Recent Water Damage Posts
How to Dry Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in Bremerton
SERVPRO uses drying mats to force air into specific areas of your hardwood flooring.
How DIY Cleanup Can Damage Hardwood Flooring in Bremerton Homes
Hardwood flooring offers an aesthetic appeal and low-maintenance functionality to your Bremerton home, but that does not come without its share of potential problems. When posed with a disaster that can spread water damage throughout many areas of your home all at once, you need to quickly act if you want to protect and preserve your hardwood floors. Water loss incidents can require immediate extraction and drying to preserve saturated elements, and our professionals can help.
Substantial loss incidents can demand immediate water removal services to begin in your Bremerton home before significant damages result. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to respond to all water loss emergencies with our effective and efficient mitigation that has the customer’s time and money at heart. Often, homeowners get the mindset that taking care of water damage on their own is the best way to get the situation resolved, as it is cheap and there is no waiting for professionals to begin.
There are two main problems with attempting to clean and dry your hardwood flooring on your own. The first of these potential problems is not drying out the damaged areas enough, allowing moisture to persist out of sight. Mold exists naturally in every environment throughout our homes, so when coupled with a persistently damp or moist area of your house, the potential for mold damage grows exponentially.
The second and less obvious problem is overly drying hardwood floors to remove moisture from the affected areas of your property entirely. While you might get your hands on some version of the industry-leading equipment that our SERVPRO team uses like air movers, dehumidifiers, or even our injecti-dry system, overly drying hardwood floors can be as damaging as allowing them to remain saturated. Hardwood requires a persistent low moisture content level to let the planks to stay somewhat pliable and keep their strength and form.
While you might be one of the homeowners tempted to handle water loss incidents in your home on your own, it is much wiser to seek the services of our SERVPRO of Kitsap County rapid response team. We can arrive quickly with the tools to help. Give us a call anytime at (360) 373-1290.
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Pros and Cons of In-Place Water Removal From Your Silverdale Home’s Carpeting
Call SERVPRO as soon as possible to extract the water form your carpet!
Learn How Our SERVPRO Team Removes Water From Residential Carpets
When water invades the living areas of your Silverdale home professional assessment is essential to plan and implement the restoration. Evaluation of the condition of the floors and their coverings is the first step. If wall to wall carpeting is present, our crew decides whether to attempt in-place drying. Our project managers and work crews are well-versed in the benefits and detriments of top-down carpet drying as a water loss mitigation solution.
Soaked carpeting in your Silverdale home can be detached, rolled up, and dried off-site, but water removal in place might be a better option. Families experience less disruption when the carpeting remains installed during water removal. Furnishings can remain in the room if the flooring does not require special attention. Leaving it in place also significantly reduces the risk of tearing, stretching, or delamination of carpeting during the removal or reinstall.
SERVPRO technicians are highly trained, ready to perform in-place, top-down water removal on carpeting. Our crews first use truck-mounted wand extractors to suction up water to prevent migration; then weight is added to the equipment to ensure each pass of the extractor removes as much water as possible from the fibers and the padding, which holds the most moisture. Our powerful air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers assist in accelerating the drying after the water extraction completes.
Disadvantages of using in-place water removal and drying techniques include an increase in the amount of time needed to bring moisture levels to normal. The SERVPRO crew must devote more hours to the project, and additional equipment might be needed to speed up the evaporation of moisture from the carpeting.
Every hour that the carpeting and padding retain water also increases the risk of secondary mold damage. If SERVPRO arrives hours or days after the water loss, we balance the likelihood that we can remove the water fast enough in-place against the chance mold takes hold in the carpet or padding before we finish, requiring removal and disposal of the carpet even after our efforts.
Hardwood or laminate floors beneath carpeting need speedy and thorough drying. In-place drying is not appropriate where the carpeting covers highly absorbent materials prone to swelling and distortion. We remove the carpeting for treatment elsewhere, and SERVPRO crew members focus on removing water from the decorative top layer and all subflooring as well.
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The highly-qualified team at SERVPRO of Kitsap County performs needed assessments of your water removal needs before devising and implementing a water loss mitigation plan. Call us at (360) 373-1290 to set the process in motion as a fast response results in a better outcome.
