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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! 

Professional Cleanup Service for Fire Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Cleanup Service for Fire Damage The aftereffects of Calabasas fire damage can be every bit as potentially fatal as the fire itself.

Contact Us Today for Expert Fire Damage Restoration

Fires can strike quickly and when you least expect it. When you are dealing with the disastrous consequences of fire damage, it's important to know that you can call upon the services of a professional local cleanup and restoration service.

Dealing With the Aftereffects of Calabasas Fire Damage
The aftereffects of Calabasas fire damage can be every bit as potentially fatal as the fire itself. Even after the fire is out, other issues should be considered that might remain on your property and pose a threat later. For example, it simply isn't enough to extinguish the fire. Noxious fumes and other poisonous vapors can remain behind and may cause serious health problems if left unchecked.

Meanwhile, debris left behind at the scene of the fire may cause injuries to those who attempt to remove it without the proper knowledge and experience required to deal with such dangerous material. Even after all the debris is cleared away and the smoke has been dealt with, structural instability may remain in the building that an average cleaning crew may not be able to detect. The thought of facing an unforeseen roof or wall collapse ought to be enough to ensure that you hire a professional restoration crew to ward off such disasters before they have a chance to happen.

What Happens When You Contact Us for Service
After you contact us with your emergency, we will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable cleanup and restoration technicians to your property. They will immediately begin a damage assessment and full estimate of what restoration will entail. If you agree with the assessment, we will begin cleanup work immediately.

Once we have cleared away debris and other harmful material, we will remove all remaining smoke and fumes from the building. We will clean up any stains or discolorations. During this time, we will also do a complete diagnostic check of your AC and water filtration systems to ensure that toxic mold or bacterial growth is not present.

The point of our service is to restore rather than replace your existing property. We will give our maximum effort to make sure that your building returns to its original pristine condition as quickly as possible. Every part of our service is guaranteed with a warranty of quality. Our service team members are fully qualified and experienced in the tasks they perform.

Contact Us at Any Time of the Day or Night
We are a locally owned and operated service that can be contacted at any time of the day or night. Whether you are dealing with Calabasas fire damage or damage in other areas, such as Oak Park or Westlake Village, we offer prompt and efficient assistance to solve your issues. SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is available to assist you in your hour of need, so call us at (818) 991-6292.

Flood Damage Westlake Village - Westlake Village Flood Damage Tips

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Westlake Village - Westlake Village Flood Damage Tips When flood damage strikes your Westlake Village home, SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills will save the day!

Flood Damage Tips For Your Residential Westlake Village Home

Flooding is an uncommon but often unavoidable tragedy among home and business owners around the nation, and has plagued humanity since the dawn of civilization. Particularly in low-lying or close-to-water areas, flood damage in Westlake Village can be one of the leading causes of structural damage in homes and businesses. Often, the losses incurred are even greater than the more well-known challenges associated with fire and storm damage. To better safeguard yourself against flood damage, here are a few tips to help save yourself in the future. 

Buy Flood Insurance 

Most homeowners do not know this, but most homeowners' insurance policies do NOT cover flood damage. Separate policies are often required for this type of damage. By arming yourself with a Westlake Village flood damage policy, you can ensure the safety of your financial future against the elements. Even if you do not live in an at-risk area, you should still purchase the insurance, especially because premiums are often significantly lower than in high-risk areas. Whether your home is in a swamp, near a river, or on high ground, a custom flood insurance policy should never be overlooked. 

 Keep Valuables Overhead 

If you have any very high-dollar items or items of significant sentimental value, precaution should be taken to keep them in high places. Westlake Village floods typically don't rise higher than a foot or two even in the worst cases, and your goods should be safe at elevations higher than this. You want to lose as little as possible in the event of a flood, so spending a day rearranging your belongings with this in mind may be a good idea. 

Don't be Afraid to Seek Help 

It can be pretty overwhelming to look at the damages caused by a flood. However, it is important to keep in mind that professional and contracted services exist solely for the purpose of assisting in cleanup and restoration of flood damages, and can help you to get back on your feet with the experience and training of professionals. 

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If you've incurred flood damage on a large or small scale, please don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for 24/7 services and quotes. 

Hidden Hills Mold Damage--Can Cause Health Effects To Your Family

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Hills Mold Damage--Can Cause Health Effects To Your Family If you have a mold infestation in Hidden Hills, SERVPRO is only one call away.

The Risks of Mold Damage To Your Family's Home in Hidden Hills

Hidden Hills mold damage than exists in your home can create allergens that may cause many medical conditions to get worse. It impacts the breathing of many people and makes many more uncomfortable. The mold spores, from which molds come, are microscopic and can be anywhere, outside your home and inside. When they get inside is when they can impact the life and health of everyone that lives or visits there. The way they get inside is another thing that is so easy. That is the main reason calling a company that specializes in Mold Remediation in your home is so critical. 

Many homeowners believe they have molds when they smell the tell-tale signs of musty, earthy and, well, moldy odors. These often come from closets and other enclosed spaces. This mold comes into your house through water coming in from outside due to flooding or seeping into the foundation because of that flooding, heavy rains or a sewer connection that breaks free and seeps inside. Mold needs a couple of things in order to live and thrive as well as grow to take over as much room as you allow it to. 

As it is carried in the water, it can attach itself to walls, floors, furniture and hide where it cannot be seen until it is almost too late. The reason you need a professional company to deal with it is because of the dangers involved in cleaning it up. There are several steps that are required to be followed to do it correctly and these professionals follow those IICRC certified procedures for mold remediation.

The first step will be to locate all of the areas that Hidden Hills mold is present. This is done through a detailed inspection, conducted as one of the first things. This inspection will be accomplished throughout all living spaces as well as any storage areas. Much of this mold will be located behind and in between wall surfaces. Some of it will be attached to the drywall, itself. 

