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A Leaking Dishwasher Can Cause Water Damage inside of Your Canoga Park Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Leaking Dishwasher Can Cause Water Damage inside of Your Canoga Park Home If your dishwasher suddenly dumps water on your kitchen floor, call SERVPRO to both dry out the room and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Water Damage Remediation in Your Kitchen

Appliances are extremely useful tools to have inside your home, but they can be troublesome when they break down and cause problems such as water damage. When it comes to your dishwasher, a frequent leak could cause further troubles inside of your residence should it not be addressed. While it may be tempting just to lay a towel down and delay a professional from fixing your appliance, doing so can cause damages to your tile flooring.
 
When water damage sets into your Canoga Park kitchen, it can crack floor tiles. When your dishwasher leaks, the water initially pools onto your floor around it. However, over time, the water slowly sinks between the tiles and into the base below it, causing it to expand from the absorption and causing cracks and separation above. Furthermore, the water can damage the cabinets around your dishwasher. If the damage it is left unchecked, the water can cause further complications such as mold damage. To ensure the longevity of your home and avoid unnecessary expenses, it is essential to call for help upon finding water damage inside of your home.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we always strive to arrive at your home within hours of your first call. Our first employ to arrive is our Estimator, and they can walk you through the damage after an initial inspection. Our Estimator is there to answer any questions and address any of your concerns.
 
When our IICRC-certified technicians arrive, we can begin the remediation promptly. Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced trade technology, such as devices like air movers, dehumidifiers, and axial fans. Using all three in conjunction allows us to create an environment that is ideal for the evaporation of moisture. Over a period, these devices can draw the moisture away from your belongings and prevent further damage. At the end of the remediation, SERVPRO can do one last sweep to ensure that the moisture levels inside of your home are adequate.
 
If you find water damage inside of your kitchen, never wait to call for services. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by phoning (818) 998-1500. Night or day, we are always available to help.

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Bell Canyon's Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Remediation In Attics

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bell Canyon's Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Remediation In Attics If organic materials stay wet for more than two days, microbial growth can start to take place.

Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Remediation

The roof on your Bell Canyon home is a part of the structure that receives a lot of abuse. If your roof ever leaks it is possible that mold damage can occur. Over time roofing materials wear making it easier for storms or objects to create holes in your roof. During a storm, rainwater drills onto your roof and if there is a hole, water enters the interior of your house making mold damage likely to occur.

Most buildings have an attic that sits in between their living area and the underside of the roof. Attics are a common place for mold damage in Bell Canyon to occur for several reasons. First, many attics have elevated temperatures and humidity levels anyways because they sit above the living area of the home. Fungi tend to settle in humid areas that receive little sunlight, just like most attics. Attics are usually not finished with flooring and wall materials, so they contain a lot of bare organic materials such as paper and wood.

In many cases, the source of a moisture problem inside an attic is a leaky roof. Over time roofs get more susceptible to damage and being the source of a water leak. If water gets into your attic and you do not notice it, the problems can get much worse the longer the issues go without being mitigated. If organic materials stay wet for more than two days, microbial growth can start to take place.

Once a fungus develops it starts buildings structures called hyphae. Many times hyphae are what give mold a black or fuzzy white look. Once hyphae develop, they grow in all three directions on the contaminated object. As the hyphae spread out across and into an organic substance, they let off spores that are used for the fungi's reproduction purposes. These spores can become airborne and float around until they settle and contaminated a previously unaffected area.

If mold ever contaminates your attic, it is possible that spores can get into the ventilation system of the house and possible cause microbial growth in other regions far away from the source. If you ever notice that fungal growth occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 24 hours a day.

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Removing the Effects of Fire Damage in Winnetka Neighborhoods

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing the Effects of Fire Damage in Winnetka Neighborhoods Smoky Odors after a House Fire in Winnetka? Call SERVPRO to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Winnetka Homeowners Confront Odors after a Fire Loss and Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery

Say the word ‘fire,’ and every Winnetka resident flinches. The recent wildfires in our area brought home the threat locally to many who thought this was only an issue for Northern California.
 
Despite these significant threats, most Winnetka fire damage does not involve major destruction. Often, SERVPRO restoration teams spend as much effort on eliminating odors which can prevent owners and residents from living in their homes without discomfort as they do on other issues.
 
Smoke residues generate odors as fire cools and extinguishes. If an item of personal or structural property, a sofa or drywall panel, for example, cannot be cleaned, team members remove it from home immediately. This initial step is important, since removing affected property reduces the strength of the odors, and allows our technicians to determine better what they need to clean the home.
 