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The Steps Needed For A Successful Water Cleanup In Your Silverdale Home
Cleaning up your home after a water spill can be a tedious process.
Useful Steps When Doing Water Cleanup In Silverdale
Cleanup is necessary when water leaks into unwanted areas of your property because if left unchecked it can cause a myriad of problems. Some common issues include debris depending on the water source, staining from dyes in non-colorfast fabrics or dissolved resins from wooden furniture affected by the water. Even clean water can become a problem if affected areas are not dried because it can cause mold growth or deterioration of materials like wood, metal and even insulation. With help from professional Water Restoration Technicians, it is easy to overcome such challenges.
Checking the level of moisture migration is an integral part of water cleanup in Silverdale. While a majority of the focus may be on removing the water on the surface where it pools after the spill, moisture migrates and can cause havoc in other areas. The primary determinant is the material present in the affected areas. Materials such as ceramic tiles and vinyl planks are impervious to water, so there is limited migration, but others like engineered wood, bamboo, and solid hardwood absorb water. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced detection equipment like moisture sensors with probes that penetrate porous materials. Such detection helps us prevent problems such as cupping which occurs when wood absorbs water from the bottom.
Stains occur easily on carpets and upholstery once there is spillage in the property because of the presence of non-colorfast materials, which transfer dyes. These could be draperies, area rugs or other fabric materials. Furniture stands also cause stains easily through rust or dissolved resins. One secret our SERVPRO technicians apply to combat stains is to remove them when the affected material is still wet because letting the materials dry sets the stains.
Drying the affected parts of the property is also essential. Although technically, this is not cleaning it helps remove moisture from wet materials and bring down humidity levels in the air. Proper drying combats bad odors and microbial growth, which would necessitate future cleanup. Our SERVPRO Water Restoration technicians take different approaches to achieve the intended goal. For enclosed spaces such as wall cavities, we use specialized equipment such as the injecti-dry system. To dry rooms faster, we can create drying chambers by separating different sections with plastic sheets then use air movers and dehumidifiers.
Cleaning up your home after a water spill can be a tedious process. Call SERVPRO of Kitsap County to assist. You can reach us at (360) 373-1290 any time.
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Think Twice Before Using Commercial Drain Cleaners
Clogged drain in a Silverdale, WA home
Everyone knows how disgusting a clogged drain can be. If you have ever fished a ball of hair out of your shower or other drains, you probably never want to do it again. Even worse, if you have ever discovered a toilet backup or other flood, you are likely committed to keeping your drains flowing freely. You should, however, think twice before pouring a commercial drain cleaner into your pipes in Silverdale, WA.
What Causes Clogged Drains?
For most homeowners, clogged drains are a common nuisance. While most clogs are small and easy to remove, others wreak havoc on your entire plumbing system. To keep water flowing through your pipes, you must know what causes clogged drains. Here are some common culprits:
- Foreign objects, such as jewelry, wash cloths or loofa sponges
- Hair and human waste
- Soap scum or grease
- Tree roots
- Damaged pipes
Do Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?
Commercial drain cleaners work by dissolving whatever is causing the clogged drain. As you may suspect, these products use toxic chemicals to get the job done. If you worry about commercial cleaners dissolving more than just clogs, you aren’t alone. For good reason, many homeowners are concerned about damage to pipes. Drain cleaners often harm old and corroded pipes. They may also destroy PVC pipe. A licensed plumber can likely tell you whether your home has a plumbing system that is susceptible to damage. If it does, you may want to use a natural or enzymatic cleaner instead. You can also schedule professional sewage cleaning.
How Do You Recover From Pipe Damage?
If commercial cleaners damage your pipes, you may need to have your home re-plumbed. If damaged pipes cause flooding, you likely need to work with a restoration specialist to ensure you properly address the situation. Either way, as a diligent homeowner, you should probably think twice before you use a commercial drain-cleaning product to take care of a clogged drain.
