Recent Water Damage Posts
There is Water Under or Around your Refrigerator
There is Water Under or Around your Refrigerator
The ice maker in your refrigerator / freezer has a water line attached to it so that water can enter the ice maker, freeze and make ice. If you see water under your refrigerator, around your refrigerator or the floor in that vicinity becomes noticeably wet or soft and squishy, you may have a leak from the water line going to your ice maker. It could also be a leaking valve or a clogged condensation line.
What should you do? The valve allowing water to come into the ice maker is usually located behind the refrigerator, check the valve for obvious leaks. If you don’t see water leaking from the valve or the line itself cut off the valve to stop any further damage.
If you do not have a valve behind the refrigerator and the line (tubing) goes through the floor or ceiling to another area you will have to follow the tubing to the area where it is attached to the water intake valve. When you find the valve inspect it for leaks and then cut the valve off. If the water line is not in a controlled temperature environment it is also subject to freezing. Condensation line on the appliance can also become clogged and that will need to be check.
If you are unable to perform these inspections on your own call a professional to assist you with them but first turn the water to the appliance off.
Damage to your flooring should be mitigated by a professional restoration company. If you are filing an insurance claim ask your repair man to leave all repaired parts with you for the insurance adjuster.
What is Groundwater and is it Covered by Your Homeowners Insurance Policy?
What is Groundwater and is it Covered by Your Homeowners Insurance Policy?
Groundwater intrusion into you home or commercial building is when water enters into the structure accidentally by way of the foundation, basement walls, floors or drains.
This can happen due to many reasons, storm water, drain backups, sewage system back-up, foundation cracks, improper or inadequate run off around the exterior of the building or cracks in the floor and walls.
What is affected if groundwater enters your structure? If the area is finished or unfinished there will still be damages that need to be repaired. If the area is unfinished there will most likely be insulation on the walls that is damaged and will need to be removed and replaced, concrete flooring will need to have the water or sewage removed and then the concrete will need to be dried until it reaches an acceptable amount of moisture and any content that is damaged will have to be disposed of.
If the groundwater enters a finished area the damage will most likely be far worse. When groundwater enters a finished area there are many things to take into consideration, the type of flooring material and will it have to be removed and disposed of, were baseboards and drywall affected and if so, they will need to be removed, any wet insulation behind the drywall will need to be removed and replaced. All of the structure’s materials will need to be dried by a professional restoration company and a treatment applied to avoid mold growth. If this is a living area any furniture and content damage cost.
If you suffer a loss due to groundwater you will need to find the source of the water intrusion. Sometimes it is very obvious and other times you may have to call a professional to determine how the water entered. Once it has been determined how the water entered the building it is best to have the repairs made because it will most likely happen again.
Insurance coverage, most property insurance does not cover ground water intrusion but some companies do over an optional coverage you can purchase for groundwater coverage. If you have a concern about your coverage, contact your insurance company.
Few have protection against water damage. Water Damage, most times is unrecognizable until the damage is huge. It is important to protect your home by following the tips below.
- Regular inspections and maintenance
It is during the inspection that you will be able to spot early signs of water damage. Inspect for any signs of water leaking such as damp areas or discoloration on the walls, floors and ceilings. If you spot mold growth, usually there is water source near it.
- Repair and protect your home exterior
Water damage can either be caused by an internal or external source. Check areas in your home where water may enter your windows, doors, downspouts and others be sure to also check your roof and gutters.
Have you heard of the saying that goes " Better safe, than sorry ?" Especially true when dealing with water. You will never know when a storm comes or when your pipe breaks accidentally.
Professionally Trained Technicians
Would you let an untrained technician work on your heating system or an unlicensed plumber work on your plumbing? We bet the answer is “Of course not”. Then you would not want an untrained, unlicensed water restoration company to do the water restoration on your home when you have experienced a water damage or sewage backup.
SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg is a nationally known water damage restoration company. We are licensed, insured and bonded. Our technicians have had criminal background checks and are trusted employees.
Training is a must for SERVPRO® employees because drying is more than putting a few fans in a room--it is a science. Our technicians use calibrated moisture meters to do readings. Does your restoration company use the IICRC standards for Water Damage Restoration? If not, you should ask why not?
Call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for Professionally-Trained, Insured, Background Check and IICRC Trained Water Damage, Sewage Damage and Fire Damage Remediation Services 540-373-7000.
The Science of Drying A Water Damage
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of Psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will:
• Inspect the property to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
• Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
• Set up professional drying equipment, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.
