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5 Water Damage Facts

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Minor Leaks Cause Major Problems.

Preventative maintenance may stop water damage accidents from occurring at your residential or commercial property and if your plumbing is not properly maintained, your insurance may not cover the costs with general wear and tear. If you don't repair or keep an eye on your minor leaks, it may lead to extensive water damage.

Three Types Of Water Contamination

Set up by the IICRC,

  1. White water or category 1
  2. Gray water or category 2
  3. Black water or category 3 

White water comes from a sanitary source and poses no threat to people or animals.

Gray water comes from places such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. There is some level on contamination within these machines that have the potential to harm animals or humans.

Black water is the most malicious of the categories because this category often results from flood water or sewage posing the largest threat to humans and animals.

Time Is Your Enemy

The longer that water is sitting in your residential or commercial property the more issues will arise. Water damage is extremely invasive and gives no care in the world about personal space. Seeping in the cracks and crevices, water that sits in one spot can damage drywall, mold and mildew may spread, and paint can blister.

Water Damage Is Not Always Visible

Moisture can hide within the walls, underneath floors, and hard to reach areas allowing the opportunity for mold to grow. Given the right circumstances, mold can grow as soon as 24-48 hours. It is pertinent that mold be taken care of right away as it can spread rapidly, causing an upward spike in your costs.

Multiple Materials Equals Multiple Cleaning Protocols

Water damage can be tricky. Depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials, not all items may be salvageable. Concrete and harder surfaces can normally be fixed whereas soaked drywall, ceiling tiles, and insulation may need to be tossed. The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford have, whenever appropriate, a restore before replace mentality to lower your overall time to recovery and recovery costs.

No matter how hard you try, a water damage disaster is never 100% preventable. SERVPRO of Natick/Milford wants you to be as prepared as possible if a disaster takes place and know that we are here to help. When your residential or commercial property has water damage call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (774) 290-4300. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Signs Of Water Damage To Your Foundation

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Foundation water damage weakens the structure of your commercial or residential property causing cracks in drywall, walls to bow, and let water into your basement. Getting a head of the curve is key to mitigating damage and cost of repair. Here are some early signs of foundation water damage:

Cracks

Cracks may appear on both the interior and exterior of a foundation and are a tell-tale sign of water problems. On the exterior, a few hairline cracks aren't normally a concern. It is important to be aware of horizontal cracks and stair-step cracks in block walls or corners. This may indicate serious structural damage and you should consult a water damage professional like the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford.

Standing Water

Water in a basement or crawl space could be an indication of a plumbing issue, however it could also mean that there is water seeping in through cracks in the foundation or gutter runoff. Either way, they're both causing issues and should be addressed immediately. Seeping water is a perfect host for mold growth and can weaken wooden support structures.

Windows And Doors Sticking

Excess water absorption in a building can cause frames to warp, which means that there is probably a waterproofing problem. Excess outside moisture can also cause your entire foundation to shift, leading to much bigger issues that will need to be addresses.

Flooded Soil

If your gutters or other drainage systems are not doing their job properly, it can cause water to redirect back to your foundation instead of away from your house. If you see pools of water around your home, the wet soil will increase the likelihood that water will penetrate the foundation of your home.

If your residential or commercial property has any of the above signs of water damage call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (774) 290-4300. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Misconceptions

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can catch you off guard. If not taken care of immediately to avoid secondhand damage. Here are six myths that about water damage;

Not Covered By Insurance

Many times people believe that if their residential or commercial property a small flood, the money used to clean up and repair the damages will come straight from their pockets. This is not always true. Although it's very important to be on top of your homeowner's insurance, in most cases it will cover the damages. Each situation is unique but we will work with your insurance company to get you the best, cost effective coverage.

Water Will Dry Naturally  

The water that you can see with your own eyes will surely dry, but water will also seep into your walls and underneath your flooring. If you do not take care of the hidden materials that are wet, moisture can lead to the formation of mold. Mold remediation is more complicated and can lead to higher expenses. SERVPRO of Natick/Milford has state-of-the-art industrial strength equipment to dry structures completely, eliminating the risk of secondary damage.

It Will Be Odorless 

Water damaged areas will begin to smell if they are not properly and completely dried out AND treated with an antimicrobial. Not only does mold have an unpleasant odor but it can also cause health effects. Our certified technicians follow a standard procedure to clean, disinfect, and sanitize a wide variety of materials. 