Apartment Living & Damages
In an apartment community, residents will sometimes share walls from the sides, from above and below. When a water damage occurs, it can turn a small issue into a big one, fast. As a water damage could not only affect one residence but multiple residences. You never know when an emergency situation will occur, but it’s in your best interest, as well as in the best interest for other residents, to always be prepared for anything. Taking these measures today to help avoid water damages in the future.
- Stay in touch with your neighbors & property managers when there are traveling plans: Many people go on vacations throughout the year. Talk to your trusted neighbors about having your water shut off while they’re gone or, alternatively, having someone check on the apartment from time to time while you’re gone. If a water leak occurs while they’re away and no one is checking in, a small problem could potentially turn into something much worse.
- Check on appliances routinely: If the property you stay in comes with a fridge, dishwasher, and/or washer/dryer in the unit, you should closely monitor the age of the appliances as well as regularly inspecting them for cracked or damaged hoses or connections. Keep in mind that washer hoses should be replaced approximately every five years. It’s a good idea to replace washers and dryers before a problem arises. It may cost money that you didn’t want to be spending right now, but it could save you, and the property management company, a lot of money and a potential headache down the road, if handled before a loss happens.
- Fix old or damaged roofs when the weather is right: Don’t wait for a big rainstorm to find out that the roofing for your building needs replacing or to be repaired. If you feel like there is an area in your ceiling, (if you are located on the top floor,) that needs attention, make note of it to your property manager. The company managing the property should be having the complex buildings roofs looked at during the dry season to best avoid water damage in the wetter seasons.
If you are a renter or a property manager or owner and you think there might be a water damage situation, don’t forget to call SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits additional damages, and reduces the overall potential cost. Let us help you make your loss “Like it never even happened.”
Water Damage After a Storm
After experiencing any sort of water damage, time is of the essence for your home and you’re your belongings. Professional home restoration services can be a vital benefit for property owners who are aiming to protect not only their home, and memories, but also their investment for all its entirety. In the situation of damage from a storm, restoration needs to be assessed and dealt with promptly. Sometimes expert water restoration services may be needed in the event that moisture entered the building. Flooding, roof damage or ground water that is able to enter the building can pose a major risk to the structure, but in a bigger picture; the market value of a home.
Wind storms and the results of high wind speeds nearby can cause a multitude of damages or issues to a home. From light amounts of debris on your property, to a tree limb now sticking into your roof, even minor storm damages can cause headaches for you, as well as your wallet. Especially in situation where water intrusion occurs and goes undetected for any amount of time. Be aware of companies in your area that are reliable and certified such as a local SERVPRO company. Having a sump pump or licensed roof repair service can also be vital when it comes to ensuring appropriate remediation. From occasional water damage, to the rare instances such as damage to your roof and causing it to rain inside your home, it’s worth it to research and find the best solutions for your remediation and repairs. When attending to any damage to your building, the point of doing everything promptly and correctly is pertinent and may be just as serious when it comes to maintaining the resale value of a home.
Dealing with either initial water damages or situations created by a storm that have caused issues for your home, there are things you should always be aware of and know how to handle appropriately. Preparing for disaster can always be handy and in your favor. First and foremost, make sure you and the building occupants are safe, then attend to calling in the professionals to aid the building of its damages. SERVPRO of Kitsap County is here to help any day, at any time to make sure your building feels, and looks “Like it never even happened.”
Moist Areas Can Cause Many Issues
Catch moisture before it becomes a much larger issue.
Moisture is a common cause of building degradation, especially with being located in the PNW, where the climate contains more amounts of water. In fact, much of what we know about applied building science today originates from early work investigating moisture impact on buildings. If water damage occurs inside of a building, there are various scenarios to look out for and pay attention to:
- Dry wall can become very wet and could possible cause a ceiling to collapse.
- Trapped moisture such as moisture in double pained windows, can cause mold growth.
- Steam and moisture trapped in areas of the building structure combined with poor ventilation, such as crawl spaces and attics can cause mold growth.
While the severity of moisture problems varies greatly depending on climate, few regions in North America are free from concerns about moisture in buildings, but we are located in a very wet climate, so it's best to be aware and prepared to combat our potential building issues.
