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“You Sleuth” Is Both the Question and the Answer for Entertainment Near Agoura

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Solve a Local “Crime” in Thousand Oaks with Agoura Friends and Family January 25, 2021

“Solve the crime by hitting the street with your feet!” is the  “You Sleuth” motto. Take the best of board games and app-driven searches, and everyone’s involved. Get to the bottom of a crime in your chosen neighborhood of Thousand Oaks, just six miles from Agoura.

  • Self-guided -- use smartphones to interact with the virtual characters.
  • Gather information with phoned-in help from the virtual Chief of Police.
  • Acquaint yourself with a real neighborhood with the in-game real-world map. 
  • Find suspects and victims for interviews.
  • Deduce your way to an accusation and receive feedback on your investigation.

Location: Thousand Oaks

Time: Register for multiple dates, including January 25, 2021

Eventbrite Thousand Oaks

Search for “You Sleuth Augmented Reality Detective Experience.”

Follow along on a single mobile device or share the login among multiple devices.

On the quest for “Water companies near me?” SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 offers professional water damage assistance in your neighborhood.

How Destructive Can Water Damage Be in Agoura Hills?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Trust the Team from SERVPRO to Turn the Corner from Water Damage Devastation to Pre-Loss Condition in Agoura Hills

Wildfires in November of 2018 near Agoura Hills caused shocking damage. The Woolsey fire burned from November November 9 until declared completely contained on November 21, 2018. During the 13 days the wildfire burned, it consumed vegetation and structures on 96,949 acres. The heat and flames destroyed 1,643 structures, and three people died. An evacuation of nearly 295,000 people avoided the additional loss of life. Because of the fire's proximity to Los Angeles and areas populated by those working in the entertainment industry, numerous celebrities lost their homes. Some drug rehabilitation centers and sober living houses in Malibu suffered damage, as did several summer camps in the area. 

What Other Notable Locations and Historic Properties Received Damage from the Woolsey Fire?

The area on either side of Ventura Freeway near Agoura Hills sustained considerable damage, including several filming locations for movies and television spanned decades. Sites involved include the following:

  • Peter Strauss Ranch

The ranch is a parcel of land originally home to automobile mogul Harry Miller. He retreated from his workaday world in his home and raised exotic birds in a giant aviary.  After Miller lost his fortune in the Great Depression, the land passed through many incarnations as amusement parks and entertainment venues hosting luminaries such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and the Mandrell Sisters. An artificial lake and a baseball diamond were among its features when actor Peter Strauss purchased it in 1976. Strauss sold the ranch to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1987.

  • Villa De La Vina

The villa's lower house became famous as the place where reality shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" were filmed. It was in the path of the fire.

  • Malibu Creek State Park

Woolsey's flames also decimated areas of this park. President and actor Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and 20th Century Fox were the previous owners of three parcels of land now comprising the bulk of the park's area. The Reagan Ranch, the set of the long-running TV series "MASH," and other backdrops familiar to television watchers and film fans (think "Planet of the Apes") were unrecognizable after the Santa Monica Mountains blazed. Near Agoura Hills.

Did the Paramount Ranch Escape Destruction During the Woolsey Fire?

Unfortunately, the majority of the Paramount Ranch structures in Agoura Hills did not survive near-total destruction. Despite a valiant fight to save the iconic Western Town "starring" in countless productions, only two buildings survived. The white chapel and a mock train station remain unscathed, probably because they were set apart from the rest of the town.

What Is the History of the Paramount Ranch?

Seeking locations to film a multitude of productions, Paramount Studios bought a 2,700-acre ranch in 1927 on Medea Creek in the Santa Monica Mountains. The land is situated between Malibu and the Conejo Valley adjacent to Agoura Hills. With this purchase, the studio had the space to construct permanent and adaptable sets on a large scale. For example, Paramount built:

  • An enormous rendition of early San Francisco
  • An Old West town
  • A Welsh mining village for 20th Century Fox's 1941 file "How Green Was My Valley," adapted for
    • The French village in 1943's "The Song of Bernadette" 
    • The set for 1949's "The Inspector General

What Was the Signature "Set" on the Paramount Ranch?

