Recent Water Damage Posts
Damage From Water Should Be Cleaned By Certified Professionals
SERVPRO of Gilbert will apply antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal agents which will inhibit bacterial and viral growth.
The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.
Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
SERVPRO of Gilbert will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogens.
Understanding Water Types
Take special precautions when dealing with water damage. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Gilbert Make it "Like it Never Even Happened"
It is critical to know what type of water you are dealing with when your home or business suffers from water damage. This ensured that your property will be properly cleaned.
There are types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source: rainwater is also considered clean. The term Gray water is used for slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grey water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to grow. making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
Damage from clean water:
- Shut off the water if possible
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if safe from potential shock. Do no enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may occur.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow even drying.
- Move paintings and art objects, computers, documents and other items that may be sensitive to moisture.
- Do not leave books, magazines and newspapers on wet floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use household vacuum cleaners to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or cause damage to the vacuum.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
Damage from Contaminated Water:
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminate areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
When you have a water damage, don't leave property to chance.
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert at (480) 558-7620
Floods-The Most Common Natural Disaster
Flooding in Texas- April 2016
Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. Unlike any other natural disasters such as hurricanes that have typical peak season, flooding can occur anywhere and anytime. Floods cause billions of dollars a year in property damage. Approximately 90 percent of all presidentially declared natural disasters involve flooding.
These are some of the flood terms used to identify a flood hazard:
-A flood watch indicates that conditions are favorable for flooding to develop. Be prepared to move to higher ground.
-A flood warning means that flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
-A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is occurring or imminent. Move to higher ground immediately.
If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Gilbert a call. We are prepared to handle any size disaster. The sooner we get to work on your home or business means a better chance of restoring your property. It also reduces the chance of mold caused by standing water.
For more flood information visit the FEMA site at: www.FEMA.org
Take action to prepare. April 30, 2016 is America’s PrepArathon! FEMA has free, easy-to-use guides, checklists, and resources to help you get prepared.https://community.fema.gov/
SERVPRO, We Are Faster to Any Size Disaster.
This Master bathroom had several inches of standing water when we arrived.
When a water heater leaks, a bathtub overflows or a pipe burts. Whether it's water from floods or sprinkler system malfunctions, water damage can happen in any number of ways. But if your home or business is under a few inches of water, everything else can wait. Only one thing matters when your business can't function or to a flooded resident: A solution.
SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South is here to help. We are equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO will help the moment you call. We will put your worries at ease, because we understand the science of drying.
When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South a call; we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage tips
These homeowners came home from vacation to this devastating affect of their toilet supply line malfunction. SERVPRO of Gilbert was there to help!
Water damage to your home is a devastating experience. Click on the link below for tips on what you can do to help if water damage happens to your home.
With any water clean-up, it is better for a professional company that is IICRC certified to take care of the water damage properly in order to prevent any further damage. SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler S. is always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work directly with your insurance to get the job done. Give us a call today 480-558-7620.
Wood Floor seperation
Close up of wood floor separated and swelled from water damage.
When wood floor becomes wet in a water damage It will swell and buckle. Wood floors could rarely be matched. Therefore if serveral peices are damaged and there is not enough extra pieces to replace them it will need to be replaced everywhere the wood floor flows. In the photo it showes a job we completed recently in Phoenix Arizona that is a good example of this damage.