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Control Moisture

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold are found in every environment and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourage the growth of molds and others organisms, causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retained its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth. 

Control Moisture- Reduce Mold 

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage- act withing the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water. 
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units. 
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visible moldy insulation materials. 
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work. 
  • Install a ventilation system. 

Prepare Your Home for Winter Whether

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Tips For Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep Cabinets doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous steps, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Prepare Your Business For Winter Wheater

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Whether, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surface and post caution signs where water could be present. 
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

When winter weather strikes.....we strike back.

Like it never even happened.

Call Us Today 213-315-5136

Winter Whether Tips

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipes is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. Your SERVPRO Franchise Professional is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage " Like it never even happened."

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. 

Fire & Smoke Damage Tips

2/8/2019 (Permalink)


  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork,
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linen on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surface with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 

Don'ts :

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire , heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair services.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.

When You Need a Quick Response- Call on SERVPRO.

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

You Can Trust SERVPRO!

Serving America Since 1967

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been helping business owners recover from fire and water damages across North America.

Over 1,700 Franchise in North America

More locations mean faster response. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional can usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.

SERVPRO Call Center Serves Insurance and Property Management Companies and Their Clients.

We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more restore, the less needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year. That helps lower your insurance rate, too!

24- Hour Emergency Services 

In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chances we can reduce damages and save money. Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

Managing Mold

2/8/2019 (Permalink)


Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even through some forms of mold can add value to our lives, others forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 


 Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. 


SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and now prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity. 

Immediate Dispatch 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week.

2/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dispatch Sequence 

  • Home phone? Business phone?
  • Date and time loss occurred?
  • What is the source of water?
  • What is the type of water?
  • Is it clean, gray or sewer?
  • Is there structural damage?
  • Is electricity available?
  • Is there standing water?
  • How deep?
  • What areas are affected?
  • Has the source been repaired or replaced?

Emergency Water Tips 

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature. 
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceilings is wet, and keep our of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting. 

Why choose SERVPRO?

2/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is consistently ranked #1 in the Restoration Services Category in Entrepreneur Magazine. We are an IICRC Board Member and Approved School and the recipient of the 2007 ASTD ( American Society for Training and Development) Award for Innovation in Practice.

2011 Entrepreneur Magazine

Ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category

Ranked #8 Franchise Opportunity Overall


Ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category

Ranked #9 Franchise Opportunity Overall


Ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category


Ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category


Ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category

Ranked #25 in the Annual Franchise 500 

Ranked #100 in fastest growing franchise

Ranked #4 in Top Home Based Franchises


Ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category

Ranked #25 in the Annual Franchise 500 

Ranked #100 in fastest growing franchise

Ranked #4 in Top Home Based Franchises

When You Need to Get Back to Business Quickly

1/26/2019 (Permalink)

Our goal is to help make it...
"Like it never even happened."

As a commercial property management professionals, your clients and tenants rely on you for efficient day-to-day operations of their property. They also depend on you to protect it. SERVPRO of Westlake understands there's no such a thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity. 

Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. You and those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables SERVPRO of Westlake can help get your facility back into operation quickly.

Give SERVPRO of Westlake a call and leave the restoration to our professional. 

Call Us Today 213-315-5136