Recent Water Damage Posts

5 Warning Signs of a Burst Pipe

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Not all broken pipes cause immediate water damage. It can sometimes be a slow leak that eventually causes water damage to your home or business. Be alert to the warning signs of a broken pipe.

  1. Fluctuating Water Pressure:

Don’t immediately blame the city. It may be a busted pipe. Pressure changes are hard on plumbing system and can damage pipe fittings.

  1. Water discoloration and or smell:

The water has taken on a brownish or “rust” colored feature and or smells of rotten eggs. Fun fact, that rotten egg smell is hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring gas that can also form in sewer lines. Make sure to call in a certified technician to handle this type of issue.

  1. Recurring sink puddles:

You try to stop any leaks under sinks to no avail. Inspect your home or business carefully just above pipe cover plates, additionally look for damp spots.

  1. Noisy pipes/water movement sounds within walls:

If no water is running in your home, you should not be able to hear water. A single broken pipe can influence the water pressure of an entire structure.

  1. Rising water bill cost:

Small drips can add up. Make sure to regular check your water bill and plumbing fixtures for leaks to lessen the chance a pipe burst will occur.

How We Dry Your Home After Water Damage!

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

First a detailed assessment must be performed onsite to confirm the extent of water damage which has occurred. Depending on the building materials that are affected our team will provide a detailed scope of work and dry out/mitigation scope of work for your review and that of your insurance adjuster.

Sometimes, the damage is minimal and the dry out plan can happen very quickly with minimal cost. If this is the case an insurance claim may not be required as it the cost of mitigation will be less than your deductible amount possibly. In other instances where the damage is more significant, we are able to communicate all aspects of the scope and cost in a timely fashion. We divide the process into (3) phases. Phase (1) initial moisture mapping, and or fire mapping, stabilization through the use of engineering controls and equipment. Phase (2) is to assess our client’s contents such as furniture, artwork, clothing. Phase (3) is a detailed reconstruction estimate itemizing the building repair scope of work and cost to be performed.  

There are many different types of equipment that can be needed for a significant loss. Some of this equipment includes:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers
  • Water extraction vacuums
  • HEPA vacuum, both backpack and canister type
  • Submersible pumps
  • Moisture detectors
  • Hygrometers
  • Infrared
  • Floor mat drying system
  • Desiccants

How To Protect Your Hardwood Floors

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water is arguably one of the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your flooring is to hire a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills on a daily basis can also cause irreversible damage.

  • Remove wet, moist, or damp items, such as carpets, clothes, boots, or appliances, from contact with the floor as soon as possible.
  • Wipe up any spills from the surface immediately to prevent the liquid from penetrating the floor.
  • If a room with a hardwood floor has an exterior door, place a rug in front of the door.
  • Inspect the plumbing and fix any leaks that might contribute to water getting onto the floor surface (or any structural component, for that matter).
  • Control the humidity in your home. During the summer, the air tends to be moister and during the winter, the air is dryer. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.

If the water has started to damage your floors, call the professionals of SERVPRO to help dry out your precious floors.

Signs To Help You Spot Water Damage In Your Home

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Quick signs that could lead to possible water damage in your home. 

1. Check your floors.

No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage.

2. Look for stains.

Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect the outside.

What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house, or leaky rain gutters.

4. Watch for rust and mold.

Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor.

By following these tips and being aware as a homeowner you can possibly catch water damage early on and save yourself a headache in the future. 

Tips to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Residential Property

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

While rain gutters are often overlooked, they actually play a big role in maintaining the condition of your home. The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement, etc.  These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Give us a call if you have any further questions! 

Are You On Social Media? Let's Connect!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you already follow us on our social media pages?  If you have not done so already, come find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram!  We aim to provide great content by giving everyday helpful tips, showcasing our work, and just keeping it fun overall. 

Some of our posts include the science of identifying and eliminating odors can be tricky, but as professionals in deodorization, we can take care of it.  Some other examples of what we post are many emergency preparedness tips and showing before and after photos.

We also like to share the jobs we have completed in cities such as Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown, Bakersfield, Sylmar, and just all over the West Coast region. 

What would you like to see us share on our pages? Let us know! We would love to connect and hear from you. 

