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What is the Best Way to Clean Sheetrock with Mold Damage in Canoga Park Properties?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls and ceiling of a room Facing a recent mold infestation? Team SERVPRO has tools to investigate the cause and then remediate the mold damage. We are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Performs Professional Mold Damage Remediation for Canoga Park Homes and Businesses

The main requirement for a surface to get cleaned during Canoga Park mold remediation is to withstand the cleaning method used. Unfortunately, most porous objects, including sheetrock, are poor candidates for the deep cleaning applications necessary to eradicate visible dried colonies.

SERVPRO brings professional mold damage mitigation to Canoga Park properties. The technicians can inspect the sheetrock and see if it needs removal due to mold growth on the building materials. The goal during the remediation is to remove materials and contents ruined by a mold infestation and bring the interior humidity levels down under 50%, which is unsustainable for mold colonies to survive.

SERVPRO technicians know through their training and years of experience that mold growth is always a sign of a larger issue supporting the infestation. Common reasons for mold growth include unresolved water damage from leaks and poor ventilation retaining humid air.

Once the techs have diagnosed the reason for the mold growth and the areas affected within the home, they work to determine the scale of the infestation and set up containment. Placing plastic barriers over vents and doorways limits the spread of airborne mold spores that could germinate in other areas of the property.

We strive to restore damaged building materials and not replace

If our inspection and visual search indicate that the hyphae (root-like) structures of the mold colonies have not penetrated deeply past the cardboard backing of the drywall, we can use various methods to mechanically remove them. Once the interior humidity levels get brought down through the use of SERVPRO's professional drying equipment, the technicians remove the dried matter left behind using various methods, including: 

  • Hand scraping and removing with hand vacs with HEPA filtration
  • The use of soda and ice blasting
  • Sponge blasting on surfaces that cannot tolerate soda or ice blasting

Canoga Park residents rely on SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for professional mold damage mitigation in both homes and businesses.

Sewage and Water Damage Cleanup in West Hills Homes Needs Professional Care

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged area of wood around a pipe in the floor Sewer and toilet backup issues are best handled by professionals. Call SERVPRO to quickly assess the situation and formulate a remediation plan.

SERVPRO Can Extract Hazardous Water in West Hills Properties Safely

Of all the types of damage from water that can affect a West Hills property, sewage-tainted issues are by far one of the most dangerous kinds of mitigation that SERVPRO technicians handle. This type of water carries a rating as a class three biohazard and can hold a variety of bacteria and pathogens with the potential to cause harm or illness.

SERVPRO technicians have decades of experience dealing with sewage-tainted water damage restoration services in West Hills homes. Some of the most common reasons for this type of water in a home come from 

  • Toilet backup
  • Sewer mainline blockage
  • Flooding from groundwater that contains raw sewage    

Scoping the structure is vital to ensure that all home areas get addressed where the water is located. In particular, probes for under flooring and infrared cams that can show temperature changes behind walls are beneficial for ensuring that none of the moisture gets left behind.

The airborne water vapor can be as hazardous as the water within the structure. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians wear head-to-toe protective equipment, including respirators, to handle the cleanup in properties with contaminated water and to ensure they do not aspirate anything harmful. Containment around the worksite is another common feature during this type of cleanup. This action halts the potential for cross-contamination within the structure.

The techs use proprietary liquid solutions to treat the water to make it safer to handle during extraction and clean surfaces that come into contact with the water. The three most common agents to see during this type of water damage mitigation include antimicrobial, disinfectants, and sanitizing solutions. 

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at  (818) 998-1500 has the training and professional water damage restoration services to safely handle contaminated water within West Hills properties. The certified techs arrive promptly and make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Can a Bell Canyon Company Remain Open During Commercial Fire Damage Restoration?

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

soot covering the walls of a house Soot can soil both the walls and the contents of your commercial location. Team SERVPRO is available to clean and remediate the fire damage.

SERVPRO Serves Bell Canyon With Professional Commercial Fire Cleanup Services

Even a small amount of fire damage can grind a Bell Canyon business to a halt with problems such as: 

  • Soot on walls and ceilings
  • Inspection of stored stock for damage
  • The need for water cleanup 
  • Charred building materials cause odors
  • Dangers from damaged structural elements from heat

During fire damage restoration services in Bell Canyon properties, SERVPRO recommends that it is generally best to close the building temporarily because of the potential to transfer soot particles throughout the building and the possibility of soot being an irritant for some people.

