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Water Damage In Agoura Hills

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Drying Hardwood Floors In Agoura Hills

When water spreads from a kitchen or laundry room onto hardwood floors, there is a significant risk to the hardwood. The wood can absorb moisture and begin to swell, causing it to cup or crown. Some floors may crack along the veins of the wood, depending on the time it is exposed to moisture. Fast response and removal of the moisture can save the floor.

SERVPRO provides water damage services and mitigation in Agoura Hills and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We aim to be on-site in less than four hours, which is very important to minimize the damage and maximize the recovery of flooring materials such as hardwood floors.

Why is A Fast Response Important to Minimize Damage?
Water spreading over tiled floors usually does not find its way to the subfloor unless there are cracks in the grout between the tiles. Hardwood floors have small spaces between every plank, and water quickly finds its way through the spaces to the subfloor. Unless the water is removed, the subfloor may begin to absorb moisture and begin to swell. Hardwood planks are sealed on the outer surface. The underside of the wood and the sides are not sealed and absorb moisture.

SERVPRO has found that the use of drying mats on hardwood floors is an efficient approach to removing moisture and water from these types of floor materials. Our fast response to your home and application of this solution can avoid cupping and crowning of hardwood floors. Hours do matter to avoid permanent damage. This approach minimizes the impact on the client and reduces the cost to the insurance company significantly.

Clients appreciate that the floor does not need to be replaced. Their home is inconvenienced for a few days while the floors are dried. Compared to ripping out the damaged hardwood and replacing it along with the associated mess over several weeks, many of our clients are ecstatic over this solution.

Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Westlake Village, Oak Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Storm and Flooding Events in Agoura Properties Get Help from SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

flooded road with trees and warning signs and barricades Agoura Homeowners Know to Call SERVPRO to Cleanup and Remove Floodwaters from Their Homes

How Professionals Can Help You Handle Flood Damage in Your Agoura Residence

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, many areas in California are vulnerable to flooding. People who live in properties that are susceptible to flood damage should prepare for such a calamity in a good time. It is vital to have the emergency number of a reliable flood restoration company.

Flooding can affect your home and its contents severely. After experiencing storm damage in your Agoura home, it is advisable to contact SERVPRO franchise professionals. Post flooding activities are a priority because the longer water and debris remain in a house, the more damage it can sustain. This includes corrosion of metallic items, wood rot, and mold infestation.

When dealing with contaminated water damages, our team usually eliminates safety hazards for the property. We also wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) like rubber gloves, full-body suits, boots, and eye protection. We also spray EPA-approved disinfectants on the affected areas. Our team can use suitable extractors to remove water from the floors.

Our post-flooding cleaning services also include drying the affected building materials and contents, disinfecting the property, and deodorizing it. We have the necessary equipment and expertise to eliminate dampness and disease-causing organisms.

Flooding may ruin walls severely. If wallboards are saturated with water, removing them is essential. Our team can cut away all affected wallboards slightly above the waterline. Our SERVPRO team also monitors all water damage jobs daily. We create written monitoring reports which include moisture content readings of the contents and structure, and specific humidity readings to document that the environment is drying.

This recommendation is expensive to have done and is viable only in the area of persistent flooding. This may also lower your flood insurance cost, if available. After the restoration process, it is essential to check your home thoroughly to ensure that everything is intact. You can also choose to remodel your house to limit the risk of future floods damaging it extensively. Elevating your home to a desired flood protection elevation is one way to keep it from sustaining severe flood damage when it rains too much. By properly lifting a home, the living is above all, but the most devastating floods. This is a delicate task that requires the skill of a seasoned professional because it can impact the structural integrity of your house.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is locally owned and operated, and we are available around the clock.  Call us at (818) 991-6292 to restore your flood-damaged house in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, or Hidden Hills quickly.

We Get You Back In Business In Agoura After A Fire

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot, smoke and debris after a fire We provide careful planning when restoring your fire damage. We have the expertise and experience necessary to provide proper mitigation.

SERVPRO Performs Mitigation Services and Restoration of Damaged Commercial Business Sites in Agoura

No two days in Agoura are alike, even in repetitive settings. Emergencies happen without warning, or before we think iffy situations have worsened to the point of no return. While your business might depend on daily routines, disasters can ruin productivity and create unsafe conditions. SERVPRO works with area business owners and managers in restoring normal business operations with as little delay as possible.

Reducing the length of time your business stays compromised in Agoura because of fire damage from fire and smoke, flooding or storms, broken water lines, or microbial infestations is crucial to returning everything to normal. The longer things remain affected by such damage, the more difficult and complicated it becomes to make a full recovery. Our technicians hold certifications from the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. 

