Recent Water Damage Posts
Clogged Gutters And Downspouts Can Cause Water Damage
When is the last time that you unclogged your gutters? This may not be something that you think about often, but it is essential to the drainage of your roof. Leaves and yard debris can often get caught in the drainage system and cause plugs and clogs, which lead to downspouts backing up and not draining properly. So, how do you know if your gutters/downspouts are clogged? If you notice water pooling around certain areas, this is a telltale sign that there is a clog somewhere. If you leave your gutters clogged for too long, it can water damage inside the house.
1. Overflowing gutters can spill down the exterior of the wall. Siding is designed to resist rainfall and splashing, but it is not designed to undertake a continuous flow of water. Water seepage behind the siding penetrates exterior wood sheathing and makes its way into the inside of wall spaces in the house. Water from clogged gutters may deteriorate sheathing and saturate wallboard. What have we learned from sitting water for long periods of time? Mold! Mold is bound to grow in these types of conditions.
2. Overflowing gutters also saturate the ground below it. If you have a basement, this was can seep into the basement walls. I have seen this first hand in my own basement. Even if you do not have a basement, the water forms pools and makes it more likely that water will penetrate cracks and pores in the concrete and foundation.
3. Clogged gutters are filled with leaves, dirt, and debris, making it very heavy when it contains water. If it gets too heavy, the weight can loosen or damage the roof. This can allow water flowing off the roof to enter the attic and drip down into living spaces. It can also saturate attic insulation, destroying its insulating effectiveness as well as triggering toxic mold growth in the attic.
If you do find that there is water in your basement or crawlspace, whether it is from flooding, clogged gutters, or a pipe bursting, that be from a backed up downspout or a pipe break, SERVPRO of Bradley County is Here To Help 24/7, 365.
5 Steps in Professional Water Damage Restoration
Water damage can occur with no warning, leaving behind an expensive and disruptive mess. While flooding is often associated with weather, it also occurs because of a pipe break, supply line break, fire sprinklers, and sewage leaks. A flooded home not only endures the stress but also have to deal with water damage to property.
The first thing when you encounter water in home or water in business is to open up all the windows to ensure adequate ventilation. Even water from a pipe break or supply line break can facilitate the development of mold and fungus that destroys wood.
Flood damage repair is a complex task that requires a variety of techniques and equipment provided by a professional restoration company. Depending on the degree of water damage, various steps are involved in mitigating the damages. The flood restoration process follows the following steps. In the case of a pipe break or a supply line break, the first step is to fix the break to mitigate continued water inflow.
1. Loss evaluation and categorization
Loss assessment is necessary for flood damage restoration. The evaluation has to provide correct data to enable appropriate water cleanup response. The process involves identifying the source of the damage, documentation of the damage and providing accurate estimates for the flood restoration. The experts then categorize the damage based on the degree of contamination of the water.
2. Floodwater removal
The initial step in water damage restoration is to remove the water. Water cleanup companies have a variety of equipment to handle every scene. Usually, they use a portable submersible water pump pumps to pump out water in business or water in home. The pumps have a high threshold and can dry out a flooded home in a short time. This is important to mitigate water damage.
The flood mitigation experts use sensor equipment to establish the amount and extent of moisture in a flooded home. A restoration company can use the infrared sensor, which gives accurate reading while damage mitigation technicians take high-quality digital pictures and evaluate the extent of the damage. This step is necessary to determine the degree of flood damage and the mitigation measures against mold growth.
3. Water Drying
Because any residual water can cause mold growth, it is important to dry a flooded home completely. As mitigation against mold, the flood experts use various methods to dry water depending on the severity of the situation.
4. Mold Inspection and Removal
If not adequately addressed, residual water can encourage mold damage. Flood mitigation professionals use special detergents to sterilize the area. The compounds create an unfavorable environment that deters mold growth. A flooded home can also develop some odors. The experts use special deodorants and encourage ventilation to eliminate the lingering odor and airborne contaminants.
5. Monitoring and Completion
Monitoring the restoration process is important to achieve the best results. The flood mitigation experts are always proactive in the monitoring process. They ensure the drying machines is set up appropriately and working correctly. The restoration company will take the necessary steps if anything fails during the process. The process of flood damage restoration is considered complete only when the humidity or moisture and temperature are restored to industry standard. Once complete, the equipment can be removed.
