Water Damage Restoration: Cleaning Up After An Appliance Fails

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Water Damage Restoration: Cleaning Up After An Appliance Fails

Floods don’t have to be caused by rain or sewage backups. When a dishwasher or washing machine fails, you could be left with some serious water damage. Here are a few things you should do if you come home to a flood caused by an appliance. Shut Off The Power Shut off the breaker that powers the dishwasher first. This will prevent shorts or possible electrocution problems. If the water has reached outlets or other electrical components, you may want to call an electrician. Do not attempt to turn on any appliances or electrical devices if you think the water has compromised your wiring. Perform A Quickly Cleanup Open any windows in your kitchen to begin airing out the space, and begin to mop up what you can. You can use a shop vac to remove the water if there is a lot present on your floor. Shop vacs designed for water removal can be rented from your local hardware store. You may also want to use a few fans in the kitchen to dry out the floors after the water has been removed. Throw Out Food If the flood has occurred in your kitchen, throw out any food that may have come in contact with the water. While the water from a dishwasher flood doesn’t have the same issues as water from a sewer backup or traditional flood, you still want to make sure you discard any food that may have been damaged. Have The Appliance Inspected The flooding may have caused permanent damage to your appliance, so it is important to have it inspected before you plug it back in and attempt to use it. You may be able to contact the manufacturer if the appliance is still under warranty, otherwise you can call a water damage restoration company to assess the damage and perform any necessary repairs. Hire A Water Damage Removal Expert Water damage removal companies like Absolute Restoration LLC specialize in cleaning up after flooding in your home. The team of experts will be able to salvage any items that can be saved, and they can remove drywall, carpet, padding or tile that is permanently damaged. Be sure to take pictures of the damage before the team comes in, as you will want to submit the pictures to your insurance company. Having an appliance flood your home can be frustrating, but keeping these steps in mind can help you to recover from the damage and get your home back to...

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3 Ways To Prevent Flood Damage

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Prevent Flood Damage

Water damage from floods can be horrific. You can lose plenty of items in your home if you do not take preventative measures to protect yourself from flooding. In fact, it’s even possible to lose your home itself. By taking the time to follow a few simple guidelines, the effects of flood damage can be dampened, and in some cases, it isn’t something you necessarily have to worry about. Plant Placement Plant placement can play a salient role in protecting your house from flood damage. Although plant placement itself cannot stop your house from being flooded, lining your house with shrubbery can significantly reduce the amount of water that is able to enter your home. Shrubbery can often block the flow of water if lined around the foundation of a house so that less water will be able to enter your home and find a residence in your basement. Gutter Cleaning When most people think of flood damage, they tend to think of damage that occurs on the ground floor and in the basement. However, flooding can also affect your roof. Too much rain flow on your roof can cause leaks, and in extreme cases, can even cause your roof to collapse. One of the best things you can do for your roof is to clean your gutters before a flood hits. If your gutters are filled with debris, the water on your roof will have nowhere to go, and a great deal of it will simply rest on your roof itself. This can be the cause of a great many problems, including potential mildew buildup and eventual collapse. Gate Valves In addition to the more obvious portions of your house, there are certain parts of your home that can flood that didn’t even cross your mind. For example, your sewer system can flood, causing sewage to back up into your home. There are ways to tighten up your defenses against this issue, such as installing gate valves on your sewer system. Gate valves are more complex than pressure valves and require that you operate them by hand, but they have the potential to be much tighter and more secure and can keep sewage from backing up into your home after a flood. Preparing for a flood isn’t necessarily the easiest task. However, it is better to be safe than sorry in these situations, and being proactive will allow you to focus on the damage before it has the chance to occur. For more information, contact Servpro Of South Elkhart Co or a similar...

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Learn What Will Determine Your Water Damage Restoration Costs

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your home has flooded recently, it is important to realize what goes into the cost of the water damage restoration. The restoration process takes a lot more than simply gutting the home and replacing damaged areas. The following guide walks you through what you can expect if you need to have your home restored after a flood. Analysis The first step in the water restoration process is to have an assessment done to determine if things can be repaired and what parts of the home will need to be replaced in order to restore the house to working order. A restoration company will send an inspector to your home to do a walk-through of the property. They will determine if there are electrical issues that will need to be addressed, if the building is still structurally sound, and if the sub flooring, the wood just below the floors you walk on, are in good condition or need to be replaced. Demolition The cost of water damage restoration can be greatly affected by the cost to have damaged areas ripped out of the home. If you have waited a long period of time to have the area restored, there is a chance that mold is growing behind the walls of the home. Mold needs to be removed using specific equipment and gear that is not required normally. These extra items will add to the overall cost of your restoration process. Materials The cost of the materials that are used to repair the water damage can vary greatly depending on the type and quality of materials you choose to have the contractor use. If you are replacing many different areas in the home, you may want to consider using the opportunity as a chance to remodel the home the way you want it to be. You could use tile on the floors in your bathrooms instead of vinyl flooring. You could create closet space in a room if you have to remove and replace all of the walls in the home, or you could make the floor plan more open while the walls are down. Talk to the contractor about any changes you want made and they will let you know what can be done and what the materials will cost. Labor Labor costs need to be taken into account as well. The construction company will need to pay their contractors for doing the work for you and that cost will be added to the quote that they give you for the cost of the water damage restoration. If you consistently add changes you want to have done to the home, you need to expect to pay a bit more for the changes because the contractor will need to pay the workers more money for working longer to get the job done. Water damage restoration can be done within a very short period of time, if you get the construction company started as soon as possible. You should contact the company as soon as you notice any water damage so that the contractors can get avoid having to remove mold or mildew from the property...