With fire and smoke damage, SERVPRO’s technicians assess your business’ structure for weak areas in the frame and floor, as well as the roof and make repairs as needed. We clean up soot and ash, using both dry and wet cleaning techniques. Desiccant machines reduce the amount of moisture left in the air from firefighting efforts. We deodorize both building-wide and isolated areas. 

Weather can turn harsh and cause damage from both fierce winds and flooding. We can protect exposed buildings by securing tarps and other protective measures. Our trucks have the capability to remove water quickly from the interior of your business. Exterior components of your shop or retail property might need our building crew’s extensive skills, eliminating the need for extra contractors and other workers. 

When water problems come from broken lines inside, SERVPRO has you covered. We can get the plumbing situation under control, the area dried out, and your business back to normal. Water that overflows and requires cleanup and disinfecting of the immediate area needs to happen swiftly to keep slip and fall hazards minimized, as well as ensure that het area poses no unnecessary risks of unwanted health effects.

Microbes live everywhere but when indoor environmental changes take place, these life forms can overbreed. SERVPRO can restore normal humidity levels and perform remediation of the affected areas. Preventative applications of antimicrobials provide long-lasting protection.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has technicians ready, 24/7, to provide competent restoration experts to local businesses and commercial enterprises, including those in Oak Park, Westlake, and Westlake Village. No business is too large nor too small. Call (818) 991-6292 for year-round assistance – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Preventing Flooding In Your Agoura Crawlspace

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Preventing Recurring Flooding in Agoura Crawlspaces

Flooding does not always have to enter the household to become a destructive force for Agoura homes. Not only can this rising water threat pose hazards to the structures of your property, but underlying areas like crawlspaces can experience the detrimental effects as well. The immediate concerns of standing water in this open area beneath your main floor are structural deterioration, microbial growth, and migrating moisture.

Despite how readily flood damage in Agoura crawlspaces can reach the main living space of the property, many homeowners do not treat this situation with the urgency they should. Understanding what problems could arise can show you the need for professional restoration and permanent solutions. Though many area homes contend with flood losses throughout the year, specific water diversion and construction approaches can limit the frequency and severity of these disasters for property owners.

While our SERVPRO water restoration team must work on efficient extraction solutions when we first arrive at the house, steps can also begin in this preliminary stage to begin deciding the best permanent solutions to reduce water penetration and reduce flood recurrences. In many situations where numerous flooding events have happened over several years, exposed supports and structural elements could be too damaged to preserve. Our contractors can remove and replace this wood and insulation, which can allow for a more permanent flood prevention solution to follow.

Crawlspace encapsulation is an effective strategy to prevent direct water penetration. It can even limit the threat of groundwater through the installation of diversion equipment like an electric sump pump. By encasing the crawlspace and exposed materials in thick plastic sheeting after treating the materials with antimicrobials and biocides, we can prevent moisture migration and microbial threats for the living space above the damaged area.

Crawlspaces are among the first line of defense when natural flooding situations occur in the area, but these points can also be the start of mold, bacteria, and saturation concerns. Let our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills help you; however, you need by calling (818) 991-6292.

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Concerted Efforts Resolve Commercial Water Damage at an Agoura Family Owned Pub.

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

A bar with tables and high top chairs. Water damage to your Agoura pub can be a very frustrating situation, SERVPRO will be there to back you.

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The proprietor of a local family-owned pub in Agoura had a rough time when water supply lines within the facility burst, leaving contents soaked and floors covered in inches of water. The employees did what they could to salvage the situation, but it was not enough to manage the circumstance, so they called SERVPRO.

It was a severe case of commercial water damage at the Agoura pub since the leak brought down the ceiling with gallons of water, which accumulated as the workers took time to locate the main shut-off valve. The water collected on the main floor, up to an inch deep. Considerable efforts to extract, clean, dry, and patch up the affected areas was necessary to restore normal operations at the entertainment joint.

When our SERVPRO crew arrived at the loss site, we noticed that all the contents were still in the flooded area. The only precaution workers had managed, was to lift the chairs, and other light furniture from the floor, placing them on top of tables and other elevated surfaces. Our crew chief decided that making a partial move out was a priority to protect contents from the high humidity levels occasioned by the water spill.  A storeroom at the back of the pub that the water spill did not affect provided the necessary storage space for the move-out.

For the owner, fast restoration of normal operations was as crucial as proper restoration considering all the employees were off work. As a family-run business, the welfare of the staff is vital to the owners. Our SERVPRO team could cater to that speedy removal with our high-efficiency equipment, including a truck-mounted water extractor. We also brought enough technicians to the loss site to manage all aspects of the restoration, including cleanup and moving contents back to their original locations, making it, "Like it never even happened."

