Recent Water Damage Posts
Water Damage from the Hot Water Heater in your home
Water heater leaks tend to spray beyond the area of the drain pain due from often pressurized. Depending on the location of the heater, these leaks can cause severe property damage, if the leak goes undetected. Have routine inspections and maintenance to prevent such problems.
The sooner you call SERVPRO of Natchez the sooner your home can be successfully restored back to normal.Call us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week 601-304-5554. Our crews are highly trained and certified for all your restoration needs.
We provide quality water restoration services to your home and business. No matter what the cause or how large the project we got you covered. No job is too small or too big for us at SERVPRO of Natchez. Don't wait, call us to care for your needs. We are here to help!
SERVPRO of Natchez responded quickly to a residential water loss caused from a toilet overflow in the hall bathroom. The water migrated through the hallway, living room and kitchen, affecting the laminate wood flooring in all the rooms. After SERVPRO removed the wet laminate wood flooring, we started the drying process with drying equipment to the concrete sub floor completing the job.
Let us restore your water damage property to its preloss condition. We are always here to help! 601-304-5554.
We provide quality water restoration services to your home and business. No matter what the cause or how large the project we have got you covered. No job is too small or too big for us at SERVPRO of Natchez. Don't wait; call us to care for your needs.
Water Damage: What To Do and Not Do
- Shut off the source of water if possible, or contact a qualified plumbing technician to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Pinup upholstered furniture skirting to keep off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items that may cause staining on wet carpet or floors.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damaging the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixture if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Surviving The Flood
We live in a world where mother nature has a mind of her own at times, and natural disaster can strike at anytime and can ruin the "normalcy" of the life we once had. The nice furniture, flooring, and decor that once occupied our home, now washed away by water. Whether the flooding that has occurred in your home was because of a pipe bursting, a sewer backup, faulty appliance, a heavy rain or even rising floodwaters, there are important steps you should take in order to keep you and your family safe.
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
You and your family may not even be thinking about flooding, but rather tornado damage or hurricane damage. But with any severe storm or rain there is always a chance of flooding. And even appliances can cause flooding. Here at SERVPRO® of Birmingham we want you to be as prepared and safe as possible, therefore we put together some do and don'ts to put into practice after you have encountered flooding within your home.
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
- Do not panic, take a breath and understand that although today feels like the worst day ever. Things WILL get better.
- Keep safety always at the forefront of your mind (stop the water source, shut all electricity off, etc.)
- Call SERVPRO in order to get things clean, dry and back to beautiful as quickly as possible.
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Don't Let Water Ruin Your Summer Fun!
With the temperatures quickly rising and the hot summer season headed straight towards us, our natural inclination is to turn up the A/C indoors!
However, the risk of water damage still poses a threat even during the summer months.
The extended use of air conditioning units, if not properly maintained, can cause drainage issues. To avoid this, make sure to change your air filter regularly. Regular inspections and cleaning are also important to prevent and stop any issues in your unit from worsening. One thing to keep an eye on is the drainage pan. Check to make sure water isn't leaking and accumulating in the pan. Especially in the hotter weather; mold, mildew, and fungus can easily grow and spread.
Another thing to keep in mind is the potential for pipes to burst. Although burst pipes are more common during the colder months, hot summer weather can still cause this headache for a home or property owner. A good rule of thumb is to notice whenever there is a change in your water pressure. While it could be simply just an irritation, it could also be a sign that there is something bigger on the verge of happening.
The risk for pipes bursting doesn't stop there. If you notice cracks appearing on the walls, especially around the corner, it'd be safe to assume there have been changes to your foundation. An easy solution, however, is to consistently water the soil and even place plants around the perimeter of the foundation. The plants help moderate the temperature of the soil and can also serve to hold the ground together with their roots.
The last thing any home or property owner wants to deal with is water damage, no matter the weather!
What To Do After Your Pipes Burst
With the temperatures quickly rising and the hot summer season headed straight towards us, our natural inclination is to turn up the A/C indoors and head to the pool each chance we get.
However, just because the risk for frozen pipes has passed, the risk of water damage still poses a threat even during the summer months.
