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Our Team Arrives Quickly In Canoga Park After A Flood

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Our desiccant dehumidifier in a parking lot We provide the state of the art equipment needed such as this desiccant dehumidifier shown in the photo. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Flood Damage in Canoga Park Garage and Kitchen

One of the most common causes of flash floods that result in flood damage to properties in the local area happens due to periods of drought. When the ground becomes hardened from lack of rain, it doesn't readily absorb moisture, and the rainwater tends to run off.

A homeowner in Canoga Park with flood damage had almost an inch of water on the floor in their kitchen. The water entered the attached garage and came into the home. When this happened, the first call was to SERVPRO for extraction and drying.

Scoping for Water Migration

SERVPRO technicians inspect the property to determine all areas of water loss. Floodwater wicks into sheetrock quickly and commonly needs controlled demolition to limit the damage to the structure. Fortunately for the homeowner, the seal on the grout on the kitchen floor tiles did not allow any seepage of the water. The baseboards and the lower portion of the sheetrock around the room got removed for drying.

Thorough Extraction Lessens Drying Time

The techs use multiple pumps to remove the remaining water rapidly. It is standard for the techs to do several "dry" passes to ensure they remove the highest amount of moisture before moving on to the drying phase.

Complete Drying Lessens Loss

When water gets left behind within walls or other areas after a flood damage loss in a home, there is the potential for serious issues such as damaged building materials, mold growth, and pungent odors. The technicians set drying goals and monitor the process carefully to ensure the area with water damage hits preset ambient humidity levels. The use of specific equipment to drive air within wall cavities and over the flooring to ensure embedded moisture gets pushed to the surface and removed by the dehumidification equipment.

Cleaning After Drying is Essential

Once the kitchen is dry, SERVPRO techs wipe down all surfaces with their professional antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaners to ensure the loss area is left sanitized for reuse.

When flood damage is the problem, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills (818) 998-1500. Their certified techs have both the experience and equipment to make the water loss to the property, "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back In Business In Canoga Park After A Water Loss

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying the floor of this property after a flood We have the latest water damage restoration equipment and certified technicians to put that equipment to proper use. Call us right away.

Water Damage Canoga Park – Trusted by Clients

Whether you are a residential or business owner, clients are looking for someone that can be trusted to get the job done. Our customers look for a fast response to their needs, professional team members, and experts trained in remediating damage caused by water leaks in their buildings. Clients also want their possessions cleaned, restored, and returned in their original condition.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in Canoga Park and surrounding areas. Our owner has been in the business for over 20 years. He brings a wealth of experience and training in every job. Our teams are available 24 hours, seven days a week, and respond to your site in less than 4 hours from your call. Our philosophy is to restore whenever possible rather than replace it. This process saves time, cost, and, most importantly, returns cherished possessions to the owner.

Hard Work Pays Dividends for Our clients

Our ongoing commitment to improving our equipment based on industry standards means we have the most advanced equipment available. We can also apply advanced techniques using this equipment and the training our team continually undertakes to handle every challenge.

SERVPRO also utilizes a program, DryBook, exclusively to manage the progress of all of our restoration projects. We measure your water damage incident against industry standards for recovery and restoration.

Occasionally there are significant incidents that require additional resources than are available locally. One of the significant benefits of the SERVPRO franchise is that we can call on our franchise partners for assistance. Whether it is additional equipment, team members, specific expertise, rest assured our SERVPRO partners can be available to meet the challenge.

We are a locally owned franchise with over 20 years of experience and backed up by over 1500 franchises across the country.

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

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Water Damage in Your Canoga Park Home

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring We can make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

Professionals Can Use Specialized Techniques to Handle Water Damage in Your Canoga Park Home

It is difficult to estimate the damage that water can cause in a property. You can remove the water that came from a leaking appliance or burst pipe, but it takes more than that to restore your residence to its pre-incident state. For this to happen, you must remove the water, clean up the affected surfaces, and dry your home thoroughly.

When you notice water damage in your Canoga Park residence, you can seek help from SERVPRO. Our team can take several steps to prevent costly secondary destruction. Remember that even a small water loss incident can bring about mold growth, which can cause an unhealthy environment for the residents. Every restoration project is different, but there are a few basics steps we can take to handle the water damage, such as:

Water removal
Water removal is the primary step that our technicians take to hasten the drying process. Porous surfaces such as carpets can hold a significant amount of water and take longer to dry. Our technicians can use a self-propelled deep extraction tool that is powered by an independent motor that moves the unit at a consistent rate over the carpet. Since the device requires weight to squeeze the water out of the carpeting, our technicians can ride on it to provide additional weight.

Intra wall drying
To leave your property as dry as it was before the unfortunate incident happened, we can dry the affected areas thoroughly using special techniques and equipment. Our SERVPRO team can use moisture-eliminating equipment that dries the inside of walls without having to remove the drywall. We can remove the baseboards and drill small holes through walls close to the base. We can then force air into the cavity behind the wall using structural cavity drying equipment. This equipment directs airflow into wall cavities and other hard to reach areas to ensure that they are adequately dry. This strategy is suitable when the water intrusion resulted from above the room we are treating.

Ventilation and heating
Our team can open windows and doors to enhance air circulation. In some situations, we can place portable heaters inside the affected rooms to increase the rate of evaporation.

Dehumidification
Our team can set up dehumidification equipment in your home to remove the moisture from affected structures and contents. We often use refrigerant dehumidifiers to eliminate water vapor from the air. Minimizing the amount of water vapor in the air reduces the humidity ratio. A lower humidity ratio speeds up the rate of evaporation of moisture in a house and its contents. Professional low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers reduce relative humidity to as low as ten percent.

After a water intrusion incident in your West Hills, Winnetka, or Bell Canyon home, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to help. We can make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Canoga Park Water Damage Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Three dehumidifiers working to remove the water vapor in this roomd Our dehumidifiers and air movers worked hard to remove the last vestiges of water vapor from the already partially demolished floor in this home.

Water Damage Canoga Park – Trusted by Clients

Whether you are a residential or business owner, clients are looking for someone that can be trusted to get the job done. Our customers look for a fast response to their needs, professional team members, and experts trained in remediating damage caused by water leaks in their buildings. Clients also want their possessions cleaned, restored, and returned in their original condition.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in Canoga Park and surrounding areas. Our owner has been in the business for over 20 years. He brings a wealth of experience and training in every job. Our teams are available 24 hours, seven days a week, and respond to your site in less than 4 hours from your call. Our philosophy is to restore whenever possible rather than replace it. This process saves time, cost, and, most importantly, returns cherished possessions to the owner.

Hard Work Pays Dividends for Our clients

Our ongoing commitment to improving our equipment based on industry standards means we have the most advanced equipment available. We can also apply advanced techniques using this equipment and the training our team continually undertakes to handle every challenge.

SERVPRO also utilizes a program, DryBook, exclusively to manage the progress of all of our restoration projects. We measure your water damage incident against industry standards for recovery and restoration.

Occasionally there are significant incidents that require additional resources than are available locally. One of the significant benefits of the SERVPRO franchise is that we can call on our franchise partners for assistance. Whether it is additional equipment, team members, specific expertise, rest assured our SERVPRO partners can be available to meet the challenge.

We are a locally owned franchise with over 20 years of experience and backed up by over 1500 franchises across the country.

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

See more about Canoga Park.

Wet Cleaning vs. Dry Cleaning after Fire Damage in West Hills

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning fire damaged brick on brick house Call SERVPRO for any Fire Damage remediation your home needs. We are available day and night.

Cleaning Methods For Your West Hills Home After a Fire Incident

After a house fire, one of the significant issues is often the cleanup. If not handled correctly, you can end up with a bigger mess and longer-lasting odors by using the incorrect methods to clean your home. Not only do your possessions (contents) such as your clothing require cleaning before you can wear them again, but you also need to clean the structure itself during the restoration process.

If your home experienced fire damage in West Hills, you might be overwhelmed with the process of getting your house back to its preloss condition. After everyone is safely out of the house, and it is secure by boarding or tarping any exposed areas, restoration specialists get to work cleaning the structure of your home. They may also remove some of your personal belongings for off-site care.

The structure is any part of the house that is permanent. This includes walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows are all part of the structure. Structural components include things that are not easily removed, such as bath and light fixtures, the heating and cooling system (HVAC), and cabinets. Cleaning the structure and its components pose unique challenges. The goal is to return the home to the preloss condition, which means removing the lasting effects of the fire damage, including removing smoke residues and stubborn odors.

The SERVPRO restoration team creates a plan, including methods of structural cleaning. After creating the plan, small areas of each building material or item get tested to ensure the correct method of cleaning. By testing, the team determines which materials are washable and which are non-washable. If a porous item is non-washable, using a water-based cleaning product may result in damaging or staining the item further, so they use a dry method such as dry sponge cleaning.

Technicians also examine the types of residues left by the fire to determine if a wet or dry clean is more appropriate. If there is an oil or grease residue from a kitchen fire, dry solvent cleaning is often the best choice even though water-based products may not damage the material. It is an essential part of the plan to determine the appropriate way to clean each material within the home.

For 24/7 assistance after a house fire, contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

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Flood Damage Loss In Your Canoga Park Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Proper Documentation of Flood Damage Loss in Canoga Park

Flooding leaves many types of damages when it affects a property. In the haste to restore things to normal, it is possible to miss or overlook some issues. Properly documenting a loss in your Canoga Park home is the only way to ensure that there are no oversights. As a professional restorer, SERVPRO takes a comprehensive approach when documenting the loss.

Documenting Loss to Help with Insurance Claims
Having an active insurance cover is the greatest reassurance to homeowners struck by flood damage loss in Canoga Park. However, insurers require proof of loss to cover the costs of restoring the damages. Our SERVPRO technicians document the loss in different ways, including taking photos inside and outside the structure before starting the restoration. We also use electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, to record items after separating them into lists of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items.

Documentation to Help Restoration to preloss State
A satisfactory mitigation process after flood damage restores the property to its preloss state. Although several steps are necessary to achieve such an outcome, proper documentation of the loss site is crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians keep records of everything, including the placement of items in a room and the colors or finishes or different surfaces. We also retain a small piece of carpet or pad removed from the damaged area so that we can get a similar type for replacement.

Documenting Helps Preserve Sentimental Value
Some of the items affected by the flooding might have value beyond the monetary cost of replacement. Our SERVPRO technicians can help save such items through specialized cleaning and drying procedures. When our team arrives at your property, the crew chief takes time to discuss the loss situation with you and takes note of any family heirlooms so that the team can take the right steps to save them.

Flooding incidents in West Hills, Winnetka, and Bell Canyon can be easier to manage when adequately documented. Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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.

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

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Canoga Park – Professional Approach to Staging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

West Hills Home Needs Help After Tabletop Grill Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Experts Can Save Your Water Damaged Property In Canoga Park

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Storm Can Damage Your Canoga Park Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Water Damage Professionals Can Save Your Canoga Park Home!

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for 24/7 service.

Water Damage Canoga Park – Recovering Sentimental Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•    Drying by air

•    Dehumidification

•    Drying in a freezer

•    Freeze drying in a vacuum

•    Thermal drying in a vacuum

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

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

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

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage West Hills – Leaking Roof

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let us cover your water loss, from roof damage.

SERVPRO can get you covered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Extracts Floodwaters and Cleans Up the Mess in Canoga Park

SERVPRO Cleans Up Post-Drought Flood Damage in Canoga Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You Can Reach Our Experts 24/7 When Your Canoga Park Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

5/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified technicians handle small or large water loss events, and since we are local, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage In Your Canoga Park home

Water damage can happen in ways you might expect, such as a broken supply line to a washing machine or dishwasher. An unexpected water loss in your home feels overwhelming, and the longer you wait to act on it, the more damage it does to your home.

Our SERVPRO emergency response team received a call to mitigate water damage in a Canoga Park home. The homeowner's teenage daughter had run a bath and forgot she left the water running while she chatted with friends on Snapchat.

The homeowner stated during his initial call to us that he put down towels to absorb the water and drained the tub. Unfortunately, water dripped through the downstairs ceiling and noted this issue in the service call, so our technicians made scoping the subflooring and floor joists between the first and second floor a priority as they most likely retained excessive moisture.

 On arrival, we removed water from the bathroom floor and did several passes with our extractors to pull up as much moisture as possible. The ceiling below was damp, but no signs of sagging, scoping with digital imaging and our other moisture detection equipment confirmed the elevated moisture levels. We drilled weep holes to let more air into the floor joists and dry the interior.

SERVPRO technicians collected the tile around the bathtub as it lost adhesion due to the water. Our technicians possess certifications in Applied Structural Drying and know how to correctly dry both structures and contents for the best outcome from water loss. Air movers connected to drying mats forced warm, dry air into the subfloor and floor joists. Air movers positioned on the first floor projected air directly at the ceiling where the weep holes let more air flow in for complete drying.

We take moisture readings before, during, and after drying a room. To inhibit both odors and the growth of mold after a water loss, ensuring humidity levels in the affected areas are below optimum levels development of spores negates this issue.

When the upstairs and downstairs areas were confirmed dry, we cleaned and disinfected all surfaces affected by water with our proprietary SERVPRO formulas. This action leaves the area both sanitary and also works to inhibit mold. After completion of the remediation for the bathroom and ceiling, we gave the homeowner a list of the necessary repairs to restore the bathroom to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for mitigation of your water damage in your home. Our certified technicians handle small or large water loss events, and since we are local, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Canoga Park/West Hills Must Know About Costly Water Damage from Leaks

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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 Small leaks underneath the bathroom and kitchen sink can lead to very costly water damage. So, it is essential that homeowners take the necessary precautions by following the recommendations provided below.

 Pay close attention to the signs and symptoms of leaks and water damage in a Canoga Park property. Every homeowner should remember that some of these signs are easy to see, while others may only be found by checking the condition of the pipes. Either way, the owner of the home and their family should pay close attention to the following telltale signs provided by SERVPRO:

 - Dripping water on the floor or inside of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

- Sharp increases in the household water bill.

- Dampness on ceilings and walls, deriving from the second-floor bathrooms.

- Excessive moisture on kitchen and bathroom pipes.

Take action quickly to minimize the possibilities of extensive costly damages. The actions taken will be determined by the problems that have been discovered. For instance, if someone sees water dripping down the ceilings and walls underneath the bathroom sink from the second floor, quick action must be taken. To start, the owner should contact a SERVPRO professional for help. The role of these professionals is to inspect the area to see what the source of the problem is. Once the problem has been identified, they can make an assessment of what needs to be done. Here are some things that these professionals are trained to do.

 - Use the latest technology detection devices to identify where the water has entered into the destruction.

- Use extraction equipment to remove the water from the structure.

- Use Deodorizing equipment to remove bad odors.

Because there are a variety of different critical problems that arise from leaks found underneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks, homeowners need to pay close attention to common symptoms that lead to severe problems. Also, when problems are discovered, actions must be taken immediately by contacting our representatives at SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills. Our team of technicians is available 24/7, every day of the week at (818) 998-1500. 

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We Understand That Prompt Fire Damage Restoration Is Crucial In West Hills

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don't hesitate and call us right away to prevent further damage.

A Malfunctioning Hair Dryer Can Cause a Fire in Your West Hills Home

Your morning routine can find itself very interrupted when fire damage makes an unexpected appearance. Getting ready for work every morning tends to involve a shower, drying your hair, and then using skincare and hair products. However, when your hair dryer electrically malfunctions and catches fire, you may find that the plastics of the dryer have melted onto your vanity. Additionally, the blaze can also destroy your cosmetic products as well, turning them into a molten, greasy, and bubbly mess.

As the fire damage inside of your West Hills bathroom begins to cool, it can become even harder for professionals to remediation it without any issues cropping up. For this reason, it is essential to call for professional help as soon as you possibly can, once the fire has been extinguished. The quicker that professionals can arrive, the better it is for your home.

When you contact SERVPRO, we always put together a team of technicians and then swiftly send them to your home. Promptly arriving is essential in our line of work, as fire damage is time sensitive. Once we get there, our SERVPRO techs can immediately launch into an investigation of the damages and then create a remediation plan accordingly.

SERVPRO can start by taking inventory of every product that was consumed by the fire, so you know what you lost. From there, we can remove any plastic bits, which were leftover from the cosmetic products and the hairdryer. Without all of the burned clutter, it is a lot easier to address the rest of the damage.

The smoke from the fire caked soot onto your pristinely white vanity and blackened it. SERVPRO can use lubricative cleaning solutions to lift the grime away from the surface, by applying a simple spray-and-wipe method. It may take several repeats of this step to get the sink back to its pre-fire state but, over time, the grime can be lifted away layer by layer.

Once all the physical evidence of your small fire has been removed, including soot on the mirror, walls, and door, all that remains is to remove the malodor left behind. SERVPRO has several options when it comes to removing the burning-plastic scent in the air but, for this job, our technicians can use hydroxyl generators to change the particles in the air that cause the odor in the first place. Once finished, we can return your home to you, "Like it never even happened."

When fire damage interrupts your life, never wait to get it back on track. Speak with SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by dialing (818) 998-1500. Day or night, we're always ready to assist you.

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

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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 which 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 or a long time.

Water leaks in your office building pose a significant threat since there is a large number of people using water fixtures o 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, are 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 issue for commercial buildings that usually gets neglected. 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 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.

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.

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

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Don't Delay Getting Water Damage Cleanup in Your Canoga Park Home--It Just Gets Worse and More Costly

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."
 
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.

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When Your Canoga Park Coffee Shop Experiences A Water Damage Emergency Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Just call us at (818) 998-1500, and let us leave your coffee shop “Like it never even happened.”

Your Coffee Shop In Canoga Park Has Water Damage

Imagine that you finally opened a coffee shop in Canoga Park and customers visit it regularly. It has a shabby chic vibe with overstuffed armchairs and perfect nooks for patrons to read a book or work remotely. After much work, your coffee shop is a dream come true. Except for one day you arrive to find out that a pipe burst in the business next door and your gleaming hardwood floors and beautiful area rugs are soaking wet and you shut down until further notice.

Do not let commercial water damage to your Canoga Park coffee shop kill your dream. Instead, reach out to SERVPRO as soon as you discover the issue. Our rapid response crew is available 24/7 and ready to jump into action to help you restore your business as soon as possible. We understand that every minute the coffee shop is not serving its patrons, it is losing revenue and customer loyalty, so we work expediently to minimize your losses.

One of the principal concerns when dealing with businesses that serve food are health department regulations. Our SERVPRO crew is familiar with the nuances of specific businesses, so we work closely with you, so the restoration process complies with guidelines as needed. This adherence to regulations helps minimize the time your shop remains closed and any resulting loss in revenue.

Depending on the extent of the leak next door, we may be able to salvage your area rugs and furniture. When possible, we dry and disinfect all surfaces and leave them ready for business. Whenever our SERVPRO team is unable to salvage an item, we dispose of it following environmental and local regulations, so you do not have to worry about it.

