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SERVPRO Says Staging of Equipment and Products Saves Time, Money, and Prevents a Mess during Canoga Park Water Removal

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Magnifying glass held over a small wooden house with an easel  holding a Restoration sign SERVPRO Goes from Inspection of a Water Damaged Property in Canoga Park to Planning and Implementation for Restoration

Water Damage Canoga Park – Professional Approach to Staging

Every water damage event in the LA area is different and requires a variety of actions to be taken to mitigate the harm, restore the customer's premises, and ultimately satisfy the client. Careful planning, staging, and thoughtfulness is always part of our plan.

Canoga Park and damaging water events are forever paired. Our crew chief can quickly assess the damage and gather the right equipment and technicians to meet the challenge presented promptly. Often a crew chief may request interior space to stage equipment, cleaning supplies and tools that may be needed.

Staging Areas and Access to Water Sources
A staging area can provide an efficient area to work from and limit the number of trips to the outside. These efficiency gains can assist in dealing with a water damage situation quickly and reduce the severity of the damage. In many situations, access to a water source may be required, such as the laundry room or a guest bathroom on the main floor. The crew chief can discuss the requirements of the team with the client and ensure that SERVPRO's needs while on-site are acceptable to the client.

Protecting the Clients Home and Working Efficiently
The staging area and all access routes in the home to the work area are covered by either paper or plastic drop cloths to protect the floors. SERVPRO may need to mix products to clean furniture and floors after water damage events. All items are placed on these protective floor coverings.

Staging Protects Unaffected Rooms within the Home
Our objective is to restore a client's home as quickly and efficiently as possible. We understand the stress these water damage situations cause, including secondary damage from high humidity. Clients can always discuss their concerns with the crew chief or with one of the technicians working on site. If an item of furniture or accessory demands particular attention, let us know. We aim to do our best to accommodate the needs of the customer while restoring their home.

Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for 24/7 serve. We serve Winnetka, Bell Canyon, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How To Restore Your Home After Fire Damage?

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen fire on counters Any type of fire in the kitchen can quickly cause extensive fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right after the firefighters leave.

West Hills Home Needs Help After Tabletop Grill Fire

The kitchen is one of the most common areas homeowners experience fire damage in their residences. The oven, stovetop and indoor grills are frequently the instigators in pungent kitchen fires.

Fire damage in a West Hills home from a protein fire is one of the most challenging types of loss we deal with. One of the main reasons is that this type of fire does not look overly damaging on the surface. It burns without creating much in the way of traditional dark smoke damage but instead turns the protein of the foodstuff that is the catalyst of the blaze into a light, greasy mist that coats all surfaces in the vicinity. When prompt removal of this film does not occur, the odor remains and grows.

SERVPRO answered a call to come to a local home where an indoor electric grill overheated and caused a fire. The homeowner cleaned up the mess from the small fire and water from fire extinguishing, but a pungent odor remained, and he wanted the room professionally mitigated.

Our technicians scoped the room to ensure no excessive areas of moisture remained and got to work identifying areas that still contained residue from the fire. We also advised the homeowner since the HVAC was on since the fire, the ductwork likely needed cleaning as well.

After cleaning all surfaces to ensure we removed the smelly residues left behind, our certified odor control technicians worked on removing the lingering odors from the residence.  Standard applications SERVPRO uses are: 

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal fogging units
  • Time-release gel pellets
  • Complete ductwork and HVAC cleaning

When you have fire damage in your kitchen or any area of your home, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. Our certified emergency response team is available 24/7, and we arrive within an hour of your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Water Damaged Property In Canoga Park

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

office with desks in rows with water covering the floor Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500, today.

Speeding Up The Drying Process As Part Of Our Water Cleanup Service For Canoga Park

The presence of unwanted water in your home can be more than just an inconvenience. Water incidents can occur because of blocked or malfunctioning drains, split or burst pipes, backed up sewer points as well as human errors like leaving a faucet open overnight. In some cases, water may be contained in a pre-sealed area, like a washroom, and can be mopped up yourself. However, in many situations, sealant can be worn away or non-existent, which can result in a flow of water from the initial point of access to floors, furnishings, carpets, and stairs.

Sometimes water situations get out of hand, but you can arrange water cleanup services in Canoga Park by calling us on our emergency call line. SERVPRO operates a large inventory of water extraction device and uses local technicians with a broad knowledge-base in cleaning, drying, and securing your property against future damages. Our technicians come from the local area, which means they have an intimate understanding of the types of architecture, plumbing, and fittings that are common in this region.

