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Water Damage from Ceiling Leaks in Your Canoga Park Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from Ceiling Leaks in Your Canoga Park Home Ignoring water stains on ceiling or walls will not make them go away. In fact, that allows mold to grow and creates more problems. Call SERVPRO.

Our Technicians Use Tools and Their Vast Experience to Locate the Source of Water Damage in Your Home

Often, but not always, ceiling water leaks are caused by a leak in the roof of your home. Other things which can cause leaks in ceilings in Canoga Park include a leaky skylight, a plumbing problem, a siding leak, a window leak or a masonry leak.
 
A leak in your ceiling is an issue for a lot of reasons. The water damage in your Canoga Park home can be severe, and be found not just on your ceiling, but your roof, too, by the time you notice an existing leak. Roof damage can be dangerous and can be costly to repair. Plus, a significant amount of mold can grow in between your roof and ceiling or your attic and can create numerous health effects for you and your family. Once mold starts growing, you might have to replace drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles and other materials.
 
Our trained staff at SERVPRO can assist you if you have water damage in your home from a leaky ceiling. If mold is present, we also know how to clean that and sanitize the area.
 
Finding a leak in your roof can be difficult, and does not always become apparent until it has gotten worse. Therefore, you should investigate and address any sign of a leak as soon as you see it. Some indications of a leaky roof to look out for are discolored spots on your ceiling, water stains, mildew, or mold around the base of your chimney, rotting wood or peeling paint around skylights, shingles or other pieces of debris from your roof in the yard. You may also notice a musty smell, especially in your attic, that frequently occurs when your roof is leaking.
 
If you suspect you have a leak in your roof or ceiling, or possibly have mold growing in your attic, call us at SERVPRO right away so we can inspect your home for water damage and mold. We have all the needed tools and experience to find the source of the leak, fix it and find any mold if it is present.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills work quickly to fix any ceiling leak to prevent further damage to homes located in the West Hills and Canoga Park areas. Do not hesitate to give us a call at (818) 998-1500 when you find a problem, as the damage only gets worse the longer you wait.

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Water Damage in Canoga Park Can Be Mitigated

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Canoga Park Can Be Mitigated Canoga Park Water Damage in Ceilings and Buildings Are Restored by SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Reducing the Effects of Unwanted Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can come from broken plumbing, storms, or flood waters. Regardless of the source, indoor flooding in Canoga Park can mean prohibitive replacement costs unless you bring in a professional restoration company promptly.
 
Water damage is a common occurrence for many Canoga Park homes. SERVPRO has many years of hands on experience in dealing with homes underwater, condos with a bad roof, and apartments with carpets that make a squishing sound when you walk on them. To address every contingency, we keep a response team on 24-hour call and ready to support our communities.
 
Our technicians are trained to quickly determine what services are needed and begin work within minutes after arriving at a home. Our first task is to stop further water intrusion. We can turn off water mains in a few moments and have most homes receiving restoration services immediately.

Next, we remove all excess water. For standing water over an inch, we deploy truck mounted water pumps to draw it all out. If the water is under an inch in height, we use water extraction wands. In case the power is out, we can bring in commercial grade generators and even a generator truck for the larger homes and amounts of water.
 
Once the standing water is gone, our next task is to dry out floors, carpets, and possibly even the walls. We use air movers to force warm, dry air across floors and walls, drawing out moisture. This drier air replaces the colder, damp air we pull out of the house or apartment with box fans.
 
To bolster these actions, crew members also station large dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the surrounding air. Depending on the humidity levels, these devices can draw over 20 gallons of moisture from the air each day. It provides drier air for the air movers which allows them to function more efficiently. There is a definite synergistic effect working in tandem. Our IICRC certified applied structural drying technicians maximize drying time while minimizing harm to the structure and its contents.
 
We also offer preventive services since the best way to deal with wet carpets, and crumbling drywall is to stop the water from getting into the house. Our inspectors also take note of easy fixes like poorly maintained gutters and drain pipes that are damaged and draining onto the foundation, rather than away from the structure. Ask about our ERP Plan to help prevent and reduce fire and water damage to homes and businesses.
 
