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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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Mitigating Commercial Fire Damage in a West Hills Movie Theater

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mitigating Commercial Fire Damage in a West Hills Movie Theater West Hills Commercial Properties Like Movie Theaters Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Strives to Cleanup and Restore Commercial Buildings After Fire & Smoke Damaging Events

Many people love watching movies at home, but a trip out to see the latest release with the family or friends rates very high on many people's list of fun things to do around West Hills. Fire regulations forbid smoking, but offenders still do break the rules. When this happens, avoiding getting caught often trumps putting a cigarette out safely.

If a West Hills theater suffers commercial fire damage because of a smoker, the costs to repair everything "Like it never even happened" can become a major setback. At SERVPRO, we work with your insurance company to help make sure that all damaged areas receive the attention necessary while keeping costs as low as possible for you, the customer.
 
Fire damage can easily affect any area of your business, including food products, carpeting, seating, walls, doors and entryways, and anything else. Water from firefighters can also cause problems, and we are ready to help you deal with this effectively. Smoke odors caused by soot can continue to pose severe problems for patrons far into the future if not treated properly.
 
Certified by the IICRC, SERVPRO technicians easily and quickly remove damaged sections of materials in small pieces so they can fit into double bags, making for easier removal. We bring in replacement materials after we finish all of the other work. This prevents moisture from extinguishing the fire from affecting it and also keeps it safely out of the way while we work.
 
Both moisture in the air and odor-causing particles can easily stay there unless removed. This is why we use our air scrubbing machinery. Even with wiping every surface down to remove soot, the odor can still bother people. High levels of humidity not only make these odors ore noticeable, but they also make it easier for mold and mildew to begin growing. These microbes can grow almost anywhere, including under seats and also between them, and anywhere else inside your theater. There is also the concern of patrons tracking mold spores home with them.
 
When odor remains, we can use ozone treatments, or thermal fogging. Both can rigorously decrease the amount of odor experienced, with thermal fogging being the more effective of the two choices in most situations. Thermal fogging techniques mimic the pathways that the smoke followed much more than ozone methods do, making it more reliable. Hydroxyl generators can also be very effective devices to neutralize malordous particlulates. Indoor air quality of a high level is a crucial aspect of the overall treatment.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills' employees love watching movies, much like everyone else, and wants to help ensure that your movie theater or other workplace remains a safe place for families to enjoy some time together. Call us at (818) 998-1500 for help.

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SERVPRO Provides Safe and Low-Profile Water Removal for Schools in Canoga Park

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Provides Safe and Low-Profile Water Removal for Schools in Canoga Park Rely on SERVPRO to assist with water damages found in schools

How SERVPRO can help remove water damage from schools

To avoid interruptions to administrative and classroom functions, water removal from schools in Canoga Park must be done quickly and with minimal impact on day-to-day operations. Furthermore, a delay in treatment can create safety hazards such as mold growth that may force students out of entire sections of the campus to temporarily crowd into other buildings or possibly even a different school. Through decades of servicing communities nationwide, SERVPRO has cultivated an understanding of how vital fast and low-profile water removal is in public places and has developed a versatile, ironclad plan to handle any situation.

Keeping Classrooms Safe
Both legal and social expectations for schools in Canoga Park require water removal to be prompt and effective. Providing a safe and problem-free environment for children to learn should be a top priority, and rather than allowing facilities to remain unfixed and unused, most parents and community members expect the school to do whatever it can to reopen classrooms and amenities quickly. SERVPRO keeps costs down and work times short while still making sure to remove any and all water from the area, preventing long-term issues and mold damage from arising after we depart.

Operating With a Minimal Profile
Our technicians take care to avoid creating significant obstacles and impediments to students during their work, remaining in as small of an area as possible and avoiding practices that disrupt classroom learning when they can. Our focus is on mitigating as much hassle and trouble for your staff and students as possible, even if it means taking on extra work for our personnel.

Working Within Regulations
Different regulations may exist for education centers in different communities, districts, and even grades within a single campus. Our well-trained and experienced staff have proven themselves to be adept at handling even the most difficult and confusing regulatory constraints possible, eliminating hassle and headache should one of them be violated.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills provides fast and professional damage restoration services to private and public properties in the area. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to learn more about how we can help.

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The Right Restoration Team For Your Canoga Park Flood Damage

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Right Restoration Team For Your Canoga Park Flood Damage SERVPRO is always ready to help you overcome the widespread damage that flooding can often present.

The Right Restoration Team For Your Flood Damage

Homeowners in Canoga Park seemingly always have a natural disaster to keep in the back of their mind that could threaten the structural integrity or stability of their homes. As stressful as this might seem, many homes get prepared structurally for these occurrences as much as possible, though some (like flooding) can only show you the vulnerable areas of your house once the damage has found its way inside already.