The extended use of air conditioning units, if not properly maintained, can cause drainage issues. To avoid this, make sure to change your air filter regularly. Regular inspections and cleanings are also important to prevent and stop any issues in your unit from worsening. One thing to keep an eye on is the drainage pan. Check to make sure water isn’t leaking and accumulating in the pan. Especially in the hotter weather; mold, mildew, and fungus can easily grow and spread.
Another thing that keeps in mind is the potential for pipes to burst. Although burst pipes are more common during the colder months, hot summer weather can still cause this headache for a home or property owner. A good rule of thumb is to notice whenever there is a change in your water pressure. While it could be simply just an irritation, it could also be a sign that something bigger is on the verge of happened. This could be a result of corrosion build-up which leads to leaks and eventually, water getting into your home or office.
The risk for pipes bursting doesn’t stop there. If you notice cracks appearing on the walls, especially around the corner, it’d be safe to assume there have been changes in your foundation. An easy solution, however, is to consistently water the soil and even place plants around the perimeter of the foundation. The plant helps moderate the temperature of the soil and can also serve to hold the ground together with its roots.
Not all Water Damage is the Same!
Many people expect all water damage to be the result of a water line breaking, or from flooding, or perhaps a bathtub overflowing. Not all water damage is the product of such dramatic events. Even a minuscule leak can cause as much damage as a larger one, simply because it is either is not noticed or because it seems so insignificant.
Faucets can leak under the sink they are situated on, allowing water to spread slowly under the cabinetry. Leaks under the sink can include where the water lines meet the faucet, and also where the drain pipe connects to the sink's drain. Water can slowly travel from small cracks in either location and create a mess that can take months to make.
When tubs and faucets are not matched, misalignment can happen. Water flowing from the faucet into the tub can flow over the overflow vents. Unless these are properly connected, water can pool inside the wall or under the tub.
Appliances that use water can also be the reason for water damage. Leaks, overflows, and other malfunctions can either over time or suddenly, cause water emergencies. When an incident like this occurs, extra caution is warranted so that electrical shock does not cause injury or death. Your safety needs to always be a priority in such events.
When water damage has been building over time, secondary water damage should also be a concern. Water affects different materials in various ways, and this can change over time. Even small amounts of water can allow pathogens to grow, provide incentives to pests, such as ants, to colonize inside your home and weaken structures, such as the flooring under your tub or washing machine. If you have water damage , please call SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
How to Winterize your Pipes at your Residential or Commercial Property
Don't let freezing temperatures cause a mess at your property, here are some helpful tips!
Fall weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football. Yay! However, fall weather also means, winter is right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bill, and possibly snow.
That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes. Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.
- Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe.
- Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing. That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
- When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
- If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.
These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter. But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of Natchez is always “here to help.”
Spotting Water Damage in your Home
Thermal imaging can detect cooler temperatures in materials. Cooler temperatures are usually a sign of water damage.
In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.
One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage. If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.
- Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.
- Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.
- Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.
- Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.
Water Damage can Destroy your Home and Business
The problem is the longer you wait after having water damage the more damage you are actually causing to your home or business. When you have water damage the best thing to do is shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the damage is coming from something you are unable to cut off them you may need to contact a plumber in your area. Once this is completed then you want to call the professional experts here at SERVPRO of Natchez to come out and assess the problem. It doesn’t matter the size of the damage we will be able to help get it under control. Water damage can be difficult to spot but some signs you can look for in your home and business:
- Water rings on your ceiling or walls
- Soft or sagging on your ceiling or walls
- Wet or soggy carpets
- Warping in your wood flooring
The best thing to do is call an expert right away before the problem gets worse. Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call. We have our specialized equipment ready to use to get to your emergency mitigated as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call our highly trained team at SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
When you have a water damage, you will probably hear SERVPRO of Natchez’s technicians, and insurance companies talking about the category of water. The kind of water in a water damage can affect the drying process. Below is a little info about each category of water:
Category 1 is generally clean water, that comes from supply lines, or tub/ sink overflows, rain water or melting snow. Category 1 water doesn’t usually pose a risk from exposure.
