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How to Identify Mold and Mildew in Your Home

4/25/2024 (Permalink)

Mold Mold and mildew growth can pose health concerns for you and your family if left untreated. Call us now @ 323-255-1001

Mold and mildew growth is often overlooked and it should not be treated lightly because of health concerns it may pose on you and your family. 

Most people group mold and mildew together when referring to mold growth. However there are some distinctions and different ways to deal with each. Mildew is used to refer to certain kinds of mold/fungus. They have differences in appearances and they typically grow in different locations. Mold is darker in color: green, red, or black. Mold typically has a fuzzy texture and is often confused with dirt. Mold usually grows on organic matter, leather, clothing, paper and in your home it grows on ceilings, walls, and floors where moisture levels are not checked and are higher than normal. In contrast, mildew is usually lighter color starting out as white/gray then turning brown later on. Mildew is also flat in texture. Mildew grows in bathroom walls, windowsills, and other moist areas. 

Now that you can identify mold and mildew, here are some preventative measures you can take to hinder mold and mildew growth. 

  • Keep areas clean and sanitized
  • Install dehumidifiers in areas where moisture is typically high
  • Install exhaust fans to increase ventilation
  • Allow for natural ventilation by opening up windows when possible
  • Keep HVAC vents open and unblocked

If you have mold or mildew growth call SERVPRO of Highland Park. We have trained experts and offer mold removal/remediation services!

Fire Extinguisher Guidelines

4/25/2024 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguishers Make sure you can identify the type of fire extinguisher as each is used for different scenarios.

Here are some basic guidelines on fire extinguishers.

First, let's go over the different types of fire extinguishers.

  • A - Used for materials such as cloth, paper, wool, plastics, etc.
  • B - Used for flammable and combustible liquids: gasoline, grease, oil, etc.
  • C - Used for electrical equipment and appliances.
  • D - Used for flammable metals
  • K - Used for animal and vegetable oils and fats.

A, B, and C are typically found in residential properties and businesses. D is typically found in factories and K is found in restaurants and kitchens. 

Using a fire extinguisher is highly situational and one should follow this comprehensive checklist on deciding whether or not using a fire extinguisher is appropriate.

  • Notify others in the building that there is a fire
  • Call the fire department
  • Physically able to use the extinguisher
  • Small and contained fire
  • Safe from fire's smoke
  • An exit route or an escape path from the building

When all conditions are met in the checklist above then a fire extinguisher can follow the PASS acronym which is a simple set of instructions in order to operate an extinguisher.

  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim at the base of the fire. Don't aim at the flames but aim at the combustant.
  • Squeeze the lever or handle. Use the extinguisher from a safe distance.
  • Sweep the nozzle in order to cover all the area.

Lastly, it is advised to avoid dealing with fire damage yourself. Do NOT try to clean walls or surfaces of fire contaminated areas. Do not try to shampoo the carpets or upholstered furniture. Do not try to clean any electrical appliances within the vicinity. Also do not improperly clean any garments as the smoke odor might set in. Call and consult SERVPRO of Highland Park for any fire related damages.

Protecting Your Investment: How SERVPRO of Highland Park's Water Damage Restoration Services Preserve the Value of Your Home

4/18/2024 (Permalink)

Protect Your Investment! Call Us Now @ (323) 255-1001 Protect Your Investment! Call Us Now @ (323) 255-1001

As a homeowner in Highland Park, you understand the importance of protecting your investment. Your home is not just a place to live; it's a significant asset that requires care and maintenance to maintain its value. Unfortunately, water damage can threaten the integrity of your property and diminish its worth. Whether it's a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or a flood, water damage can cause structural issues, mold growth, and other costly problems.

In times of water damage crisis, you need a trusted partner who can help you preserve the value of your home. That's where SERVPRO of Highland Park comes in. With their expertise in water damage restoration, they can mitigate the damage and restore your home to its preloss condition, ensuring that your investment remains protected.

Here's how SERVPRO of Highland Park's water damage restoration services can preserve the value of your home:

  1. Immediate Response: When water damage occurs, time is of the essence. That's why SERVPRO of Highland Park offers a rapid response team available 24/7. They understand that every minute counts, and their swift arrival minimizes the extent of the damage, preventing further deterioration of your property.

  2. Comprehensive Assessment: Upon arrival, SERVPRO of Highland Park conducts a thorough assessment of the damage. They identify the source of the water intrusion, evaluate the extent of the damage, and develop a customized mitigation plan tailored to your specific needs.

