in the event of a wildfire.

For homeowners, you can prepare for wildfires by creating a defensible perimeter around your home. Clear leaves, branches and other debris from your roof and yard, and trim plant growth around your property. You should review evacuation plans with your family, or create one if you haven't already.

For business owners or commercial property managers, you can prepare for wildfire season a couple ways. First, take extra care in managing flammable materials. And go over your business continuity plan. The last thing you want is to compound the current challenges with additional lost revenue due to fire, smoke and soot damage.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic proved the difficulty of preparing for every possible disaster. But we are spending a lot of extra time at home. Using some of that time to prepare for the annual Los Angeles wildfire season may help you avoid another headache this summer.

Should your property suffer fire damage, whether from a wildfire or another source, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. We're available 24/7 to clean, deodorize, repair and restore your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfection Options

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning technician using a ULV fogger to disinfect a facility. SERVPRO provides advanced disinfection techniques, like ULV fogging, and follows CDC guidelines for coronavirus cleaning and decontamination.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is a recognized industry leader in cleaning and restoration. In addition to water, fire and mold, our team of specialists is trained and certified to clean and disinfect biohazard contamination. That includes human pathogens, bacteria and viruses like the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Here are two scenarios where we're here to help property owners clean and disinfect during the coronavirus pandemic.

Proactive Cleaning

Proactive cleaning is for homes or businesses with no known coronavirus contamination. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Maybe you own an "essential business" and need to regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces. Or perhaps you are preparing to reopen once shelter in place orders are lifted.

Our proactive cleaning process removes the soil and dirt that harbors infectious agents, while disinfecting kills the remaining environmental pathogens.

Suspected or Known Coronavirus Contamination

Should you have a suspected or known case of coronavirus in your facility, the decontamination process requires the utmost care. SERVPRO of North Hollywood technicians are trained on HAZWOPER guidelines, an OSHA standard for "Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response."

In other words, we are trained and experienced with cleaning up biohazard materials, including infectious microbes like viruses, bacteria and fungi.

For your safety and ours, our team is outfitted in personal protective equipment (PPE) and observes physical distancing while working on your property.

Disinfection Products and Techniques

Keep in mind that no cleaning and disinfection products have been tested against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. However, multiple SERVPRO products fulfill the criteria used by EPA and CDC for emerging pathogens.

For example, #100 SERVPROXIDE is a Hospital Grade EPA Registered disinfectant. It has an extensive efficacy list, including norovirus and rotavirus while carrying the EPA's lowest toxicity category. It is even NSF certified for direct food contact surfaces.

We can, where appropriate, apply disinfecting products via advanced techniques like ULV fogging to maximize coverage. We also follow CDC directives for cleaning and disinfecting porous (carpets, rugs, upholstery etc.) and nonporous surfaces (hardwood floors, counters, doorknobs etc.). In short, we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

A Trusted Leader in Cleanup & Restoration

For many in our community of North Hollywood and across greater Los Angeles, the coronavirus outbreak is a serious cause for concern. We've experienced empty store shelves and worried about our health and the safety of our loved ones. In the midst of the pandemic, there has been no shortage of questionable or downright false information from a variety of news sources. It's hard to know who to trust.

One thing you can count on is that SERVPRO of North Hollywood is a trusted leader in cleanup and restoration. Since 2007, we've been helping many of our neighbors recover from water, fire and mold damage. Disaster recovery is what we know and what we do.

So if your home or business needs help with cleaning and disinfection during the coronavirus pandemic, call us anytime, 24/7. We're here to help.

Proactive Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces for Businesses

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Professional cleaner cleaning a business telephone in an office. The CDC encourages cleaning and disinfecting of "high-touch surfaces," including phones, keyboards and other office equipment.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, maybe you are considered an "essential business" and currently open and operating. Or maybe you are planning ahead for the reopening of your business. Either way, cleaning and disinfecting your commercial property is vital for the safety of your staff, customers and yourself.

But first, the bad news: there are currently no cleaning products tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus.

The good news? SERVPRO of North Hollywood uses hospital-grade disinfectants that meet the EPA guidelines for claims against similar pathogens.

So we are here and ready to aid you in your time of need. By providing proactive cleaning services, your facility can be cleaned and ready for business to resume as soon as possible.

What is Proactive Cleaning and Disinfecting?

We are prepared to clean and disinfect surfaces for commercial locations where there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. This is a two-step process:

Cleaning

According to the CDC, cleaning "removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces or objects." This process, typically using soap and water, removes germs but does not necessarily kill them. However, removing germs reduces their numbers and the risk of spreading an infection.

Disinfecting

Using chemicals, including biocides like SERVPROxide™, disinfecting kills germs on surfaces and objects. It does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs from them.

Therefore cleaning and disinfecting should be done together as compliments to each other to effectively sanitize your property.

Proactive commercial cleaning procedures generally include:

  • Cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces
  • Disinfecting of non-porous surfaces
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process
  • Disposal of waste

What Surfaces Should Be Cleaned and Disinfected?

The CDC encourages cleaning of "high-touch surfaces" at a minimum. Examples include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets. In addition, the CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas and items:

Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Tables and chairs
  • Countertops
  • Cabinets and pulls
  • Doorknobs
  • Floors
  • Mats
  • Food contact surfaces
  • Light switches
  • Paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • Push doors
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Sink hardware
  • Soap dispensers
  • Tabletops
Bathrooms
  • Bathroom stalls
  • Countertops
  • Cabinets/vanities and pulls
  • Floors
  • Handrails
  • Light switches
  • Paper towel/toilet paper dispensers
  • Sink hardware
  • Sinks
  • Soap dispensers
  • Toilets
  • Diaper changing stations
Classrooms
  • Book covers and binders
  • Carpets
  • Chairs
  • Computer equipment
  • Doorknobs
  • Floors
  • Small hard surface items
  • Light switches
  • Mats
  • Paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • Rugs
  • Sink hardware
  • Sinks
  • Soap dispensers
  • Tabletops/desktops
Offices
  • Carpets
  • Chairs
  • Telephones
  • Computer equipment
  • Countertops
  • Doorknobs
  • Floors
  • Light switches
  • Rugs
  • Shared office equipment
  • Tabletops/desktops
  • Water fountains
Retail Spaces
  • Shelving
  • Racks
  • Displays
  • Mannequins
  • Packaged inventory
  • Carpets
  • Fitting room stalls
  • Chairs
  • Telephones
  • Computer equipment and registers
  • Sales counters
  • Doorknobs
  • Floors
  • Light switches
  • Rugs
  • Tables
  • Water fountains
Hallways/Common Spaces
  • Carpets
  • Doorknobs
  • Floors
  • Handrails
  • Light switches
  • Rugs
  • Water fountains
Other
  • Fitness equipment
  • Playground equipment
  • Lamps
  • Storage bins
  • Lockers
  • Elevators and escalators

For Your Safety and Ours

All of our cleaning specialists wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while on-site. This includes, but is not limited to, N-95 respirators or masks, gloves and goggles or eye protection. In some cases we may wear coveralls or biohazard hoods and suits.

Call Us for Proactive Cleaning and Disinfecting

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help get your business back to normal. We have years of experience in dealing with biological cleanup and restoration. And we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

And should you need water damage, fire and smoke damage or mold remediation services, even during this pandemic, we'll take care of you. SERVPRO of North Hollywood has been assisting local businesses throughout the greater Los Angeles area since 2007.

Call us 24/7 for your commercial cleaning and restoration needs.

Preventing Kitchen Fire Damage

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damaged ceiling after a kitchen fire. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Prevent kitchen fire damage with these tips. And call SERVPRO if you need fire damage restoration service!

In the midst of a global pandemic caused by the coronavirus known as COVID-19, we're all staying home at much as possible. Social distancing mandates require restaurants to shut down their dining rooms. And while we want to support local businesses, we can only afford so much takeout (#GreatAmericanTakeout).

So we're also cooking at home a lot more. And the more we use our kitchens, the greater the risk for sparking a kitchen fire. In fact, cooking is the leading cause of home fires according to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

So here are a few tips to ensure you don't compound the challenges of a quarantine with a fire damaged kitchen!

Pay Attention

The most obvious and important thing we can do to prevent kitchen fire damage is to pay attention to our cooking.

That can be easier said than done. We live in a multitasking world. While we're cooking, we're probably wrangling children, cleaning up messes and dealing with the constant draw of TV and smartphone screens.

And a lot can go wrong when our attention is divided. We might leave a burner on too long. A pot can boil over. We can accidentally bump a misplaced pan handle. Oven contents can burn.

According to the NFPA, two-thirds (66%) of cooking fires begin with food or other cooking materials igniting. Unattended cooking is a contributing factor in 31% of home cooking fires.

And don't forget to take care that flammable materials stay clear of the burners. Bathrobes, long hair or pot holders can all catch fire if they get to close to the heat.

So stay close and stay focused to minimize accidents and give yourself a chance to quickly recover from those that do happen.

Know Your Fire ABCs

Water and fire extinguishers are both vital tools for mitigating fire damage. But which one you should use depends on the fire's fuel, and using the wrong one can spark bigger problems.

For example, you should never use water to put out a grease or electrical fire. Splashing water can actually spread the grease and ignite other surfaces. And water is a conduit, so pouring water on an electrical fire can conduct the electricity to other surfaces or even yourself.

Best bet to put out a small grease fire is to smother it. You can use the lid of a pan, a baking sheet or baking soda. Baking soda also works for electrical fires. And if you can safely unplug the source, do so to cut off the current.

Keeping a fire extinguisher on had is also a good idea, especially for larger fires. You'll want a multipurpose extinguisher labeled ABC to cover a variety of types, including paper, cloth, grease and electrical fires.

Test Smoke Detectors

While the flames themselves consume and destroy, fire damage isn't confined to the fire itself. Smoke and soot from the chemicals expelled by a fire can also cause significant property damage.

To prevent smoke damage, test and ensure your home's smoke detectors are in good working order. At least one smoke detector should be positioned near, but outside, your kitchen. Consider it a sort of early warning system for preventing more extensive kitchen fire damage.

It's important to have smoke odors and soot damage quickly and properly cleaned. Soot is acidic and corrosive and can result in far worse damage if left unaddressed.

Fine particulates from smoke can be sucked into HVAC systems and spread throughout your property. Those particulates can cause mild to severe breathing difficulties if they're not properly cleaned.

Kitchen Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO!

If the worst happens and your property suffers damage from a kitchen fire, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. We're here to help, 24/7. Our highly-trained and certified fire damage restoration technicians clean up, deodorize and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

P.S. Rest assured our technicians are following the CDC's guidelines. We use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect ourselves and you while working on your property. Learn more about our proactive cleaning and disinfection services here.

SERVPRO is Here to Help During This Time of Need

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Man wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). All SERVPRO cleaning specialists will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while proactively cleaning your property during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Cleaning Services

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Cleaning Products

May Los Angeles are homes and businesses are currently seeking out "deep cleaning" services. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus.

Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Safety First

Please note: for your safety and ours, all of our on-site cleaning technicians wear approved personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes, but is not limited to, masks, gloves and coveralls suitable for handling hazardous materials.

In addition, employees who are not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms of infection will not participate in cleaning tasks and will be sent home until they are fully recovered.

Call today for a proactive cleaning.

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building. 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Hollywood, (818) 754-0050.

What Are the Categories of Water Damage?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

A clogged kitchen sink. Black water? Gray water? Not sure? Call SERVPRO for fast water extraction, drying and clean up. Restore your property "like it never even happened."

You should never ignore water damage to your home or business for long. But some categories of water damage require immediate attention from a certified water damage restoration technician.

Category 3 Water Damage

Also called "black water," water damage classified as Category 3 is considered highly contaminated and unsafe. Caused by a backed up sewer line, toilet or storm flood water, Category 3 water damage requires specialized handling and clean up.

SERVPRO technicians have the protective gear and appropriate cleaning products to mitigate biohazard contamination. Black water contaminated by bacteria, fungi or feces can cause serious illness and you shouldn't handle it without proper training and equipment.

Pathogens can linger undetected even if the affected areas appear dry. Removal of damaged property, like carpets, baseboards or furniture, may be necessary. Application of approved biocides disinfect and prevent subsequent microbial growth.

Category 2 Water Damage

Category 2 water is also known as "gray water." It's caused by leaky appliances like washing machines and dishwashers or backed up waste water from sinks and tubs. While not as dirty as "black water," Category 2 water damage is contaminated and may require specialized treatment.

If gray water remains standing, it can become black water, so you'll want to take mitigation steps quickly before the damage deteriorates. As with any water damage event, removal, drying and cleaning is necessary to prevent mold growth.

Category 1 Water Damage

This is considered "clean water," such as water supply line or pipe leaks or an overflowing bathtub or sink. While clean water may not require disinfection, fast water extraction and drying of the affected areas can prevent microbial growth.

You should deal with any category of water damage quickly and thoroughly so the damage doesn't degrade or spread. SERVPRO of North Hollywood is available 24/7 to respond to any size or category of water damage disaster.

Call us day or night to clean and restore your property from water, fire or mold "Like it never even happened."

3 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO water restoration tech checks for moisture hidden in the floor of a Los Angeles home. SERVPRO certified water damage restoration technicians have the training and equipment to thoroughly dry, clean and repair water damage.

When you want a cup of coffee, you might have a preferred coffee shop. If your car needs maintenance or repairs, you likely have a trusted mechanic. Water damage restoration is, hopefully, a service you seldom need. So you may not feel as certain about whom to turn to clean up and restore your property. For over 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted name in damage restoration. SERVPRO of North Hollywood is proud to uphold the highest standards in training, technology and customer service associated with the name SERVPRO. But if you're wondering why you should choose SERVPRO of North Hollywood for water damage restoration, we're here to help!

Certified Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Our team of water damage restoration technicians is highly-trained and certified to IICRC standards for cleanup and restoration. Property owners can be confident the technicians restoring the affected areas are trained in the industry standard best practices, skills and techniques. Certification must be renewed every year and requires technicians to attend accredited continuing education classes to maintain certification. The titles Doctor or Registered Nurse speak to a level of education in the field of medicine. IICRC certified speaks to our level of expertise in the field of water damage restoration.

Advanced Restoration Technology

From industrial strength air movers to sensitive moisture detectors, SERVPRO of North Hollywood has the cutting-edge restoration equipment to handle any size water damage disaster. Property owners can rent and use some similar sounding equipment in attempting to clean up water damage themselves. But water damage restoration is a risky DIY job. For example, water from a burst pipe or overflowing toilet can seep into floors and behind walls. Even if the surface is dried, that moisture can linger and cause mold growth beneath the surface. Without moisture detection equipment and OSHA-approved cleaning agents, a small amount of moisture could spread and grow into a huge headache in the future. Certified water damage restoration technicians have the training and commercial grade equipment to rapidly and reliably restore your property to it's preloss condition. When you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood, you can be certain we'll make a water damage loss "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned With National Resources

SERVPRO of North Hollywood stands ready to dry, clean and restore your property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because we're local, we can respond faster to any size disaster. We've been a part of the community of greater Los Angeles for over a decade. We understand how our unique climate impacts our cleanup and restoration work. We're also a part of a nationwide team of SERVPRO restoration specialists. Which means we can respond to larger scale commercial losses or natural disasters with the support of our Disaster Response Team. So when we say "faster to any size disaster," we mean it. But don't take our word for it. Listen to what our customers have to say about working with SERVPRO of North Hollywood. Should disaster strike, make us your first call as your trusted water damage restoration specialists.

Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water restoration specialists discuss water damage with homeowners. If you find water damage in your home, call SERVPRO right away. Water restoration specialists are here 24/7 to help you clean up and recover fast!

Let's face it. Cleaning up and restoring your property from water damage is expensive. It can be a major disruption to your household while the cleaning and restoration team works to fix affected areas. If given a choice, no homeowner would choose to find water damage in their home.

Yet many homeowners ignore the simple things you can do to prevent this from happening to your home. The team here at SERVPRO of North Hollywood is certified, highly-trained and friendly. But if you'd prefer to avoid a visit from our water damage restoration specialists, here are a few ways you can protect your home and property.

Clean Gutters & Downspouts

Rain storms are rare events in Los Angeles. So rare that cleaning up from wildfires is a more frequent concern for many who live and work in the Southland.

Which makes preparing for rain all the more important for LA property owners who want to avoid a water removal emergency. If your gutters and downspouts can't drain storm water away from your home, water can pool near your foundation and seep into crawl spaces.

First, you'll want to clean the leaves, dirt and other debris out of your gutters. Do this annually in advance of Los Angeles' rainy season, which begins during Autumn and can extend through the Winter and into Spring.

Second, clean out the downspouts and make sure they are positioned to direct water away from your home. You may want to consider adding a downspout extension, which is flexible to allow you to redirect runoff in the preferred direction.

Check For Plumbing Leaks

Some plumbing leaks are easy to spot. Look and feel around sinks, tubs, toilets and appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. If you spot any damp areas, call a licensed plumber and have the leak fixed immediately.

Other plumbing leaks aren't as obvious. A leaky HVAC unit or water heater may not present signs of a leak to the naked eye. A burst pipe might be behind walls or buried underground.

You may have a hidden plumbing leak if you experience a sudden or surprising increase in your water bill. A drop in your water pressure is also a sign of leaks. A plumber that specializes in plumbing leak detection can test and find hidden water leaks so you can get them repaired.

Want to decrease the risk for plumbing leaks or overflows? Keep drain catchers in sinks and tubs to prevent hair and other larger debris from clogging pipes. And avoid pouring cooking grease into drains because the grease can solidify and create a blockage.

Seal Cracks & Store Keepsakes

Cracks around windows and doors allow drafts to flow in and out of your home, which raises your energy bill. They can also allow water to seep inside your house. Seal those up with caulk and replace the weather stripping to keep pests, pollution and storm water out.

You should similarly inspect the seals around tubs, toilets and sinks and fill those cracks too.

Last, but not least, consider storing important documents and mementos in water proof containers. That way, should the worst happen, you hopefully won't have to worry about losing something that's irreplaceable.

What to Do if You Find Water Damage

Of course, if water damage does strike you home, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. You can call on us 24/7. It is important to clean and dry the affected area quickly to mitigate the damage and prevent mold growth. We'll get to work extracting and drying the water, cleaning up the mess and repairing and restoring your property "Like it never even happened."

P.S. Bonus tip: find your water main shutoff valve and make sure you know how to use it. It's usually in a basement or crawl space or on the outside of the building. Shutting off the source is one of the first and best things a homeowner can do to mitigate damage from water to your home.

Specialty Cleaning Services for Property Management

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Graffiti damaged garage door Some graffiti may be art. Some is just an eyesore and upsetting to tenants and customers alike. Call SERVPRO for fast graffiti & vandalism cleanup.

Managing a large commercial property is a lot of work and responsibility. And whether you're dealing with tenants, such as with an apartment complex, or business owners such as with multi-unit retail locations, it can also be a pressure packed and thankless job for a property manager. Not to mention one that requires fast turnaround times to address problems and minimize disruption to someone's home or business.

That's why SERVPRO of North Hollywood takes pride in providing you with our certified cleaning and restoration expertise with top notch customer service. When you call us to fix damage to your commercial property, you can rest assured that we will respond quickly, work directly with your insurance provider and communicate clearly with you during every step of the damage restoration process.

And in addition to a loss from water, fire or mold, we also provide specialty commercial cleaning services that help you get up and running again as quickly as possible.

Sewage Cleanup

When a toilet overflows or your sewer lines back up, it's not only gross but also very dangerous. The water is contaminated and highly unsanitary and could cause serious illness if not properly and thoroughly cleaned up. Fortunately, you can call SERVPRO of North Hollywood anytime, 24/7, to respond to a sewage backup problem.

Once we're on the scene, we'll inspect the damage, determine the category of contaminated water and take the immediate and appropriate steps necessary to mitigate the issue.

In addition, we are equipped to handle other types of biohazard cleanup, such as chemical spills, animal waste or trauma / crime scenes. In all such cases, cleanup should be handled by our properly trained and equipped specialists to ensure the health and safety of your property's occupants.

Graffiti Cleanup

For better or worse, living in a city like Los Angeles means dealing with graffiti and vandalism. And while graffiti is considered an art form by some, it can also be an eyesore and upsetting to tenants and customers alike. If accompanied by other forms of vandalism, such as smashed up windows or strewn trash and debris, such damage can also pose a real hazard.

Our team of certified technicians has the advanced restoration technology to clean the affected surfaces, whatever the material, and can also provide building and reconstruction services to repair, repaint and restore the damage "Like it never even happened."

Deodorization

Sometimes the source of unpleasant or offensive odors is obvious and simply requires the removal of the source. Other times, it can be difficult to determine the source of a problem. And even if the source of the odor is found and removed, some smells can linger if the affected area is not fully cleansed and deodorized. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be tricky, so don't be afraid to call in the deodorization specialists to investigate and resolve a stinky situation.

As a property manager, you've got enough on your hands already. So let SERVPRO of North Hollywood take on the job of cleaning up and restoring property damage from hazardous materials, vandalism or other crimes.

One call to us at (818) 754-0050 and we'll make certain a damage loss to your commercial property is one less thing you'll have to worry about.

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.

Los Angeles Summer Safety Tips

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Child using sunscreen Summer days in LA can be fun for the whole family. But don't forget to apply the sunscreen before you hit the beach!

When you think of summer in Los Angeles, you probably think of palm trees, beach days and lots of bright sunshine. And why not? One of the top reasons people choose to live in Southern California is the great weather.

But that doesn't mean it's all sunshine and roses living here in LA. Indeed, these National Weather Service safety tips will help you deal with the hazardous conditions that can interrupt those lazy, hazy days of a Los Angeles summer.

Poor Air Quality

Warm weather naturally draws people outdoors. But whether you're lounging by the pool or hitting the trailhead for a long hike, check the National Weather Service's Air Quality Index (AQI) before you go out.

The AQI forecasts the concentration of ozone and particulate matter in the atmosphere. Even at lower concentrations, exposure to air pollution can create lung irritation and lead to wheezing, coughing and asthma attacks.

A number of factors can degrade air quality, from emissions from vehicles, factories and power plants to natural disasters like wildfires. On days when the air quality is considered unhealthy, you should limit or even avoid strenuous activities such as bike riding, running and hiking. Indeed, on the worst days, just stay inside and enjoy your ac.

Beach Hazards

A day at the beach offers plenty of fun in the sun but is not without its risks. Even on a sunny, cloudless day, stay vigilant for rip currents, which can be a hazard for even the most experienced swimmers and surfers.

Meanwhile the same heat waves that drive us out to the beach can also drive us back inside thanks to lightning and thunderstorms that cause beach evacuations. So keep one eye on the forecast before heading to the beach and another on the skies while you're there.

Lastly, heat and sun exposure can cause heat related illnesses like sunburns and heat stroke. Protect yourself by staying hydrated, using sunscreen and taking refuge in the shade or indoors if you feel faint or disoriented in the sun.

Drought Conditions

Officially, California is 100% drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade. But we know that's likely a temporary reprieve and Los Angeles area residents should be aware of the damage that can be caused by prolonged dry spells and prepare now for drought conditions.

The most devastating hazard during dry weather, as most Californians know, is wildfires. Be sure to review the ways you can prepare your home and mitigate the risk of fire damage from a wildfire.

That said, when the rainstorms do come, dry weather can also increase the risk for flooding, especially when the storm follows a wildfire. Likewise, there are several things you can and should do to prepare your home for rainstorms while it's dry.

And remember, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here 24/7/365 to assist you following a storm damage or fire damage disaster. Our highly-trained team of restoration specialists can help you recover important and cherished belongings and return you to those carefree summer days quickly and efficiently.

Workplace Hazards: Recognizing and Mitigating Risks

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

To minimize the risk of workplace disasters, be sure your employees are well-trained and properly equipped to handle hazardous tasks and materials.

June is the National Safety Council's National Safety Month. With that in mind, here are some of the most common types of workplace hazards and tips for recognizing and mitigating your risk for injuries and other disruptions to your business.

Physical Hazards

Simply put, these are unsafe working conditions that can lead to injury. For example, a power cord running through a high traffic area could lead to trips and falls. Spills, machinery with sharp or fast moving parts, loose flooring and unstable ladders can all lead to injured workers or customers if not properly addressed.

Some physical hazards are also less obvious, such as loud noise or extreme temperatures. Be sure your employees are fully trained and properly equipped if their work involves such potential safety risks.

Chemical and Biological Hazards

Your employees can be exposed to any number of toxic substances through the course of their work. From common cleaners and solvents, to paint fumes to flammable materials such as gasoline or propane, a business often must use a number of different chemicals as part of their normal business operations. Be sure all such hazardous chemicals are both properly labeled and stored and learn how to recognize the signs of chemical exposure, such as skin irritation, breathing problems, headaches and dizziness.

Biological hazards include substances such as mold, bacteria and fungi, animal and human waste, blood and other bodily fluids and even insect bites and stings. Proper training in the handling of hazardous materials is essential, as are well-equipped first aid kits and emergency response procedures.

Some biological hazards can also create serious damage to your property. You can rely on SERVPRO of North Hollywood to properly clean up biohazard and sewage, trauma and crime scene damage, as well as other specialized commercial cleaning services, to help get your business back up and running quickly following such as disaster.

Ergonomic and Work Organization Hazards

Any job task that requires repetitive or awkward movement or heavy lifting can strain the body and lead to muscular or skeletal injuries. These hazards are often overlooked because they tend to develop over time rather than instantly. As with any other type of hazard, be sure your employees are trained to recognize the signs of ergonomic stress and are properly educated and equipped to manage the risks.

Work organization hazards relate to the working environment, including interpersonal relationships, sexual harassment, stress from overwork or deadlines and even workplace violence. To reduce work organization hazards, it is important to foster an atmosphere where employees are empowered to come forward and bring to management's attention anything that may be causing a toxic working environment.

