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Flood Damage To Homes

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

FLOOD DAMAGE TO HOMES

   Water damage in the home is often caused by a small problem that worsens over time. Issues such as a leaky pipe, roof damage, or even condensation can lead to extensive damage to your home if not noticed or not addressed. It's crucial to properly repair water damage as quickly as possible. Failing to do so can result in the growth of harmful mold and bacteria within the home. It may also invite bugs and pests into your home, as these creatures are attracted to damp areas.

Sometimes a serious incident such as a burst pipe can lead to major flooding or standing water within the home. In this situation, you'll first need to remove the water. Then you will need to completely dry the impacted area of your home before repairing the damage left behind. Flooding or standing water can cause significant damage to your home, which often means a high price to get it resolved. Luckily, this type of damage is often covered by your home owners insurance policy which means a small out of pocket expense for you.

Reliable Water Damage Experts

Water damage restoration and water damage cleaning is not something that you want to attempt yourself. A Wet Vac isn't going to get the job done. Water damage, if not treated properly, can cause long term structural damage and many health hazards due to mold and bacteria. When water enters your premises, time is your worst enemy. Given the right circumstances, mold will start to grow in a short time. Water removal and drying the premises quickly is critical to prevent the growth of mold.

Our trained staff will immediately evaluate the situation, determine the best and quickest way to remove the water and properly dehumidify the premises. We monitor the relative humidity and moisture content during the dehumidification process in order to efficiently return your property to its preloss condition. Our staff is expert in taking the pain out of this type of unfortunate event. We can return your home or business back to normal in minimal time and withthe proper precaution to avoid risky contamination from a flood damage.  SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE; are highly-trained professionals are close by and customer-focused. We want you to be back in your restored home as quickly as possible. Whether you have minor storm damage or something larger to deal with, we have the experience and the equipment needed to cleanup and restore your home and help get life back to normal following storm damage. 

Provide 24/7 Emergency Service

The SERVPRO system has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

JUST CALL SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE AT (909) 514-1900

KITCHEN WATER DAMAGE

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

6 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Kitchen

Water is essential to cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. But water, in large amounts and in the wrong areas, can lead to disastrous cases of water damage. Homeowners can prevent minor and major water damage in the kitchen by knowing its various causes.

A functional and often-utilized kitchen is filled with water damage hazards. Water boiling in a pot or from a drinking glass can spill. Soups simmering on the stove can splash. When left unaddressed, the liquids’ prolonged contact with surfaces can lead to water damage.

Kitchen appliances, too, can be a source of water damage. The refrigerator might spring a leak. The kitchen sink faucets can leak when its parts become worn over time. The dishwasher, as any other appliance, can malfunction and spew water onto the kitchen flooring.

Significant water damage, such as from a leaky dishwasher, will be readily apparent. In such cases, the water damage can be repaired right away. However, the water damage may be so minor that it is unnoticeable. Minor water damage can develop into a major problem later on.

  • 1. Sink and Faucet

  • 2. Garbage Disposal

  • 3. Dishwasher

  • 4. Refrigerator

  • 5. Water Cooler

  • 6. Water Pipes

What Is Water Clean Up & Restoration?

No matter the cause of your water damage, we are here to clean up and restore your home or business.

Water Extraction

Remove the standing water or sewage from the affected areas.

Removal and Disposal

Properly dispose of all damaged and unsalvageable items.

Structural Drying

Dry out the structure of the area using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Mold Prevention

Disinfect the area to prevent mold from developing over time.

Rebuild and Restoration

Rebuild the affected area to its original condition.

A call to SERVPRO of Colton/Loma Linda/Grand Terrace will help you get water damage repaired and restored in order to minimize downtime and prevent loss of revenue.

Whatever size the water damage is to your home, we have the experience and equipment to deal with it. Our professionals will work closely with you and the other occupants of your building during the restoration process to have as little disruption as possible to your daily home activities.

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WATER DAMAGE CONTAMINATION

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Understanding Water Damage: Contamination

There are two main categories of water damage. The most common water damage issues are caused by plumbing and appliance issues, and less common are weather-related events such as rain, snow, or pipes burst due to freezing temperatures. The kind of water that’s leaked into your home is even more critical to understand when assessing water damage and the expense.

  • Category 1, known as white water: originates from a hygienic source such as a water supply line, rainwater or melted snow.
  • Category 2, known as grey water: has been exposed to contaminants, such as bath or shower water, discharge from a washing machine or dishwasher, aquariums, etc.
  • Category 3, known as black water: dangerous and may contain pathogenic or toxigenic contaminants from sources like sewage, toilet backflows, seawater, river or lake water, and water containing toxic substances.

