Recent Posts

Avoid Costly Water Damage with Expert Help in Canoga Park

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage ceiling near a recessed light Water damage can occur on the ceiling or any part of your home; call SERVPRO in Canoga Park to remediate.

Canoga Park Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Whenever water infiltrates your Canoga Park home, the last thing you should do is wait to see if DIY methods alone will do the job. There is a timeline for water damage, where it not only migrates into dry spaces, but you also have to worry about materials degradation and black mold development. SERVPRO is there to ensure you have the rapid water cleanup you need to bring your interior back to pre-water loss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Whether you have water damage in Canoga Park from a clean water source or experiencing black water from storm flooding, we have crews on standby to begin the assessment and cleanup. Give our customer care center a call, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and we can mobilize our Green Fleet to your door within hours to get started.

What Type of Water is Present for Removal/Drying?

Three categories of water could impact your property. The type of water event that occurs determines the protocols and equipment our water restoration technicians (WRT) use to execute the job.

  • Category 1 – these are clean water events from spills and emergencies inside the home. Water may come from burst pipes, a slow piping leak, or a faulty appliance such as your water heater or a dishwasher supply line.
  • Category 2 – these are gray water events coming from water with light contamination, including your dishwasher, bathtub overflows, washing machines, etc.
  • Category 3 – these are black water events that include highly contaminated water. Fluids for cleanup in a black water situation may consist of flooding, sewage backup, and water that comes into contact with chemicals and other contaminants during the event.

With any category 3 water removal situation, we initiate safety protocols to keep our team and residents safe. Not only do we eliminate any safety hazards from the worksite, but we also gather the necessary personal protective equipment to wear. This includes rubber gloves, boots, full-body suits, eye protection, and respirators.

  • Should water damage be from black water, our IICRC-certified technicians will remove any saturated carpet and the padding below to dispose of it.
  • We may dispose of the carpet padding in a gray water situation and determine if the carpeting can get salvaged using specialized cleaning and drying techniques.

Drying is an Integral Part of Any Water Cleanup Project

As water extraction begins, we formulate a plan for our drying goal. We do this by measuring the humidity in the air, taking readings to determine moisture content, and factoring in the number of dehumidifiers and air movers we need to reach our goals. Airflow is critical for any restoration project, and effectively drying your structure means understanding the best techniques for airflow for the drying process.

Throughout the water restoration job, our team adjusts the equipment placement, adding or subtracting as we go to get the correct humidity levels for optimum drying. We may also remove baseboards to handle any water trapped behind walls in certain situations.

Let Our Contents Cleaning Team Get to Work

Whenever your belongings have been impacted by water intrusion, you need everything dried and cleaned accordingly. Not only do we offer pack-out services to move items off-site for safekeeping during the restoration, but we also take the time to clean and dry anything that the water touched. When we get done, everything gets moved back into place.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can be reached by dialing (818) 998-1500. We are here around the clock for rapid water damage assistance.

Fire Damage Is No Match for Skilled Restoration in Canoga Park

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Red fire extinguisher putting out a controlled fire in a black box Regardless of the level of fire damage your home in Canoga Park experienced, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Call SERVPRO to Your Canoga Park Home for Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire damaged homes call for prompt attention so that you can get your life back in order as soon as possible. SERVPRO realizes that Canoga Park residents that recently experienced a house fire will have many emotions and a lot to think about. You may wonder if it is safe to enter your home, how you can go about the insurance claims process, and if everything is lost. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, offering the prompt attention your property deserves!

When your Canoga Park home encounters fire damage, you need to remember several things, including:

  • Never try cleaning electrical components or appliances that may have been close to heat, flames, or water.
  • Never try shampooing upholstery and carpeting or washing painted surfaces and walls.
  • Never turn on any lighting or ceiling fans because the wiring might be compromised.
  • Never consume any beverages or food items that may have been near heat, flames, or water.

Water Restoration and Fire Cleanup Go Hand-in-Hand

Water removal services and moisture control are necessary for most fire-related emergencies to bring your property back to pre-fire condition. As first responders extinguish the flames, high-pressure water and possibly chemicals are used to speed up fire-fighting efforts. SERVPRO inspects all areas to locate moisture, and our water restoration technicians (WRT) work to pull up standing water and charred debris with powerful pumps and extraction tools.

SERVPRO always brings the right equipment for all fire cleanup projects to ensure the best results. We know that using professional equipment makes the difference in the results and cuts back on your claim's dollar amount. Time matters, so our industrial-grade equipment allows us to achieve our goals promptly.

