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It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Water Damage in Canoga Park Can Be Mitigated

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Reducing the Effects of Unwanted Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can come from broken plumbing, storms, or flood waters. Regardless of the source, indoor flooding in Canoga Park can mean prohibitive replacement costs unless you bring in a professional restoration company promptly. 
Water damage is a common occurrence for many Canoga Park homes. SERVPRO has many years of hands on experience in dealing with homes underwater, condos with a bad roof, and apartments with carpets that make a squishing sound when you walk on them. To address every contingency, we keep a response team on 24-hour call and ready to support our communities. 
Our technicians are trained to quickly determine what services are needed and begin work within minutes after arriving at a home. Our first task is to stop further water intrusion. We can turn off water mains in a few moments and have most homes receiving restoration services immediately.

Next, we remove all excess water. For standing water over an inch, we deploy truck mounted water pumps to draw it all out. If the water is under an inch in height, we use water extraction wands. In case the power is out, we can bring in commercial grade generators and even a generator truck for the larger homes and amounts of water. 
Once the standing water is gone, our next task is to dry out floors, carpets, and possibly even the walls. We use air movers to force warm, dry air across floors and walls, drawing out moisture. This drier air replaces the colder, damp air we pull out of the house or apartment with box fans. 
To bolster these actions, crew members also station large dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the surrounding air. Depending on the humidity levels, these devices can draw over 20 gallons of moisture from the air each day. It provides drier air for the air movers which allows them to function more efficiently. There is a definite synergistic effect working in tandem. Our IICRC certified applied structural drying technicians maximize drying time while minimizing harm to the structure and its contents.
We also offer preventive services since the best way to deal with wet carpets, and crumbling drywall is to stop the water from getting into the house. Our inspectors also take note of easy fixes like poorly maintained gutters and drain pipes that are damaged and draining onto the foundation, rather than away from the structure. Ask about our ERP Plan to help prevent and reduce fire and water damage to homes and businesses.
If it is not possible to stop water from getting onto a property, we offer the option of digging around a home’s foundation and coating the outside with a specially designed, rubber sealant that blocks water from working its way through the bricks and concrete. This coating is particularly useful in homes with a basement or a large crawlspace. 
Rain is often far out in the forecast, but plumbing leaks are not. If you need to deal with a current problem or want to try and stop water intrusion in the future, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills today at (818) 998-1500. We are here to help.

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Smoke, Ashe, and Soot Problems after a Fire in Your West Hills Home? Easy Choice--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke, Ashe, and Soot Problems after a Fire in Your West Hills Home?  Easy Choice--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration West Hills House Fire? There is No Match for SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration

Fire Damage Technicians From West Hills Explain Soot Removal Techniques

Burning candles is an activity that could cause a fire to take place inside your West Hills home. When candles get hot, they can burn flammable items next to them and cause fire damage to take place. If candles get knocked down onto the floor, then they could ignite your carpet. If an unfortunate occurance ever does happen to cause a burning inside your house, it is wise to call a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
When items burn inside a house, the smoke coming from the burnt materials can cause different issues other than those caused by the heat and flames. During most fire damage projects in West Hills, our SERVPRO technicians deal with the removal of soot and soils created by smoke as much as, if not more than problems related to burnt items. When smoke travels through a building, it solidifies when coming into contact with cooler surfaces like your ceilings and walls. The result is then, the presence of soils and soot residues. Since fires all burn different materials, various types of soot can exist.
During any restoration project, our SERVPRO estimators arrive at your residence with a test kit. The testing kit helps us determine which items got negatively affected by smoke and what methods will work best to clean them. During the initial estimate, we utilize different chemicals to figure out which items we can save and clean and which items will need to be removed and replaced.
Since soot affects materials differently, we utilize several different methods to clean off the soils and ashes. For example, when cleaning more porous materials like softwoods, dry sponges get used to clean off soot. Dry cleaning methods work best for porous materials because water could make the damage worse by soaking the soot deeper into the materials. Harder, non-porous materials such as tile can be wiped and cleaned with powerful water-based detergents.
If you ever notice the presence of soot residues after contents or structural elements inside your house burn, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Have the Upstairs Neighbors Caused Water Damage in Your Canoga Park Apartment?

