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What we look for when inspecting water damage

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your home, the effects can be seen in many different ways throughout your property. There are so many things that go into building a stable structure for humans to live/work safely in. When water gets in sensitive places, it can be a threat to the safety of the occupants and to the owner's pocket! But, there is no need to worry, here at SERVPRO we inspect each water damage case thoroughly and take immediate action to prevent further damages to save your dollar. Here are some things we look for when inspecting water damage:

Paint Condition

When moisture is absorbed into the walls, it can be noticed in the way the paint behaves. In water damage cases, the paint will usually bubble, or peel off. This is how you know unwanted moisture is in the walls that needs to be dried. To find the content of moisture in the affected areas, we use a moisture meter that measures the percent moisture in a given substance/area. To dry the moisture, we use air movers and dehumidifiers that helps the water evaporate quicker.

Floor Condition

When water enters your property through flood or a heavy storm, it seeps under the floor and lifts the boards, indicating water damage. If the water under the floor is not dried, it will make your property prone to microbial growth and end up costing you even more. Mold grows in places that are wet and dark, so any part of your property that has those conditions after water damage need to be inspected and dried. To dry the moisture under the floor we use the same air movers and dehumidifiers that help the water evaporate at a quicker pace.

Dry Rot

Dry rot happens in the case of long-term water damage. Sometimes a pipe can be leaking for weeks before it is noticed, and the long-term effects of the damage have already happened that must be dealt with. Dry rot is when wetted wood starts to decay over time. For your property to have structural integrity, the wood must be in good condition, but water exposed to the beams for a long period of time lead to dry rot and a weak foundation. Dry Rot cannot be repaired, it must be replaced to ensure your property is in safe condition.

Mold

Mold is also in the case of long-term water damage. Mold growth is prone to wet and dark places. The pipes running through your property to transport water are in places like these, and when they leak it is very likely that mold will be the result of this damage. Mold cannot be repaired, it must be removed and remediated to ensure a safe environment on your property.

These are a few of the most common damages that can affect your home in the case of water damage. For every job we inspect these things to get a thorough understating of your property’s water damage situation so we can create a plan to make your home/commercial property “Like it never even happened.”

All about Water Damage

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

corner of wall wet from water damage Routinely check for water damage signs to prevent a bad situation like this. Call SERVPRO to inspect your property today

Are there visible yellowish-brown stains on your house’s roof or walls? Do you sense a musty odor as soon as you walk in?

If your answer is yes, then this means that your house has water damage— a problem that you shouldn’t ignore for an extended amount of time because it can cause serious damage.

We have assembled a few basics to help you in understanding this issue:

Water Damage Categories

According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are three categories of water damage:

  • Category 1 includes water damage involving clean water such as the one released due to the breakage of water supply lines or overflow of tubs or sinks.
  • Category 2 includes water damage caused by grey water, which is the wastewater that includes chemical, biological or physical impurities. Examples of grey water include drainage from dishwaters and washing machines, toilet bowls containing urine, sump pump failures, etc.
  • Category 3 includes water damage caused by black water. This water damage starts from category 2, but it can soon turn into category 3 if you don’t take the necessary steps to counter it.

Water Damage Classes

According to IICRC, there are four classes of water damage based on the evaporation rate:

  • Class 1 type of water damage has a slower evaporation rate and it is not spread over a large area. In this type of water damage, the furniture and other items don’t absorb water quickly.
  • Class 2 water damage has a fast evaporation rate. It is spread over a large area and has a water depth of less than twenty-four inches.
  • Class 3 has the fastest evaporation rate and the water usually pours from overhead and affects the whole house. It damages everything from furniture and carpets to the walls, ceilings and flooring.
  • Class 4 water damage has low humidity due to which the items absorb water at a slow pace.

What to do in case of Water Damage?

You should take the following steps in case of water damage:

  • Turn off the affected area’s electricity.
  • Identify the category of water damage and take steps accordingly.
  • Remove furniture and other items from the standing water.
  • Call a restoration company.

Don’t DIY Water Damage Repair- And Here’s Why.

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water dripping inside your house can cause a whole lot of problems. Read on to know why you should call a professional to fix water damage and not attempt to do it yourself.

