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Wind Storm Tips From SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

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During storm season in Woodland Hills, CA, home and business owners are most likely to be concerned with rain that might cause roof leaks and flooding. Winds can also cause damage to your buildings. Wind damage is commonly debris or large items that are blown against a structure, on a rooftop or through windows during a storm.

Here are some tips for preventing problems that are caused by high winds.

Prune Your Trees

The trees on your property should be regularly trimmed to avoid damage. These problems can arise when trees are not pruned properly:

  • Decay or disease 
  • Leaning
  • Hanging branches over a structure
  • Sharp angles in tree forks
  • Crowded or crossed branches

 Proper maintenance keeps trees healthy so that they are less likely to break and cause problems during a storm.

Limit Debris

 Outdoor property, looking at it for storm preparation.

  • Loose shingles can become missing shingles 
  • Gravel from the driveway can break windows 
  • Decorations
  • trash cans
  • signs 
  • potted plants

can be broken or hurled through windows. 

Overall, preparing for high winds that accompany storms is a matter of limiting the objects the wind can pick up and fling at your building. 

Call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills If you need help 818-882-4556

Is All Smoke Damage the Same?

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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There  Are Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke, wet and dry. This means that there are different types of soot and residue after a fire. Even though there are only 2 types, the combinations and effects are numerous.  When we visit you after a smoke, soot, or fire cleanup, SERVPRO of Woodland Hills will investigate to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during pretesting. We will then know how to proceed.

Wet Smoke – (Plastic and Rubber) Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

  • Low heat
  • smoldering
  • pungent odor
  • sticky or smearing

Dry Smoke – (Paper and Wood)

  • Fast burning, spreads quickly
  • high temperatures that demolish everything
  • heat rises, therefore, smoke rises 

Protein Fire Residue – (Produced by evaporation of materials)

  • Virtually invisible
  • discolors paints and varnishes
  • extreme pungent odor 

Since every smoke and fire damage is a little different, each requires a solution tailored to the conditions.  SERVPRO of Woodland Hills has the expertise and experience to restore your fire, soot, and smoke damage.  

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Immediate Storm Damage Cleanup - SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Storm damage can often have layers of destructive effects that must get addressed immediately to protect as much of your property as possible. Your flooring and carpeting can often be among the most challenging to address. Our SERVPRO of Woodland Hills professional technicians can work to begin extraction and drying of damaged areas when we arrive. We work around the clock to prevent unnecessary secondary damage.

Our contents department will be able to determine what items and personal belongings are salvable and if we need to do a pack out to ensure your belongings are safe during the restoration process. With our team of qualified restoration technicians with accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we offer focused cleaning, drying, and storage of these items in our climate-controlled facility.

Flooding can be a nightmare in your home or business and the effects only get worse the longer you wait. Give SERVPRO of Woodland Hills a call at 818-882-4556 to make your loss incident “Like it never even happened.”

Containing Flooding Before it Destroys Woodland Hills Homes

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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We enjoy helping our customers to recover quickly after any significant loss incident in their homes, properties, or businesses. Call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to help you in any storm situation.

No matter what dangerous weather conditions have caused flooding in your Woodland Hills, CA residence, water damage can get out of control without proper mitigation and containment. While homeowners and property owners alike often try to clean it up and think they can manage on their own, flooding and debris can become too widespread and hazardous for your property to overcome without the right equipment, training, and qualified personnel. 

With fast response times to all flood damage, mudslide, and storm damage situations, your home is in good hands with our SERVPRO team. We have considerable experience in disaster relief, and combined with our 24 years in business, extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we are knowledgeable leaders in the restoration industry.

Don't wait, call SERVPRO to help! 818-882-4556

Why Should Homeowners Call SERVPRO For Water Damage Remediation? 

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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When water damage happens to your home, fast water removal saves your home from dealing with issues that cost more money, time, and effort to resolve.

Common indicators there are areas of moisture left behind that require addressing after a flood or water damage include:

  • Musty odors that continue get stronger
  • Mold growth
  • Warping or buckling hardwood flooring 
  • Crumbling or stained sheetrock or drywall
  • Tiles coming loose
  • Loose carpet (Delamination) 

Our SERVPRO of Woodland Hills technicians use advanced moisture detection equipment like boroscopes and infrared cameras. We are trained to locate flood water anywhere it migrates in your home. Our team scopes behind walls and under flooring to determine the path of water and stop the damage from progressing.  They also ensure we eliminate every bit of excess moisture by removing your baseboards and drilling holes underneath where the baseboards were ti facilitate maximum airflow. Drying equipment is then placed until a proper dry down has been achieved. 

