Recent Storm Damage Posts
Take Precaution to Storm Damage
Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings and homes. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems.
Even though it is still over 90 degrees outside, the winter season is rapidly approaching in SoCal and it will be here before we know it. As a home or business owner we suggest taking the time this season to double check the roof of your home for any prior damage. Taking a few minutes out of your day to check can possibly save you a headache for storm restoration needs later on.
If you experience storm damage to your property, always call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks.
Tips to Know About Your Home Flooding
From smelly soaked carpet to damaged warped wood floors, your home can quickly become a victim of a storm. Not only are your floors in danger, but your electronics, appliances, furniture, lighting and personal keepsakes are susceptible to water damage. In addition to water damage, mold can set in after a flood.
During rainy season, storms can be severe and so can your water damage. However, there are many ways to keep water damage minimal and possibly non-existent.
Know when and how to turn off your home’s water supply if water damage has begun, and hire SERVPRO to tackle your problem soon after a storm before damage gets worse. It is good to also know the direction your water flows on your property to prepare for water flooding into your home or away from it.
Always call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks when faced with a storm damage.
Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Home in SoCal
Lightning storms can occur anywhere in the U.S., and we see them often during fire season in Southern California; they bring a massive threat of fires and severe structural damage.
Flooding presents a serious risk to your home and your safety. According to the U.S. National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kills more people every year than lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
When it comes to rain storms, flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and damage to drywall, support beams and foundations. You are at risk for mold within the first 24 hours of a flood, so it’s vital to stop the water from flowing and start remediation quickly.
It’s vital to repair storm damage quickly, but the risk of danger is high. Before you try making repairs yourself, call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks. We have a decade of experience with storm damage remediation and our teams are available to you 24/7 365 days out of the year.
Erasing Wind Damage From Your Property
Southern California is truly a beautiful place to live, however the last few years it has endured some of the most catastrophic fires in history. Every year SERVPRO is readily available in our community helping those who have been affected by the fires in their homes or places of work.
Our crews will enter your home, clean up any soot or smoke damage, clean and sanitize the areas, as well as remediate and restore the property. The side effects from smoke and fire can leave lasting health problems and by using a professional restoration team you minimize those chances.
If your home or business has sustained damage from a forest fire or wildfire in your area, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks for an immediate response.
How To Not Let Your Pipes Freeze in the Winter
Though it is rare for Southern California to get that cold, frozen pipes do happen!
Your body isn’t the only thing that you should be bundling up during the winter, and frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. Because they affect your home’s water supply, as the water may have difficulty running through the pipes.
Frozen pipes can cause property damage, too.
When temperatures are cold enough, the water inside the pipes will freeze into ice. When water turns into ice, it expands in size. If the water expands enough, then it places pressure on the pipes.
Enough pressure will then cause the pipe to burst, not only damaging the pipe but also spreading water throughout your home and causing water damage.
If you suspect your pipes to be frozen you will need to wrap it with an electric heating pad or a towel and keep the faucet on so you will know when it has thawed.
Knowing the signs of frozen pipes can save you during the winter.
3 Signs Your Crawlspace Needs Professional Attention
#1 - Moisture:
Moisture can seep into the foundation in your property and cause damage over time. If that’s not bad enough, a dark and moist environment like a crawlspace can offer an excellent breeding ground for mold. Most of the air in your house goes through your crawlspace at some point. That air can carry mold spores into your home and reduce the air quality of the entire house.
Especially after it rains, keep an eye out for moisture in your crawlspace. You can detect it in the air if you have a good nose. You can also touch the ground and the walls looking for wet spots.
#2 - Rodents, insects, and other pests:
Keep an eye out for critters and signs of their presence, such as animal feces, nests, and gaps in the crawlspace that could serve as the entrance and exit points. Insects and rodents should be eliminated quickly, as unchecked activity can quickly grow into an infestation.
#3 - Wood rot:
This form of fungus grows inside the wood, weakening it as it spreads. Rot can be a very costly problem but some good news is that there are lots of chemical products on the market that can kill and remove rot from wood.
