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How to detect signs of water damage in your home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

You may think a water leak or a busted pipe would be easy to detect and definitely something you’d notice right away. The truth is, sometimes the signs of water damage are hidden – behind your walls, under your floor boards, or even on the exterior of your house. Whether the situation happened an hour ago or a month ago, there are a number of ways to remedy the problem with water damage repair and a reputable restoration company . First and foremost is finding the source.

What to Look For

Water damage can take on different colors, textures, and even smells, depending on the type of location of the damage. For instance, ceiling water damage is usually easier to spot than water damage in a basement because you will see stains and discoloration on a ceiling, but may not know that a musty odor can be a sign that there is a problem on the lower level of your home. Learn these telltale signs so that you can identify an existing problem and be prepared to spot it in the future.

Water Accumulation 

The most obvious sign that you’ve got water damage on your hands (or that it will become a bigger problem) is areas of standing or pooling water. These can result from old or malfunctioning appliances including washers, water heaters and toilets. A puddle could also occur from a leaking roof, or from drainage pipes if the water is on the outside of your home.

Discoloration 

With ceiling water damage, look for water spots and stains. The area may appear wet or dry and can be a yellow, brown or copper color. Walls may also have bubbling, cracking or peeling paint or wallpaper in addition to staining.

Changes in Texture

While flooring can also show discoloration like ceilings and walls do, the main sign of water damage in floors is detected by changes in texture. This is a result of water seeping into the floorboards and areas underneath them. Some common texture variations include:

  • Warping – caused by changes in humidity and temperature, resulting in gaps between floorboards or curling at the edges. (Ceilings may also become warped from water damage.)
  • Buckling/bp – Occurs in wood floors when one side of the wood becomes detached from the substrate and “tents,” or faces upward.
  • Sagging/Sinking – You may notice soft spots in hardwood floors due to rotten wood, which feels spongy compared to normal wood. Water can seep into subflooring of all types of flooring material and cause sagging.
  • Expansion – Wood and laminate floors will “expand” when they absorb too much water because the material swells and then separates.

Odor

Odors caused by mold and mildew could implicate a water damage problem. The smell may come from basements, walls, or other areas where water has been accumulating for a while. Certain drywall materials can act like a sponge and become full of moisture because there is low air circulation. This is the perfect conditions for mold to develop, which will eventually result in visual discoloration (usually black spots) and a detectable odor.

Common Places/Causes

Water damage can occur in any part of your home; however, there are some areas that are more high-risk than others. Make a checklist and inspect each area in your home to know where and what to look for when it comes to identifying water damage.

Ceilings

Ceiling water damage can come from a few sources. If the room is on the top story of a home, it could be from a leaky roof caused by rain or melting ice/snow in the winter months. If there is a bathroom above the ceiling with wall damage, it could be from a burst pipe or cracks in the floorboards.

Walls

One of the easiest ways to spot water damage is water stains on walls (and ceilings). Make sure to also check around door and window frames. An unusual stain could be a sign of a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall.

Flooring

There are many things that can cause water damage to floors – overflowing sinks/bathtubs, flooding from faulty appliances and bad pipes. Hiring a water damage restoration company is the best way to pinpoint the exact cause of flooring water damage.

Exterior/Foundations

The exterior of your home can also experience water damage. If there isn’t proper drainage in the yard or if the gutter spouts don’t carry runoff water far away from the house (or if the gutters leak), water can pool next to the house and if left untreated, cause even more damage to your home’s structure.

Attics/Roofs

Stains, mold and wet or swollen installation are signs of a leak in the attic. If your roof has cracked, curled, or missing shingles, damaged flashing or signs of wind/rain damage, it could be vulnerable to leaks, which could result in water damage. Weather in colder climates can cause ice dams to develop on the roof, which can leak into the attic when snow and ice melts. Pay attention to possible problem areas including around roof vents and chimneys, the flashing (where the roof connects with the walls) and the valleys (where two roof planes connect) to help prevent water damage.

Appliances

Check behind refrigerators, washers/dryers, hot water heaters and toilets/sinks for any sign of pooling or leaking water. An appliance or bathroom component (toilet/sink/shower) will most likely cause water damage because of a faulty piece of equipment that isn’t easily seen. For example, a cracked hose or loose connection means that these parts may fail soon and could cause leaking in your home – which could lead to water damage.

