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Basic Storm and Disaster Kit

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Disaster kit with essential needs surrounding a backpack. All homes and isolated businesses should have a disaster kit.

Everyone needs to prepare for the unexpected whenever a storm of disaster may catch you by surprise. Your family members and friends might not be together when Disaster strikes. Will you know if your children or parents are safe? How will you find each other? You may have to evacuate your home. You should put together a basic Disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • A whistle

Fire Prevention At Home

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Never play with fire (as matches light on fire in image) Never play with fire, and always be vigilant on what may catch fire.

The last thing any homeowner wants to do is worry about a fire -- although it has a convenient way of creeping into our minds on a semi-daily basis -- or more! When it comes to preventing fires, everyone knows the basics, like not to leave stoves on, hot things plugged in, and the whole nine. But during the warmer months, this can be a bit different, and may need more attention. Below are a few ways to prevent summer fires at your home! 

Check the Dryer

Hot dry temperatures and dry flammable products usually don’t mix well, and your dryer can be a big risk. Make sure that your dryer’s lint tray is always emptied and never left unattended when running. This seemingly harmless appliance is actually the cause of many home fires, and it can do big damage! 

Electric Outlets

Let’s face it, looking for another outlet to plug in a fan to cool down is a mindless task completed by many, but sometimes without thought of surges. Think about how many things are plugged in and running, and compare it with the limits of your breaker and outlet. The last thing you need on a hot day is a power surge which leads to a fire tearing through the home. Not cool -- get it?!

Should you be on the wrong end of a fire during the warmer months of the year, make sure your home is being taken care of and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando has been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us with anything you might need! 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot throughout a home's walls. Look familiar? Call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando today and we'll take care of the rest

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –
818-951-6780

Why You Should Count on Us to Handle Your Storm Damage

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Downed tree on home. SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando will take care of you in any storm damage.

Having storm damage occur to your home or business is alarming and devastating. Structural damage, water damage and electrical damage are all extremely common after a storm, and choosing a restoration company that you can count on and one that is actually a legitimate resource can be an endeavor.

However difficult it is to start the recovery process after a storm damages your property, it is definitely worth it to find a restoration company you can count on. The price of storm damage repairs continues to rise with the frequency of severe weather events, and working with a company you trust can make a big difference.

When You Sustain Storm Damage, Depend on Us

Our local and national reputation matters to us. Many of the scams that pop up after a large storm or disaster involve companies that are not active in the area and not well-regarded in the restoration community, but with us, you never have to be concerned about that. We have been helping the community recover from disasters both large and small for many years, and we are proud of our reputation as an industry leader in restoration.

Our teams can scale up as needed. Regardless of how large the storm is or how much of the area it impacted, you can count on us to be able to help no matter what. With our national SERVPRO® partners by our side, we can call for reinforcements when needed to make sure we can scale up and provide excellent service after storms of any caliber.

Our response time does not depend on when you call. Finding out you have storm damage is never convenient, but regardless of what time you discover it, you can count on us to help out. With our 24-hour emergency service, you will not have to waste valuable time waiting on us to return your call or show up—you can call us at any hour and we will start assembling our team to get out to you ASAP and get started on your restoration.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Is mold in your house?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Keep mold from growing; mold on wall. Southern California's Leader in Mold Removal and Remediation - Call us at (818) 951-6780 for a FREE Consultation

With summer, comes mold. An excessive moisture level enables household mold to grow on floors, walls, ceilings as well as in furniture, posing serious health risks on building occupants. Mold can turn out to be an uncontrollable problem in your home if not detected and eliminated on time. If there is a constant source of humidity or moisture in the space, it makes the conditions favorable enough for mold to take a complete hold on your home's walls and flooring. The problem worsens if any of your family members are sensitive to allergies and/or mold specifically.

How house mold becomes uncontrollable

Mold is a natural fungus found in our environment. It is also found in buildings where dust, moisture, and dirt accumulate. While most house molds don’t bring serious problems, the little mold spores in your home can rapidly multiply in number in moist and damp environments and bring health concerns.

You must have seen mold growing on plants and food. The same way, mold grows on wood, paper, fabric and home building items such as dry wall and home furniture like carpets. All mold needs to thrive is moisture.

