Five Steps Towards Water Damage Recovery
Water damage resulting in mold.
First, get in touch with your insurance.
Insurance claims take time and paperwork. It is a good idea to check with your insurance company what they cover in terms of water damage to be prepared.
Second, Get an Inspection
SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield is a water damage restoration expert in Bakersfield that offers inspections, and our best-in-class technicians work tirelessly to return your home to its preloss condition.
Thirdly, Take Care of Your Home
Commercial buildings tend to have water resistant materials, some parts can still receive damage, especially from corrosion or mold growth.
Fourth, Check Your Electrical
Water and electricity are a dangerous mix. Make sure the contractor you go with is properly licensed and has the experience to handle the job at hand.
Fifth, Cleaning and Remediation
Mold growth is the most common outcome from water damage. Restoration contractors should be able to detect the source and take proper remediation measures during the restoration process. Untreated mold can easily grow and spread, especially through your home or business’s ventilation system.
Choosing the Right Restoration Company
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Companies which are local to your area are usually the most accessible in emergencies. Local restoration companies understand your area better, allowing them to trace the common causes of damages in your area quickly. Local professional restoration companies often find the cause of loss faster than other companies.
Vet your chosen restoration company and make sure they are licensed and insured. If they are uninsured and not licensed, they are not professional. Before hiring anyone ask for their credentials. A reputable/transparent company will have their credentials readily available and be happy to share. Being licensed means the company has met the regulations for their profession and are currently not in any legal disputes.
Confirm the Company’s availability. The more time that transpires the more damage will occur. Over time water can cause more wood rot and structural damage can occur. When having remediation work performed make sure to receive an appropriate timeline of when the work will transpire/finish.
Hiring a damage restoration company for your home or business is a stressful decision, especially when speed is of the essence. Choose a company that holds its proper certifications, is local, available, and meets insurance requirements.
Why Use Professional Mold Remediation
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When searching for the best way to carry out mold remediation services, hire a trustworthy professional to perform the mold remediation for you. Professional mold remediation is about results, giving value that not only corrects problems but also prevents them.
- Professional Mold Testing
One common cause of mold is from a combination of humidity and air conditioning. When HVAC systems try to cool down a home or business amidst humidity, air condenses inside vents. If mold occurs in your home, the source needs to be uncovered, the problem areas you don’t see require investigation, and the enlistment of professionals to remove that mold for good. From the onset, address the problem right by contacting a mold remediation expert. Rest assured that our highly trained technicians will deliver a proper mold assessment.
- Address the Mold Problem Right
When you’ve found a professional mold remediation company you can place absolute confidence in, the level of experience shown will be immediate. Our Step One involves completely assessing and documenting the moisture problem. Step Two is to properly treat and clean all affected areas.
- Helpful Tips
When hiring a mold removal specialist, you’ll receive multiple tips to prevent future mold problems and secure safe and proper ventilation. As mold problems require specialized expertise, you’ll want a good communicator in the field who is both dependable and honest. Meet the professionals at SERVPRO, who have serviced thousands of satisfied business owners and home owners.
- Save Money
Saving money is important, especially when it comes spending on repairs. The longer a problem lies unaddressed, the costlier it is going to be when it finally is fixed.
5 Common Causes for Bathroom Flooding
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- PLUMBING BREAKS
Pipes age over time and can rupture. Excess water pressure is the main cause and can result in a quickly flood a bathroom.
- OVERFLOWED TOILET
Toilet overflows are common occurrences and can often be the result of blocked toilet traps or backed-up sewer laterals.
- BLOCKED PIPES
Wet wipes down toilets and hair down sinks are a few examples of the items that we routinely find as the primary cause of loss when performing water mitigation in a bathroom.
- DRAINING ISSUES
When your overflow drain fails, simply running your bathtub fills the tub to overflowing and can send water cascading behind the shower wall and across the bathroom floor.
- SEWER BACKUPS
Flooding from storms will often be one of the causes of loss and can cause sewer main backups that fill the bathroom with sewage, but tree roots also can crack, clog and back up sewer lines.
Round the Clock Emergency Services
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SERVPRO is known for being “faster to any size disaster,” commercial or residential. When compared to other restoration companies SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is not only on site the fastest. We also maximize our efficiency while on the job to make sure we are fastest at getting you back into your home or place of business as well. Why SERVPRO? Because we understand what it means to be the leader in restoration not just in our city but across the nation, being a company that is available 24/7 we are truly around the clock. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore has a professional always on call to make sure we are ready to jump into action no matter what time it is or what the job call may be! You will never have to worry about what time your emergency may happen knowing that we will be there for you immediately.