Category 2 is the next category and is significantly more contaminated that Category 1. Category 2 can cause sickness or discomfort if it comes in contact with human skin. Category 2 water is usually from overflowing washing machines, dishwashers, or any kinds of water that chemicals could have gotten into. Wit
Category 3 is extremely contaminated water that generally comes from sewage, flood waters, or any kind of biological contaminates getting into water. Extreme safety precautions are needed when working with Category 3 water damages.
It’s important to note that a unless water mitigation is started as quickly as possible it is possible for a Category 1 to go to a Category 3 very quickly. If you have any water damage it is important to call a mitigation specialist as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of Natchez is always available to help, call us at 601.304.5554.
If you are currently dealing with a flooded toilet in your home, you may not know what to do next. It may be that your toilet overflowed due to a backup or plumbing issue rather than sewer damage but knowing why the water is flowing is only so helpful if you do not know what steps to take to fix the situation. Here are three things you should now about toilet floods.
1. Toilet Overflows Can Have Many Causes
A toilet can overflow for several reasons, but a backup in the toilet or a plumbing issue may be the most likely causes. However, a low flow toilet or septic malfunction could also be to blame. Knowing why you have a flooded toilet is a good first step to understanding what steps to take to remedy the situation. If sewer line damage is to blame, you may have an even bigger problem on your hands.
2. Toilet Water May Be Category 2
There are three nationally recognized categories of water damage: Category 1 is “white” water, Category 2 is “gray” water, and Category 3 is “black” water. White water is considered the least contaminated, while black water is often a cause for concern. The water from your toilet flood is most likely Category 2 water, which requires cleanup but many not be as urgent as Category 3 water.
3. A Professional Sewage Company May Help
Since it may be difficult to figure out what is causing your toilet to flood as well as what category your leak falls into, it is usually a wise idea to call sewage cleanup professionals, so trained technicians can help you with your bathroom disaster. They can arrive on the scene, survey the situation and help you decide what to do next. They can often help you fix the matter, as well.
Toilet overflows can be stressful and intimidating and having to worry about sewer damage can make you even more anxious. Use what you now know about toilet floods to make a sound decision for your home.
If you are experiencing a water loss, please call our office at 601.304.5554. SERVPRO of Natchez is always here to help!
Most Likely Areas to Flood in a Home
A flood can occur for many reasons it is unexpected and happens suddenly.
Bathrooms are one of the most likely places due to having sinks, tubs, toilets and showers.
While almost any area in your home is susceptible to flooding, more so than others, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and cellars. Even a very small leak from the roof can turn into a big problem with a water damage to your home, if not taken care of immediately.
The sooner you call SERVPRO of Natchez, the sooner your home can be successfully restored back to normal. Don't wait! Call us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week 601.304.5554. Our crews are highly trained and certified for all your restoration needs. We are always here to help!
Plumbing can be a BIG Disaster
Being a homeowner and having to deal with plumbing issues can be a headache but left untouched can cause major trouble in your home. It is always important to keep your plumbing maintenance on a regular basis. As a homeowner it is very important to keep an eye out for any potential troubles such as small leaks that could lead to plumbing failure. Once a leak is noticed it is very valuable to get it repaired as soon as possible so the issue does not cause your home to flood. If at any time your home does encounter a plumbing issue make sure the main water valve is cut off so no more water will get inside your home. If your home is ever damaged by a flood call the professionals at SERVPRO Of Natchez 601.304.5554 and let us make your home look "Like it never even happened."
What to Expect from Your Water Damage Appointment
Household water inundation from any source indoor plumbing leaks or outdoor flooding is a crisis that demands your immediate attention and the speedy response from a qualified water damage recovery services.
SERVPRO of Natchez has trained recovery crews ready to roll. Once you make the call, a team effort swings into action to restore your house and your life "Like it never even happened." Here's what to expect from an appointment with an experienced water damage specialist:
- You'll get a full explanation of what's needed to restore your home (and why) as well as a firm estimate in writing. The contractor will also commit to a firm timeline for completion. The specialist will explain the benefits of options such as Direct Billing to your insurance company to reduce the amount of paperwork.
