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Water Damage Experts

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

cartoon of man standing in living room with furniture floating The simplest water damage could be your biggest problem.

When you google “water damage restoration” or “water damage” hundreds of thousands of entries pop up and it seems overwhelming. On that page you will see “the best water damage company” and “water restoration pros” but when you see SERVPRO you should know that we are the best in the business. In our franchise alone we operate with 4 other franchises under one owner who has taken the time to thoroughly understand the water damage business, is IICRC trained, and has built a reputation as the water damage experts in the Los Angeles County. SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village has dealt with over hundreds of water damaged homes and will continue to service those in the Simi Valley community. Trust your home and property with SERVPRO we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Garage

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Garage with floating items in water Don't let this be you. Keep your garage and everything stored in it safe.

You garage is one of the largest storage spaces in your home, however, it is also the most susceptible to the elements of the outdoors. We want to provide you with some helpful tips to keep the flood waters out!

  • Check the doors – get into the habit of checking your door regularly and replacing the weather stripping along the bottom.
  • Examine the gutters – properly channel water down and away from your garage, where it puddles up and flows in the wrong direction.
  • Check the roof for leaks – and do it regularly.
  • Seal the floor – an excellent way to prevent water damage in your garage. It will not only make the flooring more attractive but also protect the surface in the event that water does get into the area.

By using these helpful tips we hope you are able to avoid some storm damage this upcoming season!

Six Classes of Fire Damage

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Clipart - home fire Not all fire is created equal.

Fires are some of the most devastating forces of nature a home, household, or business can face. Here are some of the most common fires you may see.

Class A Fire Damage

The result of a fire involving flammable solids, including, various plastics, paper, rubber, wood, and cloth.

Class B Fire Damage

Consists of damage as a result of flammable liquids or solids that can become liquefied. This includes gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, various waxes and plastics, and paint. However, fires caused by cooking oils and fats are excluded from this list.

Class C Fire Damage

Involves flammable gasses, such as hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas.

Class D Fire Damage

Consists of fires caused by combustible metals. This may include magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

Class E Fire Damage

Results from the factors found in both Class A and Class B fire damage. The difference being, this particular class introduces electrical elements onto the list. This makes fighting the fire and the resulting damage vary from that in Class A and B.

Class F Fire Damage

A fire that results from the cooking of oils and fats. These fires are significantly hotter and pose more severe damage than those found in Class B.

If you suffer from a fire loss always call both the fire department and SERVPRO.

When You Should Clean Up After a Storm Damage

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Clipart - Storm Damage When is it the right time to clean up a storm damage?

Severe flooding causes structural damage and creates health and fire hazards. While we don’t experience tornadoes or hurricanes Southern California does experience heavy rain during the year, and it can lead to massive floods.

Mold exposure poses series health risks, so it’s important to begin flood cleanup as soon as it’s safe to return to your home.

Always wait for severe weather to calm down before trying to call professionals out to come help, it may not be safe still. But don’t wait too long after because it’s a fine line for microbial growth to start forming in your home. It’s better to let the SERVPRO crew handle this process due to potential hazards. Floods can bury and move chemical containers and hazardous waste far from their original locations. Let officials handle chemical and electrical hazards. The longer you wait after a storm the more hazards you risk, insurance companies stress that storm clean up begin as soon as possible. Always call SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village if you ever experience storm damage.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our crews taking a quick break on a commercial job site before starting up for the evening.

No, not Ghostbusters. SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village. When the panic sets in of “this is my job” it’s suddenly way more daunting than if a water or fire loss were to have happened in your home. Multiple to hundreds of people could be affected and it’s always very stressful because this is people’s likelihood and their source of income. With an understanding of being open 24/7 we are always available to you , even if your commercial loss happens at 8pm or 2am we will be readily and willing to come out. We have the technicians and the resources to have both a day crew and night crew to work around the clock and help you to get back into work even quicker than you had originally thought. It is our number one goal to get you up and running again.

