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Here are the 5 most common reasons for water damage in the home

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

A leaky pipe from a water heater caused major damage to several rooms of this Fort Bragg home.

Water damage is a home owner’s version of a horror movie. When homes are ravaged by the elements, home water damage restoration can be costly. We can sometimes prevent these costs by safeguarding homes and protecting belongings. Below we have a list of the five most common causes of water damage in homes along with information that will help you to avoid water damage to your home.

  • 5 Most Common Reasons For Water Damage

  1. Leaky Pipes

Water damage in the home is often caused by leaky pipes. If there is a leak in one area, there is a possibility that there are leaks in other areas of your home. If there are large spikes in your water bill, it is likely that there is a leak somewhere too. If you suddenly notice a puddle of water or dripping in any area of your home, call your plumber ASAP to assess the area and prevent further damage.

Plumbing issues often lead to the need for water damage repair. Pipes can corrode or become worn, causing major plumbing problems and water leaks. This water damage from plumbing problems can cause damage to the landscaping, foundation, and flooring – it could even lead to more problems down the line.

  1. Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can lead to water damage as well as mold growth if the drain is left unchecked. If your drain is clogged, there is likely water backing up into sinks or bathroom floors. Backed up water can cause damage to cupboards and flooring. Seek professional help when experiencing frequent drain clogs. An inspection by a qualified plumber at least every five years is the only way to ensure that sewage flows freely through pipes and doesn't get backed up, causing damage and a potentially hazardous environment.

  1. Faulty Air Conditioning Systems

An air conditioning system (AC) pulls humidity out of the air and condenses moisture into the unit's overflow pan. This means that water travels outside through the condensate line. Often this system quits working if the pan is damaged or the line is clogged and, as a result, causes the insulation to become soaked, which can lead to water damage to the ceilings.

  1. Washing Machine Leaks

If the supply hose from your washing machine is damaged or has a faulty connection, liters of water could spill out within a short time span. This could lead to significant water damage and could cause a ripple effect if your washing machine is located on a floor above the first floor. To prevent this, replace your washing machine supply hose once every 5 years, and don’t overload the washing machine.

  1. Bad Weather

The weather is by far one of the most unpredictable causes of water damage. A bad rainstorm or snowstorm could damage your roof, walls, and ceiling if your home is not protected.

The formation of ice dams on your roof can cause a lot of trouble. This happens when the heat inside your home causes water to melt in the middle of your roof. The water that backs up can leak into your home and damage ceilings, walls, and other areas in your home.

  • Ways To Prevent Water Damage
  • Ensure that your rain gutters and downspouts are clean and unclogged,
  • Check doors and windows to ensure that the caulking hasn’t cracked,
  • Inspect roofs and pipes annually,
  • Use insulation to get recent heat from rising and reaching the roof,
  • Use waterproof insulation on roofs,
  • Inspect water heaters to check for signs of moisture build-up, mold or corrosion,
  • Insulate both hot and cold water pipes using heat tape or pipe sleeves, and
  • Check around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks for any leaks.
  • Home water damage repair

Here are some easy steps to take, whether you already have water damage or whether you are looking for what to do during an emergency situation:

  • Take Note Of The Type Of Water Damage:

There are 3 types of water that can cause damage: normal, gray, and black water.

  1. Normal Water Damage

This type of water damage won't cause any harm other than materialistic damage to a home, and is thankfully the least expensive to repair.

  1. Gray Water Damage

This is slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, and so on, that may contain some contaminants. Normal and gray water damage can be cleaned and removed carefully by yourself, provided you wear the proper safety gear for protection.

  • Black Water Damage

The third type of water is black water from sewage or serious flooding that contains waste, bacteria, and other dangerous contaminants. Blackwater can cause very serious health problems, and you cannot clean it yourself. Even though calling a professional is expensive, it is needed to ensure your and your loved ones’ safety, as well as those around you.

  • Inspect Mold

Inspect damaged materials for mold and mildew, as some mold is harmful to humans. For small mold issues, cut out the material, bag it, and throw it away ASAP. For serious mold issues, evacuate the area, shut down any airflow, and call a professional.

