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Why You Should Unplug Your Electric Plugs

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical Outlet Fire If you have fire damage to your property, contact SERVPRO of Woodland Hills for help. Call us at 818-882-4556

Leaving your electric plugs plugged in when you are gone is a waste of electricity, but not only that it is also a high fire risk if left plugged in.  Overloading a single circuit with too many plugs is how fires often start. The following are some electronica and household appliances you should unplug before leaving your home.

  1. Hair straighteners/Curlers

Hair straighteners and curlers can reach up to 350 degrees and when abandoned on the floor or a bed it can cause major fire damage.

  1. Phone and Laptop Chargers

To avoid fire damage to home from phone and laptop charges make sure that you find a brand that you know well to ensure that they are safe. These types of devices are not designed to be plugged in all of the time. Keeping these devices plugged in constantly can weaken the cells in the battery and limit their life.

  1. Gaming Consoles

Gaming consoles can get very hot due to them not having much ventilation. Leaving your console on for a long period of time could cause the console to overheat, smoke or even cause a fire.

When any device has electrical wiring always keep an eye on the condition and way it is running.

How SERVPRO of Woodland Hills Uses Moisture Meters

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture Meters If you have water damage to your property, contact SERVPRO of Woodland Hills for help. Call us at 818-882-4556

When having a restoration company at your home or property to repair water damage you may have noticed they pull out a colored device. It is normal that you possibly wondered whether these devices are actually doing something or there for show. This tool is called a “moisture meter”.

Moisture meters are a piece of technology that you will see throughout all SERVPRO franchises. You may have even seen these online or your local hardware store.

There are two standard moisture meters. One is a resistance meter, these ones have pins. The other kind are capacitance meters, these are pin less.

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills technicians use both types of meters. Capacitance meters are best used on materials that can’t be penetrated with pins. These moisture meters are nice because they won’t leave any damage to the affected material. Although pin meters may leave slight physical damage they are great at measuring moisture in wood. Pin meters have peaked metal detectors that are inserted into the material. They measure moisture by measuring electrical currents between the pins.  

Water Damage to Wood Flooring

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Damage To Wood Flooring SERVPRO of Woodland Hills have trained technicians that help make it “Like it never even happened” Call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills at 818-882-4556

When a water loss in your home happens your flooring can get wet and hold moisture. Water damage that has to be cleaned can cause you floor to need to be repaired or even replaced. The following are a couple steps that can help you understand what will have to be done to get your floor to preloss state, if possible.

Flooring contactors try to discourage home owners from getting hard wood flooring installed in places of the home that are more humid like the bathroom, laundry room or basement. This is because when a large amount of water is present or high humidity it may cause the wood to expand, warp crackle and start to separate.

In engineered flooring the attached underlayment is made to expand and contract when it comes in contact with normal humidity changes. This helps not damage the solid wood layer on top. However many flooring contactors will decide that engineered wood flooring is not a good choice in humid and wet areas. In these areas vinyl, concrete or tile is recommended.

SERVPRO specializes in drying out all kinds of flooring by using our pumps, vacuums, desiccants and fans. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills has the right knowledge in how to dry out each kind of flooring properly, if it is possible to salvage.  Our technicians know when flooring is able to dry in place or have to be replaced. To help prevent mold growth, mildew or potential odors we can also deodorize and sanitize all flooring

Introducing Our Equipment

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment If your property is affected make sure to call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to help you restore your property. 818-882-4556

The following is a deeper look into the equipment SERVPRO would use on your property.

AIR MOVER:

Air movers work well with dehumidifiers. The air movers are commonly used to help the moisture particles in the room circulate for the dehumidifier to take in. The air movers help dry out affected materials.

DEHUMIDIFIER:

Dehumidifier are commonly used to pull moisture out of the air. This helps dry out the materials.

FLOOR MAT SYSTEM:

The floor mat system is used on hardwood floor to help dry it out. This helps to save floors that are showing signs of damage and to prevent buckling.

DESICCANT:

The desiccant is similar to the dehumidifier. The desiccant takes the air that contains moisture, dries it and distributes the dry air back into the affected area. We use desiccants in hard to dry places like a crawl space.

WATER EXTRACTOR:

Water extractors are used to extract standing water. This helps remove the water from surfaces and allows us to dry it out properly. This can help save flooring like carpet from secondary damages.

AIR SCRUBBER:

The air scrubber helps control the environment. It filters some of the odor, debris, dust, mold spores and any other airborne particles.

