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Category and Classes of Water Damage

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Category and Classes of Water Damage Category 1 Class 4 Loss in Granada Hills home. SERVPRO of Granada Hills was called to make it right.

At SERVPRO of Granada Hills, one of the first things we do when we arrive at your home or commercial site, is determine the Category and Class of water we’ll be dealing with. From clean water  to dirty water.  Here are the different categories of water damage:

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when exposed or consumed. Known as "Gray Water," this type of water damage carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms.

Category 3 Water. This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams and toilet overflow with waste.

The different Classes of water is used to determine the drying method SERVPRO of Granada Hills will use at the location.  It gives us a direct path towards the best option to dry an area out.  Here are the different Classes of water damage:

Class 1. The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete.

Class 2. With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12”, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials.

Class 3. This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead.

Class 4. This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone.

Have you spotted signs of water damage in your home or office?

Have questions about water damage? Call SERVPRO of Granada Hills (818)363-6060

Emergency Board Up Services

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

General Emergency Board Up Services Emergency Board Up Services In Action After a Granada Hills Break-In

After a disaster event, Emergency Board Up services may be needed to close open areas in a home or commercial property due to the following:

-  Fire damage

- Gaps in structure due to accidents

- Wind damage

- Vandalism

- Downed trees

- Break-ins

- Storm damage

In any of these situations, call SERVPRO of Granada Hills. Our professionals can be at your disaster event in a timely manner, ready to block off open access points to your property by bolting in cut-to-fit plywood to structure.  

By calling SERVPRO of Granada Hills to board-up your property, this will impede unauthorized access by squatters, looters and vandals.  It also prevents additional damage to  your interiors and contents by protecting them from wind, rain and even animals.  SERVPRO also offers  Roof Tarp Services if the roof of your structure has been compromised, adding another layer of protection and peace of mind.  Preservation of your property and belongings is our number one goal.  We are available 24/7 to respond to your disaster event and helping you to a point where it’s “Like it never  happened.”

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today!!

(818) 363-6060

Restoring Your Granada Hills Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Granada Hills commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Granada Hills

SERVPRO of Granada Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Granada Hills Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Granada Hills Smoke and Soot Cleanup Fire and smoke damage to a Granada Hills home. SERVPRO of Granada Hills was called to clean up the aftermath.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Granada Hills will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (818) 993-9339

Granada Hills 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Granada Hills 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service A leak in the unit above this customers bedroom. SERVPRO was called into action to put everything back the way it was.

SERVPRO of Granada Hills is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (818)363-6060

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Granada Hills has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Granada Hills

SERVPRO of Granada Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.