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How Fire can Spread Easily

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flame Be weary of potential sources of fire.

Fire is one of the most dangerous type of disasters for many reasons but mainly how fires start and spread. The reasons fire starts is not always human error but more often than not is the case with a reported majority of fires being caused by human error and negligence outside of arson. The essential ingredients of a house fire is an ignition source and flammable/combustible material. The ignition source in a fire is usually something like a spark or lit cigarette which must be hot enough to ignite a material. Other than that the materials that are ignited have different ignition temperatures such as paper which has an ignition temp of paper is very low at about 140 degrees F. Depending on what materials are near an ignition source fires can start more easily but once a fire is started, most materials will burn so always be cautious with potentially flammable things.

Flood Facts

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Homes in Flood Beware flash floods and always be prepared!

A flood is one of the most devastating natural disasters that can occur, here are some interesting facts about floods and how much damage they can cause.

  • Flash floods can occur in any area in the US, all 50 states are venerable. 
  • Flash floods can create enormous walls of water up to 20 ft high.
  • Cars can be swept away by floods with water only two feet deep.
  • Aside from wildfire, floods are the most common type of natural disaster.
  • Based on an average 2000 square foot home, a foot of water can cause up to $50 k in damages.

These facts show that floods are catastrophic even if they are minor and can occur at any time. SERVPRO is always ready to help you prepare for any type of disaster including floods. 

Storm Readiness Kit

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

       Be ready for anything.

If you live in an area where storms are common, or want to be prepared for any potential storm or similar disaster, its best to have a kit ready for when disaster strikes so you may be better prepared to face a potentially long period of time without access to food, water or amenities. Here are some recommendations of items that may help you in a dire situation. 

  • Waterproof container to hold all items
  • Three days worth of water
  • Dry or canned non-perishable foods
  • Extra clothes 
  • Flashlight
  • Pet food
  • Extra mobile phone
  • Copies of important documents
  • First aid kit

These Items may possibly make a life or death difference in disaster scenarios, make sure you are prepared for anything because disaster could strike at any time.

We Help your Business Survive

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

 Disasters are dangerous for business.

As many as 50% of of businesses close down following a disaster. Many businesses suffer under the weight of a disaster due to the lack of their readiness, meaning when disaster strikes they don't know what to do or what procedures they can take to begin the remediation process and get their business back on track. At SERVPRO we help you develop a emergency ready profile at no cost. This means at no cost to you we give you the proper information to be ready for any disaster that may strike, and insure that your businesses survival will be safe. We are happy to uphold our amazing service for our clients to ensure that their homes or businesses get back to working order as fast as possible.

Water Dangers

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

       Water can come from anywhere.

Another reason why you should choose SERVPRO is our expertise in water losses. In most cases the most destructive type of water damage is the type you can't see. Water leaking from a unit or pipe in your property that you cant see can go unnoticed for weeks or even months, allowing for the water to cause unsuspecting damage on a large scale. Contacting SERVPRO immediately is the best course of action as we know how to deal with the loss properly, with the necessary equipment to gauge the scope of the damage, and the equipment necessary to properly restore the damaged areas. Trust SERVPRO with your water damage losses, we are happy to uphold our amazing service no matter what the job may be.  

Gutter Problems

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

       Remember to clean your gutters after rains or winds.

A problem that may come as a surprise during a storm is your gutters, though there are many other more important issues during a storm that may need your attention your gutters can also cause a lasting problem if forgotten about. During a storm debris can be blown onto your property from high speed winds, causing your gutters to be filled and block water from properly flowing though them. When gutters aren't functioning properly, water can build up in vulnerable areas and possibly leak through into your property causing many types of damage. These damages could include moisture throughout your property which could cause mold, electrical and wiring issues, and damp and soft drywall. Always make sure to clean out your gutters to make sure your property is well taken care of.

Unexpected Storms

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

  Unsuspecting storms can be disastrous.

In areas where storms don't occur often such as California, many properties are not prepared for a sudden storm that may roll through unexpectedly, meaning if properties in that area that are unprepared or ill equipped for a storm can sustain heavy damage. There are many things property owners can do to prepare for storms, and SERVPRO will even help, with our emergency readiness program we can help you prepare for any disaster with no cost to you. Being ready for a disaster is important whether you own a home or business, this is because if disaster strikes your life or business may be on hold for a long time and cost you even more if not properly prepared. We are always happy to uphold our amazing service!

Wind from Storms can Cause Massive Damage

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

  Damages from high speed winds.

Storms have a few components to them, wind being one of the most dangerous being wind. During a storm wind speeds can exceed 50-60 mph and at which point they start to become damaging. Damages caused by high speed winds can be anything from flying debris hitting your property, falling trees, flying bushes and branches. these types of incidences can cause serious damage by hitting or falling on your property, even possibly destroying it. This is why its important to always have a plan of action for when disasters such as storms strike, which SERVPRO can help with. We can help you create a readiness plan at no cost to you, so when disaster strikes you are always prepared. We are happy to uphold our amazing service to our clients!

Storms and Infrastructure

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

       Flooding from a storm.

In places like California where storms don't occur often,  the infrastructure and plumbing is not entirely ready for large scale storm flooding. There have been scenarios such ass the example that is about to be written, where the infrastructure failed and cased massive damage. This example is a case when there was a storm in Southern California and the flood waters that came from the storm filled he storm drains to a point where they went beyond capacity and cracked, this caused the flood water to flood into an apartment building nearby the affected area. This type of damage is sometimes a freak accident such as this is unavoidable, but the best thing to do is  always keep in mind that such scenarios can occur, so when disaster strikes you can act quickly. SERVPRO is always ready to help!

Speedy SERVPRO

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

  Speedy service with SERVPRO

SERVPRO has a track record of having a quick response to every job, but there are many reasons why. Of course our main priority is the care of our clients, ensuring they go through whatever loss they have whether it be water or fire, so they may quickly get back to their business or life as quickly as possible. Another reason we act quickly is to keep your costs down, the longer a restoration process takes the more expensive it gets, meaning the cost of the insurance claim will go up increasing possibility of lacking coverage. That is why fast action and reaction is paramount to how SERVPRO operates. You can trust us with your home or business disasters because we care about our customers and what they go through.    

Clean Homes Sell Faster

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

  Trust SERVPRO with your home restoration.

If you are a home owner, there may come a point when you wish to sell your property, and this may be affected if your home is experiencing a loss of any sort. The services SERVPRO offers can increase the market value of your home by clearing up any kind of loss including everything from odor removal and smoke/soot stains to water and mold damage. Even improving operating efficiency if systems need updating, also moderate procedures such as HVAC and duct cleaning to keep your home in top shape and value. Trust us with your remediation and restoration needs, we are always happy to uphold our amazing standard of service to our clients whether it be water, fire, storms or mold, SERVPRO will be there. 

After The Job

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

After the Restoration of a property, it's best to make sure to properly follow the procedures that ensure post-restoration goes smoothly and no problems reoccur in the future. These processes include post construction cleaning, humidification and drying, final cleaning, fast track drying, deodorization, debris removal, window cleaning, ceiling/wall/fixture cleaning, etc... Completing these procedures quickly is also vital to us because we like to make sure our clients make their deadlines, reasons like this are why we will always ensure our clients are well informed and taken care of. We will always stand by our policy of amazing service that we are always happy to uphold for our clients, no matter what size job, no matter what time of year, we will be there.

SERVPRO's Efficiency

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

   Speed and efficiency.

We understand that when your home or business experiences a disaster it can be hard not only on your life but also on your wallet. SERVPRO strives to make the restoration process easy on both, with speed and efficiency we take the proper path and procedure to remediate. Especially when working on commercial or business properties, the very vitality for that business may depend on how quickly restoration can be completed. We work with the most recent and implemented procedures, along with the cutting edge tools of our trade to ensure our clients get the best service. SERVPRO is happy to uphold our amazing standard of service to all our customers with as we have said, speed and efficiency so you can get back to your life or business.

Water is a Universal Solvent

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

  Paper being instantly dissolved in water.

Water is a universal solvent, but what does that mean? This means water can dissolve nearly anything given time. Think of the Grand Canyon, massive amounts of stone carved into a canyon after millions of years, just imagine comparing that to a flood in your home or business property. Water damage in properties nearly never occurs for long enough to erode things like stone but can easily erode and dissolve things such as drywall, plaster, wood, and any paint or varnish that may be covering it. This process happens when materials are exposed to certain amounts of water for a long period of time and the molecular bonds of the material begin to weaken and deteriorate, and in some materials cases completely dissipating and becoming a mush.

Smoke and Soot from Fire Damage can be Extremely Toxic

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

  Be weary of smoke and soot.

Aside from the fact that we all know, that fire damage can be extremely devastating, the smoke and soot from the burning materials can be just ans harmful. Also aside from the damage the smoke and soot does to your property, it can be extremely harmful to your health if you happen to be caught in a property that is on fire. Smoke and soot from materials commonly found in homes can cause very serious health issues such as permanent damage to your respiratory system, immune system, and heart conditions if exposure is prolonged. minor health issues can be things such as watery eyes, runny nose, or a persistent cough. Be sure to avoid smoke and soot at all costs when in a serious fire damage situation. 

Causes of House Fires.

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Every year approximately 0.03 % of individual homes bur down in the US, causing an estimated $7 billion in damages. These fires have many differing sources that can be prevented with proper attention and care. Here are the most common causes of house fires in the US. 

  1. Cooking (46%)
  2. Heating (13%)
  3. Electrical Malfunction (7%)
  4.  Carelessness (7%)
  5. Open Flame (5%)
  6. Arson (4%)
  7. Equipment Malfunction (4%)
  8. Other Heat (4%)
  9. Appliances (2%)
  10. Smoking (2%)
  11. Exposure (2%)
  12. Natural (2%)

As you can see nearly a majority of the reasons house fires happen with human error whether it be cooking, smoking, or arson, these are issues that can be prevented with proper care and mindfulness. We here at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills and Los Feliz are always happy to serve in case of a fire, any time, any size. 

Water Damage from Dishwashers: Causes & Solutions

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

  Let the experts at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz assist you with your water damage!

How long before dishwasher water damage occurs?

Dishwasher water damage can occur within just a couple of hours. You get home, turn on the dishwasher, walk away and watch TV for a while, or run a few errands, only to come home and find a pool of water on the kitchen floor. The first reaction should be to soak up as much of the water as you can, because the longer it sits there, the more likely it will cause permanent damage.

Some flooring materials are more susceptible to dishwasher water damage than others, such as wood or bamboo. Wood will absorb water quickly, causing your flooring to warp and crack. Make sure to effectively dry out the area ASAP so you can avoid as much damage as possible.

Dishwasher water damage and what to expect

If you’ve never experienced dishwasher leaks or water damage before, you might not even know what you’re in for. Here’s what to expect when you’re dealing with water damage from dishwashers, including the common causes of leaks as well as what elements of your kitchen are most vulnerable after a leak.

What would cause a dishwasher to leak?

Common causes of dishwasher leaks include:

  • Worn gaskets
  • Dishwasher not level
  • Wrong dishwashing soap used
  • Broken door
  • Defective dishwasher tub

Your dishwasher leak can cause water damage in a variety of ways to a variety of different elements of your kitchen. The below are all susceptible to damage after a dishwasher leak:

  • Tile flooring
  • Wood flooring
  • Laminate flooring
  • Electrical wiring
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Had a Fire? Call SERVPRO!

Smoke and soot can cause serious damage in hard to reach areas in your home. Our expertise allows us to assess the extent of the damage and develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper level of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process


Different types of smoke

There are two different types of smoke, wet and dry. As a result, there are differing types of soot damage that can occur after a fire. Before our restoration process can begin, we test to find the specific type of soot that has built up. The cleaning procedures may differ depending on the results, here's some additional information on that;

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean. 

Protein Fire Residue - produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extremely pungent odor. 