Call the experts at SERVPRO when you need water damage restoration in Woodland Hills. 818-882-45556.

Who Chooses? Hiring A Fire Restoration Company

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Talking to your insurance company can be a daunting experience after a fire loss.  When you do make the call there will be a lot of questions, including the very important:

Which restoration company are you going to use?

  • Do You know who gets to decide?
  • What does a “Preferred Vendor” mean?
  • Who are preferred vendors”?
  • Why are they preferred?

When you need to make a claim after fire soot, or smoke damage loss, many property owners need help. Whether it is property damage due to fire, water damage, or biological hazard, it is a trying time already without having to worry about navigating the claims process.

First Your insurance company's adjuster will check to see if you have coverage. Then they might make a suggestion from a list of people they already have relationships with. They have a list of Preferred Vendors in your area that they recommend you choose from.  You can also choose any contractor that you are comfortable with.

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills has agreements with thousands of insurance companies and pre-agreed upon pricing to ensure that not only is your loss covered you will not have to come out of pocket because we negotiate with them and are paid directly by them.

If you have fire damage or any loss call SERVPRO of   818-882-4556

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Wildfire damage can affect everything in your home, from the structure to appliances and personal items. After the fire, contacting SERVPRO will be very helpful. Our team knows how to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills specializes in restoring the contents that have received fire damage or water damage or both.  We assess all your belongings to determine what can be restored to “pre-fire” condition.

Here are some things that SERVPRO can use to clean personal items after a fire:

  • Wet cleaning - This cleaning method is used to remove heavier residues.
  • Foam cleaning -  Used for upholstery since the fabric can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry cleaning - This method is good for cleaning light residue on delicate items.
  • Immersion cleaning -  Where items are dipped into a cleaning product.

If the damage to your home or business will need extensive restoration or cleaning,  SERVPRO of Woodland Hills can organize a move-out by removing your items from places that have smoke damage. This will streamline the remodeling process and protect your property. After we complete the restoration and construction, move-in can be performed.  This is when we unpack and reset your contents for you.

If you have sustained fire damage to your home, call us today for assistance: 818-882-4556.

Wildfire Damage Cleanup By SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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It’s always devastating when a family or business experiences wildfire damage, or smoke damage as a result of a California wildfire. SERVPRO of Woodland Hillshas set pricing and contracts with most insurance companies so they already know to expect us to work within their guidelines. We get our clients back to good quickly and efficiently saving you money and ultimately making it easier for all involved.

With 24 years of family-owned and operated experience, you know you can count on SERVPRO to work hard to recover both the structure and contents after a loss. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke so that homes and businesses are returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What To Expect:

When we visit our clients after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We will then convey our findings to the adjuster for approval so we know you're covered. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore any fire and smoke damage. Call us right away at 818-882-4556. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills will treat you and your property with empathy and respect, and your property with care.

Commercial water damage drying requires meticulous attention

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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 SERVPRO  specialists are trained to know which drying methods and equipment they need to use to get you back to business. 

Humidity - These levels are determined by the number of water molecules in the air indoors compared to the outside.  SERVPRO uses dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels quickly. Commercial dehumidifiers can lower moisture levels 20 percent in one day. 

Evaporation - This is the process of water converting to vapor.  Our specialists use extraction equipment to remove standing water. We also help the evaporation process with dehumidifiers and fans to increase air movement. 

 Air Movement - is increased by air movers to force air throughout the building and into wall cavities,  to increase the rate of evaporation. 

Temperature - Air temperature is an important factor when drying water damage. The preferred range to dry a building is 70 to 90 degrees, SERVPRO of Woodland Hills uses the HVAC system if available.  If not, space heaters are brought in to raise the temperature of the building. 

At SERVPRO of Woodland Hills, we know what it takes to get you back to business.  call 818-882-4556  to schedule a free inspection. 

Tips on Handling Flash Flood Risk

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Flash Flood Season is Coming Make Sure You're Prepared

At SERVPRO of Woodland Hills, we want you to be safe and prepared so that you just won't need us. Here are some things you can do to be prepared:

  • Call your insurance agent. Most policies do not cover flooding, call them to make sure you take steps to get covered for any disaster.
  • Download a weather app to make sure you get alerts or use a Weather Radio with a tone-alert feature or battery-powered radio or your TV for emergency information.
  • Have a plan. Everyone in your family should know where to go if they find themselves in an emergency. Trying to make plans at the last minute can be confusing.
  • Discuss flash floods. You should know what to do in case all family members are not together.

Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond.

 SERVPRO of Woodland Hills can help you with any issues you may experience both before and after a fall flash flood.  If you need information call us.  We're happy to help. 818-882-4556