Paramount leveraged production materials bought from RKO Encino Movie Ranch in the early 1950s. An iconic Western Town completed construction in 1954 using portions of RKO's Academy Award-winning sets. Western Town served as the location for the growing numbers of incredibly popular television Westerns, including "Gunsmoke" and "The Cisco Kid." Filming within these sets continued, providing a home for "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and the HBO series "Carnivàle." More recently, "Westworld" was filmed at Western Town at Paramount Ranch. Additional uses of the sets also include:

  • Home of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California from 1966 to 1989 and the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest, held each May
  • The eponymously titled alternative art fair, Paramount Ranch, from 2014 to 2016
  • Creating the ambiance of Tombstone, Arizona
  • Providing the structures in Dodge City, Kansas
  • Crafting the feel of Tom Sawyer's Missouri
  • Replicating 13th-century China
  • Allowing filming of shows:
  • "The Mentalist"
  • "Weeds"
  • "The X-Files"
  • Hulu's "Quickdraw"
  • YouTube's "Escape the Night"
  • "Bone Tomahawk"

The location is now called Paramount Ranch Park in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The National Park Service accepted oversight of a section of the lot in 1980 and restored the sets in the 1980s, relying on old black and white photographs. Plans are in place to bring the Ranch back to its former glory as funding is obtained and current constraints lift.

Can Water Damage Restoration Experts Take Inspiration from the Struggles and Persistence Shown During the Aftermath of the Woolsey Fire In Agoura Hills?

The individuals in our area pledge to recover from disasters, whether wildfire or water damage. Agoura Hills property owners expect high-quality results from our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians, and we deliver. Our community is the bedrock of our business. We are here to support when water or other loss puts our community partners at risk.

How Does SERVPRO Support the Community with Water Damage Services?

Water damage in Agoura Hills can be just as devastating as a fire. In fact, when SERVPRO responds to a fire scenario, the immediate concern is almost always mitigation and remediation of significant quantities of firefighting water. Why? Water flows everywhere, including into building cavities and far from the original leak or spray. Even clean water is highly corrosive, but when on the move inside a home, it carries contaminants that accelerate the deterioration of structural components:

  • Acidic smoke residues after fire
  • Human waste if a sewer line backs up or is damaged during an emergency
  • Previously contained hazards such as asbestos heat proofing materials or lead on painted surfaces loosened by structural collapse

What Can Agoura Hills Customers Expect from Professional Water Damage Responders?

SERVPRO managers assess the water damage scene for hazards before instituting controls to reduce the risks so mitigation and remediation tasks can move forward. Emergency services then commence -- pumping and extraction of water, controlled demolition to release trapped moisture, cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, and finally applied structural drying using airflow, temperature modifications, and dehumidification.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills provides fast and effective water damage interventions for residential property, all designed to make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us at (818) 991-6292 for a prompt assessment, fair estimate, and skilled implementation of a restorative plan.

Making Sure Agoura Homes Look “Like it never even happened.”

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Agoura, an unincorporated community just southeast of Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks, got its start as a stagecoach stop called Vejar Junction. In the 1920s, Agoura was most well known for having a ranch in the area called Paramount Ranch, which was primarily used for outdoor scenes and Westerns. The presence of Paramount eventually earned Agoura the name “Picture City” during this period of cinema. Before settlers established the area, the Chumash Native American tribe made its home here. In the 1700s, Spanish missionaries settled the area along the California Coast.

Why Agoura? Residents were required to choose a one-word name for their town to establish a post office. In 1927, the townspeople settled on the surname of “Don” Pierre Agoure, a swashbuckling immigrant rancher of French Basque origin. While the slight difference in name is frequently attributed to ease of pronunciation, others insist it was a government typo that created the current name.

After the Ventura Highway, later known as Agoura Road, was built through the town in the 1960s, Agoura quickly developed into a thriving community of over 20,000 people. Part of the area was later incorporated as Agoura Hills in the 1980s. However, the unincorporated regions surrounding the city are still designated as Agoura.