SERVPRO technicians thoroughly inspect the furnishings, stock, and other items to see if they can be covered or require a pack-out during the cleanup and restoration. The techs set up cleaning stations to handle non-porous things that can benefit from abrasive or immersive cleaning methods. These actions are some of the most common ways to remove smoke residues.

In the case of data centers or other electronic equipment, both heat and water can cause issues, and these devices should not be tested to avoid the danger of shock or permanent damage. SERVPRO can arrange for an industry professional to inspect the equipment to determine if it is in good working order or requires repairs before bringing it back into the building for reuse.  

Before reopening the building, SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians do a visual inspection to ensure the structure is sound. The problem areas left behind by the fire have been addressed through either controlled demolition to remove ruined items or restorative cleaning applications. 

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 stands ready to assist Bell Canyon commercial properties with any size and type of fire damage restoration services needed. The trained and certified technicians are on call and willing to help 24/7.

How Can You Tell if Water is Trapped in Your Canoga Park Home?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling with peeling paint When excess water gets trapped in your walls, damage quickly ensues. Contact SERVPRO to detect and remediate water damage in your home.

Removing Trapped Moisture is Vital to Prevent Losses Like Mold Growth in Canoga Park Properties

Trapped and bound water in your house can ultimately deteriorate hosting building elements and contents. We must respond and react quickly where absorbed moisture is believed to be to prevent this degradation and secondary effects like microbial growth. Restoring the property to its original condition means appreciating where focused drying attention is necessary.

Moisture Detection Tools and Equipment

Identifying where moisture damage exists when we first arrive can be among the vital mitigation steps that improve water restoration in Canoga Park homes. As challenging as trapped moisture can ultimately be, a combination of devices must get used to track the presence of damp pockets and migrating water like thermal imagery, surface meters, and probing moisture detectors.

Flood Cuts and Controlled Demolition

Providing access to the damaged areas of a house can be crucial to improving the restorability of materials. Our general contractor license allows us to complete a range of controlled demolition actions, including flood cuts. Removing several inches of water-damaged drywall and baseboard trim allows for access with our special cavity-drying tools.

Special Equipment for Drying Structural Cavities

While we can drill holes in the drywall behind baseboards for access with special drying equipment, more widespread threats are better overcome by using a combination of powerful drying tools. These promote evaporation and humidity regulation in damaged structural cavities where damp materials exist. Some of the equipment used here includes:

  • Positive pressure systems
  • Negative pressure systems
  • Low-profile centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Whether water damage reaches structural cavities like wall systems, flooring systems, or ceilings, our professionals need to work fast to overcome these concerns. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills has several drying tools and mitigating strategies to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (818) 998-1500.

Three Vital Mitigation Actions for West Hills Homes After Water Damage

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

a girl holding a bucket to catch water leaking from her ceiling Regardless of which direction the water came in from, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians 24/7 for effective water removal services.

Mitigating Loss Often Falls to Three Specific Approaches Happening in Damaged West Hills Properties

It is always wise to act fast when water damage occurs. Mitigation can take many forms, and each of these emergency services helps shorten the ultimate restoration and recovery time to a more manageable situation. Emergency services also help to improve the efficiency of specific restoration tasks like:

  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction
  • Mold removal

Removing At-Risk Contents 

Among the first stages of water damage mitigation in West Hills is assessing the threat to exposed contents and personal belongings. Relocation can be a quick and simple step to protect these items when considerable harm is possible. In addition to moving these contents to a new area of the residence, we can also provide focused cleaning and restoration of personal belongings at our nearby SERVPRO facility.

Extracting Standing Surface Water

Another focal point of mitigation after water damages is the need to remove standing water from the house. We have clear extraction plans that use several tools and machines from our industry-leading recovery inventory, such as submersible pumps and vacuums. Surface water elimination protects the exposed flooring and wall system materials.

Controlled Demolition and Repairs 

As leading restoration IICRC-certified professionals in the area, much of our action is intended to prevent the need for tear-out and reconstruction. When these outcomes are inevitable, we have a general contractor license to provide a wealth of build-back services that can help. From controlled demolition to full-scale reconstruction, we can make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Flood and water damage can both be traumatic for the property. Without swift and deliberate action by experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team, your home and its belongings can become irreparably damaged by the loss. We are ready to help 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

Removing Floodwater from Canoga Park Crawlspaces

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

a crawlspace in a house Make sure that flooding doesn’t affect your crawlspace after a storm. Contact team SERVPRO right away should your home be affected.