Water loss incidents can ruin a good week for business. Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Agoura Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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How Professionals Can Perform Quick Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Agoura Home

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, damaging fires occur every 24 seconds in the U.S.A. Residential fires can cause costly destruction and bodily injury to the affected persons. Dealing with a fire emergency is unplanned and stressful.

After a fire damages your Agoura home, you can trust SERVPRO franchise professionals to deal with the aftermath. Cleaning up your home after a fire incident can present some challenges. A burning house is actually multiple complex reactions between various elements, including:

    •    The type of materials that are burning
    •    The amount of oxygen, heat, and moisture present in the building
    •    Airflow patterns in the home
    •    The type of smoke residues present
    •    The types of surfaces that heat and smoke impact

The way these elements interact as the fire progresses to determine how difficult it is to clean and restore a home. Our restorers consider several factors to determine how challenging it can be to eliminate the smoke residues. Some factors we consider include the age of the surface, amount of heat, air pressure, and the type of material that burned.

We provide structural and content cleaning services for homes with fire damage. Structural cleaning involves cleaning the house itself. Our team can use dry cleaning sponges to clean walls and ceilings, including the baseboards and crown molding. We can also clean doors, windows, and floors with soot damage. In some cases, we can use soft detergents to clean ceilings and walls.

Our content cleaning services include washing all soft goods like drapes, garments, bedding, upholstery, and carpets. We also clean shelving, bookshelves, light fixtures, and furnishings. Some high-value items like artwork and electronics require restoration by a specialist. We can work with your insurance claims representative to help you identify such things and locate and competent restorer.

Smoke contains carbon particles, and the smoke odor can persist as long the particles remain in your house. We can ventilate your home to allow the air to flow freely. Our SERVPRO team can place fans in the affected rooms to allow for faster ventilation. We can also use thermal foggers to remove the odor. Thermal fogging involves using strong deodorizers that permeate everywhere the smoke traveled, eliminating the odor “Like it never even happened.” Our restorers do all it takes to return a home to its pre-incident state.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has the restoration experience and equipment to handle the fire damage in your Agoura Hills, Calabasas, or Hidden Hills residence. Contact us any time at (818) 991-6292 for help.

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Let Our Crew Help After A Water Damage Incident In Your Agoura Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Removal from Your Agoura Home

Dealing with an overflowing dishwasher and excess water within your home can be a nuisance at best and a disaster at worst. After you sop up the majority of the excess water, you may still have some excess moisture in the impacted areas of your home. It can be challenging to know to address first in this type of situation. However, it is vital to get help quickly to mitigate secondary damage such as buckled floors, or mold infestations.

If you need water removal in your Agoura home, the skilled professionals at SERVPRO can help you. We address excess water as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We also understand that removing water is not always a simple process. Moisture removal is just as crucial in the air as it is in the flooring. It is essential to restore the relative humidity (RH) to the same level as before the water spill.

A central concept of water damage is psychrometry. It is the study of air, humidity, temperature, and the impact on materials. Essentially, psychrometry is the science behind drying. Moisture in the air can damage materials that it touches. Technicians use psychrometrics to measure the humidity in the air to decide if it is dry enough for wet materials to dry quickly. If there is significant moisture still in the air, it takes longer to dry the materials.

There are three conditions in psychrometry that are essential in drying; Humidity, Airflow, Temperature (HAT). SERVPRO technicians bring RH levels above 60 percent down by using high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers push the air toward the dehumidifiers, which remove excess moisture and push out warm, dry air conducive to reducing RH and drying the materials within the home.

SERVPRO technicians understand the science behind drying the impacted areas and restoring the RH levels to preloss levels. We used specialized equipment that allows us to safely remove excess water and humidity while using moisture meters to ensure appropriate humidity levels within your home.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is available to assist 24/7. Contact us at (818) 991-6292.

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Why We Are The Leader In Calabasas Water Damage Restoration

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Our heated air movers and air scrubber working to clean up this room after water damage effected the home Our skilled technicians utilize top of the line equipment like these heated air movers and an air scrubber to clean up water damage in your home.

Sophisticated Techniques That Minimize Water Damage Effects in Calabasas Homes

When water spills in your Calabasas home, it is likely to spread into various cavities in the house, including walls, behind cabinets, and subfloors. Such water may go unnoticed if the leak starts from a hidden area or if the cavities are not scoped when drying the rest of the house. Moisture in hidden sections of the house leads to different forms of material deterioration, including physical alterations such as warping of structural supports and mold, leading to costly repairs.

