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When Mold Invades Your Calabasas Home Our Remediation Specialists Can Help!

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Mold Invades Your Calabasas Home Our Remediation Specialists Can Help! Removing mold can be time-consuming, but bringing in a restoration service is the only way to ensure your home is 100% spore free.

Mold Removal And Remediation For Calabasas Residences

Mold spores are present in every Calabasas home. Their normal state is inert, and pose no more threat than common house dust. Once these spores come into contact with enough water, they can quickly spread throughout the home unnoticed. Since basements are not common in our area, most mold spread happens in attics, crawlspaces, and behind walls.

Mold removal from these areas in Calabasas homes requires much more than a large, spray bottle of bleach and a bucket of sponges and cloths. SERVPRO has the training and tools to complete the task thoroughly with only a very small risk of re-infestation.

Attics and crawlspaces mean our restoration teams wear protective gear. Although mold can cause health problems in some people, the real risk is accidentally spreading mold to other parts of the residence. By wearing protective gear in the attic and removing it upon exiting, technicians can greatly reduce this risk. They use plastic sheeting to seal in an isolation area to store the clothing and needed tools.

Once mold spreads across the attic or crawlspace, it quickly grows into the insulation. The only sure way to deal with the mold is by removing the blown-in or rolled insulation completely. For the blown-in variety, that means using a commercial grade vacuum to suction out the material through a flexible tube and into a sealed bag outside the home. For rolled insulation, SERVPRO technicians roll it up and bag it before taking to out of the attic for disposal.

If there is any insulation in the corners, they use scrapers to dig it out and bag it for removal. After getting the last of it out of the attic or crawlspace, team members spray every surface with an anti-bacterial chemical to kill any trace of active mold spores.

If we find mold behind the walls, the only certain method to remove it is to pull down the drywall or wood paneling and scrape it all out. When technicians complete the task, they use the same anti-bacterial spray to clean the wall cavities and allow it to dry. Next, they enclose the now clean spaces with new drywall and wood panels.

Removing mold can be time-consuming, but bringing in a restoration service is the only way to ensure your home is 100% spore free. If you need us, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 today.

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Smoky Odors and Stains in Your Westlake Property? Whom Should I Call? SERVPRO

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoky Odors and Stains in Your Westlake Property? Whom Should I Call? SERVPRO Westlake Dirty, Fire & Smoke Damaged Ductwork? SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO - Remediating Fire Damage to Westlake Homes

Every Westlake home fire burns differently, depending on the material which burns and the amount of oxygen. These factors determine how fast the fire burns, which results in the type of residues left on the property from the smoke and soot.
 
These factors in Westlake fire damage also determine how SERVPRO restoration teams clean each home as well. Our specialists inspect the property to determine the level of damage and which categories it falls into and the methods needed to return each home to its pre-fire condition.
 
Mitigation – These are our first actions to avoid secondary damage from animal intrusion, weather, and trespassing. Our clean-up crews secure windows and doors with plywood and also cover openings in the home where flames may have burned holes through the roof.
 
Contents Cleaning – Our initial attempts to clean personal property are in the home when possible. If the residence has significant damage, our specialists take it to our facility or another location to clean the items. These pack-outs are carefully documented and barcoded, then stored until your home is ready to receive them. We maintain a large inventory of cleaners so that if we can clean an item, our team members do so quickly and thoroughly.
 
Structural Cleaning – If the fire burned for an extended period, SERVPRO technicians know that smoke traveled through the HVAC ductwork, penetrated building material like drywall and wood paneling, and even wood framing and support structures. In these cases, removing smoke and soot residues also removes the source of pungent odors that can linger for months or years after completing other cleaning efforts. Removal often requires very strong anti-microbial cleaners to destroy these residues.
 
Specialty Restoration – This category deals with items that need special cleaning services, and we recommend the owner uses a service trained for these items. Examples of personal property here include antique furniture, clothing that requires dry cleaning, electronic devices, and artwork.
 
Reconstruction – When the damage to structural property cannot be cleaned or repaired, our technicians dispose of items like wood framing, other minor support beams, drywall, paneling and may replace them. For major structural damage, the team leader recommends the homeowner engages a licensed, general contractor.
 
Cleaning and restoring homes after a fire is not a quick process. Our goal at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is to return each home in the best condition possible. "Like it never even happened." If you need our assistance, call today at (818) 991-6292.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Commercial Property In Agoura After A Water Damage Emergency

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Restores Your Commercial Property In Agoura After A Water Damage Emergency The last thing an owner would want in their antique store is water damage that could threaten the pieces inside.