After all such locations are known, they are isolated. This is so that no mold spores, disturbed by the cleaning will get into the air stream and get passed to other spaces. The cleaning will be conducted at this partitioned area, and technicians wear special protective gear to prevent them from breathing in this material. Containment is crucial.

The building materials that are infected too badly by the mold are removed, as in torn out carefully, bagged and taken outside for disposal. This is so that this contaminated material will no longer be a danger to you and your family. After all of the spaces have been cleaned and sanitized; remove the barriers and special air movers are brought in to clear the air of any lingering smells or odors and spores left over. 

Finishing the project is the restoration of all surfaces back to the way when they got there. This means replacing any building materials that were torn out and all surfaces painted with the color they were. A final cleaning operation is conducted as a top down cleaning and sanitary preparation of all surfaces so you will not be endangered when you move back in. 

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When you smell that tell-tale odor in your Hidden Hills home, give SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills a call at (818) 991-6292 to remediate this risk from your home. 

Oak Park Mold Remediation Myths and Solutions

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Oak Park Mold Remediation Myths and Solutions Call SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

SERVPRO Can Safely Remedy Your Oak Park Home Mold Infestation

Oak Park mold infestations can take many different scenarios for remediation. The species of mold, the surfaces of the infestation points, the extent of the mold colonizations, duration of current infestation, and more. These factors will dictate how the SERVPRO team will attack your problem.

There are many myths and misconceptions about mold (fungi) growth in a home. Is it deadly? Is Black mold that dangerous? Can my house be entirely freed from mold and mold spores?

Mold is everywhere in our environment. It is a part of nature. The microscopic spores can enter your home with your shoes, the back of your pet, or an open window allowing in air that eventually circulates throughout your HVAC system. Spores, like plant seeds, need moisture along with a food source, to grow and thrive. Fungi can adhere to most organic matter for nutrients, the cardboard on the drywall (cellulose), wood studs, laminated flooring, and even the caulking in your bathroom. The duct work is a place that captures organic matter, plus offers shelter and moisture for mold proliferation. Vacuuming, sanitizing, and deodorizing these conduits can result in a healthier and fresher home environment. If you believe your home is infested, turn off the A/C system to mitigate the circulation of mold spores.

How dangerous is Black Mold (Stachybotrys chartarum)? Like many mold species, it can produce irritants and allergens. Individual sensitivity will play a part on the level of discomfort. Most people have no reaction or adverse effects from exposure to regular household amounts of mold and spores. All mold should be treated cautiously, and SERVPRO suggests you call in professional assistance for mold remediation. Don't contact mold directly, especially without safety clothing and gear. Keep air movement to a minimum. Spraying chemicals or bleach on a large patch of mold will only compound the problem.

Remediation of a mold problem can restore your structure to a safer condition. Mold can weaken building materials like drywall, roof trusses, and ruin furniture. Total elimination --Removal--is not possible, nor is the effort practical. Our team can inspect your home using devices to locate hidden patches of mold. Specialized cleaning products, equipment, and expertise from our IICRC trained technicians can safely and efficiently remove the mold infestations from your property. Bleach is not a product of choice for combating mold growth. The government agency (EPA) is responsible for establishing guidelines for treating mold. A certified mold restoration and remediation company like SERVPRO follows these protocols.

SERVPRO has the latest and greatest equipment to fight mold infestations. Air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums capture most spores to prevent expansion. We’ll apply antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to kill mold colonies and to lessen the chance of new ones from growing. The scope of service is dependent upon the degree of severity. Our Oak Park mold remediation will restore your home to its pre-mold damaging state, "Like it never even happened."

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists safely restore your home. We can help in Oak Park, Agoura, and Hidden Hills for all fire, water, and mold damage situations. (818) 991-6292

The Dangers Posed by Water Damage to Calabasas Homes

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Dangers Posed by Water Damage to Calabasas Homes SERVPRO Says Don't Let a Burst Pipe Flood Your Home

Why Calabasas Water Damage Requires Immediate SERVPRO Intervention

When you take earthquake and fire damage out of the equation, Calabasas water damage is the worst possible scenario for any local homeowner. Every Calabasas water damage situation is different and needs to be addressed on an individual basis. However, there are a few predictable outcomes that stem from water damage.

If you're lucky, a burst pipe will merely affect an isolated portion of a home's frame and rot away some of the wood planks. The far more damaging case is a water leak that washes away soil from under the foundation. Either way, water damage can adversely affect the structural integrity of a Calabasas building in short order.

The high-value properties that are abundant in Calabasas typically feature materials that don't react well to water. Top-shelf marble counters are particularly susceptible to irreparable water damage that's tough, if not impossible, to repair. If you don't bring in the experts early on, your repair bills could spiral out of control quickly.

If you don't tackle water damage quickly using a reputable restoration company, you can potentially hurt your home's resale value forever. If potential buyers run a "lemon check" on the address, they'll see that the house has been damaged by water in the past. Despite the arid environment, Calabasas water damage is no laughing matter if equity preservation is important to you.

One of the often-overlooked adverse effects of water damage is its potential impact on resident health. Water damage behind walls and under floors can breed dangerous black mold and bacteria that will eventually creep into interior spaces via the HVAC system. While unlikely, this scenario is one that you don't want to risk.

When water damage occurs, playing the waiting game is a terrible idea. Act quickly, and use a local outfit that understands local water damage concerns. At SERVPRO of Calabasas, we know how to remedy expertly any water damage problem that California residents could face.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills takes pride in promptly arriving to service all our local communities of Calabasas, Oak Park, and Agoura. Call for 24/7 help. (818) 991-6292