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Happy Summer! Here's How to Prevent and Prepare for Fires

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

A house fire is one of the most frustrating types of structural damage. Although it is fortunately not a common phenomenon, there are around 100,00 fire-related incidents in the U.S every year. If you have been in the catastrophic situation of suffering a house fire, it is always advisable to assess how much your damage or business has suffered, and all the valuables lost in the fire. At SERVPRO, it is our mandate to ensure that you are well-informed about the dynamics surrounding fire damage. The following are the three types of fire;

Flame Damage

There are several types of flame damage depending on the source of the fire. For instance, an electrical fire may have a different impact on your home or business compared to those caused by a naked flame like a match. It is pivotal to choose a restoration company that is a professional in this area and totally discerns the distinct types of fire damage. This is primarily because a poor rebuild often results in problems appearing in the future, and can make your home unsafe.

3rd Party Damage

Fire damage is not just limited to the damage caused by smoke and flames. A house fire opens the possibilities for other vulnerabilities and problems. For instance, the water used by firemen to assist eradicate the flames can be absorbed into your floorboards and walls- making them warp, leading to plaster falling off. Chemicals that were present in the fire will need to be cleaned by an expert to circumvent any future damage. Further, the heat from a building fire can cause damage to your walls, leaving holes and cracks. These holes serve as an easy access point for rain and other weather issues. Filling the cracks and holes is not enough as they could be masking more grave problems. Ensure that your premise is inspected by a structural engineer.

Smoke Damage

This sort of damage is a long-lasting impact of fire damage and can persist for weeks or months after the fire is extinguished. To illustrate an idea of how smoke damage works, you can smell smoke on a person that is just from a cigarette break, because smoke sticks to objects. In the same manner, it will stick to walls, furniture, ceilings, and flooring. Smoke will discolor surfaces in your house, making them difficult to clean. A certified restoration professional will know exactly how to clean all your items and remove smoke damage completely.

If you have encountered fire damage and need advice on dealing with your insurance company, feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of Lake Forest South & Laguna Woods. We are a fire damage restoration professional and will work with you to ensure your home or business gets back to normal as soon as possible.

Stay safe!

SERVPRO Has Your Back

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Your home and/or business are the most significant investments you can make in your lifetime. When the structures are damaged by storms, floods, or fire, you need certified professionals by your side to render the appropriate restoration solutions. SERVPRO is here when disaster strikes. With over 250 service locations across the globe, our trained experts can be at your home when you need us 24/7. We will evaluate the damage, write up a custom proposal to restore your premises to pre-catastrophe condition, and get to work immediately to complete, stress-free solace of mind in a devastating time.

Residential Damage Restoration Services

Calamity barely waits for the appropriate moment to strike your home. When it occurs, the damage can be beyond anything you can repair personally. At SERVPRO, our experts discern those attitudes of frustration and helplessness and render scheduled emergency services to make it right. From water, and fire damage remediation to property evaluation and certified tree removal services, our company is here with professional, customized aid to restore your home. Our entire range of residential restoration services includes:  

? Storm Damage- For all her beauty, nature has a dark side, When it appears, our services providers are on standby with advanced tools and equipment necessary to return your home to its former glory. We handle damage from rainstorms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. SERVPRO has helped restore hundreds of homes cleaning up and disposing of all sorts of debris.? Fire and Smoke Damage- The team at SERVPRO uses the most advanced testing techniques available to investigate both the internal and external fire damage to your structure. After offering you the right estimate of the treatments required for full restoration, we get to work. Be it smoke or odor removal, we strive to restore everything promptly and efficiently and guarantee that you are satisfied with the outcome.

We also offer mold remediation, tree removal, personal property damage assessment, and water damage. Feel free to call us anytime you need our services. 

Smoke and Fire Damage Tips for Southern California's Summer

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

The periods after a fire can cause frustration. SERVPRO recommends the following tips to fire damage restoration to help you prevent damage to your home or business.

Smoke and fire damage tips:

?Do not try to clean upholstered furniture or carpets. The wrong procedures could intensify the damage.?Do not try to wash flat painted walls devoid of consulting your professional cleaner.?Avoid using electrical appliances that have been exposed to water or fire. They could malfunction if unchecked.?Avoid consuming food exposed to fire or smoke?Do not touch anything because soot on your hands can permeate woodwork, and walls causing further damage.

If you have suffered loss caused by fire or smoke; the following are various ways you can handle the damage before a restoration company visits to assess the damage.

?Cover carpeted traffic areas with old linens or towels to avoid annexed soiling.?Brush-vacuum any loose soot particles from carpets, drapes, and upholstery.?To prevent porcelain bath fixtures, wipe residue to avoid etching?Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to an expert who can dry clean them?Air out the house to eradicate smoke odor, if the room is above 60 degrees

Regardless, we advise that you get in touch with your insurance agent promptly. One the initial phone calls, you need to contact your insurance provider. Prior to engaging with plans to restore your premise, inform your agent concerning the damage so that details of the policies can cater to any overlooked or missed aid. For instance, a fire report entails the pivotal details surrounding and contributing to the fire damage. It also involves mundane information like the date and time, location, and source of the fire. All this data is vital to your insurance claim. Feel free to reach out to SERVPRO, we will take care of everything!