• Use monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
If you need help with a water damage call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today at 540-373-7000.
Water Damages and Why They Need to Be Mitigated By Trained Professionals
There are many different components to a building’s structure and those components are made from many types of materials. Some materials are made with water, and even though the material appears to be a solid object there is still an acceptable amount of water/moisture in the material. Other materials have no water/moisture in the material at all.
When water damage occurs in a commercial or residential building, materials such as walls, floors, cabinets, counters and personal items may get wet. In many cases the water has actually traveled much further than it appears. How would you know, other than seeing or touching the areas that look wet? How would you see inside the wall?
That is why a trained professional is needed because they have the knowledge and equipment to test the materials and they know what is considered to be an acceptable amount of moisture for different materials based on The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) standards. Trained professionals have the proper meters to read the materials, set the drying goals, place the drying equipment and monitor the progress until the materials reach the standard goals.
Moisture in the Home and Commercial Buildings
Moisture in Homes and Commercial Buildings
There are many different signs to watch for that will give you a pretty good idea that there is too much moisture inside your home or commercial building. Moisture is commonly known as humidity, and to much humidity inside a building can lead to many damaging problems.
This brings us to the question “What are some of the signs that there is too much humidity inside of my home or commercial building?”
Well, the answer to that is that there are many different reasons there can be too much moisture but here are few for you explore. Do your windows fog up and collect moisture on the inside? Have you noticed any rotten wood or microbial growth?
Bubbling paint, peeling wall paper and unpleasant musty smells are another sign of too much moisture.
A few things that can cause excessive amount of moisture build up in your building is poor ventilation from no bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans or improperly working exhaust fans. Exhaust fans should be jetted to the outside of the building.
Improperly exhausted dryer lines, dryer lines that are exhausted into the home, under the home or that are clogged.
Heating and air conditioning systems that are not insulated properly, humid weather and water damages.
Commercial Water Damages
Water damages can occur in commercial buildings affecting the structure, content and daily operations of a business at any time. Commercial buildings vary from a free standing individual business, a one-story strip center, to a multi-level building that contains many suites and many different businesses.
There are many different components in a commercial building that can contribute to a water damage. A few are:
~Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Systems (Usually Rooftop)
If you are in a multi-level building your business could experience a water damage from water that originates from a unit on another floor, on the same floor, the roof, or other areas of the building.
It is important to understand the terms of your leasing agreement and know what you are responsible for repairing if your business were to experience a water damage. Go over your insurance policy with your agent, making sure you understand the terms and conditions of your policy, as well as knowing your deductible. Keep your insurance company contact information readily available outside of your business just in case your building has a damage that does not allow you to re-enter the building.
If you would like to have a no-cost mobile Emergency Response Plan done for your business, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000.
Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather-Part 3
Here is Part Three of our Three-Part Series on preparing your home for the winter months. Here are some helpful hints you can do to prepare your heating system and conserve energy.
~Have your heating system serviced by a professional, by having a winter tune up.
~Pre-program your thermostat or lower it when you leave home to save on energy.
~Change your furnace filters when needed.
~Insulate your duct lines.
~Run ceiling fans in reverse, clockwise rotation will push the warm air that has pooled at the ceiling down into your living space.
~Have your chimney cleaned and inspected, and your gas logs tested for leaks.
SERVPRO of Fredericksburg wants you to be safe, warm and cozy all fall and winter.
Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather-Part 2
Part Two of our “Three Part Series” of helpful hints on how to keep your house from having some of the typical problems that occur when we don’t prepare it for winter:
~Insulate any water pipes that may be exposed to cold temperatures, this includes pipes under your sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms.
~Make sure all crawl space access doors are closed and insulated.
~Install storm doors and windows.
~Put plastic insulation kits on windows where needed.
~Use caulking and weather-stripping to stop drafts.
Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather-Part 1
Here is Part One of a "Three Part Series" to give you some helpful hints on how to keep your home from having some of the typical problems that occur when we don’t prepare it for cold weather. Don’t let this happen to you!!!!
~Turn off the water to the outside spigot.
~Remove your garden hose, drain and store it inside for the winter.
~Install Insulated foam faucet covers over outside spigots.
~Make sure all gutters are clear of leaves, debris and they are tightly secured to the home.
~Make sure downspouts are secured to gutters and free of all debris.
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Fredericksburg
SERVPRO of Fredericksburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.