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Check your trees

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Most damage to a property during severe weather occurs when limbs or trees fall. High winds and saturated soil conditions typical of winter storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. The heavy rainfall is what causes the ground to be so saturated and makes the trees unstable. Trees that retain foliage in winter such as conifers and certain oaks are most at risk for damage because the foliage adds weight and wind resistance. None of this is any easy experience for a homeowner. That is why pre-storm strategies are recommended to identify potentially hazardous conditions and to help reduce the risk of damage before harsh weather occurs.

In many cases, hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye and correcting them can be a dangerous job. While it is impossible to totally protect your trees and property from severe storms, a certified tree specialist can inspect for issues that could predispose trees to failure. This could include a climbing inspection or an analysis of decay that may be present in the branches, stems, or roots.

Drain it out

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drain it out dehumidifier draining the water out of the air

Water damage can happen in all kinds of ways and there all many different ways of cleaning it up. This is one way SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando gets that water out. This is a dehumidifier and it is draining the moisture in the air into the sink. When you first walk into a room with water damage it can feel very humid and that's what this machine is for. Just one of the ways to dry an affected area. We also use other equipment that do different jobs but at the end of it all we get the affected area dry and ready to restore. Once we have wrapped up the drying process the next step is the reconstruction crew comes in repairs the room back to normal or new.

What is water damage

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

What is Water Damage?

Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water coming in  where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood , and others.

The damage may be extremely slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a very major contributor to loss of property.

One's homeowner's insurance policy may or may not cover the costs associated with water damage and the process of water damage restoration. While a common cause of residential water damage is often the failure of a sump pump, many homeowner's insurance policies do not cover the associated costs without an addendum which adds to the monthly premium of the policy.

  

Our Crew

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Crew We love our Employees!

When your business or commercial property is affected by a disaster, the interruption can greatly impact your revenue, customers and employees. At SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando, we understand that an immediate and efficient response is essential to quickly getting your business back to running at full capacity.

Commercial recovery requires the trained techniques of an experienced team prepared to handle the unique challenges of a large-scale environment. Our service area is not limited to any certain areas. We can service all of California if needed. We have on-call staff available 24/7 to respond to your emergency. Upon receiving a call from your company, we will send a specialist to your location to assess the damage and develop an action plan for moving forward.

Be at ease commercial property owners

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando we believe in offering our customers a personal approach focused on effective solutions, communication and transparency in our objectives. In an emergency situation, we want you to feel confident knowing that we will take care of the details, allowing you to focus on your business. As a licensed, bonded and insured company, each and every one of our restoration technicians are fully certified and prepared to meet the challenges of your commercial restoration project with quality workmanship.
Commercial Services SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando Offers
  • Water Extraction & Equipment Rental
  • Commercial Dehumidification
  • Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration
  • Odor Neutralization & Removal
  • Mold Removal & Remediation
  • Emergency Structural Stabilization & Board-Up
  • Interior & Exterior Demolition
  • Professional Floor & Upholstery Cleaning.

Just to name a few...

Fire Damage leftovers

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage leftovers These were possessions at one point.

What to do right after the fire...

When you make a fire damage insurance claim, you'll likely need to submit an inventory list of all damaged personal property to your home insurance company. This will require you to begin separating the damaged and undamaged items. It's important to note, though, that having a detailed list of all your possessions already on hand will alleviate a difficult process and help settle the claim much faster.

This list should include the brand name, receipts, purchase price, serial number, and the description of each item. If you don't have copies of the receipts, or if they were destroyed in the fire, make sure to get copies of your previous bank statements.

Any belongings that aren't damaged should be kept in storage. Most homeowners insurance companies will help cover storage costs if the home is rendered uninhabitable — but more on that later.

When the fire blows out your windows.

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

This apartment building had one rough night! Due to an electrical shortage that caused a big fire to start in this one unit there was a ton of damage as you can see all the black soot and smoke on the outside of the building. This is a big job for the crew here at SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando. There are steps they have to follow to restore this unit and the ones affected around it. 

It's important that you don't re-enter your home, or any surrounding structure, that's been affected by the fire until permitted by local building officials or the fire department. Not only can fires erupt again, but there's almost always hidden damage that could render the home unsafe. Open doors carefully, and don't force them open if they're jammed because you run the risk of further structural damage or collapse. Any remaining soot, debris, and dirty water could make you sick too, so use extra precaution when going back into your home, especially if you touch damaged items.

What is mold?

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

What is Mold?

We hear a lot in the media these days about the dangers of exposure to mold, but what is mold exactly, anyway? Mold is not a plant or an animal, but a type of fungi. We eat some types of fungi, like many kinds of mushrooms and the yeast we use to make bread rise. Some types of mold are even used to make medicine, like the type of mold that is used to make penicillin, a life-saving antibiotic. Other types of mold can be harmful to our health, however.

There are hundreds of different kinds of mold found both indoors and outdoors. Mold grows in damp, dimly-lit areas. Indoors, it can often be found in places like attics, basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. Mold is also common in other areas if there is a leak in the roof, leaky windows, leaky pipes, or seasonal flooding.

What is mold Remediation?

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

What is Mold Remediation?

Mold Remediation is the process of removing mold and repairing mold-related damage in the home. It’s a complicated process and must be done carefully in order to prevent further exposure to potentially harmful mold spores. Mold can be cleaned from some materials, like bathtubs and tile, and the surfaces disinfected. Some materials, though, like drywall, wood, and carpeting, are impossible to clean thoroughly and instead must be removed and replaced.

Mold remediation is challenging in part because mold can grow in so many out-of-sight places, including inside walls, under carpeting, above ceiling tiles, and inside heating and air conditioning ducts. Just locating all the mold can be difficult, and if you miss even a little bit, it will just continue to grow and spread. Soon you’ll have a full-blown mold problem on your hands again. Call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando for more information.

Storm damages

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

What to do after the storm...

When nature strikes even the best laid preventive measures may not be enough. High winds and flooding can cause above ground petroleum tanks to topple and leak, underground tanks can fill fill water and overflow and chemical storage areas can be compromised.  When nature causes environmental problems our team is available to assess and solve the problem.  SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando .  Our teams are available to promptly respond and address storm related damage.  Assessment and containment are the first two measures to ensure the damage does not worsen.

Do not hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando where we are happy to help you and your family recover from many disasters and help you feel like it never even happened.