Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage from Appliances: Washing Machines, Dishwashers, etc.

6/12/2024 (Permalink)

Water damage can wreak havoc on your home, causing costly repairs and disruptions to your daily life. While natural disasters like floods often come to mind, many homeowners overlook the potential for water damage caused by everyday appliances. Among the culprits, washing machines and dishwashers stand out as common sources of household water damage. Understanding the causes and prevention methods can save you from headaches down the line.

Washing Machines

Your trusty washing machine can turn into a troublemaker if not properly maintained. Over time, wear and tear on hoses and fittings can lead to leaks. Additionally, improper loading or unbalanced loads can cause the machine to vibrate excessively, potentially loosening connections and causing leaks.

Regularly inspect hoses for signs of wear, such as cracks or bulges, and replace them every few years as a preventive measure. Consider upgrading to braided stainless steel hoses, which are more durable and less prone to bursting compared to traditional rubber hoses. Be mindful of overloading the machine, and ensure it's on a level surface to minimize vibrations.


Dishwashers offer convenience, but they can also pose a water damage risk if neglected. A common culprit is a faulty door seal, which can allow water to escape during the wash cycle and seep onto your kitchen floor. Clogged drains and damaged water supply lines are other potential sources of leaks.

Regularly inspect the door seal for signs of damage or deterioration, such as cracks or mold growth, and replace it promptly if needed. Keep the dishwasher filter clean and clear of debris to prevent drain clogs. Periodically check water supply lines for leaks or signs of corrosion, and replace them if necessary.

Prevention Tips

Let’s delve into some tips to prevent an issue from happening in the first place:

  • Regular Maintenance: Schedule routine inspections of your appliances and address any issues promptly to prevent minor leaks from turning into major water damage.
  • Upgrade Components: Consider upgrading hoses, fittings, and seals to more durable materials to reduce the risk of leaks and failures.
  • Monitor Performance: Pay attention to any changes in your appliances' performance, such as unusual noises or leaks, and investigate the cause immediately.
  • Install Water Detection Devices: Invest in water detection devices that can alert you to leaks or flooding, giving you the opportunity to take action before significant damage occurs.

By taking proactive steps to maintain your appliances and address potential issues promptly, you can minimize the risk of water damage in your home. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to protecting your property from the costly consequences of water damage. Stay vigilant, and enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is safeguarded against appliance-related disasters.

Document Restoration After Water Damage

4/25/2024 (Permalink)

Water damage can wreak havoc on your property, causing destruction to not just your furniture and electronics but also to your valuable documents. Whether it’s important legal papers, cherished photographs, or irreplaceable family heirlooms, the loss of such items can be devastating. However, with the right knowledge and professional assistance, it’s possible to salvage many of these items through document restoration services.

At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of preserving your memories and critical documents. That’s why we offer comprehensive document restoration services to help you recover from water damage effectively. In this guide, we’ll discuss the steps involved in document restoration after water damage and how our services can make a difference.

Assessment and Inventory

The first step in document restoration is conducting a thorough assessment of the damage. Our team carefully inspects each document to determine the extent of the water damage and assesses the best course of action for restoration. Additionally, we create a detailed inventory of all damaged items to track the restoration process accurately.

Document Drying

Once the assessment is complete, the next step is document drying. We utilize advanced drying techniques such as freeze-drying and dehumidification to remove moisture from the documents effectively. These methods help prevent further damage and inhibit mold growth, ensuring the best possible outcome for your items.

Cleaning and Decontamination

After drying, the documents undergo a meticulous cleaning and decontamination process. Our skilled technicians use specialized equipment and solutions to remove contaminants, stains, and odors from the documents safely. This step is crucial for restoring the appearance and integrity of the items while ensuring they are safe for handling.

Digitization and Reproduction

In some cases, documents may be too damaged to restore fully. In such instances, we offer digitization and reproduction services to preserve the content digitally. Our state-of-the-art scanning equipment captures high-resolution images of the documents, allowing you to access them electronically. This not only safeguards the information but also provides convenient access to your documents anytime, anywhere.

Quality Assurance

Throughout the restoration process, we maintain strict quality assurance protocols to ensure the highest standards of workmanship. Our goal is to deliver restored documents that meet or exceed your expectations, providing you with peace of mind during the recovery process.

Water damage can be a traumatic experience, but with SERVPRO’s document restoration services, you can take proactive steps to salvage your valuable items. From assessment and drying to cleaning and digitization, our comprehensive approach ensures the best possible outcome for your documents. If you’re facing water damage, don’t hesitate to contact us for professional assistance. We’re here to help you restore what matters most.

