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Why the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Call SERVPRO® Today at 818-881-3636 To Get Started!

Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster by Planning For it NOW

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business or residential property, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

A FREE assessment of your facility.

– This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.

But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes your local SERVPRO® of Tarzana/Reseda Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

– This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance

of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile® containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

How to Protect Your Home or Business In a Flood Zone

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing for a flood. If your home or business has recently suffered from flood damage, then contact SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 818-881-3636.

Each year property owners face the possibility of flooding, whether it’s from a heavy rain storm or burst piping. It’s important to stay prepared & to protect your property if it's near a flood zone. Although you can’t completely stop a flood, you can minimize the impact that water has. Below are a few steps you can do to help keep water from invading & destroying your property.

 Have a Plan of Action

The best thing you can do if you think you live in a flood zone is to have a plan of action in advance. Here is a list of things to consider:

  • Store all important documents in a watertight secure container.
  • Have a separate lockbox for jewelry & any other valuables.
  • Contact your marketing representative at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda in advance and set up an Emergency Ready Plan for protecting your home & getting a quick service response after a flood.

 Invest in Flood Barriers & Sand Bags

Let’s face it, some homes are more susceptible to water damage. Lower flood water, however, can be contained by simply laying out sandbags & setting up flood barriers around your doors. Even if some water manages to get, sandbags & flood barriers can reduce the water damage & can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

 Rethink Your Home’s Construction

If you are building a new home or renovating your current one, then invest in components that are waterproof or create a tighter seal around the structure. Some of these include:

  • Concrete flooring instead of wooden floorboards
  • One-way valves in your plumbing to prevent water backup in the plumbing system
  • Waterproof all of your electrical outlets
  • Cement render & lime plaster
  • Water resistant window & door frames
  • Flood skirts around brick homes

Helpful Updates & Resources Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is Here in Your Community & Here to Help!
  1. Update on taxes: Tax Day is now July 15, 2020.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has announced that the government is, "moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

  1. Update on Student loan payments are extended for 60 days.

The Department of Education announced that student loan borrowers will be able to suspend their federal student loan payments without a penalty and without accruing interest for at least 60 days. 

  1. Resources if you lose your job as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your work has been compromised or you think it may be, read here. & please share with anyone who could use this information. Thank you for helping us help one another.

  1. Check in with your overall health & wellness

 If you’re able to over the next few days, check out these resources for looking after your overall wellness. Bring your stress level down with these simple steps:

 Stay positive. Laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase "good" HDL cholesterol.

 Meditate. This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation's close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.

 Exercise. Every time you are physically active, whether you take a walk or go for a jog, your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins. Exercising not only helps you destress, it also protects against heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart muscle, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

 Unplug. It's impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Cut the cord. Avoid the internet and TV news. Take time each day — even if it's for just 10 or 15 minutes — to escape from the world.

 Find ways to destress. Simple things, like a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favorite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life.

 Therapy or coaching can help provide clarity. Find affordable online mental health resources.

 Escape. Here are some free virtual getaways.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” — Nelson Mandela

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda at 818-881-3636 today

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 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

Water Damage from Dishwashers: Common Causes & Solutions

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Not all Waterfalls are Pretty Let the experts at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda assist you with your water damage!

How long before dishwasher water damage occurs?

Dishwasher water damage can occur within just a couple of hours. You get home, turn on the dishwasher, walk away and watch TV for a while, or run a few errands, only to come home and find a pool of water on the kitchen floor. The first reaction should be to soak up as much of the water as you can, because the longer it sits there, the more likely it will cause permanent damage.

Some flooring materials are more prone to dishwasher water damage than others, such as wood or bamboo. Wood will absorb water quickly, causing your flooring to warp and crack. Make sure to effectively dry out the area ASAP so you can avoid as much damage as possible.

Dishwasher water damage and what to expect

If you have never experienced dishwasher leaks or water damage before, you might not even know what you’re in for. Here is what to expect when you are dealing with water damage from dishwashers, including the common causes of leaks as well as what elements of your kitchen are most vulnerable after a leak.

What would cause a dishwasher to leak?

Common causes of dishwasher leaks include the following:

  • Worn gaskets
  • Dishwasher not level
  • Wrong dishwashing soap used
  • Broken door
  • Defective dishwasher tub

Your dishwasher leak can cause water damage in a variety of ways to a variety of different elements of your kitchen. Below are all susceptible to damage after a dishwasher leak:

  • Tile flooring
  • Wood flooring
  • Laminate flooring
  • Electrical wiring
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint

Protect Your Home and Valuables from Water Damage

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Protect your home & valuables Look out for signs of water damage to your home & protect your valuables!

Whether you are purchasing a home or renting it, there are numerous things that people should pay close attention to, especially if they want to protect its value. Though there are many different types of problems that can compromise the integrity of a structure, one of the most expensive and horrific is water damage. Because water damage can occur in a wide variety of ways, it is essential for everyone to be familiar with what the red flags are as early as possible, to minimize all of the damages. Here are a few common signs that the owners and those that rent should recognize as early as possible.

