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It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO It's Tough Finding Mold Damage In West Hills 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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The Advantages of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Services in Canoga Park

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Advantages of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Services in Canoga Park 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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Do You Have a Drying Process For Your Water Damaged Canoga Park Home?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Do You Have a Drying Process For Your Water Damaged Canoga Park Home? 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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Revealed: Making a Quick, Educated Choice About Water Damage Remediation in Canoga Park is Crucial

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Revealed: Making a Quick, Educated Choice About Water Damage Remediation in Canoga Park is Crucial 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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Fast Action Is Required When Mold Is Located In Your Canoga Park Property

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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