Hidden Water Leak Signs
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Leaks can lay hidden within walls and ceilings and go unnoticed for a long time. Knowing the common signs of water damage can save you time and money. Some common warning signs of a hidden leak are:
- Peeling and Bubbling Paint
- Once drywall has absorbed too much water, the excess moisture will cause the paint to lift off from the drywall resulting in peeling or bubbling paint.
- Water trapped behind walls and ceilings eventually bleeds into the adjacent drywall. This is where and when a stain will occur. If you notice a stain growing larger over time it can be a sign of a hidden leak.
- Warped walls
- Sheetrock is highly absorbent material. After its structural integrity has become compromised drywall will become soft and weak resulting in wall warping.
- Warped and Buckled Floors
- Hidden leaks very often come from below flooring and behind walls. This can require complete replacement depending upon the material and can become costly to repair.
- Musty Odors
- Moisture in excess leads to mold and mildew if left untreated. Musty smells with no obvious signs of water or mold may be the result of a hidden leak.
- Visible Mold
- Mold can grow on virtually every surface. If there is visible mold, but no visible water anywhere, you may have a hidden leak that needs to be repaired.
The longer a leak goes unnoticed the more harm occurs to your home or business. Water leaks are serious regardless of if they are hidden or not. No matter the location of water damage it is important to reach out for assistance by an experienced remediation company as soon as a loss occurs.
Top 5 Causes Resulting in Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Building Water Damage
Commercial buildings are not immune to water damage. It is disastrous and can impact your business physically and financially. The best way to minimize damage to your business is with an immediate response.
- Damaged sprinkler system
By law commercial entities are required to have a sprinkler system, in addition to a fire alarm system, installed in the building in case of fire. Over time, sprinklers can malfunction. Once this occurs, sprinkler systems can activate even without fire which leads to serious flooding.
- Roof leaks
As roofs age, they become more vulnerable to heavy rains, resulting in water damage in your building’s roof.
- Improper Equipment and Appliance Maintenance
Commercial buildings have appliances such as water heaters, HVAC systems, washing machines etc. There are also pipes within buildings that can receive damage anytime and result in water damage in the commercial space. Regularly have your buildings equipment and appliances inspected especially if they are in consistent use. Major problems can result if appliances and equipment break, and no one notices it or during off-hours.
- Improper Window Maintenance
Moisture can seep through windows which are not properly maintained and sealed. It may not cause immediate damage, however, over time if left untreated may result in microbial growth and damage to the interior structure.
- Natural disasters
Not just natural disasters such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, hurricanes can result in damage to your commercial property. Clean your rain gutters as well to limit rainwaters opportunity to stream towards your buildings foundation resulting in more water damage.
Essential 4 Steps Towards Storm Damage Restoration
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- Guarantee your safety
If your dwelling experiences storm damage you may be forced to pack up and leave your home.
- Reach out to insurance
Confirm the extent of your coverage so that you get the most help already guaranteed to you. Documentation is the most pivotal part of this process and will help you receive the coverage afforded you.
- Secure your property
Hire a professional remediation company like SERVPRO to perform the inspection of your property post loss to confirm it is safe to remain. An experienced remediation company knows how to inspect your property and our best-in-class service will assist in returning your home to its preloss condition.
- Hire a local SERVPRO to perform storm damage remediation services.
SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore offers full services including inspections, cleaning, mitigation, and remediation.
5 Warning Signs of a Burst Pipe
Not all broken pipes cause immediate water damage. It can sometimes be a slow leak that eventually causes water damage to your home or business. Be alert to the warning signs of a broken pipe.
- Fluctuating Water Pressure:
Don’t immediately blame the city. It may be a busted pipe. Pressure changes are hard on plumbing system and can damage pipe fittings.
- Water discoloration and or smell:
The water has taken on a brownish or “rust” colored feature and or smells of rotten eggs. Fun fact, that rotten egg smell is hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring gas that can also form in sewer lines. Make sure to call in a certified technician to handle this type of issue.
- Recurring sink puddles:
You try to stop any leaks under sinks to no avail. Inspect your home or business carefully just above pipe cover plates, additionally look for damp spots.
- Noisy pipes/water movement sounds within walls:
If no water is running in your home, you should not be able to hear water. A single broken pipe can influence the water pressure of an entire structure.
- Rising water bill cost:
Small drips can add up. Make sure to regular check your water bill and plumbing fixtures for leaks to lessen the chance a pipe burst will occur.
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