Each water cleanup, whether in home or in a business, is unique and needs a proper analysis of the situation. Our professionals know how to apply the appropriate equipment and methods for removing water as fast as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage.
How to Check for Hidden Water Damage- Bradley County
Most water damage looks like wet floors or water dripping from the ceiling, but some water damage is harder to spot. Here are a few signs that you can check for to see if there may be unnoticed water damage:
Check under the floors:
Check your floors for any warping, buckling, or discoloration. Water may not be pooling on top of the flooring, but it could be affecting the subfloor. These can be signs of the presence of water or excess moisture between the flooring and the subfloor, or possibly in the subfloor.
Check behind the walls:
A few indicators that water may be behind your walls are discoloration, staining, and peeling/bubbly paint. If the water damage is significant, you might be able to touch the walls to see if they are buckling and soft. These signs may be from a small water leak over time that has affected the drywall. Even if the drywall does not feel wet, there could be unseen moisture behind it.
Check unlikely locations:
Be sure to use these techniques to check the basement, attic, and crawlspace. These are places that water damage can occur unbeknownst to the homeowner. After a certain amount of time, mold will grow in these water-damaged, warm, damp places.
If you smell musty odor or if you can see any mold growth, these are also clear indicators that there may be water or moisture where it shouldn’t be.
If you do suspect unseen water damage in your home, our staff has the knowledge and equipment to identify and mitigate the damage. Give us a call at (423) 614-5552.
5 Tips to Help You Handle a Water Loss Efficiently
Most people are under the misconception that water damage can only arise from floods. What people don't understand is that even an inch of water from your leaky faucets can lead to costly secondary damages. Water loss happens to almost every homestead at one point in time.
As a homeowner, it is important to be prepared to handle water loss and damage mitigation. While there is only so much you can do to prevent water or flood damage, you can plan on how to react fast and prevent further damage. Here are 5 tips that will go a long way in helping you handle a water loss efficiently:
1. Identify and Stop Water Flow
The first thing you need to do in case of a water loss is to identify the source of water. In most cases, the water will be coming from a leaky faucet or burst pipe. Try to stop the flow of water by shutting the pipes off. If you are sure that the problem is with your plumbing yet you cannot identify where the real problem lies, then shutting off your water main line is the best action to take. Leave the main line off until your professional has identified the cause of water loss and repaired the faulty areas.
2. Contact Your Plumbing Professional
After you are sure that water is no longer flowing, you need to contact you plumber. A professional plumber is equipped to diagnose the real issue and conduct the repairs expertly. While sometimes a DIY job may be fine, some severe cases will need special equipment to repair. One of the main benefits of contacting a plumber is that they save you a lot of time and energy. They are able to repair problematic areas promptly and correctly.
3. Contact a Water Restoration Company
Whether you are dealing with water in a business or your home, you need to involve a water cleanup company early. It might seem easy to clean the water in home or business by yourself, but a professional is likely to touch every corner and have some strategies to mitigate further flood loss, including the growth of mold.
4. Switch Your Power Off From the Main Switch
As you do so, ensure that you are not standing in a pool of water. Also ensure that your hands are properly dried before you handle the switch. After that has been done, unplug any electrical appliances and lift them to a higher ground so that water doesn't reach them.
5. Try to Salvage Items
If you have any items that might be reached by the water in business, then it is time to get them to a safe area. Damage mitigation is the main goal here so you need not wait for water to reach unaffected items. For those that are already wet, drying them is the best you can do. Get them outside or if it's raining, place them in an area that has a lot of air movement. Our team will take care of your water-damaged contents when we arrive.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage and the cleanup process.
Walking You Through a Water Loss- Cleveland, TN
The Hiawassee River runs right to the north of the town and empties right into the Tennessee River just a few short miles northwest of Cleveland. When heavy rains and flooding occur, the residents of Bradley County must deal with the floods and sewer backups. Nonetheless, residents of Cleveland have to be prepared for flooding and high water periods in their town and neighborhoods. So, how do you prepare for a flood?
The number one priority when a flood occurs is to save the lives; the health of the occupants and the property is secondary. The most difficult time during a flood is when water invades the interior of the home. Flood water contains all kinds of harmful substances like raw sewage, pesticides, fertilizers, mold, bacteria, petroleum products, and physical items such as sharp objects like nails and razor blades. Another possible hazard with standing water is the possibility of the water might be covering a live electrical outlet, and if anyone touches the water or walks into it, they could be electrocuted. If flood water starts entering your home, you should evacuate immediately.
