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Is Your Home Ready for Stormy Weather? | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Van Nuys South.

Does watching the snowy scenes from different parts of the country make you grateful to live in this part of California? If so, you probably aren’t alone. But for many of our friends and neighbors in other places, there’s a lot of gratitude now that spring is in the air.

Spring is a great time to tackle new projects. Many people find themselves planting flower gardens, deciding to grow vegetables or herbs, or just dreaming of painting their front door a different color.

While these projects add to the beauty of our homes, it’s a good idea to also look for options that help make our homes safer and keep them well-maintained. These steps are especially important when protecting your property from spring storms.

We can’t stop a thunderstorm from hitting our neighborhood. But we can do things to make our homes safer. Here’s what home maintenance experts recommend.

Get Your To-Do List Ready

Why not add some of these projects to your spring weather to-do list? You can knock several of them out over a weekend.

Get your roof ready for stormy weather. Don’t let the first time you realize your shingles are loose or your roof is leaking be when it starts storming. You can take steps to prevent this by checking your roof on a sunny Saturday. Look for missing shingles and signs of leaks. Then you can repair them.

Check and clean your gutters, if needed. Gutters that aren’t maintained can lead to water damaging your home. You should consider cleaning them every season.

Remove overhanging limbs. Having mature trees can add character to your yard. But don’t let them hang over your roof, garage or powerlines. Cut back limbs and branches that could cause damage.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Helping Valley Glen Businesses Rebuild After a Natural Disaster | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit SERVPRO of Van Nuys South knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right restoration co

We have a wealth of experience helping businesses in Valley Glen and the surrounding areas to know that it’s possible to open again. It’s also possible to thrive and be more successful than before the disaster.

Our team has put together solid advice for dealing with the restoration process that comes after a natural disaster damages your business.

How You Can Move Forward After a Disaster

These tips can help you thrive after a natural disaster:

Your disaster plan is your guide. Think about how you can keep serving your customers if your business is damaged. You can even think about moving your business to a backup location. Some businesses can keep operating from a new location without serious disruption.

Partner with your insurance company. Be sure to take photographs of the damage and take inventory of everything that was damaged. If your insurer asks for documents, provide them as quickly as you can. You’ll want to work to keep this process running smoothly.

Stay in touch with your vital stakeholders. Communicate with with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community.  Social media and email marketing lists can make this step easier.

Prioritize your physician and mental health. Dealing with a disaster is stressful. You can help yourself deal with the stress by eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep and talking with people you trust about how you’re feeling.

Carefully choose your restoration partners. The restoration process is easier if you’re working with highly qualified people who use advanced technology to restore your business. Read reviews, talk with other business owners and check certifications to help you make a choice.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Understanding What Sets Quality Home Restoration Services Apart l SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, contact SERVPRO of Van Nuys South. From start to finish, we will be here to help.

Can you guess the most common reasons homeowners filed insurance claims for home restoration services last year?

The answers might surprise you.

Californians can deal with many kinds of severe weather and national disasters, such as wildfires. Nationally, severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rain, are among the most common causes of home damage.

Home accidents and appliance malfunctions can also cause significant damage to homes. But these events can range in seriousness from minor water damage cleanup to extensive fire damage repairs.

Our team has never worked on two identical restoration projects. But every restoration project we complete does have one thing in common—it’s vital to start work quickly to contain the damage.

The damage process moves faster than you might think. Water can start to ruin wood within a few days, leading to warping and cracking. Fabric can begin to fade and stain. Mold can start to grow in some cases within a few hours.

SERVPRO Can Help You Move Fast

Because we understand how the damage process works and why it’s so important to move quickly, we are to help you at any time you need us. Our teams are available to you 247. All you have to do is call, and we will get the process started.

Our technicians are all highly trained and hold the proper certifications to restore your home up to the best standards. Because we’re a national company, we also have access to the newest and latest restoration technology. We bring that mix of skill and technology to every job we do.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Don’t Wait to Lower Your Risk for a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Van Nuys South are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Almost 890 Americans die every year in winter house fires.

Fires aren’t just a seasonal threat, but more deaths and injuries happen during the winter months than at any other point during the year. That can be due to heating mishaps in colder parts of the country, but Southern California residents still need to be aware of ways they can make their homes safer because fires aren’t really a regional risk, either.

How You Can Reduce Your Family’s Fire Risks

These tips can help you and your family stay safer all year round. Plus, they don’t take much time or money to add to your routine.

Faithfully maintain your smoke detectors. Don’t ever forget this step because smoke detectors are designed to help the people and pets you love stay safe. Don’t forget to test them each month and change the batteries a couple of times every year. They should be replaced altogether at least every 10 years.

Be mindful of how you use candles. Your candles need to be at least three feet apart and placed away from spots in your home that can be easily accessed by young children. Also, don’t forget to blow out your candles before you leave home. It may sound like fundamental advice, but candles are the culprit for many house fires every year.