Today, you can find the following in the Agoura area and nearby Agoura Hills:

  • The Reyes Adobe Historical Site, with an immaculately-preserved historical home
  • Lake Lindero
  • Various parks, including Old Agoura Park, Reyes Adobe Park, and Chumash Park

Agoura’s Namesake: Don Pierre Agoure

Agoura and Agoura Hills both get their name from a unique and colorful man: Pierre Agoure. Born as Pedro, Agoure was the son of a wealthy farmer in Basses-Pyrennes. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 in 1871.

Though he was French Basque, Agoure admired and emulated the styles of the Spanish ranchers at the time. His farming endeavors began in the Conejo Valley in 1875 with a modest 400 sheep, which grew to over 25,000 under his care. By 1906, his land holdings had swelled to a massive 16,800 acres for his sheep to graze on. Agoure passed away in 1912.

Pierre Agoure is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles. He had a wife, Kate Smith, and four children: Lester, Vivian, Bijou, and Angela. His legacy could be said to live on in the old Western stylings that bring visitors from all over to such attractions as Paramount Ranch and the Museum of the American West.

Paramount Pictures Turned Agoura into Picture City

Paramount Ranch was purchased the same year that Agoura was named as a town. Paramount pictures purchased 2,700 acres to use for shooting various films, particularly Westerns. For the next two decades, some of Tinseltown’s most prominent stars would perform for the camera at this movie ranch.

What made the real estate perfect for filming was the diverse array of scenes available for filmmakers, from ancient China and colonial New England to island locales and even San Francisco. The varied scenery combined with creative camera usage and matte painting created captivating scenes for decades.

After a period of decline, the Paramount Ranch was born anew in 1953. New owner Willian Hertz bought the property and turned part of it into a permanent Western-style shantytown.

In 1955, the property was sold to new owners who repurposed it for use as a raceway, which closed 18 months later, after two fatalities in 1957. Racers considered the Paramount Raceway among the most challenging in the United States. The Racetrack still exists today, its road winding throughout the park.

The National Park Service purchased part of the old Paramount property in 1980 and breathed new life into the ranch for filming once more.

A few of the hundreds of films and shows shot at the Paramount Ranch include the following:

  • Westworld
  • The Texan
  • Geronimo
  • Scream
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

The Paramount Ranch is now a famous attraction that is still part of the National Park Service. Many of the buildings were destroyed in some of California’s wildfires and require reconstruction.

How Does SERVPRO’s Structural Drying Process Preserve Agoura Homes?

SERVPRO’s water drying procedures for Agoura residences rely on two primary pieces of equipment to succeed: air movers and dehumidifiers. Centrifugal air movers are positioned every 10 to 16 linear feet in water-damaged spaces to pull moisture off surfaces and out of cavities and into the air. Meanwhile, dehumidifiers pass this humid air over materials like silica gel or refrigerant coils to create condensation and expel warm, dry air.

A multitude of factors determines drying goals. SERVPRO technicians take the following into account when restoring a home to a preloss state:

  • The temperature and relative humidity in the affected area
  • Current saturation and humidity levels of surfaces like tile grout, plywood subfloors, fiberglass insulation, and sheetrock
  • Ideal temperature and humidity levels for each affected surface
  • The size and scale of water damage present

Types of Dehumidifiers

Refrigerant dehumidification is the most common type used in water damage restoration. It returns materials to humidity levels as low as 40 grains per pound (GPP) of dry air. Low-grain refrigerant coils can reach humidity levels even lower than 40 gpp.

On the other hand, desiccant dehumidification uses materials like silica gel as a medium for separating moisture from the air. This type of equipment is more effective at removing humidity. It can reach much lower humidity levels than refrigerant coil dehumidification units.

SERVPRO techs can use multiple types of dehumidification on your property depending on the amount of moisture present, the surfaces affected by water, the ambient temperature in the area, and numerous other factors.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can ensure that your property looks and feels “Like it never even happened.” Call (818) 991-6292 for around-the-clock restoration services.

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

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What Are Signs of “Old” Water Damage?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Agoura Hills Homeowners Should Check For These Water Damage Indicators

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

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

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

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

What signs should I look out for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

What should I do after a water loss incident?

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

What are the consequences of water damage?

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

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

How do your technicians handle a water removal project? 