Before cleaning surfaces and belongings, pre-testing gets done. We can determine the correct cleaning method and products to salvage whatever is possible by pre-testing materials and surface areas. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) are well-versed when it comes to handling soiling from wet or dry smoke, protein-based smoke, fuel-oil soot, and other stubborn residues.

Rebuilding After Fire Damage to Your Home

With significant restoration projects, you need skilled contractors to take care of all reconstruction work. Due to the charred building materials and possible issues with structural elements after a fire, the project may call for controlled demolition. Our SERVPRO team works with trusted contractors in the local area so that your property can get back to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened."

We will also handle any temporary construction needs such as board-up and tarping to prevent further damage from the elements or vandals. Some of the various repair and reconstruction work that may be necessary with fire damage include:

  • Drywall removal and replacement
  • Carpet repair and installation
  • Flooring repair (tile, marble, wood, linoleum)
  • Roofing repair and replacement
  • Painting and sealing

Before your project wraps up, our IICRC-certified team follows protocols to handle sanitizing and deodorizing of all surfaces. Not only does this step leave your interior clean and safe for your family and pets, but it also eliminates any foul smoke odors getting left behind as a reminder of the fire event that took place. Our Green Fleet comes stocked with a range of deodorants like odor-counteractant beads and EPA-registered cleaning agents. We also have equipment handy to eliminate stubborn soot odors, including thermal foggers, ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, air scrubbers, and hydroxyl generators.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is here to address your house fire cleanup and fire damage restoration needs. Call us 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

Address Mold Damage with Precision in Canoga Park

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Microscopic view of mold spores A musty odor in your Canoga Park home can be a sign of mold damage. If you think you are dealing with mold damage, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Trust SERVPRO’s Mold Damage Restoration Techniques in Canoga Park

Once you spot visible mold in your Canoga Park property, you know it needs to get removed fast. However, it would help to remember that not all mold development is obvious, and it can be challenging to detect in some areas that are harder to reach. Some property owners may not notice black mold until they detect musty smells or a new renovation project uncovers mold infestation. These are some of the many reasons it is best to hire a skilled team like SERVPRO to handle your mold remediation project.

Why is it time to think about hiring SERVPRO for suspected mold damage in Canoga Park? All businesses and homeowners must know the possible health effects of mold cleanup. Mishandling the damaged area can dislodge the spores and cause infestation elsewhere. Hiring a skilled crew to address any suspected mold within your building will get you the results you need – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

How to Proceed if You Suspect Mold Growth Within Your Home or Business

Did you know that we get exposed to various types of mold spores daily – both indoors and outside? However, you still need trained mold remediation technicians to handle a mold issue so that you can get everything done as efficiently and safely as possible. Contact SERVPRO if you notice the following:

  • You smell musty, mold-like odors but cannot visibly see mold or a moisture problem.
  • You spot mold colonization within your workplace or home. Large or small, any area should have a mold inspection followed by a detailed plan for cleanup and sanitizing.
  • You noticed a moisture problem or water leak that seems it may have been going on for a while.

Mold spreads rapidly in the right environment and with enough moisture. It can turn into various colonies throughout your property before you know it. Once mold spreads, it can damage your home’s foundation, structural elements, building materials, and belongings. To make it even worse, mold can spread fast into multiple zones of your home and still go undetected without professional intervention.

Why SERVPRO Versus DIY Removals?

There is no such thing as total mold removal, as there are always spores everywhere we go. A DIY project is not a good idea because you can unsettle the spores and subject yourself to inhalation and other forms of exposure. SERVPRO arrives on your property with personal protective equipment and all the best mold remediation techniques to help you return your building to pre-mold infestation condition.

While all mold damage calls are unique given the cause and design of your building, SERVPRO still follows protocols for mold remediation, which includes:

  • Emergency contact to mobilize our team to your property
  • Detailed inspection and assessment of mold damage (testing by professionals may be required)
  • Mold containment using barriers and negative air pressure
  • Air filtration with powerful HEPA filters
  • Removal of all mold-infested materials
  • Cleaning all belongings and contents
  • Complete cleanup, sanitizing, and deodorizing using EPA-registered antimicrobials and other products

It is important to note that before mold cleanup can begin, we must address the source of moisture or water – otherwise, the mold problem may come right back. We will also take the time to ensure no mold is festering within your ductwork that could end up circulating throughout your property once the HVAC system comes on.

When it comes to any mold damage suspected in your home or business, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is the team to call. You can reach us at any time by dialing (818) 998-1500.