How to Confront Water Damage in your Commercial Business

6/11/2022 (Permalink)

Of all the potential disasters that could strike your business, water damage tops the list. Water damage at the workplace will not only hinder you from conducting business. Once you spot signs of commercial water damage, it is critical to take action swiftly. This kind of damage is often sophisticated compared to residential water damage and its restoration demands an intensive approach. The structure and size of commercial buildings, the scope of the damage, and the number of occupants all affect the restoration processes. The following are causes of commercial water damage you should look out for.

  • Damaged Windows

In most commercial buildings, windows are the cause of water damage if not sealed properly. Broken windows can cause moisture to seep in, triggering a myriad of problems including warped wood, and moss build-up. Ensure to reseal windows regularly as caulk can break down as time goes by.

  • Broken Pipes

Damaged pipes can stem from several reasons such as deteriorated water supply lines, changes in pressure, and cold weather. Water stains on floors or walls, building walls, and musty signs are signs of damaged pipes. Ensure the business premise is investigated to detect leaky pipes which is often a challenging job unless your restoration service has specialized water leak detection equipment.

  • Building Foundation

If your gutters are not cleaned regularly, they will clog eventually, causing water to leak into the property through the foundation or roof. One of the most common indicators of leaks in building foundations is puddles. Ensure to also check that drainage systems are working well to avoid water damage to your business premise.

  • HVAC Issues

HVAC systems function by cooling or heating air via a series of ducts. Over time, these ducts wear out and get damaged causing leaks. Ensure that the HVAC system is cleaned regularly and the excess water from the condensation reservoirs is removed to circumvent water damage.

Luckily, at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can pay a visit to assess your business premise and advice you on the way forward. Feel free to reach out!

SERVPRO Provides a Wide Range of Disaster Recovery and Cleaning Services

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Are you looking for a reliable restoration service that can efficiently handle professional cleaning and restoration service for your home and business? Well, SERVPRO has thousands of locations across the United States. We offer professional cleaning and restoration services for both commercial structures and homes. Smoke, fire, and unprecedented incidents can leave grave damages at home or your business premise. That is why it is critical to research and hire professionals who can bring your structure to its initial glory.

At SERVPRO, we render an array of services and resources to assist customers to recover from catastrophes. Our team is dedicated to repairing and restoring what it can handle first, as opposed to visiting and replacing everything. For instance, water damage restoration assists homeowners with issues such as overflowing toilets, flooding and adverse weather, and the flooding from firefighting work. Our team uses advanced tools and equipment to detect moisture in the structure, get rid of standing water, and efficiently clean and dry valuables. We also finish the task by sanitizing and deodorizing the home or commercial business.

            For fire and mold damages, we offer the homeowner or business owner the resources to help you after natural catastrophes of any size. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams are located in convenient places across the country to deal with situations of tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, snowstorms, hurricanes, and wind damage. When it trickles to mold remediation, our experts can help resolve and eradicate mold issues on your premise. The team at SERVPRO uses applied microbial remediation techniques to remove hazardous mold. We repair water damage and structural drying services. We will also use advanced apparatus to find out the water source generating the mold, as well as a negative air pressure compartment to isolate the region in your home that has been infested by mold.

In annexation to the services mentioned above, SERVPRO renders home cleaning services for the following:

  • Blinds and Curtains
  • Vandalism and graffiti
  • Crime scene
  • Carpet and upholstery
  • Odor removal
  • Air ducts and HVAC
  • Sewage overflow

You are welcome to reach out to us for the benefit of your comfort. SERVPRO is here to serve you at your own convenience with professionals who care about your well-being. Reach out to us through your local agencies. We will be more than happy to help!

SERVPRO is here to Remediate your Commercial Property Damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

In case you have encountered a catastrophic huge loss to your business, SERVPRO is a full-service property restoration company. Our restoration experts are well trained in commercial cleanup services following a disaster. Commercial damage cleanup services are at your convenience and are available for any type of fire, water, storm, or biohazard damage to your commercial property. While the precise commercial cleanup process will depend on the premise involved and the cause of the damage, the following restoration procedure applies in most cases.

  • Assess the Damage- Thoroughly inspect and render a detailed estimate for cleanup and repairs.
  • Secure your commercial property- If necessary, board and tarp up the damage to ensure your property is safe
  • Eliminate Water- Ensure you remove standing water or sewage from the commercial property
  • Dispose of Damaged Materials- It is of utmost importance to clean up and get rid of debris
  • Dry the area- For instances where mold and water emanate, ensure that water sources are turned off and safely remove contaminants.

SERVPRO services all types of commercial premises with issues ranging from biohazard, mold, water, fire, and storm affiliated issues. Let our professionals clean up after any type of business damage, whether it is a Church or religious buildings, government offices, hospitals and healthcare facilities, industrial and manufacturing facilities, logistic centers or assembly lines, residential real estate, schools and educational facilities, and more. At SERVPRO, we are aware that all these types of catastrophes can impact your business, customers, and residence. That is why we offer free estimates, meaning our professionals will evaluate and provide a no-obligation approximate for all commercial cleanup services.

