In the midst of a significant weather disturbance dubbed as the “Pineapple Express”, Thousand Oaks is probably one of a handful of places that neither floods nor mudslides have touched. Constant improvements in the area’s drainage systems, even when the sun is high, prevented the city from sinking under several feet of muddy water. (more…)
The latest deluge to hit SoCal didn’t just hit the state. The entire West Coast felt its fury, as well.
As torrential rains inundated the streets of Los Angeles and nearby cities and towns, winds swept across the coastal states with the force of a tropical storm. Those close to the mountains (or within the mountains, in Calabasas’s case) struggled with the triple threat of rain, wind, and landslides all over the place. (more…)
Mold usually grows when five factors—food source, darkness, warmth, oxygen, and moisture—are present. As such, the most susceptible areas for mold infestation in a home are the basement, the attic, the bathroom, crawlspaces, and wall interiors, because these regions are where the aforementioned factors often convene. When your home is infested by mold that developed from water damage such as sudden leakage, flood, or overflow from plumbing, that growth needs to be removed right away. (more…)
Microscopic organisms called mold flourish in wet or damp areas. These organisms are a threat to the health of every occupant in your home; that’s why when observed, it’s necessary that they be removed completely. Unfortunately, the areas where mold gather are not always visible. That means that when you see signs of mold in your home, there could be more lurking somewhere else. For this reason, it’s important to call a Santa Clarita and Sherman Oaks water damage professional to have your home inspected. (more…)
If your home was recently flooded, like those that suffered extensive water damage in Redondo Beach, there could be a potential health hazard brewing. Unless your home’s interior was treated by a professional cleaning firm like Water Damage Pros, there is a possibility of mold forming in untouched areas. Mirel Ketchiff of Shape.com pinpointed the common areas of mold formation, some in the most unexpected places of the house.
Last December, the National Weather Service predicted 1-2 inches of rain together with severe wind over majority of Los Angeles County. On Friday, December 12th, residents woke up to torrential rains and strong winds that caused flash floods, mudslides, and power outages across the county that caused water damage in Arcadia, as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News.
Water damage significantly impacts a house’s resale value. After all, who would want to live in a place which smells of mold and appears that it might crumble anytime? Every new homeowner will definitely prioritize quality over savings since a newly purchased house would be where the buyer would live for a long time. If water damage is discovered, it can cause the prospect buyer to back out, or at the very least provide a valid reason for a significant price reduction. Water damage in Malibu homes have fairly obvious signs that you can check for: (more…)
An oft-forgotten but no less dangerous cause of weakened houses is water damage to the foundations. For instance, last July 2014, two row houses in the state of Philadelphia reportedly collapsed, resulting into a number of homeless tenants. Four other homes sustained related damage. The occupants observed some cracks and bending on the doorway before the houses eventually came down. (more…)
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…)
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…)