While many homeowners are not ready for the flood damage that could threaten their Canoga Park homes, having the right team of professional restorers can help you to overcome any disaster that your home could potentially face. SERVPRO is always ready to help you overcome the widespread damage that flooding can often present.

From the moment that our crew arrives at your home, we begin with an initial assessment both of the damage that we need to restore and secondly the source of the present water through the affected areas. Determining the vulnerable areas and penetration points in your home's exterior can allow our experienced technicians an opportunity to seal up these areas if the compromised area does not require demolition and reconstruction to repair.

Extraction plays a critical role in allowing our team the access to dry up the damage and determine if materials and surfaces require removal and replacement to complete the restoration project. Drying typically uses air movers and dehumidification equipment to achieve. Flooding can often cause deep penetration of water damage to flooring and in between walls. Where this damage gets discovered, our SERVPRO professionals can use large drying mats and the injectidry system respectively to handle these specific issues.

Finding yourself at the mercy of floodwaters is a stressful circumstance. Fortunately with the right experienced professionals at your side, like the kind of technicians at SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, you do not have to face this challenge alone. Give our experienced restoration specialists a call anytime that you might need us at (818) 998-1500.

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Musty and Foul Odors Are Often a Hint of Mold Damage in Your Winnetka Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Musty and Foul Odors Are Often a Hint of Mold Damage in Your Winnetka Home A musty odor can often be the first sign of mold damage in your home, if you think you are dealing with mold damage call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Can Quickly and Thoroughly Remediate Mold Damage Found in Your Home

Mold damage can become a real issue when it goes unchecked for extended periods of time. However, mold growth is not always visible at first. For example, a roof that is on its last leg may leak rainwater into your attic. Over time, this water can lead to mold growth, as mold spores thrive in a moist environment. If you do not enter your attic regularly, it is easy to be ignorant of the problem. In these situations, it is not too late to call for professional help.

A musty odor can often be one of the first significant signs of mold damage in your Winnetka home. Mold spores are omnipresent; there is no way to truly rid your home of them. However, they are harmless until they come in contact with moisture. As a mold colony feeds on moisture, it grows and has the potential to cause rot to the structure of your home and health effects.

One of the first things SERVPRO can do when our employees arrive at your home is put up a barrier to keep the mold spores from spreading when we start the remediation process. Mold can be tackled by our SERVPRO techs through cleaning, antifungal agents, and disinfectants.

SERVPRO can handle the odor of mold through the use of advanced industrial tools. Our techs can use air scrubbers to get the odor out of the air that first alerted you to the mold in your home. Air scrubbers utilize HEPA filters to trap and contain spores, effectively neutralizing the particles that caused the foul smells in the first place. Another tool our team can use in these situations is a thermal fogger, which can dissipate the spores and eliminate the malodourous particles.

If you smell mold in your home, do not wait. Reach out to SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. Whatever the time, we can send our technicians to your home as soon as possible.

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Why Professional Restoration Is Beneficial For Your West Hills Water Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Professional Restoration Is Beneficial For Your West Hills Water Damage Even with the diligence that you show to most of the fixtures and appliances of your West Hills home, circumstances could still lead to water damages.

The Benefits Of Professional Restoration

As a West Hills homeowner, you are likely continually trying to remain vigilant to ward off any unfortunate circumstances that could befall your home and ultimately cost you money or require time-consuming repairs or restoration. While there are many ways that your preventative and precautionary efforts are a benefit, there are some events (like water emergencies) that cannot get avoided entirely.

Even with the diligence that you show to most of the fixtures and appliances of your West Hills home, circumstances could still lead to water damages. While the most common of these might be defective appliances and plumbing concerns, the list is quite extensive overall. Regardless of the reason that your home experiences the water damage, there are several reasons why professional restoration is the wise choice for cleaning up the mess.

One of the reasons that you should consider the kind of restoration that our SERVPRO professionals can provide for this unfortunate occurrence is our commitment to your home. From the moment that our team arrives, we set out to get the full scope of the damage that you face from the present water damage, even utilizing specialized equipment like thermal imagery to determine the farthest reaches of the water.

Another consideration that you should be thinking of when it comes to opting to clean up your water damage situation yourself is the risk involved with doing an inadequate job. With moisture allowed underneath floors and inside of walls that did not get dried as it should have, your home is now meeting all of the necessary conditions for mold and fungal growth. This disaster is a separate variety of damage that can prove difficult and costly to remove.

While these are only a couple of the reasons why you should consider SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you clean up your water damages, they are serious considerations that you need to make. For the sake of the home that you work hard to maintain, trust in our certified restoration specialists to help you through every step of restoring your home. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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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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