Recent Water Damage Posts
Water Restoration in 4 Condos
Air movers and dehumidifier placed in the main living area of an affected condo.
A water damage occurred in four newly built condos, luckily before anyone moved in. SERVPRO of Flower Mound was called out to help restore these units and get them ready for their future tenants.
Our Production Manager Jake inspected the affected units as well as adjacent units with the property manager to ensure no further damage occurred prior to beginning work. Once we identified all affected areas a scope of work was agreed upon and we began the drying process.
Extraction was performed in the carpeted rooms, baseboards were removed with holes drilled for ventilation, carpet was floated to aid in the drying process, and drying equipment was placed. In just a couple days all units were restored back to preloss condition.
The property manager was not only happy that the work was performed so quickly but that she was able to now open up those to future tenants!
With fire comes water
Lightning strike causes house fire
The chances of being struck by lightning in the U.S. in a year are 1 in 700,000. The chances your home catches fire is maybe .03%. One unlucky family experienced both of these phenomena during a recent storm. As the firefighters hosed down the lightening caused fire that began to engulf their roof, the family became acutely aware of just all that they had lost. What was not charred was now soaking wet and more than likely unsalvageable.
This is where SERVPRO of Flower Mound is here to help. As worry turns to overwhelming our technicians, managers and office staff all have the training and the knowledge to walk with you through your time in need.
We never want a family to need our number, but in the event of an emergency make sure you have ours on hand. SERVPRO of Flower Mound (972) 420 – 4771.
What to do until help arrives
Water damage to a business
A water heater breaks, the sink won’t stop running or some other clean water source causes damage to your home. You’ve called SERVPRO® and we’re on our way, but in the meantime there are some things you can do to help mitigate.
- Shut off the water source
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building
- Remove as much excess water as possible
- Wipe excess water from word furniture
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
- Remove paintings and place them in a safe/dry are
You may have noticed I said ‘clean water source’ in the beginning of this post. Water from toilets, outside the home and any other contaminated source pose a different danger. When water damage has been caused by contaminated water we suggest avoiding all contact and washing your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
"What are you guys doing?"
When it comes to water damage, especially in a home, a common question is “what are you guys going to do?” In a previous post I touched on the 6 Steps of Water Damage Restoration:
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Damage Assessment
- Water Removal/Water Extraction
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
In this post I want to shine light on the meat of the process so to speak, number three: water removal/water extraction. This step removes the majority of the water from your home/property which in turn reduces the drying time and also helps to prevent mold growth as well as secondary water damage. With the use of powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units, SERVPRO is able to quickly remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound technician
SERVPRO of Flower Mound specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
The Water Damage Restoration Process
Technician Shane taking moisture readings
Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The cleanup and restoration begins with a phone call. Our national call center is fully staffed 24 hours a day and ready to dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to your home or business. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of damage
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of your property, including a damage assessment. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional is determining the scope of the damage so he or she can develop an appropriate plan of action.
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
The water extraction step removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals help reduce the drying time and help to prevent mold and secondary water damage. They use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Your property’s walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely need professional cleaning treatments. Besides cleaning your property’s structure, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will also clean your belongings, like furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable personal items, damaged by the water. Flooding and water damage often require odor removal and deodorization treatments, since wet materials have an unpleasant odor.
Step 6: Restoration
Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?
Sebastian and Noah working on drying a structure
After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected. SERVPRO of Flower Mound strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.
If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.
Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Flower Mound is here to help. Faster to Any Disaster
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ESPORTA saves the day
Summer is here with longer days and, hopefully, plenty of vacations! As many homeowners leave for their much deserved trips, older and unused water heaters can build up pressure causing them to leak or in worst case explode. The resulting damage affects not only the structure, but also the belongings that make that structure a home. A quick response by calling SERVPRO® of Flower Mound can save those items once thought to be unsalvageable. Teddy bears, blankets, shoes and more that have been damaged by fire, water or mold are perfect for our Esporta wash system, just look at the results in our before and after section!
Have contents you thought were unsalvageable or want to know more about our restoration process? Give us a call at (972) 420-4771 !