What are the Long-Term Effects of Flood Damage?
Do not let the fear of long-term problems after flood damage get you down.
Homeowners already know that a storm can wreak havoc in their community and their home. No matter how carefully homeowners prepare, sometimes mother nature has her ideas, and a storm can arrive quickly and leave destruction in its wake.
Anyone unfortunate enough to suffer flood damage will be able to see the immediate effects. A storm-ravaged home is not a pleasant sight, and naturally, homeowners want to act quickly and get their home livable again as soon as possible.
The immediate damage from a storm is evident in broken windows, flooded rooms, soaked carpets, and waterlogged furniture and personal items. Taking care of the initial harm is a vital part of SERVPRO of Kitsap County's work. Remedying the initial harm after a flood is essential so that homeowners can return to their house and resume their lives as quickly as possible. However, local homeowners might not be aware that storm damage can have longer-lasting effects that they might not even notice, to begin with.
SERVPRO of Kitsap County wants our customers to be aware that storm damage has several unpleasant long-term effects:
• Undetected moisture can lead to unseen structural damage. Sometimes even when you clean up the initial water, moisture seeps into inconspicuous areas such as wooden beams or floors. If this moisture is left untreated, it can cause warping and rotting of structural elements such as wood and drywall.
• Flood damage often leaves behind unpleasant odors. Even after the initial cleanup, homeowners might notice lingering faint damp odors. Such smells are uncomfortable to live with and can indicate an unresolved mold issue.
• Hidden moisture damage can lead to mold growth throughout your home. Mold may cause health effects to you and your family.
• There is even a risk that the value of your home will drop. If problems are left unchecked after storm damage, you could see your home devalued, making it difficult to sell.
The very best way to avoid long-term effects after storm damage is to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Kitsap County trains our technicians to assess both the visible damage and the potential for hidden damage in your home after a flood.
Our teams come with a range of powerful, professional equipment that helps us dry and restore your home much more thoroughly than you could do alone. Calling for professional assistance as early as you can is an investment in your home's long-term security and value.
Do not let the fear of long-term problems after flood damage get you down. Instead, call SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290 for immediate assistance.
PREVENTING COMMON TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE IN SUMMER
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PREVENTING COMMON TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE IN SUMMER
Water damage occurs year-round. Many people do not realize that water damage can occur at any time of the year. Changing seasons make certain types of water damage more likely. Most homeowners who live in cold-weather climates know the risks of burst pipes during the winter. However, homeowners should also consider how to prevent water damage in their house during the summer. Here are some summer-related water damage issues to keep in mind:
- A/C OVERFLOWS
Air conditioning and window units can be a source of water damage for your home during the summer. On a humid summer day, the typical central air conditioner produces as much as 20 gallons of condensation. The drip pan may collect more water/condensation than normal. If the condensation line clogs, the drip pan can overflow rapidly every time the A/C cycles on. Be sure to check on the drip pan every week during the summer. It is normal for it to be wet when the A/C is operating. But if you see standing water in the pan, turn off the unit and call a qualified HVAC service technician.
- Summer Storms
Keep your gutters clear and flowing free. If your gutters are clogged and there is heavy rain, this water can build up and spill into your home’s foundation through your roof or into your basement. This summer, take the time to clean out your gutters, or call the professionals if your roof is too high to reach.
- Vacation Preparation
There is no good time for household water damage. Many people travel during the summer, and it is important that you prepare your home before you leave to prevent a water damage. A ruptured plumbing pipe, water heater or other leak can occur when nobody is home. The best way you can prevent water damage in your home while you are away would be to turn off the shutoff valve. This will turn off the water to the house before you go. Make sure all your doors, windows, skylights, and vents are properly sealed to keep out water and wind.
If you notice a problem and need water damage restoration, here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County we provide trustworthy and effective water damage restoration services. Our professionals want to help you prevent future damage to your home from unforeseen causes.