Can Water Damage My Appliances? Understanding the Impact of Water Damage on Household Appliances

2/12/2024 (Permalink)

Standing water in an office. Water damage poses a significant threat not only to the structure of your home but also to the functionality of household appliances.

Water damage poses a significant threat not only to the structure of your home but also to the functionality of household appliances. As experienced professionals in the restoration industry, we've witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects water damage can have on appliances. Let's delve into how water damage can affect your appliances and what steps you can take to mitigate potential issues.

1. Electrical Damage

When water infiltrates appliances, it can compromise their electrical components, leading to short circuits or malfunctions. Water and electricity are a hazardous combination, potentially causing irreversible damage to circuits, control panels, motors, and wiring within appliances.

2. Corrosion and Rust

Water exposure accelerates the corrosion process in metal components of appliances. Rust formation on internal parts can hinder the proper functioning of appliances, causing mechanical failures or breakdowns.

3. Circuit Board Damage

Modern appliances often contain complex electronic circuitry. Water infiltration can damage these sensitive circuit boards, disrupting their functionality and leading to appliance failure or erratic behavior.

4. Malfunctioning Controls and Displays

Water damage can impact control panels, knobs, and displays on appliances. Moisture seeping into these areas can cause malfunctioning controls or display glitches, rendering the appliance unusable or unreliable.

5. Motor and Mechanical Issues

Water damage can impair the motors and mechanical parts of appliances, affecting their performance and efficiency. Seized motors or compromised mechanical components may lead to appliance breakdowns or increased energy consumption.

6. Mold and Mildew Growth

Waterlogged appliances create a conducive environment for mold and mildew growth. The dark, damp spaces within appliances provide an ideal breeding ground for these harmful microorganisms, potentially compromising hygiene and other issues.

Mitigating Water Damage to Appliances

  1. In the event of water damage, immediately disconnect power to affected appliances to prevent electrical hazards.
  2. Thoroughly dry appliances before attempting to use them again. Allow ample ventilation to help remove moisture and prevent mold growth.
  3. Seek professional assistance to assess the extent of water damage to appliances. Avoid using appliances if they've been extensively water-damaged until they've been inspected and deemed safe for operation by a professional.

Understanding the potential risks of water damage to household appliances is crucial. Taking proactive measures and seeking professional help when needed can help minimize damage and ensure the safety and functionality of your appliances in the long run. Remember, when in doubt about the safety of an appliance after water damage, contacting our SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is always the best course of action.

What's Water Restoration?

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

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The extraction of standing water, cleaning of the affected areas, and either drying or removing water-saturated building materials and contents are all components of the water restoration process.

It might be necessary to remove the building materials even if they are just damp. To prevent mold growth and further damage, water restoration should be carried out by trained professionals like SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda, regardless of the degree of damage.

Professional technicians from SERVPRO have immediate access to a wide range of cleaning and drying tools, including pumps and specialized equipment for extracting large quantities of water and debris from your property. If you have a water loss on your property, call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda for a free inspection today.

Why Does My Heater Smell?

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

Heater vent Next time you have a weird smell, don't ignore it. Call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda if you need help on your property. (818)881-3636

As we are approaching the cooler seasons you may be running your heater more. If you haven't run your heater in a while, once you turn it on you may think “what is that funny smell?”

If you have ever thought this, don't worry you're not the only one. Don't ignore what you're smelling, depending on the smell there may be an easy solution or possibly a problem. 

Does it smell Musty? 

When your heater is releasing a musty smell it may signify mold. Make sure you inspect your unit, get it cleaned and replace as needed to protect your home. 

Does it smell Dusty or Damp? 

Don't worry. This is normal. Overtime dirt and dust will build up. This smell will go away with more use to the heater. 

Does it smell like smoke or oil? 

If you have an oil furnace it is possible it could be leaking oil. A leak like this could put you at risk for fire damage.

Common Causes of Water Damage

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Stained Ceiling SERVPRO has trained technicians that help make it “Like it never even happened” Call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills at 818-882-4556

Water damage can occur at any time and is hard to determine if you will get one. Water damage can cause stains or physical damages to contents, walls, ceilings and floors. Having an unknown water damage can also cause odors to the inside of the home. When having water damage it is crucial to work quickly because mold can grow from 24 to 48 hours after the damage occurs. Water damage doesn't only affect your home's integrity but it can also affect your health. The following are common issues that can cause a water loss: 

  1. Burst pipes
  2. Blocked toilets 
  3. Clogged gutters 
  4. Sewage backup and septic tank 
  5. Faulty air conditioner
  6. Malfunctioning appliances
  7. Weather conditions 

While it is hard to prevent water damage it is helpful to know what can cause water damage and what to look out for. If you ever need a water damage inspection call SERVPRO for 24 hour service.

