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Commercial building with soot and smoke

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Wildfire disrupts Local Business 

Sylmar and San Fernando suffered a major wild fire last year. The fire went on for a couple days and created a large amount of smoke and soot to all the local businesses and homes. It was devastating to the locals because evacuations were in order and people were uprooted from their homes and forced to leave. SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando decided to step up and help out the community. By dropping off water and food to the local safe zones and helping with evacuations, we were there for this hard time. 

Besides helping out the community, we took on a claim that was very difficult. Imagine a warehouse filled with books. Hundreds of books covered in smoke and soot. It took some time but we were able to restore each and every book that was damaged. The owner of the business was very impressed by our work and staff. He wasn't expecting everything to be as perfect as it turned out to be. The owner was very appreciative for all the hard work and has referred us to many friends after that. 

Reseda Medical Center

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to your store can rear its ugly head in some different ways from faulty plumbing to over-pressurized sprinkler pipes. In some cases, nearby stores might cause water damage to their facility as well as yours through shared walls. Whatever the case, professional assistance is what you need to get the damage restored and your business ready for the customers that it needs to stay in the black.

Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the time constraints that you are under to keep your business running smoothly. Not only are you pressed to reopen your doors in the event of water damage to some regions of the store, but there is also a significant pressing risk of damage to your stock and supply of the goods you are trying to sell. Our team can work quickly to ensure that the least amount of damage occurs and use our expertise and equipment towards restoring that damage as efficiently as possible.

Drying efforts are a combined effort between air movers and spot water extraction with wet vacs. Our team uses thermal imagery to assess further damage inside of the walls where the source of the problem might have been to ensure that the water is thoroughly dried. If the drywall has been compromised through this incident, or in the restoration and repair efforts, our experienced SERVPRO experts have the tools and experience to repair this as well.

Ultimately, your store depends on its doors being open to the public. While you cannot account for water emergencies that might affect your business, you can always count on SERVPRO to help you put things right again. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 at (818) 365-3736.

Fires in Sylmar

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Sylmar/San Fernando Fire Damage Info from SERVPRO

As industry experts know, house fires cost homeowners billions of dollars in damages each year. In many cases, residential property owners spend more than they have to on restoration because they do not hire high quality, fast-acting fire damage restoration services. However, you can avoid spending excess money on repairs by securing a team of trained remediation experts as soon as the fire is extinguished. SERVPRO offers the following to shed more light on the advantages of obtaining professional fire damage remediation help. 

First Call to Your insurance company. Have an adjuster survey the damage and then okay repairs. SERVPRO, a preferred vendor for many insurance companies and management companies, can also meet with your adjuster to develop a cost-effective and comprehensive plan to restore your home and minimize the loss of personal possessions.

Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Utilize Specialized Equipment
Often large volumes of water must first be removed due to the extinguishing of the house fire. Heavy duty water pumps, wet vacs, and sump pumps are available on our trucks. Then powerful chemical cleansers, ozone generators, specialized air-moving machines, and industrial-strength dehumidifiers are employed for specific tasks. Remediation experts can use this equipment quickly and correctly to ensure that the restoration process is thorough and effective.

Fire clean up professionals

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

A benefit of procuring professional fire damage restoration services is that doing so speeds up the process. SERVPRO, along with its trained crews, can also work with outside contractors. Because multiple experts are working on structural repair aspects of the project simultaneously, the restoration completion time is shortened substantively. The fact that the restoration experts can focus on the cleanup work with expediency is important because eliminating excessive water mitigates the onset of mold growth. Preventing mold growth mitigates ongoing exposure to the fungi that may cause health concerns.

Choosing The Right Fire Damage Restoration Professionals
Look for a name of distinction to relieve the stress and limit your expenses. 
• IICRC-certified professionals, water, smoke and soot cleanup 
• an A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB rating)
• great online reviews
• a proven track record
• cutting edge equipment, Ultra Light Volume foggers to destroy (not mask) smoke detectors, and then deodorize
• advanced methodologies, with on-site cleaning and facility storage and cleaning options
• comprehensive services, from start to completion you are in the loop with guaranteed results

Call SERVPRO Immediately if your  property has been impacted by fire damage. Smoke and soot can often be the most problematic issues confronted.  Sometimes serious experience and equipment are needed to salvage your personal possessions and memorabilia. Trust SERVPRO to makes things right.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Sylmar/San Fernando community too. When you have a water or flood emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. (818) 365-3736.