Do not let water damage squash your dream. SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready to jump into action to help you get back in business as soon as possible. Just call us at (818) 998-1500, and let us leave your coffee shop “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Crew Is Here To Help After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Canoga Park Home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call us anytime at (818) 998-1500 when in need of water extraction services in West Hills, Winnetka and Bell Canyon.

Get Effective Remediation For Water Damage To Your Canoga Park Residence

Different factors can cause water damage in your home. One of them is leaking or burst pipes. Toilets and drains that get blocked and backed up can exert undue pressure in the pipes, causing them to leak or burst. Malfunctioning garbage disposal units may also cause pipes to burst. Pipes may also leak due to rust or age.

Plumbing leaks may cause water damage to your Canoga Park residence. Some plumbing leaks are impossible to detect since they occur within the walls, but many happen due to pipes and hoses not being fully attached. Pipe bursts and leaks can result in high water bills. Holes may also lead to the contamination of your water supply, reducing its quality and making it a health hazard for your home’s occupants.

Water loss is a progressive problem that gets worse when not fixed promptly. Water may weaken wooden structures and corrode metals. Many homes heavily rely on these two critical materials in addition to concrete. Water from pipes leaking under the floors may surface up, but remain concealed if carpets and rugs are covering your crawl areas. To keep your home from sustaining significant damage, you should call a water removal company like SERVPRO for a quick fix.

If water is pooling in your home, our technicians can help you dry it out. Our technicians use pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to remove water from a building and dry it so that it returns to its preloss condition. We set a drying goal upon assessing the damage and monitor the drying process to determine if the goal is being achieved. A drying goal is a condition that SERVPRO technicians want to bring about in the affected areas of a building.

We provide a full-service restoration service that patches up leaky and burst pipes and addresses the damage you’ve incurred. We focus on getting back the property to its form before the leak, making it look “Like it never even happened.”

Do not wait when you notice water pooling in your residence. SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready to assist you when facing any water loss. We are close by and can get to your home quickly. Call us anytime at (818) 998-1500 when in need of water extraction services in West Hills, Winnetka and Bell Canyon.

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It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Detecting and locating mold damage in a West Hills home is often one of the most challenging and complicated parts of the remediation process.

Finding Mold In Your 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 threat 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 by you, the homeowner before you can ever know that there is a problem. Once you call SERVPRO, we can use our tools and expertise to nail down the exact location of the infestation.

What Should You Do?
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.

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Water Damage in Canoga Park Can Be Mitigated

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Reducing the Effects of Unwanted Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can come from broken plumbing, storms, or flood waters. Regardless of the source, indoor flooding in Canoga Park can mean prohibitive replacement costs unless you bring in a professional restoration company promptly. 
 
Water damage is a common occurrence for many Canoga Park homes. SERVPRO has many years of hands on experience in dealing with homes underwater, condos with a bad roof, and apartments with carpets that make a squishing sound when you walk on them. To address every contingency, we keep a response team on 24-hour call and ready to support our communities. 
 
Our technicians are trained to quickly determine what services are needed and begin work within minutes after arriving at a home. Our first task is to stop further water intrusion. We can turn off water mains in a few moments and have most homes receiving restoration services immediately.

Next, we remove all excess water. For standing water over an inch, we deploy truck mounted water pumps to draw it all out. If the water is under an inch in height, we use water extraction wands. In case the power is out, we can bring in commercial grade generators and even a generator truck for the larger homes and amounts of water. 
 
Once the standing water is gone, our next task is to dry out floors, carpets, and possibly even the walls. We use air movers to force warm, dry air across floors and walls, drawing out moisture. This drier air replaces the colder, damp air we pull out of the house or apartment with box fans. 
 
To bolster these actions, crew members also station large dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the surrounding air. Depending on the humidity levels, these devices can draw over 20 gallons of moisture from the air each day. It provides drier air for the air movers which allows them to function more efficiently. There is a definite synergistic effect working in tandem. Our IICRC certified applied structural drying technicians maximize drying time while minimizing harm to the structure and its contents.
 
We also offer preventive services since the best way to deal with wet carpets, and crumbling drywall is to stop the water from getting into the house. Our inspectors also take note of easy fixes like poorly maintained gutters and drain pipes that are damaged and draining onto the foundation, rather than away from the structure. Ask about our ERP Plan to help prevent and reduce fire and water damage to homes and businesses.
 
If it is not possible to stop water from getting onto a property, we offer the option of digging around a home’s foundation and coating the outside with a specially designed, rubber sealant that blocks water from working its way through the bricks and concrete. This coating is particularly useful in homes with a basement or a large crawlspace. 
 
Rain is often far out in the forecast, but plumbing leaks are not. If you need to deal with a current problem or want to try and stop water intrusion in the future, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills today at (818) 998-1500. We are here to help.

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Smoke, Ashe, and Soot Problems after a Fire in Your West Hills Home? Easy Choice--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

West Hills House Fire? There is No Match for SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration

Fire Damage Technicians From West Hills Explain Soot Removal Techniques

Burning candles is an activity that could cause a fire to take place inside your West Hills home. When candles get hot, they can burn flammable items next to them and cause fire damage to take place. If candles get knocked down onto the floor, then they could ignite your carpet. If an unfortunate occurance ever does happen to cause a burning inside your house, it is wise to call a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
 
When items burn inside a house, the smoke coming from the burnt materials can cause different issues other than those caused by the heat and flames. During most fire damage projects in West Hills, our SERVPRO technicians deal with the removal of soot and soils created by smoke as much as, if not more than problems related to burnt items. When smoke travels through a building, it solidifies when coming into contact with cooler surfaces like your ceilings and walls. The result is then, the presence of soils and soot residues. Since fires all burn different materials, various types of soot can exist.
 
During any restoration project, our SERVPRO estimators arrive at your residence with a test kit. The testing kit helps us determine which items got negatively affected by smoke and what methods will work best to clean them. During the initial estimate, we utilize different chemicals to figure out which items we can save and clean and which items will need to be removed and replaced.
 
Since soot affects materials differently, we utilize several different methods to clean off the soils and ashes. For example, when cleaning more porous materials like softwoods, dry sponges get used to clean off soot. Dry cleaning methods work best for porous materials because water could make the damage worse by soaking the soot deeper into the materials. Harder, non-porous materials such as tile can be wiped and cleaned with powerful water-based detergents.
 
If you ever notice the presence of soot residues after contents or structural elements inside your house burn, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Have the Upstairs Neighbors Caused Water Damage in Your Canoga Park Apartment?

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from upstairs apartments is common.

What to Do When You Find Water Damage Caused by the Apartment Upstairs

Living in an apartment unit can be an attractive way to live in a city; however, not every owner is equally responsible, and it is never a good thing when this leads to water damage developing inside of your home. Living in a building with hundreds of other tenants makes your home susceptible to damages that may come from any of the apartments around you. Despite this fact, it is comforting to know that professional help is always close enough to rush to help you if an accident does happen.  

You first found the water damage inside your Canoga Park bedroom when you were cleaning out your closet. The damage was against the back wall where water from a leak the next floor up had spread. Upon finding the damage, it is necessary to call for help as soon as possible. When excess moisture comes into contact with other devices, it can cause future problems to develop, such as mold damage. In fact, with enough moisture to feed the mold spores, it only takes three days for microbial growth to begin forming. Getting help to your home and getting it there fast can help ensure that the remediation inside of your home goes smoothly.  

SERVPRO is known for our IICRC-certified technicians, our advanced equipment, and how we always prioritize arriving at your home as soon as we possibly can. We pride ourselves on our friendly customer service and our positive relationship with our community. A remediation job is more than just a job to SERVPRO. It is a chance to grow rich bonds with our community members, and to leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."  

When we arrive at your house, SERVPRO can begin to set up different devices in your bedroom to remove the excess moisture from inside of your closet. We can use dehumidifiers and air movers together to create an ideal environment for evaporation. SERVPRO can also drill very small holes in your wall so that we may funnel air blasters through to space in between, where the moisture has been building. Once the moisture levels become normal, we complete our job, and you can enjoy your home in its pre-damaged state once again.  

If water damage strikes your apartment, never wait. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by calling (818) 998-1500. Day or night, we're here to fight the damage.

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You Need The Experts At SERVPRO When Your Canoga Park Home Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster!

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call as soon as possible so we can come to your home and restore it back to how it was before the storm.

Flood Damage Restoration For Your Canoga Park Home

Whether it is heavy rainstorms or a flash flood, when massive amounts of water hit your property in Canoga Park all at once, the resulting problem can be quite severe. It's not possible to be prepared for every situation which can cause havoc to your home, but it is always good to have a plan for what to do if it happens to you. Everyone can be at risk for flooding, but if you live in a flood zone, you should be prepared.

The two most crucial things you can do to prepare for a flood and flood damage to your Canoga Park home is to have enough flood insurance and know whom to call after a flood. SERVPRO’s staff is IICRC trained and certified, and we are always available to help you, so do not hesitate to contact us as soon as the storms are over.

Once we have arrived and assessed the damage to your home, our first goal is to extract as much standing water as possible. In a flooding situation where the water is more than two inches deep, a submersible pump with enough volume capacity and lift capability is used. We do not use the pup if the water is contaminated with solid materials, however. The water is pumped directly into a treated sewer, such as a toilet. We do not dispose of cleaning wastes through the toilet if there is a septic system.

Extractors can be used in cleaning upholstery and carpet and removing water from floors. These devices usually have three main components – a pump, heater, and vacuum system. Extractors can be portable or truck mounted. It is easier for us to use the portable extractor to take into your structure and get into restricted areas. The truck-mounted extractors have the same components but are more powerful and have their own power sources. They are designed to be efficient for restorative cleaning and water removal.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is the wise choice when you need help drying your home in Bell Canyon, Winnetka, or West Hills after flooding. Give us a call at (818) 998-1500 as soon as possible so we can come to your home and restore it back to how it was before the storm.

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Why It Is Crucial To Have Your HVAC System Cleaned After A Fire In Your Canoga Park House

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Your HVAC System After A Canoga Park House Fire

Effects from a disaster can spread quickly throughout your Canoga Park home using pathways designed for conditioned air. Your HVAC system is running almost every day throughout the year, keeping a set regulated temperature for your house, and as such, when disaster strikes these systems often become affected as well. With a situation like a fire, smoke and soot can often get brought into the HVAC system and spread through the ductwork to reach every room in the house, and coat the ducts themselves with a thick residue.

While there are many obstacles to overcome fire damage in your Canoga Park home, you need to fixate on getting the right professional assistance right away to ensure the right experience and expertise is at the helm of restoring your home as efficiently as possible. While structural concerns and other pressing effects might take precedent over cleanup in specific areas like the air ducts, our SERVPRO team has the tools and equipment to restore these areas and other damages that the fire has allowed.

Our professionals can arrive quickly after the firefighters have left your home to begin our assessment of the damage and mitigation practices to prevent further loss. When fire debris cleanup begins, often the HVAC system can get included in this overall effort. We have specialized tools like powered bristle brushes and strong vacuums to place over vents to pull soot, debris, sediment, dust, and potentially other contaminants from this network of ducts.

It is important to care for this system early because it can continue to be a pathway for soot and smoke residue to find access throughout your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to clean this area, allowing a significant reduction in traveling particulates but also encouraging the system to run more efficiently once restoration completes.

Cleaning this system after a fire is one of many steps that must get taken to return your home to original condition. You can count on our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills team to show that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give our experts a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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We Are The Experts To Call When Your Canoga Park Home Is Plagued By Mold

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Effective Ways Of Dealing With Mold Damage In Canoga Park

If you let mold to grow in your Canoga Park home, it is likely to be a great nuisance. In addition to from the unsightly patches it leaves on perfectly finished surfaces, mold also produces a musty smell. Although these two are the most visible signs of mold infestation, it damages the property in other severe ways. If left to grow unabated for long, mold can eat into organic materials such as wood compromising their structural integrity. We offer professional remediation services to help restore your home to preloss state.

Before trying to fix mold damage in Canoga Park, it is essential to know the cause. All cases of mold infestation involve excess moisture, so it is essential to identify the moisture source if it is not apparent. In many cases, leaking plumbing lines or fixtures provide the necessary moisture to fuel growth. Other cases may involve relatively high levels of humidity in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians check infestation patterns and use advanced equipment such as thermal cameras to identify the moisture sources in confined spaces.

Several approaches can help remove mold from the affected property. The best approaches are those that are not too labor-intensive, produce long-term results and cause limited or no damages to the underlying materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use various advanced procedures like dry ice blasting which is highly effective in removing embedded mold from OSB, wood studs and plywood among other surfaces. We also use soda blasting which is equally useful on many surfaces without causing abrasion or any other type of damage.

Mold can cause health effects especially through inhalation of contact with the residues. It is therefore essential to protect people from the debris during the removal processes. Our SERVPRO technicians create containment barriers with plastic sheets to prevent mold residues from spreading. Containing the residues only in the affected areas also reduces the necessary cleanup efforts.

If your property is infested with mold colonies, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Advantages of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Services in Canoga Park

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Candles should be monitored when they are lit because of the possibility of fire. Contact SERVPRO right away if your home has fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Should Be Your First Choice for Fire Damage Restoration in Your Canoga Park Home

Candles have long been used for lighting homes, and even though electric light bulbs have overtaken candles as the primary light source for homes, many people in Canoga Park still use decorative candles. There is something about the scent and flickering glow of candles that is charming and keeps people buy more.
 
Lit candles are, unfortunately, the cause of many preventable fires and fire damage. If your home has fallen victim to fire damage in Canoga Park, you need help restoring your home. SERVPRO has fast, 24-hour service which means we can get to you whenever you need us. Add that to our professionally trained staff and industrial tools, and it is easy to see why SERVPRO is the choice to make for fire damage restoration.
 
If you love burning candles at home, knowing some safety tips is essential. Firstly, burning candles should not ever be left unattended, and you need to keep them away from anything flammable. If your candle is in a holder, it needs to be sturdy enough so that it cannot be easily knocked over, especially if you have pets or young children in the home. When accidents happen, SERVPRO technicians can help you clean up the mess, even from a small fire.
 
Along the same line, any candles you are burning should not be in reach of pets or children. Curious hands can quickly and easily get burned and cause an accident in your home. It is also recommended that the wicks on all your candles are trimmed to a quarter inch before you start burning them each time. Wicks which are longer can create uneven burning and dripping.
 
Make sure and read the instructions from the manufacturer as well. Most candles should not be burned for more than a couple of hours at a time. When you are ready to extinguish the candles, use a candle snuffer instead of blowing on them since hot wax can splatter.
 
For additional safety, you can purchase flameless candles as a safe alternative. They produce a similar glowing, soft effect that real candles have. During a power outage, lit candles are not recommended. Instead, use battery-powered lanterns, flashlights, or flameless candles.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is always available to help you restore your home in Bell Canyon, Winnetka, or West Hills after a fire. You can reach us by dialing (818) 998-1500 whenever you need, and we can make the fire and smoke damage only a memory.

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When a Plumbing Leak Causes Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Home

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the technology and experience to remove all unwanted water from your home.

A Water Removal Team in Canoga Park Talks About Extraction Equipment

Whenever any problems related to moisture takes place in your Canoga Park townhome, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We know that prompt water removal can save you money and time during the mitigation process. Once moisture starts to affect your contents and building materials, many things can happen that may make matters worse. When water sits, it increases indoor relative humidity levels and can cause secondary problems related to water vapor and mold, which is why prompt water removal immediately after a problem takes place is vital.  

Once a small crack forms inside your plumbing system, many gallons of water can pour into your townhouse. The quickest way to conduct prompt water removal in Canoga Park is to send in a professional mitigation crew such as SERVPRO's highly trained team. After we receive work authorization, we assess the situation and determine the remediation process. We then make sure the work area is safe for all occupants. If there are any potential hazards present, we repair the problems so that your house is safe for work to begin.  

The first and one of the most critical steps to the process is the extraction phase. After we inspect your house and make sure that is safe we then fix the source of the problem. After repairing the leak and ensuring that no more water enters the building, we start removing the moisture. We begin by removing any standing water. If the depth is more than two inches, we utilize a submersible pump.  

Once all of the standing water is gone, we then start extracting moisture from porous materials like your carpets and upholstered furniture. For thick carpets, we use large, heavy-duty extraction tools and for items like a couch, we can use smaller hand-held wands. The extraction process aids in removing the majority of the moisture before our SERVPRO crew begins the rapid structural drying process. If you ever need help with moisture-related problems, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 any day of the week.  

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Our Experts Explain Why It Is Better To Remove, Rather Than Kill, The Mold Infestation In Your Canoga Park Home

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Finding the right solution for mold growth in your home is a struggle that many homeowners have to face throughout their life.

Dead Mold And How It Can Still Pose A Risk To Canoga Park Homes

Finding the right solution for mold growth in your Canoga Park home is a struggle that many homeowners have to face throughout their life. From DIY websites suggesting that you can accomplish mold removal on your own to cheaper services offering to “kill the mold” instead of removing the organism entirely, settling on services like our professionals provide can often be a difficult decision to make. However, there are reasons why this is better than the other choices that are available to you to remove the mold from your property.

Understanding what is involved in these other methods of removal, much of them leave the potential for mold damage in your Canoga Park residence. Ultimately, the ideal solution is to remove the organism completely and thwart its ability to continue damaging your property in the immediate future. However, services that offer to kill the organism without removing the dead mold pose continued threats to your property, and with good reason: dead mold colonies and debris can still affect the health of those people and pets living in the house.

The professional removal that our SERVPRO team provides works to leave no mold debris and damage behind for your family to face. The test for mold allergies utilizes a dead spore to test a body’s reaction. If this single dead spore can agitate a body enough to generate a determination of allergies, imagine what a widespread area of your home full of spores and debris could allow.

Our SERVPRO professionals work to provide entire removal services for our customers to truly make the situation “Like it never even happened.” We remove materials if they have gotten too badly damaged from the spreading organism and work to prevent further mold growth in other areas by our effective containment strategies and antimicrobial solutions that can get sprayed on framing, studs, beams, and other structural elements that could still be at risk for spreading spores.

There are shortcuts to removing mold that still put your family at risk of potential health effects, and then there is professional remediation. Give our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills rapid response team a call anytime you need us at (818) 998-1500.

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Do You Have a Drying Process For Your Water Damaged Canoga Park Home?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the training and state-of-art equipment to remove the water from your home.

Canoga Park Residents Receive Full-Service Water Drying Services

As a water restoration company in the Canoga Park area, we are always on the lookout for ways to improve our recovery times. It is one of our restoration companies primary goals, to reduce costs and increase distribution while maintaining quality services that our customers deserve, that are also safe for the environment.