Moisture can attack a building’s durability on many fronts, from wet crawlspaces to leaking roofs. Moisture-rich air can even become trapped in building structural assemblies, possibly leading to mold growth, rot, or insect infestation. Entire industries have developed that specialize in combating these various moisture problems.
If you feel that your home or business has a moisture problem that has caused water damage or mold growth, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Kitsap County today!
Water damage timeline: know as much as you can because you don’t know what you don’t know.
One of the services that SERVPRO of Kitsap County offers is water damage and mold mitigation. When a sudden water loss occurs, time is very much of the essence. Here is a general timeline for untreated water damage.
- Water rapidly spreads and penetrates even the smallest of spaces, saturating everything in its way.
- Water is absorbed into porous materials including drywall, flooring, sheetrock, upholstery, and personal contents.
- Furniture finishes may bleed causing permanent discoloration on flooring.
- Paper belongings including photographs, books, and hard copy records become saturated, causing them to expand and become distorted.
1 – 24 Hours:
- Musty odors appear.
- Drywall and sheetrock begin to swell and crumble.
- Furniture begins to expand and fissure.
- Metal surfaces begin to discolor and blemish.
- Dyes and inks from textiles and paper goods that are saturated start to run, staining nearby surfaces.
2 Days - 1 Week:
- Paint begins to bubble.
- Wood flooring swells and buckles.
- Mold and mildew start to spore, thriving in the moist environment.
- Metal begins to oxidize and crumble.
- Furniture distorts and shows signs of mold growth on surfaces.
- Doors, windows, and structural studs enlarge and warp.
Longer Than 1 Week:
- Mold development and structural safety could be a great risk factor to occupants.
- Restoration time may be substantial (including replacement of affected materials and structural restoration), creating monetary expenses to increase drastically every day it is left untreated.
The sooner our experienced team is able to get on-site and begin mitigation for the water damage, the better; not only for you, but for the building and contents as well. Give our SERVPRO of Kitsap County office a call ASAP so we can help get your home, property, & belongings back to normal “Like it never even happened.”
Caring For Your Home: Protecting You Against Water Damage From Leaking Hoses
Protecting you and your home is our top priority. Today we will address being aware of and maintaining the hoses around the exterior of your home.
One way to protect your home from water damage is to check your hoses and faucets for leaks. This may sound like a simple task, but it’s surprising how many homeowners forget to do this. Unfortunately, forgetting this simple task can lead to thousands of dollars in water damage. By simply inspecting their hoses and faucets, these situations would have never occurred.
The issue with leaking hoses and faucets is more than meets the eye: not only do you spend extra money on excess water usage, but you also create an environment ripe for structural damage to your home. Typically faucets, and in turn hoses, can be found near the foundation of one’s home. When a water line is permeable, you’re not just losing water into the yard, but you’re also losing the stability of your foundation due to the corrosive properties of water. Even if water is draining properly in to the soil it can then trickle alongside the base of your home just below the landscaping and find its way into any cracks or openings that exist.
As water percolates into the dirt surrounding a home’s foundation it causes more of an issue than most people think. The excess water creates additional moisture inside your home (especially in basements) which can lead to interior issues such as mildew and mold growth. This is where proper ventilation comes into play; good airflow can help battle excess moisture, and save even more money, potential headaches, and stress for you in the long run.
In an area that constantly fluctuates between freezing and thawing temperatures it is common to see slow leaks quickly escalate to bigger ones. This is caused by the expanding of any residual water during freezing temperatures which then stretches existing holes into bigger problems.
To maintain and help prevent leaks in your hoses and faucets inspect them when in use; look for drips or wet areas where there are no puddles nearby to make sure there aren’t any leaks in your hose or spout. If you do find issues it is inexpensive to replace either item. Look to see that the connections to the building structure are air-tight and sealed. Remember to turn the water off firmly at the source when you’re finished. Additionally in the winter, be sure to turn the water off from inside your home and keep the hose indoors or away from direct weather to help prevent breakage and cracking due to freezing and inclement weather. You can also aim to place an anti-freezing cap over your exterior faucets to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
There’s not much work to prevent water damage from a leaking hose, but in the instance of someone being forgetful, or not considering this as a priority, it’s easy for water to trickle into your home and cause damage of any amount. If there is water damage, remember that the team at SERVPRO of Kitsap County are just a click or a call away. We are always around no matter what day and no matter what time to help you and your home get back to normal – “Like it never even happened.”