A Leaking Pipe Can Cause Water Damage Inside Your Agoura Antique Store

The last thing an owner would want in their antique store is water damage that could threaten the pieces inside. A leaky pipe running through your storefront walls can cause damage to the surrounding area over time. If this damage it left to its own devices, it can lead to further problems developing, such as mold damage.

The wisest thing you can do to combat the water damage inside of your Agoura antique store is to call for the help of professional remediation services as soon as possible. Leaving the water damage for any longer than necessary can allow it to cause even more damage. The moisture can spread and potentially damage the pieces in your store. To protect the value of your merchandise, getting a remediation team inside as soon as possible is the best course of action.

Here at SERVPRO, we know how valuable time is for your business. Keeping a schedule and remaining open during those hours consistently is essential for business. Our services are flexible, and we can always come to your aid when you need us. If you'd prefer us to work through the night so you can keep your store open during the day, SERVPRO can do that for you.

Our IICRC-technicians can bring advanced technology with them to remedy the water damage inside your store. After an initial investigation, to make sure that complications such as mold damage have not arisen, we can set up our equipment around the water damage. SERVPRO can use devices such as ventilation fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out of your walls. When all of these pieces of equipment work in conjunction, they encourage moisture to evaporate, drying out the wall around the former leaky pipe.

It is unwise to hesitate when you find water damage in your storefront. Instead, phone (818) 991-6292 to get in contact with SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. Night or day, we are available to help you.

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Avoid Remediation Delays in Oak Park Because Fire Damage Can Cause Additional Problems for Your Home

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Remediation Delays in Oak Park Because Fire Damage Can Cause Additional Problems for Your Home Fire residues can continue to destroy your building materials. Contact SERVPRO right away after a fire.

The Risks of Self Examination After Fire Damage in Your Oak Park House

Once a disaster occurs in your Oak Park residence, your first instinct might be to figure out just how severe the effects are for yourself. While there are several situations that this might be a wise thought to have, following a situation like a fire in your home, there could be risks that you are not aware of that threaten your health or safety for entering before it has gotten deemed safe to do so.

Fire damages in Oak Park can affect your home in a multitude of ways. From the direct impact it might have on the structural integrity of your residence to the more subtle secondary effects, these lingering symptoms often require focused attention from trained professionals to overcome and restore. Even assessing the scope of the damage can be a risk to someone who is not fully aware of the extent of the damage their home has sustained.

Our SERVPRO professionals get trained in the use of varying levels of safety equipment to keep them protected from the threats of structural failures and potential contaminants that might exist in the atmosphere once a fire gets extinguished. Homeowners often do not fully understand the possibility of weakened building materials collapsing, chemical toxins from burned contents, or even the health effects of breathing smoke and debris.

Your insurance company often requires documented photographic evidence and cataloging of the damage that your home contends with from a recent fire, but this assessment and photographic proof can best get left to our SERVPRO estimator. The trained individual we dispatch has a safety-first approach to the assessment and can adequately catalog the full extent of the damage inside of your home to get the claims process started more quickly.

There are no simple approaches to dealing with fire damage in your home, but there is no sense in putting yourself or others at risk, either. Our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills fire restoration specialists can respond quickly and work directly with your insurance provider to get your home restored as efficiently as possible. Give us a call anytime you need us at (818) 991-6292.
 
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Commercial Water Damage Services In Agoura Hills Can Restore Your Bakery

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Services In Agoura Hills Can Restore Your Bakery Our commercial water damage team can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Damage Services

Your bakery is a vibrant part of the community and sees a wealth of customers on any given day. Unfortunately, a pipe burst overnight that may affect the daily operations of your business. There is a fair amount of water leaking from the pipe. It is essential for you to call for a professional restoration company right away. Luckily, we are nearby and here to help. Our commercial water damage team can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO commercial water damage services in Agoura Hills that we provide include a team assessment of the damages and fast water removal. We can get you back in business as soon as possible. Your business can lose money during the restoration phase. We train our crews to quickly extract water from structures, which can lessen the amount of time your bakery has to close down. Plus, fast water removal may reduce the cost of restoration and can help prevent further damages to your business.

Standing water can damage the flooring, subflooring, baseboards, and walls inside your bakery. It can also cause damage to the structure of your building. Also, if the water stays in place for a lengthy amount of time, mold can grow. It is not wise to allow water to stand for days inside a structure because mold can cause health effects. SERVPRO technicians arrive ready to work and aim to get you back in business as soon as possible.