  3. Efficient Water Extraction and Drying: SERVPRO of Highland Park utilizes advanced equipment and techniques to extract standing water from your property quickly and efficiently. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers are then used to dry out the affected areas completely, preventing mold growth and structural issues.

  4. Professional Cleaning and Sanitization: Water damage can leave behind contaminants and odors that compromise indoor air quality and pose health risks. SERVPRO of Highland Park's skilled technicians employ professional cleaning and sanitization techniques to remove harmful substances and eliminate odors, restoring your home to a safe and healthy condition.

  5. Expert Restoration: Once the mitigation process is complete, SERVPRO of Highland Park focuses on restoring your home to its preloss condition. Whether it's repairing damaged structures, replacing flooring and drywall, or restoring personal belongings, their team of experts is equipped to handle every aspect of the restoration process.

In conclusion, water damage can have devastating effects on your home's value. However, with SERVPRO of Highland Park's water damage restoration services, you can rest assured that your investment is in good hands. Their prompt response, thorough mitigation, and expert restoration techniques help safeguard your property and preserve its value for years to come. When disaster strikes, trust SERVPRO of Highland Park to protect what matters most – your home.

Why Seek Professional Restoration Help?

4/2/2024 (Permalink)

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Always seek professional help in the face of water damage.

When there is water damage in your property, there is only one thing that you should do. You should always seek to get professional help. There are two advantages to getting professional help when it comes to having water damage to your property. One is that water damage companies have the proper equipment and they employ the best professionals to do the job. With a water damage restoration professional, your home will be in good hands since you have SERVPRO professionals working with you to combat the water problem.

At the first sign of water damage call SERVPRO of Highland Park to deal with your issues. We will work on your residential or commercial property immediately. When it comes to water damage, your action must be quick in order to prevent further damage to your property and health.

Call SERVPRO of Highland Park For Your Sewage Backup

3/27/2024 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom with contaminated water caused by sewage backup Flooded bathroom with contaminated water caused by sewage backup

When flooding occurs in your Highland Park, CA home, facing the cleanup process can be unsettling. Different types of floods may require different cleaning strategies. When a backed-up sewer causes a flood at your home, you may have to call in professional cleanup and restoration experts to handle the situation safely, and knowing what to expect when they arrive can help you feel more comfortable about the results.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Contaminated water in your home is an emergency. It should be removed from the home as fast as possible by a company trained by the best industry standards. Certified water damage technicians will use specialized equipment to extract the water, then dry out the area with powerful fans and ventilation. All areas and contents affected by the flood waters will need to be cleaned and sanitized with approved cleaning agents. Some items might need to be destroyed. The recovery process includes the elimination of odors from the home.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (323) 255-1001

The Phoenix Guardian R Pro HEPA Air Scrubber

3/25/2024 (Permalink)

The Phoenix Guardian R Pro HEPA Air Scrubber design has been independently tested to verify true HEPA performance The Phoenix Guardian R Pro HEPA Air Scrubber design has been independently tested to verify true HEPA performance

The Phoenix Guardian R Pro HEPA Air Scrubber is a compact, portable true HEPA air filtration device. It is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gases, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area.  Whether set-up as an air scrubber or negative air machine, the Phoenix Guardian R Pro HEPA Air Scrubber design has been independently tested to verify true HEPA performance of not just the filter but of the entire device while delivering over 500 CFM of filtered airflow. The two-stage filter design removes virtually all hazardous particles from the air and the optional carbon/potassium permanganate filter can be used to absorb a wide range of odors and gases.

When used in a job site, this air scrubber removes smoke, fumes, mold, dust from the environment and provide clean air.

You can count on SERVPRO of Highland Park. We utilize top notch, high quality equipment to get the job done right.

How To Be Ready: Handling Storm Damage

3/18/2024 (Permalink)

When A Storm Damages Your Home, Call SERVPRO @ (323) 255-1001 When A Storm Damages Your Home, Call SERVPRO @ (323) 255-1001

Before the storm hits, homeowners are concerned about their safety first. This is important; however, when the storm dies down and you’re left with pieces to pick up, it’s important to know how to deal with it. The more you know in advance, the easier the process is sure to be. This process involves handling water damage, deciding what to tear out and a full storm restoration.

  1. Extract All Water

Because you often can’t get back into your home until all the water is removed, it’s imperative that you invest in flood water extraction. Keep in mind that flood water is often contaminated. After 24 hours, it’s considered black water and full of contaminants. The safest and most effective option is to have someone with the proper gear and tools to extract the water.

