Recent Water Damage Posts
Water is an essential to everyday life, but a small water damage can be horrible for a home. Water damages can be a huge headache to fix from a small leak in a pipe, leaky faucets, water damage is a huge safety concern. A small leak in your home can cause a huge water damage, take immediate action so your water damage will not be as severe. SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for any water emergencies, big or small. Also, SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview trained technicians that have their certifications of Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMR), and Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Below are a list of steps to follow if your home has water damage.
Stop the flow of water.
If the flooding has been caused by a burst pipe or a water heater failure, shut off the main water line for your home. Get in touch with an expert immediately if you cannot tell from where the water is coming.
2. Turn off the power
If your home is flooded, cut off the electricity and gas from the main source. This isn’t as essential for small leaks or puddles, but for large floods turn them off to be safe.
3. Contact your insurance company
If your home has water damage you should contact your insurance company immediately. Ask them about your homeowners policy coverage (what is covered and what is not covered.
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It is a good idea to regularly inspect your washer and laundry room it is a constant source of moisture. Ever get a weird smell walking in? Wondering if the clothes were sitting for too long? You just mopped? Or is it the machine? Look around, check the machine or the hoses there may be a leak or a crack in the hose. Move the washer if possible to see behind it, see any mold? Some laundry rooms contain a sink also that is near the machine. Doing a regularly maintenance check up on your washer and area can help prevent leakage issue and further damages such as mold. If you think there might be a leak or mold growth in the laundry room, you should call SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview right away.
Signs of Mold
What does mold really look like? Well good question. Mold normally looks green usually fuzzy but it can all appear black. It can appear as irregularly shaped spots also having different color such as blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. Keep a lookout in your home for signs of mold in possible affected areas for example
- water damages
- strange odors
- visible mold
It is extremely important to resolve mold growth, this can cause major health issues if you are exposed to mold some symptoms you may get are itchiness, watery eyes, sore throat, headaches, and respiratory issues. Please call a professional improper remove of mold may aggravate the situation by spreading it or accidentally missing the mold spores.
Locating and labeling gas, water,and electricity shutoffs.
Do you know where your shut off switches are in your property such as water, gas, and electricity? Knowing where your shutoffs are in a commercial building and/or at your home could save you many unnecessary damages and cost to the property.In commercial buildings owners often will rely on the Fire Department to come and shut off the water to the buildings once a loss has occurred. If it is at home often times only one person knows where those switches are and maybe he/she was not around when it occurred waiting for them to arrive to shut it off. Know where your shutoffs have multiple coworkers and family members aware of these. Make a label to identify the switches this can help stop future damages to the property by not waiting for that one person or first responders to come and shutoff the water.
When should my boiler be changed?
On average a gas boiler can last you between 10 to 15 years, and that's keeping it well maintained and having it serviced annually. Other boilers, such as electrical devices, will last you about 8 to 10 years. Overtime your boiler will need repairs but if you see yourself having issues with your boiler within 6 months apart it's time to look for a new. They can also start to leak due stress or cracks. A little leak can become a major problem, let's not ignore it. Ever wonder why your gas bill is higher than usual? This can be a cause of your boiler working harder than normal to produce the same heat output. When inspecting your boiler check out where the burner is, see the flames? Blue should be the color of the flames you are looking for. If yellow flames appear this is a sign it is burning improperly.
remember look for these signs for replacement of your boiler.
- Your boiler needs frequent repairs
- You see yellow flames and black soot (caused by dirt and soot clog in boiler burners)
- Leaks in the boiler (caused by cracks in the body, damaged seals, high pressure)
- increased fuel bill
If your property has been flooded your flooring such as tile or wood may become damaged. If you have wood, it soaks up the water and expands, causing the tile floor to buckle or tiles to become loose. Damage may not become noticeable right away but let's not wait for it to get worse. This job will create a lot of dust cover up vents for the dust not to travel throughout the property. When beginning, doorways would be the recommended place to start giving you easy access. Become aware of your surroundings to prevent unnecessary damages and have your protective gear on. Accidents happens. Remember remove all molding, trims, door frames, and doors that will get in the way.
Here are a few items you need when removing tile.
- Dust mask
- eye protective gear
- Heavy-duty work gloves
- Flat-edge shovel
- Floor scraper
- Hand sledgehammer
- use sledgehammer to break up the tile along the grout lines
- now you will have space to get the scraping tool underneath the tile to pry it up
- floor scraper can also help to put under the attached remnants of tile and pry them off of the subfloor's surface
- remove grout to get smooth flooring after removing the layer of tile
- clean up
Safety is key part of our business.
Safety is extremely important when any workplace is being exposed to hazards. Working becomes a natural daily routine we go about, we sometimes forget to be cautious of our surrounds or equipment as we once were when we first started out in the job force. In the workplace it is always good to be reminded of how you can never be to careful and today is that day I wanted to share some of our safety tips that have made us successful in zero injuries in our place of work.
- Communication is key:
- proper attire
- display of hazard size
- Keeping clean area
- Inspection of area frequently
- Keeping First aid kit nearby
- Beware of surroundings
There are so many jobs out there! We'd love to here some of your personal safety tips in your workplace or any suggestions to improve safety. Comments can be added on our Facebook page.
After a leak in your home from a supply line, slab leak, or pipe break, it’s time to call professional team to extract the water from your home. Many people take water extraction into their own hands to dry the surface. However, it might feel dry to the touch but without the proper equipment it is impossible to determine how much moisture is still within the structure and its contents. Also, extractors are a great resource in water emergency services since they help to extract water quick from a wet environment, and help to dry the area much more faster. The water should be extracted as soon as possible to avoid bacteria and mold growth in the structure of the home. Therefore, proper drying and dehumidifying the affected area is very important. Keep in mind, the faster a professional water extraction company comes out the faster we can save and restore whatever got wet during the process of the loss.