Back to Commercial Loss Basics

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

A reason building we performed an ERP for.

You’d never imagine it’d happen at your place of work, but it can and it might all when you least expect it. No one plans for a commercial loss and no one wants to deal with the headache that comes with it. SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village is available 24/7 and has a really handy tool so that you can be prepared even before a commercial loss happens. When a loss happens in a commercial building it can be a lot of confusion as to who is supposed to handle what. SERVPRO offers what is called an ERP (Emergency Restoration Program) which details your commercial building and everything you need to know in case of a loss; how to turn off the water, where the breaker is, etc. Distributing this ERP to everyone in the building will hopefully help anyone there during a situation.  

Commercial Fires are No Joke

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

We are both ready and equipped to help you with your commercial loss.

One of the most devastating things to see in this field of work is commercial fires.. Different from residential fire losses, commercial fire losses affect many more people depending on the size of the loss. 

Making sure that your commercial property doesn't have cluttered stairwells, tightly packed appliances, and have a planned fire escape route for your employees.

Unfortunately, we can't plan for these situations but we can be as prepared as possible in case something were to arise. If you suffer from a fire loss and once the fire department has put out the flames and deemed the building as enter-able you should immediately call SERVPRO. The sooner you call us, the better. We will be able to get out there and start remediation which will hopefully help more of the commercial property to be saved. 

Proper Fire Extinguisher Clean Up

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Always be educated.

95 percent of fires can be successfully quenched if extinguishers are deployed quickly after ignition. But once the fire is out and the household calms, what’s the best way to clean up the messy aftermath? There are 3 different types of fire extinguishers; A is ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth; B is flammable liquids, such as gasoline or cooking oil; and C is live electricity. The label also discloses the “ingredients” inside the canister that fight the fire. Read the label to determine what that powdery substance is.

Sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate: Vacuum residue thoroughly, making several passes over affected areas to remove all visible residue. Apply hot water mixed with a little vinegar, which neutralizes the pH of the powder. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.

Silicone types: Vacuum residue thoroughly, making several passes to remove all visible residue. Spray the area with rubbing alcohol to break down the silicone. Allow the solution to penetrate for several minutes then rinse with warm water.

Monoammonium phosphate: Do not vacuum residue left by monoammonium phosphate. This residue must be cleaned by hand without delay; if it remains in contact with sensitive electronics and other equipment it can cause further damage. Begin by wiping the residue away with a clean cloth. On surfaces that can be wet-washed, clean with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Thoroughly dry and sanitize the area as needed.

By knowing this information you will only help yourself and your home from further damages.

Don't Take a Chance by Waiting

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Never wait when it comes to water damage in your home!

The worst thing you can do when experiencing water damage is waiting. Other problems can arise if you wait too long after a water loss starts, even if you think you were able to dry it out on your own. You should always call out a professional. SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village has all the tools, machines, and technicians with knowledge that you will need in your home to properly remove all water and dry out what you cannot see. By waiting you put yourself at risk of microbial growth and other long term damage to your home. It is never too early to call us, even if water is still running in your home we can help point you in the direction of a plumber and work side by side with them to help you start the process and we will see it all the way through until your home is completely back to being dry. You'll be thankful you didn't wait to call SERVPRO.

All Around You

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We want to be there for you in your time of need!

Unless you work in restoration, construction, or insurance we're sure you never knew there was such a need for a niche company like SERVPRO. But once you are in this world you start to see commercials, big green trucks with orange houses, and banners at schools. SERVPRO is quite literally all around you; working on your neighbor's homes, restoring the bathroom on the 3rd floor in your office building, or participating in the local golf tournament. We don't only do house calls, in fact, we are the #1 in commercial restoration across Southern California. Hundreds of companies have chosen to trust us with their offices, retail, spaces, bathrooms, etc. and we have helped them to come out on top of a loss. If you ever experience a need for restoration in your workplace you should always call SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village