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Canoga Park Grapples with The Woolsey Wildfire—SERVPRO Helps

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Canoga Park Grapples with The Woolsey Wildfire—SERVPRO Helps Canoga Park and the Woolsey Wildfire Being Extinguished by Our Brave Firefighters and Pilots

Fast Restoration for Your Fire-Damaged Canoga Park Home

With evacuations throughout the area, many residents sought refuge from the devastating Woolsey Wildfire in Canoga Park Senior High School while firefighters worked day and night to suppress its spread and progression. Homes throughout the area have gotten destroyed, substantially damaged, and otherwise adversely affected by this catastrophe and now seek professional restoration assistance to overcome the damages.

With many homeowners getting their first look at how Woolsey affected their Canoga Park property, many do not fully understand the effectiveness and efficiency available to them from our skilled technicians. Our IICRC-certified fire restoration technicians have the equipment and the expertise to handle everything from reconstruction preparation to premier cleanup and deodorization efforts.

Some homes were regrettably directly in the path of the fire, consuming them entirely. Many other properties experienced a degree of structural damage that must get removed to rebuild and restore the home entirely. Our SERVPRO technicians can help to prepare your property for these reconstruction efforts through our controlled demolition techniques that remove only the unsalvageable materials to make the contracting work as efficient as possible.

Our premier cleaning services can help to overcome soot, debris, soil, and ash throughout the interior of your home. With deep cleaning equipment for carpets, fabrics, and furniture, we can help to preserve these elements. Our high-powered vacuums can help to remove set in debris and soot from surfaces, as well as eliminate contaminants and particulates trapped in your HVAC system.

The SERVPRO professionals that get dispatched to the emergency in your home have the skills and the equipment to overcome smoke and odors as well. Our air scrubbers and thermal foggers can work to both clean the environment throughout the affected areas of your home and neutralize harsh odors that get trapped inside.

Woolsey has affected many properties throughout the past week, and there are damages yet to get calculated. Do not wait to get the help that you need. Trust our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills fire restoration specialists to help you restore your fire-damaged home quickly. Give us a call anytime at (818) 998-1500.

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Storms Can Spell Trouble For Your Canoga Park Home!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Can Spell Trouble For Your Canoga Park Home! When you find flood damage inside of your home, it is essential to call for professional remediation services as soon as you possibly can.

Seasonal Storms And An Old Roof Can Lead To Flood Damage Inside Your Canoga Park Home

It's essential to pay attention to the condition of your roof before heading into the stormy season, and eventually winter, as a weak roof can lead to flood damage inside of your home. However, accidents can happen and life can get busy. The last thing you expected to find when returning home after a long day of work was a living room filled with large puddles of water that leaked into your home from the roof above during the rainy day. Despite how overwhelming this situation can be, it is comforting to know that professional help can be contacted nearby to assist in the situation.

When you find flood damage inside of your Canoga Park home, it is essential to call for professional remediation services as soon as you possibly can. The longer the standing water is inside your home, the more time it has to sink into your floorboards and cause water damage to the structure of your home. Leaving it even longer can eventually lead to complications such as mold damage. The sooner that you get professionals into your home, the more likely it is that the water can be cleaned up with ease and the remediation can be successful.

When SERVPRO is called to your home, we always aim to show up as quickly as we can so our technicians can get to work right away. We pride ourselves on being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Once our crew arrives at the job site, our SERVPRO techs can unload our equipment and begin addressing the standing water in your home right away.

Our technicians can use tools such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the excess water from your living room floors. Afterward, SERVPRO can use moisture meters and thermal imaging technology to look for pockets of moisture and pinpoint where to use our drying technology around your walls. Once we set up our air movers and dehumidifiers, the moisture in the walls can begin to dry. After the moisture levels of your home are returned to their pre-flooded state, our job is finished, and you can enjoy your flood damage free home once more.

Should you ever find flood damage in your home, it is imperative for you to seek out help right away. Make a call to SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by dialing (818) 998-1500. Day or night, we're open to assist you.

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Our Team At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Canoga Park Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Team At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Canoga Park Home Both moisture that is present on the floor and vapor in the air can both cause extensive water damage.

Water Damage Professionals In Canoga Park Talk About Possible Dangers

If a pipe breaks or an appliance ever malfunctions inside your Canoga Park home, moisture will follow gravity and affect every building material it touches on the way down. Both moisture that is present on the floor and vapor in the air can both cause extensive water damage.

Stagnant water can be dangerous and become a breeding ground for harmful bacterias. When moisture penetrates building materials, it can also make them lose their structural integrity. Even though with smaller leaks it is possible to do by yourself, it is still wise to contact SERVPRO to ensure all of the proper steps of restoration get followed.