- Work can begin immediately on a 24/7/365 basis. Specialists certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) will arrive fully equipped to confront and resolve any water damage issue - and they've seen and handled them all. In most cases, an experienced water damage team can complete the recovery process in as little as three days.
- Cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques will be utilized to achieve recovery results that meet IICRC criteria - the gold standard for water damage recovery services worldwide. Dismantling and removal of household components will be kept to an absolute minimum.
- Water damage recovery crews are experienced working inside a residential environment. They are trained to minimize disruption to your household routine and respect your property and privacy.
For an appointment with a trained water damage specialist ready to answer your concerns, contact SERVPRO of Natchez today.
Understanding Water Types
When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three 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 to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grat water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, 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. When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Natchez! Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing was, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- 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 water.
- Do not walk through contaminated 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 contamination.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
If you have any further questions and need help with the restoration process please contact SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554. We are here 24/7 to attend to your emergency services. We make disaster "Like it never even happened."
Causes of Water Damage to Commercial Buildings
While it's true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms, severe weather isn't the only cause of water damage to your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
- Malfunctioning sprinkler systems Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
- Damaged appliances and equipment This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
- Broken pipes and plumbing Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
- Backed up sewer lines This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Natchez will get you back up and running again.
Give us a call at 601.304.5554.
We Are SERVPRO of Natchez
SERVPRO of Natchez is available 24 hours a day for emergency water damage services. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay in dealing with the water damage can greatly impact the severity of the water damage.
We answer the phone 24 hours a day ready to help!
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, upset and vulnerable. You will need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Natchez has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.
What to Expect
When you call us we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine the scope of the damage, the type and quantity of equipment and resources that may be required, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals will be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask:
- Your Name and Contact Information
- The Address of the Water Damage
- When did the Water Damage Occur
- What caused the Water Damage
- How many Rooms are affected
- The Flooring Type of the affected Rooms
- Is there Electricity Available
- Your Insurance Information (if applicable)
Call us now at 601.304.5554 and we will be glad to assist you anytime!
We are here to help 24/7!
Detecting Water Damage
Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Standing water is one thing, but, what happens with the water that you don't see? And, what happens if there is too much water to clean up?
Detecting Water Damage
With water damage, it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage. It is no surprise that water damage that has not been properly mitigated can lead to microbial growth and mold. After a water damage, it is important to have the entire area checked for moisture in order to prevent more extensive damage, and ultimately, more expensive repairs. If you've noticed water damage, call your local SERVPRO professional. We will be able to determine if the moisture levels in the home are normal. If they are not, we will show you where the moisture is found, develop a scope of how the site should be properly mitigated, and update you daily with drying progress.
There is no such thing as a small disaster. A small leak now can turn into a large damage if not properly remediated. By using a quality restoration team like SERVPRO of Natchez, that unexpected water damage will stay a thing of the past. If you have a water damage, call the team that is faster to any size disaster.
At SERVPRO of Natchez, we understand the need to be faster to any size disaster. Call us and we will make your water or fire damage "Like it never even happened." 601.304.5554
It Is the Water You Don't See [Part 1]
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Natchez has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Natchez will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO of Natchez:
Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Natchez to monitor the drying process.
It Is the Water You Don't See [Part 2]
Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Natchez can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Natchez has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Speed is Key for Water Damages
Water damage on hardwood floor
What is Mitigation?
In its simplest form, mitigation is what we do to stop the damage that would occur if nothing is done following a water or fire damage. If not mitigated, water and contaminants that are the by-products of fire damage cause significantly more damage over time to the property.
The primary goals of mitigation are the following:
- stop the damage
- save costs (decide whether items need to be restored or replaced)
- get the home or business owner back to normal, faster.
The insured has a responsibility to mitigate even before the insurance adjuster and restorative drying vendor arrives; but, a property owner can only do so much. The restorative drying vendor should be ready for whatever happens.
Speed is Key
Fast response during the water damage is vital as significant damage to both structure and contents can occur as early as a few hours.
Speed is the key to effective mitigation, and effective mitigation saves time, headaches, and money.
