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Prompt Response for Commercial Flood Damage in Canoga Park

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Effective Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Services in Canoga Park

Canoga Park is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region in Los Angeles, California. It has a population of 57,217 people. Canoga Park has an urban feel, and many of its residents rent their homes. Many parks and shops are present in this neighborhood. Many young professionals and families reside in Canoga Park, and they tend to be liberal. The public schools of the neighborhood are above average.

Before the Mexican-American War, the neighborhood was a part of a rancho. Once the American army gained the victory, it was changed into wheat farms and subdivided later. Part of it was named Owensmouth, a town established in 1912.

Pre-American history

The area where Canoga Park is presently situated was the homeland of Native Americans in the Chumash-Ventureno and Tongya Fernandeno tribes, which lived in the Simi Hills and along the Los Angeles River’s tributaries. They exchanged goods with the North Valley Tataviam-Fernandeno people.


Canoga Park is known for its central location and fantastic weather. It is near many of the region’s top attractions. Various restaurants, cafes, shopping areas and parks like the shops at Vallarta and Westfield Topanga and the Village are present. Many festivals occur in Canoga Park all year round. Examples are the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade and the Dia de los Muertos festival.

Best things to do around and in Canoga Park

    Visit the Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society

Learning about an area's culture and history is the best way to connect with it. You can learn about the neighborhood’s past by visiting the Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. This museum features numerous exhibits. Some rotate while others are permanent, meaning visitors cannot lack something interesting to see. The items displayed in the museum illustrate life in the San Fernando Valley and Canoga Park in various eras, including the Mexican Rancho days, the aerospace industry days, the farming days, and the days of the Chumash Indians.   

    Unwind in Parthenia Park

If you want to spend time relaxing without having to travel too far, visit Parthenia Park. The park has attractive green spaces where you can enjoy a family picnic or lie on a blanket with a book. There is also a playground on site.

    Play golf at the Calabasas Country Club

This is a large property with numerous facilities, including an eighteen-hole championship golf course. The course is ideal for all levels but is challenging enough to keep even the excellent golfers on their toes. While making your way along the course, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and notice that all holes are named after a movie that was filmed on-site.

A flooding incident can affect anyone visiting or residing in Canoga Park. When such an incident occurs, it is essential to seek assistance from restoration experts.

How SERVPRO performs commercial flood damage restoration

Dealing with the aftermath of folding is a significant undertaking for any region or community to face. SERVPRO can mobilize multiple teams quickly within a few hours to respond to commercial flood damage in Canoga Park.

We understand that flooding can negatively affect your business because we are also business owners. We also understand the different disaster relief required by restaurants, condos, manufacturing plants, and office buildings. Regulations differ for these entities, and they change between municipalities and counties.

Our commercial flood damage restoration process includes:

  •     Floodwater extraction
  •     Structural drying
  •     Mold remediation
  •     Complete build-ups

Our team can use portable or truck-mounted water extraction equipment to remove floodwater quickly. If there is no power, we use electrical generators to provide the needed power. Vinyl wall coverings are common in commercial buildings. It is daunting to dry walls behind vinyl because vinyl wallpaper is a vapor barrier, which blocks water behind it. Vinyl prevents the transfer of moisture, and for that reason, dehumidifiers cannot eliminate moisture effectively from the wall. Our team can dry the walls covered with vinyl by removing the vinyl wall covering after communicating with you and the insurance adjuster. We can also eliminate the base molding, drill holes and force air into the wall cavity without ruining the wallpaper.

If you need flood restoration services for your commercial property in Canoga Park, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Winnetka Fitness Enthusiasts Should Take a Look at This

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Woman running Spice up your fitness routine with some dance moves in a funky cardio dance class.

Dance Your Way Around Winnetka with this Dance Fit Class

Picture this: it is another wonderfully cool January day in Winnetka, and you are preparing for your cardio routine. Would you rather jog down the same streets you always do, or would you instead take part in an Afrofunk cardio dance class?

For just $20, you can take part in Nu-Bein Dance Fit, a certified fitness instruction program that blends high-energy African music and dance with conventional cardio routines. Unlike most dance fitness routines, this unique style incorporates periods of rest and reflection, training up your mind and soul alongside your body. It is a unique experience that is unmatched by any other that we have seen.