It Can Wait 

WRONG! The window between water damage and the growth of mold is extremely short. Also, the longer building materials remain moist the greater the risk of structural damage to you property. The second that water hits any surface there is a risk for extensive damage. Even the smallest of water damage situations can lead to serious complications.

My Wood Floors Are Ruined

SERVPRO of Natick/Milford has a wide variety of equipment to handle water and our injectiDRY system includes a mat floor drying system. It is designed specifically to handle damages on precious flooring to dry them out safely and efficiently. Not only do you avoid having to pay for new flooring, but the drying process is expedited. 

If I Can Not See The Water, It Is Not There. 

Hidden water is the greatest cause of secondary property damage. Water that gets behind your walls will saturate your insulation decreasing its effectiveness and may result in mold infestation. Water can get under flooring and rugs and into the subflooring ruining the integrity of the floor. Even elevated levels of humidity are dangerous as that will create the ideal environment for mold growth.

If your residential or commercial property suffers water damage the first step, if it is safe to do so, is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (774) 290-4300. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Dealing With A Sewage Backup

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Natick, Ma commercial or residential property can be absolutely devastating. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.  Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

If you ever face a sewage backup in your property, there are a few things that are helpful to know to speed proper cleanup and ensure a safe and sanitary recovery.

Here To Help

If you suspect you have damaged sewer lines, call your sewage company to schedule an inspection.  To protect your property from future mold or rot issues after a toilet overflow, call flood damage remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford.  Only with the help of professional water removal specialists can you rest assured that floodwater has not crept into places you cannot see to wreak havoc.

Dry The Area

Though you may be tempted to sanitize immediately after a toilet overflows, you should not do so before you start drying out the affected area.  Whether you are dealing with a flooded toilet or an entire flooded basement, the first thing you should do is utilize heavy duty vacuums, drainage systems and fans to remove all the water.

Sanitize

After drying the area, sanitize it as best you can.  Floodwater resulting from sewer damage can be toxic, so be thorough in your cleaning processes.  Once the area is dry from the first round of sanitizer, you should plan to disinfect it one more time.

Dehumidify

The presence of excess water in a bathroom often welcomes lingering humidity, which only encourages mold growth in spaces affected by sewer water.  During the process of drying, sanitizing, and restoring, a dehumidifier should always be running.

If you experience a sewage backup the first step, if it is safe to do so, is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (774) 290-4300. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting increases. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid New England winters and the cost to repair the damage resulting from burst pipes can be thousand of dollars.  

The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. Still, even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry.

How To Beat The Freeze

Once the temperature starts dropping outside, you should take measures inside to keep your pipes warm and water running. Research shows that the “temperature alert threshold” is 20° F, especially if you have uninsulated pipes running through an uninsulated space. Here are some preventative steps property owners can take to reduce the risk of pipes freezing in their Mendon, Ma commercial or residential property.  

  1. If there are water supply lines in the garage keep the garage doors closed
  2. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall
  3. Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes—even at a trickle, running water through pipes helps prevent them from freezing
  4. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night
  5. If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F
  6. Insure attics, basements, and crawl spaces are properly insulated

How To Safely Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may well have a frozen pipe. It is important to be careful when thawing frozen pipes. The frozen water in your pipes may be blocking any bursts and once the ice melts water will come flowing out and flood your property.

The first thing to do if you suspect that your pipes have frozen is to turn off the water at the main shutoff valve.

  1. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe call a plumber
  2. If the water is still running, you are able to locate the frozen area, the frozen area is accessible and you are certain that the pipes have not burst, you can take the following steps:
    1. Turn on the faucet. 
    2. Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water
    3. DO NOT use a blowtorch, a kerosene or propane heater, a charcoal stove, or any device with an open flame as you may start a fire
    4. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see whether you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too
    5. If you cannot thaw the pipe call a plumber

If you experience a burst pipe, the first step, if it is safe to do so, is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (774) 290-4300. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Do's And Don'ts

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your Holliston, MA residential or commercial property immediate action is crucial. That is why the Disaster Remediation Teams of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the week, including holidays! Our certified technicians have access to state-of-the-art water extraction and drying equipment to dry your property quickly and completely. 

After making the call there are some steps that you can take to help accelerate the process as well as those to avoid to stay out of harm's way.

What To Do After Flooding

  1. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  2. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  3. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  6. Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  7. Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  8. Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  1. Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  2. Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  3. Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
  4. Do not use television or other household appliances.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If your residential or commercial property suffers water damage, the first step, if it is safe to do so, is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Natick/Milford to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (774) 290-4300. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."