Our fire restoration services are available 24 hours a day, anytime you have questions or concerns call us at (323) 667-3100

Negligence on Repairs can Cause Serious Damage!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a damaged roof from light rains.

If your roof is damaged on in a storm, neglecting to do repairs can result in serious damage (such as shown in the photo). In this specific case, the property had a dilapidated and old roof that blew apart from winds, then was flooded by rains.  The fault lies with failing to keep old buildings up to modern standards with repair and renovation. Mold can also develop in the affected home due to moisture, making restoration even more difficult and causing a potential living hazard. For these reasons as a property owner you must-

  1. Upkeep and renovate your property as to avoid such issues.
  2. Call for help immediately as the longer you wait, the worse the issue will get.

Whenever you suspect your roof is damaged or that you may have water damage from recent rains, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at (323) 667-3100.

Exemplary Service With SERVPRO!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

 Happy to serve!

Anytime you need us, we are there!

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is happy to state, we are there whenever, and whenever you need us. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained and certified to handle any type of restoration need! We have quick and efficient procedures that are used to complete any remediation and restoration in a timely manner, as we know how hard any type of disaster can be to contend with. We work round the clock to make sure we are there whenever you need us, we are available at any day, any time.

You can call anytime you have an issue at your home or business and our experienced SERVPRO technicians will be there withing 24 hours, 365 days a year!

Contact us at (323) 667-3100

Happy to Service Our Senior Citizens!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Always Happy to Serve Our Elderly Community!

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is proud to say that we have been working with Sunrise Senior Living homes for 5+ years now! We are happy to provide service to them all across Southern California, handling all of their remediation 24 hours round the clock, whether it be water, fire, or mold. We take great care and responsibility to make sure our senior citizens are cared for.

Bio-Hazard contaminations are a serious issue.

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Ready for any Bio-Hazard emergency

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is ready to deal with any Bio-Hazard emergency. Anyone exposed to Bio-Hazards or chemical contaminants may be at serious risk to their health. It’s an issue that must be dealt with quickly, efficiently, and with great care to have your home or business ready and remediated when you need it.

Bio-Hazard dangers may include:

  • Unattended death
  • Homicide/suicide
  • Blood
  • Hoarding
  • Decomposition and odor
  • Tear gas

We are ready to clean and remediate any Bio-Hazard problem you may have!

If you have any problems or questions we are available 24/7 year round, give us a call (323) 667-3100

Hoarding can seriously affect your, or a loved one's, life.

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with hoarding is difficult, let us help.

Hoarding is a devastating problem, because more often than not, hoarding is caused by a psychological issue that causes a person to obsessively collect items and makes it difficult for a person to part with an item once acquired.

When we help your clients we use a very streamlined and easy process to make the whole ordeal easy and efficient. When you call us, we make an effort to come and observe the scope of your issue as fast as possible, and work with the client to decide what unwanted items must be removed from the premises. After all the unwanted items are removed from the home, we go through a thorough cleaning and remediation process, to quickly get you back into your home.

We understand how difficult hoarding issues can be, don’t be afraid to call or ask (323) 667-3100.

Crawlspace Sewage Leaks can be Hard to Detect

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Ready for any crawlspace sewage disaster!

It can be very difficult to detect a sewage pipe leak or burst in your crawlspace. When a sewage pipe leaks or bursts under someone's home, more often than not the tenants of the home do not notice any issue until considerable damage has been done.

Detection often occurs through:

  • Signs of a foul odor in the home with no obvious source.
  • Mold developing near and around the flooring and crawlspace.
  • Flooring and Floorboards starting to bend, deform, or bloat. 
  • Clogged toilets or sinks.

Being one of the most difficult cleaning services that we do, our SERVPRO technicians have to wear fully sealed containment suits and manually clear out all liquid and waste material from the crawlspace before cleaning, drying, and remediation can begin. Regardless, here at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz are ready to quickly and efficiently service your home or business. 

Questions or concerns, call us at (323) 667-3100  

We Help Pack Out and Pack In Your Home!

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Ready to help, however, whenever!

Here at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills and Los Feliz, we are always available to help pack out your home or business while we are servicing it! Our SERVPRO technicians will load all items that may be in the way of a job, remediate them if need be, and pack them back in after the job is done. All while we stress taking great care of our clients and their belongings alike.

Otherwise, make sure if you have any questions or concerns call us at (323) 667-3100

Conditions In LA Might Be Right For Mold

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It's estimated that over 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10% have actually been named. This means that mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue there are certain species of mold that can cause health issues for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply. 

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it's important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that can make your home a prime target for mold growth. 

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz to asses the situation. We have the knowledge. tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. 

What to do: 

  • Stay out of the affected areas.
  • Turn off HVAC systems and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz.

Emergencies Don’t Sleep. Neither Do We.

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100 for emergency services day or night!

Flash floods, broken pipes, electrical fires, and more can all happen at any moment, day or night. The damage caused by water, fire, smoke and mold can be devastating to any commercial property, especially if it is not addressed immediately. That’s where SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz comes in to help.

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of property restoration, available—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer 24/7 emergency services so that you can have peace of mind knowing we’ll respond right away to your commercial building damage. We believe in the importance of ensuring that our customers are happy. No matter how difficult the restoration process, we want to ensure that you understand the steps ahead and that you are confident in our technicians. We understand that your business may well depend on our ability to provide efficient, effective restoration services. You can have confidence in our team.

Our business-minded water damage experts understand the pressures you are facing as a business owner. We are here to get your business up and running as quickly as possible. Our technicians provide restoration for all types of disaster damage, including water damage, smoke damage, mold damage, storm damage, and more. No project is too big for our team!

Discovering Sources of Water Damage

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

To schedule a free water damage inspection today, give us a call at 323-667-3100

If you discover a water leak in your home, the first few minutes are critical.  The top priority is to avoid panic and focus on getting the source of the water stopped.  The most common water leaks in a home can be traced to the kitchen or a bathroom. 

Most all common water supplies in a residence have a cut-off valve nearby and all valves can be turned off with a clockwise turn.  If the source of the leak is your washing machine, the valves to turn off the flow are located behind the machine.  Do not disconnect the hoses.  Instead, turn off the water flow where the hoses are connected in the wall. 

In the kitchen, you will find shut-off values for the faucet under the sink.  This is also where you will most likely find the shut-off valve for an ice maker, if your freezer is equipped with one.  The valve that controls your sink is usually the same valve that provides flow to your dishwasher.  In a bathroom, cutoff valves are below the sink and may be within a sink cabinet if you have one.  The supply line for the toilet is commonly located under and behind the seat. 

A water heater can also be the source of your leak.  If it is a gas tank, turn off the gas supply first then turn off the water.  The water supply valve is usually located near or above the top of the tank.

Stopping the leak at its source as quickly as possible will minimize damage to cabinets, floors, walls and contents.  Within a single minute, several gallons of water can flow into your home and saturate anything in its path, including adjacent rooms. 

Some leaks cannot be stopped with an inside valve so the water supply to your house has to be turned off.  Lines carrying water into your home come from a main line outside that can usually be found close to the street where your water meter is located. 

At SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, we are experts at mitigating water damages. Our skilled technicians work quickly and efficiently to extract the water, assess the damage, install drying equipment and dry your property to its preloss condition.

How Fast Can Mold Spread Throughout a Home?

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Contact us today at 323-667-3100 for a free estimate!

The bad news is that mold can be found almost anywhere, and it thrives off of moisture. Mold prefers an environment that has little to no air circulation, dim lighting, and an average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold spores travel through the air, attach themselves to any damp surface, and then begin attacking the surface of the material they adhere to. This is one of many reasons why it is imperative for a property owner to quickly contact a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz if they have experienced a fire or flood in their home and/or business. 

Mold begins growing immediately after the spores have adhered to an item. It is not uncommon for mold to begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours, and a mold infestation can colonize within 1 to 14 days. In most instances, the mold infestation has already become an issue before it is discovered. This makes mold spores exceptionally hard to destroy, and it will occasionally return even after the source of the mold has been removed. This is another reason why it is so important to contact a professional mold remediation company for a permanent and appropriate solution. 

Mold prefers to grow on damp, cellulose materials. However, property owners should bear in mind that mold can still grow even after a moisture problem has been remedied. Mold is capable of going dormant and surviving even when moisture is not present. While it is dormant, it will continue to feed off of materials like ceiling tiles, sheetrock, carpet, wall paper, paints, wood, and upholstery. 

If you have a mold infestation in your home or business, it is the not the kind of problem that should be ignored. Instead, you need to make a call to trusted mold experts like the staff at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz. We specialize in emergency services such as, water damage, extraction, flood cleanups, and mold remediation. 

Average Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t wait to restore your fire damaged home contact our team of experts today! 323-667-3100

Even a small fire within a home can result in extensive damage from smoke and the water used to extinguish the fire. Prompt professional repair and restoration is essential in order to prevent additional damage and problems such as mold growth and wood rot. Before making a call to a professional, here are some things you should know first.

The average cost of repair and restoration services after fire and smoke damage is $2,950. The total cost that a homeowner pays for such repairs will depend on the location and extent of the damage. For example, fire damage to a kitchen may cost more to repair than damage to a closet due to the expense of replacing costly cabinets and appliances. The out of pocket amount that a homeowner pays to have fire and smoke damage repairs might be reduced by homeowner's insurance coverage. 

Water used to extinguish a fire can saturate the walls and floors of the home. The water can quickly cause mold growth and wood rot if the water isn't removed and the home thoroughly dried. Soot from the fire can saturate and stain anything upholstered. Professional restoration is needed in order to salvage the furnishings as well as linens, draperies and carpet. Smoke discoloration and odors can pervade almost everything in a home, including furnishings, carpets and rugs, linens and clothing. Professional restoration is essential in order to save those items. The smoke can also damage the home's air ducts, resulting in foul odors each time the furnace or air conditioner turns on. Restoration and repair services are needed to clean the ducts before the HVAC system is used again.

The larger the area of a home damaged by smoke and fire, the higher the cost in terms of both time and money to repair and restore the damage. It's important to start the repair and restoration process as soon as possible after a fire, as the longer the damage is left untreated, the worse it can become. Because proper repair and restoration may require the use of professional grade chemicals and equipment, the entire process should be left to experienced professionals.

Is Mold Covered by Property Insurance?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100 for a free mold inspection!

Homeowners insurance covers mold damage if it was caused by a "covered peril." Otherwise, an insurance company will likely not cover mold damage. There are exceptions, which we will get into later. Home insurance policies usually don't cover mold that resulted from a preventable water leak, flooding, or high humidity.

Home insurance covers mold if a "covered peril" caused the mold. In that case, your home insurance policy will likely pay for repairs and clean-up.

Here are some of home insurance's covered perils:

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Damage caused by vehicles
  • Theft
  • Falling objects
  • Weight of ice, snow, or sleet
  • Accidental discharge or overflow of water or steam from plumbing, heating, air conditioners, sprinkler systems, or household appliances
  • Frozen pipes

Let's take a look at some real world examples. When home insurance will likely cover you:

  • An ice dam forms in a roof gutter during a rough winter and water backs up under your shingles. The water leaks into your attic, soaks your attic floor and insulation, and creates mold.
  • A pipe bursts in your home and dumps gallons of water on the floor and saturates drywall while you're at work. Mold begins to form before you call.
  • A washer hose springs a leak and damages behind your washer. The washer hose isn't old, you stop the leak, and report the damage immediately, but not before mold forms.

These are "sudden and accidental" incidents. Insurance companies typically cover this type of damage. In fact, non-weather-related water damage is one of the most common home insurance claims and one of the most expensive.

When home insurance will likely NOT cover you:

Your basement pipes freeze and burst. You don't notice it for a few weeks. Now, you have a few inches of water on your floor and mold growing. 

Broken shingles on your 40-year-old roof allows water into the attic. Water saturates wood and insulation and leads to mold in the attic.

Mold forms in your shower. You don't think much about it until one day you notice that it's really unsightly and you're concerned about whether it's making your family sick.