Speedy Turnaround Restores West Hills Dry Cleaners Water Damage

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Clothes hanging inside of dry cleaner Dry cleaners facing water damage need immediate restoration efforts by qualified technicians. Should your dry cleaners suffer damage, contact SERVPRO.

Our Technicians Assess and Remediate Your Business Property Thoroughly to Prevent Secondary Damages

Businesses that take in their customer's personal property to repair, service, or clean are in a difficult situation when water damages their premises. Not only does the structure of your retail space require restoration, but the items entrusted to your care must not be further harmed by water invasion. Our full-service disaster recovery approach balances the needs of both your building and its contents. 

Your family business offers dry cleaning and laundry services to community members. Commercial water damage in West Hills from a break in a hot water pipe saturates walls and threatens the completed orders hanging in wait for your customers. You need a fast response from our skilled team of water damage mitigation specialists. 

Even though your customers' rugs, linens, and clothing seem out of harm's way, the moisture soaked into the walls and floors of your commercial building needs drying swiftly. Additional problems are quick to develop if the moisture levels in the air and the structure remains high. Common collateral water damage issues include mold growth and lingering odors, which cannot impact your customer's belongings without severe consequences. SERVPRO’s IICRC trained crews find and arrange to repair the leak and remove standing water with powerful truck-mounted pumps and extractors. 

Our technicians are trained to measure and monitor humidity and moisture levels within the interior of your business. The advanced courses SERVPRO requires workers to prepare our crews to employ effective strategies that swiftly reduce ambient humidity and dry out structures and fixtures. Mold spores need only a source of moisture and surfaces or articles made of organic materials to develop into invasive colonies. Humidity levels of over 60 percent are enough to encourage mold growth, and clothing and household goods made from fabrics provide nourishment to support microbial infestations. 

SERVPRO invests in practical and professional equipment and worker training, and the combination of technicians and tools stops water damage in its tracks and avoids secondary issues. Industrial strength air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers speed the drying of surfaces and greatly minimize high humidity levels, protecting your customer's property. 

When water threatens your building and its contents, call us at (818) 998-1500. SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready 24/7 to transform wet and damaged to dry and restored.

Canoga Park Homes Get Back to Normal Fast with Fire Restoration

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door Most house fire cleanup projects involve some level of reconstruction.

SERVPRO Helps Canoga Park Residents with Skilled Fire Restoration Efforts

Of all potential home emergencies you could encounter, fire is one that Canoga Park residents fear most. Whenever you have a fire in your home, big or small, it is how you begin picking up the pieces that dictate the result. SERVPRO is there to make it “Like it never even happened.” With our proven methods and knowledgeable team of fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT), we are the asset you want on your side to bring your property back to pre-fire condition.

Our SERVPRO technicians bring all the top industry equipment to each fire restoration project in Canoga Park. Our proven processes help us restore fire-damaged homes faster, and we have vital tools and equipment that make it easier for our techs to get the job done right the first time. Some of the equipment we use to battle stubborn smoke odors include:

  • Air scrubber machinery with on-board HEPA filtration to pull tiny odor particles from the air.
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers that put out vaporized deodorant solutions to rid large areas of pungent odors.
  • Cleaning solvents that can get applied to textiles, metals, and wood to clean and deodorize various surfaces. NOTE: Our technicians always pre-test different surfaces and materials to avoid possible damage during the cleaning process.

Trusted Contractors Make a World of Difference

Most house fire cleanup projects involve some level of reconstruction. SERVPRO uses trusted area contractors to perform controlled demolition wherever unsalvageable materials call for total replacement. We ensure everything gets handled, from new drywall installation and fixtures to structural elements, so that you can step back into life as usual in your home.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills wants you to know we are your team when fire restoration is required. Get help online or give us a call at (818) 998-1500 to mobilize a crew to your property.

How To Clean Soft Furnishings After Mold Damage in Canoga Park

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Close-up of mold Call SERVPRO for Mold Removal from Clothing and Soft Fabrics

SERVPRO Provides Solutions for Mold Remediation to Clothing and Homes

Mold damage is insidious and often happens unnoticed, at least at first. The fungus can grow anywhere there is moisture and a food source such as drywall or cotton. Outbreaks usually occur in damp areas such as the kitchen, basement, or laundry room. However, mold grows anywhere with the right conditions, which means it can appear anywhere in Canoga Park homes.

SERVPRO understands that one of the biggest concerns about mold damage in Canoga Park is the risk to soft furnishings. Spores can settle on items such as drapes, rugs, and bedding. Immediate cleaning is necessary, or things might not be salvageable. 