Cleaning residues from affected surfaces eliminate the majority of odors in a home. Even a tiny amount of odor-causing particles can generate an unpleasant smell throughout the home. Depending on the type of residue, SERVPRO technicians use a combination of chemical cleaners, sponge, and scrub brushes to remove them.
 
If the residues are dry and powdery, then team members can wipe them away quickly and with sponges and maybe a mild cleaner. For wet, sticky residues, they need a stronger cleaning agent and perhaps a scrub brush to agitate and break them up for removal.
 
When odor-causing particles penetrate the surface of a property item, then technicians may have to recreate the conditions of how that happened to clean them. Since the particles first settled as part of the fire’s smoke, our teams can use a fog machine to generate a cloud of chemical cleaner particles that can penetrate to the same depth as the original smoke particles, neutralizing them completely.
 
If there are still lingering odors after cleaning the home, technicians can either remove more property for disposal or off-site cleaning or seal the surfaces to prevent further release of odor-causing particles. For odors trapped behind walls, and if the owner does not want to replace framing or other support structures, then our teams use paint with an odor-blocker to seal off the affected area.
 
Our goal, after every fire, is to return each home to its original, odor-free condition. If you need us, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Property in Canoga Park

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damaged Property in Canoga Park When facing flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services. Call right away for the most effective results.

SERVPRO Technicians Help Determine What can be Restored and What to Replace After a Flood

Cleaning up after a flood is not a routine concern for Canoga Park residents. Sudden storms do happen every year though and a flash flood after one of them can cause a lot of damage, forcing homeowners and residents to decide what is worth saving and what requires disposal, regardless of the personal value.
 
Determining the cost of flood damage in Canoga Park to personal property is not something most residents can familiarize themselves within a few hours or days. This is why it is important to bring in our specialists here at SERVPRO. We help you determine what property can be restored at a reasonable cost and what is either too expensive or too damaged to repair and should be removed for disposal.
 
Our restoration teams make these determinations based on the amount of labor hours and the materials needed to restore personal property. Here, we use clothing as an example. Even in a flood, where the water is contaminated, most cotton clothing can be cleaned with the right detergent from our cleaning chemical inventory and using a commercial clothes washer with temperature control.
 
For specialty items like leather coats and skirts, or fine wool garments, those may require multiple cleanings with a professional dry cleaning company. If the dry cleaner decides that he cannot return the garment to a wearable condition, our team leader recommends disposing and replacing this item.
 
SERVPRO specialists also help you with your flood insurance. In each policy, there are items that the agency would rather replace than attempt to try and restore. With our experience in dealing with most major insurance carriers, specialists can help you immediately take care of these items, and then concentrate on items still covered for restoration.
 
At SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, our goal is to help you return your home, property, and life back to their pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. When you need our services, or if you are still dealing with damage from the last flood, call us today at (818) 998-1500 for professional, restoration assistance.

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Stressing Air Quality Through Mold Remediation In Your West Hills Home

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stressing Air Quality Through Mold Remediation In Your West Hills Home Mold spores exist in every environment that we encounter on a daily basis on a microscopic level.

Stressing Air Quality Through Mold Remediation

While most West Hills homeowners can appreciate the possibility of mold growth in their home, few realize just how likely the situation is. Mold spores exist in every environment that we encounter on a daily basis on a microscopic level. They are everywhere throughout the home and throughout other environments where we spend a great deal of time like our vehicles and workplace.

Understanding more about the widespread nature of mold spores in the environment can help a homeowner to appreciate just how close they always are to mold damages in their West Hills residence. Combating this omnipresent microbial force can seem daunting, especially when you discover an active mold colony growing in your home. That is where the mold remediation technicians at SERVPRO can help you.

Air quality should not just be a concern when you have active colonization in your home, but it is a dire priority for the remediation technicians looking to remove this colony and restore the damages. Preventing the spread of these spores to new areas can isolate the current problem. This isolation often occurs with the use of air scrubbers.

This equipment can trap active spores, dirt, contaminants, and bacteria present in the environment and prevent it from spreading around your home from the affected area. The machine allows our SERVPRO remediation technicians the ability to work exclusively in the damaged areas to effectively remove the present colony and remove any materials that became unsalvageably damaged.

While there is no way to remove the mold spores from your house entirely, we can temporarily prevent active spores from leaving the colony area and seating elsewhere in your home. With dehumidification and drying efforts, present mold spores naturally occurring in the environment do not have the appropriate conditions to colonize once remediation completes.