In these cases, an insurer will likely not cover the damage. Why? An insurance company expects you to take care of your house. That means properly ventilating the bathroom, replacing an old roof, and checking your basement regularly.  An important reason to stay on top of home maintenance.

Also, the standard homeowners insurance policy does not cover water damage caused by a flood.  Thus if a flood causes water damage that leads to mold, the resulting mold issue would not be covered by your home policy. 

A separate flood policy, will cover mold and mildew, as long as it’s not caused by the homeowner’s failure to inspect and maintain the property after the flood.  That means, once you can get back into your home, you need to start trying to clean up and keep mold from growing or spreading. 

How do I know if my home insurance policy covers mold?

As mentioned earlier, home insurance companies usually don't cover mold damage unless it's directly related to a "covered peril." The good news -- there are exceptions.

Check your homeowners insurance policy to see if there is any language about mold claims. Some insurers offer limited coverage for mold claims. This may mean limiting how much the insurer will pay for a mold-related claim. Or an insurer may increase the cost of a home insurance policy if you have mold-related coverage.

If you don't have mold coverage, you can buy an endorsement to your insurance policy that adds mold coverage. An endorsement is when an insurance company adds additional coverage to a regular home insurance policy, for an additional fee.

Does your Home Insurance Cover Weather & Storm Water Damage?

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SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz will work with your insurance to facilitate the restoration process & get your home in its original condition

Winter Storms, spring thaws, water damage and other losses caused by weather variations are often covered by your home insurance. Fortunately, many homeowners are insured and can make a claim if they sustain damage from a winter storm, spring thaw or cold snap. Depending on the type of policy you have, several types of risks and damage arising from weather may be covered and you may be able to get help and compensation for losses from your insurance company.

What Kind of Weather Related Damage Is Covered by Insurance?

The most common causes of winter storm or weather damage include:

  • Hail Damage
  • Roof Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Sewer Back Up
  • Freezing Pipes
  • Fallen Trees - There are many reasons a tree might fall, and whether or not it caused damage to property becomes important for the purpose of paying a claim. Different policies offer different types of coverage.
  • Ice dams forming on the roof 
  • Weight of snow and ice on the roof causing damage
  • Wind damage (Which can include fallen trees and shingles or bricks flying off buildings and roofs)
  • Loss or displacement due to power failure (which may include food loss, depending on your type of policy)
  • Flooding due to melting snow, a sudden thaw, or excessive rainfall
  • Water infiltration into the home. This may or may not be covered depending on how the damage is happening. Always call to find out what you might be eligible for. 

Although not all damages are covered by standard insurance, most of the above items are.

The major exception to most policies is flood damage. Flood damage is not usually covered by the home insurance company in the United States; you can find out more about flood insurance frequently asked questions here.  

Storm Water Damage Emergency Tips

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Regardless of the amount of storm damage caused to your property, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can help!

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Prevent Water Damage from Water Heaters

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Water heater failure is a common issue. But you can help prevent hot water heater problems, including a leaking water heater, with these 4 steps for water heater maintenance.

Avoid Water Heater Failure With These 4 Steps

  • Check your water heater’s age. If your water heater reaches its life expectancy, the risk of a slow leak or sudden burst increases. Consequently, your efforts to inspect and maintain the water heater should increase.
  • What is an anode rod and why should you care?  A “sacrificial” anode rod is installed in water heaters to avoid corrosion of the tank. To determine if your anode rod needs to be replaced, it should be inspected once every two years and at least annually once the warranty has expired.
  • Clean out your water heater regularly. Regular water heater maintenance should include removing sediment by flushing the tank every six months. Water heaters can be flushed by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base of the water heater. Note: Turn off the power and run hot water until it cools before you try to flush the tank since the heated water may be 130 to 140 degrees or more.
  • Get an inspection annually.  Don’t forget to have a plumbing professional inspect your water heater’s shut-off valve and all piping annually. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a signal that more severe damage is coming.

Water heater failure is one of the top five sources of residential water damage, according to an IBHS study. In fact, water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident after the deductible was paid. If you think your water heater is not in risk, keep in mind that 69 percent of all water heater failures result from a slow leak or sudden burst. Don’t get stuck with cold showers and costly water damage repairs due to water heater failure. Reduce your risk with these steps for avoiding water heater failure.

Restoring Your Business After a Flood

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    When a Disaster Hits your Business call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

Floods can be miserable ordeals, even with extensive preparation. They can spring up with little to no warning and saddle you with the responsibility of a lengthy, expensive restoration period. Your business could be underwater in a flash, and you could be faced with mounting repair bills and extended interruption to your business. But floods can also be regenerative. Large-scale damage to your business is an opportunity to rebuild and minimize potential damage and disruption that could be caused by future floods. If your business has sustained flood damage, do not panic. Think of it as a chance to fortify your business against future flood damage rather than nothing but a ruinous misfortune.

All in all, it is important to remember that water damage to commercial locations can be excessively harmful because it can quickly not only damage the building but also the contents inside.  Even minor water damage can impact a business’s productivity. Depending on the magnitude of water damage, the water must be removed, the infiltrated areas cleared, and an inventory of losses drawn out.  To minimize the extent of the leak, contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz. With our professional expertise our SERVPRO team can look after all your water damage restoration needs. We possess the essential manpower and technology to correct problems associated with water damage on commercial and business properties.

 How to Get Rid of Fire Smoke Smell

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       After your home is affected by smoke, contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz for smoke odor removal services to return your home back to normal!

After a fire, the cleanup can seem like a never-ending process. Beyond repairs for items burnt, soot-covered or damaged by water from firefighting efforts, there's the question of how to get smoke smell out of the house. Whether your home has suffered smoke damage from a house fire or from the effects of a wildfire, SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and know-how to get rid of smoke smell in the house quickly and effectively.

Fire smoke infiltrates all areas of a home. It can seep into carpeting, furniture, clothing, draperies, books and even woodwork. Removing fire smoke smell from a home is a process best left to the professionals with the expertise, specialized equipment, and ability to work safely within your home without causing further damage. Often homeowners attempt to dissipate smoke smell with spray deodorizers and scented candles. These tactics only mask the odor of smoke and won't remove it from the home. Smoke particles bury themselves into fabrics, fibers, and other porous surfaces. In order to remove smoke smell completely, items need to be deeply cleaned.

CLEANING

 Essentially everything in a home affected by fire smoke needs to be cleaned. Some items may only require thorough airing to remove smoke smell, but most items like carpeting, rugs, curtains, upholstery, and clothing will need a thorough cleaning and possible sanitization. If the items also are soot-covered, we recommend to handle the item as little as possible and trust it’s cleaning to a professional to prevent further damage. When working out how to get fire smoke smell out of house carpets and upholstery, trust the cleaning experts at SERVPRO for the job. We'll make sure the smoke smell and ash residue are completely removed from deep within the fibers and fabrics. Wash down all hard surfaces with a mild detergent and water — this includes painted surfaces, baseboards, doors, window frames/sills and the outside and interiors of all cabinets and drawers.

Safety Tip: Never eat any food or allow pets to eat food that has been exposed to fire smoke.

Fire Smoke Smell and your HVAC System

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              The science of identifying & eliminating odors can be tricky, so give SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz a call, and leave the restoration to us!

Fire smoke removal from a home or building requires a thorough inspection and cleaning of the HVAC system. Fire smoke can permeate ductwork and linger in the ventilation system long after the fire has passed. The HVAC filter(s) need to be changed and the system should be inspected by a HVAC professional to ensure there has been no damage incurred during the fire.

SERVPRO professionals are IICRC certified in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

SERVPRO Offers Content Pack Out, Pack Back, & Storage Services to Your Commercial Property

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       For more info & to verify that content cleaning and restoration services are offered in your area, contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz

If your business suffers water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO are the premier choice for content restoration and pack-out.

Content Pack-Out

There are scenarios that require business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a business suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work.

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz provides complete pack-out services. We will carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to an off-site facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists.

  • Artwork
  • Documents
  • Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (televisions, computers, stereos, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Retail Inventory

Storage

Meanwhile at a SERVPRO restoration location, your items are stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. They remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Content Pack Back

After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to your business using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack-out process. Your items are loaded, transported and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack-out inventories.

Content cleaning and restoration is offered at SERVPRO locations and on select jobs and services performed. The availability and scope of content cleaning and restoration varies by location, job, insurance provider (if applicable) and other factors.

The Relationship Between Carpets & Mold

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To schedule mold remediation, please contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz today at 323-667-3100

No one wants mold growing in their home. If you suspect mold is present in your home, apartment, or commercial building, the wall-to-wall carpeting should be the first place you check. Learn what to look for, how to get mold out of carpet, and how to prevent future mold problems.

Why Is Carpet at Risk for Mold Growth?

Mold needs four things to grow: moisture, an organic food source, oxygen, and a surface to grow on. Damp wall-to-wall carpeting and rugs meet these criteria perfectly. After all, the dirt, dust, pet dander, and microorganisms that settle in your carpet provide ample organic material for mold to feed on. Add a little water to the mix, and you have a recipe for mold growth.

Carpet Mold Symptoms

Just because you can’t see mold on the carpet fibers doesn’t mean there’s not mold under the carpet pad. In fact, the only time you can see mold growing on the surface of the carpet is if you have unusually severe contamination. This means you need to dig a little deeper to find evidence of carpet mold. Here are the symptoms to watch for:

  • Wet or water-damaged carpet: Flooding or a plumbing leak can result in standing water in carpeted areas. Unless you remove, clean, and dry the carpet within 24 to 48 hours, mold growth is very likely.
  • Wet carpet padding: Even minimal moisture caused by high humidity or condensation beneath the carpet pad is enough for mold to grow.
  • Odors and stains: Any discoloration or musty odor is a sign of carpet mildew or mold.

How to Get Mold Out of Carpet

Many times, once you discover carpet mold, it’s too late to salvage it. If the mold has spread several square feet, the carpet will likely need to be replaced.

Still, if you act quickly enough and the contamination hasn’t spread, it may be possible to get mold out of the carpet. Start by cleaning the carpet thoroughly with detergent and water in a steam-cleaning machine. Dry the carpet thoroughly to ensure mold doesn’t grow again. If detergent doesn’t work and you decide to try something stronger, test an inconspicuous area of the carpet first to ensure it doesn’t damage the fibers.

How to Prevent Mold in Carpet

Once the existing mold is cleaned up, avoid a recurrence with these tips:

  • Avoid laying carpet in high-humidity areas: Basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are often inappropriate for carpeting. Stick to tile floors and area rugs to avoid the need to rip out contaminated wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Reduce indoor humidity: Run a dehumidifier to keep the relative humidity between 30 and 60 percent.
  • Clean up water damage quickly: Remove, clean, and dry water-damaged carpet within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Also, dry the carpet thoroughly after having it professionally steam cleaned.

Hire a Professional Mold Remediation Company

If you find mold growing under your carpet, it probably covers an extensive area. This means you should schedule professional mold remediation as quickly as possible. The longer you ignore the problem, the more you put your family, employees, or tenants at risk of adverse health effects.

Count on SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz for mold remediation services. We assess the damage, address the source of moisture, remove contaminated items, and clean up salvageable belongings. Our goal is to restore a clean, safe, mold-free environment.

Fire Prevention Tips

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Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured in fires, and more than 100 firefighters are killed while on duty. Eighty three percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences. Many of these fires could have been prevented. Direct loss due to fires is estimated at nearly $8.6 billion annually. Intentionally set structure fires resulted in an estimated $664 million in property damage. The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of a

fire:

SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

  • Install smoke alarms. Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.

COOKING SAFETY

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
  • Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.

ESCAPING THE FIRE

  • Have an escape plan. Review escape routes with your family.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the floor, where the air is safer, when escaping from a fire.
  • In high-rise, never lock fire exits or doorways, halls or stairways. Never prop stairway or other fire

doors open.