The bad news is that these methods don’t work when rot damage is too extensive. Detecting the early signs of wood rot can save you the expense of having to replace huge chunks of a house’s foundation.
There are two types of rot that may affect your crawlspace: wet rot and dry rot.
Signs of wet rot include the wood becoming darker, feeling soft or spongy when pressed, and the appearance of cracks in the affected area, as well as localized fungus growth, which may resemble mushrooms.
Dry rot will also cause wood to feel weak and spongy. This tends to be a more destructive variety of rot, but it’s also easier to spot due to the growth of the mycelium — a white substance that looks a bit like cotton or wool and clings to the affected wood. If you spot that, or any other sort of fungal growth or rot, call us today at SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks to come to help you!
Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist
SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is always here to help and in this blog, we want to provide you a detailed yearly home maintenance checklist to follow to stay on top of being a great homeowner.
- Check your furnace filters.
- Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
- Clean range hood fan.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils.
- Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces.
- Clean garbage disposal.
- Clean and vacuum curtains.
- Check caulking around showers and bathtubs.
- Inspect roofing for damage.
- Check exterior drainage.
- Get A/C serviced.
- Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
- Check water softener.
- Clear dead plants/shrubs.
- Clean out window wells of debris.
- Oil garage door track.
- Trim trees, bushes, shrubs.
- Maintain yard growth.
- Fertilize lawn.
- Clean window screen.
- Remove lint from dryer exhaust.
- Clean garage.
- Inspect plumbing for leaks.
- Power wash windows and siding.
Who To Call For Your Worst Cleanup?
SERVPRO is Here To Help!
It might be an embarrassing phone call to make but rest assured that SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is prepared to handle it all, and we mean all. Biohazard cleanup can be challenging work that requires technicians to handle potentially hazardous materials and proper handling of the viruses, crime or trauma scene is crucial to the safety of everyone involved. Biohazard cleaning is NOT the same as a standard cleaning company or janitorial service; it involves cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the affected area(s). If you’re facing the task of cleaning up a biohazard, don’t do it alone. Leave it to the professionals and not the NCIS pros you see on TV. Biohazards can be extremely serious and if not handled properly can be an even bigger issue in the long run.
Lightning Strike Warnings
It creates a beautiful picture but can do major damage, always be prepared.
Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips from SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks:
- Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected. Lightning can hit trees and split them into the roads or onto cars.
- If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
- If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone and consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.
It is rare to see lightning in a storm in Southern California but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for it.
Space Heater Safety
Space heaters are convenient but they can be very dangerous!
Heating and electrical equipment are some of the top causes for structure fires in the United States, especially in homes. Space heaters should be setup at least a few feet away from furniture or other combustible objects. Check the equipment and clean it regularly. It is a good idea to make sure the appliance is turned off, or even unplugged whenever you leave your home. Cleaning your space heater can be done by spraying compressed air throughout the inside and vents to get rid of dust and debris that may accumulate. You may need to remove the front cover to do so. While many modern space heaters have safety shut offs built in, it is still a good idea to turn it off when it will not be monitored.
If you suffer from a fire damage you should immediately call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks, we are your 24/7 fire restoration specialists.
Recovering From a Storm
Storms can hit fast.
Storms can cause serious damage to your home and/or place of business, and the worst part about storms is that they can catch you off guard just like any other type of damage. Recovering from a storm can be long and difficult, the following are some steps to use when recovering from a storm damaged home. Insurance claims; make sure to contact your insurance right away to see what you are covered for. Don’t dwell on the loss; focus on what you can start recovering or rebuilding. Start with what you can fix yourself; but leave the really gritty stuff to the professionals at SERVPRO. Recovering from a storm is difficult but not impossible and with the help of those at SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks we are confident that we will be able to help restore your home and your belongings.
What to Expect with a Storm Damage Loss
It's not common in SoCal but when it happens it can beautifully dangerous..
Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems. Elements such as wind, rain, hail, and lightning can result in turning people’s lives upside down, this is why having a storm damage restoration service to help this type of emergency is a good option. Whether it is a business or residence, SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks will come to your property and their trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help them discover the level of the damage. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment the professional will use. In the case of flooding, they will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas. Generators will be brought in to operate their dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a change to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, the specialist will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors. If contacted in time, a storm damage restoration company will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues, by inspecting the roof and replacing the dilapidated areas.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm Damage
Take precautions during storm season and let the professionals help.
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm. Here are some steps to follow if your property is involved in a storm damage: take safety precautions, photograph the damage, contact your insurance company, look into hiring a restoration team. By doing these simple things and calling SERVPRO you can save yourself time, money, and the headache of having to deal with a storm loss. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks has many years of dealing with different types of storm emergencies and we will be able to help you whenever you call.
Should You Be Worried About Storms?
Living in California might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. California does not see many major storms throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.
Specifically during the rainy season, we must be extra careful. After our super dry, hot summers and how often we have wild fires, a lot of the time our mountains are left without the trees and bushes. We are left more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we receive.
When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.
Call SERVPRO at 818-995-6444
Roof Damage in Encino, CA
We will help you recover after a storm.
With all the rain we've been experiencing in the Encino/Sherman Oaks area it's no wonder the number of roof leak calls into our office has been skyrocketing. Water damage can affect all family members, human or not.
The roof in question was only a few years old, but the wind of the last storm was too much. If you experience a roof leak, here are some suggestions about how to go about fixing it:
Step 1: Stop the water. Hire a roofing company to either fix the leak or to install a temporary roof tarp to keep more water from entering the structure. If you suspect the water intrusion is gutter related, contact a gutter cleaning company.
Step 2: Perform water remediation: Open affected areas to perform drying and to prevent mold. Install drying equipment and apply anti-microbial to discourage mold growth. Caution: If you are unsure about your property's lead paint or asbestos status, test first before any demolition.
Step 3: Perform repairs to affected areas. Always research your contractors make sure they hold valid licensing.
Are you prepared for a storm?
A storm can devastate your home and community
There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:
-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks at (818) 995-6444. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. Let us help you get your life back on top.
Stay in Business after a storm!
You can't predict a disaster, but you can be prepared for one.
As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.
This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.
Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.
Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: - Plan to stay in business - Encourage your employees to become ready - Protect your investment
Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency. At ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.
Helpful Tip to Prevent Storm Damage To Your Home
While rain gutters are often overlooked, they actually play a big role in maintaining the condition of your home.
The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement etc. These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Encino/Sherman Oaks, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
When Storms or Flood hit Encino/Sherman Oaks. SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Encino/Sherman Oaks.
SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Encino/Sherman Oaks, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (818)995-6444
What To Do After The Storm
This home was affected by rain while their owners were on vacation and resulted in microbial growth.
Spring often brings with it severe storms and rainfall that have the potential to cause significant damage to homes and other structures. This inundation of water can potentially cause a variety of issues within the home. When the storm is over, it is important to know WHAT to do, as well as what NOT to do.
First always make sure that you are safe, and there are no injuries. Once you are able to see the damage begin taking pictures as is, this will help in your insurance claim. Never try to remove any damaged items, always contact a professional to come out and help you.
As a storm restoration destination SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks has technicians ready and available to help during the worst storm times.
A school library was affected after a faulty roof caved and let in rain.
It's been said before that Southern California really does not experience natural disasters like other states might, maybe that is why it is so populated! As a restoration franchise we see other franchises that deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, flash floods and it is rare for us to deal with anything other than heavy storm rains and snow depending on where you reside.
Did you know that flooding occurs more than any other natural disasters in America? This means that flood water can easily enter into your home and cause both storm damage and water damage.
SERVPRO provides all necessary needs for storm related damages, we are available 24/7 and 365 days a year. You should always call SERVPRO when dealing with storm damage remediation.
5 Things You Need to Have in Your Earthquake Bag
A quick snapshot from a home that suffered earthquake damage. Thankfully homeowners were not home during.