Implementing a sustainable drying process to combat water damage throughout the Canoga Park area gives us the opportunity to adjust services to fit a variety of specific situations. With that said, we work hard to get your property back to normal faster, with fewer interruptions, inconveniences, and losses than ever before. Water damage incidents may remain devastating. However, we help make the process less disorienting and get you up and running faster than ever before.

SERVPRO provides you with an advanced water drying process, safely monitoring structural components, along with walls, floors, ceilings, carpeting, and more. Often reducing the time and amount of demolition required to provide you with the services needed to return your property to a quality condition after water intrusions occur. We effectively address indoor air quality and give new life to your home’s living environment.

SERVPRO is; Faster To Any Size Disaster. Providing you with solutions to water drying situations that commonly occur on your property. Our technicians use hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air movers, portable fans and heaters, as well as infrared moisture detectors to eliminate water pockets found throughout the affected area.

SERVPRO works with you to ensure you receive the results you desire, making every effort to communicate issues with your insurance adjuster to make your claim process as simple as possible. We want you to know that we provide professional restoration services to members of our local community because we care. Hopefully, you see it in everything we do to restore your property to a quality condition after an event occurs.

SERPVRO of Canoga Park / West Hills provides you with professional water damage and drying services throughout the area. You can reach our highly-trained staff 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, online or by phone, stop by today. (818) 998-1500

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SERVPRO Provides Water Loss Service to Commercial Buildings in Canoga Park from the Top to the Bottom

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Leaky Roof Ruining Your Canoga Park Warehouse Inventory? Easy, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Drying

Commercial Water Damage Due to Decaying Roofing Materials in Warehouses in Canoga Park

Your warehouse's structure is a significant factor in protecting your business's inventory in Canoga Park. Each part is just as important as the last when it comes to keeping out the elements, and this makes maintaining your property a crucial part of business operations.
 
Small problems within your roof's structure in Canoga Park can grow and lead to commercial water damage inside your facility. SERVPRO can send in IICRC-certified specialists and technicians who know what to do to mitigate such damage and get things stabilized and productive again, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Our employees have experience in working in almost every environment and can get your operations back on track again using effective methods that address all of your concerns. Our teams significantly reduce the amount of time your business remains stalled or at partial capacity because of SERVPRO's commitment to the mitigation and restoration of your property.
 
We use thermal imaging cameras equipped with infrared technology to locate the disintegrated areas in your roof that require attention and repairs, so roofing professionals spend less time performing the necessary work. Shaving time off wherever possible by ensuring that we mark every opening in your warehouse's roof also means that roofers carry out a thorough job in re-securing your roof but still finishing quickly.
 
On the inside of your warehouse, water damage can affect raw materials, produced goods, equipment, internal structures, and the environment your employees work in, so getting standing water extracted needs to happen quickly. This might involve small puddles under equipment or hidden water inside cracks in the concrete slab. SERVPRO works with you during the water damage mitigation process and does everything possible to assist you in reducing associated costs.
 
We use different equipment to bring water vapor levels back down to normal. Air movers keep water vapor from condensing while desiccant machines extract the moisture from the air as it passes through. Our Injectidry equipment sends warm, dry air into small cavities in walls, ceilings, and flooring to speed up evaporation rates. Normal humidity does not permit mold to grow, and it also does not facilitate water damage in spreading. Cleaning up any current water damage in your warehouse can take place once the conditions that created it no longer exist.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready to take your call about your business's water damage situation. Contact us, day or night, at (818) 998-1500. We also serve businesses in Winnetka and Bell Canyon.

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Revealed: Making a Quick, Educated Choice About Water Damage Remediation in Canoga Park is Crucial

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of whether the water damage in your home is a large gush of water or accumulates slowly behind walls, contact team SERVPRO for services.

Fast Response for Water Damage in Your Canoga Park Home

There are many threats to your Canoga Park home that you can handle on your own with conventional cleaning approaches or some education for simple repairs. When it comes to water damages that threaten your property, these situations often require the expertise and education of skilled restoration technicians with the tools to do the job correctly. Failure to clean up water damage incidents in your home appropriately can lead to worsening conditions like mold and microbial growth.

Choosing the right team of restorers to overcome this water damage in your Canoga Park residence does not have to be a challenging task. You need specialists that can arrive quickly when disaster strikes, have the knowledge and skill set to help, and the equipment necessary to restore your home quickly. Our SERVPRO rapid response team fits into these requirements to provide our customers with comprehensive restoration packages for their home right when disaster strikes.

Our SERVPRO franchise prides itself on providing 24-hour assistance to the customers within our service area because disasters do not always wait until normal business hours. You have a team of highly trained technicians at your disposal whenever you need us, and a simple phone call can get boots on the ground with the equipment necessary to preserve your property and the contents within it.

The equipment available to our technicians showcases the advanced technology available to the restoration industry by providing efficient solutions to extraction and drying necessary to restore your water-damaged home. From our fast extraction equipment like truck-mounted pumps and extraction wands to our high-powered air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers for fast drying, we can protect your home from further damage.

You might not have given much thought to restoration companies before, but when you get posed with substantial water damage to your property, you need a team you can trust to help. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills are available 24/7 to help you clean up the mess and protect your property from the harmful effects of water damages. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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Canoga Park Grapples with The Woolsey Wildfire—SERVPRO Helps

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Canoga Park and the Woolsey Wildfire Being Extinguished by Our Brave Firefighters and Pilots

Fast Restoration for Your Fire-Damaged Canoga Park Home

With evacuations throughout the area, many residents sought refuge from the devastating Woolsey Wildfire in Canoga Park Senior High School while firefighters worked day and night to suppress its spread and progression. Homes throughout the area have gotten destroyed, substantially damaged, and otherwise adversely affected by this catastrophe and now seek professional restoration assistance to overcome the damages.

With many homeowners getting their first look at how Woolsey affected their Canoga Park property, many do not fully understand the effectiveness and efficiency available to them from our skilled technicians. Our IICRC-certified fire restoration technicians have the equipment and the expertise to handle everything from reconstruction preparation to premier cleanup and deodorization efforts.

Some homes were regrettably directly in the path of the fire, consuming them entirely. Many other properties experienced a degree of structural damage that must get removed to rebuild and restore the home entirely. Our SERVPRO technicians can help to prepare your property for these reconstruction efforts through our controlled demolition techniques that remove only the unsalvageable materials to make the contracting work as efficient as possible.

Our premier cleaning services can help to overcome soot, debris, soil, and ash throughout the interior of your home. With deep cleaning equipment for carpets, fabrics, and furniture, we can help to preserve these elements. Our high-powered vacuums can help to remove set in debris and soot from surfaces, as well as eliminate contaminants and particulates trapped in your HVAC system.

The SERVPRO professionals that get dispatched to the emergency in your home have the skills and the equipment to overcome smoke and odors as well. Our air scrubbers and thermal foggers can work to both clean the environment throughout the affected areas of your home and neutralize harsh odors that get trapped inside.

Woolsey has affected many properties throughout the past week, and there are damages yet to get calculated. Do not wait to get the help that you need. Trust our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills fire restoration specialists to help you restore your fire-damaged home quickly. Give us a call anytime at (818) 998-1500.

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Storms Can Spell Trouble For Your Canoga Park Home!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

When you find flood damage inside of your home, it is essential to call for professional remediation services as soon as you possibly can.

Seasonal Storms And An Old Roof Can Lead To Flood Damage Inside Your Canoga Park Home

It's essential to pay attention to the condition of your roof before heading into the stormy season, and eventually winter, as a weak roof can lead to flood damage inside of your home. However, accidents can happen and life can get busy. The last thing you expected to find when returning home after a long day of work was a living room filled with large puddles of water that leaked into your home from the roof above during the rainy day. Despite how overwhelming this situation can be, it is comforting to know that professional help can be contacted nearby to assist in the situation.

When you find flood damage inside of your Canoga Park home, it is essential to call for professional remediation services as soon as you possibly can. The longer the standing water is inside your home, the more time it has to sink into your floorboards and cause water damage to the structure of your home. Leaving it even longer can eventually lead to complications such as mold damage. The sooner that you get professionals into your home, the more likely it is that the water can be cleaned up with ease and the remediation can be successful.

When SERVPRO is called to your home, we always aim to show up as quickly as we can so our technicians can get to work right away. We pride ourselves on being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Once our crew arrives at the job site, our SERVPRO techs can unload our equipment and begin addressing the standing water in your home right away.

Our technicians can use tools such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the excess water from your living room floors. Afterward, SERVPRO can use moisture meters and thermal imaging technology to look for pockets of moisture and pinpoint where to use our drying technology around your walls. Once we set up our air movers and dehumidifiers, the moisture in the walls can begin to dry. After the moisture levels of your home are returned to their pre-flooded state, our job is finished, and you can enjoy your flood damage free home once more.

Should you ever find flood damage in your home, it is imperative for you to seek out help right away. Make a call to SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by dialing (818) 998-1500. Day or night, we're open to assist you.

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Our Team At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Canoga Park Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Both moisture that is present on the floor and vapor in the air can both cause extensive water damage.

Water Damage Professionals In Canoga Park Talk About Possible Dangers

If a pipe breaks or an appliance ever malfunctions inside your Canoga Park home, moisture will follow gravity and affect every building material it touches on the way down. Both moisture that is present on the floor and vapor in the air can both cause extensive water damage.

Stagnant water can be dangerous and become a breeding ground for harmful bacterias. When moisture penetrates building materials, it can also make them lose their structural integrity. Even though with smaller leaks it is possible to do by yourself, it is still wise to contact SERVPRO to ensure all of the proper steps of restoration get followed.

After a mishap takes place on your property, it is vital to be conscious of possible hazards that could have been created. Before our SERVPRO technicians begin mitigating any water damage situation in Canoga Park, we take several steps to ensure that the work area is safe. If the problem is minor, our technicians can often fix the issue themselves. If the problem is more severe, like advanced electrical issues, then we can call in a licensed subcontractor to repair the problem. In these cases, our team blocks off the hazardous area of your house until the problem can get mitigated.

When moisture gets onto the floor, it can create slip hazardous that are labeled and then dealt with during the extraction process. If materials like drywall or ceiling tiles get wet, they can create fall hazards. To avoid problems with things falling our SERVPRO technicians remove in possible building materials that seem like they are weak enough to fall.

Stagnant or standing water itself can be dangerous; therefore extraction is usually the first step we take during the mitigation process. Even if the source of the issue is a clean water source, parasites and bacteria can still form in the affected areas if not treated quickly. Moisture can also attract insects and small rodents if not removed promptly. If you ever notice standing water after a leak, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 24/7.

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Fast Action Is Required When Mold Is Located In Your Canoga Park Property

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Spores are microscopic and can easily penetrate even the tiniest cracks and openings in your walls and floors.

What Can Happen Without Early Action For Mold Damage In Canoga Park

We urge everyone in Canoga Park with mold damage in their home to call SERVPRO sooner rather than later. Otherwise, mold can grow and spread around the house and become an even greater problem. In some cases, homeowners may see visible growth die and fade and think that their worries are over, only to later discover a much more serious colony growing elsewhere. Getting us on the scene ensures that any hidden patches of growth can be found and that none of these severe complications result.

Mold In HVAC Systems
One of the most common places our experts find mold damage in Canoga Park homes is the HVAC system. Because all the air in the house circulates through a few enclosed, dark spaces, airborne mold spores can accumulate on filters, corners, and debris in the system. The only way you are likely to find out about growth here is through your nose, as the odors from any infestations in the HVAC system are likely to spread around the house quickly. Our technicians are experts at finding and removing mold colonies here and are fully HVAC certified.

Behind Walls And Below Floors
Spores are microscopic and can easily penetrate even the tiniest cracks and openings in your walls and floors. Once below the surface, they may find a dark, warm, and food-rich environment to grow. In many cases, these infestations grow to an incredible size before any visible mold appears in the home. As part of our standard inspections, we use moisture detection technology to identify potential colonies hidden behind the surfaces of your home.

Quarantines
In some cases, the mold damage may be so extensive as to require a quarantine. Usually, only a room or section of the house gets cut off, but that depends on how severe the infestation is. Quarantines are done to contain the damage and prevent it from spreading any further, but are also a safety precaution, as mold damage may cause health effects to those without protective gear. Calling SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage is the best way to avoid quarantines entirely.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready on a 24/7 basis to help your home deal with mold damage crises large and small. Just call us at (818) 998-1500.

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Get Rid Of Your Fire Damage Problems In West Hills Once And For All

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, our goal is to remediate the effects of a fire no matter the level of damage.

Remediating Fire Damage In West Hills

There is never just one type of debris or residue left after a West Hills home fire. That is because the fire burns at different speeds, destroying dozens or even hundreds of types of materials. Both of these factors generate many types of residues that make cleaning and restoring property more difficult.

These two factors and more determine the level of fire damage to West Hills homes. For SERVPRO technicians, the damage level also helps us determine which methods and tools we use to reduce and eliminate the effects, returning each home to its original condition before the fire took place.

The lowest level of damage is, obviously, minor. Here, most of the damage remains close to the source of the fire and does not spread through the entire home. The residues it leaves behind are considered light-to-moderate and easily cleaned from furniture, walls, and ceilings using sponges and mild cleaners for the most part. The residues also generate fairly mild odors, and technicians remove them with the residues. Some minor repainting may be required, and items like books may need replacing.

Medium damage requires SERVPRO technicians to use stronger cleaners and dispose of more property. Residues from smoke and soot are thicker, spread farther into the home, and require more effort to remove. They also generate stronger odors. Items like marble countertops may require a stiff brush to break up the residues so technicians can clean them from the grout and other surfaces. At this level, there is enough damage from heat and flames to force removing building material like drywall panels and ceiling tiles.

Heat and flames make up a much larger part of major damage, however. The fire burns through the panels and tiles to reach the framing behind them. The heat becomes so intense that curtains can burn completely and windows shatter. If the fire reaches nigh enough, it can damage the roof and even compromise the support structure holding it up. Damage this severe often requires our restoration teams to board up broken windows and even doors to prevent secondary damage, trespassing, and vandalism.

Restoring your home after a fire is difficult and can be expensive. At SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, our goal is to remediate the effects of a fire no matter the level of damage. If you are dealing with the results of this summer’s fires, contact us at (818) 998-1500 to schedule an appointment and start returning your home to its original condition.

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How Our Professionals Mitigate Commercial Water Damage And Foul Odors In Your Canoga Park Hotel

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

One cause of bad odors hotels in Canoga Park might experience come from commercial water damage.

Your Hotel's Odor Control Needs After Mitigation Of Commercial Water Damage In Canoga Park

Many sources of unwanted odors can occur in a busy hotel in Canoga Park. Guests' activities from smoking to accidents can cause bad odors to linger long after check-out time, and regular cleaning by your staff might not eliminate them entirely.

One cause of bad odors hotels in Canoga Park might experience come from commercial water damage. Even after mitigation of such damage finishes and workers leave, bad odors can still permeate the air. SERVPRO can help you get things back to normal in such situations. When we provide water damage mitigation services, we also include odor control.

Because we only remove materials that sustained damage, other materials that require cleaning and nothing else remain intact and in place. Sometimes the microscopic changes that take place and the by-products involved in the changes materials suffer when becoming damaged by water create unpleasant odors. These odors can seem permanent, but our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can rid your hotel of the problem.

We use hydroxyl and ozone-producing machines. However, we cannot safely use ozone in occupied areas, so we rely on hydroxyl gas instead. This gas is so potent, and it can remove the worst odors. Many factories use hydroxyl where odor control is essential to workers' comfort and safety.

When we perform water damage mitigation, we use air scrubbers, as these greatly diminish the amount of dust and debris in the air. These can eliminate many odors, but even with the best units, odors can still linger. When carpeting becomes saturated with water, odors can develop long before physical damage occurs. Such carpeting often remains in place without the need to remove and replace it. However, we can solve the odors stemming from the offending areas with injections of odor-eliminating gels. These can also provide a means to scent the area with something more pleasant.

Regardless of how badly your water damage issues were in the past, solving the odors left behind can make your hotel feel bright and fresh, “Like it never even happened.” Call us, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, at (818) 998-1500, to get things going in the right direction again.

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The Complete Guide To Flood Damage In Canoga Park For 2018

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

It is hard to anticipate the damages likely to occur if your Canoga Park home floods because each flooding case is unique.

Essential Tips To Help You Deal With The Effects Of Flood Damage In Canoga Park

It is hard to anticipate the damages likely to occur if your Canoga Park home floods because each flooding case is unique. Factors like the level of water, how long the standing water remains in the property, and the kind of contaminants present in the water affect the level of damage you have to address. Understanding the impact of flooding incidents before they happen can help you take the right mitigation steps.

One thing that amplifies the effects of flood damage in Canoga Park is the presence of contaminants in the water. Floodwaters usually disrupt waste disposal systems, carrying some of the toxic wastes with them wherever they flow. These toxins are deposited in any porous materials so even if you were to dry them, the contaminants remain, therefore, posing other risks to you. Apart from affecting the contents of your house, floodwaters also deposit mud or silt which also have these contaminants and therefore require the right removal procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you remove the carpet, pad and even upholstered furniture in the affected areas easily. We also handle any waste deposited in the house safely.

It is not easy to associate fire risk with flooding, but failure to take proper precautions could lead to situations where you have to deal with both water and fire damages. When electrical appliances are exposed to water, short circuits can happen which lead to fires if the appliance is turned on. Our SERVPRO team has the necessary tools including vacuum cleaners, so you do not have to use yours before the restoration is completed.

Some cases of flooding might cause structural damages to the property. Common problems include severe wood rot, distortions such as warping of floorboards and termite damage because wet wood is very enticing to the termites. Most of these damages occur if the water remains in your property for extended periods. Our SERVPRO team helps by removing the water fast. We also do a thorough inspection once restoration is done to ensure none of these structural problems remain hidden.

Since it is not possible to avoid floods, you should call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help restore your property. You can reach us at (818) 998-1500 any time of the day.

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A Leaking Dishwasher Can Cause Water Damage inside of Your Canoga Park Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

If your dishwasher suddenly dumps water on your kitchen floor, call SERVPRO to both dry out the room and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Water Damage Remediation in Your Kitchen

Appliances are extremely useful tools to have inside your home, but they can be troublesome when they break down and cause problems such as water damage. When it comes to your dishwasher, a frequent leak could cause further troubles inside of your residence should it not be addressed. While it may be tempting just to lay a towel down and delay a professional from fixing your appliance, doing so can cause damages to your tile flooring.
 
