Preparing Your Place Of Worship
Place of Worship
It happens more often than not in any case of disaster and emergency a place of worship tends to be a place of shelter. It is because of this and the importance of a places of worship that all churches be prepared for the worst!
Here are some tips at preparing your place of worship for a disaster:
- Identify hazards or threats early
- Take necessary precautions for those hazards or threats.
- Plan evacuations
- Train your church staff for emergency readiness and response.
- Prepare surrounding members of the community.
- Be prepared to provide help or aid to your church members after a disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Burbank is faster to any size disaster. If you or your church finds yourself in need, give us a call at 818-842-1400
Tips During Heavy Rains
Did you know that floods are the most common natural disasters in the U.S. Heavy rain storms can cause significant flooding which contributes to flash floods, mud-flows, or over-topping levees and dams.
Tips to help your home or business avoid floods
- Purchase flood insurance. (Call your insurance agent make sure your covered for FLOODS)
- Install rain gutters and other drainage systems. (Clean out rain gutters frequently)
- Fix any leaks IMMEDIATELY.
- Extra roof protection (spend a few hundred dollars more to install a rubber roof underlayment, a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects the roof from water intrusion.)
Tips for drivers during the rain season
- Avoid cruise control (This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase)
- Slow down and leave room in front of you (Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning, when the tires rise up on a film of water.)
Remember if you do experience a flood in your home or business SERVPRO of Burbank is one call away and we make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
Call us 24/7 at (818) 842-1400
Car stuck in flash flood
Flash floods can happen at any moment. They are often a significant source of rainfall in Southern California, but with that can come water damage to homes and commercial properties. Here are some tips to follow after a flood.
1. Only return to your home or property when it is deemed safe to do so. If there was a mandatory evacuation, wait until that is lifted to return.
2. Inspect your home or property. Look for leaks, water damage, hillsides, or slope movement.
3. Drive carefully, many roads will be covered with mud, debris, and often holes.
4. Be vigilant for mudslides as they can happen days after the flood after the soil dries.
5. Be prepared for the next flood by preparing slopes and high risk areas during the winter time.
SERVPRO of Burbank is faster to any size disaster!
Is Your Business Prepared?
How likely is a business to survive a disaster such as a fire, flood or water damage? Well it has been determined that 50% of businesses that close due to this never reopen. How do you prepare yourself or your business to survive something like that? A plan needs to be placed in case of emergency everyone is prepared. Therefore the question that needs to be as is:
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Being prepared 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. Another key component is timing. Make sure everything is pre figured out before something happens and not during or after.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Plan serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
Luckily SERVPRO of Burbank can help you develop your personalized Emergency READY Plan now! By working with us your business will receive the benefit of over 30 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO of Burbank is a leader in water and fire damage response for the greater LA area and in a timely manner will help you get your property back in working order.
Call our SERVPRO of Burbank office at (818) 842-1400 to learn more on how to set up this profile for your facility and get prepared before disaster strikes!
Winter House Fires
House fire that occurred in December
Did you know that according to the California State Firefighter's Association, December, January, February and March are the peak months for house fires?
The cause of these fires are primarily due to heating equipment such as space heaters. The different ways space heaters can cause a fire are:
- Lack of cleaning around space heaters and/or inside chimneys
- Placing heaters too close to combustibles
- Basic flaws in the design of the heater
- Leaks involving liquid or gas heaters
Here are some ways that you can help prevent winter fires and protect yourself and your family:
Turn off space heaters when leaving a room
- Give space heaters at least 3 feet clearance all the way around from household items
- Clean around space heaters regularly, especially inside of the chimney
- Install smoke detectors
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and educate yourself on how to use it
Unfortunately, even with precautions fires can still happen in your home. If you do suffer fire or smoke damage in your home, have no fear we are here to help! We have certified trained technicians that specialize in fire and smoke damage. Please call us, SERVPRO of Burbank (818) 842-1400.
Gutters and Drains
Please clean out your gutters and drains to avoid water damage
Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. It is vital especially in stormy seasons, that you keep your gutters functioning to their highest ability. Here are a few ways to help ensure that your gutters are doing their job and are in good condition.
- Gutters should be inspected twice a year and cleared of debris that could prevent the flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.
- Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.
- Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak.
In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Burbank provides “24 Hour Emergency Services” 7 days a week.
Mold In Your Commercial Property
This mold was found in a commercial property in the electrical room.
Here are some tips if you suspect that you have found mold in your commercial property.
What you should do:
- Turn of the HVAC system and fans
- Stay out of the affected area
- Contact SERVPRO of Burbank for mold remediation services
What you should not do:
- Do not touch or disturb the mold
- Do not attempt to clean the area yourself
- Do not blow any air around the suspected microbial growth
- Do not spray disinfectants on the mold
If you come across suspected mold, do not disturb it in any way. Any disturbance could easily spread the mold spores throughout your property. When disturbed, mold spores can become airborne and circulate inside your business.
