Recent Storm Damage Posts

Steps to Take After Smoke Damage from a Wildfire

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Apartment structure affected by large fire Even if it's not visible, smoke damage still remains following wildfires.

Wildfires are all too common in Southern California, and smoke and ash damage cause devastating damage to a home if not addressed properly. Contact SERVPRO of Studio City / Valley Village, as well as your insurance company, and provide information about the damage that has occurred. Most of our work starts off by first contacting your insurance with you or on your behalf and scheduling an inspection of the property. We will go through the difficult process of returning your business or home to its preloss condition. Since smoke damage can be invisible to the naked eye, it is important for qualified experts like SERVPRO of Studio City / Valley Village to conduct the inspection.

While the inspection takes place it will benefit you to do the following:

  • Take note of any damage you observe. Make sure to photograph any noticeable damage due to smoke and ash. The more you can document from the damage, the more it will assist you for insurance claims purposes.
  • Move children, pets and anybody else away from the home and to a smoke-free area. Stay away from the residence until restoration is complete.

Smoke released in the air contains an array of toxins, and these toxins may persist if not treated correctly.  Let us work with your insurance company to help with your home’s wildfire recovery. Call SERVPRO® of Studio City / Valley Village at (818) 508-7282, we are 24/7/365.

Prepare Your Business for Fire Season

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial fire suppression system Fire suppression systems require a minimum of (4) annual inspections performed by a 3rd-party fire protection expert.

As summer and fire season approach, it is important to have your property inspected to ensure your business’s readiness should a fire break out. Keep workspaces clear of combustibles, and have any damaged electrical cords replaced. Work with your team to develop an evacuation plan and have your staff trained on the safety procedures unique to your commercial property. Once determined, the fire escape routes will need to be posted in multiple areas around the office. This way, everyone has an equal opportunity to see them. It takes minutes for a fire to become an inferno and knowing the proper routes for evacuation may be the difference in getting out safely. Fire drills should be performed with your team on a semi-regular basis to help ensure their knowledge of escape routes is up to date. Many commercial properties have fire suppression systems in place that require a minimum of (4) annual inspections performed by a 3rd-party fire protection expert.

Call the Professionals

Our franchise professionals at SERVPRO® of Studio City / Valley Village are familiar with the risks associated with fire damage to your home. As a leader in the fire damage disaster industry, we use proven systems to address fire damage when the call comes in. If a fire affects your property, contact us 24/7 - (833) WTR-FIRE (987-3473).

What is Gray Water?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Burst pipe in wall and deteriorating drywall. Burst pipe in wall and deteriorating drywall.

What is Gray Water?

Water Damage is extremely difficult to deal with. Responding in a timely manner is important but take it a step further and prepare yourself in case something should happen to your property. Knowing how to respond is as equally important to responding quickly, prevent further problems from developing by creating an emergency plan. See below for more about where Category 2 and 3 water damage comes from and what you can do to keep your property and family safe with the following information.

How We Determine Next Steps

One of the most critical steps to recovering from water damage is determining what kind of contamination you're dealing with. There are three different types of contaminated water according to The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) which are based on:

  • The source of the water damage
  • The length of exposure to the structure
  • The likelihood of harmful chemicals or contaminants that may be present

What is Category 2 Water?

Also known as gray water or sullage, Category 2 water damage can harbor some amount of contamination that would be harmful to humans and animals. The sources most common to Category 2 water damage are toilet bowls containing urine, dishwasher or washing machine water, and sump pump failure resulting in flood damage.

What is Category 3 Water?

Category 3 is the most extreme and should be handled by the professionals. Also referred as blackwater, this category includes sewage, rising flood waters, seawater, as well as river and ground water. When category 3 water damage occurs, often many items and materials will need to be removed from your property, then after drying has occurred your home will need to undergo significant disinfecting.

Call the Professionals

Our franchise professionals at SERVPRO® here in the Studio City / Valley Village area are familiar with the risks associated with water damage to your home. As a leader in the water damage disaster industry, we use proven systems to address water damage when calls come in. There may not be a single source of water damage, so using specific procedures to minimize loss is essential.

How Can Water Damage Structures?

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Flood cut drywall performed post water extraction. Flood cut drywall.

Water damage is never an experience a property owner or tenant wishes to experience. Water is meant to stay in drainpipes, supply pipes, basins, and sinks. It should never run unabated within the dwelling or structure. Simple repairs and maintenance can help you to avoid minor to major water damage.

