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Handling Water Damage in Your Agoura Home

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Remediating Fire Damage in Calabasas

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Remediating Fire Damage in Calabasas   SERVPRO's first step after fire damage is to secure the home by covering damaged roofs and boarding up broken windows to prevent additional damage.

The Five Categories of Fire Damage Restoration

Each fire in Calabasas is different from the last one. The extent of damage depends on the structure, how long it burned, and how hot were the flames. This information is important so that we can determine what is needed to restore, remediate, or replace property.

Every home with fire damage in Calabasas requires a variety of restoration methods. Most of what SERVPRO offers is part of our standard services, but there are a few only needed for special items. Our office creates a plan from these categories designed not just to remediate damage but prevent further damage as well.

Mitigation – This first action our teams take is to secure the structure and prevent additional damage. That includes covering damaged roofs and boarding up broken windows. As an example why it is important, the owner of a duplex contacted our office last year after a kitchen fire. Unfortunately, he called us the morning after the incident. When we met him at the duplex, it had already been spray painted inside and out.

Structural Cleaning – Smoke quickly moves through an entire home. When it gets behind walls, and into attics or crawlspaces, the supporting structure needs cleaning. Our IICRC-certified technicians spray or hand wipe antimicrobial agents on every piece of wood or metal framework to not just clean the surface but to eliminate smoke odors also.

Contents Cleaning – Most personal property, furniture, drapes, and clothing for example, quickly absorb residue and odors. In most cases, we can clean it at home, using a variety of cleaning agents and simple tools like brushes and sponges. For heavily stained items, we use machines like immersion tanks at our office to soak and remove the odor and residue.

Reconstruction – When more than smoke gets into crawlspaces and behind walls, it compromises the structural integrity of a home. Where this happens, our teams bring in temporary supports like wall jacks to prevent secondary damage and provide a safe work area as we replace load-bearing walls and other support structures.

Specialty Restoration – This type of restoration covers items like electronics, artwork, and even automobiles. In a recent garage fire, one of our clients had a restored 1959 station wagon survive with only residue damage. Cleaning soot and other particles from auto paint is not something we do normally, so we recommended she take her vehicle to a professional auto shop.

The only way to properly return your home to its original state after a fire is to determine what services are needed before a single tool or bucket of soap enters your home. SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has over two decades of experience helping you put your home and life back together. Call today at (818) 991-6292 for more information.

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The Importance Of Flood Preparation And Restoration For Your Home In Calabasas

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Importance Of Flood Preparation And Restoration For Your Home In Calabasas You can reach whenever you need at (818) 991-6292, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Flood Damage Preparation And Restoration For Your Calabasas Home

When flooding takes over your Calabasas home, it can be as devastating as a tornado or a fire. Furniture, precious family memories, musical instruments, clothing, and electronics can all be ruined by flooding from heavy rains. Most people might think that it is unavoidable. However, even though you can’t completely protect yourself from these natural catastrophes, there are some preventative measures which can be taken against floodwaters.

Flood damage to your Calabasas home, no matter how prepared you are, is overwhelming. To help you get the water out and clean everything up, you need the assistance of a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Not only do our specialists have the tools and experience necessary to restore your home, but we also treat you as individuals and take into consideration everything you are dealing with during this emergency.

One way you can help prepare for heavy storms is to examine your roof to prevent roof leaks periodically. Examine the roof for loose or broken shingles. If you see these, your roof has suffered some damage. A few occasionally is not anything to be worried about, but be on the lookout for places where water can get in. Regular roof maintenance from a roofing contractor is essential to keep your roof in good working order.

Stacking up sandbags may seem excessive, but when heavy rains are coming, any measure you can take is worth it to help protect your home and family from flooding. The bags create pressure, acting as a wall against in the income waters.

When the waters have entered your home, SERVPRO techs first task is to remove the standing water using truck-mounted pumps. Because floodwaters can be contaminated, we are careful to follow all safety procedures and wear protective equipment while we work. Once we get as much of the water out as possible, we can then continue with the drying process. Dehumidifiers are used to reduce how much water vapor is in the air, which lowers the humidity. Doing so increases the rate of evaporation in your home, helping to dry your structure and possessions.