Successful companies recognize the importance of workplace safety and strive to create a healthy environment for employees and customers alike. And SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help, 24/7, to handle  hazardous situations. Call us any time, day or night, for a fast response to commercial water damage, fire damage or mold disasters.

Preparing for Storms During El Niño

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Rainstorms in LA may increase in intensity during El Niño. The best way to mitigate storm damage is to prepare for rain while it's dry.

Do you know the difference between El Niño and La Niña? Roughly translated, El Niño means "The Little Boy" or "Christ Child" while La Niña means "The Little Girl."

More importantly, whether the Pacific Ocean's conditions are in the El Niño, La Niña or a neutral phase can impact the frequency and intensity of storms, and the risk of storm damage in Los Angeles and across Southern California.

How Does El Niño Affect LA Weather?

During an El Niño phase, weaker surface winds lead to a rise in the Pacific Ocean's surface temperature. The warmer the temperature of the ocean, the more the atmosphere above it moves.

The effect is an increase in instability and a higher risk for more intense storms and rains, particularly over the southern part of the United States, including Los Angeles and So Cal in general.

The shift to a weak El Niño phase happened earlier this year and likely contributed to our wet winter and spring. That rainfall may have increased the risk for summer wildfires, although that's a separate issue altogether.

But El Niño conditions also typically last 9 to 12 months, so the potential remains for intense rainstorms throughout this summer and into next fall and winter.

Preparing for El Niño Storms

Because rainstorms an infrequent concern to property owners in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, many people don't think about preparing for a storm until it arrives, and by then it may be too late.

Should rainstorms cause flooding or water damage to your home or business, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. We can begin assisting you in your clean up and recovery efforts immediately.

In the meantime, the best time to prepare your home or business for rainstorms is when it is dry. Here are five simple steps you can take right now to mitigate the potential for water damage from intense storms:

  • Check for and repair leaks in your roof, around windows and doors and in your basement or crawl space

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts to maximize the flow of water away from your building

  • Install a sump pump, or if you already have one, get it tested by a local plumber

  • If you live near areas affected by wildfires, prepare for potential mudslides by having sandbags on hand, restocking first aid kits and, if necessary, creating or reviewing your evacuation plan

  • Consider investing in a generator; this is particularly important for businesses to minimize downtime should you lose power during a storm

Last, but not least, add (818) 754-0050 to your speed dial. And should disaster strike, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We're here 24/7 with the fastest response to any size storm disaster.

After the Wildfire: Storm Damage Dangers

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When used properly, sandbags can be an effective defense against storm damage from flooding and land or mudslides.

Wildfires have become a year round concern for property owners in Los Angeles and across Southern California. But there are a few things homeowners can do to prepare your home for wildfires. Likewise, business owners and property managers can take steps to mitigate the risk of wildfire damage to your commercial property.

But even once the fire is out and the smoke and soot is cleaned up, property owners should remain vigilant. Indeed, the greatest risk for storm damage often occurs in areas ravaged by fire. The storm damage dangers usually come in two forms: mudslides and floods.

Mudslides

Even if it's been several years since wildfires last burned the slopes near your home, the potential risk for mudslides can remain. It doesn't require much time or precipitation to start a "debris flow." An intense rainstorm can start moving rock, earth and other debris within minutes. Mudslides move very fast, leaving little time for a homeowner to react and respond.

If you live in the hills, the most important thing you can do to prepare for the kind of storms that could start a mudslide is to have an emergency kit and an evacuation plan. Sign up for emergency alerts from Los Angeles County and always heed the orders of first responders if required to evacuate.

There are also improvements you can make around your property to protect your home from mudslides, such as planting trees and shrubs or building channels and barriers to deflect runoff. Always follow the recommendations of a qualified geotechnical engineer to maximize the efficacy without putting neighboring properties at risk.

Lastly, review your home insurance policy. The National Flood Insurance Program may cover damage from debris flow as well as flooding. And SERVPRO of North Hollywood works directly with all major insurance carriers, reducing your stress should your property experience storm or water damage covered by your policy.

Floods

Meanwhile lower lying areas, such as the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, also share storm damage risk following wildfires in the form of flooding.

The decreased vegetation in burned out areas means that less of the rainwater gets soaked up by thirsty trees and shrubs. With little to nothing to absorb it, the rainwater naturally flows downhill and, during intense storms, can rush with surprising speed and force.

Like property owners in the hills, the best way to prepare for storm floods is to have emergency supplies and an evacuation plan. Meanwhile there are plenty of things you can do around your home to mitigate flood damage risk, including cleaning out gutters, inspecting for leaks and installing a sump pump in your basement or crawl space.

If you live in a flood risk area, talk to an insurance agent about The National Flood Insurance Program. You may even qualify for reduced premiums based on your location, income and any flood mitigation steps taken to protect your home or business location.

Should the worst happen and your property suffers water damage from a storm, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. We're here 24/7 to respond immediately to any size disaster and clean up and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

How Can Your Business Prepare for Wildfire Season?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prepare for wildfire season by ensuring employees know the location of all emergency exits and that they are well labeled and easy to find.

Like winter on Game of Thrones, summer inevitably comes to Los Angeles. And with it comes the hot and dry weather that is perfect for barbecues, beach days and, unfortunately, wildfires.

Preparing your business or commercial property is similar to preparing your home for wildfire season, but with a few subtle differences.

Have a Wildfire Evacuation Plan

Be sure all of your employees know the location of all emergency exits. Post your fire evacuation plan in multiple locations where it can be easily accessed in the case of a fire.

Select employees may also be trained on the use of fire extinguishers and other fire suppression equipment.

Lastly, have an emergency contact list handy, both to contact employees who go missing during an emergency evacuation and to contact your employees' loved ones, if necessary.

Manage Flammable Materials and Areas

You can reduce the risk of fire damage to your building and other structures by creating and maintaining a defensible space around your property.

However, some businesses also store significant quantities of flammable chemicals, such as fuels, paints or cleaning solvents, as part of their usual course of business. It's important to properly label, store and catalog the location and quantity of any hazardous materials to help firefighters and other first responders stay safe and effectively protect your property. A chemical safety plan, including specialized fire suppression equipment on site, may be necessary to help mitigate the potential for an even bigger disaster.

Create a Business Continuity Plan

In the event a fire emergency damages your business or otherwise requires you to shut down operations, you will want to refer to a business continuity plan. The plan should detail how your business will operate while recovering from a disaster. It should include contingencies for management structure, computer and data backups, and payroll, as well as repairing or restoring property damaged by fire, soot and smoke.

Be sure to also review or revise your commercial insurance plan so you know what it does, and does not, cover.

Wildfire season in Los Angeles is a fact of life for homeowners, property managers and business owners alike. While there are steps you can take to limit the damage, if you do experience a fire damage loss, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. We're here 24/7 to respond immediately to any size disaster. We'll also work tirelessly to repair and restore your property and get your business up and running again as quickly as possible.

What's the Difference Between Damage Cleanup and Restoration?

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

A licensed damage restoration company does more than cleanup after a disaster. We can restore your property to its pre-damage condition.

When a water, storm or fire emergency strikes your home, the last thing you want to think about is the cleanup. First and foremost should be ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones.

But once the source of the problem has been addressed, the hard work of cleaning up can begin. That includes deciding who to call to handle the cleanup process.

There are several questions you should ask when choosing a damage cleanup company. But perhaps the first is, what's the difference between damage cleanup and restoration? And why is it important to choose a company that can handle both?

Water and Fire Damage Cleanup Process

Cleaning up after a water emergency, whether caused by storm flooding, plumbing leaks or something else, primarily involves three steps.

First, the water is extracted from carpets, furniture, walls and floors and removed from the property. Next, specialized equipment dries and dehumidifies the affected areas. Lastly, professional cleaners treat your property to clean, sanitize and remove odors as well as reduce the risk of mold growth.

Likewise, fire damage cleanup primarily involves removing smoke and soot from the ceiling, walls and other surfaces, followed by cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting structures damaged by the fire.

Water and Fire Damage Restoration Process

However, there is another step that a licensed damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO of North Hollywood, can take. That's restoring your property to its pre-damage condition.

This process can involve many things, from relatively minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting or installing new carpet, to major reconstruction. And SERVPRO of North Hollywood is licensed by the California State License Board to provide contracting services.

In short, to make it "Like it never even happened." requires more than just damage mitigation and cleanup. It requires qualified, licensed professionals capable of rebuilding your home or business to its pre-damaged state.

Following a water or fire disaster, having one company like SERVPRO of North Hollywood handling the entire process can save time and money, and provide Los Angeles area home and business owners with much needed peace of mind.

Why Call SERVPRO for Commercial Cleaning Services?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

If your office space or store needs a deep cleaning, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We'll make sure your workplace always looks its very best.

Since we're best known for our 24/7 emergency response to water, fire and storm disasters, it's understandable if SERVPRO of North Hollywood is not the first name you think of when hiring a commercial cleaning service. But there are a number of good reasons to call us when you need a quality commercial cleaning service for your office building, retail store or restaurant. Here are but three.

We're Certified Cleaners

When choosing a water damage restoration company, it's important to choose one that is certified to IICRC standards. But even if the cleanup doesn't involve a backed up sewer line or a leaky pipe, our clean-up crew is trained and certified to adhere to a rigorous, deep cleaning standard to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for you and your employees.

And because our team also receives ongoing training and education, you can be confident that our professional cleaners are well-versed in advanced cleaning technology and techniques to make sure your workplace always looks its very best.

We Spot Problems Before They Become a Disaster

It's easier to clean up a localized mold infestation than one that's spread across multiple surfaces or into your air ducts. It's also better to repair a small leak in the roof than to deal with cleaning up water damage after the next big storm.

Even if you have a preferred cleaning service besides SERVPRO of North Hollywood, call us for a proactive commercial property inspection. Our trained eyes, and noses, can help you avoid a loss of business and customers from a future disaster.

We Offer Specialty Cleaning Services

Sometimes a business needs more than just vacuuming and dusting. Specialized clean up jobs, like vandalism and graffiti, odor removal or biohazard cleanup requires specialized techniques and equipment. SERVPRO of North Hollywood has the advanced technology, OSHA-approved cleaning agents and highly trained specialists to tackle even the most challenging cleanup job.

Property managers and operations directors have plenty to worry about from a never ending to-do list. But if you call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for our commercial cleaning services, that's one task you can permanently cross off your list.

Spring Rain Could Increase California Wildfire Risk

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and ash is highly acidic. If left unaddressed, it can corrode and discolor surfaces. Call SERVPRO to clean up wildfire damage right away.

Los Angeles and, indeed, all of Southern California has enjoyed - well, experienced anyway - a particularly heavy rainy season. While mudslides and storm flooding cause problems for many homeowners, particularly those living in the burn area of recent wildfires, there's no doubt that this rain should still be considered a good thing.

For one, most of the Los Angeles area is no longer experiencing drought conditions. So while water conservation is still important, we may not need to feel quite so guilty while we tend to our greener lawns or bask in a long, hot shower.

One drawback to all of this precipitation, however, is that it brings with it an increase in wildfire risk. That probably sounds counter-intuitive. After all, rain makes things wet and wet things don't burn. That's true. But water also helps make things grow. And if those things - trees, bushes, shrubs etc - grow well and then dry out over a long, hot summer, the result is a lot of prime fuel just waiting for a stray spark.

Which means now is as good a time as any to review your wildfire action plan. Or prepare your home for wildfire season by trimming back all of that newly lush vegetation. And if you're planning home improvement projects this year, consider using eco-friendly, and fire resistant, materials.

Preparation and prevention are the key to avoiding wildfire damage. But should the worst happen, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. Call us anytime, 24/7, if your home or business experiences fire or water damage. We're highly trained and certified restoration specialists and we're faster to any size disaster, so don't hesitate to call on us to repair and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

5 Places to Check for Hidden Water Leaks

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Minor hidden water leaks can become a major headache if they lead to a water damage emergency. An ounce of prevention can be the best prescription.

Plumbing leaks are one of the most common sources of home water damage. Sometimes the leak is plainly visible. If you see water spots on your ceiling or walls or feel damp areas around sinks, toilets or appliances such as refrigerators or washing machines, your first call should be to a local plumber to fix the leak and stop the water damage from spreading. And, of course, your second call should be to SERVPRO of North Hollywood so we can assess, repair and restore water damaged property.

Sometimes, however, the signs of a water leak aren't so obvious. If your water bill spikes or there's a noticeable drop in your water pressure, you may have a hidden water leak. So here are five places to check for hidden water leaks to help you save both water and money and protect your home from water damage.

Damaged Pipes and Pipe Joints

Many things can cause an otherwise solid pipe to start leaking. Over time, pipes can corrode and rust from prolonged use. Cold temperatures can cause any water inside the pipes to expand and the pipe to burst. Pipe connectors may become loose.

And because pipes are often hidden behind walls or in places seldom accessed such as attics and basements, you may be completely unaware of a problem. A licensed plumber that specializes in leak detection can detect and repair hidden pipe leaks.

Water Heaters

Speaking of out of sight, out of mind, many homeowners don't even know where their water heater unit is located, much less pay attention to the vital role it plays in their home. To ensure optimal performance, service your water heater annually. In addition to inspecting for water leaks, you or a licensed plumber should also safely flush out mineral deposits, check the pressure valve and test the unit to help prevent leaks and other water heater malfunctions.

Washing Machines

Another common source of a water leak is a water using appliance, such as a washing machine. Over time, pipes, hoses and seals become worn and, if not inspected and repaired or replaced, can start leaking water when the machine is in use. Always keep an eye out for damp areas around the washer and be sure to conduct annual washing machine maintenance to mitigate the potential for water damage before it happens.

Central Air Conditioning Units

It goes without saying that central air conditioning (HVAC) units get quite a workout in homes across Los Angeles during the summer, particularly inland areas like the San Fernando Valley. Often hidden in attics or crawl spaces, these workhorses should be inspected before the next heat wave arrives. In addition to checking for problems like clogged drain pipes, which can cause drain pains to overflow, an HVAC inspection should also look for dirt, mold and other particles that could compromise the air quality in your home.

Sprinkler Systems

Because the pipes are hidden underground, you may not notice leaks in your lawn's sprinkler system. There are, however, some signs you have an irrigation leak. For example, one symptom of an irrigation pipe leak is the appearance of mold or mildew on the grass. You can also look for pools of water between or around sprinkler heads. Or if you notice a dip in water pressure inside your home while your sprinklers are running, that can also point to a potential hidden leak. Specialized leak detection equipment may be needed to find the source of an underground leak.

Ultimately, an ounce of prevention can be the best prescription for homeowners concerned about potential water damage. Should a water damage emergency strike, however, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood anytime, 24/7, for help cleaning and restoring your property "like it never even happened."

3 Non-Emergency Reasons to Call SERVPRO

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold and water damage isn't always this obvious. Call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for an inspection today.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is probably best known for our 24/7 emergency restoration service. We respond "faster to any size disaster," repairing and restoring residential and commercial property damaged by water and fire, including storm, flood and wildfire disasters.

But did you know that SERVPRO of North Hollywood offers a number of other residential and commercial services that don't require an emergency response? Here are just three reasons to call us beyond emergency cleanup and restoration services.

Specialty Cleaning Services

One of the reasons to choose SERVPRO of North Hollywood is for our IICRC certified cleaning technology and techniques. While these are obviously invaluable when cleaning up after a water or fire loss, our team of professional commercial cleaners can also handle other types of cleanup jobs.

For example, we are certified to handle particularly unpleasant jobs, such as biohazard cleanup, sewage and toilet overflows or trauma and crime scene cleanup. Or if you find your property is the victim of vandalism and graffiti, we can not only remove and clean the affected areas, we can restore it to its pre-damaged condition.

We can also handle more mundane, but still difficult or time consuming, chores, such as cleaning soiled carpet and upholstery, drapes and blinds or ceilings, floors and walls.

HVAC Inspection

Heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems are often out of sight, out of mind. At least until there's a problem. HVAC systems should be inspected at least once a year for dirt, debris and other contaminants that can affect air quality and degrade the performance of your HVAC system.

There are many benefits to servicing your HVAC unit, but, of course, duct cleaning is not always necessary, so we can also make other recommendations about the best way to address indoor air quality concerns and provide peace of mind on the health of your system and your employees.

Water Damage & Mold Inspection

When the sewage system backs up or storm water floods your basement, it's obvious you have water damage that needs to be cleaned up. Likewise, if you see mold on your walls, ceiling or around your windows, you should call us right away for mold remediation.

Sometimes, however, potential damage from water or mold isn't quite so obvious. Maybe it's that musty smell coming from behind the refrigerator in the break room. Or maybe it's the water spot on the office's ceiling that you noticed got bigger after the last rain storm.

Regardless, our team of highly trained restoration technicians is happy to inspect and assess any areas of concern on your property. Sometimes we won't find any problems and you can simply return to business as usual. Other times, we'll find a source of water damage or mold that you didn't even realize you had, allowing us to quickly and thoroughly remedy the problem before it becomes a true disaster.

Water Damage: How We Work With Your Insurance Company

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of North Hollywood team is here for you, 24/7/365. Let us help lessen the stress of a water damage loss.

Many water damage disasters are covered by your homeowner's insurance, though not all. If you're not sure what is, and is not, covered by your policy, be sure to consult with your insurance agent to ensure you have the coverage you need. You certainly don't want to be worrying about whether or not you're covered when a disaster strikes.

Assuming your insurance policy provides the necessary coverage for a water damage claim, here are the steps SERVPRO of North Hollywood will take to work with your insurance company to assess the damage and restore your property following a disaster.

Pretesting to Determine Restorability

First, the source of the water damage must be identified and stopped. Second, standing water should be extracted to minimize further damage and prevent mold growth.

Only after these steps are completed can our certified water restoration technicians inspect and assess the damage to your property. Based on a variety of factors, from the type of water and the extent of the saturation to the type of materials damaged, our team can assess and test whether or not damaged items can be restored.

Restoration is typically more cost effective than replacement, but only an inspection by a qualified water restoration specialist can truly make help you and your insurance company make the right decision.

Claims Inventory Service

It is important to be accurate and thorough when assessing the extent of a water loss to your property. Our team can create and provide an itemized list to your insurance company to ensure your claim is processed fully and efficiently.

Electronic Mitigation Management

After assessing and estimating the costs to restore or replace your damaged property, SERVPRO of North Hollywood can upload the complete details of the water loss to an electronic database. This database is securely maintained and provides centralized access to the information your insurance company needs to process your claim, reducing paperwork and the risk of delays because of missing or inaccurate information.

Insurance agents and adjusters appreciate working with SERVPRO of North Hollywood because they can count on us to provide timely and accurate damage assessment. And homeowners prefer SERVPRO of North Hollywood for our fast response, highly-trained technicians and advanced restoration technology.

Combined, SERVPRO of North Hollywood strives to lessen the stress of a water damage loss and ensure the best possible results for all parties.

What are IICRC Standards for Water Damage Cleanup?

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? Because we not only have the technology to effectively clean up water damage, we know how to use it.

One of the reasons to choose SERVPRO of North Hollywood is that our technicians are trained and certified to IICRC standards for water damage cleanup and restoration. But you might be wondering what, exactly, are IICRC standards and why does it matter when choosing a water damage restoration company?

What is the IICRC?

IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. They are the certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. As such, much of what SERVPRO of North Hollywood does, from water damage restoration and fire damage repair to mold remediation and trauma and crime scene cleanup is covered by IICRC standards.

What are IICRC Standards?

The IICRC is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited organization. ANSI accredited organizations set voluntary standards for everything from food and water quality to building and construction materials handling to cutting-edge technologies like the RFID chip in your credit card.

The purpose of these standards is create consensus around the health and safety of consumers and environment while also safeguarding the integrity and effectiveness of the standards. Often, individuals or organizations who are trained to meet these standards are then certified by the governing organization as a testament to their level of education and knowledge of the standards.

Why is Certification to IICRC Standards Important?

By having our technicians trained and certified to meet IICRC standards, SERVPRO of North Hollywood ensures that we are most capable of safely and effectively restoring your damaged property.

For example, knowing how the composition of the damaged materials, be it carpeting or upholstery, wood or corrosive metals, is affected by water helps us determine the best way to dry and restore your water damaged property.

Indeed, every variable, from the type of damaged material, to the duration of water exposure, to the source of the moisture itself (rain water vs sewage, for example) should be properly accounted for when prescribing restoration methods.

Our training to IICRC standards ensures that we are well-versed in all of these variables and that we will select the appropriate technologies, treatments and methods for the specific kind of damage we encounter.

Further, to remain certified, the IICRC requires regular continuing education classes. This ensures that our team is always up-to-date on the latest in restoration techniques and technology.

Ultimately our goal is to make the repair and restoration of your water, fire or mold damaged property as painless and stress free an experience as possible. So when you choose SERVPRO of North Hollywood, you can be confident you are choosing a team of technicians that are true experts in the industry with the technology, experience and knowledge to help make the damage from a disaster "like it never even happened."

Preparing for a Cold Snap

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Property managers should have HVAC systems inspected and cleaned regularly to keep it running efficiently and to save time and money in the long run.

A cold snap is making its way across the country, and while there's no risk of freezing here in the Los Angeles area, this winter has brought its share of chilly temps.

If you're in charge of a commercial property, whether an office building, retail location or warehouse, now might be a good time to ensure you're prepared to heat things up inside, safely, while temperatures drop outside.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

A friend of ours (not a customer) turned on their heat in response to complaints from patrons of their business that it was unbearably cold in their building. This heating system hadn't been used in longer than the building's manager could remember. So along with the blast of heat came wisps of smoke and an acrid odor, necessitating a call to the fire department and evacuation of the building.

This unfortunate incident could have been avoided if they'd asked us to come inspect and clean the HVAC system.

Over time, dust, dirt and other contaminants build up and hide in air ducts and other elements of your HVAC system. Having it inspected and cleaned on a regular basis improves air quality, helps it operate at peak energy efficiency and extends the life of your equipment, maximizing your investment and minimizing the inconvenience of problems arising during business hours.

Space Heater Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires are associated with space heater use annually. So while employees might desire the added warmth from a nearby radiating space heater, some commercial buildings restrict or ban their use completely.

There are no federal workplace safety rules that prohibit space heaters, so if you decide to allow them to be used in your building, be sure to document and communicate the specific rules for use to your employees.

Building managers should inspect both the space heaters themselves as well as their placement to ensure they do not pose a health or safety hazard. And, as always, your commercial property should be equipped with up-to-date fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems to mitigate the risk of fire damage to your property.

Inspect Insulation

Because it's made to last for a very long time (up to 100 years in some cases), your building's insulation is usually out of sight, out of mind. Still, you should have it inspected from time to time to make sure it's still doing its job as intended. Age and pests such as rodents can wear insulation and create enough gaps to cause problems.

More importantly, if you've discovered leaks in your roof during recent rain storms, not only should you have the storm damage repaired, you should also have your insulation inspected for mold and mildew growth. While the insulation itself may be mold resistant (e.g. fiberglass), dirt and other contaminants can support mold growth if the necessary moisture is also present.

And should you need help preparing for cold weather and storms, or cleaning up following one, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is always just a phone call away. Whether it’s a fast response to a disaster or a less urgent, but no less important, inspection and cleaning of your commercial property, we're here to help you keep your business operating at peak efficiency, warm or cold, rain or shine.

Fire Pit Safety Tips

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

It's fun to roast marshmallows over a fire pit. Just be sure to properly extinguish your fire to mitigate the risk of fire damage to nearby property.

Even though Los Angeles is well known for its sun and surf, it can get chilly at night, particularly during the winter months. Whether you are camping or just hanging out in your backyard, it's nice to keep warm by a cozy fire, perhaps while roasting marshmallows for s'mores.

But wildfires are becoming a year-round concern across California. With the devastating Camp, Hill and Woolsey fires so fresh in our memories, please keep these tips in mind to safely enjoy your next outdoor fire.

Use Hardwoods

Softer woods, such as pine or birch, tend to crackle and release more sparks than hardwoods. Oak and hickory are better choices, particularly "seasoned" firewood, which has been left out to dry for a period of time. Avoid burning wet wood or composite woods like plywood as they produce more smoke, which may contain toxic chemicals, than dry hardwood.

Keep Fire Suppression Tools Handy

In addition to a fire extinguisher with a Class A classification (which is most effective on wood and wood products), keep other fire suppression materials nearby. A bucket of sand or a fire blanket can help quickly douse wayward sparks.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Planning ahead is often the best way to prevent problems from flaring up. Make sure your fire pit is at least 10 to 20 feet away from combustible objects, both natural (trees, bushes) and man-made (houses, sheds). Enjoy the fire from chairs positioned on stable ground and keep an eye on children.

Most importantly, when it's time for the evening's fun to end, be sure to properly extinguish your fire. Most fire pit manufacturers specify a preferred method to avoid cracking or damaging the pit itself.

Of course, should you become the victim of fire damage, don't hesitate to call on SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We're dedicated to responding immediately and specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We have the experience, training and advanced technology to restore your property quickly, thoroughly and safely.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood Sponsors Mobile MozArt Paint Night

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is more than a restoration company. We're honored to be a part of the community we serve.

When a disaster strikes, it is natural to focus on the process of repair and recovery that follows. Indeed, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is proud to be able to assist property owners across Los Angeles with water damage and fire damage restoration services to make it like such disasters "never even happened."

Often, however, the healing process requires more than patching drywall. Recovery from a disaster is also emotional and sometimes the best thing we can do is step away from the restoration of our property to instead focus on the restoration of our hearts.

With that in mind, SERVPRO of North Hollywood was happy to recently sponsor a paint night with Mobile MozArt, complete with food, friends and, of course, lots of paint. It was truly a "starry night" as the residents of a local community affected by flood damage joined several of members of our hard-working SERVPRO team in creating their own version of van Gogh's masterpiece.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

When your home or business suffers from water damage or fire damage, there's no shortage of restoration companies you can call. But SERVPRO of North Hollywood is more than a restoration company. We are members of the community we serve. Every opportunity to give back is an opportunity to help our community grow and thrive.