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Have the Upstairs Neighbors Caused Water Damage in Your Canoga Park Apartment? Water damage from upstairs apartments is common.

What to Do When You Find Water Damage Caused by the Apartment Upstairs

Living in an apartment unit can be an attractive way to live in a city; however, not every owner is equally responsible, and it is never a good thing when this leads to water damage developing inside of your home. Living in a building with hundreds of other tenants makes your home susceptible to damages that may come from any of the apartments around you. Despite this fact, it is comforting to know that professional help is always close enough to rush to help you if an accident does happen.  

You first found the water damage inside your Canoga Park bedroom when you were cleaning out your closet. The damage was against the back wall where water from a leak the next floor up had spread. Upon finding the damage, it is necessary to call for help as soon as possible. When excess moisture comes into contact with other devices, it can cause future problems to develop, such as mold damage. In fact, with enough moisture to feed the mold spores, it only takes three days for microbial growth to begin forming. Getting help to your home and getting it there fast can help ensure that the remediation inside of your home goes smoothly.  

SERVPRO is known for our IICRC-certified technicians, our advanced equipment, and how we always prioritize arriving at your home as soon as we possibly can. We pride ourselves on our friendly customer service and our positive relationship with our community. A remediation job is more than just a job to SERVPRO. It is a chance to grow rich bonds with our community members, and to leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."  

When we arrive at your house, SERVPRO can begin to set up different devices in your bedroom to remove the excess moisture from inside of your closet. We can use dehumidifiers and air movers together to create an ideal environment for evaporation. SERVPRO can also drill very small holes in your wall so that we may funnel air blasters through to space in between, where the moisture has been building. Once the moisture levels become normal, we complete our job, and you can enjoy your home in its pre-damaged state once again.  

If water damage strikes your apartment, never wait. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by calling (818) 998-1500. Day or night, we're here to fight the damage.

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You Need The Experts At SERVPRO When Your Canoga Park Home Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster!

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You Need The Experts At SERVPRO When Your Canoga Park Home Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster! Give us a call as soon as possible so we can come to your home and restore it back to how it was before the storm.

Flood Damage Restoration For Your Canoga Park Home

Whether it is heavy rainstorms or a flash flood, when massive amounts of water hit your property in Canoga Park all at once, the resulting problem can be quite severe. It's not possible to be prepared for every situation which can cause havoc to your home, but it is always good to have a plan for what to do if it happens to you. Everyone can be at risk for flooding, but if you live in a flood zone, you should be prepared.

The two most crucial things you can do to prepare for a flood and flood damage to your Canoga Park home is to have enough flood insurance and know whom to call after a flood. SERVPRO’s staff is IICRC trained and certified, and we are always available to help you, so do not hesitate to contact us as soon as the storms are over.

Once we have arrived and assessed the damage to your home, our first goal is to extract as much standing water as possible. In a flooding situation where the water is more than two inches deep, a submersible pump with enough volume capacity and lift capability is used. We do not use the pup if the water is contaminated with solid materials, however. The water is pumped directly into a treated sewer, such as a toilet. We do not dispose of cleaning wastes through the toilet if there is a septic system.

Extractors can be used in cleaning upholstery and carpet and removing water from floors. These devices usually have three main components – a pump, heater, and vacuum system. Extractors can be portable or truck mounted. It is easier for us to use the portable extractor to take into your structure and get into restricted areas. The truck-mounted extractors have the same components but are more powerful and have their own power sources. They are designed to be efficient for restorative cleaning and water removal.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is the wise choice when you need help drying your home in Bell Canyon, Winnetka, or West Hills after flooding. Give us a call at (818) 998-1500 as soon as possible so we can come to your home and restore it back to how it was before the storm.

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Why It Is Crucial To Have Your HVAC System Cleaned After A Fire In Your Canoga Park House

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why It Is Crucial To Have Your HVAC System Cleaned After A Fire In Your Canoga Park House Give our experts a call today!

Cleaning Your HVAC System After A Canoga Park House Fire

Effects from a disaster can spread quickly throughout your Canoga Park home using pathways designed for conditioned air. Your HVAC system is running almost every day throughout the year, keeping a set regulated temperature for your house, and as such, when disaster strikes these systems often become affected as well. With a situation like a fire, smoke and soot can often get brought into the HVAC system and spread through the ductwork to reach every room in the house, and coat the ducts themselves with a thick residue.