If you like, you can even install flood-detection technology in your home. The devices are typically set up in your basement and sound an alarm if they sense any water. It might not prevent the flooding, but it can alert you to when it is on your way so you can take the right action.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills wants to assist you dry out your home in Westlake, Oak Park, or Agoura if you’ve experienced flooding. You can reach whenever you need at (818) 991-6292, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

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Is Water Damage on the Menu of Your Agoura Hills Fast Food Restaurant

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Water Damage on the Menu of Your Agoura Hills Fast Food Restaurant When water damages your fast food restaurant, quick remediation is priority number one.

Restoring Flooding to Your Agoura Hills Quick Service Restaurant

The customers of franchise restaurants throughout the Agoura Hills area come to expect the same level of quality and customer service from every branch of the major companies behind the location. As the manager or owner of a fast-food franchise in the area, you can appreciate the need for continual upkeep and improvement where possible to make your location fit into the criteria that your customer base expects. When water loss situations occur, such as widespread flooding throughout the area, you can count on our team to help you get your doors back open quickly.

Flood damage in your Agoura Hills fast-food restaurant can prove detrimental for many reasons. With many locations repurposed from former businesses, you might not have a full idea of the structural integrity of your building until posed with a natural disaster. Flooding can spread quickly throughout the building, affecting multiple areas. This damage requires a fast response from trained professionals like our SERVPRO team that can prevent the situation from getting out of control and ultimately costlier.

There is often no avoiding shutting your doors to your customers while mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration work begin. Mitigation ensures that the least amount of damage occurs to your property and that the situation does not get worse while extraction and drying efforts begin. This step also includes debris removal and controlled demolition, which prepare your building for the reconstruction efforts needed to return it to its original condition.

With a black water incident like natural flooding often is, the threat of contamination is high. It is essential to reduce exposure to your equipment and utensils by removing them from the area while the efforts of our SERVPRO professionals continue. Once restoration completes, the equipment and contents that could get removed can return to their positions within the restaurant.

Many people eat at your fast food restaurant throughout the day. When disaster strikes, let our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team help to get your doors back open quickly to your hungry patrons. Give us a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Our Technicians Want To Catch Mold Before It Spreads In Your Agoura Home

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Technicians Want To Catch Mold Before It Spreads In Your Agoura Home Call our experts as soon as you discover mold. We are available 24/7 so don't wait we can stop the growth before the infestation spreads.

How Different Levels of Infestation Affect Mold Removal in Agoura Hills

Mold spores occur freely in the environment because mold helps in natural decay processes. However, mold development in your property is both a nuisance and a threat that can destroy what you have put much effort to build. Luckily, infestations go through different stages and therefore take time before ruining your property entirely. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation technicians can help you take specific steps at different stages of the infestation.

If possible, mold removal in Agoura Hills should happen in the early stages of growth because it is much simpler. Mold starts growth within 24-48 hours if there is excessive moisture in a property such as after a water spill. Growth can be restricted to wet areas or spread all over the property if relative humidity exceeds 60%. At such early stages, just wiping the affected area with an antimicrobial cleaning agent should eliminate visible mold. Our SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers or take other steps to reduce relative humidity and dry-wet areas. Such steps prevent recurrence.

Mold tends to develop in dark concealed areas such as crawlspaces, wall cavities and beneath plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs due to leaks or other issues that accumulate moisture slowly. In such cases, it is hard to notice the problem in the early stages. However, once signs such as dark patches appear on surfaces, you should start remediation processes immediately. Our SERVPRO technicians help by tracing all areas with moisture problems using advanced detection tools like moisture sensors and thermal cameras. We also help provide the advanced cleaning resources needed. For example, soda blasting helps remove stubborn mold residues without damaging affected materials.

When left to proliferate over extended periods, mold hyphae penetrate deep into organic materials such as wood compromising their structural integrity. Such outcomes are likely in unoccupied properties where no one notices the early signs. Our SERVPRO technicians help by removing the affected materials physically. We also carry out extensive cleanup and use air scrubbers to remove particulate residues from the air.

Mold removal can mean different things depending on the level of infestation. SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can help you respond accordingly. Call us at (818) 991-6292 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Team Works With Your Insurance Company After A Fire Damage Disaster In Your Agoura Hills Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Team Works With Your Insurance Company After A Fire Damage Disaster In Your Agoura Hills Home We know what your insurance company needs to approve a claim and can help to make this process easier in an already traumatic time.

Working With Your Insurance To Recover Fire-Damaged Agoura Hills Homes

After a fire causes damage to your Agoura Hills home, homeowners quickly work to get the right professional assistance to return their property to its original condition. As challenging as this might be, it is also one of the reasons that most pay home insurance, to protect their investment when disaster strikes. Our team can work closely with major and local insurance providers to offer our customers fast and effective recovery solutions that begin with our initial arrival.

