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Starting Workplace Fire Evacuation Drills | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Van Nuys South specializes in commercial fire restoration.

Preparing to handle changes and adversities that may face your business is a component of a business owners’ job, especially when it comes to emergency preparedness. Workplace fires occur often enough that they should be considered in your emergency planning efforts, especially because of how devastating they can be.

Considering all the fire safety information out there makes it difficult to know where to start, so we always suggest starting with safety as your signpost. Creating a system for workplace fire drills is perhaps the most important thing you can do for you and your staff’s safety, as you will equip everyone to calmly and quickly exit the building if flames begin.

Creating a System for Workplace Fire Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. You have so many options for online research regarding workplace fire safety, but make use of your local resources as well to create the most effective plan. You can often get in touch with your local fire department for personalized recommendations on evacuation routes and other safety measures based on the specifics of your buildings.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have consulted the local fire department regarding the best escape pathways, mark them clearly and alert staff of the upcoming drill. Preparing everyone for the drill will make it go much more smoothly, as your staff can study the evacuation routes ahead of time instead of making decisions in the moment.

Have fire drills frequently. Having fire drills too often could make them lose their impact, but they should occur with enough frequency that the lessons learned in them are not forgotten. Many businesses find doing drills quarterly or even every six months to be a good level of practice for their organizations.

Run different fire scenarios. Workplace fires can be unpredictable, as they can be caused by numerous things—something your fire drills should reflect. Change up the routes and exits you have employees use in the drills so they become familiar with all of them and can make quick decisions in a real situation.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

What to Expect From the Recovery Process After a Fire | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Everyone hopes that they will never have to experience a house fire, but to be as safe as possible, it is important that you have a plan in place for one just in case.

Making sure that you and everyone in your household know how to safely evacuate, and being proactive about the recovery process is the best way to ensure that you can recover from such a terrible event.

Being Proactive About the House Fire Recovery Process

Prepare yourself for what to expect. No two fire damage incidents are the same, but having a general idea of the damage a fire has caused can help lessen the emotional impact that re-entering your home can have. Understand that fire damage can often look more severe than it is and reach far areas of the home due to the way that smoke and soot can travel.

Wait to enter your home. Safety is key when it comes to planning for every aspect of a house fire, including re-entering your home in the aftermath. Officials will tell you when the structure has been deemed stable enough to enter, and you should always wait for their word before you go back inside.

Contact your insurance company. Make sure that you set yourself up to get the most out of your claim by contacting your insurance company right away. Every coverage provider is different regarding what is covered and how to file a claim, so talking with them directly is best.

Document the damages. To avoid overwhelm, make sure to stay organized by documenting all of the damages for your records. A thorough inventory list of the damaged items as well as photos will come in handy for insurance as well as your personal record-keeping.

Contact your restoration company. Working with a restoration company you can count on is one of the best things you can do after an event such as a house fire. The emotional impact can be long-lasting, but knowing that your home is in good hands and will be restored as quickly as possible is extremely comforting.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Before Severe Weather Is Predicted, Make Sure You’re Prepared | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

person on a white tablet using weather alert app If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Van Nuys South will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

Understanding the impact of severe weather is the first step toward being prepared against it. Though many storms may cause no damage at all, they all have the potential to be dangerous and even deadly due to high winds, hail and lightning strikes that all thunderstorms can produce.

Making sure you are prepared in advance of the prediction of severe weather by listening to local weather alerts, having household emergency supplies handy and finding a reliable way to get weather alerts will help you have peace of mind and know you are as prepared as possible for whatever weather events occur.

Listen to Local Weather Alerts

The local weather alerts dispatched by officials are a great way to stay informed as long as you are aware of what commonly used terms mean in their system. When a thunderstorm watch is released, that is their way of telling people to stay tuned, as conditions make a storm possible but one is not actively occurring. For a thunderstorm warning, the concern is more immediate as there has been a storm spotted nearby.

Have Household Emergency Supplies Handy

Keeping household emergency supplies handy is always a good idea, as you never know what could happen, but especially concerning the threat of severe weather. Just having the essentials, such as household medical supplies, sources of light, food and water, can go a long way in keeping everyone comfortable if the power goes out. You should keep these supplies in a shelter-safe area of the home, such as a stairwell or hallway that is protected from the outside elements.

Find a Reliable Way to Get Weather Alerts

Though our cell phones are typically our main source of news, updates and anything else going on in the world, when it comes to severe weather, having a more reliable alert system is recommended. Weather radios are not dependent on cell reception or electricity, which can be spotty during a storm, and provide you with updates directly from the weather experts regarding the current situation.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Where Water Damage Is Often Found After Rainfall | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rainfall on top of metal roof of yellow house Heavy rains can cause serious water damage. SERVPRO of Van Nuys South has the trained technicians to fully restore your home.

Water damage can be extremely disruptive regardless of the cause, but when it sneaks up on you, it can feel especially difficult to handle.

