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Can Water Damage My Appliances? Understanding the Impact of Water Damage on Household Appliances

2/12/2024 (Permalink)

Standing water in an office. Water damage poses a significant threat not only to the structure of your home but also to the functionality of household appliances.

Water damage poses a significant threat not only to the structure of your home but also to the functionality of household appliances. As experienced professionals in the restoration industry, we've witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects water damage can have on appliances. Let's delve into how water damage can affect your appliances and what steps you can take to mitigate potential issues.

1. Electrical Damage

When water infiltrates appliances, it can compromise their electrical components, leading to short circuits or malfunctions. Water and electricity are a hazardous combination, potentially causing irreversible damage to circuits, control panels, motors, and wiring within appliances.

2. Corrosion and Rust

Water exposure accelerates the corrosion process in metal components of appliances. Rust formation on internal parts can hinder the proper functioning of appliances, causing mechanical failures or breakdowns.

3. Circuit Board Damage

Modern appliances often contain complex electronic circuitry. Water infiltration can damage these sensitive circuit boards, disrupting their functionality and leading to appliance failure or erratic behavior.

4. Malfunctioning Controls and Displays

Water damage can impact control panels, knobs, and displays on appliances. Moisture seeping into these areas can cause malfunctioning controls or display glitches, rendering the appliance unusable or unreliable.

5. Motor and Mechanical Issues

Water damage can impair the motors and mechanical parts of appliances, affecting their performance and efficiency. Seized motors or compromised mechanical components may lead to appliance breakdowns or increased energy consumption.

6. Mold and Mildew Growth

Waterlogged appliances create a conducive environment for mold and mildew growth. The dark, damp spaces within appliances provide an ideal breeding ground for these harmful microorganisms, potentially compromising hygiene and other issues.

Mitigating Water Damage to Appliances

  1. In the event of water damage, immediately disconnect power to affected appliances to prevent electrical hazards.
  2. Thoroughly dry appliances before attempting to use them again. Allow ample ventilation to help remove moisture and prevent mold growth.
  3. Seek professional assistance to assess the extent of water damage to appliances. Avoid using appliances if they've been extensively water-damaged until they've been inspected and deemed safe for operation by a professional.

Understanding the potential risks of water damage to household appliances is crucial. Taking proactive measures and seeking professional help when needed can help minimize damage and ensure the safety and functionality of your appliances in the long run. Remember, when in doubt about the safety of an appliance after water damage, contacting our SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is always the best course of action.

How do I Protect My Business from Storm Damage?

1/15/2024 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO van on a job site. Establish partnerships with professional restoration companies like SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda to have immediate access to restoration services.

Storms can wreak havoc on businesses, causing disruptions, property damage, and financial losses. However, with proactive measures and strategic planning, you can significantly minimize the impact of storms on your business. In this blog, we'll discuss actionable strategies to prepare your business and mitigate storm-related risks effectively.

Assessing Vulnerabilities

Identify potential vulnerabilities in and around your business premises. Consider factors like location, building structure, landscaping, and proximity to flood-prone areas. It's also important to evaluate past storm damage incidents in your area to understand the type and extent of potential risks your business may face.

Strategies to Protect Your Business from Storm Damage

Develop a Comprehensive Plan

Create a detailed emergency preparedness and response plan tailored to your business. This plan should include evacuation procedures, communication strategies, and designated responsibilities for employees.

Building Maintenance and Repairs

Regularly inspect and maintain your building's exterior, roof, windows, and doors. Address any structural issues promptly to reinforce against potential storm damage.

Landscaping Considerations

Trim trees and remove dead branches to minimize the risk of falling debris during storms. Secure loose outdoor items or equipment that could become projectiles in high winds.

Backup Systems and Data

Invest in backup power systems and cloud-based data storage to ensure continuous operations and protect crucial business information during power outages or data loss.

Insurance Coverage Review

Review your insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage for storm-related damages. Understand the extent of coverage and document your business property for insurance claims.

Secure Important Documents

Secure important business documents, contracts, and financial records by storing them in waterproof and fireproof containers or by creating digital backups.

