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What are the Steps of Flooding Cleanup?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds Storms happen, even in Southern California. Should your home experience storm damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO for fast remediation.

SERVPRO Has Distinct Methods to Handle Flood Damage – Let Us Help Restore Your Agoura Home 

Whether you live in a prone to flooding zone or a freak accident occurred after a storm, you need to feel confident that you have the right team on the job. Even though you can try initial cleanup efforts to mitigate the damage and limit loss, calling SERVPRO to your Agoura home is the best way to ensure all water and moisture gets removed. We also are the best defense against the onset of mold and mildew, which brings the potential for health effects that could impact your family. 

What Is Your Process for Cleanup? 

Every call for flood damage in Agoura is unique and must get addressed accordingly. However, the processes that we use remain the same, which includes: 

  • Initial contact/call for emergency services
  • Assessment/inspection of all water damage
  • Water extraction and removal
  • Drying in unison with dehumidification
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing
  • Repair and restoration 

Can I Save the Carpeting in My Home? 

Most carpeting, especially glued-down carpet, must be discarded after saturation with contaminated floodwater. It is also crucial that the subflooring beneath your carpet padding has a chance to dry thoroughly before the new carpet gets installed. We have advanced extraction equipment and drying mats that help us to accelerate the process. When used in conjunction with dehumidification tools, we can restore the relative humidity within your home. 

Disaster recovery and flood cleanup are stressful and challenging to navigate if you do not know where to begin. SERVPRO keeps our customers informed each step of the way to make this process go as smoothly as possible. You can rely on our team to work with your insurance provider to ensure that the claims process is as stress-free as possible. 

Count on SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills to make your flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at any time of day for emergency services by calling (818) 919-6292.

Is it Possible to Speed Up Commercial Flooding Cleanup?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment on ground behind open truck and inside truck Our Green Fleet is always available to restore your commercial property.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration by SERVPRO Gets You the Prompt Action Necessary So Your Agoura Business Doesn't Miss a Beat 

As an Agoura business owner, you know that you have many obligations to think about. Should floodwater enter your commercial space, you need to ensure your staff's safety while remembering that time is of the essence for limiting secondary damage. SERVPRO acts fast to speed up the flood cleanup so that you can get back to business sooner. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, allowing you to resume regular activities quicker than any DIY methods will allow. All you have to do is give us a call 24/7, and we can send out a crew to your Agoura businesses in as little as a few hours to begin the cleanup. 

There are various elements to consider when it comes to flood damage in Agoura throughout your commercial building. SERVPRO always pays attention to the following: 

  • Floodwater harbors a vast assortment of contaminants, including heavy metals, pesticides, bacteria, sewage, oil, chemicals, etc. Upon arrival, our crew tests standing water in your home to determine the safety and best practices for treatment and cleanup. Thorough cleaning and rebuilding preparation are necessary to protect our technicians and any occupants from potential hazards, both short-term and long-term.
  • Other risks to think about in addition to contaminant infiltration comes with commercial spaces that have not gotten thoroughly dried within a few days after the initial flooding incident. We consider any dampened electrical or mechanical systems as well as the exposure to asbestos or lead when released from saturated building materials.
  • Mold growth brings the potential for health effects, which is amplified if your staff enters the building before proper cleaning is complete. While there are a few products on the market for control and reduction of mold, nothing compares to the EPA-registered anti-microbial and cleaning agents that SERVPRO stocks on our Green Fleet of vehicles. 

Extraction is Vital for Any Flood Damage Project 

Fast action to begin extracting all standing water is imperative for any Agoura commercial or residential flooding situation. Any moisture left to fester for too long brings the potential for mold growth and the onset of foul or musty odors. Our crew will: 

  • Remove any solid debris, such as mud, silt, and flood-damaged content and building materials.
  • All items removed for disposal or packed out to be cleaned off-site get carefully inventoried for your records and ours.
  • Any salvageable surface areas touched by floodwater get treated using EPA-registered anti-microbial solutions.

Extraction commences by way of tools and equipment carefully selected by our crew chief. This may include powerful truck-mounted extractors and submersible pumps.

Is the Carpeting Within Our Office Area a Total Loss? 

Whenever there is significant contamination within the floodwater, it is better to remove all carpeting and padding below thoroughly to replace it with all-new materials. If we deem carpeting salvageable, we use several tools to facilitate water extraction, such as: 

  • Truck-mounted or portable extractors
  • Weighted extractors, also known as rovers that use the weight of the technician to get moisture up and out of the carpeting
  • Light-wand or carpet wand extractors 

For any commercial space areas with hard surface flooring, we also have squeegee wands to help execute faster water removal. 

How is Drying Handled? 

Once cleaning completes, your building and any of the remaining salvageable contents must dry. Whether open-air drying or drying equipment gets used depends on a variety of factors, such as: 

  • Power availability
  • Whether the ventilation and heating systems of your commercial building are functional
  • The level of moisture content within your impacted materials 

SERVPRO brings a range of drying equipment to each flood water cleanup project, including dehumidifiers, fans, auxiliary heaters, and more. We also check on all aspects within the flood zone and just outside of it using moisture meters to monitor moisture content. This monitoring continues throughout the drying phase to ensure we are on the right track to achieving our goals. 

When the situation permits, we can open up windows and doors to create the optimum airflow for natural drying. Should the structural materials be allowed to dry naturally, we must thoroughly check moisture content before moving into the rebuilding phase. It is important to note that natural drying can take longer if the temperatures are not ideal. Either way, taking the time to verify that all materials have gotten sufficiently dried is critical to cutting back on future issues, such as microbial and fungal growth. 

SERVPRO is here from start to finish to ensure your commercial property gets returned to preloss condition. You can count on us to coordinate professional controlled demolition to remove any unsalvageable materials for full replacement with brand-new materials. This includes drywall installation, flooring replacement, carpet installation, painting, and much more. 

Call SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 when you need reliable flood damage assistance at your commercial space.

Can Your Company Remove all of the Mold in My Agoura House?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling of a room Spotting the source of mold growth in your home can be quite difficult. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Team SERVPRO Can Tackle the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold spores exist almost everywhere inside our homes as well as outside in the natural environment. Mold colonies can form wherever there are moisture and food sources. Mold spores can enter your home on your clothes, pets, or even through an open window.

Our highly trained SERVPRO team provides mold remediation services in Agoura and surrounding areas. While no one can eliminate mold spores from your home or office, our remediation processes can quickly detect moisture sources contributing to mold colony growth and complete restoration of the affected area.

Moisture sources develop over time from leaky plumbing joints, significant water spills, even inside walls due to inadequate or damaged insulation and moisture barriers. Finding and eliminating these sources of moisture is critical to the long term control and containment of mold in your home.  Mold can cause health effects.

Why Should I Use SERVPRO to Treat My Mold Problem?

At SERVPRO, we have invested in training our team members on the latest advanced mold remediation methods. Our applied structural drying, water damage restoration technicians, and applied microbial remediation specialists are trained to detect and eliminate moisture sources and contain and remove mold-infested materials.

We contain mold spores to the affected area using negative air chambers to prevent infested spores from entering other areas of your home. Air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums capture microscopic mold spores. Mold infested materials are bagged and disposed of to prevent further growth. We clean and disinfect your contents in affected areas and deodorize to remove offending odors from your home.

SERVPRO has the experience and training to address every facet of mold remediation. Elimination of the moisture source, removing mold-infested materials, cleaning and disinfecting, and assisting with restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills (818) 991-6292 to assist with mold remediation in your home or business.

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Does pH Play a Role in Fire Cleaning for Agoura Homes?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

living room with heavy fire, smoke, and soot damage Do you now how to remove smoke and soot damage? SERVPRO does. Call us today!

With Varying Soils and Residues Possible After a Fire, Many Factors Influence Efficient and Thorough Cleaning 

Most Agourahomeowners look at their properties after a fire loss and consider the appearance of soot and smoke residues coating surfaces as overwhelming, but do not often recognize the complications possible with removal and recovery. The residue type plays a significant part in the detergents and products used to clean them from the house's surfaces and contents. For example, most smoke residues and soot particles are acidic, making the pH of cleaning products a consideration for technicians restoring the property. 

The term pH stands for the possibility for hydrogen, and the position of particles on this spectrum influences the cleaning practices chosen for fire damage in Agoura homes. Finding a balance on the pH scale with acidic particles means choosing wet cleaning strategies that introduce alkaline-based detergents and solutions into the equation. By neutralizing acids with the balanced seven on the 0-14 pH scale, dissolving and emulsification can be more efficient. 

When is pH Not a Factor?  

As much as acidic and basic properties can determine the appropriate cleaning products and practices, there are situations where pH is not measurable or relevant. Much of the determination about what methods and obstacles exist in cleaning is discovered during the job scoping phase before fire damage mitigation work begins. Some of the factors that can make pH irrelevant are: 

  • The substance does not contain water
  • Products used are solvents (non-water-based liquids)
  • Materials are getting discarded 

Residue removal and surface cleaning are often a vital element in restoring your home after a fire loss. The potential for hydrogen (pH) can impact the necessary cleaning practices and products used to make fire losses "Like it never even happened." Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team a call today at (818) 991-6292. 

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Why Are Professional Restorers More Cost-Efficient After Agoura Fire Losses?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire line in front of a destroyed home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Our professionals have a fast and local response to emergencies, so there is no delay in the work that your Agoura property needs after a disaster.

Choosing to place your Agoura home in the care of professional restoration technicians and contractors might not always be a simple decision. With fire losses, especially, the damage to the property can be overwhelming and might lead less experienced homeowners to the belief that the house is a total loss. With our local restoration professionals' fast response, we can begin assessing the damage and taking the necessary steps to recover property loss.

Fire damage in Agoura homes might seem insurmountable once you have been cleared to enter the property after extinguishment. Between debris, rubbish, partial combustion, residues, and odors, fire restoration companies like our SERVPRO team must begin work immediately to prevent the situation from worsening through the continued spread of these loss effects. Determining what the home needs are the first step in this process.

What Must Happen to Restore My Damaged Agoura Home?
No two-loss incidents are identical, which means that assessment and evaluation must occur to determine the extent of damages and what can get done to remedy them. Pre-job scoping by our trained project manager is a process vital for multiple reasons. For one, this identifies areas and items in need of attention by the responding fire restorers. Additionally, documentation and photographic evidence can be collected to submit to your insurance company seeking to approve a damage claim to fund the majority of the restoration the property requires. Job scoping focuses on cataloging three main areas:

    •    Current Damages - Between residues and structural damages created by the spreading fire in the house, recording existing losses that our technicians must overcome can help develop an efficient restoration plan.
    •    Content Assessment - Personal belongings in the path of migrating fire loss effects can become destroyed. Deciding which items need to be relocated and restored can protect these belongings.
    •    Pre-Existing Conditions - By walking through the damaged areas with a homeowner, you can divulge pre-existing damages or conditions that do not need to be included in the house's recovery.

Is SERVPRO Faster to Any Size Disaster?
A prompt response to emergencies is not something that happens without careful planning and considerations. There are many steps vital to getting our certified technicians mobilized towards a fire-damaged structure.

    •    24/7 Availability - Our technicians understand that disasters can strike at any time. Because you cannot afford to wait for regular operating hours during an emergency, we are always ready to mobilize.
    •    Staffed Emergency Lines - Real people on the phones answering your emergency calls to our facility means that the right questions get asked, and the right information gets collected to provide a complete restoration response.
    •    Pre-Stocked Production Trailers and Vehicles - Fire restoration requires many products, equipment, and technologies. By keeping trailers and vehicles stocked with these items, the Green Fleet can roll out more efficiently from our warehouse.
    •    Experienced Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) – The knowledge and experience of professionals can also make a difference in the efficiency of response and action once our team arrives. We waste no time getting started with the mitigation your property requires.

What Do You Need to Clean Up After a Fire Loss?
Cleaning is a vital element to every restoration project that our SERVPRO team undertakes, so fire damage recovery to a property is no different. Because there are so many layers to successful fire restoration for your home, cleaning and repairs are broken into larger sections taking place in both the mitigation and later phases of returning a property to preloss condition:

    •    Surface Cleaning - Soot and smoke residues are a considerable challenge that requires abrasive cleaning, dissolving, emulsifying, and oxidizing to correct.
    •    Content Cleaning - Your personal belongings and valuables in the house can fall victim to soot and odors. Relocation, on-site cleaning, and pack-out to our nearby SERVPRO facility can be viable solutions to protect these items.
    •    Deodorization - Removing odors is a common obstacle after structural losses and fires. Smoke and burning scents can become embedded in porous materials like gypsum and carpeting, requiring efficient deodorization techniques like thermal fogging.
    •    Repairs/Reconstruction - Repairs and reconstruction are both often inevitable with how destructive fires can become. Our experienced roster of general contractors can help with emergency services and full-scale build back as necessary.

Considering how quickly fire losses can impact homes and businesses, it is vital to get professional fire restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team on-site immediately. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (818) 991-6292.

Can It Be Too Late for Water Damage Repair in Agoura?

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen with floating furniture Water can remain in your home after you think you have cleaned up the water damage. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services.

No Time Like the Present -- Invite SERVPRO’s Professionals to Assess Long-Term Water Damage and Plan Repairs for Your Agoura Home

It is not uncommon for nagging maintenance issues like peeling paint or recurring stains eventually to be traced to old or current but otherwise hidden water damage. Our managers and technicians master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training before assessing and planning your project. We have a wealth of strategies at our disposal to repair any water damage “Like it never even happened.”

What Are Signs of “Old” Water Damage?

Water damage repair poses challenges for Agoura residents, but not only when you find yourself wading through standing fluids or wiping down walls or floors sprayed because of a burst pipe or broken appliance hose. Leaking through tiny cracks in pipes and fittings, seepage around insufficiently caulked tubs, and drips from clogged air conditioner drains do minor damage to start. Over time the harm compounds behind, between, under, and over structural components. Signals that you have trouble brewing include:

  • Walls that gleam or “sweat” with a light coating of moisture
  • Floors that squeak, feel “bouncy,” or show signs of an incline -- objects roll or slide without an outside force, for example
  • Woodwork that pulls away from the wall material, leaving gaps by crown moldings, window and door frames, and baseboards
  • Plaster walls that exhibit new or expanded cracks 
  • Paint that bubbles or blisters
  • Stains that appear on surfaces
  • Bulges that push down from ceilings or out from walls
  • Musty or “wet” smells that fail to respond to cleaning or air freshers 

What Can Professionals Do to Manage Long Term Water Damage Repair?

The SERVPRO team uses sensitive devices to locate the active leaks and absorbed moisture. We employ controlled demolition techniques to get a better view of the damage. For example, we might:

  • Remove the toe kicks under a cabinet or pry off woodwork to evaluate the severity of the damage.
  • Determine which supports and substrate materials are unreasonably weakened and destined for removal and rebuilding. 
  • Extract caches of standing water after making flood cuts or holes to release the fluids.
  • Determine drying goals and use professional equipment to evaporate absorbed water.

The highly-trained managers and technicians of SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills use best-practices strategies to assess and repair primary and secondary water damage of any type. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for a professional evaluation and plan.

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Is My Agoura Home Safe to Reoccupy After a Storm Floods?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding To schedule a response team to arrive at your home here or in Agoura Hills, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills!

To Restore Your Agoura Home After a Flood, Call SERVPRO

Why is Cleaning My Home After a Flood So Important?

When the flooding is stormwater, flood damage in Agoura has the additional problem of contaminants (soil, insecticides, etc.) that got into the water before it entered your home. SERVPRO Response Teams train extensively to remove them from your home.

What Do Response Teams Use To Clean My Home?

They use an extensive inventory of cleaning agents that not only remove dirt and grime but also kill most harmful bacteria and other contaminants that can make residents and pets sick, as well as ruin property. Most of our cleaners fall into three categories:

    •    Antimicrobials are used against contaminants to prevent their development or to limit or stop bacterial and fungal growth (fungistats, for example). Included also are disinfectants, germicides, sporicides, and virucides.
    •    Disinfectants are antimicrobials that destroy about 99 percent of organisms on contact, but they may not affect many types of bacteria or fungi. Examples include alcohol, chlorines, and formaldehyde.
    •    Sanitizers decrease microbial numbers to acceptable levels. Sanitizers are short-lived, though, and microbes could grow back again under the right conditions.

How Do I Know SERVPRO Safely Uses These Chemicals?

SERVPRO Response Teams train to meet all EPA requirements for safe application of all cleaning agents. That means we rigidly follow guidelines and labeling:

    •    Stay in full accordance with the product labeling in terms of application, dilution ratios, and storage.
    •    Use methods that allow for full physical contact of the cleaning agents with all contaminated materials and surfaces.
    •    Allow sufficient dwell time for the solution to be effective. Maintain the most effective temperature and pH levels for each cleaning agent.
    •    Fully apply cleaners to the subfloor, tack strips, bottom plates, and walls to discourage microbial growth and the accompanying development of odors.

To schedule a response team to arrive at your home here or in Agoura Hills, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 today.

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I Want a Say in My Business’s Recovery -- Is There a Way to Prepare for Collaborative Water Damage Restoration in Agoura?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Call us at (818) 991-6292 for immediate assistance after a loss or to explore an ERP.

Respectful and Transparent Communication Are Essential Components of SERVPRO’s Relationship with Commercial Customers in Agoura, Sharing the Challenge of Water Damage Restoration

Business owners in Agoura often have a “take-charge” type of personality. Because of this, they perhaps struggle more during the restoration period after a disaster if they feel a loss of control. Finding a disaster recovery firm that prefers to work closely and on an equal footing with commercial customers is a plus. When coordinated constructively, this partnership results in a high level of success and customer satisfaction and often translates into more rapid completion of the project.

Can Water Damage Restoration Be Structured to Permit at Least Limited Continued Operation?

Many are all familiar with the statistics that warn a Agoura business might not recover from water damage if restoration lags. Your distribution center needs to move inventory to waiting customers. Loading and delivery can continue only if your restoration company understands your operations and adapts the mitigation and remediation agenda to permit a controlled rendition of “business as usual.” Our managers are creative within the constraints of best practices and are more than willing to devise a plan that allows restoration and operations to occur concurrently.

How Can We Create a Separation of the Active Restoration and Our Business Operations?

SERVPRO is familiar with setting up a flexible series of smaller water extraction and drying areas during a project. Useful in any type of restoration, the commercial application can be a business saver if planned and executed well. Every commercial building features different configurations, so we depend on you to know your site well and share pertinent information with our project manager. Once we identify together a space where your staff can continue working in at least a limited way, our crew gets busy:

    •    Erecting baffles and barriers to prevent the flow of water into your designated workspace
    •    Identifying containment areas where we can extract water and start structural drying safely
-Can use existing doors and partitions if robust enough to separate the area
-Can involve wrapping space with 1.6 mil polyethylene and adding air scrubbing technology inside to seal perimeters and filter and vent contaminated airborne debris
    •    Commencing aggressive extraction of the standing water
-Using pumps and truck-mount extractors
-Wanding at the dry edges of carpeting if in the space to mitigate spread, and then switching to weighted extractors to dry carpeting in place, following the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices
    •    Periodically testing structures and fixtures for moisture presence and levels
    •    Using moisture data to determine drying goals
    •    Implementing the structural drying plan devised:
-Striking a balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity to facilitate evaporation of absorbed moisture
-Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers that we trust you and your staff to allow to operate until the achievement of the drying goals

What About Pre-Planning? Can We Get Together on a Proactive Disaster Plan?

We urge our commercial customers to consider working with us to develop an Emergency READY Profile and Plan to streamline the response if a water or other loss happens on your business property. The purpose of the ERP is to create a concise, digital plan to respond when a property damage crisis arises. An experienced project manager travels to your commercial building to do an assessment. We learn from you about how your business operates, how you store supplies and inventory, what the blueprint of all your working spaces looks like, and where critical equipment and business records are located. Armed with that information we:

    •    Evaluate the potential vulnerabilities of your property to a range of disasters
    •    Identify strengths (disaster-related) in your current circumstances
    •    Prepare recommendations based on the above to help you limit exposure in the event of a water disaster

You can add details through the use of our mobile app, sharing:
    •    Contact information about vendors and contractors who developed and installed your equipment and systems
    •    Your determination to appoint us as your designated restoration company
    •    Your priorities in the case of a water or other disaster
    •    Designated employees, family members, or other individuals who can act for you if you are not available during all or any part of the restoration process

Your partnership with SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills during water damage restoration ensures a successful outcome. Your strong business skill set proves to be an excellent fit for our training and experience. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for immediate assistance after a loss or to explore an ERP.

After a Major House Fire, Can We Restore Our Agoura Home?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property For 24/7 assistance after a fire, Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

The SERVPRO Team Cleans Contents and the Structure of Your Agoura House

It is essential to distinguish the different elements in your Agoura home. The structure is the building itself, whereas the contents are your personal belongings. Our team works on both restoring the structure of your home and the contents within your home. The structural cleaning occurs on-premise, whereas contents often go to an offsite location for the most comprehensive cleaning.

Does SERVPRO Dispose of Unsalvageable Building Materials?

Our Agoura Team Strives Toward Restoration Rather than Replacement
Your fire damaged Agoura home may require extensive repairs after a substantial house fire. Our goal is to clean and restore your home as much as possible without removing and replacing building materials or personal belongings. However, there are times that items are unsalvageable. In these cases, SERVPRO technicians take proper precautions and dispose of objects according to local and state regulations.

What Emergency Measures Should I Expect?

    •    Our team inspects the building to assess the damage and detect any health hazards.
    •    Your property may require boarding up to protect from the outside elements and provide additional security.
    •    If the electricity is out, our restoration team arranges for temporary power.
    •    Technicians may conduct preliminary cleaning to mitigate further damages created by smoke residue resting on surfaces for too long.

What Are the Basic Cleaning Methods for Structural Cleaning?