Combine that knowledge with industry-leading training and equipment, and you can be sure that SERVPRO is capable of restoring your property to a preloss condition after a water spill. Our trucks come fully-stocked with water extraction and specialty drying units including:

• Centrifugal Air Movers
• Portable / Truck-mounted Extractors
• Box Fans
• Air Filtration Units
• Injectidry Systems
• Drying Mats

Leaks that occur on the upper levels of your home can complicate the drying situation. Water naturally migrates downwards, so a leak in your second-floor bathroom, could result in water dripping from your light fittings in the floor directly underneath. SERVPRO technicians are adept at removing obstacles such as wallpaper, bathroom tiles, carpeting, or linoleum to gain access to the affected area. Resilient materials can often be restored to a good, preloss condition. However, older materials like the wallpaper may be discarded and replaced.

Once your technician has access to the affected area, they can work quickly to establish air circulation by placing centrifugal air movers. Higher temperatures can speed up the drying procedure by allowing the surrounding air to hold more moisture. SERVPRO can use portable heaters, or heating elements found in our equipment, to encourage evaporation. We use our training to ensure the procedure is completed as quickly as possible with as little inconvenience to the homeowner. At the end of service, our team can handle your insurance paperwork for a stress-free claim.

Water incidents do not need to cause significant stress and pressure. Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500, today.

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A Storm Can Damage Your Canoga Park Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

We're here every day of the week, including weekends and holidays and ready to provide you with professional, skilled specialists.

Wind, Rain, And A Blown-Over Tree Can Leave Your Home Soaked In Canoga Park

Storms do not need to last very long to cause substantial, costly damage to a house in Canoga Park. They only need to carry enough force to uproot a tree with weakened roots to generate severe harm to your property. SERVPRO understands that top-down damage can leave your home saturated in hidden areas while leaving puddles all over your floor. Some of the collected water can hold contamination from stained wood, insulation, and other substances located between the roof and the floor.

A roof torn by a toppled tree can leave your Canoga Park home with storm damage, including rainwater, debris from the tree, and other items blown in on the wind. We can help get the situation resolved quickly for you and your family.

A tree landing on your house can also cause damage to plumbing, electrical wiring, and your HVAC system. Our building services team works with us in these areas, helping restore houses and businesses for our community. To help our mitigation specialists work more efficiently, we can also secure the roof, initially with tarps, followed by repairs. SERVPRO can also help remove the offending tree and make the area safe again.

Because rainwater spreading through your residence increases the amount of water vapor in the air, we must reduce the relative humidity by increasing the temperature. This prevents moisture from condensing on surfaces, keeping it in the air. Using air movers, we push this damp air out of your house. Dehumidifiers also help protect your belongings, so we place a few of these in areas with higher amounts of dampness.

When we examine the interior of your walls and ceilings, we often find trapped water in these places. Overhead, we can usually use the hole from a light fixture to inset flexible tubing to extract this water. Shortly after, we can use the same set-up to force warm air into the space.

We use a very similar method for walls, except we often must drill small holes along the bottom, near the floor. We choose locations with a baseboard we can remove, if at all possible, so covering the holes is as simple as replacing the baseboard. If a property owner with such a situation calls us immediately, we can often keep walls and other materials from showing more severe effects of storm damage. Saving materials with a rapid response to a disaster significantly reduces the costs associated with restoration.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is always ready to take calls from those in Winnetka and Bell Canyon. When storms bring flooding and other types of damage to your doorstep, call us at our 24-hour services line, (818) 998-1500. We're here every day of the week, including weekends and holidays and ready to provide you with professional, skilled specialists.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Can Save Your Canoga Park Home!

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Canoga Park – Recovering Sentimental Items

Anytime water gets into your home from a leaking pipe, an open window or damage from a storm, it is a stressful event for the family. Most people understand that damaged floors, furniture, and electronics can be restored or replaced. Often homeowners are more worried about legal documents needed for various reasons and photographs of the family which cannot be replaced.

Let SERVPRO know if you have water damage in Canoga Park that there are documents and photographs. Reducing the time these items spend in wet conditions can reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of recovery. Once a photo or document is damaged, a document cannot be restored to its original condition. There is always some form of damage even after the documents have been through the drying process. However, most can be dried and retained for the customer to enjoy.

Homeowners should immediately consider taking the following steps to minimize the damage:

•    Always make sure that it is safe from electricity to enter the area.

