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Our Experts Explain How To Avoid Long Term Water Damage In Your Agoura Home
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Long Term Water Damage Problems To Avoid In Agoura
Water damage to your property can lead to some severe long-term consequences if you do not respond to the problem quickly. Years after the accident, a few tell-tale signs may remain of the damages your home incurred, even with reconstruction and renovation in the area. SERVPRO crews know how to handle a wide variety of problems associated with water damage and make it “Like it never even happened.” Without our expert touch, you could still see these problems several years down the road.
The most prominent odors from water damage in your Agoura home should come directly after the accident, but in many cases, these smells can linger for years after the moisture dries up. Odor particles can come from a wide variety of sources, including bacterial waste products, oxidized chemicals, and fungal growth. Once the particles have been created, they can remain in place and stay noticeable for years, sometimes highly resistant to air fresheners and odor masking agents. SERVPRO uses specialized deodorizing foggers with mold-specific chemical agents to neutralize odors completely.
Water can cause discoloration in a wide variety of materials and paint finishes. This discoloration may, depending on the material, be tough to paint or finish over. We train our water damage restoration technicians (WRCs) to conduct thorough restorations on top of their mitigation and water removal work, ensuring that the most appropriate and effective treatment options are those used in your home.
One of the most difficult problems to contend with as a result of water damage in your home is the growth of mold colonies and other fungal spores. These microscopic organisms feed on the materials holding up your home and can create powerful foul odors in their vicinity. SERVPRO technicians are fully certified in mold damage mediation and prevention to remove as much of these threats as possible.
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills provides expert water damage mitigation and restoration work at affordable rates and constant availability. Call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.
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Call Us Day Or Night For Your Water Damage Restoration Needs In Agoura
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How Your HVAC System Can Cause Water Damage for Your Agoura Home
For as common as conditioned air has become for Agoura homes, the upkeep and maintenance of these systems can often get overlooked. While your HVAC system can still function for a long period in a compromised state, these conditions can lead to higher utility costs and lower output of the system. Additionally, a blocked and throttled HVAC system can allow water and condensation to pool in elbows and angles of the ductwork, which can leak from connections to damage structural elements of your property.
While you might not always prioritize the performance of your HVAC appliance and ductwork, once these elements allow water damage in your Agoura home you need a fast response to the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals can not only provide upkeep and maintenance of the system itself to help resolve the situation allowing the water damage, but we also have effective and efficient drying equipment that can quickly restore your damaged property.
Assessing the water damage throughout the affected areas of your home often requires the use of our moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery. Since much of the HVAC system is hidden within walls and between floors, the full extent of the water damage might not be visible without these advanced tools. We can get to work quickly on drying out these damaged elements with our high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers. For inaccessible areas, our injecti-dry system is minimally invasive and highly effective at removing moisture and dampness.
Pooling and condensation within the ductwork often become correlated with a buildup of dust, debris, dander, and other sediment throughout the network of sheet metal. Our professionals can offer a thorough cleaning of this entire system, including the coils and other appliance components to help the air move freely through the ducts.
While many homeowners might not give their HVAC unit the attention and upkeep that it requires, our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team can help you take care of this compromised system and the water damage it can cause quickly. Give our professionals a call anytime at (818) 991-6292.
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After A Burst Ceiling Pipe In Your Agoura Hills Home Call The Water Damage Experts At SERVPRO Immediately
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Water Damage From Ceiling Pipe Bursting In Agoura Hills
You don't think about the pipes that run throughout your home in floors, walls, and ceilings until they need attention. A pipe burst in a ceiling can be the cause of water damage to not only the localized area in the ceiling, but the walls, flooring, and objects below. Water can travel rapidly to other areas of the home through carpet padding and under minute areas where tile flooring is not sealed, creating the potential for mold growth and offensive odors long after the water appears to have been removed.
Turn the water off in your home and contact SERVPRO to turn the clock back on this situation. Our technicians immediately inspect to determine the scope and scale of water damage in your Agoura Hills home. Then, an individualized plan to remove any standing water and dry the areas to minimize damage and inhibit mold growth from areas in the home you can see water damage and areas you cannot.
Whether it is a localized pool of several gallons of water or hundreds of gallons, we can remove the water in a quick and efficient manner using either portable pumps or truck mounted units to expedite the process. Using digital moisture detectors, we will scan your walls and flooring to determine that actual area of water penetration and set up a plan of action for removing the moisture from the home, often using powerful industrial movers and dehumidifiers to get the area dry as quickly as possible.