Clearing Flooding from Underneath Your Canoga Park Residence Protects the Structure and Its Occupants

Flood damage can be among the most threatening situations for area homes, so when these conditions exist, our team needs to arrive quickly to protect the structure and its contents. We have effective mitigation solutions for flooded crawlspaces.

Extraction Solutions Under the House

Removing standing water can be the first step in overcoming flood damage to Canoga Park homes, including the impact on areas like the crawlspace. Pooling stormwater can overwhelm this space beneath the property, making it vital for our SERVPRO team to use water removal tools for natural flooding in our inventory like wet vacuums, truck-mount extractors, and trash pumps.

Drying Prevents Moisture Migration

Effective drying must be a focal point to prevent moisture migration to the living space or the persistent damp conditions facilitating mold growth. Our team has several tools and devices in our recovery inventory to help manage evaporative drying needs. Some of the commonly used tools in these confined spaces include:

  • Axial air movers
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Electric heaters

The Possibilities of Crawlspace Encapsulation

One of the advantages of choosing a team of professionals with a general contractor license is our ability to provide permanent solutions to prevent recurring flood damage. Encapsulation coats walls with thick plastic sheeting and waterproofs the space beneath the house with a combination of water diversion and installed pump systems, if needed.

The crawlspace can be a common place for water and flood damage to occur after natural disasters and fierce storms. With how quickly these conditions can threaten the main living space of the residence, our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team responds fast to help. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

Your Canoga Park Business Can Be Restored After A Water Damage Incident

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded office building with furniture floating everywhere When water damage affects your business, quick action is what you need. Contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for effective water removal.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Your Canoga Park Business

While it is true that big storms and flooding can cause a great deal of damage to buildings in Canoga Park, there are several other factors that can result in a water emergency in your office building. Small leaks can sometimes create more damage than natural disasters since they happen more often and usually go unnoticed for a long time.

Water leaks in your office building pose a significant threat since there is a large number of people using water fixtures on a daily basis. Leaks in your commercial building lead to the waste of hundreds of gallons per day, significantly increasing your bills each month. Water damage restoration in Canoga Park is needed right away when you find an issue, and SERVPRO staff can make it, so it looks “Like it never even happened.”

One common issue in commercial buildings, especially those with public restrooms, is your toilets. They get much use, and their parts quickly wear out and can let water leaks occur. The malfunctioning parts are not expensive and easy to replace, but if the leak itself is neglected, it can lead to a substantial repair bill. Leaky faucets are another common concern for commercial buildings that usually get overlooked. Similar to the toilet, leaks here are usually the result of worn-out parts, and if they are not replaced, it results in a significant water loss.

A water leak in the bathroom of your office building is an inconvenience at best, and SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are careful to work around your employees as you continue your daily operations. We understand that any disruptions can cost you lost hours of work and revenue, so we do our best to work quickly to fix the issue and not cause a distraction.

Water Removal Services

To ensure we can get the job done faster, we use air movers to increase evaporation and lower drying time. Air movers work by creating airflow at the level of the surface, which pushes moisture into the air as vapor, so drier air replaces the wet air. Air movers are made as 1, 2, or 3-speed units, so we always have the right tool available according to the situation.

Plumbing leaks are yet another issue for commercial buildings. Deteriorated sewer lines and broken water supply pipes are the most common of these problems seen and can create extensive water leaks and severe damage. Plus, the sewer lines and piping systems are usually buried underground or found inside the walls, so detecting these leaks is difficult.

When your commercial building in West Hills, Bell Canyon, or Winnetka has a water damage emergency, trust SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to get to you fast. As soon as you find an issue, get in touch with us by dialing (818) 998-1500, and we can have your building dry again in no time.

Canoga Park, Flooding, SERVPRO, a Great Cleanup!!

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture everywhere Facing flooding in your home? Team SERVPRO can help with knowledgeable technicians and water removal equipment to tackle the job.

Mitigating Groundwater Flood Damage in a Canoga Park Home

With the coming of spring, California's rainy season is drawing to a close until fall, but unexpected storms and rising water levels from Bell Creek or the Los Angeles River can give homeowners quite the headache when they find their floors flooded with groundwater.

