Recent Storm Damage Posts

Being Prepared and Recovering from Frozen Pipes

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Frozen pipes are the worst!

It's obviously not very cold in Southern California but it is possible for your home to suffer from frozen pipes. A burst pipe can have serious and costly effects on your home or business. However, there are things you can do to be prepared for these freezing conditions. Any areas of your home or business where pipes are present should be well heated during the winter, or at the very lease well insulated. It's optimal to keep the temperature well above freezing and not letting it get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

When you know temperatures are going to dip close to freezing, leaving your faucets dripping can also help prevent pipes from freezing. 

But what should you do if a pipe has already burst? Know where your main water shutoff valve is! This is one of the most important things to be aware of to quickly stop the extent of damage being done, shutting the water off can prevent additional areas from damage. 

After all this is said and done and if you have still suffered a water damage from a frozen or burst pipe call SERVPRO of Simi Valley for immediate assistance. 

Create a Disaster Plan for Your Business

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Clipart - different types of property damage You think it won't happen to you and then it does, always be prepared with a plan.

Natural disasters may not be predictable but the resources that your restoration business company will need to handle them is not. Make sure your company is ready to help with restoration efforts when disaster strikes by having the best equipment, supplies, and informational resources for those affected. Specific to California flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes are the most common. You should be prepared with these items: dust masks, moisture meters, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit, cell phones and chargers, generators, water bottles, emergency pamphlets with information, etc. When disaster strikes the last thing you want is to be frantic and unorganized when it comes to the basics. Having a plan ahead of time will benefit not only you but the people that you will be able to reach and help. SERVPRO has a program called the Emergency Readiness Program where we come to your home or business and map out a plan for you in case of an emergency. If you are interested in having an ERP done please call us!

What Storms in SoCal?

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

Massive rains flooded this Simi Valley home and we were called out to help asses the damage.

A fire loss can be one of the toughest things to get through, but that’s why at SERVPRO we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Unlike a water damage, fire can damage a lot more and the smell of smoke can be overbearing. Once the fire department has deemed your home safe you should call SERVPRO of Simi Valey.  We have the equipment and cleaning tools that you will need to remove any smoke, soot, and ash from your home. It is not smart to stay in your home while the remediation is going on because smoke is known to cause headaches, you will be comfortable letting the professionals of SERVPRO handle your fire loss and get your home to preloss condition.

Back to Storm Loss Basics

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Taking necessary steps to keep other storm elements out of the home.

Southern California is not known for our “storms” we don’t get hurricanes or tornadoes, but yet all of California goes into an absolute panic when it begins to rain. Then we get the mudslides and sometimes we do have unruly fires from the Santa Ana Winds.  After a storm has finished it’s delay and you are experiencing problems such as: rain water or flood water in your home or a mudslide in your home you should immediately call SERVPRO. It is rare for us to have storm losses but when one storm hits we are able to jump into action even though it isn’t our everyday routine like water and fire losses our teams are still professionally trained and will get you back into your home.

Frozen Pipes in the Winter

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let frozen pipes lead to this.

Though it is rare for Southern California to get that cold, frozen pipes do happen! Your body isn’t the only thing that you should be bundling up during the winter, and frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. Because they affect your home’s water supply, as the water may have difficulty running through the pipes. Frozen pipes can cause property damage, too. When temperatures are cold enough, the water inside the pipes will freeze into ice. When water turns into ice, it expands in size. If the water expands enough, then it places pressure on the pipes. Enough pressure will then cause the pipe to burst, not only damaging the pipe but also spreading water throughout your home and causing water damage. If you suspect your pipes to be frozen you’ll need to wrap it with an electric heating pad or towel and keep the faucet on so you know when it has thawed. Knowing the signs or frozen pipes can save you during the winter.

Wildfire Safety in Southern California

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Shot from the Woolsey Fire, we helped many families get back to normalcy after the fire with our restoration skills.

In Southern California we are fortunate enough to not suffer from tornadoes or hurricanes or tsunamis. But we do however have to deal with fire season towards the end of every calendar year. The fires within recent years remind us all how important wildfire safety really is, as well as how important it is for us to remain in safe areas and protect our health. One of the far-reaching effects of wildfires are their significant reduction of our air quality.  Our eyes and respiratory system are susceptible to damage even if we a hundreds of miles away from wildfires. You should always follow instruction from firefighters, first responders, and policemen as to when you should stay indoors and when you should evacuate. The easiest way to protect yourself is to wear eye protection and an air quality mask to help your breathing and eyes. Wear clothing that will cover you from violent winds picking up debris and any dust as well. If the wildfire does reach your home wait for the authorities to give you the okay to reenter and then immediately call the storm restoration experts at SERVPRO of Simi Valley.