The final step before restoration work begins involves thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing areas affected by water damage in the home. Your SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), and they follow the best practices and standards for water removal, mold remediation, and water damage restoration techniques. The structure of the home and objects affected by water are wiped down with specially formulated cleaners to prohibit bacteria and mold growth and eliminate odors that may be leftover from the water so your home can return to normal as soon as possible.
When a pipe bursts and causes water damage in your home, it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Outsource the task to our expert technicians at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills handle the problem for you from start to finish. We're available to help you 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.
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Three Advantages Why Selecting SERVPRO Is The Right Step To Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Agoura Hills
When facing water damage in your home, working with professionals is the best decision you can ever make.
Why You Should Consider Hiring Water Damage Professionals In Agoura Hills
When facing water damage in your home, working with professionals is the best decision you can ever make. In fact, professional restoration companies have an emergency hotline you can call 24/7. Once you make that call, we respond fast to deliver timely and high-quality services. This saves you from the stressful event and enables you to assume your normal duties. Want to know the benefits of hiring water damage restoration experts? The following are three benefits why working with professionals is the right step.
When your home is flooded by water from a faulty pipe or appliance, time is of the essence. SERVPRO water damage experts in Agoura Hills pride themselves in responding fast to emergencies. By doing so, we help to prevent further harm to your belongings and home.
Want to know our process? The initial step is to inspect your property, followed by clean up, drying, and repairs. Also, we help to salvage your furniture, appliances and other valuables. Thanks to our quick response, you can resume your normal life within days.
Reduce Losses And Restoration Costs
Hiring SERVPRO experts to mitigate water damage in your home helps to reduce losses and restoration costs. As experts, we have cutting-edge equipment that reduces the time involved in cleaning and drying. The equipment includes dehumidifiers, air movers and truck mounted water extraction equipment. By extracting the water from your home, less damage occurs to your walls and hardwood floors.
Walking around in your flooded home can lead to an accident. For instance, you can slip on your hardwood floors or get electrocuted when attempting clean up. Also, if you have an open wound, it may come into contact with gray water from a faulty dishwasher.
Hiring professionals mean you do not have to do the clean up yourself. This keeps you and your family from harm's way. Prolonged exposure of your home and belongings to water can lead to further damage. Also, it makes it hard to salvage your possessions.
Hiring SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills water damage experts is the smartest decision. Thanks to our timely action, we help you save on restoration costs. Call our 24/7 emergency line at (818) 991-6292 to get the job done right the first time.
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Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage In Your Agoura Kitchen
Water damage in your Agoura residence can appear from some different sources.
Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage
When it comes to caring for your Agoura residence, it means preparing for the disasters and incidents that could require professional restoration to resolve. While there are many things that your home needs that you can handle on your own, never discount the wealth of training and expertise available to you by bringing in a professional outfit instead of trying to handle cleanup and restoration tasks all by yourself.
Water damage in your Agoura residence can appear from some different sources. One of the most common of these, surprisingly perhaps, is human error. Something as simple as failing to close a dishwasher all the way before a cycle starts, or forgetting to remove the drain stop from the kitchen sink can lead to water spread throughout this area that you have to overcome. Professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly and help you to preserve the materials and contents of your kitchen.
One of the focuses for the technicians when we arrive beyond extraction of pooling water throughout the area is the preservation of the affected materials. Cabinets in your kitchen are often made of wood or particle material depending on their age and are very susceptible to saturation and warping. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on removing the moisture from the area, the better protected that these implements become.
Flooring is another concern for the professionals that we dispatch to the restoration job. While the immediate surface can begin to bloat or warp with prolonged exposure to moisture and dampness, the subflooring and supports for the floor itself are also at risk the longer that the problem persists.
It is always critical when you face disaster in your home to get the situation taken care of as quickly as possible. These instances do not get better on their own and can lead to worsening conditions or compounding effects that make restoration take even longer and ultimately cost more to complete. Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team a call 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.
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Water Damage in Your Agoura Home from a Roof Leak
Many times the water damage on your ceiling is the first sign of a leaky roof. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.
Team SERVPRO Both Understands and Makes Use of Evaporation Science When Drying Out Your Home After Damage
A household maintenance issue in Agoura you may delay repairs on is a leaky roof. However, there are several reasons you should treat something like this with urgency. Besides the damage that can be done to your home’s framework, it can also compromise your insulation and promote the growth of mold.
