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Commercial Fires are No Joke

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fires are No Joke 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)

Fire Damage Proper Fire Extinguisher Clean Up 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)

Water Damage Don't Take a Chance by Waiting 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)

Commercial All Around You 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

Water Damage in Your Apartment

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Apartment Water damage from the unit above, tenant immediately notified her property manager and we were able to come out same day.

It's one thing if you are the homeowner of a house or property that experiences water damage but it is completely different when you are a tenant. We know it can be frustrating and a longer process and you have to go through other people to get it done. The best way to get it handled efficiently is to contact your landlord immediately and take pictures and start doing your own research, document everything possible. Once your landlord or property management company has gotten back to you with the restoration company they use to be sure to schedule with them directly and work side by side with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. With SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village we will communicate with you and your landlord to understand what is going on and get the problem remedied as quickly as possible.

#1 in Fire Damage Restoration

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage #1 in Fire Damage Restoration It's never fun to deal with but when it happens we will be there.

When you simply google "fire damage restoration" lots of information pops up and it seems overwhelming, especially if you have never been placed in a situation like this before. It can be an absolute nightmare if you don't deal with professionals and you should always do your due diligence check first. With SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village, you'll never have to worry about what other restoration companies are doing, as a franchise, we are held to an industry standard that holds true for the entire company and we pride ourselves in being #1 not only in the nation but in the Los Angeles County. All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have continuous training, our office staff is available to you 24/7 and we are known to get you back into your property as timely as possible. If you ever suffer fire damage you should always call SERVPRO. 

Should You Be Worried About Storms?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Should You Be Worried About Storms? When a storm hits we will help your family or business get back to it's pre-storm conditions

Living in California might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. California does not see many major storms throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.

Specifically during the rainy season, we must be extra careful.  After our super dry, hot summers and how often we have wild fires, a lot of the time our mountains are left without the trees and bushes.  We are left more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we receive.

When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.

Call SERVPRO at 818-995-6444

The Essentials After Fire Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Essentials After Fire Damage Commercial fire damage experts will perform a thorough cleaning of all areas of your property affected by the fire.

When fire damage occurs, you need to get immediate fire damage restoration help to prevent further damage to your property. Any delay in getting professional assistance could result in extensive damage to your property.

After a commercial fire damage, the probability of further damage due to standing water or excessive moisture is higher. It is imperative that you protect your investment by acting fast to get professional help.

Smoke is a byproduct of fire and because it is acidic, it is capable of causing corrosion and staining of surfaces such as counters and walls. In some cases there is extensive smoke damage, soot damage and smoke, which need to be addressed appropriately.

Flooding and methods used to extinguish fire in home or fire in business lead to excessive water in the affected area. Fire cleanup professionals provide fast services for smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell.

What You Should Do

  • Call the professionals – you will need the services of professionals, so before you do anything else, call the experts.
  • Open all the windows to get air moving to remove the smoke smell.
  • Move kids and pets to a smoke-free area. Move them to a relative's or friend's home until the fire cleanup or restoration is complete.
  • Inventory your belongings. Make a list of the contents of your home or business that need replacing. Taking pictures of the affected items or damage, is a good idea. You will need these for insurance claims purposes, and for your own records.

The Initial Assessment

Fire cleanup professionals enter the property to conduct the necessary assessment and determine how to approach the situation. During the assessment, they will be able to come up with an approximate estimate for the fire cleanup.

Filing The Insurance Claim

Fire damage restoration teams can also file your insurance claims for you to accelerate the process. They will be able to provide details about the fire in home or commercial fire damage to your insurance company. This gives you immediate access to money to pay for fire damage restoration services.

They will answer your questions, address your concerns, and explain the entire process to you. They get everything taken care of so you can get back to your normal life.

Water Removal

The most important step for remediation is removing all water in home or water in business. All standing water increases the risk of weakening the framing and support. Fire damage restoration professionals use state-of-the-art vacuums and high power dryers to remove all water and moisture from the area.

Eliminating Damaged Materials

Fire cleanup experts remove all damaged materials and smoke smell using appropriate protocol. They wear protective clothing and remove the materials prior to beginning the fire cleanup efforts.

Commercial fire damage experts will perform a thorough cleaning of all areas of your property affected by the fire, smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell. Fire damage technicians will examine your property after the fire in home or fire in business cleanup to ensure that their efforts are successful.

Reputable Fire Damage Team

Dealing with a fire in business or fire in home is something most property owners have never had to experience. Restoration teams deal with this type of crisis often and they know exactly how to handle it. 

It is crucial that a highly experienced and dedicated restoration team of professionals can get in quickly to provide the fire cleaning service.

If you need commercial fire restoration, you should contact a reliable commercial fire damage company with a team of professionals. Experienced technicians have great expertise in mitigating fire in home, fire in business as well as smoke damage and soot damage.

After your commercial fire restoration service has been handled by a reliable team, you will be certainly amazed at the quality and condition of your property. If you need fire restoration, do not hesitate to contact a fire damage restoration company right away.

Roof Damage in Studio City, CA

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof Damage in Studio City, CA We will help you recover from a storms damage.

With all the rain we've been experiencing in the Studio City/Valley Village area it's no wonder the number of roof leak calls into our office has been skyrocketing. Water damage can affect all family members, human or not. 

The roof in question was only a few years old, but the wind of the last storm was too much. If you experience a roof leak, here are some suggestions about how to go about fixing it:

Step 1: Stop the water. Hire a roofing company to either fix the leak or to install a temporary roof tarp to keep more water from entering the structure. If you suspect the water intrusion is gutter related, contact a gutter cleaning company.

Step 2: Perform water remediation:  Open affected areas to perform drying and to prevent mold.  Install drying equipment and apply anti-microbial to discourage mold growth. Caution: If you are unsure about your property's lead paint or asbestos status, test first before any demolition.

Step 3:  Perform repairs to affected areas. Always research your contractors make sure they hold valid licensing.

Are you prepared for a storm?

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for a storm? A storm can devastate your home and community

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village at (818) 995-6444.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. Let us help you get your life back on top.