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Water Damage: Five Things To Know

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

A pipe burst just happened in your California home and you might be wondering what to do next and how to avoid water damage. There are a few things you should know to prevent long term problems after flooding, 

  1. Damage Can Happen Numerous Ways

A waterline may break, a storm could lead to flooding, or you might have a leaky seal around a window. No matter what type of water damage you could be worried about, a SERVPRO professional should still be able to help. Give us a call! 

  1. Repairs Should Be Taken Care of Quickly Once Discovered

Any time you have any water damage, whether, from a pipe burst or roof leak, it’s important to make repairs as quickly as possible. A quick cleanup may help save your home from more costly problems long term.

  1. Untreated Damage Can Cause Long Term Problems

Fix all the damaged areas as soon as possible. Putting off repairs can lead to additional issues like warped wood or mold growth.

  1. Affected Areas Can Be Restored

Remember that no matter how bad the damage may appear at first, a restoration company should be able to conduct cleanup and repairs. With a little time and work they can soon have the space looking “Like it never even happened.”

  1. A Professional Can Help

Anytime you think you may have flood water issues of any kind, call SERVPRO for details. We are here to help!

Flooded Carpet Clean Up

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

After a flood, many home and property owners may wonder if their carpet and pad can be saved as carpeting can be an expensive investment. Saving it is more cost-effective than replacing it but successful flooded carpet cleaning depends on many things. While trying to extract the water yourself has some benefits, professional carpet cleaning is a much better solution. A shop vacuum, towels, and ceiling fans are no match for professional extraction and drying equipment. Plus, an expert can evaluate the entire water damage incident and mitigate and remediate the entire loss, not just the carpet. While trying to extract the water yourself has some benefits, professional carpet cleaning is a much better solution. A shop vacuum, towels, and ceiling fans are no match for professional extraction and drying equipment. Plus, an expert can evaluate the entire water damage incident and mitigate and remediate the entire loss, not just the carpet. For any of your flooded carpet cleaning needs, call the SERVPRO professionals. Our restoration teams will provide an industry-standard estimate and create a proper plan of action to restore your carpet quickly.

Tips to Protect Your Hardwood Floors

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water is arguably one of the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your flooring is to hire a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills on a daily basis can also cause irreversible damage.

  • Remove wet, moist, or damp items, such as carpets, clothes, boots, or appliances, from contact with the floor as soon as possible.
  • Wipe up any spills from the surface immediately to prevent the liquid from penetrating the floor.
  • If a room with hardwood floor has an exterior door, place a rug in front of the door.
  • Inspect the plumbing and fix any leaks that might contribute to water getting onto the floor surface (or any structural component, for that matter).
  • Control the humidity in your home. During the summer, air tends to be moister and during the winter, the air is dryer. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.

If the water has started to damage your floors, call the professionals of SERVPRO to help dry out your precious floors. 

Water Damage? Trust SERVPRO

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Simi Valley is certified and experienced in water restoration with knowledgeable technicians and advanced cleanup technology. 

Water damage can have costly consequences. The ruined wallpaper, furnishings, and personal items rack up a considerable bill and cause headache for homeowners. Even though it feels like it’s hotter and drier because we are in Southern California, you still need to be aware of water damage that can happen from burst pipes, flooding, or other natural causes. By taking precautions and being aware of the key signs of damage, you can take action before a more extensive repair is needed.

We are your trusted source for for water restoration, if your home of business experiences water damage be sure to call SERVPRO of Simi Valley immediately. 

What to Know About Commercial Water Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Buildings are the biggest asset for every business owner; discovering structural damage of any type will surely be stressful. While there are a number of preventative measures to take to prevent this type of damage, accidents like frozen and burst pipes, backed up sewage lines, and even floods can happen at any time.

A few things to keep in mind if your property is affected by water damage:

1. Mold can grow quickly after water damage.

-After water has affected a particular area, mold can grow in as little as 24 – 48 hours. All excess water and humid conditions should be dried out right away to prevent the risk of mold growth.

2. Problems are not always fixed even if the water has dried out.

-While the water evaporates in the area, moisture will accumulate in the walls, ceiling, and even the floor below, promoting microbial growth.

3. Timing is everything.

-As soon as you find water damage on your property, taking the necessary steps right away can make a big difference in financial costs.

Always call SERVPRO of Simi Valley for any water restoration needs. Our crews are available 24/7, 365 days out of the year and can make it "Like it never even happened."

Area Disinfection Certification Program

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

As America gets back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations. At SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we find our way to a new normal. And we’re doing just that with our Area Disinfection Certification Program.