What to Do If You Find It

If your home has water damage or even if you suspect that you may have a problem, SERVPRO of Antioch is here to help . Call into our office 24/7 and schedule an inspection. Our highly knowledgeable and trained inspector will help possible locate the source and guide you into the next steps to take. Many times your homeowners insurance will be able to help. SERVPRO of Antioch works with all major insurance companies and we can help you navigate your loss.

Expert water damage restoration in Antioch and surrounding areas.

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

No disaster is too big, with the right equipment and qualified crew we can handle it.

Even a small amount of water can cause significant damage to your home or office if left standing for too long. Equally important is the source of the water. Whether it’s a leaky dishwasher or something more serious like a flooded basement due to frozen or burst pipes, the team of experts at SERVPRO of Antioch are a professional water damage restoration company that can quickly and affordably serve you.

If you have standing water, this can be very dangerous to a home or office. Whether it’s on the main floor, in the basement or in a crawlspace, it can lead to major problems like mold and mildew and even structural issues that can become very costly to repair. No matter the source or the cause of the water intrusion, we’re here to help. We use state-of-the-art equipment and technology for water extraction and drying in order to get your place back to normal as quickly as possible.

There are many complications that can come with unexpected water intrusion. Time matters, so call us to get fast and efficient service to avoid dangerous mold, rotting wood, electrical problems, and rusting of metal.

We will work with your insurance company and bill them directly for the water damage. Our goal is to return your home or business to its pre-emergency condition in as little time as possible.

Our   Services

  • 24-hour emergency response
  • Comprehensive water damage restoration
  • Water extraction
  • Water mitigation
  • Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Deodorization/odor control
  • Mold remediation

We offer professional water removal and water damage restoration while delivering customer service that is second to none. Call SERVPRO of Antioch  24/7 925-706-0106 with all your water damage questionst and top-quality services at the best prices.

SERVPRO of Antioch  is a Water Damage Restoration Company that proudly serves Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay, Contra Costa County, Concord, Walnut Creek or beyond.

24 Hour Emergency Service

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Family room with extensive water damage.

SERVPRO of Antioch is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - 925-706-0106

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Antioch has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Importance of starting the flood and water Cleanup quickly

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Rapid rising flood water cause major damage to a Delta community home.

As soon as you notice water leaks in your house, you need to call for help immediately. Even waiting for a few days can end being a mistake. Mold can start in as little as 48 hours. 

 Water damage is hard to deal with and it can happen unexpectedly to your property or establishment in Antioch, Ca.

Water damage is usually caused by dripping pipes, basement water damage or attic flooding, clogged toilets and sewage lines, thinning of water line surfaces and flooding due to storms. If water comes out from broken water pipes, it is easy to handle as they are clean but if it is rain or sewage water, handling it is more complicated and needs a quick solution.

It is a huge burden to experience water damage in Antioch  particularly if you live in places where storms and floods happen frequently. If you are prepared and have our contact number ready, water cleanup or water extraction will be hassle-free. Saving the details of your insurance provider is a great advantage so you can avoid being stressed out in these situations. Our highly knowledgeable office staff knows how to deal with many  insurance carriers and can help you navigate through the argouse claim process. 

The Importance of Starting The Flood Cleanup & Water Extraction Process Quickly

There are essential measures to solve any kind of flooding in your home or office. Further damage caused by moisture can be avoided by seeking help from a water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Antioch. This way, pest invasion and growth of molds will not take place. Your family’s health is at risk to respiratory diseases when mold grows  in your property. Peeling of paint and wallpapers, damage to wooden floors and furniture can be irreparable when you let the flood stay in your house for a long time or you don’t allow it to dry properly. To prevent this problem, you can act immediately by calling experts in fixing water damage so you can save your belongings from serious damages. Clean flood water can have the same effects as dirty flood water if the affected area is not dried properly immediately. It is always best to get water pumps and dehumidifiers in order to minimize the occurrence of possible water damage that can cause problem to you and your family.