SERVPRO Board Ups in Woodland Hills

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Door is boarded up If your property is affected make sure to call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to help you restore your property. 818-882-4556

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills can help you with your board up of windows or doors before the storm even happens. Calling us before the storm can help prevent further storm damage to your property. Common damages in a storm are to ceilings, walls, floors and contents. Mold growth can be caused by leaving the area improperly treated. There are a couple things you could look for if you believe you have damage to your property. You can keep an eye out for discoloration, staining, mold, moisture, or other damages after a storm. If you notice any of these signs set an appointment with us to come out and do an inspection. A board up before a storm could save your home from thousands of dollars in repairs.

Fire Safety Tips From SERVPRO Of Woodland Hills

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to Kitchen If your property is affected make sure to call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to help you restore your property. 818-882-4556

In Southern California developing the right fire safety habits are very important. Here are some Fire Safety tips from SERVPRO of Woodland Hills:

  1. Turn your portable heaters off when you go to sleep or leave the room.
  2. Keep matches and lighters out of reach from children and educate them on the dangers of fire and how to be safe near a fire.
  3. Take precaution if you smoke. Some options are: fire safe cigarettes, smoking outside, and never smoking in bed. Make sure you use a sturdy, deep ashtray to put out your cigarettes before disposal.
  4. Do not leaving a burning candle unattended.
  5. Try to keep items that could catch on fire at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot. Such as not putting a space heater next to curtains.

Tips on Spotting Water Damage in Your Home

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water Leaking Through Ceiling SERVPRO of Woodland Hills have trained technicians that help make it “Like it never even happened” Call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills at 818-882-4556

Water damage in your home could be hard to spot. Some water sources are easier to point out than others such as sewage backups, floods and burst pipes. One of the more difficult to spot water damages is a leak behind walls.  It is difficult for homeowners to notice the hard to spot leaks until they have already caused a considerable amounts of damage.

Structural damage and microbial growth could be a cause of an ongoing hidden leak. Some things you should be on the lookout for are buckling ceilings or floors, bubbling paint, warped walls, staining or musty odors.

A professional should come out and take a look at your property if you notice any of these signs of a water damage.

When finding a leak always call a plumber to stop the leak first. Then call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to help access the water damage on your property.

SERVPRO Air Movers

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Air Movers SERVPRO has trained technicians that follow protocol to help make it “Like it never even happened” Call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills at 818-882-4556

“Floor drying fans”, “Industrial air blower” and “Commercial blower fans” are all other names for Air Movers. We use air movers in water restoration to enhance the evaporation at the surface level and help lower drying time. Air movers introduce air flow at the surface level and helps enhance evaporation. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills have technicians that are trained to know how many air movers they will need to place to help dry out the affected materials. Out technicians can position the air movers to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls to help dry out multiple wet walls or even wet drywall behind baseboards.  Our technicians can position air movers for the best possible outcome. SERVPRO air movers are an essential mitigation tool to help restore flood and water damage. 

Commercial Property Response Time

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Loss If your property is affected make sure to call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to help you restore your property. 818-882-4556

Damage to your property can come in all shapes and sizes so it is crucial that your commercial property and staff are prepared for any size disaster like water or fire damage. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills has 26 years of experience helping property owners when any damage occurs. We have technicians on call 24/7 to ensure that we will be onsite to your property within hours.

Fast response is a critical factor in being able to restore water damaged materials. Water and moisture sitting in your property means more time for materials to soak up water and break down material structure. We have the specialized equipment, advanced training, and experience to restore any commercial water loss to preloss condition with minimal disruption to your employees and customers.

What to do With Belongings After a Fire

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to Home SERVPRO of Woodland Hills 818-882-4556

After a fire, our goal, at SERVPRO of Woodland Hills, is to restore and save as many of your belongings as possible. After a fire some of your belongings could be salvaged but there are some that should be disposed of after a fire. It is important to carefully consider what should be kept and what should be discarded. When certain materials are exposed to high temperatures, they release chemicals, including:

      1.Plastics

      2. Nonorganic Fibers

      3. Wiring

 You should dispose of anything you plan on putting in or onto your body. Items such as medicine, makeup and toiletries should always be replaced. This means you should get rid of most foods, items in plastic containers, and anything containing harmful chemicals.  When dealing with fire damage, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Hiring a professional fire remediation company like SERVPRO of Woodland Hills is always recommended when navigating these kinds of decisions.