Make your kitchen safety a priority. Do you know how to put out a grease fire? Grease catches fire quickly.. Water may cause a grease fire to grow. It won’t put one out. Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen to put out these dangerous fires. Baking soda or a metal lid will work, too.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Can You Find Signs of Water Damage in Your Valley Glen Home? | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Van Nuys South, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

If your Van Nuys home has been restored after water damage, you aren’t alone. You’re one of the millions of other homeowners in America who had to seek restoration services. In fact, one in every 50 American homeowners has to file one of these claims each year.

The numbers are continuing to grow—even as fire damage claims are dropping each year. Insurance industry statisticians have found that water damage claims are continually among the most common that are filed each year.

Would you know the signs of damage in your own home?

Recognizing the Signs of a Major Leak

Homeowners struggle to know exactly when they should call in a restoration service. After all, getting a professional to evaluate a problem can seem like a big step. And it is. But it’s also necessary when the water has done damage that can’t be mopped up or cleared with a shop vac.

If you notice the signs below, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with water damage.

You notice wood warping in your home. The wood in your home will be among the first places you’ll notice the damage. That means your furniture, floorboards, doors and windows might start to warp, bubble or stain. This is a sign that your water damage needs professional attention.

Fabric, like curtains and upholstery, starts to fade or stain. Exposure to water damages fabric. If you notice issues with heavy fabrics (like your curtains), you’ll want to be sure and call for an evaluation.

You smell a musty odor. A musty smell can be among the first signs of mold damage. That means if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to repair your home. Mold damage worsens over time, so the sooner you get help, the easier it will be to remediate and restore the damage.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Meet Van Nuys’ Winter Fire Damage Experts | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Van Nuys South to fully restore your home.

Fires can happen at any time, but they’re more common during the winter months—even in warmer climates like we enjoy here in California.

Decorating for the holidays presents several unique fire hazards. Christmas trees are a common cause of winter fires.

But heating system malfunctions and kitchen fires also cause their share of issues for homeowners. Kitchen fires are widespread around Thanksgiving and Christmas—when more people are in the kitchen making large meals.

SERVPRO Offers Expert Help

Here’s why we are Van Nuys South’s best resource for fire damage restoration:

We’re available 247. House fires don’t happen on a set schedule, and starting the restoration process quickly is vital to repairing your home. Because we know that time matters when dealing with home restoration, our team is here for emergencies.

Our team values restoration. We have the experience necessary to ensure you can get the help you need by working to save you money on both repairs and your insurance. Additionally, it can allow you to stay comfortable in the home you already own. We can make it like it hasn’t happened at all.

We can help with the entire process. Fire damage includes many things—and they aren’t necessarily things you would think about before you have to deal with the aftermath of a house fire. Water damage can result from putting out the fire. You’ll want the smell of smoke removed and the area repaired. We can even help with upholstery repair. If you need it, our team can help you do it.

We’re a local team. While SERVPRO is a national company, we are locally owned and operated. That means our team can access resources, equipment and training necessary for the highest quality restoration work. But we also live here in the community and want to treat those we meet like our friends and neighbors.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Tips for Decoration Fire Safety as the Holidays Approach | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

string of holiday lights Safety Precautions are encouraged while installing and using Holiday lighting

As many of us are getting into the holiday spirit, decorations are going up and our homes are decked out in festive cheer—but have you thought about fire safety as you have begun the decorating process? Unfortunately, many households have their holiday celebrations derailed every year by fires that could have been prevented by decorating with safety in mind.

Fortunately, many of these decoration-related holiday fires are preventable if you know what to look for—and that is why we are here with all the fire safety tips you need this holiday season. Read on to learn more!

Decorate Your Home For the Holidays With Fire Safety in Focus

Safety Considerations for Christmas Trees and Lights

While Christmas trees and decorative lights are a great way to add a warm glow to your home, the addition of so many electrical components can cause hazards, too. Around 25% of Christmas tree fires are due to electrical issues. Experts recommend always checking your light strings for frays or wear, never leaving them plugged in when you are asleep or away from home and being extremely careful to not overload outlets with too many decorations at once. Additionally, if you opt for a real tree, be sure to keep it well-watered throughout the entire season so it does not become an ideal source of kindling.

Safety Considerations for Candles

While candles can provide an electricity free decorating alternative, having open flames in the home can increase your fire risk in other ways. The National Fire Protection Association has found that candles are responsible for a third of all home fires related to decorations, often starting when they are placed too close to other flammable objects. While candles are a great way to be festive, it is important to remember that they are open and unguarded flames in the home. This year, it might be better to consider upgrading to battery powered or LED models to make sure you are not increasing your home’s risk levels.

If your home sustains damage due to a fire, we are here to help you with the recovery process. We will answer your call 24/7 so you can always count on us to be there when you need us. Contact us today to learn more.

Do You Know How to Recover From a Burst Pipe? | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is available 24/7.

Having household damages is never a pleasant experience, especially if that damage is due to water that is a result of a pipe bursting. While there are many types of water damage that can cause risks, the sheer volume of water from bursting pipes makes it a difficult thing to contend with.

