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How SERVPRO Stays Ready for Big Storms in West Hills

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Stays Ready for Big Storms in West Hills Flooded Homes in the West Hills Area Gets Help from SERVPRO

Storm Help Is Readily Available from SERVPRO


Massive and widespread storms can sometimes cripple infrastructure and decimate vast swathes of residences in communities like West Hills as flood damage tears through neighborhood streets and developments. In the event of such disasters, some emergency response and restoration companies find themselves crippled and unable to help any more than a small fraction of the calls they receive. However, with our national organization and resources, SERVPRO can respond to many calls in a short time after even the worst natural disasters.
 
Disaster Recovery Teams
Central to our efforts in the fight against flood damage in West Hills and other local neighborhoods are our disaster recovery teams, teams of trained and certified professionals ready to move out and respond to calls for help within hours. In the context of a major storm, their fast responses can mean a difference of many thousands of thousands of dollars in damages to your home. We arrive on the scene and immediately set to work reversing and preventing as much damage as possible, getting the home ready for further inspections and restoration efforts in the coming days. These teams are what allow SERVPRO to be available 24/7 and whenever disaster strikes.
 
Catastrophic Storm Response Teams
Over 1700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide, and while each franchise is independently owned and operated, we are still able to rely on other locations for personnel and resources when we need it most. In the event of a significant disaster, technicians from around the state and even beyond state borders come in to help out and provide damage mitigation and restoration services to all homeowners in need. Thus, when disaster strikes, we are never caught off guard and are always able to reach a large number of affected homeowners. You can count on SERVPRO to pick up the phone and respond to your call for help during a storm. The largest Green Fleet carrying massive amounts of equipment, skilled personnel, and logistical aptitude starts at the local level. That is us.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready around the clock and around the year to respond to storms and other disasters in the area. For our mitigation and restoration services, give us a call at (818) 998-1500.

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How to Ensure Odors from Water Damage Is Properly Dealt with in Canoga Park

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Ensure Odors from Water Damage Is Properly Dealt with in Canoga Park Water Drops Lead to Water Damage in Canoga Park Properties--Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Preserving Belongings, Structures, and Air Quality Are Factors in Restoration and Cleanup Post Leaks and Floods

When combating water damage, there are so many different areas that you need to deal with appropriately. If you have had past experiences with such issues, you probably know it can be very challenging, and that is why you need professionals to help you. Canoga Park is prone to water damage, and you should be familiar with the necessary steps you need to take.

While dealing with water damage in Canoga Park, you need to ask yourself one simple question. How clean is clean? There are three levels of cleanliness, namely: sanitary, disinfected, and sterile clean. Achieving a sterile environment is very difficult and only hospital operating rooms usually manage to reach this pure state. On the other hand, sanitary clean is always viewed as the most appropriate state, but it is not ideal. What you need to achieve after experiencing water damage is disinfected clean. At that level, 99% of all contamination is absent.
 
At SERVPRO, we achieve a disinfected level of cleanliness by using state of the art technology and appropriate chemicals while deodorizing and combating smells. When tackling odors, the first step is to identify and remove the source. Although it sounds simple enough, it can be very complicated when you fail to recognize the source. You may also manage to detect the smell, but not be in a position to know how exactly to do away with the smell. Thermal fogging, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators are some of the equipment used by SERVPRO to reach these ends.
 
You also need the right technology to ensure your residence is completely dry. We use air movers, dehumidifiers and so much more to accomplish the cleanliness state that you deserve. Air moving equipment requires professional handling, and that is what you get when you hire experts. At SERVPRO it is our goal to dry your home to preloss condition and remove as many bacteria, pathogens, mold spores, and other organisms as is possible.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park/ West Hills is an excellent choice when you need to combat smells during water damage. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to get quality water damage service and highly qualified staff to tend to your every need.

