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Limiting the Damages Left in a Property after Flood Damage Incidents in West Hills.

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

A street in a neighborhood with standing water. SERVPRO your West Hills flood damage can be even more than what the eyes can see. Let us help you limit the issues.

West Hills flood damage can leave behind so many problems in your home.

Flooding incidents can cause widespread damages to property. In extreme circumstances, there is no option but to tear down the entire property or move to a different area. Luckily, most flooding incidents are manageable. Some steps can help limit damages, especially when you take them early, or involve a professional like SERVPRO to help.

Contact with water is the major contributor to flood damage loss in West Hills. Taking actions that limit such contact for contents and building materials, helps reduce damages. Each case of flooding differs, so actions taken are unique for each situation. Our SERVPRO crews are trained to perform different processes, including content move-outs and protection or fast extraction of floodwaters.

The approach used to perform a task aimed at saving your property from flood damage matters. The main factors to consider are speed and efficiency. For instance, our SERVPRO crews expedite the process using a variety of extraction tools, including:

  • Truck-mounted Water Extractors
  • Submersible Pumps
  • High-Pressure Pumps
  • Self-Priming Trash Pumps

We also incorporate some aspects of demolition where necessary to release the water trapped in cavities within the house. Such demolition can involve cutting flood cuts opening up entire wall sections, or making vents or weep holes on specific areas, speeding up the water removal process.

In case the restoration starts after the water recedes from the house, kick-starting moisture control procedures immediately is essential to prevent secondary problems such as mold development and bad odor. Mold starts developing within 24 to 48 hours or any organic surface. Our SERVPRO crews expedite drying by boosting air movement with air movers. Dehumidifiers also help extract moisture from the air.

Another issue that plagues properties after flooding is contamination, which can pose health issues long after the incident. We clean surfaces with disinfectants and antimicrobial agents. We also perform controlled teardown to remove porous materials such as drywall, insulation, carpets, and pad, eliminating any chances of contaminants remaining in the property.

Saving property affected by flooding is a tricky process. Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to help address any problems from the incident, "Like it never even happened."

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Commercial Water Damage In Your Canoga Park Office

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in commercial property “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Damage from Standing Water in Canoga Park Office

When a pipe breaks in a building overnight, the potential for the water to pour into an office and leave behind a large amount of water damage can be significant. It is vital for cleanup of the water to occur it spreads and affects a larger area.

SERVPRO has an organized approach to the cleanup of commercial water damage in Canoga Park properties. Upon arrival, the technicians check to ensure the water is shut off and begin extraction efforts.

Advanced Moisture Detection
The technicians have the equipment to locate water under floors and behind walls. This scoping action is an integral part of water loss restoration as finding all areas of water migration assists with avoiding additional issues such as mold and musty odors.

Special Attention to Restoration vs. Replacement
Whenever possible, SERVPRO technicians try to restore items damaged by water through their various cleaning methods. Bacteria set up rapidly in standing water, and fast extraction is crucial to halt the degradation of the water quality from clean to gray to black rapidly.

Extraction Equipment
The portable pumps have the suction to pull even deeply embedded water out of the structure and carpet. The techs do several passes over the loss area to ensure they remove as much moisture as possible before drying. There is no delay in the cleaning up deep water, as the techs have access to submersible pumps.

Controlled Demolition as Needed
Sheetrock that has wicked moisture and shows signs of warping or buckling has no potential for restoration. Techs measure above the waterline by several inches and cut the damaged area away. This action halts the absorption of water and readies the wall for easy repairs. Industrial carpet and glued down tiles commonly delaminate after exposure to standing water. The techs inspect both types of flooring for the possibility of reuse through their cleaning and restoration methods.

Limit Disruptions During Mitigation
Whenever possible, SERVPRO dries the contents in place to limit disruptions to the office. This process works in favor of companies as there is very little to do after SERVPRO completes the restoration other than reopening and getting back to business.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 can be on-site quickly to cleanup commercial water damage and restore the property to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Fire Damage Poses Safety Risks for West Hills Homes

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Two firemen on ladder fighting second story flames Areas of your home untouched by flames can have structural damage. Safety is important! Contact professionals for fire damage restoration.

