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Help! My house has water damage!

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

If your house has been damaged by water, then it undoubtedly caught you by surprise. After all, nobody sends you an email warning you that you are going to have a water damage situation the next day.

 Some of the common water damage scenarios are people arriving back at their home after a holiday to find water damage, you discovered a flooded basement after haven’t been down in the basement for a few days, or it could just be that you wake up in the morning, put your feet onto the carpet and feel that your feet are wet. None of these situations are nice.

There are a few emergency steps that you need to take when dealing with water damage:

  1. The first thing you need to do is stop the source of the water that is leaking into your house. If the water damage is from a burst pipe, you can switch off the valve; if a tap is leaking, close the tap and place a container underneath the water source. If you can’t find the water valve, then switch off the entire home’s water supply.
  1. The second thing you need to focus on is electricity. Everybody knows that electricity and water do not mix. Not only is it very dangerous, but it can also be a disaster. Switch off the electricity in the area or turn off your entire home’s electricity.
  1. Thirdly, you need to focus on furniture and electronics. Remember that water travels very fast, so consider your dry furniture and electronics and whether or not it would be better to move them or place them in a higher location to avoid water damage. Water travels underneath a carpet, over wood floors, and over tiles. Don’t assume that water damage in your kitchen can’t damage your UPS in the computer room within a few short minutes.

Call a Water Damage Restoration Company

Once you have done this, you are ready to call your closest water damage restoration company. Water damage experts can help you to:

  • Get rid of the excess water
  • Clean the debris
  • Protect your assets
  • Assess the damage so that you can quantify your water damage repair cost, and
  • Support you through the entire process

SERVPRO of Mendocino County responds immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. We offer 24/7 emergency services and a team of highly trained water restoration specialists. We are the preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies. Contact SERVPRO of Mendocino County at (707) 462-3848 today.

Causes and Solutions for Water Damaged Stucco

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Stucco is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and small cracks are easy to fix.  However, this material is prone to water damage. Learn more here:

Stucco is a common construction material and for good reason. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it is also durable, can withstand heavy strikes, and small cracks are quick and easy to fix. While stucco is a versatile material that adds a beautiful finish to any home, it can also cause water damage if it has been poorly installed.

  • Improperly Installed Stucco

Stucco needs to be adequately sealed around the joints, flashing, and windows. If this has not been done properly, then you will notice tears in the finish. The tears could indicate that moisture is trapped behind the stucco. Other times, there will be no exterior signs of moisture and a homeowner will only become aware of water damage once they have determined that rot, mildew, and mold have been eating away at their property.

  • Inadequate Stucco Composition

Another cause of water damage can be if the stucco composition doesn’t consist of a well-balanced mixture of sand, water, and cement. The mixture also needs to be cured well to prevent it from cracking.

  • Staining From Algae

While stucco often adds a picturesque finish to a home, the finish can be ruined if rainwater causes contaminants, such as algae from windows and overflowing gutters, to stain the surface. Other elements that can stain a stucco wall include fixtures such as window boxes, handrails, and outdoor lighting.

  • Fixing Water Damaged Stucco

Before you set about fixing your cracked, torn or damaged stucco, be sure to address the source of the water problem. If the stucco has become damaged due to leaking pipes or faulty appliances, address these water issues first.

To ensure water doesn’t enter the wall again, it is recommended that a vapor barrier and drainage plane material be installed. A patching compound should be applied to the areas where the stucco has cracked, deteriorated or disappeared. Talk to a professional about better sealant solutions so that you don’t have the same problem again in the future.

Other water and fire damage news

Our water damage experts at SERVPRO of Mendocino County offer a wide variety of comprehensive water damage repair services. We are also skilled with fire damage repair and work extensively with homeowners insurance companies. Contact us for more information today at 707-462-3848.

Water damage in Fort Bragg home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage in Fort Bragg home Insulation had to be removed so we could properly assess the damage underneath it. Imagine if we just left that wet insulation all by its lonesome!

Due to the turn of the season, we have seen an increase in roof leaks, water damage, mold damage, and crawlspace floods. Sometimes, preparing for such damage is difficult because the weather changes every week. After all, we live in beautiful, unpredictable California! Fort Bragg water damage happens often, which is why we prepare ahead of time in case we are called. 
Check out this loss: it occurred due to a roof leak. The insulation, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and a bedroom were all affected by water damage. Because we were able to get to the property to dry everything properly, the job wasn't too extensive. Imagine if you just looked at the inside of your house and assumed it was dry. Would you be able to say the same thing? Sure, you might save a few bucks, but would you be able to save your home?
Don't wait to mitigate, and don't wait to make the phone call. At least get some advice on where to start; you never have to go through a property loss alone!

