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Notify the Experts of West Hills after Fire Damages Your Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Notify the Experts of West Hills after Fire Damages Your Home A fire in your kitchen can leave behind different types of soot deposits and smoke damage requiring specific cleaning techniques.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Experts Can Properly Clean the Different Types of Damage in Your Home

It is always a frightening situation when a fire starts in your West Hills kitchen. The first step is to make sure your family and your pets get out of harm's way. Next, the fire usually gets extinguished by either you or the fire department in extreme situations.

Now it is time for you to assess the damage the blaze caused to your home. At this point, it is a good idea to call in SERVPRO's fire damage specialists of West Hills. Sometimes damage caused by a fire is not as apparent as you may think.

Our technicians are IICRC certified and have years of experience repairing damage caused by heat, flames, and smoke. Our crews study the theory of fire and make themselves experts in fire behavior. We know how a fire inside a structure acts, giving us the ability to find all of the damaged areas.

After a blaze, two different types of damage are found inside burnt buildings; burning or charring and soot deposits. Sometimes building and structural materials get charred or burned. In this case, the materials get sanded down and treated or replaced.

Heat from the flames sometimes partially burns items and causes soot. Other times smoke from the blaze leaves soot deposits in areas of the home other than the source. After a burn, there are a few different types of smoke residues that get left behind on surfaces throughout your home.

Usually, smoke gets classified as being either wet or dry. Dry smoke comes from fast burning, hot blazes that burn natural materials. Wet smoke gets generated from cooler, slow-burning fires that burn synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic.

When a fire starts in your kitchen, most times, some food is the fuel source. When food burns, yellow or amber-colored protein soot residues remain. When the burn is related to an oil burner, fuel oil soot exists.

Each type of soot takes a different process to clean and remediate the problem. When dealing with cleaning soot residues, it is smart to call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for help 24/7.

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Why Water Damage Incidents in Winnetka Should Be Taken Seriously

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Water Damage Incidents in Winnetka Should Be Taken Seriously Don't Let Water Damaging Mishaps Ruin Your Beautiful Winnetka Home--Quickly Call SERVPRO

Secondary Harm from Water Intrusion without Rapid Removal Can Greatly Increase Costs and Disruptions to Homeowners in the Winnetka Area

Though there are many things to take into consideration during a water damage incident, drying the wet materials and areas is usually the primary goal. The remediation process should follow some controlled conditions and standard precautions. That is why you need to work with professionals when restoring your Winnetka property.

Whether a hazard exists after a water damage incident in your Winnetka home, it is always crucial to assume it does, unless a professional proves otherwise. That is why our SERVPRO technicians wear appropriate eye protection gear, disposable coveralls, gloves, and boots. We also secure the area to prevent the possibility of contaminants spreading to the surrounding clean areas. One of the ways we use to achieve that is by applying negative air pressure, whereby we set up axial fans so that the air flows to the areas under remediation from the surrounding clean areas.
Another factor our SERVPRO team looks at is the water quality in your property - it can be black, clean or gray. Irrespective of the category of water on your property, there is a risk of fungi and bacteria proliferation taking place. In most cases, it is the porous materials that are likely to suffer microbial contamination. That is why we advise you to allow the remediation process to start as soon as possible to increase chances of salvaging your textiles, carpets, insulation, wallboard and ceiling tiles. It is not always possible to salvage most porous materials such as wet ceiling tiles, so we dispose of them as soon as possible.
SERVPRO IICRC certified WRT technicians also tackle the problem of excess humidity and moisture by setting up air movers to sweep moisture from hard surfaces into the air where they are captured by dehumidifiers, usually of the chemical variety using silicone as the absorbent.
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills works around the clock to respond to all mold, storm, fire and water damage disasters or minor inconveniences. Call us at (818) 998-1500 when you need an industry leader to restore your property.

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It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills Detecting and locating mold damage in a West Hills home is often one of the most challenging and complicated parts of the remediation process.

Finding Mold In Your Home

Detecting and locating mold damage in a West Hills home is often one of the most challenging and complicated parts of the remediation process. To adequately eliminate threat and signs of mold, we must first precisely locate where the fungus is growing. However, this is no easy task even when advanced tools and detection techniques assist us. The mold must first be located by you, the homeowner before you can ever know that there is a problem. Once you call SERVPRO, we can use our tools and expertise to nail down the exact location of the infestation.

