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How Water Travels to Your Home

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Travels to Your Home Is the water that travels to your pool the same as the water that travels to your sink?

Having running water at home it’s one of those things we don’t stop to appreciate enough. Sure, opening up your tap and getting water it’s great, but do you really know how water travels through your home to make that possible?

   Believe it or not, understanding the plumbing system that goes through your house and how those pipes work is actually easier than you think. If you didn’t know it by now, here’s how water gets through your house every day:

  1. The main line: This water line is connected to the city’s main pipes, that’s where you get all your water from.
  2. The Waterline: This is a huge pipe that takes the water from the main line directly to your home. It’s usually buried very deep on the ground, and you’ll never see it.
  3. The Inside pipes: Once the water is in your home, it gets split into two main pipes, one for the cold water, and the other for the hot water. They both go through your pipelines into your sink, shower, bath and more, but only the hot water lines go through your water heater.

It is easy to overlook the many things that make our lives easier, however, it is always nice to be able to appreciate these once in a while! 

Water Damages Can Get Out of Hand Quick!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damages Can Get Out of Hand Quick! A pipe broke in a bathroom, was not promptly fixed, and required much more remediation work!

Water damages are very real and can put you and your house in danger. And they usually happen because we didn’t pay enough attention to minor problems going on in our houses.

Not all water damages necessarily have to bea full flood, but they can turn into that if you don’t take care of the leaking pipes and old plumbing system in your house. You see, something as little as a leaking pipe in your sink can become a mold problem in a matter of weeks.

Leaving water problems unattended can bring many problems to your home. Leaking pipes can lead to humid places, which can lead to mold. Not to mention, water can even corrode your old pipes, and even leak through your roof and walls.

Water damages are serious and should be treated as such. Don’t let a leaking pipe or an old plumbing system deteriorate the state and value of your home. Take care of it, restore it if you can, and save yourself from all that trouble.

Causes of Home Fires

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Causes of Home Fires A small candle fire caused all of this damage!

Whether we liked it or not, home fires are very common, and the truth is, they can be caused by anything. It’s not only about a hot stove left unattended, or an overheated oven anymore, there are many things in your home that can potentially cause a fire.

  1. Kitchen Fires: Probably the most common ones, kitchen fires happen all over the country. Hot stoves, hot cooking oil, heated ovens and flammable objects near a fire, all can turn into a horrible accident.
  2. Electric Fires: Leaving your electronics plugged in overnight can potentially overheat the outlet and cause an electric failure that turns into a house fire.
  3. Candles/Matches: Lighting up a fire or a match in the wrong place can also start a fire, especially if you leave candles on flammable surfaces, it can lead to the fire spreading and burning everything on its path.

   As you can see, a lot of things can burn and start a fire. However, it is very easy to prevent these kinds of scenarios. There are many precautionary measures to make sure this does not happen. Call SERVPRO of Park la Brea to find out how! 

Fire? Smoke? Soot? Oh my.

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire? Smoke? Soot? Oh my. SERVPRO uses our high-efficiency air scrubber to remove airborne particles that are invisible to the human eye!

Small fires don’t stop when you extinguish them away. Sure, the fire is gone, but the smoke, heat, and ashes can cause just as many problems to your house, turning a small fire into major damages.

For example, small fires can leave big marks on your walls, floors, and ceilings due to the heat coming from the flames. These types of marks are usually black and are extremely hard to remove.

Not only that, the smoke and ashes from a small fire can damage your electronics. Actually, smoke can get into electronic devices, causing them to malfunction and even cause the circuits to fail.

More so, the heat itself can melt objects that the fire didn’t get to touch. This includes electric outlets, electronics, clothes… Whatever was near the small fire at the moment it happened. Not to mention the smoke and burnt odor that can stay in your house for days, weeks, or months.

Asmall fire can be the cause of major damages around your house, even after the fire itself has been put away. Because of this, it is important to have your property checked, even if there is not substantial visual damage, by a professional!

My Milkshake Brings All the Mold to the Yard

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation My Milkshake Brings All the Mold to the Yard Mold growth on gypsum board, also known as drywall!

Yes, that same mold we so desperately try to get rid off because it’s full of bacteria, that same mold we hate seeing, it’s actually everywhere! And it is way more common than you actually think.

Not only can mold be easily found outdoors (since it grows naturally there) but, believe it or not, it can grow indoors pretty much on almost everything. To give you an idea, here’s some places you can find mold:

  1. You can find mold in humid places: Under your sink, over your old leaking pipes, on your bathroom, your basement… Pretty much anywhere that’s humid and has water nearby.
  2. You can find mold in wood:Wood walls, wood floors, all kinds of wood products can bring mold into your house whenever they’re exposed to humidity.
  3. You can find mold in various foods: Old veggies, bread, fruit and even meat can grow mold pretty quickly too.
  4. You can find mold in your yard!: Yes, mold can also grow in your very own backyard, since fallen leaves are a perfect place for mold growth.