Depending on the date you choose (the classes run every Saturday in the late morning), the group may meet via Zoom or in-person at various locations around northern Los Angeles. Contact Jessica Monea Evans to get up-to-date information on where the classes are to be held and whether or not they will continue past January. In-person courses are generally held in outdoor spaces to ensure adequate social distancing for all attendees.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills stands by 24/7 to help with water cleanup in your Winnetka home. Call us at (818) 998-1500.

A Rare Cultural Tour Opportunity Just South of Canoga Park

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Ariel view of California Canoga park residents, take time away to learn about the Hindu culture while exploring the Malibu Hindu Temple on a guided tour.

The Nearby Malibu Hindu Temple is Offering Guided Tours

Unbeknownst to many, a short drive down from Canoga Park can lead you to a rare cultural icon in the United States – the large, modern, and active Malibu Hindu Temple. This gorgeous and ornate Temple serves devout Los Angeles Hindus by providing places of worship, spiritual guidance, quiet meditative areas, South Asian food and amenities, and much more.

The Temple is an active place of worship and thus restricts who can visit its palatial grounds at what times. On Saturday the 26th, however, the Temple will offer a guided tour for those willing to learn and respect the Hindu culture and traditions. The tour will cover most of the Temple grounds, including many indoor areas closed off to non-worshipers for much of the pandemic. Along the way, tour-goers will receive a short guided meditation session. Tickets cost $15 if you call ahead or $20 at the door. Be sure to bring a bit of extra cash to purchase some of the unique refreshments offered in and around the Temple.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is a trusted local source for water damage restorations in Canoga Park. Call our emergency phone line 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

When Predictable California Weather Becomes Unpredictable in West Hills

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians When you experience storm damage of any kind, you can rely on SERVPRO's skilled technicians to bring your property back from destruction.

Just How Vulnerable is West Hills to the Next Big Earthquake?

Whether from local West Hills news sources or nationwide ones, every so often, we hear about the potential for another "big one" that shakes our city, quite literally. These massive earthquakes follow a pattern, more or less, and experts say we may be overdue. But, for all the fearmongering, how much risk do these "megaquakes" really pose? The answer to that may be complicated.

First, we must consider the probability of such an earthquake happening any time soon. While a pattern does exist in the geologic record, it is far from perfect. Sometimes, massive quakes occur just decades apart, while it may take centuries in other portions of history. Like many cyclic weather disasters, these events are unpredictable in their timing, and it may be just as likely as not that nobody alive today will ever see such a quake happen in California.

If a particularly severe earthquake does strike West Hills, the destruction may not be as bad as we expect. Most California buildings are built to withstand the sort of deadly earthquake that could level a city in times past. The great earthquake of 1906 that destroyed most of San Francisco would only cause minor damage to most buildings there today. Virtually every building in West Hills has been built or retrofitted to strict modern safety standards, so it would take an earthquake of truly unprecedented intensity to punch a dent in our community.

Even still, astute homeowners would do well to keep their residences prepared for a potential quake. Keeping fragile items away from places they might fall, ensuring that hazardous materials stay far removed from living areas, and other common-sense precautions are vital when a big earthquake hits. The "big one" may not be likely to knock over your home, but it could knock over some things inside if you are not careful!

West Hills Could Get Snowfall This Season… Or Could It?

Any longtime West Hills resident knows how rare snowfall can be in our city. While the nearby mountains usually get a light dusting at least once per year, the inhabited parts of Los Angeles rarely see a single flake. Being just a bit further north and closer to the mountains than most of the metro area, West Hills has one of the best snowfall chances in any given season. Snow is still rare, however, and requires a few different factors to come together in unison.

One of the most important reasons why we see less snowfall than other inland regions is the ocean. While the Pacific Ocean keeps us cooler in the summer than other places in the country, it also retains heat throughout the winter, keeping temperatures at a relative constant throughout the year. While this makes for a wonderfully warm and mild Los Angeles area, it does make our weather a bit more bland than elsewhere.

Before any projection on snowfall, one must examine if the temperatures allow for it. While snow does not require below-freezing temperatures to reach the ground (since it may be below freezing at higher altitudes), more than a few degrees above 32F makes snow a practical impossibility. Some years, the weather may not get low enough at all, even without cloud cover and precipitation. However, in any given year, the months of November, December, January, and February each have a chance at getting temperatures this low in the pre-dawn hours.