If you have realized you have a leaky roof, some of the water damage in your Agoura home you probably have is hidden. Therefore, it may have taken you a while to notice there was a problem. Be sure to get in touch with our skilled technicians at SERVPRO so we can help you find all the damage and dry your home thoroughly.
We need to establish a drying goal and monitor the drying process daily to see if this goal is being met. A drying goal is a condition we want to bring about in affected areas of your home and how dry we want the environment to be when we are finished.
SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Air with low humidity is drier air. It is essential to have a relative humidity of under 40% for an effective drying process. It usually tells us that the air is dry and thirsty and can pull more water from materials. We use specific humidity readings, however, to make sure the humidity in the affected area is decreasing, as they are more accurate than relative humidity readings.
A moisture content goal is also set. One way we do this is to establish the dry standard, which is the moisture content of dry materials in an undamaged area of your home. We take moisture content readings from dry materials here to get the dry standard. These readings are part of the drying goal for the wet areas. When wet materials have the same moisture content as items in the unaffected room, they are considered dry.
SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills works carefully to ensure your home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, or Agoura is dry again. Give us a call at (818) 991-6292 right away when you have a water damage emergency.
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Mitigation of Water Damage from a Leaky Air Conditioner in Agoura
When your air conditioner drips for the hot summer months, you may suddenly see water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.
SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out and Remediate Your Water Damaged Property
Air conditioner use occurs in many Agoura residences during the hot summer. Maintaining these appliances so they function correctly should include examining the lines that drain condensed water away from your home.
If an air conditioner's drain lines become blocked, they can cause homeowners problems with water damage in Agoura. The steady trickle of water in between a wall or down the face of it can saturate not only the wall itself but also the floor below, materials in living areas on lower levels, carpeting and padding, and any personal belongings that happen to get in the way.
SERVPRO employees know that even small amounts of water can cause significant water damage to happen in homes when exposure to water occurs continuously. Because of this, water damage can become much worse because homeowners do not see it as quickly as they might when a tub overflows or a broken water pipe floods a kitchen floor.
We do not remove materials unless replacing them becomes impossible to do safely and effectively. We can clean some elements that sustain minor water damage when we catch it in time, and we prefer to restore by cleaning than by replacing materials wherever possible. This method keeps costs low for our customers, as well as taking much less time to complete. When we do remove materials, we double bag them, so any dust, microbes, or other debris also remains contained and does not dirty up the rest of your home.
If carpeting becomes damaged, we can often restore small sections by removing the padding underneath and laying new padding underneath. Carpeting often becomes damaged when traffic patterns include areas with compressed padding. We dispose of the old padding using the same method used to eliminate other damaged materials.
We want to ensure that we restore complete dryness to your home again, so we take measurements of the damaged area's moisture content before and afterward. This practice protects your property against future situations involving both moisture and microbial activity.
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills wants to help your property by mitigating water damage from any source, including your air conditioner. Our emergency service line is always available to those in Westlake and Oak Park by calling (818) 991-6292.
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Little Ways to Help SERVPRO with Water Damage Restorations in Agoura
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Water Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO
SERVPRO prides itself on fast, professional care for water damage in the Agoura area with as little hassle to homeowners as possible, but that is not to say that there is nothing you can do to help make our technicians' jobs a little bit easier and more effective. Small actions and considerations can help us do our work faster, more efficiently, and at less cost with protocols being followed. This can also increase the comfort level for our clients and our technicians.
Preparing for Our Arrival
There are some things you can do immediately after a water damage incident in your Agoura home to eliminate time and expenses later on in the restoration process. Separating cushions, upholstery, rugs, and other fabric items can help them to start drying out faster and prevent mold from claiming those items. Picking up loose objects can eliminate obstacles and impediments from our mitigation work. Be sure to leave tougher tasks to us and avoid putting yourself at harm during this sensitive time.
While our technicians can function on their own and get the job done regardless of homeowner input, you may be able to assist them with specific tasks to get work done faster or otherwise make their efforts more productive. Our SERVPRO technicians often clear the area of residents to expedite the physical nature of the work and also to ensure the health and safety of the dwellers of the afflicted home.
