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Water Damage Emergency? 4 Fast Steps to Prevent Further Damage.
If you have an emergency plumbing leak, turn the water off ASAP to help mitigate water damage to your property.
Many of our water damage cleanup jobs aren't emergencies. Caused by long gone rain or pipe leaks, some water damage isn't noticed until a new tenant moves in or it's time to renovate. It's important to address the damage when discovered, and remediate any mold, so it doesn't worsen over time. But this type of water damage doesn't require an emergency response.
However, some water damage is an emergency and should be handled as such. For example: active leaks that threaten valuables or documents, gray or black water flooding or standing water near electrical outlets. Of course, calling SERVPRO of North Hollywood is an important step in mitigating a water damage emergency. But there are a few quick things you can do before you pick up the phone to call in the water restoration specialists.
Stem the Tide
If the source is an overflowing fixture, appliance or a pipe leak, turning off the water can help stop the flow. Sinks and toilets usually have their own nearby valves. If not, or if the plumbing leak source is unknown, turn off the water at the main.
Disconnect the Power
If the water level threatens electronics or outlets, you'll want to cut the power. Unplug devices or turn off circuit breakers and steer clear of the affected area to prevent electrical shocks.
Clear the Area
Get furniture and other possessions off the floor or away from the water. The longer your valuables are exposed to water, the worse the damage can get. Restoration is often less expensive than replacing damaged items. But the more moisture is left to soak into a surface, the more likely it will need replacing.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Homeowners can be reluctant to involve their insurance company for fear of red tape, paperwork and increased premiums. But SERVPRO of North Hollywood works directly with most major insurance providers. And our experience helps ease the claims process, reducing costs and the risk of delays in restoring your property.
Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO.
Most important, get the drying and clean up process started by calling SERVPRO of North Hollywood at (818) 754-0050. Emergency water damage specialists can be on-site anywhere in Los Angeles in as little as one hour. We'll assess the damage and place our fleet of air movers and dehumidifiers to make a water damage emergency "Like it never even happened."
Water Mitigation or Water Restoration: Is There a Difference?
Drying the water is only one step of the water mitigation and restoration process. Call SERVPRO as soon as you discover water damage to your property.
Here's the scenario: you've discovered water damage to your home or business. Maybe it was from a leaky faucet or a toilet overflowing. Or maybe a freak Los Angeles rain storm or an overzealous sprinkler flooded your crawl space. Whatever the cause, fast action is critical to stop the damage from getting worse or causing mold growth.
You open up Google and start searching for someone to help. But the more you scroll, the more confused you get. Water cleanup or water extraction? Water mitigation or water restoration? You find lots of promising companies. But it may not be clear what they can actually do for you as you gaze at your damaged property.
So here's a quick primer on what each of these industry terms means. That way you can compare the ways different companies might help you to best recover from a water damage emergency.
What is Water Mitigation?
Water cleanup and water extraction are both tasks that fall under the category of water mitigation. By definition, mitigation is “the process or result of making something less severe, dangerous, painful, harsh, or damaging.”
Water mitigation, then, is the process of reducing the severity of damage created by water. That process starts with assessment, where a technician inspects the damage and determines the source. Infrared readers also detect water hidden inside walls, ceilings or floors. At this stage, techs also assess the water damage category to determine if biohazard decontamination is necessary.
Following assessment, the extraction, drying and cleanup begins. Extraction, or water removal, involves using pumps or vacuums to rapidly remove surface water from hardwood or tile floors and saturated carpets or furniture.
After excess water has been removed, techs dry the affected area with air movers and dehumidifiers. And they clean and sanitize surfaces to remove mold and other contaminants and deodorize the property.
At this point, the mitigation process is complete. And, if necessary, the restoration process begins.
What is Water Restoration?
Restoration is “bringing back to a former position or condition.” This is the essence of the SERVPRO North Hollywood promise to restore damaged property “Like it never even happened.”
And it doesn't take long for water to damage your property. Moisture seeps into porous surfaces, like hardwood or laminate floors and drywall. As it does, it can cause unsightly discoloration, peeling and warping. It can foster mold growth. And, if left unaddressed, it can weaken the structural integrity of floors, walls and ceilings.
Non-porous surfaces are also at risk of water damage. Metal, glass and ceramic can all stain, while metal is susceptible to corrosion and rust.
The water restoration process may involve repairing, rebuilding or replacing affected areas. For example, consider a wall damaged by leaky plumbing. A restoration tech might need only to patch up a hole in the drywall. They may have to replace the entire panel of sheet rock. Or they might remove the entire wall, replace the pipes and framing, and reconstruct the wall.
The level of restoration depends on the extent of the water damage. This is one of the reasons it is important to have a specialist inspect and mitigate damage as soon as possible. The sooner a tech can address a problem, the less likely the need for major restoration work.
Call SERVPRO for Water Mitigation and Restoration
Not every company handles both water mitigation and water restoration. SERVPRO North Hollywood does both. Our techs are highly-trained and IICRC certified in the entire mitigation and restoration process. We also work directly with most insurance companies.
A water damage emergency can be a stressful situation for you, your family or your business. Let SERVPRO North Hollywood relieve some of that stress by handling every step of the cleanup and restoration process. Call us anytime, 24/7, for a fast response to any size water damage disaster.
Think You Don't Need Water Damage Restoration? Think Again.
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 Are the Categories of Water Damage?
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."
Prevent Water Damage in Your Home
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.
Signs You May Have Water Damage (And Don't Even Know It)
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."
4 Common Sources of Home Water Damage
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."
5 Places to Check for Hidden Water Leaks
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.
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.
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.
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."
Water Damage: How We Work With Your Insurance Company
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 Damage Can Water Cause?
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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.
3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Company
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"
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.
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.
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.
4 Places To Check for Leaks Before Going out of Town
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.
Tips for Preventing Water Damage When You’re Away on Vacation
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.
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Dealing With Water Damage
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?
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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The Important Aspects of Water Damage Restoration
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 In Case Of Water Damage Emergency
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.
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.
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.
Tips for Managing Water and Flood Damage
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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Water Damage Restoration Tips
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.
Water Damage Restoration in Hollywood, California
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.
Cleaning Up After Water Loss in Hollywood, California
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.
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.
Coping With Water Loss in Hollywood, California
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.
Handling a Water Loss in Hollywood, California
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.
Disaster Preparation for Water and Fire Damage in North Hollywood, California
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.
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.
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
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?
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.