Recent Water Damage Posts

What to Know About the Categories of Water Damage

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Confront water damage with the attitude of Darth Vader!

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

We should thank Star Wars for providing us with Darth Vader, one of the most unforgettable villains in science fiction. If you’re struggling to cope up with the disastrous effects of rain, including terrible water damage, you should take some inspiration from this character. Think of how Darth Vader never feared the dark side and always believed in his powers. His ice-cold demeanor is what we all need to emulate when we face unexpected stressful situations such as heavy rainfall.

In case of unexpected heavy rainfall and storm, you should focus on staying safe and keeping everyone else safe too. Rainwater can cause a lot of damage to your property and if it mixes with the electrical system of your house, it can end up taking your life. You need to have faith in yourself and take control of the situation. Lord Vader would “...find your lack of faith disturbing” and wouldn’t hesitate to show you its consequences. Hence one should believe in themselves and remain strong during tense situations such as a heavy storm. Do not fear the Dark Side and dive into these tips to live through rain fearlessly.

Turn Off Electrical Appliances

The first thing you should do when it’s raining cats and dogs is to turn off all electrical appliances present in your house. If possible, turn off the main breaker so that there is no electricity running through your house. This will make sure that nobody has to experience an electric shock if the rainwater enters the electrical system of your house. 

Use a Mop to Clean Wet Floors

Rainwater can enter your house and flood your floor as well as your furniture. When it rains, you should remain alert and use a mop to dry excess water inside your house. It will save your expensive flooring and furniture from getting ruined and reduce the chances of your family members slipping while walking on a wet floor.

Keep Doors and Windows Tightly Shut

To make sure that rainwater does not enter your house, close all doors and windows. If there is a space between the bottom of your door and the floor, cover it up so that water does not enter through it. Moreover, look for leaks in walls and ceilings. If you find water seeping inside your house, follow the next tip.

Call a Professional Rain Damage Restoration Company

A professional rain damage restoration company can save you from the disastrous aftermath of heavy rainfall. Water seeping into your house through walls and ceilings can leave permanent marks on your walls which make your house look unappealing. Moreover, the water can mess with the electrical wiring of your house. A professional restoration company will restore the pre-rainfall condition of your house and save you from the terrible effects of unexpected rainfall.

“When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master!” –Darth Vader’s famous dialogue for Obi-Wan now holds true for you as well. You’ve learned everything and you’re ready for the battle against the aftermath of rainfall. Follow these pro tips and believe in yourself so that you can deal with the consequences of heavy rainfall.

Rain is Coming! What to do to prepare, and who to call.

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Winter is strengthening its force. The rain, winds, and chilly days are here to temporarily rattle us Southern Californians. These feats of nature have the potential to do a number on your home. But, we are here to help you do everything you can to prepare for the season ahead. Here are some things to do to make sure your property is ready for the rain:

Check your Gutters, Soffits, and Fascias

This is one thing many property owners mistakenly look over. When fall sheds the husks and leaves of plants, and whisks them away into the air, oftentimes they will end up in your rain gutters. If unkempt, this could cause them to flood or break, causing further damage from undirected water. Make sure before it rains that the gutters are cleaned out and mounted firmly to your property. Also, check the soffits and fascias for any dents, cracks, or chips. This may be a sign of water damage within the structure, potentially caused by a problem with the above gutters.

Inspect the state of your Roof and Ceiling

This feature goes over a lot of property owners’ heads. The property may be new, but that does not make it an exception to the natural forces of nature. Check your roof and ceiling to make sure there are no open areas where water could potentially come through. For example, a missing or broken shingle. If this task is too difficult or inaccessible to you, call us at SERVPRO to schedule an inspection of your home.

Look for stains on Ceiling and Walls

Check for water damage that may already be there. Soft spots in the ceiling or wall are vulnerable when ignored during a storm. These should be fixed right away to prevent further damage like mold growth. These spots can also jeopardize the structural integrity of your property. Also check for any paint chips or cracking. This can suggest there may be further water damage behind the wall.

Assess every Window

Make sure all windows on the property are properly sealed. Cracks or fractures on the glass may be okay or the moment, but are vulnerable areas for further damage. Also, cracked or damaged frames can lead to problems if not taken care of as soon as possible. A storm can cause debris to fly aimlessly in the air. If a cracked window or frame were hit by that debris, it could cause the damage to spread. 

We hope these tips will help you prepare for the coming rains. Call us at (310) 320-2112 to book an inspection for your property. Do not fear the storms, for SERVPRO will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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!