Recent Water Damage Posts

Why Preventative Maintenance is a Key Part to Stopping Water Damage in Winter Garden

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Preventative Maintenance is a Key Part to Stopping Water Damage in Winter Garden The aging windows in your home can cause both water damage and a mold infestation. Contact our team to assess and remediate today.

Some of the Different Causes of Water Damage Affecting a Winter Garden Home

Homeowners in Winter Garden put a significant amount of effort into maintaining their homes, both inside and outside. The condition of a house in the area becomes very obvious when something needs attention, due to the contrast involved between pristine areas and those needing attention.

When your house in Winter Garden develops water damage, it can also create a musty odor. The visible signs and this new smell make it all that more important to start the mitigation process. Preventing such damage is almost always possible, however, and SERVPRO's specialists can help you protect your home, saving your home from unnecessary problems.

Water damage comes from different sources of moisture, elevated humidity, or lost and misplaced water. Correcting the situations that allow these to remain inside your home can stop water damage from ever occurring. Checking water feed lines to appliances and fixing leaky drains and other plumbing fixtures solve many of the most common problems.

Other areas to look at in your home might require the help of a professional. Exhaust fans in your bathroom and over the stove need to work well so they can draw the steam out of your living area. A functioning fan protects one area of your house. The vent in these areas should be part of a continuous network that leads directly to the outside vent, without any breaks or extra lengths or unnecessary turns in the ducts between them. Breaks release moisture and extra bends in the ducts allow moisture to become trapped inside, where it can corrode the duct and cause holes.

Leaky windows that let rain inside your home might go undetected if the water drains into the space between the exterior and the interior surfaces of the wall underneath the window. Situations like this are why we use our infrared thermal imaging devices. Hidden water like this shows a visible change on these cameras that cannot be seen by the naked eye and let us know, even after the rain stops pouring down, where such problems occur.

SERVPRO of West Orange is always here for you when it comes to water damage mitigation and subsequent clean-up of your Oakland, Bay Hill, or Disney World-area home. Call us at (407) 352-1569 for assistance in both prevention and mitigation.

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Some Effective Ways to Remediate Ocoee Water Damage

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Effective Ways to Remediate Ocoee Water Damage When water damage affects your home, timing is critical. Call SERVPRO right away for water remediation services.

Problems We Avoid Through Fast Water Removal in Ocoee Homes

Through years of experience helping local homeowners in Ocoee handle water removal crises, we have learned just how crucial it is to get on the site fast and remove moisture as quickly as possible. If too much time is allowed to pass between the flood or damaging event and when we start drying the building out, extra complications can arise that can cost thousands of dollars and require significantly more time to reverse than situations in which we arrive quickly. Here are some of the effects you can avoid with a fast water removal process in your home.

Foundational Damage
One of the costliest results of slow water removal in Ocoee homes can be damage to the foundation of your home. Large volumes of water can be heavy and press down on your home's foundation, all while searching for cracks and crevices to creep into and widen. Standing water can quickly cause significant damage to your home's foundation that requires a large reconstruction process to correct, but these problems can be avoided with a fast response from a company like SERVPRO.

Damage to Baseboards and Flooring
Baseboard and flooring materials can be damaged beyond repair if they remain soaked for too long, forcing us to go through with costly replacements rather than restoring the original materials to their pre-damage state. If we respond fast enough, we can prevent materials like wood and some types of carpeting from bending and warping as water changes their shape on a microscopic level.

Mold Prevention
Mold grows quickly with plenty of water in the home, and although SERVPRO is fully licensed and certified to handle mold infestations when they arise, we prefer to circumvent these issues altogether by drying your home before spores get a chance to grow. Mold grows exponentially, meaning that just a few hours could make the difference between a nonexistent and a massive problem.

SERVPRO of West Orange can help remove water from your home after a flood, appliance malfunction, or other disasters. Call us at (407) 352-1569.
 
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Contact SERVPRO When You See Water Damage In Your Ocoee Home

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contact SERVPRO When You See Water Damage In Your Ocoee Home When you see signs of water damage to your drywall call SERVPRO

Preserving Water-Damaged Drywall in Ocoee Homes

Water disasters can affect your Ocoee home in several different ways. While ultimately you want professionals that can help you to overcome all of these potential effects, there is an order of importance to restoring the property to protect as many at-risk materials as possible. Our franchise has the trained technicians able to diagnose potential problems with exposed materials and utilize our equipment to dry out this damage before it becomes too challenging to salvage.