Employee Training and Communication

Educate employees about emergency procedures and safety protocols. Conduct regular drills to ensure everyone knows their roles during a storm or disaster.

Partnerships with Restoration Services

Establish partnerships with professional restoration companies like SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda to have immediate access to storm damage restoration services if needed.

Protecting your business from storm damage requires proactive planning, ongoing maintenance, and strategic partnerships. By implementing these strategies, you can significantly reduce the vulnerability of your business to storms and ensure continuity in operations even in challenging situations. Stay proactive, stay prepared, and protect your business from the impact of storms.

Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe: Protecting Your Pets from Home Fires

12/7/2023 (Permalink)

Pets bring joy, love, and companionship to our lives. They are treasured members of our families and deserve protection from potential dangers such as home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 home fires per year are started by pets, with cooking equipment and open flames being among the leading causes. In this blog, we will explore essential tips for keeping your pets safe in the event of a home fire.

Plan Ahead

Just as you would create a fire escape plan for your family, it is crucial to include your pets in the plan as well. Identify two exit routes for every room and practice escape drills with your pets, so they know what to expect in case of an emergency. Make sure to keep leashes, collars, and carriers in a readily accessible location.

Eliminate Potential Fire Hazards

Pets are naturally curious and may unwittingly start a fire by knocking over a candle, chewing on electrical cords, or jumping onto a hot stove. To reduce the risk of fire, secure loose wires, use flameless candles, and never leave pets unattended around open flames or cooking equipment.

Invest in Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are often a lifesaver in the event of a home fire. Make sure to install smoke detectors in every room, including areas where your pets spend time. Consider linking your smoke detectors to a monitoring system that alerts you and emergency services in case of a fire.

Use Stickers or Window Clings

In the event of a fire emergency, firefighters need to know that your pets are inside the home. Consider placing stickers or clings on windows and doors indicating the number and type of pets in the house. This helps firefighters quickly identify and rescue pets in danger.

Keep Records of Your Pets

In case of a fire or emergency, having quick access to your pet's medical records and vaccination information can be critical. Make sure to keep copies of these documents and store them in a readily accessible location.

Our pets are beloved members of our families, and we owe it to them to ensure their safety in the event of a home fire. Remember that proper preparedness and safety measures are key to protecting your pets and keeping them healthy, happy, and by your side for years to come.

Preparing Your Home for Storm Season

11/6/2023 (Permalink)

Roof damage. Stay safe, stay prepared, and be ready to weather any storm that comes your way.

As a storm approaches, taking proactive steps to safeguard your home is crucial for your family's safety and the protection of your property. At SERVPRO®, we understand the devastating impact storms can have on homes, and we're here to help you prepare. In this blog, we'll share essential tips to ensure your home is ready to weather the storm season. By implementing these recommendations, you can reduce the risk of damage and minimize potential headaches in the aftermath.

1. Create an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is your first line of defense during a storm. Here's what you should include:

  • Non-perishable Food and Water: Store at least a three-day supply for your family, including pets.

  • Flashlights and Batteries: Ensure you have working flashlights and spare batteries.

  • First Aid Supplies: Include bandages, antiseptic wipes, medications, and any specific medical supplies your family needs.

  • Important Documents: Safeguard your insurance policies, identification, and other critical documents in waterproof containers.

2. Secure Outdoor Items

High winds during storms can turn outdoor items into projectiles. Secure or store them to prevent damage:

  • Outdoor Furniture: Bring it inside or secure it to prevent it from blowing away.

  • Lawn Equipment: Store lawnmowers, trimmers, and other equipment in a safe place.

  • Trim Trees and Branches: Prune trees near your home to reduce the risk of falling limbs.

3. Reinforce Windows and Doors

Strong winds can damage or break windows and doors, leading to water intrusion. Here's how to reinforce them:

  • Install Storm Shutters: Invest in storm shutters to protect windows during severe weather.

  • Seal Gaps: Use weatherstripping to seal gaps around doors and windows to prevent drafts and leaks.

4. Clear Gutters and Downspouts

Blocked gutters can lead to water damage. Ensure they're clear of debris to channel rainwater away from your home. Clean gutters and downspouts at least twice a year, and more often if you're in an area prone to heavy rainfall.