Should You Be Worried About Storms?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Living in California might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. California does not see many major storms throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.

Specifically during the rainy season, we must be extra careful.  After our super dry, hot summers and how often we have wild fires, a lot of the time our mountains are left without the trees and bushes.  We are left more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we receive.

When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.

Call SERVPRO at 818-995-6444

Roof Damage in Simi Valley, CA

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

We will help you recover after a storm.

With all the rain we've been experiencing in the Simi Valley area it's no wonder the number of roof leak calls into our office has been skyrocketing. Water damage can affect all family members, human or not. 

The roof in question was only a few years old, but the wind of the last storm was too much. If you experience a roof leak, here are some suggestions about how to go about fixing it:

Step 1: Stop the water. Hire a roofing company to either fix the leak or to install a temporary roof tarp to keep more water from entering the structure. If you suspect the water intrusion is gutter related, contact a gutter cleaning company.

Step 2: Perform water remediation:  Open affected areas to perform drying and to prevent mold.  Install drying equipment and apply anti-microbial to discourage mold growth. Caution: If you are unsure about your property's lead paint or asbestos status, test first before any demolition.

Step 3:  Perform repairs to affected areas. Always research your contractors make sure they hold valid licensing.

Stay in Business after a storm!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

You can't predict a disaster, but you can be prepared for one.

As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: - Plan to stay in business - Encourage your employees to become ready - Protect your investment

Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency. At ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.

Helpful Tip to Prevent Storm Damage To Your Home

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

While rain gutters are often overlooked, they actually play a big role in maintaining the condition of your home.

The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement etc.  These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Simi Valley, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

When Storms or Flood hit Simi Valley. SERVPRO is ready!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Simi Valley.

SERVPRO of Simi Valley specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Simi Valley, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (805)522-2945

April Showers, May Flowers

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Roof tarping after heavy rains.

torms in SoCal! While they are not common when the storms hit Southern California it seems as if this state falls apart. While we do need the water and California looks much prettier with lots of green, if you were to ever experience a storm damage loss to your home or business your first call should always be SERVPRO. We have the experience, trained technicians, and detailed office staff ready to go in case of an emergency. Mostly we have seen leaking roofs and clogged drains outside causing standing water to seep into homes, even though it doesn't happen often it is always best to be prepared until SERVPRO can get on site. You should check your home's rain gutters and clear them of all debris as well. You can always ask your local fire departments for sand bags if you have water seeping in from under your doors.  Just like SERVPRO they are always here to help.  

What To Do After The Storm

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

A whole home was affected after brutal rains entered their home.

Spring often brings with it severe storms and rainfall that have the potential to cause significant damage to homes and other structures. This inundation of water can potentially cause a variety of issues within the home.  When the storm is over, it is important to know WHAT to do, as well as what NOT to do.

First always make sure that you are safe, and there are no injuries. Once you are able to see the damage begin taking pictures as is, this will help in your insurance claim. Never try to remove any damaged items, always contact a professional to come out and help you.

As a storm restoration destination SERVPRO of Simi Valley has technicians ready and available to help during the worst storm times. 

Storm FAQs

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

A school library affected after storm damages.

It's been said before that Southern California really does not experience natural disasters like other states might, maybe that is why it is so populated! As a restoration franchise we see other franchises that deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, flash floods and it is rare for us to deal with anything other than heavy storm rains and snow depending on where you reside. 

Did you know that flooding occurs more than any other natural disasters in America? This means that flood water can easily enter into your home and cause both storm damage and water damage. 

SERVPRO provides all necessary needs for storm related damages, we are available 24/7 and 365 days a year. You should always call SERVPRO when dealing with storm damage remediation.

5 Things You Need to Have in Your Earthquake Bag

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

A quick snapshot of a home that suffered earthquake damage. Thankfully the homeowners were not home at the time of the incident.

Last Friday the Ventura County encountered a 5.3 magnitude earthquake near the Channel Islands. Some people mentioned they felt it in Simi Valley, Westlake, and even in Thousand Oaks. Most everyone in Southern California will tell you that the state is overdue for a massive earthquake, and SERVPRO thinks you can never be too prepared. We have compiled a quick list of 5 things you need to have in your earthquake bag. 