The Healing and Reconstruction Process
Once the water of the flood has gone down to the point that the structure can be entered, the first order of business is to get the water out of the house, if there is still standing water. Water cleanup is usually done with high-speed pumps and it can be accomplished very quickly in most instances. Water damage and flood damage can be just as devastating as fire or wind damage, but the longer the water is in a home or business, the damage increases; which is why it is important to dry the contents as soon as possible.
Drying Your Contents
The next step in the process is getting your home and contents dry and sanitized. Our SERVPRO Professionals use large air movers and dehumidifiers in the areas that have been affected. Over time, about three or four days, the air movement will dry most of the area.
While most of the surface areas will get dry, some of the items that soak up water will not get dry. These are contents that absorb water such as couches, pillows, cushions, drapery, carpeting, pads, pictures, papers and things that are going to hold water no matter what. If some of these items are salvageable, we will bring them to our facility to be professionally cleaned, dried, and restored.
Reconstruction and Restoration
Now that the water in the home has been removed and the areas dried and cleaned up, reconstruction can begin. New walls, electrical panels, and sockets can be installed. New flooring can be placed along with new carpeting, paneling, fixtures, doors, and molding.
Currently, the city and the county is involved with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine what can be done to alleviate some of the stress that the constant flooding creates. Some of the solutions include the creation of retention ponds, bridge work, and overflow routes that would push water to other places than into the city.
With the planning in place, more solutions can be uncovered that will be both affordable for the community and workable for the diversion of the waters of the Tennessee and Hiawassee Rivers.
For more information on Water Damage Restoration visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com/
What To Do If Your Toilet Overflows- Cleveland, TN
A toilet overflow can either be a small mess or a nasty disaster. SERVPRO of Bradley County can handle either!
We’ve seen it countless times- In fact, it’s not an uncommon plumbing problem. It often happens because of either a blockage or an error in the tank float mechanism that regulates water flow.
When it does happen, you must first locate your water shut off valve near the base of your toilet. Turn that valve until the water shuts off completely. If your toilet does not have a shut off valve, open the tank and ensure that the float stays in the same position as to not let any more water fill the tank.
If you know there is a foreign object that is preventing the toilet from flushing, grab a plunger or some rubber gloves and try to remove it. If these steps do not work, contact a plumber as soon as possible, as it may be a result of a larger plumbing issue.
Remember, all water that comes out of a toilet is considered “dirty” water, regardless of how clean it looks. If there is only a small amount of water, clean up the water with a Shop-Vac or towels and be sure to disinfect all surfaces that were dampened by the toilet water. If any water reached the walls, cabinets, air vents, or other surfaces, call SERVPRO of Bradley County at (423) 614-5552. The mess may look like it is cleaned up, but water quickly seeps behind walls, in cabinets, and under floors. Our technicians will use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to detect this unseen moisture. We will then clean up the standing water and use air movers and dehumidifiers to rid the area of any moisture as to prevent mold growth.
How To Salvage Water Damaged Documents
Damage ceiling from a failed water pipe in a Cleveland, TN home
Even in the current age of digital records, it is likely that you still house some important paper files at your business in Cleveland, TN. When flooding occurs, what becomes of the wet documents?
What Types of Records Can Be Saved?
Depending on the severity of the flooding it is possible for a wide range of paper documents to be saved. Although not all papers may be salvageable, you increase the likelihood of restorable contents when you take immediate action. The following items may benefit from the document drying process:
- Paper documents including personnel files, contracts or manuscripts
- Commercial property blueprints or facility maps
- Photographs, archival microfiche or film
- Collections of magazines or books
What Document Drying Methods Are Used?
Restoration specialists use a multitude of professional cleaning and drying techniques to recover wet documents:
- For storm water and sewage exposure, documents need to be disinfected and sanitized. Items are sterilized using gamma irradiation.
- Some papers respond best to air drying or a dehumidifying environment.
- Vacuum freeze drying is an advanced technological process used for antique papers or irreplaceable books. First the documents are frozen, then the air pressure is reduced causing remaining moisture to evaporate. Large quantities of items can be dried simultaneously.