We look forward to sponsoring more such events in the future. In fact, if you are interested in having Mobile MozArt bring a paint night to your community, enter our photo contest. Just visit our Facebook page and share your best beach photo with the tag #MobileMozArt by January 31, 2019. We'll choose a winner for an evening of paint, food and fun later in the year*.

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*Photo Contest Rules

One winner will be selected from all eligible entries submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2019. To be eligible, the entrant must live within 25 square miles of North Hollywood, CA. Entrants do not need to be current or former customers of SERVPRO of North Hollywood to be chosen. Entrants must be at least 21 years of age. Entrant must submit an original photo and own the rights to the photo or have written permission from the copyright owner. No stock photography etc. Selected winner's photo will be painted during a Mobile MozArt paint night party at a date and location TBD in 2019. Multiple entries from the same individual are allowed, but please do not spam our Facebook page. A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 individuals are required to host a paint night party and permission of the property owner and/or management company may be required.

California Wildfires: Cleanup & Recovery Tips

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Soot tracks are the last thing you want to worry about when evacuating a home from a wildfire. SERVPRO of North Hollywood took care of the clean up.

Hopefully the recent California wildfires spared you from the most devastating fire damage, though obviously many were not so fortunate.

We at SERVPRO of North Hollywood express our deepest condolences to those who suffered serious property damage or worse and support the American Red Cross in their recovery efforts.

However, even if your property escaped the wildfires' flames, there are still several things you should do to effectively clean up following a wildfire.

Here are a few wildfire cleanup and recovery tips to help ensure you and your home or business do not experience any lasting damage from the smoke, ash and debris generated by a wildfire. 

Purify The Air

While air purifiers and other ventilation systems can help with improving the air quality inside of buildings that are close to burning wildfires, the sources of smoke damage odors need to be properly cleaned to prevent air quality problems from lingering. A thorough inspection and cleaning of carpets & upholstered furniture, drapes, bedding and other porous materials should be handled by a certified and experienced fire restoration company to keep air quality issues from sticking around. HVAC systems and duct work should also be inspected and cleansed of ash, soot and other fire residue and debris.

Further, some smoke odor issues require more intense treatment. Ozone generators and HEPA vacuums, for example, may be recommended for persistent air quality issues, but they should only be operated by a qualified professional. 

Cleanse Surfaces

The soot and ash that spews from wildfires is highly acidic. If left unaddressed, it can corrode metallic surfaces and electronics or discolor and stain painted surfaces such as walls, ceilings and furniture.

Therefore the sooner that soot and ash damaged property is cleaned and restored, the better.

Clear Your Mind

With any major disaster, you are likely to have too many worries at once to focus on any one effectively. Putting the cleanup tasks in the hands of a team of certified and highly trained fire restoration specialists can relieve you of many of the stresses and associated with wildfire recovery. We'll work to restore your property and possessions to their previous condition so you can focus on your family or business during this most difficult time.

In the event of a wildfire, the most important thing is your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Once the flames are extinguished, the clean up and recovery process can begin and the pros at SERVPRO of North Hollywood stand ready to assist you whenever and wherever you need us.

Storm Damage Inspection Checklist

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Hollywood can clean up and repair even the worst water damage and restore the drywall to make it look like new again.

Storms may be an infrequent threat to Los Angeles area homes and businesses, but it never hurts to prepare for the rainy season even while it's dry.

When the heavy rains and winds do come, be sure to review this storm inspection checklist to discover any water damaged areas before they become an even bigger problem.

Roof

High winds, rain and falling tree branches can dislodge shingles, gutters and other protective elements. Visually inspect your roof and look for anything that's loose or missing, as well as any remaining debris. If you have access to the attic, be sure to also check for leaks or other signs of water damage.

Foundation and Crawl Space

Heavy rains can cause water to pool near the base of your building and increase the pressure on your foundation. Look for cracks where water might seep into the foundation and escape into your crawl space or basement. Be sure to also inspect and keep gutters clean and in good working order to limit water soaking into the soil around the building, which can cause rapid foundation settling.

Outlets and Electrical Fixtures

Most people know that water and electricity are a bad combination. Water can cause an electrical outlet to spark and start a fire. And because water conducts electricity, there is risk of electric shock if your skin comes in contact with damp areas around electrical units.

Water damage can also cause electrical wires to become corroded over time, so proper drying and replacement of damaged wires is vital. If you discover moisture anywhere near an outlet or electrical fixture, cut the power to the area and call SERVPRO of North Hollywood ASAP.

Carpets and Flooring

If it goes unnoticed, storm water can seep into floorboards, discolor baseboards and rot and weaken the wood. Moisture can also collect between carpeting and floorboards, causing mold growth. So it's important to look for standing water or damp spots have them dried quickly and properly.

Walls and Ceiling

As with your floors, water leaking through your roof or between windows and trim can discolor ceilings and walls. Or worse, they can become weakened until the wear becomes holes in the drywall and plaster.

Unseen leaks can also cause mold to grow on or behind your walls. You should inspect for visible discoloration or damage, but if you suspect there may be leaks you cannot see, there are leak detection specialists who can help find problems before they cause major damage.

As with any damage to your property, the safety of you and your family should be your first priority. Beyond that, if you find signs of storm damage around your home or business, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. Our highly trained and experienced technicians are available 24/7/365 to clean up, repair and restore your property faster than you can say "but it never rains in Los Angeles."

What Damage Can Water Cause?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Items that may benefit from the use of a freeze drying vacuum chamber include books, legal documents, financial papers, parchment and more.

Because our work revolves around repairing damage caused by water (not to mention fire and mold), we at SERVPRO of North Hollywood sometimes forget that home and business owners don't always realize just how much damage a little water can cause to their property.

If ignored, water damage can grow more severe over time and become more difficult and expensive to repair. It can also cause additional problems, such as mold growth, so it's important to have the cause of water damage both quickly and properly assessed to prevent the damage from becoming worse.

Here are a few examples of the kind of damage even a little water can cause to your property if left unchecked.

Pipes and Plumbing Fixtures

Leaks from pipes and other plumbing fixtures such as faucets, shower heads and toilets are a common cause of water damage. So before the water has even spread, damage has likely already happened in the form of rust and corrosion to pipes, fittings or other metal that comes in contact with the water.

To mitigate further damage from plumbing leaks, be sure to have a licensed plumber inspect and repair or replace damaged plumbing systems as soon as possible.

Walls, Ceiling and Floor

Whether it is the slow drip from a leaky pipe or duct work or the rush of flood water from a storm or a sewage and toilet overflow, your walls, ceiling and floor are likely targets for water damage. Drenched plaster, soaked carpets and ceiling tiles weakened by the flow of water are obvious areas in need of repair and restoration, but don't overlook what you cannot see.

Water can also cause damage inside of walls and under carpet, risking rot to the wood frames and floors if not properly dried out. And, of course, perpetual dampness can also create the perfect conditions for mold to grow and spread, requiring professional mold remediation.

Furniture and Other Possessions

While repairing or replacing water damaged pipes and carpets can be aggravating, dealing with the loss of personal items can be heartbreaking. Once water seeps into furniture or worse, papers and treasured photographs, the clean up should only be handled by a highly-trained and certified team of professional restoration experts.

Before the worst water damage happens, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. With years of experience and advanced technology, we'll work to clean and restore your water damaged property and preserve your precious keepsakes.

What Do Fire Restoration Companies Do?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

When your home suffers damage after a fire, SERVPRO of North Hollywood can clean and restore your property to its pre-fire condition.

When fire threatens your property, the first and most important thing is to ensure you and your family are safe. The second most important thing is to alert the local fire department so they can respond quickly and minimize the damage to your home and belongings.

Once the flames are out and the smoke clears, however, many homeowners are left with more questions than answers. Is it safe to re-enter your property? Which of your possessions can be recovered and restored? Will my insurance company cover the costs of repairing the damage?

To answer these questions, we recommend calling a professional fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. Here's why.

We Inspect the Damage and Can Protect Your Property

Before you return to your home, an experienced team of technicians should carefully assess the damage caused by the water, fire, smoke and soot. Besides evaluating the extent of the damage for insurance purposes, it is important to also assess the risks for additional harm to the property.

Since fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, our team will board up openings and place tarps to help protect your property from further loss.

We Remove and Dry Out Fire Hose Water

Sometimes the worst fire damage isn't caused by the flames themselves but from the large amount of water necessary to douse them.

Fire restoration companies such as SERVPRO of North Hollywood can also work to quickly mitigate water damage by extracting any standing water and drying and dehumidifying the remaining moisture in flooring, walls and furniture.

We Properly Clean up Smoke and Soot Damage

Even when a structure escapes the wrath of a fire's flames (such as with nearby wildfires), it can still bear the brunt of damage from smoke and soot. While less frightening then the fire itself, the damage caused by smoke and soot can still be extensive, especially if left untreated.

Porous surfaces, such as stone tile or countertops can become discolored from the acidic chemicals found in soot. Smoke, of course, can contain toxic gases which can then be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. In short, it is just as important for your health and safety to properly clean smoke and soot damage as it is to address damage cause by actual flames.

We Restore Your Property

Ultimately your goal is to return your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Because SERVPRO of North Hollywood is licensed in the state of California as a general building contractor, we can go beyond mitigation and clean up from water and fire damage to replace drywall, install new carpet or other construction services and restore your property "like it never even happened."

Where to Look for Mold in Your Home

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you find or suspect mold growth in your kitchen, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away.

According to the documentary film Moldy, more than half of U.S. homes have a mold problem. While homeowners often know they need mold remediation following flooding and water damage caused by water leaks, burst pipes, sewage backups or storms, many don't realize mold can still be found in your home without a precipitating disaster.

In fact, many homeowners are unaware that mold could be present even if there are no obvious signs such as visible staining or a musty odor. So here are a few places you should look for mold in your home, even when you don't see or smell it.

Window Sills and Trim

Aside from a dusting during spring cleaning, you probably don't pay much attention to your window sills and trim. They are, however, prime areas for capturing moisture, particularly if your home has central heating and air conditioning. When the temperature indoors is significantly higher or lower than it is outdoors, condensation can build up on your windows. Mold can grow on your window sills and trim if this moisture leaks on to or soaks into them.

While it might be tempting to try and resolve the problem yourself, say with bleach (don't), keep in mind that mold can also find its way into and behind wallpaper and walls, and the cracks around a window's trim present a golden opportunity for mold to spread to where it can't be easily wiped away.

If you discover mold around your windows, give SERVPRO of North Hollywood a call so we can inspect and assess the damage right away.

Washing Machines and Refrigerators

Both of these household appliances are notorious for providing the perfect conditions for mold growth. In particular, front-loading washers, especially older models, have a gasket around the door that gets wet when in use and then stays wet because the door is usually closed (and sealed) when not in use.

Likewise, refrigerators feature drip pans to collect condensation from the unit. If bits of food also drop into the pan, the underside of your refrigerator becomes an all-you-can eat buffet for mold spores.

While discovering mold in these specific areas may not require professional mold remediation, it is important the affected areas be properly cleaned and treated to prevent mold spores from spreading into other areas of your home.

HVAC System

Many Los Angeles area homes feature central heating and air conditioning and your HVAC system is another important place to inspect for signs of mold. If your air conditioning unit is not draining properly, not only can it cause water damage, it can also create the conditions for mold growth. Or if mold is present in your air ducts, use of your AC or heating system can then spread mold spores throughout your home.

Having your HVAC system routinely inspected and professionally cleaned can not only improve air quality and prevent the spread of mold but can also save you money by extending the life of the equipment.

In short, mold growth can be a serious concern for homeowners, even if you're unaware of its presence. If you discover mold or otherwise suspect mold growth in your home, don't wait for the problem to get worse.

Get help from SERVPRO of North Hollywood and let our certified restoration team take care of you. We specialize in water and mold damage remediation and have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold problem.

3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Dave the desiccant dehumidifier is standing by to dry out large water damaged areas.

Okay, so you've discovered water damage in your home or business. It might be tempting to type "water damage restoration company near me" into the old Google bot and call the first result you find.

But not all water damage restoration companies are the same and when it comes to protecting and restoring your valuable property, you shouldn't settle for less than the very best.

So here are a few quick questions you should always ask before hiring a water damage restoration company to clean up your water damaged property.

Are you licensed and certified?

SERVPRO of North Hollywood's water restoration team is not only highly-trained and experienced, but we're also Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified (IICRC). IICRC technicians set themselves apart through training, experience and comprehensive examination. By training and following the certification's rigorous standards, our expert water damage restoration technicians ensure the job is done right the first time, every time.

Further, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is also California State Board Licensed as a general building contractor. Why is this important? Hiring a company that can handle both the initial water damage mitigation (placing tarps, removing water and debris etc) as well as the building reconstruction services (repairing drywall, flooring, plumbing and more) can simplify the restoration process and get your property back to preloss condition.

How quickly can you start working?

Flooding and water damage don't wait for business hours and neither should your emergency water damage restoration company. In fact, in many cleaning and restoration incidents, immediate action is needed.

Within minutes, water can quickly spread through your property, saturating and absorbing into walls, carpets, upholstery and more. If left unaddressed, water can swell and break down drywall, tarnish surfaces and provide the perfect conditions for the growth of mold and mildew.

You can expect an immediate response from SERVPRO of North Hollywood, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including all holidays. We not only serve North Hollywood, but also the surrounding areas of Toluca Lake, Universal City and Los Angeles. Our six-step water restoration process, from emergency response to restoration, ensures both quick and thorough action to address your water damage emergency.

What technology do you use?

Every water damage emergency presents unique challenges and SERVPRO of North Hollywood is proud to have state-of-the-art restoration technology available to address virtually every problem.

From our fleet of air movers to our power generators, we have the tools and technology to get you up and running again quickly. We even offer unique systems, such as our vacuum freeze drying chamber to restore water damaged documents and our desiccant dehumidifier (nicknamed Dave) which can start drying a water damaged area within 30 minutes of arrival on site.

In short, when choosing a water damage restoration company, be sure to ask about their experience, responsiveness and technology for quickly and thoroughly mitigating and restoring your home following a water damage emergency.

Or simply call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. Our goal, as always, is to minimize the disruption to your life and business to quickly restore your water damaged property "like it never even happened."

Two Sources of Water Damage That Are "So LA"

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains are few and far between in Southern California, so Los Angeles homeowners seldom worry about water damage caused by such storms. So while preparing for LA's rainy season even when it's dry is important, there are a couple of other sources of home water damage that property owners across North Hollywood and the surrounding areas should be concerned about, particularly during the hot, dry summer months.

Air Conditioning

With summer temperatures that reach the upper 90's and low 100's, San Fernando Valley homeowners often run their air conditioning units 24/7. Such heavy usage can create conditions that cause water damage to your property in a couple of ways.

First, as part of the cooling process, a working A/C unit draws water vapor from the air and condenses it into a liquid. That liquid needs to go somewhere. Usually it is piped out of your home by a drain line. However, if the drain line is clogged, water can accumulate into a drip pan which can then overflow. Over time, it is also possible that the drain line or drip pan could become damaged, allowing water to escape through gaps or cracks in the system.

If you depend on your A/C to keep you cool during LA's hottest months, be sure to have it and other elements of your property's HVAC systems inspected and cleaned by SERVPRO of North Hollywood. Regular service helps restore units to peak energy efficiency and reduces the risk of both water damage and mold growth.

Lawn Sprinklers

One side effect of a lack of raindrops is the need for alternative water sources to keep lawns looking fresh and green. If you haven't yet transitioned to a more drought-tolerant landscape, you probably have lawn sprinklers running on a regular schedule providing much needed water to thirsty grass, shrubs and trees on your property. Because these systems are often set and forget, sometimes homeowners are unaware of problems until the damage is done.

For examples, water sprinklers can cause excess runoff to collect around your foundation. Over time, the water can seep through or even cause cracks in the foundation. Or if the water crests above the foundation line, it can soak into basement or crawl space walls and flooring. One way to proactively monitor this is to keep an eye on your water and sewer bills and look for any unusual spikes that might indicate excessive water usage.

Of course if you do discover water damage in you home, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. For 24/7 service, call us now or send us a message online.

Commercial Property Inspection Checklist

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Check the gauge on your fire extinguishers at least once a month. The needle should point in the green area. If not, it may need servicing.

Business owners wear many hats. In addition to being knowledgeable about your actual products and services, owners also often handle accounting, HR, marketing and other duties vital to growing a business. Further, if your business requires a physical location, be it a restaurant, office or retail store, you may also find yourself with some responsibility for the upkeep of the commercial property in which you reside. While building owners and property managers can and should handle maintenance and repairs, if you are considering moving into a new location or simply taking care of the one you already occupy, here is a short checklist of things to inspect to ensure minor issues don't become major disasters.

Visual Signs of Damage

Those water spots on the ceiling. That damp spot below the sink. The crack in the window out back. All minor eyesores and inconveniences that take a backseat to more pressing concerns. All, however, can also lead to bigger problems if left unaddressed. Determining the source of a potential leak now can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in water damage or mold remediation in the future.

Fire Safety Equipment

According to So-Cal State Fire Protection, businesses are required to have fire extinguishers on site and serviced annually. You should also check the pressure gauge monthly and slap a label on a new fire extinguisher so you don't have to guess when you might need to replace it. In addition, you should also test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and promptly replace discharged batteries. And if your commercial property has a sprinkler system, it should be tested annually. Maintaining a business' fire protection systems is vital to both ensuring the safety of the people occupying the building and mitigating property damage in the event of a fire.

Review Ventilation Systems

Unless something goes wrong, vital systems such as your air ducts or HVAC are often out of sight and mind. SERVPRO of North Hollywood professionals can inspect and clean your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to extend the life of your equipment, save you money in the long run and, of course, improve the quality of the air you and your customers breathe.

At the end of the day, business owners can do a lot to take care of your property if you are diligent in your regular inspection and maintenance routines. But if the worst should strike, remember that SERVPRO of North Hollywood is always just a phone call away.

Summer Storm Damage Risks

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm floods can leave inches of water under your home. Stagnant water can collect bacteria, mosquito eggs and cause excess humidity

Summertime in Los Angeles brings beach days, barbecues and, usually, sunny, cloudless blue skies. Occasionally those skies darken with storm clouds and homeowners are at risk of property damage caused by a number of naturally occurring events. When the weatherman warns of impending summer storms, here are a few things So Cal homeowners should watch out for:

Rain

Summer rains often come down fast and hard, especially in the Valleys, leaving LA area properties at risk of flash floods. When your street seems more suited for transport by boat than automobile, keep a close eye on lower lying areas, especially if your house finds itself in the path of runoff from surrounding hills. Basement and crawlspace flooding is a common problem, but other disasters such a sewer backups or leaks from damaged roofs, windows and doors can create inhospitable conditions in your home.

Wind

Water damage isn't the only concern for homeowners during summer storms. High velocity wind gusts can join the rain and bring down power lines, sparking fires. Powerful storm winds can also tear shingles off roofs, rip large branches off trees and rattle old windows and doors. While you can prepare for potential water damage from storms even when it's dry, it's harder to prepare for when Mother Nature decides to cave in your roof. Fortunately, SERVPRO of North Hollywood has experience with such disasters and we can help make your home look as good as new.

Lightning

While seemingly more rare than heavy rain and wind, summer storms also bring lightning and thunder. Indeed, in August, 2017 lightning struck 2,100 times across Southern California in just one week. So while the rumble of thunder might cause you to hide beneath your covers, it's the ensuing lightning strike that can cause bigger problems for homeowners. In particular, lightning strikes can spark fires, especially in the dry and heavily wooded areas of the hills and mountains in Los Angeles, creating wildfires that can rapidly spread and threaten residential and commercial property. While rare, lightning can also strike a home directly, such as one earlier this year in Whittier.

Hail

A rare occurrence, particularly in LA, hail can bring its own unique concerns for homeowners. Small hail in Los Angeles causes buzz on social media, but larger hail can actually put holes in your roof and break windows.

So should rain, wind, lightning or even hail damage your North Hollywood, Universal City, Toluca Lake or Los Angeles property, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Hollywood for a fast response, 24/7 and our highly trained restoration technicians will be on the scene to restore your residential or commercial property "like it never even happened."

What You Shouldn't Do When You Find Mold in Your Home

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is available to help if you have mold on your walls in your home or business.

Mold. Just the word can make a homeowner's skin crawl with the idea of the fungi growing in and around your home. Mold, of course, is not all bad. We eat some molds and fungi, such as mushrooms. Mold also helps fertilize soil by breaking down dead vegetation. It even helps cure illnesses with its role in the production of antibiotics, including penicillin.

But when left to grow unabated in your home, the CDC notes that exposure to dampness and mold can cause health effects.

So when you discover mold growing where it shouldn't, there's one thing you should do: call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. Our team of highly-trained and specialized restoration technicians will contain the infestation, remove the mold and contaminated materials, cleanse and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Should you decide to DIY the problem, however, here are a few things you should not do to clean up mold in your home.

Don't Wait

An outbreak of mold can spread quickly. Mold spores are carried throughout your home via heating, ventilation and cooling systems (HVAC). Once they land, staining and further spreading begins immediately. Within 24-48 hours, a small concern can become a huge problem if left untreated.

Don't Use Bleach

Bleach is a common treatment because it does, indeed, kill mold if it comes in contact with it. On non-porous surfaces such as a bathtubs or sinks, bleach may do an adequate job. However, bleach does not soak into porous materials such as wood or drywall. Because bleach kills mold by contact, any mold that takes root deeper beyond your seemingly clean surface will survive to spread another day.

Worse, because bleach is mostly water which is then usually further diluted, unless you use the kind of state-of-the-art dryers we have here at SERVPRO of North Hollywood to completely dry the treated area, you may be inviting a new infestation to grow in place of the old one. Remember, mold LOVES water.

Don't Cover Up the Problem

Given the plethora of mold resistant paints and primers on the market, it may be tempting to slap a coat over the offending area and just cover up the problem. First, there is a difference between a mold resistant coating and a mold killing one. Mold resistant paints and primers don't kill existing mold, but they can help prevent new mold outbreaks from taking root. And while mold killing primers may work on the mold residing on the outer wall, there may be an infestation within the walls that goes untouched. Most importantly, even a good coat of paint fails to address the underlying problems with moisture or water damage that caused the mold.

In short, while DIY options are available, SERVPRO of North Hollywood's seven step mold remediation process, certified technicians and specialized equipment can lessen the mold damage, limit further damage and reduce the remediation costs of a mold infestation. If you've got mold, don't wait, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood today.

How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Wildfires are coming. Call us 24/7/365 if you experience fire, smoke or soot damage at your home or business.

Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles is not actually a desert. But given we Angelinos enjoy roughly 15 inches of rain each year, and that most of it falls during the winter months, it is fair to say LA is a pretty dry place to call home. While that has its benefits (hey, Dodgers games are seldom at risk of a rain out), it also means we find ourselves at risk for property damage caused by wildfires, particularly during the dry summer months.

Like the Boy Scouts, however, Los Angeles area homeowners can "be prepared" for wildfire season and protect their homes from fire, smoke, soot and even damage caused by the water to put out fires

Create a "defensible space" around your home

Cal Fire recommends two zones that together would slow or even stop the spread of a wildfire while protecting the firefighters defending your property.

Zone 1 is roughly a 30 foot radius around all structures where you should clear any and all dead vegetation while keeping other plants and trees well trimmed and separated from flammable objects such as furniture, play structures or wood piles.

Zone 2 extends to 100 feet out and likewise requires the regular maintenance of grass, shrubs and trees in an effort to mitigate the rapid advance of flames and reduce the fuel available to stray sparks floating on the wind. 

Have an evacuation plan

Once fire threatens your home, you may have the option or even be mandated to evacuate the area. Having a wildfire evacuation plan can help ensure you and your family stay safe. In advance of wildfire season, create or review your plan by establishing an emergency meeting location, assembling a supply kit and learning how to shut off gas, electric and water mains. 

Use fire resistant materials for home improvement projects

From insulation made with eco-friendly materials such as cellulose to decks built with composite or pressure-treated wood, there are many ways to improve your home that enhance both its value and its resistance to fire damage.

When facing the threat of wildfires, your safety and the safety of your family is paramount. But remember, should wildfires cause damage to your home, whether from the fire itself, the soot and smoke or even water damage from fighting the flames, SERVPRO of North Hollywood has highly-trained and certified technicians who can respond quickly, 24/7/365, to emergencies around the communities of North Hollywood, Universal City, Toluca Lake and Los Angeles.

3 Ways to Prepare for the Rainy Season (While It's Dry)

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged gutters can lead to water damage.

Summer is here and while your mind may be on pool parties, day trips to Malibu and, of course, BBQ, SoCal's rainy season will be here before you can say "trick or treat!" While the memory of last year's wildfires may prompt you to take steps to protect your property from fire damage, now is also a good time to prepare for the coming storms even while it's dry.

Set up a rainwater collection system

Rainwater harvesting offers many benefits, including reducing your water bill and providing an alternative water source during droughts. The capturing, holding and controlled releasing of rainwater can also help reduce runoff, particularly in heavily paved urban areas which, in turn, can reduce the risk of flooding around both residential and commercial buildings.

Clean gutters

Gutters and downspouts catch storm water and direct it away from your home. When properly cleaned, gutters help prevent the soil surrounding the building from becoming so heavy and saturated with water that it stresses your foundation. Over time, enough wear causes foundation walls to crack which can lead to a flooded basement (and, perhaps, a call to SERVPRO of North Hollywood).