If it is not possible to stop water from getting onto a property, we offer the option of digging around a home’s foundation and coating the outside with a specially designed, rubber sealant that blocks water from working its way through the bricks and concrete. This coating is particularly useful in homes with a basement or a large crawlspace.
 
Rain is often far out in the forecast, but plumbing leaks are not. If you need to deal with a current problem or want to try and stop water intrusion in the future, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills today at (818) 998-1500. We are here to help.

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Mitigating Fire Damage In Your Canoga Park Area Home

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mitigating Fire Damage In Your Canoga Park Area Home Fire Prevention and Mitigation in Canoga Park with the Aid of SERVPRO's ERP

SERVPRO's ERP Plan Reduces Damages and Cost with a Fast Service

Every home is susceptible to fire damage, regardless of its location. Accidents occur on a regular basis that makes having a pre-existing relationship with a trusted restoration team an absolute must for the majority of homeowners in the Canoga area.

There are a variety of mistakes you can make after experiencing fire damage on your Canoga Park area property that leads to additional damages, or injury. Before re-entering your home after a fire occurs, contact your local SERVPRO for help. We can advise you avoid hazards that may exist and enter your home properly to reduce secondary damages that develop from how someone might handle particular types of materials.

We understand how precious your home is and make every effort to limit the losses you experience. SERVPRO technicians utilize a restore versus replacement attitude throughout the restoration process, treating each of your contents with care, and using a variety of methods to recover many items you might consider destroyed during the event.

There are a variety of methods available that help you obtain assistance after a disaster occurs on your property. You can notify our office directly, providing information about the scope of the problem, or you can take advantage of our Emergency READY Program and plan ahead. Creating an ERP Emergency Ready Profile through our mobile app that is available on any phone, tablet, or home PC can make a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to respond to your request for help.

The mobile app helps provide you with a method of cataloging belongings and filling out insurance paperwork necessary to get your restoration started. It identifies SERVPRO as your emergency service provider and helps provide information that makes it easier to begin work on your property. The app connects you directly to your local office and provides technicians with access to information they might not have otherwise.

Having a pre-existing relationship with a company you trust gives you a better chance at recovering quickly during an emergency. Our services are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, making us ready anytime you need us.  

Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park to receive assistance throughout the surrounding area, including West Hills, today. (818) 998-1500

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Commercial Water Damage Puts the Damper on the Image of Canoga Park Retailers

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Puts the Damper on the Image of Canoga Park Retailers Water Leaks and Damage in Canoga Park Stores Lose Money

SERVPRO Removes Water and Helps Restore a Special Ambience to your Shop

When running a retail store in Canoga Park, it requires that many various employees of different levels work together. Cooperation and communication ensure a smoothness in operations exists. The absence of this creates problems that can affect customer satisfaction. Managers work hard, putting forth efforts so that harmony among employees is inherent in the workplace. Other situations, though, may not be as easily dealt with and bring back under control.
 
Canoga Park retail stores that have existing commercial water damage can seem dirtier than their competitors. This image stems from not only the visual impact that the damage can impact on a building's interior walls, ceilings, and even floors but also because of the odor that it can emit into the air.
 
Musty smells are rarely the ones that bring up feelings of cleanliness, and stores that experience these negative conditions are often losing consumers who refuse to return. Worse, comments made on customers' social media accounts can have similar effects to an explicit boycott.
 
To reverse this negative image, having an all-out face-lift of your store's interior and exterior can strengthen your ties to the community in general, and make your place of business the go-to spot for the latest in goods and products once again. We can make this happen for your store, quickly and easily, with little time required for closure while we work. By quickly removing the water and moisture we get the doors back open.
 
Where architectural details are part of your trademark, we can work with you on preserving such areas with updates or other related improvements that effectively rebrand your store in a positive light. Restoring the rest of your store's environment through repainting of walls and other surfaces, high-detailed cleaning of areas that attract the worst grime, and freshening of carpeted areas. Deodorization with a hydroxyl generator is a highly safe method that is even more effective than ozone. It is so safe that it can occur while people are in the area as deodorization takes place. Odors can be problematic after water or fire damage.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can revitalize your entire store and improve all levels of post water damage issues. "Like it never even happened." Call us at (818) 998-1500 now so we can begin to restore your business and your image.