Home molds can instantly find a favorable breeding setting in homes if there is:

  • High humidity level from humidifiers
  • Poor venting of clothes dryer
  • Too much steam-cooking
  • Backed-up sewer
  • Leakage in roof
  • Flooding
  • Constant dampness in crawl spaces and basements
  • Water pooling from overflowing toilet or bathtub
  • Leaking plumbing

It is to be noted that if leaks are detected on time, water is cleaned up from flooded basements, and areas are thoroughly dried out. Also, the mold spores present in the air can be prevented to make a home in your building. Furniture or carpets that get wet, should be immediately dried in order to prevent mold growth.

How House Mold Can Cause Health Effects

Almost all kinds of mold lead to health effects. People having a sensitivity to mold get a negligible reaction, while those who are specifically allergic may have more noticeable symptoms. Certain kinds of mold are more hazardous than others.

The Mold

Though mold affects the health of everyone, some people are more vulnerable to health effects caused by home mold.

How to Encounter Mold?

To control mold growth and stop the health problems caused by it, you must first strive to get rid of sources of moisture in your home. Household mold is often visible and many cases don’t require mold testing. Mold may leave a fuzzy, velvety and leathery appearance, along with shades from yellow to green to black, and sometimes looking like a discoloration or stain. If you find mold or sense a musty smell, take steps to block moisture sources. The cleaning of small spaces affected by mold can be done by brushing and vacuuming or you can also hire a pro for this purpose.  During the brushing away of mold, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves and safety goggles.

Take prompt action and you can successfully kick the mold off your home to have a healthy mold-free living environment. For expert consultation and mold removal services, SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando skilled technicians are just a call away.

Mold Prevention Tips

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning mold off drywall. Call us today for all mold prevention and cleaning needs! 818-951-6780

When people hear the word mold, they automatically have a negative reaction to it, but did you know mold is everywhere? It’s in the air we breathe, and on many surfaces. Not all molds are harmful, and in fact, some molds have found their way into our homes willingly, such as penicillin and in blue cheeses.

Mold can however, affect people in different ways. If you’d rather not find out if you’d have a bad reaction to mold, the following is a list of tips for mold prevention:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can – no higher than 50% - all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low.
  • Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperatures, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once an day.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Contact SERVPRO Sylmar/San Fernando immediately to clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly after flooding.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.
  • Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

Equipment for water damage

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Warehouse full of drying equipment. SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando has well-equipped equipment.

SERVPRO knows that staying on the cutting edge of technology in our industry will help our customers the most. That's why we add new equipment to our inventory on a regular basis. We are proud to be able to offer the best to our customers.

Many homeowners feel that if the water is removed, the work of water damage cleanup is done. This is because it is difficult to see or feel the extent of the saturation of water in building materials without moisture detection equipment used in the water damage industry. What follows is that either the homeowner will attempt to remove the water and simply place household fans around, with or without removing drywall; or they will tell the water damage restoration contractor to leave when the water is extracted and before equipment is placed. The paradox here is that these decisions are made to save time and money. In some cases, they may have done just that. However, in most cases, the resulting long term water damage is both costly and time consuming in addition to being inconvenient and stressful. Added to that is the fact that the cost of mold remediation consequent of an improperly dried flood damage will likely not be covered by insurance policies because the water damage or sewage damage was not dried properly to begin with.

You have probably noticed by now that it is not the water removal service that is the important part of taking care of water damage. It is actually the drying part that makes your home safe from long term mold or building material damage. In fact, there is no time to waste when it comes to drying a water damaged home. Mold begins to start growing within 24 hours and continues “growing like a weed” damaging building materials as it spreads.

Water damage restoration companies spend a tremendous amount of money on drying equipment for a very good reason. They dry quickly, effectively, and safely. After all, think about it, if we could just use household fans and a couple of blowers, we would save a tremendous amount of money on equipment. If I thought those types of equipment did an effective job, I would be all over saving money by purchasing those at less than $50 each rather than a $300-400 blower and $3000 dehumidifiers. However, I know the importance of having industrial equipment to keep your home safe and dry. Further, all of the equipment works together to both dry the structural materials (blowers), remove the moisture from the air as the wet materials dry and the water from them turns to vapor (dehumidifiers), and clean the air to prevent allergens that permeate through the air during drying (air scrubbers).

Protecting Your Business This Season

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Several machines drying out an office room. Call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando today at 818-951-6780.

Encountering damage in your place of work can cause stress, concern lost profits, and a ton of other issues not readily planned for when it comes to normal operations. Because these things can happen in a short amount of time with little to no planning, it’s important to know what to do, how to handle situations, and who to call when the time is right. See below for a few tips as to how you can protect your business this season, and get back to work as soon as possible should anything occur. 