After a mishap takes place on your property, it is vital to be conscious of possible hazards that could have been created. Before our SERVPRO technicians begin mitigating any water damage situation in Canoga Park, we take several steps to ensure that the work area is safe. If the problem is minor, our technicians can often fix the issue themselves. If the problem is more severe, like advanced electrical issues, then we can call in a licensed subcontractor to repair the problem. In these cases, our team blocks off the hazardous area of your house until the problem can get mitigated.

When moisture gets onto the floor, it can create slip hazardous that are labeled and then dealt with during the extraction process. If materials like drywall or ceiling tiles get wet, they can create fall hazards. To avoid problems with things falling our SERVPRO technicians remove in possible building materials that seem like they are weak enough to fall.

Stagnant or standing water itself can be dangerous; therefore extraction is usually the first step we take during the mitigation process. Even if the source of the issue is a clean water source, parasites and bacteria can still form in the affected areas if not treated quickly. Moisture can also attract insects and small rodents if not removed promptly. If you ever notice standing water after a leak, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 24/7.

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Fast Action Is Required When Mold Is Located In Your Canoga Park Property

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fast Action Is Required When Mold Is Located In Your Canoga Park Property Spores are microscopic and can easily penetrate even the tiniest cracks and openings in your walls and floors.

What Can Happen Without Early Action For Mold Damage In Canoga Park

We urge everyone in Canoga Park with mold damage in their home to call SERVPRO sooner rather than later. Otherwise, mold can grow and spread around the house and become an even greater problem. In some cases, homeowners may see visible growth die and fade and think that their worries are over, only to later discover a much more serious colony growing elsewhere. Getting us on the scene ensures that any hidden patches of growth can be found and that none of these severe complications result.

Mold In HVAC Systems
One of the most common places our experts find mold damage in Canoga Park homes is the HVAC system. Because all the air in the house circulates through a few enclosed, dark spaces, airborne mold spores can accumulate on filters, corners, and debris in the system. The only way you are likely to find out about growth here is through your nose, as the odors from any infestations in the HVAC system are likely to spread around the house quickly. Our technicians are experts at finding and removing mold colonies here and are fully HVAC certified.

Behind Walls And Below Floors
Spores are microscopic and can easily penetrate even the tiniest cracks and openings in your walls and floors. Once below the surface, they may find a dark, warm, and food-rich environment to grow. In many cases, these infestations grow to an incredible size before any visible mold appears in the home. As part of our standard inspections, we use moisture detection technology to identify potential colonies hidden behind the surfaces of your home.

Quarantines
In some cases, the mold damage may be so extensive as to require a quarantine. Usually, only a room or section of the house gets cut off, but that depends on how severe the infestation is. Quarantines are done to contain the damage and prevent it from spreading any further, but are also a safety precaution, as mold damage may cause health effects to those without protective gear. Calling SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage is the best way to avoid quarantines entirely.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready on a 24/7 basis to help your home deal with mold damage crises large and small. Just call us at (818) 998-1500.

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Get Rid Of Your Fire Damage Problems In West Hills Once And For All

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get Rid Of Your Fire Damage Problems In West Hills Once And For All At SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, our goal is to remediate the effects of a fire no matter the level of damage.

Remediating Fire Damage In West Hills

There is never just one type of debris or residue left after a West Hills home fire. That is because the fire burns at different speeds, destroying dozens or even hundreds of types of materials. Both of these factors generate many types of residues that make cleaning and restoring property more difficult.

These two factors and more determine the level of fire damage to West Hills homes. For SERVPRO technicians, the damage level also helps us determine which methods and tools we use to reduce and eliminate the effects, returning each home to its original condition before the fire took place.

The lowest level of damage is, obviously, minor. Here, most of the damage remains close to the source of the fire and does not spread through the entire home. The residues it leaves behind are considered light-to-moderate and easily cleaned from furniture, walls, and ceilings using sponges and mild cleaners for the most part. The residues also generate fairly mild odors, and technicians remove them with the residues. Some minor repainting may be required, and items like books may need replacing.

Medium damage requires SERVPRO technicians to use stronger cleaners and dispose of more property. Residues from smoke and soot are thicker, spread farther into the home, and require more effort to remove. They also generate stronger odors. Items like marble countertops may require a stiff brush to break up the residues so technicians can clean them from the grout and other surfaces. At this level, there is enough damage from heat and flames to force removing building material like drywall panels and ceiling tiles.