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Assessment and Planning Before Mold Remediation in Canoga Park

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Assessment and Planning Before Mold Remediation in Canoga Park Mold Remediation in Canoga Park Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mold Damage in Canoga Park - What to Look for and What's Next

Before we start to break out the cleaners, change filters or (especially) start knocking down drywall, our inspectors need to know exactly where and how far a mold infestation has gone.

To determine how far mold damage has gotten in a Canoga Park home, SERVPRO sends in an inspector trained to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. Immediately on arrival, we will ask you the following questions:
1. Have you seen any mold contamination yourself?
2. Do you or have you smelled a strong musty odor?
3. Have you had previous problems with mold, no matter what the size of the contamination?
4. When did your water damage occur?
5. Have you seen any mold in your HVAC system?
If you answer yes to any of these questions and give permission, we'll begin an inspection of your home immediately. We have meters that measure air quality and allow us to quickly zone in on the source of the mold.

Once that is determined, we'll quickly deploy our remediation crew to isolate the mold infested areas. If your HVAC system is free of mold, the first thing we'll do is seal the vents to prevent any possible contamination from the cleaning process.
Next, we'll set up a series of exhaust fans that will blow any loose spores out of your home as we clean out the infestation. If we don't do this, there is always the chance that airborne spores could settle into a previously unaffected room and begin the problem all over again. This negative pressure method is not always necessary to combat the remediation process.

With the fans in place, our technicians will use cleaners and anti-fungal agents to kill every spore we can find. If we suspect that the mold has gotten behind a wall or into crawl spaces, we have devices similar to bug bombs that will force anti-fungal agents into every nook and crack. Portable foggers can cover large expanses of enclosed areas.

If we need to remove damaged drywall or other property that can't be salvaged, our technicians will do that before they begin cleaning. This demolition helps to prevent missing areas that could be behind or underneath furniture from being treated. Drapes, curtains, and blinds will be removed and cleaned outside your home. Many remediation services, if not a result of massive fungi infestation, can limit extensive removal of window treatments.

Living in the San Fernando Valley is a dream for many people. A mold infestation can rapidly turn that dream into a nightmare. For SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, getting you back into your home isn't just a job to us. Our employees and managers are all local residents, and we are dedicated to helping our neighbors regain that "California Dreamin'" as fast as we are able. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to get started.

Professional Flood Damage Remediation

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Flood Damage Remediation Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to help!

Steps to Follow When Facing Flooding

When flood damage happens to your home, along with the physical and emotional toll the flooding can take on you, many times it can be difficult to know what to do next. Instead of trying to do it alone, take a look at the list below of things that will need to be done to restore your home back to normal.

When you first experience flood damage in West Hills, you will want to get in touch with a professional flood damage repair company, such as SERVPRO. We are the right pick, because, on top of having the experience and knowledge that you need, we are available 24/7 to assist you in your time of need.

Make sure and turn off all the electricity, as water and electricity do not mix. Even if you think the area is safe, it is better to be safe until a professional can evaluate the situation. You will also want to stop the water. If it is possible at all, try and stop more water from coming into your home. You can place barriers between any gaps in your home and the external sources of water, like mats, boards, and other items which could stop the water.

Remove any equipment, furniture, and other items away from the moisture and water. If you cannot move it yourself, you can have a storage company come and relocate it until the water is extracted and your home is dry again. If the furniture has been damaged already by the water, you cannot store it, since it will be a source of mold and mildew growth. Therefore, choose just the furniture that is dry.


All the water and humidity will then need to be professionally extracted from your home, which the technicians at SERVPRO can do for you. This includes your furniture, carpets, drywall and other areas that have been impacted. Some of your possessions may not be salvageable and will need to be appropriately disposed of. We can help you to determine which items can be saved and which ones cannot. Some items we will be able to fix for you, while others could be a potential health hazard and need to be taken out of your home. Flooding can cause damage to many areas in your home which will need repairs include walls, cabinets, furniture and floors. These items can wind up needing extensive remediation, all of which we can assist you with.

Be sure to take pictures and document all the damage to your home from the flooding. This will help you when you are submitting a claim to your insurance company, plus help with repairs and restoration. Get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills as soon as you have flood damage to your home. You can reach us anytime by dialing (818) 998-1500.

