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Why It Is Important to Have the Right Equipment for Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Expertise to Return a Home to Pre-Fire & Smoke Condition

There is much uncertainty in the aftermath of a residential fire. Even in relatively minor emergencies, there is likely to be confusion and disruption to normal routines. Fortunately, SERVPRO can ease the pressure and become a stable source of practical support.

When repairing fire damage in Arleta, our technicians concentrate not just on the obvious signs of damage (burned materials and stains), but also on the more insidious effects of fire. Smoke and soot, for example, can be very stubborn and much harder to remediate than charred furniture or fabrics.

To ensure a fast, effective fire damage restoration, SERVPRO utilizes a variety of techniques and tools. Keep reading for information on the most significant.

Pressure Washers
In the case of low oxygen fires, it is often necessary to bring pressure washing equipment onto the site. It is because this type of fire creates oily, sticky soot instead of the dusty residues you might be expecting. Manual cleaning risks smears and permanent blemishes, but high-pressure washing provides the force needed to dislodge these soot accumulations. It is also possible to disperse deodorizing chemicals, but we tend to use this method only in large spaces.

Ventilation Box (Axial) Fans
Ventilation box fans are an efficient way to drive clean air into a fire-damaged property, while also pushing the smoky, odor-filled air back out. The machines used by our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are very powerful industrial-grade devices. If an HVAC is present on the property, it must be turned off to prevent the circulation of smoke particulates to unaffected areas of the structure.

If smoke odors are very heavy, we may leave the fans switched on for an overnight period. Sometimes, we combine them with deodorizing machines, which disperse neutralizing chemicals into the air. The big advantage of deodorizers is that they penetrate fabrics and porous surfaces. If ozone is used to deodorize, the SERVPRO technicians insist on some precautionary measures. The substance can be an irritant in large doses, so occupants and workers must vacate the building when ozone generators are set up until the process is complete. We can also place hydroxyl generators during the workday to chemically alter the pungent odors within the home and improve air quality.

Safety/Containment
It is not necessary to set up containment measures in every home, but they can be a useful way to stop smoke smells from spreading throughout the building. They are also helpful when it comes to keeping deodorizing chemicals in the right place, so they do their job.

 To learn more about fire and smoke damage restoration and why it is effective, you can talk to our expert team. SERVPRO is on hand to answer all your queries and to provide emergency assistance when needed. Give us a call anytime. We are available 24/7/365. 

SERVPRO Safety Work Plan for COVID-19

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

LEARN PROPER SAFETY PROCEDURES TO REDUCE RISK AT YOUR BUSINESS

Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA, and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.

DEVELOP A WORK SAFETY PLAN

• Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allows for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities

• Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines

• Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices

• Encourage frequent hand washing

• Provide hand sanitizer stations

• Develop a daily disinfection plan

• Remind employees to stay home if they are sick

HAVE YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE CLEANED AND DISINFECTED

• Disinfect spaces, furnishings, and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace

• Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks

• Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)

SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills is certified to disinfect your offices for a safe return, call our offices to schedule with our crews. 

Mold Attacks in Arleta, CA

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold on wall This mold was hiding behind cabinets that had not been moved in a while.

This Arleta company experienced two water leaks in their roof within a month of each other during a really bad rain season. With water damage comes mold, especially in a situation like this where they were hit hard with water in their offices. The mold came quietly and was hard to find, mostly hidden behind cabinets and on the walls behind decorations. It was not until our technicians started the water mitigation they realized the bigger problem at hand, mold.

SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills was able to handle the extensive process and remove all the mold that was encasing the office.  This before picture shows the mess left behind after all the water damage, we were able to work through the entire process and get the office ready for reconstruction. 

Prevent Water Leaks in Your Commercial Building with these Tips

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

wet floor in warehouse Excess water can lead to extensive damage within a building, especially if it is not addressed immediately.

When water damage happens within a commercial building, it can jeopardize a business’s ability to run and function. Excess water can lead to extensive damage within a building, especially if it is not addressed immediately. Commercial buildings in Arleta, Hansen Hills, or in Panorama City tend to use larger amounts of water than residential buildings do because of the number of people who frequent the space. We have some easy tips to help prevent water leaks and water damage in your commercial space. 

Regular inspections, regular professional maintenance, outside cleaning, regular repairs, and upgrades are some ways to prevent water leaks. 

By taking these steps, you can help prevent damage caused by water leaks in your commercial building. While these tips are effective for reducing the risk of leaks and water damage, there is still a chance that leaks can occur. If you do find that there’s water damage in your commercial building, then you need to act right away and call us at SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills. 