When water damage sets into your Canoga Park kitchen, it can crack floor tiles. When your dishwasher leaks, the water initially pools onto your floor around it. However, over time, the water slowly sinks between the tiles and into the base below it, causing it to expand from the absorption and causing cracks and separation above. Furthermore, the water can damage the cabinets around your dishwasher. If the damage it is left unchecked, the water can cause further complications such as mold damage. To ensure the longevity of your home and avoid unnecessary expenses, it is essential to call for help upon finding water damage inside of your home.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we always strive to arrive at your home within hours of your first call. Our first employ to arrive is our Estimator, and they can walk you through the damage after an initial inspection. Our Estimator is there to answer any questions and address any of your concerns.
 
When our IICRC-certified technicians arrive, we can begin the remediation promptly. Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced trade technology, such as devices like air movers, dehumidifiers, and axial fans. Using all three in conjunction allows us to create an environment that is ideal for the evaporation of moisture. Over a period, these devices can draw the moisture away from your belongings and prevent further damage. At the end of the remediation, SERVPRO can do one last sweep to ensure that the moisture levels inside of your home are adequate.
 
If you find water damage inside of your kitchen, never wait to call for services. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills by phoning (818) 998-1500. Night or day, we are always available to help.

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Bell Canyon's Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Remediation In Attics

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

If organic materials stay wet for more than two days, microbial growth can start to take place.

Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Remediation

The roof on your Bell Canyon home is a part of the structure that receives a lot of abuse. If your roof ever leaks it is possible that mold damage can occur. Over time roofing materials wear making it easier for storms or objects to create holes in your roof. During a storm, rainwater drills onto your roof and if there is a hole, water enters the interior of your house making mold damage likely to occur.

Most buildings have an attic that sits in between their living area and the underside of the roof. Attics are a common place for mold damage in Bell Canyon to occur for several reasons. First, many attics have elevated temperatures and humidity levels anyways because they sit above the living area of the home. Fungi tend to settle in humid areas that receive little sunlight, just like most attics. Attics are usually not finished with flooring and wall materials, so they contain a lot of bare organic materials such as paper and wood.

In many cases, the source of a moisture problem inside an attic is a leaky roof. Over time roofs get more susceptible to damage and being the source of a water leak. If water gets into your attic and you do not notice it, the problems can get much worse the longer the issues go without being mitigated. If organic materials stay wet for more than two days, microbial growth can start to take place.

Once a fungus develops it starts buildings structures called hyphae. Many times hyphae are what give mold a black or fuzzy white look. Once hyphae develop, they grow in all three directions on the contaminated object. As the hyphae spread out across and into an organic substance, they let off spores that are used for the fungi's reproduction purposes. These spores can become airborne and float around until they settle and contaminated a previously unaffected area.

If mold ever contaminates your attic, it is possible that spores can get into the ventilation system of the house and possible cause microbial growth in other regions far away from the source. If you ever notice that fungal growth occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 24 hours a day.

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Removing the Effects of Fire Damage in Winnetka Neighborhoods

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Smoky Odors after a House Fire in Winnetka? Call SERVPRO to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Winnetka Homeowners Confront Odors after a Fire Loss and Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery

Say the word ‘fire,’ and every Winnetka resident flinches. The recent wildfires in our area brought home the threat locally to many who thought this was only an issue for Northern California.
 
Despite these significant threats, most Winnetka fire damage does not involve major destruction. Often, SERVPRO restoration teams spend as much effort on eliminating odors which can prevent owners and residents from living in their homes without discomfort as they do on other issues.
 
Smoke residues generate odors as fire cools and extinguishes. If an item of personal or structural property, a sofa or drywall panel, for example, cannot be cleaned, team members remove it from home immediately. This initial step is important, since removing affected property reduces the strength of the odors, and allows our technicians to determine better what they need to clean the home.
 
Cleaning residues from affected surfaces eliminate the majority of odors in a home. Even a tiny amount of odor-causing particles can generate an unpleasant smell throughout the home. Depending on the type of residue, SERVPRO technicians use a combination of chemical cleaners, sponge, and scrub brushes to remove them.
 
If the residues are dry and powdery, then team members can wipe them away quickly and with sponges and maybe a mild cleaner. For wet, sticky residues, they need a stronger cleaning agent and perhaps a scrub brush to agitate and break them up for removal.
 
When odor-causing particles penetrate the surface of a property item, then technicians may have to recreate the conditions of how that happened to clean them. Since the particles first settled as part of the fire’s smoke, our teams can use a fog machine to generate a cloud of chemical cleaner particles that can penetrate to the same depth as the original smoke particles, neutralizing them completely.
 
If there are still lingering odors after cleaning the home, technicians can either remove more property for disposal or off-site cleaning or seal the surfaces to prevent further release of odor-causing particles. For odors trapped behind walls, and if the owner does not want to replace framing or other support structures, then our teams use paint with an odor-blocker to seal off the affected area.
 
Our goal, after every fire, is to return each home to its original, odor-free condition. If you need us, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Property in Canoga Park

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

When facing flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services. Call right away for the most effective results.

SERVPRO Technicians Help Determine What can be Restored and What to Replace After a Flood

Cleaning up after a flood is not a routine concern for Canoga Park residents. Sudden storms do happen every year though and a flash flood after one of them can cause a lot of damage, forcing homeowners and residents to decide what is worth saving and what requires disposal, regardless of the personal value.
 
Determining the cost of flood damage in Canoga Park to personal property is not something most residents can familiarize themselves within a few hours or days. This is why it is important to bring in our specialists here at SERVPRO. We help you determine what property can be restored at a reasonable cost and what is either too expensive or too damaged to repair and should be removed for disposal.
 
Our restoration teams make these determinations based on the amount of labor hours and the materials needed to restore personal property. Here, we use clothing as an example. Even in a flood, where the water is contaminated, most cotton clothing can be cleaned with the right detergent from our cleaning chemical inventory and using a commercial clothes washer with temperature control.
 
For specialty items like leather coats and skirts, or fine wool garments, those may require multiple cleanings with a professional dry cleaning company. If the dry cleaner decides that he cannot return the garment to a wearable condition, our team leader recommends disposing and replacing this item.
 
SERVPRO specialists also help you with your flood insurance. In each policy, there are items that the agency would rather replace than attempt to try and restore. With our experience in dealing with most major insurance carriers, specialists can help you immediately take care of these items, and then concentrate on items still covered for restoration.
 
At SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, our goal is to help you return your home, property, and life back to their pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. When you need our services, or if you are still dealing with damage from the last flood, call us today at (818) 998-1500 for professional, restoration assistance.

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Stressing Air Quality Through Mold Remediation In Your West Hills Home

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores exist in every environment that we encounter on a daily basis on a microscopic level.

Stressing Air Quality Through Mold Remediation

While most West Hills homeowners can appreciate the possibility of mold growth in their home, few realize just how likely the situation is. Mold spores exist in every environment that we encounter on a daily basis on a microscopic level. They are everywhere throughout the home and throughout other environments where we spend a great deal of time like our vehicles and workplace.

Understanding more about the widespread nature of mold spores in the environment can help a homeowner to appreciate just how close they always are to mold damages in their West Hills residence. Combating this omnipresent microbial force can seem daunting, especially when you discover an active mold colony growing in your home. That is where the mold remediation technicians at SERVPRO can help you.

Air quality should not just be a concern when you have active colonization in your home, but it is a dire priority for the remediation technicians looking to remove this colony and restore the damages. Preventing the spread of these spores to new areas can isolate the current problem. This isolation often occurs with the use of air scrubbers.

This equipment can trap active spores, dirt, contaminants, and bacteria present in the environment and prevent it from spreading around your home from the affected area. The machine allows our SERVPRO remediation technicians the ability to work exclusively in the damaged areas to effectively remove the present colony and remove any materials that became unsalvageably damaged.

While there is no way to remove the mold spores from your house entirely, we can temporarily prevent active spores from leaving the colony area and seating elsewhere in your home. With dehumidification and drying efforts, present mold spores naturally occurring in the environment do not have the appropriate conditions to colonize once remediation completes.

Preventing mold from growing in your home might not be something that everyone can do. With environmental changes that can happen rapidly, you might not realize there is a problem until the spread of the colony is out of control. Trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills technicians to remove this threat and return your home to safer conditions. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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Water Damage in Your West Hills Hotel

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Guests expect a great smelling room that is free of water damage. Contact SERVPRO if your hotel is facing damage after an incident.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Water Damage in Your Hotel

Running a hotel in West Hills is undoubtedly a lot of work. Not only is there fierce competition between various other overnight accommodations, but you also work to provide the best experience and amenities to your guests. The last thing that your business needs is a water incident that could pose a threat to different areas of your building, let alone a high traffic area frequented by guests.

Even a small-scale incident can cause much unrest among the guests that you have. As you strive to rent each room every night, reputation carries weight through online services and rating sites. This aspect is why taking care of commercial water damages in your West Hills hotel quickly is essential to keeping that reputation high.

Our SERVPRO team can help you to overcome this unfortunate occurrence efficiently and thoroughly, minimizing the impact on the guests in your business and helping to keep your operations running smoothly.

One of the first things that you have to consider in an incident like this is where the problem began. While our SERVPRO professionals can help isolate the literal source, you have to likely section off the affected areas (and any areas that could later become affected) until the restoration gets completed.

This approach might limit some of the amenities or available rooms that you have to offer, but does not stifle the flow of guests, either. Our technicians work quickly to extract any present water, to dry it completely, and to further assess the situation for lingering moisture that could cause greater concerns in the immediate future.

It is likely that your hotel has maintenance and custodial services, but professional restoration is much faster and more efficient overall. A single bad YELP review could throttle your business, so take the necessary steps to get the job done correctly.

If you have a water damage event in your hotel, you should not waste any time to get the problem resolved. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills technicians a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration In Canoga Park

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Stormwater Removal for Canoga Park? Just Call SERVPRO

Canoga Park Storm Harm Is Mitigated with Fast Water Removal

Floods are a common occurrence in Canoga Park during the spring and summer months, which can make many homeowners nervous. Luckily, there are skilled and trained professionals nearby that can restore your home in the event of heavy rains or a rainstorm. Excess water in your residence can cause significant damage to the structure, which can make your property unsafe.

Our SERVPRO flood damage team in Canoga Park can handle the job. We are just a phone call away. Contacting us may help reduce damage to your residence and may help save many of your personal belongings such as your clothing, electronics, and widescreen televisions. Our techs may also be able to salvage the majority of your furniture and other items in the home.
 
You can depend on our crew to arrive at your residence promptly and to begin assessing the damage right away. Quickly removing the water from the affected areas is our priority during the restoration phase. The team may use several pieces of industrial equipment to eliminate water from the structure such as extractors, pumps, and vacuums. Extracting all moisture is vital because mold can grow. It is essential to prevent mold growth because it can cause health effects.
 
Once our expert SERVPRO team removes all standing water, the drying process begins. Typically, drying involves the use of air movers, axial fans, and dehumidification equipment. The effectiveness of this top-grade equipment helps speed up the drying stage and helps remove water from the affected areas quickly. The team may also use probes and moisture meters to check for hidden moisture under the flooring and inside the walls and baseboards. Also, our techs may use large drying mats to absorb moisture from the floors and carpet.
 
Floods can be stressful for homeowners to cope with in this region, which is why contacting trusted and experienced professionals can help relieve the tension. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills flood damage restoration can give you peace of mind. We are here to assist you. Call us anytime at (818) 998-1500.

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Cleaning And Drying Your West Hills Home Following Water Damages

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mistakes Lead to Water Damage Needing Cleanup and Restoration in West Hills, Call SERVPRO for Fast Help

Homes and Businesses in West Hills Benefit from Prompt SERVPRO Water Removal Services

Among all of the threats that your West Hills home faces from the outside, people often overlook the ease with which disasters can occur inside of their homes. While a common culprit for damages is often the appliances breaking down over time, another frequent contributor to the problem is user error. Something as simple as putting the plug into a bathroom sink and walking away while it runs, or not completely shutting your dishwasher door before you start a cycle can all lead to issues in your home that require immediate attention from trained professional restorers.
 
Regardless of what has caused the water damage in your West Hills residence, getting the problem solved quickly is something that is critical. Professional restoration is advisable here because inadequate cleaning techniques can leave moisture and dampness behind. These symptoms can further weaken structural components and allow for compounding damage such as microbial growth to occur in as little as 72 hours.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals understand that adequate cleaning and drying of the water damage is crucial, and that begins with understanding where the problem lies. Thermal imagery can determine the full scope of the moisture and dampness through flooring, ceilings, and inside of wall cavities. While larger spaces can usually get dried out thoroughly using only heavy-duty air movers and industrial grade dehumidification equipment, specialty tools can sometimes be a requirement for harder to reach areas.
 
Drying mats get placed by our SERVPRO technicians to penetrate beneath the first layer of flooring to help remove any lingering moisture underneath the surface picked up by thermal imagery. Carpeted areas that get affected by the water loss incident often require weighted extractors to force the water up from the fibers and padding underneath to better dry them out. The completion of the service must include no residual dampness to the underflooring or concrete pad.
 
While this is just a small subsection of the overall restoration process, it can give you an idea of the kind of dedication and service that you can expect from our team of professionals. Our SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills restoration specialists respond quickly and can help you to overcome any sized disaster that affects your home. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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An Overview Of The Major Forms Of Water Damage In West Hills

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

There are several sources of water which can lead to water damage in any home or business structure.

An Overview Of The Major Forms Of Water Damage

There are several sources of water which can lead to water damage in any home or business structure. The water intrusion event can be as a result of structural failures, natural disasters, broken appliances as well as broken water pipes. Though an incident like a burst water pipe may not look drastic at the start, it may cause substantial damage a few hours later if there is no one in your West Hills property to give it the attention it demands.

When our SERVPRO technicians are offering water damage restoration services to residents of West Hills, we look at the quantity of water on the structure and its source. The amount of water helps us to devise an efficient water removal method to ensure we dry your property within the shortest time possible. Dependent on the situation, we can use pumps, portable or truck-mounted water extractors to remove any standing water physically.

The source of the water can make us categorize the damage into three categories - black water, gray water, and clean water damage. Clean water comes from burst pipes, faulty appliances and all appliances which carry treated water. Sources of water that is yet to be used such as rain and snow water from damaged roofs also fall under this category. When carpets and pads come into contact with this type of water, restoring them is possible.

Although gray water contains waste products, it does not have human waste. Water overflowing from a toilet and a washing machine without any solid matter is usually under this category. When carpets and pads get into contact with this type of water, our SERVPRO technicians typically recommend a replacement. Black water carries all sorts of debris and is mainly unsanitary water. Burst sewage backups and flood waters are under this category, and we use extensive personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning this category of water. It is not possible to restore carpets and pads exposed to this type of water.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills has well-trained restoration technicians who work around the clock to address all types of water, fire, mold, and storm damage disaster. Call us at (818) 998-1500 and get industry proven services from our reliable team.

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Fire Damage Experts In Bell Canyon Discuss Problems With HVAC Systems

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides the Resources to Purge Home HVAC Systems from Smoke, Soot, and Odors After a Fire in Bell Canyon

Migrating Smoke, Soot, and Odors within Ventilation Systems Typically Need Cleaning and Restoring

Whenever a fire burns inside a Bell Canyon building, heat and smoke can both cause extensive damage. Once a blaze ignites, it burns materials as fuel starting from the source until the flames get extinguished. As the fire spreads, solids turn to gas or combust at different rates. Partially combusted materials disperse throughout the structure in the form of smoke and soot particles.
 
Smoke can penetrate items making them produce pungent odors, whereas soot residues can adhere to surfaces and ruin the finish on an object. During fire damage mitigation in Bell Canyon, cleaning and removing soot is essential to make the home odor-free and to save items from being discarded. Before work begins, our SERVPRO technicians inspect any building materials and contents that may have been affected by smoke. Once all affected areas inside the house are found, we choose the proper cleaning method for the specific type of soot present.
 
One structural component that gets inspected after any burn damage takes place is the building's heating ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC system. If soot particles get inside the ventilation system, then it is possible that residues can travel through the home's vents and affect areas far away from the fire's source. During any restoration project where smoke was present, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the ductwork to see if residues exist. If there are soot residues present inside the ductwork, then the HVAC system may require cleaning.
 
When cleaning HVAC systems, we start by removing and cleaning all vent registers and air intakes. Then, we wipe all accessible surfaces on the inside of the ducting with specialized soot removal chemicals. Next, we vacuum out the inside of the ducting to remove any soot or dust particles. If problems are severe enough, our SERVPRO restoration crew can clean the ducts with an ultra-low volume fogging system.
 
When using a ULV fogger, the idea is to recreate the way that smoke got into the HVAC system in the first place. The machine gets filled with duct sealing and deodorization chemicals that get fogged into the building's vents. If you ever need help with smoke-related issues, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 any time of the day.

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Mitigating Commercial Fire Damage in a West Hills Movie Theater

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

West Hills Commercial Properties Like Movie Theaters Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Strives to Cleanup and Restore Commercial Buildings After Fire & Smoke Damaging Events

Many people love watching movies at home, but a trip out to see the latest release with the family or friends rates very high on many people's list of fun things to do around West Hills. Fire regulations forbid smoking, but offenders still do break the rules. When this happens, avoiding getting caught often trumps putting a cigarette out safely.

If a West Hills theater suffers commercial fire damage because of a smoker, the costs to repair everything "Like it never even happened" can become a major setback. At SERVPRO, we work with your insurance company to help make sure that all damaged areas receive the attention necessary while keeping costs as low as possible for you, the customer.
 
Fire damage can easily affect any area of your business, including food products, carpeting, seating, walls, doors and entryways, and anything else. Water from firefighters can also cause problems, and we are ready to help you deal with this effectively. Smoke odors caused by soot can continue to pose severe problems for patrons far into the future if not treated properly.
 
Certified by the IICRC, SERVPRO technicians easily and quickly remove damaged sections of materials in small pieces so they can fit into double bags, making for easier removal. We bring in replacement materials after we finish all of the other work. This prevents moisture from extinguishing the fire from affecting it and also keeps it safely out of the way while we work.
 
Both moisture in the air and odor-causing particles can easily stay there unless removed. This is why we use our air scrubbing machinery. Even with wiping every surface down to remove soot, the odor can still bother people. High levels of humidity not only make these odors ore noticeable, but they also make it easier for mold and mildew to begin growing. These microbes can grow almost anywhere, including under seats and also between them, and anywhere else inside your theater. There is also the concern of patrons tracking mold spores home with them.
 
When odor remains, we can use ozone treatments, or thermal fogging. Both can rigorously decrease the amount of odor experienced, with thermal fogging being the more effective of the two choices in most situations. Thermal fogging techniques mimic the pathways that the smoke followed much more than ozone methods do, making it more reliable. Hydroxyl generators can also be very effective devices to neutralize malordous particlulates. Indoor air quality of a high level is a crucial aspect of the overall treatment.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills' employees love watching movies, much like everyone else, and wants to help ensure that your movie theater or other workplace remains a safe place for families to enjoy some time together. Call us at (818) 998-1500 for help.