Fire Damage Classes Explained

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Classes Explained Being trained on how to use a fire extinguisher can be very helpful. Call SERVPRO to remediate any fire or associated water damage!

SERVPRO Can Remediate any Class of Fire Damage

When you call and report a fire, one of their questions will be – what caused the fire? The reason for this question is for the first-responders. Firefighters and EMS personnel will need to know how they will fight the fire and how to treat any injuries. Fires are fought based on many different factors, such as its source, its size, and types of things surrounding its location.
 
In September, fire damage in the Canoga Park area occurred when our neighborhood homeless shelter was extremely damaged by a fire that broke out behind the building. The shelter's wall, patio, and appliances storing food were destroyed. Thanks to our wonderful community, everyone came together and are helping to restore this great organization.
 
Fires are fought based on their class and category. The different classes of fires and how they are best contained are identified below:
 
• Class A Fires: These fires leave ash from items such as wood and paper. Water helps to extinguish these fires.
 
• Class B Fires: These fires are classified as combustible. This includes gasoline, oil, etc. These fire fighting techniques must use a chemical that smothers their effects, taking oxygen away from it.
 
• Class C Fires: These fires are caused by electrical sources. Carbon dioxide methods are used by firefighters to put the fires out quickly.

• Class D Fires: These fires are caused by metal objects exploding or combusting. A dry powder agent is best used to smother and take away its power of heat absorption so that it can be stopped before spreading.

• Class K Fires: These fires are the most common because they generally start in a kitchen. They are caused by cooking. Firefighters use a specialized extinguishing agent called Purple K, just like the kind in your fire extinguisher.

First-responders always advise homeowners and business owners to keep fire extinguishers nearby. Fire extinguishers are also sold in classes to help extinguish a fire in residential and/or commercial areas:

Class A: paper, wood, plastic, etc.
Class B: flammable liquids
Class C: flammable gases
Class D: metals (aluminum, titanium, magnesium, etc.)
Class E: electrical fires
Class F: cooking fires.
 
Fire extinguishers are extremely useful if you are near a small fire when it first erupts. However, if your fire is large and you have no control, call SERVPRO to help in your restoration process. We are locally owned and operated meaning that we live and work in the California community. We are professionally staffed with trained technicians and advanced fire restoration equipment. Contact us at any time.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water, fire, mold or storm emergency disasters. You can count on us to be available whenever you need help. Call us today at (818) 998-1500 and let us introduce our remediation services.

How Water Damage Can Reach the Ceiling

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Can Reach the Ceiling Water Damage Can Occur on the Ceiling or on Any Part of Your Home, Call SERVPRO Quickly to Remediate!

SERVPRO Can Remediate Water Damage in Every Part of Your Home

Contrary to popular belief, it is relatively easy to damage your ceiling with water. Although water naturally flows downwards and does not typically stay in high places for long, ceilings are often made of porous materials which can absorb any water that does reach them, and sustain damage from water leaks above them. Other sources of water damage, including water heaters, appliance leaks, or storm damage, may also reach up and affect the ceilings of a home, although, in these cases, the ceiling damage is typically far from the most pressing issue.
 
Pipe Leaks
 
Many pipes cross over the ceilings of rooms to reach other parts of a home, particularly in two-story homes. When water damage hits West Hills ceilings, it is most often due to a pipe leak of some kind, whether in an attic or on the second floor. Regardless, it can be understandably tricky for a homeowner to dry out a ceiling, which is critical in stopping damage spread, staining, and mold growth. We use industrial-grade drying machinery and tools to reach all corners of a room, including ceilings, if necessary.
 
Second Floor Flooding
 
Flooding may sometimes happen on the second floor of a home, most often due to a sink or bathtub left on. This water may seep through flooring, soaking into and even dripping through the ceiling below. This represents a serious source of damage and is often one of the most intensive restoration projects we can perform on a water damaged ceiling.
 