What Causes Hardwood Floors to Buckle?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Buckling Flooring Call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda today at 818-881-363

Floor buckling is the most extreme reaction to moisture in a hardwood floor. Buckling occurs when the wood flooring pulls up from the subfloor, lifting up to several inches in one or more places. Floors buckling is not a common occurrence. 

Spot repair and replacement may be possible if caught early. Once the standing water is removed, several boards can be taken up from the floor so that the air can circulate across and below the floor. When the hardwood flooring reaches a stable moisture level, repairs can usually be made.

What can SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda do?

  • Set up floor protection, drying mats and drying equipment
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment
  • Clean and sanitize all affected areas
  • Content Manipulation, with full pack out and storage
  • Removal of lifting and bucking floorboards

Water Damage in Tarzana/Reseda Home - SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement SERVPRO uses every method available to return every property to a dry, safe condition. If you have water damage in your home, call us at 818-881-3636

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda restoration technicians train to analyze your water damages, so they know which drying methods and equipment they need to use for your water loss. 

  • Humidity  levels are measured by the amount of water vapor in the air indoors compared to the exterior. 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated.  We use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels. Dehumidifiers can lower moisture levels up to 20 percent in 24 hours. 
  • Evaporation is the process of water converting to vapor.  SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda technicians use extraction equipment to remove standing water. SERVPRO augments the rate of evaporation with dehumidifiers and exhaust fans to increase air movement.
  •  Air Movement  is increased using air movers to force air throughout affected areas.
  • Temperature  is an important factor. The preferred range to dry home is 70 to 90 degrees, SERVPRO engages the HVAC system if available. If not, space heaters are used to raise the temperature. 

Emergency Flood Cleanup Service in Tarzana & Reseda

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van and equipment in warehouse Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda anytime at 818-881-3636.

When you need emergency flood & water damage cleanup, SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is here to help.

Floods can be stressful, and wreak havoc on your commercial or residential property. Most people don't know where to begin because this is a new experience, that's where SERVPRO comes in.

If you need a trusted water remediation company, here are several reasons you should give us a call.

1.) SERVPRO is a trusted name, and we have the experience and know-how to handle any size of water damage. Our family-owned franchise has been in business for 27 years!

2.) We are licensed, bonded, and insured.

3.) We are locally owned and operated. Our owners, Brandon and Patrese Hedding, care deeply about doing quality work and having great customer service. 

4.) We guarantee our work. If you are unhappy, we promise we will do everything we can to make it right.

5.) We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.


9/27/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and floating debris in a Reseda, CA home Got Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 818-881-3636


Sometimes moisture can cause baseboard separation from walls. This is a good indicator that there could be water damage affecting this wall and the wall cavity inside. Often the loss is caused by leaky pipes, condensation, faulty appliances, etc.

In this case, a refrigerator line leaked causing the inside side of the wall to swell and the water-saturated wall caused the baseboards to shift away from the wall.

Saturated drywall becomes soft and no longer holds the nails in place that are used to attach the baseboards to the wall. When this occurs, the baseboards are completely removed from the wall and inspected for mold growth. In most cases, we will either drill holes in the drywall under the baseboard line or, a flood cut is then performed to remove the affected drywall and expose the framing. The framing will then be properly dried before the drywall is replaced.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is IICRC certified in mold removal and applied structural drying. We have 25 years of experience in helping our customers.

For any questions regarding water damage, mold mitigation, or cleanup services please call us at 818-881-3636 today!


9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded gym in Tarzana, CA Flooded gym in Tarzana, CA requiring SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda to come to the rescue. 24hr. Emergency Services 818-881-3636

Whether you contact SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda with a small slab leak, or a huge flood in your home or business, you can rest assured thatour team of certified IICRC professionals will be ready to assist you.And whether you call us at 5:00 a.m. or 2:00 a.m., SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda will be available to take your call

We are happy to be of service for water damage, floods, storm damage, and other water emergency. We take pride in providing each of our customers with our exceptional customer service for 26 years. We go above and beyond the call of duty by guiding our customers through the process from start to finish while working alongside your insurance to help you get back to good. Here at SERVPRO of  Tarzana/Reseda, we do more than just the water damage clean-up and restoration. In fact, we build relationships with our customers and pride ourselves in focusing on excellent customer service, fairness and mutual respect.


9/21/2021 (Permalink)

infrared camera showing water loss Infrared cameras help show our technicians where the water damage is so we can act quickly.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is very critical. 

Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda! 818-881-3636 A delay of just a few hours can really increase the severity of water damage and cause secondary damage.

When there is a water leak in a home or business, the water moves fast as it spreads and saturates the area’s it comes in contact with. As the water spreads, it is also being absorbed into the drywall, floors, personal items and upholstery. Paper goods, books and photos swell and show damageOur team is well known for our quick response and immediate attention to your emergency.


Call now for a free inspection. 818-881-3636

There is Science Behind SERVPRO's Drying Process

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

water drops on hardwood floor Call the experts @ SERVPRO for your water damage cleanup. 818-881-3636.

Water damage occurs and you may grab a few towels to mop up the mess and maybe even place a fan or two facing the moisture. But the damage may be much more than you might think and there is actually a science behind our drying processes.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are highly trained in the science of drying down water damages and follow strict standards to help lower the chance of your property sustaining secondary damages. If you suffer water damage, SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda will:

  • Inspect your loss to detect hidden moisture to help prevent secondary damage.
  • Measure how much moisture is in effected materials, monitor the materials to ensure proper dry down.
  • Speed up the process by using professional drying equipment.

How do we need to speed up drying times? Wet buildings can dry naturally as the environment always seeks equilibrium. When building materials are wet, moisture will naturally wick to drier air, but only if the air is, actually drier. The problem is nature often takes a long time and secondary damage may occur while the loss is drying, which could lead to mold infestation.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda has the trainingand equipment to dry your home & business. We use state of the art monitoring equipment and proven scientific processes to help speed the drying of your property. Call Now for a free inspection at 818-881-3636.

3 Steps - After You Have a Water Damage

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water soaked room from a flood Day or Night SERVPRO is here to help. 818-881-3636

You should already begin extracting water and moving your belongings!

Water damages are stressful situations.  As long as you take these 3 steps while you wait for  SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda to arrive you’ll have the situation under control.

 Here are some important steps to take if you have water damage in your home or business.

  1. Shut off the water!  Before mitigation can begin, the first thing to do is to make sure the water damage isn’t getting any worse. For example, if the source is a broken pipe, make sure the water has been shut off and the pipes have been fixed by a reputable plumber.  
  1. Remove as much water as possible  SERVPRO will begin extraction upon arrival, but you should do as much as you can to keep the water from spreading. The faster this is addressed, the less damage you will have to fix. So get as much water out of your property as possible so a restoration company can begin drying ASAP.
  1. Move furniture and belongings out    Move the affected room’s contents to a dry area. When furniture, fabrics, books, and other objects sit in water for too long (24-72 hours), they can get affected by mold. 

Flooding, leaks, and water damages are common but most homeowners don’t deal with them very often. When disaster strikes most people don’t know what to do or who to call. Fortunately, we clean up and mitigate water damages daily and have been for 25 years. Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 818-881-3636 now!

What is personal protective equipment?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda uses personal protective equipment on every restoration job we do especially water damages due to the high moisture content in the air.  

What does personal protective equipment mean to you?

Personal protective equipment "PPE", is equipment worn to decrease exposure to hazards that cause illnesses. Personal protective equipment includes items like gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, and full-body hazmat suits.

SERVPRO supplies PPE to our crews to ensure their and your safety. We train each technician to use personal protective equipment and to know:

  • When it is necessary
  • What kind to use
  • How to properly put it on
  • How to adjust, wear and take it off safely
  • Limitations of the equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment

If your home or business suffers a water damage you can rest assured that we are using the proper PPE to ensure your safety.

Vacation Preparation: Before You Go

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding under a sink Don't return home to this! Take precautions before you go.

Vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but it gets negated if you return to discover that your home or business flooded in your absence. Whether you need water pipe repair or simply turn off your water main, you can protect your home and business against leaks and water damage by these safeguards.

Common Leak Sources

Before you leave it is important to complete a walkthrough of your property. There are several appliances and fixtures in your home that could leak while you are gone:

• Toilets
• Sinks
• Water heaters
• Refrigerators
• Washing machines
• Dishwashers

Always visually inspect these items before you leave for an extended period of time. Make sure all hoses and supply lines are intact, and if you find a broken or leaking pipe, have it repaired by a qualified technician before you go. Look for damage such as rust, mineral deposits, or cracks that could indicate a leak.

Inspect Your Drainage Systems

Ensure your gutters are clear of debris. Inspect your downspouts so you can rest assured that rainwater can flow freely through them. 

If you return home to discover you need water pipe repair. Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 818-881-3636. But if you take a few precautionary steps, your home is more likely to remain safe from flooding and you won't need us at all!