Following Advice and Avoiding Dangers
In some water damage restoration jobs, we may ask residents to take certain precautions or avoid using some parts of the home for a mix of safety and work efficiency reasons. If we ask that you take any extra care during the cleanup, please follow any provided advice, as it will make the work of our technicians much easier. If the job requires a large-scale restoration, we may be able to assist you in a temporary move-out.
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is ready 24/7 to respond to water damage calls across the area. Call us at (818) 991-6292.
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Restoring Agoura Hills Homes After Water Damage
Odors Can Be a Result of Water Damage in Agoura Hills Homes, Call SERVPRO for Help
Odor Control Is a Factor During Water Cleanup and Restoration
Water can cause many problems in Agoura Hills homes. The obvious one is what a homeowner or other resident steps into after a dishwasher failed or a split water line behind the refrigerator has sent water across the floor and into the rest of the house all night.
What surprises many homeowners in Agoura Hills about water damage, and what many restoration companies miss, is the smell. When odors go untreated, they can cause a permanent loss of property, just like any other problem associated with water. SERVPRO understands that no task is complete until everything is back to its original state before the disaster, and that includes the air in the home. "Like it never even happened."
Water-borne odors may start in a puddle or other source of moisture, but they grow in and on almost anything. We have developed four methods which eliminate odors and return residents to their homes with a clean, breathable environment.
We use the Injection Method for small spots on carpets and upholstered furniture. Our restoration specialists utilize a needle on a syringe or attached to a pump to inject small amounts of a deodorizing agent into the contaminated area. Injection is especially useful in neutralizing pet odors as well as water-borne odors.
For larger contaminated areas, we use Direct Spraying. SERVPRO specialists spray anti-fungal and anti-microbial agents using hand pumps and powered sprayers on large stains and where there are large puddles or other amounts of water. Since this soaks the property with a large amount of product, we prefer using it on items that do not show any discoloration.
To eliminate odors without using a large amount of water, we use Wet Fogging. Our teams use an ultra-low volume fog machine to generate tiny deodorant particles that penetrate most surfaces to bind with and neutralize odor particles. This method is especially effective in attacking odors in nooks and crannies and wall voids.
If there is still a concern about oversaturation, we have the option of Dry Fogging. This method forces a deodorizing agent through a heating coil to generate a particle cloud that can penetrate even further into a surface. We usually use this method on smoke odors, but it is very useful when a water-borne odor resists all other methods to neutralize it.
Restoring and neutralizing the effects of water damage is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has the experience, training, and equipment needed to return your home to a safe, clean condition. If you are dealing with odors or other effects of a recent disaster, call us today at (818) 991-6292 with questions or to schedule a visit.
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Reliable Water Damage Restorations Services In Calabasas
Failure to do the restoration correctly may lead to mold growth, and that means additional damage.
Water Damage Restorations Services
Usually, water damage disasters typically strike when we are not expecting, and that means they are always emergencies. With that in mind, residents of Calabasas are advised to contact professional restoration service providers to mitigate the damage immediately. That should a be the first step to take irrespective of whether it was your home or business that the disaster hit.
Water damage incidents in Calabasas require immediate assessment and inspection, and that is what happens when certified professional arrive at the site. For instance, our technicians from SERVPRO try to identify the materials and areas that are affected and then put in place the most appropriate restoration methods. We aim to restore your property in the shortest time possible.
Our SERVPRO technicians understand the various effects presented by the three major categories of water. Type 1 is clean water that is safe for human consumption that may be brought about by burst water pipes, rainwater or any failed supply of fresh water by appliances. Category 2 is gray water which is not safe for human consumption. It can result when washing machines, dishwashers, aquariums, waterbeds and toilet bowls overflow. Category 3 is black water that is highly contaminated. Flooding water from streams, rivers, and sewage are some of the sources of this type of water.
Failure to do the restoration correctly may lead to mold growth, and that means additional damage. That is why the anti-microbial application is so important. To hasten the drying process, we may use dehumidifiers and air movers. Dehumidifiers work by pulling out additional moisture from the air and in the process help in preventing the affected area from secondary damage. SERVPRO is recognized by IICRC and follows regulations of state when disposing of any debris or setting up equipment.
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills responds immediately to all storm, fire, water and mold damage disasters. Call us at (818) 991-6292 and be served by professionals that you can trust.
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Backflow Preventer Failure Can Mean Substantial Water Damage To Your Agoura Residence
Agoura Water Damage from Plumbing Gets Mitigation from SERVPRO
Water Damaging Events in Agoura Are Mitigated and Reversed by SERVPRO
Most homeowners know very little about backflow. Preventers were installed sometime when the house was built, and you were likely never given a clear understanding of what they were if they were there at all, and how they are to be maintained. When your backflow preventer fails in your Agoura home, however, you can see the kind of damage it can do.
