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How Large Are The Spores That Cause Mold Damage In Agoura Homes?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Large Are The Spores That Cause Mold Damage In Agoura Homes? Mold Spores Build Colonies in Agoura Homes Requiring Remediation--Call SERVPRO

Mold Morphology Dictates Correct Remediation Services

Homeowners know that running a household comes with many responsibilities, from keeping gutters cleared to getting repairs done around the house. One particular issue for householders in Agoura is mold. Fungi are present in many places, especially out in nature, and it is easy for them to set up home indoors. All mold needs for growth is moisture, ambient temperatures, and an organic food source such as cloth or drywall.
 
One thing you might not know about mold damage in your Agoura home is just how tiny the mold spores are. They are far too small to be seen by the naked eye. Visible mold growth in a home is called a mycelium, which is a collection of tiny thread-like cells called hyphae. The mycelium releases mold spores which are then free to travel to other parts of the house and set up new colonies.
 
Most mold spores are around 10 to 30 microns in size. A micron is one millionth of a meter, which is so small it is tricky to imagine. For comparison, a human hair is typically between 40 and 300 microns, and the eye of a needle is 1,250 microns. So it is clear that mold is very tiny indeed.
 
Because the spores are too small to be seen with the naked eye, it is not possible to completely eradicate all mold from the house. However, SERVPRO trains our technicians to set up containment and use powerful filtration to prevent the spread of mold.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians set up containment around areas of visible mold. Contained areas prevent spores from escaping into other parts of your home. We also wear protective clothing and create a decontamination area to protect the rest of your house.
 
An important step in mold remediation is the use of a negative air machine to draw contaminated air out of the area and vent it. It is vital that the machines can trap mold spores. That is why SERVPRO only uses equipment with true HEPA filtration because a true High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter traps particles as small as 0.3 microns.
 
For help with mold remediation in Agoura, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 today.

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Handling Water Damage in Your Agoura Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling Water Damage in Your Agoura Home Water damage can exist undetected for years. Once you notice damage in your home, especially the bathroom, it's time to contact SERVPRO.

Our IICRC Certified Technicians Quickly Arrive to Remediate Your Water Damage

No matter how diligent you are in keeping up your home in Agoura, disaster can strike at any time. From weather anomalies like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, to leaky pipes and plumbing problems, water can get into your property and make a big mess of things.
 
There are many types of water damage in Agoura which are not so noticeable at first that can affect your home. Many times, people live with problems from water for an extended period and are unaware of the danger in their own homes. Therefore, it is important to look out for things such as water stains around doors and windows, indicating that water can penetrate these areas.
 
Keep an eye on drywall and look for areas which are swollen and soft, as this is an indicator water is inside your walls. Buckling hardwood flooring is another sign of water damage. If you see any of these issues, call our technicians at SERVPRO right away. We can find the source of the problem for you and fix all the issues that have occurred.
 
Other areas to be aware of include in your kitchen around the sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator, and in your bathroom around the shower, bathtub, and toilet. These are vulnerable areas to pipe leaks and accumulating standing water which can create bigger problems.
 
Besides structural damage which can be caused, there are health concerns to think about as well. With moisture, there is a fertile environment for mildew and mold to grow, and it does not take long either – just 24 to 48 hours. It is another reason why you need to reach out to us at SERVPRO as soon as you realize there is a problem. We are also trained and certified to handle mold damage.
 
If you have visible standing water, open any windows you can to help ventilate the area while you wait on our technicians, and turn off the main power source to the affected rooms if it is safe to do so.
 
SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills is ready to help you whenever you are in need. If you reside in Calabasas, Agoura, Hidden Hills or the surrounding areas, we can easily be reached anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Giving Agoura Residents Hope Against Flood Damage In The Area

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Giving Agoura Residents Hope Against Flood Damage In The Area Flood and Water Removal Help in Agoura Residents Call on SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers a Well Equipped Team to Mitigate Storm Losses

It is crucial forevery Agoura resident to protect ourselves and our property against common problems that exist. We chose to live in an area with relatively high humidity, making our homes uniquely susceptible to damages caused by thunderstorms.