Sometimes fire damage to your Agoura Hills home is not as bad as you might believe it to be, and it can be more cost-effective for you to pay for restoration out of pocket rather than potentially increasing your premiums to get it covered by your insurance provider. Likewise, sometimes localized fires can be more damaging and devastating than they might initially appear. Our SERVPRO team can offer a thorough assessment of the damage and the best approach to restoring your property completely.

Contacting our professionals before you reach out to your insurance provider can help you in many ways. The first of these is understanding the damage to your home, and its estimated costs to repair. If this amount rivals your existing deductible, you might decide it is most cost-effective to pay for our restoration and mitigation directly.

Secondly, it provides our estimator the opportunity to compile the evidence and documentation that your insurance company requires. Often when it comes to getting a damage claim approved, insurance companies require photographic evidence of the damage along with a detailed catalog of losses and work to get done to restore the property completely. By providing this information along with your damage claim, the work can often begin much more quickly than it otherwise would.

Few people relish in the idea of working with their home insurance companies to restore their home after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team can help. We know what your insurance company needs to approve a claim and can help to make this process easier in an already traumatic time. Give us a call at (818) 991-6292.

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You Need Our Team At SERVPRO When Your Home In Agoura Suffers Significant Damage From A Storm

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO You Need Our Team At SERVPRO When Your Home In Agoura Suffers Significant Damage From A Storm We're open 24/7, and our techs are always ready to help you.

An Ocean-Based Storm Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Agoura Home

Storms typically brew in the world's oceans through the second half of the year and can cause flood damage to many homes. However, that doesn't mean that they cannot occur during other times of the year and cause damage as well. While storms that happen in the winter are not hurricanes, as hurricanes are created from warm winds, they can still strike relatively hard and cause problems for anyone who is living in a coastal area.

When a serious storm hits the city, your home in Agoura can suffer flood damage. Your home, while being a one-level house, is a split-level home, and the storm waters flooded the lower section. Your open concept kitchen, living room, and dining room were covered in a few inches of water that invaded through a broken window. Upon finding the water in your home, it is essential for you to reach out for help as soon as possible. The sooner the water is dealt with, the less likely it is that the stagnant water can cause further problems, like the development of mold.

We, here at SERVPRO, pride ourselves on our quick response times and our excellently trained technicians. We are open 24/7 and use advanced equipment for every job, making sure that the problem is dealt with thoroughly. When we arrive at your home, our IICRC-certified technicians can do a quick initial investigation, and then SERVPRO can begin the remediation work.

Our technicians can use equipment like extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the stagnant water. If the water volume is significant enough, we can even use portable submersible pumps. All three pieces of equipment are made for removing water fast and effectively. At SERVPRO, we understand how important it is to get the water out as fast as possible.

After using equipment like drying mats and dehumidifiers to dry out any moisture that the structure of your home and the furniture inside may have absorbed, we can leave your home. Hopefully, we can leave you feeling like your home has been returned to its pre-flooded state.

If an unexpected storm causes damage to your home, always get help right away. Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills by phoning the number (818) 991-6292. We're open 24/7, and our techs are always ready to help you.

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After A Burst Ceiling Pipe In Your Agoura Hills Home Call The Water Damage Experts At SERVPRO Immediately

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage After A Burst Ceiling Pipe In Your Agoura Hills Home Call The Water Damage Experts At SERVPRO Immediately We're available to help you 24/7!

Water Damage From Ceiling Pipe Bursting In Agoura Hills

You don't think about the pipes that run throughout your home in floors, walls, and ceilings until they need attention. A pipe burst in a ceiling can be the cause of water damage to not only the localized area in the ceiling, but the walls, flooring, and objects below. Water can travel rapidly to other areas of the home through carpet padding and under minute areas where tile flooring is not sealed, creating the potential for mold growth and offensive odors long after the water appears to have been removed.

Turn the water off in your home and contact SERVPRO to turn the clock back on this situation. Our technicians immediately inspect to determine the scope and scale of water damage in your Agoura Hills home. Then, an individualized plan to remove any standing water and dry the areas to minimize damage and inhibit mold growth from areas in the home you can see water damage and areas you cannot.