- Vacuum thermal drying is a quicker process than freeze drying, but it also may distort some materials. This less expensive method is best for common papers where the state of the dried product is not as critical.
- While not a drying method, the process of digitizing documents is useful. Rather than restoration to a physical item, the documents are available as computer files that can be stored and backed up for future use.
When flooding strikes your commercial property in Cleveland, TN, wet documents are not necessarily lost forever. A variety of professional methods are available to save your important business files, photographs or book collections.
Best Ways To Drain a Flooded Basement
Water damage on ceiling in Cleveland, TN home
In some settings, water offers the perfect opportunity for fun, games, play and relaxation. Of course, it’s never good to find it on the floor of your Cleveland, TN, home. A basement flood can cause severe problems, and these incidents can start from many sources. No matter what the culprit may be, it’s essential to get rid of the water as soon as possible so you can avoid further health and safety issues.
Call a Trained Professional
A flooded home can be a daunting task to tackle. Luckily, you don’t have to combat it on your own. If you’ve had water damage, you need to contact a qualified restoration specialist right away. The professionals have the knowledge and tools to remove the water.
- The pros will use a heavy-duty pump to remove standing water.
- For saturated carpets and for smaller problems, the technician will use a wet vac.
- The professional will then thoroughly dry the area to prevent mold growth.
If your basement flood has brought a significant amount of water into your home, you’ll need more than a simple water extractor to get rid of it. This is why the professionals use waterproof pumps to get large volumes of water out of your home. The technician will use different sizes of hoses, depending on how much water is in your home. The person will pump the water out of your home so it will slope toward the storm drain outside.
Even minor floods require intervention. If you neglect this step, mold could grow in your home, and you may have a problem with insurance coverage as well. Wet vacuums are easy to operate and can suck out up to 5 gallons of water per tank from your floor.
As basement flood is nothing you should take lightly. Make sure you hire competent help that will use these effective methods.
What to do About Water Damage in Your Home
When pipes break, disaster reigns. Even a small drip in the bathroom can lead to a large problem down the road. Utilize these tips when confronting water damage in your home and remember that safety is always top priority when dealing with standing water.
1. Survey for Personal Risk
Water near electronics is a hazard to anyone nearby. Survey the risk and consider turning off the power to your home to avoid potential electric shock. Unplug devices and place them safely away from the source of water.
2. Take Pictures for Your Home Insurance
If you are looking to receive coverage from your home insurance for water damage, be sure to take pictures before beginning any cleanup process. Insurance companies must have documentation of the original damage, so be sure to take extensive photos of the source of water and its effects before beginning cleanup.
3. Remove Excess Water
Blotting with towels and mopping are easy ways to handle small amounts of water. If broken pipes have created a larger problem in your home, look for a sump pump and water vacuum at a hardware store for removing the excess water.
4. Clean Personal Belongings
Remove any items touched by water and air dry them in a well-ventilated area. Any wet cushions, upholstery or other fabrics should not be left soaking in place, but promptly removed to a dry location with good circulation. Finally, ensure there are no magazines, books, or colored rugs left on wet carpet.
5. Know Contact Information for a Restoration Company
Broken pipes can be small or large, but there is no denying the enormity of water damage once it hits your home. A good cleanup and restoration company in Cleveland, TN can remove the water, assess the damage and handle all drying, cleaning and sanitizing of the effected items in your home. Keep contact information on file in case the water cleanup is a case for the professionals. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage.
SERVPRO Water Damage South Cleveland
SERVPRO technicians use several principle methods to restore many materials to a quality preloss condition after a fire occurs in your home.
South Cleveland SERVPRO Water Damage.
Flooding is a problem for everyone, regardless if you're in a one-level house or a condominium on the third floor. The Drumgool Creek can break its banks or the washer on a leaky faucet can fail completely and destroy all your carpet in a weekend while you were gone for a New Years or other celebration.
Water damage to a South Cleveland home can come from these or a dozen other sources. Removing the water and restoring your home back to its original state depends on how much water there is, the kind of water, and how long it was standing before removal began. SERVPRO has decades of experience evaluating these factors to get you back into your home as soon as possible.
First, we'll remove the standing water. We maintain an extensive inventory of pumps to match each job. In most cases, we can have the visible water out of your home in just a few hours. If electric power has been compromised, our technicians can also deploy a generator to ensure uninterrupted power. For an enormous amount of water, we also have generator trucks that can provide 24-hour support.