Four Things You Need to Know About Water Damage in Tarzana & Reseda

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with "Mold Damage?" lettering Don't let water damage turn into MOLD damage. Call SERVPRO now 818-881-3636

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda tells you four ways to begin the recovery process after water loss:

  1. Contact your insurance carrier immediately.

The second you discover water damage let your insurance company know so the claims process can begin. Your agent might give you tips for protecting your property from additional damage and may refer you to a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO (you are not obligated to use the specialist they recommend).

*Note: not all water damage is covered by insurance so review your policy carefully.

  1. Time is of the essence when you have water damage.

Once water seeps into carpets, hardwood flooring, walls, furniture, paper, and anything else in its wake, it will destroy your belongings. Drywall will disintegrate. Wood swells, buckles, warps, and rots. Electrical equipment can short out, causing hazards. Mold will begin to grow.

It’s usually best you get a professional assessment of your situation to determine the extent of the damage. Professional water-damage specialists like SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda can begin the restoration process and prevent additional damage.

  1. You’ve got less than 48 hours to dry out before mold sets in.

Mold spores are everywhere. Give them a wet environment—like a soaked carpet or damp drywall—and they’ll multiply like wildfire. You have 24 to 48 hours to dry your space before the spores multiply into a worse scenario than just a water loss.

Mold remediation is complicated and is best left to specialists who have the right equipment, certifications, and cleaning supplies to get the job done correctly.

  1. Water may be contaminated.

An overflowing dishwasher, leaking pipes, or burst water heater release clean water. But, again, time is not on your side. “Clean” water that’s been sitting around causes bacterial growth within hours.

 Sewage backups, toilet overflow, storm-drain water, and other polluted waters that enter your home can be dangerous to your health. Attempting to clean these up yourself is a bad idea. Get professional help from IICRC certified water-damage experts.

If you’ve experienced water damage Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda now 818-881-3636

How to know if you have a slab leak in your foundation?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water puddling on a hardwood floor. Early detection can help save $$$. Call SERVPRO now. 818-881-3636

Have you been wondering if you might have a slab leak?  What should you be on the lookout for?

The 7 signs that you have a slab leak include:

  • A sudden, unexplained huge spike in  your water bill
  • Warped hard flooring
  • Damp carpet 
  • Mold or mildew (visible or odor)
  • Decreased water pressure
  • The hot water heater is constantly running
  • Areas of your floor that are suddenly hot

Early detection is very important when it comes to a leak in your home’s slab foundation. If slab leaks are left undetected and unfixed, it can eventually lead to thousands of dollars in water damage and structural damage to your home.

If you suspect a leak, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda. We will come to your home or business to give you a free evaluation and estimate.  Call now 818-881-3636.

Professional Water Damage Restoration by SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

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To help reduce the chances of your Tarzana or Reseda home or business incurring water damage from flooding or storms, take precautionary measures now:

  • Clean out roof gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters allow water to back up onto your roof, increasing the chance of water intrusion into your home or business.
  • Remove loose debris from your yard. Debris, such as fallen tree limbs or unsecured lawn furniture can become dangerous during heavier winds.  These items can cause structural damage, such as broken windows, which can lead to water intrusion in your home.
  • Follow the instruction given by local officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

If your Los Angeles County home, commercial property, or business experiences a water damage loss, rest assured that SERVPRO is Here to Help.  Our highly trained and experienced team offers emergency water damage services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We arrive quickly and begin to mitigate the damage day or night.  For more information about our services, call 818-881-3636. SERVPRO - We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage from Dishwashers: Common Causes & Solutions

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Not all Waterfalls are Pretty Let the experts at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda assist you with your water damage!

How long before dishwasher water damage occurs?

Dishwasher water damage can occur within just a couple of hours. You get home, turn on the dishwasher, walk away and watch TV for a while, or run a few errands, only to come home and find a pool of water on the kitchen floor. The first reaction should be to soak up as much of the water as you can, because the longer it sits there, the more likely it will cause permanent damage.

Some flooring materials are more prone to dishwasher water damage than others, such as wood or bamboo. Wood will absorb water quickly, causing your flooring to warp and crack. Make sure to effectively dry out the area ASAP so you can avoid as much damage as possible.

Dishwasher water damage and what to expect

If you have never experienced dishwasher leaks or water damage before, you might not even know what you’re in for. Here is what to expect when you are dealing with water damage from dishwashers, including the common causes of leaks as well as what elements of your kitchen are most vulnerable after a leak.

What would cause a dishwasher to leak?