    •    Washable: Surfaces that are washable with a cleaning solution. These surfaces can sustain wet cleaning without additional damage.
    •    Non-Washable: Surfaces that are not washable. A water-based cleaning product could create additional damage to the surface in question.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Are The Signs Of Water Damage In My Home in Agoura Hills?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro tech consulting with customer Our SERVPRO technicians can show you exactly what you should look for to indicate a possible water intrusion in your home. Give us a call today.

Agoura Hills Homeowners Should Check For These Water Damage Indicators

If you have a house in Agoura Hills, you want to keep it in good condition. A well-cared-for home is a healthier place to live. Looking after your house also helps it retain its value, so it is easier to sell if you want to move.

Water damage in Agoura Hills is a problem for homeowners. Water damage is not always as apparent as a flooded basement or a massive puddle in the utility room. Sometimes the signs of water damage are more subtle.

Why is it important to pay attention to water damage signs?

Many people overlook the subtle signs of water damage. SERVPRO wants homeowners to know how important it is to deal with problems as soon as you spot them. If you do not, you run the risk of the problem getting bigger and causing structural damage to your house.

What signs should I look out for?

Here are some signs that you might have water damage at home:

  • Water leaking from or pooling around faucets, toilets, or water tanks
  • Damp or dark patches on the ceiling
  • Visible mold growth or a moldy smell
  • Hearing a drip or the sound of water running
  • A sudden increase in your utility bills

If you see any of those signs, it is time to call in professional help. 

How can SERVPRO detect if I have a water damage problem?

SERVPRO teams are equipped with a range of equipment to help detect water damage, including:

  • Moisture sensors to examine carpets and padding
  • Thermal imaging equipment that senses heat on the surface of walls and ceilings and can, therefore, spot colder damp patches
  • Moisture meters that measure the amount of water in various materials such as drywall or wood
  • Thermo-hygrometers to measure the temperature and relative humidity levels of the air

Our technicians use this equipment to detect moisture in your home and determine whether there is a problem. If there is a water damage issue, our teams have access to vacs, pumps, air movers, and dryers to handle the situation.

If you are concerned about water damage in your home, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

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Where Can I Find Flood Damage Mitigation After a Bad Storm in Agoura?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire If your home is in need of flood damage mitigation, don't wait.

SERVPRO of Agoura is Here For Your Flood Damage Mitigation Needs!

While it is rare for hurricanes or typhoons to crash into California, that does not mean the city of Agoura is safe from a sudden intense storm. Whenever you live adjacent to a water body, it is wise to consider that your home could experience flood damage at some point. Whether it is a river, ocean, or lake, a sudden storm could cause water levels to rise and flood the nearby area. If you live at a lower altitude, water may even rush downhill toward your home, as it follows the direction of gravity.

Flood damage may never hit your Agoura home, but it doesn't hurt to be ready, just in case. There are a few ways you can prepare your home for a flood, especially if you know a severe storm is about to roll into your city. If a flood does impact your home, always remember to call a flood damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, immediately.

What Can I Do to Help Prepare For a Storm?

If you know a severe storm is imminent, you can do a few things to help your home weather it. You can:
    •    Board up any vulnerable windows, especially ones with damage
    •    Ensure the outside doors to your home are not compromised in any way
    •    Work with SERVPRO to create an Emergency READY Profile Plan for your home

Preparation can be the key to avoiding unnecessary damages in your home. However, there are times no amount of foresight can help you. Water tends to carve its own path, and sometimes it can be right through your home.

What Should I Do If Flood Water Gets Inside My Home?

If a storm hits your home and brings floodwater inside, you should consider doing the following:
    •    Immediately calling for emergency services, the faster, the better
    •    Avoiding contact with the water, as floods can carry harmful substances
    •    Use an exit strategy to leave safely

Remember, when it comes to floods, it's always essential to safely get yourself and your family out of your home.

What If the Flood Damage Is Minimal? What Should I Do?

Even a small amount of water in your home can still cause water damage. No matter the size of the damage in your home, you should:
    •    Call SERVPRO for help; We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
    •    Lay down some towels to help absorb water in the meantime
    •    Keep your distance from the water, as even a small volume of floodwater can be black water (contaminated)

If your home needs help, never wait to get it. For the longevity of your possessions and your property, it is the best thing you can do for your house.

What Is the Difference Between Black Water and Normal Water?

Black or greywater are terms used to describe flood water with potential contaminants in them, and they are often not safe for human contact. Blackwater may contain:
    •    Biohazards, such as used medical equipment
    •    Sewage or other biowastes
    •    Petroleum gas and chemicals

When it comes to flood damage inside of your home, it is often best to avoid direct contact with it until professionals have identified its status.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove the Excess Water in My Home?

Our technicians can bring advanced equipment into your home to remove the standing water inside. Devices we use include:
    •    Portable truck-mounted pumps
    •    Wet/dry vacuums
    •    Extractors
    •    Flood drying mats
    •    Heaters

Drying your home may require our technicians to use many devices in conjunction with each other. For example, when dehumidifiers, air movers, heaters, and flood drying mats are used together, they create an optimal environment for evaporation. These devices are typically used once standing water has been removed, to ensure further excess moisture cannot get out of hand.

Furthermore, to help reduce the risks of mold damage, our technicians may decide to make flood cuts in your home. Removing only the damaged sections, instead of entire drywall sheets, helps us keep your remediation costs low. Additionally, partial deconstruction helps unnecessary garbage stay out of landfills.

What Do Your Technicians Do With Ruined Materials?

If our technicians have to make flood cuts, remove insulation, or cut out flooring, we do not leave the mess behind for you to clean up. We can:
    •    Bag up garbage around your home, including the materials
    •    Leave materials by the roadside for city garbage removal
    •    Clean your home thoroughly afterward, so you feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Here at SERVPRO, we're dedicating to making the remediation process easy for you.

If your home is in need of flood damage mitigation, don't wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills by dialing (818) 991-6292. Our technicians are always ready to help you restore your home.

Where Do I Start to Put My Home Back Together After A Fire?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

thick smoke filling a room Has your home experienced fire damage? SERVPRO is always on call for your emergency home restoration needs.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Agoura Home After Any Disaster  

Most physical destruction in residential fires stays near the point of origin. Even when restricted to one or two rooms, the breadth of damage can require extensive knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, surface cleaning, and furniture restoration. Our restoration teams can do all of this, and more. 

Where Do Your Teams Start Work? 

SERVPRO technicians begin eliminating Agoura fire damage by cleaning the smoke residues off every affected surface. While wiping down drywall and ceiling tiles is relatively simple, removing them from furniture can be difficult. Team members use an extensive inventory of cleaning agents that altogether remove residues without harming the veneers, paint, or the wood underneath. 

What About the Damage from the Heat? 

High temperatures can quickly burn through almost anything. With this physical damage, technicians utilize their training in demolition. Using a kitchen as an example, they tear out and remove property like framing, countertops, cabinets, and even appliances. After completing the disposal, an inspector examines every foot of exposed pipe and wire for damage. 

Next, technicians rewire your home and install a new pipe where needed. Once the city inspector approves our work, staff carpenters install new wall framing and other support structures and then hang new paneling to enclose the kitchen. They can install new appliances if the warranty allows it. 

What About Making my Now Rebuilt House Look Like Home? 

As long as the color of paint and wallpaper you want is available, SERVPRO team members can make your residence look like it did before the fire. Where possible with the insurance company, some customers use this disaster to improve their home, upgrading paint, wallpaper, carpets, and more. We ensure every effort our technicians take in your home is approved by your carrier. 

To schedule a visit and start the restoration, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills today at (818) 991-6292. We are here for you. 

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My Town Experienced a Flood but Only Part of My Business Flooded- What Should I Do?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood" After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

SERVPRO Flood Restoration Specialists Can Create Drying Zones to Target Only Impacted Areas of Your Agoura Business.

Flooding for an Agoura business does not mean that your company is doomed forever, especially if only a portion sustained damage. SERVPRO technicians establish drying zones to target only the affected areas of the structure and its interior. We understand that walking into your office and seeing the break room flooded from an intense summer storm can hinder the office productivity and impact your daily business. We understand that by targeting only the loss-area you can run the rest of your office as normally as possible. 

What is a Drying Zone? 

A drying zone is just like it sounds; the affected area of your Agoura business can be sectioned off by sealing plastic curtains (polypropylene 6-mil in thickness) along entry-ways. This is particularly effective with flood damage in an office suite setting so that you can still function while the impacted area dries. This way, technicians can control the humidity and temperature in the drying zone to expedite the process while allowing free movement of people and air in other areas. High humidity can also damage electronic equipment, fixtures and furniture.

What Are Some Things to Consider in Drying Zones?

  • Air movement equipment facilitates dry air traveling across wet building materials.
  • Dry air in the drying zone stays dry and does not become tainted with outside humid air.
  • A drying chamber between the affected and unaffected areas allows a place for SERVPRO technicians to dry contents without bringing the items into the untouched area. 

There are times when flooding is severe, and many contents sustain damage. In those cases, the items may require attention in an offsite storage facility to aid in their restoration. For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. 

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What Can Be Done about Smoke and Foul Odors in My Fire-Damaged Home?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Air freshener being sprayed Let our experts at SERVPRO help rid your home of pesky odors the right way.

In Order to Successfully Remove Residual Fire-Related Smoke and Smells from Your Agoura Home, You Need Assistance from Skilled Fire Cleaning and Remediation Experts.

Agoura, located just on the other side of the hills from Malibu, often seems like a dreamy place to live. Cradled between a series of rolling hills and within a short drive of the southern California coastline, the community possesses a great deal of scenic beauty and offers numerous recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, all this comes with a downside, as its area suffers devastating yearly wildfires during the summer and fall months. Every year, thousands of acres are burned in this part of California, and fire damage done to local homes often reaches into the tens of millions of dollars.   

What Actually Happens When My House and Its Contents Burn?

SERVPRO, and other Agoura fire damage cleaning and restoration companies, routinely deal with the severe effects of combustion in confined spaces. Combustion, or the chemical process by which heat turns solids into gases, generally produces toxic smoke, soot residues, and related unpleasant odors. Specifically, the process creates some of the following hazards:

 The smoke that contains toxic gases like carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide

 Airborne particles containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that may irritate your respiratory tract and cause negative long-term health effects.

 Acidic soot residues that could corrode metallic surfaces and discolor materials it comes into contact with

 Odorous airborne particles and deposited residues

As you can see, fires yield numerous harmful products. When various materials combust, they produce a mix of invisible gases, airborne particles, and aerosols. These components are collectively called “smoke.” Burning organic materials give off the hazardous gases nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide. Inorganic materials, as they combust, yield sulfur dioxide and other substances. Combusting items made out of petroleum products and other compounds could give off even more toxic gases. As a fire subsides, smoke eventually dissipates, airborne particles combine with oxygen and moisture, and the resulting soot residues fall onto surfaces. These residues are often acidic, give off unpleasant smells, and can harm the surfaces they land on.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Residual Smoke and Neutralize Odors?

SERVPRO uses various tools and methods to remove residual smoke and neutralize fire damage-related odors. Their advanced gear and techniques include:

 Air movers and high-velocity box fans to swiftly ventilate your home, clearing away remaining smoke and its odors

 Air-filtering scrubbers that remove odorous particles and gases from your home’s interior, while drawing in clean exterior air  

 Ozone-producing machines that emit a gas that counteracts odor particles

 Vaportek systems that eliminate unpleasant smells with aerosolized natural oils

 HVAC cleaning systems that are comprised of a powerful vacuum, agitators, and a filtration network

 Pressure sprayers to deodorize affected structural components

 Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to deodorize and seal impacted parts of your home

 Thermal foggers that counteract bad smells with aerosolized deodorizers

 Injection devices that can be used to inject deodorants into carpets and upholstery

After completing work on your house, our technicians have usually eliminated all the residual smoke and its unpleasant smells.  

What Does SERVPRO Do to Clean Up Smelly Residues?

Smoke and other particulate matter in the air are not the only culprits of bad fire-related smells. Soot residues that have fallen out of the air onto surfaces around your home are just as much at fault. Therefore, in order to effectively eliminate odors, it is also necessary to clean up these smelly residues. Some of the tools and methods we use to do this are:

 Removing light, non-grease smoke residues with dry cleaning sponges

 Cleaning soiled delicate structural elements and items with the peroxide active cleaning technique

 Pressure washing structural elements with lighter, non-grease residues

 Using abrasive blasting, wire brushing, or scraping to clean away heavy smoke residues and charring

In all of these ways, SERVPRO technicians clean and restore impacted surfaces to their preloss condition.

As an Agoura resident, you should remain mindful of the yearly wildfire threat. Between June and October or so, hot and dry local conditions often ignite forest fires. These can appear suddenly and without notice, and you never know where they might start or where they could end. However, If a wildfire ever damages your home, there are cleaning and remediation companies that can help you. They can often successfully eliminate odors, remove harmful residues, and return your home to its pre-fire state.

In the future, if raging fires impact your home, act fast to mitigate further issues. Have experts eliminate unwanted fire-related smells, remove airborne particles that may cause negative health effects, and clean away harmful residues from your house. Contact SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for help.    

Who Can Dry the Pipe Leak in My Agoura Bathroom?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking onto tile floor When water leaks, it's time to take swift action and call the pros. Contact SERVPRO for quick water damage mitigation.

SERVPRO Provides Comprehensive Water Removal Services for Agoura Homes

While bathrooms can handle large amounts of moisture compared to other parts of your Agoura home, pipe leaks can quickly prove to be more than your bathroom walls can handle. Without fast mitigation, Agoura homeowners can expect mold, odors, bubbling and peeling paint, and crumbling drywall to develop.

When you need water removal for your Agoura home, SERVPRO provides mitigation that returns your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO technicians can come to your home in as little as four hours after your call to begin cleanup.

SERVPRO’s Education Initiatives

SERVPRO technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike receive thorough training on a variety of disaster mitigation related topics, including:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Franchise owners are given hands-on education from SERVPRO’s corporate training facility on the above subjects as well as mold mitigation. All staff also have access to self-paced e-Learning courses to deepen knowledge of industry standards and mitigation processes.

SERVPRO’s Extraction Process

SERVPRO’s extraction tools vary in size and scope to address everything from large-scale damage to water hiding in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Whether technicians need portable, back-mounted extractors or truck-mounted extraction systems, these devices operate with three different systems:

  • Vacuum
  • Pump
  • Heating

For water extraction, most devices use only the vacuum system, but the other two are essential for cleaning and restoring water-damaged contents such as upholstery. A portable extraction unit or wand can handle much of the moisture present due to a pinhole pipe leak in a wall cavity.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills offers emergency-response cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (818) 991-6292 to begin the mitigation process.


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What is the Fastest Way to Get Water Out of the Floor of a Gym in Agoura?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Floodwaters seep in and lights reflect on the floor When commercial water damage is the issue, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

SERVPRO has the extraction equipment and training to turn around any size water loss to an Agoura property

When water damage happens in a commercial property, the cleanup needs to begin rapidly, so the business has as little downtime as possible during the restoration services. Failure to act quickly can result in bigger issues such as mold or foul odors to deal with on top of the water.

Can Carpet on Concrete Get Reinstalled After Commercial Water Damage Cleanup?

Commercial water damage in an Agoura gym needs rapid responses for the best outcome. The materials that make up the carpet used in a gym or other public use business are part of what determines how restorable an item is. Other considerations include:
    •    Whether or not mold is present
    •    Length of time water exposure occurred
    •    How degraded the water on-site is

Restoration Steps in Commercial Properties

SERVPRO techs put safety for all first during cleanup from water loss and tape off the loss area to avoid dangerous situations such as slip and fall accidents. The carpet in most gyms gets made from easy-to-disinfect materials such as latex or rubberized coatings and also repels water. This makes the potential for reuse after cleaning in the property owner's favor. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and use their equipment to track the migration path to ensure nothing gets missed during cleanup. Then they dry the loss area and hand clean all surfaces to get the gym ready for patrons once again.

When commercial water damage is the issue, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. The certified technicians show up quickly and are available 24/7 to restore your property from any size water loss.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Agoura, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills today at (818) 991-6292 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should I Do After a Water Leak in My Home?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

A leaking water pipe under a sink. A water leak in your home can take over, call SERVPRO to help you.

You Can Contact SERVPRO to Perform Water Removal in Your Agoura Residence

Water damage can be a traumatic experience for any Agoura property owner. Being informed about the consequences of water damage and how to handle the problem can help you overcome it more efficiently.

What should I do after a water loss incident?

First, you should contact a water damage restoration company as soon as you can. Do not wait to perform water removal in your Agoura home because the water can cause irreparable damage to drywall, carpets, and appliances in your house. In any water loss incident, we seek to limit the amount of destruction, which reduces repair costs significantly and helps maintain the structural integrity of a home. Afterward, contact your insurance company to begin the claims process. If you are safe, turn off the utilities in your home to prevent additional damage. Do not walk through a pool of water if you have not turned off the electricity.

What are the consequences of water damage?

After a water intrusion incident, you may have to deal with several issues. Some consequences of a water leak include:

    • Damaged belongings. There is a good chance that you need to throw away some belongings. Our technicians can sort through your belongings to determine which ones to restore and which ones to discard.
    • Unsanitary conditions – Pooling water can put you and your family at risk of disease.
    • Electrical damage – Water can ruin electrical wires, electrical equipment, and cause a short-circuiting hazard in your home.
    • A musty, damp smell – Water within the walls can cause a damp smell. It is vital to check your walls for dampness since this can provide some indication of what is causing it.
    • Mold growth – Mold thrives in humid environments. Even if it is not visible immediately, there is a chance that mold could be growing in your water-damaged house. Mold can cause health effects to you and your family.
    • Structural damage – The structural damage linked with water damage can occur both in the short and long term. You can notice wall and flooring damage within a short time. However, if you do not remove water and moisture from your property quickly, it can sustain more serious structural damage.

How do your technicians handle a water removal project? 

Our SERVPRO technicians know that proper cleanup of a house from the beginning is vital for preventing severe structural damage. Some structural components may need to be replaced, while others could be salvaged. By addressing these concerns immediately, you can reduce the cost of fixing your house and ensure it is structurally safe for you and your family.

The presence of water in a home sustains and promotes microbial growth. Therefore, the main steps in water damage mitigation or remediation are:

  • Drying the environment by removing moisture and minimizing humidity levels Eliminating the contaminated materials.
  • Our technicians can extract the water using specialized pumps like electric submersible pumps. We can then use air movers to increase air circulation and dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from the air. These machines expedite the drying process.
  • We can then remove the damaged materials such as baseboards, drywall, insulation, and wood and dispose of them properly. Our SERVPRO team can also handle mold damage during the restoration process. This involves disinfecting the mold-infested surfaces or removing the moldy materials.

What do you do next after water removal?

We use specialized moisture detection devices to locate any remaining moisture, particularly in hard to reach areas like under carpets, floors, and behind walls to ensure thorough drying. Some of the moisture detection tools we use include:

  • Moisture meters – These devices are useful for measuring the actual moisture level or moisture content in various materials. Some meters are calibrated to measure certain materials like wood.
  • Moisture sensors- We use them to detect moisture in carpets and padding. They have sharp probes that penetrate through carpeting and padding to determine if there is moisture on the subfloor beneath.
  • Thermal imaging cameras- We use these devices to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. When we start to inspect your home, these tools can enable us to see how water traveled. When completing the drying process, thermal imaging cameras help us know if the materials are dry.

Our team also cleans a property to restore it to its pre-water damage condition. Our technicians can do the following:

  • Use EPA-approved cleaning agents to clean and disinfect the affected areas thoroughly.
  • Use an air scrubber to reduce or eliminate airborne contaminants.
  • Restore any part of your home that sustained water damage. We can manage every phase of the restoration process, including rebuilding affected areas.

SERVPRO technicians have credentials from the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). You can trust our expertise and experience in restoring water-damaged houses. We abide by IICRC-recommended industry standards all the time. 

When you need water removal services, the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can help. Call us any time at (818) 991-6292. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flood Damage During Rainy Season In Agoura

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

Agoura Homes Especially Susceptible to Flood Damage During Rainy Season

Every year, between mid-October and late April, the Agoura area experiences its rainy season.  During this time, heavy rains and runoff from the surrounding foothills and mountains often cause flash flooding.

The risk of flood damage in Agoura usually skyrockets during this period. Unexpected torrential rains can rapidly cause high-water issues. Normally loose dry earth can suddenly become a fast-moving mud slurry rolling downhill into low-lying areas. As this muddy water travels, it often picks up various contaminants like wastewater, fertilizers, and everyday trash. There is little-to-nothing you can do to avoid it if your home is in the path of this charging wall of dirty water.

However, following such an unfortunate occurrence, there are ways to save your house and mitigate damages. Services like SERVPRO have extensive experience in helping Agoura homeowners do just that. Last year, after heavy rains and a mudslide, a local homeowner was faced with feet of contaminated standing water in her house. SERVPRO technicians used submersible pumps and a truck-mounted extractor to remove the water from her residence.

Once our workers had extracted the standing water, they entered the house. They first sprayed EPA-approved disinfectants on affected areas to reduce health risks and limit microbial growth. Employees cleared away the remaining mud and debris with shovels and rakes. SERVPRO properly discarded drywall, carpets, and padding covered by the contaminated floodwaters. Technicians pressure washed and disinfected structural components with antimicrobial sprays.

Next, workers dried the interior of the Agoura house and its exterior walls. They drilled holes in affected interior walls and used an Injectidry system connected to a dehumidifier to dry them out. Our professionals strategically placed air movers to facilitate evaporative drying. They drilled holes at the top and base of exterior walls to aid in their drying. Workers employed moisture meters and sensors to determine when the process was complete. Afterward, technicians utilized foggers to further disinfect and deodorize the residence.

Nature is often unpredictable and can seem quite heartless. Its actions can affect us and our property without notice, at any moment. If you're ever unfortunate enough to experience its wrath, we can help.  Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for assistance.