•    If it is leaking pipe, turn off the water source.

•    Remove photos and documents to a dry area and separate each item to dry separately.

•    Use blotting paper or towels to soak up as much water as possible.

We can respond quickly to any disaster and focus on the areas of concern of the homeowner. Let the SERVPRO team know which documents are most relevant and the preservation steps you may have taken. We can continue the process and focus on minimizing the damage to your documents. Depending on the situation, our techs apply several solutions, including:

•    Drying by air

•    Dehumidification

•    Drying in a freezer

•    Freeze drying in a vacuum

•    Thermal drying in a vacuum

Reducing the time your documents and photos spend in the water and remain in wet conditions can minimize the amount of long term damage. There may be limited funds available for controlling the damage and recovering documents and photos. SERVPRO can help the homeowner select the correct drying approach for each document based on value to the homeowner and the budget for restoration available.

Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for 24/7 service. We serve Winnetka, Bell Canyon, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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Flooded or Burnt Out of Your Canoga Park Home? Mold or Water Damage Have You Down? Call SERVPRO for a Picker-Upper!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When the Canoga Park DIY'er Has Had Enough -- SERVPRO Is Just Getting Started

Why Canoga Park Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Disaster Mitigation and Remediation

It stands to reason professionals train to give their all to customers, but when they live in communities served, there is an extra impetus to provide top-notch services. Canoga Park residents rely on our crews to treat every water, fire, mold, and storm damage project as though the disaster is in our neighborhood. We live, play, volunteer, and work in this and other nearby areas of Los Angeles. Your crisis hits home with our team.

Water Damage
Whether a pipe broke, a sink overflowed, a sprinkler system worked overtime, an appliance pump wore out, or another crisis struck, Canoga Park water cleanup is a job for our professionals. Our team of experts completes rigorous training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC). That research-based foundation combined with the many years of water mitigation and remediation experience among our managers and technicians assures your home soon may be returned to preloss condition.

A fast response is needed for the most successful outcome, and our SERVPRO team can be at your home fast because we work in and are residents of the same area. Our service vehicles contain a full complement of equipment needed to remove water and perform comprehensive structural drying, brooking no delay. Expect our project manager or crew chief to assess the scenario and devise a plan quickly. Then our technicians get immediately to work upon a signed agreement.

Pumps and extractors remove visible water. We employ thermal imaging and moisture meters to locate hidden pockets of water and set baselines for the drying phase to come. If trapped water presents challenges, we use controlled demolition strategies to release or gain access to it. Air movers, heater, and dehumidifiers take on the lingering moisture in structural components. Cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered products round out the tasks completed to return your home to normal status.

Fire Damage
Responding fast to fire, soot, and smoke damage in Canoga Park is one of our core services. We pledge to guide our customers through this very stressful event with compassion as our highly-qualified workers evaluate, plan and implement the fire damage restoration industry’s best practices. We are ready to commence mitigation and remediation as soon as we arrive, soon after the fire department releases your home back to you for mitigation and remediation purposes.  

Why SERVPRO is positioned well to provide help for you during your time of troubles is simple. We commit to being there for our community, preparing for the challenge by investing in our employees and our hardware. Our crews feature IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) ready to clean up smoke and soot residues using professionally developed techniques and effective products. The equipment employed by our employees is state-of-the-art and accompanies our crews to the worksite on our signature green service vehicles.

We limit the disruption to you and your family, containing the work areas if possible with air scrubbers and heavy-duty plastic sheeting to permit normal activities in unaffected spaces inside your home. Once the soot and debris clear away, we work with you on odor elimination. Our company has many resources available for odor control, including technological advances like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators that neutralize odor-bearing particles at the molecular level.

Mold Remediation
Mold damage in your Canoga Park home can be very distressing, making you feel inadequate and fearful of judgment. We are privileged to have the trained technicians and specialized equipment to help you compassionately with this frustrating problem. During our mold remediation, we also take the time to explain to you how and why the growth occurred and what you can do to minimize the probability of mold damage in the future.

Mold spores are always nearby, floating in the air and settled on surfaces inside and outside of our homes. Availability of a bit of water and only 24 to 48 hours can result in full-blown mold colonization. A precise protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mastered by our employees, why SERVPRO is your go-to for mold issues as well as other disasters. We can mobilize a remediation crew fast to help you manage a challenging problem.

