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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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