We do not always experience water damage from hurricanes and floods. More commonly, business and homes experience water damage from:

  • small, pinhole-sized leaks in pipes
  • poor grading techniques on soil
  • gutter blockage
  • sump pumps that may be malfunctioning

Many cases of water damage result from non-professionals attempting to remediate the problem(s) themselves without the proper equipment or experience. If left unchecked water damage can increase exponentially and will even rot out drywall and cause mold to grow. Talk with a professional like SERVPRO of Studio City / Valley Village when you experience water damage to get best practices and next steps in addressing your loss.

Dealing with Commercial Sewage Backup

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction after flooding occurs. Water extraction after flooding occurs.

Sewage backup in your office is not a basic cleaning task. The cleanup process should only be handled by professionals. If signs of sewage backup occur, call SERVPRO of Studio City / Valley Village to return your business to its preloss condition.

Common Causes of Sewer Backup Issues

Sewage issues are difficult to recover from, however, knowing how they occur is the first step to preventing the worst from happening. Some common reasons why commercial properties experience sewage backups are:

  • Stress on your plumbing and sewer system from soil settling in and around your building.
  • Misaligned connections or cracked pipes within your plumbing system.
  • Tree roots infiltrating plumbing / pipes.
  • Irregular maintenance and cleaning. Commercial settings usually experience high-volume and require regular maintenance to make sure facilities stay functioning.

Preventative Measures for Sewage Backup

Here are some preventative maintenance measures that can be taken to lessen the impact of what may occur. See below for suggested guidelines:

  • Semi-annual / Annual plumbing and sewer inspections.
  • Make sure you use a water pressure reducing valve to limit stress on your building's system.
  • Add pop-up sewer release valves if your plumbing system does not have them.

It is difficult and potentially unsafe to deal with sewage backup yourself and is a job that should be left to the professionals. With SERVPROs expert processes, training, and customer experience, we are here to help!

Recovery After a Storm

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van towing generator SERVPRO van towing generator

Storm damage wreaks destruction on buildings as well as surrounding area. Wind damage can loosen the shingles or tiles on a roof which can allow moisture such as rain or snow to infiltrate the roof itself. This can allow said moisture to enter the protective surface of the roof, which will result in swelling wood with later disintegration, and sometimes becoming mold ridden. This outcome leads to a sagging ceiling and further problems. The elements such as wind, rain, lightning, or hail can result in catastrophic losses, turning lives upside down.

This is what you can expect from SERVPRO of Studio City / Valley Village storm restoration service professionals.

  • Regardless of whether it is a business or residence, our company will come to your property with trained experts and perform a thorough inspection of your loss. This helps us to understand and discover the full extent of damage.
  • Once the scope of work is confirmed and agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment SERVPRO of Studio City / Valley Village will use.
  • Generators may be brought in to operate the dehumidifiers and air movers to combat potential mold and mildew to not have a change to make matters worse.

It is important to reach out immediately to reduce the extent that damage may occur. Once contacted and scheduled we will work tirelessly to rescue your building from greater structural issues.

Five Steps Towards Water Damage Recovery

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage resulting in mold. Water damage resulting in mold.

First, get in touch with your insurance.

Insurance claims take time and paperwork. It is a good idea to check with your insurance company what they cover in terms of water damage to be prepared.

Second, Get an Inspection

SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village is a water damage restoration expert in Studio City and Valley Village that offers inspections, and our best-in-class technicians work tirelessly to return your home to its preloss condition.

Thirdly, Take Care of Your Home

Commercial buildings tend to have water resistant materials, some parts can still receive damage, especially from corrosion or mold growth.

Fourth, Check Your Electrical

Water and electricity are a dangerous mix. Make sure the contractor you go with is properly licensed and has the experience to handle the job at hand.

Fifth, Cleaning and Remediation

Mold growth is the most common outcome from water damage. Restoration contractors should be able to detect the source and take proper remediation measures during the restoration process. Untreated mold can easily grow and spread, especially through your home or business’s ventilation system.

Essential 4 Steps Towards Storm Damage Restoration

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mud on warehouse floor Mud on warehouse floor.

  1. Guarantee your safety
    If your dwelling experiences storm damage you may be forced to pack up and leave your home.
  1. Reach out to insurance
    Confirm the extent of your coverage so that you get the most help already guaranteed to you. Documentation is the most pivotal part of this process and will help you receive the coverage afforded you.
  1. Secure your property
    Hire a professional remediation company like SERVPRO to perform the inspection of your property post loss to confirm it is safe to remain. An experienced remediation company knows how to inspect your property and our best-in-class service will assist in returning your home to its preloss condition.
  1. Hire a local SERVPRO to perform storm damage remediation services.
    SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village offers full services including inspections, cleaning, mitigation, and remediation.

