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SERVPRO - Quick And Professional Water Removal For Van Nuys/ Sherman Oaks Homes

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO - Quick And Professional Water Removal For Van Nuys/ Sherman Oaks Homes Flooded Kitchen and Living Room

Van Nuys is not a regular recipient of the flooding that follows a massive storm or another severe weather event. Common water intrusions here are the results of a broken inlet pipe, failed dishwasher, or another faulty, plumbing issue. If not handled quickly, though, a bad water heater can cause as much damage as severe rain. 

Water removal from a Van Nuys home needs to be accomplished quickly to reduce the effects of water in the home and to prevent further damage. SERVPRO response team technicians train on a variety of equipment to remove amounts from knee-deep to just barely covering the kitchen floor. 

Team members start with submersible, commercial-grade water pumps. These devices can empty a single room of visible water in a few hours and even a mini-mansion in a day or two, depending on many are needed for the task. 

Once the pumps complete their work, technicians then switch to water extractors. They can adjust the vacuum speed and heat of these devices to carefully draw water off every type of surface from wood floors to deep pile carpeting without splintering floorboards, or separating the carpet layers. 

For concrete and linoleum floors, SERVPRO response teams can use long-handled squeegees to push water off the surface and out the nearest exit, or toward another technician with an extractor to draw it out of the home. 

After contacting us, it is best to stay out of the home. Floors and carpets underwater are more dangerous to walk across and to attempt to move property, especially large furniture can lead to accidents that cause more damage to your home and property. It is far safer to wait for us to remove water and then relocate all property from the affected parts of the home. 

Our task at SERVPRO of Nuys South is to return every home to a dry, safe condition as quickly as possible, and use every tool available to reduce or eliminate the effects of any water intrusion. If you need our assistance, call our office today at 818-720-7111

Methods to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Considering that flooding is associated with 90% of natural disasters, it is prudent for homeowners to consider their risks, even if they do not live in a known flood zone.

Protecting Your Home From Flood Damage

Homeowners will never be able to prevent disaster-related floods altogether, but they are able to take steps to limit the extensive damage a flood may cause:

Know your risk. Use the Flood Map Tool provided by FEMA to research your particular area and understand what risks you face. Additionally, make a call to your local emergency management authorities in order to learn how floods are handled in the community.

Have a conversation about emergency procedures. Discussing a disaster plan and evacuation route with everyone in your family will ensure everyone knows what actions to take should an emergency occur. Show all household members where to turn off electricity supplies and make sure emergency supplies are easily accessible.

Digitize valuables. Precious and irreplaceable items, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Protect appliances. In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

Elevate hazardous materials. Hazardous materials can leach into flood water and cause pollution and even fire risk. Any cleaning chemicals or other hazardous household waste should be sealed and elevated to alleviate risk.

Turn off electricity. Water and electricity do not mix—that is why it is essential to turn off the electricity in areas of the house that are flooded. This can be done by using your main breaker box or calling the electric company in most cases.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. A tipped fuel tank can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire, and floodwaters can often be the cause. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.

While thinking about floods is not pleasant, it is essential for keeping your home and your family safe in these disaster scenarios. Plan ahead to protect your belongings and your loved ones.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Prepping Your Family for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

While there is advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there are also those occasions where there will be no advanced warning and we will be caught off-guard.

Fortunately, there are steps to take and safety tips to check out that will ensure your family is prepared for these severe weather occurrences.

The Importance of Planning for Severe Weather

Putting together an established family emergency plan is one of the best ways to begin preparing your family for these weather situations.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to practice and review it at the beginning of each season so it is fresh in everyone’s mind.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, here are some ideas to take into consideration when creating your plan:

1. Receiving emergency alerts

Thanks to today’s technologies, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone that is equipped with Google or a weather app. These technologies enable you to quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations. But don’t forget warnings and alerts are also broadcast over radio and TV.

2. Evaluating storm shelter options

Establish a place to take shelter if you live in an area where tornadoes are common. lt’s best to choose a basement or, if there is no basement, an interior room on the lowest level that is away from windows and doors. There are other reasons a shelter should be designated, and by visiting ready.gov you can learn more about this.

3. Mapping out evacuation routes

You should always have several routes mapped out that can serve as an evacuation routes. Hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home in a hurry, and it’s wise to have multiple routes should one route become impassable. Also find out if there are places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members to evacuate with.

4. Communicating during a storm

Communication is key, so it’s only natural to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but there will be times when that will not be possible. Cell phone towers can damaged leaving you without a signal, there could be no power leaving you unable to charge your phone, or cell phones could be lost or left behind.

So, your family will need an emergency communication plan in place and a safe meeting place for your family so that you can all meet there if separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Water Damage and Restoration

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

With many of the properties making up the Van Nuys neighborhood being constructed quite sometime ago, Many have experienced water damage caused by failed water pipes, air-conditioning units leaking, cracked water pipes from overgrown trees and earthquakes.

Since we typically cannot see these water pipes it is difficult to conduct any sort of maintenance before the leak presents a problem and we notice it after the fact. What’s worse is if you live in a condominium unit on the bottom floor, your neighbor above you could have a leak that will also affect you even if your pipes have no damage whatsoever.

When water damage affects our home it affects our lifestyle and causes anxiety and discomfort. SERVPRO Van Nuys South knows this fact and because of that we do our utmost to get in and get out leaving you with the feeling as if it never even happened.

The Pollution Types Relating to Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

You can’t escape terms like “black water” and “clear water” when talking about water damage and the pollution left behind, but what do they mean? Though it’s true that black water is hazardous, there are actually three types of water damage that can all cause problems.

Because we know the devastation that lies in the aftermath of water damage, we’ve outlined the water contamination types you might encounter so you can be informed.

Classifications of Water Damage

Category 1: “Clear water,” which is the first level, refers to water originating from a source free of contaminants (aka clear). Water from leaky faucets, direct rainwater, broken inbound pipes or water supply lines are all categorized this way, and category 1 water should not pose health issues if consumed.

Category 2: Grey water, the second category, is a bit more serious. This is wastewater generated from appliance or drain overflows, as well as other types of household flooding. This water is often contaminated on its own and/or has come into contact with a variety of surfaces. Therefore, category 2 water is somewhat contaminated and can cause illness if consumed.

Category 3: Category 3 water is the most notorious and is commonly known as black water. Rising flood waters, sewage overflows or water that has begun breeding bacteria due to stagnation are all cause for concern. Black water can also lead to illness or death if consumed.

Categories Can Be Dynamic

Water damage continues to become more complicated after the initial flooding because water that starts as one category can quickly advance to another. Water that develops higher pollution levels from coming into contact with surfaces and/or breeding bacteria can become even more dangerous as time progresses.

Because this is impossible to determine solely based on appearance, professional water restoration is essential to obtaining peace of mind and a properly restored property.

If you’ve fallen victim to water damage, SERVPRO® can help! Our team of water damage professionals can get your place back to normal, faster.

Van Nuys 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - 818-780-7111

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Van Nuys South

SERVPRO of Van Nuys South specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.