The first step in preventing this water damage to your Agoura residence is to understand what backflow is. There are two types of this event. The first is when there is a loss of pressure on the supply end of your water service line, such as a water break on the main line that feeds your house. Back siphonage like this pulls water from your indoor plumbing out of your house. An influx of pressure on the supply side of your line (back pressure) can attempt to force more water through the service lines and into your house.
However, regardless of the type, backflow preventers are designed to stop this from happening. These are installed within the house where the service line enters and converts to the piping running to your fixtures. Additionally, sometimes these preventers are installed on the water meter itself, which can help to limit back pressure and back siphonage. These devices have to be maintained and should be checked annually to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
When they fail, backflow preventers allow that pressure to move water freely in the direction that it is compelled to go. The result can forcefully pull water from your house or send higher volumes of high-pressure water into your home. The consequence is typically the same: ruptured and damaged plumbing. In extreme cases, most typically found in older plumbing, these breaks can happen in multiple areas. The resulting water damage can be catastrophic to your home, and that is when you need to reach out to us at SERVPRO.
At SERVPRO we know about all of the devices used to keep your plumbing intact and excessive pressure from affecting your home. Our emergency mitigation specialists can quickly assess the problem and begin restoring the water damages within hours of your initial call. If possible, we attempt to fix the problem, but we can always mitigate water damage.
You must have your backflow preventer checked annually for any indications of impending malfunctions. In the event of this kind of water damage, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills. We can be reached anytime at (818) 991-6292.
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Deal with Water Damage in Agoura Quickly
Agoura Drips and Water Damage Get Help from SERVPRO
SERVPRO Assists in Many Facets of Water Removal
A leaky pipe in the wall of your home in Agoura, a toilet that overflows, a faulty hose in your dishwasher or laundry room—water emergencies have many causes. Whether they happen slowly, drip by drip, or quickly with a flood of water, they lead to severe damage. Water problems ruin possessions and furnishings, cause major disruptions in your schedule, and kill your family budget.
The experts here at SERVPRO in Agoura deal with water damage emergencies on a daily basis. We know how overwhelming the problem can be. We realize how tempting it is to put off dealing with the issue, especially if you suspect a slow leak.
Moreover, we cannot emphasize enough that speed is your best friend in this type of situation. The quicker you fix the source of the excess water, the more money you can save. When you call us in right away, we can use our expertise to save your carpets, walls, floors, and possessions.
Think you can handle the cleanup yourself? Think again. A fan from the home improvement center can blow air around. However, an industrial strength air mover can actually evaporate the moisture and create a drier room. We use these in conjunction with dehumidifiers, which remove moisture from the air.
Our team of SERVPRO technicians, trained to IICRC standards, know how to balance the work of these two critical pieces of equipment. If not enough air movers are used, the process can take longer than necessary. If there are too many movers used in relation to dehumidifiers, it can actually compound the damage.
Before we start, we do a thorough inspection, then decide on a plan to fix the problem. It starts with extracting the water and drying the area. Then we clean up space, using sanitizing agents and powerful cleaning solutions. Our goal is to restore your furnishings and living area, replacing only when necessary.
Another advantage of quickly calling in SERVPRO is the help you get dealing with your insurance company. We have the experience to answer their questions and to assist you with the paperwork.
When an emergency happens, call the water damage specialists at SERVPRO in Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills as quickly as possible. We are here to help, 24/7. (818) 991-6292.
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4 Key Ways That Water Damage Effects Wood Furniture In Your Agoura Hills Home
Wood that's been allowed to sit in water will eventually swell up and then crack or break.
Water Damage And It's Effect On Wood Furniture
One of the most common casualties of water emergencies and floods is furniture. No matter if the water damage results from a broken pipe, natural disaster, or malfunctioning appliance, wooden furniture is especially vulnerable to being destroyed.
Homeowners facing water damage in Agoura Hills typically have wood furniture that they're concerned about getting damaged. Here are four ways that water damage in your home can affect your furniture and what our experts do to prevent it.
Spotting refers to fabrics that have water lines or patches -- this is especially common with microfiber covered furniture exposed to water damage. SERVPRO technicians use effective techniques to restore furnishings with water spotting, which means you won't have to pay for replacements.