Drywall is especially susceptible to the spread and saturation of water damages in your Ocoee home. Taking care of these materials quickly can help to greatly reduce necessary removals and make the reconstruction phase of the restoration process more efficient and streamlined. With drywall being a porous material, it can easily absorb water when the material becomes exposed, which starts to saturate the walls immediately. The longer this problem persists, the more dramatic these effects become until our SERVPRO professionals not only have to remove the material but contend with the possibility of secondary effects like mold growth as well.

One of the initial phases of our inspection and mitigation process is to determine the moisture content inside of and behind the walls of your home. We use moisture detection equipment like our thermal imagery cameras to determine moisture pockets that require attention. This same equipment can help to note how widespread the saturation is from the base of the wall up towards the ceiling. We mark out the dry line and often cut out all of the oversaturated drywall beneath this point to replace it with fresh, new material. Our SERVPRO professionals then have better access to dry out the newly exposed wall cavities with our high-powered air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Drywall is often one of the first materials to take the worst of the potential damages from a water incident occurring on your property. You can help to preserve most of these damaged elements by reaching out to our SERVPRO of West Orange rapid response team as soon as disaster strikes. Give us a call today at (407) 352-1569.

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Preparing your home of business for a hurricane.

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that when a disaster strikes the cleanup can be overwhelming. As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting additional damage to your home or business, and in the case of a business, limiting business interruption. With over 1,500 franchises across the country, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to reduce the amount of secondary damage that can be caused by allowing the water to sit. 

In the event of a hurricane here are some tips from FEMA to help you prepare your home:

  • Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant
  • Turn off utilities as instructed by local authorities.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Ensure a water supply for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

Preparing your business is a litter different, but these tips from FEMA can help:

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. Can you run your business from a different location or from your home? Can you develop a relationship with other local businesses to use their facilities if a disaster makes your location unusable?

While we all hope for a year free from hurricanes, we know that they are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of West Orange will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of a natural disaster.

State of the Art Equipment for Water Damages

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage State of the Art Equipment for Water Damages New air movers were recently added to our inventory

SERVPRO knows that staying on the cutting edge of technology in our industry will help our customers the most. That's why we add new equipment to our inventory on a regular basis. We are proud to be able to offer the best to our customers. 

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Many homeowners feel that if the water is removed, the work of water damage cleanup is done. This is because it is difficult to see or feel the extent of the saturation of water in building materials without moisture detection equipment used in the water damage industry. What follows is that either the homeowner will attempt to remove the water and simply place household fans around, with or without removing drywall; or they will tell the water damage restoration contractor to leave when the water is extracted and before equipment is placed. The paradox here is that these decisions are made to save time and money. In some cases, they may have done just that. However, in most cases, the resulting long term water damage is both costly and time consuming in addition to being inconvenient and stressful. Added to that is the fact that the cost of mold remediation consequent of an improperly dried flood damage will likely not be covered by insurance policies because the water damage or sewage damage was not dried properly to begin with.

You have probably noticed by now that it is not the water removal service that is the important part of taking care of water damage. It is actually the drying part that makes your home safe from long term mold or building material damage. In fact, there is no time to waste when it comes to drying a water damaged home. Mold begins to start growing within 24 hours and continues “growing like a weed” damaging building materials as it spreads.

Water damage restoration companies spend a tremendous amount of money on drying equipment for a very good reason. They dry quickly, effectively, and safely. After all, think about it, if we could just use household fans and a couple of blowers, we would save a tremendous amount of money on equipment. If I thought those types of equipment did an effective job, I would be all over saving money by purchasing those at less than $50 each rather than a $300-400 blower and $3000 dehumidifiers. However, I know the importance of having industrial equipment to keep your home safe and dry. Further, all of the equipment works together to both dry the structural materials (blowers), remove the moisture from the air as the wet materials dry and the water from them turns to vapor (dehumidifiers), and clean the air to prevent allergens that permeate through the air during drying (air scrubbers).

What is all that water drying equipment?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

You just called SERVPRO of West Orange. A disaster has struck you and your home or office. The crews from SERVPRO are on their way to mitigate the disaster. They show up in the big green trucks and in moments are assessing the damage to your property. Popping open the back of the truck they start to unload equipment, but what are they unloading? Why is it important? Here’s a list of the usual things you’ll see brought into a property once the team starts to work.

  • Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.
  • Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.
  • Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as grey or black, which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.
  • Specialty Drying Equipment: There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. For instance, a floor drying mat system allows the technician to create a vacuum system for removing moisture from hardwood floors, in order to try to dry them in place. This helps the floor dry faster, and generally gives us a better chance of saving the hardwood flooring.

There are of course many other tools you may well see if the situation requires them. The onsite SERVPRO technicians can and will explain any of the tools they use for the job. So when in doubt ask them!

Preparing Your Home or Business for a Hurricane

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that when a disaster strikes the cleanup can be overwhelming. As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting additional damage to your home or business, and in the case of a business, limiting business interruption. With over 1,500 franchises across the country, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to reduce the amount of secondary damage that can be caused by allowing the water to sit. 

In the event of a hurricane here are some tips from FEMA to help you prepare your home:

·         Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds

·         Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down

·         Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant

·         Turn off utilities as instructed by local authorities.

·         Turn off propane tanks

·         Ensure a water supply for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

Preparing your business is a litter different, but these tips from FEMA can help:

·         Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating

·         Identify operations critical to survival and recovery

·         Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. Can you run your business from a different location or from your home? Can you develop a relationship with other local businesses to use their facilities if a disaster makes your location unusable?

While we all hope for a year free from hurricanes, we know that they are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of West Orange will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of a natural disaster.

How Water Damage Claims Work

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Lets set a scenario and say that you're in your home in Ocoee, FL and you've had a significant water damage at your home. Multiple rooms are flooded, there is water coming out of your light fixtures downstairs, and then only thing you've been able to do it turn the water to stop the leak. What do you do next? Who do you call? 

The good news is that you've turned off the water, so you have started the process of mitigating your loss. The following are some steps you can take to prevent secondary damage from occurring to your belongings while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive.

  • Call SERVPRO so that we can send a technician to your site immediately.
  • Contact your insurance company (if you haven't already) to report the loss and notify them that you have contacted SERVPRO and that we are in-route.
  • Begin removing excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting 

We our technicians arrive on site they will access the damages and being extracting water from porous surfaces. They will also place equipment and explain the drying process. If you have questions at any time during the process of drying your home or business, please call us! 

How Much Does Water Damage Restoration Cost?

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When a customer has a water loss, they are often overcome with emotions. One of the biggest concerns is how much the loss or damage will cost. Typically we can't answer that question over the phone due to many unforeseen circumstances. This article found on home.costhelper.com/water-damage helps to shed some light on this difficult subject. Our team of professionals will be able to assist in restoration of any water damage, anytime, day or night. Give us a call today with any questions you might have. As always, coverage for a loss under an insurance claim would be determined by your insurance company's assigned adjuster.


Water or excess moisture can harm a home and its contents, and cleanup should be started as soon as possible.

Typical costs:

  • The cost of water damage restoration is based on several factors. These include the size of the affected area, the extent of the damage, the materials and water type. There are three categories -- the least expensive to clean up is category 1, which is clean water from a faucet or supply pipe. Category 2 is gray wastewater with minor contaminants, such as overflow from a dishwasher or washing machine. Category 3 is black water, containing sewage or other toxic debris.
  • Fixing a small area of water damage in a ceiling due to a leaky roof can be $100-$300 to patch the sheet rock, or $30-$50 for do-it-yourself materials -- not including the cost of fixing the roof and repainting the ceiling.
  • Drying a flooded basement can cost $500-$10,000 or more, depending on the size of the basement, the depth of the flooding and the water type (clean, gray wastewater or black/toxic). Depending on where the appliance is located in the house, cleaning up after a faulty water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner averages about $5,000, according to HomeOwnerNet.com[1] .
  • Damage from a burst water pipe can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000.
  • If an entire house is flooded with storm water, the National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator[2] to predict the total cost based on the height of the water. For 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is$18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285..
  • Water damage might be covered by insurance. Flood insurance typically covers damage from a natural disaster, when outside water or mud overflows an otherwise dry house. Homeowners insurance does not cover floods, but may cover water damage caused by minor individualized disasters, such as a hailstorm smashing a window or a broken water pipe spewing water -- as long as the problem wasn't caused by a lack of standard maintenance.

What Equipment Will Be Used for Water Damage Remediation?