Inspect for signs of leaks

Water marks, peeling paint or wallpaper, damp walls or floors and, in some cases, mold or mildew are all signs of leaks that should be fixed before they can cause major damage. Don't forget to also inspect your roof and look for loose or missing shingles which are prime places for rainwater to leak into your home.

Of course, if the worst should happen and you find yourself dealing with water damage in your home or business, call us right away. Our highly-trained water restoration technicians are "faster to any size disaster" and have experience, expertise and equipment to restore your property properly.

Storm Damage Disasters in Hollywood

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the serious issues people in California face and regardless if it is caused by a leak in the pipes or flood damage, it should be mitigated immediately to avoid financial drainage. The damage in homes and businesses being common, people should have the best company in North Hollywood, CA contacts to call when they have water in home or water in the business situation.

In cases of flood damage, there is not much one can do. However, it does not necessarily mean they sit and watch. Some mitigation can be done to this problem. In any case, the power should be switched off to avoid electrical issues.

First, the resident should move all their properties to a place where they are safe from the water, then make the call to a Water Restoration Company in North Hollywood. A company like SERVPRO works twenty-four hours in a day so there is no worry of not being able to reach them.

For leaking pipes, water in a home, the owner should close the main water supply this will ensure no more leaking is experienced; in water in business in case of rental premises, the owner can be contacted to shut the supply. Then, call the water restoration company to help out in drying.

Air movement is important, and windows should be opened; use of heaters and fans can also ensure sufficient air movement; without that, it can be risky to humans. An air inspector should be called to check the quality of air and reassure that air movement is good; they do have the equipment to check drying of walls. Complete drying will reduce the growth of mold this reduces dangers that can be caused by them.

There are specialists in California that come to check the extent of the damage caused by water, and how efficient the water cleanup and water restoration was. The inspector can recommend the next action to be taken after he does the inspection. Commercial buildings might have been significantly affected, and it might have become weak and demolition might be the answer; building from scratch can be the only way to be sure the occupants will be safe.

Dealing with insurance after such an event can be hectic, but at least the owners will not feel so much financial restraint. Most building in Hollywood, CA, has been insured against water damage and as much as it is not easy to do the claims, in the end, it will be easier. After the water cleanup filing claim is the next step; insurance company will not accept to pay for negligence, so mitigation is an important step. An advance from the insurer for moving as the repair is done will come in handy, but the owner should keep in mind it will be deducted from the overall payment.

Water damage in Hollywood can be a depressing situation, but the people of CA have taken measures to ensure that as much as they cannot avoid, they can reduce the stress after the outcome. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on water damage.

The 5 Stages of Commercial Fire Cleanup

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO if you experience commercial fire damage.

If you are dealing with fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage at your business in Hollywood, CA you should contact a service specializing in commercial fire and smoke cleaning. There are five major stages of commercial fire cleanup and a full-service restoration company can complete them all.

1. Schedule an inspection: As soon as a fire has been put out, you should arrange for an assessment of the property damage. A company that specializes in commercial restoration can help you identify and record damage to include in an insurance claim.

2. Put up boards and security fencing: The property owner or a damage remediation service should board up broken windows and holes in the roof to prevent debris or precipitation from getting into the property. These barriers also prevent unauthorized access to the property during the restoration process, limit additional damage, and provide insurers with proof that you are doing everything you can to protect the property.

3. Remove damaged contents: Whether the contents of a commercial property have been ruined by fire or only suffered smoke damage, these items should be removed and either cleaned or replaced. Some commercial restoration services will help you store these items until the restoration process is complete.

4. Clean: A restoration company will thoroughly clean a commercial property damaged by fire or smoke. This may involve drying water damage before cleaning up soot damage.

5. Restore: The remainder of the restoration process may involve smoke cleaning with industrial air scrubbers or a specialized machine, such as an ozone generator, hydroxyl generator, or thermal fogger. Contents and occupants may return once restoration is complete.

A full service restoration company can help you clean up fire or smoke damage at a commercial property in Hollywood, CA. The sooner you start the process, the easier the restoration should be. Visit http://www.SERVPROofnorthhollywood.com for more information on commercial fire damage. 

Slippery, Sticky Lawn Slime

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold on your property.

Sometimes after a pleasant period of rain during a lovely time of year in Hollywood, CA the pastures, lawns, and mulched areas of the yard may suddenly appear to have foamy, stringy, or slimy spots. Some consider this slime a mold while others swear it is a fungus, but one thing for sure is how unsightly it is. Clumpy or stringy, the sticky, jelly-like substance can cling to any nearby surface, covering it in lawn slime.

Evolution

Some experts postulate that molds and fungi began their existence as long as a billion years ago. The various types of mold include many shapes and hues:

• Grey-black clusters of Physarum cinereum
• Yellowish cushions of Fuligo septica
• Crumbly yellow masses of Mucilago crustacea

Having survived the long years without much evolutionary change, the strange blobs may now appear in a variety of colors such as yellow, orange, or green. The string-like or foam-based structures of lawn slime can cling to an individual blade of grass or cover a large patch of lawn, and can be difficult to remove.

Reproduction

The wet-looking globules are often short lived, with a life cycle of fewer than 72 hours. During that time, the spots can begin to harden into dull-colored, crusty masses. The reproductive cycle then begins anew as the crunchy splotch changes into a collection of nodules ready to break open and release millions of outdoor mold spores into the air.

Mold remediation experts suggest that one method the slime uses to travel unhindered is by attaching itself to mulch, which it can cover with spores waiting to attack the next unsuspecting nearby lawn. The spores can remain in stasis for many years, staying dormant until the next perfect wet period arrives.

Problem

Although the lawn slime may kill sections of the grass it invades, deterrents such as fungicides are not typically necessary. The stringy mass is usually a short-lived cosmetic problem for lawns that can be unsightly but not hazardous to humans. If the grass under the mold turns yellow, wait a few weeks for it to return to the lush green it once was after the slime is gone.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold. 

Safety Tips for a More Enjoyable BBQ

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage from grilling.

While many people in Hollywood, CA enjoy grilling out, a grill fire can make an afternoon cookout much less pleasant. By following some general safety tips, you can keep your family and your home safe from harm.

1. Keep the Grill Clean and Well-Maintained

Before using the grill, check that all stationary parts are secure and all moving parts, such as the lid or wheels, move freely. Remove any flammable material or excess grease that might have gotten near the burner. For propane grills, check for gas leaks and other flaws. To keep the grill properly maintained and functioning optimally, take it to be serviced by a professional.

2. Keep the Grill Away From Flammable Surfaces

Always use the grill outside to avoid BBQ smoke damage on the inside of buildings. Choose a level place for the grill at least 10 feet away from buildings where it won’t tip or roll. Make sure it is not leaning against anything such as chairs or deck railings. Avoid overhanging branches and keep flammable liquids away from hot surfaces.

3. Supervise the Grill at All Times

Do not leave the grill unattended while it is still hot or has hot coals in it. Be especially mindful of children and pets who might unwittingly start a BBQ fire or might try to play with potentially hazardous supplies, such as hot tools or lighter fuel. Don’t forget that the grill might still be hot long after you’ve stopped cooking, especially a charcoal grill.

4. Be Prepared and Use Recommended Equipment

Always use the recommended fuel in propane grills and the correct starter for charcoal grills. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand whenever the grill is in use. If a grill fire starts, you may be able to limit the damage by lowering the grill cover or turning off the fuel if it is safe to approach. Immediately contact emergency services if the fire gets out of hand.

By following general safety tips to prevent a grill fire, outdoor cooking will be a much more relaxing activity. Visit http://www.SERVPROofnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire damage

Finding Mold at Your Commercial Property: 3 Common FAQs

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

As the owner of a commercial property in Hollywood, CA maintaining your building for cleanliness and safety is probably a high priority. However, disasters such as flooding may cause issues that you did not anticipate, such as mold growth. The spread of fungi is common once moisture enters your building, so it is wise to call in a mold cleanup and remediation company to handle the problem and to have them answer a few of the following questions about remediation and restoration.

1. What Is Mold?

Mold comes in many forms and colors, but one factor all varieties have in common is that they require moisture to grow and spread. While mold spores are usually present in the air, they can multiply after a flood because water vapor in the air creates high humidity in affected rooms. Once the mold takes hold, it can spread rapidly across walls, ceilings and organic material.

2. What Types of Water Damage Cause Mold?

While mold growth is most often found after flooding, even slow leaks or other minor water issues can cause it to grow rapidly. Leaky pipes, water lines and small indoor floods caused by an overflowing toilet may result in the development of fungi, so it is important to have your building inspected each time it experiences any kind of water damage.

3. What Is Involved in Mold Remediation?

When flood technicians arrive at your building, they may perform immediate mitigation to prevent fungi from spreading. Once the problem is contained, techs will likely tear out any affected drywall to check for mold in the interior walls and eradicate it. As a final step in remediation, flood experts may offer you sanitation and deodorizing services to eliminate any lingering smells mold might cause.

Mold growth at your Hollywood, CA business can be troubling. However, when you know which questions to ask your restoration specialists when they arrive, the more confident you may feel about the cleanliness and safety of your building. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold. 

What You Need To Know About Category 1 Water Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage is not a DIY restoration project. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to take care of your residential or commercial water loss.

Not all water damage is created equal. Depending on the source of the issue, water damage is categorized as either 1, 2 or 3. Category 2 contains some sort of contaminants, while category 3 – or black water – contains harmful debris and fecal matter. Category 1 damage, however, is clean water and usually stems from a broken pipe or a burst supply line. Depending on the size of the area affected, you can clean up category 1 damage on your own. However, there are a few things you need to understand about water restoration procedures before you get started:

• Identify all safety hazards such as exposed electrical, standing water and loose drywall
• Locate the source of the water and turn off supply lines if necessary
• Move belongings out of the way of the damage
• Check for additional areas of water damage
• Get air circulating either with fans or open windows
• Employ a dehumidifier if you have one
• Clean

Restoration Measures

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may want to hire a Hollywood, CA water restoration team, even if the water is clean water. A restoration team can quickly and efficiently dry out the affected area and mitigate as much damage as possible. They do this by utilizing pumps and other heavy-duty equipment to remove standing water and ensure a faster drying time.

Once all sitting water is gone, the team will remove carpeting, carpet pads and furniture that has been damaged. If necessary, they will make a flood cut in the drywall to remove damaged drywall and insulation so you can replace it with new materials.

Water damage is never fun to deal with, but the good news is that category 1 water is nothing to be worried about. Though it may prove to be a pain to clean up, clean water won’t harm you or your building’s occupants. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

3 Steps To Take After Sewer Backup Floods Your Home

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Hollywood, CA can cause downed trees, severed power lines and water damage throughout your neighborhood. However, one of the most distressing results of flooding is when sewage systems fail and cause a sewer backup in your home. The resulting mess can be difficult to handle when it first happens, but acting quickly and taking a few simple steps can help keep your home and family safe.

1. Evacuate Your Home

Flooding that contains sewage is known as black water and is usually harmful to people and animals. The water may contain chemicals, human waste and other pathogens that can cause serious illnesses. If a sewer backup occurs in your home, get everyone away from the flood waters and have them move to a safe area, such as a neighbor’s home. Do not allow anyone to enter flooded rooms to retrieve items.

2. Seal Off Main Entrances

Floods caused by rain water can travel quickly, even when it enters your home. Once you get your family to safety, seal your home’s entrances with thick, wide tape and plug any gaps with heavy cloth to prevent any water from leaking out. Be sure to wear gloves and a protective mask as you do this and make every effort to avoid touching the contaminated water.

3. Call a Storm Damage and Cleanup Company

Sewage floods are best handled by a storm damage and cleanup company, as their technicians have the training and equipment to handle the removal of dirty sewer water safely. Trash pumps and other machines will likely be employed to handle the worst of the mess, and flood techs can advise you about what other services you might require. These may include the tear out of damaged carpeting and drywall, as well as cleaning and deodorizing options.

When flooding in Hollywood, CA causes a sewer backup in your home, the results can be devastating. Knowing how to react calmly and knowing which steps to take can minimize damage and keep your family safe. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on storm damage. 

3 Differences Between Mold and Mildew

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you find mold in your home in Hollywood, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help!

While there can be many types of fungi in Universal City, CA there is one thing they all likely have in common: you want to get rid of them. The steps you should take depend on whether your home has mold or mildew. In order to know whether you are at risk for mold damage or simply have less harmful mildew, there are some questions to ask.

1. What Does the Fungus Look Like?

Mildew tends to be gray or white and very flat. Mold on the other hand comes in a number of colors, including blue, green, or black. Mold tends to be fuzzy or slimy.

2. Where Does It Grow?

Mildew growth is more common than that of mold. It tends to be found on produce, houseplants, and natural fabrics. Mold growth, on the other hand, tends to be more invasive. It is found in many places including showers, drywall, wood, air conditioning systems, wallpaper, and ceilings. The wide array of areas it inhabits is one reason mold damage quickly becomes extensive if unaddressed.

3. How Stubborn Is It To Remove?

Mildew, because of its flat texture, can usually be removed with a household cleaning solution and a scrub brush. Mold tends to have tiny filaments that infiltrate whatever surface it is on, making it much harder to remove. Do-it-yourself cleaning is usually not the best idea with mold, because you can release mold spores into the air and spread the issue to other areas of the home. For mold, it is often helpful to call a professional to determine the extent of damage and best method for remediation.

Mold damage tends to be more severe than that of mildew. That is why it is often important to determine which type of fungus is the problem. After you have determined what type of fungus has intruded, you can take the right steps to banish it and restore a healthy environment to your home.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold. 

4 Places To Check for Leaks Before Going out of Town

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

When you go on vacation, the last thing you want to come home to is accidental water damage. A leaking or broken pipe, leaking appliance, or storm can all be problems, but if an accident occurs while you are away, the damage can be exacerbated. There is one simple way to avoid dealing with this situation: prevent it. It is worth finding someone trustworthy who can check on your home while you are gone, but be sure to check these areas for potential problems before you leave Universal City, CA if you are going to be gone for more than a couple of days, making a water pipe repair or two if needed.

1. Pipes: The first things to look for are existing leaks. Take a look at the pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks and check for any water leaks. Be sure, also, to protect pipes from freezing by leaving your heat on low. Insulate exposed pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves and cover spigots. This can keep you from having to deal with burst pipes or water pipe repair later.

2. Blockages: Check the gutters and downspouts on your house for leaves or other debris that may cause blockages. Clogged gutters can slow water drainage from your roof area and make leaks more likely.

3. Hoses: Sometimes, the hoses on major appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, or washing machines can leak. Take care to inspect these for leaks, kinks, or damage, and replace hoses as needed so you do not come back to a flooded home.

4. Exterior: Set some time aside to examine your roof and windows. Broken or displaced shingles and damaged window seals can cause trouble if a storm comes. Make sure that all windows are caulked and roof tiles are replaced before you leave town.

Be sure to follow these tips for prevention before leaving Universal City, CA for vacation. You should be able to avoid dealing with flooding or water pipe repair when you get back. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on water damage. 

What To Do Before Allowing Employees To Return After a Flood

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, earthquake or flood.

If a flood happens in Universal City, CA it is likely that your business could receive harmful damage. Backed-up sewage lines often lead to black water damage, and leaking water can ruin machinery and important documents. Flood cleanup can take a while, but it’s important to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Here are a few things to consider before calling your employees back into work.

Inspection

Before you allow anyone back into your building, be sure to inspect the stability of the structure. You’ll likely use water damage repair services, but once you can safely reenter the building, it’s important to do a thorough check up on everything. There are a few things you might do to ensure the security of your employees:

• Examining water supplies for any contamination
• Confirming secure connections to all electrical systems
• Testing for asbestos or black water corruption
• Checking air filtration devices used during the cleanup and restoration process

Once you have thoroughly inspected your commercial building, you can consider contacting your workers.

Accommodation

Area-wide disasters can be scary. Be sure to take care of your workers during this challenging time, especially if some of them are dealing with their own loss of property or transportation. Consider accommodations such as flexible scheduling and on-site daycare to support your employees.

Communication

Don’t forget to keep your workers and customers informed. There are many ways to communicate, so use your resources to connect clearly and concisely. Your business should provide reassurance to your employees by sharing restoration plans and recent updates. When you are thinking about allowing your workers to return, notify them in advance so that they can prepare themselves.

Taking these steps to take care of your employees will not only provide security but will also improve their attitude towards your business. Black water damage may harm your building’s structure, but it doesn’t have to ruin your employees’ relationship with the company.

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3 Reasons Mold Has an Odor

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can take hold in your North Hollywood, CA business before you realize it. This fungus can grow for many reasons, but mostly due to the introduction of moisture into an area. A flood, leaking pipes or even a high moisture content in the air can cause mold growth, which releases foul-smelling mycotoxins into the air. While not all mold has a powerful odor, some can smell quite strong, and the reasons why may surprise you.

1. Initial Spread

Once mold spores take hold on a surface, they eat away at the material and start to grow. This growth can spread quite rapidly the more it eats, and its byproducts can produce the odor that is so often associated with mold. There are many ways to interpret this odor, but it is most often described as

• Damp
• Dirty (or like dirty laundry)
• Musty

If you catch a whiff of these smells often, you may have a mold problem in your building.

2. Environment

The musty odor of mold can change or grow stronger depending on the environment in which it grows. For example, if the space is humid and often exposed to sunlight, the smell may be more powerful. If other substances are present, the mold may bond or interact with them, causing the smell to change and become even more unpleasant. This is especially true when the mold releases its mycotoxin.

3. Rate of Growth

The faster mold grows and spreads, the stronger the scent may be. If mold grows unchecked behind a wall or under a restroom cabinet, you may notice the smell before you find the actual mold. A mold remediation company can help you target and eliminate the problem, then advise you how to prevent the issue from occurring again.

When mold invades your North Hollywood, CA business, it can cause unpleasant odors that air fresheners cannot eliminate. Having a professional eliminate mycotoxin and mold growth at the source can help your store, factory or office space smell fresh and clean again.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold damage.

How To Handle both Water and Fire Damage

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

A commercial fire in North Hollywood, CA presents more than a few problems for a business owner. Many can feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start. After the fire has been extinguished by the fire department, for example, business owners may find that they now have to deal with water damage on top of the fire and smoke damage. Though your business insurance policy is referred to as fire insurance, it will usually cover any water damage to the premises as well. Thankfully, there are restoration professionals who are trained to handle both types of damage, even simultaneously. Here’s what to expect from these companies when treating your building for water and fire damage.

Inspecting

Restoration professionals will use state-of-the-art equipment to assess the severity of water and fire damage on the premises, including all surfaces, belongings and assets. This will include identifying areas that have been damaged by water and those that have been damaged by fire, smoke or soot.

Boarding and Tarping

If windows or ceilings have been destroyed, fire restoration professionals will cover them with boards and tarps. This will prevent any further damage, especially from water, to the affected area. This also creates a more secure environment for the restoration professionals to work in.

Removing Water, Soot and Smoke

A fire hose uses a lot of water in a short amount of time. This inevitably causes water damage on the surfaces on which it is used. Once the environment is secure and the property inspected, restoration professionals will remove any moisture before addressing soot and smoke damage. This is because soot can often mix with the water, and treating areas for soot that haven’t been treated for water is nearly impossible. Once the water has been dealt with, workers will get started on removing all soot and smoke damage.

The remainder of the fire restoration process will be devoted to cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring the affected areas to their pre-fire condition. Once that’s completed, a well-done restoration job will mean your building will look as good as new. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Why You Should Get Water Damage Remediation After a Fire

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, most homeowners focus on repairing the damage caused by the flames, smoke and soot. However, there is another pressing matter following fire damage in North Hollywood, CA. You also need to handle any water damage that may have occurred from the fire or from the firefighters’ efforts to contain the flames. A lot of water may come out of the fire hose to eliminate the fire, and you need to make sure you can restore your valuables from the water, too.

1. Prevent Mold

As with a flood in your basement, your biggest concern should be related to mold buildup. It only takes about 24 hours for mold to start to grow. Whether there are spots of flooding in your home from the relief efforts or from a burst pipe, you need to get rid of the moisture posthaste. You should always leave this work to the fire damage remediation professionals because it is dangerous to attempt to remove mold when you do not know what you are doing.

2. Eliminate Water Contamination

Even if everything seems to be all right on the surface, there could be contamination in your water supply. You need to have experts check the water in your pipes to ensure it is not filled with soot. You may need to check with your local and state environmental agencies to make sure the water is safe for consumption. Either way, you should avoid consuming the water or letting it come into contact with your skin until someone tells you it is safe.

It is always preferable to let professionals handle fire damage remediation so that you do not put yourself in harm’s way. Experts know how to look through an entire house to make sure every inch is secure. Professionals are also knowledgeable and know how to locate small problems that could escalate out of control if not handled properly. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire damage.

Tools for Removing Basement Water

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Basements can flood for all sorts of reasons. No matter why you have found two feet of water in your basement, you need the right equipment to remove it. Here are a few things you might need:

• Sump pump
• Trash pump
• Truck mounts
• Safety equipment

Depending on the actual problem, you may need require equipment too. Furthermore, what you use may depend on what is available in North Hollywood, CA, at the time.


Trash Pump

This term is another name for a sewage pump. In many cases, this is the best tool for removing standing water from a basement. Some of these pumps are electric, which means you have to plug them in. This can cause obvious hazards and can also be an inconvenience.

If you go this route, choose a unit with a gas engine. It can run without being near a working electrical outlet. This setup is much safer.

Sump Pump

Check and see if your home has a sump pit. It so, you may be able to use to the corresponding pump to remove the water. You may need to dig a ditch to make this work. Do this at the lowest point of the slope for best results. Unfortunately, many homeowners can do more harm than good while trying to do this themselves.



Professional Assistance



Does all of this sound confusing or overly complicated to you? Sometimes, it takes a professional team to clean up the mess that a flooded basement leaves behind. You can call a restoration company in North Hollywood, CA, to take care of the problem for you.

Better yet, these companies have the equipment and experience to look for other problems. Not only will they bring their sump pump, trash pump, and other tools, but they can also look out for issues that might occur down the road. You can avoid mold and other problems by asking for help.

Visit SERVPRO of North Hollywood at http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com/ for more information about storm restoration.

Tips for Preventing Water Damage When You’re Away on Vacation

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Vacations are great for relieving stress and reconnecting with family and friends. Opening the door to a flooded North Hollywood, CA, home on your return, however, can bring that stress right back. Dealing with a broken pipe and finding a plumber for water pipe repair are not what you planned on doing when you first got home, but you can’t put it off or you risk further damage to your home.


Check Off These Tasks


There are several things you can do to help prevent flooding before your next vacation. Make a checklist that includes these tasks:

• Turn off the water to your home and drain all the pipes by turning on faucets until water stops flowing.
• Flush toilets after turning the water off to remove as much water from the bowl and tank as possible.
• If you vacation during the winter, pour nontoxic marine antifreeze into the bowl to keep water from freezing.
• Wrap exposed pipes and open the cabinet doors beneath sinks. Opening cabinets allows air movement around pipes and can prevent the need for water pipe repair.
• Do not turn off the HVAC system, which keeps air moving and helps prevent condensation, which encourages mold growth.


Have Someone Check On Your Home


It’s also a good idea to give a trusted neighbor or friend a key to your home and ask the person to check on your home daily. If pipes do burst, water damage only gets worse the longer it sits because it has more time to soak into drywall, insulation, flooring and even ceilings. Harmful bacteria and mold can begin growing in 48 to 72 hours, which may require additional remediation.

A vacation is anything but relaxing if you worry about having a broken pipe and flooded rooms when you get back to North Hollywood, CA. If you do experience flooding despite your best efforts at prevention, having a friend or neighbor on-site can help limit the damage by getting a plumber started on water pipe repair. For water removal and repairs, leave instructions for them to contact a professional restoration company.

Visit SERVPRO of North Hollywood at http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com/ for more information about water restoration.

Leaving Your Business in Good Repair

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

To many business owners in Universal City, CA, there's no place like home for the holidays— except when your facility is partially flooded while you're away at home. Water damage is bad at any time, but it's even worse when you and your neighbors aren't around to catch the problem early. Letting the problem slide could cause:

• Electrical fires
• Mold growth
• Severe material damage
• Longer remediation times

You can add the cost of these issues to your water pipe repair bill if you don't notice your leak early: That's why it's better to stop the problem before it starts. Here are a few things you can do to increase the chances that your business will be just as dry as you left it when you return after your holiday vacation.


Pipe Care


A broken pipe is by far the most common cause of water damage over the holiday season. Many of the other issues, such as flooding toilets or utility backups, are caused by active damage. Pipes can break from just about anything, whether it's changing pressure in the system or freezing. The absolute best way to avoid having to deal with water pipe repair over the holidays is to get maintenance done before the season starts.


Creative Scheduling


One useful trick is to use your regular maintenance scheme to your own advantage. Try to make maintenance appointments with plumbers a month or so before your scheduled break. This gives you enough leeway to deal with any problems before you leave, but not so much time that new issues are likely to arise before your vacation.

Plumbing inspection and maintenance is, by far, less expensive than water pipe repair and damage mitigation. Make sure you can hold onto that joy from the holiday season by preparing your business fully before you take off on vacation. When you get back, you should be focusing on reconnecting with your operations rather than performing emergency repairs.

Visit SERVPRO of North Hollywood at http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com/ for more information about commercial restoration.

3 Things To Absolutely Replace After a Fire

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

3 Things To Absolutely Replace After a Fire

Whether the fire you experienced in your home was a big one or a relatively small one, the odds are good that you still have quite a bit of cleanup to do. On top of dealing with the general stress of the situation, cleanup of items affected by fire damage can be a huge chore, especially if you don’t know what can be salvaged and what should simply be replaced. While this debate is perfect for belongings such as clothes, pillows and some furniture, there are three things you should always throw away in the aftermath of a high heat fire:

1. Cosmetics

If you have any experience with cosmetics, you know well that they should be kept at room temperature to prevent them from melting and becoming unusable. However, in some instances, using cosmetics that have been exposed to unusually high heat can even be dangerous. The compounds contained in cosmetics of all sorts may begin to undergo chemical reactions when exposed to heat, transforming them and making them unsafe for use on skin later on.