Restore Versus Replace
Knowing that you can trust our team to treat your property right as we get it back to preloss condition = priceless.
When disaster strikes, whether it’s fire, water, wind, or smoke, there’s a long list of things to stay level-headed about when it comes to home back to normal. The first thoughts are often related to the safety of your family and pets, but concerns about the damage to your house will certainly follow quickly after. In many cases though, knowing how to get your home back to its preloss condition will come down to a single question: Will I need to restore or replace my belongings? But what is the difference?
Restore by definition; “to bring back to a previous condition or state”
Replace by definition; “to supply or substitute an equivalent for”
Replacing isn’t always cost efficient or necessary.
We see that in a few cases after fire or water disasters, homeowners use these situations as justification to do some much-wanted renovation to their home. In retrospect, knocking everything out and replacing it isn’t always the best solution to the situation. Being knowledgeable about your insurance policy is a good starting point. When it comes down to it, if your kitchen has significant water damage, an entire kitchen remodel most likely will max out your policy. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but you never know what the future holds, and it could hold a second loss. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but never say never.
Examples where the decision to restore an item, rather than replace, would be when a family heirloom is involved, such as an old Grandfather clock, or a handmade quilt. Sometimes, just part of an item or object is damaged. In those cases, it may not be necessary to say goodbye to your favorite item. Many times parts of the object can be restored to their natural, preloss beauty with effort, dedication, and the necessary procedures, products, and or tools.
Home restoration is the fastest option possible
The most obvious incentive to choose restoration over replacement is the speed at which the restoration will be complete, and your home will be back to normal, versus the time it takes for complete reconstruction. Nobody wants to live in a construction site; that’s why a quick restoration job is often the preferable choice for homeowners who are eager to get their homes back. Whether you want to seal a set of vinyl windows or remove some soot and some damage from your walls, if it is done properly, restoring these pieces of your home will save you both time and money.
The most important reason to restore vs. replace is that you get all of your prized possessions back. Sure it would be nice to get all new “stuff”, but trying to find that favorite shirt or favorite accessory that isn’t made anymore can be a bit of a headache. Also, if you have ever talked to someone who lost everything in a fire, they spend the next year or more shopping. Even for those who love to shop, the experience can be a bit overwhelming.
Next is the cost to restore vs. replace. The cost to restore damaged contents is a fraction of the cost to replace. You want to get all of your belongings back, and the insurance company is obligated to pay for restoration or replacement. What most people don’t realize is that the insurance company will not give you an open check book. The insurance company reserves the right to restore damaged contents instead of replace them. Running up the cost of replacing contents can have a detrimental effect on your rates and coverage for many years to come. Once belongings are deemed non-salvageable, they are disposed of. If you want to keep any non-salvageable items, you must discuss that with your insurance adjuster immediately.
If you or someone you know has a fire or water damage with contents involved, don’t be influenced by all of the suggestions from your friends and neighbors. Talk to a Fire & Water Restoration professional who will work with you and for you. We will help direct you through the entire process.
Our team at SERVPRO of Kitsap County has helped countless customers with a wide variety of loss situations; there seems to always be a new scenario popping up here or there. With our training, experience, and skills, we can appropriately help you or someone you know who is going through a loss or disaster. We’re here for you no matter what – any time, any day to make your loss "Like it never even happened."
Draining Water - Signs of Failure or Backing up & Preventative measures for your property and home
Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you money and plenty of headaches down the line. You don’t have to be a SERVPRO professional to know that wet patches in the basement or a small, newly forming lake on the front lawn are signs of drainage issues. If left alone, and not fixed, those water stains and puddles can cause a lot more damage to your home and property than you might think. There are some common denominators in jobs that come our way that can be prevented if appropriate measures are taken early on. Some drainage problems aren’t so obvious though. Here are some of the more subtle signs of an arising issue, and why you’ll save money, time, and dodge a stress bullet if you address these situations sooner rather than later.