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What To Do And Avoid When Dealing With Mold Damage In Winnetka Homes

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Do And Avoid When Dealing With Mold Damage In Winnetka Homes Mold Develops in Winnetka, Remediate with SERVPRO, Not Bleach

Professional Mold Remediation is the Answer to Secure Your Property

There are many things to check, repair, and keep in shape when you are a homeowner. Caring for your Winnetka home is very satisfying, and naturally you want to deal with any problems as soon as they arise, to keep your home safe and pleasant for you and your family. One problem that most householders face at some point is fungal growth. Mold damage is usually easy to spot thanks to the tell-tale black and green patches and musty smell. What is not always easy is knowing what to do when you find it. Thankfully, SERVPRO is here to help.
 
We understand that you do not want mold damage in your Winnetka home, and so of course if you spot the fungus you want to get rid of it straight away. That is why we have put together this handy short list of what to do and what to avoid when you see signs of fungus in your house.
 
Do not use a fan in mold-infested areas. We have heard rumors of people using fans to try and disperse mold, and it is enough to give any remediation expert nightmares! Fans blow the microscopic mold spores into the air and make it easier for them to travel and start new colonies.
 
Do no use bleach or other chemicals. Sometimes using bleach or other chemicals makes the problem worse – it is far better to talk to a remediation expert. The water in the bleach can feed the colonies with fresh moisture. The hyphae (roots) of mold are typically not affected by the disinfecting qualities of bleach.
 
Do not focus on killing the mold. It is challenging to exterminate fungus; in most cases, it merely goes dormant and can “wake up” again when conditions are right.
 
So what should you do? The best thing is to call SERVPRO. Professional mold remediation is more efficient than DIY efforts. Experts believe that mold may have some health effects. We equip our IICRC-certified experts with protective clothing and respirators so they can handle fungal growth safely. We have the equipment needed to set up containment and vent contaminated air, which is much more efficient than merely wiping.
 
For help with mold problems in Winnetka, Bell Canyon, West Hills and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 today.

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Cleaning Fire Damage in West Hills

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage in West Hills SERVPRO technicians have several methods of cleaning for different surfaces to ensure your home is restored "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Cleaning Techniques

Restoring and cleaning West Hills property after a fire is cheaper than replacing it. Insurance companies prefer this option and insist on an inspection to determine the cost before signing off to replace large furniture items like sofas and recliners.

To ensure restoration to a West Hills home after fire damage is accomplished right the first time, a professional remediation company is needed. SERVPRO is one of the oldest companies in California to offer these services. Our experience over the years has developed into six primary methods for cleaning property depending on how severe the damage might be.

Dry Cleaning (Wiping) – This method is for removing light to medium, non-greasy soils. It also works as a pre-cleaning method to remove excess residues before wet cleaning (wiping). The response team uses dusting cloths and feather dusters on these dry particles. For heavier soils, they may switch to vacuums and dry sponges.

Wet Cleaning (Wiping) – An effective method for removing moderate to heavy smoke and soot residues. SERVPRO team members use water to saturate surfaces while cleaning. For thicker residues, they mix cleaning agents into the water. Cloths and sponges are used to apply water and agents before wiping off the residue.

Spray and Wipe – This is another wet method, but technicians use a spray bottle for the application instead of saturation. It gives technicians more control and is a better method on fabrics when there is a risk of the color running by using too much water or cleaning agent.

Foam Cleaning – We use a pump-up spray bottle with this method to force air into the cleaning solution before spraying it onto a stain. It places the cleaning solution onto the stain without using too much liquid and on fabrics that are at risk for shrinking with other methods such as upholstery material. On small areas, a technician creates a foam in a small container and then applies it using a small brush.

Abrasive Cleaning – Our IICRC-certified technicians use this method on rough surfaces like rock or harder types of marble. They work in a thick liquid using scrubbing pads, a wire brush or steel wool.

Immersion Cleaning – We use this last method on items with very heavy residues. Technicians lower the property into a tank containing a cleaning solution, and then high-frequency sound waves are used to forces bubbles through it. It agitates the item without using a scrubbing device and is a handy method on items like Venetian blinds.

Cleaning and restoring your property is not a quick process. It is one that SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills has been performing for decades and continues to support our neighbors. If you need us, call (818) 988-1500 today to schedule an appointment.

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SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Canoga Park

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Canoga Park SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is available 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year to restore your water damage.