With the water gone, our SERVPRO technicians will remove every piece of furniture and other property to help prevent loss from water or damage as we move in with other equipment. Our inspector will also help you determine what is salvageable and what should be thrown out as beyond repair or restoration.
Next, technicians will use commercial grade water extractors. These power tools draw water from wood floors and carpets that pumps are unable to vacuum up. They are very useful in preventing wood floors from warping and carpets from rotting or growing mold colonies due to extended exposure to excess moisture.
While this is accomplished, one of our inspectors also checks the surrounding air for excess moisture as well. For high levels, they will have technicians set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air. If the levels are very high, they may also put air movers in place. These commercial grade fans rapidly replace moist air with dry air.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
It's supposed to rain for the next few days, but the break afterward is the perfect time to call us. SERVPRO of Bradley County is a locally owned franchise, so getting you back into your home isn't just a job to us. It's a chance to help our neighbors through what could be a very difficult time. Call us today at (423) 614-5552 to get the restoration process started.
Types of Drying Machines Used by SERVPRO vs. Water Damage
SERVPRO Takes Out the Moisture After Water Damage
Water Removal Equipment is Essential to Restoration
When dealing with just about any amount of water damage, we have to employ some sort of drying process early on in the job. Without proper drying, a wet area is susceptible to further damage and cannot be adequately worked on and restored, and so we must employ the fastest, most efficient, and most thorough drying equipment possible to improve our efficacy and speed in a water damage restoration. We utilize a number of advanced technologies and types of machinery in an average job for the purposes of drying, each one useful for a different situation or in tandem with other machines.
One of the most common devices we bring along to Cleveland water damage jobs is the air mover, a machine that does exactly as its name implies and moves large volumes of air in a room. These machines are, essentially, very powerful and accurate fans that are designed to set up precise air flows in an area. Air moving at high speeds over a wet surface can pick up water droplets and increase the humidity of the room, without depositing those droplets on other surfaces.
Once all the water is in the air, it hasn't yet left the room. It's still there, and will eventually settle back down onto surfaces if not removed. That's where dehumidifiers come in. Many of our dehumidifying machines rely on refrigeration to cool down a room and lower its dew point, forcing water to condense into a holding tank. It can't settle on the surfaces of the room, as those will still be subject to air movers, and thus is easily corralled into a manageable container.
These devices operate on a similar principle to refrigerating ones but utilize chemical compounds to capture the water instead of simple temperature manipulation. Typically, these machines are employed where the temperature cannot be effectively manipulated, but are still able to function almost everywhere a refrigerating machine can.
We also have specialty drying machines in our possession or available through local contractors. These are used for different types of items, such as electronics or clothing, that must go through special drying procedures.
SERVPRO of Bradley County relies on quality technicians, top-of-the-line equipment, and fast response times to help mitigate even the worst of water damage disasters in the local area. Call us at (423) 614-5552 to arrange for services or get a quote.
3 Steps To Take After Water Damages Your Home
Wood flooring cannot be wet for long periods of time as it will begin to warp and cup.
Whether broken pipes, faulty water lines or flooding causes water to invade your Cleveland, TN home, the results can be devastating. Electrical systems, furniture and expensive appliances may become waterlogged, and unreplaceable items like photo albums and documents may be ruined. While water damage can be difficult to overcome, there are a few actions you can take until a professional storm cleanup and restoration company arrives to lend a hand.
1. Make Safety a Priority
If the flood was caused by a faulty appliance or broken pipes, enter the area carefully. Wear rubber boots and gloves, turn off the water lines and, if you are certain it is safe, cut the power to affected rooms. Hold off on removing items unless they are in imminent danger of being ruined, and then seal off the room to prevent the water from spreading into other rooms.
2. Call Your Insurance Agent
If you have flood insurance that is separate from your homeowners' policy, call your agent right away and let him or her know what has happened. Starting a claim as soon as possible can help your agent be more efficient in filing and may get coverage funds to you more quickly. Ask your agent what else is required of you at the outset, and take the information down in detail so you do not forget any important points.
3. Call for Water Removal
If you are dealing with flood waters, calling in flood mitigation and water cleanup services can be a safe and efficient way to deal with water damage. The professionals who work for these companies can advise you on what parts of your home need to be repaired, how to clean and sanitize items damaged in the flood and remove contaminated water for proper disposal.