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Can You Save That Water Soaked Carpet?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A storm broke your living room window and rain soaked your wall-to-wall carpet. The toilet overflows and soaks a throw rug in your bathroom. Should you try to save these rugs or just throw them out right away? The answer is based on several factors. Here are the criteria to help you decide the best approach to deal with wet carpeting. Where Did the Water Come From? The source of the water that soaked your carpet helps determine whether it can be salvaged or not. There are many ways a carpet can become wet including: dishwasher leak blocked toilet burst frozen water pipe overflowing washing machine cracks in the foundation storm water runoff The source of the water will tell you what contaminants might be in it. Flood restoration companies categorize the water to help determine if something can be saved. Water Damage Categories Restoration and cleanup companies classify water in one of three ways depending on how dirty it is: Category 1 – This is clean water that contains no toxins or microorganisms that might harm people. This is what comes from a sink that overflows when doing dishes or a frozen water pipe that has broken. Category 2 – Also called gray water, this water can contain bacteria and other microorganisms that could hurt a person if they drank it. This would come from a broken toilet or a sump pump failure. Category 3 – Also called black water, this water contains bacteria that is dangerous by just getting it on your skin. This includes sewage backup and standing water that has become contaminated with a variety of microorganisms. Rugs soaked with category 3 water should be thrown out. The amount of cleaning and disinfecting required to make them safe for people to be around likely exceeds the cost of a new rug. Category 1 and 2 water damaged rugs may be worth saving if some other conditions are met. The Right Conditions for Saving Your Rugs The Carpet and Rug Institute suggests cleaning rugs within 24 hours of getting wet. When the rug is soaked longer, mold and mildew will have a chance to establish themselves in the carpet. If a large rug is slightly dampened by uncontaminated water (category 1), such as rainwater, you can save it by first shampooing it. Next, extract the water with a wet vac and dry it well with fans blowing on it. You can clean a throw rug in your washing machine or use one of the large capacity machines at a laundromat. Rugs damaged by category 2 water have the risk of being contaminated. If you want to save these rugs, use a professional water restoration company that can clean and disinfect the carpets properly so they are safe for people. Don’t decide to throw out all of those wet rugs until you know what kind of water was on them and how long they have been soaked. For many household flooding problems, you may be able to save your favorite carpets. But if you’ve discovered that black water was the source of the flooding, be safe and let a professional restoration company come in dispose of it for...

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Repair Water Damage to Your Hard Floors

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Inevitably you will deal with water damage at some point. Water may flood your home due to a burst pipe, an overflowed toilet, or a mischievous toddler. Depending on the type of hard flooring in your home, you need to take measures to remove the water.   Tile Floors Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring is probably the most resilient against water damage as a non-porous surface. However, grout and adhesive can deteriorate if left in water too long. Therefore, remove any standing water as soon as possible. You may be able to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove water, but a professional restoration specialist may be required for larger jobs.  If any tiles are loose, that may be a sign of deteriorated tile adhesive. In such cases, tiles need to be removed so that the foundation can dry. Otherwise, you run the risk of mold spreading.   If tiles are well-attached and the grout is in good shape, the most important thing to do is to thoroughly dry the affected area. Use large fans to evaporate water. Take off the floorboards so that air can circulate in the walls. In addition, try to keep humidity in the room down through a combination of using a dehumidifier and running the air conditioning or heater. Wood Floors Wood floors can easily be damaged and become a breeding ground for mold if damaged by water. Most importantly, you need to get the standing water off the floors as quickly as possible because mold can begin to grow within several days. Although wood is porous and may absorb some of the flooded water, your wood floors are not a lost cause. Depending on the type of wood and type of flooring (i.e. strip, plank, or engineered), your wood floors may be salvageable. For instance, harder woods like maple may take three or four days to become damaged while oak will absorb water more quickly. Either way, professional restoration specialists like Disaster Specialist are the best resources for saving your wood floors.  Laminate Floors Laminate floors are not considered true wood floors because they are made of several layers of printed laminate, a hard fiber core, and often a built-in pad.   If water seeps underneath the water-resistant top layer, the lower layers will absorb water. The laminate permanently swells and warps if the dense fiber core absorbs water. Therefore, small repair jobs are possible if you have extra laminate boards to replace the damaged ones. However, larger flooding usually means a complete loss.   Small cases of water damage may be repairable on your own. However, professional restoration specialists are trained to hygienically remove water and restore your flooring to its best condition....

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