Our new defensive pathogen disinfecting program goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is a proactive viral pathogen disinfecting. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of sanitizing to the places we gather.

Let us know when you are ready for us to help your facility become certified. When everyone sees our SERVPRO disinfected shield, they will enter with confidence knowing that the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Contact Genna Grinblat, Executive VP at (818) 730-1434, or email at genna@SERVPROwestcoast.com

Do You Have a Plan for Commercial Water Damage?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your commercial property in Simi Valley at any time without notice. The after-effects of commercial water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now faced with having to clean up the water damage and reopen their business as soon as possible.

Do you know how to handle water damage at your commercial property?

Are you prepared to make the necessary decisions after a pipe breaks, your roof leaks, or the streets flood to protect your property?

What is your plan?

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. A little preparation for a water damage emergency and a plan of action in the event it ever happens can significantly reduce property damage and will get you back to business as soon as possible. 

Simply just call SERVPRO, we provide 24/7 emergency commercial service and we will be there quickly to begin the job.

In the meantime, you should call your property manager, insurance adjuster, and turn off the water to the building.

Leave the rest to us! 

Are You Experiencing Water Damage?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you are experiencing water damage you are going to need more than just a mop and a bucket to clean up.

The Institute of Inspection and Cleaning and Restoration Certificate (IICRC) advises that ever water damage be treated the same as soon as it begins, regardless of the size of water in your home.

SERVPRO of Simi Valley provides fast and reliable water damage restoration services to homeowners and business owners.

We are available on-call 24/7/365 and will start work immediately in your home or business with the proper drying tools used to stop microbial growth, wood rot, and other unforeseeable damages if the water loss is not properly taken care of.

Water damage can be an expensive setback, call us, the restoration professional, to take care of the problem and take some of the stress off of you.

Here Are Signs You Have a Water Leak Behind Your Wall

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

There are many potential causes of water damage in your home.  Some sources of water damage, such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups, are obvious and homeowners notice them right away. 

However, there are some sources of water damage that are much more difficult to detect such as water leaks behind walls.  Homeowners typically do not notice hidden leaks until they have already caused a considerable amount of damage.

Hidden water leaks can be dangerous because they can cause structural damage and also cause microbial growth to spread undetected. While most signs happen out of view here a few to be on the lookout for musty odors, staining, peeling or bubbling wall paint, warped walls, buckled ceilings and/or floors.

All of these signs can point towards a water leak but you need to have a professional come out and take a look.

When you find a water leak always call a plumber first to stop the leak and then call SERVPRO to come out to assess the water damage.

Trust a water restoration professional like us to remove all the affected materials and the possible microbial growth safely.

What Should I Do When My Water Heater Leaks?

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

There are a few reasons a water heater would leak. Here are five things to look for when finding the source of a leak:

Leak at The Water Supply Lines.

It’s always important to check above the water heater first because you want to check the plumbing pipes.  A drip from the top can easily leak down making it look like it’s coming from inside the tank.

Leak at The Water Heater Nipples.

These are located at the top of the water heater.  The water heater nipples connect the water heater to the cold water inlet pipe and the hot water exit pipe.  This is another common area to find a leakage.

Leak at The Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve.

It is more serious when there is a leak coming from the T&P valve because it can be a few causes in itself to figure out.  For example, the leaking t & p may point out the overall water pressure in your home is too high, and that the pressure regulator is not working properly.

Leak at The Drain Line.

This is located a the bottom of the water heater and it is common for the drain valve to fail to close completely after draining or flushing.

Leak in The Tank.

If you’re unable to find the leak from any of the four above, it is likely the tank inside the water heater has gone bad and will need to be replaced. 

A leak will not fix itself. If you do not feel comfortable fixing it yourself, the best thing to do is to not wait for it to get worse. Call SERVPRO of Simi Valley here in Southern California to find and fix the source of your leak, so you can avoid dangerous damages and expensive repairs.

Water Damage According to Science

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

H20 clipart Science helps us to help you.

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damages. If your business suffers from water damage, our SERVPRO professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether that materials are drying
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, the professionals at SERVPRO have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has state of the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Tips about Water Damage from the EPA

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mosquito with a cancel sign Mosquitos can cause lots of problems, don't delay your water damage.

We only see mosquitoes every few months a year but they can can huge problems. 

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/flooding

Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed. 