Next, we must have rain. Or, in this case, snow. Under most conditions, any snowfall fails to stick around for long, especially if conditions warm up and rain begins to wash the ice away. However, snow days are not impossible in Los Angeles. Between 1932 and 1962, multiple snowstorms blanketed the area with multiple inches that stuck around for most of the day. In one instance, a 500-person snowball fight erupted, which eventually turned into a full-on riot with numerous arrests. Since then, snow in the area has been rare, but we did see a bit of it in 2019.

So, could we see any snow this season? It is certainly possible. Although accurate forecasts are challenging to make beyond a few weeks in advance, several meteorologists have predicted that late January may be a period of cold, wet conditions. If it gets cold and wet enough, we could potentially see multiple inches of snow. Keep your fingers crossed and your snow chains ready because, with enough luck, 2021 might be a snow year for West Hills.

Top Reasons to Buy Flood Damage Insurance for Your West Hills Home

One of the most unfortunate mistakes that we see our West Hills neighbors make is to refuse or forget to acquire flood insurance. Flooding can happen to any home at almost any time, and while it may be a rare threat, it is one of the most common types of damage we see that is not covered by insurance. Most homeowner's insurance policies fail to cover flood damage without an extra premium, and we strongly recommend paying this (small) premium.

Flood Damage Can Happen to Anyone

SERVPRO franchises nationwide receive emergency calls about flood damage year-round. Flooding comes most often from rainstorms and natural disasters but can also result from human-made issues such as a faulty septic tank or an overflowing drainage ditch. Even something as simple as a busted water line can cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage to your home.

Repairing Damages Can Get Expensive

Although SERVPRO specializes in mitigating damages and reducing costs, flood damage scenarios are often the most time and resource-intensive projects that we handle. While most of our fire restoration projects remain small and localized, our flood damage restorations rarely involve just one room in a home.

It Gets Worse Without Repairs

Uninsured homeowners often try to reverse the damages without assistance or even leave the problem without a solution, hoping it goes away. Flood damages get worse without proper attention and care, with the potential to damage critical structural elements such as support columns and the foundation of your home. Getting assistance from a professional damage restoration company is vital if you hope to avoid these complications.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills works with your insurance to get you the best flood damage restoration service possible in West Hills in as little time as possible. Call us at (818) 998-1500. 

West Hills Residents – Experience the Virtual Skirball Center Hanukkah Celebration

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

west hills hospital with people out front Stay safe during the Holiday Season in West Hills. SERVPRO can help protect your homes against storm damage

This Celebration is Available Online for All West Hills, CA Residents

There is no reason you have to miss out on Hanukkah celebrations when virtual connections become available in times of social distancing. The Skirball Hanukkah Celebration is not canceled, and you can take part in it from the comfort of your own living room, virtually! This year, the Virtual 2020: Los Angeles – Skirball Hanukkah Celebration brings viewers the Festival of Lights online. This is a real one-of-a-kind event, fully streamed with all of the festivities that you would see in person.

  • Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Where: Online via YouTube streaming from the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Cost: Free

Be sure to join just before the streaming event for Hanukkah Show and Tell from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

The holiday season is for bringing everyone together, even when we have to remain apart due to the need for social distancing. If you find that you have fire damage cleanup needs after an emergency in your home, the team at SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is here to help. Call us at (818) 998-1500, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible to get started.

Canoga Park Business Professionals – Weekly Beach Café Lunch Meetup

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

NETWORK IMAGE OF IAMCP SERVPRO suggests to storm-damaged Canoga Park clients, check out the AIMCP virtual visit for a better networking experience.

The IAMCP Invites You to a Weekly Meetup in Canoga Park During Lunch Hours

Meeting up with other local business professionals in Canoga Park, CA, is the perfect way to network. These connections are even better when lunch is involved, even virtually. Due to local social distancing guidelines, weekly virtual meetups in the area have become the ultimate way to eat your lunch while enjoying the chance to talk with other International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) chapter members. This is a weekly event taking place online on Tuesdays, so you have multiple chances to join in!

  • Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 (and every Tuesday following)
  • Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Virtually
  • Cost: Free

If you cannot meet on December 1st, this is a recurring event that you can take advantage of on a Tuesday lunch break when your schedule allows.

Networking and communicating with business owners and homeowners alike in the area is vital to our crew at SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills. If you need reliable water restoration at your home, you can reach our skilled IICRC-certified technicians by calling (818) 998-1500. We arrive quickly to get to work so that your interior will be “Like it never even happened.”

Why Call for Skilled Assistance after Storms Rage Through the Canoga Park Region?

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

Canoga Park High School sign When stormy weather threatens to close down your local Canoga Park H.S.--call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Meticulously Executes Stormwater Removal, Leaving No Stone Unturned, to Restore Your Canoga Park Property to Pre-Loss Condition

Originally a town by the name of Owensmouth, Canoga Park got its start amidst San Fernando Valley barley fields. This settlement was founded back in 1912 and later became Canoga Park in 1931. Little did everyone know that this was the first step into turning this small portion of farmland into rapidly growing suburbia.

For many decades, the location of Owensmouth/Canoga Park is what kept it from becoming developed. Additionally, many of the landholders wanted to ensure that the land was preserved for mainly agricultural use throughout the area. Even while suburban settlements like Burbank and Calabasas took hold, ranches along with fields of orchards and wheat prevailed.

When the first decade of the 20th Century came to a close, the climate changed, and along with it came the popularity of automobiles and electric railways. This was when everything started moving fast, thus putting Canoga Park on the map with population and business growth.

Canoga Park, CA, Today

Nestled amidst the stunning western region of the San Fernando Valley, Canoga Park is a unique and diverse neighborhood. Taking a look at the landscape, you will find a broad range of ranch-style, modest homes with a few developments, condos, and living communities. The town boasts a variety of affordable restaurants catering to many tastes, including everything from Vietnamese or Italian cuisine to Mexican, Thai, burgers, bakeries, and more.

Some of the top restaurants located within Canoga Park include:

  • Dog Haus: Situated on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, this is a locally owned and operated eatery offering the best burgers and hot dogs in the area. Locals and travelers alike will enjoy this restaurant for the fast-paced ordering, outdoor seating, and takeout.
  • Broad Street Oyster Company: If you are looking for delectable seafood, this restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway is a stellar choice. You cannot only hire this team for catering, but you will also have a menu loaded with just about any seafood concoction you can imagine.
  • New York Chicken & Gyro: When you are craving halal or Mediterranean cuisine, then New York Chicken & Gyro on Topanga Canyon Boulevard is a must. This establishment is family owned and operated, including options for takeout, delivery, and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the local climate.
  • Oi Asian Fusion: This Filipino Asian fusion restaurant destination can be found on Canoga Ave. The menu overflows with everything from their famous Dynamite Fries to the must-try Oi Burger.

Must-See Shopping and Attractions Around Canoga Park, CA

Each city is unique when it comes to hidden gems and sightseeing options, with Canoga Park being no exception. Not only is the landscape stunning throughout the region, but it is also ripe with great places to browse and shop when you are in the area. Some of the top sites to see when exploring the town include:

  • Westfield Topanga & The Village: This is an upscale shopping destination known for its inviting, clean ambiance. Whether you are looking to catch a movie, check out exciting shops, or have a bite to eat, there is something here for everyone.
  • Sherman Way: Known as the "main street" in Canoga Park, this historic downtown area remains the community's hub. Here, you will find social and cultural offerings, vibrant businesses, antique shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and more. This street is also where you will find the Walk of Hearts, which includes beautiful bronze hearts that have been melded into the sidewalk as a way to offer recognition to local teachers.
  • Canoga Park Chamber of Commerce: Established back in 1912, this is one of the oldest chambers within Los Angeles. This local Chamber of Commerce has worked through the years to ensure the ideals and quality of life for the residents and businesses alike are well tended-to.

Canoga Park, CA, Weather and Climate History

As with many areas throughout the beautiful state of California, many people like to visit or move to Canoga Park for the incredible climate. This is a region that sees an average of 200 to 375 hours of sunshine each month throughout the calendar year. The temperatures range from mild to moderate, with some hotter months in the year. Taking a look at precipitation, there is an average of less than eight rainy days each month. However, there is a history of severe storms in the area that bring on flooding and substantial storm damage. Whenever a storm brings significant rain and wind, it is vital for all local businesses and homeowners alike to have ample means for cleanup and stormwater removal. This is where skilled restoration technicians can help with rapid action, fast extraction, and detailed cleaning and sanitizing.