If you find yourselves facing issues resulting from this flood damage in your Agoura home, you are not alone. Many homeowners face flooding issues on their property every year. However, with the proper assistance, you can get ahead, controlling the amount of loss you experience.
 
Give your locally owned and operated SERVPRO an opportunity to inspect your home. We can check for signs of potential issues early on and help you make preparations to prevent significant damages when disaster strikes. With our help, you can avoid having to deal with the aftermath of a flood on your property, alone.

We live in this community, right alongside you and everyone else. However, our goal is to put IICRC-industry certified technicians, industrial-grade equipment, and the vast resources of our company to work helping local home and business owners remain safe during an emergency. SERVPRO gives you access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes from truck mounted power pumps to hand held wands, infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air movers, and the trained personnel available to tackle any size job imaginable.

We respond to your emergency situation anytime, day or night and provide you with quality services and professional help that make preparing your home for storms a snap. Our technicians can perform repairs on your roof (emergency board ups and tarp covers), gutters, downspouts, grading, drainage, and foundation, keeping water away. Many homes experience standing water in their basement or crawl space every year; SERVPRO provides you with an answer for that as well-water proofing and encapsulation.

Our services make taking care of fallen trees, broken windows, or cluttered yards after a huge storm a thing of the past. We can install shutters, additional drainage, backflow valves, and submersible pumps that help limit the losses you experience during an emergency.  Ask us about our ERP Plan to mitigate and even prevent many fire and water damage losses.

SERVPRO of Agoura provides services to Calabasas and Hidden Hills as well, offering solutions for problems that many homeowners face throughout the area. Call us 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for assistance with a variety of emergency situations in your home. (818) 991-6292

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A Variety of Agoura Business Owners Find Solace Fighting Water Damage With True Professionals

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial A Variety of Agoura Business Owners Find Solace Fighting Water Damage With True Professionals Your Agoura Bowling Alley Struck with Water Damage? Spare Yourself the Worry--Call SERVPRO

Rapid Water Extraction Minimizes Lost Revenue and Costs to Agoura Area Enterprises

Water issues can come from anywhere on your property. Try as you do, it is impossible to prepare for every single possibility that exists. It is imperative today for business owners to have a relationship with their local restoration company, someone they trust to perform specialty services during emergency situations that may occur to their Agoura enterprise.

If you run a bowling alley, pool hall, or even a bar somewhere in the Agoura area, you might be dealing with water damage right now. The restoration process itself is pretty straight forward; the idea is to get all of the water out before it causes significant damage to contents, company assets, or the structural integrity of your building even while trying to keep your doors open and your customers happy.
 
At SERVPRO we have years of experience dealing with these type of situations. You might come into work early one day only to find a building full of water, leading to an experience you may wish you could forget. Many water conditions cause significant damage that you cannot see, eventually leading to water spots, stains--either water or mold or exposure that ruin your indoor environment.
 
Bowling alley floors need specific attention to eliminating damaged areas before resurfacing for customer use. All of the equipment, machinery, and electronics need proper drying and a thorough servicing. We give our clients valuable services, and keep you informed throughout the restoration process.
 
SERVPRO provides deodorization techniques used to promote a healthy atmosphere in pool halls throughout the area. You surely do not want customers entering your building to find unattractive odors that make them want to turn around and leave. All it takes is making a single phone call to get your ambient air quality to a high level.
 
Bars often have a variety of water damage issues. SERVPRO handles everything from plumbing, roofing, to problems involving malfunctioning equipment. We have a variety of water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, hygrometers, and infrared moisture detectors to get water in your building under control quickly. We respond fast, provide you with quick, efficient services, and work hard to keep your doors open.
 