HEATING SOURCE

  • Place space heaters at least three feet away from flammable/combustible materials.
  • Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.

MATCHES/LIGHTERS AND SMOKING

  • Keep matches/lighters away from children.
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated.
  • If you must smoke, do it responsibly.

ELECTRICAL WIRING

  • Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs
  • Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
  • Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets.

10 Fireplace Safety Tips To Stay Warm and Safe

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Did you know that the leading cause of accidental fires in American homes comes from fuel burning appliances? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, solid fuel burning appliances account for 5 to 10 percent of all household fires, and cause major damage for homeowners. The main causes of fire include: inadequate clearance between the wood burner and walls, floors and furniture; creosote buildup in the chimney; poorly or improperly installed chimneys and improper installation of the wood burner itself. These wood burning and fireplace safety tips can help keep you and your family safe this winter.

Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Read the instructions for your wood burning stove and follow them carefully
  • Do not use flammable or combustible liquid (gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, etc.) to start a fire
  • Do not burn plastics, wood or garbage that has been painted or treated with chemicals. These materials can create toxic gases and can cause corrosion in the vent, chimney and heater
  • Burn wood recommended by the manufacturer only
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a metal lid. Then place this container onto a concrete surface away from combustible materials outside. These embers may still be hot for several days, so always dispose of them with caution
  • Place both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, and test these units regularly.
  • Place a multi-purpose fire extinguisher near your wood burner. The extinguisher should be UL listed or Factory Manual (FM) approved and have a rating of 2A-10B: C at minimum
  • Inspect the firebrick liner in your stove, if you have one. Should the liner show signs of wear, replace it immediately and do not use the unit until the liner is replaced
  • Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will allow the fire to heat up which will, in turn, force toxic carbon monoxide into your house.
  • Solid fuel units tend to require a lot more maintenance than other heating systems. Therefore, regular inspections and care are needed to protect your home and family against fire and carbon monoxide poisoning

Humidity Levels in Your Crawlspace Affect the Rest of Your Home

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Mold in Your Crawlspace? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz 323-667-3100

What’s the threshold humidity level for mold growth?

When the relative humidity of your crawl space is 70% or higher, mold can thrive.

“Relative” humidity is the humidity level expressed in a percentage of the amount of moisture in the air needed for “saturation” (i.e. the highest level of humidity – 100%). The amount of water the air can hold (humidity level) is dependent upon the temperature of the air itself. When the humidity level begins to creep up past 70% relative humidity, this provides the perfect environment for mold growth!

I’m seeing condensation. What does that mean?

Condensation is an indication that the air within your crawl space has reached 100%. The air can no longer hold the moisture and it’s condensing onto the surfaces, causing the organic materials that make up your crawl space to become damp, which will result in mold growth. Being able to track the changes in both of these conditions in your crawl space will allow you to see trends and anticipate necessary changes.

For instance, if the weather is hot during the day but the temperature plummets at night, this can cause problems for your crawl space’s humidity levels. The daytime temperature is higher, which allows the air to hold more moisture. As night approaches and the air cools, the amount of moisture the air can hold also decreases – causing the relative humidity level to rise. A crawl space that was at a permissible humidity level during the day can run into problems when night falls.

Having unconditioned air below your living spaces makes the whole house harder to heat and cool as well as provide the perfect damp setting for mold spores to breed. In the past, we were told that crawlspaces needed to be ventilated. Now, however, we are learning that crawlspaces need to be treated almost as if they were living spaces. In other words, areas that are in contact with your living space affect your living space. So if you have a crawlspace, what solution is available?

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can help you dry out the dampest crawlspaces and turn them into drier, healthier foundations for your home that aren’t breeding grounds for mold spores.

Top 7 Areas Mold Is Growing In Your Home!

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Mold? SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is here to help!

One of the first signs that you have a mold problem will be a “musty” or “mildewy” odor. The next step is to determine where the smell is coming from. The seven areas listed below are some of the most common areas in a home where you will find mold. Other visual clues to look for during your investigation of these areas include: buckled floorboards, discolored carpet, new water stains on the ceiling or wall, and/or actual visual growth such as black specs.

Mold Area #1: Bathrooms and Kitchens

The most common area where you will find mold is under the sinks because of leaks.

Mold Area #2: Appliances

Another potential source of leaks are your refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machines. Check behind and under the appliances for mold.

Mold Area #3: Roof

If you notice water stains on the ceilings, then your roof could be leaking which will cause mold if the leak is not repaired.

Mold Area #4: Windows

If you have condensation in the home, you will likely find mold on the window sills and around the windows.

Mold Area #5: Basement

If there is high humidity in your home, then check your basement and other areas of the home for mold.

Mold Area #6: Closets

Leaky pipes, high humidity, and other sources of moisture can result in hidden mold in your closets. If there are boxes in the closet, move them and check the walls and floor for mold.

Mold Area #7: Crawl Spaces

Moisture in your crawl space will cause mold to grow.

What Is Black Mold?

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Think you have black mold? Contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100 immediately.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing.

It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have.

All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Please refer to ourMold Damage Tipsto learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.

Understanding The Fire Restoration Process

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SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz professionals have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition!

It is imperative that IICRC-approved fire restoration should be implemented as soon as possible after a house fire is out. The longer the delay in contacting a restoration company, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. A homeowner’s insurance company should be able to refer an approved and experienced restoration firm such as, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its before-fire state. A restoration team has a difficult task to perform, and a great deal of responsibility, but IICRC-approved technicians are well-equipped to return a home to its original condition.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Carpets undergo a chemical process to remove smoke odor. Sub-floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subject to a similar process. Furnishings are taken to a separate location and restored to pre-fire condition. The home is aired out for as long as needed to diminish the effects of odor and mildew, and deodorization efforts continue throughout the process. Through the cooperation of the insurance company, the SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz team, and homeowner(s), a home can be restored and made safe to live in once again.

SERVPRO offers 24/7 Emergency Fire Damage Services

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SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz answers the call and immediately moves into action 24/7. When the fire is out, timing is critical. Fire damage repairs must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness.

Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate damage on salvageable property, such as household items, fixtures, metals and other contents. Our state-of-the science techniques and cleaning processes often prevent replacement costs, thereby reducing costs. Fire and smoke damage restoration require knowledge and skill; our SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz professionals have the expertise to do the job right.  

Within hours after a fire, metal fixtures including door handles and faucets can suffer permanent damage if not properly treated immediately. With knowledge and compassion, each independently owned and operated SERVPRO office has a team of licensed technicians who are fully trained and certified in fire and smoke damage.

Commercial Restoration Services

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      If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz 323-667-3100

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning

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If you’re looking for your commercial cleaning to be, “Done Right”, contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz today! 323-667-3100

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

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Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz  offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Commercial Water Damage Services

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Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Hollywood
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Los Angeles
  • Los Feliz

Commercial Storm Water Damage

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 Storm damage happens to offices too! Let SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz make it, "Like it never even happened."

Damage to your commercial property due to a flood and other types of water damage can mean lost revenue and potentially, lost customers.

If your business requires water damage restoration due to broken plumbing, flooding or as a result of fire suppression, time is absolutely of the essence. That's why SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is on call 24/7 to provide your business with a reliable lifeline when water damage restoration is needed. Let us partner with you to help minimize business interruption and get you, your employees and your customers back to business as quickly as possible.

There is a sense of urgency associated with a flood or other types of water damage. That's because fast, effective water remediation prevents the further complication of mold. At SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, we have the labor, equipment and expertise to handle disasters both large and small, from water damage due to a plumbing leak to large loss situations due to major flooding. Our commercial water damage restoration expertise spans all industries, from retail and hospitality, to healthcare, government and industrial clients.

After the Storm: How to Check Your Property for Damage

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      Looking for a professional restoration company to repair any damage to your property due to a storm? Contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz!

The storms have stopped and the wind is calm. Outside the skies begin to clear, revealing downed trees, misplaced outdoor furniture, and random pieces of debris. From your window, your property appears unharmed. But is it really? What about the roof? The windows? The new siding and gutters?

There's no telling what kind of property damage a storm can bring. Even if it appears your property survived the wicked winds, taking a walk around your home could reveal a hidden problem you might not have seen otherwise.

Here's a quick checklist of what you should look for, courtesy of the National Storm Damage Center:

1) Window Damage
Get up close and personal with your windows, checking for shattered glass, broken panes, or damaged frames. Look carefully for small holes or cracks in unsuspecting areas.

2) Roof Damage
Check for loose or cracked shingles. If you have an asphalt roof, unidentified dark spots could be storm damage. Determine if any debris is lodged under shingles, too.

3) Clogged Gutters
Heavy rains can down limbs, bringing with it leaves and small branches that can clutter your gutter. Check for fragments jammed along the gutter and in the downspout.

4) Exterior Damage
Siding can tear loose, paint can peel, and stucco can break free. Even brick can suffer the wrath of a bad storm. Take a walk around your home and check for any potential damage. Holes, breaks, and splitting are common side effects of a storm. Discoloration of siding or brick is another symptom.

Identifying any immediate damage can save you time and money, especially if the damage is excessive and requires a call to your insurance company. Waiting to repair your home can create more costly problems somewhere down the road.

How Can You Protect Your Home from Storm Water?

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  Let SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz help you be, "Ready for Whatever Happens"

During a storm, you can go outside and observe how the water flows. Take note of the different grades and slopes and whether they divert the flowing water away from your home. Look for any low spots that collect or pool water and for any steep slopes that have indications of surface erosion.

Consider the steps needed to protect your property from water runoff. Rain that falls on roofs, driveways, patios, roads and other impervious areas moves across the ground surface at greater speeds. The property adjacent to these areas could be more susceptible to damage. Frozen soil can also increase risk of damage by preventing water from being absorbed by the soil. Replacing impervious areas with pervious surfaces, such as permeable paving stones or pavers, can also help.

Other questions you might consider:

Is storm water that falls on impervious surfaces diverted away from your house? This is the work of things like roof gutter downspouts, driveways, walkways and patios. Runoff from these surfaces should be directed to an area that has the ability to absorb or slow the surface flow, such as landscaped areas, and away from your house.

Does your driveway or other impervious surface have a negative pitch back toward the house? Consider installing trench drains or area drains to help prevent pooling and divert water away from the house.

Do you have retaining walls on your property? If so, it is important that the walls have a drainage system in place to alleviate pressure behind the wall. Periodically clean weep holes to ensure they are not clogged. Surface water should not be allowed to cascade over the top of the wall and instead should be diverted to the end of the wall or around it.

Is a portion of your house below ground level, such as a basement? Make sure any sewer and water lines, or any other pipes or lines that penetrate subsurface walls, and foundation cracks are properly sealed. Basements that are prone to water intrusion should have a water collection system in place, such as a sump pump system. 

Do you have a sewer or septic system and property with known high water tables? Have the system checked by a professional. If the groundwater rises too high, it can affect the efficiency and operation of the system. In some cases, this may lead to sewer back up or waste leaching above the ground or back into the house.

Make sure that your house exterior is maintained, including roofing, flashings, weather barriers, windows, doors and sealants.

While you cannot prevent against all damage from storm water runoff during large acts of nature, these steps can help protect your home when storms do hit.

Storm Damage Clean Up & Restoration

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

   If storm water does damage to your home or business, call in the experts, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz 323-667-3100

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Today 323-667-3100

SERVPRO Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry 
  • Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help
  • Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage

How to Claim Insurance for Water Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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Flooding and water damage are not things that most home owners ever expect to face. However, when it happens, you will probably be at a loss for how to deal with it, especially when it comes to insurance.