2. Medicine

Like makeup, medicine is made up of a number of chemical compounds, and they are likely to alter when exposed to heat. In the best-case scenario, this could make the medicine ineffective, and in the worst case, it could make anyone who ingests it extremely ill. Throw away all medicine that’s been exposed to fire damage and replace it rather than taking this risk.

3. Food

Food that’s been exposed to high temperatures has the potential to be harmful in a number of different ways, such as:

Spoilage – meats that have been exposed to higher temperatures may have become spoiled
Foods may absorb harmful carcinogens from smoke and other burning materials
Plastic may have become partially melted to food

Even if you think your food looks undamaged, it’s worth your time to replace it.

The professionals in North Hollywood, California can help you to get your home smoke-free and back in livable condition, but in the end, it’s up to you to ensure you’re not keeping any potentially harmful belongings around by making the decision to throw away goods like these. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire damage.

The Aftermath of Residential Fire Damage

12/13/2017 (Permalink)


The Aftermath of Residential Fire Damage

Residential fire damage has many effects, and the problems you can see may just be the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the factors that you need to think about when restoring a smoke damaged home to its former habitability.

Smoke Sticks Around

Lingering smoke odors don't magically disappear just because you've replaced the worst bits of damage. Many of the surfaces in your home are porous, so they can trap particles that emit foul stenches for months. In addition to cleaning soot from walls, people often end up having to replace clothing, wooden and upholstered furniture, carpets, wallpaper and even paint.

It's Hard to Cope Without a Fire Damage Strategy

Although there are many ways to mitigate the side effects you'll face in a smoke damaged home, it's essential to adopt a comprehensive approach. Restoration professionals can use specialized machines to filter the particles from the air you breathe and attack odor-producing molecules with tools like ozone generators.

Smoke odors and soot can spread, so these forms of damage demand more than a mere spot cleaning or extra elbow grease. For instance, suppose you empty your home out and clean the walls thoroughly. If you bring back items that have lingering smoke odors, then you'll erase all of the hard work you did. Make sure you talk to a restoration professional before diving into jobs like cleaning soot from walls or replacing furniture.
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Dealing With Water Damage

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Dealing With Water Damage

Dealing with the aftermath of a fierce storm in North Hollywood, California can be overwhelming. Severe wind and torrential rains can cause a devastating amount of damage to buildings, but one of the worst problems may be water damage. Flooding may lead to extensive repairs including the need to tear out parts of the building. Here are four steps that must be taken to restore a building after a storm.

Remove Standing Water

Whether a building is left with only a few inches of standing water or a more substantial amount, the first step in storm restoration is to remove the liquid. This can be accomplished with a pump, shop-vac, or even buckets. Whichever method is used, the goal is to remove as much water as possible.

Tear Out Wet Material

Water damage can make a structure unsound and cause mold and mildew to grow. To properly restore a structure after it has flooded, it is usually necessary to remove any wet materials such as carpet, hardwood flooring, or linoleum. Tear out wet sheetrock and remove any wet insulation. Any saturated furnishings such as furniture also need to be moved before the name step can be taken. Professional restoration companies can help expedite this process.

Dry Out the Building

Before a building can be fully restored, it needs to be dried out. The natural process of evaporation is more effective and safer than using heat or cold air, as applying artificial methods to the drying process can actually cause a structure to weaken. Opening doors and windows is the best way to encourage the circulation of fresh air and speed up the long process of drying all wet materials.

Restore the Structure

One standing water has been removed, damaged materials have been torn out, and the building has dried completely, the restoration process can begin. Insulation and sheetrock must be replaced and new flooring needs to be laid before the building can be used again.

When you experience water damage in North Hollywood, California the restoration process can be long and frustrating. When it is necessary to tear out damaged materials, following these four steps can help speed up the process.
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How Should You Go About Restoring a Flood-Damaged Property?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)


How Should You Go About Restoring a Flood-Damaged Property?

Flood damage is among the most serious misfortunes that can befall a home or business. While many property owners fear damage from high winds or fire more, flood damage is often the most insidious form of property damage because it can destroy a property, even when apparently little water is involved.

For this reason, it is crucial that any time a homeowner suspects that water damage may be occurring, they need to call in a professional restoration company as soon as possible. A professional water cleanup team has the training, experience and necessary equipment to tackle any case of water damage.

Over the decades, a well-established and proven process for dealing with water damage has emerged. This involves a set procedure that every professional restoration company is adept at carrying out. If this protocol can begin being effected on a flooded home or business within the first 24 hours of water damage taking place, the mitigation and restoration efforts will almost always be 100 percent successful. However, waiting longer than 24 hours to begin the water cleanup and flood damage mitigation process will result in the chances of lasting water damage going up significantly with each passing hour.

The water cleanup process


Any time a property owner notices water in their business or water in their home, it is imperative to recognize the situation as potentially being serious. Experts say that as little as a single gallon of water can lead to mold formation and reduction in the structural integrity of building components.

This is why the first step, upon noticing water in a home or water in a business, is always to call in a professional restoration company.

The water cleanup team arrives on the scene


The next step in the flood damage mitigation and restoration process is the arrival of restoration company team on the premises. The team will typically arrive within 30 minutes of the call being placed. They will immediately enter the flooded home or business, assessing the severity of the water in the business or water in the home and forming a game plan of how to best handle the situation.

Any active leaks coming from the original pipe break or supply line break will be taken care of. The area around the original pipe break or supply line break will also be closely inspected to make sure that no water has accumulated out of view. If the original supply line break or pipe break is severe, the team will use sophisticated equipment, such as hygrometers and infrared detectors, to determine where water may have seeped in and around the original source of the leak.

Full-scale water removal begins


The next step is the wholesale removal of standing water in the business or water in the home. The flooded home will be set upon by the team with industrial vacuum equipment that is capable of removing up to 2,000 gallons of standing water each hour.

This part of the restoration and mitigation process usually only takes a few minutes. Once complete, there will be no standing water in the flooded home or business, and it may even look largely restored, at least to the untrained eye.

The drying process beings


The next step in the restoration process is the drying of the structure. This is carried out using industrial drying equipment that only professionals have access to. Special care will be taken to completely dry out the area around the original supply line break or pipe break, ensuring that water has no opportunity to fester.

Once completed, the drying phase will mark the point at which the structure is no longer at risk of incurring further damage.

The final cleansing


The last step in the process is to completely cleanse all furniture, surfaces and fixtures. This ensures that mold and foul odors will be removed from the home or business.
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Tips on What to Do After Fire Damage

9/28/2017 (Permalink)


Tips on What to Do After Fire Damage

Home and business owners can be very traumatized after fire damage. Fire can cause huge losses that will eventually leave the premises in worse conditions. Some conditions like smoke damage and soot damage can be costly and beyond individuals ability. For these reasons, it is advisable that we live it to a firefighter. It is estimated that nearly 80 % of people do not know on how to tackle fire incidents. With these cases, it is clear that they have never encountered such devastating moments in their lives. The case can be worse with an electrical fire, and people are always confused on what to do during such moments. The best step one can take at this time, if there is no utility room fire and fire sprinkler system, is to consult the fire restoration company. They are qualified and with efficient equipment such as the fire truck and fire hose. So, it does not matter whether it is mere smoke damage, soot damage, or electrical fire, but the services of firefighter/commercial fire damage restoration team are commendable.

1. Your Safety Matters

In case of fire damage, it is advisable that one should exercise extreme caution. Do not try to be a hero to try to conduct fire suppression during the commercial fire damage. This is especially with the electrical fire, which can be very dangerous to handle. We do not have sufficient equipment such as the fire truck and fire hose to control fire. For safety, one can seek refuge in the utility room fire or facilitate the fire sprinkler system if available. Call the restoration company to handle it. In some instances, one can board up the place while waiting for the firefighter or restoration team to conduct the fire suppression. Fire suppression process can be exhausting and at some point, it is required that the restoration team can cut holes through the premises for easy access of the fire hose all the way from the fire truck. In such cases, the business owner should not worry. The restoration team is always responsible for the repair of whole commercial fire damage. In addition, they can also install the fire sprinkler system and the utility room fire.

2. Inform the Insurance Company

This is for an assurance on the fire loss process. For instance, it is easier to work with professionals than it is with individual services. In this case, the insurance company will ensure ease on the best and avoidable restoration company one can work with in case of commercial fire damage. Besides, the insurance company can offer great advice to individuals on how to manage the destroyed properties. They can be responsible for all sorts of fire including electrical fire. In addition, one can easily keep track on his expenses during the whole process of fire suppression. It is recommended that in case of fire in business or fire at home, it should be a routine that one should keep records or their accounting in order.

3. Include the Authorities.

After fire damage, one can decide to board up the premises and leave. This is usually between the period where one notices the fire restoration team and the time they arrive. On the other hand, this means to abandon your home. The process usually is that one is advised by the restoration team to board up his home and leave for fire cleanup process. What you should know is that the fire damage team will not protect your property. It is therefore important to include the services of the authorities. The authorities, on consultation, will then keep an eye on your property to avoid any form of looting until the whole process is complete.

4. Work Closely With Your Fire Damage Restoration Company

Removing Soot damage and smoke damage can be very stubborn. Besides, the smoke smell can take longer to clear thus can be very irritating. On the contrary, this process is much easier when you procure the services of professionals. With great expertise and equipment such as fire truck and a fire hose with fire restoration companies, you are guaranteed of a well-done process. Above all, one should not panic, as this will lead to overreaction. Instead, leave it all to the firefighter company or fire restoration team to do their work. In such cases of fire in the home or fire in the business, a professional restoration team will ensure great services. In addition, they will let you know on when is the appropriate time to return. This is mostly after they are sure to have completed the whole process especially with soot damage and smoke damage and it is safe. On completion, professional restoration company can install fire sprinkler system and utility room fire for future safety.
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My House Has Storm Damage – What Should I Do?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)


My House Has Storm Damage – What Should I Do?

To an average human being, a home is a place for comfort. It is a safe zone from all the earthly troubles. People find peace and tranquility in their abodes. But if, the home is destroyed, the question is what would anyone do?

Storms are notorious for destruction of houses. Floods, winds, hurricane or even a hail storm can bring destruction to your doorsteps. A storm is first nail in the coffin in the destruction of one’s house. There could be anything – flood damage, wind damage, storm damage, hurricane damage, hail damage, ice damage, even river flooding– usually causing roof damage, roof leak, frozen pipes, ice damming (ice dam), ground water, and cracked walls and windows.

In short, it will first destroy one’s home, then render all of their stuff useless in the form of flooding, heavy rain. Chances are if one doesn’t do anything quick about it, one would have to bear the loss of a home as well as the loss of every usable material which perished alongside the house.

Even if hail damage, hurricane damage, ice damage or flood water is not that severe, roof leaks are common. That makes impervious for the house owner to spend money on roof repair.

So, What Should One Do?

If there is wind damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, ice damage or any kind of storm damage including river flooding, ice dam, ice damming, or frozen pipes, ice damming, roof damage or roof leak, there is need of home restoration. After all, the roof damage, roof leak, ground water, and ice dam should be repaired. What one can do for roof repair and overall home restoration, again?

One should call a team of professionals. They have years of experience in storm remediation, home restoration, and water restoration. Below, there is a list with all the reasons which make a strong argument in the call of professionals, and not DIY methods for home restoration.

Offer Valuable Advice

There are different types of storms. Flooding storms, hail storms, tornado storms and so forth. While each of these storms common in terms of catastrophe, they are different in terms of insurance categories. Whenever such catastrophe falls on anyone, it is natural to feel down and not give 100% in anything. When this happens, one can’t think clearly. Who knows… there might be some insurance, but due to sudden news of danger, this valuable information may slip off a person’s mind.

A professional service could offer optimum advice in these cases like river flooding, storm damage, wind damage, – One can confidentially discuss all the insurance plans and how they can help in storm restoration (like roof repair, ice damming removal, and frozen pipes repair). Sometimes, it is even difficult to file a storm damage claim with the house owner’s insurance company. It is a good strategy to speak to a lawyer who has significant experience in this field, but then again, it is a hassle to find a good lawyer whose expertise lies in cases like hail damage, hurricane damage, frozen pipes, roof damage (roof leak, ice dam), wind damage, storm damage, ice damage, ground water, or river flooding/flood water.

Most of these professional companies have joint ventures with lawyering firms. These guys can connect a storm victim to some of the best lawyers in town for optimum storm restoration or storm remediation of his/her house. The process of filing a storm damage claim is long and tedious. So, the sooner one speaks to their insurance claim attorney, the better the chances of things moving forward. Again, in respect to giving advice, the professionals can prepare a people better for their interview with the insurance guys. They will provide their valuable counseling which will considerably increase their chances of having a decision turn into their favor.

Experts in Scavenging

Alright. The home might be destroyed due to flooding or a devastating hurricane (storm damaged)? But, that definitely does not mean that all that is destroyed cannot be used. Most people, when they see their house getting destroyed, think of ways of disposing the leftover and try to take a fresh start.

A professional company would send its staff, which would help scavenge all the items from the damage that the house owners want to use again. With the help of a dedicated team, most of the belongings can be recovered (in case of flooding or a hurricane). Even if the stuff is spoiled, these guys know their ways of rejuvenating most of damaged stuff.

Holistic Cost

These companies offer holistic cost plans for storm restoration, water restoration, and storm remediation (like roof repair, ice dam repair). That means no matter what services are required, after the destruction, one can get everything what they need from one entity. These are reliable companies and offer nominal rates.

Normally, after a stormy demolition, there are multiple repair jobs to be done like water restoration, home restoration. Lots of materials are required, which come from different sources (for example, flood pump). What is a flood pump? A flood pump helps in emptying rooms, floors from flood water, which also helps in less ground water. So, basically, a flood pump helps in preventing or recovering from flood water and ground water – and helps in water restoration.

An average home owner can’t know all the technicalities that come with storm restoration or storm remediation, that’s where these professional companies come into play. From them, one can easily buy a repair plan and have peace of mind.
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The Important Aspects of Water Damage Restoration

8/16/2017 (Permalink)


The Important Aspects of Water Damage Restoration

Most people know that when there is a flood at home, a supply line break or a pipe break, water needs to be cleaned up. Some people will attempt to do this on their own. However, involving a restoration company will ensure that all water damage is addressed properly.

Exploring the Cause

There's any number of causes to water in a home or water in a business. It might be as a result of a storm and poor drainage, a pipe break, or a supply line break. Before any kind of restoration can begin, mitigation must take place. This will allow the cause for the flooded home or business to get under control

If it's a supply line break, a pipe break, or something else, then it might be necessary to call a plumber. With a storm, it might be necessary for the rain to stop before the mitigation can truly begin. However, calling in a restoration company will make it easier to reduce the level of flood damage.

Once the cause is identified, the water cleanup can start.

Cleaning up the Mess

The mess size will vary. The water damage might be contained to one room or it could be across the entire building. When there is water in a home or water in a business, one of the most important things is to identify where it is. The water damage might not be visible, either. This is when it's important to have restoration professionals use digital equipment to locate water damage.

Sensors will tell where water in a home or water in a business is. From there, it will be necessary to see if there is any additional water flow, mold, or anything else. A lot of drying will be necessary, too. The sooner items can begin drying, the easier it will be to avoid any kind of mold or other damage.

The water cleanup could take hours or days depending on the level of flood damage. The important thing is to focus on the mitigation first and foremost. Once the mitigation is under control, then the drying can be done. It will then be easier to restore the flooded home or business to what it was like prior to the flood damage.

Identifying Underlying Damage

A restoration company will need to identify all areas of water damage. This could be drywall, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and much more. If there was a pipe break or supply line break, the plumbing might need to be added to the restoration plan as well.

Some items that experienced damage might need to be discarded. It's only natural when there is water in a home or water in a business. For example, documents and electronics might be ruined. Drying, however, could help to fix a lot of items, especially if caught early on. It's why calling restoration professionals early is absolutely critical.

Repairing All Damages

The water cleanup is an important aspect. Without the water cleanup, it's hard to identify what has actually been damaged. A restoration company will need to identify what needs to be tossed and what can be saved. Even the areas that are salvageable might need work, however.

A flooded home or business needs to return to the way that it was prior to the water entering the area. This will take some time and the skills of a company that specializes in restoration.

Flood damage is going to take time to fix. A good company can help with a flooded home or business to ensure that the restoration is done properly. Acknowledging that there is water damage is the first step.
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What to Do After a Fire in Your Residence or Commercial Property

8/16/2017 (Permalink)


What to Do After a Fire in Your Residence or Commercial Property

It doesn't matter if you have been victim of a fire in the home or a fire in the business. You are going to need a serious fire cleanup job if you ever hope to see fire damage restoration. You're going to be looking at fire damage as you see the path of destruction that has been left behind. You're grateful that no one was harmed during the fire. It is still traumatizing to board up your property. You feel like things will never be the same again after residential and commercial fire damage. The smoke smell is everywhere. Soot damage has left its mark on your furniture. Smoke damage can be seen on your walls. You don't know how you can reverse the damage, but your restoration company does. Enlist the aid of professionals when it is time for your fire clean up and fire damage restoration.

Dealing Effectively and Efficiently with Fire Damage

You've experienced a fire in a home or a fire in a business. You need a fire cleanup that will get rid of the smoke smell in your furniture, not to mention the smoke damage and soot damage. After residential or commercial fire damage, the firt thing you should do is call in the professionals to figure out the best plan of action for your property. If there is a need, they will board up any windows that have been destroyed after a fire. There may be a need to board up interior walls that are unstable. When you board up your home, it is not to make it look like your property has been abandoned. Your fire damage restoration professionals will board up your property to ensure that it has the best possible protection. Your restoration company does not want to open up the risk of vandalism or water damage caused by rain. Fire damage is more than enough to deal with at one time. Your restoration company will begin the fire cleanup process. Fire cleanup involves the use of industrial-strength chemicals and equipment that will take care of the marks left behind from soot damage and smoke damage. It will also eliminate the smoke smell that gets into everything after a fire in the home or a fire in the business. Your restoration company has had extensive training to deal with residential or commercial fire damage. You'll take those first steps toward fire damage restoration when everything has been cleaned and sanitized.

Experience the Benefits of Fire Damage Restoration

Your restoration company will get down to the basic structure of your property once smoke damage, soot damage, and the smoke smell has been taken care of effectively. The next step is the fire damage restoration process. You have to go beyond getting rid of smoke damage. Soot damage can be erased and you can clear the air of the smoke smell, but your restoration company needs to rebuild after residential or commercial fire damage. Your restoration professionals will make it look like there was never a fire in the home or a fire in the business. They'll help you to forget about fire damage by putting in new floors if needed. They will clean your carpeting until it looks like new or bring in a new carpet if necessary. You can get new drywall and the construction of new walls as needed. If you need new windows and roofing, your restoration professionals will take care of every part of the process. When they pack of their equipment and leave, your home or business will be restored to its former condition. You need to move on with your life. Your restoration experts will be your partners in picking up the pieces when fire damage has thrown you for a tailspin. You can get back to business as usual and normal life when your restoration team takes care of every phase of the fire cleanup and the process.
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Common Signs of Mold

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Common Signs of Mold

Black mold, mildew and fungus in general are universal problems. Black mold is especially dangerous and can lead to aesthetically detrimental problems in your home or business. Mold removal needs to be conducted immediately at signs of mold growth spotted. Mold in the home should not be left to spread further. Mold damage removal after extensive exposure is more labor intensive and expensive.

The obvious sign of the presence of mold damage is a smelly odor. Black mold has an earthy and musty smell. This smelly odor resembles the smell of dirt or rotting leaves. Mold, mildew and fungus thrive in dark environments. Mold also need water and food to grow. Mold also feed on cellulose based materials such as cardboard, cotton, lumber and drywall.

Fungus and mold in the home is mostly as a result of water leaks. Dark rings can also point to mold growth. Mold growth behind the wall is also common due to the lack of light and presence of moisture. Homes that are constructed with wood or by products of wood are at a higher risk of mold growth. This is because mold feeds on wood cellulose. When the mold eats the wood, the resulting damage is dry rot. Dry rot can lead to structural damage. Mold remediation and mitigation needs to be sought early to prevent extensive mold growth and structural damage from dry rot.

When faced with mold in the home or mold growth behind the wall, home owners should enlist the services of a commercial mold damage company. These are trained experts in mold removal and remediation. If contacted early, a restoration company can advise on mold mitigation methods to prevent mold spread.

The smelly odor from black mold can be irritating and offensive. A mold restoration company will conduct deodorization services to deal with the smelly odor. In most cases, home owners try to mask the smell hoping it will go away. The best way to deal with the odor is through professional deodorization. Commercial mold damage companies use special deodorization agents and machines. This leaves the home without a trace of the smelly odor.

Mildew and mold in the home can also be detected through black patches. Mold growth behind the wall should not be ignored. Home owners also need to check for fungus, mildew and black mold growth along the window sills and shady areas. Timely mitigation is the best strategy. This also makes the remediation process much easier.

If mitigation and remediation services are not sought in good time, mold removal becomes a tedious process. The homeowner will also have to pay more due to the extensive damage. Structural damage repairs are also very expensive. In some cases, one may be forced to replace the damaged items. Extensive deodorization also needs to be carried out to restore the indoor air quality. Homeowners should not wait until the mold growth gets to a critical stage or dry rot forms.

Commercial mold damage companies should also be hired when dealing with water damage. If the drying process is not done well, the moisture creates a good breeding ground for mold. A professional restoration company will also offer water removal services. They will inspect the home for water leaks and address the root of the issue. This is why you should let the commercial mold damage professionals handle the remediation and mitigation of the mold.

Mold damage does not only affect the indoor air quality, but it can also affect the sale of a house. Buyers today are very picky, and the sight of mold growth behind the wall can make a potential buyer rethink their decision to buy a house. Homeowners who want to list their house should call a restoration company for a thorough mold in home inspection. The mold damage needs to be handled before further spread. Professional mold removal gets rids of the mold and any moisture problems.

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What To Do In Case Of Water Damage Emergency

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

What To Do In Case Of Water Damage Emergency

Water damage describes a variety of situations where a property gets damaged by water. Water damage can be devastating and can happen in a home or business environment. Basically, water can seep into porous substances, causing tremendous damage. Water damage can be caused by pipe break or supply line break, leakage from a dishwasher, a washing machine overflow, a clogged toilet or flood.

As a business owner or homeowner, you take appropriate steps to ensure that your property is secure and dry. Many problems can result from water in home or business. Dealing with flooded home or business can be a frustrating experience.

The longer the water is allowed to remain in the home or business, the more damage will be done, and it is crucial to begin restoration as soon as possible. A single do-it-yourselfer will certainly be overwhelmed by the devastation or destruction a water in home or business can cause.

So what happens when you experience a flood in your home or water in business due to a pipe break, supply line break or other plumbing issues? Flood water in the home or water in business can cause thousands of dollars in damages to a property and personal belongings if not professionally dealt with.

Call A Restoration Company

Restoration companies have qualified professionals who are fully equipped with state-of-the-art water extractors, dehumidifiers, high-tech moisture detection systems, air movers, and structural drying equipment. Mitigation or water cleanup professionals are well trained to deal with flooded homes and water in business situations of any scope or magnitude.

Flood damage professionals will respond as soon as possible to provide water damage services. Their mitigation services for water in home or business, include locating pipe break and supply line break, leak detection, water cleanup and drying and temporary plumbing repairs. When they arrive at a flooded home or water in business location, they get to work immediately to stop the water flow and prevent further damage. Flood damage technicians will restore the property and free the owner from the burdens often associated with flooded home or water in business mitigation.

Water cleanup and drying can be tedious and time-consuming and is best left to professionals at a restoration company. Reputable professionals strive to make the process of water cleanup, drying and restoring the business or home from flood damage as easy and smooth as possible. They break down the mitigation steps so the business or home owner knows what to expect up front. Mitigation services include:

Inspection of The Property

Mitigation professionals perform an initial assessment to determine the best way to reverse the devastation caused by the water in business or water in home. Once flood damage professionals have completed the assessment, and have taken proper precautions, they secure the structure and contents before beginning restoration.

Water Removal and Extraction

Professionals will begin extracting water from the office or home. They have thorough water cleanup and moisture removal procedures that ensure all standing is extracted from the building.

Drying And Deodorization

Professionals help control the environment, remove the water and moisture, ensure the structure is completely dry, provide dehumidification and deodorization services, and assess and treat moisture intrusion. Water that is trapped in tight places such as behind walls can cause tremendous damage to the structure and contents.

Restoration

After the dry-out process has been completed, professionals at a restoration company complete the job with the restoration. This is where the structure is restored to its preloss condition.

Summing Up

Floods, structural leaks, pipe break, supply line break, compromised pipes and improper dehumidification are all possible causes of flooded home or business. Whether it is water in home or business, reliable professionals will be able to provide water cleanup, drying and restore the property to a pre-damage state. A reputable restoration company will take care of your business or flooded home restoration from start to finish with satisfactory result. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on water damage.

Responding Rapidly: A Critical Benefit Gained Through Professional Fire Damage Restoration

7/21/2017 (Permalink)


Responding Rapidly: A Critical Benefit Gained Through Professional Fire Damage Restoration

The Time Factor

Initiating restoration measures quickly remains one major reason to consider hiring a professional restoration company. Why? You'll address fire damage following a fire in home settings more effectively.

When people consider the impacts of time and fire in business properties, fore example, media attention typically focuses upon the speed of the fire department's response. Yet did you know, in both situations the timeliness of fire damage restoration matters too! During every fire cleanup, passing hours, days and weeks change the condition of assets significantly. Timely restoration ultimately helps determine whether experts can save some valuable property.

