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Caring for Your Home's Appliances After Fire Damage Happens in Your West Hills Property

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Caring for Your Home's Appliances After Fire Damage Happens in Your West Hills Property SERVPRO uses special cleaning agents to restore your appliances after fire damage.

SERVPRO Restores Your Home and Belongings after Fire Damage

Like other families in West Hills, yours relies on the appliances found throughout your home to make their lives more pleasant. During a fire, these expensive items can become covered in soot and grime. These surfaces, made from highly durable materials, can still become marred and dulled if soot remains on them too long.

West Hills properties that sustain fire damage often exhibit signs of such damage everywhere in the home. Appliances can seem much worse until we clean them. Using special cleaning agents, we clean the soot and other residues from their surfaces. Immediately after, we rinse them to remove any remaining chemicals. The same chemicals that revealed the sheen of your appliances can eventually mar them with pitting and etching if allowed to remain without rinsing or wiping away from the surface.

Before cleaning the surfaces, we unplug every unit to prevent electrical shock. Our IICRC certified technicians also clean the cords, and check for cracks, melted areas, or other situations, making a note of any defects. We partner with qualified electronics and appliance repair technicians who can inspect your appliances before we plug them back into the electrical socket. We need to know for insurance purposes which items remain working and which ones require replacements. We keep written records of these to aid you in your claims-making process.

Appliances can include smaller items, such as food processors, coffee makers, and sewing machines. Computers often require extensive repair work after a fire just because of the heat. We recommend waiting for an electronic repair technician or specialist to examine your computer and other sensitive electronic equipment before attempting to use them. Soot can enter into these items and cause extensive damage. Many times, fires cause the electricity in the home to fail, which can turn off such items, preserving them and protecting them from soot by turning off their fans. Turning them on too soon can cause serious problems.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills wants to help you restore every aspect of your home after a fire to help make everything "Like it never even happened." Calling our local number, (818) 998-1500, starts the process of repairing your home, down to the appliances that helped make your house a home for your family. Fire damage and other disasters can take a heavy toll on a family, but we are here to help out when you need us the most.

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Fighting Mold Damage In Your West Hills House

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Fighting Mold Damage In Your West Hills House Mold Spores in West Hills Can Lead to Mold Damage--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

SERVPRO Possesses the Tools, Equipment, and Skilled Technicians for Mold Remediation

High humidity is a common condition to contend with for your West Hills home at certain times of the year. While this can make your time outside muggy and moist, it also can cause a lot of dampness and moisture in your home as well. Even with a controlled temperature from appliances like your air conditioner, excessive condensation is a typical result of treating highly humid, hot air in the environment.

While this might not initially seem like that big of a deal, dampness and moisture in your house assuredly is something worth your concern. In a short time, dampness in the air combining with warmer temperatures can activate spores in the air and cracks and crevices and form colonies of mold. Given the links between the presence of fungal growth and health effects for those exposed to it, the discovery of mold damage in your West Hills home should be dealt with as expediently as possible.

Our SERVPRO team gets uniquely trained to restore and remediate all varieties of mold and fungus using the latest equipment and strategies proven effective. Each of our specialists gets certified to the high standards of restoration set in place by the IICRC. This fact makes us an excellent choice to handle the current mold damage that you are facing in your home and the most efficient option for bringing your home back to its former condition.

From the moment that our SERVPRO specialists arrive at your home, we set up immediately to block off the area where mold is actively growing and thriving. When it comes time to sand or scrape these places or remove portions of materials for later reconstruction, negative air chambers, and air scrubbers (with HEPA filters) help prevent the spread of active spores to new areas of your home.

Drying the area is a crucial element to combat the current mold growth, and to keep this disaster from reoccurring. This result gets achieved through the use of air movers and large dehumidification equipment. In situations where the source of the moisture is difficult to discern, continuing dehumidification on your own may get advised.