What Should You Do?
If you encounter any signs of mold damage in your West Hills home, such as a foul or musty odor or discoloration along a wall, investigate that sign and try to locate the infestation. If the discoloration grows more concentrated or the foul odors become more concentrated as you move to another part of the room or even another room entirely, you may be close to the inception point of this infestation. Try to figure out how many rooms contain growth, where it is in each room, and how strong each spot is relevant to other areas. Additionally, if you find obvious signs of moisture such as a water drip or flow, try to locate the source. You may find additional growth in those spots.

What Can SERVPRO Do?
When SERVPRO technicians arrive shortly after your call, the first step they take is to analyze the situation and get a clearer understanding of where the mold is and what has caused it to become a problem. In addition to your discoveries, we can use advanced moisture detection tools to identify exact spots of growth and concentrate our efforts on every patch of fungus, even those hidden from view.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills provides fast and reliable mold damage remediation services to the local community. Call us 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

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Expertly Trained Fire Damage Technicians Offer Quality Services in Winnetka

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Expertly Trained Fire Damage Technicians Offer Quality Services in Winnetka Regardless of the level of fire damage your home experienced, contact SERVPRO for remediation services for great results.

SERVPRO Technicians Put Together a Unique Plan to Remediate Damage After a Fire in Your Home

Different kinds of damage can occur as the structure or contents of your Winnetka property burns. Starting with the partial or complete destruction of those consumed during the combustion process. However, secondary damage develops from the heat and smoke residues, profoundly impacting materials found throughout your home.

Every fire is different, requiring the deployment of unique restoration procedures to limit a variety of losses you might experience from fire damage in your Winnetka area home. Water or other extinguishing agents used to fight the fire in your home can cause more damage while other materials suffer burning or charring, depending on their proximity to the flames.

An expertly trained IICRC technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, can assess fire damage found on your property to provide you with a detailed plan to address the level of each item of loss. We help you understand the type of restoration services required to restore your home successfully and provide you with full-scale solutions that return your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition.

At SERVPRO, we describe fire damage of three levels – Minor, Medium, and Major. The materials, size, duration, and type of fire affecting your home change how our technicians approach the situation. However, some basic rules of thumb remain the same, allowing us the opportunity to prepare for the overall process beforehand, and provide you with fast, efficient services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

  • Minor Fire Damage – The amount of smoke residue is light to moderate, only affecting specific rooms or areas.
  • Medium Fire Damage – The amount of smoke residue is moderate, and more materials require wet cleaning, repainting, or replacement.
  • Major Fire Damage – Heat from the fire caused severe damage to structural framing and finishes, leaving charring, staining, and additional scoring throughout.

Depending on the situation, SERVPRO technicians can deploy both dry and wet cleaning methods to your ceilings, walls, floors, and other contents. Your floors may need refinishing, drywall, cabinets, and contents require additional replacement while most instances require deodorization procedures after cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills for a full explanation of our available cleaning and restoration services, or to request an initial inspection of your home, today. (818) 998-1500

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Saving Your Winnetka Retail Store From Water Damage

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Saving Your Winnetka Retail Store From Water Damage Time is money in the retail industry, and the longer that your doors stay closed, the more profits you stand to lose.

Water Damage To Your Retail Store

Your Winnetka retail store depends significantly on the foot traffic that you can get through the door every day and customers that you can depend on to come back and shop again. While you might have all of the pieces in place to pull in customers and retain loyalty in others, an unforeseen water emergency might derail your efforts entirely if it is not dealt with quickly. Time is money in the retail industry, and the longer that your doors stay closed to those willing to spend their money, the more profits you stand to lose.

Water damage to your Winnetka store can rear its ugly head in some different ways from faulty plumbing to over-pressurized sprinkler pipes. In some cases, nearby stores might cause water damage to their facility as well as yours through shared walls. Whatever the case, professional assistance is what you need to get the damage restored and your business ready for the customers that it needs to stay in the black.

Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the time constraints that you are under to keep your business running smoothly. Not only are you pressed to reopen your doors in the event of water damage to some regions of the store, but there is also a significant pressing risk of damage to your stock and supply of the goods you are trying to sell. Our team can work quickly to ensure that the least amount of damage occurs and use our expertise and equipment towards restoring that damage as efficiently as possible.

Drying efforts are a combined effort between air movers and spot water extraction with wet vacs. Our team uses thermal imagery to assess further damage inside of the walls where the source of the problem might have been to ensure that the water is thoroughly dried. If the drywall has been compromised through this incident, or in the restoration and repair efforts, our experienced SERVPRO experts have the tools and experience to repair this as well.

Ultimately, your store depends on its doors being open to the public. While you cannot account for water emergencies that might affect your business, you can always count on SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you put things right again. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

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Repairing Flood Damage in Bell Canyon

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Repairing Flood Damage in Bell Canyon SERVPRO begins restoration by testing the moisture content and bringing down the humidity of the room.

