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Leakproof Your Home

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Now that fall is officially here, it is time to prepare your home and/or business for cold and rainy weather. But keeping water out of your property can be quite complicated. For example; plumbing issues can cause moisture and even light rain can cause leaks through the roof, walls, foundation etc. When this occurs the moisture eventually reaches the porous materials in your home, which may then lead to structural damage and other humidity concerns. It is important to note that if left untreated you also run the risk of mold growth. For these reasons it is highly recommended that you take proper care of any and all potential areas prone to leaks such as the following;

  • Inspection of the plumbing pipe(s) system
  • Inspection of the roof/chimney
  • Inspection of the water heater
  • Check attic insulation
  • Clean the gutters
  • Repair any cracks
  • Seal proof doors and windows
  • Check exterior faucets and irrigation system

After all, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. However, in the event that you encounter any leaks or flooding occurs, please contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills. We specialize in helping property owners recover from water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Unexpected Storms Causing Water Damage

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

In areas that storms don't occur often, an unexpected storm can do more damage than expected. In Southern CA storms are not common place, meaning the population is often not prepared for that type of disaster. While CA building codes are prepared to handle disasters such as earthquakes, storms and flooding are not considered as much meaning damage that comes from flooding and high winds can be much more disastrous. SERVPRO helps by helping our clients create a storm readiness program free of charge for those who wish to be prepared for anything. Realize that almost anything can happen anywhere, so essentially being safe is better than being sorry. If you don't know how to prepare for disaster, contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills and we would be happy to help!

SERVPRO Cares About You

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills we care about our clients and your home or businesses well being. We care about our clients and treat you like family. Unlike other businesses here at SERVPRO we aren't just experts in our craft, we enjoy it and look forward to cleaning your disaster up. SERVPRO is not afraid of any emergency situation and won't back down from a job whether big or small. We are prepared to take on Large Floods or Fire Damage to ensure we can make your home or business "Like it never even happened." We ensure that your home or business will be repaired back to your liking. If you have an emergency please call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills at (323) 803-3574.

How We Do What We Do

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

As a customer your may wonder, how does SERVPRO have the ability to service almost any kind or any size of restoration losses? The answer is simple, we are the largest restoration company with years of experience and we are certified in the most contemporary techniques that we use to properly restore  any kind of loss. We also use the most up to date and advanced equipment so we can ensure the job is done quickly and efficiently. These things in combination allow us to provide the excellent service we always have, and ever improve upon it. If you have any questions about the aforementioned techniques or equipment, or have a loss of any kind, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our information is on the web page above.

Commercial Relationships

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

While SERVPRO is very proud of the work that we do with our individual clients we are just as proud of the work we do with the many companies that require our services and trust us for their every restoration need. A great example of the kind of work we do repeatedly with different companies is our continued relationship with Sunrise Senior Living homes. From our experience quite a bit of problems that require remediation unfortunately, but fortunately they have a great relationship with the biggest restoration company in America, SERVPRO! If you are curious how the process works, a business or company simply contact SERVPRO and let us know that you would like us to take care of your current and future restoration needs.

Fire Damage Differences

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage is almost always devastating, regardless of size and damage. An important thing to know though is the type of fire damage you may have endured. SERVPRO is always here to help in any way we can, even if it's just to educate the community. If you take a good look at the picture here from a past job you can see that this home suffered a major loss due to a house fire. There's damage from smoke, soot, and ash on the walls leaving a black layer and a strong odor. There's regular physical damage that fire tends to cause when something is directly touched or set on fire. Something many people may not realize though is the water damage that comes with a fire. Anytime the fire department is called to battle a fire you can count on water damage from the fire hoses. If the home is left long enough with the water soaking into the furniture, carpets, flooring and everything else in the home, mold can form. If your home suffers a loss from a fire, don't wait! Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz to come and get the job done.

Avoiding Data Loss

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

If a business you’re responsible for relies on backing up large amounts of electronic information, you’ll probably want to make sure there’s a way to preserve it in the case of an accident. To be more specific, you’ll want to have a contingency plan set up to deal with the possibility of fire damage. A fire in the server room can do more than simply damage infrastructure. It can also set a business back months while you replace ruined equipment, and—perhaps worst of all—it can obliterate large quantities of data that the company needs on a daily basis. Data could include everything from financial records to client databases, so you should only ignore the risk of fir eat the peril of losing some very important assets. If you’re a contractor working on behalf of one of these businesses, it also represents a significant challenge.

That said, there are a few things you can do to help avoid irreparable data loss in the event of a fire. From preventative measures to restorative treatments, here are a few ideas to help you soldier on when the sparks literally start flying:

Protect your data using cloud based backups

If you’re worried about losing data when physical servers and computers are threatened, there’s one simple solution: house it somewhere else (or at least house a copy there). Using a cloud based backup lets you store an extra version of your most important information using servers that you won’t be responsible for. Since many of the largest cloud based backup solutions (like Backblaze and Crashplan) take special care to preserve their users’ info, it’s a pretty safe bet that nothing will happen to your stash once you entrust it to them for safekeeping. Of course, this won’t save your equipment or facilities themselves, but it’s better than nothing.

