How We Dry Your Home After Water Damage!
First a detailed assessment must be performed onsite to confirm the extent of water damage which has occurred. Depending on the building materials that are affected our team will provide a detailed scope of work and dry out/mitigation scope of work for your review and that of your insurance adjuster.
Sometimes, the damage is minimal and the dry out plan can happen very quickly with minimal cost. If this is the case an insurance claim may not be required as it the cost of mitigation will be less than your deductible amount possibly. In other instances where the damage is more significant, we are able to communicate all aspects of the scope and cost in a timely fashion. We divide the process into (3) phases. Phase (1) initial moisture mapping, and or fire mapping, stabilization through the use of engineering controls and equipment. Phase (2) is to assess our client’s contents such as furniture, artwork, clothing. Phase (3) is a detailed reconstruction estimate itemizing the building repair scope of work and cost to be performed.
There are many different types of equipment that can be needed for a significant loss. Some of this equipment includes:
- Air movers
- Water extraction vacuums
- HEPA vacuum, both backpack and canister type
- Submersible pumps
- Moisture detectors
- Floor mat drying system
Four Simple Ways to Prevent Mildew in Your Bathroom
In this photo, you can see the microbial growing from allowing mildew to grow in the bathroom.
- Paint the walls with Mildew-Resistant paint. Your bathroom walls can and will absorb lingering moisture from a steamy shower which can spur the growth of mildew. Painting your walls with mildew-resistant paint will give your bathroom extra protection.
- Keep your bathroom well ventilated because mildew thrives in damp places. Which can make a bathroom a prime breeding ground.
- Fix any leaks you might find; the tub, the sink, the window. They can all lead to future problems if not assessed quickly.
- Always mop up excess water. After a bath or shower, or even washing your hands, don’t let standing water stay.
By doing these 4 things you can prevent mildew and microbial growth from entering your home. If you ever suspect mold in your home you should always call SERVPRO for the expert experience.
Keep Your Ductwork Clean. Here Are Five Reasons Why.
The air quality in your property is important. Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter. What about the air ducts? Contaminants collect in the duct system too, and regular cleaning of the air channel is important.
1. Improves your health- poor indoor air quality ranks among the top five environmental risks to your health.
2. Energy consumption- clean ductwork helps lower your utility bill and helps your HVAC unit last longer.
3. Smelly air- odors continue to plague your property long after you remove the offensive item.
4. Moldy reasons- microbial growth can grow in your duct system especially if your property suffered recent water damage from flooding or foundation cracks.
5. Call a professional- We here at SERVPRO are the experienced professionals you want to take care of this for you!
We Take Your Water Damage Details with Serious Consideration
We work as quickly as possible to get you back into your home.
The rains have stopped for now, but plumbing issues still happen to California homes just like they always have. The damage from a broken kitchen sink or a pipe behind a wall is indistinguishable from stormwater that finds its way in from under the roof.
Regardless of the water damage source in a home, SERVPRO has four key actions we take before moving on to restoring furniture. First, we move every piece of furniture off the carpeting. Next, we clean any furniture stains before we even start to dry the home. Next, we tent all cushions to prevent color bleeding and speed up drying time. Finally, we calculate the restoration cost against the replacement price for the customer.
With that accomplished, our technicians move on to drying and protecting the upholstery. They take the first step by tenting the cushions. Tenting is simply standing the cushions up and leaning them against each other with a sheet of waxed paper between them to stop or at least reduce color bleeding. Now, they place air movers and dehumidifiers underneath or next to them to speed the process. Zippers and most metal buttons quickly rust, which they are hand-dried immediately. We also insert waxed paper between the zippers and cushions and place pads around the buttons to prevent any possible transfer of rust, no matter how small.
It may be necessary to dampen the entire fabric of a piece of furniture to keep a uniform color. Then, water extractor wands are used to draw out any moisture evenly. We use a variety of upholstery tools to ensure the nape of the fabric is carefully brushed out to its correct form as it dries.
Restoring furniture damaged from broken plumbing is an intensive, drawn-out process. To do it correctly takes a professional restoration company. SERVPRO is ready to walk you through every step and make sure you understand the costs associated with restoration, replacement, and when to choose.
Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoring Certification
IICRC is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards detailing the proper procedures for safe cleaning and restoration.
Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoring Certification or IICRC for short. IICRC is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards detailing the proper procedures for safe cleaning and restoration. All of our technicians and as well as our office staff are IICRC certified. Being up to IICRC standards allows all of our employees to have the best knowledge industry-standard training giving each and every one of our customers the best service. We are constantly holding classes for employees and professionals to be up to date and work towards new certifications in areas such as Applied Structural Drying, Commercial Drying, Fire and Smoke, Mold Removal, etc. This helps us to ensure that no matter what situation clients can always rest assured that they are choosing the best restoration company.
SERVPRO and Farmers Insurance
Do you have Farmers Insurance? Did you know SERVPRO is part of the Farmers Emergency Mitigation Referral Program (EMRP)?
That means we are here for you and on-call 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are one call away. We offer emergency services to mitigate the effects of damage caused by fire, smoke, and water. The goal is to prevent further damage to your home and save as much building material as possible.
We here at SERVPRO are reputable vendors who are properly licensed and insured — and have agreed to follow accepted industry standards and practices. We have the equipment, technology, training, and customer diplomacy for any size disaster. We thoroughly document and communicate each step of the restoration process, because an informed customer is often a happy one.
How To Protect Your Hardwood Floors
Water is arguably one of the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your flooring is to hire a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills on a daily basis can also cause irreversible damage.
- Remove wet, moist, or damp items, such as carpets, clothes, boots, or appliances, from contact with the floor as soon as possible.
- Wipe up any spills from the surface immediately to prevent the liquid from penetrating the floor.
- If a room with a hardwood floor has an exterior door, place a rug in front of the door.
- Inspect the plumbing and fix any leaks that might contribute to water getting onto the floor surface (or any structural component, for that matter).
- Control the humidity in your home. During the summer, the air tends to be moister and during the winter, the air is dryer. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.
If the water has started to damage your floors, call the professionals of SERVPRO to help dry out your precious floors.
Three-stage decontamination chambers consist of a clean room, shower/decontamination chamber, and an equipment room.
Single or 3 stage decontamination chambers are effective in preventing cross-contamination. Strict protocols are used when entering and exiting the decontamination chambers. Three-stage decontamination chambers consist of a clean room, shower/decontamination chamber, and an equipment room. Each chamber is separated from the other and the work area by specially designed airlocks.
The clean room is used to remove and store street clothes, don personal protective clothing, and respiratory protection before entering the work area. Workers then use the shower/decontamination room on their way out after leaving any contaminated clothing in the equipment room. From there the equipment room is the contaminated area where any contaminated work clothing such as boots, hardhats, goggles, and any other equipment is stored after proper HEPA and/or wet cleaning.
An important part of the decontamination chamber is a manometer which indicates pressure differential inside the work area compared to areas outside. This digital device indicates if proper negative pressure is current inside the work area.
Signs To Help You Spot Water Damage In Your Home
Quick signs that could lead to possible water damage in your home.
1. Check your floors.
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage.
2. Look for stains.
Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.
3. Inspect the outside.
What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house, or leaky rain gutters.
4. Watch for rust and mold.
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor.
By following these tips and being aware as a homeowner you can possibly catch water damage early on and save yourself a headache in the future.
Tips to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Residential Property
While rain gutters are often overlooked, they actually play a big role in maintaining the condition of your home. The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement, etc. These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Give us a call if you have any further questions!