While there are many obstacles to overcome fire damage in your Canoga Park home, you need to fixate on getting the right professional assistance right away to ensure the right experience and expertise is at the helm of restoring your home as efficiently as possible. While structural concerns and other pressing effects might take precedent over cleanup in specific areas like the air ducts, our SERVPRO team has the tools and equipment to restore these areas and other damages that the fire has allowed.

Our professionals can arrive quickly after the firefighters have left your home to begin our assessment of the damage and mitigation practices to prevent further loss. When fire debris cleanup begins, often the HVAC system can get included in this overall effort. We have specialized tools like powered bristle brushes and strong vacuums to place over vents to pull soot, debris, sediment, dust, and potentially other contaminants from this network of ducts.

It is important to care for this system early because it can continue to be a pathway for soot and smoke residue to find access throughout your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to clean this area, allowing a significant reduction in traveling particulates but also encouraging the system to run more efficiently once restoration completes.

Cleaning this system after a fire is one of many steps that must get taken to return your home to original condition. You can count on our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team to show that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give our experts a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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We Are The Experts To Call When Your Canoga Park Home Is Plagued By Mold

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We Are The Experts To Call When Your  Canoga Park Home Is Plagued By Mold We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Effective Ways Of Dealing With Mold Damage In Canoga Park

If you let mold to grow in your Canoga Park home, it is likely to be a great nuisance. In addition to from the unsightly patches it leaves on perfectly finished surfaces, mold also produces a musty smell. Although these two are the most visible signs of mold infestation, it damages the property in other severe ways. If left to grow unabated for long, mold can eat into organic materials such as wood compromising their structural integrity. We offer professional remediation services to help restore your home to preloss state.

Before trying to fix mold damage in Canoga Park, it is essential to know the cause. All cases of mold infestation involve excess moisture, so it is essential to identify the moisture source if it is not apparent. In many cases, leaking plumbing lines or fixtures provide the necessary moisture to fuel growth. Other cases may involve relatively high levels of humidity in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians check infestation patterns and use advanced equipment such as thermal cameras to identify the moisture sources in confined spaces.

Several approaches can help remove mold from the affected property. The best approaches are those that are not too labor-intensive, produce long-term results and cause limited or no damages to the underlying materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use various advanced procedures like dry ice blasting which is highly effective in removing embedded mold from OSB, wood studs and plywood among other surfaces. We also use soda blasting which is equally useful on many surfaces without causing abrasion or any other type of damage.

Mold can cause health effects especially through inhalation of contact with the residues. It is therefore essential to protect people from the debris during the removal processes. Our SERVPRO technicians create containment barriers with plastic sheets to prevent mold residues from spreading. Containing the residues only in the affected areas also reduces the necessary cleanup efforts.

If your property is infested with mold colonies, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Advantages of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Services in Canoga Park

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Advantages of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Services in Canoga Park Candles should be monitored when they are lit because of the possibility of fire. Contact SERVPRO right away if your home has fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Should Be Your First Choice for Fire Damage Restoration in Your Canoga Park Home

Candles have long been used for lighting homes, and even though electric light bulbs have overtaken candles as the primary light source for homes, many people in Canoga Park still use decorative candles. There is something about the scent and flickering glow of candles that is charming and keeps people buy more.
Lit candles are, unfortunately, the cause of many preventable fires and fire damage. If your home has fallen victim to fire damage in Canoga Park, you need help restoring your home. SERVPRO has fast, 24-hour service which means we can get to you whenever you need us. Add that to our professionally trained staff and industrial tools, and it is easy to see why SERVPRO is the choice to make for fire damage restoration.
If you love burning candles at home, knowing some safety tips is essential. Firstly, burning candles should not ever be left unattended, and you need to keep them away from anything flammable. If your candle is in a holder, it needs to be sturdy enough so that it cannot be easily knocked over, especially if you have pets or young children in the home. When accidents happen, SERVPRO technicians can help you clean up the mess, even from a small fire.
Along the same line, any candles you are burning should not be in reach of pets or children. Curious hands can quickly and easily get burned and cause an accident in your home. It is also recommended that the wicks on all your candles are trimmed to a quarter inch before you start burning them each time. Wicks which are longer can create uneven burning and dripping.
Make sure and read the instructions from the manufacturer as well. Most candles should not be burned for more than a couple of hours at a time. When you are ready to extinguish the candles, use a candle snuffer instead of blowing on them since hot wax can splatter.
For additional safety, you can purchase flameless candles as a safe alternative. They produce a similar glowing, soft effect that real candles have. During a power outage, lit candles are not recommended. Instead, use battery-powered lanterns, flashlights, or flameless candles.
SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is always available to help you restore your home in Bell Canyon, Winnetka, or West Hills after a fire. You can reach us by dialing (818) 998-1500 whenever you need, and we can make the fire and smoke damage only a memory.