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SERVPRO Provides Safe and Low-Profile Water Removal for Schools in Canoga Park

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO to assist with water damages found in schools

How SERVPRO can help remove water damage from schools

To avoid interruptions to administrative and classroom functions, water removal from schools in Canoga Park must be done quickly and with minimal impact on day-to-day operations. Furthermore, a delay in treatment can create safety hazards such as mold growth that may force students out of entire sections of the campus to temporarily crowd into other buildings or possibly even a different school. Through decades of servicing communities nationwide, SERVPRO has cultivated an understanding of how vital fast and low-profile water removal is in public places and has developed a versatile, ironclad plan to handle any situation.

Keeping Classrooms Safe
Both legal and social expectations for schools in Canoga Park require water removal to be prompt and effective. Providing a safe and problem-free environment for children to learn should be a top priority, and rather than allowing facilities to remain unfixed and unused, most parents and community members expect the school to do whatever it can to reopen classrooms and amenities quickly. SERVPRO keeps costs down and work times short while still making sure to remove any and all water from the area, preventing long-term issues and mold damage from arising after we depart.

Operating With a Minimal Profile
Our technicians take care to avoid creating significant obstacles and impediments to students during their work, remaining in as small of an area as possible and avoiding practices that disrupt classroom learning when they can. Our focus is on mitigating as much hassle and trouble for your staff and students as possible, even if it means taking on extra work for our personnel.

Working Within Regulations
Different regulations may exist for education centers in different communities, districts, and even grades within a single campus. Our well-trained and experienced staff have proven themselves to be adept at handling even the most difficult and confusing regulatory constraints possible, eliminating hassle and headache should one of them be violated.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills provides fast and professional damage restoration services to private and public properties in the area. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to learn more about how we can help.

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The Right Restoration Team For Your Canoga Park Flood Damage

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is always ready to help you overcome the widespread damage that flooding can often present.

The Right Restoration Team For Your Flood Damage

Homeowners in Canoga Park seemingly always have a natural disaster to keep in the back of their mind that could threaten the structural integrity or stability of their homes. As stressful as this might seem, many homes get prepared structurally for these occurrences as much as possible, though some (like flooding) can only show you the vulnerable areas of your house once the damage has found its way inside already.

While many homeowners are not ready for the flood damage that could threaten their Canoga Park homes, having the right team of professional restorers can help you to overcome any disaster that your home could potentially face. SERVPRO is always ready to help you overcome the widespread damage that flooding can often present.

From the moment that our crew arrives at your home, we begin with an initial assessment both of the damage that we need to restore and secondly the source of the present water through the affected areas. Determining the vulnerable areas and penetration points in your home's exterior can allow our experienced technicians an opportunity to seal up these areas if the compromised area does not require demolition and reconstruction to repair.

Extraction plays a critical role in allowing our team the access to dry up the damage and determine if materials and surfaces require removal and replacement to complete the restoration project. Drying typically uses air movers and dehumidification equipment to achieve. Flooding can often cause deep penetration of water damage to flooring and in between walls. Where this damage gets discovered, our SERVPRO professionals can use large drying mats and the injectidry system respectively to handle these specific issues.

Finding yourself at the mercy of floodwaters is a stressful circumstance. Fortunately with the right experienced professionals at your side, like the kind of technicians at SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, you do not have to face this challenge alone. Give our experienced restoration specialists a call anytime that you might need us at (818) 998-1500.

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Musty and Foul Odors Are Often a Hint of Mold Damage in Your Winnetka Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

A musty odor can often be the first sign of mold damage in your home, if you think you are dealing with mold damage call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Can Quickly and Thoroughly Remediate Mold Damage Found in Your Home

Mold damage can become a real issue when it goes unchecked for extended periods of time. However, mold growth is not always visible at first. For example, a roof that is on its last leg may leak rainwater into your attic. Over time, this water can lead to mold growth, as mold spores thrive in a moist environment. If you do not enter your attic regularly, it is easy to be ignorant of the problem. In these situations, it is not too late to call for professional help.

A musty odor can often be one of the first significant signs of mold damage in your Winnetka home. Mold spores are omnipresent; there is no way to truly rid your home of them. However, they are harmless until they come in contact with moisture. As a mold colony feeds on moisture, it grows and has the potential to cause rot to the structure of your home and health effects.

One of the first things SERVPRO can do when our employees arrive at your home is put up a barrier to keep the mold spores from spreading when we start the remediation process. Mold can be tackled by our SERVPRO techs through cleaning, antifungal agents, and disinfectants.

SERVPRO can handle the odor of mold through the use of advanced industrial tools. Our techs can use air scrubbers to get the odor out of the air that first alerted you to the mold in your home. Air scrubbers utilize HEPA filters to trap and contain spores, effectively neutralizing the particles that caused the foul smells in the first place. Another tool our team can use in these situations is a thermal fogger, which can dissipate the spores and eliminate the malodourous particles.

If you smell mold in your home, do not wait. Reach out to SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500. Whatever the time, we can send our technicians to your home as soon as possible.

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Why Professional Restoration Is Beneficial For Your West Hills Water Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Even with the diligence that you show to most of the fixtures and appliances of your West Hills home, circumstances could still lead to water damages.

The Benefits Of Professional Restoration

As a West Hills homeowner, you are likely continually trying to remain vigilant to ward off any unfortunate circumstances that could befall your home and ultimately cost you money or require time-consuming repairs or restoration. While there are many ways that your preventative and precautionary efforts are a benefit, there are some events (like water emergencies) that cannot get avoided entirely.

Even with the diligence that you show to most of the fixtures and appliances of your West Hills home, circumstances could still lead to water damages. While the most common of these might be defective appliances and plumbing concerns, the list is quite extensive overall. Regardless of the reason that your home experiences the water damage, there are several reasons why professional restoration is the wise choice for cleaning up the mess.

One of the reasons that you should consider the kind of restoration that our SERVPRO professionals can provide for this unfortunate occurrence is our commitment to your home. From the moment that our team arrives, we set out to get the full scope of the damage that you face from the present water damage, even utilizing specialized equipment like thermal imagery to determine the farthest reaches of the water.

Another consideration that you should be thinking of when it comes to opting to clean up your water damage situation yourself is the risk involved with doing an inadequate job. With moisture allowed underneath floors and inside of walls that did not get dried as it should have, your home is now meeting all of the necessary conditions for mold and fungal growth. This disaster is a separate variety of damage that can prove difficult and costly to remove.

While these are only a couple of the reasons why you should consider SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you clean up your water damages, they are serious considerations that you need to make. For the sake of the home that you work hard to maintain, trust in our certified restoration specialists to help you through every step of restoring your home. Give us a call today at (818) 998-1500.

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Caring for Your Home's Appliances After Fire Damage Happens in Your West Hills Property

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses special cleaning agents to restore your appliances after fire damage.

SERVPRO Restores Your Home and Belongings after Fire Damage

Like other families in West Hills, yours relies on the appliances found throughout your home to make their lives more pleasant. During a fire, these expensive items can become covered in soot and grime. These surfaces, made from highly durable materials, can still become marred and dulled if soot remains on them too long.

West Hills properties that sustain fire damage often exhibit signs of such damage everywhere in the home. Appliances can seem much worse until we clean them. Using special cleaning agents, we clean the soot and other residues from their surfaces. Immediately after, we rinse them to remove any remaining chemicals. The same chemicals that revealed the sheen of your appliances can eventually mar them with pitting and etching if allowed to remain without rinsing or wiping away from the surface.

Before cleaning the surfaces, we unplug every unit to prevent electrical shock. Our IICRC certified technicians also clean the cords, and check for cracks, melted areas, or other situations, making a note of any defects. We partner with qualified electronics and appliance repair technicians who can inspect your appliances before we plug them back into the electrical socket. We need to know for insurance purposes which items remain working and which ones require replacements. We keep written records of these to aid you in your claims-making process.

Appliances can include smaller items, such as food processors, coffee makers, and sewing machines. Computers often require extensive repair work after a fire just because of the heat. We recommend waiting for an electronic repair technician or specialist to examine your computer and other sensitive electronic equipment before attempting to use them. Soot can enter into these items and cause extensive damage. Many times, fires cause the electricity in the home to fail, which can turn off such items, preserving them and protecting them from soot by turning off their fans. Turning them on too soon can cause serious problems.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills wants to help you restore every aspect of your home after a fire to help make everything "Like it never even happened." Calling our local number, (818) 998-1500, starts the process of repairing your home, down to the appliances that helped make your house a home for your family. Fire damage and other disasters can take a heavy toll on a family, but we are here to help out when you need us the most.

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Fighting Mold Damage In Your West Hills House

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Spores in West Hills Can Lead to Mold Damage--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

SERVPRO Possesses the Tools, Equipment, and Skilled Technicians for Mold Remediation

High humidity is a common condition to contend with for your West Hills home at certain times of the year. While this can make your time outside muggy and moist, it also can cause a lot of dampness and moisture in your home as well. Even with a controlled temperature from appliances like your air conditioner, excessive condensation is a typical result of treating highly humid, hot air in the environment.

While this might not initially seem like that big of a deal, dampness and moisture in your house assuredly is something worth your concern. In a short time, dampness in the air combining with warmer temperatures can activate spores in the air and cracks and crevices and form colonies of mold. Given the links between the presence of fungal growth and health effects for those exposed to it, the discovery of mold damage in your West Hills home should be dealt with as expediently as possible.

Our SERVPRO team gets uniquely trained to restore and remediate all varieties of mold and fungus using the latest equipment and strategies proven effective. Each of our specialists gets certified to the high standards of restoration set in place by the IICRC. This fact makes us an excellent choice to handle the current mold damage that you are facing in your home and the most efficient option for bringing your home back to its former condition.

From the moment that our SERVPRO specialists arrive at your home, we set up immediately to block off the area where mold is actively growing and thriving. When it comes time to sand or scrape these places or remove portions of materials for later reconstruction, negative air chambers, and air scrubbers (with HEPA filters) help prevent the spread of active spores to new areas of your home.

Drying the area is a crucial element to combat the current mold growth, and to keep this disaster from reoccurring. This result gets achieved through the use of air movers and large dehumidification equipment. In situations where the source of the moisture is difficult to discern, continuing dehumidification on your own may get advised.

Finding mold in your home is a cause to spring to action. You do not want to let the organism continue to spread and damage the structural integrity of your home or any of its contents. Trust the IICRC certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you set things right again. We can be reached anytime by calling (818) 998-1500.

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It is Important to Resolve Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Restaurant Quickly

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in any part of your commercial kitchen needs to be dealt with right away before it helps feed mold. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Uses Modern Equipment to Help Detect the Presence of Water in Your Commercial Space

Your restaurant in Canoga Park focuses heavily on the food that you provide to your customers, but also in providing a quality, memorable experience for every patron that comes through your door. When something like a water emergency threatens the entirety of your businesses from the food making to serving your customers, you do not have a second to lose. Professional restoration services can get your doors back open quickly, or in some cases, work around your staff to allow your restaurant to stay functional while restoration efforts are underway.
 
Fighting off commercial water damage in your Canoga Park restaurant might seem like something that you should attempt to do alone. If you can suppress the initial appearance of the water issue, your doors can stay open.

Unfortunately, with water damages, it is often the areas that you cannot see that provide some of the most detrimental lingering effects. Contacting our professional restoration specialists at SERVPRO can help you to get the problem resolved completely, leaving no traces of the damage to develop into something worse over time.
 
From the moment that our experienced technicians arrive at your restaurant, our priority is to understand better the full scope of the damage you face. Through the use of both thorough visual inspections as well as thermal imagery technology, our team can assess the accessible areas and view inside of walls and under flooring to see the farthest reaches of the damage. This process aids our specialists in determining what equipment is necessary to complete the job at hand.
 
While you never want to have to close your doors to the public, as this is the lifeblood of the restaurant that you run, this might be a necessity to more expediently clean up the mess you face. The longer that you put off this need, the more time things like mold growth have a chance to develop. This issue would undoubtedly close your doors for a much longer time.
 
When your restaurant gets impacted by a water emergency of any size, you can always trust in SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you clean up the mess and set things right again. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (818) 998-1500.

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Helpful Flood Damage Technicians In Bell Canyon

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

If it pours down enough in a short period, flooding sometimes occurs.

Flood Damage Technicians

During the spring and summer seasons, sometimes excessive rains take place in Bell Canyon. If it pours down enough in a short period, flooding sometimes occurs. If your neighborhood gets flooded out by a severe rainstorm, the first place water seems to flow is inside your house.

Often during a flood, water flows directly into your basement first. SERVPRO's flood damage crew in Bell Canyon has experience in mitigating issues in your basement. Water entering your basement from the outside possibly has a high contamination level and ruins contents and building materials inside your home.

Water issues inside basements are different because the water comes from the ceiling and flows downward. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect damage inside the basement starting with the source which is located somewhere near the ceiling. Depending on how long water flows into the basement, other materials including drywall, carpet, and contents possibly get damaged as well as ceiling materials.

Any standing water gets immediately extracted using our extraction equipment. We then use specialized extensions to vacuum water out of carpet and furniture. After all water possible gets extracted, we test the air and surrounding building materials for moisture content.

Temperature and moisture readings get used to design a plan for drying your home. Air movers get used to accelerate the evaporation rate inside your dwelling. Dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and pump out hot, dry air that gets used by the air movers.

Sometimes, specialized drying equipment gets used to dry certain building materials or contents. Often ceilings and walls get dried out using injection drying equipment. When using injection drying, we drill holes every six to twelve inches in the ceiling and walls that have a high moisture content. Tubes coming from an air pump forces air into wall and ceiling cavities. Airflow inside walls and ceilings help dry out the drywall, studs, and floors joists above the basement ceiling.

Drying equipment usually stays in your basement until moisture levels get returned to preloss conditions. After your neighborhood gets flooded, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for professional assistance anytime.

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Notify the Experts of West Hills after Fire Damages Your Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your kitchen can leave behind different types of soot deposits and smoke damage requiring specific cleaning techniques.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Experts Can Properly Clean the Different Types of Damage in Your Home

It is always a frightening situation when a fire starts in your West Hills kitchen. The first step is to make sure your family and your pets get out of harm's way. Next, the fire usually gets extinguished by either you or the fire department in extreme situations.

Now it is time for you to assess the damage the blaze caused to your home. At this point, it is a good idea to call in SERVPRO's fire damage specialists of West Hills. Sometimes damage caused by a fire is not as apparent as you may think.

Our technicians are IICRC certified and have years of experience repairing damage caused by heat, flames, and smoke. Our crews study the theory of fire and make themselves experts in fire behavior. We know how a fire inside a structure acts, giving us the ability to find all of the damaged areas.

After a blaze, two different types of damage are found inside burnt buildings; burning or charring and soot deposits. Sometimes building and structural materials get charred or burned. In this case, the materials get sanded down and treated or replaced.

Heat from the flames sometimes partially burns items and causes soot. Other times smoke from the blaze leaves soot deposits in areas of the home other than the source. After a burn, there are a few different types of smoke residues that get left behind on surfaces throughout your home.

Usually, smoke gets classified as being either wet or dry. Dry smoke comes from fast burning, hot blazes that burn natural materials. Wet smoke gets generated from cooler, slow-burning fires that burn synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic.

When a fire starts in your kitchen, most times, some food is the fuel source. When food burns, yellow or amber-colored protein soot residues remain. When the burn is related to an oil burner, fuel oil soot exists.

Each type of soot takes a different process to clean and remediate the problem. When dealing with cleaning soot residues, it is smart to call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for help 24/7.

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Why Water Damage Incidents in Winnetka Should Be Taken Seriously

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Water Damaging Mishaps Ruin Your Beautiful Winnetka Home--Quickly Call SERVPRO

Secondary Harm from Water Intrusion without Rapid Removal Can Greatly Increase Costs and Disruptions to Homeowners in the Winnetka Area

Though there are many things to take into consideration during a water damage incident, drying the wet materials and areas is usually the primary goal. The remediation process should follow some controlled conditions and standard precautions. That is why you need to work with professionals when restoring your Winnetka property.

Whether a hazard exists after a water damage incident in your Winnetka home, it is always crucial to assume it does, unless a professional proves otherwise. That is why our SERVPRO technicians wear appropriate eye protection gear, disposable coveralls, gloves, and boots. We also secure the area to prevent the possibility of contaminants spreading to the surrounding clean areas. One of the ways we use to achieve that is by applying negative air pressure, whereby we set up axial fans so that the air flows to the areas under remediation from the surrounding clean areas.
 
Another factor our SERVPRO team looks at is the water quality in your property - it can be black, clean or gray. Irrespective of the category of water on your property, there is a risk of fungi and bacteria proliferation taking place. In most cases, it is the porous materials that are likely to suffer microbial contamination. That is why we advise you to allow the remediation process to start as soon as possible to increase chances of salvaging your textiles, carpets, insulation, wallboard and ceiling tiles. It is not always possible to salvage most porous materials such as wet ceiling tiles, so we dispose of them as soon as possible.
 
SERVPRO IICRC certified WRT technicians also tackle the problem of excess humidity and moisture by setting up air movers to sweep moisture from hard surfaces into the air where they are captured by dehumidifiers, usually of the chemical variety using silicone as the absorbent.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills works around the clock to respond to all mold, storm, fire and water damage disasters or minor inconveniences. Call us at (818) 998-1500 when you need an industry leader to restore your property.

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Expertly Trained Fire Damage Technicians Offer Quality Services in Winnetka

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of the level of fire damage your home experienced, contact SERVPRO for remediation services for great results.

SERVPRO Technicians Put Together a Unique Plan to Remediate Damage After a Fire in Your Home

Different kinds of damage can occur as the structure or contents of your Winnetka property burns. Starting with the partial or complete destruction of those consumed during the combustion process. However, secondary damage develops from the heat and smoke residues, profoundly impacting materials found throughout your home.

Every fire is different, requiring the deployment of unique restoration procedures to limit a variety of losses you might experience from fire damage in your Winnetka area home. Water or other extinguishing agents used to fight the fire in your home can cause more damage while other materials suffer burning or charring, depending on their proximity to the flames.

An expertly trained IICRC technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, can assess fire damage found on your property to provide you with a detailed plan to address the level of each item of loss. We help you understand the type of restoration services required to restore your home successfully and provide you with full-scale solutions that return your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition.

At SERVPRO, we describe fire damage of three levels – Minor, Medium, and Major. The materials, size, duration, and type of fire affecting your home change how our technicians approach the situation. However, some basic rules of thumb remain the same, allowing us the opportunity to prepare for the overall process beforehand, and provide you with fast, efficient services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

  • Minor Fire Damage – The amount of smoke residue is light to moderate, only affecting specific rooms or areas.
  • Medium Fire Damage – The amount of smoke residue is moderate, and more materials require wet cleaning, repainting, or replacement.
  • Major Fire Damage – Heat from the fire caused severe damage to structural framing and finishes, leaving charring, staining, and additional scoring throughout.