Though preparing for a scenario that is hypothetical may feel difficult, knowing how to react to water damage is so important. Out of every 50 households, one will have water damage each year, but planning ahead can significantly reduce the extent of the issues that occur.

Recovering From a Burst Pipe in Your Home

Shut off your water main. As water is continually ejected from a burst pipe, it can fully saturate the impacted area and cause significant damage. Finding and cutting off your home’s water main will put a stop to this, reducing the extent of the damage that is able to occur.

Shut off your electricity. If it is safe to do so, turning off your electricity from your home’s breaker box is key after a pipe burst. If water and electricity come into contact with one another, there can be risk of fire and electrocution in addition to the water damage dangers.

Contact your restoration company. Knowing what restoration company you will work with in advance is a great way to streamline the recovery process, as you can call them right away if you discover damages.

Take a record of the damages. Being able to keep thorough records is a great way to keep things organized, both on your behalf and on the behalf of your insurance company. Taking photos, videos and keeping a list can keep you from forgetting about anything amidst the chaos.

Contact your insurance company. Because there is so much variance in insurance policies and how the claims process works, it is best to get in touch with your insurance provider quickly so you are aware of the next steps.

Open windows and doors if possible. If you are able and it is safe to do so, opening windows and doors can be a great way to speed up the evaporation process in the impacted area as you wait for restoration help to arrive.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

What Types of Damage Are Associated With House Fires | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

fireman spraying water on active flame House fires can cause more damage than meets the eye.

A house fire is a traumatic and frightening event for any family to endure, and after getting to safety, being able to return to a sense of normalcy is generally the first thing on everyone’s minds. While the damages are often significant after a fire, being aware of what types of damage can be present and having a solid restoration plan can help tremendously with the recovery process.

While the flames scorching a home is what immediately comes to mind in regards to house fire damage, that is rarely the only issue that will be present in the home. Damages from smoke and soot as well as water are often present, but fortunately, we are here to help with all of it.

A Look at the Types of Damage a House Fire Can Cause

Damage From the Fire Itself

From the moment a flame starts, it will be looking for ways to grow and spread—which is why house fires can happen so quickly and burn at such high temperatures. Because of the prevalence of synthetic materials in home construction and furnishings, experts estimate that house fires spread much more quickly than they used to and can more easily consume everything in their path. This means that the damage from the flames can be far-reaching and severe, even compromising the structural elements of the home.

Smoke and Soot Damage

As substances burn, they produce smoke and harmful soot residues that can quickly spread throughout the home and impact even areas that were nowhere near the fire. This smoke and soot can cause health concerns and lingering odors, but a restoration company can help you deodorize objects and scrub the air of these particles.

Water Damage

Firefighters are experts at putting out house fires, often using thousands of gallons of water in the process. While this achieves the most pressing goal of extinguishing the flames, it can also lead to water damage throughout the home from the area being fully saturated.

If your home has been damaged by a house fire, we are here to help you with all of your restoration needs. From fire, smoke, soot and water damage, we can handle it all. Contact us today to learn more.

The Dangerous Conditions Surrounding Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded water running over blacktop road SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is your local water & storm restoration expert. We will get the job done right, contact us today.

Any type of severe weather scenario has the potential to cause danger for multiple reasons, but few present more risks than flash flooding. Flooding causes more weather-related deaths than anything except for heat in the United States, and flash floods are the deadliest of all the flood types.

If it is a possibility that a flash flood could happen, being aware of what to do is key, as you must act quickly to get out of harm’s way. Being aware of the speed of flash floods, the way you can find out if you are at risk and how you can safely evacuate can prepare you much more effectively.

What Causes Flash Floods to Be So Hazardous?

Any type of flood will cause a certain level of danger, but flash floods cause even more because of the speed with which they occur. After rain begins, a flash flood will occur within six hours, but often much faster, and can impact nearly any area where the warning was issued. For those in the flash flood’s path, quickly getting to safety is key so you are not caught up in the waters.

How Can I Determine My Flash Flood Risks?

Staying tuned into broadcasts from local weather officials will be the best source of real-time information in regards to the weather conditions. If a flash flood alert is issued, that simply means to stay alert and aware of changing conditions.

For a flash flood warning, begin evacuating and moving to higher ground with your family. If there is a flash flood emergency called, know that is extremely rare and get to higher ground via whatever means necessary.

What Safety Precautions Should I Know to Evacuate?

Acting quickly is key if you find yourself impacted by a flash flood warning, so knowing how to evacuate with safety in mind is so important. Here are some of the best safety tips to memorize beforehand:

  • Get real-time updates from local weather officials through approved channels.
  • Be sure everyone in your home is aware of your evacuation plan.
  • Avoid attempting to cross areas that are flooded, even in the car.
  • Stop children from touching or playing near floodwater.
  • Know of multiple evacuation routes, as those blocked by water are impassable.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.