Water can enter your house either through faulty plumbing lines, leaky roofs, broken foundations, malfunctioning HVAC appliances, or as a result of natural disasters such as a flood or a heavy storm. Whatever the source is, unwanted water entering your house leads to a lot of heavy damage.

When water accumulates in your house and sits there for 24-72 hours, it serves as a breeding ground for numerous bacteria as well as mold spores. The water ruins your rugs and carpets and seeps into all of your expensive wooden furniture.

You might think that you can handle the water damage yourself, without calling a professional water damage restoration company. That’s certainly not true. Why would people opt for water damage restoration companies if the problem could be handled easily? 

Here are the top three reasons why you should call the professionals for water damage restoration instead of dealing with the mess yourself.

  1. You're Not an Expert!

Water damage restoration companies have qualified professionals who are trained specially for restoring water damage at home. On the other hand, you’re a person who knows nothing about the techniques and expertise required for restoring water damage. You will end up stressing yourself unnecessarily if you try to fix water damage at home. An expert will deal with the damage without thinking twice and save you from worrying.

  1. You Don't Have Necessary Equipment

When you call a professional water restoration company for help, they will send their trained staff along with all the required equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers, drying fans, chemical sealers and other required tools. On the other hand, if you decide to remove water yourself, you would need to either buy or hire the required equipment and tools. So, calling a professional water damage restoration company will save your money and also save you from the hassle of using equipment that you’re unfamiliar with.

  1. You're Not Safe

Standing water inside your house can be dangerous due to electrical faults. Professionals who visit houses for water damage restoration wear special PPE gear that keep them safe from these hazards. The trained staff members know how to deal with the dangers associated with standing water. Therefore, you can save yourself from those dangers by calling a professional.

If your property has been struck with water damage, it’s best to call a water damage restoration company instead of fixing the mess yourself. The professionals will handle everything and leave your house as it was before the damage.

CALL SERVPRO of Torrance for your water damage at 310-320-2112.

Home Suffer From Water Damage During Quarantine?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

We Can Help!

It looks like the current state of things is not changing anytime soon. COVID precautions are now a part of our everyday life. Most of us are staying home more often, and engaging in contactless services to fulfill our everyday needs. With so much time spent in the home, it is only likely that your home may face some water damage. This could come in the form of a leak, minor flood, or some hidden mold that creeped up in the walls of your home. In any case, the damage must be remediated, to make sure for the remainder of our society's distancing you have a comfortable and fit home to remain safe in.

SERVPRO is in service during the pandemic. Only a phone call away at (310) 320-2112, we are able to inspect, plan, and repair any damages done to your property by natural, inevitable circumstances. And when any contact needs to be made in order to repair your property, our technicians are equipped with CDC certified PPE to keep us and you as safe as possible. For any more questions, don't hesitate to call, and make sure to take a look at other blogs for more information about the services provided by SERVPRO during COVID-19. 

Bored in Isolation? Inspect Your Home!

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

checking sink drain and disposal Be like this guy and check your sink drain and disposal!

You may be sitting on your couch right now, isolated at home feeling as if you have run out of things to do. Los Angeles County has been in quarantine due to the Coronavirus for several weeks now. But, it has done us well compared to other parts of our beloved country that are experiencing hospital overloads and death tolls in the thousands. But aside from all of the information we know and read about everyday, what is something you can do at home during isolation? And something that will make you feel accomplished, and like you’ve done a good task for the day?

In theme with SERVPRO, the best thing we can suggest to do at home is to inspect your property for any type of hidden damage or appliance parts/equipment in need of repair or replacement. Some things to check are pipes under the sink for leaks, behind the toilet, and around the corners of your bath or shower. These places are prone to mold growth, which happens over time. If these commonly neglected areas have not been checked, quarantine is the perfect time to do so! And while you’re at it, consider the maintenance of these things by cleaning the pipes with chemical drainers that can be ordered online. Check the pipes in your kitchen and the appliances’ functioning to prevent home fires, which are most often caused by cooking equipment. 

If you are inspecting and happen to come across something suspicious, call us here at SERVPRO to come and formally evaluate the situation for you. Our 24 hours 7 days a week emergency service line is (310) 320-2112. We will pick up and answer to any question or predicament you may have. Stay healthy!

The Mischievousness of Mold

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Woman inspecting mold Prevent this from happening by following SERVPRO's tips!