            We also provide a 24-hour emergency response to control and mitigate the damage to your business. You will receive a 30-minute response from licensed and insured technicians committed to protecting your employees, customers, and residents during property restoration. Your business may be in a bad shape, but we are efficient in our utilization of professional equipment and advanced strategies to clean up and restore all types of commercial damage. Also, keep in mind that it is a piece of cake for us to navigate what is covered by insurance and make your life way easier.

Protect Your Home from Strom Damage by Following These Steps

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

It looks like the rainy season here in Southern California is beginning. Will your house be safe during a heavy downpour? Here is what you can do to help protect your home from rainwater damage.

1. Maintain your roof. Neglecting the care of your roof could lead to some serious damage when the rain comes. Inspect your roof for damaged, missing, or loose shingles. Keep in mind that roods have a lifespan of 20-30 years. 

2. Seal windows and doors. If windows and doors are not properly sealed, water can seep in through the cracks. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks. They can be sealed with caulking or with sprayable insulating foam. 

3. Maintain your homes's exterior finish. Water may be able to enter your home through holes in your exterior walls, resulting in mold, peeling paint, or discoloration. Repaint and repair exterior areas as needed. 

4. Ensure proper drainage. If water isn't properly diverted away from the home, the foundation could possibly be at risk. Make sure that there is no standing water available. 

5. Clean your gutters. They should be free of any debris. Blocked gutters cause the water to flow down the side of your house and collect at the base.

6. Check your downspout. Downspouts should extend to at least two or three feet from the house. If it doesn't extend far enough, then it could actually be channeling the water directly into a puddle at the base of your house.

Why SERVPRO?

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO industries have been serving the US since 1967. The company started out in Sacramento, California as a painting business by Ted and Doris Isaacson. Their experience with damage restoration led them to create the business into a franchisor for damage clean up and restoration. They sold their first franchise in 1969, and SERVPRO began to grow rapidly, becoming one of the leading disaster restoration services by 1979.

In 1988, SERVPRO moved its headquarters to Gallatin, Tennessee “to be within 600 miles of 50 percent of the U.S. population.” At this time, SERVPRO consisted of 647 franchises, continuing its exponential path of growth. By 2000, the 1,000th franchise was sold and SERVPRO remained a top competitor in damage restoration.

SERVPRO has been a part of the restoration following the largest natural disasters in America. SERVPRO was contracted by the government after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, the Tennessee floods in 2010, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Now, SERVPRO has more than 1,800 franchises across the United States and Canada. We have over 50 years of experience in disaster recovery, so you know you can trust us to get the job done correctly. We have come a long way, and are more than happy to be serving the United States and Canada with impeccable restoration work!

Storm damage? Here's what to do...

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

In Southern California, the weather can be petty unpredictable. One year we are in a drought, and the next rain is falling all winter. It is important to be prepared for these types of conditions, because homes are not indestructible structures. A storm can cause serious damage to your property, and it’s best to be aware on what to do when confronted with storm damage.

Scope out the House for Hidden Damages

Water from heavy rain can seep into the nooks and crannies of your home making mold growth more likely. After a storm, look in all of the often overlooked places of your home to check for flooding and water build up. It’s important to catch this soon to prevent mold growth. If you are not sure if your home is damaged from a storm, call a disaster recovery service like SERVPRO to inspect your home for any storm damage.

Steer Clear of Affected Areas

After inspection, if your home has suffered from damaged, to keep everyone safe, keep a good proximity from the affected areas. If your property has mold damage, the mold can produce allergens that can be dangerous for humans to be around. And if water has accumulated in your home, it can affect the structural integrity of your property. Keep yourself and the occupiers of your property safe!

Call a Disaster Recovery Service

Once you are sure your property has suffered from storm damage, call a disaster recover service like SERVPRO to restore your home back to new. Here at SERVPRO, we have a 24-hour emergency service line for your property’s restoration needs any time of day. We have over 50 years of experience in disaster recovery, so you can trust us to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Fast Response Time is Imperative in Damage Situations

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

As a regular home/property owner, it is important to know how to deal with potentially damaging situations. Certain procedures must be taken to ensure that your property remains safe and beautiful.

If confronted with, for example, water damage from a flood in your kitchen, you must act quickly to dry the area completely to prevent the growth of mold which is another pressing situation. Or even if a small fire in the kitchen burns a portion of the wall, that area now has weaker structural integrity. In the case of an earthquake, seldom but more likely in California, a collapse in the damaged portion of the kitchen is more likely to occur. Unfortunately, initial damage can lead to more if not tended to as soon as possible.

In these times, acting quickly may not be in your budget, as these situations are usually unexpected. At SERVPRO, we understand this and provide the best price for the work done to make it “Like it never even happened.” To provide you with a resource to respond quickly, call our SERVPRO of Torrance emergency service line at (949)429-3188.

To know more about the specifics of different types and categories of damage, check out our blog page. There you can find what steps to take if your property suffers from a fire, to design tips for your new family home! We are here to help with all things regarding property maintenance and restoration.