Canoga Park Homes Can Be Restored From Flood Damage 


At 76 years old, Canoga Park is one of the younger cities in our area. It is diverse regarding population, economics and many other factors that make it a jewel of the San Fernando Valley. Most of the homes are new compared to other parts of California, but that does not stop in-home disasters from happening.

Despite the nearby Chatsworth Reservoir and other sources, flood damage in Canoga Park comes primarily from failed plumbing. SERVPRO knows well that connections and faucets wore out from years of use and appliances past their manufacturing life cause millions in repair and replacement costs annually.

One of the most common issues we deal with is a dishwasher and its supply hose. Even the most energy-efficient model uses 4 gallons for each load of dishes, so when one fails, it is the equivalent of pouring out four large containers across a kitchen floor over a few minutes. The water runs everywhere, and unless the homeowner is present when the incident happens, it spreads quickly to dining and living rooms. Since the detergent used to clean dishes is much stronger and more caustic than used in carpet cleaners, SERVPRO technicians remove the water as quickly as possible and then use our carpet shampoo and a steamer to remove the detergent before it can harm the carpet fibers or the laminate underneath.

When the problem is the water supply hose, the first problem we have to deal with is stopping the flow. If the homeowner does not know where their cut-off valve is, we turn off the water to the home before walking inside. With the flow turned interrupted, we pull out the dishwasher and then replaced the ruptured hose and connections.

Since this is clean water, we do not have to be concerned about caustic soap, but the sheer amount of water can flood the entire first floor of a home in just a couple of hours. If the residents are gone when the hose ruptures, they may find water flowing out from under their front door when they come home.

Using pumps and water extraction wands, SERVPRO can remove this water from most homes in less than a day. For larger homes like mini-mansions, it may take two or three days depending on the square footage and type of carpets.

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Regardless whether the damage is from a dishwasher, burst pipe or a flash flood, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is here to help. To find out more about what we can do for you or schedule an appointment, call us today at (818) 998-1500.

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How To Clean Soft Furnishings After Mold Damage In Canoga Park

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Clean Soft Furnishings After Mold Damage In Canoga Park Call SERVPRO for Mold Removal from Clothing and Soft Fabrics

SERVPRO Provides Solutions for Mold Remediation to Clothing and Homes

Mold damage is insidious and often happens unnoticed, at least at first. The fungus can grow anywhere there is moisture and a food source such as drywall or cotton. Outbreaks often occur in damp areas such as the kitchen, basement, or laundry room. However, mold grows anywhere with the right conditions, which means it can appear anywhere in Canoga Park homes.

SERVPRO understands that one of the biggest concerns about mold damage in Canoga Park is the risk to soft furnishings. Spores can settle on items such as drapes, rugs, and bedding. Immediate cleaning is necessary, or items might not be salvageable.
 
We know that when mold damage occurs, it is tempting to put articles in the washer, or simply try scrubbing with cleaning fluids. However, normal washing and scrubbing are not always effective against mold, especially on soft or porous materials.
 
SERVPRO customers sometimes ask if they ought to send mold-damaged items to their local dry cleaner. We recommend people be very cautious about where they send their items for cleaning. That is why it is a good idea to wait until you have spoken to one of our trained representatives. We help ascertain what is salvageable and what is not, and advise you on the best steps to take.
 
In many cases, the most efficient course of action is to send soft furnishings to our off-site cleaning facility, where we undertake cleaning using the patented Esporta wash system. The Esporta system is based on powerful hydraulic technology, which is comparable to the force of waves crashing on a beach. The hydraulic motion forces compounds such as fungi out of material, leaving it clean once more. Esporta states that their systems typically restore 90% of soft furnishings that have suffered mold damage.
 
If sending items to our cleaning facility is not the right option for you, we may advise you on which local dry cleaner to choose for the best results.
 
While our facility staff is cleaning your items, we set to work wiping, scrubbing, and dehumidifying affected areas in your home to remove visible mold and reduce the risk of regrowth.
 
For help with fungal growth in Canoga Park, West Hills, and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at(818) 998-1500.