If your furniture is covered in colored fabric or embellishments, it could lead to stains on flooring, walls, and other surfaces of your home after water damage has occurred. Our skilled experts have years of experience cleaning furnishings and surfaces that have been stained, and we have great success restoring items with color bleeding.
Wood that's been allowed to sit in water will eventually swell up and then crack or break. The joints of wood furniture are particularly fragile and prone to being affected by water damage. When we extract water from your home, we'll use our state of the art equipment to get your wood furniture dried and cleaned up as well.
If water isn't extracted from wood furniture, it will inevitably become a host for mildew. SERVPRO technicians are careful to quickly and thoroughly dry furnishings to prevent the unsightly stains and odors that accompany mildew growth. The sooner that you call us after a water emergency has occurred, the more we can do to save your furniture.
At SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills, our goal is to provide quick and efficient water damage remediation so you can have peace of mind and get back to enjoying your home again. For a quote or to get information about our water damage services, call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.
The Three Categories of Water Damage
Flood waters can be dangerous. Call SERVPRO before entering your damaged property!
Certified Technicians at SERVPRO can Remediate any Category of Water Damage
Water damage often has serious potential to be a hazard through contact, and knowing what type of water you're dealing with is important in taking proper safety precautions and staying safe in the event of a disaster. There are three main categories of water damage, each coming with different qualities and carrying a different level of risk. Luckily, they can typically be identified by their color, visual appearance, and smell, but be sure to exercise caution regardless of what type of water it appears to be.
Category 1 - Clean Water
The least dangerous type of water damage in Agoura, clean water is exactly as the name implies: perfectly clear and visually clean. Drinking water and most water that comes out of a faucet in your home will be of this type, but it is fairly rare to deal with it during floods or heavy water damage due to the ease with which it is contaminated. Never attempt to drink any excess water from damages, even if it is visually clean. There may still be dangerous microbes within.
Category 2 - Gray Water
Gray water is much more common in cases of moderate to heavy water and flood damage than clean water. It is visually tinted with a degree of gray, brown, or another color, and may contain some larger visible particles as well. This water is not safe to drink and can infect open wounds, but is not often a high risk. In many cases, gray water may also smell foul, simply due to the materials in it. This type of water is the most common when the source of flooding or water damage comes from inside the building, but also in some storms.
Category 3 - Black Water
The most dangerous kind of water, black water is most common following heavy storms and flooding, often from a river or lake overflow. This type of water is very dangerous to drink or when in contact with an open wound, but also carries additional risk as it commonly contains sharp and heavy materials within, which can open up wounds or cause significant physical harm. Exercise extreme caution and generally avoid any black water you may encounter.
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is a locally-owned and operated restoration company with the experience, knowledge, and equipment to deal with water damage of all risks and sizes. Call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.
Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood: When to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO
Got floods? Our crew at SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills will clean and restore your home like it never even happened!
Call the Professionals at SERVPRO When Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood
Home floods are no laughing matter. In many cases, they leave your home saturated, your property virtually destroyed, and stagnate throughout your house, stinking the place up. When you start seeing flood levels rise, the only thing that you can do is act (especially if the water level is continuing to rise or it's starting to pool in the basement). You might think to yourself, "what's the big deal? It's just a little bit of water." However, these flood waters are classified as black water, which is incredibly hazardous to your health.
Why Flood Waters Are So Dangerous
In Hidden Hills, water removal is a problem. Flood damages are one of the largest disasters that can strike your home because the water that breaches your house is very contaminated by unregulated chemicals, fecal matter, mud, refuse, and anything else that was lying in the streets.
Because of this, flood water ruins virtually anything it touches (which could be a lot when it gets inside your house). To even make the home livable, the walls, floors, hallways, and ceilings need to be cleaned with disinfectants, antimicrobials, and other cleansers. It's even more difficult to clean and sanitize your valuables (like your mattresses, wallboards, cabinets, furniture, and insulation) because the contaminated water in a flood seeps through these fabrics.
Our trained SERVPRO professionals have the equipment, skills, personnel, and knowledge to fix flooding problems quickly. We have truck mounted sump pumps, water pumps, and portable generators that guarantee that we can get rid of the water; then we can flood-proof your home, and add waterproofing seals that help eliminate water that seeps into your home. We can also add backflow valves to your drains to improve drainage and shield your doors and windows, too.
