Restoration VS. Replacement
Packing items that were able to be saved and restored and stored during the loss.
After a water and/or fire loss replacement may seem like the easiest and quickest option. We are a business of restoration rather than replacement. Some of the pros to restoration include: being more cost efficient, it helps our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and saving many items with sentiment cannot be replaced. SERVPRO Encino/Sherman Oaks works seamlessly with insurance companies nationwide, providing them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome. After the classification, cost effective remediation methods are tailored to the expected condition of the items in each conditional area. The professionals at SERVPRO will always do their best to act quickly and restore what they can.
Dryer Fire Damage
Dryer fires are one of the lead causes of fires in home
You may not think of your clothes dryer as a fire hazard, but these appliances account for tens of thousands of house fires each year. The problem most frequently occurs when lint and dust are allowed to build up. Over time, this can cause the dryer vent to become clogged with highly flammable materials, which easily combust when exposed to high temperatures. Your best option for dryer safety is to clean the lint trap each time before you use the dryer, and to inspect and clean the dryer vent area to remove lint buildup and other potential blockages. Regular cleaning can ultimately make all the difference in avoiding a house fire.
Quick statistics: 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
Trust No One Else With Your Fire Damage
Fire clean up team.
An electrical spark from a unit next to this one caused both units to go up in flames. After removing all of the tenants items and storing them our technicians were able to begin removing all affected areas and materials. SERVPRO Encino/Sherman Oaks specializes in fire mitigation and re-mediation of all sizes. Most people might not realize the health hazardous that come along after a fire, the soot and smoke can make it harder to breathe and see as well as cause headaches from inhaling the smoke. After the fire department puts the flames out you should always call SERVPRO to come put your home back together. We are who your insurance agents trust and the friendly faces they would also recommend if you were to ever be faced with this situation.
Roofs, Rain, and Damages. Oh My!
A roof that needed to be tarped after a major rain and wind storm.
Let's be honest, how often do you really climb up onto your roof and check to make sure everything is looking one hundred percent? Probably not at all, I would assume that most people don't. It's not until they experience a storm damage that they realize their roof may not be in the best shape to be over their head. Recently storms rolled through Southern California and a lot of unhappy homeowners realized that their homes were NOT prepared for all the rain that we were receiving. Because the high winds and heavy rains were not a good combination and led to most water damages within the ceiling and/or in the home. SERVPRO should be your first call when it comes to any storm damage that you may experience.
Helping Hand In A Storm
Fallen tree after heavy winds ripped through Southern California.
While Southern California may not experience tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other natural disasters we still do get hit with mud slides, heavy rains, and wild fires. It is always best practice to understand that area and the surroundings of which you live in. If you know that your home has been near storm damages and experiences it is best to be knowledgeable. SERVPRO specializes in all extreme storm damages, even if you think your damage may be small, we are the best team to help you. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is also a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) and we are equipped with everything needed to handle even the largest of storm damages, we work with neighboring SERVPRO's to help them with anything that they might need a few extra hands for.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Fire Re-mediation Team
An electrical spark caused this bathroom to go up in flames.
An electrical spark from a unit next to this one caused both units to go up in flames. After removing all of the tenants items and storing them our technicians were able to begin removing all affected areas and materials. SERVPRO Encino/Sherman Oaks specializes in fire mitigation and re-mediation of all sizes. Most people might not realize the health hazardous that come along after a fire, the soot and smoke can make it harder to breathe and see as well as cause headaches from inhaling the smoke. After the fire department puts the flames out you should alwasy call SERVPRO to come put your home back together. We are who your insurance agents trust and the friendly faces they would also recommend if you were to ever be faced with this situation.
Tips and Tricks about Mold
Lots and lots of mold.
Here are some things you might not have already known about mold:
Molds can be found almost everywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
It’s worth noting that not all mold is harmful. In fact, some types of mold can be quite beneficial.
You cannot completely eliminate mold spores in your home, but you CAN prevent mold growth by controlling humidity, keeping areas free of excess moisture, etc.
Typically the mold we see is not the mold that you want hanging around your home, your work space, or maybe the schools your children attend. Always take mold seriously if you suspect it and call the professionals at SERVPRO.
Ten Unit Condo Fire
The photo shown is from when we first arrived on scene, inside one of the most affected units.
An electrical spark caused ten condominium units to go up in flames late one night. A neighboring SERVPRO reached out because they knew Encino/Sherman Oaks was a Large Loss Response Team and could handle the large amount of damage done. Ten units both on the first and second floor were affected and bad to be completely demo'ed out and ready for a new look. When we first arrived on the scene the air was still thick with smoke and soot and everything was covered in a black film. Our technicians worked for a little over a month to completely re-mediate all ten units to be ready for reconstruction. The condo tenants and HOA made it all easy and we were able to work closely with them to have everything completed in a timely manner.
Commercial Fire Loss
We had our SERVPRO tent setup outside as a place of reference for any employees on site or others that needed direction.
SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) was called to the scene of a fire late one night to help with the affected contents. We were able to be there the next morning as well with our SERVPRO tent, waters, and supplies for anyone that needed it. SERVPRO was able to help by removing all of the affected contents and electronics that needed to be cleaned and salvaged. Being a LLRT means that we have the team, equipment, and capability to handle even the largest jobs. This warehouse knew that SERVPRO would be able to help them get into a temporary facility quickly to be able to continue running a business. We will never shy away from commercial jobs and we enjoy getting to work with numerous industries and all the people we meet along the way.
Moldy and affected garage.
SERVPRO prides themselves on being one of the top mold remediation companies out there. We typically see clients with mold in their homes after significant or long lasting water damage, who ignored their water damage or didn’t know it was happening. Most everyone knows that mold can be hazardous to the health of anyone that comes into contact with it. If you ever suspect mold in your home your best practice should always be to not touch it and call a professional in for an opinion and an action plan. If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mold problem always call your friendly neighborhood mold busters at 818-995-6444. We are a 24/7 restoration and mold remediation company prepared to help you!