1. The actual bag itself

2. Water purification tablets

3. First Aid kit

4. Light source

5. Sleeping bag

Obviously, there are other things you will want to consider such as: packaged food, batteries, etc. But in having these items in case of an emergency can alleviate some stress during an earthquake. SERVPRO is your emergency storm relief team. 

Precautions to Take After a Storm Damage

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

This golf course was turned upside down after a fire driven storm.

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm. A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado or hurricane to cause destruction on your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family.We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Always remember to be safe during and after a storm.

Flood Facts

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

To be experience a flood in Southern California is extremely rare but that doesn't mean it won't happen.

While it may not be common in Southern California to get a lot of rain but when we do it seems to come in insane amounts. Here are some flood facts from SERVPRO corporate:

Flash floods can bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.

Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.

Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 

In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, gallons of water, battery operated electronics, extra batteries, and personal hygiene necessities. 

SERVPRO of Simi Valley will be your flood expert. We are always here to help.

Roofs, Rain, and Damage. Oh My!

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Roof tarping after major rain damage to the roof of this home.

Let's be honest, how often do you really climb up onto your roof and check to make sure everything is looking one hundred percent? Probably not at all, I would assume that most people don't. It's not until they experience a storm damage that they realize their roof may not be in the best shape to be over their head. Recently storms rolled through Southern California and a lot of unhappy homeowners realized that their homes were NOT prepared for all the rain that we were receiving. Because the high winds and heavy rains were not a good combination and led to most water damages within the ceiling and/or in the home. SERVPRO should be your first call when it comes to any storm damage that you may experience. 

Helping Hand In A Storm

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fallen over tree due to wind and rain.

While Southern California may not experience tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other natural disasters we still do get hit with mud slides, heavy rains, and wild fires. It is always best practice to understand that area and the surroundings of which you live in. If you know that your home has been near storm damages and experiences it is best to be knowledgeable. SERVPRO specializes in all extreme storm damages, even if you think your damage may be small, we are the best team to help you. SERVPRO of Simi Valley is also a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) and we are equipped with everything needed to handle even the largest of storm damages, we work with neighboring SERVPRO's to help them with anything that they might need a few extra hands for. 

Why Is Rain So Heavy?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Rain is heavier than it looks.

Late one evening this homeowner heard a loud crash in his bathroom and immediately thought it was a burglar. Little did he realize that his roof collapsed in due to all of the rain Southern California experienced one winter. The roof in his bathroom could no longer hold the weight of the water leaking through into his home and pooled over his bathroom and fell in. SERVPRO of Simi Valley was called in to clean up the aftermath. Our technicians removed all the debris and removed all the standing water from the home's bathroom. The homeowner joked that the bathroom hadn't looked that clean since they bought the house two years prior. You can always trust SERVPRO to get your home back to prime condition.  

SoCal Storms Damage Roof

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm damaged roof.

While Southern California may not experience tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other natural disasters we still do get hit with mud slides, heavy rains, and wild fires. It is always best practice to understand that area and the surroundings of which you live in. If you know that your home has been near storm damages and experiences it is best to be knowledgeable. SERVPRO specializes in all extreme storm damages, even if you think your damage may be small, we are the best team to help you. SERVPRO of Simi Valley is also a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) and we are equipped with everything needed to handle even the largest of storm damages, we work with neighboring SERVPRO's to help them with anything that they might need a few extra hands for. 

SERVPRO Partners with The American Red Cross

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO and the Red Cross join forces against storm damage.

SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. As a Disaster Responder member, SERVPRO of Simi Valley is among an elite group of companies and foundations from almost every industry. The Red Cross, and SERVPRO alike, are very refutable companies that people know and trust and by working together we are able to come together for our communities and neighbors in any time of need. Even though Southern California may not experience storms like the rest of the country doesn't mean that when storms do hit they are taken lightly. Partnering with the Red Cross allows our company to be apart of something bigger than just water and fire remediation. We are always here to help.  

Storm Damage, Simi Valley CA

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Tree removal after heavy rains let up.

While it's not common in Southern California, like it is for the rest of the nation, to get storms we do still experience them from time to time. Recently, heavy rains hit Southern California and no one was prepared for the immensity of the constant rain. SERVPRO of Simi Valley is your storm damage destination filled with expert technicians. We are a 24/7 emergency service which means that whenever your damage happens we can be there for your aid and help to get the situation under control. Most Californians panic when it starts to rain, and forget how to drive, but in that panic they should remember SERVPRO. Storms are our specialty and we "are always here to help". Call 818-995-6444