Important Work

Fire damage restoration professionals accomplish far more than simply helping board up sections of a fire damaged home. Their work enables homeowners to eliminate the soot damage, the smoke damage, and the lingering smoke smell which may pervade the premises in the aftermath of a blaze. (The value of launching restoration measures as quickly as possible remains one reason why so many large companies call upon trained restoration consultants for commercial fire damage assistance, for instance.)

A restoration company typically addresses fire damage restoration in three broad phases. First, fire cleanup companies will carefully inspect the premises after a conflagration. They also request input from the property owner about the use of each room. During the second phase, they create a detailed, customized plan for systematically restoring every part of the residence after a fire in home environments, just as they do following a fire in business settings. In the third phase, these companies utilize specialized fire cleanup equipment to remove water and perform the grueling, labor-intensive fire damage restoration and repair process.

A Ticking Clock

Why does time matter so much during this process? Most people appreciate a raging fire sometimes spreads in a matter of moments to engulf an entire structure. Yet even after fire hoses quench the flames, some items of charred property continue undergoing long term physical changes unless responding fire cleanup teams act rapidly to protect certain assets from further harm.

Fire damage experts appreciate the importance of timely intervention to help property owners clean and restore vulnerable assets. By calling upon the services of a restoration company after a fire in home or commercial settings, you can sometimes salvage cherished items of personal property and minimize long term real estate losses, too.

The Best Strategy For Home Owners

Don't board up a room with obvious fire damage and then let the area sit for months of years before taking action. The smoke smell will persist long after the fire ends! Just as you would address a fire in business environments promptly by consulting with a commercial fire damage firm, make sure you call upon a qualified residential fire damage expert to help eliminate signs of soot damage, smoke damage and the noxious smoke smell.

A "board up and forget it" strategy won't help your household recover from a fire. Relying on trained restoration company expertise will prove invaluable. Commercial fire damage experts today have gained widespread acceptance because their services often help save and renew important assets in the aftermath of a fire in business settings. By contacting a residential fire restoration firm, you'll improve your chances of optimizing the condition of your dwelling and personal property in the wake of a fire in home settings. Your consultant will work with you to eliminate smoke damage and soot damage, while striving to restore your real estate's value as fully as possible.

Optimizing Outcomes

Today, a growing number of real estate industry professionals appreciate the useful nature of services offered by commercial fire damage and residential fire damage restoration companies. Far more than "board up" firms, these businesses help some property owners save substantial sums. By helping permanently remove smoke damage, soot damage and that lingering smoke smell, they benefit property owners!
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Understanding Mold Growth and the Dangers of DIY Mold Removal

7/21/2017 (Permalink)


Understanding Mold Growth and the Dangers of DIY Mold Removal

Mold removal is best handled by mitigation and remediation. It’s not something anyone should ever try to handle on their own for safety reasons, and a restoration company can help home and business owners understand why this is such a risk. Mold growth is widely misunderstood. It’s not just a result of flooding after a storm. Mold growth and mold damage occur anytime a home or office has enough humidity and moisture for it to grow.

Mold spores are in the air everywhere, and that means mold damage can occur anywhere in the world. It’s not just for those who live in the south or where it’s warm all the time. Mold growth can occur with any humidity level above 40%, and it can occur anywhere. Floods do cause mold damage when water sits in a home or office for a long time without proper cleaning and drying, but even a small leak that’s persistent and ongoing inside a wall can cause serious mold growth behind walls and mold damage that moves around the house.

What You Must Know About Mold in the Home and Commercial Mold Damage

Mold removal cannot be handled without professional restoration company. Mitigation and remediation are necessary, and a restoration company is the only company able to fully remove mold and locate mold growth behind walls and any other unnoticed location. With professional equipment, mitigation and remediation is much easier. A restoration company can help with mold removal that doesn’t disturb spores. Fungus is moved in spores, and improperly removing mold can cause the spores to spread even faster and more dangerously.

Since it only takes a few days for mold spores to cause significant mold damage, it’s not safe to remove mold without mitigation, remediation, and professional help. Even if black mold isn’t present, it’s still too dangerous for anyone to try and remove mold in the home or commercial mold damage with a professional restoration company on hand. The only thing people should attempt to do when they find mold in the home or commercial mold damage is get the water out quickly after making a call for mold removal services.

Removing mold without mitigation and remediation services can also cause people with allergies to suffer some health issues. Toxic black mold might not be present in a home, but any significant mold damage can cause people with health problems to suffer from more serious health problems. It’s not safe to ignore mold or leave it up to DIY projects.

Finding Mold in the Home or Commercial Mold Damage

Mold is not always obvious. Mold growth behind walls is a real problem that’s only noticeable when the signs begin to show in other areas of the home. Mildew is something that likes to grow in bathrooms, basements, and even garages. Mildew needs the same warmth and moisture mold needs to grow. Even a small amount of mildew in a home or office could mean mold is present. It might not be black mold and an obvious cause for concern, but it might represent mold growth behind the walls.

Fungus like mold loves dark places with warmth, humidity, and moisture, and dry rot is the perfect sign of mold. Dry rot is caused when too much moisture enters a facility, and dry rot is also a sign of mold. If dry rot is present, it’s a sign mold could be present. Finally, a smelly odor is another sign fungus might be present. Fungus, mildew, and black mold are all concerns, and they're all signs mold growth is a problem.

Deodorization is used to get rid of almost every smelly odor in a home or office, but this is the kind of smelly odor not easily removed with deodorization. Different deodorization techniques will mask it for a while before failing, and it won’t go away until a restoration company comes in and removes all the mold. They can also help the smell with high-tech deodorization designed to eliminate the musty smelly odor of mold that lingers long after mold has been removed.
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SERVPRO OF North Hollywood Is Here To Help!

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF North Hollywood Is Here To Help!

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of North Hollywood has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quickly with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Wheather it's your Home or business, we are here to help!  No job is too big or too small.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood proudly serves North Hollywood, Universal City, Toluca Lake, and surrounding areas.

(818) 754-0050

Staying Safe During A Storm And Assessing The Damage Afterward

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

It's important to stay safe during a storm.  Also, after a storm, you should take an assessment or your property and your surroundings to minimize the impact it has on your life.  Here are some tips you can consider when the storm hits:

  • Listen to the radio for advisories or instructions from the local news station or national weather service
  • If an evacuation order has been given, it's important to follow those instructions right away.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and avoid standing water or metal objects or cars close to down power lines.
  • Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.
  • Do not swim or wade in flood waters.
  • Check on neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.
  • Turn the gas off at the meter if you smell gas.
  • Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. Shelter in place.
  • Don't attempt to drive through flooded streets or bridges. It's just not safe.
  • Avoid using candles or other open flames indoors. A propane lantern may be a better option if you need lighting.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Make sure your battery powered smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working.
  • Keep pets indoors and use a leash when taking them outside.
  • Operate generators outdoors in the open away from windows and doors.
  • If the electricity has gone out, make sure you don’t eat perishable food from the refrigerator that has warmed to over 40° F.

After the storm has passed and it's safe to go out side, check your surroundings and assess any possible damage. 

  • Check your roof for missing and loose shingles or tiles.
  • Inspect your attic, the ceilings, and walls for any leaks or water intrusion. 
  • Check around doors and windows for damage or water intrusion.
  • Clean up any tree branches that may have fallen
  • If tree branches have fallen on to power lines, contact your local fire department or power company.
  • Remove any trees that have fallen or are leaning over as a result of storm or lightning damage.
  • Make sure your septic system is not damaged before using any plumbing.  
  • Check your basement walls and entry areas for any damage or water intrusion.

If you're not sure how badly damaged something is or don't know how to make the repairs yourself, it's always best to ask a professional.

If your home or commercial property is damaged during a storm or any weather event, SERVPRO Of North Hollywood is here to help.  Our team is standing by 24/7 and ready to deploy when you need us.  (818) 754-0050

Commercial Desiccant Dehumidifier gets things moving in North Hollywood

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial water loss desiccant dehumidifier.

Our desiccant dehumidifier moves air at an impressive 15,000 CFM which allows us to move remove water or moisture from 20,000 square feet of an affected area in a very short time compared to other dehumidifiers.  If the power is out, that's not a problem. This equipment is self-contained with its own generator.  By having this portable self-contained unit on standby 24/7, it allows for us to deploy to your site very quickly.

Our commercial desiccant dehumidifier is an ideal piece of equipment for large loss situations in any of the following commercial environments:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Warehouses/Storage
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Churches

Our goal is to get the job done quickly while doing it right.  We know how important it is to you to get back to business as usual. 

If you encounter water damage and to make it like it never happened, then call SERVPRO Of North Hollywood today. (818) 754-0050

Commercial Fire Damage

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is devastating for a commercial property or any business large or small. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to a pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you've had a commercial fire call SERVPRO of North Hollywood.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Warehouses/Storage
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

We have the knowledge and skills to take any size restoration or repair.  Our Goal is to get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.  Our team of trained Professionals and our arsenal of equipment are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.  Contact SERVPRO of North Hollywood today to learn more about our commercial restoration services. (818)754-0050.

It's Easy To Avoid Storm Damage

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Rainstorms can take a toll on the exterior your home, sometimes leading to water damage on the interior.  In Southern California we only experience a small number of major storms. On many occasions rain storms are accompanied by heavy winds.  In most cases, it’s easy to avoid storm damage just by being proactive a few days out of the year.

Here are a few things you may want to proactively keep an eye on before the storm season or if there is an upcoming storm on the way.

  • Roof: Your roof can be vulnerable to damage from strong winds and heavy rainfall. Rain can weaken already vulnerable areas of the roof, and strong winds can knock down loose shingles. If you notice a leak or mold in your attic or ceiling, it may be a good idea to inspect your roof for damage. 
  • Windows:  If moisture can get in through a window that isn’t properly sealed, water can intrude into your home. Water can potentially cause wood to rot and mold to develop.  Check to make sure your windows are installed properly and the weather stripping is in good shape.  Always make sure your windows can close properly and completely. 
  • Rain Gutters: Inspect your rain gutters regularly. It’s especially important during the fall when the leaves are falling off trees nearby.  Wind storms can cause leaves and other debris to clog up the gutters and downspouts

SERVPRO Of North Hollywood is here to help.  If your home is damaged by a storm, don’t hesitate to call us 24/7 so we can get started right away to make it look like it never happened.  (818) 754-0050

Tips for Managing Water and Flood Damage

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Tips for Managing Water and Flood Damage

Our homes and businesses can experience water damage because of floods, water leakages, pipe bursts, storm and other causes. Depending on the cause of the crisis, mitigation and restoration vary from one situation to another. Some places may be flooded with water for a long time while others have lasted for a short time.

If a premise suffers flood damage, the place requires an immediate water cleanup. It is advisable to call professional cleaning services. Either it is a situation of water in homes or an incident of water in businesses, the experts will handle it competently. Preferably, call the professionals popularly known for restoration and mitigation of water damage.

First, switch off any electricity supply. Flood damage can also turn out to be a fire emergency if water and open current come into contact. Water cleanup needs to be quickly done because water damage happens within a short time after flooding. The drying processing will preserve items that would have been destroyed by water. However, not all materials and objects will be salvaged by drying them.

The source of water needs to be identified if it is not caused by a storm or heavy rainfall. Water cleanup and drying the premise will not be successful if a pipe burst or certain leakage is not fixed. As mitigation and restoration happen so should repairs. In cases of flooding or continuous heavy rainfall, a different approach will have to be used.

Water in businesses interferes with operations and the water damage will incur losses for the business. If a water cleanup does not happen soon, microbial growth such as mold will begin to appear. Water may also seep through to other places and advance flood damage.
As the experts continue with the drying process, they will update the home or business owners. The duration for restoration and mitigation depends on the severity of the flood damage. For example, the water in business may have compromised several areas and items. Water in business will take longer than water in a home that flooded in a small place.

Professionals do not just do a water cleanup and drying process. Part of their mitigation and restoration process entails disinfecting and sterilizing areas with health hazards. They have all required equipment to dry items such as carpets and the floor. Experts will also give advice on areas they perceive critical.

Disasters of water in homes or accidents of water in business can be managed by insurance. When applying for an insurance cover, understand its nature. Some policies cover both flooding and the damages while others just cover one element.Depending on your preference, choose one or a comprehensive plan covering both risks.

Handling your own water in homes is unwise. It is not just about clearing the flooded water and salvaging the damage. One may not be aware of all the necessary cleaning procedures. An owner clearing water in a business is also unlikely to do a thorough work. In addition, he or she may end up wasting time due to lack of knowledge in that work.

After recovering a business or home that had been flooded or damaged by water, evaluation is essential. The owner needs to identify all the damaged items such as furniture and other household items. Items that can be repaired will save the owner costs of buying others. Others just require time to regain the original formation while others will have to be replaced with new items. Paper documents exposed to water for a long time cannot be recouped.

It is not entirely possible to prevent a future water crisis but some measures decrease risks. For example, floods caused by storms can be regulated in various ways. A regular check-up of pipes and other likely leakages is vital. A compromised pipe will be fixed before it completely bursts. Similarly, an almost happening leakage will be addressed in advance.
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Fire Damage Restoration Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


Fire Damage Restoration Tips

Fire damage can be a very costly and traumatic experience. When a fire disaster strikes, homeowners have a great deal of problems with which they have to contend with. Depending on the severity of the fire, families will need a temporary place to stay, they have to deal with insurance companies and find a dependable company of professionals to take care of fire cleanup.

After the fire trucks leave, the cleanup begins. The property will have widespread damage that only a highly-trained fire damage restoration team can fix. These professionals will restore the property to its pre-fire condition. The deep-cleaning methods they employ will rid the home or business of smoke damage, soot damage and other odors that can linger in carpet, walls and upholstery.

Fire damage in the home needs a fast response. Companies that specialize in fire cleanup can tackle any problem, big or small. So even if there's fire in a business or commercial fire damage, fire damage restoration specialists will safely restore the property with as little disruption as possible.

Before help arrives, the property owner should do everything within reason to protect the home. Safely removing belongings that have soot damage or smoke damage is the first step after a fire in a home has taken place. Restoration professionals will then perform a fire damage assessment to determine the severity. During the fire cleanup, the roof will receive tarp and windows boarded if necessary. Fire in a home is generally on a smaller scale than fire in a business. However, the same steps will be utilized to eliminate the smoke smell and smoke damage, so that the property will be restored back to its pristine condition.

The removal of soot and the heavy smoke smell is an important step in restoring a home. After a fire in a home, soot and smoke smells can be embedded deep inside the structure, furniture, flooring and upholstery. Professionals will use a number of specialized cleaning methods to extract water and clean and deodorize areas of the home. Water damage can take place after fire damage due when firemen put the fire out. It is imperative that water be extracted during fire damage restoration to prevent the set up of mold.

Fire in a business or commercial fire damage can be far more costly. In most cases, the job is bigger and a business owner stands to lose a great deal of money while waiting for the completion of the fire cleanup. Smoke damage and soot damage in a business can be dangerous for customers to inhale. The complete remediation of odors and anything that can pose a threat to customers must be taken care of.

Commercial fire damage to hospitals, retail stores, food services and educational facilities is available 24/7. A fire damage restoration team can quickly provide services to help dry documents, restore and clean electronics and removal of the smoke smells and soot damage that can linger. When commercial fire damage happens, professionals will get your office space cleaned and deodorized in no time.

Fire in a business can be devastating to the owner's bottom line. Time is of the essence. Unlike a fire in a home, a business needs to be up and running as soon as possible. There may be a need for other repairs such as replacing carpeting, celings, drywall and furniture. A service professional will walk the homeowner through the entire process and answer all of their questions.

Anyone who has lost their home or business through a fire should contact a fire damage restoration specialist as soon as possible to help restore it to its pre-fire condition.
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Does Mold Impact Your Business and Home?

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


Does Mold Impact Your Business and Home?

What is mold removal and why is it important? Many home or business owners will attempt to remove mold on their own. They will look on videos on YouTube or Google for lessons on Mold Removal 101. While there is a wealth of information on mold removal on the internet, it takes a professional to assess the mold damage and completely provide accurate mold removal. Here's why.

To understand mold removal, you may first have to understand what mold is. Mold exists in places of excess moisture or water. There is generally a problem area that creates the mold. It could be a leaky faucet. It could be long term humidity. There are many factors that could produce the visible mold damage you see. Mold spores are nothing to mess around with. They can cause long term health issues. They can produce allergens and other issues with breathing for human beings and pets. Over the long term, mold can really hurt the overall health of anyone inhabiting a mold infected area. That's why it's so crucial to remove every aspect of the mold.

Remediation by professionals involves assessment of the infected area. The experts can look at the potential spread of the mold spores and reduce potential excess damage. They can eliminate fungus, mildew and the smelly odor that accompanies such mold. They can use deodorization techniques so that your home or business is livable once again.

Why is it important to use a professional?

Mold damage can be more be extensive than the naked eye can see. Whether you are assessing mold in home or commercial mold damage, it's important for a professional to find the root of the problem. Often the average consumer won't be able to diagnose the exact issue that is causing the mold. That's why a pro mold removal can come in handy. They can analyze the issues and find out how it originated. That's the biggest issue behind mitigation. You want to prevent further occurrences so that you have a healthy, breathable space. Mold can hurt your health over the course of time if not prevented. It can be a silent killer. Fortunately, mold often reveals itself by populating to the forefront of wall interiors. This allows business or home owners to at least have the opportunity to prevent further damage or remove the immediate threat. Deodorization can provide relief from near toxic smells associated with the mold in commercial mold damage.

What's the difference between mold in home and commercial mold damage?

Mold in home can be exhausting because it can be caused by a variety of factors. Since this is your living space, it can ultimately lead to health issues. The mildew, fungus and smelly odor that accompany the mold can be an eye sore and awful to behold. It can prevent friends from coming over. It can make you dread going home and living in your current dwelling. It doesn't have to be that way. Professionals can quickly assess the situation and figure out a plan of action to remove the mold. This is called remediation or mitigation. This involves removing the eye sore and also removing the problem source. An expert opinion will lead to the complete removal of the trouble that led to the mold. This way the mold never occurs again. It can help a homeowner breathe easier at night- literally.

Commercial mold damage can be a different beast. Clients depend on walking into a safe environment to purchase products or talk to trusted advisors. The first sign of mold within a commercial building can easily deter potential customers from doing business with owners. It shines a negative light on any company. Mold damage can impact a business in a profound way. Perhaps the customer doesn't say a thing. They may notice the mildew, fungus or smelly odor. These little things could leave a bad taste in their mouths. Customers want to have a great experience every single time they walk into a business. So it's crucial for business owners to provide that. Business owners highly value repeat customers.

That's why it's also important to provide remediation as soon as possible. The mitigation of mold spores will keep a business in tact and remove any threats of losing potential clients because of the negative impacts associated with mold. Deodorization can certainly also keep the foul smell from giving potential customers that dreaded look.

Remediation or mitigation is best done by experts who can assess everything from the origination of the mold to the possible spread. This way things like fungus, mildew and the smelly odor are addressed and solved within a very short frame of time. Whether it's mold in home or commercial home damage, the spores from mold can happen anywhere from excessive moisture. It happens to the best of us. How we react is the next most important step in restoration of our homes or businesses back to normal capacity. Deodorization can keep your home or business smelling fresh. The most important step is taking a step to call a pro as soon as possible.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold damage.

Stay ahead of the storm with clean rain gutters.

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Overflowing rain gutters can possibly lead to water intrusion and other damage.

During a rainstorm, rain gutters route runoff from your roof to where it can drain away from the house. This helps protect siding, windows, doors, basements, and foundations from water damage.  If the gutters are left unattended they become clogged with leaves and other debris.  When this happens, the gutters fill up and water flows out over the sides.   You should clean your gutters at least twice a year.  You may have to clean them more often if your home is under a tree that sheds a large amount of leaves.  Some people homeowners use gutter guards or leaf catchers, but they don’t always do the job.

Here are some tips for maintaining your rain gutters.

  • Safety first, consider using gloves and eye protection
  • Use a garden trowel to scoop out any dirt, leaves or other loose debris.
  • A plumbing snake is a great for cleaning out the downspouts.
  • A garden hose with a nozzle or wand will rinse out anything left behind.
  • Take a good look to make sure the gutters are attached properly and not broken or cracked.

You never know when it’s going to rain, so stay ahead of the storm with a little preventive maintenance.

Fire Sprinklers - Putting out the fire and a whole lot more...

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

While fire sprinklers are designed to quickly suppress the fire, sometimes they cause additional damage too.

Flooding caused by fire sprinklers in commercial properties often results in a large amount of damage that requires a knowledgeable and swift response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale flood, we work quickly and efficiently to assess each situation and isolate the damaged area quickly. In many instances, normal business operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.  We can work around you to meet your needs and get the job done right.

At SERVPRO of North Hollywood our trained technicians are mindful of the concerns you may have during the restoration process.  Our crew gets it! We know every moment of cleaning and restoring disrupts your workflow.  That’s why when the call comes in, we are ready to deploy right away and will work around the clock when needed to in order to minimize damage and fully restore the affected areas.  

When it rains it pours in the San Fernando Valley.

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

It's not too often we get a large rain storm in the San Fernando Valley. But when we do, it's always more than we expect.  Our Technicians at SERVPRO Of North Hollywood are qualified in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit Southern California, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1600 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We don't get very many rain storms in Southern California, but when it does happen, we are here to help.

Water Damage Restoration Tips

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips

Water damage can ruin valuable possessions as well as the entire house. Water in business can also be dangerous as it may damage devices, documents, and other resources. Therefore, flood damage should not be treated lightly. There are various actions that one can take to eliminate water in home or office.

Immediate water cleanup and restoration is crucial in the mitigation of the damage. Contaminated flood water in home may carry pathogens and favor the growth of mold. If the water in business or house festers, mold spores may spread around the building making it harder to get rid of them. The following water cleanup actions can be taken to eliminate water in business or the house:
• Contacting the insurance company
Before any mitigation or water cleanup, the insurance company should be notified about the restoration process one is about to take to handle the water in home. Before anything is removed from the house, documentation should be carried out using videos or pictures. These will be necessary when seeking compensation.

• Call the right flood damage restoration specialists
The professionals will immediately identify the items that are most compromised by flood damage. Any porous things in contact with water may need to be discarded. Such items include mattresses, pillows, box springs, and particle board. These things trap moister that may favor moss development. Affected households may prepare for the professional water clean-up by removing these items before the specialists arrive.

• Electric power
Before any action on the damaged house, electricity should be off. Plugged in devices and exposed wires might cause electrocution. Disconnect power, unplug the electronics and remove them alongside furniture and lose items immediately to prevent further water damage.

• Getting rid of the water in home
Water can be extracted manually after all the loose wires have been removed. Elements such as old towels, mops, and buckets may come in handy when drying the house as they will soak more water. If the sewage system has not been backed up, the water can be poured down the drain. Otherwise, it can be poured on porous surfaces like the lawn.

• Drying out the affected area
Once all the water has been mopped, a dehumidifier or fan can be used to assist in drying the area. The windows should be open to facilitate air circulation that speeds up the drying process. Areas on the drywall that have been affected should be cut away to prevent mold development. Baseboard trims should be taken up first. However, those made of pressboard may not be salvageable.

• Disinfection and prevention of mold growth
After drying the area, a good disinfectant should be used to eliminate bacteria from the sewers or toilets. It is important to settle on non-toxic yet powerful disinfectants to reduce the effects to the body. Areas that should be considered may include wood walls and non-upholstered furniture sitting on the water in home or business.

It is important to avoid dealing with mold in situations of high magnitude flood damage. In such instances, restoration should be left for professionals. When the mold is disturbed inappropriately, it will have greater chances of spreading thus hindering mitigation.

• Disposal of damaged belongings
Disposal can be done by ordering a dumpster to send all the damaged items away from the site. However, one can sort out the things into piles to be taken to recycling centers so as to alleviate the pressure at the local landfill. One may also visit the neighborhood's waste management website for information on recycling of all the damaged items.

All these tips can assist in the mitigation of water damage. However, it is important to hire the services of water damage restoration professionals as they have the right experience and equipment for drying the water in business or house. They make the process of water cleanup easy and less stressful. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on water damage.

What Does Effective Fire Damage Restoration Entail?

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

What Does Effective Fire Damage Restoration Entail?

A fire in home or commercial fire damage poses the most severe setbacks a homeowner or entrepreneur can face in life. When such damage occurs, regardless of the source, it is only appropriate for you to immediately start thinking about the fire damage restoration process that not only grants you the peace of mind but also prevents other natural forces from taking a toll on your ruined property.

For your information, a comprehensive fire damage restoration process includes smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell eradication as well as fire cleanup. Here is an outline of what the standard fire damage restoration should entail.

1. Fire cleanup
Depending on the extent of the fire in business or home, several parts of the household or office furniture may be burnt beyond repair. Fire cleanup, therefore, involves a deep analysis of the extent of the fire in business or home as well as the initiation of the reconstruction process. This includes identifying irreparable equipment, furniture and fittings and disposing them off. Such an analysis is also bound to reveal possible loopholes caused by the fire damage such as gaping ceiling holes or burnt water pipes that may result in further property damage.

2. Sealing services
After identifying possible causes of aggravated property damage arising from the fire in home, the fire damage expert should immediately begin sealing off these loopholes. This includes embarking on urgent repairs to torn roofs and ceilings to prevent rain penetration into the building as well as sealing of burst water and sewerage pipes to prevent flooding. The drains should also be cleared to prevent clogging.

3. Smoke damage, smoke smell, and soot damage cleanup
A fire in home or commercial fire damage is usually characterized by a heavy smoke damage as well as soot damage that also leaves a heavy smoke smell in the rooms and ventilation ducts. After ridding the home of the irreparable fittings, the next big step in the restoration process should be the smoke damage cleanup. This chapter involves the examination of the extent of soot damage as well as its cleanup.