Our techs understand that it is essential for you to keep your doors open. Our techs can use professional grade extractors, pumps or vacuums to remove the water from the structure. The team may also employ air movers and axial fans to increase evaporation, which can reduce the time it takes for the affected areas to dry completely. We may also use dehumidification equipment to lower the level of humidity, which enhances the rate of evaporation. Dehumidifiers pull in moist air and then releases dry, warm air back into the atmosphere that can speed up drying.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills commercial water damage services can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible. Contact us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage In Your Agoura Kitchen

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage In Your Agoura Kitchen Water damage in your Agoura residence can appear from some different sources.

Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage

When it comes to caring for your Agoura residence, it means preparing for the disasters and incidents that could require professional restoration to resolve. While there are many things that your home needs that you can handle on your own, never discount the wealth of training and expertise available to you by bringing in a professional outfit instead of trying to handle cleanup and restoration tasks all by yourself.

Water damage in your Agoura residence can appear from some different sources. One of the most common of these, surprisingly perhaps, is human error. Something as simple as failing to close a dishwasher all the way before a cycle starts, or forgetting to remove the drain stop from the kitchen sink can lead to water spread throughout this area that you have to overcome. Professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly and help you to preserve the materials and contents of your kitchen.

One of the focuses for the technicians when we arrive beyond extraction of pooling water throughout the area is the preservation of the affected materials. Cabinets in your kitchen are often made of wood or particle material depending on their age and are very susceptible to saturation and warping. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on removing the moisture from the area, the better protected that these implements become.

Flooring is another concern for the professionals that we dispatch to the restoration job. While the immediate surface can begin to bloat or warp with prolonged exposure to moisture and dampness, the subflooring and supports for the floor itself are also at risk the longer that the problem persists.

It is always critical when you face disaster in your home to get the situation taken care of as quickly as possible. These instances do not get better on their own and can lead to worsening conditions or compounding effects that make restoration take even longer and ultimately cost more to complete. Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team a call 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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Oak Park's Fire Damage Professionals Tell About Restoring Burnt Furniture

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Oak Park's Fire Damage Professionals Tell About Restoring Burnt Furniture Returning home after a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and possibly restore any valuable possessions.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer BOTH Structural and Furniture Restoration After a Fire

Structural fires frequently occur across the nation, and some of those take place near Oak Park. Thousands and thousands of homes every year get destroyed across the country. House fires typically ignite due to people smoking indoors, cooking, or malfunctioning appliances. If you are lucky, you will get out of the burning building and get the fire put out quickly so that the structure does not become a total loss. However, even if your residence did not completely burn, many things can still get destroyed. Once a blaze starts, it can quickly rush through a building and use anything and everything in its path as fuel. Depending on how big the fire got and how long it burned before getting extinguished, your building materials and contents may have got torched and ruined. During a structure fire, some items can burn while others do not and many particles will not fully combust. When partially combusted particles are formed, they are released from the blaze in the form of smoke. Smoke also causes its own unique types of problems with your possessions and structural components.
 
When comprising the initial estimate for your insurance company, our SERVPRO estimators divide affected items into either the building materials or contents category. Most insurance companies use these classifications, so during fire damage restoration in Oak Park we also break up the estimate based on whether affected items are attached to the structure or not. A good method of figuring out whether something burnt would be considered a structural component or a content is to picture that the house gets turned upside down and shook. Anything that would fall out when shaken would be considered your contents, whereas items that stayed there even when the building was upside down would be regarded as part of the structure.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians begin their initial testing and inspection process, we determine what items are damaged and which are not. We then figure out what things can be cleaned or otherwise restored and what things must be discarded and replaced.
 
In some cases, your furniture can get burned, and there is a chance that our SERVPRO crew can save the piece. If the charring on wooden parts of the furniture is not very deep, we can sometimes sand off the burnt surface down to the unaffected wood. We then can refinish the surface so that the item is brought back to what it was before the loss. If you ever suffer any fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24 hours every single day.

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Water Damage in Your Agoura Home from a Roof Leak

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Agoura Home from a Roof Leak Many times the water damage on your ceiling is the first sign of a leaky roof. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Both Understands and Makes Use of Evaporation Science When Drying Out Your Home After Damage


A household maintenance issue in Agoura you may delay repairs on is a leaky roof. However, there are several reasons you should treat something like this with urgency. Besides the damage that can be done to your home’s framework, it can also compromise your insulation and promote the growth of mold.
 
If you have realized you have a leaky roof, some of the water damage in your Agoura home you probably have is hidden. Therefore, it may have taken you a while to notice there was a problem. Be sure to get in touch with our skilled technicians at SERVPRO so we can help you find all the damage and dry your home thoroughly.
 
