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How Do Professionals Remove Soot and Smoke Residues from Ceilings?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

soot covered walls and ceiling SERVPRO Says Let Us Clean the Sooty Deposits from Your Canoga Park Home after a Fire, "Like it never even happened."

Residents of Canoga Park Often Choose Professional Fire Restoration Technicians to Perform Cleaning and Odor Control after a Housefire.

Is it safe to clean fire damage myself?

Once a fire marshall clears your Canoga Park property for safe entry, you can re-enter and perform light-cleaning duties. The main risk of performing fire restoration by yourself is spreading around soot or smoke residues and maintaining safety in the structure. While most noxious fire gases disperse within the first few hours, small debris or soots inhaled or ingested can have health effects. Professional technicians have both the necessary skills to identify different types of smoke residue and the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to perform the task. Often, identifying the types of smoke residue can be a massive help in restoring walls or ceilings.

What light-cleaning can I do in a fire-damaged property?

  • Open windows to provide natural ventilation of the area
  • Cover items or surfaces, especially carpets, with sheets or other barriers
  • Perform light vacuuming of surfaces

Why do experts vacuum properties with fire damage?

When you use a fire restoration expert in Canoga Park, you may notice them using vacuums in the property during the early stages. Soiling on walls can often be a composite of different smoke residues. Vacuuming surfaces help to dislodge and remove dry smoke residues from the body. By performing light-vacuuming of an area, we can guard against spreading or setting soots by introducing water. A SERVPRO technician can remove dry soot relatively easily. However, for wet soots, there is a decision-making process that requires testing and a range of oil-based or water-based cleaning methods.

What cleaning products are used during fire restoration?

  • Oil-based solvent chemicals
  • Water-based solvents and detergents
  • Deodorant chemicals to mask or eliminate odors

If a housefire covers your property in smoke or soot residues, contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 now.

How Does Flooding Impact Local Cell Phone Service in Canoga Park?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in luxurious interior room Our technicians follow standards set by the IICRC and OSHA. Contact us when facing flooding, regardless of the source.

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Flood Damage from Canoga Park Homes to Return Them to Pre-Loss States

According to recent data from the Brooklyn nonprofit First Street, as many as 14.6 million homes in the United States today are at risk of flooding. While FEMA maps offer a great deal of insight into where flooding is most likely to affect residents, these maps provide somewhat broad data on floodplains in 87% of the country. Canoga Park residents may be surprised to find that a whopping one in five homeowners in Florida and Louisiana alone are at risk of flooding affecting their property.

If your Canoga Park home experiences flood damage, you can call SERVPRO at any time of the day or night to begin the mitigation process. SERVPRO’s commitment to staff education and the use of both tried-and-true techniques in tandem with sophisticated technologies strives to minimize property and structural loss while maximizing savings on repair and replacement expenses.

How Does SERVPRO Training Prepare Professionals for Flood Damage Cleanup?

SERVPRO technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike undergo extensive training and certification to ensure that services rendered are up to date with restoration industry cleanup techniques and standards. Staff must also meet SERVPRO training standards to ensure a consistently high standard of mitigation and restoration.

SERVPRO’s training and education resources include the following:

  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Training and Certification for staff.
  • Employee Certification Training in such subjects as fire and water damage restoration.
  • Initial Franchise Training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility, targeted at new franchise owners.
  • Continued Education Classes that provide both credit and noncredit learning opportunities for SERVPRO staff as well as insurance and real estate professionals.
  • E-Learning opportunities that continually test and improve staff knowledge while encouraging self-paced coaching and study of restoration industry subjects.

What are Some Tips for Using Cell Phones During a Flood Damage Situation?

While SERVPRO can take care of the flood damage on your Canoga Park property, it is crucial to know how to stay in touch with the communities and emergency services as needed during a flood or related natural disaster.

  • Text whenever possible instead of making calls. Not only do text messages require less battery power and data to transmit, but they can still be sent even when your cell phone signal is weak, and Internet access is limited.
  • Expect cell network congestion. In a flood or other emergency, many customers are going to be making a much higher number of phone calls than usual, which can create difficulties in making phone calls or accessing your phone network.

    If you need to make a call and notice you have a slow dial tone on a landline or you see rapid busy signals on your cell phone, hang up and try again after several seconds minimum. Avoid non-emergency phone calls during this time to minimize network congestion.
  • Limit social media usage. While social media is an excellent tool for keeping family and friends informed during an emergency, some users may be compelled to use it to attempt to get in touch with emergency services, as was the case during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. However, first responders cannot monitor social media to such an extensive degree. If you need emergency services, give them a call.