Should the unthinkable happen, the following will help walk you through to file a claim:

    • Review Your Coverage
      Review all of your insurance documentation. Locate the contact number for your insurance company’s claims office. If you cannot find it on the paperwork, then it should be on their website. When you call, have your policy in front of you for reference.
    • Be Calm
      Make sure you are not emotional before you call. You need to be able to talk to the adjuster (the insurance representative who will discuss the details with you) in a way that is clear and concise. You won’t be able to do that if you are obviously upset.
    • Keep Your Details Short
      Just give the adjuster the facts. Unless they ask for details, keep it as short as possible, giving them only the information they need to properly understand the situation. There are rules and regulations that govern insurance coverage, so you don’t need to try to persuade the adjuster over the phone.
    • Have Proof
      Pictures of your dishwasher overflowing or flooding around a door are definitely proof that can be used to help make your case. Receipt from a plumber or information from the city or county about the cause of the damage will also be very helpful in getting the claim processed.
    • Mitigation
      If you need to mitigate the damage (stop it from getting worse), the insurance company may make a recommendation for a company. It is ONLY a recommendation, so you can contact another restoration company if you prefer. 

Water Damage Care Tips

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Professionals at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can help you with your water damage. Call us today! 323-667-3100

Before entering the affected area:

  • Turn off the power
  • Attempt to locate the source of water and shut it off, if possible.
  • Use caution when walking on the wet floors

Once the area has been secured:

  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe furnishing dry.
  • Block furnishings with pieces of wood on styrofoam. Be careful not to place anything with dye or color against damp surfaces as they may bleed.
  • Lift any Window treatments off carpet, loop through a non-metal coat hanger and hang on drapery rod.
  • Remove wet area rugs on other floor coverings
  • Move photos, paintings and art to a safe, dry area
  • Open furniture drawers, closet doors and luggage to enhance drying.
  • Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry

Call a Professional Restoration Company 

  • To ensure proper drying 
  • To prevent possible mold growth 
  • To ensure proper clean-up 
  • To restore your property back to its normal state

Water Damage is NOT a DIY Job

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz to get the job done right

Despite the magazines, television shows, and Internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialized tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage and even mold.

Additional benefits of hiring a professional water damage restoration company:

  1. Health Hazards: Depending on the source of the water damage, safety can become a concern. There are three varying degrees of water damage, ranging from clean water to black water, each more hazardous than the next. Black water, the most dangerous of the three, is water that has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
  2. Hidden Damage: Water damage is not always obvious. Sometimes it is found inside walls and under flooring. If you attempt a DIY restoration and fail to diagnose hidden damage, the resulting issues could be extreme…and expensive.
  3. Peace of Mind: Hiring a professional restoration company gives you the peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to rectify the situation.

Commercial Biohazard Cleanup

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Bio Hazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7

At SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage back up, blood clean up or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do's and don'ts after a contamination;

What to DO after a contamination   

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated 
  • Turn off all the HVAC systems if there is sewage damage

What NOT to do after a contamination

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place (hang furs and leather goods)
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Situations that contain any bio-hazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (323) 667-3100

Mold in Winter

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Got Mold? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

When temperatures start to drop, homeowners tend to stop worrying about mold and direct their attention toward household issues that are more commonly associated with cold weather. However, mold can develop in winter as well. While mold thrives in warm, humid environments, the primary contributor to mold growth is moisture, which can get out of hand at any time of year.

Excessive indoor moisture can be caused by a number of issues; water damage, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs, high indoor humidity, and condensation are potential concerns.

Condensation on and around windows, in particular, is normal and may seem harmless, but it is one of the biggest moisture culprits when it’s cold outside but warm inside—as is typically the case during winter.

Window condensation occurs when moisture in the warm air inside your home liquefies upon contact with glass or other surfaces that are drastically cooler due to freezing outdoor temperatures. High humidity contributes to this process because there is excess moisture in the air.

While minor condensation doesn’t usually lead to problems, it is important to dry window surfaces regularly to keep condensation from accumulating and being absorbed by the wood and drywall around the windows. Mold feeds on such organic materials and can develop in as little as 24 hours. Mold Prevent specializes in attic mold remediation.  If you are in need of mold removal services, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can help!

Fire Clean Up & Restoration

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a major fire in a N.Hollywood home. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz was called out to complete the fire clean up & restoration

Quality Service You Can Trust. Fire can strike at any time. From small house fires to warehouse infernos, the effects can be devastating. Damage caused by smoke and soot accumulation can render any building uninhabitable. Our SERVPRO 24 hour emergency  crew can help you recover from the extensive damage that fires can cause and get any building back up to your standards. We use an approach that doesn’t just take into account the safety and usability of a building. We move to stop ongoing damage and restore the property to pre-fire conditions.

If the building has taken heavy fire damage, then the process of restoring it might be more extensive. Often, in cases of severe damage, some level of demolition is necessary. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz will keep the demolition as safe and as contained to the affected area as possible. After that, we will move ahead with the repair and reconstruction process.

During our work onsite, including the clean-up and pack-out, we will be conducting assessments across the entire home, office or industrial building. This helps us develop an understanding of where simple smoke and soot damage cleanup is appropriate, or where we need to begin a more serious reconstruction strategy. Damage assessments and estimates are provided alongside photographs so you understand what work is necessary. If the roof has suffered damage, this might also include a temporary roof repair so that the interior is kept covered and insulated from any environmental damage. From there, we can begin rebuilding the structure and restoring it.

Fire damage can lead to further water damage due to burst pipes and potential mold damage as a consequence. If any further damage is discovered, you will be informed and be given the option to restore these, as well. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is always, “Ready for Whatever Happens”.  

Water Damage & Restoration

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SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz extracting water in a commercial building in Hollywood, CA.

Water damage is a common occurrence for homeowners and business owners alike. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is available around the clock to respond to any water damage emergency. We will work to ensure that the area is dried completely and the threat of mold and pathogen growth is eliminated. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz uses proper procedures, techniques, products and equipment to help restore the property to its pre-Ioss condition as safely and as rapidly as possible.

In addition to removing the water, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz will go on with the contents pack out/pack back. Any items that can be moved out of immediate danger will be moved first. After that, belongings will be listed in an inventory and removed entirely from the home. If there are any items you would not like removed but returned to you immediately, simply let our team know. From there, a process of damage inspection and drying will begin. You will receive photos to go with your inventory so you know the condition of any items removed from the building.

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz has access to an expert team of water damage restoration experts with industrial-level equipment that dries, sanitizes, and restores the building to the condition it was in prior to the emergency. Your building and possessions will be back in the state you want them. Most importantly, you’ll be kept updated every step of the way. Every item removed, every piece of damage recorded, every estimate and every course of action will be presented to you giving you the information you need to make the right choice.

See How SERVPRO Can Help with Commercial Fire Damage

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If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us at (323) 667-3100

Commercial fire damage can cause tremendous problems for your business. Though it may start relatively small, all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences, and if you are not careful, you may end up causing significant damage to your property. Fortunately, however, you can contact reliable experts to help you get your damage under control. Being aware of the repair process can help you understand what to tell the experts when it's time to take care of the damage.

Preliminary Inspections
Before the professionals can begin looking into any repair procedures; they will arrive at your property and take a look at the area to determine what the damage is like. This inspection is usually thorough, but the experts may need to take their time in particularly extensive instances of wear and tear. After the inspection, the specialists begin drawing up their plans. You can ask them about the necessary procedures, and they will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the repair process.

Area Cleaning
After agreeing upon the procedures and schedules, the experts will prepare their equipment and come to your property at a later time. When they arrive, they will close off the area and make all the necessary preparations to begin the cleaning. The initial cleaning is relatively quick and paves the way for future procedures. Professionals will take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged equipment. It is strongly recommended for homeowners to clean up the area ahead of time to speed up the process for the professionals.

Odor Treatment
Often, the most difficult part of any cleanup procedure is taking care of the scent in the area. Burnt odors may linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a microscopic level. No matter the extent of the damage, experts will take care of the scent by utilizing advanced cleaning technology. They permanently remove the presence of all odors in the area, making sure that there is no moisture damage around the sections of the property that did not sustain direct fire damage.

Final Restoration Steps
Once the odors are taken care of and the surrounding area appears clean, the professional’s then move on to the last step in addressing commercial fire damage. They survey the area and make sure that they did not miss any details. If there is serious structural damage to the property, the professionals may make the necessary repairs themselves or provide you with the contact information of experts who can help. The specialists take their time to address all details because lingering smoke and fire damage may result in future problems.

SERVPRO in Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is a locally owned business, and our experts always strive to provide our customers with efficient work and quality service. No matter the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered, we are ready to work with you and do our best to restore your area back to its desired state.

Facts on Toxic Mold

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

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Mold is just a fact of life. It can't completely be escaped, as there's always a little bit around in the air where we go. With that said, there are risks associated with mold, as you well know for things like food and wood. While these are troublesome, there's also a type of mold that contains something called mycotoxins that can actually cause some severe health problems for people such as memory loss or a pulmonary hemorrhage. Common sense is generally the best way to prevent mold from growing and to deal with any problems associated with existing mold, but let's take a closer look at some common mold questions to see what the proper course of action is.


Structure Mold
It's very normal for a home or even a business to be inhabited by mold. It grows just about anywhere as long as there is moisture.


How Do Molds Get There?
Molds are a natural part of just about any indoor environment. They generally enter into the premises through windows, doors, or even ventilation systems. Spores that come from outside can easily attach to both people and animals, which makes excellent vehicles to get inside.


Understanding Stachybotrys Chartarum
Stachybotrys Chartarum is a dark green or even black colored mold that will generally grow on things such as gypsum or fiber board, paper, dust, or even lint due to its preference for materials with high cellulose and low nitrogen. It requires regular moisture such as from leaks or high humidity.


Do I Have to Leave My Home?
If you think you are sick because of mold present in your home, then you may consider vacating until the problem is resolved.


Am I at Risk?
Generally, people with allergies can be a bit more sensitive to mold, but anyone can be affected by it.


How to Check for Mold
Mold is oftentimes identified by simply being seen or smelled.


The Potential Risk to Health
Just because you've been exposed to mold, it does not mean that you may be at risk for health problems. There are some people that are more sensitive to standard mold and some mold that is much more harmful than other types, however.

If your home or business has been affected by a land slide, who do you call?

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz will be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, of course. Our technicians are highly trained in damage restoration and can clean just about anything.


Many parts of a home or business may be damaged during a landslide. Whether it's a priceless family heirloom or important office paperwork, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz has the specialized equipment and products to make it "Like it never even happened."


Our water damage restoration technicians are IICRC certified and readily available when emergency strikes. We also have a team of construction experts who can get your home or business up and running again. 


SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can do it all. There is no job too big or small and we make your needs our highest priority. Why deal with multiple contractors when you can work with one company that will handle everything?


If you are faced with damage to your home or business due to a landslide call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz today.


Over the past couple years, flooding has been a major problem in and around the Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz area. Storms can roll through bringing strong winds, thunder and lightning, and torrential rain. The large amount of rain is not absorbed by the ground quick enough, so the water runs off and accumulates in low-lying areas. Water will also run into creeks, rivers, and ponds causing them to swell, which means that the water levels to rise. Both bodies of water and low-lying areas can quickly accumulate water and the water can rise very fast.


If the forecast is calling for heavy rain, it is a good idea to stay up-to-date on the threat level. A flood or flash flood warning means that flooding is possible and you should be prepared to possibly carry out your emergency plan. A flood or flash flood watch means that flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If your home or business is prone to flooding, you will be told to evacuate the area.


When planning for an emergency, the first step is getting basic supplies together. Some of these items include water, canned food, first aid supplies, and batteries for radios and flashlights. These items should be kept together in a separate area from where they would usually be stored, and everyone in your home or office should know where it is located in the event that an emergency were to occur. It is also a good idea to keep important documents – birth certificates, medical records, insurance cards - in this box/area. If a flood warning is issued, fill your gas tank and move your emergency items into your car. If you do not own a car, make arrangements with family, friends, or neighbors for transportation. Gather family and pets, if possible. If your pets will not fit in a car with you, or if you own livestock and are unable take them, find a safe area to move them to. You should also adjust refrigerator thermostats to the coolest possible temperature in case the power goes out.