  1. Tear Out Wet Materials

Water damage can lead to professionals having to tear out any and all wet materials. This could be paneling, flooring and a number of different household materials that may need to be dried out. While some might be salvageable, once the material has sat in water, it’s likely that the damage on some of it is irreversible.

  1. Dry Out Structure

With the damp materials out, it’s time to dry the inside of your home. This can be done by professional services in Highland Park, CA if you want to have it done quickly and effectively.

  1. Begin Restoration

Storm restoration can begin once you’ve completed the tear out and drying. After this, you can bring the undamaged items back into your home and begin to rebuild. The reason it’s important not to start this step until after the cleanup is complete is that you never want to rebuild when there’s a risk that there may still be water damage or mold left behind.

When the storm is over, the cleanup process is still only beginning. Fortunately, these four steps should be able to help you understand the importance of assessing what you need to tear out after water has damaged your home to start your storm restoration. 

Unlocking Success: Why Commercial Clients Choose SERVPRO of Highland Park

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

Navigating intricacies of commercial restoration We bring the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the intricacies of commercial restoration.

When it comes to commercial restoration services, the stakes are high, and the need for a reliable partner is paramount. In the vibrant community of Highland Park, businesses turn to SERVPRO for their restoration needs, and here's why commercial clients are making the smart choice.

  1. Prompt and Strategic Response: Commercial properties require swift action to minimize downtime and revenue loss. SERVPRO of Highland Park understands the urgency of commercial restoration. Our team's prompt response and strategic approach ensure that businesses can resume operations as quickly as possible.

  2. Tailored Solutions for Every Industry: From retail spaces and offices to industrial facilities, each commercial property has unique needs. SERVPRO of Highland Park takes a tailored approach to restoration, understanding the specific requirements of different industries. This personalized touch ensures that businesses receive comprehensive and effective solutions.

  3. Advanced Technology for Efficient Restoration: Our commitment to staying at the forefront of restoration technology sets us apart. SERVPRO of Highland Park invests in cutting-edge equipment and techniques to deliver efficient and high-quality restoration services. This dedication to innovation allows us to address the unique challenges posed by commercial properties.

  4. Discretion and Minimal Disruption: We recognize the importance of maintaining a professional image and minimizing disruptions during the restoration process. SERVPRO of Highland Park operates with discretion, working diligently to restore commercial spaces while allowing businesses to continue their operations as smoothly as possible.

  5. Certified Technicians for Expertise: Commercial properties often present complex challenges, from intricate building structures to specialized equipment. Our team of certified technicians undergoes rigorous training to handle these challenges with expertise. We bring the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the intricacies of commercial restoration.

  6. Comprehensive Restoration Services: Whether dealing with water damage, fire and smoke damage, mold remediation, or other commercial restoration needs, SERVPRO of Highland Park offers a full spectrum of services. This comprehensive approach ensures that we can address all aspects of restoration under one roof, simplifying the process for our commercial clients.

  7. Community Connection and Trust: As a local business ourselves, SERVPRO of Highland Park understands the importance of community relationships. We build trust with our commercial clients by prioritizing their needs and providing reliable, transparent, and professional service that aligns with the values of the Highland Park business community.

Choosing the right partner for commercial restoration is critical. Businesses in Highland Park choose SERVPRO for our commitment to excellence, efficiency, and personalized service. For commercial restoration needs or to learn more about our services, contact SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001. We're here to be your trusted ally in restoring commercial spaces and ensuring business continuity.

Why SERVPRO of Highland Park is Your Best Choice for Commercial Property Restoration

11/3/2023 (Permalink)

Rest assured that your business is in capable hands with SERVPRO of Highland Park as your restoration partner! Rest assured that your business is in capable hands with SERVPRO of Highland Park as your restoration partner!

You need a restoration partner you can trust to get your business back on its feet quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO of Highland Park is the superior choice for all your commercial property restoration needs. Here's why we stand out as the ideal partner for restoring your business after a disaster:

  1. Local Expertise: SERVPRO of Highland Park is deeply rooted in the community and understands the unique challenges businesses in the area face. Our local knowledge and connections ensure a tailored and effective approach to property restoration.

  2. 24/7 Rapid Response: Disasters don't adhere to a schedule. SERVPRO of Highland Park offers round-the-clock emergency services, guaranteeing a swift response when you need it most. Quick action is crucial to minimizing damage and downtime.