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has IICRC certified technicians available at a moment's notice to address emergency situations that occur on your property. Give us an opportunity to make water issues disappear, “Like it never even happened.” (818) 991-6292

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Mold Remediation Services Available To Agoura Homeowners

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services Available To Agoura Homeowners Agoura Properties Get Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

Clean Up and Disinfecting Mold Infestations

Mold can enter your Agoura home in a variety of ways, attaching itself to many surfaces where it begins growing, digesting, and producing damage to paint, wallpaper, carpeting, sheetrock, wood, and insulation found throughout your home.
 
You might think that mold damage requires an excessive water source to develop in your Agoura area home. However, even the smallest leaks can lead to significant mold growth. Since mold treats many organic materials as a food source, all it takes is oxygen and water to provide the nutrients it needs to flourish.  
 
It takes a mold remediation specialist to remove mold growth in your home properly. Someone like SERVPRO provides you with expertly trained technicians, access to a series of equipment, and other resources that make your remediation process as quick and efficient as possible.
 
The first signs of mold damage in your home often include a dank, musty odor accompanied by dark, blotchy stains on your walls or ceiling. However, visual signs appear less frequently, and by the time they appear, your mold problem has developed farther than you can imagine.  
 
SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians provide you full inspection services to help you determine whether you need professional services or not and we can help you locate mold issues in hard to reach spaces, including your attic, basement, and crawl spaces.  
 
SERVPRO offers customers a one-stop solution to mold problems that exist in their homes. Our technicians are well versed in the mold remediation process, containing growth to contaminated areas, following strict guidelines to handle and dispose of any saturated materials.  
 
It is impressive to see a fully-qualified mold remediation team go to work; they provide you with the answers and services needed to keep your family safe while helping you prevent additional mold problems in the future. Never hesitate to contact someone for help, immediately.
 
Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills for access to expertly trained mold remediation technicians who care about the quality of your families living environment. Make the most of these options and more available to you, today. (818) 991-6292

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4 Key Ways That Water Damage Effects Wood Furniture In Your Agoura Hills Home

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Key Ways That Water Damage Effects Wood Furniture In Your Agoura Hills Home Wood that's been allowed to sit in water will eventually swell up and then crack or break.

Water Damage And It's Effect On Wood Furniture

One of the most common casualties of water emergencies and floods is furniture. No matter if the water damage results from a broken pipe, natural disaster, or malfunctioning appliance, wooden furniture is especially vulnerable to being destroyed.

Homeowners facing water damage in Agoura Hills typically have wood furniture that they're concerned about getting damaged. Here are four ways that water damage in your home can affect your furniture and what our experts do to prevent it.

Spotting
Spotting refers to fabrics that have water lines or patches -- this is especially common with microfiber covered furniture exposed to water damage. SERVPRO technicians use effective techniques to restore furnishings with water spotting, which means you won't have to pay for replacements.

Color Bleeds
If your furniture is covered in colored fabric or embellishments, it could lead to stains on flooring, walls, and other surfaces of your home after water damage has occurred. Our skilled experts have years of experience cleaning furnishings and surfaces that have been stained, and we have great success restoring items with color bleeding.

Swells
Wood that's been allowed to sit in water will eventually swell up and then crack or break. The joints of wood furniture are particularly fragile and prone to being affected by water damage. When we extract water from your home, we'll use our state of the art equipment to get your wood furniture dried and cleaned up as well.

Mildew
If water isn't extracted from wood furniture, it will inevitably become a host for mildew. SERVPRO technicians are careful to quickly and thoroughly dry furnishings to prevent the unsightly stains and odors that accompany mildew growth. The sooner that you call us after a water emergency has occurred, the more we can do to save your furniture.

At SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills, our goal is to provide quick and efficient water damage remediation so you can have peace of mind and get back to enjoying your home again. For a quote or to get information about our water damage services, call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

Smoke Residue and Removal

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Residue and Removal Draperies and couches can be treated for smoke damage rather than replaced. Call SERVPRO to assess your damage ASAP!