    Some social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram, can also take up a considerable amount of battery power quickly on phones, tablets, and laptops. Use these apps and sites sparingly to let your loved ones know you are safe and focus on conserving battery life if you are unsure when your Canoga Park property’s power can be restored.

What Types of Services is SERVPRO Licensed to Render?

Your local SERVPRO sports a variety of accreditations to maximize the number of services available for structural and contents restoration. Technician certifications include the following:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Water Damage Restoration

These services are the backbone of addressing flood damage concerns, including mold growth, structural damage to subfloors and drywall, and safely removing moisture with industrial-grade air movement and dehumidification equipment. SERVPRO technicians also provide odor control services to remove flood debris and water damage related odors from your Canoga Park home.

On top of these technician certifications, SERVPRO is an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified firm with additional certification in General and/or Construction Industry Training as provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills keeps disaster-affected homes looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (818) 998-1500 for professional cleanup services.

How Do I Make Sure My Ceiling Does Not Collapse after a Water Leak?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

image of rolled insulation SERVPRO may salvage wet insulation in your Canoga Park attic or crawlspace with swift water extraction and drying.

SERVPRO Takes Safety Precautions While Restoring Water Damaged Materials in Your Canoga Park Home

An upstairs bathroom leak that goes unnoticed can seep through the ceiling, potentially causing further damage to your Canoga Park property. It is essential first to make sure you stop the leak, to mitigate further harm. Then, while you wait for the professionals at SERVPRO to arrive, you should stay clear of the area for safety reasons. You may want to move or cover furniture for additional protection against further leaking. Don't! Stay safe and let us move or cover the furnishings. Technicians cut around the damaged drywall to expose the cavity, enabling the drying process.

Does Moisture Impact Insulation Above the Drywall?

SERVPRO Determines the Salvageability of Your Drywall

While undergoing the water damage restoration project for your Canoga Park home, our trained SERVPRO professionals typically remove insulation along with the hanging building material comprising the ceiling. When trapped, moisture can foster mold growth within your insulation and the ceiling cavity. Additionally, moisture lessons the insulating properties, making it less likely to insulate your home correctly.

What types of Insulation may be in my attic crawlspace?

  • Fiberglass: More durable than cellulose and rockwall, but if vapor barriers become damaged, moisture may get in and increase the risk of mold growth.
  • Cellulose: Usually becomes matted when wet, rendering it ineffective. It also lessens fire resistance and anti-microbial properties.
  • Rockwool: It also becomes matted and loses effectiveness. Besides, the metal components may rust.

Regardless of the type of insulation in your ceiling, the ceiling cavity should be emptied for adequate drying procedures. Technicians extract the moisture using portable vacs with hoses, and then actively dry the cavity with directed airflow.  After they measure moisture levels to ensure they are at the proper preloss levels, technicians begin the replacement of insulation and hang new drywall panels. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

For 24/7 assistance with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

Which Questions Should You Ask Mold Removal Companies?

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

woman shocked at seeing mold on wall below a window Hey Canoga Park Homeowners--Don't Wait Until the Mold Ruins Your House--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

What Should You Look for in Canoga Park Area Mold Removal Companies?

Canoga Park residents lead busy lives, which means that when they need to hire someone to help with a household problem, they do not have a lot of time to waste finding the right person for the job.

Mold is an issue that can quickly arise in a home – so long as there are moisture and material such as drywall or wallpaper for food, spores can grow. Mold can cause health effects, so it is much better to call in a Canoga Park mold removal company than to try and handle remediation by yourself.

Naturally, you want to be sure you are choosing a remediation company that is professional and reliable. Here are some questions to ask to help you make a decision.

Do they promise complete mold removal?

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills knows that the promise of mold removal is enticing. A home with no mold sounds like a great thing. However, it is essential to realize that complete mold removal is not possible. This is because spores occur naturally throughout the environment, and can quickly move from place to place on:

  • Clothes and footwear
  • Air currents
  • Pets and even shopping bags or purses

As you can see, it is not possible to completely eradicate mold. However, mold removal companies can remediate mold – this means getting rid of visible patches and stains, and then drying out your home to discourage further spore growth.