Mold helpful tips

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation to Your Home 

Mold remediation is the outcome when too much water or moisture contacts a food source offering mold spores opportunities to colonize into a problem. Though mold growth is less of an issue in this part of southern California, it is still an economically impactful occurrence. Especially if water damage has transpired on the property. SERVPRO points out that if left untreated, mold proliferation can lead to material damage to the structure and possible health risks to the residents. Diligently inspecting the hot spots for mold growth can mitigate the chances of having to call SERVPRO for mold removal and sanitation of your property. 

1. Bathroom. It is easy for mold to thrive in your bathroom because this is a region of the property where a high amount of moisture is produced. Mold can grow in several places within the bathroom setting, including the ceilings, walls, shower curtains, wet towels, toilet, and sink.

2. Kitchen. Tiny leaks behind the fridge in the ice-maker water line, near the dishwasher with temperature variations, and under the sink can create the moist environment necessary for mold to grow.

3. Basement. Basements with flood damage, missing waterproof membranes, foundation cracks, and poor grading are subject to mold infestation requiring mold remediation. The added factor of darkness and lack of sunlight offers mold spores all three conducive conditions for rapid mold proliferation: food source, moisture, and darkness.

4. Windows. Poor seals allow moisture and condensation on window panes if relative humidity (RH) is too high inside the structure. Mold can thrive near the edges of wood or metal-framed windows. The condensation will typically accumulate on the frames and sills of your windows. When left unchecked, mold can start to grow.

5. Attic. Substandard insulation allows higher temperatures that will raise the RH. Attics that have roof leaks, poor ventilation, or drain tile issues are susceptible to undetected mold growth.

6. Carpet. Exposure to moisture from leaks, overflowing water from plants, floor cracks, or floods. Quick suction action may prevent discarding of the carpet and padding.

7. Laundry Room. Washing machine leaks from supply lines or the drainage line are common. Periodically replace these. A clothes dryer with clogged filters from lint will not dissipate the heat properly causing poor drying time, wasted electricity and higher ambient RH. 

Call SERVPRO For mold services. A large mold infestation must be dealt with safely by wearing protective clothing and gear. Containment is crucial to prevent the spores from circulating throughout the structure. We utilize specialized industrial grade equipment such as negative air pressure machines, dehumidifiers, air movers, air scrubbers, and fogging machines. The result is no musty odor and a sanitized, safe home. The SERVPRO professional technicians are corporate trained, and also, acquire IICRC certification in many aspects of cleaning and mold removal techniques. 

stormy flooding

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Steps to Follow When Facing Flooding

When flood damage happens to your home, along with the physical and emotional toll the flooding can take on you, many times it can be difficult to know what to do next. Instead of trying to do it alone, take a look at the list below of things that will need to be done to restore your home back to normal. 

When you first experience flood damage, you will want to get in touch with a professional flood damage repair company, such as SERVPRO. We are the right pick, because, on top of having the experience and knowledge that you need, we are available 24/7 to assist you in your time of need. 

Make sure and turn off all the electricity, as water and electricity do not mix. Even if you think the area is safe, it is better to be safe until a professional can evaluate the situation. You will also want to stop the water. If it is possible at all, try and stop more water from coming into your home. You can place barriers between any gaps in your home and the external sources of water, like mats, boards, and other items which could stop the water. 

Remove any equipment, furniture, and other items away from the moisture and water. If you cannot move it yourself, you can have a storage company come and relocate it until the water is extracted and your home is dry again. If the furniture has been damaged already by the water, you cannot store it, since it will be a source of mold and mildew growth. Therefore, choose just the furniture that is dry.


All the water and humidity will then need to be professionally extracted from your home, which the technicians at SERVPRO can do for you. This includes your furniture, carpets, drywall and other areas that have been impacted. Some of your possessions may not be salvageable and will need to be appropriately disposed of. We can help you to determine which items can be saved and which ones cannot. Some items we will be able to fix for you, while others could be a potential health hazard and need to be taken out of your home. Flooding can cause damage to many areas in your home which will need repairs include walls, cabinets, furniture and floors. These items can wind up needing extensive remediation, all of which we can assist you with. 