Different Types of Residues Call for Specific Approaches in Removal

Most of the property loss from a fire is due to smoke rather than the actual heat. More draperies, curtains, clothing and furniture is thrown out every year due to discoloration and soot damage than is ever lost to flames. Depending on the type of smoke residue, however, it is possible to save many items from the trash.

SERVPRO has the expertise and training to restore items covered in smoke residue from fire damage in Calabasas. For purposes of cleaning, smoke residue is considered either dry or wet. It is determined by three things in a fire: The rate of combustion, the amount of oxygen present and the type of material or substance that burned.

Fast burning, oxygen-rich fires with natural materials (dry wood, paper, and natural fibers) create dry smoke and residue. Specifically, that means it is powdery and doesn't leave a residue that smears and feels 'greasy' if you touch it. Slow burning, oxygen-poor fires leave a wet smoke, especially if the material burned is synthetic (e.g. foam rubber and plastics).

Dry smoke is easier to clean up and items covered in dry smoke residue such as furniture are much simpler to restore. Since the smoke is generated from natural materials, there are fewer aerosols to deal with. Dry smoke also does not stain surfaces as thoroughly as wet smoke, and the odor from dry smoke is not as strong as the odor generated from the wet smoke. Thanks to all this, our technicians can use less aggressive techniques, tools and cleaners with dry smoke.


Wet smoke always has at least one liquid component; often some solvent or varnish. This gives it a higher amount of aerosol which makes the smoke residue harder to remove. Since this is a slower burning fire, air is not circulated as quickly, and the wet smoke has more time to work itself into crevices and discolor plastic materials and furniture finish. Because of this, our technicians will need to use more aggressive tools and cleaners to try and restore furniture and other property. If the wet smoke has soaked into property for 24 hours, then it may not be possible for us to recover and restore any of it.

Rain is finally coming to California now, but the threat from smoke damage is still present. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills stands ready to help our neighbors with their needs. If you need our services, call us today at (818) 991-6292.

The Three Categories of Water Damage

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Three Categories of Water Damage Flood waters can be dangerous. Call SERVPRO before entering your damaged property!

Certified Technicians at SERVPRO can Remediate any Category of Water Damage

Water damage often has serious potential to be a hazard through contact, and knowing what type of water you're dealing with is important in taking proper safety precautions and staying safe in the event of a disaster. There are three main categories of water damage, each coming with different qualities and carrying a different level of risk. Luckily, they can typically be identified by their color, visual appearance, and smell, but be sure to exercise caution regardless of what type of water it appears to be.
 
Category 1 - Clean Water
 
The least dangerous type of water damage in Agoura, clean water is exactly as the name implies: perfectly clear and visually clean. Drinking water and most water that comes out of a faucet in your home will be of this type, but it is fairly rare to deal with it during floods or heavy water damage due to the ease with which it is contaminated. Never attempt to drink any excess water from damages, even if it is visually clean. There may still be dangerous microbes within.
 
Category 2 - Gray Water
 
Gray water is much more common in cases of moderate to heavy water and flood damage than clean water. It is visually tinted with a degree of gray, brown, or another color, and may contain some larger visible particles as well. This water is not safe to drink and can infect open wounds, but is not often a high risk. In many cases, gray water may also smell foul, simply due to the materials in it. This type of water is the most common when the source of flooding or water damage comes from inside the building, but also in some storms.
 
Category 3 - Black Water
 
The most dangerous kind of water, black water is most common following heavy storms and flooding, often from a river or lake overflow. This type of water is very dangerous to drink or when in contact with an open wound, but also carries additional risk as it commonly contains sharp and heavy materials within, which can open up wounds or cause significant physical harm. Exercise extreme caution and generally avoid any black water you may encounter.
 
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is a locally-owned and operated restoration company with the experience, knowledge, and equipment to deal with water damage of all risks and sizes. Call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

Mold Removal Can Improve Properties

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal Can Improve Properties Mold can affect a large area. Call SERVPRO today to remediate your damage!