How fast can I expect a response

The longer you leave mold, the more chance it has to grow and spread. Thankfully, SERVPRO works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so that we can be Faster To Any Size Disaster. No job is too big or too small, and you can trust us to arrive quickly and get to work straight away.

What kind of testing and monitoring equipment do they use?

Inspection, not actual testing and monitoring are an essential part of mold remediation. SERVPRO technicians inspect your home for visible and invisible moisture patches before they begin cleaning and restoration. A thorough understanding of how much moisture is present helps us decide on a cleaning and drying plan.

We test the moisture in your home using thermal hygrometers, moisture meters, moisture sensors, and thermal imaging. We continue to use these tools to monitor progress until we are satisfied with the result.

Do they employ containment as part of their remediation process?

Containment is essential, and all reputable mold removal companies use it to prevent the spread of spores throughout your home. SERVPRO teams set up containment before cleaning begins. In some cases, containment means switching off heating and cooling systems and making sure no unauthorized personnel walks through the area. In more advanced mold remediation situations, containment might include setting up physical barriers or even using negative air machines to trap spores and vent them outside the building. We can erect spring-loaded supports with 6-mil thick polypropylene sheets to create temporary barriers which also limit the treatment area for greater efficiency.

Do they train their staff in a range of remediation techniques?

Each mold removal project is different, so we train our staff in a range of remediation techniques.

Our technicians use a variety of cleaning methods, including:

  • Spot cleaning for delicate fabrics
  • Scrubbing for robust materials such as stainless steel
  • Dry cleaning methods for articles that cannot withstand wet cleaning

We assess your home and belongings and decide on the best cleaning methods for each item. We discuss our remediation plan with you before carrying out a single step, so you can rest assured nothing will happen to your items without your explicit permission.

What about the moldy smell – can they help me with that?

SERVPRO understands that the smell of mold can be very unpleasant and makes your home less enjoyable. That is why we finish every mold removal project with deodorization. We use foggers, deodorizing products such as pellets, and air scrubbers, to remove airborne contaminants and restore air quality.

What about home restoration?

In some cases, mold damage can leave your home in need of minor repairs. For example, we might need to remove and replace drywall, re-paint or put down new carpets. Sometimes, a house needs more extensive structural repairs. Ensure your mold removal company can help you with restoration, so you do not have to pay for a separate contractor.

Will they follow up with me after the restoration project is complete?

Our team takes pride in satisfying our customers by meeting all their expectations. After all, we work to restore homes and businesses and leave them usable once more. Our team will always follow up with you after we complete mold remediation, to make sure you are happy with the service we gave you, and to answer any last questions you have.

For a professional mold remediation service, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

Does Water Damage Restoration Include Office Furniture?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Office with flood water Our water damage experts are trained in a wide variety of restoration needs, even upholstery and fabric cleaning and odor control. Call us today.

Canoga Park Business Owners Need Water Damage Restoration They Can Rely On.

Anyone who owns a company in Canoga Park knows that office furniture is a costly part of setting up business premises. Office furniture needs to be reliable, sturdy, and ergonomic enough to be comfortable to work with.

In the event of water damage to a Canoga Park office, you need a water mitigation team that understands the importance of caring for your furniture.

What are the risks to office furniture from water damage?

Water can wreak havoc with office furniture:

Upholstery and cushions can become waterlogged

Wooden furniture is in danger of warping

Textiles might suffer from stains and discoloration

Furniture might leave rust stains on the carpet

Damp furniture smells unpleasant and can even foster mold growth

Naturally, you do not want to replace your office furniture if you can avoid it. Office furniture is not cheap, and it is better to save it if you possibly can, rather than buy new.

What can SERVPRO do to restore office furniture?

SERVPRO understands that your desks, chairs, and other textiles are essential to the running of your business. There's several things that we can do to help mitigate water damage to your furnishings:

Use fans and air movers to help furniture dry faster

Bring in dehumidifiers to aid drying by drawing moisture from the air

Carry out spot cleaning on damaged upholstery and textiles

Use deodorizing chemicals and air scrubbers to get rid of that nasty damp smell

What about the rest of the office?

Do not worry – restoring your desks and chairs is one small part of our work. We also take care of drying out carpets and rugs, drying wall cavities and vents, and carrying out restoration throughout your building. We tackle mold risks and leftover musty odors to ensure you can get back to business quickly. We can also work with insurance adjusters on your behalf, to lessen your stress.

We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and customer satisfaction is of utmost importance.