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

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

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

What do you do next after water removal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Equipment Removes Water from My Agoura Home?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What Makes Surface Water a Hazard? 

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

  • Structural Deterioration 

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

  • Water Migration

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

  • Mold Growth

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

How Can Water Get Removed from Wet Carpets? 

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

  • Carpet Wands 

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

  • Weighted Extractors

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

  • Carpet Floating

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

  • Controlled Demolition

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

What Happens to Water Damaged Belongings? 

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

  • On-Site Relocation

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

  • Off-Site Pack Out

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

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

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Water Damage In Agoura Hills

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Drying Hardwood Floors In Agoura Hills

When water spreads from a kitchen or laundry room onto hardwood floors, there is a significant risk to the hardwood. The wood can absorb moisture and begin to swell, causing it to cup or crown. Some floors may crack along the veins of the wood, depending on the time it is exposed to moisture. Fast response and removal of the moisture can save the floor.

SERVPRO provides water damage services and mitigation in Agoura Hills and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We aim to be on-site in less than four hours, which is very important to minimize the damage and maximize the recovery of flooring materials such as hardwood floors.

Why is A Fast Response Important to Minimize Damage?
Water spreading over tiled floors usually does not find its way to the subfloor unless there are cracks in the grout between the tiles. Hardwood floors have small spaces between every plank, and water quickly finds its way through the spaces to the subfloor. Unless the water is removed, the subfloor may begin to absorb moisture and begin to swell. Hardwood planks are sealed on the outer surface. The underside of the wood and the sides are not sealed and absorb moisture.

SERVPRO has found that the use of drying mats on hardwood floors is an efficient approach to removing moisture and water from these types of floor materials. Our fast response to your home and application of this solution can avoid cupping and crowning of hardwood floors. Hours do matter to avoid permanent damage. This approach minimizes the impact on the client and reduces the cost to the insurance company significantly.

Clients appreciate that the floor does not need to be replaced. Their home is inconvenienced for a few days while the floors are dried. Compared to ripping out the damaged hardwood and replacing it along with the associated mess over several weeks, many of our clients are ecstatic over this solution.

Call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Westlake Village, Oak Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Let Our Crew Help After A Water Damage Incident In Your Agoura Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Removal from Your Agoura Home

Dealing with an overflowing dishwasher and excess water within your home can be a nuisance at best and a disaster at worst. After you sop up the majority of the excess water, you may still have some excess moisture in the impacted areas of your home. It can be challenging to know to address first in this type of situation. However, it is vital to get help quickly to mitigate secondary damage such as buckled floors, or mold infestations.

If you need water removal in your Agoura home, the skilled professionals at SERVPRO can help you. We address excess water as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We also understand that removing water is not always a simple process. Moisture removal is just as crucial in the air as it is in the flooring. It is essential to restore the relative humidity (RH) to the same level as before the water spill.

A central concept of water damage is psychrometry. It is the study of air, humidity, temperature, and the impact on materials. Essentially, psychrometry is the science behind drying. Moisture in the air can damage materials that it touches. Technicians use psychrometrics to measure the humidity in the air to decide if it is dry enough for wet materials to dry quickly. If there is significant moisture still in the air, it takes longer to dry the materials.

There are three conditions in psychrometry that are essential in drying; Humidity, Airflow, Temperature (HAT). SERVPRO technicians bring RH levels above 60 percent down by using high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers push the air toward the dehumidifiers, which remove excess moisture and push out warm, dry air conducive to reducing RH and drying the materials within the home.

SERVPRO technicians understand the science behind drying the impacted areas and restoring the RH levels to preloss levels. We used specialized equipment that allows us to safely remove excess water and humidity while using moisture meters to ensure appropriate humidity levels within your home.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is available to assist 24/7. Contact us at (818) 991-6292.

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

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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You Need Effective Drying After Water Damages Your Agoura Hills Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Discuss How To Deal With Your Water Damaged Agoura Home

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

How To Deal With Water Damage In Your Agoura Residential Property

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Provides Water Loss Solutions and Cleanup to Agoura Properties

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage  in Agoura – Leaky Toilet or Worse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Professionals At SERVPRO Can Save Your Water Damaged Agoura Home

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Agoura

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Long Term Water Damage Problems To Avoid In Agoura

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

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.

