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Archive for November, 2014

Even with Trees, Water Damage in Thousand Oaks Homes Can Still Happen

There aren’t exactly 1,000 oak trees in Thousand Oaks, but the lush foliage does make the city a desirable place to live. For 16 years, the city at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains has maintained its title “Tree City USA”. The title is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to municipalities for excellence in community forestry.

Over the years, however, Tree Cities like Thousand Oaks have been put to the test, primarily by those who believe that urban trees are messing with cities’ drainage systems. Portland is one such city, having held the title for 37 years. Back in 2012, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Cassandra Profita reported about tree leaves and vegetation clogging drains and causing floods. (more…)

Calabasas Water Damage Experts Urge Flood Preparedness Amid Drought

When it rains, it floods. In California, even when it doesn’t rain, it could still flood.

As the worst drought in the state’s history enters its fourth year, workers are hard at work reinforcing levees as if they’re expecting rivers to overflow. Just this late October, during Flood Preparedness Week (yes, in the middle of a dry spell), the Department of Water Resources reinforced a levee in Sutter with sandbags. (more…)

Water Damage in Santa Monica: When Sprinkler Systems Get Activated

Water damage can be an aftermath of fires. Whether firefighters douse a blaze with their equipment or sprinkler systems get triggered to do so, a home or commercial building can become flooded and rendered uninhabitable by water.

A restaurant in Portland, for example, recently experienced this mishap. It took a small fire to create a big mess and disrupt the business operations of the restaurant and two other establishments below it. Jason Silverstein of the Statesman Journal has more on the story: (more…)

Water Damage in Sherman Oaks: Flood Risks, Insurance, and Remediation

You would think that an abundance of rain may be all positive amid the California drought. That’s not always the case, however, particularly when wet weather brings flood and mudslides.

The Reasons behind California Flood Risks

Storms, specifically, can destroy the old levees around San Francisco Bay Delta, bringing too much precipitation that can’t be collected and redirected efficiently by city storm drains, or overwhelm the other natural flood control channels (and Southern California has many of these). Excessive runoff may also occur if the soil can’t readily and quickly absorb a fast downpour. (more…)

Water Damage in Redondo Beach may be Caused by Ravaging Fire, Too

When a fire occurs, the main concern of those affected is the repair that will be required in the areas inundated by the blaze, should there be any of it left. Aside from that, however, another matter that they would have to deal with is the structural damage brought about not by the fire, but instead, by the water used to quell it.

This was exactly the scenario that confronted the owners and management staff of the iconic, 163-year-old Jeffrey Hotel in Coulterville, California in early November. The report from The Modesto Bee published on November 12, 2014 elaborates: (more…)

Mitigate Effects of Water Damage in Arcadia; Call for Immediate Repair

A burst pipe leading to flooding within the school can mean a free pass for students, but other than that, there’s not a lot to celebrate about this occurrence. For one, this means an interruption in the regular schedule, affecting not just the students but the faculty as well. Two, it means huge costs for repair, especially if the water damage is extensive.

This was the very scenario that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) had to suffer back in July. According to the report from BBC News, the faulty pipe—which sent as much as 20 million gallons of water into UCLA—was located on Sunset Boulevard, north of the campus. (more…)

Fast Drying Measures Help Minimize Water Damage on Malibu Properties

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) currently faces a prime example of what years of water damage can do to even the most ingeniously designed buildings and houses. According to the Eagle Rock Patch, LACMA plans to replace, rather than repair, its four structures in Wilshire Boulevard in favor of a new 400,000-square-foot building designed by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Construction for this new building is expected to begin in 2019 and conclude in 2023: (more…)

Keep in Touch with Pasadena Water Damage Pros: The Wet Season is Here

After months of scorching hot temperatures, Los Angeles County was graced by rainfall at the start of November, signifying the start of California’s wet season. The Associated Press reports that the recent storm was so strong, it caused several nearby counties to issue flood and mudslide warnings that fortunately didn’t come to pass. However, weather experts told the Guardian that this year’s wet season won’t be enough to stave off the drought that grips the state. (more…)

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