The fire control expert ensures that all the dark, stained, and charred spots left by the fire in business are addressed. They also take the necessary steps to clear off the smoke smell in the ducts resulting from the commercial fire damage.

4. Structural repairs
Once done with the assessment, fire cleanup, and soot damage control as well as the deodorization of the smoke smell, your fire damage restoration expert should now commence the reconstruction process.

Just like an insurance cover, the fire in home restoration process involves reconstruction of the home or commercial property to its original state before the occurrence of the fire damage.

At this juncture, points of forced entry used by the firemen and rescue teams need to be reconstructed. Wooden surfaces such as ceilings and furniture that are the most affected by the fire in home should either be repaired where possible or replaced. For instance, if the internal wall linings are completely destroyed, fire damage reconstruction should involve replacing them with new ones. However, this shouldn’t be taken as a renovation opportunity though most restoration companies are taking the opportunity to advice clients on possible renovations that they then execute.

A fire damage restoration process should involve a thorough fire cleanup and reconstruction process regardless of whether it is a fire in home or business. This comprehensiveness primarily ranges from fire and soot damage assessment to smoke smell eradication. Remember, however, that a commercial fire damage or fire in business restoration shouldn’t be mistaken for renovation as it is supposed to only return the fire damaged home or office to its original state before the occurrence of the fire. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire damage.

Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation

Just like mildew, mold is a fungus that has a smelly odor. This smelly odor forces many homeowners to spend a fortune on deodorization. However, the home improvement experts recommend investing in professional mold removal. The research on mold in commercial establishments reveals that this organism is neither a plant nor an animal. Mold varieties come in all shapes and sizes, and their ability to travel through the air is unmatched. Molds are extremely difficult to control, especially whenever they land on the damp zones of your home. The spores are invisible to the naked eye, and unfortunately, you will only notice them when the spores germinate. Molds are also common on the decaying matter and the soil. Molds contribute to the natural degradation of matter, meaning that will degrade the value of your home by disintegrating the building materials. Molds can also be harmful to your health, meaning that you must avoid inhaling it at all costs.

How to identify mold at home

You are likely to find the green, white, orange, green, and black mold in your home. The black mold is the most dangerous when compared to other varieties. However, the powdery mold can travel in the air quite easily. During the mold removal and remediation process, it is critical to control the spread of these organisms by sealing the area entirely. Some of the most deadly varieties of mold in home surfaces live in the damp areas. It is vital to address the problem and eliminate the mold in home verandas before they find their way into the house. A colony of mold in home kitchens and bathrooms can grow in a few days since these wet areas provide the perfect breeding ground for these organisms.

The fungus and mildew can cause extensive mold damage that calls for professional remediation techniques. Do not allow these organisms to destroy your home. When mold colonies invade your home, you should think of a long-term solution to the problem. For example, deodorization will only give you a temporary solution. Eliminate the smelly odor by developing a sound mitigation regimen for your residential and commercial mold removal initiatives. Your mitigation plans should also take the mildew and fungus into consideration. The damp conditions can promote the development of fungus and mildew, and the sure way to eliminate the mold in home surfaces is to keep them as dry as possible.

Commercial mold damage remediation

Whether you are dealing with commercial mold damage or eliminating the mold in home bathrooms, you should avoid the temptation to take shortcuts. The remediation of commercial mold damage requires special equipment that scrubs the surfaces and eliminates the spores through vacuuming. The mold removal market has the modern equipment you require to cleanse the air.

Mold damage remediation and mitigation

The mold spores can grow on any solid surface if they get water. As such, you are likely to see the mold damage in the damp areas where the plumbing system leaks. Molds can also withstand extremely low temperatures. Address the mold damage as soon as possible to prevent further degradation of your home. One of the best mitigation procedures against mold growth is to fix the plumbing system and repair the foundation cracks.

Mold can pose some serious risks when it gets into your commercial or residential HVAC system. Avoid exposing your family to complications by taking the following precautions:
• Keeping your home dry to avoid the infestation of molds
• Inspecting you domestic water supply system
• Eliminating the molds that grow outdoors before they infest the indoor environment. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Water Damage Restoration in Hollywood, California

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Hollywood, California

Water Damage Restoration in Hollywood, California


Confronting the hazards of flood damage not counting water damage in the residence or potentially encountering water in business is recurrently viewed as really irksome and is often a tricky experience to handle for nine out of ten people. Water possibly could form unrelenting quandaries in the building, in contrast water damage often produces fungal growth as well as mildew. This greatly degrades the health of the air moving throughout the building and normally produces a risky and perilous building to live inside of.

People living in North Hollywood and Hollywood, CA are extraordinarily sensitive to the issues that can come from the slew of problems that occur if water pours into the building or pours water in business properties. During the steps for drying out of the structure and efforts to return a strong and healthy force of air movement, proprietors and people who are neighbors might have already tended to their own dilemma.

In most situations the neighbors will already have established repairs by getting in touch with a mitigation company. There are numerous mitigation companies in California. These special companies are vital to initiate the refurbishing of the building with speed and simplicity. Grasping what help is reachable not counting the motivations for the reasons that someone ought to use a cleaning up service as expressly as feasible is to your advantage to speed up any water cleanup in California.

Mitigation enterprises comprise a grouping of certified staff who are interested in going to the building, assessing the point of the flood, inspect water damage including flood damage, plus using practices to quell the problem.

Upkeep may entail drying out carpets, examining the state of the force of air movement within the home, as well as a range of acts to uncover the source of water in home together with any water in business on top of clearing up the problems. Repairing the building to an acceptable status swiftly by mitigating the damage caused by water in Hollywood and North Hollywood CA is vital.

Water in home organizations are willing to visit the home for the purpose of discovering the water problems. The staff almost always remove carpeting in California including discarding all soaked furniture. On the contrary, it is sometimes possible to restore the homeowner’s property by acting out conservation measures to the damaged items. Professional services can deliver affordably priced and proven techniques for bringing back the property from flood damage.

When a person North Hollywood and Hollywood, CA, faces a flood, it is essential to bring in specialists prior to another flood coming. Specialist organizations can repair weak points in the building that often seep in water plus they can prepare services to prevent flooding problems should they return.

Qualified repair organizations are certainly necessary when a nasty flood arises and the building is affected. authoritative agencies can conduct a visit to the building, take away any soaked property, and devise a way of mitigating future problems in a protective and gracious manner. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on water loss.

Fire Damage in North Hollywood

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Hollywood, CA

Fire Damage in North Hollywood


As a property owner in Hollywood California, preserving its condition is one of the top priorities. If you maintain your property well in Hollywood California, you will likely be able to maximize its value as well as your ability to live comfortably or conduct business. While maintaining a property is quite common, there are times when accidents occur. One of these accidents is in the form of a fire. This can cause significant damage to any property and must therefore be taken very seriously. One of the most hazardous effects of a fire is water damage from fire. This is a situation where the water supply gets overheated and full of particles. As a result, water damage from fire will likely result in the property structures getting destroyed.

Another effect of fires is poor air quality. When a fire occurs, a number of hazardous particles and flames will get into the air and cause the air quality to go in decline. Therefore it will be important to put out a fire and work towards cleaning up a Hollywood California property immediately.

Along with damage caused by water, smoke damage and soot damage are also quite common whenever a fire occurs. Smoke damage consists of the various particles in the air making contact with the property and deteriorating its structures. An excess of smoke will likely have considerable effects on any property as a result. With soot damage, a number of particles will get in the air and make contact with the property. Soot will also contribute to a property’s decay and eventual breakdown. As a property owner in North Hollywood CA, you will want to first contact the fire department in order to put out the fire. Then it will be necessary for North Hollywood CA property owners to hire a home restoration company to eliminate soot and smoke from the property.

Property owners who have their properties catch fire will also experience fire damage. This is one of the most devastating forms of damage for any property. Whenever fire damage occurs, the flames will break down the property and cause it to eventually fall apart. Whenever there is damage caused by a fire, a property owner will need to get the fire department involved for assistance. They will put out the fire immediately. Individuals who are in a property that is on fire will also want to evacuate the property and wait until it is safe to reenter.

The next thing property owners will need to do when handling a fire is to contact a home restoration company. This kind of company will provide assistance in evaluating the property damage caused by a fire as well as cleaning it up. Home restoration professionals will come to the property to inspect the damage and then work towards restoring it. They will use their equipment to get rid of excess debris and odors caused by the fire. This will restore the air quality as well as the property’s physical structures. A home restoration professional will also provide advice on how to continue restoring the property and preventing fires in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire damage.

Mold Removal in Hollywood, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Removal in Hollywood, CA


The majority of people owning a home in North Hollywood, CA are frightened by the disaster of their houses developing fungus. Nevertheless, most homeowners in Hollywood acquainted with the significance of employing the services of a fungal growth inspector who is certified in conducting a comprehensive mold inspection.


In North Hollywood, California, hiring a certified fungal growth inspector to spot fungal growth is essential. A well trained fungal growth inspector can recognize favorable house conditions that are obligatory for the fungal growth. The fungus develops in places which are very detectable, and easily identified by an environmental hygienist.
The most general causes of mildew growth in most houses for residents based in Hollywood include:


• Improper house ventilation: a home that is poorly ventilated provides a favorable environment for the growth of fungal.


• Having windows in the house which are leaking: small cracks present in the window allows rain and humidity to enter in your house providing an ideal spot for fungal growth.


• Having leaking roof holes in the house: leaking roof holes are the common sources of mildew growth in your house. Leaking roofs provides rain entry generating high humidity in your house. This creates a perfect surrounding for the growth of fungal.
Measures to take to combat fungal growth in your home based in Hollywood, CA


• Test the existence of mold in your home: once a fungal growth inspection has been carried out, the testing process will inform the homeowner the source of the fungal growth. Additionally, the testing process uses special equipment that can identify the fungal growth from any place that is concealed. You are encouraged to hire a company based in CA which is certified in performing microbial growth test before cleaning up the growth of the fungal. The testing process is important as it will reveal to the homeowner the type of mildew, and the extent to which the mold has grown. If the attack becomes a tragedy, the specialist in fungal growth will supervise the both the fungal growth cleanup and the removal process.


• Identify the source of the fungal growth in your house: once you are through determining the cause of the fungal growth at your residence, you should notify the environmental hygienist to clean out the source; this gives your home protection against any possible fungal growth return.


• Seek advice from your insurance company to get information whether your insurance policy covers the microbial growth removal process. In most cases, the insurance coverage will be determined by the source of the growth.


• Go for a Fungus Removal Company located in California that has professionals who will conduct thorough fungal growth removal job. To guarantee that the firm has good service delivery, you are advised to consult with the health department situated in North Hollywood.


• Moreover, you are also urged to buy a book that is giving guidance on fungal prevention and removal processes, and microbial growth. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on mold remediation.

Fire Loss Restoration in Hollywood, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Loss with SERVPRO of North Hollywood

Fire Loss Restoration in Hollywood, CA


If you are a homeowner living in Hollywood and North Hollywood, California (CA), treating the consequences of a fire are often not easy. However, once the homeowner and their family have made it to safety, it is important to have the fire damage examined by a professional who can begin the necessary actions to clean the residence, rebuild damaged structures and replace the property items in your residence. After the fire services have extinguished the fire completely, it is important to get in touch with the insurance agency. They will inspect the fire damage, any potential smoke damage, if there is soot damage and the water damage from fire, that is often a result of the fire services, to understand if the residence can be restored. Locate an agency to properly clean the residence and bring it back to its former state.

The insurance agency can help find provisions for temporary housing and provide living costs during the time that the clean-up crew labors to restore the residence. Once the fire's extinguished and the homeowner is given permission for returning to the property, locate the items that can be saved and determine what cannot be reclaimed. It is important to not remain in a fire damaged structure for very long since the air quality could be unsafe. The homeowner will need to work in conjunction with the fire services to make a fire report that explains any damages as well as the property that was damaged. The fire services can also explain how to protect the residence from looters. The main thing is to contact a cleanup crew to begin.

The clean-up process can involve the act of tossing away any property items that are too damaged to be restored. The clean-up services can then start to focus on their job and the areas of the residence that underwent smoke damage, potential soot damage, the fire damage and the water damage from fire. Locate a quality agency serving the Hollywood and North Hollywood, California (CA) location to begin the work. It is necessary for the agency to ensure that the air quality present within the fire damaged residence is safe. If it is not, individuals coming into the residence could experience an array of allergies, bad respiratory conditions and other avoidable health ailments caused from smoke and soot.

Keep in contact with the insurance services and any fire cleanup agency to stay updated on what needs be accomplished and the steps that the clean-up crew will be doing. The insurance agent will need to examine the residence. They’ll assist with deciding what is salvageable. This can include property such as the carpets, any rugs and also the curtains. The service professionals will understand how to prevent mold or mildew and to repair the residence to its prior condition, free of smoke and soot. The insurance agency as well as the Better Business Bureau can be of assistance to locate licensed, qualified California restoration crews to perform the task. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire loss.

Cleaning Up After Water Loss in Hollywood, California

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Hollywood responds to a water loss in Hollywood, CA

Cleaning Up After Water Loss in Hollywood, California


Flood damage and water damage can result in catastrophic consequences. The key to minimizing damages from water in business or water in home is rapid mitigation from qualified Hollywood or North Hollywood, California, water damage specialists from a company like SERVPRO.

Rapid Emergency Response is Crucial

The best way to limit the extent of water damage is through rapid emergency response. Water in business or water in home does not occur on a scheduled basis. A flood or other type of water emergency can occur any time of the day or night, any day of the year.

SERVPRO maintains a skilled, experienced emergency response team that can be on the site of a water emergency promptly. The specialists at SERVPRO serving Hollywood and North Hollywood, CA, can have a mitigation action plan in place promptly. The fast action works to enhance the prospects that water-related damage will be minimized.

Reliable Estimates

Another key consideration a home or business owner must bear in mind is the importance of a reliable estimate. Time and again, home and business owners in and around Hollywood and North Hollywood, CA, are heard complaining about unreliable estimates from water-related remediation specialists. This includes undisclosed additional fees and charges.

SERVPRO provides a customer with a fully transparent, reliable estimate. The professionals at SERVPRO understand that the last thing a home or business owner needs in addition to a water emergency is the added frustration of unfair or inappropriate estimate and pricing practices.

Experienced, Reliable Specialists

SERVPRO is committed to maintaining the most experienced, qualified, and trustworthy team of specialists to be found anywhere in California. Any specialist sent to the site of a water-related emergency is fully trained to take on even the most complicated, challenging cleanup and restoration project. In addition, any member of the SERVPRO team is bonded appropriately.

The Latest Technology

In addition to a top team of specialists, SERVPRO is also committed to utilizing the latest and most effective technology when it comes to water cleanup and restoration projects. For example, SERVPRO understands that efficient drying depends on equipment that effectively maintains suitable air movement throughout the premises. The pros at SERVPRO fully recognize that improper drying, and ineffective air movement, prevents an appropriate cleanup and exposes a home or business owner to an unnecessary risk of additional property damage.

Comprehensive Water and Flood Damage Services

SERVPRO is committed to providing home and business owners with comprehensive flood damage mitigation services. When it comes to cleanup and restoration services, the pro team at SERVPRO addresses not only the premises, but personal property as well.

A stark reality associated with flooding is that potential damage to personal property can prove to more significant than what happens to the premises themselves. SERVPRO utilizes the latest technology and techniques to ensure that everything possible is undertaken to cleanup and protect personal property exposed to flooding and water. This is all included in a comprehensive cleanup and restoration strategy developed by SERVPRO for a home or business facing a flooding event. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information.

Recovering After Fire Loss in Hollywood CA

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Recovering After Fire Loss in Hollywood CA

Preserving the air quality in Hollywood California is a top priority of the government and many residents. With good air quality, a number of people in Hollywood California will be able to maintain a good quality of life. However, there are times when things such as a fire occur. When a fire takes place, there can be a lot of damage as well as pollution. As a result, it will be very important to get fire restoration services immediately. The use of fire restoration services will allow property owners in North Hollywood CA efficiently complete tasks such fire cleanup. Engaging in fire cleanup is one of the most effective ways to deal with fire damage. By using fire restoration services, property owners in North Hollywood CA will be sure to limit fire damage and keep the environment intact.

 

After a fire is put out and eliminated, there will be some more effects caused by it. One of these effects is smoke damage. This occurs when there is a high accumulation of smoke which causes a variety of structures to decay and fall apart. As a result, smoke damage can be quite troublesome for property owners. Fortunately, the use of restoration services can minimize the damage by eliminating smoke before it begins to further ruin building structures. Another effect of fires is a buildup of soot which will also cause considerable damage. Restoration services can help eliminate soot and thus minimize soot damage. By following a certain protocol, property owners will be able to limit the effects of soot damage by using the services of a restoration company.

 

Another type of damage that occurs from fires is water damage from fire. When this occurs water will accumulate in certain areas of a building and start to erode it. At times this can be caused by a fire when certain structures begin to fall apart and release water. Due to the potential effects of water damage from fire, property owners will benefit by using the services of a restoration company. A restoration company will help get rid of the fire as well as clean up all of the water. After this is done, they will help repair any areas that were damaged by water and the fire.

 

Once the fire is put out and soot, smoke and water damage is eliminated, it will be important to take certain measures to prevent this from happening again. Property owners will want to make sure that any flammable substances are kept in a safe place where they cannot cause a fire. It will also be important for property owners to make sure that they keep appliances such as stoves off when not in use. They will also want to put out fire in a fireplace so that there is no chance of a fire spreading in the home. Owners of property will need to keep their properties sanitary and cleaned on a regular basis in order to eliminate a buildup of hazardous particles in the property. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire loss.

Coping With Water Loss in Hollywood, California

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Coping With Water Loss in Hollywood, California

Some accidents such as fire and water damages are inevitable in Hollywood, California. Water loss especially can occur due to pipe leakage, from water used to put out a fire or flood damage. Whichever the cause, you need to find an effective mitigation plan. Taking the first initial measures can save your business or home from severe water damage.

Effects of Water Loss from Fire

If a fire occurs, the chances are that firefighters will use water to put it off, although it will depend on with the cause. Using high-pressure hose pipes can lead to peeling off the wall pain, falling off mirrors on the wall or even breaking windows.

The broken glasses will land in your carpet which can be dangerous if proper water cleanup is not done. After a fire incident, you need to look for a remediation company that is competent in their work. With several damage control service providers in North Hollywood, how do you pick the best?

A good water restoration company should possess the following qualities;

        It should operate 24/7- as you know, accidents are unpredictable and can happen anytime. Choose a Hollywood service provider that will take little time possible to come to your rescue. Water in home can also occur at any time, settle for a company that will show up soonest possible.

        Quality Equipment- a water cleanup company should have high power vacuum cleaners that will efficiently help in drying your stuff. High powered vacuums go further to assisting in removing any glass pieces that might have landed on the carpet. They should also use strong commercial fans to facilitate in air movement within the premises.

        Right chemicals- fire damage goes deeper into causing soot damage. With the right water cleanup company, you are assured of complete damage removal.

Water in business and water in homes mostly occurs as a result of leakage. It gets worse if it goes unnoticed for a while. The result is mold accumulation which might even lead to breathing problems to people living in the room.

As soon as you speculate there might be a leakage, you should call for plumbing services as well as a water restoration company. The latter will first handle drying of any material which might have soaked in water.

If the damage had already gotten serious before discovery, the company in question might consider speeding up the air movement using fans. Doing so gets rid of moisture particles that can cause breathing problems.

In case faced with flood damage, the first step will be saving whatever possible before draining all excess water. If you get water in business, files and electronics such as computers will be the first thing to save. The best news is that there are several water companies in CA offering cleanup services.

Water Damage Prevention

You can achieve mitigation by making a deal with any flood damage control company in California. In case you are faced with an emergency related to water or fire, your service provider will be at your rescue within a short time.

Also, you can avoid pipe leakages and hence water in business and at homes through regular pipe checkup, servicing and maintenance by one of the many professional companies in North Hollywood, CA. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on water damage and cleanup services.

Steps to Take After Fire Loss in Hollywood, CA

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Steps to Take After Fire Loss in Hollywood, CA

Fire damage is certainly one of the most unexpected events that can occur to a business or home owner. Water damage from fire that occurs from the same incident can be caused from flooding, soaking of carpeting, leaking of ceilings, and much more. Smoke damage may result in smoke lingering around in the area where the household's residents may live, or where employees work within a business, or clients/customers shop for the products and/or services that are offered by the business that may require efforts of fire cleanup. The air quality may have gone bad due to lingering smoke, but this does not mean that one cannot acquire services for fire restoration. Fire cleanup is a task that will need to be called upon immediately whether one wants to or not. Hollywood of California offers fire restoration services for very low and competitive prices. If your insurance covers a certain percentage of the costs that have been incurred from soot damage, then you may be able to receive the services in Hollywood CA for very low and competitive prices.

The air quality of a home or business may have become badly affected in any home or business of North Hollywood of California. If you are a home or business owner in North Hollywood of CA and you would like to acquire services to remove soot, then it is highly recommended for you to contact a company that has received positive reviews and feedback for restoring properties after soot damage has occurred. Soot is a substance that often occurs after fire damage and can be very difficult to remove and clean. Water damage from fire should be tended as soon as possible so that business or homeowners can save the value of their properties. Smoke damage that is caused by fires can be tended to for the bettering of the property's air quality. By reacting to the issues quickly, a home or business owner will be able to save the values of their property without losing anything that they may have been able to have saved from damage in the unfortunate and unexpected scenario. One should not attempt to resolve the issues on their own as the damages that have occurred may require one to contact a group of professionals who specialize in treating certain things after fire damage has occurred. If one does not have any experience or training in tending to fire damaged properties then it is highly likely that they will end up making mistakes if they attempt to do so. If you hire a group of professionals to conduct restoration efforts after a fire has damaged your property, then you may be able to benefit from an opportunity that will potentially enable you to save the value of your property. You will definitely be lucky if you had insurance prior to the damage occurring. Regardless of if you had insurance or not, you will want to hire a group of proficient professionals so that they can do the job of restoration correctly. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com for more information on fire damage.

How to Solve Mold Problems in the CA area?

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

How to Solve Mold Problems in the CA area?

Mold is a type of fungus, not like plants or animals, that is composed of eukaryotic micro-organisms (from dead animals). The Environmental Hygienist can be very harmful to the interior of houses as well as human health.

Mold is actually a key factor in air pollution around the house. The fungus releases toxins that some people have never experienced before. It has has been making headlines all around California and other parts of the world after Hurricane Katrina and other major storms have hit the United States.

The Environmental Hygienist will usually form in places others might expect such as sinks, bath tubs, moist windows and damp basements. The bacteria will usually form when there has been a history of plumbing issues or leaks in CA. With that said, the bacteria can form in odd places as well. They can be found just about anyplace you can imagine including wood, carpet, foods even Christmas trees. How about that for a nice Christmas present.

Allergies and asthma are two common side effects of breathing in the bacteria. Some other side effects of breathing in mildew near Hollywood are joint pains, headaches, depression, weakened immune system and shortness of breath.

There are so many different forms of mildew around North Hollywood. There are Allergenic forms of the bacteria that are only life threatening for those that have sever allergies. Children are usually more susceptible to these fungus than adults. Pathogenic ones create some kind of infection on the body. Those with weaker immune systems will be more at risk. Toxigenic Microbial Growth will be harmful for just about anybody that comes in contact with it. It can lead to cancer in extreme cases. People can pick this up if they inhale, ingest, or touch it.

What do I do if come I find mold or come in contract with the Microbial Growth in Hollywood?

It is unfortunate to know that there is little to be done upon the discovery of the bacteria or after coming into contact with the foreign substance. The bacteria can be very hard to remove with household cleaners or hot water. This mold remediation method will do little damage to the main source. The best way to avoid the harmful affects of hold is to set up preventative measures. That means cleaning every inch of the house regularly and monitoring usual growth in houses in North Hollywood.

If there is a problem that arises the best mold remediation tactic is to move away rather than trying and stop a spreading problem. Calling a contract exterminator will help solve minor problems, but when the bacteria starts spreading and taking over most of the CA home it is best to pack bags and move to another part of California

If moving is not an option the next best choice is to buy a high-quality air purifier. This hill help filter out any mycotoxins that can lead to illness. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthhollywood.com if you suspect mold in your California property.

How to Improve your Air Quality in Hollywood, California

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

How to Improve your Air Quality in Hollywood, California

It is interesting to know that air inside our homes can be more polluted than the air outside. In North Hollywood, California, the air inside our homes is polluted by substances such as lead, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, smoke smell, radon and volatile chemicals from fragrances.

Therefore, it is wise to use professional air duct cleaning service or learn how to do it yourself. Following are five sources of bad odor and their treatment.

1. Keep Your Floors Fresh Chemicals and allergies can accumulate quickly wherever there are dust particles. Therefore, experts in Hollywood, CA recommend that house owners should always use a HEPA filter, which ensures that particles from dust mites, pet dander and pollen never come back. Besides, vacuum, it is also important to wipe the house, when applicable. Using a mob with plain water, without soap, will do the job. If possible, use the new microfiber mops and dust clothes, which will take care of allergies. In fact, duct cleaning will also help improve the air quality.

2. Keep Humidity Levels Low It is always better to use air-conditioner is Summer months and Dehumidifier in Winter. Both these equipment will help keep the humidity level between 30 percent and 50 percent, which is good for the air quality. When cooking or taking a bath, always turn on the exhaust fan or crack open a window to stop the humidity from accumulating. Also, never overwater indoor plants. Fixing water leaks and checking duct pipes will also improve the air quality at home.