Leaks in the Roof

As mentioned, there are many different signs of water damage in and surrounding a home. One of the most notable involves leaks in the roof. Initially, these leaks may start off small but can also become vast as time passes. These water leaks can also lead to brown spotted discoloring on the roof as well as holes that people can see through. Therefore, it is essential for the individual to review the roofing as soon as possible for a professional to examine and repair before further damage occurs. In some cases, the water damage can be so severe that it can impact the structure of the home.

Bubbles in the Walls

Other signs of water damage are also visible to the naked eye. Because water damage can be found in the walls of a home and in the floor boards, it is not uncommon for the walls to reflect a certain amount of damage too. For those who have an opportunity to see water damage spread, they should be able to recall seeing the walls of the home puckering up with defects like bubbles that can be seen on top of its surface.

Wet Carpeting

Leaks in the roof and bubbles in the wall may appear because of storm damage. However, water damage in a home is not limited to thunderstorms and rain but may also include flooding on the property too. So when the water rises too high, people may see wet carpeting that can eventually lead to mold damage if the water is not quickly extracted.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is a leader in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water damage condition.

Restoring Your Business After a Flood

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

25% of businesses that close after disaster events such as a flood never reopen When a Disaster Hits your Business call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda at 818-881-3636

Floods can be miserable ordeals, even with extensive preparation. They can spring up with little to no warning and saddle you with the responsibility of a lengthy, expensive restoration period. Your business could be underwater in a flash, and you could be faced with mounting repair bills and extended interruption to your business. But floods can also be regenerative. Large-scale damage to your business is an opportunity to rebuild and minimize potential damage and disruption that could be caused by future floods. If your business has sustained flood damage, do not panic. Think of it as a chance to fortify your business against future flood damage rather than nothing but a ruinous misfortune.

All in all, it is important to remember that water damage to commercial locations can be excessively harmful because it can quickly not only damage the building but also the contents inside.  Even minor water damage can impact a business’s productivity. Depending on the magnitude of water damage, the water must be removed, the infiltrated areas cleared, and an inventory of losses drawn out.  To minimize the extent of the leak, contact SERVPRO of Woodland Hills. With our professional expertise our SERVPRO team can look after all your water damage restoration needs. We possess the essential manpower and technology to correct problems associated with water damage on commercial and business properties.

SERVPRO Offers Content Pack Out, Pack Back, & Storage Services to Your Commercial Property

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda Pack Out  For more info & to verify that content cleaning and restoration services are offered in your area, contact SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda at 818-881-3636

If your business suffers water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO are the premier choice for content restoration and pack-out.

Content Pack-Out

There are scenarios that require business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a business suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda provides complete pack-out services. We will carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to an off-site facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists.

  • Artwork
  • Documents
  • Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (televisions, computers, stereos, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Retail Inventory

Storage

Meanwhile at a SERVPRO restoration location, your items are stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. They remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Content Pack Back

After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to your business using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack-out process. Your items are loaded, transported and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack-out inventories.

Content cleaning and restoration is offered at SERVPRO locations and on select jobs and services performed. The availability and scope of content cleaning and restoration varies by location, job, insurance provider (if applicable) and other factors.

Wildfire Cleanup Help 24/7/365 SERVPRO Of Tarzana/Reseda

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

wildfire over los angeles Let SERVPRO help you get back to good. 818-881-3636

For Families and businesses that have been affected by the wildfires, our SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda team can clean, pack and store contents, and help restore your property for reconstruction and rebuilding after structural damages and personal property loss.  SERVPRO is a California Contractor and can finish the job quickly and cost-efficiently. We use controlled demolition to remove only the unsalvageable materials and leave a clean area for replacement materials.  Our cleanup and construction services are directly billed to your insurance company so often you will never see a bill on covered losses.

The wildfire has devastated so many homes and businesses throughout the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area, let SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda help you clean up and restore your property efficiently. Call today at (818) 881-3636.

Recognizing Signs Of Water Damage

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged floor showing staining Stop water damage in its tracks. Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 818-881-3636

Knowing for sure if you have water damage or not can be difficult to determine.  Sometimes you do not recognize the signs until it is too late. SERVPRO is here to help you in case if you spot any issues. The most common examples of water damage in your home could be a sink overflow, a water leak behind or underneath your sink, toilet, washing machine, drainage line break, ice maker leak in your refrigerator, or dishwasher leak.

SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE:

  1. Cabinets- signs of rotting, delamination (separation), the finish is discolored, musty smell.
  2. Ceiling- discoloration, sagging, bubbling, or peeling paint.
  3. Floors- grout, stains/watermarks, loose tiles, odor.
  4. Wood Floors- boards are warped 

If you suspect any of these issues call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda right away so we can get you back to good. 818-881-3636