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Assessment and Planning Before Mold Remediation in Canoga Park

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Flood Damage Remediation

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

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

Steps to Follow When Facing Flooding

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fire Damage Classes Explained

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Can Remediate any Class of Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

How Water Damage Can Reach the Ceiling

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Can Remediate Water Damage in Every Part of Your Home

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

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

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Is Standing By, Ready To Remediate Your Storm Damage

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

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

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

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

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

First-Class Cleanup for Water Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

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

Call Us at SERVPRO for Expert Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

West Hills Water Damage--from a Leaking Foundation

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage West Hills Water Damage--from a Leaking Foundation A Well Constructed Foundation May Prevent Water Damage in West Hills

Foundation Problems Can Lead to Serious West Hills Water Damage

Foundations take an especially hard beating by water, as they are partially or entirely buried in damp soil all the time. They are the areas of your home which are in continual contact with water, and unfortunately, can be a cause of water damage in West Hills. If rain water is not properly diverted and controlled, it can inflict a large amount of damage to the foundation of your home, even possibly compromising the structural integrity of the foundation.

The purpose of a slab foundation is to give weight-bearing support to a building. It is made of concrete and fits over footings which are also made of concrete. The footings usually anchor to the slab with reinforced steel bars or rebar. Under the foundation, soil should be leveled and able to create a moisture barrier between the home and the ground. Some of the problems with slab foundations come from them being constructed improperly, water and sewage leaks underneath the slab or the movement of soil under the slab.

There are three main ways that water affects a foundation:
Hydrostatic Pressure 
This can cause more than just a leak in your basement. When water over-saturates the soil around the foundation, the result is hydrostatic pressure, which can push the walls inward, making them bow and crack. This can happen suddenly, over time, or during a period of torrential rains.
Expanding Soils
Clay-rich soils in some areas will expand when they are drenched with water, which puts an enormous amount of pressure on the foundation walls. This will make them crack, shift or bow.
Erosion
Underground springs and rainwater can wash the soil which supports the foundation slowly, creating foundation settlement. Early signs of settlement are not always obvious, and can be easily dismissed until they’ve become serious enough for the intervention of a professional. Signs of this type of water damage include unlevel or uneven floors, sinking, windows and doors which don’t close properly, tilting chimneys and cracks in drywall.

Excess Moisture
When water is not properly drained away from the house, it can contribute to water and West Hills water damage under your slab. Downspouts that are disconnected or the lack of gutters let excess water dump onto the soil near the foundation in heavy rainstorms. The soil will become over-saturated without the proper drainage. Landscaped beds and poor areas around the foundation don’t flow away from your home and add to drainage issues as well.
Any leaks under a slab foundation can present problems with West Hills water damage because of the excess moisture that can seep into your home. It could also cause lifting of the affected area, which pushes the soil up and affects the stability of the slab. Foundation problems with your home, once they’ve started, many times lead to more problems. They can be related directly to sheetrock cracks, floors that are uneven, mold in the basement, and can decrease the value of your property. Leaking water under a slab foundation will need the immediate attention of a professional service.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills if you suspect you have a water leak under your foundation. Just call (818) 998-1500 so that they can come and evaluate your situation.

Canoga Park Water Damage--Call An Expert for Advice and Help

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Canoga Park Water Damage--Call An Expert for Advice and Help Water Drops Can Be a Problem for a Canoga Park Property--Call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO'S Expertise Can Salvage Your Water Damaged Canoga Park Home

No matter what caused it, you have Water Damage in your Canoga Park structure. That means many things, but for you, it means this is the time to call a company that specializes in residential water damage restoration. There are some tasks you can do, but some of the most critical matters need the attention of a trained, experienced crew that does this every day.

Tasks that must completed quickly can be listed along with the skill sets needed and you can determine what you can do and what needs the professional attention to detail available with a phone call to SERVPRO.

1. Since water can move everywhere, within your home, the technician has to inspect everywhere. This includes all crawlspaces, attics, closets, storage areas and behind, under and above suspicious areas. Special equipment, designed to locate water and moisture have to be utilized to find this liquid in between walls. Some devices are moisture meters, hygrometers for relative humidity, and infrared imaging cameras. This inspection must locate any damage done by water and molds and to find hidden moisture pockets.
 
2. Submersible pumps may have to be used for the standing water in places such as the basement or crawlspaces. After that, powerful wet vacuums must be used to remove any more water from the carpets, throw rugs and inside the walls where this water has accessed. Mops and buckets are always at the ready.

3. Industry grade air movers are placed to get air circulating and increase the rate of evaporation to enhance the drying process. Dehumidifiersare necessary to help the following actions by drying the air and contributing to elimination moisture.