The primary reason to respond quickly is to avoid secondary damage. After the water is extracted and the area is sanitized, the drying equipment is set. The key to successful drying is creating a balanced drying system. Wood floors pose special problems for extraction as water becomes trapped under and between the planks. Water atop the wood floor is removed with a light squeegee wand but that below may need to be extracted by specialty drying equipment such as the mat system we see in this picture. Air movers direct airflow to the areas that are in need.
Choose a Quality Restoration Vendor
An effective mitigation company needs to be ready for whatever happens, and have the equipment needed to mitigate the loss as quickly as possible, regardless of the size and/or extent of the loss conditions.
At SERVPRO of Natchez, we understand the need to be faster to any size disaster. Call us and we will make your water or fire damage "Like it never even happened."
What Plumbers Say Cause Drain Issues
When this happens, call SERVPRO of Natchez 601.304.5554. "Like it never even happened."
As a homeowner you should never underestimate the seriousness of drainage issues. Plumbers have weighed in and have given their expert opinion on what causes these issues and some tips on how to avoid them. Here are the four things to look for.
- Recurring Clogs- If a clog returns, chances are that there is a deeper clog.
- Multiple Clogged drains-If you have several clogged drains, you may have a clog in your main drain.
- Foul odor-Persistent sewer odors coming from your drain or drains can be a major sign of a drainage issue.
- Flooding-One of the worst problems associated with clog drains is sewage backup. Getting a professional on the site as soon as you can will help you avoid a big problem.
Routine maintenance is key to keeping those drains open. Use drain catchers or less toilet paper. Also make sure that you run plenty of water into the garbage disposal after use. Just those few things help a lot. If you ever do have water damage, call SERVPRO of Natchez with your water needs. We will be there to clean up the mess those clogged drains made.
Again, we hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com. We have helped hundreds of families recover from water loss damages.
Emergency Steps for Minimizing Water Damage at Home
Knowing where the main turn off to the water line is vital in a water leak.
If you discover a water leak in your home, the first few minutes are critical. The top priority is to avoid panic and focus on getting the source of the water stopped. The most common water leaks in a home or apartment can be traced to the kitchen or a bathroom.
All common water supplies in a home have a cut-off valve nearby and all valves can be turned off with a clockwise turn. If the source of the leak is your washing machine, the valves to turn off the flow are located behind the machine. Do not disconnect the hoses. Instead, turn off the water flow where the hoses are connected in the wall.
In the kitchen, you will find shut-off values for the faucets under the sink. This is also where you will most likely find the shut-off valve for an ice maker, if your freezer is equipped with one. The valve that controls your sink is, in most cases, the same valve that provides flow to your dishwasher. In a bathroom, cutoff valves are below the sink and may be within a sink cabinet if you have one. The supply line for the toilet is commonly located under and behind the seat.
A water tank can also be the source of your leak. If it is a gas tank, turn off the gas supply first then turn off the water. The water supply valve is usually located near or above the top of the tank.
Stopping the leak at its source as quickly as possible will minimize damage to cabinets, floors and walls. Within a single minute, several of gallons of water can flow into your home and saturate anything in its path, including adjacent rooms.
Some leaks cannot be stopped with an inside valve so the water supply to your house has to be interrupted. Lines carrying water into your home come from a main line outside that can usually be found close to the street where your water meter is located.
At SERVPRO® of Natchez, we are experts at mitigating water damages. Our emergency services include extraction, removal of damaged debris, getting your home dry and providing you with the information and services you need to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.
Restoring Furnishings Affected by Water Damage in the Miss-Lou area
Upholstery and Furniture Cleaning after Water Damage in Natchez Needs a Professional Service
SERVPRO Strives to Salvage Personal Belongs from Damage by Water
Fittings, furniture, and other decorative accessories such as carpets and curtains are highly prone to water damage. If the water spreads to the upholstery, it can stain or leave watermarks on the fabric. Mud and silt can also penetrate the fabric and padding if the furniture stays in the water for several hours. This buildup can lead to the growth of mildew both internally and externally. Finished wood surfaces become cloudy, while joints in the frames turn loose. If the disaster is a flood, it can also lead industrial chemicals, pesticides, and sewage into the house.