3. Make Your Home Smoke-Free Zone Smoke smell from cigarettes is the number one contributor to bad odor. Even if you have used every trick in the book to clean air ducts, smoking continues to harm everyone in the household. For instance, recent medical research in North Hollywood has indicated that second-hand smoke has 4000 different chemicals that cause more than 100 serious health injuries. Therefore, the best solution for avid smokers is to smoke outside. If it doesn't help, make a corner of your house smoking-zone near a window. Even better, get professional help from the doctor in California.

4. Test the House for Randon Randon is an odorless and colorless gas, which can accumulate in any household without any specific reason. Primarily, randon is caused by smoking in the house. However, most cases of randon are due to naturally occurring phenomenon, which is caused by natural decay of uranium in the soil. If a house in Hollywood, CA is build in such an environment, it is likely that randon will build up by moving up the house using cracks and holes in the foundation. Luckily, randon levels can be reduced significantly by using professional air duct cleaning services. Actually, everyone should test their house for randon and carry out duct cleaning because it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

5. Get rid of Fake Fragrance Humans have the tendency to look fresh and use fragrance. However, it is a fact that most perfumes, body sprays and detergents use artificial fragrance, which mostly contain toxic that are harmful for the body. In fact, these artificial fragrances can quickly reduce quality of air in a typical home, within days. Accordingly, we should always use products that use natural fragrance. Next time, don't forget to read the label because fragrance should be natural. 

How to Handle A Fire Loss in Hollywood, CA

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

How To Handle A Fire Loss In Hollywood CA

Fire is a dangerous and destructive element when it is uncontained and uncontrollable. Every year thousands of people face the disastrous consequence of fire damage to their homes and businesses. In the event that a fire loss occurs the damage that the flames do to the property are only the beginning. These disasters usually mean that smoke damage, soot damage, and water damage from the fire are present as well.

Fires can start for a variety of reasons including natural causes - like weather conditions that produce wildfires - as well as man made sources. Accidents, failing electrical or gas systems, arson, and human negligence and error are some examples of how fires can be caused by man made sources. Whatever the cause of a fire loss the aftermath can be a stressful and confusing time for home or business owners.

The following is a list of the steps that property owners in Hollywood California can take in the immediate of a fire. -Contact the Insurance Company It's imperative for all property owners to have fire insurance on their property, but this is especially true for Hollywood and North Hollywood CA residents because of the climate in the area. This area of southern California is susceptible to wildfires that cause thousands of acres of fire loss in the region.

After a property is damaged or destroyed by fire it's imperative that the property owner contact their insurance company to make a timely and detailed claim. -Listen To The Advice Of Emergency Response Personnel The firefighters and other emergency personnel in and around North Hollywood CA are trained to deal with fires and the structural damage caused by them. It is important for property owners to heed their advice and warnings and to make sure their loved ones, other residents of the property, and pets listen to their instructions as well.

Emergency personnel will be able to assess when and if it is safe to renter the property. They are trained to determine structural damage and rate air quality by monitoring the levels of smoke and soot in the air of the property. -Prepare To Deal With Different Types of Damage Water damage from fire and other types of damage should be assessed when making a claim in a fire loss.

Fire produces flames that burn and in turn help produce smoke. When smoke and the debris of burned materials settles it produces soot, which is harmful to breathe and difficult to remove from structures, fabrics and objects. This means that once a fire is put out there will be several types of damage to the property in addition to the fire damage and including water damage from the methods used to extinguish the wire as well as smoke damage, soot damage that also diminish the air quality of the site. Property owners in Hollywood CA can use this information as a simple guide for what to expect when dealing with fire loss. 

Improving your Air Quality in North Hollywood, California

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Improving your Air Quality in Hollywood, California

When most people hear about air quality, they tend to think of the outside. The huge amounts of waste being pumped from major industries. However, indoor air-quality is equally as important. It can cause one to take medication for allergies even though they are inside the home.

Air-quality is especially crucial for those with infants. Low air quality could afflict them for the rest of their lives. Clean the Ducts Air duct cleaning is a job that most people never consider. However, it contributes greatly to the indoor air-quality in Hollywood, CA. North Hollywood, California is a dusty place, and the air ducts quickly gather dust and other impurities. If air duct cleaning is not done regularly, the impurities will soon be spread all over the house. It is especially so if the air ducts have cracks. These cracks suck in dirty air and spread it all over the house. For the best results, one should hire a professional duct cleaning company. They have specialized equipment that will help ensure the duct cleaning is done effectively. Clean the Floors Most dirt in the house will be on the floor.

Pets will track mud filled with impurities that lower air-quality. Ideally, one should use a high-quality vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter. However, to ensure that all the dust is removed, mopping the house is awesome. If one leaves in a huge house, there are professional house cleaning services in Hollywood, CA. They ensure that the floor and other crevices are left spotlessly clean. Use Plants Studies have shown that houseplants such as Aloe Vera improve air-quality. They have a mechanism that sucks in toxins, although in minute amounts. The result is that the indoor air is of good quality. In addition, the may be a good indicator of air-quality.

If one notices the plants dying in spite of being watered and taken care of properly, it is quite telling. The plants are also effective in reducing bad odor, especially the flowering kind. Ban Smoking Not only do cigarettes lead to a smoke smell in the entire house, but they also affect air-quality. A cigarette contains more than 4,000 harmful chemicals. These chemicals leave a bad odor on curtains and clothing. One should never allow people to smoke in his or her home. Conduct a Professional Inspection If the house is new or has never been inspected, it is important to invite an investigator. He or she comes with equipment that tests the house for mold, radon gas, and other substances. If one notices a lingering smoke smell, it is also important to invite a professional to test if the house is habitable. Some of these can increase one’s vulnerability to lung cancer.

Other substances can lead to unexplained allergies. Many air-quality inspectors work in North Hollywood, California. It may be time to give one of them a call. Summary The air fresheners may also lower air quality in the home. Although they make the house smell good, they contain many artificial chemicals. A buildup of these chemicals over time could significantly increase one’s chance of becoming ill.

Handling a Water Loss in Hollywood, California

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Handling a Water Loss in Hollywood, California

Water damage in North Hollywood, California can be excruciatingly painful for an individual. It can cause extensive financial and psychological damage. The problem can grow quickly and lead to unimaginable complications. Knowing how to handle it can alleviate much of the suffering. A number of factors can cause water damage. Whether it is due to flood damage or a leaking pipe, the sooner one finds a remedy, the less the loss. How to Deal With Flood Damage There is little one can do in case of flood damage in Hollywood, CA.

However, it does mean one is helpless. The first step is to move as much property as possible. The property should be moved to where the water cannot reach it. In addition, one needs to call emergency services for rescue operations in case things get too bad. Another mitigation measure would be to switch off the power. Water in home could cause an electric to occupants. In addition, water in home could interact with electricity to cause fires. Other Mitigation Measures Water in business premises leads to more than just loss of goods. It also causes the structure to become weak. After getting rid of water in business, a person should invite a safety inspector. He or she will determine if the structure is sound enough to be occupied. The walls and support beams could become too weak, and the entire structure needs to be demolished.

Dealing with Health Hazards After the water has been drained, the next issue a person has to deal with is dangerous pathogens. In Hollywood, CA, one should invite and air quality assessment inspector. The person has devices that can determine if the air is of good quality. They also have equipment for drying the walls to reduce the growth of dangerous mold. The basic principal behind their work is the use of equipment for air movement. It ensures the drying the walls and other crevices within the structure. The use of air movement equipment for drying the structure is one of the most important mitigation measures in North Hollywood, California. Dealing with Insurance Companies Dealing with insurance companies can be the most painful experience.

They will usually play as hard as possible to avoid making any major payments. Firstly, one needs to file a claim as soon as the damage occurs. One needs to call up the insurance company and inform them of the evidence. However, one needs to take measures to reduce the damage. An insurance company may refuse to damage caused by negligence. One should request for an advance from their insurer. It will help to cover leaving expenses as the house is repaired. Remember the company will deduct any amount they give from the final payment. Thus, a person should keep track of all their living expenses.

Any purchases made should be well documented and the receipts stored safely. It is also important to invite an expert to determine how much property was lost in case the insurer makes a tiny payment.

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Hollywood, CA

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Growth in Hollywood, California

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Hollywood, CA

Most homeowners in North Hollywood, California are terrified by the tragedy of having molds develop in their houses. However, most Hollywood residents are not aware of the importance of hiring the services of a certified fungal growth inspector to conduct a detailed mold inspection.

A trained fungal growth inspector in North Hollywood, California will be able to identify the favorable conditions in the house that is necessary for the growth of the fungal organism. The fungus grows in very conspicuous places that it will require an environmental hygienist to identify them.

The following are the common sources of mildew in your home: i. Leaking roof Holes in the roof are common causes of mildew growth in your home. Rain from leaking roofs causes high humidity in your home creating a conducive environment for the fungal growth. ii. Leaking windows Small cracks in the window provide an entrance for rain and humidity providing the fungus an ideal spot for growth. iii. Improper ventilation Poor ventilation provides a favorable condition for the fungal growth. Actions to take when you find a fungal growth in your Hollywood, CA home • Test for mold: the testing process will tell you the source of the growth after an inspection has been conducted. The testing process utilizes distinguished equipment that is capable of identifying the fungal growth from any hidden place. It is advisable to hire a certified company in CA, to perform the microbial growth test before one cleans up the fungal growth. The testing process will reveal the type of mildew a homeowner is dealing with together with the extent of the invasion. If the attack is significant, the specialist will conduct the cleanup and supervise the removal process.

• You should identify the cause of the fungal growth in your home. Once you determine the cause of the growth at your home, inform the environmental hygienist to get rid of the source. Some of the causes of the fungal growth include leaking roofs, pipes that cause water leakage on the walls, and if the humidity level on your home humidifier is turned too high. Fixing the sources of the fungal growth protects your home from a possible return. • Consult your insurance company to inquire whether the microbial growth removal process in covered by the insurance policy. Mostly, the insurance coverage will depend on the cause of the growth. • Have the fungal growth removed by a trained specialist. The removal process is a complicated process. If you eliminate the growth by yourself, you risk spreading it to other unaffected places in your home. You also put yourself at a risk of contracting health problems such as respiratory conditions. Personal safety should be a priority during the removal of these organisms. • When it comes to hiring professional Fungus Removal Company in CA, request for a few estimates and go for a company that will conduct a thorough job. Check with the health department in Hollywood, to ensure that the firm has a good record. • It is also advisable to purchase a guide book on microbial growth and removal processes.

A good book will inform you on proper removal process to enable you to evaluate the work done in your home. The book will also allow you to be proactive in future about the fungal growth prevention.

Handling A Fire Loss In Hollywood, CA

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in North Hollywood, CA

Handling A Fire Loss In Hollywood, CA

It’s not all fun and games in Hollywood, particularly during fire season. California is home to some of the country’s deadliest wildfires and home fires. The fire damage incurred by scores of residents who are the unfortunate victims of these fires can run well into the millions. Handling a fire loss is never an easy thing for residents of CA but it is a necessary step to rebuilding their lives. The Reality of Fire Loss Or Water Damage From Fire It’s a well-known fact that the North Hollywood, CA area is prone to fires. The fire report published on the California government website for January 1, 2016, to September 10, 2016, already shows that there have been 4,636 fires in California which have burned over 200,601 acres. Spark plug fires, out of control barbecue fires, power lines that aren’t working properly, and kitchen fires are all culprits that have led to a massive loss for the residents of North Hollywood.

The ABCs of Handling a Fire Loss • Call in expert technicians to assess the situation • Sit down with your insurers • Have a support system around you (a) Call in the Experts Expert technicians will be able to fully assess the fire damage done. It’s not just damage done by the fire that needs to be assessed but sometimes there might be water damage from fire, smoke damage and soot damage which all need to be checked for. If water pipes were damaged during the fire and water leaked into the house, then there is a need to ensure that the areas where water seeped into are properly cleaned.

No moisture can be left as moisture will lead to molds and fungi growth. The level of water damage will need a thorough and professional assessment. Smoke and soot can do a whole lot of damage on their own. Smoke can lead to corrosion and discoloration of any remaining walls and household items. Smoke damage needs to be assessed and then cleaned and cleared by licensed technicians. Soot is the black powdery substance that is a by-product of fires. It can cling to the remaining walls of your house. Professionals capable of identifying between dry and oily soot will understand just how best to remove it and keep the soot damage to a minimum. The air quality in your house will also need to be tested. This is especially true if only part of your house was burned.

Air quality tests are carried out easily and can tell you how soon you can move back in. (b) Sit down with your insurers One of the first things you might want to do, although very hard, is to assess the damage. Once you have had a look at what is left, it will give you a rough idea of exactly what was lost. In some cases, only part of the house was damaged. In other cases, the entire house was gutted in the fire. Your Hollywood insurance company will also come in and assess the situation and will be able to let you know how much you can claim in damages. This will let you know how much you will receive in order to start trying to get your life back together again. In most cases, the situation between insurers and clients can get difficult because clients are either not covered by the right type of insurance, or didn’t have much house insurance, to begin with. Always try to check at least once a year that you have the right type of insurance for your house in case of emergencies like this. (c) Have a support system around you It doesn’t matter if its family, friends, colleagues or church mates.

You will need a support system in your life at this moment in time. You will need a place to stay and people to look out for you as you try to get your life back together. For some people, the shock and realization of the loss they encountered doesn’t hit them until they see just how much it’s going to cost them to get back onto their feet.

Disaster Preparation for Water and Fire Damage in North Hollywood, California

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Disaster Preparation in North HollywoodResidents living in North Hollywood are not immune to disasters. Consequently, Disaster Preperation is a vital part of living in today's modern society. Preparing beforehand is the best way to make sure that you and your family stay safe. Natural disasters occur across the country at a moments notice. The disaster might involve floods, fires, earthquakes, windstorms, hailstorms, thunderstorms, mud slides, and more. The natural disasters are responsible for water damage, fire damage, and more. Those living in Hollywood, California are quite familiar with natural disasters. Certainly, those residents realize that a disaster plan might save their life. After the disaster, call on us for fast service mitigation.

Water Damage
The end result of a natural disaster is water damage to a residence or property. This is especially true for major floods that have hit the California area. Commercial buildings and private residences experience burst pipes that lead to completely destroying the entire building structure. Here is a way to prepare. Listen to the radio for storm warnings. Follow any instructions given by the news station or local authorities about floods that might lead to major damage. Move to higher ground or at least the highest floor in the building, during a flood watch. Afterwards, it is very important to react quickly to the disaster. Delaying cleanup leads to major health concerns, mold buildup, and more cost. The key to effective disaster preperation is to hire our professional, certified, and licensed, restoration service in North Hollywood for mitigation and fast service. 

Fire Damage
A fire is a very devastating event. The fire might completely destroy the building, causing major restoration concerns. Fires destroy damage and properties. Fires also leave behind a tremendous amount of smoke damage that might make the building uninhabitable. Smoke damages all the furniture, rugs, carpeting, electronics and appliances within the building. Smoke also spreads to the walls and ceilings causing even more major damage. Our professional technicians are experts at restoring a building or private residence after any type of major disaster that causes fire damage. However, we always advise our customers to have a disaster plan in place. First, install smoke alarms on every floor. Practice a fire drill with the occupants of the home or building at least once a year. Determine the best way for the occupants to get out of the building quickly. Remember, fires move fast. Special preparation beforehand will help the occupants move fast and get out of the building safely in Hollywood or any city.  If you experience any Water or Fire Damage, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is available to help. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help mitigate your loss and relieve your concerns. Our team is trained and specialized to help with disasters and losses of any size. We have the exeperience and team to work any situation. Even if you have questions, you are welcome to call our office at any time and we will have a trained professional help address your concern. 

Summer Time is Here

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Summer time is here and we hope everyone is having a great time ! During the summer we see different types of situatuion from Water Damages to Fire Damages. It is important to remember if you have a loss to make sure you properlty document every part of the process. It is important to be on board with your insurance company, your restoration company, and any other contractors involved. One thing we see neglected several times is keeping an active inventory sheet of all of your content. This can be done with a spreadsheet and photo documentation. It is never a bad idea to take photos today, so if you ever have a loss there is adequate records of what content you have. 

If there is anything we can do to help you can reach out to us at anytime. We love to answer any questions we can. Have a great Summer! 

So you have had a flood now what?

2/19/2016 (Permalink)

When you come in to work or come home to this make the call to SERVPRO of North Hollywood we are here to help 24/7!!

Flood, Water Damage; these are words no home or business owner ever wants to hear let alone deal with in their home or business (us included!). However, it is an unfortunate fact that many home owners and business owners will deal with some sort of flood or water damage in their home or business from many factors including but not limited to:

-          Broken pipe or water line

-          Backed up sewage line or main drain

-          Broken water heater

-          Storm damage: i.e. flood, roof leak etc

-          Toilet back up

With this being said this is where SERVPRO North Hollywood’s professional team comes in to help!

While we know the first reaction is to want to just run and go screaming off into the sunset (we can’t blame you!) however, it is important to act quickly and assess the situation at hand to help mitigate the damage that has occurred and keep more damage from occurring. Below is a list of steps that we recommend when finding that your home or business has had water damage occur and please note that there is an even larger list of steps in the water damage and restoration section of our website to assist you.

1)      Determine where the cause of loss is coming from and stop the source:

a.       The most important thing to do is determine where the water is coming from and turn off the source of the loss or call in someone who can turn off the source of loss. For example, if the cause of loss is a burst pipe turn the water off to your home or business and then call in a plumber to fix the pipe in question. Once the source of the loss has been fixed you can then turn the water back on to your home or business knowing that the leak has been fixed and you won’t have even more water flooding your home or business and causing even more damage.

2)      Call your insurance company to file a claim:

a.       Once you have found the source of loss the next step is to call your insurance company to file a claim. It is always a good idea to first call your insurance company to find out if they will cover the flood or water damage. They will then give you a claim number and adjuster who will assist you and be your liaison for working with the insurance company as you proceed with getting your home and business back on track from the flood or water damage that has occurred.

3)      Call SERVPRO NORTH Hollywood to come out and assist:

a.       Once you have filed your claim you then need to call a restoration company to come out to assess the affected areas and put a drying plan into place. This is where SERVPRO of North Hollywood comes in! Call the experts at SERVPRO North Hollywood to come out and look at your home or business that was affected by water damage or a flood. We are available 24/7 365 to assist you when a flood or water damage occurs.

b.      We will do the following when you initially call in:

                                                              i.      Get all pertinent contact information (the last thing we want is to not be able to get a hold of you and not be able to assist you!)

                                                            ii.      Get your address and location of your business and home

                                                          iii.      Get the details from you in regards to the damage that occurred:

1.      What was the cause of loss?

2.      When did the loss occur?

3.      How many rooms were affected?

4.      What kind of flooring are in the areas or rooms affected?

5.      Is there standing water?

6.      Have you filed a claim with your insurance company? If so what is the name of your insurance company and what is the claim number and any other information that the insurance company gave you when you filed, the claim?

7.      When can we come out to assist you? For us here at SERVPRO of North Hollywood our goal is to come out as quickly as possible to assist you and get the drying process started ASAP.

4)      What SERVPRO of North Hollywood will do once they arrive on site:

a.       Once we arrive on site to assist with your flood or water damage we will take the following steps:

                                                              i.      Do an initial walk through of the affected areas with you our client

1.      We will walk the job site with you to see what areas have been affected by the flood or water damage and also go over any areas of particular concern that you may have.

                                                            ii.      Once the walkthrough is completed any excess or standing water will be removed by our professionally trained production staff:

1.      We have all the tools and equipment necessary to remove any standing water and excess water from the flooring in your home and business and will have it removed quickly and correctly.

                                                          iii.      Upon the removal of the standing and excess water drying equipment will then be put into place to dry out the affected materials in the affected areas and rooms:

1.      SERVPRO of North Hollywood uses nothing but the most up to date and effective drying equipment on the market to dry out the affected materials in your home or business.

2.      Our goal at SERVPRO of North Hollywood is to always dry in place and save any and all affected materials we can rather then remove or take out materials that have been affected by water damage. By doing this we not only save you time we also save you and your insurance company money.

b.      SERVPRO of North Hollywood will then continue to monitor and make sure your home or business is drying effectively and we will modify our drying plan to

c.        make sure your home or business is dried out in the most effective and timely manner.

d.      Upon completion of the drying:

                                                              i.      Our professionally trained production staff will come out to remove all equipment and do a final walk through with you our client to make sure all areas of concern have been addressed.

5)      SERVPRO of North Hollywood will work with you and your Insurance Company!

a.       Have peace of mind knowing that SERVPRO of North Hollywood will work with both you and your insurance company and keep you and your insurance company informed every step of the way during the drying process from start to finish.

b.      We will also submit any and all necessary paperwork to your insurance company in regards to the mitigation work performed.

6)      SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to exceed your expectations always

a.       It is our goal at SERVPRO of North Hollywood to not just meet but exceed your expectations in every way possible.

In conclusion a flood or water damage is something that no home or business owner ever wants to have to deal with. However, take comfort in knowing that if this does occur you are armed with the knowledge and information necessary to handle this situation. Also know that the professionals at SERVPRO of North Hollywood are here to help always. Give us a call today to see how we can help you and your home or business.

Meet SERVPRO of North Hollywood's Dave the Desiccant!!

5/28/2015 (Permalink)

Here is Dave in action drying out a large commercial building that was affected by a major flood. SERVPRO of North Hollywood was on the job!

SERVPRO North Hollywood is proud to be the only franchises in the state to have a Desiccant Dehumidifier available for large loss Commercial and Residential water jobs; with this being said meet Dave the Dessicant!

The Benefits of using Dave the Desiccant on your large residential or commercial water loss are many including:

 - No Job is ever to big!

- Dave the desiccant can dry up to 20,000 sqft of an affected area!

- In circumstances where power is not available and a large area is affected by water damage with Dave the Desiccant we can start drying the damaged areas within 30 minutes of arrival on site! In comparison the competition can take up to 4-5 hours if not longer to do the same thing we can do in 30 minutes!

- This saves you not only time but hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more! From commercial buildings to churches this desiccant dehumidifier can cover it all!

Give SERVPRO of North Hollywood a call today at 818-754-0050 to learn more about Dave the Desiccant and how it can help you or your business when the unexpected happens!

Got Mold? Let SERVPRO of North Hollywood take the load off your shoulders.

5/8/2015 (Permalink)

Check out the link below for more information about mold and how we can help: http://www.servpronorthhollywood.com/mold-remediation

MOLD the 4-letter word no homeowner or business owner ever wants to think about. However it is something that unfortunately at one time or another will be something you will have to deal with.

Be Informed about Mold:

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns for you your family, your tenants or your clients. It is essential for the health of your clients' families, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

What Causes Mold?

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

What are the signs of Mold?

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:
* The presence of visible mold.
* Strong, musty odors.
* Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
* Excessive humidity.

If you see signs of mold call SERVPRO of North Hollywood at (818) 754-0050 to set up a free walk through an estimate of the affected area. We are ready to assist you 24/7 for your mold remediation needs.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood Now Offers Window Cleaning!

4/14/2015 (Permalink)

Give us a call today to have one of our technicians come out to give you a free estimate for window cleaning for your home or business.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood not only does water damage removal we also do Window Cleaning! We know you know us for when your home or business has fire damage or water damage but did you know we also do window cleaning for both your business and home? Give us a call today at 818-754-0050 to set up a free consulation with one of our technicians to have your windows cleaned at your home or business. SERVPRO of North Hollywood does it all from fire clean up and water damage removal to window cleaning SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here for you! Give us a call today!

SERVPRO of North Hollywood a big corporation with the small business attitude and touch. Call and see the difference today!

7/24/2014 (Permalink)

Give us a call today to see the level of service and care we offer.

Have you seen our new slogan? Yes we are apart of a major corporation however here at SERVPRO North Hollywood feel it's important to not forget where we've come from and that in order to be successful we need to remember it's all about you our client and the personal touch.

Why do people often go back to the same small business or refer their friends and family to it? It's simple the quality of service that you receive and the time they take to make sure YOU the client are taken care of and that they don't just meet but exceed your expectations and needs!

We here at SERVPRO of North Hollywood go that extra mile as it is our goal to not just meet but exceed your expectations in every way possible. From making sure your questions and concerns are addressed from the first time we arrive on site to making sure your home or business is put back together in every way that matters to you.

No matter how big or small the job SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help every step of the way! From assisting you with your home all the way to your large commercial building SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here with a level of care and customer service you normally find in a small business.

Like we said:  Small business attitude and personal touch at a corporate level. Give us a call today to see the difference.

Bio-hazard clean up for residential and commercial properties

7/14/2014 (Permalink)

Professionalism and respect given to you and your family or business during these types of challenging and traumatic situations.

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is one of the frew certified in the area to perform bio-hazard clean up and crime scene clean up for residential and commercialal properties and clean up services for both residential and commercial that have had a traumatic event occur and are in need of these services.

We know that this can be a very difficult and trying time for anyone and SERVPRO of North Hollywood will approach each situation with respect and professionalism and do everything possible to take care of the affected area as quickly as possible.

If you are ever put in this very difficult position please reach out to us we are available to assist 24/7.

Have joined our e-mailing list?

6/19/2014 (Permalink)

Join our e-mailing list today!!!

Have you joined SERVPRO of North Hollywood's e-mailing list?? When you join you will get e-mails with helpful hints and tips for your home and what to do if the unexpected happens. You will also get special offers on carpet cleanings and more! To join is easy! Just send an e-mail to us at servpro9443@yahoo.com and you are on it!! Also don't worry we don't sell or dislcose your e-mail to anyone because who wants to get 50 e-mails on how to save money on their insurance.....

SERVPRO North Hollywood Now Offering Carpet Cleaning!!

6/18/2014 (Permalink)

Professional carpet cleaning for those oops moments and more...

SERVPRO North Hollywood is excited to announce we are now offering carpet cleaning for commerical and residential customers. Give us a call today for a free estimate and specials! You know us for when you have a flood or a fire now get to know us for carpet cleaning! 

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