It is tempting to put articles in the washer when mold damage occurs or try scrubbing with cleaning fluids. However, washing and scrubbing are not always effective against mold, especially on soft or porous materials. 

SERVPRO customers sometimes ask if they should send mold-damaged items to their local dry cleaner. Or IICRC trained techs recommend people be very cautious about where they send their items for cleaning. That is why it is good to wait until you have spoken to one of our trained representatives. We help ascertain what is salvageable and what is not and advise you on the best steps to take. 

In many cases, the most efficient course of action is to send soft furnishings to our off-site cleaning facility, where we undertake cleaning using the patented Esporta wash system. The Esporta system is based on powerful hydraulic technology, which is comparable to the force of waves crashing on a beach. The hydraulic motion forces compounds such as fungi out of material, leaving it clean once more. Esporta states that their systems typically restore 90% of soft furnishings that have suffered mold damage. 

If sending items to our cleaning facility is not the right option for you, we may advise you on which local dry cleaner to choose for the best results. 

While our facility staff is cleaning your items, we set to work wiping, scrubbing, and dehumidifying affected areas in your home to remove visible mold and reduce the risk of regrowth.

For help with fungal growth in Canoga Park, West Hills, and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Canoga Park

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

raining on street SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is available 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year to restore your flood damage.

SERVPRO Can Restore Canoga Park Homes from Flood Damage 

At 76 years old, Canoga Park is one of the younger cities in our area. It is diverse regarding population, economics, and many other factors that make it a jewel of the San Fernando Valley. Most of the homes are new compared to other parts of California, but that does not stop in-home disasters from happening. 

Despite the nearby Chatsworth Reservoir and other sources, flood damage in Canoga Park comes primarily from failed plumbing. SERVPRO knows well that connections and faucets wear out from years of use and appliances past their manufacturing life cause millions in repair and replacement costs annually. 

One of the most common issues we deal with is a dishwasher and its supply hose. Even the most energy-efficient model uses 4 gallons for each load of dishes, so when one fails, it is the equivalent of pouring out four large containers across a kitchen floor over a few minutes. The water runs everywhere, and unless the homeowner is present when the incident happens, it spreads quickly to dining and living rooms. Since the detergent used to clean dishes is much stronger and more caustic than used in carpet cleaners, SERVPRO technicians remove the water as quickly as possible. We then use our carpet shampoo and a steamer to remove the detergent before harming the carpet fibers or the laminate underneath. 

When the problem is the water supply hose, the first problem we have to deal with is stopping the flow. If the homeowner does not know where their cut-off valve is, we turn off the water to the home before walking inside. With the flow turned interrupted, we pulled out the dishwasher and replaced the ruptured hose and connections. 

Since this is clean water, we do not have to be concerned about caustic soap, but the sheer amount of water can flood the entire first floor of a home in just a couple of hours. If the residents are gone when the hose ruptures, they may find water flowing out from under their front door when they come home. 

Using pumps and water extraction wands, SERVPRO can remove this water from most homes in less than a day. For larger homes like mini mansions, it may take two or three days, depending on the square footage and type of carpets.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Whether the damage is from a dishwasher, burst pipe, or a flash flood, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is here to help. To find out more about what we can do for you or schedule an appointment, call us today at (818) 998-1500.

A Guide to Performing Water Damage Repair in Canoga Park

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

drain pipe leaking Leaking pipes are a leading cause of water damage. SERVPRO is always available to restore your home.

Water Damage Repair in Canoga Park is Easier with SERVPRO's Help

After a pipe burst, my home has water damage, and I need immediate assistance. Which firm has proper water damage repair skills and equipment to restore my property?

Hiring SERVPRO is the right decision to make when you need water damage repair services in Canoga Park. Our technicians respond quickly to begin water damage restoration before a residence incurs too much damage. Mold infestation is one of the greatest fears after water damage. It is not easily noticeable and can cause health effects to you and your family.

Potentially harmful bacteria may also develop in a water-damaged environment. Our SERVPRO technicians can recognize potential risks and take the following measures to bring things back to normal:

  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Disinfection
  • Reconstruction
  • Water removal

Our team can inspect the ruined areas and then use pumps or wet/dry vacuums to remove all the standing water on your property. We can also attach stationary tools to extraction equipment. These devices can expel water from carpets and pads using only the restoration professional's weight standing upon them. A vacuum system is attached to the stationary tool, and it pulls water through a series of small holes in the base of the unit.

Drying

After removing the water, we begin the drying process. We dry all the affected surfaces effectively using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Our restorers monitor each phase of the drying process to ensure that proper drying takes place. We can provide moisture maps, document moisture levels, and photograph drying for your insurer.