Staging and Hazard Assessment for West Hills Homes  

Creating the most efficient approach for mitigation and emergency services in your fire-damaged West Hills home is critical. One of the effective means of maximizing our output is through staging areas that can support the storage of our equipment and products throughout the phases of mitigation that begin as soon as our team arrives. This unaffected area of your home can be a more accessible location for the tools, devices, and products the SERVPRO restorers on-site need to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.”  

Staging areas are a common element to most of the fire loss recoveries. Still, before the restoration of fire damage in West Hills houses can begin, we must also inspect potential hazards. The safety of our technicians and the occupants of the house is a paramount priority of our team, and that is why risk assessment and management become integrated with the initial scoping of the job completed by our crew chief and production manager before work begins. During this evaluation of the property, we look for common threats that exist after many structure fires.  

  • Structural weaknesses that could collapse or fall apart
  • Slip or trip hazards that exist before fire debris removal has taken place. 
  • Exposed electrical elements or water intruding into charged items and outlets that pose shock threats. 
  • Dark areas that could have unforeseen risks 

We must also consider if anyone still on site is at risk for exposure to damaging conditions. Air quality threats are a common threat in this regard, as the presence and circulation of soot and smoke particles can cause health effects with direct exposure. Our SERVPRO team arrives with sufficient personal protective equipment to begin mitigation safely and encourage occupants of the house to vacate until our professionals can manage these risks adequately.  

As threatening as fire loss incidents can be for your home, they can be a dangerous situation if we do not take appropriate precautions to assess potential risk. You can count on fire recovery to be thorough with our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team. Contact us whenever you need us at (818) 998-1500.  

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SERVPRO Explains the Dangers in a Canoga Park Home after a Water Loss

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Black Image of Person Slipping and Falling SERVPRO Says Slipping Hazards and Electrical Dangers Are Real Threats When Removing Water from Canoga Park Area Properties

Identifying Hazards After Canoga Park Water Damage

As important as it is for our SERVPRO professionals to quickly gain control of a water loss incident in Canoga Park homes, safety is a priority. Not only does a cautious step or two prevent injury and damaging conditions for our technicians, but it can also reduce the risks to our customers as well. Many hazards can exist in a home during flooding or substantial water loss scenarios, and we have trained our team members to identify these risks and address them directly.
Knowing what could be a threat to the health and wellbeing of our technicians and customers is a vital element to successful contending with water damage in Canoga Park homes. That mindset of doing things the safest possible way is a point of pride that sets us apart from competitors in the area. We have earned accolades as a top San Fernando Valley franchise because of our focus on more than just the immediate effects of a water loss incident. Identifying the hazards present in a home begins with a thorough inspection of the property.
Depending on the severity of the water loss incident, many structural concerns could exist that could unexpectedly threaten the safety of our restoration technicians. Overhead threats like ceiling tiles and materials weighted down by water saturation could collapse. Similarly, wood flooring and subflooring material can deteriorate and weaken to even the weight of foot traffic, leading to falling hazards.
Lighting is always a concern for our employees, as it is difficult to gauge our restoration of a home if we cannot see the work getting done. We can supply work lights and power to a damaged property when necessary, notably when flooding conditions from broken pipes exist in the house. These instances can also provide a secondary threat for our team in shock hazards, so we may have no choice but to temporarily disconnect power to the house to extract, dry, and clean up the damages.

 We approach disasters with a safety-conscious attitude, and that can help to keep our technicians and customers protected as we efficiently address the effects of the loss. However, we can help by giving our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team a call at (818) 998-1500.

We Can Help Clean After A Pipe Leak In Your Canoga Park Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Damage to the ceiling after water issue Swift disaster cleanup is just a phone call away at (818) 998-1500.