Why Look to SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills for Removal of Water After a Storm?

Not Only Can Canoga Park, CA, Residents Count on Rapid Stormwater Removal, but SERVPRO Also Implements Industry-Proven Drying Methods for Best Results

Nobody expects that a storm will leave their interior with immense flooding and the potential for costly damage. However, being prepared will reduce the blow, which means having skilled cleanup technicians to handle the job. SERVPRO can come to your Canoga Park property to assess the water, taking the time to test for contamination. This allows us the best path to proceed with careful cleanup and drying methods to ensure everything is, "Like it never even happened."

When called for rapid stormwater removal in Canoga Park, we utilize commercial-grade extractors and pumps to pull out as much standing water as possible. From there, we use different techniques to ensure relative humidity gets restored to normal levels and no hidden moisture pockets get left behind.

  • We calibrate our meters and sensors to the materials, such as drywall and wood, to measure for moisture.
  • Extraction may take multiple passes, but our crews work to minimize the impact of secondary damage, taking the time to adjust as we go.
  • All tools get selected based on several factors, such as the moisture present and the space affected within your home.

For prompt, reliable results when you require stormwater removal, count on the skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills. With one call to (818) 998-1500, we send out a team to begin extraction and drying so that your interior gets back to preloss condition faster.

Visit Candy Cane Lane Near Canoga Park

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Los Angeles Winter Sunrise We are excited to see the city light up with Christmas lights.

Canoga Park is Five Minutes from Candy Cane Lane Christmas Lights

Homeowners in the Woodland Hills area have embraced the Christmas spirit. They install thousands of lights for all to enjoy in a variety of colorful displays. The displays include:

  • Entire homes decorated with lights
  • Lifesize Santa’s
  • Decorated Christmas trees
  • Santa’s sleigh and reindeer
  • Trains full of gifts
  • Elves and snowmen
  • Polar bears and much more

Eight blocks in Lubao and Oxnard streets have been getting into the Christmas spirit for the past 60 years. Everyone should see this impressive display. Candy Cane lane opens mid-December. The lights go on approximately 6 pm on opening night with Christmas music to celebrate the season. The lights are on display until Christmas eve. The street is closed to vehicles allowing everyone to stroll along the road safely while enjoying the show.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills provides professional fire and smoke restoration services to Canoga Park residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (818) 998-1500. We are available 24/7 to help with all fire damage restoration needs.

Where Can Owners Get Mold Safely Removed from Their Canoga Park Homes?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

woman looking at mold growing on her wall Removing mold from your home needs to be done quickly and safely. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

For Safe, Professional Removal, Canoga Park Residents Call SERVPRO

Why Do Homeowners Need SERVPRO to Eliminate Mold?

Why SERVPRO for Canoga Park? It’s not just that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, it is also the level of expertise and the extensive inventory of cleaning agents and equipment our technicians bring to every home. Our technicians follow the guidelines set out by the industry’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and carefully adhere to the state safety requirements.

What Methods Do Technicians Use?

To start mold removal in Canoga Park, our technicians use several methods:

  • Vacuuming and Wiping – Dry and settled spores often mix with dust. Technicians remove most of these spores with a vacuum and a HEPA filter designed to catch loose spores for disposal. For small or difficult to reach areas, they use a dry sponge. If the mold layer is thick, they may apply water or a mild, anti-bacterial cleaner. 
  • Agitation – For thick, sticky layers of mold, technicians need to break up the mold for removal. They can use brushes with or without a cleaning agent, scrapers, and even powered agitation devices, making certain not to harm the surface being cleaned 
  • Demolition – In some cases, mold hyphae penetrate property, like wall and ceiling panels, too deeply and have compromised the structural integrity. Technicians carefully break down this material and bag it for safe removal from the home without accidentally spreading mold throughout the residence. 

Is There Anything Else Homeowners Need to Worry About When It Comes to Mold?