But don’t worry, although mold is everywhere, there’s still a lot you can do to prevent it from spreading through your home. Call SERVPRO of Park la Brea if you have any questions in regards to mold or bacterial growth!

Stinky Feet? Check for Mold!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stinky Feet? Check for Mold! From an inch to a yard, how quickly mold can grow!

Believe it or not, not all the mold you see is bad for you. Actually, mold is pretty much everywhere around you, both in your house and outside of it, you just don’t really notice it.

And although there are some types of mold (Like black mold) that are full of bacteria and can be very bad for you and your home, most of it is pretty much harmless. You just have to learn how to differentiate between them.

  • OK mold: These are the kind you can find outside your home, that is pretty much everywhere. Then there’s the kind used in medicine and in some foods (like cheese!). And last, but not least, there’s regular mold growth, because yes, mold grows in your house (in your shower, windows, sink...)While you should not be too worried about this type of mold, it is important to capture it early before it grows into something more dangerous!
  • Bad mold: Also known as black mold, this is the kind that grows in places that are the perfect environment for mold growth like wood floors, wood products, and even walls. This kind of mold spreads bacteria through the air, making it extremely dangerous. This type of mold can form extremely quickly, so being proactive is very important!

Mold shouldn't be scary! However, unless a professional is involved, you should not underestimate the power of mold!

Your Building, Their Safety!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Building, Their Safety! From a small building to a skyscraper, have an ERP ready!

Every commercial building should be prepared for any kind of disaster. Let it be a tower, a mall, or even a department store, all should have an evacuation plan ready in case something bad happens.

Whether it’s a fire, a water flood or even an earthquake, these kinds of places need to be prepared to face situations like these and be able to successfully evacuate everyone and keep them safe.

Evacuations plans are all about planning ahead and being prepared. Here are good tips all commercial buildings should follow:

  1. Create different emergency escape routes that are both visible and accessible to everyone.
  2. Teach your employees or staff members what to do in case of a disaster, and how to guide people into these safe areas.
  3. Keep fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, emergency buttons and such in check and functioning at all times.
  4. Have an evacuation policy that covers all the procedures in case of a disaster.

The best part is, SERVPRO of Park la Brea can do all of this for you with our Emergency ReadinessProgram! Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Build For Success, Plan for Anything!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Build For Success, Plan for Anything! A giant stairwell in a highrise building. A great example of a well-executed emergency exit!

Disaster can happen at any time, and commercial buildings need to be prepared to face these kinds of situations. They need to have evacuation systems that will lead everyone to the nearest exit. And to do that, backup generators and emergency lights are necessary.

Whenever a disaster happens, especially during natural disasters, the power could go off, leaving everyone in the dark. That’s when back up generators come in and offer a solution.

Meanwhile, emergency lights run on batteries that can last up to 2 hours and are great to light up the path towards the emergency escape routes, backup generators are needed to power up fire alarms, more lights and other life safety equipment.

That’s why it is so important for commercial buildings to have both backup generators and emergency lights installed, and why it’s vital to check them regularly and make sure they’re working just fine. Don't know where to start? Call SERVPRO of Park la Brea to get started!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rain, Rain, Go Away! Although water traveled under this carpet, we were able to successfully dry and save it from being removed!

There are many ways rainstorms can cause excessive damage to your home. It’s not only because of the great amount of water pouring down the sky but because of all the differenttypes of damages that come with it.

  • Water: Due to the massive amount of water that pours down during a rainstorm, water could not only leak through your roof, but your house could be in risk of experiences a major flood due to all the sewers and plumbing systems being over flooded.
  • Lightning: Not only water can cause damage, but lightning strikes too. If a lightning strikes your house, it could damage every electronic that was puggled into an outlet, and even cause an electric failure, resulting in a fire.
  • Wind: The rapid and strong winds coming from a rainstorm can easily knock trees out, shatter windows and even cause damage to your roof and ceiling.

Rainstorms can be extremely damaging, however, there are ways to prevent these events and prepare your house for these kinds of situations. Call SERVPRO of Park la Brea to make sure you and your home are prepared for any type of storm!

I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage I Bless the Rains Down in Africa Although we had to remove drywall, we saved this property from much more damage!

Rain Storms, lightning storms, and even hurricanes can damage your home in more ways than you might think. These natural powerhouses can be extremely dangerous if you aren’t well prepared.

  • They can cause floods: Due to the excessive rains and over flooded sewers it’s very likely your house could experience a flood during a storm.
  • They can damage your house foundations: Water leaking through your floor, roof and walls could seriously damage your house foundations to the core.
  • They can damage your electronics: Lightning strikes during rain storms could strike your house, causing all the electronics (small or big) to malfunction or even be damaged for good.
  • They can damage the exterior of your house: During storms, strong winds can pick up bushes and branches, and even knock out trees that could very easily shatter your windows.
  • They can cause material losses: Furniture, clothes, electronics, food… It can all be easily ruined by water.

As you might notice, nature is a force not to be reckoned with, but although we can’t control it, preparing your house for water damage, can potentially save you thousands of dollars in reparations later.