<h4of-water-damage">Causes of Water Damage

Hidden water leaks can be a nightmare to diagnose and find, and time is of the essence. The signs may not be apparent right away. It’s critical to track down the leak as soon as water leakage is suspected, and the property owner or manager will likely need to hire a plumber to find and diagnose the problem. Common causes of water damage include:

  • Malfunctioning plumbing fixtures such as toilet
  • Malfunctioning appliances such as water heater blowing up
  • Mold or mildew in a bathroom or kitchen that returns even after being cleaned
  • Stained ceilings may indicate water in floors or walls
  • Blistering paint and cracking walls
  • Water pooling on floor, buckling or cupped wood floors (especially in a slab-foundation home)
  • Old supply hoses on your washing machine- these fail between 8-9 years and will allow water to pour into your home
  • Dry rot in wooden components of structure
  • Water build-up
  • Sudden increase in water bill
  • Clogged gutters
  • Leaking, blocked, or burst pipes
      • Freezing
      • Corrosion
      • Tree roots
      • Pressure due to blocked garbage disposal or other appliance

When you have water damage to your home, SERVPRO® will respond quickly to prevent further damage and begin the water repair and restoration process.

 After any home emergency, the safety of your family is most important. In the case of water damage, the actions below are some things you can do while waiting for assistance. However, it’s best to do only those things you know you can do safely. Once we arrive, we’ll help you assess the situation further and take action to prevent additional damage to your property

SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE IS READY TO HELP 24/7

JUST CALL: (909)-514-1900

WATER DAMAGE

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Causes of Water Damage

Hidden water leaks can be a nightmare to diagnose and find, and time is of the essence. The signs may not be apparent right away. It’s critical to track down the leak as soon as water leakage is suspected,Common causes of water damage include:

    • Malfunctioning plumbing fixtures such as toilet
    • Malfunctioning appliances such as water heater blowing up
    • Mold or mildew in a bathroom or kitchen that returns even after being cleaned
    • Stained ceilings may indicate water in floors or walls
    • Blistering paint and cracking walls
    • Water pooling on floor, buckling or cupped wood floors (especially in a slab-foundation home)
    • Old supply hoses on your washing machine- these fail between 8-9 years and will allow water to pour into your home
    • Dry rot in wooden components of structure
    • Water build-up
    • Sudden increase in water bill
    • Clogged gutters
    • Leaking, blocked, or burst pipes
        • Freezing
        • Corrosion
        • Tree roots
        • Pressure due to blocked garbage disposal or other appliance

A FEW STEPS TO TAKE AFTER WATER DAMAGE TO HOME/BUILDING.

1. Call Your Insurance Company

2. Start Water Damage Repair Immediately with SERVPRO of Colton/Loma Linda/Grand Terrace

3. Dry Out Your Home

4. Check for Mold

5. Begin Restoring Your Home

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO franchise professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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(909)514-1900

Flood Damage

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Floods

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.

Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.

Fast Melting Snow is one of the top causes for commercial flooding. You experience moderate rainfall in the spring. A nearby stream overflows from rainfall, flowing into your place of business and causes flood damage. Your business basement floods from construction runoff next to your building and damages equipment and inventory.

Faulty or leaky appliances, burst pipes, and damages that are not repaired promptly are all common causes of flooding. The low laying areas in your home such as foundation or basement are often more susceptible to flooding.

Flood Damage Repair 

Damage by a flood is one of the most common forms of property damage. if not treated immediately, flood damage has the potential to escalate into a serious emergency. Mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours after a flood. 

For Emergencys and 24/7 emergency services call

SERVPRO of Colton/Loma Linda/ Grand Terrace

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Water Heater Leaks

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Many things can cause water heaters to leak, but there are 6 common reasons why they do.

Your water heater is an efficient, self-contained system. Cold and hot water enters and leaves the tank through inlet and outlet pipes on top of the unit. An electrical component or gas flame heats the water to a desired temperature. The heated water rises to the top of the tank where it remains until you turn on a hot water tap.

These are common problems that can make a water heater leak:

  1. Loose connections and fittings on inlet and outlet pipes
  2. T&P valve leaks caused by overly high water supply pressure
  3. T&P valve problems due to excessively high thermostat settings
  4. Damaged, corroded or aging drain valve components
  5. Cracks or pinholes in walls of the water heater tank lining
  6. Exterior condensation resulting from inadequate tank insulation   
  •  A small drip turns into a big leak that floods the room.
  • Over time, water heater leaks cause drywall damage.
  • Water dripping from the unit seeps into sub-floors and crawlspaces.
  • A water heater leaking from the relief valve compromises its safe operation.
  • Water leaking down the unit’s exterior shorts out electrical components.
  • Mold growth in the damp atmosphere aggravates allergies and respiratory problems.
  • Wet floors around a leaky water heater pose slipping and electrocution hazards

Water damage restoration professionals use specialized equipment and cameras to detect moisture behind walls and floors to detect damage, so if you’re not sure if you’re dealing with a leaky water heater, call a restoration professional like SERVPRO of Colton, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace 24/7 disaster recovery.

How Our Experts Cleanup After A Water Damage Incident In Your Grand Terrace Bathroom

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Even with substantial loss incidents where professional restoration like our team can provide is necessary, there are still ways that you can help.