When water damage impacts your Cleveland, TN home, it is hard to know where to begin when it comes to cleanup efforts. However, taking a few simple steps can get the process started and help you assess which areas of your home need the most attention. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage.
Top 3 Things To Do After Your Home Floods
A house flood in Cleveland, TN, can happen out of nowhere.
Whether the cause is broken pipes or heavy rains, recovering from this household disaster requires lots of work. The biggest issue you face is water damage. It wreaks havoc on everything from carpets to furniture. Getting your life back in order requires a major water cleanup. There are steps you can take to make this process run smoothly.
1. Turn Off the Power
Entering a home post-flood has potential risks. The combination of water and electricity can result in serious injury. So, shutting off the power is needed for your safety. It’s best that you have an electrician do this for you. However, you can do it yourself as long as the power source you’re turning off isn’t wet or located in standing water. Make sure you wear gloves and rubber boots for additional protection.
2. Call Your Insurance Agent
Your homeowners policy may help cover the cost of the water damage. A claims adjuster will come to your home and assess the damages. Before the adjuster arrives, have before and after photos of your belongings. This helps the insurance company determine the cost of damages. Additionally, the agency may recommend a repair and restoration company to help return your home to its pre-flood condition.
3. Start Cleaning Up
Wet items must be dealt with immediately. Excessive moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew. Remove your valuables from the water and let them air dry. Porous items such as pillows, box springs and mattresses are usually thrown away because they hold lots of water. Professional restoration services handle major projects like removing flooring, insulation and drywall.
Broken pipes, floods and water damage can turn your life upside down. By taking the right steps you can return things back to normal. One of the most important things you can do is to have trained remediation technicians in Cleveland, TN, assist you with the water cleanup.
What Should I do if I Have a Flooded Home?
What Should I do if I Have a Flooded Home?
Flood damage isn't something most homeowners want to think about. When you choose your house, you want a place that's in a safe neighborhood. You want something affordable. You want something that's in good condition. Chances are you aren't thinking, "Will my house ever require water cleanup?" You aren't thinking, "What if my home experiences flood damage?"
Unfortunately, many homeowners find themselves asking these very questions when they experience water in home. Water in home can occur after a period of high rain that leads to a flooded home requiring drying. Water in home can also happen if the house experiences a pipe break. A pipe break may seem like a simple thing, but it can lead to water in home or water in business and requires a restoration company to assist in water cleanup.
If you find that you have water in business or a flooded home, the first thing to remember is to stay calm. Never panic. A water cleanup crew can help with restoration and drying. Even if you're worried about severe water damage, try not to worry or panic. The right restoration company will help minimize the water damage to your house and will be able to work with you on drying and mitigation.
Next, assess the water damage. Can you determine what has caused the water damage to your house? Did you have a pipe break? Is it possible there was a supply line break? Restoration, water cleanup, and drying will need to be done to repair your home, but it's important that you give the restoration company as much information as possible when you contact them about your flooded home. If the water in business was caused by external flooding, rather than a supply line break, the way the restoration company proceeds with the water cleanup will be different.
Reach out to a mitigation and restoration organization to schedule water cleanup for your water in business. The sooner you start with the restoration and mitigation, the sooner you can avoid future flood damage to your house. Mitigation will help prevent flood damage from occurring again, but you need to get started on this right away. Never wait. If you experience a supply line break or a pipe break, contact a professional immediately who can work with you to repair your home.
Finally, make sure you follow the professional's advice exactly. If repair personnel recommend a specific treatment for the supply line break, you need to follow their advice. This will help minimize damage to your home in the future. Many homeowners are nervous about dealing with flooding and water damage, so they simply try to avoid facing the issue. This can lead to other problems, which makes it even more imperative that you face these issues head on.
The truth is that no matter how much you plan for flood damage, you can never be completely prepared. Maybe your area experiences a higher level of rain than usual or a surprise tropical storm. Perhaps your pipes freeze in the winter and burst, leading to internal flooding. The most important and valuable thing you can do is to face the issue head-on when it occurs. Don't let water damage destroy your family's home or your business. Instead, talk to a company that can help guide you through the process of restoring your home to its original beauty. This could include drying, roof repair, and even siding repair. Appropriate repairs will help minimize future damage to your home and will make you feel safe and content in your house once more. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage.