Cleaning Pipe Leak Water Damage in a Canoga Park Residence

California homeowners may not see much flooding from storms nowadays. Still, something as simple as a cracked or damaged pipe can cause plenty of damage to and behind structures. Carpets, walls, and floors can become host to mold, odors, and other contaminants that can affect the durability and safety of your home.

If your Canoga Park home suffers water damage after a disaster, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within 24 hours to save the day. SERVPRO team members and franchise owners receive extensive education on cleanup equipment, techniques, and theory, so their knowledge can save your home and preserve your belongings. No matter when the disaster occurs, you can expect swift and proactive service.

Get the Most Out of Your Claim
Slow-moving water damages, like pipe leaks, can often have claims reduced or denied without taking thorough stock of the situation. To get optimal coverage when filing your claim:

    •    Keep records of maintenance and repairs. Not only is this a good practice for your home, but it can help you identify when potential issues occurred or what failures could contribute to them.
    •    Read your policy. Make sure the terms cover your situation. Understand what responsibilities are considered yours and which ones are taken on by the insurer.
    •    Maintain your home every spring and fall. Use the ideal weather for maintenance. Small repairs regularly can help you avoid the cost of a more massive disaster.
    •    Consider upgrading. When looking over your policy, you may find that it does not adequately cover the things you need. Add terms as needed to your plan to make sure you are covered in a way that is tailor-made for your home.

SERVPRO is Here to Help
When technicians come to you, the focus is kept on restoring your home to a preloss condition. However, depending on the damage, some items may need replacement. With enough exposure to water, carpet and pad can experience delamination, making safe reinstallation unfeasible. On top of that, extensive exposure to water can weaken the durability of carpeting by as much as 50%, leaving you with a less fragile flooring solution. Technicians can use rovers, wet/dry vacuums, and extraction wands, among a plethora of other equipment, to prepare your carpet for thorough drying.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is a crew you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Swift disaster cleanup is just a phone call away at (818) 998-1500.

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Smoke and Odors Create Poor Air Quality in the Canoga Park Area Post Wildfires--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

smoke and fire in timbers by two power towers When Wild Fires Strike Closeby to Your Canoga Park Property--SERVPRO Is Also Closeby, and Ready to Help

Canoga Park Homes Affected by Wildfires Need Stout Odor Control

Most Southern Californians agree that one of the worst parts about wildfire damage is the residual odors left behind. The pungent smoke odors have the potential to embed deeply and often prove difficult to remove. The Tick Wildfire does not have to directly impact your property. The air polluted by these types of wildfires can cause extensive damage.

The root of the need for odor control from wildfires in Canoga Park residences ranges from light to heavy depending on the amount of fire loss within the property or the zone within the heat and smoke and how rapidly cleanup efforts commenced.

The odor from wildfires generally requires stronger applications than methods that simply cover the smell. Smoke odors emanate from soot particles and residues that need cleaning. SERVPRO technicians use both professional cleaning methods, solvents, and cleaners as well as equipment to remove all types of smoke residues and lessen odors.

Dry and Wet Smoke
A single area of a home may contain both types of smoke residue, and each type requires the correct cleaning processes, or the result may be more damage. Dry cleaning sponges are very efficient for picking up dry smoke, while greasy smeary wet smoke residues often require a solvent to loosen their grip to surfaces for total cleaning.

Removal of Fire Loss Debris
The charred building materials and contents in the home require elimination and in some cases, are cut away through controlled demolition techniques. This action diminishes pungent scents, and the set up of ventilation and air scrubbers also assists in odor removal. There is the added problem of air quality--both within the structure and the surrounding area.

Odor Control Methods for Stubborn Odors
There are a few ways to remove deeply embedded odors in the structure. A standard method SERVPRO technicians use is thermal fogging. This application heats a solvent to the point it is fog, and it behaves like smoke and deeply penetrates anywhere soot may be and neutralizes it.

Hydroxyl generators are a safe way to remove odor-causing airborne particles from the premises. This piece of equipment emits UV rays that create radical ionized molecules that are not harmful to humans or pets and eradicates odors by pairing with them.

