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

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Stains, Calabasas Homes, SERVPRO

Professional Mold Removal for Calabasas Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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