Please call us your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360)373-1290!! We are here to help!!!
How Can I Handle This Mold Growth in My Business?
Out of all the mold removal companies in the area, you can count on SERVPRO of Kitsap County to get the job done.
There are times when damp or wet conditions in the Kitsap County area start to impact your place of business. The risk of the onset of mold and mildew is high at certain times of the year, so you need to address it promptly and efficiently. Any area of your business that is difficult to keep dry has the potential for mold development. However, SERVPRO of Kitsap County has proven techniques and products that allow us to get it cleaned up for you quickly.
Can’t I Clean the Mold on My Own?
Calling mold removal companies like SERVPRO of Kitsap County will ensure you get high-quality and long-lasting results. Our team makes sure that we not only clean up the mold, but that we also protect your business property from further damage. When you hire us, you can expect:
• Expert remediation technicians with ample training
• The identification of all penetration points where moisture is coming into your business
• Best practices for safely working through all remediation efforts
• The use of EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants
• Utilization of full personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our crew, and to keep contamination from moving into other areas of your business
Why is Mold Cause for Concern?
The main reason for concern is that the onset of mold can cause health effects. Our team understands how mold develops and precisely what to do once we find it. This includes looking at indoor air quality (IAQ) to see if something is causing the levels of relative humidity to rise.
How Can You Be Sure You Found All Areas Containing Mold?
Cleaning mold damage means further cleaning of a broader area beyond the portion of your business that has been affected. Mold spores often float throughout the air; they are microscopic and can enter your business through doors, windows, your HVAC system, and more. Even if you hire a cleaning crew that tackles surface cleaning to various areas, there can still be mold spores present. Given the ideal situation, this mold begins to multiply and turns into a much bigger problem.
When we assess your building for mold, these are some of the elements that we cover:
• Are there any musty, strong odors indicating mold is present?
• Are there visible signs of mold contamination?
• Have there been issues with mold in the past?
• Is mold present in the HVAC system?
• When was mold first flagged as a concern?
It is also important that we contain the issue after we determine all areas where mold is detected. This ensures that it does not move from one area of your business to another. This is done by:
• Putting Containment barriers in place using plastic sheeting
• Negative air pressure used in the contaminated area
• Creating “clean rooms” that our team can use for decontamination purposes
• Sealing off HVAC vents to keep contaminants from moving through the ducts.
Our team ensures your business interior is not only dry, but we also take the time to thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces. Out of all the mold removal companies in the area, you can count on SERVPRO of Kitsap County to get the job done. Call us at (360) 373-1290 to have a team deployed so that we can get to work.
4 Steps to Protect Your Home After Water Damage
Contact professionals for water damage in your home.
There are many possible causes for water in home, including flooding from outside and water damage from a broken pipe or other damage along your pipes. Whatever the original cause, as water spreads through your home, some of your most precious belongings can suffer damage. The steps you take right after the water recedes could mean either successful recovery or lasting damage:
4 Steps to Follow After Water Damage
- Contact Professionals
The sooner cleaning and restoration professionals get to your home, the better your reconstruction efforts. It does not take long for water damage to spread; within just a day or two, mold may begin to set in. Additionally, floodwater is not clean, and without the right cleaning techniques, your home may suffer from insect infestations, other pests, and lasting odors. In addition to cleaning pros, you should reach out to your insurance provider.
- Remove Water and Dry Your Home
Once you have pumped or mopped out as much water as possible, begin drying off your furniture and other belongings. You may need to move some furnishings to a dry spot outside. Delicate fabrics and clothing may require dry cleaning or other professional efforts. Be aware that hardwoods, subflooring, and other parts of your home do not dry quickly. It may take days of effort before all water in home has been removed.
- Separate Items for Cleaning and Disposal
Before you throw out cherished memorabilia, ask professionals about cleaning and repair steps. There are many techniques that can be used to save rugs, documents, artwork, and other valuable belongings.