SERVPRO of Burbank specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. It is a huge part of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate the mold problem quickly and safely. The well being of our customers is our highest priority!
If you believe you have found mold at your business do not hesitate and call us today- (818) 842-1400
Roof Damage From Storms
Shingles blown off of a roof from a storm.
Severe or even mild thunderstorms can easily cause roof damage, especially if your roof is older than 15-20 years old. These damages can cause water intrusion in your home and if left untreated can cause more serious issues such as mold or wood rot. Some common types of roof damage from storms are:
- Split seams
- Broken or cracked tiles
- Dented or missing shingles
- Dents on gutters or vents
All of these issues can cause water to leak into your home and you may not even notice! Unless you physically see the water damage, you may not realize that you have any. If you have an attic that you don't always go into, it is possible to have water leaking before seeing it. It is always a good idea to check for roof damage after a severe thunderstorm. A professional roofing contractor can help you with this.
In addition to these common types of damage, there are some rare occurrences of damage that can happen. Rare types of roof damage are:
- Caving in on itself
- Tree blowing over onto roof
Unfortunately for these types of rare but extreme damage, there is no way to prevent them from happening. The best thing you can do, is to get your roof replaced if older than 15 years, and to make sure to trim your trees prior to a thunderstorm.
Even if water does enter your home from roof damage, know that SERVPRO of Burbank is here to help 24/7! 818-842-1400
The Hydroxyl Generator (or more commonly known as ‘Titan’) is one of the most scientifically-advanced pieces of equipment we use to combat odors due to bio hazard, fire or water damage events.
The main benefit of using a true hydroxyl generator is that they are safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes. For any businesses, they love this machine because it means less out of pocket expenses and henceforth, less business disruption!
These generators have been successfully tested on any restoration features that SERVPRO specializes in including protein fires, floods, dead body situations, skunk odors, pet urine odors, musty odors and many types of odors. An important note: the Titan is NOT intended for mold use.
Here’s a rundown of some additional facts in order to give you the inside scoop, should you ever need to reach out to us for smoke/soot deodorization needs:
When to Use:
- When odors, gases and organic pollutants are needed to be remediated
- Use on fire and flood damage restoration jobs
- Use to destroy odors from cigarette smoke, dead body, urine, garbage, airborne VOCs and more
- Always remove the source of the odor before operation
- For optimum performance, a 60%+ humidity level is best. If needed, place a bucket of water or a wet towel behind the machine to allow more moisture to be pulled into the air stream.
- Use air movers to circulate the air for thorough air cleaning.
- Although purifying an area depends on many variables, a general time guide for purifying a 1,000 cubic foot area with light to moderator odor is 1 to 3 hours.
As always feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of Burbank at anytime for more information on pieces of restoration hardware. We have helpful staff willing to explain further any of our services – (818) 842-1400.
Fire season has come blazin’ back this year and with that we wanted to jump in and do our part to help ready our online community with some helpful pointers. That way, you can rest assured in knowing that you’re ‘as prepared as possible’ if it ever comes down to it.
As a Fire & Water Restoration Company who works in people’s homes and offices following fire damage, we hear all the time, “If I had only been prepared…” or “I never would have thought this would happen to me.” We wanted to pass along some practical preventive tips we picked up from The National Interagency Fire Center, a frontrunner in wildfire preparation.
The roof and exterior structure of your dwelling should be constructed of non-combustible or fire resistant materials such as fire resistant roofing materials, tile, slate, sheet iron, aluminum, brick, or stone. Wood siding, cedar shakes, exterior wood paneling, and other highly combustible materials should be treated with fire retardant chemicals.
- Maintain a Survivable Space - "Things You Can Do Today"
- Clean roof surfaces and gutters of pine needles, leaves, branches, etc., regularly to avoid accumulation of flammable materials.
- Remove portions of any tree extending within 10 feet of the flue opening of any stove or chimney.
- Landscape vegetation should be spaced so that fire cannot be carried to the structure or surrounding vegetation.
- A fuel break should be maintained around all structures.
- Dispose of stove or fireplace ashes and charcoal briquettes only after soaking them in a metal pail of water.
- Propane tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep area clear of flammable vegetation.
- All combustibles such as firewood, picnic tables, boats, etc. should be kept away from structures.
- Garden hose should be connected to an outlet.
- Addressing should be indicated at all intersections and on structures.
- Each home should have at least two different entrance and exit routes.
To learn more on the topic of Fire Preparedness and Prevention in California, visit the Cal Fire’s website for further resources – http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Hardening-Your-Home/
In case of disaster contact SERVPRO of Burbank at - (818) 842-1400