If you are told that you need to evacuate your home or business, you should leave as soon as possible; never ignore this order! It is advised to turn off your water, electricity, and gas and to unplug appliances, if you have time, to reduce the possibility of additional damage occurring to your home. Those of us who have grown up in the area, have heard the saying a thousand times – “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. Don’t ever attempt to walk or drive through flood waters. You cannot be sure of how deep the water actually is, nor can you properly gauge the strength of the moving water.


Flooding is common in our area and being prepared is essential to avoid making a bad situation worse. If your home or business experiences flood or water damage, call our team in green! 


 

With spring showers on the way, experts say local homeowners should start looking into how to prevent water damage now.

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If you have any further questions/concerns or if you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz . (323) 667-3100.

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz has released these tips on how to protect homes from heavy rain and flooding:



  • Inspect sump pumps – a sump pump removes water that accumulates underneath a home and is one of the best defenses against flooded basements and subsequent costly repairs. All too often, though, homeowners don’t find out their sump pump is not working properly until it’s too late and spring showers are already wreaking havoc on your home. It is recommended that you inspect your sump pump each spring to ensure it’s working properly.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts – leaves and debris from spring storms can lead to clogged gutters and downspouts, and the number one cause of basement flooding is roofs not draining properly. Cleaning your gutters each spring is an inexpensive way to make sure your home is ready for the rain to come. Also, check that downspouts extend away from the home’s foundation by at least three feet, this will help effectively move rain water away from the home.

  • Consider back-flow valves – sewer back-flow valves are small, inexpensive parts that are installed in sewer drainage lines to help regulate water flow. These small valves can save big headaches by preventing sewer water from entering a basement during heavy rain and go a long way to making your basement flood proof.

  • Check for basement leaks – take a few minutes this weekend to inspect both the interior and exterior of your home’s foundation, walls, floors and windows for any cracks that may have developed during the winter months. Even a minor crack can lead to major water damage during a heavy spring shower. You can use a basic waterproof epoxy and a paintbrush or putty knife to patch any small cracks you find.

Safety Precautions Following Residential Water Loss

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz!

When disaster strikes in your home, it is essential to be safe when dealing with damaged items in your household. 

The effects of water damage in a residential home can both be controlled OR worsened depending on the actions taken. Here are a few tips on how to safely control the situation before help arrives:

DO

  • Remove any undamaged items away from the contaminated area
  • Prop up any upholstery items to avoid further damage
  • Place aluminum foil or blocks of wood under wood furniture to prevent damage to personal items
  • Stay out of rooms that have sagging and wet walls

DON'T

  • Attempt to remove water using personal vacuum or hepa-vac
  • Leave any paper items on wet surfaces such as books or magazines
  • use any electrical outlets or appliances In the affected water area
  • Leave standing water alone for an extended period of time as it could cause mold to grow

Protect Your Home and Valuables from Water Damage

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Look out for signs of water damage to your home & protect your valuables!

Whether you are purchasing a home or renting it, there are numerous things that people should pay close attention to, especially if they want to protect its value. Though there are many different types of problems that can compromise its overall structure, one of the most expensive and horrific is water damage. Because water damage can occur in a wide variety of ways, it is essential for everyone to be familiar with what the symptoms are as early as possible, to minimize all of the damages. To that end, here are a few common symptoms that the owners and those that rent should recognize as early as possible.

Leaks in the Roof

As mentioned, there are many different signs of water damage in and surrounding a home. One of the most notable involves leaks in the roof. Initially, these leaks may start off small but can also become vast as time passes. These water leaks can also lead to brown spotted discoloring on the roof as well as holes that people can see through. Therefore, it is essential for the individual to review the roofing as soon as possible for a professional to examine and repair before further damage occurs. In some cases, the water damage can be so severe that it can impact the structure of the home.

Bubbles in the Walls

Other signs of water damage are also visible to the naked eye. Because water damage can be found in the walls of a home and in the floor boards, it is not uncommon for the walls to reflect a certain amount of damage too. For those who have an opportunity to see water damage spread, they should be able to recall seeing the walls of the home puckering up with defects like bubbles that can be seen on top of its surface.

Wet Carpeting

Leaks in the roof and bubbles in the wall may appear because of storm damage. However, water damage in a home is not limited to thunderstorms and rain but may also include flooding on the property too. So when the water rises too high, people may see wet carpeting that can eventually lead to mold damage if the water is not quickly extracted.


SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is a leader in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water damage condition. 

Understanding the Different Types of Smoke

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. The SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, The SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows the SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Professionals to focus on saving your precious items.


The SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different types of Smoke



  • Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

  • Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) – Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

  • Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) – While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue) – Special loss situations require special care.


The SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. 

The Harmful Effects of Smoke and Fire

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Contact us today at (323) 667-3100 and learn more about our Fire Clean Up & Restoration Services.

During a fire, smoke inhalation is one of the most dangerous effects that incapacitates people. The materials that our furniture, clothing and other items are made of can produce dangerous residue. As a fire spreads inside a building, it will produce two life-threatening events - consume most of the breathable oxygen and create toxic gasses.

Not only will fire damage affect structures, but it is also quite lethal to people. Smoke contains tiny particles that are harmful in their own way. These include vapors which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin and that act as poison within the body. Minute particles of our burning property are so tiny that they penetrate our respiratory and digestive system. These minute particles are so small; they enter our lungs, as well as cause irritation to our eyes. 
 
Toxic gasses are a part of the characteristics of smoke. These gasses are the most deadly substances anywhere, consisting of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, cyanide and phosgene which is formed when products like vinyl are burned. These gasses also absorb the air we are trying to breathe, either by consuming it or by displacing it with other elements.
  
Smoke inhalation prevention measures can be taken that includes having smoke detectors in every room of a home or office. Also, invest in carbon monoxide detectors which should be placed in areas that are at risk for carbon monoxide exposure. Fire damage is always a devastating experience for you and the family. 

Feelings of confusion and stress are common. This is not the time to work with uncaring professionals. When SERVPRO arrives, we always treat people with great empathy and above all – respect! We will also treat your property and belongings with great care. 

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz are experts in fire, water and mold remediation. We are locally owned and operated, so that when you call us, we arrive very quickly and are ready to work for you. 

You Need the Best Results When Your Business Experiences Commercial Water Damage

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage to your business? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at (323) 667-3100 any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

We know that your main concern is getting your business operations back to normal as soon as possible after any catastrophe, but commercial water damage is much more complex than most problems experienced by businesses today. Categories of water can quickly change from non-hazardous to very dangerous quickly. Water can spread in almost any direction, including up if conditions are right, and remaining flood waters can instantaneously ruin some certain products with even minute amounts.

Commercial water damage presents unique challenges because of the environment involved. From warehouses storing agricultural products to leather processing plants, inventory protection, and worker safety is both important to any business. Different types of water can cause damage, and even the cleanest water, category 1, can turn into the worst, category 3 when contaminants are present. These can happen when clean water is mixed or combined with another source of category 3 water, even if it is not causing any damage by itself (such as sewer water) or when bags of previously dry substances such as fertilizers or pesticides become saturated, and their contents leach into the water.

The damage to your inventory can also rapidly multiply. When products at the bottom of a stack can be a conduit for water by wicking it upwards toward other product that has not been damaged, it’s common sense to get those products on top removed to a safer location. We have team members who can provide this service while our technicians work in other areas, protecting your business from increased inventory loss.

Stacked bags of concrete and other dry products that are designed to be mixed with water, oil, or other liquid just prior to use may seem to be in saleable condition until they are examined on their undersides where water has accumulated. These ruined items need to be removed and accounted for on inventory loss sheets. For insurance purposes, all products need to be re-inventoried and noted as to their condition before the conclusion of our restoration work.

After you've made the initial call to us, we can begin the restoration process. Returning your business to normal operations is important, and we understand the complexities involved in keeping your employees safe while protecting your business's bottom line.

Let the Professionals at SERVPRO Get Rid of the Mold in your Home or Business

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Call us for all of your Mold Remediation needs 24/7 at (323) 667-3100

The prospect of having mold remediation specialists enter your home and set up decontamination areas is the stuff of science fiction movies for the most part. If you have never experienced extensive mold damage before, it will be an entirely new process. And yes, it can look a little strange at first. 

The reality, however, is that containment booths and decontamination areas are a lot less dramatic than they seem. They are very common, and they really are not designed to protect homeowners at all. The primary purpose of mold containment is to protect the property. Mold damage in homes can spread very quickly if left unchecked. 

This guide to the containment procedures used by SERVPRO will tell you a little more about what to expect. 

What Does Containment Look Like? 

The level of containment will depend entirely on the extent of the problem. Usually, however, we only set up small areas and cause minimal disruption to daily routines. If the mold damage is spreading across a bedroom wall, for example, the SERVPRO team may need to establish a containment perimeter around the room. 

While this does mean that you will not be able to enter, there is no danger to worry about. Containment prevents mold spores from being carried out of the space and into other areas of the home. The technicians will wear special PPE suits and footwear, which are treated to neutralize spores every time that they exit the perimeter. 

There will be clear polyethylene sheets set up around the affected area. They may be hung over doorways, across carpets, and along ceilings in some cases. If items or materials are removed from the containment space, they will be wrapped in this plastic first. Once again, it can look a little strange, but the SERVPRO team will discuss any concerns that you might have. 

What Happens Inside the Containment Area? 

The processes carried out inside the containment area are no different to those that are used on any other mold remediation job. The use of polyethylene sheets simply helps to maintain certain drying conditions. The technicians will set up dehumidifiers, negative air movers, and possibly ozone generators to deal with the source of the damp. 

It may be necessary to keep some of the machines (such as fans) running constantly over a period of days. You will be informed of this, and the experts will be on site regularly to check progress. 

Don’t let mold and mold damage take over your home. Get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz. We are experienced, highly skilled, and provide excellent customers service. 

Why Trusting a Restoration Professional After a Fire Is So Important

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Making Fire & Water damage, "Like it never even happened."

Because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition, smoky residue saturates every opening. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist. When the cleaning teams do arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.


Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals. Most importantly, a restoration effort reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. 


If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye they might believe the issue has been fixed, they experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on in the form of increased respiratory discomfort.  


Companies such as SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition.


Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz 323-667-3100 "Like it never even happened."

Flooding is Never Nice

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

For storm and/or flood damage contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz!

Whether you live on the coast, near a lake, or riverside, the flood will find you. And when it does, it can leave you with years’ worth of damage, not to mention credit card bills and bankruptcy.


Various news stories of commercial and residential properties drowning in murky waters, or sitting empty a year later look abandoned and still reeking with remnants of saturated insulation and mold hanging from the beams, will inject fear into any property owner.


That’s when you call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, to make sure the situation is handled so there are no surprises and no adverse effects on the occupants’ health or safety.


SERVPRO® Cleans Up the Mess after a Flood


Homeowners tell us there is no greater devastation than seeing the house they’ve made a home destroyed by a quick-moving flood. The fact that the flood could have been caused by something as innocuous as a leaking pipe behind the washing machine makes the destruction seem even more senseless. In addition, water renders some materials more susceptible to rot. These are just a few of the many aftereffects of a flood. All of our SERVPRO technicians have been properly trained to professionally clean up the mess after a flood.


SERVPRO® of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz Should Be On Speed-Dial


The SERVPRO® of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz team has been trained to respond, swiftly and knowledgably.


Back in the day (as they say), houses were made of straw, stone, or brick. If they weren’t blown down or burned up, they were abandoned by the time the children were grown. Today, the American home is our castle. It reflects our lives, interests, and loves, travels, hopes, memories and the most important people we share it with.


Let’s hope you are not victim of a home-destroying event. But if it happens, don’t panic. Keep our number handy 323-667-3100. We’re here 24/7 to answer the call and make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Flash Flooding Tips, Water Damage Safety

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

When Disaster strikes let SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz make it, "Like it Never Even Happened"!