Cleanup Of Water Damage In Your Grand Terrace Bathroom

Full bathrooms have set fixtures that make them a functioning element of Grand Terrace homes. When one of these elements malfunctions or breaks altogether, the result could be a substantial water loss incident. Even if you are present in the house when the emergency occurs, even a short timespan until the flow of water gets severed can be enough to compromise a significant area of your property. While widespread concerns are often best left to restoration professionals, there are steps that you can take that can ensure that this recovery is less costly and time-consuming.

No matter which fixture malfunctions to allow water damage in Grand Terrace bathrooms, homeowners must react quickly in any water loss situation to protect their house, its contents, and its occupants. There are several approaches that you can begin in the time it takes for our SERVPRO professionals to arrive with advanced mitigation tools and equipment:

Shut Off The Water
Whether the fixture has an accessible shutoff or not, you have to get the flow of water to stop. If there is no valve you can use in the bathroom, you can head to where your service line enters the property to locate a shutoff point for the entire property.

Protect Your Belongings
While many property owners do not necessarily load up their bathrooms with keepsakes and valuables, the spread of damage can affect adjoining rooms and put some of these valuables at risk. You can move these items to an area away from the spreading effects until restoration work completes.

Keep A Distance
After the water flow has gotten shut down, keep your distance from this damaged area of your property as much as possible. You want the affected areas to be accessible to our SERVPRO team when we first arrive, so there are no delays in necessary mitigation efforts.

Even with substantial loss incidents where professional restoration like our SERVPRO of Colton / Loma Linda / Grand Terrace team can provide is necessary, there are still ways that you can help. Whenever disaster strikes, employ these strategies after you call (909) 514-1900.

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Fast Extraction is Necessary for Large Water Loss Incidents in Colton

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

With large water loss incidents, we may need to remove carpeting to enable drying.

Extraction Solutions for Large Losses in Colton Homes

Water loss incidents can happen with little warning in Colton homes, and with the severity of damage that some of these situations can produce, addressing the effects must happen immediately to protect your property and its occupants. Our professionals have a 24/7 response to water damage emergencies, and we have a growing inventory of recovery equipment to begin effective mitigation with our arrival to start the process of returning your property to preloss condition.

We have multiple methods to begin water removal efforts in your Colton home. As many large loss incidents can come with several inches of standing water or widespread saturation of construction materials, extraction efforts must be where our mitigation efforts start. Our SERVPRO team arrives with multiple levels of removal tools that can address each level of severity that can exist in your property after a water loss incident.

With significant water loss incidents, we often rely on combining the efforts of several branches of our brand, its collective personnel, and a shared inventory of recovery tools and equipment. In this way, we can offer customers with larger properties the same efficient solutions after disasters that we can offer apartments and single-family homes. Extraction often begins with the highest concentration of water, and that means the use of our extractor truck or trash pump. Both of these options can remove standing water at a fast rate, some units up to 300 psi.

While these tools can help our SERVPRO professionals to address the highest volumes of pooling water, other tools like our portable submersible pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands can help to remove lesser amounts with the same effectiveness.

Large loss scenarios can quickly get out of control without the appropriate intervention by trained and reputable restoration specialists like our SERVPRO of Colton / Loma Linda / Grand Terrace team. We have the expertise and the equipment to make all water loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at (909) 514-1900.

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After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Colton Home, Call Our Crew Of Skilled Experts For Help!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (909) 514-1900 for assistance with your water emergency 24/7.

What To Expect From Professional Water Damage Restoration In Colton

Homeowners in Colton might be surprised to know how many different ways water can harm their dwellings. Water is a necessity for humans, pets, and plants, and helps accomplish a vast number of tasks inside our homes. When it becomes uncontained, however, water can cause severe problems. Deterioration of building materials and contents follow water incursions swiftly. Professional water loss mitigation halts the destruction and prepares your home for restoration.

Waiting for natural draining and drying is a mistake a property owner cannot make with water damage in Colton. If moisture lingers for more than 24 to 48 hours, tiny spores absorb the water and begin their growth cycle into ever-expanding mold colonies. Molds join the water in destroying structural components such as drywall, insulation, wood, and more. Our expert team of managers and technicians assesses the damage and begins the water removal and structural drying that prevents further harm and limits or avoids microbial growth.

We secure the scene, ensuring additional water intrusion stops. Standing water exits via pumps and wanded extractors. Our team holds multiple certifications from the IICRC, including vital training in moisture metering and scanning for hidden pockets of water. We release water trapped behind walls using industry best practices and use baseline moisture readings in structural components to establish a drying plan.

Our service vehicles hold all the equipment needed for water mitigation, allowing us to transition to drying without missing a beat. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers roll off our trucks as we store the pumps and extractors. SERVPRO technicians position the drying equipment most optimally to pull moisture out of the porous building materials. Specialized equipment like floor drying mats attends to the challenges of suctioning moisture out of several layers to prevent distortion of the materials as they swell after water absorption.

SERVPRO of Colton / Loma Linda / Grand Terrace has the trained technicians, experience, and equipment necessary to manage any water damage scenario fast. Contact us at (909) 514-1900 for assistance with your water emergency 24/7.

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