Depending on the situation, SERVPRO technicians can deploy both dry and wet cleaning methods to your ceilings, walls, floors, and other contents. Your floors may need refinishing, drywall, cabinets, and contents require additional replacement while most instances require deodorization procedures after cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills for a full explanation of our available cleaning and restoration services, or to request an initial inspection of your home, today. (818) 998-1500

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Saving Your Winnetka Retail Store From Water Damage

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Time is money in the retail industry, and the longer that your doors stay closed, the more profits you stand to lose.

Water Damage To Your Retail Store

Your Winnetka retail store depends significantly on the foot traffic that you can get through the door every day and customers that you can depend on to come back and shop again. While you might have all of the pieces in place to pull in customers and retain loyalty in others, an unforeseen water emergency might derail your efforts entirely if it is not dealt with quickly. Time is money in the retail industry, and the longer that your doors stay closed to those willing to spend their money, the more profits you stand to lose.

Water damage to your Winnetka store can rear its ugly head in some different ways from faulty plumbing to over-pressurized sprinkler pipes. In some cases, nearby stores might cause water damage to their facility as well as yours through shared walls. Whatever the case, professional assistance is what you need to get the damage restored and your business ready for the customers that it needs to stay in the black.

Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the time constraints that you are under to keep your business running smoothly. Not only are you pressed to reopen your doors in the event of water damage to some regions of the store, but there is also a significant pressing risk of damage to your stock and supply of the goods you are trying to sell. Our team can work quickly to ensure that the least amount of damage occurs and use our expertise and equipment towards restoring that damage as efficiently as possible.

Drying efforts are a combined effort between air movers and spot water extraction with wet vacs. Our team uses thermal imagery to assess further damage inside of the walls where the source of the problem might have been to ensure that the water is thoroughly dried. If the drywall has been compromised through this incident, or in the restoration and repair efforts, our experienced SERVPRO experts have the tools and experience to repair this as well.

Ultimately, your store depends on its doors being open to the public. While you cannot account for water emergencies that might affect your business, you can always count on SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills to help you put things right again. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

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Repairing Flood Damage in Bell Canyon

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO begins restoration by testing the moisture content and bringing down the humidity of the room.

SERVPRO’s Process to Restoring Hardwood Floors after Flood Damage

Flooding around Bell Canyon has been worse than usual this last year, just like for so many other cities in our area and more rain is expected. The water left afterward has been fairly clean, but some homes have had to deal with mud and other contaminants that make cleaning and restoration more difficult. Most of the damage still comes from the amount of time water soaks into the property.

Restoring hardwood floors in Bell Canyon after flood damage takes the right equipment, training, and experience. To get the best possible results, SERVPRO has created a checklist based on our twenty plus years in the restoration business.

Cupping, warping, and buckling begin in floorboards after flooding. If we can quickly remove the water and dry the floorboards, then the damage remains minor, and we can repair or eliminate it. Before we can begin any work, the moisture content of the wood must be twelve percent or less. We test this with specially designed moisture meters. If the content is higher, we have to lower it, or our efforts result in further damage to the floorboards.

Our first step is to reduce the humidity of the room to less than forty-five percent. SERVPRO technicians set dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and then set up air movers to carefully force warm, dry air underneath and over the floorboards.

Next, we bring the humidity to under twenty percent. It is at this point that further damage stops and the chance for mold growth significantly drops. Once we test the humidity at fifteen percent, then we bring in space heaters to raise the inside temperature to increase evaporation. If the varnish on the floor slows evaporation, we use a pin roller to pierce it in areas with little foot traffic and corners.

Now, we can repair and restore the floorboards. For cupping and warping, we can sand down minor damage and then apply new varnish to even out the appearance. If the damage is major, we replace the affected piece. Buckling is more severe than cupping or warping; it twists the wood and can even push other floorboards out of place. In most cases, we have to replace the piece with a new one sanded down to match.

Restoring your wood floors after flooding is a time-consuming process, but it is much more cost-efficient than replacing it. For more information on what SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can do for your home, call us today at (818) 998-1500.

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Water Damage In Your Winnetka Apartment Building Can Harm Your Personal Belongings

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO helps those in our community protect their property from all kinds of water damage.

Water Damage In Your Apartment Building

Apartment homes come with both benefits and drawbacks. What tenants do inside their own abodes can sometimes affect other Winnetka residents. Because water spreads so quickly, if another tenant's tub overflows, it can end up posing problems for you, also.

It won't be possible for you to prevent your belongings in your Winnetka apartment from becoming overly affected by water damage when the water comes from another apartment. Invading water can sneak in slowly, under walls and up through carpeting. Furniture legs or frames pressing down on the carpet can absorb a considerable amount of water. If made of particle board, this can quickly swell and warp the finish.

While water damage to furniture can become costly, damage to the belongings inside can pose even more significant hardships. We at SERVPRO can help out by helping you pack up these items, and then move them to a safe and dry location, either in another room, unaffected by the water or at our warehouse. We can protect any damaged items similarly.

However, sometimes water on surfaces that invades your living area can come in in such a significant amount that the air also becomes saturated. This can damage items that you may not have considered at risk when you became aware of the problem. Secondary water damage can include mildew spotting of fabric wall hangings, curtains, and bedspreads. Canopied beds can also develop this same problem. We can launder these more substantial items, including rugs and fabric shower curtains.

If elevated water levels seem likely in your dwelling's future, we can install an energy efficient and low-maintenance dehumidifier that can help prevent future damage from affecting your belongings. We can discuss this and other options that can help while you live in an apartment setting.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills helps those in our community protect their property from all kinds of water damage. Events such as these can create problems for months to come if not mitigated promptly and correctly. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to find out how we can help you save your belongings from the damaging effects of water.

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Finding Mold Damage In Your Winnetka Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation by SERVPRO Ensures Happiness for Winnetka Homeowners

Remediation of Mold Needed? Call SERVPRO

Southern California is known for some excessive humidity all year long, but what you might not realize is how this same common weather occurrence could be dramatically impacting your Winnetka home. Without proper maintenance of the moisture that is present in your home, coupled with mold spores that naturally exist in the air that we breathe, the conditions have been met for mold to start growing in your home.

Mold damage to your Winnetka home might not seem like that big of a deal, as many people have encountered that familiar musty odor and sight of spotty mold all throughout their lives. The more that gets understood about the fungus, and its relative health effects that it can cause families who become exposed to it, the more critical it is to get the situation resolved quickly.
 
Handling this situation on your own is not advisable, as your efforts to remove the mold colonies will very likely not remove the entire hyphae of the fungus and you can be circulating more spores in the process. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists are trained and certified to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.
 
This extensive training familiarizes our antimicrobial remediation specialists in the various types of mold that exist, the proper protective equipment to use, and ultimately the process for completely removing mold colonies and preventing further spread of the colonies. With the use of HEPA filters and negative air chambers, spores in the air become neutralized throughout the remediation process. Scrubbers get employed to deep clean areas where colonies have been detected to eradicate the entire fungal organism.
 
Dehumidification is an integral part of the process and one that ensures that the conditions are no longer adequate to support growth. The removal of moisture from the air is something that the homeowner gets encouraged to continue after the remediation process is complete, to deter any future conditions which could be suitable for mold to grow again.
 
If you have encountered a musty smell in your home, or spotted mold growing on surfaces, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills. Our experienced IICRC certified remediation specialists have the expertise and equipment to handle the issue. Give us a call anytime at (818) 998-1500.

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Crimped Cords And Electrical Shorts Can Lead To Fire Damage In West Hills

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fires can originate anywhere and at any time in your home.

Fire Caused By Crimped Cords And Electrical Shorts

Electricity plays such a significant role in our daily lives, including leisurely activities at home and using different machines at work and school. Without electricity to run these items for us, West Hills would not feel the same to us. However, we take the use of these powered items for granted and rarely think about the dangers of electrical power.

When using items like curling irons, computer printers, or the dishwasher in your West Hills home, the idea that those items could cause fire damage probably crosses your mind only on rare occasions. However, using these items when cords show visible damage can quickly cause problems.

Another aspect of electricity that causes problems is when cords become twisted and tangled while stored away in a drawer. Tangling like this can produce breaks in the wiring inside. While it may seem to work fine at providing electricity to your appliance, these minor breaks can soon become hotter than usual. Melted cords can pose shock hazards in addition to the fire hazard they create.

Electrical shorts inside appliances and within wall outlets can create fires. You should never try to extinguish this type of fire by using water as the electricity can travel to you and cause serious injuries. If an appliance begins smoking, melting, or burning, unplugging it by firmly grasping the plug and removing it from the wall can save your home.

If an outlet starts to smoke and produces flames, you need to shut off the main electrical breaker as quickly as possible. This should extinguish the fire, but if materials inside the wall have caught fire, it might continue burning. This situation requires a call to the local fire department. Making sure your cords can also bear the electrical load pulled can help prevent this situation in the first place.

Fires can originate anywhere and at any time in your home. Fire damage should always receive professional mitigation, so future fire risks decrease. SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can help you restore your home after any fire. Contact us at (818) 998-1500 to reach our 24-hour service, every day of the year.

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Commercial Water Damage Can Affect Spas and Gyms in Canoga Park

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remediate water damage while keeping your gym, spa, or fitness center open and running.

SERVPRO Provides Quick and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services

Many people in Canoga Park have developed an interest in staying fit by increasing the amount of exercise they engage in while still pampering themselves. A spa and gym membership fills this need for many individuals, while also providing real-time socialization with others.

The management of spas, gyms, and other fitness centers in Canoga Park understand that showering, spa treatments, and swimming can cause commercial water damage to their facilities. All pose problems by causing ongoing moisture accumulation, and efforts at dehumidification might not always provide the desired results. The results achieved can also vary considerably.

This inability to maintain a stable level of humidity inside your facility is a common complaint of similar businesses. High amounts of moisture that remain in the air can produce dampness, chilly air, and different types of water damage. SERVPRO can help you avoid the effects of water damage in your building from becoming harmful and unsightly.

Paint on concrete walls can begin peeling and flaking from exposure to high levels of moisture. Metal equipment can corrode or rust. Shower stalls can develop mold and mildew. Exercise pads can retain smells and odors, as can carpeting and larger rugs. Foam composites such as some indoor tracks begin to deteriorate when exposed to moisture.

Our professional technicians can solve all of these situations, and many others, quickly and efficiently. We are trained to work in areas where our customers' clients conduct their activities and to refrain from impeding their actions. We only want to resolve the problem of water damage through remediation without disturbing anyone present. We know your business depends on your clients' enjoyment and use of your facility and we do not want to jeopardize that in any manner.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is your locally owned and operated restoration company, and we are here for your business. We want you to succeed, and keeping water damage under control helps us achieve our goals. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to talk to us about our 24-hour service.

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How SERVPRO Stays Ready for Big Storms in West Hills

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Homes in the West Hills Area Gets Help from SERVPRO

Storm Help Is Readily Available from SERVPRO


Massive and widespread storms can sometimes cripple infrastructure and decimate vast swathes of residences in communities like West Hills as flood damage tears through neighborhood streets and developments. In the event of such disasters, some emergency response and restoration companies find themselves crippled and unable to help any more than a small fraction of the calls they receive. However, with our national organization and resources, SERVPRO can respond to many calls in a short time after even the worst natural disasters.
 
Disaster Recovery Teams
Central to our efforts in the fight against flood damage in West Hills and other local neighborhoods are our disaster recovery teams, teams of trained and certified professionals ready to move out and respond to calls for help within hours. In the context of a major storm, their fast responses can mean a difference of many thousands of thousands of dollars in damages to your home. We arrive on the scene and immediately set to work reversing and preventing as much damage as possible, getting the home ready for further inspections and restoration efforts in the coming days. These teams are what allow SERVPRO to be available 24/7 and whenever disaster strikes.
 
Catastrophic Storm Response Teams
Over 1700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide, and while each franchise is independently owned and operated, we are still able to rely on other locations for personnel and resources when we need it most. In the event of a significant disaster, technicians from around the state and even beyond state borders come in to help out and provide damage mitigation and restoration services to all homeowners in need. Thus, when disaster strikes, we are never caught off guard and are always able to reach a large number of affected homeowners. You can count on SERVPRO to pick up the phone and respond to your call for help during a storm. The largest Green Fleet carrying massive amounts of equipment, skilled personnel, and logistical aptitude starts at the local level. That is us.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is ready around the clock and around the year to respond to storms and other disasters in the area. For our mitigation and restoration services, give us a call at (818) 998-1500.

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How to Ensure Odors from Water Damage Is Properly Dealt with in Canoga Park

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Drops Lead to Water Damage in Canoga Park Properties--Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Preserving Belongings, Structures, and Air Quality Are Factors in Restoration and Cleanup Post Leaks and Floods

When combating water damage, there are so many different areas that you need to deal with appropriately. If you have had past experiences with such issues, you probably know it can be very challenging, and that is why you need professionals to help you. Canoga Park is prone to water damage, and you should be familiar with the necessary steps you need to take.

While dealing with water damage in Canoga Park, you need to ask yourself one simple question. How clean is clean? There are three levels of cleanliness, namely: sanitary, disinfected, and sterile clean. Achieving a sterile environment is very difficult and only hospital operating rooms usually manage to reach this pure state. On the other hand, sanitary clean is always viewed as the most appropriate state, but it is not ideal. What you need to achieve after experiencing water damage is disinfected clean. At that level, 99% of all contamination is absent.
 
At SERVPRO, we achieve a disinfected level of cleanliness by using state of the art technology and appropriate chemicals while deodorizing and combating smells. When tackling odors, the first step is to identify and remove the source. Although it sounds simple enough, it can be very complicated when you fail to recognize the source. You may also manage to detect the smell, but not be in a position to know how exactly to do away with the smell. Thermal fogging, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators are some of the equipment used by SERVPRO to reach these ends.
 
You also need the right technology to ensure your residence is completely dry. We use air movers, dehumidifiers and so much more to accomplish the cleanliness state that you deserve. Air moving equipment requires professional handling, and that is what you get when you hire experts. At SERVPRO it is our goal to dry your home to preloss condition and remove as many bacteria, pathogens, mold spores, and other organisms as is possible.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park/ West Hills is an excellent choice when you need to combat smells during water damage. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to get quality water damage service and highly qualified staff to tend to your every need.

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What To Do And Avoid When Dealing With Mold Damage In Winnetka Homes

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Develops in Winnetka, Remediate with SERVPRO, Not Bleach

Professional Mold Remediation is the Answer to Secure Your Property

There are many things to check, repair, and keep in shape when you are a homeowner. Caring for your Winnetka home is very satisfying, and naturally you want to deal with any problems as soon as they arise, to keep your home safe and pleasant for you and your family. One problem that most householders face at some point is fungal growth. Mold damage is usually easy to spot thanks to the tell-tale black and green patches and musty smell. What is not always easy is knowing what to do when you find it. Thankfully, SERVPRO is here to help.
 
We understand that you do not want mold damage in your Winnetka home, and so of course if you spot the fungus you want to get rid of it straight away. That is why we have put together this handy short list of what to do and what to avoid when you see signs of fungus in your house.
 
Do not use a fan in mold-infested areas. We have heard rumors of people using fans to try and disperse mold, and it is enough to give any remediation expert nightmares! Fans blow the microscopic mold spores into the air and make it easier for them to travel and start new colonies.
 
Do no use bleach or other chemicals. Sometimes using bleach or other chemicals makes the problem worse – it is far better to talk to a remediation expert. The water in the bleach can feed the colonies with fresh moisture. The hyphae (roots) of mold are typically not affected by the disinfecting qualities of bleach.
 
Do not focus on killing the mold. It is challenging to exterminate fungus; in most cases, it merely goes dormant and can “wake up” again when conditions are right.
 
So what should you do? The best thing is to call SERVPRO. Professional mold remediation is more efficient than DIY efforts. Experts believe that mold may have some health effects. We equip our IICRC-certified experts with protective clothing and respirators so they can handle fungal growth safely. We have the equipment needed to set up containment and vent contaminated air, which is much more efficient than merely wiping.
 
For help with mold problems in Winnetka, Bell Canyon, West Hills and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 today.

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Cleaning Fire Damage in West Hills

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have several methods of cleaning for different surfaces to ensure your home is restored "Like it never even happened."

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.

To ensure restoration to a West Hills home after fire damage is accomplished right the first time, a professional remediation company is needed. 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 is for removing 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 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. On small areas, a technician creates a foam in a small container and then applies it using a small brush.

Abrasive Cleaning – Our IICRC-certified technicians use this method on rough surfaces like rock or harder 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 forces bubbles through it. It agitates the item without using a scrubbing device and is a handy method on 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) 988-1500 today to schedule an appointment.

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SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Canoga Park

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

Canoga Park Homes Can Be Restored 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 wore 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 and then use our carpet shampoo and a steamer to remove the detergent before it can harm 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 pull out the dishwasher and then 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.

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Regardless 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.

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How To Clean Soft Furnishings After Mold Damage In Canoga Park

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

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 often 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 items might not be salvageable.
 
We know that when mold damage occurs, it is tempting to put articles in the washer, or simply try scrubbing with cleaning fluids. However, normal washing and scrubbing are not always effective against mold, especially on soft or porous materials.
 
SERVPRO customers sometimes ask if they ought to send mold-damaged items to their local dry cleaner. We recommend people be very cautious about where they send their items for cleaning. That is why it is a good idea 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.

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Speedy Turnaround Restores West Hills Dry Cleaners Water Damage

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

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 members of the community. 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 the rugs, linens, and clothing owned by your customers 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, both of which cannot impact your customer’s belongings without severe consequences. SERVPRO crews find and arrange for repair of 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 of workers 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 as well as worker training, and the combination of technicians and tools stops primary water damage in its tracks and avoids secondary issues. Industrial strength air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers speed drying of surfaces and greatly minimizes 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.

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Protecting Your Valuables From Extensive Flood Damage When a Storm Hits Canoga Park

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen quickly after a storm. Contact SERVPRO right after flood damage for remediation services.

Formulating a Plan When You Live in a Flood Prone Area can Help Save Your Property

Apart from the dangers that they present to humans, storm floods leave behind a series of destruction in their wake, ruining buildings, washing away natural landscape features, and demolishing roads. Often, homeowners find themselves dealing with extensive damage on their property. Floods can cause a surprising amount of structural damage to a structure, especially when water finds its way into the house and stays there for a prolonged period.
 
When the flood waters recede, the first thing you should do is contact a trusted restoration company to assess the damage. As a locally based and operated business, SERVPRO is at your disposal for quick and efficient water damage mitigation services for your Canoga Park property. We have a team of highly trained, highly experienced technicians with access to advanced tools and equipment, ensuring that the restoration process goes swiftly and smoothly.
 