Before:



  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

  • Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

  • If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

  • More:

  • What to do before a flood.


During:


(Excerpted from ready.gov )



  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

  • If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:


    • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

    • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.


  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

  • If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:


    • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

    • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

    • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions



 


 

Should I Use Bleach to Clean Up Mold?

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold problem? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

  1. The key to mold control is moisture control.

  2. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.

  3. Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible.  Dry all items completely.

  4. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.  Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
     

  5. Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold (see discussions: What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas and Hidden Mold).
     

  6. Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.  Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting.  Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
     

  7. If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist.  Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration are commonly listed in phone books.  Be sure to ask for and check references.  Look for specialists who are affiliated with professional organizations.


Should I use bleach?


Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain - these spores will not grow if the moisture problem has been resolved. If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always ventilate the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix chlorine bleach solution with other cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia because toxic fumes could be produced.


Please note: Dead mold may still cause health effects in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.

“Mold Removal” vs. Remediation

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage? No Problem, SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz can help!

What’s the Difference?


Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.


A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.


Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.



  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 323-667-3100

  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

  • Step 3: Mold Containment

  • Step 4: Air Filtration

  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

  • Step 7: Restoration


Signs of Mold? Call Today 323-667-3100


Understanding Mold


When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:



  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 

  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

How Much Does Mold Remediation Cost

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Infestation? Let the pros at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz make it, "Like it never even happened."

Factors Affecting Mold Remediation Cost


If the mold is confined to a fairly small area, you may be able to clean it yourself. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes guidelines for mold cleanup. However, if the damage covers more than about 10 square feet or the HVAC system is infected, you should hire a professional mold and mildew removal service.


The biggest factors that affect the mold remediation cost are the additional repair necessary to prevent mold from returning. If mold growth is extensive, it can cause structural damage to wood-framed buildings, and you may need to find alternate housing until the reformation is completed.


Price Range for Mold Cleanup


Mold removal from a residential crawlspace costs between $500 and $4000, but the final cost of a typical mold cleanup project usually comes up to $2000 and $6000. Mold is rarely confined to one area of a home. It tends to spread into the walls and ventilation system, making it difficult to remove.


Optional Services


A thorough mold inspection should be done both before and after a mold cleanup project. Some companies offer a free inspection, but industry experts recommend having the inspection done by a third party.

Are you in need of a Smoke or Soot clean up?

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

When Fire Damage Strikes call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can indulge it's self in various cavities within your home. which causes hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different types of smoke:

  • Wet Smoke

-Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

  • Dry Smoke

-Fast burning, High temperature, Heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services:

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have You Checked Your Smoke Detector?

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Take precautionary measures & ensure that all of your smoke detectors are working properly

We do a lot of fire damage work. Not only is it very expensive and disruptive it can be devastating to the families involved. While we are always appreciate of the opportunity to help someone in their time of need, there are things that you can do to lower the chances that you would experience a loss like this. Here are some things you should consider.

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
  • More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke detectors be tested at least once a month. It is best to have a regular schedule to test your smoke detectors and the recommendation is to pick a day, perhaps the first Saturday of each month, to ensure that it is not missed. Every smoke alarm in the house must be tested. This can be done by pressing the test button and ensuring that the alarm beeps. It is recommended that the back-up batteries be replaced at least annually. For “hard wired” smoke detectors it is advised that they be replace after ten years.

As a home owner, you need to take adequate precautions to protect your family and property. Apart from saving lives, smoke alarms can also help you save important papers, documents, mementoes and pictures.

Fire Cleanup Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, CA

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its preloss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner. Click on the link below for more information.


http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/fire-smoke-restoration/


Having a fire in your home is devastating. Most people are not educated or prepared for the fire cleanup process. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/.Los Feliz is here to help.


We will make it "Like it never even happened."


Call us today! 323-667-3100

Business Operations Reopen Faster With SERVPRO's Restoration Needs

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100 for all of your commercial restoration services

Getting back into your office economically and efficiently after water damage occurs is important so that you can get your business up and running again. Not only do you need professionals such as SERVPRO to clean up your water damaged building for your business, but you will also want the items inside to be restored as much as possible, too, including all your important documents.


When water damage strikes your business in Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, our staff at SERVPRO can use our structural drying equipment to restore the contents inside your building as well, like your documents that are essential to business. We can dry the exterior of electronic equipment to mitigate water damage; if needed, we can farm out these sensitive pieces of equipment to a third party specialist.

We can create a special chamber to dry out some of your documents which were affected by water damage. The documents will be placed into the chamber and encased by plastic. Then, we will install a hose into the chamber which is connected to our structural drying equipment. This is an on the spot action to reduce on-going water damage. We can successfully dry out the structure of your office space and as many of the contents inside as possible. We also have access to freeze drying processes to salvage documents, fabrics, photographs, and papers. 

Depending upon the kind of water damage and how long your building and contents have been wet, will help us determine what we can salvage or not. If our SERVPRO team is called in soon after the damage occurs, our chances are that much higher that we can save most of the items in your office building. We also work well with your insurance company to keep cost down and efficiency up. 

If, however, the structure or contents are left wet for too long, it can lead to additional long-term problems down the road. Water damage can cause the deterioration of these items and your actual building. Of course, there are many commercial retail shops that suffer a material loss to their merchandise. Fortunately, inventory is not typically a problem in an office setting.

When water damage happens at your office building for any reason, contact our technicians at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz right away. We have a very high success rate in drying all kinds of structures, furnishings, contents and perform these water remediation techniques on a regular basis. The sooner you contact us at (323) 667-3100, the better chance we have at saving as much of your property and contents as possible. Our business is to keep you in business.


 

Commercial Buildings Yeah we do that.....

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100 to optimize your commercial restoration needs!

Did you know SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz provides services for your commercial properties?


Serving the local community when disaster strikes is always important. So is maintaining the cleanliness of your property as well as restoring it when an unforeseen issue occurs. Our services are not limited to residential


Commercial Cleaning:


Many times business owners and property owners will call us to assist in a thorough cleaning quarterly. This helps maintain high standards while taking the pressure and time off of your staff to focus on the money making aspects of the business. Restaurants in particular reach out to us due to the strict standards set forth by the board of health. When the grease has begun to build up, or the walk-in had just too many articles of food under the floor grate they will call for a once over.


Ok so what is a once over? It is a team of people that clean every nook and cranny, wiping it all down. It can mean trash removal, disinfecting, duct cleaning, brick cleaning, and even air quality checks. The list is exhaustive as we will customize every aspect of your needs to ensure your project is done.


Emergency Services:


When you do have an emergency is it important that you get back to normal as soon as possible with as little interruption to your clients and their access to your goods and services. There are so many reasons business interruption can occur but the most common for businesses are cooking, electrical, heating, arson, smoking and combustible materials.  I see you already shaking your head, we only have a microwave and a coffee maker here. All of our employees go outside to smoke and our wiring is up to code. We do not have any combustible materials in our office and who would set fire to the building.


Guess what each and every one of the things listed above are plausible. While some may be more inclined to happen than others they are the top reasons for damage. We are able to help with each and every one in addition to a few extras. Think your building is too large or small for our services? Think again we have access to a full arsenal of resources to scale up or down based on the projects needs.


Emergency Ready Plans:


What do you do in an emergency? Who do you call? Great you know the plan, does everyone else? What happens when and if you something happens and you are not around? We have a solution for that.  It puts vital information at your fingertips immediately. These plans outline where key shut off valves are within the building to mitigate damages. It will also supply everyone with immediate points of contact for starting the process of cleaning up as soon as possible so that loss of business can be reduced as much as possible. Ask us today about these FREE PLANS.. Yes you read that right. FREE


There are a lot of commercial properties in and around town. Is yours protected? If you are not sure we can assist you with your building give us a call and just ask chances are if we cannot assist we will surly know who can. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is here because life interrupted is no fun. Serving the Hollywood Hills, & Los Feliz areas.  

Your Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz helps commercial buildings get back in business after a disaster

Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open. 
 
Burn Marks 
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains. 
 
Smoke and Ash 
 
smoke and ash  leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order. 
 
Structural Damage 
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary. 
 
SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz helps businesses to get back on track after a disaster. Give us a call at 323-667-3100.

Your HVAC System & Water Damage

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

With frequent use of our heating and air conditioning systems, they should be monitored for any potential damage that can lead to future problems.

In the Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz area, we are approaching season changes from summer to fall, then winter. Our present use of an HVAC system is to keep us cool until we switch over to our heating environment. With the constant use of our heating and air conditioning systems, they should be monitored for any potential damage that can lead to significant problems.

For instance, a clogged condensate drain pipe can make an HVAC system drain pan to overflow. The drain pipe is one of the most frequent causes of water removal repairs in Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz. Drain pipe fittings can become disconnected from the unit and allow the condensate to drain through the ceiling to the floor. A malfunctioning or dirty pump can also cause extensive water leakage.

When the drain pipe becomes clogged, the water will quickly back up the line and then into the drain pan. The water fills up the pan until it overflows. A malfunctioning condensate pump can cause water leakage from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, flooding the basement or attic. Due to the continuous presence of water, mold can grow inside the unit, causing it to become clogged.

Additional damages caused by heating and air conditioning units, involves wet soggy carpets, ceiling collapse or drywall damage. Other issues that can create water damage from an HVAC system includes low refrigerant, no-trap and air vent in the drain line and condensate buildup in a ductwork system that is not properly insulated. In the event you suffer water damage give SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz a call at 323-667-3100.

When properly maintained, your HVAC system provides a comfortable indoor environment year-round. Our professional technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water Damage Restoration by SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Calm & Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz for all of your water damage needs.

Water damage can happen under many different circumstances, but the worst ones are those that occur because of harm to the exterior of the home during a storm. Trees and even downed power line poles can cause extreme damage to your home, and allow water to enter. This water can create hazards immediately. Even after the danger has passed from electric shock, water can seep throughout your home, creating the right conditions for future damage to develop.


Unresolved Water from Storms can Create Future Problems through Water Damage 
When water damage affects your home water damage may appear slowly. While you may have noticed the water on the exterior surfaces on the interior of your home, as on walls and floors, water may have settled on the interiors of these structures. Walls made of drywall can crumble after being saturated with water and allowed to dry naturally. Water left on drywall weakens it considerably, even if the damage is not visible. Hardwood floors and stairwells made of wood can buckle, causing carpeting to become rumpled and hazardous. 

In addition to these issues, mold can also begin to grow within 48 hours, only two days, from the time the water was deposited by the storm. We can pack up your belongings for removal to a dry location so we can clean and sort through them. Sorting involves categorizing salvageable and non-salvageable items, with unsalvageable ones being listed (CCIS) on an inventory sheet for your insurance needs. 

We Know How to Prevent Future Problems in Your Home's Structure 
In addition to cleaning your belongings and restoring those we can to their original state, we can also set up equipment that is designed to prevent mold from getting a foothold in your home. Water extraction to dry those structures that have become saturated by storm and rain water, in addition to drying heaters and high-powered air circulation fans will stop mold from growing. If water were allowed to stand for extended periods of time, as is common when there are major storm cells passing through an area, we would use additional types of equipment. These can include air scrubbers that will remove any mold (spores) that has already begun to spread throughout your home. If your heating or air conditioning unit ran during this time, we highly recommend that we scrape the interior of your ducts and then vacuum the debris away with our HEPA vacuums. We want to get your home back to pre-damage condition, “Like it Never Even Happened” so you and your family can get back to your normal routines. 

If you own a home that has been damaged by storms or suffered other types of water damage, please call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at (323) 667-3100. We are available 24/7 to assist you. We respond quickly and can answer any questions you have about your particular situation.

Storm Waters Can Cause Major Damage

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz for extracting storm water

Businesses can suffer much less damage from a severe storm than a residence and still have to close their doors permanently. Each hour and day of clean-up are more important to saving not just a building, but an income and a contributor to the community as well.