Call us here at SERVPRO (818)365-3736

Make a Storm Plan!

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Formulating a Plan When You Live in a Flood Prone Area can Help Save Your Property

Apart from the dangers that they present to humans, storm floods leave behind a series of destruction in their wake, ruining buildings, washing away natural landscape features, and demolishing roads. Often, homeowners find themselves dealing with extensive damage on their property. Floods can cause a surprising amount of structural damage to a structure, especially when water finds its way into the house and stays there for a prolonged period. 
 
When the flood waters recede, the first thing you should do is contact a trusted restoration company to assess the damage. As a locally based and operated business,  We have a team of highly trained, highly experienced technicians with access to advanced tools and equipment, ensuring that the restoration process goes swiftly and smoothly. 
 
The most important thing to remember when faced with any type of flood damage situation is to keep your family safe. Items may be salvageable, and if you take additional measures to protect your most priced documents, family photos, and heirlooms, the loss and devastation can be much less. 
 
One way you can protect important documents and photos from severe water damage is by digitizing them. Today, many storage devices such as USB drives can withstand some level of water damage and are often salvageable. You may also store these items on a portable hard drive, and then lock the device securely in a safety deposit box. While digital copies are not the same as originals, recreating the images to their original state is relatively easy. 
 

 Make a list of all valuable items in your home, and even take photos of the exterior and interior of your home. Keep this list along with your insurance plan in a safe place that is relatively less susceptible to flooding. Consult your insurance agent on what to include in the itemized list. 

Call SERVPRO for water damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair Services

Air conditioners are designed to provide homeowners with comfort and humidity control during the hot summer months. However, what many homeowners do not realize is that some air conditioning systems can lead to water damage in their home. Typically, the damage is noticed too late for homeowners to be able to prevent it, and they need to contact  remediation experts to fix their home up again. Fortunately, you can learn to identify the signs of air conditioner water damage and prevent it from marring your home.

A good way to avoid water damage from an air conditioner is to change the system's air filter at least once or twice a month. During the replacement, you can also check your moisture levels and determine whether or not there is too much water in the area. With clean air filters, homeowners also help prevent their HVAC systems  from working too hard, which usually leads directly to an increase in water waste from the unit and higher electric bills.

In addition to making sure that the system remains clean, it is important to have an expert service the unit at least once a year. Specialists can find water damage that you may overlook, and they have the tools necessary to deal with minor problems before they become large concerns. They can inspect the interior of the unit to make sure that there is no built-up dirt, algae, or other signs of damage, and a yearly inspection is often all that's necessary to keep the system functioning as needed. 


H2O damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Foundation Problems Can Lead to Serious Water Damage

Foundations take an especially hard beating by water, as they are partially or entirely buried in damp soil all the time. They are the areas of your home which are in continual contact with water, and unfortunately, can be a cause of water damage. If rain water is not properly diverted and controlled, it can inflict a large amount of damage to the foundation of your home, even possibly compromising the structural integrity of the foundation. 

The purpose of a slab foundation is to give weight-bearing support to a building. It is made of concrete and fits over footings which are also made of concrete. The footings usually anchor to the slab with reinforced steel bars or rebar. Under the foundation, soil should be leveled and able to create a moisture barrier between the home and the ground. Some of the problems with slab foundations come from them being constructed improperly, water and sewage leaks underneath the slab or the movement of soil under the slab. 

There are three main ways that water affects a foundation: 
Hydro-static Pressure  
This can cause more than just a leak in your basement. When water over-saturates the soil around the foundation, the result is hydro-static pressure, which can push the walls inward, making them bow and crack. This can happen suddenly, over time, or during a period of torrential rains. 
Expanding Soils 
Clay-rich soils in some areas will expand when they are drenched with water, which puts an enormous amount of pressure on the foundation walls. This will make them crack, shift or bow. 
Erosion 
Underground springs and rainwater can wash the soil which supports the foundation slowly, creating foundation settlement. Early signs of settlement are not always obvious, and can be easily dismissed until they’ve become serious enough for the intervention of a professional. Signs of this type of water damage include uneven floors, sinking, windows and doors which don’t close properly, tilting chimneys and cracks in drywall. 


Commercial jobs

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sunland / Tujunga Commercial News And Updates

When flooding and water damage occur at Sylmar's commercial properties they often are complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.