Recent Storm Damage Posts

Six Flags Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park for Agoura Residents

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

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A Drive-Thru Experience Celebrating the Holidays Awaits the Agoura Community 

Christmas is a bit different this year in many places, but spectacular drive-thru illuminated displays are ready and waiting. Six Flags has turned their Valencia theme park into a winter wonderland that will delight the entire family. It is Magic Mountain’s annual Holiday in the Park event and is a holiday tradition for many families. As you drive through the stunning displays, you can enjoy: 

  • Dancing lights set to holiday music
  • 30’ ornaments
  • Snow
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Car show 

You can enjoy the show through January 3rd. Tickets are $20 - $25 per person, and the show starts at 6:00 PM. You can book your tickets online. It all happens at Magic Mount Parkway, Los Angeles. It is a great way to enjoy the Christmas season while staying safe. No reason to sit in the house when you can get out enjoy this light show. 

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills provides flood damage mitigation to homes that have been hit by flooding. We have the proper PPE and equipment to handle the cleanup for you. Contact us at (818) 991-6292.

Calabasas Residents Can Depend on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Mitigation

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck open showing restoration equipment in truck and on ground Don't let storm damage distract from your enjoyment of all Calabasas has to offer. SERVPRO is available to help!

When Flooding Impacts Homes in Calabasas We are There to Cleanup & Restore Your Home 

There are different opinions on how the city of Calabasas got its name. One version believes the name comes from calbaza, which is Spanish for pumpkin or squash. Another theory says it originates from the Chumash word calahoosa, meaning “where the wild geese fly.” While either is possible, the first seems more likely as wild squash plants grow all over the area. It appeared in 1824 that a Basque rancher spilled a wagonload of pumpkins. When spring came along, the seeds sprouted, and hundreds of pumpkins grew. That area is known as Las Calabasas.  

Pumpkin Festival Fun 

In honor of its humble heritage from the pumpkin, Calabasas hosts a Pumpkin Festival each year in October. It started as a small-town event near where the wagon overturned but has grown into a much bigger event. It now takes place at Juan Bautista de Anza Park and features live entertainment, exhibits, and carnival rides. 

Native Americans & Spanish Explorers 

The first known inhabitants were the Chumash Indians. Europeans would come in the form of Spanish Explorers looking to claim land for Spain. Gaspar de Portola headed an expedition that crossed through the area in 1770. They were returning to Mexico after exploring Northern California. Juan Bautista de Anza and the explorers with him would camp there in 1776. In 1875 a rancheria was named Calabasas. Leonis Adobe was a building in Old Town Calabasas and is one of the oldest buildings in the Los Angeles area. It dates from 1844.  

Today’s Businesses and Economy 

The city is the headquarters for several important businesses, including Harbor Freight Tools. The top ten employers in Calabasas include: 

  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Las Virgenes United School District
  • Viewpoint School
  • Keysight Technologies
  • All Motorists Ins Agency
  • Alcatel Internetworking, Inc
  • Bob Smith BMW & Mini
  • Xperi
  • Valley Crest Landscaping Co. 

Enjoy the Local Annual Events 

The folks of Calabasas do enjoy celebrating. There are several fun events the entire family can enjoy throughout the year. You will not want to miss the following: 

  • Eggstravaganza
  • The Pumpkin Festival
  • The Fourth of July Spectacular
  • The Fine Arts Festival
  • The Calabasas Film Festival 

Calabasas Film Festival 

This annual event screens around 40 films during the Calabasas Film Festival. The movies can be seen at: 

  • The Edwards Grand Palace
  • The Commons of Calabasas
  • Viewpoint School 

This week-long event happens in September, with screenings and filmmaker workshops taking place. It began in 2014 and was the debut site of The Equalizer, which starred Denzel Washington. It is a non-profit festival promoting student works and the film industry. Several major movies have been featured over the years, including: 

  • All Things Must Pass
  • Marauders
  • Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story
  • The Birth of a Nation 

Claretville of Calabasas & the Claretians 

If you are visiting, there are some interesting places to visit. In the early 1900s, the Claretians came to Southern California from Mexico. They are an order of the Catholic Church known as the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rome. Their goal was to do inner-city mission work in Los Angeles.  

The former Gillette Estate was their home and where they operated the Theological Seminary of Claretville. They also ran the Immaculate Heart Claretian Novitiate. The estate was renamed Claretville by the order.  

King Gillette Ranch  

The property would go on to be sold in 1978 to Clare Prophet, another religious organization. Claretville, or Gillette Estate, is now known as the King Gillette Ranch. The historic structures and the land can be enjoyed today as part of Malibu Creek State Park.  

The King Gillette Ranch and its stunning view is a must-see when visiting the area. It is an unspoiled 588 acres of historical, cultural, and archaeological resources. There is a Chumash settlement on the land. King C. Gillette, a razor magnate, owned the land and had several structures built by Wallace Neff. Neff was a well-known architect during the Gold Age of California. 

Magnificent Landscapes & Structures 

Some of the Gillette Estate’s original formal landscaping is included in the park’s features. They are simply magnificent. Visitors to the par can enjoy: 

  • A grand entry
  • Serene pond
  • Bridges
  • Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion
  • Formal courtyard and terrace 

The Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center has all the information needed to explore the park and the estate. Many activities can be enjoyed, such as picnicking, walking, biking, and photography. It is an excellent place to camp and enjoy the outdoors all year long. The diverse wildlife that inhabits the park is fascinating as well.  

SERVPRO Proudly Serves Calabasas Residents 

Flooding can strike a home at any time. The storms that bring torrential rains, high winds, and flash flooding seem to be increasing. Flood damage can cause homeowners to be displaced as the floodwaters make the home uninhabitable. SERVPRO are experts at flood damage mitigation. We understand safety needs when dealing with contaminated water. When floods hit your home, our company can provide: 

  • Emergency mitigation to ensure safety to both homeowners and technicians.
  • Containment to prevent contaminated water from doing further damage.
  • Water extraction to protect structural elements and prevent secondary damage. 
  • Sanitizing with antimicrobial agents throughout the process.
  • Drying the residence with dehumidifiers and air movers.
  • Proper removal and disposal of contaminated material that cannot be salvaged.
  • Controlled demolition as needed.
  • Repair and restoration once the home is thoroughly cleaned
  • Satisfaction knowing that your home is in good hands. 

We sympathize with any of our neighbors whose home has been flooded. It is a stressful situation, and we do everything possible to ease your burden. We work with your insurance, so you do not have to worry about minor details. Our priority is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” If you need flood damage services, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

What are the Steps of Flooding Cleanup?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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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 My Agoura Home Safe to Reoccupy After a Storm Floods?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

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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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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.

Flood Damage During Rainy Season In Agoura

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water floods the living room of contemporary style home with white walls, tv, couch, curtains SERVPRO remedies floodwater based on the individual characteristics and build of your home.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.