Finding mold in your home is a cause to spring to action. You do not want to let the organism continue to spread and damage the structural integrity of your home or any of its contents. Trust the IICRC certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you set things right again. We can be reached anytime by calling (818) 998-1500.

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It is Important to Resolve Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Restaurant Quickly

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial It is Important to Resolve Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Restaurant Quickly Water damage in any part of your commercial kitchen needs to be dealt with right away before it helps feed mold. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Uses Modern Equipment to Help Detect the Presence of Water in Your Commercial Space

Your restaurant in Canoga Park focuses heavily on the food that you provide to your customers, but also in providing a quality, memorable experience for every patron that comes through your door. When something like a water emergency threatens the entirety of your businesses from the food making to serving your customers, you do not have a second to lose. Professional restoration services can get your doors back open quickly, or in some cases, work around your staff to allow your restaurant to stay functional while restoration efforts are underway.
 
Fighting off commercial water damage in your Canoga Park restaurant might seem like something that you should attempt to do alone. If you can suppress the initial appearance of the water issue, your doors can stay open.

Unfortunately, with water damages, it is often the areas that you cannot see that provide some of the most detrimental lingering effects. Contacting our professional restoration specialists at SERVPRO can help you to get the problem resolved completely, leaving no traces of the damage to develop into something worse over time.
 
From the moment that our experienced technicians arrive at your restaurant, our priority is to understand better the full scope of the damage you face. Through the use of both thorough visual inspections as well as thermal imagery technology, our team can assess the accessible areas and view inside of walls and under flooring to see the farthest reaches of the damage. This process aids our specialists in determining what equipment is necessary to complete the job at hand.
 
While you never want to have to close your doors to the public, as this is the lifeblood of the restaurant that you run, this might be a necessity to more expediently clean up the mess you face. The longer that you put off this need, the more time things like mold growth have a chance to develop. This issue would undoubtedly close your doors for a much longer time.
 
When your restaurant gets impacted by a water emergency of any size, you can always trust in SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you clean up the mess and set things right again. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (818) 998-1500.

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Helpful Flood Damage Technicians In Bell Canyon

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helpful Flood Damage Technicians In Bell Canyon If it pours down enough in a short period, flooding sometimes occurs.

Flood Damage Technicians

During the spring and summer seasons, sometimes excessive rains take place in Bell Canyon. If it pours down enough in a short period, flooding sometimes occurs. If your neighborhood gets flooded out by a severe rainstorm, the first place water seems to flow is inside your house.

Often during a flood, water flows directly into your basement first. SERVPRO's flood damage crew in Bell Canyon has experience in mitigating issues in your basement. Water entering your basement from the outside possibly has a high contamination level and ruins contents and building materials inside your home.

Water issues inside basements are different because the water comes from the ceiling and flows downward. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect damage inside the basement starting with the source which is located somewhere near the ceiling. Depending on how long water flows into the basement, other materials including drywall, carpet, and contents possibly get damaged as well as ceiling materials.

Any standing water gets immediately extracted using our extraction equipment. We then use specialized extensions to vacuum water out of carpet and furniture. After all water possible gets extracted, we test the air and surrounding building materials for moisture content.

Temperature and moisture readings get used to design a plan for drying your home. Air movers get used to accelerate the evaporation rate inside your dwelling. Dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and pump out hot, dry air that gets used by the air movers.

Sometimes, specialized drying equipment gets used to dry certain building materials or contents. Often ceilings and walls get dried out using injection drying equipment. When using injection drying, we drill holes every six to twelve inches in the ceiling and walls that have a high moisture content. Tubes coming from an air pump forces air into wall and ceiling cavities. Airflow inside walls and ceilings help dry out the drywall, studs, and floors joists above the basement ceiling.

Drying equipment usually stays in your basement until moisture levels get returned to preloss conditions. After your neighborhood gets flooded, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for professional assistance anytime.

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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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