Equipment Needed for Commercial Losses

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning equipment stacked up Dehumidifiers, air movers, truck-mounted vacuums, and negative air machines are the basics of commercial water mitigation.

When water damage strikes commercial properties in cities such as Arleta, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, or even in Hansen Hills, business owners and property managers need to act quickly to prevent more damage and restore their property back to its normal condition.  Properties we service in the area are hospitals, hotels, medical facilities, schools, churches, tribal properties, and much more.

Businesses may have to be put on hold, adding to the stress of the emergency. Business owners and property managers need to get their daily operations back to normal as fast as possible, so the use of modern cleaning equipment and procedures is vital to the prompt restoration of their commercial property. If you know what kind of assistance you need before an emergency arises, you’ll know exactly what to communicate to a restoration company or technician when you have to call them.

Dehumidifiers, air movers, truck-mounted vacuums, and negative air machines are the basics of commercial water mitigation. 

If disaster or flooding strikes your commercial property, it’s vital to act quickly, and contact a reputable water restoration company with modern equipment. Effective drying of water-damaged areas helps prevent the growth of bacteria and allergens. The faster everything is dried, the better.

Always call SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills for any commercial restoration needs. 

No Home is Mold Free

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall with an outlet SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills is the mold and mold removal expert in your area.

No home is mold-free forever but you can take precautions. Soap and detergents can remove mold stains but do not actually kill mold, and any mold that is left behind can quickly regrow. The key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is to control excessive moisture and condensation.  Keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry is critical.  SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills is the mold and mold remover expert in your area. If you suspect mold in your home or workplace you should never hesitate to call. We want to take on your mold problem!  We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration & cleaning needs. As a locally owned & operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service & are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.

Why Commercial Restoration is Important

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Nobody expects a disaster to strike their business, but the fact of the matter is—it could happen to any business. So, just as it’s important to have insurance in place when you need it, it’s vital to have an emergency restoration management plan in place should your business ever need it. Restoration companies give top priority to businesses that are hit with fire, water, mold, storm, or other damages. 

Specifically, with COVID19 posing issues to commercial business lately, it is a good idea to contact SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills for a professional cleaning. Keeping you, your employees and your customers safe is our top priority. 

It is important to have a relationship with a commercial restoration team because you may never know when you need them. Our teams are available 24/7 365 days out of the year and no problem is too small or too large for our team to handle. 

SERVPRO Safety Work Plan for COVID-19

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

LEARN PROPER SAFETY PROCEDURES TO REDUCE RISK AT YOUR BUSINESS

Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA, and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.

DEVELOP A WORK SAFETY PLAN

• Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allows for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities

• Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines

• Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices

• Encourage frequent hand washing

• Provide hand sanitizer stations

• Develop a daily disinfection plan

• Remind employees to stay home if they are sick

HAVE YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE CLEANED AND DISINFECTED

• Disinfect spaces, furnishings, and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace

• Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks

• Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)

SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills is certified to disinfect your offices for a safe return, call our offices to schedule with our crews. 

Wind Damage Restoration Specialists

2/24/2021 (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 Arleta/Hansen Hills, 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.

What Should I do When My Water Heater Leaks?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

There are a few reasons a water heater would leak. Here are five things to look for when finding the source of a leak:

  1. Leak at The Water Supply Lines.

It’s always important to check above the water heater first because you want to check the plumbing pipes.  A drip from the top can easily leak down making it look like it’s coming from inside the tank.

  1. Leak at The Water Heater Nipples.

These are located at the top of the water heater.  The water heater nipples connect the water heater to the cold water inlet pipe and the hot water exit pipe.  This is another common area to find leakage.

  1. Leak at The Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve.

It is more serious when there is a leak coming from the T&P valve because it can be a few causes in itself to figure out.  For example, the leaking t & p may point out the overall water pressure in your home is too high, and that the pressure regulator is not working properly.

  1. Leak at The Drain Line.

This is located a the bottom of the water heater and it is common for the drain valve to fail to close completely after draining or flushing.

  1. A leak in The Tank.

If you’re unable to find the leak from any of the four above, it is likely the tank inside the water heater has gone bad and will need to be replaced. 

A leak will not fix itself. If you do not feel comfortable fixing it yourself, the best thing to do is to not wait for it to get worse. Call SERVPRO of Arleta/Hansen Hills here in Southern California to find and fix the source of your leak, so you can avoid dangerous damages and expensive repairs.