  • Dry Out The Area

Use fans to circulate air in the wet area. For larger projects, consider renting a large-capacity dehumidifier to ensure that the area is clean. This will prevent any more damage from occurring.

  • Clean The Area

When the damaged components have been removed, you can disinfect the whole area before you begin working. A bleach solution (or any solution from hardware stores) will work. Lightly spray and wipe down the area to ensure that there are no lingering mold spores.

  • Replace Wood, Roof, And Other Damaged Materials

You will need to remove or replace the damaged wood or materials quickly before rot sets in. Water can also seep into other external walls around your home. It is important to be thorough in a water damage inspection. Check roofs and insulation behind the dry walls as well. You can cut out any water damaged areas and repair the water-stained portion. Install new, waterproof flooring in the area and make sure to choose engineered wood flooring.

SERVPRO For Water Damage Restoration Fort Bragg

When your Fort Bragg home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process are completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. For more information, check out water damage restoration near me. Contact us now for home water damage restoration!

Should I Buy a House with Water Damage | Water Damage Restoration Service | SERVPRO

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Should I Buy A House With Water Damage? (H1)

 Find out whether it is worthwhile to invest in a home with water damage, and how to make a wise, profitable decision regarding this matter. 

When you are in the market to buy a house, there is so much to consider in order to make a long-term profitable decision. So, what happens if you come across a lovely home in a great area, but the interior or exterior shows signs of water damage? Do you take the plunge and make an offer? Or do you continue your search elsewhere? We investigate below:

  • Yes Or No? 

Many people may be surprised to discover that water damage is not always as big a deal as expected. Unless the water damage is extensive, it should not be the only reason as to why you might pass on buying an otherwise perfectly livable house. This is because many companies, like SERVPRO Mendocino County, offer affordable water damage restoration services that will aid in getting your new home looking as good as new in no time.

  • Home Inspection

Having said that, it is important to investigate just how bad the water damage is, along with the root cause of it. Some water damage may be easily restored, but if the cause of it is a faulty piping system, for example, buying the house would be a risky and expensive decision. It is also important to ask the sellers the following questions before coming to a conclusion:

  • How long has the water damage been there for?
  • What, if anything, has been done to rectify the problem?
  • If they have paid for a water damage restoration service in the past, what was the name of the restoration water damage company that performed it?
  • Insurance 

Before making the decision to invest in a house with existing water damage, it is also essential that you speak to your future home insurance company about it. What are they willing to cover in terms of restoration costs, if anything? From there, it is also worthwhile to call on a water damage restoration company to provide you with an estimate for water damage repair. This will give you a good idea in terms of what to expect should you make an offer to purchase. Also, do not forget to negotiate a new purchase price for the house if you feel it is unfair considering the water damage, and in line with the estimate provided by the water damage restoration company. Many sellers will be more than happy to oblige if it means making a sale!

For more information about water damage repair in Willits, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at SERVPRO Mendocino County!

Ukiah Storm Damage

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

We want to make sure materials are clean and dry after the first time our company works on your home

Not just another Franchise

After looking at our company website, many people may just think, "It's another Franchise, they don't really care about my problems." We may be a Franchise; however, we are independently owned and operated. This means we follow corporate standards in some areas; however, we also have our individuality and personalities that drive us to help the community get back on its feet. We survived the Valley Fire this summer, and now we have El Nino. Due to the severity anticipated by El Nino, we as Franchises work together to get storm damage cleaned up faster. 

Ukiah storm damage services

Ukiah storm damage services are always available. However, during the especially stormy seasons, we make every extra effort to get our equipment and manpower ready for those emergency situations. Our warehouses are kept orderly, equipment is serviced and maintained, and we are kept up to date on flood zones and anticipation of showers and high winds. Yesterday, we received several calls about new jobs all over Mendocino County. The biggest complaint was the smell of mold and leaks in the roof. We also got a call about a bathroom overflowing after a construction project, as well as water damage of a living room due to several broken windows. We work together with all our technicians, project managers, and office staff to ensure swift action and reliability. You can count on us after that first call!