The most important thing to remember when faced with any type of flood damage situation is to keep your family safe. Items may be salvageable, and if you take additional measures to protect your most priced documents, family photos, and heirlooms, the loss and devastation can be much less.
 
One way you can protect important documents and photos from severe water damage is by digitizing them. Today, many storage devices such as USB drives can withstand some level of water damage and are often salvageable. You may also store these items on a portable hard drive, and then lock the device securely in a safety deposit box. While digital copies are not the same as originals, recreating the images to their original state is relatively easy.
 
If your home is highly prone to flood damage, consider investing in a flood insurance plan. Make a list of all valuable items in your home, and even take photos of the exterior and interior of your home. Keep this list along with your insurance plan in a safe place that is relatively less susceptible to flooding. Consult your insurance agent on what to include in the itemized list.
 
If you do find yourself with flood damage in the house, the sooner you call a restoration process, the higher the chances of salvaging some of your valuables. As a trusted company in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is your best bet against flood damage. For any emergency, call us today at (818) 998-1500.

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Water Damage from Ceiling Leaks in Your Canoga Park Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Ignoring water stains on ceiling or walls will not make them go away. In fact, that allows mold to grow and creates more problems. Call SERVPRO.

Our Technicians Use Tools and Their Vast Experience to Locate the Source of Water Damage in Your Home

Often, but not always, ceiling water leaks are caused by a leak in the roof of your home. Other things which can cause leaks in ceilings in Canoga Park include a leaky skylight, a plumbing problem, a siding leak, a window leak or a masonry leak.
 
A leak in your ceiling is an issue for a lot of reasons. The water damage in your Canoga Park home can be severe, and be found not just on your ceiling, but your roof, too, by the time you notice an existing leak. Roof damage can be dangerous and can be costly to repair. Plus, a significant amount of mold can grow in between your roof and ceiling or your attic and can create numerous health effects for you and your family. Once mold starts growing, you might have to replace drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles and other materials.
 
Our trained staff at SERVPRO can assist you if you have water damage in your home from a leaky ceiling. If mold is present, we also know how to clean that and sanitize the area.
 
Finding a leak in your roof can be difficult, and does not always become apparent until it has gotten worse. Therefore, you should investigate and address any sign of a leak as soon as you see it. Some indications of a leaky roof to look out for are discolored spots on your ceiling, water stains, mildew, or mold around the base of your chimney, rotting wood or peeling paint around skylights, shingles or other pieces of debris from your roof in the yard. You may also notice a musty smell, especially in your attic, that frequently occurs when your roof is leaking.
 
If you suspect you have a leak in your roof or ceiling, or possibly have mold growing in your attic, call us at SERVPRO right away so we can inspect your home for water damage and mold. We have all the needed tools and experience to find the source of the leak, fix it and find any mold if it is present.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills work quickly to fix any ceiling leak to prevent further damage to homes located in the West Hills and Canoga Park areas. Do not hesitate to give us a call at (818) 998-1500 when you find a problem, as the damage only gets worse the longer you wait.

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Mitigating Fire Damage In Your Canoga Park Area Home

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention and Mitigation in Canoga Park with the Aid of SERVPRO's ERP

SERVPRO's ERP Plan Reduces Damages and Cost with a Fast Service

Every home is susceptible to fire damage, regardless of its location. Accidents occur on a regular basis that makes having a pre-existing relationship with a trusted restoration team an absolute must for the majority of homeowners in the Canoga area.

There are a variety of mistakes you can make after experiencing fire damage on your Canoga Park area property that leads to additional damages, or injury. Before re-entering your home after a fire occurs, contact your local SERVPRO for help. We can advise you avoid hazards that may exist and enter your home properly to reduce secondary damages that develop from how someone might handle particular types of materials.

We understand how precious your home is and make every effort to limit the losses you experience. SERVPRO technicians utilize a restore versus replacement attitude throughout the restoration process, treating each of your contents with care, and using a variety of methods to recover many items you might consider destroyed during the event.

There are a variety of methods available that help you obtain assistance after a disaster occurs on your property. You can notify our office directly, providing information about the scope of the problem, or you can take advantage of our Emergency READY Program and plan ahead. Creating an ERP Emergency Ready Profile through our mobile app that is available on any phone, tablet, or home PC can make a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to respond to your request for help.

The mobile app helps provide you with a method of cataloging belongings and filling out insurance paperwork necessary to get your restoration started. It identifies SERVPRO as your emergency service provider and helps provide information that makes it easier to begin work on your property. The app connects you directly to your local office and provides technicians with access to information they might not have otherwise.

Having a pre-existing relationship with a company you trust gives you a better chance at recovering quickly during an emergency. Our services are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, making us ready anytime you need us.  

Contact SERVPRO of Canoga Park to receive assistance throughout the surrounding area, including West Hills, today. (818) 998-1500

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Commercial Water Damage Puts the Damper on the Image of Canoga Park Retailers

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Leaks and Damage in Canoga Park Stores Lose Money

SERVPRO Removes Water and Helps Restore a Special Ambience to your Shop

When running a retail store in Canoga Park, it requires that many various employees of different levels work together. Cooperation and communication ensure a smoothness in operations exists. The absence of this creates problems that can affect customer satisfaction. Managers work hard, putting forth efforts so that harmony among employees is inherent in the workplace. Other situations, though, may not be as easily dealt with and bring back under control.
 
Canoga Park retail stores that have existing commercial water damage can seem dirtier than their competitors. This image stems from not only the visual impact that the damage can impact on a building's interior walls, ceilings, and even floors but also because of the odor that it can emit into the air.
 
Musty smells are rarely the ones that bring up feelings of cleanliness, and stores that experience these negative conditions are often losing consumers who refuse to return. Worse, comments made on customers' social media accounts can have similar effects to an explicit boycott.
 
To reverse this negative image, having an all-out face-lift of your store's interior and exterior can strengthen your ties to the community in general, and make your place of business the go-to spot for the latest in goods and products once again. We can make this happen for your store, quickly and easily, with little time required for closure while we work. By quickly removing the water and moisture we get the doors back open.
 
Where architectural details are part of your trademark, we can work with you on preserving such areas with updates or other related improvements that effectively rebrand your store in a positive light. Restoring the rest of your store's environment through repainting of walls and other surfaces, high-detailed cleaning of areas that attract the worst grime, and freshening of carpeted areas. Deodorization with a hydroxyl generator is a highly safe method that is even more effective than ozone. It is so safe that it can occur while people are in the area as deodorization takes place. Odors can be problematic after water or fire damage.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills can revitalize your entire store and improve all levels of post water damage issues. "Like it never even happened." Call us at (818) 998-1500 now so we can begin to restore your business and your image.

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Assessment and Planning Before Mold Remediation in Canoga Park

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Canoga Park Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mold Damage in Canoga Park - What to Look for and What's Next

Before we start to break out the cleaners, change filters or (especially) start knocking down drywall, our inspectors need to know exactly where and how far a mold infestation has gone.

To determine how far mold damage has gotten in a Canoga Park home, SERVPRO sends in an inspector trained to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. Immediately on arrival, we will ask you the following questions:
1. Have you seen any mold contamination yourself?
2. Do you or have you smelled a strong musty odor?
3. Have you had previous problems with mold, no matter what the size of the contamination?
4. When did your water damage occur?
5. Have you seen any mold in your HVAC system?
If you answer yes to any of these questions and give permission, we'll begin an inspection of your home immediately. We have meters that measure air quality and allow us to quickly zone in on the source of the mold.

Once that is determined, we'll quickly deploy our remediation crew to isolate the mold infested areas. If your HVAC system is free of mold, the first thing we'll do is seal the vents to prevent any possible contamination from the cleaning process.
Next, we'll set up a series of exhaust fans that will blow any loose spores out of your home as we clean out the infestation. If we don't do this, there is always the chance that airborne spores could settle into a previously unaffected room and begin the problem all over again. This negative pressure method is not always necessary to combat the remediation process.

With the fans in place, our technicians will use cleaners and anti-fungal agents to kill every spore we can find. If we suspect that the mold has gotten behind a wall or into crawl spaces, we have devices similar to bug bombs that will force anti-fungal agents into every nook and crack. Portable foggers can cover large expanses of enclosed areas.

If we need to remove damaged drywall or other property that can't be salvaged, our technicians will do that before they begin cleaning. This demolition helps to prevent missing areas that could be behind or underneath furniture from being treated. Drapes, curtains, and blinds will be removed and cleaned outside your home. Many remediation services, if not a result of massive fungi infestation, can limit extensive removal of window treatments.

Living in the San Fernando Valley is a dream for many people. A mold infestation can rapidly turn that dream into a nightmare. For SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills, getting you back into your home isn't just a job to us. Our employees and managers are all local residents, and we are dedicated to helping our neighbors regain that "California Dreamin'" as fast as we are able. Call us at (818) 998-1500 to get started.

Professional Flood Damage Remediation

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to help!

Steps to Follow When Facing Flooding

When flood damage happens to your home, along with the physical and emotional toll the flooding can take on you, many times it can be difficult to know what to do next. Instead of trying to do it alone, take a look at the list below of things that will need to be done to restore your home back to normal.

When you first experience flood damage in West Hills, you will want to get in touch with a professional flood damage repair company, such as SERVPRO. We are the right pick, because, on top of having the experience and knowledge that you need, we are available 24/7 to assist you in your time of need.

Make sure and turn off all the electricity, as water and electricity do not mix. Even if you think the area is safe, it is better to be safe until a professional can evaluate the situation. You will also want to stop the water. If it is possible at all, try and stop more water from coming into your home. You can place barriers between any gaps in your home and the external sources of water, like mats, boards, and other items which could stop the water.

Remove any equipment, furniture, and other items away from the moisture and water. If you cannot move it yourself, you can have a storage company come and relocate it until the water is extracted and your home is dry again. If the furniture has been damaged already by the water, you cannot store it, since it will be a source of mold and mildew growth. Therefore, choose just the furniture that is dry.


All the water and humidity will then need to be professionally extracted from your home, which the technicians at SERVPRO can do for you. This includes your furniture, carpets, drywall and other areas that have been impacted. Some of your possessions may not be salvageable and will need to be appropriately disposed of. We can help you to determine which items can be saved and which ones cannot. Some items we will be able to fix for you, while others could be a potential health hazard and need to be taken out of your home. Flooding can cause damage to many areas in your home which will need repairs include walls, cabinets, furniture and floors. These items can wind up needing extensive remediation, all of which we can assist you with.

Be sure to take pictures and document all the damage to your home from the flooding. This will help you when you are submitting a claim to your insurance company, plus help with repairs and restoration. Get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills as soon as you have flood damage to your home. You can reach us anytime by dialing (818) 998-1500.

Fire Damage Classes Explained

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Being trained on how to use a fire extinguisher can be very helpful. Call SERVPRO to remediate any fire or associated water damage!

SERVPRO Can Remediate any Class of Fire Damage

When you call and report a fire, one of their questions will be – what caused the fire? The reason for this question is for the first-responders. Firefighters and EMS personnel will need to know how they will fight the fire and how to treat any injuries. Fires are fought based on many different factors, such as its source, its size, and types of things surrounding its location.
 
In September, fire damage in the Canoga Park area occurred when our neighborhood homeless shelter was extremely damaged by a fire that broke out behind the building. The shelter's wall, patio, and appliances storing food were destroyed. Thanks to our wonderful community, everyone came together and are helping to restore this great organization.
 
Fires are fought based on their class and category. The different classes of fires and how they are best contained are identified below:
 
• Class A Fires: These fires leave ash from items such as wood and paper. Water helps to extinguish these fires.
 
• Class B Fires: These fires are classified as combustible. This includes gasoline, oil, etc. These fire fighting techniques must use a chemical that smothers their effects, taking oxygen away from it.
 
• Class C Fires: These fires are caused by electrical sources. Carbon dioxide methods are used by firefighters to put the fires out quickly.

• Class D Fires: These fires are caused by metal objects exploding or combusting. A dry powder agent is best used to smother and take away its power of heat absorption so that it can be stopped before spreading.

• Class K Fires: These fires are the most common because they generally start in a kitchen. They are caused by cooking. Firefighters use a specialized extinguishing agent called Purple K, just like the kind in your fire extinguisher.

First-responders always advise homeowners and business owners to keep fire extinguishers nearby. Fire extinguishers are also sold in classes to help extinguish a fire in residential and/or commercial areas:

Class A: paper, wood, plastic, etc.
Class B: flammable liquids
Class C: flammable gases
Class D: metals (aluminum, titanium, magnesium, etc.)
Class E: electrical fires
Class F: cooking fires.
 
Fire extinguishers are extremely useful if you are near a small fire when it first erupts. However, if your fire is large and you have no control, call SERVPRO to help in your restoration process. We are locally owned and operated meaning that we live and work in the California community. We are professionally staffed with trained technicians and advanced fire restoration equipment. Contact us at any time.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water, fire, mold or storm emergency disasters. You can count on us to be available whenever you need help. Call us today at (818) 998-1500 and let us introduce our remediation services.

How Water Damage Can Reach the Ceiling

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Can Occur on the Ceiling or on Any Part of Your Home, Call SERVPRO Quickly to Remediate!

SERVPRO Can Remediate Water Damage in Every Part of Your Home

Contrary to popular belief, it is relatively easy to damage your ceiling with water. Although water naturally flows downwards and does not typically stay in high places for long, ceilings are often made of porous materials which can absorb any water that does reach them, and sustain damage from water leaks above them. Other sources of water damage, including water heaters, appliance leaks, or storm damage, may also reach up and affect the ceilings of a home, although, in these cases, the ceiling damage is typically far from the most pressing issue.
 
Pipe Leaks
 
Many pipes cross over the ceilings of rooms to reach other parts of a home, particularly in two-story homes. When water damage hits West Hills ceilings, it is most often due to a pipe leak of some kind, whether in an attic or on the second floor. Regardless, it can be understandably tricky for a homeowner to dry out a ceiling, which is critical in stopping damage spread, staining, and mold growth. We use industrial-grade drying machinery and tools to reach all corners of a room, including ceilings, if necessary.
 
Second Floor Flooding
 
Flooding may sometimes happen on the second floor of a home, most often due to a sink or bathtub left on. This water may seep through flooring, soaking into and even dripping through the ceiling below. This represents a serious source of damage and is often one of the most intensive restoration projects we can perform on a water damaged ceiling.
 
Storms and First-Floor Problems
 
Some water damage on the floor and spaces below may also reach up to the ceiling. A typical example is interior rain damage, and if driving rain somehow gets into your home, it has a good chance of also soaking the ceilings. Other problems, such as busted appliances, can also lead to small or medium-scale ceiling water damage.
 
SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills prioritizes fast response times to any call we receive, so as to stop further damage and get to work restoring your home as quickly as possible after any water damage disaster. Give us a call 24/7 at (818) 998-1500.

Storm Damage in Canoga Park: More than Just a Spring Shower

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Electrical Lines Can Become a Hazard After a Storm

SERVPRO Is Standing By, Ready To Remediate Your Storm Damage

Storms can occur at any time of the year and any time of the day. Some are shorter than others, but can still create damaging winds and rains. These winds do not always directly affect your home's exterior, but can become so powerful that they topple trees and power lines. These tall objects can fall on your home or garage, creating damage in many different forms.

In Canoga Park, storm damage can involve more than heavy rains that only lead to water damage. Shingles may be ripped off, siding and windows might become cracked, support beams in roofs may be damaged and broken, and storm doors can come unhinged when a house shifts because of the increased weight from a telephone or utility pole. A tree landing on your roof can also create the same situation.
 
Fires Can Break Out Because of Storm Damage

Trees, although not as likely as poles, can also roll or slide, causing even more damage, before they are removed. Professional crews should remove such items. This type of work should never be carried out by the homeowner. An additional threat of downed power and telephone poles is that of fire from the electricity in the lines they are attached to. These lines do not pose only an electrical shock hazard, but also one of fire. If a line is touching or coming into contact with your home, this creates a very real fire risk.
 
Clean-Up Should Begin Immediately – By Professionals Experienced in Catastrophic Damage

Because of the type of tearing your home's structures can suffer, and the types of materials that are exposed, our professionals should be called in to conduct the necessary work. We are highly trained and experienced in all phases and types of restorative work. We can bring your home back to its previous state, the one that you and your family previously enjoyed before the storm ripped through your neighborhood. From the first assessment to the completion of the work needed, our teams will work together to ensure your home is quickly repaired.
 
Available Any Time You Need Us

Make a call to SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to schedule an appointment with us. We'll have your storm damage under control fast, and have your home in pre-storm condition, so you and your family do not have to spend any unnecessary nights away from home. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take your call and get the job done fast.

First-Class Cleanup for Water Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Bell Canyon Water Damaged Property

Call Us at SERVPRO for Expert Water Damage Restoration

If you are struggling with the decision of whether to restore or rebuild your property in the wake of water damage in Bell Canyon, you may think your options are limited. However, this is not the case. You can call upon the services of a professional residential water damage cleanup service to address the emergency and restore your home to its original condition.

Prompt Service for Bell Canyon Residential Water Damage
We offer quick service to restore your property in the event of a severe water damage emergency. Whether the damage was due to a flash flood, sewage system backup or other malfunction, it's good to know the number of a local cleanup and restoration service like SERVPRO. The initial problem must be resolved before it has a chance to cause other issues.

Why You Need to Control Your Water Damage Issue Immediately
Once the water has been extracted from your property, you may think that it's perfectly safe to go back inside and carry on your life as usual. However, the reality is very different. Even though a cursory cleanup can leave your home seemingly high and dry, serious issues may still lurk just beneath the surface. We use the latest technology and equipment to dry your home, detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly.

Mold and Bacteria Are Silent and Serious Dangers
Mold and bacteria growth can occur in the least visited corners of your home. They can take hold in areas, such as your AC and water filtration systems, and cause health effects before you're even aware of what is going on. The full extent of the consequences of untreated mold and bacteria may not be revealed until months after the initial emergency. Instead of being blindsided by such menaces, it's best to engage the services of a professional water damage restoration team. We will take the time to check every nook and cranny of your property to ensure that the potential for such issues is fully rooted out.

Call Us Today to Address Your Bell Canyon Residential Water Damage Issues
We are a locally owned and operated business that is here for you 24 hours a day, and our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training. Our business also services the surrounding area, including Winnetka and Bell Canyon. Whether your water damage was caused by flooding, a burst water main or another mishap, we can apply the appropriate cleanup measures in a prompt and effective manner to make your home a fit place for your family to dwell in once more. Call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 to reach us at any time of the day or night.