  3. Highly Trained Professionals: The team at SERVPRO of Highland Park is IICRC certified and receives continuous training in the latest restoration techniques. Our expertise ensures that the restoration process is executed to the highest standards.

  4. Cutting-Edge Technology: SERVPRO of Highland Park invests in state-of-the-art equipment and technology, ensuring the most efficient and effective restoration services. Our commitment to innovation sets us apart from the competition.

  5. Comprehensive Services: Whether your property has suffered from fire, water, storm, or mold damage, SERVPRO of Highland Park has the experience and resources to handle the restoration. We provide a one-stop solution for all your commercial property restoration needs.

  6. Documentation and Insurance Assistance: Proper documentation is essential for insurance claims, and SERVPRO of Highland Park maintains meticulous records of the restoration process. We can assist you in navigating the complexities of insurance claims, making the process smoother and less stressful.

  7. Community Commitment: SERVPRO of Highland Park is not just a restoration company; we are actively involved in the local community. Our dedication to community service extends to our work, ensuring that Highland Park businesses can recover and thrive.

  8. Customized Solutions: Every commercial property is unique, and SERVPRO of Highland Park understands that one-size-fits-all solutions won't suffice. We tailor our services to meet the specific needs of your business, ensuring a personalized and effective restoration process.

  9. Proven Track Record: SERVPRO has a long history of successful commercial property restorations, earning the trust of countless businesses across the country. When you choose SERVPRO of Highland Park, you benefit from a well-established and reputable brand.

In conclusion, SERVPRO of Highland Park is the preferred choice for commercial property restoration in Highland Park, CA. Our local expertise, rapid response, highly trained professionals, cutting-edge technology, and commitment to the community makes us the ideal partner for businesses facing disaster. When you need fast and reliable restoration services for your commercial property, SERVPRO of Highland Park is the name to trust. Rest assured that your business is in capable hands with SERVPRO of Highland Park as your restoration partner.

Water Damage Restoration Tips: Your Guide to Recovery with SERVPRO of Highland Park

10/31/2023 (Permalink)

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Water damage can strike at any time, often when you least expect it. Whether it's due to a burst pipe, flooding, or storm damage, knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath can make all the difference. At SERVPRO of Highland Park, we want to empower you with essential water damage restoration tips to help protect your property and expedite the recovery process.

Safety First:

Before you jump into restoration, prioritize your safety:

  • Ensure that the area is safe to enter, especially after a major flood or storm.
  • Turn off the electricity to avoid electrical hazards.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear, including gloves and protective clothing, when working with contaminated water.

Assess the Damage:

After safety is assured, take these steps:

  1. Document the Damage: Take photos or videos of the affected areas. This documentation will be crucial for insurance claims.

  2. Stop the Source: If possible, identify and stop the source of the water intrusion. Shut off the main water supply if needed.

  3. Protect Valuables: Remove valuable items, documents, and electronics from the affected area.

Call SERVPRO of Highland Park:

Contacting a professional restoration company is crucial. SERVPRO's experts are trained to assess and mitigate water damage effectively. The sooner you reach out, the faster the restoration process can begin.

Begin Drying and Mitigation:

While waiting for SERVPRO's team to arrive, you can take some initial steps to mitigate further damage:

  1. Remove Excess Water: Use mops or towels to remove standing water.

  2. Ventilate the Area: Use fans and open windows to promote air circulation and aid in drying.

  3. Dehumidify: If available, use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.

  4. Move Furniture: Elevate furniture on blocks or foil to prevent further damage.

Avoid DIY Restoration:

While it's tempting to handle water damage restoration on your own, it's best left to the professionals. Water damage can lead to mold growth, structural issues, and health hazards if not addressed correctly.

Insurance Claims:

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and provide the documentation you collected earlier. SERVPRO of Highland Park can work directly with your insurance company to streamline the claims process.

Prevent Future Water Damage:

Once your property is restored, consider these preventative measures:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Inspect your plumbing, roof, and foundation regularly to catch potential issues before they lead to water damage.

  2. Proper Landscaping: Ensure your yard is properly graded to prevent water from flowing toward your foundation.

  3. Sump Pump: Consider installing a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace to prevent flooding.

Water damage restoration is a daunting process, but with the right steps and the help of professionals like SERVPRO of Highland Park, your property can be restored to its former glory. By following these tips and acting swiftly, you can minimize the impact of water damage and protect your investment. If you're faced with water damage, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a prompt and efficient restoration process. Your property's recovery is our priority.