What's Included in Professional Water Damage Restoration Services
What's Included in Professional Water Damage Restoration Services
Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. If the business or home owner is able to act quickly, the damage can be minimized. It is important to call a reputable water restoration company for help.
Professionals understand how devastating water or flood damage can be, and they’re committed to providing businesses and home owners with water cleanup and restoration services to help them fix problems with residential or commercial water damage, pipe break, supply line break, and more.
A pipe break, a supply line break, or a roof leak can result in flooded home or water in business. The key is to act immediately and quickly begin the restoration process.
After a flood damage, a pipe break or supply line break, homeowners or business owners may feel overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of tasks they're facing in order to get things back to normal. Water can be absorbed into porous materials, causing laminate to separate from pressed board, carpet to come off of its backing, and other damages.
The mitigation process involves removing the water from furniture, carpet, walls, or flooded basement. Professionals from a restoration company have the latest water cleanup equipment and state-of-the-art technology. This enables them to extract water and clean a flooded home faster, which prevents additional water in home or water in business damage and ultimately restores the property back to pre-damage condition quickly.
Mitigation professionals are highly trained and have great expertise in water cleanup and restoration, and structural drying. Water cleanup professionals are available to answer any questions a property owner may have. They can provide the expert advice and guidance you need throughout the restoration process. You can count on their quick arrival and fast service.
Here are the steps followed by professionals to restore a flooded home or business back to good condition:
Inspection of Property
Professional conduct a detailed inspection of the flooded home or water in business and assess the scope of water damage in the property. They determine the category of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to outlining the most effective plan of action to restore the property.
Water Damage Cleanup
Water or flood damage cleanup is the extraction and removal of surface water and its residual effects from a flooded home or business. Mitigation professionals will first measure the extent of the water damage with a combination of meters, moisture detectors and infrared cameras. They aim to locate both standing water and hidden pockets of water collection. Depending on the amount of excess water, the professional will remove it with a powerful truck-mounted pump, a submersible, or a gas-powered pump.
Drying and Dehumidification
Technicians use specialized equipment and advanced techniques to remove the remaining water and moisture in hard-to-reach areas. They use heavy-duty fans, which are strategically placed throughout the property to ensure optimal drying. The water cleanup technicians also know which areas of the property need to be dried. They make sure the area is completely dry before they proceed to the next step.
This is the process of restoring the home or business to its original condition. This may entail minor repairs, such as replacing the carpet and installing new drywall, or may entail major work, such as rebuilding various rooms or areas in a business or home. These jobs require a highly experienced team of professionals – and that’s exactly what a reputable restoration company offers.
Having water in home or water in business is a serious problem. Pipe break and supply line break are a common flooded home or water in business problem, and should be addressed properly. Whether minimal flood damage in business or extensive water in home, water cleanup and drying always needs a quick response and proper mitigation. A reputable restoration company can effectively clean up the excess water and dry the affected areas and materials.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage.
How To Rejuvenate A Home or Business After Water Damage
How To Rejuvenate A Home or Business After Water Damage
Water damage in a home or business can seem devastating at first. The damage can be caused by a number of bad circumstances. A fire may need to be extinguished. The excess water can ruin many items. It doesn't have to. Drying is an equally important task.
A flood may also occur. Heavy rains eventually happen in just about every climate. Homes or businesses near large bodies of water are more susceptible to flooding. Homes in valleys or without great local drainage systems may experience more floods. You can generally find out if the house or business you are buying is in a flood plain before you ever purchase. It's an important thing to be aware of. You might consider flood insurance if you live or have a business in a potential flood prone area.
Flood damage can wreak havoc on exposed items. Personal property can be damaged beyond repair during a water in home scenario. Machinery and furniture could lose the majority of their respective value in a business loss. Flood damage can be particularly horrific depending on the depth of the water level. A few feet of water could have much more damage than just several inches with flood damage.
Faulty appliances could also spill water and create more potential water cleanup. Commodes, hot water heaters and dishwashers don't always do what they are supposed to do. Anything that utilizes water is susceptible to flooding your floor.
There are many ways water damage can hurt your dwelling or privately owned business. It's not a pleasant thought for a homeowner or a business owner. Assessment within a certain time frame is always crucial. Drying the water damage and complete water cleanup is a necessity to help you move back into your home or get your business back up and running.