When you have stubborn odors from wildfires, contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. The technicians have a diverse array of equipment, tools, and applications to make the odor issue in the home disappear, "Like it never even happened."

We Get You Back To Business In Canoga Park

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

A Dehumidifier and air mover working  to remove the last vestiges of water vapor in floor Our SERVPRO dehumidifier and air movers remove water vapor from the flooring. Call us right away so we can get started to prevent further damage.

Hazardous Situations Solved by Commercial Water Removal, Allowing Restart of Plant Operations in Canoga Park

Whenever a pipe breaks, vats overflow, or the roof leaks during a storm, your Canoga Park plant's safety levels can plummet. Not only are accidents of the slip and fall variety more likely, but chemical contamination and electrical hazards also increase. Federal regulations require different protocols for different situations, including the evacuation of your facilities. Getting the water out of the equation decreases the problem's severity and allows you to concentrate on any additional issues.

After an accident, plant managers in Canoga Park need rapid water removal, and SERVPRO carries all the necessary equipment to get things done swiftly. Our equipment allows us to extract vast volumes of water at a steady rate. A large water supply pipe, with its high pressure, can flood a factory very quickly. Shutting off the main valve into the plant might cause a hardship in the lavatories and kitchen facilities, but until the line's repairs seal off the break, such shut-offs remain necessary.

When water damage comes from a break in a level not on the ground, getting it extracted before it can drain through the building's structure can protect many interior components. Moisture can spread very quickly from one area to another place. We need to protect the machines in your factory like we protect the structure. The moving parts inside machinery can corrode if humidity levels remain elevated significantly above normal. Malfunctioning equipment can injure workers in the vicinity and fail to function.

Just like our pump trucks have different attachments to remove water in its liquid form, they also have attachment points for us to hook up other extraction equipment. Our crew members use portable units that function like the well-known wet-vac but with a much larger tank. Getting the floors dry makes them safer by providing visibility and traction.

Our pump trucks also help us with removing water vapor in the building's air and many other components. Metal fabricated warehouses with or without interior structural materials can rust after prolonged exposure to moisture. When walls retain water from a top-down water line break, we can aerate the interior environment and get it dry from the inside to the outer surface, increasing the effectiveness of any air movers and desiccant machines present.

When necessary, our building services department crew helps with other aspects of our customers' property. HVAC and electrical systems, in addition to plumbing, are handled by our highly experienced professionals.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills' employees realize that strict Federal and California regulations regarding worker safety and facility management exist and that failure to adhere to such standards can create gaps leading to injury or worse. Plant closure means lost revenue and missed shipments. Call us at (818) 998-1500, 24/7 for emergency response.

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Water Damage Restoration in Canoga Park: Why Credentials Matter

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment inside SERVPRO storage facility Our technicians are trained and certified to use each piece of equipment to restore your home.

Certifications for Our Water Recovery Specialists in Canoga Park 

Water loss incidents can tap into the adventurous, or perhaps frugal, nature of many Canoga Park residents. To save money or time, individual property owners look to address the effects of these losses on their own. Still, many find themselves overwhelmed with the needs of the property and the limitations of their equipment and expertise. Our professionals have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in many facets related to restoring water loss emergencies. 

We work hard for the certifications that our team has acquired, and that gives us the knowledge to address all of your needs from deodorization to water removal in Canoga Park. Because of our certification, we have a credible voice in the restoration communities and can provide our customers with a fast and confident response that begins mitigation work as soon as our professionals arrive. Water removal is an essential element to overcome substantial water loss incidents. 

We have multiple pieces of equipment that can help with quickly extracting standing water from floors to get the drying process started. In homes, harder flooring can get found in many places like the kitchen, bathroom, and other communal areas. Removing the standing water in these areas, without contending with saturation concerns that can develop over prolonged periods, involves the deployment of numerous tools and pieces of equipment ranging from our truck-mount extractor to our light wands attached to portable wet-vacs. 