Storms and First-Floor Problems
 
Some water damage on the floor and spaces below may also reach up to the ceiling. A typical example is interior rain damage, and if driving rain somehow gets into your home, it has a good chance of also soaking the ceilings. Other problems, such as busted appliances, can also lead to small or medium-scale ceiling water damage.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills prioritizes fast response times to any call we receive, so as to stop further damage and get to work restoring your home as quickly as possible after any water damage disaster. Give us a call 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

Storm Damage in Canoga Park: More than Just a Spring Shower

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Canoga Park: More than Just a Spring Shower Electrical Lines Can Become a Hazard After a Storm

SERVPRO Is Standing By, Ready To Remediate Your Storm Damage

Storms can occur at any time of the year and any time of the day. Some are shorter than others, but can still create damaging winds and rains. These winds do not always directly affect your home's exterior, but can become so powerful that they topple trees and power lines. These tall objects can fall on your home or garage, creating damage in many different forms.

In Canoga Park, storm damage can involve more than heavy rains that only lead to water damage. Shingles may be ripped off, siding and windows might become cracked, support beams in roofs may be damaged and broken, and storm doors can come unhinged when a house shifts because of the increased weight from a telephone or utility pole. A tree landing on your roof can also create the same situation.
 
Fires Can Break Out Because of Storm Damage

Trees, although not as likely as poles, can also roll or slide, causing even more damage, before they are removed. Professional crews should remove such items. This type of work should never be carried out by the homeowner. An additional threat of downed power and telephone poles is that of fire from the electricity in the lines they are attached to. These lines do not pose only an electrical shock hazard, but also one of fire. If a line is touching or coming into contact with your home, this creates a very real fire risk.
 
Clean-Up Should Begin Immediately – By Professionals Experienced in Catastrophic Damage

Because of the type of tearing your home's structures can suffer, and the types of materials that are exposed, our professionals should be called in to conduct the necessary work. We are highly trained and experienced in all phases and types of restorative work. We can bring your home back to its previous state, the one that you and your family previously enjoyed before the storm ripped through your neighborhood. From the first assessment to the completion of the work needed, our teams will work together to ensure your home is quickly repaired.
 
Available Any Time You Need Us

Make a call to SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to schedule an appointment with us. We'll have your storm damage under control fast, and have your home in pre-storm condition, so you and your family do not have to spend any unnecessary nights away from home. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take your call and get the job done fast.

First-Class Cleanup for Water Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage First-Class Cleanup for Water Damage Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Bell Canyon Water Damaged Property

Call Us at SERVPRO for Expert Water Damage Restoration

If you are struggling with the decision of whether to restore or rebuild your property in the wake of water damage in Bell Canyon, you may think your options are limited. However, this is not the case. You can call upon the services of a professional residential water damage cleanup service to address the emergency and restore your home to its original condition.

Prompt Service for Bell Canyon Residential Water Damage
We offer quick service to restore your property in the event of a severe water damage emergency. Whether the damage was due to a flash flood, sewage system backup or other malfunction, it's good to know the number of a local cleanup and restoration service like SERVPRO. The initial problem must be resolved before it has a chance to cause other issues.

Why You Need to Control Your Water Damage Issue Immediately
Once the water has been extracted from your property, you may think that it's perfectly safe to go back inside and carry on your life as usual. However, the reality is very different. Even though a cursory cleanup can leave your home seemingly high and dry, serious issues may still lurk just beneath the surface. We use the latest technology and equipment to dry your home, detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly.

Mold and Bacteria Are Silent and Serious Dangers
Mold and bacteria growth can occur in the least visited corners of your home. They can take hold in areas, such as your AC and water filtration systems, and cause health effects before you're even aware of what is going on. The full extent of the consequences of untreated mold and bacteria may not be revealed until months after the initial emergency. Instead of being blindsided by such menaces, it's best to engage the services of a professional water damage restoration team. We will take the time to check every nook and cranny of your property to ensure that the potential for such issues is fully rooted out.

Call Us Today to Address Your Bell Canyon Residential Water Damage Issues
We are a locally owned and operated business that is here for you 24 hours a day, and our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training. Our business also services the surrounding area, including Winnetka and Bell Canyon. Whether your water damage was caused by flooding, a burst water main or another mishap, we can apply the appropriate cleanup measures in a prompt and effective manner to make your home a fit place for your family to dwell in once more. Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to reach us at any time of the day or night.