5. Check Sump Pumps and Drains:

In areas prone to flooding, a functioning sump pump is essential. Inspect and maintain your pump regularly:

  • Test the Sump Pump: Pour water into the sump pit to ensure the pump activates.

  • Battery Backup: Consider installing a battery backup for your sump pump in case of power outages.

6. Know Your Insurance Coverage:

Review your homeowner's insurance policy to understand what is covered and what is not. If you're in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

7. Develop a Family Emergency Plan

Ensure your family knows what to do during a storm:

  • Designate Safe Areas: Identify safe areas in your home and make sure everyone knows where to go.

  • Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan to stay in touch if family members are separated.

8. Stay Informed

Monitor weather alerts and news updates regularly. Consider weather apps and NOAA weather radios to stay informed about changing conditions and evacuation notices.

By following these essential storm preparation tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of damage to your home and protect your family during a storm. In case of storm-related damage, remember that SERVPRO® of Tarzana/Reseda is here to assist with storm damage restoration and cleanup. Stay safe, stay prepared, and be ready to weather any storm that comes your way.

Learning About Mold

10/4/2023 (Permalink)

Crawlspace With Mold A Crawlspace Covered in Mold

Mold Remediation Process

Mold is a fungus that can grow almost anywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold spores are microscopic and can travel through the air, entering your home through windows, doors, AC/heating systems, or even on your clothing or pets.

Mold spores thrive on moisture, so it is important to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. If mold growth is suspected, it is important to call a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO™.

SERVPRO's mold remediation process typically includes the following steps:

  1. Emergency Service: Contact your local SERVPRO for emergency service.
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment: A SERVPRO professional will inspect your property to assess the extent of the mold damage and develop a remediation plan.
  3. Mold Containment: SERVPRO will use containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold spores during the remediation process. This may involve using physical barriers, such as plastic sheeting, to isolate the contaminated area.
  4. Air Filtration: SERVPRO will use air filtration systems to remove mold spores and other pollutants from the air.
  5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials: SERVPRO will use a variety of methods to remove mold and mold-infested materials, depending on the type of mold and the surfaces it is growing on. This may involve using specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques.
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings: SERVPRO will clean and disinfect any contents and belongings that were exposed to mold.
  7. Restoration: Once the mold has been removed and the contaminated area has been cleaned and disinfected, SERVPRO will restore your property to its pre-mold condition.

SERVPRO's mold remediation professionals are trained and experienced in handling even the most complex mold problems. They will work with you to develop a remediation plan that meets your needs and budget.

Identifying the Different Types of Smoke

10/2/2023 (Permalink)

Smoking House House with Smoke Coming Out

There are two main types of smoke damage: wet and dry.

Wet smoke is produced by low-heat, smoldering fires involving plastics and rubber. It has a pungent odor and leaves a sticky, smeary residue. Smoke webs from wet smoke can be difficult to clean.

Protein fire residue is produced by the evaporation of materials rather than from a fire itself. It is virtually invisible, but it can discolor paints and varnishes and has a very bad odor.

Dry smoke is produced by fast-burning, high-temperature fires involving paper and wood. Heat rises, so dry smoke rises as well.

SERVPRO technicians are trained and equipped to handle even the toughest smoke damage losses.

How SERVPRO Handles Smoke Damage Restoration

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. They will also test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred on the property. This information helps them determine the proper cleaning method and allows them to focus on saving your belongings.

Once the type of smoke damage has been determined, SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda technicians will use a variety of methods to clean and restore your property. These methods may include:

  • Soot removal: SERVPRO technicians will use a variety of methods to remove soot from surfaces, including dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and abrasive cleaning.
  • Odor removal: SERVPRO technicians will use a variety of methods to remove smoke odors from your property, including deodorization, air purification, and ozone treatment.
  • Content restoration: SERVPRO technicians can restore smoke-damaged contents, such as furniture, carpets, and clothing.

SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda technicians are trained to handle even the toughest smoke damage losses. They will work with you to develop a restoration plan that meets your needs and budget.