Our preparedness for substantial water loss ensures that we always have trained professionals ready to respond to the needs of your home. In the water restoration niche alone, our SERVPRO team has accreditations that include: 

  • WRT – Water Restoration Technician
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OCT – Odor Control Technician
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technician 

We continue our education in these fields to produce technicians that are among the most knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team can help you through even significant loss situations with our broad inventory of recovery tools and rapid response in a crisis. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500. 

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West Hills Home Under a Smoke Attact after a Fire? Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration, "Like it never even happened."

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flame still burning on an unattended stove top range SERVPRO Says Be Careful with Kitchen Cooking to Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage to Your West Hills Home. Turn off that burner!

Fire and Smoke Damage West Hills – It Can Happen So Easily

Here is a nightmare scenario. Supper is over, and it is time to clean up the dishes. A gas burner remained on a low setting. The kitchen is hot from cooking, and no one notices the hot burner. Everyone is in a hurry. The parents go out for a drink. One daughter is babysitting. The other daughter is home studying in her bedroom when the fire alarm goes off. A plastic cutting board remained on the hot burner.

SERVPRO responds to fire damage events in West Hills and surrounding areas for both small fires as well as those that cause catastrophic damage. We can help restore your home after the fire is out, and the fire department has left. The couple who left the burner on is fortunate. A quick-thinking neighbor threw the cutting board into the sink before there was much damage.

Fire Department Responds
When the fire department arrived with four trucks, the fire was out, and the house was full of smoke. After assessing the situation, the firemen suggested placing a large box fan in the kitchen window to exhaust some of the noxious fumes. This couple was fortunate that there was so little damage. However, what about the smoke damage from the burned plastic cutting board?

Potentially Toxic Gases
It is difficult to know what gases are emitted while the cutting board was smoldering. Some of the gases can be quite toxic. These include carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen chloride.

Ventilation and Odor Removal
SERVPRO recommends for this situation that the home should be well ventilated and that all surfaces cleaned of any residue.
In more challenging situations, technicians may need to wear air-filtered masks for severely damaged conditions. Consider a professional cleaning to eliminate the soot and pungent odors from your home. These smells can remain for months until corrected mitigated. Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators and even thermal fogging may be required.

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

We Follow The Proper Steps To Ensure West Hills Flood Damage Is Restored Efficiently

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

a desiccant dehumidifier on a truck outside a home SERVPRO can provide the equipment needed such as the desiccant dehumidifier shown to restore your home after flood damage.

Flood Damage West Hills – Water Pipe Fitting Gives Way

Flood damage often comes from storms; however, broken water pipes can also flood homes or business offices as well. As pipe joints age and foundations shift, leaks can develop inside walls and go undetected until water is flooding an entire floor. Carpeting, underpad, walls, and even the subfloor can absorb moisture requiring removal and restoration.

SERVPRO can respond to flood damage in West Hills and surrounding areas immediately. Our first step is to mitigate the leak. The main water supply is shut off, and we confirm that it is safe from electrical hazards to enter the premises. Our crew chief can assess the damage and arrange for water removal equipment to be delivered. Furniture and contents are removed, dried and placed in a staging area while work on your home or office is completed.

Replacement of Carpet and Under pad

In some situations, the carpet and underpad must be replaced. The carpet is replaced if it separates from the backing. The underpad is usually replaced as well to ensure that the subfloor is entirely dry before new carpeting and under padding is installed.

Otherwise, SERVPRO can use a weighted water extractor to remove as much moisture as possible. One of our technicians rides on the extractor to enhance the efficiency of the extractor. Air movers and dehumidifiers are brought in to dry the carpet and the underpad completely. The air movers blow dry air in the direction of the dehumidifier over the damp carpet.

Flood Cuts

The wall may be removed up to a foot or two above the floor to remove damp or wet drywall after flood damage. Wet insulation and wall structures are exposed where water was pouring out of the broken pipe. SERVPRO checks and fully dries all areas that may have been exposed to avoid future problems with mold and odors.

Once the walls are dry, restoration contractors can begin. They can install new insulation, drywall, underpad and carpeting to bring your home back to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

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

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