SERVPRO’s Process to Restoring Hardwood Floors after Flood Damage

Flooding around Bell Canyon has been worse than usual this last year, just like for so many other cities in our area and more rain is expected. The water left afterward has been fairly clean, but some homes have had to deal with mud and other contaminants that make cleaning and restoration more difficult. Most of the damage still comes from the amount of time water soaks into the property.

Restoring hardwood floors in Bell Canyon after flood damage takes the right equipment, training, and experience. To get the best possible results, SERVPRO has created a checklist based on our twenty plus years in the restoration business.

Cupping, warping, and buckling begin in floorboards after flooding. If we can quickly remove the water and dry the floorboards, then the damage remains minor, and we can repair or eliminate it. Before we can begin any work, the moisture content of the wood must be twelve percent or less. We test this with specially designed moisture meters. If the content is higher, we have to lower it, or our efforts result in further damage to the floorboards.

Our first step is to reduce the humidity of the room to less than forty-five percent. SERVPRO technicians set dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and then set up air movers to carefully force warm, dry air underneath and over the floorboards.

Next, we bring the humidity to under twenty percent. It is at this point that further damage stops and the chance for mold growth significantly drops. Once we test the humidity at fifteen percent, then we bring in space heaters to raise the inside temperature to increase evaporation. If the varnish on the floor slows evaporation, we use a pin roller to pierce it in areas with little foot traffic and corners.

Now, we can repair and restore the floorboards. For cupping and warping, we can sand down minor damage and then apply new varnish to even out the appearance. If the damage is major, we replace the affected piece. Buckling is more severe than cupping or warping; it twists the wood and can even push other floorboards out of place. In most cases, we have to replace the piece with a new one sanded down to match.

Restoring your wood floors after flooding is a time-consuming process, but it is much more cost-efficient than replacing it. For more information on what SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can do for your home, call us today at (818) 998-1500.

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Water Damage In Your Winnetka Apartment Building Can Harm Your Personal Belongings

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Winnetka Apartment Building Can Harm Your Personal Belongings SERVPRO helps those in our community protect their property from all kinds of water damage.

Water Damage In Your Apartment Building

Apartment homes come with both benefits and drawbacks. What tenants do inside their own abodes can sometimes affect other Winnetka residents. Because water spreads so quickly, if another tenant's tub overflows, it can end up posing problems for you, also.

It won't be possible for you to prevent your belongings in your Winnetka apartment from becoming overly affected by water damage when the water comes from another apartment. Invading water can sneak in slowly, under walls and up through carpeting. Furniture legs or frames pressing down on the carpet can absorb a considerable amount of water. If made of particle board, this can quickly swell and warp the finish.

While water damage to furniture can become costly, damage to the belongings inside can pose even more significant hardships. We at SERVPRO can help out by helping you pack up these items, and then move them to a safe and dry location, either in another room, unaffected by the water or at our warehouse. We can protect any damaged items similarly.

However, sometimes water on surfaces that invades your living area can come in in such a significant amount that the air also becomes saturated. This can damage items that you may not have considered at risk when you became aware of the problem. Secondary water damage can include mildew spotting of fabric wall hangings, curtains, and bedspreads. Canopied beds can also develop this same problem. We can launder these more substantial items, including rugs and fabric shower curtains.

If elevated water levels seem likely in your dwelling's future, we can install an energy efficient and low-maintenance dehumidifier that can help prevent future damage from affecting your belongings. We can discuss this and other options that can help while you live in an apartment setting.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills helps those in our community protect their property from all kinds of water damage. Events such as these can create problems for months to come if not mitigated promptly and correctly. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to find out how we can help you save your belongings from the damaging effects of water.

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Finding Mold Damage In Your Winnetka Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage In Your Winnetka Home Mold Remediation by SERVPRO Ensures Happiness for Winnetka Homeowners

Remediation of Mold Needed? Call SERVPRO

Southern California is known for some excessive humidity all year long, but what you might not realize is how this same common weather occurrence could be dramatically impacting your Winnetka home. Without proper maintenance of the moisture that is present in your home, coupled with mold spores that naturally exist in the air that we breathe, the conditions have been met for mold to start growing in your home.