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Is It Possible To Remove All Foul Odors In My Agoura House After I Have Fire Damage?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by a fire If you ever notice burnt smells in parts of your house that were not close to your fire's source, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can Conduct A Variety Of Deodorization Procedures That Can Remove Malodor Particles From Your Agoura Home

Even small blazes can create smoke that can cause you several different problems. Smoke consists of partially combusted particles that can float throughout your structure and affect contents and buildings materials that are far away from the burn's source. Once smoke touches cooler surfaces, it can solidify and coat them in soot residues.

What Causes Burnt Smells To Exist Long After The Blaze Gets Extinguished?
When you suffer from fire damage in your Agoura residence, pungent aromas can come from the following sources:

    •    Burnt or charred materials: Sometimes, items in your home just get partially burnt, and the charred section can produce malodor particles.
    •    Soot Residues: Soot and soils that adhere to surfaces as a result of smoke can be a prominent source for foul odors.
    •    Porous Materials: Since smoke can deeply penetrate porous materials, cloths and fabrics inside your home can trap in malodor particles.

What Steps Can You Take To Deodorize My House?

    •    Debris Removal: Our SERVPRO technicians can remove any burnt items or charred materials from your home, including vacuuming up any dust that could have been left behind.
    •    Cleaning Soot Residues: We can implement wet or dry cleaning methods to remove soot residues off of all of your affected surfaces.
    •    ULV Fogging: If unpleasant smells still exist in your house after we remove all burnt debris and soot residues, we can then use an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger that can break deodorant chemicals down to 20 to 60 microns in size so that they can penetrate affected items just like the smoke did.
    •    Thermal Fogging: A thermal fogger can break deodorant chemicals down even smaller so that they can penetrate affected materials more deeply than a ULV fogger.
    •    Ozone Generation: Ozone generators produce unstable O3 molecules that give of an Oxygen molecule to oxidize and neutralize malodor particles.

If you ever notice burnt smells in parts of your house that were not close to your fire's source, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24 hours a day.

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What Equipment Removes Water from My Agoura Home?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs We have the experience, specialized training, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Our Professionals Have Several Sophisticated Tools to Address an Array of Water Removal Needs. 

Removing water from a damaged home requires numerous tools and devices in our inventory. While we rely heavily on industry-leading equipment to help us complete water restoration tasks more efficiently, our successes in this regard can also get attributed to our experience in the field and continued education through standard-setting firms like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Because of how quickly damage can spread throughout a residence, water removal in Agoura homes is a critical first step in the mitigation process. During the initial inspection and scoping of the work to get done by our administration, we can determine what tools and personnel are necessary to remove surface water, eliminate trapped moisture in materials and contents, and help to restore the home “Like it never even happened.”

What Makes Surface Water a Hazard? 

Surface water describes pooling effects that can occur with a higher volume of water loss. In these situations, a layer of water exists on top of the flooring material and can directly impact areas like the floors, the wall systems, and any contents in the room. There are three main problem areas with the presence of surface water, including:

  • Structural Deterioration 

The longer that areas like the flooring and drywall remain exposed to standing water in your home, the weaker and more saturated these elements become. Deterioration can begin in as little as 24 hours for some of the most sensitive materials in your home’s construction, so it is vital to get drying processes started as soon as possible.

  • Water Migration

Another one of the considerable threats that exist with standing water is the movement of the loss effects. The migration of water is challenging to account for initially when pooling exists in the damaged area. Once this extraction completes, we can fixate on determining the path and spread of the water loss beyond the surface.

  • Mold Growth

Microbial threats are among the most significant potential challenges that could result from inadequately managed water loss emergencies. When pooling water persists for long periods, it can increase relative humidity levels and moisture content to the point of facilitating mold growth on many of the susceptible surfaces in the damage zone.

How Can Water Get Removed from Wet Carpets? 

Many homeowners might consider drying and extraction from carpets to be a lost cause, but this is not always the case. By determining the extent of the damage and the most efficient drying and restoration approach, it is often possible to recover installed carpeting without requiring removal and replacement. Several drying practices and tools can get used in these ventures, including:

  • Carpet Wands 

Carpet wands are attachments for wet vacuums and pumps that can pull water directly from the fibers of the flooring and the porous padding underneath it. While it cannot remove the entirety of present water trapped in the flooring system, it can often provide enough water removal for secondary drying approaches to be effective. 

  • Weighted Extractors

Our SERVPRO professionals can utilize many advanced tools for extraction from softer flooring materials like carpets like our weighted units. These stand on or ride-on tools press the surface layer and padding together to move water to the surface for extraction and removal. 

  • Carpet Floating

By utilizing powerful tools like our high-velocity, low-profile air movers, it is sometimes possible to remove moisture from padding and carpeting layers simultaneously. We position the air mover between these layers to evaporate trapped moisture in both materials.

  • Controlled Demolition

While the removal and replacement of carpeting is one of the last resorts that our team wants to implement, this is less costly and time-consuming for the customer with an in-house division of experienced residential contractors like ours. We can utilize controlled demolition techniques to only remove compromised portions of flooring for later replacement rather than the entire room or even household.

What Happens to Water Damaged Belongings? 

Content management is an essential element of water restoration, especially when standing water is a concern. We have several strategies for addressing these concerns beginning as soon as our recovery team arrives.

  • On-Site Relocation

Often, we can protect your belongings by moving them to a different area of the property. Localized damage can allow for opportunities for reducing harm and exposure by removing items from the wet areas and putting them in undamaged portions of the house or areas like a detached garage.

  • Off-Site Pack Out

Pack-out allows for relocation to our SERVPRO facility nearby for focused cleaning and recovery. We can take the time to thoroughly dry your belongings, but also address concerns like odors. Your belongings stay in a climate-controlled warehouse until mitigation completes, and move-back can get scheduled with the homeowner.

Water removal and restoration processes can vary significantly from one property to the next, but our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team stays prepared to help however your property needs. Give us a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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We Are Available 24/7 To Handle Your Agoura Water Damage Restoration Services

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Agoura - Setting Up Staging Areas

Many people might wonder what a staging area has to do with water damage? Why would clients be even asked if it is ok to set up a staging area? Insurance companies want their costs minimized, and their clients satisfied. Setting up a staging area on the premises or at SERVPRO facilities takes time.

SERVPRO has decades of experience providing water damage restoration services in the Agoura area. Our experience has shown us that we can complete a job faster at a lower cost to the client utilizing staging areas. These areas are multi-use, for both our equipment as well as the client's contents. This approach saves time and cost, as well as providing access to some content that the client may need.

How Does a Staging Area Increase Efficiency?

With all of the water damage sites we have visited, and input from the client, SERVPRO crew chiefs pretty much know what equipment is going to be needed. Our crew chief and technician arrive on-site with almost everything that is required. We move our equipment to the staging area with the client's permission. This approach reduces the number of trips in and out of the home or business.

The client's contents usually must be cleaned and dried. We move everything to an unaffected area of the home. All items can be stored in this staging area until the water has been removed, the area is dry, and humidity has returned to normal levels. A staging area in the home saves time and also reduces the risk of potential damage every time an item is moved.

A plastic drop cloth always protects the floor of the staging area. All items, including our equipment, are placed on this protective cloth. It is this attention to detail that not only saves time, but it also ensures that your contents are protected while we return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Guiding Agoura Hills Residents through Strategic Fire Damage Restoration

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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We will show you the way through the fire Agoura Hills.

The debilitating effects of a house fire can last long after the flames have been put out. Several assessments need to be made about the safety and security of your home. Possessions must be sifted through to decide which are salvageable and which are not. Not to mention the inconvenience and emotional stress associated with restoring your property after a fire. We are a locally owned and operated company that can guide you through the stages of restoration from loss mitigation through to restoration. 

Our goal is to give your home the best chance of making a full-recovery after fire damage, and we serve Agoura Hills as well as the surrounding area. Usually, the first thing you should do after receiving the all-clear from the fire safety officer to enter the home is to open the windows. This simple act can help to dissipate, odors, and microscopic particles released during combustion. You can contact us straight away as well as contacting your insurance provider to inform them of your need to make a claim. 

SERVPRO technicians are both compassionate and thorough in their approach to property restoration and regularly work in this community. We can remove any charred items or debris as well as performing a professional assessment of contents and structural damages. It may seem at first as though wide-scale replacement of contents is necessary to a homeowner dealing with soot or smoke residues. However, many items can be salvaged through mechanical cleaning, immersion cleaning, or by using the correct solvents. 

We work with a restore over replace mentality here at SERVPRO that values items our customers think are important. We can perform a range of specialist operations like electronics restoration, document recovery, as well as fabric and upholstery cleaning. In doing so, we can often recover heavily soiled items to a preloss condition reducing the expense of your claim and returning sentimental items in good condition. Your assistance in this process is not necessary, but it is welcome, and a SERVPRO fire restoration technician can help to direct the cleaning effort.

Some areas of the home may be sensitive or require professional attention to avoid further harm. We tend to find that walls or ceilings, in particular, should be avoided without the proper training and equipment. Soiling on these areas can be tricky to clean, and there is a high risk of spreading damage around. We can also include heating ventilation and air conditioning inspection during restoration to ensure there is no extensive damage or risk of soot being redeposited into recently restored areas. 

For a comprehensive strategy and a friendly service, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

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Training, Personnel, Equipment, and Speed--SERVPRO Meets the Challenges of Flood and Storm Control in the Calabasas Area

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Calabasas – Fast Response with the Right Equipment

Consumers and business people value quick response times when their homes and businesses have been flooded. Many people understand that removing water and moisture reduces the chance of mold and further damage to the structure and contents of the building. Floods also can present additional issues if the floodwater is contaminated, which it usually is.

SERVPRO has developed specific flood damage protocols that we use in Calabasas and surrounding areas. Our protocols are one of the reasons SERVPRO is so successful in dealing with these kinds of events. We make sure that the right people and the right equipment are mobilized to manage and restore your home or business as quickly as possible.

How do We Make a Difference?

Our project manager or crew chief is usually the first on the scene. The lead man's job is to scope the loss and arrange to deploy the right equipment and staff. We assess the area affected by the flood for any safety hazards and also contamination. Based on this assessment, our team begins moving items that are in jeopardy of exposure to a safe staging area.

We also set up a staging area with the client's agreement for our equipment to improve access to everything we need. We clean and save as much as possible, and it is processed and stored in the staging area. We implement control measures to protect the client, our team, and unaffected areas of your home from contaminants. We attempt to prevent dangerous microorganisms contained in the floodwaters from being passed along to the client.

SERVPRO's response aims to ensure your safety while restoring your home or business to its original condition. Our technicians are trained in all of the necessary procedures to deal with flood damage. These protocols also include fire and storm damage recovery. We clean and restore as much as possible. We prepare documentation of all items cleaned, their location, and their status for your insurance claims. One software program we utilize is the CCIS Content Claim Inventory System.

We are available to answer any questions and provide assistance with your insurance claims. SERVPRO is here to help.

Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Calabasas and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Discuss Why Effective Drying Can Save Your Agoura Hills Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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You Need Effective Drying After Water Damages Your Agoura Hills Home

Water damage is the result of water intruding and attacking building materials and personal possessions in a building. It can take different forms, and many factors cause it. Whether the culprit is a broken pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or overflowing bathtub, you need to handle the situation as quickly as you can.

When your Agoura Hills home has water damage, it is imperative to inspect the affected areas carefully to choose the most suitable restoration techniques and equipment. Different classes of water damage exist. Each class lays out the severity of the damage. Class 1 damage is when the affected materials have not absorbed much moisture. When water damage has affected a whole room by soaking into carpets and walls, we classify it as class 2. Class 3 is when the water has saturated most of the affected area.

If there is standing water in your home, you can remove it manually using a wet vacuum. After removing the water, open all doors and windows to let fresh air circulate in your home. Removing water is just one of the steps you need to take to restore your home. Moisture can get to hard-to-reach areas such as under the floors, inside the walls, and behind cabinets, among other places.

Sophisticated water removal equipment and methods are required to complete the drying process effectively. By hiring a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, you can ensure that your residence is adequately restored with no left-over moisture that can affect its structure. We offer professional structural and content drying services with a combination of high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture. Air movers speed up evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time.

When some materials such as baseboards have water damage, it is necessary to replace the damaged sections to prevent mold growth. We can remove parts of the damaged baseboard and dry the area. If the water pooled on your hardwood floor or another low evaporation material, our SERVPRO team can use a desiccant dehumidifier to dry it. Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals that absorb moisture quickly. The chemicals are called desiccants, and they absorb moisture from the air the dehumidifier processes.  After completing the drying process, we can subcontract the repair work to licensed contractors to restore your property to its preloss condition.

If you are dealing with a problem in your residence, SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can provide efficient water removal and drying services. Call us today at (818) 991-6292. We can handle the damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Storm Damage Experts Discuss Tips for Performing Flood Cleanup In Your Agoura Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Tips for Performing Flood Cleanup In Your Agoura Residence

Flooding can happen unexpectedly. In just minutes, flash floods can build up raging waters, while some floods may build up after a few days. Some flash floods occur with no sign of rainfall, and they carry loads of deadly rocks and mud. During the rainy season, urban flooding often occurs in Agoura, especially at roadways and intersections, and the water ends up in homes.

It is advisable to perform flood cleanup in your Agoura residence as soon as possible to avoid high repair costs. When cleaning up your home, it is essential to take safety precautions. You can take the following precautions to ensure safe flood damage cleanup:

    •    Floodwater often contains contaminants, creating a health risk. Therefore, wear personal protective equipment like gloves, eye-protection goggles, and watertight boots before entering the flooded areas.
    •    Be careful as you walk in a flood-damaged house. Loose, damp ceiling plaster is dense and hazardous. Before moving around, knockdown hanging plaster. Look out for walls on the floor and loose boards that may have exposed nails.
    •    Turn off the electricity while standing on dry wood or plastic to avoid electrocution.

Flood damage is often too much for homeowners to fix alone. It is advisable to get help from SERVPRO restoration experts. We have the cleanup and repair skills and the equipment that helps reverse and prevent further damage. Flood cleanup involves removing the floodwater, drying and sanitizing the affected structures and contents.

Any water intrusion incident presents variables like the time water has been in the building, hazardous substances in the water, and mold contamination. Therefore, we take time to identify and resolve safety hazards before proceeding with the restoration project. Our technicians identify all external risks like structural and electrical instability and take measures to ensure safety.

Silt in the floodwater is so fine, and it can penetrate the wall cavities. Even after extracting the water, the silt can remain in the holes. The only way to eliminate it is by removing the finish materials over the cavities. Besides the structural problems, another big concern is decontamination, which involves removing unrestorable materials and sanitizing the salvageable ones. Our SERVPRO team can use disinfectants and germicides that can kill 99 percent of organisms they contact on the surfaces where we apply them.

When floodwater enters a home, removing it and drying the structure fast is critical. SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can handle the cleanup process efficiently. Call us any time at (818) 991-6292. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Agoura Properties Can Be Affected by Regional Wildfires--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Wild Fire Approaching Roof-Tiled Homes Wild Fires Threats from Damage, Water, and Smoke Is Real for the Agoura Area--SERVPRO Is Ready to Help

What to Expect After Wildfire Damage to Your Agoura Home

The wildfire damage in Southern California, including the Agoura area, is in a word: devastating. The first few days, residents breathed a collective sigh of relief that the winds stayed down. However, that changed, and strong winds have begun to challenge the firefighters' efforts.

SERVPRO technicians are community members, and they know the danger and havoc that wildfire damage leaves behind in Agoura homes. They approach the fire loss cleanup with compassion to help homeowners by finding restorable items and prepping the site for any necessary reconstruction.

Why SERVPRO? for Wild FireWild Fire Help
When Pacific Gas and Electric shut off electricity to the area preemptively, this can delay cleanup efforts. SERVPRO technicians bring their own generators along with all the equipment necessary to remove debris, perform restoration on items, and assist homeowners with coordinating with their insurance adjusters on each phase of the restoration services process. We can categorize fire and smoke losses into structural or content.

Smoke Damage May Be Deceiving
One of the worst things homeowners encounter is finding items in their homes that, although untouched by flames, have severe smoke or water damage. SERVPRO technicians ask property owners to let them know particular things to look for, as it is usually unsafe for homeowners to be present onsite. It is vital to engage a professional restoration services company in the cleanup as they have the necessary safety equipment to touch soot and waterlogged items that have the potential to cause illness without precautionary measures for handling. In the process of becoming IICRC certified, the technicians learn specialized methods and have the equipment to restore many possessions.

Controlled Demolition is a Fact of Fire Loss Cleanup
During the mitigation of fire damage in the home, it is standard procedure to cut away charred sheetrock and open wall cavities. Homeowners sometimes arrive to inspect and find it already done in a mangled manner as firefighters often perform this action to ensure smoldering materials are not within wall cavities and confirm they successfully extinguished the fire.

When you need assistance with cleanup from wildfire damage, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. Our certified technicians are available 24/7, and as local residents, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Businesses in Agoura Hills

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage Agoura Hills

As a commercial property manager, keeping your property clean, sanitary, and ready for business is one of your priorities. It is understandable that unforeseen emergency events, like flooding, can create stress and tension with the risk of temporary closure, potentially impacting monthly revenues. We provide a local, industry service for clients with large and small businesses. Our operation starts with professionally trained technicians, equipped with the latest water restoration and removal technologies in the industry.

A business with commercial flood damage in Agoura Hills can take advantage of our experience in restoration from water-related incidents. SERVPRO can send an experienced team of assessors and restorers to put together a strategy for getting your business back to its usual preloss condition. An experienced crew chief can stay in contact with you throughout service. We do this to ensure that, where possible, we can work together so that we can meet your needs, budget, and timeframe.

We complete an assessment of a flooded structure in a time-efficient manner. At SERVPRO, we call the assessment process a scoping procedure. Crew chiefs can examine the structure for weaknesses, water contamination, or potential hazards. Large volumes of water can exert significant pressure on walls, ceilings, or flooring, which can be both dangerous and damaging. If you need specialized services like document recovery or electronics, we can safely remove these from the structure during scoping and begin mitigating against further damage.

Our general method of the removal of floodwaters is by pumping out the standing water, before moving in to remove the residues, clean and dry the affected area. When standing water levels are above two inches, we use submersible gas pumps; beneath two inches, we use specialized water extractors. Industrial cleaning agents can tackle potential staining or discoloration of furniture and walls. Proper drying equipment can be deployed overnight to reduce the likelihood of expensive, secondary damages.

If your business becomes a victim to a flood or random weather event, Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 today. 

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We Discuss Ways To Clean Contents After A Fire In Agoura Hills

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen As soon as you notice damage call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 any time of day.

Fire Damage Pros In Agoura Hills Talk About Ways To Clean Contents

If smoke ever gets into your Agoura Hills home, your contents could get negatively affected by soot residues. During most fire damage restoration projects, our SERVPRO technicians try to clean your contents instead of replacing them. Replacing items can get expensive, so we always try to clean The affected items first. We can use different methods based on the types of soils present.

In some cases, when restoring fire damage in Agoura Hills, our SERVPRO crew uses dry cleaning methods. Dry sponges work well to remove soots off of porous materials. Dusting cloths can also be implemented to wipe away some soot residues.

In other situations, wet cleaning methods could be best for restoring your soiled contents. Wet cleaning usually involves removing the soot using water and sometimes combining it with a detergent. During this process, the item being cleaned gets completely saturated in the water-based solution.

Another method we can use to battle soot is the spray and wipe technique. When using this procedure, chemicals get sprayed onto affected surfaces and then wiped off with a clean, dry towel. Using this technique, our technicians have better control over how much chemicals they apply. Spray and wipe is effective for materials that might be damaged if saturated with Cleaning products.

Other products use Foam to clean off the soils from your contents. Foam cleaning is used primarily for upholstery fabrics that might shrink when wet or whose dyes would likely bleed. Mattresses and box springs with light smoke residues usually respond well to foam cleaning.

Other cleaning techniques use abrasive chemicals or application techniques to agitate the soils, forcing them off of the surfaces of your contents. Products such as Stain Scrub is a liquid crème cleaner that contains a mild abrasive. We can use abrasive cleaners on high gloss surfaces by applying them gently with a damp sponge. Another way to clean soot residues is to agitate the affected surface by applying cleaning products with steel wool or a scrubbing pad.

Our main goal when restoring your smoke-related problems in your house in Oak Park or Westlake is to return your home to The way it was before “Like it never even happened.” As soon as you notice damage call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 any time of day.

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Proven Tips to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Agoura With SERVPRO

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen with a life preserver Flood damage can quickly affect your home. Let SERVPRO help with water removal and remediation services.

Leave Your Flood Damage to the Pros In Agoura

LAs environmental concerns mount around the world, locally, we are experiencing challenges such as floods, droughts, and fires.  We always hope that the effects of natural events do not affect us directly, but we are all vulnerable. Protecting our homes from fire and flood damage involves both preventive, and remediation efforts and knowing whom to contact is essential. The proper restoration of a home after nature wreaks havoc upon it is best left to professional teams explicitly trained to address the devastation. As a homeowner, you need to ensure that a water restoration company is within your reach should flooding happen.

SERVPRO is your response to flood damage in Agoura. Our team is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and prepared to handle your emergency. Our goal is to act as quickly as possible to mitigate your loss. All you need to do is call our 24/7 line and allow us to come to your home.

Floodwaters pose a particular threat to your health because of the debris and contaminants they bring into your home. Our SERVPRO team is trained to prioritize safety and can work within the parameters of shifting circumstances, including structural deficiencies, electrical concerns, and building materials. We are nimble in our approach to maximize our efficiency and minimize your loss. Our versatility is complemented by the vast array of equipment we have at our disposal. Once again, our training and expertise come together to tackle each area of your home with the correct technology.  This approach allows us to reach our restoration goal and protect your home and belongings from becoming collateral damage.

Take, for example, the restoration of your floors after floodwaters have touched them. Drying them is not only a matter of airing them out. On the contrary, their composition (hardwood, tile, carpets) is crucial in deciding our course of action. Our SERVPRO crew has the industry knowledge to target cleaning efforts for optimal results. You need to leave it in our capable hands.

SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills is essential to protecting your home. Call us at (818) 991-6292 and let us work with you until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

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We Discuss How To Deal With Your Water Damaged Agoura Home

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water caused mold to grow on wall in a home If you do not address it quickly, you may need mold cleanup services in addition to water damage restoration.

How To Deal With Water Damage In Your Agoura Residential Property

Owning a home is fulfilling, but it is also challenging. You need to maintain it well, and this includes repairing any damage that occurs promptly. Water damage can happen at any time because of leaky faucets, pipe bursts, and malfunctioning appliances, among other reasons. That’s why SERVPRO is ready to handle water loss incidents around the clock.

When your Agoura home has water damage, you need to act fast to clean it up. If you do not address it quickly, you may need mold cleanup services in addition to water damage restoration. You can do several things to deal with a water loss incident, including the following:

    •    Find the source of the leak and turning off the water at the main valve. If you are unable to turn it off, contact the water company to get the help you need.
    •    Take pictures or videos to document the extent of the leak and destruction. When you have adequate documentation of the damage, your insurance firm can compensate you quickly.
    •    Using a shop vac to remove the standing water.
    •    Open doors and windows to increase air circulation in your home.
    •    Dry out the floors and walls with fans and dehumidifiers.
    •    Dispose of ruined items responsibly.

You may be able to tackle minor water damage yourself if you have the time and appropriate equipment. However, if you cannot clean up and dry your home effectively, seeking professional restoration services is the right step. At SERVPRO, we know that it takes focused effort to restore a water-damaged home to its preloss condition. To that end, we have many years of experience and have honed our restoration process to perfection.

Before unloading any tools or equipment, we carry out a visual inspection to determine the extent of the damage, and if mold has started to grow. After the inspection, we use water extraction equipment like portable pumps to remove the water. We use a carpet wand to extract water from carpeting and a squeegee wand to remove water from hard surfaces. If necessary, we can expel water from the HVAC system.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) also set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas to remove moisture from the structures and contents. Dampness can cause mold growth several days later. Therefore, our technicians double-check the work with thermal imaging cameras to make sure we dry all the affected areas. Once everything is dry, we can subcontract the necessary repairs to licensed professionals.

When you require water damage restoration services in Agoura Hills, Calabasas or Hidden Hills, you can count on SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills for assistance. Call us at (818) 991-6292. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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A Guide to Handling Flood Damage in your Calabasas Residence

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us be your guide when it comes to water damage in Calabasas.

Calabasas has a growing reputation as a celebrity hotspot and has attracted many wealthy and famous people. The city’s median property value, according to Data U.S.A is $926,800. Therefore, when flooding occurs, property owners incur expensive damage. Flooding can occur due to overflowing rivers or excessive rainfall. Although fire may be a more common concern among homeowners, a flood is more likely to ruin your Calabasas home.

Restoration must begin as soon as it is safe to return home. When your Calabasas residence has flood damage, quick and proper cleanup is essential for your health. Floodwaters may contain microorganisms, dead animals, pesticides, and untreated sewage. It is necessary to remove such contaminants from your home quickly because they can continue ruining building materials long after the flood water recedes. To clean up your home after flood damage, you can take the following steps:

  •       Assess your house for broken gas lines, dropped electrical cables, and cracks in the foundation or beams.

  •       Remove garbage, tree branches, mud, furniture, and other items damaged by floodwater.

  •       Use wet/dry vacuums to remove standing water.

  •       Dry the building thoroughly within the first 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold infestation. Open the windows or use fans to increase ventilation and air circulation. Continue the drying process for several days or weeks until the affected materials are thoroughly dry.

  •       You may have to remove parts of floors, walls, and ceilings to dry your home completely. Remove and replace soaked carpets.

  •       Wash and disinfect floors, walls, closets, studs, shelves, contents, and other flooded parts of your property using bleach, non-sudsing household cleaners, and disinfectants.

If you cannot complete the steps above or the damage is beyond your capacity, you can contact the flood restoration professionals at SERVPRO. We can inspect the property and provide you with expert advice regarding the flood cleanup process. We look out for structural hazards before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration. Our team can extract the water, clean up, and dry your house before severe damage occurs.

Our SERVPRO crew uses the most advanced water removal and drying equipment to return the property to its previous state. We have portable pumps that can extract the water quickly, air movers that speed up evaporation and refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers that remove water vapor from the air. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) also use moisture detection equipment like thermal imaging cameras to check for hidden moisture. We monitor the drying process to determine if it is working.

Our technicians also sanitize a flood-damaged home using antimicrobial, disinfectant, or antibacterial treatments. No cleanup is too big for our team of certified technicians. Our goal is to deal with the damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When you need flood damage restoration services in Agoura, Agoura Hills, or Hidden Hills, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. Our technicians can dry your house entirely and restore it to its normal state.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Fire Damaged Patio In Agoura

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Up After Grill Night Causes Fire Damage To Your Patio In Agoura

Having a fun night in with friends often includes grilling something delicious on the patio of your Agoura residence. Even with precautions, accidents do happen. We are always ready to help minimize the ’damage's expenses to you in every way possible and help get your home restored, so everything is “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO's specialists in Agoura start mitigating fire damage as soon as we arrive. Fire and smoke are only two of the factors when we mitigate a home. Water and smoke also elevate the amount of damage found. When burning food added to the disaster, we know that much of the residue left behind contains oils and other components. Burnt protein can make removing the soot more difficult than if the flames consumed only wood or paper.

Unless soot gets removed from exterior surfaces like painted walls, vinyl siding, or decorative masonry, permanent staining can create additional havoc. Although we remove charred materials to replace them with safer ones, we prefer cleaning wherever possible. This option saves many homeowners substantial amounts over replacing everything involved in a disaster. Because of the outdoor nature of patios, our building services often steps in to help with installing temporary fencing to protect your property.

Heat during a fire can also cause damage to show up in melted and warped plastics. We take photos of these areas to help you locate similar items when looking for replacements. These same photos can help verify damaged areas for insurance purposes. Many times, exact replicas of patio furniture becomes challenging to find so that alternatives might become the only option. Photos can help show the extent of damage, as well.

SERVPRO's specialists receive in-house training, making them well-equipped as team members in restoring your patio. Our dedicated staff also receives certificates from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). Your property is essential to you, and we know the most efficient methods to restore its beauty and functionality with as little delay as possible.

Other surfaces where smoke might congregate include the ceiling of your patio. We use gentle cleaning agents that do not strip paint while removing soot and grime. Screened in areas can also become damaged from ash. When these remain intact and do not require their replacement, cleaning them helps keep soot residues from spreading.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can help make things safe and clean again after a fire. Patio areas remain a vital part of many homes in Hidden Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake. Restoring their functional status helps our customers continue enjoying their homes and times with friends and family. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for mitigation of smoke, removal of fire-damaged debris, and odor removal, as well.

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Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared For Your Agoura Restoration Needs

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Minimizing the effects of a water loss to a homeowner can save time, money, and a lot of stress. We are available 24/7 so we can arrive right away.

Cleaning Up Water Damage in an Agoura Hair Salon

Hair salons make their money off of premier looks, updos, stylings, and haircutting for a wide range of Agoura residents. While every customer walking into your establishment might seek something different than the last, your ability to rise to the occasion makes you stand out from the competition. Our team can also stand out in a similar way when your building falls victim to disasters like water loss incidents. With how quickly these scenarios can get out of control, having a team that can respond quickly is vital to protecting your investment, your equipment, and your staff.

Water cleanup for Agoura businesses, particularly your hair salon, begins with finding a team of qualified technicians with the experience to help. Much like you would not trust the upkeep of your hair to just anyone, our SERVPRO professionals have a similar report in the restoration industry. We have a full roster of competent technicians with endorsements as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

When severe water loss incidents arise, your equipment is among the first fixtures in the shop to become affected. You invest a great deal of money in special seating for patrons during many stages of haircare, and standing water can quickly compromise their mechanics and mobility. This potential threat to these investments is what makes extraction such a vital component of the recovery process, and why our professionals arrive with an array of powerful instruments to handle water removal of varying severity. Securing hair products, cosmetics, and hand devices can save the salon owner a lot of money by protecting, preserving and not replacing them. We can carefully evaluate possible contamination of these products, even those in sealed jars.

Much like your customers and their desires for their appearance, no two disasters are precisely the same. Our SERVPRO team tailors our approach with extraction, drying, and eventual cleanup to your specific facility. Our goal is to get you back in business as quickly as possible, even permitting you to continue serving clients if the damage can remain contained through mitigation and restoration phases.

Water loss incidents can happen without warning, making it critical to respond immediately by reaching out to professionals that can help. Our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call at (818) 991-6292.

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Your Agoura Hills Home Will Be Restored By Our Experts After A Fire

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified emergency response team arrives quickly and turns the clock back on the loss in your home.

How Does SERVPRO Get Walls And Ceilings So Clean After Fire Damage In Agoura Hills Homes?

Fire damage leaves many types of cleaning challenges for our technicians. It is essential to test the smoke residue to determine the proper cleaning method. For example, using a wet sponge on dry smoke residue has the potential to drive odor-causing soot deeper into surfaces and compound that problem.

When SERVPRO technicians clean up fire damage in Agoura Hills homes, we do more than simply remove charred debris and call the site cleaned up. Our technicians gain certifications as taught through The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which teaches the latest advancements and best practices for the restoration sciences.

We know the issues that remain after fire damage cleanup are often not seen but sensed through smell. Smoke odor is pungent and difficult to remove. When we mitigate smoke residue from walls and ceilings, we use the following methods most often:

    •    Dry cleaning sponges for residue left from high heat fires it is light and powdery left behind by natural elements such as wood, paper or fabrics
    •    Wet cleaning used for lower heat fires where rubber or plastic-type items burned and left behind sticky, smeary residues

After a fire, the goal of our technicians is to return the property to its preloss condition. Each fire damage cleanup is unique and while some walls and ceilings need smoke damage removed through our proprietary methods and no additional applications; other times the best outcome from cleaning prepares the walls for repainting. Paint does not adhere to surfaces that contain dirt or smoke.

During a fire, as hot air expands, this action drives soot deeply into various places in a room, including the paint on walls and ceilings, and results in a lingering smoke odor that cannot be wiped away through cleaning. We use different methods to neutralize smoke odors, including thermal fogging and the use of machines such as hydroxyl generators that safely eradicate odors. The end result is a home that carries no residual reminders of the fire.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 is ready to help property owners with fire damage of any scale in their homes. Our certified emergency response team arrives quickly and turns the clock back on the loss in your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Agoura Home Damage from Natural or Man-Made Mishaps Get the SERVPRO Premier Cleanup and Restoration Services

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

From Wildfires to Flooding SERVPRO Restores Agoura Area Homes

SERVPRO's Leading Restoration Service for Property Damages in Agoura

There are times when unforeseen events can impact the life of a homeowner in Agoura, causing damage to structure, contents, or both inside your home. The variables influencing these kinds of events are far too diverse to pre-plan for every single one. However, what you can do is keep hold of a reliable, local company providing restoration services in your area to mitigate losses when these events do happen. Our team of highly trained technicians holds qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications program in a range of common household problems like fire, water, mold or storm damages. Working with a restore over replace mentality, we can significantly enhance the chances of getting your property back to its preloss condition.

Water
An event involving water damage in Agoura or the surrounding area is a common reason that residents reach out to us for help. Water, moisture, and microbial issues are all time-sensitive, meaning that the longer the issue remains unchecked, the more likely it is to cause permanent damages. SERVPRO offers restoration services for residents of Agoura through our twenty four hour emergency call line. We can promise to arrange a service with you, within just four hours of notification of loss.

One of the crucial aspects in water restoration services is to be able to find precisely where moisture has migrated to, which can be beneath floorboards or inside wall cavities, to ensure a thorough service. Often, mold damages can occur as a result of a previous water problems in a property which makes finding moisture even more crucial. SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) use measuring equipment to detect and remediate hidden moisture pockets.

Starting from the source, which could be a leaking pipe or damaged roofing, a SERVPRO restorer works their way outward and around the property. Moisture Sensors are useful in the initial inspection phase and use sharp probes to penetrate fabrics or other soft furnishings. These sensors give us an immediate reading of what materials have absorbed moisture. They do not tell us how much water, for that we need to use Moisture Meters. These devices tell us exactly how saturated a surface is, and also allow us to gauge how effective remediating efforts have been in returning the structure to its natural moisture condition.

Fire
When a home has the remnants of fire damage in Agoura, the necessary restoration services are as much about clearing malodors as they are about removing charred materials. The sources of a bad odors are notoriously tricky to pin down which means SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) tend to opt for a variety of techniques in combination to save on time and ensure a satisfactory result. These techniques include fogging, direct spraying, and in severe cases, activated oxygen-ozone.

Targeted contents and structural cleaning in your Agoura home plays a vital role in dispersing malodors. During this process, using pressure sprayers allows a SERVPRO technician to apply deodorants directly onto the surface. These sprayers can deposit chemical solvents at around 50 pounds per square inch (PSI) and are useful for carpets or directly spraying onto charred materials like window frames or doors. A pre-test is conducted to make sure fabrics do not discolor after spraying to ensure restoration services do not cause further damage.

Perhaps one of the more recognizable deodorization methods is with thermal fogging. Foggers heat solvents into a vapor that can be dispersed throughout a property. SERVPRO commonly use foggers in combination with an axial fan to ensure residual chemicals from fogging are completely removed after the process. Box fans must exchange air 40 times over to guarantee all vapor and residues are removed after fogging. The final method uses ozone generators. These require all people, plants, and pets to vacate the property so are only used in situations where severe odor issues are present. Ozone Machines release an unstable gas comprised of three oxygen molecules that oxidize residues and disappear malodors- leaving no residues behind.

Mold
When we discover extensive mold damage in Agoura properties, the first step is to establish a containing zone to limit the spread of damages. SERVPRO restoration services include both assessment and remediation of mold from IICRC qualified technicians. Some of the standard methods of removing fungi include high-pressure air circulation, pressure washing, or agitative cleaning. That process can cause cross contamination if the affected area is not appropriately sealed using plastic sheeting, clean rooms, sealing of air ducts, and establishing negative air pressure.

Restoration services dealing with a microbial infestation cannot guarantee a one hundred percent removal of microbes- they are a natural part of all home environments. What SERVPRO can do is remediate this issue, so it no longer causes permanent damages, creates unpleasant odors, or continues to proliferate. Removing existing colonies is dependent on the type of materials that have been affected in your Agoura home.

There are broadly two considerations when deciding whether to remediate or replace affected materials. Remediation is possible when materials are non-porous. These could include glass surfaces, plastics or metals and can be remediated using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters on dry surfaces or damp wiping with detergents. Porous surfaces like fabrics must often be removed and disposed of to limit recurrences of the infestation later down the line. Clothing can often be cleaned in Esporta industrial washers and then sprayed to get them back in the closet.

Storm
Extreme weather events can put your property at risk of storm damage in Agoura and the surrounding area. Prioritizing personal safety is a must before using a professional restoration service to enter the home and assess the damages- a process known as scoping of the property. In the best case scenarios, water entering the property is clean water; this could be from a burst pipe or appliance malfunction.

Clean water emergencies require less extensive replacement, allowing a SERVPRO restorer to focus on drying the property. However, as moisture comes into contact with pollution, pollens, mold, dust or other contaminants in the home, it can become increasingly severe, scaling up to a grey or black water emergency. For that reason, immediate attention is necessary to mitigate further damages or widescale replacement.

After checking that floors and ceilings are not waterlogged and show no sign of immediate danger, a SERVPRO restorer can begin removing or blocking furniture in the home. Carpets may be detached using a carpet awl to allow access to the subfloor. Carpets that have become waterlogged can often be restored by drying and cleaning; the carpet pad tends to break apart in the presence of moisture. SERVPRO can remove, dispose, and replace your carpet pads, and drain the affected subfloor using truck-mounted or portable extractors depending on access restrictions.

Qualified restoration services for fire, mold, storm or water damages are available twenty-four hours a day from SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills by calling (818) 991-6292.

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Our Experts At SERVPRO Will Restore Your Water Damaged Jewelry Store In Agoura

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (818) 991-6292 and let us leave your shop “Like it never even happened.”

Trust SERVPRO To Handle Your Jewelry Store In Agoura

A flourishing business in California is not a small feat. Capital, regulations, and marketing can be hurdles to success, but once you overcome the first couple of years of operations, you are in good shape. However, some threats are less evident, like water damage to your jewelry store. After you have painstakingly put together beautiful displays for your unique pieces, the last thing you want to do is see it submerged in water due to a leak in the building. Even though insurance is intended to provide coverage, saving the pieces you have chosen for your collection should be your priority.

SERVPRO can help your jewelry store in Agoura rebound from water damage. Call us at our 24/7 line and let us know about your situation. Our Green Fleet is trained to tackle different levels of damage, and no situation is too small for our team. While we arrive, take some time to move as many of your pieces as you can to an area of the store unaffected by water. Protecting your inventory mitigates further damage and allows us to work more efficiently.

Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT), who are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), look at your inventory, furniture, and fixtures and develop a plan to restore your shop as soon as possible. Not only do we focus on saving your flooring and walls, but we also pay close attention to your displays, signage, and other goods that may require restoration. To dry and restore your shop, we may use several industry-grade tools, including:

    •    Air handlers
    •    Wand extractors
    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Drying mats

Depending on the needs of your space, we optimize our technology to achieve accurate results as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is your business partner when there is water damage. Call us at (818) 991-6292 and let us leave your shop “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Provides Water Loss Solutions and Cleanup to Agoura Properties

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Your Agoura Home? Don't Fret!! Call SERVPRO

Water Damage  in Agoura – Leaky Toilet or Worse

Have you ever had water damage from a leaky toilet or one that has overflowed? If you catch the problem quickly enough, the damage can be limited to messy wet floors. The first step is always to shut the water valve off. It is located to the side of or behind the toilet. Turning the valve off stops the water from flowing and continuing to spread over your floors as well as inside the vanity.

Another water loss in Agoura homes such as a leaking water connection behind the toilet or a broken wax seal can be more problematic. The main supply line may need to be shut off to stop the damage from continuing. The leak may go unnoticed for some time allowing water to soak into the floor, surrounding joists supporting the subfloor along with the possibly a buildup of mold colonies. SERVPRO technicians, arriving quickly, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, can mitigate the damage.

The wax seal is a component of your toilet that provides a watertight seal between your commode and the drainage pipe. In time, especially in older homes, the bolts that secure this seating can rust and break. This water is considered Gray Water, or if it contains fecal matter, it is a category three Black Water incidence. Our trained technicians can don the appropriate protective gear and remove this contamination from the premises. If the water tank is cracked on the commode, that is considered clean water and a wipe up, and drying can preserve surrounding fixtures.

Our service vehicles contain all the necessary equipment to remove the water, dry out the affected area, and sanitize and deodorize it before we leave. Some of our equipment:

  • mops, squeegees, buckets, and elbow grease
  • wet/dry vacs
  • truck-mounted pumps
  • air moves and dehumidifiers
  • foggers

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills professionals are ready to respond to any damaging water event in your area We are available 24/7 by calling (818) 991-6292.

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The Professionals At SERVPRO Can Save Your Water Damaged Agoura Home

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

We have personnel available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to address any problems that may arise.

Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Agoura

Looking at all of the ways water can threaten your Agoura property, as a homeowner, it only makes sense to speak to a restoration expert for advice. The more you know about how water interacts with different aspects of your home, the easier it can be to protect your valuable assets. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the finer points of the restoration process everyone should know.

Maintaining a safe, secure working environment while working on water damage in your Agoura area home involves more than you might think. When dealing with this type of event, there are a variety of hazards that your restoration company, must, be qualified and trained to address. You and your family deserve the best!

You and your restoration company need to pay attention to electrical, chemical, and biohazardous materials at various stages of the process to keep everyone involved safe. SERVPRO has a strict safety policy that helps provide the best possible results for you, your family, and all of your belongings. We make an effort to go that extra mile to protect your investment and use everything at our disposal to ensure quality results.

It’s always necessary for you to have access to all of the qualified personnel, equipment, and resources needed to get everything back to normal quickly. However, you also want to maintain a level of quality to avoid any mistakes along the way. SERVPRO provides you with access to highly trained personnel, advanced equipment such as infrared moisture detectors, extractors, dehumidifiers, hygrometers, and air movers of all shapes and sizes.

You want to avoid letting water stay sitting for too long. The longer it remains, the more likely you are to develop secondary problems. SERVPRO technicians address every conceivable situation, including dealing with microbes, molds, and unwanted odors. Our technicians have experience in restoring upholstery, drapery, rugs, carpet, and a variety of flooring options all using specialized equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills, (818) 991-6292 for additional information. We have personnel available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to address any problems that may arise.

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We Will Remove All Smoke Residue From Your Fire Damaged Home In Agoura

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills professionals a call at (818) 991-6292 to make these damages “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Smoke Residue From Your Agoura Living Room

Fires can originate nearly anywhere in your Agoura home, and often, overloaded electrical outlets can get hot enough to ignite drywall or other nearby materials. With a fast spread of these conditions as you get the occupants of the house to safety, your entire living room can become affected in various degrees by the widening flames. Once first responders and firefighters have quelled the blaze, you get a look at the effect this disaster had on the property, starting with the ignition point.

Fire damage is multi-faceted for Agoura homes, and overcoming these detrimental effects on your property requires the expertise of trained professionals with the industry-leading equipment to help. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in fire loss recovery and certifications in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control. Many of our technicians also have accreditations in niches like fabric and upholstery cleaning, which can be a vital component to recovering soot and smoke damaged fabrics throughout the property.

