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Storm Damage Inspection Checklist

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Inspection Checklist 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."

Summer Storm Damage Risks

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storm Damage Risks 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."

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

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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

Stay ahead of the storm with clean rain gutters.

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stay ahead of the storm with clean rain gutters. 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.

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.