Water Damage Do's and Dont's

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do’s and Don’ts

Water damage can be caused by anything from a toilet overflow or to a pipe that’s busted in your wall, its important to know how to clean up the damage properly to reduce long term effects. Let the experts of SERVPRO of Antioch help you with the clean up.

Do’s:

Call a professional- This is especially important when it comes to larger losses or floods since they can cause more serious damages such as mold.

Dry standing water- Whenever possible, dry as much standing water as you can with or vacuums. You can also use box fans to assist with dry.

Remove saturated items – You should remove saturated rugs especially if on a hardwood to an area that can dry out thoroughly.

Call your home owners insurance company – Its incredibly important to place a call to the home owner’s insurance claims department and start the process of the claim. Its good to know what is covered under your policy.

Don’t:

Don’t operate electronics – Avoid operating TV’s, vacuums or any other appliances when standing on wet flooring especially concrete. This could result in serious injury.

Don’t use heat to dry – In closed environments you shouldn’t use heat to dry because it can increase the growth of mildew.

Don’t leave wet contents – Whenever possible separate wet clothing and lay them out to dry. If boxes of items get wet, try to remove loose articles from box and allow to dry.

Don’t wait – Don’t wait, call SERVPRO of Antioch right away when you have water damage so we can guide you in the right direction.

Water Damage in your home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

No one ever wants to find water damage in their home, but reality is that most home owners will have to deal with it at some point. How the issue is handled is most important. Water damage can be caused by a broken pipe in the wall or toilet overflow to a major storm. Whatever the situation may be fast response is always key to handling your water damage and minimizing the chance of mold growth. There are a few steps that should take place when water damage is discovered.

Determine source and stop

When water damage is caused by a broken pipe or supply line in the home, you should turn off the water to the home. You may be able to shut it off at the main if not you may have to contact a plumber for assistance. In some cases, like when dealing with storm intrusion there is no main to turn off and really no way to stop the water from affecting the home.

Perform Mitigation

In order to perform Mitigation, which is the process of drying out the property the source of water should be off. Professional remediation services are available to help you dry out the property faster than a home owner could do on their own. The dry out process includes extraction of bulk water, removal of affected materials that can’t be dried and drying of remainder materials that can be dried.

Professional Assistance

Nobody wants to deal with water damage in their home, but when it does happen there are companies that can assist with the process and make the experience a little more bearable. SERVPRO of Antioch is the company to call to help you overcome the situation. We are a local company that offers immediate response to any size disaster. Call us at 925-706-0106

A Dirty Clean up ; Sewage

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage can happen in any size and any quantity completely taking out everything in its path

At SERVPRO of Antioch our technicians specialize in all kinds of dirty jobs, in particular; sewage clean up. They are trained to know and understand the USA-EPA, OSHA and IICRC guidelines and standards when it comes to sewage clean ups. First and foremost, our concern is always safety. IICRC which stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is an International association leading training and education for the restoration industry. Sewage is classified as a category 3 black water loss in their S500 standards. Category 3 water losses are grossly contaminated by either sewage or mold which can contain pathogenic, toxigenic and or harmful agents. When it comes to sewage contamination the water has the potential for causing major illnesses when not addressed correctly. When it comes to sewage clean up all affected areas should be pre-treated with an EPA registered disinfectant to help minimize cross contamination. All bulk water should be extracted, and all porous and semi porous materials should be removed and disposed of. For instance, when dealing with sewage or unsanitary water that affects a Bathroom with tile flooring and a Hallway with carpet flooring on a slab foundation. The scope should entail all bulk water being extracted, wet carpet and padding will be removed and disposed of. Vanity will be detached and inspected for contamination. All drywall and insulation in the affected area will be cut out and disposed of at a minimum of 24” high. The remaining materials which is structural wood framing and concrete slab foundation will need to be heavily sanitized and dried by placement of dehumidification before the structure can be reconstructed. During the clean up process we also place air quality machines called Air Scrubbers which filtrates the bacteria in the air by using HEPA filtration down to .3 microns in size.

SERVPRO of Antioch takes pride in helping others with their restoration projects, particularly when it comes to restoring indoor environments by making them safe and like new again. Should you ever come into an unsanitary situation be sure to have the clean up performed by a skilled and certified company such as SERVPRO of Antioch. Call us for free inspections during business hours at 925-706-0106