Boonville, CA Damage Repair

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Need repairs due to water damage destruction? Look no further than your local water cleanup and restoration company! 462-3848

Putting off water damage repair due to fear of cost will end up being much more costly due to potential mold growth and the destruction of building materials such as wood, carpet, sheetrock, and insulation. Boonville water damage repair is really simple once the right technicians are called, technicians from SERVPRO of Mendocino County.

Located 30 minutes away, we are the closest and most reliable water damage restoration company around and we are locally owned. We believe in being around for our community during times of trouble. We are here to help, 707-462-3848 can be called at any time, and we always respond.

Storm Cleanup

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

 

Recent storm keeps SERVPRO busy, call us at 462-3848 for storm cleanup.

In the past few weeks, all of Mendocino County has experienced severe storm conditions which has left many without power, and homes have been damaged by smoke and flooding. We stress to be prepared for these dangerous times, but even the most preparation can't prevent some damage from happening. This reason is why SERVPRO of Mendocino County is on standby during all times, especially emergency times. 

While we are always available, we make sure to have extra technicians and temporary office help so we can handle the anticipated calls for jobs. We are not superheroes; we don't claim to do the job of 10 men per one man. But, we know the importance of preparedness and teamwork!

Redwood Valley Smoke Damage

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mendocino County has been incredibly busy due to the recent fires. There have been literally hundreds of calls made, dozens of jobs started and finished, and lots of manpower utilized to get the county back on its feet.

Surrounding areas have also been affected by  smoke damage. Smoke damage can affect any home or business from windows being left open as well as cooling vents! 

Smoke can travel through the whole house. Even if a door is closed when the fire originally starts,  the smoke can find its way through the top and leave residue.

If smoke residue damage sits too long, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Getting a handle on smoke damage right away is essential if you want your home back to normal!

Ukiah Mildew Removal

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

 

707-462-3848 is the source for all mildew removal services, SERVPRO of Mendocino County has 24 hour availability.

SERVPRO of Mendocino County is always prepared to the nines with PPE and safety masks when dealing with mold and mildew. We have what it takes to keep mildew growth at bay. Ukiah mildew removal is essential during the spring and summer, when crops are growing and humidity is high. 

Mildew is produced by mold spores, and can grow on plants as well as nonliving surfaced. All mildew needs to grow is a damp, dark area.

If you have mildew growth in your home or business, don't hesitate to call. Don't stress, call SERVPRO at 707-462-3848!

Willits Water Damage

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Have water damage? Need someone right away? Call SERVPRO of Mendocino County, we are here to help 24/7, 707-462-3848. 

Water damage can have expensive lasting effects. However, if you get ahold of a trusted professional team who can clean up the mess about as quickly as the mess appeared, costs will be reduced. 

During the first 48 hours, mold and mildew can grow and spread, furniture can break down and become warped, walls and insulation can crumble and fall apart, and biohazard contamination can occur, depending on the situation. This Willits water damage nightmare was addressed right away once the call was made.

Nobody wants to deal with these costly issues so make the right call the first time. SERVPRO of Mendocino County, your local restoration company, will show up within 4 hours of the first phonecall. No appointment will ever be made the next day when an emergency situation is involved. 

Water extraction, drying, cleaning, and mold remediation will be started right away when you work with the Bright Green Cleanup Team!

Mendocino Home Repairs

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

All the services we provide

After the storms-whether they involve rain, wind, fire, broken glass, trees falling everywhere, or some sort of biohazard-a lot of people don't know where to start. SERVPRO of Mendocino County can help with all the damages listed, as well as mold.

One of our many past jobs

Mendocino home repairs like this repair pictured required a week's worth of work. All due to a bathroom leak, the entire home flooring was wet and all the carpet had to be pulled. Our understanding from the homeowners was that this leak had been going on back and forth for quite some time. However, when they left for a few days, the leak had grown to over an inch of sitting water all over their home. Can you imagine, coming home to a mess like this? We even found mold under some of the flooring. 

This is our company

We are locally owned and operated. We care deeply about our communities, and are always here to help. No other expert will give you the time, effort, and consistency like SERVPRO of Mendocino County!

Cleaning up Mold in Ukiah Homes

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why wouldn't you get mold removed from your home?

We receive a lot of calls regarding mold damage. However, often the homeowners don't want to deal with getting mold cleaned up and removed because of simply the cost. We say simply because everything is just going to go uphill if you leave the mold where it is, including cost! It will spread, which will require more effort down the road to clean, and possibly partial deconstruction of your house to completely eradicate the mold...which could have been removed the first time. 


Getting it done the first time

Just like ripping off a band aid, you just need to buckle down, get to business, and pick up the phone. Make time to get the business done, and we will take care of the rest. We have certified mold cleanup technicians and project managers, all the equipment that is IICRC cleared, and special protective gear to keep the mold from spreading. 

It sounds very technical, but we've been doing this sort of work for a long time. We work more directly with mold within a few months than a homeowner will encounter in a lifetime!