Whether it is a localized pool of several gallons of water or hundreds of gallons, we can remove the water in a quick and efficient manner using either portable pumps or truck mounted units to expedite the process. Using digital moisture detectors, we will scan your walls and flooring to determine that actual area of water penetration and set up a plan of action for removing the moisture from the home, often using powerful industrial movers and dehumidifiers to get the area dry as quickly as possible.

The final step before restoration work begins involves thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing areas affected by water damage in the home. Your SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), and they follow the best practices and standards for water removal, mold remediation, and water damage restoration techniques. The structure of the home and objects affected by water are wiped down with specially formulated cleaners to prohibit bacteria and mold growth and eliminate odors that may be leftover from the water so your home can return to normal as soon as possible.

When a pipe bursts and causes water damage in your home, it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Outsource the task to our expert technicians at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills handle the problem for you from start to finish. We're available to help you 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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Got Flood Damage In Your Agoura Hills Home? Call Our Professionals At SERVPRO For Effective Mitigation!

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Got Flood Damage In Your Agoura Hills Home? Call Our Professionals At SERVPRO For Effective Mitigation! Our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team is available 24/7!

Effective Mitigation For Flood-Damaged Agoura Hills Properties

Disasters can be less damaging to your Agoura Hills property with a fast response to the situation from trained restoration specialists. Our team can respond quickly to emergencies with the full measure of our restoration equipment and trained personnel to offer effective mitigation solutions immediately to your house to protect and preserve the items that matter the most to you.

Flood damage in your Agoura Hills residence is a situation that perpetually gets worse the longer it gets left untouched. From the moment that materials and belongings become exposed to the spreading water, they begin to saturate into these items and often cause irreparable damage. Drywall and carpeting, for example, have to get entirely removed where they have gotten exposed to the high volume of water and later replaced in the reconstruction process.

From the moment that our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property, we work quickly to establish the parameters of the damage and determine what must occur to preserve the property and your belongings as effectively as possible. Our mitigation techniques work to remove at-risk contents from your property as part of our pack-out process. These items often get taken to a nearby facility of ours for individual cleaning, disinfection, and drying.

Extraction is also a key component of our initial mitigation efforts. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives as part of the rapid response team dispatched to the address when we get your emergency call, and some of these vehicles get stocked with gas-powered pumps and even pumps mounted directly to the trucks to remove the excess pooling water in the property as promptly as possible. This fast extraction can open the door to getting drying efforts started where they are necessary without delay.

Flooding is a traumatic experience because your home is in a vulnerable position along with all of the contents and belongings inside. You need a crew of professionals that can respond immediately to the situation with the resources, equipment, and expertise to help. Our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team is available 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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Hey, Calabasas Homeowner with a Mold Problem--Contact SERVPRO for a Safe and Efficient Remediation

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hey, Calabasas Homeowner with a Mold Problem--Contact SERVPRO for a Safe and Efficient Remediation Mold Stains, Calabasas Homes, SERVPRO

Professional Mold Removal for Calabasas Homes

Part of the challenge of owning a home is understanding when you can repair or cleanup situations on your own and when your Calabasas residence requires professional help. Mold growth is a situation that always requires the intervention of trained professionals like our remediation technicians because of the potential hazards it can cause to those exposed and the degree of damage that it can allow to the structural elements of the property. You want to act quickly to ensure the avoidance of severe conditions like material degradation.

Mold removal in your Calabasas property might not seem like a complicated process, but there are many steps involved to keep our technicians safe and to preserve as much as possible. From the moment that our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians arrive at your home, we can isolate the affected area to prevent mold spores from reaching new surfaces to seat and expand into colonies.

Appreciating the severity of the situation can allow you to understand the importance of contacting our professionals as soon as you encounter mold growth in your home. There are many varieties of fungal growth that can occur within a home, and many of these strains release volatile organic compounds which can cause respiratory concerns for humans and pets exposed to them. Our SERVPRO professionals perform our removal and quarantine of these areas with full personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to our technicians and to further limit the spread of the colony throughout other areas of your home.

In some cases, eliminating the affected material completely is the most efficient approach to removing the active colony seated inside of it. In other scenarios, we can utilize tactics like sanding and soda blasting on porous materials like wood framing and supports to preserve these elements while removing the organisms from even deep within the material. Typically, the cardboard backing on drywall panels, if heavily infiltrated with hyphae, we cut out and discard.

Removing mold growing in your home is important to protecting the property and those that live inside of it. Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills remediation specialists a call anytime that you discover mold growing in your home at (818) 991-6292.

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