A  building can lose its functionality and close its doors permanently after a few days of water damage has ruined equipment beyond repair. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz has the training not just to respond quickly, but to properly clean and restore a facility to bring it back in line with city health codes, if at all possible. Storm-induced flooding does not have to have a lasting effect on your business.

The first step is getting rid of the water. For standing water, even in a large kitchen and customer service area, our technicians use commercial grade pumps to remove inches and even a foot of water in a matter of hours. With the visible water gone, our response team can tackle the next two items: drying out property and hidden water extraction.


Expensive industrial items such as commercial ovens are usually above most high water points but can suffer damage in a massive plumbing failure. Technicians must completely dry the electronics and heating elements before allowing the owner to use them again. Since it is not possible to disassemble these industrial appliances without violating warranties or possibly damaging them further, our technicians use commercial space heaters and dehumidifiers. 

Both equipment items draw out moisture from the surrounding air and off of nearby surfaces. These techniques leave a dry surface without the chance of threads from towels or pieces of sponge accidentally being left behind to contaminate the next batch of cupcakes. 

As this happens, other technicians dry out the building itself. Water extraction tools draw out moisture from floors, walls, and property items such as display cases. We accomplish this using commercial grade extraction wands that combine heat and vacuum to pull water droplets from between and underneath floor tiles and sections of concrete. Response team members also use the same heaters and dehumidifiers in corners to speed up drying walls, cabinets, and underneath counters. 

SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz understands that every hour your business is closed means income lost and customers go un-served. Count on a strong effort from a component of the SERVPRO large-loss storm team. Despite an improving economy, small business owners are still operating on narrow margins and even a weekend lost can mean not making payroll or loan payments. To prevent this from happening, call us at (323) 667-3100 to restore your business and your livelihood.

Safety and Mitigation of Storm Damaged Possessions Are Crucial

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Safety first when it comes to storm floods!

When natural floods occur, the essential boundaries between humans and the elements are broken down. The pressure and force of moving water are often enough to cause serious damage to purification and sewage systems. In the most extreme cases, chemicals and toxic waste end up in the floodwaters which infiltrate homes.


This is why it's really important for homeowners to seek professional advice. At SERVPRO, we deal with incidents of severe water damage on a daily basis. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our job is not just to reverse the storm damage and restore your home to its original condition; we'll also make it safe again. This means eliminating all traces of toxic materials in the water and your home.


If your home has recently flooded, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself safe until the SERVPRO team arrives. 

Find Alternative Shelter 
If possible, find a clean, dry place to stay while the flooding in your home is being repaired. It isn't healthy to remain among damp furniture, carpets, or drywall, even if there is no standing water. There may be bacteria, pathogens, and chemicals on the walls and floors. Call SERVPRO, explain the severity of the flooding and we'll make our way to the property as quickly as possible. 

Keep Your Hands Clean 
If you have had contact with floodwater, you need to wash your hands thoroughly. Do this every time you get your hands wet and then leave the site. Don't prepare or touch food until you've washed with soap and water. If the flooding isn't too severe, you may be able to move items outside of the property and away from the saturation points. Where possible, store them away from unaffected possessions, as they may need disinfecting. 

Drink Bottled Water 
SERVPRO strongly advises you to steer clear of the main water supply, until we have verified (in conjunction with local authorities) that it is safe to drink. Flooding can infect the water supply with chemicals and toxins. All homeowners should drink bottled water or, at least, boil their water before drinking. 

Reach Out for Help 
Flood repair and restoration experts from SERVPRO provide more than just practical help. We are a valuable source of information and support. Our technicians can tell you everything that you need to know about flood damage restoration. They will be frank and honest about what can be salvaged (usually a lot) and what is too degraded to be saved. They will work closely with you to inventory your possessions and clean, restore, and repair as many items as possible. If you have insurance coverage, the final disposition of storm damaged items is your decision to make.

All forms of flooding can be stressful, but natural flooding has a tendency to make homeowners feel helpless. With the support of SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz, you don't have to be. We can help you take back control and get repairs started quickly. Call us 24/7 on (323) 667-3100.


 

Emergency Water Damage Process Overview*

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened"

ONE HOUR: 

Within one hour from a notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS:

Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage. 

DETAILED EXPLANATION:

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome. 

PRETESTING:

A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward. 

EIGHT HOURS:

Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

CLEANING & RESTORATION:

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the- art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH:

After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction. 

*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 

 

Sewage Cleanup & Restoration

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

This is an example of a sewer back up that would be considered a Category 3. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz was called to clean up.

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage. Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Property Losses & Insurance Coverage

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

 Review your insurance details & be prepared to know the facts ahead of time!

Many property owners are uneducated about details of their insurance policies. As you may know a standard property policy does not cover flood, earthquakes or volcanoes. However, 1 out of 3 homeowners don’t know the exact dollar amount or their “cap” for coverage. This means property owners end up paying a lot more out of pocket than expected after a loss. Here is some helpful information to make sure you are prepared for property emergencies; most likely, your insurance carrier does not guarantee the repairs/services provided to your property. Also, don’t assume you must hire the company your insurance carrier suggests. SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz is a leader in the restoration industry and its professionals are faster to any size disaster. Make sure you are prepared to suffer a major loss to your home by knowing the facts ahead of time.

Solutions for Biohazard Situations

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

This is a residential biohazard clean up in which SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz was called to the rescue!

Biohazard situations happen. Our biohazard cleanup and restoration company, based out of Hollywood Hills, has provided many customers throughout the area with top-to-bottom cleanups to ensure their safety and protection, and we’re always ready with a 24 hour emergency crew. Be sure to find out the facts about bio-hazards before attempting to clean it up yourself. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, whether it's residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional.

Are you & your property prepared for a disaster?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Advantage "Ready for Whatever Happens"

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage is a no cost assessment of your property. This means there is no need to come out of pocket, giving you a great value at no cost! A concise profile document that contains only the critical info needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a short period of time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. It is a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your property is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. It also establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by and the identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. It provides property details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact info. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Call SERVPRO of Hollywood hills/Los Feliz today 323-667-3100 to get started!

Holiday Home Safety

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

 Happy Holidays from all of us at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz!

Decorating your home or business for the holiday season can be a fun activity. But watch out for any fire hazards that can quickly lead to a holiday mishap. Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and get rid of any with worn cords, loose connections, and/or cracked lamp holders. When switching bulbs out, unplug the light string and be sure to match wattage and voltage to the original bulb. Always make sure to turn off all holiday lights when you are away from your home/business and/or when you are going to bed. Lastly, try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are less likely to catch on fire. Keep your Christmas tree away from candles and with enough water. Happy Holidays from all of us at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz!

Keep your home protected while traveling: 4 Essential Tips

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

  Keep your home protected while traveling: 4 Essential Tips

Murphy’s Law when traveling: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, while you’re traveling away from home”. Having to return from a memorable trip to learn that something has seriously gone wrong at home can be distressing. But following is a list of essential tips that will allow you to be stress free while you sit back and enjoy your getaway!

  1. Keep curtains open!

You may think that leaving the curtains closed may prevent others from peeking inside your home. However, it is recommended that you leave some of your curtains opened (make sure to keep expensive items out of sight). If your curtains are unusually closed for a long period of time it could become obvious that no one is home.

  1. Keep lights on or off?

Leaving the lights on in your home while you’re away may end up costing you more than your mortgage! It is recommended that you purchase an automatic light switch timer so that your lights will switch on and off at certain times during the day/night making it appear as though someone is actually home.  

  1. Pull the plug!

It is recommended that you unplug all appliances including, your TV, toaster oven, etc. while you’re away. This may help prevent a power surge which can cause a fire hazard.

  1. Piping

This applies to those that reside in very cold regions.  Pipes may be in danger of freezing so it is recommended that you have someone check in on your faucets while you’re away. If very little to no water comes out when turning the faucets on this is an indication that the pipes may be frozen! Take the time to make sure your pipes are properly insulated to avoid this from happening. Finally, show your key-holder (friend/neighbor) the location of the water main shut-off in case a pipe breaks.

These preventative measures only take a few  minutes to complete and can help you keep your home safe from broken pipes(flood hazard), home invasions(property loss/damage), power surges(fire hazard), and more in your absence. In the event that you suffer a loss such as these, please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz at 323-667-3100 for all of your restoration needs!

Identifying Mold on your Property

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

This kitchen cabinet is affected by mold caused by a dishwasher leak.

It is important to note that mold is caused by moisture or dampness and can begin growing in as quickly as two days. Also, mold has no set or particular appearance and can be found in any number of colors, such as, white, grey, black, green and even pink! It can grow in clusters and/or spots and it can grow in places you may not even be able to see. When you are exposed to mold, your ability to breathe properly should be of high concern. Mold can cause health effects and you may also be required to evacuate the property when there is a large/great presence of mold. Our experts can find mold wherever it may be. We know which signs to look for to determine if mold is present and our technicians have undergone extensive training and are certified in IICRC-the most trusted certification for mold removal and remediation. Contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills 323-667-3100 or visit our website for more information http://www.SERVPROhollywoodhillslosfeliz.com/.

Common Causes of Fires & How to Prevent Them

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

This kitchen suffered fire damage related to cooking & leaving stove top unattended

Fires can start unexpectedly, but taking precautionary measures can decrease the risks of a fire on your property. Some of the most common causes of fires include; cooking, candles, heating equipment, fire places, electrical appliances, smoking, flammable liquids, Christmas trees, etc. to name a few.  The number one leading causes of fires are related to cooking. Following is a list of some helpful tips that may assist in the prevention of fires on your property;

  • Never leave a stove top in use unattended
  • Use a cooking timer
  • Keep any & all kitchen surfaces (including ceiling) free from grease build up
  • Place heaters at a safe distance away from flammable materials & disconnect when not in use
  • Avoid plugging in too many electrical appliances into one extension cord
  • Keep candles away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles, and make sure candle holders are stable or simply use battery operated candles
  • If possible, smoke outside. If you smoke inside, avoid doing so when tired/sleepy, and use large and deep ashtrays
  • Keep flammable liquids in approved containers and away from electrical and heat sources. If possible, store them outside in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use decorative lights that have been inspected by an independent testing laboratory. In addition, replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections
  • Install smoke alarms
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Install a fire sprinkler system
  • Install a fire extinguisher

We urge you to take all of these tips into consideration in order to prevent fires on your property. For professional fire and restoration services, please contact SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills 323-667-3100 or visit our website http://www.SERVPROhollywoodhillslosfeliz.com/.

Leak Proof your Home/Business to Prevent Water Damage

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

This property suffered water damage due to a water heater leak located on the ceiling.

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 323-667-3100 or visit our website, http://www.SERVPROhollywoodhillslosfeliz.com/. We specialize in helping property owners recover from water damage and make it like it never even happened!

7 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO for Your Property

2/8/2016 (Permalink)

1) 24-Hour Emergency Response: Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of SERVPRO professionals will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly.

2) Communication: You will know what's happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO professionals are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and progress through reports that are accessible to you via a secure email link 24 hours a day.

3) Reduce Recovery Time: Your local SERVPRO professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO professionals will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

4) Lower Recovery Costs Through:

·         Emergency mitigation services that help minimize secondary damages.

·         Proper restoration versus replacement of contents which is less expensive.

·         Faster recovery which lessens loss.

·         Pre-approved pricing and procedures.

·         Comprehensive cleanup and restoration services which help prevent future problems and potential liability risks.

5) Emergency Response Profile: Your local SERVPRO professionals can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Response Profile, which is an integral part of a well-thought-out contingency plan, that will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs.

6) Full Line of Services: Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, SERVPRO professionals can handle all of your cleanup needs. In addition to SERVPRO’s superior fire, water, and mold restoration services, SERVPRO provides cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.

7) A National Leader in Storm Response: In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO franchise system has a nationwide large loss response team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO.

Hollywood Toy Drive

12/11/2013 (Permalink)

Join us at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood for a Christmas Toy Drive being put on by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Starts at 5:30pm 12/11/2013

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