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When a Plumbing Leak Causes Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Home

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When a Plumbing Leak Causes Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Home SERVPRO has the technology and experience to remove all unwanted water from your home.

A Water Removal Team in Canoga Park Talks About Extraction Equipment

Whenever any problems related to moisture takes place in your Canoga Park townhome, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We know that prompt water removal can save you money and time during the mitigation process. Once moisture starts to affect your contents and building materials, many things can happen that may make matters worse. When water sits, it increases indoor relative humidity levels and can cause secondary problems related to water vapor and mold, which is why prompt water removal immediately after a problem takes place is vital.  

Once a small crack forms inside your plumbing system, many gallons of water can pour into your townhouse. The quickest way to conduct prompt water removal in Canoga Park is to send in a professional mitigation crew such as SERVPRO's highly trained team. After we receive work authorization, we assess the situation and determine the remediation process. We then make sure the work area is safe for all occupants. If there are any potential hazards present, we repair the problems so that your house is safe for work to begin.  

The first and one of the most critical steps to the process is the extraction phase. After we inspect your house and make sure that is safe we then fix the source of the problem. After repairing the leak and ensuring that no more water enters the building, we start removing the moisture. We begin by removing any standing water. If the depth is more than two inches, we utilize a submersible pump.  

Once all of the standing water is gone, we then start extracting moisture from porous materials like your carpets and upholstered furniture. For thick carpets, we use large, heavy-duty extraction tools and for items like a couch, we can use smaller hand-held wands. The extraction process aids in removing the majority of the moisture before our SERVPRO crew begins the rapid structural drying process. If you ever need help with moisture-related problems, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 any day of the week.  

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Our Experts Explain Why It Is Better To Remove, Rather Than Kill, The Mold Infestation In Your Canoga Park Home

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Experts Explain Why It Is Better To Remove, Rather Than Kill, The Mold Infestation In Your Canoga Park Home Finding the right solution for mold growth in your home is a struggle that many homeowners have to face throughout their life.

Dead Mold And How It Can Still Pose A Risk To Canoga Park Homes

Finding the right solution for mold growth in your Canoga Park home is a struggle that many homeowners have to face throughout their life. From DIY websites suggesting that you can accomplish mold removal on your own to cheaper services offering to “kill the mold” instead of removing the organism entirely, settling on services like our professionals provide can often be a difficult decision to make. However, there are reasons why this is better than the other choices that are available to you to remove the mold from your property.

Understanding what is involved in these other methods of removal, much of them leave the potential for mold damage in your Canoga Park residence. Ultimately, the ideal solution is to remove the organism completely and thwart its ability to continue damaging your property in the immediate future. However, services that offer to kill the organism without removing the dead mold pose continued threats to your property, and with good reason: dead mold colonies and debris can still affect the health of those people and pets living in the house.

The professional removal that our SERVPRO team provides works to leave no mold debris and damage behind for your family to face. The test for mold allergies utilizes a dead spore to test a body’s reaction. If this single dead spore can agitate a body enough to generate a determination of allergies, imagine what a widespread area of your home full of spores and debris could allow.

Our SERVPRO professionals work to provide entire removal services for our customers to truly make the situation “Like it never even happened.” We remove materials if they have gotten too badly damaged from the spreading organism and work to prevent further mold growth in other areas by our effective containment strategies and antimicrobial solutions that can get sprayed on framing, studs, beams, and other structural elements that could still be at risk for spreading spores.

There are shortcuts to removing mold that still put your family at risk of potential health effects, and then there is professional remediation. Give our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills rapid response team a call anytime you need us at (818) 998-1500.

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