What To Do after Earthquakes Or High Winds

8/3/2023 (Permalink)

Fallen over building after earthquake Buildings destroyed by an Earthquake.

Earthquakes and high winds can cause damage to your home and property. It is important to be prepared for these events and to take steps to protect your home.

Earthquakes

  • Check your home after an earthquake. Look for signs of damage, such as cracks in walls, ceilings, or floors. Also check for leaks in water pipes or gas lines.
  • If you smell gas, leave your home immediately and call the gas company. Do not turn on any lights or appliances, as this could spark a fire.
  • Turn off your water and power at the main shutoffs. This will help to prevent further damage if there are leaks or breaks in the lines.
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim. They will be able to help you assess the damage and get your home repaired.

High Winds

  • Secure loose objects outdoors. This includes patio furniture, yard tools, and anything else that could be blown away by the wind.
  • Trim trees and shrubs that could fall on your home. This will help to prevent damage from falling branches or limbs.
  • Bring pets indoors. High winds can be dangerous for pets, so it is best to keep them inside during a storm.
  • Stay informed about the weather forecast. This will help you to know when to take precautions and to stay safe during a storm.

If you experience storm damage, water damage, fire, or mold, SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda can help you get your home back to normal. We have the experience and expertise to clean up and repair damage caused by these events. Contact us today at 818-881-3636 to learn more about how we can help.

Here are some additional tips for preparing for earthquakes and high winds:

  • Have a plan for what to do in case of an earthquake or high wind event. This plan should include where you will go and what you will do if you are inside or outside when the event occurs.
  • Make sure you have a first aid kit and other emergency supplies on hand. This includes food, water, flashlights, batteries, and a radio.
  • Have a way to communicate with family and friends in case of an emergency. This could include a cell phone, a ham radio, or a text message service.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your home and family from the damage caused by earthquakes and high winds.

Emergency Ready Plan

12/23/2022 (Permalink)

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It is not uncommon for water damage, floods, and fire damage to wipe out the functionality of a commercial building for months, so we urge you to prepare your buildings with the aid of our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). Our Emergency Ready Plan is a great tool that commercial properties of any size can utilize to be prepared for any loss case.

Essentially, SERVPRO will take a tour of your building and take notes of key locations in it, like your water shutoff valve, gas shutoff, and electrical shutoff. Our notes, including photo's of valve locations, will be complied into a physical and digital folder for you to keep in case of emergency. These notes also help SERVPRO Tarzana/Reseda when we come to your aid. We take notes about your property for ourselves so that we can assist you strategically and optimally in these emergency situations.

In losses ranging from small leaks to large floods and fires, SERVPRO's ERP tool can ensure that you are prepared to take on any unwanted surprises that threaten the functionality of your property.

What's Water Restoration?

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

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The extraction of standing water, cleaning of the affected areas, and either drying or removing water-saturated building materials and contents are all components of the water restoration process.

It might be necessary to remove the building materials even if they are just damp. To prevent mold growth and further damage, water restoration should be carried out by trained professionals like SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda, regardless of the degree of damage.

Professional technicians from SERVPRO have immediate access to a wide range of cleaning and drying tools, including pumps and specialized equipment for extracting large quantities of water and debris from your property. If you have a water loss on your property, call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda for a free inspection today.

Why Does My Heater Smell?

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

Heater vent Next time you have a weird smell, don't ignore it. Call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda if you need help on your property. (818)881-3636

As we are approaching the cooler seasons you may be running your heater more. If you haven't run your heater in a while, once you turn it on you may think “what is that funny smell?”

If you have ever thought this, don't worry you're not the only one. Don't ignore what you're smelling, depending on the smell there may be an easy solution or possibly a problem. 

Does it smell Musty? 

When your heater is releasing a musty smell it may signify mold. Make sure you inspect your unit, get it cleaned and replace as needed to protect your home. 

Does it smell Dusty or Damp? 

Don't worry. This is normal. Overtime dirt and dust will build up. This smell will go away with more use to the heater. 

Does it smell like smoke or oil? 

If you have an oil furnace it is possible it could be leaking oil. A leak like this could put you at risk for fire damage.