Many of the adverse effects of water damage in Calabasas homes can be addressed by thoroughly drying the entire structure, including the hidden areas. However, some challenges, including access to these areas, can hinder the process. One way our SERVPRO technicians simplify the process is by using sophisticated drying equipment, which eases access. Since water damage incidents involving clean water do not spread contaminants, no decontamination is necessary for the hidden areas, so our team can assure the homeowner that drying is enough to deliver quality results.

Specialized cavity drying systems can help remove moisture from wall spaces, cabinets, and other concealed areas. The systems work through positive pressure, meaning pushing air into the cavity or negative pressure whereby air is drawn from the cavity. The systems differ in design, with some having vents for attachment to air movers while others have an internal blower. Positive pressure is the standard drying approach, but if our SERVPRO technicians suspect chances of contamination, we use negative pressure.

Sometimes it is not possible to access the cavity. For example, penetrating tiles and hardwood floors to reach the subfloor cavity is not feasible because it would cause irreversible damages. Our SERVPRO technicians use drying mats to dry these areas without causing physical damages.

Excess moisture in your Agoura, Agoura Hills, or Hidden Hills house can lead to a cocktail of problems. Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 to help fix any issue, "Like it never even happened."

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The Variable Factors of Storm Flood Damage and Their Effects On Your Agoura Hills Residence

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Storm Flood Damage Agoura Hills

Powerful storms can heap pressure onto the structure of your home. With heavy rainfall, there is a massive water volume that requires transportation via gutters into the drainage system below. In preparation for stormy seasons, residents should be sure that their guttering and drainage are clean with the ability to handle excessive quantities of water flow. In addition to rainfall, it is not uncommon for groundwater levels to rise or nearby road overflow to occur.

These situations can get out of hand, leading to storm flood damage in your Agoura Hills home. Knowing the equipment, you need to remedy a flooded property depending on the individual characteristics and build of your home. In that sense, property restoration is unique, and SERVPRO technicians must think on their feet to set up the right restorative equipment. In the aftermath of a storm, you can always begin the cleaning process by funneling standing water out of the home while waiting for technicians to arrive.

Every property damage proposition SERVPRO faces is a unique challenge. While there are specific steadfast actions, such as removing water or controlling humidity, the equipment we use can vary.

Low-Grain Refrigerant dehumidifiers, for example, are powerful and can reduce relative moisture quickly. However, homes that have wooden flooring may benefit more from a desiccant dehumidifier that uses silica gel to draw moisture out of natural materials like wood.

The construction materials of your home affect restoration. However, the type of damages SERVPRO is facing also means we often have to make adjustments in real-time. Floodwaters can carry solid waste from sewer overflow or debris in the case of flash-flooding. Where solid waste is a concern, we may deploy self-priming trash pumps rather than conventional high-pressure pumps. Trash pumps remove solid waste as large as three inches and can be useful in flat removals, such as in the first-floor levels of your home.

Every damage scenario is different, but we have the equipment and experience to put in place an efficient plan of action. Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

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Commercial Flood Damage in Agoura

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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The Permeance of Materials and Commercial Flood Damage in Agoura

Flooding in Commercial businesses can often require several technicians to ensure that the job is completed as efficiently as possible. Smaller private residencies can need urgent assistance; however, as the property manager of a bar or restaurant, temporary closure due to flooding has a significant impact on revenues. Longer-term closures can affect the reputation of your restaurant, which is essential to successfully running an independent business in this community.

Our commercial flood damage team here in Agoura is capable of providing the human resources and equipment to get your business back on track. In a restaurant, floodwaters do not just affect the structure but also the furnishings and contents. These can be expensive to buy new, which is why SERVPRO crew chiefs have a mandate to restore items rather than replace them.

By understanding different materials and their response to water exposure, SERVPRO can utilize advanced cleaning techniques to salvage contents. Carpeting and upholstery are highly permeant materials meaning that they absorb moisture quickly. When contamination is present, they may also absorb contaminants requiring special cleaning or disposal. By testing materials, we can ensure they get the right treatment to make a full recovery. Cheaper materials, like thin carpets, may be cheaper to replace than to restore.

When large bodies of water enter a property, they can significantly raise humidity levels. Vapor barriers used in vinyl wallpapers prevent water from escaping but can result in air bubbles appearing. SERVPRO can wash, rinse, and dry vinyl using a cleaning solution. Our essential cavity drying equipment can prevent bobbling to appear on wallpapers so long as we can apply them in time.

There are primary and secondary damages that can occur as a result of flooding. Primary damages may include carpet delamination, buckling of wooden floors, or rust. Secondary damages are humidity related and cover ceilings, walls, and in some cases, microbial growth control. SERVPRO prevents primary damages by using air-moving equipment and extraction. Secondary damages can be controlled through dehumidification and training in Psychrometrics.

Get your business back sooner rather than later. Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

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