Skilled Technicians Use Hepa Filters to Remediate Mold Damage

Mold can grow on many surfaces, so it is important to always have some control over the humidity levels in your home. Different climates and seasons can affect the degree of humidity any home experiences, as can various aspects found inside the home itself. 

When your Oak Park home or rental property has a mold problem, you need mold removal and remediation services. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled and have both training and experience in combating this microscopic invader. Complete mold removal is not possible, as mold is found everywhere, is truly microscopic, and can also be missed by even the most thorough of inspections and remediation efforts. Humidity controls are vital to keeping mold under control, especially after remediation and mold removal technicians have completed their work.

The physical removal of mold often includes vacuuming with HEPA-grade filters. Books are common locations where mold growths are located, as are under cabinets, under stairwells, in bathrooms, inside ducts, and even inside of air conditioning units. Cleaning these rarely involves wet cleaning, but can at times. Our technicians are trained to know which methods are best for the many different materials that mold can affect.

Interior structures are also capable of being contaminated with mold, and this calls for the removal of the damaged materials, such as drywall, wallpapers, and wooden structures. Window frames are often highly concentrated with mold, even in homes that have no mold problems. While some areas, such as window sills, can be cleaned, others need to be removed, and then restored. This is because once mold has embedded itself in porous and semi-porous materials, even if killed, the spores can remain viable. Another risk is the mycotoxins that remain behind. These are often what is behind the health effects caused by mold. Removal and restoration are often the only way to guard against this event.

After mold removal is completed, we will ensure that humidity levels are under control in your home. Preventing future problems is very important to your home's structural integrity and also your family's health. Installing dehumidifiers that drain into appropriate locations in your basement can create a problem-free solution to moisture problems in your home.

If you've discovered mold damage in your home and are in need of mold removal and remediation, please call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. We are certified in IICRC methods and can help return your home or business to a much healthier condition. Answering our phones 24/7, we're here to assist you in your mold removal and remediation needs.

Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood: When to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood: When to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO Got floods? Our crew at SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills will clean and restore your home like it never even happened!

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO When Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood

Home floods are no laughing matter. In many cases, they leave your home saturated, your property virtually destroyed, and stagnate throughout your house, stinking the place up. When you start seeing flood levels rise, the only thing that you can do is act (especially if the water level is continuing to rise or it's starting to pool in the basement). You might think to yourself, "what's the big deal? It's just a little bit of water." However, these flood waters are classified as black water, which is incredibly hazardous to your health. 

Why Flood Waters Are So Dangerous 

In Hidden Hills, water removal is a problem. Flood damages are one of the largest disasters that can strike your home because the water that breaches your house is very contaminated by unregulated chemicals, fecal matter, mud, refuse, and anything else that was lying in the streets. 

Because of this, flood water ruins virtually anything it touches (which could be a lot when it gets inside your house). To even make the home livable, the walls, floors, hallways, and ceilings need to be cleaned with disinfectants, antimicrobials, and other cleansers. It's even more difficult to clean and sanitize your valuables (like your mattresses, wallboards, cabinets, furniture, and insulation) because the contaminated water in a flood seeps through these fabrics. 

Our trained SERVPRO professionals have the equipment, skills, personnel, and knowledge to fix flooding problems quickly. We have truck mounted sump pumps, water pumps, and portable generators that guarantee that we can get rid of the water; then we can flood-proof your home, and add waterproofing seals that help eliminate water that seeps into your home. We can also add backflow valves to your drains to improve drainage and shield your doors and windows, too. 

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You don't have to throw in the towel when flooding strikes, however. We'll assess the damages and get your home back to its pre-loss value, like nothing ever happened! The next time your home floods, call SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills immediately at (818) 991-6292. We're highly-trained water damage specialists, and we have advanced drying techniques and equipment to sanitize and deodorize your home fast!