Electronic restoration

In the unfortunate event that damage occurs to your servers and you haven’t stored backups of your information elsewhere, electronic restoration might be the only effective route to take. Many highly sensitive technologies can be restored—at least to some extent—including computers, telecommunications technology, manufacturing machinery and medical instruments. By removing corrosion and deposits, it’s often very possible to get these units working like new again for as little as 10-30% of the cost of replacing them entirely. Once a skilled technician removes contaminants such as soot, dust, and deposits from chemical vapors, he should be able to take the equipment apart, clean the individual pieces, reassemble them, adjust the machinery and return it to service.

Proactive planning for fire (and water) disasters

Of course, one of the best ways to deal with damage is to avoid it completely. You can save yourself from the inconvenience of having to restore your equipment by making sure it’s not an easy place for a fire to start or a flood to break out. Avoid storing flammable materials near sensitive equipment, and make sure electronics aren’t stored under your sprinkler system or near water pipes. It’s also a good idea to have maintenance briefed on the nature of the technology in the area so that they use safe and appropriate methods when cleaning or tidying up around it.

Have insurance

Finally, you want to make you have cover if a disaster does happen to strike. Restoring your electronics can save them, but it can also be time-consuming—and you want to make sure you can afford the downtime. That’s why having comprehensive fire and accident insurance is key to keeping you in business when the unexpected occurs. Make sure you understand your policy and keep an up to date copy with you always, just in case.

We Are Trained Experts

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

It's true our SERVPRO technicians are trained for every service we preform whether it be water or fire, mold or floods. The thing that differentiates us from other restoration companies is how we apply our training which really makes us experts. Our technicians know how to handle their jobs as well as their clients with the utmost care. This comes from the experience they have gained from thousands of hours of training and jobs combined with our exemplary standard of service. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience which is why we are the largest restoration company in the world! If you have any disaster or issue that needs immediate and professional expertise, without a doubt SERVPRO is who you need to call.

How Its Done

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

As a customer your may wonder, how does SERVPRO have the ability to service almost any kind or any size of restoration losses? The answer is simple, we are the largest restoration company with years of experience and we are certified in the most contemporary techniques that we use to properly restore  any kind of loss. We also use the most up to date and advanced equipment so we can ensure the job is done quickly and efficiently. These things in combination allow us to provide the excellent service we always have, and ever improve upon it. If you have any questions about the aforementioned techniques or equipment, or have a loss of any kind, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our information is on the web page above.  

Data Loss Prevention

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

If a business you’re responsible for relies on backing up large amounts of electronic information, you’ll probably want to make sure there’s a way to preserve it in the case of an accident. To be more specific, you’ll want to have a contingency plan set up to deal with the possibility of fire damage. A fire in the server room can do more than simply damage infrastructure. It can also set a business back months while you replace ruined equipment, and—perhaps worst of all—it can obliterate large quantities of data that the company needs on a daily basis. Data could include everything from financial records to client databases, so you should only ignore the risk of fir eat the peril of losing some very important assets. If you’re a contractor working on behalf of one of these businesses, it also represents a significant challenge.

That said, there are a few things you can do to help avoid irreparable data loss in the event of a fire. From preventative measures to restorative treatments, here are a few ideas to help you soldier on when the sparks literally start flying:

Protect your data using cloud based backups

If you’re worried about losing data when physical servers and computers are threatened, there’s one simple solution: house it somewhere else (or at least house a copy there). Using a cloud based backup lets you store an extra version of your most important information using servers that you won’t be responsible for. Since many of the largest cloud based backup solutions (like Backblaze and Crashplan) take special care to preserve their users’ info, it’s a pretty safe bet that nothing will happen to your stash once you entrust it to them for safekeeping. Of course, this won’t save your equipment or facilities themselves, but it’s better than nothing.

Electronic restoration

In the unfortunate event that damage occurs to your servers and you haven’t stored backups of your information elsewhere, electronic restoration might be the only effective route to take. Many highly sensitive technologies can be restored—at least to some extent—including computers, telecommunications technology, manufacturing machinery and medical instruments. By removing corrosion and deposits, it’s often very possible to get these units working like new again for as little as 10-30% of the cost of replacing them entirely. Once a skilled technician removes contaminants such as soot, dust, and deposits from chemical vapors, he should be able to take the equipment apart, clean the individual pieces, reassemble them, adjust the machinery and return it to service.

Proactive planning for fire (and water) disasters

Of course, one of the best ways to deal with damage is to avoid it completely. You can save yourself from the inconvenience of having to restore your equipment by making sure it’s not an easy place for a fire to start or a flood to break out. Avoid storing flammable materials near sensitive equipment, and make sure electronics aren’t stored under your sprinkler system or near water pipes. It’s also a good idea to have maintenance briefed on the nature of the technology in the area so that they use safe and appropriate methods when cleaning or tidying up around it.

Have insurance

Finally, you want to make you have cover if a disaster does happen to strike. Restoring your electronics can save them, but it can also be time-consuming—and you want to make sure you can afford the downtime. That’s why having comprehensive fire and accident insurance is key to keeping you in business when the unexpected occurs. Make sure you understand your policy and keep an up to date copy with you always, just in case.