One of the hardest affected surfaces in your living room, no matter where the fire originates, or the worst of the actual charring and burning occurs, is the carpeting. This flooring material is a magnet for dust, debris, dander, and contaminants already, so these same traits lead it to take in soot and smoke residue easily and hold on to these carcinogens. Removing these particulates is not an easy task, and nothing that a homeowner should attempt on their own.

In some cases, your carpeting can still get preserved and protected after a fire, and if this is the case, removing soot and smoke debris is important to improve the look and function of the floor. Wiping and scrubbing can stain your carpets and smear soot and smoke residues. Our SERVPRO team has advanced cleaning products and cleaning machines to provide hot water extraction to improve the look and feel of this smoke-damaged flooring.

Do not let fire loss effects cost you more than they should. Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills professionals a call at (818) 991-6292 to make these damages “Like it never even happened.”

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Did Your Agoura Home Get Exposed to a Flooding? Call SERVPRO for Emergency Cleanup and Restoration

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says to All Agoura Area Property Owners-Get Flood Insurance and Us If Needed!

Risks of Hidden Flood Water Can Increase the Damage in Agoura Homes

Flooding can be a very traumatic and stressful occurrence in your Agoura home, especially if it strikes with little warning through vulnerabilities made in the exterior of your house like the roof or holes made by falling trees or flying debris. While many homeowners lack the expertise and experience to address these compromised areas that allow flooding into their properties, even more detrimental can be the lingering moisture and dampness unaddressed in wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and underneath flooring materials. Without being directly in the line of sight, inexperienced restorers can convince you that the problem has gotten addressed. In truth, the damage continues in these inaccessible areas and can cause several severe complications.

While getting the structural weaknesses addressed first is a priority for your flood-damaged Agoura property, working to remove moisture and saturation from exposed materials and contents should follow closely behind. Our SERVPRO professionals first assess the full scope of the damage with thermal imagery and moisture detectors to identify the presence of moisture pockets and dampness in areas that are not easily accessed by even our high-velocity air movers and dehumidification units.

With an idea of where the highest concentrations of moisture and dampness are out of sight, we can begin to set up our drying and extraction equipment in these areas to maximize the effectiveness of these machines in restoring your property. If you have coverage, we gladly work to assist with your paperwork and interfacing with our adjustor. To penetrate behind construction materials like drywall, our professionals can utilize our Injecti-Dry System to force heated air through multiple penetration points at the base of this wall. If the Black Water caused substantial damage to the sheetrock, then we can do a "flood cut," and remove the non-salvageable portions of the walls.

Allowing this moisture damage to persist can permit two compromising effects for your property. The first of these conditions is the structural degradation of exposed and saturated construction materials. Secondly, lingering moisture and dampness can also provide the ideal conditions for mold colonization and fungal growth, which can quickly spread out of sight to pose structural and health effects for the household.

Addressing the consequences of a flood should be done by professionals with experience and the right equipment for the job like our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team. We can work quickly and confidently to restore your home after a flood. Give us a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Our Experts Explain How To Avoid Long Term Water Damage In Your Agoura Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration work.

Long Term Water Damage Problems To Avoid In Agoura

Water damage to your property can lead to some severe long-term consequences if you do not respond to the problem quickly. Years after the accident, a few tell-tale signs may remain of the damages your home incurred, even with reconstruction and renovation in the area. SERVPRO crews know how to handle a wide variety of problems associated with water damage and make it “Like it never even happened.” Without our expert touch, you could still see these problems several years down the road.

Odors
The most prominent odors from water damage in your Agoura home should come directly after the accident, but in many cases, these smells can linger for years after the moisture dries up. Odor particles can come from a wide variety of sources, including bacterial waste products, oxidized chemicals, and fungal growth. Once the particles have been created, they can remain in place and stay noticeable for years, sometimes highly resistant to air fresheners and odor masking agents. SERVPRO uses specialized deodorizing foggers with mold-specific chemical agents to neutralize odors completely.

Discoloration
Water can cause discoloration in a wide variety of materials and paint finishes. This discoloration may, depending on the material, be tough to paint or finish over. We train our water damage restoration technicians (WRCs) to conduct thorough restorations on top of their mitigation and water removal work, ensuring that the most appropriate and effective treatment options are those used in your home.

Mold Growth
One of the most difficult problems to contend with as a result of water damage in your home is the growth of mold colonies and other fungal spores. These microscopic organisms feed on the materials holding up your home and can create powerful foul odors in their vicinity. SERVPRO technicians are fully certified in mold damage mediation and prevention to remove as much of these threats as possible.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration work at affordable rates and constant availability. Call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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We Can Clean And Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Calabasas

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is always ready to help those living in Oak Park and Westlake when flood damage causes problems.

Thorough, Detailed Cleaning Of A House With Flood Damage In Calabasas Makes It Livable Again

When rainy weather fills neighborhood streets with water, your home in Calabasas can end up drenched in filthy murky water. SERVPRO knows that we need to start working on cleaning up and removing the debris as soon as possible. Every second matters during a disaster that affects your property, which is why We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Residents can rely on SERVPRO's mitigation specialists and their training to handle the recovery after flood damage creates a threat to your Calabasas home. Any remaining water gets swiftly dealt with through our extraction equipment, and then we start working on removing the sewage, debris, and other foul things impacting the house's interior.

More solid elements, like ruined materials from walls, floors, and contaminated food end up in bags that we double or triple to keep any of their contents from spilling out between your door and the disposal area. The removal of bags of destroyed items continues alongside the work of other members of our team. We all wear personal protective equipment, similar to HAZMAT suits, during the time we perform flood damage clean up, so getting in dirty areas and shoveling muck off your floors, stairs, and from inside cabinetry. We pull each bucket out and start again on another one. We want to get to the next stages of flood damage restoration.

In addition to clearing your home of damaged materials and the mud silt, and garbage the flooding carried in, we also want to get your home back into a sanitary state, as well as a dry one. We begin sanitizing surfaces almost as soon as we arrive, and this continues during the work we do, but we also clean the air with the use of hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers. These machines kill microbes and trap small particles floating through your home's air.

Our air scrubbers get a boost from our centrifugal air movers, which also pulls moisture out of structures and helps move water vapor toward our desiccant machines. When the air outside reaches a higher temperature than inside, we often use this to our advantage and open doors and windows to speed up the drying process. After we finish these steps and a few additional ones, we perform a walk-through inspection with you and answer any new questions for you.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is always ready to help those living in Oak Park and Westlake when flood damage causes problems. Call us at (818) 991-6292, 24/7, for prompt service.

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How to Keep Water Damage From Checking in to Hotels in Agoura Hills

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can dry your water damaged hotel. Call us anytime at 818) 991-6292

Protecting Rooms with Fast Extraction for an Agoura Hills Hotel

There are many concerns that the owner of an Agoura Hills hotel should have when faced with spreading water loss effects. With the speed that many of these water damage effects can move from the source throughout the building, many units that you have for guests can quickly become damaged or compromised and uninhabitable to potential or current guests.  Immediately addressing the effects of water loss incidents can be beneficial to your business in multiple ways.

Our SERVPRO professionals have worked hard to become a name that businesses can trust when they need water removal services in Agoura Hills at any time of the day or night. As a team that has been proudly serving the area for decades, we have grown both in personnel and our extensive inventory of recovery equipment to be one of the best fits for the emergencies that threaten the commercial properties of our region.

The professionals of our team understand the impact that water emergencies can have on hotel business, and work to quickly establish containment protocols within your building to prevent the spread of these effects to areas where it has yet to reach. With physical barriers and machines like air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty equipment, we can reduce the spread of these effects to floors below or to neighboring units through shared walls.

The reputation that your business has is critical to ensuring that people continue to choose it when they are seeking accommodation in the area. Water loss incidents can often threaten the wellbeing or the experience of guests staying on property, so these effects must get addressed as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment for mitigation and cleanup to make these effects “Like it never even happened.” for your hotel.

With the multiple effects that could result from a water loss incident in any room of your hotel, addressing these concerns quickly can save you money and prevent the problem from affecting too many guests in the building. Trust our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills technicians to help. Give us a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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We Have The Necessary Equipment to Restore Your Agoura Hills Fabrics

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Our team offers a fast response to urgent water removal services so you don't lose any money and can get back to business.

Commercial Water Removal Technicians In Agoura Hills Talk About Drying And Deodorizing

If moisture ever finds its way into your Agoura Hills yarn shop, many of your building materials and contents could get damaged. Once your products and structural components get wet, it is important to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO to conduct commercial water removal. Once things get wet inside a building, the relative humidity level indoors increases. Once there is an elevated level of water vapor in the air, moisture can easily soak into porous materials that are located far from the original leak. Since your yarn store sells a large number of porous materials such as fabrics, drying out contents and deodorizing them could become a large part of your commercial water removal project.

If any of your fabrics get wet after a leak, our SERVPRO technicians can take extra steps to return moisture levels to normal. During most commercial water removal projects in Agoura Hills, we set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The fans create air circulation inside the building that pushes wet air that has evaporated from materials away from the surface so more moisture can evaporate from the affected substances. The dehumidifiers then pull moisture from the atmosphere and dispense it in liquid form. If several of your products get affected, then we can set up extra dehumidifiers that can help dry out wet porous materials.

If your products retain moisture after water damage there is a chance that the fabrics can hold in mildew-like smells. Sometimes even after a structure has been dried how unpleasant aromas still exist. The first step to any deodorization process is to remove the source of the smell. Any wet materials that seem to be the source of the odors get removed, but if the source is your products that can be saved, then we can take steps to remove the malodor particles that penetrated your contents.

Most deodorization processes involved masking and pairing agents. Masking agents attempt to cover up foul odors with more pleasant scents and get added to cleaning chemicals. Pairing agents chemically combine with the malodor particles and neutralize them. These often get dispensed using an Ultra-low volume fogging machine. If you ever suffer from a water leak at your yarn shop, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24/7.

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Stormwaters in Agoura Hills Have You Down? SERVPRO Can Pick You Up with Great Water Extraction and Restoration

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Rescues Homes After Flooding in Agoura Hills

Handling Structural Problems after Flood Damage in Agoura Hills

Flooding incidents can cause several problems to a structure especially if the water flow is intense. Water that sits too long in the structure can also cause component degradation even if the impact of flooding was initially low. Restoring such damages requires skills and proper equipment. We offer professional restoration for affected households in Agoura Hills.
 
Flood damage in Agoura Hills may result in permanent damage to some materials used in insulation such as Rockwool and cellulose. Such damage usually manifests in the form of matting and loss of antimicrobial properties in cellulose or rusting in Rockwool because of metal properties. Fiberglass insulation is more resilient and can regain its insulating qualities when dried properly. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the level of damage before deciding the steps to take. We perform flood cuts to open up the walls thus allowing easy access to the insulation. In case of severe damage or contamination, we replace the affected materials.
 
Floodwaters affect porous building materials such as drywall and wood composites whereby they lose structural integrity if they absorb too much water. The porous materials might also absorb the contaminants present in the floodwaters posing health risks to house occupants even after cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as spraying EPA-registered disinfectants directly into areas affected by floodwaters. We also do a thorough evaluation to find out the extent of damage and decide whether to replace them.
 
After flooding incidents, water is easily trapped in concealed spaces such as wall cavities or being cabinets. This water can create long-term problems for the structure including widespread mold growth. The processes of identifying areas with trapped water and removing it can be tedious or destructive. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment to address this challenge. With FLIR thermal cameras, we can quickly identify concealed wet areas. We then apply different skills learned in Applied Structural Drying including creating vent holes to remove the trapped water.
 
To save your structure after a flooding incident in Agoura, Oak Park, and Westlake areas, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills to assist. You can reach us at (818) 991-6292 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Explain The Five Services We Provide During Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Agoura Hills

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

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The Five Types Of Fire Damage Restoration In Agoura Hills

Fire damage is not a situation anyone can totally plan for, but it is good to have an understanding of how the restoration process works. Five main categories encompass our restoration services.

Mitigation Services
Upon arriving on site, our team of technicians will immediately assess the fire damage to your Agoura Hills home and make the site safe for cleanup. They may need to board up windows for security, establish electricity for equipment and set up emergency drying to prevent secondary damage.

Structural Cleaning
Our technicians survey premises for the scope of damage and determine what components of the structure can be restored through cleaning and what cannot be cleaned. Neutralizing of foul odors left from the fire is covered in this segment of services.

Contents Cleaning
SERVPRO technicians work cleaning smoke residues from the possessions of the owners. In cases where the structure is not secure or too damaged for safe work on-site, the contents are packed and moved to a separate location for cleaning by our team.

Specialty Items Services
Often some items have damage from the fire that requires special treatment for restoration. This can include electronics, dry cleaning, heirlooms, and expensive artworks. These types of items are often cleaned off-site.

Reconstruction Services
This team of technicians are specialists in damage from fires and often work in tandem performing cleaning services while licensed general contractors work on the reconstruction of building materials too damaged to restore through cleaning.

Our IICRC-certified technicians work together on several areas at once for a fast turnaround to damage in the home. While one team is containing an area to stop the spread of soot, another team is determining the levels of moisture left from extinguishing the fire. Working in this efficient manner, SERVPRO technicians can mitigate damage by arriving quickly and working efficiently on cleanup.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills knows that fire damage needs fast attention to lower the possibility of secondary damage to your property. SERVPRO's emergency services are available 24/7 by calling (818) 991-6292.

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Call Us Day Or Night For Your Water Damage Restoration Needs In Agoura

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

We have training and equipment to handle any size of water damage you have in your home. Call us right away so we can get started.

How Your HVAC System Can Cause Water Damage for Your Agoura Home

For as common as conditioned air has become for Agoura homes, the upkeep and maintenance of these systems can often get overlooked. While your HVAC system can still function for a long period in a compromised state, these conditions can lead to higher utility costs and lower output of the system. Additionally, a blocked and throttled HVAC system can allow water and condensation to pool in elbows and angles of the ductwork, which can leak from connections to damage structural elements of your property.

While you might not always prioritize the performance of your HVAC appliance and ductwork, once these elements allow water damage in your Agoura home you need a fast response to the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals can not only provide upkeep and maintenance of the system itself to help resolve the situation allowing the water damage, but we also have effective and efficient drying equipment that can quickly restore your damaged property.

Assessing the water damage throughout the affected areas of your home often requires the use of our moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery. Since much of the HVAC system is hidden within walls and between floors, the full extent of the water damage might not be visible without these advanced tools. We can get to work quickly on drying out these damaged elements with our high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers. For inaccessible areas, our injecti-dry system is minimally invasive and highly effective at removing moisture and dampness.

Pooling and condensation within the ductwork often become correlated with a buildup of dust, debris, dander, and other sediment throughout the network of sheet metal. Our professionals can offer a thorough cleaning of this entire system, including the coils and other appliance components to help the air move freely through the ducts.

While many homeowners might not give their HVAC unit the attention and upkeep that it requires, our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team can help you take care of this compromised system and the water damage it can cause quickly. Give our professionals a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Handling Water Damage in Your Agoura Home

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

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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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Act Fast When Water Damage Hits Your Agoura Home And Call SERVPRO

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage needs to be removed quickly to prevent further damage.

Water Loss Experts In Agoura Emphasize The Importance Of Prompt Action

When water gets inside your Agoura home, it can cause damage to your building materials and contents. As time goes by, your water loss can get more severe, and the overall cost can rise if the situation is not dealt with immediately by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. When materials inside your house get wet, the relative humidity level inside rises. An excessive amount of moisture in the air can also cause issues that are considered secondary damage. Mold is also an example of a secondary problem that can exist if the original water loss issue is not dealt with promptly.
 
Our SERVPRO team offers fast service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We know that dealing with your water loss in Agoura as quickly as possible can save you and your insurance company money in the long run. Our team responds to our phone at all times of the day so that we can dispatch a team as soon as you notice a problem. Our technicians are located in the region so that a crew can respond shortly after your initial phone call. As soon as we show up at your residence, we immediately begin assessing the situation to see what the restoration process will involve.
 
Our highly trained team at SERVPRO is IICRC certified and has experience dealing with several different types of scenarios. Once we figure out the severity of the situation, we design a plan of attack and figure out how to remove moisture out of your building materials and contents as quickly as possible. We know that mold can grow in 48 to 72 hours, so our goal is to return moisture levels to preloss conditions within that period.
 
To accomplish rapid moisture removal, we use advanced technology. We start with the industry's most sophisticated extraction equipment to remove the majority of the water. Then, we utilize specialized structural drying equipment including air movers and dehumidifiers. If you ever suffer from damage caused by excessive moisture, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24 hours a day.

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The Importance Of Moisture Sensors In Agoura Hills During Our Water Damage Restoration Process

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

If water ever enters your Agoura Hills sewing shop, the moisture can ruin many of your products and your building's structural components.

Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Agoura Hills Talk About Moisture Sensors

If water ever enters your Agoura Hills sewing shop, the moisture can ruin many of your products and your building's structural components. Once water enters your place of business, it is wise to call in a professional commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Whenever a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions, many gallons of water can get pumped into your store and increase the moisture levels of the materials that make up your building's structure and contents. It can be tricky to tell if certain items inside your shop got negatively affected by moisture or not. To find all of the wet areas inside your sewing store, we always use advanced technology to detect moisture in building materials and in the air that helps us figure out the severity of your commercial water damage situation.

Items can get ruined if they come into direct contact with water or when the relative humidity indoors rises. Whenever mitigating commercial water damage problems in Agoura Hills, our SERVPRO technicians' goal is to prevent secondary issues caused by moisture in the air from occurring. We know that elevated humidity levels can cause damage to many of your store's products. We also know that mold can form on organic substances that stay wet for more than 48 hours. To prevent elevated humidity levels from causing problems and mold from growing, we extract moisture then set up drying equipment to rapidly dry out your contents and structural components.

To figure out the best way to rapidly dry out your structure, we start by test the moisture content in your contents and building materials. We figure out which sections of your carpet are wet by using a moisture sensor that has a handle and two metal probes and lights up and makes a noise when moisture is found. To test moisture content in wood and drywall, we use a moisture sensor that has a digital display and a metal probe. We hammer the probe into the wood or drywall, and we get either a percentage or parts per million moisture content reading.

We take readings in both affected and unaffected areas to determine our drying goals. If your sewing shop ever suffers damage from a water leak, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 any day of the week.

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Cleaning Up Fire Damage in Your Agoura Home's Bathroom

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Our team is here to help restore your bathroom from fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Dealing with Fire Damage in Agoura? Don’t Stress, SERVPRO Will Clean Up The Mess

Agoura residents rarely have a fire and many remain contained to small areas of the residence. Cleaning up such messes helps gets things back to a healthy state inside the home. The soot left behind from burning plastics and the liquids coming out of melted containers can create a concoction that becomes difficult to remove. At SERVPRO, we carry specialized tools to help make this easier.

When you find that your bathroom in Agoura contains fire damage from a curling or straightening iron, the fire damage can affect the walls, ceiling, shower doors, vanity top, and much more. Flooring can also become severely damaged. We take care of everything for you and get it ready for the restoration work.

Restoring your bathroom not only makes it safe and usable but also clean. Soot clings to anything it touches, making showering almost impossible. Morning routines can become a game of trying not to spread the soot onto clothing, towels, and yourself.

SERVPRO technicians hold certificates from the IICRC and know the most effective methods to get rid of soot and grime from a fire. We use unique cleansers that cut through the greasiness of the soot deposited everywhere to bring everything back to normal again.

We need to remove all of the damaged materials and any cosmetics or toiletries before installing new materials. This requires stripping floors, in some cases, and pulling anything out that melted or charred. We double bag all of the destroyed elements, so nothing escapes into the rest of your home.

Where smoke traveled outside of the bathroom also requires a serious cleaning. We need to get the soot removed as soon as possible to prevent it from drying and hardening. Once this happens, it can require the stripping away of paint on walls and ceilings.

After we finish cleaning, we can deodorize the area with hydroxyl gas generators. This may take a few hours, but you do not have to leave your home during this process like you would if we used ozone gas. Hydroxyl gas is much safer and is used in many factories where normal operations create unpleasant odors.

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 SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can help you get your morning routine back after fire damage messes up your bathroom in Oak Park or West Lake. Call us at (818) 991-6292, and we can get things back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

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Agoura Property Owners Know that SERVPRO Provides Fast Water Extraction

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? We Provide to Our Agoura Customers Top Flight Equipment and a Speedy Response for Water Removal

Highly Skilled Teams Handle Water Damage in Agoura Better

Water intrusion is a pressing problem that requires seriousness when handling should it happen in your Agoura property. The water ruins the structure as well as the contents within. Risks such as slip and fall accidents are also higher in a flooded property. Extracting the water and restoring relative humidity to normal levels are among matters that require higher priority. The restorative cleaning and structural drying services that we offer help establish problem areas and address them appropriately.
 
During the restoration of water damage in Agoura, there is a need to clean up many of the affected areas. Even though water is primarily a cleaning agent, it introduces different forms of soiling when it damages property. From our extensive experience handling water loss, we expect stains, dye transfer, and transfer of debris from one point in a property to another. Our SERVPRO technicians, therefore, arrive at your property armed with the necessary cleaning agents to deal with any form of soiling. We do not waste precious time going back for supplies. Our Green Fleet is always equipped and stocked.
 
Microbial growth is typical in water intrusion environments whether it results from a delayed response or moisture traces that remain unaddressed. Our ASD, Applied Structural Drying, certified crew understands the need to start abatement procedures within the first 24 hours reducing chances of microbial growth. We also understand water migration patterns common in such loss environments. We have simple as well as advanced detection equipment including moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermal hygrometers. By focusing on early detection and fast removal, our SERVPRO technicians help reduce or eliminate the need for mold remediation.
 
In a wet environment, water can be removed as a liquid or a gas in the form of vapor. From our extensive experience dealing with water loss, we understand the need to extract a higher percentage as a liquid because it is easier and faster. Our SERVPRO team uses extractors with different capabilities including truck mounted ones with up to 198.98-inch vacuum lift. We use air movers and dehumidifiers in the final stages to restore normal moisture levels.
 