When faced with water-damaged upholstery, you should contact a professional restoration company immediately. SERVPRO, which is locally owned, has many years of experience in restoring furnishings affected by water damage in the Miss-Lou area. Our team is quick and efficient and has the necessary tools to begin the restoration process.
Water damage can affect your upholstery in several ways. Wooden framing, in particular, is susceptible to cracking and swelling. Water can also compromise glue and cause damage to your furniture. In case there are water spots on the fabrics, we may have to wet the entire piece of furniture to avoid water lines. This process can lead to stains on the floors or carpets. Our technicians apply spot removal procedures to get rid of these stains. This step is important to prevent the color bleed from causing a permanent tint. In certain cases, soft materials can be transported to our facility for washing in industrial grade Esporta Machine systems.
SERVPRO also follows IICRC guidelines to carry out mildew control procedures when restoring upholstery affected by water damage. This step involves rapid drying to eliminate the source of water. For this purpose, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying time.
Excessive water can leave water spots on your furniture or cause cracking, swelling, or weakening of the joints. To deal with the water spots, our specialists use specialized wood care products to clean and dry the surface. Water damaged furniture frames are slightly more expensive to repair – sometimes even more costly than replacing them. SERVPRO technicians can assess and advise accordingly.
If you decide to restore your furnishings from water damage, it is important to act fast. SERVPRO of Natchez offers 24/7 emergency service and is available when you need us. Call us today at 601.304.5554.
Flooding from a Broken Icemaker in Your Miss-Lou Area Home
Any kitchen appliance that has a water supply can cause a flood in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO if your kitchen gets flooded or for prevention tips.
Professional SERVPRO Techicians Will Root Out Every Place Where Water Has Hidden on Your Property After a Water Loss to Help Prevent Mold
One of the hardest working appliances in your home is the refrigerator, so when it breaks or suffers a leak, there can be consequences. The water supply line to the ice maker can burst, causing floods that range from slow leaks to sudden breaks. Some are made of copper, and others are plastic. Some are initially connected under the house while others are linked to a wall. A lot of them have a quick connection which is quite prone to flooding.
To prevent flood damage, non-plastic tubing like copper professionally installed with a conventional connection is recommended. Huge kitchen floods in your Garden District home can occur from broken ice maker lines in your refrigerator.
SERVPRO, a professional flood remediation company, can help you clean up the mess of flooding if your refrigerator water line has broken. You may have several inches of standing water in your home, which needs to be removed as fast as possible. We have the ability and experience to do so.
Before we get there, shut off your water if it is safe, turning it off at the main if needed. Sometimes, there is a shutoff valve behind your refrigerator near the wall. You should also cut off the electricity to the affected rooms.
Depending on how bad the flooding is, your kitchen may not be the only place affected. The water could have spread into your dining room, family room, living room, hallways, foyer, or any other room that is on the same level.
Our first step is to get rid of this standing water. Once we accomplish this, any damaged flooring is taken up so we can dry the subflooring. The drying process can then begin. We use industrial fans and dehumidifiers, placed strategically around the affected areas to dry your home as quickly as possible. Centrifugal air movers can be set up to dry underneath your kitchen cabinets. We return to your home every twenty-four hours until your home is thoroughly dry.
With SERVPRO of Natchez, you can be sure that you are treated respectfully and that your home is returned to its previous state before the flooding. Just give us a call when you need at 601.304.5554.
DO's and DON'Ts for Water Damage From Contaminated Water
These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Natchez professionals arrive. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Here are the DOs and DON'Ts for Water damage from Contaminated Water.
- Call SERVPRO of Natchez immediately at 601.304.5554.
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. This includes damages incurred by a sewage backup.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
- Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
- Use products for personal hygiene and cleaniness if exposed to contaminated areas.
Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult with your local health department or physician.
About SERVPRO of Natchez
SERVPRO of Natchez specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a sewage backup or a contaminated water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Have questions about Contaminated Water Damage and Cleanup? Call us - 601.304.5554