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

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When a Plumbing Leak Causes Water Damage to Your Canoga Park Home 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 Team At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Canoga Park Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Team At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Canoga Park Home 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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A Leaking Dishwasher Can Cause Water Damage inside of Your Canoga Park Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Leaking Dishwasher Can Cause Water Damage inside of Your Canoga Park Home 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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Cleaning And Drying Your West Hills Home Following Water Damages

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning And Drying Your West Hills Home Following Water Damages 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)

Water Damage An Overview Of The Major Forms Of Water Damage In West Hills 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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Why Professional Restoration Is Beneficial For Your West Hills Water Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Professional Restoration Is Beneficial For Your West Hills Water Damage 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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Why Water Damage Incidents in Winnetka Should Be Taken Seriously

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Water Damage Incidents in Winnetka Should Be Taken Seriously 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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Water Damage In Your Winnetka Apartment Building Can Harm Your Personal Belongings

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Winnetka Apartment Building Can Harm Your Personal Belongings 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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How to Ensure Odors from Water Damage Is Properly Dealt with in Canoga Park

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Ensure Odors from Water Damage Is Properly Dealt with in Canoga Park 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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Water Damage from Ceiling Leaks in Your Canoga Park Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from Ceiling Leaks in Your Canoga Park Home 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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How Water Damage Can Reach the Ceiling

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Can Reach the Ceiling 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.

First-Class Cleanup for Water Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage First-Class Cleanup for Water Damage 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)

Water Damage West Hills Water Damage--from a Leaking Foundation 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 Damage Canoga Park Water Damage--Call An Expert for Advice and Help 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.

How to Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage in West Hills

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage in West Hills 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.

Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage in Canoga Park

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage in Canoga Park 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