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When a water damage occurs many customers feel blindsided by the many steps involved in remedying the situation. The task of removing the water, drying out the home or business, and then putting things back into place can seem overwhelming in the initial moments of finding the loss. That’s where we can help. Our team of highly qualified technicians take great care in walking a customer through the steps necessary to dry and repair their property.

Many different types of equipment are utilized in the drying and restoration process. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.

  • Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.

  • Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as grey or black, which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.

  • Specialty Drying Equipment: There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. For instance, a floor drying mat system allows the technician to create a vacuum system for removing moisture from hardwood floors, in order to try to dry them in place. This helps the floor dry faster, and generally gives us a better chance of saving the hardwood flooring.

Many customers are concerned about the cost of their power bill when they see the amount of equipment needed. This is an understandable concern. Your insurance adjuster can discuss how to handle this with you.

How a Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated water, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.

A certified water restoration technician is on call around the clock. When an entire community has been affected a major disaster we can call in multiple teams to assist. As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If water has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.

The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, the firm will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special procedures. This will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.

What to do when you have a sewage leak!

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

It’s late at night. The rain has been coming down for what seems like hours. Your toilet is flushed as lightning splits the sky, and suddenly you have sewage backing up in your home, onto your carpet, under your floors. This is not a dream….This is a NIGHTMARE! This is actually a reality for some. Half awake, dealing with an emergency what are you going to do? What can we salvage? What is safe to touch? First thing is first, sewage can be very dangerous. The most common negative factor in sewage is hepatitis B. This little thing can remain outside a living body for up to 50 days and cause a host of health issues. So the cleaning of your home or office must be done right, and done fast.

There are many items that can be cleaned by a professional from a sewage loss. Here is a Short list of what cannot be saved:

Some Electronics – Depending on the type and how far the contamination went down into the item will come into play. You cannot wipe off just the outside and say it is good to go. If sewage comes in contact with a power cord or a small transfer box it should be replaced. If the item is not replaced the contamination will fester inside and could cause a major fire hazard. This is a very serious issue that should be handled by a professional.

Soft Goods/Certain Textiles – Some can be cleaned depending on the material make, age and contamination level. Certain items like pillows or stuffed animals will need to be dissembled, filling removed, exterior cleaned and put back together with clean materials.

Engineered Wood/ Press wood - Any wood item that has been modified where contamination has come in contact with an unfinished surface cannot be cleaned. This is due to the many cavities that pressboard and engineered wood have. Natural/Solid wood can be treated and sanded to remove the affected areas, then re-stained to match existing colors.

Carpet/Pad – If at any time there was sewage that soaked through to the carpet or pad, the area must be removed! There is no way to guarantee that the carpet and pad are fully decontaminated.

If there are any questions, Please call your local SERVPRO and we will help.

Water Damage can severely affect the health of your Orlando business

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Businesses throughout the Orlando area are constantly effected by the environments around them. The elements can wreak havoc on the interior of businesses under the best circumstances. Plumbing malfunctions, damage to the structure, or the risk of fire can put a dent in your business plans for the day and cost you a lot of money. Then there are the lingering hazards that now can grow from these damages.

 

Let’s talk about carpet. Standing water and carpets just do not mix. The fabric can be destroyed, it can accelerate the growth of mold and fungi and it can trap hazards within the fibers as the water evaporates or recedes. If carpets are left untreated you may have to replace all the carpet, and not to mention what it will do to the floor below. Water in the floor, depending on the type of floor can warp, weaken, or allow for a collapse to occur more frequently.

 

Water in or on walls can knock sections of the building out of commission. If water happens to settle in the walls it will damage the fibers of the wall and create a breeding ground for microbial growth. Mold and fungi love warm, dark, wet environments to breed in. Opening up the walls and getting a dehumidifier near the areas to help dry the water keeps the problem from spreading.

 

Furniture and chairs are usually multi problem areas. Desks often made of wood soak up water. Desks are usually covered in papers and important items which water often destroys if left untreated. SERVPRO can salvage your papers using a freeze dry method of extracting water. Placing fans and dehumidifiers near water soaked desks can keep you from replacing them. Desk chairs which are often fiber based exterior with soft cushion material inside soak up water and anything in the water. Again all these normal office pieces of furniture can be salvaged if time and skill are used to the utmost.

 

Keep in mind, time plus water equals money. The longer you wait, the longer the water soaks in and does damage, the more it costs you in the end.