We need to establish a drying goal and monitor the drying process daily to see if this goal is being met. A drying goal is a condition we want to bring about in affected areas of your home and how dry we want the environment to be when we are finished.
 
SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Air with low humidity is drier air. It is essential to have a relative humidity of under 40% for an effective drying process. It usually tells us that the air is dry and thirsty and can pull more water from materials. We use specific humidity readings, however, to make sure the humidity in the affected area is decreasing, as they are more accurate than relative humidity readings.
 
A moisture content goal is also set. One way we do this is to establish the dry standard, which is the moisture content of dry materials in an undamaged area of your home. We take moisture content readings from dry materials here to get the dry standard. These readings are part of the drying goal for the wet areas. When wet materials have the same moisture content as items in the unaffected room, they are considered dry.
 
SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills works carefully to ensure your home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, or Agoura is dry again. Give us a call at (818) 991-6292 right away when you have a water damage emergency.

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Flood Damage Experts In Agoura Talk About Repairing The Source

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Experts In Agoura Talk About Repairing The Source Several conditions related to that storm striking Agoura can cause your property damage.

Flood Damage Experts Talk About Repairing The Source

Several conditions related to that storm striking Agoura can cause your property damage. Severe thunderstorms can bring about excessive rains in short periods. In some cases, the rain comes down so hard that it floods out the neighborhood. Once water starts getting deep outside, there is a chance it will get inside your home. High-speed winds can also cause problems to a building's structure. Winds can blow objects like rocks or tree branches into windows or exterior walls. Hurricane-like gusts can also cause roof leaks that create a hole for rainwater to enter the building.

Once the interior of your house gets wet, it is essential to begin work on removing moisture from the structure. However, when mitigating flood damage in Agoura, the source of the leak must be repaired first. When mitigating issues with water, our SERVPRO technicians utilize extraction and structural drying techniques. But, these techniques will only be successful if no more water is getting into the home.

The first thing our SERVPRO restoration team does when entering your residence is inspect your property to find the extent of the damage and to locate the source of the moisture. Sometimes the place where water is coming into your home is easy to find, other times finding the source can be more difficult. We start by testing the moisture content of building materials with specialized sensors and following the water to where it entered the structure.

Once the place where water entered your home gets found we determine the best way to fix the problem. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians can easily permanently repair the leak. In other cases, the leak may have to be fixed temporarily before it can be correctly repaired. For example, if the water is entering a home due to a broken window, then the window gets boarded up and sealed so that water can not enter from the hole during the drying and extraction process. Then, at a later date, we come out and replace the broken window.

If the source does not get effectively repaired before we begin removing moisture from your house, then water can continue to create problems and render the rapid drying efforts useless. If you ever notice water leaking into your home after a storm, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24 hours a day.

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Professional Cleanup Options during Mold Damage Remediation in Westlake Village

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professional Cleanup Options during Mold Damage Remediation in Westlake Village Mold Walls in Westlake Village? Just Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Westlake Village Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

There are several methods to choose from when conducting mold damage remediation since not all incidents are the same. The contaminated materials and the level of damage usually determine the technique we use to restore your property. That means the restorers are always creative and come up with mold removal processes that are appropriate for a particular situation. We are looking at some of the cleanup methods we use when addressing such issues in Westlake Village.

If there is water in your Westlake Village property during mold damage remediation, our SERVPRO technicians can collect it through wet vacuuming. This technique can remove water from carpets, floors, and other hard surfaces. Vacuuming porous materials is not recommended, and we usually use this technique when your items are still wet.
 
Mold can cause health effects, whether alive or dead. If it is resting on non-porous surfaces, we can scrub or wipe it down. After conducting damp wiping, we usually dry the areas as soon as possible to prevent further growth. Since the molds can grow in the crevices or empty spaces within porous substances, we discard such items if we deem them impossible to rid of the mold hyphae or the materials have already degraded and have become non-salvageable.
 
After we have thoroughly cleaned the site and removed materials with the contamination, our SERVPRO technicians perform HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuuming. This method is also helpful when eliminating dust, which might have settled in areas surrounding the remediation region. If there is the need to change the filter, we use the right PPE to avoid exposure to the contamination. We then place the contents of the HEPA vacuum in sealed plastic bags.
 
Some of the Personal Protective Equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use during the restoration process includes headgear, the full-face respirator, disposable full body clothing, and gloves. The goal is to avoid inhaling the spores and fungi and prevent possible contact with the skin or eyes.
 
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is an experienced industry leader that offers storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (818) 991-6292 at any time of the day, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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