Even simple water intrusion can become complicated if not correctly handled. Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. We are available 24/7.

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Three Advantages Why Selecting SERVPRO Is The Right Step To Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Agoura Hills

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

When facing water damage in your home, working with professionals is the best decision you can ever make.

Why You Should Consider Hiring Water Damage Professionals In Agoura Hills

When facing water damage in your home, working with professionals is the best decision you can ever make. In fact, professional restoration companies have an emergency hotline you can call 24/7. Once you make that call, we respond fast to deliver timely and high-quality services. This saves you from the stressful event and enables you to assume your normal duties. Want to know the benefits of hiring water damage restoration experts? The following are three benefits why working with professionals is the right step.

Quick Response
When your home is flooded by water from a faulty pipe or appliance, time is of the essence. SERVPRO water damage experts in Agoura Hills pride themselves in responding fast to emergencies. By doing so, we help to prevent further harm to your belongings and home.

Want to know our process? The initial step is to inspect your property, followed by clean up, drying, and repairs. Also, we help to salvage your furniture, appliances and other valuables. Thanks to our quick response, you can resume your normal life within days.

Reduce Losses And Restoration Costs
Hiring SERVPRO experts to mitigate water damage in your home helps to reduce losses and restoration costs. As experts, we have cutting-edge equipment that reduces the time involved in cleaning and drying. The equipment includes dehumidifiers, air movers and truck mounted water extraction equipment. By extracting the water from your home, less damage occurs to your walls and hardwood floors.

Safety First
Walking around in your flooded home can lead to an accident. For instance, you can slip on your hardwood floors or get electrocuted when attempting clean up. Also, if you have an open wound, it may come into contact with gray water from a faulty dishwasher.

Hiring professionals mean you do not have to do the clean up yourself. This keeps you and your family from harm's way. Prolonged exposure of your home and belongings to water can lead to further damage. Also, it makes it hard to salvage your possessions.

Hiring SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills water damage experts is the smartest decision. Thanks to our timely action, we help you save on restoration costs. Call our 24/7 emergency line at (818) 991-6292 to get the job done right the first time.

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Wildfire Woolsey's Smoke and Fire Damage to Some Agoura Area Homes Get Help from SERVPRO

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Home Owners in the Agoura Area After Wildfires Pass With Fast Cleanup and Help

Recovery of Your Agoura Home Following the Woolsey Wildfire

Even with the evacuation order getting rescinded for the Agoura and Calabasas areas following the devastating Woolsey wildfire, homeowners and business owners are now getting their first look at the destructive force of this fire on their property. With hundreds of homes and buildings destroyed in the path of this disaster, many homeowners with houses that can get salvaged look for professional restoration solutions to respond to their fire-damaged properties to begin recovery efforts quickly.

Our professional restoration team is available 24-hours a day for any emergency that threatens your Agoura residence and remains on alert for any customer seeking assistance from this recent widespread catastrophe. We have the training and the tools to help you preserve structural elements of your home where possible and mitigate loss through efforts like pack-outs and top-tier cleaning.

The SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your address get well equipped for all facets of fire damage both to the interior and exterior of your house. We strive to quickly assess the full magnitude of the fire and smoke damage and determine the appropriate response with personnel and equipment to restore it. In some cases, homes require professional cleaning services and deodorization but have not suffered the substantial structural damages other homeowners experienced.

Other homes are less fortunate, requiring reconstruction and remodeling to return to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO professionals on-site can begin thorough, controlled demolition techniques to remove the unsalvageable materials without disrupting the structural elements that can get saved and retain their integrity amongst the other damages. Our fast response to emergencies can ensure that the materials affected in your home can get preserved if the fire damages have not affected them too greatly.

Recovering from a wildfire disaster like Woolsey can take time and patience, but the right professional restoration team for the job is only a phone call away. You can count on our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills-trained fire restoration technicians to help you return your home to its original condition as quickly as is possible, whenever possible. Give us a call today at (818) 991-6292.

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Flood Damage In Calabasas Is No Match For Our Team Of Experts

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can clean, dry, and restore your home.

Flood Damage Restoration Services To Dry The Exterior Walls Of Your Calabasas Property

Most people assume that it is only the interior parts of the structure that require drying after a flood damage incident. Exterior walls can absorb water during a flood and may require specialty drying. When drying a building made of cinder block, we look at the state of the open cells in the walls since they can hold water. We also examine the walls of your Calabasas property and check whether they are painted. Semi-gloss or gloss paints can act as moisture barriers and reduce at which the moisture moves from the block wall's inside to the outside.

To drain water from the block walls during flood damage restoration in Calabasas, our SERVPRO team drills holes near the bottom of the wall. We prefer to make the holes around the motor joint area since it is easy to seal the holes at the end of the process. Making bigger holes is necessary to allow sufficient air circulation when the building is submerged for a long time.

Sometimes our SERVPRO team comes across block walls with fiberglass, foam, vermiculite, and cellulosic insulation. Drying the walls when the insulation is still in place requires much dry air, and the process is slow, so, we remove the insulation. Slower drying may also affect the insulation qualities of some materials. The drying time can also slow when the walls have bond beams. To determine whether there are bond beams in the walls, we tap on the surfaces. If it feels like tapping on concrete, then there is a bond beam in such a wall, but a hollow sound indicates they are absent.

We consider the area to be dry once it has regained its natural content of moisture. To determine its natural moisture content, we take the readings of a control area and compare them to those of the remediated area. Our SERVPRO technicians use a moisture meter when taking the measurements.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can clean, dry, and restore your home or business. We use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to do the job. Call (818) 991-6292 to let us attend to your concerns. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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 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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Mitigation of Water Damage from a Leaky Air Conditioner in Agoura

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

When your air conditioner drips for the hot summer months, you may suddenly see water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out and Remediate Your Water Damaged Property

Air conditioner use occurs in many Agoura residences during the hot summer. Maintaining these appliances so they function correctly should include examining the lines that drain condensed water away from your home.
 
If an air conditioner's drain lines become blocked, they can cause homeowners problems with water damage in Agoura. The steady trickle of water in between a wall or down the face of it can saturate not only the wall itself but also the floor below, materials in living areas on lower levels, carpeting and padding, and any personal belongings that happen to get in the way.
 
SERVPRO employees know that even small amounts of water can cause significant water damage to happen in homes when exposure to water occurs continuously. Because of this, water damage can become much worse because homeowners do not see it as quickly as they might when a tub overflows or a broken water pipe floods a kitchen floor.
 
We do not remove materials unless replacing them becomes impossible to do safely and effectively. We can clean some elements that sustain minor water damage when we catch it in time, and we prefer to restore by cleaning than by replacing materials wherever possible. This method keeps costs low for our customers, as well as taking much less time to complete. When we do remove materials, we double bag them, so any dust, microbes, or other debris also remains contained and does not dirty up the rest of your home.
 
If carpeting becomes damaged, we can often restore small sections by removing the padding underneath and laying new padding underneath. Carpeting often becomes damaged when traffic patterns include areas with compressed padding. We dispose of the old padding using the same method used to eliminate other damaged materials.
 
We want to ensure that we restore complete dryness to your home again, so we take measurements of the damaged area's moisture content before and afterward. This practice protects your property against future situations involving both moisture and microbial activity.
 
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills wants to help your property by mitigating water damage from any source, including your air conditioner. Our emergency service line is always available to those in Westlake and Oak Park by calling (818) 991-6292.

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The Real Risks Of Flash Flooding To Your Agoura Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

While there are plenty of threats that impose upon your home throughout its life, flash flooding poses a significant risk.

The Real Risks Of Flash Flooding

Flash flooding might not be something that many Agoura homeowners put much thought into, but they probably should. No matter where your house is physically located, nearly every one of them could fall victim to this flooding phenomenon with the right circumstances getting met. As the name would suggest, these instances arise quickly and can substantially impact your house if you do not get adequately prepared for it.

Your Agoura house was initially built up to certain specifications and coding that ensured that it met the required guidelines to ward off potential flooding, leeching through the blockwork, or water collecting around the vital foundation of your home. Unfortunately, as time wears on, these provisions set in place when your house first got constructed begin to age and degrade, leaving your home more and more defenseless with each passing day.

While yes, you can dig up these foundation walls and install new french drains and waterproof seal the exterior of your house, this is a time consuming and costly venture that many homeowners simply do not want to undergo if it is not actually necessary. The trouble is, these same homeowners do not realize that it is a necessity most of the time until the water has already breached the defenses of your home and you require professional restoration like SERVPRO.

The professionals that we employ can respond quickly in an emergency to help you salvage the contents and the structural integrity of your home from this invasion of unwelcome water. From extraction to drying and repair, our SERVPRO professionals can help you through every step of the process until you have a fully restored home once again.

While there are plenty of threats that impose upon your home throughout its life, flash flooding poses a significant risk because of its lack of warning and your uncertainty as to if your home can handle it. Even if it cannot, and the floodwaters rush in, you can always count on the rapid response team at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. We can help you set things right, give us a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Why You Should Call For Help When the Bathroom in Your Agoura Hills Cafe Floods Overnight

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Keep the Coffee in the Cup and the Water Off the Floor in Your Agoura Hills Cafe--Call SERVPRO for Water Damage and Restoration

Plumbing Leak Fixed--Time to Call SERVPRO for Water Cleanup and Damage Restoration 

Sometimes accidents can happen in your business during closed hours while you are not there to help stop them, like water damage. Upon arriving in the morning to set up for opening in a couple of hours, you discover the bathroom has water leaking out from under the door. One of the pipes underneath the sink leaked throughout the night, and now the tile floors and the walls are wet. Once a plumber leaves you with a service bill, you may be unsure of what to do next.

However, it is essential for you to call for a professional remediation company immediately; the sooner they can handle the water damage in your Agoura Hills cafe, the better it is for the survival of your property and commercial interest. If water should stay for a prolonged time, it can damage the floor and walls inside of your restroom. Not to mention that it can also damage the wooden structure that cradles the bed of your sink. Additionally, the longer water stays in one place, the higher the chance there is for a mold colony to develop and grow. You should never leave water damage to chance.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we are dedicated to arriving at your business promptly. We understand how essential keeping the doors of your business open is to you. SERVPRO can section off the bathroom area to dry it out thoroughly and keep out of sight, allowing you the option to open your doors to business despite the damage.
 
To address the water damage, SERVPRO can bring advanced technology into your cafe. We use tools like dehumidifiers and air movers to create ideal circumstances for evaporation. In combination with ventilation fans, it is a recipe to dry out the bathroom of your business swiftly.
 
If you find that your property has suffered a broken pipe, do not delay. Dial (818) 991-6292 to reach out to SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. No matter the time, our business is open and ready to take your call.

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Should You Hire Professionals To Remediate Westlake Village Mold Damage?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture Fuels Mold Growth in Westlake Village--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Is a Reliable Mold Cleanup and Disinfecting Source for Homes and Businesses

The “do-it-yourself” mantra is hard to escape for Westlake Village homeowners. It seems as though a video or step-by-step tutorial exists for every home repair or improvement project imaginable. Some disaster recovery tasks are wisely left to the professionals, however, and mold remediation is one of them.

It may seem as though characterizing a mold outbreak as a disaster is overstating the problem, but your Westlake Village home reveals much more than mold damage when the musty smell and ugly staining signals a microbial infestation. Mold spores are ubiquitous, always in the air and on surfaces. They are tiny, unnoticed until a water event “awakens” their propensity to multiply and begin to consume organic materials in your dwelling. We know how to contain and remove the growing colonies, and also recommend ways to avoid the moisture deposits that encourage the proliferation.

The media today warns of the dangers of mold in your household. Although some individuals are sensitive and react to spores and the byproducts of active mold colonies, a more practical concern for all homeowners is the damage microbial colonies do structural components. Because mold requires moisture to grow, mold damage also signals that your home has a current problem with water incursion. SERVPRO employees train in the various ways water enters a home -- from leaks in roofs and plumbing to high humidity or appliance and HVAC system malfunctions.

You need a professional opinion to discern the source of the water, not only to ensure the effectiveness of mold remediation but also to halt the continuous deterioration water does to your home. We offer effective mold remediation and reliable advice on water damage and its solutions. SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, eager to be your partner in resolving what can be a complicated scenario.

We follow EPA protocols as we remediate the mold issue. Containment ensures safety for you and our team, the moldy residues filtered and prevented from spreading. We remove the mold and any heavily infected materials utilizing scraping or abrasive strategies such as soda blasting, a less damaging but useful variant of sandblasting. EPA registered disinfectants allow us to treat the affected areas to limit mold regrowth, but the key is eliminating the moisture. We do not believe our job completes until we team with you to address the water problem successfully.

Take the opportunity to partner with SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills if mold damage plagues your home. We develop a plan to remediate the mold and manage the moisture that feeds it. We look forward to your call to (818) 991-6292.

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Restoring Water Damage To Your Agoura Hotel

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is here for you when a water damage emergency strikes.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Agoura Hotel From Water Damage

There are plenty of people who visit Agoura and its surrounding areas every year for the sunshine and local attractions, so it is only natural that you oversee a business that offers accommodations for these travelers over their stay. When a water emergency threatens even a single room of your building, multiple connected rooms could also be at risk for damages. Your profits and customer rating depend on getting any issues like these resolved quickly and correctly.

Your Agoura hotel can experience water damages from some different sources. From the most basic of elements like plumbing breaks to overflows of fixtures throughout the facility, the damage can be swift and overwhelming. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to try and fix on your own. With the expertise and experience offered by the technicians we employ at SERVPRO, you can rest assured that your water damages are in the best of hands.

The problem with a water emergency in any single room of your business is the threat it poses to all adjacent rooms rented or available. To prevent the spread of this damage to these other rooms nearby, you need to act quickly to get our SERVPRO professionals on site and working towards removing the damages and restoring the room.

Depending on the severity of the issue, this process could include extraction with any number of tools. Undoubtedly, thorough drying is among the most critical of steps, as this helps to prevent the ruining of construction materials and contents of the room as well as preventing the effects this damage could have elsewhere in the building.

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As a business owner, you need your facility to be available to the traveling masses moving in and out of the area. Trust our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills water damage restoration specialists to help you restore the affected areas and to get your business back to providing accommodations for tourists and travelers quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (818) 991-6292.

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Mold Removal In Agoura Hills To Make It “Like it never even happened.”

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

The process of mold removal from a home begins when we send one of our expert inspectors to your home to evaluate and locate the issue.

Mold Removal

While mold removal from hard-to-reach places in Agoura Hills homes may be a tough pill to swallow even for some certified remediation companies, SERVPRO makes easy work of even the most extensive infestations behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings in your home. Through decades of experience, research, and service to communities across the country, we have developed industry-leading fungus removal treatments that can handle all common types of mold, no matter where they attempt to grow.

The process of mold removal from an Agoura Hills home begins when we send one of our expert inspectors to your home to evaluate the situation and discover the particulars of your problem. Once they arrive, they begin scanning for moisture, airborne spores, and other signs of growth to determine where the colony is growing, how large it already is, and what risks it may pose to you. Some types of mold might cause health effects, so be sure to heed any safety warnings issued during this stage. Once we confirm that a problem does exist and requires our help, we start to bring in SERVPRO technicians.

With the use of powerful sanitization and mold removal tools like ultraviolet light emitters, specialty quarantine constructs, and unique cleaning products designed explicitly for fungus removal, our technicians quickly and thoroughly eliminate patches of growth around the home in an organized and safe manner. Even extensive colonies located behind walls and other surfaces can be targeted and eliminated with the help of our advanced, top-of-the-line equipment. With decades of theory backing their actions, they always make sure to develop a concerted plan to tackle the problem and return the home to a livable state in as short of a time as possible. Once the threat of further contamination is gone, we can also begin restoration work to reverse any damage visual or light structural damage done to your home, as though the problem never happened at all.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is available on a 24/7 basis to help take care of mold infestations in local homes. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of trouble at (818) 991-6292.

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Working Quickly to Limit Worsening Flood Damages in Your Agoura Home

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of the source, flooding in your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and dry out services.

Team SERVPRO Works Quickly to Dry Out Your Property After Flooding Has Occurred

For as many natural disasters as an Agoura homeowner might be accustomed to experiencing living in this region, several of these do not allow much notice or time to prepare your home for the potential damage that could result. A great example of this would be flooding, as the speed with which water can pool up in areas of your home and spread out to affect multiple surfaces and materials, the best course of action you can take is to seek professional restoration help immediately.
 
The faster that our SERVPRO team can respond to flood damages in your Agoura residence, the less irreparable issues and unsalvageable conditions we are going to find. This fact is what makes it vital that you respond to these situations as quickly as you can so that we can dispatch a team to get there as promptly as possible.
 
From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we begin immediately assessing the full scope of the damage that your home faces and what can get done to restore it back to its original conditions. Of course, this process relies heavily on locating the source of the intrusion and working to seal off any of these access points to prevent further damage while the restoration process is underway.
 
Extraction is a critical component of the restoration process for flooding, and when conditions are bad enough, we can use a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet to expedite the procedure. Once the water has gotten pulled from the area, our team can then turn their attention to thoroughly drying out all of the impacted surfaces and materials, using thermal imagery to see beyond the immediate vicinity to locate lingering moisture hiding in walls, under floors, or in the ceiling.
 
While you might not have gotten adequately prepared for the flood damage that your home is facing, you can always count on the experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills to help you clean up the mess and get things back to the way they should be. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (818) 991-6292.

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Choosing Professional Fire Restoration For Your Westlake Village Residence

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most devastating things that Westlake Village homeowners might ever get asked to face in their lives is a fire in their home.

Professional Fire Restoration

One of the most devastating things that Westlake Village homeowners might ever get asked to face in their lives is a fire in their home. One of the hardest aspects of it happening is witnessing the effects of this fire after it has happened. At first, walking through your home can feel overwhelming, and the need for professional fire restoration services is never more evident than at this trying time.

When you are trying to assess the fire damage present in your Westlake Village residence, you might not have the right knowledge or equipment to gauge the severity of the issues that you face or what needs to be done to correct the problems. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to contend with on your own. With our experienced SERVPRO team just a phone call away, you have all the help you can need on the other end of the phone.

Our team of professionals arrives at your home and walks through the damaged areas with you to help you pinpoint the areas that trouble you the most, and we do assessments of our own to determine what must occur to restore your home to preloss conditions fully.

The primary focus that we have upon arrival is sealing off weak points and exposed areas of your home. Considerable damage and widespread structural concerns (that are not simple patches) must get repaired or sealed off by a residential contractor before restoration work can get underway. Otherwise, your home remains at risk for external damages like unwelcome water and flooding.

To make this trying time as simple as possible, our management overseeing the restoration of your home works directly with your insurance company adjuster. This approach ensures that the appropriate work gets done to restore your home and saves you the trouble of dealing with it on your own.

While no one ever gets prepared for a fire in their home, it should be a little easier to manage with SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at your side helping you overcome its effects. Anytime you are facing a disaster in your home, do not hesitate to give us a call at (818) 991-6292.

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Little Ways to Help SERVPRO with Water Damage Restorations in Agoura

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Hold Down the Fort in Agoura Until SERVPRO Arrives for Water Removal

Water Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO

SERVPRO prides itself on fast, professional care for water damage in the Agoura area with as little hassle to homeowners as possible, but that is not to say that there is nothing you can do to help make our technicians' jobs a little bit easier and more effective. Small actions and considerations can help us do our work faster, more efficiently, and at less cost with protocols being followed. This can also increase the comfort level for our clients and our technicians.

Preparing for Our Arrival
There are some things you can do immediately after a water damage incident in your Agoura home to eliminate time and expenses later on in the restoration process. Separating cushions, upholstery, rugs, and other fabric items can help them to start drying out faster and prevent mold from claiming those items. Picking up loose objects can eliminate obstacles and impediments from our mitigation work. Be sure to leave tougher tasks to us and avoid putting yourself at harm during this sensitive time.

Assisting Technicians
While our technicians can function on their own and get the job done regardless of homeowner input, you may be able to assist them with specific tasks to get work done faster or otherwise make their efforts more productive. Our SERVPRO technicians often clear the area of residents to expedite the physical nature of the work and also to ensure the health and safety of the dwellers of the afflicted home.

Following Advice and Avoiding Dangers
In some water damage restoration jobs, we may ask residents to take certain precautions or avoid using some parts of the home for a mix of safety and work efficiency reasons. If we ask that you take any extra care during the cleanup, please follow any provided advice, as it will make the work of our technicians much easier. If the job requires a large-scale restoration, we may be able to assist you in a temporary move-out.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is ready 24/7 to respond to water damage calls across the area. Call us at (818) 991-6292.

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What to Do When Your Calabasas Home Sustains Flood Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO acts fast to dry out your home and save your hardwood floors from further damage.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Your Flood Damage Restoration Needs

Flood damage can be a tricky situation to handle. When a storm breaks a window in your home, it can allow excessive rainwater inside, and all over your newly installed hardwood floor. In this situation, it is essential to remove the water as soon as possible. The longer that the wood-flooring in your home is exposed to water, the more damage can occur. It is essential to call a professional, so they may remove the water and thoroughly dry your home. Fortunately, help is not far.

Our IICRC-certified technicians can arrive at your Calabasas home to remediate the damaging flood waters as soon as possible. We understand how time-sensitive flood damage can be and strive to always arrive at the job swiftly. We can immediately begin by removing the flooded water from your home through the use of portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums.

Once we clean up, SERVPRO can investigate the moisture levels of your wooden flooring with non-penetrative moisture meters. When we have an accurate reading, we can select the correct drying process for your unique situation.

The shape of wood can become altered when exposed to water for too long. SERVPRO can remove any soaked carpets on top of your hardwood floors, as the moisture they contain can be particularly damaging and lead to warping. After preparing to dry the area, our technicians can bring a variety of tools to assist in creating a moisture-free environment, like dehumidifiers and air movers.