Preventing mold from growing in your home might not be something that everyone can do. With environmental changes that can happen rapidly, you might not realize there is a problem until the spread of the colony is out of control. Trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills technicians to remove this threat and return your home to safer conditions. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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Water Damage in Your West Hills Hotel

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage in Your West Hills Hotel Guests expect a great smelling room that is free of water damage. Contact SERVPRO if your hotel is facing damage after an incident.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Water Damage in Your Hotel

Running a hotel in West Hills is undoubtedly a lot of work. Not only is there fierce competition between various other overnight accommodations, but you also work to provide the best experience and amenities to your guests. The last thing that your business needs is a water incident that could pose a threat to different areas of your building, let alone a high traffic area frequented by guests.

Even a small-scale incident can cause much unrest among the guests that you have. As you strive to rent each room every night, reputation carries weight through online services and rating sites. This aspect is why taking care of commercial water damages in your West Hills hotel quickly is essential to keeping that reputation high.

Our SERVPRO team can help you to overcome this unfortunate occurrence efficiently and thoroughly, minimizing the impact on the guests in your business and helping to keep your operations running smoothly.

One of the first things that you have to consider in an incident like this is where the problem began. While our SERVPRO professionals can help isolate the literal source, you have to likely section off the affected areas (and any areas that could later become affected) until the restoration gets completed.

This approach might limit some of the amenities or available rooms that you have to offer, but does not stifle the flow of guests, either. Our technicians work quickly to extract any present water, to dry it completely, and to further assess the situation for lingering moisture that could cause greater concerns in the immediate future.

It is likely that your hotel has maintenance and custodial services, but professional restoration is much faster and more efficient overall. A single bad YELP review could throttle your business, so take the necessary steps to get the job done correctly.

If you have a water damage event in your hotel, you should not waste any time to get the problem resolved. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills technicians a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration In Canoga Park

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration In Canoga Park Stormwater Removal for Canoga Park? Just Call SERVPRO

Canoga Park Storm Harm Is Mitigated with Fast Water Removal

Floods are a common occurrence in Canoga Park during the spring and summer months, which can make many homeowners nervous. Luckily, there are skilled and trained professionals nearby that can restore your home in the event of heavy rains or a rainstorm. Excess water in your residence can cause significant damage to the structure, which can make your property unsafe.

Our SERVPRO flood damage team in Canoga Park can handle the job. We are just a phone call away. Contacting us may help reduce damage to your residence and may help save many of your personal belongings such as your clothing, electronics, and widescreen televisions. Our techs may also be able to salvage the majority of your furniture and other items in the home.
 
You can depend on our crew to arrive at your residence promptly and to begin assessing the damage right away. Quickly removing the water from the affected areas is our priority during the restoration phase. The team may use several pieces of industrial equipment to eliminate water from the structure such as extractors, pumps, and vacuums. Extracting all moisture is vital because mold can grow. It is essential to prevent mold growth because it can cause health effects.
 
Once our expert SERVPRO team removes all standing water, the drying process begins. Typically, drying involves the use of air movers, axial fans, and dehumidification equipment. The effectiveness of this top-grade equipment helps speed up the drying stage and helps remove water from the affected areas quickly. The team may also use probes and moisture meters to check for hidden moisture under the flooring and inside the walls and baseboards. Also, our techs may use large drying mats to absorb moisture from the floors and carpet.
 
Floods can be stressful for homeowners to cope with in this region, which is why contacting trusted and experienced professionals can help relieve the tension. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills flood damage restoration can give you peace of mind. We are here to assist you. Call us anytime at (818) 998-1500.

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Cleaning And Drying Your West Hills Home Following Water Damages

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning And Drying Your West Hills Home Following Water Damages Mistakes Lead to Water Damage Needing Cleanup and Restoration in West Hills, Call SERVPRO for Fast Help

Homes and Businesses in West Hills Benefit from Prompt SERVPRO Water Removal Services

Among all of the threats that your West Hills home faces from the outside, people often overlook the ease with which disasters can occur inside of their homes. While a common culprit for damages is often the appliances breaking down over time, another frequent contributor to the problem is user error. Something as simple as putting the plug into a bathroom sink and walking away while it runs, or not completely shutting your dishwasher door before you start a cycle can all lead to issues in your home that require immediate attention from trained professional restorers.
 
Regardless of what has caused the water damage in your West Hills residence, getting the problem solved quickly is something that is critical. Professional restoration is advisable here because inadequate cleaning techniques can leave moisture and dampness behind. These symptoms can further weaken structural components and allow for compounding damage such as microbial growth to occur in as little as 72 hours.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals understand that adequate cleaning and drying of the water damage is crucial, and that begins with understanding where the problem lies. Thermal imagery can determine the full scope of the moisture and dampness through flooring, ceilings, and inside of wall cavities. While larger spaces can usually get dried out thoroughly using only heavy-duty air movers and industrial grade dehumidification equipment, specialty tools can sometimes be a requirement for harder to reach areas.
 