Indication #1: Faulty Gutter Drains
Every inch of rain that drops on 1,000 square feet of a roof yields more than 600 gallons of runoff. For most people this runoff flows through their gutters and into their downspout, or the ever popular rain chain. Putting that much water so close to the foundation can send it straight to the basement or crawl space, where it can start to ruin the base of your structure, and potentially any contents you may have stored there. Try adding at least 5 feet of gutter extensions to irrigate the water away from the house. This prevents downspouts from being too short, which will continually cause water to move toward your foundation. When water seeps down into the soil and adds stress on your foundation walls, it can cause them to crack. Once stress damage occurs, you may need to excavate around your foundation to make repairs. Preventing water damage to your foundation, by having proper drainage for your gutters or rain chains, can save you time, stress, and a lot of money.
Indication #2: Water Marks in the Basement
Sometimes you can tell if water damage is caused by surface water, or water traveling underground by where a water stain appears. Surface water is water that collects on the surface of the ground, such as rain runoff. Underground water is water that travels below the surface of the water, such as storm drain runoff.
Water stains high on a foundation wall indicate the cause is from surface water, such as an overflowing gutter, surface runoff, or pooling storm water. Water stains in a line around the basement or foundation indicate the foundation lies below the level of public storm drains. These drains can back up during heavy rains and flooding. These issues could mean that your foundation isn’t sloped properly. If water marks are forming in other places in your basement or crawl space, and you can’t seem to figure out the source, don’t forget to give our crew a call! We can come out to see if we can pin point the problem at its source.
Indication #3: Not So Gentle Gutters
Water pouring over the rim of your gutter means debris and dead leaves are obstructing the flow, but you don’t need to see this occur to know that there are problems. Vertical streaks of dirt on the exterior of gutters, mud splashed on siding, or paint coming off of the house in vertical slivers are other sure signs. If you don’t take action fast, overflowing gutters can deteriorate the siding, destroy your paint job, and cause structural damage…additional expenses no one wants. Hopefully it’s only leaves congesting the downspout. If so, you’ll just need to clear out the debris. If the gutters are smaller than needed or incorrectly pitched, they will need to be replaced or reinstalled. Replacing and reinstalling gutters can add up quickly, but it’s still cheaper than new siding. We highly encourage routine home maintenance, especially for your gutters. This includes keeping them cleared, even though it’s difficult to keep up on it during the wetter months, it’s well worth the additional preventative measure.
While there are many other telltale signs of potential drainage problems, these are a few of the most distinct ones to look for. If you feel you have had water damage, even if it seems small, give us a call here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are always here to help, and we would be happy to come take a look to see how we can make it like it never even happened!
SERVPRO’s Document Restoration Services
When faced with a fire or flood, much more than the structure becomes affected. Everything, including furniture, electronics, and even important documents may need attention. A couple of years ago while thinking of ways to help serve our customers better, SERVPRO decided to invest in an ozone and drying chamber set ups that can recover important documents and other media.
This allows us to offer an additional restoration service to our clients. Since conception, SERVPRO has performed a tremendous amount of work, drying out everything from financial records and engineering drawings to photo albums and vintage Barbie doll boxes. Wet documents are found at any water loss, whether it’s a family bible or pictures at a home owner’s property, legal documents, medical files, or government papers at a business loss. It’s imperative to identify these and make sure to get them restored to the best of our ability.
Even on category 3 losses or items affected by microbial growth, the drying chamber can help recover those items. The drying chamber team is available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist with customer concerns about the drying process, and making sure we get your personal belongings and memories back to you to as close to preloss condition as possible.
It’s the Water You Don’t See
With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that causes the most trouble; especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria, or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property.
Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed technician on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents.
So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.
SERVPRO Technicians have the Training and Experience You Need.
A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your building, utilizing the following procedures:
- Identify the source/type of water.
- Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.
- Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises.
- Perform emergency water extraction.
- Utilize drying equipment and motoring drying.
- Dispose of refuse.