We contain the moldy area with plastic barriers and perhaps the use of a negative pressure air scrubbing set up. The mold removes mechanically as our technicians use brushes, scrapers, and gentle abradants like soda blasting. Vacuuming and bagging up the debris precedes the application of an EPA-registered disinfectant. Priming with special antimicrobial-infused coatings also inhibits future mold growth.  

Count on us to help with the planning of a moisture management system that avoids most fungal growth in the future. Prevention is the key to a complete mold remediation agenda.

Storm Damage
Canoga Park can experience storm damage directly and as a result of being downstream on various waterways flowing from the Simi Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains. The confluence of Bell Creek and Calabasas Creek are the headwaters of the Los Angeles River right in the center of the neighborhood. When extreme weather forms off the coast and sweeps toward our community, homeowners can deal with rain and wind damage as well as overland flooding.

Previous wildfire activity in the elevations around our community increases the possibility that flash flooding in the creeks and washes could bring significant mud, silt, and other contamination into your home. Rising to the challenge of managing floodwaters complicated by mudslides shows why SERVPRO can meet any of your storm disaster needs. We arrive at your home ready for a wide range of scenarios, with the equipment and know-how.

Flood water is, by definition, contaminated, and we are familiar with the requirement that the fluid and debris be contained and disposed of following local regulations. Because the water may contain debris or fecal-borne pathogens, we wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and often set up air scrubbers during the project to filter and exhaust airborne hazards stirred up during the work. Our technicians clean and disinfect surfaces in the flooded area with EPA-registered products, vigilant at all times to inspect for mold or other secondary damage.
The team at SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills awaits your call if water, fire, mold, or storms damage your home. Reach us at (818) 998-1500 and see how we take care of members of our community.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Winnetka After A Fire Disaster

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

We have the experience, advanced training, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home after a fire.

Neglecting to Clean Your Toaster Can Lead to Fire Damage in Your Winnetka Home

Many kitchen appliances can cause fire damage in your home, but toasters are often overlooked. As anyone knows, a toaster dries out the surface of the bread slices inside as it heats up. Any crumbs that fall to the bottom of the device can begin to build up and make a mound of kindling. As the toaster heats up, and the crumbs begin to build up so high that they're close to the heating panels, a fire could start. For this reason, it's essential to regularly clean out devices that could be a fire hazard if left unchecked. 

When it comes to the fire damage in your Winnetka kitchen, you were close enough to extinguish it quickly. However, during the blaze, your toaster was ruined, and the wall behind it became caked with soot. The stain on your wall is unsightly, and the smell from the fire in your kitchen is unpleasant. In order to have these problems corrected, it would be wise to reach out for professional help as soon as possible.

When you call SERVPRO, we always make sure to send our technicians to your home swiftly. While you wait, you can focus on opening up windows in your kitchen to try and disperse some of the unpleasant odor. Furthermore, you could also throw away the ruined toaster.

When SERVPRO arrives, our technicians can get to work right away. We ensure that all of our technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. Additionally, they have gone through many training scenarios to prepare them for any challenges they find on the job.

Our techs can begin by setting up an air scrubber equipped with carbon filters. The device pulls airborne particles into it and filters out anything undesirably before releasing the "clean air" back into the atmosphere, dealing with the unpleasant odor. From there, SERVPRO can use a lubricative cleaning solution designed to lift soot and grime away from the surface it is attached to while also doing minimal fire damage to the paint layer underneath. Once finished, our technicians can return your kitchen to you, "Like it never even happened."

When a small fire happens inside of your home, it is always wise to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by phoning (818) 998-1500. No matter when you call, we're available to help you.

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Flood Damage West Hills – Leaking Roof

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let us cover your water loss, from roof damage.

SERVPRO can get you covered.

Southern California is a great place to live with lots of sunshine and great weather. But every so often a storm rolls in with lots of wind and rain. A roof may be damaged by high winds or debris and then it rains! Water pours into your home causing a great deal of damage to your ceiling, walls, floors and all of your contents. In many cases the flood damage is limited to one room for a leaky roof. However, a flash flood can cause catastrophic damage to your home. 

Regardless of the type of damage, SERVPRO can respond to your flood damage in West Hills quickly providing emergency restoration services for your home. Once the situation is stabilized, our team completes a full assessment. We begin mitigation activities immediately to manage and control further damage. 

Our team is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Other certifications include ASD (Applied Structural Drying Technician) and RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation. We often find that after major flood damage we need to restore homes that have used lead-based paints. This occurs often with older structures. 

