Recent Water Damage Posts

The Hazards of water

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Hey SERVPRO Sylmar/San Fernando readers! We’ve been getting a lot of calls about water damages lately. We here at SERVPRO know that there can a lot of questions that come along with discovering a water damage in your home, especially when it comes to your health and potential health hazards when a loss is discovered. Our friends over at SERVPRO Saginaw put together some great thoughts on the topic. Read on to gain insight on what hazards can occur as a result of a water damage and why it’s best to let the professionals handle the clean up.

The obvious result of water damage is structural---whether severe or cosmetic. And unfortunately, structural damage can wind up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. The result of water damage can also cause the growth of toxic mold and mildew. If left untreated, this mold proliferation can be a serious hazard to your health. So let’s get to it.

Hazard #1: Mold Growth -

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should have your property dried and cleaned within 24-48 hours after the initial water onslaught. This practice will help decrease the likelihood of mold growth. Although you may be capable of starting the drying and cleaning processes, it is important to know that mold can grow in areas of the home that you can't see. Thus, simply cleaning and drying your carpet will not always be effective in preventing mold growth, especially if there is a large quantity of unwanted water. The mold can still grow in different areas of your home, including the carpet padding, underneath wallpaper, behind the drywall, along ceilings and baseboards, in voids and furniture.

As noted by the EPA, there are several health hazards that can result from exposure to mold. It is also important to note that the mold clean up process, performed by you, can lead to exposure to fungi. For this reason, professional water damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO will wear special protective gear and utilize state-of-the-art equipment for mold cleanup and the prevention of mold dispersion throughout your Saginaw home.

Hazard #2: Exposure to Sewage -

Exposure to raw sewage is dangerous because it contains parasites, viruses, and bacteria such as E. coli. The sewage can also contain pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and pesticides. The EPA has stated that contaminated water can lead to the contraction of illnesses such as tuberculosis, dysentery, hepatitis, tetanus, and cholera. Safely stay away from the hazard of sewage water--blackwater--and let the experts execute the cleanup and dry out.

So… Let The Professionals at SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando Assist You!

We are passionate about helping our customers make their water damage loss “Like it never even happened.” . So no matter if it’s a leaky pipe underneath your bathroom sink or a busted water main that’s flooded your entire property, our team will get you taken care of so you can get back to a safe and HEALTHY state.

Water Damage

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Friday SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando Readers!

Ever found yourself in a situation where your home or business has been affected by a flood? What can you do in those precious moments before help arrives to respond to the situation?

We have another article to share from our friends over at FEMA with some tips on what YOU can do to clean up after a flood. And don't forget the most important tip of them all - for a team that is faster to any disaster, including your water damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando for help!

Read on:

"Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere.  

Flooding can occur slowly over many days leaving enough time to evacuate in advance or prepare to be home for several days without power, water, or access to roads or services. Or, as in the case of flash flooding, it can happen very quickly with little or no warning and you may need to move quickly to make it to higher ground.

In the event of a flood,  offers the following tips to reduce the risk of damage to your home or business: 

  • Elevate critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances, and heating systems;

  • In areas with repetitive flooding, consider elevating the building;

  • Waterproof basement areas and make sure your sump pump is working; and

  • Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.

After a flood, timing is of the essence. Water left in your home for a significant period of time can cause mold, and even in some cases, structural damage. It is important to clean your home as soon as possible following a flood.

Keep in mind that extreme care is necessary when cleaning out your home following a flood. America’s Prepare Athon!’s how-to flood guide also provides recommendations on how to best protect yourself and your property after a flood:

  • Avoid wading in floodwaters as they often contain dangerous debris like broken glass, metal, dead animals, or contaminants, such as sewage, gasoline, and oil;

  • Do not enter a damaged building unless it has been cleared by authorities. There may be structural damage to the foundation, electrical hazards, or hidden damage;

  • Take precautions and wear appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses, rubber boots, and masks that protect you from dust and other dangerous particles;

  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you’re standing in water;

  • Shut off all utilities to a flooded home or building;

  • Clean and disinfect anything that got wet; and

  • Remove and replace any drywall or other paneling that was underwater."

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. 


Water damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

It is really important that you address any water damage issues you are having quickly and thoroughly. Sometimes we think we can handle the situation ourselves but in most cases we need to reach out to restoration companies such as SERVPRO so that they can come and asses the situation. Restoration companies have the proper equipment, tools and trained staff to take care of the problems  at hand and discover hidden problems that are not visible to the eye.

So just remember to have SERVPRO on speed dial for all your water, fire and mold needs. They are a very well trained staff and are ready to help you feel "Like it never even happened".

Call us at (818)365-3736

Ready for your call!

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for your call!

SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(818)365-3736

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando

SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

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.

  

H2o damage

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water is needed for so many things in life. We need it to live, water our plants and cleanse the planet. However, it can also cause a lot of damage. If you do not have water contained in your home you could end up with a big bill of repairs. Make sure you have checked the main things that could cause water damage in a home such as:

  • roof
  • plumbing
  • window and door seals

Just to name a few but I am sure you can think of so many more depending on the home and size. Keep in mind your yards can also add to the water damage of a home if your outside water pipes are not taken care of. Let's try to stay dry this winter! 

All kinds of water damage

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Severe summertime rains are making it hard to stay positive! As more rain is forecasted, in California for the coming weeks, more homeowners are worried about their already flood damaged homes and basements.

When the rain has already soaked the ground, there really is nowhere for it to go, but up through the basements of homes. Of course if a wet basement goes unchecked, it can ruin floors, walls and create an environment for mold to grow and even damage roofing.

When you find yourself in this predicament remember to call SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando at (818) 951-6780 for help or an estimate and we will be there to help you through this rough time. Dealing with water damage can never be a fun thing but you don't have to do it alone. 

Sylmar/San Fernando 24 hr emergency water damage service

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

It is really important that you address any water damage issues you are having quickly and thoroughly. Sometimes we think we can handle the situation ourselves but in most cases we need to reach out to restoration companies such as SERVPRO of Sylmar/ San Fernando so that they can come and asses the situation. Restoration companies have the proper equipment, tools and trained staff to take care of the problems  at hand and discover hidden problems that are not visible to the eye.

So just remember to have SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando on speed dial for all your water, fire and mold needs. They are a very well trained staff and are ready to help you feel "Like it never even happened".

Common Commercial Water/Fire Damages

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water damages are so easy to occur. It is not necessarily needed for a flood or storm to take place to get a water damage, it can happen with so many other things. Your business can have a malfunction with the sprinkler system, toilet backup, broken pipes and plumbing problems and sewer lines can all be causes for a water damage to occur at your business. Fire damages can take place as well and all these damages are common. Do not be afraid and do not freak out because SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando is trained to take care of all these different types of situations for you. Let our business take care of your business because that is what we are here for. Always remember to call SERVPRO of Sylmar/San Fernando at 818-365-3736 for your next water/fire damage at your business. We will make it "Like it never even happened."