Heat and flames make up a much larger part of major damage, however. The fire burns through the panels and tiles to reach the framing behind them. The heat becomes so intense that curtains can burn completely and windows shatter. If the fire reaches nigh enough, it can damage the roof and even compromise the support structure holding it up. Damage this severe often requires our restoration teams to board up broken windows and even doors to prevent secondary damage, trespassing, and vandalism.

Restoring your home after a fire is difficult and can be expensive. At SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, our goal is to remediate the effects of a fire no matter the level of damage. If you are dealing with the results of this summer’s fires, contact us at (818) 998-1500 to schedule an appointment and start returning your home to its original condition.

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How Our Professionals Mitigate Commercial Water Damage And Foul Odors In Your Canoga Park Hotel

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Our Professionals Mitigate Commercial Water Damage And Foul Odors In Your Canoga Park Hotel One cause of bad odors hotels in Canoga Park might experience come from commercial water damage.

Your Hotel's Odor Control Needs After Mitigation Of Commercial Water Damage In Canoga Park

Many sources of unwanted odors can occur in a busy hotel in Canoga Park. Guests' activities from smoking to accidents can cause bad odors to linger long after check-out time, and regular cleaning by your staff might not eliminate them entirely.

One cause of bad odors hotels in Canoga Park might experience come from commercial water damage. Even after mitigation of such damage finishes and workers leave, bad odors can still permeate the air. SERVPRO can help you get things back to normal in such situations. When we provide water damage mitigation services, we also include odor control.

Because we only remove materials that sustained damage, other materials that require cleaning and nothing else remain intact and in place. Sometimes the microscopic changes that take place and the by-products involved in the changes materials suffer when becoming damaged by water create unpleasant odors. These odors can seem permanent, but our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can rid your hotel of the problem.

We use hydroxyl and ozone-producing machines. However, we cannot safely use ozone in occupied areas, so we rely on hydroxyl gas instead. This gas is so potent, and it can remove the worst odors. Many factories use hydroxyl where odor control is essential to workers' comfort and safety.

When we perform water damage mitigation, we use air scrubbers, as these greatly diminish the amount of dust and debris in the air. These can eliminate many odors, but even with the best units, odors can still linger. When carpeting becomes saturated with water, odors can develop long before physical damage occurs. Such carpeting often remains in place without the need to remove and replace it. However, we can solve the odors stemming from the offending areas with injections of odor-eliminating gels. These can also provide a means to scent the area with something more pleasant.

Regardless of how badly your water damage issues were in the past, solving the odors left behind can make your hotel feel bright and fresh, “Like it never even happened.” Call us, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, at (818) 998-1500, to get things going in the right direction again.

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The Complete Guide To Flood Damage In Canoga Park For 2018

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Complete Guide To Flood Damage In Canoga Park For 2018 It is hard to anticipate the damages likely to occur if your Canoga Park home floods because each flooding case is unique.

Essential Tips To Help You Deal With The Effects Of Flood Damage In Canoga Park

It is hard to anticipate the damages likely to occur if your Canoga Park home floods because each flooding case is unique. Factors like the level of water, how long the standing water remains in the property, and the kind of contaminants present in the water affect the level of damage you have to address. Understanding the impact of flooding incidents before they happen can help you take the right mitigation steps.

One thing that amplifies the effects of flood damage in Canoga Park is the presence of contaminants in the water. Floodwaters usually disrupt waste disposal systems, carrying some of the toxic wastes with them wherever they flow. These toxins are deposited in any porous materials so even if you were to dry them, the contaminants remain, therefore, posing other risks to you. Apart from affecting the contents of your house, floodwaters also deposit mud or silt which also have these contaminants and therefore require the right removal procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you remove the carpet, pad and even upholstered furniture in the affected areas easily. We also handle any waste deposited in the house safely.

It is not easy to associate fire risk with flooding, but failure to take proper precautions could lead to situations where you have to deal with both water and fire damages. When electrical appliances are exposed to water, short circuits can happen which lead to fires if the appliance is turned on. Our SERVPRO team has the necessary tools including vacuum cleaners, so you do not have to use yours before the restoration is completed.

Some cases of flooding might cause structural damages to the property. Common problems include severe wood rot, distortions such as warping of floorboards and termite damage because wet wood is very enticing to the termites. Most of these damages occur if the water remains in your property for extended periods. Our SERVPRO team helps by removing the water fast. We also do a thorough inspection once restoration is done to ensure none of these structural problems remain hidden.

Since it is not possible to avoid floods, you should call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help restore your property. You can reach us at (818) 998-1500 any time of the day.

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

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Water Damage Remediation in Your Kitchen

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

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

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Remediation

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

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

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

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

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

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Removing the Effects of Fire Damage in Winnetka Neighborhoods

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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