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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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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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