4. Did you check with your insurance agent to see if you are covered by this water damaging event? Don't assume you are.

5. The building materials that may have to be discarded, such as porous drywall and ceiling tile, must be wrapped and disposed of in designated places around the city that accept this type of contaminated materials. SERVPRO can provide a report--the CCIS--that inventories salvageable and non-salvageable items and materials.

6. The cleaning, after removal of the water and any evidence of mold growth, must be complete and thorough to help prevent re-contamination and getting your house back to a clean and sanitary condition.

7. Restoration means to make the house look like it did before all of this damage occurred. This might mean replacing drywall and finishing it professionally. It can also mean doing some painting on walls, ceilings, baseboards or woodwork. Whatever it takes to restore your water damaged home to its pre-loss condition, SERVPRO has the training, expertise, and equipment to accomplish the work to your satisfaction.

If you encounter water damage in your Canoga Park home and you do not feel you are up to the job, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for an inspection and a rapid resolution of your problems.

Winnetka Mold Damage Calls for Professional Help

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Winnetka Mold Damage Calls for Professional Help Mold Containment Is a Vital Step in Remediation

SERVPRO Remediates the Mold Damage to Your Winnetka Property

Winnetka mold damage is a serious issue. These fungi and mold spores can affect the quality of the air in your home. Mold produce mycotoxins and mold spores that cause health effects. Here are the top 10 steps to eradicate damage caused by mold.

1. Consider hiring a certified mold remediation company to rid your home of mold successfully. More than a 10 square foot patch indicates a heavy infestation.

2. Find all sources that could be extending your problem. For example, check for flooding, leaks in voids or under cabinets, or areas where puddles of water can be absorbed into carpeting or porous drywall.

3. Using a store bought test kit gives inconsistent results. Hiring a professional company like SERVPRO ensures that mold infestation points will be discovered, if present. If you visually see mold colonies or smell that strong, musty odor, there is no need for mold testing. Inspections should be for the discovery of colonies, sources of the water leaks that allow for mold blooming, and an action plan for mold remediation.

4. Monitor yourself and others for any health symptoms. If there is a strong odor of mold or large visible growth, consider temporarily staying in a safer place until the remediation is completed.

5. If you vacate your home or business, do not take any personal belongings with you until items have been decontaminated. SERVPRO technicians will set up containment barriers to isolate infested areas thereby reducing the likelihood of cross-contamination and spreading of mold spores to new areas of the structure.

6. Our IICTC-certified technicians wear protective biohazard suits, booties, gloves, and a mask complete with a HEPA filtration system.

7. We do not use bleach to kill mold. Specially formulated cleaning products help to attack and destroy the existing mold colonies while sanitizing the surfaces.

8. Technicians remove all materials to be salvaged and safely discard all mold damaged building materials by wrapping to prevent further contamination. We can pack and ship items to our facilities for cleaning and disinfecting in severe cases.

9. Air scrubbers help to remove airborne mold spores. Chemical and thermal foggers reach accessible and hidden pockets to destroy, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize the structure.

10. A final inspection and walk-through verify the successful remediation of the mold infestation in your home.

SERVPRO technicians possess the industry leading equipment, expertise, and experience to once again return your home to a clean and healthy state. Winnetka mold damage is a serious issue that calls for a professional service so that when you and your family return home it will be "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills specializes in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation in Winnetka, Canoga Park and Bell Canyon. Call us 24/7 to help. (818) 998-1500

How to Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage in West Hills

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage in West Hills Change the AIr Filter to Maintain Your HVAC Unit from Poor Air or Water Damage

Call SERVPRO for West Hills Water Damage Repair Services

Air conditioners are designed to provide homeowners with comfort and humidity control during the hot summer months. However, what many homeowners do not realize is that some air conditioning systems can lead to water damage in their home. Typically, the damage is noticed too late for homeowners to be able to prevent it, and they need to contact West Hills water damage remediation experts to fix their home up again. Fortunately, you can learn to identify the signs of air conditioner water damage and prevent it from marring your home.

A good way to avoid West Hills residential water damage from an air conditioner is to change the system's air filter at least once or twice a month. During the replacement, you can also check your moisture levels and determine whether or not there is too much water in the area. With clean air filters, homeowners also help prevent their HVAC systems from working too hard, which usually leads directly to an increase in water waste from the unit and higher electric bills.

In addition to making sure that the system remains clean, it is important to have an expert service the unit at least once a year. Specialists can find water damage that you may overlook, and they have the tools necessary to deal with minor problems before they become large concerns. They can inspect the interior of the unit to make sure that there is no built-up dirt, algae, or other signs of damage, and a yearly inspection is often all that's necessary to keep the system functioning as needed.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills can help you manage just about all types of damage, whether you need to have your West Hills water damage handled or your property inspected for mold damage. Our specialists are always standing by, and they can help make sure that your current water damage is taken care of as quickly as possible. No matter what type of damage your home is experiencing, call us at (818) 998-1500 to discover your options today.