If you have concerns about water damage in your business, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

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My Property has Fire Damage. How Do I Handle It?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector, battery, and stuffed animal covered in ash after a fire You can trust the SERVPRO brand to restore you home. We are always available to take your call.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in West Hills for an Effective Fire Damage Restoration 

Dealing with a fire's aftermath can be overwhelming if you do not have the right skills and equipment. If you do not conduct the restoration process quickly, the soot and smoke residues left behind can worsen matters. Therefore, it is essential to act fast by engaging with professionals from a reliable company like SERVPRO to minimize the damage in your West Hills property. 

What does a reliable restoration company do? 

Our primary objective is to reduce the risk of further damage and salvage as much property as possible. Our experienced technicians can perform fire damage restoration in your West Hills home. We can also work with your insurance company to help streamline the claims process. 

How do you handle the different kinds of fire damage? 

Our highly trained restorers can assess the damage and provide you with an overview of the affected surfaces and items. We can also identify salvageable items and those damaged beyond repair. Here is how we deal with different types of fire damage: 

  • Complex fire: When natural and synthetic items in your property have burned, they produce black smoke residues that settle on contents and surfaces. The valuables also cause synthetic smoke odors in the house. Our technicians perform emergency corrosion mitigation to protect the surfaces.
  • Protein fire: When food rich in protein burns in the oven or stove, it leaves behind a persisting odor and smoke residues on surfaces. Since the residues are oily, SERVPRO technicians can use concentrated wood oil soap to clean soot from wooden surfaces. 

What should I expect during the restoration process? 

Fire can damage various surfaces of your property. Each surface may need a specialized cleaning technique. In some extreme cases, the fire damage may not be visible if it occurred behind walls. We take the following steps to restore homes. 

  • Thorough inspection: Our technicians inspect a property to determine the intensity of the damage. Once we complete our initial assessment, our technicians can explain the restoration process.
  • Stop further damage: Our technicians can remove your valuable items from the affected property to prevent additional damage. We can repack your dishes in clean newsprint. If the firefighters used water to combat the flames, we could use light wands to extract the carpet's water.
  • Clean up: Fire and smoke residues react with different surfaces, especially when mixed with water. Our technicians can use various advanced cleaning agents and hi-tech equipment to salvage your flooring, furniture, and other valuable items. We can use a glass cleaner to clean soot from your window glass and Formica surfaces.  

If a fire has ruined your property, contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. We can handle the fire loss effectively to make it "Like it never even happened." 

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What Can I Do to Restore My West Hills Home After Storm Flooding?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

A neighborhood with standing water in the road. Seasonal flooding can come in quick, let SERVPRO take over.

Bring In SERVPRO to Restore Your West Hills Home 

How Much of a Risk Is Flooding to My Residence? 

Located so close to the shore, the chance of flood damage to West Hills homes is a given every year from seasonal storms. Each SERVPRO Response Team trains to eliminate the effects of flooding by not only removing water, and drying the structure and property inside the home, but also dealing with the special problems presented by it. 

Why Is Flood Water More Damaging Than Water from My Clothes Washer? 

Floodwater from a storm contains a bit of debris from every surface it crossed before flooding into your West Hills home. That means soil, fertilizers, trash from the gutters, and possibly sewer backup as well. In addition to all of the contaminants and debris, ocean water is extremely salty. If left long enough, the salt can pit and ruin everything from your kitchen linoleum to the car in your garage. 

To eliminate these effects, Response Teams use cleaning agents that do more than remove soil and other solid particles. They also contain an anti-bacterial agent that neutralizes the health risk from possible pathogens in some of the debris and stops the growth of mold in the home. For autos and other items outside the home, team members have the option to spray clean water to remove salt residues before using any cleaners. 

Are There Any Special Requirements For Drying After Flooding?

No, once our SERVPRO specialists complete the necessary steps for cleaning your property, drying methods are the same for a home regardless of the water source. Team members use a combination of dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers to lower the interior moisture, force damp air outside, and draw water out of property surfaces. 

To schedule a service visit or find out more about how SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can help you recover after a flood, call us at (818) 998-1500 today. 

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What Crucial Factors Should I Consider When Hiring Water Restoration Companies in Canoga Park?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

water coming out of a burst pipe The longer water is sitting in your home the more damage it is going to do. Contact SERVPRO quickly for water damage remediation.