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

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

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

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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After A Burst Ceiling Pipe In Your Agoura Hills Home Call The Water Damage Experts At SERVPRO Immediately

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage From Ceiling Pipe Bursting In Agoura Hills

You don't think about the pipes that run throughout your home in floors, walls, and ceilings until they need attention. A pipe burst in a ceiling can be the cause of water damage to not only the localized area in the ceiling, but the walls, flooring, and objects below. Water can travel rapidly to other areas of the home through carpet padding and under minute areas where tile flooring is not sealed, creating the potential for mold growth and offensive odors long after the water appears to have been removed.

Turn the water off in your home and contact SERVPRO to turn the clock back on this situation. Our technicians immediately inspect to determine the scope and scale of water damage in your Agoura Hills home. Then, an individualized plan to remove any standing water and dry the areas to minimize damage and inhibit mold growth from areas in the home you can see water damage and areas you cannot.

Whether it is a localized pool of several gallons of water or hundreds of gallons, we can remove the water in a quick and efficient manner using either portable pumps or truck mounted units to expedite the process. Using digital moisture detectors, we will scan your walls and flooring to determine that actual area of water penetration and set up a plan of action for removing the moisture from the home, often using powerful industrial movers and dehumidifiers to get the area dry as quickly as possible.

The final step before restoration work begins involves thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing areas affected by water damage in the home. Your SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), and they follow the best practices and standards for water removal, mold remediation, and water damage restoration techniques. The structure of the home and objects affected by water are wiped down with specially formulated cleaners to prohibit bacteria and mold growth and eliminate odors that may be leftover from the water so your home can return to normal as soon as possible.

When a pipe bursts and causes water damage in your home, it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Outsource the task to our expert technicians at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills handle the problem for you from start to finish. We're available to help you 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

Why You Should Consider Hiring Water Damage Professionals In Agoura Hills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage In Your Agoura Kitchen

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your Agoura residence can appear from some different sources.

Small Errors Can Lead To Widespread Water Damage

When it comes to caring for your Agoura residence, it means preparing for the disasters and incidents that could require professional restoration to resolve. While there are many things that your home needs that you can handle on your own, never discount the wealth of training and expertise available to you by bringing in a professional outfit instead of trying to handle cleanup and restoration tasks all by yourself.

Water damage in your Agoura residence can appear from some different sources. One of the most common of these, surprisingly perhaps, is human error. Something as simple as failing to close a dishwasher all the way before a cycle starts, or forgetting to remove the drain stop from the kitchen sink can lead to water spread throughout this area that you have to overcome. Professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly and help you to preserve the materials and contents of your kitchen.

One of the focuses for the technicians when we arrive beyond extraction of pooling water throughout the area is the preservation of the affected materials. Cabinets in your kitchen are often made of wood or particle material depending on their age and are very susceptible to saturation and warping. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on removing the moisture from the area, the better protected that these implements become.

Flooring is another concern for the professionals that we dispatch to the restoration job. While the immediate surface can begin to bloat or warp with prolonged exposure to moisture and dampness, the subflooring and supports for the floor itself are also at risk the longer that the problem persists.

It is always critical when you face disaster in your home to get the situation taken care of as quickly as possible. These instances do not get better on their own and can lead to worsening conditions or compounding effects that make restoration take even longer and ultimately cost more to complete. Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills rapid response team a call 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

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Water Damage in Your Agoura Home from a Roof Leak

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

Many times the water damage on your ceiling is the first sign of a leaky roof. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Both Understands and Makes Use of Evaporation Science When Drying Out Your Home After Damage