Mold, a thing that those who’ve experienced it, or read our blogs are all too familiar with. This type of damage is silent and ever progressing, posing great risk to your pocket and property. At SERVPRO, we specialize in remediating mold damage to any property. Just call us at our emergency service line (310)320-2112 for an inspection and quote on the damage your property may be facing.

But, for the time being how can you prevent mold from happening in your property? Though the damage due to mold can be severe and sometimes dangerous, the fact that it grows over time gives you a leg up on stopping it before it even begins. 

Many mold cases happen from unknown leaks, when water is pooled in an unseen place and left over time for mold to grow. To prevent this, routinely check in and around places where water is flowing through, like toilets, showers, baths, sinks, and laundry machines. Make sure nothing is pooling around in an area you usually don’t check, for example, under the sink. Also, take note of your bathroom floor after you shower and bathe. If there are any leaks in the seals of these things, water will pool in the corners around the holes, and can easily be mistaken for water from your wet hair, body, or something along those lines. Any water left for an amount of time will make that area prone to mold growth. 

Another tip to stop mold is to take steps in preventing water damage, as mold is an after effect of that. Click here to read our pointers on how to prevent water damage. 

Now that you know about how mold comes about on a property, you can take the proper steps to prevent it from happening. For any more questions you may have about mold, feel free to call us at our 24/7 service line. SERVPRO is happy to provide you with the information necessary to have a damage free property.

Categories of Water Damage

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Overflowed toilet and bathtub Don't let this happen to your bathroom! Call SERVPRO to restore your water damaged property today!

When SERVPRO is confronted with a water damage job, there are many things to consider to make sure we move forward with the best plan. One of the things considered is the category of water damage we’re working with. Not all water damage jobs are equal, and each category is met with different precautions and procedures to yield the best outcome. It is also important for you as a homeowner to understand the category of water damage your property is facing to make sure everyone is safe and at a proper distance from any dangerous areas. Here’s some insight on the categories of water damage:

Category 1- Clean Water

These types of situations are leaks and floods of water that are not hazardous. This includes overflowing bathtubs, defective appliances like refrigerators, or a rainwater leak in the home. These are category 1 because the water poses no health risk.

Category 2- Grey Water

Grey water is when the water may contain some pollutants like urine, mold, or dirt that can be of a health risk if exposed to us. Leaks from a washing machine, clogged toilets with only urine or overflowed aquariums can yield this category of water damage. This type of damage is recommended to be responded to immediately because this water can leave lasting effects on your home if not tended to quickly. 

Category 3- Black Water

This type of water damage contains very hazardous contaminants in the water requiring our workers to wear special protective gear to deal with these jobs. Clogged plumbing systems, flood runoff from lakes, oceans, or rivers and sewer backups are all examples of black water category damage. In the event of this damage, it is imperative action is taken immediately and everyone is evacuated from the affected areas. 

If you are ever confronted with any of these categories of water damage, call SERVPRO of Torrance at our emergency service line to get help in making your property “Like it never even happened.” We are here to assist you in unpredictable events like this, and will guide you through every step of the way. To learn more about water damage, check out our other blogs.

How Water and Flood Damage are Different

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Home "Like it never even happened."

Water damage and flood damage are two different things according to insurance adjusters. The difference between them is where the water comes from. Water damage is caused by water entering from inside the home, from the pipes that back your running water outlets. Flood damage is when water comes from a natural source like mudslides, accumulated rain runoff, and overflow of tidal waters. Flood damage also includes two or more properties. The caliber of flood damage is much bigger than that of water damage, which is why insurance adjusters see it as a different disaster. 

Flood damage is not covered by your home insurance, only water damage. Here in California it is less likely for you to experience flood damage, but that doesn't mean it’s impossible. If you live in an area vulnerable to flooding like near the beach or by a hill that is prone to mudslides, it’d be in your favor to discuss with the property owner filing for flood insurance. This can be done at www.floodsmart.gov.

Here at SERVPRO it is in our best interest to keep you updated and informed about how you can best prepare for natural disaster damage. For more information, feel free to give us a call at (310) 320-2112.

How to Plan Your Home’s Construction After Natural Damage Disaster

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Let’s say there’s major flooding in your area (though unlikely in CA) and you need to repair an entire wing of your house. Maybe half of it was cinched off in one of California’s wildfires? The point is that your house has damage from a natural disaster, and you don’t know where to go from there. This is where SERVPRO of Torrance can swoop in and help.