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Speedy Turnaround Restores West Hills Dry Cleaners Water Damage

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Speedy Turnaround Restores West Hills Dry Cleaners Water Damage Dry cleaners facing water damage need immediate restoration efforts by qualified technicians. Should your dry cleaners suffer damage, contact SERVPRO.

Our Technicians Assess and Remediate Your Business Property Thoroughly to Prevent Secondary Damages

Businesses that take in their customer’s personal property to repair, service or clean are in a difficult situation when water damages their premises. Not only does the structure of your retail space require restoration, but the items entrusted to your care must not be further harmed by water invasion. Our full-service disaster recovery approach balances the needs of both your building and its contents.
 
Your family business offers dry cleaning and laundry services to members of the community. Commercial water damage in West Hills from a break in a hot water pipe saturates walls and threatens the completed orders hanging in wait for your customers. You need a fast response from our skilled team of water damage mitigation specialists.
 
Even though the rugs, linens, and clothing owned by your customers seem out of harm's way, the moisture soaked into the walls and floors of your commercial building needs drying swiftly. Additional problems are quick to develop if the moisture levels in the air and the structure remains high. Common collateral water damage issues include mold growth and lingering odors, both of which cannot impact your customer’s belongings without severe consequences. SERVPRO crews find and arrange for repair of the leak and remove standing water with powerful truck mounted pumps and extractors.
 
Our technicians are trained to measure and monitor humidity and moisture levels within the interior of your business. The advanced courses SERVPRO requires of workers prepare our crews to employ effective strategies that swiftly reduce ambient humidity and dry out structures and fixtures. Mold spores need only a source of moisture and surfaces or articles made of organic materials to develop into invasive colonies. Humidity levels of over 60 percent are enough to encourage mold growth, and clothing and household goods made from fabrics provide nourishment to support microbial infestations.
 
SERVPRO invests in practical and professional equipment as well as worker training, and the combination of technicians and tools stops primary water damage in its tracks and avoids secondary issues. Industrial strength air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers speed drying of surfaces and greatly minimizes high humidity levels, protecting your customer’s property.
 
When water threatens your building and its contents, call us at (818) 998-1500. SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready 24/7 to transform wet and damaged to dry and restored.

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Protecting Your Valuables From Extensive Flood Damage When a Storm Hits Canoga Park

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Valuables From Extensive Flood Damage When a Storm Hits Canoga Park Flooding can happen quickly after a storm. Contact SERVPRO right after flood damage for remediation services.

Formulating a Plan When You Live in a Flood Prone Area can Help Save Your Property

Apart from the dangers that they present to humans, storm floods leave behind a series of destruction in their wake, ruining buildings, washing away natural landscape features, and demolishing roads. Often, homeowners find themselves dealing with extensive damage on their property. Floods can cause a surprising amount of structural damage to a structure, especially when water finds its way into the house and stays there for a prolonged period.
 
When the flood waters recede, the first thing you should do is contact a trusted restoration company to assess the damage. As a locally based and operated business, SERVPRO is at your disposal for quick and efficient water damage mitigation services for your Canoga Park property. We have a team of highly trained, highly experienced technicians with access to advanced tools and equipment, ensuring that the restoration process goes swiftly and smoothly.
 
The most important thing to remember when faced with any type of flood damage situation is to keep your family safe. Items may be salvageable, and if you take additional measures to protect your most priced documents, family photos, and heirlooms, the loss and devastation can be much less.
 
One way you can protect important documents and photos from severe water damage is by digitizing them. Today, many storage devices such as USB drives can withstand some level of water damage and are often salvageable. You may also store these items on a portable hard drive, and then lock the device securely in a safety deposit box. While digital copies are not the same as originals, recreating the images to their original state is relatively easy.
 
If your home is highly prone to flood damage, consider investing in a flood insurance plan. Make a list of all valuable items in your home, and even take photos of the exterior and interior of your home. Keep this list along with your insurance plan in a safe place that is relatively less susceptible to flooding. Consult your insurance agent on what to include in the itemized list.
 
If you do find yourself with flood damage in the house, the sooner you call a restoration process, the higher the chances of salvaging some of your valuables. As a trusted company in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is your best bet against flood damage. For any emergency, call us today at (818) 998-1500.

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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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