- Disinfect Your Home
After your home has been dried and your possessions fully cleaned, everything must be disinfected to prevent bacteria from infecting your belongings and the structure of the home. Trust professionals to appropriately apply disinfectants, so you can avoid damaging wood, fabric, and other textiles.
You cannot always prevent water in home from spreading to your belongings, but you can take quick action to correct the situation. Remember that even a minor delay could lead to further, lasting damage. So, call us here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County we are ready to help 24/7/365!! (360)373-1290!!!
Do's and Don'ts When You Find Mold
Do not disturb visible mold.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. By disturbing mold, you can easily spread the mold spores throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO® of Kitsap County for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Do not touch or disturb the mold.
- Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
SERVPRO® of Kitsap County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. So, if you have a mold problem call us your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are here to help!! (360) 373-1290!!!
What to Do if Your Toilet Overflows
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Children of all ages are curious beings. When they discover something new, they want to know why and how it works the way it does. One invention that brings curiosity and query is the toilet. Where does your business go after I flush that? If I plunk my favorite bouncy ball in there, will it come back? And…If I do not ‘go’ number one or number two in the toilet, will the water still flush?
We have seen water damages of all kinds. One family had a little one who loved the flush the toilet. They loved it so much they flushed and flushed and continued to do so until it caused the toilet to start overflowing. It caused the water to overflow onto the tile, out of the bathroom, through the upstairs floor into the downstairs ceiling and flooring.
When our technicians arrive at the job, they introduce themselves, evaluate the entire damage and scene. Then they explain the next steps, and what needs to be done for that first day. Our goal is to stabilize the situation right away in order to control the temperature and environment and avoid mold or further damage.
We understand that things happen that are not always in our control. Toilets can be fun and fascinating to little ones. We know this was not the plan for you and your household. Our staff and technicians do their absolute best to walk you through the process and communicate so you understand what to expect.
Remember SERVPRO of Kitsap County is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We are trained and ready to help you through your water damage today. So, call us, the water restoration experts, at 360-373-1290 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Basic Home Maintenance Can Prevent Your Home from Flooding
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Of the many issues that can cause flooding in your home or attic, an often-overlooked item is a clogged gutter system. This critical network of water diversion works to send runoff from your roof to areas away from your house's vulnerable foundation but can often get filled with leaves and other debris. When this system fails or does not work as it should, the results could be serious. Learn how to keep your gutters clean and what to do if you experience flooding.
Keeping gutters clean.
The gutters surrounding the eaves of your home exist to help prevent instances of flood damage from occurring. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not even know about a problem with this network of channeling until it is full and causing a water backflow or overflow situation to arise. Gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year – in the spring and in the fall when you are most likely to experience leaves or needs dropping and clogging up drains. If you have pine trees near your home, needles will need to be removed every three months to reduce the potential for clogging the gutters and downspouts.
If clogged gutters, a leaky roof, or poor drainage cause flooding to your home, reach out to our experienced SERVPRO of Kitsap County team of restoration specialists. We can help you remove the water and bring your home back to “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime, 24/7, at (360) 373-1290. We are here to help!!
5 Household Appliances that Can Cause Water Damage
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When thinking about areas in your home that are prone to water damage, you should think about these 5 appliances that are most likely to cause leaks in your home.
- Refrigerator- Refrigerators have two likely leak causing culprits. The first is a blocked defrost drain. This drain can be blocked with food particles or other debris and may eventually lead to water leaking from the refrigerator. Make sure to check this area of the refrigerator if you are experiencing a leak. The second culprit is the water supply line that feeds water to your ice machine. We see a lot of leaks caused from the water line! Make sure to check connections.
- Dishwasher- This is another appliance that is prone to leaks. While there are many different mechanical problems that could cause leaks, like a faulty float switch or a clogged drain, a common leak from a dishwasher happens when the wrong detergent or too much detergent is used.