Drying mats get placed by our SERVPRO technicians to penetrate beneath the first layer of flooring to help remove any lingering moisture underneath the surface picked up by thermal imagery. Carpeted areas that get affected by the water loss incident often require weighted extractors to force the water up from the fibers and padding underneath to better dry them out. The completion of the service must include no residual dampness to the underflooring or concrete pad.
 
While this is just a small subsection of the overall restoration process, it can give you an idea of the kind of dedication and service that you can expect from our team of professionals. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills restoration specialists respond quickly and can help you to overcome any sized disaster that affects your home. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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An Overview Of The Major Forms Of Water Damage In West Hills

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage An Overview Of The Major Forms Of Water Damage In West Hills There are several sources of water which can lead to water damage in any home or business structure.

An Overview Of The Major Forms Of Water Damage

There are several sources of water which can lead to water damage in any home or business structure. The water intrusion event can be as a result of structural failures, natural disasters, broken appliances as well as broken water pipes. Though an incident like a burst water pipe may not look drastic at the start, it may cause substantial damage a few hours later if there is no one in your West Hills property to give it the attention it demands.

When our SERVPRO technicians are offering water damage restoration services to residents of West Hills, we look at the quantity of water on the structure and its source. The amount of water helps us to devise an efficient water removal method to ensure we dry your property within the shortest time possible. Dependent on the situation, we can use pumps, portable or truck-mounted water extractors to remove any standing water physically.

The source of the water can make us categorize the damage into three categories - black water, gray water, and clean water damage. Clean water comes from burst pipes, faulty appliances and all appliances which carry treated water. Sources of water that is yet to be used such as rain and snow water from damaged roofs also fall under this category. When carpets and pads come into contact with this type of water, restoring them is possible.

Although gray water contains waste products, it does not have human waste. Water overflowing from a toilet and a washing machine without any solid matter is usually under this category. When carpets and pads get into contact with this type of water, our SERVPRO technicians typically recommend a replacement. Black water carries all sorts of debris and is mainly unsanitary water. Burst sewage backups and flood waters are under this category, and we use extensive personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning this category of water. It is not possible to restore carpets and pads exposed to this type of water.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills has well-trained restoration technicians who work around the clock to address all types of water, fire, mold, and storm damage disaster. Call us at (818) 998-1500 and get industry proven services from our reliable team.

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Fire Damage Experts In Bell Canyon Discuss Problems With HVAC Systems

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts In Bell Canyon Discuss Problems With HVAC Systems SERVPRO Provides the Resources to Purge Home HVAC Systems from Smoke, Soot, and Odors After a Fire in Bell Canyon

Migrating Smoke, Soot, and Odors within Ventilation Systems Typically Need Cleaning and Restoring

Whenever a fire burns inside a Bell Canyon building, heat and smoke can both cause extensive damage. Once a blaze ignites, it burns materials as fuel starting from the source until the flames get extinguished. As the fire spreads, solids turn to gas or combust at different rates. Partially combusted materials disperse throughout the structure in the form of smoke and soot particles.
 
Smoke can penetrate items making them produce pungent odors, whereas soot residues can adhere to surfaces and ruin the finish on an object. During fire damage mitigation in Bell Canyon, cleaning and removing soot is essential to make the home odor-free and to save items from being discarded. Before work begins, our SERVPRO technicians inspect any building materials and contents that may have been affected by smoke. Once all affected areas inside the house are found, we choose the proper cleaning method for the specific type of soot present.
 
One structural component that gets inspected after any burn damage takes place is the building's heating ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC system. If soot particles get inside the ventilation system, then it is possible that residues can travel through the home's vents and affect areas far away from the fire's source. During any restoration project where smoke was present, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the ductwork to see if residues exist. If there are soot residues present inside the ductwork, then the HVAC system may require cleaning.
 
When cleaning HVAC systems, we start by removing and cleaning all vent registers and air intakes. Then, we wipe all accessible surfaces on the inside of the ducting with specialized soot removal chemicals. Next, we vacuum out the inside of the ducting to remove any soot or dust particles. If problems are severe enough, our SERVPRO restoration crew can clean the ducts with an ultra-low volume fogging system.
 
When using a ULV fogger, the idea is to recreate the way that smoke got into the HVAC system in the first place. The machine gets filled with duct sealing and deodorization chemicals that get fogged into the building's vents. If you ever need help with smoke-related issues, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 any time of the day.

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