Many times, water damage is a result of heavy rain showers that come through the area, instead of being a result of flooding or plumbing issues. These leaks can occur covertly, but knowing where to check after heavy showers can help you keep an eye out.

Household Leaks That Can Occur After Heavy Rainfall

Around clogged gutters. Gutters are responsible for draining water away from your home, but if they are clogged past the point of doing their job, the water may not be able to drain away and can instead work its way into the roofline of the home.

Leaks around windows and doors. The seals surrounding the outside openings of a home are made to be impervious to leaks, but over time, they can wear down and allow water to work its way in. Discoloration, softening of the wood and warping are all signs that this might be happening.

Poor drainage around the foundation. When water is unable to drain away from the foundation, it can instead begin to seep inward into the block. There are many creative landscaping solutions that can help route the flow of water away from the home and prevent this.

Leaks in and around the roof. If conditions are right, roofs can start leaking early in their lifetimes, so it is never too soon to start checking them for signs that an issue may arise. Roof leaks can often be sneaky as they start with an attic space, so a visual inspection can help you be vigilant.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. The base level of most homes can benefit from having a sump pump installed, but it is important to take care of them as well. Pump malfunctions can arise from poor maintenance, leading to floods in the places they should be protecting.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. The seals around anything that intersects with the roof can decay over time and begin to let water in, especially in the event of persistent rainfall. If you have things like this, they should be included with your roof inspection to watch for leaks.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.

Our 6-Step Process for Restoring Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

interior wood floor partially submerged in water When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of Van Nuys South for prompt & dependable service.

When you discover that you are the victim of water damage, it is important to quickly start the restoration process even though it is a devastating experience.

That is why we are here 24/7—whenever you decide to call us, you can count on our friendly service and proven process to help you recover. Here’s what we will do:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
As soon as you call us, you will receive help from one of our restoration experts in order to get the details regarding your damage so we can assemble the right response team to dispatch out to you. We are here 247 to take your call and take action.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
We take safety seriously, so we will establish that the scene is safe as soon as we arrive before proceeding. Following this, we will fully inspect and assess the damage that has occurred and create your custom restoration plan.

3. Moisture Extraction
We have some of the best equipment in the industry for extracting mass quantities of moisture quickly, which is exactly what you want when you are tackling water damage. We will start by moving out all the standing water to make room for our technicians to work on your surfaces.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Getting the moisture out as quickly as possible is always key, including from the air and from impacted objects. We will make sure that all surfaces are thoroughly dried to reduce the chances of mold and mildew growing in the aftermath of the water damage.

5. Cleaning Belongings
Following the dehumidification and drying of objects and surfaces, everything will be fully cleaned and sanitized. Doing this ensures that everything in your home is safe to use and will also prevent musty odors from permeating your household.

6. Restoration and Repair
We pride ourselves on being full service restoration professionals, meaning we handle everything from beginning to end. This means we can handle structural and cosmetic tasks once everything is dried out to truly make it like the water damage never occurred.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Taking Steps Toward Flood Recovery With Speed & Safety in Mind | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

three large houses in a neighborhood with home and street flooded If you’re experiencng any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is available 24/7 to assist with any repairs.

There has been an increase in flood-related damages in recent years, prompting many people to wonder what they should do in the event that they need to be concerned with recovery.

While speed is a priority when it comes to handling the aftermath of a flood, staying safe is also equally important as you do so. It is normal to want to get to work right away in cleaning up and repairing your home, so we have put together some tips to make sure you stay safe while you do so:

Taking Steps for Speed and Safety During Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. If you were ordered to evacuate, not knowing the damage done to your house can be difficult, but it is important to not rush home before you have been cleared to do so. There are many auxiliary dangers that can pop up after a flood, so emergency officials will need to inspect the area to make sure it is safe.

Air out the home. While water damage is a hassle on its own, after a flood, mold can begin growing within hours and lead to its own set of issues. Mold spores can take hold anywhere, but if you can open the doors and windows when you return to your home, you can increase the airflow and discourage the mold from landing on your belongings—plus, this will keep the air safer to breathe and decrease the adverse health risks that mold can pose.

Document the damages. Walking into your home and surveying the magnitude of the flood damage can be an overwhelming experience, and many people will want to start sorting through their items right away. We always recommend documenting the damages for your records first, however. Take thorough photographs of all impacted areas, and create an inventory list to keep track of everything that has been damaged before you make any changes.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. For those who have a flood insurance policy for their household, talking to them about the claims filing process should be a high priority so you can get it started. Afterward, you can give us a call at any time—the longer flood damage is untreated, the worse it can become, so we guarantee that we can respond quickly and begin moving moisture out.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

Determine How Prepared Your Business Is for an Emergency | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

office furniture and supplies submerged under water in an office room Taking measures to reduce the time that your business is closed is crucial for any company. Let SERVPRO of Van Nuys South be your partner in the resto

Planning ahead is a skill that is essential for business owners, but it should not simply be reserved for operational considerations.

Making sure that your business is prepared for a disaster is one of the best ways to ensure you can recover from one—many businesses find themselves devastated due to damages and unable to reopen their doors. With disaster preparation, however, you can help lessen the risk of this happening to you.

There are many things to consider when it comes to being prepared, so to avoid it being an overwhelming task, we have separated our top tips into three main categories. Staying organized is the key to understanding where you are adequately prepared and where you should strengthen your efforts so you can protect your investment.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Commercial insurance policies are a must for business owners, but they are still often inadequate for the damages a disaster can cause. Many commercial policies are still not large enough to cover the damage, on top of excluding common culprits, such as any damage caused by flooding, and the most difficult aspects for businesses such as a loss in revenue. Determining exactly what is covered in your policy and purchasing extra insurance where needed is a smart first step to preparedness.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

When an emergency or disaster is imminent, there are often only moments to react and get to safety—which is why an evacuation plan is essential. You should practice executing your plan with staff so everyone knows exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. Additionally, pack an emergency supply kit to keep in the office in case you must await help for whatever reason.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Keeping your doors closed while you recover from the disaster can be devastating, as it creates an interruption in cash flow that many businesses simply cannot afford. By planning ahead and choosing your commercial restoration company in advance, however, you can start the restoration process right away and cut down on the time the process takes. Additionally, look into the disaster assistance offered by the Small Business Administration to help you obtain liquid capital during revenue interruptions.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Van Nuys South, 818-780-7111


Methods for Increasing Household Weatherproofing | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

a person placing weather stripping on a white window If you have any storm damage, SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is here to help. We are available 24/7 and ready to assist you when you need it most.

When you hear that severe weather is on the way, do you immediately begin worrying about damage to your home? While there is no way to guarantee you will not sustain damage, taking measures to increase your home’s weatherproofing can give you valuable peace of mind—and when you consider that half of insurance claims from homeowners are due to storm damage, it is something that is wise to avoid when possible.

For most homeowners, implementing weatherproofing efforts is something that only takes a weekend and can have serious benefits. Read on to learn more about our top recommendations for preventing storm damage to your home.

Increasing Household Weatherproofing

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Do not make the mistake of assuming your house is too new to have a roof leak. Roof leaks develop due to a variety of causes and can cause serious damage if left unnoticed. Check your shingles for signs of wear and tear and prioritize repairs to prevent excessive damage.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is highly regarded not only for adding storm resilience but also for how well it insulates the home and saves on heating and cooling costs. Weatherstripping prevents water from working its way into microscopic cracks around doors and windows, and it can often be installed in an afternoon.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
When your gutters are clogged, water can back up and begin to seep into places it should not be—namely, into your home. Clean your gutters at least every six months to prevent this from happening, and check them regularly for cracks, wet spots or any other signs that something is amiss.

Pick the Right Paint
Choosing an exterior paint is a decision that involves more than just coloring these days. There are paints engineered with extra weather protection now, from waterproof coating to UV ray-blocking technology. The next time it is time to add a coat of paint to your home’s exterior, consider choosing something of this nature to increase your home’s resilience.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Understanding Industry Specific Fire Risks for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

a green exit sign surrounded by flames If your business has experienced a fire, call SERVPRO of Van Nuys South. We provide a full service from mitigation to restoration.

There are so many risks that a business can be exposed to throughout the course of its life, and it is vital that business owners are cognizant of the risks specific to their situation. One of the most commonly underestimated risks for businesses is a commercial fire. These can devastate businesses, and in many cases, force permanent closures.

One of the smartest things that business owners can do to combat this is to understand the risks specific to their industry in order to practice preparedness in a strategic way. Knowing what fire dangers your business is likely to face will help you plan ahead and take measured steps to prevent an emergency and protect your investment.

Planning for Industry Specific Fire Risks

  1. Identify your specific risks. Not every industry will face the same fire risks, so you should know exactly what yours might be to begin your planning. For restaurants, cooking fires are generally the most common cause of fires, while factories might be more concerned with chemical reactions or equipment short-circuits. Regardless of what risks you might face, it is important to put in the effort to identify them so you can make more informed planning decisions.
  2. Increase safety measures with these things in mind. Now that you know where and why fires are most likely to break out in your business, you can begin to plan strategically to prevent them. Increasing necessary safety measures is a smart first step here—for example, adding more accessible fire extinguishers near grills or fryers, or installing sprinklers and extra fire detection equipment near machinery can go a long way in stopping a fire quickly once it starts.
  3. Involve your staff in your fire safety planning. As you work to take more fire safety measures, be sure to include your staff in the process for best results. Go over your fire safety plan with them so everyone knows key information such as where fire extinguishers are located and how to perform a quick evacuation if need be. By involving your staff in your efforts, you can create a safer and more prepared workplace for everyone.

If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 24/7 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.