Disinfection

Our SERVPRO restoration team can clean and use disinfectants to disinfect all the affected structures and contents to eliminate contaminants from stagnant water.

Reconstruction 

If the water damaged walls or floors, we could reconstruct them. We are a full-service restoration firm.

When water damage happens in your home, you can trust SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to restore it as quickly as possible. Call us anytime at (818) 998-1500.

Cleaning Fire Damage in West Hills

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bedroom with soot and debris everywhere Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7, ready to help with effective fire damage remediation services after a fire. Our technicians are ready to help.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Cleaning Techniques

Restoring and cleaning West Hills property after a fire is cheaper than replacing it. Insurance companies prefer this option and insist on an inspection to determine the cost before signing off to replace large furniture items like sofas and recliners.

A professional remediation company is needed to ensure restoration to a West Hills home after fire damage is accomplished right the first time. SERVPRO is one of the oldest companies in California to offer these services. Our experience over the years has developed into six primary methods for cleaning property depending on how severe the damage might be.

Dry Cleaning (Wiping) – This method removes light to medium, non-greasy soils. It also works as a pre-cleaning method to remove excess residues before wet cleaning (wiping). The response team uses dusting cloths and feather dusters on these dry particles. For heavier soils, they may switch to vacuums and dry sponges.

Wet Cleaning (Wiping) – An effective method for removing moderate to heavy smoke and soot residues. SERVPRO team members use water to saturate surfaces while cleaning. For thicker residues, they mix cleaning agents into the water. Cloths and sponges are used to apply water and agents before wiping off the residue.

Spray and Wipe – This is another wet method, but technicians use a spray bottle for the application instead of saturation. It gives technicians more control and is a better method on fabrics when there is a risk of the color running by using too much water or a cleaning agent.

Foam Cleaning – We use a pump-up spray bottle with this method to force air into the cleaning solution before spraying it onto a stain. It places the cleaning solution onto the stain without using too much liquid and on fabrics that are at risk for shrinking with other methods such as upholstery material. A technician creates foam in a small container on small areas and then applies it using a small brush.

Abrasive Cleaning – Our IICRC-certified technicians use this method on rough surfaces like rock or more complex types of marble. They work in a thick liquid using scrubbing pads, a wire brush, or steel wool.

Immersion Cleaning – We use this last method on items with very heavy residues. Technicians lower the property into a tank containing a cleaning solution, and then high-frequency sound waves are used to force bubbles through it. It agitates the item without using a scrubbing device. It is a handy method for items like Venetian blinds.

Cleaning and restoring your property is not a quick process. It is one that SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills has been performing for decades and continues to support our neighbors. If you need us, call (818) 998-1500 today to schedule an appointment.

Is It Safe to Return to Work in Canoga Park after a Premises Fire?

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged shelf with soot covering everything When your business suffers from a fire, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Call our technicians for effective fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Return Indoor Air Quality to a Clean Standard with Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial spaces can fall victim to fire. As a premises manager, it can be tough to know when the environment is safe for staff or customers to return. Fires release thousands of chemicals and compounds in a gas form that can be unsanitary, cause odors, or leave the particulate matter in the air. Any technician working on the site of a recent fire must wear a medical-grade- n95 or higher- respiratory mask to protect themselves from particulate matter, dust, or gases in the air. It is essential then that indoor air quality is managed to a professional standard before staff or customers return to work in the environment. SERVPRO can help your business with:

  • Warehouse fires
  • Electrical fires
  • Fire restoration

We use advanced air cleaning equipment in most commercial fire damage restoration jobs here in Canoga Park. Air cleaning technology can include things like oZone generators, which release unstable compounds into the air and eliminate odors or gases. However, oZone can be a toxic gas and is generally reserved for extreme situations as the full evacuation of premises, including animals, is necessary before using oZone. One of the preferred alternatives is a hydroxyl generator which is generally safer to use in busy environments. A hydroxyl generator is the tool of choice when working to restore apartments or other properties that may have tenants still in the building.

  • Hydroxyl generators use UV-C, a short, ultraviolet light that can destroy odor particles, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and bacteria.
  • UV-C generators can sanitize air and remove odor, which is why they are often chosen for commercial projects such as warehouses, tenements, and bars.
  • Hydroxyl generators filter indoor air through a chamber that exposes it to UV-C light. The clean air is then returned to the environment. 

Ensure your indoor air quality returns to an acceptable standard following a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills for commercial fire damage restoration at (818) 998-1500.