Common causes of dishwasher leaks include the following:

  • Worn gaskets
  • Dishwasher not level
  • Wrong dishwashing soap used
  • Broken door
  • Defective dishwasher tub

Your dishwasher leak can cause water damage in a variety of ways to a variety of different elements of your kitchen. Below are all susceptible to damage after a dishwasher leak:

  • Tile flooring
  • Wood flooring
  • Laminate flooring
  • Electrical wiring
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint

Protect Your Home and Valuables from Water Damage

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Protect your home & valuables Look out for signs of water damage to your home & protect your valuables!

Whether you are purchasing a home or renting it, there are numerous things that people should pay close attention to, especially if they want to protect its value. Though there are many different types of problems that can compromise the integrity of a structure, one of the most expensive and horrific is water damage. Because water damage can occur in a wide variety of ways, it is essential for everyone to be familiar with what the red flags are as early as possible, to minimize all of the damages. Here are a few common signs that the owners and those that rent should recognize as early as possible.

Leaks in the Roof

As mentioned, there are many different signs of water damage in and surrounding a home. One of the most notable involves leaks in the roof. Initially, these leaks may start off small but can also become vast as time passes. These water leaks can also lead to brown spotted discoloring on the roof as well as holes that people can see through. Therefore, it is essential for the individual to review the roofing as soon as possible for a professional to examine and repair before further damage occurs. In some cases, the water damage can be so severe that it can impact the structure of the home.

Bubbles in the Walls

Other signs of water damage are also visible to the naked eye. Because water damage can be found in the walls of a home and in the floor boards, it is not uncommon for the walls to reflect a certain amount of damage too. For those who have an opportunity to see water damage spread, they should be able to recall seeing the walls of the home puckering up with defects like bubbles that can be seen on top of its surface.

Wet Carpeting

Leaks in the roof and bubbles in the wall may appear because of storm damage. However, water damage in a home is not limited to thunderstorms and rain but may also include flooding on the property too. So when the water rises too high, people may see wet carpeting that can eventually lead to mold damage if the water is not quickly extracted.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda is a leader in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water damage condition.

Recognizing Signs Of Water Damage

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged floor showing staining Stop water damage in its tracks. Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 818-881-3636

Knowing for sure if you have water damage or not can be difficult to determine.  Sometimes you do not recognize the signs until it is too late. SERVPRO is here to help you in case if you spot any issues. The most common examples of water damage in your home could be a sink overflow, a water leak behind or underneath your sink, toilet, washing machine, drainage line break, ice maker leak in your refrigerator, or dishwasher leak.


  1. Cabinets- signs of rotting, delamination (separation), the finish is discolored, musty smell.
  2. Ceiling- discoloration, sagging, bubbling, or peeling paint.
  3. Floors- grout, stains/watermarks, loose tiles, odor.
  4. Wood Floors- boards are warped 

If you suspect any of these issues call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda right away so we can get you back to good. 818-881-3636

Bathroom Water Damage Tips Til Help Arrives

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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No matter which fixture may malfunction and cause water damage in Tarzana or Reseda homes, homeowners must respond quickly to any water damage situation. This will further to protect your house, its contents, and your family. There are steps that you can do while you wait for our SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda professionals to arrive with our advanced mitigation and drying equipment:

Turn Off The Water 
 If there is no shut off valve you can employ in your bathroom, you can locate a shutoff point for the entire property outside of your home. 

Start Protecting Your Belongings

Remove all belongings from the immediate area.
The spread of the damage can affect adjoining rooms as well and put some valuables at risk. You can move your items to an area away from the spreading effects until restoration work is complete.

Keep Away From The Damaged Area
After the water is shut down, keep away from the damaged area as much as possible. You'll want the affected areas to be accessible to our SERVPRO technicians when we first arrive, so there are no delays in mitigation.

 Whenever disaster strikes, employ these strategies and call 818-881-3636.

Who Chooses The Restoration Company After A Water Loss?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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When deciding to make a claim after water damage, most home owners, businesses, and property owners are feeling overwhelmed and need help. Opening a claim means there has been water, fire, mold, or biohazard loss.  Whether it is property damage due to fire, water, or biological hazards, it is probably already a trying time without having to navigate the claims process and choose a vendor.

Talking to your insurance company can be a daunting experience.  When the call is made there will be a lot of questions, including the very important: “Which restoration company are you going to use?”

  • Do You know who gets to decide?
  • What does a “Preferred Vendor” mean?
  • Who are preferred vendors”?
  • Why ae the preferred?