- Washing Machine- Washing machines have many things that could cause leaks. If you notice a leak coming from your washing machine, make sure to check all connections (inlet and hose) and the floor drain, which could be clogged. Check your owner’s manual, unplug the washing machine, and turn off the water main. Troubleshoot all possible areas where the leak could be coming from.
- Water Heaters- The main leaks related to water heaters are due to a malfunctioning temperature and pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection or corrosion in the water tank itself. You can test the valve by flushing water through to clear any debris. If corrosion is the problem, you will need to replace the water heater.
- Toilets- Toilets overflow because they have clogged drain or because the float is malfunctioning, which allows too much water into the tank. If plunging does not solve the problem, the problem may be in the pipes outside, which would require a professional plumber.
If you have experienced water damage in your home, please contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County at 360-373-1290. We are here to help 24/7!!!!
Be ready for the worst…with the very best!
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Since its founding in 1967 SERVPRO has expanded to over 1,700 franchises across the United States and Canada. We also have greatly expanded the array of services we offer ranging from mitigating for water or fire loss to carpet cleaning and deodorization to even large-scale disaster recoveries.
With SERVPRO’s 1,700+ locations our collective knowledge and experience are one of the greatest assets that SERVPRO has, and we know how to use it. SERVPRO locations provide all kinds of support to each other ranging from equipment to people-power and technical advice. If we run into an issue that we have not encountered before, we are able to rely on the knowledge base our corporate office and the other SERVPRO’s franchises have. It does not matter what emergency you are facing SERVPRO has the team and backing to handle it all.
Not only can we handle big or small jobs, but we do in fact care about our community, because here at your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County we are literally your neighbors. So, when fire or water damage puts the things that matter most to you on the line, you need the very best help on the line, as well!
SERVPRO of Kitsap County is here for you and we are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. When those disasters take place inside your home or business, you can rely on us at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are always ready for whatever happens. We understand that returning to normal is your primary concern. Our response team is trained to care for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Kitsap County can help you get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.
So, when your home or business suffers water damage, contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County to help make it "Like it never even happened." Whether you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000--be ready for the worst, with the very best. Just call us at (360) 373-1290!! We are here to help!!!
SERVPRO of Kitsap County, Your Fire Restoration Experts!!
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Although they might not happen in the Kitsap County area regularly, over 350,000 structural blazes occur at residences in the United States each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA, nearly half of the fire damage that takes place in homes every year is caused by cooking accidents. Leaving items on burners unattended is the number one cause of blazes igniting inside kitchens.
After an inferno ignites inside your kitchen, soils and soot residues can be left on many of the surfaces of your building materials and contents. These soils can cause the surfaces of your structural components and possessions to become discolored or corroded. When restoring your home after a cooking accident, our SERVPRO technicians can end up spending much of their time cleaning and removing soils and soot residues from your home.
When removing soot from the affected items inside your house, our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team can utilize a combination of chemical and mechanical actions. Chemicals can become activated and cause reactions with the soot residues that helps release them. Mechanical actions such as agitation can occur to remove the soot residues after the chemical bonds adhering it to your surfaces have broken.
Depending on the situation, different levels of agitation can be implemented. Mild agitation methods like brushing, feather dusting, vacuuming, and blowing off with compressed air can work well with light soils that did not adhere well to the surfaces they affected. In other cases, medium agitation methods using dry sponges, dusting cloths, crumbly cleaners, or cleaning towels can be effective when cleaning soot residues that adhere better to surfaces and take a little more effort to remove.
If the soot residues adhere well to the affected surfaces, then heavy agitation methods can be implemented to remove the soot. When utilizing these types of methods, our SERVPRO crew makes sure not to conduct the operations on surfaces that can be easily scratched or otherwise damaged. Abrasive powders are one example of a heavy agitation method, but varying degrees of agitation are available.
If you ever suffer from an accident in the kitchen that leaves items in your house charred or covered in soils, call SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290 24/7. We can help you return your home to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."