Mosquitos can sharply increase after a flood, due to the sudden availability of standing water which they require for breeding -- even very small amounts of water. As flood waters recede be sure to drain, overturn, or empty areas -- no matter how small -- to reduce mosquito breeding areas and help reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

Jump on your water damage immediately by calling SERVPRO of Simi Valley.

SImi Valley Water Restoration

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

cartoon of man standing in living room with furniture floating Don't stress about water damage when you can call SERVPRO.

When you google “water damage restoration” or “water damage” thousands of entries pop up and it seems overwhelming. On that page you will see “best water damage company” and “water restoration pros” but when you see SERVPRO you should know that we are the best in the business. In our franchise alone we operate with 4 other franchises under one owner who has taken the time to thoroughly understand the water damage business and has built a reputation as the water damage experts in Ventura County. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has dealt with over hundreds of water damaged homes and will continue to service those in the Simi Valley community. Trust your home and property with SERVPRO we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our Water Restoration Process

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Don't ever wait to call SERVPRO about your water loss, we are 24/7 365 days a year.

While the water damage restoration process varies with each situation, there are a number of steps we usually take to restore the affected area to its previous condition. First, we do an initial inspection of the area and figure out the best course of action. We will take thorough documentation of the area for your insurance claim process. Next, we will immediately start to extract any standing water or sewage debris. We move wet furniture to a safe, dry area, and take any of your belongings that need to be stored to a safe storage location. We use infrared moisture detection cameras and sophisticated testing equipment to test the moisture level and check for microbial growth. We then begin the drying process using state-of-the-art de-humidification and drying equipment. Then perform daily moisture checks in your home to make sure that everything is drying properly and back to preloss condition. And then you are back to being a happy and worry free homeowner!

Signs of a Water Leak Behind a Wall

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

A hidden water damage in the walls that lead to lots of mold in an office.

There are many potential causes of water damage in your home.  Some sources of water damage, such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage back ups, are obvious and homeowners notice them right away.  However, there are some sources of water damage that are much more difficult to detect such as water leaks behind walls.  Homeowners typically do not notice hidden leaks until they have already caused a considerable amount of damage. Hidden water leaks can be dangerous because they can cause structural damage and also cause microbial growth to spread undetected. While most signs happen out of view here a few to be on the lookout for: musty odors, staining, peeling or bubbling wall paint, warped walls, buckled ceilings and/or floors. All of these signs can point towards a water leak but you need to have a professional come out and take a look. When you find a water leak always call a plumber first to stop the leak and then call SERVPRO to come out and then asses the water damage. Trust a water restoration professional to remove all the affected materials and the possible microbial growth safely.

Heavy Rains Can Cause Water Damage to Your Property

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded front room from torrential rains.

As our climate changes, occasions of violent storm and intense rain that causes flash floods seem to be increasing.  Rain water that drenches your property should flow away from your home.  However, if it does not, the damage to your home could be quite extensive. You may be surprise at how many homes are damaged by the very items that should protect them—gutters.  Damaged or blocked gutters can result in storm water being directed to the home. After a rain storm is the best time to walk your property to identify areas of poor drainage.  These areas will tend to have either pools of water or remain wet longer than other areas. Good home drainage redirects water away from the foundation.  If this drainage is blocked, damage, or inadequate, storm waters can collect near your home. If you suffer from water damage caused by a rain storm you should always call SERVPRO, as we are not only water damage professionals but storm damage professionals.

Experiencing Water Damage?

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage set you back, call the professionals at SERVPRO.

If you are experiencing water damage you are going to need more than just a mop and a bucket to clean up. The Institute of Inspection and Cleaning and Restoration Certificate (IICRC) advises that ever water damage be treated the same as soon as it begins, regardless of the size of water in your home. SERVPRO of Simi Valley provides fast and reliable water damage restoration services to home owners, we are available to call 24/7 and will start work immediately in your home with the proper drying tools used to stop microbial growth, wood rot, and other unforeseeable damages if the water loss is not properly taken care of. Water damage can be an expensive setback, call restoration professional to take care of the problem and take some of the stress off of you.

Diagnosing a Shower Leak

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a shower head leaking in your Simi Valley, CA bathroom it is time to replace it

Amidst the many aspects of maintaining your home in Simi Valley, CA, attending to a bathtub leak can be frustrating without an idea of what to look for. It is important to remember that some signs of damage are easier to distinguish than others; however, confirming the occurrence of a leak is possible with a keen eye and a thorough bathroom inspection.