Mold damage to your Winnetka home might not seem like that big of a deal, as many people have encountered that familiar musty odor and sight of spotty mold all throughout their lives. The more that gets understood about the fungus, and its relative health effects that it can cause families who become exposed to it, the more critical it is to get the situation resolved quickly.
Handling this situation on your own is not advisable, as your efforts to remove the mold colonies will very likely not remove the entire hyphae of the fungus and you can be circulating more spores in the process. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists are trained and certified to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.
This extensive training familiarizes our antimicrobial remediation specialists in the various types of mold that exist, the proper protective equipment to use, and ultimately the process for completely removing mold colonies and preventing further spread of the colonies. With the use of HEPA filters and negative air chambers, spores in the air become neutralized throughout the remediation process. Scrubbers get employed to deep clean areas where colonies have been detected to eradicate the entire fungal organism.
Dehumidification is an integral part of the process and one that ensures that the conditions are no longer adequate to support growth. The removal of moisture from the air is something that the homeowner gets encouraged to continue after the remediation process is complete, to deter any future conditions which could be suitable for mold to grow again.
If you have encountered a musty smell in your home, or spotted mold growing on surfaces, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills. Our experienced IICRC certified remediation specialists have the expertise and equipment to handle the issue. Give us a call anytime at (818) 998-1500.

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Crimped Cords And Electrical Shorts Can Lead To Fire Damage In West Hills

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Crimped Cords And Electrical Shorts Can Lead To Fire Damage In West Hills Fires can originate anywhere and at any time in your home.

Fire Caused By Crimped Cords And Electrical Shorts

Electricity plays such a significant role in our daily lives, including leisurely activities at home and using different machines at work and school. Without electricity to run these items for us, West Hills would not feel the same to us. However, we take the use of these powered items for granted and rarely think about the dangers of electrical power.

When using items like curling irons, computer printers, or the dishwasher in your West Hills home, the idea that those items could cause fire damage probably crosses your mind only on rare occasions. However, using these items when cords show visible damage can quickly cause problems.

Another aspect of electricity that causes problems is when cords become twisted and tangled while stored away in a drawer. Tangling like this can produce breaks in the wiring inside. While it may seem to work fine at providing electricity to your appliance, these minor breaks can soon become hotter than usual. Melted cords can pose shock hazards in addition to the fire hazard they create.

Electrical shorts inside appliances and within wall outlets can create fires. You should never try to extinguish this type of fire by using water as the electricity can travel to you and cause serious injuries. If an appliance begins smoking, melting, or burning, unplugging it by firmly grasping the plug and removing it from the wall can save your home.

If an outlet starts to smoke and produces flames, you need to shut off the main electrical breaker as quickly as possible. This should extinguish the fire, but if materials inside the wall have caught fire, it might continue burning. This situation requires a call to the local fire department. Making sure your cords can also bear the electrical load pulled can help prevent this situation in the first place.

Fires can originate anywhere and at any time in your home. Fire damage should always receive professional mitigation, so future fire risks decrease. SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can help you restore your home after any fire. Contact us at (818) 998-1500 to reach our 24-hour service, every day of the year.

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Commercial Water Damage Can Affect Spas and Gyms in Canoga Park

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Can Affect Spas and Gyms in Canoga Park SERVPRO can remediate water damage while keeping your gym, spa, or fitness center open and running.

SERVPRO Provides Quick and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services

Many people in Canoga Park have developed an interest in staying fit by increasing the amount of exercise they engage in while still pampering themselves. A spa and gym membership fills this need for many individuals, while also providing real-time socialization with others.

The management of spas, gyms, and other fitness centers in Canoga Park understand that showering, spa treatments, and swimming can cause commercial water damage to their facilities. All pose problems by causing ongoing moisture accumulation, and efforts at dehumidification might not always provide the desired results. The results achieved can also vary considerably.

This inability to maintain a stable level of humidity inside your facility is a common complaint of similar businesses. High amounts of moisture that remain in the air can produce dampness, chilly air, and different types of water damage. SERVPRO can help you avoid the effects of water damage in your building from becoming harmful and unsightly.

Paint on concrete walls can begin peeling and flaking from exposure to high levels of moisture. Metal equipment can corrode or rust. Shower stalls can develop mold and mildew. Exercise pads can retain smells and odors, as can carpeting and larger rugs. Foam composites such as some indoor tracks begin to deteriorate when exposed to moisture.

Our professional technicians can solve all of these situations, and many others, quickly and efficiently. We are trained to work in areas where our customers' clients conduct their activities and to refrain from impeding their actions. We only want to resolve the problem of water damage through remediation without disturbing anyone present. We know your business depends on your clients' enjoyment and use of your facility and we do not want to jeopardize that in any manner.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is your locally owned and operated restoration company, and we are here for your business. We want you to succeed, and keeping water damage under control helps us achieve our goals. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to talk to us about our 24-hour service.

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