Think About Your High Costs

Electricity can be a huge issue when it comes to businesses and their buildings, so it’s important that if you believe a surge, flood, or fire are possible, you unplug all electronics in preparation. This can also be easily achieved by turning off the breaker to prevent surges and any electricity from running into these machines. Damage to these pieces can cost in the thousands to repair, which can mean less profit in the long run.

Inspect Everywhere

Make sure you’re going through every area of your business with a fine-toothed comb for anything out of the ordinary. It’s important to document any and all changes to make sure that nothing has caused or sustained damage at the most inopportune time. At SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando, we know this is a big factor for commercial damage, which is why we use state of the art property damage claims software to help expedite the process.

Always Stay Safe

Safety is and always should be a top concern for you at your business, and your employees should know that. Reiterate that safety is always your priority, and that you’ll do what is needed to keep business operations running just as they should. Quickly addressing and fixing damage leads to a workforce that trusts you have their interests in mind, which translates to less loss profits in the long run and getting back on your feet quicker. 

If your business sustains any type of damage in Sylmar/San Fernando area, make sure someone is there to help you fix it and get everything back to normal. At SERVPRO our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 818-951-6780!

Warning Signs of Property Damage

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help. If you see any signs of damages at your property give SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando a call today! 818-951-6780

As a business owner or homeowner, you receive peace of mind in knowing that the roof over your head is secure. However, what if your business or home is less safe than you realize? You may be missing out on the signs that your property is actually damaged. There could be an assortment of home damage and water damage that is slowly taking its toll without your knowledge. To determine if your property is damaged, consider some of these signs.

Exterior

Sometimes the damage is actually quite noticeable such as in the case that the exterior is damaged. We may notice that shingles are missing or torn off on the roof and siding. Discoloration of the roof could indicate to us that it is in need of a cleaning or repair. Home damage from an exterior point of view could indicate that the house or business has done its job in protecting the interior, but it could use a bit of help to continue to do so.

Abnormal Air/Smells

With deterioration comes a certain kind of smell. If water damage has occurred in your home or business, then it's likely that the wood could be rotting. This is especially true if mold and mildew have taken up residence in the wood. If you notice a particular odor in your home, and it is not your loved one, then your house may be trying to tell you something.

Cracks

Because the house shrinks and expands with the varying temperatures, it isn't uncommon for cracks to emerge. In places where support resides, these cracks could be problematic. Having a professional team like ourselves inspect those areas could help keep your house clear from further damage.

When damage occurs to your home it's only a matter of time before the damage worsens.  Call us at 516-334-2927 to schedule time to speak with us at SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando and we’ll make sure that your damage is handled appropriately, in no time!  

Fire Prevention at your Business

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Commercial Fire Damage? If your business experiences a fire loss, make sure you call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando for your fire recovery needs!

Though chances are slim, there’s never a reason to totally rule out the possibility of a fire occurring during the winter at your place of business. What might be your dream job could easily turn into a nightmare, if fire and flames get to it without protection. Below are a few ways to prevent fires from occurring that can help you move past the season without a hitch.

Emergency Ready Profiles

Available to you from us for FREE, a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.  This is an overview of your property and brings to light those important items that might be missing in case an emergency occurs.  In this comprehensive report, you’ll not only have a complete overview of all building shutoffs, emergency exits and more, you will be able to note if you are missing fire extinguishers emergency exit signs, etc.

Open Flames

Even if you’re not a retailer looking to set a mood within your building, lighting a candle is extremely common among people during the colder months. We get it, this provides a cozy atmosphere with its nice warm light, but also brings a fresh aroma to the room it’s in. Keeping these away from any flammable material is an imperative step in preventing a damaging and potentially deadly fire from ripping through the four walls surrounding your home/business.

Electrical Overload

We understand that some buildings and rooms are just harder to heat than others. With that, you might have something like a space heater on, plugged into an outlet on the wall, or even a surge protector. Although you might think you’re safe with something like this, it’s important to keep a regimen of unplugging the device when not in use, 30 minutes prior to leaving, and never allowing it to run unattended. This is because while considered safe, these heating elements use a lot of energy, can cause a fire within the unit itself and if not well rated, can cause a potential surge of power leading to an electrical fire.

If you’re a home or business owner who is in need of service, support or mitigation this winter, call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando -- we have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 818-951-4780 - with anything you might need!