If you come home from work to find groundwater flood damage in your Canoga Park home, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to respond to your emergency, extricate the water, and restore your home to its pre-flood condition to prevent structural damage and mold proliferation. "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Restoration

While floodwater does not often need extraction by the time your SERVPRO team arrives, that does not mean the water has left your home entirely. Instead, porous surfaces such as carpet, wood, and drywall have absorbed groundwater. Groundwater flooding is referred to as black water, as the chances of contamination from materials such as sewage are high. With a homeowner's permission, our professionals can move right to moving and blocking intact furniture as well as removing ruined furniture to prevent further damage to your possessions.

Moisture sensors are used to evaluate the moisture-wicking by sheetrock or drywall. Because the absorption properties of these materials work against gravity, our team makes flood cuts six inches above the highest reaches of moisture accumulation to facilitate drying and mold prevention. Industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers are positioned and utilized in tandem to pull moisture out of walls and flooring, while dry air soaks up this moisture like a sponge. Antimicrobial cleaners are also used to cleanse surfaces after drying to ensure extra protection against mold, fungus, and other contaminants from Black Water.

Flooding with contaminated water can also fill your home with unpleasant odors, and our technicians can use ULV wet foggers to release a dense mist with agents that bind to odor-causing particles to make them cleanable after falling onto surfaces.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is ready to serve the area 24/7. If you have a disaster that needs professional cleanup and mitigation, give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

Is Professional Fire Damage Restoration Necessary in Canoga Park?

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering everything Did your home face a recent fire? Contact Team SERVPRO to effectively remediate the fire damage and tackle any remaining odors.

Prompt, Reliable Restoration by SERVPRO Ensures Canoga Park Residents Get a Handle on Fire Damage

Many actions could lead to a house fire, big or small. How fast you act to address soot and smoke odors and visible fire damage dictates the outcome. Once your family and pets are safe, and first responders give the okay to enter your property, calling SERVPRO helps you get the results you deserve. We are here for all Canoga Park residents 24 hours a day to provide prompt, dependable fire restoration. Our goal is to get there quickly to minimize the cost and loss so that you can get back to your routine quickly. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What happens when you call on SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in Canoga Park? Within a few hours of initial contact, you will have a team of IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) at your door and ready to assess all damage. Some of the most common reasons we get called fire damaged homes include:

  • Electrical fires
  • Unattended cigarettes, candles, fireplaces, etc.
  • Kitchen/cooking-related fires

Our Green Fleet of vehicles comes fully equipped with the tools and products to execute each job quickly and efficiently. Not only do we handle all debris removal, but we look further into all structural elements to ensure safety. When it comes to smoke odors, we have Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on our team to handle all soot and smoke residue – even when it travels throughout your HVAC system. We use:

  • Oxidizing cleaners
  • Generalized surface cleaning agents
  • Acid-based cleaners
  • Cream cleansers
  • Soda blasting methods
  • Thermal fogging, and more

It is vital that you return to your home without any reminders of the fire event that took place. Hiring SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills for fire damage restoration is the only way to get proven results. Call us at (818) 998-1500 when you require assistance, day or night.

It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage to a white wall in a house When you see or smell mold in your home, time is of the essence. Contact Team SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the mold damage.

Finding Mold Damage In Your West Hills Home

Detecting and locating mold damage in a West Hills home is often one of the most challenging and complicated parts of the remediation process. To adequately eliminate threats and signs of mold, we must first precisely locate where the fungus is growing. However, this is no easy task, even when advanced tools and detection techniques assist us. The mold must first be located before verifying how large of an issue there is. Once you call SERVPRO, we can use our tools and expertise to nail down the exact location of the infestation.

What Should You Do When You Find Mold?

If you encounter any signs of mold damage in your West Hills home, such as a foul or musty odor or discoloration along a wall, investigate that sign and try to locate the infestation. If the discoloration grows more concentrated or the foul odors become more concentrated as you move to another part of the room or even another room entirely, you may be close to the inception point of this infestation. Try to figure out how many rooms contain growth, where it is in each room, and how strong each spot is relevant to other areas. Additionally, if you find obvious signs of moisture such as a water drip or flow, try to locate the source. You may find additional growth in those spots.

What Can SERVPRO Do?

When SERVPRO technicians arrive shortly after your call, the first step they take is to analyze the situation and get a clearer understanding of where the mold is and what has caused it to become a problem. In addition to your discoveries, we can use advanced moisture detection tools to identify exact spots of growth and concentrate our efforts on every patch of fungus, even those hidden from view.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills provides fast and reliable mold damage remediation services to the local community. Call us 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.