Last Friday the Ventura County encountered a 5.3 magnitude earthquake near the Channel Islands. Some people mentioned they felt it in Simi Valley, Westlake, and even in Thousand Oaks. Most everyone in Southern California will tell you that the state is overdue for a massive earthquake, and SERVPRO thinks you can never be too prepared. We have compiled a quick list of 5 things you need to have in your earthquake bag.
1. The actual bag itself
2. Water purification tablets
3. First Aid kit
4. Light source
5. Sleeping bag
Obviously, there are other things you will want to consider such as: packaged food, batteries, etc. But in having these items in case of an emergency can alleviate some stress during an earthquake. SERVPRO is your emergency storm relief team.
Precautions to Take After a Storm Damage
After a storm driven fire this golf course was turned upside down.
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm. A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado or hurricane to cause destruction on your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family.We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Always remember to be safe during and after a storm.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm Damage
After a massive rain storm this home's walls were filled with rain water creating problems for the owners.
While Southern California may not seem like it has massive storm damage we do suffer from rain, fire, and mud slides. Those who were living here in December and January of 2017/2018 can attest to this. When it seemed like most of Southern California was in a havoc of storm related damages. Here are some steps to take immediately after a storm incident:
- Always take safety precautions
- Photograph the damage in your home
- Contact your insurance company
When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is your industry professional; we are available 24/7 to provide emergency disaster relief.
While flooding is super unusual in SoCal, you should always be prepared
While it may not be common in Southern California to get a lot of rain but when we do it seems to come in insane amounts. Here are some flood facts from SERVPRO corporate:
Flash floods can bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.
In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, gallons of water, battery operated electronics, extra batteries, and personal hygiene necessities.
SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is your flood expert. We are always here to help.
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.
Rain is Heavier Than it Looks
Water is heavier than it looks, ceiling caved in after heavy rains.
It's not usual for Southern California to experience such heavy rains in winter, this homeowner was not prepared for his bathroom ceiling to come crashing down around two in the morning. After realizing what had happened he called SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks to come to his help. When our technicians arrived on scene it looked as if the entire ceiling had fallen in on his bathroom and everything was soaked. Luckily, it was the bathroom and water is typically easy to clean up in those areas. The owner was gracious we were able to come out at such early hours and get his home back to normal until the morning when more details could be dealt with. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is always here to help.
Mud Slides Into Your Home
Mud is not the latest flooring trend.
You never think it will happen to you, until it does. We see it on the news when heavy rain hits, hardly ever, in the Southern part of California. But if you were to ever experience storm damages i.e. mud slides that have crept into your home your first call should always be SERVPRO. We have highly trained technicians that are ready for any situation. The picture shows mud that came in through the doggy door leading to the outside, it was not closed and secured shut while the homeowners were at work for the day. They came home to the mess and immediately called SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks to help remove the mud and clean up their office space before anything else could be damaged with mud.
SERVPRO Partners with The American Red Cross
SERVPRO and the Red Cross join forces for a great cause.
SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. As a Disaster Responder member, SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is among an elite group of companies and foundations from almost every industry. The Red Cross, and SERVPRO alike, are very refutable companies that people know and trust and by working together we are able to come together for our communities and neighbors in any time of need. Even though Southern California may not experience storms like the rest of the country doesn't mean that when storms do hit they are taken lightly. Partnering with the Red Cross allows our company to be apart of something bigger than just water and fire remediation. We are always here to help.
Storms Take No Mercy
Winds and rain take apart this homeowners roof.
Disasters can come in a variety of different forms, though no matter what version they take, they must be dealt with immediately to avoid the costs of increased damages through stagnation. Among the issues disasters can cause may include: Wood Rot, Roof Leaks, Mold Growth, Flooding, Sewage Back Ups, Clogged Gutters and Downspouts.
Lately in California we have been experiencing a lot of storms which has caused all of the above issues for our customers.
Storm damage disasters require a heightened level of skill and expertise that we require of our crews along with compassion, honesty and integrity make us who we are.
Our solid reputation with insurance companies will help streamline the insurance claim process and restoration of your home to its beautiful pre-storm condition. Call us if you need storm help.