The health and safety of our customers comes first, so we start with the cleanup process. We will make sure no damage or debri is left behind, and start a construction plan for remediation. You’ll meet with a team member who, if you choose to go with reconstruction, will take your ideas and help make your dream a reality.

SERVPRO of Torrance will help to guide you through a difficult time. Losing parts of your home to natural disaster is no walk in the park, and we are committed to helping you create a clean and fresh space that is comfortable for your family. Home is your happy place and sanctuary. We don’t think a natural disaster should disrupt that vibe.

Call SERVPRO of Torrance today to get a quote on how to bring that dream to life.

Why Water Damage Will Change Your Life

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPPRO is available 24 hours a day for your property's water damage needs.

Better fix that dripping faucet in the bathroom fast or one day you might return home and find your bedroom partially flooded. Whether it is a natural disaster or an overlooked waterline problem, the damage takes a swift turn. In fact, this damage is the worst sort of problems that homeowners face. It destroys everything and even affects your personal life.

No matter what or where the water source is, once it finds its way into your house, you will have to make some big decisions to make sure that things can be salvaged in time. Let’s talk about how water damage affects your life on a personal level.

Property Damage From Water

As water seeps into your basement and other rooms, it drives different types of sediments, especially mud, into your house. This thick layer of mess creates a breeding ground for all kinds of insects and leaves behind a particular smell, even when the water has dried.

Property Damage From Mold

If the water stays in place for more than two days, you will see mold developing on the surface. There are two types of molds: one that can be cleaned using a strong solution and the other that is hazardous. If mold growth is not treated as soon as possible, it can grow quite rapidly and damage your property further.

It Becomes Dangerous For You to Remain in the House

When water seeps into the foundation, a change occurs in the rock and soil. This compromises the base and standing of the house, making the ground weak. While the chances of your house walls collapsing are low, but it does become vulnerable to future disasters.

Fire

As you already know, electricity and water do not make a good combination. In fact, the explosive reaction both these elements cause can lead to dangerous circumstances for you and your property. Water damage compromises all electrical outlets and appliances. Plugging in any device might cause a spark and lead to fire.

Water damage puts a temporary halt to your life. You need to assess the situation carefully and decide if the house is habitable. The risk of staying at such a place is too high and you need to take actions immediately. SERVPRO of Torrance is available 24 hours a day, do not hesitate to call if you are faced with these circumstances.

Health Issues from a Water Damage?

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Better fix that dripping faucet in the bathroom fast or one day you might return home and find your bedroom partially flooded. Whether it is a natural disaster or an overlooked waterline problem, the damage takes a swift turn. In fact, this damage is the worst sort of problems that homeowners face. It destroys everything and even affects your personal life.

No matter what or where the water source is, once it finds its way into your house, you will have to make some big decisions to make sure that things can be salvaged in time. Let’s talk about how water damage affects your life on a personal level.

Breathing Problems from Contamination

As water seeps into your basement and other rooms, it drives different types of sediments, especially mud, into your house. This thick layer of mess creates a breeding ground for all kinds of insects and leaves behind a particular smell, even when the water has dried. This air becomes unbreathable and you will feel the effects over the course of time.

Allergic Reaction from Mold

If the water stays in place for more than two days, you will see mold developing on the surface. There are two types of molds: one that can be cleaned using a strong solution and the other that is hazardous. When you continuously breathe the air where mold is growing, your health is affected. You might experience allergic reactions such as red eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and skin rashes. In fact, molds can also lead to asthma attacks.

It Becomes Dangerous For You to Remain in the House

When water seeps into the foundation, a change occurs in the rock and soil. This compromises the base and standing of the house, making the ground weak. While the chances of your house walls collapsing are low, but it does become vulnerable to future disasters.

Loss of Life

As you already know, electricity and water do not make a good combination. In fact, the explosive reaction both these elements cause can lead to death. Water damage compromises all electrical outlets and appliances. Plugging in any device might cause a spark and lead to fire.

Water damage puts a temporary halt to your life. You need to assess the situation carefully and decide if the house is habitable. The risk of staying at such a place is too high and you need to take actions immediately.