Our SERVPRO technicians can install our tools in unique ways to ensure that the entirety of your hardwood floor becomes dry. Air movers can be placed in crawl spaces to help dry the floor from the underside as well. It is essential to hit the floor from as many angles as possible to encourage thorough drying.

When your home sustains flood damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians as soon as possible.

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Water Damage Can Affect Multiple Residents at Your Agoura Hills Apartment Complex

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

When facing water damage in an apartment complex, it is best to bring in professional water damage restoration technicians. Contact SERVPRO quickly.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Large or Small Scale Commercial Water Damage  

Depending on its size, dozens or more families could depend on the apartment building that you own in Agoura Hills. When a water emergency threatens even one of these units in the place, several adjoining properties could also subsequently be in jeopardy. Finding yourself in this position requires you to move quickly and to respond to the occurrence with professional restoration services.
 
Unfortunately, you might not always be aware of the problem when it occurs, as many residents might choose to attempt to handle the commercial water damage in their Agoura Hills apartment without making you aware of the issue. Often the time that you hear about an issue is when it has already presented itself in another apartment sharing a common wall. By this point, the damage could be widespread and cause structural damage to the entire building.
 
Our experienced SERVPRO professionals get to work right away in assessing the full scope of the damage to the property and work to discover where the problem originated (or continues to originate from). Locating the source helps to ensure that further damage does not result and that the job can get appropriately restored this time around.
 
Often our team relies on thermal imagery to see inside of walls and into flooring and ceilings to determine the full reach of the water. This process determines the kind of equipment that gets used to pull moisture and present water from all of the affected areas. For water trapped inside of walls, our SERVPRO injectidry system uses several points to force air into this space and dry it all. Floors with deep water penetration can get restored using our large drying mats.
 
The objective in all of this is to ensure that compounding damage does not occur. While water damage alone can present some significant threats to residents and the structural integrity of the building, allowing mold damage to occur on top of this can escalate the situation significantly.
 
When any disaster occurs in an apartment building, several units are going to be at risk to see some of the symptoms and effects. You can trust our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team to help you clean up the mess efficiently, and get your building back to its optimal conditions promptly. Call us today at (818) 991- 6292.

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Mold Removal In Agoura Hills

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread throughout an Agoura Hills home before the owner even knows it is there.

Mold Removal

Mold can spread throughout an Agoura Hills home before the owner even knows it is there. The typical musty smell is how homeowners first notice most mold growths, but not every strain of mold gives off that odor. When the growth finally begins to show on the bathroom ceiling, it can mean a cost of thousands of dollars in cleaning, demolition, and remediation.

Mold removal in Agoura Hills homes needs a professional service skilled in all three of these areas. SERVPRO has the expertise and training to properly care for each home as we clean it and remove loose mold and property we cannot treat. Our technicians can do this while also preventing the spread of mold to other parts of the home.

We begin by removing loose spores on surfaces. HEPA filters are designed to trap even a single spore off a table or wall. Our technicians use them in commercial grade vacuums on every surface from floors to ceilings and are very effective on personal property like sofas and other furniture.

Vacuuming the affected rooms stirs mold spores on the property, and some of them begin circulating in the air. To prevent the spores from spreading to the rest of the home, we block all air vents and seal off every entrance to the mold-infested area. We allow time for loose spores to settle and then wipe down surfaces with dry or wet sponges. When completed, SERVPRO inspectors use air content meters to determine the mold count and repeat cleaning actions until the level is at normal levels.

As we clean, other team members examine building material for mold infestation. If the spores have begun growing into drywall panels, for example, we remove them, break them down for bagging to prevent spreading mold, and then dispose of them outside the home. The most building material is difficult to clean, and it is more often cheaper to replace it.

For furniture and other personal property, we make every effort to clean it at home. For heavily infested items, we can wrap them to prevent spreading the mold and then clean our facility using methods that require special equipment. An example of this is cleaning curtains or drapes using immersion tanks that force cleaning agents through the items for deeper cleaning.

If you have or suspect, mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills today. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for more details on what we can do for you.

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When Multiple Types of Damages Threaten Your Westlake Home Following A Fire

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke, and Water All Contribute to the Need for Comprehensive Damage Cleanup in Westlake

Smoke & Fire Burned Elements and Water All Need Cleanup and Restoration after Significant Flare-Ups

Fires rarely have enough warning for you to prepare adequately. At the time of the fire, you are often far too preoccupied with getting everyone out safely, so the contents of your home are an afterthought. Even when the flames were not excessive or widespread in your home, the subsequent damages and lingering effects from extinguishing efforts indeed leave their mark on your property.
 
Your initial assessment of the fire damage to your Westlake house might seem a little overwhelming, but with the right restoration team, it does not have to be insurmountable to remedy. Our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained to handle all manner of fire damage, along with the appropriate tools and strategies necessary to successfully restore these effects.
 
When our technicians get dispatched to your home disaster, our priority is assuring that the damage does not get worse. The best way to accomplish this is to board up and tarp over holes and missing pieces of your homes exterior that the fire claimed or the extinguishing efforts damaged. Once the home gets safeguarded from further elemental damages, the thorough assessment can get underway. We can offer minor help in this regard, but in the case of extensive fire damage, a construction company should tackle the sealing of exterior openings.
 
As you might already know, firefighting requires high volumes of water to get sprayed onto the flames until they get entirely extinguished. The trouble with this is, this same high volume of pressurized water can cause damage to your home as well, especially considering that once it is inside it is trapped in the walls of your house. Restoring the water damage associated with extinguishment is a critical component to fire damage remediation, as allowing this water to persist invites worse symptoms, such as fungal growth.
 
This process begins with extraction. Typically, this procedure gets accomplished through truck-mounted pumps and wet-vacs (for more precise extractions). Drying the area requires the use of our air movers and dehumidification equipment. It pulls the moisture out of the air and dries out structural components and surfaces thoroughly to prevent compounding damage like the mold growth mentioned earlier.
 
People can experience all kinds of different devastating effects after a house fire, but you do not need to get overwhelmed. Our experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills are always ready and willing to help. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (818) 991-6292.

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Restoring Agoura Hills Homes After Water Damage

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Odors Can Be a Result of Water Damage in Agoura Hills Homes, Call SERVPRO for Help

Odor Control Is a Factor During Water Cleanup and Restoration

Water can cause many problems in Agoura Hills homes. The obvious one is what a homeowner or other resident steps into after a dishwasher failed or a split water line behind the refrigerator has sent water across the floor and into the rest of the house all night.
 
What surprises many homeowners in Agoura Hills about water damage, and what many restoration companies miss, is the smell. When odors go untreated, they can cause a permanent loss of property, just like any other problem associated with water. SERVPRO understands that no task is complete until everything is back to its original state before the disaster, and that includes the air in the home. "Like it never even happened."
 
Water-borne odors may start in a puddle or other source of moisture, but they grow in and on almost anything. We have developed four methods which eliminate odors and return residents to their homes with a clean, breathable environment.
 
We use the Injection Method for small spots on carpets and upholstered furniture. Our restoration specialists utilize a needle on a syringe or attached to a pump to inject small amounts of a deodorizing agent into the contaminated area. Injection is especially useful in neutralizing pet odors as well as water-borne odors.
 
For larger contaminated areas, we use Direct Spraying. SERVPRO specialists spray anti-fungal and anti-microbial agents using hand pumps and powered sprayers on large stains and where there are large puddles or other amounts of water. Since this soaks the property with a large amount of product, we prefer using it on items that do not show any discoloration.
 
To eliminate odors without using a large amount of water, we use Wet Fogging. Our teams use an ultra-low volume fog machine to generate tiny deodorant particles that penetrate most surfaces to bind with and neutralize odor particles. This method is especially effective in attacking odors in nooks and crannies and wall voids.
 
If there is still a concern about oversaturation, we have the option of Dry Fogging. This method forces a deodorizing agent through a heating coil to generate a particle cloud that can penetrate even further into a surface. We usually use this method on smoke odors, but it is very useful when a water-borne odor resists all other methods to neutralize it.
 
Restoring and neutralizing the effects of water damage is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has the experience, training, and equipment needed to return your home to a safe, clean condition. If you are dealing with odors or other effects of a recent disaster, call us today at (818) 991-6292 with questions or to schedule a visit.

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Flooding in Calabasas Typically Requires Professional Help

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Smart Calabasas Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Stormwater Removal and CLeanup

Rely on SERVPRO for the Extraction of Stormwater on Your Calabasas Property to Mitigate Losses

Flooding causes a substantial amount of damage every year in the United States, and Calabasas often receives its fair share of the messy, watery disasters experienced year-round. Even with our level of technology, small communities may not always receive advanced warning of such flooding events in time to prevent disastrous damages from taking place.

SERVPRO can help residents in Calabasas recover quickly after flood damage threatens their homes. We use methods that quickly sanitize as well as dry out the home's interior and furnishings. We specially treat delicate items, make sure that we always discuss unique concerns with our customers, and consider our work finished only when the customer feels satisfied.
 
Ultrasonic equipment helps clean delicate items and leaves them free of any debris such as organic matter. Other areas of your home require special care, also. Some areas, however, cannot readily come clean, such as carpeting. We completely remove this, and the padding, as well, so new installation on newly cleaned and dried flooring can happen as soon as we finish the rest of our work.
 
Drying your home out happens quicker with the aid of large and powerful air movers and highly effective LGR dehumidifiers. We also treat higher levels of your home, so elevated humidity remains under control. Because water evaporates so easily and raises the moisture content in the air, already established air currents in your home can carry this moisture to otherwise dry areas and subsequently damage the interior and any vulnerable possessions found in these locations.
 
Before we begin our work, our technicians take readings using infrared technology. These thermographers detect the presence of water below the visible surface. Surfaces that only seem dry can retain moisture inside and on their non-visible surfaces. Inside walls, the dead space can harbor water that permits microbial growth and deterioration of the wall's components.
 
The professional team of restoration experts at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills serves the local area including Oak Park and Westlake. We are here to help you make flood damage an event of the past, so your family can move forward with their lives. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for assistance with this or any other disaster that damages your home, its furnishings, or your personal belongings.

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Learn the Differences Between Mold Damage and Mildew on Your Agoura Hills Property

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Some types of mold require a unique remediation process. Let us investigate the damage and come up with a custom plan for your situation.

Our Certified Technicians Will Assess Your Mold Infestation Before Remediating the Damage

There is a considerable difference between fungi such as mold and mildew that many people are not aware of, which makes discovering and correctly identifying mold on your Agoura Hills property, easier. Mold and mildew may both be a type of fungi that share many standard features. However, they differ in many ways.

Knowing these differences gives you a better understanding of how to approach the situation in and around your home while also preventing mold damage in Agoura Hills from causing significant problems. Just remember, locating a qualified professional can make a huge difference in the length, quality, and efficiency of your home’s remediation.

At SERVPRO, we understand how mold and mildew can thrive in damp areas, both in and around your home. Both fungi require an appropriate food source, oxygen, and water to begin a growth cycle without any hindrance. However, without all three present, mold can remain present in your home, surviving until the right conditions exist.

Mildew grows mostly on plants, killing them if not taken care of in a timely fashion. Mildew is also known as parasitic fungi, causing many plant diseases. Both can cause health effects, depending on the amount and extent of exposure. This makes it especially important to have a professional, like SERVPRO, perform remediation services as soon as possible.

There are thousands of recorded mold species in existence. However, mold usually has a fuzzy or slimy texture, whereas mildew appears either powdery or sandy. Sandy mildew starts yellow, turning to a darker brownish color later in life. Powdery mildew is white, turning to yellow and again to black as it matures. Mold appears as irregularly shaped spots or dots containing a variety of colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or even white.

Since every situation remains unique, SERVPRO technicians need an opportunity to inspect your property. That way, we can repair existing leaks, install necessary ventilation, drainage, or dehumidification equipment to control the conditions of your living environment, better.

Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills for additional information about how we can help you regain control over the environment in your home, today. (818) 991-6292

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When a Shared Wall Allows Mold into Your Agoura Hills Store

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

When sharing walls with neighboring businesses, your store can be affected by their water, flood, and mold damage.

Take Care of Mold Damage Before It Becomes a Problem in Your Commercial Space

You have poured everything into your Agoura Hills retail store. Even though you work hard to keep up with everything, making sure the store itself stays clean and free of potential problems, there is always the potential for something to go wrong. You might not even realize how much your store might be at the mercy of adjacent properties before a problem has already started.

If an adjacent store or property has recently fallen victim to flooding or water damage that impacted your shared wall, moisture from this incident can affect your location as well. Once the mold has started to grow uninhibited from the present water, it can be a problem that compounds and gets exponentially worse. Professional remediation services can assist you in restoring the mold damage to your Agoura Hills store, but it is imperative to act quickly.

Our SERVPRO specialists are thoroughly trained in mold remediation and restoration services that exceed the standards required for certification through the IICRC. Utilizing state of the art equipment and our years of experience, the technicians we dispatch to your store can work quickly to resolve an issue like this that threatens your business.

Ideally, our goal is to mitigate your losses in profit by working quickly to remediate the mold damage in several ways. First, we have to remove the food source of the fungus by drying up the water that is present in the affected areas. Scrubbers are used to clean the surfaces growing mold colonies to remove them entirely.

Deodorization is critical in a store because your customers are going to quickly note the presence of mold based on its characteristic musty scent. Often the equipment of choice for this process by our SERVPRO technicians is a fogger. The dense chemical compound can disinfect and deodorize affected surfaces, floors, and stock you have in your store. The process neutralizes odorous molecules and leaves behind no scent at all.

Mold damage can be a massive problem for your business, stretching far beyond the potential health effects that can result from exposure. Resolve this problem quickly by calling SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. Our mold remediation specialists can be reached anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Fire Damaged Garages in Oak Park Stink Up Your Home and Keep Your Vehicles in the Fading Sun

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a garage can certainly prevent its use. Contact SERVPRO when facing fire damage in any part of the home including the garage.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Respond Quickly to Your Call After a Fire

A fire can happen anywhere inside an Oak Park home, including the garage. A fire affecting other areas can keep residents from using their home while a fire in the garage only affects those items, including your vehicle, stored there. Not only do you need to address the problem of damage to your garage and home, but your vehicle requires protection for the hot California sun.

Many disasters can happen to a home, but fire damage in Oak Park can spread caustic fumes and harsh chemicals to almost every corner of your home. This is especially the case when the garage is attached to the home instead of standing on its own. The enclosed area of a garage can force soot under the door and into your home, where it spreads out even more.

The technicians from SERVPRO receive ongoing training in the latest techniques and methods, so they understand the most effective methods for your unique situation. When fire strikes at your home, restoring your home, or in some cases, your garage, becomes a priority. We share that viewpoint and work as rapidly as possible.

Our work includes cleaning and restoring areas wherever smoke traveled. Burning tires create some of the densest, blackest smoke possible. People who enter areas where a fire produced this kind of smoke can experience breathing difficulties long after firefighters extinguished the fire. The continuous stream of gases given off by this black soot not only smells terrible but easily irritate both a person's airways and their eyes.

The ability of this thick soot to deeply embed itself into upholstered furniture and carpeting, as well as harder, less porous materials, means we must apply several methods to ensure we completely remove all traces of it from your home. Restoring your home, garage, and property happens simultaneously. We work in teams to accomplish this, substantially reducing the time involved.

Our employees hold certificates from the IICRC in Odor Control (OCT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), meaning our customers receive comprehensive services that address all their needs after fire damage affects their home.

When your home, garage or other property suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for the latest techniques in restoration science. We are here to help you and your family recover from minor and extensive losses.
 
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Reliable Water Damage Restorations Services In Calabasas

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Failure to do the restoration correctly may lead to mold growth, and that means additional damage.

Water Damage Restorations Services

Usually, water damage disasters typically strike when we are not expecting, and that means they are always emergencies. With that in mind, residents of Calabasas are advised to contact professional restoration service providers to mitigate the damage immediately. That should a be the first step to take irrespective of whether it was your home or business that the disaster hit.

Water damage incidents in Calabasas require immediate assessment and inspection, and that is what happens when certified professional arrive at the site. For instance, our technicians from SERVPRO try to identify the materials and areas that are affected and then put in place the most appropriate restoration methods. We aim to restore your property in the shortest time possible.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the various effects presented by the three major categories of water. Type 1 is clean water that is safe for human consumption that may be brought about by burst water pipes, rainwater or any failed supply of fresh water by appliances. Category 2 is gray water which is not safe for human consumption. It can result when washing machines, dishwashers, aquariums, waterbeds and toilet bowls overflow. Category 3 is black water that is highly contaminated. Flooding water from streams, rivers, and sewage are some of the sources of this type of water.

Failure to do the restoration correctly may lead to mold growth, and that means additional damage. That is why the anti-microbial application is so important. To hasten the drying process, we may use dehumidifiers and air movers. Dehumidifiers work by pulling out additional moisture from the air and in the process help in preventing the affected area from secondary damage. SERVPRO is recognized by IICRC and follows regulations of state when disposing of any debris or setting up equipment.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills responds immediately to all storm, fire, water and mold damage disasters. Call us at (818) 991-6292 and be served by professionals that you can trust.

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Who Should You Call When Your Agoura Hills Home Has Flood Damage?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding Can Create Such Havoc to a Foundation--Even in Agoura Hills

SERVPRO Assesses and Mitigates Flooding to Foundations and Basements

The foundation of your Agoura Hills home is essential. Not only does it serve as the solid base for the entire structure you live in, but it is also the line of defense between outside elements like flood waters or severe weather and the inside of your house. While it is customary for many people to go about visually inspecting the blockwork they find in their basement, inadequate construction techniques from when the home got initially built could eventually give impending water entry into the basement.

Once water has a way in, it does not take long (in the right conditions) for flood damage to occur to your Agoura Hills residence. Given that your basement area is either finished and livable or at the very least a storage area for many of your belongings that do not actively get used, this could create a dire situation for you and your family. If this occurs, you should consider the professional restoration services of our SERVPRO technicians.
 
Many people were not around when their homes were getting built, so they have no idea about the existence or proper pouring of a footer beneath the foundation block. Inadequate concrete or a pour that did not get reinforced is likely to shift with the freeze and then to thaw of the ground from season to season. This slight movement causes the rigid block walls to flex and break along their mortar joints, allowing water a point of penetration. Stair-steps, on the exterior often indicate this access path for water.
 
Once water has made its way inside, our SERVPRO professionals locate the point of entry and close it off. The process prevents the problem from getting worse as restoration efforts get underway. Extracting the water with pumps and thoroughly drying the area is critical, as standing water provides a conducive condition for mold to grow on surfaces in the area. Our team works quickly to prevent the damage from getting worse, and to return this compromised area to you the way that it used to be.
 
Flooding is never something that people want to have to deal with, but it is a natural disaster that affects the residents of Agoura Hills from time to time. You can call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills to help you with the mess. You can reach us anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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How to Control Mold Damage to Your Agoura Hills Property

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

You can help to prevent mold damage in your home by keeping high moisture areas such as your crawl space maintained.

SERVPRO’s Helpful Tips to Prevent Mold Damage

The sight of mold in your Agoura Hills home can be devastating. The best defense against mold is to act fast and seek professional help to eliminate it as soon as possible. That said, you can take steps to minimize the damage if you are careful.

SERVPRO professionals are always at your service to help you deal with mold damage to your Agoura Hills property. But you can minimize the damage if you follow some easy and practical tips. 

Call the Professionals Early

Mold can spread at an alarming rate. If you spot a colony of mold in any part of your home, make sure that you contact SERVPRO as soon as you can. We have a team of IICRC-certified technicians who can prevent the mold from spreading to unaffected areas. Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate and clean mold damage in no time. 

Control the Humidity in Your House

Mold loves moisture. If the moisture levels in your attic, bathroom, laundry room or kitchen are high, they are vulnerable to mold damage. After you call SERVPRO, our team can help you determine the moisture level in your home and suggest measures to bring it down. 

Inspect Your Home for Early Signs of Mold

Identify the vulnerable places in your home with high moisture such as crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Make sure that you are regularly inspecting them for early signs of mold. 

Take Care of Water Damage

Leaky pipes and standing water increase the risk of secondary mold damage significantly. If you locate water damage, get it fixed as soon as possible by calling professional water damage restoring services.

Mold remediation is a multi-step process that should be done by professionals. SERVPRO professionals are trained in safety protocols and certified to handle mold remediation safely and effectively.

Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 today to schedule a free consultation. Our professionals are here to help you eliminate mold and get your home back to the pre-damage condition in no time.  

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Power Blasting and Cleaning Services Following Commercial Water Damage in Your Agoura Shop

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Dry-Ice Blasting for Commercial Water Clean Up in Agoura

SERVPRO Offers Many Ways to Clean-up Your Shop After Water Intrusions

Pressure washing is an important part of any commercial water damage cleanup project in Agoura. It is highly efficient at eliminating the dirt and debris that come with water damage and can decrease the time to reopen a busy shop.
 
If you are unlucky enough to experience commercial water damage, SERVPRO can allocate highly trained restoration experts to your Agoura shop for returning your property to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently. We follow IICRC guidelines in every cleanup process so that you can be sure of a complete restoration job. Additionally, our tools and techniques are up to date with industry standards, significantly minimizing the risk of further damage during cleanup.
 
No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO. Our methods are designed to save you both time and money while reducing downtime and business interruption. Whether you are looking for a one-time cleanup or a long-term cleaning partner for your premises, we can provide a personalized service to cater to your specific needs. Our water damage restoration team has access to advanced equipment and cleaning products, ensuring that work is done to the highest possible standards.
 
SERVPRO professionals rely on a wide variety of media for individual projects while taking into account health, safety, and environmental considerations. This range of media includes dry-ice, grit, and soda H&C water blasting. In addition to reversing commercial water damage, our power blasting system is suitable for graffiti removal, as well as cleaning brick walls, patios, driveways, and car park decks.
 
Power washing is an excellent tool with numerous benefits when dealing with commercial water damage in a shop. It can easily remove dirt and dust from bricks, walls, and machines, leaving a clean surface that is more appealing to clients. A clean building can also protect your employees from contaminants such as mold, which can cause various health effects.
 