Wildfire Season Preparedness Tips

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency preparedness Emergency preparedness.

Should a wildfire start in your area you will need to be able to move quickly and efficiently. You may have to leave your home to stay safe. Have different escape routes planned out from your home or community. Make sure to understand the procedure your community follows when making your emergency preparedness plan.

  1. Emergency Supplies
    1. Go kit: (3) days of supplies
    2. Stay at home kit: (2) weeks of supplies for home confinement/stay
    3. 1-month supply of medication in child proof container
    4. Keep personal, financial, and medical records in safe, fireproof container.
  2. Communication Plan
    1. Sign up for local government emergency alerts
    2. Obtain back up battery/ies for any mobile devices
    3. Obtain a battery-powered radio
    4. Monitor weather conditions near you
  3. Emergency Skills
    1. First-aid training
    2. CPR training
    3. Be ready for no power. Plan for your needs, including cell phones and medical equipment.
  4. Download American Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist: https://bit.ly/Wildfire-Safety-American-Red-Cross

Link to current California Wildfire incidents: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/.

We Are The Wind Damage Restoration Specialists

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

No matter where you live, you’re prone to some type of storm damage, even if it’s just a little wind damage. This is why we should all be prepared, especially in Southern California with the Santa Ana winds. 

At SERVPRO, we have knowledgeable storm-damage restoration technicians prepared to offer assessment, repairs, and cleanup services. We’re prepared for any challenge, from massive storm damage to minor wind damage. Time and time again, we’ve helped homes get back to the way they were before the damage occurred.

We are here to help you pick up the pieces of your life after wind or storm damage. Wind damage may not happen often but when it does we know it can be a headache to deal with. You can always trust the storm damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

Why SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals understand all of your situations when it comes to remediating water, fire, mold, or storm damage. 

Our technicians have regular training, even if they are the most knowledgeable in the game. We make sure to have refresher courses and are constantly studying up with our crews to make sure they always know what to do. You can trust that when a SERVPRO technician enters your home you will be satisfied with them.

Restoring property is SERVPRO's first priority. You will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage. It doesn't matter what time or what day you call we will have a crew to you in a matter of hours, assessing the damage, and beginning work on your home. 

Secondary Damages

4/25/2021 (Permalink)

While water is essential for our survival, it doesn’t suit well in some situations when it comes into contact with materials at work in your office building suddenly in quantities or consistently over long periods of time. An immediate burst of flooding can cause terrible damage, but undetected water over many months or years can introduce secondary damage and other problems such as black mold. It’s important to understand the issues that can arise when gradual water damage occurs.

So, how does flooding start? You can do all you can to try to prepare and guard your business against disasters, but they’re not always possible to predict or prevent. Floods are among one of the most devastating emergencies you could face at work and one of the biggest causes of secondary water damage. Here’s are a few ways how they can start:

  • Sewer backup
  • Leaky or broken pipes
  • Weak roof or missing roof shingles
  • Poor drainage
  • Water that finds its way into your building’s foundation

What It Could Leave Behind

When water gets on the floor, onto furniture, or on the drywall, you may still have some damage even after you clean it up. This is known as secondary damage. From this, you may find fungal growth and other bacteria in parts of your building. It usually requires a trained professional mold remediation specialist to remove. 

What Happens If You Do Find Mold

If you spot mold, there’s a good chance it is black mold. This is not something you should try to clean up yourself, and you definitely do not want to ignore it. A professional crew will use specialized chemicals and processes to get rid of the mold and sanitize the affected area so you feel comfortable resuming your work duties in the building.

What You Should Watch For To Stay Proactive

Parts of your building with high humidity, such as laundry facilities, bathrooms with showers, or exercise rooms, may be susceptible to mold growth before or after a flood. Checking your plumbing systems regularly is recommended as well.

Wind Damage Restoration Specialists

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

No matter where you live, you’re prone to some type of storm damage, even if it’s just a little wind damage. This is why we should all be prepared, especially in Southern California with the Santa Ana winds. 

At SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village we have knowledgeable storm-damage restoration technicians prepared to offer assessment, repairs, and cleanup services. We’re prepared for any challenge, from massive storm damage to minor wind damage. Time and time again, we’ve helped homes get back to the way they were before the damage occurred.

We are here to help you pick up the pieces of your life after wind or storm damage. Wind damage may not happen often but when it does we know it can be a headache to deal with. You can always trust the storm damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

Earthquake Safety with SERVPRO

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Earthquakes are one of the most destructive of nature’s forces and Southern California knows them well. Due to their unpredictable nature and the amount of damage they can cause, everyone should be prepared for an earthquake. 

Creating an earthquake safety checklist can keep you, your family and pets, as well as your home more safe. Having emergency kits that last up to 3 days or practicing the "stop, drop, and hold" protocol can always become of use. 

After an earthquake sometimes home can experience broken pipes or kitchen machines and that brings water damage into the home, or outside forces come indoors. If your home suffers water, fire, or storm damage from an earthquake call SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Villatge (once it is safe to do so).

Fall and Winter Weather Storm Restoration Experts

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fall/winter weather can include a wide range of weather activity, such as severe storms with powerful winds that can cause serious damage. Or — heavy rainfall that leads to over-the-ground flooding. Severe weather can thus result in costly storm damage repair. So, when the storm is over, it’s important to know what to do, as well as what NOT to do.

Regardless of the circumstances — damage from storms or floods, fire, smoke, or mold, call SERVPRO. Our mitigation experts are standing by to provide storm damage restoration to return the property to a preloss condition. They are well-trained and use the latest state-of-the-art science. We can help you determine the full extent of the damage and perform services following industry standards and best practices.

Wildfire Restoration Experts

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

When a wildfire takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

The cleanup afterwards is just as important.

Wildfires can strike almost anywhere. A wildfire can cause more than just the damage that you see. If fire damages your property, it can throw your life into chaos, SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village are dedicated to restoring you damaged property back to preloss condition and helping your life get back to normal.

Even if you property didn't suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, your SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village professionals use the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean.

Precautions for Storm Damage

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings and homes. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems.

Even though it is still over 90 degrees outside, the winter season is rapidly approaching in SoCal and it will be here before we know it. As a home or business owner we suggest taking the time this season to double check the roof of your home for any prior damage. Taking a few minutes out of your day to check can possibly save you a headache for storm restoration needs later on.

If you experience storm damage to your property, always call SERVPRO. 

How To Go About Flood Damage

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

What should you do after flooding? Are you in need of some tips for what to do after flooding?  Either way, being prepared just in case it might ever happen is helpful as well!

Here are some tips:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summertime.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe and dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Avoid additional risks and do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO.  We are ready and here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days all year!

Recent Fire Damage in Southern California

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

The 2020 fire season is rapidly approaching Southern California, a mixture of the record breaking temps and the Santa Ana winds are cause for natural disasters. 

SERVPRO is your storm restoration experts, our teams and crews have traveled far and wide to clean up after some of the most damaging fires in Southern California history. Removing debris, soot, and smoke damage from even the most damaged homes and businesses we are able to get your space back to preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened." 

No-one is every truly prepared for a storm damage claim but you can always be prepared to call SERVPRO in case there is ever an emergency. Our crews are available 24/7 and 365 days out of the year whenever you may need us, we will be there. 

Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village are always here to help and in this blog, we want to provide you a detailed yearly home maintenance checklist to follow to stay on top of being a great homeowner.  

  • Check your furnace filters.
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  • Clean range hood fan
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces.
  • Clean garbage disposal.
  • Clean and vacuum curtains.
  • Check caulking around showers and bathtubs.
  • Inspect roofing for damage.
  • Check exterior drainage.
  • Get A/C serviced.
  • Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
  • Check water softener.
  • Clear dead plants/shrubs.
  • Clean out window wells of debris.
  • Oil garage door track.
  • Trim trees, bushes, shrubs.
  • Maintain yard growth.
  • Fertilize lawn.
  • Clean window screen.
  • Remove lint from dryer exhaust.
  • Clean garage.
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks.
  • Power wash windows and siding.

Seven Tips To Avoid Bursting Pipes

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Here are seven tips to avoid bursting pipes both inside and outside the house.  Let us start with the outdoor area:

Number one: Wrap outside faucets. 

Number two: Caulk around the pipe where they enter the house.

Number three: Disconnect garden hoses.

Number four: Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Now, moving onto the indoor areas for more tips on where you can avoid your pipes from bursting:

Number five: Let a stream of water run, if the temperature dips below freezing.

Number six: Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Number seven: Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days. 

If all fails, please do not hesitate to give us a call.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days out of the year to help with all your water damage needs.  We are always here to help!

Keep our workplace safe!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Practice good hygiene.

Stop handshakes and use non-contact greeting methods.

Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders.

Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and desks regularly.

Avoid touching your face and cover your coughs and sneezes.

Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.

Limit meetings and non-essential travels.

Use video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings.

When video calls are not possible, hold your meetings in well-ventilated rooms and spaces.

Suspend all non-essential travels and trips.

Stay home if you are feeling sick. Also, consider staying at home if you have a sick member at home. 

Take care of your emotional and mental well-being is just as important as the others on the list. Let us take care of all your deep cleaning and disinfecting your workplace to put your mind at ease.  

Lightning Strike Warnings

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips from SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village:

  • Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected. Lightning can hit trees and split them into the roads or onto cars.
  • If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle. 
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone and consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

It is rare to see lightning in a storm in Southern California but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for it. 

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!

When You Should Clean Up After a Storm Damage

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

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.

All Around You

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

your problem, our solution. 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

Should You Be Worried About Storms?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Roof Damage in Studio City, CA

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Stay in Business after a storm!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

You can't predict a disaster, but you can be prepared for one.

As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: - Plan to stay in business - Encourage your employees to become ready - Protect your investment

Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency. At ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.

Helpful Tip to Prevent Storm Damage To Your Home

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement etc.  These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Studio City/Valley Village, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

When Storms or Flood hit Studio City/Valley Village. SERVPRO is ready!

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SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Studio City/Valley Village, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (818)508-7282

Precautions to Take After Storms

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Damages from a massive storm last December.

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm. A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado or hurricane to cause destruction on your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family.We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Always remember to be safe during and after a storm.

Flood Facts

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While it may not be common in Southern California to get a lot of rain but when we do it seems to come in insane amounts. Here are some flood facts from SERVPRO corporate:

Flash floods can bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.

Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.

Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 

In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, gallons of water, battery operated electronics, extra batteries, and personal hygiene necessities. 

SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village is your flood expert. We are always here to help.

Bathroom Ceiling Caves In

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The after math of the ceiling being opened up and removing all the water.

Late one evening this homeowner heard a loud crash in his bathroom and immediately thought it was a burglar. Little did he realize that his roof collapsed in due to all of the rain Southern California experienced one winter. The roof in his bathroom could no longer hold the weight of the water leaking through into his home and pooled over his bathroom and fell in. SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village was called in to clean up the aftermath. Our technicians removed all the debris and removed all the standing water from the home's bathroom. The homeowner joked that the bathroom hadn't looked that clean since they bought the house two years prior. You can always trust SERVPRO to get your home back to prime condition.

April Showers, May Flowers

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Roof after a damaging rain.

Storms in SoCal! While they are not common when the storms hit Southern California it seems as if this state falls apart. While we do need the water and California looks much prettier with lots of green, if you were to ever experience a storm damage loss to your home or business your first call should always be SERVPRO. We have the experience, trained technicians, and detailed office staff ready to go in case of an emergency. Mostly we have seen leaking roofs and clogged drains outside causing standing water to seep into homes, even though it doesn't happen often it is always best to be prepared until SERVPRO can get on site. You should check your home's rain gutters and clear them of all debris as well. You can always ask your local fire departments for sand bags if you have water seeping in from under your doors.  Just like SERVPRO they are always here to help.    

Stormy Southern California

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A damaged roof after a massive rain storm in Souther California.

Disasters can come in a variety of different forms, though no matter what version they take, they must be dealt with immediately to avoid the costs of increased damages through stagnation. Among the issues disasters can cause may include: Wood Rot, Roof Leaks, Mold Growth, Flooding, Sewage Back Ups, Clogged Gutters and Downspouts.

Lately in California we have been experiencing a lot of storms which has caused all of the above issues for our customers.

Storm damage disasters require a heightened level of skill and expertise that we require of our crews along with compassion, honesty and integrity make us who we are. 

Our solid reputation with insurance companies will help streamline the insurance claim process and restoration of your home to its beautiful pre-storm condition. Call us if you need storm help.

SERVPRO & The American Red Cross

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Proud partners with The American Red Cross.

SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. As a Disaster Responder member, SERVPRO of Studio City/Valley Village is among an elite group of companies and foundations from almost every industry. The Red Cross, and SERVPRO alike, are very refutable companies that people know and trust and by working together we are able to come together for our communities and neighbors in any time of need. Even though Southern California may not experience storms like the rest of the country doesn't mean that when storms do hit they are taken lightly. Partnering with the Red Cross allows our company to be apart of something bigger than just water and fire remediation. We are always here to help.