Check for Telltale Signs

Identifying any immediate indicators of a leak can help determine how best to handle the situation. Giveaway signs may include the following:

  • Pooling water near the shower pan. This is often the result of a shower door with a poor-quality seal and is one of the simplest leaks to repair.
  • Wet spots and dampness on any walls near the shower. If the leak is occurring within the plumbing system, the pipes behind the wall may expel water, thus leaving visible wetness.
  • Water leaking from the shower head. When lime scale and other minerals accumulate in the spray holes, water may leak from other parts of the fixture. Cleaning the shower head and replacing the O-ring may solve the issue.

Scratch Beyond the Surface

Unfortunately, a bathtub leak may cause damage that is not as apparent and may require a more in-depth analysis. One critical factor to be aware of is the presence of mold or mildew anywhere in the bathroom; this includes any odors that occur. The flooring underneath and walls connected to the shower should be examined for breakages, moisture, loose tiles, and stains. Finally, any crawl space area underneath the bathroom should be investigated for moisture, dripping, or mineral buildup. Typically, these signs indicate a leak that may need to be addressed by a professional.

Determine the Best Course of Action

Generally, a shower pan leak with telltale indicators can be repaired without the need for professional intervention. For more internalized leaks, it is wise to consider contacting a water damage repair specialist for further analysis.

While diagnosing a shower or bathtub leak can be challenging, an informed approach can simplify the process. Understanding what to look for and when to contact a professional can make all the difference in preserving your home.

Some Reasons You Need to Stop Stressing About Water Damage Remediation in Simi Valley

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless of whether water damage hits you from above or below, contact SERVPRO for effective water damage remediation services today.

Rapid Solutions for Standing Water in Your Simi Valley Home

When water loss incidents threaten your Simi Valley home, getting the right professional assistance responding quickly to the disaster is critical to protecting both your property and its contents. Effective solutions for removing standing water and drying out saturated elements is only the beginning to fully recovering your property exposed to higher volumes of spreading water. Our team has a 24/7 response to these emergencies, arriving with the full measure of our recovery equipment and experienced technicians to begin effective mitigation tactics right away.

There are many steps to water loss recovery in your Simi Valley home, but water removal is among the priorities for technicians responding to the emergency. Standing water can pose significant risks to exposed materials including flooring, walls, and ceiling spaces. Without adequate removal and drying techniques to follow, you can find this water damage continuing to spread throughout your home and degrading construction materials, weakening structural elements, and facilitating the growth of hazardous secondary effects like mold.

From the time that our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at your home, we work to establish the full scope and spread of the water damage. We can utilize moisture detection equipment for areas difficult to see clearly. We must gain a fast understanding of affected materials and determine when flood cuts and other controlled demolition techniques are necessary to gain access to damp or highly saturated areas of your property.

With industry-leading extraction equipment like our extractor trucks, wet-vacs with wands, and portable submersible pumps, we have a variety of options to handle standing water we encounter in your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to remove all excess water to ensure that we can get to critical drying efforts as promptly as possible.

While standing water might be difficult to see in your home, our SERVPRO of Simi Valley professionals have a broad inventory of recovery equipment designed to reduce this threat quickly. You can count on our IICRC-certified professionals to respond 24/7 to this water loss emergency and make it “Like it never even happened. Give us a call today at (805) 522-2945.

Basic Water Loss Knowledge

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

A recent water loss in a large office.

When the rain stops and water subsides, flood victims can follow a few simple steps to reduce property damage and limit health risks.

Flooding occurs when rising water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and flows across the ground picking up all kinds of contamination. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens.

Flooding can also happen in the home from any sort of pipe back up whether it’s in your kitchen, garage, or bathroom and be filled with the same kinds of contamination as outside water. When you experience a flood in your home you should always immediately call a SERVPRO professional.

Our technicians will make sure to use caution when entering the building to make sure all electrical is off, protect themselves with the proper PPE, identify what items to keep and what items to throw away, remove all affected materials, and begin the dry out process to prevent any microbial growth that could cause further and more serious damage.

Simi Valley Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

This Simi Valley home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Simi Valley basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – (805)522-2945

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Simi Valley and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (805)522-2945

Faster to your Simi Valley Water Damage Event

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Simi Valley provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Simi Valley

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Simi Valley provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into the floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Simi Valley arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. The immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (805)522-3945

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

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  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Simi Valley

SERVPRO of Simi Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Simi Valley 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Simi Valley provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Simi Valley

SERVPRO of Simi Valley is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (805)522-2945

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Simi Valley 

SERVPRO of Simi Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Damage

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

A bathroom hallway affected by a bathtub overflow.

Water damage comes in many shapes and sizes, and the source of origin is almost always different. Wether it comes from a broker water supply line that burst, the dishwasher overflowed, the water heater burst, etc. SERVPRO of Simi Valley are your water restoration experts through and through. We have a team that works 24/7 around the clock in case of any emergencies that may happen in either your home or in your place of work. We are able to get crews out immediately to place equipment and start the drying process to ensure that no further damage occurs. An ignored water damage can cause microbial growth and if we can take care of it in the first place we should always be your first call.

Failed Water Filtration System

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Faulty water filtration causes home loss.

These homeowners in Simi Valley, California experienced a minor water loss due to a failed water filtration system that affected their kitchen and damaged their flooring and cabinets. SERVPRO technicians were called out to the home to remove the excess water and place equipment effectively to help with the drying process. Over the next few days our technicians monitored the affected areas to make sure that the drying process was improving and that there would be no microbial growth. Water loss is very common in homes, and it can happen to anyone. If you ever experience a water loss you should always call SERVPRO to help you remediate at the damage. Our technicians are all professional and understand the best needs for all of our clients.

Pack Out From Water Damage

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

warehouse with storage units Storage units containing items from pack outs.

SERVPRO of Simi Valley has a separate division from the water and fire restoration team and that is our pack out team. When a client's house is affected from water damage our pack out team comes in and removes necessary items to help with the mitigation. They have a very detailed process in organizing, tagging, and packing out the items into a storage facility of our own. Pack out is necessary for home owners or business owners because it reduces the risk of any damage, if not more, being caused to the items at hand. And proper pack out is something you can count on SERVPRO for, we take care of all items and return them back to the owner when their remediation is complete. 

Protect Your Schools

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

The auditorium of the school after the loss.

Recently, SERVPRO of Simi Valley teamed up with the Simi Valley USD to conquer water and mold in schools. When SERVPRO was called out on the first job to take care of a high school dance stage the school district was impressed with the strong work that was performed and continued to use SERVPRO for all their needs. Protecting our community schools and kids is important and when we are given the chance to make a difference we take it. Knowing that there is no possibility of the kids getting sick or worse because our technicians were able to put their skills and knowledge to use. It may be hard to detect water leaks right away with the size of schools but always know that you can call SERVPRO to keep your school safe and water damage free. 

Winter Water Damage

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for ALL water remediation emergencies.

While Southern California doesn't have as harsh of winters as the rest of the nation your home or business is still at risk for water damage during the winter months. In extreme cases water pipes can freeze and burst and just because it is winter time does not mean mold can not grow as aftermath. Especially in homes with poor ventilation and/or unresolved water leaks. Most home or business owners do not think to have their roofs checked before storm season which leads to many leaks that could have been prevented. SERVPRO Simi Valley is your water restoration industry professional. Our technicians are trained and prepared even for weather related water incidents. Not your typical flooded kitchen from the sink situation. Always call SERVPRO for any of your water restoration needs. 

Faster to Any Size Disaster

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water damaged carpet that resulted in mold underneath.

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don't see has bacteria or causes mold. Water damage can and will affect the value of your property. Before you try and take care of it yourself consider how the damage can affect your home, SERVPRO professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for anyone. Our technicians are trained and equipped to manage the drying process by using equipment and moisture measuring devices. Your home or building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards. Which, in turn, will prevent secondary water damages. With rapid response time SERVPRO of  can and will help you regain control and make sure your property is protected. Never put anything you love at risk and let your franchise professionals handle it. 

Flood Insurance 101: What Homeowners Need To Know

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Home had 3in of water flood their home after a washing machine was installed improperly.

The fact is any property can flood. Your home doesn’t have to be under five feet of water from hurricane flood surges to suffer flood damage. Normal amounts of rainwater can drain under your home, and flood your basement or the lowest floor level, causing flood damage. This kind of flooding can cause mold, increase the risk of termites and cause electrical problems. But the good new is that SERVPRO is able to take care of all your flooding problems with our prompt response and quick timing. 

SERVPRO works closely with insurance companies to ensure that your home and your insurance are both taken care of correctly. We are on multiple preferred vendors list as a corporation with insurance companies such as State Farm and Farmers insurance. 

Restoration VS. Replacement

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Items to be restored and stored during the loss.

After a water and/or fire loss replacement may seem like the easiest and quickest option. We are a business of restoration rather than replacement. Some of the pros to restoration include: being more cost efficient, helping our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and saving many items with sentiment cannot be replaced. SERVPRO of Simi Valley will work seamlessly with insurance companies nationwide, providing them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome. After the classification, cost effective remediation methods are tailored to the expected condition of the items in each conditional area. The professionals at SERVPRO will always do their best to act quickly and restore what they can.

Small But Mighty Water Damage

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Little water damage found under sink

Even the smallest water damages need to be treated as if they are the most important thing right then. Because if not treated it's possible that even more damage can or will occur. This homeowner almost didn't call SERVPRO when he noticed the damage because he didn't think it would be a big deal. However when our technicians arrived the problem was bigger than what could be seen in plain sight. Once the scope of work was done it was determined that the entire underneath of the sink would need to be removed and treated so that no mold growth would be possible. Once the job was done what was originally supposed to go as unnoticed revolved into a near kitchen remodeling. 

Kitchen Water Damage

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage in kitchen.

The recent rains in Southern California have cause a lot of problems from sink holes, to fallen trees, to power outages. No one is ever really prepared in California and after these last rains are we sure this isn't the East Coast? SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is ready to help, being a twenty-four seven emergency services company allows us to work around the clock and be there when you need us. 

Best Practices: Do not wait to contact your insurance company to see what you are covered for. Do not wait to contact SERVPRO in hopes that Mother Nature will dry your home out by itself. 

Reminder: Leave wet electronics and appliances alone, do not turn on in case of electric shock.

Always: Call your neighborhood SERVPRO at 818-995-6444

Our Biggest Threat, Appliances

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fridges are no stranger to water losses.

Water damage from appliance and plumbing leaks,  like water heaters, dishwashers, ice makers and washing machines in your home can cause your laminate floors to buckle or warp. Many times, these leaks are quite slow and often go unnoticed. Slow leaks are not easy to identify since they are underneath the laminate where they penetrate the core material. While you might not be able to see the leak, a SERVPRO technician will be able to find excess moisture by using a moisture meter. We arrive ready to protect your home with all necessary equipment to do that. It is common to use dehumidifiers and airmovers to help dry all affected areas. However, if not caught in time, laminate floors will have to be removed because moisture gets trapped underneath the laminate. 

Do You Have an Unexpected Water Loss?

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Setting up drying equipment in preparation for the water damage mitigation.

What do you do when you experience a water loss? The obvious answer should be: call SERVPRO. But that might not always be on the forefront of people’s minds. We understand the panic most people feel because they are worried about their items and probably the expenses that might come with everything they are experiencing. We want to let all current and future customers to know that our technicians and office staff are fully prepared to handle anything that has happened. SERVPRO of Simi Valley is the franchise that you can trust with any of your water needs. This isn't something that everyone experiences and most people might not know where to begin, and it can be a lot to deal with in the beginning. We are here to make everything easy and "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage, Simi Valley CA

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage caused this ceiling to fall out and create even more damage for the homeowner.

According to the homeowner they had seen the bubbling of water in the ceiling for a few months but disregarded it hoping the water wouldn't cause any damage. After a large storm hit Southern California more water entered the attic/ceiling and caused the ceiling to fall through. After having a professional roofer out the property we were able to fix the hole in the ceiling and clean up the standing water in this bedroom. SERVPRO of Simi Valley is your neighborhood water mitigation experts. Just a few days later we had started removing all affected carpet and walls and dried out the room and within about a week they were able to set up furniture back into the bedroom and live peacefully knowing their water damage had been taken care of. 

Who Do You Call For Water Damage?

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage in Simi Valley, CA.

SERVPRO of Simi Valley are the experts you need for your water loss. We specialize in any size loss and any length of process that you need help with. There are many water specialists in Simi Valley, that being said, you don’t want to hire any old company. You want to hire a company that is going to do a good job. Water damage can lead to mold if it is not cleaned up properly. *As a side note, SERVPRO of Simi Valley are also your mold specialists.* Life isn't exactly fair sometimes and no matter what form of damage your water loss comes in we want to help in every way we can. SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."