Active mold can cause health problems for some people. Since we cannot remove all mold from any home, SERVPRO concentrates its efforts on the effects that active spores have on the residential and structural property. 

For more information about SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, IICRC guidelines, or anything else about restoring your home here or in Winnetka, call us today at (818) 998-1500. We are here to make a mold infestation “Like it never even happened.”  

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Are Flood Damages Reversible for Residential Properties?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

oriental rug and hardwood flooring Canoga Park Homeowners Know to Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Mitigation--We Strive to Restore and Not Replace, Like this Photo!

SERVPRO Flood Damage Recovery Teams Can Return your Canoga Park Home to a Pre-loss Condition After Natural Disasters.

A large weather event can cause flooding of your Canoga Park home. While most flooding situations that we come across result from burst water pipes or broken appliances, natural disasters can also lead to floodwater intrusion for residents. When dealing with flood losses, the two crucial factors are the amount of water entering the building and that water source. Generally, storm-related losses involve hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water entering a property. In the case of flash flooding, this water may contain massive contamination, dangerous to human health. We recommend that you avoid contact with flooded areas of the property and contact a local restoration service like SERVPRO as soon as possible to reduce losses.

What are black water impacts, and how do they affect loss recovery after a natural disaster?

The impact of flood damage in your Canoga Park home is usually calculated based on the category of water contamination. Blackwater, which is also known as category three water, is unsanitary water. Floods may carry silt and debris into your home alongside human pathogens or chemicals like pesticides. The dangerous nature of blackwater makes it necessary to perform the replacement of porous materials in your home. These materials could include carpets, textiles, and light-weight parts of a structure's building assembly like drywall. Some expensive fabrics in the home may be restorable even after black water exposure using advanced cleaning equipment. However, cheaper materials are replaced to avoid disease or other contamination remaining in the house after a flood.

How are high-value rugs cleaned after black water exposure?

  • Mechanical cleaning takes place using an Esporta washing machine to remove up to 99% of contaminants.
  • The material is treated with a powerful biocide cleaning agent to remove any harmful bacteria or viruses.
  • An industrial hygienist, if required, inspects the clean, dry rug to confirm that it is safe to reuse

Are hard-woods non-salvageable after exposure to black water?

Often expensive, resilient materials such as hardwood are recoverable from high-level water exposure. The cost of replacing these materials and the working hours required to reconstruct parts of the home far outweighs the cost of restoring these pieces of structure. Hardwoods are frequently saveable because they can handle powerful cleaning agents, biocides, disinfectants, and bleaches. SERVPRO can often recover these materials through careful cleaning and drying- even during black water emergencies. We operate quickly to save floor finishes as well as building framing. The less time a semi-porous material is exposed to black water, the less damage it takes on. Working quickly to dry these items is critical to the mitigation of losses in your home.

What types of harm does water exposure cause to hardwood?

  • Warping or buckling occurs as wood expands from absorbing excessive quantities of moisture. You may see pressure at the joints, and, in some cases, buckling becomes permanent after drying.
  • Cupping creates a concave shape from wooden materials and results from water exposure from the sides or back. It is often possible to sand floorboards and remove cupping.
  • Crowning occurs when water exposure warps wood into a convex shape and creating an arch. Crowning can happen when drying efforts are too aggressive and typically cannot be sanded out.

How do water technicians control hardwood floor losses?

Monitoring is an essential technique when dealing with valuable materials like hardwood floors. The monitoring process uses equipment like thermal hygroscopes, moisture sensors, and probes to regularly assess solid materials' moisture content. Some losses can occur as a direct result of over-drying, such as crowning. To avoid these types of losses, SERVPRO technicians ensure that woods return to their natural moisture content of around 12% without letting the materials dry out too much. Restoring floors can take months, but with careful measurements and techniques, we can return them to a preloss condition, often by sanding and refinishing the damaged materials.

What happens to wood products like particleboard after water exposure?

  • Materials held together by glue can often be non-salvageable as water exposure wears away the adhesive causing the ply to fall apart.
  • To restore wood materials, the wettest point must be within 4% of its natural moisture content.
  • Delamination of wood products can lead to disintegration and usually require professional replacement.

Flooding can lead to vast amounts of water exposure in your home. This exposure can include harmful substances, which may require extensive disinfectant and replacement of affected materials. Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.