Assistance from SERVPRO Can Help Resolve Problems and Prevent Future Issues from Such an Incident

After a water spill happens in your home, you may realize that you do not have the time or resources necessary to clean and dry the property, restoring preloss conditions. Hiring a water restoration company can lift the burden off your shoulders. However, you might not be sure whether every company offering such services in Canoga Park can deliver the results you expect, or work with your preferred timelines.

When should I call water restoration companies after water intrudes my Canoga Park home?

Water loss situations in your Canoga Park home can arise at any time, including late at night. You might not be sure whether it is a bother to call at such hours. Finding a company that can respond to your distress call at any hour can change the outcome of an incident positively. For instance, SERVPRO has customer service staff ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Even though the restoration crews might not arrive at your property immediately, the customer service representatives can give you some useful tips on what to do as you wait for help, thus reducing the level or types of damages that occur. Some of the tips might include:

  • Removing area rugs, books, and other items from carpeted floors
  • How to locate and turn off the main water supply line
  • Which items you can move from the affected section of your house

Water spills in your Canoga Park home can lead to significant repair costs, such as replacement of wall-to-wall carpets due to heavy staining. Staining mostly develops because of dye transfer from items lying on the carpet. Removing items such as draperies, area rugs, clothes, or books from the wet carpet minimizes the sources of such dyes, thus limiting the possibility of widespread staining. 

Extended exposure to water or even high humidity levels in the air can cause significant damage to some of the valuables you have in your house. Stopping the source limits further water release into the property. Alternatively, moving items such as electronic appliances away from the affected rooms limits the level of moisture exposure, thus limiting the chances of internal components rusting.

Where should I search for restoration companies?

The convenience of searching for a service provider online means you can choose one located in a different area. However, choosing a local restoration company puts you at an advantaged position because they can respond faster. At SERVPRO, our commitment is to send a fully equipped crew to your property within 4 hours after notifying us of the problem since we are a locally owned company. Before the main team arrives, we also send a few technicians to perform a professional evaluation of the loss, ensuring that we bring the right type and number of tools to handle the restoration task.    

Faster response to water loss situations helps ensure that unnecessary secondary damages are minimized. For instance, materials such as solid wood or concrete are semi-porous, so they take time to absorb water so faster extraction limits the amount of water that has to be removed through drying. However, once saturated, they can take longer to dry. Wood might also swell, warp, or develop other physical damages from water exposure. Wood absorbs water in three distinct ways:

  • Molecular diffusion through cell walls
  • As vapor through cell lumens
  • Through capillary tension

Expediting extraction of stagnant water and drying excess moisture from the property is the best way to cut down the different forms of water absorption by wooden materials in your house. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a variety of pumps and water extractors to complete the task fast. We also set up dehumidifiers around the property to extract moisture from the air preventing absorption through hygroscopic action.

What standards should a renovation company meet?

Many processes performed during the renovation of a water-damaged property require precision. For instance, the wood must be dried to approximately 10% moisture content. The drying process also needs to be gradual to avoid severe outcomes such as cracking. Even the placement and number of equipment used in drying property need proper management to balance the process, preventing issues such as condensation or even mold development. 

Proper training and experience are two necessary factors that help ensure proper management of water loss situations to meet industry standards. Our SERVPRO crews are IICRC certified in fields such as Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, ensuring we deliver the best results. 

With assistance from a good restoration company, water damage is manageable. Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to help address any incident, "Like it never even happened."

Flames Engulfed Part of My Kitchen and Smoke Spread to Other Rooms. Who Can Help Me Restore My Home?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Cooking accidents happen often but the foul odors can remain for a long time. Contact SERVPRO for efficient remediation services.

Hire a Reputable Firm Like SERVPRO to Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Your Winnetka Property 

Fire leaves most property owners stranded on where to begin after the firefighters leave their homes. Professional restorers can help minimize the secondary damage of a fire and get your Winnetka property to its pre-emergency state in a brief period. Attempting to clean the affected area yourself can lead to additional damage since you may lack the proper skills and equipment to handle the loss.

How long does the restoration process take?

Our team of technicians has years of experience and access to advanced equipment and tools to handle the fire damage in your Winnetka home. With our advanced equipment and effective techniques, we can restore your property in a brief period. Depending on the severity of the damage, our SERVPRO technicians can take less than seven days to get your property to its preloss state.

Can you clean my kitchen appliances? 

Appliances are usually made of materials such as:

Metal

Plastic

Formica

These materials are nonabsorbent, making it easy for our technicians to clean. We can use a wall and all surface cleaner, a water-based detergent to wipe away the smoke residues on their surfaces.

Can you handle the entire restoration process?

We offer a full service and comprehensive solution to fire damage. Therefore, you can trust our SERVPRO team to mitigate the damage and reconstruct the affected areas. We have a contracting division that can offer construction solutions in specific niches such as electrical, plumbing, and drywall reinstallation. Hiring one restoration company can help you save time and money.

How do you deal with persisting odors?

Smoke can travel even in hard to reach areas. Our technicians can use thermal fog deodorants to remove the odors. Thermal fog deodorizers are a blend of aromatic phenolics and odor counteractants. We use a thermal fogger to apply the products and allow them to work overnight. This enables the products to penetrate affected materials, including those in the hard to reach areas.

If a fire has damaged your home, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to help you bring things back to normal. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Do I Clean Up After Widespread Water Loss in a Canoga Park High School?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fire suppression sprinkler Malfunctioning sprinkler systems can cause significant water damage. Should your system malfunction, call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

When fire suppression systems get tied into the main water supply, a breach in these lines can leave substantial water damage to overcome.  

There are many potential causes for a fire suppression system failure, such as breaking off one of the sprinkler heads or a misinterpreted signal in the system of your Canoga Park high school. Once water is coming from this system and tied into your primary water line servicing the building, you could contend with an endless flow of water until you shut down the water supply to this system. 

Because this plumbing network gets piped throughout the entire structure, many areas could require water restoration in your Canoga Park school. Our team of professionals works to provide complete mitigation solutions beginning as soon as we arrive, including extraction and drying efforts. In the earliest stages of the water loss incident, it is also possible for those within the school to reduce overall losses with some fast actions.  

What Can I Do to Help the Situation Before SERVPRO Arrives?  

There are a few simple steps that you can take before help arrives when it is safe to do so. There are situations where water damages can overwhelm the building too quickly to complete any of these tasks safely, and in these circumstances, it is best to vacate the premises. Safety should always be paramount in water emergencies, but when possible, here are a few steps that you can take: 

  • Shut off the water – Often, there is a ball valve attached to the primary feed line for the sprinkler system. Stopping water flow can prevent even more pooling and standing water concerns throughout the school's damaged areas. 
  • Identify the affected areas – Depending on the incorrect code or the physical damage to the suppression system, the water concerns might not be in every school area. Identifying the problem areas to convey this to our responding SERVPRO team can save time. 

How Can Professional Restorers Clean Up the Mess?  

Through both the mitigation and the restoration process, multiple tasks can recover your damaged structure. Cleaning up after a water emergency involves various phases utilizing dozens of tools and machines in our inventory. Ultimately, we can break down the restoration process into specific blocks: 

  • Extraction – Removing surface water in Canoga Park is almost always the initial actions taken during water loss incidents. Several tools can meet these criteria, but with the tile flooring throughout most of the school, submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and squeegee wands are often the ideal approaches.
  • Drying – Drying can often be a generalized part of the restoration process, but it involves several steps happening in succession. Tools like air movers and dehumidifiers are the foundation of this effort, as they promote airflow and regulate humidity as evaporation occurs.
  • Surface Cleaning – Residues and debris are a common obstacle for our SERVPRO professionals after drying. With chemical solvents and abrasive cleaning techniques, we can restore surfaces to their original appearance.
  • Moisture Meters – We can double-check our efforts and ensure that we did not miss moisture pockets during our drying phase before finalizing restoration.  

Does SERVPRO Do Repairs and Build Back?  

With a team of in-house contractors, we can offer controlled demolitions for widespread water losses and replace several damaged fixtures and materials. With several areas and materials exposed to standing water before mitigation efforts occurred, several construction solutions might be necessary to make these losses "Like it never even happened." Some of these include: 

  • Plumbing Repairs – From replacing the broken fixture on the fire suppression system to a plumbing break in one of the block walls, these repairs allow the lines to get pressurized again and water service restored to the building as soon as possible.
  • Ceiling Tile Replacement – Ceiling tiles are a typical installation in schools that can be damaged by sprinkler system malfunctions. Our contractors can replace these materials, which is often more cost-effective than attempting to dry saturated tiles. 
  • Carpet Reinstallation – Carpeted areas in the administration offices and performing arts areas can quickly absorb water damage and show clear signs of damage. Replacing these carpets is often the best approach to restoring the affected area as efficiently as possible. 

No matter how severe water losses might be in your school, our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team can help. Contact us 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.