West Hills Water Damage--from a Leaking Foundation

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

A Well Constructed Foundation May Prevent Water Damage in West Hills

Foundation Problems Can Lead to Serious West Hills Water Damage

Foundations take an especially hard beating by water, as they are partially or entirely buried in damp soil all the time. They are the areas of your home which are in continual contact with water, and unfortunately, can be a cause of water damage in West Hills. If rain water is not properly diverted and controlled, it can inflict a large amount of damage to the foundation of your home, even possibly compromising the structural integrity of the foundation.

The purpose of a slab foundation is to give weight-bearing support to a building. It is made of concrete and fits over footings which are also made of concrete. The footings usually anchor to the slab with reinforced steel bars or rebar. Under the foundation, soil should be leveled and able to create a moisture barrier between the home and the ground. Some of the problems with slab foundations come from them being constructed improperly, water and sewage leaks underneath the slab or the movement of soil under the slab.

There are three main ways that water affects a foundation:
Hydrostatic Pressure 
This can cause more than just a leak in your basement. When water over-saturates the soil around the foundation, the result is hydrostatic pressure, which can push the walls inward, making them bow and crack. This can happen suddenly, over time, or during a period of torrential rains.
Expanding Soils
Clay-rich soils in some areas will expand when they are drenched with water, which puts an enormous amount of pressure on the foundation walls. This will make them crack, shift or bow.
Erosion
Underground springs and rainwater can wash the soil which supports the foundation slowly, creating foundation settlement. Early signs of settlement are not always obvious, and can be easily dismissed until they’ve become serious enough for the intervention of a professional. Signs of this type of water damage include unlevel or uneven floors, sinking, windows and doors which don’t close properly, tilting chimneys and cracks in drywall.

Excess Moisture
When water is not properly drained away from the house, it can contribute to water and West Hills water damage under your slab. Downspouts that are disconnected or the lack of gutters let excess water dump onto the soil near the foundation in heavy rainstorms. The soil will become over-saturated without the proper drainage. Landscaped beds and poor areas around the foundation don’t flow away from your home and add to drainage issues as well.
Any leaks under a slab foundation can present problems with West Hills water damage because of the excess moisture that can seep into your home. It could also cause lifting of the affected area, which pushes the soil up and affects the stability of the slab. Foundation problems with your home, once they’ve started, many times lead to more problems. They can be related directly to sheetrock cracks, floors that are uneven, mold in the basement, and can decrease the value of your property. Leaking water under a slab foundation will need the immediate attention of a professional service.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills if you suspect you have a water leak under your foundation. Just call (818) 998-1500 so that they can come and evaluate your situation.

Canoga Park Water Damage--Call An Expert for Advice and Help

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Drops Can Be a Problem for a Canoga Park Property--Call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO'S Expertise Can Salvage Your Water Damaged Canoga Park Home

No matter what caused it, you have Water Damage in your Canoga Park structure. That means many things, but for you, it means this is the time to call a company that specializes in residential water damage restoration. There are some tasks you can do, but some of the most critical matters need the attention of a trained, experienced crew that does this every day.

Tasks that must completed quickly can be listed along with the skill sets needed and you can determine what you can do and what needs the professional attention to detail available with a phone call to SERVPRO.

1. Since water can move everywhere, within your home, the technician has to inspect everywhere. This includes all crawlspaces, attics, closets, storage areas and behind, under and above suspicious areas. Special equipment, designed to locate water and moisture have to be utilized to find this liquid in between walls. Some devices are moisture meters, hygrometers for relative humidity, and infrared imaging cameras. This inspection must locate any damage done by water and molds and to find hidden moisture pockets.
 
2. Submersible pumps may have to be used for the standing water in places such as the basement or crawlspaces. After that, powerful wet vacuums must be used to remove any more water from the carpets, throw rugs and inside the walls where this water has accessed. Mops and buckets are always at the ready.

3. Industry grade air movers are placed to get air circulating and increase the rate of evaporation to enhance the drying process. Dehumidifiersare necessary to help the following actions by drying the air and contributing to elimination moisture.

4. Did you check with your insurance agent to see if you are covered by this water damaging event? Don't assume you are.

5. The building materials that may have to be discarded, such as porous drywall and ceiling tile, must be wrapped and disposed of in designated places around the city that accept this type of contaminated materials. SERVPRO can provide a report--the CCIS--that inventories salvageable and non-salvageable items and materials.

6. The cleaning, after removal of the water and any evidence of mold growth, must be complete and thorough to help prevent re-contamination and getting your house back to a clean and sanitary condition.

7. Restoration means to make the house look like it did before all of this damage occurred. This might mean replacing drywall and finishing it professionally. It can also mean doing some painting on walls, ceilings, baseboards or woodwork. Whatever it takes to restore your water damaged home to its pre-loss condition, SERVPRO has the training, expertise, and equipment to accomplish the work to your satisfaction.

If you encounter water damage in your Canoga Park home and you do not feel you are up to the job, call SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills at (818) 998-1500 for an inspection and a rapid resolution of your problems.

Winnetka Mold Damage Calls for Professional Help

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Containment Is a Vital Step in Remediation

SERVPRO Remediates the Mold Damage to Your Winnetka Property

Winnetka mold damage is a serious issue. These fungi and mold spores can affect the quality of the air in your home. Mold produce mycotoxins and mold spores that cause health effects. Here are the top 10 steps to eradicate damage caused by mold.

1. Consider hiring a certified mold remediation company to rid your home of mold successfully. More than a 10 square foot patch indicates a heavy infestation.

2. Find all sources that could be extending your problem. For example, check for flooding, leaks in voids or under cabinets, or areas where puddles of water can be absorbed into carpeting or porous drywall.

3. Using a store bought test kit gives inconsistent results. Hiring a professional company like SERVPRO ensures that mold infestation points will be discovered, if present. If you visually see mold colonies or smell that strong, musty odor, there is no need for mold testing. Inspections should be for the discovery of colonies, sources of the water leaks that allow for mold blooming, and an action plan for mold remediation.

4. Monitor yourself and others for any health symptoms. If there is a strong odor of mold or large visible growth, consider temporarily staying in a safer place until the remediation is completed.

5. If you vacate your home or business, do not take any personal belongings with you until items have been decontaminated. SERVPRO technicians will set up containment barriers to isolate infested areas thereby reducing the likelihood of cross-contamination and spreading of mold spores to new areas of the structure.

6. Our IICTC-certified technicians wear protective biohazard suits, booties, gloves, and a mask complete with a HEPA filtration system.

7. We do not use bleach to kill mold. Specially formulated cleaning products help to attack and destroy the existing mold colonies while sanitizing the surfaces.

8. Technicians remove all materials to be salvaged and safely discard all mold damaged building materials by wrapping to prevent further contamination. We can pack and ship items to our facilities for cleaning and disinfecting in severe cases.

9. Air scrubbers help to remove airborne mold spores. Chemical and thermal foggers reach accessible and hidden pockets to destroy, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize the structure.

10. A final inspection and walk-through verify the successful remediation of the mold infestation in your home.

SERVPRO technicians possess the industry leading equipment, expertise, and experience to once again return your home to a clean and healthy state. Winnetka mold damage is a serious issue that calls for a professional service so that when you and your family return home it will be "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of Canoga Park / West Hills specializes in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation in Winnetka, Canoga Park and Bell Canyon. Call us 24/7 to help. (818) 998-1500

How to Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage in West Hills

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Change the AIr Filter to Maintain Your HVAC Unit from Poor Air or Water Damage

Call SERVPRO for West Hills Water Damage Repair Services

Air conditioners are designed to provide homeowners with comfort and humidity control during the hot summer months. However, what many homeowners do not realize is that some air conditioning systems can lead to water damage in their home. Typically, the damage is noticed too late for homeowners to be able to prevent it, and they need to contact West Hills water damage remediation experts to fix their home up again. Fortunately, you can learn to identify the signs of air conditioner water damage and prevent it from marring your home.

A good way to avoid West Hills residential water damage from an air conditioner is to change the system's air filter at least once or twice a month. During the replacement, you can also check your moisture levels and determine whether or not there is too much water in the area. With clean air filters, homeowners also help prevent their HVAC systems from working too hard, which usually leads directly to an increase in water waste from the unit and higher electric bills.

In addition to making sure that the system remains clean, it is important to have an expert service the unit at least once a year. Specialists can find water damage that you may overlook, and they have the tools necessary to deal with minor problems before they become large concerns. They can inspect the interior of the unit to make sure that there is no built-up dirt, algae, or other signs of damage, and a yearly inspection is often all that's necessary to keep the system functioning as needed.

SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills can help you manage just about all types of damage, whether you need to have your West Hills water damage handled or your property inspected for mold damage. Our specialists are always standing by, and they can help make sure that your current water damage is taken care of as quickly as possible. No matter what type of damage your home is experiencing, call us at (818) 998-1500 to discover your options today.

Canoga Park Fire Damage Advice

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Keep These Two Safety Devices Handy

SERVPRO Can Adeptly Restore Your Canoga Park Fire Damaged Home

Although many people believe that their homes are safe from fire, nothing could be further from the truth. Canoga Park fire damage can befall your property at any moment. Being prepared to grapple with the aftermath of an intense fire damaging event can be intimidating and heart wrenching. To ensure that your property is not destroyed or subjected to serious damage following a fire, quickly hire a professional fire damage restoration service. SERVPRO points out some benefits that result from taking this course of action:

Preventing Future Health Challenges
One great benefit of securing a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is quickly addressing the ambient air issues post-fire. Unfortunately, soot and smoke can adversely impact all areas of your home via the HVAC system. Though the flames and the fire damage may be localized, smoke and soot can be all invasive. The ambient air of your home may be compromised necessitating professional know-how and equipment to render it once again safe and sanitary.

Property Restoration
Hiring a professional fire damage company is necessary for the comprehensive property restoration services they can offer. Unfortunately, the smoke, heat, and flames of the fire can do serious damage to your belongings and property. In some cases, your home may become structurally unsound following the fire, thereby making your property unsafe for occupying. Professional fire damage experts from SERVPRO correct this issue by working with both you and your insurance provider, upon both your approval, to restore the property. This cooperation helps you with your claim, limits out-of-pocket expenses, and expedites the total fire damage restoration process.

?Water Removal and Water Damage Repair
When firefighters come to your property to put the fire out, they'll flood your home with water. This water can cause a lot of property damage unless you hire a team of experts to initiate rapid water extraction. For example, standing water can cause mold and mildew growth or create secondary water damage to structural materials and personal possessions. By utilizing heavy duty water pumps, wet vacs, sump pumps, air movers and dehumidifiers, we can quickly remove excessive water and moisture.

Although fires can destroy some of your belongings and property, quick and comprehensive fire damage restoration efforts can mitigate the losses. Call the professional, IICRC-certified technicians of SERVPRO. We'll work with speed and skill to restore your property to its pre-loss condition in an empathetic and economical manner.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process. SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is proud to service our local communities of Canoga Park, West Hills and Bell Canyon with all water, mold, and fire damage needs. Call us 24/7 for help. (818) 998-1500

In Winnetka, Seven Places Where Mold Remediation Could Be Needed

12/17/2015 (Permalink)

Professional Mold Remediation by SERVPRO Makes Your Home Safer

SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation to Your Home in Winnetka

Mold remediation in Winnetka is the outcome when too much water or moisture contacts a food source offering mold spores opportunities to colonize into a problem. Though mold growth is less of an issue in this part of southern California, it is still an economically impactful occurrence. Especially if water damage has transpired on the property. SERVPRO points out that if left untreated, mold proliferation can lead to material damage to the structure and possible health risks to the residents. Diligently inspecting the hot spots for mold growth can mitigate the chances of having to call SERVPRO for mold removal and sanitization of your property.

1. Bathroom. It is easy for mold to thrive in your bathroom because this is a region of the property where a high amount of moisture is produced. Mold can grow in several places within the bathroom setting, including the ceilings, walls, shower curtains, wet towels, toilet, and sink.

2. Kitchen. Tiny leaks behind the fridge in the ice-maker water line, near the dishwasher with temperature variations, and under the sink can create the moist environment necessary for mold to grow.

3. Basement. Basements with flood damage, missing waterproof membranes, foundation cracks, and poor grading are subject to mold infestation requiring mold remediation. The added factor of darkness and lack of sunlight offers mold spores all three conducive conditions for rapid mold prolifertion: food source, moisture, and darkness.

4. Windows. Poor seals allow moisture and condensation on window panes if relative humidity (RH) is too high inside the structure. Molds can thrive near the edges of wood or metal-framed windows. The condensation will typically accumulate on the frames and sills of your windows. When left unchecked, mold can start to grow.

5. Attic. Substandard insulation allows higher temperatures that will raise the RH. Attics that have roof leaks, poor ventilation, or drain tile issues are susceptible to undetected mold growth.

6. Carpet. Exposure to moisture from leaks, overflowing water from plants, floor cracks, or floods. Quick suction action may prevent discarding of the carpet and padding.

7. Laundry Room. Washing machine leaks from supply lines or the drainage line are common. Periodically replace these. A clothes dryer with clogged filters from lint will not dissipate the heat properly causing poor drying time, wasted electricity and higher ambient RH.

Call SERVPRO For Winnetka Mold Remediation Services. A large mold infestation must be dealt with safely by wearing protective clothing and gear. Containment is crucial to prevent the spores from circulating throughout the structure. We utilize specialized industrial grade equipment such as negative air pressure machines, dehumidifiers, air movers, air scrubbers, and fogging machines. The result is no musty odor and a sanitized, safe home. The SERVPRO professional technicians are corporate trained, and also, acquire IICRC certification in many aspects of cleaning and mold removal techniques. Call us for a complimentary mold inspection.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills?

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

Our advanced equipment helps to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold in Winnetka. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. We are proud to also serve the communities of Canoga Park and Bell Canyon with 24/7 service. Call us. (818) 998-1500

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services for West Hills

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Smoky the Bear and YOU Can Prevent Fires

West Hills Fire Damage Info from SERVPRO

As industry experts know, house fires cost homeowners billions of dollars in damages each year. In many cases, residential property owners spend more than they have to on West Hills fire damage restoration because they do not hire high quality, fast-acting fire damage restoration services. However, you can avoid spending excess money on repairs by securing a team of trained remediation experts as soon as the fire is extinguished. SERVPRO offers the following to shed more light on the advantages of obtaining professional fire damage remediation help.

First Call to Your Insurance Company. Have an adjuster survey the damage and then okay repairs. SERVPRO, a preferred vendor for many insurance companies and management companies, can also meet with your adjuster to develop a cost-effective and comprehensive plan to restore your West Hills home and minimize the loss of personal possessions.

Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Utilize Specialized Equipment
Often large volumes of water must first be removed due to the extinguishing of the house fire. Heavy duty water pumps, wet vacs, and sump pumps are available on our trucks. Then powerful chemical cleansers, ozone generators, specialized air-moving machines, and industrial-strength dehumidifiers are employed for specific tasks. Remediation experts can use this equipment quickly and correctly to ensure that the restoration process is thorough and effective.

Multiple Contractors Speed Up The Fire Damage Restoration Process. Another benefit of procuring professional fire damage restoration services is that doing so speeds up the process. SERVPRO, along with its trained crews, can also work with outside contractors. Because multiple experts are working on structural repair aspects of the project simultaneously, the restoration completion time is shortened substantively. The fact that the restoration experts can focus on the cleanup work with expediency is important because eliminating excessive water mitigates the onset of mold growth. Preventing mold growth mitigates ongoing exposure to the fungi that may cause health concerns.

Choosing The Right Fire Damage Restoration Professionals
Look for a name of distinction to relieve the stress and limit your expenses.
• IICRC-certified professionals, water, smoke and soot cleanup
• an A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB rating)
• great online reviews
• a proven track record
• cutting edge equipment, Ultra Light Volume foggers to destroy (not mask) smoke odors, and then deodorize
• advanced methodologies, with on-site cleaning and facility storage and cleaning options
• comprehensive services, from start to completion you are in the loop with guaranteed results

Call SERVPRO Immediately if your West Hills property has been impacted by fire damage. Smoke and soot can often be the most problematic issues confronted.  Sometimes serious experience and equipment are needed to salvage your personal possessions and memorabilia. Trust SERVPRO to makes things right.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is locally owned and operated so we are part of the West Hills community too. When you have a water or flood emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. (818) 998-1500

Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage in Canoga Park

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Suggests Extract Standing Water to Limit Water Damage

Water Damage is Less When SERVPRO Quickly Removes Water from Your Canoga Park Home

When Canoga Park water damage, caused by a flood or fire-extinguishing effort, impacts your property, dealing with the aftermath can be challenging and exhausting. In addition to generating systemic structural and personal possessions damage, excessive standing water can potentially promote the development of a serious mold problem. However, securing professional water extraction services from SERVPRO can mitigate the water damaging effects, lessen your expenses, save personal memorabilia, and return you to your home ASAP. Our goal is to dry, recondition, sanitize, and restore your home to its pre-water damaged state.


Expedited Services with Rapid Results. As water extraction professionals, our initial steps are to assess the water damage and immediately, upon written approval, begin to pump the unwanted water from your home. One of the biggest benefits that we offer is we are a local company, part of a 1650 network wide franchise. We are close enough to not only offer 24/7 availability but normally can arrive in about one hour to assess and tackle the water damage issues in your Canoga Park property. SERVPRO can muster a large, skilled crew utilizing heavy duty water pumps, sump pumps, wet-vacs, squeegees, and mops and buckets to begin the extraction process quickly. This large volume water removal is only the initial, vital first step.

Drying and Moisture Reduction. These are essential steps once the standing water has been removed from your structure. Moisture meters seek out hidden pockets of moisture and residually absorbed water. Dehumidifiers: chemical, mechanical, or refrigerant can be strategically placed to complete the drying. We measure with hygrometers the relative humidity within the structure. Once we are certain that your property is back to normal, we offer written documentation to this effect.

Mold Prevention. Mold can start to grow on your property within 48-72 hours of the onset of water damage. However, water extraction experts can diminish this process from happening by quickly removing the excessive water. This expedited work is important because ongoing exposure to mold could increase your susceptibility to numerous unwanted health complications.

Sanitization Protocol. Fire and water damage leave your living space in an unsanitary state. SERVPRO can use ULV (ultra low volume) foggers, chemical foggers, air scrubbers, and ozone chambers to secure a sanitary condition for the structure. We remove, not mask odors, deodorize and establish a safe ambient air quality. The above equipment accomplishes these objectives through the use of disinfectant, antimicrobial, and antibacterial treatments.


Call SERVPRO Immediately. Canoga Park water damage can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. The professionals of SERVPRO can accomplish this task while lessening your stress and expense. Our goal is to serve you in an ethical and empathetic manner. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer detailed, effective water extraction services that quickly restore your property to its original condition.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Canoga Park/West Hills is locally owned and operated. When you have a water or flood emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in our communities and want to do our part in keeping them safe. Call us 24/7 for help. (818) 998-1500

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