Usually, your insurance company's claims adjuster will check to see if you have coverage for some or all of the loss. Then they might make a suggestion from a list of people they have worked with and have relationships with. They have a list of Preferred Vendors in your area that they recommend you choose from.  You can also choose any contractor that you are comfortable with. However, by choosing one of their vendors they can guarantee the work and arrange repairs if the work is not completed properly for any reason.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda has agreements with thousands of insurance companies and pre-agreed upon pricing to ensure that not only is your loss covered you will not have to come out of pocket because we negotiate with them and are paid directly by them.

If you have water damage or any loss call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda We'll get you covered.  818-881-3636

Preventing Water Damage Before it Happens

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

flooded gymnasium Most water damages are preventable. Use these tips to keep you safer.

Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda:

1. Be careful where you plant trees and shrubs

Many plants and trees have invasive roots. If you aren't careful, they’ll grow into your sprinkler system, pipes, and septic tanks. Always plan before you plant to keep roots away from water lines.

2. Clean out your gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, and sticks up there, it's time. On rainy days, a clogged gutter can divert water into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement so give them a good cleaning.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors of buildings, you might not know there’s a leak until it's too late. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your water bill. If you get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a good sign that you have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of chemicals

No matter how clean you are, clogs are going to happen. Chances are at some point you’ve used one of those chemical drain cleaners. Most folks don’t realize those chemicals are also eating away at their pipes. That’s why having a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. 

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink.  It can congeal and cling to your pipes and cause some serious damage and blockage.

Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda if you have any questions 818-881-3636

Don't Let Water Damage Turn To Mold

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

flooded hallway in an office building Water damage quickly turns to mold Call now 818-881-3636

Trust The Professionals at SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda Here are the facts about mold and carpet:

Just because mold is not visible on carpet doesn’t mean that mold growth is not in progress. Mold is usually only visible on the surface of carpeting in severe cases –such as would commonly occur when the carpet has remained wet for extended periods of time after flooding.

Carpet that has been exposed to flood damage or any standing water for any length of time usually needs to be disposed of because conditions are perfect for mold growth. Even if visible mold growth has not yet started, it’s highly probable that it will happen unless the carpeting is removed, cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours. Even then, removing it and cleaning it is not guaranteed to prevent mold growth.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

Call Now for a free inspection. 818-881-3636

Properly Trained and Certified SERVPRO Water Damage Team

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged wood flooring with standing water still present It is usually much worse than it looks. Call SERVPRO 818-881-3636

SERVPRO has the equipment to ensure successful remediation of your water-damaged property.

Here at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda, we have top-of-the-line equipment to service your business or residence after water damage. We have experienced professionals and have been able to consistently offer more than adequate service to all of our satisfied customers for 24 years. In fact, we attribute our success to our convenient service response guidelines:

  1. Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.

(from the moment that we get notified, we'll contact you within an hour)

     4. Within four hours (often much sooner)  of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.

That's right, in less than three hours after notification, we'll be there, by your side to take care of business.

     8. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

Clarity is key in all our operations. After all, a water-related incident can be overwhelming so we take the time to make sure that everyone is on the same page and well informed.

So rest assured, as all of our clients have, water mitigation is one of our many specialties and another way in which we can protect our community. 

24 Hour Emergency Services

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda "Like it never even happened."

Call Us 24/7/365 (818)-881-3636

SERVPRO - Water Damage Services Outlined

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Road crews clearing the road after a flash flood Flash flood season is coming soon SERVPRO can help! 818-881-3636

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda Water Damage & Flood Cleanup

This is an example of the processes we use to mitigate your water damage

  • Water loss site inspection, evaluation, and documentation
  • Water damage mitigation and
    extraction services
  • Initiation of the drying process
  • Lift/remove the wet or damaged carpet (as needed)
  • Dispose of wet carpet padding (as needed)
  • Use of air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Moving, blocking, padding and inspection of  furniture to facilitate drying 
    of carpet and structure
  • Inspect for mold in affected areas
  • Apply antimicrobial  agents to stop
    bacterial growth
  • Equipment monitoring
  • Insurance claim help with direct insurance billing
  • Packout and storage of contents during mitigation and construction
  • Construction services
  • Move back and reset of contents after construction
  • Complete customer satisfaction

Call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda today for a free inspection. 818-881-3636

If You Have a Water Damage Call SERVPRO Today

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster!

For Tarzana or Reseda Water Damage Cleanup 818-881-3636

SERVPRO knows that the safety and security of your facility and its occupants are your top priority. When a water damage occurs to your building, it’s imperative that you take immediate action to minimize the damage. SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda helps our customers secure their properties quickly by providing them with 24 hour emergency restoration services from knowledgeable professionals.