A household maintenance issue in Agoura you may delay repairs on is a leaky roof. However, there are several reasons you should treat something like this with urgency. Besides the damage that can be done to your home’s framework, it can also compromise your insulation and promote the growth of mold.
If you have realized you have a leaky roof, some of the water damage in your Agoura home you probably have is hidden. Therefore, it may have taken you a while to notice there was a problem. Be sure to get in touch with our skilled technicians at SERVPRO so we can help you find all the damage and dry your home thoroughly.
We need to establish a drying goal and monitor the drying process daily to see if this goal is being met. A drying goal is a condition we want to bring about in affected areas of your home and how dry we want the environment to be when we are finished.
SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Air with low humidity is drier air. It is essential to have a relative humidity of under 40% for an effective drying process. It usually tells us that the air is dry and thirsty and can pull more water from materials. We use specific humidity readings, however, to make sure the humidity in the affected area is decreasing, as they are more accurate than relative humidity readings.
A moisture content goal is also set. One way we do this is to establish the dry standard, which is the moisture content of dry materials in an undamaged area of your home. We take moisture content readings from dry materials here to get the dry standard. These readings are part of the drying goal for the wet areas. When wet materials have the same moisture content as items in the unaffected room, they are considered dry.
SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills works carefully to ensure your home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, or Agoura is dry again. Give us a call at (818) 991-6292 right away when you have a water damage emergency.

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Mitigation of Water Damage from a Leaky Air Conditioner in Agoura

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out and Remediate Your Water Damaged Property

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

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Little Ways to Help SERVPRO with Water Damage Restorations in Agoura

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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Restoring Agoura Hills Homes After Water Damage

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

Odor Control Is a Factor During Water Cleanup and Restoration

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

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Reliable Water Damage Restorations Services In Calabasas

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Restorations Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Agoura Water Damage from Plumbing Gets Mitigation from SERVPRO

Water Damaging Events in Agoura Are Mitigated and Reversed by SERVPRO

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

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Deal with Water Damage in Agoura Quickly

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Agoura Drips and Water Damage Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Assists in Many Facets of Water Removal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Wood that's been allowed to sit in water will eventually swell up and then crack or break.

Water Damage And It's Effect On Wood Furniture

One of the most common casualties of water emergencies and floods is furniture. No matter if the water damage results from a broken pipe, natural disaster, or malfunctioning appliance, wooden furniture is especially vulnerable to being destroyed.

Homeowners facing water damage in Agoura Hills typically have wood furniture that they're concerned about getting damaged. Here are four ways that water damage in your home can affect your furniture and what our experts do to prevent it.

Spotting refers to fabrics that have water lines or patches -- this is especially common with microfiber covered furniture exposed to water damage. SERVPRO technicians use effective techniques to restore furnishings with water spotting, which means you won't have to pay for replacements.

Color Bleeds
If your furniture is covered in colored fabric or embellishments, it could lead to stains on flooring, walls, and other surfaces of your home after water damage has occurred. Our skilled experts have years of experience cleaning furnishings and surfaces that have been stained, and we have great success restoring items with color bleeding.

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

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Flood waters can be dangerous. Call SERVPRO before entering your damaged property!

Certified Technicians at SERVPRO can Remediate any Category of Water Damage

Water damage often has serious potential to be a hazard through contact, and knowing what type of water you're dealing with is important in taking proper safety precautions and staying safe in the event of a disaster. There are three main categories of water damage, each coming with different qualities and carrying a different level of risk. Luckily, they can typically be identified by their color, visual appearance, and smell, but be sure to exercise caution regardless of what type of water it appears to be.
Category 1 - Clean Water
The least dangerous type of water damage in Agoura, clean water is exactly as the name implies: perfectly clear and visually clean. Drinking water and most water that comes out of a faucet in your home will be of this type, but it is fairly rare to deal with it during floods or heavy water damage due to the ease with which it is contaminated. Never attempt to drink any excess water from damages, even if it is visually clean. There may still be dangerous microbes within.
Category 2 - Gray Water
Gray water is much more common in cases of moderate to heavy water and flood damage than clean water. It is visually tinted with a degree of gray, brown, or another color, and may contain some larger visible particles as well. This water is not safe to drink and can infect open wounds, but is not often a high risk. In many cases, gray water may also smell foul, simply due to the materials in it. This type of water is the most common when the source of flooding or water damage comes from inside the building, but also in some storms.
Category 3 - Black Water
The most dangerous kind of water, black water is most common following heavy storms and flooding, often from a river or lake overflow. This type of water is very dangerous to drink or when in contact with an open wound, but also carries additional risk as it commonly contains sharp and heavy materials within, which can open up wounds or cause significant physical harm. Exercise extreme caution and generally avoid any black water you may encounter.
SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is a locally-owned and operated restoration company with the experience, knowledge, and equipment to deal with water damage of all risks and sizes. Call us 24/7 at (818) 991-6292.

Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood: When to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Got floods? Our crew at SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills will clean and restore your home like it never even happened!

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO When Removing Water From Your Home After a Flood

Home floods are no laughing matter. In many cases, they leave your home saturated, your property virtually destroyed, and stagnate throughout your house, stinking the place up. When you start seeing flood levels rise, the only thing that you can do is act (especially if the water level is continuing to rise or it's starting to pool in the basement). You might think to yourself, "what's the big deal? It's just a little bit of water." However, these flood waters are classified as black water, which is incredibly hazardous to your health. 

Why Flood Waters Are So Dangerous 

In Hidden Hills, water removal is a problem. Flood damages are one of the largest disasters that can strike your home because the water that breaches your house is very contaminated by unregulated chemicals, fecal matter, mud, refuse, and anything else that was lying in the streets. 

Because of this, flood water ruins virtually anything it touches (which could be a lot when it gets inside your house). To even make the home livable, the walls, floors, hallways, and ceilings need to be cleaned with disinfectants, antimicrobials, and other cleansers. It's even more difficult to clean and sanitize your valuables (like your mattresses, wallboards, cabinets, furniture, and insulation) because the contaminated water in a flood seeps through these fabrics. 

Our trained SERVPRO professionals have the equipment, skills, personnel, and knowledge to fix flooding problems quickly. We have truck mounted sump pumps, water pumps, and portable generators that guarantee that we can get rid of the water; then we can flood-proof your home, and add waterproofing seals that help eliminate water that seeps into your home. We can also add backflow valves to your drains to improve drainage and shield your doors and windows, too. 

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You don't have to throw in the towel when flooding strikes, however. We'll assess the damages and get your home back to its pre-loss value, like nothing ever happened! The next time your home floods, call SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills immediately at (818) 991-6292. We're highly-trained water damage specialists, and we have advanced drying techniques and equipment to sanitize and deodorize your home fast! 

The Dangers Posed by Water Damage to Calabasas Homes

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Don't Let a Burst Pipe Flood Your Home

Why Calabasas Water Damage Requires Immediate SERVPRO Intervention

When you take earthquake and fire damage out of the equation, Calabasas water damage is the worst possible scenario for any local homeowner. Every Calabasas water damage situation is different and needs to be addressed on an individual basis. However, there are a few predictable outcomes that stem from water damage.

If you're lucky, a burst pipe will merely affect an isolated portion of a home's frame and rot away some of the wood planks. The far more damaging case is a water leak that washes away soil from under the foundation. Either way, water damage can adversely affect the structural integrity of a Calabasas building in short order.

The high-value properties that are abundant in Calabasas typically feature materials that don't react well to water. Top-shelf marble counters are particularly susceptible to irreparable water damage that's tough, if not impossible, to repair. If you don't bring in the experts early on, your repair bills could spiral out of control quickly.

If you don't tackle water damage quickly using a reputable restoration company, you can potentially hurt your home's resale value forever. If potential buyers run a "lemon check" on the address, they'll see that the house has been damaged by water in the past. Despite the arid environment, Calabasas water damage is no laughing matter if equity preservation is important to you.

One of the often-overlooked adverse effects of water damage is its potential impact on resident health. Water damage behind walls and under floors can breed dangerous black mold and bacteria that will eventually creep into interior spaces via the HVAC system. While unlikely, this scenario is one that you don't want to risk.

When water damage occurs, playing the waiting game is a terrible idea. Act quickly, and use a local outfit that understands local water damage concerns. At SERVPRO of Calabasas, we know how to remedy expertly any water damage problem that California residents could face.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills takes pride in promptly arriving to service all our local communities of Calabasas, Oak Park, and Agoura. Call for 24/7 help. (818) 991-6292

How To Handle Water Damage On Your Agoura Home

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says a Pinhole Leak Can Become a Water Damage Problem

Agoura Home Water Damage Suggestions from SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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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