If you need quick and efficient commercial water damage restoration services, you can count on SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, inspired to return your property to pre-damage conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." For any emergency, call us today at (818) 991-6292.

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Backflow Preventer Failure Can Mean Substantial Water Damage To Your Agoura Residence

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Agoura Water Damage from Plumbing Gets Mitigation from SERVPRO

Water Damaging Events in Agoura Are Mitigated and Reversed by SERVPRO

Most homeowners know very little about backflow. Preventers were installed sometime when the house was built, and you were likely never given a clear understanding of what they were if they were there at all, and how they are to be maintained. When your backflow preventer fails in your Agoura home, however, you can see the kind of damage it can do.
 
The first step in preventing this water damage to your Agoura residence is to understand what backflow is. There are two types of this event. The first is when there is a loss of pressure on the supply end of your water service line, such as a water break on the main line that feeds your house. Back siphonage like this pulls water from your indoor plumbing out of your house. An influx of pressure on the supply side of your line (back pressure) can attempt to force more water through the service lines and into your house.
 
However, regardless of the type, backflow preventers are designed to stop this from happening. These are installed within the house where the service line enters and converts to the piping running to your fixtures. Additionally, sometimes these preventers are installed on the water meter itself, which can help to limit back pressure and back siphonage. These devices have to be maintained and should be checked annually to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
 
When they fail, backflow preventers allow that pressure to move water freely in the direction that it is compelled to go. The result can forcefully pull water from your house or send higher volumes of high-pressure water into your home. The consequence is typically the same: ruptured and damaged plumbing. In extreme cases, most typically found in older plumbing, these breaks can happen in multiple areas. The resulting water damage can be catastrophic to your home, and that is when you need to reach out to us at SERVPRO.
 
At SERVPRO we know about all of the devices used to keep your plumbing intact and excessive pressure from affecting your home. Our emergency mitigation specialists can quickly assess the problem and begin restoring the water damages within hours of your initial call. If possible, we attempt to fix the problem, but we can always mitigate water damage.
 
You must have your backflow preventer checked annually for any indications of impending malfunctions. In the event of this kind of water damage, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. We can be reached anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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Professional Fire Damage Recovery In Calabasas

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Your Dream Home and Fire & Smoke Damage--SERVPRO Can Help with the Cleanup and Restoration

Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Cleanup and Restoration

If you have suffered fire damage, it is hard to wait for expert help to perform the cleanup. Like many Calabasas residents, you really want to jump in and start attacking the soot and smoky residues. Dealing with moot and smoke damage is not like ordinary cleaning, however, and making a mistake can result in double the trouble.

It is true that the faster fire damage in Calabasas is addressed the better. Smoke and soot are incredibly corrosive, and your belongings may be permanently discolored or etched if cleanup delays. That is why we pledge availability to help our customers 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, year round.
 
What can you safely do while you wait for our help? If the fire department has authorized you to return to the home, call us first and then carefully disconnect appliances and turn off the HVAC system. Leave any burned or melted cords alone. Locate valuables and documents and store them away from the burned area. If there is room in your freezer, placing them there is a good idea. Lift furniture legs and place foil beneath to protect from water damage. Keep pets and children out of the area. While you attend to these initial tasks, SERVPRO arrives within hours of your call, ready to get to work.
 
If the fire was extinguished by water, as is typical, the first matter we address is water removal and damage. Although fire damage also requires fast action, water damage has the potential to deteriorate everything it touches. We remove standing water and extract moisture after ensuring no risk of electrical shock remains.When the air movers and dehumidifiers, possibly powered by the SERVPRO truck, are positioned, it is time to commence the fire damage assessment and cleanup.
 
Light soot and ash respond well to dry sponging and vacuuming. Heavier residues may need a spray and wipe approach with SERVPRO cleaning products. Sticky and heat-sealed residues may need an abrasive cleanser and a scraper or textured sponge for removal. Although cleaning needs may be most apparent in the room where the fire started, smoke and soot float throughout your home. We inspect the entire house because of this characteristic. If the heating or cooling system operated during the fire, you can count on the effects being spread everywhere, and we may need to perform duct cleaning in addition to other tasks.
 
A single call to (818) 991-6292 places the skill and experience of the SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team at your disposal. We are eager to help and work with your insurance and authorities to get you back into your home fast.

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Preparing For Water Damage At Agoura Hills Pet Boarding Facility

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

One call to SERVPRO will get you the commercial water removal services you need!

Agoura Hills Pet Boarding Facility Can Prepare and Prevent Water Damage


People love their pets and go to great lengths to ensure they are safe and happy if a business trip or vacation far away from Agoura Hills means lodging needs to be found for a furry friend. A reliable pet hotel needs a plan in case of disaster, and we suggest they consider partner with us and developing a blueprint for a response that keeps animals and caretakers secure.

A high-end boarding Agoura Hills facility for pets has many possibilities for water damage challenges. Grooming area plumbing can fail, or a tub can overflow. Food preparation areas have sinks and taps that spring leaks, and eager dogs, cats, and other guests spill water bowls. Bedding needs laundering, and washing machines that overflow or broken internal pumps send water everywhere.

With dozens of pampered pets at any given time in the facility, it is a smart move to contact SERVPRO about developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for your luxury pet room and board facility. Responding to a water emergency under these unique circumstances goes much more smoothly if you advise us about the unique needs of the animals under your care. A thorough explanation of your physical plant, including a map of all areas, makes it much easier to work through a crisis.

You identify for us where the animals are housed, and the location of utility shutoffs. A speedy response from our SERVPRO crew is crucial to minimize the chances of secondary water damage, including mold growth and contamination of animal care areas, so we suggest you authorize trusted members of your staff to call for our help and make decisions during the restoration process.

An experienced SERVPRO project manager meets with you and assesses your facility during the creation of the ERP. This no-obligation visit permits us to make suggestions and brainstorm about the challenges of restoration while your animal charges are on the premises. We pledge to help you manage the water damage while letting you continue, as much as possible, to host your guests.

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Avoid the anxiety of dealing with a water damage emergency in your pet board and care. Make a call to SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile, and then feel confident you have prepared well for the pets of our community.

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Homeowners In Calabasas Receive Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Careful Attention When Cooking in a Calabasas Kitchen Helps Prevent Fire Damage--Says SERVPRO

Count on SERVPRO to Cleanup the Mess After a Fire to Your Calabasas Property

Fire damage is a common problem for every homeowner, including those of us living in Calabasas. Accidents often occur as fast as you can blink, making it vital for you to have access to qualified professionals that can help you recover quickly.

If you find yourself facing fire damage in your Calabasas area home, help is not as hard to find as you may think. There are many local resources designed to assist homeowners with finding the help they need during an emergency. Your insurance company, for instance, can point you towards a qualified professional they have had success with using in the past.  SERVPRO is a preferred provider of fire damage cleanup services for many carriers and local agencies.

Most household fires occur due to accidents in the kitchen, which makes cooking concentration a key benefit for avoiding fires. Never let yourself become distracted by others while preparing a meal, your safety and the safety of others may be in jeopardy if you do. SERVPRO technicians can provide you with a variety of tips and recommendations that help prevent kitchen fires altogether.
Other homeowners have problems with electrical wiring or portable heaters while others experience a fire due to misuse or neglect. Always check the wiring on electronic devices before plugging them into a wall socket, sparks are hard to see, especially during the day and can lead to catastrophic events that you would be better off avoiding. SERVPRO has a home inspection process designed to detect hidden problems, using a trained eye to locate issues you may have missed.

The fire and smoke residues left behind affect surfaces in a variety of ways, often causing additional damages long after the flames go out. With a qualified professional on your side, it may be possible to recover or restore many items and minimize your losses. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified technicians available 24/7, ready to assist day or night. You never have to wonder where to find the help you deserve.

SERVPRO of Agoura provides quality restoration services to residents throughout Hidden Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake Village. Call to begin your home’s recovery, today. (818) 991-6292

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Deal with Water Damage in Agoura Quickly

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Agoura Drips and Water Damage Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Assists in Many Facets of Water Removal

A leaky pipe in the wall of your home in Agoura, a toilet that overflows, a faulty hose in your dishwasher or laundry room—water emergencies have many causes. Whether they happen slowly, drip by drip, or quickly with a flood of water, they lead to severe damage. Water problems ruin possessions and furnishings, cause major disruptions in your schedule, and kill your family budget.

The experts here at SERVPRO in Agoura deal with water damage emergencies on a daily basis. We know how overwhelming the problem can be. We realize how tempting it is to put off dealing with the issue, especially if you suspect a slow leak.

Moreover, we cannot emphasize enough that speed is your best friend in this type of situation. The quicker you fix the source of the excess water, the more money you can save. When you call us in right away, we can use our expertise to save your carpets, walls, floors, and possessions.

Think you can handle the cleanup yourself? Think again. A fan from the home improvement center can blow air around. However, an industrial strength air mover can actually evaporate the moisture and create a drier room. We use these in conjunction with dehumidifiers, which remove moisture from the air.

Our team of SERVPRO technicians, trained to IICRC standards, know how to balance the work of these two critical pieces of equipment. If not enough air movers are used, the process can take longer than necessary. If there are too many movers used in relation to dehumidifiers, it can actually compound the damage.

Before we start, we do a thorough inspection, then decide on a plan to fix the problem. It starts with extracting the water and drying the area. Then we clean up space, using sanitizing agents and powerful cleaning solutions. Our goal is to restore your furnishings and living area, replacing only when necessary.

Another advantage of quickly calling in SERVPRO  is the help you get dealing with your insurance company. We have the experience to answer their questions and to assist you with the paperwork.

When an emergency happens, call the water damage specialists at SERVPRO in Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills as quickly as possible. We are here to help, 24/7. (818) 991-6292.

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Water Extraction Services in a Flood Damage Situation in Agoura

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Swiftly Extracts Storm Water from Agoura Properties

Floodwaters Pose Difficult Removal and Restoration Processes

Time is of the essence when a storm hits Agoura. Within a matter of hours, the floodwaters could overwhelm your home and compromise its structural integrity. Snakes, frogs, and other animals could swim into the house. Wet electrical boxes and felled power lines become a safety hazard. Even your car may become submerged in water and fail to start. The overall experience can be devastating.
 
The best way to protect yourself and your family is by escaping to the roof if the flood waters are so high and then calling a restoration company when the floodwaters recede. SERVPRO has many years of experience dealing with water and flood damage in Agoura. During that time, we have helped numerous homeowners recover from a wide range of gray and black water flood damage. Thanks to a combination of experience, advanced cleaning and drying equipment, and dedication to client satisfaction, our IICRC-qualified technicians have been able to return damaged properties to preloss condition in no time.
 
Our flood damage recovery process always begins with water extraction from the property. The volume of water determines the extent of the water extraction process - the larger the flood, the more complicated the removal becomes. Typically, gray and black water may require decontamination efforts once we are done with the extraction part.
 
SERVPRO water extraction technicians have two main objectives in mind when undertaking flood damage remediation. First, we have to protect the structure from unnecessary absorption of the floodwater, and secondly, we need to reduce the risk of secondary damage while controlling evaporation (which can lead to mold growth and mold damage).
 
Add to this the fact that rapid extraction of water can significantly decrease the amount of "strip-out" needed after a flood, using SERVPRO professional extraction services can greatly reduce repair costs that normally come with such an event. Once the work is done, we carry out thermal monitoring, environmental data logging processes, and hygiene testing to minimize the possibility of degradation. Indeed, it would be naive to assume that just because things look clean or dry, that that is actually the case.
 
Time passes slowly when a flood hits your home. For fast, efficient, and reliable flood damage restoration services, you can count on SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. We are locally based and have many years of experience providing flood damage and water damage restoration services to the area and its environs. Call us anytime at (818) 991-6292.

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

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Build Colonies in Agoura Homes Requiring Remediation--Call SERVPRO

Mold Morphology Dictates Correct Remediation Services

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

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Giving Agoura Residents Hope Against Flood Damage In The Area

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flood and Water Removal Help in Agoura Residents Call on SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers a Well Equipped Team to Mitigate Storm Losses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Your Agoura Bowling Alley Struck with Water Damage? Spare Yourself the Worry--Call SERVPRO

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

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

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

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Mold Remediation Services Available To Agoura Homeowners

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Agoura Properties Get Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

Clean Up and Disinfecting Mold Infestations

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

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

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Action After Agoura Fire Damage

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

The Flames Fear SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration to Your Agoura Property

Agoura fire damage can be one of the most disastrous, devastating realities that residential property owners can encounter. Besides causing severe damage to the structure of your property, the flames and smoke can destroy your most valuable possessions. Additionally, fires can cause severe emotional stress. However, learning more about fire damage and how to obtain professional help can empower a homeowner to restore his property, limit anxiety, and resume a normal life. Learn more about these important matters by reviewing this quick reference guide:

Fire-Damaged Properties Are Dangerous
One thing that a homeowner should be cognizant of in the face of a fire is that the disaster leaves your living space exposed and unsafe. Thus to avoid compromising your safety, you should not enter the property right after the fire. It may have caused substantial damage to the property's foundation and structure, meaning that the structure could collapse when you attempt to go back in. Always check with the fire chief before entering.

You should also note that a fire-damaged home is often subject to collateral damage caused by water. The volumes of standing water on your property result from the extinguishing efforts of the fire department. This water will compound the flame, smoke, soot, and heat damage by wicking into building materials like drywall and furniture and carpeting. The results are tossing of unsalvageable items and a battle to prevent a mold infestation. It's important for you to hire a team of skilled fire damage remediation experts from SERVPRO immediately. An assessment followed by a plan of action can salvage many personal items and mitigate the loss in dollars and time.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process
When professional restoration experts come to your property, the first thing they will do is an assessment. This assessment will enable the specialists to determine the depth and scope of both superficial and severe damages. The technicians and field manager will thoroughly examine both the outside and inside of your property to determine which strategies and systems to implement for the restoration process. After this work is complete, they will begin with the cleaning and drying processes. Our industry leading professionals utilize equipment like water pumps, sump pumps, air movers, disinfectants, and dehumidifiers to complete this work.

More Fire Damage Restoration Services
In addition to completing the cleaning and drying work, the restoration specialists will remove water damaged-fabrics like rugs and carpets from the home. Some of the other restoration services provided can include vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, odor removal, smoke removal, deodorization, sanitation, and content restoration. Smoke and soot can be more problematic than the actual damage to the structure by the inferno.

When Agoura fire damage has wreaked havoc on your home, hiring a professional restoration company is a must. The best company to call for fast, effective remediation work is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals will utilize advanced methodologies and specialized equipment to get your property back into pre-loss condition. "Like it never even happened."

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills specializes in water and fire damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition. We proudly serve the communities of Agoura, Calabasas, and Hidden Hills. Call us for 24/7 help. (818) 991-6292

Mold Remediation for an Oak Park Property

12/17/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Removal is Best Left to the Professionals from SERVPRO

Oak Park Mold Remediation Services by SERVPRO

Mold remediation in Oak Park was not on your to-do list. It is disconcerting to discover that fungi have begun thriving on your residential property. However, gathering information and advice regarding mold and how to remove it from your home or home office can help you limit stress and financial burden. SERVPRO submits the following information concerning mold along with a suggestion to allow professionals to clean up and remediate mold issues.


Mold Quick Fact. Molds are fungi that have their place in a natural setting. However, they can often begin to propagate in a residential setting if the conditions are right. Typically, mold starts growing in a home due to high moisture and relative humidity--RH. Mold spores, widespread in almost every home, begin to colonize into mold patches when sufficient moisture combines with a food source. Some common areas of water damage include damp basements, roof leakages, poor ventilation, leaking pipes, damp carpets, and flooding.

Mold DIY Mold Remediation. Often, individuals who experience mold growth on their personal property seek to remove it on their own. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states you may find yourself capable of completing the mold remediation process if the area impacted by the fungus is no more than 10 square feet, roughly 3 feet by 3 feet and a hard surface. If porous material like drywall, ceiling tiles, or carpeting displays molds growth, consider calling in a mold remediation company like SERVPRO. The infested materials may require discarding professionally to prevent cross-contamination and spreading. Although completing a mold remediation DIY project is not prudent, there are certain things you can and should do once you realize that mold is thriving on your property. Turn your HVAC system off. This step is critical because the mold and mold spores may be present in the ductwork or air handler filters. However, the source of the water or excessive moisture must be found and repaired.

Despite the fact that the EPA has established guidelines for DIY mold removal, it's important to know that mold removal requires special safety clothing and gear. Equipment, cleaning and disinfecting products, and most importantly, training and expertise are additionally needed.  By utilizing a special machine, SERVPRO establishes negative air pressure in a room to prevent spores from circulating to uninfested rooms during the mold remediation process in your Oak Park home.

What You Can Do. Let SERVPRO Complete The Oak Park Mold Remediation Process For You. While the idea of a mold infestation may seem intimidating because of potential health risks, or simply overwhelming, you don't have to confront the problem. Instead, call the trusted professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals possess advanced knowledge in mold remediation, and at the completion of the service will inspect to assure that the mold and spores have been reduced to safe levels. Like it never even happened.

Highly Trained Water and Mold Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills specializes in water damage restoration and mold damage remediation, with advance training in restoration techniques and the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property. We are proud to serve Oak Park and the  communities of Calabasas and Hidden Hills. Call us 24/7 for help. (818) 991-6292

Four Basic Steps for Fire Damage Restoration in Calabasas

12/16/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Be Alert For Wild Fires

Calabasas Fire Damage Restoration Steps by SERVPRO

When Calabasas fire damage has impacted your home, securing help for cleanup and restoration is strongly advised. There are many steps that a professional fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO will take to restore your property to its original condition.

1. Inspection And Evaluation. This process enables the fire damage restoration experts to determine the extent of your damages. We utilize a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) technology to generate a room-by-room inventory listing. This categorizes all items and materials as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. You and your insurance adjuster make the final determinations. This simplifies and aids for your contents settlement. With this information the contractors can give you a cost estimate and draft a detailed, customized strategic plan that outlines how the recovery work will be completed. But the first, and very urgent step, to mitigate losses is extracting standing water from the firefighting work. Smoke and soot damage will vary depending on the severity of the blaze.

2. Packing Out. Another important component of the Calabasas fire damage restoration process is packing out. Items like shoes, clothing, art, furniture and electronics will typically require restoration work. For this reason, contractors will document, pack up, and remove these materials from the property. They will be transported to our facility where the cleaning and restoration work will be completed. If the fire and smoke damage are minimal, the cleaning process can be completed on-site.

3. Structural Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration. Much of the fire and smoke damage restoration process will involve vacuuming, dry brushing and cleaning walls, carpets, and floors. Contractors will also complete deep cleaning work to eliminate all smoke damage. The remediation experts will utilize special solutions and equipment (foggers) to neutralize unpleasant smoke odors. The equipment will also help eliminate biological and chemical contaminants. Thermal generators, hydroxyl generators, and thermal foggers are some of the devices that will be used to restore the home if necessary.

4. Contents Restoration. These services involve deodorizing, cleaning, and preserving the property owner's furnishings on-site, without shipping out to the SERVPRO cleaning facility. Our technicians will offer restoration services for electronics, documents, and all other appliances and equipment subjected to fire damage. If sensitive computer equipment is involved, we can farm it out for specialized cleaning.

Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Damage Restoration Services
When a fire strikes on your Calabasas property, immediate action is wise and cost effective. Our trained technicians are certified by the IICRC, and also receive on-going training in the latest methods for cleaning. To get your home back in pre-loss condition and restore your peace of mind, call us.

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We live and work in Calabasas too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. For 24/7 service call us. (818) 991-6292

How To Handle Water Damage On Your Agoura Home

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says a Pinhole Leak Can Become a Water Damage Problem

Agoura Home Water Damage Suggestions from SERVPRO

Addressing the issue immediately of Agoura water damage is important because it helps ensure that your property is not subjected to secondary water damage. Once your home has been damaged by fire or a flood, water damage is typically the primary, urgent issue you'll confront. Additionally, nipping the water damage problem in the bud will lessen the likelihood of structural problems and mold growth. To ensure that you can resolve all water damage issues quickly and correctly, SERVPRO suggests reading the below informational guide.

Call Your Insurance Company for Water Damage and Restoration. Water intrusion caused by structural failures, appliances, and plumbing are normally covered under a standard homeowners policy. Water damage caused by flooding or storms may not be covered. As soon as you become aware of water damage on your property, be sure to call your insurance company. Your insurance agent will have an adjuster come out to your property and complete a water damage assessment. Additionally, the adjuster will help you start the claims process. SERVPRO advises calling us to cooperate with your agent to expedite the water removal and implement an action plan. Remember to take photos of the personal possessions and structural materials that have been impacted by the water damage (as will SERVPRO.)

Contact A Water Damage Restoration Company.
After you call your insurance agent, be sure to contact a water damage restoration company. We will be able to complete each component of the water damage restoration process, including cleanup, water extraction, drying, and content restoration upon a signed agreement. Our thorough assessment and inspection will provide our skilled technicians a clear understanding of the damages done and how to address them. We are also ready to work with contractors of your choosing to expedite the process.

Avoid DIY Projects. Although you may be tempted to start the water damage cleanup process on your own, don't do it if significant volumes of water are present in your Agoura home. Health hazards that result from flood contaminants or sewage backup are very real. Also, without proper and total drying of the structure mold can proliferate leading to possible health issues. Consider the safety factor of walking on a slippery floor or stepping on a hidden object that may cause injury.

Call SERVPRO Immediately. With over 55 years experience in the water damage restoration industry, the professionals of SERVPRO can be trusted to restore your property in Agoura to its pre-loss condition. All of our professionals are IICRC-certified, plus they receive on-going corporate and in-branch training. Our green trucks are outfitted with the latest and best equipment that compliments our customer first philosophy. We are there 24/7 and ready if you need help.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Agoura too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. Call us 24/7 for help. (818) 991-6292

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