Depending on the situation, tarps may be needed to cover areas of the roof that have been damaged and are leaking. Broken windows and doors are boarded up to prevent further damage from wind and rain. Once the situation is under control, water removal, de-humidification and drying takes place. 

Working closely with your insurance provider our SERVPRO team begins restoration of your home. Your home may also need our cleaning services in a flood situation. We clean your carpets, floors, fabrics and soft materials. We dry and recover as many of your keepsakes and mementos as possible. We clean all hard surfaces as well. Our objective is to restore your house so that if feels like home again. 

We are strategically located to respond quickly to your flood damaging event. Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for 24/7 service. We also serve Winnetka and Bell Canyon. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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Canoga Park, SERVPRO, and Fast Water Loss Cleanup and Recovery

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Ring SERVPRO for Fast and Professional Water Damage Cleanup at Your Canoga Park Hotel

Commercial Water Damage Crews In Canoga Park Discuss Potential Problems With Hotels

Hotels in Canoga Park are one type of business that has several water lines running fluids in and out of them. The more water that runs through a building, the bigger the chance commercial water damage can occur. Once a pipe supplying one of your hotel rooms with water breaks, the moisture can affect several places. The liquid H2O first follows gravity and heads straight to the floor, and then it starts to spread out horizontally. In multi-level buildings, the seepage may affect other rooms in the verticle tower. As soon as you notice a plumbing failure inside one of your hotel rooms, it is wise to call in a professional commercial water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
At SERVPRO, our technicians know that when it comes to working on a project in your place of business, that time is money. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs know ways to mitigate commercial water damage in Canoga Park promptly. We start by being able to answer our phones 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Our WRTs live in the area so that our team is ready to respond after we receive your emergency phone call. We can get to your hotel quickly and start assessing the situation.
We first figure out which rooms inside your hotel got negatively affected by the water leak. We do this by using moisture sensors to detect the presence of water inside the carpets, drywall, and wooden items inside your hotel rooms. Our instruments can tell us where the damage exists, and they let us know how wet your drywall and wooden materials got as a result of the plumbing failure.
Once we determine the severity of the situation, we start the mitigation process by extracting moisture while it is in its liquid form. Once all of the liquid H2O gets removed by our advanced pumps and wet vacs, we begin the applied structural drying or ASD process. During the ASD stage, we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to help speed up the natural drying and evaporation process. All this work is done keeping in mind to minimize disruption to the guests while ensuring the rooms are available for future bookings.
If you ever notice a water pipe leaking inside your hotel, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 seven days a week.

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Canoga Park Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Rapid Floodwater Removal and Drying

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Extracts Floodwaters and Cleans Up the Mess in Canoga Park

SERVPRO Cleans Up Post-Drought Flood Damage in Canoga Park

After the long period of drought in this part of California, the long-awaited rains, unfortunately, have the potential to bring flood damage. The firm, dry ground is unable to absorb the rainwater adequately, and it can intrude into homes quickly.

SERVPRO received a call to mitigate flood damage to a Canoga Park home. Groundwater is a category three biohazard also known as “blackwater” and requires specialized equipment and cleaners to bring affected areas to sanitary standards for habitation.
Even though our technicians arrived a short time after the initial call, there was very little standing water left in the kitchen area where the intrusion happened. Our technicians wore protective clothing and scoped the room to determine areas where water migrated.

Water extraction efforts began almost immediately. We used portable pumps and made several passes to pull up as much moisture as possible from the surface of the floor. We found areas of excessive moisture behind the baseboards, which were removed to allow adequate air flow for drying. Thermal imaging showed water wicked into the sheetrock of a single wall. We used a technique known as “flood cuts” that is a form of controlled demolition that removes only the damaged sheetrock and leaves the framework for rebuilding upon.

Mold is a significant concern after water damage as the spores can set up home within 48-hours after a water intrusion. During the drying process of our remediation, SERVPRO technicians set drying goals in the humidity range that is below optimal conditions for mold growth, usually around 40%. We lower the humidity quickly using our dehumidifiers in tandem with air movers.

This setup works well because as the air movers cause water vapor to rise, the dehumidifiers capture and port it away from the area resulting in progressively drier air flowing into the room which speeds the overall drying process. Once the area confirms dry, and the room attains preset drying goals, we clean and disinfect all affected surfaces to leave the area both sanitized and hygienic.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is available at (818) 998-1500 24-hours a day to help homeowners overcome flood damage and get their lives back to normal. Whether the water damage is a little or a lot, with our equipment and experience, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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