Mitigation of any damage can quickly get you back into a comfortable situation where you don't lose customers or sleep. Whether it is water in home or water in business, restoration is an invaluable process. It could save assets from needing to be tossed in the trash. It can prevent any further water damage or mold. Water cleanup isn't an easy task and requires professionals.
Water does more than just harm the exterior of items laying around. It can also damage the interior of those items. It can create potential mold. The bacteria and dirt that accompanies flood waters and fires isn't an easy thing to remove. Water in home is particularly scary since the majority of your time is probably spent there.
That's why mitigation is so important in the early stages of the process. The sooner you have someone assess the water damage the better the opportunity for potential restoration. Only true professionals can examine your assets to see if the damage sustained requires complete throw away.
Industrial strength drying can also prevent any further damage and perhaps any future smell of burnt or damaged items. It could be flood damage, fire or an appliance malfunction. Restoration to your home or business is still crucial to getting back on your feet. Mitigation of the bad circumstances is an important factor in recovery for insurance purposes as well. You might not even own your business or home completely. This means you are obligated to have the damage with any loss fixed.
There's a difference in water cleanup for a home and water cleanup for a business.
Water in Home
Homeowners typically have many personal items that are bonded my special memories. The residents of the home may feel as if they need to go through many of their personal belongings first before mitigation can take place. A homeowner can stay at a hotel while restoration takes place. The hotel is typically paid for in their home insurance policy.
Water in Business
Water in business damage is different because the owner needs to get the business functioning as quickly as possible. While the owner doesn't have to sleep over night at the business, he or she will still need the drying and restoration to take place as quickly as possible. That's because the business owner doesn't have another place to generally run the business operations. The business storefront serves as the focal point for operations. It's where customers come to shop, pay and ask questions. The damage could hurt machinery like printers, scanners and computers. It could potentially leave mold or a foul smell. Water in business could potentially close down a business for good. It could leave a bad impression with new customers. It could send loyal customers to a competitor.
Neither loss is a fun experience to go through. The most important thing to remember is to get it assessed as quickly as possibly by a professional so the restoration process can begin.
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Removing Moisture From a Home With Water Damage
Water Damage in a Cleveland, TN Home
Removing Moisture From a Home With Water Damage
Drying a home with water damage can be harder than you realize. Water cleanup and be a long and tedious job. If you have water in your home, you may want to hire a water damage restoration company to assess the flood damage and assist with water cleanup. Having water in your business causing water damage can put your business at risk. Hire someone who got water cleanup down to a science.
Mitigation or No Mitigation?
Mitigation of the issue of water in your home should begin shortly after the flood damage occurs. Mitigation of water in your business must quickly be taken care of to avoid any permanent flood damage. In either case, a water damage restoration begins the same way.
The first thing that will need to be done is removing all items from the room and deciding whether they need to be thrown away or not because of water damage. Porous materials that attract water may be permanently ruined. Natural Air Movement Open the doors and windows to get some air movement in the area with water damage.
With everything out of the room, you can begin water cleanup. By using tools like a mop, squeegee, wet vac, and water pump will help you collect the water in your home or the water in your business and remove it. Once you have done all you can do with those tools, two more tools will help you finish the job. A large dehumidifier should be set up to help pull moisture out of the air.
Giant fans creating air movement will be drying your stuff quick. Make your air movement count and direct it towards the areas that need the most drying. Job is Almost Complete Your water damage restoration is nearing completion. After the water cleanup and the time spent drying, the flood damage should be minimized. Whether the water is in your business or there's water in your home, you'll be able to handle it.
Water cleanup isn't something that's extremely complicated, but you do have to be patient when you're drying if you want to avoid permanent water damage. Move Your Stuff Back In Before you bring back in all of your furniture that you saved you should clean the room extremely well using sanitizer. If everything looks good to you, then you can start to set everything back up the way that it was.
Do not return furniture that had gotten too wet. Due to the material, they are made of they become breeding grounds for mold after their wet no matter how dry you get them. A simple formula can be used for any water damage restoration project.
Take all of your personal belongings out, remove all the water that you can, remove as much moisture from the area as possible, and move everything back in. This is the best recourse for potential flood damage that has left water in your home or business. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage.