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Problems Caused by Storms

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Problems Caused by Storms This damaged ceiling was caused by a recent rain storm.

Strong winds and strong rainwater can do the most damage to the interior and exterior of your home, which can be devastating. After your home is damaged by wind or other natural elements, the storm isn't necessarily over; in fact, it might be just the beginning.

Common types of damage after a storm include roof, window, and structural damage as well as exterior damage. You’ve seen it in the news. Extreme (and some not-so-extreme) weather events are leaving their mark on homes and properties across America. Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your home but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Park La Brea understand that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience.

SERVPRO of Park La Brea professionals have the credentials, expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. SERVPRO of Park La Brea has the equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. We use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

So when an emergency situation arises in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Park La Brea a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storms Are Unavoidable Events

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Are Unavoidable Events Lifting wooden floor caused by water damage.

There are certain things that we are unable to control in this world and Mother Nature is truly one of them. Being prepared is our only true weapon against any kind of natural disaster and having SERVPRO of Park La Brea by your side is always going to be the best alternative when searching for the most optimum restoration team. SERVPRO Of Park La Brea professionals are prepared for the unpredictable, whether you ’re dealing with: 

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Wildfires

Our team is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With SERVPRO of Park La Brea maintenance team and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry.

Important Steps In Fire Restoration

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Important Steps In Fire Restoration Soot and smoke residue caused by a fire in home.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolored walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

SERVPRO of Park La Brea knows just how devastating a fire can be. Our team is trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Our Fire restoration process involves:

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

All in all, while this may seem like a long and complicated process, we are here to ease your mind and take away your worries. We are here to help you in your time of need. While we hope a disaster like this never happens to you, we hope that if it does, you are prepared.

Mold Should Never Be Taken Lightly

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Should Never Be Taken Lightly Sitting water in a basement causing mold to begin grow.

If you’ve discovered mold in your home or business, the time to enact a thorough mold remediation is now. Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like through a roof or plumbing leak. The removal of mold is something that should never be taken lightly. If mold gets into a porous surface, it can gradually eat away at it until there’s nothing left. 

Despite its insignificant appearance, mold can cause serious structural problems in your home or business. It is important to contact SERVPRO of Park La Brea as our team is experienced in mold remediation and ensuring its prevention of reoccurrence.

Mold facts: 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 

Mold can be scary, but we shouldn't be afraid! While bleach may be your best cleaning friend, let SERVPRO of Park la Brea tag in on this moldy case! 

When Disaster Strikes Your Business

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Disaster Strikes Your Business This commercial room obtained mold growth from sitting water pipe leakage.

When your business is affected bywater damage, fast action is crucial. You have a lot to lose—documents, inventory, computers, equipment, and revenue when your business is closed. While you can prevent water damage, sometimes disasters happen. Commercial buildings are more likely to sustain large-scale water damage, and if you own a commercial property, knowing what to do in a water damage emergency situation can reduce your total losses, get you back to work sooner, and save you a lot of headaches along the way. Because commercial properties are usually unoccupied overnight, on weekends and on holidays, it is possible for significant damage to occur. Knowing what to do when disaster strikes can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary upsets for yourself, your employees, and your customers.

There are many steps you’ll need to take to get your commercial property back in order following a water damaging event. Contacting SERVPRO of Park La Brea, skilled water damage restoration experts,is the best first step in getting your business property restored from a disaster. SERVPRO of Park la Brea can help your business become ready through our Emergency Readiness Program! Contact us today to make the change into a more prepared tomorrow!

Commercial Building Safety Tips

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Safety Tips Collapsed drywall ceiling caused by a rainstorm in a commercial building.

When you have a building that has been damaged by natural causes or by fire/water damage caused by internal issues or human error, it is extremely important to search for a professional team that will provide total restoration of the structure to its original state. In the words of SERVPRO of Park la Brea, someone to make it "Like it never even happened." Stopping water entry, getting rid of excess water and salvaging furniture and other items is not advised to do without professional assistance. You can risk upsetting the structure and can potentially harm yourself. While we've all considered the 'Do it yourself' method, it is important to call a professional, SERVPRO of Park la Brea, to assist in remediating and restoring your property.

Safety Tips for Commercial Water Damage Cleanup:

  • Turn off electricity
  • Do not use home or shop vacuums to remove water, to avoid the risk of electric shock.
  • Do not turn on heating or air conditioning units if the situation is sewage-related. This may spread contamination.
  • Wash your hands following contact with damaged items.

Steps You Can Take Before SERVPRO Arrives

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Steps You Can Take Before SERVPRO Arrives Water mitigation performed after the flood on the bathroom floor. Affected porous materials must be removed as flood water is extremely contaminated.

Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.

Steps You Can Take Before The Professional from SERVPRO Arrives:

  • If at all possible, stop the water at its source.
  • Remove loose items from floors.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture to avoid any damage.
  • Remove colored rugs and other items that may stain floor coverings.
  • Take out wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Pin up any draperies or furniture skirts to keep them as dry as possible and to prevent staining.
  • Position plastic blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on and open windows for maximum drying in summer.
  • Move art and other decors to a dry place.

Most importantly, make sure that you and your family are safe and out of harm's way. If any of these tasks put you or your family in harm, don't do it! While these may alleviate some of the damage, it is always better to let the professionals handle it. 

Emergency Ready Program!

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Program! Our ERP may be the right fit for your business!

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as a fire or water damage, never reopen! Of the business that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are You "Ready for whatever happens?"

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether its a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the events happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.

By working with SERVPRO of Park La Brea to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is the leader in water and fire restoration and remediation and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Help us help you become "Ready for whatever happens!"

Do's and Dont's on Water Damage In Your Home

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do's and Dont's on Water Damage In Your Home Basement in which has been flooded by a recent storm. This water can be dangerous to your health!

Storm damage can happen at any time and can cause serious damage to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding while the strong winds can cause roof damage to your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with the damages will help you be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness of exposed to the contaminated areas.

By following these simple Do's and Dont's, you can help prevent further damage from occurring in your home! However, don't wait too long before contacting the experts at SERVPRO of Park la Brea!

Interruption In Your Home Can Be Stressful

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Interruption In Your Home Can Be Stressful Your contents are not safe with a simple piece of plastic! Let us help you determine if a move out is right for you!

We understand the value and importance of being able to return home after a storm or other catastrophic event. Here at the SERVPRO of Park la Brea, we approach each home as though it was our own; treating it with the utmost respect and dignity it deserves. If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO Of Park La Brea can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area in order to better assess and treat the damage. While moving outs of the affected areas are not always our first choice, sometimes it is necessary to efficiently service the area. Here are some reasons a move out may be right for you:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When all restoration services have been completed, SERVPRO of Park la Brea can help assess the area, and determine whether or not the home is safe and secure to return to. Our most important goal is making sure you and your family are safe from any type of harmful damage. You will return back into your home "Like it never even happened."