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You don't have to throw in the towel when flooding strikes, however. We'll assess the damages and get your home back to its pre-loss value, like nothing ever happened! The next time your home floods, call SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills immediately at (818) 991-6292. We're highly-trained water damage specialists, and we have advanced drying techniques and equipment to sanitize and deodorize your home fast!
The Dangers Posed by Water Damage to Calabasas Homes
SERVPRO Says Don't Let a Burst Pipe Flood Your Home
Why Calabasas Water Damage Requires Immediate SERVPRO Intervention
When you take earthquake and fire damage out of the equation, Calabasas water damage is the worst possible scenario for any local homeowner. Every Calabasas water damage situation is different and needs to be addressed on an individual basis. However, there are a few predictable outcomes that stem from water damage.
If you're lucky, a burst pipe will merely affect an isolated portion of a home's frame and rot away some of the wood planks. The far more damaging case is a water leak that washes away soil from under the foundation. Either way, water damage can adversely affect the structural integrity of a Calabasas building in short order.
The high-value properties that are abundant in Calabasas typically feature materials that don't react well to water. Top-shelf marble counters are particularly susceptible to irreparable water damage that's tough, if not impossible, to repair. If you don't bring in the experts early on, your repair bills could spiral out of control quickly.
If you don't tackle water damage quickly using a reputable restoration company, you can potentially hurt your home's resale value forever. If potential buyers run a "lemon check" on the address, they'll see that the house has been damaged by water in the past. Despite the arid environment, Calabasas water damage is no laughing matter if equity preservation is important to you.
One of the often-overlooked adverse effects of water damage is its potential impact on resident health. Water damage behind walls and under floors can breed dangerous black mold and bacteria that will eventually creep into interior spaces via the HVAC system. While unlikely, this scenario is one that you don't want to risk.
When water damage occurs, playing the waiting game is a terrible idea. Act quickly, and use a local outfit that understands local water damage concerns. At SERVPRO of Calabasas, we know how to remedy expertly any water damage problem that California residents could face.
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How To Handle Water Damage On Your Agoura Home
SERVPRO Says a Pinhole Leak Can Become a Water Damage Problem
Agoura Home Water Damage Suggestions from SERVPRO
Addressing the issue immediately of Agoura water damage is important because it helps ensure that your property is not subjected to secondary water damage. Once your home has been damaged by fire or a flood, water damage is typically the primary, urgent issue you'll confront. Additionally, nipping the water damage problem in the bud will lessen the likelihood of structural problems and mold growth. To ensure that you can resolve all water damage issues quickly and correctly, SERVPRO suggests reading the below informational guide.
Call Your Insurance Company for Water Damage and Restoration. Water intrusion caused by structural failures, appliances, and plumbing are normally covered under a standard homeowners policy. Water damage caused by flooding or storms may not be covered. As soon as you become aware of water damage on your property, be sure to call your insurance company. Your insurance agent will have an adjuster come out to your property and complete a water damage assessment. Additionally, the adjuster will help you start the claims process. SERVPRO advises calling us to cooperate with your agent to expedite the water removal and implement an action plan. Remember to take photos of the personal possessions and structural materials that have been impacted by the water damage (as will SERVPRO.)
Contact A Water Damage Restoration Company.
After you call your insurance agent, be sure to contact a water damage restoration company. We will be able to complete each component of the water damage restoration process, including cleanup, water extraction, drying, and content restoration upon a signed agreement. Our thorough assessment and inspection will provide our skilled technicians a clear understanding of the damages done and how to address them. We are also ready to work with contractors of your choosing to expedite the process.
Avoid DIY Projects. Although you may be tempted to start the water damage cleanup process on your own, don't do it if significant volumes of water are present in your Agoura home. Health hazards that result from flood contaminants or sewage backup are very real. Also, without proper and total drying of the structure mold can proliferate leading to possible health issues. Consider the safety factor of walking on a slippery floor or stepping on a hidden object that may cause injury.
Call SERVPRO Immediately. With over 55 years experience in the water damage restoration industry, the professionals of SERVPRO can be trusted to restore your property in Agoura to its pre-loss condition. All of our professionals are IICRC-certified, plus they receive on-going corporate and in-branch training. Our green trucks are outfitted with the latest and best equipment that compliments our customer first philosophy. We are there 24/7 and ready if you need help.
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We live and work in Agoura too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. Call us 24/7 for help. (818) 991-6292