Before & After
Imagine its 8:00 pm on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.
The only problem? A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is beyond the reach of a shop vac. What do you do now?
When it’s your home or business that’s underwater, mitigation can’t wait. You need mitigation to begin yesterday. If water damage strikes you or your customers, give your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional a call immediately.
The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, drywall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business. The benefits of rapid mitigation by a SERVPRO technician are two-fold: your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your peace of mind goes through the roof.
So if the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”
Understanding Water Types
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are 3 types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come into contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure, air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
The Winter Season is Around the Corner, Will You Be Prepared?
We are counting down the days to the winter season. The snowfall, hot chocolate and sitting under a blanket next to a warm fire are just some of the fun things we are all anticipating and excited about as the colder days get nearer.
But what most of us don't think of and that go overlooked are some of the issues with frozen pipes and ice dams that can affect your home and cause unnecessary issues.
Here are just a few helpful tips and trick's to helping survive the upcoming winter months:
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off" position. Even though we all know that isn't one of our favorite places to go, it is needed. Once it is "off," then open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- And don't forget proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk off puff-backs.
A frozen pipe can bust to the point where ice blockage inside the pipe rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A pipe burst can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.
And don't forget, Ice dams can be a major problem that shouldn't go overlooked. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. And when the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into your structure's interior areas, which no one needs or wants.
Your SERVPRO Franchise Professional is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your mitigation of water damage "Like it never happened."
It May Not Look Like Much Water.....
It may not look like much water, but the cleanup could be way over your head!
A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO franchise professional is trained to safely clean and restore your customer's home, utilizing the following procedures:
- Identify the source/type of water
- Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
- Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
- Perform emergency water extraction
- Move and block furniture
- Provide floor service
- Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide necessary service
- Apply necessary treatments such as deodorization
- Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
- Dispose of refuse
Each SERVPRO franchise professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, a structure is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages such as microbial growth and development.
No matter the size or type of damage, SERVPRO employees are constantly working together as a team to make water damages like they never even happened.
A Little Water Goes a Long Way
It may not look like much water, but a little bit of water can be a major problem. Any water damage in your house is not a good thing, especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family.
Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into the home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their group.
SERVPRO Kitsap County understands how disruptive black water damages can be for you and your family.We offer 24 hour emergency response, and under normal circumstances we will have our professionals on site within 4 hours to begin the process of mitigation services. We want to help you gain crontrol quickly while drying, deodorizing, and protecting their home and belongings.
What to do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage From Clean Water
Water damage happens without warning. But with these precautions, you can stop further damage until your local SERVPRO arrives to help.
Here at SERVPRO we know that emergencies happen, which is why we offer prompt 24/7 emergency response. However until your local SERVPRO arrives, there are effective steps you should take to help minimize the damage being done to your home and/or business. Depending on the type and extent of the emergency at hand, different procedures should be followed in order to slow down the damage that is being done.
When you are facing water damage from a clean water source, there are several things you can do until SERVPRO arrives.As soon as possible, turn off the source of water. If you are unable to do so, contact a qualified party to shut off the water source. Doing this will stop any additional water trying to enter your home from doing so.When safe to do so, attempt to shut off the circuit breaker for wet areas throughout the affected building. Use extreme caution when doing so in order to avoid any electric shock.Begin blotting and mopping up as much water as possible. Having standing water can cause more damage to the buildingKeep furniture skirting, draperies and other items away from wet areas. A good trick to keeping furniture skirting off the wet flooring is to use clothespins to pin them up.
In addition to the many beneficial tips to keep in mind when facing clean water damage, there are also several things you should avoid.Any rooms with standing water should be avoided at all costs.Keep all items that when wet could cause staining away from carpet. These items include newspapers, magazines, or papers with ink that could bleed through when damp.Do not use any appliances while in standing water. Do not use your own vacuum to remove water because this can cause electrical shock and possibly damage the vacuum cleaner. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.Do not enter any rooms where the ceiling appears to be sagging due to retention of water.
Here at SERVPRO we have many resources to help various emergencies, aside from just water. No job is too big or too small for your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County.