No disaster comes with a warning! Whether you have suffered a large loss or a small one, when disaster strikes, lives are disrupted. No one is ever really prepared or ready for what comes next! The process can be overwhelming and devastating. Our SERVPRO team will help you navigate things until order is restored and financial recovery is secured.

Relax SERVPRO Has You

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda Makes Water Damage Clean Up Easy!

Having a water damage  or any catastrophe is a stressful and traumatic event. Our highly trained professional water restoration technicians will make the water damage cleanup easy for you.

When you experience water damage in your home, property, or business you need the very best emergency water damage repair company – SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda. Our talented team of experts have helped thousands of home and business owners recover from all types of water damage losses. Choosing the right company is so important when protecting your investment of your home or property. This is why you should make your first (and only) call to the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda.

Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage Cleanup - SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Damage - Do's :

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tables top items.

Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.

Place aluminnum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.

Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.

Open and place luggage, in sunlight to dry, if possible.

Gather loose items, toys,etc, from floors.

Do call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda to help! 818-881-3636

Water Damage: Don't

Don't leave wet fabrics in place: dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Don't use household vacuum to remove water.

Don't use TVs or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors especially not on wet concrete floors.

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Don't wait to get help call SERVPRO 818-881-3636 

24 hour emergency services.

Don't Delay the Performance of Emergency Water Damage Repairs

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let your water damage turn int mold. Call today 818-881-3636

Water damage can be a disaster to your home. Incidents such as these demand quick emergency water damage repairs because any delay in remediation could have significant consequences for your house. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda provides 24-hour emergency service in and around Los Angeles, CA We’ve encountered plenty of these situations and have advice about when to call for help.

Keep reading to learn why you should call a professional immediately for emergency water damage repair.

Speed of Service

Damage to your home can begin quickly. Within minutes of a flooding disaster, water will spread throughout the surrounding area and saturate walls and furniture. The initial issues may be limited to paint damage or floor staining. However, within 24 hours, drywall will begin to disintegrate, furniture can break, and odor can spread. After 24 hours, mold and mildew can infest your home, rusting can begin, and serious health hazards may emerge. These are all reasons to have emergency water damage repair conducted.

Trusting the Experts

Recovery from a water emergency requires highly trained professionals who are experienced in the performance of emergency water damage repair. These individuals know how to deal with mold, sewage, carpet cleaning, odor control, and different types of contamination. Properly certified technicians are highly trained and carry multiple certifications.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Professionals bring a wide range of equipment to the scene of any water emergency. Using the latest technology, they can remove not only obvious areas of standing water and water damage, but they can help detect and remove hidden moisture as well.

If you find yourself facing a water emergency, don’t wait. SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda will provide 24-hour emergency service for just these circumstances. Their highly-trained staff knows how to limit water damage, perform water extraction, and assist with water damage restoration. They’ll be happy to help you save your home from the worst effects of a water emergency. Call 818-881-3636

SERVPRO - Restoring Your Tarzana/Reseda Property After A Water Damage

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline and how SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda can help.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

knows that Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

For help restoring your residential or commercial space after a water loss, fire damage, mold infestation or bio-hazard,  or any disaster call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda at 818-881-3636. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” 24/7 365 days a year. 

Tarzana and Reseda Residential and Commercial Emergency Services

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda Today! 818-881-3636

SERVPRO of  Tarzana and Reseda provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7  818-881-3636

Residential Services

Whether your Tarzana or Reseda home needs emergency flood damage or your home packed and moved, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Tarzana or Reseda commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda Emergency Tips

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage - Do's :

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tables top items.

Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.

Place aluminnum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.

Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.

Open and place luggage, in sunlight to dry, if possible.

Gather loose items, toys,etc, from floors.

Water Damage: Don't

Don't leave wet fabrics in place: dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Don't use household vacuum to remove water.

Don't use TVs or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors especially not on wet concrete floors.

Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.


SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda Emergency Tips

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage - Do's :

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tables top items.

Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.

Place aluminnum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.

Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.

Open and place luggage, in sunlight to dry, if possible.

Gather loose items, toys,etc, from floors.

Water Damage: Don't

Don't leave wet fabrics in place: dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Don't use household vacuum to remove water.

Don't use TVs or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors especially not on wet concrete floors.

Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.


Do's of Water Damage

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Tips on Water Damage

Do's of Water Damage:

* Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

*Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items.

*Remove and Prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.

*Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

*Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

*Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

*Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.

*Open and place luggage, in sunlight to dry, if possible.

*Gather loose items, toys, etc, from floors.

Always trust the professionals to provide the best service in remediation or extractions for water damage or any other types of damage.

Contact SERVPRO we make it "Like it never even happened."